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Want to kick up your pumpkin seeds a notch? Try coating them in spices and roasting them to serve as a crunchy snack at parties or for friends or family. The combination of sweet and spicy in this recipe will keep people coming back for more!
Pumpkin Seeds are one of nature’s most nourishing foods. They contain high amounts of vitamin E, B-complex, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. Pumpkin seeds are essential for men’s health and provide significant protection for the prostate gland. They are an excellent source of tryptophan which is critical for good quality sleep and for keeping anxiety and depression at bay.
The B-complex vitamins in pumpkin seeds work as co-factors in the body to help reduce cholesterol and enhance GABA activity which is also known to reduce anxiety and neurological disorders. Pumpkin seeds also contain anti-inflammatory properties which provide benefit for those that suffer with chronic inflammation such as in sinusitis, arthritis, bursitis, and other autoimmune disorders.
Raw pumpkin seeds provide the most nutrition and health benefits but these roasted and spiced pumpkin seeds are a wonderful festive treat. Enjoy!
Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2-1 tsp avocado oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp to 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, depending on how spicy you want it
1/4 tsp coconut aminos (optional)
1/2 - 1 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 325 F. In an oven-proof skillet, warm avocado oil over medium-high heat and sauté the pumpkin seeds until lightly golden, about 3-5 minutes.
In a small bowl combine the maple syrup, smoked paprika, ground cumin and cayenne. Take the skillet off the heat and stir in the maple syrup spice mixture.
Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure they don’t burn. Taste the seeds to make sure they are crispy throughout, and not soft in the center. Continue cooking if necessary.
When finished, tip the seeds out onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and cool. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste while still hot.
Makes about 1 cup
Find out more undiscovered properties of healing foods and how they support the liver, in my New York Times bestselling book Liver Rescue.
This item posted: 16-Nov-2018 - Disclaimer
These brussels sprouts are unbelievably appealing. They’re sweet and spicy and tangy and rich with flavor. If spicy is not your preference, feel free to leave out the spices for a sweet and salty treat that will keep everyone coming back for more.
In Liver Rescue, I share how each of these ingredients can support you and your loved ones in healing. Let’s take a look…
Brussels sprouts: An ultimate liver-cleansing food, providing a vast array of chemical compounds and phytonutrients. The sulfur compounds found specifically in brussels sprouts are different from those in any other food in the cruciferous (that is, Brassica) family, as they’re derived from the large mother stalk upon which the little baby brussels sprouts grow. This is some of the most powerful, beneficial sulfur for the liver; it has the ability to loosen hardened prison cells of poisons and inherited troublemaker toxins, because it has a greater reach for toxins that have been in your family line for generations, if not centuries. Once it loosens up the cell prisons, old poisons come out, though they don’t go rogue. Brussels sprouts’ sulfur has an ability unlike any other to cling to each poison and safely escort it out of the liver, whether through the kidneys, bile duct, or intestinal tract, staying bonded all the way until the troublemaker leaves the body. It’s a food rarity.
Lemons (and limes): Improve hydrochloric acid production as well as bile production and potency. Contain micro mineral salts that break down pathogens such as unproductive bacteria, mold, yeast, and fungus to help protect your liver’s immune system. The rich calcium levels in lemons and limes binds to the vitamin C within them, and both of these enter into the liver, where they waken a stagnant, sluggish, fatty liver, helping loosen and disperse fat cells. Lemons and limes clean up dirty blood syndrome, improve glucose absorption, and even protect the pancreas.
Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts
2 pounds brussels sprouts
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 garlic clove
¼ teaspoon cayenne
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon sea salt, divided
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Prepare the brussels sprouts by removing the stems and slicing vertically into halves. This should yield about 6 cups of halved brussels sprouts.
Place the lemon juice, maple syrup, garlic clove, cayenne, paprika, red pepper flakes, and ¼ teaspoon of the sea salt into the blender and blend until a smooth marinade forms. In a large mixing bowl, toss the brussels sprouts in the marinade.
Spread out the brussels sprouts face down on two baking trays lined with parchment paper. Make sure to save the leftover marinade in the mixing bowl.
Roast the brussels sprouts for 15 to 20 minutes, until they start to turn golden brown. For extra crispiness, broil them for 1 minute before removing them from the oven. Return the roasted brussels sprouts immediately to the mixing bowl and toss them in the leftover marinade. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ teaspoon of sea salt over the top and serve immediately for best results.
Don’t skip the step where you reserve the marinade. Tossing the brussels sprouts in the marinade again after roasting causes them to soak up the extra flavor and makes them extra delicious!
Makes 4 servings
Find out more undiscovered properties of healing foods and how they support the liver, check out my bestselling book, Liver Rescue.
This item posted: 14-Nov-2018 - Disclaimer
If you’ve been diagnosed with vitiligo, you have most likely been told you have an autoimmune disorder and that not much can be done to heal it. According to this theory, your body is destroying its melanin-producing cells, responsible for the pigment of your skin. But this is exactly that: a theory. It’s not the truth and it’s not why you or someone you know has vitiligo. The entire autoimmune theory that your body attacks itself is incorrect. It’s critical to understand this if you have vitiligo or any other condition that you’ve been told is autoimmune. Unfortunately, this false belief is at the foundation of medical thinking, leaving countless people feeling like they are living in a body that has turned against them.
The truth is that your body never turns against you. There’s a very real cause of so-called autoimmune conditions like vitiligo, eczema, Hashimoto’s disease, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and others, and these are real illnesses. And once you know the real cause, which I share in Liver Rescue: Answers to Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes, Strep, Acne, Gout, Bloating, Gallstones, Adrenal Stress, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Weight Issues, SIBO & Autoimmune Disease, you can then apply the information that can help you heal.
