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Milk Thistle Detox for Heavy Metals, Chemotherapy, and Radiation

milk-thistleMilk thistle is known as an elixir for your liver and the king of detoxifying herbs. No herb is more beneficial and more powerful at cleansing than milk thistle.

Milk thistle has been proven effective in supporting the liver in detoxification from:

  • Heavy Metals
  • Prescription Medications
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Alcohol
  • Environmental pollution

Milk thistle has long been used to support liver function. Milk Thistle contains powerful antioxidants that may protect your body from nerve damage, abnormal brain aging, and cancer.

The active ingredient in it is called Silymarin and it has incredible cleansing effects on the liver and gallbladder.  As Gene Bruno of Natural Health Research Institute reports, Silymarin can protect against glutathione depletion and increase glutathione levels in the liver. Milk thistle strengthens the liver cell walls, buffering them from invading toxins, and supports liver regeneration.

Silymarin helps increase levels of glutathione and superoxide dismutase (SOD) your bodies two most powerful intracellular anti-oxidants.

Glutathione is known as your bodies master antioxidant and maybe your bodies most important antioxidant to prevent disease. There are over 89,000 medical articles about it and it’s benefits to support healing or preventing cancer, heart disease, dementia, autoimmune disease, autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

Glutathione is a molecule that is produced naturally in your body and is a combination of three amino acids: cysteine, glycine and glutamine.

The secret behind glutathione’s detox power is the sulfur compounds it contains. According to Dr. Mark Hyman MD, sulfur is sticky and acts like fly paper and all of the toxins in your body like free radicals, mercury and radiation stick to it and are then eliminated by the body.

Benefits of Milk Thistle



People who have supplemented with milk thistle have reported improvements in:

The largest benefit of supplementing with milk thistle is found in it’s ability to cleanse your body of environmental toxins.  We live in a toxic world and are exposed to pollution and chemicals every single day. So for this reason milk thistle is also great at preventing disease.

Workers exposed to chemical xylene showed huge improvements when supplementing with milk thistle as did those who had liver damage from alcohol and prescription drug use.  Milk Thistle has also been studied for its effectiveness in lower oxidation of LDL cholesterol and in treatment for diabetic neuropathy.

A study published in the journal of Molecular Carcinogenesis found that milk thistle can reduce the damaging effects of radiation and detoxify your body of radiation. From cell phones to microwaves we are exposed to radiation continually and this can add up and have a negative impact on your health over time.

If you want to reduce the damaging effects that toxicity can play on your health then consider using milk thistle. As you can see, milk thistle has some incredible detoxification benefits because of it’s ability to improve liver function and increase intracellular antioxidants like glutathione.

The recommended daily intake for doing a milk thistle detox is 150 mg 1-3x daily for treatment or 50 to 150 mg daily for maintenance.

References
Chtourou Y, Mouldi Garoui E, Boudawara T, Zeghal N. Protective role of silymarin against manganese-induced nephrotoxicity and oxidative stress in rat. Environmental Toxicology 2013; 10.1002: 21845.

Venkataramanan R, Ramachandran V, Komoroski BJ, et al. Milk Thistle, a herbal supplement, decreases activity of CYP3A4 and uridine diphosphoglucuronosyl transferase in human hepatocyte cultures. Drug Metabolism and Disposition 2000; 28(11): 1270-1273.

Ladas et al. A randomized, controlled, double-blind, pilot study of milk thistle for the treatment of hepatotoxicity in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Cancer, 2009 116(2).

Sreekanth N, Chapla, Gagan D, Rajesh A. Silibinin inhibits ultraviolet B radiation-induced DNA-damage and apoptosis by enhancing interleukin-12 expression in JB6 cells and SKH-1 hairless mouse skin. Molecular Carcinogenesis, 2013

Huseini HF, Larijani B, Heshmat R, et al. The efficacy of Silybum marianum(silymarin) in the treatment of type II diabetes: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial. Phytotherapy Research 2006 20;1036-9.

Greenlee H, Abascal K, Yarnell E, Ladas E. Clinical applications of Silybum marianum in oncology. Integrative Cancer Therapy 2007; 6(2): 158-65.

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How to Reverse Diabetes Naturally…In 30 Days or Less

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“Alarm bells are ringing. The CDC estimates that one third of all Americans will develop diabetes and will live 15 years less and lose quality of life. No public health problem compares in scale.” – Dr. Mehmet Oz

According to top medical doctors, nutritionists, scientists, and now even the media type 2 diabetes is a completely reversible condition. Yet, millions of people all over the world are being told that diabetes is “genetic” and that they have to live with it the rest of their life.

But there’s good news! In this article I will go over the exact steps you need to take to reverse type 2 diabetes naturally and improve type 1 diabetes.  In most cases, type 2 diabetes can be reversed in less than 30 days. I also layout a sample eating plan and supplement regimen that you can follow or share with someone you love who needs this information.

I will also address the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and differences in treatment.

25% of the Population is Pre-Diabetic… And They Don’t Know It

Diabetes has grown to “epidemic” proportions and the latest statistics revealed by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state that 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. Also, research from the ADA shows that 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes, which is 25% of the US population!

The cost of diabetes to our nation is a staggering $245 billion dollars a year as of 2012. That’s $176 billion in direct medical costs and another $69 billion loss in productivity.

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Aside from the financial costs of diabetes the more frightening findings are the side effects and the fact that diabetes is the 7th leading disease killer in America today. The most common side effects of diabetes include: high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, neuropathy, Alzheimer’s and amputation.

So let’s discuss what actually causes diabetes and the difference between type 1 and type 2.

The Cause of Diabetes

Diabetes is an illness related to elevated blood sugar levels.

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. The damage to the pancreatic cells leads to reduced ability or complete inability to create insulin. Some of the common causes that trigger this autoimmune response may include a virus, GMO organisms, heavy metals, vaccines, or foods like wheat, cows milk, and soy.

The reason foods like wheat and cows milk have been linked to diabetes is because they contain the proteins gluten and A1 casein. These proteins can cause leaky gut which in turn causes systemic inflammation throughout the body and overtime can lead to autoimmune disease. In order to reduce the autoimmune response and improve type 1 diabetes, I suggest you implement the advice in this article and follow the steps I layout for you here: 4 Steps to Heal Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease.

Type 1 Diabetes is rarely reversed but with the right dietary changes major improvements in blood sugar levels can be seen and a person can often reduce their dependence on insulin and medications.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is caused by insulin resistance. It is a metabolic disorder that is caused by high blood sugar. The body can keep up for a period of time by producing more insulin, but over time the insulin receptors sites get burned out.

