Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Paris Aims to Boost the Image of Tap Water and Reduce Waste

On December 16, 2010, I received a direct message from a twitter follower about sparkling water in Paris. As I proceeded to read the article, I was so impressed to see a child filling a bottle water container with sparking water from a public water fountain. I thought that was .....State of the Art Eco-Friendly Living!

According to Earth Policy Institute, French are the world's eight biggest consumer of bottle water. In fact, Paris generated over 262,000 tons of plastic waste a year and making the bottles consumed over 4.5 million barrels of crude oil.

Parisians can now get sparkling water from their public water fountains, free of charge. The new public fountains were installed by local authorities, which aims to wean consumers of bottled water. ~Vicky Buffery/Reuters

The publicly owned water company, Eau de Paris reports that the water fountains injects carbon dioxide into drinking water to make it bubbly and chills the water before delivering it to the consumer. Phillip Burguiere, a spokes person for Eau de Paris Company said, "Our aim is to boost the image of Paris tap water. Moreover, we want to show that we're proud of it, that it's totally safe, and that it's ecological as there's no oil involved, no waste and no packaging."

In America we currently do not have water fountains that deliver sparkling water, but there are ways that we can also reduce waste from bottle water including:
  • Buy water filters for our home or business faucets
  • Buy Gallons of Spring water and drink water from a re-usable mug or cup
How do you think that we can reduce plastic waste and/or boost the image of tap water in the United States?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Seven Aromatherapy Oils to Lift Your Mood or Calm Your Mind

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The Balance, Harmony of the Body & Mind~

The smell of peppermint and Lavender oils are my favorite Aromatherapy scents. In fact, the smell of Peppermint refreshes my mind, opens my sinuses and it penetrates my senses. My massage therapist applies a massage lotion on my skin that contains a peppermint extract. I just love the smell of peppermint and I look forward to the energizing smells of peppermint when I visit my massage therapist.

 Moreover, when I get home in the evening and need to relax, I burn Lavender Oil.  As I smell the lavender oil burning, my mind and body begins to relax. What ever your mood may be, aromatherapy is the place to start, if you want to lift your mood or calm your mind!

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Seven Aromatherapy Oils to Lift Your Mood or Calm Your Mind

1. Stress Relief: Chamomille, Lavender
2. Anxiety/Fear: Jasmine, Lavender, Frankincense
3. Sadness/Grief: Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Rose
4. Self-Esteem: Rosemary, Cypress, Grapefruit
5. Fatigue- Peppermint, Ginger, Basil
6. Agitation- Chamomile
7. Memory Busters- Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary

I inspire you to make aromatherapy apart of your daily routine to revive your mind, body and soul!

~ Shiketa


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Stress Less and Relax More

Stress is America's #1 Health Problem,
According to the American Institute of Stress.

Dr. Sharon Fitelson, a Chiropractic Orthopedic and Acupuncturist of InMotion Health Center, discussed the negative effects that Stress has on the body on a December 6, 2010 Live Health, Wellness and Prevention Plus Conference CALL.

On the call, Dr. Fitelson said, "If you are under way to much stress you will need caffeine in the morning, have difficulty sleeping at night and may fall to sleep after lunch." Moreover, if your cortisol levels are too high it will draw protein out of your joints and calcium from your bones.

This is just a small list of ways that stress will effect your body and it is vital that you develop a stress management plan. Furthermore, that it is vital to your Health & Wellness that you relax more and stress less!

                                     Give your stress wings and let it fly away. ~Terri Guillemets

 To Your Health,
Shiketa Morgan

Stress Resource Links

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Power of Epsom Salt...Stress Relief,Lowers Blood Pressure.....

Epsom salt can be found in local stores for as little as $1.00 and for such a low price....Epsom salt has many health benefits. According to the Epsom Salt Council, the key component in Epsom salt is Magnesium. Studies show that magnesium is:

  • An electrolyte, helping to ensure proper muscle, nerve and enzyme function.
  • Critical to the proper use of calcium in cells.
  • An aid in helping to prevent heart disease and strokes by lowering blood pressure, protecting the elasticity of arteries, preventing blood clots and reducing the risk of sudden heart attack deaths.
The Elegant Design Day Spa in Ellisville Missouri sells bags of Epsom salts for $1.99. The salt is package in a decorative bag that is labeled with the benefits of epsom salt which includes:
  • Stress relief
  • aids sleep
  • improves concentration
  • reduces inflammation
  • joint pain and muscle cramps
  • flushes toxins from the body
  • reduces headaches
How to use Epsom Salt


Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to bath water. Soak for at least 12 minutes three times a week. For a soothing aroma.......Try adding a few drops of Lavender oil.


Mix half a cup of Epsom salt with some warm, soapy water to soften skin and calluses and dry out the bacteria from blisters. Next, remove old polish with a cotton pad soaked with nail polish remover, cut nails straight across with clippers then file them square to remove sharp edges. Soak for five minutes, dip a file into the water and use it to smooth your heels, the balls of your feet and the outer edges of your pinkie toes.


