- Recovery - This vitamin water is ideal for recovery post-workout or after a large bout of physical activity. Blackberries and Cherries aid in replenishing oxygen in the blood while pomegranate and glutamine help to restore and repair muscle tissue damage
- C*Power - This vitamin water gives you a boost of anti-viral and anti-inflammatory vitamin C. With natural citrus fruits and camu camu powder, c*power is ideal for boosting your immunity after an illness or just keeping your body empowered. This is an excellent combination for weight loss
- Stressless - This is my favourite combination, the blend of watermelon and rosemary is divine. This vitamin water is ideal for helping you balance stress on a mental and physiological level. With the addition of B vitamins, hydrating watermelon and calming rosemary this combination is best used during times of stress or intensity
- Digest It - Excellent for aiding in digestion and stimulating the colon and digestive tract. With the combination of pineapple’s digestive enzymes, soothing, cooling mint and warming ginger, stimulating lemongrass, immunizing lychee and probiotics this water will aid in internal balance
- Detox - Purify your blood and body with this awesome vitamin water! Detox is ideal for the morning after a night out or when you are cleansing. Created with hydrating coconut water, and fresh cucumber, nutrient rich coconut meat, detoxifying milk thistle and anti-oxidant loaded raspberries and blueberries, this combination will cleanse your body from the inside out
It simple, cheap and easy way to get your vitamins in a delicious and hydrating way.
*I use a gallon pitcher with a strainer top to keep all of the bits and pieces out of the glass when I pour it.
Written by Nicole Kinsey and Medically Reviewed by Scott Pearlman, M.D.
The omega-3 found in salmon can help with mood disorders such as bipolar disorder and depression. Salmon is also good for your heart, helps with blood pressure, and helps protect against stroke. Raw, baked, broiled, or grilled, salmon is one of the world’s healthiest foods.
The cocoa in chocolate contains a source of serotonin, dopamine, and phenethylamine. These neurotransmitters are related to feelings of well-being and help in alleviating depression. (And enjoying a “treat” is a mood-lifter in itself!)
Tuna contains omega-3 fatty acids, protein for long-lasting energy, and tyrosine which your body uses to create the two mood-boosting neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine. Tuna can be enjoyed raw, cooked, or even canned.
Walnuts are a “superfood” filled with omega-3, antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin B6, folate and protein, while being low in fat and cholesterol-free. To boost your mood sprinkle them on oatmeal or a salad.
Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan which is converted by the body into serotonin, naturally boosting mood. Also, the protein in turkey is used by the body for long-lasting energy. Try a sandwich of roasted turkey on whole grain bread to get through a long day.
Spinach is rich in folic acid which can lift your mood. Spinach is also full of antioxidants, carotenoids, flavonoids, vitamin C, and vitamin E, for overall good health.
The vitamin B12 in lobsters will give you a mood boost. Try them steamed or make a healthy lobster roll by serving lobster meat and avocado on a whole wheat bun.
The monosaturated (“good”) fats in avocados help keep the receptors in the brain sensitive to serotonin, boosting mood. These same fats will help lower blood pressure, another key to feeling relaxed.
Cottage cheese contains whey protein, which has been shown to decrease anxiety and frustration. All dairy products contain whey; milk is another way to get a good shot of whey in a hurry.
A canteen instead of plastic is a cute idea!
A sobering look at drinks. Then there are the chemical additives. Do you think these and others like them have been created with your health in mind?
and and and wasting plastic is bad. I started carrying around my own cantine. That’s my contribution
Herbs for Healing
Use with caution!
Parts used: root and leaf
Latin: Symphytum tuberosum
A paste of ground comfrey root and leaf can be spread on broken or fractured bones. The powdered root and leaf may be used externally to stop bleeding and to poultice insect bites and stings. Cook the roots and leaves until soft and apply as a poultice to pulled and inflamed tendons, and to the chest for bronchitis and other coughs. Alternatively, chop the roots and stir with hot water to make a paste, spread on a cloth, and apply for an hour; discard after use. Repeat every two-four hours. Another method is to blend the leaves with water until liquid and add powdered slippery elm bark (Ulmus fulva) a bit at a time until a pie dough consistency is achieved. (In winter the dried leaves can be reconstituted by adding just enough freshly boiled water to soften them and then adding slippery elm bark a handful at a time until you achieve a pie dough consistency.) Roll with a rolling pin onto a clean cloth and apply to burns, wounds, sores, ulcers, bruises, swellings, cuts, surgical incisions, and fractures. Leave on for one hour and then discard the poultice. Comfrey leaves are a powerful addition to healing salves of all kinds.
