Why you should be drinking water

Why You Should Be Drinking Water

Are you drinking enough water? There has been much discussion over the years regarding exactly how much water you should be drinking vs. how much you need to drink. While you may not need a full 8 glasses of water a day as you may have heard, you should still aspire to consuming as much where possible. Here’s why you should be drinking water, in short.

Maintains the balance

Digestion, circulation, saliva, absorption, transportation of nutrients, and body temperature regulation are all affected by the amount of water you consume. Our bodies are made of 60% water- which are responsible for making those functions happen. Without consistent water consumption, your body will not perform to its optimal ability. Your brain will essentially tell you when your supply is low, so be sure to listen and act on that feeling of thirst!
You’ll also enjoy more energy- as the right amount will help pump blood more effectively. Speedy transport of nutrients to your cells will do your body good!
When it comes to balance, we don’t just mean the fluid levels – we also mean your digestion. Healthy amounts of water daily will keep you working regularly. If you’re dehydrated it will be harder (and likely somewhat painful) to pass waste.

Control Calories

There’s a reason why people drink a lot of water when they’re trying to lose weight. Sadly, water is not the cure to obesity, and drinking a lot of water doesn’t guarantee weight loss. What it will do, however, is fill you up and cut the desire to eat and drink higher calorie foods / beverages.
Also, food with high water content will often require more chewing, and will take more time to be fully absorbed by the body. You will feel more full and less likely to snack on rich food. Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, oatmeal, beans and broth-based soup!
Water will also help boost the metabolism, which is key to maintaining a steady body weight. Throw some ice in it and your body will work a little harder to process it, burning a few extra calories!

Good Muscle Health

Believe it or not, fluids are an integral part of having a healthy muscle mass within your body. Without proper fluids, your muscles can shrivel- resulting in poor performance and in some cases, painful atrophy.
It is recommended, especially for athletes, to drink at least 17 ounces of water 2 hours prior to a workout. It is important to keep a steady flow of water entering your system before, during and after highly strenuous workouts as to replace what is lost from sweat.
Water helps prevent muscle cramping and works as a natural lubricant to help make toning happen faster.

Better Skin

We’ve mentioned this before, but one way to ensure you have healthy skin is by having a consistent intake of water. If you are too dehydrated, your skin gets really dry and any existing wrinkles appear deeper. Water helps plump up your skin cells, helping you keep a younger appearance. Not only that, but water will help flush out impurities and help blood flow/circulation.


The exact amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors. Your height, size, level of activity, how hot or cold it is outside all come into consideration- as well as how much you exercise and at what amount you sweat. Speak with your doctor if you’re concerned about how much is enough.

Tea counts!

Why You should be Drinking Water

Don’t like plain water? Grab yourself some herbal tea! Tea is a great way to give your body the water it needs. Be easy on the sugar though 😉

5 Easy Ways To Have Healthy Skin

5 Easy Ways to Have Healthy Skin

Let’s be honest. The healthy and beauty market is saturated with too many options to keep track of. Google searches are full of paid ads disguised as informative, popular resources. People are paid to leave reviews to mislead potential buyers… it goes on and on. At the end of the day, you’re just looking for ways to keep your skin nice and healthy. Avoid the manipulation of everyone else and take a look at these 5 easy ways to have healthy skin.


It may seem obvious but ask yourself- how often are you putting on sunscreen? No matter where you live, what season it is, or if you plan on sunbathing (please dont!). The best way to avoid having sun-damaged skin is by preventing it in the first place. These days its very easy to find a daily moisturizer that offers varying amounts of SPF.

Clean Make-Up Applicators

If you are not already in the habit of rinsing your makeup brushes and/or sponges every couple weeks, you should be! A little spin in some lukewarm water followed by being pat dry and left to air out can help prevent break-outs!


Sanitize your devices

If you’re frequently on your iPhone or Android, make sure you are constantly sanitizing the screen. Such devices are exposed to many things and become a petry dish of germs and various bacteria. Everything your hands touch, could end up on your face if you aren’t paying attention! All you need are some Clorox sanitizing wipes and use them each day to stay on top of it.


