5 Common Mistakes Making Your Kitchen and Food Toxic


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Maybe you think you’re eating healthy. Maybe you’re buying the best organic food that you find that hasn’t been treated with toxic pesticides, herbicides, hormones, or other chemicals.

But have you ever stopped to consider that part of the problem with toxins in the food supply is coming directly from you and your kitchen?

It’s true…

All too often we focus entirely on farming practices but there’s a whole other part of the story that has more to do with the many ways that you introduce even more toxins into your food before it ever gets to the table.

So I’ve outlined 5 of the most common mistakes that you are making in your kitchen that is affecting the quality of your food while making your food and you toxic. And any of these can add significant stress and inflammation within your body to prevent you from healing and overcoming Leaky Gut Syndrome.

1. Microwaving Food

If you use a microwave and have never heard of the ill effects of microwaving your food, then this is a very important topic for you.

First of all, microwaves were never developed to be used to heat food. But someone decided there was a good opportunity to make some money without before we had the ability to properly research the negative effects first.

And more and more research is being done these days on microwaves and other high frequency radiation coming from cell phones and other electronics and the research results are not pretty.

Here’s a very short list of just a few of the ill effects that microwave radiation has on your food:

  • Destroys and reduced the nutrients in your food necessary to sustain life.
  • Alters the chemical structure of food to produce toxins
  • Produces carcinogenic compounds that have been shown to lead to cancer

Here are some additional resources if you’re interested in digging further into this subject:

How and Why Microwave Cooking Causes Cancer

The Hidden Hazards of Microwave Cooking

2. Storing Food in Plastic

Plastics are another brainchild of science that are now beginning to be questioned heavily for the toxic chemicals that they contain which can easily leach into your food and water.

Research has been studying plastic for quite some time and they’ve already identified multiple toxic chemicals such as BPA, Phthalates, and other estrogen mimicking compounds.

When entering the body, these chemicals can and will attach to estrogen receptor sites which can and will lead to hormonal imbalances. They’ve also been shown to cause birth defects in babies.

And one larger scale study conducted in 2004 found BPA in nearly all urine samples taken. So there’s no arguing that these chemical are in fact getting into your body one way or another.

But these are just a small subset of the chemicals used. Just think about how many other chemicals are doing the same exact thing but just haven’t been researched as in depth yet. So BPA free plastic is a step in the right direction but definitely not a solution to a much bigger problem.

And when they remove one chemical such as BPA, they have to replace it with something else that likely hasn’t been fully researched and could potentially be worse.

Also stop to consider what other chemicals are being added that aren’t necessarily known ingredients. Think about how much plastic that you use is produced in China which somehow allowed Melamine to get into baby formula which was responsible for the lives of many babies.

What else do you think could be in your plastic?

3. Cleaning with Toxic Cleaners

Cleaning products are a big one that not enough people stop to consider.

Over 99% of home and kitchen cleaners are extremely toxic. And you’re using them to clean the same kitchen counters, utensils, supplies, etc that your food is coming into direct contact with.

And be sure to read your labels carefully because so many products are now being marketed as 98% non-toxic. That’s still toxic!

A general rule of thumb is, if you can’t eat it then you probably shouldn’t be cleaning your kitchen with it either.

4. Teflon or Non-Stick Coated Pots & Pans

Non-stick pots and pans became a big hit since they were more convenient and easy to clean. And I attribute much of this to the whole low fat craze because when you cook your food in healthy fats then sticking isn’t a problem to begin with.

But regardless, the chemicals that are used are extremely toxic. In fact, the EPA has declared Teflon a carcinogen and has only recently asked manufacturers to begin eliminating Perflurooctanoic Acid (PFOA) from their products.

And even when they do, what toxic chemical are they going to use next that hasn’t been studied?

Studies have shown that these non-stick cookware chemicals are being found in 95% of the American population. And what’s even scarier is that this includes most newborns!

And to add insult to injury, when these chemicals are heated they do outgas and release carcinogens and other environmental pollutants.

5. Plastic Utensils & Cutting Boards

I know that many people are beginning to catch on to some of these but this one gets almost everyone.

We’ve already discussed it and you know that plastics are toxic and bad for your health.

And you probably never stop to realize it but plastic cutting boards will actually leave plastic micro-shavings in and on your food as your knife cuts and scrapes across it.

Just because you can’t necessarily see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there or affecting your health.

Then you have plastic utensils that come into contact with your food which under heat will leech even more plastic chemicals into your food.

The Big Picture

So if you consider the number and amount of different toxins that get into your food just while you are making then you can see how ridiculous it really is.

And stop to consider that the average American is putting food on counters cleaned with toxic cleaners, cutting the same food on plastic cutting boards, cooking it in toxic non-stick pots and pans, stirring with plastic utensils, storing their dinner and leftovers in plastic containers, and then reheating it all in the microwave the next day.

How many different chemicals do you think this would expose you to?

Watch these 3 videos below to avoid the common mistakes making your kitchen and food toxic –

11 Common Kitchen Items That Are Secretly Toxic

4 Types of Toxic Cookware to Avoid and 4 Safe Alternatives

Toxic Household Products – Top 5 List of Dangerous Chemicals in Your Kitchen

Author Bio:

Karen Brimeyer is a nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and health consultant. She has helped over a hundred personal clients heal their leaky gut, digestive problems, lose weight, and resolve their chronic symptoms and conditions.

She is the owner of Optimal Self-Healing in Tampa Bay Florida, a private nutrition and health consultation business and author of the Leaky Gut Cure program.

Karen has worked with a wide variety of populations from new moms to athletes overcome their health problems and achieve optimal health.

Karen found her passion for nutrition as a teenager. While striving to achieve optimal health by following the widely accepted diet and nutrition tips of the media and conventional medicine, she found her own health declining rapidly with the development leaky gut which led to digestive problems and chronic fatigue.

Unwilling to accept her situation, she set out to determine the truth about health which led her through her own research as well as studying and working with some of the best holistic doctors and holistic practitioners in the fields of nutrition, functional medicine, and life coaching.

She has since applied her knowledge with herself to overcome her own leaky gut and achieve an unprecedented level of health and wellbeing. Her happy and healthy pregnancy and now two-year old son, TJ, are a testament to the health she has achieved.

To find out more about this program, click on Leaky Gut Cure

How to Restore Complete Gut Well-Being and Be Toxin-Free


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Why Leaky Gut Makes You Toxic

This is an important concept that most people with Leaky Gut Syndrome never stop to consider.

Your liver is an important part of your digestive system that works to process the toxins in your body so that they can be properly removed. But when you have leaky gut, your entire digestive tract becomes burdened and your liver can easily become backed up.

And when this happens, you are unable to eliminate toxins and they build up inside you which can contribute to many of your leaky gut symptoms.

Maybe you think that you live a pretty clean lifestyle so your exposure to toxins is minimal.

Think again!

The truth is that toxins are everywhere and there is no escaping them no matter how hard you try. All you can really do is minimize your exposure and keep your detoxification pathways clear so that your body is able to process and eliminate as many toxins as possible.

2 Common Sources of Toxins

As of 2006, there were over 82,000 synthetic and potentially toxic chemicals documented within the US alone of which 75% (60,150) have never been tested for toxicity. And these chemicals are being used in consumer products every single day.

The truth is that there are far more toxic chemicals being introduced every single year than the EPA is able to test so these numbers are only growing.

Of course, I couldn’t even begin to touch the tip of the iceberg of toxins but I would like to share with you two of the more common sources that you are exposed to on a daily basis.

1. Leaky Gut Causing Food Chemicals and Additives (Your Food)

Yep, rest assured that with every single bite you take, you’re ingesting toxins. For example, conventional strawberries are sprayed with 19 different pesticides so you can only imagine what you’re really eating.

Or try this on for size. Most conventional cured meats such as bacon and hot dogs are full of the food preservatives such as Nitrates which helps meat keep its color and maintain freshness.

