Posted by: godswaytohealth | March 24, 2015

Healthy Butternut Squash, Beet, Kale Salad

squash, beat, kale salad


1 butternut squash 

1 large red beet 

3 tbsps of coconut oil

Pinch of Himalayan pink salt 

1 head of kale 

1 cup of shredded coconut flakes


  • Begin by peeling and chopping the beets and squash into cubes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F or 205°C. Add the veggies to a mixing bowl and add the coconut oil and salt, and mix until evenly coated.


  • Lay the vegetables out on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Roast vegetables for 40 to 50 minutes, stirring once half-way through roasting.

shredding kale

  • Wash the kale and cut the hard core, then slice it finely like you would coleslaw
  • Make the dressing, pour over kale and massage the kale until evenly coated.


  • Combine the roosted veggies, shredded coconut, and kale. Mix and enjoy!


Use olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon and herbs like oregano, basil, rosemary and thyme.


Place in a blender or mix by hand until fully blended.



These vegetables are fantastic sources of carbohydrates, anti-oxidants and key methylating agents.  They are also a great fiber source that helps feed the microbiome and support the health of our digestive system. 

You could also use pumpkin, sweet potato and various types of squash.  These are all very nutrient dense and good to strengthen our digestive system. 

Adding in the good small and medium chain fats that are found in coconut oil makes this an anti-inflammatory gut healing salad.



Thank you Megan Kelly.  Megan is a Licensed Estheticain specializing in holistic nutrition.

Thank you also to Dr. David Jockers, who is a Maximized Living doctor, corrective care chiropractor, nutritionist, exercise physiologist, and certified strength & conditioning specialist. 


Posted by: godswaytohealth | March 3, 2015

Digestive Health Affects Your Entire Being

Digestive health GWTH

Did you know that an unhealthy gut can contribute to everything from facial breakouts and difficulty concentrating to catching a cold and even cancer? If you’re body isn’t successfully flushing out toxins, the accumulation of the “bad stuff” manifests itself in ways that aren’t only related to an upset stomach.

Your digestive system is the key to keeping your entire body running smoothly and feeling great. It affects every nook and cranny of your body and yes, even your mind.

But the truth is, many people (even healthy vegan eaters) don’t realize they’re having digestive problems.

Healthy eating

Even if you do have regular, healthy bowel movements, your overall wellness centers on the health of your gut. Due to this undeniable fact, it’s critical you keep your gut in optimal shape at all times.

If you’re exercising, managing your stress, sleeping well and eating your vegetables, that should be all you need to do, right? Although that’s a huge leap in the right direction, your gut still needs special attention. You’re gut processes all the good and the bad that you put into it.


Everyone knows the gut is responsible for digesting food, but did you know it also performs other essential functions? Your gut is also where you actually benefit from all the nutrition you take in.


Intestinal flora inside your gut, or “good” bacteria, helps your body detoxify and absorb nutrients. If that bacterium is depleted, a multitude of gut issues can ensue.

Your gut also holds something referred to as “The Second Brain,” which comprises microbiomes and the enteric nervous system. That’s right, the nervous system runs through your gut. The Second Brain is so powerful that it regulates your mood (it supplies over 95% of the mood-boosting serotonin!). This is why many people with, say, IBS also experience depression or general malaise. Many of your hormones are also managed by the Second Brain.


On top of that, 80% of your body’s immune system is located in your digestive tube, so it plays a huge role in protecting your body from bugs, viruses and “bad” bacteria.

As you can see, the gut’s functioning affects every process in your body, so the side effects of poor gut health can show up anywhere.


When you have a healthy quantity of good bacteria, you can feel the difference. Healthy digestion gets vital nutrients to your body, sends important signals to your immune system and helps your brain function. You don’t feel bloated, you don’t experience any strain during bowel movements and you don’t have to run to the bathroom after a meal. Your immune system is also more equipped to fight off any infections or illnesses brought on by invading pathogens or microorganisms.

Dr. Emily Chan, ND, says:

“The GI tract is where we get nutrition to the body, where major elimination of toxins take place, and the largest immune system interface in the body. Improvements to the health of the GI tract often lead to improvement of other systems of the body.”


Symptoms of bad gut health

When there’s a voice inside telling you that something’s not right, you better listen. Bad gut health can affect the body very adversely. Here are some of the most common symptoms that signal that something is off:

  • Bad breath
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Gas (excessive flatulence & belching)
  • Heartburn/Acid Reflux
  • Hiccuping
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the Rectal Area
  • Stomach Cramps & Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Wet Burps

This is not a comprehensive list of symptoms. A weak digestive system expresses itself in a multitude of ways. So even if you don’t necessarily feel cramps or have diarrhea, take care of your gut, it will benefit you no matter what.


If you’re suffering from some of the uncomfortable symptoms of bad gut health, you might be left in the dark wondering what happened. So what actually triggers gut issues? Dr. Alejandro Junger cites the following causes as the main offenders:

  • Alcohol
  • Antibiotics and medications
  • Chemicals, preservatives and conservatives in food
  • Chlorinated drinking and shower water
  • C-sections
  • Gluten
  • Inflammation
  • Lack of sleep
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Opportunistic organisms (yeast, fungus, parasites)
  • Stress
  • Toxic food triggers


Steps to Take for a Healthy Digestive System
Eat for your gut’s sake
Processed, fatty foods do nothing but harm your body and hinder your gut’s productivity. They make your digestive system sluggish, tired and vulnerable. On the other hand, feeding your body with the raw, living enzymes from fresh vegetables and fruits works miracles in your gut.

