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.

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  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

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

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?

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!

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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.

How GMOs, Pesticides and Processed Foods Contribute to Common Bowel Disorders

By Dr. Mercola

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — not to be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) — is an autoimmune disease that can have very serious consequences.

(IBS, on the other hand, is a functional bowel disorder. In other words, there are no significant physical conditions that contribute to the problem; hence it’s a functional disease.)

According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), IBD affects more than 3 million American adults, nearly triple previous estimates.1 There are two types of IBD:

Both of these IBD conditions involve chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Symptoms include abdominal cramps, fatigue and diarrhea. IBD also raises your risk of developing colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer in the U.S.2

What’s Behind Rise in IBD?

As with many other autoimmune disorders, IBD cannot be traced back to any single cause; rather, it appears to be influenced by several factors, including:

  • Genetics
  • Toxic environmental exposures
  • Diet
  • Altered intestinal microbiome
  • Immune dysfunction

Researchers believe the rise in IBD may be linked to dietary changes, as more people are now eating primarily processed foods high in sugars and synthetic chemicals. Other factors thought to play a role in IBD include:3,4

  • Air pollution
  • Excessive exposure to antibiotics
  • Pesticide exposure (glyphosate being identified as being particularly harsh on gut microbes)
  • Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

As noted by Digestive Medical Solutions:5

“[I]n addition to the rising economic, ecological and ethical questions raised by GMOs, there is a growing health risk … Specifically, a higher risk for allergies, toxic intestinal bacteria, reduced immune function, liver problems and many other highly controversial links.

These risks apply to everyone, but especially those with irritable bowel diseases. For a patient with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, they’re devastating, making it difficult for patients to recover properly, especially with so many other complications involved.

Ultimately, GMOs create bowel hypersensitivity, increase inflammation and damage to the intestinal lining. This makes IBD and IBS cases much worse, as they contribute and in some cases, may actually trigger these diseases.”

How Glyphosate Affects Your Health

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While Monsanto insists that Roundup is safe and “minimally toxic” to humans, independent research6 strongly suggests that glyphosate residues “enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease.”

According to Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Anthony Samsel, a research scientist and consultant:

“Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”

Samsel and Seneff have also published research tying glyphosate exposure to Celiac disease and gluten intolerance.7

While genetically engineered (GE) crops such as corn, soybeans and sugar beets tend to contain higher levels of glyphosate due to them being more heavily sprayed, conventional non-organic crops such as wheat are also routinely doused with glyphosate pre-harvest to boost yield, a practice known as dessication.

In summary, studies have found that glyphosate:

  • Inhibits cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of organic substances. This, Samsel and Seneff believe, is “an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals.”

One of the functions of CYP enzymes is to detoxify xenobiotics — chemical compounds found in a living organism that are not normally produced or consumed by the organism in question.

By limiting the ability of these enzymes to detoxify foreign chemical compounds, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of those chemicals and environmental toxins you may be exposed to.

  • Impairs the serum sulfate transport system in your body. Consequences of glyphosate interfering with CYP enzymes and impairing sulfate transport include GI disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Destroys the tight junctions in the cell membranes in your gut, thereby leading to “leaky” gut and absorption of undigested foods you were never designed to absorb.
  • Makes the gliadin in wheat highly indigestible. Moreover, by attaching to gliadin, glyphosate may promote immune reactions.

Alarming Levels of Glyphosate Found in Popular Foods

According to independent testing by The Detox Project, glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup) is present at “alarming levels” in many popular processed foods.8

Scientists have found glyphosate can alter gene function in the livers and kidneys of rats at levels as low as 0.05 parts per billion (ppb).

Meanwhile, Cheerios was found to contain more than 1,125 ppb of glyphosate, Doritos more than 481 ppb and Ritz crackers more than 270 ppb. According to Dave Murphy, executive director of Food Democracy Now!:

“It’s time for regulators at the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] and the White House to stop playing politics with our food and start putting the wellbeing of the American public above the profits of chemical companies like Monsanto.”

GMOs May Be Responsible for Rise in IBS Too

IBS is far more common than IBD, affecting an estimated 70 million Americans. Symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), a functional GI disease, include frequent:

  • Abdominal discomfort and/or pain
  • Spastic colon (spastic contractions of the colon)
  • Gas and bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

Avoiding gluten is an important first step in treating this condition. But avoiding GMOs and pesticides may be equally important. As noted by Naked Food:9

“If you … suffer from a chronic digestive issue, then you should know that the food you choose to consume could be carrying a gene that is designed to intentionally cause intestinal rupture. [GMO] foods that contain Bt toxin, a built-in insecticide that inherently works by imploding the stomach of the creature that is feasting on it, could very well be contributing to your intestinal angst.”

Bt Crops Are Pesticides

Bt plants are a different breed of GE crops. Contrary to herbicide-resistant GE crops, Bt crops are equipped with a gene from the soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), allowing them to produce Bt toxin internally. Plant-incorporated pesticides such as Bt (both the protein and its genetic material) are actually registered with the EPA as a pesticide,10 but the Bt plant itself is not regulated as such. This has resulted in the false claim that Bt plants have reduced pesticide usage.

