Category Archives: Wellness

Your True Colours January 2016

Jan2016We have enjoyed being a regular contributing writing for Your True Colours Magazine.  But, we feel we need to spend our time with our own business.  They have been great.  So this is our last article from Indigo Mountain for Your True Colours.  This months magazine is full of great articles.  Check them out.

You'll find our wellness article on page 19 - a look at Superfoods and they really are.  If you find yourself confused lately about all the media coverage, you'll want to check this out.

Superfoods - What are they?

I don't make money writing this article, no food groups paid me, I received no samples to sway my opinion.  This is just pure knowledge as I have learned it from school, common sense, training, and conventional wisdom and knowledge.  Do your research.  You'll find that a lot of claims are simple hype.  So take a look and just make a few changes to your lifestyle 1 step at a time.

Healthy Food Word by Serge Bertasius Photography at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Even though I'm not writing for the magazine any more - you'll still find lots of great content on our website.  And we intend to make it even better.  So please share with your friends and let them know about us.

For a look at eating healthy check out our other great articles.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas, 3 parts.

Really, It is Possible to Eat Healthy

Green Smoothie Cleanse for Energy and Vitality

Photo credits by Serge Bertasius Photography at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Can a Magnesium Deficiency Make You Twice as Likely to Die?

magnesium-elementYou might be 2 times as likely to die as other people with a magnesium deficiency in an often overlook but extremely critical mineral, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

Magnesium deficiency also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient.

Magnesium is critical for over 300 enzyme reactions. It is often used in medicine - but many medical professionals don't know why or use it before an emergency.  Magnesium is one of the 4 electrolytes that include sodium, potassium and calcium.

Magnesium deficiency is linked to inflammation (elevated levels of C-reactive Protein), autism, PMS, cramps, early labor, high blood pressure, asthma, insomnia, anxiety, headaches, constipation, angina, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, and so much more including weight gain and obesity.  Basically if you have a health concern, you might want to look at supplementing magnesium.

You can find a natural source of magnesium in a whole state in Red Raspberry Leaf. It is the best whole and natural source. And it has long been a remedy for men and women for puberty, male/female menopause, PMS, cramps and pregnancy.

We carry a new Liposomal delivery system of magnesium that many find very beneficial - especially for those with digestive issues (most Americans).MagnesiumLiposomal

And you can use magnesium topically. You can make your own, or come get ours.

Try soaking more often in a bath of Epsom salts.

Magnesium is often overlooked.

Many are deficient because our need is much greater.

Most people do not eat enough of the foods high in magnesium.  Food sources are: High magnesium foods include dark leafy greens, raw nuts and seeds, wild fish, beans, whole grains (not whole grain commercial bread and pastas - it isn't there despite the label - you need actual real whole grains like your grandparents used to eat), brown rice, avocados, real raw yogurt (not commercial), bananas, dried fruit, and dark chocolate which is why many women and men crave chocolate (again not the junky cheap chocolate with sugar, real healthy and good for you dark chocolate).

And many people are deficient because of the poor conditions of our guts or our digestive systems.  Minerals like magnesium require a low pH to be absorbed.  Your stomach is normally a low pH to properly digest food.  American's are confused by this and think that acid reflux is the result of TOO MUCH ACID.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  So in turn many are popping acid neutralizers from over the counter source and prescriptions.  If your a bit confused on your digestive system, check this article out and I'll explain it better.   Here are some alternatives for acid reflux.  So many people are neutralizing stomach acid and are unable to absorb and utilize what little magnesium they eat and the magnesium they supplement with.

Due to poor absorption of magnesium because of the digestive system, DesBio answered that with their Liposomal delivery of Magnesium, it bypasses the digestive system and gets the magnesium to the cells.

Many drugs can cause a magnesium deficiency as well.

Drinking alcohol, diabetes both type 1 and type 2, any gastrointestinal problems including Crohn's and IBS, and excessive sweating cause you to lose magnesium at a higher rate.

red raspberry leaf capsIn addition you need adequate levels of Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin.  And many people are deficient in this nutrient.  You also need Vitamin K1 and K2.  K1 is found in dark green leafy vegetables and K2 is normally made in your healthy gut.  Problem is, most people don't have a healthy gut due to antibiotics both prescribed and in our food supply.  So you need to supplement with ideally naturally fermented foods and good probiotics.

So are you feeling a bit overwhelmed right about now?  Don't worry.  We are here to help.  It isn't as simple as taking a supplement.  In fact, taking a ton of supplements is what is wrong with the natural health care field, every one just wants to throw pills at you.  And unfortunately there are not magic pills.  But as 'Once Upon a Time' fans know, magic comes with a price.  You can take your magic pill, and you will pay a price whether that pill is a Rx formula prescribed by your doctor or another pill promising results, you will pay a price.