Wash Your Face Before Bed

Don’t leave your makeup on while you sleep or else it may lead to clogged pores, and you could end up with dry skin too. Sleeping with eye makeup could lead to uncomfortable redness and bumps. Take a few moments to rinse your face with warm water and the cleanser of your choosing to avoid these problems!

Moisturizers and skin toners should be used to encourage even more supple skin but should be used immediately after you’ve washed your face with warm water. There is a limited window of time the ingredients that promote moisture can get into your pores before they close up.

Drink Plenty of Water

Water is key to having great skin. It assists in transporting oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells. Dehydrated cells make you look much older than you are, nobody wants that! Studies show 8 glasses of water is the perfect daily amount to help your skin look and feel its best.


Try something new!

Goat Milk is one of the best ingredients to use on your skin. It has the closest PH balance to our skin.

5 Easy Ways to have Healthy Skin

Try our Dalby Farm Goat Milk Soaps and Lotions and see your skin shine brighter than before!

Health benefits of Blueberries

Health Benefits of Blueberries

Every year my family and I go out to Tree Berry Farm to go blueberry picking. The four of us will usually get somewhere between 25-30lbs worth, split them up into bags and then freeze them. It works out so we never have to snack on or bake with store bought berries! It’s a good thing there are so many health benefits of blueberries because we definitely eat a lot of them!

If you’re anything like me, you’ll always go for a pastry or treat if blueberry is involved. Whether it’s pie, yogurt or a smoothie, we’ll take it. They’re so delicious on their own, but the fact that they are good for you is the berry on top!

Rich in Nutrients

Blueberries pack a heavy punch of nutrients considering how small they are! They have a wide range of antioxidants, in fact they’re one of the highest antioxidant foods available. Not to mention, healthy levels of Resveratrol, Gallic acid, Lutein, Vitamin K, C and 17% of your daily value of fiber- are all yours in just one cup of berries!

Brain Booster

The gallic acid and other phenols in blueberries literally help protect your brain from neurotoxicity, degeneration and stress. Studies have also showed that regular consumption of blueberries decreases the rate of cognitive decline alongside improved function in regards to motor function and memory.

Better Digestion

As with any regular consumption of fiber, blueberries can help keep you on track digestively. Short and sweet- and very true!

Healthy Skin!

Apparently there has been an influx of blueberry based skincare. Blueberry extract has been included in many new product lines around the globe because it is rich in vitamins which help restore hormone balance (fights acne).  The presence of resveratrol is said to help protect the skin from sun damage with regular consumption.

These are just a couple of benefits from including blueberries in your regular diet. Stay tuned for delicious healthy recipes incorporating this magical fruit!

In the meantime, consider trying our decadent Blueberry preserves!

Health Benefits of Blueberries


Screens are bad for your health: Read this and then log off!

Screens are bad for your health

The internet is a wonderful thing, and we can all enjoy some time on it with moderation. But let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment. We’re not using technology in moderation, not even close. We have come to rely on social media, Google, our smart phones and iPads- but the truth is screens are bad for your health, and they’re even worse for your children.

Internet Addiction

Any kind of dependence is generally discouraged, whether it be drugs, coffee or exercise, it doesn’t matter. Too much of one thing is never good, it is all about healthy balance. Many people will justify or mask addiction with convenience when it comes to technology rather than address the dependence. An addiction to the internet has the power to change the way you are wired, literally and should be taken seriously.
“Taken together, [studies show] internet addiction is associated with structural and functional changes in brain regions involving emotional processing, executive attention, decision making, and cognitivecontrol.”  –research authors summarizing neuro-imaging findings in internet and gaming addiction (Lin & Zhou et al, 2012)

In other words, you are compromising the quality of your brain function by too much time on your computer. Too much screen time will restructure your brain in ways that will not do you any favors. Studies have shown that regular exposure to screens literally shrinks the “processing” area of your brain, or gray matter- particularly in the frontal lobe.  This is only the beginning and it is scary stuff.

Physical Health

Unless you’re one of those cool people with the stand-up desk featuring a treadmill beneath your feet, you’re probably sitting down right now. That’s exactly the problem. Not to say lounging here and there isn’t okay or even healthy- but if you’re spending hours a day with your computer sitting or laying down, perhaps you need to re-evaluate your habits.

