I just discovered my new favourite ‘Greens’ product!  It is organic, Non-Gmo AND Gluten Free!

Sunwarrior Ormus SuperGreens
is a nutrient-dense greens product with ingredients sourced from ‘pristine ancient sea beds’ located in a volcanic region of Utah and Arizona.  They use a special cold-drying process which protects the phyto-nutrients making it a raw green super food drink that is both alive and bio-available. Sunwarrior adds their own probiotic culture making it easier to digest.

Not only is it healthy, but it is tasty!  The peppermint and dash of stevia makes this the best tasting greens drink I have tried to date.  That being said, I drink many not-so-great tasting greens drinks no problem, so if you are new to greens, you might want to ease into it and add it to freshly squeezed juice.

Sunwarrior Ormus SuperGreensThis is the ingredient list:

  • Probiotic Cultured Greens
  • Alfalfa
  • Barley
  • Wheat and Oat Grass
  • Spinach
  • Parsley
  • Yucca
  • Peppermint
  • Whole Leaf Stevia

And that is IT!  No fillers, additives etc.

It isn’t cheap but you get what you pay for!  This is a high quality product with locally (USA) grown, organic ingredients.  I found the lowest price on Live SuperFoods if looking to buy online.  Otherwise, you can check out your local health food store!

Enjoy going Green!



Health and Juicing

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead - Inspirational Film!

Dave and I watched an inspirational video documentary last month called ‘Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead’.  It both inspired us and moved us to get juicing ASAP!

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross (an Aussie with a great sense of humour!) is at the end of his rope and is looking to make some serious lifestyle changes. ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’ is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.

He leaves Australia, trades in his junk food and hits the road in the USA with a juicer and goes on a 60 day juicing tour, regaining his health and also educating people about food, health and longevity.  He comes across a amazing soul, Phil Staples, who is a truck driver suffering from the same rare condition.  It is an inspiring story of healing and human connection.

A truly uplifting story which I hope you all take the time to watch.  It is available on Netflix!  You may also check out the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead website which has great juicing and health tips.

Check out the movie trailer:

Joe Cross provides an excellent free 3-day Quick Start Reboot plan filled with all the details about a Reboot including a meal plan, juice recipes, exercise tips and more!

FYI, I wrote this while sipping on a big glass of fresh green juice….yes, I am definitely inspired and motivated to make juicing a daily part of my life!  Thank you to Joe and Phil for helping so many people get well and get many off their meds!!

Sooooo…get juicing!! :O)


PS Stay tuned for a blog post on the health benefits of juicing!

By Dr. Mercola:

All they did was take 150mg of this ancient extract while maintaining the same diet and exercise level – and they shed an average of 28 pounds (the placebo group shed just 3 pounds).* Also tested in rats – dropped their caloric intake by almost half…*†

There could be many reasons for your frustration. I believe one of the most critical factors in keeping off the pounds is a smart eating plan to match your particular nutritional type (NT) not just any old “diet-of-the-month” plan.

And when you complement your smart NT eating plan with an effective regular exercise regimen, you should be well on your way to curbing some of your weight control frustrations. There are plenty of examples and articles on Dr. Mercola’s Peak Fitness site to help you get started.

But despite all this, as you age, it becomes more challenging to keep excess inches off your abdomen. Let me assure you, abdominal fat is fat you don’t want hanging around. “Belly” or abdominal fat is the fat that surrounds your organs.

Abdominal fat promotes the release of “cytokines” cell-signaling protein molecules associated with less-than-optimal health. Belly fat can be the most difficult fat to lose, being resistant to many of the best diet and exercise programs.

Now, breakthrough research has finally discovered a way to help reduce this stubborn belly fat.*

Why Belly Fat Develops Hand-in-Hand with Middle Age

Perhaps you’ve heard the expression “middle-age spread”. As you reach middle age and beyond, your body begins to store and release fat differently. And this all happens out of sight at your body’s cellular level. Your fat cells control their size and number by secreting three different ‘command signals’:

  1. Leptin
  2. Adiponectin
  3. Glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase

These command signals tell your brain whether to stop or to continue to eat. And you’ll soon discover that it’s because of these three substances that many young, physically active people can consume what seems like endless calories without packing on pounds.

