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Spring is right around the corner, meaning it's warming up, the birds are chirping, and flowers are blooming; in other words, nature is beckoning us to shed some layers and head outdoors. As you ditch that winter coat, try ditching those shoes while you're at it (even if for just a few moments)! While not something most of us think about on a daily basis, taking your shoes off and grounding yourself is actually one of the most healing activities that you can do, and spring is the perfect time to start doing more of it.

Grounding can have a positive impact on many aspects of our health touching on the physical, emotional, mental and even spiritual levels. As a society we're dealing with a kind of "electrical toxicity" from constant exposure to power lines, WI-FI signals, microwave energy from cell phones and towers, and even normal electrical household appliances. These Electromagnetic Fields (or EMF's) can disturb the human body, contributing to common ailments such as headaches, brain fog, and chronic fatigue, or even more serious issues like chronic anxiety, depression, low immune function, and degenerative disease. This is why grounding becomes imperative to help combat the effects of EMF's and restore energetic harmony in the body; and it's actually easier to do than you might think! It's time to take off those shoes and wiggle your toes in some sand, grass, or dirt.

The Benefits of Grounding


1. Boosts Healing and Immunity

While we might not think about it on a regular basis, the earth is actually a massive electrical object, and your body is a conductor of electricity. When we are connected directly to the earth's electric field through direct contact with our skin, the earth's negatively-charged electrons flow through us, and our electric charge goes from positive to negative. Negative electrons (those flowing from the earth) are known as healing electrons, while positively-charged electrons are those that contribute to disharmony and disease. Negatively charged electrons, or "ions", boost the bodies resiliency and vitality, and help increase our bodies immunity and rate of cellular repair.

2. Is Anti-Aging and Fights Inflammation

What is one thing that literally all chronic diseases have in common? Inflammation. it's imperative that we know the causes of inflammation in order to properly treat these conditions. When you break things down to a scientific level, considering the fact that everything is vibrating with energy, one of the biggest contributors to chronic inflammation may actually be a lack of electrons - meaning too many positively charged ions and not enough negatively charged ions. Connecting directly to the earth is one of the best things that you can do to slow down the aging process by lessening inflammation and free radical damage.

If you've ever walked into a spa and immediately felt calmer just from the lovely scents wafting through the air, you've actually just experienced one of many benefits of essential oils: aromatherapy. While essential oils can definitely effect the senses, specific oils can also be used externally and even internally for the benefit of the body, as well as help create a cleaner and more comfortable living space.

What are they?

Essential oils are natural, concentrated oils which have been extracted from plants - most commonly through the process of distillation. These potent plant oils have many profound effects on the human body. Essential oils are rich with specific plant chemicals which can enter through our semi-permeable skin tissue, just as certain transdermal medications can (such as hormone therapy, nicotine or even vitamin B12). This means that essential oils can enter into our bloodstream and lymphatic system and interact with the tissues and organs in our body.

How to Use Them

*Applied directly to the skin

A joint refers to where two or more bones are connected together. Joints can be movable or rigid. They are important in ensuring bending of knees and elbows, movement of hips and also bending your back. Joint health ensures that bones do not rub against each other.  

Between the joints is a cartilage and synovial fluid that prevents friction between the bones. Healthy joints therefore help in providing efficiency of the cartilage in allowing bones to glide over each other. Poor joint health results in wear and tear of the cartilage and can later cause arthritis. It is therefore necessary to ensure joint health to protect against such complications. Below are some of the foods and nutrients that are essential in maintaining joint health.


Studies have showed that broccoli together with other vegetables help maintain health of the joints.  Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a compound that blocks enzymes that destroy joints thus inhibiting joint inflammation. Vitamin K is another component found in broccoli. An increased intake of broccoli leads to high amounts of vitamin K in the body thus slowing down wear and tear of the joints. Joint soother contains compounds of sulforaphane thus its use helps block joint inflammation and damage of the cartilage.


