The most common nutritional deficiency in the U.S. is iron deficiency…AND…women are at greatest risk for obvious reasons that include monthly cycles, child birth, hormone changes, etc. Without hemoglobin, a protein that helps red blood cells deliver ...

 

Issue 8.10.18 Iron Deficiency - Women MOST at Risk (FREE OFFER) and more...




Issue 8.10.18 Iron Deficiency - Women MOST at Risk (FREE OFFER)

The most common nutritional deficiency in the U.S. is iron deficiency…AND…women are at greatest risk for obvious reasons that include monthly cycles, child birth, hormone changes, etc. Without hemoglobin, a protein that helps red blood cells deliver oxygen throughout the body, health cannot be achieved – iron delivers that. When iron is deficient it leads to a disorder called anemia but that condition carries a litany of symptoms that can usually only be medically identified through a ferritin test that measures your body’s iron levels.

Chart Iron Deficiency

 

Monthly Menstrual Cycleswomen are often anemic due to heavy periods that significantly reduce blood levels; when iron is deficient, the replacement is only about half of the blood loss and the following month the cycle repeats. According to director of gynecology at Mount Sinai in New York City, Jacques Moritz, MD, the monthly period of a woman should only fill a total of two to three tablespoons each month; if you lose more than that, get your ferritin levels checked.

                Unexplained Exhaustion and Staminabeing overly tired is often too easily dismissed as just part of modern day stress. Most of us, especially women, are so programmed to living hectic lives being all things to everyone that they easily dismiss symptoms, especially if they’re a single mother. That said, if you’re iron deficient then less oxygen reaches your tissues so your body cannot generate the energy needed. Those who are diagnosed with iron deficiency are often labeled as having “tired blood” because they experience weakness, extreme fatigue/endurance, irritability, brain-fog and often muscle weakness.

                Colorless Complexionhemoglobin is responsible for the red color in your blood and that rosy hue/glow to your complexion, regardless of your skin color, because any skin tone can look pale or sickly. This often occurs because low levels of protein suck the color straight from the skin. Those with a light or fair complexion can easily be spotted. However, those with darker complexions may have to look inside their lips, gums, and inside of their bottom eyelids to see if they’re less red/rosy than normal from iron deficiency.

                Short-windedwhen you’re iron deficient, oxygen levels are reduced and can manifest as shortness of breath while doing ordinary tasks that you normally handle without those symptoms like gently climbing stairs or your morning walk.

                Unusual Heart Rhythmsheart irregularities don’t usually show up with mild iron deficiency. That said, when the deficiency is long-standing or you have been diagnosed with a heart condition, an in-depth analysis should be performed by your physician if you experience irregular heartbeats, heart murmurs, enlarged heart or even heart failure. The Texas Heart Institute Journal suggests to get your iron levels checked if you have any heart irregularity because iron deficiency can worsen a heart condition.

                Restless Leg Syndromeaccording to John Hopkins Medical Center, more than 15% of those with restless leg syndrome have been found to also to be victims of iron deficiency and the more deficiency the more symptoms of this syndrome.

                Headachesif no other known known cause is present, consider iron deficiency as a cause of chronic headaches. The brain’s arteries can swell when insufficient oxygen is provided, causing headaches.

                Strange Cravings yes, there is actually a name for strange cravings like those for ice, clay, dirt, chalk, and paper. These cravings are called pica and it’s often caused by an iron deficiency, according to Dr. Berliner of the National Headache Foundation. So, if you begin to have strange cravings, get your iron levels checked.

                Anxiety and Panicyes, life is stressful but when iron deficient it can turn that normal anxiety into panic as the lack of oxygen triggers your sympathetic nervous system like putting the “petal to the metal” and speeding up your responses. In addition, the panic becomes fight-or-flight mode as the iron deficiency persists even when you keep thinking, “I have no reasons for this unsettling panic.”