The Commander of Your Fat Cells

Weight LossNo more starvation diets.
Have you ever noticed that when you’re trying your hardest to control your weight, all you can think about is food?
What if you could go about your day (and evening) focused on things besides dieting and eating?*

Wouldn’t that constitute a major personal breakthrough? And, best of all, healthy signals to your brain regarding eating would just happen, without undue thought or action.*

You’d help reduce some of the distraction.*

Ideally, you would simply sit down at the table and eat only enough to satisfy yourself.*

Here’s the thing When you allow your brain — and your body to go about its normal task of controlling your eating, it becomes easier to achieve and maintain your normal body weight.

And this can happen without excessive will power or starvation diets.*

Meet Leptin, What I Consider to Be Your Best Friend When it Comes to Eating

The hormone leptin is key for helping your body maintain its lean composition. Here’s how it works The fat cells in your body secrete a hormone called leptin. Leptin works as a chemical signal in your blood that tells your brain you have eaten enough.

When things are working optimally, you “hear” that message and you stop eating. Your body really doesn’t want to pack away more pounds than it needs. Your body naturally seeks to stay within your ideal weight zone.

Not only does leptin help shut down your hunger, it also helps you burn more calories. Leptin stimulates the breakdown of stored triglycerides from your fat cells. But, as you’ll soon see, all doesn’t always work perfectly.

The Vicious Cycle of Leptin Overload

Here’s the problem

Most overweight individuals already have high levels of leptin circulating in their bloodstream. And because of this overload, their fat cells become less sensitive to leptin that is, cells do not receive and respond to leptin signals optimally.

Researchers now understand how leptin resistance can lead to weight gain and stubborn weight loss.

When you’re overweight, your fat cells also increase in size. They pump more and more leptin into your bloodstream in an attempt to better get their message through to your brain. But, unfortunately, your brain does not “hear” the message in an optimal way.

In response, two things happen.

  • First, your body burns less fat
  • Second, your fat cells soak up fewer free fatty acids from your bloodstream. The overabundance of fatty acids in your blood causes your muscles to become less responsive to insulin than they ideally should, ultimately leading to a rise in blood sugar. This in turn only leads to more free fatty acids, more fat stores and a vicious cycle.

But That’s Not All. There are Still Two More to Go

We’ve talked about leptin and how it’s an important chemical signal that commands your brain to cease eating.

The second signal produced and released by your fat cells is adiponectin a hormone that helps to maintain your body’s normal insulin sensitivity. As the amount of fat tissue increases, the level of adiponectin decreases. Larger fat cells naturally produce less adiponectin. Levels of adiponectin also appear to be directly related to belly fat.

Overall, levels are lower in overweight people and higher in lean people. When you lose weight, more adiponectin is available to promote health.

Last but not least, glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase is the third command signal that your fat cells produce. This is an enzyme that helps convert starch and sugar calories to stored body fat.

I probably don’t need to state the obvious, but I’m sure you’re beginning to see why maintaining healthy, normal levels of these three substances may be helpful for not just a lean and trim body, but for total health.*

Just to summarize how these three substances can help contribute to maintenance of your ideal weight in my opinion, the perfect weight loss tool would help:

  • Increase adiponectin
  • Decrease glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase
  • Allow leptin’s natural signals to be “heard” optimally

Promoting Your Cells’ Normal Response for a Leaner, Trimmer You*

There are several things you can do to help promote your cells’ ideal sensitivity to leptin and support the second two important command signals:

  • Avoid processed foods
  • Avoid high fructose corn syrup, sugars, grains, fruit juices, and sweetened and diet drinks
  • Supplement with high quality omega-3 fatty acids (Krill oil is a good, highly absorbable form to use)

In my opinion, one of the most important steps in helping your cells to respond ideally to the three command signals is to choose foods that are right for your body type.

You see, your body responds to food which ultimately becomes your fuel based on your genetics, biochemical makeup, family history, and everyday interactions with your environment.

The idea is that by determining your unique Nutritional Type, you can then select foods that work best for your body. As you probably know already, I’m a huge advocate of Nutritional Typing and believe it’s clearly one of the most critical things you must do to support good health. Here’s why The science of Nutritional Typing is one of the only systems that customizes nutrition based on the way your body reacts to food.

And that might help explain why certain foods make you feel bloated, sluggish, and generally not great after you consume them. Even if they are so-called “healthy” foods

Another Important Way to Promote Your “Had Enough!” Messages

Exercise and Weight Loss

Exercise helps your body hear its natural command signals.

Of course, no discussion about promoting your cells’ optimal ability to respond to leptin’s signals would be complete without mention of exercise.