Omega-3 fats are mostly found in walnuts, flax seeds, salmon and sardines. These fats reduce inflammation by reducing the rate of production of enzymes that cause cartilage erosion. Reduction of cartilage erosion leads to little or no friction between joints of the bones hence less pain is experienced. Omega-3 fats, together with joint soother formula, play a major part in reducing rheumatoid arthritis related symptoms; this is mainly showed by patients experiencing less fatigue, reduced joint tenderness and swelling and also maximum reduction of body pain. Use of omega -3s from nuts and fish oils reduces depression caused by arthritis by boosting antidepressants effects. Omega-3 fatty acids also help in the reduction of cardiovascular diseases which can be a result of rheumatoid arthritis.


For many years ginger has been used in the maintenance of joint health. According to Journal of medicine Food ginger plays a very important role of acting as an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant by mainly acting as a blood thinner. According to Altman, “research shows that ginger affects certain inflammatory processes at a cellular level.” This is because it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. It is advisable to consult a nutritionist before taking ginger as a medication to avoid excessive intake and also to avoid the reverse of the effects of the other drugs you might be taking. Correct intake of ginger combines with the three components of joint soother to help nourish and support joint cartilage.


Vitamins which are essential in maintaining joint health include vitamin A, C and E. They are usually grouped under antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role in fighting against free radicals that damage joints and also cause joint pain. Vitamin C can be obtained from fruits such as papaya and vegetables such as broccoli while vitamin E is mainly found in avocados and cereals. Avocado is one of the ingredients that have been used in the manufacture of Cosamin ASU 180 caps, an advanced formula for managing health joints.  Vitamin E extracts in Cosamin ASU 180 caps combine with chondroitin sulfate in joint soother to promote joint health.


There are other foods in addition to the ones mentioned above that help maintain joint health. These foods include sour cherries, parsley, pineapple, turmeric and green tea. Putting together an anti-inflammatory diet is the best solution towards maintaining joint health. In addition to enjoying an anti-inflammatory diet, it is advisable that one avoids foods such as meat, foods containing gluten and also caffeinated beverages.





Author Bio:

Ella James is an aspiring author who is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She is an active contributor to Consumer Health Digest . Her interests include reading and writing about Health Conditions, Fitness, Diet and Weight loss. Get connected with her on Facebook and Twitter.

As one of the busiest months of the year draws nearer (December), Thanksgiving marks an incredible opportunity for a valued shift in perspective. Irregardless of what type of diet you follow, the traditions you enjoy (or don't), or whether you spend the day with a large group of people or just a few close friends or loved ones, an attitude of gratitude can bring you into a state of more love, joy, connection and receptivity to the blessings in your life. 


1. Like Attracts Like/The Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction states that the universe is in a constant state of receptivity and reflection, giving back to us that which is in a resonant vibration to our current thoughts, words, and actions. Negativity brings more negativity, and positivity brings more positivity. If you're sending the Universe messages that you are full of gratitude, you'll get back more to be grateful for.


While there are many different issues that can ail the human body, there is ONE in particular that can be found at the root of all disease: chronic inflammation. While it might seem illogical and oversimplified to state such a thing, medical research has proven that where there is disease, chronic, low level inflammation can be found snuggled right up next to it. In fact, the negative symptoms that people experience with disease are simply an affect of an inflammatory response. From Celiacs, to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, fibromyalgia, arthritis, auto-immune diseases like lupus, and even cancer, an inflammatory mechanism is at the root of the uncomfortable, painful or downright devastating symptoms that people experience.

While chronic disease is the most extreme of systemic inflammation's symptoms, most of us are dealing with inflammation's affects, albeit on a perhaps smaller level. Toxic load in our environment, certain medications, hormone imbalance, poor diet, chronic exposure to allergens, and even good old stress can all lead to an inflammatory response which may cause symptoms such as gastrointestinal disturbances, skin flare ups or rashes, headaches, and low immunity or vitality. There's no possible way to pardon yourself from ALL inflammation, nor would you want to as it's actually a part of your bodies vital healing mechanism , however we could all stand to benefit from lessening chronic inflammation in our bodies and our lives.

