Natural Cures for Anxiety and Depression: Real Solutions

Depression and Anxiety are the leading causes of disability worldwide! Hmmm, why is that? 🤔

Some Psychologists and Physicians are unaware that in examining the role of one’s genetics in Depression, we also need to assess our Mental & Food Diet, Toxic Exposure, Acute and Chronic Stress, Endocrine and Autoimmune Imbalance, Vaccine and Medication side effects and Special Synergistic combinations of these contributors that uncover a direct role in Depression and Disease.

Neither humans or animals are a one-size fits all diagnoses and treatment machine, we are individuals that respond well to natural cures that do not necessarily involve pharmaceutical drugs!

It is critical that Health Care providers understand that Humans and Animals are not interchangeable subjects in some randomized trial, we are not only our physical bodies, we are also impacted by our Beliefs, our Friends, our Joy, our Environment and our Stressors.

Every thought and every action that we repeat to ourselves and/or experience while awake or asleep impacts our health and well being.

These stressors can include not having someone positive to talk to, having a heavy or negative negative outlook about life, a stressful home, a stressful career, poverty, illness, a lack of contact with Nature, a lack of Real Sunlight, Air Pollution, too many Processed Foods, Constipation, a Nutrient-Depleted Diet, poor sleep and exposure to Chemicals, Pesticides, Plastics and Antibiotics.

We are our Microbiome, our Mitochondrial functioning and our own Personal Epigenetic Expression and we are our self talk. We each have a unique story, unique stressors and unique genetics that impacts our health.

Gut-brain communications are mediated by the immune system, endocrine connections such as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, and neural pathways involving the enteric nervous system. The gut microbiota is now known to play a pivotal role in gut-brain communications.”

What this means is, if you want your brain to feel better and think happier thoughts, you HAVE TO HEAL YOUR GUT AND HEAL YOUR THOUGHTS!

Again, EVERY positive or negative thought, every food and drink that goes in your stomach, on your skin, in your eyes, in your nose, impacts our mental health.

If you want to improve your overall mood and motivation then heal your self talk and heal your gut/stomach/brain relationship… this will lower your likelihood of mood disorders and diseases in general.


“Depression and Anxiety is not a broken brain, it is a response to your perceived stress – be it physical, emotional, or psychological.”

Our body can attempt to cope with unhealthy thoughts and an unhealthy diet and toxic chemicals by developing Inflammation which can result in the mind reflecting Depression and other Diseases!

We do not have to own the thoughts or foods or experiences that do not serve us. If you are experiencing inflammation, then pay attention to it! Inflammation is your body communicating to you that something needs to be healed, typically these are your thoughts and your gut!

Regardless of whether you have regular bowel movements, gut issues may still be present. Do you have mood swings, PMS, foul gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, stomach aches, continuously growing food allergies, eczema, psoriasis, acne, unhealthy cravings? All of these impact your mood and sleep.

Humans have evolved with plants, microbes and animal species to form a delicate web called “Life”.

Again, if you are experiencing Inflammation and a mood disorder such as, Depression/Anxiety, speak with a Functional Nutritionist AND a Psychologist about healing your gut & brain relationship with the following:

1. Vegan & Raw foods.

2. Anti-inflammatory 64oz /day Green Drinks/Smoothies & Supplements.

3. Quality oils, fats, real Sunshine! (Avocado & Coconut Oil)

4. Dairy & Gluten Free Probiotics & Digestive Enzymes that target brain health.

5. Create a Positive Self Statement to repeat daily. (“I am Happy, Healthy, Beautiful & Loved”)

6. Exercise a minimum 4 X a week.

7. Assess whether the Gluten and Dairy are helping or hurting your health… Start eating foods/drinks/supplements that reduce Inflammation.

8. Detox your Mind & Body & drink at least half your weight in High Ph Water (Daily).

These 8 simple changes in your life will drastically improve your chances of dramatically improving all areas of your Physical Health and Psychological Health, especially Depression, Anxiety and Mood Swings!

Depression and other mood disorders are not cured by magical purple pills… Our moods are improved by changing how we think, how we eat, how we drink, how we live and what environmental stressors we are exposed to!

So now that you have a real list of how to improve your mood and health, how are you going to implement it?

1) Either join a gym or start walking, dancing, yoga or your exercise of choice.

2) Consult a Certified Nutritionist or explore the internet for more green Smoothie ideas & Whole Food Recipes from a Certified Functional Nutritionist.

3) Build your immune system and elevate your mood with Daily Sunshine, Healthy food, Herbs, Supplements, Therapy (which may eliminate Big pharma meds)!

4) Buy quality water with a high Ph!

5) Start a garden or a container garden indoors or on your roof.

6) Join a group, a club or anything that gets you around positive people.

7) Follow me on Instagram @ Healthy.Desiree and my blog:

8) Cleanse your body of chemicals & toxins!

All this means one thing:

Unless you get your body moving, your body can not transform into energy, the 135,000+ of calories the average person stores as fat!

