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What are Electrolytes?

What are electrolytes and why are they so important?  Basically they are salts- more specifically the ions present in salt.  They are a conducting medium- what our cells use to maintain voltages across their membranes and transmit electrical impulses such as nerve impulses and muscle contractions to other cells.  When your electrolyte levels are deficient you become weak, and might experience muscle spasms and in severe cases even convulsions

Sweating in the summer heat and all the outdoor play can really dehydrate you and deplete your body of valuable electrolytes. Most of the electrolyte replenishing sport drinks on the market are also loaded with undesirable chemicals, refined sugars, artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners.  For this reason I decided to make one myself that's delicious, easy to assemble, and truly all natural.

4 cups raw coconut water (or filtered water)
1 cup fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice
1/2 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1/2 tsp fine Sea salt- Himalayan Pink is loaded with trace minerals

Put all the ingredients in an empty gallon jug, screw the lid on tight and shake it up.
Chill and enjoy!

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Fun Way to Cool Down on those Hot Summer Days!

With the weather warming up (or already sweltering depending on the day) we are all looking for something to cool us down. Growing up, my siblings and I were always taught not to waste anything whenever possible, especially food. When we came home from school there were no chips and dips waiting for us, it was always a piece of fruit (most often apples or bananas) along with some peanut butter if we liked. If the bananas became overripe my mom would cut them in half, put a popsicle stick in each one, wrap them in foil and put them in the freezer. Banana popsicles became a favorite in our household. However, now that I am older and popsicles no longer hold the same appeal for me, what am I supposed to do with the ripe bananas sitting in my kitchen? Smoothies of course are an excellent option, but I have recently discovered Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream. It's amazingly simple with only 2-3 ingredients, with a creamy ice cream like texture and true to my upbringing. So in honor of my mom and all of the wonderful lessons she has taught me over the years........try this excellent recipe with your family and add something you love into the mix.

2 large ripe bananas sliced and placed into the freezer for 3-4 hours until mostly frozen solid
1 Tbs Peanut Butter (other options that are tasty include: dark chocolate, almond butter, or berries if you like)
1-2 Tbs of non dairy milk if needed for blending purposes (I use flax milk but any type should do)

Place all ingredients into a food processor, blender, or in my case a Nutri-bullet and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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Spring Renewal: Time to Detox and Cleanse!

Spring Renewal: Time to Detox and Cleanse!

As the subtle signs of spring unfold around us, it's time to sync our bodies to the energetic shifts of the season. What better way to plunge into this time of cleansing, rejuvenation, and growth than to treat your body to a Botanical Mud Detox Treatment! This service provides the benefits of aromatherapy, botanical infused oils, and detoxifying muds to help the body rid itself of toxins in an herb infused steam canopy.  In addition to taking advantage of the wonderful treatments here at the center, you can support optimal health and well being by engaging in activities that allow you to let in spring's renewing energy.

Clean out that closet, give away old clothes, and dive into your kitchen cabinets to bring new energy into your space. Make sure to stretch, eat green, drink plenty of water, and spend more time outside!

When we acknowledge the roles that our liver and gall bladder play in regulating the flow of energy throughout our body, we become in tune with our emotional body as well. In Chinese Traditional Medicine, the organs associated with spring are the liver and gall bladder, and when they are out of balance, we tend to become rigid, inflexible, and our emotions become difficult to manage. Anger, rage, edginess, aggression and stress related difficulties can rise to the surface like sap from a tree.

We can cleanse our systems through a greener diet. Eating plenty of nourishing foods such as:

    greens – eat lots of green vegetables
    whole grains
    drink 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, lemon, lime, or grapefruit juice with a tsp. of honey in 8 ounces of water, or squeeze a 1/4 lemon into a glass of warm water in the morning.

will help to decongest the liver and bring our body back into harmony.

In essence, it's always helpful to take a holistic approach to caring for ourselves. This spring, take care of the things you need to do in order to spring forward!

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Roasted Pumpkin and Corn Chili


 Photo by Mike Lang -

Here is another way to honor the glorious pumpkin!

I combined a few of my favorite veggie chili recipes to come up with this one.
This hearty chili freezes well and tastes even better the second day.  You can thicken it up with a little tomato paste or pumpkin puree if desired. Add a jalapeno if you prefer it a litte hotter. I love this served over a hunk of warm homemade cornbread with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of roasted pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 lbs cubed fresh pumpkin
2 ears sweet corn, shucked
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, divided
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
2 sm bell peppers, chopped (I used red and yellow)
2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
4 ripe tomatoes, diced
3 cups cooked beans: Black or pinto.
2 tablespoons chili powder (less if yours is hot)
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or to taste (optional)
Pinch of cayenne or chipotle salt to taste
Chopped cilantro for serving

Preheat oven to 400'. Coat the diced pumpkin, fresh corn and garlic cloves with olive oil and a pinch of  salt. Spread on baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes. Check for tenderness. Broil for a couple minutes if  you like a browned flavor. Let cool slightly and dice the garlic.

While vegetables are roasting: In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute until it begins to brown. Add ginger, bell pepper, and carrots. Cook for five minutes, stirring often, or until vegetables begin to soften. Add chili powder, cumin, cayenne and cinnamon; cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until all vegetables are softened. Stir in roasted pumpkin, corn and garlic; warm through. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro, if desired. Serve it up!

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Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing | Effects of Pesticides on Fertility


If you have not yet made the switch from regular to organic foods, here is one more reason to do so: Protecting your fertility.

According to a 2008 study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, women exposed to pesticides at either work or home took longer to get pregnant than women without pesticide exposure. Many studies show links between pesticides and reduced male testosterone levels, but this is one of the few to study pesticide effects on women. Of the pesticides used today, atrazine, a weed-killer used on sugar cane farms and golf courses particularly in the South, is one that has been found to leech into tap water. Atrazine is connected to an increase in both miscarriage and infertility.

Prevent unintentional consumption of pesticides by choosing organic produce, especially when it comes to apples, grapes, strawberries, and plums, which are some of the most-often contaminated fruit. As an added benefit to your fertility, consider Fertility Massage from the Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing. Fertility Massage blends massage, reflexology, deep abdominal work, castor oil, essential oils and energy medicine for clients who are looking to help naturally increase fertility and to support the body, mind and psyche in preparation for pregnancy.


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