Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome Diet

A Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome Diet

Leaky gut syndrome is a condition where the lining of the stomach becomes more permeable, or ‘porous’ allowing molecules into the bloodstream that should not be there. Nutrients and other small molecules are only meant to pass through the intestinal barrier and into the bloodstream to supply our organs with nutrition, hormones and other molecules it needs to function.  When larger molecules such as yeast, toxins, undigested food and other forms of waste enter the bloodstream, the body reacts negatively in unhealthful ways resulting in allergies, inflammation, brain fog, autoimmune disease and a host of other health challenges. A healing leaky gut syndrome diet is necessary to incorporate as well as certain supplements and lifestyle changes. Read more about what leaky gut syndrome is here.

What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?

There is a general consensus among health experts about the causes of leaky gut syndrome. Inflammation is one of the top reasons. Certain foods and toxins lead to inflammation in the gut, compromising the lining and leading to leaky gut.

  • Gluten – is a highly inflammatory food. You don’t have to have celiac to react to gluten in your diet.  Too much gluten can be a cause of leaky gut.
  • Sugar – sugar feeds bad bacteria in the gut leading to an imbalance of gut bacteria which is a cause of inflammation.
  • Medications – over the counter medications or prescription medications can irritate the lining of the stomach leading to inflammation.
  • Chronic stress – stress weakens the immune system resulting in lowered resistance to bad bacteria which become more prolific resulting in inflammation.
  • Yeast – when yeast gets out of control it sticks to the lining of the gut causing more holes in the lining of the gut.
  • Zinc – A deficiency in zinc causes the stomach to not function optimally allowing toxins and pathogens to take over. Studies show that supplementing with zinc heals leaky gut.

So as you can see, inflammation is at the root of leaky gut and certain foods and lifestyle contribute to the inflammation.  If you don’t heal the inflammation with a protocol of diet and lifestyle modifications, leaky gut will remain an issue.  If leaky gut is not addressed, other health conditions can arise.

Diet For Leaky Gut

The principles of a leaky gut diet are simple:

  • Add those foods that heal and support your gut.
  • Avoid those foods that imbalance the bacteria in the gut.

When embarking on a leaky gut diet, the first phase is very important as it involves adding food that is naturally healing and may include foods that you are not familiar with.  Don’t worry, you can eventually add in more foods that you normally eat as you make your way through the phases of the diet.

Phase 1  (21 Days)

Achieving intestinal health involves the 4 R’s; Remove, Replace, Reinoculate and Repair.  Phase 1 of the diet incorporates all 4 R’s.   Removing those foods that contribute to gut imbalance, replacing stomach acid and digestive enzymes needed for optimal digestion, reinoculate the gut with beneficial probiotics and prebiotics, and repairing the lining of the intestinal walls with beneficial fibers.

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  • Sugar (all natural and artificial)
  • Trans fats
  • Dried fruits
  • Juices
  • Gluten and all grains (including rice)
  • Corn (cornstarch)
  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Processed meats
  • Peanuts
  • Canola oil
  • All potatoes including yams
  • Legumes
  • Iceberg lettuce

So, what can you eat for the next 21 days? 

Proteins:

  • Grass-fed Beef
  • Organic, Free Range Chicken
  • Fish (low to no mercury)
  • shellfish

Vegetables: (Stick with only these veggies for Phase 1)

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Berries
  • Broccoli (broccolini, broccoli rabe)
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbages
  • Capers
  • Carrots (only cooked)
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Lettuce (not iceberg)
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini

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  • Apples
  • Avocado
  • Cherries
  • Coconut
  • Coconut water
  • Grapefruit
  • kiwi
  • Nectarines
  • Orange
  • Rhubarb

Nuts and Seeds:

  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Nut flours
  • Walnuts

Oils:

  • Organic butter or ghee
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut oil

Legumes:

  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils

All of the above foods will repair your gut, reinoculate your gut with healthy pro and prebiotics and repair the stomach lining.  Eat meals incorporating all of the foods above for Phase 1.

Phase 2 (4 Weeks)

The goal of Phase 2 is to boost your metabolism and add in a few more foods that continue to enforce the four R’s.

Continue to avoid the foods listed in Phase 1 to remove.

Foods to Add Back In:

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  • Dairy (goats milk and kefir only)
  • Organic eggs
  • Mango
  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Rice (brown, basmati, wild) NO white rice
  • Green beans
  • All beans
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yams

Phase 3

By phase 3 your gut should be healing if not healed.  In Phase 3, you will continue with all the foods allowed in Phase 1 and 2, while continuing to avoid those foods that we removed in Phase 1.  If you still have some lingering issues, I recommend continuing Phase 2 for three more weeks.

Once you feel better, continue to be mindful of your body.  It will alert you to when there is an imbalance. Avoiding these foods or reducing them to only occasional indulgence is highly recommended for the rest of your life:

  • Packaged foods
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Trans fats
  • Canned fruits
  • Fruit juices
  • Soy
  • Canola oil
  • Artificial sugars
  • Refined sugars and flour

In conclusion, healing your gut involves removing certain foods that harm your gut, and then eating only those foods for a period of time that can strengthen and repair the gut.  Phase 1 and 2 involve avoiding and eating only those foods listed above.  Phase 3 of the diet is where you either continue on with Phase 2 if needed for three more weeks or going back to your regular diet while avoiding or reducing the forbidden foods for the rest of your life.

Let me be clear: Eating real food is very important to healing a leaky gut. But without a doubt, the #1 Mistake people make is thinking diet alone can heal their gut.

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Leaky gut is a complex problem that can affect many areas of the body. Therefore, it’s unlikely that just one thing would “fix” “cure” or “solve” it.

If this interests you, I want to invite you to come listen to a Free Presentation called “How to Solve A Leaky Gut”

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  • 19 Leaky Gut Triggers from the Research
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Restore Gut Health

How To Restore Gut Health

If you are living with digestive issues ranging from simple indigestion to Irritable Bowel Disease like Chron’s or colitis, I bet you’re wondering if living a normal life free of gas, constipation, bloating, pain, diarrhea is possible. Yes, it is possible and if you are a reader of my blog, you will know that there are many things you can do as far as lifestyle, diet and supplements go to help you get back to living a normal life again. Today, I’d like to talk about how to restore gut health. There is a formula so let’s begin!

