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What We Do at Holistic 3D Health

Holistic 3D Health is a unique multi-dimensional health and wellness consulting organization located in Vero Beach, Florida.  We are dedicated researchers. And we continually use alternative solutions to overcome a wide range of ailments.  Through the years of practice we have documented many successes using unconventional solutions.  Because I, Dr. Harrington, have 3 Doctorates in health and wellness related fields we are able to offer full total wellness evaluations and coaching.  Do you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high triglycerides?  Perhaps you have IBS, Chrons, Celiac Disease.  Or even Rheumatoid Arthritis, Parkinson’s or some other horrifying ailment?  Cancer might even be the diagnosis.  The treatments and lifestyle you see ahead of you may be overwhelming and scary.  We can help reduce some of the apprehension you may be feeling.

This may sound familiar:  You have been diagnosed with one of the above-mentioned ailments or another that is just as bad or worse.  Your doctor tells you that you need to go on a certain medication to help improve your current state of health.  Therefore, you go to the pharmacy and pick up the recommended prescription.  And then you read all the health warnings on that new prescription you just picked up at your local pharmacy.

Scary?  There is a long list of side effects, generally, one that reads, “may cause death”!  But wait a  minute!  Didn’t your doctor just prescribe that particular medication for an ailment that could cause death?  You have to ask yourself, “do I want to die of whatever my ailment is or from this chemical that just cost me far too much?”  Isn’t there a better, safer way?  There may be.  In fact, in most cases, there is a better way.

At Holistic 3D Health our Health and Wellness Consulting is different in 3 ways.  First, we listen to your story.  Secondly, we listen to your fears. Lastly, we test you in a non-invasive ways.  We find the cause of the disease you have just been diagnosed with.  And then finally we decide, with the approval of your Medical Doctor, an alternative means of treatment.  Or in some cases, the treatment we recommend enhances the benefits of the chemical drug or treatment that has been prescribed or recommended.  Furthermore, our recommendations can often relieve or reduce the symptoms you are experiencing.

Long term challenges cause many of our current symptoms.  Buried stress or emotional hurts from the past can cause today’s symptoms.  Therefore it is important to uncover those deeply hidden causes.  Your medical doctor may not have the time or the expertise to uncover those deeply hidden shadows.  Furthermore, you may not even know they exist and therefore are responsible for your current illness.  But we are trained to uncover those buried challenges.  Sometimes we call it finding the buried treasure like finding Davey Jone’s locker with his hidden booty.

So what do we do?  We listen, test first through Aura Screening to uncover deeply hidden causes.  And then we recommend a lifestyle that will turn your life around.  Our ultimate goal is to help you make you as well as you can be.  Our methods may include a personally designed diet and/or exercise plan.  Personal reflection and journaling may be included.  We may recommend professional supplementation in the form of vitamins and minerals.  We may recommend Essential Oils through applying topically, using a diffuser or other methods.    Because many causes are deeply rooted we may test you in multiple ways to uncover the causes of your current health issues.   Remember, we are not just looking for physical causes or considering just physical symptoms.   We are looking at all aspects of you- body, mind and spirit and emotions in our health and wellness consulting.

Although these are not expensive tests, they are the most effective tests.  They will uncover hidden causes and help you achieve a better understanding of yourself.  Through this understanding you become your own healer.  With our coaching, and guidance you become will the healthiest you can be.

Call or text us at 863-207-3095 or 863-207-3088 to set an appointment.

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Children’s Health

Children’s health today concerns me.  Often when I shop today I see children whose health appears questionable.  They are morbidly obese or well on their way to being so by the time they reach adulthood.  Childhood Obesity always saddens me.   I know what it will mean to them in the future.  Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and many other health problems will plague them all of their lives.  Their lives are shortened by childhood obesity and other poor health conditions throughout childhood.  I have heard it predicted multiple times that the parents of today will well outlive their children because of their children’s early health issues and rapidly aging bodies.  How sad!  Where did this all begin?  Can we reverse the trend?  If so, how?

