Posted by: godswaytohealth | September 13, 2017

How Sugar Feeds Cancer Growth

THIS IS AN AMAZING ARTICLE BY DR. JOCKERS 

THANK YOU SO MUCH AND MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU

 

How Sugar Feeds Cancer Growth 

Billions of dollars are funneled into cancer research every year, yes BILLIONS. While we have made great technological advances in detection and treatment, it seems to be all on new versions of the same treatments. With that being said, cancer remains the number 2 cause of all preventable deaths in the US today.

Take a look at almost any cancer treatment center in the US that uses the traditional treatment methods (chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery) and you’ll notice something outright blasphemous. To help keep weight on their patients, they offer snacks and meal replacements. The problem? They are loaded with sugar and processed ingredients and… sugar feeds cancer.

Detriments of Sugar 

I have been a strong proponent of a low-carb, high-healthy fat diet for years. While I think certain types of carbs can be advantageously placed into the diet for health benefits, no one should be consuming high amounts of carbs on a regular basis.

When it comes to people who are trying to fight off cancer, this principle becomes absolutely vital. Our traditional oncological doctors seem to brush this fact off as a non-factor but if your goal is to give the body a fighting chance against cancer, sugar must go. Here’s why.

Cancer Cells Vs. Healthy Cells

When you are looking at fighting cancer while keeping normal cells healthy, you have to ask yourself, what makes a cancer cell different?

Based on what we know from the work of Otto Warburg, Thomas Seyfried, and many others, cancer cells are metabolically damaged. Metabolically damaged in that their energy producing structures, mitochondria, are unable to operate efficiently.

This manifests in their preference for glucose as a fuel source, relatively low-yield production of ATP, and rampant production of oxidative species.  Normal healthy cells, on the other hand, are able to exhibit metabolic flexibility where they can burn multiple sources of fuel, produce more ATP, and relatively lower levels of oxidative species.

The Mitochondrial Aspect 

For a long time, we focused on the nuclear genome for the cause of diseases. This is where the whole idea that diseases are hereditary came from. With the rampant up-rise in chronic disease over the last 100 years, the nuclear genome hardly makes sense. Changes in the nuclear genome occur over thousands if not hundreds of thousands of years.

It turns out epigenetic changes occur much more rapidly in the mitochondrial genome and science is catching on to this concept. The healthier your mitochondria are, the healthier you will be. This is a simple byproduct of efficient energy production.

As we look deeper into many of the chronic diseases plaguing us today, we are beginning to notice that the mitochondria play a much larger role than we ever considered.

Energy Production From Glucose 

Before we get into discussing the mitochondrial aspect of cancer, it helps to understand how energy is formed in a cell.

Cells need energy to perform normal functions including: responding to their environment, absorbing nutrients, exporting toxins, growing, replicating, etc. This energy Is produced through a process called respiration.

There are two types of respiration: aerobic and anaerobic.

Normal, healthy cells in most cases will use aerobic respiration which occurs in the mitochondria. This process involves breaking glucose down into pyruvate in the cytosol, transporting it to the mitochondria, and forming ATP in the presence of oxygen. Given that there is enough oxygen within the cells, this is the default method of energy production. The byproducts of this process are 36 molecules of ATP and carbon dioxide, which is released through breathing.

When there is a lack of oxygen, anaerobic respiration takes place. This occurs in the cytosol of the cell where glucose is broken down into pyruvate and directly converted into ATP and lactic acid. This process never reaches the mitochondria and only generates 2 molecules of ATP.

While anaerobic respiration produces a tiny fraction of the energy (2 ATP versus 36 ATP), it actually generates ATP at almost 100 times the rate. We know that rapidly dividing tissues, such as healing wounds or cancer, tend to take advantage of anaerobic respiration for quick energy production.

While anaerobic respiration provides energy faster, there may be other factors that make this method of energy production beneficial for growing cancer cells.

Cancer Cell Energy Production

Based on what I outlined above about glucose metabolism, a healthy cell with enough oxygen should perform both glycolysis and oxidative phosphorylation for the production of energy.

Healthy cells can also utilize ketone bodies, converted from fatty acids, to produce ATP through aerobic respiration.

What we now know is that cancer cells, even in the presence of oxygen, choose to undergo glycolysis utilizing glucose (and sometimes glutamine) as the favored substrate (1).

This is thought to be due to damaged mitochondrial structures within cancer cells inhibiting the cells ability to undergo aerobic respiration. Glucose enters the cell and is converted into pyruvate within the cytosol but cannot enter the mitochondria to undergo aerobic respiration.

As a result, growing cancer cells upregulate glucose transport proteins on their surfaces in order to take in as much glucose as possible. There is also a rampant build-up of lactic acid in cancer cells as a byproduct of anaerobic respiration.

Advantages of Glycolysis For Cancer 

While some people see glycolysis in cancer cells as a byproduct of damaged mitochondria, it is also possible that cancer cells have adapted to favor glycolysis for its growth promoting properties.Not only does glycolysis produce energy more rapidly that aerobic respiration, but it actually promotes an environment where cancer cells can rapidly divide.

Excess lactic acid produced by cancer cells actually shuts off the body’s anticancer immune response by deactivating anti-tumor immune cells (2). This essentially shields cancer from the immune system.

At the same time, rapid cell growth requires a lot of raw materials to make new cells. One of the primary atoms needed in abundance to form new cell structures is carbon. Carbon atoms are linked together to form backbones that cell structures are built off of.

After glucose is metabolized, it leaves a 6-carbon chain. While aerobic respiration excretes this carbon through the breath via carbon dioxide, glycolysis retains it. It is thought that this allows for a more rapid division of cells through a higher availability of raw materials.

How Sugar Feeds Cancer 

As has been covered so far, cancer cells have an impaired ability to produce energy. Due to damaged mitochondrial structures, they perform glycolysis rather than aerobic respiration. As a result, they must upregulate glucose intake in order to support rapid division and growth.

At the same time glycolysis favors cancer growth in several ways. This why a ketogenic diet has been heavily investigated for being able to limit cancer growth by cutting off its primary fuel supply. In addition to this, there are other mechanisms by which sugar may be stimulating cancer growth.

White Blood Cells

White blood cells are the soldiers of our immune system. They are a powerful force against foreign invaders in our bodies including cancer cells. In order to operate at their full capacity, they require high amounts of Vitamin C. This was discovered by Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling, in the 1960’s.

Unlike other animals, humans are not able to produce Vitamin C endogenously. Instead we must receive it from our foods and transport it to our cells for use. We then have internal antioxidant systems that help us to retain and recycle Vitamin C to get the most use out of it. This is a function of glutathione (3).

In the 1970’s Dr. John Ely discovered what is referred to as the Glucose-Ascorbate-Antagonism (GAA) Theory. Both glucose and Vitamin C are similar in structure and rely upon insulin in order to enter the cells via the Glut-1 receptor on the cell membrane. Unfortunately, glucose has a higher affinity for this receptor which means it is absorbed more readily than vitamin C.

It is thought that having high levels of blood sugar actually inhibits Vitamin C from entering the white blood cells, which drastically reduces immunity and therefore the ability to fight off cancer.

Phagocytic Index 

In order for white blood cells to destroy foreign pathogens within the body, they do so by engulfing them and essentially breaking them down into benign byproducts. This process is called phagocytosis. The measure of how well a white blood cell is able to perform this function is called the phagocytic index.

Therefore, in order to provide the best chance for the immune system to target cancer cells, they need to have a high phagocytic index.

Because of the relationship explained above between glucose and vitamin C, high levels of sugar circulating in the blood is thought to lower the phagocytic index of white blood cells, impairing their ability to fight cancer.

In fact, it has been shown that a blood sugar level of 120 actually reduces phagocytic index by 75% (4).

Insulin HMP Shunt 

In addition to Vitamin C’s importance for proper phagocytic functioning of white blood cells, it is also critical for stimulation of the hexose monophosphate (HMP) pathway (5).

The HMP pathway produces NADPH which is used by white blood cells to make superoxide and reactive oxygen species that are used to destroy pathogens.  This HMP shunt also produces ribose and deoxyribose which provide important raw materials for the formation of new white blood cell RNA/DNA (6).

