<![CDATA[Holistic Living: Your Pathway to a Balanced Life - Blog]]>Sat, 27 May 2017 04:44:05 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[[Video] Fat for Fuel: How to Fight Cancer With Dietary Fat]]>Sun, 21 May 2017 19:27:55 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/05/video-fat-for-fuel-how-to-fight-cancer-with-dietary-fat.htmlFat for Fuel
Modern medicine wants you to believe that it holds the answer to disease, but if this is true, why aren't we healthier? In fact, today we suffer more chronic and debilitating diseases than ever before. More than half of all Americans struggle with chronic illnesses, and 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. today are obesity-related.

So what is the key to this problem?

Many researchers now believe that the increase in chronic modern illness and disease over the past several decades is
largely the result of an inappropriate diet. (Surprise, surprise, right?) Most of us eat far too much sugar (and other simple carbs), and far too little healthy fats and fruits and vegetables.

Part of the problem is that we have been told for years that our bodies should run on glucose for fuel, so we need to make sure to consume plenty of carbs.

However, in the interesting video below, Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses some fascinating findings that suggest that fats are actually the preferred fuel of the human metabolism. By correcting our carb/protein/fat ratio in our diet, he contends that we can maintain long-term good health, especially when it comes to avoiding or even curing modern diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

The interview below with Dr. David Perlmutter, MD dives into the key principles of Dr. Mercola's new book, "Fat for Fuel," to discover how we can reverse chronic disease and protect ourselves from cancer and other life-threatening chronic illnesses. The book discusses how to correctly and efficiently power your body with fat instead of sugar and carbs, as well as how to implement this kind of diet in order to achieve better overall health.

Watch the video below to learn more about this interesting approach to a cancer-fighting and health-enhancing diet.
About Dr. Joe Mercola: Dr. Mercola is a board-certified family physician who has treated over 25,000 patients from around the world. Dr. Mercola encourages and educates people about safe and inexpensive nutritional, lifestyle and exercise options to radically reduce their risk of dying prematurely from dangerous drugs and surgeries, as well as cancer and so many of our common and largely preventable degenerative conditions.
<![CDATA[10 Health Benefits of Detoxing (FREE Video Masterclass)]]>Sun, 07 May 2017 20:37:42 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/05/10-health-benefits-of-detoxing-free-video-masterclass.htmlFree Detox video class
This time of year, with the fresh air and sunshine of spring all around us, and dreams of beach vacations dancing in our heads, many people are inspired to start a new diet or undertake a "cleanse" or detox program.

Unfortunately, far too many of us have failed at diets - either finding them too restrictive to continue, or simply getting tired of missing out on all of our favorite foods and not seeing the results we were hoping for. Consequently, statistics show that most people who lose weight through dieting will gain it right back again within a matter of months (or sometimes weeks).

Detox programs are often difficult, and even though they may work in the short term, choking down weird concoctions or swallowing loads of pills every day gets old fast, so many people give up before they lose the weight they were hoping to.

what if you could achieve the same weight-loss effects without counting calories…and achieve dozens of other health benefits at the same time?

Benefits like eliminating inflammation. Like joints not hurting as you cleanse excess sodium from your system. Like better digestive function. Like brain fog clearing. Like anxiety or depression lifting so you get your energy and joy for life back!

When your focus is on optimizing and healing your organs of elimination, you just might find that you kill 10 birds with the same stone!

What 10 birds? That's what you'll find out in this month's "freebie!"

In this free detox "master class," author, researcher, and clinical therapist Robyn Openshaw shares ten different reasons you might want to tackle a significant detox…..rather than doing that same old DIET. (Again.)

Watch the Video: 10 Health Benefits of Detoxing

Robin knows what she's talking about. She has been studying human detoxification with the best holistic doctors, on 4 different continents, for 25 years! (You might have heard of her as “the Green Smoothie Girl” online.)