If you’re not accustomed to exercising, I advise you to start slowly. Even something as simple as rebounding on a mini trampoline or a brisk walk or bike ride around your neighborhood will help you get started.

Find something you like to do – and commit to doing it regularly.

Can’t get motivated? Enroll an accountability partner and help each other be consistent. I cannot stress enough the importance of eating nutritiously and a regular exercise plan to help better manage your weight.

If you’re looking for a type of exercise that will give you maximum reward for your time spent, then I believe you should check out Dr. Mercola’s Peak Fitness Routine.

Just like implementing the right nutrition plan (NT) is vital to keeping off the pounds, such is the case with exercising as well. But if you’ve not exercised in some time, I recommend you begin slowly and build up to more intense levels over time. It would also be wise to double-check with your healthcare professional prior to starting any exercise program.

The West African Herb That Helps Support Optimal Leptin Sensitivity in Overweight People*

Once you’ve got eating for your Nutritional Type and adequate exercise covered, there’s something else that may help you quiet your excessive “let’s eat!” messages.*

An extract from a West African herb called Irvingia gabonensis may help support optimal leptin sensitivity in overweight people.* And by promoting your body’s ideal sensitivity to leptin, you can better know when your body has eaten enough food.* In a recently published study, Irvingia demonstrated positive effects upon leptin blood levels and resulted in weight loss and inches off the waistline.*

Over a 10-week period, one double-blind study group received 150 mg of Irvingia extract twice daily while maintaining the same diet and exercise level. This group lost an average of 28 pounds whereas the placebo group lost less than three pounds.*

The Irvingia group also maintained healthy blood glucose, cholesterol, and LDL levels that were already within the normal range, and experienced a significant reduction in C-reactive protein levels.* Plus, there was a significant reduction overall of circulating leptin and a significant increase in adiponectin.*

Irvingia Targets ALL Three Signals That May be Involved in Age-Related Weight Gain*

rvingia targets the important factors that I mentioned above that may be involved in age-related weight gain, such as responding to your fat cells’ command signals.*

In addition to supporting healthy leptin sensitivity*, Irvingia also helps:

  • Reduce the activity of glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase which may help reduce the amount of starch and sugar calories that turn into body fat.*
  • Support a slowing of the rate of carbohydrate absorption from the intestines and a reduction of the caloric impact of starchy and sugary foods.*
  • Support healthy adiponectin levels while helping to maintain healthy insulin sensitivity.*

Of course, I must carefully caution you that if you eat more calories than your body can utilize, weight loss can’t occur. Excess calories are stored as fat in your fat cells. It’s just that simple. In my opinion, you simply can’t consume unlimited calories and expect to shed fat pounds by taking a product that might happen to show weight loss in a research study.

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Diet drinks and foods may cause weight gain instead of weight loss.

What You MUST Avoid If You Want to Lose Weight

Many people turn to diet drinks and foods when they want to shed extra pounds and inches. Artificially sweetened beverages and foods are NOT the answer to losing weight.

They contain synthetic and what I believe to be harmful ingredients. Not only that, the latest research very clearly shows that artificial sweeteners actually cause weight GAIN rather than weight loss.

I’ve detailed their hazards in my book Sweet Deception, as well as in numerous articles on the Mercola.com website. Your best alternative, in my opinion, is to replace any type of soda with pure filtered water.

Aspartame in particular is of extreme concern to me. Also known as Equal or NutraSweet, its use has been linked to cancer, premature birth, and developmental and cognitive problems in kids.

Added to over 6,000 foods and beverages, you must read labels carefully to detect its presence.

Introducing Dr. Mercola’s BioTHIN with Irvingia

Dr. Mercola BioTHIN with Irvingia, Hoodia and Fucoxanthin

Dr. Mercola's BioTHIN with Irvingia is an all-new and all-natural supplement. Order Now >BioTHIN with Irvingia is an all-new and all-natural supplement that I formulated to help better support your weight loss when combined with diet and exercise.* And this product is intended to help harmonize with the way you were designed to lose weight - and with overall healthy living.*

And as I mentioned previously, a healthy eating plan using NT, and a regular exercise plan are critical keys for success in helping to manage your weight and overall wellness. BioTHIN with Irvingia was formulated as a natural complement to all this to help you even more.*

You may be familiar with our previous BioTHIN product. We’ve had great success with that product and it has helped many people take control of their weight management.*

But to be honest, once I learned about Irvingia and heard about the tremendous benefits it offers, I knew I had to add it to BioTHIN.*

In my opinion, BioTHIN with Irvingia is now one of the most complete weight management supplements available.*

BioTHIN with Irvingia is formulated to give you the edge you seek, to make a long-term difference in your weight loss and consequently, overall health.*

Preliminary evidence suggests that it works deep down at one of the sources of the issue at the command level that controls your fat cells.* And with BioTHIN, you get much more than just Irvingia.

