A few months ago a friend shared with me a book, called the Microbiome Diet, that she promised would correct and rebalance my inner microbiome. Honestly, I wasn’t familiar with the word microbiome and as I leafed through the book I could see that the Microbiome Diet equates in most ways to the Pro-Terrain pH Balancing and Longevity Diet-eating program that Conscious Planet has been teaching over the years. I got very excited because I knew that with the more recent developments in scientific research and studies regarding the importance of maintaining a healthy microbiome, that I was going to learn a whole lot more about our inner world of microorganisms and how to keep them in balance. "I was ready to up my game.” I immediately went on Amazon.ca and ordered my own hardcopy. The Microbiome Diet – A Scienticfically Proven Way to Restore Your Gut Health. By Raphael Kellman, MD This book has been a Godsend in helping me repair my leaky gut which I have struggled with for years and has helped me restore and balance my inner terrain, my microbiome. As a result, I would like to share some key excerpts and important information from this book that may transform the health of your inner world by paying more attention to these tiny minescule organisms. What is the microbiome? The microbiome is a minature world made up of trillions of microscopic, non-human organisms that flourish within your gatrointestinal tract. These intestinal organisms digest your food, govern your appetite, control your metabolism, orchestrate your immune system, influence your mood, and even help determine how your genes are expressed. They have a major impact on whether your heart is healthy, whether your bones develop properly, and whether your brain feels sharp and clear or fuzzy and unfocused. They sustain the gatrointestinal tract so your food is properly digested delivering all the nourishment you need. They produce crucial vitamins and other nutrients. They even manufacture natural antibiotics. Most amazing of all, these non-human organisms make up a whopping 90 percent of your cells. Think about that. The vast majority of the cells within your body are not human. Within your intestinal tract lies a whole separate ecology that is inextricably involved with yours. When these microscopic organisms flourish, you flourish. When they struggle, you struggle. When they crave sugar, so do you. And when they operate at peak efficiency, so does your metabolism. That is why balancing your microbiome is the key to maintaining proper digestion and elimination. Balancing your microbiome is also the key to preventing and even reversing major illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, autoimmune disorders, autism and other developmental diseases. If you have a healthy microbiome and good intestinal health, your metabolism automatically keeps you at a healthy weight. If you have an unbalanced microbiome and poor intestinal health, you are virtually guaranteed to gain weight and suffer with leaky gut syndrome. As we are now understanding leaky gut can be repaired by creating and maintaining a healthy microbiome. Hippocrates, founder of Western Medicine, taught that all disease begins in the gut thus the obvious answer is taking care of our gut and intestinal health. A balanced microbiome regulates your immune system, three quarters of which is located within your intestines. It nourishes and sustains your gastrointestinal tract. It produces crucial vitamins and nutrients, including various B vitamins and vitamin K. It lays the groundwork for optimal mood and brain function by influencing the production of your neurotransmitters, the hormones and biochemicals your brain needs to process thought and emotion. And as mentioned before, it keeps you at your ideal weight by helping you digest your food, maintain an appropriate appetite, regulating the calories that enter your system, and keeping your metabolism working at optimal speed. So how do I know I have leaky gut, an imbalanced microbiome? Some of the common symptoms are: allergies, bloating & gas, slow metabolism, over weight and underweight, constipation, brain fog, depressed mood, difficulty focusing, fatigue, chronic inflammation, feeling too full, like food is just sitting in your stomach and not being digested, headaches, joint pain, infections, muscle pain, hair loss, swelling of ankles, tingling/numbing in hands and feet. Some of the less obvious though more serious are an overreactive immune system which leads to autoimmune diseases. So how does leaky gut happen and how can I repair it? An imbalanced microbiome will contribute to weakness in the intestinal walls. Partially digested food begins to leak through the permeable intestine walls dispersing loose into the blood stream and setting off an immune system reaction. The immune system perceives these undigested food particles as invaders and starts to make antibodies to combat some of the foods that are leaking through. Thus every time these certain foods are eaten, the immune system will create a reaction eventually causing inflammation throughout the body, insulin resistance follows along with a fat-storing metabolism cuing the body to gain weight with the threat of diabetes, disrupting hormones, digestion, elimination and nervous system as well as immune system. All of these symptoms are the result of leaky intestinal walls. To heal leaky gut firstly you will need to remove all the reactive foods from your diet, even the seemingly healthy foods that you have consistently been eating for a long time and now is seen by the immune system as a reactive food. A list will look something like this: all gluten foods, soy products, all unhealthy fats: trans fats, hydrogenated fats All inflammatory, allergenic, or reactive foods: no sugar, no eggs, no dairy all artificial sweeteners, preservatives or additives, remove from the gut parasites and the disproportionate growth of the wrong types of bacteria, known as dysbiosis, and break through the protective biofilm that protects yeast and the wrong types of bacteria. You may say, "well I’ve already done all of that and I still feel bloated and swollen and still seem to gain weight." The answer to your exclammations is to start adding foods to your diet that will support your microbiome such as friendly bacteria found in cultured and fermented foods containing live bacteria: raw sauerkraut, kimchee, fermented vegetables, goat’s or sheep’s milk kefir and fermented yogurt and for the first while you may want to supplement with a wide spectrum probiotic. Remember that the probiotic good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract will also need support from prebiotic food in order for the beneficial bacteria to flourish. Probiotics nourish the healthy bacteria in our microbiome so they can begin to outnumber the disruptive bacteria. A well-fed healthy microbiome are able to force the bad bacteria to leave to neighborhood. Consuming probiotics means microbial balance is restored. Inflammation subsides, endotoxins are averted, no more insulin resistance and no more weight gain. Good health, a healthy weight and happiness are the result. Some of the probiotic foods are the oligosaccharides – soluble plant fibers found in onions, leeks, garlic, asparagus, jicama, and Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, radishes and tomato. In Dr. Raphael Kellman’s book he describes in extensive detail what kind of foods and supplements are needed to restore and maintain a healthy microbiome. He lays out a brilliant plan he calls the four R’s - Remove, Replace, Reinoculate and Repair. He provides a daily eating plan and many delicious recipes to achieve your optimun healthy life style. But in order to have success with this program you actually have to make a commitment to get started. We wish you every success in your healthy endeavors.
