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?
This article is taken from Ron Garner’s most recent book: "The Disease-Free Revolution." Ron Garner is an award-winning Author of "Conscious Health” – The Complete Owner’s Natural Health and Healing Manual. He won the Nautilus Award in 2007 for best health and healing book."In Conscious Health, myth-buster Ron Garner offers new science and alternative insights revealing that it is lifestyle, not genetics, which primarily determines our health.” HEALTH IS LOST OR WON IN THE GUT What you are about to read is life-changing because it explains the basic cause of most of the disease conditions our society suffers from. The majority of this information is sourced from Douglas Wyatt, founder of the Center for Nutritional Research, and from the book, Peptide Immunotherapy: A Physician’s Guide, by Dr. Andrew Keech. In medical terminology, the word ‘gut’ refers to the intestines. Many health practitioners use the phrase ‘disease begins in the colon.’ This is true because when rotting and stagnant fecal matter becomes congested in the colon, toxins are formed which begin to congest and reduce the efficiency of other organs. But that is only part of the story. What is not widely recognized, and is overlooked by many medical practitioners, is what happens upstream from the colon in the small intestine. Hippocrates, who lived in ancient Greece and is recognized as the father of western medicine, stated that, "All disease begins in the gut.” The problem influenced by poor lifestyle choices, the small intestine can develop tiny holes or perforations in its mucus lining, thereby becoming leaky. The small intestine is not supposed to have these perforations. However, when they do develop, the gut’s protective walls become weak, which allows incompletely-digested proteins, fats, toxins, and bacteria to leak through into the blood stream, causing inflammation in various areas of the body. This condition is called Leaky Gut Syndromeand it is the basis for chronic disease. It is estimated that at least half the adult population and many children in the United States have Leaky Gut Syndrome. A situation similar to leaky gut occurs with allergies. Allergens are able to enter and cause problems in the body due to weakened membranes of the skin, nose, sinus, throat, lungs, or intestines. Irritation and inflammation cause microscopic holes to develop and although very small, they are large enough to allow protein particles from pollen, animal dander, food, or other contaminants to gain entrance into the bloodstream.Acting in the interest of survival, the body’s immune system works to eliminate these foreign substances. This results in inflammation, mucus discharge, itching, irritability, and reduced immune function. Inflammation is present in most disease conditions.As an immune system response to irritation or damage, inflammation is the initial phase of the body’s healing.When intestinal inflammation and leaky gut become chronic, healthy areas of the body become susceptible to damage as well. Leaky gut can be a problem for people of all ages. It can be the root cause of many health disorders and autoimmune conditions ranging from: indigestion, bowel disorders, malabsorption and deficiency of nutrients, chronic fatigue, memory problems, allergies, Candida, and skin problems such as eczema, to asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, lupus, cancer, and numerous other autoimmune disorders. The main causes of leaky gut include: overuse of antibiotics, meats containing antibiotics, over-the- counter and prescription pain medications, steroids, gastro-intestinal drugs, birth control pills, pesticide-laden foods, mold, Candida yeast overgrowth, bacteria, excessive ingestion of wheat products, GMO foods, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, some food additives, and chronic stress. Adults who were not breast-fed as babies also have a compromised gut system which originated in infancy. Allergies and autoimmune disorders Allergies and autoimmune diseases are almost always associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome. The connection between Leaky Gut Syndrome and (many) autoimmune conditions is that the antibodies created by the body, in response to the toxic substances and undigested fats and proteins that leak into the bloodstream and attach themselves to various tissues throughout the body, create an allergic response, trigger destruction of tissues and organs, and create inflammation. In the case of allergies, the immune system becomes hypersensitive and reacts to an outside substance that it would normally ignore. With autoimmune conditions, the immune system reacts to normal body tissues and begins attacking them as if they were foreign invaders; it produces antibodies against its own tissues. Under the conditions of increasing toxicity and chronic inflammation in the gut, the immune system becomes overactive and confused and can no longer tell the difference between healthy body tissues and antigens; it produces a response that destroys healthy normal tissue. The specific type of autoimmune disease that develops depends on the predominant location of the inflammation. Since the gut immune system contains 70 to 80% of the body’s immune cells, it is obvious that