Posted by: godswaytohealth | August 21, 2014

FOOD FOR YOU EYES

This is an excellent article on eye care by Dr. Marc Grossman, LAc.

The different parts of your eye have special needs. Although, many antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids are needed for good vision, different parts of the eye especially need specific nutrients. A healthy diet can provide most of these nutrients.

Take a look at this fantastic visual information.

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Thank you Dr. Grossman for sharing this information with those who are interested in taking better care of their eyes.

SOURCE: http://www.naturaleyecare.com

 

 

Posted by: godswaytohealth | August 1, 2014

DETOXIFY YOUR BODY WITH ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

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Activated charcoal is a carbon based substance that has been used for health and healing purposes for over 3000 years.  Activated carbon is a form of charcoal that is extremely porous and able to attract and strongly bind many harmful substances in various aqueous based environments. Charcoal is most often made from burning wood or coconut husk in very high heat without the presence of oxygen.  This `activated` process creates millions of little pores within the charcoal material. These pores take in and hold large amounts of liquid and toxic debris.

Charcoal’s Remarkable Absorbency:

Activated charcoal is said to adsorb foreign materials rather than absorb them.  

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Sponges absorb liquids but do not bind them and therefore they can be squeezed right out.  On the flip side, substances like charcoal that adsorb actually bind the toxins so they cannot escape.  When toxins and other impurities interact with charcoal they are bound tightly at a molecular level and cannot escape.

Activated Charcoal Reduces the Toxic Load:

chemicals) that are commonly found in pesticides, herbicides, plastics, and other industry and environmental pollutants. Additionally, charcoal has been shown to be effective at binding to chlorine, viruses, bacteria, and their metabolic byproducts and toxic excretions.  

Stop the poison

It is estimated that daily use of activated charcoal reduces the toxic load in the human body by over 60%. The activated carbon itself is not reabsorbed in the gut but is eliminated in the feces.

Activated charcoal is very mild on the colon and does not interfere with the natural mucus lining of the intestines.  It is wonderful for cleansing the intestines. It is great at binding to toxic gases, Candida, parasites and other physical impurities and renders them harmless. Bloating, flatulence and constipation are relieved.  Charcoal supplementation is best when bound with fibers such as psyllium powder or celery seed powder and good levels of hydration.

BENEFITS

Here are several incredible things activated charcoal can do for you…

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Cuts and Wounds: Activated charcoal, when applied topically to a wound, has been shown to neutralize many types of pathogens which can directly or indirectly promote infection.

Internal Poisoning: In instances of ingestion of drugs, poison or household chemicals, activated charcoal works well to draw out harmful toxins preventing them from entering the bloodstream. Add one teaspoon of activated charcoal to a glass of water and drink the full glass.

IMPORTANT: You must seek medical advice should you ingest any dangerous substances. 

CHARCOAL POULTICE

Spider and Snake Bites: An activated charcoal poultice can be applied topically to spider bites (including Brown Recluse and Black Widow bites) and snake bites to draw out toxins – usually within an hour.

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Teeth Whitening: Add activated charcoal onto your toothbrush and brush. It will whiten your smile fast. 

Gas: Activated charcoal, when taken internally, can help to reduce the amount of gas produced by some foods. 

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Odor Control: Activated charcoal is an extremely effective odor eliminator as it adsorbs and traps bad odors. 

IMPORTANT NOTES WHEN USING ACTIVATED CHARCOAL:

1. Never take activated charcoal at the same time of day as other supplements.  Give yourself at least 2 hrs between use.

2. Because activated charcoal will bind to certain medications please advise your doctor before using this if you are taking medications.

3. Be sure to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water while using activated charcoal.

4. Activated charcoal should be combined with a good fiber source such as psyllium powder or celery seed powder that will effectively push the charcoal through the intestines and out in the feces.

5. Take before bed & 3-4 hours after eating dinner

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 SOURCES:

http://www.lahealthyliving.com/1/post/2013/10/the-little-known-powerful-benefits-of-activated-charcoal.html

http://www.sushrutchemicals.com/activatedCarbon.html

http://wellnessmama.com/247/how-to-use-activated-charcoal

http://www.herbsandoilsworld.com/7-amazing-uses-for-activated-charcoal/

http://www.drjockers.com

 

Posted by: godswaytohealth | July 10, 2014

Herbs that Lead to Weight Loss

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Individuals who carry an excess amount of weight on their frames can face a number of health problems. Being overweight has been linked to an increase in blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. In addition, being overweight makes it more difficult for people to move and exercise and these effects often domino. Being sedentary can lead to a greater weight gain as well as an increase in the above health conditions.

