A half-century ago, Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa directed a film calledSeven Samuraiin which a farming village hired seven rogues to defend them against bandits who steal their harvest every season. Yule Brenner hired seven gunmen to do the same in the American Southwest, in a remake calledThe Magnificent Seven. Conceptually, we can see the invading bandits who steal crops as pain, illness, disease, virus, bacteria and so on invading the body and robbing it of its health and the person of its quality of life. With the release theMagnificent Sevenreboot film, I wondered if there were seven things we all need to pull together as a working unit in order to protect us and help us maintain health, wellness and improve or maintain our quality of life. 1. Positive mindset This is where it all begins. Our mindset, outlook or attitude toward life is so vital to health and wellness. How we view the world and our place in it affects our stress, emotions, mental health and ultimately our immune system. Happiness breads wellness because it effects the way we see the world, appreciate what we have, and how we interact with others, which can reduce stress and elevate serotonin levels. You can read an article on happiness and thekey to being healthy, where a journal article concluded: "high positive affect was associated with a significantly reduced risk of all-cause mortality.” Having an "attitude of gratitude” is another great way to elevate your feelings and wellness. MRI studies showed that feelings of gratitude create neural correlates in the brain that improve mental health and interpersonal relationships. You can read more aboutthanksgiving—a powerful healing vehicle, here. Eckhart Tolle has built a career of telling people simply to "live in the moment.” How true the recommendation which, itself, has been the practice of monks and spiritualists for centuries. I love Tolle’s messages, especially that there is no past or future, only now; and so we must do our best now and make the best of now, regardless of circumstance. Stress, anxiety, and a host of other wellness issues arise out of replaying the past in our minds and conversations and in worrying about potential future events which may never happen. How we see ourselves and the world and our place in it and among our peers really has strong effects on our health, wellness and quality of life. To see how you can put some thought into planning a life that will bring you happiness, love, gratitude, and abundance, read here for tips onhow to get the life you want. 2. Healthy diet Food and water are vital to life: without them we die. Yet, by consuming poor quality food and not enough fresh water, we also die… just a slower, more painful and disease-based death. High blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and obesity are all related to the foods and beverages we consume. On the same coin, vibrancy, fitness, and health are also related to what we consume. The basics of a sound and healthy diet are simply this: consume fresh, whole foods; drink 8-10 glasses of filtered water daily; eat organic fruit and vegetables and lean meats raised free of hormones and antibiotics; and avoid as much as possible: sugar, alcohol, hydrogenated oils, saturated fats, processed white rice and grains and reduce dairy intake. A great way to start your day with nutrient density is by making a green smoothie;here’show to do it. And if you have blood pressure and cholesterol issues, try some of thistea. 3. Regular exercise To be healthy you really do need to move your body. It is essential for moving the blood, sweating out toxins, keeping muscles supple and joints mobile, and of course managing blood pressure, reducing stress, boosting metabolic function, burning calories, and elevating mood. I wrote about how asedentary lifestyleis associated with increased risk of disease, death and hospitalization. The good news is that exercises does not have to be planned or in groups. Sure, there are group classes in Pilates and aerobics but taking long active walks, doing laundry and house cleaning also work as part of a program. No time, no problem. The program known asHIT(High Intensity Training) only requires three-minute bursts of aerobic activity and works wonders on insulin resistance and cardio health. And if you have chronic pain or no space to get up and get moving, you can check out any of these nine isometric exercises onhow to get fit while barely moving. Other great ways to get moving includeyoga,tai chi, and aerobic exercises likeburpees. 4. Sufficient sleep Many people take sleep for granted, skimping on it and prolonging their active hours to squeeze more time into a day. Yet, research shows that sleep deprivation produces more errors and injury on the job. The fact is, 60% of Americans don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours of deep, restful sleep per night needed to repair and recharge the body. Sleep deprivation, whether from jamming more work into a day, staying out late partying, or suffering insomnia, wreak havoc on our health. Negative side effects of not sleeping enough include adverse effects on gene activity, weakened immune response, and reduction in our ability to control stress, depressed inflammatory response, increase in anxiety and depression, unhealthy food cravings, and elevated risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and some cancers. Here are sometips for getting a good night’s sleepand why you shouldnever sleep on negative emotions. 