That's why I’m really excited to invite you to her Detox Video Mini Masterclass going on right now, and it’s all FREE!
  • You’ll learn why detoxing can lead to permanent weight loss, versus a diet.

  • You’ll discover what the 7 types of toxicity are in YOUR body, and how to eliminate them.

  • You’ll also learn the 8 most detoxifying foods. (And the 11 most toxic foods!)

Go watch the video now, and don’t be surprised if you end up getting off the dieting merry-go-round for good!

However, the Detox Video Mini Masterclass closes in just a few days, so make sure you go sign up to watch it now... (And invite a friend too - someone you’d love to have as your "Accountability Buddy" in a detox!)

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<![CDATA[5 High-Fat Foods With Surprising Health Benefits]]>Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:36:54 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/04/5-high-fat-foods-with-surprising-health-benefits.htmlHigh-fat healthy foods
Despite much evidence to the contrary, most people still believe that high-fat foods are bad for you. In fact, foods high in healthy fats (in moderation of course) can be an important part of a healthy diet. Some even offer some surprising health benefits, including enhanced immunity to illness, more energy, better brain function, and even better weight management!

A recent study conducted at the University of Georgia found several health benefits associated with healthy high-fat foods. The team analyzed several previous studies that focused on the health benefits related to consuming different foods high in healthy fats.

The 5 foods listed below are some examples they found of high-fat foods that may be consumed in reasonable amounts on a regular basis to help you maintain good health.

1. Avocados

Numerous studies have found that avocados are one of the best sources of potassium and fiber. In addition, despite containing high amounts of fat, they have been shown to help lower bad (LDL) cholesterol and increase good (HDL) cholesterol levels.

2. Cheese

Some studies have shown that cheese is a great source of calcium, vitamin B12, and several other nutrients. In addition, cheese contains fatty acids that have been linked to reducing the risk of type-2 diabetes. For the most health benefits, raw-milk cheese from grass-fed cows is best, as it may contain higher levels of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.

3. Dark Chocolate

Studies found the high levels of antioxidants found in dark chocolate help lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels, both of which help reduce the risk of heart disease.

4.  Whole Eggs

New studies have shown that the cholesterol in eggs does not affect cholesterol levels in your blood. In addition, eggs are a good weight loss food because they contain highs amount of balanced protein, which helps you feel full faster and longer. Eggs from chickens raised on pasture also contain high levels of vitamin A, vitamin D, and Omega-3 fatty acids.

5. Grass-Fed Butter

That's right - butter!
According to registered dietitian, Laura Schoenfeld, "Nutritionally, butter is actually a much healthier fat than most people realize, especially if it comes from grass-fed cows. The dairy fat from pastured cows contains higher levels of fat-soluble vitamins, particularly vitamin K2, which helps your body utilize calcium appropriately... Saturated fat is also a much safer fat to consume than the omega-6-rich polyunsaturated fats that come from industrial vegetable and seed oils. Plus, butter makes veggies taste amazing and helps us better absorb their nutrients—a win win!" (See our previous post "The Truth About Butter" for more info.)

These healthy types of fat are not only far from the health-destroying monsters they have been called in the mainstream media for decades, but they can actually improve various aspects of your health when consumed in moderation from clean sources. New evidence shows they are much better for you than the processed vegetable fats found in most processed foods and even so-called "low-fat" foods today.

So enjoy your dark chocolate fudge made with real, grass-fed butter, or your pastured eggs cooked in butter with a bit of fresh garlic, or your slice of crumbly raw-milk cheese with a glass of your favorite red wine - and skip the guilt! Even indulgences like these are not as bad for your health as you thought - in fact, they may even be good for you! :-)

To your health (and enjoyment),

<![CDATA[4 Surprising Habits That Double Your Risk of Diabetes]]>Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:47:41 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/04/4-surprising-habits-that-double-your-risk-of-diabetes.htmlDiabetes risk
Diabetes kills thousands of people every year, and the rate of adult onset diabetes (type II) has skyrocketed in recent decades, despite the mainstream assumption that cutting fats out of our diet reduces the risk of diabetes and other weight-related modern diseases, and the resulting widespread reduction in consumption of most kinds of fat. (By the way, this theory has been debunked hundreds of times - check out some of our previous posts on this topic here and here.)

