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Phyll’er Up! Taking the Gag Factor Out of Green Supplements

Phyll'er Up! Taking the Gag Factor Out of Green Supplements from Beeyoutiful.com

This post originally appeared in a slightly different form in our Summer 2008 catalog

I would guess my family isn’t the only one that recognizes the importance of eating greens. How many families (and women in particular) have spent part of their days choking down a glass of green grit that tastes as though it was just scooped out of the ocean? You know what I’m talking about: that green stuff made from barley. (Or, as my father calls it, barf-ley.)

The health benefits of green powders may be great, but it used to embarrass me when my 3-year-old sister had to count “1-2-3” to get Mommy to chug it each morning.

So I say, “Can’t we have a green supplement with all the same benefits, or maybe even better, in a drink that’s actually palatable?” Well, it turns out that Beeyoutiful’s Liquid Chlorophyll fits the bill!

But exactly what is so marvelous about chlorophyll?

Cheer for the Red, White, and Green

Chlorophyll is every green plant’s blood, and it’s remarkably similar to our own blood. The difference is found in only one metallic molecule. The central element in chlorophyll is magnesium, while the core element in human blood is iron. And this differing component, magnesium, is one our bodies can easily convert to iron.Phyll'er Up! Taking the Gag Factor Out of Green Supplements from Beeyoutiful.com

Chlorophyll such as Beeyoutiful’s is usually extracted from alfalfa, which has more vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll than almost any other plant. Not only are you getting the green energy, but also a lot of calcium and trace minerals necessary for good health along with it.

Chlorophyll can support good health, minimizing a variety of conditions such as anemia, low energy, hypoglycemia, and digestive disorders, and it’s known for detoxifying the body (especially the liver). It deodorizes the body naturally by stopping the growth of harmful bacteria, boosting the immune system, and promoting overall wellbeing.

And if detoxifying and supporting our blood cells isn’t enough of a contribution, chlorophyll is also rich in calcium, which makes it great for menstruating women, since we lose so much calcium through menstruation. The high calcium levels also make it helpful for joint and bone problems, especially hip joint conditions.

Green and Bear It

Using chlorophyll can be fun, and not something you have to endure! Beeyoutiful’s Liquid Chlorophyll is one of the most pleasant-tasting options I’ve found.

It’s so gentle at cleansing the system that it is good for people and children of all ages, and is considered safe during pregnancy. In my midwifery practice, I recommend chlorophyll for pregnant women who are really tired and have low iron levels.

Phyll'er Up: Taking the Gag Factor Out of Green Supplements from Beeyoutiful.comSometimes if their hemoglobin is particularly low, I have moms combine chlorophyll with Yellow Dock and a tea of Red Raspberry Leaves and Nettle to really give them a boost (in some cases, Yellow Dock can cause diarrhea, so if that happens, I stick with just the chlorophyll). Chlorophyll is high in vitamin K, which helps build healthy blood that clots well.

One benefit of using natural options such as herbs and chlorophyll is that our bodies can so readily assimilate the nutrients they need. Traditional iron pills, by contrast, have a horrible reputation for not absorbing and causing all kinds of problems. But when you’re using whole herbs, your body can assimilate what it needs and simply excrete the excess.

The pleasant mint flavor of Beeyoutiful’s chlorophyll makes it easy to take straight or diluted in a glass of water. I’ve never known anyone yet to mind the taste! It’s great to have on hand during labor to sip on to help boost energy, and if a woman hemorrhages after delivery, chlorophyll is usually the first thing I give her afterward to rebuild red blood cells and her overall blood volume. You can’t overdose on it, and when someone has bled a lot, chlorophyll is like giving your body a transfusion since it’s so similar to our own blood.