Comfrey salve: simmer in enough cold pressed olive oil to barely cover the leaves. Melt beeswax in a separate pot. When both are simmering, add three-four tablespoons hot beeswax for every cup of oil used. (Never add cold beeswax to hot oil or cold oil to hot wax. If you do the salve will not gel.) Stir, cover with a tight lid, and simmer (do not boil) for twenty minutes. Strain into very clean glass jars. Apply to burns, chafing, dry skin, diaper rash, sun burn, and dry flaky eczema. Add other herbs such as calendula and lavender flowers, young oak and maple leaves, Saint Johnswort leaves and flowers, elecampane roots, plantain, etc. Caution: the roots and young leaves should not be taken internally due to a high content of carcinogenic pyrrolizidine alkaloids.
Parts used: the whole herb
Latin: Plantago major, P. lanceolata
Fresh plantain leaves are chewed or ground to poultice bites, wounds, skin problems, hemorrhoids, and are steeped to make a douche for leucorrhea. The ground or chewed leaves are styptic for wounds. Caution: in general it is best to soak fresh wild plants in water to which a few tablespoons of vinegar or sea salt have been added for twenty minutes to remove parasites before chewing or ingesting. Chew the fresh leaves and pack them around infected teeth and gums to pull out pus and suppuration. Plantain can be added to healing salves and poultices. For tonsillitis, apply a plantain poultice to the neck. Plantain is soothing to insect stings. The upper side of the leaf is laid on a sore, the lower side of the leaf is said to draw out infection. For a wound with embedded glass, dirt, sand, etc., try placing a plantain poultice with a little cayenne pepper in it on the would for an hour. For diarrhea, vomiting, profuse menstruation, or any other acute discharges, simmer the leaves in water into which a piece of red-hot quartz has been dropped. In a burn salve use a mixture of plantain leaf, black currant leaf (Ribes nigrum), elder buds (Sambucus nigra), angelica (Angelica archangelica) root, and parsley (Carum petroselinum).
For a healing salve combine plantain, celandine (Chelidonium majus), elder buds and young leaves (Sambucus nigra), and houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum). The tea benefits diarrhea, piles, coughs, mucus congestion, gastro-intestinal problems, worms, bladder problems, and stomach ulcers. Chew the roots to temporarily relieve toothache (be sure to steep the root in salted or vinegar water for twenty minutes before chewing). You can eat the very young leaves in salads (avoid the older leaves as they may cause constipation).
Plantain Tea: Steep one teaspoon of leaves per cup of water for twenty minutes and take one cup, four times a day.
Seeds: For thrush, simmer one ounce of the seeds per pint of water until one pint remains. Add honey and feed in tablespoon doses, four times a day.
Juice: Five teaspoons a day of the fresh juice is taken in milk or soup for lung conditions, bowel and digestive problems, worms, bladder complaints, stomach ulcers.
Parts used: the herb
Latin: Scrofularia nodosa
Figwort leaves are used to poultice wounds and bruises, piles, sprains, abscesses, swellings, gangrene, eczema, scabies, tumors, eruptions, and rashes. The root poultice is applied to tumors and sores. A tea of the leaf helps scrofula and is diuretic.
Gather the leaves in early summer and use the fresh leaves in salves and fomentations for bruises and minor wounds.
Figwort Tea: Steep one teaspoon plant per one cup of water. Take up to two cups a day, in one-cup doses.
Garlic (Wild), Bear’s Garlic, Ramsons
Parts used: the herb
Latin: Allium ursinum
Widely used in poultices for wounds and infections, the herb is anti-viral and antibacterial. Garlic helps remove plaque from the arteries, purifies the liver, and strengthens the immune system. It aids in the removal of pinworms and benefits diarrhea, constipation, colic, emphysema, bronchitis, and fever. It lowers blood pressure when used over time. It is most effective when taken fresh (the root can be dried for later use). It can be eaten in salads, as a cooked vegetable, and in soups. Please use only natural, stinky garlic. De-scented or odorless garlic has very few healing virtues!
Parts used: the bark, acorns, leaves, and galls
Latin: Quercus robur
A tea is made from the decocted inner bark or young leaves (the leaves must be gathered before Summer Solstice; after that they will contain too many alkaloids, or natural plant poisons, developed by plants to repel insects). When gathering the bark, always scrape the bark off of a twig and never from the trunk of a tree, as this may kill the tree.
Oak is helpful for sore throats and chest congestion, intermittent fever, internal bleeding, and as a wound wash. The tea is also helpful for diarrhea, dysentery, and makes a gargle for bleeding gums and sore throat. It makes a douche for leucorrhea and a wash or compress for piles. For fever, mix the spring-gathered leaves or inner bark with chamomile flowers (Anthemis nobilis). Oak galls (the round excrescences produced by insects) are even more astringent and can be made into a tea for dysentery, diarrhea, and cholera, to stop bleeding, and to bathe hemorrhoids. Dry and powder the acorns to dust old ulcers and infected wounds.
To make an oak bath: Simmer eight ounces of the bark in seven pints of water for twenty minutes and add to the bath water.
Oak tea: Simmer one teaspoon of inner bark per cup of water for twenty minutes. Take one cup, four times a day.
To make a wound wash: Simmer one-two pounds of inner bark in two quarts of water until the liquid is halved.