The real solution..... it is what we teach and live.  Our Seven Simple Steps to Wellness.  You just need to join us, follow us, and learn from us.  We will help you Get Real help and healing and get on the path to real health, not just a magic pill.  This is why buying a bunch of supplements of random websites can cost you a lot of extra money and may even compromise your health.  Support your naturopaths and healers, they are the ones that have acquired useful information through years of study and research and can help you.

So what can you do if you suspect you are low in magnesium?  And more than 50% of the population is.

  1. Drink more water.  Lack of water actually makes it harder for your stomach to get a low enough pH to digest your food.
  2. Eat right and severely limit your junk food, sodas, coffee and alcohol.  Eat a balanced whole food diet with plenty of leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, good fats, and the right amount of protein.
  3. Get your sunshine to increase vitamin D levels.
  4. Include easily made naturally fermented foods like kefir, kombucha, real pickles (not commercial store bought), and home made yogurt.
  5. Supplement with Liposomal Magnesium while fixing your digestive system.  Call us or come into the store for information.
  6. Supplement with good sources of magnesium like red raspberry leaf.
  7. Take a regular bath in Espsom salts.  And who couldn't use more time in the bath?  Right.
  8. Talk to us and we'll help you on the path to real health and wellness.

If you suffer with a chronic illness, have unexplained illness or are even dealing with depression and anxiety; talk to health expert that might know about magnesium.  It is a simple fix and has helped thousands.

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Six Foundational Steps to Heal Your Body

Health Words Related To Healthcare by David Castillo Dominici at FDPNaturopathic medicine is an approach to health, wellness and healing that recognizes the amazing whole body.  It treats the whole person.  Naturopathy supports the body to do it's job, it treats the whole person.  Wellness and prevention are the keys; while disease is treated through stimulation, enhancement and support.  Treatments are chosen to support a person's vital energy with respect to the natural healing process.   With these 6 foundational steps, you can heal your body.

Tune in to listen to our Get Real! with Mark and Kally show to hear more about the Six Foundational Steps to Heal Your Body.

I am trained in natural medicine and daily I see the value and order of these 6 steps to heal your body.

There are many different healing modalities that fall in this category and include things you can do at home like nutrition, meditation and exercise to acupuncture and herbal medicine that you may want to consult with someone about.

Hippocrates, who is know as the father of medicine - is actually the father of naturopathy,  was born around the year 460 BC on the Greek island of Kos.  He is credited with being the first person to believe that disease were caused naturally and not because of superstition.   He believed disease was the product of environmental factors, diet, and living habits.  His theories have been proven correct.  Hippocratic medicine and its philosophy are very far removed from that of modern medicine.  Instead, his approach was very passive and based on "the healing power of nature."

His doctrine taught that the body contained within itself the power to re-balance and heal.  This therapy focused on simply easing this natural process.

The 6 fundamental principles are:  Anatomy by farconville FDP

  1. Healing power of nature
  2. Identify and treat the cause
  3. Do no harm
  4. Treat the whole person
  5. The physician is a teacher (or should be)
  6. Prevention is the best cure

Many people practicing the art of naturopathy are referred to as "Quacks".

Here is the definition of a quack:  An untrained person who practices medicine fraudulently, or any person who pretends to have knowledge or skill in a particular field, charlatan.

 

The original quacks were selling a fake 'snake oil' and crude oil, which is one of the roots of modern the pharmaceutical industry.  The real snake oil came from Chinese water snakes and was used by Chinese immigrants - it is and was omega 3 oil known today to help with all the conditions the Chinese were using it for back then.  Chinese water snakes were hard to come by, so greedy people started having Rattle snake shows and using them to obtain 'snake oil' and they are lower in omega 3 oils.  Soon snake oil started containing ingredients like mustard oil, pine oil, petroleum, paprika, camphor, cayenne and wintergreen oil.  Rock oil, crude petroleum was sold for many complaints.

There are some 'quacks' with medical degrees.  And there are some 'quacks' with various degrees and certificates in alternative or natural medicine.

Most Naturopaths are SKILLED and they DO NOT practice medicine.

Health Disease Buttons Shows Healthcare by Stuart Miles at FDPThere are quite a few differences between Western Medicine and Traditional Naturopathy.   As a naturopath I look for the root cause and I look for how I can help the body to heal following the 6 steps.  It is simple and straightforward.  We treat the cause.  Most western trained medical practitioners treat symptoms.