So what's going on?

If we really are eating healthier, why are we getting sicker?

Below we explore 4 common habits that have been proven to drastically increase the risk of developing Type II diabetes. You may think these habits are totally innocent, but you will be shocked to learn that studies have shown these seemingly innocuous behaviors can actually double your risk of developing this deadly disease...

#1: Drinking A Soda Pop

Obviously there's no question that eating tons of sugary foods like candy and soda on a regular basis can lead to type 2 diabetes. Dowsing your body with heavy loads of sugar on a daily basis plays havoc with your blood sugar, and over time, can completely knock your body's natural regulating mechanisms out of balance, creating an imbalance that your body simply can't cope with anymore. This is when diabetes kicks in.

But what if you only indulge in one soda once a day? Surely that can't be enough to cause any harm, right? If you eat healthy otherwise, but just love that one can of Pepsi as an afternoon treat, you may think that this is perfectly harmless.

But, as a recent article from HealthierTalk.com explains, a new Swedish study has found that it could be anything but.

In fact, according to researchers, even drinking just ONE soda per day could more than double your risk for diabetes.

Even more surprisingly, it doesn't even seem to matter if the soda has sugar in it! Their findings suggest that sugar-free diet soda has just as much of an impact on your diabetes risk as the regular version. Researchers believe that although diet sodas don't contain sugar, they may stimulate your appetite and lead you to eat more unhealthy foods, which then leads to glucose intolerance and diabetes.

2.) Missing Sleep - Or Staying Up Late

You probably know that getting enough sleep is critical to staying healthy. Not getting enough sleep makes you more susceptible to all kinds of illnesses and diseases - including diabetes and heart disease. But did you know that when you sleep actually makes a difference as well? Even if you're getting the recommended amount of sleep, staying up late may make you almost 2 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes!

According to research published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, staying up late is associated with poor sleep quality, which can have a negative impact on your metabolism, as can eating late at night, and exposure to bright lights and electronic screens

If you are a night owl, try to slowly move your bedtime a bit earlier - even 10 to 15 minutes at a time can make a difference over a few months. Also, skip the late-night snacks, turn off unneeded lights, and avoid laptops, televisions, and cell phones for at least an hour before bedtime.

3.) Taking Antibiotics

Antibiotics were once seen as a "miracle drug," and indeed, they probably still save thousands of lives every year.

But we have moved into dangerous territory in recent years, and antibiotic overuse has become epidemic here in the West. These powerful drugs are now used to treat everything from superficial wounds to the common cold and flu, even though they have no impact on most of these issues. They are also used indiscriminately among industrially farmed livestock, so that they end up in our food and water as well.

Due to overuse, antibiotic resistance is becoming a major public health issue which is widely recognized among the medical community. Nonetheless, we continue to ask for them on a regular basis, and doctors continue to prescribe them even when they aren't needed.

And now research has found that antibiotic resistance isn't the only problem with antibiotic overconsumption. A major recent study has found that taking just two to four antibiotics within the last 15 years is linked to a 23 percent higher risk for diabetes. And, shockingly, taking five or more sent that risk skyrocketing to 53%!

Numerous other studies have found that antibiotics disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in our digestive tract, thus depressing our immune systems and leading to inflammation and insulin resistance.

It's time to break our antibiotic addition. You can do your part by committing to only taking antibiotics when absolutely necessary. Remember that antibiotics do absolutely nothing against viruses (e.g. the common cold, the flu, chickenpox, or any other viral infection) - they only kill bacteria. If you get sick, get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and feel free to try naturally antibiotic foods and herbs, which don't carry the same risks.