If your lifestyle is generally sedentary your body will suffer. It is not designed to sit still for long periods of time. Those who eat a less balanced diet on top of that are more likely to suffer from obesity, diabetes and/or various heart diseases.  You’re already rewiring your brain with too much screen time, and your body will be more vulnerable as a result.

Weight gain isn’t the only toll on your body to worry about, your eyes are at risk too. Consistent screen time puts undue stress on your eyes. Blue light has the potential to damage your retinas, keep you up at night, and cause headaches. Over long periods of time, the affects will only get worse.

What you can do

It’s one thing to say, “this is bad for you!” and another to do something about it. If you’re like me, your income relies on you being in front of a screen for one reason or another. Everyone is online, everything is digital- it’s literally beyond your control.

Don’t go out and quit your job- but consider ways you can improve your daily work habits. If permitted, take 5 minute breaks every hour. Or break up your work responsibilities in such a way that allow you to stop looking at the screen every 20 minutes, for 20 minutes.

If you are able to purchase a standing desk, even better. I recently saw a new clever invention that you can stick to the bottom of your desk, and allow your feet to swing beneath you. Little tweaks to your lifestyle and sedentary habits will make a difference in the long run if you commit to it. We’ll discuss ways to keep active in the work place in a coming piece.


Garden Herbal Tea

We hope this information didn’t stress you out. If so, relax- grab some tea– head outside and shut off your computer and brain for a while! Enjoy life, it’s too short!


5 Health Benefits of Yoga

Health Benefits of Yoga

If you have integrated exercise into your daily life, you’re already miles ahead of many fellow Americans. As long as you keep active, your quality of life will be substantially better than those who lead a sedentary lifestyle. That being said, some exercises are more beneficial to your overall health than others.

Below we discuss just 5 of the many health benefits of yoga. We hope this inspires you to try something new- perhaps with us on the farm! Be on the lookout for our upcoming Yoga on the Farm program, opening this Spring!


The first time you try yoga, you probably won’t be able to bend over and touch your toes, or do advanced positions like a backbend. With enough practice, however, you will eventually notice a steady loosening- opening the possibilities of all kinds of positions. Why is this good? Your aches and pains will soon go away. Your tight hips have the potential to cause alignment issues.  Tight hamstrings can lead to back pain due to the flattening of the lumbar spine. Start stretching and feel your flexibility change your life!


Do you have horrible posture? Steady yoga practice will help fix that! Poor posture can lead to a wide array of health issues. Back, neck, muscle and joint problems are just the beginning. Yoga helps you concentrate on body form, not just for yoga-related positions but overall daily life. Stop slumping your body and avoid flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back!

Prevent Cartilage and Joint Breakdown

Yoga takes your muscles and joints though a range of motion that they may not otherwise get if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. Joint cartilage works very much like a sponge in that it’s fluid needs to be squeezed out in order for it to absorb fresh nutrients. Inactive cartilage will wear out, no longer acting as a cushion for your joints- causing pain and leaving you very susceptible to injury. You’ll help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability with frequent yoga practice.

Increases Blood flow

The relaxation exercises you learn in yoga do wonders for your circulation. Yoga not only gets oxygen to your cells, improving function- but the variety of poses have powerful affects on allowing oxygenated blood move through your internal organs and limbs.  If you have swelling in your legs from kidney or heart problems, this would help.
The levels of hemoglobin and red blood cells will also benefit from yoga- which helps carry oxygen to your tissues. Platelets become less sticky and therefore help you prevent blood clotting, as the promoting proteins are cut as a result of the activity.

Makes you happy and relaxed

Studies have shown that your levels of serotonin rise dramatically with frequent yoga practice.  It encourages you to take long, deep breaths, focus on the present, let go of anxieties and every day stressors.  Your sympathetic nervous system gets a break and balances out with your parasympathetic nervous system- which promotes relaxation and a lower heart rate. Additional benefits include, physical balance, deeper sleep and tension release.