When the immune system is under attack it needs to quickly produce new immune cells.  If blood sugar is high enough to turn off the HMP shunt it will reduce the quantity of RNA/DNA and the amount of new immune cells formed.

AMP-K

AMP-K stands for Adenosine Monophosphate-activated protein kinase. When ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) is broken down for energy within cells, phosphate groups are removed to form ADP and AMP (Adenosine Diphosphate and Adenosine Monophosphate, respectively).

When the ratio of AMP to ATP is increased, it is a sign that energy is getting low and AMP-K signals the upregulation of ATP production. In this manner, AMP-K is an energy regulating molecule.

It has also been shown that upregulation of AMP-K diverts glucose away from cancer cells and towards the body’s healthy tissues (7). In fact, it is suggested that activation of AMP-K helps to reverse the glycolytic preference of cancer cells, giving them an energetic disadvantage (8).

Luckily, AMP-K activity can be upregulated by intense exercise, carbohydrate restriction, and intermittent fasting (910).

There are a number of peripheral benefits of AMP-K activation that are centered around key physiological pathways that are also associated with cancer growth. These include mTOR, the p53 gene, and COX-2 enzymes.

mTOR 

mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) is a physiological pathway that regulates cell growth and replication. We know that cancer tissues have an elevated expression of mTOR signaling that may contribute to rapid cell growth in cancer.

Upregulation of AMP-K through the strategies listed in the previous section have actually been shown to inhibit this mechanism of cancer growth (11).

While mTOR is necessary for a healthy body, having a chronically activated mTOR pathway is what contributes to cancer development. Consequently, one of the primary activators of the mTOR pathway is insulin. Naturally, chronic sugar consumption will leave insulin levels high which will contribute to constantly elevated mTOR.

This is yet another way lowering dietary glucose, fasting, and a ketogenic dietmay be able to help the body combat cancer (1213).

By combining these techniques, blood sugar becomes stable, insulin drops, and these growth pathways become less of a contributing factor towards cancer growth.

The p53 Gene 

The p53 gene is responsible for controlling tumor development by responding to damaged DNA sequences and regulating gene expression in cancerous tissues.

If the DNA is able to be repaired, the p53 gene will allow the cell to go back into its normal cycle of growth and reproduction.  If the DNA cannot be repaired, then p53 signals for cellular apoptosis (programmed cell death) (14).  It has been found that the p53 gene is inactivated in a large proportion of cancers, making it a pharmacological target in cancer treatment (15).

Yet another benefit of AMP-K activation is that it actually improves p53 expression and prevents it from becoming inactive in the first place (16). This occurs because AMP-K phosphorylates p53 and, in turn, makes it more stable.

Among many others, high blood sugar is recognized as a contributing factor for inactive or mutation of p53 genes as well. This may be due to hyperglycemia inhibiting the absorption of zinc, which is supposed to bind to p53 to activate it.

COX-2 Enzymes 

COX-2 is an abbreviated version of Cyclooxygenase-2. COX-2 is a pro-inflammatory enzyme that is elevated in many cancers and is thought to contribute to the aggressiveness of tumors (17).

The COX-2 enzyme is yet another pharmacological target that many cancer therapies attempt to take advantage of. Rightfully so, lowering this inflammatory enzyme may have powerful potential in a holistic approach to healing cancer.  While more research is needed in the area, activation of AMP-K has also been associated with COX-2 inhibition (18).

Cancer At A Metabolic Disadvantage 

Given what we have covered so far, there seems to be a logical solution to placing cancer cells at a metabolic disadvantage. Given that cancer cells are highly glycolytic and thrive in an acidic environment, steps should be taken to ensure that the availability of glucose is very low in the blood stream.

Additionally, upregulating AMP-K and driving aerobic metabolism towards the oxidation of fatty acids over glucose can be very powerful.  Following the strategies below will help you improve AMP-K and convert over to burning fat for fuel.

Reduce Sugar 

First and foremost, it is imperative that sugar and highly insulinogenic carbohydrate sources be removed from the diet. Insulin is a significant promoter of cancer cell growth and it must be limited as best as possible.

This means relying on healthy fats as the primary source of calories and only moderate amounts of clean protein. Overconsumption of protein can become gluconeogenic, meaning the body begins to convert proteins into glucose.

Cancer cells have an abnormally high number of insulin receptors and extremely upregulated glucose metabolism. This means that depending on the severity of your cancer development, cancer cells are stealing sugar that should be going to your healthy cells.

Ketogenic Diet 

While removing sugars and carbs is a great first step, it can be equally as important to implement a ketogenic diet. This is where you train your healthy cells to burn ketones, made from fat, as energy instead of glucose.

This is important because, as I just mentioned, aggressive cancer cells will essentially steal glucose away from healthy cells. This feeds the cancer cells while leaving your healthy cells in a weakened state, lose-lose.

Most cancer cells cannot utilize ketones as a fuel source. So, by teaching your healthy cells to do so, you help return vitality to your healthy cells while weakening your cancer cells, win-win.

Reducing Sugar Cravings 

Because cancer cells are stealing glucose from your healthy cells, your healthy cells will have less glucose to create fuel. As a result, your brain will be receiving signals that you need more, which will likely trigger carbohydrate cravings.

These will likely become even more pronounce in the beginning stages of implementing a ketogenic diet because many cancer patients have weakened mitochondria.  Using strategies to stimulate mitochondria and allow the body to begin making ketones more quickly can help a lot here.  This is where exogenous ketones or MCT oils containing C8 and C10 fatty acids can help.

Once ketone production becomes efficient, these cravings will likely diminish greatly. Other strategies to help reduce these cravings include exercise, staying hydrated, getting plenty of minerals, supporting the HPA axis, and supporting optimal dopamine production.

Intermittent Fasting 

In addition to following a ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting is a powerful strategy to quickly reduce insulin and upregulate AMP-K activity. At the same time, intermittent fasting strengthens the immune system to help your white blood cells seek out and destroy cancer cells.

As if those benefits weren’t powerful enough, fasting also upregulates cellular autophagy (breaking down of damaged and abnormal cells) and genetic repair. So, we get rid of bad cells and repair the rest. This benefit becomes more powerful during longer bouts of fasting (24 hours or more).

Finally, intermittent fasting improves your metabolic flexibility to help you get into a deeper state of ketosis at a much quicker rate. At this point, I would say that is a win-win-win-win-win-win… You get what I mean.

Start with a 12-hour fasting window where you consume nothing but water or non-caloric herbal teas for a 12-hours window between dinner and breakfast the next day. Once your body tolerates this well, work up to a longer fast as outlined below.

Other Critical Ketogenic Diet Tips 

In addition to the strategies outlined above, there a few other ways to ensure you are optimizing your health on a ketogenic diet.

Super Hydration 

While in a fasted state, it is a great time to drink plenty of water to ensure proper hydration and to assist with gentle detoxification. It is extremely important that you get pure water with no chlorine or fluoride in it.

I recommend super hydrating your system by drinking 32 oz. of water within the first hour of waking and another 32-48 oz. of water before noon. Additionally, you should aim to consume close to your full body weight in ounces of water each day.  So a 150 lb person can aim to drink 150 ounces of water in the form of water, herbal teas, lemon water, broth, etc.

This amount of water seems excessive, but as long as it comes with enough minerals (adding in a pinch of good salt), it is extremely cleansing to the body.  In addition, staying hydrated will improve your energy and reduce feelings of hunger or cravings.

High Quality Salts 

Most people in society avoid salts as they have been taught that excess sodium contributes to high blood pressure.  However, during the initial adaptation phase to a ketogenic diet, the body excretes excess sodium and minerals due to a drop in insulin levels.

If you don’t replace these minerals, you can end up with many of the symptoms of the keto flu.  Be sure to replenish these minerals by using a high-quality pink or gray salt and drinking organic bone broth throughout the day.

Get Regular Exercise 

Short bursts of intense exercise increase AMP-K and promote metabolic flexibility while increasing oxygenation of tissues. Be sure to keep it to 15-20 minutes 2-4 times a week, overdoing it can raise cortisol and pull you out of ketosis.

Additionally, get regular low intensity exercise such as barefoot walking outdoors.  This adds the benefit of free electrons from the Earth that are helpful for your electromagnetic frequency, which calms your stress response and improves healing and sense of well-being.

