Processed Carbs and The Body

Not all carbs are created equal. Processed carbs is nothing more than empty calories. They have been stripped away of mostly all of the beneficial nutrients and natural fibers that your body needs for nourishment along with  spiking your blood sugar quickly and  stimulating insulin response.  When you begin to start reading labels you will notices thinks like the word, “enriched” this was created to fool you into thinking that the product is okay to eat. What the manufacturers has actually done was chemically added  certain nutrients back in to processed carbs with synthetic vitamins that can’t even compare to the naturally-occurring beneficial nutrients and natural fibers in whole foods.

In a study published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in February 2006, researchers analyzed the negative effects of processed carbs on 932 health men and women. Participants who ate  Low-glycemic carbs showed a radical control of their  blood sugar spikes, better cholesterol levels and no increase in inflammation.

Inflammation can become your enemy when its been associated with leptin resistance, which is thought to be a major factor for obesity.  Also when you have chronic inflammation in your body your immune system goes into a protection mode because it doesn’t recognize these fake foods and it feels its under attack.

Chronic inflammation has been linked to major disease like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s.

This constant cycle can also set you up for metabolic syndrome and in-return begin to store harmful belly fat around you midsection giving you a lovely muffin top.

Your  body adapts to what your feeding it,  the nutrients that are supplied are being  processed differently and are sent to where its need. Just like a car, each item has its own function and you can run a car efficiently without every part working as it should.  The proteins, fats, and carbs are all converted into fuel using many different metabolic processes. Our bodies were not designed to eat foods like refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, cereal, bread, potatoes and pasteurized milk products.

You see when your feed your body carbohydrates it will break it down and convert most of it into the sugar glucose. Glucose is then absorbed into the bloodstream, and with the help of a hormone called insulin it travels into the cells of the body where it can be used for energy. If there is any leftover glucose and more than the liver can hold it will be won’t be wasted. Your body will turn it into fat for overall storage for later use. You see if you dont have an overload of carbohydrates your body can and will run mainly on fats.We’ve been spoon fed by mainstream medical organizations to believe that glucose is the preferred fuel of our metabolism but actually it is fat for fuel that is the key to ideal  health. Nutritional Ketosis is actually a proven powerful method to burn fat for fuel  instead of sugar for fuel.  When you burn fat for fuel you increase your energy, improve your mental clarity and sharpness, keeps your blood sugar stabilized,  begin to balance your hormones, decrease inflammation, Increases levels of HDL Cholesterol ( the good cholesterol) , lowers your blood pressure, fights against  Metabolic Syndrome and helps to clear your skin. One hour after consuming refined carbs your Blood sugar levels drop and signals the brain that its needs to be stimulated again by more refined carbs.

There are  two main forms of carbohydrates:

  1. Simple carbohydrates which are  foods such as fructose, glucose, and lactose. These carbs are easily and quickly utilized for energy by the body because of their simple chemical structure, often leading to a faster rise in blood sugar and insulin secretion from the pancreas – which can have negative health effects.
  2. Complex carbohydrates which are foods contain fiber, vitamins and minerals, and they take longer to digest

We’ve been lied to again by  American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Diabetes Association, and other mainstream medical organizations. Eating complex carbs should not spike your blood sugar and it also should be healthy for us to consume.  Normal blood sugar and insulin levels are vital to keeping our bodies healthy. 

You dont get fat from eating good fats. In Dr. Richard Johnson, latest book, The Fat Switch,  has proven by in his research that fructose activates a key enzyme, fructokinase, which in turn activates another enzyme that causes cells to accumulate fat. Another fabrication by the mainstream medical organizations that has been proven wrong about diet and obesity.

In 1931, German physician Dr. Otto Warburg discovered that cancer cells have a fundamentally different energy metabolism compared to healthy cells – a discovery that won him the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

Warburg discovered cancer cells are primarily fueled by the burning of sugar anaerobically, and that most cancer cells do not have the metabolic flexibility to survive without sugar. A New York Times article notes:

T]he Warburg effect is estimated to occur in up to 80 percent of cancers. [A] positron emission tomography (PET) scan, which has emerged as an important tool in the staging and diagnosis of cancer works simply by revealing the places in the body where cells are consuming extra glucose.

In many cases, the more glucose a tumor consumes, the worse a patient’s prognosis.”

Your body needs good carbs not bad processed carbs like grains, sugars and fake foods.  Typical daily intake of good carbs can vary between 30 to 150 grams a day, and it all depends on if your are fat adapted to burn ketones ( fat for fuel) and the amount of exercise you do.We are all individuals and each one of us are unique with our own metabolic and nutrition efficiency needs.  We must begin to listen, become accountable and understand where our body are struggling to begin weight-loss and becoming healthier. There is no secret magical pill. it does take discipline, commitment and action. You cannot , no matter how hard you try do growth work for another person. This is your choice to decide to better your life and become healthy. Eating well isn’t boring nor bland. Once you learn how to eat to nourish your body you are going to feel so much better.

