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Issue 06.9.17 Thyroid Health - Healthy Foods, Harmful Foods

GoiterogensMy patients with hypothyroidism (approximately over 70% of them) often ask about stories they’ve read or heard about the effects of certain foods on their thyroid health. Soy is their most common concern (and with good reason), however, broccoli, peanuts, strawberries, kale, spinach and other vegetables are also on this list. The message my patients hear, unfortunately, is that if you have any sort of thyroid dysfunction, you shouldn’t consume these foods — ever...AND...that’s a shame, because this all-or-nothing approach means that those with thyroid problems (particularly women) remove healthy, nutritious foods from their diet when they really don’t have to...

TRUE…certain foods contain goitrogens – compounds that make it more difficult for the thyroid gland to create its hormones. However, the piece of the puzzle that’s missing in the advice to “avoid” this or that food because it contains a goitrogen. The fact is that you can limit or even eliminate the harmful effects of these compounds in so many ways — either by limiting the amount you consume, or by preparing the food in such a way as to break down the goitrogenic compounds. Sometimes eliminating the goitrogen is as simple as steaming your vegetables before you eat them rather than eating them raw or raw in green smoothies!

It's important for Health thru Education™ that we understand…

  • what goitrogens are;
  • where they occur in our food and;
  • how we keep them from affecting our thyroid health so we can enjoy our favorite healthy foods without concern of health-depleting effects for our thyroid health.

De-coding a Goitrogen…

Most goitrogens are naturally-occurring chemicals that are ingested via foods or drugs. These chemicals can interfere with thyroid function in various ways. Some compounds induce antibodies that cross-react with the thyroid gland; others interfere with thyroid peroxidase (TPO) – the enzyme responsible for adding iodine during production of thyroid hormones. Either way, the thyroid isn’t able to produce as many of the hormones that are needed for regulating overall metabolic functions.

For people with healthy thyroid function, the thyroid simply compensates and makes more hormones on demand as needed. But in those whose thyroid function is already compromised, the thyroid gland may grow more cells as it tries to make up for inadequate hormone production, eventually forming a goiter (a swelling or enlargement of the thyroid gland).

What Foods Contain Goitrogens?...

Goitrogenic Foods

You may be surprised by how many common foods contain goitrogenic compounds, but the good news is, in most cases you don’t have to cross them off your grocery list. The following will help guide you so you understand how you can keep some of them in your diet, even if you have hypothyroidism.

Gluten: It may surprise people to see gluten at the top of my list of potential goitrogens, but the truth is that gluten sensitivity contributes to a wide range of autoimmune responses aside from celiac disease (the one for which it’s best known). Gluten sensitivity has been found to go hand-in-hand with autoimmune disorders such as type 1 diabetes, Addison’s disease, Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and autoimmune thyroid disease. I commonly recommend that my patients consider eliminating gluten from their diets, particularly if they already have an autoimmune disorder. If you have autoimmune hypothyroidism, you might want to consider limiting your intake of wheat, barley, and rye, or even going completely gluten-free. I also suggest that women with autoimmune thyroid disease consider screening for celiac disease, because undetected celiac can be one reason that women continue to have hypothyroid symptoms despite higher and higher doses of thyroid replacement hormone.

AlternativelyIf you’d like to keep gluten in your diet but you’re concerned about your thyroid, try scaling back on how often you eat it. Be aware that gluten is included in a great many processed foods, so it may help if you look for those varieties that advertise as gluten-free. And instead of having wheat bread or baked goods with your meal, consider substituting gluten-free grains or saving them for the occasional treat. You may find after a while that you don’t miss gluten nearly as much as you may have thought – if you find yourself craving bread or pasta, it could be a sign of gluten sensitivity.

Soy isoflavones: Soy is a very healthy food that has been demonized by various groups. One legitimate concern these groups raise is the fact that soy does contain goitrogenic compounds, specifically the soy isoflavone genistein. This compound, just like thyroid hormones, accepts iodine molecules from the thyroid peroxidase (TPO), which again, is the enzyme that also transfers iodine to the thyroid hormones. Some researchers have suggested that genistein and similar isoflavones may compete with thyroid hormones for iodine or alternatively may “block” the action of TPO, but recent studies indicate that as long as an individual has sufficient iodine in the diet, soy isoflavones do not adversely impact thyroid function in moderation. Keep in mind that if you begin with poor iodine nutrition, removing goitrogens from your diet will not restore iodine nutrition.

