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Streptococcus is a bacteria that grows stronger with each decade. It’s starting to become like a superbug in its strength and pervasiveness. There are hundreds of strep strains, some stronger than others, which can be passed between people and picked up in different environments.
The symptoms of strep are varied and numerous. They include sinus pain and congestion, otitis media, UTIs, intestinal disorders, SIBO, sore throats, styes, cystic acne, and more. Strep can cause a multitude of seemingly unrelated issues that all stem from one or more of the many strains. Headaches, fatigue, confusion, and low-grade fevers are some other side effects of strep in the body. The activity level of strep in the body ebbs and flows depending on the state of a person’s immune system and current life circumstances.
For most people, streptococcus first appears when they are young. It might be passed on from a mother, father, another child, or even a place, such as a public restroom. You might’ve been diagnosed with strep throat as a child, or experienced sore throats that were signs of often undiagnosed strep in the system. Strep in young children can also manifest as chronic ear infections and tonsilitis. While buzzing, ringing, popping in the ears or hearing loss are symptoms of Epstein-Barr virus, chronic ear infections typically indicate strep. It is also important to note that strep is a favored cofactor of Epstein-Barr.
For many people, strep has been with them for most of their lives, and as people age, it tends to grow stronger and wreak greater havoc in the body. In relationships, people share their bacteria, and it’s not uncommon for a person to pick up multiple strains of strep from different partners they are with. All of the strains are growing increasingly antibiotic resistant and if you think you have one or more strains of strep in your system, it’s very important you begin to implement the food and supplement protocol outlined below. Streptococcus is tricky to eliminate, but liberating yourself from this bacteria is possible.
Symptoms of Strep
Acne is often caused by streptococcus in the system. When it comes to acne, the strep resides in the lymphatic system. Some usual areas strep can be found include the cheeks, face, behind the ears, and around the neck. Someone who suffers from acne typically received multiple rounds of antibiotics as a child. It might take a bit of time for someone to fully heal from acne because any prior antibiotic use has ultimately played a role in strengthening the strep. Fortunately, by cleaning up the diet, adopting a proper supplementation protocol, and building up the immune system, you can free yourself from acne and the underlying strep. People who have battled with acne for fifteen, even twenty years, have been able to find freedom from it.
Cystitis is scar tissue on the bladder lining that stems from streptococcus being in the bladder for an extended period of time. Some people have had past UTIs signaling strep, while others never experience UTIs, but notice different problems that might indicate cystitis and the underlying strep strain. Once scar tissue forms on the bladder lining, inflammation and swelling might occur. This area can grow sensitive to certain foods you consume and the amount of uric acid in your system. A host of complications may arise that will only cease once the strep is destroyed. I’ve worked with women who have experienced such terrible cystitis they could no longer function and had lost their desire to live. But, these same women have found the real truth behind their cystitis and healed through adding in the correct foods and supplements, and trusting in the body’s inherent ability to heal.
SIBO stems from an overgrowth of strep in the gut. Doctors today might know you have a bacterial issue, but will not be able to tell you that SIBO indicates a system overrun with strep. Someone diagnosed with SIBO most likely has numerous other symptoms caused by strep. Similar to acne, SIBO can arise following the frequent use of antibiotics as a young child or in adulthood. Replacing the perpetual use of antibiotics, which are laced with virus and bacteria-feeding eggs and petroleum, with healing foods and supplements will actually serve to permanently destroy the strep strain. Antibiotics can be necessary and valuable in certain cases, for example a UTI that is severe and out of control. However, many times, antibiotics are overused or used for inappropriate reasons.
Strep can invade the colon and cause irritable bowel syndrome or trigger other intestinal conditions. Although colitis is a variety of the shingles virus, it can worsen when high levels of strep in the body cause inflammation. The aggravation of any chronic condition is compounded by the presence of strep in the system.
Many styes people develop are strep related. Some styes stem from viral issues, but not all styes are the same, and many correspond with strep in the body.
In 90% of cases involving pelvic inflammation, strep is the culprit. Another common condition, bacterial vaginosis, is connected to strep as well.
Any strep symptoms will most likely worsen during or around a woman’s menstrual cycle when her reproductive system needs additional energy or during ovulation when hormones are shifting. It’s not menstruation or the hormones themselves that cause the worsening of symptoms, but that underlying health issues like strep can take a stronger hold during this time. A severe UTI, an increase in acne, additional sinus issues, a flair up of endometriosis symptoms— all of these issues tend to grow worse during these particular time periods.
Streptococcus in Children
Parents are rarely given the information they need on how best to support their childrens’ health, primarily because there is so much misinformation competing for our attention today. Besides practicing the information found in my books, radio shows, and online content, finding a practitioner who supports what you are discovering here and can help you to navigate your child’s health issues is invaluable.
For children, it is critical to build up their immune systems with healing foods and appropriate amounts of supplements such as zinc sulfate, B-12 with adenosylcobalamin, vitamin C, and elderberry syrup. If you notice any strep symptoms, adding a little goldenseal to the child’s protocol can be highly beneficial. It’s important to stay on top of any signs of strep a child exhibits so proper supplementation can help support the child’s health and antibiotics may not have to be used as frequently.
Foods to Avoid
Eggs feed strep and should be avoided while you heal. Some people are wrongfully told to consume eggs when healing from SIBO, but this is damaging misinformation. Unfortunately, eggs will continue to feed the bacteria in your body. Someone suffering from cystitis might not feel any irritation when consuming eggs, but they are still feeding the problem and creating further problems for their health. From PCOS, to breast cancer, calcifications, nodules, tumors on the thyroid, and more, eggs can exacerbate many issues, and it is best to avoid them. You can read more about eggs in my book Life-Changing Foods.
Like eggs, dairy products feed strep as well. Avoid milk, cheese, butter, or ghee if you are battling any strain of strep. Try to stay away from corn, wheat, barley, rye, and canola oil. Do not be concerned about barley grass juice or wheatgrass juice, these are both anti-strep foods and exceptional to include for your health. When the grass is juiced, the change in structure contains a phytochemical that wards off strep.
As you begin to clean out the strep in your system, building up the immune system is a critical piece. Your SIBO, cystitis and all the other symptoms related to strep can permanently go away, but this healing can only begin once you add in the correct foods and supplements. When you’re fighting strep, adopting a plant-based diet for a period of time can be very beneficial. You might want to consider trying the 28-day cleanse laid out in my first book, Medical Medium.
The antibacterial and antiviral properties found in bananas are incredible for collecting strep and pulling it out of the system. Bananas are especially good for someone with SIBO. Berries are great for defeating strep anywhere in the body system. Spinach, especially for acne sufferers, is a wonderful addition to one’s diet. Onion helps fight strep in the bladder, reproductive system, intestinal tract, colon, and can also help in healing styes. Juicing tumeric with cucumber or celery creates a very healing drink. Celery juice is another powerful drink that instantly starts eradicating strep. Cayenne pepper can be great, but be careful not to overdo it if you’re sensitive. Raw honey contains phytochemicals that destroy all the different strep bacterias. Arugula, ginger, garlic, winter squash, sweet potatoes, kale, and the meat and water of coconuts are all supportive foods to incorporate. Including fresh oregano and other herbs like thyme, rosemary, and sage is very healing as well. You can read about the powerful healing benefits of all of these foods in my book Life-Changing Foods.
A sizable dose of vitamin C is a powerful weapon against streptococcus. Zinc sulfate is a critical strep-fighting supplement. One reason strep has become so rampant is because most people suffer from a zinc deficiency, and it is therefore critical to replenish your body with this vital mineral. Oregano oil capsules are great for fighting strep, especially SIBO and acne symptoms. Cat’s claw, lemon balm, goldenseal, and monolaurin from coconut are four other very helpful supplements.
If doctors tell patients cystic acne is just hormonal pimples, then people will remain sick and grossly misinformed. If people continue to believe the faulty idea that sinus infections are attributable to pollen in the air, people will remain unwell. If people just assume vaginal discharge is yeast, and are not correctly informed that it’s a strain of strep, people will continue to suffer. Together we must clear up the misinformation and spread the truths that will bring genuine healing.
Healing foods and supplements can overcome even the most powerful strains of strep in today’s world and with time, patience, and determination, you can defeat strep and experience the freedom of vibrant health. Be gentle with yourself, seek support, reach out to angels for help, and watch as your life begins to transform!
This item posted: 17-Feb-2017 - Disclaimer
Have you or a loved one been told you have a MTHFR gene mutation? Today there are classes taught on this gene mutation, but the information being shared is fundamentally wrong. In fact, there is no such thing as an MTHFR gene mutation and the misinformation on this topic is preventing people from getting the correct answers to their health issues. Although doctors only diagnosed one MTHFR gene mutation initially, now there are a variety of MTHFR gene mutation labels you may be given, and as this misinformation continues to catch on, more and more MTHFR gene mutations will be created.
What you must know is that if you’ve tested positive for MTHFR gene mutation, there is another issue that is triggering the test result. Your gene is not mutated. For the sake of your health and the health of your loved ones, it is important you know the truth about this mistaken theory and move forward from a place of awareness.
Who’s To Blame?
If you have an autoimmune disease, you’ve most likely been told by a well meaning doctor or practitioner that your body is attacking itself. This belief stems from medical research and medical science being unaware of the true root causes for these mystery illnesses. If you want to find out more information about chronic illnesses and the misinformation around autoimmune diseases, check out my first book, Medical Medium.
Unfortunately, this is not the only blame game happening in the medical community today. People’s genes are being wrongfully blamed as well. If you are suffering from a mystery illness with unknown causes, you may have been told you have “bad genes,” “dysfunctional genes,” a “gene mutation,” or “faulty genes.” Again, the blame falls on you and your body because medical research and medical science have yet to find true answers for these health problems.