Making lifestyle changes, such as eating more healthy foods and exercising on a regular basis, is a great way to get started losing weight. Sometimes the progress can seem a bit slower than the individual would like it to be. The following herbs help to increase the amount of weight loss so that results are seen more quickly.

Dandelion

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The oft-maligned dandelion weed is actually a powerful aid in the weight loss arena. Each part of the lowly dandelion flower and herb can be ingested. In addition to it being prized for its cleansing properties, dandelion helps to neutralize toxins, keep blood sugar levels normal, reduce inflammation and make the body more alkaline. An individual can consume dandelion as a tea, in the form of a supplement or eat some of the leafy greens.

Milk thistle

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Milk thistle could be a cousin to dandelion. It provides many of the same welcome cleansing properties as dandelion does. These include clearing the toxins out of the liver, and making good use of glucose and sugar for fuel instead of them turning into fat.

Ginseng

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Highly prized as an aid in weight loss, there are two types of ginseng that are found in the United States: Chinese and Siberian. Both forms are available as a supplement or as a tea. They help to increase weight loss because they contain caffeine, a known stimulant. In addition, because they are a thermogenic aid, both forms of ginseng help to boost the energy of people who take them. People who take this herb on a regular basis have also noticed that their appetite has decreased and that the clarity of their thoughts has increased.

Peppermint

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A tasty herb that can add a great dollop of flavor to many dishes, peppermint is tops for helping ramp up weight loss. It primarily does so by ridding the body of toxins and waste. Peppermint also aids in digestion and helps to reduce bloat. Another key advantage of peppermint is that it helps to reduce the appetite as well as reduce stress. For people who eat when they are stressed, this is a great herb to drink as a tea, take as a supplement or use as an essential oil.

Increasing the amount of weight loss can help an individual stay on track with their goals as well as enjoy better health. The above herbs can help them accomplish this.

Sources for this article include:

http://naturalnews.com  

http://dailyhealthpost.com/15-herbs-spices-that-help-you-lose-weight/

http://my.clevelandclinic.org

http://weightloss.allwomenstalk.com

About the author:
Sandeep is an mountain climber, runner, and fitness coach. He shares his tips for staying in shape and eating healthy on quickeasyfit.

Posted by: godswaytohealth | June 10, 2014

LEMON WATER FOR YOUR HEALTH

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Clean water and fresh squeezed lemon is one of the most well tested energy boosters around. It provides the body with anti-oxidants and electrolytes, and produces clean energy by hydrating and oxygenating the body to extraordinary energy and mental clarity. 

After sleeping through the night the bodily tissues are dehydrated and need clean, pure water to filter out toxins and improve energy production in the cells. 

CITRIC ACID CLEANSES THE SYSTEM

Lemon is a rich source of the immune boosting vitamin C. It also has good quantities of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. Lemon is a tremendous source of citrus bioflavonoid anti-oxidant phytonutrients that have been given the label Vitamin P.

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Vitamin P improves cellular oxygenation and consists of the flavonoid glycosides hesperetin and naringenin among others. Studies have shown that vitamin P enhances the anti-oxidant capability of vitamin C. These bioflavonoids also improve capillary permeability and overall blood flow. This is especially important for oxygenating tissues and maintaining normal blood pressure. These anti-oxidants have also been shown to reduce swelling and edema. 

Fresh lemon helps oxygenate the body and maximizes enzyme function. Lemon is known to stimulate the liver’s natural enzymes. This assists the liver in the process of dumping toxins like uric acid and of liquefying congested bile ducts. 

Here are some benefits of drinking fresh lemon water:

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In addition it also: 

  • Cures throat infections
  • Reduces fever
  • Relives respiratory problems
  • Relives tooth pain
  • Is excellent for weight loss

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HOW TO TAKE IT

Upon rising take 1 full lemon and squeeze it into 16-32 oz of fresh clean lemon-water 2water and drink. Be sure to eat out the membranous parts of the lemon where the majority of the pectin fiber and citrus bioflavonoids are located. Stevia can be added to form sugar-free lemonade. Apple cider vinegar and various herbs can be used to boost enzymatic and anti-oxidant potential. 