Dehydration: Chronic dehydration also can be a cause of highblood pressure by making the body to hold onto sodium. This increases bloodvolume and thus blood pressure. Make a point of drinking a minimum of eight and preferably 10 to 12 glasses of pure, filtered water every day. How do I know when I am dehydrated? Symptoms of dehydration include the following: Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual. Dry mouth. Sleepiness or fatigue. Extreme thirst. Headache. Confusion. Dizziness or lightheaded feeling. No tears when crying. The importance of hydration Water plays many important roles within the body. Water is the major part of most of the body’s cells (except for fat cells) and it also cushions and lubricates the brain and the joints. It transports nutrients and carries waste away from the body cells. It also helps regulate body temperature by redistributing heat from active tissues to the skin and cooling the body through perspiration. Water is the main constituent of the human body: it is normally about 60% of body weight in adult males, and is slightly lower, about 50-55%, in females due to their higher proportion of body fat. The muscles and the brain are about 75% water, the blood and the kidneys are about 81%, the liver is about 71%, the bones are about 22% and adipose tissue is about 20%. Most of the water in the body is found within the cells of the body (about two thirds is in the intracellular space), and the rest is found in the extracellular space, which consists of the spaces between cells (the interstitial space) and the blood plasma. Total body hydration and the balance between input and output of water are under homeostatic control by mechanisms which modify excretory pathways and stimulate intake (thirst). The body requires water to survive and function properly. Humans cannot live without drinking for more than a few days – depending on weather, activity levels and other factors – whereas other nutrients may be neglected for weeks or months. Although commonly it is treated rather trivially, no other nutrient is more essential or is needed in such large amounts. Benefits Good hydration is essential for health and wellness. Every cell in the human body requires water. Hydration is central to the most basic physiological functions such as regulating blood pressure and body temperature, hydration and digestion. Some of the most remarkable benefits of hydration are listed below: Brain Adequate hydration is important for proper functioning of the brain. When we are well hydrated, brain cells are better supplied with fresh, oxygen-laden blood, and the brain remains alert. Mild dehydration, a 1% to 2% loss in body weight, can impair the ability to concentrate. Loss of more than 2% body weight due to dehydration can affect the brain’s processing abilities and impair short-term memory. Cells Hydration in the body is important for transporting carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients and oxygen to the cells. The cells then produce energy for the body to function. Furthermore, hydration facilitates disposal of the waste products of metabolism, enabling the right cellular chemical function. Digestive Tract Hydration plays an important role in the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract. Water is required to dissolve nutrients so that they may be absorbed into the bloodstream and delivered to the cells. Insufficient hydration will slow the digestive process and chronic poor hydration can lead to constipation. Heart Fluids are important for healthy heart function and the correct regulation of water balance is essential to keep blood pressure within the healthy range. Dehydration decreases cardiac output which may lead to increases in heart rate and a fall in blood pressure. The circulatory system delivers a constant supply of oxygen to the brain, muscles and to all other tissues. Kidneys An adequate water intake is essential to keep the kidneys working well, helping them to remove waste products and excess nutrients mainly via urine. The kidneys regulate the body’s water levels by increasing or decreasing the flow of urine. The kidneys also work to control normal levels of sodium and other electrolytes. A well-hydrated healthy person’s kidneys filter approximately 180 litres of water each day: clearly most of this has to be reabsorbed to prevent excessive losses from the body. Muscles and Joints Water acts as a lubricant for muscles and joints; it helps cushion joints and keeps muscles working properly. Muscles and joints, in addition to the bones, are necessary for us to stand, sit, move and carry out all daily activities. Approximately 70 to 75 percent of the muscle is made up of water. Maintaining the right water balance is essential for optimum muscle function. Skin The skin constitutes a defence against pathogenic agents and contributes to preventing the development of infectious and allergic processes. Some people believe that good hydration helps to moisten body tissues and preserve the skin’s elasticity, softness and colouring though this has not been researched adequately. Temperature The body water has an important role as a thermoregulator, regulating the overall body temperature by helping dissipate heat. If the body becomes too hot, water is lost through sweat and the evaporation of this sweat from the skin surface removes heat from the body. Sweating is the most effective way that the body prevents itself from overheating. Let us examine some of the lesser-known yet extremely important advantages that drinking adequate amounts of water can provide. Elimination of Toxins It is important to recall that our bodies are made up of nearly 60% water, and our brains a staggering 70%. Nutrients travel to and from our cells and organs via this "water pathway" and toxic substances are similarly removed. Drinking adequate amounts of water from pure sources such as water fountains and filtered or boiled water, helps expedite the process of removing harmful toxins from our bodies. This will contribute to an overall healthier disposition, as any toxins or foreign bodies that are not removed can cause damage in both the short and long-term. Maintaining Adequate Hydration Another distinct advantage that water provides is the ability for us to retain sufficient amounts of water in our system. While this s most commonly spoken of amongst athletes or other sportsmen and women, it is just as important for the average individual. Even a small imbalance in the amount of water in our bodies can result in lessened kidney function, digestive problems, muscles that are more prone to injury and even prematurely aged skin. Although these effects may be lesser-known than the immediate effects of dehydration, over time they can cause damage to our bodies. Impaired Thinking One fundamental importance of water is to keep our brains adequately hydrated. Although this organ represents no more than 1/50th of our body weight, it utilises 1/20th of the body's supply of water and blood. Should we not drink enough water, the brain itself can suffer. The results can be a headache due to the literal shrinking of the tissue (much like a sponge when dried out), migraines and impaired levels of thinking (as the cells are not performing at optimum levels). Thus, water is absolutely critical in schools and universities where a great deal of studying will take place. It is for this reason that many such institution provide numerous water fountains across campus to allow students to hydrate themselves whenever necessary. Keeping adequately hydrated is an important part of overall heath but especially important in those with medical conditions and mental illness. Even a small amount of dehydration can exacerbate underlying conditions. For the best possible performance Mental Healthy recommends you drink 8 glasses of fluid a day and at least 5 should be pure water. These are but a handful of reasons why water is without a doubt the most essential substance on the planet. Water fountains and other public supplies of fresh water truly give the gift of life. 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Fulvic acid rapidly catalyzes the breakdown and detoxification of toxic pollutants such as pesticides, herbicides and even radioactive substances thus forming organo-metal complexes of different absorptive stability and solubility. Minerals and metals actually disappear into the fulvic structure becoming bio-chemically reactive and mobile. Minerals and metals are actually transformed into elaborate fulvic acid molecular complexes that have vastly different characteristics from their previous metallic mineral form. Fulvic acid complexes have the ability to synthesize or transmute new mineral compounds such as the transmutation of vegetal silica and magnesium to form calcium in animal and human bones. This prepares minerals to react with cells, allows minerals to inter-react with one another and increases/enhances the availability of nutrients and in all life forms. Fulvic acid has generally been used as an agricultural product as it readily complexes with minerals and metals making them available to plant roots and easily absorbable through cell walls. It makes minerals such as iron, that are not usually very mobile, easily transported through plant structures. Fulvic acids dissolve and transpose vitamins, coenzymes, auxins, hormones, and natural antibiotics that are generally found throughout the soil. Humans usually are getting this from foods grown in healthy soil. However because of soil depletion and increased toxic load on the body, supplementation is desirable if not necessary for balanced health. Zeolyte clay is a clathrate (pourus) mineral that is negatively charged and is well known to neutralize heavy metal and chemical toxins. Humic acids have a non covalent bond and are well known as the key building blocks for organic life. Experience the gift of hydration, buy your bottle of Genesis here...