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Now, we know the main causative factors in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes include foods that spike blood sugar levels and cause intestinal inflammation. Next, let’s go over the top foods you MUST get out of your diet to reverse type 2 diabetes and support overall health for type 1 diabetes.

Foods You Must Remove to Reverse Diabetes Naturally

Refined sugar rapidly spikes blood glucose and soda, fruit juice and other sugary beverages are the worst culprits. These forms of sugar enter the blood stream rapidly and can cause extreme elevations in blood glucose. Even though natural sweeteners like raw honey and maple syrup are better options, they can still affect blood sugar. Your best option is to switch to stevia.

Grains, especially gluten containing grains like wheat, contain large amounts of carbohydrates which are broken down into sugar within a few minutes of consumption. As discussed earlier, gluten can cause intestinal inflammation which affects hormones like cortisol and leptin, and can lead to spikes in blood sugar. I would remove all grains from your diet for your first 90 days on this healing program and after that time you can introduce back in sprouted ancient grains in small amounts.

Conventional cow’s milk, should be eliminated especially for type 1 diabetics. Dairy can be a fantastic food for balancing blood sugar if it comes from goat’s, sheep, or A2 cows. Stay away from all other forms of dairy because the A1 casein produced by conventional cows will harm the body and trigger an immune response similar to gluten. When buying dairy, only purchase raw and organic from pasture raised animals.

Alcohol can dangerously increase blood sugar and lead to liver toxicity. Beer and sweet liquors are high in carbohydrates and should be avoided.

GMO corn, soy, and canola have been linked to kidney and liver disease and may promote diabetes. I suggest removing all GMO foods and all packaged foods from your diet. Also, remove hydrogenated oils from your diet including vegetable oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, and canola oil.

Top Foods to Cure Diabetes

If you want to reverse diabetes quickly or prevent diabetes I suggest you add the following foods into your diet.

High fiber foods help slow down glucose absorption. Aim for at least 30g of fiber per day from vegetables, avocados, berries, nuts, and seeds.

Foods high in chromium can improve GTF glucose tolerance factor in your body and naturally balance out blood glucose levels. Broccoli, raw cheese, green beans and grass-fed beef are all high in chromium, however broccoli has the highest amounts by far.

MCFA’s found in coconut and red palm oil can help balance blood sugar levels and be a preferred fuel source for your body rather than sugar.

Wild-caught fish contain Omega-3 fats and reduce inflammation which can help counteract some of the negative effects of elevated blood glucose.

Foods with a low glycemic load tend to not spike blood sugar as much as high glycemic foods. Low glycemic foods include vegetables, nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut, organic meat, eggs, wild caught fish and raw pastured dairy.

Sprinkling herbs like cinnamon, turmeric, and parsley on your food may also help balance blood sugar levels.

The 5 Best Supplements for Balancing Blood Sugar

1. Chromium Picolinate (600 mcg daily) Helps improve insulin sensitivity.

2. Cinnamon (2 tsp daily) Add to food, smoothie or tea to help improve blood sugar control.

3. Fish Oil (1,000 mg daily) Omega-3s are necessary for proper insulin function.

4. Alpha-Lipoic Acid (300-1200 mg daily) Improves insulin sensitivity and reduces symptoms of neuropathy.

5. Fiber Powder (10 g) Fiber from vegetables and seeds can control blood glucose. I recommend finding a supplement that contains sprouted chia and flaxseeds.

Other supplements that may support diabetes include: magnesium, rhodiola, green coffee extract, bitter melon, and gymnema sylvestre.

30-Days to Reverse Diabetes’ Eating Plan

If you want to balance your blood sugar and see results quickly, then follow this plan as closely as possible. I want you to focus on getting plenty of protein, healthy fat, and fiber in every meal.

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Exercising Balances Your Blood Sugar

Exercise is another crucial part of improving insulin sensitivity. It naturally supports metabolism by burning fat and building lean muscle. To prevent and reverse diabetes I recommend getting outside and walking 20-30 minutes a day. This has been shown to be especially beneficial following meals.

In addition to walking, you also need to do interval training cardio (like burst training) or weight training 3 to 5 days a week for 20-40 minutes.

Burst training can help you burn up to 3x more body fat than traditional cardio and can naturally increase insulin sensitivity. You can do this on a spin bike with intervals or you can try my BurstFIT home training program. Burstfit has a variety of workouts for all levels of fitness.

Strength training using free weights or machines is also recommended because it helps you build and maintain muscle, which supports balanced blood sugar and sugar metabolism.

Do you struggle with blood sugar issues or diabetes?

Have you, or do you know someone, who has overcome diabetes naturally?

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on diabetes and treatments in the comments below.

 

References

CNN. Reversing Diabetes is Possible. http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/28/reverse.diabetes/ (accessed September 2013).

American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Statistics. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-statistics/ (accessed September 2013).

Monetini L, Cavallo MG, Manfrini S, Stefanini L, Picarelli A, Di Tola M, Petrone A, Bianchi M, La Presa M, Di Giulio C, Baroni MG, Thorpe R, Walker BK, Pozzilli P. Antibodies to bovine beta-casein in diabetes and other autoimmune diseases. Hormone and Metabolic Research 2002; 34(8): 455-9.

Hansen D, Brock-Jacobsen B, Lund E, Bjørn C, Hansen LP, Nielsen C, Fenger C, Lillevang ST, Husby S. Clinical benefit of a gluten-free diet in type 1 diabetic children with screening-detected celiac disease: a population-based screening study with 2 years’ follow-up.. Diabetes Care 2006; 169(21): 2029-32.

Wein S, Wolffram S, Schrezenmeir J, Gasperiková D, Klimes I, Seböková E. Medium-chain fatty acids ameliorate insulin resistance caused by high-fat diets in rats. Diabetes Metabolism Research and Reviews 2009; 25(2): 185-94.

Kalman D. Chromium picolinate and type 2 diabetes. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2003; 78(1): 92.

Khan A, Safdar M, Ali Khan MM, Khattak KN, Anderson RA. Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 2003; 26(12): 3215-8.

Ziegler D, Ametov A, Barinov A, Dyck PJ, Gurieva I, Low PA, Munzel U, Yakhno N, Raz I, Novosadova M, Maus J, Samigullin R. Oral treatment with alpha-lipoic acid improves symptomatic diabetic polyneuropathy. Diabetes Care 2006; 29(11): 2365-70.

Little JP, Gillen JB, Percival ME, Safdar A, Tarnopolsky MA, Punthakee Z, Jung ME, Gibala MJ. Low-volume high-intensity interval training reduces hyperglycemia and increases muscle mitochondrial capacity in patients with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Applied Physiology 1985; 111(6): 1554-60.

