DIY Essential Oil Perfume & Cologne

I get most of my book recommendations by reading books that recommend other books and also from the many podcasts I listen to.  Last fall, I was in Scottsdale at a customer convention.  I had some time in between the daily sessions and dinner, so I went for a walk on the golf course.

I had just received the recommendation to listen to the Lifestyle Locker Radio podcast from my chiropractor.  I had already listened to a couple and I liked the weekly conversations.  The next one in queue was about essential oils.  The guest on the podcast was Eric Zielinski, author of The Healing Power of Essential Oils.

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Up until this point, my knowledge on essential oils was pretty limited.  After listening to this podcast, I was blown away, so much so that I ordered the book that day.  If essential oils interest you and you are trying to remove toxic things from your life,  I highly recommend this book.  The author has all kinds of great tips and recipes that you can easily work into your daily routine.

A small example of something I did was with body lotion.  Rather than use store bought lotions with ingredients I cannot pronounce, I used the recipe from the book.  It’s pretty straight forward, fractionated coconut oil with three essential oils; orange, peppermint and rosemary.  The author does not endorse any essential oil company.  I did my research and landed on Rocky Mountain Oils.  So far I have been very happy with their products, customer service and free shipping on all orders!

Another example of something I am going to try is with cologne.  I have worn cologne every day of my life up until this past year.  After learning more and more about how things put on our skin is so quickly and easily absorbed into our bodies, I have been much more cautious about what I am using.  I recently received the following recipes for both cologne and perfume.  It’s a great way to use something you know is not some synthetic fragrance  with serious effects on the body (especially the brain) and have been linked to Alzheimer’s, dementia, auto-immunity and even cancer.

LINK TO ESSENTIAL OIL RECIPES

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Here is another great cookie recipe that is both gluten and grain free.  This is a nice recipe to make, especially if you have ripe avocados that will quickly go from ripe to rotten!

Enjoy!


PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES

YIELD: 22 COOKIES

INGREDIENTS:

2 small ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and mashed (about 1 cup)
1 large egg
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 cup coconut butter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 TBSP ground cinnamon
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 oz dark chocolate, chopped

THE METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients except the dark chocolate. Process until well combined and smooth.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chunks. Drop tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Using lightly moistened fingers, flatten the dough into cookie shapes. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until just set. Let cool on the sheet on a wire rack for 15 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator.


This recipe is from PALEO Magazine:  Link to the Recipe

CBD And How It Works In Our Bodies

The human body has what is called an endocannabinoid system inside our brains and nervous systems. According to Wikipedia, “The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the mammalian central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system. The endocannabinoid system is involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes including fertility, pregnancy during pre- and post-natal development, appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory, and in mediating the pharmacological effects of cannabis.”

That’s quite a mouthful of technical and medical jargon, isn’t it? Here’s what it means in plain English: your body and central nervous system are actually designed to work with cannabinoids. Because of that, hemp is a true wonder of nature. No, we probably don’t need the THC found in marijuana (although it may have some health benefits), but we do need the benefits of the many cannabinoids found in hemp, especially CBD!

While CTFO refrains from making any medical claims for CBD oil, there is a large body of medical and scientific research extolling the many benefits of this natural product. Some people are reporting relief and help for a wide variety of health issues. We say, it’s good for you! Try it and see if it helps with a problem you’re having. If it does, great. Tell your family and friends about it. We choose to let our CBD oil speak for itself. Our oils are of the highest purity and are independently tested for potency by an outside laboratory. We are even bold enough to post those lab results right on our website!

CTFO offers full spectrum oil (CBD plus all the other cannabinoids found in hemp, but with less than 0.2% THC (which means it is effectively THC free!). The full spectrum oil is taken orally under the tongue and comes in 300, 500, 750 and 1500 mg CBD strengths. We also have CBD isolate oil (completely free of all other cannabinoids other than CBD) in strengths of 500 and 1500 mg. These may be preferred by those who are required to take a drug test for employment. Please note that some drug tests do look for more than just THC, so CTFO cannot guarantee you will pass a drug test if using these products, including the Isolate products.

