We had big Candida problems!

At the start of the New Year we decided as a team to see where our guts stood in regards to candida.  We all had a few or all of the symptoms associated with this imbalance.  We completed a simple questionnaire that assess the probability of having “yeast syndrome.” Check out our scores below!

What is Candida? Could it be affecting your health?

Candida, is a yeast‐like fungus. It is a normal part of our bodies. Its growth is usually limited by our immune system and by the other microorganisms in our digestive tract, including a large number of health‐promoting bacteria.

If Candida is allowed to grow due to a weakened immune system, hormone changes, or disease such as diabetes, the balance between the Candida and the “good” microorganisms in the digestive tract is upset, resulting in intestinal candidiasis (also known as “yeast syndrome”).

This imbalance can cause problems such as

  • Vaginal infections  
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Recurring bladder infections
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Food sensitivities
  • Allergies
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Depression

What increases the risk of Candida overgrowth?

  • Repeated use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and/or steroids like prednisone
    • A diet high in sweets
    • Alcohol
    • Chronic stress
    • Diabetes
    • Weakened immune system

Spring Cleaning

Simple Detox

Our bodies are amazing machines with detoxing abilities.  Unfortunately, with the modern toxic load of day to day life it’s good to take some time and help your body detox.   After many articles, google searches, podcasts, and my own experience this is a list of detox options most available to us all at a low price.

Tip #1.  Water is our first line of defense when it comes to detoxing.  Try and drink half your bodyweight in ounces.  If you weigh 130lbs, you should be drinking 130 divided by 2 = 65 oz. of water a day.

Tip #2. another way to detox each month form heavy metals is by drinking a liter of FIGI water once a day for a week.  FIGI water has ionized silica in it that helps gather heavy metals and eliminate them through your urine.

Tip #3. To add to the benefit of water add a lemon, fresh, food grade lemon oil or precut frozen will all assist in the detoxification of your lymphatic system.

Tip #4. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is a silica product that has many health benefits and can go into any liquid r over food it has little to no taste and is great at getting rid of toxins.  If you’re experiencing digestive distress due to a sickness or bad food, using Diatomaceous Earth every 3 hours will help to eliminate the issue.

Tip #5. Dry brushing is something women did years ago and the technique was passed on from mother to daughter.  We’re bringing it back as a great way to detox your lymphatic system, bring life back to skin and maybe even help smooth cellulite.

Tip #6. Add a new regimen to your morning.  Squeeze fresh lemon juice with Cheyanne pepper, and honey (optional) hot or cold your choice.  This concoction can help with detox and light up your metabolism for the day.

Tip #7. Add a new regimen to you morning.  Squeeze fresh lemon juice with Cheyanne pepper, and honey (optional) hot or cold your choice.  This concoction can help with detox and light up your metabolism for the day.

Tip#8 In a half hour of our day we can fight depression, osteoporosis, diseases, and toxicity, by simply exercising.  Blood coursing through our bodies produces Nitric Oxide our bodies own natural medicine.  We are also, building bone and muscle, elevating mood, and detoxing our bodies.  So get moving.

Tip #9  I know many of us survive on coffee.  Green tea has many antioxidants to help with oxidative stress from our environment.  Even if we substitute one of our coffees a day for green tea it would greatly benefit the toxic load on our bodies.

Tip #10.  Many people buy organic fruits and vegetables.  However, meat has by far more toxins in it than fruits and vegetables could ever have.  Livestock store their toxins in their fat.  If you want nontoxic food for your family start buying organic meat and to make it more affordable make an organic vegetarian meal once or twice a week.

Tip #11.  The best way you can detox on a cellular level is by fasting 48-72 hours a month, quarterly or every 6 months.  Your fast should be a water only and active fast.  No sitting on the couch.  The first day is tough but as you go you will begin to feel more and more alive.  When we give or our bodies a food break we reset our immune system, our old and mutated cells die off and our bodies generate stem cells.   This is not a weight loss solution as it can create eating disorders.  This is a chance to reconnect with your body and feel better.  Please make sure you speak to a medical professional before fasting.   Be on the lookout for more in-depth information coming soon about fasting.