The other good news is that the goitrogenic activity of soy isoflavones can be at least partly “turned off” by cooking or fermenting. With soy foods, you may want to favor fermented, cultured, or otherwise “aged” soybean products such as tempeh, soy sauce, miso, and natto. These methods of processing soybeans alter the activity (goitrogenicity) of the phytochemicals they contain. If you do eat whole soybean foods such as edamame or tofu, eat them cooked or steamed, not raw.

The goitrogenicity of soy can also be offset by pairing it with products containing iodine. I tell my patients with thyroid problems that if they already eat soy products and wish to continue, they should be sure to include additional iodide in the diet, in the form of seaweed vegetables or a homeopathic sea vegetable-based iodine supplement. For people who don’t already use soy regularly, I suggest that they simply continue whatever limited usage they already have and not worry about it too much, as such small amounts aren’t likely to impact the thyroid too greatly — but keep in mind that if you eat processed foods containing certain soy-based additives like soybean oil or hydrolyzed soy protein, they could be a “hidden” source of soy isoflavones that most hypothyroid woman could probably do without!

Isothiocyanates: These compounds are primarily found in cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, broccolini, cauliflower, mustard greens, kale, turnips, and collards. Isothiocyanates, like soy isoflavones, appear to block TPO, and they may also disrupt signaling across the thyroid’s cell membranes. But no one would argue that these vegetables are bad for you, given that they are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and a variety of nutrients we all need (aside from being delicious!). Women with thyroid problems definitely should not avoid them — instead, enjoy them steamed or cooked, as the heat alters the isothiocyanates’ molecular structure and eliminates the goitrogenic effect.

AND…certain “potentially goitrogenic” compounds are also present in small amounts in peanuts, pine nuts, millet, peaches, strawberries, spinach, and cassava root, among others. I tell my patients who are concerned about these foods that unless they’re consuming them in high amounts on a continual basis, they’re not likely to have a health-depleting impact on their thyroid health, because the possible goitrogens are present in such minute quantities.

I emphasize that these foods won’t pose a problem for people with healthy thyroid function, nor will they be harmful when used in moderation by those whose thyroid function is impaired, but excessive use of foods containing goitrogens may trigger or exacerbate a thyroid problem. This is even more reason to make sure your diet contains a variety of delicious, healthy, whole foods — we weren’t meant to eat the same thing over and over!

Enjoy your goitrogens with a dash of common sense…

It would be a shame if those with thyroid problems avoided goitrogenic foods altogether, because most of what I’ve listed above contain beneficial micronutrients and have strong value as healthy foods that support digestive, skeletal, cardiovascular, and immune function. It just doesn’t make sense to deny the rest of our body the benefits of these foods when the threat they pose to our thyroid is so slight and can be eliminated so easily!

Unless you have a true soy allergy or another medical reason to avoid it, I wouldn’t worry too much about every little soybean or that bowl of miso soup in your favorite Japanese restaurant occasionally. More importantly, if you do include soy in your diet and have concerns about your thyroid function, it’s worthwhile do the simple home test to check your iodine levels.

For your FREE updated eBook copy click the link:  Download Thyroid Booklet rev 3-17  it will help you determine if you need supplemental elemental iodide in amounts that are correct for your profile and from a natural source that is easily absorbable. This offer good ONLY UNTIL August 1st, 2017. I also recommend that people with thyroid problems who consume soy regularly include good dietary sources of selenium — and be sure to continue monitoring thyroid hormone levels regularly and consult with their nutrition-aware natural health practitioner... YourThyroid_cover

My Suggestion…we all use a little common sense when it comes to goitrogens and our thyroids — steam, cook, or ferment your vegetables to reduce the goitrogenic compounds, rotate your choices so that you’re not eating the same foods every day, and above all, enjoy them as part of a richly varied diet of wholesome foods.

The Wholistic Thyroid Balance™ homeopathic supplement made specifically for The Institute for Wholistic Rejuvenation is available through its exclusive distributor, Natural Rejuvenation Solutions at You can find the handout showing you how to test your own iodine levels at home on my website at



Issue 05.26.17 Migraines & Headaches - Causes, Effects & Natural Solutions

IWR Press_WithType_2015Penning’s from IWR Press…Launching Fresh Voices of Natural Health

Why are we beginning this article introduction about an eBook with a discussion about food when this book is about headaches? Because what we consume affects every biological function within our body, including food ingredients known to cause headaches – specifically migraines, tension headaches and allergic responses.