Here is an example, heartburn.  If you complain of heart burn or acid reflux to a western trained medical professional, you will likely be given a prescription to neutralize the acid.  Sounds simple and reasonable and most people 'fall' for that 'quick fix'.  The problem is, it doesn't always work, there are several SEVERE side effects to this seemingly harmless medication, it is attempting to treat only the symptoms, it DOES NOT CURE or treat the real problem and IT MAKES THE CONDITION WORSE.

Instead, we look at the body.  This is ussually a sign of too little acid and you can't digest your food and a sign of poor digestion.  We want to HELP THE BODY TO DO IT'S JOB.  So we encourage more water (often dehydration is a big factor), we check diet and make adjustments as needed, supply the body with food enzymes and possibly probiotics.  We check to see if we need to heal any part of the digestive system.  And amazingly, the body begins to digest the food better and symptoms go away.

With Rx treaments you WILL have negative side effects, it is just a matter of time; digestion is NOT improved and you will suffer from lack of nutrients feeding the body.

With a naturopathic approach you WILL have the opportunity to heal your body and Mortar And Pestle With Herb by Praisaeng at FDPimprove your health.  Unfortunately there are many so-called alternative practitioners only treating symptoms.  You'll see examples of this with people handing out herbs or essential oils for regularly occurring headaches rather than looking at and treating the root cause of the headaches.

As a specialist, I work with 7 Steps,  in my approach to natural medicine:  water, food, rest, exercise, own your power, environment, and play.  I get to the roots and help you, heal your body.

Kally and Mark compressedTune into this show for more stories on natural medicine and the 6 steps.  Tune in each Wednesday to the Get Real! with Mark and Kally show for a variety of topics from wellness, travel, and even self-help topics.

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The Six Principles of Naturopathy or Alternative Health Care

Mortar And Pestle With Herb by Praisaeng at FDPThe body is so amazing and will generally heal if given the right tools and environment.  Naturopathic medicine recognizes this with 6 foundational principles.  Tune in to find out more.  The use of complementary and alternative medicine or CAM is on the rise.

Naturopathic medicine is an approach to health, wellness and healing that recognizes the amazing whole body.  It treats the whole person.  Naturopathy supports the body to do it's job, it treats the whole person.  Wellness and prevention are the keys; while disease is treated through stimulation, enhancement and support.  Treatments are chosen to support a person's vital energy with respect to the natural healing process.

There are many different healing modalities that fall in this category and include things you can do at home like nutrition, meditation and exercise to acupuncture and herbal medicine that you may want to consult with someone about.

 

There are 6 basic principles of Naturopathy:

  1. First do no harm.
  2. The healing power of nature.  The body under normal conditions is a self-sustaining organism.   It is a brilliant machine.  If you cut yourself, your body begins to heal – beautifully.  We support the body by cleaning the wound and allow it to do its job.  It has a wonderful ability to adapt and repair.  The healing process is ordered and intelligent.Health Words Related To Healthcare by David Castillo Dominici at FDP
  3. Identify and treat the cause.  Symptoms should be dealt with and not merely suppressed.   It is important to get to root or the body will continue to speak with other symptoms.   Causes can be physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.    Simply put, if you have a thorn, remove it, don’t just take a pain killer for the pain.
  4. Heal the whole person.  This requires a comprehensive approach.  While a specialist is fantastic in their knowledge of a single system, we are more than our heart.
  5. The physician is the teacher.  They should educate and encourage the person to take responsibility for their health and well-being.  They are simply a catalyst for change.   It is the patient that ultimately heals themselves.
  6. Prevention is the best medicine.  It is easier and cheaper to prevent than it is to cure disease.  This is accomplished through education and promoting good life habits.

Hippocrates was born around the year 460 BC on the Greek island of Kos.  While he is known as the father of western medicine, his philosophy is far removed from that of modern medicine.  Hippocratic medicine was passive and was based on the healing power of nature - not superstition.  His doctrine taught that the body contains within itself the power to re-balance and heal itself.  Hippocratic therapy focused on simply helping this process along.

Many alternative practitioners are referred to as 'Quacks'.  The definition of a Quack is:  An untrained person who practices medicine fraudulently or any person who pretends to have knowledge or skill in a particular field, charlatan.

Naturopaths are SKILLED and TRAINED.  And most importantly, they DO NOT practice medicine.  Historically, those practicing 'western medicine' were actually referred to as quacks and many sold "rock oil" which was crude oil.   The original snake oil was actually beneficial and did work!  It came from Chinese Water Snakes, it was high in Omega 3's.

Western medicine can be quite valuable and good medical doctors are very much needed as are good, skilled naturopaths.  Medical doctors simple have different training.  There are also many alternative practitioners that are 'acting like medical doctors' treating symptoms rather than following the 6 principles of naturopathy.

