Delicious Medicinal Cinnamon Toast 

World’s Best Cinnamon Toast

Not only is this cinnamon toast medicinal, it really is delicious! It’s the recipe recommended in my “Bag of Tricks” for fighting colds, flus and allergies!  

Another one of my recipe makeovers! Simple, Delicious, and extremely healthy.

Even yummier than the old-fashioned-traditional cinnamon toast which was heavily laden with processed white sugar and often made with refined white bread. Really unhealthy! This recipe is not only healthy, it’s medicinal! It fights colds and flus and pollen allergies! And more!

Ingredients

  • Toasted organic non-gmo whole grain bread of your choice or gluten-free, etcetera (nonorganic GMO bread is pro-inflammatory, avoid it!)
  • Organic virgin coconut oil (virgin is yummy while refined is not yummy)
  • Raw local honey (available at farmers markets, local apiaries, and natural food stores)
  • Organic cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Spread toast liberally with coconut oil
  2. Drizzle liberally with honey
  3. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon

Note: For added health benefits and flavor, try Chocolate Cinnamon Toast by sprinkling with organic cocoa!

I’ve had this when I feel a cold coming on and I feel it being stopped in its tracks upon eating a slice of this delicious medicinal toast! Don’t wait for cold and flu season, enjoy it year-round, as it has many health benefits! Raw local honey fights seasonal pollen allergies!

*You may want to cut back on the quantity of honey though, if consuming regularly, or if you have diabetes.

*Increase the cinnamon if you have diabetes!

Some of the Benefits

Organic non-gmo whole grain toast: anti-inflammatory, reduces chronic inflammation, gastrointestinal health, lowers risk of diabetes, high in fiber

Coconut oil: antimicrobial, fights colds and flus, anti-inflammatory, long list of health benefits

Raw local honey: cough suppressant, anti-allergen, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, rich in enzymes

Cinnamon: antimicrobial, fights colds and flus, anti-inflammatory, protects against diabetes

Cocoa: fights allergies, antioxidants, blood vessel health

Note: I’ve included some links to some my favorite brands. That is a great deal on the coconut oil!

Enjoy ♥️

References

Dr. Josh Axe, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Andrew Weil

Easy Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Superfoods Oatmeal 

World’s Yummiest Oatmeal

If you hate oatmeal, this is the recipe for you! Try it! 

I used to hate oatmeal! And I still can’t stand traditionally prepared oatmeal.

But I know how nutritious it is so I was determined to make it palatable. I have an issue with textures and traditional oatmeal is over-cooked in my opinion and the texture is unbearable for me! So I experimented until it was not just bearable, but delicious! 

Highly recommended for anyone with a chronic inflammatory condition.

All ingredients are anti-inflammatory!

Note: I’ve included some links to some of the ingredients. They were the best deals I found on some of my favorite brands!

All ingredients have a long list of health benefits – superfoods!

Organic Ingredients:

  • Oats (not quick oats) (preferably thick cut)
  • Coconut oil (a delicious brand such as Nutiva)
  • Walnuts
  • Chia Seeds
  • Raw local honey
  • Cocoa

Optional:

  • Cinnamon
  • Other healthy toppings/mix ins of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Barely cook the oatmeal in a small amount of water. I cook it for a minute or two tops. If you have excess water, add more oats or pour water off and cook a few more seconds.
  2. Add other ingredients and enjoy!

My brother’s secret is to cook it in chai tea! But pure water is good to keep it simple.

Just a few of heath benefits in addition to being anti-inflammatory:

Oats: lowers cholesterol, heart health, high in fiber

Walnuts: brain health, anti-cancer, omega-3

Chia Seeds: increases energy, digestive health, omega-3

Raw Local Honey: counters pollen allergies, increases energy, digestive enzymes

Coconut Oil: fights infections, brain health, overall health

Cinnamon: lowers blood sugar, fights infections, brain health

Cocoa: promotes blood vessel health, improves blood pressure and cholesterol

Here’s to deliciously fighting inflammation! Enjoy ♥️

References

Dr. Josh Axe, Dr. Andrew Weil

Furry Pets and the Newly Discovered Health Benefits for Humans

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I’m a huge advocate of pets of all kinds for human health and companionship!