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Natural Strategies to Cure Lyme Disease

Up to 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year according to new research from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC).

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mapLyme disease is a complicated infection that was originally defined being caused by a tick bite from the borrelia burgdorferi species.  More recent definitions state that mosquitoes, spiders, fleas and mites may also be capable of spreading the same or similar infections.

The bacteria that is injected by the insect has been found in the skin, heart, joints, and nervous system in those bitten.  Many of the symptoms reveal that lyme causes an immune response in the body.  Acute onset of lyme disease can often present with a bullseye rash at the location of the bite.

Lyme symptoms can start with flu like symptoms, headaches, muscle and joint pain.  Over time, the symptoms can continue to worsen and turn into a long-lived inflammatory response and autoimmune illness.

In testing for lyme, several tests are available the most popular being a combination of the Western blot and ELISA test which measure specific

antibodies in the blood.  This testing has flaws and is far from conclusive.  Another test that may be effective in diagnosing Lyme disease is direct microscopy which is done by Fry Labs in Arizona.  This is the preferred method often done with traditional testing for holistic health practitioners.

The “REAL” Cause of Lyme Disease

It may seem like we know the cause of Lyme disease which is an infection caused by a tick bite, but the truth is the cause of disease is more in-depth than that.

I believe the real cause of chronic Lyme disease is related to these 4 things:

  1. Weakened immunity
  2. Inhibited cellular function and protection
  3. Systemic bacterial infection
  4. Environmental factors including exposure to mold and parasites

If you are going to heal from Lyme all of these issues must be addressed.
Let’s start by talking about how to naturally boost immunity.

Immune Function Key for Killing Lyme

302584_xlargeAccording to medical experts, there are hundreds of thousands of people who have Lyme disease and don’t even know it.

Let me ask you this question, how is it possible that one person can have Lyme and have no symptoms, and yet others can have chronic symptoms that can be crippling at times?

Everyone is hosting viruses, bad bacteria, funguses, and cancer cells in their body.  What’s important is how strong your immunity is at keeping these invaders at bay.

It’s the exact same scenario with Lyme disease.  If you can naturally boost your immune system, your body can overcome lyme and balance out your immune and inflammatory responses.

The top foods and supplements to naturally boost immunity include

Immune Boosting Mushrooms including cordycep, reishi and maitake mushrooms have been proven to activate your immune response.  These mushrooms boost an intracellular antioxidant called superoxide dismutase (SOD) that protects your cells.  Also, they increase function of natural killer cells that can kill off bad bacteria.

Vitamin D3 naturally boosts immunity and it’s vital to supplement with around 5,000IU daily especially if you live in the northern region of the world and don’t get much direct sunlight exposure.

Bone Broth contains proline and glycine and can help repair a leaky gut and enhance immune function so this can be a health transforming food.

Improve Cellular Function

The next step in treating lyme is to improve cellular function and protection.  The lyme bacteria along with viruses and parasites can attack your cells and weaken your defenses.  In order to restore cellular function consider adding these nutrients and foods into your regime:

CoQ10 can protected your brain and nervous system from degradation and improve cellular function.  Heart biopsies done on lyme patients showed they are deficient in this essential nutrients.  Most physicians recommend taking 200mg 2x daily.

B-Complex vitamins support cellular function and help fight infections and improve neurological health.  Vitamin B-6 is especially important for lyme patients.

Omega-3 fatty acids are highly anti-inflammatory and support cellular and neurological function.  Consume wild caught fish as often as possible and supplement with 1,000mg of fish oil a day that contains astaxanthin.

Also, magnesium can support cellular function and turmeric can protect your cells and reduce inflammation which can be helpful in treating lyme disease.

Systemic Bacterial Infection

The most common treatment for lyme disease today is prescription antibiotic use.  The problem here is that it’s simply treating a small part of lyme and not the entire condition.  Also, antibiotics use can weaken the immune system over time making the lyme bacteria spread and worsen.

To truly kill off the bad bacteria we must overcrowd it with good bacteria and here is how I recommend you consider doing that.

Probiotic rich foods like kefir, amasai, and raw goat’s milk yogurt are your highest sources of probiotics.  If are you going to get rid of lyme for good you need to do more than just kill the bad bacteria you must also cause your good bacteria to grow and flourish so the bad has nowhere to grow.

In addition to consuming probiotic rich foods, I recommend supplementing with probiotics with at least 8 strains and 50 billion units daily.  I believe this is the most important factor in destroying lyme.

Also, fermented vegetables like sauerkraut, kimchi, and kvass can be beneficial and should be added to your diet.

Emotional Stress has been proven time and time again to weaken immune function, imbalance hormones and cause infections to spread.  If you live in a state of “high stress” you must address this issue if you are truly going to heal.

In order to do this I recommend first you schedule times of rest into your week and fun times with family, friends, and alone time.

Second, I suggest you practice forgiveness, address past emotional trauma, and ask God for healing and guidance.  Many people with lyme and autoimmune conditions have deep seeded issues that interfere with healing.  A good friend of mine Dr. Alex Loyd has a book called The Healing Code you may consider reading.

Third, supplementing with adaptogenic herbs such as ashwagandha can naturally reduce stress on the body and balance cortisol levels.

Other Underlying Issues

In addition to having lyme disease sometimes other factors can keep you from healing completely.  According to lyme disease expert Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt two other common issues with lyme patients are mold exposure and parasites.

To naturally treat using activated carbon (activated charcoal) has been proven effective as well as using bentonite clay can also be beneficial.  Make sure to take these two supplements on an empty stomach because they can also bind to minerals.

In treatment of parasites consuming a diet low in sugar and high in healthy fats and probiotics is important along with taking herbs that can kill parasites including wormwood, black walnut, oregano, garlic, and grapefruit seed extract.

The Lyme Diet and Supplement Customization

Now I want to be clear, someone struggling with lyme disease may have all of these 4 issues or only one of the above.  I recommend CoQ10 for many with lyme disease, but remember NOT ALL people with lyme will have this deficiency.  What I recommend is to first change your diet to what I suggest below, sleep 9 hours a night, reduce stress, address emotional issues, then try different supplements and listen to your body to notice what works.

As basic dietary advice, I recommend removing grains, fruit, and sugar from your diet and consuming mostly vegetables, nuts, seeds, coconut, bone broth, organic meat, and raw cultured dairy.  If you want to more diet specifics, check out my article here on Healing Your Gut.

Naturally overcoming lyme disease can take time and remember to not just treat lyme but instead focus on getting your body into a healing state.