PRECAUTION

Lemon water is a fantastic way to start your day for all the reasons explained above.  The challenge with the lemon water is that it can erode the enamel on one’s teeth.  To avoid this you want to rinse your mouth out with clean water and get any of the extra citric acid out after drinking the lemon water.   

SOURCES 

http://drjockers.com

http://awesome-body.info/lemon-water-benefits/

Posted by: godswaytohealth | June 3, 2014

WHAT IS REALLY IN YOUR NON-DAIRY CREAMER?

What is really in your coffee creamer

If you drink coffee, the best way to drink it is black without sugar or cream and preferably organic. But if you choose to add cream, the simple, old-fashioned full-fat cream (preferably organic, raw, and from grass-fed cows) is the best option.

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Non-dairy creamer can scarcely be called “cream” at all, as it is more aptly a synthetic combination of chemicals, oils, sugars, and milk products. Let’s take a look at some of the more common ingredients, which will, of course, vary slightly depending on your brand:

Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil

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Part of the problem with partially hydrogenated soybean oil is the trans fat it contains. These synthetic trans fats are known to promote inflammation.

There are also the significant health hazards of soy itself, with the majority of soybeans genetically engineered and contaminated with highly toxic herbicides like Roundup (glyphosate).

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

It’s often claimed that HFCS is no worse for you than sugar, but this is not the case. Because high-fructose corn syrup contains free-form monosaccharides of fructose and glucose, it cannot be considered biologically equivalent to sucrose (sugar), which has a glycosidic bond that links the fructose and glucose together, and slows its breakdown in the body.

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Fructose is primarily metabolized by your liver, because your liver is the only organ that has the transporter for it. Nearly all fructose gets shuttled to your liver, and, if you eat a typical Western-style diet.

When you consume high amounts of it, fructose ends up taxing and damaging your liver in the same way alcohol and other toxins do. And just like alcohol, fructose is metabolized directly into fat – this subsequently stored fat leads to mitochondrial malfunction, obesity, and obesity-related diseases. 

Dipotassium Phosphate

This inorganic salt is used as a stabilizer and anti-coagulant in non-dairy creamer. It’s also used in fertilizers and cosmetics, and is said to cause vomiting and diarrhea if consumed “in quantities.” 

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Mono and Diglycerides

These additives are used to blend together ingredients that normally wouldn’t blend well (such as oil and water). They may be synthetically produced or derived from animal or vegetable sources, including partially hydrogenated oils.

Natural Flavors

This doesn’t sound bad, until you realize that additives like monosodium glutamate (MSG) and related forms of concentrated free form glutamate can be labeled as natural. MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death.

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It causes brain dysfunction and damage to varying degrees, and potentially even triggering or worsening learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and more. Non-dairy creamer may also contain the vanilla-smelling anal secretions from beavers, called castoreum.

Sodium Caseinate

This ingredient is extracted from milk protein and used as a thickener and whitening agent. Sodium caseinate is typically treated with the chemical solium hydroxide, a chemical alkali. The problem with chemical alkalies is that they act like “anti-nutrients” – damaging or suppressing nutrient absorption.

Casein is also the primary protein found in cow’s milk associated with allergies, neurological conditions, and autoimmune reactions such as juvenile-onset type 1 diabetes.

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Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate (SSL)

This additive is used to strengthen bread dough as well as a cleanser, foaming agent, and emulsifier in cosmetic products. SSL is also used to replace fat and sugar, as it has a mildly sweet taste and reduces the amount of oil needed in products.

Do you still want some Non-Dairy Creamer in your coffee?

HOW ABOUT DRINKING YOUR COFFEE BLACK?

If you are dousing your cup of Joe in creamer, non-dairy creamer, sugar, and other sweeteners and flavorings, you are missing out on the therapeutic benefits and potentially harming your health. The natural blend of polyphenol antioxidants (including chlorogenic acids) are part of what makes coffee so healthful. However, research suggests that adding dairy to your coffee may interfere with your body’s absorption of beneficial chlorogenic acids. 

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So while it’s definitely best to avoid synthetic foods like non-dairy creamer, even adding raw whole milk to your coffee may interfere with the bioavailability of its antioxidants. Add sugar to your coffee and you’ll also ruin the benefits discussed above by spiking your insulin levels, which contributes to insulin resistance. If you’re interested in the health benefits, drink your coffee black, without sugar, non-dairy creamer or cream, or flavorings. If you really can’t stand your coffee black, you could try adding non-dairy alternatives like almond or coconut milk.

