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What the heck is Leaky Gut?

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The health of our Intestinal system is a critical part of regaining our overall health. You may be thinking “what does joint/muscle pain, headaches, brain fog, cardiovascular disease, skin irritations etc. have to do with your gut?” Consider this: the intestinal system is the hub that all body systems encircle and relies on for nutrition. Healing the gut is the most important first step everyone should do no matter what their health issues are. What happens in the gut is extremely important for the rest of the body—if your gut isn’t healthy, then neither are you!! 80% of your immune system is located in your gut. If your gut is not healthy, then your Immune system is not healthy – opening the door for viruses, bacteria, inflammation, autoimmune disease, and leaky gut.

What is Leaky Gut?

Leaky gut is when the tight junction of the gut becomes porous allowing toxins, undigested food, bacteria, yeast and more, to get into your blood stream. Once there, these toxins travel throughout the body. These “foreign invaders” put your immune system on high alert, causing chronic inflammation. Inflammation is at the root of most health issues. Think of the “tight Junctions” as the “gateway” between your intestines and what’s permitted to pass into your blood stream. Having a leaky gut is like having the gates broken from your intestines to your blood stream.

What causes Leaky Gut?

Things that contribute to Leaky Gut are: gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, corn, nightshade vegetables, GMO’s, grain and pseudo grains, stress (physical or emotional), food additives, antibiotics, antacids, Prednisone, birth control pills, medication for inflammation (such as aspirin and ibuprofen), SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth), Candida, and Parasites.

Conditions associated with chronic inflammation:leakygut2b_cropped_holistichealinginformation

-Autoimmune disorders of all kinds
-Bone and joint disorders (e.g., back pain, muscle pain, arthritis)
-Cancer of all types
-Cardiovascular disease (heart disease, Atherosclerosis)
-Digestive disorders, such as acid reflux (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, gallstones, fatty liver, diverticulitis, food sensitivities, food allergies, emotional and cognitive disorders (e.g., anxiety, brain fog, depression)
-Skin rashes

Steps to heal a Leaky Gut:

-Remove – we must lessen the load by removing offending foods that cause
inflammation (gluten; dairy; corn; sugar; and for some, legumes and pseudo grains (e.g., rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat) for a short time. These can be re-introduced later.

-Reset – we reset the gut by incorporating healing foods

-Repair – repair the gut with specific supplements

-Replenish – replenish the good gut bacteria with probiotics

Book an appointment to find out if you could be at risk for a leaky gut!!

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My Personal Journey

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My personal journey – Thinking back to when I was a child, I now believe I’ve always had food sensitivities. I remember being in grade school, waking up to a nice flat belly, but after breakfast (which usually consisted of cookies and milk, toast or cereal), I somehow looked two sizes bigger, felt bloated, and experienced nausea and headaches. I had acne, and a horrendous monthly cycle that kept me from school a couple of days a month. In later years, I had severe cystic acne, hypothyroidism, adrenal exhaustion, anemia, depression, weight issues, brain fog, malabsorption, and nutritional deficiencies. I suffered with these issues for a few years, in and out of my doctor’s office, leaving more frustrated than when I went in. My doctor’s even suggested I go see a Psychotherapist because she felt I had PTSD….
Enough was enough. I finally decided I was going to give Alternative Health a try, in particular an Iridologist (which by the way, I had no idea what that was at the time). I had been holding on to her business card for two years and I was at my wits ends – honestly I wasn’t expecting much, heck I just couldn’t fathom how someone looking in my eyes was going to help me when the lab tests and blood work that were routinely done didn’t show anything. Little did I know that one visit with the Iridologist would change my life forever. It was this Iridologist that confirmed all that I had been feeling and was able to see the lack of energy in the organs that were effected by all the issues that I have listed above. It sparked a fire within me to learn more. I started taking body system lectures, which led me to take my Iridology course where I graduated with high-honours. I then went on to take another Iridology course from Ellen Tart Jensen (daughter in-law of the late Bernard Jensen). I later continued my studies as a nutritional therapist, muscle testing and bio-physical resonance practitioner.
However, my journey to health was at a standstill – yes I was far better than I had been in a very long time, but still not 100% and my weight just kept creeping up. Before I knew it, I was 160 lbs from 120 lbs on a 5’2” body, and I still had joint pains, headaches, menstrual irregularities and sugar cravings. I was extremely frustrated. I remember thinking “but I eat healthy!”. I had given up gluten and dairy for a quite a while because of food sensitivities, yet, I knew there was still something missing. In continuing my studies on health I was introduced to something called cross reactivity, basically how your body can still think you’ve eaten gluten even after giving it up. Things like buckwheat, corn, rice, eggs, oats, dairy etc. These were some of the things I was still eating after eliminating gluten from my diet… This was my “AHA” moment! With this new found knowledge, I felt I had found the missing piece of the puzzle. I decided I was going to hit the “restart” button and omit all sugars even the healthy one and anything that turned to sugar – including starchy vegetables, pseudo grains (quinoa, buckwheat, rice) beans and lentils. What happened next literally made me cry – I lost 4 pounds in 4 days and yes of course some of it was water weight but in the following days and weeks my weight kept falling off. Please understand that this was a turning point for me, I had tried every pill, potion, tea, I even reached out to other health professionals for 10 years and NOTHING worked until I did this program. I am not going to lie and say it was easy. Heck no. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I went through a week of detoxing… I slept all day, had headaches and just felt terrible. However, I knew that this was a good sign, it may be hard to believe but this is a very positive thing. I urged myself to stay strong and to remember that if I didn’t do this now, when would I! Above all else, I needed to be patient and love myself through this journey. I believed I was worth it! With each passing day it got a little easier. I am very proud to say that my fatigue, joint pains, and headaches were all reversed. You may be wondering what I ate, considering all the foods I eliminated. I concentrated on good quality healthy fats, moderate protein, and non-root vegetables, in the right ratio. As time passed, I longed for comfort foods that I grew up on and I knew I had to get creative in the kitchen and start playing around with alternative ingredients. And that’s what I did. I now eat spaghetti and meatballs, shepherd’s pie, chicken pot pie, Asian dishes all with ingredients that keep me healthy. At first it was just for myself, but once my husband and two daughters saw the difference in me, not just my weight but my energy, my vitality and my constant good mood – ok I might be going overboard there, but you get the picture – they decided they wanted to feel the same. Today we are all eating delicious, healthy food and couldn’t be happier… or healthier!