Audrey Childers is a 10x published author, blogger and investigative journalist with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She has the natural skills for digging deeply into arguments and making compelling statements for the world to read. Along with being the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. You can also Click on these links and  find some of her published works : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.  This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sugar: The Hidden Epidemic

I grew up watching my single mother struggle to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. Back in the early 80’s, as she worked two jobs, she would give me $5 each day from her tips to go to the grocery store and purchase dinner for my sister who is 5 years younger than me. The  Piggly Wiggly was just around the corner from our one bedroom garage apt.  I learned the value of money at an early age and the value of what to buy to keep us full until the next day when we would eat our free lunch at school. My mouth watered as I passed the junk food isle.  Anything with sugar in it was a treat that I rarely had the chance to consume. Fast Forward ten years later, without realizing it, until recently,  I had become a food addict. Food felt good to me and made me forget about all those years listening to the sounds of my rumbling stomach. The daily struggle to eat as a child had developed a hidden childhood trauma inside of me. Once a person realizes they have a destructive-addictive behavior they can either do 1 of 2 things. Take control back or allow it to control you.

This is just my story but as your reading this perhaps you can think back to a time where if you do have a food addiction, just exactly where yours might of started.

According to a Parent company survey with over 1500 participants one of the greatest fears as a parent is for their child to become addicted to drugs and alcohol but without even realizing it , many parents are raising addicts. Sugar addicts. Addiction can manifest in many forms therefore writing about sugar addiction has had its many challenges.

Sugar is nothing but empty calories and is hidden in everything that we eat that is processed or pre-packaged by mankind. Sugar is addictive like most modern day drugs and it activates the same brain system as drugs such as nicotine and cocaine.  It is responsible for a large number of health conditions that plague humans in the 21st century.

Refined sugar doesn’t contain any nutritional value . You wont find any fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants , water, fats or proteins but what  you will find is inflammation, malnutrition, bad carbohydrates, metabolic syndrome,   blood sugar spikes, leptin resistance AND obesity.

Did you know? According to the American Heart Association ( AHA), the maximum amount of sugar you should eat in a day is as follows:

Men: 150 calories per day ( 37.9 grams or 9 teaspoons)

Women: 100 calories per day ( 25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

Children 2-18 years old: 100 calories ( 25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

According to the National Cancer Institute and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, children as young as 1 to 3 years already exceed the daily recommendations and typically consume around 12 teaspoons of added sugar a day. By the time a child is 4 to 8 years old, his sugar intake soars to an average of 21 teaspoons a day.

The National Cancer Institute also found that 14- to 18-year-old children consume the most added sugar on a daily basis, averaging about 34.3 teaspoons. In general, the average American consumes about 355 calories of added sugar a day, or the equivalent of 22.2 teaspoons. That is about triple the recommended amount!

Let’s look at the label of a standard can of soda.

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There are 39grams of sugar in this one can of soda. So how much exactly is a gram of sugar? One teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar. To put it another way, 16 grams of sugar in a product is equal to about 4 teaspoons of granulated sugar.

This one can of soda 35g of sugar amounts to about 7 teaspoons of sugar.

Here’s how to calulate from calories to grams to teaspoons. Use the “divide by 4” rule of simple sugar math. Take the calories and divide by 4 to get the grams of added sugar. For example 200 calories, this is 50 grams.

DelMonte diced pears or mandarin oranges in light syrup: 1 small serving cup = 17 grams sugar, 70 calories ( that’s 5 teaspoons of sugar)

Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Strawberries & Cream or Peaches & Cream: 1 envelope = 12 grams sugar, 130 calories ( That’s 2.75 teaspoons of sugar)

Prego Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce: 1/2 cup = 11 grams sugar, 90 calories ( that’s 2.75 teaspoons of sugar)

Snapple Iced  Peach Tea:  16 ounces = 39 grams sugar, 200 calories ( that’s 9.75 teaspoons of sugar)

Starbucks Carmel Frappuccino:  64 grams ( that’s 16 teaspoons of sugar)

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Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, a published  article in August 2009  connected the  increased sugar consumption with a variety of health problems like  inflammation, including obesity and high blood pressure.

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation states that an excess of sugar on our liver is making our bodies  insulin resistance. and is the beginning stages of non alcoholic fatty liver disease. 

The excess of  sugar fools our metabolism into turning off our bodies appetite-control system.  When this happens the body doesn’t stimulate insulin, which in turn fails to suppress ghrelin, or “the hunger hormone,” which then fails to stimulate leptin or “the satiety hormone.” This is what sets us up for insulin resistance, metabolic dysfunction, weight gain, abdominal obesity, decreased HDL and increased LDL, elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides,  high blood pressure and more uric acid which place us in the risk factor for heart and kidney disease. All these things from the over consumption of sugar that is in processed foods. 

Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology in the University of California and a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism, says that your body can safely metabolize at least six teaspoons of added sugar per day. Only 6 teaspoons but the average American is eating three times that amount.

I hope you can clearly see and have no misconceptions on why childhood obesity has become an epidemic in America. The World Health Organization estimate that there are 43 million overweight children who are under the age of 5. By 2020, more than 60 percent of diseases worldwide will be directly associated with obesity.  According to research published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, “childhood obesity can greatly affect a child’s mental and  physical health,  along with their social,  emotional and self esteem well-being. The over-consumption of sugar also creates a viscous cycle of intense cravings and wrecks havoc on our brain.

Did you know that the pharmaceutical market for diabetes drugs is more than 30 billion per year? This is a disease that was pretty rare a century ago. A new report by Visiongain predicts the world market for diabetes medications will reach $55.3bn in 2017. The anti-diabetic medicines industry generated $35.6bn in 2012, and its revenues will show strong growth to 2023. That sales forecast and others appear in Diabetes Treatments: World Drug Market 2013-2023, published in April 2013. Visiongain is a business information provider based in London, UK.

Everything we’ve been told about food and healthy eating by our governments and many paid off “scientists” has been wrong.

A diet rich in healthy fats like like avocados, grass-fed butter, wild-caught salmon and coconut oil is associated with a lower risk of developing obesity.     

Developing an awareness of the foods you eat and learning how to  read labels will help you make lifelong changes.

Naturally-occurring sugars, such as those in an apple or a pear, are not included in the less-than-10-percent-a-day recommendation because they are considered  whole food.  These affect your body completely different because they are packed with fiber and other nutrients.  You also dont have to watch your  food intake with these sugars – except as part of your overall calories. If you are following a Keto lifestyle the best Low Gi fruits are berries (such as raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries) in small amounts can allow you to stay in ketosis while still getting your fruit fix. Here are the carb and fiber counts for berries (per 1 cup serving): Blackberries: 14g of total carbs, 7g of sugar, 8g of fiber and 6g of net carbs.

You also have to watch out for added sugars – This is the sugar that you add to your food or beverage. Added sugars come in many different forms such as: Raw sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, sucrose, glucose, fructose, malt, maltose, corn syrup, lactose, sorbitol, mannitol, honey, molasses, evaporated cane juice, and barley malt extract.

The “war on fat,” is now coming to an end. If you take the current food pyramid and turn it upside-down that is what our food pyramid should look like. There’s a lot of money to be made selling obesity foods, and you can’t move America in a healthier direction without confronting the salty, sugary, finger-licking, just-one-more-chip financial firepower of the food industrial complex.  “Good advice about nutrition conflicts with the interests of many big industries,” Michael Jacobson, co-founder of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, has said, “each of which has more lobbying power than all the public-interest groups combined.” But the real problem is that manufacturers of unhealthy food are so powerful that those interests groups are always the pushing snack foods rather than fruit.

Audrey Childers is a 10x published author, blogger and investigative journalist with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She has the natural skills for digging deeply into arguments and making compelling statements for the world to read. Along with being the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. You can also Click on these links and  find some of her published works : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.  This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

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Our Food Pyramid Is A Corrupt Foundation: It’s All A BIG FAT Lie

More than 29 million adults in the U.S. — about 9 percent of the population — currently have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The obesity rate has more than doubled since 1980 and now hovers between 31 percent and 35 percent. About a half-million Americans die of heart disease every year, accounting for one in every four deaths.

Congress and the USDA has a HUGE  interest in intentionally deceiving Americans into us believing that if we eat by their standards of the  food pyramid that they created we will be healthy. In-fact this is far from the truth. The food pyramid was created by the USDA- ( United States Department of Agriculture) to support  modern industrial agriculture.  Follow the money. Congress has legislated nutrition labels to to benefit large corporate donors.  In 2011, congress blocked an attempt by the USDA to revise the school lunch program. Thanks to multi-million dollar lobbing efforts by large food companies like Schwan’s and Con-Agra foods, congress was able to protect the status quo for those companies. The status quo being that pizza sauce counts as a vegetable. No joke. Pizza sauce is considered  a vegetable according to the US Congress. And here’s the link to back it up.  NYTIMES – Congress Blocks New Rules on School Lunches

You see Minnesota’s Schwan Food Co.,  is the country’s largest supplier of school lunch pizzas.

To be fair the company responded to this by saying:,  “Schwan’s has not, and does not, advocate that pizza replace the vegetable component of a balanced school meal,” the company said in statement. “We are advocating that tomato paste — one tablespoon of which provides the equivalent nutrients of approximately three tomatoes — continue to be credited for the nutrients it contains.”

I am not debating the claim that tomato sauce  will provide nutrients of approximately three tomatoes. What I have an issue with is the “extra” ingredients that are added.

This is an economic pushing for an industry that was designed by our government as a weapon and as a way to make profits and to do that they need customers. We are the customers and they also have taken over the FDA (The U.S. Food and Drug Administration).

