Gogi Ginger & Mint Tea

It's back to school time!  Parents rejoice in unison while we wave goodbye to our kiddos as they load the big yellow school bus.  However, we also give a little cringe knowing that by the time they get back home they will bring with them a gaggle of germs.  We've already come face-to-face with the "cold" season and it's not even cold yet! So here's a great concoction to sure up you and your germ-transporting cuties' immune systems.For one mug:1 tbsp dried Gogi berries1 inch fresh ginger root, peeled3-4 fresh spearmint leaves1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (opt.)Sweeten with your choice of either honey, Stevia extract or agave nectarFill your mug of choice full and pour into a small sauce pan.  Fill a tea ball with Gogi berries, ginger root, and mint.  Drop tea ball into the pot.  Simmer tea ball in water until the water turns to a deep golden.  The darker the liquid the more flavor and nutrients.  Turn off heat, remove tea ball and pour back into your mug.  Add lemon juice for an extra boost of vitamin C and sweeten as you prefer.*Gogi berries (those red raisin looking things) are one of nature's super foods.  These berries, normally seen dried, are packed full of antioxidants, but that's not all.  The main benefit provided by gogi berries is how they help boost the immune system by strengthening the liver and kidneys.  There's more...  Goji berries also have a high ORAC value which is extremely important in preventing oxidation and in preserving the cells thereby preventing aging.

Goji berries prevent fatigue and tiredness which are the most common by product of a busy and full life that most of us lead today. It also helps in relieving headaches and insomnia.Health and fitness freaks consume goji berries regularly because they help greatly in weight loss and keep the body fit and young.* Ginger is a powerful natural antibiotic, bacteria killer, tummy settler and much more.  Read all the AMAZING benefits of consuming ginger! I was shocked to see everything from killing cancer cells to preventing heart attacks.  Check it out at boost-immune-system-naturally.com  * Spearmint is a natural stress reliever and fatigue fighter.  It also benefits respiritory system while relieving headaches and nausea.  Learn more about spearmint here Enjoy!
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Stress and Nutrition

 So I decided to let you in on some of the conversations I had this last weekend and some interesting things I keep thinking.Obviously I'm a bit of a "health nut" (no surprise there).  I enjoy learning about and applying good nutrition and sharing that information with others.  However, I've found that some people just do not care what's in the food they eat or why it's good or bad, just as long as it tastes good.  So the question is, does it make one a "nut" if you do care?I've read books and health journals that say more whole, organic foods, less meats and fats are the way to keep arteries clean, organs running properly, and lose or maintain a healthy weight.  But there is more to health than just what you eat (although its a major factor).  It's also your stress levels.Western society has been dubbed as overweight, unhealthy and overall sick!  Diseases like heart disease, cancer, obesity and its consequential offshoot diseases have all become rampant in America and other "developed" countries.  All this despite the fact that we have the best medical technologies and sanitation systems in the world.  Which makes me think that another culprit of American life is to blame.National Geographic did a documentary on some ground breaking studies of stress and it's effect on our health.  Its not just a mental thing, they said, its actually physiological.  That fight or flight response (the original stress) found in every living creature has been taken to a whole new level in our society.  Now instead of our heart racing only when we're being chased by a hungry lion, we lie awake at night with our heart racing, mind working while we stress over family, money, work, school, global warming, whatever!So how do we combat such illusive predators without adding to the stress.  Here's some helpful suggestions:

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Melissa Cornwall has spent years researching and implementing nutritionally-based approaches to health and wellness. Her lifelong love of food and health evolved from a hobby to a passion when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease.

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