Healing green soup

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Whenever our bodies feel run down, it’s a good idea to eat foods that are not only nutrient-dense, but also very easy on the digestion since our bodies need to use all available resources to get back to an optimal state. Here is a beautiful Happy Belly Green Soup that you can make to keep you warm, help your body fight germs and heal your digestion at the same time.

I made this with cauliflower instead of zucchini, and I used equal parts coriander and cumin in place of the curry since these are more suited to my Vata dosha.

The author of the article above, Nadya Andreeva, wrote a book called Happy Belly that has been tremendously helpful for me in healing my digestion. I feel I would be remiss in my spreading the love of health if I did not take a moment to encourage anyone with bloating or other issues to check it out!

Wishing you optimal wellness,

Mercedi

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How to make your own remineralizing tooth powder

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There is some evidence to support that cavities can be healed naturally by remineralizing the teeth. I made this last week and already my teeth feel cleaner and are looking whiter. I had heard about the properties of Xylitol in preventing tooth decay, but I recently learned that Bentonite clay is also great for teeth as it is full of minerals and draws out toxins. I also added baking soda for whitening, and cinnamon and clove for taste and for their antibacterial properties. This is adapted from a recipe I found on a highly useful website called Wellness Mama.

Here is what I used:

2 oz bentonite clay
1 tablespoon each xylitol, baking soda and ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix it all up in a small jar and dip your toohbrush (and paste) at least once a day when you brush your teeth. Tastes great too!

-Mercedi

Pamper yourself and detox at the same time

My favorite way to de-stress and cleanse myself physically and spiritually is to take a healing bath.

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Epsom salt draws toxins out and it’s high magnesium content is great for easing stiff muscles. I add about two cups to a bath. 45 minutes is optimal detox time, but I try to soak for at least 20 min.

I also like to add some essential oils. My favorites right now are lavender for relaxation and a bright citrus oil to keep my spirits lifted. Another good oil for balance is clary sage. DoTerra makes a great blend with clary sage called “Balance” that is great for females, especially around the time of your Moon Cycle.

During the bath I ball up a wash cloth and scrub my entire body in a circular motion, pressing rather hard, until the skin reddens. This open pores and helps our body’s largest organ to release toxins as much as possible.

Sometimes before the bath I will use a dry skin brush to move lymphatic fluid up toward the body’s “drain” which is under the left collar bone. I do long, sweeping motions all the way up my body, beginning at the ankles and taking extra time at the sites where lymph nodes are clustered, such as the backs of the knees, the armpits and the inguinal lymph nodes of the groin. This feels really good and helps to prevent cellulite. Note: It is best to avoid the breasts and genitals when you do this, or just brush over them very lightly.

I always feel AMAZING after one of these baths. It’s really one of those things you can do for yourself that provides instantaneous results.

As one of my favorite spiritual teachers, Emmanuel Dagher, says “Make sure to pamper yourself often. It sends out a signal to the Universe letting it know to rise up and do the same for you!”

-Mercedi

My favorite green smoothie

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This is so unbelievably delicious. It’s pure food alchemy too, because although it’s vegan, it’s creamy almost like Greek yogurt or a milkshake. Mmm. Without further ado, here’s the skinny. (Hehe…see what I did there?)

Gather the following:

Handful of spring greens
Handful of cilantro
1/2 peeled cucumber
1/2 peeled green apple
1/2 avocado
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp raw almond butter
8oz unsweetened almond or hemp milk

1. Toss all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pat yourself on the back for making a meal that’s both delicious AND jam-packed with nutrients then go about your day making equally awesometastic decisions!

Xoxo,
Mercedi

Why you should be drinking aloe vera juice

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Since I stopped drinking I’ve found a new use for my shot glasses.

Most people are aware of the anti-inflammatory benefits of aloe vera and have probably used it on a cut or a burn. Aloe has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent, and aids the regeneration of cells. But did you know that by drinking the juice, you can help heal intestinal inflammation as well as aid your digestion and elimination?

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You can buy the inner filet juice or the whole leaf blend. The whole leaf tastes more bitter and has stronger laxative properties. I drink the inner filet juice, as it is what is recommended for long term use.

Besides helping with healing and regularity, aloe is a great detoxifier and reportedly increases metabolism. You can find it at your local health food store or you can juice the plant leaves in your juicer.