But this toxic substance is also known to cause cancer. So why is it still be used every single day? Because the FDA claims that no suitable alternative has yet to be identified.

Well, I personally love bacon but I opt for the all-natural choice that contains no Nitrates, chemicals, or other preservatives and trust me, it tastes amazing.

Then you have artificial sweeteners (which are not allowed on the Leaky Gut Cure diet). These may be no calorie sweeteners but you have to consider that these are really synthetic chemicals that your body sees as toxic.

Aspartame for example is used in more than 6,000 food and beverage products. And while the FDA claims that it is safe, there are numerous studies that have linked it to many diseases such as cancer.

2. Leaky Gut Causing Pharmaceutical Drugs (Your Water)

If you don’t filter your tap water, then you might want to strongly reconsider. Tap water is so full of toxins that the Environmental Working Group found over 140 different contaminants in tap water.

And even more recent studies are finding many different prescription and over the counter drugs in your tap water, most notably: antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control pills, seizure medication, cancer treatment drugs, pain killers, tranquilizers, and cholesterol drugs.

Can you count how many of those contribute to Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Almost every single one does.

What You Can Do About Toxicity

Even though toxins are everywhere, there is a lot that you can do.

First you want to ensure that your detox pathways are clear and eliminating toxins properly. And one of the most important pathways is your digestive tract. So you want to ensure that your liver is functioning properly and your bowels are moving properly.

Any disruption in this chain and you’re really just a toxic ticking time bomb.

And once these pathways are clear, you can help support the detox process. There’s a quote I like to use that holds true for your body…

“The Solution to Pollution is Dilution”

Or in other words, one of the best ways to flush toxins out of your body is to drink more high quality water.

But here are some good examples to keep in mind.

1. Eat organic as much as possible.

This limits your exposure to pesticides, food additives, and other food chemicals.

2. Use a drinking water filter and shower filter.

Your skin absorbs chemicals when in contact with water too so if you are filtering your drinking water, you should be filtering your shower water too.

But the most important aspect of being able to detoxify properly is restoring your detox pathways. And because toxins can have such a big effect on your leaky gut, I have made this an integral part of the Leaky Gut Cure program.

Eat This, Not That

Eat: Organic versions of the following produce: Strawberries, Bell Peppers, Spinach, Cherries, Peaches, Celery, Apples, Apricots, Cantaloupe, and Green Beans.

Not: Conventional versions as these are the most heavily treated with pesticides.

Watch these 2 videos to learn how to restore complete gut well-being –

Probiotics Benefits + Myths | Improve Gut Health | Doctor Mike

The “HEALTHY” Foods You Should Absolutely NOT EAT | Dr Steven Gundry & Lewis Howes

Bonus Tip

So much focus is put on organic produce but the most important part of your meal that should be all natural, free range, or organic is your meat. This is because meat contains many more nutrients than any plant based food.

And animals are dealing with the same toxic environment that we are so you can bet that they are toxic too. And in the same sense that the healthier we are the better we are able to eliminate toxins, the same holds true for animals.

And there is no doubt that all natural, free range, and organic animals are far healthier and treated with far fewer chemicals and drugs than their conventional counterparts so they pass far less toxins on to you.

Hopefully you now understand the significance of toxins in your struggle with leaky gut and how they play a role in making your chronic symptoms worse. But there is something that you can do about it. And I welcome you to take that step by following the Leaky Gut Cure program.

Author Bio:

Karen Brimeyer is a nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and health consultant. She has helped over a hundred personal clients heal their leaky gut, digestive problems, lose weight, and resolve their chronic symptoms and conditions.

She is the owner of Optimal Self-Healing in Tampa Bay Florida, a private nutrition and health consultation business and author of the Leaky Gut Cure program.

Karen has worked with a wide variety of populations from new moms to athletes overcome their health problems and achieve optimal health.

Karen found her passion for nutrition as a teenager. While striving to achieve optimal health by following the widely accepted diet and nutrition tips of the media and conventional medicine, she found her own health declining rapidly with the development leaky gut which led to digestive problems and chronic fatigue.

Unwilling to accept her situation, she set out to determine the truth about health which led her through her own research as well as studying and working with some of the best holistic doctors and holistic practitioners in the fields of nutrition, functional medicine, and life coaching.

She has since applied her knowledge with herself to overcome her own leaky gut and achieve an unprecedented level of health and wellbeing. Her happy and healthy pregnancy and now two-year old son, TJ, are a testament to the health she has achieved.

To find out more about this program, click on Leaky Gut Cure

Why Using Cleanses and Other Detox Promoting Supplements Hurt Your Health


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Detoxing Your Body and How It Can Hurt Your Health

In recent years, detoxing your body has become quite the trend. Now there are countless numbers of detox kits or cleanses on the market all touting the many health benefits of removing toxins from the body. Even celebrities are talking about how they detox and all of the amazing benefits they’ve experienced.

But is detoxing your body right for everyone?

The answer is absolutely not.

In fact, trying to force your body to detoxify can have many negative effects on your health.

And when you suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome, detoxing your body can easily make your symptoms worse by taxing your already congested liver even more.

Your Liver’s Role in Detoxing Your Body

As you probably already know, your liver plays many extremely important roles in your body. One role it serves is as a filter which is responsible for metabolizing or breaking down toxins so that they can be properly disposed of by excreting them from your body. But remember, these toxins have to be first processed by your liver before they can be disposed of.

Because we live in a society that is literally full of toxins everywhere you look, it is becoming more and more difficult for your liver to keep up with the growing number of toxins you encounter on a daily basis.

Toxic chemicals are in your…

  • Meat, vegetables, grains, and any other food
  • Soaps, shampoos, and conditioners
  • Toothpaste, deodorant, and other personal hygiene products
  • Makeup
  • Cleaning products
  • Carpet
  • Car
  • Water
  • Plastics
  • and the list goes on…

So it’s easy to see how your liver is already working overtime to remove as many of these toxins as it can on a daily basis.

And what your liver can’t keep up with gets stored away in your fat cells for future processing.

Forced Detoxification

Using cleanses and other detox promoting supplements is a way of forcefully detoxing your body or what I refer to as forced detoxification.

And forced detoxification causes your body to re-release these toxins back into your system to be properly processed by your liver and excreted. And because many of these toxins are stored in your fat cells, detoxing your body this way has become a big fat loss fad.

But what nobody stops to consider is that your liver is already backed up and congested which is why it stored those toxins away in the first place.

Instead, these toxins are released out into your body which puts a significant stress on your body and will make your chronic symptoms even worse. And this can have serious negative effects on your health depending on how congested your liver already is.

So if you suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome or any chronic symptom then you might want to consider this before assuming that detoxing your body is great and will only improve your health.

Supporting Your Detox Pathways

Instead of focusing on detoxification, you really should be focusing on supporting your detox pathways which will help improve your body’s ability to detoxify efficiently and remove the congestion of your liver.

Without going into too much detail about all of the different detox pathways that exist in the body, there’s one major detox pathway that I like to focus on first which is your colon.

You should be moving your bowels at least once a day and a big reason for this is because your body uses your colon to excrete many of these toxins. Otherwise, these toxins will literally float around your colon only to be re-absorbed into your body again, further congesting your liver.

Watch this video – Should You Spend Money on Juice Cleanses? – Sharp Science

Detoxing Your Body Naturally

The only time I will ever recommend forcefully detoxing your body is after your detox pathways have been cleared, your liver has had time to catch back up, and you are more than capable of properly processing all of the toxins that will be released into your body.

And to do this, I always start with your diet.

If you change your diet and follow a diet plan like I recommend in my Leaky Gut Cure program, then you will not only be eliminating some major sources of toxins from your food but it will also help you to clear your colon and allow your digestive tract and liver to function much more efficiently.

