Alarming chemical cocktail sprayed on your fruit and veg: How what your buy in the supermarket could have up to 32 active ingredients to get them to your plate in peak condition

By: Tom Rawstone FOR THE DAILY MAIL                                                                                                         Published: 23:53 GMT, 10 December 2017

 

  • Research by The Soil Association reveals the possible impact of the ‘toxic chemical cocktail’ put on our food
  • Farming in Britain has become increasingly dependent on chemicals – a potato is doused in 30 different ones
  • These chemicals are used to keep our food fresh longer but at the risk of stroke, heart attack and even cancer
  • All the pesticides used in the UK have been approved for use after being scrutinised by scientific experts

Doing the family shop, you’ll probably feel virtuous as you fill up your trolley with healthy fruit and vegetables.

But worrying new research reveals that these wholesome foods have been treated with a complex mixture of pesticides to get them to your table in peak condition — and there may even be some residues of these chemicals left on the produce you buy.

On average, new research has found, a supermarket potato will have been doused with an astonishing 30 active ingredients (an active ingredient is the part of a substance or compound that produces its chemical or biological effect).

Compare that to 40 years ago — when a potato would have been treated with just 5.3 active ingredients — and you start to see how mind-bogglingly dependent farming in Britain today is on chemicals.


A supermarket potato is doused with an astonishing 30 active chemical ingredients, compared to 40 years ago when a potato would have been treated with just 5.3

The Soil Association research is based on four decades of Government data and has thrown up all sorts of worrying facts.

For example, it found a leek or an onion bought in 2014 was treated with 32.6 active ingredients on average, compared to 1.8 in 1974. Wheat — ground into flour and used in everything from bread to thickening ready-meal sauces — was treated with just 1.7 active ingredients in 1974, rising to 20.7 in 2014.

The findings, presented at a recent Royal Society of Medicine conference, questioned what impact this ‘toxic cocktail’ of chemicals might have on humans, warning of links to various diseases including strokes, heart attacks and even cancer.

Pesticides are tested for safety and approved individually.

But if multiple chemicals are applied to different crops, then a consumer could be ingesting a mixture — the effects of which are unknown. The danger, some research suggests, is that taking a cocktail of chemicals could increase their potency.

‘People eat food sprayed with increasingly complex mixtures of pesticides, and no safety testing is done on mixtures,’ said Peter Melchett, policy director of the Soil Association, a food and farming charity which certifies organic food.

The group warns that regulation governing pesticides does not set safety levels for the cocktails of chemicals people eat, nor does it consider the impact of eating a succession of different pesticides.

It is a point echoed by Josie Cohen, of the Pesticide Action Network UK: ‘Mainstream agriculture in the UK looks less like farming and more like chemistry. The British public simply isn’t aware of how many different chemicals are being used to grow our food.’

Unsurprisingly, the agricultural industry reacted swiftly to counter the new claims. After all, it has long made much of the fact that the overall amount of pesticides used on British produce has declined dramatically.

In 1990 the total weight of pesticides applied to crops was 34.5 million kg, in 2015 it was 17.8 million — a 50 per cent reduction.

This, it is claimed, is down to advances in products and the fact they are more precisely applied, meaning that less of the chemical is required.

At the same time, it is argued that whatever crops may be exposed to in the fields, by the time they reach supermarket shelves they are safe to eat.

An independent advisory body, the Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF), oversees checks on food and drink for pesticide residues.

‘It’s correct to say the number of active ingredients available to farmers has increased over the past 40 years as a result of innovation, research and development,’ says Sarah Mukherjee, chief executive of the Crop Protection Association, which represents the pesticide industry.

‘But while the number of active ingredients has increased, the levels of residue found in the final produce remains low.

‘If you look at potatoes, the Soil Association claims an average of 30.8 active ingredients were applied to potatoes.

‘Yet the PRiF shows that in 2015, of 156 samples of potato, 73 samples contained no residues at all and only 31 contained residues of more than one pesticide.

‘That proves our point — even with a supposed average of 30.8 active ingredients applied, most potatoes sold in our supermarkets contain residue from one pesticide and the highest number of residues found was three.’

Those found to contain residues were all below the Maximum Residue Level set by law. But for most consumers, any residue is too high.

As for the ‘cocktail effect’, this, too, is dismissed by the industry body. Ms Mukherjee says: ‘Every day we are exposed to numerous natural and man-made chemicals. It is impossible to predict all the combinations in all possible concentrations that could arise — let alone assess them all.’

Such arguments are unlikely to convince some environmentalists who believe long-term exposure to pesticides could be linked to the development of cancers and other serious, chronic diseases.