Understanding these 6 principles of naturopathy can help you find and work with a good medical doctor or alternative practitioner.

Kally and Mark compressedJoin us to find out simple things you can do and to get a better understanding of Hippocrate's real medicine.  You'll hear why these 6 principles should be your guiding light to wellness.  You'll end up spending less money and you'll feel so much better.  Your body was designed to heal, these 6 principles can help you.

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Laughter is The Best Medicine

Debra laughingDebra Norwood, AKA The Laughter Lawyer, had the opportunity to meet the real Patch Adams, founder of the Gesundheit! Institute.

Robin Williams played the role in a movie entitle Patch Adams based on Patch's life.  Patch Adams is a medical doctor and a clown, and feels medicine should be free and available to everyone.  His work and his life reflect the idea that 'Laughter is the best medicine'.

You can read more about Laughter Therapy in this article on alternative therapies.

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At one point in his life he felt very suicidal and then entered a mental hospital that changed him.  He wanted to become a medical doctor and help people.

Patch went on to start making his one dream into a reality. He believed that the medical system was twisted and that it cheated poor people. So, he decided that he wanted to build a hospital.  His Gesundheit Institute is not completely perfected, but it is up and running.

 

patch_adams_1One person said of the Institute: "There, amongst beautiful mountains, hardwood forests and waterfalls, Gesundheit advocates are constructing a holistic rural hospital and healthcare community based on the vision of what healthcare should be like. That means patient care where laughter, joy and creativity will be an integral part of the healing process. Healthcare will be provided without cost and allopathic doctors and practitioners of alternative medicine will work side by side."

Tune in and find out why Memphis City Lawyer, Debra Norwood became a Certified Laughter Therapist, and why she has a deep respect for Patch Adams.  She had the opportunity to spend a week with Patch learning from him and be challenged by him.

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IMAG1482Does laughter improve your health?  I know it always makes me feel better.  Get out with the girls, spend time with your spouse and enjoy some laughter.  Go have a tickle session with your kids.  Laughter is free and there are so many benefits.

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Our First Aid Kits Including What We Take Camping and Hiking

Bag Of First Aid by m_bartosch at FreeDigitalPhotos.netWe have a few interesting items in our first aid kits from essential oils, to charcoal tablets.  And when we go camping or send our kids off to camp, they take these along with them.  Join us and find out what we keep in our 1st Aid Kits.  Catch the latest show here.

You will find the basics in our first aid kits like standard band aids and elastic bandage wraps; but you will also find aloe vera, colloidal silver, charcoal tablets and even essential oils.  Plus we teach our family to scavenge the immediate area for healing plants like plantain.  Of course you will want to know what plants you're dealing with before using them as a first aid remedy.  Nearly every community has local classes to help you get in touch with local plants.  One of our favorit additions to our 1st Aid kit is cayenne powder and extract.

Tune in to find out why we stock these items and what things you see in our first aid kits.

Remember call 911 for emergencies.  These items and comments are only to assist and render immediate first aid.  It is a good idea for everyone to learn some basic first aid and most communities offer free classes.

I like to get a 1st Aid Kit from a company called Melaleuca.  They sell them every summer.  If you are interested in one, I can hook you up.  I have one at home, my office and my car.  More recently, my son just took one with him for his mission to Brazil so he would have all the basics in a nice bag.  This kit has the basics and then I add to it.

I include a book from Kurt King, a master herbalist called 'Herbs to the Rescue, Herbal First Aid Handbook'.  I also like to include laminated pictures of the 3 poisonous plants for identification.

Broadleaf PlantainWe use plants around us for food and remedies.  I encourage everyone to be familiar with the plants around them.  Most communities have someone in the area that does 'Herbal Walks'.  Learning to identify plants that can feed you, provide water, and render first aid could save your life.  I once went on a kayaking trip down in South America for a whole week.  On day 1, I got a huge blister that was making it impossible to paddle.  When we stopped for lunch, I scavenged the area for plants that could help.  I hit gold and found plantain (not the banana).  I mashed the leaves and applied to my thumb and after lunch the blister had drained and a hard layer of skin had formed as protection.  I was able to easily use my thumb the whole week with no pain or problems thanks to miracle of plantain.  I love plantain and it grows nearly everywhere and it truly an amazing plant.  It is edible so you could survive on this plant if needed.  It helps with mosquitoes also.  I nibble on the young leaves to help protect from bugs.  That is just one of the healing plants around.  It is a good idea to identify others.   You will also want a list of emergency numbers.