Fucoxanthin: The Gift From the Sea

In my opinion, Fucoxanthin is one of the most exciting substances to hit the weight loss market in quite some time.*

A natural carotenoid (natural pigments found primarily in plants and algae), Fucoxanthin exists naturally in brown seaweed, a type of kelp. Preliminary animal research performed in Russia and Japan suggests that fucoxanthin may help burn fat.*

Also, here’s a huge plus for you and others searching for an effective yet natural option that doesn’t disrupt your activities and sleep. Fucoxanthin revs up your metabolism without stimulating your central nervous system.* Although it’s not fully understood how fucoxanthin works, it appears to target a protein called UCP1 that increases the rate at which belly fat is burned.*

Evidence is emerging showing that the fucoxanthin component is a powerful antioxidant that can protect your cells from free radical damage*. It also may support your:

  • Cardiovascular health*
  • Healthy immune response*
  • Maintenance of healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels that are already within the normal range*
  • Maintenance of healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range*
  • Healthy liver function*

So, for natural weight loss, along with eating a healthy diet according to your Nutritional Type plus exercising, I urge you to consider BioTHIN with Irvingia that includes fucoxanthin to help jumpstart your weight loss efforts.*

But wait! That’s just part of the story…

An Ancient Source with Modern Applications – Pomegranate

Dr. Mercola Diet and Weight Loss SupplementThe pomegranate has been a staple of Asian diets since ancient times. The rich ruby fruit was mentioned in Egyptian papyrus scrolls dating back to 1550 BC. And in ancient Greek myths, the pomegranate represented life and regeneration.

Its traditional use dates back more than 3,000 years. Modern science is actively rediscovering its potential for a more healthful life.* Recent studies reveal a surprising host of benefits for consuming pomegranate.*

Pomegranates contain powerful antioxidants that help quench free radicals in your body.* One study suggests that pomegranate shows triple the amount of antioxidant activity of either green tea or red wine.*
Other studies suggest that pomegranates contain bioflavonoids to help maintain healthy capillary walls.*
BioTHIN with Irvingia is enhanced with pomegranate extract standardized to 40 percent punicosides, which are the most powerful antioxidants in pomegranate.

You Don’t Need to Struggle Alone with Weight Management Any Longer

And you don’t need to expose your body to alternative, potentially dangerous weight loss options.*

Now you can say goodbye to those fad diets. Instead, BioTHIN with Irvingia may help you reach your weight-loss goals when used in combination with exercise and a healthy diet.*

Along with sensible eating for your Nutritional Type and getting your body moving every day, BioTHIN with Irvingia is your all-natural partner in achieving the new body you desire.* Whatever your reason for wanting to shed those unwanted pounds, BioTHIN with Irvingia is ready to help.*

Plus, BioTHIN with Irvingia gives you so much more than ‘just’ support for weight loss.* It can also give you nutritional benefits – antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that all contribute to your optimal health.*

So, you’ll be working toward not only looking great – but also feeling your best, too.*

Are You Ready to Let Dr. Mercola’s BioTHIN with Irvingia Help You Change YOUR Life?

Take control over your weight now. Why settle for failure when you can have help in the war with your weight? All-natural BioTHIN with Irvingia gives you that extra fighting power to help you finally get in control of your eating and your life.* Naturally.

BioTHIN with Irvingia is a phenomenal complement to a healthy NT eating plan and a regular exercise regimen to help put you in control of your weight and overall health.*

You might think that such a high-quality supplement with seven of the finest weight loss botanicals would cost a fortune. But I didn’t want anything to deter you from maximizing your health and optimizing your weight*, so we’ve made it very affordable.

