The 5 Supplements You Need to Be Taking Daily

Dietary Supplements Pills Nutrient AdditivesEveryone has a different opinion about supplements. People tend to go one of two ways: conservative or liberal. Conservatives think that we can get all the nutrients we need from our diet, and liberals think that supplements can make up for a bad diet.

In regards to supplements, I encourage you to be a moderate.

While I’m a big advocate of getting nutrients from your food, sometimes it just isn’t possible due to two main factors.

1. Our soil has gone downhill

The quality of modern day soil has changed – it is now extremely depleted due to industrial farming. As a result, many of our fruits and vegetables are not as nutrient dense as they were when grandma and grandpa were eating them. This also means the animals you are eating are not as nutrient rich, as the grain or grass they are eating is also affected by industrial farming and depleted soils.

Statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and World Health Organization (WHO) have recorded a drop in nutrient density in our food supply within the last fifty years. This loss of nutrients is so great that in our modern world, it is imperative to supplement your diet to achieve optimum health.

2. It’s a busy world.

In our busy lives, can we really be 100% sure that we are eating all of our vitamins, minerals, and probiotics daily? I know I can’t.

Even with a perfect diet of real, whole foods, it is still almost impossible to get all the nutrients you need in today’s toxic and stress-filled world.

Yes, our ancestors were able to get all of their nutrients from their food, but they received far greater amounts of micro-nutrients in every mouthful of food they ate, than is found in the food we consume today.

I always try my best to get as many of the nutrients I need from my food, and I encourage you to do the same. But this is not always possible; that’s why I like to look at supplements as insurance that I am always covered.

With that said, here are the five crucial supplements and vitamins that I recommend everyone take daily:

1. Magnesium

Magnesium is a cofactor in over three hundred reactions in the body, and is necessary for temperature regulations, hormonal balance, detoxification in the liver, formation of bones and teeth, and transmission of nerve pulses. However, it’s estimated that around 80% of people are deficient in this crucial mineral! If you are deficient in magnesium, symptoms include anxiety, constipation, an inability to sleep, tension, muscle cramps, fatigue, and much more.

Better yet, did you know that magnesium is the best treatment for PMS?! In fact, it removes symptoms so dramatically that some scientists believe that magnesium deficiency is the cause of PMS. (1)

Magnesium boosts progesterone by improving the healthy of your corpus luteum. It also regulates cortisol and reduces inflammation.

For women (and men!) magnesium is crucial.

Dose- 400-500mg

Forms:  Glycinate is the best overall because it is the most absorbable, and Citrate works well for those prone to constipation. You can also mix and match.

Time Taken: Bedtime

Recommended brand: Pure Encapsulations Glycinate or Citrate.

2.Vitamin D + K2

About 80% of the population is deficient in Vitamin D, due to a shift from farming to office jobs, combined with a lack of sun in many places during the winter. Even if you live in a place with plenty of sunshine, you should be taking Vitamin D. Vitamin D is crucial for hormonal and metabolic function, and is something you don’t want to be deficient in.

When choosing your Vitamin D, make sure to buy D3. Most doctors prescribe D2 but it is not as effective. You want to take at least 5,000 IU – 10,000 IU a day (depending on how deficient you are) for 6 months. After this, you can lower your dose to 2,000 IU a day for monthly maintenance.

K2 is a  is a fat soluble vitamin involved in calcium metabolism.  Excess calcium is deposited in arteries, leading to calcification and decreased vascular function.  This is why vitamin K2 could play a role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Bonus is that K2 has been found to reduce bone loss.

Dose: D3 – 5,000-10,000 i.u’s daily

K2- 2,000 mcg daily

Forms: D3 combined with K2, or you can take D3 and K2 in separate pills

Time Taken: Morning. D3 and K2 should always be taken together.

Recommended brand:  Metagenics K2 with D3, or Metagenics D3 and LifeExtension K2

3. Methyl B12 and Methyl Folate

If you are a vegan or vegetarian I urge you to take vitamin B12 daily.  If you are an omnivore, I still recommend you take this, as most people are deficient in B12. B12 can protect against dementia, increase immune function, maintain nerves, and regenerate cells. It’s necessary for maintaining methylation reactions that repair DNA and prevent cancer.

Dose: 800 mcg Folate, and 500 mcg B12 (never take folic acid, that stuff is junk!)

