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the GOOD, the BAD & the YUMMY

This is a weekly feature where I share one thing that I’m loving, one thing I’m not, and one simple, SUPER easy, clean-eating recipe.

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the GOOD: Meditation App

  • Insight Timer – Meditation App – I love that it’s FREE, and offers so many options for guided mediation. Everything from healing, to focus, to getting to sleep and even neuroscience. 

the Bad: Alkaline Water

  • Alkaline water is generally considered safe, but it has the potential to produce side effects, in including reducing stomach acid.
  • You need stomach acid to kill bacteria and other unwanted pathogens so they don’t pass into your bloodstream. Acidity is also essential to properly digest vitamin B-12 and protein. Get the full story from Livestrong right here.

Better option? Try baking soda. It’s cheap and easy! Baking soda is great for the home (cleaning, deodorizing), skin care (exfoliating, applying to stings, burns and splinters) and oral care (teeth whitener!). But, did you know how beneficial it can be when ingested? Some of the health benefits include:

  • Eases stomach pain
  • Helps with digestive issues
  • Relieves bloating and gas
  • Neutralizes acid
  • Kills fungi, mold and parasites
  • Minimizes cough and sore throat
  • Reduces the duration of cold and flu
  • Helps pH balance
  • Reduces the symptoms of gout
  • Treats urinary tract infections
  • Reduces muscle pain and fatigue (flush lactic acid)

Get recommend doses here, and pay attention to risks and side effects. Dr. Josh Axe says:

“Using baking soda on the skin or body is safe and nontoxic. Consuming baking soda orally is also safe, but don’t exceed the recommended dose. Too much baking soda can upset the body’s acid-base balance; it can also cause nausea and diarrhea when used in excess; it may also cause stomach cramps and an increase in thirst. Because baking soda is high in sodium, high doses aren’t safe, for such doses can raise your blood pressure and cause swelling. In severe cases, it can overload circulation and lead to heart failure. People who consume too much baking soda have reportedly developed blood chemistry imbalances and heart malfunction (ineffective pumping). If you have edema, liver disease, kidney disease or high blood pressure, you should avoid taking baking soda internally. You should also refrain from consuming baking soda if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not allow children under the age of five to consume baking soda.”

Of course, I’m not your doctor, so talk to her if you have any questions!

 

the YUMMY:  Overnight Oats

So many options!

These are so easy, and you can play around with the recipes. So much YUM.

Ingredients – Coffee Chocolate Overnight Oats

Instructions

  1.  Mix everything in a jar. Add enough liquid to more than cover the oats and seeds.
  2. Seal the jar and SHAKE!
  3. Refrigerate overnight (at least 6 hours) and enjoy the next day! TIP: make in batches to feed the whole family. Experiment with different flavorings and recipes 🙂

Get more recipes! Try Coconut Latte Overnight Oats from Fit Foodie Finds, or just start mixing in different fruits, seeds and toppings!

xoxo 

Ella

 

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