Essential Fatty Acids

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We know a lot about the body, but there is still so much more to learn!

What we know about essential fatty acids, is that they are REQUIRED by the body, for certain cellular functions.  EFA’s promote brain health, fight depression, and other mental disorders, including reducing ADHD symptoms, metabolic syndrome, improves eyesight and function, fights inflammation, which in turn fights auto-immune disorders, fights age-related mental decline, including Alzheimers, reduces risk of heart disease, helps prevent cancer, reduces asthma in children, reduces fat liver, improves bone and joint health, alleviates menstrual pain, improves sleep, great for skin, and so much more!  (See Science Based Benefits)  

Those are all the ones we happen to know about, but there are surely a long list of benefits that are yet to be discovered.  Bottom line, as always, God provides health for us, in all His good things!

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Sources of EFA include nuts, seeds, green vegetables, ocean vegetables, fatty fish (because they eat the ocean vegetables), squash, and a variety of salad oils.  Please stay away from oil simply titled “vegetable oil”. Organic, cold pressed is best.

For those who want a steady input of EFA’s, want extra, or want additional to that which they get in food, the best I’ve found is JP+ broad spectrum plant-based only Omegas.  To learn more about them, or order, please click HERE

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Highly Inflammatory Foods

Many of you have been suffering with all kinds of diseases or illnesses, spending tons of money on doctors and medications, and finding no relief…what if you started with where all disease processes start, and get rid of inflammatory food intake?

Related imageGenetically Modified Foods (GMO’s, also known as “Frankenfoods”
Sugar
Vegetable Oil (Includes Soybean Oil)
Refined Flour (if it says “Enriched”, or “Bleached”)
Artificial Sweeteners (Sucralose, Splenda, Equal, Aspertame, Nutrasweet, etc)
Artificial additives, whether colors or preservatives
Grain-fed meats (think about it, fish, cows and chickens don’t go hunting for fields of corn)
Farm-raised Fish
Processed Meats
Biblically Unclean meats (Pork, Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Clams, Scallops, etc)
A second round of alcohol (one wine glass or small beer, actually can lower inflammation, the second round is detrimental)
GMO foods (genetically modified, and therefore not natural at all)
Trans-fat (Partially or Fully Hydrogenated fats, or Interestersified fats)
Fast Food
Processed “Foods” of any kind!  Live the motto: “If it doesn’t mold or sprout, throw it out!”
Refined Carbs
MSG
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Gluten (due to GMO wheat)

https://www.eatthis.com/foods-that-cause-inflammation/
https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/foods-to-avoid-limit/food-ingredients-and-inflammation.php

 

 

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

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Please Note:  Eat Organic, Non-GMO, whenever possible!
Apples
Avocado
Citrus Fruits
Berries
Cherries
Ginger
Pineapple

Garbanzo beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Non-GMO Soybeans
White Beans

Sorrel, Shiitake, Maitake, Oyster and Wild Mushrooms

Organic Cold Pressed Olive oil
Toasted Sesame Seed Oil
Unrefined Coconut Oil
Walnut oil

Beets
Cabbage
Cruciferous Vegetables
Dandelion Greens
Endive
Green Leafy Vegetables
Green Beans
Leeks
Radish (sprouted), summer or red
Spinach
Sprouts

Basil
Chili peppers
Cinnamon
Garlic
Oregano
Rosemary
Sage
Thyme
Turmeric
White, Green, or Oolong Tea

Plant Milk:  Unsweetened Coconut, Hemp, Almond, or Cashew
Dark Chocolate (70% or higher Cacao content)
Kombucha
Raw, unfiltered Honey (Manuka Honey, if possible)
Miso
Apple Cider Vinegar

Nuts, including Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, Brazil nuts, etc…

Seeds, including Chia (soak at least 10 minutes, before eating), sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc… (raw)

Peanuts (make your own peanut butter)

Fatty Fish:  Salmon, Mackarel, Tuna, Sardines, Herring, etc…  WILD, NOT FARMED

Bone Broth (Make your own…use organic, grass fed animal bones, and add some apple cider vinegar, boil bones with vinegar for at least 12 hours, and as much as 24 hours…it will pull the nutrient rich gelatin out)

Raw Oats (soak them at least 30 minutes, or overnight, in lightly sweetened plant milk, or unsweetened plant milk with fruit and/or seeds and/or nuts)
Whole grains, excluding wheat (due to genetic modifications)
Einkorn (the original, ancient wheat grain, with only 14 chromosomes, available through YL)