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They say good health starts in the gut and researchers are understanding more and more every day that this is true. When we are born, we come into this world with a sterile microbiome. As we interact with the environment, our gut starts the process of forming colonies of bacteria also known as our microbiome or gut bacteria. The very first bacteria formed is lactobacillus Johnsonii which is the bacteria needed to digest mother’s breast milk. So as you can see, an infant cannot digest mother’s milk, but the gut bacteria can. We are almost 90 percent microbial! We used to think that these bacteria were there to harm us, but in fact, gut bacteria is in us to help us survive.

As we get older, our environment shapes the colonies of gut bacteria and the more diverse our bacteria the healthier we are as individuals. Medicine, antibiotics, vaccines can all disrupt the diverse and complex microbiome and set us up for all kinds of illnesses in the future.

Researchers have discovered about ten thousand species of gut bacteria and they have no idea what all of them are needed for. Thankfully we do understand more and more every year. In fact, we acquire other people’s bacteria from casual contact because our microbiome is dynamic and changing all the time.  Within 24 hours there can be a major shift in the diversity of your microbiome.

Irritable bowel syndrome and irritable bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s) are two very different diagnoses. IBS is nowhere near the inflammation markers of an IBD sufferer, but many of the symptoms overlap. According to studies, they do share a common thread and that is the diversity of their microbiome is reduced. When bad bacteria overtake the good in your digestive system, your symptoms will be constipation, gas, bad breath, diarrhea and stomach pain. Learning how to improve the diversity of your gut bacteria is critical to start feeling better and improving your digestive health.  

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How to Restore Gut Health

Dr. Raphael Kellman, MD, and author of Microbiome suggests a four-point plan to achieve a healthy microbiome. When looking to balance the microbiome it’s critical to Remove that which is compromising healthy gut bacteria. Replace that which the gut needs to digest food properly. Reinoculate with healthy bacteria. Repair the lining of the intestinal wall.

This all sounds so easy, just 4 things to do to get healthy! Nothing is easy, but it is very simple. Do them and within months you will be feeling so much better and on your way to vibrant living again.

Let’s look at them in detail.

 1) Remove You’ll need to remove from your diet anything that can compromise healthy digestion or increase bad bacteria. Removal of parasites is also included in this process. This means absolutely NO sugar, gluten, eggs, dairy, soy or any food made with these foods. No unhealthy fats like trans fats. No preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, no artificial sweeteners and the avoidance of environmental toxins like household cleaners. For a more detailed list, click here. Removing parasites involves the use of oregano oil, grapefruit seed extract, garlic, wormwood, and berberine.  Learn how to kill parasites with natural essential oils here.

Once these foods are removed, you are on your way to balancing your gut. Sugar, gluten, eggs, dairy, and soy feed bad bacteria resulting in more bad bacteria than good. When this happens, inflammation occurs making the lining of the gut more permeable resulting in fat storage, gas, bloating and other symptoms.

 2) Replace now it’s important to replace the stomach acid, enzymes, and friendly bacteria to restore healthy digestion. If you’re suffering from GERD or reflux/heartburn, you’re probably asking yourself right now, why on earth would I replace stomach acid? Most people who have these GERD or reflux/heartburn are suffering from low stomach acid, not too much stomach acid.

To replace stomach acid, hydrochloric acid tablets are used until relief is felt. Hydrochloric acid also helps keep unfriendly bacteria at bay. Next, enzymes are needed to break food down in the stomach. Enzymes are found in fresh whole fruits and vegetables which people do not eat in abundance anymore. Bromelain is one of the beneficial enzymes needed for digestion. Enzymes need to be taken with every meal to aid in digestion to also heal the gut. Read more about how probiotics can help your stomach issues here.

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 3) Reinoculate Now we have to reinoculate the gut with probiotics and prebiotics. Prebiotics are what good bacteria eat to thrive and gain in abundance. When probiotics and prebiotics are added together, the good bacteria will feed on the prebiotics and increase in number and diversity. It is very important to take them together. Probiotics can be taken in pill form to get the standardized dose or can be eaten in the form of fermented foods like raw sauerkraut, kimchee, and other fermented foods. Read more about fermented foods here. Prebiotics can also be taken in capsule form or you can eat them. Asparagus, carrots, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, jicama, leeks, onions, and radishes are rich in prebiotics because of the special fiber they contain.

 4) Repair If you are experiencing IBS, IBD, gas, bloating, Sibo, Leaky gut, diarrhea, constipation, and pain there is a level of inflammation and damage to the lining of the gut. Now it’s time to repair it. To reduce inflammation in the gut there are foods and supplements that can be eaten and taken to relieve and heal. Quercitin and curcumin (turmeric) help reduce inflammation. Here’s an easy recipe for Golden Milk which contains turmeric. L-glutamine has been shown in studies to heal the lining of the gut and is a very important supplement to take. The prebiotic foods listed above are also healing to the gut as well. So while you’re reinoculating with prebiotics, you are also repairing the lining of the intestinal wall as well.

As you can see, restoring gut health is as simple as remove, replace, reinoculate and repair. However putting this simple formula into practice can be daunting. I suggest working with an expert in gut health, like myself, to get on a good program. You can work with me one on one and finally feel better.  Sign up here and I’ll get you more information:

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Or you can purchase an online program where you can work independently.  I highly recommend Solving Leaky Gut, a fantastic gut health program that will make you feel better.

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How to Kill Intestinal Parasites

How To Kill Intestinal Parasites

Parasites are living organisms that live on or in a host organism and utilize the host organism’s nutrients and in so doing, hurt the host organism. Infections with human intestinal parasites represent one of the most common health problems of our days, and they are usually accompanied by symptoms such as anemia, constipation, bloating, digestive disorders and skin abnormalities. Many people completely refuse to take the issue of intestinal parasites seriously, not wanting to believe they suffer from such an uncomfortable and embarrassing health condition.  In this article, I will share with you how to kill intestinal parasites naturally.

However, there is little to be ashamed of, since all humans are exposed to parasitic organisms through various means like air, food, and drinks we consume or come in contact with. Besides the use of powerful anti-parasite drugs that are usually prescribed, there are natural ways to prevent or deal with parasitic infections, particularly since we are talking about long-term interventions. There are specific herbs that Mother Nature has in store for us that create a completely unfriendly environment for intestinal parasites. Below are some herbal oil extracts and how they can be used for getting rid of intestinal parasites.

