Live A Long Healthy Life

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“Fire Cider is like a large bear on a cold winter night – A large bear that mauls what ails you!” – Shire City Herbals

It was right after Christmas… and I started to feel off.

You know how it starts – a slightly sore throat, low energy, achy muscles… I decided it was time to ramp up my preventative care, similar to Steve’s Natural Cold and Flu protocol.

So, that’s what I did.

On top of that, I pulled out other common tools, including herbal teas, raw honey, supplements and essential oils.

However, it didn’t seem to matter what I threw at this thing… none of it was helping this time.

It just got away from me and…

Whatever It Was Hit Me Like a Freight Train

I developed full-blown body aches, started sneezing my head off, and my nose began to run like a faucet.

As Sunday unfolded, I became lightheaded and dizzy, weak and hurting all over, and my brain was beyond fuzzy…

I knew I needed my rest, but there’s only so much laying around on the couch watching Netflix one can take, and I knew I needed to do something different or risk getting worse.

I decided a trip to the local health store was in order… [click to continue…]

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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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If I’m completely honest with you, despite knowing there’s no such thing as a miracle pill…

I’m still always on a crusade to find one.

I think it’s a natural urge for all of us who really want amazing health, energy, and vitality to be on this quest for what I call ‘The Holy Grail of Health Products.’

For me, ‘The Holy Grail’ is a natural product that can solve many problems and does so equal to or better than the leading stand-alone product for that issue.

I’ve been constantly disappointed over the years.

That is until Frankincense Essential Oil recently saved me from the worst upper respiratory infection I’ve ever experienced!

I never get sick. My immune system is extremely balanced due to following the Solving Leaky Gut protocol. It’s like I’m surrounded by a protective force field. I never catch what’s “going around.”

Until I did.

And because I’m not used to being sick, my world crashed around me when it happened.

I Thought I Was Dying

I tried every natural cold remedy out there. Nothing was working.

After 7 days of no sleep and seemingly getting worse, I started to consider taking antibiotics… something that I really didn’t want to do.

My fever got so high that I think I was hallucinating…

And all of a sudden it came to me… Frankincense. [click to continue…]

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Her eyes were swelling up in tears, and there I was looking at a tiny arm with a large, swollen red area. Sure enough, my daughter had been stung by a bee, and needless to say she wasn’t too happy about it.

I proceeded to do what I always do when something goes wrong – I applied ice, followed by some cortisone cream and hoped it would at least become manageable before bedtime.

Wrong. And I felt horrible.

We unfortunately struggled with the redness and swelling for several days until a friend suggested tea tree oil.

I’ll admit I was skeptical. I thought to myself, “What could THIS do for a bee sting?” as I held it in my hand and stared at the label…

I applied it just as she suggested, and within a few hours that tiny little arm was of normal color and we got some much needed rest that night.

I don’t like to use the words “miracle” or “cure,” but if there was ever a time when it might be applicable, it was that day.

Tea tree oil is one of the most powerful and well-studied essential oils on the market today, with over 300 scientific studies referring to its antimicrobial capabilities alone. Scientific research backs what we have known for a long time: tea tree oil is a powerful, natural tool for health. [click to continue…]

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Recently, we talked about how important polyphenols are for health.  

We forgot to talk about one of the biggest sources almost everyone with a gut issue can eat and should eat — Olive oil.

Olive oil seems to have been forgotten.  

Why use it when there are all these other fats: coconut oil, avocado oil, animal fats? (Experts on the internet coo.)  

There are lots of reasons, including that it tastes way better on certain dishes and many of the blue zones (areas where people live over 100 regularly) consume a ton of it.

There’s people who don’t use olive oil anymore because they don’t think it’s heat stable to cook with, or because they think it contains the wrong kind of fat. Both of those are just theories and there’s plenty of ideas on how both are FALSE.  

I think olive oil is delicious, healthy and a great addition to anyone’s diet. I enjoy it regularly, cook with it 20% of the time and honestly think it tastes WAY better than coconut oil.  

Of course, that assumes you’re buying high-quality, non-rancid oil, which I’ve found to be extremely confusing and hard. In fact, if you think olive oil tastes kind of like canola oil or other manmade toxic oils (rapeseed, vegetable oil, soy, etc) — then it’s highly likely you’ve never actually tasted real olive oil.

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