Each year, a detailed record is kept of the amount of pesticides used nationally on individual crops. Would the National Farmers Union give us the details of one typical farm? Apparently not.

‘While all farmers will have their own spraying records, we don’t have access to them,’ said a spokesman. ‘Pesticides are a last resort for farmers when dealing with pests or disease.’

That may be the case. But some may wonder, if pesticides are being used so prudently on UK farms — and if each farm keeps a record — why is such information not more readily available?

But today, the Mail can reveal a comprehensive list of all the chemicals applied to a single crop of winter wheat during one growing season.

During that period, more than 20 chemicals were applied — a figure that closely matches the Soil Association’s findings.

The list was provided by a farmer in East Sussex to Professor Dave Goulson, a scientist and bee expert at the University of Sussex. The farm, which is not identified, is described as ‘not especially intensive, situated on the edge of the South Downs, an area of gentle hills, hedgerows and wooded valleys — beautiful, rural England.’

All the pesticides used in this country have been approved for use on crops having first been scrutinised by independent scientific experts. The product will have to have been shown to be effective and humane and to pose ‘no unacceptable risks’ to people, wildlife and the environment.

‘People eating small amounts of pesticide residues in their diet are not at risk, provided that intakes are below the safety limits that are set by expert committees when the pesticide is approved,’ advises the Food Standards Agency.

‘On the best science available, no harm will come to people who consume an amount of pesticide that is below the safety limits for that pesticide’.

By: Tom Rawstone FOR THE DAILY MAIL

Breast Cancer Signs: 5 Rarely Discussed Early Warning Signs

5 Rarely Breast Cancer Early Warning Signs

Breast Cancer Awareness month happens every October, which means the “Great Pink Push” is unleashed.

The cancer industry will shift into overdrive, urging women everywhere to get their mammogram screenings as they beg for cash donations for breast cancer research. All the while providing little in the way of practical preventative tips and tools that women can use to avoid this common form of cancer.

Click here for the most effective ways to prevent and beat cancer

As an informed, health-savvy individual, you probably want to know what signs that you have breast cancer you need to be on the lookout for, in order to nip breast cancer in the bud. Instead of having to deal with the weight of a breast cancer diagnosis after it’s progressed – which hopefully will never happen! We’ve compiled a list of five early warning breast cancer signs, most of which are rarely talked about in the media. Learn these breast cancer symptoms and signs as part of your preventative arsenal to stay ahead of the game.

Early Signs of Breast Cancer in Women: Don’t Just Look for Breast Lumps

The most common way that conventional doctors look for the first signs of breast cancer in women is to identify lumps in the breast. They most often do this with mammogram x-rays. This offer physicians a basic roadmap for navigating the terrain of breast tissue, which they believe allows them to pinpoint any lumps, masses, or other warning signs of breast cancer that might point to a malignancy.

But mammograms can be a potential cause of cancer due to the ionizing radiation they send into breast tissue. They also aren’t accurate 100 percent of the time, despite what you may have been told. Lumps and masses in breast tissue can be either benign (harmless) or malignant (cancerous), and mammograms don’t differentiate between the two. This often leads to false diagnoses and unnecessary treatments with chemotherapy and radiation.

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A better option, if you choose to undergo routine cancer screenings, is thermography. This unique screening method allows doctors to not only look for unusual lumps or growths, but look for other breast cancer symptoms in women. This can include identifying whether or not angiogenesis is taking place within the breast tissue, which is a much stronger and more accurate indicator that breast cancer may be present.

Angiogenesis is a fancy way of saying new blood vessel growth, which may reveal that a woman’s body is trying to build a new supply system for blood to be delivered to developing breast tumors. Doctors who specialize in examining thermography images will be able to identify whether or not angiogenesis is taking place, and suggest a proper course of action.

Other possible symptoms of breast cancer include:

Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)

Skin irritation or dimpling

Breast or nipple pain

Nipple retraction (turning inward)

Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin

Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)

Your Hormones and Cellular Health

A lot of health experts like to talk about breast cancer as something that results from “bad genetics,” being passed down from mothers to their daughters. This implies that breast cancer can’t be avoided and occurs as an unfortunate “luck of the draw” type scenario. And depending on the type of breast cancer they’re talking about, there may be some merit to this popular theory.

But most types of breast cancer are a result of environment, diet, and lifestyle, all of which dictate how a woman’s endocrine system produces and balances hormones. In other words, hormone imbalance plays a much greater role in determining breast cancer risk than many people think. Thermography can help qualified physicians determine whether or not a woman has an elevated breast cancer risk due to this often overlooked early indicator.