Oil of oregano oregano_facebook

Nature provides us with many things and remedies are one of them. Oregano has been used for centuries as an antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent for a range of health issues. Oil of oregano is a potent and highly effective natural remedy for treating bacterial infections on the skin or in wounds but is also a perfect means of curing intestinal parasites. The essential oil of oregano is extracted through steam distillation of fresh oregano leaves. Its dominant components are Carvacrol, Thymol, Cymene, Caryophyllene, Pinene, Bisabolene, Linalool, Borneol, Geranyl Acetate, Linalyl Acetate and Terpinene. Chinese doctors have used oregano for centuries to treat cases of vomiting, diarrhea and skin problems. It is a digestive aid which helps to loosen and remove mucus, also helps to help get rid of intestinal parasites. Oregano is known to have powerful antioxidant activity. Opt only for oregano oil made from Origanum vulgare and Thymus capitatus, a variety that grows in Spain. 

How to take:   Dilute the oil (mix a drop with a drop of a carrier oil such as coconut oil), and place it under your tongue. Hold it there for a few minutes, and then rinse it out. Repeat this at least four times a day.

Oil of wormwood wormwood

Wormwood oil has as a component “thujone” which makes it a bit toxic but thujone makes wormwood an ideal deodorant because of its distinct smell and it’s properties that kill those bacteria contributing to body odor. Wormwood is used to eliminate intestinal parasites like worms, especially pinworms and roundworms. Pinworms are the most common worm infection whose eggs spread directly from person to person. Roundworms, or nematodes, are parasites that also infect human intestines.

Pinworms can cause extreme itching in the anal region while roundworms can cause a cough, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss, and presence of the worm in vomit or stool. Parasites are never a good thing, but thankfully they’re treatable with natural remedies like wormwood oil. Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), black walnut and clove are commonly used together to kill off a parasitic infection. It’s said that when these three are taken at the same time, together they’re able to break the parasite’s life cycle.

How to take –  Wormwood is best to take in capsule form when killing parasites.  Some use teas and tinctures, but a standardized capsule is the way to go.  Combine it with black walnut and you have a potent parasitic cleanse. Try this organic variety here. 

Essential oil of cloves  cloves

Clove oil is extracted from the clove bud through distillation and it contains eugenol, caryophyllene, and tannins, which are powerful antimicrobial agents. Clove oil is also rich in calcium, iron, sodium, phosphorous, potassium, and Vitamins A and C. Eugenol is reported to be anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-spasmodic, a broad-spectrum antimicrobial, etc. Eugenol is the volatile oil responsible for the aroma of cloves and it starts to dissipate as soon as they are grounded. These components travel through the bloodstream, killing microscopic parasites and intestinal parasitic larvae and eggs.  Cloves are also effective at killing Staphylococcus and Streptococcus bacteria. Clove oil is very strong and should always be used with a carrier oil and only used for short periods of time, up to 2 weeks when taken internally.

How to take – Use 2-3 drops of clove oil in water with fresh squeezed lemon and drink this 3x daily.

In conclusion, when parasitic infections are suspected it’s time to do a parasitic cleanse. Knowing that there are very effective essential oils that are effective in killing parasites is gratifying.   Taking the highest quality herbs and essential oils is paramount especially when taking essential oils internally.  I highly recommend these essential oils when taking them internally.  To purchase the oils mentioned above, Amazon.com carries Plant Therapy, a reputable, quality brand of essential oils.  Wild Harvest is a great brand to purchase wormwood capsules.

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Killing Bad Bacteria Gut Information

When there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut, it opens the door to all sorts of health challenges ranging from simple digestive issues like too much gas and bloating to autoimmune diseases.  Having an overgrowth of bad bacteria also influences our cravings for food.  Did you ever crave sugary foods? Thank your gut bacteria for that.  Bad bacteria feeds off of sugar and when they need more ‘food’ they will influence your brain to make the decision to eat more sugar.  Thought you had no willpower? Well think again, it’s your microbes demanding to be fed!  Bad bacteria also influences whether your body will store food as fat rather than energy. Killing bad bacteria gut Information is important to know and apply in your life so you can finally be free of your microbes determining the state of your health, cravings, and weight.Overgrowth of Bad Bacteria

How to Kill Bad Bacteria In The Gut

  1. The first thing you need to do to kill off bad bacteria is to stop eating sugar.  Bad gut bacteria feed off of sugar so you need to starve them and kill them off. If you need help getting sugar out of your life, I highly recommend you to do a sugar detox.
  2. Take simple carbs out of your diet.  Simple carbs like bread, rice, and pasta turn to sugar and feed the bad bacteria just like sweet foods do.
  3. Increase antioxidants that boost your immune system like OPC’s , vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, and bioflavonoids.  You can purchase these in supplement forms but it’s always best to eat the organic, whole food variety of these antioxidants.  But to jumpstart a program of killing bacteria, it can be a good idea to use supplements to quicken the process. These antioxidants boost the immune system which then attacks bad bacteria.  
  4. Oregano oil – 4 drops of oregano oil a day can help kill off bad bacteria. Read more about other ways to kill off bad bacteria with oregano oil here.   

Other Ways To Reduce Bad Bacteria

Killing off bad bacteria is a great first step in reducing the overgrowth of bacteria in your gut, but there are other ways to reduce bad bacteria.  If you do all of the above but continue a lifestyle that fosters the growth of bad bacteria, you won’t make much headway.  Here are other things to avoid to reduce bad bacteria.

AVOID

  • Chemicals and preservatives in food.  Read labels and stay away from ingredients you don’t understand.
  • Antibiotics. We overuse antibiotics and it increases the ratio of bad bacteria. Do not use antibiotics for simple colds and flu.  It’s not necessary and will do more damage in the long term.  Antibiotics kill off all bacteria, good and bad. If you have to take antibiotics make sure you are taking a high quality probiotic. Check out my shop page for some excellent ones.
  • Chlorine can be in our tap water and it destroys gut bacteria.  Use filtered, high-quality water for home use and purchase high-quality spring water to avoid chlorine.
  • Environmental toxins.  Things like household cleaners, pesticides, lawn chemicals etc will wreak havoc on our good bacteria allowing bad bacteria to thrive.
  • Excessive stress.  To balance stress, you need to incorporate stress-reducing activities into your daily life.  Do crossword puzzles, sleep for 7-8 hours every night, meditate, exercise.  For more information about how to start a meditation practice sign up here:

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  • Avoid hand sanitizers. Hand sanitizers kill beneficial bacteria as well as bad bacteria. Plain soap and water will do the trick.
  • Avoid heavy metals.  This means staying away from canned tuna which can have high levels of mercury.
  • Do not eat traditional meat.  Meat traditionally raised is filled with chemicals and antibiotics.  This is passed on to you when you consume it.  Always go for organic and grass fed beef.
  • Stay away from NSAIDs and OTC pain relievers.  They kill off good bacteria. If you need pain relief try a bowl of tart cherries or drink Golden Milk which is made with turmeric a potent pain reliever. Here is a recipe for Golden Milk, drink it every day.
  • Trans fats. Trans fats are very damaging to the body and increase inflammation which allows bad bacteria to survive. Stick with healthy fats like olive oil, avocado oil, grass fed butter, coconut oil etc.