Forms: Capsule or lozenge

Time taken: Daily with food

Brand: Metagenics Intrinsi B12/Folate

4. High Grade Probiotic

Your gut is responsible for much more than just digesting your lunch. Your gut, and the 100 trillion bacteria that call it home, are responsible for your overall mental and physical wellbeing. Hippocrates said 2,000 years ago that “all disease begins in the gut”, and modern scientists are just now realizing how true this statement is.

For optimum health you should maintain an 85-to-15 percent ratio of good bacteria to bad. Once the bad bacteria rises above 15 percent, the immune system begins to slow down and sets off a chain reaction that promotes disease, digestion problems, and interferes with nutrient absorption.

Eating processed foods, plus the overuse of antibiotics, are the two biggest culprits for the poor gut health that is sweeping developed nations today.

To keep your gut healthy and thriving with healthy bacteria, you should take a high-grade probiotic daily, with at least 25 billion living organisms. Opt for even higher if you can. When purchasing your probiotic remember they are not regulated by the FDA, so you must make sure to buy a brand that is trusted.

Dose: Minimum 25 billion organisms per serving.

Form: Capsule or powder

Time Taken: At least 30 minutes before or after a meal. Do not take within 30 minutes of a hot beverage as the heat will kill the organisms.

Recommended brand: Green Vibrance or Metagenics UltraFlora Spectrum

In addition to taking a daily probiotic, you should also aim to eat two to three servings of fermented foods a day.

Examples of fermented foods are:

  • Kimchi
  • Yogurt (unsweetened and organic)
  • Kombucha
  • Kefir – this is a drinkable like yogurt originating from Turkey. You can find it in most grocery stores these days, or you can make your own by ordering a kefir starter kit online. Kefir makes a perfect addition to smoothies.
  • Water kefir
  • Sauerkraut
  • Miso
  • Tempeh

Also, don’t forget your prebiotics. Prebiotic foods help feed your good bacteria. You should aim to eat as many prebiotic foods as you can.

Examples of prebiotic rich foods are :

  • Raw chicory root
  • Raw garlic
  • Under-ripe bananas
  • Raw dandelion greens
  • Raw and cooked onions
  • Raw Jerusalem artichokes
  • Raw leeks
  • Raw asparagus

5. Fish Oil (or Algal Oil for vegans)-

In order to keep your  omega 3 to omega 6 levels ideal (you want a 1:1 ratio) and to promote optimum cardiovascular health, hormonal health, and to prevent disease, as well as promote a healthy and happy mind, fish oil is crucial. It also lowers cholesterol, improves insulin sensitivity, and prevents blood clots. It’s natures best anti-inflammatory, and helps balance hormones.

You should take 1,000-2,000 mg. a day, and the EPA to DHA ratio should be 300/200mg.

Dose: 1,000-2,000 mg

Forms: Capsule or liquid

Time taken: daily with food

Recommended brand: OmegaGenics EPA-DHA

Bonus:

Multivitamin-

This is your ultimate insurance ticket. It is important you are getting a high quality one. I personally take Vibrant Health’s Green Vibrance, as it also includes 25 billion probiotics, meaning I don’t have to hassle with taking an additional probiotic. And please don’t assume that because you are taking a multivitamin you don’t have to take the other supplements I’ve listed above.  You see, multivitamins are great in that they provide an array of vitamins, but most of them do not have 100% of your daily requirement of D3, magnesium, and B12.

Dose: 1 tablet or 1 packet

Forms: Capsule or powder

Time taken: daily with food

Brand: Pure Encapsulations O.N.E. or Metagenics Wellness Essentials

Think of these supplements as part of your diet, and buy the best quality ones you can. Remember, you get what you pay for; cheap supplements are usually poorly absorbed by the body, and the dosages are not always as high as they claim. They are also often filled with additives and coloring, and just result in expensive urine!

When buying your supplements, I encourage you to seek guidance from a health care practitioner to select the products that are right for you. While these are the general supplements I recommend everyone take, some people will need further supplementation.

With Gratitude,

Health Coach Jenna

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Sources:

  1. Period Repair Manual by Dr. Laura Briden

Should You Juice or Should You Smoothie?

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I often get the question from clients whether they should be juicing or smoothie-ing.

And my answer is BOTH.

They both have their benefits, and they both have their time and place. It’s kind of like your date outfit and your work outfit. You wouldn’t want to wear you killer black dress that shows a bit of what your mama gave you to your work meeting, now would you? Well, same thing goes for juices and smoothies.