You become a metabolic zombie: NO energy to think. NO energy to move. NO energy to motivate.

So do it… get moving today!

Wishing you health & wellness,

Dr. Desiree

8 Easy & Kid-Friendly Remedies that Straighten Wild Hair ~ Vegan & Gluten Free!

Kid washing hair by shampoo .Hola Amigos, and welcome back! Today, I am taking a detour from Yummy Food we put in our mouth, to Yummy Food we put on our head… Yep, yummy food on our head!  lol…

Growing up, I always had straight hair, but after two kids and pregnancy hormones, both my toddler and I have crazy curly hair. Hahaha! 😄

The typical hair tamers and straighteners require harsh chemicals, extreme heat and are not Vegan, so we typically just let our curls go wild and free…  These following hair methods are Organic, Vegan and Gluten Free. In fact, they are so safe, they can be used on children, pregnant women and women trying to conceive!

8 Natural, Organic & Vegan Remedies To Help Tame The Entire Family’s Hair:  

noce di cocco splash1) Coconut Cream Mask:

Coconut milk has a great reputation for naturally relaxing and conditioning curly or unruly hair.  Coconut Milk is so moisturizing, it will give your hair a beautiful shine and luster. The added Bonus is that when you let the Coconut Milk sit on your scalp, it is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, which will keep your scalp infection free.

  • Ingredients & Instructions: 
  • One large Mason jar.
  • One Cup of Fresh Coconut Milk.
  • Juice from One Organic Lemon or Lime.
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  • Mix the Coconut milk & Lemon juice in a jar.
  • Place glass jar in fridge for a min. of 3-4 hrs.
  • It’s ready when a creamy layer forms on top.
  • Gently massage hair with this creamy layer.
  • Leave the cream on for at least 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, cover head with shower cap.
  • Wrap a warm moist towel around shower cap.
  • Leave Coconut Cream for another 30-40 mins.
  • Wash hair with a gentle shampoo & conditioner.
  • Run a Pic or Comb through wet hair & air dry.

Aloe vera2) Aloe Vera Hair Mask

Aloe Vera is medicinal in so many ways.  Aloe Vera contains several enzymes that promote healthy hair growth & makes hair smooth & soft. Aloe Vera can easily penetrate the hair strands and keeps hair well moisturized and naturally relaxed.

  • ½ cup of Aloe Vera Gel.
  • ½ cup warm Organic Olive Oil & mix together.
  • *Optional, mix in 6 drops of Sandalwood Oil.
  • Massage mixture into hair and scalp.
  • Cover the hair with a shower cap.
  • Cover cap & head with warm moist towel.
  • Leave the towel & shower cap on for 2 hrs min.
  • (30 mins for children, depending on thickness).
  • Rinse & wash with gentle shampoo/conditioner.

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3) Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment

  • Heat ½ cup of Olive oil.
  • ½ cup Dried Rosemary leaves in Hot Olive Oil.
  • Strain the mix & allow it to cool down.
  • Massage scalp with this Warm Rosemary Mix.
  • Leave Rosemary mix on for ½ hour.
  • Wash with mild shampoo & conditioner.
  • Wrap hair with warm towel & dry naturally.

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4) Banana Hair Mask

  • Mash 2-3 Extremely ripe bananas.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons Coconut Nectar or Agave.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons Yogurt. (Rice, Soy, Coco)
  • Add 2 Tablespoons of Olive oil to the Mixture.
  • Mix & mash really well or blend a few seconds.
  • Apply Mask on hair & wrap with a shower cap.
  • Adults let sit for 1 hr, kids 30 mins, then wash!
  • This mask leaves hair healthy, shiny & tamed!

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5) Celery Juice Soak

  • Extract juice from one bunch of Celery.
  • Store Celery juice in a jar & leave it overnight.
  • The next day, apply juice on roots & tips of hair.
  • Comb hair, then cover it with cap for 45 mins.
  • (Toddlers or kids with thinner hair, 30 minutes).
  • Gently wash hair & allow it to dry naturally.

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6) Tropical Hair Mask:

  • Mash 2 very ripe Bananas in a bowl.
  • Mash 1 ½ cups Papaya really well.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon of Agave/Coconut Nectar.
  • Mix all of ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Apply the tropical mask on your hair.
  • Allow the mask to completely dry on hair.
  • Wash hair & enjoy your super soft tresses.

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7) Almond Oil Treatment

  • Almond Oil is a super easy hair remedy!
  • Add 3-4 drops of Almond oil to Conditioner.
  • Wash & Condition the hair with it.
  • Your hair will be tamed & beautiful.
  • Repeat 2-3 times a week max!
  • (1-2 drops for toddlers & young children).

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8) Hot Sesame Oil

  • Heat ½ cup Sesame oil until warm.
  • Apply Warm Sesame Oil to hair & scalp.
  • Comb hair with a wide-toothed comb.
  • Wear a shower cap & leave it on 30-45 mins.
  • Rinse it off & wash hair with a mild shampoo.
  • (10-15 minutes for toddlers & young children).

