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How Toxic Are You?

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Is your body a toxic waste dump?

This is a simple question guide that will tell us early warning signs for the need of cleansing impurities or toxin build up in our body.

  1. Do you often feel tired or fatigued?
  2. Do you feel dizzy, foggy-headed or having trouble concentrating?
  3. Do you use coffee, cigarettes, candy or soda to get “up”?
  4. Do you eat fast, fatty, processed or fried foods?
  5. Do your bowels move less than twice a day?
  6. Do you experience intestinal gas and bloating or constipation?
  7. Do you experience headaches or yeast difficulties?
  8. Do you live with or near air and water pollution?
  9. Do you experience general aches and pains or arthritis?
  10. Do you have food allergies, or skin problems?
  11. Do you experience frequent back pains or sinus problems?
  12. Are you often exposed to chemicals, sedatives, or stimulants?
  13. Do you rarely exercise or feel sluggish or overweight?
  14. Have you done a cleansing program before?

If you answered “Yes” to three or more of these questions, or “no” to the last question, it would be desirable for you to purify your system of toxins.

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Basic Nutritional Rules

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1.Choose a diet that is as close to natural as possible.

The more processing that foods go through before they are eaten, the less nutritient value they have and the more added non-nutrient substances that have been added to them. For example, eat fruit and stay away from fruit juice drinks. Eat fresh vegetables and stay away from frozen vegetable servings with cheese or other sauces. Usually, foods in their natural state are cheaper and by far more nutritious than their refined cousins.

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  1. Choose good fats over bad fats

The worst fats for you to eat are partially hydrogenated fats. You will find these included in most processed foods. These are related to all sorts of health problems. Limit your intake of fried foods as the constant heat will change a good oil into a health hazard. Next, limit your intake of animal fats, saturated fats, and increase your intake of good omega 3 and omega 6 oils. An example of an omega 6 oil is olive oil. Make sure that it is extra virgin and green in color. The omega 3 oils are the nut and seed oils or deep water fish oils. Of course, you may choose to take capsules of these good oils, but don’t do that if it is just an excuse to let you eat more animal or trans fats.

  1. Variety is the spice of life

Eat a wide variety of foods each day. The most commonly missed foods in a diet are fiber foods, fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Plan your day so that you get at least two of each of these types of food per day.

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  1. Water – the other essential nutrient

Our bodies work on water. It fills our blood vessels, our kidneys need it flush out waste products, our skin uses it to help control our body temperature and the list goes on. We have a thirst center for water, not for coffee or juice or beer – just water. When you are thirsty, drink plain water until your thirst is gone. Then if you choose, drink what you want for enjoyment but avoid sugared drinks or those with artificial sweeteners. Drinking tap water can contain other chemicals so if you want to start with good water get Reverse Osmosis water from the grocery for water refill. Only do Reverse Osmosis water purely for 2-3 months then start putting a tiny amount of tap in it to change the concentration of Reverse Osmosis water. It will be too strong of a concentration of water to continue in long term and will drain out important minerals, vitamins, proteins in your body.

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  1. Vegetables – the source of most vitamins

Don’t skip on your vegetables. They are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals (except calcium and magnesium) and fiber. Don’t be fooled into thinking that a salad of iceberg lettuce provides you with anything. It is one of the most useless foods ever grown. Choose any other leafy vegetable or lettuce for you salad and don’t use a bottled dressing. In general, try to eat one vegetable from below the ground to every four to five from above the ground.

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  1. Fruit – hidden gems

Fruit is relatively high in carbohydrates so limit your consumption but don’t overlook these great sources of energy and nutrients. These colorful components of our diets are high in special nutrients like carotinoids, lycopene, flavinoids, rutin and other substances that help prolong our health and vitality. First, eat the fruit that is in season. Second, wash the skin of the fruit thoroughly and if it is edible, eat the skin with the fruit. Third, if possible eat one piece of citrus fruit for every two servings of other kinds of fruit.

