In some way, your digestion has been compromised. Some causes can be:
* low HCL acid in the stomach
* pancreas produces low bicarbonate secretion
* small intestine has low sugar-digesting enzyme production
* imbalanced intestinal flora
* intestinal flora enjoying undigested foods
* chronic over-eating
* low bile flow, so foods are not emulsified
* enzyme deficient or low enzyme production
Hydrochloric acid actually comes from your blood (hydrogen and chloride). After chewing and mixing food with saliva, the enzymes within the saliva begin their digestive activity. These enzymes continue to work in the stomach after swallowing food, which is an alkaline environment until the HCL acid arrives in approximately 45-60 minutes. HCL acid will neutralize the saliva enzymes and this is when other digestive enzymes take over in a more acidic environment. What does HCL acid do? It stimulates inactive pepsinogen to become active pepsin to breakdown protein into smaller particles. When you have low HCL acid or enzyme deficiency, then proteins are not properly digested, and then they begin to rot in the intestine. The foul-smelling gas is produced from bacteria on the fermenting protein. Also, HCL acid stimulates the pancreas to release enzymes into the small intestine. When the pancreas isn't stimulated, then nutrients absorption like vitamin A, E and B12 is compromised.
Bile is part of digestion, but contains not enzymes. Fats are first emulsified by the bile, so digestive enzymes can penetrate them. Thick bile or low bile supple will compromise this process too. The food is not completely digested, build up in the lower part of the digestive tract and rot can begin. When bile flow is low or not flowing, you can experience discomfort in the abdominal area, gas and bloating.
Bicarbonate is formed in the pancreas, but substances are extracted from the blood and released when the acidic contents from the stomach enter the small intestine. The acid signals secretin to be released to make the environment very alkaline for digestion. Blood pH is need for survival, therefore these alkaline substances will stay in the blood if there isn't a good supply and making digestion incomplete. Food particles begin to rot and can create gas and bloat.
With an imbalance of good and bad bacteria, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, gas and belching can occur. Probiotics can help replace good bacteria. For healing the small intestine, powder is easier to consume large doses, has a high tolerance for stomach acid and they should be refrigerated. To bring levels up, 18-25 billion per day, and 3-7 billion for maintenance. There are many different strains that have different purposes. L.acidophilus stains CUL-60, CUL-21, INT-9, DDS-1 and NAS are accepted by the immune system, attach to the intestinal wall, survive stomach acid and bile acid.
Don't forget to consume enough fibre to absorb toxin by-products (gas causing) from pathogens, keep the bowel healthy and help heal gastrointestinal problems like IBS, IBD and hemorrhoids. Also, a good quality digestive enzyme to help with digestion.
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A complete protein contains 9 essential amino acids, which animal meat, eggs, soybean and dairy provides. What if you are vegetarian, vegan or reducing your meat consumption? Vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds contain protein, but enough to be complete. In order to get all 9 essential amino acids, you need to food combine. Legumes, lentils, peas or corn combined with brown rice, quinoa or other grains. For example, peanut butter (legume) on whole wheat bread or rice and black beans.
I have created a beautiful combination of quinoa and peas in a mushroom broth. Mushrooms have great immune boosting properties. Quarter mushrooms and cook at medium heat in butter and coconut oil. It'll take 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a pot (everything in the pan) and add 2 litres of water. Use a hand blender to blend them. Bring to a boil and add 1 cup of quinoa, then put on medium heat for a simmer. After 6 minutes, add 1 cup of peas, chopped onions and fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, parsley and lemon thyme. Let simmer for 2 minutes and turn off the burner. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste, 1 cup raw cabbage and 2 grated carrots. Mix together and let stand for 4 minutes with a lid. You can finish it off with some pesto or simple olive oil for some essential fatty acids.
Live juices from fruits, vegetables and herbs are a great dietary aid for helping the body to heal. Wheatgrass, chlorella, barley and spirulina are healers that help stimulate cells, build red blood cells, cleanse the liver and fight toxins. Vegetables are health restorers that help remove acid waste, boost immune system and balance the metabolism. Fruits are body cleansers that help lower cholesterol and provide energy. Let's get started with some juice boosting recipes!
Alzheimer's disease has affected 10% of Americans at the age of 65 and 80% of individuals over the age of 85. This is a disease of both sexes from nutrient deficiencies. It is characterized by nerve fibres that has a permanent tingling around the centre of the brain where the memory is located and dying cells that can lead to dementia. As you can see, it is more than a loss of memory. Some experts believe that it is a result of free radicals or a compromised immune system. Studies on men and women over the age of 75 found low levels of folate and vitamin B12 double their probability to develop Alzheimer's disease. One piece of evidence that has experts agree on is a regular exercise regime helps protect against neurological decline. Also, mental exercise plays an important role on cognitive health with word puzzles, math equations and reading.