this is the area of our body that needs assistance if we wish to improve our health. Wyatt, Douglas. A. Leaky Gut Syndrome: A Modern Epidemic with an Ancient Solution? Center for Nutritional Research. The solution – bioactive colostrum It seems that any time we stray too far from Mother Nature’s way of caring for our bodies we run into difficulties. Altered foods, chemical drugs, preservatives, and pollutants are not natural to the human body and sooner or later they force body systems out of balance.It should be no surprise to us that nature had the prescription to being healthy from the beginning of our lives, and nature also offers the possible solution to correct health problems as we grow older. When mammals are born, their first food is colostrum from their mothers. This first milk, or actually ‘pre-milk,’ is very special because it transfers the all-important immune and growth factors plus nutrients from mother to infant. The newborn gut is unique in that it has not completed maturation at the time of birth and needs the growth factors and other components of the mother’s colostrum to complete its development. This incomplete development of the gut is of benefit to the newborn as it allows large proteins, such as immunoglobulins, to easily enter the body. Immunoglobulins in colostrum and mother’s milk bind to disease-causing pathogens on the mucosal surfaces of the GI tract, thereby preventing them from colonizing and causing infection. This modulation by the immune system creates passive immunity for the infant. Shortly after ingesting immune-strengthening colostrum, the porous openings in the infant’s gut close to provide a protective barrier so that large protein particles from food, plus viruses and bacteria cannot enter directly into the bloodstream. This protective barrier remains intact until one or more of the factors mentioned above cause the small intestine to become injured and porous.Fortunately for us, when we consume colostrum it can provide the same healing benefits and immune fortification that infants who are breast-fed this first food receive. Not only can colostrum heal holes in the gut, but it can also repair mucus lining perforations throughout the rest of the body that cause allergic reactions. Of course as adults we do not consume colostrum from human mother’s milk, but there is a wonderful alternative.Colostrum produced by cows –bovine colostrum – is bioidentical to human colostrum, yet it contains significantly higher levels of the immunoglobulin IgG, which can neutralize microorganisms, many of which are now resistant to present-day antibiotics. It contains powerful antibacterial and antiviral factors. Therefore, as an immune enhancement, bovine colostrum is even better than human colostrum. Bovine colostrum contains hundreds of thousands of components, of which only a few hundred have been identified and studied, that enhance the human body’s functioning by two primary mechanisms. First, the numerous immune factors and natural antibiotics in colostrum provide strong support for optimal immune system performance. Second, colostrum’s growth factors offer a broad-spectrum boost for optimal health and tissue healing. Wyatt, Douglas. A. Anti-Aging Benefits of Bovine Colostrum. vital Health News. www.centerfornutritionalresearch.org The gland in our bodies responsible for producing T cells, which are major components of the body’s immune response to foreign invaders and infections, is the thymus. The thymus gland is located behind the sternum in our chest just in front of the heart. This gland grows to the approximate size of an orange until we reach puberty, and then begins to shrink. By the time we are 70 years old, the thymus gland has reduced to approximately the size of a pea. This is one explanation of why we have weaker immune systems as we age. I Bovine colostrum is able to restore the thymus gland to optimal functioning capacity and correct an underactive immune system. According to Doug Wyatt, who has been working with physicians for over two decades, people who have been supplementing with bovine colostrum consistently and over time, report that they do not get colds or the flu anymore. And, people who start taking colostrum when they are already sick with a viral or bacterial infection report greatly accelerated healing and recovery times. Dr. Donald Henderson, MD, and Professor of Medicine at UCLA, stated:Colostrum is the ideal solution for Leaky Gut Syndrome. Its components prevent and heal GI damage. Unless the gut is healed, the body cannot begin the process of repair. Benefits of consuming colostrum Bovine colostrum is not a medicine or a drug; it is a super- food that is whole and natural. It is able to stimulate an underactive immune system or modulate an overactive one. It is also able to increase growth hormones in the body to restore a more youthful functioning of many physiological processes and promote growth of body tissues. Thousands of clinical trials have proven colostrum to be safe and effective, with no known drug interactions or adverse side effects. It is the perfect food to assist in the recovery from all disease conditions. Researchers have found that nutrients in colostrum are directly responsible for the production of stem cells in our bone marrow. "When they measured the before