If it’s not autoimmune, what is it?
The answer to this question has three parts. Primarily, vitiligo and many other autoimmune diseases are caused by an epidemic of viruses medical science and research haven’t yet discovered. It’s specific viruses that are to blame for so many chronic symptoms and illnesses. In the case of vitiligo, it can be HHV-6 or the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Recently, medical science has conducted studies that prove that EBV is linked to vitiligo, but their findings are deceiving. In claiming that a link exists, they deny that EBV is actually the cause, not just linked. Instead, they still blame vitiligo on genetics and continue to diagnose vitiligo as an autoimmune condition. Neither of which are true. Putting the focus on genetics and autoimmune shifts the attention away from healing and toward the promotion of an onslaught of unnecessary drugs and treatments that won’t address the root cause. In reality, the connection between EBV and vitiligo is more than a mere affiliation.
Another aspect of this condition, where medical science is a bit closer to the truth, is the role of industrial chemicals. However, while medical research shows that vitiligo can be triggered by exposure to industrial chemicals, they are not clear on why this is. For example, if you work in a factory that exposes you to industrial chemicals, chances are that you or someone else in that factory has been diagnosed with vitiligo. But the issue of industrial chemicals is more than one of exposure. These chemicals and toxins are deep within the body of anyone diagnosed with vitiligo and usually were inside the body in the womb and at birth because they are passed down from generation to generation, which is what gives the illusion that this condition is the fault of damaged or defective genes. You can then get even more exposure over your lifetime. Heavy metals present in the body can include mercury, lead, nickel, steel, and others, but when it comes to vitiligo, aluminum is the main culprit followed by copper. It can also be formaldehyde that’s to blame.
The third component in this equation is oxidation. In order for aluminum or copper to cause vitiligo, it needs to be oxidized. How exactly does oxidation occur? As these metals sit in the liver they interact and react to other metals. In combination with a high fat diet, which burdens the liver, heavy metals fill with air and expand. Once aluminum and other heavy metals are oxidized, they corrode and burst. If even a low-grade virus is present in the body, this explosion of microscopic pieces of the aluminum or copper feeds the virus. Medical science and research don’t yet know that viruses actually eat and that these toxic heavy metals are some of their very favorite foods.
When HHV-6, EBV and other viruses sit in the liver and feed off of heavy metals such as aluminum, they release a poison that travels to the skin. This methyl-aluminum poison creates a dermatoxin that destroys the melanin or pigment-producing cells in your body. The result is vitiligo. It’s important to note that these dermatoxins and internally created, not external dermatoxins such as chemicals that irritate the skin. Dermatoxins can travel to other destinations in the body as well, but commonly they make their way to the face or knees through the lymphatic system. Each person’s lifestyle—how much they exercise, their diet, and environment—also determines where dermatoxins travel and how they affect the body. None of this has been discovered by science and research yet. I share the truth about other skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne, dermatitis, rosacea, mystery rashes, and much more in Liver Rescue, along with how to heal vitiligo and these other skin conditions.
The Role of Stress
Stress often takes the blame for illnesses across the board, but there’s more to understand about what’s really happening in the body. Stress weakens the immune system, which allows viruses to gain a stronger foothold in the body. Stress also triggers excess adrenaline to be released in the body and adrenaline is another favored food of viruses. Stress can play a part in triggering countless conditions, but if you are suffering from vitiligo you also need to rid your body of aluminum, copper and formaldehyde, kill off the viruses in your liver, and support your liver by reducing fat in your diet and applying the healing steps I share in Liver Rescue. In short, while stress is indeed a trigger and should be avoided if possible, it is more important to know why it is a trigger and what you can do to heal. For help lowering your stress levels, check out Medical Medium, which includes several healing meditations.
How to Heal
At this point, you are probably asking yourself what your options are. To get aluminum, copper and formaldehyde out of the liver, it’s important to lower your fat intake, whether you are a meat-eater or plant-based. My Liver Rescue 3.6.9 Cleanse and Liver Rescue Morning in Liver Rescue are perfect supports, along with the healing foods and supplements (with dosages) I share there.
It’s also important to remove the harmful foods I list in Liver Rescue. If you are familiar with my books, you probably guessed correctly that eggs and dairy products also need to be cut out of your diet. These foods feed the viruses that cause a myriad of conditions, including vitiligo. Cutting out these foods and lowering your fat intake will slow down the oxidation process and help eradicate viruses from the body—step one of healing—but a second significant step to healing vitiligo is removing the aluminum or copper. You can remove toxic heavy metals from the liver by drinking my Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie daily,. And of course, celery juice is extremely helpful. The mineral salts in celery juice alone can help tremendously in dissolving the membrane of a virus such as EBV or HHV-6, while the nutrients in my Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie will get into the liver, bind to aluminum and copper, and help remove it from the body. The Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie is also helpful for removing formaldehyde along with the other steps I share in Liver Rescue to detoxify the liver.
Lastly, it’s critical to bring in the healing foods and supplements that will kill off the virus. You can refer to Liver Rescue and Thyroid Healing for more information on how to do this.
The first step to take for healing vitiligo is changing your belief that your body is attacking itself. Now that you know the truth, you can take the steps to rid heavy metals and viruses from your body and heal from vitiligo. Your body hasn’t turned against you. Healing is possible. Using the information shared in Liver Rescue, you can now support your body to heal.
This item posted: 13-Nov-2018 - Disclaimer
A tall stack of pancakes drizzled with maple syrup is hard to beat, but the traditional ingredients leave a lot to be desired. Forgo the gluten, dairy and eggs but sacrifice none of the flavor with this pancake recipe. Plus, the addition of pumpkin and warming spices makes this recipe even more delicious, unique and fun. These pancakes would make a great treat for a holiday breakfast for the whole family.