Boost your levels of healthy gut bacteria by consuming probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and other naturally fermented foods. And if you do have to take antibiotics for any reason, make sure to rebalance your system afterward by taking a course of good probiotic supplements for at least 30 days or so. (Some forward-thinking doctors actually now prescribe these after a course of antibiotics.)

4.) Consuming Pesticides

If you eat conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, you may be raising your risk of diabetes without even knowing it. In a recent analysis of over 20 different studies presented
by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, researchers found that pesticides are linked to a 61% increase in diabetes (64% for Type 2)!

While the link is not 100% conclusive just yet, limiting your exposure to pesticides can only be a good thing for your health. If you haven't already, switch to buying organic foods (which are getting less expensive all the time), and if you grow your own, stop using chemical pesticides.

Considering all of these risk factors (which many people don't even realize), is it any wonder that the incidence of diabetes continues to rise every year?

Take steps today to decrease your risk of becoming a statistic! Stop drinking soda and switch to green tea or water with a squeeze of citrus, get to bed earlier, avoid excessive use of antibiotics, and eat organic. Just making these 4 simple changes can slash your risk of developing diabetes by more than half!

To your health,

Source: https://healthiertalk.com/the-one-a-day-habit-that-doubles-your-diabetes-risk/

<![CDATA[FREE: Your Invitation to Live a Happier, Healthier, More Holistic Life!]]>Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:07:23 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/04/free-your-invitation-to-live-a-happier-healthier-more-holistic-life.htmlFree Event
For this month's "Freebie," I've got something really special to tell you about...

While we focus a lot on physical health here, the truth is, living a holistically balanced life is about more than just the physical. In fact, true health comes from leading a rich and happy emotional and spiritual life. That's why I'm so excited to tell you about this week's FREE online event - The Unify Summit! And don't worry, this isn't just a bunch of theoretical "fluff" that sounds nice but won't make any practical difference in your life.

This free event will actually provide you with practical, immediate, life-changing action steps you can take TODAY to start living your life with more clarity, purpose, meaning, health, contribution, and abundance!

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The Unify Summit features wisdom from a series of experts who have achieved success in many areas of life, from career and finances, to health, relationships, and more. Best of all, you get to take advantage of their hard-earned wisdom - for FREE!

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During this unique event, each of these amazing world thought-leaders will be sharing their unique insights and practical advice for how to live with more abundance, be your authentic self, contribute to the world in a meaningful way, experience more love in your relationships, experience unified consciousness - and much much more!

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<![CDATA[[Video] To Vaccinate, Or Not To Vaccinate?]]>Sun, 09 Apr 2017 18:09:13 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/04/video-to-vaccinate-or-not-to-vaccinate.htmlThe vaccination debate
Few health debates have raged more fiercely in the past several years than the vaccine debate. Even well-known celebrities and late-night talk show hosts have debated the topic on both sides - and with good reason.

While the mainstream medical establishment asserts unequivocally that vaccines are completely safe, and every child should be fully vaccinated, a growing number of concerned parents and natural health experts have warned against various health issues that may be caused or worsened by vaccines - particularly the rise in the incidence of autism. There are literally thousands of anecdotal stories of children showing autistic symptoms immediately after receiving a battery of vaccines - though medical science denies these claims. Other citizens simply don't wish to feel forced by the government or medical establishment to medicate their children.

Whatever the reason is, there are a growing number of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children - and some health officials are becoming concerned about the potential risks to public health, such as the resurgence of diseases that have been mostly eradicated by widespread vaccination, including polio and others.

The interesting video below explores both sides of this debate in detail, and sheds light on the pros and cons of vaccinations.

What's your take on the vaccine debate? Is it merely conspiracy theories versus science? Or is there something deeper at play here that merits further study and investigation?

If you are interested in learning more, there is an excellent free documentary series available this week that you may want to check out. This video series, titled The Truth About Vaccines, explores both sides of the vaccine debate in depth, and features a number of doctors, medical professionals, and other health experts sharing information and tips to help you make the best decision for your family when it comes to vaccinating your children.

