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OMG!  I Love Blueberries!!  And, it’s Blueberry Season up here in Southern Ontario…

Now I’m talking about the small wild blueberries that grow in parts of Quebec and Ontario. I’ve read that you can also find them in Sierra Nevada, Cascades and along the east coast from Maine to North Carolina.  I grew up picking and eating these magical fruits.  As a child living in Sudbury, Ontario on Ramsey Lake there was a hill beside our home called Blueberry Mountain, (well at least that’s what we called it…).   Of course, I was really good at harvesting blueberries, because I was between the ages of 4 and 9 when we lived up there and the blueberries grew close to the ground. We ate blueberries 12 months of the year.  My mom would make pies and jams and of course we ate copious amounts of them fresh.  I believe this was one of the reasons why my mom (who had Alzheimer’s) was healthier and lived longer than my grandmother and her 4 sisters who shared the diagnosis.

According to the Wild Blueberry Association, there are twice the nutrients in wild blueberries compared to the cultivated (farmed) ones.  In fact, studies that state that wild blueberries have some of the highest antioxidant values of commonly consumed fresh fruits.

Now if you have a chance to pick some – go for it! – otherwise you might want to break the bank and treat yourself to a small container 125 grams for about $6!!

This is why…

Some of the Many Health Benefits of Wild Blueberries

  1. Blueberries help to reverse oxidative stress, that’s the kind of damage the cell endures when we are stressed.  They are full of anthocyanin, the phytochemical responsible for their dark colour and a good portion of their antioxidant power. 
  2. Blueberries help to protect our brains and can actually help to improve cognition and memory
  3. Studies show that blueberries can attack free radicals (cancer cells) while not damaging healthy cells. In addition to anthocyanins, blueberries also contain ellagic acid – which has been shown to fight cancer – and resveratrol, the same antioxidant in red wine.
  4. Blueberries support bone health as they contain iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K. Each of these is a component of bone.  Adequate intake of these minerals and vitamins contributes to building and maintaining bone structure and strength.
  5. They are also a great source of vitamin C and fibre

 

Varieties of Blueberries (survey the grocery store)

Most of the blueberries we buy are grown on farms and can grow to be the size of a small marble. Domestically grown cultivated blueberries are on the market from May through September or October. Other times of the year, imported blueberries may be available.

Wild blueberries are much smaller than blueberries that grow on a fruit farm. As compared to farmed blueberries, wild blueberries have a chewier texture and are more varied in color, ranging from a reddish blue to a purplish blue.

All blueberries contain a significant amount of antioxidants, however, the ones with the darker pigments are higher in anthocyanins.

Wild blueberries can be found fresh in Maine or the more northern and eastern provinces of Canada. Outside of the local growing area blueberries are often available canned, frozen or dried.

Dried blueberries can be found in specialty food markets and many supermarket bulk sections. They provide a concentration of the whole fruit’s nutrients such as anthocyanins.

Keep in mind that the calories in dried blueberries will also be concentrated. Dried, canned or frozen blueberries may also be sweetened – which means extra calories – so check the label for “no added sugar” or “unsweetened”.

Basic Tips

How to Choose Blueberries

Look for firm, deep blue or purplish berries that are not soft or bruised. Wash them right before eating.

The waxy, whitish-gray coloring on the blueberry is referred to as the “bloom” and is a sign of freshness and is a natural protection that helps keep the berry from spoiling.

For frozen blueberries are great when fresh berries are not in season. Be sure that the blueberries rattle around in the bag or container. If they are frozen into a solid clump, it’s an indication that the berries have thawed and then been refrozen.

Be sure to buy only unsweetened blueberries, as opposed to the frozen or canned sweetened product, to reduce the number of calories you consume – and to ensure that you’re enjoying the natural flavor of this delicious fruit!

How to Wash Blueberries

Shortly before you eat them, rinse your fresh blueberries with cool running water and pat dry. Remove any leaves or stems. Then – voila! – they are ready to eat.

Frozen blueberries should be quickly rinsed under cold running water. Then, let them thaw at room temperature for a few minutes before adding to uncooked dishes.

