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.
I think no matter what we do for work or what we're up to in our lives, our success and fulfillment comes from alignment. By alignment, I mean living in such a way where we can honestly say we are in integrity with our core values, vision and life mission. Answer the following questions honestly. Journaling about your answers is even more powerful: Are youtruly living in alignment with your passion and values? Do youreally believe in what you’re putting out in the world or are you just doing it to pay the bills? Are youtreating your work like it's an art-form or are you just going through the motions? Are you dedicated to personal mastery with your craft or are you looking for a quick, easy payout? Do youthink longterm in your actions and planning or are youstuck in the limitations of month-to-month mode? Is who youwant to be aligned with what youare doing and how you are acting right now? Are youstretching yourself creatively in your life or are youhiding by doing things the same as everyone else? Are youclaiming your unique point of view based on your life experience and desires OR are you regurgitating what everyone else says, does and believes as a way to stay safe. When living in alignment, the journey of being human is a transformational, exciting, magical, fulfilling one (for us and for the people we touch in our wake). What is your personal practice for staying in alignment with your core passions, values and intended lifestyle? Article written by Bradley Morris. Learn more about Bradley at www.thegreatecourseadventure.com
1. The chemical name of vitamin C is ascorbic acid, meaning acid against scurvy. You can read this name off food packages, as vitamin C is an excellent natural food preserver as well. 2. The Inuit never eat fruit, but they don’t suffer from vitamin C deficiency nevertheless. This is possible because they eat a large quantity of raw meat, with high vitamin content. Most of these vitamins are destroyed during cooking. 3. Vitamin C makes the skin firmer because it plays an important role in building up collagen. Without collagen, the skin dries out, loses its firmness and it becomes prone to blemishes. 4. Smokers need a 30% higher intake of vitamin C than nonsmokers. If they don’t consume this higher quantity, they may experience symptoms of scurvy: gum bleeding and gingivitis, falling out of teeth, inflexible blood vessels, numbing of the extremities and heart failure. 5. The officially recommended vitamin C intake is 70-80 milligrams; however, the Nobel Prize scientist Albert Szent-Györgyi, the discoverer of the vitamin, took 1000 mgs daily when healthy and 8-9 thousand mgs when he was sick. The scientist never fell seriously ill; he remained vivacious and active until his death at 93 years of age. 6. In the mammal kingdom only humans, several species of apes and guinea pigs can’t synthesize vitamin C, so they have to procure it from external sources. As a comparison, a cat’s body can produce 18 thousand mgs of vitamin C a day. 7. Among all plants found in Central Europe, buckthorn berries have the highest vitamin C content, and they are situated at the 5thplace worldwide. As a comparison, 100 mg buckthorn contains 695 mgs of vitamin C, while the same amount of oranges contains only 53 mgs. 8. When Albert Szent-Györgyi first isolated vitamin C, he initially called it "ignose” or "I-don’t-know-what” sugar. The vitamin gained the name Ascorbic Acid later. 9. Vitamin C used for medicinal and food preservation purposes is mainly obtained from corn. 10. Vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy. This disease took its toll especially among sailors, who used to have a very limited intake of food containing vitamin C during several month long sea journeys. According to estimations, about 2 million sailors succumbed to the disease until the 20thcentury. During the Seven Year War, the Brits lost 1512 members of the navy in battles; in the meanwhile, scurvy killed about 100 thousand members of the British army. Inspired to get more vitamin C in your body? We have a special on Transcend this month!
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...
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?
