12 Pieces of grandma wisdom that will keep you healthy

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12 pieces of grandma wisdom

grandma wisdom, those little treasures of a truth-bomb that will never let you down when it comes to creating your very best day!

1.  go to bed early (adrenals start resetting at 10pm and need their time to rest)12 pieces of grandma wisdom

2.  eat a big hearty breakfast (a big hearty breakfast sets your circadian rhythm in the cell and connects you to the leptin hormone)

3.  have gratitude for what you already have (people with gratitude have lower cortisol levels)

4.  spend less than what you earn (staying on budget creates abundance and reduces stress)

5.  eat food at the kitchen table (you actually digest your food better when seated at the same place)

6.  chew your food well (grandma rocked digestion tips as chewing decreases constipation levels)

12 pieces of grandma wisdom7.  chicken soup helps you feel better (homemade stock contains glutathione which eats up virus and bacteria)

8.  eat more veggies (phytonutrients baby!)

9.  do not forget your prayers (kneeling and offering gratitude for your day and asking for help keeps cortisol down)

12 pieces of grandma wisdom 10.   be kind (she knew what goes around comes around)

11.  forgive others (even if they do not deserve it you do)

12. drink more water (a hydrated colon is a healthy colon)

So share some of your grandma’s wisdom with us. What was her best tip that has made a difference in your life?

What your body might be telling you

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Its about mid morning amongst your daily routine when all of a sudden something rumbles inside of you. Then rising up from within the depths is a small gust that at a moment later roars out announcing to the world that you took your fish oil this morning. In my case they’re lemon flavored due to the lemon flavored cod liver oil I take. Whether you can relate to my lemon burps or whether you’re totally grossed out by it, we want you give you some helpful tip just in case you find yourself in the same situation.

experiencing fish oil burpsTranslation: “Burp” = “I don’t have enough hydrochloric acid to break this stuff down!”

Hydrochloric acid or HCI is released in our stomach along with other enzymes and gastric juices when we eat. While dissolving food is important HCI also activates enzymes )that also break down food) and helps the immune system by fighting off infections.

When our HCI levels are down our body creates excess gas while it attempts to break down the food causing all that gassiness you might have experienced. Burping shouldn’t be a common side effect and it shouldn’t be something you get “used to”. So don’t give up on your fish oil altogether! Your body needs that great source of omega 3s even though it acted that way. Im sure its sorry, please forgive your beautiful body and lets find a solution.

Ways to Build Hydrochloric Acidexperiencing fish oil burps

Apple Cider Vinegar, the good stuff with the mother in it like Braggs. Take a tablespoon in some water before each meal. ACV is natural and has a very low pH balance that’s gentle for most people to take.

Enzymes (powdered), mix some in water during your meal. These little enzyme guys help you fully break down all those nutrients you’re eating. Why “powdered” enzymes? Think of it, if you’re not breaking down your food will you be able to break down a capsule? Lets skip a step and go right to powdered. E3Enzymes Supreme are our favorite.

Raw Honey, always local if you can. Enjoy a sweet teaspoon or two a day. Raw honey has antimicrobial properties to help level out the wrong type of bacteria in the gut.

Tip: Take your fish oil with a meal that is higher in good fat. The fat content in a breakfast like scrambled eggs will help you better absorb those omega 3s.

Our favorite and cleanest source of omega 3s: Cod Liver Oil (Lemon Flavored)

 

 

 

 

Supporting adrenals for higher level of recovery

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THE LEVEL OF RECOVERY IS IN THE STRENGTH OF YOUR ADRENALS

Angie here following up to another blog post The Benefits of Magnesium While Pregnant and the role it plays in the process. Read it, you love it! Birth is fascinating to me, not in a weird I want to watch live youtube surgeries but in a “whoa, like, look what you just did!” kinda way. I choose to look at birth in awe then in ouch. I’m amazed and intrigued in the process and what a powerful opportunity it is for a woman to realize just how feminine yet strong she is. It is beautiful that the female body was designed to do such a thing and come back from it. Pregnancy and birth is so physically and mentally demanding but obviously so rewarding, hello little human! All these wonderful moments are followed up with the recovery.