The Bt toxin produced inside Bt crops is NOT actually included in the data collection on pesticide usage. So to say that Bt crops promote less chemical-heavy agriculture is truly a gross misrepresentation of reality. Every single cell of the Bt plant contains this insecticide, yet not a drop of it is counted. The failure to count the toxin inside the plant, and only counting the pesticides applied topically, is a significant loophole that makes Bt plants appear to provide a benefit that in reality simply isn’t true.

Moreover, while topically applied Bt toxin biodegrades in sunlight and can be washed off, the Bt toxin in these GE plants does not degrade, nor can it be removed or cleaned off the food because it’s integrated into every cell of the plant. The plant-produced version of the poison is also thousands of times more concentrated than the topical spray, so in reality, Bt pesticide exposure has risen exponentially, no matter what the pesticide usage data says.

Bt Toxin Is Exempt From Toxicity Requirements

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Plant-incorporated Bt toxin in Bt soybeans is also exempt from the requirement of a tolerance level for residues,11 both in the commodity and in the final food product. The final rule on this was issued in February 2014. This is truly incomprehensible in light of the potential for harm.

Originally, Monsanto and the EPA claimed the Bt toxin produced inside the plant would be destroyed in the human digestive system, therefore posing no health risk. This was proven false when, in 2011, doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found Bt-toxin in the blood of 93 percent of pregnant women tested, 80 percent of umbilical blood in their babies, and 67 percent of non-pregnant women.12

The study showed that Bt toxin actually bioaccumulates in your body. Other research13 suggests it may produce a wide variety of immune responses, including elevated IgE and IgG antibodies, typically associated with allergies and infections, and an increase in cytokines, associated with allergic and inflammatory responses. A study14 published in 2011 found that Bt toxin affects human cells, both in isolation and in combination with glyphosate-based herbicides, including Roundup.

Since Introduction of Bt Crops, IBD Has Significantly Risen

That study also showed that the pesticide crystal proteins Cry1Ab, a subspecies of the Bt toxin, causes cell death starting at 100 parts per million (ppm). As noted by Naked Food Magazine, there are distinct parallels between the prevalence of Bt crops and GI disorders such as IBD and IBS:15

“Genetically modified foods that carry the Bt toxin first came to American households in 1996. Between the years of 1979 and 1998, the number of Americans to suffer from Crohn’s Disease … bounced back and forth between 225 per 100,000 people to 300 per 100,000 people.

In 2000, that number shot up to 375 per 100,000 people, and has been on the rise ever since. Ambulatory care visits from those who reported inflammatory bowel symptoms went from 275 per 100,000 people to 375 per 100,000 people between the years of 1994 and 1998.”

Protect Your Health by Avoiding GMOs

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As noted by Digestive Medical Solution:16

“The first and more important step you can take to protect yourself from damages that may be caused by GMOs is to change your diet. Non-GMO, free-range and otherwise organic foods should replace any GMOs you regularly consume. It also helps to avoid the most common food allergens, such as gluten and sugar products …

However, the damage caused may be long-lasting. GMOs may make you allergic to non-GM foods. Since the genetic material in GM soy transfers to the bacteria living in the intestines, it continues to function and spew proteins continuously. Clearing the body of these harmful substances is no easy task.”

The most commonly consumed GMO crops (which includes both herbicide-resistant and Bt varieties) are:17,18,19

  • Corn (found in most processed foods in the form of corn meal, corn syrup, corn starch, corn flour and so on)
  • Soy (which can hide under descriptions such as lecithin and starch, among others)
  • Canola (rapeseed oil)
  • Sugar beets

You may also be exposed to Bt toxin via meat from animals fed Bt corn, and glyphosate via herbicide-resistant GE grain feed such as corn and soy, all of which are common staples in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). This is one of several good reasons for making sure your meats come from organically raised grass-fed animals.

Other Processed Food Ingredients May Also Wreak Havoc in Your Gut

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Besides pesticides such as glyphosate and Bt toxin, processed foods contain a variety of other ingredients that can wreak havoc in your gut. Recent research suggests emulsifiers such as polysorbate-80 and carboxymethylcellulose play a role in IBD and colorectal cancer, primarily by inducing chronic low-grade inflammation.20,21 As reported by Medical News Today:22

“Normally the intestine is protected from a variety of harmful bacteria via the mucus structures that cover the intestines, keeping the harmful bacteria away from the epithelial cells that line the intestine. But emulsifiers seem to help transport bacteria across epithelial cells … The team fed mice the two most common additives have also been linked to low-grade bowel inflammation and metabolic disease: polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose.

The doses were replicated so as to mirror the proportions these emulsifiers are commonly added to human processed food … Not only did emulsifiers alter the microbiotic environment in a way that is pro-inflammatory, but it also changed the balance between cell proliferation and cell death, which enhances tumor development.”