Know the Breast Cancer Signs

Every woman’s body has a unique ebb and flow, and getting in tune with your own personal rhythm is invaluable for becoming aware of signs you have cancer. Paying close attention to any unusual changes that might be occurring, especially within breast tissue, is critical to avoiding breast cancer.

If you feel any unusual aches or pains in your breast, including occasional throbbing, pain, or even fluctuating discomfort, talk to your healthcare provider. Many women assume that only an isolated lump with localized pain suggests the presence of breast cancer. The truth is that breast cancer can manifest as “scattered, seed-like” tumors that, in some cases, spread like small tentacles throughout breast tissue.

Experts from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston warn that breast cancer often shows up without the classic breast cancer warning signs of lumps or redness. As mentioned above, other breast cancer symptoms in females can include swelling and irritation, dimpling, nipple discharge beyond normal lactation, nipple inversion, and/or a thickening and reddening of skin around the nipple. These are all potential early breast cancer signs you need to pay attention to in your body.

“There are breast cancers that present as half a lump or there may be no lump at all,” says Dr. Naoto Ueno, chief of Translational Breast Cancer Research at the Center, as quoted by CBS News. “It could just be a strange-looking skin appearance or skin being red or dimpled.”

Just be sure to look for patterns of change or any new and unusualsymptoms that occur outside the norm. Occasional aches and pains may not be early symptoms of breast cancer, but persistent itching, for instance, could point to fluid buildup, poor lymph function, or your body trying to create new blood vessels for breast tumors.

Can Back Pain Indicate Breast Tumor Development?

Upper back pain that feels as though it’s coming from deep within the bones may be an early sign of breast cancer. But don’t assume that every occasional bout of soreness or back pain you notice means you’re becoming the next statistic! Chronic back pain that doesn’t relent with stretching, chiropractic, or other means may be a sign that breast cancer tumors are forming.

Sometimes when tumors are developing in a woman’s breast, they put pressure on the ribs and spine causing new found and persistent pain. You need to be aware of any changes that occur in your spinal column, upper back, and even neck. Talk to your doctor if you feel as though the pain you’re experiencing is unusually pronounced and marked by pressure from a possible internal growth.

Nutrient Deficiency and Breast Cancer

If you’re not getting enough of the right nutrients in your diet, including vitamin D and iodine, your risk of developing breast cancer is already elevated. Nutrient deficiency is endemic in the West. Many people don’t realize that what they’re not eating is increasingly their likelihood of developing chronic health conditions such as breast cancer.

Nearly 75% of the adult “healthy” population is deficient in iodine, which has been shown to help ward off cancer cells in the breast and elsewhere throughout the body. Vitamin D deficiency is another one of the risk factors in breast cancer. A 2012 study published in the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism revealed that low vitamin D levels are a hallmark in women with breast cancer. Other studies show similar findings.

A good rule of thumb in today’s nutrient-depleted world is to supplement with these and other cancer-fighting nutrients such as selenium and zinc. You may also wish to consult with a trained naturopath or integrative doctor. They can help you identify any specific nutrient deficiencies you might have and help you optimize your unique biological “terrain” for the very best breast cancer prevention.

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The12 Best Ways To Alkalize Your Body — And Why It’s The Key To Immunity & Overall Health

 

Keeping alkaline (or pH balanced) can positively affect your health including boosting your immune system and controlling inflammation levels – these are two of the biggest factors in health and well-being.

Improved immunity: When the body’s pH is out of balance, the immune system becomes compromised and when the body is alkaline, the immune system benefits.

Keeping alkaline can help prevent a range of illnesses including serious infections and viruses.

Anti-inflammatory: If the body’s pH is out of balance, inflammation can occur. Inflammation is a major contributor to chronic illness. A big part of maintaining lifelong health is reducing inflammation, which you can do by adding more alkaline foods and habits to your day.

 

Keeping pH balanced keeps us feeling energized and healthy.

 

Lifestyle and diet make the biggest impact on our pH levels.

Food and drinks that are highly acidic can take your pH levels into acidic territory but foods that have minerals like magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus can help boost our bodies back into the alkaline state that keeps us feeling good.

What are the best alkalizing foods?

Whole, fresh, unprocessed vegetables are helpful in achieving and maintaining an alkaline state. Citrus fruits – lemons, limes, and grapefruit, avocado, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and apple cider vinegar are all alkaline and should be included in your regular diet.

Green vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and spinach are very alkalizing.

You could also benefit from adding alkalizing superfoods such as wheatgrass, barley grass, alfalfa, and chlorella daily.