Monday, November 15, 2010

A Household Cleaner That Leaves Your Home Smelling Like a Garden

Ahhhh.... The Therapeutic Aroma of Basil

Would you prefer that your home smell like a garden of basil or a hospital? Mrs. Meyers Household cleaners are a safe and natural way to clean your home. In fact, Mrs. Meyers household cleaners contains plant-derived ingredients and essential oils that clean away dirt and grime. Morover, it leaves your home smelling like a garden of basil and you benefit from the smell of basil.

The benefits of cleaning with the Plant Based Household Cleaner, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Basil Scent includes:
  • Basil has a cool crisp scent
  • Your senses will be revived
  • Basil clears a cloudy mind
  • Basil is calming to the nerves
  • Your family is not exposed to harmful pesticides and chemicals

To Your Natural Health &Wellness,

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tea up for Better Health

Tea is the second most popular beverage in the world and it is good for the mind, body and soul. Tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis plants, has a distinct taste and comes in several different colors: green, white and black.

Teas' are loaded with antioxidants and food compounds that work to neutralize harmful free radical molecules, which over time damage cells and contribute to disease.

The Japanese culture use the process of making tea to meditate on the principles of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. Research suggest that drinking one cup of tea a day, especially green tea, decreases the risk of some cancers.

Moreover, drinking three cups of black tea a day may reduce risk of heart attack. The next time you enjoy a cup of tea, just know that you are drinking to your health!

More information on the Benefits of Drinking Tea
Green Tea Provides Stress Relief

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Multi-Vitamins or Whole Food Supplements?

"You might as well stand unprotected in front of an X-ray machine as to not eat enough fruits and vegetables." — Dr. Bruce Ames, Winner of the National Medal of Science

Do you take multi-vitamins or a whole food supplement? According to Dr. Don Colbert's Book, Seven Pillars of Health,  multi-vitamins simply do not provide us with the  powerful plant pigment that we get from phytonutrients in whole food supplements.

Plant pigments in whole food supplements help to prevent heart disease and cancer. Dr. Colbert also wrote, " Unfortunately, most of us, as well as our children, are also falling way short of the USDA- recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day and we fall prey to disease as a result of the shortage.

Dr. Colbert also recommends that we take a whole food supplement that contains phytonutrient powder from a combination of colorful organic fruits and vegetables such as: red, yellow, green, orange and purple for your protection every day.

Are you wondering where to get a whole food supplement? Have you heard of Juice Plus? Juice plus is a researched based whole food nutrition that is recommended by Doctors all over the world and researched by Universities all over the world.  Moreover,over 500,000 children all over the world are taking Juice Plus and participating in the Juice Plus Children's Health Study.

Check out this video of  Dr. Richard Dubois talking about the importance of taking a whole food supplement such as Juice plus.

With Your Health & Wellness in Mind,
Shiketa Morgan

For weekly information on Healthy Living, subscribe to my healthy family resources. or send me an email. for more information about Juice Plus or to sign-up your child for the Juice Plus healthy study!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Garden Therapy For The Soul

Garden Therapy for the Soul

Garden Therapy have been used throughout history to aid in the healing process according to the St. Louis Yoga & Spa Magazine article tiltled, Tranquil Garden Spas. As one sits and enjoys the beauty of nature, there is an escape to serenity. Moreover, enjoying the beauty of nature, listening to the sound of birds chirping, makes life seem so much more peaceful and enjoyable.

Roger Ulrich, a professor and director of the Center for Health Systems and Design at Texas A & M University, discovered that viewing natural scenes or elements fosters stress recovery by evoking positive feelings, reducing negative emotions, holding attention and reducing stressful thoughts.

Gay Goeslling, a trained Landscape Architect, Environmental Artist and Healing Garden Specialist says, "There is a need to reconnect with the natural world, an anchor that will let us bring more ephemeral discoveries back into our lives." Gay's sculptures and healing gardens are microcosms of the natural world.

The next time that you need to relax and get away from the stress of life, try some garden therapy and reconnect with the natural world!

With your Health & Wellness in Mind,
Shiketa Morgan

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Natural Remedies for Headaches

Thousands of children and adults are afflicted with this headache "thing" and headaches are the most common reason people seek chiropractic care, according to Dr. Paul B. Hyland a Chiropractor living in St. Louis, Missouri. 

On Dr. Hyland's Committed to Health Chiropractic website Newsletter, he defines the word headache as an ache in the head, not a disease. Headaches are simply your body "talking back to you" and it is a sign that your body produces to let you know that it is having difficult time handling something.

Get Relief for Headaches

According to an October 5, 2010 MedBroadcast health feature article written byAmy Toffelmire, there are natural ways to head off headache pain including: exercise, relaxing, compress, rub, unclench, eat and drink more water.

1. Exercise- When you excercise, your body releases a natural painkiller called endorphins. Endorphins ease an aching head by boosting the mood and reducing the sensation of pain.