                Vegetarian Syndromeyou may believe that all iron is the same, not so quick! Your body best absorbs heme iron, which is derived from meat, poultry and fish at a rate of three or more times more efficiently than non-heme iron derived from plants. Yes, vegetarians can get enough iron but it requires very careful meal planning and adherence. A good way to get enough good iron is to eat dark leafy greens, whole grains, and legumes that are rich in iron and then consume them along with vitamin C-rich foods like peppers, berries and broccoli that help boost absorption.

                Hypothyroid Syndromelow thyroid function is unfortunately fast becoming the “norm.” When the body is iron deficient, it slows the thyroid function and blocks its metabolism-boosting effects. If you notice unusually low energy levels, weight gain and inability to lose it in spite of healthy eating and exercise, low body temperature and increased sensitivity to cold, have your iron levels checked and also do the iodine absorption test to see how deficient you really are in supporting thyroid function. To download instructions for the iodine patch test you do at home go to www.gloriagilbere.com and look for “Downloadable Forms” in the tool bar.

                Pregnancyaccording to Dr. Moritz, if your pregnant (especially with multiples), have pregnancies close together, regularly vomit from morning sickness or lost a substantial amount of blood during delivery, have iron levels checked. Iron doesn’t get the attention in pre-natal nutrition, as does folic acid for instance, but it should, because not only does the mother need to boost iron levels, so does the baby.

                Tongue Disordersiron deficiency can reduce levels of myoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that supports muscle health, and that includes the muscle making up your tongue. As a result, iron deficient people complain of a sore, inflamed, and strangely smooth tongue with little color.

                Celiac and Inflammatory Bowel Disordersbecause these disorders create challenges in nutrient absorption, additional iron is needed. These disorders cause acute inflammation and damage to the digestive system, be sure to check for iron deficiency.

Getting More Iron – there is no one-size-fits-all for iron supplementation. However, women between ages 19 and 50 need about 18 mg. daily. If pregnant, increase up to 27 mg. with guidance from your physician. If breast-feeding 9 mg. is usually recommended, check with your doctor. Older than age 50, and not menstruating, you usually only need 8 mg. daily – easy to obtain as a single serving of lentils, spinach, beef, nuts, chicken, or chickpeas will provide your daily dose.

 

Issue 7.27.18 The Fruit Your LIVER Loves...AND...Contains Anti-Aging Benefits

 

Tamarind-450wThe liver is a vital organ of detoxification which requires proper care to maintain its health-enhancing functions. Liver damage and disorder is in epidemic proportions mostly because of an unhealthy diet, being overweight, excessive alcohol consummation and most medications.

The tamarind fruit is very effective in preventing and treating liver disorders. Consumed at least five out of seven days it will improve your liver health and protect it from damages.

This fruit detoxifies our body, eliminates toxins from our organism, boosts metabolism and digestion, and improves cardiovascular and digestive functions...

What is Tamarind?

Tamarind is a delicious, sweet, and sour fruit that has a wide variety of uses, both for medicinal and culinary purposes. It’s a medium-sized bushy tree with evergreen leaves with a fruit that develops in pods characterized by long, brown shells. Inside is a sticky, fleshy, juicy pulp, which is the tamarind fruit – where the nutrition and taste reside! As it is both sweet and sour in taste, people either tend to immediately like it or have a natural disposition against it!  Xcoverimage-27-1509096511_jpg_pagespeed_ic_HrYRqds2ga

It is a member of the Fabaceae family and its scientific name is Tamarindus indica. The tamarind tree is indigenous to tropical regions of Africa, particularly the Sudan, but its cultivation has spread to almost all tropical areas of the world since it’s such a useful and desirable source of nutrition and unique flavors. It’s been cultivated for thousands of years and likely made its way to Asia about 5,000 years ago. It wasn’t until 500 years ago that it made its way to the Americas via Spanish explorers. South America and Mexico remain the largest consumers and producers of tamarind in the world.

It can be consumed as a raw fruit, added to desserts once it’s fully ripe or can be dried and ground into a spice. It is often used in jams and sauces and is even dried and processed into candies in some parts of the world. It is a normal ingredient in soups and dishes throughout Asia and South America, crediting its health benefits to this little seed pod. Let’s find out more about what components make tamarind such a powerful and essential part of your diet!