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=
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? 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At Conscous Planet we've been saying for years... decades actually, how important enzymes are for our healthy. We have around 3000 unique enzymes in our bodies that are involved in over 7000 enzymatic reactions. Without enzymes we would not be able to function. For many enzyme depleted people in the world, they literally struggle to function on a day-to-day basis. The modern human diet is almost completely void of enzymes. Processed and cooked foods often completely destroy the enzyme content, leaving your body starving for this nutrient that is a key component in your livelihood. If you have any health complaints, chances are you could use more enzymes in your diet, and these 5 will cover that requirement in spades. Papaya You may wanna move to the tropics because Papaya fruit is a rich source of proteolytic enzymes such as papain, which can greatly aid the digestive process. Papain has been deemed as one of the most effective at breaking down meat and other proteins, and it works by cleaving the peptide bonds of complex proteins, breaking them down to their individual amino acids so they can be ready for us in the growth and repair of the body. Since papaya is rich in natural sugars, it's a good idea to eat it on its own (not with a heavy, animal protein based meal), preferably 15-30 minutes before a meal. Pineapple Yup, should definitely move somewhere more tropical because Pineapple is #2 on our list. Bromelain is a complex mixture of substances that can be extracted from the stem and core fruit of the pineapple. Among dozens of components known to exist in this crude extract, the best-studied components are protein-digesting enzymes called cysteine proteinases. Theseenzymesare not limited to just digestive benefits; however, as research has shown, they also help with excessive inflammation, excessive coagulation of the blood, and certain types of tumor growth.Since pineapple is also rich in natural sugars, it is a good idea to eat it on its own, preferable 15-30 minutes before a meal. Bee pollen Phew, because of the good work of organizations like the Suzuki Foundation, bees should be here to stay! Bee pollen is often considered one of nature's most complete foods. It contains nearly all the nutrients required by humans and has abroad spectrum of beneficial enzymes including amylase, catalase, cozymase, cytochrome, dehydrogenase, diaphorase, diastase, pectase, and phosphatase.Bee pollen can be eaten on its own or put in trail mixes, oatmeal, superfood snacks, and smoothies. Bee pollen can cause allergic type reactions, so be mindful of that when trying it for the first time. Fermented vegetables Better call Grandma Betsy, because #4 is an old world specialty! The fermentation process used to make sauerkraut and kimchi was developed centuries ago as a means of preserving vegetables for consumption through the winter months. The Roman army was said to have traveled with barrels of sauerkraut, using it to prevent intestinal infections among the troops during long excursions.Fermented vegetables are an excellent dietary source of many nutrients, including LIVE enzymes (provided they have not been pasteurized in any way). These live enzymes are accompanied by beneficial probiotics, which makes an exceptional combination for an effective digestive process. Fermented vegetables can be eaten on their own, but they also go great with any meal as a side. In fact, if you want to improve thedigestionof any meal, you should strongly consider a side of fermented vegetables. Other enzyme rich foods you can consider include melons, mango, kiwi, grapes, avocado, raw honey, kefir, wheat grass juice, and coconut water. If you're looking for an incredible source of Enzymes, then you'll be pleased to know Consciosu Planet is having a summer special on our Catalyze Enzymes until July 31st. Buy two bottles for $100 CAD.
It's spring cleaning time again…the body kind Spring is a perfect time to do a cleanse and detoxify from all the winter sludge that we’ve accumulated over the cold months and what better way than to sip on some homemade tonics for detoxification, though, not only for throwing off toxins but especially for restoring, toning, bringing sluggish organ systems back to normal to optimal functioning. Lets be kind to our livers, gallbladders and kidneys that work so hard to filter all the toxins we take in through our food, the air we breathe through our lungs and our skin. Drinking a medicine tonic is the perfect remedy to restore enfeebled functions and promote vigour, increasing physical and mental strength, producing happy chemicals and providing a sense of of well-being. I’ve created a happy spring tonic drink that will boast not only your physical strength but also your spirit too. Happy Spring Tonic with Nettles In a blender add a couple handfuls of stinging nettles. (Be careful, use gloves to touch your nettles because of their sting. I find my stinging nettles at Deer Lake park and am very careful to wear gloves and not touch anything that comes in contact with the nettles, like the scissors I use to cut the stems). Also in the blender add: - 1 green apple - a handful of power greens (spinach, baby chard, baby kale) - a piece of ginger size of your thumb - a stick of celery (for the mineral salts) - ½ cucumber (for the electrolytes) - Add water to fill blender to ¾ and blend thoroughly. Instead of water you may want to add coconut water, another source of good electrolytes for cell energy. Make an omelette and add some nettles Since you’ve gathered a bunch of nettles, you’ll have some left to add to your omelette if you have included free range eggs in your diet. Really delicious with chopped green onion, tomatoes, nettles