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How much water do you drink in a day? How many fresh, raw fruits and vegetables do you consume? These are just a few questions that can help you start to evaluate how hydrated or dehydrated you might be. The majority of people today are chronically dehydrated, even if they don’t realize it or even feel thirsty.
Why are so many people chronically dehydrated? One main reason is the dehydrating effect of all the toxins and poisons you are exposed to throughout your time here on earth. Toxic heavy metals, radiation, the viral explosion, and DDT, which make up the Unforgiving Four I brought to light in my book Life-Changing Foods, can greatly impact your level of dehydration. Other pollutants you may encounter can have a dehydrating effect as well. Combine that with the food, drink, and lifestyle choices many people make, and the dehydration we come into this world with (more on this below), and you have a recipe for chronic dehydration.
You most likely have heard of the importance of staying hydrated, but do you know why hydration is so vitally important? The information shared here will highlight the many reasons why you and your loved ones need to stay hydrated and will provide you with some simple ways to begin reversing chronic dehydration and its negative effects.
How Thick Is Your Blood?
One of the reasons you should do your best to stay hydrated is to avoid developing thick blood. If you reach a certain level of dehydration, your blood can thicken and give rise to numerous health issues.
Once someone develops thick blood, it becomes much more challenging for his or her heart to draw up fresh, clean blood from the liver. The heart may also have greater difficulty providing the brain and other organs with adequate blood and oxygen. Over time, this continuous exertion can prematurely wear out the heart.
Some people enter the world with thick blood, while others develop it throughout their lifetime. As a person’s body grows more and more dehydrated, his or her blood will continue to thicken. Severe dehydration, which directly impacts the blood in the body, is often affected by the food choices people make each day.
Although high-fat diets have become increasingly trendy, they do not provide your body with the hydration it needs to flourish and thrive. If you follow a high-protein diet, you are likely to still be consuming an abundance of fat in the form of animal protein and/or animal products. By eating this way, a person can quickly grow dehydrated and begin to develop thick blood. Animal protein can still be eaten if someone enjoys it, but it’s important to reduce the amount in the diet to avoid developing long term systemic chronic dehydration and the health risks this condition brings.
If your blood remains thick for an extended period of time, you may be setting yourself up for a host of major health issues including a stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), heart attack, liver and/or kidney problems, high blood pressure, and/or high cholesterol. The risk of cancer is considerably greater for people with thick blood because there is less oxygen circulating throughout the body, and the body becomes less capable of properly detoxing. As someone with thick blood ages, the risk of more health problems increases.
A person with thick blood may not reap the benefits of a detox protocol and/or exercise routine because thick blood often makes it harder for the body to flush out toxins. Even someone who appears to be in amazing shape can still have thick blood and a highly-acidic system. These hidden issues can easily lead to a stroke or heart attack in even the most fit-looking individual. In contrast, someone that does not appear extraordinarily fit, but manages to keep his or her blood thin and body hydrated through a nourishing diet and positive lifestyle choices may not be as likely to suffer from a stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), and/or other health issue associated with thick blood. I have heard of many cases of freak heart attacks in very athletic, fit women and men that were mysteries to doctors. Whether the people sadly passed from the heart attack or survived it, they were still mysteries. Thick blood could easily have been an unknown mystery trigger that medical science and research are unaware of.
Our Dehydrated Lineage
You maybe surprised to learn that we come from a dehydrated lineage. I am sharing this truth for the first time. Medical and alternative health communities are not aware of this fact. Widespread chronic dehydration that affected our forefathers continues to be passed from generation to generation. This information is not passed through our genes, but through our cells, and we acquire this knowledge and state of chronic dehydration along with any inherited DDT, radiation, and mercury from our forefathers. Inherited chronic dehydration can come from as far back as two centuries ago, and still have a major impact on your health and the health of your loved ones today.
Dehydration & Bugs
Various bugs, such as Epstein-Barr virus, are more able to thrive and cause trouble in a body suffering from chronic dehydration and thick blood. If you are battling a condition such as Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, or MS, it is vitally important that you keep yourself as hydrated as possible. A critical mistake someone who suffers from an illness such as Lyme disease could make is to adopt an all-cooked, ketogenic diet. In this instance the person is likely to grow extremely dehydrated and develop thick blood, which are the perfect conditions for viruses and bacteria to proliferate and wreak havoc. You can read more about Lyme disease in my first book Medical Medium. Any hydration someone receives from drinking water while following such a diet will not be able to counteract the dehydration brought about by an abundance of high-fat and high-protein foods. Therefore, if you are battling any kind of virus or bug, hydration through proper food and beverage choices is crucial.
Do you have a coffee in the morning to help start your day off? Or a soda in the afternoon to help keep your energy levels up? Do you indulge in a martini during happy hour after a long day at the office, or sip on a glass of wine with dinner? Some people partake in all of these beverages, and it has become normal in many cultures to do so. Unfortunately, this pattern over time can set someone up for severe dehydration and a host of related health problems. Even if you choose to drink some water between your soy latte and nightly espresso, your body is likely to still suffer from dehydration. And, it is important to not be fooled by iced coffee and iced tea. Although these beverages may appear better for you, they are both dehydrating as well.
Even if you choose to drink only one coffee each morning and fill the rest of your day with glasses of water and a hydrating smoothie meal, you are still likely to be dehydrated and may even be on the brink of developing thick blood. While coffee is not the worst thing you can ingest, it certainly has an impact on your level of hydration.
Although coffee is not the best option for your overall health, unlike dairy products or eggs, it will not feed a virus. If you are trying to adopt healthier eating and lifestyle choices, it is more important that you cut out these virus-feeding foods (you can read more about these foods in my books Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods). If you choose to enjoy a cup of decaf or regular caffeinated coffee every so often, that’s ok. Just take care to be especially mindful of seeking out ample hydration from the other foods and liquids you consume. This is true for any dehydrating beverage. If you indulge in a soda, alcoholic beverage, latte, or iced coffee— bringing in hydration through the other food and drink choices you make is critical for keeping your blood thin and your body running smoothly.
The Salt Factor
It is easy to encounter high-levels of salt in the foods and meals you consume each day. Unfortunately, the salt that is liberally sprinkled on dishes at restaurants and found in many packaged food items is not the salt your body needs to function and may actually be negating any efforts you take to stay hydrated.
Adequate sodium levels in the body are critical, and the sources of this sodium can be found in mineral-salt rich vegetables such as celery and spinach. Unlike refined salt, these veggies provide your body with a health-giving sodium that doesn’t dehydrate your system. While researchers know that there is salt in celery, they have yet to discover all of the life-giving sodium subgroups found in this incredible food. You can read more about the healing benefits of celery in my book Life-Changing Foods.
Snacking on celery sticks and other sodium-rich veggies is a great way to bring essential mineral-salts into your diet. If you're looking for a meal that’s rich in both sodium and hydration, try whipping up a bowl of spinach soup. Including this recipe daily can be a transformative step.
Eating a diet that is exclusively cooked can be one reason someone remains dehydrated. Cooked foods force your body to pull liquid from different organs and cells to help break them down. This doesn’t mean cooked food is bad, but being mindful to balance your intake of cooked food with raw fruits and veggies can greatly aid your level of hydration. One person might be drawn to eating mostly or entirely raw, while someone else might eat about 50% raw food and 50% cooked. Try to figure out the ratio of raw to cooked foods that feels right for you and your body. If you aren’t up for bringing any raw foods into your diet at this time, at least try to make the healthiest food choices you can and consider bringing lemon water into your daily routine as a way to provide your body with some hydration.
If you’re wanting a healing meal that is around 50% raw and 50% cooked, you could try eating a baked potato alongside a hydrating raw salad filled with lettuce, celery, cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, and other chopped veggies. Another good meal option is wild rice or quinoa, steamed or sautéed veggies, and a raw guacamole with lemon, cilantro, and chopped red onion served on top of raw leafy greens. If you’re someone who enjoys animal protein, like a piece of salmon, always have it with a fresh salad to bring more hydration and nutrients into your meal. Meals such as these are great for people who are working to stay hydrated because the raw portion of the dish helps offset some of the other cooked foods that may be slightly dehydrating.
Cooked soups can be healthy and healing in certain ways, but they do not provide your body with hydration. A powerful soup to incorporate into your diet is the healing broth. Although this soup can be incredibly beneficial for the body, it still does not provide the body with hydration on its own. However, the broth, which is loaded with healing mineral salts, can help the body access the right kind of water from other, hydrating food sources you consume. The healing broth is just one example of the many foods that can be healing, but not hydrating. On a day where you have the healing broth, it would be beneficial to incorporate some hydrating foods as well such as fresh coconut water, lemon water, cucumber juice, celery juice, a raw salad with cucumber slices, and/or celery sticks.
Drinking bone broth is a current health fad, but incorporating this broth into your diet can actually be extremely dehydrating. If you want to continue to consume this liquid, there are a few things that you can do to better support your body along the way.
In general, incorporating fresh, raw juices into your diet can be beneficial, but if you drink bone broth, bringing in daily juices is critical. Try adding celery juice, cucumber juice, or a green juice into your diet once or twice a day. Lemon water and/or a hydrating morning smoothie can be beneficial as well.
In addition, try removing the vinegar from your bone broth recipe. There is a misconception that vinegar can extract nutrients from the bones better than a high-quality water. In actuality, high-quality water by itself does a better job of drawing out nutrients, and the broth itself becomes slightly more nutritious and not quite as dehydrating.
When you are making your own bone broth, forgo tap water and use high-quality water instead. Tap water contains fluoride and chlorine, which will interfere with the extraction of all the minerals that you’re trying to acquire inside the bone marrow. These chemicals cancel out the minerals you’re trying to receive and make your bone broth worthless. Make sure to simmer the bones in a solid cooking simmer, and avoid having them rest in lukewarm water. These are just a few critical tips you can implement if you wish to continue drinking bone broth that are not understood even among the bone broth experts.
Hydration for Detoxification
If you are properly hydrated, your body is able to rid the liver, kidneys, and other parts of the body of unwanted toxins and poisons. Conversely, if you are not adequately hydrated, any toxins or poisons in your system will not be as easy to eliminate. This is an incredibly important reason to try and stay hydrated.
The heavy metal detox smoothie is a great recipe because it not only contains the key foods that draw out heavy metals (unknown by medical science and research), but it provides the body with the hydration needed to make total elimination of toxins possible. Other supplements or products that are advertised as heavy metal detoxifiers are most likely not going to provide you with the adequate hydration needed to help you fully eliminate the heavy metals from your system. They likely won’t be made of the ingredients that successfully remove heavy metals either. In this instance, the poisons will most likely continue to cause problems.
Panic, Anxiety, & Depression
If you suffer with anxiety, panic, or depression it is critical that you stay hydrated. If your body is dehydrated and your blood thickens, all three of these issues can worsen. If you suffer from any neurological problem or are under intense stress, hydration is critical as well. Make sure to keep ample raw food in your diet, graze frequently throughout the day, and switch out dehydrating beverages, like coffee, for more hydrating liquids, like cucumber juice or lemon water. These practices can significantly help as you work to heal these issues.
If you suffer from chronic dehydration for an extended period of time, gallstones may begin to form in your gallbladder. A high-protein diet and the elimination of fresh fruit can also contribute to the formation of gallstones. Unfortunately, you may not even become aware of gallstone issues until you are forced to have your gallbladder removed in your mid-fifties. To prevent this from happening, make sure to include an abundance of fruit in your diet. Unlike high-protein diets, which allow gallstones to build up in the gallbladder, diets brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables can assist in breaking down and dissolving any gallstones that may form. If you enjoy animal protein but you want to avoid gallstones forming, you can simply lower your animal protein while increasing fruits and vegetables in your diet. If you believe you already have gallstones and they are causing pain or problems, it’s best to eliminate all animal protein temporarily until the problem is addressed.
When it comes to hydrating yourself, most people know to reach for water, but make sure it is high-quality water. If there are traces of chlorine in the water it can be extremely dehydrating. Below are some more phenomenal ways to begin hydrating your body.
* Cucumber juice can be incredibly hydrating! Try slicing up a few cucumbers and running them straight through a juicer on there own. Drinking a 16oz glass of cucumber juice everyday can do wonders for your hydration. If your day tends to be filled with a variety of really dehydrating foods such as chicken, bacon, and bone broth with vinegar, including a daily glass of cucumber juice is essential. As you drink a glass of cucumber juice, know that you are helping to thin out your blood and as a result, supporting your heart and the energy it exerts.
* Try adding lemon water into your daily routine. Simply squeeze lemon into a glass of high-quality water and start to sip! You can do this once a day, twice a day, or three times a day like I do! Fresh lemon can also add an extra boost of hydration to a number of things including raw salads and herbal teas.
* Coconut water, even if it has been pasteurized, can hydrate the body!
* Bringing fresh, raw veggies into your diet can be highly beneficial. Try throwing sliced cucumbers into a salad, snacking on celery sticks, or creating a raw pasta dish with spiralized zucchini or cucumbers and pile on fresh tomatoes and red, orange, or yellow bell peppers.
