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Homemade Colon Cleanse

Homemade Colon Cleanse with 3 Juices

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Many people suffer from chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut and other issues with the digestive system. Because the colon has an important job of eliminating waste, it’s critical that you keep it running smoothly.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to help alleviate discomfort associated with toxins and digestion issues in the body, such as a homemade colon cleanse. I have shared details about why a colon cleanse is important, but what’s great is that you don’t need to see a doctor about it — and can make your own colon cleanser right at home.

A homemade colon cleanse can help flush out some of the toxins in your body that could be contributing to your discomfort and also offer natural relief from constipation. Just plan a day when you do not need to leave home so that you are able to adjust to the colon cleansing changes in your body and the elimination of waste as you begin the detox and internal cleansing process.


Apple, Sea Salt, Ginger and Lemon Colon Cleanse

Let’s get started making this great homemade colon cleanse. You will need a tall glass and a spoon. To start, place 3.5 ounces of purified water in a pan. You want to warm the water, not boil it, so that you can drink the water at a safe temperature.

Once it is warm, pour it into your glass. Then add the sea salt, often part of a salt water flush, and stir. The sea salt will help release toxins, pushing waste through the body and ultimately improving digestion.

Now, add the apple juice, ginger juice and fresh lemon juice. Stir. Where do you think an apple a day keeps the doctor away came from? Well, maybe it is not specific to the colon but it did come from the idea that whole foods, such as the nutrition-rich apple, brings good health and a healthy colon definitely yields good health. In fact, a study shows that those who ate an apple a day had less visits to the doctor and fewer prescription medications.

Ginger is great because it reduces bloating while stimulating the colon, keeping it free from wastes and harmful toxins. And let’s not forget about the amazing lemon! Lemon juice aids in digestion, detoxification and is high in vitamin C, making it a great antioxidant .

How to Do the Cleanse

Drink this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Then have this mixture again just before a light lunch, preferably of steamed vegetables and baked salmon, and again mid-afternoon.

Have 6–8 glasses of room temperature water throughout the day. It may be best to slow down the consumption of liquids after 5 p.m. so that you are not awakened in the night, with having to go to the bathroom.

Risks 

Performing this type of colon cleanse should not present any problems; however, it is always good to check with your doctor if you are pregnant, have a disease, suffer from allergies or are taking any prescriptions medications prior to any new activity.


Homemade Colon Cleanse with 3 Juices

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1 serving

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup 100 percent pure organic apple juice ( juice the apple yourself)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup warm purified water

Directions:

  1. Start with a tall glass and a spoon.
  2. Place 3.5 ounces of purified water in a pan. You want to warm the water, not boil it, so that you can drink the water at a safe temperature.
  3. Once it is warm, pour it into your glass. Then add the sea salt and stir.
  4. Add the apple juice, ginger juice and fresh lemon juice. Stir.
  5. Drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Then have this mixture again just before a light lunch, and again mid-afternoon.

 

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Do You Have a Magnesium Deficiency?

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Magnesium is arguably the most important mineral in the body. According to a pioneering American neurosurgeon, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency and it’s the missing cure to many diseases.”

 

Magnesium is critical for cellular health and for more than 300 biochemical functions in the body. But get this: A common blood test often misses low levels. Here we discuss the main signs that you’re magnesium deficient — and how to reverse it.

Causes of Magnesium Deficiency

Once thought to be relatively rare, magnesium deficiency is more common than most physicians believe. Here’s why:

 

Soil depletion, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the chemicals in our food have created a recipe for disaster. As minerals are removed, stripped away, or no longer available in the soil, the percentage of magnesium present in food has decreased.

Digestive diseases, like leaky gut, can cause malabsorption of minerals, including magnesium. Today, there are hundreds of millions of people who aren’t absorbing their nutrients. Also, as we age, our mineral absorption tends to decrease, so the probability of having a deficiency increases across the board.

Chronic disease and medication use is at an all-time high. Most chronic illness is associated with magnesium deficiency and lack of mineral absorption. Medications damage the gut which is responsible for absorbing magnesium from our food.

Should you worry about magnesium deficiency?

Should you worry about magnesium deficiency?

It all depends on your risk factors and presenting symptoms.  Also, approximately 80 percent of people have low levels of magnesium, so the chances are that you are probably deficient.

Magnesium is arguably the most important mineral in the body.

