The Sweet Thing about Bitters

Why we need them back in our Diet

Bitter flavors tend to deliver the strongest response by the body. Many of us even react  with a shudder when something bitter hits our tongue. Our tongue is loaded with taste receptors designed to analyze the nutrients in food, including those called T2Rs which detect the bitter taste. When these receptors in your mouth are stimulated, a cascade of nerve signals reaches areas in the brain which prepare a plan of action for how the body should respond.

Information travels to our salivary glands, stomach, pancreas, liver and gallbladder, encouraging the production and release of digestive juices and enzymes. This obviously has beneficial effects, helping your body fully go into digestion mode and make more of its own digestive enzymes thus increasing your ability to get more nutrients from the food you eat. This means not only more saliva breaking down your food in the mouth, but also better breakdown of proteins in the stomach from the proper amount of stomach acid, restored regulation of muscles closing off the acid in your stomach, good breakdown of all foods by your pancreatic enzymes, and better-lubricated bowel movements from proper bile flow. Eventually, the tissues in your gut may be restored, so no more leaky gut!

Down along the gut, we find more T2Rs. Here, when stimulated by bitter compounds, cells studded with T2Rs directly stimulate tissues to secrete hormones into our bloodstream that contribute to feelings of fullness and satiety*. In fact, feeling satisfied though eating less is a huge benefit from including bitters in your lifestyle. This also tends to curb the cravings for carbs.

In nature most sweet things have had a bitter component balancing the metabolic reaction to sugars. Think wild apples and oranges, concord grapes, carrots that aren’t orange-colored, unrefined stevia and licorice. The problem is that in the last 100 years or so, agricultural companies have hybridized crops to breed the bitterness out of our foods to make them sell better. Also, food processing companies routinely reduce any bitterness, and add excess sugars and salt, substituting these more acceptable flavors.

Adding bitters back into our life can aid our digestion and elimination, lessen heartburn and nausea, restore the leaky gut, and help break the hold sugars and carbs have on our lives.

 

 

 

 

 

How best to add Bitters to your Diet

One way would be to add bitter greens into your salads, organic chicory, dandelion, arugula, radicchio.  Bitter tasting roots, such as dandelion or burdock, can also be included in stir-fries or soups.  But in today’s busy life the most convenient way is to use a bitters tincture –  several sprays into your mouth, or a dropperful right under your tongue or in in a little water.

At Southern Botanicals we stock the finest specialty  organic bitters. The product line has several flavors: Original, Maple, Citrus, Healthy Liver, and Apple Cider Vinegar (with no alcohol or glycerin). All are certified organic with ingredients sourced domestically, from small farms whenever possible. Some of the extract ingredients include the following:

Dandelion Root and Leaf (Taraxacum officinale), Artichoke leaf, Angelica Root (Angelica archangelica), Burdock Root (Arctium lappa), Yellow Dock Root (Rumex crispus), Gentian Root (Gentiana lutea), Orange Peel (Citrus aurantium), Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare), Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale), Organic Essential Oils

Best of all – they are on sale!   Check our website  to see all ingredients and choose a formula that suits you.

 

Note: Taste receptors are the target of current research seeking new discoveries about how they work and benefit the human body. For example, bitter receptors, T2Rs, have been found in other tissues in the body, including the lungs and upper airways, where  recent studies have shown they seem to be involved in immune response and also create a surprising relaxation of the airway muscles.*  Some studies to start with follow:

Gut. 2014 Jan;63(1):179-90. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2013-305112. Epub 2013 Oct 16.  Taste receptors of the gut: emerging roles in health and disease. Depoortere I.

Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2016 Aug;77(Pt B):197-204. doi: 10.1016/j.biocel.2016.03.011. Epub 2016 Mar 23.Bitter taste receptors: Extraoral roles in pathophysiology. Shaik FA1Singh N1Arakawa M2Duan K1Bhullar RP2Chelikani P3.

Trends Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Feb;24(2):92-100. doi: 10.1016/j.tem.2012.11.006. Epub 2012  Nutrient sensing in the gut: new roads to therapeutics? Janssen S1Depoortere I. Dec 21.

Nutrient sensing and signalling by the gut.  Rasoamanana R1Darcel NFromentin GTomé DProc Nutr Soc. 2012 Nov;71(4):446-55. doi: 10.1017/S0029665112000110. Epub 2012 Mar 27.

