Should You Be Drinking Yerba Mate?

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

bottle of yerba mate

Yerba mate is suddenly everywhere. From the check-out aisle at Whole Foods to the tea selection at your favorite café, “mate” is taking North America by storm.

A species of holly native to areas in Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil, Ilex paraguariensis, the Latin name for the yerba mate shrub, grows surprisingly tall to about 45 feet (15 meters). The leaves are dried, sold in tea bags or in bulk, and steeped in similar fashion.

Served hot, cold or as an energy shot, yerba mate is considered to be the new coffee by its fans, who expound its (allegedly) jitter-free health benefits for weight loss, headaches, depression, and fatigue.

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Switchel (Haymakers Punch): Nature’s Healthy Gatorade

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist


refreshing switchel

Switchel, also called Haymakers Punch, is a refreshing drink that originated in the Caribbean. It is a tasty, slightly effervescent beverage made of water mixed with vinegar, sweetened with molasses, and sometimes lightly flavored with ginger. Honey, brown sugar, or maple syrup are also used in various locally adapted versions.

Switchel made its way from the islands to the American colonies becoming a popular summertime drink by the late 1600’s. Gradually over the next 200 years, “switchy” became the traditional drink of choice to serve to thirsty farmers harvesting hay, hence other popular names like Haymakers Punch.

Vermont has a variation called Haymakers Oat Water that uses oats and molasses. While I’ve never been fond of that particular adaptation, I absolutely love switchel when made with honey, raw apple cider vinegar and ginger! It is the perfect beverage to make if you are out of kombucha or Jun tea and need a beneficial probiotic beverage that can be made quickly (kombucha and Jun both take about a week).

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Birth Order and Intelligence

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

best birth spacing

I read an article the other day that really got me thinking – Sorry Kid, But First-Borns Really Are Smarter.  The article details how a study of 90 pairs of siblings in high school showed that first borns had higher IQs and were more perfectionist while later borns had higher grades and were more extroverted.

The article also suggests that perhaps the reason first borns are smarter is because at some point in their lives, they were the only ones that received their parents’ attention.

I thought this was a very incomplete explanation as the eldest having the higher aptitude (and being healthier in general) would likely be the case even for adopted children or those from single parent families where the child is in daycare much of the time.

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Coffee Enemas and the Effects on Gut Flora

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

coffee enemas and gut flora

Detoxification is an important tool to maintain health in this age we live in where the entire planet from pole to pole regularly tests for the presence of toxins and pollution.

When it comes to detoxing protocols, none hold a candle to the coffee enema.

So powerful are coffee enemas for rapidly and effectively removing toxins from the body that the most successful alternative cancer therapies in the world rely on them extensively with several per day recommended for extreme cases. This includes protocols offered by the Gerson Institute and holistic oncologist Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez MD (tragically deceased under suspicious circumstances) among others.

When a person first contemplates the use of coffee enemas to cleanse body systems from accumulated toxins, a very common question initially comes to mind, “Will a coffee enema help or hurt beneficial gut flora?”

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Response to Dr. Daniel’s Report on Fermented Cod Liver Oil

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

cod liver oil off the spoon

After initial review of Kaayla Daniel PhD’s report on Green Pasture Products, I felt it necessary to state my current position as a consumer and as a Board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

I know it is important to many of you that I weigh in on this issue since it is potentially so upsetting to those who have been using Green Pasture Products and giving them to your children like I have for years.

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