Where did the Children’s health begin to decline and the epidemic of childhood obesity begin?  When I was in school over 50 years ago there was one plump girl in our class.  She had an eating disorder.  Her mother had to keep the refrigerator, freezer and pantry locked.  If there was something edible in sight she would eat it!  If there was something you did not like on your lunch tray you can guess where it went!  Finally, when she was in her teens and her parents were told that she had an illness that had to be treated, she received psychological help and was able to overcome her eating disorder.  Today our classrooms have far more pudgy, plump or just plain obese children.  Obesity, in general, has grown. Why?  How?

A second children’s health concern is asthma.  Again there was one girl in our class with asthma.  Today it is a common challenge to many young children.

There are a few contributing factors to both increases:


  • We eat highly processed foods that lack nutritional value.
  • We are being told to eat all the wrong things!
  • The things we drink make us even fatter under the guise of no sugar beverages.
  • We all get too little exercise and sunshine.
  • Drive through meals are too handy and used too often.
  • Our homes are shut up with little ventilation.
  • We have unhealthy guts that leave us unprotected from diseases. (your immune system starts in your gut.)

Let us talk about the highly processed food first.  They contribute to both unhealthy guts and weight.  Highly processed foods are anything in a box, can, freezer bag or carton. Included are cereals, bread, crackers, soups, and boxed dinners too.   Also, this includes processed meats, cold cuts, and “fruit juices”.   Furthermore, they all have over processed grains, nitrates, preservatives, sugar, and more sugar.  Or artificial sweeteners have been added that are even worse than sugar.  They all contain bad fats and flavor enhancers as well.  After all, the processing is taking all the good out of them so you have to put bad stuff back in to make them taste a bit better than their cardboard containers!

In the nutrition world, we refer to these foods as “dead foods” because their original food value has been destroyed through processing.  Because through over processing their vital amino acids and enzymes are gone these “dead foods contribute to our unhealthy guts.  Therefore we experience weakened immune systems and obesity.

The alternative to over-processed is fresh fruits and vegetables or frozen vegetables.  Home cooked chicken, ham, turkey or beef for sandwiches are much healthier.  Also, whole grain bread or wraps are best for sandwiches.  Furthermore, eggs or other protein for breakfast is cheaper as well as being a healthier option than over-processed choices.  Add fresh vegetables like carrots, celery, cucumber, cherry tomatoes or even broccoli as lunch bag treats.  For dinner steamed versions of all vegetables along with green leafy salads, home roasted meats, and one starch complete your meal. Starches such as fresh red-skinned potatoes, sweet potatoes,  fresh pasta or other healthy starch will help supply your family with good nutrition.  Over processed pasta, boxed or frozen potatoes and white rice all lack the nutrition children need.

Although for years we have been told do not eat things like red meat, eggs, or butter and other foods these foods are needed to grow and maintain healthy bodies.  Today we know that advice was poorly given.  Moderation is the key when eating red meats.  Do not overcook and eat only a portion of the size of the palm of your hand.  An adult does not need an 8, 10 or twelve-ounce steak!!!  A child needs only a small portion of the size of their hand palm. In the food industry, we call this portion control which is one of the components to being profitable.  In your home portion control helps your grocery bill and keeps the scales under control.

The second big myth getting families in trouble today is the diet and no sugar added foods.  If it is sweet it has something in it to make it sweet and that something is most likely not good for you.  Americans have a sugar addiction!  The best beverages are natural.  Water, of good quality, is the best choice.  There is nothing wrong with whole milk from grass-fed cows either.  Keep desserts to the minimum using fresh whole fruits as your first choice.

The lack of outdoor activity and exposure to sunshine adds to the risk of obesity.  Man is made to get up to 4 hours of fresh air and sunshine per day.  That means every day, not just on occasional weekends.  We need to limit TV, video games and other indoor activities and get outdoors.  I know this is tough in some areas where the winters are harsh.  Therefore, if you cannot exercise outside find a good inside complex and swim, bowl, play indoor sports when the weather won’t allow for outdoor activity.  Get sunshine and fresh air whenever possible as well.  In the summertime stock up but be certain that you are getting some outdoor time whenever possible year around.