Quite frankly there are too many benefits to count, but we’ll keep discussing more of them as time passes 🙂

Health Benefits of Yoga

Stay tuned: We are excited to introduce you to Andrea Lynne- yoga instructor and phenomenal photographer! She’s coming to teach Yoga at Dalby Farm this coming year 🙂

The benefits of drinking Coffee

The Benefits of Drinking Coffee

Benefits of Drinking Coffee Boston's North End Coffee Blend

If you’re anything like my mother or I, you live for your coffee in the morning. There’s a sense of comfort in that mug you won’t find anywhere else. Every coffee lover at one point or another has come across the many claims that suggest coffee isn’t good for you on a regular basis. However, like with most pleasures in life, everything in moderation is a phrase to live by and key for your coffee consumption. There are actually several benefits of drinking coffee that you can learn about below. You may find yourself enjoying that cup more than you ever thought possible!

What is Coffee?

Did you know coffee beans are actually technically seeds from a fruit plant? It’s true! The coffee plant, or genus Coffea is native to tropical regions such as Africa and Madagascar but is now being cultivated in over 70 countries. Coffee plants/trees grow what are called Coffee cherries, which are full of seeds which we call coffee beans. It takes over a year for a coffee cherry to mature, and 5 years before it is in full production- thankfully coffee plants can live for 100 years so the wait pays off.
The part you probably know? The beans from the coffee cherries are ground up and become the coffee you brew with hot water in your machine. Yum!

Here are just some of many benefits of drinking coffee you should know about!

Post Work-out Muscle Aid

For those who work out every morning, first of all- bravo! You’re clearly already on the path of a healthy lifestyle. Do your muscles a favor and drink that coffee up after you exercise. According to the Journal of Pain from 2007, 48% of post-workout muscle pain can be cut out of your life forever from just two delicious cups of coffee. Between that and a foam roller, you’ll be feeling great!

Lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes

From the Archives of Internal Medicine, coffee drinkers who had 6 or more cups a day of coffee had a 22% lower risk of diabetes. Apparently, research suggests the risk decreases by 9% for every cup consumed! More of a decaf drinker? You’ll still enjoy a 6% decrease in risk. Keep in mind, we’re talking minimal (to no) sugar or else you’re basically defeating the benefit 😉

Less Risk of Heart Disease

There’s a reason why you love coffee, it’s good for your heart! Korean research found that those who had 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day lowered the likelihood of showing the early signs of heart disease. Keep in mind, the diet in Korea is extremely different than those of us in America. That may be significant in these findings.

Good source of Fiber

The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reveals that a single cup of brewed coffee can offer up to 1.8 grams of fiber. Considering 20-38 grams of fiber is recommended every day, you could be 10% of the way there by the time you finish that second cup.

Cavity Protection

Brazilian researchers reported that strong black coffee has the power to kill the tooth decay causing bacteria found on teeth. If black coffee is your favorite, you’re in luck! Those who prefer milk, cream and or sugar however, will need to read on. Any additive to your mug of coffee will negate the benefit.


One serving of coffee, believe it or not, contains more antioxidants than an average service of fruit such as raspberries, oranges and blueberries. Those antioxidants may reduce inflammation (and diseases associated with it). Keep in mind, decaf coffee often loses said antioxidants in the process of losing its caffine.

Keep checking back for more educational posts on the benefits of coffee and other popular beverages 🙂


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How to Get Better Sleep – a few tips

How to get better sleep

I don’t know about you but many times a year I find myself struggling to get proper rest. Life can be so stressful when it comes to balancing a work life with a personal life. If you’re married with children, elderly parents and/or a buzzing social life it gets even more difficult to make yourself a priority. One thing that should always be at the top of your list is enough rest- or else you’ll never be fit for anything else you need to do. Here’s a few tips on how to get better sleep.


The best thing you can do for your body is by creating a rest routine you stick to. Try to go to sleep at the same time every single night. Make sure you are actually tired, or else you run the risk of tossing and turning. While trying to determine the right time for yourself- consider when you want to wake up each day and count backwards from that. Most people need 6-8 hours a night to function at their best.

Don’t sleep in

I know it’s tempting when the weekend finally rolls around to stay in bed a couple extra hours but it won’t help you in the long run. It all comes back to being consistent. If you stay up late Friday night and sleep in for 3 more hours than usual Saturday- you will dismantle your body’s sense of regularity. Experts suggest taking a nap mid-day after a late night as opposed to tacking that sleep on to your morning. Remember, your sleep-wake rhythm is what we’re trying to establish and protect.