When using frozen berries in cooked dishes, do not thaw and lengthen the cooking time a few minutes.

How to Store Blueberries

Do not wash fresh blueberries before storing.

Blueberries are the hardiest of all the berries and will last for seven to 10 days if refrigerated.

Before refrigerating, empty the container of blueberries into a bowl and remove any that are crushed or moldy, then return blueberries to their container. This will prevent the good blueberries from going bad too quickly.

If you have extra fresh blueberries (which we RARELY do) – add them to this amazing muffin recipe.

Or, this is a great way to use frozen blueberries year round.

Easiest Banana Muffin Recipe

REFERENCES:

[1]           J Agric Food Chem. 2004 Jun 16;52(12):4026-37

https://academic.oup.com/carcin/article/28/8/1800/2526773

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20054730

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16399225

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287710.php

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23789932

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Adrenal exhaustion is very common for mothers of special needs children, or for anyone who lives with chronic stress.  I had a serious adrenal burnout about 10 years ago. This was before I became a nutritionist and I had no idea that what I was doing (trying to stay one step ahead of my 5 children, 2 with special needs) could have such long term effects.

In times of stress, our bodies go on high alert and suddenly the simple things that create balance in our lives – like getting enough sleep – seem impossible. We “hit a wall” and crash into depression, or worse, because our bodies are spent and completely exhausted.  I couldn’t even walk or dress myself without assistance. This is called adrenal fatigue (or in my case, burnout or exhaustion) and is the result of our primal “fight or flight” stress response never letting down.

Our adrenal glands kick all systems into high gear when we’re stressed. As their name implies, the adrenal glands secrete adrenaline among other potent hormones. They sit just above the kidneys, and look sort of like acorns.  It is the basic task of the adrenal glands to respond to stress by rushing your whole body into “fight or flight” mode.

This means our adrenal glands either signal our body to rage against whatever illness or irritant is causing the stress, or flee to a safe place where the stress can be avoided. For instance, to fight, our adrenal glands signal the heart to work harder, increasing the heart rate and elevating blood pressure. Energy use increases immediately as demands on the body’s stores increase under the influence of the adrenal hormones. Then, when the crisis is abated, the adrenal glands restore themselves and replenish energy supplies for the next emergency.

If we are constantly over-worked, undernourished and chronically exposed to toxins with no sign of a break, then there’s no let-up for the adrenal glands. Eventually, they will bottom out and plummet into adrenal exhaustion. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands are no longer able to
adapt to any amount of stress.

When this happens, the effects can be widespread and long-lasting, causing suppression of the immune system, hormonal imbalance, skin flare-ups, autoimmune diseases and mood disorders.   Adrenal fatigue is, indeed, the underlying factor in many stress-related conditions ranging from cardiovascular disease, to colitis, chronic fatigue to Alzheimer’s.

Many don’t realize that the adrenals also produce sex hormones and are relied upon during menopause when the ovaries cease to produce these hormones.

For years I lived with this secret of adrenal fatigue – napping whenever I could – but never feeling rested.  I appeared ‘normal’ but inside I was living with a feeling of always having to push myself, to keep myself going, and of course relying on stimulants such as caffeine or sugar.

Often, people with worn out adrenal glands seem lazy or unmotivated but quite the opposite is true – they tend to be high-achiever or workaholics. In their state of adrenal exhaustion, unfortunately, they have to push themselves harder to merely accomplish the basic tasks.

There is hope – if you suspect adrenal fatigue speak with a qualified clinician – there are supplements that are very effective.

As a parent of a special needs child, ‘Stress’ could be your middle name – therefore consuming foods that support adrenal function while avoiding foods that undermine adrenal function is a really good place to start.