Here are 12 simple and achievable positive  lifestyle shifts to help you alkalize your body, feel your best and boost your immunity today:

 

  1. Start your day with a large glass of water with the juice of a whole, freshly-squeezed lemon. While lemons may appear acidic, they have the opposite effect on your body and result in counteracting over-acidity.

  1. Go for a brisk walk or some other exercise. Exercise helps move acidic waste products so your body can better eliminate them.

  1. Breathe deeply. Ideally, choose a spot that has fresh, oxygen-rich air.

  1. Drink an alkalizing green juice or smoothie with added green superfoods just as wheatgrass, barley grass, alfalfa or chlorella. Choose almond milk over cow’s milk, since dairy is acid-forming.

  1. Eat lots of large green salads tossed with lemon juice and olive oil. Greens are among the best sources of alkaline minerals such as calcium.

  1. Snack on raw, unsalted almonds. Almonds are packed with natural alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium, which help to balance out acidity while balancing blood sugar.

Almonds

  1. Go meat-free for a day or longer if you like. The metabolism of meat leaves an acidic residue.

 

  1. Skip sugar-laden dessert or sweet drinks. Sugar is one of the most acidic foods we consume. You need over 30 glasses of neutral water just to neutralize the acidity of ONE can of cola.

 

  1. Add more green, red & yellow veggies to your diet. Sweet potatoes are a better choice than white potatoes. Asparagus, squash, peppers, and other vegetables are excellent choices.

What is Detox?

  1. Add more fresh bean sprouts to your daily diet. They are extremely alkalizing and supercharged with nutrients and energy-boosting enzymes.

  1. Avoid processed foods. Cutting back on processed and packaged foods is a great way to increase your alkalinity. Replace your normal sugary morning coffee or breakfast with a whole-foods-based smoothie with fat, protein, and fiber from low-sugar fruits and vegetables.

 

  1. Drink lots of water. Getting more water is an amazing and super-simple way to help your body regulate itself and promote its natural detoxification processes.

Things you must know if you don’t have a gallbladder

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By the liver doctor https://www.liverdoctor.com/things-you-must-know-you-dont-have-gallbladder/

Removal of the gallbladder is one of the most common surgeries performed in the west today.  Gallstones are incredibly common and they occur in 10 to 15 percent of the population.  The problem does tend to run in families.

Women are more likely to experience gallbladder problems than men and this is partly due to the effects of the female hormone oestrogen.

A gallbladder performs several important roles in your body:

 

Enables fat digestion

Enables absorption of fat soluble antioxidants and vitamins A, E, D and K

Assists the removal of cholesterol from your body

Assists the removal of toxins that have been broken down by the liver

Obviously you can survive without a gallbladder, but you are more prone to developing certain health problems.  In particular you are at greater risk of developing a fatty liver, experiencing indigestion and developing deficiencies of essential fatty acids and fat soluble nutrients

What happens when you don’t have a gallbladder?

Your liver continues to manufacture bile, but there is no longer a place to store it or concentrate it. Therefore bile continually slowly trickles into the intestines.  

If you eat a fatty meal, you will not be able to secrete a large enough amount of bile into your intestines, therefore the fat will be poorly digested.  This means many people experience diarrhoea, bloating, nausea or indigestion.

Not digesting fat well means you will not be able to digest essential fatty acids, including omega 3 and omega 6 fats.  

It also means you’ll have a hard time absorbing fat soluble vitamins such as vitamins D, E, A and K.  

A lot of the antioxidants in vegetables are fat soluble: lycopene, lutein and carotenoids are all fat soluble.  If you don’t produce adequate bile, you will not be adequately absorbing these lifesaving compounds from foods.  If you take any of the above mentioned nutrients in supplement form, without sufficient bile you will sadly not absorb them well.

Some common symptoms of poor fat digestion are dry, brittle hair; dry skin and premature aging of the skin; weak nails and painful joints. Essential fatty acids are important for optimal brain health, therefore low mood, anxiety, depression and impaired cognitive function are all possible manifestations of poor fat digestion.

How to have a healthy liver and good digestion without a gallbladder

First of all it’s important to realise that you developed a gallbladder problem in the first place because you had an unhealthy liver and a problem with your digestive system.  If your liver is not healthy, it will make poor quality bile.  The bile will be prone to forming sludge and stones.  Just removing the gallbladder doesn’t solve that problem, and in fact sludge and stones can form within the liver, compromising its function.