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  1. Don’t over eat or under eat your protein

A good rule of thumb is to make sure you eat two to three small servings of protein a day. Small means small, not the size usually given in a restaurant. Make an attempt to eat more fish. Fish is easily digested and deep-water fish like salmon, not farm raised, is high in the good omega 3 oils. Eggs are one of the best protein sources but as with all things don’t over do it.

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  1. Sugar and salt have no redeeming value besides taste

Use sugar and salt sparingly, a little goes a long way. Don’t even think of using artificial sweeteners, their side effects can be worse than sugar and they don’t reduce your taste for sugar. Honey, maple syrup, brown sugar and etc. are almost as bad.  Salt causes water retention and mineral balance problems. Instead of salt on meat, try a little lemon juice. This Italian trick enhances the taste of the meat without salt.

  1. Walk the perimeter of your grocery store

Think about where the healthy foods are in the typical grocery store. They are all on the outside. Shop there. About all that you need on the inner isles are cleaning agents and toilet paper. When you are on these isles of prepared foods, read the labels. Look for the quantities of fats, calories and ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Remember that the list of ingredients is in the quantity. If water or sugar is listed first, then that is the most plentiful of all of the ingredients. Glucose, sucrose, maltose, galactose, lactose and corn sweetener are all of the names for different types of sugars. By using more than one of these, a company can try and trick you into thinking the product has less sugar than it does. Pay attention to the number of servings in a package. To make a candy bar seem not as bad as it is, the company will say that the package contains two servings. When was the last time someone shared a small candy bar or saved half of it for another day? If you can’t understand the ingredient, most likely it is artificial sweetener or food preservative. This makes most of the food are not whole food.

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  1. Don’t forget your calcium

Dairy products are one of the few great sources for calcium. Aging effects bone density and calcium is a critical component. Most of the societies where people live long healthy lives are cheese or yogurt eaters. As in all cases, moderation is the key.

  1. Take your supplements

It is impossible to create a diet that you will eat all year and fill all of your nutrient needs. It sounds ideal and it is. Our soil is depleted in some nutrients. In the winter, our vegetables and fruits come from South America. Food preparation destroys some of the nutrients. Set a good supplement program for your specific needs and think of it as an insurance policy. If you have any questions regarding which supplement company has good quality, stay tuned for a future blog topic!

Remember, a diet to support a long and healthy life is not like a religion. It doesn’t have any Do Not’s – just a lot of reductions and increases.

Quick Guide for Body Chemistry Imbalances

All Body Chemical Imbalances can be divided into one of two categories:

Deficiencies in the required ingredients for homeostatic cell function. In America, we are plenty over fed with cheap and synthetically made sugar, protein, and fats. After a while of your body ingesting food that is not nutritious, our body starts to show signs of break down.

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Toxicities that drive cell function away from hormonal imbalances and bodies homeostasis. Many instant fast foods, cheap grocery box foods, and many more kinds of personal beauty care products are bombarded with chemical treatments. We are innocently treating our selves with all kinds of chemicals that eventually can harm your body by toxicities.

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Cells always function perfectly in relation to any given environment. Symptoms like pain, nausea, and any other apparent health problems represent important signals from cells telling you that there is something wrong, that there is deficiency or toxicity, and that they are under stress. The cells never function pathologically or incorrectly, the environment is pathological or unhealthy! In order to function properly and produce healthy cells you must have all requirements met and be free of deficiencies or toxicity.