Colon inflamation

What you eat directly affects your gut health, and meat-centered diets can actually cause colon inflammation. A diet that consists of at least 85% raw vegetables is easy for your gut to digest and doesn’t negatively affect the “good” intestinal flora. Make sure to get enough fiber every day to keep things moving.

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These are some of the most gut-friendly, fiber-rich foods. Eat as much as you want!

  • Artichokes
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Chia seeds
  • Fermented vegetables, such as sauerkraut, pickles and kimchi
  • Green peas
  • Need something sweet? Have a cup of raspberries (but remember to limit fruit intake overall as you focus on eating 85% raw vegetables)
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Turnip greens
  • Zucchini

A few additional things to keep in mind:

  • Probiotics – Probiotics can deliver as much as 60% of the bacteria to you colon—where it’s needed the most! This bacteria helps to regulate and restore good bacteria to your gut so that it can fight infections and promote immune system health.
  • Digestive Enzymes – Eating healthy is just not enough if your body is having trouble breaking down your food. Digestive enzymes help your body to not only break down the food, but also effectively absorb the nutrients. It alleviates the digestive stress that might be affecting your body and lets you reap the benefits of the natural nutrition and disease protection
  • Choose a Good Fiber Cleanse – This is an excellent way to flush the colon and get you back to your best bowel function. It cleanses and eliminates harmful toxins that may have built up inside your body over time.


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It’s never too late to make a change for the better when it comes to your gut. When you make dietary changes for the better—think raw vegetables instead of a greasy fast-food burger— your gut will get stronger and protect your body from infections.

Healthy Salad

Pair that with our very best cleanses and supplements and you’ll notice a huge difference almost instantly. Not only will you feel better, but your body will look better, too!


Posted by: godswaytohealth | February 15, 2015

Tips for Beating the Blues

Beating the Blues

Here are some great tips for beating the blues.

Exercising. Regular physical activity has been found to work better than antidepressant drugs. In fact, it’s one of the most powerful strategies available to prevent and treat depression and boost your mood.


Going to sleep early. You were designed to go to sleep when the sun sets and wake up when the sun rises. If you stray too far from this biological pattern you will disrupt delicate hormonal cycles in your body, which can affect both your mood and your health. The link between depression and lack of sleep is well established.

early to bed

While there are individual differences, as a general rule, you’ll want to aim for about eight hours of sleep per night.

Avoiding processed foods. A factor that cannot be overlooked is your diet. Foods have an immense impact on your mood and ability to cope, and eating a diet of fresh, whole foods will best support your mental health.


Refined sugar and processed fructose are known to have a very detrimental impact on your brain function and mental health in general.

Cutting out artificial sweeteners will also eliminate your chances of suffering their toxic effects.

Optimizing your gut health. Fermented foods such as fermented vegetables are also important for optimal mental health, as they are key for optimizing your gut health. Many fail to realize that your gut is literally your second brain, and can significantly influence your mind, mood, and behavior. Your gut actually produces more mood-regulating serotonin than your brain does.

fermented foods

Increasing high-quality omega-3 fats. Your brain consists of about 60 percent fat, DHA specifically, so you need a constant input of essential omega-3 fats for your brain to work properly. In fact, one 2009 study showed that people with lower blood levels of omega-3s were more likely to have symptoms of depression and a more negative outlook while those with higher blood levels demonstrated the opposite emotional states.

omega-3 oils

  • Omega-3 and omega-6 are two types of fat that are essential for human health. However, the typical American consumes far too many omega-6 fats in her diet while consuming very low omega-3 levels. The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats is 1:1. Our forefathers evolved over millions of years on this ratio. Today, however, our ratio averages from 20:1 to 50:1 – this spells serous dangers to your well-being! In fact, mainstream media has finally reported that lack of omega-3 is among the most serious and pressing health issues plaguing our world.
  • Omega-6 is primarily sourced from corn, soy, canola, safflower, and sunflower oils. These are overabundant in the typical diet, which accounts for excess omega-6 levels.
  • Omega-6 fats predominate the diet in the US, and this encourages the production of inflammation in your body. Many scientists believe that one reason there is a high incidence of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, premature aging, and some cancer forms today is this profound omega-3-omega-6 imbalance.


Flax Seeds - Not surprisingly, flax tops our list as the best vegetarian source of Omega 3. One ounce of flax seeds packs in 6388mg of Omega 3 (nearly 6 times the RDA). You get 1655mg of Omega 6 in the process, which helps keep your Omega 3 to Omega 6 raios in check. To get an even bigger boost, you can take a tablespoon of flax oil which delivers 7196mg of Omega 3.


Chia Seeds – Chia seeds have only recently gotten mainstream attention (at least beyond use on ceramic “pets”) – and it is long overdue! A single ounce of chia seeds packs in 4915mg of Omega 3 but just 1620mg of Omega 6. They are also loaded with calcium (1oz=18% RDA), fiber, and manganese.


Hemp Seeds – Hemp seeds have a great Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio. One ounce of the seeds will provide 1100 Omega 3 and 2700 Omega 6.

hemp seeds

Seaweed – Seaweeds not only have fairly high amounts of Omega 3, but they are also one of the only vegan foods which also have EPA and DHEA. Spirulina (58mg Omega 3, 88mg Omega 6 per tablespoon) is one of the best choices.


Beans – Beans don’t have as much Omega 3 as seeds or nuts. However, they still can help you meet your RDAs all while avoiding excess Omega 6. Mungo beans — aka Urad Dal — are by far the best choice with 603mg Omega 3 and just 43mg Omega 6 in one cup cooked (not to be confused with mung beans). French beans and navy beans are also good choices. To really get the most out of these super foods, sprout them first!

sprouted beans

Winter squash – Winter squash is a surprisingly good source of Omega 3, with 338mg per cup cooked – and you’ll only get 203mg of Omega 6.