We’ve had a myriad of pets over the years, as we love and rescue animals: the typical dogs and cats, plus goats, llama, horse, donkey, frogs, toads, lizards, turtle, ferrets, rats, mice, snakes, rooster, and most recently a duck couple has adopted us!

Today I want to share with you some rather unfamiliar, newly discovered health benefits of furry pets!

Old Facts:

It’s common knowledge that pets bring us joy and happiness and alleviate loneliness and depression.

They improve our overall health and general well-being. They even improve blood pressure!

And if you have a serious/chronic illness, they are a wonderful distraction from the burden of health issues. They raise our spirits! They reduce stress!

New Discoveries:

  • Decreased risk of heart attack
  • Reduced likelihood of allergies
  • Enhanced social skills
  • Reduced likelyhood of suicide for those at risk

Historically, the popular medical belief was that furry pets might lead to the development of allergies, but new data from population-based studies dispute this line of thinking.

Studies now show that furry pets actually reduce the development of allergies. A new study from the University of Turko in Finland indicates that exposure to furry animals leads to changes in the human gut flora and immune system to block allergies.

Background Data:
Allergic diseases among urban populations worldwide has increased dramatically over recent years. Reduced exposure to nature may be responsible.

Several studies have shown that an important factor is exposure to furry animals, including early-life contacts with livestock, which has been reported to be protective against asthma and allergies.

While most researchers have focused on the direct immune response to this exposure, there may be another factor – increased exposure to microbial diversity and its influence on the human microbiome.

New Data:
To explore the relationship to furry pet exposure and the development of allergic diseases like asthma, researchers in Finland examined the gut flora of children enrolled in an ongoing randomized placebo-controlled study in children with a family history of asthma, eczema, hayfever, or food allergy.

The researchers identified infants of families having at least 1 furry ‘indoor‘ pet during pregnancy and the first year of life. Infants from families without pets were selected as controls in consecutive order of recruitment. To determine the development of allergies, skin prick tests (SPTs) were carried out at the age of 6 months. The antigens tested by SPT included cow’s milk, egg white, wheat and rice flour, cod, soy bean, birch, 6 grasses, cat, dog, dust mite, latex, potato, carrot, and banana. The study team also collected fecal samples from diapers when the babies were one month of age. One of the tests performed was DNA analysis for two types of Bifidobacteria that are found specifically in furry animals gastrointestinal tracts: B. thermophilum and B. pseudolongum. The presence of these bacteria was associated with exposure to a dog, cat, or rabbit as a pet.

The results from the analysis indicated that pet exposure starting early and throughout life can have an impact on the composition of the human microbiome in a way that reduces the risk of allergic diseases.

Conclusion from the study:
Furry animals have a positive impact on gut flora (microbiome) which plays a huge role in the proper development and health of the immune system and can prevent the development of allergies.

“Maybe just perhaps, some of the benefits being attributed to therapy dogs and horses in kids on the autism spectrum as well as in other situations may be partly due to influencing the microbiome in a positive way.”
~ Dr. Michael Murray

Furry pets do belong in your home, not just outside, if you want the health benefits they provide for you and your family!

If you don’t have a furry pet in your home, adopt/rescue one ♥️

References:
Nermes M, Endo A, Aarnio J, Salminen S, Isolauri E. Furry pets modulate gut microbiota composition in infants at risk for allergic disease. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Sep 3. pii: S0091-6749(15)01036-2.
Dr. Michael Murray, The Doctors Show

Hay Fever, Colds, Flus, Food Poisining and My Bag of Tricks!

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Cold and flu season sticks around until May – plus we have spring seasonal allergies upon us, so I thought I’d share my “Survival Guide Bag of Tricks” with you.

My Bag of Tricks is in addition to eating clean and living a healthy lifestyle which are key to staying healthy. But there are times we need a ‘bag of tricks’ to stave off illness – or shorten the duration/lessen the symptoms once we are sick. Sometimes we need a bag of tricks despite flu and pneumonia and allergy shots.