* Fruit is hydrating! Fresh fruits have countless benefits and offering hydration is just one of them. If you or a loved one is concerned about incorporating fruit into your diet, check out the “Fruit Fear” chapter in Medical Medium.
When it comes to staying hydrated, know that you don’t have to drown yourself in water. However, adding some water, as well as certain foods in their whole and liquid form can be exceptionally valuable. Try to drink fresh juices, whip up a daily smoothie, bring in a living spinach soup when possible, throw in a coconut water whenever you can, and try squeezing fresh lemon or lime into your water and on your salads when it comes to mind! If you are on the search for more delicious and hydrating meals, check out some of the recipes in my book, Life-Changing Foods.
I personally try to drink around two liters of water everyday with lemon juice squeezed in. In addition, I’ll bring in celery juice, cucumber juice, and oftentimes 16 to 32 oz of fresh squeezed orange juice. These are just a few of the ways I try to keep myself hydrated. Each person’s needs are different when it comes to hydration though. An avid exerciser might want to bring more than two liters of water into their daily routine. Play around with all of these suggestions and see which ideas work best for you!
Hot herbal tea is not hydrating, but it does not dehydrate you like other beverages might and still has a host of healing benefits to offer your body. Tea can be hydrating if you make it by putting fresh herb leaves, such as peppermint or lemon balm, in a jar of water and leaving it on the countertop to steep for around 6 hours. After that, you can stick it in the fridge and drink the hydrating beverage whenever you want!
Some herbs can be dehydrating, but most common herbs used to make teas do not have this dehydrating effect. Black tea, caffeine-containing green tea, and Earl Grey tea are all dehydrating varieties. If you are hoping to increase your level of hydration, avoiding these teas for the time being maybe beneficial.
Water Drinking Contests
Warning! Never participate in a water-drinking contest. Every few years, people begin to forget about the horrors of past water-drinking contests and a new one arises. This is part of human nature— we forget about the past and always repeat mistakes from every genre that exists on the planet. Typically a poor contestant will drink him or herself to death literally. Make sure that you and your loved ones avoid these devastatingly harmful competitions.
Hydration is critical for electrolytes and thinning out your blood. It can help keep anxiety, depression, and panic at bay, and can support your body in its detox efforts. Even if you entered this world with chronic dehydration, know that there are ways to reverse what you’ve inherited.
The wonderful fact is that you can begin to heal from chronic dehydration by taking small, manageable steps. Is there something you can begin to incorporate into your daily protocol to support yourself as you work to thin out your blood and increase your hydration? Something as simple as a glass of lemon water is a great start. It takes time and consistent healing practices to make up for years of chronic dehydration, but it is definitely possible and worth it for your overall health and vitality!
This item posted: 29-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
With the bright savory flavors of sage, garlic, and lemon blended into a creamy dressing and poured over a brilliant array of chopped vegetables, this hearty salad is a stand alone meal unto itself and will leave you completely satisfied.
Cucumbers high silica content promotes strong and healthy hair and nails which has earned them the reputation for centuries as being a “beautifying” food. Fresh cucumber juice has the ability to cleanse and detox the entire body as well as help to alleviate digestive problems such as gastritis, acidity, heartburn, indigestion, and ulcers.
Bell peppers are excellent for helping to lower cholesterol levels and they contain anti-cancer compounds that can help lower the risk of prostate, breast, lung, and colon cancer. Bell peppers are highly beneficial for the brain and can help to strengthen memory and concentration skills as well as reduce brain fog and confusion.
Zucchini is a highly alkaline food that is one of the mildest and easiest vegetables to digest. Zucchini is a great source of vitamin A, C, & B-complex as well as minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, and manganese. It is high in fiber and low in calories which makes it a great weight loss food and helps to reduce constipation and bloating.
Cabbage is an ideal food for a healthy digestive tract as it is known to help reduce bad bacteria and promote good friendly bacteria (such as acidophilus) in the gut. Cabbage is particularly beneficial for the nervous system and has even been shown to help reduce buildup of plaque in the brain that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
Tomatoes are are rich in vitamins C, K, A, and B-complex, as well as potassium, chromium, biotin, and beta carotene. This amazing array of nutrition makes tomatoes excellent for helping to nourish the adrenal glands, reduce stress damage, build the immune system, lower blood pressure, protect against skin damage, improve cardiovascular health, and strengthen bones.
Cashews are highly beneficial for lowering blood pressure, preventing heart attacks, preventing gallstones, reducing the frequency of migraines, providing energy boosts, strengthening bones, and promoting healthy skin and hair. Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts and contain a high amount of oleic acid which is a heart healthy monounsaturated fat that is great for the cardiovascular system.
Lemons are rich in bioflavonoids which can significantly boost the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body. Lemons contain a compound called limonene which is used to dissolve gallstones and kidney stones and can help to fight oral, lung, skin, breast, stomach, and colon cancer.
Garlic is one of the world’s oldest medicines and is an incredibly potent spice that can ward off a variety of illnesses and diseases. It has amazingly high levels of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and B-6 and minerals such as selenium, calcium, copper, and iron. Garlic also contains very strong antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-cancer, and anti-viral properties.
Sage contains rosmarinic acid which is a potent anti-inflammatory compound that can help reduce swelling and inflammation and considered highly beneficial for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, asthma, and atherosclerosis. Sage has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties and is an excellent natural remedy for fungal, viral, and bacterial infections.
Rainbow Chopped Salad with Creamy Sage Dressing
8 cups of chopped spinach
1/2 cup cabbage, chopped
1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup carrot, chopped
1/2 cup cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup cashews
1 cup zucchini, peeled and chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 garlic clove
1 large leaf of sage
Build salad bowls by layering all the brightly colored veggies over beds of spinach. Any additional vegetables may be added as desired.
For the dressing, blend cashews, lemon juice, zucchini, garlic and sage until smooth. Pour over top and enjoy!
This item posted: 24-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
When was the last time you suffered from cold or flu symptoms? Some people contract a flu virus every year or multiple times a year. From a sore throat or a sinus infection to bronchitis or pneumonia, a flu virus can trigger a host of unwanted and even life-threatening symptoms and conditions. Today you will learn about the different flu varieties, the shifting flu “season", ways to prevent flu viruses from wreaking havoc, and the supplements, foods, and measures you can take to heal from the flu.
The rhinoviruses that caused the common cold have been superseded by flu viruses that are much stronger. Now, it is likely that someone experiencing cold-like symptoms actually has a mild flu variety. Another reason you may experience cold-like symptoms is because your body is doing an incredible job of fighting off whatever virus maybe trying to infiltrate your system. If you’re sneezing, sniffling, or complaining of a ticklish throat, you’re most likely dealing with a strain of the flu.
You may think of flu season as limited to the fall and winter months, but this is no longer the case. Although flus may be most rampant during the wintertime, there are now waves of flus occurring all year round. Even in the summer it is important to take protective measures because flus can abound during June, July, and August as well. During these warm months, people still find themselves dealing with sinus infections, stomach flus, bronchitis, and more.
One reason for this never-ending flu season is the rise in international travel. For example, when it is winter in Australia and flus are rampant, countless people hop on planes and travel from Australia to places experiencing summertime, such as the United States. In these instances, many people carry various flu strains along with them. This is also true when it is wintertime in the U.S. and people travel abroad to Australia and other countries, knowing or unknowingly bringing flu viruses along for the ride.
Instead of thinking in terms of seasons, try to begin thinking in terms of cycles. Typically every six weeks, there is a new flu on the horizon. Some people can catch a flu every three months, while other people catch one with each new cycle (six weeks). The timeline for each individual looks different and depends on an array of factors.
Everyone reacts to the flu differently. Some people come down with very high fevers and delirium, while others run low-grade fevers and go about their lives with little disruption to their usual activities. One reason for these varied responses may be the numerous flu varieties people can contract.
There are a number of flu strains that all appear different in shape and size. Some flus can result in bad fevers, while other strains only trigger sinus issues. Some of the varieties provoke stomach issues while others stir up both stomach and sinus problems.
Frequently people will mistake the sizable mucus buildup in their systems for the stomach flu. In these instances, people are often suffering from a flu that is mostly sinus-related and their stomach issues are due to the large quantity of mucus they have swallowed. In a case like this, a person may experience severe bloating, loss of appetite, and/or mucus-related coughing or vomiting.
Mucus, Bronchitis, and Pneumonia
In many cases, flu viruses create mucus. The mucus that’s created drains most heavily during the night. Depending on the strain of flu you contract, you may not have a cough initially. But, as the mucus drains into the chest and builds up in the lungs, there is a significant chance you will begin to develop one. After a few days, the mucus may either begin to break up, or additional sinus issues may arise and cause even more mucus to drain into the chest.
Bronchitis can arise from this mucus resting in the chest. If the mucus remains in the chest for too long, bacteria can begin to grow and proliferate as well. You might be told this bacteria is pneumonia bacteria, but this isn’t true. Pneumonia bacteria is simply the label medical communities have given the condition. Medical science believes there are 90 varieties of pneumonia bacteria, but this bacteria is still a mystery to medical communities. It’s really one or more of the dozens of varieties of undiscovered streptococcus or chlamydia bacteria that cause the symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia. Streptococcus and chlamydia are two of the bacterias (among others) that are not yet fully understood or identified by medical science and research. If the person’s system is already severely rundown, these bacteria can take hold and someone may end up with a pneumonia diagnosis.
Everybody has different varieties of pneumonia bacteria in their system, which is actually different varieties of streptococcus, chlamydia, and other bacteria. Chlamydia bacteria is usually harmless, but can cause issues if you are severely zinc deficient, consistently make poor food choices, cease practicing self-care, dealing with a lot of stress, and relentlessly wear your body down. In this situation, there is a higher likelihood that the bacteria begins to proliferate and cause problems.
It is important to know that not all sinus infections are related to a flu virus. Oftentimes chronic sinus infections are connected to chronic, low-grade streptococcus infections. If a person who has this kind of streptococcus infection contracts a flu virus, he or she may see his or her sinuses severely worsen for a period of time before returning to the usual level of affliction. This increase in sinus-related issues will likely occur every time the person catches a flu virus.
Similar to sinus infections, sore throats are not always flu-related. Sore throats can also be due to chronic, low-grade streptococcus. Unfortunately, a throat culture is not always able to accurately determine if a sore throat is strep-related. A child or young adult with a really severe case of streptococcus may have white spots on the back of the throat or tonsils that can be swabbed and accurately identified as streptococcus, but oftentimes, once streptococcus moves out of its early stages, swabbing for a culture does not accurately determine if someone has the bacteria. If streptococcus does not show up in someone’s culture, it does not mean streptococcus is not present in the body. Frequently, chronic streptococcus can get into the lymphatic system and trigger a sore throat. In this case, taking a throat culture would most likely not reveal an accurate assessment of the person's streptococcus. You can learn more about streptococcus in my radio show.
You can also suffer from an Epstein-Barr virus related sore throat. If you have Epstein-Barr in your body, it has the ability to move through the lymphatic system and arise in the throat. This is especially possible if someone lets his or her body get rundown. People can experience this type of chronic mono at different times throughout their lives. The virus can cause redness and soreness that typically emerges on only one side of the throat, but can appear on both sides in certain instances. Although the throat can be incredibly sore, you will not develop a cough, fever, mucus, or sinusitis. You can learn more about Epstein-Barr virus in my book Medical Medium. In my upcoming book Thyroid Healing, I share more in-depth essential information on this virus than ever before.
When it comes to flu viruses, you may be wondering how to avoid catching something in the first place. Fortunately, there are many preventative steps you can take to protect you and your loved ones from catching a flu bug.
If you do feel like a flu virus is starting to cause trouble in your system, quickly implementing some of these steps can help knock out the virus early before it has the chance to hit you hard.
* One important and more obvious step is to not let yourself get too run down. If you’re noticing yourself becoming more tired, frazzled, or stressed out, try to ramp up your self-care practices, including getting adequate sleep.
* Having a bottle of high-quality liquid zinc sulfate on hand at all times is essential. If you have the slightest inkling you might be starting to feel flu symptoms, squirting zinc directly into your throat and letting it coat the area can be a powerful defensive measure. If you are very sensitive to zinc, try using just a few drops. Even this can make a difference.
* Be mindful of your hands and try to wash them regularly as you go throughout your day. From shaking other's hands, to pushing shopping carts, to opening doors, there are countless ways your hands can come into contact with unwanted germs and flu viruses. If you then proceed to rub your eyes, there is a high likelihood you will catch a bug. For this reason, keep your fingers and hands away from your eyes and face whenever possible.
* Carry handi-wipes (you can use alcohol based or alcohol-free wipes) with you when you are out and about. If you visit a restaurant, take out a handi-wipe and use it before you begin your meal. Take handi-wipes when traveling as well. Airplanes are typically filled with people fighting off various flus and viruses, and handi-wipes can help keep you protected. When on a flight, wipe down your seat and armrest with a handi-wipe, try to keep your hands clean, and avoid rubbing or touching your eyes. Anytime flu viruses seem more rampant than usual, opting to wear a face mask on the plane can be a valuable precaution as well.
