Fasting, Detoxing and Juicing… Is There A Difference? Yes! And We’ve Got The Breakdown!

juice-cleansingFasting, juicing and detoxing have been used interchangeably at times but they are not the same. Have you ever really wondered what each one is all about? There are key distinctions between the three and Dr. Jeanne Wilson breaks down the differences, which are important to know and understand before you consider any of these programs.

To start, fasting and detoxifying are both ancient while juicing is the “new kid in town” so to speak! They all have their place but must be used intelligently and carefully.

FASTING

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What air pollution is REALLY doing to your skin – And how to combat the damage

photos.demandstudios.com-55-51-fotolia_4905686_XSAir pollution is hazardous to our health and the environment. And our skin! Many don’t realize the effects of pollution and what it is doing to our skin, the body’s largest organ. Read on for a Q&A with our co-founder & holistic nutritionist Heather Wilson for tips on how you can stop and reverse this damage.

What effect does air pollution (smog, particulate pollution) have on skin aging? Toxins are everywhere – in our environment, today’s foods, everyday pollution and even in our skin care products. A lot of these toxins are silent and largely unseen. Your neighbors remodeling their house, mold, fires burning, dust and particles blown by the wind. Our liver is one of “the great detoxifiers” and when it is overloaded with these toxins, they begin to leave our body through the skin.

How fast can air pollution speed skin aging? Air pollution is one of the greatest contributors to Read More »

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The Secret Health Benefits Of The Ocean

Women-vintage-swimwear-ocean-e1401884471216There is something wonderful about a plunge in the ocean. The refreshing coolness of the water on a hot summer day, the gentle resistance and splash of the waves (and, for some, being knocked on your bum publicly by a big wave also gives you the unexpected gift of humility!), the feel of the soft, sandy ocean bottom under your feet. But that’s not all. Many people aren’t aware that the ocean is full of natural health benefits. It’s true! In addition to all the sensory benefits from a ocean dip there are also a variety of health assets that will accompany your saltwater swim:

1. The ocean is alkaline. You have most likely heard about the benefits of keeping your body slightly alkaline (if not, you can read a quick list here). A dip in the ocean is a wonderful way to increase your alkaline environment.  The ocean’s alkalinity is approximately 8.1. (this will vary in different parts of the world) and always alkaline. Immersing yourself in waters of these levels can be very healing.

2.  The ocean contains vital elements. Vitamins, mineral salts, trace elements, amino acids and living microorganisms are all present in ocean water and can produce Read More »

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Are the commercials right? Can Yogurt do the job of Probiotics? We’ve got the scoop and you are going to want to read this!

We often have many patents ask us if they need a probiotic, even though they eat a lot of yogurt. In one word: YES! Probiotics are an essential! And while yogurt can offer some similar benefits, you would need to eat a lot of yogurt to get the same amount found in a professional grade probiotic! Especially if you have been using things like antiobiotics and non-organic chicken.

We have more bacterial cells in our gut than we do in the rest of our body — about four pounds of it! There are three types of gut bacteria: harmful, neutral, and beneficial — that’s the kind known as probiotics, the friendly bacteria that acts as our gut protection system. The friendly bacteria or “flora” is what we want to re-build in our system as this typically gets wiped out from bad diet, chemicals, toxins, medications, antibiotics, yeast, infections, and poor elimination habits.

The probiotic or good flora works to:

  • protecting the intestinal lining and improving the balance of good to bad bacteria in the gut by “neutralizing” bad bacteria;
  • producing substances that neutralize harmful bacteria;
  • and influencing the immune system so that it responds appropriately to invaders, such as harmful organisms, toxins and food.
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Maximize The Life Of Your Produce With These Storage Tips

shutterstock_122491669I don’t know about you, but I do it all the time. And I kick myself after the fact yet the following week I find myself doing the SAME thing, the one I just promised myself I’d never do again. I’m throwing out what should have been perfectly good produce and groceries because I didn’t cook them before they spoiled. Argh!