Leafy Greens – To meet calcium and iron RDAs, vegetarians should be loading up on leafy greens. It turns out that greens are also a decent source of Omega 3 too. A cup of cooked spinach has 352mg of Omega 3 with only negligible amounts of Omega 6. Broccoli, collards, kale and grape leaves are also good sources of Omega 3.


Cabbage Family – Vegetables in the cabbage family have a surprising amount of Omega 3. Cauliflower is the most notable with 208mg Omega 3 and just 62mg of Omega 6 per cup, cooked. Broccoli and Brussels sprouts are also good choices.  Greens in the cabbage family are also a great bioavailable source of calcium.


Berries – Berries are not only good sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, but they also are also a good vegetarian source of Omega 3. Blueberries top the list with 174mg of Omega 3 per 1 cup serving while simultaneously only delivering 259mg of Omega 6.

berry assortment

Wild Rice – Wild rice should be a staple for all vegetarians and vegans. One cup cooked delivers lots of iron, protein, fiber, magnesium, zinc, and manganese. You’ll also get 156mg Omega 3 while only taking in 195mg of Omega 6.

wild rice

Herbs and Spices – Virtually all popular herbs and spices have a great Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio.  Cloves are one of the best at 86mg/52mg per 2 grams, as is oregano (73mg/18mg),  marjoram (49mg/18mg), and tarragon (44mg/11mg).  You probably aren’t going to meet your RDAs for Omega 3 on herbs and spices alone, but the added nutrition is a good reason to make your foods more flavorful.

herbs and spices

Mangoes – Mangoes are one of my all-time favorite foods. These succulent citruses pack in 77mg of Omega 3s per fruit. They are one of the few vegetarian sources of Omega 3 which actually have less Omega 6 than Omega 3 (just 29mg per fruit).


Honeydew Melon – A cup of honeydew melon balls delivers 58mg of Omega 3. Like with mangoes, it also has less Omega 6 than Omega 3 (46mg!).



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  2. The nutrition and health information resented at the God’s Way to Health Web Site is based on Scripture, research and personal experience, and is offered for educational purposes only.
  3. There can be risks involved when changing diet and lifestyle; therefore, as each guest chooses to make these types of changes, we at God’s Way to Health cannot be held responsible or liable for any adverse effects or consequences that may result from your personal choices.


Posted by: godswaytohealth | January 21, 2015


magnesium rich foods

Magnesium is a mineral used by every organ in your body, especially your heart, muscles, and kidneys. If you suffer from unexplained fatigue or weakness, abnormal heart rhythms or even muscle spasms and eye twitches, low levels of magnesium could be to blame.

If you’ve recently had a blood test, you might assume it would show a magnesium deficiency. But only 1 percent of magnesium in your body is distributed in your blood, making a simple sample of magnesium from a serum magnesium blood test not very useful.

Most magnesium is stored in your bones and organs, where it is used for many biological functions. Yet, it’s quite possible to be deficient and not know it, which is why magnesium deficiency has been dubbed the “invisible deficiency.”

By some estimates, up to 80 percent of Americans are not getting enough magnesium and may be deficient. Other research shows only about 25 percent of US adults are getting the recommended daily amount of 310 to 320 milligrams (mg) for women and 400 to 420 for men.

Even more concerning, consuming even this amount is “just enough to ward off outright deficiency,” according to Dr. Carolyn Dean, a medical and naturopathic doctor.

Magnesium Deficiency May Trigger 22 Medical Condition

Click on the following link to listen to Dr. Carolyn Dean as she discusses the importance of Magnesium.


Download Interview Transcript

Magnesium is often thought of primarily as a mineral for your heart and bones, but this is misleading. Researchers have now detected 3,751 magnesium-binding sites on human proteins, indicating that its role in human health and disease may have been vastly underestimated.

Magnesium is also found in more than 300 different enzymes in your body and plays a role in your body’s detoxification processes, making it important for helping to prevent damage from environmental chemicals, heavy metals, and other toxins. In addition, magnesium is necessary for:

  • Activating muscles and nerves
  • Creating energy in your body by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP)
  • Helping digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
  • Serving as a building block for RNA and DNA synthesis
  • Acting as a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin

Dr. Dean has studied and written about magnesium for more than 15 years. The latest addition of her book, The Magnesium Miracle, came out in 2014 and in it you can learn about 22 medical areas that magnesium deficiency triggers or causes, all of which have all been scientifically proven. This includes:

Anxiety and panic attacks Asthma Blood clots
Bowel diseases Cystitis Depression
Detoxification Diabetes Fatigue
Heart disease Hypertension Hypoglycemia
Insomnia Kidney disease Liver disease
Migraine Musculoskeletal conditions (fibromyalgia, cramps, chronic back pain, etc.) Nerve problems
Obstetrics and gynecology (PMS, infertility, and preeclampsia) Osteoporosis Raynaud’s syndrome
Tooth decay

Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, headache, nausea, fatigue, and weakness. An ongoing magnesium deficiency can lead to more serious symptoms, including:

Numbness and tingling Muscle contractions and cramps Seizures
Personality changes Abnormal heart rhythms Coronary spasms

The Role of Magnesium in Diabetes, Cancer, and More

Most people do not think about magnesium when they think about how to prevent chronic disease, but it plays an essential role. For instance, there have been several significant studies about magnesium’s role in keeping your metabolism running efficiently—specifically in terms of insulin sensitivity, glucose regulation, and protection from type 2 diabetes.