References

Ercolini AM, Miller SD (January 2009). “The role of infections in autoimmune disease”. Clin. Exp. Immunol. 155 (1): 1–15

Singh SK, Girschick HJ (July 2004). “Lyme borreliosis: from infection to autoimmunity”. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. 10 (7): 598–614.

Zhongguo Z, Yao Zhi. An experimental study on anti-aging action of Cordyceps extract.  School of Pharmaceutical Sciences Peking University Beijing 2004; 29(8): 773-6.

Painter F. Coenzyme Q10 Monograph Update.  http://www.chiro.org/nutrition/ABSTRACTS/Coenzyme_Q10_Monograph_Update.shtml (October 2013).

Chenoll E, Casinos B, Bataller E, (2011) Novel Probiotic Bifidobacterium bifidum CECT 7366 Strain Active against the Pathogenic Bacterium Helicobacter pylori. Applied Environmental Microbiology 77(4) 1335-1343.

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4 Steps to Heal Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease

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Leaky gut syndrome is a rapidly growing condition that more and more people are struggling with everyday. This condition may be the cause of your allergies, low energy, joint pain, autoimmune conditions and weight gain. In this article I will outline specifically how you can cure your leaky gut.

The Importance of Your Digestive Lining

Think of the lining of your digestive tract like a net with extremely small holes in it that only allow specific substances to pass through.  Your gut lining works as a barrier keeping out bigger particles that can damage your system.

When someone has leaky gut (often referred to as increased intestinal permeability) the “net” in your digestive tract gets damaged, which causes even bigger holes to develop in your net, so things that normally can’t pass through, are now be able to. Some of the things that can now pass through include proteins like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested foods particles. Toxic waste can also leak from the inside of your intestinal wall into your blood stream causing an immune reaction.1

The Progression of Leaky Gut

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This leads to inflammation throughout your system and can cause symptoms, such as:

  • Bloating
  • Food sensitivities
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Skin issues like rosacea and acne
  • Digestive problems
  • Weight gain
  • Syndrome X

One of the biggest warning signs that you may have leaky gut can be that you’re experiencing multiple food sensitivities. Partially digested protein and fat can seep through your intestinal lining making their way into your bloodstream which will cause an allergic response.

This allergic response doesn’t mean you’ll break out in a rash all over your body, but it can lead to one of the symptoms I’ve mentioned above.  And, if left un-repaired can lead to more severe health issues like inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, arthritis, eczema,2 psoriasis,3 depression, anxiety, migraine headaches, muscle pain and chronic fatigue.

According to the Journal of Diabetes there is a strong body of evidence pointing to leaky gut as a major cause of autoimmune diseases including Type 1 Diabetes.

Another problem with leaky gut is that it can cause malabsorption of vital minerals and nutrients including zinc and iron.

What Causes Leaky Gut?

There are 4 main causes of leaky gut which include:

  • Poor diet
  • Chronic stress
  • Toxin overload
  • Bacterial imbalance.5

We’re about to cover some in-depth nutrition here.  Read carefully, and in a few sections I will outline the top 5 Foods and Supplements to heal your leaky gut…

The most common components of food that can damage your intestinal lining are the proteins found in un-sprouted grains, sugar, GMO’s, and conventional dairy.

The problem with unsprouted grains is they contain large amounts of nutrient blockers called phytates and lectins. Lectins are sugar-binding proteins that act as a natural defense system for plants that protect them from outside invaders like mold and parasites.

This is good news for plants but bad news for your body.

Your digestive lining is covered with sugar containing cells that help break down your food.  Lectins gravitate toward this area and when they attach to your digestive lining it damages your gut, causing inflammation.

Lectins and Problem Foods 

Lectins are found in many foods, not just grains, and consumed in smaller amounts your body will do just fine with them. But foods that have large amounts of lectins like wheat, rice, spelt, and soy are more problematic.

Sprouting and fermenting grains reduces phytates and lectins, and makes these foods easier to digest.

GMO and hybridized foods tend to be the highest in lectins since they have been modified to fight off bugs.

Also, gluten containing grains will damage your intestinal lining causing leaky gut.  So while you are working to heal your system stay away from all grains especially ones that contain gluten like wheat.  Once your gut is healthy you can add back in grains that have been fermented and sprouted to eat occasionally.

Conventional cows milk is another food that can cause leaky gut. The component of dairy that will harm your gut is the protein A1 Casein.  Also, the pasteurization process will destroy vital enzymes making sugars like lactose very difficult to digest. For this reason, I only recommend buying dairy that is raw and from: A2 cows, goat’s, sheep, or buffalo.

Sugar is another substance that will wreak havoc on your digestive system.   Sugar will feed the growth of yeast, candida, and bad bacteria which will further damage your gut. Bad bacteria actually creates toxins called exotoxins that damage healthy cells and can eat a hole into your intestinal wall.

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Other Factors that Cause Leaky Gut

Chronic stress weakens your immune system over time which cripples your ability to fight off foreign invaders like bad bacteria and viruses leading to inflammation and leaky gut.  To reduce stress I recommend getting more sleep, schedule fun into your week, rest one day a week, meditate on scripture, and hang out with positive uplifting people.

Toxins. We come into contact with over 80,000 chemicals and toxins every single year but the worst offenders for causing leaky gut include antibiotics, pesticides, tap water, aspirin, and NSAIDS.  I recommend buying a high quality water filter to eliminate chlorine and fluoride and look to natural plant based herbs to reduce inflammation in your body.

Dysbiosis. Finally, one of the leading causes of leaky gut is a condition called dysbiosis, which means an imbalance between beneficial and harmful species of bacteria in your gut. For many, this imbalance can begin at birth because of a C-section or because the mother didn’t have a healthy gut herself. The overuse of prescription antibiotic drugs, tap water with chlorine and fluoride, and the lack of probiotic rich foods contribute to this imbalance of good and bad bacteria.

Leaky Gut and the Brain

 

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Another topic I want to quickly discuss is how leaky gut can affect the brain.  If you’ve ever seen a child with autism experience a mood swing, this can be caused by intestinal permeability. Gluten and Casein-Free Diet’s have proven effective for many children with autism because these proteins can leak through the gut and then recirculate and act on the brain similarly to an opioid drug.

This is also why leaky gut has been linked to other psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. So, in many cases, if you can heal the gut you can heal the brain.

The 4-Step Plan to Heal Leaky Gut

The good news is there’s a solution to healing leaky gut. There is a four step process that includes:

  1. Remove foods and factors that damage the gut
  2. Replace with healing foods
  3. Repair with specific supplements
  4. Rebalance with probiotics

Here’s the protocol I have used with my patients over the years that has helped them see incredible results.