Presenting: Curcuma Longa, aka Turmeric

When it comes to inflammation-busting super stars, one in particular stands far above the rest in terms of well researched and documented efficacy, and that is turmeric. You may know turmeric as a brightly colored yellowish powder, and have quite possibly even enjoyed it in the form of an Indian curry dish. Fresh turmeric is a little less common, and actually looks a lot like ginger in both size and shape (it's a close botanical relative), however one characteristic in particular makes it stand out: it's tell-tale bright orange hue. One thing is for certain, turmeric is a rhizome with some serious benefits!

How does it work?

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric that is responsible for its highly anti-inflammatory affect. Curcumin also acts a powerful antioxidant. The healing benefits of turmeric are nothing new, in fact it is one of the key remedies prescribed in ancient Ayurvedic medicine to treat inflammation, extend life, and protect the body against disease. Curcumin is HIGHLY anti-inflammatory, and in the right concentrations, even parallels the effectiveness of many anti-inflammatory drugs. Basically, curcumin works to block NF-kB , a molecule that travels into the nuclei of our cells, and triggers genes related to inflammation. This means that the curcumin within turmeric root works to fight inflammation at a molecular level; fascinating stuff!

How to get the most bang for your superfood buck

While taking a more concentrated supplement is recommended for those with a chronic health issues, eating a high quality organic turmeric powder, or better yet, the fresh root direct from the market, can still benefit your health in powerful ways. It's very important to note that curcumin is fat soluble, so combining your turmeric with some form of healthy fat, such as coconut oil or butter, is critical.

3 delicious RAW turmeric recipes!

Golden Coconut Turmeric Mylk

Sweet and creamy, comforting, warming, healing, and a great alternative to a cup of hot chocolate when your sweet tooth strikes. 

8oz homemade unsweetened almond milk
8oz coconut water  - we recommend fresh or Harmless Harvest brand
1.5 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 pinch Himalayan salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbs gently melted Dastony whole coconut butter
1/2 to 1 tsp raw honey - optional- the coconut water gives it a nice mellow sweetness 
Gently melt your Dastony coconut butter until liquid. Blend all ingredients together and heat over low heat on the stove top until it reaches your desired temperature. To keep this 100% raw, simply heat until its warm to the touch but not hot.
Garnish with an extra dash of turmeric or a sprinkle of nutmeg, cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice. 
Cold Busting Turmeric Elixir - aka Liquid Gold

This immune-boosting concoction will kick any cold or flu bug right out the door as soon as it hits.

A raw food diet is based on the consumption of unprocessed, plant-based foods, usually fruits and vegetables (preferably organic). This diet has numerous health benefits, and it is widely believed it can prevent cancer. 

Why has raw food?

The greatest advantage of raw food is in the fact it retains the complete nutritional value. On the other hand fried or overcooked foods lose a significant portion of their nutritional value and the person doesn’t get all benefits from that food then. The very first get you notice when you start with raw food died is increased energy level that also positively affects your sleeping pattern as well. 

Due to a high amount of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that our body needs to retain healthy functioning, your skin will restore the healthy glow. Another great benefit of raw food is the positive effect on digestion. Fruits and vegetables have high levels of dietary fiber and high fiber diet is associated with blood sugar control, weight loss management and many other health benefits.

Moreover, according to the report published in Food Technology in October 2012, plant-based diets have the ability to significantly reduce or completely eliminate individual’s genetic predisposition to develop chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and even cancer. 

Additionally, various epidemiologic studies have associated raw food consumption with decreased risk of cancer. Animal studies and experiments using isolated cells also showed same results. After all, raw and uncooked fruits and vegetables are the best sources of nutrients.

Raw food for everyone

Raw food diet can be fun as much as it is beneficial for our health. The key is to know what foods to eat and how to prepare them to include the variety of meals to your diet in an easy manner. For example, the book raw food for everyone written by leading raw foods authority and teacher Alissa Cohen offers 300 different recipes for the raw diet. 