Also, there are some big contributors to asthma today.  In some areas, we have poor air quality.  However, closed up homes with carpeting, furniture, and draperies that trap dust are unhealthy.  It pleases me that hard surface flooring has once again become popular!  Open your windows and let the air and sun in whenever possible as well.  Vacuum your furniture frequently.  If you have heavy draperies vacuum then also.

Cleaning chemicals are also huge contributors to poor air quality in the home.  (see blog: Are Your Cleaning Chemicals Killing You?  Get rid of caustic chemicals and cleaners with fillers and perfumes.  Chose cleaning products that are environmentally friendly and free of harmful ingredients.  I use Shaklee products and have for years.  They are cheap, healthy and they work!  The recyclable compact packaging minimizes landfill usage as well.  ( check out and then click on Green Home)

We offer family consultation to create the perfect workable healthy eating plan for you or for your whole family.   You can email me through this website or at or call 863-207-3095 to set an appointment.

Descriptions under products for Individual, Family and Large Family Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Plans.  Please contact me by email or phone for an appointment.

Nancy Harrington SAFP Lifestyle Coach



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More On Essential Oils

Here are some updates on successes we have had with using Essential Oils for family health and as alternative health solutions:

Essential Oils for Weight Loss

A couple of great weight loss uses we have found success with include using grapefruit essential oils as an appetizer suppressant.  It is also a great blood sugar regulator.  Here is one recipe:  20-25 drops of essential grapefruit oil to a 16 oz bottle of sparkling water.  The grapefruit oil helps cravings as well.    You can also use spring water if you prefer.

The thyroid is a center for weight loss.  Therefore, the second recipe is for a thyroid regulating ointment.    Use 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 15 drops of peppermint and 30 of frankincense.  Mix well and place in the refrigerator until it becomes firm.  Apply over throat area and/or tummy before bed.

Although these are not overnight wonders they increase your energy.   They will give you a slow and consistent weight loss.  If weight loss is a large (pardon the pun) concern please contact me for a personalized dietary work up.

Essential Oils for Tumor and Cancer Reduction

Let me share a tumor and cancer reduction success.  We have experienced a huge success with a Melanoma patient who had internal breakouts.  The breakouts were too numerous to be surgically removed.   Radiation and chemotherapy were not being effective.  Here is the successful treatment that is reducing the number of cancer spots.  The treatment also resulted in no more tumors appearing:    The carriers are Coconut butter and coconut oil.   Furthermore, since she applies to a large area multiple times each day large “batches” are made.  The oils are frankincense,  myrrh, lemongrass (or lemon balm),  and lavender.  Because the mouth and throat are affected the ointment treatment is most effective by applying it to the neck throat and cheek area.  However, it is applied to the tummy as well.  The applications are done  5 times daily.

I have seen recommendations for applications up to 7 times per day.  The stomach is the best application site.  However, apply to the site of the tumor area whenever possible.   Experiment with how many ounces of essentials oils to add to your carrier oils.  Remember each patient is biologically unique.   Also, other treatments may have caused hypersensitivity.  Finally, make the ointment as strong as possible without irritating the skin.

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Essential Oils for Focus, Mental Clarity and Stress

Do you find focus or mental clarity a challenge?  Try a combination of peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary in an inhaler or snifter bottle.   Also, Rosemary is particularly good as a memory enhancer.

Stressed and anxious?  There are several oils that reduce stress and anxiety.  The citrus oils are all great mood lifters.  Try orange, sweet orange, lemons, and grapefruit.   Choose your favorite and add other scents that appeal to you.   Use the flowery scents of lavender, rose, geranium, and palmarosa.  These scents are generally more popular with the ladies.  Or use earthy scents like spikenard, ylang-ylang, sandalwood or neroli.  Also, Bergamot and key lime are great mood lifters.  Experiment.  Whatever makes you feel happy, less stressed or less anxious is your best combination.  Use the oils in diffusers in your rooms or work area.   Or you can make a handy take-along inhaler.