Improve Bowel Movements

Many people don’t consider this as an important factor but constipation can drive up stress hormones and pull you out of ketosis. Many people experience constipation on a ketogenic diet so it is important to take steps to mitigate this.

You should be sure to consume plenty of fibrous vegetables, fermented foods, water, minerals, and never eat in a stressed state. Stress inhibits digestion so be sure to perform an act of gratitude or prayer before meals to help pull your body into a resting state.

If intestinal bacterial overgrowth is an issue, this should absolutely be addressed as another cause of poor digestion.  Finally, magnesium supplementation can be a great remedy for constipation while also supporting the body for optimal health overall.

Control Protein Intake 

Eating too much protein can easily stimulate gluconeogenesis which will raise blood sugar and pull you out of ketosis.  Most individuals will want to aim for 0.4-0.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight and around 20-30 grams per meal.

This means a 150 lb. individual would only need about 60-75 grams of protein each day.  Individuals who are more active and involved in intense weight training or intense athletic endeavors may go up to 0.6-0.7 grams of protein per pound of body weight on heavy training days.

Use MCT Oil

Producing ketones can be a stressor on the body, especially if you have mitochondrial dysfunction. MCT oil is easily converted into ketones to relieve some of this stress and improve your state of ketosis. Avoid brands that contain lauric acid (C12) as this fatty acid is not easily converted into ketones.

I often recommend the bulletproof brand XCT which contains the two MCTs most readily converted into ketones, namely capric and caprylic acid.

Improve Your Sleep 

Mitigating stress is a key aspect of maintaining an optimal state of ketosis and getting good sleep is a paramount aspect of this.  Poor sleep is consistently correlated with blood sugar imbalance and increased risk of cancer.  A good start is to be in bed no later than 11pm, make sure the room is completely blacked out, and lower the temperature to about 60-65 degrees.

More advanced strategies for optimal sleep include:

Getting AM sunlight to prime the circadian rhythm

Avoiding blue light exposure within 4 hours of sleep by investing in a pair of blue-light blocking glasses

Developing a relaxing routine that you go through every night before bed. This could include prayer, meditation, gratitude journaling, light stretching, or anything that brings you peace and comfort.

Conclusion 

We know a lot about how cancer cells behave and what conditions allow them to thrive. Because of this, we are able to alter our internal environment in order to favor our healthy cells over cancer cells.

Reducing sugar intake, getting the body into a state of ketosis, and implementing intermittent fasting can be powerful cancer-fighting strategies. Because cancer cells in general are metabolically inflexible, we are able to take advantage of ketone metabolism as a way of placing cancer cells in a weakened state.

Not only does this make these strategies powerful stand-alone healing practices, but also for improving the outcomes of traditional treatments.

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Posted by: godswaytohealth | August 17, 2017

ORANGE PISTACHIO BARS – RAW

INGREDIENTS:

¾ cup cashews

¾ cup raw pistachios

½ cup chopped dried organic apricots – without sulphur dioxide

1 tbsp. raw honey

1 tsp. organic coconut oil

1 tbsp. organic chia seeds

Finely grind the peel of a small orange (zest) and then add its juice to the mixture

HOW TO PREPARE:

 

Pulverize nuts in food processor until very small.

Then add the chopped apricots

The zest of a small orange.

Add all other ingredients and pulse until blended.

Press mixture into a wax paper lined baking dish sprinkled with dried shredded coconut.

Sprinkle more shredded coconut on top and press in lightly.

Freeze until firm then turn over and cut into squares or bars.

Keep refrigerated.  

ENJOY!

 

SOURCE: Slightly modified from – thymebombe.com

PICTURES: Courtesy of Alayna Tucker

Thank you Alayna – Blessings!

Posted by: godswaytohealth | June 10, 2017

CHOCOLATE OR CAROB COCONUT BARS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup raw pecans, pre-soaked (Can substitute with raw almonds, cashews or walnuts.)
  • 1/3 cup raw chocolate or carob powder
  • 1 cup dates, pitted and soaked to soften
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • ½ cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted but cool (When melting your coconut oil, be careful not to heat it too much. It will melt at a very low heat, so do not overheat.)
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt (Pink Himalayan salt is great because it is full of minerals)

Top Layer Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup cashews
  • ¼ cup raw chocolate or carob powder
  • 2/3 cup dates, pitted and soaked to soften
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted but cool
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • Shredded coconut for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a food processor with S-blade, blend pecans, carob, and salt to a coarse flour.
  2. While the machine is spinning, add dates a few at a time, until fully chopped and combined.
  3. Next add the coconut and blend until well incorporated.
  4. Finally pour in the coconut oil, and pulse a few more times until well mixed.
  5. Transfer mixture to a glass square or rectangle baking dish, and press evenly to line the bottom of the dish.
  6. Place in fridge or freezer to set.

Top Layer Instructions

  1. In food processor with S-blade, blend cashews down to a fine meal.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients, and blend until smooth.
  3. Spread evenly over the base, and sprinkle with extra shredded coconut.
  4. Let set in fridge for at least 3 hours.
  5. Cut into bars or squares and enjoy.

 

Posted by: godswaytohealth | February 2, 2017

TOP 10 ANTI-INFLAMATORY SUPER FOODS

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My Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory SuperFoods

Inflammation is an immunological process of self-repair in which the body works to destroy abnormal pathogens, dead cells and abnormal tissue.  When inflammation becomes a chronic condition, it becomes more destructive to the body and can cause major health problems.  Controlling inflammation through nutrition and lifestyle has to be a central focus to achieve your health goals.

I believe deep within my spirit that God created us for incredible health & vitality and desires for us to look to nature to provide the resources for health & well-being.  Here are 10 of the most important anti-inflammatory foods.

Here is the link to the above video.

1. Coconut Oil:

This superfood is loaded with healthy fats, including lauric acid which is found in a high quantity within mother’s milk.  Coconut fats help you to burn fat, improve brain function and reduce whole body inflammatory levels.  It is great to consume in your shakes and smoothies and you can put it on your skin and the components will cross into your blood stream transdermally.(1, 2, 3)

I recommend using coconut oil to cook with because it cannot be denatured under high heat.  If you don’t like the coconut flavor than use a high quality MCT oil which has all the same benefits but no coconut flavor.

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2. Coconut Water Kefir:

This is fermented coconut water.  Coconut water is naturally rich in potassium but it also contains a good amount of sugars.  The fermentation process breaks down sugar and adds B vitamins, live enzymes and probiotics.

Coconut water kefir is EXCELLENT for your digestive system and is well-tolerated by most people.  If you are experienced with it, you can drink a bottle at a time.  If you are new to fermented foods and drinks or have a serious digestive issue, it is better to begin with 1-2 tbsps per day.

3. Ginger:

Ginger is composed of several volatile oils that are powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic agents.  In addition, it inhibits cancer cell formation while firing up our body’s own inborn ability to destroy the cancer cells formerly present.(1)

Additionally, ginger helps protect the bodies stores of the super anti-oxidant & free radical destroyer.   Ginger is also a powerful anti-nausea agent and improves the production of digestive juices (stomach acid, bile and pancreatic enzymes) to enhance digestion.(2, 3)

  • Drink a cup of organic ginger tea everyday
  • Grate fresh ginger or use dried ginger on your salad, meat and steamed veggies
  • Drink ginger coconut water kefir (Kevita brand – Lemon Ginger is excellent)
  • Get ginger root and put an inch or so in per 8oz of juice. Anymore can give too much bite.

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4.  Lemon:

Lemon is loaded with vitamin C, citrus bioflavonoids (vitamin P), live enzymes and potassium.  It is one of the best things to help the liver and kidneys to detoxify and it improves circulation and cellular oxygenation.

I recommend using fresh squeezed lemon or lemon essential oil in your water each morning (and throughout the day if possible) to improve liver cleansing.

I also recommend squeezing lemon on your meat and veggies in order to allow the enzymes and citric acid to begin metabolizing these things before consuming them.  Additionally, lemon helps to stimulate stomach acid, bile and pancreatic enzyme production for more optimal digestion.