A New Year- Fresh Start

Jan 2020 Specials on Cleansing Kits

This is the time of year when we look to re-focus on our health. We may have overindulged during the Holiday Season  and it took its toll. We notice a few extra pounds, an overall sensation of not feeling our best, and it seems we’re either getting sick or fighting off a seasonal bug. New Year’s Day is our favorite day to plan to make changes – eat better, exercise more, and lose weight.  But, what will give the right jump start you need to be successful with your new goals?

An internal body cleanse may be just what you need to restore your body’s health. Internal cleansing results in clean, well functioning intestines which increase nutrient absorption and allow other organs to function better. You can empower the body to heal itself naturally by freeing it from the burden of reabsorbed toxins. Other organs, like the liver, gallbladder, kidneys and bladder can do their natural cleansing better when you have a detoxified intestinal and supporting herbs.

To help you with your new health goals, Southern Botanical’s is offering all our Cleanse & Detoxify Kits at great savings to you!

If you are a beginner, we have shorter cleanses that will give you a powerful boost in a shorter time. Our most popular short time cleanse in price and power boost is the 10 Day Liver and Intestinal Cleanse . The herbs featured in this cleanse program provide your body with nutrients that make it easier for your kidneys, bladder and intestines to gently release old toxins and waste without interruption much to your normal routine.  The 10 Day Intestinal Cleanse Kit is also quick acting and a great price. With this cleanse the liver breaks down excess hormones circulating in the body, as well as breaking down most of the toxic substances in the blood. A great option to get you ready for success, clearing the system for better diet and habits, reducing cravings and generally helping one get off to a fresh, healthy start.

If you want to keep it simple try the Kidney Cleanse Duo . Some of the benefits of the  easy duo are: flushes the urinary tract, soothes irritated tissues in the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract, tones the urinary tract for better bladder control, increased energy and supports kidney function and a healthy prostate.

If you are experienced and have made cleansing a part of your yearly routine, we have classic Cleanse kits for detoxification to thoroughly address what you want – be it a small system or whole body. The Total Intestinal Body Cleanse draws toxins from every organ in the body. The cleanse is done in 4 steps starting with the digestive system and the intestines. The Whole Body Parasite Cleanse *Program is a full body detox cleanse, addressing the following body organs and systems – digestive tract (from stomach to colon), liver and gall bladder, kidneys and urinary tract, blood and lymph, lungs and skin.

 All Southern Botanical Cleanse kits are discounted 5%-20% until Jan 31, 2020.

Please feel free to email or call us if you want advice on choosing the right cleanse for you. These are great cleanses with potent, high quality herbs so you can feel a difference.

Order Today and get started on your healthier you! 

Cleanse Kits include instructions that start you out gradually on intestinal cleanse steps, and allow you to maintain healthy bowel movements without feeling like you need to know where every bathroom is located all day “just in case”. Herbs in our formulas can actually strengthen tone and support the intestinal tract, helping to balance.

Note: When doing any cleanse that involves tea, the increased fluid intake may require more frequent trips to the bathroom if you are not used to drinking several cups of water a day. When doing a Kidney Cleanse, those herbs in the kit encourage urine production and work to flush your urinary system, so you may need to go to the bathroom more for the kidneys.

 

International Herb Association Herb of the Year 2018- Hops!

According to the American College of Healthcare Sciences, “Each year the International herb Association  releases a new addition to their annual anthology series, Herb of the Year™. This year, it’s Hops, Herb of the Year 2018: Brewing and Beyond.

Hops are the green seed cones around the female flowers of Humulus lupulus. The first documented cultivation of hops and use in beer occurred in Germany  in the early 8th to 11th centuries. First used as a flavoring agent in beer, it was later used in herbal medicines. It is most noted in modern times for its relaxing properties, calming tensions and irritability, and it may make one sleepy.