Our taste buds have been hijacked by fake foods.

Part of the answer lies in the economics of the food industry: the profit margins and scale of money from processed food companies offer where the growers of healthy foods can’t match.

In 2015, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, processed food manufacturers spent $32 million on lobbying while the fruit and vegetable industry spent a mere $3.7 million.

Follow the money.  Kellogg’s has a $26 billion market capitalization because it does not just make cereal. It also owns Pringles and manufactures a variety of processed foods from Eggo Waffles to Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies. 

The entire processed foods industry is similarly consolidated. If you follow your favorite snack up the food chain, you’ll usually find that it is owned by a multinational company. PepsiCo owns Funyuns, Rold Gold pretzels, and Sun Chips. Ritz crackers, Oreos, and Wheat Thins sell under the Nabisco label, which is owned by Mondelēz International. So whenever a federal agency supports healthy foods, it picks a fight with a collection of the world’s largest companies.

It’s a very simple logic: Supply and demand. If you have a demand for something, someone is going to supply you with it.  

Everything we’ve been told about food and healthy eating by our governments and many paid off “scientists” has been wrong.

The USDA released their first set of nutrition guidelines in 1894.

A 2nd revision came out in 1943 which the USDA gave us the BASIC 7.

In 1956, the USDA decided that there was actually only 4 food groups, and revised their nutrition yet again and those 4 food groups looked like this:

1. Vegetables and Fruits – This makes no sense. Fruits and vegetables do not fit the same dietary role.
2. Milk and Dairy.
3. Meat and proteins –
4. Cereals and Breads –

No  mention of fats and we know that they are critical to body growth and function then there is #4 which is pretty much anything made from grains.

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In 1961, another food guide line was issued after the scare of President Eisenhower had a heart attack. No one knew why, what , when or how heart disease occurs. Ancel Keys an American physiologist from the University of Minnesota, who studied the influence of diet on health. In particular, he hypothesized was that dietary saturated fat caused cardiovascular heart disease and should be avoided. He stated that saturated fats and cholesterol caused heart disease.  Billions of dollars were spent to prove his hypothesis to be correct. He did a case study in seven different countries that he obviously cherry picked which ones to study.  You see he started out with  22 countries and just tossed out the ones that didn’t fit his hypothesis. After Keys deleted the countries who  didn’t fit his hypothesis , this only left him with only Japan, Italy, Great Britain, Australia, Canada and the US.

In 1992,  the USDA came out with a new Food Pyramid.  Unlike the others this one states how healthy diet is breads, cereals, and other products made from grains. The government’s  “food pyramid”  resulted in a dramatic rise in obesity , diabetes, cancer, and heart disease among other health issues.

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The bread your buying at the store really isn’t real bread your buying. The white bread in the grocery is not the bread that our ancestors use to eat.  65% of the foods we eat are made from grains that are grown in a field  such as grain bread, whiskey pasta and beer just to name a few. Wheat is made up of 3 parts the bran, the germ and the starchy endosperm.

The way the grain is processed has a huge impact not only on the way it taste and how healthy it is for you.  Our ancestors used every part of the grain when they made their bread. White bread on the store shelves is made by a industrial process that strips out the wheat into all purpose flour and in most cases if you read the back of the labels  you will see chemicals additives added. These chemical additives is what gives white bread a longer shelve life.  White bread is also only made from the starchy endosperm which your body turns into pure sugar.

( look at this article https://www.amymyersmd.com/2017/02/3-important-reasons-give-gluten-autoimmune-disease/)

Yet again, it has been revised! This time they are suggesting cutting down on grains and increasing the amount of veggies recommended but what they fail to mention is to eat ORGANIC! Although you may eat more veggies which is always a great choice for your health ,  it’s very vital to understand that many vegetables contain high levels of pesticides. A new analysis by the USDA actually revealed at least 34 unapproved pesticides on cilantro samples.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60 percent of herbicides, 90 percent of fungicides, and 30 percent of insecticides to be carcinogenic, and most are damaging to your nervous system as well. In fact, these powerful and dangerous chemicals have been linked to numerous health problems such as:

  • Neurotoxicity and Parkinson’s disease
  • Disruption of your endocrine system
  • Carcinogenicity
  • Immune system suppression
  • Miscarriages, male infertility and reduced reproductive function

This information should make you rethink when you are considering whether to buy local, organic vegetables or not.

You can find tips for which vegetables contain the highest and lowest pesticides here, as well as finding tips for cleaning your vegetables, nontoxic cleaning recipes and all ntural body wellness in my latest book: Awareness has Magic:

Non-organic, un-rinsed vegetables are, first and foremost, grown with the use of toxic petrochemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, and just recently, antimicrobials as well. Residues of petrochemicals which have been directly sprayed onto the vegetables then remain on the outer leaves and skins of vegetables, though traces of them may be removed by thorough washing. Pesticide exposure has manifold detrimental side effects in humans

Now , with all this being said we can certainly begin to understand America’s food industry and its lobbying process and we can begin to understand a certain mystery behind the food pyramid: why it was created and still promotes a diet although it certainly doesn’t benefit the American people. Our Food Pyramid is Corrupt Foundation that can be bought.  There is so much more at stake here like wealth, power and social status.