Stop napping during the day

There’s nothing wrong with 20 or 30 minutes here or there during the day after a really late night. Habitual nappers, however- will want to knock that off as soon as possible.  Research shows people who nap during the day for an hour or more suffer from staying asleep or falling asleep, depending on the time of day the naps take place. You want your body to rely on a good nights sleep for energy, not mid-day slumbers.

Don’t give in

If you frequently find yourself incredibly tired after dinner but you have hours to go before you’d normally go to sleep, don’t give in! Fight through the drowsiness and keep yourself awake until your usual bedtime. Don’t use caffeine or high levels of sugar to keep you going though, that will get your body in the wrong zone and you’ll prevent yourself from actually falling asleep on time.

Soak in the Sun

Every morning, make it a priority to get outside for a little while and soak up the sun. Not only will the warm light help wake you up, but Vitamin D is very important! Melatonin is a natural hormone controlled by light that will help influence your sleep-wake cycle. Light will keep your brain alert, whereas darkness will force your brain to secret more melatonin which will make you drowsy.

Avoid Screens before bed

This one is tough for me because I love to sleep to the TV, and I love to browse my phone before going to sleep. Unfortunately the light from these screens suppress melatonin, keeping your brain more alert than tired. Sleep in a very dark room. If you wake up in the middle of the night, avoid turning on lights if you need to get up. Have some soft night lights in your hallway or bathroom if need be.


Even just 10 minutes of vigorous activity a day will improve your sleep cycle. It may take a few months of consistent daily exercise before you feel the full effects, but it works! Considering people should average 30 min. of activity every other day, it’s a good goal to set whether your sleep is suffering or not.



4 All Natural Remedies for a Cold

All Natural Remedies for a Cold

If it hasn’t hit you already, welcome to cold season. While it’s possible to get a cold any time of the year, studies show most people are more prone to get sick in the Winter as well as the Spring. Fortunately there are many all natural remedies for a cold, though the best cure is prevention through a healthy lifestyle.

Did you know a cold could be caused by more than 200 different kinds of viruses? The most common viruses are rhinovirus (10-40% of colds), coronavirus (20%), RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and parainfluenza virus (10%). Scientists say rhinovirus replicates better in cooler temperatures, thus making traditional winter conditions ideal for it to spread.

The Common Cold

As you probably know, colds are caused by you coming into contact with an infected person or surface. Surprisingly enough it’s even entirely possible to catch a cold from someone else sneezing within your vicinity.

The virus attaches itself to your nose or throat lining, almost instantly triggering the immune system to send out white blood cells to attack it. More times than not the initial attempt to defend the body from the virus fails, and your body goes into overtime trying to get rid of it. As a result your nose and throat get inflamed, produce a lot of mucus, and you’re left physically exhausted. It’s plain and simple misery.


All Natural Remedies for a Cold

The following suggestions are not to be considered medical advice. We are not doctors! However, we have had our fair share of brutal colds and have experienced significant relief from many all natural methods. Mind you, there are so many more than 4 – so be sure to check back as we discuss them in future posts.


I’ve seen quite a few different ways to go about implementing steam into your cold symptom relief. The most popular is to simply take a hot shower with the door closed and allow yourself to inhale the steam for a good half hour. It does a great job helping to clear your sinuses and take the pressure off.

If you’re feeling a little more ambitious the other suggestion I’ve come across may be the way to go. Acquire eucalyptus or tea tree oil (effective anti-viral properties), and put a few drops in the bottom of a heat resistant bowl. Put multiple cups of boiling water in the bowl and get your face as close to the steam as possible without hurting yourself. Steam can be incredibly hot and even dangerous. After a few moments take a clean towel and cover your face with it, as to trap the steam. Have some tissues nearby!


I can’t personally vouch for this method but it is so interesting to me, I figure it’s worth mentioning.

Sources say that finely mincing 1-2 cloves of garlic and putting them in a glass of water will help cure your cold. As odd as it sounds, it does make sense. Garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic, antibacterial and anti fungal ingredient and could be the boost your body needs to kick the unwanted virus out. If you’re sick enough you will not even taste it, but drink it up quick just incase! 😉

No More ‘White Food’

White sugar, grains, milk and cheese all need to be off the table, no pun intended, the moment you realize you have a cold.  All of these foods will suppress your immune system, making it much harder for your body to defend itself. The reality is your body doesn’t need food when it is sick, it needs to conserve energy. Eating too much rich food will waste it’s limited resources on digesting your food over fighting the infection.

