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Super Beets Powder – Know the Difference!

Beet greens were consumed before the ancient Romans cultivated the beet root bulb and found a  sweet tasting vegetable with many health benefits.  Beets were used to treat fevers, digestive issues including constipation, wounds and skin problems.  In 19th century, beets were used a source of sugar when sugar cane was not available.  In fact, Napoleon required beets to be the main source of sugar when the British limited access to sugar cane.  Today most beets are genetically modified so making sure organic beets are purchased is important.  The manufacturing of beet powder is popular today and I will give you the reasons for choosing a super beets powder.

Beets Will Give You Health Benefits Like NO Other Vegetable!

  1. Drinking beet juice can give you an immediate reduction in blood pressure by 4-5 points with both systolic and diastolic numbers within 24 hours. This is due to the natural nitrates in beets which boost nitric oxide levels that relax the arteries and allow for more blood flow.
  2. May slow the progression of dementia in elderly patients and be protective of the brains of younger people.  Again, this is due to the nitric oxide improving blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body where circulation and oxygen are limited.
  3. Beets are a source of betaine, a nutrient that protects our cells from environmental stress. Environmental stress is linked to cancer and other chronic diseases. Betaine is associated with lowering levels of inflammation in the body and C-reactive protein.
  4. Beets are high in nutrition.  They contain high levels of vitamin C, fiber and essential minerals like potassium and manganese.  Beets contain folate which is important for expectant mothers to reduce the risk of birth defects.
  5. Beets are fantastic for detoxification. The deep red pigment in beets helps toxins bind to them when being excreted from the body.  

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Beet Root Juice Powder VS Beet Root Powder

Beet root powder is made by drying whole beet roots, and then grinding them into a fine powder. Beet root juice powder is made by first extracting the juice from the beets, and then drying the juice only into a fine powder.  

The advantage of beet root powder is that it is a whole food, as it contains all of the fibrous material from the beet. The advantage of beet root juice powder is that it is highly concentrated, and thus more potent.

Beet Root Powder Benefits:  

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Herbal Island Beet Root Powder
  • Organic beet root powders are Non-GMO
  • If you are looking for the digestive health of beets, beet root powder is the way to go.  Beet root powder contains all the fiber of the beet root and is a whole food source. Improving gut bacteria is a benefit of beet root powder.
  • Has all the benefits of eating or juicing the whole beet, such as cardiovascular help, improved circulation, lowering of blood pressure as stated above.

Beet Root Juice Powder Benefits:

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  • Organic beet root juice powders are also Non-GMO
  • Beet root juice powders are not a whole food, but they are super concentrated to help boost athletic endurance.
  • Beet root juice powders are a standardized amount.
  • Improves circulation and oxygen flow.

Knowing what you are buying will help you understand the benefits that you will get from the different types. If you are looking for the benefits of fiber, and getting the benefits of a whole food and its gut healing properties, you would look for beet root powder and not the juice powder.  Make sense?

Caution With Beet Powders

Eating too many beets can color urine red and be mistaken for blood. Beetroot contains oxalates which can prevent calcium from being absorbed by your body, so if you are prone to kidney stones, you may want to talk to your doctor before eating or taking these powders every day. Beet root powder, since it is ground whole beets, may be more clumpy when mixing in juice.  Better for blending juice. 

Read my review of Super Beets herand please leave a comment below! 

 

Dana Loesh Super Beets – Review: Good For You Or Save Your Money?

How is Dark Chocolate Good For You?

How Is Dark Chocolate Good For You? – Is It Gut Healthy?

 

Chocolate, just the name invokes pleasure for many.  But chocolate also gets a bad rap as being a junk food.  It’s true that some chocolate candy is not good for you, but chocolate in certain forms is healthy and should be a part of your healthy diet. Chocolate comes from the cacao plant, and cacao is extraordinarily rich in flavanols, a type of flavonoid phytochemical.  Notice, chocolate comes from a plant, and has the nutrition benefits of dark vegetables.  That’s great news! There is milk chocolate and there is dark chocolate.  Milk chocolate is not as healthy for you as dark chocolate. But some dark chocolate is even better for you than other dark chocolate.  So, how is dark chocolate good for you?

All chocolate is not alike, but all real chocolate contains cocoa butter.  Cocoa butter contains stearic acid, a type of saturated fat not associated with contributing to high cholesterol. There is even some mono-unsaturated fat in cocoa butter which is a heart healthy fat.  That’s all great, but the problem is milk chocolate contains cocoa butter as well as one or more added fats like ‘milk fat’, ‘partially hydrogenated vegetable oil’, ‘coconut oil’ and ‘palm oil’.

When reading labels, if your chocolate contains any other fat other than cocoa butter, your chocolate will not provide you with all the health benefits of chocolate.

 

What Is A Good Quality Dark Chocolate?

Dark chocolate has a high cocoa content.  There is no milk in dark chocolate, and it’s ingredients are purely sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate liquor and sometimes vanilla.  To reap the antioxidant benefits of dark chocolate, make sure it has a cocoa content of at least 70%.  When you taste dark chocolate, it has a slightly fruity and sour taste.  This is why many have a hard time adjusting to dark chocolate.  We are so used to chocolate having milk, excess sugar and other fats included in it, our taste buds have to get used to dark chocolate.

Where Does Quality Dark Chocolate Originate From?

Cocoa trees can only live in hot, rainy places near the Equator.  They grow in Central America and South America.  The fruit is almost a pumpkin sized pod and inside are the cocoa beans.  These raw beans are full of vitamin C and magnesium as well as a fair amount of caffeine.  You may hear the term ‘fair trade’ and ‘organic’ chocolate when describing dark chocolate and this chocolate usually comes from Madagascar or Ecuador and their farming methods are organic or processed without chemicals.  Chocolate in it’s raw form has low levels of heavy metals such as lead. However, it’s come to the attention of experts that non-organic processing produces higher levels of lead, so it’s important to purchase organic dark chocolate.  Why is this?  Chocolate absorbs everything from it’s environment, so anything used to process it will absorb and get into the chocolate.

Belgian chocolate is usually handmade and the techniques used are pure and the ingredients are high quality.

Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

  • Lowers cholesterol due to the plant flavanols. Studies show that dark chocolate reduces LDL cholesterol.
  • Improves cognitive health. Studies show that two cups of hot chocolate a day helped improve memory function in elderly people. Chocolate improves blood flow to the brain.
  • Eating chocolate can help lower the risk of heart disease by one third according to the European Society of Cardiology in Paris, France.
  • Daily chocolate consumption lowers diabetes risk due to its effect on raising insulin sensitivity.
  • Boosts athletic performance.
  • May help sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome possibly due to enhancing serotonin levels in the brain.

Gut Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Cocoa is rich in flavanols, catechin and epicatechin, along with a small amount of dietary fiber. Both of these flavanolsflavanols are poorly digested and absorbed, however good gut bacteria consumes the flavanols and fiber as soon as they enter the colon.  The gut bacteria is responsible for the fermenting of the cocoa fiber that results in producing smaller, anti-inflammatory molecules that are easily absorbed. In effect making our gut bacteria a fermenting factory that breaks down and releases health promoting molecules. In conclusion, the fiber in cocoa along with prebiotics can increase overall health by the process of fermentation and breaking down fibers into anti-inflammatory molecules.

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Don’t drink milk with your chocolate as it reduces the antioxidant capability of the chocolate. I drink a cup of green tea with my dark chocolate for a one-two punch of antioxidants.

Dark chocolate is so delicious and I hope you try different brands and different cocoa contents to see what kind you enjoy.  There is a dark chocolate brand out there that you will love I am sure!  Here are my favorites:

BAKING PRODUCTS:

1)Changing Habits:  Changing habits Cacao Melts are a wonderful product for baking. A pure product, contaminate and lead free.
Changing Habits Cacao Melts

2) PASCHA organic bittersweet chocolate chips. High Cacao content 85%, organic great tasting baking chocolate.

FOR EATING:

1) DAGOBA brand chocolate.  Sustainable, fair trade and organic.  A delicious dark chocolate!

2) Equal Exchange Panama: Give this one a try! An absolutely delicious dark chocolate!

 

Eating chocolate is a decadent experience!  I hope you try and enjoy the dark chocolate brands I love. Please comment, I love to hear from my readers!

Dulse Flakes Health Benefits -4 Reasons To Try Them Today!

Dulse Flakes Health Benefits -3 Reasons To Try Them Today!

 

People hear the word seaweed and they get all bent out of shape. ‘Yuck’ is the term I often hear. I like to call them sea vegetables!  Sea vegetables are delicious and they have so many health benefits for you. Sea vegetables have been a staple in Japanese culture spanning hundreds of years and the Japanese are one of the most long-lived peoples in the world.  The ancient Chinese served them only to royalty, and considered a delicacy.  Dulse is a sea vegetable. Dulse flakes health benefits are many.  I hope this article will convince you to give them a try and especially if you suffer from any sort of gut health issues.

Dulse is red in color and has a salty flavor making it a great supplement to add to your cooking.  You can replace salt with it.

Ten Overall Health Benefits of Dulce Flakes

  1. High in vitamins and minerals like B6, B12, A, Iron, Potassium, Phosporus, Calcium and Manganese.
  2. Helps heal digestive conditions.
  3. Cleanses the body of heavy metals.
  4. Great for healthy thyroid function because it’s high in iodine.
  5. Lowers Cholesterol.
  6. Helps relieve menstrual symptoms.
  7. Controls the growth of bad bacteria, candida and viruses.
  8. Lowers blood pressure.
  9. Detoxify your body from heavy metals, environmental pollutants, and carcinogens.
  10. Has anti-inflammatory properties.

Sea vegetables are gaining in popularity in the United States but many are afraid of trying them.  This is partly due to fear of them and unfamiliarity.  Another reason is just not knowing how to incorporate them in your diet.

3 Great Benefits Of Dulse Flakes To Heal Your Gut

If you’re a reader of my blog, you know that we have trillions of bacteria in our gut and all over our body. Balance is the key when it comes to gut health.  A healthy gut has a 80/20 ratio of good to bad bacteria.  If this balance is off, you will suffer from many health issues ranging from allergies, digestive problems to other more severe diseases like autoimmune issues.  If you can believe it, we have 3 to 4.5 pounds of bacteria in the gut!  Within those numbers, there are 400 to 500 different species of bacteria. What causes gut bacteria to be imbalanced? Medications like antibiotics, OTC pain relievers, environmental pollution, chemicals and processed foods.  Our diet is a significant reason. So what can Dulse do for you?

  1. Replenish Iodine deficiency. Research has shown the many Americans are Iodine deficient. Being deficient in Iodine is a problem.  Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control suggest that some 2.2 million women nationwide could have low iodine.  Iodine plays a role in protecting against bad bacteria in the gut and helps fight infections in the gut that cause inflammation and digestive problems like SIBO and Leaky Gut.
  2. Improves the ratio of good to bad bacteria.  When your microbiome is balanced it works to combat obesity, IBD, IBS, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disease and certain forms of cancer.
  3. Bind to heavy metals and eliminate them from the body.  Heavy metals block the absorption of nutrients in the stomach, creating free radicals and inflammation. Dulse binds to metals such as aluminum ,mercury, copper, and lead, carrying them all the way through the colon to be eliminated rather than being released back into the body.

Including Dulse in your diet is a very important and necessary nutrient if you’re looking to heal your digestive issues.  I can’t think of anything more powerful other than probiotics to make a difference in your health.

Making sure your Dulse comes from a reputable source is important, I recommend these brands.  I will be writing a review within the next week, so stay tuned for that! Changing Habits Dulse Flakes

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Colitis Natural Remedies – Ease Symptoms Naturally!

Colitis is a chronic condition. It effects millions of people. Colitis means inflammation of the colon. The colon is the large intestine and is the last part of the digestive tract. There are several types of colitis. There is infectious colitis caused by bacteria or a virus. Radiation induced colitis after a round of radiation, ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis. Ulcerative colitis is the more severe and damaging disease. Microscopic is as it’s name implies.  It cannot be detected unless microscopically. There are Colitis natural remedies and I’ll break them down by disease. As always, check with your doctor if you decide to change your diet or take supplements.colon

Ulcerative colitis involves inflammation of the digestive system including the large bowels, colon and rectum. Ulcerative colitis is the most serious type where blood and mucus may be present in the stools accompanied by abdominal pain and diarrhea. People who experience ulcerative colitis have periods of inflammation that can be accompanied by pain, fatigue and fever.The cause of ulcerative colitis is not known.
Nutritional deficiencies are common with ulcerative colitis due to poor absorption of water and minerals. This can lead to further complications such as loss of appetite, weight loss, dehydration, anemia, fatigue and general ill health.
Ulcerative colitis can be confused with other bowel issues like IBS and Crohns disease.  IBS does not cause damage to the intestines and is not a risk for colon cancer unlike ulcerative colits, and should be ruled out right away.
Testing and diagnosing ulcerative colitis may include any of the below:
  • A colonoscopy
  • Blood tests that will determine infection or inflammation in the colon.
  • Stool samples look for blood, pus and mucus in the stool

Microscopic colitis 

This condition is not diagnosed by a colonscopy.  Inflammation of the lining of the colon is not visible to the eye with microscopic colitis. The inflammation is only detected when under microscope.  The doctor will perform a biopsy on tissue from a colonoscopy. There are two types of microscopic colitis:

  1. Lymphocytic colitis, white blood cells are found within the lining of the colon.
  2. Collagenous colitis, there is an additional layer of scar tissue between the lining.

These two types of microscopic colitis may be purely different stages of the disease.  The symptom of diarrhea may be due to the scar tissue inhibiting the absorption of water in the colon.  When water is not absorbed by the colon, it comes out as diarrhea.  Blood in the stool is not normal.  Microscopic colitis usually occurs in middle and senior aged women and men.

AVOID:advil

NSAIDS and eliminate lactose.


Natural remedies:

FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS

Understand that if you are taking medications prescribed by your doctor, they are powerful and do not have a large success rate.  If you are on a treatment plan with your doctor, talk to him/her about these natural remedies  that can help build and heal your body while on these powerful medications.

  1. Eliminate refined carbohydrates:  refined carbohydrates and sugar alter the PH balance of your gut. An acidic gut will contribute to inflammation and the alteration of gut microbiome which may be a factor for chronic diarrhea.
  2. Eliminate corn, wheat and milk.  These foods have been shown to trigger allergic reactions. An elimination diet can help you determine which foods are triggers.  Get help with my elimination diet here.
  3. Add in more fruits and vegetable.  Lots more.  The added nutrition and fiber will heal your body and calm digestion.
  4. Add in more high quality oils:  Omega 3 fish oils and olive oil are anti inflammatory oils and can decrease inflammation over time. Take 3 grams of Omega 3 and a tablespoon of olive oil a day. (in salad, or straight)
  5. Aloevera gel liquid:  Aloevera can do for your insides what it can do for your outside. Soothe and heal. Take 2 ounces up to 6 times a day.
  6. Beneficial bacteria: You can take a high quality probiotic orally or you can go further and get one specifically made for an enema.  This will populate good bacteria right at the source.  See a qualified practitioner to do this with.
  7. Try Bromelain:  Is a protolytic enzyme, it breaks down proteins, and has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Why not take something that can assist you in your digestion to make it easier on the body? It has been shown to calm the lower bowel.
  8. Try Manuka Honey:  Believe it or not, Manuka honey has been shown to alleviate IBS and ulcerative colitis symptoms. Try a teaspoon a day and then work up to 3 tablespoons if you find it helps.
  9. Ditch tap water: The flouride and other irritants in public tap water may be triggering your bowel problems. Go for pure water. Buy the highest quality water out there, or filter your water with the best. You can use distilled, but make sure you add back a mineral supplement if you do.  Distilled water contains no minerals.

FOR MICROSCOPIC COLITIS:

In addition to the above, here are some other natural remedies specific to microscopic colitis.  You can also incorporate these through trial and error for ulcerative colitis.

  1. Turmeric: Try this recipe for turmeric milk which is calming and healing for inflammation.
  2. Go on a gluten free diet:  Gluten and wheat can be irritating and inflammatory for the gut.  Again, go on an elimination diet to see if gluten is a culprit.
  3. Eliminate Dairy: Dairy is usually an allergen and will irritate your stomach causing cramping and diarrhea.
  4. Stay away from MSG:  Stay away from canned foods and learn what the different names are for MSG.
  5. Stay away from refined sugar:  Sugar is the biggest culprit in increasing inflammation and bad bacteria in the gut.  If you need help, join my sugar reboot workshop.

I hope this helped you.  I love to hear from my readers, please comment below and I will get back to you!

 

 

 

 

Heal Your Gut Diet – Have A Happy Tummy!

Suffering from digestive problems is a nightmare for millions of people.  It’s hard to have any quality of life when your stomach hurts and you need to make sure there is a bathroom available wherever you go. For employers, work productivity is lower among their employees suffering from this syndrome,  making IBS something that everyone should be concerned about.   For many people, food has become the enemy.  Not knowing what to eat, when to eat and IF to eat becomes a daily struggle.   A heal your gut diet would be welcomed by many, so I put together some foods that you should include in your diet every day.

Why are certain foods the enemy?

IBS symptoms are different for each person who suffers from it.  Some have bloating and gas.  Others have endless constipation, some with diarrhea while some people suffer from all of them!  Different foods can trigger certain symptoms in those who are sensitive.  First, let me address the foods that are related to certain symptoms.

bloating foodsBloating and Gas:  Trigger foods to avoid are beans, Brussels sprouts, wheat germ, raisins, and raw vegetables.  WHY?  If your stomach is healthy, you can digest raw vegetables, but if you cannot, then bloating and gas is a result.  Wait until you strengthen your digestion before you eat raw veggies.

Constipation:  Trigger foods for constipation include bread and cereals made with refined grains. Processed foods, coffee, soda and other carbonated drinks as well as alcohol.  High protein diets as well as high protein smoothies.  Dairy products, most notably cheese.  WHY?  If you are eating a high protein diet, your needs for hydration increase.  If you don’t drink enough water, constipation is the result. The high-fat content in cheese is thought to be a factor in constipation. The mildly dehydrating effect of caffeinated coffee can be enough to trigger constipation.

Diarrhea:  Trigger foods for diarrhea are chocolate drinks, alcohol, fructose, caffeine, carbonated drinks, fried and fatty foods, dairy products, wheat and gluten products. Too much fiber in the form of insoluble fiber that is in the skins of fruits and veggies.  WHY? Insoluble fiber is like a scrubbing brush for your digestive system and too much of it can be very irritating. The caffeine in chocolate and coffee are irritating to the stomach walls. The high-fat content of fried foods is irritating to the stomach.

The ABC’s of Gut Healing Foods

Some foods cause little digestive distress and are good to eat in moderation every day.

Almonds, including almond butter and oil
Apples
Apricots, fresh or dried
Artichoke, French
Asparagus
Aubergine (eggplant)
Avocados, including avocado oil
Berries, all kinds
Black radish
Bok Choy
Brazil nuts
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts                                                                                                                                                                           Cabbage                                                                                                                                                                                         Capers                                                                                                                                                                                           Carrots                                                                                                                                                                                           Cashew nuts                                                                                                                                                                                 Cauliflower                                                                                                                                                                                     Cherries                                                                                                                                                                                         Chicken

For a complete list of gut healing and soothing foods, sign up for a 7 day Gut Health Program and get the complete list and learn how to calm your stomach.

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For Constipation:  Increase your fiber by 2 grams a day until you get to 25 grams if you’re a woman and 35 grams if you are a man.  Dried plums or prune juice is great.  Take a high quality probiotc with every meal. Drink pure water every day, up to half you body weight in water.

For Diarrhea:  Soluble fiber adds bulk to your stools.  Some food examples are oats, brown rice, flesh of fruit (not skin) whole wheat breads and pasta.  Don’t mix hot and cold foods in the same meal.  For example, iced beverages with hot soup. Onions and cabbage are not your friends when you have diarrhea.  Eat small portion and do not drink water with your meals.

Knowing what to eat to calm your stomach is so important when dealing with digestive issues.  It’s just as important to know what not to eat as well.  Supplements are also very important when healing your gut.  Check out my article on supplements that help with healing your gut.

If you would like to finally feel better and know how to treat your stomach with foods and supplements, sign up for my 7 day program.

An elimination diet is critical to do to get a handle on your trigger foods.  You can do an elimination diet through a Health Coach like me, or you can try it on your own.  I recommend a workbook or guide to help you through it. Try this one from Amazon.com.

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4 Steps To Heal Leaky Gut Fast – Stop Suffering!

leaky-gutLeaky gut is a condition where the tight junctures of your intestinal wall become larger due to inflammation, poor diet and medications.  These tight junctures keep unwanted food and particles out of your bloodstream and they only allow nutrients to pass through.  Once these tight junctures are no longer ‘tight’, food particles slip through these openings causing inflammation throughout the body.   Leaky gut is an emerging medical phenomenon, yet most doctors are not familiar with this common digestive ailment that is afflicting more and more people today.   I will outline 4 steps to heal leaky gut fast so you can strengthen your digestion, heal your stomach and feel better!

1.Identify Since there is no diagnostic test to pinpoint leaky gut, you need to know what the signs and symptoms are so you can start the healing journey. Localized symptoms: bloating, candida, diarrhea, gas and constipation.  General symptoms: chronic fatigue, food and seasonal allergies, arthritis and other joint pain, rashes and nutritional deficiencies. Brain symptoms: mood swings, brain fog, anxiety, depression. Severe symptoms: Chron’s disease, lupus, IBD, autoimmune diseases.

If you have any of these symptoms for a long period of time, it’s worth looking at Leaky Gut Syndrome.

 2. Calm and Remove  Calming inflammation is the first order of business.  Inflammation is what causes the tight junctures to become larger and more open allowing substances to pass through that should never have passed directly into your bloodstream.  Drink green juice powdersthey contain chlorophyll which is a very healing nutrient for the small intestine. Slippery Elm coats and protects the lining of the stomach.  Aloe Vera Juice can do for your gut what it does for your skin;  soothe and heal. Cabbage juice is calming for the gut walls.  Remove foods that trigger inflammation in the gut. Sugar, processed foods, gluten and artificial sweeteners. This is important to do or else you will continue to suffer from inflammation that triggers leaky gut.

3. Heal  After triggers are removed and healing nutrients and foods are added in, it’s time to start the healing process.  Drink a cup of bone broth every day. The benefits of bone broth cannot be overstated enough.  According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, healing and sealing your gut is important. Bone broth is easily digestible, heals the lining of the stomach and contains valuable nutrients.  l-glutamine is critical for healing Leaky Gut. Glutamine has been shown in studies to strengthen the mucosal lining of the stomach.  It’s the mucous lining that breaks down due to inflammation and contributes to Leaky Gut. The mucosal lining is where over 70% of our immune system is found and when that mucous lining is destroyed by inflammation, leaky gut is the result as well as the symptoms and diseases listed above. Omega 3 Fatty Acids have been shown to repair the lining of the intestinal walls as well as tighten the junctures of the lining so particles do not pass through.lemon-ginger-bone-broth-2

4. Strengthen  Once you have healed the junctures of the gut and improved inflammation, now it’s time to strengthen the lining of the gut and help it grow more friendly bacteria.  These beneficial bacteria strengthen our immune system and improve absorption of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.  Two of the most beneficial strains of friendly bacteria is lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.   Adding these probiotics is important to reinoculate the friendly bacteria that is so important for healthy digestion and a strong gut lining. Add in fermented foods like Kefir, sauerkraut, Kombucha and plain yogurt.  These foods contain prebiotic and probiotics that reinoculate friendly bacteria and deter the growth of bad bacteria.  Take a probiotic supplement with every meal until you start feeling better and then drop it to once a day or if you prefer, keep taking it 3 times a day. 

Going Forward

Maintaining gut health is so important for an overall healthy body and mind.  More and more studies are revealing the connection between good health and the health of our microbiome (gut bacteria).  From autoimmune diseases to mood disorders like depression, anxiety and other more severe mood disorders like schizophrenia are all linked to the health of our gut.  It’s paramount to continue eating whole foods while keeping sugar and processed foods out of our diet or to an absolute minimum.  Leaky gut is not well diagnosed so keeping on top of your health by keeping a journal can help you understand your body and how it reacts to trigger foods.  Doing this can help you fend off possible worse problems down the road.

In Conclusion

If you need more help or would like a structured program to get you on your way to better gut health, look into these quality programs.  These programs can give you a more in-depth look into the health of your gut and offer easy to follow recommendations so you can enjoy a lifetime of good gut health!

HEAL YOUR GUT PROGRAM  This program is a 7 day Heal Your Gut Program aimed at jumpstarting your diet to a healthy, gut friendly one.

Heal Your Gut Program

OR:

HEAL YOUR LEAKY GUT PROGRAM   This program is based on the success of people who have solved their Leaky Gut and gut issues.  A fantastic program!

 

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Is Aloe Juice Good For You? – It’s Naturally Healing For IBS

Aloe Vera is a short-stemmed shrub with more than 500 species.  Many of them occur naturally in Africa. The aloe vera plant is a hearty succulent and grows in a range of climates.  There are many health claims surrounding Aloe vera and it has been studied extensively with many positive results.  But, is aloe juice good for you?

People have used the gel from aloe vera plants for thousands of years.  People use aloe vera today for constipation, skin issues and other herbal remedies.aloe-vera


Using Aloe gel topically has studies supporting its effectiveness in treating psoriasis, seborrhea, dandruff, and minor burns and skin abrasions, as well as radiation-induced skin injuries.

Using Aloe juice (latex) by mouth is a strong laxative. It used to be sold over the counter for constipation until the FDA demanded it be removed from the store shelves since safety could not be verified.

Using Aloe gel in toothpaste has been shown to be as effective as fluoride toothpaste in fighting cavities.

A study published by International Wound Journal  a “gel formed with carbopol 974p (1%) and Aloe vera promotes significant wound healing and closure in diabetic rats compared with the commercial product and provides a promising product to be used in diabetes-induced foot ulcers”.


Aloe Vera and IBS

A study published in the “International Journal of Clinical Practice” showed improvement of IBS symptoms within a month when consuming aloe vera juice daily.  However, experts recommend other practices to help with IBS before this.  I’m not sure why, but it seems whenever a natural product shows efficacy, it is played down. It surely will not hurt, so if it helps you then take it with confidence.

If you want to try aloe vera juice to help with IBS, try a product certified by the Aloe Council like Lily of the Desert.

A product that gets great reviews for relieving IBS and other digestive issues is Serovera.  This product has potent and therapeutic grade levels of ingredients that people swear by.  It contains aloe with l-glutamine, a powerhouse of digestion enhancing nutrients.

I hope you enjoyed this article and that it helps you with your digestion issues!  I’d love to hear from you, please comment!

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Fermented Foods And Your Gut – Surprisingly Healing!

Fermented Foods And Your Gut

You would think that microbes are something you need to stay away from.  Actually, run from!  But nothing could be further from the truth. Microbes (microbiome or gut bacteria) are critical to the health of not only your digestion, but studies are showing they are critical for brain health, mental health, heart health, and immunity.  The relationship between fermented foods and your gut is the difference between having a diverse and healthy gut bacteria or an imbalanced and unhealthy gut bacteria.

 Good Bacteria

We have good bacteria and then we also have bad bacteria living in our gut.  The bacteria that we call “good” is responsible for assisting with digestion, absorbing nutrients and protecting us from the “bad” bacteria that can make us sick or even kill us.  If we didn’t have good bacteria we would die. The good bacteria resides in our stomach, our skin and mouth. The bacteria, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, enhances the immune system and also may form a barrier to protect us from the bad bacteria by releasing toxins that kill the bad.

Bad Bacteria

Bad bacteria gets into our body through wounds or environmental pollution and then it feeds on the processed food we eat and they grow and thrive. A traditional American diet is lacking in essential enzymes and bacteria that are beneficial to the health of our gut.  When we eat a diet rich in fast food, processed food, too much sugar and simple carbs, our gut bacteria becomes unbalanced with bad bacteria outweighing the good.  Bad bacteria have a feeding frenzy with sugar and simple carbs and grow and proliferate in our stomach causing all sorts of stomach issues including IBS, gas, bloating, pain and illness.

Encourage The Growth Of Good Bacteria!

There’s plenty you can do now to encourage the growth of good bacteria.  Probiotics are one way to add more good bacteria to your gut.  Adding more good bacteria keeps the bad bacteria in check.  Bad bacteria cannot proliferate when there is a sufficient number of good bacteria. But an even better way to add more good bacteria to your diet is through food.  Fermented food to be exact.

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Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation.  Lactofermentation is when natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid which preserves the food.  The process creates enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and other probiotics.  The fermentation process also protects the nutrients in the food.   For centuries, people have been using this process to preserve their foods.  Unfortunately today we have refrigerators to preserve our food.  Today we pasteurize our food like dairy products instead of drinking raw, fresh milk.   Pasteurized yogurt has replaced homemade, vinegar pickles and sauerkraut replaced fermented pickles and sauerkraut.

Our grains were soaked, sprouted and fermented in earlier times which made them nutrient rich and more digestible. Today grains are stripped and highly inflammatory due to how they are processed.  This has resulted to a large extent for the digestion woes and the spikes in food allergies currently.

Add in these foods, at least one daily to up your good bacteria and get in more beneficial enzymes.

Kefir: Is traditionally made using cow’s milk or goat’s milk.  You can also make coconut kefir.

Greek yogurt or Soy yogurt Soy yogurt does not contain lactic acid for those with allergies or intolerances.

Tempeh Made from naturally fermented soybeans.

Saurkraut Made from just cabbage and salt!

Kombucha  Is an effervescent tea, either black or green and can be flavored with fruit and herbs.

Kimchi is a spicier version of saurkraut.fermented-jars

Make Your Own!

Making your own fermented vegetables is surprisingly easy! It does not require a lot of specialized equipment, but using the appropriate equipment makes it easier. Pick your vegetable(s).  You can grate, shred, chop, slice or leave whole your vegetables. Use the best water free from flouride and chlorine.  Use a healthy salt for brining the water. Push the vegetables down under the water, close your specialized jar and wait for the fermentation period to end and from there they are ready for cold storage or eating!  These specialized jars are perfect for fermenting!

Join a Program to Increase Your Gut Health!

Many people are confused about how to increase their gut health and help their digestion.  When you start a gut health program, you will start feeling better.  How would it feel to not get sick so much?  Not have so much stomach pain, gas and bloating and fit into your clothes better?  Try one of these programs today!

Diamond Health Coachings Gut Health Program (on special right now)

Solving Leaky GutThis program is a video course that walks you through so you know exactly what to do and how to solve your stomach issues.  Fantastic!

 

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Best Natural Immune System Boosters – It’s All About Your Gut!

I bet you didn’t know that over 70 percent of the cells that make up your immune system are located in the lining of your stomach! Your digestive system is actually one way that your body rids itself of toxins.  In order to keep your immune system functioning optimally, eating clean, eating more fiber and taking  probiotics and other targeted supplements are necessary.  Doing these things will promote the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut.  A healthy microbiome is critical to health of your immune system because it is protective and healing to the lining of the gut.  This article will explain some of the best natural immune system boosters to keep your gut healthy and functioning optimally.

Keep The Good Bacteria!

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to keep the good bacteria in your gut.  One of the leading causes of good bacteria being wiped out is fluoride in tap water.  If you drink tap water you must filter your water.  Another source of declining good bacteria is antibiotics.  Antibiotic use is one of the major reasons our digestive systems have a major imbalance of good to bad bacteria.  Sugar doesn’t kill off good bacteria, but it causes bad bacteria to grow more.  Sugar is a no-no when you are trying to boost your immune system.

Probiotics In Your Food.

When you need to increase the good bacteria in your gut, the most important thing to do is eat probiotic food and take probiotic supplements.  Common foods that are full of probiotic goodness:

  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Kimchi (fermented vegetables) and sauerkraut
  • Probiotic yogurt
  • Natto (fermented soybeans)
  • Raw milk
  • Soluble Fiber. Foods like apples and sweet potatoes are chock full of soluble fiber.  Soluble fiber heals the lining of the stomach and as a result, boosts immunity.

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Increasing these kinds of foods will help boost your immune system by increasing the good bacteria in your gut.  When the ratios of good to bad bacteria are in balance, the lining of the gut is strong and healthy leading to increased immunity.

Watch this video to learn how you can increase your gut health.  Steven Lamb is the resident doctor on the major network news channels.  He is also co-founder of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

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Vitamin D Rich Food List – Getting Enough Is Good For Your Gut!

Many years ago, vitamin D was thought to be necessary solely for bone health.   Did you know that there are vitamin D receptors in virtually every cell and tissue in our body?  The facts are, unfortunately, that the majority of Americans are deficient in this critical ‘vitamin’.  Studies confirm that vitamin D deficiency is associated with diseases that affect all systems in the body.  If you are low in vitamin D, your risk of dementia is increased, your chances of diabetes are increased, your chances of heart disease are increased as well as certain cancers.  Vitamin D deficiency is a global epidemic as well.  Taking a vitamin D supplement is highly recommended, but today’s article will focus on a vitamin D rich food list so you can incorporate those foods that will add to your healthy levels of this very important nutrient.

Our bodies produce very little vitamin D, so getting it from the sun, food and supplements is critical.

What Is Considered Vitamin D Deficient?

  • If you have blood levels of 30 ng/mL you are considered ‘sufficient’, but optimum levels are 50 ng/mL. 
  • You are ‘insufficient’ if you have levels between 21 and 29 ng/mL 
  • You are ‘deficient’ if your levels are at or below 20 ng/mL

How Much Vitamin D Should You Take Daily?

Experts recommend getting 2,000 IU’s a day, but if you are deficient, you would need to take up to 5000 IU’s or more daily until your optimum blood levels are reached.

How Does Low Vitamin D Affect My Gut Health?

If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS) or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)  studies have found that those with low vitamin D levels had symptoms that were severe and debilitating and lead to a low quality of life.  The link between vitamin D deficiency and IBD and IBS are not clear, but when raising the levels of vitamin D in those suffering from those conditions, vitamin D supplementation helped manage the disease as far as complications related to the disease like hospitalizations, surgeries infections, and colon cancer.

Since vitamin D receptors are found on the surface of all the cells in our body, they are also present on cells in the digestive tract and immune system. Vitamin D will bind to these receptors and produce chemical changes in the cell.

In IBD, vitamin D works in the immune system by reducing inflammation.  Tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) is a protein that vitamin D lowers the level of. Medicines that lower TNF is often given to those with IBD.  Researchers believe that vitamin D may be a natural way to block TNF and help reduce inflammation in the digestive tract.

Vitamin D Rich Food List:

  1. Cod Liver Oil   One tablespoon contains 1400 IU’s of Vitamin D
  2. Portabella Mushrooms    Contain over 900 IU’s per chopped cup
  3. Pork  Contains over 780 IU’s per 3 oz
  4. Catfish Contains 500 IU’s per 3 oz
  5. Skinless Sardines  480 IU’s per 3 oz
  6. Salmon and Mackerel  400 IU’s per 3 oz

Those are the foods highest in D.  As you can see, raising your levels of vitamin D by food alone will not be easy.  If your levels are fine and you get a lot of sunshine dailvitamin-d-foodsy, then eating these foods would be all you need to stay at healthy levels.  Most of us do not have optimum levels and we are not spending time in the sun or we live in Northern hemispheres where sunlight is not abundant.  Supplementing with Vitamin D is your best bet.

My favorite D vitamins include k and are:

Do you know your vitamin D levels?  You can test yourself without having to go to the doctor.  Try this home Vitamin D test kit

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