Remember, the top foods to remove that cause leaky gut are sugar, grains, conventional meat, conventional dairy and GMO foods.  The top toxic exposures to eliminate are tap water, pesticides, NSAIDS, and antibiotics but remember to always consult with your physician if he has prescribed these for you.

The Top 5 Healing Foods for Your Digestive Tract

Bone Broth for Healing Leaky Gut

#1 Bone Broth - broth contains collagen and the amino acids proline and glycine that can help heal your damaged cell walls. I’ve  had many of my patients do a bone broth fast for 3 days to help rapidly repair leaky gut.

 

 

 

cultured dairy to cure leaky gut#2 Raw Cultured Dairy - contains both probiotics and SCFA’s that can help heal the gut.  Pastured kefir, yogurt, amasai, butter, and raw cheese are some of the best.

 

 

 

fermented vegetables - heal leaky gut#3 Fermented Vegetables - contain organic acids that balance intestinal pH and probiotics to support the gut.  Sauerkraut, Kimchi, and Kvass are excellent sources.

 

 

 

coconut products to heal leaky gut#4 Coconut Products – all coconut products are especially good for your gut.  The MCFA’s in coconut are easier to digest than other fats so better for leaky gut.  Also, coconut kefir contains probiotics that support your digestive system.

 

 

seeds - leaky gut#5 Sprouted seeds – chia seeds, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds that have been sprouted are great sources of fiber that can help support the growth of beneficial bacteria.

Also, consuming foods that have anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fats are beneficial such as grass-fed beef, lamb, and wild caught fish like salmon.

 

Top 5 Supplements for Healing your Gut

There are many supplements that support your digestive health but I believe the most beneficial are: L-Glutamine, Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Aloe Vera Juice, and Licorice Root.

I believe L-glutamine is critical for any program designed to heal leaky gut.  Glutamine is an essential amino acid that is anti-inflammatory and necessary for the growth and repair of your intestinal lining.  L-glutamine acts a protector and coats your cell walls, acting as a repellent to irritants.6

Digestive enzymes (one or two capsules at the beginning of each meal) ensure that foods are fully digested, decreasing the chance that partially digested foods particles and proteins from damaging your gut wall.

Similarly to how Aloe Vera helps burns heal faster, it can also support the healing of ulcers and areas on injury in your digestive system.

Demulcent herbs like Licorice Root and slippery elm soothe the mucus membranes that line the digestive system, acting as a bandage.  Other herbs like ginger and peppermint can also be beneficial because of their anti-inflammatory properties.

Probiotics Are a Vital Part to Healing Your Gut.  Finally, if you’re going to heal your gut you MUST consume probiotics in food and supplement form. I see people all the time only follow part of the protocol in healing their gut by removing the damaging irritants. But the part they often leave out is re-inoculating their gut with beneficial bacteria that will keep bad bacteria at bay.

So load up on BOTH probiotic rich foods and take AT LEAST 100 billion units of probiotics daily from a high quality brand.

If you can follow the above protocol you are well on your way to healing your gut for good!

 

The Dr. Axe Secret Detox

If you want a more detailed plan on how to heal leaky gut, how to burn off the remaining belly fat and cleanse your body, check out my Secret Detox Program.

Visit thesecretdetox.com now to sign-up and learn more.

 

 

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8 Secrets to Heal Hypothyroidism… and other hormone problems

Every week I get questions about hormone imbalance and a slow metabolism.  These are conditions that are chronically plaguing both men and women all across america.   What causes most of these issues?  Problems with the thyroid.

And here I am going to tell you the best natural remedies and natural cures for the thyroid.

Did you know that according to the United States National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, an estimated 27 million Americans suffer from thyroid disease? Not only that but 13 million of these sufferers are currently undiagnosed. Additionally, the risk of thyroid disease increases as you age and women are seven times more likely than men to be diagnosed with thyroid issues.

The thyroid is a small gland which can be found in the middle of the lower neck that produces a hormone that impacts each and every cell, organ and tissue in the human body. The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating body temperature and the heart rate as well as the production of protein and controlling the rate of your metabolism.

The causes of thyroid issues can be varied, but the 4 most common causes are:

1. Toxicity: Radiation and Heavy Metal exposure

2. Deficiency: In Iodine and Selenium

3. Food Intolerance: Gluten and A1 Casein Allergy

4. Hormone Imbalance – High Cortisol from stress, too many carbs, too little fat in diet.

In just a minute I will discuss the top ways to cure your thyroid problem but let’s first see if you potentially have a thyroid problem.

An underactive thyroid, hypothyroidism, is when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone and an overactive thyroid, hyperthyroidism, is when the vital gland produces too much of the needed regulatory hormone.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Depression
  • Forgetfulness
  • Weight gain

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:

  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Unexplainable weight loss
  • Vision and eye issues
  • Sleep disturbances and problems

Although these are the symptoms associated with thyroid issues, either type of thyroid problem is very difficult to diagnose without a proper urine or blood test.

Dr. Brownstein says, “The commonly used iodine spot skin test is useless. It’s better to get a “spot urinary iodine test” – which test your morning urine to see how much iodine is present. Or, you can take a “24 hour iodine loading test” – which gives you a pretty good idea how much iodine has been excreted and retained. Bottom line: get tested and consult a qualified, holistic medical professional.”

According to Dr. Datis Kharrazian, 90% of people with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune hypothyroid condition, whereby the immune system attacks thyroid tissue. Therefore, to cure thyroid disease, or any autoimmune condition, you have to get to the source of the imbalance; not suppress the symptoms as is done with medication.

Most often thyroid conditions are treated with pharmaceutical’s like Synthroid, which have damaging side effects to your overall health.  The great news is there are all-natural remedies that can help support thyroid function!

So lets talk about the top 7 things you MUST do to cure your thyroid for good.

Thyroid Cures

Here are the 8 Secrets to fixing your thyroid issues:

1. Go Gluten and A1 Casein FREE – the most common allergies and food intolerances today are from wheat and dairy products because of the hybridized proteins of gluten and a1 casein.  These proteins can cause “Leaky Gut” which in turn will cause inflammation of the thyroid and effect it’s function.  Follow a grain-free diet or at least go gluten free.  Then only consume dairy products that come from A2 cows, goat milk, or sheep milk.

2. NO BPA – Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in plastic bottles and can disrupt your endocrine system and effect your thyroid.  I recommend only drinking out of glass, stainless steel, or BPA free plastic bottles.

