Category Archives: Digestion

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.

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.

Healing Crisis When Detoxifying

“Every time I start a detox I feel awful and then give up. All of these foods that supposedly make me feel better actually make me feel worse. What gives?”

You might not want to hear this, but initially feeling bad is a good thing. When you eliminate inflammatory, processed foods and stop feeding your body garbage and chemicals, your body goes through withdrawal just like with drugs or alcohol. It is good because it means you are on your way to getting clean!

I call this a healing crisis or a detox crisis. Trust me: This process is well worth it because it ultimately leads to healing and feeling better than ever.  The good news is that it only lasts a few days and it can be minimized with a few simple strategies.

How Healthy is Your Colon

Nearly the entire human race is afflicted with constipation. For most people undigested food remains in the intestines for three or four days, sometimes longer. This is entirely too long. It’s a medical fact: when food gets left inside your colon, you get CONSTIPATED! Even if you pass stool daily, you still might not be having a normal bowel movement.

The average body takes between 18 and 72 hours to convert food into “poop” and pass it on out. When this time is significantly shortened, the results is diarrhea because your intestine doesn’t have time to absorb all of the water. Conversely, when transit time is lengthened, you may end up constipated because too much water has been absorbed, resulting in hard, dry stools. If you need to push or strain, something is off – moving your bowels should take no more effort than urinating or passing gas.

Frankincense

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their therapeutic and healing properties as part of the practice of aromatherapy. They’re sourced from leaves, stems or roots of plants that are known for their health properties. So then, what is frankincense essential oil?

Frankincense, sometimes referred to as olibanum, is a common type of essential oil used in aromatherapy that can offer a variety of health benefits: helping relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, boosting immunity and even fighting cancer.

Frankincense oil is sourced from the resin of the Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacara tree that’s commonly grown in Somalia. This tree is different from many others in that it can grow with very little soil in dry and desolate conditions.

The word frankincense comes from the term “franc encens,” which means quality incense in old French. Frankincense has been associated with many different religions over the years, especially the Christian religion, as it was one of the first gifts given to Jesus by the wise men.

Gluten Intolerant

Gluten troubles were once thought to be a problem primarily for those with celiac disease. But recent research indicates that gluten-related disorders extend to a far broader population, and affect far more than the digestive system.

As scientists chip away at the mountain of health problems caused by the modern American diet, a troubling finding is emerging. Gluten, present in our most popular grains, is being linked not only to celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder affecting one out of 100 Americans, but also to non-celiac gluten intolerance, which afflicts many millions more.

If that forecast sounds dire, take heart. There’s a lot you can do to dodge the gluten bullet. It starts with understanding what gluten intolerance is, and why it has become such a huge problem for so many.

Beating The Holiday Bloating

Have you ever enjoyed a large holiday meal with family and friends only to experience digestive issues that left you feeling reclusive?

Eating a large meal can put a strain on your digestive system, especially for those already dealing with weak digestion.

This usually results in digestive discomforts like bloating, stomach pain, gas and constipation. This may be only temporary and occasional, or it might be a protracted discomfort which detracts from the Holiday festivities.

5 Benefits of Colon Cleansing

With additives in our food, pesticides on our crops, and pollution all around us, many might say we live in a toxic age. Sometimes all that toxic buildup can take its toll on the colon, which encumbers digestion and overall health. When your colon is backed up with toxic material, your entire body becomes sluggish and unable to perform its day-to-day tasks. Luckily, your body does a pretty good job detoxifying itself on a regular basis; however, some toxins remain in the body and require some help to facilitate removal.

Alternatives To Antacids

Many of us have been there and know the feeling all too well. It’s the burning in your esophagus after a spicy meal. It’s the burping after you’ve gone to bed right after dinner. It’s the nausea and bloating after overeating. Acid reflux is a condition that affects even the best of us, but thankfully, there are natural alternatives to antacids that work just as good, if not better, than conventional pills like Tums.

Instead of popping yet another antacid that could potentially do more damage than good, try these simple prevention tips.

1. Eat Food That Balances Acidity
Try fruit like apples, bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon. Incorporate vegetables like potatoes, cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, celery and parsley in your meals. Cook with spices like cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and sage. These foods all contain low acidic levels to keep your digestive tract balanced.

The alkalizing blend of fresh organic greens wildcrafted herbs in Pura Green, enhance your body by alkalizing and energizing the blood. Pura Green is incredibly alkaline forming by containing nutrient dense green superfoods like chlorella, grass juices, spirulina, kale and cilantro. The average person gets only a small amount of alkalizing greens in their diet and this is an excellent way to give yourself the added health insurance to make sure you get alkalizing greens everyday.

2. Eat Small Meals
Stick to small meals throughout the day to avoid eating large meals that will overstuff you. Slowly adding food into your digestive system will ease digestion and save you a lot of discomfort.

3. Maintain a Healthy Weight
Those who are overweight are twice as likely to suffer from acid reflux. Extra weight can put more pressure on the stomach causing backflow into the esophagus.