Our bodies have no way of adapting to these GMO and food like substances that we’ve been consuming.  Every cell in your body is wrapped in a membrane of half fat and half protein. If you are constantly feeding these cells unnatural fatty acids, that membrane cannot function like it is designed to do and disease starts at the cellular level. 

Dr. Luise Light is a nutrition expert and led the team at the Department of Agriculture that made the original recommendations for the food pyramid. If you review her original recommendations, they sound similar to dietary advice given by nutritionists today: lots of vegetables, more lean sources of protein like fish and nuts, and less dairy and processed foods. 

Those guidelines, according to Dr. Light, did not survive their trip to the office of the Head of the Department of Agriculture. She has described herself as “shocked” by the changes that were made. Her team placed fruits and vegetables at the base of the pyramid and whole-grain breads and cereals further up. The new guidelines not only switched carbohydrates to the base of the pyramid, they moved processed foods like crackers and corn flakes, which Dr. Light and her team had placed at the top of the pyramid with chocolate, to the base too. Even with all the edits, the food pyramid was not released for another 12 years.

The American government has massive  influence over our diet. Federal policy shapes our farm system to a astonishing level and this also is the reason why our unhealthy school  lunch menu remains for millions of schoolchildren.

 “Good advice about nutrition conflicts with the interests of many big industries,” Michael Jacobson, co-founder of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, has said, “each of which has more lobbying power than all the public-interest groups combined.” But the real problem is that manufacturers of unhealthy food are so powerful that those interests groups are always the pushing snack foods rather than fruit.

There’s a lot of money to be made selling obesity foods, and you can’t move America in a healthier direction without confronting the salty, sugary, finger-licking, just-one-more-chip financial firepower of the food industrial complex.

If you take the current food pyramid and turn it upside-down that is what our food pyramid should look like.

 

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Looking at the bigger picture. Follow the money. It’s  a revolving door.  This is bigger than any of us can imagine. It’s more than just being lied to about the food pyramid.  This revolving door certainly enables certain private vested interests to have a strong  influence, way beyond that of us ordinary citizens, on how the government works, and that the country is still increasingly being run by a cozy group of insiders with ties to both government and industry.  Most people keep a blind eye to it and actually its safer to not fight this fight or suggest anything alone these lines if you want to stay alive.  This has been termed crony capitalism. People have been killed for lesser whistle blower statements.

Audrey Childers is a 10x published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.  This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

 

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http://www.startribune.com/pizza-still-counts-as-a-veggie/134208058/

http://thenewpyramid.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-food-pyramid-is-lie-part-1-history.html

https://www.annalect.com/the-evolution-of-advertising-in-the-food-and-beverage-industry/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_marketing

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Does Your Shampoo Make The List of These Potentially Cancer Causing brands?

A recent study conducted by the Center for Environmental Health, based in Oakland, California, on soaps and shampoos, discovered that 98 of the included products contained a potential carcinogen called cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA).

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if you stop and read the back of the labels you will see that mostly all of these brands are made with sulfates. Sulfates are a group of detergents or surfactants that are used in most personal care products.  Sulfates alone are classified as a skin and membrane irritant. They have also been proven to be a carcinogen with the repeated exposure. Get this if you wash your hair with a shampoo that has sulfates in it and then use another product to wash your body and yet another product to shave your legs? These products combines create an even more toxic by-product. Taking a shower these days can be very toxic to your health when you blend all these different products with all these different chemicals.  Did you know that the sodium lauryl sulfate found in your soap is exactly the same as the one used to degrease car engines?

Sodium lauryl sulfate also  dissolves the oils on your skin which leads to a drying effect. You are making your skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by producing more oil each time you strip all of the oils from your skin.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is also a penetration enhancer, meaning that its molecules are so small they’re able to cross the membranes of your body’s cells.  Once cells become more vulnerable to other toxic chemicals that may be with the SLS.

Did you know that it takes 26 seconds for the chemicals to enter into your bloodstream?

The real reality is we are damaging our DNA and we are changing our genetic makeup for future generations. There was a study a few years back that said the umbilical cord of an average American baby has over 200 known chemicals in it. Eighty percent of the common chemicals that are used daily in this country, we know almost nothing about. Our children are being born toxic and we have no idea if these toxins are already doing some sort of damage their brains, their immune system, their reproductive system, and any other developing organs. Are we unknowingly setting ourselves up for failure in the womb, even before birth?