This article is taken from Ron Garner’s most recent book: "The Disease-Free Revolution." Ron Garner is an award-winning Author of "Conscious Health” – The Complete Owner’s Natural Health and Healing Manual. He won the Nautilus Award in 2007 for best health and healing book."In Conscious Health, myth-buster Ron Garner offers new science and alternative insights revealing that it is lifestyle, not genetics, which primarily determines our health.” HEALTH IS LOST OR WON IN THE GUT What you are about to read is life-changing because it explains the basic cause of most of the disease conditions our society suffers from. The majority of this information is sourced from Douglas Wyatt, founder of the Center for Nutritional Research, and from the book, Peptide Immunotherapy: A Physician’s Guide, by Dr. Andrew Keech. In medical terminology, the word ‘gut’ refers to the intestines. Many health practitioners use the phrase ‘disease begins in the colon.’ This is true because when rotting and stagnant fecal matter becomes congested in the colon, toxins are formed which begin to congest and reduce the efficiency of other organs. But that is only part of the story. What is not widely recognized, and is overlooked by many medical practitioners, is what happens upstream from the colon in the small intestine. Hippocrates, who lived in ancient Greece and is recognized as the father of western medicine, stated that, "All disease begins in the gut.” The problem influenced by poor lifestyle choices, the small intestine can develop tiny holes or perforations in its mucus lining, thereby becoming leaky. The small intestine is not supposed to have these perforations. However, when they do develop, the gut’s protective walls become weak, which allows incompletely-digested proteins, fats, toxins, and bacteria to leak through into the blood stream, causing inflammation in various areas of the body. This condition is called Leaky Gut Syndromeand it is the basis for chronic disease. It is estimated that at least half the adult population and many children in the United States have Leaky Gut Syndrome. A situation similar to leaky gut occurs with allergies. Allergens are able to enter and cause problems in the body due to weakened membranes of the skin, nose, sinus, throat, lungs, or intestines. Irritation and inflammation cause microscopic holes to develop and although very small, they are large enough to allow protein particles from pollen, animal dander, food, or other contaminants to gain entrance into the bloodstream.Acting in the interest of survival, the body’s immune system works to eliminate these foreign substances. This results in inflammation, mucus discharge, itching, irritability, and reduced immune function. Inflammation is present in most disease conditions.As an immune system response to irritation or damage, inflammation is the initial phase of the body’s healing.When intestinal inflammation and leaky gut become chronic, healthy areas of the body become susceptible to damage as well. Leaky gut can be a problem for people of all ages. It can be the root cause of many health disorders and autoimmune conditions ranging from: indigestion, bowel disorders, malabsorption and deficiency of nutrients, chronic fatigue, memory problems, allergies, Candida, and skin problems such as eczema, to asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, lupus, cancer, and numerous other autoimmune disorders. The main causes of leaky gut include: overuse of antibiotics, meats containing antibiotics, over-the- counter and prescription pain medications, steroids, gastro-intestinal drugs, birth control pills, pesticide-laden foods, mold, Candida yeast overgrowth, bacteria, excessive ingestion of wheat products, GMO foods, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, some food additives, and chronic stress. Adults who were not breast-fed as babies also have a compromised gut system which originated in infancy. Allergies and autoimmune disorders Allergies and autoimmune diseases are almost always associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome. The connection between Leaky Gut Syndrome and (many) autoimmune conditions is that the antibodies created by the body, in response to the toxic substances and undigested fats and proteins that leak into the bloodstream and attach themselves to various tissues throughout the body, create an allergic response, trigger destruction of tissues and organs, and create inflammation. In the case of allergies, the immune system becomes hypersensitive and reacts to an outside substance that it would normally ignore. With autoimmune conditions, the immune system reacts to normal body tissues and begins attacking them as if they were foreign invaders; it produces antibodies against its own tissues. Under the conditions of increasing toxicity and chronic inflammation in the gut, the immune system becomes overactive and confused and can no longer tell the difference between healthy body tissues and antigens; it produces a response that destroys healthy normal tissue. The specific type of autoimmune disease that develops depends on the predominant location of the inflammation. Since the gut immune system contains 70 to 80% of the body’s immune cells, it is obvious that this is the area of our body that needs assistance if we wish to improve our health. Wyatt, Douglas. A. Leaky Gut Syndrome: A Modern Epidemic with an Ancient Solution? Center for Nutritional Research. The solution – bioactive colostrum It seems that any time we stray too far from Mother Nature’s way of caring for our bodies we run into difficulties. Altered foods, chemical drugs, preservatives, and pollutants are not natural to the human body and sooner or later they force body systems out of balance.It should be no surprise to us that nature had the prescription to being healthy from the beginning of our lives, and nature also offers the possible solution to correct health problems as we grow older. When mammals are born, their first food is colostrum from their mothers. This first milk, or actually ‘pre-milk,’ is very special because it transfers the all-important immune and growth factors plus nutrients from mother to infant. The newborn gut is unique in that it has not completed maturation at the time of birth and needs the growth factors and other components of the mother’s colostrum to complete its development. This incomplete development of the gut is of benefit to the newborn as it allows large proteins, such as immunoglobulins, to easily