Spring Has Sprung!!
This month's issue of Nature is Calling is going to prepare you to put winter behind you as we look forward to spring. Many of my readers down south are starting to enjoy the startings of springtime, but those of us north of the border are eagerly awaiting its arrival. It's time for spring cleaning and I've got tips for a whole, natural clean!! That includes a clean house, clean face and a clean bill of health, plus fresh tasting recipes. So if you're tired of hibernating on the couch and willing the snow away, read on for great ideas to take a natural step into spring!!
Flight Flu Chemical Free
Unfortunately spring time often brings about flu season. Here are some great tips (from www.mnn.com) to build up your immunity and stay healthy so you an enjoy the sunshine!!
- Mushrooms used to get overlooked as a health food, but they possess two big weapons you need this flu season: selenium, which helps white blood cells produce cytokines that clear sickness, and beta glucan, an antimicrobial type of fiber, which helps activate “superhero” cells that find and destroy infections.
- Strong-smelling foods like garlic can stink out sickness thanks to the phytochemical allicin, an antimicrobial compound. A British study found that people taking allicin supplements suffered 46 percent fewer colds and recovered faster from the ones they did get. So start cooking with it daily — experts recommend two fresh cloves a day.
- In a recent study, participants with the lowest levels of vitamin D were about 40 percent more likely to report a recent respiratory infection than those with higher levels of vitamin D. Increase your intake with salmon. A 3.5-ounce serving provides 360 IU, and some experts recommend as much as 800 to 1000 IU each day.
- Researchers at Harvard University found that drinking five cups of black tea a day quadrupled the body’s immune defense system after two weeks, probably because of theanine. Tea also contains catechins, including ECGC, which act like a cleanup crew against free radicals. Grotto suggests drinking one to three cups of black, green or white tea every day.
- The digestive tract is one of your biggest immune organs, so keep disease-causing germs out with probiotics and prebiotics, found in naturally fermented foods like yogurt. One serving a day labeled with “live and active cultures” will enhance immune function according to a study from the University of Vienna in Austria.
- Nutrition experts agree that dark chocolate deserves a place in healthy diets, and a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition says it can boost your immunity, too. High doses of cocoa support T-helper cells, which increase the immune system’s ability to defend against infection. Sweet!
- Heart-healthy almonds provide the immune-boosting antioxidant vitamin E, which can reduce your chance of catching colds and developing respiratory infections according to researchers at Tufts University. You’ll need more than a serving of almonds for your daily dose though, so try fortified cereals, sunflower seeds, turnip greens and wheat germ, too.
- Even though vitamin C-rich foods (hello, oranges!) are probably the first thing you think of when you feel a cold taking hold, Grotto says the illness-preventing power of that antioxidant is debatable. That said, some studies show it can reduce the intensity and duration of cold and flu, so it’s worth a try. One cup of strawberries provides 160 percent of your daily needs.
Time to Spring Clean!!
Don't dread spring cleaning ever again, with these easy and natural tips for cleaning your whole house with only 5 Common household Ingredients!! If you have baking soda, lemon, vinegar, tea tree oil and salt (plus water to dilute) you have everything you need!
- Lemons are a great natural cleanser, degreaser and have antibacterial and natural bleaching agents. Rub half a lemon on wood cutting boards to disinfect and get out stains. 1/2 cup of lemon juice in your rinse cycle of your laundry will whiten whites and sticking a whole lemon in your garbage disposal will get rid of any smells.
- Table salt makes a great abrasive cleaner. Soak caked on pots and pans in water with 3 Tbsps of salt and food will come off easily. Cast iron pans can be easily washed with salt and it won't remove the finish. Stubborn grime in the sinks or tub can be scrubbed away easily by adding a little coarse salt to your cleaning agent (works great with a little water and baking soda!)
- Vinegar diluted in a spray bottle with spritz of lemon to neutralize the smell, is a great all purpose cleaner. Avoid using on marble or granite as it can damage the surface. Scrub with 1 cup of vinegar in the toilet bowl and let it sit for several hours of deodorize and sanitize your toilet bowl. The acid in vinegar does a great job on toilet rings too.
- Baking soda is a great cleanser in the kitchen and bathroon. Making a scouring paste with water will get rid of grime around the tub, sink and tiles. A 1/2 cup in the laundry will get rid of dirt and grease on clothes.
- Tea Tree Oil is a great all purpose cleaner as well. Just add 15 drops to a spray bottle of warm water and use all over the house. Works especially well for cleaning areas the are affected by mold or mildew.
Using these natural cleansers in your home will eliminate a huge amount of chemicals that you and your family could be exposed to. Think about switching out those harsh chemicals, especially if you have pets or children!!
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Yummy Lemon Chicken
Got some of those lemons that you didn't use when you were cleaning your house??? Use them in this simple, yet yummy recipe for lemon stuffed chicken. My husband always asks for this chicken!!
- 1 whole chicken with insides removed
- salt and pepper
- 3 sprigs of thyme
- 3 Tbsp of olive oil
- 1/3 cup of lemon juice and 1 whole lemon
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Wash chicken and pat dry with a paper towel.
3. Rub inside and outside of chicken with a mixture of salt and pepper.
4. Insert thyme and whole lemon (pricked with a fork) in cavity of bird. (or cut lemon into quarters if cavity is smaller)
5. Put bird into a roasting pan with 1 Tbsp of oil on the bottom and secure bird's legs with cooking twine.
6. Pour remaining oil over chicken cover loosely with tin foil and cook in oven for 1- 1.5 hours per kg.
7. Baste bird with juices a few times through cooking and take off tin foil for last 1/2 hour of cooking.
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