Higher magnesium intake reduces risk of impaired glucose and insulin metabolism and slows progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes in middle-aged Americans. Researchers stated, “Magnesium intake may be particularly beneficial in offsetting your risk of developing diabetes, if you are high risk.”

Multiple studies have also shown that higher magnesium intake is associated with a higher bone mineral density in both men and women, and research from Norway has even found an association between magnesium in drinking water and a lower risk of hip fractures.

Magnesium may even help lower your risk of cancer, and a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that higher intakes of dietary magnesium were associated with a lower risk of colorectal tumors.

Results from the meta-analysis indicated that for every 100-mg increase in magnesium intake, the risk of colorectal tumor decreased by 13 percent, while the risk of colorectal cancer was lowered by 12 percent. The researchers noted magnesium’s anti-cancer effects may be related to its ability to reduce insulin resistance, which may positively affect the development of tumors.

Surprising Factors That Influence Your Magnesium Levels

Seaweed and green leafy vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard can be excellent sources of magnesium, as are some beans, nuts, and seeds, like pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds. Avocados also contain magnesium. Juicing your vegetables is an excellent option to ensure you’re getting enough of them in your diet.

However, most foods grown today are deficient in magnesium and other minerals, so getting enough isn’t simply a matter of eating magnesium-rich foods (although this is important too). According to Dr. Dean:

“Magnesium is farmed out of the soil much more than calcium… A hundred years ago, we would get maybe 500 milligrams of magnesium in an ordinary diet. Now we’re lucky to get 200 milligrams.”

Herbicides, like glyphosate also act as chelators, effectively blocking the uptake and utilization of minerals in so many foods grown today. As a result, it can be quite difficult to find truly magnesium-rich foods. Cooking and processing further depletes magnesium.

Meanwhile, certain foods can actually influence your body’s absorption of magnesium. If you drink alcohol in excess, for instance, it may interfere with your body’s absorption of vitamin D, which in turn is helpful for magnesium absorption. If you eat a lot of sugar, this can also cause your body to excrete magnesium through your kidneys, “resulting in a net loss,” according to Dr. Danine Fruge, associate medical director at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Florida. The following factors are also associated with lower magnesium levels:

  • Excessive intake of soda or caffeine
  • Menopause
  • Older age (older adults are more likely to be magnesium deficient because absorption decreases with age and the elderly are more likely to take medications that can interfere with absorption)
  • Certain medications, including diuretics, certain antibiotics (such as gentamicin and tobramycin), corticosteroids (prednisone or Deltasone), antacids, and insulin
  • An unhealthy digestive system, which impairs your body’s ability to absorb magnesium (Crohn’s disease, leaky gut, etc.)

Calcium, Vitamin K2, and Vitamin D Must Be Balanced with Magnesium

It may seem like you could remedy the risks of low magnesium simply by taking a supplement, but it’s not quite that simple. When you’re taking magnesium, you need to consider calcium, vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 as well, since these all work synergistically with one another. Excessive amounts of calcium without the counterbalance of magnesium can lead to a heart attack and sudden death, for instance. Research on the Paleolithic or caveman diet has shown that the ratio of calcium to magnesium in the diet that our bodies evolved to eat is 1-to-1. Americans in general tend to have a higher calcium-to-magnesium ratio in their diet, averaging about 3.5-to-1.

If you have too much calcium and not enough magnesium, your muscles will tend to go into spasm, and this has consequences for your heart in particular. “What happens is, the muscle and nerve function that magnesium is responsible for is diminished. If you don’t have enough magnesium, your muscles go into spasm. Calcium causes muscle to contract. If you had a balance, the muscles would do their thing. They’d relax, contract, and create their activity,” Dr. Dean explains.

When balancing calcium and magnesium, also keep in mind that vitamins K2 and D need to be considered. These four nutrients perform an intricate dance together, with one supporting the other. Lack of balance between these nutrients is one of the reasons why calcium supplements have become associated with increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, and why some people experience vitamin D toxicity. Part of the explanation for these adverse side effects is that vitamin K2 keeps calcium in its appropriate place. If you’re K2 deficient, added calcium can cause more problems than it solves, by accumulating in the wrong places, like your soft tissue.

Similarly, if you opt for oral vitamin D, you need to also consume it in your food or take supplemental vitamin K2 and more magnesium. Taking mega doses of vitamin D supplements without sufficient amounts of K2 and magnesium can lead to vitamin D toxicity and magnesium deficiency symptoms, which include inappropriate calcification that may damage your heart.

Tips for Increasing Your Magnesium Levels

One way to really increase your magnesium, as well as many other important plant-based nutrients, is by juicing your greens. I typically drink one pint to one quart of fresh green vegetable juice every day, and this is one of my primary sources of magnesium. Organic foods may have more magnesium if grown in nutrient-rich soils but it is very difficult to make that determination. If you opt for a supplement, be aware that there are a wide variety of magnesium supplements on the market, because magnesium must be bound to another substance. There’s simply no such thing as a 100 percent magnesium supplement.

The substance used in any given compound can affect the absorption and bioavailability of the magnesium, and may provide slightly different, or targeted, health benefits. The table that follows summarizes some of the differences between the various forms. Magnesium threonate and citrate are some of the best sources, as it seems to penetrate cell membranes, including your mitochondria, which results in higher energy levels. Additionally, it also penetrates your blood-brain barrier and seems to do wonders to treat and prevent dementia and improve memory. If you take a supplement, you can use the “bowel test” to determine if you’re taking too much magnesium. Dr. Dean explains:

The best way to tell if you are getting enough magnesium is the “bowel test”. You know when you have too much magnesium when your stools become loose. This, in fact, may be a blessing for people with constipation… [which] is one of the many ways magnesium deficiency manifests.”