Tamarind Nutrition Facts

Tamarind is a very valuable commodity in the world because of its nutritional components. These include a significant level of vitamin C, E, and B, calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber. There are also a number of organic compounds that make tamarind a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

Health Benefits of Tamarind

  • Improves Digestion

Tamarind has long been considered a natural laxative and its dietary fiber content is a major reason for this property. Eating tamarind as a fruit or as a spice can increase the efficiency of your digestive system, while the fiber can bulk up your stool, making it move through the smooth muscles of the intestinal tract easily. Tamarind is also a bilious substance, meaning it stimulates bile activity, which can help dissolve food faster, and the fiber stimulates gastric juices to speed digestion. All of this together equates to a faster digestive transit time, making it a powerful laxative if you’re a victim of chronic constipation. Oddly enough, the fiber can also reduce loose stools, and studies have shown tamarind to be effective against chronic diarrhea as well!

  • Protects Heart Health

Tamarind studies show it to be effective in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol. The fiber content in tamarind certainly has something to do with the reduction in cholesterol, since it is known to scrap excess LDL cholesterol from the veins and arteries. The potassium in tamarind may be responsible for a reduction in blood pressure since it is known as a vasodilator – reducing stress on the cardiovascular system. The impressive level of vitamin C in tamarind also have something to do with helping constipation as well. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can reduce the impact of free-radicals – those pesky by-products of cellular metabolism linked to heart diseases and a number of other health conditions.

  • Improves Circulation

Tamarind is a very good source of iron – a single serving can provide more than 10% of your daily requirement. A healthy supply of iron in the body guarantees proper red blood cell count in the body, which can ensure appropriate oxygenation of muscles and organs for proper function. Also, iron deficiency results in anemia, which is characterized by weakness, fatigue, headaches, cognitive disorders, and stomach issues. So, eat plenty of tamarinds to keep anemia at bay!

  • Improves Nerve Function

One of the most significant vitamins in tamarind is the B complex. Thiamine, an important part of the vitamin B family, is found in high quantities within tamarind. Thiamine is responsible for improving nerve function, as well as muscle development, which can help you remain active, maintain your reflexes, and stay strong.

  • Weight Loss

One of the unique compounds that can be extracted from tamarind,or gained as a benefit from it when used as a spice, is called hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA is connected to weight loss because it has been shown to inhibit an enzyme in the body that specifically helps to store fat. Furthermore, tamarind has been known to suppress the appetite by increasing the serotonin neurotransmitter. Research is still ongoing in these respective areas, but it shows promising signs as a weight loss supplement!

  • Manages Diabetes

Along with its ability to stop weight gain, inhibiting the enzyme alpha-amylase mainly stops carbohydrates from being absorbed. A carbohydrate-heavy diet can increase the chances of uncontrolled glucose and insulin levels, which is the biggest problem for people suffering from diabetes. Tamarind can help to monitor and control these fluctuations.

  • Anti-inflammatory Capacity

The essential oil of tamarind has been connected to a number of anti-inflammatory abilities, including the reduction of joint pain and inflammation, arthritis, rheumatic conditions, and gout. It also reduces eye irritation. One of the most common forms of this is conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. Tamarind has shown a definite soothing and anti-inflammatory ability and is, therefore, used in many herbal remedies for inflammation.

  • Boosts Immunity

High levels of vitamin C, as well as other antioxidant effects in the essential oils, make tamarind a wonderful way to boost your immune system and ensure long-term health from microbial and fungal infections. It also reduces the occurrence of parasites in the body due to its antiseptic and antimicrobial effects. It has specifically been linked to eliminating stomach worms in children in tropical areas where tamarind in cultivated.

Word of Caution: The main concern is that tamarind lowers blood pressure and is a blood thinner, so it can be difficult to reduce bleeding in case of a cut or trauma. If you are taking aspirin or other blood thinners, be careful while ingesting an excessive amount of tamarind.

