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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Health Benefits of Camu Camu

Camu camu is an amazing superfood that can easily be added to smoothies to give them a major nutritional boost. It is a low-growing shrub found throughout the Amazon rain forests of Peru and Brazil that produces a lemon sized, light orange to purplish red fruit with yellow pulp. The camu camu fruit contains more natural vitamin C than any other food source on the planet, as well as beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, protein, serine, thiamin, leucine, and valine. Camu camu has astringent, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, emollient and nutritional properties.

So what are the health benefits of camu camu and why should you be trying to sneak this amazing fruit into your diet?

  • High levels of naturally occurring vitamin C (more than any other food)
  • Rich in anti-oxidants
  • Boosts immunity
  • Balances your moods
  • Powerful anti-viral
  • Supports healthy liver function
  • Supports optimal eye and brain function

While the fruit of the camu camu is not readily available in the US, you can easily access the powder to amp up the nutrition in your smoothies. Always try to get organic whenever possible. A few good choices you can easily find online include:

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.

 

Health Benefits of Chlorella

Chlorella is a source of Chlorophyll, Protein, Iron, Magnesium, and amino acids, but it is primarily known as a detoxifying supplement. Its tiny size and unique properties make it able to bind to heavy metals and unwanted chemicals in the body.

A 1-ounce (3 tbsp) serving of chlorella contains:

  • Protein—16g
  • Vitamin A—287% RDA
  • Vitamin B2—71% RDA
  • Vitamin B3—33% RDA
  • Iron—202% RDA
  • Magnesium—22% RDA
  • Zinc—133% RDA

In addition, chlorella contains a good amount of vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and phosphorus. Chlorella is actually more nutrient dense per gram than other greens, including kale, spinach and broccoli. It has many amazing health benefits, but should not be taken if you have certain health conditions, including high levels of heavy metal exposure and thyroid/iodine processing issues.

  • Heavy Metal Detox: It is said that regularly consuming small amounts of chlorella can help heavy metals from accumulating in the body’s soft tissues and organs. Chlorella attaches itself to heavy metals and helps the body to remove them as waste. However, if you have been exposed to high levels of heavy metals, use caution, as taking chlorella may draw the metals out of your organs/tissues and simply cause them to recirculate in your system.
  • Weight Loss: It is said that chlorella helps regulate hormones, boosting metabolism, improving circulation, and promoting higher natural energy. It also helps to reduce weight and body fat by removing stored toxins. As we release stored toxins in our cells, we naturally lose weight as a result.
  • Lower Blood Glucose & Cholesterol Levels: According to Dr. Axe, “In a study published the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers found that doses of 8,000 mg of chlorella per day (divided into 2 doses), helps lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Researchers observed first a decline in cholesterol levels, and then the improvement in blood glucose. They believe that chlorella activates a number of genes at the cellular level that improve insulin sensitivity, encouraging a healthy balance.”
  • Immune Boost: WebMD lists that Chlorella is used to boost the immune system, to aid digestive problems, to increase good bacteria in the digestive system, and for ulcers. A double-blind placebo study found that regular use increases natural killer cell activity and early inflammatory response. The study reported: “These results may suggest a beneficial immunostimulatory effect of short-term Chlorella supplementation which enhances the NK cell activity and produces interferon-? and interleukin-12 as well as interleukin-1?, the Th-1 cell-induced cytokines in healthy people.”

As with any natural supplement, it is important to consider your personal health issues and discuss any potential risks with your physician, naturopath or other medical professional.

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.

 

Cold Feet Can Be A Sign Of Something Serious

The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits just below the thyroid cartilage. The thyroid can increase energy, warm your body and activate your immune system when necessary. If the thyroid is not functioning properly, the body can suffer a host of issues that can lead to serious health conditions.

Cold Hands & Feet: Cold hands & feet often indicate a lack of blood flow. Homocysteine is an amino acid associated with heart disease, poor blood flow, and stiff vasculature. Low thyroid activity can be associated with too much homocysteine. Asa result, the essential nutrients carried in the blood do not reach the extremities as frequently. Lack of blood flow to the extremities, like your hands and feet, can also show up as chronic fungal infections.

Immunity: If your thyroid is underactive, you are more likely to get sick often. If you are frequently getting colds and having a hard time shaking them, this could be an indication that your thyroid needs some support.

Edema: Swelling of the body can be an indication of an underactive thyroid. When related to the thyroid, this is called myxedema. Myxedema is swelling of the arms, legs, and face. When you press your finger into the flesh, and it bounces right back and leaves no mark.

If you suspect you may have an underactive thyroid, it is important to seek guidance from your doctor. They can do blood work to confirm if you have any issues and then recommend a course of action from there. If you do have an underactive thyroid, it is important to properly nourish your body. Foods that can help support your thyroid are coconut oil, fermented vegetables, sea salt and sea vegetables.

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.

Avoid Cold & Flu This Winter

‘Tis the season – cold & flu season. It seems the Northeast is getting hit very hard this year with all sorts of illnesses: flu, strep, stomach bug, you name it. As a certified health coach, I believe many illnesses commonly suffered can be avoided by making simple dietary changes and supplementing with natural immune support when needed. Rather than relying on pharmacies and prescriptions, I like to give my body the natural support it needs to fight off illness and feel its best. When your body is functioning optimally, it is much less likely to get sick, and if you do get sick, the duration will be much shorter.