 

SOURCE:

Dr. Mercola see link below

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/17/non-dairy-creamer-chemicals.aspx?e_cid=20140517Z1_DNL_art_2&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20140517Z1&et_cid=DM44711&et_rid=524138764

 

Posted by: godswaytohealth | May 1, 2014

RAW CREAMY CUCUMBER-AVOCADO SOUP

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INGREDIENTS

1 organic cucumber

1 ripe avocado

¼ cup raw lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

2 cloves of garlic

½ cup chopped cilantro

½ cup of filtered water

1 tsp pink salt or celtic sea salt

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Blend all ingredients together in a VitaMix

Serve Chilled

 Creant Cucumber Avocdo soup

Comments:

This creamy and tangy soup is loaded with good fats and anti-oxidants.  This recipe is loaded with electrolytes and trace minerals that promote an alkaline environment within the body.

Avocados are extremely rich in potassium and magnesium as well as the carotenoid anti-oxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.  Cucumber is rich in the beauty mineral silica.  The lemon provides more potassium, vitamin C and vitamin P (also called citrus bioflavonoids).  This is a healthy skin and anti-aging recipe for sure!

Garlic and cilantro are powerful detoxifying foods that help pull toxic debris, bad bacteria and parasites out of the system.  Cilantro, lemon and cucumber are also great for helping support the processes of the liver and kidneys for optimal health

You can have this with other food or as a stand-alone lunch or snack.

SOURCE

This recipe is compliments of Kelcie who works with Dr. Jockers– Exodus Health Center  Thank you Kelcie and Dr. Jockers.

http://drjockers.com

http://kelcieskreations.blogspot.com/

 

 

Posted by: godswaytohealth | April 21, 2014

The SuperCharged Mindset – Dr. David Jockers

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THIS ARTICLE IS FROM DR. DAVID JOCKERS – The SuperCharged Mindset

This is a small excerpt from my (Dr. Jockers) current book project called “Never Get Sick Again” and it goes into the mindset of living a Never Get Sick Again lifestyle.  Enjoy!

The SuperCharged Mindset 

The SuperCharged Mindset is the foundation for a Never Get Sick again lifestyle.  This mindset is built around a reverence for the human body and how God made us.  It catalyzes the internal energy within us to give our immune system an incredible burst of life.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  1 John 4:4

Our bodies are powerful beyond belief.  We were created to work in harmony with our environment rather than be dominated by our environment.  Pathogenic organisms and disease processes are not meant to be feared.  When our body is healthy and strong, exposure to these microbes stimulates our system to get stronger.

Here are the Foundational Elements of the SuperCharged Mindset

  1. Gratitude for Every Moment and Every Experience
  2. Reverence for the Innate Power within the Human Body
  3. Passionate Persistence in the Mist of Challenge

Gratitude for Every Moment and Every Experience:

Everyone feels better when they focus on what they are grateful for.  I don’t believe there would be anyone who would disagree with that statement.  Research has revealed that gratitude is a powerful stimulant for your energy levels and immune system and helps to relax stress hormones making you feel more peaceful.

Psychologist Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis defines gratitude as “An affirmation of goodness in the world that requires the recognition that the sources of this goodness exist outside of individuals. “

A study out of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in February of 2003, found that participants who kept weekly gratitude journals exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole and were more optimistic about the coming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events.

The same researchers have reported that while grateful people don’t ignore the negative aspects of life they tend to report positive emotions,

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life satisfaction and vitality as well as greater optimism and lower levels of depression and stress than people who are not grateful.

Reverence for the Innate Power within the Human Body:

The human body is the most amazing mechanism in the world.  The brain sends out 3 trillion bits of information every second of every day.  The vast majority of this is beyond our human perception.

Here are some other amazing facts that should inspire a reverence for the Innate Power that runs our bodies each and every day.

  • The human body goes from 2 cells to about 10 trillion cells in the matter of 9 months in the mother’s womb.
  • Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour. This super speed allows us to have reaction time at the speed of a high powered luxury sports car.
  • The brain operates on the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb. This is happening when you are awake or sleeping. The cartoon image of a light bulb over your head when you are thinking is right on!
  • The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica or any other encyclopedia. This storage capacity is thought to be about 1,000 terabytes. The National Archives of Britain, containing over 900 years of history, only takes up 70 terabytes.