The 11 best foods for Adrenal Fatigue are:

  • Organ meats (e.g. liver)
  • Fish
  • Organic meats (e.g. beef, chicken)
  • Eggs
  • Low sugar fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Whole, sprouted grains
  • Avocado
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Organic dairy products
  • Foods that contain lots of Vitamin C such as broccoli, peppers, oranges

The 7 worst foods for Adrenal Fatigue are:

  • High sugar fruits
  • Sugary snacks
  • Fast food
  • Processed foods
  • Refined grains (e.g. white bread)
  • Dried fruits
  • Coffee

Does this sound like someone you know? If so, there are many strategies to explore to improve adrenal function, restore energy and vitality.

References:

The SuperStress Solution by Roberta Lee. Random House, New York, 2010.

https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/adrenalgland

https://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/patient_education/pepubs/mngadrins.pdf

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-25960/7-foods-to-eat-to-heal-adrenal-fatigue.html

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You knew there was a bit of an over-emphasis (borderlining obsession) about cholesterol, right?

Before we jump into some myths let’s make sure we’re on the same page when it comes to what exactly cholesterol is.

Myth #1: “Cholesterol” is cholesterol

While cholesterol is an actual molecule, what it is bound to while it’s floating through your blood is what’s more important than just how much of it there is overall. In fact, depending on what it’s combined with can have opposite effects on your arteries and heart. Yes, opposite!

So cholesterol is just one component of a compound that floats around your blood. These compounds contain cholesterol as well as fats and special proteins called “lipoproteins”.

They’re grouped into two main categories:

  • HDL: High Density Lipoprotein (AKA “good” cholesterol) that “cleans up” some of those infamous “arterial plaques” and transports cholesterol back to the liver.
  • LDL: Low Density Lipoprotein (AKA “bad” cholesterol) that transports cholesterol from the liver (and is the kind found to accumulate in arteries and become easily oxidized hence their “badness”).

And yes, it’s even more complicated than this. Each of these categories is further broken down into subcategories which can also be measured in a blood test.

So “cholesterol” isn’t simply cholesterol because it has very different effects on your body depending on which other molecules it’s bound to in your blood and what it is actually doing there.

Myth #2: Cholesterol is bad

Cholesterol is absolutely necessary for your body to produce critical things like energy boosting vitamin D when your skin is exposed to the sun, your sex hormones (e.g. estrogen and testosterone – which can help with mood), as well as bile to help you absorb dietary fats. Not to mention that it’s incorporated into the membranes of your cells.

Talk about an important molecule!

The overall amount of cholesterol in your blood (AKA “total cholesterol”) isn’t nearly as important as how much of each kind you have in your blood.

While way too much LDL cholesterol as compared with HDL (the LDL:HDL ratio) may be associated with an increased risk of heart disease it is absolutely not the only thing to consider for heart health.

Myth #3: Eating cholesterol increases your bad cholesterol

Most of the cholesterol in your blood is made by your liver. It’s actually not from the cholesterol you eat. Why do you think cholesterol medications block an enzyme in your liver (HMG Co-A reductase, to be exact)? ‘Cause that’s where it’s made!

What you eat still can affect how much cholesterol your liver produces. After a cholesterol-rich meal your liver doesn’t need to make as much.

Myth #4: Your cholesterol should be as low as possible

As with almost everything in health and wellness there’s a balance that needs to be maintained. There are very few extremes that are going to serve you well.

People with too-low levels of cholesterol have increased risk of death from other non-heart-related issues like certain types of cancers, as well as suicide.  Yup, you heard it our brains need cholesterol – not just for mood, but for memory too.

Myth #5: Drugs are the only way to get a good cholesterol balance

Don’t start or stop any medications without talking with your doctor.

And while drugs can certainly lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol they don’t seem to be able to raise the “good” HDL cholesterol all that well.

Guess what does?

Nutrition and exercise!

One of the most impactful ways to lower your cholesterol with diet is to eat lots of fruits and veggies. I mean lots, say up to 10 servings a day. Every day.

Don’t worry the recipe below should help you add at least another salad to your day.

You can (should?) also exercise, lose weight, stop smoking, and eat better quality fats. That means fatty fish, avocados and olive oil. Ditch those over-processed hydrogenated “trans” fats.