And this does take time which is why I recommend waiting a minimum of 2 weeks in order to give your liver a little bit of a break before introducing anything that could cause more stress on your body. But this way, naturally detoxing your body can not only be healthy but can also help improve and reduce your chronic symptoms.

Bio:

Karen Brimeyer is a nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and health consultant. She has helped over a hundred personal clients heal their leaky gut, digestive problems, lose weight, and resolve their chronic symptoms and conditions.

She is the owner of Optimal Self-Healing in Tampa Bay Florida, a private nutrition and health consultation business and author of the Leaky Gut Cure program.

Karen has worked with a wide variety of populations from new moms to athletes overcome their health problems and achieve optimal health.

Karen found her passion for nutrition as a teenager. While striving to achieve optimal health by following the widely accepted diet and nutrition tips of the media and conventional medicine, she found her own health declining rapidly with the development leaky gut which led to digestive problems and chronic fatigue.

Unwilling to accept her situation, she set out to determine the truth about health which led her through her own research as well as studying and working with some of the best holistic doctors and holistic practitioners in the fields of nutrition, functional medicine, and life coaching.

She has since applied her knowledge with herself to overcome her own leaky gut and achieve an unprecedented level of health and wellbeing. Her happy and healthy pregnancy and now two-year old son, TJ, are a testament to the health she has achieved.

To find out more about this program, click on Leaky Gut Cure

How Exercise Can Improve Your Gut Health Naturally


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If you’re suffering from any sort of health issue, Leaky Gut Syndrome or other, then you have no excuse not to exercise. But we’ve become such a sedentary society that the only time that most of us are not sitting is when you’re walking to and from your car.

Yes, we sit in front of the TV. We sit in front of the computer. We sit at the table…

And most people who go to the gym sit down on the gym equipment!

All that sitting has a negative effect on your digestion.

How Exercise Effects Your Gut Health

Few people stop to consider that exercise has a much bigger impact on your gut health then you might realize.

Below I’m going to cover just a few of the effects that exercise can have on your digestive health.

Exercise Improves Constipation

Weight bearing exercise has been shown to be a necessity for you to properly eliminate your bowels. When you perform weight bearing exercise on your feet, your abdominals are forced to stabilize your spine which creates pressure within your abdominal cavity.

And it’s this abdominal pressure that is responsible for simulating many of your internal organs to help you move the food you eat through your digestive tract. So without the right kind of exercise, you can easily become constipated!

Exercise Balances Blood Sugar and Hormone Production

You might not realize it but this is something that I stress in my Leaky Gut Cure program. You absolutely must balance your blood sugar if you want to heal.

This is because your blood sugar has such a drastic effect on your stress hormones and the production of cortisol in your body. And over-production of cortisol will turn off your body’s natural ability to heal, your gut included.

Exercise alone has been shown to help balance blood sugar and other hormones within the body.

And it’s a great way to accelerate the positive effects that you’re already getting from your diet.

Exercise Improves Liver Function

We’ve discussed in the past that whenever the gut is impaired, then the liver becomes dysfunctional. And exercise can also help take some of the stress off the liver and to help it detoxify more efficiently.

For starters, exercise can help get blood moving throughout your body and to your liver more efficiently.

But aside from blood flow, your skin is actually one of your most important detoxification pathways in the body. So by working up a sweat, you are helping your body to eliminate toxins which can help take some stress off your liver.

Exercise Boosts Immune Function

Science is really only beginning to scratch the surface of understanding the complexity of the immune system because there are many different components involved.

But there have been plenty of studies on the direct effect of exercise and immune function. And it has been proven time and time again that moderate exercise can significantly improve your immune function and decrease inflammation within your body.

But the body is so complex in nature that these 4 simplified examples of how exercise can have a positive effect on gut healing is really just a small snapshot of what is really happening within your body when you exercise.

The key is to make sure that you’re taking advantage of the benefits of exercise because it’s not only a major contributing factor to your overall health but it can literally help accelerate the gut healing process.

Watch this video to learn how this exercise can improve your gut health naturally –Yoga For Gut Health | 18 Min. Yoga Practice | Yoga With Adriene

Bio:

Karen Brimeyer is a nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and health consultant. She has helped over a hundred personal clients heal their leaky gut, digestive problems, lose weight, and resolve their chronic symptoms and conditions.

She is the owner of Optimal Self-Healing in Tampa Bay Florida, a private nutrition and health consultation business and author of the Leaky Gut Cure program.

Karen has worked with a wide variety of populations from new moms to athletes overcome their health problems and achieve optimal health.

Karen found her passion for nutrition as a teenager. While striving to achieve optimal health by following the widely accepted diet and nutrition tips of the media and conventional medicine, she found her own health declining rapidly with the development leaky gut which led to digestive problems and chronic fatigue.

Unwilling to accept her situation, she set out to determine the truth about health which led her through her own research as well as studying and working with some of the best holistic doctors and holistic practitioners in the fields of nutrition, functional medicine, and life coaching.

She has since applied her knowledge with herself to overcome her own leaky gut and achieve an unprecedented level of health and wellbeing. Her happy and healthy pregnancy and now two-year old son, TJ, are a testament to the health she has achieved.To find out more about this program, click on Leaky Gut Cure

Why You Should Treat Depression and Anxiety Effectively with Exercise


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Depression and anxiety are just a couple of the many symptoms associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome. But they are major symptoms nonetheless. But what if you could simply treat depression and anxiety with exercise?

I’ve mentioned it before that when you perform the right kind of exercise that your body needs, you will actually feel better after your workout as opposed to worse. And this is because of all of the changes that take place within your body, including your brain.

Exercise elicits the release of many “happy” hormones within your body including natural endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. And these hormone levels will remain elevated for hours after your workout.

Research has even shown that exercise can effectively treat depression and anxiety, the same or even better, than the leading commonly prescribed antidepressants. In fact, at the conclusion of the 4-month study, the group that used exercise to treat depression and anxiety was shown to have fewer relapses than the group that used the medication.

Plus, the exercise group received many other additional health benefits from the exercise during the process.

But when was the last time you heard of a doctor who prescribed exercise to treat depression and anxiety instead of antidepressant or anti-anxiety drugs?

The Downside of Using Antidepressants to Treat Depression and Anxiety

By far the most common type of antidepressant is known as the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI).

Some commonly used SSRI’s include:

  • Zoloft
  • Prozac
  • Lexapro
  • Paxil

For starters, these antidepressant drugs are being used widely for anyone experiencing even minor symptoms of depression even though research has questioned the effectiveness.

When compared with a placebo for cases of mild or moderate symptoms, the benefits were minimal to non-existent. However, depression continues to rise and doctors continue to prescribe these same drugs to treat depression and anxiety where there is little validity in doing so.

How SSRIs Work to Treat Depression and Anxiety

While it is very well understood that a lot of depression can be contributed to a lack of certain neurotransmitter hormones such as serotonin, conventional medicine refuses to look at why your body might be lacking in serotonin to begin with. Instead they opt to take the more difficult route of forcing your body’s little serotonin stores to work overtime.

(Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. This hormone impacts your entire body. It enables brain cells and other nervous system cells to communicate with each other. Serotonin also helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion.)

In a normal functioning brain, serotonin is readily used and then recycled (the reuptake process) before being made available again for use. And when serotonin is abundant your brain can use it freely without running out.

But when your brain is deficient in serotonin, then it is not readily available for use when your brain needs it. So SSRIs can be used to effectively block or inhibit the recycling or reuptake process in order to keep the little serotonin that your brain does have active and working for a much longer period of time.

One of the biggest adverse effects of using SRRIs to treat depression and anxiety is that you easily become dependent upon these drugs which can make them very difficult to get off of.

 If one were to stop taking the medication abruptly, then serotonin levels would drop even lower than where they were to begin with as the overworked serotonin would no longer be available for use. This can lead not only a drastic change in mood but also a significant worsening of your depression and anxiety.