This could prove to be one of the greatest years of your life. And now with the very-affordable BioTHIN with Irvingia, achieving your ideal weight is a more manageable goal than ever before.*

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Ngondi JL, Matsinkou R, Oben JE. The use of Irvingia gabonensis extract (IGOB131) in the management of metabolic syndrome in Cameroon.
Nutrition J. 2008 (submitted).
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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

You Be Healthy - pH Strips and Litmus Paper

pH Strips

Our body’s pH – is it acidic or alkaline -  seems to be the new catchword these days when it comes to health.  This is why the pH testing strips (litmus paper) caught my eye at a health food store.  I knew there was a healthy pH balance needed in our body for optimum health, so I thought it would be a great idea to keep an eye on it everyday!  If I find that my body is too acidic, I can do something about it and be proactive.  After doing some research, it appears that our blood should have a pH of 7.35 – 7.45 (1).

To perform this simple test, all you need is a roll of testing pH paper, a plastic spoon and some fresh saliva.

Step 1:

Wait until 2 hours after your last meal before testing.  Swallow a few times to stimulate new saliva.

Step 3:

Spit fresh saliva into a plastic spoon.  Don’t do as I did the first time and stick your tongue on the paper – it is covered in chemicals!

Step 2:

Tear off a strip of pH paper and dip into the saliva.  Compare the colour of your saliva pH paper with the colour coded chart (will come with the pH paper).  And you are done!

Happy pH testing! :)

You Be Healthy

(1)  http://www.naturalnews.com/027280_alkaline_body_balance.html

Disclaimer: Opinions about what is an ideal pH (acidic and alkaline) range vary and this is just one opinion.

13 Healing Powers of Lemons

by You Be Healthy

Lemon Benefits for HealthA great email came through today and I would like to share it with everyone!  It was from a wonderful company called ‘Conscious Planet‘.  Their products are fantastic – ranging from enzymes to hemp seed to probiotics – top notch! The email today was about the benefits of lemons.  I drink freshly squeezed organic lemon juice every morning and love the alkalizing effect it has.

Tip – drink with a straw to protect your teeth!  I use a metal or glass straw.

Here are 13 amazing healing powers of lemons:

  1. Bowel-Cleansing: The bitter taste of lemon gives these fruit the ability to increase peristalsis pumping-motion in the bowels which helps to eliminate waste from the bowels and improve regularity. Add the juice of one lemon to warm water and drink first thing in the morning.
  2. Cancer: Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including limonene a naturally-occurring oil that slows or halts the growth of cancer tumors in animals. Lemons also contain a substance called flavonol glycosides which stop cell division in cancer cells.
  3. Colds and Flu: Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work in conjunction for a serious punch against infection.
  4. Liver: Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.
  5. Nutrition: Lemons contain vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber.
  6. Balances Body Chemistry: While lemons are acidic they interact with the body’s metabolism to have an alkalizing effect on the bodily fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH
  7. Allergies: Lemons contain the phytonutrient hesperetin which has been shown in studies to alleviate allergic symptoms.
  8. Brain and Nervous System Disorders: Containing the potent phytonutrient tangeretin in the peel, lemons have been proven to be effective for brain disorders like Parkinsons disease.
  9. Eye Disorders: Rutin, found in lemons, has been shown in research to improve the symptoms of eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy.
  10. Anti-Viral: In addition to being effective against cold and flu viruses, terpene limonoids found in lemons have proven anti-viral effects on other types of viruses.
  11. Diabetes: In addition to improving eye problems linked with diabetes, lemons contain hesperetin which lowers blood sugar levels (when they are high).
  12. Gall and Kidney Stones: The citric acid found in lemon juice helps to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.
  13. Anti-Aging: The vitamin C found in lemons helps to neutralize free radicals linked to aging and most types of disease.

In health,

You Be Healthy

Kim Duess uses the infrared sauna for detox and many other health benefits.

I use the infrared sauna for detox and many other health benefits.

My preventitive health doctor encourages routine body detoxing as we live in a toxic world and we’re all exposed to heavy metals and toxic chemicals.  He suggests using an infrared sauna at least twice a week to help with detoxification.

An infrared sauna is different to a dry sauna in that it uses the same rays which are emitted from the sun. Infrared frequencies are very long wavelengths which can penetrate deeper into the body.  The infrared sauna warms the body instead of the heating the surrounding air, like traditional saunas.  The deep penetration of the infrared energy allows the cells to eliminate better.

Benefits of Infrared Heat

  • Purification reduces stress
  • Boosts immunity
  • Removes toxins
  • Increases circulation
  • Burns calories
  • Pain and injury relief
  • Beneficial for low and high blood pressure
  • Skin purification
  • Relaxation
  • Helps balance body pH levels

I use the infrared sauna at my local yoga studio twice a week.  When I was doing rehab for my ACL knee surgery, I used the infrared sauna 4 times a week once my surgeon gave me the ‘a-ok’.  It really helped with my speedy recovery!