Nutritional Value of Tamarind

Due to its nutritional values and health benefits, Tamarind is known as a very valuable commodity in the world. The most well-known nutrition contained within it are;

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Dietary Fibers

In Southeast Asia, people have been using it as a poultice to reduce the effects of a fever. But that is not all of the remarkable benefits of Tamarind fruit. In the following list, my research team has compiled the very best known uses for Tamarind from all over the world. Thus, following are the health benefits of tamarind fruit:

Treats constipation

Reduces level of acidity in the body

Treats dysentery

Reduces malarial fever

Boosts immune system/Fights infection

Reduces bad cholesterol levels

Prevents/Fights cancer

Following are some ancient recipes for treating fatty liver disease and hepatitis:

  • Place two handfuls of peeled tamarind in a blender and add one liter of water. Mix well and drink the remedy every day on an empty stomach.
  • Place 25 tamarind leaves in a pot with one litter water. Boil the mixture for 20 minutes and you will get the healthiest tea in the world. Drink this tea before meals twice a day.

As most ancient foods do, tamarind has a long history of medicinal uses. Many involve easing stomach discomfort, aiding digestion, and use as a laxative. Tamarind preparations are used for fevers, sore throat, rheumatism, inflammation, and sunstroke.

Benefits of tamarind seeds

Mostly available during dry season, tamarind seeds contain phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin c, potassium, calcium and amino acids. Tamarind seeds are shiny black in color and have numerous nutritional and health benefits. The fruit appears in a pod and when opened, it contains a sticky pulp and seeds. It can be added to a smoothie or green drink.

Closing Thoughts...AND...OFFER for FREE 15-minute Telephone Consultation with Dr. Gilbere

The contents of this article is "Health thru Education"...do not attempt to "play doctor" if you're having any of the issues mentioned. If you need professional guidance, as a subscriber, I'm offering you a FREE 15-minute telephone consultation in 19 countries, I place the call to you. This offer is good until August 31st. You MUST request an appointment for a consultation by emailing: drgloriagilbere@gmail.com. Additionally, click on the link provided to complete the short health questionnaire that MUST be attached to your email request. FREE 15-min Phone Consult with Dr. Gilbere for Health Questionnaire.

 

Issue: 7.13.18 Bloated? Here's What You Need to Know...AND...Offer for FREE 15-min.Telephone Consultation


O-BLOATING-FOODS-570Most of us have delighted in a delicious meal, whose delight to our palette weaned when you start to feel bloated. This condition usually manifests when gas builds up in your stomach or intestines – all connected to the way your body breaks down food through the digestive processes. Overeating is the number one culprit, but foods that are hard to digest (like ones fatty or high in fiber) or ones that create bubbles in your intestines – like that bubbly drink – tend to bring it on too. Bloating can also occur when your body retains too much water, usually thanks to high-sodium food.

Whatever the trigger, puffing up is more than just annoying; it can slow you down and drain your energy. But it’s also easy to avoid if you stick to the right foods and learn a couple of easy “tricks” of the natural health professionals.

  • Beer

Beer is full of bubbles, which will leave you with a bloated belly – it’s also bloats more than other carbonated beverages. Research has shown that alcohol can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, especially that of candida yeast, which can leave you feeling inflated and brain-fogged.

  • Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale & Cauliflower

Because these cruciferous veggies are extremely high in fiber they are often difficult for your body to break-down, therefore, causing gas/bloating because of gas in your GI tract.

Cruciferous veggies contain raffinose, a sugar that produces extra gas as it breaks down and can make you feel like you’re carting around some extra fluff.  That said, veggies also bring a ton of nutritional benefits to the table, so there's no reason to swear off them completely. If you’re prone to bloating, lightly steam your vegetables—the heat will help break-down some of the fibers, so your body doesn’t have to do all the work.

  • Dairy

If you’re lactose intolerant or sensitive to dairy (many of us are to some degree), you may notice that milk products cause you to feel bloated. When your gut bacteria break down milk, it releases gas, which can lead to that uncomfortably full feeling. There’s an easy way to figure out if milk and cheese are the culprits behind your bloat: Try an elimination diet for two weeks and see if you feel better eating dairy-free...