Summary:

The science of cholesterol and heart health is complicated and we’re learning more every day. You may not need to be as afraid of it as you are. And there is a lot you can do from a nutrition and lifestyle perspective to improve your cholesterol level.

Recipe (Dressing to go with your salad): Orange Hemp Seed Dressing

Makes about ¾ cup

  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  • dash salt and/or pepper

Blend all ingredients together until creamy.  Serve on top of your favourite salad and Enjoy!

Tip: Store extra in airtight container in the fridge. Will keep for about a week.

References:

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-cholesterol

http://summertomato.com/how-to-raise-your-hdl-cholesterol

https://authoritynutrition.com/top-9-biggest-lies-about-dietary-fat-and-cholesterol/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18757771

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28428806

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If there’s one thing I most often hear from Moms with special needs children it is, “I am always so tired…”  What if there was a ‘clinical’ reason for being so wiped out all.of.the.time?  What if you actually were a little older than your chronological age?

Common signs of aging include grey hair, wrinkles as well as an increase in age-related diseases, but what happens when the aging process accelerates faster than the years are passing? How could this happen? And, what if we could slow it down?

Recently, a team of researchers has found that severe emotional stress, like that caused by a divorce, the loss of a job, or caring for an ill parent or special needs child can impact a person’s age at the cellular level. The researchers compared the DNA (blood sample) of mothers caring for disabled children and found a striking trend. They calculated that the longer a woman had taken care of their child, the shorter their telomere length and the older their chronological age.

Compared to parents of typically developing children, parents of children with developmental disabilities are at higher risk for elevated stress over the lifespan of their child.

Molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn shared a Nobel Price for her research on telomeres. She was frustrated by the fact that this important information was not reaching the general public, so along with psychologist, Elissa Epel, she published a book aimed at a general audience.

In short… What the heck is a telomere?

A telomere can be found on the tip of a chromosome. Similar to the plastic piece on the tip of a shoelace – without this protective plastic, the shoelace will fray and unravel. The strands of DNA become damaged without the telomeres to protect them resulting in damaged cells that cannot do their jobs.

Shortened telomeres are also linked to a weakened immune system, decreased bone mineral density in women. Without the protection from telomeres, cells will age and die.

Using a simple blood test, the researchers found that blood cells from women who had spent many years caring for a disabled child were genetically about a decade older than those from peers who had much less caretaking experience.

Stress Can Impact Your Health At The Cellular Level

The study, which appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also suggests that the perception of being stressed can add years to a person’s biological age.’  Interestingly, some mothers who do not ‘feel’ as stressed are not as impacted at the cellular level.  More studies need to occur to establish why some people are more resilient than others.

 

GOOD NEWS – Telomeres Can Be Lengthened!

A study out of the University of California San Francisco shows that changes in diet, exercise, stress management and social support can result in longer telomeres.

Lifestyle Strategies to Lengthen Telomeres:

  • Diet

Foods high in vitamins are believed to protect cells and their telomeres from oxidative damage. A diet high in antioxidant foods, like berries and artichokes, can slow down aging and help prevent or reduce cell damage.

Nutrient dense whole foods, such as  ethically sourced animal proteins including omega 3 fatty acids from pastured beef, fish, seafood, flax and chia, as well as whole grains.

Boosting antioxidant-rich foods is key.

(See RECIPE BELOW)

  • Exercise: Moderate aerobic exercise, walking 30 minutes per day for 6 days a week.  I know that could be easier said then done!  So, just make sure to move, even if it’s for 5 or 10 minutes several times a day.
  • Stress Management: Gentle yoga, breathing and/or meditation daily. No time for this either?  I get it…  Just make sure you breathe deep into your belly – this will help calm the nervous system and oxygenate the body.
  • Increased social support: Weekly support group sessions that include moderate exercise, stress management training and/or counseling.

Of course, as with everything lifestyle and health related, “We are all different…”  How each person manages stress is individual, so even though mothers with special needs children are at risk for negative outcomes, some report being positively transformed.  