5. Embracing spirituality Being spiritual, for sake of this category, refers to a belief in something larger than themselves. There are many ways to "be in spirit” or in touch with the "divine”, including meditation, prayer, and even appreciating nature or playing an instrument or listening to music that "inspires.” Many people who are spiritual or religious, often express that their beliefs make them "feel whole” (the root meaning of "health”). You can read here thatfaith matters: a review I wrote of The American Cancer Society’s meta-analysis examining the importance of religion and spiritualty on positive outcomes for cancer patients. "When we took a closer look, we found that patients with stronger spiritual well-being, more benign images of God, or stronger beliefs reported better social health. In contrast, those who struggled with their faith fared more poorly.” To help you get into a spiritual or healing place you can usemantrasandmeditation. 6. Know your vital signs Even when embracing a positive mental attitude, good diet, regular exercise routine, getting ample sleep and developing positive interpersonal relationship, we need to monitor our health. This means getting regular readings, and considering the metrics, of our blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, pH levels, Vitamin B and D, and BMI (body mass index). High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke. High cholesterol leads to arterial plaque which can also lead to heart disease and stroke. High blood glucose (sugar) levels can cause metabolic disorder and damage your heart, kidneys, nerves and eyes. Excessive weights leads to diabetes and obesity, heart disease and inactivity. Getting an annual physical will allow you the chance to get an internal reading of many of these, and a good scale will tell you your weight. Here are some articles with more information on balancingbody acids,foods for heart healthandmaintaining mineral levelsin the body. 7. Interpersonal relationships To conclude we need to consider the power of positive interpersonal relationships on your health and well-being. This includes having loving and honest relationships with your significant others; moral and responsible relationships with your employers; loyal and sincere relationships with your friends. The quality of our relationships tells us a lot about ourselves, how we see ourselves and others. Good relationships help us feel good about ourselves and thus elevating our mindset. Friends helps us cope with difficult things and this helps reduce anxiety and depression and eating disorders. Feel good about yourself and others can go a long way to boosting serotonin, quality of life, feelings of acceptance, reduction in stress and feelings of loneliness that can lead to depression. Bring good people close to you and allow that to be a catalyst for building your health and improving your quality of life, embracing interpersonal relationships as part of a the "Magnificent Seven” of sustained wellness. Original Post by Dr. Mark Wiley
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.
The following is an excerpt from the book, Conscious Health. Written by award winning author, Ron Garner. In this article I will talk about: The true and very interesting story about the Pottenger Cats experiments and what we can learn from this study regarding our own health and disease processes Taking stock of your health situation as you start your health program How to monitor your own health by measuring your acid-alkaline balance at home Foods and drinks that should be avoided. WHY YOU NEED TO TAKE CONTROL I want to bring us back to the question: "Who is responsible for your health?” Other people might be sympathetic if you get sick or are suffering with a health condition, but it is you who is doing the suffering. It’s your life. And to get out of that suffering or improve your situation you need to understand – nutritionally and natural-health-wise – how you got there. So I am going to tell you the true story about the Pottenger Cats, which illustrates the consequences of eating food that is not natural and does not contain enough live nutrition to create health in the long term. The Pottenger cats study Dr. Francis Pottenger is one of my heroes. He was a medical doctor in California and he wanted to know the difference that eating raw versus cooked food makes to health. So from 1932 to 1942 he conducted nutritional experiments with 900 cats. He divided them into groups and fed them various combinations of raw and cooked food. But for simplicity sake we will talk about just two groups – the raw food cats and the cooked food cats. To maintain sperm consistency throughout the generations, all female cats were bred by raw-food males. Raw food cats were fed raw meat and raw unpasteurized milk. Cooked food cats were fed cooked meat and pasteurized milk. All cats were given a supplement of cod liver oil. Outcomes of this study The results were as follows: the raw food cats continued to be healthy normal cats from generation to generation. However, cooking food can denature it in several ways making it a deficient diet for complete health. Mainly, enzymes are destroyed and protein is denatured which reduces or eliminates the ability of these proteins to be properly digested. As such, the first generation cooked-food cats developed diseases, illnesses, and deficiency symptoms –similar to what we see in our human population – near the end of their lives. Emotional and nervous problems began to appear. Structural problems in their bones and teeth began to happen. The second generation cooked-food cats developed disease problems around mid-life. Third generation cooked-food cats developed disease problems at the beginning of their lives, with many dying before they were six months old. And here is the surprising part – there was no fourth generation cooked food cats produced! Either 3rd generation parents were sterile, or 4th generation cats were aborted before birth. Some people might be saying: "Interesting, but we are not cats,” and that’s true. But while later studies have found that cooking food destroys taurine, which is an essential amino acid that cats must have to be healthy, cooking food also destroys another essential amino acid, lysine, which humans must have to be healthy. (The human body cannot manufacture lysine; it must be obtained from raw or partially-cooked food, such as nuts, beans, peas, lentils, meat, eggs, and raw-milk cheese.) Cooking at temperatures over 105 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 to 48 degrees Celsius) also kills all the natural digestive enzymes in raw food. So in my opinion, we have much to take notice of from the Pottenger Cats experiment results. Where is the good news? The good news from the Pottenger Cats experiments is that when the cooked food cats were switched back to a healthy diet for cats, they gradually returned to normal health again. Depending on how many generations they had been on a deficient diet, it took from one to four generations to do this. So, what about an eating plan for us? Well, for us humans I am not suggesting that we must eat an all-raw diet. I always suggest easing in to it gradually, with the eventual objective of achieving 50% raw. And even if you get partway there it will be a great improvement because millions of North Americans eat no raw food at all and very few vegetables. Calories are misunderstood Millions of people trying to lose weight are told to watch the amount of calories they eat because more calories tend to put on more weight. That is true – partly, because it is the calories and proteins in cooked food that are the problems. In recent studies, scientists have found that cooking food increases the amount of energy or calories that it provides to your body, whereas eating raw food leads to weight loss. However, in my opinion, this is only part of the explanation. Cooking food may increase available calories but it also kills live nutrients such as enzymes and probiotics, and distorts protein molecules making them less bio-available to the human body. Further, because cooked protein molecules are changed from their natural configurations, the body sees them as foreign invaders and revs up the immune system to deal with them by increasing the white blood cell count. This does not happen with raw foods because they retain all their live ingredients in a natural form that is easily recognized and processed by the body. The body runs more efficiently with an adequate intake of raw food – both in digesting and metabolizing it, and in eliminating the wastes resulting from it. When one significantly increases the intake of raw organic ripe fruits and vegetables, the usual side benefit to feeling healthier is a shedding of some extra pounds of body weight. My conclusion regarding calories is that they certainly matter in cooked food, but have no consequence in a diet of raw food. Introducing more raw food into your diet If you are starting from a diet containing very little raw food, or if you are sick or elderly, you will need to take some time before you change over to more raw food. It is best to concentrate on nutritious soups and broths containing an assortment of cooked vegetables and some animal protein. As you gain in strength, add raw foods slowly to give your digestion system time to adjust to this new form of food. A healthy diet takes time to transition to as you begin to feel the benefits of improved digestion, elimination, and more energy. It’s not hard to do either when you are shown how. I like to say that changing over to the new healthier diet is an add-to diet, not a take-away diet. You gradually add more of the good foods to your plate and slowly reduce the not-so-good foods. In time, as your taste buds change their preferences, the good foods become more appealing and they tend to push some of the other foods off the plate. The slow and steady plan is best unless you are trying to correct a serious health situation and you don’t have much time. In this case you would want to make the transition much faster. How long does it take for changes to happen? Since we live much longer than cats do, when we change over to a nutritious diet that satisfies our physical nutritional requirements and we work to detoxify our bodies, we can usually see improvements in energy and how we feel in a fairly short time. But if you already have a disease in progress, it could take several months to a few years to completely reverse the health damage that has been done in your body during your lifetime up until now. Like the cats, it depends on how serious our health conditions are when we start, and how serious we are in making the efforts and lifestyle changes that are needed. That part is up to you. How badly do you want it?
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)
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.