4. Avoid High Fat and Spicy Foods
Cutting out these types of food from your diet could dramatically help your acid reflux. High fat foods slow down the emptying of the stomach which can put more pressure on the esophageal sphincter. Spicy foods can irritate the stomach and produce an acidic environment. In addition, try cutting out all animal products entirely.

5. Watch the Caffeine and Alcohol
Overloading on caffeine can irritate the stomach causing a major trigger for acid reflux. Alcohol relaxes the esophageal sphincter which opens it up to allow more acid flow.

6. Wear Loose Clothing Around the Waist
Wearing tight clothing around your middle could put a significant amount of pressure on your stomach and create an environment that will push acid back up into your esophagus.

7. Relax
Stress can have a huge influence on acid reflux and is actually the cause in many cases. Try taking a couple 10 minute walks or meditation breaks during a stressful workday.

In addition to these tips, keep an acid reflux journal. Track the episodes, severity, occurrence, how your body reacts, what gives you relief and any contributing environmental influences you notice. This could help you identify patterns and find ways to stop them.Acid reflux can ruin your day, if you let it. By utilizing these easy tips, you could be living life acid reflux free!

Fruit for Breakfast Can Completely Transform Your Health

Waking up to half a watermelon drizzled with lime juice is one of the best ways to start your morning. Eating fruit for breakfast will not only make you think clearer, it will help you lose weight and stimulate the digestive tract to energize the body.

Eating a clean and light breakfast in the morning is a great way to transition the body from a fasting state to an eating state. Studies have found that consuming a heavy breakfast inhibits fat oxidation throughout the day – these heavy meals often include animal products like eggs and bacon or sausages.

A protein-heavy breakfast like eggs, bacon and toast will sit like a brick in your stomach and give you feelings of fatigue for the rest of the day. Switch your animal protein-based breakfasts for fruit, and you’ll notice immediate health improvements after just one week.

So here are 10 reasons why you should start eating fruit for breakfast:

1. Enhance The Detoxification Phase
Between 7 and 11am, the body is going through the heaviest phase of detoxification. Eating fruit will help contribute healing energy to this detoxification process, instead of hamper it by filling your body with anti-detox foods like fatty animal products that are hard to digest.

2. Perfect Way To Break Your Fast
Fruit is the best way to help “break the fast” as it is easy to digest and wakes up the metabolism with a steady influx of natural fruit sugars (all without the harsh adrenal-killing coffees and fatty meals).

3. Stimulate The Digestive Tract
Eating fruit for breakfast infuses the body with beneficial enzymes, fiber and prebiotics that help stimulate digestive juices in the stomach and push out old waste matter from the day before. Fruit fiber cleans the colon like a broom, leaving you feeling light and refreshed.

4. Wake Up The Body
Natural fruit sugars are just the thing the body needs upon waking up. Instead of reaching for your coffee, trying making a coffee replacement smoothie that will help keep the brain sharp and energized. Remember, the brain runs off glucose, so if you want to stay focused throughout the day, then eat a nice big water-dense fruit meal for breakfast!

5. Lose Weight
Fruit provides the body with quality nutrition and also helps release excess toxins by pushing out old waste matter from the intestines. Eating plenty of fruit in the morning (and throughout the rest of the day) gets rid of excess toxicity and waste storage, which ultimately leads to weight gain in the end. Most people think that if they eat a heavy animal-protein rich meal in the morning that they will eat less later in the day – but this, in fact, has not been found to be true. People who consume a heavy meal in the morning also tend to eat heavier later in the day too, which contribute to inevitable weight gain.

6. Boost The Immune System
A smoothie for breakfast compared to bacon and eggs is a lot better for your immune system and overall health. Fruit is high in vitamin C and antioxidants, which strengthen the immune system and ward off any invading bacteria and microbes. Ever since I’ve gone high-fruit, low-fat raw vegan, I rarely get sick (maybe once a year if that – and usually due to stress or lack of sleep).

7. Create An Alkaline Environment For The Body
The first thing people think when they eat fruit is that it is too acidic – this is in fact not true. Lemons are actually one of the most alkaline fruits on the planet! They may be acidic in form, but once they reach the stomach, the minerals (like potassium and sodium) disassociate to make it alkaline (via a variety of metabolic processes). All fruit is alkaline, so make sure you eat plenty of it in the morning if you normally eat a Standard American Diet.

8. Feel Full and Satisfied
You might not think that fruit would make you full, but it really does! There is so much fiber in fruit, plus the vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients that tell the brain it’s satisfied and to shut off the hunger signal to the stomach. Make sure you eat enough fruit to feel full – it might take a bit of practice to fit in a 6-mango breakfast but in the end, you’ll feel full, satisfied, and not bogged down by any excess energy used for digestion.

9. Strengthen The Heart
Fruit is packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals, crucial phytonutrients and antioxidants that contribute to lower cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure – both of which contribute to a healthier, stronger heart and prevent against cardiovascular disease.

10. Banish Belly Bloating
The fiber in fruit will push out old waste matter in the digestive tract and get rid of lower-belly bloating. In addition, eating water-dense fruits like watermelon (that also act as a natural diuretic) will help flush out excess sodium from the body by encouraging urination. The faster you get out the salt, the sooner you’ll stop holding onto so much excess water weight!