Finally, as we experiment we come up with more and more uses for Essential Oils.  We will continue to share our successes!  Have fun with your experiments!  Share them with us.

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Fighting The Flu

FurthermoreFlu Shots and Antibiotics

Their merits and shortcomings

What are the merits of receiving a flu shot?  Or even a better question might be, are there benefits to receiving the shot?  Like any vaccination against any disease the vaccine itself causes you to get a mild case of the “flu”.  The vaccine varies each season.  The exact “flus” you are being vaccinated against are determined by what strains of the flu that are anticipated to be a threat for the upcoming season.  The shot will make you ill to some extent, ranging from mild to fatal symptoms.   The annual vaccine does not protect you from every strain of flu that might occur over the next several months.    Also, the vaccine may have an advantage for a few, but it also carries no guarantee that you will not get the flu and may have high risks for many.

The best prevention is always a natural method.

  •  Stay well rested.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • If you experience a high-stress event in your life which might lower your resistance increase your vitamin and mineral intake, the amount of water you drink and your vitamin C and D intake.

We also have found two natural products that are very effective.   Both are from Shaklee:

  •  One is NutriFeron- a well-tested, immune booster that helps you ward off the common cold, influenzas and viral infections.  This is Shaklee’s description: “A Shaklee exclusive, NutriFeron is a patented, clinically proven blend of immune-strengthening plant extracts. When used daily, it increases the production of your body’s natural interferon, a critical activator of the immune system. NutriFeron works at the cellular level, by rapidly activating your immune system’s defenses*

Like all Shaklee products, you will note that it is clinically tested.  You can check out the testing results online if you wish.  Our personal experience and that of our clients has been that it is far more effective than any preventative shot because it builds your own body’s defenses.  It is not only protecting you from a few flu strains.  It is protecting you against all flu strains as well as other more serious health challenges.

Just recently everyone at my workplace has had a cold type flu that has lasted them up to 3 weeks- sometimes longer – with antibiotics.   It turns into a deep chest cold with a horrible cough and the risk of pneumonia.  I had experienced a very stressful week 2 weeks before and felt my system crash.  I got their “flu” but in under one week, I was back to 100%!  A sore throat hit me one day.  I ignored it.  Then my sinuses started pounding and I felt exhausted.  I hit the Defend and Resist and took a day off from work on day 3.  By day 4 I was pretty much back to normal and by day 6 I was 100% again.   Three co-workers continued to struggle with bad days and good days after one month!!!

Off course I used a diffuser with a mix of Essential Oils as well each evening to help clear my sinuses and relieve the pressure.  A small cotton ball with a few drops of the mixture is great for clearing your sinuses when you are away from home.  I used a Eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint combo.  Also, you can add a drop or two of lemon or grapefruit.  Adding a few drops of each to a roller bottle with some coconut or olive oil and rolling it over your stuffy sinus area if you do not have a diffuser is also very effective.  (The combination of roller bottle and Defend and Resist when traveling on public transportation such as flying, is very effective in keeping you healthy while you travel.)

Finally, do you have tickles when you speak or if you speak for an extended period of time?  Rather than popping cough drops try chewing strong mint gum.  It helps the production of saliva which helps keep your throat moist and from feeling tight and dry plus the peppermint (or spearmint) will help clear your sinuses.  The gum is better for you that the cough drop.  Likewise, a cup of warm, strong mint tea is also soothing and effective once you have finish speaking or before bed while breathing your diffuser emissions.