We came across some great information on Chopra Centered Lifestyle that goes over all the do’s and don’ts of product storage. I plan to put this to use starting today. These storage tips should help you save a massive 14% of produce that normally gets tossed each year!

The A to Z’s of Storing Produce for Longest Shelf Life

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Banish Summer Allergies With This Easy Tea Recipe

For those of you who suffer from allergies we have a wonderful allergy drink recipe for you! Locally grown honey is made by bees collecting pollen in your area, which will help build up your immunity to the pollen in your area.

Ingredients

  • 1 TBS Local honey
  • 1TBS raw organic apple cider (I like Bragg’s)
  • warm water

Place all ingredients in a drinking glass. Stir till the honey is dissolved and drink up! You can add lemon for taste!

Drink this twice a day and you should feel relief from those nasty allergies!

 

 

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Bad Breath? Eat More Food! Try These “Bad Breath Banishing” Foods!

Q: Can what I eat have anything to do with my breath – for better or for worse?

A: Absolutely! Your breath is a result of two things: your oral hygiene and gastrointestinal health. What this means is that while you should always take care of your teeth (brush, floss, timely dental exams, etc.), your diet can also play a role in your breath. In both cases bacteria is the cause. You should first make sure you are eating right (getting a balanced diet of protein, carbs, lots of fruits and veggies and plenty of fluids to keep the GI tract healthy) and brushing and flossing after every meal. However, that doesn’t mean that a lunch rich with garlic and onions won’t keep more than vampires away! Even those with the best oral hygiene and diet can suffer from occasional halitosis. Here are a few foods that can help prevent bad breath:

1. Coriander, spearmint, tarragon, eucalyptus, rosemary and cardamom are all good for Read More »

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Boost Your Detox With This Simple Bath

In addition to the East West Essentials’ Optimal Cleanse, we also recommend using bath salts or a salt scrub to help the detox process. Bath salts are another way to help stimulate the body’s natural detoxification process. Salts and scrubs can be used to aid in the release of toxins while reducing stress and swelling of the skin.

You can even make your own scrub at home!

  • Combine epsom, kosher or sea salts with any kitchen oil you have in the house (don’t use baby oil, which clogs pores) in a jar
  • Mix all ingredients
  • Generously scrub your skin with the mixture in the shower. You can also add an essential oil for scent – we like lavender (relaxing for nighttime washes) and peppermint (energizing for am showers)

In addition to a scrub, a massage or sauna (to promote sweating) will further the detox process!

 

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Why You Should Eat Seaweed By The Case (Yes… “That Stuff” On The Beach!)

7467-1_nSeaweed is so much more than “that green stuff” that washes up on the beach. You may be surprised to learn that there is some 10,000 types of seaweed that exist throughout the world! Ancient Chinese texts refer to this mineral-rich nutrient, noting, “There is no swelling (inflammation) that is not relieved by seaweed.” Of the thousands of varieties of seaweed, about 300 to 400 are edible foods. There are three main categories of seaweed: green, red, and brown. It can be collected in the wild or farmed, and is used in personal care products, pet food, ice cream, fertilizers, cleaners, and dietary supplements. Who knew?!

What’s in seaweed?

All seaweeds contain minerals, trace elements, vitamins, and amino acids. It is an excellent source of calcium, iodine and iron. No other group of plants contains more minerals and nutrients than seaweed – a big bonus! Add to that, seaweed has about five calories per serving.

There are five types of seaweed that are most commonly eaten today:

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Our Summer Salad Staple: Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

poppy-seed-dressing-nobiggie.net_Recipe Friday! Today the East West Essentials team shares our delicious and healthy Poppy Seed Dressing, perfect for summer salads.

Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

  • 1 1/2 tbsp. chopped onion
  • 1/2 c. raw cashews, rinsed
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. honey (opt.)
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
Directions:
  1. BLEND all ingredients, except poppy seeds, until smooth.
  2. STIR in poppy seeds.
  3. Keep refrigerated. May need to thin with additional water to desired consistency.
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