For the first time in the history of human existence, we are choosing to eat things that are NOT FOOD – and our bodies and diminishing quality of life show it!

The thing that bugs me is that the people think the FDA is protecting them – it isn’t. What the FDA is doing, and what the public thinks it is doing, is as different as night and day.

                                        – Dr. Herbert L. Ley (1969), Former FDA Commissioner...

Consider these startling facts:

* Based on new research, migraines are now believed to be a result of a disorder of your nervous system – most likely in your brain stem and not by constriction and decrease in blood flow as previously believed.

* More than 300 million people worldwide suffer from migraine headaches, twice the number of women than men.

* The average American consumes OVER 10 pounds of chemical food additives per year! These include artificial sweeteners, flavor enhancers, coloring, texture enhancers, and preservatives.

* Headache disorders are among the most common disorders of the nervous system – an estimated 47% of the adult population is victim of a headache, to one degree or another, at least once annually.

* Headache disorders are associated with personal and societal burdens of pain, disability, damaged quality of life and financial cost.

* A minority of people with headache disorders worldwide are diagnosed by a health-care provider. However, the underlying causes of headaches have been under-estimated, under-recognized, under-treated and over-medicated.

* A 2012 survey exposed some startling statistics – the average American over age 2 spend more than 34 hours weekly watching live television and another three to six hours watching taped programs. That number rises steadily to an average of 48 hours weekly after age 65. Additionally, some 36 million of us are watching video on smartphones.

* Adults are exposed to screens – TVs, cellphones, G.P.S. – for about 8.5 to 10 hours daily, according to a study released by the Council for Research Excellence and created by the Nielsen Company.

And the list goes on…and on…and on…

So, what's changed in the last 100 years?  Why are we sicker and headaches of all types are increasing by the minute? We know there’s no mysterious disease attacking us and our DNA has not taken a sudden strange twist…YET

–          Consumers are eating more and more food products with chemical ingredients and artificial sweeteners. The American food supply, with hundreds of interacting chemicals and foreign compounds are simultaneously introduced into our bodies without concern about both short and long-term health consequences.

–          We are all exposed to more environmental pollution, including most significantly the electromagnetic field (s) (EMFs) energy from all those electronic gadgets that we’ve become addicted to in our fast-paced world of wanting “instant” information.

The ONLY thing that has changed is the food we consume, the chemical additives, and the environmental pollutants we’re exposed to. 

In this updated publication, Dr. Gloria sheds light on the causes, effects and non-drug solutions for headaches in general – specifically migraines and tension-induced.

What Health Professionals are Saying…

Finally, this book provides you a Wholistic approach to finding the causes of migraines and headaches from a doctor of natural health and an investigative health journalist who is also a recovered victim. Instead of dealing with symptom-care, that becomes drug-management and only serves to add to the body’s overall toxic load, this book provides causes, effects, nutrition-based and non-drug solutions.   

This book will provide you with the following information and much more… Migraines&Headaches COVER FINAL

SECTION 1 – Covers the anatomy of migraines and includes the various kinds of headaches, including those induced by dental-related causes.

SECTION 2 – Identifies specifics about various headache triggers from what we eat, see, smell, hear, and what we’re exposed to environmentally.

SECTION 3 – Discusses other considerations as causes from hormones and medication rebound headaches to ergonomic considerations, identifying primary pain zones and many other health saboteurs.

SECTION 4 – Provides you with Wholistic non-drug solutions including muscle trigger point therapy, Chinese acupressure, supplements, nutraceuticals and tried and true ancient wisdom remedies.

NOTE: The updated book is available in print; limited quantities; the eBook is immediately downloadable.

“If you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it – it’s probably NOT food, it’s Chemical Cuisine”

Dr. Gloria Gilbère is also author of 18 books, her best sellers include I was Poisoned by my body and Chemical Cuisine: Do you REALLY know what you’re eating?

Orders: or call (208) 255-5252 (8: to 2: Pacific Time, closed Friday).


Issue 05.12.17 Nature's Anti-inflammatory Pain-Relief TEA...Goodby Medications - Hello Tea...