Pumpkin is packed with antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, and the high amount of phytonutrients in pumpkin have been shown to help prevent the risk of cancers, particularly mouth, lung, and colon cancer. It 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 Pie Pancakes
1/2 cup + 1-2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 cup wholegrain gluten-free oat flour
3 tbsp coconut sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp of ground nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped, for topping (optional)
2-3 tbsp maple syrup, for topping
Optional coconut whip:
1 14-ounce can (414 ml) coconut cream or full fat coconut milk, chilled in the fridge overnight
2-3 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
To make the optional coconut whip, chill your mixing bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes. When the bowl is chilled, remove the thick cream from the top of the can, leaving the coconut water behind. Using an electric whisk or standing mixer, beat the cream for 2-3 minutes until you get soft peaks. Add the honey or maple syrup and beat for another 2 minutes.
In a small bowl or jug, combine the almond milk and pumpkin puree. Mix well and set aside.
Add the oat flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder to a medium-sized bowl and whisk to combine. Pour the pumpkin puree mixture into the flour and stir until you get an even batter. Add 1-2 tbsp more almond milk if needed - the batter should be thick but pourable.
Place a non-stick ceramic pan on medium-high heat and add a couple spoonfuls of pancake batter. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until browned underneath, then flip. Repeat with rest of the batter.
Serve the pancakes immediately with coconut whip, chopped pecans and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Learn more about the hidden healing powers of fruits & vegetables in the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods
This item posted: 11-Nov-2018 - Disclaimer
When it comes to chronic illness and symptoms, it’s essential to work on healing your liver. It’s heartbreaking how many people today are getting sick, and they’re trying so many things but they just aren’t getting better. Unfortunately, both medical and alternative health communities are unaware of the true causes of chronic illnesses and symptoms and how central the health of the liver is to a huge number of illnesses and symptoms.
I don’t want you to have to wait decades for science and research to figure out the answers, so I have shared the advanced information needed for healing in Liver Rescue: Answers to Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes, Strep, Acne, Gout, Bloating, Gallstones, Adrenal Stress, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Weight Issues, SIBO & Autoimmune Disease so you can start healing now. Let’s look at a little of what you can do for your liver here.
Your liver is an amazing, powerful and hardworking organ. When it’s not doing well—when you have sluggish liver or fatty liver or its bogged down by toxins or too much protein or fat in the diet—that’s a big part of the root of just about every condition and symptom under the sun, including: acne, adrenal problems, autoimmune disorders, brain fog, chemical food sensitivities, diabetes, constipation, dark circles under the eyes, emotional issues, fatigue, gallstones, gout, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, hormone problems, IBS, inflammation, body pain, jaundice, aging, liver cancer, eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, insomnia, cysts, methylation problems, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), SIBO, sinus infections, urinary tract infections, varicose veins and weight gain.
Sadly, even young people today—kids in their teens and young adults in their 20s—are coming down with these chronic illnesses and symptoms, and they’re being told that their body is attacking itself, that they have an autoimmune disease. These young people are going through a horrible shock and then an awakening to the sobering truth that nobody really knows the true causes of their condition and how to make them well again. Being chronically ill, especially at a young age, can break your spirit. But it doesn’t have to be this way—there are answers for you here and you can heal.
I can only scratch the surface in this article about how you can get started on healing these conditions. So check out Liver Rescue for details on how to improve specific health issues. The book is packed full of undiscovered healing and medical information that won’t be discovered for decades.
The beginning of the liver story isn’t too pretty. Basically, we’re all born with livers that are already weakened, because a lot of toxins are actually passed down the family line. We inherit them at conception and in the womb. And then our livers are barraged by a wide range of toxins throughout the entire course of our lives because of the imperfect modern world we live in.
Now, our livers are designed to deal with some of that. We were made with this incredible organ for a reason. The way it works is the liver contains three levels, or three depths. When you’re exposed to toxins, your liver works hard to snatch them up and capture them away within the depths of the liver to protect you. Ideally, your liver will then also neutralize the toxins, detoxify them and remove them from your body through its various elimination channels. But the problems come when your liver is flooded or bogged down with too many toxins and it can’t keep you safe from all of them, despite it’s miraculous and constant efforts to do so.
Troublemakers for Your Liver
Let’s run through some of the toxins our livers are inundated with. But first, I’ll warn you that this list could seem a little overwhelming, especially since you can’t run from all of this or completely avoid all of these toxins. Just remember that you can work to clear these troublemakers and heal your liver and get your quality of life back. I’m going to tell you how. But again, for more details, specific healing steps and dosages, and for a complete list of what I call the “Liver Troublemakers,” you’ll want to get a copy of Liver Rescue. Please note that the troublemakers listed below are only a handful of the Liver Troublemakers listed in Liver Rescue. Refer to the chapter on this topic in Liver Rescue for a complete list.
Petrochemicals and plastics. We inhale gas exhaust all the time, including when we pump our gas or drive behind a diesel truck or walk by an idling school bus. We absorb it into our bloodstream when we use kerosene, lighter fluid, gas grills and gas stoves. To understand where and how the liver stores these toxins, and why so many people’s livers aren’t given the opportunity to safely remove them from the body at a later date, please refer to Liver Rescue.
Chemical solvents and nanotechnology. These are everywhere, including in cleaning agents, carpeting agents, paint thinner, paint lacquer, new furniture and nanotechnology.
Household chemicals. These are pervasive in air fresheners, colognes, perfume, hairspray, scented candles, hair dye, conventional makeup, conventional cleaning products, conventional laundry detergent and conventional dryer sheets.
