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Recipes - Beet Toddy

This is the copycat-attempt I made after we enjoyed an amazing hot drink at our local juice bar. It is spicy, invigorating, and leaves you feeling deeply nourished.

Now, I don’t have a juicer, but I figured that my Vitamix  was up to the task of liquifying this unusual mix of ingredients. The texture is a little thicker than juice, but it’s not weird like a hot smoothie.

beet toddy

Beet Toddy

1 inch knob of ginger, peeled (with a spoon!)
1/4 cup parsley, packed
7-10 mint leaves
20 oz apple cider
10 oz water
8 oz beets, steamed and peeled (I used that handy package from the salad section at Trader Joe’s)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp turmeric

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Hey Laura, how should I fuel my workouts?

Kristina writes:

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve started working out really hard in the mornings. I like to get some circuit training in by doing Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred, then I usually try to get more cardio in by hopping on the treadmill, or jogging outside. The problem that I’m running into is that I’m ravenous, and a little light headed by the end. I’m drinking plenty of water (I think) throughout the workout, which makes me think that this is a food/fueling problem. I don’t like to eat before my workouts because I’m not usually hungry, and I feel better while working out if I don’t. But maybe there’s something I should eat, that will fuel my workout without making me feel...

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Hey Laura, tell me about Manuka honey

I’m researching Manuka Honey, as the next thing I want to add to our daily health regimen and medicine cabinet. I already know that raw honey is a powerful antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibiotic…pretty much it’s a super hero in your cupboard! Manuka honey is even more powerful because it is especially high in the antibacterial component methylglyoxal. I want to upgrade to Manuka honey for immune boosting purposes; I’ll keep our local raw honey for eating (it’s relatively cheaper), but I’m hoping my children will take to Manuka honey better than spoonfuls of cod liver oil (although, I must say one of them actually loves her fish oil!).

Manuka honey is made from the flowers of...

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Recipe - ACV Health Tonic

If you’re a hippie-health type person, you probably already suffer through your daily dose of apple cider vinegar. If you’re a parent, you’ve probably tried unsuccessfully to make your gagging kiddos quaff it down as well.

Why?

Well, there’s this whole thing about your body’s pH level. You want it to be alkaline, because that’s correlated with better immune function and overall general health. (Low alkaline levels were connected to inflammatory bowel disease, in this study, and immune function was impaired by acid pH levels in this study.)

You can read a bigger overview of the “Whys” as well as a list of acid-forming and alkaline-forming foods right here.

Your body maintains a...

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Snippets: Treat “pink-eye” conjunctivitis without antibiotics

School has started, Fall has fallen, and it’s time to start preparing for the onslaught of annoying little illnesses that get passed around so easily. Pink-eye is one of the most popular, right?

I’m suuuuper susceptible to conjunctivitis. I had a raging, double-eye case of it when I was about 12 (after a week of sleep-away horse camp with no running water), and ever since, my body has leapt upon every chance to re-experience that hell. Any time my immune system is compromised, I have to be on the guard for a big flare up.

I’m also not a fan of antibiotics, as you know. The drops used to treat pink-eye are pretty benign, but why bother getting a prescription when you can use an extremely...

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A gentle, natural cold and cough arsenal

My whole family has been varying degrees of sick this week.

My 6 year old kicked it off with a crazy, croup-like cough that kept us both up basically all night the first night. Honestly, nothing I tried worked for her that night (and believe me, I subjected her to all kinds of crazy stuff!). Cold air from the open window alternating with the warm moist air from a bowl of steaming water helped keep the cough at bay for about 10 minutes at a time. But that was it. It was a long, long night.

The next day, I called my naturopath who said, “Yup, it’s a nasty cough that has lingered for a lot of my patients. Keep doing what you’re doing!” Not the panacea I was hoping to get from her, but...

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Hey Laura, Should I Eat my Placenta?!

In a word: YES.

In several more words: Why not? It probably can’t hurt, and it might really help you!

I am a huge, huge proponent of postpartum placentophagy, based on my own experience with it after my second birth.

The proposed benefits of placentophagy that are most often listed are:
- accelerated milk production
- faster healing
- reduced hormonal mood swings
- increased energy
- reduced postpartum bleeding
- preventative for baby blues and PPD


This is going to be a link-free post, because there’s no substantial scientific research on human placentophagy. However, the anecdotal evidence is overwhelmingly positive. Yes, you’ll find sensationalized anti-placenta articles here and...

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