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5.  Avocados:    

Avocados are full of healthy fats, potassium and magnesium.  They are also rich in carotenoid anti-oxidants that reduce inflammation in the body.  The good fats help produce ketones and improve fat burning. (1, 2, 3)

My favorite ways to use avocados include putting them into shakes to make puddings and chocolate mousse.   I also LOVE making a great guacamole and I enjoy avocado salads.  I consume 1-2 avocados on most days and recommend for the majority of my clients to consume an avocado each day.

6. Himalayan Sea Salt:

High quality Himalayan sea salt contains over 84 trace minerals and a unique energetic frequency that enhances cellular function.  Most other salts are highly processed and refined and not well-utilized by the body.

Himalayan pink salts help reduce edema, swelling, cellulite and they balance blood pressure.  Lower carbohydrate diets need more healthy salts because their body doesn’t retain sodium like we do when we consume a higher carbohydrate diet.

I put them on my foods generously.  I tell my clients that if they are craving salts, than they are most likely trace mineral deficient and it is important to use more of these good salts.   It is also a great energy tip to take a pinch of pink salt and follow it with 8oz of water.  This also works well to reduce asthmatic and allergy symptoms.

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7. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV):   

This fermented tonic is loaded with enzymes and organic acids.  It is a natural sterilizing agent that has been shown to improve digestive function, stabilize blood sugar, reduce inflammation and improve skin tone. (1, 2)

I use ACV like I use lemon, in water and on foods (particularly meat and vegetables) before consuming them.  It helps to pre-digest the meat and veggies and reduces stress on our digestive system.  ACV also helps to reduce the microbial load throughout the body and improves the use of digestive juices such as stomach acid, bile and pancreatic enzymes.(3)

8.  Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds:

Sprouted pumpkin seeds are full of B vitamins, magnesium and zinc.  They are one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet and have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

Sprouting pumpkin seeds helps to release some of the “anti-nutrients” they contain. As a result, the vitamins and minerals in pumpkin seeds become more readily digested and absorbed. To remove some of these anti-nutrients, seal a glass container with pumpkin seeds covered in water for 24 hours. Rinse the seeds and allow drying before use in cooking.

You can also purchase some Go Raw sprouted pumpkin seeds here that are incredibly tasty and enjoyable!

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9.  Turmeric:

Turmeric is loaded with curcuminoid anti-oxidants that powerfully reduce inflammation, improve detoxification and reduce cancer cell formation in the body.  Using turmeric on your dishes is one of the best natural health strategies you can apply. (1)

I recommend using it with coconut milk for an anti-inflammatory milk, putting it on meats and in coconut cups like these.  It is best absorbed when combined with good fats and a pinch of black pepper. (2, 3)

10.  Organic Broth:

Bone broth from organically raised animals is loaded with bone and immune supportive nutrients.  Bone broth is loaded with bone marrow where the red and white blood cells that form our blood and immune system are originally formed.   It is also rich in collagen peptides which help to improve the integrity of our gut lining, skin and joints.

Bone broth is also rich in conjugated linoleic acid, also called CLA.  CLA helps to reduce inflammation and stimulate fat burning.  It has also been shown to be a powerful immune stimulating agent that reduces cancer growth in the body.

Ideally you will get pasture-raised chicken bones or grass-fed beef bones as that is the highest quality.   You can make it from scratch with this recipe or you can purchase it pre-maid.

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Ginger:

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Avocados:

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Apple Cider Vinegar:

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TOP WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS

How to manage stress

Here are some godly and vital points on how to manages stress.

BE THANKFUL

Make a “gratitude list” and say “thank you.” When under stress, sit down and make a list of all the things and people you are grateful for. If possible, call or write those you are grateful to and let them know of your gratitude.

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EAT HEALTHY

Eating properly can help to reduce stress. Skip the sugars, salts, caffeine and food additives. They will not only add to the stress, but will make you sick as well.

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ENJOY THE WEATHER

During the autumn and winter months, the sun lays low on the horizon. The leaves fall as nature gracefully goes through its annual recovery stage. The sun can more easily penetrate through the branches of trees and warm you. Take advantage of this by standing outside on a sunny autumn or winter day. Feel the warmth of the sun on your face.

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FIND PEACE

Take care of your spirit. Read the Scripture and get on your knees and don’t be afraid to talk to God.

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TAKE A WALK

Either solo, with family or friends or with your pet. Get physically active. Start moving. Don’t let the weather, your schedule or anything else get in your way. Moving your body is vital to stress reduction.

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THINK POSITIVELY

Smile. Learn to laugh at yourself. Break the negative thinking pattern!

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HAVE A PLAN

Make a daily schedule and stick with it. Prepare and rehearse a positive way to respond to a particular stressor. If you know you will be having a stressful encounter, pray over it, plan your strategy and then give it up to God!

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GET QUALITY SLEEP

Neither too much nor too little. Your brain not only needs food as its fuel, it needs sleep just as much. The sleep that comes from a dark, quiet room. Turn off “ALL SOUNDS” and turn on the ZZZZ’s.

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CREATE JOY

You have heard it said “Never Let Them Take Away Your Joy!” Joy is not “results to strive for”, it is actually acquired during the journey. You can train your mind to see joy in everything. You can be satisfied in the smallest of situations and it all comes from staring in the right direction. Turn toward the Light that will sustain you in everything. Turn toward Jesus!

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HELP OTHERS

The Bible is filled with verses that tell you the value of helping others. But the value is actually greater for you than it is for them. If you want to de-stress, give someone else a hand.

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CONNECT WITH OTHERS

No man is an island. Your stress is easily reduced when you share your burden. This means finding someone who is trustworthy and you believe is a credible person and is willing to share your burden. It isn’t about whether they can actually assist you or not. It is about trusting someone to listen. Often times once you hear yourself speak, you can more easily find solutions.

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And always remember what Jesus said:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

Posted by: godswaytohealth | July 21, 2015

Prebiotic vs. Probiotic

probiotics vs prebioticsPrebiotics: Better than Probiotics?

Many people today are receiving their daily dose of probiotic supplementation or at the very least understand that they probably should be. Less likely are people aware that they should also be receiving a regular supplement of prebiotics.

Prebiotics have numerous health benefits such as improving gut health, inhibiting cancer, enhancing the immune system, and preventing obesity and have shown effective improvements in 91% of all human trials. They have also been shown to reduce symptoms of bowel related issues such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease. (1)

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Prebiotics versus Probiotics

Both prebiotics and probiotics nurture the good bacteria required by the digestive tract for proper health beginning at the mouth. Probiotics are live, active cultures capable of multiplying in numbers whereas prebiotics serve as the food source for probiotic and do not grow or reproduce (2).

The difference between probiotics and prebiotics can be learned in a plant analogy. If the intestine is comparable to a flowerbed, probiotics are the individual seeds that you plant. Prebiotics work like fertilizer used to promote growth of the flowers or probiotics. As the flower thrives, it will pollenate and multiple in time.

If you start out with fresh soil containing no flowers, it makes sense that you should first plant seeds and then add fertilizer. The same can be said in regards to creating a healthy intestinal environment for friendly bacteria to flourish. Remember, what purpose does it serve to add fertilizer to a flower bed with limited or no flowers to grow?

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Food Sources of Prebiotics

According to regulation standards, prebiotics are made up of nondigestable carbohydrates (fiber) that are used by bacteria in the colon to produce measurable health benefits. Naturally found in food, a prebiotic is not broken down or absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract. Beneficial bacteria use this fiber as a food source in a process called fermentation. (1, 4, 5).

Prebiotics are considered functional foods in that they provide numerous health benefits and aid in the prevention and treatment of diseases and health conditions.

Currently, there are three major types of prebiotics that are well documented: inulin, oligosaccharides and arabinogalactans. Examples of food sources that contain prebiotics are: (5)

  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Coconut Meat & Flour
  • Flax and Chia Seeds
  • Tomatoes
  • Bananas
  • Garlic
  • Chicory Root
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Jicama
  • Asparagus
  • Yams

Inulin and oligosaccharides are short-chain polysaccharides, or chains of carbs, which act at different locations in the colon ensuring complete intestinal health. By increasing and maintaining the populations of good bacteria, the body is less susceptible to pathogenic bacteria and yeast that can lead to a diverse range of negative health consequences. (6)

Arabinogalactans are class of long, densely branched high-molecular polysaccharides  Many edible and inedible plants are rich sources of arabinogalactans including leeks, radishes, carrots, tomatoes, coconut meat and coconut flour among others.  The bark of the larch tree is the best source and often used to make prebiotic supplements.

