Use these with heavy meals to help promote healthy digestion and internal flora.
Use these with heavy meals to help promote healthy digestion and internal flora.
Perform this stretch throughout the day to encourage proper digestion and spinal health. The organs that digest food are wrapped and suspended in fascia, which also wraps around the muscles and can be tight and restrictive to movement and digestive flow.
There are many stretches that can help digestion, this one is my favorite.
Hold each pose for 30-60 seconds with relaxed breathing. These should be gentle stretches, do not push them to your limit.
*if you have low back pain or other injuries that prevent comfortable stretching, then PLEASE LISTEN TO YOUR BODY and skip them =)
Here is where food can truly become medicine. Inflammation builds up in us from our food, chemicals, etc. and turns into free radicals that terrorize each blood cell and makes them unable to fight disease, which leads to early signs of aging.
While we cannot completely eliminate inflammatory foods from our nutrition plans, we can definitely eliminate and limit some of the unhealthiest, as well as fight them with antioxidant-rich foods.
The best way to keep inflammation down and your blood healthy is to be in balance with the foods that cause inflammation.
Other big factors are:
|Eat/Do these||Limit these|
These 10 allergy foods make up over 90% of all food allergies. Stay away from them for at least a two weeks and then reintroduce them one at a time to test for sensitivities.
These alkalizers really are super, and everyone should have at least two go-to foods. They are your ultimate health enhancers and can be used to combat highly acidic meals and balance the blood.
These meals are alkaline by nature and are ideal for balancing highly acidic meals. Remember, disease cannot live in an alkaline environment.
Raw veggies (except for eggplant, asparagus, pickled green olives, Jerusalem artichoke, for example) and salads with natural, unprocessed alkaline dressings
Natural green powder and probiotic mixtures. You can find these at health food stores or online
Fresh Juice. If you are serious about your health, then start juicing fresh veggies and fruit ASAP.
Olive oil and Coconut oil
Here are some of my favorite juices;
I Balance Blood Acidity by…
|Having 2-3 servings of SUPER ALKALIZERS…
…for every serving of the following Highly Acidic foods
Please note there are many more foods, these just have the most per serving.
Berries (especially blueberries)
Green leafy veggies (especially kale)
Sea veggies (seaweed)
Beans (red, kidney, pinto, black)
Apple (red, gala, green)
Papaya and Pineapple
What is Food Combining?
Food combining is the art of giving your stomach the right foods at one meal so that it has the ideal combination of digestive juices needed to break down whatever is in the stomach.
Sugars, proteins and fats all need different digestive juices in order to be properly digested. If they are all mixed together, then each digestive concoction becomes diluted and unable to fully break down its specific food. This leads to improper assimilation, bloating and more.
What is Food Layering?
Food layering is the art of giving your stomach the right foods in the right order so that it has the ideal combination of digestive juices needed to break down whatever is in the stomach.
As food layering expert Dr. Stanley Bass puts it;
“Any quick digesting foods must wait till the slowest digesting foods leave the stomach before they can leave – a process which can take up to 6 or 8 hours. While waiting, the fruit, cooked and raw vegetables, and some of the starches undergo some decomposition and fermentation, producing gas, acid and even alcohol along with indigestion. …..2“
“….. If there are 5 different types of food in the stomach at one meal, each eaten separately and in sequence, there will be 5 different kinds of digestion going on at the same time, each layer having different enzymes digesting each food, according to the needs of the food contained in that layer.
But when say 5 different foods are eaten at a meal, where each mouthful or bite is taken of a different food, then the entire stomach is filled with the same mixture……2“
|Image of ideal food layering; each food has its own digestive sack or layer and is able to fully break down its specific food without interference from antagonistic digestive juices. Layer 1 in this case was eaten first, followed by 2-6 sequentially.|
So what’s the difference between food combining and layering? With layering, one can basically eat whatever foods they want at a meal, as long as they are eaten in the proper order, i.e. the most watery foods first and proteins last. This tends to work very well, although not as well as when coupled with proper food combining guidelines.
