The first thing I ask my clients is what are you stools like? I talk about shit often hahah!
Your bowel movements will tell you a lot about weather you have mucoid plaque build up in your large bowel (which we all have!).
Are your bowel movements thin, and not full? And are you finding undigested food in your stools? This is your pancreas being suppressed by acidosis and your foods are not being absorbed in the villi in the small bowel. This is because of mucus and sulphur blocking absorption. Starchy foods stick like glue in the Villi. Detox will resolve this issue in time, if you get your bowels moving well and are eating plenty of astringent fruits and your fats are low. Contrary to belief vegetables like celery alone, will not scrub this stuff out… you need the fruits and fruit juice for this. It takes time to clean this stuff out, as I say often…and it is in this muciod plague that the parasites and fungus and yeast thrive!!
When you have been eating starchy cooked and processed foods for the majority of your life as I had. It takes time to get improved absorption. You’ve got to be at least 80% fruit based, if you want to resolve this issue faster.
Grapes, watermelon, berries and citrus fruits and juice are the best at pulling it out. Along with enemas and dry fasting…
Be patient and allow your body to break down as much as it wants to because you can’t fix Malabsorption with supplements, nutrition, fats and proteins. This issue of malabsorption must be fixed through detoxification. If you have lots of mucoid plaque, sulphur, and fungus in the body then it may take a while to get this stuff out, I know for me it is taken years and sometimes I feel like I will never get there…but I know it takes time. The acids and mucus is the root of all these obstructive health conditions especially for my youngest son Edward. Starches will only make Malabsorption worse, because starch sticks to the bowels like paper machete stopping nutrients getting in.
Along with the above astringent fruits I recommend a GI Broom powder or making your own.
Take ½ tsp for children 2-3 tsp for adults in juice or water each night…
To make this:
250 grams Psyllium Husk
2 tbs Activated Charcoal
2 tbs Bentonite Clay
2 tbs Slippery Elm Powder
*Option to add any herbs you like.
Add it all into a container or jar and use the dose above each night for healthy bowel movements and to pull out mucus plague….
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Really not recommended for good digestion. Brown rice, millet, buckwheat, cornmeal, oats – 90 minutes.
Legumes & Beans is Acidic
Not recommended for good digestion, but in moderation in good combinations can be tolerated especially when sprouted. Lentils, lima beans, chickpeas, yellow peas, kidney beans, etc. – 90 minutes.
Soy beans – 120 minutes.
Seeds & Nuts is Alkaline.
In moderation in good combinations. Seeds, sunflower, hemp seeds, pumpkin, pepitas, sesame – 2 hours.
Nuts, Almonds, macadamias, peanuts (raw), cashews, brazil nuts, walnuts, pecans etc. – 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Raw Fats is Alkaline
In moderation in good combinations. Avocado, coconut, nut butters – 3 hours.
Cooked or extracted fats is Acidic.
Really not recommended for good digestion Trans fats, olive oils, coconut oil, butter, canola oil, rice bran oil, rapeseed oil etc. – 6 hours.
Really not recommended for good digestion Skim milk, soft cheese, low fat pot cheese or ricotta – 90 minutes. Whole milk soft cheese – 120 min. Whole milk hard cheese – 4 to 5 hours.
Animal proteins is Acidic.
Really not recommended for good digestion Whole egg – 45 min. Fish, cod, snapper, flounder, sole, seafood ect. – 30 minutes. Fish – salmon, salmon trout, herring, (more fatty fish) – 45 to 60 minutes. Chicken – 11/2 to 2 hours (without skin). Turkey – 2 to 2 1/4 hours (without skin). Beef, lamb – 3 to 4 hours. Pork – 41/2 to 5 hours.
Animal proteins is Alkaline when eaten alone.
Egg yolk – 30 minutes. Remember this is leaving your stomach. These foods can sit in your colon for up to 4 days if your digestion is not good or you have poor food combinations, especially meat. For the best digestion choose easy to digest foods and in the right combinations.
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Removing is the first step: by removing harmful foods, toxins and stresses on the body you give it the best chance to heal. If you imagine your body as a large cooking pot and each toxin, junk food, chemical, truama or stressful day goes into fill up that pot, eventualy that pot will over flow and you can try to put a lid on it (medication) but you are just supressing the inevitable of it exploding and spilling over (disease and illness). Foods like spices, cooked foods, meats and flesh, alcohol, packaged foods, coffee and chocolate are stimulants to the body and will stop it healing. The body can only heal when it has no pressures on the system and is getting adequate sleep.