  • Diet Soda

Besides the bubbles, diet sodas are laced with artificial sweeteners that your body doesn’t have the capacity to digest. Research found these sweeteners disrupt the microbiota (your body’s natural balance of gut bacteria), which can lead to a bigger belly, both short and long term…not to mention the toxic effects of the chemical sweeteners which are Neurotoxins.

  • Legumes

They don’t call beans the musical fruit for nothing. Legumes require a big effort to break down. As your body works overtime digesting the sugar and fiber, it produces more gas in your gut, which can leave you with a bad case of bloat. But that shouldn’t be a reason to completely cut the superfood out of your diet. After all, it’s a great source of protein, iron, and folate. If you’re having a big meal, which can already lead to swelling, it’s probably best to steer clear of things like beans and edamame.

  • Gum

Chewing gum, or sucking on hard candy, causes most people to swallow more often—and part of what you’re swallowing is air. All that extra air can back up in your digestive tract and leave you feeling bloated. Sugar-free gum is a particularly bad offender. Like diet soda, most sugar-free gum contains artificial sweeteners that are difficult for your body to break down and can cause you to feel gassy…AND…are toxic.

Food Solutions, Naturally

  • Bananas

Potassium acts to reverse the gut-busting effects of sodium. Reaching for a potassium-packed fruit, like a banana, can regulate your body’s sodium levels and banish that salt-induced bloat.

  • Fennel

Fennel seeds are your friend when it comes to digestion. In addition to being a diuretic—meaning they cause you to pee and flush out excess water weight—they also have a compound that may quiet digestive issues.  If you’re not into the idea of brewing a cup of fennel tea, you can easily sneak it into just about any meat or pasta dish as a stomach-soothing spice.

  • Watermelon

Bloating can also be caused by water retention, which your body does when it’s in fear of dehydration. Ironically, the way to flush the excess water is by drinking more and eating water-filled foods. Watermelon is not only a good flush, it’s also a great source of potassium.

  • Peppermint

Peppermint is a great stomach soother, and studies have shown that peppermint oil can help fight cramping and gas.  So next time you eat food that you know makes you gassy, try sipping on a cup of peppermint tea afterward. NOTE: Keep in mind if you use Homeopathic Remedies that any genre of mint will dilute/neutralize the medicinal effects of Homeopathics so allow at least an hour before/after any mint product before using Homeopathic remedies.

  • Cucumber

Cucumbers are your belly’s best friend when it comes to bloating. These watery veggies contain quercetin, which is anti-inflammatory and may reduce the swelling.

“Flat Tummy Water” Recipe:

6 cups filtered water

1 TB grated ginger

1 Cucumber, sliced very thin

1 Lemon or Lime, sliced very thin

½ cup mint leaves

Allow mixture to infuse overnight. Drink the entire recipe all the next day.

  • Papaya

Papayas are packed with an enzyme called papain, which has been shown to put a stop to digestive troubles.  Papain can help break-down proteins in your GI tract, making it easier to stomach food that's tough to digest.

  • Ginger

Ginger has long been praised for its digestive benefits. Both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, it's been shown to fight everything from aging to the big bad bloat. Sip a cup of ginger tea or chew on some raw ginger post-feast.

Non-food Solutions, Naturally

At the first sign of heartburn, indigestion, gas, or bloating:

  • Dissolve one teaspoon of Baking Soda in a little warm water and drink. In addition to helping your symptoms, it quickly alkalizes your body.
  • My “go to” for indigestion or heartburn is Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) that contains the “mother” – the probiotic foamy substance at the bottom. Especially if you’re consuming a high-fat meal, dilute 1 TB. of ACV in about 2+ ounces of water (I use a shot glass) and drink in the middle of your meal. ACV forces your stomach to naturally produce its own hydrochloric acid to break-down the food you consume.