Man-in-blue-shirt-with-feverNot long ago a friend was experiencing debilitating overall pain, a temperature of over 100, exceptional fluid build-up with bags under the eyes and inability to urinate. He has had kidney and bladder issues in the past and had tests performed two days previous but these symptoms came on suddenly. Since a specialist couldn’t be seen for several days until results of lab tests, I had to come to the rescue with an ancient kitchen remedy taught me by my paternal grandmother who was an exceptional herbalist. She had only one kidney and when she experienced an infection, kidney pain or inability to properly and completely urinate, she’d make a natural herbal remedy tea and it brought her great relief – her Chinese medical doctor was always amazed at the results and supported her use of natural herbals.  SO, digging in my memory for the time-tested recipe, I made a tea and had my friend drink 2 big mugs and continue to do so throughout that night and the next day until a quart was consumed. Within an hour of first dosage, the bags under his eyes were almost gone, the body aches were reduced to a low roar and the fever began to lower although it took another 24 hours to completely resolve.

In western medicine, we are so fast to run for a “quick-fix” drug. No, this natural tea did not resolve the underlying cause but it did bring my friend relief without causing any more toxicity in a body who was already fighting an infection and inflammation. The pain was so intense he hadn’t been able to sleep; within about 45 minutes after drinking the tea he was resting and asleep!

Causes-of-Eye-Bags-–-What-They-Are-and-Prevention-of-Under-Eye-BagsThis tea is great for all-over body aches, reduced kidney function and fluid build-up, inflammation and to help the body fight infection like the flu. You should always seek medical advice but, as in this case, it would be a couple days before the specialist could see him and test results were pending so nature’s tea came to the immediate rescue...again.

Historical Perspective…

Turmeric, and its active ingredient curcumin, has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong anti-oxidant. Of the 6000+ studies referencing curcumin, the most interesting finding is that when turmeric is compared to conventional medicine its benefits equal that of many pharmaceutical medications.  In fact, several studies reported that using curcumin is more advantageous than certain prescription drugs. When I examined the most recent research, turmeric benefits go beyond that of even the following 10 drugs:


  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Anti-depressants (Prozac)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Anti-coagulants (Aspirin and blood thinners like coumadin)
  • Pain killers
  • Diabetes drugs (Metformin)
  • Arthritis medications for pain and inflammation
  • Inflammatory bowel disease drugs

Turmeric, the main spice in curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. It has so many healing properties that currently there have been 6,235 peer-reviewed articles published proving the benefits of turmeric and one of its renowned healing compounds curcumin. This puts turmeric on top of the list as one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all of science and the next most popular studied herbs include garlic, cinnamon, ginseng, ginger and milk thistle.

Dr. G’s Anti-Inflammation Tea   Incredible-Turmeric-Tea-and-Tonic-Recipes

RECIPE – the amounts are approximate – what’s important is the ingredients.

6 cups water

3 heaping tsp. ground turmeric – centuries old remedy for pain and inflammation

3-4 heaping tsp. pure raw honey (or to taste) – contains natural healing/anti-inflammatory properties

2 Tablespoons organic raw un-salted butter – contains the “Wulzen Factor” *(see below for details)

1-2 large bunches of fresh parsley or ½ parsley and ½ cilantro – contains chlorophyll to clean out bacteria and help alkalize

The juice of 2 large lemons or 3 limes – helps alkaline the body to fight infection

1 Tablespoon grated raw ginger or 1 tsp. powdered ginger – superior anti-inflammatory

Other Helpful Ingredients:

Ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks – great anti-inflammatory, good for circulation and helps regulate blood sugar)


Boil the water – when it begins to bubble throw in all the ingredients and boil 10-15 minutes. Drink as warm as comfortable. Best relief when consumed hot but can be chilled.

*Benefits of Organic Butter in this Tea – Wulzen Factor

  • Butter is rich in important trace minerals, including manganese, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium (a powerful antioxidant). Butter provides more selenium per gram than wheat germ or herring and is also an excellent source of iodine.
  • Butter contains what is known as the “Wulzen Factor” – a hormone-like substance that prevents arthritis and joint stiffness – ensuring the calcium in your body is put into your bones rather than your joints and other tissues. The “Wulzen Factor” is only present in raw butter and cream; it is destroyed by pasteurization. The “Wulzen Factor” also contains Vitamin K2 in grass-fed butter which protects against calcification of the joints as well as hardening of the arteries, cataract and calcification of the pineal gland. Studies show that calves fed pasteurized milk or skim milk quickly develop joint stiffness and pain.