3. Check Your Iodine Levels – If they are low use a kelp or organic liquid iodine supplement.

4. Heavy Metal Detox - I recommend using a combination of Milk Thistle, Turmeric, Chlorella, and Cilantro to detox these harmful metals from your cells and organs.

5. More Selenium – Make sure you’re getting enough selenium in your diet but also don’t go overboard.  Some of the best selenium containing foods are brazil nuts, salmon, sunflower seeds, beef, mushrooms and onions.

6. Adaptogen Supplements – Can lower cortisol levels and improve thyroid function like Ashwagandha and Tulsi.

7. Silver Fillings Removal – if you have amalgam fillings talk with a DAMS mercury safe dentist about proper removal.

8. Lower Carbohydrate Intake - Lower your intake of sugars and grains and replace them with healthy fats.  Most women especially consume far too many carbs which increase estrogen and negatively effect the thyroid.  Instead consume healthy fats that will balance hormones, like: coconut oil, coconut milk, avocado, grass-fed beef, wild salmon, chia, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds.

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10 Ways Chronic Stress is Killing Your Quality of Life

Stress. It’s an awful word and a worse feeling isn’t it? The thing is, stress isn’t all bad. Without it, we wouldn’t be motivated to protect ourselves or perform. A certain level of stress helps us to adapt to our environment and pushes us to excel. The stress that is worrisome is chronic stress and it can affect you negatively in multiple ways.

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Natural Cold and Flu Prevention

It’s that time of year again where people all around us are starting to get sick. Of course, not you or I, because we’ve been loading up on healthy foods all year and building up our immune systems… But maybe your neighbor or friends are starting to get sick, and need to see this video.

There are certain nutrients you need to prevent a cold. There’s also some foods you need to eat to fight a cold if you do get one.

In the video I’ve laid my diet for fighting (or preventing) the cold and flu. It’s pretty straightforward and I think you’ll be able to implement it right away.

You already know you need to load up on Vitamin C rich foods. Broccoli, Kale and Red Bell Peppers top the charts for Vitamin C rich vegetables. Check out the video for the fruits I recommend and the ENTIRE anti-cold-and-flu diet!

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Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia

If you’ve suddenly been feeling aches and pains in your body for some inexplicable reason, then you have to stop and read this. You could be suffering from fibromyalgia, which affects people between the ages of 20-50.

Now, you may be wondering, what is fibromyalgia and how did you get it?

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Avoiding Fluoride and How to Detox it from your body

For decades, fluoride has been considered the “knight in shining armor” in the battle against tooth decay. Children were encouraged to brush their teeth with fluoride, and it was even added to the public water supply. In 2008, an estimated 62% of the US population were receiving fluoridated water. However, over time it became apparent that fluoride is not the natural safe supplement that most people were led to believe.

Excessive fluoride has been linked to stained and mottled teeth along with a variety of chronic and acute health issues. Let’s find out more about this possibly harmful soluble salt.

What is Fluoride?
There are two types of fluoride: calcium fluoride and sodium fluoride. When taken in excess, both types can be harmful to health.
Calcium fluoride is found naturally in underground waters sources. In sufficient concentrations, it can actually weaken bones and teeth rather than protecting them. However, it is less toxic and damaging to health than its counterpart.

Sodium fluoride is much more insidious. Created as a synthetic waste byproduct from the fertilizer, aluminum and nuclear industries, this type of fluoride is added to many public water supplies. Already laden with lead, aluminum and cadmium, sodium fluoride has the ability to combine with other toxic materials and increase their potency. Far from healthy, the side effects of taking fluoride may have far-reaching negative effects on health as you will see, yet until recently it was advocated by both the American Dental Association and the US Public Health Service.

What does Fluoride Affect?
Fluoride, particularly sodium fluoride, has been found to weaken the immune system and can damage the kidneys and liver. Symptoms of sodium fluoride toxicity are similar to fibromyalgia, including fatigue, muscle pain, memory loss and insomnia. It can also cause nausea, diarrhea, sickness, abdominal pain and increased thirst.

Worse still, sodium fluoride acts as a “Trojan horse”, carrying aluminum across the blood brain barrier where it can be responsible for lower IQ and Alzheimer’s disease. Once in the brain, fluoride can calcify the pineal gland which is responsible for the natural production of melatonin. Without sufficient melatonin, the body is deprived of sound sleep and the thyroid will not function correctly.

How to Avoid Fluoride
Even in areas where sodium fluoride has not been added to the water, it may still be part of your daily diet. Fluoride is used as a pesticide and fumigant and is sprayed onto food crops. It is a component of home insecticides and is even added to bottled water, toothpaste and baby foods. Crops watered by fluoride-laden water are even more heavily contaminated, yet as consumers we have no control over what we are buying and consuming.

Some steps towards curbing your fluoride intake can be taken. Drinking purified or distilled water is recommended if you live in an area of fluoridated water, although all minerals are then removed which is not altogether a good thing for your overall health. Consider taking a supplement of Fulvic acid to counter this issue. Installing a water purification or fluoride filtering system to your home is well worth considering. It is worth noting that Brita and Pur water filters do not remove fluoride.

Choose organically grown local produce over commercially grown, sprayed crops. Avoid processed foods such as grape juice products, instant tea and even soymilk as they all contain high levels of sodium fluoride, as do many over-the-counter medications.

How to Detox Your Body of Fluoride
As well as taking in less fluoride, you need to detox your body to eliminate existing fluoride.

Exercise is good, allowing the body to eliminate all types of toxins, including fluoride, from the body in sweat. I’ve put together a workout plan that I personally use (Burst Training Plan)

Tamarind is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. The pulp, bark and leaves are used to make teas, which have been shown to eliminate fluoride through urine.

Magnesium is a useful supplement as it inhibits the absorption of fluoride into the cells. Boron is known to be an effective way to detox fluoride. It can be added to pure water in small amounts of around 1/32 to ¼ teaspoon per liter.

Iodine has been clinically shown to increase the amount of fluoride in urine, expelling it from the body as calcium fluoride. However, this may be depriving your body of calcium so make sure that you take calcium supplements to counter this problem.

Liver cleanses are very effective for eliminating not only fluoride but also other toxins that congregate in the liver. Take a product that thoroughly cleanses the liver over one to two weeks for maximum effectiveness. Chelation therapies are also recommended for removing heavy metals for the body along with sodium fluoride.