Good for Baby, Too

In addition to being good for rebuilding blood loss, chlorophyll is also great for lactating mothers. Not only should it help support milk production, it’s also believed to increase the iron levels in breast milk. I recently saw a mom for a six week post-natal checkup, and she mentioned that, since she went back on chlorophyll, she noticed her baby wasn’t so fussy. (A lot of you who have had colicky babies might want to give it a try for that reason alone!)
I put one mother on chlorophyll while pregnant with her sixth baby because her iron level was low. It brought her count up to a much better level, and also boosted her energy. She stopped taking it after her son was born, but it wasn’t long before she came to me saying how exhausted she was.

I checked her hemoglobin again, and sure enough, it was low. I told her to go back on the chlorophyll and just stay on it. When her baby was only eight months old, to her surprise she conceived again, but could hardly believe she was pregnant because she still felt so good. She didn’t experience the usual nausea, nor was she as wiped out. Now I hear her singing the praises of chlorophyll to other tired, anemic, pregnant women!

One thing that was pointed out to me recently is that some other popular chlorophyll supplements contain parabens, a chemical preservative. Beeyoutiful’s all-natural chlorophyll, as you might guess, doesn’t have it any such additives.

As a midwife, I tend to focus on the benefits of chlorophyll for pregnant women, but you should know that its healthfulness is good for everyone. I believe chlorophyll should be in all refrigerators! It has no known side effects or toxicity levels, delivers many great nutrients, and offers a pleasing taste and more health benefits than that obnoxious glass of barf-ley!

written by Amy Leiter Brewer

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Meet Beeyoutiful’s New Soap Maker!

We’re introducing several new soaps handcrafted for us by Lisa Dzimianski. Here’s the story of how she learned her skill.

20141117-lmd-03290In 1999 our family bought registered dairy goats in order to have our own milk source. The goats we fell in love with were an all-white breed of dairy goat called Saanens. They  just happened to be registered animals, so that fall (since we had learned how to show goats in 4-H) we decided to take our animals to the dairy goat show at a nearby fair.

At the end of the day, we came home with First Place ribbons in every showmanship class we had entered, and a Reserve Grand Champion ribbon in the conformation classes. With our success that day, the goat-showing bug bit. Over the next several years, we traveled all over the Southeast, showing our dairy goats at different fairs.  We also competed a couple of times at the national level in both youth events and goat conformation classes.

goats (1)When I was about sixteen, I wanted to find a way to make a little extra money doing something besides babysitting. That fall at a fair in Florida, I saw some of our friends who made and sold goat milk soap, and realized that was one way I could use the resources we had (goat milk) to make some income. I began studying the ins and outs of soap making (thanks to my sister, who had already purchased books on the subject and then decided not to pursue it), but it took me a couple of years before I actually got up the courage to try making soap. I also hesitated because I had to dish out money for the starting ingredients and equipment, plus find the ingredients I needed!

Finally, in 2008, I made my first batch of soap. It was different than the soap we were used to using (and my family made jokes about it being really slippery), but it was really moisturizing. That summer I made a few more batches for our family and got a little more comfortable with the process. The next year I began expanding my line up, perfecting my recipes, named my business, and learned more efficient methods of making soap. I also sold my first bars of soap that year.

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Saanen goats grazing at Pony Trail Farm

The following year I began selling soap at a small local farmers market, and in 2012 I began selling goat milk soap at the Athens Farmers Market, the biggest market in our area. Since that time I have seen business growth and have found loyal customers who always come back to my products. I am grateful for the new opportunity this year to begin working with Steph (whom I’ve known nearly my whole life), Steve, and the rest of the Beeyoutiful team by producing goat milk soap for them.

One of my favorite things about soap making is the ability to control what goes into the soap (which eventually goes into the skin). I enjoy researching the benefits of different ingredients and how they affect the skin. I keep you, the consumer, in mind as I make my soaps; my goal is that you will find them to be products that meet your skin care needs!

See all of our bar soaps, including Lisa’s Summer Days and Clearly Gentle, here

Guest Post: How to help your sensory child sleep better and focus better in school

How to help your sensory child sleep better and focus better in school from Beeyoutiful.com

Today’s guest post is by Lora Jacobson.

It’s here!