Some of my all time favorite winter supplements include:

  • Organic Elderberry Syrup: A powerful antiviral that tastes great too! Perfect for fighting off the flu.
  • Garlic: Anti-microbial power that is great for boosting the immune system. It’s most powerful when eaten raw, so I like to chop it up and use in in dips like guacamole and hummus.
  • Young Living Thieves Essential Oil: An anti-microbial blend of essential oils that supports the immune system. I like to diffuse it to clear the air of germs, clean with it, apply it to the soles of my feet to prevent illness and it can also be taken internally as well.
  • Epsom Salt Bath: A relaxing way to pull toxins out of the body. I like to mix lavender essential oil to boost relaxation and reduce stress as well.
  • Probiotics: Replenishing your body’s “good” bacteria will help you to fight off the “bad” bacteria that cause illness. Improving the function of your gut is vital, as this is where the majority of your immune system dwells.
  • Alive Organic Vitamin C powder: Vitamin C can help reduce the duration and severity of colds. Unlike many chemically processed vitamins, this food-based supplement is easily assimilated and digested.

Of course, supplements are great to help support your body, but it is also essential that you maintain a healthy, balanced diet to keep your body feeling its best. Reducing or eliminating sugar is essential to good health. One of the reasons so many people get sick during the holidays is because of the high consumption of sugar, which compromises the immune system. I also like to suggest limiting or eliminating dairy products, as these are mucous producing, which is obviously not ideal during cold and flu season. You don’t have to live a life of total deprivation but making sure your diet and supplementation focuses on whole foods, with little processed “junk” food can really work wonders for your health! Here’s to a happy, healthy winter!

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.

Improve Your Health With Oil Pulling

Have you ever heard of oil pulling? It’s one of my favorite natural ways to improve your health naturally, not just in your mouth, but in your body overall. Oil pulling has been used in India for thousands of years to clean teeth, whiten teeth naturally, remove harmful bacteria from the mouth and improve overall health. It has only recently (in the past 20-30 years) made its way into the US.

When oil pulling, oil is swished in the mouth for a short time first thing in the morning before putting anything else into your mouth (including water). The oil is able to remove plaque and extract toxins without harming the teeth or gums.

When researching online, you can find testimonials from people who have experienced amazing health benefits from oil pulling, including improving skin conditions, headaches, arthritis, asthma, infections and even liver issues in addition to improved oral health.

I have been using oil pulling off and on for a few years now. I personally like using raw, organic first cold pressed coconut oil because it has natural antibacterial properties and I also like the taste. Some of the benefits I have personally experience include: less sinus congestion in the morning upon waking, less oral sensitivity, whiter teeth, better breath and less gum recession.

So now you’re wondering…what do I do?

  1. Put 1-2 teaspoons of  solid organic coconut oil into the mouth and let it melt.
  2. Swish for 20 minutes. According to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, this amount of time is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out.
  3. Spit oil into the trash can. It will have gotten thicker and milky from mixing with saliva. Don’t spit it into the sink and definitely don’t swallow it. It is full of bacteria and it will wreak having on your septic system.
  4. Rinse your mouth with warm water by swishing a few times, then spitting. I like to swish then spit about 3-4 times after I spit out the oil, just to make sure I got it all out.
  5. Brush your teeth.

Oil pulling can be a great tool to add to your wellness regimen. There’s really no harm in incorporating it into your daily routine and you can see wonderful health benefits as a result.

Happy pulling!

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.

Oil Pulling…A Great Technique to Improve Health Naturally

Have you ever heard of oil pulling? It’s one of my favorite natural ways to improve your health naturally, not just in your mouth, but in your body overall. Oil pulling has been used in India for thousands of years to clean teeth, whiten teeth naturally, remove harmful bacteria from the mouth and improve overall health. It has only recently (in the past 20-30 years) made its way into the US.

When oil pulling, oil is swished in the mouth for a short time first thing in the morning before putting anything else into your mouth (including water). The oil is able to remove plaque and extract toxins without harming the teeth or gums.

When researching online, you can find testimonials from people who have experienced amazing health benefits from oil pulling, including improving skin conditions, headaches, arthritis, asthma, infections and even liver issues in addition to improved oral health.

I have been using oil pulling off and on for a few years now. I personally like using raw, organic first cold pressed coconut oil because it has natural antibacterial properties and I also like the taste. Some of the benefits I have personally experience include: less sinus congestion in the morning upon waking, less oral sensitivity, whiter teeth, better breath and less gum recession.

So now you’re wondering…what do I do?

  1. Put 1-2 teaspoons of  solid organic coconut oil into the mouth and let it melt.
  2. Swish for 20 minutes. According to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, this amount of time is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out.
  3. Spit oil into the trash can. It will have gotten thicker and milky from mixing with saliva. Don’t spit it into the sink and definitely don’t swallow it. It is full of bacteria and it will wreak having on your septic system.
  4. Rinse your mouth with warm water by swishing a few times, then spitting. I like to swish then spit about 3-4 times after I spit out the oil, just to make sure I got it all out.
  5. Brush your teeth.

Oil pulling can be a great tool to add to your wellness regimen. There’s really no harm in incorporating it into your daily routine and you can see wonderful health benefits as a result.

Happy pulling!