Saturday, August 20, 2016

Gluten Damages Brain

We talk about the damage that gluten does to the intestines. We need to talk about the damage it does to our brain. Here are two interesting articles from Green Med Info.

It is easy to get complacent about the processed food and even the wheat that is available for consumption. We think they (regulators of food, government etc...) would never allow food out that could damage us. Well think again.

Grain free, dairy free and sugar free will go a long way to keeping us healthy and our brains sharp.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Why Your Gut Isn't Working Properly

The gut is our second brain. So not only do we have digestion problems, we have brain fog and a whole host of other brain problems like depression and eventually Alzheimers etc...
It seems nearly everyone has digestive issues these days. Crohn’s, IBS, colitis, celiac, and dozens of other digestive disorders have made an industry out of sugar free, gluten free, and dairy free products. So why is it that those with digestive issues can’t often fully fix them and have to follow a very strict diet or suffer the painful consequences?


 Unfortunately, a lifetime of habits littered with antibiotics, sugar, alcohol, toxins, and ‘dead’ food has destroyed the proper balance we require for good digestion.

In your effort to regain proper gut flora balance, consider antibacterial foods and herbs like garlic, onions, oregano, cloves, and black walnut. At the same time consider probiotic rich foods like green leafy vegetables and fermented foods such as sauerkraut, tempeh, and kefir.
Enzymes play a key role in our health by enabling our bodies to properly digest and use all the nutrients we take in to their greatest potential. If we do not introduce enough enzymes through our food, we put more pressure on the pancreas to produce enzymes in order to break down waste products, which eventually can leave it overworked and unable to produce the enzymes required to facilitate proper digestion.
To maximize your enzyme production, first increase your consumption of raw, organic food like papaya, pineapples, bee pollen, kefir, and fermented vegetables. Chew your food thoroughly to properly mix them with your enzyme rich saliva, which helps the process of pre-digestion.
 Juicing is one way to really increase the amount of easily assimilated enzymes into your digestive system, as well as digestive and systemic enzyme supplements.
Previously, it was believed that magnesium was required for up to 325 enzymatic processes, but according to new research, that number is closer to 800. This makes magnesium very important in the digestive process.
 Magnesium is also heavily implicated in proper functioning of muscles, including those in the lining of your digestive tract. A deficiency in magnesium causes the peristaltic action in your digestive system to slow right down, which hinders the movement of waste, and backs up the digestive process.
 Consider liquid magnesium supplements, and loading up on salads rich in leafy greens and vegetables.
Stress creates all sorts of problems for your digestive system. It strips your body of various vitamins and minerals (B vitamins and magnesium to name a couple), tightens your muscles, slows down bowel movements, and inhibits absorption of enzymes and probiotics, as well as other nutrients.
 Keep your stress in check through chamomile, medicinal mushrooms, kefir, and acts of gratitude, meditation, and exercise.
There are many types of toxins that can cause digestive distress, however, one of the most gut compromising toxins falls in the heavy metals category.
 Heavy metals are introduced into our bodies in a variety of ways, but some of the more problematic gateways are through vaccinations and mercury amalgams. Not only does this create a great burden for proper liver, gallbladder, and pancreas function (including secreting bile to facilitate digestion), but heavy metals also kill off good bacteria to further impair the digestive process.
Heavy metal detoxification is a delicate process and should be handled by a professional, but you can consider chlorella and cilantro to help bind and remove them from your system.
Healthy life,

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Cure Tooth Decay

The book, Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel, outlines a diet that will remineralize your teeth and stop new cavities from forming. It is based on research by Weston Price using bone broths, fermented grains, and raw milk products to stop the bad stuff from harming your teeth and encourage the good stuff to rebuild them. The key take away is that in order to cure tooth decay and remineralize your teeth, they need to have direct contact with the building blocks that teeth are made of – calcium, phosphorous, and some trace minerals. Your teeth also need less contact with the things in the oral environment that inhibit the rebuilding process. 