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Human Microbiome Project

The research committed to by The Human Microbiome Project (HMP) discovered an amazing fact. There is 10 times as much DNA found in the bacteria that inhabit our bodies than the number of genes and DNA that complete our own genetic makeup. Since this research, scientists have learned that diversity of bacteria (microbiota) is as unique to each individual as we are physically and genetically different. (8)

The community of bacteria that colonize our digestive tract is referred to as a microbiome. The bacteria in our intestines are of increasing importance because of their critical association with our nutritional needs and health that we are continually learning. The increase of bad bacteria and decrease of friendly bacteria correlate to numerous types of health problems and disease.

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Benefits at Every Age:

The benefit of prebiotics starts at conception. Prebiotics are associated with the development of the systemic immune system, or the whole body’s immune function, and benefits babies while they are still in the mother’s womb (7).

Children have shown numerous benefits such as the reduced risk of eczema, an increase in metabolism and growth, and an increased feeding tolerance to dairy by inhibiting the development of allergies. For these reasons and more, prebiotics are now added to infant formula.

An outstanding amount of research demonstrates that prebiotics promote T helper cells which are vital for a healthy immune system.  (1, 2, 7, 9)

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Improved Systemic Immunity:

Friendly bacteria not only provide the gastrointestinal tract with healthy immunity but they also improve systemic immunity in the entire body. Increased permeability of the intestine in people with leaky gut for instance have a higher risk for pathogens to squeeze through the holes and colonize other organs in the body.

Decreasing inflammation of the intestine and supporting an environment for healthy bacteria to thrive decreases the risk for pathogens to wreak havoc.

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Antibiotics Deplete Your Supply:

Antibiotics reduce intestinal microbial populations and may completely deplete some species of friendly bacteria. So after you have a well-nourished flower bed, the dog decides he is going to dig up the flowers and leave gaping holes with missing soil.

These conditions set the stages for pathogenic bacteria to overpopulate and leave you with the negative immune responses you may have previously suffered from (7).

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Prebiotics Alleviate Symptoms of IBD

The addition of prebiotics to diet has been shown to decrease inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). IBD involves the improper regulation of immune response to the community of bacteria in the gut. Those that suffer with IBD are those with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and celiac disease for example. (7)

Crohn’s Disease: Individuals with Crohn’s disease exhibit symptoms related to inflammation in the small intestine at the start of the colon. People with Crohn’s disease have reduced diversity of good bacteria in their gastrointestinal tract possibly as a consequence of antibiotic treatment (7). As a result, these individuals are more exposed to pathogenic organisms that are drug resistant.

Ulcerative Colitis: Prebiotics have shown significant benefits at alleviating symptoms in those with ulcerative colitis. Individuals will suffer from abdominal pain, urgent bowel movements, bloody stool and other symptoms affected from inflammation of the large intestine. (1)

Celiac Disease: This form of bowel disease is characterized by the chronic inflammatory state of the small intestine triggered by gluten intolerance (9). Americans receive an estimated 70% of prebiotic sources from wheat and 20% from onions (5). Have our diets become so far removed from nature that we have forgotten how delicious other foods are such as garlic and yams?

The immune system in these patients remains on the defense to both good and bad bacteria and fights to prevent any bacterial colonization. Symptoms exhibited include abdominal discomfort, bloody stool, pain in the reproductive tract, and an allergic response in skin.

Celiac disease patients typically have high levels of pro-inflammatory bacteria. In cases where friendly bacteria concentrations are extremely low, individuals with celiac disease may receive some of the greatest benefits from incorporating prebiotics into their diet. (9)

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Prebiotics Improve Digestion

Symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) can be mistaken for a type of inflammatory bowel disease except that IBS does not cause the chronic inflammatory condition of the gut as might celiac disease. Prebiotic supplementation has been shown to improve the gut microbiome so significantly that symptoms and worsening conditions are less likely.

Prebiotics are a beneficial supplement for everyone because they combat both diarrhea and constipation, prevent IBS and IBD, increase absorption of nutrients such as calcium, and aid the detoxification of intestinal cells (6). Some research even suggest that prebiotics may have roles similar to antioxidants by neutralizing carcinogens while some varieties specifically compete with pathogens.

Prebiotics Prevent Cancers

Prebiotics produce key short chain fatty acids (SFCA’s) such as butyrate, acetate, propionic and valerate.  These SFCA’s help to strengthen the gut lining, maintain proper colonic pH and improve energy levels and immune function.  The production of SCFA’s helps prevent cancer by:

Reducing Colonic pH: The two most well understood friendly bacteria that colonize the human body are bifidobacteria and lactobacilli (2). These two types of microbiota produce lactic acid which protects the colon by decreasing pH.

A lower pH in the colon reduces colon cancer risk by inhibiting pro-cancer enzymes (6). Lactic acid bacteria also produce short-chain fatty acids such as butyrate. (1)

Increasing Butyrate Levels: Butyrate is one of the best food sources for friendly bacteria as well as for cells that line the intestine (7). Increases in butyrate have been linked to cellular suicide of cancer cells known as apoptosis, and increased concentration of normal cells. Butyrate is also shown to correlate with increases of the antioxidant, glutathione, in colon cells. (6)

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Prebiotics Regulate Glucose

Researchers have found that prebiotics taken regularly can limit hunger and reduce risks of type 2 diabetes by maintaining healthy glucose regulation (1). Individuals with diabetes who supplemented their diets with prebiotics had increased amounts of healthy lactobacilli and bifidobacteria and a significant reduction in coliform bacteria. Although coliform bacteria in small amounts may not cause harm, they are also linked to illness and abdominal discomfort.

Whether or not you suffer from blood sugar imbalances, prebiotics can assist in regulating sugar metabolism and may improve your overall health. Studies have shown that prebiotics help control appetite, prevent weight gain and may have a desired laxative effect in newborns without negatively effecting weight gain and development (3).

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Prebiotics Control Blood Pressure

One study observed the effects of probiotics and prebiotics on over 6,500 people. Individuals who supplemented their diet with yogurt alone not only had lowered insulin resistance and decreased blood sugar concentrations, but they also had significantly lowered triglyceride levels and blood pressure.

Although further support is still needed, researchers believe that the increase in butyrate inhibits the production of liver cholesterol (6).

A New Topic for Discussion

The term prebiotic was first coined in 1995 and is a relatively new topic for discussion (7). Researchers do not yet have a full understanding of all the health benefits that prebiotics have on the human body.

Some of these studies are beginning to observe that prebiotics may play a role in endocrine or hormone health and may even provide more health benefits to the brain than currently understood (3).
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The Synergism of Prebiotics and Probiotics

The combination of prebiotics when taken daily with probiotics has a synergistic health advantage. After all, why would you only plant seeds and not add fertilizer or vice versa? The nutritional supplementation of the two combined is called synbiotics (7).

Some foods that act as synbiotics include kimchii, sauerkraut and pickles.  These are all fermented foods that utilize great prebiotic fibers with carrots, cabbage and cucumbers.  Radishes are also often used.  Herbs like ginger that have prebiotic qualities are often used as well.

Recommendations for Taking Prebiotics

The diversity of every individual’s gut microbiome is as varied as our genetic differences. One major finding of the Human Microbiome Project was that each adult has significantly different varieties of bacteria living in the body (8).

After all, there are too many factors to count that affect the bacteria living within and on us.  From the freshness and availability of foods provided to us based on our geographic location to the environmental factors that we were exposed to during our upbringing such as antibiotics, immunizations and whether or not we were fed breast milk or infant formula all play a role in determining the concentration and type of good and bad bacteria.

1.  Start Small and Work Up:  If you start a prebiotic or probiotic regimen, begin first by taking small doses and gradually increase to the recommended use. This will help you avoid abdominal discomfort or diarrhea that may result.