Besides taking a supplement, another way to improve your magnesium status is to take regular Epsom salt baths or foot baths. Epsom salt is a magnesium sulfate that can absorb into your body through your skin. Magnesium oil can also be used for topical application and absorption. Whatever supplement you choose, be sure to avoid any containing magnesium stearate, a common but potentially hazardous additive.

Magnesium glycinate  is a chelated form of magnesium that tends to provide the highest levels of absorption and bioavailability and is typically considered ideal for those who are trying to correct a deficiency. Magnesium oxide is a non-chelated type of magnesium, bound to an organic acid or a fatty acid. Contains 60 percent magnesium, and has stool softening properties
Magnesium chloride/Magnesium lactate contain only 12 percent magnesium, but has better absorption than others, such as magnesium oxide, which contains five times more magnesium Magnesium sulfate/Magnesium hydroxide   (milk of magnesia) are typically used as laxatives. Be aware that it’s easy to overdose on these, so ONLY take as directed
Magnesium carbonate, which has antacid properties, contains 45 percent magnesium Magnesium taurate contains a combination of magnesium and taurine, an amino acid. Together, they tend to provide a calming effect on your body and mind
Magnesium citrate   is magnesium with citric acid, which like most magnesium supplements has laxative properties but is well absorbed and cost effective Magnesium threonate is a newer, emerging type of magnesium supplement that appears promising, primarily due to its superior ability to penetrate the mitochondrial membrane, and may be the best magnesium supplement on the market


Article by Dr. Mercola of

Thank you Dr. Mercola and Dr. Dean

Posted by: godswaytohealth | January 8, 2015



This lemonade drink is anti-inflammatory and is loaded with very powerful anti-oxidants, electrolytes and trace minerals.   Cinnamon is #2 on the anti-oxidant list for nutrient density while turmeric is #4.  Adding ginger gives the drink a slight bite and gives it extraordinary benefits for improving stomach acid production and reducing inflammation.

This tasty drink can and should be consumed by everyone young and old throughout the day.  It has powerful liver and kidney detoxifying abilities.  It has a net alkalizing effect after the ingredients have been digested due to the extraordinary amount of anti-oxidants and potassium that are highly bioavailable in this drink form.



1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice: (4-6 lemons)

4-6 cups of filtered water

1 tsp. of ground turmeric

1 tsp. of cinnamon

Pinch of pink salt (Redmond’s or Himalayan Salt)

½ tsp. of liquid Stevia (or to taste)

Servings: 4-6

Optional:  1 tsp. finely chopped fresh ginger


Put all of the following ingredients in a blender and turn on medium mode until everything has dissolved and mixed.  Drink this regularly.

This is a fantastic drink and it definitely brings results.



Thank you Dr. Jockers for this great recipe.

Pictures courtesy of Dr. Jockers




Posted by: godswaytohealth | December 30, 2014


Toxic World

There’s no question our bodies were not meant to battle the number of toxins we are now exposed to each day. The rise in cancer rates is enough of a barometer to incite fear. We can also find warning in the rise of asthma, autism, ADHD, dementias, and auto-immune diseases. So how do we survive, and better yet, achieve optimal health?


First and foremost, eat organic whenever possible. Why would we want to add herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides to your body?

organic produce


If you eat meat or dairy, remember organic is vitally important. If you eat conventional, you are exposing yourself to all of the toxins that animal has accumulated, which include those above plus GMOs, antibiotics, and hormones.

Do not ingest artificial chemicals. In other words, do not eat any food with artificial flavorings, colorings, or preservatives.

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No BHA, BHT, MSG, GMOs, or trans fats. And if you want your immune system to work right, stay away from processed sugar – all processed sugars. The bottom line is this: eat real food – unprocessed, fresh, organic, whole, nutrient dense food. The best possible diet is for 80% or more of your diet to consist of raw produce, more vegetables than fruit.

Drink clean water -distilled or spring water is best. At the very least, filter your water.

Water splashing into glass

Diet is the most important factor in our survival – it is the basis of good health.


Don’t use a microwave and never cook in aluminum.

aluminum and microwave

 (Microwave danger)

Don’t use non-stick bakeware of any kind. There is a new breed of non-stick pots and pans, but why risk it? Use cast iron, glass, enamel, ceramic, and stainless steel. Cast iron is the original non-stick pan. If you season it right, cast iron is always easy to clean.

iron skillet

Even if food is glued to it, a ten-minute soak in hot water is all it takes to completely loosen the food. A quick scrub and it’s clean.

High heat

Don’t cook with high heat, and don’t cook quickly unless you’re boiling, steaming, or using a pressure cooker.

Cook with whole herbs that have superfood qualities like turmeric, ginger, garlic, onions, and oregano.

Don’t cook so often. Prepare raw meals and eat lots of raw produce and big salad with the aforementioned herbs.

fresh salad

Store leftovers in glass, not plastic. Chemicals from plastics leach into food. And do your best to avoid buying food in plastic containers. Again, whole foods avoid the packaging issue so common to processed foods.


Whenever possible, surround yourself with non-toxic furnishings, carpeting, paints, etc. But since we can’t always take control of what’s already built in to our environment, the least we can do is avoid adding to our home’s toxic load.

Vinegar, baking soda and lemon


Use natural cleaners like vinegar, baking soda, and lemons or purchase toxic free cleaners. Do not use air fresheners. If necessary, use essential oils or boil citrus peels on the stove to freshen the air.


Our skin absorbs any and everything we put on it. So choose organic skin products – soaps, shampoos, conditioners, shaving cream, lotions, and make-up. Use oils for lotions (like coconut oil or almond oil).



