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Supporting Healthy Digestion


Since I firmly believe that good nutrition is the bedrock to good health, it goes to follow that a healthy and functioning digestive system is also crucial to optimal health.
One can be eating the “perfect” diet, yet if your digestive system is compromised, than your health will also be compromised. Here are some simple tips to maintain an optimal digestion.

 

 1. A healthy organic diet is still very important to maintaining a healthy digestion and assimilation. Also identification and elimination of food allergens from your diet is crucial. Testing for the delayed allergens (IgG antibodies) is not offered by many allergists and is available from naturopathic doctors and other health practitioners familiar and well trained in integrative medicine.

2. Take a good probiotic. Not only do they support your immune system, they help to support healthy assimilation of nutrients. An imbalanced gut flora can create endotoxins which may cause bloating and diarrhea as...

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Lifestyle Choices to Beat Inflammation!

inflammation Jun 17, 2013

Inflammation is one of the causes as well as the result of many chronic diseases including asthma, eczema, arthritis, colitis, IBS, heart disease, cancer and fibromyalgia, as well as many other chronic discomforts of the body. Luckily there are many things one can do to naturally help the body to reduce its inflammatory response.

1. Identify and eliminate food allergens from your diet. This alone can significantly reduce the inflammatory burden to the body so much that many symptoms go away.

2. Heal the GI tract. Intestinal permeability can aggravate food allergies, thus triggering antigen-antibody complexes that trigger inflammation.

3. Alkalinize your diet by increasing your fruit and vegetable intake and reducing animal products in your diet (excepting wild seafood). A diet high in animal proteins will increase the levels of inflammatory prostaglandins and exacerbate a prior condition.

4.Increase your omega 3 fatty acid consumption. These will help to release the antiinflammatory...

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Simple Ways to do a Gentle Detox

nutrition Jun 03, 2013

There are many simple and safe ways to initiate a light detox.  This is mainly for those wanting to do some easy things for themselves. Be advised that pregnant or nursing women should wait until after weaning to do a serious detox, though they may follow many of the recommendations to avoid exposure to toxins.

1. Drink dandelion root tea. This is a gentle liver cleansing herb. Simmer 1 tsp of the root in 1 pint of water for 15-20 minutes. Drink 2-4 cups per day. Burdock root can also be used this way.

2. Drink 1/2 of your body weight in oz. of purified water per day. This helps keep the bowels regular while also flushing your kidneys.

3. Eat liver stimulating foods. Beets, beet greens, artichokes (without butter), and lemons all stimulate the liver. Beet juice with lemon is an excellent spring tonic.

4.Keep your bowels regular. I see many women with menstrual and hormonal difficulties who are chronically constipated. The body needs to detoxify daily through the colon. Try...

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Addicted to Sugar?

Just because you and your family are staying away from excess sugar consumption doesn’t mean that you have to miss all of the fun! Here are a few suggestions so that you can still enjoy life and have things that “everyone else has”.

1. ” Buy back” your child’s Halloween candy from trick or treating and use the money to get them a special toy instead. Your child can still go trick or treating with his or her friends and even enjoy collecting all of the candy, but instead of eating it, they use it to get something else that will last (hopefully) and won’t harm them.

2. Try using a small (and I mean small) amount of stevia (from chrysanthemums!) to sweeten foods and in baking .

3. If the stevia is not a hit (it can be a little bitter) try these natural sweeteners such as agave (from cactus) or real maple sugar which lave a lower glycemic index and therefore won’t spike the blood sugar as much.

4. If you are craving sugar, it could be a...

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Nurturing a Healthy Digestive System

gut health nutrition May 09, 2013

Everyone takes it in the gut every now and again! Perhaps a trip to Mexico or India got your gut, or a nasty infection where you had to take antibiotics , or even just years of eating a poor diet. Here are some tips to help heal your gut and get you back into form!

1. Take probiotics regularly. See the article in this issue for everything that you ever wanted to know (and more!) about probiotics and health.

2. Drink plenty of fluids and eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Water and fiber promote regular bowel movements which help the body to eliminate toxins. Eliminating the toxic burden from the body is the first step to optimal health.

3. Get plenty of exercise. Exercise helps to promote circulation and also helps move the bowels thus aiding in detoxification.

4. Learn to manage your stress levels. Relaxation promotes the parasympathetic nervous system which aids in proper digestion and absorption of your foods. Meditation, yoga, exercise, and prayer all aid in relaxation and...

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Allergic to Food

allergies May 03, 2013

 

Allergies can lead to serious illness by Julie Stafford – FIT Magazine September 2, 1996

Nancy Squires lived what she thought was a healthy lifestyle for 20 years. She followed a vegetarian diet and her routine included running, hiking, and mountain biking. But after giving birth to a daughter six years ago, Squires started getting recurrent sinus infections. In the past two years, those sinus infections became almost a year round affliction. She tried acupuncture, she followed an herbal remedy and she went to a medical doctor and had a CAT scan. She took antihistamines, decongestants and anti-inflammatory medications. Nothing helped long-term.

The doctor’s recommendation was surgery. In addition to the sinus infections, Squires noticed that her hypoglycemia – which she had always been able to keep in check through frequent meals—see me to be getting worse. If she missed a meal by even 10 minutes, she was slammed with a migrine-type headache....

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Natural Breastmilk Replacement Formulas



Nothing can ever really replace breast milk. However, situations may arise when a mother cannot naturally meet her baby’s needs, as in cases of insufficient production , severe mastitis, or for an adopted baby. Store bought formulas are high in various forms of sugar and contain chemicals and highly allergenic foods that may compromise a child’s immune system. For this reason I have included a few natural breast milk replacement formulas. I know that some of you reading this are well beyond the age of having young children, or do not have children. Please feel free to forward these recipes on to anyone that you know who may appreciate this information!The formulas listed below were developed by the late Dr. William Mitchell of Seattle. Dr. Mitchell, one of the co-founders of Bastyr University has instructed and mentored countless naturopathic physicians. These formulas will supply a baby’s nutritional needs until the child is ready to start on solid foods....
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Abnormal Pap Results; A Natural Approach to Cervical Dysplasia

women's health Apr 18, 2013

by Tara Skye Goldin,N.D., published in Health Smart Today Fall 2004

It’s been two weeks since your annual health exam, and you haven’t given it a second thought since you left the doctor’s office – that is, until your phone rings. You’re told the results of your routine Pap smear are abnormal. You stop breathing, your heart starts racing, and you can feel your throat tighten. “Do I have cancer?” you wonder.

Thousands of women receive news of abnormal Pap results each year, and most of them fear the worst. Fortunately only a small number of abnormal Pap tests indicate cancer. The great majority are caused by cervical dysplasia, which is the abnormal growth of cells in the cervix. Cases of cervical dysplasia are classified as mild, moderate , or severe. Mild dysplasia is very treatable and can often be resolved non invasively using natural medicine. Many cases of mild dysplasia are simply a result of inflammation or irritation caused by yeast...

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