2. Relax- Taking a 20 minute break in a quiet place is a great way to relieve tension and to get some rest and relaxation. Try some relaxation music.

3. Compress-Head ache pain that is caused by muscle tension may respond well to a hot or cold compress. The compress will help relax the tension in the muscles.

4. Rub- Using your fingers to massage your temples, scalp, neck and shoulders relieves muscle pain. Also, try lightly squeezing and rubbing the outer edge of your ear between your thumb and index finger.

5. Un-clench-Clinching your teeth puts pressure on the muscles around the jaw, which could lead to a headache. If you think that too much clenching is causing headaches, take a break from chewing on hard food such as: nuts, candy, tough meat and chewing gum.

6. Avoid foods that seem to prompt your headaches such as food or drinks that contain; MSG, caffeine, alchohol and artificial sweetners. Avoid skipping meals, because this contributes to fluctating blood sugars.

7. Drink-Drink plenty of water daily, because dehydration is known to cause headaches.

Dietary Changes to help reduce headaches

As indicated in Amy's article, you must avoid foods that prompt headaches. In the book, Natural Health Remedies, Dr. Janet Macarro, recommended some dietary considerations such as: eating turkey to boost serotonin levels in the brain, add dark leafy greens and brocolli to the diet, eat more pinapple and cherries. Also, a cup of black coffee can help relieve a headache once it has begun.

Supplement Support For Headaches
  • A daily cup of green tea sweetened with stevia
  • 5-HTP to calm stress
  • Gingo Biloba
  • Nature's ultimate cleanse to detoxify
Lifestyle Choices Support for Headaches
With Your Health & Wellness in Mind,
Natural Living 101

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Power of Apple Cider Vinegar

 The Father of Medicine,~Bragg Health Products

A recent study discovered that, consuming apple cider vinegar lowers the LDL cholesterol, triglycerides levels, increased HDL Cholesterol levels, and could help to manage diabetes complications. Moreover, apple cider vinegar has been credited for increasing metabolism (which aids in weightloss), balancing the body's PH and also helps to improve joint health.

Wow!!! Thats a lot of power in a jar!

Suggested consumption for your health benefit:

Add 2 teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar to a glass of water sweetened with honey or stevia twice a day. Apple cider vinegar also livens up a salad!

Source: Delicious Living, September 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Is Flouride Healthy For You?

Most cities in the United States add flouride to the water, even though flouride is a proven toxin, says Dr. Don Colbert in the Book Seven Pillars of Health. Dr. Colbert also wrote: " Flouride helps to prevent tooth decay, primarily in children, but it also partially inhibits a hundred different enzymes in the body.

 Moreover, Flouride can interfere with vitamin and mineral functions; it is also linked to calcium deposits and arthritis. According to the U.S. Department of health and Human services, people with cardiovascular and kidney problems, the elderly, people with calcium, magnesium and vitamin deficiencies are susceptible to the toxic effects of flouride.

This blog post is intended to educate you on the dangers of flouride. If you choose to use toothpaste that contains flouride, make sure that you rinse your mouth thoroughly and do not swallow your toothpaste.

For a Flouride Free Toothpaste, vist the Tom's Care website!

New Study!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Boost Your Energy by Eating Corn!

Corn is packed with energy boosting B-Vitamins including; folate (strengthens blood vessels and arteries) and thiamine (which regulates enzymes that are key to energy production and brain function) says Christina Pirello, nutritionist and chef, host of PBS series Christina Cooks.

The next time that you feel sluggish and tired.... steam or grill whole ears of corn. In the (For Women First )article, Corn wards off tiredness, Christina says that eating corn helps her to feel refreshed and strong when it's sweltering outside.

Check out Christina's Living the well life website!

Monday, August 23, 2010

3 Natural Ways to Fight Yeast and loose excess weight

According to the September 6, 2010 edition of the for Women First  Magazine, at least 15 million American women have candidiasis, a yeast overgrowth that triggers fatigue and weight gain. More over, the studies at the Fibromyalgia & Fatigue Centers in Dallas, yeast over growth is linked to an average weight gain of 32.5 pounds.

Syptoms of Yeast Overgrowth
  • Instense cravings for carbs
  • Chronic fatigue
  • frequent yeast infections
  • regular headaches or migranes
  • difficulty concentrating
3 Natural Ways to Kill Yeast

Adding these three foods to your diet will help to lower your yeast levels:

Coconut Oil: According to scientists at Nigeria's University College Hospital, coconut oil destroys up to 100 percent of yeast cells on contact. The recommended dose: 3 tbs daily.

More info on the power of coconut oil.

Raw Garlic: Researchers at Putra University in Malaysia pinpointed unique anti-fungal actions of garlic.Garlic shuts down the formation of the long branching strands created by yeast to help it to grow.  Also, garlic forces yeast cells to die prematurely. Recommended dose: one raw clove daily.