Sources: Natural News, drninafoley.com, wikipedia, alignlife.com, curezone.com

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How to Fight Candida the Natural Way

According to Dr Mercola, up to 75% of women suffer from candida during their lifetime, and many suffer from repeated bouts of this unpleasant personal health issue. I’ve also previously written about treating Candida with fermented vegetables. But, why is it that so many women (and men too) suffer from this problem?  Research from the Journal of Medical Microbiology suggests that Antibiotics may promote yeast infections, including gastrointestinal Candida overgrowth, and penetration of the GI mucosa.
What is Candida?
Candida, also known as candidiasis, is a common yeast infection which can lead to many health problems from a sore throat to serious stomach problems. Although the body normally produces yeast in the mouth, vagina, rectum and digestive tracts, in normal amounts it remains harmless. However, if the body’s natural pH balance is upset, candida can quickly grow out of control.

If you are suffering from headaches, inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, chronic fatigue, sugar cravings and stomach problems you may be suffering from an over-production of yeast and candida. A common symptom is thrush, which is an overgrowth of yeast in the mouth and/or vagina. If left untreated, candida will weaken the immune system allowing more serious disease to take hold.

Major Causes of Candida

Once conditions are right, candida will thrive and your general health will suffer. There are various causes that trigger or feed a yeast infection including:

  • Overconsumption of processed and sugary foods
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Overuse of antibiotics
  • Steroid use
  • Alcoholic beverages
All these create an acidic environment that encourages yeast growth and the presence of candida.

Many people opt for over-the-counter anti-fungal creams, but they only treat the symptoms, not the environment that allows candida to flourish. You need to eliminate the underlying cause in your diet or medication, restore your body’s pH balance and boost the presence of good bacteria.

All-Natural Remedies for Candida

Processed and refined foods create the acidic environment that candida and other diseases need to survive. Replace foods high in gluten, sugar and high-fructose corn syrup with fresh fruit and vegetables. While treating candida, restrict your intake of alcohol, vinegar, bread, high-sugar foods, peanuts, mushrooms and aged cheese. Nuts, seeds, wild-caught fish and other food fresh from Mother Nature will all fight candida, along with garlic, turmeric and cinnamon. Changing to a healthier lifestyle, whether or not you have candida, can only lead to a healthier body with the added benefit of countering any future yeast infection.

Garlic is a natural anti-fungal and a powerful antibiotic while turmeric, also known as curcumin, is a powerful treatment against candida, according to the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Tests performed at the Department of Microbiologia at the Centro de Engenharias in Brazil showed that turmeric was a more potent anti-fungal than the commonly prescribed drug fluconazole (source).

Best Candida Fighting Foods
  1. Amasai / Kefir
  2. Garlic
  3. Turmeric
  4. Raw Vegetables
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Kombucha
  7. Yogurt
Overuse of antibiotics not only kills both good and bad bacteria in the body, allowing candida to flourish, it also means that the body builds up a resistance to them. Substitute antibiotics with a natural probiotic such as Kombucha or Kefir to restore the balance of bacteria in your body. Kefir is particularly high in probiotics. Amasai, a similar fermented dairy product, is a highly digestible beverage which promotes good bacteria and restores balance in the digestive tract. Adding other naturally fermented foods such as natto to your diet will soon restore your body’s natural balance to a state where candida simply cannot survive.

Sources: Garlic Central, Natural News, Candidainfo.org, oxfordjournals.org

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4 Reasons You Should Drink Enough Water

You can go without food for days, weeks and even months, but going without water for just one day can negatively impact your health. Many people don’t realize just how important water really is. The human body is made up of 2/3 (66%) water and when we lose just a little bit of water through sweat and elimination, and we do not replenish lost liquid, we’ll begin to notice the effects to our health right away.

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6 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

Almost 18% ‘usually conceal their teeth in photos’. Having great teeth is very important in our culture today. Do you have yellow or discolored teeth? The sad truth is some people no matter how many times they brush their teeth have stained teeth from drinking coffee, tea, and or smoking.

First impressions matter in this world and having teeth that look like you don’t brush can and will send a signal that you don’t really care about yourself.  Who doesn’t want to have a beautiful smile with white sparkling teeth?  The good news is I have 6 secrets to naturally whiten your teeth.

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Are Flu Vaccines a Scam?

Winter is soon approaching upon on us and with the colder weather comes the vaccine industry pushing their flu shots, again. By mid October we’re going to be bombarded with all the media hype telling us to get a flu shot! Ever wonder why, if the flu shot worked so well, people are revaccinated year after year? The CDC claims their vaccines work super well and that if vaccinated a person is immune from contracting the flu, and yet, in the same breath they let us know we need to be revaccinated.  Huh?

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Aloe: Nature’s Medical Kit

“There are factors in aloe that help the cells regenerate and heal faster,” said Dr. Lawrence D. Rosen, a pediatrician at the Whole Child Center in Oradell, N.J., who recommends it to his patients. Aloe Vera is an amazing plant with valuable medicinal purposes that aid in healing a variety of ailments. Aloe has been used for thousands of years for skin issues, from soothing burns to healing wounds. The aloe plant produces two properties that are important to healing, gel and latex.

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Is sleepy driving as impairing as drunk driving

“One complete night of sleep deprivation is as impairing in simulated driving tests as a legally intoxicating blood-alcohol level.” Are you having trouble sleeping? So are 60 million other Americans.  Any amount of sleep deprivation will diminish mental performance, cautions Mark Mahowald, a professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

That’s scary to think about considering if there are 60 million Americans who are having trouble sleeping and a third of them are driving on our byways and highways at any given time. Research has also shown that chronic sleep deprivation will result in serious health issues. At the American Diabetes Association’s annual meeting in June 2001, Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D., reported that people who regularly do not get enough sleep can become less sensitive to insulin. “This increases their risk for diabetes and high blood pressure – both serious threats to the brain”.

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The Real Price of Beauty

Women want to be beautiful and are willing to spend a lot of money to get it. According to a YWCA report, in one year American women spend about $7 billion on beauty products. That’s a lot of money spent on numerous products put on the skin. From creams and lotions to eye shadows and lipsticks many of these products contain ingredients that are questionable at best.

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5 All Natural Ways to Beat Gout

Today gout is affecting more and more people. From the rich to the poor, gout is rising in America and other developed countries. It’s estimated that between 2 and 5 million Americans are suffering with gout today.

What is Gout? Gout is a painful, arthritic condition mainly afflicting the big toe. The big toe becomes stiff, inflamed and painful as a result of excess uric acid leading to crystals formed in joints. These high levels of uric acid are called hyperuricemia and the pain comes from the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response to the crystals.

Elevated levels of uric acid also lead to other health problems too.  Some of the most commonly associated health problems from hyperuricemia (high levels of uric acid) are the following:

High Uric Acid Levels Lead to Health Issues

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease

Gout seems to run in families so if your parents had it you’re more likely to one day developing gout. This also predisposes your children to getting gout.