Not to mentioned the multitude of side effects from these drugs including…

Naturally Treat Depression and Anxiety

One of the biggest benefits of using exercise to help treat depression and anxiety is that it’s one of the safest and most effect methods available.

Oftentimes, people want to jump straight into taking various supplements which have been shown to improve neurotransmitter production without considering the possibly side effects or looking at the obvious first.

Your body is designed to move so these natural hormonal and chemical processes that take place during exercise are a healthy and normal process. And regardless of your state of health, exercise is a must.

But when SSRIs are involved, it’s important to work closely with your doctor to get off of them as both your health improves and your dependence on them lessens. SSRIs combined with neurotransmitter supplementation can be a dangerous combination as it can lead to an overdose in serotonin known as Serotonin Syndrome.

Whether you treat depression and anxiety naturally or otherwise, you have no excuse not to incorporate exercise into your everyday activities to reap the benefits associated with your mood as well as the many additional health benefits that exercise provides. This is just one more reason why exercise should be an integral part of any Leaky Gut healing program.

Watch this video – How to Treat Depression and Anxiety Effectively with Exercise

Bio:

Karen Brimeyer is a nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and health consultant. She has helped over a hundred personal clients heal their leaky gut, digestive problems, lose weight, and resolve their chronic symptoms and conditions.

She is the owner of Optimal Self-Healing in Tampa Bay Florida, a private nutrition and health consultation business and author of the Leaky Gut Cure program.

Karen has worked with a wide variety of populations from new moms to athletes overcome their health problems and achieve optimal health.

Karen found her passion for nutrition as a teenager. While striving to achieve optimal health by following the widely accepted diet and nutrition tips of the media and conventional medicine, she found her own health declining rapidly with the development leaky gut which led to digestive problems and chronic fatigue.

Unwilling to accept her situation, she set out to determine the truth about health which led her through her own research as well as studying and working with some of the best holistic doctors and holistic practitioners in the fields of nutrition, functional medicine, and life coaching.

She has since applied her knowledge with herself to overcome her own leaky gut and achieve an unprecedented level of health and wellbeing. Her happy and healthy pregnancy and now two-year old son, TJ, are a testament to the health she has achieved.

To find out more about this program, click on Leaky Gut Cure

Natural Constipation Remedies for Stimulating a Sluggish Bowel


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It should be no surprise that constipation is a major problem among those who suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome. It is a common occurrence anytime that your digestive tract becomes dysfunctional.

But the good news is that there are plenty of natural constipation remedies that can be very effective at helping you not only overcome constipation but to also help regulate your digestive tract and improve your health all at the same time.

Please Note: If you suffer from diarrhea which is also very common with Leaky Gut Syndrome, much of this still applies to you.

And most people seeking natural constipation remedies have been suffering from chronic constipation for many years. And this can have a significant impact on your health because if you are not removing your toxic waste then your body is reabsorbing it.

You are also creating a breeding ground for bacterial infections, parasites, and Candida. And this is part of the process that is creating inflammation and holding you back from healing.

If you study the lifestyle habits of many different native cultures around the world that are without the influence of all of the Leaky Gut Syndrome causes, you’ll find that they have perfect digestion and do not suffer from Leaky Gut or any of the degenerative diseases that are common among us today.  And under these conditions, it is commonly found that they have multiple bowel movements each day and typically one within 12 hours after every meal they eat.

So if you’re not finding yourself moving your bowels at least one to two times per day then you need to pay special attention to these natural constipation remedies.

Test for Bowel Transit Time

It should also be noted that even if you are going one or more times per day, you can still be constipated. Constipation is also a factor of your transit time. So, if you eat a meal and it takes two or three days before that meal reaches your colon and is eliminated then you are still constipated.

But you can easily test your transit time to ensure that it is in the 12 to 24-hour time frame which is considered normal.

Just follow these instructions below before using any of the natural constipation remedies in order to get a baseline of your transit time so you can measure improvement.

After your next bowel movement, you can either eat red beats or find an all-natural food coloring and add it to your meal.

Keep a lookout and see how long it takes before you notice the red coloring and note the number of hours between

The red coloring from the beats or food coloring will not be absorbed and will be noticeable in your stool.

Natural Constipation Remedies

There are plenty of natural constipation remedies out there but it only makes sense to start with the basics before you start adding fibers or other laxatives. These are probably the most common sources of constipation so they are the best place to begin.

Natural Constipation Remedies – Dehydration

Regardless of your level of health, the vast majority of constipated people in the world are chronically dehydrated. They drink all kinds of other liquids, many of which are diuretics and cause them to lose even more water.

A general rule is to make sure that you are drinking a minimum of half your body weight (lbs.) in ounces of water every day. If you weigh 200 lbs. then you should be drinking at least 100 ounces of water daily.

Natural Constipation Remedies – Sodium Chloride

It’s very common to avoid salt like the plague today. It’s been linked to heart disease amongst other health issues. And while this is somewhat true for highly processed and toxic salts, there’s another side of the story that you need to know.

We need salt in our diets in order to maintain the proper electrolyte ratios and to maintain our health. And most people need much more salt than they are getting.

And one of the functions of salt is to help your body to better absorb and utilize water which also helps with dehydration. If your body can’t absorb the water you drink then it sure can’t use it to relieve constipation.

Natural Constipation Remedies – Your Diet

Your diet has a big influence over your bowels, transit time, and constipation.

Processed foods are a common cause of constipation because they disrupt the entire digestive tract as well as being low in natural fiber and void of essential nutrients. They also promote dysbiosis (a condition in which the gut bacteria become imbalanced) which greatly affects constipation more so than most people realize.

Food allergies are also something to take into consideration. A common symptom of food allergies is constipation so it’s best to determine and avoid the foods you are sensitive to.

Your diet should be focused around foods in their natural forms that are not processed and how Mother Nature intended them to be eaten.

While most people are stuck looking for a pill, powder, or miracle to fix their constipation, oftentimes the problem can be corrected with some simple lifestyle changes.

So it’s important to rule out the obvious and put these natural constipation remedies to use before you jump ahead of yourself and introduce anything additional to your daily regime.

Watch these 2 videos to find out about some natural constipation remedies –

Natural Stool Softener Foods to Stop Straining with Bowel Movements

Physical Therapy Exercises for Relieving Constipation, IBS Bloating and Abdominal Pain

Bio:

Karen Brimeyer is a nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and health consultant. She has helped over a hundred personal clients heal their leaky gut, digestive problems, lose weight, and resolve their chronic symptoms and conditions.

She is the owner of Optimal Self-Healing in Tampa Bay Florida, a private nutrition and health consultation business and author of the Leaky Gut Cure program.

Karen has worked with a wide variety of populations from new moms to athletes overcome their health problems and achieve optimal health.

Karen found her passion for nutrition as a teenager. While striving to achieve optimal health by following the widely accepted diet and nutrition tips of the media and conventional medicine, she found her own health declining rapidly with the development leaky gut which led to digestive problems and chronic fatigue.

Unwilling to accept her situation, she set out to determine the truth about health which led her through her own research as well as studying and working with some of the best holistic doctors and holistic practitioners in the fields of nutrition, functional medicine, and life coaching.

She has since applied her knowledge with herself to overcome her own leaky gut and achieve an unprecedented level of health and wellbeing. Her happy and healthy pregnancy and now two-year old son, TJ, are a testament to the health she has achieved.

To find out more about this program, click on Leaky Gut Cure

7 Safe and Natural Ways to Improve Your Quality of Sleep


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We all need our beauty sleep, myself included. This is true especially in today’s fast paced society where sleep tends to be put on the back burner so that you can meet a deadline, watch a TV show, answer emails, etc.

But few truly understand the physiological importance of sleep. There are much more imposing implications to a lack of sleep than how beautiful you appear or how sharp you mind functions.

