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What is the Endocannabinoid System

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a unique communication system in the brain and body that affects many important functions including how a person feels, moves and interacts.

  • It is responsible for keeping our most critical biological functions in balance such as appetite, intestinal function, metabolism, stress response, sleep, mood, pain, immune function, and more by means of endocannabinoids or cannabinoids.
  • The ECS has preventative and protective mechanisms, it balances and strengthens the nervous and immune systems, initiates pain control and calms inflammation.
  • The ESC was discovered in 1990 and ongoing extensive research is being conducted ever since.
  • Understanding the ECS is a critical task if we are to more effectively manage diseases, especially chronic, debilitating diseases for which there is no orthodox cure. For instance, if properly activated, the ECS is capable of suppressing numerous cancers and may be protective against Alzheimer’s disease.

Endocannabinoids: are chemical compounds our bodies naturally make to activate the receptors within the ECS.

  • When the body gets out of balance and moved into a state of stress, endocannabinoids go to work to fix the problem.

Cannabinoids: chemical compounds originating outside the body. There are over 100 known compounds including CBD found in the whole hemp plant.  CBD works as the switch that turns on the endocannabinoid system.

CBD prevents the breakdown of endocannabinoids, which helps to promote homeostasis to ensure optimal metabolic functions, nutrient transportation, energy storage and modulate insulin sensitivity. 

Research as shown that small doses of cannabinoids from whole plant hemp can signal the body to make more endocannabinoids and build more cannabinoid receptors.

The ECS increases our ability to try have new perspectives and experiences. Evidence suggests that the ECS may be involved in generating subtle but therapeutic shifts in the ways we perceive the world, relate to our internal landscape, think and feel about ourselves, and interact with each other enhanced health and vitality now.

Are your health conditions the result of a toxic colon?

Do you have any of these temporary conditions?

  • Low Energy
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Water Retention
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Heachaches
  • Fatigue
  • Memory Problems
  • Sluggish Metabolism
  • Gas
  • Bad Breath 
  • Bloating
  • Digestive Problems
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Aches & Pains

Could Your Colon Be the Cause?

It is very possible that your own digestive system is causing unnecessary problems and depriving you of optimal health.

The colon is designed to eliminate toxins and waste. Yet, without proper elimination, the body can actually poison itself. Poor diet, fast foods, stress, certain medications, and even overuse of laxatives affects elimination.

When the bowel is not properly taken care of, its responses become sluggish and under-active. The ability for the colon to function properly and heal itself cannot happen without proper elimination.

When the bowel is under-active, toxic waste is more likely to be absorbed through the bowel wall and into the bloodstream. The blood then circulates these toxins to every part of the body and deposits them in tissues.

To eliminate toxins from the bowel, we need to have healthy bowel movements daily.  Sluggish digestion is a contributor to the  problem of toxicity build-up because bile and the toxins it  carries for elimination, have more time to be absorbed through the bowel wall.

Issues In Your Tissues

Nothing has a greater impact on health than internal toxicity. As toxins accumulate in the tissues, alterations in cellular function take place.

In addition, digestion may become compromised with the partially digested material adding to the problem because the body cannot manufacture healthy tissue out of half-digested nutrients.

When toxins are created in the body faster than they can be eliminated or when one or more of the eliminate systems are under-active, health conditions arise.

When toxins are not eliminated, they circulate in the blood then stored in body tissues, affecting all areas of the body, including the brain, and lodge in joints. These toxins can contribute to a wide variety of health complaints. If the body is given the chance to release toxic debris, it can make a remarkable restoration to full health.

To eliminate toxins from the bowels effectively, we need to have healthy bowel movements daily.

Sources of common toxins to which we are exposed:

  • toxins we consume: natural toxins in foods, chemicals and additives in foods, and drugs
  • toxins produced in the body: bacteria and yeast, which reside in the gut, produce a number of compounds, some of which are poisonous. If there is insufficient fiber in the diet, or if bowel movements are not regular, there is ample opportunity for these toxins to be absorbed across the gut wall and into the bloodstream.
  • heavy metals: the inorganic build of toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and aluminum can accumulate over a long period of time resulting in a slow build up leading to adverse symptoms.