enter the body. Immunoglobulins in colostrum and mother’s milk bind to disease-causing pathogens on the mucosal surfaces of the GI tract, thereby preventing them from colonizing and causing infection. This modulation by the immune system creates passive immunity for the infant. Shortly after ingesting immune-strengthening colostrum, the porous openings in the infant’s gut close to provide a protective barrier so that large protein particles from food, plus viruses and bacteria cannot enter directly into the bloodstream. This protective barrier remains intact until one or more of the factors mentioned above cause the small intestine to become injured and porous.Fortunately for us, when we consume colostrum it can provide the same healing benefits and immune fortification that infants who are breast-fed this first food receive. Not only can colostrum heal holes in the gut, but it can also repair mucus lining perforations throughout the rest of the body that cause allergic reactions. Of course as adults we do not consume colostrum from human mother’s milk, but there is a wonderful alternative.Colostrum produced by cows –bovine colostrum – is bioidentical to human colostrum, yet it contains significantly higher levels of the immunoglobulin IgG, which can neutralize microorganisms, many of which are now resistant to present-day antibiotics. It contains powerful antibacterial and antiviral factors. Therefore, as an immune enhancement, bovine colostrum is even better than human colostrum. Bovine colostrum contains hundreds of thousands of components, of which only a few hundred have been identified and studied, that enhance the human body’s functioning by two primary mechanisms. First, the numerous immune factors and natural antibiotics in colostrum provide strong support for optimal immune system performance. Second, colostrum’s growth factors offer a broad-spectrum boost for optimal health and tissue healing. Wyatt, Douglas. A. Anti-Aging Benefits of Bovine Colostrum. vital Health News. www.centerfornutritionalresearch.org The gland in our bodies responsible for producing T cells, which are major components of the body’s immune response to foreign invaders and infections, is the thymus. The thymus gland is located behind the sternum in our chest just in front of the heart. This gland grows to the approximate size of an orange until we reach puberty, and then begins to shrink. By the time we are 70 years old, the thymus gland has reduced to approximately the size of a pea. This is one explanation of why we have weaker immune systems as we age. I Bovine colostrum is able to restore the thymus gland to optimal functioning capacity and correct an underactive immune system. According to Doug Wyatt, who has been working with physicians for over two decades, people who have been supplementing with bovine colostrum consistently and over time, report that they do not get colds or the flu anymore. And, people who start taking colostrum when they are already sick with a viral or bacterial infection report greatly accelerated healing and recovery times. Dr. Donald Henderson, MD, and Professor of Medicine at UCLA, stated:Colostrum is the ideal solution for Leaky Gut Syndrome. Its components prevent and heal GI damage. Unless the gut is healed, the body cannot begin the process of repair. Benefits of consuming colostrum Bovine colostrum is not a medicine or a drug; it is a super- food that is whole and natural. It is able to stimulate an underactive immune system or modulate an overactive one. It is also able to increase growth hormones in the body to restore a more youthful functioning of many physiological processes and promote growth of body tissues. Thousands of clinical trials have proven colostrum to be safe and effective, with no known drug interactions or adverse side effects. It is the perfect food to assist in the recovery from all disease conditions. Researchers have found that nutrients in colostrum are directly responsible for the production of stem cells in our bone marrow. "When they measured the before and after stem cell counts in the blood, virtually none are detected prior. Within a week of consuming, trillions of stem cells can be found.” Nothing other than colostrum has been clinically proven to stimulate the production of stem cells. The only food that was designed to heal, protect, and make our gastro-intestinal tract perfect is colostrum.When this first pre-milk food, containing high levels of its active components, is regularly consumed and the leaky gut situation is healed, many health benefits can start to be realized. I Some of the main health benefits include: improved digestion and bowel function, increased energy and feelings of well-being, faster healing after injuries, repair of DNA and RNA, regulated blood sugar levels, increased infection control, improved memory, building of lean muscle and bone density, increased endurance, reduction of body fat, more youthful skin appearance, and improved sexual function. Active bovine colostrum has been referred to as the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. As we age, it can give us a renewed lease on life. In addition to active bovine colostrum as a solution to leaky gut sydrome, Conscious Planet has a family of products that can also address leaky gut issues that start to happen with poor digestion, poor assilimlation and chronic elimination problems. Remember, "digestion is the major starting point to health” and "disease begins in the colon, " a phrase used by many natural health practitioners. The array of Conscious Planet products that will assist in mending leaky gut issues includes: Genesis – Bioactive Ionic Mineral Elixir. Make sure you are getting your minerals. Transcend – Vita Mineral Fruit & Greens. Reducing inflammation thus reducing the tiny holes in the mucus lining of the small intestine. Catalyze – digestive enzymes to support every catalytic function in the body,from breaking down food molecules to removing waste. Colonyze – Probiotic Flora Blend. Offers full intestinal tract support to pursue pathogenic invaders that are one of the causes of leaky gut. Eliminate – Bowel restorative that will break down impacted waste and repairing bowel wall, replenishing with essential nutrients. Visit Conscious Planet today to get on your health program and heal your gut health... If you wish to learn more from Ron Garners book, the Disease-Free Revolution, you can find it onAmazon.ca. For everything you need to know to stay healthy and happy.