2.  Consume Both Fermented Foods and Prebiotic Foods:  Although there are certain circumstances that are best suited for probiotic supplementation, researchers best recommend the combination of both probiotics and prebiotics in your daily diet.  Consuming high quality fermented foods such as kimchii, sauerkraut, pickles, etc. is the best way to do this!

3.  Snack on Prebiotic Foods:  Munch on raw carrots, jicama, cucumbers, flax crackers, berries, apples etc. throughout the day.

4.  Digestive Enzymes:  Supplementing with digestive enzymes to support healthy digestion may be helpful to you.

5.  How Much PreBiotics Should I Consume?:  The recommended dose for daily health and wellness is 500-1000 mg/day. Individuals with autoimmune conditions, digestive disorders and food sensitivities may benefit from increased prebiotic concentrated doses.  In particular, if your SCFA levels are low than added prebiotics can be especially helpful.

6.  PreBiotic Supplements:  If taking an oral prebiotic supplement, buy a supplement that contains either arbinoglactans or both inulin and oligosaccharides for optimal effect.

7.  Great for Pregnancy: Pregnant and nursing mothers are recommended to take prebiotics because of the known benefits transferred to the baby.

8.  Prevents Against Yeast Overgrowth and UTI’s:  Maintain a healthy prebiotic supplementation regimen to avoid yeast overgrowth and related urinary tract infections.

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THANK YOU DR. JOCKERS FOR ANOTHER GREAT ARTICLE

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Posted by: godswaytohealth | July 10, 2015

Intermittent Fasting is a Healing Modality

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Fasting is a Powerful Healing Modality

Intermittent fasting is one of the most powerful modalities for reducing inflammation, boosting immunity and enhancing tissue healing.  This is one of the reasons why many people feel nauseated when they have infections.  This innate mechanism is the body’s way of influencing us to fast so it can produce the right environment to boost natural immunity.

Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute found that men who had fasted for 24 hours had a 2000% increase in circulating HGH.  Women who were tested had a 1300% increase in HGH.  The researchers found that the fasting individuals had significantly reduced their triglycerides, boosted their HDL cholesterol and stabilized their blood sugar.

The best way to begin fasting is by giving your body 12 hours between dinner and breakfast every single day.  This allows 4 hours to complete digestion and 8 hours for the liver to complete its detoxification cycle.  After this is a standard part of lifestyle try taking one day a week and extending the fast to 16-18 hours.  Eventually, you may choose to do a full 24 hour fast each week.

Simple Fast:  Basic fast with water only for 12 hours between dinner and breakfast which gives the liver a chance to complete its cycle.

Example:  Finish dinner at 7pm and don’t eat again until 7am

Cycle Fast:  Three times each week you fast for 16 hours by skipping either breakfast or dinner.

Example:  Finish dinner at 7pm and eat again around 11am-12pm at lunch the next day.  Do this on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.

Strong Fast:  Consume all food in a 6-8 hour eating window each day.  You would eat 2 meals per day and fast through either breakfast or dinner.

Example:  This would mean fasting in the morning and eating between 12-7pm each day  or 8am-3pm each day or whatever 6-8 hour period you like best.

Warrior Fast:  Ancient warrior would often march all day and would feast at night.  Consume all food in a 3-5 hour eating window each day.  This may be from 2-6pm or 3-7pm, etc.

1 Day Food Fast: 24 hours each week with only consuming water, greens powders and herbal tea.  Some may have bone broth during this fast.

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How I Do Intermittent Fasting:

I personally like to go 16-18 hours from dinner to my first meal the next day. I will typically drink 48-60oz of water and herbal tea in the morning during this period. Sometimes, I will do greens powder in water. I usually eat my first meal between 12-2pm and finish my last meal between 6-9pm depending upon my schedule.

I will often instruct my clients to do some organic coffee or herbal tea with coconut oil and/or grass-fed butter or ghee in it (1 tsp of each is good). This provides small and medium chain fatty acids that are easy on the digestive system and provide immediate energy in the form of ketones for the brain. This helps to stabilize blood sugar and stress hormones. If someone struggles with hypoglycemia than this is an important step.

I find that 16-18 hours each day helps me feel strong and full of vigor. It also improves my digestive system, skin health and immune system. Experiment with this and see if you can find the right rhythm for yourself.  Here are some additional benefits to fasting:

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Re-posted from Dr. Jockers web site – Thank you Dr. Jockers for this great information.

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Posted by: godswaytohealth | June 30, 2015

The Auto-Immune Nutrition Plan

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The Auto-Immune Nutrition Plan: 

How many times have you sought medical attention to improve a health problem you are facing only to walk out of the office with little indication of a possible diagnosis and a prescription sheet directing you to consume drugs only to treat your symptoms? A known 22 million people in the United States are affected by an autoimmune disease and millions more likely suffer unknowingly (6).

Now what if that prescription sheet had a natural strategy for you to follow that could not only treat your symptoms, but decrease the severity of your disease or disorder and possibly prevent further suffering? An autoimmune diet may be the answer you were originally seeking.

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What is an Autoimmune Disease?

There are 80 known autoimmune diseases in which a broad range of symptoms can manifest in the body (6). In these cases, the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue after a perceived threat from an otherwise normal food source. The most common food sensitives are gluten, dairy, eggs and nuts (3, 15)

Many factors may trigger an individual’s immune system to function inappropriately such as infectious agents such as bacteria or viruses, genetics, and lifestyle factors. Although you can’t change any predisposition that may make you susceptible to an autoimmune disease, you can change your lifestyle habits beginning with nutrition (6).

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The Immune System

The human body is naturally designed to detect foreign agents in the body such as toxins or cancer cells. Antibodies are created to seek and destroy these harmful invaders flagged as antigens. Although these foreign antigens are looking to fit in, once the antibody recognizes them as invaders they alarm other cells to attack and remove the antigen immediately (2).

When the immune system confuses normal antigens with harmful antigens such as gluten, its defense mechanisms maintain the body in a chronic state of inflammation. A cascade of destructive physiological effects occur which potentially leads to abnormal tissue growth or organ dysfunction (1).

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Common Autoimmune Disorders

The following is a list of common autoimmune diseases and autoimmune related disorders compiled by the National Institute of Health (1, 2). Chances are that you may suffer from one of the follow disorders yourself or you know someone who does.

  • Celiac disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Addison’s disease
  • Systemic lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Grave’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hashimoto’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Scleroderma
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Chronic Lyme Disease

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Do You Have Any of These Symptoms?

Depending on the disease, symptoms of autoimmune dysfunction involve inflammation in the body that may manifest itself in a variety of ways. The most commonly affected organs and tissues include red blood cells, blood vessels, muscles, joints, endocrine glands (thyroid gland, ovaries and testes for example), connective tissue (such as tendons and bone) and the skin. (2)

The following is a list of symptoms that may indicate your immune system is not functioning properly: (1, 2)

  • Fatigue
  • Reoccurring fever
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Skin rash
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort perhaps associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Anemia or any known vitamin or mineral deficiency
  • Mood changes

Heal with Dietary Lifestyle Changes

Many of these autoimmune complications are treated using immunosuppressive medications which can put the body at greater risk of harmful infections.

Fortunately, more evidence shows that dietary lifestyle changes can decrease the severity of these symptoms, halt the progression of disease and possibly prevent the problem from occurring from the start (1, 5).

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Omega-3 Fats Decrease Inflammation

The average American diet today consists of an unbalance proportion of omega- 3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids. Ideally the human body requires omega-3 fatty acids in greater concentration because they produce anti-inflammatory effects. Although omega-6 fatty acids are necessary, a higher concentration of omega-6 fatty acids in our diet from processed foods, and high amounts of vegetable oils is associated with an increase in molecules which trigger inflammation. (1, 7)

Individuals with different autoimmune diseases have shown a significant improvement in their symptoms while taking fish oil supplements. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis showed a 73% decrease in their drug treatment use and 60% of patients who had Crohn’s disease experienced a decrease in their relapse rate. (11)

Fatty acids are attributed to decreasing immune mediated inflammation. Fatty acids suppress antibodies that alarm the immune system for defense and improve the signaling pathways of cells which cause inflammation.

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Promote Gut Health

The gastrointestinal tract contains the greatest concentration of immune cells in the body and may be the activation site of fighter cells known as T-cells (9). Diets associated with chronic inflammation of the gut are therefore at a greater increase of developing an autoimmune disease.