More info on the power of garlic

Spices such as: thyme, cloves, rosemary, corianger, sage, tumeric, oregano, ginger and curry blends can stall yeast growth by turning off the genetic master switch needed to initiate reproduction. Recommended dose: 1 1/2 Tbs. of fresh or 2 tsp. of dried herbs daily.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Holistic Health Tip for Heart and High Blood Pressure Problems

Heart and high blood pressure problems are often associated with stress and tension. You can combat heart and blood pressure problems with relaxation and meditational techniques including: 10-minutes of deep abdominal breathing each day, yoga exercises, Qigong, or t'ai-chi.  ~The Holistic Herbal Directory

Check out this video on deep breathing and have a peaceful and relaxing day!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Top 5 Foods to Feed your Brain!

Do you ever experience mood swings, get headaches, forgetfulness, feel sluggish after lunch, or have trouble concentrating? It's time to feed your brain!

Cardiologist and TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz says, "The most potent treatments that we self-adminster are foods we eat." Some foods can feed our brains and others can restrict your brain. By managing our eating habits, you can increase your brain functions.

Dr. Oz also says that our brain works like our heart- when blood and oxygen can't pass through our arteries, it can't function properly. This is why it is vital that we avoid fried, artery clogging foods. Moreover, highly refined sugar stimulate blood blood sugar to rise, which impacts attention span.

Dr. Norman Rosentahal, a specialist in mood disorders, recommends that we take 800mcg B complex to help boost metabolism in the brain and in the body. B-complex wards off depression, helps to turn food into energy, which aids brain function.

Studies have shown that Ginko leaf extract has been proven to increase brain functions such as: socialbility, alertness, mood, intellectual capacity and memory.

In the article: "Feed the Brain," experts at LLuminari recommeded 5 top brain foods:

1. Walnuts and almonds: contain omega-3 fats
2. Brocolli and cauliflower: contains vitamin E and B-6
3. Salmon: helps the brian to manage stress
4. Vitamin-fortified cereal: has B complex and antioxidants
5. Whole grain crackers: will help to keep you focused

~ Source: Schnucks Cooks/Summer '10

Thursday, July 15, 2010


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Moreover, HCG helps a person to lose up to 1-2lbs per day quickly and safely! HCG only targets the abnormal fat in a humans body and Burns FAT not Muscle.

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For more information about Nikole and her Natural Weightloss Product visit her website and be sure to follow Nikole on facebook!
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Here’s a Quick Way to Reduce Bad Cholesterol

Cholesterol Myths – both Good and Bad

Most people think that cholesterol is always bad, but there are actually two types of cholesterol. LDL is considered the "bad" cholesterol, and HDL is considered the "good" cholesterol. If there is too much LDL in our bloodstream, it will form plaque on our arteries. Over time, this narrows our arteries and can eventually block blood flow completely. Dietary cholesterol actually isn't the primary reason for high cholesterol in the blood; it is high amounts of saturated fat and trans fat. To keep cholesterol low, you should eat unsaturated fats, eat fibrous foods, and exercise more.

 Cholesterol Numbers and What They Mean

Every adult should have their cholesterol checked at least every 5 years. When you get a cholesterol test, you'll usually get back four different results. Here are the 4 categories and the healthy range you want to be in.

Total Cholesterol - less than 200 mg/dL (5.2 mmol/L)

LDL Cholesterol - less than 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L)

HDL Cholesterol - greater than 40 mg/dL (1.0 mmol/L)

Triglycerides - less than 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L)

If you are over or under the desired level on any category, it is usually indicative that a diet or exercise change is needed.

Protecting Your Heart with Vitamin E

You can find Vitamin E in many nuts, leafy vegetables and vegetable oils. While it cannot prevent a stroke, Vitamin E can still reduce your risk for heart disease.

 Five Great Foods to Lower Your Cholesterol

1. Oatmeal and Oat Bran: These contain a high amount of soluble fiber, which can lower LDL.

2. Fish: Fish is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which lowers LDL and raises HDL.

3. Nuts: Not only are nuts high in fiber, but they contain the healthy fats you need to keep LDL in check.

4. Plant Sterols: This is found in foods like margarine, salad dressing, orange juice, and functional cookies. 2 grams per day will lower your LDL by 10-15%.

5. Soy: This popular meat replacement can lower LDL by up to 3%.

 Benefits Aplenty with Plant Sterols

Plant sterols can be found in foods such as Benecol Spread, granola bars, Vita Tops Muffin Tops and fat free milk. To help your heart, you should eat a lot of plant sterols-packed food and stop eating foods with saturated fat. You should know that this does not balance out a diet rich in saturated fats. To be in control of your cholesterol, you should still eat healthy and exercise often.