Eggplants are one of those delicious, weird, wonderful vegetables that are in season right now and MOST people I know have no idea how to cook them. So in honour of all the eggplants that are in season right now, here is my famous Rosemary Eggplant Stew... and by famous I mean, Charles LOVES it! Savory Eggplant Stew 1 small to medium eggplant 3 medium red potatoes 1 red bell pepper 1 small sweet onion cut in chunky pieces ½ dozen roasted garlic cloves (baked ahead of time) Wrap in foil, drizzle with olive oil. ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes 1 bay leaf 2 sprigs rosemary Celtic salt and pepper to suit your taste 1 cup vegetable broth 1 tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos In a sauce pan melt 1 tbps coconut oil and lightly saute eggplant and sweet onion. Then add to a roasting pot along with all the remaining ingredients. Bake in oven at 350F for 1 hour. Enjoy and let me know how much you love this delicious dish. xo Wind Walrath (co founder of Conscious Planet)
There is nothing worse than a hot day and a bloated belly, swollen fingers and toes and thatirritable, uncomfortable feeling in your skin. It can reallysabotage your summer fun. Sure it’s the ice creams, BBQ’s and alcohol, but it’s also what these foods do to your metabolism, hormones, endocrine system that sets you up for a bloated summer. In this article I want to share with you what exactly happens within your boy that creates the summer bloat and some easy foods, supplements and strategies you can use to restore your summer radiance, confidence and a slimmer belly. 1. Lower Aldosterone: To put this simply, this is the hormone produced by the adrenals responsible for water retention and can send signals to your body to hold on to water when too much of the wrong sodium is consumed without adequate potassium and other minerals to balance fluid regulation. All those chips, burgers, sauces, alcohol and a lack of water on hot days will send this hormone skyrocketing to tell your body "re-absorb all water and puff up like a balloon” Regulating your electrolytes will chill this hormone out, especially consuming enough potassium (at least 4500 milligrams a day). Here is my fave summer drink for reducing water retention, cooling the body while strengthening digestive fire: ·4 stalks celery, ·½ cucumber, ·Handful parsley, ·Piece of ginger: juice and enjoy first thing in the AM with a lot of water. Other ways to reduce aldosterone and water retention is to eat potassium rich foods especially dark leafy greens, kiwis, yams, avocados and tomatoes. Drinking dandelion tea is excellent as well as detoxifying to the liver, and making sure to get your B vitamins daily. 2. Lower bad estrogens and stress hormones. A lot of my clients and women in my online group, the "Whole Body Makeover" talk about work stress and how it drives them to eat bad carbs and sabotage their efforts. Managing stress is so important, as it can crank up adrenaline and cortisol, which makes us store fat, become fatigued and feel burnt out. Stress hormones also increase bad estrogens, which packs on belly fat and fat around the hips that won’t budge. Let’s start with the bad estrogen elimination protocol first: 1.Throw out all toxic body care and replace with natural products from your health food store- The average woman is expose to 516 "xenoestrogenic chemicals” every single day. This is a huge contributor to why our estrogen clearing pathways get blocked and then our bodies can’t effectively detoxify from the system, so they re-circulate and cause hormonal havoc, making us gain weight and have a never ending endocrine disorder no doctor can seem to pinpoint. If you are serious about your health and want to see changes, replace all your soaps, moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, hand sanitizers(the worst) and household cleaning products to natural ones free of sulphites, parabens, cancer causing agents, synthetic fragrances and petrochemical byproducts. It may cost money up front, but what price can you put on your health? 2.Eat 80% vegetables- whatever your health concern is, vegetables are the answer. If you have weak digestion, cook all your veggies, if your digestion is alright then have about 50% raw. Go for dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables as these contain compounds that clear our bad estrogens from our pathways and scrub out our colon and digestive tract, making our body even more proficient at clearing out harmful chemicals and relieving the liver of the toxic load. Without this the colon won’t be able to do it’s job. Then the liver becomes stagnant and nothing will move and shift. 3.Eat fermented vegetablesYou can make your own or you can buy them at your health food store. My favorites are all types of saurkraut and cabbage with spices! Fermented vegetables move through your digestive tract and rebalance the good bacteria for weight loss, balance blood sugar, detoxify the body of harmful chemicals and heavy metals, sweep out bad estrogens, and even assist in increasing your neurotransmitters for better brain function and mood! Anyone who follows me knows how much these guys have changed my life and I cannot live without them. Here is a great example of what I would eat in my estrogen reducing diet following these guidelines: ·Wake up: 2-4 cups lemon water and/or 1 tbsp Conscious planet Transcend, 2 caps Genesis. When I’m hungry I eat breakfast which is about 30-60 minutes after: On the days I want to really feel slim and energetic, I do a conscious planet Shapeshift or Transform shake: ·2sc of either one, ·1/2sc chocolate whey protein isolate, ·1sc chocolate hemp protein, ·1tsp yellow maca for hormone balancing and energy, ·1 big tbsp coconut milk fat, ·water- blend in blender and wait for 10 mins then enjoy. Some days I wake up and my body wants food instead of a shake in which case I will do organic eggs or egg whites sautéed with some coconut oil and fresh garden chard and peppers, a few ounces of sauerkraut on the side with some healthy mustard. Then before I head out for my gratitude walk or hike I take about 2 caps genesis. After this I come home and drink about 2 cups water and prep my next meal or shake. I usually have the solid breakfast meal above if I opted for a shake ealier or two smaller meals below so I can sustain my energy throughout the day and not feel sluggish. I find I do best and have more energy when I am "slightly empty”. If I am really going for the lean summer look I will do: ·about 4-6 ounces of fish(cod, trout, wild salmon, or coho), ·2c steamed broccoli, 4 ounces fermented veggies mixed with a summer salad with fresh greens