It is not unusual for some people to feel worse before they feel better.

Healing Crisis: While the net result of cleansing will be elimination of toxins from the body, improved health and more energy, it’s quite common to feel worse before feeling better. If the toxins are released faster than the body can eliminate them, you may experience a fever, fatigue, diarrhea, cramps, headache, increased thirst, etc. These symptoms are due to a “die-off” reaction known as a Healing Crisis.

The good news is that your body is exchanging old tissue for new vibrant tissue.

Fiber to the Rescue

Consuming fiber increases the immune system in your gut, feeds the good probiotic bacteria there, keeps the digestive lining healthy and absorbs and pulls out  excess hormones, cholesterol, fat and toxins from the body.

Benefits of Fiber:

  • Decrease stool transit time
  • Expedite the removal of potentially dangerous toxins and carcinogens from the bowel by acting as a carrier and by boosting elimination.
  • Promotes feelings of fullness because fiber-rich foods absorb water and swell and also move slowly though the digestive tract, helping you feel full faster and for a longer period of time.
  • Helps prevent constipation and bacterial infection of the intestinal system by keeping the intestine moist, allowing waste to pass easily through.
  • When nutritious high-fiber diets are consume, food cravings diminish.
  • Keep blood sugar levels more stable.
  • Bind with bile salts which can help decrease the risk of gallbladder disease and certain types of cancer.
  • Create presence of healthier intestinal bacteria.

Fiber Rich Ingredients in Pura Cleanse & Pura Cleanse II:

Psyllium: excellent source of indigestible fiber. It adds a lubricating soft bulk, scrubbing the bowel as it move through and removes toxins and excess cholesterol. It increases bowel transit time.

Guar Gum: a natural fiber that reduces cholesterol, balances blood sugar and increase nutrient absorption. It lends support to the detoxification process.

Licorice Root: it is soothing to the digestive tract. It is liver-protective and has antimicrobial properties. It is immune-supportive and a blood purifier.

Apple Fiber: natural fiber that absorbs cholesterol and increases the excretion of heavy metals. A great food source for friendly bacteria.

Cascara Sagrada: stimulates secretions throughout the digestive tract and increases the frequency of  bowel movements. Cascara is known for its detoxification properties.






Fiber Helps the Body Cope with Large Amounts of Sugar

Fiber slows the absorption of food in the small intestine. The rate in which carbohydrates are digested is closely related to how fast they are absorbed, which determines the rise of blood sugar. When carbohydrate and plant fibers are eaten together, blood sugar levels are eaten together, blood sugar levels are considerably lower than when the same type of carbohydrate is eaten alone.

The average American consumes over 125 pounds of white sugar every year. Sugar makes up 24% of our daily calorie intake, with soda pop supplying the majority of sugar. As a nation, we eat an average of 15 quarts of ice cream per person per year. Our diets are loaded with sugar, hidden or added from our first bowl of sugary cold cereal to our daily big gulps, pastries, chips and candy bars.

Our homes and work places are teeming with sugar lacking in fiber. The human body was not set up to process such enormous quantities of sugar. What is really disturbing is that combining this high sugar diet with a lack of fiber makes it so much more harmful to us.

What Can Fiber Do:

  • It can reduce the amount of insulin needed nu keeping blood sugar levels lower. 
  • It can lower cholesterol and lipid levels in the blood, which can become elevated in the presence of too much insulin.
  • It can help promote weight loss, which can even cure some cases of adult onset diabetes.

