Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How to Make Delicious Sweet Tea at Home

As I am shopping for my home or business on a weekly basis, I have a really crazy habit of buying sweet green or raspeberry tea from the local store. In fact, every time I go to the store; I get thristy I and I choose tea!

The only problem with that is the fact that most teas that you buy from the local store contains High  Fructose Corn syrup. This is why I have decided to make my own sweet tea at home or buy my teas only from the health food market.

Today I am going to share with you a quick, easy and healthy way to make your own delicious and sweet tea at home.

1. Purchase your tea bags from your local whole foods store, prefably organic tea: green, white, chamomile,etc.

2. Boil hot water in a tea kettle on the stove or use a stainless steel pot to boil your water in.

3. Add your tea bag(s) to the cup, pour the hot water over the tea bag, add (liquid agave sweetner) and 2 slices of lemon and enjoy!

If you want to make tea for later, make several cups, wait until the tea cools down and pour in a jug that you can drink from later. This will save you lots of money and it's cheaper to buy the tea bags by the box. Moreover, you are no longer  drinking a can of tea that is loaded with artificial sweetners; you are sweetening up your favorite tea with a plant based sweetener!

I look forward to reading your thoughts about this post!

To Health & Wellness,

Monday, September 24, 2012

21-Days To A Healthier You!

Are you ready to live a healthier life? Need more healthier food choices? Are you stressed most of the time? Do you have a fitness plan?

If you answered "Yes" to any of the questions above, it's time to become a healthier you! I am currently writing a 21-Day eCourse with my good friend Deborah Francis, the Author of "The Joy of Healthy Living."

Deborah and I felt that it was time that we joined forces to share healthy eating tips from her book; share my Natural Relaxation tips that I have been blogging about for the last 3-years and to share a simple fitness plan that almost anyone can fit into their daily schedule.

Here is an overview of the first 14-days of the eCourse: 

The Joy of Healthy Eating
According to Health Wise, Healthy eating will help you get the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It will help you feel your best and have plenty of energy. It can help you handle stress better.

Day 1- The benefits of Eating Apples
Day 2- The Power of Blueberries
Day 3- Boost your Energy and so much more with Bananas
Day 4- Build a Healthy Heart and Fight Cancer with Tomatoes
Day 5- The Joy of Eating Kale
Day 6-The Super Nutrient- Kidney Beans
Day 7-The Benefits of Garlic

7 Days to Relaxation the Natural Way

“Excessive stress on a long term basis can make you obese and unhealthy, says Dr. Don Colbert, author of, “The Seven Pillars of Health.” In fact, too much stress can cause memory loss, increase your blood pressure; raise cortisol levels (stress hormones) in your body and many other health problems. This is why it is vital that you relax more!

Day 1- Massage Therapy
Day 2- Relax with a cup of Chamomile Tea
Day 3-The Power of classical music
Day 4-Meditate the stress away
Day 5-Aromatherapy
Day 6- Yoga
Day 7- Deep breathing

For more information about the eCourse, be sure to join the Natural Living 101 email list!
The Course is almost complete and we look forward to sharing it with you!

To Your Health & Wellness,
Shiketa Morgan

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Turn off The Central Air Conditioning Unit and Open The Windows

As my Grandmother used to tell me...turn off the air and let in God's Fresh Air...

I was inspired to write this blog post, because my Air Conditioning unit stopped working (one day prior to writing this post) and we were forced to open the windows in our home. The temperature outdoors was in the high 70's, however, it was humid outdoors and my daughter began to tell my husband how hot it was in the house. This is when I realized how much we were depending on Air Conditioning.

After the windows were open for about 30 minutes, the temperature in our home was much cooler. In fact, it was great sleeping with the windows open verses chilling our bodies with the Air Conditioning unit. Today I want to share with you the benefits of opening your windows and letting in fresh air. Also, I will share with you negative effects that Air Conditioning can have on the body.

The benefits of opening your windows and letting in Fresh air.
According to Natural Health Restored, "A steady supply of fresh air is very important. Fresh air provides you with a steady supply of oxygen which is needed by your brain and every single cell of your body. If you stay in a closed in area for a long period of time, you will end up breathing in the same air over and over again. The oxygen content of the air will go down continually as you (and whoever else happens to be in the room with you) breathe out carbon dioxide and other wastes."
  •  Removes odors in your home
  •  It is refreshing and will give you a lift
  •  Helps the airways of your lungs to dilate more fully and improves the cleansing action of your lungs
  •  Alters your brain levels of serotonin which helps to improve your mood and promote a sense of happiness and well-being
  •  Strengthens your immune system by supplying it with the oxygen it needs. White blood cells require more oxygen when working to kill and destroy bacteria, viruses, and germs. Enough oxygen will ensure that they are able to function properly
For more tips on the benefits of breathing fresh air, visit the Natural Health Restored Blog .

Negative effects that Air Conditioning can have on the body.
 I am not saying that on an extremely hot day, that I will not turn on my Air conditioning, however I want to point out to you that spending too much time in an Air Conditioning building or home does have negative effects on the body and they are as follows:
  • Indoor Air Contamination
  • Spreads Disease
  • Can Cause Workplace illness 
  • Central air conditioning units, according to the EPA, can spread indoor pollutants such as bacteria, molds, mildew, viruses, pollen and animal dander.

Be sure to open those windows and let in God's Fresh Air!

With your Health/Wellness in mind,

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