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How my 2-year old Overcame Illness Naturally

[Stepping on my soap box] I’ll admit I’m not much for conventional medicine/intervention unless absolutely necessary. I always try natural remedies first, and I’m proud (and grateful!!!) to say my son will be 3 in January and he’s never been on antibiotics or medications other than the occasional Tylenol or Motrin.  Please note: I believe there… Continue reading How my 2-year old Overcame Illness Naturally

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Whole Foods vs. Refined Foods

I often get the question, “Krystal, what the heck is a refined food?!”  Well, here’s the answer! A refined food is processed and man-made. It is void of essential enzymes, trace elements and vital nutrients found in whole foods.  Enzymes and nutrients work synergistically in the body. Therefore, refined foods lack the necessary co-factors needed… Continue reading Whole Foods vs. Refined Foods

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Nutrients Are Depleted With Birth Control Pills

The birth control pill was approved by the FDA in 1960. Birth control pills are very common these days and of course necessary in many cases to prevent unintended pregnancies. Personally, I was on birth control for almost 10 years before discontinuing use to try for a pregnancy. It wasn’t until I went to school… Continue reading Nutrients Are Depleted With Birth Control Pills

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The Effects of Chronic Stress

Let’s talk stress!!  75-90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related problems (Rosch, 2005). We all have times when we’re under more stress- pressures and responsibilities at home & at work, financial stressors, emotional burdens, etc. ALL stress isn’t bad stress!  Positive stress is called “eustress.” Beneficial stressors are those that can… Continue reading The Effects of Chronic Stress

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Vitamin A & Carotenes

We’ve all heard the saying, “Eat carrots; they’re good for your eyes!” If you eat carrots, mango and squash, you’re getting plenty of Vitamin A, right? Unfortauntely, maybe not! Plants contain the carotene forms, such as beta carotene, which can be converted into Vitamin A in a healthy liver. Animal sources contain the true, pre-formed… Continue reading Vitamin A & Carotenes

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Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin!

Between the combination of the modern lifestyle, seasonal changes, latitude and fear of sun damage, we have shied away from a much-needed vitamin: Vitamin D. Most of us work indoors spending little time in the sun, and if we do go outside we slather on SPF50 so we don’t get sun damage or wrinkles! While… Continue reading Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin!