Probiotics and Avocado Can Help You Lose Weight

Yogurt and kefir contain probiotics, such as acidophilus, which may be a factor in weight control.  Everyone has bacteria in their digestive system, but if you’re overweight, it may be because the blend of those bugs is causing you to absorb more calories from the food you eat.

“Getting more probiotics (opposite of anti-biotics if you noticed) in your diet can change the balance of bacteria and that can lead to weight loss!

Slice up an avocado
This fruit is rich in potassium, a mineral that helps you lose the stomach pooch by flushing out excess sodium and reducing water retention.  Per ounce, avocados pack 60 % more potassium than bananas, and their healthy fats fight your hunger by keeping you fuller longer.

Try making a simple avocado-banana salsa:  Chop a quarter of an avocado and half a small banana and combine with 1 tablespoon minced onion, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and freshly ground pepper to taste. use it as a dip on some healthy rice crackers or whole grain Ezekiel Bread, celery sticks or carrot sticks.  This is a great mid-afternoon snack to keep you satisfied until dinner time.

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Sugar Addiction- Help Me!

Science has proven that sugar has the ability to age you – along with many other negative body effects that can be serious.  It actually weakens your muscles, causes wrinkles on your face and even fades your eyesight.  What’s worse, cancer cells actually feed on sugar and so if you have been diagnosed with it, you must avoid sugar at all costs.   If there is no sugar in the cells, the cancer won’t be fed and will not proliferate.

  • The way sugar changes our bodies is that it revs up a biological process known as “cell division.”  Usually, this happens on its own at a slow pace, but with excess sugar, it forces cells to divide prematurely and puts aging into overdrive.  Every time your cells divide, a small portion of your DNA is lost. This is the “string-like” section at the end of the chromosome, called the telomere.   When you eat sugar, the telomere gets shorter and shorter until it disappears and the cell stops dividing and dies.  Physical aging occurs faster as more and more cells reach the end of their telomeres and die.

Why is the addiction to sugar so strong?

  • Cocaine and sugar can cause you to feel euphoric and more energetic. They both
    increase dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for producing pleasurable feelings in the body.  Cocaine users experience powerful cravings for the drug and those same types of cravings occur in rats who are allowed to binge on sugar, according to many studies.
  • Once the body develops a tolerance for cocaine, it needs more and more of the substance in order to achieve the same pleasurable effects.  These studies have revealed that the same phenomenon happens in the sugar-laden lab rats.
  •  Cocaine withdrawal symptoms often include anxiety, restlessness and cravings. These same symptoms happened in study rats once they were removed from their month-long sugar binge.

What to do – you may feel too weak to quit?

According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman after three days of being off sweets, you will notice any headaches and/or fatigue will lift and you’ll have less intense needs for a sugar fix. Then, you can really begin the work of retraining the taste buds, to enjoy food with a lower level of sugar intensity and in normal amounts.

  • When a sugar addict eats even a small amount of sugar, they want more and more. Their intention may be to have a few scoops of ice cream and before you know it, they’ve eaten the entire tub. We have to break the cycle that triggers the brain into a binge attack, and it gives us a window to allow significant withdrawal and detox to take place. Without this withdrawal period, you’ll continue to experience recurrent uncomfortable symptoms whenever not eating sweets. This means no honey, no maple syrup, no agave nectar, no artificial sweeteners and nothing sweet except for fresh fruit.
  • In the beginning of your detox it may be a tough 72 hours, but you won’t be left without a life raft. Eating regular meals and small snacks with the right choices will help with the cravings – especially eating the good, healthy fats such as avocado, almond butter, coconut oil, nuts/seeds and real butter.  Along with that, make sure to choose a healthy choice protein, carb and fat at each meal,  as balance is critical to alleviating your cravings.

If you need further guidance or regular accountability with a professional, please feel to contact me and we can set up some appointments to get and keep you on track and figure out the right eating plan just for you.

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How Many Nuts is One Serving?

When I tell my clients how many nuts are OK to eat as a snack, I usually tell them to just cup their two hands together and whatever fits into their own cupped hands are “a serving”.  Not too professional sounding, but if you don’t want to actually count them, it’s a pretty fair estimate.

If you want to know more precisely how many nuts is considered a serving, I found the answer based on the type of nuts you are going to eat:

23 ALMONDS       20 HAZELNUTS        18 CASHEWS        28 PEANUTS

19 PECAN HALVES        7 BRAZIL NUTS        47 PISTACHIOS

You may be wondering why the pistachio nut count is so much higher than the others and the reason is that there are only 3 calories to each nut.

What are the healthiest nuts-nutrition wise?

This is the informational breakdown according to Dr. Joseph Mercola:

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts have the highest fat and lowest protein and carb content of any nut, and they also happen to be one of my favorites. Raw macadamia nuts also contain high amounts of vitamin B1, magnesium, and manganese.

Just one serving of macadamia nuts net 58 percent of what you need in manganese, and 23 percent of the recommended daily value of thiamin. Moreover, about 60 percent of the fatty acid in macadamia is the monounsaturated fat oleic acid. This is about the level found in olives, which are well known for their health benefits.

Pecans

Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, and research has shown they may help lower LDL cholesterol and promote healthy arteries.

One of my favorite treats is candied pecans in a salad. (I know they have sugar, but the trace amount that’s found in a few teaspoons of chopped pecans is not going to cause a major problem provided you’re eating a healthy whole food diet the rest of the time).

Pecans are a close second to macadamia nuts on the fat and protein scale, and they also contain anti-inflammatory magnesium, heart healthy oleic acid, phenolic antioxidants, and immune-boosting manganese.

Walnuts

One-quarter cup of walnuts provides more than 100 percent of the daily-recommended value of anti-inflammatory plant-based omega-3 fats, along with high amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin.

They also contain the amino acid l-arginine, which offers multiple vascular benefits to people with heart disease, or those who have increased risk for heart disease due to multiple cardiac risk factors.

Walnuts contain antioxidants that are so powerful at free-radical scavenging that researchers called them “remarkable,” and research has shown that walnut polyphenols may help prevent chemically-induced liver damage. 

Research even shows that two handfuls a day of walnuts may help prevent both prostate and breast cancer and may curb tumor growth.  It can also support brain health, including increasing inferential reasoning in young adults.

The outermost layer of a shelled walnut – the whitish, flaky (or sometimes waxy) part – has a bitter flavor, but resist the urge to remove it. It’s thought that up to 90 percent of the antioxidants in walnuts are found in the skin, making it one of the healthiest parts to consume.

Almonds

Like walnuts, one of the healthiest aspects of almonds appears to be their skins, as they are rich in antioxidants including phenols, flavonoids, and phenolic acids, which are typically associated with vegetables and fruits.

A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry even revealed that a one-ounce serving of almonds has a similar amount of total polyphenols as a cup of steamed broccoli or green tea.

They’re also notably beneficial for your heart health. A study in the journal Circulation found people with abnormally high level of lipids, such as cholesterol, in their blood were able to significantly reduce their risk factors for coronary heart disease by snacking on whole almonds (those who snacked on whole-wheat muffins received no such benefit).  Be careful not to overeat almonds, however, as they are high in protein – nearly one gram per almond.

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts offer many of the same benefits of other nuts – healthy fats, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. However, they’re most notable for being an excellent source of organic selenium, a powerful antioxidant-boosting mineral that may be beneficial for the prevention of cancer.

They also have a beneficial high fat and low protein content, behind only macadamias and pecans.

Pistachios

Pistachios are high in lutein, beta-carotene, and gamma-tocopherol (vitamin E) compared to other nuts. Eating one or two servings of pistachios a day has been shown, in fact, to increase blood levels of antioxidants and, in turn, lower oxidized LDL cholesterol in people with elevated levels.

Past research has also shown that diets containing pistachios reduce systolic blood pressure and vascular responses to stress in adults with high cholesterol. They’re also useful for maintaining a healthy weight (as are most nuts).

People who ate pistachios for 24 weeks lost an average of 0.7 inches from their waists, reduced cholesterol by 15 points, improved their blood sugar, and lowered inflammation. 

Further, they’re an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids, which tend to “preferentially target belly fat,” according to the study’s lead researcher.

Be aware that most pistachios are bleached, so to avoid potentially harmful residues it’s important to look for organic pistachios (see the section on organic nuts below for more details). Pistachios are also one of the higher protein nuts, so they should be eaten in moderation.

Pumpkin Seeds

With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein, and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package.

They also contain plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants, which can give your health an added boost.

Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as an important natural food for men’s health. This is in part because of their high zinc content, which is important for prostate health (where it is found in the highest concentrations in the body).

This is also because pumpkin seed extracts and oils may play a role in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate).

Animal studies even suggest that pumpkin seeds may help improve insulin regulation and help prevent diabetic complications by decreasing oxidative stress.

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E, copper, B vitamins, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Sunflower seeds also contain one of the highest levels of phytosterols of commonly consumed nuts and seeds. Phytosterols are beneficial for your heart health and immune system, and may help lower cancer risk as well.

 

 

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Epsom Salt and Its Natural Detoxing

Epsom Salt Baths and Your Health

Turn your Epsom salt bath treatment into a relaxing period as you will need at least 40 minutes to soak in the tub. Within the first 20 minutes of soaking it pull toxins out of your body through the skin. The second 20 minutes allows for the absorption of minerals to occur.

You will need to fill up the bath. Next, add the Epsom salts to the water as suggested below for standard sized bathtubs.

Children weighing under 60 lbs:

Pour 1⁄2 cup Epsom salts into water

Individuals weighing between 60­-100 lbs:

Pour 1 cup of Epsom salts into water

Individuals weighing between 100­-150 lbs:

Pour 1 1⁄2 cups of Epsom salts into water

Individuals weighing between 150­-200 lbs:

Pour 2 cups of Epsom salts into water

Individuals weighing over 200 lbs:

Use 1⁄2 cup of Epsom salts for every 50 lb interval range

Tips for Getting Maximum Benefit From Your Epsom Salts Bath

  1. Add olive oil to your bath − Try adding 1⁄2 cup of olive to your bath water. Polyphenols found in olive oil contain antioxidant benefits which are easily absorbed into the skin. (Note: if using oil in the tub, take extra precaution to avoid slips and falls.)
  2. Add herbs & spices − The addition of cayenne pepper or a piece of ginger into the bath water can raise your heat levels promoting your body to sweat and draw out more toxins. Adding these herbs can stimulate the detoxification pathways with as little as 1 tablespoon up to as much as 1⁄2 cup.
  3. Don’t use soap − Avoid using soap when taking an Epsom salt bath to ensure the ingredients of the soap do not interact with or prevent the detoxification process from occurring.
  4. Take it easy afterwards − Taking an Epsom salt bath at night may be most feasible to ensure that you can rest for at least one hour after afterwards. However, if you have arthritic joints, you may choose to have treatment in the morning. This will help ensure that you can stay as active as possible following the bath in order to limit fatigued and achy joints.
  5. Add essential oils − Turn your Epsom salts bath into a luxurious spa treatment by adding several drops of essential oils to the water. Therapeutic oils such as lavender essential oil and frankincense can promote relaxation and stimulate healing and/or just use any essential oil(s) that you enjoy.

This information was taken from “TheTruth About Cancer” website which is an amazing and wonderful source of  information to anyone and I highly recommend you get acquainted with what they have to offer!

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Here’s a Little More Help Toward Becoming That Full or Part-Time Vegetarian…

6806266400_0016b46351_mBuckwheat – a non-gluten grain-
Though it is usually thought of as a grain, buckwheat is actually the seed of a broadleaf plant related to rhubarb. While it is not a true grain, it is used like one in cooking, and it has more nutrition for you than rice, wheat and corn on almost every measure of nutrient  (including the fact that rice, wheat, and corn are high on the glycemic scale, thus provoking a quick spike in blood sugar levels, a proven promoter of systemic inflammation). Buckwheat, on the other hand, ranks low on the glycemic scale.

Hulled buckwheat kernels (called groats) are pale tan-to-green, while the roasted buckwheat groats known as kasha—a staple food in Eastern Europe—are dark brown with a nutty flavor. Kasha is often steamed in a stock with onions, olive oil and fresh parsley, and for breakfast you can combine equal parts plain buckwheat groats and oats, and cook the mix to enjoy as a hot cereal topped with berries.

Buckwheat has been cultivated for at least 1,000 years in China, Korea and Japan, where it is often enjoyed in the form of buckwheat “soba” noodles—a form that’s become increasingly popular in the West as a healthy substitute for wheat pasta.

Buckwheat has more protein than rice, wheat, millet or corn and is high in the essential amino acids lysine and arginine, in which major cereal crops are deficient. Its unique amino acid profile gives buckwheat the power to boost the protein value of beans and cereal grains eaten the same day.  Good thing is, buckwheat contains no gluten—the source of protein in true grains—and is therefore safe for people with gluten allergy or celiac disease.

Buckwheat Protein’s Unique Health-Promoting Properties:

  • The specific characteristics of buckwheat proteins, and the relative proportions of its amino acids, make buckwheat the unsurpassed cholesterol-lowering food studied.
  • Its protein characteristics also enhance buckwheat’s ability to reduce and stabilize blood sugar levels following meals—a key factor in preventing diabetes and obesity.
  • Like the widely prescribed hypertension drugs, buckwheat proteins reduce the activity of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE),  reducing hypertension.
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High Protein Breakfasts Your Body Will Say, “Thank You” For!

stomach-articleWant to know how to nutritionally feel your best all morning without the low blood sugar slump?  Want to keep your appetite from getting out of control in the middle of the afternoon?  A high protein breakfast may be just what you need to adopt each day.  Many recent studies found that eating a higher protein breakfast (with around 30-35 grams of protein) lowered your after-meal cravings more than just eating breakfast alone.  Also, eating protein at each of your meals can be the best way to get lean muscle-building benefits. Give these five high-protein breakfasts a try- they are great for On-the-Go, too!

Breakfast Variety Meal Sampler Plate

Place one large hard-boiled egg, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese topped with 1/2 cup berries, and 4 whole-grain crackers in a divided or re-sealable container for a 30 gram, protein-packed breakfast that is about 350 calories.  (if you are not eating dairy, substitute the cottage cheese for organic sprouted tofu).

  1. Protein Parfait

Place 1 cup of plain lowfat plain Greek yogurt in the bottom of a glass or Mason jar. Layer with 1 cup berries, 1/4 cup walnuts, and 1/4 cup of whole grain cereal for a 325 calorie parfait that provides 30 grams of protein.

  1. Chocolate-Banana-Protein Smoothie

In a blender combine, 6 ounces of organic sprouted tofu, 1 cup coconut or almond milk, 1 tablespoon organic sunflower or almond butter, 1/2 frozen banana, 1.5 tablespoons dry unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1 tablespoon honey. Blend until you have a smooth, delicious 375-calorie, 30-gram protein smoothie.  You can substitute your favorite protein powder for the tofu instead if you prefer.

  1. Portable Breakfast Sandwich

Toast two slices of sprouted grain bread (such as Ezekiel or whole grain). Top with 1 egg cooked any way you like, 2 slices of non-nitrate added Turkey Bacon, 1 thin slice of mozzarella cheese, 2 large tomato slices and 1/2 cup baby spinach. This yummy sandwich is about 400 calories and 34 grams of protein.

  1. Breakfast Quinoa

Cook 1/2 cup quinoa in 1 cup almond or coconut milk (instead of water) according to the package directions. Top your cooked quinoa with 1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt of your choice, 1/3 cup shelled pistachios or 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed, and 1/2 cup sliced strawberries or blueberries, for 450 calories & 30 grams protein.

EASY-PEAZY for your quick and healthy options!

 

 

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Differences Between Food Intolerance and Food Allergy

pesky allergiesWhat is the difference between food intolerance and food allergy?

‘Food Intolerance’ and ‘Food Allergy’ are often thought to be just about the same thing but the biological processes behind them, and how they affect you, are very different from eachother.

Food Allergy

Food allergy is common but the symptoms are much more severe than an intolerance.  During an actual allergic reaction, the body’s immune system believes it is being ‘invaded’ and produces IgE (Immunoglobulin E) antibodies to fight off the food or drink ingredient it mistakenly considers to be harmful.

The body’s inflammatory response to an allergy can vary from mild to severe and can affect one or more systems in the body, such as the digestive system, respiratory system or the skin.  In extreme cases, the immune system triggers a response throughout the whole body, resulting in a systemic reaction (anaphylaxis) which is potentially fatal, such as what you hear often in peanut allergies.

Peanuts have a different molecular structure than other nuts and through time, there have been many changes to farming practices involving pesticide types being used on our crops.  The possible theory is that these farming chemicals are reacting to the structures of certain foods (such as peanuts) to cause more severe and more widespread cases of allergy.

Food Intolerance

Food intolerance is different from allergy,  which is generally more common and usually involves a delayed biological reaction which, although often uncomfortable and unpleasant, is not life threatening.

Causes of food intolerance

People react differently to different foods.  Food intolerance takes on different forms such as:

  • Food Allergy – immediate reaction (IgE)
  • Celiac Disease – lifelong autoimmune reaction to gluten proteins which damages the gut wall and prevents nutrients being properly absorbed
  • Enzyme deficiencies – lifelong deficiencies such as lactose intolerance
  • Chemical sensitivities – such as reactions to food additives like tartrazine (E102), caffeine  and sunset yellow (E110) and Red or Blue colorings such as in candies and pill coatings.
  • Reaction to histamine in foods
  • Delayed onset food intolerance (measurement of food-specific IgG antibodies as a strategy to determine which foods to eliminate); and may not be lifelong.  There are many people who once they find have an intolerance, just by eliminating that food from the diet for 6-12 months, can slowly re-introduce it back into their diet and be OK with it from then on.
  • Recommending the best strategy is to use food diaries and elimination diets as the preferred method of treatment. It can however, be difficult to identify problem foods, especially as it is common to experience reactions to several different foods at the same time.

The problem with an elimination diet can be that, without knowing exactly which foods are causing a problem, you might be depriving yourself unnecessarily of nutrients you don’t need to avoid. Also, if you try cutting out a combination of suspected ingredients all at once it can make it more difficult to pin- point the exact trigger foods.

Some people have detectable levels of raised food-specific IgG antibody levels but do not experience any health problems.

  • I have seen many cases where a person has joint pain, or headaches, or stomach distress, or general all-over fatigue and other symptoms that they thought were from whatever, but were actually a food sensitivity.
  • Not being able to lose weight can be a symptom of food intolerance because the offensive food(s) can cause inflammation in the body that affect the natural ability process of the body to have achieve weight loss.

What Can You Do?

I recommend seeing a holistic health professional that can order blood testing to an allergy testing laboratory, that will test your blood for all  the foods, additives, herbs, etc., that you are eating, to determine  if an intolerance or allergy is the cause of your symptoms.  These testing results can do wonders to making you feel well again, and eliminate the symptoms that could be stemming from your  intolerances.  These results are clear-cut and chart out the severity level of that offensive food, so you know whether it is a mild, moderate or severe intolerance.

Contact me for further information on receiving this valuable information.  How surprised would you be to know its possible some simple food you eat all  the time is actually a stressor to your body?

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High-Fat Ketogenic Diet for Cancer Patients

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The ketogenic diet is about eating 80% fat, which seems strange when usually,  fruits, vegetables and vegan is recommended.  The ketogenic diet does have science and rationale behind it to tout its benefits.  According to an article in “Amazing Wellness Magazine
– Spring Issue”,  exploring the topic: if you are a cancer patient, are you willing to bet your life on a particular diet?

What makes the ketogenic diet different is a clear, scientific understanding of how it works.  Also, there are numerous studies and patient reports to show its benefits.  Doctors have known for many years that an extremely high-fat diet can benefit children with epilepsy.  The diet shifts the metabolism of the brain cells from glucose to ketones, which are a by-product of fats.

The process of trying to jump from the diet treatment from epilepsy to cancer started about 20 years ago when doctors at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland treated two children who had both epilepsy and cancer.  Their cancers shrunk on the diet.

Since then, a researcher at the Boston College campus in Mass., has emerged as the leading advocate of ketogenic diets.  Its not a cure, nor a fad, but a medical therapy, the researcher says.

The diet consists of unprocessed whole foods that are high in nutrition rather than calories, along with a process of carb timing.  You can use carbohydrates as a guide to move cortisol back to its healthy rhythms he says.

Cancers cannot use ketones as their fuel, unlike sugars that feed cancer cells, so the cancer is starved.  Inflammation also drives the growth of cancers, and ketones are anti-inflammatory.

In a case with a woman in Italy in 2008 who had glioblastoma, a deadly and difficult to treat cancer, she first went on a  several day water only fast.  This is the ideal prelude to the ketogenic diet to prepare the body, lowering glucose.  She then underwent conventional radiation treatment and took vitamin and mineral supplements to prevent any deficiencies.

Two months later, she had lost 20% of her body weight and medical tests could find no traces of her brain tumor.  She stayed on the ketogenic diet for 10 weeks and after stopping the plan, the cancer returned.

According to studies the diet will work against almost any form of cancer, although some people and cancers respond better than others.  The evidence so far is showing that it can help people with non-small cell lung, breast, colon and pancreatic cancers.

Another important way for us to keep our cortisol levels balanced which keeps inflammation at bay, is to get good deep sleep at night, stay away from sugar in the diet and try to manage your stress levels.

Other alternative therapies to cancer include: high-dose intravenous Vitamin C and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.  High doses of CoZ10 and curcumin appear to have anti-cancer properties as well.

For more information on the ketogenic diet and cancer you can see the following: dietarytherapies.com; patriciadaly.com and see the site for a naturopathic physician experienced in oncology: oncanp.org.

 

 

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IBS and Crohn’s Diet

Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease or Ulcertative Colitis?  This may be the diet for you!  Does your physician talk about the importance of eating the right foods for your condition?  If not, you are not alone.  Most patients claim their doctor only tells them to not eat spicy foods or greasy foods or possibly dairy – but no more information is given.holding_stomach

How is that possible?  Unfortunately,  most doctor’s were never given nutrition courses in medical school, so that part of their expertise is lacking.  That is why we are fortunate to have holistic nutrition counselors such as myself, to help you know that nutrition is key to heal and protect your gut!  So let’s see what is best for your stomach condition:

  •   Go on an organic diet.  That means getting rid of nearly all foods not grown, raised, or processed organically.  Sticking to an 80% organic diet, and  paying particular attention to organic grains, veggies, and dairy (including eggs) helps so much .   Eating organic meats is a must too, but don’t eat beef while you are in any “crisis” state or symptomatic state.  The processing of non-organic meats can really aggravate nasty symptoms.
  • For a week or so, try to eat only organic rice, baked or mashed (with almond milk, butter) organic potatoes, organic chicken.  For breakfast try organic oatmeal and drink only water or green tea.  Once the pain starts to subside and the diarrhea became less prolific, you can start adding other things into your diet until you feel normal again.
  • Eat a low carbohydrate and high vegetable diet.  Eat baked or broiled fish, chicken or turkey.  Steam the vegetables lightly so that they are still a little crunchy.  Eat Brown Rice, Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes, peas and rice cakes/crackers.  No milk or cheese or corn.
    Eggs are fine and are tolerated best as hard boiled.  No spicy foods or  caffeine.  No red meat, or sugar or processed foods.  You can try Greek Yogurt that is high protein such as Fage or those brands as Whole Foods Market (read the label and it should say at least 10 grams of protein per container.  Tofu is also fine. Any vegetables except corn.
  • You can also eat applesauce (with cinnamon but no added sugar), apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, watermelon, cantelope, honeydew, banana, and blueberries.
  • Do not eat any nuts but you can try creamy organic almond butter.  No peanuts or peanut butter.  Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily  or the formula for water drinking is l/2 of your body weight in ounces of water.  So if you weigh 150 pounds, that is 75 ounces per day– you can add fresh squeezed lemon or lime to the water.

Taking supplements are always important for everyone, but the ones that are important with your stomach issues would be:

  1. Boswelia – 350 mg./3 times daily as an anti-inflammatory, heals ulcers – no adverse reactions or bad interactions with other meds has been found.
  2. Probiotic – I like Udo’s Choice Super 8 Probiotic (found and kept in the refrigerator at all times) or Renew Life 50 Billion Probiotic (also in the refrigerator).
  3. Magnesium Citrate or Magnesium Glycinate capsule 1 per day/400 mg. Take between dinner and bedtime.
  4. I recommend two products from Metagenics called: Glutgenics and Endefen which are both powders you can mix with apple juice or water. They would have to be ordered by a professional since these are “pharmaceutical grade” products and sold to professionals.

You should get your iron levels checked to see if you could be Anemic which is common from bleeding in the colon and not eating beef.  An Iron supplement that is good is by Solgar company, but take two per day ( one at lunch and one at dinner) rather than one if you are anemic.

Digestive disorders can be greatly relieved if you eat well for your condition, so don’t give up hope and see how great you can feel by following these suggestions.  Let me know how you do on this plan and leave a Comment.

 

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An Eye Opening Vitamin We Don’t Hear About Much

5059505888_1bafff46a9Vitamin K2 is being brought into the public eye more an more, but not enough!  Did you know it could take years to see any outright “symptoms” of a particular nutrient deficiency? These symptoms generally involve not feeling as good as you used to, changes in skin quality, low energy, hormonal imbalances, joint pain, digestive issues, and more.

What is interesting about Vitamin K2 is that it was not until 1997 that researchers figured out the important role it plays in the human body.    While many people are familiar with Vitamin K1 (present in leafy greens such as kale and spinach and plays a role in blood clotting) most have never heard of Vitamin K2.

Vitamin K2 plays a critical role in directing calcium where it belongs and away from where it doesn’t belong.  If it goes where it doesn’t belong, it becomes plaque build up in the arteries.  It does this through it’s interaction with a few other nutrients, namely Vitamin A and Vitamin D.

  • So why is K2 so important?
    Vitamin K2 is involved in numerous functions in the human body but is especially important for women.  Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, author of Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox, says:
    “For the prevention of everything from wrinkles to cancer, Vitamin K2 is the missing nutrient for women’s health. Most women don’t need a calcium supplement, but Vitamin K2 will channel dietary calcium to the right places.  Everyone is taking Vitamin D, but without K2 we’re not getting all the benefits of Vitamin D, and even risking harm from it.”
  • Bone Health – While most associate calcium with bone health the fact of the matter is that calcium (particularly supplemental calcium) plays a very insignificant role in ensuring adequate bone density and Vitamin K2 plays a very strong role. Vitamin K2 does this via its relationship with two other key nutrients, Vitamin A (Retinol not Beta-Carotene) and Vitamin D.
  • Dental Health – Dr. Weston A. Price’s research showed that dental decay, tooth sensitivity and other issues simply by adding K2 into the diet.  He found remarkable dental health (and overall health) in indigenous tribes throughout the world. These peoples had straight, cavity free teeth and rarely brushed. Their diet was very high in K2 and the other fat soluble nutrients (A and D).
  • Cardiovascular Health – For years we believed that clogged arteries were the results of saturated fat. We now know that this is not true. While there are many layers to cardiovascular disease the real culprit might be a lack of Vitamin K2 in the diet.  Those blockages in your arteries are mostly calcium. Vitamin K2 keeps calcium out of your arteries and in your bones, where it belongs.
  • Wrinkles – Consider regions of the world that have a high vitamin K2 intake and you will find people who look considerably young for their age (i.e. Tokyo – where Natto, the richest food source of Vitamin K2 is consumed regularly). There is also a strong correlation between early signs of aging (wrinkles, loose skin) and low bone density.
  • Healthy Veins – Varicose veins are technically a disease of the cardiovascular system and like the related section above, involve calcium being deposited where it doesn’t belong. This can lead to veins that have lost their integrity and are more susceptible to bulging.
  • Where to get it?
    Food sources are always best, however it can be a challenge with Vitamin K2 since the foods with the highest concentrations are rather obscure and not commonly consumed (see list below).  That being said you can supplement with Vitamin K2.  It should be included in your supplement routine (with Magnesium a close second).   There are some nuances in supplementing with Vitamin K2, for more details on the topic check out source 1 below.     ****If you take a supplement, as I do, opt for 100 mg. Vitamin K2 for every 1,000 I.U. of Vitamin D3 that you take.  So if you take 2,000 I.U. of your D, then take 2 of the 100 mg. tablets with it.
    The foods highest in Vitamin K2:
    • Natto (fermented soybeans)
    • Goose Liver (and other liver)
    • Dairy products from animals that are eating fast growing spring grass (milk, butter, ghee).
    • Cheeses – Gouda and Brie have the highest concentration but any cheese from a grass-fed animal will have Vitamin K2. Consider having some fruit and cheese as a snack.
    • Egg yolks from a pasture raised chicken also contain K2. Eat 2-3 egg yolks a day.
  • Why is deficiency so common?
    • It is a nutrient that is not present in high concentrations in many commonly consumed foods.
    • The increased consumption of processed foods and a departure away from eating traditional foods (which are notoriously nutrient dense – nose to tail eating, grass-fed dairy, fermented foods, animal fats, etc.).Info found in Natural Standard Magazine/Steven Macari
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