That time of the year when we pack lunches and backpacks, set out clothing, and make sure our child is stocked up with school supplies. Or maybe you’re putting the final touches on your curriculum plans and rethinking the space ideas for your home studies.

Whether you’ve been at this for a few weeks now and have already settled into a routine, or you’re still a week or two out and are savoring the last few days of summer break (or maybe you’re actually waiting with bated breath for the fall routine!)… are you prepared?!

How to help your sensory child sleep better and focus better in school

There are two things that can torpedo your child’s learning faster than anything else.

They exacerbate her ability to cope with stress, introduce reactionary behaviors that are frustrating for herself and everyone involved, and create tension where everyone just wants to relax and have fun.

Your young student is bouncing around in his seat and can’t manage to stay quiet while his teacher attempts to address the class; he tries to sit and do his schoolwork, but struggles to focus in class or at home.

Perhaps your student does brilliantly at school, but struggles because the sensory overload puts her under so much stress that she comes home to an almost guaranteed meltdown and the teachers have no idea what’s going wrong.

You’ve gotten to know your child so well that you can spot the meltdowns coming from a mile away, but prevention still feels elusive. Some small, seemingly insignificant thing takes place that becomes the proverbial straw on the camel’s back, and she melts because everything is just too much and it feels as if the world is ending.

Sound familiar? You’ve been there, haven’t you?

How to help your sensory child sleep better and focus better in school from Beeyoutiful.com

Sleep disturbance and sensory processing issues typically come hand in hand, regardless of whether the egg or the chicken comes first. The reasons or the possible diagnoses are different for every kid.

Maybe it’s sensory processing disorder, or ADD/ADHD, or Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or a handful of other possibilities. Or maybe somewhere along the line she never got on into a good sleep rhythm and it’s affecting every part of her life.

Whatever it is, you are certain (no matter what your in-laws say behind your back) that it’s more than just your child “being a kid” or a need for “better discipline”; your child is not “just picky” or “too impulsive”. It’s more than that (1).

It was occupational therapists (OTs) who initially began identifying an explanation for a lot of otherwise puzzling behaviors. They combine the works of innovators such as Patricia Wilbarger, OTR and Dr. A. Jean Ayres to holistically address the sensory needs of each patient. They evaluate the individual’s over- and under-sensitivities in each of the senses (the traditional five: sound, taste, touch, smell, vision, plus two more: proprioceptive, and vestibular).

One person described our sensory processes as each of us having big cups or small cups, and we can have big cups or small cups in different senses at the same time.

When our cup is large, we can’t get enough stimulation or input and continue to seek that input (a child that can’t get enough vestibular input might seek more through bouncing and crashing and jumping, for example).

When our cup is small, we are easily overwhelmed by that input and can react to that very strongly. Nobody likes scratchy tags in their clothing, for example, but for some the input of even a seam is so strong that they can’t adjust or think of anything else until their clothing is changed, modified, or turned inside out.

OTs will work with a patient to help them find the input that they are seeking and help them increase their ability to handle stimulation that overwhelms them. As one kid said, “…it helps to go to an occupational therapist. When I leave, my body feels better; it feels like my body is in control” (2).

How to help your sensory child sleep better and focus better in school

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One of the awesome things about occupational therapy is that most (if not all) of the therapy is non-pharmaceutical and non-invasive. When specifically addressing sleep disturbances, OTs assist families in making careful trial changes to bedtime routines, habits, and patterns, and use various strategies and interventions to address sensory avoiding or sensory seeking behaviors.

Some of the things that they might use include: Walburger protocol, loose or tight pajamas, lightweight or weighted blankets, isometric exercises, brushing or beanbag tapping techniques, etc. (3, 4) Some of the benefits of sensory integration therapy include the ability to transition between activities, an improved ability to pay attention, and an increase in self-regulation (5).

While scientists have had a difficult time isolating exactly WHY these therapies work (there are lots of theories, but few long-term clinical studies), it has become commonly accepted that they are helpful and, when applied thoughtfully and with an OTs guidance, they can be extremely beneficial.