The topic of gene mutation is growing in popularity, and It is critical that you and your loved ones do not fall prey to the blame being put on your genes. Well intentioned doctors and practitioners are being drawn into this idea that there is a connection between people’s health issues and their genes. It’s easy to look at the hereditary traits passed from one generation to the next and start to believe that your genes play a role in the health problems you face. Yes, your mother, grandfather or other family members may look like you and even display similar health symptoms, but this does not mean that your genes are related to the chronic illnesses you find yourself up against! If this damaging misconception continues to spread, generations to come will believe all of their chronic illnesses stem from gene-related issues and billions of dollars will be spent investigating this faulty idea as people continue to grow more and more sick.
What is a MTHFR gene mutation?
If you are told by your doctor or practitioner that you have a MTHFR gene mutation, they will most likely explain that this means your body is unable to convert folate or folic acid into a usable form. They may also remark that your body struggles with certain important conversion and methylation processes. There is some truth in this statement, but your body’s inability to properly convert, methylate, or detox has nothing to do with a gene mutation issue.
Currently, medical science is suggesting that certain people have mutated genes that no longer produce the required enzyme (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) needed for functions like glutathione production and the easy assimilation of folate and folic acid. This isn’t true. There’s another reason you might not be methylating properly, and it’s not your genes.
The Truth About Genes
The genes in our bodies have multiple purposes and act in numerous ways, but they can never become mutated. It is critical you understand this— your genes cannot mutate. If a gene interacts with a contaminant or pollutant, it may not function as well, but it will still not technically mutate. If you are ever diagnosed with a MTHFR gene mutation, know that your gene is not mutated or even problematic. Something else in your body is triggering off the faulty MTHFR gene mutation test.
The MTHFR Gene Mutation Test
The MTHFR gene mutation test is currently in its infancy and is not as accurate as the medical community believes. If you choose to have the test done, it is important that you know what the results of this test really mean for you and your health. The MTHFR gene mutation test, like the antinuclear antibody test (ANA) and the C-reactive protein test, is just a basic test that reveals inflammation in the body. Although this test is given under the guise of a gene test and a real gene is being looked at, it is ultimately only able to indicate if there is inflammation in the body. Fortunately, once you are aware that the test is faulty and there’s another reason for why you tested positive, you can take the necessary steps to begin healing.
Look at the Liver
If you’ve been told you have a gene mutation, you can now disregard this information. It’s not accurate. In reality, it is highly likely you have an issue in the liver. There may also be an issue in the intestinal tract, but typically the main issue lies in the liver. The inflammation that triggers off a positive MTHFR gene mutation test stems from toxic byproduct wreaking havoc as it moves from the liver into the bloodstream. This can play a part in producing abnormal homocysteine levels. Usually, viruses, heavy metals, or a combination of the two are residing in the liver and producing toxic byproduct. As the amount of byproduct increases over time, the liver grows less efficient and gradually stops cleansing the blood. Eventually, this “dirty” blood prevents proper methylation or the conversion of folate or folic acid. Regardless of whether you are underweight or overweight, or whether you are feeling healthy or poorly, a MTHFR gene mutation diagnosis means your liver is showcasing signs of wear and tear and needs proper support and care.
Methylation has to do with the conversion and break down of important chemicals, chemical compounds, and phytochemicals that are drawn from sources such as the food we eat, the clean water we drink, and the sunshine we absorb. Breaking down chemicals into smaller and smaller chemicals is a very extensive process, and the methylation explanation given by a doctor or practitioner will not even begin to address the complexity of chemical break downs in the body. The enormous amount of chemicals we have in our bodies is still a mystery to medical research and medical science. Medical science also believes the liver is only accountable for four hundred to five hundred chemical responsibilities that help keep us alive and well, but in reality there are thousands of chemical responsibilities that have yet to be discovered. Many of these unknown chemical responsibilities play a role in the body’s methylation process.
If you are handed a positive MTHFR gene mutation test and your doctor or practitioner proposes you have a methylation problem, they may be correct. But, the methylation issue is not related to a gene mutation as they might also suggest. In fact, if you take the necessary steps to reverse your methylation issues, you will no longer trigger off a positive MTHFR gene mutation test. Healing the liver and cleansing the blood are two important pieces of resolving methylation issues. Lowering the viral load that created toxic byproduct in the liver is another critical step. You can learn more about how to do this in my books Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods. You can also learn more in my radio shows Healing Your Liver, Epstein-Barr Virus Revealed, Shingles Virus Revealed, and Heavy Metal Detox. If it was actually a mutated gene causing the problems, you could never change the gene mutation test results, but because it’s caused by another issue, it is possible to heal and reverse the test’s results.
If your MTHFR gene mutation test results come back negative, you may still have methylation issues. Sometimes the test is able to identify inflammation and other times it will not recognize inflammation even in an inflamed body. Even the highest-quality medical tests are not always perfect, and it is important to consider all of your health symptoms when assessing whether you need methylation help.
The ileum, which is located right after the small intestine, contains ‘elevated biotics’, which is the name I gave them when I brought them to light for the first time. Elevated biotics are powerful probiotics that can be obtained from eating certain freshly picked organic foods. Fruit from an organic orchard or vegetables from your own organic garden are perfect examples. This fresh unwashed produce contains microorganisms that help with your internal methylation process by producing bioavailable B-12. The microorganisms find their way to the ileum and can support methylation in a powerful way. If you are looking for ways to assist the methylation process in your body, try picking organic veggies from a friend’s garden or scouting out organic produce at a local farmer's market.
Underlying Viral Infections
Viruses play a part in numerous conditions including Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, eczema, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many more. You can learn more in my book Medical Medium. In all of these health conditions, viruses get into the liver and release toxic byproduct. As a result, it is likely that if you’ve been diagnosed with Lyme disease or another virus-related chronic illness, you will trigger off a positive MTHFR gene mutation result as well. Again, it is important to remember that this does not mean you have a gene mutation. The methylation and homocysteine issues you may be experiencing are the result of viral byproduct clogging up the liver and making its way into the bloodstream. Thinking you have a mutated gene will never help you heal from Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, eczema, psoriasis, sarcoidosis, colitis, or any other chronic illness, but knowing the truth can help you start to reclaim your health. If you’re concerned about methylation or detox issues, tell your doctor you think you may be dealing with low level viral issues in the liver that are triggering symptoms and creating blood toxicity. By using the information you learn here and working with a skilled practitioner, you maybe able to completely reverse any viral-related health issues and methylation problems you are experiencing.
Misinformation Prevents Healing
Thinking you have a gene mutation when you don’t can be incredibly damaging and may prevent you from genuinely healing. This harmful idea can dwell in a subconscious area of your mind and have a detrimental impact on your immune system. If you’ve been told you have a gene mutation, it is important that you recognize this is faulty, untrue information. This awareness plays a significant role in being able to truly begin healing.
Steps to Begin
If you’ve taken a MTHFR gene mutation test that turned out positive, know that you can start healing from the health issues that triggered off this result. Eventually, you may even be able to surprise your doctor by taking a second MTHFR gene mutation test that turns out negative! Lowering the viral load in the body, cleaning up the liver, and cleansing the blood are three important steps to take as you begin to heal and ignite the body’s ability to methylate. Filling your diet with the correct foods and adding in high-quality supplements can play a major role in this process.
Healing Supplements & Teas
Embracing an anti-viral protocol can be a supportive first step. Taking a high-quality zinc sulfate supplement can be highly beneficial. Your doctor or practitioner may have already recommended taking a methylfolate supplement to support methylation issues, but methylfolate only works if you incorporate a B-12 supplement that contains adenosylcobalamin in your daily routine as well. Taking ample high-quality vitamin C is valuable because of its ability to detox the blood. L-lysine is another great supplement that helps lower the body’s viral load. Other supplements that may be beneficial for you include oregano oil capsules, olive leaf, cat’s claw, eyebright, and lemon balm. Thyme tea, red clover blossom tea, and nettle leaf tea can be incredibly healing. Check out the Medical Medium preferred supplements page for high-quality supplement recommendations.
Wild blueberries are incredible for cleansing and healing the liver. Celery juice is phenomenal for this as well. 16 oz of lemon water twice a day can offer profound liver and methylation support. Try incorporating sweet potatoes and winter squash into some of your meals as well. In addition to bringing supportive foods into your diet, it is important to take out foods that don’t serve your body during the healing process. Try to exclude dairy, eggs, and wheat.
Lowering the fat in your diet is an important step to take while healing the liver. When you lower your fat intake, the liver does not have to create as much bile to break down the food and has more time and energy to rid the body of the poisons that are contributing to methylation issues and other symptoms. If you are a meat eater, try lowering the amount of animal protein you consume. If you can keep your animal protein consumption to once a day for a period of time, ideally your dinner meal, your liver will likely be able to improve more quickly. Lower fat sources of animal protein are best, like wild salmon or another wild fish. If your diet is plant-based, try to keep the fats in your diet, such as nuts and avocado, low and bring in more fresh fruits and vegetables. Once you lower your fat intake, the liver is able to cleanse, recover, and help reverse any methylation issues. Check out the recipes in my book Life-Changing Foods for some delicious, healing, low-fat meal ideas. You can also get more recipes and healing information in my free educational course The Healing Path. You can also learn more in my radio shows I listed earlier. The five foods for heavy metal detox are also very helpful for methylation issues.