CBD oil is the hottest thing to hit the nutritional market in decades. According to Cannabis research firm Brightfield Group, the CBD market will be a $5.7 billion market by next year, and a $22 billion market by 2022. So not only is CBD good for your health… it’s good for your WEALTH!!

To learn more about CTFO and the more than 70 CBD based products they have to offer, CLICK HERE to go to the website.

* This blog post was taken from the CTFO business resource center

Is Keto Bad for Cholesterol?

This is a very informative article from Mark’s Daily Apple.  It goes much deeper in to cholesterol than just a total number you receive from a lipid panel test.  There is way more to the story than just total cholesterol!

LINK TO ARTICLE: IS KETO BAD FOR CHOLESTEROL?

How Does Sugar Impact Your Body?

This is a straight forward article talking about the impact sugar has on your body.  I think many of you who read the article, will be amazed at all of the different ways in which it does impact you.

The article will explain the impact to each of the following:

  • Brain
  • Mood
  • Teeth
  • Joints
  • Skin
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Body Weight
  • Sexual Health

The word cloud below shows you all of the different words used to describe various forms of sugar in products.  It’s kind of overwhelming.  After reading these, you’re ingredient label reading will go to a whole new level.  You will see sometimes as many as 4-5 different forms of sugar in a product, or in the case of the product below, 9 times!

Here’s an example of “Find the Sugar” in an ingredient line of a National brand chewy granola bar:

Granola (Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Brown Sugar, Crisp Rice [Rice Flour, Sugar, Salt, Malted Barley Extract], Whole Grain Rolled Wheat, Soybean Oil, Dried Coconut, Whole Wheat Flour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Soy Lecithin, Caramel Color, Nonfat Dry Milk), Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract), Corn Syrup, Brown Rice Crisp (Whole Grain Brown Rice, Sugar, Malted Barley Flour, Salt), Invert Sugar, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, Glycerin, Soybean Oil, Contains 2% or Less of Sorbitol, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Water, Soy Lecithin, Molasses, Natural and Artificial Flavor, BHT (Preservative), Citric Acid.

The total sugar is 7 grams, which is 29% of the total weight (24 grams), which is less than 1 ounce.

The easiest way to avoid a lot of sugar in your diet is to eat whole foods!

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LINK: WebMD Article; How Does Too Much Sugar Affect Your Body

Natural Remedies for Cold & Flu

I came across this article in PALEO Magazine and wanted to share in hopes of opening your eyes to natural solutions to help during cold and flu season.

Most of us have been trained to take products like DayQuil, NyQuil, Tylenol, Theraflu, etc. to help with your cold.  The bottom line is these products do not get to the root cause of your problems.

The article goes into detail for each of the 10 natural remedies to help you with colds and flu.

1. Lifestyle: Nutrition & Rest
2. Probiotics
3. Vitamin C
4. Vitamin A
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
6. Garlic
7. Sweat
8. Echinacea
9. Ginger Root
10. Oregano Oil

Enjoy the article!

PALEO Magazine: LINK TO ARTICLE

Intermittent Fasting or Intermittent Eating?

You’ve probably heard something recently about intermittent fasting.  I have been learning a lot about the topic over the last several months as well.  When I recently saw this short video from Mark Sisson, I thought he does a nice job of simplifying the topic.

I have adopted, for the most part, what Mark calls a “compressed eating window,” as opposed to intermittent fasting.  I typically skip breakfast and only have coffee with heavy whipping cream.  You might ask, “does this break my fast having heavy whipping cream?”  I used to wonder the same thing.  I found this great video from Two Fit Docs where they conducted a test on how your ketone levels were impacted after having heavy cream and even MCT oil in your coffee.