* You never know if a cook working in the kitchen or a waiter delivering your meal is suffering from flu-related symptoms, so it is best to order piping hot dishes when dining out. The heat from an incredibly hot dish can help kill off a flu virus that might have contaminated your food. In a restaurant setting, it is best to stay away from raw dishes, such as salads, for numerous reasons, one of which is to avoid catching a flu.
These are just a few things you can do to protect yourself, and all of these simple preventative steps can work together to make a huge difference for your overall health. These measures aren’t meant to make you obsessively fearful, instead, I hope they bring about awareness and empowerment as you work to stay flu-free.
The Flu & Food
Another preventative step involves the foods you choose to include in your diet. You maybe surprised to learn that flu viruses, like other viruses, love to eat. Even many medical professionals still do not know that viruses feed off certain food sources. Instead, these professionals believe that viruses grow and reproduce through host cells, but this information is incorrect. The truth is, viruses are hungry and can proliferate when fueled by certain foods. Eventually, medical research and medical science will discover that food entering a virus is one way a virus grows and reproduces. Because of this, it is important to eliminate certain foods when are you are trying to avoid catching a flu.
Which Foods Feed the Flu?
It is important to understand that the foods you put into your body can either help prevent viruses or help feed and support viruses. Connecting with this concept and starting to make some dietary changes can help you begin to protect yourself.
Dairy products, which I discuss in both Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods, are one group of foods that can feed and strengthen viruses. You may feel fine after eating a piece of cheese or drinking a glass of milk, but these dairy products can silently create chaos in your body by feeding any virus, whether it be a flu virus, Epstein-Barr, cytomegalovirus, HHV-6, HHV-1 or HHV-2 (you can learn more about the herpes viruses here), bacteria, such as E. coli or MRSA, and parasites or worms. If you’re looking to avoid certain health issues, including a flu virus, eliminate milk, cheese, butter, kefir, yogurt, ghee, and any other dairy product from your diet. If you already have the flu, keeping these products out of your diet can help reduce mucus buildup and may result in fewer and milder symptoms overall.
Eggs are another food to remove from your diet when you want to avoid catching a flu or you want to lessen the severity of a flu you may be fighting off. If you are unwilling to give up your traditional eggs and toast breakfast, at least bring a hearty amount of raw garlic into the meal. Even though the eggs will feed the flu virus, the raw garlic will work hard to combat the bug.
Removing chicken from your diet is another incredibly beneficial step. You maybe wondering— what is wrong with chicken? To better understand the answer to this question, you first need to learn about avian influenza.
Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
Flu viruses have the ability to feed off birds, and they especially love to feed off chicken. Bird flu viruses tend to feed off the bird’s adrenal glands and flesh cells and can often lead to dangerous and damaging outcomes including flesh deterioration.
You do not have to cut chicken out of your diet if you really enjoy eating it, do not struggle with any health issues, and incorporate an abundance of leafy greens, fruits and vegetables alongside the poultry, but if you are doing everything possible to avoid catching a flu, removing chicken from your diet can be advantageous. Eliminating this food can be especially beneficial if you’re hoping to avoid a stomach flu. If you wish, you can add it back in when you feel like you’re in a safe zone where you’re not seeing a lot of people developing the flu.
The Cons of Chicken Soup
If chicken feeds flu viruses, should you be eating the go-to cold and flu meal— chicken soup? The answer is unfortunately, no. You don’t have to scrap the soup altogether though! Try removing the chicken and fill the soup with a hearty amount of antiviral and anti-flu foods like onion, garlic, herbs like thyme, rosemary, and oregano, and mineral rich veggies like celery, cabbage, bell peppers, and mushrooms! Or, if you really want to keep the chicken in the soup, be sure to add even more of the onion, garlic, herbs, and vegetables to boost the nutritional and antiviral value of the soup.
Have you ever made chicken soup and left it in the fridge overnight? The next time you went to reheat the soup, you may have noticed a thick film of coagulated fat on top of the soup. This fat can draw oxygen out of the blood, slow down the liver, prevent oxygen from reaching the immune system, liver, and heart, and can work against the immune system as it tries to beat back whatever virus or bacteria the body is fighting off.
The chicken in chicken soup is also likely to feed the flu virus. That being said, many of the other components that make up chicken soup can be wonderful support for someone trying to fight off a flu. Garlic and onion are two components that can be especially beneficial. Other foods you may want to consider adding to a healing soup include celery, carrots, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini, and any other veggies you wish. A fantastic mineral-rich Healing Broth recipe can be found here.
You maybe convinced that the chicken soup you ate the last time you were battling a flu was the reason you were able to fight off the virus so quickly. Parts of the chicken soup— namely any vegetable or herb you used— most likely provided you with the hydration and mineral salts that contributed to your healing. In contrast, the chicken in the soup actually fights against your healing by feeding whatever virus you are suffering from. If you or a loved one seem to come down with a sinus infection, stomach bug or flu multiple times a year, definitely consider swapping out chicken for other nutrient dense foods.
Zinc Shock Therapy
Around five or six years ago, I was traveling during the height of flu season. Countless people were suffering from coughs, fevers, sinus issues, and more. I was worn out from constant travel and inadequate sleep, and was feeling run down. During this time, I remember noticing a tiny tickle arise in my throat. I realized that I was coming down with a flu, and Spirit instructed me to do “zinc shock therapy.” I immediately squirted 4 dropperfuls of liquid zinc sulfate directly into my throat. I let the zinc sit in my throat and administered another dose two hours later. Just a few hours after that, I administered even more. The next morning I woke up and the subtle signs of an emerging sickness were completely gone! Because I had caught the signs early enough, I was able to fight off the virus with the help of Spirit’s instruction and the power of liquid zinc sulfate. This dosage may be too much for you but you can bare it in mind as a tool to consider or consult with your health practitioner or doctor.
Preventing a flu from arising is always ideal, but if you end up catching a virus, know that there are plenty of things you can do to help combat the bug and protect yourself from any future flus you may come up against.
Healing Herbs & Supplements
There are a variety of powerful supplements you can use as weapons against a flu virus. Try to keep zinc and some of these other supplements readily available for you and your loved ones. That way if flu symptoms do appear out of nowhere, you will have the tools to take it on right away!
Olive leaf maybe a great daily supplement for anyone fighting off an Epstein-Barr-related symptom or condition, but it can also be great for anyone who is starting to feel sick and noticing flu-like symptoms. In this instance, upping the dose of olive leaf can be beneficial.
Echinacea and goldenseal are two other supplements to incorporate when you are fighting a flu. If you are battling streptococcus, strep throat, tonsillitis, or strep-related sinus infections you may also benefit from incorporating these two healing supplements periodically.
Elderberry syrup is another incredible flu-fighting supplement. Lomatium root is a wonderful support and has been known to help with flu symptoms, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus problems, fever, and more. Not only is eyebright a beautiful herb, it is also amazing at knocking down flus and streptococcus in the system. If you are suffering with a cough, consider bringing cherry bark into your protocol. Mullein leaf, which is incredible for shingles-related symptoms and conditions, is also great for fighting the flu, sinus infections, bronchitis, and lung issues.
Propolis can be a powerful immune system support and can be a great supplement to take if you start to feel the beginnings of a flu arise. Taking a daily dose of Ester-C or liposomal C is a great practice. And, if you are starting to feel sick or are battling a flu, increasing the amount can be highly beneficial. Red root can be another helpful supplement to incorporate. When purchasing these supplements, try to find high-quality capsules or alcohol-free tinctures. You can check out the Medical Medium preferred supplements page for specific recommendations.
All different kinds of teas can provide benefits for someone suffering with flu symptoms. For even more healing-might in each mug try squeezing lemon into your teas. Steeping a deep red glass of rose hips tea and adding in ample lemon juice can be particularly powerful and incredible for sore throats.
If you are a mom trying to help keep your kiddos flu-free, try using some of the healing supplements in smaller dosages. Working with a practitioner to figure out the perfect amount for your unique child may be best.
The healing broth recipe available here is a great one to incorporate into your meals if you are working to fight off a flu. And even if you don’t have a bug, the healing broth can be nourishing, supportive, and help keep you from picking up any unwanted virus.
If you have a copy of Life-Changing Foods, check out the recipe for turmeric-ginger shots as well. This immune-boosting tonic can be powerful, but may be too strong for some people. If this shot is too intense for you, try making turmeric-ginger tea by steeping chunks of ginger and turmeric in boiling water. Drinking this soothing liquid throughout the day can shorten the length of your flu and help protect you from developing bronchitis or pneumonia.
You probably plug in and charge up your phone, computer, or tablet on a daily basis. Next time you plug in one of your favorite electronics, ask yourself how can you regularly charge up your immune system as well? Hopefully this article has given you a few ideas that you can begin to implement. The more you can strengthen your immune system, the more likely you are to avoid getting the next nasty flu that cycles through your area.
If you are already suffering with a chronic illness, battling the elements of a flu can be unbelievably miserable. Even if you are a relatively healthy person, fighting off the flu can be a frustrating challenge. Hopefully the knowledge you’ve learned here as well as the tips, tricks, and recommended supplements and foods detailed can help provide you with the tools needed to protect yourself and your loved ones. Practice self-care, try to take preventive steps when possible, and know that your body has the ability to heal from whatever nasty bug may come your way.
This item posted: 21-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
How would you feel if you knew that everything you’ve learned about the thyroid-related symptoms and conditions you and your loved ones are living with was incorrect? That the reason you’re still enduring these symptoms was not because you have a faulty thyroid, autoimmune disease, hormonal problems, or a lot in life as a woman to experience hot flashes, thinning hair, weight gain, and other so-called menopausal symptoms?
Wouldn’t you want to know the truth immediately, especially if knowing the truth would open the way for you to recover your health and prevent or minimize future suffering?
The Thyroid Trap
Across age groups, from Baby Boomers (and their parents) to millennials, more and more people—women especially—are hearing that their thyroids are to blame for their fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, memory issues, aches and pains, insomnia, hair loss, hot flashes, night sweats, sensitivity to cold, and more. Everyone wants to know how to free themselves from the thyroid trap. Or, worse, they believe they are stuck with these symptoms for life—a victim to their own body’s rampage against itself.
As the thyroid has gotten more and more attention, though, these symptoms haven’t gone away—so many people aren’t healing. Labeling someone with “Hashimoto’s,” “hypothyroidism,” or the like doesn’t explain the myriad health issues that person may experience. That’s because there’s a pivotal truth that goes unnoticed: A thyroid problem is not the ultimate reason for a person’s illness. A problematic thyroid is yet one more symptom of something much larger than this one small gland in the neck. It’s something much more pervasive in the body, something invasive, that’s responsible for the laundry list of symptoms attributed to thyroid disease.
In my upcoming book, Medical Medium Thyroid Healing, I reveal an entirely new take on the epidemic of thyroid illness. I empower you to become your own thyroid expert and explain in detail what the source problem really is, including what’s going on with inflammation and autoimmune disease. I also offer you a life-changing toolkit and 90-Day Thyroid Rehab plan to restore your thyroid and bring you back to health and vitality. It’s an approach unlike any other, one that is undiscovered by medical science and research.
I dedicated a chapter in my first book to thyroid health, offering you a vital look into the misinformation on thyroid conditions. In Thyroid Healing, I dedicate the entire book to revealing critical unknown truths on this life-sustaining gland and the many misunderstood conditions, symptoms and labels currently being associated with it. Despite what other books and sources say, the cause of so-called thyroid conditions and diseases don’t stem from the thyroid gland itself. A problematic thyroid is yet one more symptom of another issue, not the cause, and that’s what you and your loved ones need to know to begin healing.
What’s Really Causing Your Health Problems
If you’ve been wondering about the true cause of your health problems, Thyroid Healing is the book for you. I share the exact cause of 88 conditions and symptoms that are plaguing people today and how they develop. These problems are still a complete mystery to medical communities and include thyroid conditions like hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease, enlarged thyroid, thyroid nodules, cysts, and tumors. I also include the true explanation for the cause of breast cancer, Raynaud’s disease, cystic fibrosis, mystery weight gain and loss, miscarriage, edema, irritability, depression, anxiety, restless legs, high cholesterol, aches and pains, swollen tongue, tingles and numbness, infertility, brittle nails, dry skin, loss of libido, blurry vision, fibromyalgia, MTHFR gene mutation, eczema and psoriasis, sarcoidosis, Cushing’s syndrome, plantar fascitis, and more.