Smoke. Any kind of smoke exposure goes to the liver, whether that’s the smoke from the largely unknown agricultural practice of burning masses of plastic or from a forest fire or from a cigarette.
Chlorine. Any time you swim in a chlorinated pool, you’re absorbing some chlorine through your skin.
Stress hormones. When we’re under stress, adrenaline pumps into the liver, which puts us at risk for countless symptoms and conditions including liver disease, breaks down our bile reserves and breaks down hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Even in young people, livers today are being bombarded with the effects of excess adrenaline.
Viruses and bacteria. There are all kinds of viruses and bacteria in our modern world, including many undiscovered strains of Epstein-Barr, shingles, herpes and streptococcus. I have revealed these different strains in my books. People can inherit some of these pathogens through their family line. They can also be exposed in many other ways, like when they take a sip of a friend’s water or touch a dirty doorknob and later rub their eyes.
Toxic heavy metals. People can also inherit metals like lead, mercury, aluminum, nickel, barium, arsenic and copper. And it’s all too easy to be exposed to these metals in daily life. Take the heavy metal copper for instance. When the local park is being sprayed with pesticides (many of which contain copper and mercury) and you breathe that in, or when you drink water that ran through a copper pipe, you’re absorbing the metal. This industrial copper is different to the trace mineral copper which can be found in healthy foods.
Pharmaceuticals. Medications you’ve taken over the years can be harbored in the liver. And sadly, our water supply is filled with them: antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-inflammatory medications, biologics, immunosuppressant drugs, prescription amphetamines, statins, blood pressure medication, hormone medication, thyroid medication, steroids and even contraceptives. (This is why a high-quality water filter is essential, by the way. For recommendations for water filters and other home and kitchen tools, check out my website).
This means that even if you’ve never taken medications, you’ll still have some stored in your liver from drinking tap water at some time in your life. It’s OK if you need to take certain meditations, but you can still clear out the past medications from your system so your liver can heal and handle new exposure more effectively.
There are also ways of eating and some foods that are simply hard on the liver. Let’s take a look at some of these now:
Eggs. They keep pathogens that thrive inside the liver alive. Eggs are what was used in labs to raise viruses like Epstein-Barr. Viruses feed off eggs. It doesn’t matter whether those eggs are organic and pasture-raised (although certainly if you are going to eat eggs, that’s the kind of eggs you want to be eating). Nonetheless, eggs are eggs, and unfortunately they allow viruses to thrive. The undiscovered truth is that viruses are the actual root cause of many so-called autoimmune diseases and other health conditions. To understand the root cause of different symptoms and conditions, check out Liver Rescue.
Dairy. Cheese, milk and other dairy products will also feed viruses and be very hard on your liver.
Vinegar. Yes, even apple cider vinegar (which is certainly the best kind of vinegar) can be harmful to your liver (it basically pickles it!) when you consume too much. For more on apple cider vinegar and other misinformed health trends popular today, again, see Liver Rescue.
Excessive salt. Bad salts or excessive salt is hard on your liver, and if you combine the salt with vinegar you also create a pickling action in your organ.
Pork products. Very high in fat so they are extremely hard on the liver
To read a full list of the troublemaking foods to avoid, you can read the chapter on this topic in Liver Rescue.
I know it can seem overwhelming to consider all these problematic Liver Troublemakers. But the good news is that you now have answers and the information you need to heal. And there’s so much you can do to heal and get your life back. Let’s focus now on some powerful foods, herbs and supplements that will help your liver heal and work well into the future.
B12 with the right blend of adenosylcobalamin and methylcobalamin. The right kind of B12 can get a person recovering and on a path of starting to heal. As with all supplements, some are junk and harmful, and some are amazing. I have the highest quality options on my website to help you know what’s really good, so check that out before your make a purchase. I don’t sell supplements; it’s simply a list of the products I know work.
Apples. They’re an incredible food that provides a specific kind of hydration--a living water--to the liver. Your liver needs certain kinds of hydration that can only come from fruit, and apples are really important for this.
Apricots. Dried or fresh, the contain helpful phytochemical compounds.
Arugula. Causes a gentle purging of the liver.
Asparagus. Provides a type of flavonoid that’s rare. It soothes the liver, and this flavonoid helps calm a sick liver, purges the liver and strengthens the liver’s immune system.
Atlantic dulse and kelp. These are really good for the liver. Dulse is an ingredient in the Medical Medium heavy metal detox smoothie for a reason.
Bananas. They provide a type of glucose for the liver that’s incredible, and they are an antiviral, anti-yeast, antibacterial, and antifungal food.
Berries. They’re a medicine chest all on their own—they’re incredible.
Broccoli. It contains amazing sulfur compounds that stop bacteria. They’re great for clearing out streptococcus that’s in the liver and lymphatic system, which by the way is what causes acne.
Brussels sprouts. It has the same powerful compounds as broccoli.
Celery. I can’t say enough about celery. Spirit and I introduced celery juice to the world decades ago—and it’s all the rage now, rightly so!—for good reason. For one, it contains undiscovered subgroups of mineral salts (called cluster salts) that strip the membranes off of viruses so they die and can be flushed out of the body. This truth won’t be discovered by research and science for another 50 years or so. Celery also restores the liver’s bile production, so hydrochloric acid builds back up in the stomach. Celery purges the liver of toxins, and it also helps dissolve gallstones. I could go on and on about how powerful it is for healing your liver and your health.
Tomatoes. They harness critical micronutrients, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals that literally stop liver illnesses of all kinds. Tomatoes help the liver detoxify red blood cells safely, and they heal the liver.
There are many other powerful liver supporting foods that I cover in Liver Rescue and how their undiscovered healing properties are helpful.