and after stem cell counts in the blood, virtually none are detected prior. Within a week of consuming, trillions of stem cells can be found.” Nothing other than colostrum has been clinically proven to stimulate the production of stem cells. The only food that was designed to heal, protect, and make our gastro-intestinal tract perfect is colostrum.When this first pre-milk food, containing high levels of its active components, is regularly consumed and the leaky gut situation is healed, many health benefits can start to be realized. I Some of the main health benefits include: improved digestion and bowel function, increased energy and feelings of well-being, faster healing after injuries, repair of DNA and RNA, regulated blood sugar levels, increased infection control, improved memory, building of lean muscle and bone density, increased endurance, reduction of body fat, more youthful skin appearance, and improved sexual function. Active bovine colostrum has been referred to as the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. As we age, it can give us a renewed lease on life. In addition to active bovine colostrum as a solution to leaky gut sydrome, Conscious Planet has a family of products that can also address leaky gut issues that start to happen with poor digestion, poor assilimlation and chronic elimination problems. Remember, "digestion is the major starting point to health” and "disease begins in the colon, " a phrase used by many natural health practitioners. The array of Conscious Planet products that will assist in mending leaky gut issues includes: Genesis – Bioactive Ionic Mineral Elixir. Make sure you are getting your minerals. Transcend – Vita Mineral Fruit & Greens. Reducing inflammation thus reducing the tiny holes in the mucus lining of the small intestine. Catalyze – digestive enzymes to support every catalytic function in the body,from breaking down food molecules to removing waste. Colonyze – Probiotic Flora Blend. Offers full intestinal tract support to pursue pathogenic invaders that are one of the causes of leaky gut. Eliminate – Bowel restorative that will break down impacted waste and repairing bowel wall, replenishing with essential nutrients. Visit Conscious Planet today to get on your health program and heal your gut health... If you wish to learn more from Ron Garners book, the Disease-Free Revolution, you can find it onAmazon.ca. For everything you need to know to stay healthy and happy.
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.
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.
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
For a decade and a half our family has been dedicated to growing you the best possible hemp foods on the planet. There are basically 2 growing standards: Organic and non-organic. Even though organic appears to be better, sometimes the soil quality of organic foods is extrememly low, which means the food can be empty of nutrition. The non-organic route can be worst though because that means it might be GMO or sprayed with all kinds of chemicals. Our hemp company, HEMPCO Canada created a 3rd growing standard, which is proving to be better than organic! We call it SAFE, it stands for: Sustainable Agronomic Food Essentials. It is a symbol of our commitment to growing the finest food possible in harmony with the land. SAFE certified is: soil & plant advanced nutrient supplementation (meaning we put nutrition in the soil that the food grows in). chemical residue free of toxic herbicides, pesticides or fungicides (no poisonous chemicals). Neo Pure, hydroxyl generator and probiotic pathogen treatment (the air quality and cleanliness in our processing facility is incredible). SAFE Steps we take for the hemp food you eat: Certified SAFE Steps: Soil is tested for nutrient levels, defined and classified determining the most appropriate soil/crop inputs to enhance nutrient balancing and improve crop yields. The soil ecosystem is adjusted with natural fertilizer concentrates and chelating fulvic acids, humic acids, enzymes and probiotics to provide optimal mineral and soil "workers” naturally lowering: soil compaction, water requirements, plant competition and environmental stress factors and increase the plant’s immune system, food nutrient levels and overall crop yield. We select seeds with the best germination and root development for the climate zone and soil conditions, providing optimal relationships between the soil and seed genetics, thus creating, superior nutrient levels, consistent growth and increased yield. Food is harvested at its ideal ripeness at the most appropriate timeline including lunar and solar cycles. Seed and debris separation to 99.9% pure. Seed treatment with Neo Pure bacteria/pathogen neutralizer and food stabilizer to increase food safety. Seed storage with Hydroxyl Generator (similar to ozone) air circulation treatment to reduce peroxide levels, further protection from bad bacteria and maintain highest nutrient levels and prolong shelf life. As you can see, at Conscious Planet we are committed to your health through planetary health. We hope this inspires you to tell your friends about Conscious Planet and inspire them to hemp up their lives too! Get Our Monthly Special: Buy 2 Bags of Shake (Transform or Shapeshift) and Get your 3rd Free!
