Why Massage is a Necessity for Healthy Living

EBNL and DOMT Holiday 2016 Massage Giveaway

***GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!***

Where are you going? Keep reading for some pretty awesome content!

This is the official blog post for the Holiday 2016 Massage Giveaway

by Earthly Bodies Natural Living and Dynamic Orthopedic Massage Therapy.

Did anyone else grow up like me thinking that getting a massage was a luxury and not a necessity? Well my gift to you is the science backed up by nature that massage is in fact a  necessity for healthy living. We all know it’s relaxing and can definitely be beneficial for coping with stress, anxiety, depression and sore muscles, but there’s more! For example did you know if you enjoy a massage, you could help your heart and arteries stay healthy, youthful and strong? YES, massage for heart health…and so much more.

 

Benefits of massage:

  • It counteracts all the sitting we do daily. Let’s face it we spend more time at work than at home and the majority of us sit behind a desk for 8+ hours followed by being so mentally exhausted we only want to sit some more when we get home. We have to be careful as this causes forms of postural stress that will initially show up as pain in the neck and shoulders, but if ignored can advance to pain or weakness in the low back and glutes. So for those of you that love your desk job good news you can keep it…as long as you schedule a regular massage.
  • A 45 to 60 minute massage can decrease blood pressure by 10 mg Hg and heart rate by 10 beats per minute after only one treatment. That’s about as much as you would get from taking a blood pressure medication for life! Lay on a massage table so you can drop those pills!
  • Getting a massage boosts your white blood cells which are responsible for guarding our bodies from sickness and disease.
  • Anyone suffering from tension or migraine headaches would benefit because the action of massage releases endorphins which are our bodies God-given pain killers. Again lay on a massage table and drop those pills! For another natural alternative for headaches read my blog post “Don’t Take 2 Pills and Call Me In the Morning!”
  • Adding massage has been shown to result in more hours of sleep and a deeper sleep.
  • In addition to all the greatness above there are studies showing that massage may help in weight loss (along with proper nutrition and exercise of course).
So there you have it. No more feeling guilty for getting a massage now that it is clear massage is a gift for both health AND relaxation. ***GIVEAWAY ALERT*** In perfect timing for your last-minute holiday list shopping I have partnered with Dynamic Orthopedic Massage Therapy to offer you the chance to win a 90 minute massage treatment valued at $105.00! All of the details regarding the giveaway will be shared LIVE on my personal Facebook page @JohannaEarthlyRamos TODAY December 20, 2016 and then brought here. Don’t miss the broadcast so that you can get a jump on your entries! To find out more about my amazing partner for this giveaway visit their website roderickgibbs.com.
***And more gifts for you!***
Head over to Shop EBNL to receive your gift of 25%  off the Glow 10 Day Detox eBook and then purchase a massage as the very well deserved and healthy reward from Dynamic Orthopedic Massage Therapy thru this amazing holiday deal below.
Leave any questions and COMMENTs below and SHARE this post with your social media and email list peeps. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE!

What’s In Season – December Edition

First off let me say that I’m sorry this is the first blog post I’ve published since the November What’s In Season post. This final quarter of 2016 has been amazing and I’m so excited to soon share with you all that Earthly Bodies will have in store for your healthy natural living journey in 2017! BUT FIRST…We still have 3 whole weeks to enjoy the gift of eating produce that is fresh, local and in season in December.  Choosing to eat this way is a magical gift to your body, the environment, the local economy and of course your taste buds. Think about it…would you prefer a bunch of fresh greens just picked from the garden or greens that  have travelled across country in a truck for days? Not to mention it just tastes better and you are eating the same food that your local farmers are feeding their family. Give your body a fighting chance and #ShopFresh #ShopLocal #ShopInSeason.

Here are the foods that are at their peak of excellence in December. Just in time for your holiday recipes. Get as many of these jewels on your plate as you can this month and #EatYourMedicine for better health. I love to plenty of greens, root vegetables and make hearty soups and roasted vegetables year round, but there’s just something about enjoying them this time of year wouldn’t you agree? And it doesn’t matter if you eat them raw, roasted, steamed, juiced or in a smoothie just be sure to eat them. Be sure to click the hyperlinks for recipes and knowledge of how you are gifting health to your body with every bit or sip.