Hierarchy of Requirements:
  1. Properly Functioning Nervous System
  2. Fresh Air
  3. Water
  4. Good Foods
Good Food Choices to Make
  1. Organic, vine ripened local fruits and vegetables
  2. Grass fed, antibiotic free and hormone free meats
  3. Wash the non-organic produce-use a natural cleaner
  4. Eat raw fruits and vegetables

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Toxic Food Choices to Avoid:
  1. Fried food (fries, donuts, chips, etc)toxins1
  2. Processed and Non fiber carbohydrates (flour, pasta, bread, etc)
  3. Grains (limited whole grains-wild rice and whole oats)
  4. Dairy (limited non-pasteurized dairy)
  5. Juices (limited very diluted)
  6. Caffeine
  7. Sprayed, early harvested fruits and vegetables
  8. Grain fed, antibiotic fed, hormone fed or smoked meats
  9. Non-filtered or non-distilled water
  10. Dried fruits
  11. Hydrogenated fatstoxin-toxout-logo_03
  12. Partially hydrogenated fat
  13. Trans fats
  14. Added Salts
  15. MSG
  16. Hydrolyzed protein (disguised MSG)
  17. Aspartame and other artificial sweetners
  18. High Fructose Corn Syrup

Roasted Cabbage with Fennel Seeds

I love cabbage and fennel. They both have such wonderful tonifying properties. Cabbage helps to tonify the Stomach, Spleen, and Large Intestine. Fennel helps to move and clear the Liver (which we all need 🙂 ), tonifies the Kidneys, Spleen, and Stomach.

When I am talking to my patients about healthy meals to grab on the go, I often refer them to this one.  So if you find youself needing to give your tummy and Kidneys a little boost, try out this easy recipe!

Roasted Cabbage with Fennel Seeds

  • green cabbage
  • fennel seeds
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper

Cut the green cabbage into 1 inch strips. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and fennel seeds. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes or until cabbage is nice and tender and edges are starting to get crispy! Enjoy immediately  or at room temp the next day while on the go!

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy life!

Warm your core this winter with a curry red lentil and kale soup

It is important in the winter months to keep your Stomach Qi warm. A good way to do this is to nourish your Stomach with warm soups. Here is a warm soup recipe to keep your Stomach Qi strong and moving.

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons salt

2 onions diced

2 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons ginger copped finely

1-2 jalapeños diced

2 tablespoons curry powder

2 tablespoons red curry paste

3 cups red lentils

4 large sweet potatoes peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes

10 cups water

1 large bunch kale chopped

In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the salt, onions, and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent.  Add ginger and jalapeños, cook for 5 more minutes. Add the curry powder and curry paste. Cook stirring constantly for about 2 minutes, color will start to darken. Add lentils, sweet potatoes, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until sweet potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Add kale and cook for about 10 minutes or until kale is softened. Salt and pepper to taste and let your Stomach Qi enjoy! Remember to be happy when you eat!

Thanks for reading!

Strengthen Your Stomach and Spleen with Kimchi

Kimchi is a tasty way to enjoy some fermented goodness. I have to admit, when it comes to “hype” foods, I always give it a try. Few of these foods actually make the cut, but when it comes to Kimchi, my fridge will stay stocked and my stomach happy 🙂

Kimchi starts with a paste that is massaged into softened vegetables (mainly napa cabbage) and then sits in a jar to ferment. The fermentation process is great for the digestive tract. Eating Kimchi at night is a great way to let your stomach and spleen absorb all the good bacteria and vitamins. You can either purchase Kimchi from the store or make it yourself. Here is how I made mine.

  • One napa cabbage
  • 4 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 medium sized onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp of ginger

Dissolve the salt in 3 cups water. Add the roughly chopped napa cabbage, let sit for 3-6 hours or until soft. Once soft rinse the napa cabbage throughly, I rinsed for a good few minutes.

Make the paste: add the rice flour and 1 cup water to a small sauce pan. Over medium heat, stir until thickened (approx. 5 minutes). Bring the paste to a large bowl and add paprika, red pepper flakes, fish sauce, and sugar. Stir until well incorperated and let cool. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and stir well.

Add the rinsed soft napa cabbage to bowl and massage paste into cabbage. Store the cabbage in a clean jar. If you decide to eat it now, YUM!, you will be eating fresh kimchi. Otherwise let sit in the fridge for the fermentation process to take place. As you eat the kimchi, press down the remaing kimchi further into your jar. Enjoy!