Heal Your Body With Fermented Foods

As a health coach, I am often asked, “What are some simple ways to improve my overall health?” One of my favorite answers is fermented foods! Fermented foods are nutrient dense, healing to the gut, fairly easy to make and can really make a difference in giving your health a boost.

You may be wondering “what the heck are fermented foods?” Fermented foods are foods that have been through the lactofermentation process in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food, which creates lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics. Not only does it preserve the nutrients and contain naturally occurring probiotics but it also makes the food more easily digestible, which is great for your gut health.

While fermented foods used to be very commonplace in many societies, our modern convenience diet is often very lacking in fermented foods. In fact, many people would consider them “gross” because they taste and smell very differently than the packaged, processed fast foods that many Americans are accustomed to eating.

So what are some of the benefits of eating fermented foods, you may ask. Let me break it down.

  1. Easily digestible: Due to overall unhealthy diets, many people have compromised digestive systems. When your body is being forced to break down foreign chemicals, preservatives and difficult to digest foods on a regular basis, your gut pays the price. Fermented foods are already in the process of being broken down by beneficial bacteria, making them much easier to digest, and therefore much friendlier for your gut.
  2. Budget friendly: Fermented foods can be stored for long periods of time in jars, meaning less waste for those veggies that are usually left to rot in your refrigerator drawer. You can buy your veggies in bulk, ferment them and use as needed. This will help cut down on wasted food, and allows you the advantage of bulk pricing. It also helps cut down on the need to buy supplements like probiotics and digestive enzymes.
  3. Naturally occurring probiotics and digestive enzymes: The fermentation process introduces beneficial bacteria into your system naturally. Incorporating probiotics and digestive enzymes can do wonders for your gut health by healing the gut and allowing for more complete absorption of nutrients.

Some of my favorite fermented foods include kombucha, kefir, authentic sourdough bread, sauerkraut, Bubbies brand pickles and pickled carrots. You can find many of these items at your local health food store, or you can make them yourself.

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Stop Body Odor Internally & More With Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is a truly amazing substance. It has so many fantastic health benefits that are often overlooked by most of our society. By supplementing with chlorophyll you can see some major shifts in your health! Check out some of the awesome ways it can benefit your body:

Fights Candida Overgrowth

Candida (systemic yeast) infection is a big problem for many individuals and can lead to fatigue, depression, and digestive problems; just to name a few. Research has shown that isolated chlorophyll solutions in addition to dietary changes can help stop Candida albicans growth.

Manages Body Odor

Chlorophyll can help to cleanse the body from the inside out. In a bodily odor study, it was shown that test subjects had a reduction in BO with the introduction of chlorophyll into their routines.

Helps Manage Hunger/Cravings

By keeping blood sugar levels stable, chlorophyll can help to manage cravings and overeating. In a test done utilizing moderately overweight women, it was shown that when eating meals containing chlorophyll, subjects reported reduced hunger.

Promotes Natural Cleansing

Environmental pollutants including toxic metals can have seriously negative effects on our health. Chlorophyll binds with toxic metals to hamper absorption, and research has shown it can do the same with some carcinogens. Our bodies were not designed to manage the amount of toxins we take in on a daily basis this day in age, so supporting the body naturally with cleansing supplements like chlorophyll is essential.

Some reliable brands of liquid chlorophyll you can easily incorporate into your routine include:

Nature’s Sunshine

World Organic

Benevolent

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Natural Constipation Remedies

Digestive health is a huge component of your overall health. When your body isn’t properly processing and eliminating waste, it can have a negative impact on your body. Constipation is not only uncomfortable, but it also poses health risks. Fortunately, constipation can be treated naturally with herbs, supplements and dietary changes.

Aloe

Aloe is a summer staple for many because it is a great natural remedy for sunburn. Did you know that aloe has many other health benefits? It is great for your digestion, for keeping your skin hydrated and as a natural anti-inflammatory. When it comes to digestion, aloe can be extremely helpful for the body to help maintain a healthy mucous membrane system. When my daughter was younger, she had constipation issues. Aloe was so important in helping her digestive system to heal itself. We used George’s Aloe Vera because it tastes like water and can easily be added to any beverage. By soothing her digestive system, we were able to cure her constipation without over the counter medication.

Magnesium Citrate

You can often treat occasional constipation with over-the-counter magnesium citrate. This supplement is an osmotic laxative, which means it relaxes your bowels and pulls water into your intestines which helps soften and bulk up your stool, making it easier to pass.

Probiotics

Probiotics can help restore the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut, aiding in proper digestion. Your gut health is a huge indicator of your overall health, so probiotics can be helpful not only for your digestion, but for your general health as well.

Fish Oil

Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to play a role in many important bodily functions including digestion. Fish oil is a rich source of these essential fatty acids. Cold-water fish such as salmon, mackerel, halibut, sardines, tuna, and herring contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Fish oil supplements can also be a great source of EPA and DHA.

Constipation is NOT normal and should NOT be a way of life. If you suffer from constipation, it is very important that you work with a healthcare professional or do research to help regulate your bowel movements.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

The Importance of Chewing Your Food Properly

Digestion initially begins in the mouth. As you start to chew your food, digestive enzymes found in saliva begin to break it down, preparing for nutrient absorption. It’s importantly to chew your food thoroughly to achieve maximum absorption of all your vitamins and minerals.