That’s me in the selfie picture, not trusting my thermometer, so using two, trying to determine if I was coming down with something.

Having a suppressed immune system, so therefore very susceptible to respiratory infections, pneumonia, bronchitis, colds and flus, which can/have landed me in the hospital more times than I can count, as my immune system cannot fight them off, I’ve done a lot of research in building my ‘survival guide bag of tricks.’

There’s measures you can take to protect yourself during cold and flu season:

  • Taking supplements such as Umcka, Defense Plus, oregano oil capsules, coconut oil capsules, probiotics, Vit C & D, Manuka honey lozenges and colloidal silver lozenges. I’ve included some links below.
  • Avoid sick people and wash your hands a lot.
  • Diffusing essential oils such as oregano and eucalyptus.
  • Car diffusers are available and a very good idea to kill germs you carry from public places into your car!
  • Acupuncture with a licensed acupuncturist is another great protection against infectious disease. I don’t miss a week during cold and flu season.

Once you are sick:

  • Continue with the preventives mentioned above plus:
  • Good old fashioned chicken noodle soup/bone broth is beneficial in addition to continuing the aforementioned bag of tricks.
  • Drink lots of water and coconut water to prevent dehydration.
  • Tea with honey and lemon – especially herbal teas specific to your symptoms, I particularly like green and ‘cold and flu teas’ and teas with rosehips, ginger and hibiscus, to treat/prevent illness. Herbal tea companies are good at what they do!
  • GSE Throat Spray: Kills the germs that make you sick and soothes your throat and alleviates cough. Link below.
  • Sinus Irrigation. Link below.

I take oregano oil capsules, coconut oil capsules, vitamins and probiotics, as a preventative – and the others mentioned above once I’m exposed or feel like I’m coming down with something. Diffusing the oils everyday is a good preventative measure, as well as good treatment once you are sick. I diffuse them all night as well.

For food poisoning:

  • Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar/BACV! A tablespoon diluted with water, add honey if you need to make it palatable. Repeat if needed. This has stopped food poisoning in its tracks for my family and me.
  • In restaurants, a good prevention is requesting your water without lemon. Restaurant lemons are rarely washed and 70% of them test positive for bacteria which causes food poisoning.

Note: BACV is good to use on a daily basis as it has many health benefits.

As for seasonal allergies/hay fever:

  • Diffusing peppermint, eucalyptus, basal, lemon and tea tree oils can help.
  • Using sinus irrigation removes the pollen from your sinuses which really helps. Link below.
  • Consuming raw, local honey is a great preventative. It must be raw and local for seasonal allergy benefits.
  • A supplement called ‘Aller-Max by Country Life’ is great. My son who suffers from hay fever/spring allergies, gets great relief from Aller-Max. No ill side effects! All natural good-for-you ingredients!

I created a simple recipe for cinnamon toast that is very beneficial in fighting infections and seasonal allergies and it’s absolutely delicious and very good for you on many levels!

Note: Check for drug interactions before taking supplements with your medications: Go here.

♥️ Medicinal Cinnamon Toast Recipe:

  • Toasted organic bread of your choice: gluten-free, etcetera
  • Organic coconut oil (not all created equal, use a delicious brand such as Nutiva or Kirkland)
  • Raw local honey (available at farmers markets and natural food stores)
  • Organic and/or Saigon cinnamon
  1. Spread toast liberally with coconut oil
  2. Drizzle liberally with honey
  3. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon

Enjoy!

I’ve had this when I feel a cold coming on and I feel it being stopped in its tracks upon eating a slice of this delicious medicinal toast! Don’t wait for cold and flu season, enjoy it year-round, as it has many health benefits! Cut back on the quantity of honey though, if consuming regularly, or if you have diabetes. Oh and increase the cinnamon if you have diabetes!

I’ve included a few links to some of the items in ‘my bag of tricks.’ Here’s to staving off/surviving hay fever, colds, flus and other bugs!

⚫️ Disclaimer: If you’re sick and declining, call your doc or go urgent care or the ER/ED.