When to juice:

Juicing is great 30 minutes to an hour BEFORE you eat. Yes, eating real food is kind of important, that is why (unless you are on a juice fast, but to be honest I’m not a fan of those) you shouldn’t rely on juice for all of your nutrients.

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Juicing allows your body to soak nutrients directly into your bloodstream, as all the fiber has been removed. But because the fiber has been removed, the glycemic load is super high, meaning the sugar is quickly absorbed by your body and raises your blood sugar levels. That is why you often get a high after drinking a glass of juice. Because of this, juice can be (in moderation) a great alternative to caffeine. That said, you don’t want to juice all day long because it will keep your blood sugar levels up which can throw your hormones out of whack. Which brings me to another point, and it’s really important so listen up:

When juicing, you should focus on the veggies. Save the fruits for the smoothie or for a snack.

However, it is okay to juice a few low glycemic fruits to sweeten the taste of your veggie juice. The golden rule is 1 part fruit to 3 parts vegetable. An example would be an apple with celery, kale, lemon, beet, and ginger root (click HERE for a list of low glycemic fruits).

As for veggies to juice, think rainbow foods. I recommend as many dark green leafy vegetables as possible. Beets, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli stems, ginger root, and celery are excellent as well. Buy your produce fresh and juice within three days. A great way to keep your leafy greens fresh is to rinse right before consuming. Another trick is to line your refrigerator’s crisper drawer with paper towels to absorb excess moisture, which will keep them fresh longer.

Click HERE to read all the benefits of juicing.

Juice Recipes:

Cleansing Cucumber

Energy Zinger

Bloated Blues Beet

When to get your smoothie on:

Smoothies are great for meals. Eat one for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and if made correctly they can give you everything you need. Because you are blending, all the fiber stays in tact to your fruit and vegetables, so you are still getting all that precious fiber.

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Mint-Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Many times I have clients telling me they have a breakfast smoothie in the morning, but it just doesn’t fill them up. I ask them what they put in their smoothie, and the answer usually is something like this:

Lots of fruit, more fruit, dairy- free milk, ice.

Ummmm yeah. I can see why that is not filling you up. Plus, holy sugar! I’m sure they’re buzzing after their brekkie, but then crashing super hard after an hour.

To make a smoothie a well-rounded meal it needs these 5 things:

  • A healthy fat- Think avocado, almond butter, coconut oil.
  • Fiber- chia seeds, ground flax seeds, or a fiber powder.
  • Protein- I’m a fan of Vega Sport Vanilla, but there are tons on the market. Just make sure they are not full of franken- ingredients, soy and sugar.
  • Dairy free milk, water, or coconut water for the base
  • Greens!

*Bonus if you put something fermented in there like kefir or yogurt!

Smoothie Recipes:

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Matcha Smoothie

Okay guys, now that you know what’s up in regards to smoothies and juices, start juicing and blending to your heart’s content! And remember, go green!

Xxxxxx

Health Coach Jenna

 

The Gluten-Free Life: Just Another Fad?

 

Gluten Free sign with clouds and sky backgroundLet’s Talk Gluten.

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, rye, kamut, barley, spelt, and some oats. It is formed when the two proteins called Gliadin and Glutenin are combined with water. Gluten is touch and rubbery, and responsible for allowing bread o stretch and rise. Chances are you eat a lot of gluten, as the standard western diet consists of pizza, pasta, bread (to find out what is wrong with supermarket bread click HERE) , and processed foods- all very high in gluten.

Just Another Fad?

I kGfree2now it seems like everyone is talking about going “gluten-free” and critics accuse it of being the new “fat-free” fad. And they are not entirely wrong. Food companies have indeed taken this opportunity to shell out tons of processed, sugary, crap food that are marketed as “gluten-free”. 

Don’t buy into it, folks. If you want to live a gluten-free lifestyle, stick to real, whole foods. If you do this you can’t lose.

I have personally found so much success with being gluten-free. It wasn’t until I made this switch that I ditched the extra five-ten stubborn pounds, my brain fog hit the road, and my recurring rash completely disappeared.

So although being gluten-free can seem like the newest fad, this is much more serious than just a quick diet to lose weight. But if weight gain is your goal, eating gluten will sure get you there quickly.