Below is what you need to remove without cheating or using as a “treat food”
Things in moderation does not apply to good nutrition and healing the body. A small amount of harmful unnatural foods are still damaging for the body. Large amounts are more damaging!
alcohol, coffee, cacao, chocolate
soda and canned drinks, fruit juices and cartoon drinks, UHT milks and juices and nut milks
sweets, lollies, candies, pop corn and packaged treats and biscuits
chocolate (even raw if you have Adreanal or Chronic Fatigue)
spices and spicy foods
sugars and natural sugars like agave, maple, honey, coconut sugar
trans fat, crisps, chips, fried foods and packaged and canned foods
jared, tinned and premade foods
wheat, gluten and grains (some grains and seeds like quinoa, buckwheat and millet can be added back in once the healing has been done)
canned beans, legumes, meats, broths and dairy
stress and toxic relationships
the need to be right
the need to be perfect
badly combined foods
eating late meals
reducing nighthsades like tomatoes, eggplants, capsicum and starchy vegetables like parsnips, carrots, beets and white potatoes some may need to remove completely but can be returned after the skin has healed
remove all parastite and yeast over growths by doing cleanses or probiotic protocols
tap water and bottled water and drinking when you are not thirsty
chemicals, toxins from your skin care and home cleaning products-supermarket supplements
moulds from your home
stresses and enviormental stresses including work and relationships
chiropractic adjustments, saunas, vigorous rough massage, excessive exercise that exhausts you and anything else that stimulates the nervous system
salt and pepper
This list may seem overwhelming and too much to remove but you will not achive healing if you are still using chemcials on your skin or toxins in your home or having weekend treats of raw deserts, chips, cakes and chocolate or eating foods that are cooked to often in your diet. You must go through a strict removing stage to allow your body to expel the inflamation and re-program itself to start the healing process. It’s not to say if you do slip up (we are all human and life happens) that you have undone all you have worked hard on so far. It’s about getting back on the horse and trying again. Each time you do this your body will recover faster and eventualy it will signal you don’t need those foods anymore and it will show you how to get what you need from natural healthy foods and your environment.
HOW SERIOUS ARE YOU TO GET BETTER?
For example I used to suffer from migrains and as soon as I felt one coming on I would reach for my mirgrain tablets and have a chocolate craving. Well what my body was telling me is that I needed magnesium and it was trying to detoxify my system. So now when I feel a mild headache come on I have some almonds or a banana and take double dose of my magnesium powder, or I fast to allow my body to remove the toxins efficiently, I listen to my body instead of supressing the signals it’s telling me.
Your body is very clever, it’s equipt with everything it needs and signals to you what it wants or needs to function. We have become so far removed from our bodies and we are used to suppressing or stimulating it with junk foods or medication we have lost the abilty to read it and understand what it needs. ‘You don’t eat for hunger but to fuel your cells’.
Repairing is the second but most important step: once you have removed these foods and environmental toxins, it allows the pressure to come off the sympathetic nervous systems which primary process is to stimulate the body’s fight-or-flight response and return to the Parasympathetic nervous system which primary process is to calm and relax the body and allow healing to happen. Healing will not be able to happen if you are in the fight-or-flight response your body does not digest from this state and it can not heal from this state. Eating mindfully is important and eating mono (one food meals) at first will help your digestion repair faster. Having a meal of just one fruit can really help kick the digestion back in.
How do you repair you body?
These foods below you should be eating daily if possible and be incorporated into your weekly nutrition where possible, try to eat a large amount of organic or low spray greens and vegetables daily and get most of your nutrients and calories from ripe in season fruits. which is our primary source of energy. Nuts and seeds can be added in the right food combinations and depending on your level of leaky gut. Nuts and seeds and the truth about digesting them . . .
“Coffee to a healthy strong body can be productive in small doses sparingly, coffee to a person with leaky gut, stress, hormone unbalances and adrenal fatigue can be a killer and is not a health food.”