Closing Thoughts and FREE Consultation OFFER…

  • If you experience frequent gas/bloating/constipation/diarrhea or other intestinal and digestive disorders, consider a FREE 15-minute consultation with me to investigate whether your issues need further professional guidance and dietary modifications. This consultation is open ONLY to subscribers. Please be sure to make a list of symptoms, medications/supplements you currently take and comments on the questionnaire, this allows me to maximize the allowed time. Send an email request for FREE consultation to: drgloriagilbere@gmail.com along with the completed questionnaire. My staff will reply with a date and time – I place the call in 19 countries. Please include the following in your email request:
    • Best time of day on Tuesdays – be sure to indicate your time zone.
    • CLICK on this quick questionnaire to help me better guide you, FREE 15-min Consult World Wide
 

Issue 5.4.18 Centuries Old Digestive Aid - BAKING SODA - Uses & Indications

914JFcK1Y8L__SL1500_Baking soda is one of the most versatile and powerful natural remedies for countless health disorders. Because I insist my patients test their urine weekly, first void of the morning, and to insure they maintain an average pH. of 7.5, questions continually arise as to what the actual health benefits include, the following is a brief summary. 

Historical Perspective…

3500 BC: Ancient Egyptians use natron (primarily comprised of sodium carbonate) as a soap-like cleaning agent and also used it to make mummies. 1843: Alfred Bird, a British chemist, makes the first version of baking powder to help out his wife, who was allergic to yeast. 1846: The Arm & Hammer brand is created...CLICK to continue reading...

Uses…

This cheap, yet effective, ingredient can be used to prevent colds, headaches, cancer, skin, issues, and much more. Additionally, it can be used as a product for oral hygiene, as a deodorant, etc.

Baking soda is often used to treat and prevent numerous health issues, including acidity, peptic ulcer, diarrhea, drug intoxication, and metabolic acidosis.

Additionally, because it contains sodium it helps prevent bladder infections, kidney stones, and hyperkalemia. It has potent anti-pruritic (anti-itch) properties which support skin health.

Some Important Health Benefits of Baking Soda:

  • Relieves Heartburn

Experts claim that a heartburn is a result of the acid buildup in the stomach, and when the acid goes up the esophagus, it causes a burning sensation or a heartburn. Baking soda can immediately relieve it.

  • Treats Cold and Flu symptoms

Numerous people use baking soda to naturally treat colds and flu. Baking soda effectively destroys viruses if used in the early stages of the infection. It accomplishes this by quickly alkalizing the body pH and scientifically we know that bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even cancer, cannot survive in an alkaline environment. At the first sign of cold or flu, try the following:

Day 1: 6 doses of ½ tsp. baking soda mixed with warm water every 2 hours.

Day 2: 4 doses of the same mixture every 3 hours.

Day 3: 2 doses of the mixture – one in the morning and one in the evening.

Day 4: 1 dose a day until the symptoms disappear.

  • Neutralizes Stomach Acid

Baking soda efficiently neutralizes stomach acid, as it restores the pH balance in the body. The consumption of ½ teaspoon of baking soda and 1 cup of water will provide excellent effects. Unhealthy diets often raise the acidity levels in the body, and baking soda neutralizes it and maintains a healthy pH balance.

The famous German doctor and Nobel prize winner Otto Warburg found that cancer cells cannot thrive in an alkaline environment – confirming that the alkaline body can effectively prevent cancer and all kinds of health maladies and diseases.

  • Treats Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Since cancer cells and bacteria survive in an acidic environment, the use of baking soda on a daily basis will alkalize the body and treat the infection. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of warm water and consume it on a daily basis.

  • Relieves Kidney Stone Discomfort

Kidney stones may often be a result of uric acid buildup, and the regular consumption of baking soda water is reported to dissolve stones and prevent formation of new ones.

  • Improves Physical Performance

Due to its alkalinity, baking soda can enhance physical performance, as it lowers the lactic acid levels released by the muscles – helping you to endure a more strenuous and longer training.

  • Relieves Gout Pain

Gout is an inflammation of the joints and is a result of the accumulation of uric acid in the body. Since baking soda effectively prevents the acid buildup, its consumption significantly relieves gout pain.

A Simple Test for Low-Stomach-Acid

To help digestion, our stomach produces hydrochloric acid (HCL), in order to break down proteins into essential amino acids, stimulate the function of the pancreas and prevent diseases by destroying harmful bacteria.