In conclusion, killing bad bacteria is a way to heal your gut and start the healing process.  But killing bad bacteria is not the end of the process.  Avoiding those foods and environmental toxins that encourage the growth of bad bacteria is also necessary to do. If you’d like to start an effective sugar detox to jump start the process, I recommend Diane Sanfilippo’s 21 Day Detox.
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Full Spectrum Light Therapy

Benefits Of Full Spectrum Light Therapy

Many health disorders can be traced back to insufficient lighting. Most lighting in our homes, schools, and offices lack the full spectrum light of the sun that our bodies require to function optimally. The benefits of full spectrum light therapy is a way to gain back the benefits of naturally healing, naturally beneficial sunlight.

A long time ago, I read that women out in sunny California had fewer rates of breast cancer than women in the Northeast.  We are told to stay out of the sun for fear of skin cancer, but we may have done ourselves a huge disservice by being afraid of the sun.

The sun’s rays and their effects on our health go way beyond vitamin D synthesis which most mainstream doctors are concerned about today.  There is certainly reason for concern as vitamin D deficiency is an epidemic in the United States. The sun’s rays keep our biological systems running optimally.UV-Spectrum-1024x561

The Spectrum Of The Sun’s Rays

Sunlight or solar radiation, is visible at the earth’s surface. Sunlight is broken down into 3 components. They are visible light, ultraviolet light and infrared. Visible light makes up half of the total radiation received by the sun. Infrared rays is responsible for it’s heat producing quality and is the other major percentage of the sun’s radiation. Ultraviolet light is just a small percentage of the sun’s radiation but it’s responsible for producing vitamin D. Pollution robs us of ultraviolet light, thus decreasing our body’s ability to manufacture vitamin D. However, there are other components of sunlight that we haven’t even scratched the surface with yet as far as understanding the biological activity they activate within us. Much more research needs to be done.

Most of us have heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD which affects many people during the cold fall and winter months where there is not a lot of sunlight during the day. Although SAD is a very real problem, it’s not the only health issue brought about by the lack of full-spectrum sunlight. We are all aware of vitamin D deficiency due to lack of sunlight too, but did you know there are many other health conditions that are directly related to lack of sunlight? If you’d like to read more about vitamin D deficiency and gut health and other health problems, click here.Read More About Vitamin D

Other Health Related Issues Related To Lack Of Sunlight

  • Nearsightedness is on the rise and experts say it’s affecting ⅓ of the earth’s population.  Studies show that kids who spend more time in the sunlight have a lower risk of myopia. (nearsightedness)
  • You have a higher risk of muscular sclerosis if you live above Georgia for the first 10 years of your life.
  • Sleep problems due to the disruption of circadian rhythm.
  • Lowers your immune system exposing you to more colds and flu. The immune system is located primarily in the lining of your gut.
  • A greater risk of breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Now that you know how important natural sunlight is and how most Americans are not getting the benefits of natural sunlight that results in many health conditions, it’s time to incorporate technology in our homes, schools, and work that mimic natural sunlight is of the utmost importance.

Benefits of Full-Spectrum Light

The goal is to mimic as much as possible our ancestor’s environment where exposure to natural sunlight was abundant in their day to day life.

To the rescue is modern technology!kelvin light therapy

Most light boxes do not include infrared or ultraviolet light to protect the eyes and skin from damaging UV light. When purchasing a light box you’ll want to understand the Color Rendering Index or CRI. CRI measures the ability of a light source to render color and runs on a scale of 1-100. Daylight has a CRI between 80-100. Kelvin refers to color temperature. The sun ranges at noon time between 4000 to 6500k (Kelvins). So a 5000K lamp that has a CRI of 80, would be a lamp that mimics sunlight and can be called ‘full-spectrum’.  You want to be careful of claims that say full-spectrum but are actually not.

You can also find light bulbs that are labeled full-spectrum and are very expensive, but if you can look for the Kelvins and CRI of light bulbs that mimic sunlight as referenced above, you can save some money. So knowing what to look for is important.

Other Factors To Look For

  • Has the box been clinically tested?
  • Does it provide 10,000 lux of light?
  • Does it deliver light downward mimicking the sun?
  • Is the light diffused evenly?

Safety – Very Important!

It is very important to purchase the safest product. Look for these features.

(1) the absence of UV wavelengths

(2) a proper diffusing screen

(3) UL listing.

Experts believe the addition of UV light is not necessary for full-spectrum light therapy.  Due to the damage UV rays can have on the skin and eyes for long periods of time, a good quality device should not have it.

A diffusing screen should be included in a quality light therapy device. What a diffuser does is spread the light evenly across the unit to make the light more comfortable for the eyes. 10,000 lux is the highest amount of light that’s been tested in clinical studies and the light should be diffused evenly.   

UL listing is important to guarantee the safety of the unit. It stands for Underwriters Laboratories. This group tests and certifies electronic products for consumer safety in the U.S.

So, to save you time in looking on your own, I have provided a list of those full-spectrum light boxes and bulbs that are the best.

Aurora Light Pad Mini – 10,000 Lux.  The Aurora Light Pad Mini is portable and doctor recommended.

Alaska Northern Lights- North Star – 10,000 Lux Proven in clinical trials – recommended by many doctors and institutions.

 

Sun Touch Plus Light and Ion Therapy – 10,000 Lux. Recommended by Columbia Department of Psychiatry and the New York State Psychiatry Institute.

Carribean Sun LED Light Therapy Box – 10,000 LUX Very low power consumption

Sugar and Leaky Gut - Heal Your Leaky Gut Now!

Sugar and Leaky Gut – Heal Your Leaky Gut Now.

We come into this world with a propensity for sweet foods. I know I sure did! Humans can detect four basic flavors – salt, sour, bitter and sweet, but it’s the sweet that we seek out. Scientists reason it’s because we evolved eating fruit from the trees. The sugar in the fruit provided energy for our brain and helped us store fat. Two necessary survival abilities for the human body.

Richard Johnson, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado and author of “The Sugar Fix” explains during human evolution there was a time of global cooling. Eating fructose was a way for the body to store fat, so starvation was not likely and therefore upped the chance of survival for the species. Basically any food that people were likely to eat would mean the likelihood of surviving and passing on their genes.

