I love fresh vegetable juice, I really do. But as a busy, working Mum, the truth of the matter is that if left to my own devices, getting a fresh juice in 5 days a week simply doesn’t happen. First there’s making sure I have enough of all the right produce, washing it, cutting it up, then juicing it; with the resulting huge mess to clean up. Call me super-duper-ultra lazy, but it’s enough work to have me not doing it. Juicero, on the other hand, gives me the easiest juice in the world. 2 minutes, no clean up, fresh organic juice. I’m hooked.
Hydrochloric acid (HCl) is normally secreted by the stomach to enhance the breakdown and subsequent absorption of the food and nutrients that we consume. HCl also serves a protective function, killing various pathogenic microorganisms that might otherwise cause infection in the gastrointestinal tract. Hydrochloric acid impacts your digestion significantly through these two factors – break down of food, and protection from external threats.
People with low HCl (hypochlorhydria) or absent HCl (achlorhydria) may be asymptomatic, or more commonly, may experience symptoms of impaired digestive function including gas, bloating and excessive fullness after meals. Interestingly, what seems to be excess acid in reflux or GERD is often a sign of low hydrochloric acid, but faulty regulation of the valve that divides the esophagus and stomach. [Read more…]
Herbal teas are a great way to get water in without the caffeine of green and black tea, and they usually have medicinal properties that can be utilized for your health. There are many herbal teas for digestive health, that are beneficial whether you’ve just eaten too much dinner at your favorite restaurant, or if you have digestive ailments that need support. Here is a list of some of my favorites: [Read more…]
The skin is the largest organ of the body and is responsible for a significant amount of the body’s elimination processes (approximately one quarter each day). The skin and the lungs are often forgotten when we discuss detoxification, with the liver and kidneys receiving most of the attention. Granted, most medications clear through the liver and/or kidneys, however the skin, with its porous structure and vast surface area, should not be forgotten. Dry skin brushing is a great detoxification helper and can be done in just a few minutes a day at home. [Read more…]
I usually sneak out of bed pretty early – right now it’s 6.10am and the house is quiet – I love having this 1/2 hour or an hour to get a start on my day before the pitter patter of little feet emerging from the bedroom gets me away from the computer and to the couch for morning snuggles! I use this time also to get a start on my daily routine – most of all, getting some detox helpers in first thing as often these things do best on an empty stomach. I thought I’d share my morning detox routine with you – I love all of them and feel great when I get all three in.
Welcome to week seven of our 10-week journey together talking about 10 barriers to recovery from Lyme disease. Today’s barrier is negative thoughts and a negative mental state. I have found in my patients that those who kept a positive outlook and chose to be optimistic about their health and their future were more likely to recover and stay well.
Trust me, having witnessed hundreds of patients on their Lyme journey, I am fully aware of the severity and brutality of this illness. I am aware of the stigma, the lack of awareness and understanding, the challenges of looking fine but feeling like death warmed up, and the amount of real pain and anguish this illness can cause. I am also aware that the infections themselves influence brain function and emotions, giving rise to depression and anxiety, thus making this whole process that much harder.
I am not for a minute making light of that, or implying that a few warm, fuzzy thoughts are the answer to everything. However, having studied about neuropsychology and neuroplasticity, I can confidently say that there is a valid scientific reason why your thoughts are so crucial. This applies to anything in life, not just Lyme treatment and recovery, but it’s definitely relevant here.
We know that adrenal health is so important for many body functions, but I think what impacts us the most when our adrenals get depleted is the extreme fatigue that can come from it. I have talked about the impact of stress on the adrenals, and nutrition and the adrenals, now let’s have a look at a few of my favorite adrenal supplements. [Read more…]
The general consensus on exercise for most stages of pregnancy is “do during pregnancy what you were doing prior to pregnancy”. Of course there are limits to this – I would not recommend a pregnant woman do marathon training, even if she ran a marathon the year prior to her pregnancy. That might be a little extreme!! But nor should she really start running during a pregnancy if she wasn’t doing any regular exercise prior. So the idea is start now so that once you are pregnant, you will be able to be more active, experience less fatigue, and continue an exercise regimen that can help you during the pregnancy and especially during labor. The owner of the pilates studio I attend did regular pilates throughout her pregnancy and her labor was 3 hours in total, and she pushed the baby out in two pushes. Isn’t that what we would all want? [Read more…]