The bad stuff:
The oral environment that prevents cavities from healing and destroys dental enamel
Uncontrolled blood sugar spikes
Sugary food and drink
Commercial toothpastes – the glycerin and fluoride inhibit the remineralization of tooth enamel
Artificial sweeteners – increase blood sugar, acidify the mouth
Fluoridated water – binds to tooth enamel making it weak and preventing mineralization with calcium and phosphorous.
Unfermented grains – inhibit the absorption of minerals due to anti-nutrients
Bacteria that forms biofilms in the mouth preventing the remineralization of tooth enamel and destroying tooth enamel
Acidic oral environment – eats away at tooth enamel causing cavities
Dental drilling that destroys tooth enamel and prevents the remineralisation of teeth.
Glycerine, found in commercial toothpaste coats teeth and prevents the remineralisation of tooth enamel
 The good stuff:
Oral environment that strengthens tooth enamel and remineralizes cavities is rich in calcium — calcium and phosphorous are the building blocks that your teeth need to rebuild.  You have to supply them.
Maintains neutral pH, not overly acidic.  The toothpowder is alkaline and should act as a pH buffer — so brush at least twice a day.
Is free of bad-bacterial biofilms – has a predominance of good bacteria in the microbiome – lactic acid bacteria is one of the good guys that helps keep the bad guys in check.  You’ll need to brush your tongue when you brush your teeth, and floss at least once a day to get rid of the biofilms.  Bacterial biofilms will prevent the minerals from adhering to your teeth. 
Is without dental treatments that destroy tooth enamel and oral integrity such as dental fillings and root canals.  Once the dentist has drilled your teeth and removed the enamel, that tooth is compromised.  Root canals remove the nerve and blood supply from a tooth which allows bacteria to proliferate in the dead tissue.  Ideally, avoid both if you can, by catching potential problems before they require emergency management.
Diet high in fruits and vegetables and calcium rich bone broths, low in sugar, processed foods, and fermented grains will both rebuild tooth enamel and rebuild your overall health and wellness.  There is a connection between the health of your teeth and the overall health of your body.

How to cure tooth decay
You can cure tooth decay. Healing your cavities involves not just tooth brushing and oral hygiene but also a change in lifestyle and diet. You can’t just change from commercial toothpaste and keep eating crap and expect to rebuild your tooth enamel and heal your cavities. Your body deserves better.

DiY Tooth Powder Recipe that:
  • Whitens teeth
  • Freshens breath
  • Remineralizes tooth enamel
  • Repairs cavities
  • Antibacterial
  • Pain relieving
  • Prevents cavities by strengthening tooth enamel, removing bacteria, and changing pH

Cure tooth decay with remineralizing tooth powder for sensitive teeth
DiY Remineralizing Toothpaste  (makes 1 cup with no fillers)
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup Himalayan salt, whirled in your spice grinder until a fine powder
1 tsp. peppermint essential oil
10 drops myrrh essential oil
10 drops clove essential oil
Divide this between 2 – 125ml (1/2 cup) glass jars.  Keep tightly capped when not in use.
This tooth powder has no fillers.  Every part is essential.  Initially buying the ingredients may seem expensive, but it will give you many months of tooth powder for your efforts.
Mix calcium, clay, baking soda, and Himalayan salt in glass bowl. Whisk it to blend it thoroughly. Add peppermint eo, myrrh eo, and clove eo. Divide between two ½ cup jelly jars. Cap tightly.
How to use this remineralizing tooth powder to cure tooth decay:
To use: Moisten toothbrush under the tap. Use plain, unfluoridated water. If your water is fluoridated it’s better to use filtered water to brush your teeth. Fluoride will bind to your teeth preventing remineralization with calcium. Floride is also harmful to the thyroid, filling the iodine receptors, and inhibiting iodine uptake. 
Stick your moistened toothbrush in the jar and take up some of the tooth powder on the brush.
Brush teeth as normal. If you are remineralizing your teeth in order to cure tooth decay, hold the goop in your mouth for 60 seconds while you do something else. This allows your tooth enamel to be in contact with the remineralizing calcium and clay. Spit. Do not swallow. The spit will be grey. That’s the clay removing toxins from your mouth. It’s normal. Rinse your mouth with clear water.
Brush at least twice a day. Floss once a day.
Turn this into remineralizing toothpaste:
If your family is used to toothpaste and would find it easier to use a paste rather than a powder, simply add ½ cup to ¾ cup of coconut oil to the above recipe. It will remain soft and paste like if your ambient temperature is between 60 and 70 degrees F. Organic virgin coconut oil is known to prevent cavities.

What does each ingredient in the recipe do?
Calcium carbonate – remineralizes teeth with calcium, replaces toxic fluroride that weakens teeth
Bentonite clay –whitens teeth, antibacterial, offers trace minerals, and absorbs toxins that inhibit oral health
Baking soda – whitens teeth, antibacterial, mildly abrasive, changes the pH to make the mouth less acidic
Himalayan salt, trace minerals,
Peppermint eo – freshens breath, antibacterial, refreshing, stimulating, carminative
Myrrh eo – freshens breath, antibacterial especially good for oral health, healing to gums and tongue,
Clove eo – pain relieving, antibacterial, numbing, helps if you have sensitive teeth

I have been using Earthpaste for the past couple of years. I have also added in more vitamin C such as lyposomal from Livon. Not eating gluten, sugar or pasteurized dairy I believe has contributed to better gums for sure. My hygienist actually asked me what I was doing because I had no bleeding when she was cleaning my teeth. Just wish I had known all this many years ago.

Healthy Life

Monday, April 13, 2015

Bone Broth

In case you haven't heard of this miraculous food it is the new food trend that is making it's way into trendy restaurants from California to New York to Ottawa.