A bi-annual detox is a necessity, even when you are living as clean a life as possible.



There are just too many toxins in the food, water, and air to miss this opportunity to cleanse the body.



Posted by: godswaytohealth | December 19, 2014

Witch Hazel Benefits

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Witch hazel, also called winterbloom, is a flowering shrub native to the forest margins, woodlands and stream banks of eastern North America. It is characterized by its fragrant, gold-colored flowers, which tend to grow in late fall and continue to expand throughout winter.(1)

Despite its somewhat sinister name, witch hazel is a plant of considerable medicinal value and has been pressed, boiled and steamed for human usage for centuries.

Whitch Hazel 1

The American Indians were particularly fond of witch hazel and used it to treat swelling and inflammation. Even the Food and Drug Administration, which is not known for being kind to natural remedies, approved the plant as a non-prescription drug ingredient.(2)

Though witch hazel can treat internal conditions such as sore throats, it is best known for treating external skin conditions due to its proven astringent properties.

Treats acne and other skin disorders

Due to its significant antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, which can make short work of destructive skin bacteria such as Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis, witch hazel is a fantastic natural remedy for skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema. Moreover, the catechol tannins in witch hazel help remove excess oil from the skin, making it effective at treating blackheads and other blemishes caused by an accumulation of dried sebum in the pores.(3)


Shrinks blood vessels

There’s a good reason why witch hazel extract is a main ingredient in many skin-protectant drugs such as Preparation H Cream: This beautiful plant is extremely effective at shrinking blood vessels, which, in turn, tightens our skin. This makes witch hazel the premier natural remedy for discoloration and puffiness under and around our eyes. Additionally, witch hazel can reduce the appearance of, and pain associated with, varicose veins and hemorrhoids.(4) Just soak a cotton pad in organic witch hazel oil and apply it to the affected area for between 5 and 8 minutes.

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Promotes faster wound healing

Witch hazel’s ability to shrink blood vessels and tighten skin also makes it an excellent choice for treating cuts, scrapes and other wounds that lead to minor bleeding. Furthermore, witch hazel can accelerate the speed by which bruises heal, since it helps increase the blood flow near the skin’s surface, thus dispersing any blood that has pooled in the bruised area.(4)

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Witch hazel is a potent anti-inflammatory that can help soothe itching associated with insect bites, poisonous plant contact and even diaper rashes. A study published in the International Journal of Trichology in July 2014 even found that shampoos and tonics that used common witch hazel as a main ingredient could reduce the irritation associated with dermatological conditions such as a red or sensitive scalp.(5)

Refreshes and rejuvenates the skin

Since witch hazel is usually used to treat existing skin conditions, people often forget that it is also good at refreshing and rejuvenating regular, healthy skin. For example, applying some organic witch hazel oil to our face can help seal in moisture and refine the pores.(6) Aside from improving our looks and providing anti-aging benefits, using witch hazel in this way can also guard us from environmental pollutants and other external toxins that are responsible for so many skin problems in the first place.

THANK YOU Michael Ravensthorpe

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Posted by: godswaytohealth | December 8, 2014


Vinegar, baking soda and lemon

Most of us know how unhealthy chemical cleaning products like bleach can be. Not only that, it will damage the environmental when disposed of improperly.

Bleach can release chlorine gas and irritate the respiratory system if inhaled. Chlorine is toxic enough to be a chemical weapon and categorized as a “choking agent”.  Inhalation of chlorine gas can cause difficulty breathing, chest pains, cough, eye irritation, increased heartbeat, rapid breathing, and death.

Do we really want to clean our own home with these kinds of chemicals that can do us such harm? Of course not. So let us take a look at using three simple natural products to clean our home. Thy are, lemons, baking soda, and white distilled vinegar.

Not only are these three items a lot cheaper to buy and healthier to use, but they will clean your home beautifully. Let’s learn just some of the many ways we can clean our homes with lemons, vinegar, and baking soda.


1 white vinegar

Although vinegar is not registered as a disinfectant with the EPA, it will kill both salmonella and E. coli, two bacteria you’ll want to avoid. Consequently, white vinegar can be used to clean loads of things around your home. Here are just a few suggestions for what you can clean with vinegar:


2 clean-coffee-maker

  • Clean your coffeemaker: Run the machine with equal parts water and vinegar. Halfway through the cycle, turn it off and let it sit for an hour. Then complete the cycle.

3 open-microwave-oven

  • Clean your microwave: Put one cup vinegar and one cup water in a bowl and microwave on high for about 10 minutes. Afterward, stains and dried food should be easy to wipe away.

4 sparkling glasses

  • Make glasses sparkle: Put one cup of vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher before you run the cycle. After you run the dishwasher, your glassware shouldn’t be cloudy. unclogging drain
  • Unclog a drain: Pour 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain. Rinse with water.


5 shower-curtain-mildew

  • Prevent mildew in the shower: Spray vinegar on shower walls and curtains.

6 Shower Head Cleaning

  • Remove mineral deposits from a showerhead: If you cannot remove the showerhead, put vinegar in a plastic bag and tie the bag around the showerhead. Let the bag sit overnight, and rinse the showerhead with water in the morning.


7 window-clean

  • Clean glass: Mix one tablespoon of vinegar in a quart of water. Spray onto glass surfaces and wipe dry.

8 coffee spill on carpet

  • Clean spills on carpet: After removing as much liquid as you can, spray the stain with a solution of half vinegar and half water and let sit for two minutes. Blot with a towel.

9 black mold

  • Remove mold from walls: Spray vinegar on walls, let sit for 15 minutes, rinse and let dry.


