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Your Health Starts in Your Gut

Hippocrates once said, “All disease begins in the gut,” and modern science is proving these words to be true. Many studies show digestive challenges are the root cause of chronic inflammatory diseases, such as autoimmune disorders, various skin challenges, and also have a profound impact on mental health. Diseases of the digestive system, particularly, an underlying condition known as leaky gut syndrome is a rapidly growing modern day epidemic.

Leaky gut, also called increased intestinal permeability, is a condition that occurs when the tight junctions that make-up the wall of the intestines become inflamed and allow undigested food proteins, bacteria, and toxins to leak across the thin lining and into the bloodstream. Once this protective barrier is compromised, the immune system reacts and triggers body-wide inflammation. When the condition is severe, everything that a person consumes becomes an irritant and drives persistent, systemic inflammation, which also increases the risk of developing other chronic diseases.

Various conditions linked to leaky gut:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Digestive disorders (IBS, Celiac disease, Crohn’s) and food sensitivities
  • Skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema
  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Good gut health is fundamental to our physical and mental wellbeing, yet digestive disorders are more prevalent than ever. We need to make proactive efforts to protect our digestive systems from damage caused by overwhelming external and internal stressors.

Triggers of leaky gut:

Your Diet

  • Gluten
  • Nightshades
  • Sugar
  • GMO
  • Glyphosate from non-organic produce
  • Inflammatory Omega 6/Omega 3 ratio
  • Hydrogenated process oils

Your lifestyle

  • Environmental toxins
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Chronic stress
  • Alcohol

Your history

  • Chronic antibiotic, hormonal or NSAID use
  • Have metals toxicity
  • Chemo or radiation treatment
  • Vitamin/nutrient deficiencies
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Cesarian birth
  • Gut dysbiosis
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Your infection

  • Candida
  • Parasites
  • Viruses
  • H. Pilory
  • Lime disease

Of course, it’s impossible to entirely avoid the modern toxins and stressors that wreak havoc upon our guts. However, we can take steps to avoid known gut destructors and provide our bodies the tools to self-repair as needed.

How to heal it?

  1. Remove triggers as much as possible.
  2. Following the Cellular Healing Diet including prebiotic and naturally fermented foods, homemade bone broth and intermittent fasting.
  3. Implement periodic True Cellular Detox.
  4. Rotating high-quality probiotic supplements.

You will not successfully heal any chronic condition if your gut is not functioning properly. But by taking measures to remove the offending sources of leaky gut, consuming healing foods, fasting, detoxing and taking high-quality supplements, your gut will heal itself and other chronic conditions will improve as well. Making changes can be difficult, but this determines who gets well and who does not.

You can start with Gut Healing recipe.

To learn more about gut testing, diet specifications and True Cellular Detox, join me for a free workshop “Your Health Starts in Your Gut” on June 23 at 12 pm.

Learn more…

The Human Longevity Project

It’ll come as no surprise to you that meditation and mindfulness are good for you.

A new project by my friend and colleague, Jason Prall, actually looked into things like meditation, gratitude, and human connection in the planet’s healthiest people.

He also spoke to some of the world’s thought leaders and luminaries, and for the first time, uncovered some of the underlying mechanisms that afford these people such vibrant health and longevity.

In his new series, The Human Longevity Project, Jason gives us a blueprint for living a life filled with purpose, abundant health, and profound happiness.

This series is such a game changer and will forever change the paradigm for health in the Western World.

We can no longer ignore what so many of us know to be true…

 

Watch The Trailer Here. <=

That health and wellness have as much (or more) to do with things like mindset, energy, and gratitude as it does with diet, exercise and certainly, conventional medicine.

People in these “Longevity Regions” woke up every day with purpose.

They didn’t identify with disease.

They didn’t compare themselves with their neighbors or friends.

They were quick to forgive others… and quicker to forgive themselves.

These traits and more were stunningly apparent in each region Jason visited.

Now, you can experience this journey for yourself–for free!

Join me and register for The Human Longevity Project Here. <=

See you there.

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Chocolate for your loved one

Giving chocolate to your loved one for Valentines Day is an old tradition. But why do we associate chocolate with love and what are health benefits of eating it?

Benefits of chocolate.

1. It improves our life.  Anandamide is the chemical in chocolate that quickly activates dopamine receptors in the brain which temporarily blocks feelings of pain and depression and provides the sense of wellbeing or “high”.

2. Substitutes for love.  It delivers a potent neurotransmitter called phenylethylamine, which is more commonly known as the “love drug.” That is why people crave chocolate when love is missing in there lives.

3. Makes us happy.  Cacao also has tryptophan – a precursor to the mood-stabilizing neurotransmitter serotonin.

4. Reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems. It has anti-clotting, blood-thinning properties that work in a similar way to aspirin which can improve blood flow and circulation.

