Stacy Rody
November 1, 2018

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  • The Best Cold Remedy Recipe

    The Best Elderberry Syrup Recipe – The Best Cold Remedy Recipe

    No house is immune from the icky bugs that like to spread this time of year.  I have to say, it kinda freaked me out when my kids were itty bitty and they would get really sick.  I would rush them into the Naturopathic doctor and she always gave me great ideas on how to boost their immune systems.  Instead of just masking the symptoms with over the counter medications full of dyes and questionable ingredients. I loved her approach of using natural ingredients to simply encourage the body to heal quicker with this simple cold remedy.

    The more I get into the health and fitness world, the more amazed at how miraculous our bodies are designed. They want to work, they want to heal and we are the stewards of that process most of the time.

    I’ve noticed in the past that right after Halloween is when the massive colds and flues hit.  I wonder if that’s because sugar suppresses our immune systems. We have a candy goblin that visits our front porch every year to leave money for the candy the kids leave for him.  It’s a way we get them to only save 10 of their favorite candies and ditch the rest. Either way, every year since I learned about this magical immune boosting potion, I’ve made it.  When I look at the store pricing, it confirms I just need to make it at home to cut costs.

    Here are the elderberries I use:  Elderberries

    I like to store it in a glass jar in the fridge: Mason Jars

    You also need a mesh strainer: Mesh Strainer

    What makes it so good for us?  Here’s the technical explanation from my Naturopath!  Elderberry syrup is an excellent preventative and remedy for colds and flu.  The elderberries (Sambucus nigra) are immune enhancing and contain high amounts of bioflavonoids that work with vitamin C to fight viruses.  The honey the syrup is soothing to the throat. The brandy is also medicinal in its traditional use as a nervine. The ginger stimulates circulation to get the medicine where it’s needed.   There are numerous ways to make a syrup, this is just our favorite.

    Elderberry Syrup Recipe:

    ½ cup elderberries (Sambucus nigra)flu remedy for kids

    ½ cup honey

    ¼ cup brandy

    1 inch fresh ginger, peeled (optional)

    1. Simmer ½ cup elderberries and fresh ginger (peeled and cut into small pieces) over low heat in 3 cups of water for 20 minutes.
    2. Mash berries and strain off liquid
    3. Place infusion back on the stove and simmer over low heat until it reduces to 1 cup
    4. Add ½ cup of honey and ¼ cup brandy
    5. Place label on bottles and date
    6. Store in fridge.  Expires in 6 weeks.

    Children’s dose: ½-1 tsp 1-3 times a day

    Adult dose: 1-3 tsp 3 times a day

    Recipe and advice courtesy of Dr. Leslie Charles at Gig Harbor Naturopathic Medicine

    I know your kiddos will love it as much as mine do.  Here is the fast breakfast I blend up for them on school mornings that is full of healthy fats and nutrients to get their little brains ready to learn and not having a sugar spike and drop first thing in the morning.  Find out more about Daily Sunshine HERE!

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    Enjoy and please comment with any tried and true immune boosting tricks you use!!  XO, Stacy

  • Fat Blasting Drink to Start your Day!

    Fat Blasting!

    Morning Fat Blasting Drink!!

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    I used to drink only lemon water but this is taking it up a notch for me. Drinking this fat blasting drink in the morning☀ first thing ☀has kind of got me addicted. Remember to drink it right when you get up.  Last night I actually made this and then had it ready to go in the morning.  So many health benefits to combat the Christmas chocolate I just can’t seem to throw away ??

    Here is a great breakdown on why this is so important!

    Your Morning Fat Blaster

    When we awaken in the morning, we are ending a period of fasting that has lasted all night long. The first thing that you consume in the morning is very important and can have a critical impact on our health. Easy absorption on an empty stomach is the main reason.  A simple glass of warm water containing cayenne pepper, lemon and apple cider vinegar can have a significant impact on your health. The benefits of this simple drink are extensive and nothing short of amazing. Want to know more about the benefits that you will see from consuming this beverage first thing every morning? Here they are:

    • The lemon helps to break up mucus, helping to clear your sinuses that can be a significant benefit for allergy sufferers or those who have a cold or flu.  Restoration of the alkaline acid balance in your body which will relieve any issues that you are suffering due your consumption of a diet that is high in acid-producing foods.
    • This beverage will help to remove toxins from the body.
    • Clears up the skin and gives it a noticeably healthy glow.
    • Can help to break down fats in the body which will result in noticeable weight loss.
    • This beverage will lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
    • Feeds the liver and detoxifies it at the same time.
    • Strengthens the immune system so you do not get sick as often.
    • Gives your body a lighter feeling.
    • Boosts up the metabolism and gives you more energy to get on with your day.
    • Purifies the colon which makes it much easier to improve the digestive process and allow your body to absorb nutrients more easily.
    • Colon purification helps to clear up the skin and improve its appearance.
    • Can effectively lower high blood pressure.  Helps your digestive system and allows you to eliminate waste more regularly and efficiently.
    • Pushes your lymph system into balance that can assist with the various daily functions of the body.
    • It can also help to fight infection and to balance the body fluids.


    Directions For the Fat Blasting Drink:

    • Always drink this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach when you first wake up.
    • Stir all of the ingredients together and drink the beverage immediately.
    • It is a good idea to drink this concoction through a straw so that you do not get all of the acids on your teeth that can cause damage, especially if you are drinking this every day.
    • Don’t eat anything else for 10 – 15 minutes so that you allow your body a chance to absorb all of the ingredients.
    • When you first begin drinking this mixture you may find it very tart and difficult to consume. If necessary, add in a teaspoon of honey that will add a little bit of sweetness. As you start to get used to the taste you can start to reduce the honey until you no longer need to add the honey.
    • This drink has a lot of major health benefits, and your body is going to appreciate it. You may not like it at first, but once you make it a habit of drinking this daily, you are well on your way to enjoying the health benefits that this elixir provides.

    Anyone want to try it with me tomorrow morning? Seriously though, Google the ingredients and you’ll be pleased at what you read.  I know a lot of different people have tried it.  I actually know a lot that have had success.  One of my friends actually did a cleanse with this.  The ingredients are a bit different, but people do use this to cleanse the body!  So go check it out!  This fat blasting drink is no joke!


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