How can you benefit your body’s ecosystem?

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Did you know your body’s inner ecosystem is made up of beneficial bacteria, friendly yeast, and even non threatening viruses that naturally live inside your digestive tract? Your inner ecosystem can highly influence your waistline, mood, inflammation and allergies. It is truly the key to a strong immune system and helps your body age slowly and well. A balanced ecosystem & healthy digestive tract are essential for living a longer, healthier life.
How healthy is your ecosystem? And what can you do so that your body can flourish?

In order to keep your ecosystem healthy, immune system strong, and keep yourself in great health you should consume 80% alkaline-forming foods and 20% acid-forming foods. So what does this mean?

The typical American diet is completely acid-forming, rich in acid-forming meat, dairy & highly processed foods. Your body’s pH is 7.35, also known as slightly alkaline. Your body constantly seeks balance and works hard to maintain this healthy neutral alkaline zone. Alkaline-forming foods keep your pH balanced; give your body more energy and boost your immune system.

So which foods are Alkaline-forming foods? Here are a few:

Fruits: Lemon, Lime, Black Currants, Cranberry

Grains: Millet, Quinoa

Root Veggies: Carrots, Garlic, Leek, Onion, Radish, Daikon, Scallions

Veggies: Cucumber, Green Beans, Lettuce, Red Bell Pepper, Spinach, Zucchini, Parsley

Protein Fat: Coconut, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Avocado

Starchy Veggies: Red Skin Potato, Acorn Squash, Artichoke, English Peas, Butternut and Winter Squash

How many of these foods are you consuming on a regular basis? It’s definitely something to think about!
To your thriving ecosystem and mine,
Health and Lifestyle Coach Autumn
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Ten New Ways To Stay Young!

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Want to feel young forever?  Here are ten new anti-aging tips!

  1. Be Positive
  2. Have a Strong Social Circle
  3. Create A Life of Balance
  4. Counteract Inflammation by Consuming Omega 3’s (found in walnuts, salmon and avocado)
  5. Forgive Others
  6. Volunteer
  7. Develop a Skin Care Routine
  8. Get Involved in Your Community
  9. Juice Everyday
  10. Live in the Present

And here’s your bonus tip: Find a Big Purpose for your Life!

Let’s live the lives we were meant to live!  Be healthy, Be happy, be well!

Health Coach Autumn (www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Living To Be 100 Years Young

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“No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us, and new beauty waiting to be born.” -Dale E. Turner

What would it mean to you to live to be a hundred? In 2004, the world’s best longevity researchers set out to explore the places around the world where people lived extraordinarily long and healthy lives. Coined “Blue Zones—,” these longevity hot-spots are home to larger populations of centenarians than anywhere else. On average, Blue Zone residents reach age 100 at rates ten times greater than people living in the United States.

The most famous and well-studied Blue Zone area in the world is Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa is not only home to the world’s longest recorded life expectancies, but also to the world’s healthiest documented elders, and to the highest concentration of verified centenarians in the world. Studies show that Okinawan residents’ low-calorie plant-based diets undoubtedly play a key role in the health they have attained. Other Blue Zone communities around the globe include Sardinia, Italy, Ikaria, Greece, Loma Linda, California and Nicoya, Costa Rica.

“By improving their lifestyle, people can look and feel better at every age and add twelve years to their life expectancy. Something called the Danish Twin Studies established that less than 25% of how long the average person lives is dictated by genes. In other words, most of how long and how well you live is up to you…-” states bluezones.com.

So how can you age successfully? There are nine common characteristics that Blue Zone residents share, which can assist you in living a long and healthy life. Belong to faith–based communities and social circles where healthy behaviors are supported.  Have a strong sense of family and lead a purpose-driven life. Practice routines such as prayer, meditation and yoga to deal with stress. Follow the eighty percent rule – also known as eating until you are eighty percent full- which aids in digestion and weight maintenance. Consume lots of beans, drink wine in moderation, and eat your smallest and last meal of the day in the early evening.

Lastly, be very active—whether you are gardening, walking, doing housework or playing with your grandchildren. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk.  If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving.”

To your health!

Autumn @ pacificnorthwesthealth.com

I found the fountain of youth!

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I once had a dream. I dreamt I was at a beautiful enchanting resort and the resort was throwing a pool party.  A few of my tight knit friends were there and we decided to go wait in line for the high dive.  There were several people already waiting in line and it took awhile for the line to move.  Finally, after waiting awhile I approached the steps to the diving board.  I slowly climbed the steps and walked out to the ledge to take my leap.  I looked down at the water and suddenly realized how magical and sparkling it looked–this was no ordinary pool…

It was the fountain of youth!!  I happily dove into the warm and bubbly pool, filled with healing minerals and vitamins.  The water  was crystal clear like it is in the islands of the Caribbean. The pool almost felt fuzzy–it was like swimming in an expensive glass of champagne!

I awoke feeling refreshed and alive, the best kind of feeling in the morning.  How I would love to dream that dream every night! It got me thinking– Does the fountain of youth really exist?

It does!  I found it and  you can too.  It’s not a skin care regime here and there, or a supplement, or a diet– it’s a lifestyle.  Through the years I’ve found some amazing keys to staying young.  Here is my first longevity secret:

Stay hydrated!  Drink lots of water–when you feel thirsty your body is already dehydrated. Drinking good quality water; filtered or alkaline (ionized) preferably.  Alkaline water penetrates your cells with hydration while balancing and restoring them.   If you can’t afford a Kangen machine, (great machines but very pricey) then try out a brand called “Penta” or another brand named “Essentia.”  Trust me, one afternoon on Alkaline water and your body will tell the difference.

Stay tuned to my upcoming blogs for more longevity secrets!

To your health and happiness,

Autumn

Stay tuned to my blog for more longevity secrets!