For me, it’s been a combination – I burned out, (BIG TIME), but I’ve also experienced new growth and insights, not only professionally in the field of nutrition and mental health, but enhanced empathy, patience, social advocacy, and best of all gratitude.  

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‘Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,

and creates a vision for tomorrow.’ 

Melody Beattie
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Here is an antioxidant rich recipe:

Energy Boosting Smoothie Bowl

REFERENCES:

https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/04/10/disability-memory-moms/20208/

Jaskelioff M, et al. Telomerase reactivation reverses tissue degeneration in aged telomerase-deficient mice. Nature. 2011;469:102-107.

http://www.pnas.org/content/101/49/17312

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4054692/

Aubert G, Lansdorp PM. Telomeres and aging. Physiological Reviews. 2008;88:557–579.

https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2013/09/108886/lifestyle-changes-may-lengthen-telomeres-measure-cell-aging

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Stress can result in nutrient deficiencies, especially when combined with inadequate intake of nutrients from foods, digestive issues and poor gut health.

The following is a Basic Supplementation Protocol designed for someone who is dealing with chronic stress.

Consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement.

Even the most common supplements can have interactions with drugs and other supplements

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To purchase supplements click: HERE

There are 1000’s of different brands and types of nutritional supplements on the market today.  It can be very confusing!  Many people try and save money by purchasing cheaper brands of supplements – In my opinion – you are wasting your money.  You only get what you pay for and that goes for supplements too.

Below you will discover what types of nutrients to look for when purchasing supplements to help manage the effects of stress and help to boost energy.

Please scroll down to the bottom to see images of the brands that I commonly recommend.  

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. The word ‘essential’ is used to describe the fact that our bodies do not make it and we must source it from the foods we eat or supplementation.

Research shows that O3’s help to reduce inflammation in the body and play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development.

*See below for images of various kinds of Omega-3 fatty acids, including Cod Liver Oil, Vegan and Fish Oil supplements.

B Complex Vitamins

Chronic stress depletes B Vitamins, which have a particular impact on brain function.

When looking for B Vitamins, look for words such as ‘methyl’ or ‘active’. For example the active form of folate is methylfolate (B9). The active form of B12 is methylcobalamin.

*See image below.

Magnesium – The ‘Chill Pill’

Stress can be a cause of magnesium deficiency, and a lack of magnesium tends to magnify the stress reaction. Magnesium is the most commonly deficient mineral in North America.

Avoid the following forms: carbonate, sulfate, stearate, gluconate – typically found in cheaper brands.

* See Image below

Vitamin D

Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to help manage stress levels by indirectly helping to manage depression and it is associated with decreased levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

*See Image Below.

Probiotics

Supports intestinal health and provides microorganisms that temporarily modify gut flora.  Remember!  – “All Health Starts In The Gut”

*See below for an image of a modulating dose of probiotics for every day use.  Travelling this Summer?  – Make sure you stock up on ‘shelf stable’ probiotics, because most probiotics require refrigeration.

To purchase supplements click: HERE

 

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When we think of Spring many turn to the thought of cleaning their homes. As the sun shines suddenly we notice how cluttered our homes have become. Time to clean out a drawer, or wash a few windows? Well, there is something else that could use some cleaning and that is your body -from the inside out:)

Sounds Like A Project? – Read On For Some Simple Tips

Did you know that any of the following symptoms could be related to toxicity in the body:

Fatigue/Exhaustion

Brain fog

Headaches

Chronic joint or muscle pain

Digestion issues including gas, heartburn, bloating, diarrhea or constipation

Insomnia

Autoimmune diseases

Hormonal imbalances like PMS or menopausal symptoms

Acne or skin rashes

Anxiety or depression

Allergies

Inflammation

Chemical sensitivities

Chronic bad breathe

Weight gain

Unfortunately, we are all at least a little bit toxic – it’s impossible not to be especially if you live in the city, like we do.

Leading scientists and doctors from various disciplines have come together to say that the science on toxic chemicals is clear:

“They can harm brain development.”

 think energy levels…

This should really come as no surprise as toxins cause inflammation by affecting otherwise healthy tissue in the body.