Other herbs and supplements that will help detoxify and heal the liver include:
Barley grass juice powder
Ginger (try juicing ginger or making ginger water)
Rose hip tea
Wild blueberry powder
All of those foods, supplements and herbs are options for you, and you can do them all periodically or change them up. But again, see Liver Rescue for more detail and guidance you can use to heal. In the book, I explain what each food, herb or supplement does. I also share the specific dosages that are helpful for particular health issues.
For instance, there’s sections in Liver Rescue where I talk about the real cause and how to heal all of the following: acne, adrenal problems, autoimmune disorders, brain fog, chemical food sensitivities, diabetes, constipation, dark circles under eyes, emotional problems, energy issues, fatigue, sluggish liver, gallstones, gout, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, hormones problems, IBS, inflammation throughout the body, pain, jaundice, aging, liver cancer, insomnia, cysts, methylation problems, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), SIBO, sinus infections, urinary tract infections, varicose veins, weight gain and more.
It’s critical to take care of your liver, and it’s critical to know what to do to get the toxins out from deep in the center of the liver and all its layers. I want to support you in your healing, and I know that you can begin moving forward with healing now you have the truths and tools I share here and in Liver Rescue in your hands.
This item posted: 10-Nov-2018 - Disclaimer
It may feel hard to find fat-free, healthy dessert recipes that are absolutely indulgent and rich. Well, look no further. This Baked Bananas Foster recipe is just as decadent as the original yet full of only the best ingredients for your whole body and soul. Enjoy them plain or serve them with the included Banana Nice Cream. Either way, you will find yourself swept off your feet.
In Liver Rescue, I share how each of these ingredients can support you and your loved ones in healing. Let’s take a look…
Bananas: The fructose in banana is liver’s favorite source of food. It provides quick fuel to the liver and wakes up sleepy cells, increasing their ingenuity and work output. Soothes the linings of the intestinal tract and also soothes the nerves attached to the intestinal tract. Contrary to popular belief, bananas are one of the most antibacterial, anti-yeast, antifungal foods. A great food to combine with other nutrient-rich foods or to take with supplements, because they improve the liver’s ability to absorb nutrients.
Maple syrup: The combination of sugars and high mineral content quickly travels to the liver and becomes instant fuel of phytonutrient composition. It’s like an IV for the liver containing the best of both worlds: a vast array of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients (many of them still undiscovered) coupled with high-quality sugar on which the liver thrives.
Baked Bananas Foster
2 ½ tablespoons maple syrup, divided
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons maple sugar
¹⁄8 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Slice the bananas in half lengthwise and arrange them in a baking dish lined with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, stir together ½ tablespoon of the maple syrup with the cinnamon, maple sugar, and sea salt until well combined.
Brush the banana slices with the remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, making sure to coat both sides. Spread the cinnamon mixture evenly along the top of the banana slices and bake them in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until the bananas are soft and golden brown.
Makes 3 servings
Find out more undiscovered properties of healing foods and how they support the liver, check out my bestselling book, Liver Rescue.
This item posted: 07-Nov-2018 - Disclaimer
If you’ve ever researched different ways to heal symptoms or illnesses, tried various diets or health programs, looked for ways to lose weight or detox, or sought guidance from one or more health practitioners, you will know that there’s a seemingly endless supply of information and health trends out there. Not only is this wealth of information confusing to wade through, unfortunately most of it is also misguided and incorrect. And when you believe and apply information that isn’t true to how the body really works because so much of how the body functions is still undiscovered by science and research, it can be harmful to you and your loved ones and lead you further away from the truth.
When it comes to the liver information and trends out there, this is exactly what’s happening for so many. You might hear about a liver cleanse, liver flush, certain supplement or foods, a health or diet program, or theoretical information that presents itself as a fact, and believe it to be true because a well-meaning health practitioner suggested it or because it’s trendy and popular . Sadly, so much of the information and recommendations that are trendy today are actually detrimental to your health. I devoted two chapters of my new book, Liver Rescue: Answers to Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes, Strep, Acne, Gout, Bloating, Gallstones, Adrenal Stress, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Weight Issues, SIBO & Autoimmune Disease, to debunking common liver myths for this reason. It’s critical that you know the truth about what’s helpful and what’s harmful to your health and understand the liver’s real responsibilities and how it needs to be supported so you can make the best decisions for you and your loved ones. Below I will cover a few common liver myths. In Liver Rescue, I debunk these myths in much more detail, along with many others that are vital to understand for the sake of your health now and in the future.
Complete Cell Regeneration Every Seven Years
There’s a lot of different theories about how long it takes for all the cells of the body to regenerate. One common belief is that it takes seven years for the entire body to renew. This isn’t true. Many factors play a role in cell regeneration: nutrients, stress, pathogens, deficiencies, inherited and newly encountered toxins such as heavy metals, the environmental challenges someone’s living with, even the emotional environmental challenges someone’s living with and the resources available to that person. They can all influence the speed with which cells rejuvenate and it means that the exact timing of how many years it takes for cells to replace themselves can’t be ascertained by medical research and science, because there is no set timeline and it’s different for everyone.
The liver, however, is different. First of all, not all the cells of the liver can regenerate. Some severely damaged and scarred tissue in the liver generally can’t be renewed. At the same time, the liver has the ability to renew the parts of the liver that are in working order more profoundly than any other part of the body can. The liver is incredibly responsible and steady—it is the rock of the body. It ever so responsibly renews the working parts of the liver on a specific schedule that I share in Liver Rescue in order to sustain life. Medical science and research have no understanding or awareness that the liver operates on this specific time clock. I also share in Liver Rescue how the liver uses intelligence it holds from thousands of years ago (yes, you read that right - even if you’re only 20 or 40 years old this is still true) and how you can help your liver maximize its incredible renewal timing and functions so you can grow older with greater health.