Why Gluten Can Be Harmful:

Gluten intolerance and sensitivity affects millions of Americans, most of whom are unaware. These people complain of bloating, migraines, an inability to lose weight, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, rashes, and more. Many times this is simply an allergic reaction to gluten.gfree3

According to a review in The New England Journal of Medicine, there are 55 diseases that can be caused by eating gluten. (i) These include irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and almost all other autoimmune diseases. Gluten is also linked to anxiety, depression, (ii) schizophrenia, dementia, as well as autism. (iii)

Gluten is problematic for people with celiac disease, and for those with gluten sensitivities. Celiac disease is the most extreme, affecting an estimated three million Americans. (iv) A person with celiac disease is completely gluten intolerant and must eliminate gluten entirely from their diet.

The only way to find out if you have celiac disease is to get tested. The blood test is about 95% accurate, and it’s advised to get a biopsy to confirm. An important fact to remember is that you must be eating gluten for the test to be accurate. The removal of gluten for people with celiac disease must be a habit maintained for life.

Gluten is also detrimental to those with gluten sensitivity. It’s estimated that one-third of the American population is gluten sensitive. These people include those who have tested negative for celiac disease but have relief from problematic symptoms when gluten is avoided.

If you suffer from bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, rashes, joint pain, arthritis, depression, anxiety, migraines, constipation, or the inability to lose weight, I encourage you to go two weeks without gluten to see if it could be the cause.

So What Are My Alternatives?

Your options are really limitless on this one! There are so many naturally gluten-free foods that are full of fiber and other beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Naturally Gluten-Free Foods:

  • brown rice
  • millet
  • kasha
  • gluten-free oats
  • quinoa
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • nuts/seeds
  • beans
  • most dairy
  • eggs
  • fish, poultry, meat
  • herbs

Beware of:

-Barley labeled under malt, malt flavoring, malt vinegar, and brewer’s yeast.

– distilled vinegar

-soy sauce

Once again, remember to be a label detective. It’s very easy for gluten to hide in processed items and condiments, so the more you stick to real, whole foods, the easier it will be to avoid.

Happy to be Gluten-Free,

Health Coach Jenna

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Sources:

(i) Rubio-Tapia A, Kyle RA, Kaplan EL, Johnson DR, Page W, Erdtmann F, Brantner TL, Kim WR, Phelps TK, Lahr BD, Zinsmeister AR, Melton LJ 3rd, Murray JA. Increased prevalence and mortality in undiagnosed celiac disease. Gastroenterology. 2009 Jul;137(1):88-93

(ii) Ludvigsson JF, Reutfors J, Osby U, Ekbom A, Montgomery SM. Celiac disease and risk of mood disorders–a general population-based cohort study. J Affect Disord. 2007 Apr;99(1-3):117-26. Epub 2006 Oct 6.

(iii) Millward C, Ferriter M, Calver S, Connell-Jones G. Gluten- and casein-free diets for autistic spectrum disorder. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004;(2):CD003498. Review.

(iv) Gluten: What You Don’t Know Might Kill You – Dr. Mark Hyman. (2011). Retrieved March 1, 2016, from http://drhyman.com/blog/2011/03/17/gluten-what-you-dont-know-might-kill-you/

Broccoli and Hemp Seed Millet

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Hey folks! So I am currently in India studying Ashtanga and while I’m here I’ve been taking an Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking course. It’s been very interesting learning about this beautiful system of medicine that was created 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda (meaning science of life) puts emphasis on healthy eating to maintain a balanced mind, body, and soul. This is especially refreshing when compared to Western medicine that puts importance on treating disease with medicine, instead of preventing disease in the first place with proper nutrition.

Ayurveda is based on the 5 elements: Air, Space, Water, Fire and Earth. These form the Tridoshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. All of us were born with a dominant dosha and the foods we eat should cater to keeping this dosha in balance. To find your dosha you can take this quiz. 

In Ayurveda, recipes are really a form of art. An art that caters to the delicate trinity of mind, body, and soul.

Although this recipe is not a traditional Ayurvedic recipe, it is inspired by the same principles. The cumin seeds, cinnamon, and black pepper in the recipe will stoke your digestive fire and will increase your metabolism .The turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory so it will keep your immune system strong. The coconut oil is cooling and will keep Pitta and Vata doshas in balance.

I made the dish with hemp seeds not only for their delicious and nutty taste, but also for their high protein content (10 grams per 3 tablespoons), as well their high levels of magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. Additionally, the millet is high in iron making this a well rounded vegetarian meal.