8 Ways to Increase Dietary Fiber:

  • Change to whole meal breads with high fiber contents
  • Eat breakfast cereals that are high in bran or are made from whole grain (Oat Bran, Whole Wheat, etc.)
  • Dramatically increase the amount of raw fruits and vegetables consumed.
  • Use legumes liberally as substitutes for animal protein or dairy products.
  • Avoid eating refined and processed foods.
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water each day.
  • Stay away from refined white sugar, white flour and limit alcohol intake. 
  • Use a high-quality extra-dietary fiber supplement such as Pura Cleanse or Pura Cleanse II daily.

10 Ways to Eat Your Water


The standard amount of daily water one needs to consume is 4 liters minimum to keep your body hydrated and all the skin and digestive problems at bay. Not all can drink so much water, so you can have more water-based foods instead. There are a lot of veggies and fruits that contain a good amount of water to help keep you hydrated.

    Cucumbers contain 96% water, are rich in fiber and minerals and are cool. They make a great treat during summer and however you have it, slice or dice it and have it alone, they will take away your thirst. Add them in your salads or have them with salt, they taste great.
    The reason why watermelon ranks the top in the water-filled fruits is because it contains 92% water and the rest is fibre, minerals and nutrients. Aptly named, it can keep your thirst at bay even during the hottest summer days. Have them chopped with little salt or add in your desserts, salads etc.
  3. SPINACH (96% WATER)
    Spinach is rich in lutein, potassium, fiber and brain-boosting folate and just one cup of leaves contains 15% of your daily intake of vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant.
  4. ORANGES (87% WATER)
    Oranges are low in calories but full of nutrients, such as vitamins A, B and C as well as calcium, magnesium, niacin, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, choline, selenium and copper. This delicious fruit with a tangy flavor and uplifting smell can prevent dehydration and promote overall health. Regular intake can boost your immune system, improve your skin, promote heart health, reduce cholesterol levels and fight certain cancers. Have them raw or use them as oatmeal toppings or in salads and cakes.
    Strawberries are loved by many! They too are rich in water content and won’t be tough to consume because of their delicious looks and sweetness (provided you don’t grab the sour ones). They are great in smoothies, cakes, oatmeal toppings etc. making desserts using them is very popular.
  6. APPLES (84% WATER)
    Apples are a nutritional powerhouse containing important nutrients, such as vitamins C and B-complex (riboflavin, thiamine and vitamin B6), dietary fiber, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and several phytonutrients. This fruit boosts the immune system, improves digestion, promotes heart health, makes skin healthy and improves vision. Since apples are rich in water and other vitamins and nutrients too, they make a great energy booster.
    Iceberg lettuce ranks the top in hydrating veggies, rather hydrating foods, thanks to its 96% water content. Though, the sad part is that it is not rich in nutrition, but you should have it because it is high in water content and loaded with fiber. It goes very well with chicken- in burgers, salads etc. and also with other veggies.
  8. CELERY (95% WATER)
    Celery contains 95% water and is cancer fighting. Feeling thirsty? Grab celery and add some peanut butter on it or use peanut butter or almond butter as dip and eat it! Celery is also good for pancreas.
    Grapefruit not only contains 91% water but also contains important electrolytes that help prevent dehydration. It is high in soluble fiber and vitamin C, and contains smaller amounts of vitamins A, B-complex, E and K. Regular intake of grapefruit can lower your insulin level, help control your appetite, protect against the common cold, aid in weight loss, make your skin beautiful and lots more.
  10. TOMATO (93% WATER)
    Green tomato contains 93% water while red tomato contains 94% and is low in calories and high in vitamins and antioxidants. Sliced and diced tomatoes can be a used in salads, sauces, and sandwiches.


Herbal First Aid for Kids

 4.1.1 The Following Teas Are Effective For Many Childhood Illnesses

• Elder flowers, boneset (bitter), yarrow with peppermint to induce a cleansing sweat
• Catnip/chamomile/rosemary tea to reduce a rash
• Mullein/lobelia, chamomile, or scullcap to relax
• Catnip, fennel, ginger, chamomile and peppermint for upset stomachs
• Elderberry syrup for sore throats and for interrupted sleep caused by coughing
• A catnip/lemon balm/cinnamon combo tea for warming against chills
• Echinacea drops in water every 4 hours to clear lymph glands and release infection.