5. Prevents cognitive decline. Cocoa’s flavonoids seems to make people feel more awake and alert and perform better. ( No wonder why my mom always gave me dark chocolate  when I took my tests).

6. It  is also and inflammation fighter due to resverathrol  presence. Eating dark chocolate is the most natural ways to reduce the inflammatory processes underlying the chronic, degenerative diseases.

7. Keeps cholesterol healthy. Naturally occurring polyphenols in cocoa, the fundamental component in chocolate, actually boost levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol, while at the same time reducing the atherogenicity of so-called “bad” variety – LDL – by preventing its oxidation.

8. Increases energy. Chocolate contains caffeine, a stimulant that can help heighten physical energy and alertness, but studies also show that it can inhibit inflammation in the brain that causes migraines.

9. May reduce cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods.

10. Increase insulin sensitivity and reduce risk of diabetes.
All those beneficial properties related to dark chocolate over 70%. My personal favorite is 85%

Caution!!!

1. Non-organic bars might contain GMO- soy product, such as lecithin!
2. Watch for amount of sugar!
3. Do not overeat!

As mentioned in Cleveland Clinic study:

“It’s important to remember the word moderation. There’s a measured and tested amount of chocolate – 6.7 grams a day (or one small square of chocolate two or three times a week) – that provides the best health benefits. While it undoubtedly comes as a pleasant surprise that chocolate is actually good for you, eating the right amount is crucial if you want it to be a benefit and not a liability.”

Keep all this information in mind  when you buy good quality chocolate for your Valentine.

If you would like to surprise you loved one and make chocolate yourself check my recipe from the forthcoming cookbook.

—–> GET RECIPE HERE <—–

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How to stay away from colds and flues this winter.

 

 

 

Winter is approaching us rapidly with cold temperature and busy Holiday time. Are you taking extra steps to stay away from colds and flues, prevent yourself from falling off the wagon of your healthy habits?  Yes, there are some people who believe that getting flu vaccine will give them protection in the winter and reduce number of sick days. But there are other folks, including myself, who prefer more holistic and natural preventive measures. Regardless, following few simple steps will help to you to improve the body ability to fight infection or to recover from any sickness faster.

  1. Keep your body warm. Make sure to cover your neck (thyroid gland area) and head (brain) when it is cold to keep warm energy flow in metabolic and temperature control areas.
  2. Eat and drink only warm or hot food and fluids. Any food or drink with lower that body temperature will activate stress respond and lower the immune system. Drinking warm or hot lemon water throughout the day will stimulate lymphatic system alongside the gastro-intestinal tract, which play a primary role in your defense mechanism.
  3. Allow your body to rest by utilizing stress management techniques, proper exercise and good quality of sleep.
  4. Utilize necessary supplements depending on your nutritional and lifestyle habits.
  5. Use food as medicine. Adding warm, sweet and spicy herbs and grounding, cooked root vegetables like squash, yam or pumpkin to your meal will make your body feel satisfied and balanced. Check this winter soup recipe here.
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HOW TO DEAL WITH HOLIDAY STRESS IN A POSITIVE WAY ?

The holiday season can be a magical time for some people, while others have a tendency to stress out.

Stress is an inevitable part of everyone’s life.  Particularly during the holidays, you  spend extreme amount of money  in over-crowded shops, you tend to over-eat and drink a lot , you try to fit in last minute events in already over-booked calendar.  As a result, all this can put you over the edgeUnderstanding the following two facts about stress will help you deal with it in a positive way.

1. Stress is cumulative; it builds upon itself day after day.

2. Your ability to handle stress depends on how resilient you are at any particular time in your life. Resiliency factors are things that make life easier, like supportive people, good health, and positive thoughts. If resiliency factors are missing, than the same stressful event will knock you to your knees or worse yet, flat on your face.

How to fight the cumulative nature of stress and strengthen your resiliency factors:

1. Learn to relax. This DOES NOT include watching TV or taking a nap. Although in moderation, there are benefits to these activities.  What really works is training your body and mind to refocus and take a break from any situation. You can learn meditation, breathing exercises, visualization, journaling, progressive muscle relaxation, or yoga, and connect to your senses by using music, aromatherapy or a favorite soft blanket to help you relax. Everyday you can choose to make a conscious effort  to practice these relaxation tips for at least fifteen minutes.  Then you will breakdown the cumulative nature of stress and see the  considerable difference within one week.
2. Find out which situations, people, and things make you more stressed and come up with a plan of action. Be realistic with your personal expectations and don’t overwhelm yourself by concentrating on everything you need to do.  One step at a time.

3. Surround yourself with supportive people. Choose to limit your time around somebody who stress you out and try to emotionally distance yourself from situations that sabotage your good efforts for health.