Scientists and researchers are concerned that many of these chemicals may be carcinogenic or wreak havoc with our hormones, our body’s regulating system.
Most products have a  warning label that is typed in bold “Keep Out of Reach of Children”.  As consumers, we believe that if our children don’t ingest these products they will not be harmed by them. This can be far from the truth. Think about other common methods of exposure are through the skin and our respiratory tract. WE are along with our children are often in contact with the chemical residues housecleaning products do leave behind, by crawling, lying and sitting on the freshly cleaned floor.

Scientists at Norway’s University of Bergen tracked 6,000 people, with an average age of 34 at the time of enrollment in the study, who used the cleaning products over a period of two decades, according to the research published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

 

The execute director of CEH, Michael Green, stated that “Most people believe that products sold in major stores are tested for safety, but consumers need to know that they could be doused with a cancer-causing chemical every time they shower or shampoo.

After the testing that was preformed  by the CEH  it also discovered cocamide DEA in store-brand products and  brand name shampoos, sold at Kohl’s, Pharmaca, Walmart, and Trader Joe’s.

They also found that some organic labels were falsely claiming that their products from Organic by Africa’s Best for significant amounts of cocamide DEA.  What’s more startling is the same amount of carcinogenic ingredients were also found in a children’s shampoo/conditioner from Babies R Us, and a children’s bubble bath from Kmart.

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These chemicals can chemicals bind together.
Exposure to phthalates has been associated with lower IQ levels.
These chemicals can also be found in the shampoos, conditioners, body sprays, hair sprays, perfumes, make up, cleaning supplies, colognes, soap and nail polish that we use.
The results follow a study by French scientists in September 2017 that found nurses who used disinfectants to clean surfaces at least once a week had a 24 percent to 32 percent increased risk of developing lung disease.
 Scientists and researchers are concerned that many of these chemicals may be carcinogenic or wreak havoc with our hormones, our body’s regulating system.
It’s not enough to be aware of all the outdoor chemicals that we are exposed to everyday but inside our homes we can have more power and control. We have to be more aware about using chemical cleaners, paints, glues, body lotions, toothpastes, underarm deodorants, hair products and pesticides. Instead start to begin to use products that don’t pollute our very own bodies. We must read labels, make our own products and do our own research. I can’t stress this enough. We must take a stand for our health. Stop using commercial products that are laced with unknown and harmful body damaging products.
you can reduce your exposure to them by eating organic foods, making your own cleaning chemicals and using alternative pest control methods.
You can also find many great recipes for alternative cleaning solutions in my book AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.
Here are two recipes from my book AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.
In most of my shampoo and soap recipes you will find that I like to use Castile Soap.

Castile soap is different than most soaps available today in that it’s made with vegetable oils and lye. Named after the medieval Spanish city of Castile, this kind of soap was was originally made with olive oil. Today, solid and liquid forms are made with vegetable oils like palm, coconut, hemp, jojoba, and olive.

Unlike commercial soaps that rely on SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) to create a soapy lather, castile soap’s bubbles come from saponins in the oils that are released from the reaction of lye and oil.

Castile Soap doesn’t Doesn’t Cause Irritation, its Anti-Bacterial , Promotes Healing, Great for  Skin Sensitivities and its Non Toxic.

Homemade Natural Shampoo

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup of Castile soap
  • Two teaspoons of almond or olive oil
  • 10- 15 drops of ( lavender, lemon or grapefruit ) essential oil ( optional)
  • 1/2 cup of full fat canned coconut milk

Method of preparation:

Its preparation is extremely easy. All you need to do is to mix all the ingredients in a bottle, and your natural, toxin- free shampoo is ready!

Use:

Remember to shake the bottle before you use the shampoo. Use it regularly and your hair will be incredibly healthy, shiny and gorgeous!

Vanilla grapefruit linen spray

2-1/2 cups filtered water

3 drops pink grapefruit essential oil

2 drops vanilla essential oil

1/4 cup vodka

The vodka helps the water dry quickly after you spray it on your linens. Theses essential oils that are  used create a beautifully fresh vanilla grapefruit scent that is perfect for a summer pick me up. This spray is very versatile. It can be used on clothing, fabric furniture, or even as a quick air freshener.

If the vodka smell is slightly strong just add another drop or two of essential oil.

Always shake the bottle be Before spraying on your linen.

Tub & Tile Cleaner

1 /4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup lemon juice

Or 10 drops of lemon essential oil

3 Tablespoons Epsom salt

3 Tablespoons Sal Suds or Castile liquid soap

1/2 cup white vinegar

Pour the vinegar into the bottle, followed by the baking soda and Epsom salt. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Add the Sal suds gently shaking the bottle to combine. Mix all ingredients in a bottle with a seal-able lid.

Scrub and then rinse with water and wet clean rag.

 

Throughout my latest book, you will find useful, informative and easy to understand recipes for your mind, body and spirit. When I started writing this book, I wanted to introduce you to the idea of a cleaner less toxic world and for you to learn just how simply easy it is for you to start creating your own cleaning recipes throughout your home but this book has transformed into so much more than just a book full of all natural DIY recipes.