According to Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, an American neurosurgeon and a pioneer in pain medicine, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency and it’s the missing cure to many diseases.” Not only does Magnesium help regulate calcium, potassium and sodium, but magnesium is essential for cellular health and is a critical component of over 300 biochemical functions in the body.

Even glutathione, your body’s most powerful antioxidant that has even been called “the master antioxidant,” requires magnesium for its synthesis. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of this, and millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it.

 

Causes of Magnesium Deficiency

Once thought to be relatively rare, magnesium deficiency is more common than most physicians believe. Here’s why:

 

Soil depletion, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the chemicals in our food have created a recipe for disaster. As minerals are removed, stripped away, or no longer available in the soil, the percentage of magnesium present in food has decreased.

Digestive diseases, like leaky gut, can cause malabsorption of minerals, including magnesium. Today, there are hundreds of millions of people who aren’t absorbing their nutrients. Also, as we age, our mineral absorption tends to decrease, so the probability of having a deficiency increases across the board.

Chronic disease and medication use is at an all-time high. Most chronic illness is associated with magnesium deficiency and lack of mineral absorption. Medications damage the gut which is responsible for absorbing magnesium from our food.

Should you worry about magnesium deficiency?

 

It all depends on your risk factors and presenting symptoms (see below). Also, approximately 80 percent of people have low levels of magnesium, so the chances are that you are probably deficient.

 

Take note: Only 1 percent of magnesium in your body is in your bloodstream, so often you can have a deficiency, and it would not even be discovered by a common blood test.

 

Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

 

Many people may be magnesium deficient and not even know it. But here are some key symptoms to look out for that could indicate if you are deficient:

  1. Leg Cramps

Seventy percent of adults and 7 percent of children experience leg cramps on a regular basis. But leg cramps can more than a nuisance — they can also be downright excruciating! Because of magnesium’s role in neuromuscular signals and muscle contraction, researchers have observed that magnesium deficiency is often to blame. (1, 2)

More and more health care professionals are prescribing magnesium supplements to help their patients. Restless leg syndrome is another warning sign of a magnesium deficiency. To overcome both leg cramps and restless leg syndrome, you will want to increase your intake of both magnesium and potassium.

 

  1. Insomnia

Magnesium deficiency is often a precursor to sleep disorders such as anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness. It’s been suggested that this is because magnesium is vital for GABA function, an inhibitory neurotransmitter known to “calm” the brain and promote relaxation.

Taking magnesium before bed or with dinner is the best time of day to take the supplement. Also, adding in magnesium-rich foods during dinner — like nutrition-packed spinach — may help.

 

  1. Muscle Pain / Fibromyalgia

A study published in Magnesium Research examined the role magnesium plays in fibromyalgia symptoms, and it uncovered that increasing magnesium consumption reduced pain and tenderness and also improved immune blood markers. (3)

Oftentimes linked to autoimmune disorders, this research should encourage fibromyalgia patients because it highlights the systemic effects that magnesium supplements have on the body.

  1. Anxiety

As magnesium deficiency can affect the central nervous system, more specifically the GABA cycle in the body, its side effects can include irritability and nervousness. As the deficiency worsens, it causes high levels of anxiety and, in severe cases, depression and hallucinations.

Magnesium is needed for every cell function from the gut to the brain, so it’s no wonder that it affects so many systems.

  1. High Blood Pressure

Magnesium works partnered with calcium to support proper blood pressure and protect the heart.  So when you are magnesium deficient, often you are also low in calcium and tend towards hypertension or high blood pressure.

A study with 241,378 participants published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition uncovered that a diet high in magnesium foods could reduce the risk of a stroke by 8 percent. (4) This is profound considering that hypertension causes 50 percent of ischemic strokes in the world.

  1. Type II Diabetes

One of the four main causes of magnesium deficiency is type II diabetes, but it’s also a common symptom. U.K. researchers, for example, uncovered that of the 1,452 adults they examined low, magnesium levels were 10 times more common with new diabetics and 8.6 times more common with known diabetics. (5)

 

As expected from this data, diets rich in magnesium has been shown to significantly lower the risk of type 2 diabetes because of magnesium’s role in sugar metabolism. Another study discovered that the simple addition of magnesium supplementation lowered the risk of diabetes by 15 percent! (6)

  1. Fatigue

Low energy, weakness and fatigue are common symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Most chronic fatigue syndrome patients are also magnesium deficient. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that magnesium every day can help, but you do also want to be careful, as too much magnesium can also cause diarrhea. (7)

  1. Migraine Headaches

Magnesium deficiency has been linked to migraine headaches due to its importance in balancing neurotransmitters in the body. Double-blind placebo-controlled studies have proven that magnesium daily reduced the frequency of migraine headaches by up to 42 percent. (8)

  1. Osteoporosis

The National Institute of Health reports that, “The average person’s body contains about 25 grams of magnesium, and about half of that is in the bones.” (9) This is important to realize, especially for the elderly, who are at risk of bone weakening.