Seeking out and eating sweet foods was a survival instinct. Our bodies were trained biologically to seek out the sweet stuff!

Where Does Sugar Come From?

Simple, white sugar comes from the dried juice of beets and the sugar cane plant.  Sugar in America comes from sugar beets.  The final product of sugar from sugar cane and sugar beets is the same. Unfortunately, sugar beets are also almost all genetically modified or GMO. Another good reason to stay away from it.

You’ve probably heard many names for sugar: Cane sugar, brown sugar, powdered confectioners sugar, organic cane juice, fine sugar, raw sugar and turbinado sugar. Don’t be fooled, it’s effects on the body are the same.

What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Sugar?

Sugar, or sucrose is made up of a fructose and glucose molecule.  Remember our ancestors needed fructose to survive by storing fat and the glucose for fuel for their brain and body.

When you eat sugar, an enzyme is immediately released in your mouth to help partially break down the sugar. Sugar spends a very short amount of time in the stomach, not fully broken down yet, and enters the small intestine where the majority of digestion takes place. Enzymes in the small intestines break the sugars into monosaccharides, which are absorbed into the bloodstream and used for energy.  That’s a very simple explanation.

Glucose – is absorbed into the bloodstream and insulin is secreted from the pancreas to attach to glucose and transfer it into the cells for energy use. You get blood sugar spikes from glucose and diabetics have to be very careful of their sugar glucose intake.

Fructose – Insulin has no effect on fructose! Fructose is not controlled by insulin nor can fructose be used or turned into energy for any part of the body. Fructose can only be processed in the liver. Fructose can only be turned into fat by the liver. Remember our ancestors survived on the ability of their body to increase fat after eating sweet plant foods? However excess simple fructose – as in soda with High Fructose Corn Syrup, raises the risk of fatty liver disease, obesity and especially fat accumulates around the torso leading to heart disease.

Quick note about fruit sugar (Fructose) – The fructose in fruit is bound to fiber, other carbohydrates and protein all which have to be digested or broken down in the stomach and intestines before it can be used by the body. Getting a fructose ‘hit’ on the body is negligible and why fruit is healthy and desirable for diabetics under a good eating plan.

Now that we have an understanding of what simple sugar is, what it is made of and how it’s metabolized, we can address how sugar and leaky gut are connected!

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is still much of a mystery to mainstream doctors. There is plenty of research on its existence, but still not well known about. Read more about Leaky Gut Syndrome here. There are symptoms that accompany leaky gut including bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities,aches and pains, brain fog, and other digestive illnesses.  Leaky gut is also thought to aggravate or be the precursor to autoimmune diseases.

The lining of the stomach is permeable with small holes or ‘tight junctures’ that allow microscopic nutrients and molecules to pass through and into the bloodstream. That is completely normal and how digestion works to get nutrients and other molecules needed for the body to use.

The problem that occurs with leaky gut is when the lining of the stomach gets inflamed and the tight junctures now become not-so-tight. They open up and allow molecules and other substances in that should not get into the bloodstream. This causes widespread problems ranging from allergies to autoimmune diseases.  If you think you have Leaky Gut, take the Leaky Gut quiz and find out for sure.  

What Causes Inflammation in the Gut?

  • NSAIDS
  • Candida
  • Food Additives
  • Alcohol
  • SUGAR

Sugar feeds candida, yeast and bad bacteria.  Bad bacteria creates toxins that damage the lining of the stomach, opening up the tight junctures and allowing more molecules to get through and into the bloodstream.  A diet high in simple sugar causes the body to work harder to process it by manufacturing enzymes and using nutrients to digest causing a deficient state.  

Sugar is hard on the body causing inflammation, nutrient deficiencies and problems with candida that can all result in Leaky Gut Syndrome.  To learn more about Leaky Gut causes and healing, watch this webinar.

The good news is that you can heal!

The Four R’s Are Your Steps To Healing.

  1. REMOVE
  2. REPLACE
  3. REPAIR
  4. REBALANCE

Remove those foods that are known to cause Leaky gut: Sugar, grains, processed foods contribute to inflammation in the gut.

Replace with healing foods and supplements like fermented foods, probiotic rich foods like yogurt, cleansing vegetables like dark leafy greens.

Repair the gut with foods and supplements that heal. Bone broth and vitamin D as well as l glutamine have been shown to heal the lining of the stomach. Quercitin is another supplement that has been shown to heal the lining and improve the tight junctures of the stomach.

Rebalance Probiotics rebalance the gut by providing healthy strains of probiotics into the gut helping rebalance the ratio of good to bad bacteria.

Helping the body to heal by taking sugar out of the diet is a big and important step to feeling better.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox is a comprehensive, yet simple and effective real-foods based program to help break the chains sugar and carbs have on you – and help you find food freedom. Click Here to start the 21 Day Sugar Detox program.

If you think you have Leaky Gut Syndrome and would like to learn more, sign up for this webinar hosted by 

Jordan Reasoner  and  Steven Wright

Both solved their Leaky Gut issues following this protocol.  Find out more here

In conclusion, excess simple sugar in the diet causes inflammation in the body and the gut resulting in Leaky Gut Syndrome.  Leaky Gut Syndrome can be healed by following a protocol and sticking with it until symptoms subside.

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The Best Manuka Honey For Healing

The Best Manuka Honey For Healing – Know Your Honey

Honey is a supersaturated sugar solution derived from nectar gathered and modified by the honeybee and has been used since ancient times for healing. Manuka honey is a special type of honey that has been shown to have even more healing benefits over regular honey.  In this article I will explain the best manuka honey for healing since finding quality and true manuka honey can be a challenge.manuka-or-tea-tree-bush

Manuka honey comes from bees that pollinate the manuka bush. The manuka bush grows predominantly in New Zealand but also grows in Australia too. In fact there is a bit of competition between the two countries for the certification of authentic manuka honey. The world market price of manuka honey has reached incredibly high numbers making it one of the priciest exports coming out of New Zealand and Australia, so you can see why both countries are looking for certification superiority. If New Zealand wins the trademark, they will have a very lucrative product niche.

Manuka bushes also grow in other parts of the world, but the flower bees that pollinate them are not the right kind that produce true manuka honey. The New Zealand manuka bush is the same bush that tea tree oil comes from.

Authentic New Zealand manuka honey has the UMF on it’s side which is an advocacy group. The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMF) is a trademark and works with the growers and producers of the honey to inform the users of the benefits. These quality standards uphold the label by hiring independent companies to check samples of the honey.  The UMF is also looking to trademark the Manuka Honey name to protect the authenticity of the product.