How to Chew Properly

To get into the habit of chewing foods thoroughly, try counting the chews in each bite, aiming for 30 to 50 times. Try putting your utensils down between bites to help you better concentrate on chewing.

  • Chew every mouthful of food at least 30 times each, until the food becomes liquid.
  • Chewing breaks down food and makes it easier on the stomach and small intestine.
  • Saliva assists in the digestion of carbohydrates.

If under pressure at meals, take deep breaths, chew, and let the simple act of chewing relax you. Taking the time to chew will help you to enjoy the whole spectrum of tastes and aromas that make up the meal.

Good Chewing Suggestions

Before eating

  • Wash hands
  • Shower or wash face to help relax.
  • Turn off the television, radio, telephone.
  • Do not read.
  • Find a clean quiet place to eat.
  • Light a candle or play soft music.
  • Stretch, breathe.
  • Align your posture and breathe.

During your meal

  • Place a bite of food in your mouth.
  • Put your utensil down.
  • Place your hands together while chewing.
  • Begin chewing and deep breathing.
  • Concentrate on what you’re doing.
  • Look at your food or something attractive, or close your eyes partially or fully.

After eating

  • Say thanks.
  • Sit and talk after your meal.
  • Take a light stroll.

So next time you think about gobbling your food on the go, think twice. Sit down, enjoy a nice meal and most importantly – CHEW YOUR FOOD!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Using A Hot Water Bottle For Self-Care

Once you use a hot water bottle, you won’t believe how you ever got along without it! The hot water bottle is one of the most useful all-purpose health care products you will ever use. It is designed to apply comfortable, soothing heat therapy easily and conveniently to any part of the body for a variety of ailments.

 Fill it with hot water from the sink. The water bottle will stay warm for up to 2 hours.

Use it to:

  • Relax particular muscles or use for the entire body
  • Deliver nurturing comfort to enable a deep state of relaxation

Try using the hot water bottle on:

  • The feet for warmth
  • The back for strain
  • The lower abdomen for cramps
  • The abdomen for digestion and relaxation of body and mind

Additional Uses:

  • To combat illness: use as a warm, soothing companion to help you through flu, chills, and aches.
  • To ease menstrual cramps: a hot water bottle on the abdomen brings pain relief and soothing comfort.
  • As a bed warmer: a warm hot water bottle placed in your bed makes for a cozy sleep, especially on cold winter nights.
  • To ease arthritic pain: a natural, moist heat therapy for arthritic pain relief, especially great for hands.
  • To calm children: a warm cuddly companion to provide a calm secure feeling when children are ill or upset.
  • As a traveling companion: take it with you on trips to comfort you – no electricity needed.
  • To calm your pet: placed under a blanket, a warm hot water bottle soothes puppies in new surroundings — it provides warmth and security and calms them down.
  • To encourage restful sleep: to help you sleep after a high-stress day, lie down with a hot water bottle on your stomach, close your eyes and breathe deeply, so the bottle rises and falls. Many people carry a lot of tension there and the weighted heat releases it. Try it!

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DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Digestive Enzymes Help Absorb Nutrients

Digestive enzymes act as catalysts in speeding up specific and important chemical reactions in the body. They play an important role in digestive health by breaking down larger molecules into more easily absorbed particles that the body can use to nourish itself properly.

Digestive enzymes are essential for overall well-being and digestive health! They break down food into amino acids, fatty acids, cholesterol , simple sugars and nucleic acids, which help make DNA. Unfortunately, due to our American Standard Diet, many of us have compromised digestive systems. As a result, we aren’t able to fully reap the benefits of the foods we eat, due to improper digestion. When you combine poor digestion with the lack of nutrients in our soil and our food supply, it is a recipe for poor health!

Another factor in decreased digestive health is age. As we age, the acidity of our stomach acid becomes more alkaline. Therefore, it’s more difficult for the body to properly break down the food you eat.

Taking digestive enzymes can help your body properly break down the food you eat. With improved digestion, your body will be able to absorb more of the nutrients from the foods you eat. If you are experiencing gas, bloating or other digestive upset when eating certain foods, but you are not intolerant or allergic to them, taking digestive enzymes when eating them may help to improve the digestive process.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Ginger Root…Good Stuff!

I LOVE ginger!!! It tastes and smells delicious and has so many amazing health benefits! It can be great for alleviating gastrointestinal issues, alleviating inflammation and it also has anti-oxidant properties.

When it comes to tummy troubles, ginger can be so helpful in getting things settled. It can reduce nausea, motion sickness, vomiting and dizziness. It’s also great for pregnancy morning sickness.

Ginger is a great natural anti-inflammatory. It has been used to reduce swelling and pain for centuries. Some studies have even shown that it can be effective in reducing colorectal and ovarian cancer cells! It has also been shown to boost the immune system.

I like to use my micro-grater and add finely grated fresh ginger to hot water or even using organic ginger tea. I also like to add it to Asian stir fries for a delicious added flavor and health benefits. Enjoy some ginger today!