Eggs
Hard Cheese
Raw Milk Cheese
Yogurt (Bulgarian, Greek, or Coconut based)
Kefir

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/foods-that-fight-inflammation

https://www.eatthis.com/anti-inflammatory-foods/

https://www.drweil.com/diet-nutrition/anti-inflammatory-diet-pyramid/dr-weils-anti-inflammatory-food-pyramid/

https://www.webmd.com/diet/anti-inflammatory-diet-road-to-good-health#1

Decadent Peppermint Hot Chocolate Layer Mix

Make this for gifts of all kinds! Especially well received for Christmas!!

In honor of our Dallas area weather finally getting cold, here is the most delicious hot chocolate mix I’ve come across:

I make these, and give as gifts, use myself, and sell for Christmas Gifting Events!

1 quart mason jars or divide recipe in half, for pint sized mason jars!
Layer your ingredients in this order:(use a paper funnel)
1 cup Organic, unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup Organic Cane Sugar
1/2 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
7 drops YL brand Peppermint essential oil (do NOT use other brands of essential oils!!)
1/2 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
About 1 cup mini marshmallows (fill rest of jar to top with marshmallows)

Make pretty label to include instructions for the receiver of the gift! (Tie onto jar with pretty ribbon)
Directions/Instructions:
Mix entire contents of jar in a bowl.
For each serving, place 1/4-1/3 mix in a mug, and stir in 1 cup of hot milk of your choice.
(Unsweetened coconut, cashew, almond, rice, soy or cow’s milk)
Return unused contents back into mason jar, for storing!

The Coconut Oil Miracle

eo-coconut-oil-miracleAs a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, I get to share safe, effective, natural resources with my patients, which make a huge difference in health and wellness. Coconut oil is one of those big ones! When it comes to coconut oil and good therapeutic essential oils, the question of what can they do is virtually limitless!

Since I do not sell coconut oil, I’m completely at liberty to tell you what it is definitely known to address, and how to take it!

While I’ve been teaching this for years, I find it much more fun to be able to point to a published book, which will also contain references on information given. In the book titled The Coconut Oil Miracle, by Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D., you will find a treasure of information on why and exactly how this performs its miracles. Here I’ll only share the highlights…and before we start, let me say this: God has created plants in order to address ALL our health and wellness needs. Whether you decide to use conventional means or not, always consider using traditional, time-tested and proven natural remedies at least alongside the conventional treatments…and should you choose to use only safe, effective natural remedies, you may end up enjoying a level of wellness you had no idea was possible!

With Organic, first cold-pressed Coconut oil you can:
Strengthen your Immune system
Reduce Inflammation
Lose extra pounds
Beautify Skin and Hair
Prevent…
Heart Disease
(by healing arterial walls, removing plaque,lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol)
Cancer (by destroying the outer coating of invading bodies)
and Diabetes (by helping normalize blood sugar)
Kill off germs: viruses, bacteria, and parasites included…no matter where they are residing
(especially if they are residing internally in any part of the body)
Soothe gastro-intestinal issues
Clean out GI tract
Brighten teeth
Detoxify the body
Normalize skincare conditions
Help brain function by nourishing the nervous system (numerous Alzheimer and Parkinson applications as well)

If you were to add specific, ingestible essential oils to your coconut intake and application, you would experience an even better outcome for vibrant health and wellness! But for now, back to coconut oil…

How to use it:
2 Tablespoons in the morning, 2 Tablespoons at night
Take straight up, slather on toast, waffles or pancakes, add to meals, hot drinks, oatmeal, soups, and smoothies
Cook with it (in addition to taking the 4 total Tablespoons per day)
Do Oil Pulling with it
Make great beauty, hair and skincare products with it (and toss out your toxic junk)

Use this great little miracle DAILY! Replace all your other refined oils with it. See the difference you will be able to feel!

Get Your Energy UP!!

GPH Energy Drinks

This image horrifies me! Yet I see people of all ages drinking these cans of “energy”…even some otherwise “healthy” individuals post about not only drinking these sugar and caffeine bombs, but actually do it to “boost” their exercise program! We need to redefine health in this country. Health is when every part of your body functions in the way it should, and when you look and feel your very best…that means every cell is doing its job, and every tissue, organ, and organ system is doing exactly what it was created to do: keep you from getting gravely ill, help you recover quickly, and have many more days of good than bad.