This eye-opening event starts this Wednesday, but you will need to register in advance for free access to the videos.

Register Here for Free Access

To your health,

<![CDATA[[Infographic] A Comprehensive Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:51:17 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/03/infographic-a-comprehensive-guide-to-community-supported-agriculture-csa.htmlCommunity Supported Agriculture
I haven't mentioned CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture programs) in a while, but even though we now get the majority of our summer produce from our own garden, we do still participate in a winter CSA program from a local organic farm that uses unheated greenhouses and high tunnel techniques (a la Eliot Coleman) to grow fresh greens and other veggies throughout the winter months. They also provide a number of partner items from other local businesses and farms - including apples, honey, maple syrup, natural soaps, dry goods such as beans and flour, and more. Participating in this program allows us to eat mostly local year-round! (We also buy almost 100% of our meat from various local small farms which raise animals humanely on pasture.)

While not everyone necessarily has access to these resources, there are now thousands of CSA programs throughout the U.S., so unless you live in a very rural area, you most likely have at least one near you!

We share some helpful information about Community Supported Agriculture on our CSA page, but I recently stumbled across this comprehensive infographic, and thought it might be fun to share it with you... Check it out below to learn lots of interesting and informative tips about CSAs including the benefits of participating, questions to ask when choosing a CSA, and how to make the most of your share, as well as some recipes for using some of the more uncommon vegetables that you may find in your CSA!

Note: We will be taking a blogging break next week to enjoy spring! However, we will be sending out an important email with a FREE resource that you won't want to miss if you care about your health... If you aren't already subscribed to receive our updates, please do so now via the box to the right, so you don't miss out!

Source: Partselect.com
<![CDATA[Are Cell Phones Really Bad For Your Health?]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:17:20 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/03/are-cell-phones-really-bad-for-your-health.htmlCell phone dangers
Ah yes, the cell phone debate... For years, people have been debating whether cell phones are bad for your health...or perfectly safe.

While many in the natural health community have remained leery, most people simply think of cell phone warnings as hyped-up scare tactics from "health nuts." However, a recent ruling in California may begin to change the tide of public opinion.

If you have ever wondered about the safety of cell phone use, this new official warning may make you think twice about sleeping with your cell phone next to you on your night stand, or wearing your wireless headset all day...

A recent article from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) discussed the new guidelines:
Under a court order, last week California public health officials released draft guidelines advising cell phone users to keep phones away from their bodies, use speaker phone and limit use. The guidelines, first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, advise Californians that scientific studies have linked electromagnetic radiation from long-term cell phone use to an increased risk of brain cancer and other health problems.
That's right - it's not hype - in human epidemiological studies, cell phone use has been linked to an increased risk of brain and salivary gland cancers! In 2011, the World Health Organization declared cell phone radiation a possible carcinogen. There are other studies linking cell phone radiation to diminished sperm count and infertility in males, plus altered brain function, sleep pattern disturbances, and behavioral changes in children.

Results from animal studies support these findings.
For example...
In a multi-year study from the U.S. National Toxicology Program, male rats exposed to radio-frequency radiation from before birth through two years of age had a greater chance of being diagnosed with a brain cancer called malignant glioma, as well as tumors on the heart. The radiation levels to which the rats were exposed included levels that current cell phones are allowed to emit.
Unfortunately, much of this information is not widely known (although Apple itself has warnings in its user guide, but how many people actually read this?), and consumer protections have lagged far behind the technological developments in mobile phones.

Current FCC guidelines on cell phone radiation are based on studies from the 1980's, when cell phones (and cell phone usage) were dramatically different from today.

These studies were based on short-term cell phone use, and did not take into account the amounts of radiation exposure that would result from years (or decades) of frequent usage. They also were conducted only on adults, and did not consider the increased impact on children, which may be much higher due to their smaller size and still developing brains.