and your favourite flavoring, maybe a bit of cayenne pepper. Trust me, its delicious. Health benefits of Nettles - Leaves rich in iron; aids in coagulation and formation of hemoglobin. Did you know that hemp seeds are a globulin protein and have almost the same profile as human hemoglobin. Healthy or what! - Stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity. Perfect for cleansing. - Promotes release from uric acid from joints – arthritis relief. - Supports the adrenals; supports the kidneys; helps break down kidney stones; supports the liver. - Helps with respiratory tract disease; helps asthma sufferers - Reduces inflammation; minimizes skin problems. - Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS and constipation. - Destroys intestinal worms or parasites. - Supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas. Benefits of ginger in combination with the nettle tonic. - Assists greatly in relieving digestive problems; helps decrease bloating after meals. Especially helps chronic indigestion (dyspepsia). It is believed that delayed emptying of the stomach is a major cause for indigestion and ginger has been shown to speed up emptying of the stomach for people with this condition. - Decreases symptoms of inflammation; relieves exercise-induced muscle pain and cramping. - May lower cholesterol levels; lowers blood sugars – improve heart disease (helps with type 2 diabetes) risk factors. - The active ingredient in raw ginger (6-ginger) can help fight infections. - Relieves menopausal symptoms as do nettles; help with menstrual cramps and bloating. Let us know if you have any favourite nettle recipes and how you enjoy your experience with any of these recipes! xo Wind Walrath
Did you know that the condition of your teeth and oral cavity may be the most important indicator of the status of your overall health? In other words, if you really want to know whats going on in your body, look in your mouth. Your teeth and oral cavity provide an astonishing window into the state of your present health or declining health. In fact, according to Weston A. Price, D.D.S. who has devoted many years to research into the cause of dental degeneration and disease, states in his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, that, "dental decay does not merely accompany physical degeneration and disease but it quite clearly precedes it.” Dental decay is like the proverbial "canary in the coal mine.” The canary will succumb to the poisons in the air before the miners do. Thus the canary serves as a warning to the miners to get out before they succumb as well. Well there’s not many coal miners around these days but the message is clear: in a similar manner, the teeth will tend to succumb to poor dietary habits in advance of the rest of the body.Thus we have our own canary in the form of our teeth. Known for his pioneering research in the early decades of the twentieth century, Dr Weston Price understood the serious negative health consequences of root canals and dental caries in general. He and his wife traveled the globe investigating dental as well as the overall health of various isolated populations who were still eating a diet free of all modern processed foods, depending solely on their native diets. Weston Price ‘s findings were most revealing, showing a direct correlation between dental disease and deterioration preceding physical degeneration of overall health as a result of turning away from traditional diets to more processed, commercial food diets. Dr. Price found that degenerative illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and osteoporosis were quite rare or even entirely absent from those populations who were still eating native diets. Had I known of these study results back in 1997 when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer I would have understood why my teeth were already deteriorating with the beginning symptoms of periodontal disease: bleeding gums, receding gums, deep gum pockets, (tooth decay is the result of bacteria collecting in these deep pockets) resulting in bone deterioration that you cannot see and teeth become porous and loose. What I didn’t know is that the cancer was leaching calcium and other minerals from my teeth because of the acid condition of my body in general and specifically in the acid condition of my saliva. I quickly learned that healthy teeth exist in a sea of saline alkalinity which is our saliva. Keeping saliva alkaline is essential for healthy mineralized tooth enamel, gums and bone. When your teeth are lubricated in a nutrient dense solution of minerals, enzymes and vitamins they are at their absolute healthiest. And you can be assured that the rest of your body is alkaline and all is well. Our teeth are always telling us whats going on in our bodies. Every tooth is connected to the body through flex point energy meridians. For example: Wisdom teeth = heart, intestines Front teeth = kidney, bladder, reproductive Eye teeth = heart, liver Top molar = R pancreas, stomach Top molar = L stomach, spleen Bicuspids = lung, large intestine Bottom bicuspids = R,L liver gallbladder If there is a disturbance in the tooth, there will be a disturbance in the meridian, thus indicating there is something wrong in our body. Saving Your Teeth I am guessing that most of us have had the experience of a trip to the dentist, probably starting when we were very young to have cavities filled with amalgam. Little did we know back then that the amalgams were mercury based and dangerously toxic causing untold health challenges later on and its only been in the last 20 years or so that awareness has increased of the dangers of mercury fillings and root canals. In my case, old Dr. Hawkins who is long since dead filled my young innocent mouth with mercury amalgams and my dear mother didn’t know any better, thinking