One tell-tale sign of good health is a good amount of daily energy: what you need to do well throughout your day. How to get your best energy?

Prayer and Meditation: you only exist because and through Father God, creator of all…we
don’t even get to take a single breath without Him…call on Him for everything!!
Spend time with God, checking/adjusting your purpose daily

Purposeful living: you were created for a specific purpose…when you are not fulfilling
that purpose, or when you are not feeling loved, your energy levels can sink dangerously low.

Sleep: get at least 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, daily

Food: needs to come not merely in form of calories,but in form of dense nutritional value,
which translates to fresh raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds

Cellular bio-availability: this is what allows the body to turn what it gets into something
useful…and it requires all of the above.

Hydration: NOTHING can get done, without proper hydration; 1/2 your body weight in ounces,
daily.

Detoxification: you may be sensitive or allergic to foods, compounds, chemicals,
environmental factors, or animals, and as your body tries to deal with that, your energy
levels will go way down! This includes toxicity of negative emotions and mental thought
patterns.

When your energy is depleted, you are likely depleted in one of the first six areas, and possibly not well versed in the seventh area, OR, your body may be fighting some low-lying illness, OR, as a woman, you may be pregnant.

A low-lying illness or disease can literally be anything, but more often than not, it is a bacteria, virus or parasite, which is sapping the strength of your body. When your body is sending in the soldiers to fight the invading microbes, all other systems need to be slowed down, to conserve energy for the body’s recovery.

When you are really unhealthy, this process can literally take you down and out for the count. When you have been taking in great nutrition, this can seem more of a mystery. As an example, people taking Juice Plus+ will rarely have full blown symptoms of any kind, so it is much harder to “diagnose”, or decipher what may be happening. While there is a certain comfort in figuring out an exact cause, it’s often elusive. So what you can spend your time, money and energy on, is caring for your body to get back to optimum health and wellness, instead!

On the HOW:

I will skip prayer, meditation, purposeful living, and sleep, as I will surely go into more detail on those in other posts. On food, it must be densely nutritious, mostly plant-based, in as much variety and as raw and fresh as possible. Organic, when possible, and non-GMO at all times. Sparingly on meat. Removing cow’s milk, and substituting plant milks ASAP! Gluten is often a trigger of a variety of health issues, so imperative to stay away for an entire 30 days at a time…and shoot for 120 days total, before you have even one more bite, to see how it affects you. This means get rid of breads, cookies, crackers, etc…and this means don’t try to get the gluten-free versions, while you are trying to get your energy to return.

For things to be bio-available at a cellular level, your digestive tract must be in great shape…you must have a good probiotic gut balance, and you must be digesting large amounts of enzymes and minerals. You MUST get on a good, whole-food based nutritional support system, (I only recommend Juice Plus+), add minerals (Young Living brand of Mineral Essence), Enzymes (Complete Shake from Juice Plus+), and add Sulfur to your daily regimen: it allows for cells to garner and use the energy that is being harvested from plant food.(Young Living brand of Sulfurzyme).

Proper hydration will make all things work correctly…make sure it is filtered, and that you don’t fall behind in drinking what you need, daily! For many people, this one change can have a huge impact on their energy!

Detoxification MUST be a part of your lifestyle…and for physical toxicity, it includes testing yourself by purposefully staying away from things you wonder may be causing you issues, and then introducing them back…if they are a problem for you, you will know right away! Detoxification is a by-product of daily healthy choices, but can and must be willfully engaged by clearing out toxic issues for you, as well as learning how to use foods, and essential oils to facilitate detoxification.

One kind of toxicity that most people never address, is emotional toxicity and mental negativity. Whether from within yourself, or due to the brokenness of others, we need to detox DAILY! This is the toughest one of all…when you feel beaten down, or discouraged, or anxious, or depressed, or like you don’t matter, it can literally suck the life energy out of you. This again requires its own post. But finding a way to deal with this particular kind of toxicity is essential, and everyone is susceptible to building up toxicity in this area, because it is so neglected!

If you love your body, and want it to work well for a long time to come, please make sure you never touch any of those so-called energy drinks on the market. If you want to boost your energy properly, and in a healthful way, do the great things I shared in this article, and you will see some marked improvements!