We use hops in some of our formulas…

Nerve Ease Concentrate (*Organic, +Wildcrafted): Valerian Root*, Passion Flower, Lobelia*, Hops Flower*, Black Cohosh*, Blue Cohosh+, Wild Yam Root+ and Skullcap in a base of distilled water and certified organic GMO-free alcohol. Learn More  

Female Tonic Ingredients Ingredients: (*Organic, +Wildcrafted): Dong Quai Root*, Wild Yam Root+, Chaste Tree Berry*, Licorice Root*, Damiana Leaf+ and Hops Flower* in a base of distilled water and certified organic GMO-free alcohol. Learn More

Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto

Saw Palmetto grows naturally here in Florida and was used in several forms of traditional medicine.  The Seminole Tribe relied on saw palmetto berries as food while the Mayans drank it as a tonic. Many Native American Medicine Men also kept a medicine bag of Saw Palmetto with them to make topical antiseptic,  a tonic, & to treat a wide variety of aliments which included impotence, inflammation & infertility. See our formulas containing Saw Palmetto.

From an article about Saw Palmetto found on GreenMedInfo.com: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/saw-palmetto-effective-prostate-conditions-or-not

“Saw palmetto contains a multitude of constituents. These include beta-sitosterol and its related glucoside; various tannins; alkaloids; a number of resins; capric, palmitic, lauric, oleic and caprylic acids, carotenoids; lipase and others.

“… Because Saw palmetto contains a variety of naturally present phyto-compounds, it inhibits 5α-reductase without producing hormonal imbalances. This is confirmed by the fact that Saw palmetto is also used by traditional herbalists as an aphrodisiac. Saw palmetto also contains phytonutrients that help neutralize oxidation, thereby reducing oxidative stress. …

“… Because our Western pharmacology education and biochemical research focuses upon finding that single “active” phytochemical, we miss the very essence of why natural compounds have provided healing benefits for thousands of year to billions of people around the world: Their synergy of related phyto-compounds. A traditionally trained herbalist will therefore typically recommend only whole herbs or whole herb extracts.

“… Holistic practitioners often prescribe herbal combinations that might include Saw palmetto together with other herbs, as well as dietary and lifestyle recommendations. This approach may not be conducive to large-scale clinical (“single bullet”) studies, but it has worked for billions of people over thousands of years.”

See our formulas containing Saw Palmetto.

Immune Support Tips – for Moms When Kids Go Back to School or Anytime

back to school moms need immunity

back to school moms need immunity

 

 

It’s that time of the year: Kids go back to school, and that means they will be exposed to all kinds of viruses and bacteria – and bring them home to you!

Moms need a healthy immune system, or support to build one, when kids go back in school. Things can get a little hectic with all the schedule changes due to for getting ready on time, meal timing, school transport and emotional demands. You can’t afford to get sick.

Children who are starting school for the first time are often prone to getting sick because they are new to the environment and all the “new bugs” in it. Exposure to some germs will help a child build immunity, but schools are potential breeding grounds for so many germs that it may overwhelm immature immune systems. Kids touch their mouths and noses and other body parts, then share items like their food and drinks, books, flashcards, crayons and toys.

Older kids are also exposed in the classroom and the locker room. One can get a cold or virus and pass it around, so many others become sick too.

Before you know it, your whole family is home sick.

There are ways to prevent your family from becoming sick often:

1. Teach kids a good hygiene and germ etiquette

Make sure that your kids know that they should wash their hands several times a day with the soap and warm water, especially after using the bathroom, before every meal and when they get home from school.

If someone at their school is sick, coughing or sneezing, tell them to stay a distance away from the individual. Also, teach them to cover their mouth with a tissue whenever they cough and sneeze, or to sneeze into the crook of their elbow rather than their hands. Wash their hands often anyway.

Your kids should be taught it’s the best practice to eat only their own food and drinks, and to avoid sharing personal items such as lipstick and towels.

Hand Sanitizers are usually unhealthy chemical products that don’t help build up the immune system, or even kill germs well.

2. Get enough sleep and eat healthfully

The immune system weakens when you don’t get enough sleep and have a poor diet. School-aged children should get 9-11 hours of sleep a day and adults around 7-9 hours to repair their cells and stay resilient.

A healthy diet is a key. Make sure that you and your family get enough of fresh fruits and vegetables. Protein and healthy fats are necessary, but sugar will deactivate immune response so skip sugary snacks in the lunch box.

Healthy Kids’ Snack – Chia Seeds are versatile as a nutrition-booster because they take on the flavor of any liquid they are added to. Chia makes an especially easy fruity pudding when a couple of tablespoons of chia seed are added to a cup of any juice along with some berries or fruit chunks. Let this mixture set for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator for a nutritious breakfast food or snack. A teaspoon or two of chia seeds in a smoothie gels up slightly in a few minutes to boost the Omega 3, protein and mineral content.