Here are some vital tips to follow:

Keep your intake of dairy products and grains to a minimum or avoid them altogether.  Dairy products (milk, cheese, ice-cream, yoghurt) worsen all cases of gallbladder disease, liver disease and they are very difficult to digest. Food intolerance is a common cause of gallbladder problems, and there is research that links gluten intolerance with gallstones.  A good reason to keep your intake of grains low is to reduce the risk of developing a fatty liver.  There is a great deal of helpful information in our book Save your Gallbladder, and what to do if you’ve already lost it.

Take an ox bile supplement.  This is the most important recommendation for people who have lost their gallbladder.  A lack of bile can produce symptoms such as bloating and indigestion after meals, light coloured stools, diarrhoea, fatigue after meals and nutrient deficiencies.  Taking a good quality ox bile supplement with each meal is wonderful for completely eliminating these symptoms in most individuals.

Take a Digestive Enzymes supplement. The majority of people who developed a gallbladder problem have suffered with poor digestion for many years. If your stomach and intestines are not in optimal health, they will not send signals to your gallbladder, telling it to contract properly. Irritable bowel syndrome, dysbiosis, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and Candida overgrowth are common in people with a gallbladder problem.

If you have had your gallbladder removed, you may continue to suffer symptoms due to those conditions. These digestive problems also cause insufficient digestive enzyme production. Taking digestive enzymes in supplement form helps to restore good digestive health and reduces symptoms of indigestion.

Eat some good fats and avoid the bad fats.  Your doctor may have recommended you follow a low fat diet after having your gallbladder removed.  This is not necessary and in fact it is harmful.  Your body desperately needs good fats and I recommend you include moderate quantities of extra virgin olive oil, avocados, coconut milk and oil, nuts and seeds in your diet.

You may need a vitamin D3 supplement.  People with compromised liver or digestive function are often vitamin D deficient.  Exposure of your skin to the sun’s UVB rays enables your body to manufacture vitamin D.  However, this process occurs in your liver and kidneys.  People with a sluggish liver often do not manufacture vitamin D adequately.  Therefore it’s a good idea to get a blood test and take a supplement.  5000 IU of vitamin D3 is a safe and effective dose for most people, but it’s best to be guided by your own doctor.

Include some bitter and sour foods in your diet.  They should help to improve your digestion and make it easier to tolerate good fats in your diet.  Suitable bitter and sour foods include lemons, limes, radicchio lettuce, chicory, endive and dandelion leaves.  These leaves are fairly easy to grow at home if you are lucky enough to have your own veggie patch.

Take a good quality liver tonic such as Livatone.  The herbs St Mary’s thistle, dandelion root and globe artichoke leaves all increase bile production and bile flow.  Taurine is an amino acid necessary for bile production.  This should help to make you feel more comfortable after a meal, and should reduce the risk of stones forming inside your liver.

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

Good health starts in the gut

Good health starting in the gut
Fasting has been used throughout the centuries as a means to cleanse the body, clear out impurities and allow your digestive system to take a break and is just as beneficial now as it was thousands of years ago.  
Amchara’s guest blogger Joanna Foster agrees and has written a very timely blog for today on improving your gut health.
Joanna was one of three lucky winners that entered a recent competition Amchara ran with students and graduates from The College of Naturopathic Medicine. 

Participants were invited to write a short blog that embodied Amchara’s principles on fasting and detoxification and were given the fantastic opportunity to win an internship at one of Amchara’s retreats.

So here is the first of the winning entries from Joanna Foster:

Good health starts in the gut

It seems like every week new studies and headlines are pointing towards gut health as being the cornerstone for healing conditions or reaching optimum wellness. From IBS to complex autoimmune conditions improving your gut health can bring benefits to your whole body. This isn’t actually a new idea, over 2000 years ago Hippocrates said ‘all disease begins in the gut’ and research in more recent times has confirmed he was definitely on to something!

How do you know if you have a problem?

Common digestive symptoms such as bloating, cramps, reactions to foods, irregular bowel movements and nutrient deficiencies can all be a sign of poor gut health but you don’t need to have these symptoms to indicate you have a problem. Digestive issues can also manifest in skin conditions, autoimmune illnesses and depression. Over 70% of our immune system is found in our digestive tract so the implications of good gut health can be incredibly beneficial for all round health and well being.

Be good to your gut

So if good gut health is so important what can you do to support your digestive system? There are two main elements to this; repairing the gut barrier and supporting your gut flora or ‘good bacteria’ to flourish. A more permeable or ‘leaky’ gut barrier can allow large protein molecules and toxins to pass into the bloodstream causing systemic inflammation throughout the body. Leaky gut is prevalent in modern society as stress, poor diet choices and environmental toxins can all cause damage to the delicate gut lining over time.