Why Combine and Layer Food Properly?
Because most food cannot be assimilated in its natural state and needs to be converted into easily absorbable micro particles; our delivery mechanisms (how we eat, cook and store foods) are the secret to optimum health through nutrition.
Correctly combining and layering foods is essential for optimum digestion and assimilation. Improper food combining, layering and poor nutrient absorption contribute to and can even be the main reasons people have bloating, indigestion, diarrhea, gas, upset stomach, arthritis, asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue, aches and pains, poor memory, disorganized thoughts and more.
Without proper digestion, nutrients in even the most wholesome of foods cannot be fully extracted and used by the body.
The goal is not to be a perfect food combiner, at least not at first. There are many things to learn and practice with this topic, so looking at it as a self-experiment in eating and health will make sure a person gets the most out of it.
With a little practice and awareness one will save their gut a lot of discomfort, get the most out of their food, lose weight if needed, and most importantly stop flooding the blood with waste bi-products from all the food that is spoiling in their stomach from being combined or layered wrong.
Do not believe any of this info,
simple try it and judge for yourself.
Basic Guidelines for Food Combining and Layering
Basic Rule of Food Layering:
Basic Rules of Proper Food Combining:
~ Here are 5 tools to start with. You can find more here which includes extensive charts on food combining. Remember, these are tools to improve digestion, see which of them make the biggest impact on your health and use them as often as possible. ~
1. Do NOT eat protein foods and carbohydrate foods at the same meals. Protein foods require an acid medium for digestion while carbs/starches require the opposite. Food layering modification; eat the starches first, then the protein.
2. Eat fruits alone on an empty stomach and wait 20–30 min before eating again.Food layering modification; eat the fruit first, then the heavier foods.
3. Have desserts and sugars by themselves as a whole meal, not after a meal
4. No cold water or more than 4 ounces of liquids with meals. Try to use 4 ounces of warm tea or water, kombucha or apple cider vinegar as liquids to aid digestion, otherwise no more liquid fifteen minutes before or until 60 minutes after a meal.
5. Eat high fat foods and proteins at separate meals, or keep the fats to a very small amount. Some foods, especially nuts, are over 50% fat and require hours for digestion, which slows all other digestion.
Like I always recommend, don’t believe science until you try it for yourself and notice the difference.
Check more out here: http://www.drbass.com/sequential.html
The 100% pure plant oils used in Muscle Magik are well known* for their analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties that can relieve pain and inflammation while calming spasms and muscle cramps.
This proprietary blend uses the natural oils from peppermint, clove, lemon grass, wintergreen, spruce, marjoram, balsam fir and black pepper.
Muscle Magik is ALL NATURAL and is often used instead of drugs and other synthetic, unhealthy pain killers. Plus, Muscle Magic actually promotes HEALING, unlike other products that simply block pain and temporarily relieve inflammation in one area, but cause it elsewhere, i.e. liver and stomach.
Muscle Magik started as a blend of very different oils from what it is now. Over the years of trial and error with myself and the feedback from many clients, I finally have created the perfect blend, 10 years later!
The blend consists of a special ratio of peppermint, wintergreen, black pepper, marjoram, clove, spruce, lemon grass and balsam fir.
It is considered the perfect blend by many because the ratio and choice of the oils in Muscle Magik cause it to penetrate deep into the muscles, while leaving a superficial heat across the surface that eases aches and pains.
“I love Muscle Magik! It sinks in and makes my soreness and achiness just dissipate, and it works for several hours! I like the smell and the warmth it provides my muscles!”
This perfect blend went through many different trials however. At first it didn’t have enough heat, i.e. black pepper and peppermint oil, next it didn’t penetrate deep enough, and then it had too much heat, OUCH.
After a lot of feedback from clients and friends, Muscle Magik has morphed into an oil that works extremely well for people who like to feel their painful and achy muscles heat up from deep within and then feel the warmth rise to the surface.
ARE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFE? Yes, but these precautions are necessary to take.