About the Guest Writer - Deborah H. Land writes for the Cholesterol Lowering Diet Blog, her personal hobby blog she uses to help people lower bad cholesterol levels.  For more heart healthy and cholesterol lowering diet tips, check out Deborah's blog.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Pure Diet

A diet of fresh fruit and vegetables is considered pure.
~ The Yoga Directory

Food influences behavior, health and certain foods are thought to be a reflection of a person's mental purity. Pure foods (free of artificial flavorings and preservatives) such as: fruit, vegetables, herbs and whole grains, increase energy, calm the mind, add stamina and enhance vitality.

So, get started today on a Pure Diet and increase your energy, calm your mind, enhance your vitality and add stamina! If you are not eating enough fruits and vegetables.....Check out my Healthy Family Juice Plus site!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Keep the Bugs Away the Natural Way

The mosquito population increases during the summer time along with the use of insect repellants. When we chose to use eco friendly insect repellants, we chose to sustain the environment.

In the article, Outdoor Eco-Tips for Summer, Katie Sorenson recommends that we use an eco- friendly repellant candle that does not contain citronella (which may irritate skin and cause dermatitis). "If you are planning on using citronella candles outside, look for organic made candles. Many candle companies will have organically made options, says Sorenson."

Sorenson suggests the use of lemon grass as a natural mosquito repellant. Lemon Grass can be purchased from your local garden store or planted in your yard. When you rub the stalk of the lemon Grass on your skin, it will keep the bugs from biting you the Natural Way!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Add More Color to Your Diet for Better Health

" A Colorful Diet of Whole Foods is Vital to Optimal Health"

Research shows that colorful fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients that our bodies need for optimal health & wellness. In fact, the more red, orange, green, yellow and blue fruits and vegetables that you eat, the more healthy promoting properties your body will get. Here is a list of colorful fruits and vegetables along with health benefits:

Deep Reds or Bright Pinks- Tomatoes, watermelon, papaya and pink grapefruit are all loaded with antioxidants and helps the body fight heart disease and cancer.

Orange- Sweet potatoes, carrots, mangos and apricots all contain betacarotene, which enhances your immune system. Orange fruits and vegetables are also rich in fiber, loaded with B Vitamins and Vitamin C.

Bright yellow- Pineapples, corn and pears are rich in fiber, vitamin C, bromelain, manganese and carotenoids are health enhancing with great taste!

Blues and Purples- Blueberries are high in flavonoids, phytonutrients, antioxidants, Vitamin C, fiber and potassium. Moreover, study shows that blueberries are great for your memory.

Greens- Spinach, collards, kales and brocolli contain carotenoids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

The Centers for disease control and the 5 A day partnership encourages you to sample the color spectrum of Green, Red, yellow orange and Blue fruits & vegetables. If you are not eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, don't worry there is a supplement thats the next best thing to fruits & vegetable.... Juice Plus!

Juice Plus contains 17 fruits & vegetables, oats and grains. Moreover, studies show that Juice plus delivers key antioxidants, helps support immune system and positively impacts cardovascular health.

Every week at my Child care center I share information about the benefits of Juice Plus because it is safe and backed by research. Also, in my monthly Healthy Child Newsletter, information about eating more fruits/vegetables is provided. Check out my Juice Plus site and feel free to contact me with any questions.

With Your Health in mind!
Shiketa Morgan

Check out The Four Doctors Video on the Importance of Whole Food Nutrition

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Spices That will Naturally Cut Your Risk of Cancer and Spice up your Barbecued Meat!

Researchers at Kansas State University report that adding certain spices such as: rosemary, fingerroot and tumeric to your meat (especially beef)  before grilling will cut your risk of developing cancer. These spices are sold in an extract form that have demonstrated HCA inhibition of 61 percent to 79 percent, according to Health Day.

Moreover, Health Day reports that "Cooked beef tends to develop more HCAs than other kinds of cooked meats such as pork and chicken," KSU food chemistry professor J. Scott Smith noted in a news release. "Cooked beef patties appear to be the cooked meat with the highest mutagenic activity and may be the most important source of HCAs in the human diet."

So, before you fire up the grill......don't forget the Spices!
With Your Health & Wellness in Mind,
Shiketa Morgan

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

10 Minutes of Relaxation

Listening to Relaxation Music is a great way to relieve stress and calm the mind. Enjoy the next 10 minutes of relaxation.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Eat More Strawberries To Protect the Cell Structure in the Body

Eating More Strawberries is a Natural Way to protect cell structures in the body and to prevent oxygen damage in all of the body's organ systems. Moreover, strawberries contain phenolic phytonutrients, which serve as potent antioxidants and a heart-protective fruit, but an anti-inflammatory one as well.

Strawberry's phenols block the enzyme cyclo-oxygenase (or COX), whose over-activity has been shown to contribute to unwanted inflammation, such as that involved in rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, and cancer, according to the World's Healthiest Foods Weekly Newsletter.

George Mateljan of World's Healthiest foods, believes that it is healthier to purchase organically grown produce. Organically grown produce is free of pesticides, which is an insect repellant that is sprayed on produce while it is grown on the farm. Trader Joes is an affordable place to buy organically grown strawberries. In fact, I have purchased Organic strawberries for as low as $2.99 a pack at Trader Joes.