Give your gut a break

One of the best ways to repair the gut barrier is to rest the digestive system by fasting. This allows the body to carry out essential repair work on a cellular level, restoring the lining and reducing permeability. This break also de-stresses the system and can assist in weight loss as the body will switch to using your natural energy reserves. Intermittent fasting is a great way to reap the benefits of fasting and work it into your everyday life. You could follow the popular 5:2 method or do a daily 16 hour fast (mainly when you are asleep!) with an 8 hour eating window. It’s about finding what works for you.

Nourish your gut

Good gut flora is integral to good gut health, without doubt the two are closely linked – if you have leaky gut chances are you will also have poor gut bacteria. Why is this important? The body contains 10 times more bacteria than all the human cells in the entire body. The bacteria in the gut are essential for assisting with digestion and optimum absorption of nutrients so it is essential to have good gut flora. Removing sugar, processed foods, common allergens such as gluten and dairy as well as adding in fibre rich and nutrient dense vegetables and fermented foods will all contribute to a rich and varied gut flora. Supplementing with a probiotic will further bolster your efforts and a diet rich in pre-biotic foods such as onions, garlic and Jerusalem artichokes will ensure your good bacteria have a nutrient source.

Healthy gut, healthy body

Gut health is a great starting point for addressing many common health conditions and symptoms and is an integral part of working to improve overall health and well-being. Healing the gut barrier and supporting good bacteria to flourish are essential and using a functional approach to treatment will consider the body as a whole and support you on your journey to optimum wellness.

Author: Joanna Foster

Detox And Fasting To Improve Your Digestion

 

Good health starts in the gut

It seems like every week new studies and headlines are pointing towards gut health as being the cornerstone for healing conditions or reaching optimum wellness. From IBS to complex autoimmune conditions improving your gut health can bring benefits to your whole body. This isn’t actually a new idea, over 2000 years ago Hippocrates said ‘all disease begins in the gut’ and research in more recent times has confirmed he was definitely on to something!

How do you know if you have a problem?

Common digestive symptoms such as bloating, cramps, reactions to foods, irregular bowel movements and nutrient deficiencies can all be a sign of poor gut health but you don’t need to have these symptoms to indicate you have a problem. Digestive issues can also manifest in skin conditions, autoimmune illnesses and depression. Over 70% of our immune system is found in our digestive tract so the implications of good gut health can be incredibly beneficial for all round health and well-being.

Be good to your gut

So if good gut health is so important what can you do to support your digestive system? There are two main elements to this; repairing the gut barrier and supporting your gut flora or ‘good bacteria’ to flourish. A more permeable or ‘leaky’ gut barrier can allow large protein molecules and toxins to pass into the bloodstream causing systemic inflammation throughout the body. Leaky gut is prevalent in modern society as stress, poor diet choices and environmental toxins can all cause damage to the delicate gut lining over time.

Give your gut a break

One of the best ways to repair the gut barrier is to rest the digestive system by fasting. This allows the body to carry out essential repair work on a cellular level, restoring the lining and reducing permeability. This break also de-stresses the system and can assist in weight loss as the body will switch to using your natural energy reserves. Intermittent fasting is a great way to reap the benefits of fasting and work it into your everyday life. You could follow the popular 5:2 method or do a daily 16 hour fast (mainly when you are asleep!) with an 8 hour eating window. It’s about finding what works for you.

Nourish your gut

Good gut flora is integral to good gut health, without doubt the two are closely linked – if you have leaky gut chances are you will also have poor gut bacteria. Why is this important? The gut contains 10 times more bacteria than all the human cells in the entire body. The bacteria in the gut are essential for assisting with digestion and optimum absorption of nutrients so it is essential to have good gut flora. Removing sugar, processed foods, common allergens such as gluten and dairy as well as adding in fibre rich and nutrient dense vegetables and fermented foods will all contribute to a rich and varied gut flora. Supplementing with a probiotic will further bolster your efforts and a diet rich in pre-biotic foods such as onions, garlic and Jerusalem artichokes will ensure your good bacteria have a nutrient source.

Healthy gut, healthy body

Gut health is a great starting point for addressing many common health conditions and symptoms and is an integral part of working to improve overall health and well-being. Healing the gut barrier and supporting good bacteria to flourish are essential and using a functional approach to treatment will consider the body as a whole and support you on your journey to optimum wellness.

 

Author: Joanna Foster

Do you know what to look for if you want to keep your family safe?

keep family safe

Most of the major food companies put their profits WAY ahead of your health. 