How Is Manuka Honey Different From Other Types of Honey?

All honey has natural antibiotic properties due to their hydrogen peroxide content and has been used for centuries for wound healing and it’s ability to kill germs.  All honey is acidic with a pH between 3.2 and 4.5 which is responsible in promoting healing.

Manuka honey however, has even more unique qualities making it superior to regular honey.  One of these properties is a substance called methylglyoxal (MGO) which is found only in the nectar of the manuka plant. MGO is superior at attacking germs so well that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved bandages infused with Manuka honey for over the counter and prescription use in wound healing.

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MGO is not found in such high concentrations in any other food besides manuka honey. The higher the concentration of MGO, the stronger the antibacterial result.  High concentration of MGO in manuka honey gives it the power to destroy a large number of viruses and bacteria.  In fact, a recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases showed manuka honey killed almost every bacteria and pathogen it was tested on, something traditional antibiotics cannot claim.  These bacteria and pathogens include two strains of staph bacteria, MSSA (methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus) and MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) and Pseudomonas aeriginosa (PA).

Manuka honey also has an amazing nutritional profile that far exceeds traditional flower honey.  Manuka honey has amino acids, b vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc up to 4 times the amounts of regular honey.

Health Benefits Of True Manuka Honey

Digestion and Immunology – especially SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), low stomach acid and acid reflux or GERD.  Any bacterial issue with the stomach can benefit from manuka honey.  It can balance the bad bacteria in your gut which can heal and soothe digestion. Manuka honey can help prevent infections with it’s high antibacterial content helping with any bacterial illnesses and building immunity.

Stomach ulcers. Manuka honey is effective in killing the bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori, due to it’s antibacterial properties.

Chronic sinus infections. Manuka honey is effective at killing off Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas, bacteria responsible for causing sinus infections even better than antibiotics.

Wounds and skin ulcers. Manuka honey may be effective in killing MRSA, a bacteria that thrives on your skin and is commonly found in skin wounds. MRSA can grow and can be life threatening. ScienceDaily reports that 85 percent of bacteria in skin wounds was destroyed by small concentrations of manuka honey. Always check with your doctor for deep wounds or wounds that don’t heal or change in color and swelling.  

Periodontal disease. Dental plaque and tartar are caused by bacteria left on your teeth and can cause inflammation and gum disease. Manuka honey was shown in a study to prevent dental plaque and worked better than a clinical anti plaque mouthwash.

Skin Care. Excema, sensitive skin and psoriasis can all be helped with the topical application of manuka honey. Although there is not a lot of science yet behind it, manuka honey’s anti inflammatory properties are added to skincare to soothe and relieve chronic skin conditions.

Diabetic foot ulcers. Manuka honey is reported to be effective in the treatment of diabetic leg and foot ulcers according to a recent study.

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How To Purchase Authentic Manuka Honey

At the beginning of this article I mentioned UMF, the Unique Manuka Honey Factor, the trademark group that oversees the authenticity of manuka honey. The UMF is also a grading system which appraises the natural markers found in the honey to assure purity and quality.  The UMF protects your rights as a consumer so you are getting what you pay for as the strength and potency of manuka honey as it varies per manuka bush. The UMF is a trademark of licensed users who must be New Zealand company manufacturers. Manuka honey must go through a series of tests to show authenticity and purity

This is the manuka honey grading UMF grading system:

The UMF quality trademark ranges from 5 upwards:

  •  0-4  Not detectable
  •  5-9  Low levels
  • 10-15 Useful levels
  • 16+   Superior high grade levels

The Active Manuka Honey Association of New Zealand is the organization responsible for the oversight of testing manuka honey.  Below MUST be labeled on the jar, or it is not guaranteed authentic manuka honey.

What will you see on the jar of authentic, trademarked manuka honey?

  • Authentic manuka honey will have the  UMF® trademark on the jar.
  • Along with the UMF will come a number.  This number specifies the UMF level of anti-bacterial activity.  5+, 10+, 12+, 16+, 18+, 20+
  • It has the UMF licensee’s brand name and license number on the label.
  • It is packed into jars and labelled in New Zealand.
  • It has a numerical number alongside the UMF trademark. (a number on it’s own without the trademark UMF does not identify genuine manuka honey).
  • It is endorsed by the Official UMF Test Certificate which states the batch number test results on the label.

In conclusion, manuka honey is a special honey with superior antibacterial and nutrient qualities above regular honey.  The UMF is a trademark for authentic New Zealand manuka honey, protecting the rights of the consumer in getting a quality and authentic product. Manuka honey has many researched and documented health benefits relating to antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Finding authentic manuka honey involves making sure the label has all the required information on it, guaranteeing authenticity.
My favorite brands of authentic manuka honey can be found below.  And please comment if you enjoyed this article, I love to hear from my readers.

Medi Bee  medi bee manuka honey

Steens steens-beekeeper-15-raw-manuka-honey-340g-ste5-7yx6w_L

Tahi tahi manuka honey

How to use Apple Cider Vinegar for Gut Health

How to use Apple Cider Vinegar for Gut Health – A simple remedy!

 

Our gut is populated with colonies of bacteria, good and bad. When the diversity of bacteria is lacking or certain species of bacteria are absent, illnesses and chronic diseases or stomach distress is a result. There are so many factors that go into having a healthy microbiome (gut bacteria) and environment all plays a factor. Diet is huge when dealing with the health of the gut and there are so many foods and supplements that can help, I could spend all day addressing them!  The scope of this article will address how to use apple cider vinegar for gut health as one of those foods that can affect your microbiome.

As infants we come into this world with a sterile microbiome.  Experts have recently discovered that by the age how to use apple cider vinegar for gut healthof three, our gut bacteria has been formed.  During those three years a child will be exposed to many factors that will affect how their microbiome has formed.  Playing in the dirt, having a pet, whether or not they were breastfed, what they eat, medications they have ingested will all factor into the diversity and quality of the microbiome.

Then as the years go by we further alter the microbiome, by how much it is altered experts do not know the answer to.  Medications, antibiotics, fast food, processed food, sugar, stress, pollution can all affect the quality and diversity of the microbiome.  If you eat a typical American diet, you most likely have gut issues.  No wonder the aisles of pharmacies are loaded with antiacids, and other stomach related relief medicines.  IBS, IBD, reflux, gas and bloating are the number one complaints suffered by millions of Americans.