Remember if you take an antibiotic you must always use a probiotic!  Have you ever wondered why you pick up one ailment after the other particularly after using an antibiotic?  Anti-biotics kill off the good bacteria in your intestinal tract.  That good bacteria is your immune system and helps you fight off colds, flus, and infections as well as more serious diseases.  Using anti-biotics will destroy your immune system.   Use them sparingly and always pair them with a probiotic.  Furthermore, once you have completed your cycle of anti-biotics it doesn’t hurt to double up on your probiotics.  Do not ever depend on the small amounts of probiotics in some of the highly advertised, over processed yogurts to do the trick.  You need strong, active, live probiotics to get and keep your immune system in your intestinal tract healthy again.   We recommend Shaklee’s Optiflora Probiotic Complex  (

Have a healthy winter!

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Are Your Cleaning Chemicals Killing You?

We are aiming to include more items on total family health.  Eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, getting outdoor exercise and many of our blogs and articles cover a wide range of topics.  Allergies and breathing problems, asthma or even more severe problems are a concern for many today.  While our air may be cleaner than several years ago, these family health challenges continue to increase.

For several decades we have been made aware of the need to be conscious of things we use and things we do that may harm the universe or make our surroundings less pleasant to live in.  Gone are the black smoke belching smokestacks of the industrial areas.  Our streams and lakes are becoming cleaner.  We recycle glass, aluminum, tin, many plastics, and newspapers in recycling centers or at the curb in many states.  Several other items are either sit in bins for curbside pick-up or are also taken to recycling facilities. We have choices for cleaning products that are bio-degradable. There are many ways we have found to help us have cleaner healthier air and water, smaller and fewer landfills and to conserve our resources.

But, if you are really concerned about family health, have you evaluated the products you personally use every day?  This hit home in our house a few days ago.  My husband decided to be helpful and clean our tile floors.  They are a white and cream ceramic tile with white grout that he likes to keep pristine clean.  His cleaning product of choice was chlorine bleach.  The doctor appointment with my 90-year-old mother turned out to be very long and complicated.  When I returned home he was so proud of his accomplishment!  We live in Florida and it was in the 90’s out.   Our home was closed up and the air was on – no ventilation.   I immediately began to feel a tightening in my chest.

Because it was evening, we shut down the air and opened some windows. Not enough air flowed through to avoid my having a full-blown asthma attack.  I spent 3 days hacking up chlorine flavored mucus.  It was not fun.  He felt horrible for making me so sick.

A few days later my daughter found an article on a new study entitled “LUNG DAMAGE”.  The article linked lung damage to many of the cleaning products that we use in our homes every day.   I am sort of a stickler for using safe products and cringe when he asks me to buy bleach.  I am aware of what it can do to me.  Because we basically use chemical free products however he had never seen what bleach or other chemical products could do to me.

So what did the article say?  It was quoting the results of a 20 -year independent study.  The study revealed that “cleaning your home with common, well-known grocery store products such as ammonia, chlorine bleach, quaternary disinfectant compounds, and other dangerous chemicals significantly damage lung tissue in women”.  It stated that using these products even “once a week was as harmful as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years”!!!  (ECRHS III Studies)  They will not just affect the health of the person using them but will also affect the whole family’s health as their residue is airborne.  The whole family breathes the chemicals!

There are many “green” products out there and some of them are not very effective.  If you have a concern about family health you may have tried them and found them almost useless and given up.  I did!  However, there are some great products and natural cleaners that work well and are safe.

One of my favorite choices is apple cider vinegar.  I have found it cleans white lab coats and keeps them white as effectively as bleach.  One-quarter cup in a load of laundry does wonders.  Hydrogen peroxide is another great sanitizer and whitener and it is also very effective in the laundry.  I use a Shaklee product called H2 as well for many things.  You can mix just 2 drops with water in a spray bottle and it will clean your windows and mirrors fantastically!  It cleans as well as any chemical widow cleaner.  Not only is it safer to use than the chemical cleaner, but it also is far less expensive.  A bit higher concentrate of H2 is great for cleaning other surfaces such as tile, appliances, and countertops and it is also much less expensive than its chemically based counterparts. (no pun intended!)

There is another advantage to these products in that if they happen to be getting into by a small child or pet they are not dangerous or as harmful as the chemical products.   The product will taste nasty, but it won’t burn their mouths or exposed areas.