If you want a list of what I include, keep on reading.

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Here is my full list of the items in my first aid kit.

  • Alcohol prep pads in single packs for travel and a small bottle of alcohol in my home kit.
  • Clear Defense moisturizing hand sanitizing wipes in single use packs and travel size gel from Melaleuca and doesn't have harmful chemicals.
  • A good antibiotic ointment.
  • I like to keep Melagel from Melaleuca, it has tea tree oil in it and is great for cuts, scraps, bug bites and even minor burns.
  • An anti-fungal cream.
  • Super Lysine cream and/or Dr. Christopher's Cold Sore Relief Balm, I have kids that can get cold sores so I always have this on hand.  Plus it is in my smaller kits.  You need to keep items like this that your deal with often.
  • And anti-itch cream with hydro-cortisone.
  • Dr. Christopher's plantain ointment and comfrey ointment.
  • Homeopathic Sting Stop or similar for bug bites.
  • A soothing gel for sore muscles like Pain-A-Trate from Melaleuca, Tiger Balm, Cayenne ointment, or Jason's Muscle ointment.
  • Silver Shield from Nature's Sunshine
  • Arnica ointment or gel.
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Calamine lotion for stings or poison ivy

Here is the list of essential oils that I might include.  You can pick and choose what works for you.  The synergies are Indigo Mountain Scentsations oil synergy blends.

  • Tea Tree (melaleuca):  many uses
  • Peppermint:  headaches, sunburn, tummy aches, gas
  • Oregano:  poisonous bites, stomach flu, flu, food poisoning
  • Lavender:  many uses, sunburn, headaches, itch, insomnia
  • Rosemary:  stimulating, anti-spasmodic, strengthening, colds and flupeppermint bottle
  • Bug Off Synergy and if you like you can add lemon eucalyptus to this
  • Purify (contains lemon eucalyptus which is great for mosquitoes):  bug, ant bites, odor control, purifying and can be used as a hand sanitizer.
  • Evelyn:  cuts, wounds and bruises
  • Sport Pro:  bumps, bruises, and sore muscles
  • Aura:  colds and respiratory
  • Vitality:  energy and I keep it for tooth aches
  • Tummy Rub:  car sickness, stomach aches, gas
  • Spice Traders:  colds, flu, sore throat, dental issues
  • Fortify:  builds the immune system and protects
  • You could combine Spice Traders and Fortify in a blended bottle for camping.
  • Helichrysum, White Lavender in foraha for serious cuts and wounds
  • A spray bottle of water, distilled aloe vera, white lavender, lavender and peppermint for sun burn and burns.
  • A spray bottle for Bug Off to chase away bugs.
  • A spray bottle of Purify
  • Instant cold packs
  • Heat / Cold Gel Beads
  • Guaze pads of various sizes and rolls
  • 1st aid tape
  • varying sizes band aids
  • butterfly band aids
  • large cloth for band aids, wrapping, splints, etc.
  • New Skin liquid bandage
  • Mole skin for blisters
  • Self-adherent bandage (it sticks to itself)
  • Ibuprofen or appropriate pain killer for your family
  • antihistamine for allergies
  • decongestants
  • anti-diarrhea medicine or herbal remedies
  • laxatives for constipation
  • Cough drops
  • sterile eyewash or saline (even contact lense solution works)
  • Elastic bandage wrap with velcro
  • latex or non-latex gloves
  • tweezers
  • scissorsarnica clik pak
  • Multi-purpose pocket knife
  • Snake bit kit
  • Q-tips (many uses including helping to remove tics)
  • cotton balls
  • needle and thread
  • safety pins
  • exact o knife or razor blades
  • bulb syringe
  • thermometer
  • tongue depressor (good for splints on a finger)
  • Emergency blanket (for hiking, camping or traveling)

This is my basic list of remedies that I keep on hand.

  • Black Cohosh, Plantain and Echinacea extract for venomous bites
  • Echinacea extract
  • Elderberry Extract
  • Super Garlic Immune Formula
  • Immune System Formula from Dr. Christopher
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Lysine capsules (because of cold sores)
  • Charcoal caps:  upset stomach, stomach flu, poisoning
  • Calmacid from Melalueca an herbal stomach remedy with ginger
  • Food enzymes
  • Colloidal silver, also in a spray bottle
  • Homeopathic Bug Bouncer (helps you avoid bug bites)
  • Cayenne extract and/or capsules
  • Arnica tablets
  • Emergency remedy from Australian Bush Flowers or Rescue Remedy
  • Powdered clay like bentonite or green
  • Witch Hazel
  • Mineral, natural sunscreen
  • As natural as possible bug spray if the other remedies don't work.
  • After sun care, we like the Aloe gel from Melaleuca
  • Lotion for dry chapped skin
  • Lip balm
  • Tampons and menstrual pads:  need always for feminine needs, but tampons are useful for a bloody nose that wont stop or a puncture wound.  Pads are great for absorbing blood on a bad cut or wound.
  • Paper and pencil
  • Flashlights and extra batteries.  I like solar powdered lights.  You will need to check these at least annually.  I also like a headlamp so I can be hands free.
  • Whistle
  • Duct tape
  • Fire starter (flint and cotton balls)
  • candles
  • water bottles full of water (especially for a car first aid kit)
  • Nikken sports water bottle or Lifestraw to filter water
  • Zip lock bags and trash bags