Thankfully, there’s hope! A study published in Biology Trace Element Research uncovered that supplementing with magnesium slowed the development of osteoporosis “significantly” after just 30 days. (10)

 

Are You at Risk? 

 

So, who is most susceptible to a magnesium deficiency? According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), not every one is created equal in regards to metabolizing and assimilating magnesium. In fact, certain people are inherently at a greater risk of developing a magnesium deficiency.

 

Magnesium deficiency can be inherited genetically as an inability to absorb this important mineral. Also, a diet low in high magnesium foods, or even emotional or work stress can drain magnesium from the body. Whether inherited, through a deficient diet, or even stress, a magnesium deficiency can lead to side effects of migraines, diabetes, fatigue and more.

 

Which one, How much, And what do I take with it?

 

These are all questions we will be happy to help you with.  We are not all wired the same way, and the same dose not work the same on everyone.  You need personalized healthcare plan just for you.  Call us for help in this matter, and we will work with you to get this right.

 

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Bone Broth, How, When and Why

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For thousands of years there have been

traditional foods like fermented vegetables and cultured dairy

that have been touted for their health benefits.

But one common healing

food that is now being recognized for it’s incredible health benefits is bone

broth.

Bone broth benefits are

numerous and extensive so let me share a few ancient secrets with you.

Bone Broth Benefits

I have found bone

broth to be the #1 thing you can consume to:

  • Heal leaky gut
  • Overcome

    foods intolerances and allergies

  • Improve

    joint health

  • Reduce

    cellulite

  • Boost

    immune system

Chicken soup isn’t just

good for the soul: there’s a reason that it’s prescribed by doctors and mothers

alike when you’re feeling under the weather.  All bone broths beef,

chicken, fish, lamb and more are staples in the traditional diets of every

culture and the basis of all fine cuisine.  That’s because bone broths are

nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and–they boost healing.

Bone broth or stock was

a way our ancestors made use of every part of an animal.  Bones and

marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments that you can’t eat directly, can

be boiled then simmered over a period of days.

This simmering

causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen,

proline, glycine, and glutamine that have the power to transform your health

Nutrition researchers Sally Fallon and Kaayla

Daniel of the Weston A. Price Foundation explain that bone broths contain

minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium,

phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others.

They contain chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, the compounds sold

as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain.1

A study of chicken soup (broth) conducted by the University

of Nebraska

Medical Center

wondered what it was in the soup that made it so beneficial for colds and

flu.  They found that the amino acids

that were produced when making chicken stock reduced inflammation in the

respiratory system and improved digestion.

Also, research is proving it can also boost the immune system and heal

disorders like allergies, asthma, and arthritis.2

Sally Fallon explains that most store bought “stock and

“broth” today aren’t “REAL”.  Instead,

they use lab-produced meat flavors in bouillon cubes, soup and sauce

mixes.  Also, manufacturers began using

monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is recognized as a meat flavor but in reality

is a neurotoxin.

If you want real bone broth you can make it yourself at home

which I will explain at the end of this chapter.  You will need to get grass fed bones from

your local farmers market or from a online health food store like Wise Choice

Market.

The Magic of Collagen and Gelatin

Real collagen is the source of stock’s immune-boosting

properties.  You’ve probably seen this

jiggling layer atop the broth in your cooling roasting pan and discarded it but

think again next time–this is the good stuff.

Collagen is the protein found in connective tissue of

vertebrate animals.  It’s abundant in

bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.  The breakdown of collagen in bone broths is

what produces gelatin.

•Gelatin (the breakdown of collagen) was one of the first

functional foods, used as a medical treatment in ancient China.

•Dr. Francis Pottenger and other world class researches have

found gelatin and collagen to have the listed benefits:

•Gelatin helps people with food allergies and sensitivities

tolerate those foods including cows milk and gluten.

•Collagen protects and soothes the lining of the digestive

tract and can aid in healing IBS, crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and acid reflux.

