Category Archives for Digestion

The Cause of Acid Reflux, Heartburn & GERD

I’ve had someone close to me suffering with this and thought that you or someone in your family may be suffering from this as well. My friend got to having such bad heartburn that he quit eating anything spicy. Even high acid food like tomatoes and many other things in his diet would trigger acid reflux. Another friend of mine is taking anti-acids but doesn’t seem to think it is fixing anything because the symptoms come right back when he stops the medications. 

Healthy vs GERD graphic

If you look up GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder) You will find that it is the loss of pressure between the sphincter and the stomach. Medical experts say it is a relaxation of the sphincter (valve) at the top of the stomach. 

Heartburn is often a symptom of GERD caused by acid reflux. So it appears as if all of these issues are linked back to this one root cause.

Esophagus, esophageal sphincter, pyloric sphincter

Are you struggling with any of these symptoms? If so, you may learn from the struggles my friends have experienced.

Another friend of mine was having digestive issues, so he cut all fermented foods out of his diet. It worked to an extent, but limited a lot of foods he could eat because he also had to also remove many raw foods from his diet as well. 

I don’t know if you’ve thought about how frustrating this is, but for me when I want to eat healthy, having handy raw foods around just makes things easy. Would you agree? It is easier to eat healthy when you can prepare a nice bowl of fresh vegetables you can grab a few pieces of throughout the day… They are just so handy!

Healthy stomach, GERD Stomach, Acid Reflux
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Better Health- What Does it Mean to You?

Inflammation – What is it?

Irritated joints, irritation in the digestive tract, even high blood pressure and allergies can be a sign of inflammation.

Autoimmune disorders can crop up from unmanaged inflammation.

Inflammation culprits can be many and depending on who you are. Things that irritate me could be different from what irritates you, and vice versa.

Inflammation doesn’t only affect joints. You may not have known that irritation of the digestive tract often follows that of the joints. 

Take a guess at what the # 1 inflammatory food is? You guessed it. Sugar.

Sugar the #1 Inflammatory food
Sugar is found in some surprising places

Did you know that sugar is more addictive than cocaine in rat studies?

This is a shocking observation, but the reality is that it’s everywhere and extremely hard to avoid.

Besides sugar, there are many foods we eat that the body processes just like sugar. 

White flour products such as donuts, cakes, white bread & desserts are all broken down and used by the body in a very similar way.

When is sugar the most dangerous?

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The Secret Benefits of the Little Known Vitamin K2

Have you ever struggled with heavy bleeding? Hemorrhage or even simply really heavy periods? How about menopause issues? How about Cysts, Ovarian Cysts or Endometriosis? 

If you experience heavy bleeding during periods, it may signal a lack of vitamin k2

Some of my very close friends and I have suffered with these issues. It is really important for me to share what I came across. In fact, I don’t understand for the life of me why it is not being shared more publicly! 

As uncomfortable as it is for me to talk about, I’ll tell you that I had some major bleeding issues while going through Menopause. I didn’t want to have to talk about it or even deal with it but it was affecting my productivity in a major way in my life. As a Mom, as a wife, at my work, at managing my home, it felt like it was all caving in on me. 

From my medical background, I had heard of Vitamin K but had dismissed the idea of using it because it causes blood clotting so quickly that the conclusion was it was dangerous to take as a supplement. I decided I wanted to try just a little of it to see if it would help me. 

Talk about opening a can of worms. I found out there is a huge difference between vitamin K1 & Vitamin K2 – Vitamin K1 is just what I had know about. It helps the blood to clot and has very little other function in the body. 

Vitamin K2, on the other hand, has so many benefits that you must to hear about! It is good for young women, older women & even men 🙂 

It supports the heart, the brain, and has a major role in calcium absorption in our body. 

