Archive for the ‘Digestive Health’ Category

Cleansing Short and Simple

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

I have a friend from years ago who did a cleanse at the beginning of each new season.  I’ve done cleanses over the years and can verify that they are helpful.  They liked doing these cleanses for similar reasons to my own.  More energy, healthier skin, and to rid our bodies of toxins.

One of the reasons that I find cleansing to be important is to clear out toxins from our liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin.  In order for me to do that in my life I’ve chosen to use a product called Zendocrine.  You can take one capsule with morning and evening meals.

*pregnant women or nursing women and people with known medical conditions should consult your physician prior to taking supplements.

Zendocrine® Detoxification Complex 

The body’s filtering and waste management system is tasked with managing the body’s exposure to toxic influencers. dōTERRA Zendocrine® Detoxification Complex is a proprietary blend of whole-food extracts in a patented enzyme delivery system that supports healthy cleansing and filtering functions of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, and skin. *Pregnant women or nursing women and people with known medical conditions should consult your physician prior to taking supplements.

 

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A.M. Smoothie with Omega-3 fatty acids

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

 

 

My Breakfast Smoothie consists of 6 small clumps of frozen organic broccoli , 2 large leaves of organic kale,  protein powder, 4 frozen strawberries, 2 tbs of Flax Seed Meal, 1 cup of Silk’s Almond Milk, Non GMO (first time I’ve tried this brand), I like it, ice, 2 oz mangosteen, 1/2 cup green tea.

I like making different smoothies all the time, this is one that I like the most.

The nutritional benefits from the  broccoli & kale, and the Omega-3 fatty acids from 2 tbs of Flax Seed Meal which equals = 2400 mg of Omega 3’s is awesome.   It was one of the best smoothies I have ever made and it was quick!

“One of the consequences of general unawareness of the body’s healing system is that too many people lack confidence in their own innate abilities to deal with common heath problems. Instead of relying on the wisdom of their bodies, they seek the attention of health-care professionals and vastly overuse medical services.” Dr Andrew Weil

The Importance of Omega 3’s has been studied and here is some of the research that is extremely helpful in educating ourselves on how to maintain a healthy body.

“Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.”

Source: Omega-3 fatty acids http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm#ixzz2Wae9cO6A
University of Maryland Medical Center
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Now that we have jogged our memories on just how important Omega-3 fatty acids are in our daily diets and why they are so vital for optimal health we can start using them daily in smoothies.  The rest of the article from The University of Maryland is excellent.

“Flax Seed is High in Phytochemicals: Flax seed is high in phytochemicals, including many antioxidants. It is perhaps our best source of lignans, which convert in our intestines to substances that tend to balance female hormones. There is evidence that lignans may promote fertility, reduce peri-menopausal symptoms, and possibly help prevent breast cancer. In addition, lignans may help prevent Type 2 diabetes.”

 

 

 

Introducing the Systems of Our Bodies and How We Can Keep Them Healthy

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Health and Wellness in the 21st Century can be your number one priority for healthy aging, here I will remind you about the systems of the body, what they are, how they work and how to keep them running strong, healthy and vibrant.

* Circulatory system: pumping and channeling blood to and from the body and lungs with heart, blood and blood vessels.

How to Strengthen the Circulatory System. http://www.ehow.com/how_2125841_strengthen-circulatory-system.html

* Digestive system: digestion and processing food with salivary glands, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, intestines, rectum and anus.

Foods for a Healthy Digestive System. http://www.foods4health.info/2011/05/foods-for-healthy-digestive-system.html

* Endocrine system: communication within the body using hormones made by endocrine glands such as the hypothalamus, pituitary or pituitary gland, pineal body orpineal gland, thyroid, parathyroids and adrenals, i.e., adrenal glands.;)

Understanding the Endocrine System.    http://commonsensehealth.com/Health-Conditions/Endocrine_System_Diagram_for_Understanding_Hormones.shtml

* Integumentary system: skin, hair and nails.

How to Keep the Integumentary System Healthy. http://www.livestrong.com/article/156574-how-to-keep-the-integumentary-system-healthy/

* Lymphatic system: structures involved in the transfer of lymph between tissues and the blood stream, the lymph and the nodes and vessels that transport it including the Immune system: defending against disease-causing agents with leukocytes, tonsils, adenoids, thymus and spleen.

Learn About a Healthy Lymphatic System. http://www.naturalnews.com/026500_lymphatic_system_health_massage.html

* Muscular system: movement with muscles.

How to Maintain a Strong Muscular System.  http://www.livestrong.com/article/105707-maintain-muscular-system/

* Nervous system: collecting, transferring and processing information with brain,spinal cord, peripheral nerves and nerves.

Healing Foods for the Nervous System. http://www.healingfoodreference.com/nervous_system.html

* Reproductive system: the sex organs, such as ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, vagina, mammary glands, testes, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate and penis.

For Men: http://www.ehow.com/how_5458748_keep-male-reproductive-system-healthy.html

For Women: http://www.ehow.com/how_2076825_care-female-reproductive-system.html

* Respiratory system: the organs used for breathing, the pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, lungs and diaphragm.