While more research is needed before a definitive conclusion is reached on just how much impact cell phone usage may be having on our health, there are things you can do now to be proactive and protect yourself.

Here are 5 tips for safer cell phone use from the EWG:

1. When talking on your cell phone, use a headset or the speaker function. If using a wireless headset, remove it whenever you are not on a call.

2. Keep the phone away from your body. When using your phone, don't clip it to your belt or store it in  your pocket.

3. Text instead of talking when possible. Cell phones emit less radiation when transmitting text than voice signals.

4. Try to make calls when you have a strong signal. A weak signal means the phone is emitting greater radiation as it tries harder to connect and broadcast its signal.

5. Don't keep your phone on or next to your body when not in use. Your phone is still emitting radiation as long as it is on, even when you aren't using it. You can also turn off your phone, or put it into airplane mode when not in use, which will reduce radiation emissions.

For more info, you can download the free EWG Phone Safety Guide.

Better yet, try actually getting together and talking with friends and family in person - not only will it reduce your cell phone usage, but physically and socially interacting with other human beings has numerous health benefits - both physical and mental. :-)

To your health,

<![CDATA[Recipe: Naturally Fermented Ginger Ale]]>Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:47:11 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/03/recipe-naturally-fermented-ginger-ale.htmlFermented ginger ale
If you are at all interested in health, you almost certainly know how bad soda pop is for you. Most commercial sodas are packed with sugar - or even worse - high-fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, and of course, weight gain. The "diet" versions are even worse, if that's possible, containing cancer-causing chemical sweeteners such as aspartame.

So what is a soda lover to do? Must you give up those cold, refreshing, fizzy drinks forever?

Not at all! In fact, it is surprisingly easy to make your own healthy, homemade soda pop at home. When you make your own, of course you can control what goes in it, and even better, you can also use a natural fermentation method to create that fizzy sparkle, while actually turning your soda pop into something that is GOOD for you! That's right - natural fermentation creates healthy bacteria that support a healthy immune system and improve digestion. We've talked before about the many health benefits of probiotics, and fermenting your own beverages is just another way to get more of these healthy probiotic bacteria into your diet.

There are all kinds of fizzy fermented beverages that you can make at home - from juice-based sodas, to root beer, and more. If you want to take it to the next level, you could even make hard cider (something that I have been experimenting with over the past few years, with varied but generally delicious results), but today we're keeping it simple, and sharing a delicious recipe for a refreshing, bubbly, and healthy (non-alcoholic) ginger ale.

Below is my favorite recipe - I have made this several times, and I think I have finally gotten it down to the appropriate ratio of ginger for me; my first batch was not quite gingery enough for me, and the second was way too potent! I think the third time was the charm... You can of course experiment to find the right level for yourself.

Before making your ginger ale, you will need to decide which form of culture you want to use to activate the fermentation (and create those delightful bubbles). There are 3 easy ways to culture your soda, but since this is ginger ale, and I had plenty of fresh ginger on hand, I have always opted to use the "ginger bug" method. (Don't worry - it's not an actual bug!) :-) 

Ginger bug is a slurry of ginger, sugar, and water, which over several days, will begin to ferment and become extremely yeasty and bubbly. You may want to try using fresh baby ginger if you can find it, instead of the stuff from the store, which may be irradiated and some have reported having trouble getting the bug going. However, others have reported success with regular ginger from the supermarket. Try to find organic if you can.

I, myself, always seem to have a few issues with getting the fermentation going, anyway. Once the sugar ratio to water was too high. My mixture became syrupy, but still wasn't bubbling after several days. When I added some extra water, it began to bubble almost immediately. Another time, I think it just took longer than I expected, so I almost threw it out and started over, but luckily I hung in there another few days and then it took off all of a sudden.