from my garden. I will have these meals about 2-3 hours apart, or when my body tells me it’s time to feed again. If I am running around doing errands I will replace one of these meals with a shake similar to breakfast. By the late afternoon I usually want something sweet, so I will make another protein shake, as this fuels my evening lifting sessions quite nicely. For my treat I usually eat two bullet proof collagen protein bars or do about: ·1.5sc whey protein isolate ·1-2 big huge scoops of conscious planet chocolate hemp protein (it’s so freakin good!) ·and water. I am lifting pretty heavy right now and find my body needs a lot of protein to get that lean tight look a well as keep my cravings at bay, as I don’t eat a lot of carbs every day when I am leaning out. I will do about 2-3 days pretty low carb aside from eating carbs in my last meal, then one day carb up to lean out without going crazy. Dinner will usually be some sort of: ·Organic turkey, fish, chicken or wild game meat like elk, venison or kangaroo (about 4-6 ounces) ·1c cauliflower rice with lemon, olive oil, sea salt, rosemary ·2 ounces fermented veggies and a big salad or ·Steamed chard from the garden or broccoli and zucchini. I love sauces and usually will get avocado mayo from the health food store and mix it with the juice of a fermented veggie and use that as a tasty drizzle if I find I am very hungry and really need the fat satiation and flavor. A healthy pesto added to any veggie always satisfies as well! I also cook with a lot of spices in every meal, so every meal is so unique, flavorful and soul satisfying. My fave combinations are also good for hormones and include curry, cumin, fennel, tumeric, ginger, malay spice, and garam masala. 2-3 hours after dinner: This is a great time to eat a small meal of carbs and fats to provide energy the next day as well as enhance your sleep. If I am lazy I will do: ·3/4c cooked Organic gluten free oatmeal ·2tsp sweetener: monk fruit or truvia is what I currently use and it is so good! ·1 tsp coconut oil ·Cinnamon ·Pinch of sea salt ·Few tsp coconut milk fat To me this feels like a cheat! It is so satisfying and no guilt. This meal is best eaten around 1.5 hours before bed. I eat with body mindfulness. Meaning, I eat just until I am satiated and then stop. Another great option would be to replace this with a baked sweet potato with sprinkles of all the above and even some cashew butter, it is so satisfying you will not miss unhealthy carbs! Managing stress hormones: We all know that meditation does wonders for this, so it is crucial for allowing the peace within you to manifest without, but I also like a good cortisol manager or the herb holy basil to drop cortisol fast. When I am feeling stressed out, I take: ·½ tsp of a full spectrum extract of holy basil ·½ tsp full spectrum extract of ashwaganda ·and combine it with rhodiola and find this works well. I also have P.S (phosphatydleserine) and a supplement called "stress care” kicking around and alternate between these options depending on what my body tells me. I am always tuning in and asking my body what it needs and listening for the subtle shift of "yes” which is a lightness and gentle response internally. A ‘no” will feel heavy and draining, this is a good way to build a loving relationship with your body and allow it’s wisdom to guide you. Get in touch with your flow: Women’s bodies have an amazing monthly rhythm that can work for us instead of against us. Contrary to popular belief, PMS is not normal nor do you have to put up with it. During the time our monthly cycle we have our main hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone that rise and fall, and if we eat to support their production, we will have a happy monthly flow with no weight gain, no PMS and no craviness- the cravings that make you crazy! Here’s how: The start of your cycle: This is when you first get your period. Estrogen and testosterone will start to climb until ovulation, so eating foods that support healthy estrogen production instead of bad estrogens- is key. Go for nature's natural estrogens like tofu, tempeh, and 2tbsp flaxseeds a day. These phyto-estrogens bind to our "beta” estrogen receptors and block bad estrogens from attaching to the "alpha” part of our receptors and allow our bodes to stay in balance quite nicely. The second part of your cycle: this happens after ovulation, your body is switching to progesterone production and this is when women tend to get the "cravies”. Eating foods that will support your healthy progesterone production is the ticket. My "go to” is hummus and veggies, as the hummus has chickpeas, tahini which support healthy progesterone production as well as garlic and olive oil. Chickpeas are high in B6, which helps with progesterone production as well as water retention. During this time I replace my evening oats with hummus and fresh peppers and cucumbers. Sesame seeds are fantastic as well to sprinkle on your salads and other dishes. I also make sure to be diligently taking my B vitamins at this time. Throughout your whole monthly cycle healthy fats are a must. If you want to have healthy hormones, being mindful of the types of fats you consume is so important, they literally become your cellular matrix and create healthy cells that are able to function optimally. The best fats for a happy flow cycle are ·Hemp oil which is high in GLA for hormone production and regulation, ·Fish oil especially one that’s high in DHA- this acts as a natural anti depressant ·ALA or alpha lipoic acid- this is very detoxifying to the brain an helps remove heavy metals form the pituitary, I usually suggest this one for vegetarians who don’t want to do fish oil. I know the above can seem like a lot of info, but that’s why I created my online course whole body makeover, to take all my expertise and body wisdom and put it into a program any woman can follow and achieve success. For more info on the Whole Body Makeover eCourse, please go tohttp://www.dailyom.com/cgi- bin/courses/courseoverview. cgi?cid=571&aff=
Hello Health Seekers, We have great news! Our new line of hemp seed food products are now available through Conscious Planet! Our featured product this week is the Hemp Supergreens! A rich blend of nutrient dense superfoods that has a whopping 30 grams of pure plant protein per serving! Great for breakfast, a pre or post workout or between meals. Enjoy this delicious, protein rich recipe. Hemp Supergreens Recipe: -3 cups water - 1/2 cup Planet Hemp seeds - 2 tbs Planet Hemp Supergreens - 1/2 a banana - 3 dates - 1/2 tsp raw vanilla - pinch of salt Blend and enjoy! Get your Hemp Super Greens today!