healthy adrenals better recoveryLets talk recovery, if you haven’t experienced postnatal recovery on a personal level you defiantly have seen it in all its many ranges. On one end you’ve got the bouncing-back-from-birth-like-a-rubber-band mama who you’ve just run into at the grocery store, days, DAYS after the little peanut was born! This is the type of encounter that I walk away wide eyed looking to take refuge in the freezer aisle so that I can pull Facebook up on my phone just to double check the dates she posted those hospital pictures! My heart goes out to the opposite end of the recovery spectrum with the mama who is trying her hardest not to nod off and fall asleep in her hospital bed while chatting with her relatives that came from out of town to visit her and the new baby. Heres a shout out to all the inbetweeners, we know you’re out there! Now give me the secret to that rubber band mom! If we are look at the range of births that generally are the same without any complications, how can one mama drive herself home from the hospital while the other has to be wheeled out a week later? Adrenals, the level of your recovery in any situation is held within the strength of your adrenals. 

SIGNS OF ADRENAL FATIGUE

  • waking up tired 
  • brain fog
  • hormone imbalance
  • low energy
  • craving salt

You have two of these little adrenal glands, they sit on top of your kidneys and secrete essential hormones, control blood sugar, regulate blood pressure and burn protein and fat. The main purpose of your adrenals is to help you manage stress. They help determine and appropriately balance your body’s responses to all types of stress internally, externally and environmentally. How? Using cortisol. Cortisol, an adrenal hormone regulates those responses to stress. Prolonged levels of high or low cortisol affects sleep, brain, hormones balance and energy. The toll stress takes on our body is a destructive one, it etches into our foundation and keeps us from rest and renew where healing happens. Adrenals need to have a strong foundation. When adrenals are stressed we walk away from our big dreams getting caught up surviving and not connecting and creating! So if our adrenals aren’t sitting pretty then neither are their functions to help us recover. Now, how do we support these lil glands who might be fatigued? 

SUPPORTING ADRENALShealthy adrenals better recovery

  • HEALTHY FAT    Healthy cell walls are created from fat. When a new cell wall is created and doesn’t have new fat to build from it uses older adrenal cells. Coconut oil, omega 3s, fish oils, high fat foods.
  • SALT   Minerals, minerals, minerals! Switching out your bleck table salt with a high mineralized salt will give you minerals you are missing.
  • ACEROLA CHERRY POWDER    Acerola Cherry Powder is a building block to help build collagen. We source ours because of the way its grown, processed and the copper ions found in it.
  • GELATIN      Adrenals sit in gelatin and collagen comes from gelatin. Think of how skin looks as you age, this shows your collagen level. Taut vs Saggy
  • MAGNESIUM    Magnesium gives your adrenals voltage and keeps them relaxed, when those little glands are tight they cant do what they need.

The benefits of magnesium while pregnant

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Hey guys! Whitney here! In the last week I’ve had four different friends spill the beans about a little bun growing in their oven.. Call it inspiration, fate, or just plain ironic that that is the very subject I’ve been back and forth on blogging about.  

Pregnancy has to be one of the most fascinating, weird, precious, miraculous things to happen to the body. Growing a tiny human in your body that you will also pass through your body 9 months down the road.. could sound a little science fiction-y if that wasn’t the way it’s been since the dawn of time.

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 3.37.08 PMI won’t lie, the day my own loving mother broke the news to me that in fact, the stork did not drop me off on the front porch or that babies don’t mysteriously go from your tummy to the crib made the images of my future self holding my own babies quickly fly out the window. Ignorance is bliss has never been a more perfect phrase.

 

 

Thankfully, I grew past the ‘grossed out’ and a ‘terrified’ stage to “just little anxious’.(insert nervous laugh emoji here). Working alongside Kristen and the rest of the team here at LTGLN has changed my perspective immensely. (Thank you guys).

So, without further ado, let me share with you the benefits that are just waiting to be reaped by soaking in magnesium while pregnant.
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The magnesium chloride hales from the Zechstein Sea in The Netherlands. It’s obtained by salt mining and undergoes numerous processes  including water injection, pressure, dissolution, and precipitation. All of this work naturally removes nearly all impurities.  Thus resulting in pure magnesium oil, also known as magnesium chloride.