Hopefully this article has helped you gain a sense of freedom from the misinformation that may have been holding you back from healing. Although you do not have a genetic mutation, you may have conversion and methylation issues that can be resolved through diet choices, proper supplementation, patience, and faith in your body’s miraculous ability to heal. As you gain freedom from your health issues, hopefully you can begin to enlighten others with the healing truths that have supported you along the way!
This item posted: 14-Feb-2017 - Disclaimer
There is a great deal of misinformation on gut health today. The claims around leaky gut and candida are especially prevalent and misleading. It’s essential to understand the truth about commonly diagnosed gut conditions so that you and your loved ones can learn the right information to facilitate healing.
Candida to SIBO
In the 1980s, the conventional and alternative medical worlds were completely separated. The few practicing natural medicine doctors were severely undervalued. And at the same time countless patients complaining of illness were being told by conventional doctors that they were lazy or insane and sent home with antiquated blood test results that appeared to be fine. Also in the 1980s, the number of practicing naturopaths exploded and around this time, the candida diagnosis was born.
When the candida diagnosis first appeared, it was an incredible relief for many people who knew there was something wrong with them, but hadn’t been given answers or support. The trend of killing one’s overgrowth of candida in the gut began. Unfortunately, candida was not the correct diagnosis for those suffering. In actuality, many unknowingly suffered from a proliferation of bacteria in the gut stemming from streptococcus. Today, many in the alternative medicine world have switched from blaming candida for people’s health struggles to blaming SIBO. Although science and research do not understand the cause of SIBO, it will someday learn that SIBO is caused by an overgrowth of antibiotic resistant strep in the gut. Check out the radio show Streptococcus Revealed for more information about SIBO.
Without candida in the system, a person would die. Candida is constantly trying to save your life by absorbing any food or debris in your body that could feed streptococcus, E. coli, Epstein-Barr, shingles, or any other harmful virus, bacteria, or toxin. When candida in the system is forced to gobble up too much of the offending food and debris while trying to protect you, an overgrowth of candida occurs. If you are diagnosed with candida, do not attempt to kill off the candida in your system. Instead, eliminate the foods that are feeding the bacteria that is actually triggering the inflammation. Removing dairy, eggs, gluten, and grains from the diet will help starve the bacteria and reduce intestinal inflammation. Adding fruit into your diet, although some doctors may suggest otherwise, is another critical step. You can read my chapter on Candida in my book Medical Medium.
Be aware that If you visit a gut health doctor, you might receive an incorrect leaky-gut diagnosis. Many who suffer from intestinal tract issues are told they have leaky-gut. Others, who don’t even have intestinal tract issues, but suffer from Epstein-Barr or shingles symptoms, are incorrectly diagnosed with leaky-gut as well. Even if you’ve been given a leaky gut diagnosis, it’s highly unlikely you have it. If you had leaky gut, you would be suffering from sepsis and an incredibly high fever.
At some point, misinformation surrounding the leaky gut concept widely circulated and even today, books filled with completely inaccurate leaky gut information are being published. The truth is that leaky gut does not involve intestinal permeability as some doctors suggest. If one endures constant heavy stress, eats a fat laden diet or a diet high in processed sugar and fat, the overtaxed liver can become pre-fatty or fatty, bile production in the liver can minimize, and while this is happening hydrochloric acid can decrease. When there is low hydrochloric acid in the stomach, food doesn’t digest properly and begins to rot in the intestinal tract. This rotting food produces ammonia, which is an agent that can move through any part of the body like a ghost through walls. Ammonia moves through even the most pristine intestinal lining and can leak out of the skin.
When ammonia spreads through the entire body, its true name that I’ve given this is ammonia permeability. Although it starts in the gut, ammonia permeability has nothing to do with candida or leaky-gut, but it can result in fatigue, skin problems, restless sleep, anxiety and more. In addition to producing ammonia, the rotting food in the gut is also a perfect source of fuel for streptococcus, C. Diff., E. coli, and MRSA. By rebuilding hydrochloric acid levels, you can strengthen your digestive system and eliminate the issues caused by poorly digested food.
Hydrochloric Acid and Digestive Issues
Although there are many theories as to what occurs, no one knows what happens to food once it enters the stomach. Yes, absorption, digestion, and assimilation take place, but there is much more at work and it will take another thousand years before medical science and research understand much more of this God-given miraculous process.
Unknown to research & science, we are all born with furry, microscopic hair on the inside of our intestinal tracts. These hairs help harbor elevated biotics and other beneficial bacteria. The throng of good bacteria blocks harmful bacteria from getting into the lining and triggering diverticulitis or other painful conditions. Hundreds of years ago, these hairs were plentiful, but today, frequent antibiotic use and poor diet choices quickly wipe off the hairy lining, and the bare intestinal tract and colon become highly susceptible to callous growth and bacteria. You might respond with using more antibiotics, but they only exacerbate gut health conditions. The loss of this sensitive internal terrain is the beginning of digestive distress.
Another primary reason for digestive troubles involves hydrochloric acid. Medical research and science does not know that hydrochloric acid is not one acid, as taught today, but rather a blend of seven acids. Acid reflux occurs when the seven blends of beneficial acid diminish and bad acids produced by bacteria and viruses takeover. Gastritis is another condition that arises with the overgrowth of bacteria. A high amount of gas in the system is not due to a fungus, yeast, or candida as some may think, but due to the bacteria that is overgrowing in the digestive system.
Certain viruses, like the shingles virus, make the nerves in the body extremely sensitive. If you are suffering from viral issues related to shingles or Epstein-Barr or suffer from a heavy load of toxic metals, the nerves in your incredibly sensitive system might feel food rub the lining of the intestinal tract and colon as peristalsis takes place. All these nerve endings are wired to the various parts of the digestive tract, and if you have a sensitive nervous system, you might believe the false notion that you can’t digest anything. That is not true, and eating foods that seem to “go down” easily, such as eggs and cheese, only serves to feed the inflammation and nerve problems you are already experiencing. Try eating a little avocado, boiled potato, sweet potato, or butternut squash, these foods might cause a little discomfort, but they are tremendously healing and just what your body needs at the beginning of your journey.
As the liver becomes stagnant, hydrochloric acid in the stomach lowers and food begins to rot in the intestinal tract, feeding any variety of bacteria in our system. We constantly pick up bacteria from different places. Although adding in fresh, raw fruits and vegetables at home is incredible, when it comes to eating out, sticking with a hot, cooked dish is the best option to avoid contamination and picking up a new bacteria variety. Many people suffer with low-levels of food poisoning in their systems. Throughout life, these levels can increase, the lining of the intestinal tract can suffer damage, and inflammation can arise. Different pathogens create these different types of inflammation.
Another common obstacle to gut health is scar tissue that can be rampant in our intestinal tracts. Scar tissue is not related to leaky gut syndrome but can be misdiagnosed as such. It is generally caused by antibiotics burning the intestinal tract lining, but it can also be brought about by bacteria, pollutants, and heavy metals.
Elevated biotics is the term I have given to the undiscovered microorganisms that sit atop the organic produce you might find in farmers markets, on small patio gardens, and in orchards. These microorganisms are different than the weaker soil-borne microorganisms which hide in the soil and support the plants below ground. Elevated biotics are able to handle a multitude of pressures from wind, rain, and environmental pollution.
When consumed, these elevated biotics nestle deep in the ileum and create an essential bioidentical B-12. Even if you’re only able to once or twice a year, munch on some organic kale from the farmers’ market, pick an organic apple from an orchard, or snack on some tasty organic berries from a neighbor’s garden. In doing so, an amazing amount of elevated biotics floods your body. Elevated biotics from produce eaten 20 years ago are still providing support to your system and keeping you alive. Elevated biotics can even stop scar tissue from forming in the intestinal tract and help reverse methylation issues. Eventually, people will realize the incredible power of these microorganisms to keep us alive and stop disease and will bottle up and sell these microorganisms. Until then, continue to get in the freshly picked fruits and veggies that harbor these gems!
Foods and Supplements to Avoid
Try to avoid eggs, soy, gluten, corn, and dairy products. These foods can feed viruses and bacteria, and cause greater issues with many intestinal conditions. Stay clear of canola oil which wrecks havoc on the gut lining and exacerbates any intestinal tract issue. It’s also important to avoid diatomaceous earth particles which are incredibly hard on your intestinal tract. More information about diatomaceous earth can be found in my first book, Medical Medium.
Plain celery juice is essential for rebuilding hydrochloric acid and overall gut health. 16oz on an empty stomach each morning can start to turn around gut issues and calm an inflamed liver. Aloe water is incredibly anti-viral and anti-bacterial, it goes after harmful bacteria in the intestinal lining and lowers the build up of bad acids. Simple directions for aloe water can be found on the Medical Medium blog. In addition to celery and aloe water, papaya is phenomenal. Papaya soothes the nerves and is wonderful for anyone suffering from crohn’s and colitis, IBS, chronic gastritis, or any viral and neurological problems irritating your nerves and affecting your intestinal tract. Wild blueberries, oranges, spinach, all varieties of lettuce, sprouts, sweet potatoes, fresh mint, ginger, and lemon water are all tremendous additions to any diet. Peppermint and ginger tea are two healing drinks you can incorporate.
MaryRuth Organics liquid probiotics or Enzymedica Pro-Bio are two supportive probiotic supplement options. A daily supplement of barley grass juice extract powder is great for the intestinal tract. Chaga mushroom powder supports the liver and subsequently supports gut health issues. Cat’s claw and licorice root both kill off bacteria and viruses in the intestinal tract. Add in B-12 with methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin and magnesium for excellent gut support. And, if you think you might have some type of bug in your intestinal tract, periodically using goldenseal can be beneficial.
