Your Health Detective: Gut Microbiota

Being raised by my paternal grandmother, who was a natural healer and herbalist, gave me a unique foundation for how my professional life would eventually evolve. Grandma used baking soda almost daily for one reason or another from heartburn to stain removal…AND…so do I!

This cheap, effective ingredient is one of the most versatile and powerful natural remedies for many reasons. It can be used as a proactive approach to colds, headaches, cancer, skin disorders, and much more through its ability to quickly alkalize the body. We now know scientifically that when a body’s urine pH (first void of the morning upon arising) remains at an average of 7.5, no bacteria, virus, fungus or even cancer can survive. Additionally, it can be used as a product for oral hygiene and as a deodorant, etc..

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The liver is a vital organ of detoxification which requires proper care to maintain its health-enhancing functions. Liver damage and disorder is in epidemic proportions mostly because of an unhealthy diet, being overweight, excessive alcohol consummation and most medications.

The tamarind fruit is very effective in preventing and treating liver disorders. Consumed at least five out of seven days it will improve your liver health and protect it from damages.

This fruit detoxifies our body, eliminates toxins from our organism, boosts metabolism and digestion, and improves cardiovascular and digestive functions…

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Most of us have delighted in a delicious meal, whose delight to our palette weaned when you start to feel bloated. This condition usually manifests when gas builds up in your stomach or intestines – all connected to the way your body breaks down food through the digestive processes. Overeating is the number one culprit, but foods that are hard to digest (like ones fatty or high in fiber) or ones that create bubbles in your intestines – like that bubbly drink – tend to bring it on too. Bloating can also occur when your body retains too much water, usually thanks to high-sodium food.

Whatever the trigger, puffing up is more than just annoying; it can slow you down and drain your energy. But it’s also easy to avoid if you stick to the right foods and learn a couple of easy “tricks” of the natural health professionals.

Beer is full of bubbles, which will leave you with a bloated belly – it’s also bloats more than other carbonated beverages. Research has shown that alcohol can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, especially that of candida yeast, which can leave you feeling inflated and brain-fogged.

  • Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale & Cauliflower

Because these cruciferous veggies are extremely high in fiber they are often difficult for your body to break-down, therefore, causing gas/bloating because of gas in your GI tract.

Cruciferous veggies contain raffinose, a sugar that produces extra gas as it breaks down and can make you feel like you’re carting around some extra fluff.  That said, veggies also bring a ton of nutritional benefits to the table, so there’s no reason to swear off them completely. If you’re prone to bloating, lightly steam your vegetables—the heat will help break-down some of the fibers, so your body doesn’t have to do all the work.

If you’re lactose intolerant or sensitive to dairy (many of us are to some degree), you may notice that milk products cause you to feel bloated. When your gut bacteria break down milk, it releases gas, which can lead to that uncomfortably full feeling. There’s an easy way to figure out if milk and cheese are the culprits behind your bloat: Try an elimination diet for two weeks and see if you feel better eating dairy-free…

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The following is a summary of the findings reported at the annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscience: 

  • Gut bacteria are possibly working at more than keeping our bodies healthy – they may be actually changing our minds.
  • Recent studies report how living bacteria in the gut can alter the way our brain works.
  • The scientific question asked after recent studies is, “can we soothe our brains by cultivating our gut bacteria”?
  • By adjusting the gut’s bacterial intestinal terrain, scientists have been able to change the behavior of lab animals and, in smaller numbers to date, in people.
  • Scientists, by altering intestinal microbes have turned anxious mice bold, and shy mice social. Rats inoculated with bacteria from depressed people developed signs of depression.
  • Smaller studies of people suggest that eating specific kinds of bacteria may change brain activity and ease anxiety/panic. This is believed to be effective because gut bacteria can make the very chemicals that brain cells use to communicate…Click to continue reading…