VEGETABLES

  • Beets
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collard Greens
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Fennel
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Onions
  • Parnsips
  • Potato
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Sweet Potato
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash

FRUIT

  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Passion Fruit
  • Pears
  • Persimmon
  • Pomegranate
  • Tangerine

Which vegetable or fruit are you looking forward to enjoying this month? If you don’t know where to start when it comes to transitioning to a plant based diet or simply including more plant based foods in your diet let’s chat. I’d love to hear more about your health goals! Just click here or the Schedule Your Appointment link at the top of the page. When you make a point to #EatYourMedicine with foods that contain #VitaminCAKE (Vitamins C, A, K and E) you are well on your way to optimal health.  If you are ready to begin your journey to healthy natural living now click here to visit Shop EBNL and start your journey into healthy natural living TODAY. Be sure to SHARE this post with all your social media and email list peeps. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE.

What’s In Season – November Edition

bcbcornWow, half of November is already gone, but the good new is we still have two weeks to enjoy the gift of eating produce that is fresh, local and in season.  Choosing to eat this way is a magical gift to your body, the environment, the local economy and of course your taste buds. Think about it…would you prefer a bunch of fresh greens just picked from the garden or greens that  have travelled across country in a truck for days? Not to mention it just tastes better and you are eating the same food that your local farmers are feeding their family. Give your body a fighting chance and #ShopFresh #ShopLocal #ShopInSeason.

Here are the foods that are at their peak of excellence in November. Just in time for your holiday recipes. Get as many of these jewels on your plate as you can this month and #EatYourMedicine for better health. It doesn’t matter if you eat them raw, roasted, steamed, juiced or in a smoothie just be sure to eat them.

VEGETABLES

  • Artichoke
  • Beets
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Daikon
  • Fennel
  • Potato
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash
  • Yams

FRUIT

Which fruit, vegetable or herbs are you looking forward to enjoying this month?If you don’t know where to start when it comes to transitioning to a plant based diet or simply including more plant based foods in your diet check out my Vitamin C.A.K.E bundle for plant based recipes, juices and video links that I know you’ll love. When you make a point to eat foods that contain Vitamins C, A, K and E you are well on your way to optimal health.  If you are ready to begin your journey to healthy natural living now click here to visit Shop EBNL and choose the detox plan perfect for your healthy natural living goals. Be sure to SHARE this post with all your social media and email list peeps. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE.

This meatless meal is sure to be a favorite with your family and they won’t know it’s vegan unless you tell them!

Enjoy and tag me @EarthlyBodies on social media or #EBNLMeatlessMeals to share your creation and your family’s priceless reactions.

Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to Live!

Oranges – What’s In Season For October

It would be hard to find someone who doesn’t like oranges. For a lot of us it was one of the first fruits we were given. Not to mention each slice looks like a smile…who doesn’t love that?! Along with the fact that they are loaded with Vitamin C which keeps our immune systems boosted here are a dozen reasons that oranges are today’s What’s In Season For October.

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High In Vitamin C
Vitamin C is the primary water-soluble antioxidant in the body, responsible for preventing free radical damage to the cells and DNA. Just one orange provides 116% of the daily value of vitamin C. Vitamin C is well-known for its ability to boost the immune system. It has also been proven to help lower blood pressure, reduce lead levels in the blood and support eye health, which may reduce the risk of cataracts.

High In Antioxidants
Oranges are full of the potent antioxidant vitamin C as well as many other phytonutrient compounds believed to have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and premature aging by neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative stress to the body.

Immunity Boost
The high concentration of vitamin C found in oranges helps boost the immune system, which can help ward off sickness and disease. Regular consumption of oranges is a great way to help prevent the common cold and flu.