Along with eating strawberries, eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is a sure way to help the body fight illnesses such as: cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke. In fact, the USDA and health professionals are  recommending a daily intake of 7-13 fruits and vegetables a day. It almost seems nearly impossible and could be expensive to consume that many fruits and vegetables day.

Taking a daily whole food supplement is the next best way to assure that your body gets the recommended amount of phytonutrients. For more information and on the importance of adding a whole food supplment to your diet and research information, visit my Juice Plus+ site.

Feel free to contact me, if you should have any questions about Juice Plus or would like information sent to you.

Best of Health,
Shiketa Morgan

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

For Better Health.....Eat an Apple a Day!

According to Kristie Leong MD, an apple a day helps your body in the following ways: fight cancer, helps you to feel full longer, reduce the risk of weight gain; and helps to lower your cholesterol levels.

Moreover, Apples help to reduce tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria in the mouth, prevents gallstones, neutralizes irritable bowel syndrome, detoxifies your liver, boost your immune system and prevents cataracts according to Better

For Optimal Health & Wellness, be sure to eat an Apple a Day. For more information on the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables, visit my Juice Plus+ Website!

Best of Health,
Shiketa Morgan

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Going Green At Home...What's in your Garbage Can?

Are you throwing away toxic waste that should never go out with the household garbage? The following       should never go out with the household garbage; batteries, paints, pesticides, cleaners and oils. These household items end up contaminating the soil and ground water. So to be sure that you are not polluting the soil or water supply, contact your city government or the EPA to find our how to properly dispose of hazardous waste.

Think Green!
Shiketa Morgan
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Eat an Orange a Day for Optimal Health & Wellness!

One orange supplies 116.2% of the daily value for vitamin C-The World's Healthiest Foods

Eating an orange a day is a Natural Way to build a healthy immune system, disarm free radicals (which damages  DNA and causes cancer) in the body and prevent colds. Free Radicals triggers asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. More over, oranges contain healing phytonutrients that offer numerous health benefits for our bodies.  Here are four more reasons  to eat an orange a day and they include:

-Oranges are a Great Source of Fiber
-Prevents Kidney Stones
-Reduces your chances of Ulcers and Stomach Cancer
-Lowers Cholesterol

The next time you go to the grocery store, don't forget the Oranges! The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends we eat 7 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Most people don't come anywhere close.

If you are not getting enough fruits and vegetables in your diet, here is the next best thing to fruits and vegetables. Feel Free to contact me in regards to this blog post at or post your comment below.

Best of Health,
Shiketa Morgan
Visit my Juice Plus site, for a wealth of Nutritional Information!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Eat More Fruits & Vegetables and Less Junk Foods

Eating more Fruits and Vegetables is a Natural Way to prevent diseases such as: cancer, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and heart attacks. The next time that you go to the grocery store, spend more time in the produce section and skip the junk food.

Feel Free to share your comments about this blog post. Why do you think people choose junk food over Fruits and vegetables?

With Your Health & Wellness in Mind!
Shiketa Morgan

Monday, April 12, 2010

5 Natural Ways to reduce your chances of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among females.~ CDC

In the Book, The World's Greatest Treasures of Health Secrets, Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman of Georgetown School of medicine listed four ways for women to reduce their risk of breast cancer and they are as follows: Eat more soy foods, Eat cruciferous vegetables, Avoid pesticides, Eat a low fat diet and Exercise.

1.) Eat more soy foods such as; Tofu and soy milk. Soy foods contain a plant estrogen called phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens inhibit th ebody's own production of estrogen which may provide the fuel for breast cancer growth.  **Soy Oil or Soy sauce contains phytoestrogens.

2.) Eat more brocolli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and kale. These vegetables affect estrogen metabolism.

3.) Consider eating organic produce. Organic produce is free of pesticides (which contain estrogen-like compounds.) Be sure to peel or wash all fruits and vegetables thouroughly.

4.) Be sure that less than 20% of your calories are from fat.

5.) Women who exercise aerobically for more than 3 hours aweek have a lower risk  of developing breast cancer.

There are also other preventive measures and they include; breast exams and annual well woman physicals. For questions regarding breast health contact your Physician or check out the Centers for disease control Breast Health Newsletter:

Please be sure to post your feedback about this blog post and share with every woman that you know!

With Your Health & Wellness in Mind!
Shiketa Morgan, Entrepreneur, Independent Health/Beauty Consultant

Source: (2008). Boardroom, Inc. The Worlds Greatest Treasury of Health Secrets...Newly expanded. Pages 130-131

Friday, April 9, 2010

How to Start an Organic Garden

Have you ever considered growing an Organic garden in your yard? Well, it's as easy as 1-2-3!! Scott Meyer, editor of Organic Gardening magazine provides some great gardening Tips in this Video. Check it out.