Here are the details of my research if you would like to read it: 

Find balance in your brain and hearth health

The little known Vitamin K2

Health benefits and sources of vitamin K. Vitamin K refers to a group of fat-soluble vitamins that play a role in blood clotting, bone metabolism, and regulating blood calcium levels. The body needs vitamin K to produce prothrombin, a protein. Prothrombin is a clotting factor that is important in blood clotting and bone metabolism.

What is the Vitamin k2 good for?

Vitamin K is also given to treat and prevent vitamin K deficiency, a condition in which the body doesn’t have enough vitamin K. It is also used to prevent and treat weak bones (osteoporosis) and relieve itching that often accompanies a liver disease called biliary cirrhosis.

The K Vitamins 

Vitamin K activates proteins that play a role in blood clotting, calcium metabolism and heart health. Controlled studies in people also observe that vitamin K2 supplements generally improve bone and heart health, while vitamin K1 has no significant benefits. 

Vitamin K activates proteins that play a role in blood clotting

Vitamin K1’s primary function

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Reduce Your Joint Inflammation With Food

Thank you for your reply to my article “From Walking with a Walker to Walking 5 Miles“. I had so many replies and requests to write about this subject that I thought I had better not put it off too long.

What is an Anti-inflammatory Diet?

When we think about anti-inflammatory foods we have to think about 2 aspects of an anti-inflammatory diet. Foods we can eat and the foods we need to avoid. Some foods irritate the digestive system and ultimately the joints and some foods calm the digestive system causing less body system irritations. We will look at several of these pieces.

The other piece of this is that it will look different for you than it will for me and different for me than someone else you know.  There may be some family similarities but not always.  

Try a 30 day Whole food re-set

One thing to you might consider if you are really ready to figure out what foods are bothering you the most is to try a 30-day whole food re-set. I have done one and it is really eye-opening. I am not the best guide on one of these so I will refer you to a book if you are interested in doing that.

Whole: The 30 Day Whole Foods Challenge

What I will do for you though is help you with some basics. There are actually groups of inflammatory foods. So you may be sensitive to one but not the other. That is why eating a clean diet for 3 weeks to 30 days is so helpful when beginning this journey.

Sugar – The Most Inflammatory Food!

Sugar is probably the most inflammatory of all the foods. We have a list of sugars and hidden names for sugars. Most sweeteners are really not safe either because they are highly processed foods. The only sweetener that I trust is Stevia. There are some good stevia choices now that don’t leave a bitter after taste. Let me know if that is something you are interested in.

61 Hidden Names for sugar

Here is a handy list: 61 Hidden Names for Sugar

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Refreshing Grapefruit Essential Oil 

​Grapefruit oil is useful for so many different things. 

But one of my favorite benefits of the oil is that it can uplift your mood. 

I like to apply it to my temples and wrists on a rough day. It leaves me feeling refreshed and happy!

It is also very Pleasant to diffuse . 

Gingerbread Cookies

This is a great twist on a holiday classic. I love gingerbread cookies, and these are made with Ginger essential oil!

These delicious Gingerbread Cookies will be a huge hit during your next holiday event.  These cookies are gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan, so you can happily offer them to your friends and family who have diet restrictions. Plus, they taste great and can be enjoyed by all.

Ingredients:
1 1/3 cup buckwheat flour
2/3 cup tapioca flour
2/3 cup sorghum flour
1 tablespoon chia seed meal
1 tablespoon flax seed meal
1/3 cup of coconut palm sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 drops Cinnamon essential oil
2 drops Ginger essential oil
2 drops Clove essential oil
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
45 drops Liquid Stevia

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Spearmint Essential Oil

Spearmint Essential OilSpearmint has a sweet, minty, fresh flavor and aroma. It is great to diffuse or use topically with a carrier oil. Also Great for cooking.

  • Promotes digestion and helps reduce occasional stomach upset*
  • Promotes a sense of focus and uplifts mood
  • Cleanses the mouth and promotes fresh breath

Uses
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Carrier Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Keep away from eyes and sensitive skin.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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