You also need a good Vitamin C supplement. Camu-camu is a natural berry from the rainforest, and is one of the highest plant sources in the world for Vitamin C. As a powder supplement you can add it to smoothies or mix it with water, yogurt or applesauce.

3. Build Immunity

You can also build up your immunity. Herbs were used in traditional diets to support various body functions. The immune function is an easy one if you know what to do.

  • Tonic Supreme is a super alkalizing liquid which helps to promote a healthy immune response as well as digestive and respiratory health. It provides great support for you and your older children. You can add it to foods like soups, sauces, salad dressings or drizzle it over vegetables or proteins – or simply take 1-2 tablespoons in water a couple of times a day.
  • Echinacea is an herb known in traditional folk medicine as being excellent for immune support. It can be taken every other week on and week off throughout the fall and winter to promote a healthy immune response and build your fortress. The beneficial properties of Echinacea are strongest when extracted by alcohol. You can actually taste the characteristic Echinacea tingle on the tongue when taking any of our 3 Echinacea formulas:
    • Echinacea Extra – our most popular spicy hot concentrate with cayenne to drive circulation and the herbs throughout the body,
  • Black seed oil in capsules is another great option. Black seed oil has a high natural concentration of essential linoleic and linolenic fatty acids which cannot be synthesized by our bodies and are necessary for optimal health. As an anti-inflammatory supplement, it is also excellent when there challenges to the respiratory system.

Support your own health and your family’s for a great start back to school and a healthy year.

What Safe, Natural Substance Kills Parasites, Beautifies Hair, Skin & Nails and More for Pennies a Day

It sounds too good to believe that such a substance exists. But it does. It’s called Diatomaceous Earth or for short DE. There are many uses for DE, including pool cleaning, but for Personal health and beauty, use only Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth.

This amazing stuff is the remains of diatoms (fossilized one cell algae which lived in oceans, streams and lakes in the western part of the USA and other places long ago). This “earth” comes in powder form and is 100% organic and natural.

Diatomaceous Earth is totally non-toxic and is not a chemical. It kills parasites, fungi, viruses, worms, protozoa and bacteria mechanically. DE is 85% silicon and contains many other trace minerals. These minerals create a hard shell around the fossilized algae that form honey-comb like cylindrical structures, containing numerous sharp chambers.

Parasite and Waste Removal…

Parasites, fungi, insects, viruses, bacteria as well as pesticides, chemical residues and heavy metals are pulled into the chambers where the living pathogens are shredded by the sharp edges and die of dehydration. These are then eliminated from the body via the intestines. Note: When you take DE, be sure to drink lots of water. Otherwise you can become seriously dehydrated. Don’t inhale the DE either, just as you wouldn’t inhale other powders.

Parasites are very common but not usually suspected . An estimated 85-90% of North Americans have parasites. You may have no symptoms for years. But when you do you may experience the following: lack of energy, diarrhea or constipation, itchy anus, weight loss, hunger after meals, skin problems, insomnia, food allergies, anemia or lupus.

Parasites live mainly in the intestines but can travel to all areas of your body including the blood stream. They live off of foods you eat and deprive your body of proper nutrition. The food grade DE scrapes old wastes from intestinal walls and cleanses your intestinal tract, making it a less hospitable environment for parasites. A clean intestinal tract and colon help your body to absorb minerals and other nutrients.

DE can kill all parasites no matter where they are, even in the blood , since it travels through your blood stream. It is safe for humans and pets. Industrial strength DE is used in swimming pool filters and contains chemicals. Remember to only use food grade.

If you want to use the DE for elimination of parasites, heavy metals and toxins, start with just one teaspoon a day diluted in 8 ounces of purified or distilled water and increase the dose gradually to one – two tablespoons daily. This prevents you from detoxifying too quickly which can be uncomfortable. When using DE to cleanse it’s especially important to eat healthful, nutrient-dense foods to support your immune system.

Some people continue to take the Diatomaceous Earth daily even after symptoms are handled because it has so many additional benefits.

DE for Beautiful hair, Skin and Nails…

Diatomaceous earth is used by people all over the world to beautify hair, skin and nails. All three are composed of silica and need additional silica for optimal health. This is because today our foods are only able to provide about 1/3 rd the amount of silica that your body needs due to depleted soils.