10 removes stickers

  • Remove stickers: Rub labels with vinegar, let sit for 10 minutes, and then remove.

11 skunk odor

  • Remove skunk odor from a dog: If your dog has a run-in with a skunk, scrub its fur with a half vinegar, half water solution and then rinse with water.


Baking soda

Baking soda can do more than keep your fridge smelling fresh and aid with baking. Its odor absorbing properties are useful throughout the home and it is capable of removing tough stains because of its abrasiveness. Additionally, baking soda is completely non-toxic and unlike vinegar, it doesn’t have a strong smell. Try out baking soda for some of these household cleaning tasks:


12 clean oven

  • Clean spills in the oven: Scrub the bottom of the oven with steel wool and baking soda. (Note: If you have a self-cleaning oven, don’t use this method.)

13 polishing silver

  • Polish silver flatware: Make a paste with three parts baking soda, one part water and rub onto the silver with a clean cloth. Rinse with water.

14 remove cooked on burned food

  • Remove burnt food from the bottoms of pots and pans: Sprinkle baking soda over the burnt areas, add hot water and let sit over night. Scrub in the morning.

15 taking odors our of a plastic dish

  • Remove odors from food containers: Simply rinse containers with baking soda and water to remove smells. Let sit overnight if necessary.

16 dirty cup

  • Remove stains from coffee and tea mugs: Fill mugs with one part baking soda and two parts water and let sit over night. Scrub and rinse in the morning.


26 clean bathroom

  • Clean hairbrushes and combs: Soak brushes and combs in a baking soda/water solution.


25 clean-house

  • Clean no-wax and tile floors: To achieve clean floors without scratching them, mix 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of water. Mop the floor and rinse.
  • Deodorize rugs: Sprinkle the rug with baking soda, let sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuum.
  • Erase crayon marks from walls: If your kids decide to use your walls as art canvases, put a baking soda paste of equal parts soda and water on the area, let dry and then wipe away. (Note: This method works best on white walls; colored walls could lose some of their color.)
  • Remove odors from upholstered furniture: Simply sprinkle the fabric with baking soda (like you would for deodorizing rugs)and then vacuum.


27 lawn furniture before and after

  • Clean lawn furniture: Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with one quart of warm water and wipe down furniture.
  • Remove burnt food from a grill: Sprinkle the grill with baking soda, and then soak in water for a few hours.


Yellow lemon

Have extra lemons or a bottle of lemon juice that you rarely use? There’s a reason why plenty of cleaning supplies have citrus in them. Lemons are a natural disinfectant and stain remover because of their acidity. As an added bonus, lemons will leave your house with a pleasant scent. Here are some common tasks that lemons (or bottled lemon juice) can do:


17 cuttting board with lemon

  • Clean laminate countertops and cutting boards: Squeeze the juice of a lemon onto the counter or cutting board. Rub the lemon into the stains and let sit until the stains disappear, then rinse. (Although lemons do inhibit the growth of bacteria, it’s advisable to seek out alternatives for cleaning surfaces that have been touched by things like raw meat to ensure you or your family members don’t get sick.)

22 lemos in micro

  • Clean your microwave: Slice a lemon, put it in a bowl of water and microwave for 45 seconds. This should make stains easier to wipe away and eliminate unpleasant odors.

18 clean refrigerator with lemon

  • Keep your refrigerator smelling nice: If you want your fridge to have a fresh scent, simply put half a lemon inside.

28 food storage containers

  • Remove stains from food storage containers: Squeeze the juice of a lemon into the containers, then add a little baking soda. Rub the mixture into the stains. Let sit overnight if necessary and stains will come off easily.


19 fauset mildew

  • Prevent lime scale on faucets: Rub the fixtures with lemon juice and let sit overnight. Rinse in the morning.

21 clen grout

  • Remove stains from grout: Make a paste from lemon juice and a teaspoon of cream of tartar (a natural bleaching agent) and apply to the area with a toothbrush. Once the stain is gone, rinse with water.


7 window-clean

  • Clean glass: Mix four tablespoons of lemon juice with 1/2 gallon of water. Spray on glass and clean as usual.

24 polishing furniture with lemon and oil

  • Polish furniture: Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice with one pint of vegetable or mineral oil. Rub onto furniture.


23 cleaning fabric with lemon

  • Removing stains on fabric – Amazingly, these three ingredients can help us remove most of the stains on fabrics. If you have a stubborn stain on white cotton or linen, soak the stain in lemon juice, lay it under direct sunlight and the stain should disappear. For other fabrics, soak the stained area in a water and vinegar solution, or mix a thick paste of baking soda, vinegar, and warm water and spread it on the stain. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes or even hours for maximum effectiveness. Afterwards, scrub and rinse. The stain or residue should be gone! Some synthetic fabrics like acetone can be damaged by vinegar, so use a paste of just baking soda and water in these cases.


30 Baking Soda Vinegar Paste

Removing stuck-on residue from hard surfaces – A paste of baking soda, vinegar, and warm water also treats stains and difficult residue on hard surfaces. Spread it on; let it sit for 20-30 minutes, and the stain or residue can be scrubbed away. Remember, vinegar should not be used on aluminium, cast iron, or waxed surfaces.

31 Kitchen appliances

Disinfecting ovens, refrigerators, and hobs – Avoid commercial oven cleaners by mixing a solution of warm water, vinegar, and baking soda, with a few drops of lemon juice. Use this to scrub and wipe down your ovens, fridge and freezer interiors, and hobs. It’ll cut through the grease, disinfect the surface, and leave your kitchen smelling lemony-fresh. Again, for burnt-on residue, use the baking soda paste.