With this list, I can handle just about every emergency.  The over the counter medications we have just in case, but we usually end up tossing them unopened when they expire.  The herbal remedies and essential oils take care of nearly all our needs and emergencies.  Depending on the trip I'm taking determines the items I take with me.  Sometimes this whole kit goes with me.

Short List for HikingTravel First Aid Kit by Mister GC at FDP

  • Melagel
  • Small bottle of black cohosh, plantain and echinacea extract
  • small amount of first aid tape wrapped onto a pencil (broken in half)
  • gauze
  • band aids, various sizes and butterfly band aids
  • a small piece of folded paper
  • individual packs of hand sanitizer and alcoholElastic Bandage ” by blackstock at FreeDigitalPhotos.come
  • mole skin
  • arnica tablets
  • scissors (unless they are on a pocket knife)
  • pocket knife
  • tweezers (unless included in a pocket knife)
  • charcoal tablets (4 to 6 tabs in a small baggie)
  • pain reliever (a few in a small baggie)
  • A very small bottle of tea tree oil
  • Elastic bandage wrap
  • snake bite kit
  • sunblock if needed
  • lip balm

I will also include the following items to send off with my kids for camps or short trips for ourselves.

  • Anti-itch cream and anti-fungal if needed
  • triple antibiotic ointment
  • Plantain ointment
  • sting stop for bug
  • small pain-A-Trate
  • small arnica gel
  • Bug Off synergy
  • Sports Pro
  • Aura
  • Tummy Rub
  • Purify
  • Evelyn
  • Oregano
  • Spice Traders with Fortify
  • after sun care
  • Sometimes I send an aloe vera leaf
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • safety pins, sewing needle and thread
  • emergency blanket
  • Immune booster herbal remedy like echinacea
  • Cough Drops
  • colloidal silver
  • cayenne
  • flashlights and batteries
  • water filter
  • bags
  • Any other remedies and medications that may be needed individually

I might be over the top.  But I have had 7 kids, many vacations, camping trips, and I have sent them all off to various camps around the country.  Over the years, this is the list that been created from what we actually use or have packed for emergencies.  I used to travel with a long list of essential oils and I've narrowed it down a bit.  You will want to pick and choose the items that work for you and your family.

So if you still with me here after that long list, you may want to listen into the radio show if you haven't already as we tell about some of these items.

What items do you keep in your first aid kit?  What do you find the most beneficial?

Mark and Kally

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Your True Colours Magazine – June 2015

Your True Colours Magazine has been growing in popularity and we are celebrating a whole year in publication!

Check out our exciting line up of articles this month June 2015.

You'll find our wellness article on page 29, Vitamin D - The Sunshine Vitamin.  Your best source of Vitamin D is from the sun and not a pill.  Lack of Vitamin D can lead to joint pain, gout, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, increased asthma symptoms, cancer and even type 2 diabetes.  Proper sunshine is the key.  We should not be afraid of the sun - get your daily dose and then cover up.

Check out Debra Norwood's article on page 11 - Laughter Lawyer:  Patch Adams, Til Eulenspeigel, and the Courage to be Irritatingly Happy.  She got to spend a week with Patch Adams at the Gesundheit Institute.  He is a fantastic medical doctor that believes that Laughter is the best medicine and that medical care should be free!

Do you need some ideas for books to read this summer, page 35.

You'll find articles on Grilling Season Tips, How to Get a Good Shave, and some CosPlay Costumes.

 

Catch Up With Our Latest Radio Shows Travel to Wellness

castleGreat Places to Visit - America's Castles

You don't have to go to Europe to see great castles, America is dotted with castles and extravagant homes.

Join us for some travel ideas and stories about some very interesting people and the castles they built.

Mark is a travel expert.  He loves to explore the world.  He amazes us with his ability to discover interesting details that the averages tourist may miss.