IF my story resonates with you, or you are looking for answers to your health issues,  please feel free to contact me to chat further. I am here to help!

7 Anti-aging food (everyone over 40 should eat)

7 Anti-aging food (everyone over 40 should eat)

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7 Anti-aging foods (everyone over 40 should eat)

If you’re over 40 and want to defy each passing year while promoting more youthful hair, nails and skin, the below 7 foods will help you stock up on some of the most powerful anti-aging nutrients around.

1. Olive Oil – Not only do the monounsaturated fats contained in olive oil support healthy arteries and a healthy heart, but olive oil also contains polyphenols, a potent anti-oxidant that may help prevent a number of age-related diseases. We recommend organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil for the most anti-aging bang for your buck.

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The Best Investment

The Best Investment

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The Best Investment

For Quality of Life In Your Elder Years Invest In Your Health

by Steven H. Horne, RH (AHG)

Most of us spend a great deal of time and energy looking out for our financial well-being. We take out insurance policies to protect ourselves from accidents and unforeseen difficulties. We may save or invest for a “rainy day” or start a retirement account to provide for our old age. Unfortunately, many people fail to invest in their most important asset—their own health and well-being.

Having acquired money, it has little purpose in our lives unless we invest it in things that we value. I would propose to you that one of the most important investments you will ever make is in your own health. What good will it do to save and invest for retirement if you die of a heart attack at age 55? What good will it do to have a million dollar retirement account, but suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia at age 65?
Living longer doesn’t necessarily mean living better. Quality of life is more important than quantity of life, but investing in our health can improve both the quality and the quantity (length) of our lives.

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ABC + D Method

ABC + D Method

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The ABC + D Approach to health was originally created by Edward Milo Millet, which later was further developed by Steven Horne.

Where to Begin?

Back to Basics

With the recent explosion in medical research on the health benefits of herbs, and the resulting media attention toward nutritional supplements, more and more people are becoming convinced that they should be supplementing their diets. However, most people are confused about what they really need to be taking. To make matters worse, every individual has unique biological needs based on his or her history, genetic makeup and lifestyle. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to nutritional supplements. In order to clear up some of this confusion, the ABC+D Method was developed. Instead of the “one size fits all” approach, the ABC+D method is a specific plan to help you develop a personalized nutritional program that will allow you to get the most benefit from what nutritional science has to offer.

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Is Modern Wheat Making You Fat and Sick

Is Modern Wheat Making You Fat and Sick

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The government and the media tell you to eat MORE wheat… they call it phrases like “wholesome and healthy”. But more and more scientists, nutritionists, and researchers are finding very troubling health issues related to wheat components that most people are eating in almost every meal.

I saw this article below the other day from TheAlternativeDaily, a leading online alternative health publisher, and wanted to share it with you

The government says eat more wheat – what is up with that?

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Candida

Candida

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IS CANDIDA SABOTAGING YOUR HEALTH?

What is Candida?

First I will start off by saying that Candida is one of the most under-diagnosed health issue, if not completely missed by Doctors. It is often connected to many diseases such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Most individuals diagnosed with cancer or aids have candidiasis.

Candida is yeast similar to the type of yeast used to make bread. It is an oval-shaped micro-organism which can reproduce very rapidly by budding. Virtually everyone has intestinal candida colonies, under normal circumstances the yeast lives in harmony with us through the delicate balance of bacterial types.

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10 reasons to use ONLY NSP Products

10 reasons to use ONLY NSP Products

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Top 10 Reasons to Use NSP Products

10. NSP utilizes over 400 different analytical tests to assure our supplements are the highest quality.

9. NSP has on-staff highly educated and trained research and development staff, including 3 Pharmacists and Ph.D.’s.

8. The staff in the quality department have over 200 years of combined experience and education.

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