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The miracle of celery juice! by Ellen Cotten

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After listening to Medical Medium's podcast on celery juice, I am hooked!
I started drinking 16oz of celery juice every morning for the past few weeks and have experienced amazing benefits. 

For the best results celery juice is best drunk alone, with no other produce mixed in.
Throughout the day it's great to add celery to your green juice mix. However, for the purpose of getting the full healing benefits it's great to drink alone and on an empty stomach. 


DIGESTIVE HEALTH

Most digestive issues are due to low stomach acid in the body.
The sodium and minerals in celery help to naturally raise stomach acid levels.
Drinking celery juice in the morning will raise stomach acid and set you up for good digestion for the rest of the day. 
These same mineral salts help repair your entire digestive tract and your liver. 

SKIN & HAIR

95% of celery's total weight is water. Since celery has such a high water content it is excellent for hydrating the skin cells. 
Celery is also very high in vitamin A, B, C, K, niacin and folate which are great for overall hair and skin health. The numerous vitamins and minerals in celery help to stimulate hair growth, repair & hydrate skin cells and improve hair texture. 

LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE

Celery has a phytochemical in it called phthalides. Phthalides help relax the tissues in the artery walls to increase blood flow and lower blood pressure. 

REDUCES INFLAMMATION

Celery juice has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This is great for people with chronic or autoimmune illnesses such as Lyme disease, celiac, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acne, gout, bloating, cramping and acid reflux.
Celery juice starves out pathogens and viruses like Epstein-Barr (EBV) that create bad bacterias.  The powerful minerals and salts in celery help work together as an antiseptic. When these salts come into contact with pathogens and viruses they begin to break them down and eventually kill and destroy them. This is why drinking celery juice consistently over time is very beneficial for long term health. 

CALMING

Celery juice is great for our mental state as well. Many people refer to the gut as the second brain. We can hold a lot of emotions such as anxiety, fear, and nervousness in our guts. Celery juice is great for calming the nerves. If you are feeling panicked, anxious, fearful, or unsure, try celery juice for its amazing natural calming benefits. 
Having your body and mind at ease also helps benefit digestion. Your body digests best when you are at rest and relaxed. 

There are so many more amazing benefits when it comes to celery juice. Celery juice is a great tool to help your body heal and repair. I challenge you to try drinking 16oz (or more) of celery juice every morning for 30 days and experience the amazing benefits yourself! <3

What I'm eating while healing candida + recipes by Ellen Cotten

Hey ya'll!
I just uploaded a video to my Youtube channel about candida, what it is and how I'm FINALLY healing mine through raw foods. If you want to check it out click here.
This post however is just what I've been eating to heal and some simple recipes. :)

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During my search for a candida cure, I found a ton of helpful videos of people who had cured their candida, how they did it, what "die off" was, etc etc.
One thing I couldn't find was what they were eating!

If you have struggled with candida you know how hard it is to find something to eat that doesn't "feed" the fungi (and it literally seemed like everythingggg did!)
I would get so flustered at the grocery store of what to buy that I would say "forget this" and opt for a frozen pizza. Thus further feeding the candida and the cycle continued..

Fear not! Here are some simple recipes and things I've been eating. I'm basically doing 80/10/10 (80% raw fruits and veggies, 10% fat and 10% protein.) Feel free to do 0 fats in the beginning of your detox, that's what I did. 

Cauliflower Seaweed Wraps 

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Ingredients:
Raw Nori Sheets
Cauliflower
Cucumber
Avocado
Bell Pepper
Kimchi
Coconut Aminos

Recipe:
-Blitz up cauliflower in a food processor
-Add desired spices to cauliflower "rice" mix (I used cumin and chili powder)
-Cut bell pepper, avocado and cucumber into thin, long slices
-Lay out nori sheet
-Place cauliflower "rice" on sheet
-Place bell pepper, avocado and cucumber strips on top of rice
-Add kimchi to the top of this pile
-Roll er up! Cut er up! & add coconut aminos as a soy sauce. 
-Enjoy! :)

JUICES!

32 oz Lemon Ginger Blast for breakfast

32 oz Lemon Ginger Blast for breakfast

Juices make up the bulk of my day.
Smoothies are great but if you are looking to heal, juices will be your best weapon.

I am doing 1-2 coffee enemas a day to release the dead candida, so the fresh juices are essential. 
The juices are great for helping the toxins get out AND replenishing my body of lost electrolytes after an enema. 