Origins Of Vinegar

White vinegar has been used for more than ten thousand years and flavored vinegars’ were produced about five thousand years ago.  The New Testament references vinegar for wound healing and other medicinal purposes. The Chinese used vinegar as a sanitizing hand wash.  Early American health practitioners used vinegar to treat a variety of ailments like stomachache, fever and poison ivy.

How is Vinegar Made?

Raw materials containing starch or a sugar via a fermentation process is involved in the production of vinegar. Grape, apple and other fruit juices are the main starting materials.  Rice, malt and beer vinegar are other types of vinegars’ produced as well. There are several fermentation processes, oxidation and then an aging process that varies according to the type of raw material used when manufacturing vinegar. (Grapes, apples, etc)

Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Gut Health

  • Apple cider vinegar contains organic acids that include acetic acid.  These acids are able to permeate into the cell membranes of microorganisms and initiate cell death. It’s antimicrobial properties make it a useful antibacterial agent.  Studies have been done on vinegar and it’s positive effect of killing food-borne bacteria due to the acetic acid content.
  • The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has been shown to be lethal to E.Coli bacteria, a  type of bacteria that is very resistant these days to antibiotics.
  • Obesity is a huge problem in the United States and the numbers of people who will be obese in the future is staggering. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to decrease the glycemic effect of a meal which may increase weight loss.  A recent study on rats showed those that ingested the vinegar had lower body weight.
  • Apple cider vinegar can improve the acid content in your stomach. Many people suffer from indigestion due to low levels of stomach acid.  Increasing the stomach acid by taking one tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water daily will help with indigestion and gas.

How to take apple cider vinegar

There are no safety precautions to taking small amounts of vinegar a day. You can drink one to two teaspoons in a glass of water one to two times a day.  There are no recommended dosages for taking vinegar, so seeing how you feel is the best gauge.

*Tips*

  • Never drink apple cider vinegar or any type of vinegar straight.  Always dilute due to it’s highly acidic nature. Your tooth enamel can be damaged by taking it straight as well as possibly irritating the tissues of your mouth and throat.
  • Never drink more than one to two teaspoons of diluted apple cider vinegar per day unless under the advice of your health care practitioner. Drinking too much per day can affect your potassium levels which will hurt bone density.
  • If you’re taking laxatives, medicines for diabetes or heart disease, don’t take apple cider vinegar unless under the care of your physician.
  • Make sure your apple cider vinegar contains the ‘mother’ and is not diluted. Mother of vinegar is the jelly-like substance that can cloud the apple cider vinegar.  It can look wispy as well.  Many feel that the ‘mother’
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    Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

    has it’s own health benefits.  To read more about apple cider vinegar and it’s health benefits, Bragg Health Sciences makes a high quality apple cider vinegar
    and they have a book explaining the many benefits.

In conclusion, apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which has been shown to kill bad bacteria, including E.coli.  It’s anti microbial effects make it an effective anti- bacterial agent. Apple cider vinegar is helpful for weight loss and indigestion as well as killing off food-borne bacteria saving you from a potential bout of food poisoning.

Taking small amounts of diluted apple cider vinegar can be a great way to keep your gut happy and your waistline happy!  To purchase a high quality apple cider vinegar, try Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

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or try Viva Naturals Apple Cider Vinegar:

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Best Natural Probiotics

The Best Natural Probiotics

Probiotics are microorganisms that offer some form of health benefit to the host on which they live – they can be found in various foods. Probiotics are believed to play very important roles in regulating proper intestinal function and digestion – by balancing intestinal micro-flora. The best natural probiotics are those with minimum ingredients in the product and one that has an abundance of diverse bacteria.300-probiotics

Probiotics are found in natural whole food and in supplement form as capsules, liquid and chewables.

Probiotic supplements are natural remedies that a lot of people can benefit from. With so many different products to choose from, of course, it can be difficult for people to find exactly what they are looking for. It’s going to be up to you to learn about probiotic supplements and how they can improve your digestive health in order to get what you deserve. Below are the best natural probiotics.

  1. Garden of Life Probiotics  4.2 stars out of 5 on Amazon  $38.87

    The Best Natural Probiotics
    Garden of Life Raw Probiotics

Garden of life probiotics is the only probiotic formula that contains a unique whole food blend with Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSOs). The HSO probiotic blend in Garden of Life probiotics helps support the normal gastrointestinal balance of good and potentially harmful bacteria to help maintain a balanced, healthy internal environment.

These probiotics promote regular bowel function and help maintain an already healthy immune system both of which are beneficial to overall health. Maximizes the benefits of a healthy diet by supporting normal absorption and assimilation of nutrients in the gut. Very importantly, and unlike many other probiotics on the market today, Garden of Life Probiotics can thrive in the toughest environment and are undeterred by stomach and bile acids. Garden of Life has a proprietary Replenish Blend ingredient which facilitates the fermentation process in the gut to make nutrients more available to the body.

       Free of Gluten, binders, fillers, carriers, artificial colors and preservatives.

  1. Rainbow Light  4.5 stars out of 5 stars on Amazon $17.36

Probiolicious, Rainbow Light’s catch name for their probiotic blend, makes it easy to support a healthy digestive and immune system. Featuring unique, shelf-stable prebiotic support that nurtures probiotic growth. Prebiotics are precursors to probiotics and are the food that probiotics feed off of. Rainbow Light probiotics are protected by a natural coating that can survive manufacturing, shipping and stomach acid to reach the digestive tract in sufficient numbers to thrive, promoting digestive and immune health.

Rainbow Light is a clinically researched probiotic with prebiotic support which promotes digestive and immune health. It also helps occasional gas, constipation & diarrhea and no refrigeration required, it is made with natural colors and flavors with no preservatives or artificial sweeteners. Rainbow Light probiotic is Gluten-Free, Milk/Dairy Free, Delicious Berry Flavor

  1. Ohhiras Probiotics  4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon  $53.13  

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    Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics is the world’s most popular premium probiotic supplement and one of my favorites! It contains 12 synergistic strains of probiotics including lactobacillus and bifido bacteria which work together to keep your digestive system in balance.   Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium infantis, Infantis, Lactobacillus plantarum, plus 9 other strains. These strains have been found to be effective in helping a number of gut health issues. Read more about the benefits of bifidobacterium infantis here.

Dr. Ohhira has developed a growth/production process that requires from 3 to 5 years of fermentation which exceeds the industry normal.  This extended fermentation process enables the strains of bacteria to grow and proliferate, and also results in the production of substantial metabolic byproducts such as organic acids, short-chain fatty acids, various vitamins, amino acids and other accessory nutrients. These are all of the beneficial compounds that are normally produced by probiotics in the GI tract. With Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics, you get the 12 strains of probiotics plus all these other beneficial compounds.