Dietary Fiber
Oranges are a good source of dietary fiber, providing about 12.5% of the daily value per orange. Fiber helps support a healthy digestive system and may aid in weight loss by balancing the metabolism. Fiber also helps reduce cholesterol and balance blood sugar levels.

Diabetes
So often people I speak with are concerned about the effects of sugar in fruits. I am always so happy to let them know that the natural fructose in oranges helps balance blood sugar levels in people suffering from diabetes. It’s natures candy!

Anti-Inflammatory
Studies show that oranges anti-inflammatory benefits thanks to a phytonutrient called herperidin which can reduce inflammation. Chronic inflammation can contribute to cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis and many other conditions. Vitamin C is also associated with a reduced risk of inflammatory diseases like asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Potassium
Oranges are a good source of potassium. Potassium helps to lower blood pressure and supports overall heart health. It is also essential for maintaining good bone density. Potassium deficiency is associated with bone disease like osteoporosis.

Hearth Health
The herperidin in oranges has also been found to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol in animal studies. The anti-inflammatory properties of herperidin and vitamin C also offer great cardiovascular support. The potassium obtained from oranges can also help to reduce blood pressure and the fiber they contain is essential in maintaining good heart health.

Stomach Health
Studies have found that oranges may help to treat stomach conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea. They are also believed to help fight stomach ulcers and may help to reduce the risk of stomach cancer.

Cancer Prevention
Citrus fruits are believed to help fight cancer. Studies have found that citrus could reduce the risk of stomach, mouth, larynx and pharynx cancers by 40 – 50 percent. Oranges are a potent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer and other types of cancer as well. Oranges contain many other healing properties as well as phytonutrients like anthocyanins that have anticancer properties.

Lung Cancer & Respiratory Health
Oranges contain high amounts of the carotenoid called beta-cryptoxanthin. A study published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention found that foods rich in beta-cryptoxanthin like oranges supported respiratory health and reduced the risk of lung cancer by 27%.

That’s a lot of amazing things your body can receive from eating oranges! The fact is #NatureAlwaysWINS and you CAN #EatYourMedicine to better health. Click here to visit ShopEBNL for all of your healthy natural living goals. SHARE this post with anyone you think can benefit from it which is everyone. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE!

What’s In Season – October Edition

appleEating produce that is fresh, local and in season is a wonderfully magical gift to your body. Choosing to eat this way is good for your body, the environment, the local economy and of course your taste buds. Think about it…would you prefer a bunch of fresh greens just picked from the garden or greens that  have travelled across country in a truck for days? Not to mention it just tastes better and you are eating the same food that your local farmers are feeding their family. Give your body a fighting chance and #ShopFresh #ShopLocal #ShopInSeason.

Here are the foods that are at their peak of excellence this month. Get as many of these jewels on your plate as you can this month and #EatYourMedicine for better health. It doesn’t matter if you eat them raw, roasted, steamed, juiced or in a smoothie just be sure to eat them.

 

 

FRUIT

  • Apples
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Quince
  • Star Fruit

VEGETABLES

  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chicory
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Parsnips
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkin
  • Shallots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Winter Squash

HERBS

  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Borage
  • Chervil
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Ginger
  • Lovage
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Which fruit, vegetable or herbs are you looking forward to enjoying this month? If you don’t know where to start when it comes to transitioning to a plant based diet or simply including more plant based foods in your diet check out my Vitamin C.A.K.E bundle for plant based recipes, juices and video links that I know you’ll love. When you make a point to eat foods that contain Vitamins C, A, K and E you are well on your way to optimal health. Be sure to opt in to the mailing list to also receive the 3 Day Turnaround Detox eBook FREE. If you are ready to begin your journey to healthy natural living now click here to visit Shop EBNL and choose the detox plan perfect for your healthy natural living goals. Be sure to SHARE this post with all your social media and email list peeps. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE.

EBNL Client Spotlight – Yvonne L

It’s because of phenomenal spirits like this month’s EBNL Client Spotlight Yvonne that inspires me to continue fighting for my truth that God wishes above ALL that we be in health and prosper even as our soul prospers. At 61 years of age she was not willing to accept that it is just a part of life to be on medication in exchange for a decent way of life. No she has so much spark and vibrancy attached to the LIFE she wants to live and has taken control of her healthy natural living! Here is her testimonial on being a 1 on 1 coaching client of the EBNL Customized Detox Plan.