However, the reduced levels of HCL can lead to various gastric issues, like indigestion, bloating, heartburn, and constipation.

To evaluate acid levels in the stomach, you can do the following simple test:

Mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 8-oz. cold water, and drink it as soon as you wake up in the morning, on an empty stomach. If the HCL levels are adequate, you should belch in about 2-3 minutes afterward.

 

Issue 4.20.18 Skin Care Begins from the Inside-Out!

  Intestines Dressing Mirror Skin Care Begins from the Inside-Out 

Many skin disorders and premature aging are the outward manifestation of a body attempting to reduce its overall internal toxic burden as a result of accumulated by-products from multiple sources. What most people forget is that our skin is the largest organ of absorption and elimination – what goes on the skin goes into the body, as well as what’s inside manifests outside.

Auto-intoxication – The Road to Beautiful Skin is Paved with Good Intestines!

Since we now know scientifically that over 70% of our immune system is based in our gut, if intestinal health is compromised so is our skin. Our intestinal tract, specifically the large intestine (colon), is our personal “toxic waste chemical processing” receptacle – consisting of two main pipelines (pathways) through which toxins flow. Those toxic substances, manufactured within the colon, affect the entire body when transported from the colon into the liver via the hepatic portal vein. And, if they “leak” out of a damaged intestinal wall create a condition known as leaky gut syndrome – when proteins and toxins begin to leach out of the intestinal lining into the bloodstream, overloading the liver as it attempts to neutralize the toxins. It is remarkable that this five-foot long cavity, with its toxic contents, can be so close to the bloodstream without causing even more trouble – the intestinal wall is no thicker than that of your eyelid...CLICK to continue reading...

In order to better understand these processes, we need to consider overall blood circulation as it circulates through the body via two kinds of blood vessels:

  • The Arteries – carry fresh oxygenated blood (red blood) from the heart, supplying all organs and tissues.
  • The Veins – carry waste materials away from organs and tissues.

Even in seemingly healthy individuals, thousands of substances originating from their colon can, and do, escape across the colon’s mucosal borders. The liver, however, the largest organ inside the body, is designed to be the processing plant to neutralize those toxic substances. When the liver is over-burdened, from the colon “dumping” substances quicker than its ability to neutralize them, disease and disorders manifest, including those of the skin and premature aging.

To further understand the intimate connection of your skin to your intestinal health, I present you with the following analogy:

The colon and liver are analogous to the oil pan and oil filter in an automobile engine. As in auto maintenance, we must ensure that the filter is clean at all times in order to preserve the life of the motor. To purge the liver, or clean and lubricate the skin, while allowing the colon to continue to pollute the bloodstream is like replacing the oil filter and not changing the oil. The colon is currently the main source of pollution in our bodily systems – not the function nature intended. If intestinal putrefaction is excessive, or if the liver cells have been challenged or fail to function, toxic by-products enter general circulation and produce the condition known as “self-poisoning” or “auto-intoxication.” Since blood circulation is constant, the liver does its best to detoxify (neutralize) anything coming into it from the colon. When the liver is overworked because the colon is abnormally congested, it is challenged beyond its capacity, the bloodstream is polluted, internal infections and disorders are created, and the result is a skin that becomes the outward manifestations of the internal toxic burden.

Symptoms of Autointoxication Include:

  • Most skin disorders including, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, hives, eczema, and premature aging;
  • Multiple allergic response syndromes (MARS©) – sensitivity to most environmental exposures and ingested substances (paint, fragrances, cleaning and personal care products, floor coverings, upholstered furnishings, food, petrochemicals, anesthesia, medications, etc.;
  • Liver disorders – brown skin patches, red blood “dots”, multiple allergies and sensitivities;
  • Migraine headaches;
  • Sleep disorders;
  • Fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue;
  • Immune system disorders – lupus, arthritis, scleroderma, etc.;
  • Brain-fog – inability to connect thoughts or concentrate;
  • Intestinal disorders – leaky gut, irritable bowel, Crohn’s disease, colitis, etc.;
  • Inflammatory disorders – fibromyalgia, gout, lupus, scleroderma, arthritis, etc.