The Way I See It…AtAGlance_LOGO

Nature always has a remedy for us so in my practice I always use Food as Medicine before considering a pharmaceutical that may alleviate symptoms but serves to add to the body’s toxic overload, especially in the liver. In consideration of the benefits of ingredients mentioned above, a proprietary complex was commissioned by The Institute for Wholistic Rejuvenation and sold exclusively by Natural Rejuvenation Solutions at The formula is PainModulator, the label and ingredients are shown here  View this photo
. At the first sign of pain I recommend 2 capsules every 3 hours until relief is achieved then reduce to 2 capsules every 4-6 hours as needed. Because all ingredients are natural, it is appropriate to take longer term if a chronic condition exists that would otherwise require regular use of pain or anti-inflammatory medications.

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Issue 04.28.17 Loss of Taste & Smell...Causes, Effects & Natural Solutions

When-Aging-Steals-Your-Sense-of-Taste-722x406In recent years, more than in the 30+ years of practicing natural health, individuals who seek my counsel are experiencing the frightening conditions of losing their sense of smell and taste. Not only is this devastating to their overall quality of life, but now science shows it can be a predictor of other serious health imbalances and diseases. I chose this topic for this blog because of the concern I have that so many are experiencing these symptoms and you need to be aware of how to identify deficiencies or imbalances that contribute to these disorders. In addition, early detection of metabolic disorders can be implemented before it becomes a dis-order with devastating consequences that may have been resolved by nutritional modifications and Wholistic detoxification.

Loss of smell and taste result from many conditions, among them nasal polyps or those that form in the sinus cavities, hormonal imbalances, serious health disorders/diseases especially those that include compromised immunity, and also a major cause is dental infections...

First, let’s find out how the sense of taste works in humans:

Our taste nerves are clustered within the “Gustatory” cells in the taste buds of the mouth and throat – they react to food or drink mixed with saliva. Many of the small bumps seen on the tongue are actually your taste buds – these surface cells send taste information to nearby nerve fibers, which in turn, send message to the brain… TasteSmell

The inability to perceive odors is clinically known as “anosmia” and a reduced ability to smell is known as “hyposomnia”.

How do the senses of taste and smell work together? 

These two senses belong to our chemical sensing system called chemosensation. This complicated process of smell and taste begin when molecules released by the substances around us stimulate special nerve cells in the nose, mouth, and/or throat.

Now for Some Scientific Perspective…

Inside your nasal passages are two odor-detecting patches made up of about 6 million cells known as olfactory receptors. These allow you to detect thousands of different smells, and although other animals' senses of smell are far more acute (a dog has 220 million olfactory receptors, for comparison), a human's sense of smell is still remarkably sensitive.

For instance, humans can detect certain substances in air even when they're diluted to less than one part in several billion, according to the Social Issues Research Center's (SIRC) Smell Report.

Your sense of smell is intricately tied to your emotions, your ability to taste, and even sexual attraction… and it's also intricately tied to your health. Sense of smell is the major reason pure essential oils are so effective for our health and have been used medicinally in single fragrances and therapeutic combinations for centuries.

Research reports that your sense of smell may peak at age 8 and start to decline in sensitivity by the age of 15 – other studies suggest smell sensitivity begins to deteriorate from your early 20s, however, not all scientists agree. That being said, some healthy 80-year-olds who have been studied and interviewed have just as keen an ability to smell as much younger adult –suggesting that your sense of smell doesn't just degrade as a matter of course, but rather may be dependent on your overall physical and mental health that includes what you eat and what you’re exposed to environmentally.

New research, in fact, showed that smell is a powerful "canary in the coalmine" for predicting your future longevity, and if you lose yours, it's definitely a sign you should seek medical and nutritional consultation for extensive overall testing to identify unseen nutritional imbalances and diseases. I always recommend a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA), interpreted by a certified htma practitioner, because it can provide you with the “invisible” metabolic blueprint that other testing methods cannot provide including blood and urine testing. It’s best to first perform this easy at-home test and have it interpreted along with recommended nutritional and detoxification protocols before extensive blood and urine, or other expensive testing is performed that usually does not identify the hidden metabolic imbalances.

NOTE: Researchers and scientists explain that the tip of the olfactory nerve, which contains the smell receptors, is the only part of the human nervous system that is continuously regenerated by stem cells.