Get creative! I try to have a basic green juice once a day (Kale, Cucumber, Spinach, Parsley, Celery, Lemon, Ginger.) Outside of that just use your imagination. Heres my current favorite citrus juice and my alllll time favorite juice for healing (lemon ginger blast.)

Orange Glow:
1 peeled Grapefruit
2-3 peeled Oranges
5-6 Carrots
lil bit of Turmeric (fresh or ground)
1 Lemon
1 Lime
1 clove Garlic
optional: 1-2 drops of oregano oil

Lemon Ginger Blast (got this recipe from Lou Corona.)
1 peeled lemon
2 apples
1/2 habanero
3 inches ginger
3 inches Turmeric (or ground)
1 cucumber
1 bunch celery
1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch parsley
1 handful mint

Salad

I have this salad pretty much every night! I don't know the exact measurements but here's what I use:

-Romain
-Cucumber
-Bell Pepper
-Tomatoes
-Spiralized Zucchini

Dressing
-Lemon juice
-Coconut Aminos
-Apple Cider Vinegar

Sprinkle some nutritional yeast on top for added flavor!

Tongue Scraping 101 by Ellen Cotten

WHAT IS TONGUE SCRAPING?

Tongue scraping is the Ayurvedic* practice of removing bacteria, toxins, dead cells, fungi and food debris from the tongue. This self care ritual has many benefits such as fresher breath and enhanced taste buds. Tongue scrapers are a cheap and quick way to boost your overall health!

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WHY SHOULD I TONGUE SCRAPE?

When we sleep our digestive system is hard at work removing toxins from the body. These toxins are moved to the surface of our tongues. That's why upon rising you may notice a filmy layer of gunk on your tongue.

Brushing your tongue with a toothbrush may remove some of these toxins but it mostly spreads the bacteria more than it removes it. It can also get stuck in your toothbrush and later be further spread around. 

If this bacteria isn't removed it is reabsorbed into our body and can cause various health issues. Digestive issues, bad breath and plaque buildup may be caused by excess tongue bacteria.

BENEFITS:

-Fresher breath
-Improved dental health
-Less plaque build up
-Improved digestion
-Enhanced taste buds
-Light pink, smooth tongue surface

Tongue scrapers cost around $5-$8. 

For more on tongue scraping check out this video I posted to my channel!
Skip to 2:25 min for the how to demo.

*Ayurveda is a holistic medicine system with roots in the Indian subcontinent. 

5 Yoga Tips For Beginners by John Scott

I started practicing yoga in my living room led by Youtube videos and tutorials. I didn't have a great mat or cute yoga clothes. What I did have was a willingness and excitement to learn something new and experience all the benefits I've heard so much about. 
Here are my top 5 tips for anyone just starting out with a yoga practice!
 

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1- Define your practice. Whether you are starting yoga to relieve sore muscles, rid anxiety or gain strength it is important to know the why behind starting a new activity. Knowing this will help you get into the proper mindset every time you step onto the mat. 
Jot down a few reasons why you want to start yoga and the benefits you may receive. Spend a few moments before each practice to reflect on these things and get yourself in the right mindset. 

2- Invest in a quality mat. When I first started practicing yoga I had a $10 mat that was falling apart. This was okay to get me going but as I advanced in my practice this mat really held me back. I would slip out of poses and wasn't able to get as deep as I wanted. This resulted in sore muscles due to improper form.
Investing in a high quality, sticky mat was a game changer. Sticky mats allow you to get a good grip and hold poses deeper and longer. As well as decrease the risk of injury. 

3- Set the mood. If you are practicing at home make your yoga space relaxing and peaceful. Light candles or incense, set dim lighting, put together a calming music playlist, etc. Creating a calming environment that is your own is great to help you get the most out of your practice. 

4- Choose your yoga style. When you get on the mat ask yourself, "what does my body and mind need today?" You may need something relaxing and restorative like yin yoga or something more fast paced and invigorating. This is a great way to get in tune with your needs and experiment with different styles of yoga. 

5- Yoga props. A yoga block or prop can be great for beginners. If you don't have a yoga block you can use a stack of books or a pillow. Props are a great way to ease yourself into a difficult pose and prevent injury. Be mindful of how your body feels during poses. If you feel pain, try adding in your block to ease tension or pressure.