This book will enlighten you and help you have a deeper understanding of not only why you should be more aware but how to be more aware. AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.

Click on this link to order yours today!

 

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Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.  This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

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Did You Know That Your Body Has its Very Own Personal Food Code? 6 Tips

There is so much information overload that most women are confused as to where to start to begin creating a healthy lifestyle balance. Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions is the ambivalence of it all. We all get super busy in this thing called life. Sometimes we lose a little piece of ourselves traveling back in fourth.

How many times this week have you said to yourself, “If my life wasn’t so busy, I would be able to start exercising” or ” Why did I eat that extra cookie?” or ” It’s 3a.m. , why can’t I sleep?!”  or ” Why am I so exhausted?”

Frankly, life is one big tug a war between feeling completely insane to the creativity at it all.

Why do we allow ourselves to become Stressed Out, Overwhelmed, Totally Exhausted and continue to carry around  those extra ungodly pounds that we dreadfully despise. After 5 years of carrying that excess weight, I am here to tell you, from one female to another, you can’t technically call it baby weight gain any longer.

Have you ever wondered why people respond differently to losing weight?

In the last fifty years what has changed in our society? We have the same predisposition genetics as our grandparents. We are unique and come in all different shapes, sizes, race, religions and greed.

We can’t blame is all on genetics being unhealthy solely on the DNA that was passed down to us. Everyone’s genetic makeup is different. It’s like your fingerprints.

In school, I was always that girl who was tall, skinny, freckled faced, wavy blonde hair with a flat chest and a flat butt. I remember being plagued at school for being too skinny. Having no shape. Tormented about my freckles. While other school mates were well endowed with large boobs, hippy hips and a nice rounder booty. Our metabolisms certainly dictate how we use energy and our genetics can dictate how we are shaped but what has started to interests me more-so lately is why we store fat on certain areas of our bodies when others don’t.

These questions have confused and frustrated people and health care practitioners for decades. But why is it so confusing? One thing we have learned is each of us are unique and have our very own biochemistry that sets us apart from everyone else. Although we might share the same common traits and perhaps the same overlapping metabolic tendencies. We can’t continue to say that one-size-fits-all when it comes to our very own unique body chemistry. There are over 7 billion people on this planet and we come in all different shapes, colors and sizes. With this being said wouldn’t you think the one-size-fits-all- approach to losing weight wouldn’t work since we are we are all unique. With this all being said wouldn’t you think that we all have our very own personal food code too?

Finding Your Food Code

Finding your food code wont be as easy as it sounds. Quit frankly you will have to put some elbow grease into this but its not  unattainable. How we live from day to day is completely different on every spectrum across the board. One thing I do know for-sure is that every single day no matter who we are or where we live our bodies are bombarded with a toxic burden of chemicals, we are not feeding our bodies the proper nutrients, we are nutritional deficient, and some of us have little to no activity & these are some of the reasons why our bodies are becoming stagnant and increasingly polluted. It would be silly to take Motrin for a pebble stuck in your shoe when all you had to do was pluck it out. So why not on this journey go ahead, do some research and start addressing  the issues at hand.

We are creating a perfect storm within our bodies. The less nutrients we consume, more toxins we add, create this world win of health issues. It’s sad that our western diet is made up of red meats, vegetable oils, white flour and sugar. Who would of thought that something so simple as eating has become so complicated. Food does matter. It talks to your DNA . Food can change your DNA!
The foods you eat have a major impact your life — It affects your gut health and along with increasing or decreasing the inflammation in your body. Unfortunately, our western world diet are full of foods that have a bad impact on both your gut and your inflammation.  If it was made in a lab , avoid it. Do a little research and you will find that our western diet that is made up of processed, fake foods, chemicals, sugar and corn oils are all highly flaming the fan of your inflammation.

We have a shortage of nutrients in our food system. The most common foods that you load up your grocery cart with are loaded with bad carbs, fillers, preservatives, additives, flavorings, and chemicals.  Your body doesn’t have any idea what do to with all this fake food. We are creating a weaker human race, inflammation and pain along with the possibility of welcoming other diseases and disorders. Your diet and lifestyle choices is what has caused any health issues that you may have unless you were born with a health issue then you can look at your parents diet , surroundings and lifestyle choices. It can go back generations. The only way to get back our health and vitality is to look at the root of it all.

You can change and control your life. 

Think about what you’re putting in your body. Either you’re fighting disease or feeding disease. You must get a concept of nutrient density.  Gluten, dairy and soy products create inflammation in the digestive tract. In ancient times grains were prepared by soaking, sprouting and fermenting but that tradition in making them been long forgotten with our fast-paced culture.

Let’s talk more about store bought bread:  

The bread your buying at the store really isn’t real bread your buying. The white bread in the grocery is not the bread that our ancestors use to eat.  65% of the foods we eat are made from grains that are grown in a field  such as grain bread, whiskey pasta and beer just to name a few. Wheat is made up of 3 parts the bran, the germ and the starchy endosperm.