The silica in DE makes hair shiny and lustrous. Healthy skin needs silica, too. Taking DE makes your skin feel softer. Collagen under the skin increases skin moisture and elasticity because of silica.

DE can be used externally for skin exfoliation. Using DE regularly can turn dull, dry skin into a radiant complexion.

Weak , brittle, breaking nails can be transformed into strong, hard ones by taking 1 to 2 tablespoons of DE daily. Your nails will look and feel much better. Strong nails not only look great but are more also far more useful.

Some other Benefits…

There are so many uses for DE they could fill a book.  You aren’t likely to find medical studies on this subject as most are funded by pharmaceutical companies for patented products. But DE cannot be patented because it comes from Mother Nature.

Bones need calcium and silica is vital to calcium absorption . Without enough silica calcium supplements often cannot provide the amounts needed for strong bones. DE helps the calcium to get used in your bones.

And you can get it for just pennies a day right here.

5 Herbal Teas to Try Right Now for Under the Weather Relief

Ingredients for Liver Cleanse Tea from Southern Botanicals

Ingredients for Liver Cleanse Tea from Southern Botanicals
Something as simple as a hot cup of herbal tea can give you the calm you crave when feeling under the weather.
Between feeling bone tired, stuffed up, achy and having a chest-rattling cough, you can’t wait for the symptoms to go away so you can get on with your life.

There are plenty of herbal teas that taste delicious and can help loosen the hold symptoms from a cold or flu infection have on you.
The aromatherapy from inhaling steaming herbs soothes irritated sinuses and lungs. The warm liquid encourages a sore throat to relax. And the properties the hot water extracts from the herbs help support your immune system, calm an upset stomach and break up congestion in your nose and chest.

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Herbs That Can Quickly Help You Relieve Cold and Flu Symptoms

1) Ginger Tea – A cup of tea made with ginger has a wonderful warming effect on your body that feels very comforting if you have a chill from a fever. It’s an especially helpful relief if you have an upset stomach.

2) Clove Tea – An expectorant that makes it easier to cough up congestion in your lungs, a tea made with cloves can also encourage sinuses to open up so you can breathe easier and settle down an upset stomach.

3) Licorice Tea – With a delicious sweet flavor without the sugar, licorice supports your immune system while reducing soreness in your throat. Another fantastic herb for calming spasms in your lungs while thinning mucus so it’s easier for your cough to be productive instead of dry and irritating.

Clove, licorice, and a host of other scrumptious-tasting and strengthening herbs can be found in our Liver Cleanse tea. What does the liver have to do with Immune health?

Have you noticed that people tend to get sick if they have overeaten, and especially filled up on sugary things, or heavy foods that are hard to digest?

Out of the hundreds of functions, your liver performs, breaking down an excess of anything toxic so it can be cleared from your blood is one of its most critical jobs. The wrong foods stuck in your system can be cleared out better and faster with a bit of help for your liver. The individual herbs in Liver Cleanse Tea are good as above for congestion, not only in your lungs and nose, but also throughout your digestive system and blood: Dandelion Root*, Burdock Root*, Cinnamon Bark*, Carob Pod*, Fennel Seed*, Cardamom Seed*, Clove Bud*, Black Peppercorn*, Orange Peel*, Juniper Berry*, Ginger Root*, Parsley Root*, Licorice Root*, Pau d’Arco Bark+, Horsetail* and Chanca Piedra Leaf+ (*Organic, +Wildcrafted)

As an added plus, your liver breaks down the excess of certain hormones – including cortisol, the stress hormone. So gentle liver support calming you down from stress that might push you over the edge into illness also helps. Get Liver Cleanse Tea or find out more about it.

4) Peppermint Tea – Contains menthol which helps break up congestion along with having a calming and numbing effect. A helpful natural remedy when you have symptoms like a headache, nausea and congested sinuses.

5) Yarrow Tea – Relaxes you while offering great immune system support. This classic herbal remedy for colds and flu encourages your body to sweat which can help naturally reduce a fever.

Why the Best Herbal Teas are Made with Whole Herb Parts

Not all herbal teas are created equal. Oftentimes when you buy herbal tea bags at the store, the herbs have been dried and powdered beyond recognition and have less of the beneficial properties of the original plant.