Spring Cleaning

Benefits of Green cleaning is so beneficial in so many ways through out our home and lives. There out 2 products that I use in my home daily that I find the best and most helpful and fulfilling in more ways than just cleaning and they happen to be doTerra products, Melaleuca and On guard.

Melaleuca, my favorite, also known as “Tea Tee, is best known for its purifying properties. It has 92 different compounds and limitless applications. Its been used in countries for centuries, especially by the aborigines of Australia.

  • Renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on skin
  • Promotes healthy function when used internally
  • Ingest to protect against environmental and seasonal threats

On guard is a powerful blend that supports health immune functions and contains cleansing properties, when used internally. It protects also against environmental threats and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system.

Both of these amazing oils can be used together with sense of your choice to create the perfect cleansers for your home, for the season, for your friends for your mood. The great think about doing green cleaning is its safe for your kids, grandchildren, pets and yourself. I encourage everyone to look into these ways and can even be cheaper ways of keeping our home clean. If anyone has any questions please call me I enjoy cleaning and would love to help you get GREEN, and CLEAN….

Spring Cleaning

We had a wonderful event on March 29th.  A gather of 25 + women and we discussed the ins and outs of spring cleaning and how it will affect your home and health.  The following is my lecture outline that I presented at the event.  Its a mis-match of Pinterest posts, literature searches, and personal experiences.  I hope you find  it helpful.

Spring Cleaning

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful

~ William Morris textile designer 1800’s


  1. Pick a spot to start
    1. Start with the flat surfaces





  1. Everything must have a home
    • Box for “other room”
    • Toys must fit in assigned baskets
    • Not every drawer or cupboards need to have anything in it
  • Sunday basket “the biggest mess in out house is paper”
    • Deal with it / File it
Keep One Yearyou don’t have to save monthly and quarterly statements once the year-end statement has arrived.   Keep Three Years Credit Card Statements Medical Bills (in case of insurance disputes) Utility Records Expired Insurance Policies Keep Six Years Supporting Documents For Tax Returns Accident Reports and Claims Tax related medical bills Property Records / Improvement Receipts Sales Receipts Tax-Related Bills Keep Permanently CPA Audit Reports Legal Records Important Correspondence Income Tax Returns Income Tax Payment Checks Investment Trade Confirmations Retirement and Pension Records Yearend mutual funds and IRA Contributions   Special CircumstancesCar Records (keep until the car is sold)   Credit Card Receipts (keep until verified on your statement) Insurance Policies (keep for the life of the policy) Mortgages / Deeds / Leases (keep 6 years beyond the agreement) Pay Stubs (keep until reconciled with your W-2) Property Records / improvement receipts (keep until property sold) Sales Receipts (keep for life of the warranty) Stock and Bond Records (keep for 6 years beyond selling) Warranties and Instructions (keep for the life of the product) Other Bills (keep until payment is verified on the next bill)  
  • Decrease paper
    • Cut down on mail
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      • Electronic bills
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      • National do not mail directmail.com
  1. Everything must have a purpose
    • Don’t save it for later, maybe, or what if’s
    • Why do you need 4 loaf pans?
  2. Everything must be in good working order
    • If it can’t be fixed get rid of it
  3. Everything must have a label
    • You need to know what it is, how it works, and where it goes.
    • Outdated, expired
  • Prepare you mind
  • Prepare your family
  • Prepare your schedule
  • Prepare your supplies
    1. What do you need to stay organized / picked up
  • Prepare your space
  • Plan your day
    1. Chunking
    2. Plan ahead
      1. Wake up time
      2. Get moving/stretch/work out
  • Avoid black hole of technology/screen time

Procrastination thus appears to be a self-defeating behavior pattern marked by short-term benefits and long-term costs  Dianne M TiceRoy F. Baumeister

  • If it need to go, get it out FAST
    • Consider before and after pictures
    • Know where you are going to take it
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      • Consign/hand-me-downs
      • I seal up the
      • I don’t share the boxes with the kids
      • I kept a tally of how many boxes I have gotten rid of
  • Don’t forget your calendar
    • pick a calendar format
    • assess your priorities
    • clear out the unessential
    • make lists and use them
    • block out time for activities/chores/etc

Don’t put off tomorrow what can be done today