Wellness Centers in your area may have infrared saunas which you can pay per session or you can also buy your own personal sauna.  Sauna models are available in a wide range of sizes (some are closet size!) and within all price ranges.

Sauna Tips

Be sure to wait at least an hour after eating before entering the sauna.  Also drink lots of water before, during and after your session.  Pregnant women should avoid saunas.  My doctor recommends starting with short sessions to start and increase over days/weeks as your body adjusts to its tolerance level.  As always, consult with your health care provider before starting any new health program.

To your health,

You Be Healthy




FlorEssence Tea Cleanse

Tea Steeping and Sterilizing Jars

You probably all know of someone who has done a cleanse or have seen different cleanses advertised online or in health magazines.  There are so many out there, it can be hard to decide which cleanse to choose.  The big issue for me is being hungry when doing liquid type cleanses.  I do a lot of sports and am always out riding my bike, going to CrossFit, etc – I need calories!

I did one liquid cleanse (was supposed to be 12 days) and lasted a day and a half…I regularly do my own green veggie juice cleanse which I find works great for myself.  I’ll have a fresh green veggie juice first thing in the morning and eat my regular, healthy organic meals the rest of the day.

Floressence Tea

Straining Tea

That being said, I was excited to find the FlorEssence tea cleanse because you can still eat what you normally eat, you just add the tea to your routine.  I tried this cleanse for the first time last summer and really liked it.

This powerful Native American tea was a recommended treatment for decades by legendary Canadian nurse Rene Caisse, Dr. Charles Brusch, and health educator Elaine Alexander. It’s ingredients include certified organic Burdock root, Sheepshead sorrel, and Red Clover, as well as Slippery Elm, Watercress, Turkish Rhubarb, Kelp, and Blessed Thistle.

A tip from my local health food store was to buy the FlorEssence dry tea and brew it at home.  If you are tight on extra time, you can buy the tea already brewed and in a bottle although it is much more expensive to do this.  When brewing yourself, there are 3 packages of tea which brew 5 cups of Floressence per package.

Floressence Tea Healthy Cleanse

Final Product! Ready to Cleanse!

The instructions are in the box but the process basically goes like this:

  1. Add 5 cups of water and 1 packet to a big stainless steel pot.  Bring to boil, lower heat to medium and let boil for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and steep for 12 hours.
  3. Sterilize canning jars and lids in hot water.
  4. Heat the tea again.
  5. Strain tea into measuring cup and then pour into sterilized jars.
  6. Seal the jars, cool on counter and then keep in fridge.
  7. Write the date on top of jars.

I personally take 2 oz per day a half hour before eating or drinking anything else first thing in the morning.

You may buy in your local health food store on online. See links below to purchase online via eVitamins (they offer 20 – 70% off health products!):

Buy Flor-Essence Detox Formula, Dry Herbal Tea Blend 2.2 oz Buy Flor-Essence Detox Liquid Formula 17 oz
Flor-Essence Detox Formula,  Dry Herbal Tea Blend 2.2 oz Flor-Essence Detox Liquid Formula 17 oz

Always be sure to check with your health professional before doing a cleanse of any sort. Also be sure to read all instructions/precautions on label and in the box.

Happy Spring Cleansing!

In health,

You Be Healthy

PS. I am doing a liver cleanse in a week or so…stay tuned!

After reading ‘Breakthrough – 8 Steps to Wellness’, I was inspired to find my own Preventive/Anti-Aging Doctor. And I found the best in my city. He’s full of incredible cutting-edge health ideas and an all-round great guy which is a bonus.

I am so excited with the results that I’ve seen in the last year by following my ‘preventive health program’. I’ll share the info I learn – tips, product recommendations etc.

Here are 5 tips to get you going!

My Preventive Health Doctor Tips:

1) Hot water and lemon in morning activate the GI enzymatic function. Energy increases will occur! Take through the day too.

2) Regular bedtimes around 10 pm is ideal & important. Attempt 8-8.5 hours of sleep.

3) Use branched chain amino acid supplements immediately after exercise.

4) Avoid trans fats – emphatically!!!!

5) Follow a Mediterranean Diet.