Juice kale, watercress, blueberry, lemon and ginsing for an Alzheimer's juice.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is controversial, as some experts believe it to have a connection to food allergies, as any food can provoke. The most common food allergies are dairy, wheat, sugar, corn, peanuts, soy, yeast, chocolate and shellfish. Symptoms of ADD can be restlessness, learning disability, tiredness and inability to concentrate.
Juice fresh vegetables with ginko and valerian root extract for an ADD juice. No fruit juices should be included.
Obesity can take a toll on an individual's health, as it is a major contributing factor in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Women who battle weight issues all their life can look forward to another battle during menopause like gaining more weight from less calories needed because ovulation ceases, therefore less calories are burned for ovulation. Even gaining too much weight during pregnancy can increase an individual's risk of breast cancer.
Juice kelp, celery cucumber, kale, watercress, pineapple, ginseng extract, raspberry leaf extract and black cohosh for obesity juice.
Depression, according to medical doctor Giovanni Cizza, is a disease of the body, mind and soul. 'Fight-or-flight' hormone is elevated, which is associated with bone loss in depressed individuals, decreased estrogen and growth hormone in depressed individual women. Also, depressed individuals tend to have lower EPA levels.
Juice broccoli, leafy greens, apple, peach, lemon and flax seed oil for a depression juice.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can have individuals reaching for quick boost in energy, but this is only temporary when it comes caffeine. Also, caffeine can increase fatigue when the effects wear off.
Juice carrots, wheatgrass, avocado, papaya, apple, pinch of cayenne and echinacea extract for a chronic fatigue syndrome juice.
It's always fun to create your own juicing creations that are catered more to your taste buds or specific needs. I like to add nutritional yeast for that extra boost of vitamin B.
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Did you know that 50-60% of women are prone to getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime? The ratio of women to men that develop UTI is 8:1, which is shocking because the urinary tract is usually sterile. The pathogen that causes UTI in a significant number of individuals is called Escherichia coli, otherwise known as E. coli. The reason for the higher ration of women developing UTI is due to the urethra being shorter. There are 6 classifications of UTI:
1. Uncomplicated infection - normal urinary tract
2. Complicated infection - infection in an abnormal urinary tract like backward flow of urine to kidneys from bladder or kidney stones or blockage in ureters tube(s)
3. Isolated infection - first episode or 6 months apart of UTI
4. Unresolved infection - failed therapy due to 2 different bacteria or bacteria are resistant
5. Reinfection - same pathogen regrows two weeks after therapy or different microorganism grows
6. Relapse - within 2 weeks of therapy the same microorganism causes an UTI
There are other pathogens like Proteus mirabilis, Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Klebsiella pneumonia that can cause UTI. Individuals with diabetes more commonly infections are caused by group B streptococcus and Klebsiella. Whereas catheterised individuals develop pseudomonas infections.
Common symptoms are frequent urination, burning sensation, pain, cloudy urine or an odor. Drink plenty of water to encourage urination to help eliminate bacteria. Avoid sugar and reduce animal protein consumption. Also, eliminate caffeine as it contributes to pain by contracting bladder muscles.
Probiotics can help protect against UTI with beneficial bacteria. Cranberry juice contains tannin or proanthocyanidin that reduces colonization of E.coli in the vagina, but can no longer can be recommended for a preventative of UTI, as the updated Cochran review claimed the benefits of cranberry juice to prevent are very small. Although, cranberry has been shown to be beneficial for reoccurring UTI. Biotheraputic drainage: urinary tract support is "ideal for symptoms of urinary tract conditions including inflammation of the mucosal membranes in the urinary passage" according Seroyal. Biotheraputic drainage is different then detox because detox can stress the body and sometimes pushing it to the upper limits in order to remove toxins. Whereas Biotherapeutic drainage doesn't stress the body and is gentle at a cellular level within the body's normal capacity to eliminate toxins. I highly recommend this product along with probiotics for UTI by Genestra, as it contains the L.gasseri bacteria, cranberry fruit extract with over 20 years in clinical evidence.