In fact, many of them torture animals, pollute the environment, exploit slave labor, and bring YOU food that’s not just unhealthy but actually toxic, as long as they can increase their profits.

Are you with me in saying no to this madness and yes to a real food revolution? I hope you’ll join us and claim your complimentary spot.

Click here to find more about the 2017 Food Revolution Summit.

 

In today’s world, you can’t afford to sit back and trust the government, the food industry, or the mainstream media to keep you safe. And the price of ignorance could cost you dearly.

That’s why my dad and colleague, John Robbins, and I are so excited to bring you the Food Revolution Summit.Join in the 2017 Food Revolution Summit by clicking here now.

Do you know what to look for if you want to keep your family safe?

Do you know what the medical research really says, beyond all the hype from diet fads and industry propaganda?

In the Food Revolution Summit, you’re going to get credible, cutting-edge insights from some of the top food experts on the planet.

This is the place to find out what’s really going on with your food, to get the latest scientific breakthroughs, and to get answers to your most urgent food questions.

Our goal is to bring you up-to-date insights and useful, powerful tools from some of the top food and health experts on the planet — all in one place and at no cost to you.

Will you join us?

Check out the 2017 Food Revolution Summit — and sign up here.

It all starts April 29th. And when you sign up now, you’ll get a complimentary Real Food Action Guide, lots of juicy bonus videos, an amazing 1-time offer, and much, much more.

I’ll see you in the Summit!

P.S. Have you checked out the Summit speakers yet? This is truly a collection of some of the foremost experts on food and health in the world. And they’re all coming together to help you thrive! Find out more and sign up here.

How To Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins In 5 Steps

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What are the major sources of toxins and what can YOU do to reduce your exposure right now?

Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins, Step-by-Step

You will feel better by reducing your exposure to toxins as this will reduce the burden on your liver and other organs.

While we are surrounded by toxins, you can improve your health by making better choices in the products you use and don’t forget the thoughts you think can be toxic too!

Although you can easily get overwhelmed by all of the new habits you might want to put in place,

You should take the time to learn about toxins and choose one new habit at a time, step-by-step.

Even small steps will reap big rewards when it comes to your health and well-being!

Sliced avocado on a cutting board

 

1. Food – Your food has more toxins than you may think. Processed and packaged foods are full of chemicals and additives, preservatives and pesticides. These toxins can cause cravings, weight gain, digestive problems and food allergies.

Conventional produce is also full of pesticides. In USA over one billion pounds of pesticides are used on food. These pesticides have been linked to many health problems ranging from muscle cramps and heart rate changes to irritability and emotional instability.

To reduce your exposure to food toxins:

Choose whole foods, avoid processed foods and choose organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible.

Organic produce is grown without being sprayed by harmful pesticides and the soil has less chemicals as well as being more mineral rich.

Choosing organically produced whole foods is a great step you can take toward health and wellness.

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2. Water. Your body is between 70 – 90% water and the water you drink is critical to hydrating your body at the cellular level. These days, knowing where your water comes from is of the utmost importance. Tap water is teeming with toxins. The Environmental Working Group (USA) found over 140 contaminants in tap water.  

Another huge problem is looming! Over the past few years, studies have shown that pharmaceuticals, like prescription and over the counter drugs, are being found in tap water. This includes: antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control pills, seizure medication, cancer treatments, pain killers, tranquilizers and cholesterol-lowering compounds.

Toxins that leach from the plastic bottles in bottled water are another problem.

To reduce your exposure to water toxins:

We highly recommend naturally clean, pure, and mineral-rich water to nourish the body; well water, natural mineral water, bottled natural spring water and bottled natural artesian waters.

By drinking these types of water which contain essential minerals and valuable nutrients, you can increase your levels of magnesium, sodium, and potassium which are required to support almost every function in the body including the adrenals.

Drink 8 to 10 glasses a day of glass bottled well water, natural spring water, artesian or spring waters or natural mineral water.

 
3. Environment. Outside pollution from manufacturing, cars and second-hand cigarette smoke can be challenging to avoid but you can avoid a lot of the toxins inside and around your home.

Harsh chemical household cleaners containing bleach, ammonia and other toxic chemicals that can cause health problems ranging from nausea to skin destruction, fluid in the lungs and wheezing.

To reduce your exposure to environmental toxins:

Switch your cleaning and washing products at home to those with all-natural ingredients.

Choose “green” or chemical free fabrics for furniture, which often have flame retardant chemicals on them (very toxic) and paint that does not have VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

Choose the non-smoking section of restaurants and public places.

Consider moving to live in rural locations for the clean air and land.