Our bodies are truly magnificent gifts and we should never lose focus of that!

Passionate Persistence in the Midst of Challenges:

The human body was designed for stress, survival and adaptation.  Challenges force us to adapt physically, biochemically, mentally and emotionally.  These are good changes as they help us survive and thrive in an ever changing world.  These changes and transformation do not always feel or appear pleasant but they are necessary to help us elevate our lives.

The SuperCharged Mindset passionately persists in the midst of these challenges.  Hope is the fuel and faith is the currency of this way of life.  The attitude is that regardless of the challenges I am facing now, I will get better and be better in the future.  This circumstance in front of me is a blessing because it is an opportunity for me to view life differently and strengthen my faith.

Your immune system is a muscle and must be challenged in order to grow and become stronger and more resilient.  Faith is also a muscle and must be challenged in order to grow and break new spiritual ground and more submission to God’s great plan in our life.

Passionate prayer and words of life ignite the fires that keep us persistently moving forward.  With prolonged challenges or suffering many people will allow their mind to wander off into complacency, hopelessness, self-loathing and passiveness.  These are poison to the spirit and sap the life out of our supercharged edge. 

Speaking Words of Life or Death

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” ( Proverbs 18:21 )

Robert Morris, pastor of Gateway Church, says “Words carry enormous power – power to heal or wound, encourage or discourage, speak truth or deceive, praise or criticize.”

The thoughts we think and the words we say play an enormous role in the function of our immune system.  Victims tend to focus and wallow in their challenges.  They believe that the more attention they spend on the symptoms or challenges the more attention they garner and the better they will feel.  However, they are actually bringing death to their immune systems and their bodies

Speaking Death over Yourself

“I am feeling awful” – “I’m sick!” – “This is terrible” – This was a bad day”

“I am stressed out” – “I can’t do it” – “I’m miserable” -“I am too tired” 

“I don’t have what it takes”

I’m pretty sure we have all felt like this and said these exact statements many times.  I know I have!  But when we are aware of the negative rippling effect these declarations have on us we will choose to think and act differently.

All of these proclamations disempower us and deflate our cells and our immune system.  This sort of language steals energy from our body and misuses our vital resources.  This is how you speak death over yourself by focusing on negative feelings and reactions to the circumstances of life.  You will never be perfect but start by being aware of where your mind is going!

Be careful of your body language too.  In fact, body language may be just as important as the language you are using.  You may be saying the right things but walking around as if you are defeated.  This will only act to deplete you of your life energy! 

Speak Life over Yourself and Others

Champions understand there is no benefit in speaking about their ailments but instead speak into the great power within their bodies.  The lifeforce that heals and restores function within them every moment of every day.

When you boldly and passionately speak into the majestic power within you fuel it and stimulate positive health rhythms that balance your immune system, detoxify poisons and increase endorphins.  This leaves you feeling and functioning at a higher level.

Champions will say things like this repeatedly over themselves:

“My immune system is robust and healthy”

“The power within me is greater than anything in the world”

“My body is adapting and becoming stronger and stronger everyday”

“Power, life and healing is coursing through me every moment, regenerating sick and diseased areas and restoring me to optimal health and fullness of life.”

“I may not feel my best now, but I know my body is hard at work regenerating and healing and for that I am eternally grateful!”

Be sure to carry the body posturing of a champion. 

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Head upright, shoulders back, chest out and deep breathing patterns mark the posture of a champion.  This will increase your life energy and stimulate your supercharged edge!

How To Speak to Others in Your Life

The words you speak over yourself are extremely important and so are the words you use with others.  As a doctor, I have people telling me how they are feeling and complaining with different ailments all the time.  Compassion and empathy are important and healthy emotions but it doesn’t mean that I want to encourage the victim mindset.

What I have found that works best for these individuals and myself is to speak words of encouragement with power and love.  I like to ensure them that their body is getting stronger, healthier and more adept at handling these particular microbes or health challenge.

I reinsure them that God’s power is greater than any power in the world and it is coursing through them, healing and rebuilding their tissues and cells in the most majestic fashion with each and every breath.

When you boldly speak life into people…you give them life!  You will begin to see their countenance change and a spark begin to form in their eye!  It is like pouring water on a shriveled plant.  It often takes some time to set it but as you progressively provide the nourishment the plant comes back to life.