If you’ve received a diagnosis or label for any of these health problems, it’s very possible you have received the wrong information unless it has come from what I’ve shared in my books, radio shows, or on my blog. I don’t say this for any reason other than the fact that it’s the truth, and it’s time for you to know what’s really behind your suffering. You deserve to know the truth once and for all so you can get your health and life back. You are not meant to get sicker as you age or to go through years of frustrating menopausal symptoms. And, you’re certainly not meant to be experiencing any of these symptoms or conditions in your younger years as you’re building your career and family, or later in life when you’re ready to slow down from a busy life juggling many different responsibilities. There is a way out for you and that’s what I’m here to share with you in my upcoming book. Thyroid Healing is available for pre-order now.
The Great Mistakes Holding You Back From Healing
In Thyroid Healing, I also introduce you to the “Great Mistakes”. These are the huge blunders and mistakes in the health and medical fields that have trapped us in a vicious and damaging cycle of misinformation, preventing millions of people from getting to the root of their health problems and healing. These Great Mistakes have become so entrenched, accepted, and normalized today that people can no longer see the fundamental flaws in these theories. These Great Mistakes are vitally important to know and understand so you can avoid the proverbial rug being pulled out from under you every time you try to take a step forward with your healing. Unfortunately, much of the brand new misinformation being released about thyroid and many other illnesses is founded on these original grave mistakes, making them flawed from the very beginning.
Thyroid Healing Recipes
Like my second book Life-Changing Foods, Thyroid Healing also includes mouthwatering, healing recipes with beautiful full color photos. These recipes have been created specifically to help you recover your thyroid health and to address the real causes behind your symptoms. You can savor delicious recipes like Apple Porridge with Cinnamon and Raisins, Wild Blueberry Pancakes, Sundried Tomato Artichoke Dip with Vegetable Crudités, Grab & Go Mason Jar Salads, “Nachos-Style” Baked Potatoes, and Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies. You’ll also be given a new repertoire of simple thyroid healing staple recipes, including simple juices, smoothies, teas, and more.
Here's Just a Little of What You'll Discover:
* The sneaky underlying cause of 95% of thyroid illnesses and many other mystery illnesses
* The 22 factors that may have triggered your symptoms and conditions to worsen
* The unknown true function of the thyroid and its undiscovered hormones
* An exact explanation for what causes 88 common conditions and symptoms that you and your loved ones may be suffering with, all of which are mysteries to medical and alternative science
* What breast cancer and many other cancers have in common with thyroid conditions
* The truth about thyroid medicine and tests and what you can do about it
* What you can do if you’ve lost your thyroid from surgery or it’s been damaged physically
* The role of genetics, inflammation, metabolism, and the power of your thoughts in illness
* The fads, trends and foods to avoid to protect your health
* The 90 day plan to help you win the battle against thyroid illness and disease and so many of the conditions and symptoms associated with it, including recipes with color photography
* When it’s healthy to eat before bed—and feel better for it
* How to maximize your sacred sleep window and why nightmares are a good sign.
What Makes Thyroid Healing Different?
This is new information I am bringing to you, not old information that has been repackaged and re-purposed. As I shared earlier, I revealed many truths about thyroid health in my first book Medical Medium, but Thyroid Healing takes it to a new level. You will finish the book a thyroid health expert, ready to conquer the war being unknowingly waged against you. You will be empowered and equipped to protect yourself and your loved ones in the future. Knowledge really is power when you have the right information, whereas misinformation simply leads you down the wrong path and prevents healing. Now you can have peace of mind that you can forge forward with your protective armor on and the powerful sword of truth, knowledge and compassion firmly in your hand. You can pre-order your copy of the book here.
The material in this book is authentic, the real deal, all for your benefit. This book is not like other health books. Sometimes this information will seem the opposite of what you’ve heard before, and sometimes it will be close to other sources, with subtle and critical differences. The common thread is that it’s the truth. It’s not repackaged or recycled theory made to sound like a new understanding of thyroid health. The information here doesn’t come from interest groups, medical funding with strings attached, botched research, lobbyists, internal kickbacks, persuaded belief systems, private panels of influencers, health field payoffs, or trendy traps. You won’t find citations or mentions of scientific studies to go with the facts and figures about thyroid illness in the pages to come, because all of the health information I share here comes from a pure, untampered with, clean source—a higher source: the Spirit of Compassion. There’s nothing more healing than compassion.
As you know, we continually provide information to help free you, your family, and your loved ones from the chains of chronic and mystery illness. I wrote Thyroid Healing to deliver even more of the essential truth to you. In the end, all that matters to me is that you get what you need so you can live a better life. I dedicate every waking moment of my life to providing you with opportunities to learn and become empowered so that you can experience the benefits of the gift that was given to me at age four.
We love it when people become experts on the health information I share and when they spread the compassionate message far and wide in the name of truly helping others. I am so thankful for this. Knowing that you’re in this with me, learning the truth and taking steps to heal yourself and your loved ones, means everything to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul for all the hard work you're doing in life and for spreading this information to others. We're changing the world together. I am honored that you’re here and a part of this community. I truly care about and believe in you.
Love and many blessings,
Learn more about how to restore your thyroid in my new book Thyroid Healing
This item posted: 21-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
You may have heard of the herpes virus, but did you know there are many viruses that fall within the herpes family, all of which have multiple undiscovered strains? Although medical research and medical science have uncovered a few of the varieties, like herpes simplex 1 and 2, there are hundreds of other virus strains that are either completely unknown or misunderstood, like in the case of the Shingles and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and new viruses and strains are continuing to develop. This article will not only discuss herpes family symptoms, but also dig into the facts surrounding both discovered and undiscovered herpes family viruses, and highlight steps you can take to fight back against these intruders.
Herpes Family Symptoms
There are hundreds of symptoms connected with various herpes family viruses. Below I address a few of the most prevalent symptoms.
Fatigue is often a symptom that stems from a herpes family virus. In some cases, fatigue can exclusively arise from adrenal fatigue, but in most cases people simultaneously experience herpes related neurological and adrenal fatigue.
If you have a herpes virus in your system as well as toxic heavy metals, you may experience migraines, depression, anxiety, brain fog and/or concentration issues. Thyroid nodules and cysts, glaucoma, bulging eyes, PCOS, unpleasant perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause symptoms, breast cancer, mystery infertility, high cholesterol, and/or hepatitis C may arise if you’re dealing with the herpes virus Epstein-Barr. I cover this and more extensively in my new book Thyroid Healing.
Certain eye issues, such as eye floaters, are caused by viruses in the herpes family. If you have a torn retina, then your eye floaters many not be a virus-related issue, but it is important to note that certain herpes viruses tend to weaken the retina over a period of time. Eye issues such as a stye can also stem from streptococcus, which is a cofactor of the herpes family.
The shingles virus, which falls within this family, has numerous strains that wreak havoc. Bell’s Palsy is just one of the many conditions that can emerge from a strain of the shingles. If you suffer from edema, or swelling in certain areas of the body including the hands and feet, you may have a herpes virus in your liver. You don’t need to have a rash to have shingles as there are many undiscovered non-rashing varieties that I brought to light in my first book Medical Medium.
Medical research and science has not not discovered that other herpes family symptoms can include tightness in the chest, restless legs syndrome, aches and pains, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, joint pain, headaches, restlessness, muscle weakness, twitches, spasms, tingles, numbness, heart palpitations, goiters, thyroiditis, vertigo, tinnitus, body temperature issues, Raynaud’s syndrome, MS, and sarcoidosis.
Many Undiscovered Herpes Family Viruses
All herpes family viruses are different shapes and sizes. Some viruses appear to have thorn-like edges, while others take a more wavy shape. They can appear as ovals or have leg-like protrusions. Although many of these viruses look completely different, each virus validates its connection to the herpes family. In this section you will learn more about some of the many varieties.
Herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 (HSV-1 & HSV-2)
These two widely known herpes viruses tend to grab people’s attention because of their external appearance on the mouth and private parts. The discovery of these viruses was largely due to the visible symptoms that accompany the virus. When these viruses emerge from dormancy and an outbreak occurs, tingles, numbness, and pain in the areas that have broken out, as well as moderate fatigue, may result.
Medical science and medical research have yet to discover that there are currently close to 10 varieties of HSV-1 and around 15 varieties of HSV-2. Fortunately, HSV-1 and HSV-2 only create mild harm in comparison to the pain and aggravation provoked by other herpes family viruses.
There are around three dozen different mouth-related herpes varieties other than HSV-1 and HSV-2. Canker sores do not stem from HSV-1 or HSV-2, but are created by entirely separate herpes varieties. Canker sores can appear on the mouth, but may pop up on the tongue or gums as well. Red sores, which are a type of canker sore, can also appear around the mouth. Unfortunately, medical research and medical science have yet to reveal the herpes varieties that produce canker sores, and these strains remain unidentified.
Although medical communities discuss cytomegalovirus as if there is only one variety, there are actually 20 varieties causing various health issues. This frustrating virus can trigger mild to moderate fatigue and organ-related issues. Although it doesn’t give rise to symptoms such as chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, which I have associated with Epstein-Barr, it is able to release neurotoxins that can cause problems in places like the kidneys, heart, and liver.
This virus, which creates an abundance of symptoms including many of the issues mentioned above, was a miraculous, accidental discovery made in 1964. I have revealed that there are currently over 60 varieties wreaking havoc on people’s health. While some varieties are fairly docile, others can be severe and tremendously aggravating. Even children are starting to endure the effects of some of the more acute strains. It’s so critical to understand this virus and exactly how it works that I dedicated a chapter to it in my first book Medical Medium and cover it more thoroughly than I ever have before in my new book Thyroid Healing. It’s essential reading to allow you to better understand today’s mystery and chronic illnesses.
One surprising condition that can arise from some strains of the Epstein-Barr virus is breast cancer. Currently, women are getting tested for BRAC1 or BRAC2 gene mutation as an indicator of whether they will get breast cancer. This isn’t a helpful or accurate indicator as breast cancer is not a genetic issue. In fact, in over 50% of breast cancer cases, the person does not have the BRAC1 or BRAC2 gene. In most cases, as I describe in my book Thyroid Healing, it’s caused by EBV.
It is tragic that medical communities haven’t yet discovered these truths about Epstein-Barr virus when this knowledge could transform the lives of those suffering. That’s why I am bringing this information to light and am so determined to get it into your hands.
HHV-6, discovered in 1986, can be an incredibly frustrating virus to deal with. Medical communities are still not aware of all the symptoms and conditions associated with HHV-6 and are blind to the fact that this virus now has over 20 strains and is continuing to grow.
HHV-6 tends to ruthlessly go after organs. It can cause major injuries and lead to death in certain cases. If you or a loved one suffers from mystery heart problems or mystery kidney disease, HHV-6 is a likely culprit. Yes, heart-related issues can arise if poor dietary choices have led to clogged arteries, but there are other problems, such as heart disease, that can surface if HHV-6 moves into this organ. If your doctor detects chronic inflammation inside the heart’s ventricles or valves, it may be a sign of HHV-6 in your system.
If you’ve been forced to go on dialysis due to kidney failure, you may have been incorrectly told that that you’re suffering from an autoimmune issue and that your body is attacking itself. This is incorrect. Your body never attacks itself! A more likely scenario is that HHV-6 is attacking the kidney and causing your kidney failure.
HHV-7 started out as a strain of HHV-6, but overtime transformed and grew into an entirely separate virus. Although this virus isn’t stirring up too many issues at the present time, it will likely cause a great deal of conditions and illnesses in the next twenty or thirty years. The reason HHV-7 has yet to start creating trouble is because it is currently in a period of rooting.
The Rooting Process
In the past, every virus that is now wreaking havoc had a moment in time where it rooted itself in its new environment. This rooting period can last for roughly 10 to 15 years. During this initial phase, the virus is ignorant to where it is and what is going on. As time passes the virus will grow stronger and angrier, provoked by poor food choices, prescription drug use, and other antagonizing behaviors. Eventually, the virus will erupt and begin to stir up chaos for the unsuspecting masses.
Each virus and its various strains have undergone this rooting process. Epstein-Barr, which is now creating chaos for so many individuals unknown to science and research it started rooting in the late 1800s. It will still be a couple decades before HHV-7 explodes on the scene, but when it does, it will be far more problematic than the Epstein-Barr virus.
Fortunately, if you begin to implement healing practices in your life today, you do not have to fret about the effects HHV-7 might have in the future. Build up your body with the right supplements and healing foods, work to eradicate harmful foods and toxins from your life, and know that if you do come up against HHV-7, you will be thoroughly prepared for battle.
HSV-8 & the Cancer Connection
This virus creates a sarcoma, but doesn’t cause any other notable issues. The reason HSV-8 may surprise you is because it points to the fact that certain cancers are related to the herpes family. If particular herpes viruses begin to feed off of heavy metals, chemical fallout, harmful foods, and/or pharmaceutical drugs, cancers may develop.
Like HHV-7, HHV-9 is beginning the rooting process as well. HSV-9 is an odd virus, but will most likely not be too troublesome. Numerous offshoots will spawn from this virus. We can expect to see more signs of the virus roughly 30 to 40 years from now.