she was saving me from further cavities. Then back in 1989 when I started to wake up realizing I had to start taking more responsibility for my health, especially my teeth, I had most of my amalgams taken out and replaced withcomposites. But I got a bit sloppy about going for regular cleanings and checkups and of course it always depended on whether I had a dental plan at the time or not. Then in December of 2009 I went in for a routine cleaning and the dentist took one look inside my mouth and declared that I hadperiodontaldisease and sent me toa periodontist. I was alarmed when I saw the x-rays and how much bone loss had occurred since the last x-ray that I had taken in 2005. So within a 4 year period, calcium was slowly being leached from my teeth and what was causing that? Theres a good chance it was breast cancer, that I had been diagnosed with earlier on. I remember reading an article that tumours will leach minerals from the body, especially from the organs and bones. The periodontist wanted to extract my upper and lower molars, all four of them, because they were in an advanced decaying condition with the danger of infecting the teeth next to them. I declined extraction and determined that I could overcome periodontal disease just as I had overcome the condition of breast cancer, with the nutritional and therapetic applications to heal my gums, teeth and bone. I already knew that my teeth were not static, and separate from the rest of my body and that they could be renewed with healthy diet and lifestyle choices. And so the journey of self-dentistry began and I created a strict program using Conscious Planet products. Tips for Self Dentistry and Oral Health Ecology First thing I changed was my toothpaste. It is important to know that everything that is taken into the mouth including toothpaste and mouthwash is absorbed through the mouth cavity with a 90% absorption efficiency, especially true in the oral cavity where the skin wall is only one cell thick and if gums are bleeding, toxic toothpastes will have direct access to the bloodstream. Ingredient discernment was and is absolutely imperative. I chose a regenerating toothpaste that can be ordered online from Ascended Health, called Extra Strength Oralive. Oralive is a black paste that is rich with minerals and soil probiotics and elk antler for amazing cell regeneration. You put a little dab on your toothbrush and brush lightly, then swish in your mouth for 30 seconds and swallow. This not only alkalizes your saliva but the probiotic kills the bad bacteria in the gum pockets and thus takes away bad breath. As soon as I started using Extra Strength Oralive, I noticed the inflammation and bleeding stopped almost immediately. I used Oralive for 6 months for healing and restoration and now I use a neem ayurvedic herbal toothpaste called Auromere that can be purchased in most health food stores. I recommend this one for healthy maintenance because of the healing properties in the ingredients and have had continued success with care of my teeth. 2016 update: recently I have switched to a toothpastes at the recommendation of my friend, Josef Tyls, who carries Tate’s – the Natural Miracle Vitamin and Mineral Toothpaste which protects against cavities and supplies nutrition to the teeth and gums. You can contact Josef at 778-999-4307 For the rest of my oral care I use the following Conscious Planet products: 1. Defend – used as a mouth rinse to eliminate bacteria; acts as an anti-septic,anti-parasitic, eliminates gum infections and relieves toothaches. Add 4 drops of Defend to 2 oz of water and swish in mouth after brushing, then swallow. 2. Hemp oil and Defend for oil swishing in morning upon arising. Soothes bleeding gums, provides minerals and oxygen to the blood vessels, will reach the dentine nerves and roots of teeth. Take 2 tbsp of hemp oil and 20 drops of Defend and swish in your mouth for 12 – 15 minutes and then be sure to spit the oil out. Do not swallow this mixture. With Defend added, it is absorbed through the mouth cavity thereby cleaning the blood as it circulates throughout the whole body every 15 minutes; Defend will stimulate the circulation and lymph system to get moving; helps to regenerate gum tissue by keeping it clean of bacteria. 3. Genesis – to re-mineralize the enamel, dentine and bones. Also is important to keep the saliva alkaline. Take a couple of tbsp in mouth and hold for 3 minutes and swallow. 4. Colonize – probiotic – after brushing teeth before bedtime, open two capsules of Colonize into your mouth and swish around your teeth for a few minutes and then swallow. This also adds to the healthy saline alkalinity of saliva and keeps bateria away. 5. Phytomune – plant sterols. Has an antibacterial effect and reduces inflammation, healing bleeding gums. I increased my daily amount of Phytomune for the increase in my overall immune boosting efficiency. 6. Note: It is extremely important to brush and floss teeth every time you eat food while on a recovery program from periodontal disease, especially to allow for gum pockets/cavities to decrease in size so that gums adhere to the teeth again. Food particles cause bacteria rapidly and will harden as plaque very quickly between teeth if surface is not kept clean. This is where flossing and using tiny little cyclinder brushes between teeth is essential. I got so used to brushing my teeth and cleaning thoroughly with the little brushes every time I ate, that it has become automatic and part of my daily routine. In summary, I committed to visiting the oralhygienistevery 3 months and have received glowing reports of improvement and am told that my teeth have been restored back to a healthy normal condition and now my visits to the dentist can be scheduled for 6 month checkups. For more information or questions, please contact email@example.com