29 spray bottle

A natural air freshener – Baking soda easily combats odors, so to keep your fridge smelling fresh, leave an open dish of baking soda on the bottom shelf. You can do the same with microwave and conventional ovens, or microwave lemon wedges for 30 seconds to zap odors. If any garments or fabrics have developed a mildew smell, soak them in a solution of water and vinegar. And to freshen your house in general, boil a pan of water with shaved pieces of lemon peel. Leave bowls of the lemony water in your rooms, and the air will smell a lot fresher!

These are just some of the countless ways we can do our household cleaning with these three easy ingredients. Toss your harmful chemical cleaners away, and say hello to an eco-friendly cleaning regime for your home.

Further Reading:

Uses for Baking Soda


Posted by: godswaytohealth | November 14, 2014


Gout GWTHGout is a disease in which uric acid levels accumulate and cause massive damage and swelling to various joints of the body. The uric acid is caused by poor dietary habits and metabolic stress. Specific lifestyle strategies can help reduce the symptoms of gout and restore proper metabolic function to beat gout naturally.

When uric acid accumulates, it forms crystals called urates which are sharp and penetrate and irritate the joints. The most common areas to be effected by urates are the big toe, feet, ankles, wrists, knees and elbows. This can be extremely painful and most physicians are unable to treat it effectively without dangerous medications.

Gout diagram GWTH

Uric acid forms from two major biochemical patterns. The most commonly discussed with doctors who treat individuals with gout is purine metabolism. Purines are molecules that are formed by a grouping of nucleic acids. They are prevalent in foods such as red meat and organ meats along with seafood and alcohol. Organ meats such as kidney and liver contain the most purines by far.

Gout and fructose metabolism

Recent research has linked gout formation with elevated fructose consumption. This second biochemical pathway indicated that fructose triggers the body’s production of uric acid from an important energy molecule adenosine triphosphate.

In New Zealand, the Maori people rarely encountered gout. Now, 10 to 15 percent of their population has gout symptoms in their lifetime. Seafood seems to be the major trigger for these Pacific islanders; however, they have always eaten a lot of seafood. These people eat 50 times more sugar and fructose (much like typical Americans) than they did 100 years ago.

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A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrated that individuals who drink one fructose-rich beverage a day are 74 percent more likely to develop gout than those who drink the same beverage once per month. Individuals who drank two or more fructose sweetened beverages are 97 percent more likely to develop the disease.

No to fructose drinks

Fructose is a form of sugar molecule that is most often found in corn, fruit and many plant based sweeteners such as agave nectar and honey. It is important to reduce fructose consumption by avoiding anything with high fructose corn syrup and minimizing the consumption of fruit juices, agave nectar and honey. Minimize the use of all fruit other than low fructose fruits such as berries, avocados, lemons, limes and grapefruit.

The typical diet for individuals with gout should be low in sugar and grains. Instead, focus on anti-oxidant rich vegetables and healthy fat sources.

Cracked coconut/ on white isolated

The best fat/protein sources include coconut products, avocados, extra-virgin olive oil and sprouted nuts and seeds. Healthy protein sources include 100 percent grass-fed beef in moderation, 100 percent raw grass-fed cheese, organic poultry and wild fish.

Individuals with gout do much better when they stick to an 80 percent raw diet.

Fresh salad and vegetables

Any cooked food should be reserved for the evening meal. The daytime meals should be liquid; in the form of shakes, cacao avocado mousse and vegetable juices.

cacao avocado mousse GSWTH

Salads, guacamole with veggies or raw, sprouted seed crackers are also great. Before eating any cooked food, a digestive enzyme with lipase, protease and amylase should be used to enhance digestion.


Lots of clean water should be consumed during the day and intermittent fasting for periods of 16-24 hours is encouraged to help detoxify the kidneys, liver and colon.


Individuals with gout should use apple cider vinegar and fresh squeezed lemon on salads, grains and meat. This helps provide organic acids and more enzymes and anti-oxidants to help pre-digest the meal. Fermented foods such as non-processed sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, amasai, and coconut kefir are very helpful.

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Posted by: godswaytohealth | November 4, 2014


Home made acne remedies GWTH

There are some great homemade natural acne remedies that you can find right in your kitchen.

Honey is an antibacterial that has been used throughout the ages to help wounds heal and it is an excellent choice to use on troubled skin by itself or as a base with other ingredients. You can mix the honey with several different products to make a facial mask which can be left on your face for up to 30 minutes. After that time, rinse thoroughly and use organic coconut oil as a moisturizer if your skin feels too dry.

Remember to always use raw organic honey.

Here are Several Honey Mask Recipes:



Avocado and honey 2

Mash one avocado and add one tablespoon of honey. Mix well. This is a nutrient rich mask.



Cinnamon and honey

Two tablespoons of honey to one teaspoon of cinnamon. Cinnamon is also an antimicrobial. You can also use a 1:1 ratio for short or overnight spot treatments.



Lemon and honey

Use a 1:1 ratio. Vitamin C from the lemon nourishes the skin and fights infection and lemon tones the skin as well. (You can also use straight lemon juice for spot treatments).



Strawberries and honey

Mash up strawberries and mix with honey with a roughly 1:1 ratio. Strawberries are high in salicylic acid and vitamin C, providing nourishment for the skin along with opening and shrinking pores.



Yogurt and honey

Use a 1:1 ratio. Be sure to use plain, whole-fat yogurt. This mask is very nourishing to the skin.

Remember, to truly heal your skin, you must treat more than the symptoms; you must treat the cause.


A full healing will involve detoxifying, eliminating Candida, eating a healthy diet and drinking lots of pure water. 





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