Hot Peppers

Everyone always suggests you drink hot liquids when you’re congested- and that’s a valid way to find some relief. Hot tea or soup is always a good option, though for some it isn’t fast enough. Well- if you’re into spicy and heat- go on and instantly clear your sinuses with some hot peppers! We wouldn’t recommend eating too many, especially if you’re working off an empty, mucus filled stomach…
If you don’t want to bite into a hot pepper, consider making (or having your family do it) a spicy broth.


Herbal Teas

Feel more comfortable sticking with something you know, like that hot tea? Check out our line of herbal tea! The Apple Blossom would suit you best because of the cinnamon (a very effective natural antibiotic and antiviral)- though any piping hot cup of tea will help. Feel better


Why Drinking Herbal Tea Should Be A Daily Routine

Why drink herbal tea, you ask?

Drink Herbal Tea

I used to wonder the same thing- why drink herbal tea? I was always more of a coffee drinker myself- until I decided one day to try to take better care of myself in every way possible. From switching to goat milk soap, exercising more – to eating all natural food… it only made sense to take a look at the beverages I was consuming every day too.

Of course it needs to be said that not all herbal teas are created equal. Depending on whether you are searching for specific taste or relief to certain medical ailments – it pays to look at the ingredients. However, no matter which flavor combination you choose you will be doing your mind, body and soul a favor with every sip!

What is Herbal Tea?

There isn’t one kind of herbal tea- and it isn’t necessarily made from tea leaves. Most herbal teas consist of a combination of roots, seeds, and leaves or bark extracted in hot water. A well-steeped herbal tea will pack a punch full of nutritional and tasty benefits. Below we’ll look at some popular flavors and their respective benefits.

Lemon Tea

There are many medical benefits to herbal lemon tea. Not only is it a calorie-free substitute for sugary beverages, but it has the power to help relieve several uncomfortable conditions. For example, if dealing with congestion- lemon can help decongest your nasal cavity.

Lemon tea is also packed with Vitamin C, which as you know – not only helps heal wounds and strengthens teeth and bones, but it also fights what are called free radicals, rogue molecules that damage DNA that often contributes to many diseases like cancer. Furthermore, lemons are a primary dietary source of quercetin- a flavonoid that protects the pancreas from free radicals- and has a strong anti-inflammatory effect.

Cinnamon Tea

Cinnamon is so delicious already it’s hard to believe it could get any better. It’s been said one can get more out of a cup of tea than a vitamin pill! Cinnamon is a natural pain reliever and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Amazingly enough, cinnamon tea is also beneficial if you are trying to lose weight. Because it is rich in blood sugar stabilizing polyphenols, you are left with fewer cravings and pangs of hunger. Its antioxidants also may help boost your metabolism and keep your digestive tract regular, minimizing bloat and flatulence. Interestingly enough, traditional Chinese medicine constantly includes cinnamon in treatments for colds and flus- likely due to it’s warming qualities. Its bark includes eugenol, a natural antiseptic that fights fungi, bacteria and targets viruses.

Spearmint Tea

Of course when most people think of Spearmint, they think of fresh breath. Many people enjoy a stick of gum here and there. They may not realize the mint is also effective in preventing infections in your throat and mouth! Its naturally smooth and anti-inflammatory qualities also work to relieve respiratory distress such as sore throats and stuffed sinuses.

Many times Spearmint is used to calm an upset stomach too. During pregnancy it is suggested women drink a lot of spearmint tea as it will help reduce morning sickness, cramping and vomiting. Not to mention the effect it can have on balancing hormones- the organic compounds can inhibit and stimulate your endocrine system.

A single serving of spearmint can get you your required iron intake for the day. This will stimulate the production of red blood cells and hemoglobin- reducing anemia and increasing your circulation.


Be sure to check out our Herbal Tea Collection to start experiencing all the wonderful benefits of drinking herbal tea! Contact us with any questions!