How to Keep your Respiratory System Healthy. http://www.livestrong.com/article/352871-how-to-keep-my-respiratory-system-healthy/

* Skeletal system: structural support and protection with bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.

How to keep your Skeletal System Strong.  http://www.ehow.com/how_5104518_keep-skeletal-system-healthy.html

* Urinary system: kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra involved in fluid balance, electrolyte balance and excretion of urine.”

Ways to Keep the Urinary System Healthy.   http://www.livestrong.com/article/104279-keep-urinary-system/

Promoting Wellness Through Nature

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Promoting Wellness Through Nature is a trademark of the OilMD, James L. Geiger MD .

Promoting “Essential Oils” for Healthy Aging is a passion of mine.

I use essential oils everyday, and frequently throughout my day for personal use and then at home I put essential oils in diffusers.

Essential oils are perfect to use as a mood booster, and they supply your home with wonderful smells as well as protection from airborne viruses and bacteria.

The benefits of essential oils in the home are fantastic if you want to live “green” it’s another avenue to stay healthy and reap the results for your entire family.

“Essential Oils” have so many healthful benefits.

I have been complimented many times for the calming, refreshing, mood boosting and aromatic atmosphere that I have in my home from the uses of essential oils.

At the top of my list to stay balanced throughout my day is the “Well Balanced Lady”  It will definitely lift you up and if you are experiencing PMS, Peri-Menopause, or Post Menopause it will help keep you feeling refreshed.

In February 2011 I wrote two blog posts on essential oils, Jasmine for Women and Essential Oils for Women and Men.  They are educating and inspiring.

We are aging, no one is immune from the aging process…so the phrase Anti-Aging really isn’t true in my opinion. The phrase “Healthy Aging”  I heard many years ago from Dr. Andrew Weil, so now I use it.

Healthy Aging makes perfect sense to me and the way we do it, is by taking care of ourselves on a daily basis. Of course there are many aspects to healthy aging.  A couple of the ones that come to mind are a positive attitude, exercise, healthy eating and the use of essential oils.

I would like to continue to show you the benefits of one of my favorite essential oils, ” Sandalwood” and its uses.

If you’re going to use essential oils use them throughout your day to get the full range of their benefits.

The Essential Oil of Sandalwood is extracted through steam distillation of pieces of wood from matured Sandal trees which are 40-80 years old (ideally it should be 80 years).

The OilMD’s “Well Balanced Lady” has sandalwood in it.  This is why I love it so much.

Organic Facts shows the capabilities of this unique essential oil.

carminativeis/ a herb or preparation that prevents formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract.  diuretic/diuretics increase the excretion of water from the body, although each class does so in a distinct way.  disinfectant/ substance that is applied to non-living objects to destroy microorganisms that are living on the objects.  emollient/soothing to the skin expectorant/drains mucus from the lungs hypotensive/helps lower blood pressure.  memory booster/boosts memory.  sedative/ reduces irritability and excitement. tonic/An invigorating, refreshing, or restorative agent

I encourage you to stay on your quest for Healthy Aging.

Join me in a healthy living journey with essential oils.  I have an opportunity for you to be a consumer and/or business builder with do Terra Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils come visit Dr. Geiger and myself @http://www.mydoterra.com/oilmd/

Magnificent Mangosteen the “SuperFruit”

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Mangosteen when the antioxidant-rich power of  it is combined with vitamins, plant-sourced minerals, organic glyconutrient-rich aloe vera and decaffeinated organic green tea, the result is the ultimate nutritional foundation.

Because the mangosteen is combined with vitamins and minerals our digestive systems utilize the liquid nutrition properly. It benefits the human body so extensively when it is taken in adequate amounts daily.

Parents we have a product for children too.

It is called NEXT.   The formula was specifically designed for children ages 2-12.  With the right amount of vitamins and minerals along with the superfruit mangosteen and it’s creamy orange flavor it gives their growing bodies the immune support that they need.  The proper nutrition for our children is critical to their overall health and wellness.  In order for them to have peek performance in school makes the NEXT product the nutritional support they need to carry them into their adolescent years.

Mangosteen, known as the “Queen of all fruits” has been used for centuries by Asian health practitioners for its nutritional benefits and delicious flavor.

The Mangosteen plant has the micro plant nutrients that our bodies need. These nutrients are called xanthones.

Vemma” represents the most complex liquid nutritional program that I have ever seen!” says Dr. John Edwards, Bsc, MBBS of Healthy Oakland Clinic.

So many amazing scientific studies have been done to prove the antioxidant power of mangosteen.  Here is one from Pub Med.

“Potential of xanthones from tropical fruit mangosteen as anti-cancer agents”

The antioxidant effect of Vemma has been shown to enhance immune function.  As noted in the clinical studies it proved in the studies that Vemma showed significant improvements in immune markers, superior antioxidant absorption and a lowering of C-reactive protein (CRP), which points to its beneficial effects on overall health and wellness.

The recent clinical studies that Vemma has done will prove to the skeptic that mangosteen and minerals in the Vemma formula is a powerful way to change your overall health and wellness.