If you do a Google search on “sensory activities” or “sensory toys” that can be used as part of sensory integration therapy, you will find more products, hacks, and DIYs than you ever dreamed, all designed to help your child get the stimulation they are looking for in an effective manner. But today I’m going to narrow our focus to just two products that address your child’s sleep and focus: weighted blankets and weighted lap pads, respectively.

You can know if your child would benefit from a weighted blanket and how to go about shopping for one.

What is a weighted blanket?

Do you remember sleeping under your great-grandma’s quilt and how the heaviness of it felt comforting? It’s kinda like that. The deep pressure sensation of a weighted blanket covering the body can calm one’s system down and feel like a hug if you drape it just right. The blanket becomes the go-to comfort blanket and sleep aid and sense of security, which is especially useful for sleep.

When I make weighted blankets and lap pads, I pay special attention to the texture of the blanket for those who are particularly touch-sensitive.

If a weighted blanket is too large to be appropriate for the setting (like in a school classroom, for example), a weighted lap pad is the perfect substitute. Some find they really need the weight to help keep them focused.

The pressure from the weight allows a child to self-organize which encourages her to relax when hyper, restless, or stressed, making transitions from one activity to another more seamless and avoiding (or calming) meltdowns. There are parents who have borrowed their child’s weighted blanket so they can have their OWN #sensoryoverload time-out!

How to help your sensory child sleep better and focus better in school

Last year, one of the teachers in our local elementary school permanently “borrowed” the new lap pad from the special education department. Upon inquiry (because the SE dept wanted it back!) administration discovered that one of her students who had previously been unable to focus and whose movement was consistently distracting the other students was suddenly able to focus on his studies when he used the weighted lap pad.

The teachers and school administration were so excited about this child’s success! They told me it was “like magic” and ordered several additional weighted lap pads for other students both in and outside the special education department. (This makes it the perfect companion for something like Beeyoutiful’s essential oil blend, Bee Focused).

How do I know if my child needs a weighted blanket?

How to help your sensory child sleep better and focus better in school

  • Does your child pile on the blankets or pillows in order to sleep?
  • Do you wish you could get him a blanket that would be heavy but magically also not make him overheat?
  • Does she ask for someone to lay on top of her to calm her or help her organize herself?
  • Does he find the weight of a dentist’s x-ray apron comforting?

While this is not a exhaustive list, if you answered YES to those questions, then it is highly likely that a weighted blanket is the perfect choice for supporting your child’s healthy sleep patterns. The calming properties, the relaxation, the sense that all is right in the world: all those things promote sleep — getting to sleep, getting to a deep sleep, staying asleep.

Parents of kids who have struggled with disturbed sleep for years (some well into their elementary years) report that their child finally SLEPT ALL NIGHT after beginning to use a weighted blanket.

I’m sure my child needs one — how do I go about shopping for a weighted blanket?!

That’s a great question! That’s exactly why I prepared a free print-friendly checklistHow to Shop for a Weighted Blanket or Lap Pad.

I’m a big fan and long-time customer of Beeyoutiful (it all started with SuperMom and I just can’t quit!) so for a limited time, fellow Beeyoutiful fans, followers, and customers who download the guide will ALSO get an exclusive coupon for use at Lora’s Weighted Blankets that will be good for free shipping with purchase of a lap pad when the new lap pad collection is released over Labor Day weekend.

Click here and get your coupon and free download today!

Do you know someone who could benefit from reading Lora’s advice today? How could incorporating her strategies help someone in your own family? Let us know!