Thankfully we have a built-in detoxification system, made up of the Lymphatic System, the Skin, Liver, Kidneys, Lungs and Bowels.

There are many things each of us can do to ramp up our detoxification organs and systems every day, for example:

  • Drink pure filtered water
  • Lemon water first thing in the morning helps to support liver function (the master detoxifying organ)
  • Avoid toxic soaps, perfumes and chemicals to keep skin healthy
  • Breathe deep – Yes!  Your lungs are detoxification organs…
  • Incorporating specific foods that help support the body’s detoxification systems. (See recipe below)

Personally, I Cleanse every Spring – this helps me to manage my symptoms of Chronic Fatigue – yup, I manage that with food and supplementation.  This is why I’m so passionate about the topic of “ENERGY”…

Do you have any healthy Spring rituals?  If so, we would love to hear about them.

Until next time…

In Good Health!

Cilantro Pesto

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REFERENCES:

http://glendabritton.com/recipe/cilantro-pesto/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4499388/

https://www.nihadc.com/library/detox-for-life-class-2-addit-resources/54-4-dosing-with-chlorella/file.html?accept_license=1

https://paulaowens.com/detox-heavy-metals/

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Do you often wonder why you feel exhausted, no matter how much you sleep?  Are you often losing your temper, have increasingly more issues around menstruation, weight gain, feeling depressed or anxious?  If so, there’s a good chance you are struggling with a hormone imbalance.
So many women suffer from hormone imbalances these days.  I’ve yet to meet or work with a mom of a special needs child who has balanced hormones. Many suffer in silence.
Hormone imbalance symptoms can include:
– PMS
– Painful periods with very heavy flow
– Missing periods entirely
– Infertility
– Perimenopause
– Menopause
– Exhaustion
– Acne
– Thinning hair
– Brain fog
– Unwanted hair growth
– Low libido
– Weight gain
– Depression & Anxiety
– Insomnia
Balancing hormones is complicated, but you have to start somewhere below you will find three things you can do to help after following through with these suggestions you will have a better idea of how much work you have to do…
Here are 3 Tips to get you started….
Tip #1
Lower Stress: When we are stressed, the adrenals work overtime to protect us from what they considered physical stress (even though we are not really in danger). This is our fight or flight response. It causes the adrenals to produce higher levels of adrenaline and cortisol.
Because we can only produce adrenaline for a few seconds, our fight or flight response is dependent on excess cortisol, and this is where the havoc begins. Excess cortisol has been linked to depression, blood sugar problems, reproductive issues, anxiety and weight gain around the middle.
The key is to support the health of the adrenals is with foods rich in B vitamins, vitamin C and potassium. Practicing meditation or deep breathing helps lower cortisol.
Tip # 2
Excess hormones like cortisol, estrogen and testosterone all need to be detoxed out of the body. This is a key process that the liver performs to make sure we do not suffer from the excess of these hormones. Supporting the health of the liver, therefore is critical. A milk thistle supplement help liver function more optimally. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale, apples, grapefruit, garlic, onions, Jerusalem artichokes, lemons, limes and berries are just a few foods that help support the liver.
We also need good gut health to help make sure the toxins leave the body so supporting gut health is also important. This is easier said than done but it starts with adding probiotics and fermented foods such as kefir, yogurt, kimchi or sauerkraut. Prebiotic foods such as garlic, onion, potatoes, wheat, broccoli, berries and apples, just to name a few, feed our good bacteria and help keep our gut healthy.
Tip #3
Balance Blood Sugar
Bad eating habits and stress can cause our blood sugar to swing up and down throughout the day. When our blood sugar drops, we can experience anger, fatigue, weakness and depression. Normally, we then receive a signal to do something such as a sugar craving or a desire for a coffee or a beer. If we respond to the craving, and consume something, this will bring our blood sugar back up. Caffeine, sugar and alcohol all cause the blood sugar to swing up high. This causes a high insulin release. And too much insulin can affect other hormones.
If we do not respond to the craving, then our adrenals send a signal to tell the liver to release stored glucose and bring up blood sugar. Again, it tends to be a lot of glucose since adrenaline is a powerful hormone. Blood sugar swings high, and again, large amounts of insulin are released.
To keep blood sugar stable, make sure you eat good quality fat, protein and complex carbohydrates (fibre) every time you eat.  Blood sugar stabilizing foods such as Jerusalem artichokes, cinnamon and legumes can be very helpful. Lowering stress also helps keep blood sugar stable.
These are just three simple steps. Give them a try and see the difference they can make.
Here is a smoothie recipe that is not only delicious, but can help balance hormones:
 