Increased intestinal permeability allows food allergens to pass through the intestinal wall stimulating the production of antibodies. As you now know, specific antibodies seek to destroy the foreign invader by releasing fighter T-cells which cause chronic inflammation of the intestines. These fighter cells are also released into neighboring tissue and the bloodstream. As a consequence, the entire body is susceptible to an immune response resulting in fatigue, muscle stiffness and skin reactions. (10)

The result of a chronic autoimmune response and decreased gut health increases the susceptibility of individuals to develop more than one type of autoimmune disease. Researchers found that 30% of patients with celiac disease also suffered from another autoimmune disease or autoimmune related problem such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (10).

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Oxalates and Autoimmunity:

If you are experiencing symptom flare ups with no known reason, oxalates may be a source of inflammation for you. Detecting if oxalates may be triggering an autoimmune response in your body can help you heal sooner.

Oxalates are naturally occurring compounds in nature found in many protein alternatives such as soy as well as grains, nuts, and some fruits and vegetables. Although some of these foods can be excellent additions to a healthy diet, an unhealthy gut can lead to chronic inflammation, nutrient deficiency, and oxidative stress and damage to the body. (12)

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Antioxidants Reduce Inflammation:

Theoretically, increased antioxidants can decrease oxidative stress which promotes tissue damage and therefore directly correlate to reducing inflammation, chronic illness and autoimmune disease (8). One study found that diets supplemented with antioxidants and lower in total fat and caloric intake delayed the onset of Lupus symptoms by stimulating a healthy immune system (6).

Antioxidants protect the brain from oxidative stress known to cause aging and the loss of cognitive function (3). The healthy maintenance of the gut and mind interaction is crucial to healthy aging and vitality.

Vitamins which act as antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties inhibiting cytokine activity in autoimmune diseases which signal cells for an inflammatory response. Many herbs high in antioxidants such as curcumin derived from turmeric have been shown to exhibit similar anti-inflammatory control as do synthetic drugs such as aspirin. (1)

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B Vitamins and Methylation:

Folate, B-6 and B-12 have antioxidant properties. Vitamin B-6 has specifically been shown to inhibit macrophages from engulfing foreign matter associated with autoimmune diseases (1). Vitamin B-6 deficiency is also positively correlated with increased sensitivity to oxalates in food (12). (7)

Individuals with MTHFR gene mutations have a lowered ability to produce the key anti-oxidant glutathione.  Glutathione is critical for detoxification and immune modulation.  These individuals are at a much greater risk for developing auto-immune or chronic inflammatory diseases (17).

They need extra methylation support nutrients such as methyl-folate, methyl-B12, zinc, magnesium, riboflavin and B6 (18).

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D3 plays a critical role in the development, coordination and control of the immune system.  Individuals with vitamin D3 deficiencies are at a much greater risk for the development of an auto-immune disease or chronic inflammatory disease.  Supplementing to boost vitamin D3 levels can be very effective for reducing inflammation (19).

Studies have found that biologically active vitamin D is linked to a decrease risk of type-1 diabetes in which the pancreas does not produce insulin. Sunshine is a natural source of vitamin D. People in geographical locations that see fewer hours of sunshine have higher rates of type-1 diabetes (9).

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Choose the Right Proteins

Proteins break down into amino acids and their sequence can promote inflammation. Researchers are beginning to find that although such triggers as gluten cause an autoimmune response in people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it is the chain of amino acids that are contained in the gluten which damage the small intestine (9, 10).

Wheat, soy and milk have all been associated with promoting type-1 diabetes due to how the body perceives the protein contained in these common food allergens. Countries that consume refined wheat flour as a major food source found that there is a higher incidence of type-1 diabetes. (9)

Opt instead for organic, pasture-raised meats such as turkey and lamb and wild caught fish high in omega-3 fatty acids like Alaskan salmon.

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Avoid Nightshades

Avoiding nightshade vegetables such as tomato, white potato and any pepper variety can help to improve an unhealthy autoimmune response. Nightshades can increase calcium deposits in tissue which causes chronic inflammation leading to a cascading effect of adverse health consequences.

Damage to the kidney and liver can trigger autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. (13, 14)  Not everyone responds negatively to nightshades, however, many individuals with auto-immunity struggle with these foods.

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Testing for Food Sensitivities:

Do you suffer from a chronic autoimmune disease or condition that inhibits you from living an optimal lifestyle? Testing for sensitivities to any known food allergens by using the following biofeedback test or more extensive blood work.

Biofeedback Test

Come to a relaxing state lying down in an environment where there are no factors that may contribute to increasing your heart rate. After a few minutes, determine your resting pulse. Take a food allergen in question such as a peanut and place it on your tongue letting it remain there for approximately 20 seconds. Follow up by counting your resting pulse a second time. (16)

Negative Response: You may have no sensitivity to the specific nut you tested if your heart rate does not increase more than 1 bpm.

Gray Area Response: Your resting pulse increases by 2 or 3 bpm and further testing should be completed.

Positive Response: Heart rate increases by more than 4 bpm and you have identified a source of food sensitivity or intolerance.

You can find more information on biofeedback sensitivity training here.  You may decide to receive more objective testing in order to determine more definitive conclusions. Allergy tests are available as well as blood tests which detect the amount of antibodies and different types of proteins representative of a malfunctioning autoimmune response.

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Autoimmune Diet Plan

To get started on an autoimmune diet plan, download the shopping guide here (4). Following the diet for 90 days is crucial in resetting your body’s immune response.

The diet eliminates nightshade vegetables, dairy, eggs, chocolate, nuts, and caffeine sources such as coffee and chocolate. It is high in low-glycemic fruits, organic vegetables, organic, grass-fed and pasture-raised protein sources, wild caught fish, fermented foods and healthy fats.

Pork and shellfish are eliminated because they are one of the most highly toxic foods you can consume. Pigs and shellfish are scavengers and pollutants containing heavy metals and toxins which are easily absorbed along with the animal’s hormones.

People exposed to toxins such as coal miners have an increased risk at developing an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis by a minimum of three times the normal expectancy (6).

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A Lifelong Commitment

Resetting your autoimmune system can leave you with phenomenal physical results. Preventing flare ups of symptoms from reoccurring following a strict 30-90 day autoimmune diet regimen requires a change in lifestyle.

Although you may be able to slowly reintroduce limited quantities of inflammatory foods back into your diet, maintaining a healthy gut can prevent the severity of an autoimmune response.  Be vigilent for the initial period and then slowly reintroduce the fringe foods (nuts, seeds, eggs, cocoa, coffee, nightshades, legumes, etc) back in.

I typically recommend adding one fringe food every 3 days while you analyze how your body is responding to that individual food.  If you notice more inflammatory symptoms such as pain, headaches, fatigue, acne/ezcema, allergies or clearing your throat a lot than it is a sign you are not tolerating that food and it should be eliminated for another 90 days before reintroducing it in the same manner.

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Lifestyle Tips

The following tips can decrease the severity of symptoms if you have an autoimmune disease, prevent an unhealthy autoimmune response or stop the progression of an autoimmune condition. (1, 2, 3, 9, 10)

  • Breast feeding is recommended to introduce foods to babies while they are developing an immune system and prevent an autoimmune response later in life.
  • Practice stress reduction; and yes, laughing amongst friends counts.
  • Exercise decreases cortisol levels and helps to balance hormones.
  • Avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics. Antibiotics deplete the healthy bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract leaving you at risk for harmful pathogens.
  • Detox the body of toxins and chemicals from non-food sources such as skin and hair care products. Your skin is a sponge and your body does not need any additional pollutants.

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AutoImmune Nutritional Tips:

  • Switch to organic teas such as green tea or herbal teas instead of coffee.
  • Commit to taking a probiotic and prebiotic daily to promote healthy gut microflora
  • Eliminate refined sugars which cause inflammation and increase the variety of fruits and vegetables to aid in detoxifying the body of irritants.
  • Replace industrialized vegetable oils with organic, cold pressed coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil to supplement your diet with healthy fats.
  • Avoid any food source that does not come from nature such as artificial sweeteners, synthetic food dyes and preservatives.
  • Buy organic. Chemical toxins such as pesticide residue destroy the healthy microflora of the gut thereby creating an environment susceptible to an unhealthy autoimmune response.
  • Drink purified water to avoid contaminants such as heavy metals and chemicals.

