Pour Me A Glass of Coconut Water!

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When was the last time you sipped on a glass of refreshing coconut water?

Coconut water was used in the 2nd World War as a blood substitute when blood plasma was low.  Believe it! It’s colony of liquid cells make it a healing liquid with living energy.  Its filled with vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes and is a great immune system enhancer.

Coconut water not only alkalizes your digestive system and aids in digestion but it is also beneficial for diabetic patients! It balances blood sugar levels because it contains an amino acid named arginine, which helps to moderate sugar absorption.

Coconut is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal;  fighting yeast overgrowth!  So drink up if your fighting a cold or bug!  Additionally, it can also lessen eczema and balance hormones.

Know any balding friends?!  Coconut water promotes hair growth!  That’s pretty amazing if you ask me.

So next time your at the market, pick some coconut water up!  Your body will be feeling like paradise in no time!

To your health and happiness,

Health Coach Autumn

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Tired of your 3 p.m. slump? Boost your energy naturally!

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The same scenario played out everyday when I worked in an office.  There I would be, 3pm, and ready to take a big fat nap at my desk! 

The coffee had worn off and I was in a food coma from eating too much at lunch.  I can’t tell you how unproductive I was after 3:00!

I wish I knew about natural energy boosters then.  It would have raised my productivity at work and home.

Here are a couple of tips on boosting your mid-afternoon energy:

1.  Drink white tea instead of coffee

2.  Take a guarana supplement in the afternoon.  I recommend between 200-800 mg for a sustained boost of energy.

3.  During lunch, consume water rich foods like vegetables and fruit.  Dehydration= fatigue.  Stay hydrated to feel more alert.

4.  Cook your lunch with coconut oil or palm kernel oil for some extra pep in your step.

5.  Don’t overeat at lunchtime.  A full stomach of food is harder for your body to digest.  Digestion also robs the body of energy.

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at http://www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Healing with Water Therapy

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Ever think of using water to get well?  Water is the foundation of life, after all!

Water therapy can help with recovery and increase vitality.  Our bodies are 75% percent water as it is, so it’s just natural to want to be in water!

Here are some water therapies that can help you stay healthy and feeling fabulous!

Whirlpools and Relaxing Baths

The Ocean (It’s a Saline Environment and can be a great healer if you don’t stay in too long)

Steam Rooms

Hot Springs (full of minerals)

Showers  (Shower with hot water first and then turn the water to a cooler temperature for the last minute of your shower.  This will open up your pores, release toxins, and improve your skin quality. Additionally, when you are sick, shower 3-4 times a day.  It will help you recover quicker.

Lastly, here’s the BIG one:

DRINK ENOUGH WATER AND DRINK GOOD QUALITY WATER.

Drinking good quality water is just as important, if not more important than eating quality food. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, hunger, headaches, sugar cravings, and other miscellaneous symptoms. 

My favorite is alkaline water.  Filtered and reverse osmosis water is good as well.

Now go jump in!  My shower is calling my name as we speak!  To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

The Hidden Source of Cravings

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Are your cravings making you gain weight?  Do your cravings make you feel guilty?  Are your cravings driving you crazy?

You are not alone!  There are millions of people who cannot control their cravings and cannot figure out why they have them.  The confusing part of the “craving” equation is that there are many causes of cravings, and they differ for everyone.  In order to get to the bottom of yours; you must be willing to do some detective work.

So what do you need to know?  Here are some questions to ask yourself when you are having a craving:

-Am I thirsty?  Lack of water or dehydration can cause cravings.

-Am I hormonal?  Am I experiencing menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, fluctuating testosterone or estrogen levels?

-Am I self-sabotaging?  Sometimes when things are going great in our lives, we literally self-sabotage ourselves for a number of reasons.  Low blood sugar can make us go into self-sabotage mode.  Also, the feeling we don’t deserve something can create the same effect.

-Am I craving a seasonal food?  We often crave hot, warm and “grounding” foods like potatoes in the winter time and sweet, light foods like sorbet in the summertime.

-Am I lacking nutrients?  When your body is starving for nutrients; it produces an unusual effect in our body.  This may make us crave salty foods, processed foods, caffeine or alcohol.

I know this will get you started on deconstructing your cravings.   Stay tuned for more of my blogs about the hidden sources of cravings!

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)