How to Make Your Ginger Bug:

The directions for making a ginger bug say to add 2 Tablespoons of grated fresh ginger, 2 Tablespoons of sugar, and 1/2 cup of filtered water to a jar. Loosely cover with cheesecloth, and let sit on the counter for several days, until it becomes bubbly. Feed it another teaspoon of grated ginger and another teaspoon of sugar every day, and stir well. (I would add a little filtered water too - maybe every couple of days.)

You will want to MAKE SURE your water has no chlorine, which will kill all of your good bacteria!  Use only very well-filtered water (like with a reverse osmosis system), or bottled water. Don't despair if it takes longer than you think. Mine took 10 days last time - I think because it was rather cool in the kitchen. Fermentation happens best at temps between 70 and 75 degrees F. If you see mold on top of your bug, but no bubbles, you will need to throw it out and start over.

Once you have your bug nice and bubbly, strain out the solids, and you are ready to rock!

The recipe below is from the wonderful book, The Art of Fermentation, by Sandor E. Katz - with my own tweaks and modifications. It makes about 1/2 gallon (2 quarts), but can easily be doubled if you want to make a bigger batch.

Naturally Fermented Probiotic Ginger Ale

Equipment You Will Need:
  • Large pot or saucepan


2 Quarts Filtered (or bottled) Water, divided
3" Fresh Ginger - grated or thinly sliced, with the peel ON
1 TB Lemon (or Lime) Juice
1 Cup Organic Cane Sugar (or to taste)
1/2 Cup Ginger Bug

  • Bring 1 Qt of water to a boil and add the sliced or grated ginger.
  • Cover and simmer gently for about 15 minutes.
  • Strain liquid into a wide-mouth jar or other fermentation vessel.
  • Add sugar to the hot liquid and stir until dissolved.
  • Add cold filtered water to 1/2 c below top of vessel. Let cool to room temperature. Taste for sweetness and adjust if needed.
  • Once cool, add lemon or lime juice, and ginger bug. Stir well.
  • Cover with a cloth (or lid with an air-lock if you have one), and let sit in a warm place for a few days, stirring occasionally. Once you see bubbles, you may bottle your ginger ale.
  • Bottle in soda bottles or beer bottles with swing-tops or corks (a funnel makes this a lot easier)
  • Let sit at room temperature for 2-3 days, then refrigerate. Fermentation will continue slowly once refrigerated.
I have found that this gets better after sitting in the fridge for several weeks. If you open a bottle and it is not bubbly enough for your taste, leave the others for a couple of weeks longer and it should improve. I have found the ideal time frame for mine has been 4-6 weeks in the fridge. You can get the process going faster by leaving it out on the counter a few more days before refrigerating, but this gets riskier in terms of pressure, and exploding bottles are possible (though I have never had this happen).

If you have ginger bug starter left over, you can keep it alive by continuing to feed it a bit of sugar and ginger and filtered water every few days until you want to use it again. You can also use it for fermenting other flavors of soda, as well as hard cider and any other fermented beverage (I used this for last year's batch of hard cider with wonderful results).


<![CDATA[FREE Giveaway: The Miracle of Garlic]]>Sun, 05 Mar 2017 18:55:07 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/03/free-giveaway-the-miracle-of-garlic.htmlMiracle of Garlic
Whew! Things have been pretty serious around here for the past couple of weeks (if you haven't checked out the last 2 posts, I highly encourage you to do so - it's a very important topic for everyone), so I thought we'd take a little break this week with a fun giveaway!

This free gift actually ties in quite nicely with the new model of health we've been discussing over the past two weeks, in which individuals will play a greater role in their own healthcare through learning about and using more natural and traditional means of healing.

You probably use garlic in the kitchen quite often (I know I do!), but did you know that garlic has many healing properties, including the ability to help boost your immune system and fight off infections like colds and the flu?

Learn more below, and grab your FREE copy of this awesome e-book today!

You may have heard about some of the healthy properties of garlic. In fact, not only is garlic often used as an immune booster, but some have even touted its benefits for heart health and blood pressure maintenance.

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