Although so many diseases connected to gut health are largely misunderstood, bloating, gas, gastritis, constant pain, constipation, diarrhea, inflammation and gut health disorders such as Crohn’s, IBS, colitis, and celiac can be healed. You can rebuild your hydrochloric acid levels, cleanse your liver, and raise the liver’s bile production with correct supplementation and healing foods. You can take the misinformation you might have been handed and turn instead towards these healing truths and support yourself and loved ones to recover.
This item posted: 08-Feb-2017 - Disclaimer
Have you or a loved one ever been given a seasonal affective disorder (SAD) diagnosis? Although this label has grown in popularity, there is a great deal of misinformation surrounding SAD which is preventing people from getting the correct answers to their health issues. If you’ve been diagnosed with SAD, consider it a red flag that something else is going on in your body that needs to be addressed. Many well-meaning doctors and practitioners give a patient a SAD diagnosis but they don’t actually know the true cause. The individual suffering must dig deeper to figure out the actual root causes of their health issues. That’s what I am here to share with you.
People who are given the SAD label may experience symptoms such as listlessness, low energy, fatigue, aches and pains, arthritis, sadness, loneliness, depression, anxiety, nervousness, and a feeling of disconnect. These symptoms can vary in intensity. For example, someone may experience mild depression, while another person may feel suicidally depressed.
For many people, the symptoms grow more severe over time, and someone who once felt a slight tiredness throughout winter may struggle to lift up their arms or move their legs due to the emergence of severe fatigue just a few winters later. Another person may encounter low energy and a feeling of disconnection every winter for ten years before enduring an exceptionally bad winter filled with a variety of symptoms including severe fatigue and depression, aches and pains, and tingles and numbness. At this point, a practitioner would most likely look past the SAD tag and try to find out what’s really going on. If the practitioner had explored the patient’s more mild symptoms initially and put the patient on a healing protocol sooner, the patient could have potentially avoided suffering to such a degree. If you or a loved one notice symptoms, regardless of what season they occur in, a thorough search for the true, underlying causes should take place. Do not let a label be thrown on your symptom just because it arises in the middle of winter. There is another reason why you are experiencing a so-called SAD-related symptom.
Identifying the Underlying Causes
If your practitioner blames your depression or aches and pains on SAD, they do not understand what’s truly going on in your body to trigger these issues. Perhaps these issues are too subtle to be detected through tests and instead of saying “I don’t know,” the doctor tells you it’s SAD. If you are struggling with depression, you may have toxic heavy metals in your brain that need to be detoxed. You most likely have a sluggish liver that needs cleansing as well. If you are experiencing severe aches and pains then it’s most likely a viral issue that needs to be addressed. Do you have shingles or cytomegalovirus? Could it be Epstein-Barr virus-related?
As the information I share becomes more well-known, these are just a few of the questions doctors and practitioners should begin to ask their patients to discover what’s really behind the mystery symptoms their patients are suffering with.
It may be surprising to learn that many of the SAD-related symptoms are actually neurological. Depression, melancholy, loneliness, hopelessness, feeling lost or disconnected— all of these symptoms are neurological. Other neurological symptoms include anxiety, nervousness, focus and concentration issues, and aches and pains. Even if your depression is set off by the loss of a loved one, it is still neurological because your nervous system is affected by that loss. Betrayal, a disastrous communication breakdown, and other emotional hurts impact our brain and nervous system as well. Other symptoms, like weight gain, can stem from a stagnant liver that's grown more congested due to a period of poor food choices, exposure to toxins, a low-grade viral issue, or the buildup of toxins in the organ throughout one’s life. Symptoms can also stem from many other possible issues. You can read about The Unforgiving Four behind almost all illnesses today in my book Life-Changing Foods.
How The Seasons Can Affect Underlying Health Issues
It’s possible that certain aspects of each season can highlight underlying health issues that you or a loved are already dealing with, especially if they are very sensitive. Lack of sunlight, freezing temperatures, the contrast between cool, damp outside air and very dry, warm inside environments, and constant wind or snow do not support your health as much as mild temperatures and sunshine. But it’s not the seasons themselves that are the cause of symptoms. For example, someone who has terrible sinus issues during the winter may experience worse symptoms when their house is filled with dry heat. Although the actual sinus issues were already present, the dry heat exacerbated the issue. The real cause maybe streptococcus or scar tissue in their sinus from a sinus infection thirty years prior. Regardless of what the reason may be, the season's only call attention to already present health issues.
Often during the springtime, our livers will detox and start to push out viral byproduct, heavy metals, pesticides, plastics, and other toxins clogging up this vital organ. When these toxins enter the bloodstream, they can trigger depression, anxiety and other symptoms throughout the spring and summer months, which people typically associate with SAD. If someone were to diagnose you with SAD because of these symptoms, they would be missing the true cause— your liver detoxing. In the fall, the spleen tends to detox for most people and some people will experience additional liver detox as well.
The immense air pollution during humid summer heat waves can also aggravate any underlying issues people are experiencing. The air contains less oxygen and possesses an immense amount of toxins, such as radiation and heavy metals. If you’re dealing with with symptoms such as fatigue or edema, your issues could easily be more pronounced during this period.
People may also experience SAD-labeled symptoms in the fall and winter months because people’s diet and exercise choices tend to shift. Even health-minded people don’t always make ideal food choices around Thanksgiving and holiday parties, and people who are active during the warmer months, may not get out to exercise as often once the weather changes. Because of these different choices, the liver may grow a little more clogged, the blood may get a little thicker, less oxygen may travel to the brain, and existing health issues can be triggered. When these problems emerge, instead of looking at potential viral issues, toxic heavy metals in the system, or other possible causes, doctors may incorrectly blame the time of year and give someone a SAD label.
Healing Supplements & Teas
If you’ve been diagnosed with SAD, your doctor or practitioner may have urged you to begin taking a vitamin D supplement. While vitamin D3 can be beneficial, there are many other supplements that offer even greater support for people looking to support SAD-related symptoms.
Zinc helps strengthen the immune system and is a critical supplement for anyone who’s been given a SAD label. Liquid zinc sulfate is an incredible option and a recommended brand for this zinc and the other supplements below can be found on the Medical Medium preferred supplements page. If you’d prefer to take zinc picolinate, that’s another option as well. It is best to avoid zinc supplements that are filled with preservatives such as citric acid.
A B-12 supplement that contains both adenosylcobalamin and methylcobalamin is another essential addition to consider. Many symptoms connected with the SAD label such as depression, anxiety, feeling disconnected, aches and pains, and focus and concentration are neurological, and B-12 is a highly supportive supplement for the central nervous system. Weight gain, another SAD-labeled symptom, is often times linked to a sluggish liver which could benefit from B-12 supplementation.
Hawaiian spirulina contains an array of powerful nutrients and will provide amazing support for anyone dealing with fatigue, a viral load, or heavy metals. If you’re concerned about deficiencies, bringing spirulina into your life can be helpful.
Lemon balm is a fantastic nerve tonic. If your SAD-labeled symptoms are actually low-grade Epstein-Barr, chronic fatigue, shingles, streptococcus, or another unwanted bug, lemon balm is an antiviral and antibacterial powerhouse. It can also relax and strengthen the central nervous system.
Depending on the type of symptoms you are experiencing, you may want to try out goldenseal for a week or two and see whether it’s antiviral and antibacterial qualities are beneficial for your unique health issues.
Eyebright is another antiviral and antibacterial herb that can offer support by acting as a blood cleanser.
Bringing red clover into your protocol is another way to help clean the blood. You can try drinking a daily mug of red clover blossom tea throughout the winter to help clean the blood and support the liver.
Nettle leaf can calm nerves, bring down inflammation and potentially reduce aches and pains.
Turmeric can provide support as well. A simple glass of turmeric tea with a squeeze of lemon or some ginger if desired can be another of the many secret weapons used to combat SAD-labeled symptoms.
Make sure your bring life-filled foods into your diet. In the winter months it is especially easy to forget about the fresh fruits you may have enjoyed during the summertime or early fall such as strawberries, blackberries, and apples. These foods that we may have enjoyed earlier in the year protect our nervous system and our overall health. Keeping fruit in your diet year around is essential. During the blustery winter months remember that the fruit you are consuming still harbors the sunlight required for it to ripen, even if it was grown and shipped from a different country. Try to incorporate fruits and vegetables you may remember eating during the summertime, such as red leaf lettuce or green leaf lettuce. Other wonderful foods to consume include fresh spinach, celery, celery juice, cucumbers, avocados, oranges, walnuts, and hemp seeds.
Often times depression, anxiety, mood swings, and focus and concentration issues are related to toxic heavy metals, so beginning the heavy metal detox outlined in Medical Medium and on the blog can be incredibly beneficial. The five essential pieces of the heavy metal detox include wild blueberries, Hawaiian spirulina, barley grass juice extract powder, cilantro, and dulse.
If you’ve been given a SAD label, know that the practitioner who gave it to you most likely did not understand the true cause of your symptoms. The changes in seasons only serve to reveal the issues already present in your body, and it is important that you begin to address the real underlying issues. By incorporating some of the healing supplements and foods mentioned above and working with the protocols outlined in my books Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods or with a practitioner who is open to searching for the actual causes of your symptoms, you will begin to make progress towards genuine healing. If your symptoms are mild, jumping into a healing protocol quickly can help save you from experiencing more severe symptoms in the future. Let go of labels that have held you back and move forward with confidence and the knowledge that true healing is possible!
This item posted: 04-Feb-2017 - Disclaimer
Over 80% of us will experience adrenal fatigue multiple times over our lives. It’s an epidemic that most people have no idea exists. The few that are aware don’t fully understand its root cause or how to heal from it. This isn’t surprising given that medical science and research are still in the dark about this prevalent condition. It will be decades before science begins to reflect the information I am sharing with you today about how the adrenals function. Even then, science will only know a part of the picture.