Hormone Balancing Chocolate Smoothie 
Click On The Image  >>>>
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Have you heard the saying, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”?  It was Hippocrates that coined that phrase many years ago. He is considered to this day, to be one of the most influential figures in the history of medicine & healing.

He was certainly ahead of his time when around 400 BC he advised people to prevent disease and increase healing by eating nutrient dense foods. Hippocrates and the Ancient Greeks weren’t the only ones to understand the healing properties of food, both Ayurvedic Medicine (from India) and Traditional Chinese Medicine— have taught for thousands of years that food is medicine and a healthy diet is a powerful tool for protecting one’s health.

One of my favourite recipes to use Food as Medicine is my Turmeric Tea Recipe– I have hand delivered a bottle of this healing elixir to many throughout the years.

Many today are starting to understand how a calorie is not just a calorie when it comes to what we eat. Of course food does provide us with calories, but it does so much more than that.

The foods you include in your diet also play a critical role in controlling inflammation levels, balancing blood sugar, regulating cardiovascular health, it also helps the digestive organs to process and eliminate waste, and much, much more.

Did you know that certain foods contain powerful active ingredients that help control how your genes are expressed?

 

Have you heard about the expanding field of Nutrigenomics (also called Nutritional Genomics) it is devoted to studying how food influences gene expression. Quite simply what this means is that even though you may have a family history of a particular disease –it’s possible to change the course of your family history by consuming specific foods. Each and every person is different in terms of how much their genes/health are impacted by their diet.

A term I often use is biochemical individuality – what works for one person doesn’t necessarily help another.

 

Nutrient deficiencies and toxicity from a poor diet are linked to nearly all modern health conditions. Plus, when someone is overly stressed or ill it only increase the body’s need for nutrients and very high-quality foods. You probably already know that diabetes and heart disease (currently the No. 1 killer in most industrialized nations) this is an illness that is highly influenced by one’s diet — and the same can be said for allergies, autoimmune disorders like arthritis, thyroid disorders and many more.

Some other ways that foods can protect you from developing a disease or accelerated aging are by decreasing and controlling inflammation. Inflammation is the root of most diseases and a major contributor to the effects of aging. Inflammation is a response from the immune system, and it can affect nearly every tissue, hormone and cell in the body.

Foods can also help balance hormones.

Hormones affect every part of health, from your energy and cognitive abilities to your body weight

Diabetes and weight gain are tied to poor insulin response and other hormonal changes. Poorly managed blood sugar levels by consuming high amounts of sugar and processed carbohydrates can lead to imbalanced blood sugar which can then can lead to heart disease.

We mustn’t forget how different foods help to alkalize the body. The human body keeps a tight grip on its internal pH level, working hard to keep it balanced Processed, low-quality foods make the body more acidic and allow diseases to thrive more easily. An alkaline diet (high in plant foods that are detoxifying) helps with cellular renewal and may help to promote longevity.

Improving Absorption of Nutrients

Many of today’s illnesses are due to nutritional deficiencies and high rates of free radical damage. The majority of processed convenience foods are stripped of their natural nutrients and packed with synthetic ingredients and preservatives resulting in very low amounts vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and enzymes. Our bodies need these nutrients to be healthy and thrive.

Perhaps more than anything else in our lives, the foods we regularly eat help determine whether or not we will become ill, or remain healthy into older age.

>>Stayed tuned for my next Blog and Facebook live where we discuss what foods to avoid and why…<<

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