4. Decide what you can control and what you can’t. If there are situations or people out of your control then continually remind yourself that it is wasted energy trying to make someone do what you want them to do, or trying to make something to be different then it is.

5. Choose to change the negative tapes playing in your head; replace “I can’t do this”, “I’m not smart”, or “I will fail” with “I can deal with challenges”,” I may have made mistakes in the past, but I am doing better”, or “I’m a hard worker”.

6. Most of your experience of stress has to do with your attitude and the way you perceive your life’s events or others. Here are some tips to help you maintain a stress-relieving attitude: positive affirmations, optimism, maintaining a sense of humor, using low of attraction, and letting go of anger.

7. Exercise, sleep and nourish your body in a healthy way. Physical activities release healthy chemicals ( endorphins) in your brain. Therefor, increasing your heart rate for at least 15 minutes a day, every day, is the single most effective thing your can do to fight stress. Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Eat right because your brain will not function properly if it is malnourished.

8. Everyday do something that you like to do and remind yourself who you are. Your life will be off balance unless you restore your sense of fun.  Harmonizing  your life will help you to be resilient to stress.

9. Don’t mask your stress with addiction forming drugs and alcohol.  Natural stress-relievers such as valerian root, chamomile and passion flowers work synergistically to help you regain control of your emotions. 

Start now in order to reduce and better manage your stress by using my effective tips, and enjoy the holidays in good health and happiness!
If you would like help and support for boosting your resiliency and for staying happy and healthy during holidays, schedule a free session with me
here

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7 Superfoods to Fight Cancer

There are so much evedence that what we eat matter. The food that we consume every day can kill us or heal us. Dr. Young S. Kim and her team of researchers of The National Cancer Institute of America in July/August 2012 concluded that a poor diet (too much glucose, bad fats, dairy, too much salt, too many refined and junk foods) could cause a cancer to regrow from the Cancer Stem Cells left behind after conventional treatment. Dr. Kim also concluded that certain natural compounds in foods could stop this regrowth. High level of beneficial natural compounds like vitamins and minerals makes it SUPERFOOD. There are few superfoods that can reverse or prevent cancers.

Green leafy vegetables

Green vegetables long with avocado, beans, carrots, apricots, pumpkins, and egg yolk will give you folic acid if your gut bacteria are strong.
This will help your DNA to replicate properly and protect it during radiotherapy.
400 micrograms is a recommended amount. Folate, biotin, choline and inositol, niacin and vitamin B12 are all B vitamins that help in the cancer fight. Niacin has been shown to kill cancer cells. Green vegetables and sprouting seeds are a source of sulforaphanes which have strong epigenetic (gene expression) benefits and have been shown to aid survival from colorectal cancer. A diet rich in greens will help alkalize your body. A slightly alkaline body is important as it improves the performance of your immune system and research shows it stops new metastases.

Broccoli

Like other green cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts), broccoli contains fibre which helps eliminate toxins.
Moreover, the fibre binds to damaging agents in the intestine, and is one of the favorite foods of good, helpful gut bacteria (as are carrots, apples, chicory and onions).
Broccoli also contains indoles, and especially indole-3-carbinol which modifies and diminishes aggressive estrogen action, can modify cellular estrogen receptor sites, and aids in fighting estrogen-driven cancers like some breast, prostate, brain and colorectal cancers.

Ginger


Fresh, raw ginger has a number of very important benefits in cancer. It is a terrific anti-inflammatory agent. It also lowers blood sugar levels, and gingerols have been shown to have effects against prostate, breast, leukemia and other cancer cells. Grate 5 gm or more of ginger each day into your juices. It is also full of helpful vitamins and minerals and is anti-parasitic.

 

 

Garlic

It is a truly wonderful food. Active ingredients like allicin seem to act to stop the spread of cancer in a number of ways, for example by stopping blood supply formation for tumors.
Garlic also kills microbes and yeasts and anti-inflammatory in the body. It contains selenium, tryptophan and sulphur-based active agents that attack cancer cells.
Two or three raw cloves of garlic per day will chase away cancer as well as vampires.

 

Beetroot

Beets as well as any purple colored fruits and vegetables like cherries, plums, red grapes contain anthocyanins (and sometimes also resveratrol). Anthocyanins have been shown to kill cancer cells; Resveratrrol has research supporting its role in fighting certain cancers like blood and brain cancers.

 

 

Fish oil

Fish oil will provide long chain omega-3, a powerful anti-inflammatory in the body. Omega-3 has been shown to re-lengthen telomeres, which shorten when you have cancer, putting the DNA structure at risk and reducing longevity. Fish oils also contain vitamin A, an important vitamin in the fight against cancer (herring, mackerel and salmon are top of the list). Fish oils have been linked to reduced levels of prostate, breast and colon cancer. Research shows they help prevent cachexia (weakness and wasting of the body) when having chemotherapy. You´ll also get a little vitamin D from them, another proven cancer-fighter. Omega-3 from fish is an important ingredient in your cancer diet. Please note that the omega-3 from flaxseed is short-chain, equally important but has different benefits (for example, it helps oxygenate the tissues and provides essential fiber).