Do You Have Adrenal Fatigue?
If your adrenals are functioning erratically, some of the symptoms you might experience include weakness, lack of energy, trouble concentrating, becoming easily confused, forgetfulness, trouble completing basic tasks you once found easy, hoarse voice, poor digestion, constipation, depression, insomnia, not feeling rested after waking from sleep, and relying on naps to get through the day. Some other common signs of adrenal fatigue include “crashing” mid-morning or mid-afternoon, feeling tired all day but more energetic in the evening, and feeling exhausted at night but not being able to fall asleep. Medical communities are unaware that postpartum fatigue and depression are often the result of adrenal fatigue from the process of childbirth. Given that 80% of us will experience adrenal fatigue, if you have any of these symptoms it could be affecting you too.
Fatigued adrenals can also affect other glands and organs including the pancreas, heart, liver, brain, and central nervous system. However, if you’re experiencing more severe forms of adrenal fatigue symptoms you could have neurological fatigue, which is caused by the swelling of the central nervous system as a result of such viruses as Epstein-Barr and shingles. I discuss these viruses and how they are unknowingly responsible for many mystery diseases, conditions, and symptoms in my books Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods. I also share the difference between adrenal and neurological fatigue in my Healing From Adrenal Fatigue radio show.
The Cause of Adrenal Fatigue
The adrenal glands are two little lumps of tissue in your endocrine system located directly above your kidneys. It is commonly known that the adrenal glands are in charge of producing hormones essential for your health, such as adrenaline and cortisol. But it is not yet known that the adrenals produce most of the female reproductive hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. This means that adrenal health has a direct impact on a woman’s libido and ability to conceive.
It’s commonly believed that the adrenals stop producing enough hormones when they are fatigued. This is a misconception. In reality, the function of the adrenals varies with emotional stress, environmental factors, and existing health issues in the body. Because of this variability, the adrenals can swing between producing too much or too little hormone. It’s this fluctuating behavior that characterizes genuine adrenal fatigue.
Medical communities also believe that both adrenal glands fatigue at the same rate. This isn’t true. One gland is always weaker, stronger or more burdened than the other, which prolongs the healing process. In fact, each adrenal gland has its own intelligence and is responsible for producing hormone blends specific to the situations it manages. For example, the left adrenal is primarily responsible for producing the hormones needed when someone has a stomach flu or food poisoning. The right adrenal is primarily responsible for producing the hormones needed when someone is feeling obsessed with a hobby or interest in their life. For some situations, like handling a crisis or falling in love, both adrenals produce the necessary hormones. This essential information has not yet been discovered, nor is it being considered or researched, and it’s impacting our ability to heal.
The Stress Response
The innate intelligence of our bodies means that the adrenals know to produce higher amounts of critical hormones like adrenaline when we are under stress or having highly charged emotional experiences. These hormones give us the ability to get through the challenges we face as a short-lived survival mechanism. However, if the stress is sustained for a longer period than we were designed to cope with, the adrenal glands will eventually become damaged and start behaving erratically. Unfortunately, in this modern era there are greater demands on us than ever before in history. Extended periods of stress are the norm rather than the exception, and we are paying for it with our health.
It’s not just the adrenal glands that are fatigued by frequent or constant stress. The adrenaline that pours out from the adrenal glands, while necessary for survival, is highly acidic and corrosive in its nature and in many ways resembles battery acid running through your body. An occasional release of the hormone is no problem for the body to handle when it’s truly in a fight or flight situation, but when adrenaline is repeatedly flooding the system due to frequent or continued stress, it quickly becomes damaging to your brain, pancreas, liver, and other organs and tissues.
The Many Blends Of Adrenaline
Medical science and research currently believe there is only one type of adrenaline produced by the adrenals, but this isn’t true. It’s not yet known that there are actually 56 different blends of adrenaline that are produced and change in response to different everyday emotions and situations, including dreaming, showering, exercising, falling in love, having a car accident, arguing, debating, singing, and even listening.
Consider the fuel blends required for different vehicles to operate. A motorcycle requires a specific blend of fuel and air for its engine, which is different than the fuel blend needed to run a mini, 4W all-terrain vehicle, bus, or plane. The amount of fuel needed also varies for each purpose. When a car is idling it requires a different amount of fuel than when you’re stepping on the gas to power up a steep hill. The same is true for the body. It requires different types and amounts of adrenaline for the activities it’s performing and challenges it’s facing. Our adrenals have the wisdom to release any of the 56 hormone blends to power us through our immediate needs.
The Adrenication Epidemic
We’re all familiar with the potentially devastating effects of drug and alcohol addiction, but no one knows that the original addiction we faced as humankind was to adrenaline itself. Medical science and research are not yet aware that adrenaline is as addictive as a Schedule 1 drug. While it was quite rare hundreds and thousands of years ago, in the fast-paced, high-stress modern era we live in today, 50% of us are now addicted to the adrenaline hormone. It’s our number one drug of choice.
Just like any addiction, the more we act on it, the more numb to it we become. Over time, we require more of the drug to satisfy the addiction. This doesn't just apply to the people who love adrenaline sports like rock climbing, bungee jumping, or base jumping. It’s also true for millions of us who are juggling the demands of a job, children, partner, running the household, and caring for parents, other family members, and friends. To keep up with the breakneck speed of life, many of us are in an almost permanent state of fight or flight, and corrosive adrenaline is constantly pouring through our bodies.
Without knowing it, a mother can become addicted to the rush of adrenaline that’s allowing her to keep up with her exhausting schedule, and continue to pull on this precious resource over and over again. The busy executive can come to rely on adrenaline to fuel them through day after day of early meetings, skipping lunches, and late nights of work. However, each time the adrenaline high that carries us through an activity passes, there is always an inevitable low, along with the damage the adrenaline leaves in its wake. With our to-do lists constantly refilling, it’s easy to choose to keep engaging in the behavior that will bring the next adrenaline high so we can carry on at the same pace. Or when we do try to relax, the letdown of the adrenaline high may lead us keeping ourselves overly busy so we are still releasing adrenaline and being stimulated. We can begin to forget what a healthy level of adrenaline feels like and get so used to the sensation of the hormone coursing through our veins that we become addicted to it. I call this self-medication ‘adrenication’.
Recovering From Adrenal Fatigue
Thankfully, it is possible to heal from adrenal fatigue and protect ourselves from having to rely on adrenaline once we have the right information. But because medical science and research don’t have a full understanding yet of the true causes of adrenal fatigue and the nature of adrenaline, people haven’t been getting the answers or help they need. Let’s take a look at the most important steps for improving adrenal health.
The Grazing Technique
There are some trends today that suggest we shouldn’t snack or that skipping meals is helpful for our health. These misconceptions result in even more stress being placed on the adrenals. When we go more than one and a half to two hours without eating, our blood sugar will drop and our adrenals will be forced to pump out adrenaline and cortisol to fill in for the lack of sugar in the bloodstream. With the corrosive nature of adrenaline and cortisol’s negative effects, the adrenal glands can soon become strained, resulting in fatigue, weight gain, sluggish liver, and other conditions and diseases. The best eating strategy we can employ for prevention and healing is to graze every one to two hours, depending on the severity of your adrenal fatigue symptoms. If you are bedridden with fatigue, you may need to graze every hour. If you are functional but have symptoms you struggle with, eating every hour and a half to two hours is ideal.
The best foods to graze on include a balance of natural glucose, sodium, and potassium-rich foods. I created a video to share a selection of some simple and easy snacks that are ideal for adrenal fatigue, which you can view here. You can still enjoy your regular meals, but it’s important to not compromise on snacking every one and a half to two hours as well.
Glucose saturation, like grazing, is another key piece of adrenal recovery.. Our bodies run primarily on glucose, along with mineral salts. If we wait more than one and a half to two hours to eat, and we don't have enough glucose reserves in our liver (most people don’t), we set ourselves up for blood sugar crashes resulting in hypoglycemia and the beginning of insulin resistance, plus the adrenaline and cortisol responses I described above. To give ourselves the best safeguard against adrenal fatigue and other conditions and illnesses, we need to ensure we are eating plenty of glucose from fruits and carbohydrate-rich vegetables, along with leafy greens for mineral salts. An unknown secret is to drink 16oz of straight celery juice daily on an empty stomach. This simple juice is the most powerful way to help bring the adrenals back to health, along with grazing on fruit and greens. I share recipes that feature healthy sources of glucose and mineral salts in my book Life-Changing Foods and on my blog here, or enjoy simple snacks such as those in the Adrenal Snacks video.
I discuss adrenal fatigue and the grazing method in both of my books, Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal and Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, along with new information on the unknown causes of many illnesses and conditions today and how to heal. You can also learn more in my Medical Medium Radio Show on Healing From Adrenal Fatigue.
Hope For Healing
The challenges of life today mean that stress is a very real and often unavoidable part of our lives. In fact, we have more stress and demands on us than ever. But that doesn’t mean we can’t heal adrenal fatigue or other stress-activated symptoms and conditions. We simply need to know the true cause of our symptoms and the correct steps to facilitate healing.
The truth is your body wants to heal. It loves you unconditionally and is working hard for you every day. All you need to do is give it the tools and resources it needs to begin the healing process. The simple tips I have shared here give you a healing toolbox to work with. I recommend also reading my two books Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods for more in-depth information and guidance on healing adrenal fatigue and hundreds of other health conditions and symptoms.