Sources:

1. Sensory Processing Issues Explained: Tantrums, clumsiness, ‘immaturity’ all could point to problems taking in the world, by Beth Arky, Published: October 26, 2011 http://www.childmind.org/en/posts/articles/2011-10-26-sensory-processing-issues-explained

2. A Child’s View of Sensory Processing, posted by ESGWNRM on Jul 5, 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1G5ssZlVUw&feature=youtu.be

3. Fact Sheet for American Occupational Therapy Association, developed by Meryl Marger Picard, MSW, OTR, 2012 “Occupational Therapy’s Role in Sleep”, direct download linked here: http://www.aota.org/About-Occupational-Therapy/Professionals/CY.aspx

4. The Sensory Modulation Program for Adolescents & Adults , by Tina Champagne, ME.d., OTR/L, posted 2008

http://www.ot-innovations.com/content/view/38/28/

5. Therapeutic Brushing Techniques: The Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique (DPPT) & Oral Tactile Technique (OTT) by Tina Champagne, 2007http://www.ot-innovations.com/content/view/55/46/

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Unexpected Keys to Supporting Kids with ADHD

Unexpected Keys to Supporting Kids with ADHD from Beeyoutiful.com

Esther writes:

I grew up in the denim jumpers and homemade bread era of homeschooling, and wanted nothing more than to be like all the other cool kids who got to eat bologna sandwiches and wear jeans.

As a second generation homeschooler, I came to the table with more than my fair share of things I was going to do differently in educating my children.

I wasn’t going to be mean like my mother and have my children crochet daisies while eating bean soup and talking about Uzbekistan.

No siree, my kids were going to get dressed every day and sit at reclaimed Anthropologie-esque desks while we did school properly with real home work and tests and grades.

Dill Pickles, Hedgehogs, and Lemon Trees- Unexpected Keys to Supporting Kids with ADHD from Beeyoutiful.com Find out today how our friend Esther Ramsey’s experience really turned out over at Hip Homeschool Moms.

Then come back and read Esther’s other helpful post about building a toolbox to support her children’s brains!

Does someone you love struggle with focus and attention? Which strategies have worked for you? Let us know in the comments below; we’d love to learn from you. 

Foodie Friday: 6 Ways to Use Arrowroot Powder in Your Kitchen

#FoodieFriday- 6 Ways to Use Arrowroot Powder in Your Kitchen from Beeyoutiful.com

Arrowroot powder is most commonly known simply as an alternative to cornstarch. But, did you know it can be used in many more ways than just as a thickener?

One of our favorite resources, Nourishing Traditions, says, “Arrowroot was once widely used in baby formulas as a superior carbohydrate, experience having shown it agreed with babies better than any other starch or sugar. We now find the reason. It is the only starch product with a calcium ash. In this regard, the calcium chloride, in the form of calcium found in arrowroot starch, is very important for the maintenance of proper acid and alkali balances in the human body. Arrowroot only thrives on tidal flats where the sea minerals are available. Its known health-building properties may be due to trace minerals from the sea, as well as from the calcium it gets from the sea water.”

#FoodieFriday- 6 Ways to Use Arrowroot Powder in Your Kitchen from Beeyoutiful.comHere’s a list of six ways to use arrowroot powder (also called arrowroot flour).

1. Ice cream

If you’ve ever made homemade ice cream, you know that an overnight freeze makes it almost impossible to scoop! Adding arrowroot powder prevents the formation of large ice crystals and keeps it from turning hard as a rock in the freezer.

Try incorporating a tablespoon of arrowroot powder to your next quart of homemade ice cream and see the improved texture for yourself.

2. Homemade cake flour

How many times have you tried to bake a whole-grain cake and then been terribly disappointed by the heavy, dense outcome? Commercial cake flour is simply a low-protein, refined wheat flour with cornstarch added, and it’s easy enough to recreate that light cake texture by substituting arrowroot instead.

For every cup of flour called for in a cake recipe, substitute 3/4 cup hard white wheat flour plus 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder (sifted together with a fine mesh strainer). You can use this formula to get a lighter texture in muffins and scones, too.

3. Baby teething biscuits/crackers

Cheerios are a standard on-the-go snack for babies, but arrowroot crackers are an easy alternative that actually provide some nutrition, especially when combined with other whole-grain flours.

4. Fruit sauce

Arrowroot has a neutral flavor and performs well at low temperatures, so it’s a good choice for quick sauces. Try a simple fruit sauce over pancakes, waffles, crepes and ice cream sundaes. You can make it with blueberries, cherries, strawberries, peaches, plums . . . almost any soft fruit can be used.