Human Digestive System by dream designs at FreeDigitalPhotos.netThe Key to Good Health is in Your Gut

One of the keys for good health is a healthy digestive system.  Digestive complaints cost Americans $50 billion each year in medical bills and absence from work.  It is fairly easy to correct.  Tune in and find out how.  Most people, including doctors, don't know that digestive problems can lead to allergies, autoimmune diseases, depression, fatigue, and even ADHD.  Your digestive tract is THE KEY to whole body health.  It is the first place I start when working with people.

You'll learn why one of the top OTC and prescription medication is interferring with your bodies ability to digest and absorb nutrients and doesn't really solve the problem your taking it for in the first place.

 

General Wellness and Feeling Good

Laughter is the best medicine.  We had planned to interview Debra Norwood, also known as The Laughter Lawyer.  She was going to tell us all about her amazing oppertunity to meet Patch Adams, the amazing medical doctor and clown.  Due to technical difficulties - she was not available.

But check out our show - we have great tips on Gernal wellness.  The average person spends $8,000 to $9,000 per person each on medical expences.  That is a huge amount.  Patch Adams had a view that medical care should be free.

Listen in for some general wellness tips.

Remember this is not medical advise.  We are not diagnosing or prescribing.  Please consult with you medical provider.

 

Children In The Park by photostock at FreeDigitalPhotos.netKids and Summer, Play and Stimulate Brain Cells

Summer is the perfect time to play and stimulate new brain cells.  You can learn a new skill, get involved in a hobby, do art projects that take a few days, and explore the world around you.  Tune in for some tips and ideas that will not only entertain your kids, but give them options to build their brain and distract them from too much electronic time.

Studies show that the more time children spend in structured, parent-guided activities, the worse their ability to work productively towards self-directed goals. They need time to challenge themselves and figure out what they want and how to do it.  We were always slow to completely direct our children's activites.  We saw more growth with them having more control over their free time.

 

Coming up on the Get Real! Show:

June 17, 2015 Our Outdoor and Camping 1st Aid Kit

Find out what natural remedies we stock our 1st Aid kits with and why.  I have things like charcoal capsules and cayenne to regular band aids and of course essential oils.

June 24, 2015 Great Places to Visit, The Pacific Coast Highway

One of our favorite highways in the country to drive is Highway 1, The Pacific Coast Highway.  There is amazing views and we usually find dolphins, sea lions, star fish and more along the way including great meals.

Join us on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am AZ/Pacific Time and 11:00 am Central.  Share and tell your friends.  We'd love to hear from you as well.  What do you love about our show?  What would like us to talk about?

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Book Review ‘The Heart of the Matter’

10897988_790235201014427_4164101023891105526_nDr. Darren Weissman is the author of wonderful little book entitled:  The Heart of the Matter.  A Simple Guide to Discovering Gifts in Strange Wrapping Paper.  Click here to catch our show on BlogTalk Radio as we introduce you to this amazing book.  The heart is really an intelligent part of whole system.

How do you access your authentic self in order to have a fulfilling and meaningful life?  We'll introduce you to a simple but extraordinarily powerful tool called the See Feel Hear Challenge that will inspire you to easily transform reactive patterns of behavior and negative ways of thinking into a profoundly balanced and healthy lifestyle of your own conscious design.

The book is a wonderful tool.  The first have gives you all you need to run a "See, Feel, Hear Challenge" on the symptoms and stressors in your life.  Listen in on the show and we'll go through briefly how to do just that.   This is one of the best ways that you can help yourself process emotions in your life.

The second half of the book gives detail of how and why it works, in a simple yet detailed explanation on why the heart is so important for our emotional health and well-being.

Dr. Weissman is the developer of The LifeLine Technique, a quantum technology that bridges gaps between the conscious and subconscious mind. At the root of every symptom, stress and disease is a subconscious emotional pattern of reaction.

We use the See, Fee, Hear Challenge in the steps of the LifeLine Technique.  But this can be used a lone as a great self-help tool.  There are a lot of techniques out there, this is simple, fast and gets right to the root.

Check out the radio program and come by and get your very own copy of the book.

Coming Up: Wednesdays at 9:00 am AZ/Pacific or 11:00 am Central

May 20th - Great Places to Visit:  America's Castles

May 27th - The Key to Good Health is In Your Gut

We'd love to hear from you.  Thank you for tuning in.

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Physical Fitness Improves Quality of Life in So Many Ways

Active Young Family Displaying Blank Ad Board by stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net with fitnessWhat does Quality of Life mean to you?  Having the energy to do things, positive mood, good healthy, living pain free, increased mental alertness, social interaction, healthy families and positive relationships are just some of the answers people give.  There are at least 12 benefits of being physically fit and that all contributes to better quality of life.