About 6 years ago I was starting to feel the effects of EMF's - negative electro-magnetic pollution from wifi, cell phones, cell towers, microwave frequencies in the environment etc. Living in a high rise apartment for 10 years now, I've been aware for awhile just how inundated I feel with wifi from every direction. I had been experiencing several bothersome symptoms like chronic headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, confusion, insomnia, and a bit of depression, and what I thought was sciatica. When I finally met a chiropractor who gave me a diagnosis, he felt the sciatica was mostly emotional and also suggested that I may be suffering from EMF sickness. Yikes, thats what I’d been feeling all along. He suggested I consider looking into to purchasing an iMRS (magnetic resonance stimulator) Mat. So Charles and I found a distributor in Vancouver and went to have a session on the iMRS - which is pulsed electro-magnetic frequencies. Magnetic resonance stimulation charges the membrane of every cell in the body with energy to improve health by supporting normal cellular functioning, causing the cells to communicate better. As soon as I laid down on the mat I could feel my body tingling and after an 8 minute session I felt very calm and renewed in a way I hadn't felt for a long time. I thought to myself, "What is this feeling I'm experiencing?” The first thing I noticed was the ringing in my ears was almost gone and the wired feeling that I had just learned to live with had calmed right down and I couldn't feel it anymore. Previously, before the mat I would lie down at night to sleep and my body would be vibrating, but now I get on my mat just before I go to bed and drift off to sleep in a very calmed, relaxed state. In the morning I wake up feeling rested and still calm to start my day. That was 6 years ago and I haven't gone a day without treating myself to a session on the mat. I have discovered that all of the symptoms of EMF sickness I was coping with have subsided greatly and I feel restored, energetically… a much happier girl indeed. Just recently we purchased the Omnium1, which is the same technology only it is portable and operates from an Android pad which means I can travel with the mat. I can use it while I'm driving long distances (greatly reduces the vibration of tires on the road) and I arrive at my destination still refreshed and ready to go. We take our Omnium1 everywhere we go now. All I do is charge the pad, pack it in the carrying case and I can take it to the beach or simply put it in my gravity chair while I'm watching a movie. The Omnium is such a convenient device to own that I wouldn't do without it. I would say the most important benefit that I have received from my PEMF mat is that it has assisted in reversing the beginning symptoms on periodontal disease. My gums were receding and bleeding, some of my teeth were loose because on bone loss and my teeth hurt. I knew iMRS probe would really help to regenerate nerve, bone and gum tissue and so I used it every day for 15 minutes and now when I see the dentist for quarterly cleanings I always receive a report that my teeth have healed and back within normal range. No more symptoms of periodontal disease. If you’re looking for solutions for your EMF sickness, body pain or even periodontal disease, the Omnium1 and iMRS Mats have been such blessings in my life. Find out more information about them here and feel free to ask me any questions you may have. Happy to help! Wind Walrath co-Founder of Conscious Planet
We all experience anxiety in some way or another. But does our anxiety need to run our life and thoughts? Longtime Conscious Planet member, Bradley Morris doesn't think so. "My meditation practice has been one of the greatest gifts I've ever given myself. As a busy entrepreneur who has struggled through many phases of growth and failure, it has been the thing that has kept me centred, in my power and ever-present to the blessing that life is." Explore for yourself though. Enjoy this little peace pause meditation in your day. If you love it, join Bradley's 21 day meditation course at www.21daymeditationexperience.com
This is an amazing article on improving your gut health from Naturally Living Ideas. 1. Eat Probiotic Rich Foods Since ancient timespeople have usedprobiotic rich foods, which have been naturally fermented, to provide the good bacteria needed for a healthy gut and overall health. Kimchi, kombucha, kefir, miso, tempeh, sauerkraut, natural yogurt andapple cider vinegarare all examples of fermented foods you can eat for a healthier gut. In fact, some of these couldn’t be simpler to make – here’show to get started fermenting your own foods. 2. Don’t Forget The Prebiotics You can elevate the effectiveness of your probiotic rich foods by consuming some prebiotic foods too. Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates that ‘feed’ the probiotics, encouraging them grow and multiply in your gut. Prebiotic rich foods include artichoke, asparagus, bananas, chicory,garlic, onions, tomatoes and whole grains. 3. Use Probiotic Supplements While fermented foods are the best and most natural way to get a healthy dose of probiotic bacteria, some people simply can’t stand the thought of consuming these cultures. In this case, probiotic supplements can be a good alternative. It’s very important to choose ahigh-quality supplement from a reputable brand. Conscious Planet has a premium blend of probiotics. Make sure it contains live strains of bacteria – which need to be kept refrigerated. 4. Cut Out Sugar & Processed Foods The bad bacteria in our guts go into overdrive when we eat too much sugar! They are also quite partial to the fats found in processed foods – including cookies, cakes, chips, fries and pastries. In 2010, researcherscomparedItalian children who ate a diet high in fat, sugar and starch with tribal African children who ate high fiber, plant based foods. They found that the African children had more beneficial bugs in their gut. 5. Go Vegetarian Cutting out meat from your diet has a huge number ofhealth benefits– from lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and the risk of heart disease and diabetes to helping you shed pounds, improve mood and boost nutrient intake. Research now shows that a vegetarian diet can also alter the composition of your gut microbiome for the better. It’s so effective that these changes can be seen in a matter of days! A2014 study, published in the journal Nature, reports that the gut microbiome of subjects changed dramatically within four days of switching from a diet of animal products to a vegetarian one, and vice versa. The microbiota of omnivores, compared to that of vegetarians and vegans, produces more of a chemical that is associated with heart disease, inflammation and intestinal diseases. 6. Open the Windows We now spend more time indoors than ever before. Some surveys estimate that we’re indoors 90% of the time! Fresh air is so important to both the mind and body,as is sunlight, so spending time outdoors is important. But given how much of our day and night is spent inside, we need to be aware of the air qualityindoors too– and the effect this can have on the microbiome of our homes. It's important to open windows and increase natural airflow. This can improve the diversity and health of the microbes in the home, which in turn benefits our bodily microbes. 7. Stress Less While stress is an unavoidable consequence of our busy lives, how we manage that stress matters. The gut isespecially vulnerableto stress, which can affect gastric secretion, gut motility, sensitivity, blood flow and more. Our stress hormones can also influence how gut bacteria affects the production of hormones and the neurochemicals that communicate with the brain, including ones that influence appetite. Shifts in gut microflora induced by stress can alsoleave us opento infection. Long-term stress maylead tothe development of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach ulcers, IBD, IBS, and even food allergies. 