Sprouting for Beginners... You can grow beautiful sprouts in your kitchen with very little effort monitoring when they are the most potent for their content of sunlight and nutrition, usually on the third to fourth day of growth. At this point they are ready to eat. Simply, find a few mason jars that have been kicking around that you haven’t had the heart to recycle, thinking some day you are going to make some preserves. You may be able to purchase sprouting lids at the local health food store or you can find and order sprouting lids on-line. Don’t worry, these lids fit all the standard mason pickling jars. Select the seeds, grains or beans you wish to sprout. Cover the bottom of each jar with approximately 1 inch of seeds to be sprouted and add energized filtered water to cover the seeds. If you have a water ionizer you’ll discover that seeds and nuts love the higher alkaline micro-clustered water and sprout faster than the usual time. Leave soaking 8 to 10 hours over night and drain in the morning. Then rinse your seeds with filtered water and turn jar upside down in your dish rack to let drain and sprout. Rinse at least two times a day though not more than three. I always rinse first thing in the morning, then again at lunch and in the evening, being sure to let the jars drain tilted down in the drain rack. Do this daily until the seeds have little tails/sprouts that are at least three to four times the length of the seeds original size. (about ½ inch long). This is when sprouts are at the peak of their life span and are the most nutrient dense. If they are not harvested at their peak time, sprouts will begin to age and loose their nutrient peak. Some seeds sprout faster than others and there are many great resource and recipe books that have easy charts and guidelines on soaking and sprouting times. I use Dr. Gabriel Cousen’s Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine recipe and teaching book as a great guide. Raw Sprout Energy Salad: 1 cup sprouted mung beans (preferably sprouted in your own kitchen) 1 cup Sunnies (green sunflower sprouts preferably home grown) 1 1/2 cups green cabbage shredded 1 container of Eatmore or Pioneer Sprouts – the deli mix with radish, lentil, clover, alfalfa. 1/2 medium sweet white onion sliced in thin strips 1 tsp minced ginger 1/2 cup cilantro chopped or try a little fresh mint or both. 2 tbsp hemp seed nut Option: 1/3 cup Arame seaweed soaked until softened Dressing: Whisk briskly hemp seed oil, juice of fresh lime or un-pasteurized apple cider vinegar, Herbamere or Celtic salt. This raw sprout energy salad will give you boundless energy and vitality. You can easily have a sprout garden in your kitchen all year round. The benefits of growing your own sprouts is that you can harvest your crop when your sprouts are at their maximum nutrition…one of the most nutrient dense green food sources on the planet. This salad is definitely a satisfying full meal experience. Nutritional Facts: Sunflower greens are a complete plant protein consisting of approximately 22 to 25% protein. Sunflower greens are know as microgreens and contain up to 100 times the enzymes of regular full-grown greens. This means your body can more easily assimilate important phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. They are high in folic acid, vital for pregnant mothers and their developing fetuses but also as essential for children and adults. Sunflower greens contain the full spectrum of B-complex. They have a high level of antioxidants that can aid in heart health, slow aging (oh we like that) and support cellular recovery especially from degenerating and abnormal cell activity. The high levels of Vitamin C, E and selenium in Sunnies can reduce high blood pressure and improve arterial health and are considered immune building food. All sprouts in fact are low calorie food, perfect for losing weight but more importantly they are an essential phytonutrient, also rich in the minerals: calcuim, magnesium,iron, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
October has been our cleansing month and now that we are squeaky clean, we need to replenish our bodies with lots of strong healthy microflora to build up our inner ecosystem. Besides taking Conscious Planet's Colonyze (probiotic) nightly, you'll also want increase your inner immunity by making your own homemade Coconut Water Kefir. The benefits of adding kefir to your diet helps to maintain a healthy inner ecosystem which greatly aids digestion and healthy regular elimination; keeps the immune system strong; gives shiny hair, clear skin, bright eyes and a flat abdomen. Equipment you'll need: Mason glass jars and plastic lids (sold in the canning section of Save-On-Foods, health food stores) Do not use metal lids as metal has been known to react with kefir in a way that yields unhealthful elements in your kefir and besides, the kefir will not ferment properly. Make sure you sterilize all materials that will be coming in contact with the kefir or at the very least, wash and rinse in very hot water. The last thing you want is to cultivate a fresh batch of kefir in a container that has traces of bad bacteria. Plastic or wooden spoon Recipe: In a glass bowl add: 1 liter bottle of thawed, unpasteurized organic young Thai Coconut Water - found in most health food stores in the frozen section. Do not use store varieties of coconut water that has been pasteurized. Best brand to purchase is 'Feeding Change'. The coconut water and coconut meat is frozen until ready to use, then thaw. Kefir Starter pack - you can find these in Choices Markets or other health food stores in the refrigerated sections. 1 single starter package 1 probiotic capsule - open cap and add to bowl of coconut water. Colonyze as a probiotic works great. In fact, you can also get consistent results with less work and expense by using a simple quality probiotic capsule without the starter pack if you have difficulty finding a kefir starter pack. Then you would add two capsules of probiotic instead of one. Try both ways and see which is favorable to you. Mix well with a plastic spoon until the starter and probiotic are dissolved. Pour into mason jars as in the picture below, put the plastic lid on jars. Wrap a towel around jars to keep dark. Place jars in your oven. Close oven door. Turn oven light on and the warmth from the oven light is perfect for helping the fermentation process. Its takes about 36 to 48 hour at most. During this time, the probiotics will feed on the sugar in coconut water and leave a slightly fizzy, sour, exlixir. When completed, store in fridge. Take 1/4 cup with meals which greatly aids digestion. Also 1/2 cup at bedtime will establish a healthy inner ecosystem. Studies show that during sleep overnight, the microflora reproduce faster. In the morning, combine a 1/2 cup of kefir with unsweetened cherry juice or black current juice as a great wake-up tonic. Be healthy, be happy, be smart...make kefir.