You may want to check out the Get Clean products at where you can try individual products to see if you like them or you can purchase a Get Clean Starter Kit and “clean your way to a healthier home.”

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10 Ways Your Body Uses Water

10 Ways Your Body Uses Water

  • Acts as a cushion for your brain and spinal cord
  • Aids in the making of hormones and the chemicals needed to send information from your brain to your body.
  • Creates saliva – needed to start the digestive process
  • Helps regulate your body temperature through seat and respiration
  • It helps transport nutrients and oxygen through your body by keeping your blood at a healthy thickness.
  • Helps convert food into nutrients that your cells can use
  • Keeps your cells hydrated so they can accept nutrients
  • Helps cushion and lubricate your joints
  • Helps flush waste from your body
  • Helps hydrate your skin to keep it healthy and young looking

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Essential Oils

A couple of years ago one of our young grandsons was being challenged with migraine headaches.  They were severe to the extent that he was missing a lot of school.  He was at risk of being held back in his grade because of inadequate attendance. My daughter researched every possible option of relieving the headaches that appear with an unknown cause. If he took some an over the counter headache remedy at the onset he could generally overcome a headache. However, if the onset occurred while he was at school that was impossible.

By the next school year, she had come up with a couple of solutions. Fluorescent lighting is one of the triggers, so he requests to sit near a window with natural light.  This reduces the effects of fluorescent lighting. She found a possible second solution she hoped would work. She combined some essential oils in a roller bottle for easy application. He can take his roll-on to school and does not need a nurse’s permission to use it. At a headache onset, he rolls the oils over his temples, across his forehead and the back of his neck. It has been a success!

*Nanette Herbert’s essential oil formula for Mason’s migraines – 5 drops peppermint, 5 drops lemon and 5 drops of lavender in 1 oz of olive oil as the carrier oil.  Mason has very sensitive skin, so this should be “safe” for most skin types.  However, peppermint is a “hot” oil so use cautiously until you see how your skin reacts. This is also for a 12 year- old (10 when he began using the roll-on) so for an adult, we might suggest a more potent recipe.

Recently we had a second exposure to essential oils.  We found a bottle of lavender essential oil on our pillows when staying at a 5-star resort.  The instructions were to apply at our temples and/or back of the neck. We tried it and slept like babies for the whole week!  Because of the experience we have invested in a lavender spritz.  We also invested in a couple of different lavender based essential mixes that we use in a diffuser each night.  We find we fall to sleep quicker, rest better and feel more refreshed with the lavender essential oil usage.

Sleep and good quality sleep is important as that is the time when our bodies regenerate. If you currently use a drug to fall asleep you may want to try this remedy: *1 drop of lavender essential oil with 1 teaspoon of fractionated (liquid) coconut oil – massage over your abdomen (most absorbent part of your body) before going to sleep. (recipe from The HEALING POWER of ESSENTIAL OILS BY Eric Zielinski, D.C. )

After attending an online seminar by Eric Zielinski, D.C. we incorporated a few other essential oils usages into our home and everyday life.  Furthermore, I also decided I need to learn more about the oils and their effects on our moods and medical condition as they are often recommended as part of the therapy for my clients. Since each of us is biochemically different there is no exact science or perfect solution in essential oil usage for everyone for one specific condition. However, through shared experiences on this blog, it is my hope that we can come up with possible solutions that may help better the lives of some of our blog viewers.

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Why is obesity a major problem in our society today?

There are multiple factors that contribute to the obesity epidemic today.  We will talk about a few of them in this blog.

When I was in school a plump or overweight child was almost never seen.  Childhood obesity was even more uncommon.  I remember 1 girl in our class in our rural community who was obese.   She seemed to have an eating disorder.  Her mother had to lock the fridge and freezer because she would eat everything!   But I dare say if you check a class of 80 students today you would find several children that could stand to lose a bit of weight!