During your sleep cycles is when your body is most efficient at repairing damaged cells, including those cells that comprise your intestinal lining. And disrupting this natural healing process can stop even your best efforts of healing Leaky Gut.

In fact, your circadian rhythm dictates this healing process and typically between the hours of 10pm to 2am your body facilitates physical repair. And during the hours of 2am to 6am your body facilitates mental repair.

With that being said, here’s 7 safe and natural ways to improve your quality of sleep and help bring your health to new levels.

Heal Your Leaky Gut

When it comes to sleep, Leaky Gut and intestinal inflammation play a much larger role than you can probably imagine. In fact, most people don’t realize it but the majority of the neurotransmitter serotonin, your body’s natural antidepressant, is produced inside your gut.

When there’s inflammation present and you can no longer efficiently produce the necessary serotonin, you often see heightened anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders because your brain does not have the necessary chemicals it needs to function properly.

And no, it’s not just all in your head like your doctor may want you to think.

But when your serotonin levels are low, it negatively affects your sleep.

Diet, Diet, Diet

First and foremost, if you’re not eating the right diet for you then you will likely have sleep issues at some point in time. This is because a poor diet leads to problems with blood sugar stabilization and regulation.

And when you sleep at night and go for so long without eating it’s quite common for your body to become hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) since your body relies on the food you eat to maintain this balance.

And because your body must regulate your blood sugar levels in order for you to function and survive, your body will wake you up in order to persuade you to eat and raise your blood sugar levels back up to normal.

Get Some Sun

Some people’s sleep issues stem from a deficiency in the hormone melatonin. This might stem from a deeper serotonin deficiency which is common with Leaky Gut Syndrome as mentioned above. Or your body might not be converting the serotonin you do have into melatonin efficiently.

Regardless of your sleep, you should be getting at least 30 minutes of sunlight per day which is necessary for you overall health and wellbeing. But this 30 minutes of sunlight will also help stimulate your pineal gland which is responsible for producing the melatonin you need for sleep.

Avoid Alcohol

Aside from the fact that alcohol creates inflammation within your gut and is one of the many contributing causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome, it does have an effect on your sleep as well.

Alcohol consumption affects your brain in such a way that does not allow you to reach a deep level of REM sleep which is necessary for psychological repair and to keep you thinking sharp and straight.

Put Down the Remote

Odds are that you’ve become accustomed to watching TV at night. Many people are, so you’re not alone. But you have to understand that even though you’re sitting there in your lazy-boy, your brain is being hyper-stimulated by the constant flashing and changing of scenes on the TV screen. And this hyper-stimulation elicits a stress response within your body.

And to make matters worse, you watch the news before bed where you learn about all the horrible things that are wrong in the world. And after all of this, you try to fall asleep while fearing for your life at the same time.

By simply cutting out your TV time and stop watching the news, your brain will not be over-stimulated which can help alleviate stress or stimulation related sleep issues.

Avoid Caffeine

This should go without saying but so many people are having coffee after dinner or for dessert. But with coffee containing caffeine, a natural stimulant, it can have lasting effects through the night if taken too late in the day.

So be sure to never drink coffee after 3pm.

Dim the Lights at Night

Your body is designed to function based upon the natural rhythms of your day. When the sun comes up, it stimulates cortisol production in your body which in turn wakes your body up from sleep naturally.

And throughout your day to when the sun sets, your cortisol levels taper off which puts your body back into a relaxed state and preparing you for sleep.

But when your house is brightly lit at night, this can promote your body to continue to produce cortisol while it should be suppressing it. And this can be enough to keep you up at night.

So dim your lights at night to help lower your cortisol levels and make your sleep easier.

Want some more safe and natural ways to improve your quality of sleep? Watch this video – Sleep Hygiene: Train your Brain to Fall Asleep and Sleep Better

Bio:

Karen Brimeyer is a nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and health consultant. She has helped over a hundred personal clients heal their leaky gut, digestive problems, lose weight, and resolve their chronic symptoms and conditions.

She is the owner of Optimal Self-Healing in Tampa Bay Florida, a private nutrition and health consultation business and author of the Leaky Gut Cure program.

Karen has worked with a wide variety of populations from new moms to athletes overcome their health problems and achieve optimal health.

Karen found her passion for nutrition as a teenager. While striving to achieve optimal health by following the widely accepted diet and nutrition tips of the media and conventional medicine, she found her own health declining rapidly with the development leaky gut which led to digestive problems and chronic fatigue.

Unwilling to accept her situation, she set out to determine the truth about health which led her through her own research as well as studying and working with some of the best holistic doctors and holistic practitioners in the fields of nutrition, functional medicine, and life coaching.

She has since applied her knowledge with herself to overcome her own leaky gut and achieve an unprecedented level of health and wellbeing. Her happy and healthy pregnancy and now two-year old son, TJ, are a testament to the health she has achieved.

To find out more about this program, click on Leaky Gut Cure

How to Slow Down or Even Reverse Symptoms of Parkinson’s


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Slow Down or Even Reverse Symptoms of Parkinson’s – This Song Reverses Parkinson’s

How can a song reverse an ‘incurable’ disease like Parkinson’s?

Sounds impossible!

But a new study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies shows exactly how this happens – and how you can do the same.

The authors of this study recruited 13 people who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease to test whether music therapy could improve their cognition, balance, mobility, muscle strength, and overall disability level.

They tested their subjects’ performance on these measurements at the beginning of the study, after which they provided music therapy for all of them.

They then discontinued the music therapy for a second study period, after which the subjects’ functioning was re-tested.

In so doing, they examined their subjects’ performance in the presence and absence of music therapy.

They discovered that their subjects performed better in balance, mobility, and cognitive tests during the music therapy period than their performance prior to the study. In other words, music therapy improved their condition.

But these improvements were not maintained when the music therapy ended, showing that it is similar to physical exercise: it works while you do it, but its effects are not permanent.

So why exactly does music therapy work for Parkinson’s patients? Scientists have several theories.

Firstly, music produces joy; it makes us feel happy. Positive mood facilitates better cognitive and physical function.

Secondly, upbeat music can trigger the production of serotonin and dopamine, two of the neurotransmitters in the brain that decline when we suffer from Parkinson’s disease.

Thirdly, the parts of our brains that perceive auditory cues like music usually remain unaffected by Parkinson’s disease. Scientists increasingly believe that when we stimulate these unaffected parts of our brains, other areas of our brains start to synchronize with them and jump into action automatically.

In other words, instead of making the decision to walk (and possibly fall on your backside), music therapy makes walking an unconscious activity that works via the auditory processing of a beat, which then automatically triggers the parts of your brain that move your legs through pathways that unaffected by the disease.

That is why some music therapists have observed that Parkinson’s patients who can hardly walk can learn to dance, or that patients who struggle to speak can sing.

The moment you set your activities to an audible rhythm, your brain processes them differently.

Perhaps most importantly, this proves that natural approaches work to slow down or even reverse symptoms of  Parkinson’s. This is something hundreds of our readers have done using the simple approach explained here…

Slow Down or Even Reverse Symptoms of Parkinson’s – A Fun Way for Parkinson’s Patients to Prevent Falls in

The rate of falls is high in Parkinson’s disease patients because they tend to have reduced control over their movements and balance.

A new study from Candido Mendes University, State University of Rio de Janeiro, and Rio de Janeiro State University, published in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, now reveals a surprisingly effective, fun way to restore postural control and prevent falls.

The researchers selected the 11 best studies they could find, with 393 Parkinson’s disease patients as subjects.

Of these, 211 were trained and supervised to perform dance therapy, while the other 182 were used as controls without such therapy.

These researchers were specifically interested in whether dance therapy could work over the short term, not only when practiced over the long term.

Indeed, they found that this was the case and that past studies backed the performance of dance therapy as a way to improve postural control among Parkinson’s sufferers.