The production of new smell cells declines with age, and this is associated with a gradual reduction in our ability to detect and discriminate odors. Loss of smell may indicate that the body is entering a state of disrepair, in other words, it is no longer capable of repairing itself.

The olfactory nerve is also the only part of the nervous system that is exposed to the open air. As such, it offers poisons and pathogens a quick route into the brain, and so losing smell could be an early warning of something serious that can ultimately cause death.

Before you learn about the various natural remedies that have been reported effective for loss of taste and smell, you should know a little about what can cause this problem because you can develop these conditions due to many underlying causes, the following are the most common:

  1. A common cause of losing one’s sense of taste and smell is aging, but not limited to aging. When you age, degeneration of nerve cells that control taste and smell buds occurs.
  2. Excessive smoking or long-term second-hand smoke exposure.
  3. Certain diseases of the nervous system and nutritional deficiencies can also cause you to lose your sense of taste and smell – another good reason to perform an annual hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) to identify nutrients out of balance and/or toxic metals. This “invisible” metabolic blueprint is easy to do at home, mail to the Institute for submission to the lab for analysis, and interpreted by a certified HTMA practitioner.
  4. Sinusitis, blocked nasal passages, fever, gum and tooth infections and upper or viral respiratory diseases are known conditions that cause loss of taste and smell.
  5. You can also lose your sense of taste and smell when you undergo radiation therapy.

The following are the 15 natural remedies known to be highly effective in treating loss of taste and smell:

  1. Castor Oil:

The anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of this oil help in keeping your nasal passages clear. All you need to do is apply a drop of warm (not boiling or microwaved) castor oil in each nostril every morning and before you go to bed to gain quick results.

  1. Garlic:

Your sense of smell and taste can be restored with garlic. It effectively helps in clearing nasal congestion and opening blocked nasal passages. All you need is to chop 2 or 3 cloves and boil them in a cup of water. Once boiled, let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Drink the mixture while it is warm. Do this 2 to 3 times daily to regain your sense of smell.

  1. Ginger:

Ginger is another wonderful remedy for loss of taste and smell. It helps in activating your taste buds while stimulating your sense of taste. You can treat your problem by chewing small bits of raw ginger regularly and drinking ginger tea (made from fresh ginger, not teabags or processed) and avoid those tasty ginger candies that are loaded with sugar unless they are sweetened with Stevia or another natural calorie-free sweetener like monk fruit.

  1. Cayenne Pepper:

If you have lost your sense of taste and smell due to sinusitis, cayenne pepper is the solution. Capsaicin, its active compound, helps in reducing nasal congestion. Saliva production is also stimulated, and this in turn improves taste. A mixture of a teaspoon each of cayenne pepper and honey taken a couple of times every day will help in loosening up mucus and stimulates secretion. Black pepper is also an excellent stimulator for taste buds and preferred for those with inflammation as cayenne is a nightshade that should be avoided with any inflammatory disorders. Since sinusitis is also a problem of inflammation, use caution with cayenne pepper and maybe only as a last resort.

  1. Steam Inhalation:

Inhaling steam can work wonders when your tasting and smelling powers are affected by nasal congestion. The warm and moist steam will help in clearing out blockages in the nasal passage and reducing inflammation. Add a few drops of organic eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil to boiling water and inhale the steam. Doing this 2 times a day helps immensely.

  1. Lemon:

The citrus flavor and fragrance of lemons can help in restoring your sense of taste and smell. It is also rich in Vitamin C, which is essential to keep infections and diseases away as it boosts your body’s immunity. Mix the juice of one lemon and 2 teaspoons of honey in a glass of warm water and drink it twice a day. Eating a small piece of lemon (fresh or pickled) between meals can also help in stimulating your taste buds.

  1. Bentonite Clay:

You can use a special blend of herbs and bentonite clay to treat loss of taste and smell. Use the mixture in your bath water every day. This has been known to be highly effective in restoring the sense of taste and smell for some people. It is worth a try but don’t drink it as some websites suggest.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar – My FIRST CHOICE:

Although apple cider vinegar has a taste that is sour and acidic; it is an excellent taste bud stimulator. It is also an excellent remedy for sinus infections. It’s ability to stimulate immunity is credited to its ability to alkalize the body – health-depleting bacteria CANNOT live and thrive in an alkaline environment. To restore your sense of taste and smell, drink half a glass of water with a mixture of one tablespoon of this vinegar (raw and unfiltered with the mother) and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda twice a day.