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What You Should Know…

  • Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. When it comes to understanding all the fuss about gluten, it pays to know the differences between the conditions connected to it. There’s celiac disease, wheat allergy, and/or gluten sensitivity, and keratosis pilaris (chicken skin).
  • Great confusion exists around oats – do they or do they not contain gluten? According to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, oats are technically naturally gluten-free since they are not a type of wheat, barley or rye grain; those three groups of whole grains naturally contain the protein gluten. Oats, however, do not contain gluten but rather a protein called avenins. Many that must avoid gluten get sabotaged when eating oats because most brands are cross-contaminated with small amounts of grains that do contain gluten. If you eat oats and symptoms manifest, it best to avoid them or find a brand certified organic and certified gluten-free…CLICK to continue reading…

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My patients with hypothyroidism (approximately over 70% of them) often ask about stories they’ve read or heard about the effects of certain foods on their thyroid health. Soy is their most common concern (and with good reason), however, broccoli, peanuts, strawberries, kale, spinach and other vegetables are also on this list. The message my patients hear, unfortunately, is that if you have any sort of thyroid dysfunction, you shouldn’t consume these foods — ever…AND…that’s a shame, because this all-or-nothing approach means that those with thyroid problems (particularly women) remove healthy, nutritious foods from their diet when they really don’t have to…

Continue reading “Issue 06.9.17 Thyroid Health – Healthy Foods, Harmful Foods” »

Penning’s from IWR Press…Launching Fresh Voices of Natural Health

Why are we beginning this article introduction about an eBook with a discussion about food when this book is about headaches? Because what we consume affects every biological function within our body, including food ingredients known to cause headaches – specifically migraines, tension headaches and allergic responses.

For the first time in the history of human existence, we are choosing to eat things that are NOT FOOD – and our bodies and diminishing quality of life show it!

The thing that bugs me is that the people think the FDA is protecting them – it isn’t. What the FDA is doing, and what the public thinks it is doing, is as different as night and day.

                                        – Dr. Herbert L. Ley (1969), Former FDA Commissioner…

Continue reading “Issue 05.26.17 Migraines & Headaches – Causes, Effects & Natural Solutions” »

If the “town crier” isn’t the only one crying…and you’re one of the millions suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis, gout, joint and/or soft tissue pain, or dental pain, science has finally confirmed what I’ve been researching and writing about for over twenty years…unsweetened tart cherry juice to the rescue!

Scientific Perspective…Oregon Health & Science University has now proven that tart cherries DO help reduce chronic inflammation that leads to most pain syndromes. Tart cherries, it turns out, has the highest anti-inflammatory compounds of any other food!

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If the “town crier” isn’t the only one crying…and you’re one of the millions suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis, gout, joint and/or soft tissue pain, or dental pain, science has finally confirmed what I’ve been researching and writing about for over twenty years…unsweetened tart cherry juice to the rescue!

Scientific Perspective…Oregon Health & Science University has now proven that tart cherries DO help reduce chronic inflammation that leads to most pain syndromes. Tart cherries, it turns out, has the highest anti-inflammatory compounds of any other food!

Continue reading “Issue 04.14.17 Natural Relief from Pain & Inflammation – Red to the Rescue” »

Spending time in Ecuador I’ve come to appreciate SO much that we in the U.S. take for granted. One specific thing is my withdrawal from white sweet potatoes because they are not commonly grown or used here, YET, but rather they grow several varieties of sweet potatoes that in the U.S. we often refer to as yams.

Necessity is the mother of invention and I have a new favorite I discovered that taste to me just like fried hash browns cubed and they’re delicious, healthy, and so satisfying especially when we’re avoiding the genre of nightshade foods that we know ignite inflammation.

The following is a real treat and you can find green plantains in the U.S. as they are being discovered by Americans who have traveled to South America and other cultures where they are a diet staple…

Continue reading “Issue 03.15.17 My New “Potatoes”…AND…They’re NOT a Nightshade!” »

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