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Biochemist Dr. Roger Williams states that a multivitamin and mineral supplement is an "insurance formula" for plausible deficiencies. He continues to explain that even healthy people should use them. You buy car insurance and house insurance for a 'just in case' scenario. It is important to 'invest in yourself' just as much as you invest in your 'stuff'. I'm not saying an individual will become deficient if they are not taking a supplement, its just an insurance policy. A good quality vitamin is one that comes from a good source, pure ingredients and without fillers. There are different multivitamin because every individual has different requirements. For example, my mom needs eye, cognitive, bone and immune support (this particular supplement is manufactured by Pure Encapsulations). Some people may be on blood thinners, including Aspirin, therefore should not have a multivitamin that contains vitamin K and other botanicals. For individuals on blood thinners, I recommend Genestra Active Multi Vite. Also, this particular supplement has an emphasis on hip/bone, immune and eye support.
These factors are important when considering a multivitamin. Second, knowing what the RDI (recommended daily intake) is suggested for your age group. There is exeptions for these recommendation like women in their child baring years shouldn't have the RDI of vitamin A because there are studies on possible birth defects when more than 2500IU is consumed (RDI is 5000IU). I want to emphasize the importance of consulting a nutritionist for your individual, specific needs. The RDI was created to help reduce the amount of deficient related diseases base on a group scenario, as the individual has different requirements than a group of people. Diabetics need higher amounts of some B vitamins, and the same for big caffeine drinkers.
The next key recommendation is antioxidants. These go hand-in-hand with free radicals, a.k.a oxidative damage. Studies have shown free radicals to be the initiator of many diseases like cancer and heart disease. Antioxidant nutrients like beta carotene, selenium, vitamin C and E help protect against damage from free radicals and slow down the aging process. It has been concluded that a combination of antioxidants will provide greater protection. A diet high in plant foods can give you this variety, as they also work together.
Lastly, essential fatty acid from flax seed oil can give you the right proportion of Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio. Flax seed is rich in Omega 3, and holds twice the amount in comparison to fish oils. Scientific research has highlighted the benefits Omega 3 has on allergies, inflammation, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Consuming 1-2 tbsps. daily of cold pressed, organic flax seed oil is highly recommended.
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With IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), the complete hollow gastrointestinal (GI) tract is involved in this motility disorder, which is the inability of fluid and organisms to move. IBS isn't an inflammatory condition, but can cause inflammation. The symptoms of flatulence usually indicating indigestion, abdominal pain and bowel function alternating from constipation to diarrhea, just constipation or just diarrhea. Low intake of fibre holds accountability for part of this problem and poor digestion is another part. The gut becomes inflamed and is hyper-intensive when these two aforementioned problems are coupled together. You can tell there is inflammation from mucous in the stool. Inflammation and poor digestion together gives a good indication for dysbiosis.
In order to create normal peristalsis, fibre is required. Without normal peristalsis, the gut wall will narrow because it has nothing to push against. When stressed, it causes the smooth muscles to contract, as a response and this also causes narrowing of the colon. A constricted colon delays elimination of fecal matter and transition time is longer. Stress, smoking and caffeine are stimulants that aggravate IBS. Diverticulitis is often developed if IBS is left untreated.
To Do List:
Increase fibre, mainly soluble fibre intakeAlkalinize the dietGood amount of complete protein including vegetable sourcesLots of chlorophyll rich foodConsume lots of pure waterAvoid caffeine, sugar, any sensitive foods like dairy, nuts or glutenTreat dysbiosisSupplements recommended - probiotic, magnesim, activate charcoal, vitamin A & C, zinc and healthy fatsMaintain an exercise regimentGet good quality sleepReduce stress
Soluble fibre can be found in bananas, sweet potatoes and legumes. Higher alkaline foods are oranges, grapefruit, almonds and spices. Complete protein include fish, turkey, brown rice and black beans. Chlorophyll rich foods are spinach, kale, beet tops, Swiss chard and seaweed. Dybiosis is the balance of intestinal bacteria being dominated by more harmful microbes that produce toxic chemical by-products that can be absorbed into the blood stream that possibly cause mucosa inflammation and irritation of the gut. The benefit of probiotics are multiple, such as:
Decrease acne and skin disordersBreak down toxinsReduce immune responses to antigens, as they stimulate IgA protectionProvide lactose break down with lactaseAntimicrobial substances are produced to microbial invadersThey manufacture vitamins B3, B5, B6 and B12, folic acid, biotin and vitamin K
Don't forget to feed the good bacteria with fermented foods. Here's a sample 3 day menu for IBS using organic sources.
Homemade doesn't take as much time as you think. Natural, whole foods made at home taste so much better and you can control what goes into your body.
