Ugh, I feel so bloated, I haven’t “gone” in over a week!
 
If this sounds like something you may have said before, you are not alone!

 I was just talking to a friend today and she was telling me how she goes to the bathroom about every three days and in order to achieve this she usually has to drink that “Smooth Move Tea”. You know the tea, aka, Super Dieters Tea. You drink it before bed and you awaken the next morning or sometimes even during the middle of the night with sweaty palms and excruciating pains in your belly that feel as if you are birthing an alien. You finally get to the bathroom and what starts as something akin to a brick, ends with something more like melted ice cream. Sorry to be so crass! But, girls, I KNOW you have experienced this!
 
This is not the way your elimination process should go down! You do not have to live like this. There are many reasons why it is important to empty your bowels on a daily basis.
 
Toxicity: Waste that sits in your colon for too long is dangerous. Your colon pulls all the water out of it as well as more toxic byproduct that shouldn’t be absorbed. This makes your blood toxic.
Fatigue: Again, not getting rid of that waste and allowing toxic material to be re-absorbed into your blood stream, makes you tired. Having a full bowel makes you sluggish
Pooch: Ugh the dreaded pooch. You know what I’m talking about.
 
So, back to my friend, she said that she had tried all of the textbook things (drinking a lot of water, exercising, eating a lot of fiber, etc.) you have always been told and they aren’t working. These items will help, minus the fiber in a lot of cases, but there are a few more things you can do.
 
4 STEPS TO ELIMINATING CONSTIPATION

1. Water You should have about 60-70oz a day and add additional 12 ounces for every caffeinated and alcohol containing beverage you consume.
2. Gall Bladder Support. A toxic liver and sluggish gall bladder cause constipation.
3. Hydrochloric Acid. HCL is used to break down proteins in our stomach, most of us do not make enough HCL. There are a myriad of reasons for this including, excess alcohol intake, stress and a toxic environment.
4. Fermented Food. Eating a lot of fermented food, with most meals, populates your gut with enzymes and bacteria needed to digest properly, which will prevent constipation. All of those “good” bugs eat the bad bugs that cause bloating and gas. Fermented foods include kombucha, apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut, kimchi, etc.
 
Constipation Eliminator Tools

INSTRUCTIONS

Beta TCP: 2 with every meal, not to exceed 6 tablets

Hydro-Zyme: Start at 2 with your meal, if you feeling a warm, pressure/heart burn feeling chest, stop and email me. If you don’t, increase your dosage until you feel the beginning of a heartburn like feeling/warmth/pressure in chest. The amount before that feeling is your required dose. Re-dose in 4 weeks. 

Feel free to comment about your experiences or with any questions! 


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What’s the deal with Mineral water?

Many people wonder what the difference is between mineral water and soda/sparkling water. I happen to love anything with copious bubbles, so much that they make you burp 😉

Mineral water contains high levels of dissolved minerals, which are acquired as the water travels through rocks and other natural materials to the destination from which it is sourced. Some of the minerals found in this water include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium which are essential for various bodily functions. Because it contains these minerals as well as others, it is very hydrating.

Functions of Macro Minerals:
Calcium
  • Building blocks for strong and healthy bones and teeth
  • Works synergistically with magnesium.
Magnesium
  • Relax your nerves and muscles
  • Build and strengthen bones
  • Keep your blood circulating smoothly
Potassium
  • Helps your muscles and nerves function properly
  • Maintain the proper electrolyte and acid-base balance in your body
  • Help lower your risk of high blood pressure
Sodium
  • Regulates the heart’s metabolism
  • Essential for exchange of water between cells, i.e., hydration
Some mineral waters have more minerals than others. A quick comparison:
Gerolsteiner
(my favorite)
Calcium 348mg, Magnesium 108mg, Potassium 10mg, Sodium 118mg

Evian
Calcium 80mg, Magnesium 26mg, Potassium 1mg, Sodium 6.5mg

Soda Water is just regular tap water with carbon dioxide added to it. The mineral content is extremely depleted. Pure carbonated water is pretty benign, but most commercial soda water contains some salt and acid derived from sodium, potassium and phosphorus, which can pose health risks in large quantities. When your body is too acidic, it leaches minerals from your bones and tissue.

My choice is mineral water all the way!

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1. Elderberry Syrup
Black Elderberries have been known for centuries for their immune supportive properties. Research has identified potent flavonoid compounds, called anthocyanins, which may be directly related to their health promoting properties. You can take it daily or when you feel something coming on. I love the nighttime syrup by Gaia Herbs,  it helps  my daughter sleep!
2. IAG
This powder contains arabinogalactans, which are a plant based source of dietary fiber that offers powerful therapeutic benefits as a prebiotic and as a modulator of the immune system. Take a tablespoon every few hours when you feel like you are getting sick. IAG can be found here.
 
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C has always been known for its immune properties; however, I think people forget just how powerful it actually is. It is also very important to take enough when you are using it therapeutically.  Vitamin C is a major antioxidant, antioxidants counter the disease process caused by oxidation. High dose vitamin C is known to be a safe and effective treatment and prevention of viral infections. Remember that when you supplement with high doses of one nutrient, it can throw off the levels of other nutrients, so I would only use high doses when fighting an infection. Adults can take 3-6 grams spread out for several days at the first sign of a cold. Children can start with up to 500mg/2-4 hours, but do your own research. You can look up Linus Pauling articles to do so . Find it in a powdered form like thisone from Healthforce Nutritionals as it absorbs better. Drink 8 oz of water for every 8-10 grams you take.
4. Broth
“Good broth will resurrect the dead” a South American Proverb
We have always been told to eat chicken noodle soup when we are sick and there is a reason for it! The only caveat with this is that it is extremely more beneficial to eat homemade or close to homemade broth rather than canned or boxed soup/broth. Bone broth that is prepared properly will help cure colds and heal; it is filled with minerals the body can absorb easily as well as cartilage and tendons, which are now sold as supplements for joint and arthritis pain. To read more about the benefits of broth, click here.
5. Vitamin D
Check your Vitamin D levels. If you are getting sick often, you might have low levels of Vitamin D in your blood. Traditional lab test levels are too low, at 35 ng/ml, while you benefit more from a level of at least 50 ng/ml. There is SO much more on this topic, here is a great article about colds and obtaining your Vitamin D from the sun.

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