Healing healthy foods are essential as is the right environment for healing and repairing cells.
bio-individual probiotics if needed until the gut is healed
prebiotics rich foods like sweet potato, papaya and lemon
bio-individual natural supplements like zinc, magnesium, iodine, glutamine, B vitamins, D vitamins and trace minerals, adaptogens.
organic doTERRA essential oils
large amounts of green leafy vegetables daily
aloe vera and beetroot juice – for constipation
barley grass powder for minerals
ripe fruits in abundance
sunshine daily on bare skin
grounding into the earth bare footed
ocean, forest or mountain air regularly
silica (diatomaceous earth) -for diarrhoea
activated charcoal – for food allergies or reactions
mesquite powder -zinc, magnesium
zinc rich foods like – brazil nuts figs and pumpkin seeds.
This step is the third step: but one of the most important as it seals your new healthy life change and keeps your body able to protect itself and keep growing and healing the cells promoting anti-ageing and high energy levels.
You have done the hard part by removing the foods and making the lifestyle changes. By now you should be used to eating a healthy diet and learning to listen to your body’s signals.
These practices below will help you stick to this lifestyle and allow your body to cope with the everyday stresses that arise:
a healthy diet balanced in small amounts of good omega 3 fats, high amounts of natural complex carbohydrates (fruits and vegetables) iodine rich foods like green leafy vegetables and seaweed, nuts, seeds and an abundance of colour from natures foods, and clean filtered distilled water eaten away from food.
a daily practice of 10 minutes meditation twice a day will keep your anxiety down and help you think clearly and make decisions in every day life.
essential oils to help bring your into your body and relax you.
regular soft massage will help remove toxins and help relax your body.
Qi-gong or Ti chi or Yoga daily or at least 3 times a week will balance hormones, remove toxins, help with weight loss and distress your mind.
walking in nature as often as possible helps ground you (bare foot if you can).
practicing mindful-living will help keep you in the present moment and not living in the future or past thus keeping anxiety and worry down
setting values up around you and making sure you lifestyle choices are always in keep with these values will allow you to stay on your path.
boundaries and communication is vital to your health, if your body feels hard done by or stressed because of others it will show up in physical symptoms. By having open communication to those close to you and always putting yourself first and not over stepping your boundaries you will keep your body feeling safe.
breathing this is the most important thing we can learn as humans and the one thing we all do so badly at because of course we breath or we would be dead right? Well most of us don’t breath deeply enough and shallow breath can cause stress on the body. Take the time to deep breath in for 3 seconds hold for 5 seconds and out for 5 seconds at least 5 minutes of each hour every day. I do this every time I stop at a red light or sit on the toilet. Find a place and time that suits you and make it a daily practice. Mediation and Breathing techniques for beginners!
The final step to healing your body:
Once you are at this stage you would have changed as a person, your body will be thanking you with clear skin, sleeping well, no aches and pains and no inflamation, an alert mind and clear thinking – sounds blissfull right!
The final step is to address any of lifes hurts. This stage is the most difficult to overcome and most of us are still on this journey even the most enlightened guru’s have their past hurts or backage to overcome.
Through Coaching or Mickel Therpay or CBT or Theta Healing or your chosen way, I suggest dealing with any pain you have been caused or any pain you cuurently have in your life. This can unblock years of trauma you have pushed down causing your body physical symptoms. This is something I can help you with at a one to one coaching session. What is ‘Theta Healing’ and how can it help you?
Each persons story will be different and at first you might not want to open up about painfull past issues, but if you can make the connection beween you constant neck pain and your issue with your mother then you start to see the importance of doing so.
Have you ever reurned from a family lunch with a headche or shoulder pain that you didn’t have before? Or met a friend for lunch and not felt listen to or he/she didn’t ask about your life or how you are and you come away feeling down and then go to the shops or eat something to make yourself feel better and just push that emotion down?
Each food you eat either fuels your body and benefits your cells healing and reproducing new healthy cells. Or it harms your body causing inflammation and deficiencies and thus behavioral issues like Depression, Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Bi-Polar Disorder, or inflammation illness like; Arthritis, Diabetes, ME, MS, Heart Conditions, Crohn’s, Eczema, psoriasis, Asthma, Epilepsy and Auto-immune diseases. It’s vital to understand eating the right foods and living in the right environment for your body so it can heal itself and do what it is designed to do without medication and intervention.