This item posted: 25-Jan-2017 - Disclaimer
Toxic heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, copper, cadmium, lead, arsenic, nickel, chrome, alloy, and steel are hidden antagonizers that can find their way into our bodies and wreak havoc. They are one of the Unforgiving Four, which is a group of dangers we are exposed to that threaten our health and well-being. I discuss The Unforgiving Four in-depth in my book Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables. If you want to heal from chronic illness and symptoms, removing the heavy metals in your body and brain is an incredible place to start. Below I share some of the symptoms triggered by heavy metals, the history of heavy metals, and a heavy metal detox plan.
Heavy Metal Toxicity Symptoms
Heavy metals can cause ADHD, ADD, autism, depression, OCD, mood disorders, Alzheimer’s, focus, concentration and memory loss issues, and much more. They can also increase any viral or bacterial issues you may be battling. For example, heavy metals can serve as a feeding ground for Streptococcus A or B, E. coli, C. difficile, H. pylori, and yeast cells. This can create an overgrowth of multiple bacteria in our gut, resulting in a condition known as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), which is characterized by bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation (or both), and can lead to nutrient deficiencies. Additionally, when viruses such as Epstein-Barr and shingles feed off toxic heavy metals, this can produce symptoms such as tingling, numbness, fatigue, anxiety, heart palpitations, ringing in the ears, dizziness and vertigo, as well as neck pain, knee pain, foot pain, pain in the back of the head, and a variety of other aches and pains that are often attributed to other causes.
It's virtually impossible not to take in a certain amount of these toxic heavy metals in our modern era, so it's vitally important to our health that we get them out before they can wreak further havoc on our health.
The History of Toxic Heavy Metals
It may be surprising to learn that toxic heavy metals have been inside of many of us since before we were born. The heavy metals we are born with are passed on through our family line and can be up to a thousand years old. Although mercury was in the earth well before then, it wasn’t until two to three thousand years ago that people started to mine mercury and gather it for various uses. Mercury mining is the reason the mercury inside of us can be up to eighty generations old! As this old mercury has been passed from generation to generation, each succeeding generation grows more intolerant to the toxic heavy metal.
Unfortunately, it is these “old” metals, the ones that have been lurking in our system for prolonged periods of time, that pose the greatest threat. For example, over time toxic heavy metals can oxidize, causing damage to surrounding tissue and promoting inflammation. They literally poison our bodies, and can inflict damage on virtually every system and organ, including our brain, liver, digestive system, and other parts of our nervous system. Toxic heavy metals put an immense burden on our immune system, leaving us vulnerable to a variety of illnesses and are also a form of neurotoxin (a poison that disrupts nerve function and confuses your immune system) which can leave your health in a compromised state.
The Devastating Mercury Elixir
You may be wondering where this inherited mercury comes from. One example stems from the trend of mercury elixirs given in conventional medical offices during the seventeen and eighteen hundreds. If you went to a conventional doctor for anything from a stomach ache to a broken leg, you were given a big glass of water mixed with mercury. This tonic was mandatory upon entering a conventional doctors' office regardless of your age or health issue. The effects were devastating, and many patients lost their families, their work, and their sanity. Mercury doesn’t leave our bodies unless we know exactly how to detoxify them the right way, so the toxic mercury elixirs our forefathers and foremothers drank are still affecting new generations. This is only one of the ways people were exposed to this heinous heavy metal. You could knowingly or unknowingly be affected by some of this old, inherited mercury, so it’s important to have the tools to detoxify mercury and other toxic heavy metals from your system.
Over the last thirty years, we’ve grown more intolerant to mercury than ever before, and we are not only dealing with inherited mercury, but new mercury that enters our bodies through environmental exposure. Presently, mercury is falling out of the sky, it’s in our water, in our food, in pesticides, and more. Even if you are skeptical of having inherited mercury, you’ve most likely come into contact with new mercury during your lifetime. Have you ever eaten a can of tuna? Perhaps you’ve had pesticides sprayed inside your home or lived in a heavily sprayed apartment complex. These are just a few ways in which you might have encountered this toxic heavy metal.
How Mercury Works
Mercury gathers together in the body. If you have inherited mercury or been exposed to it in your lifetime, it will find any new mercury you come into contact with and collect together in your system. Unfortunately, mercury becomes more toxic as it builds on itself over time. This occurrence can be seen by the worsening of symptoms throughout someone’s life, such as an increase in OCD, anxiety, depression, or memory loss.
The Diversity of Symptoms
The reason people experience different heavy metal symptoms at varying levels of severity is because heavy metals reside in unique areas of the brain and body for each individual. One person may have heavy metals in the left temporal lobe while someone else may have a pocket near the pituitary gland. Everybody has different types of metals in their systems as well. These unique blends, which I call alloys, reflect off one another causing even greater issues. For instance, one person may have a little mercury, lead, aluminum, and copper, while someone else may have a high level of mercury and only a little aluminum. This is the reason that depression, anxiety, and other symptoms can look so different for each person. Add in the oxidation of the heavy metals and the strengthening of pathogens that feed off these metals, and it’s easy to see why these metals pose such a big threat to our health and create a vast variety of confusing symptoms that aren't understood by the patient or health practitioner.
Why We Need These Heavy Metals Out
Why is a heavy metal detox essential for health and vitality? Because our neurotransmitters are short circuiting, burning out, and being destroyed by the toxic heavy metals that bring about brain fog, confusion, lack of motivation and many other devastating symptoms. If you find your emotions easily takeover or emotional situations often times become too much for you to bear, the electrical impulses in your body are likely running into heavy metals and short circuiting. Hold onto the truth that you are not crazy. You are completely sane and have heavy metals in your system that are triggering these issues. Fortunately, you can halt the corrosion and oxidation of heavy metals, pull these metals from the brain, liver, and other areas of the body where they are causing problems, and heal your neurons, neurotransmitters, and more.
Detoxifying the Toxic Heavy Metals
If you are experiencing any heavy metal-related symptoms, know that it’s not because your body is attacking itself or because you have “bad” genes. You, like most people in the world today, likely have heavy metals in your body that need to come out. There are five critical foods that you can consume daily to pull heavy metals out: cilantro, wild blueberries, Hawaiian Spirulina, Barley Grass Juice Extract powder, and Atlantic dulse. You can find my preferred brands of these foods here. Check out the Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie, which includes these five foods that work together to grab onto metals and pull them completely out of the body.
Here’s a quick look at some of the properties of these five foods:
Hawaiian Spirulina: This edible blue-green algae draws out heavy metals from your brain, central nervous system, and liver, and soaks up heavy metals extracted by barley grass juice extract powder. Take 2 teaspoons mixed in water, coconut water, or juice.
Barley grass juice extract powder: prepares the mercury for complete absorption by the spirulina. This nutritive grass has the ability to draw heavy metals out of your spleen, intestinal tract, pancreas, thyroid, and reproductive system. Drink 1-2 teaspoons mixed into coconut water or juice.
Cilantro: Goes deep into hard-to-reach places, extracting metals from yesteryear (so it’s great for that mercury inheritance you’re carrying around!). Blend one cup in a smoothie or juice, or add to salad or guacamole.
Wild blueberries: Draw heavy metals out of your brain tissue, healing and repairing any gaps created by oxidation when the heavy metals are removed. It is important to use wild blueberries, as they possess unique phytonutrients with special detoxifying capabilities. The potent antioxidants in wild blueberries help reverse any oxidative damage left behind by the heavy metal removal. This is especially important for your brain tissue—in fact, wild blueberries are the most powerful food for halting or in some cases reversing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Eat at least one cup daily. Note: while cultivated blueberries are nutritious, they lack the metal-drawing ability of the wild blueberries. Wild blueberries can be found in the freezer section of most supermarkets.
Atlantic dulse: In addition to mercury, this edible seaweed binds to lead, aluminum, copper, cadmium, and nickel. Unlike other seaweeds, Atlantic dulse is a powerful force for removing mercury on its own. Atlantic dulse goes into deep, hidden places of the digestive tract and gut, seeking out mercury, binding to it, and never releasing it until it leaves the body. Eat two tablespoons of flakes daily, or an equal amount of strips if it’s in whole-leaf form. Note: As it comes from the ocean, if you are concerned about the dulse itself having mercury, be aware that Atlantic sea dulse will not release any mercury it might possess into the body. It holds on to the mercury as it works its way through, and even grabs onto other metals along the way and drives them out as well. Atlantic dulse is a critical part of the team because it can hang out near the finish line (i.e., our colon), waiting for the other foods that have been grabbing on to heavy metals along the way. It serves as emergency backup, helping ensure that all the heavy metals that made it as far as the colon actually leave the body.
Along with whipping up a daily smoothie, drinking celery juice in the morning is highly beneficial. The mineral salts in the celery juice give extra support to the five heavy metal detox foods by helping to flush metals out of the liver.
While you work to detox heavy metals, try eliminating eggs, pork, and any dairy products from your diet. If you love animal products, try to lower your intake of free-range chicken or grass-fed beef to once a day, and if you’re vegetarian or vegan, lower your plant-based fats. These dietary changes will help with the process of drawing heavy metals out of the body. At the same time, fill your body with an abundance of fruits and vegetables so that as you heal you feel nourished and satisfied and gain their healing benefits also!
The Way Forward
Like all elements of the Unforgiving Four, it is important that you and your loved ones become aware of the toxic heavy metals and the destruction they can cause. We can’t heal unless we know what’s behind our conditions and symptoms, so this information is truly crucial. If you suffer from any heavy metal-related symptoms, start incorporating the five heavy metal detoxifying foods listed above every day. Anyone can benefit from simply adding in these five foods for all their other nutritional and healing benefits also, so feel free to whip up extra smoothies for your family and friends to support their health even more.