Note: Use probiotics for children’s health. Acidophilus makes a big difference in both recovery time and immune response. Acidophilus keeps friendly bacteria in the G.I. tract, especially if the child has taken a course of antibiotics. Use ¼ tsp. at a time in water or juice 3 to 4 times daily

Conquering Fiber

If you’ve been used to eating processed, refined low fiber food and you switch to a high fiber diet, you may experience cramping, bloating, diarrhea and gas. Ironically, even constipation can occur if you neglect to drink inadequate amounts of water. The operative term here is “moderation.” Start slowly and gradually increase your intake of fiber. If you do this, your intestinal tract will adjust nicely and you’ll be less “gassy”.

When you eat fibrous foods, bacteria in the bowel attack and digest these complex carbohydrate molecules and in the process methane gas is released. This is the “bean” effect so many of us are familiar with.

Gratitude for Beneficial Change

With sincerity and a deep thank you to all of you for living and sharing health and wellness throughout 2016. It is always a pleasure to serve you and we look forward to many more years of showing our gratitude by providing you with the highest quality products. Our deepest intention is to support your health while upholding true principles of holistic healing. We do this together and keep growing and healing as a family.

As many of you know this year has personally been a huge year of beneficial change due to my Traumatic Brain Injury in February when I fell on the ice.  After experiencing 6 months plus of hardly being able to work I had the space and time to reflect on my life.  In a split second my green light to life turned red.  Everything came to a screeching halt.  What a Divine blessing as I know it to be today.  There truly are NO ACCIDENTS only the best opportunities for the soul to further awaken.  Through a lot of prayer, meditation and gracious help from God, family and friends I was not alone.

The Ability of Fiber & Pura Cleanse

The fact that almost half of the world is constipated conveys a very clear and simple message…..whatever it is that we’re eating or not eating, our colon’s are not happy. The human machine is marvelously designed to function efficiently. It can take in food, begin to chemically breakdown the chemical structures of that food through chewing and salivary enzymes, continue digestion in the stomach, absorb nutrients for fuel and regeneration in the small intestine, move waste to the large intestine and in a relatively short amount of time, should expel that waste from the body.

This is the way we were meant to operate. Unfortunately, many if not most of us don’t. Sadly, we pay more attention to keeping our cars running well than our own digestive systems. The bottom line (no pun intended) is that fiber keeps our human machinery running smoothly. Preventing the build-up of any kind of waste matieral is crucial to the maintance of any machine. If the fuel filter in your car is clogged, your engine is going to spit and putter and your gas mileage will be significantly reduced. Likewise, the human machine becomes terribly sluggish if its systems are not efficiently cleared of toxic waste.

Giving Thanks

Counting your blessings is a time-honored way to flourish. It’s been part of almost every culture and spiritual practice. Science has now proved what the ancients knew intuitively. Grateful people are likely to be much happier and healthier than their pessimistic counterparts.

The regular practice of gratitude produces impactful “side effects:”

Four Basic Reasons for Poor Liver Function

Weighing about four pounds, the liver is the largest gland of the body and the only internal organ that will regenerate itself if part of it is damaged. The liver has many functions, perhaps the most important of which is the secretion of bile. This fluid is stored in the gallbladder and released as needed for digestion. Bile is necessary for the digestion of fats; it breaks fat down into small globules. Bile also assists in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins ( A, D, E and K) and helps to assimilate calcium. It promoted intestinal peristalsis as well, which helps prevent constipation.

The liver also acts as a detoxifier. Protein digestion and bacterial fermentation of food in the intestines produce ammonia as a byproduct; the ammonia is detoxified by the liver. The liver combines toxic substances (including metabolic waste products, insecticide residue, drugs, alcohol, and other harmful chemicals) with substances that are less toxic. These substances are then excreted via the kidneys and the bowels. Thus, in order for the liver to function properly, you must also have proper kidney and bowel function.