Did you know that being physically fit is one of the best ways to improve your life and increase your quality of life, including helping with the above list?  And you don't have to work out for a couple of hours a day to achieve that.

What does it mean to be physically fit?  According to The United States Department of Health and Human Services, physical fitness is defined as "a set of attributes that people have or achieve that relates to the ability to perform physical activity".

The problem is that kids and adults are not as active as we used to be.  We have machines that work for us and do many of our chores.  We live in cities and don't do our own yard work.  We drive everywhere.  Physical education is limited or missing in many schools.  Kids don't play outside as much and instead using video games.  And we think that we have to go to the gym to get exercise.

Improving your quality of life starts with getting physically fit.

Here are just some of the known benefits of regular physical activity.

  1. Increased energy.  This is the benefit I notice the most.  Really expending energy and exercising really does give you more energy.
  2. Help with weight management.   Exercise improves your metabolism.  It can help many lose weight.  But weight loss isn't always about diet and exercise.Gril Race Run by arcadante at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  3. Improved health and less disease.  Your body was designed to be used.  Exercise works the most important muscle you have - your heart.  It also increases the good cholesterol and decreases the bad cholesterol.  Exercise even improves Type 2 diabetes.  Exercise even helps with constipation.  Those are just a sampling of the improved health you will notice with fitness.
  4. Better mood, reduced anxiety, and less stress. Exercise affects your brain and hormones are released that improve mood and help with depression.  It actually increases your feelings of happiness.
  5. Improved sleep.  Studies show that physical fitness can help you fall asleep faster and get into a deeper sleep.
  6. Reduced pain, especially back pain.  When you strengthen your muscles and increase flexibility, you will experience less muscle pain.  Sedentary people generally experience more pain and more joint pain.  Your knees were meant to be used.  Inactivity is one cause of knee pain.
  7. Stronger bones.  Regular exercise improves your bones and can help prevent osteoporosis.
  8. Improve brain health, cognitive function and memory, especially if you are learning and doing new things.  So skip the treadmill occasionally and learn a new sport or play with your non-dominate hand.  Fitness isn't just to improve test scores, it can boost memory in adults and more.  Research shows that when kids are physically active, they get higher grades and have better behavior.
  9. Help with addiction.  Exercise release dopamine, the "reward chemical" after exercise.  Exercise is excellent in the addiction recovery process.
  10. Increased relaxation.
  11. Increased creativity.  This is another huge benefit I notice.  When I'm in a slump, a workout or walk in nature will refresh my brain and I feel more creative.
  12. And last but not least and may actually be the biggest benefit of all..... Being physically fit improves your sex life.  The reason is for any of the above list benefits.  When your sick, tired, depressed and out of shape; who wants to think about sex.  Exercise helps to balance hormones and may enhance the experience for women and decrease erectile dysfunction in men.  And sex is beneficial for you as well, it can be a workout and a great bonding time.

Family Playing Football by photostock at FreeDigitalPhotos.netGet active and get the whole family moving together.  Take walks, ride bikes, go play volley ball, soccer, family football, basketball, hikes, even skating.  Being active with your friends, or family is not only fun, it is a great bonding activity.

You don't need hours a day to be physically fit.  Each person has different needs, shoot for 30 to 45 minutes a day of activity.  Keep your fitness fun, do things you like.  Keep your routine balance with aerobic, strength and stretching.  Just make small changes in your life and have fun while doing it.

If you are physically limited or aging, we found we love Ageless Grace.  You can do it from a chair and it is a lot of fun for kids as well.  After 10 minutes I was feeling it.

You can take time for exercise.  If your too busy - you may want to re-evaluate what is going on in your life.  Take 10 minutes at the office to stretch or jog in place.  Park at the back of the parking lot.  Take the stairs.  Walk the dog longer.

Regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life.   It reduces your risk for high blood pressure and heart disease and even cancer.  You will experience more energy.  Physical activity is for everyone, no matter your physical condition, you can find activities that work for you.

I make fitness a regular part of my life so I can handle my life better.  There are still times I fall off the wagon, and boy can I tell.  My energy goes down and I get moodier.

Get started today!  Find a workout friend and do something fun.  We once took a dance class learning ball room dancing.  It was a great workout, we learned something new, and spent time together as a couple.  Win win on so many levels.

Mark and kids canoeing

We have made fitness a part of our family, we make memories, have fun and stay active together.  This is a picture of Mark and some of the kids canoeing in Arkansas.  Having fun, staying active and making memories is a great family activity.

How do you incorporate fitness into your daily routine?  What are you favorite ways to stay in shape?

Kally

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