The trillions of microbes that inhabit the human body, collectively called the microbiome, are estimated to weigh two to six pounds. Up to twice the weight of the average human brain (No wonder we call the Gut the second Brain) Most of them live in the gut and intestines, where they help us to digest food, synthesize vitamins and ward off infection. Studies have linked the gut microbiome to a range of complex behaviours, such as mood and emotion, appetite, and even learning and memory. Not only does the gut microbiome appear to help maintain brain function, but it may also influence the risk of psychiatric and neurological disorders, including anxiety, depression and autism.
Gut microbiota help break down certain nutrients.
Gut microbiota produce brain chemicals such as,
GABA, tryptophan, serotonin, histamine and
Dopamine (all needed to function and stay happy and balanced)
70-80% of your brain chemicals are made in the gut!
Disruption of the gut barrier:
Dysbiosis “leaky gut” – toxicity
Parasites and over-growths of yeast
Inflammatory bowel disorders
There are many things that can upset this delicate balance, from family genes passed on from blood lines, to environment, toxins and of course most important is the food you nourish your body with.
Environment – pesticides, herbicides, synthetic hormones and pollutions.
Foods – intolerances, processed foods, white sugar, trans fat, wheat, gluten and food chemicals, preservatives and additives. (Gluten can cause opening of the cell junctions, open it up to toxins and bacteria entering the blood stream causing Leaky Gut)
Under-active digestion (low stomach acid)
Stress and emotional trauma. (Causing diarrhoea or constipation, bloating, wind, reflux, low stomach acid, ulcers in the digestive tract, disruption in motility, bacterial imbalance, when stressed there are tendencies to eat more sugar and refined carbohydrates when under pressure)
Many factors come in to play to stop our cells from talking to each other and growing healthily or reproducing:
Food sensitivities – e.g. gluten intolerance
Oxidative Stress (toxicity of cells)
Hormones – e.g. Cortisol (stress)
What is “Leaky Gut”?
The lining of our digestive tract acts as a barrier with tiny holes that should only allow small, harmless particles to pass through while preventing waste particles and undigested food from escaping. However, if this lining becomes compromised or more porous than normal, undigested food particles and waste products can get through and enter the bloodstream. When undigested food particles and waste seep into the bloodstream, the immune system responds with inflammation throughout the body, leading to leaky gut syndrome (coined my Naturopaths). Inflammation can then lead to symptoms like bloating, cramps, constipation, diarrhea, headaches, fatigue, rashes, achy joints, allergies, and more. These symptoms, in addition to chemicals produced during this immune response, are contributing factors for kids who struggle with behavior, focus, and learning difficulties. Kids with leaky gut syndrome may also experience vitamin and mineral deficiencies due to poor absorption, which can further exacerbate learning or behavioral struggles. While it is widely accepted that people with Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) often experience leaky gut syndrome, the idea that kids with ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), Autism and Dyslexia and other neuro-developmental disorders may also be affected is gaining traction thanks to Dr Natasha Mc Bride ‘The GAPS Diet’.
Hormones play such an important role in your body and its healing ability, if one is out or low or too high it can cause many long-term health issues. If your lacking in any of these hormones or your body is imbalanced you can get symptoms of depression, learning difficulties or leaky gut. Here I break down each one and the importance of them:
These act as messengers for the brain and nervous system:
They either “excite” or “inhibit”
Keep you in a “fight or flight response”
Alertness, concentration, memory and mood:
Overproduction can result in high stress – panic attacks or anxiety and not being able to switch off at night
Helps with memory and learning, signs and symptoms of a deficiency include:
Highly reactive to stress
Helps with regulating sleep, mood and eating behaviours. Signs and symptoms of a deficiency include:
95% of serotonin in the body is in the GUT! – Gluten effects serotonin production
(so if your guts not right your not going to feel happy)
Helps with motivation, mood regulation, memory and movement. Signs and symptoms of a deficiency include:
Restless legs (Fibromyalgia)
Dull boring dreams or no memory of dreams
Helps with sleep maintenance and our main inhibitory brain chemical “stops excitatory brain chemicals” signs and symptoms of deficiency include:
Insomnia or struggles to fall asleep/waking during the night with a rushing mind
Too much elevated Cortisol levels can interfere with every aspect of your health. Signs and symptoms include:
Learning and memory difficulties
Lowered immune function
Increase weight gain or unable to loose weight even when under eating and exercising