Some fruit crisp, cobbler or pie recipes call for cornstarch to thicken the fruit filling. Substitute arrowroot powder instead, using 1 tablespoon of arrowroot for every 1.5 cups of fruit.

#FoodieFriday- 6 Ways to Use Arrowroot Powder in Your Kitchen from Beeyoutiful.com

Arrowroot Powder

5. Thickening foods

Keep a jar of arrowroot powder close to the stove and stir some into any recipe that needs a little thickening. (But don’t use arrowroot as a thickener in recipes that call for dairy, as it can yield a slimy and unattractive result.)

Sometimes baby food purees come out very runny. Longer cooking evaporates the excess liquid, but also tends to lower the nutrient value. Instead, stir in a little arrowroot powder for thickening along with a bit of added nutrition. This can also be helpful when toddlers are learning to feed themselves; thicker soups are easier for little tykes to spoon on their own.

6. In gluten-free baking

One key to successful baking without gluten is getting the correct ratio of starch (from corn, tapioca, or arrowroot) in relation to the “grittier” flours (such as rice and sorghum). Arrowroot can often be blended with other starchy flours to yield a tasty baked item.

How do you use arrowroot powder? Please share your tips in the comments below!

How I Nearly Missed a Key to Nutrient Absorption

How I Nearly Missed a Key to Nutrient Absorption from Beeyoutiful.com

This information originally appeared in a slightly different form in our Fall 2009 catalog

Busy schedules and a desire for convenience had taken a toll on my family’s diet, but not long ago, I decided to get us back on the wagon of nutritious eating. While eating whole and healthy foods has always been my focus, we had gotten so we didn’t take time to prepare fresh, nutritious foods.

How I Nearly Missed a Key to Nutrient Absorption from Beeyoutiful.comOur family garden and the weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) basket gave us a plentiful supply of delicious and healthy foods, so we had no excuse for not eating well. I knew our bodies craved better foods and noticed my own energy level had dropped considerably. I was fatigued much of the time.

I tweaked our family menus so that we once again were eating nature’s bounty. To my surprise, however, my fatigue lingered, along with occasional bouts of acid reflux. Our diets had improved, but I didn’t feel the commensurate improvement in my body.

Fortunately, about this time, a friend told me a bit about digestive enzymes, and I set out to learn more.

How the Good in Good Food is Lost

I discovered that proper nourishment involves more than just eating healthy foods. It’s possible to eat a wide variety of the best foods, use only organically-grown fare, and still be deficient in adequate nutrition.

But why is this so? The key to good health lies in both eating healthy foods and properly digesting them.

We’re born with an ample supply of enzymes to break down the food we eat just after birth: breastmilk. A broader range of enzymes to process other foods and release their nutrients develops gradually as we grow. Nutrients in our food, when properly digested, strengthen our immune systems, enhance cell growth and repair, and boost energy levels.

However, the SAD (Standard American Diet) is an enemy of digestive enzymes. Our abundance of non-living and processed foods actually destroy digestive enzymes!

Time and poor diets whittle away the supply of digestive enzymes, particularly if our diets have been low in fresh, cultured, and raw fruits and vegetables. Consequently, research shows that older people and people with chronic diseases have fewer enzymes in their saliva, urine, and tissues.

Enzymes are also destroyed by stress and environmental toxins. Once the enzymes are gone, the digestive system struggles to compensate for the loss of these essential workers. When enzymes are not plentiful and functioning, a person may experience any or all of the following: fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, bloated sensations, heartburn, acid reflux, excessive gas, and food cravings.

The Great Enzyme Comeback

The good news is that vital digestive enzymes can be restored to the body. Even if your body is depleted of its natural digestive enzymes, you can, through supplemental digestive enzymes, rebuild your body’s inventory of these necessary enzymes. Here are a few of the most helpful.