This item posted: 23-Jan-2017 - Disclaimer
Hundreds of packaged vitamins, minerals, and other seemingly critical nutrients line the aisles of supermarkets, health food stores, and pharmacies around the world. Thousands of claims promoting various supplements are splashed across television screens and magazine pages leaving you overwhelmed and confused. You may wonder which supplements you actually need, or puzzle over five different brand options. You may begin to question whether supplements are even necessary or just an expensive waste of money. The information below and in the radio show above is intended to help you make the best decisions about supplements so you can leave the confusion behind.
While I recommend individualized supplement protocols for individuals suffering with specific symptoms and illnesses, there’s a foundational set of supplements that can be very helpful for anyone to consider.
An ideal B-12 supplement includes both methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin. This B-12 blend can help with neurological disorders and diseases, anxiety and panic, and the immune system. The right supplement is a better choice than B-12 injections. These shots do not contain the right kind of B-12 blend and have the potential to trigger an overreaction in a sensitive body. The B-12 supplement I prefer can be found here.
Zinc can help protect you from many diseases. Maintaining healthy zinc levels can help shield you from pathogens and minimize future illness. Unfortunately, the more pollution we encounter, the more zinc we lose, and the fruits and vegetables we grow for food no longer contain this essential mineral. Avoid the many liquid zinc supplements that are loaded with citric acid, natural flavors, alcohol, and other toxic ingredients. Instead, search for a clean, high-quality liquid ionic zinc like this one.
Rather than taking a fish oil supplement, which was discussed in the “Damaging Health Fads” radio show, opt for a quality plant-based Omega-3 supplement like this one.
A non-dairy, time-released probiotic can be a great choice for supplementation. Take advantage of any chance you get to eat freshly picked produce and ingest the foods’ beneficial microorganisms, but when garden veggies aren’t an option, relying on a solid probiotic like this capsule or this liquid is the next best choice.
Hawaiian spirulina can be a better choice than a regular multi-vitamin because it’s so rich in bio-available nutrients. It is also one of the five key ingredients for heavy metal poisoning as discussed here.
Herbs are loaded with nutrients, minerals, and phytochemicals, and nettle leaf is a particularly indispensable one. This unlisted adaptogenic herb possesses incredible anti-inflammatory properties, and can be a great support for a run-down endocrine system. You can take nettle as a tea, tincture or in capsules.
The Vitamin D Misconception
At the moment, most of the medical community and a large majority of the general population consider vitamin D to be a foundational supplement. Surprisingly, vitamin D is not one of the baseline supplements needed for survival and disease prevention. Vitamin D supplementation can certainly benefit your overall health, but the widespread conviction that it one of the most critical supplements is in most cases mistaken.
What to Avoid (When Choosing Supplements)
When searching for supplements, do your best to avoid any capsules, powders, or liquids that list “citric acid” as one of the ingredients. Citric acid can wreak havoc on the immune system, intestinal tract, and stomach lining, and negates any benefits the supplement has to offer. Citric acid is not derived from citrus; It is a toxic chemical derived from corn and manipulated into a preservative.
Just like citric acid, stay clear of supplements that have natural flavors listed as an ingredient. “Natural flavors,” “natural flavor,” and “natural flavoring,” are all labels for the same mystery chemical composition that contains MSG and acts as an antagonist to the body. Numerous B-12 sprays, sublingual formulas, and lozenges include natural flavors, so be mindful of ingredient lists when browsing various brands and bottles. Even protein powders from reputable companies include MSG in the form of “vanilla flavoring”* or a similar descriptor. Pure vanilla extract is fine however.
Alcohol in herbal tinctures nullifies the supplement’s beneficial elements. In addition, the typical alcohol used in tinctures is GMO corn-grade alcohol. Although some tinctures contain grape alcohol, any amount of alcohol in a tincture tends to impede the effective delivery of the herb into the body.
If you eat animal products or animal protein, you likely look for the highest quality grass-fed beef or free-range chicken you can find. Unfortunately, animal derivatives in supplements come from extremely low-quality sources that are saturated with heavy metals, hormones, and other undesirable elements. Even well respected companies have these issues with the quality of animal products found in their supplements.
Although whey is a popular protein source right now, few people are aware of the fact that whey protein contains glutamic acid which is a form of MSG. Regardless of advertisements declaring the cleanliness of a specific brand, all whey protein acquires glutamic acid during the product’s development process.
It’s best for anyone struggling with chronic health issues or a mystery illness, whether it be fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, or mystery aches and pains, to avoid carnitine.
Take a look at your supplements and check out the “other ingredients” list on each bottle. Some well-known brands sell supplements with an “other ingredients” list of over twenty items, including numerous preservatives and toxic components. When shopping for supplements, always check out the “other ingredients” list and avoid products with lengthy lists of potentially harmful additions.
Many people don’t want to take supplements and prefer to get all of their vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and other essential nutrients from the foods they eat. Unfortunately, most people do not eat nutrient-dense, life-giving foods at every meal. Often times, people spend twenty, thirty, forty years or more eating unhealthy, nutrient-deficient foods before shifting towards a healthier diet and lifestyle. A few years of wholesome nourishment can’t make up for the 30,000 inadequate meals they’ve already eaten. Even as newborns, many people don’t receive optimal nutrition. Even if someone receives the most nutrient-rich breast milk as a baby and eats an ideal diet throughout their entire life, obstacles ranging from toxic chemical exposure and pollution to poor water quality, stress, and inherited radiation or mercury from past generations create the need for supplementation.
Do not underestimate the power of healing foods to restore damage caused by past nutritional deficiencies. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, wild foods, and high-quality water like those I discuss in my book Life-Changing Foods can all be used in amazing ways to support anyone with a chronic illness or symptom.
Beginning to take these core group of supplements can offer new support to the health of you and your loved ones. If you feel overwhelmed, talk to your favorite caring health practitioner for guidance. Along with healthy foods, the right supplements can be a great way to build a foundation for health.
This item posted: 11-Jan-2017 - Disclaimer
Next time you find yourself craving ice cream, try out banana nice cream for a sweet, delicious change! While the dairy in regular ice cream can stir up inflammation and allergies, or feed viruses and bacteria in your system, this simple, single-ingredient nice cream and two-ingredient sauce is filled with the natural sweetness your body needs, and will leave you feeling satisfied and energized. This can be a scrumptious dessert to end the day, or even a nourishing breakfast meal. The whole family, kiddos included, will love this fun, wholesome treat! More delicious, family-friendly recipe ideas can be found in my newly released book, Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables.
Don't mistake the processed sugars in packaged cookies and cakes for the life-giving natural sugar found in bananas. Bananas are packed with phenomenal amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and other disease-fighting phytonutrients. Feeling anxious, on edge, or disheartened? Peel open a ripe banana to help alleviate these symptoms and return to a place of tranquility and calm. Adding bananas into one's diet can do wonders for anyone seeking to heal Crohn's disease, colitis, or IBS. The banana's mighty antiviral qualities allow it to fight off HIV and retard the development of this retrovirus as well.
Like all the other foods detailed in my new book, Life-Changing Foods, bananas also provide valuable emotional and spiritual benefits. Just one of the many emotional gifts bananas have to offer is the ability to ease the mind and shift a fearful perspective or outlook. Want to begin lessening PTSD symptoms you or a loved one are experiencing? Consuming three or more bananas a day can ignite this process. Banana nice cream is a tasty, effortless way to add several bananas into your diet each day and begin seeing extraordinary results!
The strawberries in the strawberry-date sauce deliver the perfect sweet flavor with a pleasant hint of tartness! Strawberries are an incredible superfood. Although tiny, this fruit is packed with an enormous array of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, B-complex, manganese, iron, and zinc. The high level of vitamin C found in strawberries wards off colds, flus, and respiratory infections, and boosts the immune system as a result. These red gems are packed with antioxidants that aid in rebuilding, repairing, and rejuvenating the entire body. The ellagic acid and flavonoids found in strawberries support cardiovascular health and can help prevent heart disease, stroke, and aid in lowering cholesterol. Strawberries also contain high levels of phenols which are anti-inflammatory in nature and make this fruit an essential food for anyone suffering from an autoimmune disorder such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.
Dates are plentiful in taste, texture, and variety. Looking for a sweet, syrupy flavor? Go for the medium-sized Barhi dates. If you want something sweet but a little more meaty, try the slightly larger Medjool variety. Are you an exercise enthusiast or constantly on the go? Replenishing the brain and muscles with the natural energy and high potassium of this small yet powerful food can be miraculous for one's overall health. Maybe you or a loved one struggles with diabetes and hypoglycemia and have refrained from incorporating dates into your diet. Fortunately you can let go of the misconception that sweet fruits, such as dates, negatively impact blood sugar issues. In actuality, dates provide the liver with essential glucose, the loss of which can actually trigger or exacerbate blood sugar issues. Dates can support healing from conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, fungal infections, and vertigo. They can also help reduce constipation, heart palpitations, headaches, and many other symptoms and conditions listed in Life-Changing Foods.
When we consume dates, not only are we gaining countless physical benefits, but we are learning a spiritual lesson around selflessness. Although you might want to squirrel away these sticky, sweet treats for yourself, allowing others to share in your bounty and watching their delight while eating can help adjust your inner compass from selfishness to selflessness and give you a fresh perspective on how healing and beautiful it is to give to others.
As I share in Life-Changing Foods, certain unique foods, like bananas, strawberries, and dates, are more powerful than most people will ever know! I'm so thankful you are here reading this email and my books so that you and your loved ones can benefit from this healing information. I need your help to get Spirit's messages out to the millions of people suffering and struggling, and it all starts with the foods we choose to eat. Do you have a loved one who could benefit from the life-changing foods? Why not start the conversation with a bowl of banana nice cream!