Blood pressure issues
Keeps you in chronic stress
Increase risk for depression
Lower life expectancy
Inflammation in the body
Burn out your Adrenal Glands
Helps with your immune system, proper digestion, and your central nervous system. As a neurotransmitter, it communicates important messages from your body to your brain. It is also a component of stomach acid, which is what helps you break down food in your stomach. Too much Histamine can cause:
Too little Histamine can cause:
Arousal and wakefulness
Loss of appetite
Low stomach acid
Binge eating and cravings
Dry skin allergies
Difficulty regulating temperature
Cramping around menstruation
Nasal congestion, sneezing, difficulty breathing
Vertigo or dizziness
Arrhythmia, or accelerated heart rate
Parasites can cause many issues when untreated and stop the healing process. The body becomes Malnutritioned and they can cause Leaky Gut and Fat Malabsorption, meaning the body doesn’t get the nutrients from the food you are eating as they take it all first. This then affects the Gut Flora and Microbiome and other deficiencies accrue. We all have parasites to some level but some are able to expel them natural without it causing them harm whilst others need medical help. Parasite can be picked up through:
Travel to other countries – e.g. “Bali Belly”
Weakened immune system
Pets and animals
Lack of hygiene
Signs and symptoms of them include:
Weight gain or weight loss
Parasites can be passed through salvia and bodily fluids and from changing nappies so if one family member has them you all have them. Testing can be hard but worth persisting to find out which ones you have and the right treatment for them. Treatment can take up to 1 year and there are foods to help with expelling them as well as natural cleansers.
Candidia Yeast Overgrowths and Sibo
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (or SIBO) is a chronic bacterial (and/or yeast) infection of the small intestine, where excessive number and/or abnormal type of bacteria (and yeasts) growing in a part of the gastrointestinal tract that normal contains relatively few microorganisms. These bacteria can cause a variety of problems by interfering with digestion and absorption of nutrients and by damaging the lining of the gut, causing a “Leaky Gut” Symptoms of bacterial overgrowth include abdominal pain, nausea, bloating, gas, belching, flatulence, chronic diarrhoea, and chronic constipation. These symptoms are due to the large volume of bacteria the digestive tract (alive and dead, as they read the end of their lifecycle) and the large amount of gas and metabolic waste that they produce. Many more symptoms of SIBO are a direct effect of nutrient mal-absorption (the body being starved even though you are eating). This arises either from the bacteria metabolizing those nutrients before we can absorb them or by the bacteria causing enough inflammation in the lining of the gut that it the gut can’t work properly anymore. The bacteria preferentially consume iron and vitamin B12, causing anemia. The bacteria decrease fat absorption by de-conjugating bile, leading to deficiencies of vitamins A & D and causing fatty floating pale stools. As the gut lining becomes increasingly inflamed and leaky, larger and not fully digested food particles enter the body, causing an immune reaction, which leads to food allergies and food sensitivities. Bacteria themselves can enter the blood stream causing systemic inflammation and immune reactions that can lead to autoantibody formation and autoimmune diseases. The truth about fruit . . .
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Do you suffer from constipation or bloating? This is a horrible painful problem for so many. Your body is being backed up with toxins that cause havoc on your body. So many people live with this for years trying every product from the pharmacy shelf. But have you looked in to your diet and added natural remedies?
We should all be going twice to three times daily with a perfect formed smooth stool that does not float or sink fast below the bowl and with no cracks or as rabbit droppings. These tips could help you.
A little cheeky image from the NGV!
The best thing you can do is buy a stool or squatty potty stool. By crouching down with your knees up you are in the correct position. Using the toilet without a stool does not open your bowls properly leaving stools trapped. It may seem silly but just by raising you legs up you will notice it will help you empty your bowls.
The higher your diet is in ripe in season fruit, greens and vegetables and the lower in drying hard to digest grains, dehydrating packaged foods, salts, and alcohol the healthier your bowels will be. Try adding these foods into your daily diet to see if it helps too:
Aloe Vera juice 10-50 ml daily on an empty stomach.
Organic celery and cucumber juice each morning before food.
Beetroot juice in the afternoon away from foods.
Barley Grass powder in your smoothies and green juices.
1 litre of fresh coconut water each day for 3-4 days.
Magnesium spray on your legs before bed, or magnesium flake baths.
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