  • Betaine– A naturally-occurring enzyme in the stomach that helps break down fats and proteins.
  • Pancreatin– A mixture of amylase, protease, and lipase, this enzyme fills the gap where pancreatic secretions are deficient. It has been associated with helping food allergies, celiac disease, automimmune disease, cancer, and weight loss.
  • Papain– Derived from papaya and certain other plants, this enzyme has a mild, soothing effect on the stomach and aids in protein digestion. Papain helps digest protein thoroughly and frees amino acids for quick absorption. It works in acid, alkaline, or neutral environments and is especially valuable for the elderly or anyone who has weak digestion due to enzyme deficiencies.
  • Ox Bile Extract– Excreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, this important enzyme assists in digestion of fats. It also assists in metabolizing cholesterol and fat and in absorption of Vitamins K, A, D, and E.
  • Pepsin Enzymes– Pepsin is produced in the mucosal lining of the stomach and acts to degrade protein.
  • Bromelain– Found in the stems and plants of the pineapple, this enzyme is often used to aid irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, gas, and other digestive problems. It is effective in breaking down proteins and rendering their nutrition available to the body.

The Enzyme Solution

Some nutritional experts recommend that at least 70% of your diet should consist of raw, cultured, or juiced foods, all which will boost enzyme production and which also provide healthy levels of fiber, another important element of healthy digestion.

Since heat kills enzymes during cooking and pasteurization, milk products that are pasteurized have no life to aid digestion. These products are essentially cooked and dead, and end up burdening your digestive system. It is far better to use live dairy products. Those made from raw milk are best. Yogurt, for instance, contains beneficial probiotics and is simple to  make at home from raw milk.

When making the shift to a more natural diet, though, go slowly. Introduce raw foods gradually, and allow your body to adjust to the new “climate” you’re creating in your digestive system.

As I discovered, eating raw fruits and vegetables did not immediately cure my fatigue. In my case, I needed help from a supplement to restore my digestive balance and to help my body absorb nutrients in the healthy foods. This is where supplemental enzymes can be such a blessing.

I started by taking one tablet of Beeyoutiful’s Digestive Enzyme with each meal. After about a week, I was able to tolerate foods better, and the tired, sluggish feelings I had been experiencing during the day were gone! I no longer wanted a midday nap and felt energetic and stronger each day.

Beeyoutiful has expanded its line to include four different enzyme options.

  • Digestive Enzymes – Broad Spectrum digestive enzyme with Cellulase and Protease for yeast cell wall digestion.
  • Digest Best – Whether you are looking for a digestive aid to help with protein, carbohydrates or fats, Digest Best’s one pill covers them all with its special blend of non-GMO, vegetarian digestive enzymes.
  • Bromelain – An enzyme derived directly from the pineapple that is beneficial for digestion.
  • GoGoZymes – Beeyoutiful’s GoGoZymes provide a great range of digestive enzymes that are great for both kids and adults. These berry-flavored tablets are certified non-GMO and are free of artificial additives.

If you’re experiencing symptoms that may indicate an enzyme deficiency, you may benefit from a supplemental boost of digestive enzymes. I was amazed at how, in a week’s time, I had more energy and the occasional acid reflux completely disappeared. The road to better health begins with proper digestion!

For even more about the amazing process of digestion, read here and watch here.

Christy StoufferChristy Stouffer moved from the “big city” to rural middle Tennessee where she enjoys gardening, living in a small community among friends, learning about the natural things God has given us for nutrition, and homeschooling her four children with her husband. She is a pianist in her church fellowship and a valued resource of encouragement and wisdom for younger women in her life. Christy’s enthusiasm and research about nutrition and wholesome living is appreciated by all who know her.

*Article has been updated to reflect new products.

How-To Tuesday: 3 Benefits of Exfoliation (And 4 Ways To Do It)

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Exfoliation. 

Five syllables and tricky spelling. What does it mean?

Exfoliation is simply the removal of the oldest skin cells from the skin’s outermost surface. But what’s the point?