People are walking around with HHV-10 in their systems, but it is not causing too many issues at present. As this virus nestles in the liver, it may produce a minimal amount of spirochete byproduct. You may have been led to believe spirochetes are bacteria, but this is incorrect. The misunderstanding of these viral casings just further highlight how far behind medical science and medical research are when it comes to chronic and mystery illness.
At one time the undiscovered HHV-11 was an Epstein-Barr strain, but it eventually broke off and became its own virus. It’s not presently rooting and is generally inactive. HHV-11 may draw attention to itself in the far distant future, but for now it is not one to be concerned with.
This offshoot of the shingles virus is starting to cause some moderate trouble on its own and will likely become a more visible nuisance two decades from now. It is already triggering rashes in some individuals and will continue to create more and more rashing symptoms in a larger population as a new shingles virus as times goes on.
Shingles, which falls within the herpes family, contains over thirty varieties, many of which are detailed in the “Shingles” chapter of my first book, Medical Medium, and the “Shingles Virus Revealed” radio show. The shingles fall within two categories— rashing and non-rashing. Various symptoms and conditions arise from the varieties within these categories including Bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, TMJ, burning mouth, burning tongue, vaginal burning, bursitis, blurry eyes, neck pain, frozen shoulder, and neuropathy.
Many people diagnosed with Lyme disease are suffering from 3, 4, 5 or more herpes viruses. These viruses can incorrectly trigger off certain labs and tests and leave people with inaccurate data and misinformed answers. The truth is, Lyme disease at its core is never bacterial or parasitical, it is always a viral issue. These viruses create the neurotoxins that trigger neurological issues that are associated with Lyme. If this information is unsettling or new to you, check out the “Lyme Disease” chapter in Medical Medium or check out “The Unknown Cause of Lyme Disease” radio show and try to keep an open mind so you have all healing opportunities in front of you.
Healing Herbs & Supplements
You may be wondering how to arm yourself against all of these herpes viruses. One simple way to start is by bringing zinc into your daily health protocol. A rampant, global zinc deficiency is one of the reasons the herpes family exploded onto the scene and became the issue it is today. Zinc acts as a powerful weapon against the herpes family, so replenishing your zinc reserves with a high-quality zinc sulfate supplement can be an incredibly protective measure. A blood test does not account for the possibility of a zinc deficiency in places such as your ganglia, nervous system, and liver, so do not rely on a blood test to determine whether you have sufficient zinc reserves. Bring zinc into your life and work with a practitioner to figure out a dosage that is right for you.
L Lysine is another weapon that can help fight the herpes family. When it comes to battling a herpes virus, taking only 500 mg of lysine a day might not be sufficient. If you’re fighting off Epstein-Barr or another aggravating herpes variety, a fairly generous amount of lysine may be necessary. That being said, It is important to discuss the exact dosage you plan on taking with a practitioner so that you can best support your specific health issues. If you aren’t struggling with a herpes virus, but want to help shield yourself from picking up one of the hundreds of possible strains, taking a smaller dose of lysine can be a protective step.
Other herbs and supplements to consider incorporating include B-12 with methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin, 5-MTHF, lemon balm, and selenium. Licorice root can act like a glue to help prevent herpes viruses, such as Epstein-Barr, from feeding, reproducing, or moving locations.
Eyebright and echinacea can be great herbs for fighting a herpes virus. Periodically using goldenseal can be another great measure to put in place. Regularly brewing yourself a glass of thyme tea can be a supportive practice, and taking oregano oil or seasoning your meals with the fresh oregano herb on a daily basis can provide healing benefits as well.
Bringing antiviral foods into your diet is an important part of healing from any herpes virus. All fruits and vegetables are antiviral. For that reason, try filling your diet with as many fresh fruits and veggies as you can! Many herbs and spices can provide antiviral support as well. As you enjoy these foods, you can be at peace knowing that none of the herpes viruses are being fed or strengthened by these life-giving foods. Try incorporating ginger, turmeric, Hawaiian spirulina, garlic, and onion into your meals. These foods can be incredibly supportive when regularly included in your diet. I discuss some of the best foods for herpes viruses in my book Life-Changing Foods.
Removing certain foods that can feed and strengthen herpes viruses is also essential. Consider eliminating eggs, dairy products, canola oil, and corn products from your diet to support healing.
When dealing with food in a restaurant setting, stick to eating healing cooked foods that are served nice and hot! In restaurants that serve animal products, cross contamination can often occur between raw animal products and other raw ingredients, such as salad greens or fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. If you want to avoid picking up a new bug, it is best to stick to clean, thoroughly cooked dishes when dining out.
Implementing just a few of these ideas can help ignite healing in your body. If you feel overwhelmed by all of the suggestions, just start by incorporating a few that speak to you.
A Story of Fighting Fatigue
When I was younger I worked as a caddy at a golf course. One day, I was assisting a husband and wife when all of a sudden Spirit told me that the wife was suffering from fatigue. I asked the wife about this and she was shocked! She was surprised a 12-year-old could know such a thing, and admitted that she had been suffering from mystery fatigue for a decade. She had seen numerous doctors, but was never given answers to help her heal. She had even been told she was crazy and was sent to a psychiatrist.
I revealed to her that her fatigue stemmed from Epstein-Barr, a virus in the herpes family. In response, she talked about having mono for a period of time as a child. We discussed the necessary steps she needed to take to heal and she began to implement the protocol. Within a year, the woman recovered from the virus and could begin to move on with her life. Do you or a loved one suffer from EBV-related fatigue? Hopefully this story will inspire you as you begin down your own healing path.
If you’re suffering from Epstein-Barr and HSV-1, or have two different cold sore varieties as well as cytomegalovirus, know that you are not alone! Many people are fighting multiple herpes viruses and experiencing a host of aggravating symptoms. Instead of feeling hopeless or afraid, try to take simple steps towards healing by bringing in certain supplements and foods that aid your unique situation.
When someone is confused about their symptoms and conditions, and panicked and fearful about what to do, herpetic viruses tend to thrive. These viruses feed off fear, confusion, and chaos. Now that you have accurate information and healing ideas to choose from, you can face these nasty viruses from a place of empowerment and watch as these viruses begin to weaken and lose control. In the case of fighting any disease, herpes family viruses included, the correct knowledge is power!
This item posted: 16-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
Turmeric is great for just about every aspect of our well-being. Famous for containing curcumin, a phytochemical with anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is a particular asset for conditions such as lupus, in which the body can get stuck in a habitual cycle of reaction, even after the invader (in the case of lupus, the Epstein-Barr virus) is no longer present. Note that inflammation in chronic illness is due to the body’s immune response to a foreign presence such as a virus—not, as many sources mistakenly say, due to the body turning against itself. Sometimes, though, once a cycle gets started, the body needs an ally to come in and break the pattern. Turmeric is ideal for this job, because it contains natural and very beneficial steroidal compounds from the curcumin as well as other aspects of the turmeric that are critical to calm down outsized inflammatory responses to pathogens.
This makes turmeric great for anything in the body that’s inflamed and causing pain, from nerves to joints to the brain. Speaking of brain inflammation, many people walk around with undiagnosed mystery low-grade viral encephalitis, a swelling of the brain on such a minute scale that it’s not detectable by medical testing, though its symptoms are sometimes diagnosed as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). (This is a tag for a mystery illness that’s the result of brain inflammation from Epstein-Barr.) Undiscovered enchephalitis results in mystery pressure in the head, dizziness, deep headaches, blurry eyes that can’t be fixed with a glasses prescription, confusion, severe anxiety, and panic.
Turmeric is the ultimate antidote. At the same time that it attends to inflammation, turmeric’s powerful agents and compounds increase blood supply to areas of the body that need enhanced circulation, which makes this an ideal spice for those who have chronic histamine reactions, or toxic blood due to a sluggish liver or poor circulation. Turmeric’s high level of manganese combined with its curcumin make it great for the cardiovascular system—it lowers bad cholesterol, raises good cholesterol, helps inhibit tumors and cysts, and can prevent virtually any type of cancer, especially skin cancers. Plus, the manganese activates curcumin’s ability to extract toxic heavy metals from your system.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing turmeric into your life:
Allergies, lupus, encephalitis, anxiety, high cholesterol, tumors (including brain tumors),polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, all types of cancer (especially skin cancers), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), influenza, colds, sinus issues, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)/mononucleosis, multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
(ALS), lymphoma (including non-Hodgkin’s), eczema, psoriasis, heavy metal toxicity, bacterial pneumonia, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, celiac disease, cerebral palsy, chronic bronchitis, eating disorders, electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), emphysema, endometriosis, heart disease, insomnia, lipoma, adrenal fatigue, glaucoma, Lyme disease, Graves’ disease, migraines, obesity, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, parasites, Raynaud’s syndrome, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sciatica, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, yeast infections, worms
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing turmeric into your life:
Rashes, hives, congestion, brain inflammation, joint inflammation, nerve inflammation, poor circulation, cysts, sluggish liver, liver heat, mineral deficiencies, dandruff, back pain, neck pain, knee pain, foot pain, hyperthyroid, inflammation, pressure in the head, dizziness, deep headaches, blurry eyes, confusion, panic, congestion, sore throat, cough, body aches and pains, body stiffness, calcifications, enlarged spleen, chemical sensitivities, depersonalization, disorientation, dyskinesia, emotional eating, excess mucus, frozen shoulder, histamine reactions, hormonal imbalances, low hydrochloric acid, intermittent vaginal bleeding, jaw pain, outbursts of anger, leg cramps, low cortisol, menopause symptoms, muscle spasms, muscle stiffness, roving aches and pains, sinus pains, hypothyroid, weight gain
For those who have trouble acknowledging their own self-worth, turmeric is ideal. If you find that you downplay your contributions to projects or relationships, are constantly down on yourself, or have trouble accepting compliments, bring turmeric into your life to help you appreciate just what a valuable, shining human being you are, and all the positives you have to offer.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties are so potent that they’re meant to give us pause and consider what else in our lives could use calming. Inflammation doesn’t just occur on a physical level. We can also become inflamed mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. This often takes the form of judgment, blame, rage, or perpetual dissatisfaction. Like physical inflammation, it can feel very uncomfortable. It could be that the reason for your initial distress is long past, and you’re stuck in a habitual feedback loop that makes you relive your pain over and over. The next time you feel a bout of existential inflammation coming on, honor whatever past experience has brought out this reaction, then take a cue from turmeric and gently try to end the cycle.
* If you’re dealing with congestion, cough, sore throat, cold, flu, and/or sinus problems, try juicing fresh turmeric and ginger together to make a small dose of concentrated serum. Periodically throughout the day, take tiny sips. The juice will act as an expectorant and help speed up the healing process.
* After a workout or any heavy labor, try to consume turmeric. It doesn’t matter in what form—whether as a spice on food, juiced, as tea, or as a supplement—just as long as you get some into your body. Turmeric can shorten recovery time for muscles, ligaments, and joints after exercise, and it also acts as an antiinflammatory for any minor injuries you might not have noticed that have the potential to turn into trouble otherwise.
These fiery, immune-boosting shots are a tasty variation on the turmeric-ginger serum I mentioned above. A go-to option for the first sign of a cold, these shots will help your body fight back against anything that tries to come against it!
4 inches turmeric
4 inches fresh ginger
4 garlic cloves
One at a time, run each ingredient through the juicer, keeping the juices separate. Combine 1 teaspoon turmeric juice, 1 teaspoon ginger juice, 1/4 teaspoon garlic juice, and 1/4 cup of orange juice in a small glass. Stir to combine and drink immediately.
Note: the amount of ingredients necessary will vary greatly based on the juicer that is used.
Makes 2 to 4 servings
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This item posted: 08-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
Taking proper care of your oral health is critical, but with so much conflicting and inaccurate information available, it can be confusing and overwhelming to know what’s truly helpful and what’s not. Some of today’s main oral health issues are discussed below along with some suggestions for reclaiming the health of your gums and teeth.
In today’s world, it’s common knowledge that mercury fillings are not ideal. But contrary to popular belief, the best answer isn't necessarily to have them removed by your dentist. There’s some critical information you must know when dealing with mercury fillings that can help protect your health.
Firstly, unless a tooth with a mercury amalgam cracks, breaks or decays, it’s best to not remove your fillings. The mercury is contained and will be far less detrimental to your health if they’re left alone. If a filling is damaged by a tooth breaking or decaying, that’s when it is helpful to remove the amalgam. If you are someone who already struggles with a host of health issues, such as memory loss, heart palpitations, brain fog, deficiencies, a heavy viral or toxic load, sensitive nervous system and many more, it’s particularly important to leave them where they are so the removal doesn’t trigger even more sickness. It’s tragic to see people, who were already experiencing health issues, remove all of their fillings at once and then experience a collapse of their health and well-being. Thankfully, you now have the knowledge to prevent this from happening.