You know that cooking with whole foods retains more of their nutrients, and the same is true for herbal tea. Have you ever made tea with whole berries, chunks of roots and pieces of leaves? The difference in taste and effect may amaze you!

 

Whole Clove Buds-Southern Botanicals

To me, when you get an herbal tea with ingredients like clove buds in it, you should be able to see whole clove buds in the tea blend, not powdered cloves.

These herbs can also be great aromatherapy when you lean over the pot of simmering tea and inhale the steam. The essential oils from cloves, ginger or peppermint billow into the air when you simmer those herbs, which also helps activate your immune system and clear congestion as you gently breathe in the steam.

 

Super-Easy Way to Make Herbal Tea With Whole Herb Parts

It’s easy to make a whole day’s worth of tea at once using bulk dry herb tea, so you can drink a hot cup in the morning, and take the rest with you in your water bottle to drink all day.

If you are not experienced in making tea from loose herb parts rather than a tea bag,
see this video to learn how easy it is. How To Brew Loose Herbal Tea for Maximum Potency

Cup of Herbal Tea-Southern BotanicalsAdditional Tips:
Place 1-3 TBSP herbs in a pot with water and let soak for a time. You can put the herbs straight in the water and just pour off the tea when done, or tie the herbs in a small muslin cotton bag to remove later, or you can use a strainer after simmering.

Bring 1 pint to 1 quart of water to a simmer. How much water you use here in ratio to your tea determines the potency of your tea. One Tablespoon to a pint is mild but still potent. Same for 2 Tablespoons herbs to a quart of water. A very strong potent tea is made with 3 Tablespoons herbs to a quart of water.

For lighter leaves like GingerMint Tea, turn off as soon as it comes to a simmer and let steep for 10 minutes or so.

For a chunkier tea with many berries and roots like Liver Cleanse Tea, simmer on low for about 10 – 15 minutes, then turn off the heat and steep while cooling.

Pour warm tea into your favorite tea cup or mug, breathe in the wonderful aroma and enjoy! Then you can let the rest sit and steep in the pot and drink at home throughout the day. Or, when cooled off enough, pour the rest into a glass water bottle to take with you and drink throughout the day for comfort and soothing great taste.

Hot herbal tea can help you breathe easier, relax and make any symptoms more manageable. Continuing to drink whole medicinal teas for a day or longer can help clear your system of congestion and irritating toxins, and build up your strength.

Taking a whole herbal tea regularly along with other herbs and healthy foods can help you build your immune fortress.

See our whole line Herbal Medicinal Teas for more excellent herbal support for your body systems.

You can also check out our other Immune Support items or specifically our Echinacea products.

Why I Love Cayenne Pepper, The Spicy Herb With a Million Uses

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For most of my life if there was a choice between hot, medium and mild for how spicy a dish was, I always picked mild, no question.

But about 12 years ago I started to slowly change my mind and my palate when it came to warming up to cayenne peppers.

Read moreWhy I Love Cayenne Pepper, The Spicy Herb With a Million Uses

The Echinacea Scandal

Echinacea

I got to enjoy a wonderful day on the golf course, 2 Sundays ago in February (I live in Florida.) Despite my tendency to lose balls to trees and ponds, it was a great time.  I went to bed that night a happy man, but my happiness was quickly replaced Monday morning with misery: I had caught the cold.

Read moreThe Echinacea Scandal

Gum Disease’s Kryptonite: Tea Tree Oil

In the battle against gum disease, a natural remedy steps up  

happy couple laughing smilingBe honest with yourself. How much attention do you pay to your teeth and their health? On a scale of “What toothbrush?” to “I brush, floss, and rinse 3 times a day, everyday” I feel comfortable saying that I’m a “brush, floss, and rinse 2 times a day”. This, according to the American Dental Association, puts me in the middle of the pack, which isn’t bad but still leaves me at a great enough risk for gum disease that I should step up my game.

Read moreGum Disease’s Kryptonite: Tea Tree Oil

5 Foods to Activate Your Immune System Naturally

Ginger, onion, garlic, horseradish & habanero pepper

Five Foods for Cold & Flu

The common cold has been “bugging” us recently. The average child catches between six and 12 colds a year and the average adult comes down with a cold two to three times a year. The flu is very contagious and is easily spread when people spend more time together during cold weather.

Read more5 Foods to Activate Your Immune System Naturally