Liver flushes (and liver and gallbladder flushes) can seem like a smart idea. It sounds like flushing the liver would be helpful, doesn’t it? But there’s two major problems with these flushes that make them a bad idea. Firstly, the liver doesn’t like to be pushed or forced. The liver is extremely intelligent and it knows how to perform its over 2000 undiscovered functions perfectly. All it needs from us is the right loving support—and that does not come with forcing it in the way our human minds might think is best. In Liver Rescue, I share these undiscovered functions of the liver and exactly how you can support your liver in the way it likes, deserves and needs. Our livers also have a longer memory than us. They know precisely the kinds and quantities of pathogens, toxins, toxic heavy metals, and harmful foods that we are up against, including those we were born into this world with from our family line (this is not our genetics but what we have inherited from previous generations at conception and in the womb.)
While we may think it’s best to just get all the toxins out at once in a flush, the liver knows better. We might think following a seemingly well designed flush protocol will result in all the toxins ending up in the toilet. But the liver, with its infinite wisdom and understanding of what’s going on inside of your body that you can’t see or know, knows that‘s not how it works. In truth, when someone does a liver flush that pushes and forces the liver, the bloodstream is where those toxins end up. The liver knows, even though we’re not aware, that all these poisons entering the blood at once put the heart and brain under direct threat. An onslaught of toxic sludge and debris headed for our heart valves and ventricles is not what the liver wants for you. It could cause erratic heartbeats, stress on the heart, inflammation, elevated adrenaline, and electrical confusion of the heart, all while we’re busy looking for stones in the toilet. In Liver rescue, I also share the truth about what these “stones” really are. Fortunately, there’s a better and more effective way to cleanse the liver that actually supports and helps the liver. That’s what I share in Liver Rescue.
Secondly, the flushes that are popular today also use ingredients that only make the liver work harder, like olive oil or apple cider vinegar. The high fat content of the olive oil is extremely hard on the liver and apple cider vinegar, while its the best vinegar available, is still hard on the liver also. In truth, vinegar can actually contribute to a sluggish and stagnant liver almost as much as alcohol. Surprised? I give a full explanation of why this is the case in Liver Rescue. There’s so much to know about the liver that science and research hasn’t yet discovered. There’s a reason Liver Rescue is my largest and most packed book yet.
There’s a very popular belief today that stones can form in the liver, like they do in the gallbladder. This is another misconception. It’s not possible for the liver to form its own stones. There are no cases of the hepatic ducts inside the liver getting clogged with stones—so-called “liver stones”—because the liver does not pass already formed stones through the ducts that lead bile to the gallbladder.The liver is too hot for stones to form. The liver’s heat is actually a mechanism that protects you from stones forming there, whether hard or soft. If stones did form within it, the liver wouldn’t be able to pass them through the bile. Instead they are formed in the gallbladder, which is much cooler. I describe the process by which this happens in detail in Liver Rescue and how to safely and effectively break them down, which is also currently unknown and misunderstood.
If someone has done a liver flush before and seen “stones” in the toilet, it was really food and debris from the intestinal tract mixed with the oil from the concoctions that go with the cleanse. And if the cleanse that someone did was fat free, there will still be bits and pieces of food waste coming off the walls of the intestinal linings mixed with the large quantities of herbal mixtures someone usually ingested for the flush. These combine with mucus from the digestive tract and are expelled together so when you look into the toilet you think you saw liver stones when you didn’t. If you’ve done liver flushes before and seen what you believed to be liver stones in the toilet and felt better after them, there’s a reason for that too which I explain in Liver Rescue. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean you helped your liver cleanse or heal.
Thankfully, there are many ways you can support your liver that will help it renew and do its job much better. Your liver is desperate for you to help it in the right way. Liver Rescue is dedicated to showing you exactly how to support and love your liver. To finally give your liver the opportunity it’s been waiting for to safely and effectively do the deep clean it seriously needs. Your liver wants to protect you. To keep you alive, safe and well. And it needs your help more now than ever before to do so.
This item posted: 02-Nov-2018 - Disclaimer
This egg-free, diary-free, gluten-free chickpea quiche is portable and stores well in the refrigerator. Try baking one up on Sunday and munching it throughout the week for an easy breakfast or lunch option. It tastes wonderful on its own and also tastes amazing topped with an herby tomato sauce, such as the Ratatouille Tomato Sauce recipe on page 400 of Liver Rescue.
In Liver Rescue, I share how the star ingredients in this recipe can support you and your loved ones in healing. Let’s take a look…
Broccoli: The “trunks” of broccoli are rich in sulfur compounds, which are not researched to the extent needed—they’re more important than we realize. These phytochemical sulfur compounds act as harmful gas to unfriendly bacteria and other microorganisms inside the intestinal tract and also travel straight to the liver, where they saturate liver tissue, allowing the liver’s immune system to have a fighting chance at controlling pathogens.
Tomatoes: Harness critical micronutrients, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals to support many functions of the liver. Lycopene is a beloved nutrient that the liver admires: the liver uses it to shield itself from cell damage, plus lycopene helps the liver detox red blood cells safely, smoothly, and efficiently. The fruit acids in tomatoes help keep the gallbladder healthy, helping rid sludge from the gallbladder and even reduce gallstone size. Even poorly grown tomatoes have a high mineral content. These minerals often get to the deep, inner core of the liver, helping prevent disease where it commonly starts for people. Tomatoes grow at night, under the moonlight, and the liver also responds to moonlight—when it’s a full moon, the liver tends to work harder at cleaning, filtering, and processing in the wee hours of the morning. When organic or heirloom tomatoes are in the diet, the full moon energy that they collected during their growing cycle works with the liver’s ability to cleanse. If you’re avoiding tomatoes due to trendy nightshade hatred that constantly recirculates over and over again, you’re missing out on keeping your liver healthy and preventing disease.