This means that you do not have to dance for months or years to improve control over your motor symptoms, even though that would probably be best.

In fact, an international group that specializes in dance therapy for Parkinson’s patients, called Dance for PD, lists both long-term and short-term studies on their website, and they could find dozens of studies that support the effectiveness of this therapy.

The benefits are wide-ranging, promoting everything from self-efficacy, better mood, cognitive abilities, balance, stability, gate, flexibility, stamina, movement, participation in social activities, and so forth.

Slow Down or Even Reverse Symptoms of Parkinson’s – But even better than dance is to use simple lifestyle changes to boost dopamine levels in the brain and therefore put Parkinson’s to a halt or even slightly reverse it. I’ll explain these simple lifestyle changes here…

Slow Down or Even Reverse Symptoms of Parkinson’s – The Cause of Parkinson’s Disease Discovered

Parkinson’s disease has traditionally been blamed on genetics, with little hope of preventing or curing it.

But a recent study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health reveals an environmental cause, one that can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s more than tenfold. But at the same time, it’s completely avoidable.

The researchers obtained records of people who were hospitalized with Parkinson’s disease in 95 different hospitals from the Louisiana Office of Public Health. These diagnoses were made between 1999 and 2012, with more recent data unavailable.

They then obtained the ZIP Codes of 23,224 of these patients so they could calculate the occurrence of Parkinson’s disease per 10,000 residents.

The researchers compared these Parkinson’s statistics with maps of local agricultural activities and water quality samples taken by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

They also received estimates from the US Geological Survey of herbicide and insecticide use on farmland and timberland in Louisiana between 1992 and 2004, with the estimates based on the farmers’ record keeping.

While the average occurrence of Parkinson’s was approximately 2.9 out of every 10,000 people, those areas in which certain herbicides and insecticides were used featured 35–46 people out of every 10,000-receiving treatment for Parkinson’s.

The highest rates appeared to be in areas dominated by forestry, woodlands, and grass pastures.

To be precise, the worst insecticides seemed to be 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and paraquat, and the worst herbicide was chlorpyrifos.

The scientists found the highest occurrence of Parkinson’s in areas where aquifers were refilled via rain water that seeped into them through chemically treated farmland or where small streams delivered chemical-containing water to the aquifers.

Accordingly, they discovered that some of the highest Parkinson’s rates appeared in areas where tap water was taken from these recharged aquifers.

This means that we do not have to live or work on a farm to come into contact with these harmful herbicides and insecticides; they can seep into the water supplies of cities and suburbs as well.

It also serves as another reminder to use good water filter devices in our homes, preferably multi-stage reverse osmosis devices with new filters.

It also reminds us to wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly before we eat them.

Watch these 2 videos to learn how to slow down or even reverse symptoms of Parkinson’s –

7 Strengthening Exercises for Parkinson’s Fighters – Improve Walking, Posture and Balance

Nutrition in Parkinson Disease

Slow Down or Even Reverse Symptoms of Parkinson’s – But finding the cause of Parkinson’s is not much help if you already have symptoms. Fortunately, it’s possible to keep Parkinson’s from progressing (even reverse it) using a few simple lifestyle changes explained here…

This post is from the Parkinson’s Protocol Program created by naturopath and health researcher, Jodi Knapp, to help you diagnose and treat Parkinson’s naturally and permanently. The Parkinson’s Protocol is a comprehensive program that teaches you simple ways to reduce your symptoms, slow down the progression of Parkinson’s and repair the effects it has had on your body.

The Parkinson’s Protocol Program has a four-part series (consists of 12 simple steps) that comes with an abundance of valuable information that teaches you the relation between dopamine and Parkinson’s, the different treatment options, causes, and more. It then provides you with easy, step-by-step instructions that allow you to improve your brain health to begin delaying Parkinson’s and healing the brain within. 

To find out more about this program, click on Slow Down or Even Reverse Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

The 30 Vegan Dessert Recipes That Will Rock Your World


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Who doesn’t love dessert?

The Vegan Diet is nothing new. More importantly, it’s becoming one of the most popular diets today.

To kick start your weight loss goals this year, we’ve thrown together our top 30 best vegan recipe collection. Save this list and feel free to share it with your friends and family.

Happy dieting 

1. Raw Vegan Donut Holes

How about oats in donuts? Dessert for breakfast with dates as well? You will also get you healthy daily dose of fats with the cashews included, previously rinsed for more health benefits. A pinch of the Himalayan salt full of minerals that regular salt lacks.

Then some more healthy fats like coconut oil and a healthy sugar substitute – maple syrup. All scented with luscious vanilla.

Find the recipe hereThis Rawsome Vegan Life

2. Easy Vegan Hot Chocolate

Snack time. Why not warm up with healthy dessert in a glass? Vegan hot chocolate with vegan marshmallows. The almond milk for proteins, raw cocoa for antioxidants.

 Also, sea salt and vanilla to enhance the flavor and healthy sugars with Medjool dates. Add ginger for better digestion and cinnamon to regulate blood sugar.

Find the recipe hereIt Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

3. Carrot Cake Cupcakes w/Whipped Coconut Cream

Your palate will thank you for these healthy cupcakes. The carrot pulp will add freshness and instead of sugar use dates. For the fats use walnuts. Then add some oats for fiber and coconut oil to get the best fats even more. Some nutmeg and cinnamon to warm you up and raisins for vitamins. The whipped cream of cashews and coconut will burst with more nutrients and flavors.

Find the recipe hereThis Rawsome Vegan Life

4. Almond Butter & Jam Sundae

Super fast and easy to prepare. Just toss in frozen bananas to be satiated, some protein of peas. Then some healthy and fatty coconut milk and a bit of vanilla for magical taste. There is more – chia seeds for good digestion and berries for vitamins and minerals. Health-bomb made in a minute!

Find the recipe hereThis Rawsome Vegan Life

5. Chia Seed Pudding (Vegan and Gluten Free)

In the winter time, you need a soothing creamy dessert? Orange pudding with cocoa taste? Yes, please. Toss some chia as well and blueberries to digest this all well, add orange zest and vanilla beans for that cozy winter aroma Lastly add Goji berries for a boost of nutrients.

Find the recipe hereMy Whole Food Life

6. Mixed Berry Parfait (Vegan Gluten Free)

When you are a parfait-lover, make it with berries, and you got the perfect vegan parfait. Be creative, add strawberries too. Use healthy sugar like maple syrup and sea salt for a flavor to remember. Healthy fats with pecans and…more vitamins with blueberries and blackberries. All mixed with coconut whipped milk and vanilla extract.

Find the recipe hereMy Whole Food Life

7. Pumpkin Coconut Mousse (Vegan and Paleo)

A different type of mousse if you need to skip chocolate flavors. Healthy pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and vanilla for aroma. Add maple instead of sugar and nutmeg and ginger for amazing smell and better digestion. Some cloves, healthy fats with coconut whipped milk and that are all you need. Whip the milk and toss the rest!

Find the recipe hereMy Whole Food Life

8. Raspberry Coconut Mousse

So, you like coconut, and you like raspberries? Combine them for a refreshing mousse. Whipped healthy coconut full-fat milk and fresh raspberries for vitamins and minerals. Also more raspberries for decoration and skip the sugar – add maple syrup instead. Dig in as soon as it is done, of course!

Find the recipe hereMy Whole Food Life

9. Papaya Cream Popsicles

If you crave something ice-creamy or frozen, make popsicles of papaya! Good and healthy calories with the same taste as store-bought popsicles – perfect! There is more to this like coconut milk for the fats and lime juice for taste and vitamins. Then vanilla for amazing smell and some honey to give you instant natural-sugar energy.