•Gelatin promotes probiotic balance and growth.

•Bone broth increases collagen reducing the appearance of

wrinkles and banishing cellulite.

•Because gelatin helps break down proteins and soothes the

gut lining, it may prove useful for leaky gut syndrome and the autoimmune

disorders that accompany it.

•Gelatin provides bone-building minerals in easily absorbable

ways, preventing bone loss and reducing join pain.3

And here is another incredible benefit from the collagen

found in bone broth, it can make your skin look amazing!  According to Donna Gates, author of Body

Ecology, bone broth makes your skin supple and can decrease cellulite!

She says cellulite comes from a lack of connective tissue

and if someone has very smooth skin it’s because their skin is high in

connective tissue.  Donna explains that

consuming collagen-rich bone broth can reduce cellulite and tighten your skin

making you look younger.

Healing Amino Acids

Gelatin in bone broths contains “conditional” amino acids

arginine, glycine, glutamine and proline.

These amino acids also contribute to stock’s healing properties.

Conditional amino acids are those classified as nonessential

amino acids that are essential under some conditions: you don’t produce them

very well if you are ill or stressed.

Kaayla Daniel points out that unhealthy Western diets, heavy

on processed carbohydrates, low in quality grass-fed animal products, and

devoid of homemade soups and broths, make it likely that these amino acids are

chronically essential.

What do these conditional amino acids do?

Arginine

•Necessary for immune system function and wound healing

•Needed for the production and release of growth hormone

•Helps regenerate damaged liver cells

•Needed for the production of sperm

Glycine

•Prevents breakdown of protein tissue like muscle

•Used to make bile salts and glutathione

•Helps detoxify the body of chemicals and acts as

antioxidant4

•Is a neurotransmitter that improves sleep and improves

memory and performance

Proline

•Helps regenerate cartilage and heal joints

•Reduces cellulite and makes skin more supple

•Helps repair leaky gut

Glutamine

•Protects gut lining

•Metabolic fuel for cells in small intestine

•Improves metabolism and muscle building

Talk about some incredible health benefits!  For these reasons, I have most of my patients

consume bone broth as a partial fast, detox, or during meals to help heal their

gut and detoxify their cells, gut and liver.

How to Make Bone Broth

There are a few important basics to consider when making

good stock.  You can make bone broth with

animal components alone but in his chicken soup study, Dr. Rennard found that

the combination of animal products and vegetables seemed to have synergistic

effects, working together to be more beneficial than either alone.

Cup of Fresh BrothSally Fallon says that it’s important to

use body parts that aren’t commonly found in the meat department of your

grocery store, things like chicken feet and neck.

You’ll also want to buy animal products that you know are

pasture-fed and free of antibiotics and hormones.

Fallon describes the essentials as bones, fat, meat,

vegetables and water. If you’re making beef broth or lamb broth, you should

brown the meat before putting it into a stock pot.  Fish and poultry are fine to put in a pot

without browning first.  Add a bit of

apple cider vinegar to your pot to help draw the minerals from the bones.

Cooking Suggestions

1.Place bones into a large stock pot and cover with water.

2.Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to water prior

to cooking. This helps to pull out important nutrients from the bones.

3.Fill stock pot with filtered water.  Leave plenty of room for water to boil.

4.Heat slowly. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to

simmer for at least six hours.  Remove

scum as it arises.

5.Cook slow and at low heat. Chicken bones can cook for 24

hours. Beef bones can cook for 48 hours. A low and slow cook time is necessary

in order to fully extract the nutrients in and around bone.

6.You can also add in vegetables such as onions, garlic,

carrots, and celery for added nutrient value.

After cooking, the broth will cool and a layer of fat will

harden on top.  This layer protects the

broth beneath.  Discard this layer only

when you are about to eat the broth.

Check out my recipes on how to make chicken bone broth and

beef bone broth.

Bone Broth Benefits as Therapy

Remember, bone broth is rich in minerals that support the

immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine,

and proline.

The collagen in bone broth will heal your gut lining and

reduce intestinal inflammation.  In

addition, collagen will support healthy skin and can reduce the appearance of

cellulite.  Also, the glycine in bone

broth can detoxify your cells from chemicals and improve brain function.

I recommend consuming 8oz 1-2x daily as a soup, a plain

beverage, or doing a bone broth fast.  I

typically drink 8oz upon waking every morning.

Have you ever had bone broth?  Do you think you might give it a try?

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