  1. Oil Pulling:

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice known to help in treating loss of smell and taste as it moistens your taste buds. It also helps in removing toxins from your mouth and body. You can use sesame oil, coconut oil or other edible oils for oil pulling. Take a tablespoon of your preferred oil (my preferred is coconut oil) and swish it around your mouth thoroughly for about 15 minutes. Rinse your mouth with warm water after spitting the oil out. NOTE: When spitting it out, do so into a trash can or plastic baggie, don’t spit into the sink as it will eventually cause plumbing problems. Do this daily in the morning before you eat anything.

  1. Carom Seeds:

Carom seeds have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which make it an excellent cleansing agent. It also eliminates infection, reduces swelling and clears/opens blocked pathways. Make a small sachet with a teaspoon of carom seeds tied in a piece of thin cloth. Heat the sachet and inhale the fumes. Do this 2 to 3 times every night before you go to bed.

Okay, before you think I’ve mis-spoken or mis-spelled the name of this seed, allow me to explain because it is not well-known in Western cultures.

      Ajwain, ajowan Trachyspermum ammi, also known as Ajowan caraway, bishop's weed or carom, is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae – originating in India and Pakistan. Both the leaves and the fruit of the plant are consumed by humans. These seeds belong to the same family as fennel, anise, dill, and caraway. It is consumed raw or in powdered form. Their taste is hot and pungent and they’re color is yellowish-brown to greyish green with a strong fragrance similar to Thyme.

  1. Cinnamon:

Ayurvedic practice uses cinnamon as a natural treatment for loss of taste and smell. Its powerful flavor acts as a stimulator for the taste buds while its sweet aroma helps in enhancing your sense of smell. To use this remedy, take equal amounts of powdered cinnamon and honey and rub the mixture on your tongue. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse your mouth with warm water.

    12. Foods Rich In Zinc:   Zinc-foods-opt

Zinc-deficiency is known to be a major cause of loss of taste and smell, as evidenced through hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) results. You should eat more foods that are rich in this mineral to treat your problem. Zinc supplements are also another option. Whole grains, dairy products, nuts, beans, oysters, etc. should be added to your daily diet. If you are planning to take a supplement, talk to your nutritionally-aware doctor or Wholistic rejuvenist before doing so.

Zinc, an essential trace mineral, is required to produce an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase (CA) VI, critical to taste and smell, which is why loss of sense of smell is one of the classic signs of chronic zinc deficiency. This might be yet another reason why a dwindling sense of smell is often linked to impending death, as zinc is important for a number of life-sustaining functions, including, but not limited to:

  • Strong immunity – vital for T-cell growth and differentiation into the white blood cells that we need to ward-off disease;
  • Process of Apoptosis to kill dangerous bacteria, virus and cancer cells;
    • Apoptosis is from the Ancient Greek word meaning “falling off” and is a process of programmed cell death that occurs in multi-cellular organisms.
    • How is apoptosis initiated?

Apoptosis can be initiated through one of two pathways. In the intrinsic pathway the cell kills itself because it senses cell stress, while in the extrinsic pathway the cell kills itself because of signals from other cells.

  • Examples of Apoptosis…

Are present in cancer and leukemia. When apoptosis works overly well, it kills too many cells and inflicts grave tissue damage. This is the case in strokes and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and Parkinson's diseases.  Apoptosis is also known as programmed cell death and cell suicide.

  • Gene transcription;
  • Protective functions of cell membranes;
  • Important component of the enzymes involved in tissue remodeling and prevention of cancer;
  • Maintenance of your mood, mental clarity, and restorative sleep;
  • Prostate and intestinal health.

Zinc is a constituent of at least 3,000 different proteins in your body and a component of more than 200 different enzymes. In fact, zinc is involved in more enzymatic reactions in your body than any other mineral, which is why it often shows out-of-balance when a hair tissue mineral imbalance is present and, therefore, reflects the common symptoms of zinc deficiency.

Zinc increases your production of white blood cells and helps them fight infection more effectively. It also increases killer cells that combat cancer, helps your immune system release more antibodies, and supports wound healing.