Our immune systems need help on a daily basis and the Vemma formula has proven 100% to have helped myself and my family.

Dr. Geiger, the OilMD has written a book called “The Sweet Smell of Success and he shares the importance of juice therapy.

You and Your Digestive System Part II

Friday, February 12th, 2010
Digestive Health is important at any age but I have found it to be true that the older we get the harder it is to digest foods, so I’ve come to the conclusion that we may need to add enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics to our diets.
In studying the intestines we learn that we have bacteria that lives in the gut. The ones I want to discuss here are the ones that are the friendly bacteria.  The friendly bacteria keep away the overgrowth of yeast and keep the bad bacteria restrained.
Having a healthy digestive system is having the good bacteria working to keep your immune system strong.
Keep your body happy by keeping your dietary choices smart, as I mentioned in Part I, a recommended diet of free range chicken, turkey, wild fish and lots of vegetables, fruits with some grains and legumes is another way to eat your way to healthy aging.
Something I’ve done in the past 3 years is that I add to my diet ACAI and Mangosteen, these two super fruits are rich in so many nutrients.  In this day and time our soil is depleted so we do need to supplement our diets in my opinion.
The function of our digestive system is simply this; to break down the food we eat and provide nutrients that can be absorbed.
Our goal is healthy aging and one way this is possible is through a healthy immune system.   A healthy digestive system ensures that the body has the ability to absorb the nutrients from the foods we eat.
What is Dysbiosis?
It is when yeast becomes overgrown in our intestinal tract as well as bad bacteria.
When this happens our doctors may tell us that we have a yeast infection, or a syndrome called irritable bowel and even arthritis.
Many people who use antibiotics on a regular basis can conclude that killing an infection also kills good bacteria in your digestive tract, that is why you will be encouraged to eat yogurt while on an antibiotic to keep the good bacteria alive.
What causes Dysbiosis?
Many situations may cause Dysbiosis.  Our daily dietary habits, stress, and prescription drugs.
Obesity and Dysbiosis
Have you ever heard that malnutrition can be  linked to obesity?  Malnutrition can be defined as having an inadequate or unbalanced diet, problems with digestion or absorption, and some medical conditions.
Undernutrition occurs when one or more vital nutrients are not present in the quantity that is needed for the body to develop and function normally. This may be due to insufficient intake, increased loss, increased demand, or a condition or disease that decreases the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients from available food. While the need for adequate nutrition is a constant, the demands of the body will vary, both on a daily and yearly basis.”
When this happens you aren’t satisfied with the meals you are eating because your body is being depleted of the essential
nutrients for healing and growing.  Therefore you keep eating thinking that this will help the body to be satisfied.
The importance for a diet rich in nutrients is vital to a healthy body.  In contrast to this a body that is malnourished will
take longer to heal if you get sick or in and of itself (malnutrition) may cause disease.

You and Your Digestive System Part I

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Eating Healthy For Your Digestive System

A study that I read said “Although it is counter intuitive to what some people think, vegetarian digestion time is actually longer – significantly longer – than that of meat eaters. The reason is simple. Plants require a lot more work by your digestive system than do meats. Most of the food we eat is digested in the intestines rather than the stomach, and scientists believe the length of our intestines was determined by the fact that humans have always tended to eat a combination of meat and plant based foods in their diet. The reason is simple. “Plants require a lot more work by your digestive system than do meats. If your diet is made up largely of processed foods, then the digestion time is sped up significantly.”

Does it really matter?

Yes and here’s why these benefits are undeniable, but in the long run, most experts agree that the difference in digestion time for vegetarians is really not that important. Most people who are vegetarian by choice live in a place where food is not hard to come by, and they have access to a wide variety of food choices. In real terms, slow digestion may protect from some minor annoyances, but there are not significant health benefits to slower digestion.

So, who cares who digests food the slowest?

  • The slow and steady supply of energy that vegetarians get from a lengthy digestion process saves them from the peaks and crashes of energy that some meat eaters get. (Again, this counts for plant based food eaters. Processed foods will give vegetarians that late afternoon crash just like anyone else.) It is in fact rumored that vegans have the most energy of all.
  • Slow digestion speed makes you feel full for longer – debunking myths that vegetarians feel hungry all the time.

Whether you are a vegetarian or not,  having a healthy digestive system is important.

If you are not a vegetarian you can still benefit from this information as I have.

If your aren’t a vegetarian, a recommended diet of free range chicken, turkey, wild fish and lots of vegetables, fruits with some grains and legumes is another way to eat your way to healthy aging.

Are you noticing that digestion is not the same as when you were younger?

If you find that as you are aging and even if you eat healthy you are still bloated and notice that digesting food is becoming more difficult, this is because “we all make Digestive and Metabolic enzymes as needed, and it is a proven fact that as we age we make less with each passing year.” Study enzymes to learn about:

*Enhancing your blood

*Breaking down fats

*Shedding excess weight

*Enhancing your mental capacity

*Improving aging skin

Enzymes promote a healthy pH in your digestive tract.

I personally recommend the company Bio Essence, Full Spectrum Enzymes.