Broccoli and Hemp Seed Millet:

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of broccoli cut into florets.
  • 1 cup millet
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

  1. Prepare millet. Place 2 cups of water and 1 cup millet in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon. Bring to boil and then put on low heat. Cover and let cook for 7-10 minutes. Keep an eye on it and when it is fluffy it is ready.
  2. Set your millet aside.
  3. Pour the coconut oil in a frying pan and place on medium high heat.
  4. When the coconut oil is hot add the cumin seeds.
  5. After 1 minute the cumin seeds will start to pop. When this happens mix your turmeric and black pepper in with the coconut oil.
  6. Add the florets of broccoli.
  7. Stir fry the broccoli for about 5 minutes.
  8. Now, add the hemp seeds.
  9. After a few minutes add your millet into the pan and mix around with the spatula.
  10. Once everything is nice and hot turn off the heat.
  11. Add the salt.

 

Next time I might add chickpeas as I think it would complement the dish nicely. What do you think?

Enjoy!

Health Coach Jenna

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5 Reasons To Go Meatless Monday

Hey folks! As some of you may know, I’m a huge fan and promoter of saladMeatless Monday. Seeing as I’m a vegetarian, I don’t eat meat on any day that ends in “y”, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a vegetarian to participate in the Meatless Monday movement. Today around 18% of Americans participate in the movement, and I encourage you to give it a try.

5 Reasons To Go Meatless Monday:

1. Saves you money.

A pound of grains, legumes, and veggies feeds a lot more mouths than a pound of meat. And who doesn’t want a little more money in their pockets? Think of all the cash you could save that could go towards something fun like a family vacation.

2. A chance to detox from the weekend.

People tend to eat out more on the weekends and drink more alcohol. Eating clean on Monday will give your body a chance to cleanse, which will jump start your week in the right direction.

3. Good for your health.

Studies have shown that a diet high in red and processed meats contributes to a variety of health problems such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Just this year, the World Health Organization listed processed meats as a carcinogen. Studies have also shown that those who eat a plant-based diet live 7-10 years longer on average than meat eaters. Think of all you could do with those extra years! Visit Mongolia, learn how to play the piano, or binge watch “Game of Thrones” – whatever floats your boat!

Plant-based foods have zero cholesterol and are high in fiber. This means that eating more of this type of food will lower your bad cholesterol, reduce inflammation, help keep your digestion system happy, and keep your heart healthy. Added vanity bonus- you will most likely see a reduction in your waistline!

4. Better for our planet.

The biggest threat to human beings right now is global warming. And if you don’t believe in global warming, well…I don’t have a reply prepared as I didn’t think there were still people around who don’t believe in global warming. Besides your Great Aunt Betty who spends all day knitting and talking about the communists.

But all politics aside, did you know that the mass production of animals for food is among the top contributors to greenhouse gases?

It’s imperative that we all do what we can to lower global emissions. We are taught in school to reduce, reuse and recycle, which are all great methods. It’s also crucial, however, to eat less meat.

Did you know that it takes 1,850 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat and it only takes 39 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of vegetables? Stew on that one….

A few more stats for you from the Environmental Working Group:

If your four-person family skips meat and cheese one day a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for five weeks – or reducing everyone’s daily shower by 3 minutes.

If your four-person family skips steak once a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for nearly three months.

If everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, it would be like not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road.

 

5. It’s the compassionate thing to do.

Think of all these guys that you are saving by going meatless once a week! (Sorry I couldn’t resist!)

So come on! You can go a day without meat! It won’t kill you. Actually, it might just do the opposite…

For some great Meatless Monday meal ideas, check out my Facebook page for weekly recipes. You can also check out the official Meatless Monday site for some great meal ideas as well.

Happy Plant-Based Eating,

Health Coach Jenna

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10 Reasons to Drink Turmeric Milk + RECIPE

From curing the common cold to preventing or fighting against cancer, turmeric is an essential spice that you should become familiar with. With a long history of being used in traditional medicines such as ancient India’s Ayurveda, it has lately become more recognized in western practices – it’s really no surprise that it is currently the most studied spice on the planet.

I try to drink a warm cup of turmeric milk (aka “Golden Milk”) everyday. I especially make sure I get my cup in when studying yoga in India, as it’s nature’s best anti-inflammatory, helping relieve any general aches and pains. Plus, it’s really delicious – making it a nice treat before bed.

Healing Properties of Turmeric:

1. Cancer fighter.

2. Reduces symptoms of depression.

3. Cures the common cold.

4. Relieves arthritis pain.

5. Balances Hormones.

6. Relieves general aches and pains in the body.

7. Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.