Here in Ottawa at the Murray Street Restaurant chef Steve Mitton got the idea of serving broth by the cup when he participated in a Beer, Barley and Food event at Rideau Pines Farm.

Bone broth is an ancient practice of simmering bones and maybe a few seasonings in water to make stock.The nutrients and collagen in the broth boost gut health, reduce inflammation and possibly even improve skeletal strength, fight cancer and make your hair shinier.

Here is what Nourished Kitchens has to say about bone broths:
Bone Broth, Broths and Stocks
Bone broths are given special emphasis among traditional foods circles.  Preindustrial societies across the globe have always placed particular and special emphasis on the preparation of the whole animal – and that includes emphasis on using bones for making broth.  In Asia, emphasis is placed on stocks and broths made from fish and fish bones, as well as beef bones for popular soups like Korean bone soup.  In Europe, stocks and broths have become the foundation of cooking and are used in not only making soups and stews, but also for preparing reductions, sauces and for braising vegetables and meats.
why bone broths are good for you
Bone broths are extraordinarily rich in protein, and can be a source of minerals as well.   Glycine supports the bodies detoxification process and is used in the synthesis of hemoglobin, bile salts and other naturally-occurring chemicals within the body.  Glycine also supports digestion and the secretion of gastric acids.  Proline, especially when paired with vitamin C, supports good skin health.  Bone broths are also rich in gelatin which may support skin health.  Gelatin also support digestive health which is why it plays a critical role in the GAPS diet.  And, lastly, if you’ve ever wondering why chicken soup is good for a cold, there’s science behind that, too.  Chicken broth inhibits neutrophil migration; that is, it helps mitigate the side effects of colds, flus and upper respiratory infections (read it here).  Pretty cool, huh? http://nourishedkitchen.com/bone-broth/

I make bone broth all winter long and turn it into a healthy nourishing soup for my family. 
You can make it in a slow cooker so that it takes no time. http://www.grassfedgirl.com/easy-crock-pot-bone-broth-2/

Make your bone broths and eat your soup.
Healthy life

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cooking Healthy Chinese Food

Happy Chinese New Year

Tonight I am cooking a stir fry of baby bok choy, onions and mushrooms and a sprinkle of black sesame seeds. This will be the bed to put my orange chicken thighs on top.

 Sesame seeds are an excellent source of many essential minerals as well as a very good source of vitamin B1 (thiamin) and dietary fiber. The nutrients found in sesame seeds may contribute to cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation, support respiratory health, protect against colon cancer and osteoporosis as well as other conditions. Depending upon the variety, sesame seeds come in many different colors, including white, yellow, black and red.

Black sesame seeds are an excellent source of magnesium and calcium. A 1/4 cup serving of provides 126 mg of magnesium, or 32 percent of the Recommended Daily Value (DV), and 351 mg of calcium (35 percent of the DV). That's slightly more than you find in a cup of milk, however, the calcium is located in the hull of the seeds, so hulled versions offer much less calcium.
Magnesium and calcium are important essential minerals that help regulate blood pressure, reduce the likelihood of developing tension and migraine headaches (triggered by blood vessel spasms), reduce the occurrence of airway spasms in asthmatics and regulate sleep patterns, especially in women suffering from menopause-induced sleep disturbances.
A 1/4 cup serving of black sesame seeds provides almost 1.5 milligrams (mg), or 74 percent of the DV, for the trace mineral copper, and 2.8 mg (about 19 percent of the DV) for zinc. These minerals are needed in very small quantities, but are essential for human health. Copper plays a role in the anti-inflammatory process which is beneficial for reducing some of the swelling and pain characteristic of inflammatory diseases. Copper also is needed to activate an enzyme necessary for building collagen and elastin, which provide structure and elasticity to bones and joints.

Low dietary intakes of the trace mineral zinc (low circulating levels in the bloodstream) is associated with a depressed immune system as well as loss of bone and decreased bone density of the hip and spine. Consuming zinc-rich foods, such as black sesame seeds, reduces the risk of suffering from bone fractures caused by reduced bone density (common among the elderly) or osteoporosis. Optimal zinc intake may reduce the frequency and length of the common cold because it keeps the immune system healthy.

Black sesame seeds help lower serum cholesterol levels (which contributes to cardiovascular health) in several ways. They contain two unique substances known as sesamin and sesamolin. These substances belong to a group of fibers called lignans (flaxseeds are another rich source of lignans). Lignans are rich in dietary fiber and have a cholesterol-lowering effect.

Black sesame seeds are rich in phytosterols. Phytosterols are plant compounds very similar in structure (chemical) to cholesterol. Consuming more dietary phytosterols not only decreases blood cholesterol levels but reduces the risk of developing certain types of cancer. Sesame seeds offer the highest phytosterol content (400 to 413 mg per 100 grams or 3.5 ounces) of all nuts and seeds.

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