To your health,

You Be Healthy

I Am Addicted To CrossFit!

by You Be Healthy

If you told me a year ago that I would be doing Olympic Weightlifting and gymnastics and loving it, I would have told you were a bit crazy! :)

I love to play outdoors.  I love to backcountry ski, downhill ski, trail run, hike, mountain bike, sail, kite surf, dirt bike, snowshoe…you get the picture!

Going to the gym is not one of my favourite activites so when a friend suggested I check out CrossFit, I resisted.  After doing some research on this CrossFit business, I decided to give it a go as this  type of training would help increase my growth hormone which, after being tested, is quite low due to the concussions I had when I ski raced.

I went to the first free intro which was great!  I then signed up for the CrossFit Fundamentals Classes where I learned all the CrossFit techniques.  I will back up and explain what Crossfit is!  Here we go…

What Is CrossFit?

CrossFit combines weightlifting, sprinting, and gymnastics. CrossFit says that proficiency is required in each of ten fitness domains: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy.  Workouts include kettlebell swings, rope climbs, pull ups, jump rope, row, run, Olympic Weightlifting and much more!

Each workout consists of a warm up, skill development, and a WOD (Work Out Of The Day). What I love the best is that everyday is completely different!  Trust me, you will never get bored.  Plus there is a real community in all Crossfit gyms.  Everyone is so friendly so it makes working out fun.  I love the gang at my gym!

The Results

As mentioned above, I had my own reason for going to CrossFit.  Well, the results came in and my HGH (Growth Hormone) is heading upwards!  My preventive health doctor says this is definitely due to the CrossFit training, along with other things that I’ve implemented such as having a whey protein shake every morning and melatonin at night.

This wasn’t the only positive result.  My percentage of body fat is going down and muscle mass is going up!  I am much stronger now so when I head out skiing, ski touring, hiking, dirtbiking etc, I can go for much longer than my pre-CrossFit days which is fantastic!

Listen To Your Body

I have a few friends who stopped going to CrossFit because they hurt themselves.  I know that there are many people who hear of these stories and, therefore, don’t give CrossFit a chance.  Always remember that YOU know your body best.  If you feel like something is too heavy for you or an exercise is hurting you – don’t do it!  You ultimately know what your body can do – not someone else.  Always emphasize technique over weight.  Once you get the technique down, you’ll notice your weight/strength goes up.  And as hard as this may be, be competitive with yourself when it comes to weights.

You also need to remember that you have to stretch after these workouts and to rest when you feel your body needs it.  CrossFit recommends supplementing with Fish Oil to help with a faster recovery as Fish Oil is an anti-inflammatory.

CrossFit On Vacation

Kim Duess at Crossfit Upcountry Maui

The Crossfit Gang At Crossfit Upcountry Maui - They Are Awesome!

We go to a warm kite surfing destination every fall and last year was Maui.  My CrossFit addiction was in full swing by this point so I hunted down a Crossfit gym in Maui.  It turns out I had more fun going to Crossfit Maui Upcountry than I did kiting on this trip (the wind wasn’t great)!  It was great to workout with a local group and meet new friends.  Doing WODs in sugar cane fields is pretty cool too.  So there you go, you can take CrossFit on the road!

Of course, it is not for everyone.  But if you are so inclined, check out your local gym and do the 1 free intro.

If you want to learn more about Crossfit, check out the main Crossfit Website.

Have fun!
You Be Healthy

Kim DuessI love yoga.  I love going to my local yoga studio.  I am not sure why it is so hard for me to get my butt out the door and into the yoga studio!  But it is a challenge.  I don’t have any problem going to CrossFit classes.  It is a strange phenomenon!

I was talking to a friend about this and she has the same issue.  She told me she now does yoga classes at home in her living room using YogaToday.com.  She said that the classes are great and there were many to choose from, plus the yearly membership is only $85.95 which is less than a 1 month membership at most yoga studios.  They also offer 1 free class per week to non-members. It all sounded great to me!

I signed up for the 2 week free-trial and did a few classes in the comfort of my living room.  I couldn’t believe the huge selection of classes!  You can choose classes based on skill level, instructor, and focus.  The videos are high quality and the streaming works perfectly.

I signed up for a year membership and will combine my home practice with my visits to my favourite yoga studio.  For me, it is the perfect combo!  Plus I can take YogaToday.com with me when I am traveling.

If you want to try yoga at home, check out their 2 week free-trial and see how you like it!

To your health,

You Be Healthy