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All of these foods can be purchased Organically, Vegan & Gluten Free. If your child gets curious and wants to taste some of the hair masks, then go right ahead mommy and daddy… No problem! 👶👶👶 nom nom nom… 😋

I have learned to love my curls and of course we absolutely adore our toddler’s sweet curls!

Screenshot_2015-01-31-06-30-06-1Furthermore, preparing these masks are:

  • A fun way to spend time with our family,
  • Easy to sit in the bath with & relax,
  • Are compassionate towards animals & our environment.
  • Best if repeated 2-3 times a week.
  • Are less expensive than salon treatments.

Have fun with these Yummy Hair Masks, I hope they help you love and manage your beautiful tresses!

You are beautiful just the way you are!

Sending you love & light ~ Dr. Dee


Are Kids & Teens Drinking Enough Water? 8 Tips to Help Stay Hydrated: Yummy Infused Water Recipe!

2015-01-20 10.07.30Welcome back Amigos! I have a question for you, how much water do you and your kids ACTUALLY drink?  As a child, I primarily drank Tea, Kool-Aid and occasional Water.  I do remember adults occasionally stating the importance of water, but I didn’t take it seriously, nor did I understand how to make it a priority. Screenshot_2015-01-20-09-32-34 Today, Nephrologists (Kidney Doctors), report that more than ever, there is a high demand for Pediatric Nephrologists (Kidney Doctor for Kids & Teens).  This is due to kids being diagnosed with PAINFUL Kidney & Urinary Stones, which are often caused by a lack of water and junk food! Today, kids & teens have so many drink choices, why should they drink boring old water?

  • Every system in our body depends on water & helps youngsters thrive!
  • Water helps the brain function & will help detox their kidneys, liver & other vital organs.
  • Water carries nutrients to their cells & helps them digest food.
  • Water provides a moist environment for their ears, nose & throat systems.
  • Water is our primary chemical component & makes up 60% of weight.


How much water do kids & teens actually need?

General Guideline for Drinking Water:

Water Chart_Dr Dee

Symptoms of Dehydration

  • Dry Skin
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Dry Mouth
  • Constipation
  • Increased thirst
  • Few or No Tears
  • Decreased urine output.
  • Urine is dark yellow instead of clear/light yellow.
  • Feeling Tired & Drained even after sleeping well.

Screenshot_2015-01-20-09-32-34Hydrating Thoughts:

  • Researchers have similar but varying ideas about water amount we should drink.
  • Pay close attention to your child’s symptoms, activity level & climate you live in.
  • Your child loses water by simply breathing, perspiring, urinating & pooping.
  • Kids must replenish water by consuming foods & drinks that contain water.
  • If severely dehydrated, provide real coconut water to replenish electrolytes.
  • Speak with a health professional if dehydration symptoms persist.


8 Tips to Help Kids Drink More Water:

  1. Always have clean & fresh tasting water on hand!
  2. Infuse water with Organic Fruits, Veggies & Herbs!
  3. Place a 16 oz water bottle by their night stand.
  4. Have child drink 8 oz (1 cup) before sleeping.
  5. Have child drink 16 oz (2 cups) upon awakening.
  6. Have them drink 2 cups, 1 hour before each meal. (48 oz total)
  7. Model behavior so your child will watch & learn.
  8. Buy your child a sports bottle they can keep with them at all times (at school, during lunch, after recess)!

Screenshot_2015-01-20-09-30-31The chart above may seem like a lot of water, but it really isn’t.  Remember, 60% of your body is made of water, so it is critical that children’s water is replenished on a daily basis.

Can a child be drinking too much water?  It is possible for someone to drink too much water (hyponatremia), but it is very rare, and mostly happens to people who are extreme athletes.

The above chart is only a guideline, it is important you adjust your kid’s water consumption if you live in a very hot/humid climate, if they are athletes or have a medical condition. This Organic fruit & herb infused water recipe is a great way to always have great tasting water!20150119_161959


♥  ½ Cup Sliced Lemons

♥  ½ Cup Sliced Strawberries

♥  ¾ Medium Cucumber, Sliced

♥  ¼ Cup of Mint Leaves

♥  1 Quart of Fresh Spring Water

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♥  Prepare & Slice Fruits, Veggies, Herbs

♥  Place Your Mix at the Bottom of Jar

♥  Pour Your Water over the Mix

♥  Chill in your Fridge or Serve Room Temp.

♦  Optional: Use a wooden spoon to squash fruit at the bottom of jar before adding water.2015-01-20 09.53.24

Important Final Notes:

  1. On average, food can provide about 20% of total water intake. Watermelon & Spinach are at least 90% water weight.
  2. Pregnant or breast-feeding women need additional fluids to stay hydrated.
  3. Pineapple, Orange, Ginger is another great infusion for the family.

This infusion is so Yummy Yummy and it’s so fun to make together with your family. Stay hydrated Amigos, I look forward to you visiting again!  Sending Love & Light! ~ Dr. Dee