8. Lowers cholesterol.

9. Alleviates allergies.

10. Helps wounds heal faster.

And these are just a tip of the iceberg of all the healing properties of turmeric.

Alright, so now that you know how AMAZING turmeric is, are you ready to make some turmeric milk?!

Turmeric Milk Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of coconut milk (or your dairy-free milk of choice) 
  • 1 teaspoon dried turmeric powder OR one half-inch fresh turmeric thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger powder OR one half-inch piece of peeled, fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • A dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • Honey to taste (use local if possible – this will also help with allergies and do not add to the milk when it is HOT, as this turns the honey toxic. Wait until it is warm.)

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients (except the honey) into a blender.
  2. Blend for 30 seconds to a minute.
  3. Pour mixture into saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Bring to boil.
  5. Turn off heat, cover, and allow mixture to cool for a few minutes.
  6. Add honey.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Alternatively, if you do not have a blender, skip steps one and two and combine all ingredients in a saucepan. If you are using fresh ginger and turmeric, use a strainer to filter them out before serving.

In addition to drinking turmeric milk, I also cook with turmeric as much as possible. There are tons of delicious recipes out there ranging from coconut curries to lentil soups. Here is a list of some goodies:

Curry Cream of Carrot Soup 

Turmeric Spiced Rice 

Spiced Kale Scramble 

Creamy Pumpkin Curry 

However you choose to get your daily dose of turmeric, make sure to ingest it after it has been heated. This is why drinking it in a warm beverage or cooking with it is best, as the heat activates the turmeric. Also, adding freshly ground black pepper boosts turmeric absorption by 2,000%! You can also increase turmeric’s healing properties by mixing it with a healthy fat such as ghee or coconut oil.

And guess what? Turmeric milk checks off all of the above!

Enjoy!

Health Coach Jenna

The Most Important Ritual For Your Health That You Can Start Today

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What is the first thing you do in the morning? Take a moment and think about it. We all have our rituals and routines. Perhaps you hit the snooze button a few times. Maybe you get up straight away and wash your face. Perhaps you snuggle up with your beloved dog or cat.

Now, think about the first thing you eat or drink in the morning. Is it water? Coffee? Tea?

It may not seem important, but every choice you make regarding your daily routine can either build up your resistance to disease, or burn the house down.

So what is the number one ritual that you can start today that will improve your health more than anything else?:

Drinking a big ole’ cup of warm water and lemon.

Yup, it’s that easy.

All you have to do is drink a cup of warm water with lemon (make sure the water is WARM and not hot, as hot water kills the lemon’s enzymes) BEFORE you ingest anything else besides water.

Benefits of drinking warm water with lemon:

1. Eliminates Toxins: Your organs work hard every night while you sleep to eliminate toxins from your body. By flushing them out with warm water and lemon every morning, you facilitate this process. Think of it as an oil change in a car. Flushing clean oil through the engine is essential to keep it working efficiently. Warm water with lemon does the same thing for us.

Lemons also help flush out unwanted materials because they increase the rate of urination in the body. This not only flushes out toxins, but keeps your urinary tract healthy.

2. Boosts Immune System: Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds.

3. Aids Weight Loss: Lemons help curb hunger cravings because they are high in pectin fiber.

4. Balances pH: Lemons may be sour, but surprisingly they are an alkaline food. Drinking a cup of warm water with lemon in the morning helps to balance you pH, and an alkaline body is crucial to good health. When the body is too acidic, digestive disorders such as acid reflux and ulcers can occur. It can also result in low energy and fatigue.

5. Helps Digestion: Warm water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and lemons are packed with minerals and vitamins that help loosen toxins in the digestive tract.

6. Healthy Skin: Lemon water cleanses toxins from the blood, which keeps skin clear. They are also high in vitamin C, which helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Because they flush out toxins, they may also help in reducing cellulite. I’ve personally found success with this.

7. Balances Hormones: Warm water with lemon helps hydrate the body. When the body is hydrated, so are the adrenal glands that along with your thyroid create energy and secrete important hormones in your body. When these glands are dehydrated they can’t do their job, resulting in constipation, stress, fatigue, acne, etc.

The recipe is simple and the benefits worth the small effort. All you need is half a lemon squeezed in a cup of warm water in the morning, and you will begin to see big results.

Which one of these benefits are you most looking forward to experiencing once starting this ritual? Or, if you already drink warm water with lemon, what have been the biggest results you’ve noticed? Please share in the comments section below.

Enjoy Sipping Yo’ Lemon,

Health Coach Jenna