Muscle Magik was never intended to be mass produced or sold anywhere besides my office, but after all of the favorable feedback and incredible stories of it helping people and getting them to switch from pain medication to Muscle Magik, I decided it would be best for everyone if this oil was accessible online and at stores.
That is the main goal for Muscle Magik – to introduce holistic and natural ways of healing and pain management for the general population to promote optimum health.
I hope you will enjoy Muscle Magik and benefit as much as everyone else has on their way to finding all natural ways to manage aches, pains and health.
* Unfortunately, the FDA and government agencies have not approved these findings yet, due to insufficient, large double blind studies – read more about the science of these oils here.
Therefore, we will rely on our AMAZING TESTIMONIALS (stay tuned for the collection) to tell you what these oils have done for people and what they could do for you.
Is there really such a thing as allergies? 1 out of 5 people in the U.S. are now “allergic” to allergens such as tree pollen, dogs, cats, foods, grass, molds, dust and more while reacting with itchy eyes and skin, rashes, wheezing, coughing, sneezing, congestion and the like.
By the way, allergens are anything that cause allergies.
While reading all of this, please keep in mind that a weakened immune system is considered a precursor to many other diseases and even cancer, and therefore this subject demands our utmost attention, especially those of us with children.
To break it down, by definition, “allergies” are an abnormal immune response to a generally harmless substance.
Okaaay, so, in other words, 1 out of 5 people have abnormal immune responses to substances that don’t bother most of us.
That number would be much higher if you included asthma and other immune disorders. But moving on.
Calling something an allergy is really only helpful to those trying to sell you something to fix that allergy and not interested, at all, in your overall health. Or at least they don’t grasp the concept of holistic or functional medicine. Because really, what are the two most marketed ways to beat allergies? Stay away from the allergen or take drugs.
Back to the immune system – why is it reacting abnormally in someone who has “allergies?” Because chances are, if it acted normally, they wouldn’t have “allergies.”
Let’s pretend for a minute that you don’t have allergies. Instead, you have an IRS disorder; I know, I just made that up, and it sounds like you owe money, but bear with me for a second.
IRS Disorder = Immune Response Sensitivity Disorder
Since we now know that everything from antibiotics to stress and poor nutrition can suppress the immune response in our body, it would make sense that we could be creating our own “allergies” by the way we live our lives, and what we did in the past.
This means that it’s not the dog or trees fault for making us cough and itch; it’s our lifestyle and/or history.
IRS Disorder is a weakened immune system that is incapable of responding appropriately to foreign invaders or simply managing day to day chores. Over time this leaves the body vulnerable to a long list of possible diseases and symptoms, all varying based on a person’s own bio-individuality and history.
In other words, when the body is abused for long enough or in the “right” ways, the immune system becomes weak and the body vulnerable to allergies and other diseases.
This long list of maladies resembles exactly what is seen today in America’s doctor’s offices and all over the world, but unfortunately, many of them go misdiagnosed because so much of health care is focused on trying to treat symptoms without finding the cause, holistically.
Also, “it seems that the likelihood of developing allergies is inherited and related to an irregularity in the immune system, but the specific allergen is not.”
This means, that while allergies are common in the same family, what they are allergic to is not the same. In other words, a weak immune system can be passed down, or merely developed via a similar environment, and cause vulnerability to different allergens based on one’s own bio-individuality.
JUST TO BE CLEAR, OVER 80% OF OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM FOR THE ENTIRE BODY LIVES IN OUR GUT, AND ITS VIGOR IS DEPENDENT ON THE WINNER OF THE BATTLE; GOOD BACTERIA VS. BAD BACTERIA.
Many holistic and functional medicine doctors believe that when the battle is won by the bad bacteria, the flood gates for uncountable diseases open. Read what one of Functional Medicine’s leading doctors, Dr. Mark Hyman, thinks about this battle here.
If the bad bacteria are winning (outnumber the good), then the following can occur;
(These are your CLUES and symptoms to losing the battle of the gut and IRS)
What CAUSES the BAD BACTERIA to outnumber the good?