Intermittent fasting is no different than anything else when trying to live a Primal Lifestyle.  There is not one approach that fits all.  Each one of us has to play around and do what feels right.  If you wake up and you are not hungry, drink some water, coffee, or tea and see if you can make it to late morning or even lunch time.  Having some minor hunger pangs is not necessarily a bad thing.  Remember, your body is using this time to “recharge” cells, not to mention you are also trying to allow your body to burn fat from your hip and thighs as opposed to relying on carbs from your normal breakfast!

Over time, the ultimate goal is to have metabolic flexibility to where you can go without eating and still go about your normal day, and yes, even get a workout in without needing food for fuel.  As with anything new, go easy and trust how you feel.

Good luck!!

Benefits fo Intermittent Fasting:

  • Metabolic Flexibility
  • Metabolic Efficiency
  • Burn off Body Fat
  • Autophagy

Video: Mark Sisson – Intermittent Fasting (5mins)

Gut Health & Stubborn Belly Fat

I just started my second book by Dr. David Perlmutter, Brain Maker.  The information I am learning about the gut microbiome is very interesting.  I found this article from Mark’s Daily Apple that touches on a lot of what I am learning early on in the book.

Enjoy!

Link To Article

MEAT AND HUMANS: A HISTORY

This is one of the better articles I have read of late on the topic of eating meat.  The author does a great job laying out the history of our human ancestors and how we evolved over time to eat meat.  He talks not only about how meat consumption helped us physically, but it also helped us to develop culturally.  He then goes into three different options to consider for the path forward.  These options are very relevant in our society today.

  • OPTION ONE: stop eating meat
  • OPTION TWO: lab-grown meat
  • OPTION THREE: regenerative grazing

No matter whether or not you eat meat, this is something worthy of your time.  You will definitely learn something new.  For the non-meat eaters, you may even be surprised by a thing or two.

Enjoy the article!

CLICK HERE: Link to PALEO Magazine article

Understanding Stress — Chiropractic

The following article was shared with me by my friend Dr. Tony Colasurdo from Coopersburg Family Chiropractic.  Dr. Tony was the one who got me started on my Primal journey back in April 2016 when I saw him for the first time.  I have been going to him ever since on a regular basis.

If you haven’t gone to a Chiropractor on a regular basis, or if you’ve never been before, I would strongly recommend you consider doing so.  I think most of you will be surprised when you go for the first time.  My entire family goes to see Doctors Tony and Trish on a regular basis.  Their care goes beyond the adjustments you are thinking about.  They are in to a holistic healthcare approach and they truly care about your well-being, which has been a breath of fresh air for me.  Not to mention I haven’t had a cold, or needed to go to the doctor for anything during this time as well!  When you pair a Primal Lifestyle with regular Chiropractic care, you are setting yourself up for good living!

Enjoy the article!


Interest in the role stress plays with the dynamics of health has resulted in a proliferation of strategies designed to minimize or “manage” stress. To many people, the very term “stress” elicits a negative response. Yet the notion that stress is an enemy we must resist or manage betrays a widespread misunderstanding of the nature of stress and how it affects our lives. The Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist Hans Selye pioneered investigations of the biological effects of stress in 1936 with the publication of his paper, “A Syndrome Produced by Diverse Noxious Agents.” Since then, more than 100,000 articles and books have been written on the subject. Selye describes stress as the nonspecific response to any demand.

Experimental studies by Selye and other investigators revealed that when physical, chemical, or emotional demands were imposed on an animal, three stages could be identified which characterize the response:

  1. Alarm. The initial reaction to the stressor.
  2. Adaptation. The responses following the initial reaction.
  3. Exhaustion. When the limits of adaptation are exceeded, and the animal can no longer appropriately respond.

Although many individuals have concluded that stress is inevitably destructive, this view is incorrect. As Selye noted, “Stress is not necessarily bad for you. It is also the spice of life, for any emotion, any activity causes stress… the same stress that makes one person sick is an invigorating experience for another…Complete absence of stress is incompatible with life since only a dead man makes no demand on his body or mind.”