 

4. Beauty and personal care products – Beauty products like toothpaste, lotion, youth creams, soap, shampoo, conditioner, perfumes and makeup are full of toxic chemicals. The products we use to look our best may actually be the biggest source of aging and other adverse symptoms. Even some beauty and personal care products from health food shops can contain ingredients that can be the cause of harmful symptoms.
Some important ingredients to avoid in your beauty and personal care products are:

Mineral oil, petroleum, Diethanolamine DEA, Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, talc, lanolin and phthalates. Triclosan (found in antibacterial products), sodium laurel sulfate, Parabens such as Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben and Benzylparaben.

.Anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body.

To reduce your exposure to toxins in beauty and personal care products:

Read ingredient labels on your personal care products and avoid anything containing the above ingredients.

 

5. Stress and negative thinking – The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to 90% of all illness and disease is due to stress.

Stress can kill the good bacteria and yeast that live in your intestines. Good bacteria keep your immunity and digestive system healthy strong. When the good bacteria and yeast get killed off,, the bad bacteria and yeast are able to take over. This creates imbalance which can set the stage for illness and dis-ease.

To reduce your exposure to toxins from stress and negative thinking:

Create your own personal set of rituals to renew and restore every day.

Some ideas that you can begin to incorporate into your routine:

Get to bed early.

Take long weekends away somewhere quiet and peaceful.

Spend time relaxing and reading.

Take warm baths, get a massage.

Listen to beautiful relaxing music.

Practice yoga or t’ai chi.

Drink calming tea.

Meditate morning and night.

Use essential oils such as lavender for relaxation.

Turn off electric lights and light candles for a gently soft glow.

Practice deep breathing to help slow your heart rate and reduce anxiety.

Go outside and get some sun and fresh air, even on overcast winter days.

Create your own personal rituals of self-care to renew and restore every day- remember –step by step.

How to take control of your health for 2017

If you’d like to have some fun, spend some time in some beautiful countryside and set yourself up with a solid sustainable foundation for 2017 and the years ahead, we’d love to welcome you to a weekend down on Trill organic farm in Devon.

Seeds of Change is a weekend run by Daphne Lambert and Gareth Edwards 20th-22nd January 2017.

It’s New Year and after the festivities our thoughts turn to de-toxification and clean starts.

There is no doubt that a period of alcoholic abstinence or juicing (drinking liquidized or juiced vegetables) may help our bodies to eliminate some of the ‘toxic’ load of festive season indulgence.

To sustain the benefits of a week of juicing and cleansing you really need to know what to eat and drink when you get back to eating normally.

Join us for 2 days to have some fun, spend some time with someone who really understands food and who can explain how to eat nutritiously for 2017 and the years ahead.

This is a great opportunity to set yourself up with a solid sustainable foundation for you, your loved ones and family for that healthy future we all want to attain!

Click here for more information and here to secure your place (only 8 more available as of today) with a £35 deposit.

Taking control in 2017

It can be challenging to focus on health and wellbeing in the run up to Christmas time celebrations. When all the dust has settled and we sit back in the big comfortable chair to digest our festive experience our thoughts may turn to de-toxification and fresh, (dare we use the word?) clean starts.

There is no doubt that a period of alcoholic abstinence or drinking liquidised or juiced vegetables may help our bodies to eliminate some of the ‘toxic’ load of festive season indulgence. You can do this yourself, have someone deliver juices to you (for London dwellers) or visit a centre where only juice is available and someone else makes it. If you are considering the latter option, I’d highly recommend Amchara de-tox retreats in Somerset or on Gozo (Malta). (“To book into Amchara we have arranged for you to claim a free treatment upon booking through Live Blood London -for all booking enquiries, please contact Emily directly on 0203 7622 488 or emily@amchara.com quoting reference livebloodlondon”)

Having been to Amchara last year I only have one reservation about the detox path.

What do you do when you’ve finished the de-tox?

De-tox is a great principle, but it’s only half of the equation. To sustain the benefits of a week of cleansing you really need to know what to eat and drink when you get back to eating normally. After seven years of nutrition education, I finally found someone who can explain how to eat nutritiously and understands food better than anyone I’ve ever met.

If you’d like to have some fun, spend some time in beautiful countryside and set yourself up with a solid sustainable foundation for 2017 and the years ahead, we’d love to welcome you to a weekend down on Trill organic farm in Devon.

Seeds of Change is a weekend run by Daphne Lambert and Gareth Edwards 20th-22nd January 2017.

Click here for more information.

Click below to secure your place (only 8 more available) with a £35 deposit.




Gareth Edwards BSc. Dip ION. mBANT.