Peel up lots of sweet potato and rough cut them into long strips. Put them into a mixing bowl. Chop up 2 tbsp of fresh rosemary. Add it to the bowl of potato along with a pinch of Himalayan salt and olive oil. Toss everything together and put on a baking sheet. Any extra can go in the fridge, up to 5 days, for another meal. Cook in the oven 300F for 50 minutes or until done. Don't forget to turn them over after 25 minutes.
Sweet potato is low on the glycemic index, full of soluble fibre and minerals. Rosemary is a great liver detoxer. Olive oil is an essential fatty acid and antioxidant
Make sure you don't hear it over 300F or it will change the composition of the oil to not being beneficial.
Your body is self-healing with the proper nutrients. By making constant adjustments, your body stays in balance (homeostasis). Like the saying "with every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction", as hormones speed up or slow down metabolism and muscle contractions can speed you up or slow you down. Symptoms appear when the body isn't in homeostasis and this is when your body needs your help. If you continue to ignore symptoms by masking the problem (the band aid effect), then the symptoms will eventually turn into something more serious:
Eczema can become asthma
Migraines can lead to liver issues
Leaky gut can cause allergic reactions
Low blood sugar can lead to diabetes
Stress can weaken the immune system
Lower back pain can be from overworked kidneys
High cholesterol can lead to an underactive thyroid
Did you know that any symptom can be an allergy? According to Naturopath doctor Carolee Bateson-Koch, this is believed when there is an unexplainable symptom like a banana causing a swollen joint 2 days later as the relationship between a delayed response from something you ate. This makes you wonder how healthy food can be causing disease in the body. Food allergies have been noted by Dr. James C. Breneman that 60% of the population allergies or intolerances are unknown, and it is important for people to know the cause of their allergy. Also, he comments that individuals have very little awareness that gall bladder symptoms can be caused by allergies, even though they have no classic symptoms. A child who wets the bed can be linked to an allergy; usually milk.
Here's the problem with individuals googling their symptoms to see what it could be. According to Dr. Robert C. Atkins, the "one-cause-one-disease" only fits the criteria for scientific testing, as they most often use the double blind study. This is for the best way to evaluate single variables and pharmaceuticals. Did you know that nutrients like vitamins and minerals are never found alone in nature, so a testing of a single nutrient could give poor test results because synergy action is required. Therefore, singling out a nutrient like calcium for bone support might be needed in a high dose by itself and a less dose with magnesium & vitamin D because the results are better. Your body might require just one nutrient due to deficiency or a few nutrients that work together like a formula (for example bone formula for calcium metabolism). Again, your body gives you symptoms of what is deficient. However, anxiety can be caused by lead toxicity, Candidiasis or an imbalance in the nervous system. Fatigue can be caused by Candidiasis, underactive thyroid, low levels of iodine, B1, B3, folic acid, PABA or sodium-potassium imbalance. Of course there are other symptoms that help narrow down what the root cause could be.
Body systems assessment is the way to figure out the root cause of symptoms. Wouldn't you rather reverse symptoms than mask it? Wouldn't you rather feel the energy that your body produces from food? You eat food anyway, why not food for your body needs in order to rid yourself of symptoms or reverse some diseases? Your body can heal itself, so why not let your body do just that?
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The purpose of vaccinations are to eliminate children suffering of infectious diseases of previous eras. It is rare to hear of a child dying from polio, smallpox or any disease, which individuals vaccinate. The universal illness of measles was big in the 1960's, but close to being extinct today. The interesting part of historical medical sources is that infectious diseases declined by 90% before the introduction of vaccinations. The sanitation movement across Europe and America between late 1800s and early 1900s have experts believing that this was the explanation that caused the decline of epidemic diseases; sewage systems, garbage dumps, public water supply. Also, the claim of better nutrition.
What About Toxins and Contamination?
Toxicity is a major concern, as they contain stabilizers so they don't degrade into inactive fragments in the vial. In general, vaccines contain weakened or killed viruses by substances like formalin. Vaccination defenders have claimed that the cause of autism is not from vaccines. In 2010, scientist at the University of Pittsburgh revealed that a standard dose of childhood vaccines were given to infant monkeys had developed symptoms of autism. Vaccines are a shock to the immune system as they can contain up to four neurotoxins like formaldehyde, glutamic acid, mercury and aluminum. The mercury free vaccines are higher in aluminum.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Polio was administered and knew it was contaminated with SV-40 (simian virus number), but didn't understand the full consequences of this contamination. Vaccines can get contaminated because they are grown on live cells and then harvested. The host cell can have other viruses growing on it too, and they get harvested with the vaccine. For example, the polio vaccine was reported to be contaminated with a money virus in 1959 by Dr. Albert B. Sabin (the maker of the live vaccine) because the vaccine was grown from the kidney tissue of the African green monkey. People have argued that the human-monkey hybrid inoculation against polio, given to humans, explains the spread of animal to human viruses, such as HIV-1. Anthropologist would argue a different theory on the spread of animal to human viruses.
