All About Kombucha

Kombucha – that’s a funny word, isn’t it? Kombucha has been around for about 2,000 years. It is basically a sweetened tea that is fermented by a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Kombucha comes with tons of benefits including- 1. Detoxification- it’s abundant in many of the enzymes and bacterial acids your body uses to detox your system, so in essence, kombucha really helps the liver. 2. Joint Health- it contains glucosamines, which can aid in the prevention of arthritis. 3. Digestion and gut health- being naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, kom...
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Dehydrating Fruits

There are many ways to preserve fruits, including canning and freezing. But did you ever think of dehydrating them? This is a low-cost way to preserve your produce without worrying about botulism (a deadly bacteria) and saving freezer space. How to dry your fruit- • Make sure it is ripe • Wash under cold water • Remove any blemishes, pits, or stems • Cut and slice evenly • Remove skins (optional) • Soak in lemon juice and water for 10 minutes, drain and blot dry 1. Preheat oven to 130-160 degrees Fahrenheit 2. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet 3. Arrange fruit in a single layer, do...
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Dying Easter Eggs With Natural Dye

Easter is already here! That means dying Easter eggs! This year, we challenge you to use natural food-based dyes instead of the artificial ones bought in stores. Here’s why – Artificial dyes are often made of petroleum, can contain carcinogens, and can cause a range of issues, such as: • Allergies • Hyperactivity • Learning impairment • Irritability • Aggressive behavior • Chromosomal damage • Insomnia • Eczema In other words, there is simply no need for them and what they cause, when we have plenty of foods and natural substances that can provide the colors we need! Red- beet ju...
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Maca Powder

Have you ever tried maca powder? This newly redeemed “superfood” is definitely one that you want to put on your list of foods to try. Maca is a type of cruciferous vegetable native to Peru. It has a similar appearance to a turnip or radish. The most common way to consume it is in powder form (mixing it into smoothies or milk) or in capsule form. Now let’s get into all the glorious health benefits! • Nutritional value- provides you with protein, fiber, Vitamin C, copper, iron, potassium, Vitamin B6 and manganese, plus bioactive plant compounds • Menopause relief- may alleviate symptoms suc...
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How to Make and Use Tomato Powder

Tomatoes can go bad pretty quickly and when we do use them, a lot of it ends up getting thrown away. And if you have a garden, you almost always end up with more than you can use. Want to waste less? Try making tomato powder (don’t worry, we’ll show you how to use it also). Start with about 8 lbs. of tomatoes. Rinse and remove stems. Slice them thinly and place the slices in one layer on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Set your oven to the lowest temperature, using the oven fan if you have one. Leave tomatoes in the oven for about 5 hours, or until you can see that the tomatoes are b...
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Zumba

Exercise is a great health tool. But sometimes it’s hard to find an exercise that is fun and that you enjoy doing. Are you looking for something different? Have you ever tried Zumba? Zumba is a dance exercise that incorporates salsa, flamenco and merengue dances (don’t let that scare you though, you don’t have to know this to try a class). The classes are very high energy, set to upbeat music and feature choreographed dance. Zumba really is for everyone- whether you’ve got moves like Jagger or even if you think you can’t dance. All you really have to do is move to the music and have fun! Z...
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10 Things to Add for the Best Bath Ever!

Welcome to another edition of #TryThisThursday presented by GOLO! Baths are relaxing, and sometimes just what you need after a long day. There are many things that can be added to your bath to enhance the experience. Here are our top 10 favorites! 1. Honey- helps moisturize skin. Add 1 tbsp. honey to 1 cup warm water, mix until it becomes runny and add that to a warm (not hot) bath. 2. Milk- contains vitamins and nutrients that will help hydrate your skin. Add a couple cups to a lukewarm bath. 3. Ginger- contains antibacterial properties that can help you if you’re dealing with the flu,...
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DIY Bee Watering Station

Here at GOLO, we really care about the bees- because they are important to our food and oxygen sources. It is getting considerably warmer outside, and it’s getting harder and harder for our little friends to find sources of water. Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to make a bee watering station that will allow them to hydrate without the risk of drowning. Here’s what you will need: • A shallow container- flower pot base, a platter, a pie tin • Pebbles, marbles or glass beads • Water 1. Fill the container with water so that only the tops of your marbles or pebbles are exposed, which pr...
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All About Diatomaceous Earth

Have you ever heard of diatomaceous earth? It sounds like something from the time of the dinosaurs, doesn’t it? Well, to be honest, it technically is! Diatomaceous earth (or DE) is an all-natural product made from fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Silica, an important mineral, makes up 85% of it. There are two types- food grade and non-food grade. The one we are discussing today is food grade, which is safe to be taken internally by humans. What does it do and how do I use it? • Detoxification- DE can be used to detox the body, killing parasites and viruses tha...
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Make Your Own Pet Treats

Here’s a #TryThisThursday tip for our pet lovers…We check for added and unnecessary ingredients in our food, but do we do the same for our furry friends? If not, maybe you should. These are the ingredients for an unnamed brand of Beef Basted Dog Treats- Wheat Flour, Wheat Bran, Meat & Bone Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Calcium Carbonate, Rice Starch, Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Beef Broth, Animal Plasma, Carboxymethylcellulose, Dried Chicken Liver Powder, Potassium Sorbate (to Preserve Freshness), Salt, Natural Flavors, Brewers Yeast, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate,...
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