HOW TO INCREASE GOOD BACTERIA in the gut
HOW TO DECREASE BAD BACTERIA in the gut
HOW TO BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
In closing, I understand that there are certain circumstances that require severe treatment and occasional drug intervention, like peanut allergies and others, but these are rare and not what this post is about. This post is about what you can do for yourself to create an environment inside your body that will make it so healthy, allergens cannot cause allergies.
So, still think you have “allergies”, or do you have an IRS disorder?
I would love to hear your thoughts and stories!
Either way, I hope this helps you get back on track to optimum health and longevity, and avoid any problems with IRS =)
Okay, let’s keep this quick and simple, otherwise this topic deserves multiple books to talk about it.
There are many different attitudes we could talk about, like attitude towards yourself and others, or attitude towards your job and life in general. But we will save those for another time and focus on why you are here, which is your attitude associated with HEALTH.
You could be doing everything right (or so you think) for your health. Eating right, exercising, resting, but…because you have a glitch in your attitude that affects your well being, your health suffers. It may suffer so much from this one component that all of the rest can’t help you lose weight, feel great or fight off illness.
That’s how powerful this component, attitude, is.
The goal is to balance all components of health (find them here) so that your health is HOLISTIC and comes from your mind, body and spirit. Each one has its own energy that nourishes and completes the body. Good nutrition is great, but doesn’t go very far if you are full of hate, judgement and resentment.
Everything is energy. If you can’t let go of mental baggage, is it very hard for the body to let go of physical baggage (weight).
Here’s the kicker – these thoughts are NOT YOU. They were planted there at some point in your life by someone ELSE, like T.V., school, friends, parents, newspaper, etc., and now they are stuck in your head floating around for you to call your own. We have probably all been called stupid, fat, ugly, skinny, or whatever at one point in time, and unfortunately, some of us still believe it 10-90 years later.
This is where affirmations and practicing new thoughts come to the rescue. These are simple and proven ways to change your habits, thoughts, beliefs and actions, and all you have to do is spend a few minutes each day on them.
Below in the Healthy Attitude Test you will find questions that expose some of these deeply rooted thoughts and beliefs that stop you from reaching your potential. Once you figure out these “weeds”, you can build a program for yourself that involves changing weeds into seeds that will actually HELP YOU GROW beyond your current state and potential. It is like super-injecting you with positive thoughts and energy.
These techniques have been around for many years and are the most effective behavior change strategies ever known for self use.
Ever wonder why you or others dislike or make fun of healthy people? Or why you think health food is for rabbits and “real” food is for “real” people? Trust me, the body does not think like this when you start out in this world. It was trained to think like that, and it can and should be untrained, otherwise health is unachievable in the mind because it sees health or healthy people as undesirable.
Many people think, act, eat and cook just like their parents, not even considering the fact that eating fried foods makes them lethargic and congested and that judging people only feeds their insecurities.
The great news is that you have a choice, and with a little help, you can learn a method for finally achieving your goals.
We must train the brain to be healthy or whatever the goal may be. That is where this program comes in and identifies and pulls weeds (unsupportive beliefs) and plants new and supportive seeds (beliefs).
Rate yourself from 1-10 for each of the following statements.
1= 100% Disagreement 10 = 100% Agreement
Your Top 3 Weeds
Choose at least three statements from the Healthy Attitude Test of which your score surprised you or were the highest. These three statements and their opposite supportive statements below (seeds) will be the focus of your “attitude change” and can be the most powerful ally in your journey to health.
The 3 Associated Seeds
Create three opposite and supportive statements for each of the above. For Example, “I don’t really want to be healthy” can be changed to “I am ready and willing to be healthy right now.”
How to Change Your Behavior
There are a few ways to do this, below is one way. If you would like some more advanced ways then please contact me and we can set up a coaching session to help you figure out the best methods for your unique situation.
Below are some healthy affirmations that are helpful to repeat and also pretty fun.