Do Vaccines Create Predictable Medical Problems?
According to Dr. Leonard Horowitz, there is a connection of vaccines to chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV, MS, allergies and other diseases. If you ask about the ingredients of a specific chicken pox vaccine, you will learn there is MSG, aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, foreign DNA and RNA. For more information on linked diseases to vaccines, read
Emerging Virses: AIDS and Ebola -Nature, Accident or Genocide?
by Dr. Horowitz. In 1997, the genetically engineered recombinant DNA vaccine - hepatitis B was linked to an epidemic of autoimmune insulin-dependant diabetes from a New Zealand study. Other autoimmune disease-vaccine connections are lupus, chronic fatigue and MS.
Here are a few summaries of other studies with increased medical problems with vaccinated children in comparison to unvaccinated children:
1992 New Zealand Study Results - 226 vaccinated children showed an increase of tonsillitis, hyperactivity, sleep apnea, and epilepsy compared to 229 unvaccinated children.
1997 New Zealand Study - 1265 children surveyed where the vaccinated group experienced allergies (30%) and asthma (23%) in comparison to the unvaccinated group that experienced asthma or allergies incidences.
2000 Africa Study - Over 15000 children were observed from 1990-1996 that showed the death rate in vaccinated children in comparison to unvaccinated children was double from whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus.
2004 British Study - 30,000 vaccinated and unvaccinated children were compared, as the vaccinated children had a higher risk of allergic asthma by 5.04%.
2011 German Study - 8,000 unvaccinated children ranging from birth to 19 years old announced that vaccinated individuals have 2-5 times more disease and disorders then the unvaccinated.
Should the public be more informed about the good and the risks involved with vaccinations, since it is for the common good?
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Why do we try so hard to over complicate food? Simple tastes just as good as complicated and high technical dishes. Restaurants have wonderful salads that are packed full of many different toppings that they believe you want for that healthy choice. The added nuts, seeds, dried fruits, cheese and another crunchy element (dry noodles, corn chips, croutons) can add extra calories, salt and sugar. The calories can always be used up throughout the day by exerting energy. That 'catch up on the gossip' luncheon with your friend can continue with a 30 minute walk with hand weights, so you can re-enact the some boxing scenes from Rocky.
Sodium intake should max-out at 1500mg for the day. It is easier to keep that potassium-sodium ratio balanced, blood pressure in check, blood vessels and kidneys have a little less strain. Nobody wants to be stressed at work, so why would you stress your organs? As the boss of your body, you might need some better training. Never take your body for granted because you don't want it to quit, go on strike or call in sick.
Refined sugar in the body can be a bigger issue with some individuals than others. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that quickly passes through the stomach and on to the colon. The colon is the place for good and bad bacteria. Good bacteria need to be fed, which is carbohydrates like banana, asparagus and fermented foods. Bad bacteria have a simpler palate for simple carbs, such as sugar, donuts, cake, pie, ice cream and sugar drinks. Bad bacteria can help you feel bad about yourself by causing bloat, gas, body odor and rot those teeth. When you order your healthy salad, who do you want to feed? The good, the bad and the ugly teeth?
One of my simple, homemade, organic and homegrown (mostly) salad packs a punch! I used basil, tomatoes, avocado, chicken, nutritional yeast and some spices.
Basil has benefits of reducing nausea, stomach cramps, aids digestion and promotes normal bowel movements. Did I mention it is a good source of calcium?
Tomatoes help protect against infection as it is a natural antiseptic, can help purify the blood. Studies have reported tomatoes help in some cases of gout, high blood pressure, sinus problems, help dissolve gallstones and relieve gas in the stomach. The nicotinic acid helps reduce LDL blood cholesterol.
The avocado has a large supply of vitamins and minerals, so they are recommended for malnutrition; vitamin C, B, A, protein, fat, calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium. It has reported to help with insomnia, nervousness and constipation.
I season my chicken many different combinations to match my mood; spicy, rosemary-lemony or smoked paprika. Once all the ingredients are in nice chunks, toss together, sprinkle with nutritional yeast, Himalayan salt and pepper. Simple can pack lots of nutrients and flavour without the extra frills.