4 cups small broccoli florets
4 cups halved cherry or grape tomatoes
4 cups diced red onion
8 garlic cloves, skins on
2 cups water
3 cups chickpea flour
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
2 teaspoons sea salt
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread the broccoli florets, tomatoes, red onion, and garlic cloves on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper and roast for 15 to 20 minutes until tender.
Peel the roasted garlic cloves (being careful not to burn your fingers!) and place them into the blender along with the water, chickpea flour, lemon juice, poultry seasoning, and sea salt and blend until a smooth batter forms. Pour the batter into a large mixing bowl and stir in all of the roasted vegetables. Pour this mixture into a quiche dish or pan lined with parchment paper.
Alternatively, you can divide the quiche batter into a standard 12-cup muffin pan lined with parchment baking cups and make individual mini quiches. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, opening the oven halfway through to release steam. The quiche is done when the top is browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove the quiche from the oven and allow to cool before serving.
This quiche freezes well, so make two and you’ll have one on hand for an easy grab-and-go meal anytime. Remove the parchment lining prior to freezing.
Makes 6-8 servings
Find out more undiscovered properties of healing foods and how they support the liver, check out my bestselling book, Liver Rescue.
This item posted: 01-Nov-2018 - Disclaimer
These wonderfully hearty and flavorful Curry Pockets are the perfect meal or snack to satisfy you without weighing you down. Made with healing vegetables and spices, they are fat free, grain free, and plant based. Pair them with a green salad for a delicious dinner or lunch at home, or pack them into lunch boxes for your whole family to enjoy.
Potatoes are an important food for those who are heavy thinkers and those recovering from stress damage and adrenal exhaustion. They are also particularly beneficial for depression, insomnia, sleep disorders, brain fog, and stress related illnesses. Potatoes are also known to be good for promoting cardiovascular health and are highly beneficial for reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis, and COPD.
Cauliflower has excellent anti-inflammatory properties due to its omega-3 content and is an essential food for those trying to prevent chronic inflammation as in fibromyalgia, hepatitis, arthritis, cardiomyopathy, cystic fibrosis, IBS, and Alzheimer’s disease. It is also known to be an effective detoxifier for the liver and spleen and can aid in cleansing toxins from the blood, lymph, tissues, and organs.
Peas are one of the most nutritious of the leguminous vegetables and are rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, K, and B-complex and minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, and manganese. They are a great source of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
Potato pocket ingredients:
4-5 medium-sized potatoes
1 tbsp potato starch
3 tbsp tapioca flour (more if needed)
Sea salt and pepper
1/2-1 tsp water (if needed)
1 cup finely chopped cauliflower
1/3 cup frozen green peas, defrosted
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cilantro
1/2 ground turmeric
1.5 tsp curry powder
Small handful fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Sea salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
Place all the potatoes in a large pot fitted with a steaming basket. Add a few inches of water and steam until soft, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove and cool for 10 to 15 minutes, until cool enough to handle.
Place the potatoes in a large, flat-bottomed bowl or pot and mash until they are broken down. Add the salt, pepper, potato starch, tapioca flour and mash until the flour and starch have been incorporated. If the mixture is very dry, add a bit of warm water. If the mixture is very wet, add a bit more tapioca flour. The dough should be pliable and not stick to your fingers. Set aside while you make the filling.
Steam the chopped cauliflower in a steaming basket or fine mesh sieve over a pot of water until cooked. Remove and add to a bowl with the peas, ground cumin, ground cilantro, curry powder, fresh cilantro, sea salt, pep-per and lemon juice (if using). Mix well.
To make the pockets, take a handful of the potato mixture and roll it into a ball. Flatten the sides out so that there is a cavity in the middle, then add a tablespoon of the filling. Close the pocket gently and smooth out any creas-es. Repeat with remaining dough.
Place a non-stick pan over medium-low heat or spray with a bit of avocado oil (if needed). Add the pockets and cook for 5-10 minutes on either side, until browned and crispy. You can bake them in the oven at 350F for an additional 20 minutes if you want them even more crispy.
Makes 4-5 pockets
Learn more about how to restore your liver in my new book Liver Rescue
This item posted: 27-Oct-2018 - Disclaimer
Just like weight gain, mystery hunger is an issue that is often treated unkindly. But regardless of what someone might have said to you, there is nothing wrong with you as a person. It is not gluttony, it is not a character defect. There is a real reason why you are experiencing insatiable hunger. Different doctors have brought different theories to the table to explain away this condition, including psychological overeating disorder; a miscommunication in the brain; a stomach disorder; hormonal disorders due to pregnancy, ovulation, or menopause; hyperthyroidism; seasonal affective disorder (SAD); depression; diabetes; and acid reflux. The list goes on—and these are painful diagnoses to receive. You might feel at odds with your own body or mind. The truth is, though, that none of these diagnoses truly get to the heart of the matter. As I have shared many times before, there are so many mystery symptoms and conditions that medical science and research do not have the answers to. Today, we are going to uncover what is really to blame for your constant hunger. And for an even greater understanding, you can refer to the in-depth explanation I offer in my book, Medical Medium Liver Rescue: Answers to Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes, Strep, Acne, Gout, Bloating, Gallstones, Adrenal Stress, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Weight Issues, SIBO & Autoimmune.