  1. Nutrition Now 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon  $13.29

This probiotic definitely works by making bolstering the good bacteria, making it alive and effective. Positive changes may be seen just after taking the first capsule: less bloating and overall improvement in digestion. Probiotics of the Bifido bacterium group should help with constipation.  Lactobacillus rhamnosus will relieve symptoms of  yeast infections. Nutrition Now PB8 has 7 billion of 8 different strains in each 1 capsule so one a day should be enough.

CFUs count: 14 billion. Ingredients: 8 distinct probiotic strains, namely Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum,Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Lactobacillus salivarius, alongside microcrystalline cellulose, inulin, magnesium stearate, and silica

  1. Healthy Origins 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon  $34.49

Healthy Origins contains 30 Billion CFU’s which is a powerful blend of 8 friendly bacteria strains and 30 billion colony forming units (CFU’s) which can help support a positive balance of micro flora in the intestines. Supplementing with probiotics may help to restore and maintain friendly bacteria colonies that were depleted by stress, antibiotics and gastrointestinal disturbances.

Healthy Origins Probiotic 30 Billion CFU’S is stomach acid resistant to ensure that the maximum amount of friendly bacteria reach the intestinal tract to exert their greatest benefits. Probiotic 30 Billion CFU’s is stable at room temperature. Refrigeration is not required.  This product is not gluten free and the capsules contain silicon dioxide which purists prefer not to have in their supplement.

Ingredients: Vegetable capsule (cellulose, water), microcrystalline cellulose, vegetable magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide.

Allergen Statement: Contains minimal residual amounts of dairy, soy and gluten peptides which are used the fermentation process.

Taking a quality probiotic is the first step in healing your digestive issues.  I hope you found this review helpful. If you’d like to read more about probiotics and how they are healing for your digestion, click here.

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Heal Your Gut With Essential OIls

Heal Your Gut With Essential Oils – Powerful Relief For 4 Conditions!

You know when your gut is off. The bloating, gas, pain, constipation or diarrhea are the symptoms that you cannot ignore.  But sometimes, gut problems may not be so obvious.  The balance of your gut bacteria or damage to the lining isn’t obvious to you if you don’t have direct gut health symptoms.  But problems with your gut can manifest as immune issues, mood problems, brain fog etc. If you have issues that are chronic and you cannot pinpoint why you have them, it’s time to focus on healing the gut. One of your options to strengthen and heal your gut are essential oils.  You can heal your gut with essential oils, my favorite natural therapy!

*TIP*

Avoid overuse of essential oils.  They may seem harmless, but they have properties that are effective and too much of it can be counterproductive. Always use essential oils with the care and respect you deserve, and if you have questions about your particular condition, always check and use under the guidance of your own qualified practitioner.

Not every gut issue will respond to essential oils, but there are a few conditions that align well with treatment!  

4 Essential Oils Generally Regarded As Effective For Gut Health

These essential oils can be used for general digestive discomfort and are considered safe.

    1. Cumin  has been shown to be a great reliever of IBS.  It’s not as commonly known as other essential oils, but a good one to keep on hand if you suffer from digestive issues.
    2. Lavender  Is a very popular oil and one of the most gentle yet extremely healing oil.  Lavender is a general anti-inflammatory and can calm the stomach and gut lining.
    3. Peppermint Many know about peppermint as being a gut relieving oil. It has a long history of being a digestive aid and it’s well researched for IBS symptoms.
    4. Thyme Has been shown to relieve SIBO with its protective effects on good bacteria in the stomach.

All of the above oils are general enough to help with most of your digestive issues and if you keep them on hand, you have a great ‘medicine cabinet’ for your gut.

Read more here.

Specific Conditions That Essential Oils Can Help With.

SIBO – SIBO means ‘small intestine bacterial overgrowth’.  This is a condition where bacteria from the colon move to the small intestine.  When dealing with SIBO, making sure that the good bacteria is not disturbed while trying to eliminate the bad bacteria.  This can be tricky, but a 2009 study found that essential oils were effective in keeping good bacteria unharmed while dealing with the bad bacteria. The essential oils that were found to help are caraway, lavender and bitter orange.  

Acid Reflux or GERD – acid reflux is a major problem in the U.S. affecting millions of people.  It can be due to either too much stomach acid or too little.  For many it’s hard to understand that acid reflux could be the result of too little stomach acid, but it’s usually the likely reason.  The American diet is deficient in fresh whole foods, too much OTC medicine and prescription medicine.  We have a love affair with antiacids, so there is not enough stomach acid to digest the food.  Normally, digested food is pushed through from the stomach to the small intestine.  When food is not being digested properly due to lack of sufficient stomach acid, the stomach cannot push forward the contents, so it backs the contents up to the esophagus. Use protective essential oils like ginger and turmeric help to strengthen and heal the stomach lining when taken alongside a meal. Protecting the lining of the stomach when dealing with acid reflux and GERD is important to help prevent damage.

IBS – Irritable bowel syndrome affects millions of people a year, and about 70 percent will never go to their doctor for treatment.  If you do go to the doctor, treatment is usually lifestyle and diet changes.  Medication is sometimes used as well. One of the most studied essential oils for IBS is peppermint oil. A 2008 study found that peppermint oil was just as effective as antispasmodic medication.  

Nausea – Nausea can be a minor annoyance for some, but for many it can be a debilitating condition for those suffering with gut health issues. If you think back to when you were nauseous, I bet you remember that scent was something that affected your nausea usually for the worse.  Essential oils and their scent can be useful for helping. Inhaling essential oils like lemon, peppermint and ginger can be effective as a direct link between scent and nausea.  

You need to purchase essential oils that are organic and high quality.  Never ingest essential oils that are not of the highest quality and labeled safe for ingestion.  

DO NOT:

  • Purchase essential oils just based on the label ‘therapeutic grade’.  That is a marketing term that has no meaning.
  • Purchase essential oils from brands that you are not familiar with.  Most are NOT 100 percent pure, meaning fertilizers, pesticides, plants from GMO’s may be used to manufacture the oils. Ingesting or putting these on your skin will give you all the contaminants processed along with the oils.

DO:

  • Purchase oils that are 100 percent pure in the ingredients.
  • Are listed as USDA Certified Organic.
  • GMO Free.  USDA Certification ensures this.

My favorite brands that ensure purity are listed here.  Plant Therapy is a trusted brand. Rahda is another of my favorites, to purchase click here. Rahda Essential oils

You’ll need a high quality diffuser too!

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VicTsing Essential Oil Diffuser

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