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If you’ve ever been into the shop or have been to a workshop hosted by Kristen, you know that magnesium is one of our favorite products and top sellers. Magnesium is a cornerstone in the foundation of your health, pregnant women included. Its many benefits include:

  • better sleep cycles
  • balancing hormones
  • aids in decreasing inflammation
  • rebuilds body tissue
  • it regulates blood sugar
  • and is great for muscle aches and restless leg syndrome (RSL).

Without magnesium, muscles don’t relax properly, which is where cramps happen. Kristen has talked to numerous mamas who had completely different birthing and labor experiences when they compared delivery experiences before they were introduced to magnesium versus after. Night and day difference. Can you imagine the simple act of soaking your feet or chilling in the tub with a splash of magnesium is actually putting you on the fast track to a smoother delivery for both you and your sweet baby?

Leveling up in magnesium can also avert baby from having acid reflux and other digestive issues. Magnesium helps the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) to close, preventing stomach acid from coming back up, causing vomit or spit up. It’s also the natural relaxant mineral, so a baby with healthy levels of magnesium will sleep better, too!

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Many of you are familiar with taking Magnesium supplements orally, it’s also found in antacids and laxatives. While taking Magnesium supplements have short-term perks, it’s really just acting as a temporary bandaid. It fixes the problem on the surface but the problem still lies underneath and can be quite detrimental to your health long-term. The part where taking magnesium orally starts to be detrimental is where it’s continually passing through the digestive tract. It prevents your body from absorbing all the good nutrients you’re feeding your body and baby. This puts you in the fast lane to becoming not only magnesium deficient but you’ll lose all of your crucial vitamins and minerals that feed your mind and body as well as house your sweet little bun in the oven.

 

Our Magnesium Soak is a great option to get your magnesium levels up. Most do it by just soaking their feet in a glass or stainless bowl with some nice warm water for 20-30 minutes. Others, such as myself, like to just pour that ¼ cup into my bathtub and level up while relaxing and washing my hair. Multitasking for the win! LTGLN also carries a very gentle Magnesium Lotion. It was formulated with babies and small children in mind so they too could feel the benefits of magnesium but in a gentle way that won’t upset their delicate, extra sensitive skin. Rubbing this on their tummies or used all over as a baby lotion is a great way to ensure they’re continuously getting magnesium.

So, once you’ve soaked or have been soaking a few times a week you’re good to go, right? Wrong! Magnesium is not something that our bodies naturally produce. We are, however, experts at draining our body of it. How you ask? Let me list below some of the biggest offenders that kick magnesium out of our body the fastest:

  • stress
  • sugar intake
  • processed foods
  • lack of sleep
  • smoking
  • anxiety
  • auto-immune diseases
  • alcohol
  • and prescription medications

Don’t let the list above further stress you out! You need to hang onto all the magnesium your body has got! Plus, there are a few factors above that I think everyone is guilty of.. If you have never felt stress in your life, I would love to know your secrets and also ask you a big, fat, giant, HOW?! These are just good things to be aware of so you can gauge how fast you are burning through your magnesium. This in no way is meant to be an added stress to your day. Instead, make it party of your daily routine! I suggest when you are begging to soak, do it at night. Make it part of your winding down regimen. I implore those of you who feel you don’t have to time to simply MAKE time for it. Who can’t find a good 20-30 minutes in their day? There are literally SO many options:Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 4.37.27 PM

  • soak while you eat dinner
  • soak in the tub
  • soak while you read the newspaper
  • soak during your quiet time after the house is calmed down + everyone’s in bed
  • soak while you pin your dream life on Pinterest
  • soak while working at the computer (carefully! Keep away from cords, outlets, etc).
  • soak while you binge-watch something on Netflix
  • you can even soak while you mindlessly scroll through Instagram & Facebook 😉

I sure hope I have given you a few little pieces of good advice or piqued your interest and laid a clear foundation on such an amazing product that we are so grateful to be able to carry.

All magnesium products can be purchased online, here, or in our shop.

Now go #getsoaked!!

-Whitney, LTGLN team member