A Starving Liver
What could possibly make you want to eat so much? A starving liver—a liver that is in desperate need of the three Cs: critical clean carbohydrates. What your liver is not hungry for is fat calories, which most everyone is consuming in high quantities. What it’s really starving for is glucose from fruits and carbohydrate rich vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, and winter squashes. However, when there is fat in the liver and in the blood from the high fat foods most of us consume from the time we begin eating solid foods, the liver is unable to access any glucose we do eat. If you’re thinking that you don’t eat a high fat diet, it’s important to know that high protein diets are actually high fat diets. Almost every high protein food is inherently high in fat also, including eggs, chicken, nuts, seeds, milk, cheese, fish, beef, bacon, tofu, and more. Some of these foods like eggs and dairy are best avoided because of the ways they contribute to chronic illness and symptoms, which I explain in Liver Rescue. Other high protein and high fat foods can still be included, but it’s important they don’t dominate your diet so you can make space for more glucose-rich foods like fruits, potatoes, and winter squashes. To fully understand why the high protein and high fat trends have gained so much traction and what you can do about it, I wrote a whole chapter on this topic in Liver Rescue.
Now you know that your liver is starving for glucose. It’s this desperate need for glucose that drives the intense hunger people can experience where they feel like they can just keep eating and eating. A healthy liver has built up glycogen reserves. These reserves are compacted glucose in the tissue used to fuel your body, keep your organs healthy, and prevent disease. When the liver is forced to store fat instead, it loses its glycogen storage and begins to deteriorate. Fats also inhibit glucose from entering into the cells of other organs with ease. The heart, for example, is a muscle that requires glucose, or it weakens. In this case, no matter a person’s incredibly fit physique, he or she can eventually be heart attack bound if the diet is always too high in fat or protein and not enough glucose. Until fat is lowered in the diet so glucose can get into the liver and other cells and organs of the body, and there is sufficient glucose from fruits and carbohydrate rich vegetables being consumed, the liver will keep crying out for more of the fuel it needs, which means the constant hunger someone is experiencing will continue. Once the liver gets the breaks from fat it needs and sufficient glucose, and has the opportunity to heal, the constant hunger will begin to fall away.
In addition to fats, our livers are under stress from pathogenic activity in our bodies. Viruses and bacteria sit in the liver and feed off of toxic heavy metals (think: copper, steal, mercury, lead, alloys, and many more). Some people might have one or two varieties of streptococcus, for example, as opposed to others with five or eight varieties, while someone else might have a different bacteria and a virus like HHV6. But do not be deceived—everyone has viruses in the liver, Epstein-Barr being the most common, and bacteria like streptococcus. Pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and plastic residue also accumulate to create a landfill in the liver that further prevents it from accessing glucose. For a full list of the hundreds of different “Liver Troublemakers” that can affect the health of your liver, check out Liver Rescue. While some of them are a part of our everyday lives that can’t be avoided, others can be minimized or you can prevent exposure or consumption altogether. All of these troublemakers, in addition to too much fat and protein in the diet, can lead to a sluggish or fatty liver, which is always present in someone with mystery hunger. If you are not feeling the effects of a fatty or stressed liver causing the mystery hunger symptom now, it doesn't mean you aren’t living with other symptoms caused by a stressed liver. Unfortunately this burden the liver carries will finally catch up with you. However, with the right foods and healing steps, you can turn this around and bring your liver back to health.
What Can You Do?
I am not talking about table sugars when I tell you your sugar intake needs to increase. Fruit, sweet potatoes, all varieties of potatoes, and winter squashes are your answers. Do not be afraid of the word fructose. Do not cheat yourself from healing fruits like apples, berries, melons, grapes, bananas, peaches, and plums. Fruit fear is rampant today and it’s absolutely critical for your health and your loved ones’ health that you know the truth about fruit. That’s why I covered this topic in a radio show and article. When the liver’s glucose needs are satisfied, it shuts down your hunger signal. All of the above are perfect examples of critical clean carbohydrates that refuel the liver.
Mineral salts are another part of the equation. This means adding more leafy greens, celery, spinach, brussels sprouts, and asparagus into your diet. Of course, and perhaps most importantly, do not forget to drink your celery juice. If you can, try to drink at least 16 ounces of straight celery juice a day. The mineral salts in celery juice will help your liver rid itself of the sludge that is hanging around from unwanted viruses and other toxins.
As always, along with these do’s there are also a few don’ts. Whether you are vegan, paleo, or vegetarian, it is time to reduce the amount of fat in your diet for the reason I have shared. Even lean meats are full of fat. You do not have to eat the chicken skin to consume fat. Fat runs throughout all meats, in its juice, and in fish oil. When you think protein, think fat. For the meat-eaters out there, that means reducing your meat consumption to once a day. For vegetarians, cut out the eggs and dairy products for this reason but also the many other reasons I share in Liver Rescue. Vegans, limit the amount of nut butters, tahini, oils, and avocados you are eating. By eating too much of any of these foods, we are doing serious damage to our livers in the long run.
Remember, you are supposed to get hungry during the day and it’s good to snack on the right foods every hour and a half to two hours for your adrenals (I share more on this in my books), but constant or insatiable hunger is a signal, a call for help from your liver. It is a sign of a fatty or pre-fatty liver—that the organ is stressed and unable to store glucose. At one point in time, conventional medicine knew that a high-fat diet meant fat build-up in the organs. But with an influx of trends and marketing campaigns and hidden agendas at industry level, the truth has been swept under the carpet. Do not be afraid to heal with the right information, which is truths I share here and in Liver Rescue. Sometimes there are emotional crises that can set us back when it comes to our health and our eating habits. The important thing is that we keep putting one foot in front of the other and making the best choices we can at any time. If you need help changing your diet or creating great meals, Liver Rescue includes many delicious low fat recipes that include foods that are healing to the liver. Take it one day at a time—your hunger is not something to conquer, nor is it a shortcoming. It’s a signal that your liver needs you and it can be turned around.
This item posted: 26-Oct-2018 - Disclaimer
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