What do you think about the video and has it encouraged you to start an Organic Garden? Please post your comment. Happy Gardening!!

The Natural Way of Living,
Shiketa Morgan

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Massage is a Natural Way to Relieve Stress

Weekly or monthly massages reduces anxiety, increases your energy, increases cells that fight cancer, increase circulation, release toxins in the body and relieves migraines headaches.

Massages are becoming more affordable and are a great way to invest in your Health & Wellness!

With Your Health & Wellness in mind,
Shiketa Morgan

Monday, March 22, 2010

Lowering Your Cholesterol the Natural Way

People who eat more than 4 servings a day of fruits & vegetables have lower cholesterol levels. The more fruits and vegetables that you eat also lowers your chances of heart Disease, cancer and many other health problems says, Dr. Don Colbert, Author of Seven Pillars of Health.

In addition to eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, there are 5 foods that will lower your cholesterol and protect your heart:

1.) Oatmeal and Oatbran- Eating 1 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal provides 6 grams of fiber/day.

2.) Walnuts and Almonds- According to the Food and Drug Administration, eating about a handful (1.5 ounces, or 42.5 grams) a day of most nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, some pine nuts, pistachio nuts and walnuts, may reduce your risk of heart disease.

3.) Eat More Fish- Doctors recommend eating at least two servings of fish a week.

4.) Olive Oil- The Food and Drug Administration recommends using about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil a day to get its heart-healthy benefits.

5.) Foods fortified with plant sterols or stanols-Foods are now available that have been fortified with sterols or stanols — substances found in plants that help block the absorption of cholesterol.

Margarines, orange juice and yogurt drinks fortified with plant sterols can help reduce LDL cholesterol by more than 10 percent.

A Final Note from the Mayo Clinic:
Before you make other changes to your diet, think about cutting back on the types and amounts of fats you eat, which can raise your cholesterol. That way, you'll improve your cholesterol levels and health overall.

Furthermore, Study shows that taking the Whole Food Supplement, (Juice Plus) helps to improve Cardovascular health. For more Health & Wellness tips and/or Natural Living tips, follow Natural Living 101 on twitter at!

With Your Health & Wellness in Mind,
Shiketa Morgan

The Seven Pillars of Health, written by Dr. Don Colbert, pg 91 (Living Foods)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Body Balance Does a Body Good!

    Body Balance is a liquid whole food supplement that contains a natural sweetner called "Stevia".  According to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, " Stevia has been considered by Brazilian herbal medicine as a remedy for hypertension, hypogycemia, depression, obesity and heartburn."

Body Balance is a powerhouse of liquid nutrition, formulated with SeaNine, select blend of nine sea vegetables, and Aloe vera. Read all about Body Balance at


  With Your Health & Wellness In Mind,
Shiketa Morgan, Life Force International Member
Feel free to email me at: in regards to Life Force Products or with any questions in regards to this blog.
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Friday, February 19, 2010

Benefits of Drinking Yerba Mate Tea

Yerba Mate Tea antioxidants power exceeds green tea, brocolli, and orange juice. Yerba Mate also contains Vitamin A,C, E, B, B2 and B complex; calcium; iron, mg,selenium; manganese; phosphates; chlorophyll; hydro chloric acid; pantothenic acid and choline.

Moreover, Yerba Mate tea reduce's fatique, aids in digestion, boost immune system, raise's metabolic rate, regulate appetite and burn calories.

Yerba Mate tea can be purchased at your local whole foods or grocery store. It is great with lemons and raw sugar!

The Natural Way of Living!
Shiketa Morgan, Entrepreneur, Freelance Writer
Source: " I Can Do this Diet" by Dr. Don Colbert

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

True Greens....Concentrated Fruits, Vegetables, Grasses and Grains

"Eating your fruits and vegetables is one of the tried and true recommendations for a healthy diet."~ Harvard School of Public Health

Getting your full daily servings of fruits and vegetables can be a challenge without the help of whole food supplements. If you live a busy life, it is easier to forget to consume the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables that your body needs.

Incorporating True greens into your daily diet is a sure way to consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.

True Greens is a superfood dietary supplement that contains: grasses, grains, fruits, vegetables, probiotics, enzymes and more. Furthermore, Tru Greens contains over 30 choice organic and natural-source ingredients.

It's as easy as adding an serving of True greens to liquids or foods! If you love smoothies, add True Greens in your smoothies and make it a Super Food Smoothie!
Here are some facts about True Greens:

  • 100% Vegan
  • It includes wheat grass- a cleanser and detoxifier.
  • Grape seed Extract and Blueberry-antioxidants and ant-aging properties
  • Brocolli- a good source of calcium, VitaminsA & C
  • Probiotics that provide a healthy flora and aids in digestion
For more information about True Greens, please email your contact information to me at

With Your Health &Wellness in Mind!
Shiketa Morgan, Entrepreneur, Freelance Writer
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

3 Gentle Ways to Detox Your Body

" Detixification is any process that helps to decrease toxins and increase Nutrition."~Elson Haas, MD

According to Dr. Elson Haas, Director of Preventive Medical Center of Marin in SanRafael, California and the Author of the New Detox Diet, " Detox happens anytime you eat wholesome food, avoid junk and chemicals."