How-To Tuesday: 3 Benefits of Exfoliation (And 4 Ways To Do It) from Beeyoutiful.com

THREE BENEFITS OF EXFOLIATION

Younger-Looking Skin: Practicing exfoliation up to two or three times a week rids your surface skin of the dead, dull skin cells that keep it from looking vibrant, healthy, and young.

Clearer Complexion: Removing the old, dead cells opens up the pores in your skin, helping to prevent breakouts caused from blocked pores.

Supports the Healing Process: Ridding your skin of the old skin cells by exfoliating also encourages and makes way for the growth of new skin cells. This can help your skin to heal faster, and, in some cases, even reduce some fine lines and wrinkles! It can also lessen the effects of dark spots caused by too much sun.

Younger, clearer, stronger skin… tell me where I can sign up for this miracle!

FOUR WAYS TO EXFOLIATE

Turns out there’s nothing miraculous about exfoliation. It’s simply a matter of scrubbing the skin with a gritty substance, then following it with soothing hydration (often in the form of a nourishing oil).

4 Natural Skin Scrub Recipes from Beeyoutiful.com Making your own scrubs can be one of the simplest ways to exfoliate. Plus, homemade skin scrubs are so much less expensive than store-bought, and you control the ingredients. This ensures that unwanted toxins are neither absorbed into your body through the skin nor washed down the drain into the local water supply.

Keep in mind that exfoliating techniques and recipes differ for various parts of the body. Skin on the face is more delicate than it is on the heels of your feet! When trying anything new on your body, start gently and test out an area of skin to make sure there is no irritation that follows.

Use a container with a tight lid to store the scrubs. Think about repurposing a glass jar or cosmetic container, or choose something pretty to keep on your bathroom counter.

Here are three simple recipes for body scrubs, and one that’s appropriate for use on delicate facial skin.

Coconut Coffee Body Scrub

What better way to repurpose used coffee grounds than by turning them into a fragrant spa treatment? Especially if you’re using organic coffee beans, it’s really nice to make those expensive grounds do double-duty.

This scrub smells amazing, but beware that it can be a little messy. Get in the shower, moisten your skin a little, and then scrub away.

  • ½ cup ground coffee
  • ½ cup raw sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (melted, if necessary)

Mix together dry ingredients, then add oils and stir until combined. Use immediately. If using dry (unbrewed) coffee grounds, this recipe can be multiplied for bigger batches and stored in a tightly-capped container.

Sweet Peppermint Body Scrub

Almost everyone loves the invigorating scent of peppermint! The aroma clears the sinuses and gives the skin a refreshing tingle when used in this easy scrub. Be careful not to use this scrub on your face as Peppermint can sting the eyes.

  • ¼ cup almond or coconut oil (melted, if necessary)
  • 3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 2 cups raw sugar

Mix together the oils, then pour over sugar and stir until evenly moistened. Add a bit more oil, a teaspoon at a time, if mixture seems too dry. Store in tightly-capped container.

Vanilla Almond Body Scrub

You will smell positively edible after using this delightful exfoliant. The combination of Vanilla and Almond combo makes me feel cleaner just because I smell so darn good!

  • 2½ cups raw sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ cup Almond Oil

Thoroughly mix together all ingredients. Store in tightly-capped container.

Citrus Honey Facial Scrub

This scrub is mild and gentle for the more delicate skin on your face. It does double duty, functioning as both an exfoliating scrub and a hydrating mask.

It can be used up to twice a week, but be careful to not overdo it. Make sure to cleanse your skin before applying this scrub.

  • 2 Tbsp raw sugar (blend in a coffee grinder to make crystals smaller and less abrasive)
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • Juice of half a lemon

Mix all ingredients and apply as a mask to your face and neck, avoiding eye and mouth area (lemon juice can sting!). Let it remain on the skin for about 10-15 minutes, then gently massage into your skin with wet fingers. Rinse thoroughly and follow with your favorite moisturizer.

​What’s your favorite way to keep your skin soft? Do you have an effective scrub recipe? Add it to the conversation in the comments! 

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