Find the recipe hereOven Love Blog

10. Coconut Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

No bake cookies? Anytime! Coconut shreds that we all love, agave for healthy sweetness or some honey. Coconut oil for a daily dose of fats and salt and vanilla for better taste. With perfect sauce of coconut oil with cocoa to get antioxidants and honey for sugar substituting – can cookies get better than this?

Find the recipe hereOven Love Blog

11. Coffee Cake (Paleo, Vegan, GAPS)

You want a healthy vegan cake, but you also love coffee. Read on! With the coconut flour, you make the whole aroma magical, and the sea salt will enhance the sweetness of the honey. The cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cloves will burst as piñata of tastes. Skip the eggs to make it vegan, crispier and better! The coconut oil will add the fats. Lastly squash puree and nuts for creamy/crispy bites and date sugars!

Find the recipe hereOven Love Blog

12. Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

Perfect for guests, the best finger-dessert of one bite. Coconut shreds and coconut oil for good fats and maple or honey as natural sugars. Then vanilla for good scent with dark chocolate which keeps the heart healthy and some good fats as pecans for decoration. A healthy vegan version of store-bought brand bars and bites.

Find the recipe hereOven Love Blog

13. Banana Truffles w/Chocolate Cookie Dough Split

Who does not love cookie dough? Moreover, the one with banana and chocolate? We all do. With added cashews, you get good fats and with the coconut flour the perfect aromatic crumbliness. You get sugars due to the dates and flax meal is for good digestion. Pinch of salt and this healthy dough is ready for enjoying.

Find the recipe hereThe Colorful Kitchen

14. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

Nobody refuses PB and chocolate. Moreover, this is vegan, bite-size so make it anytime! The vegan cream cheese is a pure delicacy, and the PB is the best fat here along the coconut butter. Agave will sweeten this up with the chocolate chips and best for last – vanilla scent extract.

Find the recipe here: The Colorful Kitchen

15. Chocolate pudding

Warm up in the winter days with a super-tasty vegan pudding of chocolate and bananas for fiber. The avocado is for healthy fruit fats plus some almond butter (yum!). Cocoa for a healthy heart and Himalayan salt for more minerals we lack.

Sprinkle vanilla and with the whipped coconut cream. Hazelnuts for nut fats and pomegranate arils and chia-raspberry jam you get best of sugars and vitamins in one serving.

Find the recipe hereOh She Glows

16. The Big Vegan Banana Split

Creaminess from bananas, fats from whipped coconut milk and antioxidants from cocoa and chocolate-y flavor. Vanilla scent and minerals from Himalayan salt. Sugars from dates and vegan ice cream (yes, please!). Chia jam (digestive delight) and more fats from almonds. Freshness from cherries and granola clusters for crumbliness. A heavenly vegan creamy-crumbly delicacy.

Find the recipe hereOh She Glows

17. Oven-Roasted Cardamom Plum Jam

You can dig right in with a spoon or use it as spread or glaze. However, this is the healthiest plum jam ever! Sweet due to maple syrup, refreshing due to lemon juice. Aromatic with the vanilla and cardamom – healthy vegan jam ALL would adore, for breakfast, snack or sweet dinner!

Find the recipe hereGourmande In The Kitchen

18. Cherry Lime Probiotic Popsicles

Popsicle time again. It has cherries, coconut (water and kefir both!) and lime juice! Imagine those flavors and nutrients together! The lime zest would make you want another Popsicle with minerals and vitamins, good sugar and healthy aromas all in one vegan frozen dessert. Make more of these; you would grab the second one.

Find the recipe hereGourmande In The Kitchen

19. Raw Chocolate Fudge Hearts

Vegan or non-vegan, fudge chocolate is an all-time favorite. The cashew fats keep your heart healthy along the cocoa powder and organic coconut oil. The maple replaces white sugar, and the dates add more sweetness (natural sugars are always good even in larger amounts). The glaze is just as healthy; coconut oil and shreds and maple syrup.

Find the recipe hereThe Colorful Kitchen

20. Cranberry Pear Crisp

How long have you not tried pears in a healthy sweet snack? With raspberries too? Make this now and add oats for fibers and energy, maple for a sweet taste. Then healthy coconut organic oil, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice for aromatic burst and coconut four if you like this dryer. Now grab the spoon!

Find the recipe hereVegan Family Recipes

21. Healthy Caramel Dip

You do not need to buy toffees when you crave that taste. Make a caramel-flavor vegan DIP at home! Does it get any better? The dates would make it ultimately healthy sweet, and some vanilla caviar will make it smell amazing. The sea salt will enhance the ‘caramel’ taste. Of course, the good fats would be there from the coconut oil.

Find the recipe hereVegan Family Recipes

22. Mint Chocolate Mousse

Every person adores chocolate mints, but what if you get the same flavor and in mousse form? Perfect! Coconut cream for consistency and good fats for the heart and cocoa powder for taste and healthy heart as well. Vegan chocolate chips for more sweetness and mint organic extract for that minty-addictive aroma.

Find the recipe hereVegan Family Recipes

23. Pecan Pie Energy Bites

For getting energetic instantly, you can have these as both dessert and energy bites for metabolism boosting due to dates for good digestion and good sugars and pecans for healthy fats. The oats are for fibers and maple for replacing sugar.

Cinnamon will regulate blood sugar and add aroma too. Sounds flawless and healthy!

Find the recipe hereGluten Free Vegan Pantry

24. Coconut Whipped Cream

Unexpected guests and you wanted to try something creamy with coconut anyway? Fast and simple, vegan and healthy. Good fats from coconut cream of full fat and vanilla to make the smell pop better. Add a natural, healthy sweetener per your choice (maple or Stevia is prefect). So simple, vegan, tasty and healthy!

Find the recipe hereDiet Taste

25. Healthy Chocolate Truffles

Heavier or too sweet desserts like classic truffles can be vegan, lighter, but will taste the same as those non-vegan truffles from markets. You get the good fats from coconut oil and the sugars from date paste. Antioxidants come from the cocoa and aromas of gingerbread spices. You can eat these as much as you want, unless you are on slimming diets – these are addictive!

Find the recipe hereDiet Taste

26. Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake

Yes, a vegan cheesecake for any time of the day with refreshing raspberries on top and sea salt cookies of dark chocolates that keep the heart in great shape. Then good fats from cashews and coconut oil and lemon juice for vitamins. A bit of salt and vanilla for aroma enhancing and coconut shreds (no harm in the healthy decoration on top) and agave to make it healthy-sweet.

Find the recipe hereThe Colorful Kitchen

27. No-bake Chocolate Macaroons

When impatient to bake regular macaroons opt for these chocolate no-bake rounded ones. Creamy from the bananas, sweetened with maple syrup and coconut shreds.

The good fats come from coconut oil, antioxidants from the cocoa powder and aromas from sea salt and vanilla. However, with chia seeds added this is the perfect digestive vegan macaroon you will have ever.

Find the recipe hereOh She Glows

28. Chocolate Blender Pudding

Who said chocolate pudding could not be healthy and vegan at the same time?

Made in seconds too. Sweet from the dates and chocolate shavings along coconut shreds with some dates too. Scented with vanilla and sea salt (full of minerals), cocoa for the chocolate taste and healthier heart. With the almond milk, banana and avocado you get a mix of protein, carbs, and good fats as well.

Find the recipe hereOh She Glows

29. Coconut Apricot Sorbet

When you need a fruity vegan, ice-creamy treat, why not sorbet with coconut healthy cream and apricots for vitamins? Apart from apricots, the healthy sweetness is added with agave as well and coconut shreds. Some lime juice for aroma and vitamins – good as a snack, dessert or even as a light healthy-sweet dessert in between meals!

Find the recipe hereOh She Glows

30. Chocolate Cake Batter Smoothie

Yes, you can have cake batter of chocolate in the form of a vegan smoothie anytime you need a healthy dessert. Almond milk for the proteins and oats for fibers and good digestion. Banana and chocolate chips for sweeteners and vanilla with cinnamon for amazing scent. Some carob powder for healthy substitute of flours and cashew butter for a daily dose of good fats for the heart.