Selye described two types of stress: dis-stress—from the Latin “bad,” as in dissonance; and eu-stress— from the Greek “true” or “good,” as in eutonia.

Whether we experience a pleasant or unpleasant result from an event depends upon how our nervous system perceives, processes, and interprets that event. “Every living being has a certain innate amount of adaptation energy or vitality,” Selye wrote. “The endocrine glands and the nervous system—help us both to adjust to the constant changes which occur in and around us, and to navigate a steady course toward whatever we consider a worthwhile goal.”

The Chiropractic Adjustment Could Be Your Newest Antioxidant

There is a growing body of evidence that wellness care provided by doctors of chiropractic may reduce healthcare costs, improve health behaviors, and enhance patient perceived quality of life. Until recently, however, little was known about how chiropractic adjustments affected the chemistry of biological processes on a cellular level.

In a landmark study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, chiropractors collaborating with researchers at the University of Lund found that chiropractic care could influence basic physiological processes affecting oxidative stress and DNA repair. These findings offer a scientific explanation for the positive health benefits reported by patients receiving chiropractic care.

The researchers measured serum thiol levels in 25 patients under short-term chiropractic care, and 21 patients under long-term chiropractic care. Serum thiols are primary antioxidants, and serve as a measure of human health status. The test provides a surrogate estimate of DNA repair enzyme activity, which has been shown to correlate with lifespan and aging.

The results were compared to the serum thiol levels of a non-chiropractic control group of 30 subjects. Long-term chiropractic care of two or more years was shown to reestablish a normal physiological state independent of age, sex, or nutritional supplements. Symptom-free or primary wellness subjects under chiropractic care demonstrated higher mean serum thiol levels than patients with active disease, and produced some values that were higher than normal wellness values in non-chiropractic subjects.

As we go through life, we experience physical, chemical, and emotional distress. These stresses affect the function of the nervous system. The investigators hypothesized that these disturbances in nerve function could affect oxidative stress and DNA repair on a cellular level.

Oxidative stress, metabolically generating free radicals, is now a broadly accepted theory of how we age and develop disease. Oxidative stress results in DNA damage, and inhibits DNA repair. DNA repair is the mechanism which fixes the damage caused by environmental impact.

Chiropractors apply spinal adjustments to correct disturbances of nerve function caused by vertebral subluxations. Chiropractic care appears to improve the ability of the body to adapt to stress. Further research is planned to gain additional insights into mechanisms that will ultimately lead to improved clinical outcomes.


The study was collaborative, involving Camgen, Inc., of Victoria, B.C., Canada; Chiropractic Leadership Alliance in Mahwah, New Jersey; Biomedical Diagnostic Research, LLC, in Chesterland, Ohio; and the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology of Tumor Immunology, University of Lund, Sweden.

A related pilot study to assess the feasibility of evaluating paraspinal skin temperatures, paraspinal SEMG potentials, and serum thiol levels in patients attending a private chiropractic practice was conducted. Serum thiol levels were measured in a convenience sample of 11 patients who had been under chiropractic care for periods ranging from 99 to 550 weeks. The findings of these examinations were compared with the results of paraspinal, thermal, and SEMG scans.

In a population of long-term chiro-practic patients, where paraspinal, thermal, and SEMG scans were used as criteria for subluxation-centered care, serum thiol levels were higher than those found in populations with active disease processes, and compared favorably with the serum thiol levels in healthy subjects.

The study concluded that it is feasible to evaluate paraspinal skin temperatures, paraspinal SEG potentials, and serum thiol levels in patients in a private chiropractic practice. A prospective study, tracking changes in these parameters throughout a course of chiropractic care, should be undertaken.

Research into basic cellular processes common to human adaptive mechanisms and chiropractic care are immensely rich with clinical promise. Such studies hold the potential of explaining the neurobiological basis for the favorable effects of chiropractic care on specific health issues and general well-being.