Mild zinc deficiency is relatively common, especially in infants and children, pregnant or breast-feeding women, elderly, people with poor gastrointestinal absorption or bowel disease like Crohn's disease and leaky gut syndrome, and for those eating vegetarian or vegan diets. A number of factors contribute to the overall problem of zinc deficiency:

  1. Years of industrial farming practices, such as monocropping (planting large expanses of land with the same crop year after year) and tilling the soil, have left our soils deficient in natural minerals, like zinc.
  2. Certain drugs deplete your body of zinc, such as ACE inhibitors, thiazide diuretics, and acid-reducing drugs like Prilosec and Pepcid.
  3. Certain diets, such as vegetarian/vegan diets and high-grain diets, are low in bioavailable zinc and high in phytic acids, which impair zinc absorption.

If you are deficient in zinc, your body may become less able to repair genetic damage caused by oxidative stress. Having low levels of zinc has even been found to cause strands of DNA to break and studies have linked zinc deficiency to various types of cancer, infection, and autoimmune diseases.

Along with frequent infections, such as cold and flu, and a diminishing sense of smell, white spots on your fingernails can indicate you're not getting enough zinc. Other symptoms of zinc deficiency include…

  • Poor Neurological Function
  • Diarrhea
  • Food & Environmental Allergies
  • Thinning Hair/nails
  • Leaky Gut
  • Acne and or Skin Disorders
  • Loss of Appetite (for no other medical reasons)

Recommended daily amount of zinc for adults is 11 milligrams for men and 8 milligrams for women. Children, pregnant or lactating women need about 3 mg. more but check with your natural health practitioner for individual supplementation recommendations. Good sources of natural zinc include meats, oysters, wild-caught fish, raw milk and cheese, beans and yogurt or kefir made from raw milk.

If you’re healthy and you eat a well-balanced diet, you will rarely need supplements to complete your body's zinc needs, and you should strive to get zinc from dietary sources. Taking too much zinc in supplement form can also be dangerous, as it can interfere with your body's ability to absorb other minerals, especially copper. If you decide to use a zinc supplement, chelated forms are better absorbed than inorganic forms, or zinc salts but it is best if you first perform a hair tissue mineral analysis to determine if and how much zinc is stored in your body tissues.

  1. Mint:

This herb is a wonderful natural remedy if you have lost your sense of taste and smell. All you need to do is add a tablespoon of fresh mint leaves to a cup of water. Cover the cup and let the leaves steep in the water for half an hour. Strain and then drink the mixture two times every day. NOTE: If you are taking Homeopathics, any herb in the mint genre will neutralize the health benefits of Homeopathics so avoid it.

  1. Curry Leaves:

Another remedy that you can try is curry leaves. All you need to do is take a handful of curry leaves that have been crushed. Add them to a glass of water and let it sit for half an hour or so. Once 30 minutes are up, strain the leaves and drink the mixture. Do this twice a day every day to restore your sense of taste and smell.

  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate:

As you know, drinking plenty of water is important for overall health. To treat loss of taste and smell, drink a glass of water every hour or so to keep your mouth hydrated – this will prevent dry mouth, which can cause you to lose your sense of taste and smell.

Summary: In most cases, you do not need expensive treatments to treat loss of taste and smell. With ingredients that you have right in your kitchen, you can use safe and natural remedies to treat the problem and regain your ability to enjoy different flavors and fragrances.

I have recommended for many years the use of a specific zinc supplement that I have had great clinical success in both improving and restoring sense of taste and smell but also in the immune-boosting benefits. It is a proprietary blend made for health professionals and contains both zinc arginate and zinc glycinate. This complex, in a tiny tablet, features zinc that is essential to so many aspects of human health, especially for immune support. It is formulated for enhanced absorption to address zinc repletion. In addition, it…

  • Supports white blood cell production;
  • Promotes healthy immune responses;
  • Supports enzyme activity associated with energy metabolism and tissue synthesis;
  • Is G.I. friendly;
  • Designed for enhanced zinc absorption that utilizes proprietary, patented amino acids.

To order this proprietary complex, Wholistic ZINC Balance from the exclusive distributor of all products with my approved seal, contact the store at Natural Rejuvenation Solutions at or call toll-free (888) 352-8175, Mon. - Thurs. 8: to 2: PT, closed Friday.

To identify your “invisible” metabolic blueprint of nutritional imbalances and toxic metals, order the Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) home test on my website at In about two weeks after submission, the results are received by Dr. Gloria and you’ll be contacted to schedule an in-depth telephone consultation with her to interpret results and provide individualized modifications to enable you to correct imbalances and detoxify from toxic metals to facilitate wellness.


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