October is Cleanse Month here at Conscious Planet, and it has me thinking of the quote by German philosopher, Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach, "You are what you eat". From a scientific perspective, our bodies are made up of the foods we ingest and digest, breaking them down into the microscopic building blocks of life (aka amino acids) and then custom building to order the new parts of the body as we grow and replenish. We essentially absorb what we eat and then add it to the structure that we call ourselves! Simple right? The only problem is that most people stop paying attention to this intricate life cycle at this point and ignore the process just as essential as eating… waste removal! As we replenish our dying cells to stay alive and well, the dead cells must be removed from the system and processed out of the body in one way or another. Even the waste created from cells that are alive and well must be removed from the body somehow too, or else our bodies become a toxic waste dump from the inside out! Not a pretty scene. Luckily our body does a really good job at removing these waste particles every day without thought, however the primary filtering systems of our Liver, Gallbladder, Kidneys and Colon can become congested and backed-up by eating foods that are not in alignment with our optimal health. The excess waste is then stored in tissues, joints and fat layers causing inflammation and dis-ease and will continue to stock-pile as long as these important filters stay congested and under-functioning. GOOD NEWS: As we begin to pay attention to this vital, life-depending function more, we can clean the filters of the body and dramatically improve the quality of our health!… Beyond imagination!!! For example, as our liver becomes cleansed, accumulated toxins, parasites, layers of mucous and even growths like tumors can begin to be processed, released and fully eliminated from the body! Kind of a big deal, right? I think so! Here at Conscious Planet, we're dedicated to our personal health as well as the health of our friends and family, and as you are probably already aware, the products we create are aimed to do just that! The trick is in using them together as a team for the desired results. They are like superheroes being assembled to tackle an evil villain out to take over the world… okay, kind of dramatic but our bodies really are a world in their own and sometimes we really do need to call upon something quite super to help. TEAM PURIFY: Let me introduce to you the team of heroes that we've assembled to help you bring peace back to the lands of you… well that's if you are wanting to bring your body back into homeostasis and remove pesky disease symptoms so you can start thriving again! We call it the Purify Pack and it includes the following CP products: Genesis, Cleanse, Eliminate, Transcend, Colonyze, and Defend. Genesis is a synergistic blend of minerals, enzymes, amino acids, B vitamins and phytonutrients to fuel cellular function, and provide extraordinary support for your energetic and physical body. Cleanse is an ancient herbal combination for toning and cleansing the liver and gallbladder to optimize digestive and eliminative functions. It is very nourishing and soothing for the whole system, and tastes wonderful! Best used as part of the Gall Bladder & Liver Flush Program. Eliminate is a unique blend of herbs and superfood nutrients that will gently draw out toxins and eliminate waste from the intestinal track, and restore the bowel wall. Transcend is a nutrient dense, pH balancing vitamin and mineral greens formula to help start your day hydrated, oxygenated and supercharged for life! Colonyze™ contains a full balance of powerful probiotic bacteria, including 'warrior like' transient strains, to inhabit and support the entire intestinal system, protect the bowel wall, synthesize nutrients, and remove waste. Defend™ is a natural plant-derived anti-pathogen, and acts like a "trojan horse”, attacking parasites and pathogens from within. It is the ultimate support tool for fending off cravings and resetting the intestinal tract. DOING IT RIGHT: THE COMPLETE CP CLEANSE PROGRAM The Purify Pack is designed to support an intensive and complete cleanse, recommended twice per year, during spring and fall, (which is NOW) and has been compiled from the finest ingredients and processes used by the Essenes, master herbalists, naturopaths, colon therapists and healers around the globe. Click here for a link to the full program. The liver and gallbladder should be cleansed several times to increase its overall efficiency and at least once per year for maintenance. So if this is something that resonates with you, and having that "gut feeling" that a cleanse would do you good, check out our PURIFY PACK over in our store, which is currently on sale, special for Cleanse Month! We are also throwing in an extra bottle of Colonyze with each order while supplies last so don't hesitate for too long. You can thank us later :-)