If you’re insistent that you want to remove your mercury amalgams or they’re broken and you have several of them, it’s important you do not remove them all at once. Instead, try to visit a well-equipped biological, holistic, or trusted conventional dentist and have them removed one at a time every month, every three months, or even every six months depending on your overall health. As a filling is removed, mercury in the amalgam can vaporize, enter the bloodstream, and weaken the immune system. Spacing out the removal process of each amalgam allows the immune system to recover from the release of the mercury and helps minimize the impact on your health. This is especially important if you already struggle with neurological symptoms, sensitivities, or illness.
The removal of these fillings and the subsequent vaporized mercury act as a trigger, and when the immune system is in a weakened state, viral and bacterial infections such as Epstein-Barr virus and streptococcus can easily take root and grow stronger by feeding on the mercury released into the bloodstream. Many people suffer from neurological symptoms and conditions such as severe anxiety, depression, tingles, numbness, brain fog, memory loss, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, MS, ringing in the ears, vertigo, dizziness, fatigue, and many other mystery symptoms after having their fillings removed all at once because of this. This process can also trigger lyme disease, which I discuss in more depth in my first book, Medical Medium. In my new book Thyroid Healing, I share a detailed list of neurological symptoms and exactly what causes them that’s important for everyone to understand.
If you’ve already removed your fillings all at once, do not be disheartened. You can still recover! It’s time to dive into the heavy metal detox I discuss in my book Medical Medium and in my Heavy Metal Detox blog post. It’s imperative to practice the heavy metal protocol while building up your immune system to help your body to restore. This is helpful even if you’ve had only one removed.
Conventional and alternative medical communities often blame root canals for countless mystery symptoms and illnesses people are experiencing. In truth, root canals are not to blame. Viruses, heavy metals, chemical exposure, MSG exposure, aspartame exposure, mold exposure— these agitators are the real reasons for symptoms and mystery illnesses. Root canals do have their issues, but when a cavity is at an advanced stage you either have to remove the tooth completely, or undergo a root canal procedure. Root canals can age, wear down and sometimes small amounts of bacteria can accumulate, but these tiny amounts of bacteria are not causing the major health issues people are experiencing. If you do have a severely infected root canal and abscessed tooth or gum, then removing the tooth could be a wise choice, otherwise leaving your teeth as is might be the best option.
Sometimes people get their root canals, and even perfectly normal teeth removed, because of jaw pain. In most cases, the jaw pain and trigeminal nerve pain remains even after the removal. That’s because the pain is not connected to teeth issues, but is caused one of the many varieties of the shingles virus. I discuss the issues this virus causes in my book Medical Medium.
Instead of getting a root canal, another option is an implant. Unfortunately, there are drawbacks to implants, and a root canal surgery still might be the better choice. Although the titanium used in implants is typically not as toxic for the body as other metals, some people are still very sensitive and can’t handle the interaction well. That’s why I would usually suggest choosing a root canal over an implant.
Instead of opting for a root canal or implant, some people choose to play it safe and just have the teeth removed. Living without several teeth is an option that can work best for some people.
There are a number of reasons people struggle with receding gums, but fortunately there are many ways to help prevent further gum recession.
Compromised gut and intestinal health is one reason people struggle with receding gums. When the stomach loses most of its hydrochloric acid, toxic acids takeover and while you are sleeping, these bad acids come up from the stomach and destroy the gums, causing them to recede. Low hydrochloric acid is extremely common today. The best way to restore hydrochloric acid is to drink 16oz of straight celery juice daily on an empty stomach.
A second issue that impacts gum health occurs when your body is unable to break down the food that you eat and it rots in the gut. This rotting food produces ammonia which rises into the mouth and eats away at the gums and teeth.
Lastly, poor food choices can lead to gum recession. Cutting out or drastically minimizing your coffee and processed food intake can help curb gum and teeth problems you may be experiencing. It’s also important to remove the damaging foods I list in my books, Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods.
Is Fruit Bad for You?
This is one of the greatest and most detrimental misconceptions of our time! No, fruit is definitely not bad for you! You do not have to fear fruit. Fruit does not feed bacteria, it kills it. Fruit, rich in antioxidants and minerals, can stave off disease in the mouth while allowing your gums time to heal. Biting into raw fruit massages the gums and delivers oxygen. Dentists are absolutely correct about staying away from candy and processed sugars, but an abundance of fruit in your diet will only benefit you and your dental health.
Dental Health Questions & Answers
Q: Can a broken filling contribute to a thyroid disorder?
A: No, broken fillings do not contribute to a thyroid disorder. A root canal, gum disease or any other dental issue is not responsible for a thyroid issue. All thyroid problems stem from the Epstein-Barr virus. I explain this in great detail in my new book Thyroid Healing.
Q: Is charcoal powder for teeth safe to use?
A: Yes, charcoal powder is safe to use on your teeth, but do not swallow it. Make sure to spit it out and rinse well.
Q: Are dental issues related to the Epstein-Barr virus?
A: In some ways dental issues may be connected. An example of this is when a handful of dental amalgams are removed all at once and the vaporized mercury from that procedure enters the bloodstream and significantly weakens the immune system. At that point, a pre-existing underlying Epstein-Barr virus infection can grow stronger and cause new symptoms or worsen existing symptoms. Fortunately, there are many healing measures you can take to overpower Epstein-Barr, which I discuss in my books, Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods, and in my radio show called “Epstein-Barr Virus Revealed.”
Q: Are tooth issues related to lyme disease?
A: Similar to Epstein-Barr’s relationship to dental issues, viruses that cause lyme symptoms might flare up and overwhelm the system if several dental amalgams are removed due to mercury triggering any underlying issues you already have. Other than that, tooth issues and lyme disease are not related.
Taking Care of Your Gums and Teeth
Using an electric toothbrush is great for dental health. Two great electric toothbrush brands to checkout are Oral-B and Phillips Sonicare. The Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator is another great device that allows oxygen to reach the gums.
Nature’s Answer has a line of products including Perio-Brite Mouthwash, Perio-Brite Toothpaste, PerioRub for gum and tooth discomfort, and PerioCleanse oral cleansing concentrate which can be used with the Hydro Floss oral irrigator for maximum results. Lucky Toothpaste is another good product that not only remineralizes the teeth and gums, but also rebuilds enamel. This organic Brushing Rinse is a wonderful addition to your oral health routine. If you have advanced dental issues or want some other high-quality oral care product options, Living Libations produces very high quality oral health products including a great toothpaste, tooth powder, gum gel, enamelizer, gum drops, and tooth serum. All these product recommendations and more can be found on the personal care recommendations page on the Medical Medium website.
Hawaiian spirulina is an incredible supplement that will help pull heavy metals like mercury out of the intestinal tract, while also remineralizing teeth and gums. It will not pull mercury out of any silver fillings you might have, it will only draw out the mercury that’s been creating havoc in your system for years. Sovereign silver helps fight against bacterial issues and is an overall excellent support for the gums and teeth. Check out Liposomal C or Ester-C for two great sources of vitamin C, which is incredible for both gums and teeth. If a dentist indicates you may have a low-grade infection, increasing the amount of Vitamin C you are taking can be very beneficial. Coenzyme Q10 and a probiotic are two other supportive supplements. A helpful herbal tea to try out is peppermint.
Aloe vera helps prevent gum recession and tooth decay. On my blog, there are instructions on how to prepare aloe water and the incredible benefits of adding this into your diet. Papaya, like aloe vera, helps fight back against ammonia in the gut. And like celery juice, it helps raise your hydrochloric acid while protecting the teeth and gums. Radishes, apples, leafy greens, celery, onions, scallions, chives, cucumbers, sesame seeds, tahini, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, ginger, and garlic can all support your oral health as well.
For many people struggling with mystery symptoms or illness, visiting the dentist can be challenging, and recovering from a visit may take time and self-compassion. Space out your visits and recognize that a visit to the dentist won’t always be such a difficult task as your body begins to soak up the healing protocols you put into place. With time and consistency, your dental health and overall well-being can grow vibrant once again!
This item posted: 07-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
In the first radio show on addictions, I revealed the two foundational roots that play a role in any addiction you may battle. The first root has to do with glucose. If you provide your body with sufficient glucose from fresh fruits and vegetables, you are much less likely to develop addictions. And, if you are battling an addiction, reversing glucose deficiency can be a powerful step towards recovery.
The second foundational piece discussed in the first “Addictions” radio show was adrenaline. Your own adrenaline can be highly addictive, and likely plays a large part in other addictions you may be struggling to let go of including an addiction to drugs, alcohol, or unhealthy sugars. Did you know you can even become addicted to danger because of the adrenaline rush dangerous activities entail? In certain instances, addiction to adrenaline can become an even bigger issue than the addiction to the actual substance or behavior you’re attempting to free yourself from. Becoming aware of the role adrenaline can play in your addiction can bring about a profound shift towards freedom as you work to recover.
Some people might struggle with a few small addictions, while others might battle major, life-threatening addictions during their lives. Whatever your addiction, the sooner you can start to understand it, and put into practice the protocol you need to recover, the easier it will be to find freedom from the problem. If you address smaller addictions quickly, you maybe able to get ahead of larger addictions that might have arisen later on. Having the knowledge I am sharing with you today can be an incredible weapon whenever you are feeling lost or hopeless. That being said, you may also want to seek support or spiritual guidance from a counselor or mentor, which can be a helpful part of someone’s healing journey.
If someone is battling an addiction, there comes a point where that person may fall victim to the addiction and feel deeply entrenched in the destructive behavior. Although it is definitely possible to come back from this breaking point and recover, if you can find helpful tools to hold onto to keep yourself from nearing this breaking point, it will aid in preserving the inner strength that can help you find freedom from your addiction.
Firstly, If you are struggling with a really destructive addiction, every little step you take towards recovery matters, whether it’s coming to understand your addiction better through accurate information, making healing dietary changes, reaching out to friends and family, seeking out a counselor, support group or rehab, or adding in pieces of a healing protocol that speak to you. Collect all the tools, big and small, that can help you combat your addiction and continue to implement them as best you can.
Often times people struggling with addictions tend to turn away from getting the help and support they need. Hopefully the truth I share here resonates with you and helps you to feel less alone in your battle. Arming yourself with this information can give you a shield of protection as you fight to reclaim your freedom from whatever addiction you are up against.
Chocolate as a Tool
Certain people have trouble tolerating chocolate because it contains neurotoxin, even though it can have some health benefits. If you struggle with nervous system issues or neurological problems, it would be best to avoid chocolate for the time being. If you are really healthy, you maybe able to get away with indulging in a chocolate treat every so often, but if you suffer from confusion, brain fog, neurological shakes and tremors, neurological aches and pains, tingles, numbness, migraines, neuropathy, migraines, fibromyalgia, dizziness, vertigo, ringing in the ears, or any of the symptoms described in the Healing Your Neurological System article, consider taking a break from chocolate while you heal. In my new book Thyroid Healing, I share a detailed list of neurological symptoms and exactly what causes them that's important for everyone to understand.
That being said, chocolate can be a helpful tool for someone healing from certain addictions. If someone is working to overcome an opioid addiction, whether it be to prescription or nonprescription drugs, chocolate can be extremely helpful. Once the person is working to stay drug-free, eating chocolate periodically may help prevent them from turning back to the destructive substance.
When I was working with clients at an office twenty-five years ago, I kept a stack of large high-quality, dark chocolate bars on hand. Spirit had instructed me that, under the right circumstances, these chocolate bars could help save someone’s life. Around that time, a 19-year-old boy named Cole came into the office with his parents. Cole was struggling with a severe opioid addiction and had already been in and out of rehab multiple times. The addiction was destroying the lives of the whole family and the parents were in agony and broken from watching their son suffer. The father was missing work and both parents were beginning to suffer from severe depression. Spirit immediately suggested Cole use chocolate as a weapon against his addiction. Cole was working with a doctor to wean off the drugs, and I suggested that he try eating a sizable portion of chocolate anytime the weaning process felt unbearable. I offered him a chunk of chocolate during the consultation and he remarked on its tastiness and smiled. His parents were surprised to see a smile from their son, who they said hadn’t smiled in years. The parents were also surprised at Cole’s sudden optimism towards recovery as our session progressed. Using chocolate as a crutch during this trying time worked, and my client rapidly weaned off the drugs, within three weeks was clean, and went on to live a drug-free life. When Cole had first walked into my office, Spirit said that he would most likely not make it if the family left feeling confused or uncertain about the protocol he needed to implement. I say this to underscore the significance chocolate played in this particular man’s life and healing story.
Do you know someone who can never seem to get enough salt? If someone is suffering from a sodium addiction, they are most likely desperately in need of mineral salts for their adrenal glands and the neurotransmitters in their brain. This addiction can arise if someone is overtaxing their adrenals, which can leave their neurotransmitters craving an abundance of the mineral salts that offer protection for the adrenal glands. Unlike refined salt, sea salt, or Himalayan salt, the mineral salts found in certain fruits and vegetables can play a significant role in helping break an adrenaline addiction and revitalize the adrenals. Celery, spinach, and other leafy greens are just some of the many foods rich in undiscovered varieties of sodium that help to deeply nourish the body. Although you do not have to cut Himalayan salt or high-quality sea salt out of your diet completely, try to use a moderate amount and make sure your diet is brimming with foods naturally rich in mineral salts. Supporting and protecting your adrenals is a critical step for anyone seeking to break an addiction or avoid falling prey to one. If you are working to heal from a salt addiction, try incorporating adrenal snacks into your daily diet. Eating a small meal, such as an adrenal snack, every hour to hour and a half throughout the day can be incredibly beneficial.