Seeds

Seeds are full of good oils, whole vitamins in a natural form (like vitamin E) and fiber to strengthen your gut flora. People who consume the highest levels of natural fiber have higher immune systems. For example:

Sunflower Seeds
: High in zinc and natural vitamin E. Zinc helps vitamin C do its work and accelerates healing time. It is important to a healthy prostate. You need 15 to 25 mg per day. Five tablespoons of sunflower seeds give you 10 mg. Sunflower seeds will also provide a little selenium.
Pumpkin Seeds: 
Can be mixed with the sunflower seeds and added into cereal,  oatmeal or snacks.   5 tablespoons will each provide 20 mg of vitamin E, the ultimate cancer buster, which inhibits cancer cell growth and protects immune cells from free radicals. Vitamin E boosts your immune system´s fighting abilities.
Sesame Seeds: The unique lignans in sesame seeds can reduce blood pressure and lipid levels. Research shows they can fight inflammation and also cancer! Gamma tocopherol vitamin E reduces inflammation around the body. Both sesame and flax lignans are converted to compounds that can arrest estrogenic cancers.

Try to incorporate all of these superfoods into your diet to heal your body and chase away not only cancer but also many other degenerative diseases.

To your health and happiness!

Coconut-Banana Ice Cream Cupcakes

Ice cream is a part of warm season. I always eat ice cream with pleasure to cool my overheated body down in the summer hit. My kids and I enjoy even more the healthy version of this sweet haven. Try my healthy simple and easy recipe this summer.

NGREDIENTS

For the crust
¼ cup almond flour
¼ cup coconut flour
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

For the ice-cream
2 large and very ripe bananas, frozen
1 can full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbs. cacao nibs plus additional for topping

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Line 6 muffin cups with paper liners. To make the crust, combine all the crust ingredients and press into the bottom of the 6 muffin cups.
2. To make the filling, open the can of chilled coconut milk and scoop out the thick coconut cream which separates to the top. Save coconut water for smoothies.
3. With a handheld blender, whip the coconut cream until it looks like whipped cream.
4. In a blender, blend the frozen bananas until creamy. You may need to add a tablespoon of water or coconut water to allow blending.
5. Stir together the whipped coconut cream, blended bananas, and cacao nibs and divide between the muffin wells. Sprinkle with additional cacao nibs. Freeze until solid, at least 6 hours, before enjoying.
6. Once frozen solid, transfer to an airtight container and keep in the freezer.

Enjoy with your friends and family!

Global Wellness Day is June 10

 

The world celebrates Global Wellness Day with the slogan “One day can change your whole life,”on the second Saturday of June every year as an international day dedicated to living well.

Global Wellness Day is an entirely not-for-profit day, a social project created by volunteers dedicated to living well. The purpose of Global Wellness Day is to ask the question, even if for just one day, “How can I live a healthier and better life?”, to direct the thoughts of both individuals and society towards “living well” and to raise awareness.

First celebrated in 2012, Global Wellness Day was established in Turkey as the “first” day dedicated to living well, and has now been accepted worldwide. Global Wellness Day has been officially celebrated in over 90 countries at 3000 different locations in 2016, reflecting its success.

According to The World Health Organization, Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

My vision of living well as a community, society, and a world in general is being happy, healthy physicals and mentally, and leave in peace with each other.

My own living well mantra is love and mindfulness of my own body and mind and people around me.

What is wellness for you personally?

What would you do today to achieve your wellness?

Wellness is the conscious development of the whole self. Embarking on a wellness journey is a process of searching for the appropriate “tools” to make you a healthier and happier human being, plus discovering your own effective methods to use these “tools” for continued growth and development.

If you don’t know where to start, try the following 8 steps. You will improve your wellbeing step-by-step with one step at a time.

GWD 8 step manifesto
  1. Walk for an hour.
  2. Drink more water.
  3. Don’t use plastic bottles.
  4. Eat healthy food.
  5. Do a good deed.
  6. Have a family dinner with your loved ones.
  7. Sleep 10 hours.
  8. Be grateful.

Share the manifesto, the video or the whole article with you families, your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers or your communities and spread awareness about Global Wellness Day.

Living well one day at a time and educating others about it is my mission. My belief and my passion is to educate, support and empower people to transform their lives and reach their optimal health and happiness. As a ripple effect, we can change our community, our nation and the globe to better place with peace, love, health and happiness as priorities.
I am here for you if you need my support. Schedule a complementary transformational session here.

On this Global Wellness Day I would like to present you a gift – “7 De-Stress Tips for Busy People” e-book.

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