The book includes basic recipes that can be prepared as well as more demanding ones. Moreover, there are also recipes for delicious smoothies, juices, and you-won't-believe-they’re-raw chips and crackers. What makes it perfect for every person who wants to try out raw food diet is the fact it contains step-by-step instructions, charts on sprouting and soaking, and thorough and accurate information about raw ingredients. In a short period of time this book became the culinary classic and is a perfect guide for all people who want to improve their health with raw diet and eat delicious meals that will provide various health benefits and aid in detoxification of their organism.

Cancer-killing nutrients in vegetables and fruits

Researchers isolated and identified many chemicals in vegetables and fruits that may prevent or aid in cancer treatment.  For example:

•    Carotenoids – they are pigments that give fruits and vegetables their bright colors.
There are different types of carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, etc. Carotenoids act as antioxidants with powerful cancer-fighting characteristics. They protect cells from free radicals and lower the risk of different types of cancer, including lung, skin, breast, prostate cancer, etc. Found in sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach…

•    Vitamin C – found in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cauliflower, and many other fruits and vegetables. Consumption of Vitamin C can lower the risk of mouth cancer and other cancers. However, it only works for Vitamin C consumed through the diet, not supplements.

•    Vitamin E – acts as an antioxidant and deficiency of Vitamin E is associated with increased risk of getting cancer. This vitamin decreases a risk of colon, prostate, and lung cancer. Also, it can be found in cilantro, broccoli, avocados, blueberries, etc.

•    Folic acid – prevents colon and cervical cancer and high concentrations of folic acid are found in green leafy vegetables. 

•    Fiber – most fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber. Therefore, raw food can be considered as high fiber diet. Diet improves our digestion and aids in detoxification that reduce a risk of colon cancer and other types of stomach cancers. 

•    Dithiolethiones and glucosinolates – found in cruciferous vegetables and prevent cancer by an elimination of carcinogens before they damage DNA.

•    Phytoestrogens – act like weak versions of the hormone estrogen. Consumption of foods with this nutrient (bean sprouts, peas, etc.) decreases the level of estrogen circulating in woman’s body. High levels of estrogen that circulate in the body are associated with increased risk of breast cancer.
 Fruit juices
If you like making delicious fruit juices, then their cancer-fighting properties are the additional reason for continue with your juicing habit. For example, raw pineapple contains bromelain that is an enzyme that proved to be more successful than chemotherapy in cancer treatment according to the research published in the journal Planta Medica. 

Do you like grapes? Then consumption of grapes and making fruit juices with these lovely fruits can aid in the prevention of cancer as well. They contain natural chemicals that have a great potential to prevent cancer cells from spreading. This was confirmed by the study conducted at the University of Illinois. This study also adds to the consumption of raw food as cancer-preventing components from grapes are more effective than the usage of supplements. 

Cancer-fighting foods

Due to their structure that includes a lot of vitamins, minerals, and other health-boosting nutrients, fruits and vegetables can prevent and fight cancer as well. Here are some of them:

• Nuts – study published in the journal BMC Medicine reveals consumption of nuts reduces the risk of getting cancer by 40%.

• Carrot – according to scientists, carrots could be key to successful cancer treatment. 

They contain powerful cancer-fighting properties including compound falcarinol that reduced tumors in rats by a third.
• Sweet potatoes – are rich in antioxidants, especially beta-carotene, which helps in detoxification , eliminates toxins from the body and protects from various chronic diseases and cancer.

• Sunflower seeds – great source of selenium that improves detoxification and is associated with cancer prevention. Selenium enhances DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells. 

• Garlic – various studies showed that garlic and its compound allyl sulfur are effective inhibitors of the cancer process. Of 37 studies in humans using garlic and allyl sulfur, 28 studies showed cancer-fighting properties. Garlic’s positive effect on preventing cancer isn’t related to only one carcinogen or particular tissue, but the entire organism.

Raw food diet has numerous health benefits, including improved detoxification of the body and cancer prevention. Plus, it is versatile; fruits and vegetables can be consumed through juices, smoothies, and delicious meals. 

Vaileria Dennis is a Health and Beauty expert. She has written various articles on Beauty and Makeup. In recent years, she has had an opportunity to research about Solvaderm Skin care routine. She is always excited to share her ideas related to Beauty care and Makeup Tips.