Anorexia & Bulimia
When mercury and other heavy metals interfere with neurotransmitters in certain parts of the brain, bulimic or anorexic behaviors are more likely to arise in certain individuals. If these heavy metals are removed through a heavy metal detox or if brain tissue develops in a particular way that bypasses the heavy metals, you may still struggle with an addiction to your own adrenaline that manifests itself as an eating disorder. In the case of bulimia, one of the reasons it can be so hard to break is because of the adrenaline surge people experience before they purge. This adrenaline rush can be similar to a powerful drug in its euphoric quality. Someone who is struggling with a variety of anorexia may experience a surge of adrenaline when they look at food, especially if they’ve suffered abuse around food in the past. In this instance, the surging adrenaline acts similar to a drug and the person may quickly lose their appetite. This information on adrenaline and adrenaline addiction hasn't yet been discovered by conventional or alternative medicine, research and science. I brought it to light for the first time in my books Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods and here in this article and in my radio shows.
While many people blame eating disorders on emotional or sexual abuse, it is important to know that emotional or sexual abuse only act as severe triggers for these behaviors. One of these triggers may cause someone to develop an eating disorder, but it is usually a combination of heavy metals in the brain and an addiction to the adrenaline that surges each time an eating disorder is acted on that causes people to continue to struggle. If you or a loved one struggles with bulimia or a variety of anorexia, knowing that adrenaline addiction maybe playing a major role and how to address it could potentially save you or your loved one’s life.
Sugar Addiction & the Role of Fat
Your brain and liver need the glucose found in fruits and vegetables to survive and thrive. Unfortunately, some people turn to refined sugar-filled treats instead and wind up struggling with an addiction to unhealthy sugars. People stay addicted to these unhealthy sugars partly because of the unhealthy fat most of these sugary treats contain. An example would be ice cream, which contains not only unhealthy sugar, but a large amount of unhealthy fat as well. Foods that are high in unhealthy fat don’t allow the sugar it contains to flood the places it most needs to go, including the cells, muscles, heart, brain, and liver. If you feel addicted to sweets and treats, you most likely are needing to replenish the healthy glucose in your brain. If you continue to fill your body with unhealthy, sugary treats you will never be satisfied and may even exacerbate the addiction. If you switch your treats out with enough healthy glucose-rich foods such as dates, apples, and raw honey, your brain will start to receive the right kind of sugar it’s been seeking and your addiction to the wrong kind of sugar will likely disappear. Carrying a bag of dates or dried apricots or figs with you can be very helpful to conquer any cravings that may arise when you’re away from home.
That being said, it is important to not eat too much of the wrong kind of fats either. The wrong kind of fat or even too much healthy fat can halt the restoration of glycogen deposits in the brain and liver. Omega 3s are important, but receiving them from the right sources is critical for proper glucose absorption in the body. There is misinformation being spread that the brain is largely made of fat, but this is a complete misconception. The truth is that the brain is largely made out of carbohydrates and only contains micro deposits of fats. These micro deposits of fats are made up of omega 3s and other oils, many of which medical science and medical research have yet to discover. One of these oils medical research and medical science have uncovered is squalene. You can get the omega 3s and all of the other micro fats you need from certain foods such as watermelon seeds, hemp seeds, butter leaf lettuce, blackberry seeds, sesame seeds or tahini, and tomato seeds. Turning to these foods can help keep you from losing the glucose reserves in your brain. Not only can the loss of these reserves lead to addictions, but they can also set you up for Alzheimer’s disease and other unwanted health problems. If you are trying to break any kind of addiction, it is important to keep the fats in your diet low regardless of whether you are a meat eater, pescatarian, vegetarian, or vegan. Try bringing the foods mentioned above into whatever diet you subscribe to and know that you are flooding your body with the micro omegas that best support your brain and body.
Addiction to Cigarettes
Are you or a friend looking to break your smoking addiction? While nicotine is an addictive drug and is partly why many people are hooked on cigarettes, there are a few other reasons it can be challenging to break this addiction. First off, it’s important to know that you are likely smoking in part because of the adrenaline that floods your system when you’re an active smoker. Even before you put a cigarette to your lips, the anticipation of a cigarette can cause adrenaline to rush through your body. The more time you wait in anticipation of your next cigarette, the more adrenaline flows through the system. Often when people quit smoking their appetite appears to ramp up. This is largely due to the fact that cigarette-activated adrenaline surges finally begin to calm down. Another reason someone may become addicted to smoking is because it actually makes the smoker alkaline for a very brief moment while they are smoking. This maybe extremely surprising to learn, but it is a truth that has yet to be uncovered by science. As the tobacco in a cigarette turns from fresh tobacco to burnt tobacco, a chemical compound develops. Once the chemical ignites it goes straight to the brain and gives you a brief alkaline hit that is far more addictive than the nicotine found in cigarettes. Unfortunately, following this short wave of alkalinity, your body becomes incredibly acidic. As a result, you are likely to crave another cigarette soon after to receive an additional alkalizing hit.
The Medical Medium Cigarette Pack Trick
This trick includes high-quality chocolate, which is not always the best food choice, but may come in handy for people who are working to quit smoking cigarettes. Take two packs of cigarettes, empty one pack entirely and fill the second pack with a smaller amount of cigarettes than you normally smoke. Break apart a high-quality chocolate bar and fill the emptied pack with small pieces of chocolate. Whenever you would take your usual cigarette break and you feel an adrenaline rush coming on as you ready yourself for a smoke, take a piece of chocolate out of the empty pack and pop one or two of the small pieces into your mouth. Do not chew or swallow them right away, try to leave them in your mouth until they completely melt. It is interesting to note that because nicotine is aromatic, If you’ve put the chocolate pieces in the cigarette box ahead of time, the chocolate will have soaked up some of the nicotine. During your next break, you can have a cigarette from your box of less cigarettes. Try to keep both packs on you throughout the day and continue to cut down on cigarettes at a pace that feels manageable for you. If you want to start with fifteen cigarettes in the second pack rather than less, that is a positive place to start as well.
Walking Off Your Smoking Habit
A second trick to try when quitting smoking is to only smoke when you are walking outside. Because you are walking, you will most likely take less drags of your cigarette and won’t be getting as many addictive hits of nicotine. You will be taking in more oxygen because you’re walking and you may even experience greater calm due to the gentle movement. The adrenaline flooding your body from the cigarette will also be better used when you’re walking as opposed to when you stand and smoke. It’s also a little bit more challenging to walk and smoke versus stand or sit and smoke, and you may be less inclined to pick up a cigarette as frequently.
Try out these two powerful techniques, bring in foods and supplements that support your healing like the five heavy metal detox foods which include Hawaiian spirulina, barley grass juice extract powder, Atlantic dulse, cilantro, and wild blueberries, California poppy, PharmaGABA, magnesium threonate, lemon balm, passionflower, 5HTP, and ALA. Lean on the positive support of family and friends and know that it is possible to break this addiction! If you don’t smoke, but have a loved one who does, share these simple, life-changing techniques with them as well.
The Spiritual Side of Addictions
Although we won’t go too in-depth into this topic, it is important to know that spiritual energy can play a role in someone’s addiction. While you are fighting to overcome an addiction it can be invaluable to call on some of the angels for guidance and support. There is an entire chapter dedicated to angels in both Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods, and some of the angels detailed in both can truly extend miraculous support when called upon for help. In the simplest of terms, there are negative energies in the universe that enjoy being involved with addictions and delight in watching people trapped in destructive behaviors. These negative energies may affect us on a very mild level, but it is important to be cognizant of this and work to remove them from our lives. As you strive to overcome an addiction, try asking the angels to help you fight against any negative energies that might be affecting your recovery efforts.
Planet earth is a beautiful place, but it can be a stressful place to live in the 21st century. Stress, along with any hardships or losses you’ve had to endure, can play a role in the addictions you face. But, know that you are not alone in your healing journey. You can regain your strength, put on the armor of this truthful information, seek support from loved ones, and conquer whatever battle you may be up against. Hopefully this information and the information found in the first “Addictions” radio show can offer you hope, encouragement, and strength to keep going! You can do this! I believe in you and support you every step of the way.
This item posted: 07-Mar-2017 - Disclaimer
Do you have a loved one who has struggled with addiction or have you struggled with an addiction yourself? Addictions can be one of the hardest battles we fight in a lifetime. One of the most difficult parts of suffering with an addiction is trying to understand what provokes the addiction and how we find ourselves trapped in a place of suffering time and time again. Hopefully this article will provide you with some much needed answers and encouragement for healing.
Answers for Addictions
Have you ever heard someone say they have an addictive personality? Perhaps you’ve even said this about yourself. This is a common idea that’s thrown around. But, why do we get hooked on these addictions to begin with? What is driving them? Do addictions stem from a physical problem or emotional distress? There are so many mysteries surrounding addictions and people deserve to know the answers.
Roots of Addiction
You might be surprised to learn that there are two different deep roots behind other addictions. Don’t be confused— there are many other factors that can play a part alongside these two foundational roots, but these two roots are always at work. One root is adrenaline and the other root is glucose deficiency. From these two root issues stem countless possible addictions including alcohol addiction, drug addiction, sex addiction, food addiction, diet soda addiction, extreme dangerous sports addiction, and more. No matter what type of addiction you maybe struggling with, adrenaline, a lack of glucose, or a combination of the two are likely to play a foundational piece in your addiction. Life stressors, immense pressure, or mental abuse are all triggers that can play a role in stirring up specific addictions, but when it comes to most addictions, the roots can be found in a glucose depletion or adrenaline surge dependency which can lead to adrenaline addiction. There is usually also toxic heavy metals in the brain of someone with an addiction that need to be removed.
To understand addictions, we have to first begin with an understanding of just how important glucose is for our bodies. Glucose is a sugar that is found in fruits, starchy vegetables, and honey. Every single cell in our body runs off glucose for fuel. No where is this more obvious than our brain which relies on critical levels of glucose in order to function optimally. When we're deprived of this glucose, we will become obsessed with getting it from a different source because it is absolutely critical for our survival. If you’ve ever found yourself desperate for a sugary treat, a chocolate bar, a glass of wine or any kind of white bread or pasta, what your body is actually longing for is glucose from fruits and vegetables. When the glucose levels in our body and brain are depleted, we are opening the door to a multitude of addictions, such as processed sugar addiction, and are setting ourselves up for the second root cause of addictions: adrenaline addiction.
When your body has no glucose left to run on, like from skipping too many meals, your adrenals will begin pumping adrenaline into your body in an experience commonly known as a "rush". But these days, so many of us are running on adrenaline all the time that we might not even recognize what is happening. Adrenaline is not only highly addictive but also destructive in our bodies and not meant to be something that our bodies rely on day in and day out. The stress and pressures of life, poor eating choices, and environmental toxins can all play a role in the daily adrenaline surges we may experience. Becoming hooked on the feeling of adrenaline contributes to almost every addictive pattern whether it be drug addiction, extreme sports addiction, anger addiction, coffee addiction, and many more. This concept will be further discussed below but for now, the most important thing to understand is the idea that our bodies desperately need glucose and will obsessively try to find it. In fact, we need to be consuming glucose every two hours to prevent adrenaline from rushing out of our adrenals. If no glucose is found, the body relies on addictive adrenaline surges to get through the day and we then find ourselves facing the potential for all varieties of devastating addictions that provide us with a lesser form of fuel or can give us another rush of adrenaline. Glucose depletion and adrenaline addiction can also create symptoms of confusion, brain fog, and fatigue in young people, which can then lead to medications being prescribed for these symptoms and conditions like ADHD. This is a very common occurrence with students who are struggling. Part of what these young people really need is more of the natural glucose and mineral salts their brains run on.
As humans, it is critical that we eat, but many people experience pain, confusion, and suffering around food and eating issues. Every person has to plan out what to eat and when to eat, but it can be terribly confusing with all the misinformation out there surrounding food and diets. If you struggle with food issues, know that you are not alone. Most people, even food “experts” and people who seem to have mastered their own way of eating, likely have issues with food. A food issue can look different for each individual. Some people may have issues with eating too much, while others have issues with not eating enough. Some people are consumed with worry about what they are eating or planning to eat, while others have an issue with remembering to eat altogether. Whatever your unique food issue may be, it is important to know that you are not alone in this struggle. It is true that many people use food to cope emotionally, but there’s more to emotional eating than many people understand. Your body is absolutely dependent on food to survive, so it's essential that we look closely at what is going on with our relationship to food, especially our relationship to glucose, which is a very important form of sugar and the fuel our body needs most.