The same is also true of obesity in adults.  It was rare 50 years ago to see someone that topped the scales at 300 pounds but today we talk about people who weigh 400 or even 600 pounds.  How did we get into such a huge (pardon the pun) weight problem?

Several issues are to blame for the obesity we see today.  Lack of exercise is one of those.  But there are many others.  Look at our food pyramid recommended to us by our government.  It is quite askew.  I weigh more thanObesity I should but if I ate 6 to 11 servings of bread, cereal, rice, and pasta each day I would weigh 600 pounds! Those items are extremely over processed and mostly nutritional empty except for their carbohydrates and calories (a HUGE cause of insulin resistance!).

What should our meals be built around if not carbs to overcome obesity?  Protein, vegetables cooked and raw, green leafy and root, some fruit (never juices- just berries) and healthy fats.  We have spent the last 50 years avoiding most of the healthy fats– butter, real cream, real whipped cream, olive oil, avocado, coconut and coconut oil, well marbled, grass-fed beef, cheeses and full-fat dairy products, real bacon, eggs, and the list goes on.

One little part of the pyramid is correct.  Use sweets sparingly.   Also, cut out the sugar, sugar substitutes, soft drinks, and other high caloric beverages and you will become much healthier.  Many of our clients find the amount of weight they have lost by just changing their beverage of choice from soda or diet soda to water very surprising.

Ask yourself, “What does my family’s food pyramid look like?”  Does it need help?  Schedule a session with Nancy to create a Small Family Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Plan for you and your family.

Large Family Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Plan

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Drinking Water for Better Health

Did you know that our bodies are 70 percent water?   They are and therefore keeping properly hydrated has many health benefits. Today we have many sources of water available to us.  In this blog we will discuss some of the benefits of drinking water, how much water should we drink and what our best sources of water are.

  • How much water should we drink? The general rule is to divide your body weight by 2.  That will give you the estimated number of ounces of water you should drink each day.  About 1/3rd of that amount should be drunk early in the day.  Example:  A 120 pound person should drink 60 ounces, or just shy of 2 quarts of water per day.  20 ounces should be drunk in the first few hours with 8 to 10 ounces of that drank on rising.  The objective of this early morning quantity is to two-fold: it is to flush the toxins that our body has processed for elimination and to replace the 6 to 8 ounces of fluid we lost while sleeping.   There are some circumstances that may require us to drink additional water.  If you work out, work a job that is heavy labor, play sports, spend time in the sun, live or work in a dry or windy climate, have a fever or are pregnant you will require additional water to replace the water you are losing through the skin.
  • What are the benefits of water? As stated before water hydrates the body.  It helps keep your skin supple, it cleanses your blood from toxins and keeps it from being too thick or Glass of Waterconcentrated, it helps regulate blood sugar levels, it aids in digestion and the elimination process.  Water also helps keep the joints lubricated and the brain oxygenated; aiding also in brain function and mental clarity.  Water can help lower your blood pressure, relieve constipation, and aid in weight loss.
  • What are the best waters to drink? Spring water and good quality well water are the healthiest waters to drink.  They have natural trace minerals in them which actually help our cells absorb the water and transport oxygen in the blood.  Water from an Osmosis filtering system is the second best as the impurities have been removed and a few of the trace minerals remain.  Bottled water in plastic bottles should be avoided as the plastics can give off harmful gases if they are exposed to temperatures above 85 degrees while in storage.  Vitamin waters and flavored waters may alter the molecular structure of the water and lessen its cleansing and rehydrating abilities.
  • Adding electrolytes to your water: There are times that you may want to add electrolytes to your water.  This is particularly true if someone is ill or recovering from illness if you have perspired heavily from work or sports participation or been in extremely warm conditions.  Stay away from electrolyte added beverages that have artificial sweeteners or sugars added, high fructose corn syrup, added colors or dyes.  We recommend Shaklee’s Performance Low-Calorie Electrolyte Drink – an enhanced electrolyte drink additive that is available in 2 flavors.  Not only is this product used by NASA for our astronauts but is used by many professional athletes and Olympians.

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