 Foundation of Health – Inside-Out…

Toxins are everywhere in our bodies. The best place to begin reducing our body’s overall toxic burden is to cleanse our colon – if the colon is full of colonic plaque, our immune responses are stagnated.

Everything you consume or absorb winds up in your colon – what your body doesn’t or can’t use remains as waste by-products and toxins. In industrialized societies, individuals can have as much as 20-30+ pounds of putrefied waste trapped in their colon, and as pointedly stated by the late Dr. Bernard Jensen, “Death begins in the colon.”

The Importance of Accelerated Transit Time… Colon

When toxins overwhelm your large intestine, it protects itself by producing extra mucous. This gunk sticks to the sludge produced by a low fiber diet creating a build-up that narrows the colon and provides a perfect sticky breeding ground for health-depleting microorganisms – making your colon work less efficiently, and slowing down the time it takes to rid itself of fecal matter (bowel transit time). Bowel transit time is a key to colon health and overall health. It indicates the amount of time between ingesting food and when the remains are eliminated. A healthy bowel transit time (8-14 hours) reduces toxin absorption, bloating, gas, indigestion, parasite infection, and the chances of disease development in the colon that respectively compromises other immune functions especially the liver and the lymphatics.

The Good News…

There are steps you can take to put your colon health and your skin back in balance – steps to help maintain healthy bowel function, begin feeling better, achieve overall wellness, and gracefully age without looking or feeling old.

  1. Consume a fresh vegetable/fruit smoothie daily – at least 16 ounces for detoxification purposes, and a minimum of 8 ounces for daily health. This can include any greens you like and tolerate well such as kale, spinach, mixed salad greens, broccoli, celery, cabbage, cucumber, etc. If you’d like to add fruit be careful not to add much or add those not comprised of high sugar content – the best are apples, pears, or a handful of berries. I use a milk alternative each day in my green drink like hemp, hazelnut, flax, almond, or coconut milks. If you have a sweet tooth like I do, add some Stevia so you’re not defeating the detoxification benefits by adding any form of sugar, which not only sabotages your immune system but also feeds yeast (Candida). Be sure your smoothie is blended to include all the fiber, not extracting
  2. Use an all-natural vegetable fiber like ColonSweep – strong enough to remove colonic plaque at higher amounts (5-6 tablets daily) and gentle enough to use for daily maintenance (1-2 tablets daily) and containing NO ingredients known to be habit-forming. A deep cleanse should be performed for a minimum of 90 days for maximum results and then find a maintenance level that’s comfortable and still keeping elimination flowing daily.
  3. If your bowels are already sluggish, as in most cases of skin and general inflammatory disorders, consider adding an all-natural herbal stool softener like EliminAid that is gentle and does not contain any ingredients known to be habit-forming. You can take it along with the fiber product to facilitate more complete evacuation of bowel matter, or alone to facilitate smooth passage.
  4. Omega 3, 6, 9 Complex – at higher doses it aids in reducing inflammation as well as promoting overall wellness. For acute inflammation and skin conditions, I use a total of 8,000 mgs. daily in divided doses and have seen the giant benefits it provides. I use and recommend a proprietary complex called 1440 Omegas™, available through the exclusive distributor of all products I approve.
  5. If you ARE NOT sufficiently hydrating DAILY, nothing will work. The body needs plenty of pure water to facilitate detoxification processes. Drink half your body weight in ounces (if you weigh 160 lbs. you would need a minimum of 80 oz. daily). If you consume caffeine, remember that for every 8 oz. of caffeinated beverage consumed it “sucks” 16 oz. of water out of the body to process it. Have that java in the morning but add to your daily water consumption.

         The Way I See It…

You can’t expect to have a clear, radiant complexion while maintaining a toxic intestinal ecology – we’re not built that way. I don’t know about you, but I intend to continue practicing what I teach and I’m proud to be entering my 71st year and intend to stay young in the “shades of grey” phase of my life while aging without looking or feeling it, Naturally.

For information and/or to purchase products approved by me, go to: www.naturalrejuvenation.solutions.