Banana Nice Cream With Strawberry Sauce
• 4 frozen bananas
• 1 1/2 cups of strawberries, sliced and divided
• 1/2 cup of dates
• optional: 1/4 cup of water
For the sauce, blend 1 cup of sliced strawberries with 1/2 cup of dates.
To make the ice cream, cut each frozen banana into 3 to 4 pieces. Place all of these pieces into a food processor and pulse to combine. After pulsing a few times, begin to process continually while adding water by the tablespoon as needed until a thick, creamy, smooth texture is achieved. Place into a freezer-safe bowl. Drizzle the strawberry sauce in a circular pattern over the top of the ice cream. Using a knife, cut the sauce through the ice cream in swirls. Do not over-stir.
Place the bowl in the freezer to set for at least 15 minutes to harden. Scoop ice cream into bowls and serve topped with extra sauce and sliced strawberries.
This item posted: 27-Nov-2016 - Disclaimer
Sweet potatoes promote productive bacteria in the stomach, small intestine, and colon, while at the same time, they starve out unproductive bacteria and fungi such as mold that are camping out there. By keeping these microbes at bay, sweet potatoes are standouts at enhancing the body’s production of B12. Also, sweet potatoes help prevent a condition called megacolon—that is, an expansion of the colon due to proliferation of C. difficile, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, E. coli, H. pylori, Chlamydia, and/or other bacteria. Plus, this superfood helps alleviate narrowing of the intestinal tract due to the chronic inflammation that’s so commonly diagnosed as Crohn’s or colitis.
Abundant in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are especially praised for being packed with carotenoids such as beta-carotene and lycopene, and rightfully so. These phytochemicals are extremely powerful. If you are fair and eat a sweet potato daily, before long you’ll see your skin take on a glow, as if it’s been sun-kissed. The lycopene, combined with sweet potatoes’ abundant amino acids, is a recipe for drawing radiation from the body. On top of which, the anti cancerous phytochemicals in sweet potatoes help protect you against skin cancers, breast cancer, reproductive cancers, stomach cancer, intestinal cancers, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer.
Sweet potatoes are also phytoestrogenic and perform the vital function of ridding the body of unusable, destructive, cancer-causing estrogen that interferes with the body’s hormone function. These estrogens come from plastics, pharmaceuticals, food, and environmental toxins, as well as from the body producing an overabundance of the hormone (due to a diet high in estrogen-producing foods). Because it’s more than the body can use, this estrogen becomes inactive and builds up in the organs, negatively affecting the endocrine system. By purging this excess estrogen, sweet potatoes make room for healthier estrogens to take their place.
Sweet potatoes are also important for regulating hair growth; they stimulate it where needed and prohibit hair when it tries to grow in the wrong places, as in the condition hirsutism. If you struggle with insomnia or another sleeping disorder, sweet potatoes are very useful. They provide a critical form of glucose that stimulates the development of neurotransmitters such as glycine, dopamine, GABA, and serotonin, all of which aid in the ability to sleep soundly. Whether you like orange, yellow, white, pink, or purple sweet potatoes, eat up. Each type holds medicinal qualities that will power you through life.
If you have any of the following conditions, try bringing sweet potatoes into your life:
Megacolon, hirsutism, colitis, Crohn’s disease, skin cancers, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, stomach cancer, intestinal cancers, esophageal cancer, colorectal cancer, sleep disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), heart disease, kidney disease, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), insomnia, alopecia, sunburn, Asperger’s syndrome, depression, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), psoriatic arthritis, epilepsy, hiatal hernia, adrenal fatigue, neuropathy, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, eczema, psoriasis, shingles, urinary tract infections (UTIs), chlamydia, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, scleroderma, lichen sclerosus, celiac disease, social anxiety disorder
If you have any of the following symptoms, try bringing sweet potatoes into your life:
Dandruff, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, diarrhea, anxiousness, intestinal tract discomfort, inflamed colon, colon spasms, heartburn, scar tissue, muscle cramps, muscle spasms, food sensitivities, heart palpitations, hot flashes, abdominal cramping, accelerated aging, brain lesions, colon spasms, depersonalization, digestive disturbances, abnormal Pap smear results, eye dryness, swelling, age spots, weight gain, scaly skin, intestinal polyps
When you need some coddling, there’s nothing more comforting than a baked sweet potato. Unlike greasy, fried, or sugar-filled and processed “comfort” foods that leave you feeling bloated, lethargic, and more depressed, a sweet potato has properties that actually give you the sensation that the world around you has shut down. This is an important function that makes you feel safe and soothed, like you’re getting a hug even if no one’s there to give you one, so that you can draw up the strength to deal with hard times.
Have you ever baked a sweet potato and seen the natural sugars that bubble up and drip down the sides? A sweet potato in and of itself is as rich as anything you could ask for—and yet that doesn’t seem to be enough for us. Popular sweet potato recipes call for butter, cream, brown sugar, or marshmallows. Even though sweet potatoes are sweeter than sweet and already perfect, we adulterate them, obscure their natural qualities, and overindulge. Where in your life are you unnecessarily piling on the extra toppings? Sweet potatoes teach us to evaluate other circumstances where we’ve been handed a pure and complete gift, and out of fear or a lack of appreciation, we’ve felt like that wasn’t enough.
* To reap sweet potatoes’ maximum benefits, try to eat one per day.
* If you crave a creamy accompaniment to your sweet potato, scoop out some fresh avocado and mash it in as though it were butter. After you’ve cooked a batch of sweet potatoes (steaming and baking are the healthiest preparations), set some aside to save for later in the fridge. Chopping them up and serving over salad helps your body absorb and assimilate more nutrients from leafy greens. And a few bites of sweet potato when you’re having trouble sleeping in the middle of the night will help you get some rest.
* Try rubbing a piece of raw sweet potato on a scar. It has medicinal qualities that stimulate healing and tone the skin to help reduce scar tissue.
* People often use cucumber slices to get rid of bags under the eyes. For variety, try cold slices of cooked sweet potato instead. This will infuse the under-eye tissue with beta-carotene, bringing back vitality to your appearance.
* When you’re dealing with sunburn, try eating sweet potato to recover faster.
* If you have a lot of internal scar tissue from past surgeries, try a routine of eating two sweet potatoes daily for one week, then one sweet potato daily for three weeks. Repeat every month until your condition improves.
* When you’re scheduled to see a movie you know will be scary or action-packed, eat a sweet potato beforehand. It will support your adrenals as you experience the excitement, fear, and adventure on-screen.
Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Braised Cabbage
A great dish for weekly dinners, the components of this dish can be made ahead of time and assembled just prior to serving. Bake sweet potatoes and cook the cabbage in advance and store them in the fridge for up to four days for a quick, easy dinner that takes minutes to prepare. For best results, make the sauce right before serving and ladle it piping hot over the stuffed sweet potatoes.
4 sweet potatoes
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 red cabbage, shredded
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
4 tablespoons minced parsley
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake sweet potatoes on a baking sheet for 45 to 60 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork. In a large pan, saute garlic and onions in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil over medium-high heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent and soft. Add the cabbage and sea salt, along with 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook over medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes until the cabbage is tender, continuing to stir occasionally and adding a splash of water as needed to moisten. Split open sweet potatoes and mash each side slightly with a fork. Stuff as much braised cabbage into the openings as possible.
Make the sauce just before serving the sweet potatoes. (For 4 servings, double the ingredients for the sauce.) Add all the ingredients to a small pan. Heat the mixture over medium-high heat until it bubbles slightly. Continue stirring for 1 to 2 minutes until the sauce is well combined and slightly thickened. Pour over the sweet potatoes, garnish with parsley, and enjoy!
Makes 2 to 4 servings
Excerpt from the New York Times Bestselling book, Life-Changing Foods.
This item posted: 21-Nov-2016 - Disclaimer
There is a reason that squash is the quintessential fall vegetable. They’re hearty, abundant, and absolutely delicious. This recipe calls for the sweet, mild acorn squash variety that turns into a beautiful golden brown when roasted. You can even eat the skin!
Acorn squash is easy to digest and is an excellent remedy for acidosis and conditions of the stomach, spleen, liver, and blood. It is wonderfully high in Vitamins A, E, C, B-complex, and beta carotene, iron, zinc, copper, calcium, and potassium which are vital for a healthy and strong immune and nervous system. The carotenoids are especially beneficial for protection against heart disease, breast cancer, and macular degeneration.
Acorn squash is also known to help reduce inflammation which is excellent for conditions such as asthma, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. It’s creamy and comforting qualities can help satisfy a variety of cravings while still properly nourishing the body and soul.
2 acorn squash, halved and seeds removed
1 red onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon coconut oil
½ cup plain dried cranberries
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons coconut sugar
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Fill a baking tray with ½ inch of water and place the squash in the tray, cut side down. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until tender when pressed.
3. In a medium pan, sauté the onion and garlic in coconut oil over medium high heat until translucent and fragrant, approximately 5 minutes.
4. Add the cranberries, sea salt, and black pepper. Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until cranberries are soft and plump.
5. Add the walnuts and honey, stirring frequently until walnuts turn golden brown. Remove from heat.
6. When the squash are cooked through, remove them from the oven and drain any remaining water from the pan. Flip the squash halves right side up and fill the centers with the cranberry filling.
7. Sprinkle the edges of the squash lightly with coconut sugar and return to the oven for 3-5 minutes more until the sugar has browned.
For more amazing recipes and information on the healing powers of food, check out the New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods.
This item posted: 21-Nov-2016 - Disclaimer
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