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“I 14ae29981c1f4b0db5deef5d003d4de1have been following EBNL for a while and considering joining.  I didn’t take it serious until my faith in my doctor’s began to decline.  I have been diagnosed with 3 “diseases” that cannot be cured, but all I get is a pill and side effects.  I’ve been watching people I know die from mainly issues due to obesity, eating all of the wrong kinds (man-made) food which is saturated with all sorts of chemicals.  I also am full aware that God placed everything we need for nutrition in a Garden and all we need to do is eat it. Yet eating or drinking “green” foods seem to turn people off.

Now Earthly Bodies has packaged everything I need in a simple format for me to follow.  I just needed to make my mind up.  The first 10 days of my 20 day detox, my blood pressure dropped drastically.  I was still taking my blood pressure pill.  After that day I stopped taking the pill and continued drinking  my celery juice every morning, juicing and drinking water based on my weight.  My blood pressure is still at normal level.  Now I pray for changes in my thyroid levels.  I have realized this is a lifestyle change and not a diet.  I made a decision to live and live with the satisfaction of knowing I am treating my body as God has required me to.

Thank you so much EBNL for introducing me to this natural way of living.”

Love You,

Yvonne L, South Carolina

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Yvonne’s testimonial proves there is no age limit on experiencing the optimum greatness your body has to offer! Are you ready to discover the very best version of yourself? Click here to open the Shop EBNL tab to read the descriptions of the various plans and purchase the one perfect your natural living goals. Leave your COMMENTs and encouraging words for Yvonne in the box below and SHARE this testimonial with your social media and email peeps. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE!

Plums – What’s In Season For August

Today’s What’s In Season For August brings back so many fun childhood memories of picking plums of all colors with my family. We loved them all. The red ones, the black ones and oooh the green ones that we loved to sprinkle salt on (can I get a witness👐?!).
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Plums contain so many vitamins and minerals. This stone fruit is a picture perfect source of Vitamin C.A.K.E. plus folate, Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6. The minerals present in plums are potassium, fluoride, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc.
If you are having issues with any of the points below here is how plums will benefit you in each one:
🌱Pregnancy – Plums are beneficial to both mommy and growing baby during pregnancy due to the abundance of numerous vitamins and minerals. These beneficial components are vital for eye-sight, development of bones and tissues, and cellular health for them both. The fiber content aids in preventing constipation and improves digestion. The inclusion of plums as a part of balanced diet helps in fighting various infections and maintains overall health.
🌱Cancer – Plum extract has been proven beneficial in the treatment of cancer. Studies have shown that the components present in plums help in inhibiting the growth of malignant cancer cells in liver, and breast cancer without harming the normal healthy cells of the body.
🌱Electrolyte balance – Plums contain abundant quantities of the electrolyte potassium, which is required for the efficient functioning of the cells and tissues of the body. Consuming potassium-rich plums helps in regulating muscle contractions and regulating the acid-base balance of the body.
🌱Skin care – Plums are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, which help to maintain healthy, radiant and youthful skin. Eating plums helps in reducing dark spots and wrinkles due to the presence of anti-aging nutrients. Plum extracts are used in various skin care products such as face wash and masks.
🌱Eyesight – Plums contains vitamin A and beta-carotene, which are beneficial in maintaining healthy eye sight and preventing age-related macular degeneration.
🌱Blood clotting – Plums and prunes contain vitamin K, which helps in normal clotting of the blood and promotes bone health. Deficiency of vitamin K in the body can result in excessive blood loss and other health concerns such as weak bones.

 

You really can #EatYourMedicine! Here is the full blog post on What’s In Season For August to see the entire list of fruits, veggies and herbs that are at their height of perfection this month.

Share your love for plums in the COMMENTs below and tell us the health benefit you’re most excited about. Also SHARE this post with all of your social media and email list peeps. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE!