In the Article, Gentle DeTox, Pamela Emanoil Bond, lists gentle ways to detox the body and they are as follows:

  1. Eliminate sugar, wheat, dairy, caffeine and alcohol during the detoxification process. A high sugar, high fat diet makes toxins stay in the blood stream longer, according to Walter Crinnion, ND.

  2. Eat more fresh fruits and dark leafy greens such as; spinach and kale. Also, eat more brocolli, cabbage and brussel sprouts.

  3. A 2007 study found that drinking at least 3 cups of green tea a day helps to rid the body of cancer-causing toxins.
When you begin to incorporate these three strategies into your diet, you will minimize your body's exposure to toxins and support your liver (your primary cleansing organ).

The Natural Way of Living,
Natural Living 101
Shiketa Morgan, Entrepreneur, Freelancewriter
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Source: Dierbergs, Winter/Spring 2010: Your Whole Life Store (Natural & Organic Foods)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

At Home Spa -Quality Experience with Herbal Body Wrap

" Cleansing Herbs to Detoxify and Tone your Body and Skin"

I tried herbal body wrap about three months ago and I was was glad that I did! After soaking in a Herbal Bath I was sooooo relaxed and it was definately an invigorating experience. I now have an Herbal Bath evening once a month to meditate, relax and enjoy the aroma of the herbal bath. Most of all, to cleanse, detoxify and tone my body and skin.

Why Detoxify?

Your skin is the body's largest organ and it is extremely absorbent. Everyday we ingest, inhale and indulge toxins such as (air pollution, processed foods, medication, toxic skin lotions, etc.) According to Life Force International, "The body's natural response is to protect the internal organs by trapping the toxins and storing them close to the surface of the skin, cushioned in water and fat cells, to be released through the pores. As a result, the toxins and extra water in our fat cells increase the appearance of dimpling, inches and poor skin tone."

Why Herbal Body Wrap?

Herbal Body wrap contains 27 minerals and herbs including Aloe Vera, which is known for its skin beautifying properties. In fact, Aloe Vera is scientifically proven to benefit skin.  Moreover, Herbal Body wrap eliminates surface impurities, resulting in toning of the skin. Herbal body wrap has been used for decades by many people all over the world.

Try it as a Wrap
Soak soft warm towels in Herbal Body wrap soothing aromic mineral solution and apply directly to the skin. Trap the heat by covering with plastic wrap and warm blankets, then relax and allow the minerals and herbal botanicals to work. ** This step is know to promotes weightloss

Try it As an Indulgent Bath
Try Body wrap as an  Bath! This step is easier and it imparts tremendous benefits to the skin and it is soooo soothing!

For more information and facts about the  Herbal Body Wrap product, please send me an email at . Feel free to share your comments about this blog post and share it with  friends/family.

The Natural Way of Living!
Shiketa Morgan
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Natural Sweeteners are Healthier For our Bodies

"The average American consumes 158 pounds of sugar a year- 50 teaspoons a day! ~ Dr. Don Colbert/ "I Can Do this Diet."

Consuming too much sugar will increase your chances of developing heart disease, Type II Diabetes, plaque formation in our arteries, weight gain and many other health problems that are attributed to consuming too much sugar.

Foods that are high in sugar include: candy, cupcakes, pies doughnuts and sodas. In fact, one 12-ounce sodas contains 8 to 10- teaspoons of sugar.

Avoid the use of unnatural sweeteners! Dr. Colbert does not recommend the use of sweeteners that contain aspartame or sucralose. Natural sweeteners are approximately 600 times sweeter than sugar!

Three Natural Sweeteners

1. Stevia- is an herbal sweetener that can be used in coffee or tea. It is 200 times sweeter than sugar and has 0 calories!

2. Xylitol- is a sugar alcohol and is very low in glycemic index value (the glycemic gives a indication of the rate at which different carbs and foods break down to release sugar into the bloodstream) kills bacteria and prevents dental cavities.

3. Chicory- Chicory root is a probiotic that helps improve the GI functions; calcium, reduce blood pressure, prevents heart attacks and dental problems.

Now that you know natural sweeteners are much safer and healthier for our bodies. Give Natural Sweeteners a Try! You will find natural sweeteners at your local whole foods or Trader Joes store.

Wishing you Abundant Health The Natural Way!

Shiketa Morgan

Source: "I can Do this Diet" Author, Dr. Don Colbert
Check out the site for his new book!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Holistic Health Effects and Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the healthiest oil that one can consume. Check out this video and learn about all the health benefits of taking Coconut oil on a daily basis and share this video with your family and Friends.

Wishing You Abundant Health!
Shiketa Morgan
Natural Living 101

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