Causes of Gout

Gout is said to be caused by lifestyle and eating choices. Today the staple American diet has shifted to one full of highly processed foods. Many of these highly processed foods contain high fructose corn syrup which is believed to be a leading contributor to gout.

In fact, a recent study showed that men who consumed two or more sugary drinks per day were 85% more likely to develop gout than those men who only consumed less than one sugary beverage a month. This high sugar intake increases the levels of uric acid in the body. High levels of sugar in the body lead to a number of serious health problems including gout.

It’s also been shown that half of all gout sufferers are obese or overweight. And again, a high intake of sugar is shown to lead to obesity.

Another cause of gout is consuming too many high purine foods. These are organ meats, anchovies, herring, asparagus, and even mushrooms.  Eating less high purine foods is one way to try to ward off gout.

Treatment of Gout

There are pharmaceuticals that are used to treat gout but I urge you to use these as a last resort. Some of the pharmaceuticals used to treat gout are NSAIDs, Colchicine, corticosteroids, Corticotropin (adrenocorticotropic hormone),Febuxostat, Aloprim, and Zyloprim.

Not only do many of these drugs not work for gout sufferers the side effects of these toxic pharmaceuticals are not worth the risk. This is especially true when diet and lifestyle changes can end or successfully help to manage gout.

Some of the side effects of these dangerous pharmaceuticals are the following:

Side Effects of Pharmaceuticals Used to Treat Gout

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Rash
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Fluid retention
  • Shortness of breath
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure

When there are all natural alternatives available to you to fight off gout I suggest you try these methods before you opt for pharmaceuticals and their dangerous side effects.

6 All Natural Ways to Beat Gout

Studies show that many of the dietary items we consume lead to gout as well as other health problems. Changing your diet and lifestyle may be the easy solution to beating gout. One of the first things to do is eliminate certain foods and beverages from your diet to beat gout.

1. Eliminate or reduce sugar intake

As many studies are now illustrating, gout is common in people with excessive sugar intake, especially high fructose corn syrup (HFCS.) It’s wise to read the labels of all your food and drinks. If you find HFCS then eliminate that from your diet. In addition, look for sugar added under the guise of other common names for sugar; look for ‘cose’ at the end of words and these are probably types of sugar you don’t want to be consuming.

2. Eliminate grains

Grains in the body are converted to sugars so again you want to limit or avoid grains altogether. They are also very inflammatory to your body.

3. Limit alcohol consumption

Again, alcohol becomes sugar once ingested so eliminate this completely unless you have a healthy body already. Any substance that will be converted to one or another type of sugar by the body should be avoided at all costs. In order to get your uric acid levels down you must consistently avoid sugar in your diet.

4. Eliminate soda and diet soda

Soda and diet sodas are loaded with sweeteners either natural or artificial. It’s vital to eliminate them from your diet altogether if you want to be gout. Remember the study I mentioned earlier in which just two to three sweet beverages a week increased men’s chance of getting gout by a whopping 85%.

5. Consume cherries and strawberries daily

In order to combat the inflammation try adding fresh, organic cherries and strawberries to your diet. Cherries are rich in anthocyanicns and bioflavonoids both which help to relieve and prevent arthritis. In addition, both are high in antioxidants which will help to fight off free radical damage.

6. Exercise

Since obesity is linked to gout, it’s a good idea to exercise regularly if you’re trying to relieve gout from your life. Include burst training and weight training to maximize your health benefits from exercise. Exercise should be a part of your life no matter if you have gout or not. Burst Training is the best way to get in shape and keep your body healthy. Click here for my burst workout ideas.

As with many health problems there are all natural treatment methods that often involve lifestyle changes that should take place before you opt for pharmaceuticals or other methods.  The same is true for gout. Try these solutions and live an overall healthy lifestyle and you’ll be pain free from gout in no time.

Sources: medscape.com, mercola.com, mercola.com2

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All Natural Treatment Options for Multiple Sclerosis

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) about 250,000 to 350,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis or MS.

Multiple sclerosis or MS is an immune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks itself. In the case of MS, the body attacks the myelin, or fat that surrounds and protects the nerves. During an MS attack, inflammation occurs in random areas of the central nervous system in patches called plaques. The destruction of the myelin occurs next. Once these myelin sheaths are attacked and destroyed the delicate communication process between the nerves, brain, spinal cord and the rest of the body are compromised resulting in decreased or complete loss of function. The name, multiple sclerosis, is for many – multiple, and scars – sclerosis.

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8 Reasons not to have Breast Augmentation

20% of women have silicone implants removed after just ten years of having them implanted. (FDA)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a word of caution about silicone implants for women considering them for cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. In a statement issued on June 22, 2011, the FDA warned that these ‘devices’ are not for lifetime use and cited several problems found with silicone implants for the women who have them.

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Discovering the Beyond Organic Ranch

I’ve been talking a lot recently about Beyond Organics, the meat and dairy products they will be producing and how great it will all be. Knowing where your food comes from is so important, so I recently traveled to southern Missouri to the Beyond Organic Ranch Headquarters to see it all for myself. What I found is nothing short of amazing when you consider how most of our food is raised. The cattle are 100% green fed which means all their food comes from grazing, the water they drink is from an onsite spring, they are some of the best cared for cows in the world.

This letter was written by my friend Jordan Rubin, author of The Maker’s Diet and founder of Beyond Organics, to describe where the idea came from and the basic philosophy by which the business will be run.

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Effective All Natural Treatments for Arthritis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an estimated 50 million Americans have one form of arthritis or another. An estimated 50% of United States adults over the age of 65 reported being told by a doctor that they have arthritis.

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5 of America’s Top Health Gurus

According to the National Center for Health Statistics (a division of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM,) 38% of American adults use a form of complementary or alternative medicine.

Do you or someone you know use complementary or alternative medicine?

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Pregnant? Consider Natural Child Birth and Home Births

“The World Health Organization has repeatedly implored the U.S. medical authorities to return to a midwife-based system of maternity care as one way to help reduce our scandalously high mortality rates.” – Gentlebirth.org

If you’re pregnant, know someone who is, or plan to become pregnant in the future you’re probably thinking about how that baby is going to get here. Now of course we all know it takes nine months for the baby to grow but once those nine months are over how it proceeds from there is a matter of personal preference.

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4 Ways to Cut Health Care Costs with Preventative Medicine

In 2009, Harvard Researchers found that 62% of all 2007 bankruptcies were a direct result of medical debt. (source)

It’s no secret the state of our health – as well as health care – is an ominous picture. With the outrageous costs of health care, taking preventative action with your health is more important than ever.

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