The same is true for the people in your life.  The more you are able to influence them with short, powerful and inspiring statements the more they will awaken to life.  It may not happen in a day or two but the more they realize that you are a source of inspirational hope the more they will desire to be around your energy and passion.  This will then impact them spiritually on the deepest of subconscious levels and influence their behavior and health.

When you live with a supercharged awareness you refuse to compromise your energy and passion and you become a great hope in a watching world.  This allows you to truly witness to the greatness of God and the amazing power he put within our body, mind and spirit to triumph under challenges and scrutiny.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR TEACHINGS DR. JOCKERS.

May God continue to bless your work.

SOURCE:

Dr. David Jockers – http://drjockers.com

Posted by: godswaytohealth | April 1, 2014

GLUTEN AND YOUR BRAIN

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    Ditch Gluten to Improve Your Brain, Gut and Skin

By Dr. David Jockers

Most people associate gluten sensitivity issues with digestive problems such as Celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome.  While gluten does have a very negative effect on the digestive system it also inflames other regions of the body.  The other regions that are often most effected are the brain, joints and skin.

It is estimated by many researchers including Dr Kenneth Fine, PhD, that 81% of the population has some level of gluten sensitivity.  This means that the body produces anti-bodies to some sort of gluten derivative.  This could be to the protein gliadin and its various forms or to a mechanism called molecular mimicry where the body produces anti-bodies to proteins that are similar to gliadin in its various forms.

Many researchers and health care practitioners believe that everyone on the planet is better off removing gluten from their diets.  When individuals remove gluten they notice significant improvements in brain function, energy levels, breathing, immunity, pain levels and skin health.

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Kicking Gluten Improves your Brain:

When we eat gluten containing foods we increase a protein molecule called Zonulin.  Zonulin works as a gatekeeper in both the intestine and the blood brain barrier.  The more zonulin in the gut the more permeable the intestinal cells become and the greater risk of developing leaky gut syndrome.

High levels of zonulin also loosen the tight junctions in the epithelium of our blood cells.  This allows toxins and other molecules to slip through the blood brain barrier.  When the blood brain barrier is permeable it activates an inflammatory response in the brain.

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Your Brain Doesn’t Feel Pain but it Still Suffers:

The brain itself does not feel pain and chronic inflammation is experienced with symptoms such as brain fog, slow mental processing, anxiety, depression, emotional disturbances, etc.  Over time a brain that is chronically inflamed leads to neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Individuals may also form specific anti-bodies to gluten molecules that mimic other regions of the body.  One of the most common of these molecular mimicry patterns is Glutamate Decarboxylase (GAD) antibodies.  GAD is an enzyme that helps metabolize glutamate and it is key for energy production in major regions of the brain.

Individuals with GAD antibodies often form cerebellar ataxia where they are unable to maintain balance and have very poor coordination.  GAD antibodies are also implicated in type I diabetes, adult auto-immune diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and stiff man syndrome.

When we metabolize gluten we produce the opiates gluteomorphin and prodynorphin as a result.  These opiates have an addictive effect and can often lead to food addictions to sugar and gluten containing carbs.  Often times people struggle to come off of these foods due to the addictions.

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Dropping Gluten Gives You More Energy:

A gluten sensitive individual will constantly be triggering their adrenals to pump out stress hormone every time they consume gluten.  The immune system has to crank up and go into hyper-inflammatory mode which utilizes a lot of vital resources as well.  This taxes the body of raw materials and sets it up for adrenal exhaustion and chronic fatigue.

By eating an anti-inflammatory diet that takes out food borne stressors like gluten, genetically modified foods, sugary foods and pasteurized dairy you allow the adrenals to come down.  This results in better sleep, more energy and improved stress and emotional balance.

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Cutting Gluten Improves Breathing, Joints and Skin Health:

One of the patterns of molecular mimickry is antibodies to transglutaminase.  Transglutaminases are enzymes found throughout the body that bind proteins together and they are also key to the digestion of wheat.  When the body forms an immune response to the gluten molecule it often creates sensitivity to transglutaminase molecules as well.

Transglutaminase-2 (TG-2) is found in the intestinal lining and anti-bodies to TG-2 are a marker for celiac disease.  TG2 is a well-known marker for osteoarthritis severity as well.  This is one of the reasons why individuals with celiac disease also have advanced degeneration in their spine.  Many individuals with non-celiac gluten sensitivity also have major problems with joint pain, rheumatoidism and osteoarthritis.

