Mariel Heiss

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I love experiencing the flavors of every season: fresh asparagus in the spring, juicy peaches in the summer, and gorgeous dark greens in the winter.

And then of course, there’s fall, the time when “pumpkin spice” flavors take over EVERYTHING.

And while pumpkin is amazing, there is so much more to experience in fall than just cinnamon, nutmeg, and everyone’s favorite orange squash.

Today, I want to share one of my favorite fall recipes that is an explosion of forgotten autumn flavors: Brussels sprouts, orange, and pomegranate.

Not only does this recipe taste amazing and unexpectedly like fall, but it is packed full of nutrient-dense foods that help promote a healthy gut.  

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The five-second rule is a lie.

It turns out, if you drop something on the floor, no matter how fast you pick it up, it’s still dirty. This was confirmed by a study recently conducted by two Rutgers University professors called “Is the five-second rule real?”

If you’re like me, I bet you occasionally employ the five-second rule. After all, my house is clean! But after reading this study – and hearing the lead scientist admit he wouldn’t eat food dropped on his own kitchen floor – I had to reconsider how clean my house truly was.

Yes, I clean regularly. But like most people – regularly could probably stand to happen a bit more often. And because of concerns for my health and the health of our planet, I stopped using chemical cleaning products years ago. Without resorting to harsh chemical cleaners or constant vigilance, I wondered – What would I have to do to make my house clean enough to literally eat off the floor? [click to continue…]

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Imagine it’s a beautiful summer day. The sun is shining, there’s a little breeze to keep you cool, not a cloud in the sky, and you’re… sitting on the toilet.

Yep, another summer day and you’re trapped in the bathroom with diarrhea or constipation.

Summer is for enjoying the outdoors, barbecuing, and sipping a cold drink – not for suffering on the toilet.

But whether you can’t go or can’t stop going, you likely have one issue in common: dehydration.

And more time in the bathroom isn’t the only side effect of dehydration. Being dehydrated impacts every aspect of your life.

At work…

  • You might have a hard time concentrating
  • You might head to the vending machine at 2 PM (when you’re actually thirsty, not hungry!)
  • Your legs might feel restless
  • When you stand up at the end of the day, you might feel dizzy or lightheaded

At home…

  • You might be too fatigued to play with your kids
  • If you try to workout, you’ll find you get tired more quickly than usual
  • If you make it through that workout, you’ll be sore for days
  • You can sit on the couch all night – not just because you’re tired but because you never need to get up to go to the bathroom
  • You wake up in the night with charley horse cramps

And if you don’t address these signs of dehydration early on, you can experience severe reactions like heat stroke, seizures, and even comas.

If you want to support your body in healing, and feel amazing, you have to get and stay hydrated.

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I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition called vitiligo. When my doctor prescribed a cream that treats the condition by suppressing the immune system AND carries a warning for leukemia, I decided it was time to take my health into my own hands.

If you’re just getting started on this journey, I suggest starting where I did – with some free info from Steve and Jordan. This article helped me understand that it wasn’t any one thing, but likely a combination of my genetics, my gut health, and my environment, that had caused autoimmunity to develop in my body.

I can’t do much about my genetics (thanks Mom and Dad!) but tackling the health of my gut and my environment are both in my control…

Which is why I’ve spent the last several years focusing on improving my diet and healing my gut using diet and some key supplements. I also realized that getting good quality sleep has also been critical to healing my body.

However, in the Last Year, My Sleep Quality Began to Decline

That’s when I started rotating my mattress and turned to some other fixes: sleep masks, blue light-blocking glasses, oil diffusing, nighttime baths, and a strict sleep schedule. Despite all my best efforts, though, I was tossing and turning and waking up bleary-eyed when my alarm went off.

A few months ago, I knew… it was officially time to buy a new mattress and get back the rest I needed to continue healing. [click to continue…]

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