The Right Kind of Sugar
If you fill your coffee with sugar cubes or grab for a slice of cheese, which is filled with a highly concentrated form of sugar called lactose, you are not supplying your brain and body with the correct kind of glucose. This is just one example of the wrong sugar. You can also get the wrong sugar from alcohol, and refined sugars in candy, cakes, sodas, and almost all packaged foods. If you continuously grab for the wrong kind of sugar when you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, you’re most likely glucose deficient in the brain and other vital organs. Because of this, an addiction to the wrong kind of sugar may arise. In this instance, it is important to realize that your body is desperately seeking out the natural sugar found in fresh fruits and starchy vegetables. This healing glucose and natural sugars assist the body in countless ways including supporting neurotransmitter chemicals and helping stave off addictions.
Stay away from high-fat, no-sugar diets if possible. Your body is made to run on glucose and if you attempt to stay away from natural sugars, you may wind up with an adrenaline addiction. Running off adrenaline may cause some desired weight loss initially, but it's important to know that over time, the corrosive adrenaline rushing through your body can easily burn out your adrenals and create and worsen other serious health conditions. Consequently, you may experience adrenal fatigue five to ten years after your attempt at a longer term low-carbohydrate diet. A lack of life-giving glucose in your diet can easily lead to an addiction to unhealthy sugars or an addiction to binge eating.
Avoiding the Adrenaline Rush
If you try to stay away from refined, unhealthy sugars, but don’t replace those sugars with the natural sugars found in fresh fruits and starchy vegetables, after a while, adrenaline will begin to flood your system every time you see your favorite sweet treat advertised on T.V., pass the candy aisle at the grocery store, or see a friend pouring a glass of wine. You may notice yourself feeling excited or internally shaking, which are signs of the adrenaline rush that is happening. You need to flood your system with healing natural sugars and consume some glucose every one to two hours to prevent these adrenaline surges from ravaging the body. If you do end up buying and eating a package of candy or cookies, your adrenals will race even more in your excitement as you prepare to eat the treat. This adrenaline rush can occur if you are attempting to avoid anything, be it diet soda, alcohol, drugs, or many other addictions, if you don’t supply your brain and body with an ample amount of healing glucose. Surprisingly, you can become incredibly euphoric from the adrenaline coursing through your veins even before you take a sip of soda, binge eat, have a drink of alcohol, or use a drug. It’s challenging to break an addiction cycle once it begins, so it is important to take steps to avoid creating an addiction by supplying your body with ample sugars from fresh fruits and veggies even if you do not presently struggle with an obvious addiction.
When it comes to breaking any kind of food addiction, it is important to incorporate leafy greens. Spinach and maché are two powerful leafy greens to try incorporating. Spinach can be an incredible addiction-fighting food when eaten on a daily basis. If you want to stop an addiction to chocolate, the answer is not to cut out all sugars. Instead, bring in the sugars that will help your brain and body thrive— fruit sugars! Try bringing in dates, melons, mangos, bananas and other glucose-rich fruits that can actually support your brain and body.
If you struggle with an alcohol addiction, it is important to realize that your brain is most likely in desperate need of glucose. Although the methyl-sugar found in alcohol can quickly get to the brain, it can also be incredibly harmful. Unlike healing glucose found in fruits and starchy vegetables, the methyl-sugar found in alcohol can pickle the brain over time like cucumbers in a jar of vinegar. Instead of flooding your brain with alcohol’s harmful methyl-sugar, try to start flooding your body with the natural glucose it craves. Start replacing your wine and vodka with the foods from which these drinks were derived— grapes and potatoes, or choose whichever fruits you like best. Bringing any high-glucose containing fruit into your diet is a critical step as you begin to break free from an alcohol addiction.
For many alcoholics, food is not always desired. Some alcoholics may go days without food or nibble on small portions while getting most of their daily calories from alcohol. When it comes to letting go of an alcohol addiction, it is important to start bringing food back into the diet in the form of ample snacks and meals throughout the day that are brimming with glucose-rich fruits and veggies. Dates can be an incredible food when it comes to combating alcohol addiction. Other foods to try incorporating include dried mango and fresh papaya.
If you are addicted to any kind of drug, you are most likely suffering from both glucose deficiency and adrenaline addiction. If you are addicted to opiates, you may have an opiate addiction as well as an adrenaline addiction. Unfortunately, these two addictions can work together to wreak even greater havoc. An opiate addiction can be incredibly hard to break because when a person uses, their adrenaline runs full throttle. An amphetamine addiction can be challenging to break in a similar way because every time a person takes an amphetamine, their adrenals flood the body with adrenaline. When it comes to breaking a drug addiction, it is important to bring in an abundance of mineral salts from vegetables, leafy greens, and certain fruits. One simple way to bring in mineral salts is having a daily glass of lemon water. Another critical piece is bringing in the right kind of glucose. Try bringing in wild blueberries, apples, melons, mangoes, papaya, or whatever glucose-rich foods you or your loved one desires. Raw honey is another incredible food that is jam-packed with minerals.
When it comes to healing from drug addiction is it important to try and eat nourishing foods every hour or hour and a half. Celery and celery juice can be incredibly healing for all addictions, but especially drug addictions. Celery can help with the detox process by purging the liver of toxins. Someone trying to heal from a drug addiction may not only be suffering from a glucose deficiency and an adrenaline addiction, but most likely has an extremely clogged liver as well. Cleaning up this important organ can be a critical piece of healing from a drug addiction. Seeking a good doctor, clinic or rehabilitation support should always be considered for drug addictions of any kind.
As you can see, when it comes to combating addiction it is important that you fuel your body properly and understand the role of adrenaline in the addiction cycle. For example, bulimia is a challenging disorder to break because it is incredibly easy to become addicted to the tremendous amount of adrenaline that surges when the contents of the stomach are forced up. Although an emotional hardship or toxic heavy metals in the brain can certainly play a role in someone’s bulimia, it is critical to understand that there is an addictive adrenaline high that can create a euphoric feeling when someone acts on their eating disorder behaviors. Understanding this adrenaline component can be extremely helpful for someone seeking to recover from bulimia. In this same way, when you are addicted to smoking cigarettes, you may unknowingly experience an adrenaline surge which signals you to take a break and smoke a cigarette. When it comes to breaking free from any adrenaline-related addiction, It is critically important that you support the glycogen storage in the brain by fueling your body with ample fruits and veggies. The natural sugar does an incredible job of supporting the electrical inner-workings of the brain, and plays a vital role in keeping us from falling victim to other addictions.
The Importance of Glucose & Mineral Salts
At different times in our lives we all might experience a glucose deficiency and we must work to flood our system with nourishing natural sugars. A glucose deficit in the brain maybe the problem behind as much as 90% of addictions, and someone healing from an addiction needs to flood their brain and body with the right kind of glucose. If you do not provide the brain with enough healing glucose, the addiction, whether it be to cigarettes, alcohol, diet soda, anger, or more, will most likely continue to wreak havoc. Not only do fruits and vegetables supply the body with life-giving glucose, but many of these foods contain a high mineral content that can help feed neurotransmitters and support and restore overall brain health. Spinach and kale are two vegetables that are loaded with healing mineral salts. Mineral-rich fruits include cranberries, wild blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, tomatoes, cucumbers, kiwis, dates, and melons.
To understand the importance of these natural mineral salts, we have to take a closer look at how our brains are designed. The brain is filled with neurons. Each neuron has an electrical impulse that crosses from one side of the neuron to the other with the support of neurotransmitter chemicals. These electrical impulses need sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, and glucose to zip across the neurons successfully. Unfortunately, when someone experiences severe stress or pressure, the neurotransmitter chemicals diminish and the electrical impulses no longer have the support they need to cross the neurons. The electrical impulses may heat up as they try to cross the neurons and can begin to short circuit as a result. If enough electrical impulses short circuit in someone’s brain, there is a high likelihood that the person may become addicted to something such as unhealthy foods because brain fog, confusion, and fatigue often result in excess hunger. In these moments, what your body actually needs is glucose and mineral salt rich foods which can help cool down the electrical impulses and support the neurotransmitter chemicals. Incorporating the heavy metal detox daily is another important practice as you heal from an addiction. By clearing heavy metals out of the brain, you can make room in the brain for neurotransmitter chemicals to build up and thrive once again.
Healing Foods & Supplements
There are a variety of supportive supplements you may want to consider incorporating while working to overcome an addiction. PharmaGABA and 5HTP are wonderful for neurotransmitter chemical support. Lemon balm can be a great herb for the nerves and brain. California poppy can be a great supplement for someone who is trying to break any kind of addiction. Inositol or a supplement containing inositol may be beneficial as well.
An ample amount of vitamin C is a powerful weapon against addictions. Not only does vitamin C support the adrenals, but it helps heal nerves that have been injured by past adrenaline surges. Check out the Medical Medium preferred supplements page for high-quality recommendations for Liposomal C and Ester C. Passionflower and elderflower tea are also helpful for the nervous system.
B-12 with adenosylcobalamin and methylcobalamin can be incredibly supportive as well as a high-quality B-complex supplement. Valerian may not be the best for someone with a sensitive stomach or sensitive nerves, but some people love valerian and find that it helps them. Bringing ginger into your diet can be helpful if you’re working to break an addiction.
Barley grass juice powder and Hawaiian spirulina are two powerful foods that are loaded with minerals and can help support neurotransmitter chemicals as well as help remove heavy metals from the body and brain. Fennel is an incredible addiction-fighting veggie filled with mineral salts and vitamin C. If you’re looking for a healing drink, try making fennel and celery juice. Wild blueberries, the most powerful food on the planet, can be an amazing addition to someone’s diet as they heal from an addiction. Try working with a practitioner who is open to helping you figure out which supplements and foods best support you.
Lowering the fat intake in your diet can be a supportive step when you are trying to stabilize your adrenals and neurotransmitter chemicals and flood your body with mineral and glucose rich foods. If you enjoy chicken or meat, try cutting down your animal protein consumption by half. If you eat a high-fat, plant-based diet, try lowering the total amount of fat you consume as well. These are just a few additional steps you may want to take to support optimal healing.
Being a human being is not an easy task in our world and dealing with an addiction can be a brutal battle. Fortunately, there are answers for why you have certain behaviors and there are manageable steps you can take to begin to fight back against any addictions you face. The correct foods and supplements can make a life-changing impact on addictions big and small, so if you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction of any kind, see what life-giving foods or supplements you may be able to start incorporating. Know that you are not alone in your struggles with addiction. Many people struggle with addictions, but you can overcome them with the correct knowledge and dedication to giving your body what it needs. I support you and I believe in you.
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Silica is one of the foundational minerals our bodies' need most. While we commonly hear that calcium is the mineral that's most helpful for bone health, it's actually silica that's more critical.
Silica is unbeatable for its bone-building and bone-protecting properties. It can improve bone density, bone flexibility and if you suffer with any bone degeneration diseases and conditions with labels like osteoporosis, osteopenia, age-related bone loss, or other bone density issues, silica should be a part of your healing protocol. And if you've had an injury where you've broken or fractured a bone, dislocated a joint, or pulled a hamstring, silica is crucial for repair and recovery.
It's not just your bones that need silica. Your teeth do too, as do your joints, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue in order to be strong and healthy. It helps to strengthen the connective tissues of the brain, nerve cells, and spinal cord thereby improving memory and helping to prevent memory loss. Silica also helps stabilize the pancreas's release of insulin!
If you want your nails, skin, and hair to be healthy, turn to silica. It's an essential beauty mineral that helps heal brittle bones, teeth, hair, and nails. It is also well known for its anti-aging, anti-wrinkle properties due to its ability to help form collagen and repair damaged or loose skin along with a clean diet, like the one I describe in my books Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods.
There are many foods that are high in silica that are best included as often as possible. These foods include melons, cucumbers, artichokes, asparagus, dandelion, and leafy greens. There are also wonderful herbs that offer rich sources of silica including nettle leaf, horsetail, oatstraw, and rose hips. Of the herbs, nettle leaf is an especially potent source of silica and can be enjoyed as a daily tea or taken as a supplement.
Looking for a preferred silica supplement?
Along with the silica-rich foods shared above, there are some very helpful silica supplements that can offer additional, concentrated support. One or all of these products can be helpful for health.
1. Living Silica
Living silica as found in Orgono G5 Siliplant is one of the best forms of supplemental silica. It can be helpful for bone, skin, hair, teeth, tendon, ligament, and connective issues. Living silica is easily absorbed by the body.
Megahydrate is a powerful antioxidant and facilitates essential hydration throughout the body. It can be great support for the body.
3. Nettle Leaf Tea and Capsules
Nettle lead is rich in bone-building and bone-protecting silica, along with more than 40 trace minerals in their most bioactive, bioavailable, and assimilable states. Read more about the healing properties of nettle in Life-Changing Foods.
Nettle leaf is helpful in both tea, capsule, and tincture forms.
This item posted: 28-Feb-2017 - Disclaimer
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