Transglutaminase-3 (TG-3) are found in the skin and anti-bodies can lead to chronic acne, eczema and dermatitis.  Transglutaminase-6 (TG-6) is found throughout the central nervous system and antibody formation leads to neurological disorders.  Transglutaminase-7 (TG-7) is found in the lungs and antibody formation leads to asthma and other pulmonary challenges.

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Give up Gluten and Look and Feel Better than Ever:

When you give up gluten, sugar and minimize grains and other inflammatory agents you will notice that you look and feel significantly better.  Your skin will get clearer, your hair more shiny and your joints will be stronger.  Your brain will be sharper and you will have improved memory and emotional balance.

The benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet far outweigh the momentary glutinous or social benefits associated with eating gluten, sugar and other inflammatory foods.  Your greatest asset is the body God gave you and you have to take proper care of it to live out your full potential in life!

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THANK YOU DR. JOCKERS FOR ANOTHER EXCELLENT ARTICLE THAT I AM SHARING WITH MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. BLESSINGS!

Sources For This Article Include:

http://DrJockers.com  

http://realfoodforager.com/your-brain-on-grains-much-worse-than-we-thought/

http://myglutenfreequest.com/withdrawal-symptoms-associated-with-the-addictive-nature-of-gluten/

http://justinhealth.com/gluten-sensitivity/

http://www.grain-free-gluten-free.com/

http://primaldocs.com/opinion/zonulin-leaky-gut/

Posted by: godswaytohealth | March 29, 2014

Improve Your Liver Health Naturally

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The liver is one of the most important of all our vital organs.  The liver is responsible for filtering and detoxifying environmental toxins and pathogenic organisms.  Unlike many organs a failing liver is unable to be surgically fixed or replaced.  Improve your liver health with natural strategies.

The liver is a vital digestive organ that converts nutrients from the food we eat into essential blood components.  It helps to store vitamins and minerals and produces key proteins and enzymes that maintain hormonal balance in the body.  The liver helps the immune system fight infections and removes microorganisms from the blood stream.  It also produces bile which is essential for digesting fats in our diet.

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What Harms The Liver?

The most harmful things for liver health include environmental toxins, infectious organisms, alcohol and poor diet.  Exposure to environmental toxins and chemicals can backlog the liver as it tries to neutralize and deactivate these poisonous molecules.  These chemicals include xylene, benzene, disinfectant byproducts, heavy metals, pesticides and cigarette smoke.

Infectious organisms are a major cause of liver stress and inflammation.  The most well-known organisms are the hepatitis viruses with the hepatitis B & C viruses being the most dangerous.  Any sort of chronic infection in the body such as lyme, influenza, aflatoxin and other mycotoxins, etc. have the ability to inflame and damage the liver as well.

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Poor Diet Damages The Liver:

Alcohol and poor diet damage the liver as well.  Alcohol must go through the liver’s detoxification cycle to be metabolized and deactivated in the body.  Chronic alcohol consumption depletes the liver of valuable glutathione, sulfur compounds and methylating elements such as zinc, riboflavin, B6, folate and B12.

Poor blood sugar signaling and a diet high in processed foods that contain toxic additives, preservatives, pesticides, GMO’s, etc. drain the liver of valuable glutathione, sulfur compounds and methylating elements.  Often times, individuals that consume a diet high in alcohol and processed foods are not consuming the key nutrients they need to produce glutathione, sulfotransferases and methylating agents.

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The Liver Health Nutrition Plan:

Foods that are challenging for the liver should be eliminated.  This includes processed and refined foods and common food sensitivities such as gluten, soy, peanuts, pasteurized dairy and corn.

Foods that are high in mycotoxins must be minimized as well.  This would include most legumes and nuts which should only be consumed in small moderation.  Be sure to get your organic, mold-free coffee and raw cacao and refrigerate it to prevent mycotoxin formation.

Anyone with liver challenges should be vigilent about using only certified organic, chemical free products.  This includes all food choices, personal hygiene products and household cleaning agents.  Reducing toxin exposure from the environment including water and air filtration is very important.

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Liver Detoxification Lifestyle:

A lifestyle that supports liver detoxification includes reducing toxic exposure while simultaneously enhancing immunity, rebuilding glutathione levels, sulfur compounds and methylation.

We use the phrase, “Bitter is good for the liver,” to help us remember that bitter herbs are especially good for the liver and the bodies detoxification process.