Find the recipe hereOh She Glows

Watch this video to get some more vegan dessert recipes – No-Bake Vegan Dessert Recipes || Yummy & Easy

Written by Lindsey Vaught

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This post is related to The Anti-Anxiety Recipe Plan by Danny Jeffers. Danny Jeffers, a health and wellness devotee who for years struggled with life-crippling anxiety. This causes him to be obsessed about finding a natural and effective solution to end anxiety. This results in the creation of The Anti-Anxiety Recipe Plan.

If you’re someone who suffers from anxiety, this Anti-Anxiety Recipe Plan will help you take an entirely natural approach to improve your mind and well-being. Dishes like Sweet Potato frittatas, and Crispy Baked Chicken will blast your anxiety with each bite.

The recipes inside The Anti- Anxiety Recipe Plan remove ingredients that inflame your gut, leave you in a sluggish mental state, or trigger anxiety. Each recipe leverages the power of the Paleo Diet.

Instead of eating recipes full of refined and unnatural foods, The Anti-Anxiety Recipe Plan uses ingredients like antioxidants, healthy fats, and healing herbs. 

These “Holistic Mind Soothing Ingredients” are time-tested, proven, all-natural ingredients that BANISH anxiety and SOOTHE your mind. Not only that, but you can use them to regain your health, energy, and vitality. 

To find out more about this program, click on Eating Away Your Anxiety

Revealing Here the 8 Amazing Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea 


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Most people know that tea is great for the body and is loaded with beneficial health-boosting properties. However, you may not be aware of a tea, which comes from South Africa, which is bound to make all other teas pale in comparison.

This Tea is called Rooibos, and it is indigenous to South Africa. It is fast becoming known for its ability to improve bone health, encourage weight loss, and help ward off many different types of cancers.

What is Rooibos Herbal Tea Used for?

In fact, its health benefits are so great that it is fast climbing the Super-food ranks and will soon be battling it out in the heavyweight ring with those all-important green and black teas.

The reason it is rated so highly is primarily down to the huge amount of antioxidants it contains, which help fight off free radicals, oxidative stresses on the body, and many different types of illnesses and diseases.

Rooibos tea can help keep your heart in tip-top condition while helping improve your skin and bones.

Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea has the capabilities to help reduce inflammation and remove oxidative stresses from the body.

One of the main antioxidants found in the tea is Quercetin, which can help treat a plethora of conditions and illnesses, ranging from Type 1 and Type II diabetes, lower high-cholesterol levels, treat allergies such as hay fever, assist with CFS, or chronic fatigue, and ward off cancerous cells.

Rooibos contains copious amounts of this antioxidant, thus is beneficial for the relief of symptoms associated with them.

#1: Improves The Condition of the Heart

Rooibos is known to be great for improving the health of the heart. This lies in the addition of flavonoids such as Chrysoeriol, which actively helps reduce high blood pressure. It also helps with improving blood circulation and reducing the levels of bad cholesterol.

Studies have shown that rooibos help by managing the amounts of hormonal activity, which occurs in the adrenal gland.

Another antioxidant rooibos contains called asphalthin, which is not found in any other food or drink source. This antioxidant helps with both improving the blood flow to the heart and reduces inflammation of the vascular system.

#2: Therapeutic for Diabetes & Could Help Prevent It

In tests, rooibos has been shown to have a positive impact on diabetes and cancer. In fact, it has the potential to not only help treat diabetes but also prevents it from developing in the first place. This is also true with several types of cancer.

The fact that these benefits can be obtained by drinking a simple cup of tea is impressive in itself.

#3: Could Have Potential for Preventing Cancer

This ability stems back to the antioxidant quercetin. Many physicians commonly prescribe a supplemental form of it to help with treating cancer.

It is known to assist with the suppression of tumors and their growth by interfering with the mutation of cells in the body. It is also seen as being an immune system booster, which means it has the potential for helping treat other conditions such as HIV, arthritis, and lupus.

#4: Assists with Digestion

Rooibos tea is an ideal way to improve the optimal health of the digestive system. It can help mitigate stomach pains, cramps, and bloating. As the tea contains specific nutrients which prevent the digestive tract from spasming, it can help alleviate diarrhea.

#5: Helps Improve Bone Strength

There are plenty of bone-boosting nutrients contained in rooibos tea, which range from calcium, fluoride, and manganese. As rooibos improves the rate of osteoblast activity, it can help improve bone mass and strength.

It also helps with increasing the bone mineral content, therefore conditioning the skeletal system from head to toe.

#6: Can Help with Weight Loss

Green tea is a well-known weight loss supplement, and rooibos tea is no different.

The flavonoids contained in the tea help burn body fat, which leads to weight loss.

Burning body fat is what you want with weight loss versus merely dropping water weight.

If you are looking to shed a few pounds, then introducing rooibos into your daily diet can really help.

#7: Can Help with Treating Allergies

As Rooibos helps strengthen the immune system, the body is better able to fight off allergens. This is again down to the antioxidant quercetin, which helps block the signals from immune cells, which are responsible for bringing on the allergy symptoms.

#8: Encourages Youthful Hair & Skin

Rooibos is a rich source of AHA’s, which are well-known for their potent anti-wrinkle properties. These acids have a positive impact on both wrinkles and hair follicles.

Their protective abilities allow the hair follicles to produce stronger and healthier hair, which contributes to a healthier and more youthful appearance.

Rooibos Teas’ History & Nutritional Data

If you are looking for a way to truly benefit your body via excellent nutrition, you definitely want to add Rooibos tea into your daily routine.

The tea contains no calories, no caffeine, and has a very low tannin content.

Rooibos is a part of the legume family, and is commonly referred to as ‘Red Bush tea.’

The reason it acquired this name is down to its red, brush-like form. The tea is only grown in a single location in South Africa, which is in the mountainous region located next to the cape of good hope.

What About Antioxidants?

Inside rooibos tea, there are 50% more of those beneficial antioxidants that are known to be in green tea. The fact that there is no oxalic acid in rooibos tea means that it is a fantastic alternative for those who are afflicted with kidney stone issues.

Rooibos is a much-loved beverage across the whole of South Africa, and one which they have been consuming for many centuries. Anyone who has ever tried rooibos will tell you that its light and delicate flavor is one which you will savor time and again.

We have to thank DR. P. L.F Notier for the popularity of the brew, as if it were not for his research and promotion of the tea, it would most likely still be a well-guarded secret of South Africa.

Watch this video that is related to the health benefits of rooibos tea – All About Rooibos | The Basics of Tea

How to Make a Cup of Rooibos Tea?

As rooibos tea contains very few tannins, you will never experience the bitterness that is commonly found with steeping a green or black tea for too long.

It lends itself to a natural sweetness unlike no other tea, and it is just as good to consume cold as it is hot.

When making yourself a cup of rooibos, you want to aim for a heaped teaspoon of the tea placed inside a tea infuser.

Following this you want to use freshly boiled, steaming hot water and pour it over the mix. Allow it to sit and steep for a good 10-minutes and then sweeten with an organic and natural sweetener, such as Stevia.

Rooibos Tea Cautionary Advice

There is some evidence that rooibos tea may have a slight detrimental impact on the fertility of men who consume the beverage en-masse over an extended period of time. This is only typically seen in those who drink large quantities of the brew.

In regular daily servings, rooibos can actually help sperm to become much more concentrated.

There are also specific physicians who believe that rooibos may have a negative impact on those afflicted with liver or kidney disease, and also those who suffer from cancers of a hormonal nature.

Rooibos may also interfere with chemo treatments undertaken as part of cancer treatment. It is for these reasons that you should discuss the long-term use of rooibos with your doctor if you suffer from any of the above-noted conditions.

Written by Lindsey Vaught

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