8. Laugh! Whoever said that laughter is the best medicine was on to something! There has even beena studyto show that laughter can improve gut health. Researchers studied both healthy people and patients with atopic dermatitis – a disease typically associated with imbalances in gut bacteria. After watching funny movies daily for one week, the patients’ gut flora had actually changed and was becoming more in line with the flora of the healthy participants. 9. Consider if Antibiotics are Always Necessary Some estimate that half of the antibiotics we are prescribed are unnecessary. We already know that this over-prescription leads to drug resistant bacteria, but it may also beseriously impactingthe health of our guts in the long-term. Following a course of broad-spectrum antibiotics, itcan take weeks, months or even years for the gut’s microbes to get back into balance. Shockingly, some researchersbelievethat antibiotics may even be causing permanent changes to the microflora of all people from generation to generation – passed on from mother to child. While antibiotics are obviously very necessary in some cases, quiz your doctor before accepting them without question. According tothe Mayo Clinic, common viral infections that do not benefit from antibiotic treatment include cold and flu, most coughs, most sore throats, some ear infections, some sinus infections and stomach flu. 10. Exercise Regularly Exercise has an important influence on gut flora. It not only increasesspecies diversityand reverses gutmicrobiota changesassociated with obesity, but it also works to reduce stress and the impact that has on the bugs in your digestive system. The earlier you start exercising, the better.New researchhas demonstrated that exercise in the early years of development has a significant impact on the diversity of the gut microbiome. That said, your intestinal bacterial continues to be influenced by your behavior as an adult so cycle, run, swim,start squatting or invest in a kettle bell– it all makes a difference! 11. Get Enough Sleep Getting enough sleep isn’t always easy – in fact,one third of US adult don’t sleep for as long as they should, something which could lead to an unhealthy gut. A2014 study demonstrated that sleep disturbances and irregular sleeping patterns can negatively impact intestinal microbiota, which may lead to inflammatory diseases. Furthermore, the disordered breathing associated with the common condition of sleep apnea has been shown in studies to disrupt the health of the microbiome. Mice subjected to conditions which mimicked the effects of sleep apnea for six weeks showed significant changes to the diversity and makeup of their microbiota. This sleep-gut connection is a two-way street. Scientists believe the bugs in our gut can affect sleep in a number of ways: shifting circadian rhythms and affecting the hormones that regulate our sleeping and waking patterns. Get into a healthy sleeping pattern by letting go of these bad habits, filling your room with sleep promoting plants and establishing a healthy night time routine. 12. Don’t Be A Clean Freak Much like antibiotics alter the gut microbiome by indiscriminately killing all bacteria (even the good), so does our obsession with cleanliness. For example,researchshows that parents who cleaned their child’s pacifier by sucking on it instead of boiling it in water were doing their children a big favor in terms of gut health. These kids were less likely to develop allergies, thanks to immune stimulation by microbes transferred from the parent’s saliva. Children who grow up with a dog also have alower riskof allergies because dogs are associated with a type of house dust that exposes us to important strains of bacteria, like L. johnsonii – an essential species within the gastrointestinal tract. Household cleaners that are marked as antibacterial have got to go – as do mostother chemical laden products. Less toxic cleaners like vinegar,baking soda, lemon juice andcastile soapare much better options. 13. Start Gardening Finally, getting your hands dirty in fresh soil will introduce your immune system to the trillions of microorganisms on the plants and in the ground. Gardening also eases stress and gets you outside in the fresh air – two important factors in a healthy gut. Here are some great tips to help youstart your own organic garden. Ready to improve your gut health? Conscious Planet has a special on Colonyze Probiotics until July 31st or while supplies last. Two bottles for $100. Again, thank you toNaturally Living Ideasfor organizing this research so well.
In this short article, we want to expand your understanding of how important enzymes are for helping you have a healthier, happier, more energized body (and life). This day and age, a great deal of what we put into our bodies has been cooked or processed to point of destroying all of the enzymes OR it has been sprayed with chemicals, genetically modified or shipped thousands of miles to arrive to your dinner table. All these scenarios make it extremely difficult for your body to: a) utilize the nutrients in the food you just ate. b) digest the food you just ate. (as in, poop it out) The average North American diet leaves many of us deficient in the natural enzymes our body creates, causing all sorts of problems likeheartburn, indigestion, uncomfortable gas, inflammation, bloating, constipationand if the problem goes on long enough, it can lead to cancers. Here are some important facts to help you better understand the Health-Making Miracle that Enzymes are: Enzymes play a crucial role in every function in the human body.Think about it, every movement you make and every organ function is dependent on the enzymes in your body. Enzymes are involved in eating, digestion, breathing, kidney and liver function, reproduction, elimination and much more. Enzymes help with nutrient absorption.They help break down foods in the digestive tract by breaking apart the bonds that hold nutrients together—nutrients the body uses for energy and other important functions. Without enzymes, your body can't absorb the nutrients your eating. Exercise and positive lifestyle produce enzymes.It's true. Havinghealthy diet, getting plenty of exercise and living a positive lifestyle will help promote healthy enzyme production in the body. Raw fruits and veggies are high in enzymes.Consuming plenty of raw foods will supply your digestive tract with beneficial enzymes. If you want to get the most from your food then buy fruits and vegetables that are as local and organic as possible (with good soil quality). Enzyme production decreases with age.As we age, our bodies produce less protease, lipase and amylase, which means digestion of protein, fats, and carbohydrates can be impaired as we get older. This is why so many men and women easily gain weight in their 40's, 50's and 60's when earlier in their life they could have eaten anything and not gained a pound. Taking a high quality enzyme supplement will help with this. Kids benefit from enzymes too!Taken with meals, enzymes are great way to support digestive health and help little tummies break down a broad range of foods. If you've never taken a high quality enzyme supplement, then you will be amazed at the difference they'll make to your energy levels, weight control, digestion and overall feelings of positivity. Think about it: If you're body is able to utilize the nutrients digest your food more easily, how much better would you feel? Wanna try some enzymes and find out for yourself?Conscious Planet has a 2-for-1 special on right now! (while supplies last)