RE-PUBLISH: My Natural Living Skin Care Regimen

Hello and welcome to all the new Earthly Bodies that have joined the community in the last week! As promised on last week’s periscope here is my all natural skin care regimen featuring honey and jojoba oil with a video tutorial.

Taking care of our skin is usually at the top of everyone’s list no matter who you are! It’s the first impression we give off whether we want to or not.

So now I’ve used this regimen for almost 3 years and there will probably never be another one for me. Enjoy the tutorial and the information below about what I use and why. FYI: You can also view this tutorial directly from my YouTube-ish channel @EarthlyBodies. Just search honey when you get there.

 

 

Face towel – Make sure you are using a set of face towels purchased to ONLY touch YOUR face. Even wash them separate from all the other towels. If you wear makeup remove it first with Almond oil on cotton balls/pads…slides right off and with none of the irritation a lot of  makeup removers out there will give.  Get your water as warm as you can stand it and soak the towel in it wringing it out several times to really get the heat in there. Then place the towel over your face and just enjoy the relaxing steam until it cools down. The warm steam allows your pores to open making it easy to wipe away the days oil and debris. Once it cools down wipe your face and soak the towel again this time using the opposite side. Depending on how much time you have repeat this as many times as you want, but always doing it at least twice. Soak the towel once again and hang it to the side for a later step.

Now for the secret skin care weapon….

Honey –   Yep! The same one you use in your morning cup of  tea or your cookie and cake recipes. Honey is one of natures most amazing gifts. It’s benefits range from being an unbelievable skin moisturizer to an antiseptic that holds vitamins C and B. What I LOVE most is that honey has humectant qualities meaning it not only attracts water, but also retains it in the skin! So your skin will remain hydrated as the humectants seek moisture from the air keeping your skin supple and fighting dryness and wrinkles. I choose to use 100% raw organic honey, but I have read and seen results from people who use all different kinds including the one we all recognize in the cute little bear container. But the way my skin is set up though…I’m not gonna leave anything to chance! I have a separate jar that is only used for skin care. Please make sure your hands are clean before dipping out your honey. Not doing so could transfer bacteria into your cleanser and right onto your face…epic fail. This is your moisturizing cleanser! After your towel steam dip a small dime size amount into your hand and rub it onto your face just as you would any other cleanser. You may need to dampen your hand just a little to assist the honey in smoothing across your face. How long you let it sit on your face depends on how much time you have or what your skin is telling you it needs. For me if my skin seems to be in need of moisture (this is more so in the colder months) or I just have more time I will leave the honey on my skin like a mask for 5-20 minutes and have been known to let it sit all day if I’m just hanging around the house.  Grab your towel that you steamed with earlier that has cooled down at this point and pat your face dry (the cool water causes your pores to close keeping in all the moisture). You will be left with clean, dewy and soft skin.

Jojoba oil – If you’re concerned you’ll need additional moisture this is hands down one of the best oils anyone can use on their skin! Jojoba oil has properties that make it closest to our skins natural oil produced which is sebum. We all have it some of us just produce more than others. Like magic Jojoba oil regulates the amount of sebum produced when used regularly (YaaaaY for oily skin individuals). This is an excellent moisturizer. I no longer have to use it now that my skin has been regulated. After patting your skin dry with your cool towel put a dime sized amount in your hands, rub them together and apply just like you would any other moisturizer. A little goes a long way so since your entire body will enjoy the recognizable properties if you squeeze/pour out too much just move on down to your neck, chest, etc.

That’s it! Now your skin has an amazing palette to apply your make up or just head out the door looking all easy breezy beautiful (^_^). Try this for 30 days and come back here to tell us what you think. Be sure to take a before and after pic so that you truly see the results. I know that your skin will love it just like mine does. Here’s to healed, healthy, glowing, beautiful skin naturally <3.

What natural tips do you use for your skin care? SHARing is caring so let us know in the COMMENTs below. Also be sure to click the star below to LIKE this post and click the SHARE icons to pass this on to your social media and email list friends .