Using detoxification techniques such as Epsom salt baths, coffee enemas, oil pulling, dry brushing, intermittent fasting, water flushing & infrared sauna are especially helpful for strengthening the liver.  These should be done whenever possible along with consuming liver healthy foods.

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Best Foods For Liver Health:

Some of the best liver benefiting foods include those that are rich in B vitamins, vitamin C and trace minerals.  This would include lots of raw veggies like celery, spinach, cucumbers and romaine lettuce and steamed veggies such as the cruciferous family.  It is also especially advisable to juice your veggies to better absorb the nutrients.  Citrus fruit and berries are especially good for the liver.

Using herbs such as ginger, milk thistle, cilantro, watercress, wormwood, mint, horseradish, sorrel, radish, peppermint, parsley, dandelion, coriander, garlic and turmeric are especially good for liver health.  A great juicing recipe for liver and kidney health is spinach, celery, cucumber, lemon and ginger.  Another favorite is kale, cucumber, parsley, celery and lime.

Pasture-raised eggs are also an incredible source of liver supportive nutrients such as sulfur compounds, methylating elements and glutathione precursers.

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Boosting Phase I Liver Detox Support:

This is the Cytochrome P450 enzyme phase that transforms the toxins into a chemical form for further metabolism in phase II.  These P450 enzymes depend upon amino acids, vitamin A, B2, B3, C, E, folate, iron, calcium, copper, zinc, magnesium & selenium.  Deficiencies in these nutrients slow the transformation of specific toxins.  The top threats to these deficiencies include blood sugar imbalances, a deficient diet and poor gut function that hampers nutrient absorption.

The best foods for these key nutrients include dark green leafy veggies, citrus fruits, berries, carrots and organic nuts & seeds such as Brazil nuts, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds among other things. 

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Boosting Phase II Liver Detox Support:

Phase II liver support is when the various toxins are conjugated into water soluble forms.  The conjugation reactions involve multiple pathways.  The key nutrients needed to boost phase II liver detoxification include methylating agents, glutathione and sulfur compounds.

Methylation depends upon high levels of vitamin B2, B3, B6, Folate and B12 as well as trimethylglycine and choline.  We get these nutrients from dark-green leafy veggies and pasture-raised eggs among other sources.

Glutathione boosting agents include milk thistle, turmeric, non-denatured whey protein, pasture-raised eggs, onions and cruciferous veggies.

Sulfur compounds such as cysteine and methionine are found in onions, garlic, pasture-raised eggs and cruciferous veggies.

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Boosting Phase III Liver Detox Support:

This process transports the transformed, conjugated toxins out of the cells and into a shuttle to get it into the urine or bile for excretion.  This depends upon enzymes that are formed from nutrients we described above.

Additional support comes from nutrients that improve bile flow, blood purification and soluble fiber sources.  Bile Flow support comes from ginger, yarrow, artichoke, dandelion, cumin & fennel.  Blood purification comes from chlorophyll rich foods such as wheat grass, oat grass, chlorella and spirulina along with regular consumption of dark, green leafy veggies.

Soluble fiber sources such as chia, flax, hemp and pumpkin seeds are a tremendous help to the liver detoxification process.  These fibers bind up the excreted bile and deactivated toxins.  Insoluble fiber sources such as fruit and veggies help to sweep fiber/bile/toxin compounds out of the system through the bowels.

THANK YOU DR. JOCKERS FOR THIS EXCELLENT ARTICLE THAT I AM RE-POSTING TO SHARE WITH MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY

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Posted by: godswaytohealth | March 20, 2014

Raw Mini Key Lime Pies

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This is a very healthy raw recipe that requires no baking.

What you will need for the crust:

  • 1 cup of unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • a dash of sea salt
  • 7 dates (pitted)

What you will need for the filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups of mashed avocado
  • 3/4 cups of fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • zest from one lime

Directions:

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  • Put all the ingredients for the crust into a food processor. Pulse until you have a nice paste like consistency and it can hold together.

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  • Push the crust filling into the bottom of 8 silicone cupcakes molds or a pie dish.
  • Set aside until they are ready to be filled.

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  • Put all the ingredients for the filling into the food processor.  Pulse until everything is blended together and smooth.  Taste and make sure it is to your liking.  If you need to add more honey or limes do it at this point.
  • Pour filling on top of crust and place in the freezer until it has set.

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Enjoy!

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