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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
This creamy, cold pumpkin pie smoothie is like drinking fall in a glass! Skip out on the processed holiday drinks and opt for this instead. You won’t be missing out at all. Top it with a dash of coconut cream to take this recipe over the top.
Pumpkin is packed with antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, and zea-xanthin which can help prevent age-related macular disease. Pumpkin is also a rich source of B-vitamins such as folates, niacin, thiamin, and pantothenic acid and minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, and phosphorus.
Pumpkin also contains immune-boosting properties which can help the body stay strong and ward off common colds and flus that may be going around. Pumpkin is excellent way to replenish and restore the body after a workout as it is high in potassium which helps to restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after exercise and keeps muscles functioning at their best.
2 frozen bananas
½ cup pumpkin puree
2 medjool dates
1 tablespoon maple syrup
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
½ - 1 cup of water
¼ cup of coconut cream* (optional)
1. Blend the bananas, pumpkin puree, dates, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and ½ cup of water until smooth. Add more water if a thinner consistency is desired.
2. Top with the coconut cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy.
Makes 1-2 servings
* To make your own pumpkin pie spice mix together 3 tablespoons of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of nutmeg, 2 tablespoons of ground ginger, and 1½ tablespoons of all spice.
* For the coconut cream, remove ¼ cup of the heavy top layer of cream from a can of separated coconut milk.
Want more recipes and info about the healing power of food? Click here for the New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods.
This item posted: 21-Nov-2016 - Disclaimer
As far as salads go, this kale salad is a hearty one that will definitely fill you up. It only gets better the next day, so make a double batch and keep half in the fridge for an on the go lunch! Also, don't be afraid to get your hands in there and really massage that kale. You'll be amazed how tender and delicious it becomes!
Kale is a nutritionally packed and contains incredible healing and rejuvenating properties. Kale is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, chlorophyll, amino acids, vitamins A, C, E, K, B-complex and minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper, and potassium. Kale is an anti-cancer powerhouse and contains phytochemicals such as glucosinolates that help protect the body from breast, colon, prostate, ovarian, and bladder cancer.
Kale also contains an exceptionally high amount of antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids which are essential for protecting the body from degenerative diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, prostatitis, osteoporosis, and neurological disorders.
Kale contains an organic sulfur which has potent antibiotic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that work to boost to the immune system and provide significant benefits for chronic inflammation and oxidative stress seen in conditions such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic sinusitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, COPD, and irritable bowel disease.
2 heads of kale
1 cup cabbage, finely shredded
4 green onion stems, chopped
1 cup cranberries (fresh or dried)
¼ cup cilantro
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp almond butter
1 garlic clove
1 quarter-sized slice of ginger
½ lemon, juiced
1/4 cup water
To make almond butter sauce, blend almond butter, water, date, garlic, ginger, lemon juice and cilantro until smooth.
Remove stems from kale and chop finely. Place into a large bowl. Massage dressing into the kale until kale softens and reduces. Toss with cabbage, green onion, cranberries, and sunflower seeds. Keeps well in the fridge for up to three days.
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: 20-Nov-2016 - Disclaimer
These curry noodles are a great dish for feeding the whole family. They are just as easy to make fat free and raw as they are to cook up with a little coconut milk and sea salt. The recipe includes instructions for both and you can even make half raw and half cooked if you want! The cooked version would pair perfectly with some steamed cauliflower rice or potatoes and the raw version is so yummy scooped into butter lettuce. This recipe will become a favorite the whole family can enjoy together. Happy slurping!
3 zucchini, peeled
1 red bell pepper
3 cups kelp noodles
1/4 cup raw sriracha sauce
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon curry powder
4 garlic cloves
1/4 cup medjool dates
1/4 cup basil
1/4 cup cilantro
1 1/2 cups coconut milk (optional)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
1) Thinly slice the carrot, onion, red bell pepper, and spiralize 2 of the zucchinis. Set aside in a large bowl.
2) Rinse the kelp noodles well and add to the sliced vegetables.
3) Blend together the remaining zucchini, sriracha sauce, garlic powder, curry powder, garlic cloves, dates, and the juice of one lime until smoothly combined and slightly warmed. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of water until desire consistency is reached.
4) Pour warmed curry sauce over the veggies and noodles. Serve topped with basil, cilantro, and lime juice.
FOR THE COOKED VERSION
5) For cooked curry noodles, follow steps 1 through 3 above.
6) Combine the vegetables, kelp noodles and curry sauce in a pot over medium heat.
7) Add coconut milk and sea salt. If you are only cooking half the recipe, you can half the amount of coconut milk if you want.
8) Cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender and cooked through.
9) Serve topped with basil, cilantro, and lime juice.
This item posted: 19-Nov-2016 - Disclaimer
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