Natural Allergy Relief

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Summertime is here! The sun is shining, the grass is green, the flowers are in full bloom. For some people, this sounds like a seasonal utopia, for others, an allergen nightmare. For years, I was ‘that girl’; the girl who avoided picnics, wore long sleeves outdoors in the summer time, and had a strange phobia of wheat fields. I also took every allergy medicine available and spent two of the four seasons in a medically induced haze. Still I could find no relief!

 

Out of frustration and exhaustion, I took to the internet to see if there were any alternatives to, what I assumed, could only be a torturous daily regimen on my body. I was actually researching possible surgeries when I stumbled upon a blog article that was quite frank in stating that my diet and lifestyle could be the reason for my aggravated allergies.

 

Hm… I considered this thought as I snacked on a bag of chips next to me. After all this time, could I be the reason for my suffering? Unlikely, but… Just maybe.

Three hours later, I sat staring at my computer, as article after article explained that a lifetime of adhering to the SAD (Standard American Diet) diet had left my body in an exhaustive and inflamed state, at war with what it thought was the ultimate enemy, pollen.

 

Each article said the same, change your lifestyle, detox your body, strengthen your immune system. Sheesh, surgery sounded easier… But, with some apprehension, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try.

 

I went to my local health store and proceeded to wander aimlessly down the aisles, choosing things at random, which had strange ingredients like ‘nutritional yeast’. Yikes. I was all but overwhelmed by the choices when an employee of the store noticed me and guided me to their juice bar.

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A quick introduction to juicing gave me the basics; nutrients, enzymes, hydration. Plus, I could do juice! Juice wasn’t scary.

 

It’s been four years since my first juice and the results have been astounding. I participated in my first 5K, went to an outdoor garden party, and even wore mascara! Trivial things for some but huge achievements for me.

 

I now focus on a diet that is rich in whole foods (even kale chips!), detox regularly, and keep my immune system boosted. When I do have the occasional flair up, I turn to foods that naturally reduce inflammation and strengthen my body rather than to the devil’s cocktail I had devised in the past. Can it be difficult? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

 

– Kali Carter, this mama-to-be loves getting lost in big books and even bigger cities.

 

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5 Ways to Kickstart Your Summer

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Summer is just around the corner whether you are ready or not. Try these 5 tips to kickstart your summer and have one to remember!

1. Reconnect

Take the time to reconnect with old friends, family, and nature. So many of us forget what it is like to rid ourselves of our stress and worries and rekindle a friendship or that spark in a relationship. One of my favorite ways to do this is by reconnecting with nature at the same time. Now that us kids are out of the house, my parents are doing just that. They went out, purchased a little teardrop trailer, and are already enjoying one another’s company out camping (something they haven’t done in awhile). I haven’t seen them this happy in a long time!!

So if you are looking for a relaxing and fun way to clear your mind with the people you love, take a trip to the lake, river, or nearby hiking trail.

2. Summer Bucket List

Start out by making a summer bucket list of things you want to accomplish before summer is over. Come up with enough plans to keep yourself motivated, but not so much that it is impossible to do it all. Your list can include anything from having lunch with a friend you want to reconnect with, to going to the beach, to traveling across the country. Whatever it is, make sure it is a realistic goal for yourself, but still something that is going to be fun and memorable.

Hang this list up in a place where you are going to see it everyday. I can’t tell you how many times I tell myself I am going to accomplish something over my summer, but fail to do so. By making this list to remind yourself of your goals, you are more apt to follow through.

3. Cleanse

Before summer gets going, cleanse your body, mind, and soul to feel and look your best this season.

Try our E3Live in some of our amazing summer recipes (http://www.e3live.com/recipes/)! E3Live offers tremendous benefits for not only the body, but the mind as well. Here are just a few benefits that are possible with E3Live:

  • Promotes intestinal health and digestion
  • Restore overall biochemical balance
  • Grow healthier skin, nails, and hair
  • Increase mental focus, endurance, stamina, and concentration
  • Lift and balance mood to reduce stress

Don’t like the taste? Try our refreshing E3Live with apple and lemon flavor. I personally enjoy the flavored option (which is also delicious in our recipes). The best part – it is easy to take even during those busy days when you don’t have time to make a recipe. Simply poor it into a shot glass. It tastes great and offers all the same great benefits as our Original E3Live!

4. Meet New People

By doing the things you enjoy, you are likely to meet others who share the same interests. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to others when you are out and about. You never know, you may just meet your new best friend or something more!

5. Be Spontaneous

Being spontaneous is hard for a lot of people, but those unplanned events can sometimes be the most memorable. If you are invited to go do something, DO IT! I am probably the most guilty of saying “no” to those last minute invites, or just laying around when I think I have nothing to do. However, I find myself saying “yes” more frequently now, because those last minute plans have been so much fun.

If you are one of those people saying: “No, maybe next time,” try saying: “Yes!”

I have some ideas on how I will be spending my summer! Do you?
~Kristin
Kristin McBride is pursuing a degree in the medical field and is fulfilling an externship at UC Davis Medical Center. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and dog!
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