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.
Did you know that the intestinal tract amounts for 80% of our immune system and is responsible for taking in food, turning it into primary energy-supplying and cell building nutritional elements, recycling fluids and discharging waste. This amazing factory contains trillions of bacteria, some friendly, some not, and in order to have optimum health they need to exist in a symbiotic and balanced relationship. However, stress, diet deficiencies, drugs, toxins, acidosis and other adverse environmental factors weaken the friendly bacteria that keep the pathogens in check. This means our poor intestinal tract isn't necessarily sitting in a place of harmony anymore, and our bodies will eventually begin to show signs and symptoms that reflect that. So why not hire an entire army of 'warrior like' transient strains of powerful probiotic bacteria, who are just dying to get inside those bowels of yours and clean house! But don't worry, these "good-guys" are still gentle and will inhabit and support the entire intestinal system, protect the bowel wall, synthesize nutrients, and remove waste, all on your behalf… well that's what we like to think, but really it's the other way around! These friendly strains of bacteria including the all-mighty L. acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum have been around helping us out since the beginning of time (well the dawning of human existence since they've been around much, much longer than we have) and have formed a mutualistic relationshipwith us, as in they receive a place to live and food to feed on in exchange for keeping harmful bacterium and microbes out. A good deal in my opinion. And not only do they keep these other unwanted strains of bacteria from taking up residence in our bodies, but they also aid in digesting micro nutrients, synthesize key nutrients, reduce bad cholesterol, form a protective barrier, and their by-products of oxygen, B-Vitamins and amino acids that stimulate our immune system and scavenge free radicals inhibits pathogenic growth and keeps our bodies healthy and squeaky clean on the inside. They have also been shown to prevent and treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions such as yeast infections, urinary infections, IBS, diarrhea, lactose intolerance, as well as skin disorders such as eczema and acne. The tenants every landlord dreams Did you know the number of bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by about 10 to 1? This doesn't mean we're any less human than we thought we were before reading this, but it does mean we must start paying attention to these little guys and keeping the important ideal balance of 85% good bacteria to 15% bad bacteria in check. But how you might ask? Well, there are many ways to begin repopulating your intestinal tract with these wonderful warriors. The traditional route in which man-kind historically received their probiotics is by consuming large amounts of fermented and cultured foods including yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, milk or water kefir, sourdough bread… just about everything was turned into a fermented food because we're talking about a time without refrigeration! But, unfortunately the art of fermenting our foods has largely been lost in the sands of time, mainly due to our fast-paced lifestyles. Although this is definitely changing as families begin to learn the incredible value of fermented and cultured foods and how much fun it is to make (kids love it!), many of us are still in need of a healthy daily dose of these probiotic warriors to keep us living at optimal levels. This is why one of our most important and best selling products is our Probiotic Flora Blend "Colonyze" which contains a full balance of powerful probiotic bacteria including bifidobacterium infantis, bifidobacterium longum, lactobacillus brevis, lactobacillus casei, lactobacillus lactis, DDS-1 strain of L. acidophilus, bifidobacterium bifidum, lactobacillus plantarum, lactobacillus bulgaricus, streptococcus thermophilus, and lactobacillus salivarius. It also includes Spirulina (a blue-green algae superfood revered for it's long list of health benefits), yucca root (a tuberous root loaded with healthy phytonutrients including steroidal saponins and resveratrol), hemp protein powder, and MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides known to have tremendous health benefits). If we're cleaning out our bodies of unwanted pathogens, microbes, and bacteria we must be filling it back up with the good-guys or else we will find ourselves back in the same place as before the cleanse… out of bacterial balance, and we wouldn't want to do all this hard work for nothing!
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 :-)