Why suffer any longer. Are you ready for a lifestyle change and a healthier you? Commit now to heal your body for better health and happiness.

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Re-Posted from: http://drjockers.com/the-auto-immune-nutrition-plan/

THANK YOU DR. JOCKERS

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Posted by: godswaytohealth | June 6, 2015

Changing How You Bathe

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Microbeads are advertised as the perfect way to exfoliate your skin, stave off acne, and even keep your teeth clean. But these tiny beads, which are found in body washes, toothpastes, facial scrubs, and many other personal care products, are nothing more than tiny bits of plastic.

Being so tiny, you might assume such plastics pose little environmental risk, but the opposite is actually true. Unlike a larger piece of plastic, which can hopefully be recycled and, if not, contained in the trash, microbeads are so small they get flushed right down the bathroom drain.

Take a look at this very interesting video – just click on the bathtub and you will go right to the link:

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Microbeads Absorb Toxins and Are Eaten by Marine Life

Research has only begun to reveal the extent of environmental pollution that microbeads have caused. In a 2012 survey of the Great Lakes, it was found that the area has “some of the highest concentrations of microplastic found in the environment, and microbeads were prevalent.”

Once in the water, microbeads easily absorb endocrine-disrupting and cancer-causing chemicals like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Plastics may concentrate such toxins at levels 100,000 to 1 million times higher than the levels found in seawater.

The beads, which resemble fish eggs, are then eaten by many forms of marine life, including plankton, fish, seabirds, and whales.

The threat doesn’t stop with marine wildlife, of course. If you eat seafood that has been ingesting microbeads, you’re at risk of a potentially high dose of environmental toxins as well…

Over 100 Personal Care Products Contain Microbeads

Although microbeads have been around since the 1970s, they weren’t widely used by manufacturers until the 1990s. At that time, companies began replacing natural abrasives like ground almonds and sea salt with the plastic microbeads.

It was a clever move profit-wise; because microbeads are smooth and gentler on your skin, they could be used everyday, unlike products with rougher abrasive materials, which are meant to be used once every few days to once a week. This meant more product usage and greater profits.

Many products containing microbeads will advertise them on the label, although they may also be listed as “polyethylene” or “polypropylene” in the ingredients list. It’s estimated that Americans use 0.0309 ounces of microbeads per person per year. This sounds like a small amount, but it adds up to nearly 19 tons of microbeads potentially being discharged in New York State alone.

Avoid Microbeads in Your Toothpaste… and All Your Personal Care Products

There’s good reason to boycott any toothpaste containing microbeads, even aside from the obvious environmental threat. Last year, a Dallas dental hygienist reported finding the microbeads in patients’ teeth.

The bits were found in Crest microbead toothpaste and were getting trapped under patients’ gums. This gives food and bacteria an entrance to your gum line, which could actually cause gum disease. Procter & Gamble, which makes Crest, reported they would stop using the microbeads by 2016 as a result.

What Else Is Lurking in Your Personal Care Products?

Unfortunately, microbeads are only one toxin to look out for in your cosmetics and personal care products. The average US woman uses 12 personal care products and/or cosmetics a day, containing 168 different chemicals, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

While most men use fewer products, they’re still exposed to about 85 such chemicals daily, while teens, who use an average of 17 personal care products a day, are exposed to even more.

Clearly, such chemical exposures are not insignificant, especially when they occur virtually daily for a lifetime. When EWG tested teens to find out which chemicals in personal care products were found in their bodies, 16 different hormone-altering chemicals, including parabens and phthalates, were detected.

Further, in a study of more than 31,000 US women, researchers examined blood and urine levels of 111 mostly man-made chemicals commonly found in plastics, personal care products, and household items, as well as which may contaminate air, water, and soil.

Women with higher levels of the chemicals in their bodies were found to experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower levels. Fifteen chemicals in particular (including nine PCBs, three pesticides, two phthalates, and a furan) were significantly associated with early menopause, which suggests an early decline in ovarian function. Some of the most hazardous chemicals found in many personal care products and cosmetics include:

  • Paraben, a chemical found in deodorants and other cosmetics that has been shown to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen, which can drive the growth of human breast tumors. A study published in 2012 suggested that parabens from antiperspirants and other cosmetics indeed appear to increase your risk of breast cancer. The research looked at where breast tumors were appearing and determined that higher concentrations of parabens were found in the upper quadrants of the breast and axillary area, where antiperspirants are usually applied.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate, a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It’s present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils/bath salts. The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic byproduct.
  • Phthalates are plasticizing ingredients that have been linked to birth defects in the reproductive system of boys and lower sperm-motility in adult men, among other problems. Be aware that phthalates are often hidden on shampoo labels under the generic term “fragrance.”
  • Methylisothiazolinone (MIT), a chemical used in shampoo to prevent bacteria from developing, which may have detrimental effects on your nervous system.
  • Toluene, made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances and nail polish. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus.

How to Find Safer Personal Care Products

The Environmental Working Group has a great database to help you find personal care products that are free of potentially dangerous chemicals. Products bearing the USDA 100% Organic seal are among your safest bets if you want to avoid potentially toxic ingredients. Be aware that products boasting “all-natural” labels can still contain harmful chemicals, so be sure to check the full list of ingredients. Better yet, simplify your routine and make your own products. A slew of lotions, potions, and hair treatments can be eliminated with a jar of coconut oil, for example, to which you can add a high-quality essential oil, if you like, for scent.

It’s important to remember that your skin is your largest and most permeable organ. Just about anything you put on your skin will end up in your bloodstream and distributed throughout your body. Once these chemicals find their way into your body, they tend to accumulate over time because you typically lack the necessary enzymes to break them down. This is why I’m so fond of saying “don’t put anything on your body that you wouldn’t eat if you had to.”

If you’re worried about giving up your exfoliating microbeads, there are many more natural options that will leave your skin glowing. Dry skin brushing, for instance, removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to “breathe.” You can also make a homemade exfoliant simply by combining a natural abrasive, such as salt, sugar, or coffee grounds, with a carrier oil such as coconut oil.

SOURCE

Dr. Mercola  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/06/06/microbeads.aspx?e_cid=20150606Z1_DNL_art_2&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20150606Z1&et_cid=DM76274&et_rid=982803573

Posted by: godswaytohealth | May 14, 2015

CUCUMBER DILL SALAD WITH CREAMY SAUCE

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This is a totally vegan recipe and serves approximately 4. 

Did you know that a cucumber contains 96% water? This makes cucumber not only an excellent hydrator, but it’s also great for removing toxins from your body.

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On top of that, it is loaded with Vitamins A, B and C and studies have proven that cucumbers have potential to fight cancer, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. 

Macadamia nuts contain minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and selenium which is a natural antioxidant that helps to prevent certain types of cancer, and vitamins such as vitamin A, E, and the group B, as B1, B2, B3 and B9. 

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These nuts are cholesterol-free and are a great source of fiber; they have a high fat content, since almost 80% is monounsaturated fat, a type of good fat which helps to reduce total cholesterol and bad cholesterol or LDL and increases HDL cholesterol or good cholesterol.

This salad tastes great. The macadamia and pine nuts creamy sauce is fantastic. You have to try it to believe it! 

INGREDIENTS

3 – large cucumbers, peeled and diced

3 – Table spoons finely chopped dill

¼ – cup red onion, minced  

CREAMY SAUCE

½ – 1 tsp. Himalayan salt

½ – cup pine nuts

½ – cup raw macadamia nuts, pre-soaked

½ – cup water

1-2 cloves of garlic

2 – Table spoons of lemon juice  

INSTRUCTIONS

 

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  • In a Vitamix or strong blender, blend all sauce ingredients until completely smooth.
  • The sauce should be thick, because when you stir it into the salad, the water from the cucumber will make it more liquid.

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  • Place salad ingredients in a mixing bowl; pour creamy sauce over the cucumber, dill and onion.

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  • Stir so that everything is evenly coated.
  • Serve chilled as a side dish.

ENJOY!

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