For Optimal Health, Opt for Organic Food

A large number of studies have shown that organic foods: 23,24,25,26,27,28

  • Are less likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues. (Synthetic chemicals are not permitted in organic agriculture, yet can occur due to contamination from nearby conventional farms.)
  • Contain fewer heavy metals (on average 48 percent lower levels of cadmium,29 for example).
  • Contain anywhere from 18 to 69 percent more antioxidants than conventionally-grown varieties.
  • May in some cases be more nutrient-dense. For example, one 2010 study,30 which was partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), found that organic strawberries were more nutrient-rich than non-organic strawberries.

If you live in the U.S., the following organizations can help you locate farm-fresh foods:

EatWild.com

EatWild.com provides lists of farmers known to produce wholesome raw dairy products as well as grass-fed beef and other farm-fresh produce (although not all are certified organic). Here you can also find information about local farmers markets, as well as local stores and restaurants that sell grass-fed products.

Weston A. Price Foundation

Weston A. Price has local chapters in most states, and many of them are connected with buying clubs in which you can easily purchase organic foods, including grass fed raw dairy products like milk and butter.

Grassfed Exchange

The Grassfed Exchange has a listing of producers selling organic and grass-fed meats across the U.S.

Local Harvest

This website will help you find farmers markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.

Farmers Markets

A national listing of farmers markets.

Eat Well Guide: Wholesome Food from Healthy Animals

The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, inns, hotels and online outlets in the United States and Canada.

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)

CISA is dedicated to sustaining agriculture and promoting the products of small farms.

FoodRoutes

The FoodRoutes “Find Good Food” map can help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, CSAs and markets near you.

The Cornucopia Institute

The Cornucopia Institute maintains web-based tools rating all certified organic brands of eggs, dairy products, and other commodities, based on their ethical sourcing and authentic farming practices separating CAFO “organic” production from authentic organic practices.

RealMilk.com

If you’re still unsure of where to find raw milk, check out Raw-Milk-Facts.com and RealMilk.com. They can tell you what the status is for legality in your state, and provide a listing of raw dairy farms in your area.

The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund31 also provides a state-by-state review of raw milk laws.32 California residents can also find raw milk retailers using the store locator available at www.OrganicPastures.com.

Four ways to bullet proof your immune system this winter!

HOLIDAY & TRAVEL HEALTH FAQS

So you probably know that vitamin C helps to stop a cold in its tracks but have you heard of these four additional ways to bullet proof your immune system?

By Patrick Holford

Get your stores of vitamin D to full power

Most people’s vitamin D blood level is below 50nmol/l. You want to get this up to 80nmol/l for maximum protection. While 15mcg, which is what’s in in the multivitamin I take, is enough for most of the year, if your vitamin D level is average you want to boost this during the winter by taking the equivalent of 30mcg daily.

However TAKING VITAMIN D ONCE A WEEK works just as well.

Here’s what I do and why: if I’m already taking 15mcg every day I need an additional 15mcg x 7 = 105mcg a week. I take a vitamin D emulsion that gives 25mcg(1000iu) per drop. So, I just take 4 drops once a week.

A recent study of teenagers confirms this. The researchers found they needed up to 30mcg of vitamin D during the winter to boost vitamin D levels to a healthy level. Vitamin D boosts immune system’s ability to respond against invaders.

Eat a clove of garlic every day

Garlic not only boosts immunity, it triggers genes that ‘upregulate’ immunity a recent study shows. This effect has been shown to happen with just one raw clove of garlic a day.

A study this year showed that those eating garlic daily for 90 days showed reduced cold and flu severity, with a reduction in the number of symptoms, the number of days participants functioned suboptimally, and the number of work/school days missed.

I have a clove of garlic every day. Admittedly, I use it in cooking – I don’t think steam frying lessens its power much, but I also squeeze a raw clove into salad dressings.

Up your anthocyandins

These are the blue/red colour in berries. They’re especially rich in bilberries, black elderberries and montmorency cherries and blueberries and have been shown to inhibit neuraminidase which is the enzyme that viruses use to break into cells.

The vitamin C I take, twice a day, gives me a concentrated extract of both black elderberry and bilberry, but I also bump up my daily levels with a shot of either CherryActive or BlueberryActive every day. By the way, on a cold day make it hot – it’s delicious and warming.

Have a cold shower or swim

If you have a hot shower, and then a quick burst of cold shower, it stimulates your metabolism and boosts your immunity. So does cold water swimming. This is because you make more immune cells, according to investigators at Britain’s Thrombosis Research Institute.

However, if you get a cold keep warm. Have warm baths and showers. Your immune system can kill bugs better with a higher temperature – that’s why the body turns up its temperature when fighting an infection. You can help it.

Remember, if you get the first signs of a cold take a high dose vitamin C tablet containing zinc and black elderberry, every hour, or two tablets every two hours, until the cold ‘breaks’. Ginger also helps reduce throat inflammation.

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