The way the grain is processed has a huge impact not only on the way it taste and how healthy it is for you.  Our ancestors used every part of the grain when they made their bread. White bread on the store shelves is made by a industrial process that strips out the wheat into all purpose flour and in most cases if you read the back of the labels  you will see chemicals additives added. These chemical additives is what gives white bread a longer shelve life.

White bread is also only made from the starchy endosperm which your body turns into pure sugar.

If you have inflammation in the digestive system undigested proteins leak into the blood stream creating a heightened immune reaction that often can lead to a leaky gut which causes other problems.

Most often than none, it’s unrealistic for any lifestyle change to happen overnight. It does take practice but with practice does come change. Don’t allow the bigger picture to discourage you. Every small thing you change to better your health will pay off in the end. It’s the small steps that can make a big difference. Start by looking at your life and evaluating the toxins you may regularly come in contact with, understand what must take priority, and replace with these alternative options that I have listed in this article.

You have the power to make a difference in your life. You’ve always had the power. No one can force you to become more aware of what you put on your body and what you put in your body. What you eat is just as important as what you put on your body. Adjusting your life, reading labels and catering to your specific health needs isn’t easy but it will benefit you in the long run. This is one of the smartest decisions that you can make. Not only will you start to look and feel better but think of the medical cost that you could be saving your future self.

Healthy Cells Grow From the Inside Out

Look into getting a  Knowledgeable Health Practitioner:

The very first thing that you need to do is look into getting a knowledgeable holistic health practitioner!

The main reason why you should work with a knowledgeable health practitioner is its  patient-centered medical healing at its best. Unfortunately, when it comes to your body there isn’t a one size fits all approach to dealing with it and often times you are left still searching for the answers to your symptoms when all you want is your zest for life back.  A knowledgeable health practitioner will care for you as a individual as they won’t look at your body as a whole they will treat each individual body symptom, imbalance and dysfunction. They will take into consideration the whole person, including physical, mental and spiritual aspects, when treating a health condition or promoting wellness.  I want you to understand that you are made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected.  A knowledgeable health practitioner certainly moves from the confusion of the “one size fits all treatment” approach that we know isn’t working to the one that will cater to what you body needs.  Let’s not forget that each of us are a unique case and unless you get a proper thorough clinical evaluation, trying to figure what medical advise you need online is dubious at best.

In order to find your food code here are a list of things that need to be addressed in your life. When all these things are addressed and you are learning to know what your body needs and needs to avoid then you can find your personal food code. I never said it was going to be easy.

1.Address Food sensitivities

Food allergies 

Many people are unaware that certain foods are actually working against their bodies. You should see a specialist and be tested to ensure you have no food allergies. Your lymphatic system can also be affected by your gut. If your gut is inflamed and not healed this is taxing on your immune system which in return is taxing on your lymphatic system. Consider adding prebiotics and probiotics to help support gut health along with eating properly and avoiding these common food allergens.

Common food allergens that can contribute to an inflamed gut are:

Nightshades

Eggs

Grains (gluten)

Dairy

If you allergic to certain foods it is will involve your the immune system. Your know that your immune system controls how your body defends itself. Your body see’s inflammatory foods as invaders and will kick in your autoimmunity responses.  For example if you have a food allergy to cow’s milk, your immune system will see cow’s milk as an invader. In-return your immune system overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction to start fighting for your body. Being tested for food allergies seems to be easiest way to check to see if you have any food allergies so you can start avoiding these foods and help your immune system become strong again.

2.Address nutritional deficiencies

Having  nutritional deficiencies certainly adds gas to the fire. When you are deficient it can aggravate the symptoms: vitamin D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, zinc, copper, vitamin A, the B vitamins, and iodine.

3.Address Chronic Candida

Did you know that an overload of Candida was picked up at birth or shortly thereafter? We were supposed to be getting good friendly bacteria from our mother’s at birth, but “our”  mother’s had Candida overgrowth and unknowing passed it on to us. And over the years, our bodies has become more and more compromised.  Your gut microbes could be dramatically affecting your thyroid health. There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about Candida.  Both from the medical profession and on the internet. It is easy to get fooled into thinking, as many sites will try to convince you, that all anyone needs to do is to take their product or buy their e-book. Of course, they will all have testimonies. What they don’t tell you in those testimonies is how the Candida came back — in a month or two or in six months. However long it took for the Candida to overgrow enough to start causing symptoms again. It is important to know that dealing with Candida is not an easy fix.

4. Address Hormonal imbalances

After researching many hours on this topic, I’ve found that where your body stores fat is hint to what is going on with you internally with your hormones. As our hormone levels change with age, pregnancy, exercise, eating habits, or other life events, fat adjusts itself to our every changing hormonal events and places itself in different area’s in our body. Our hormones have a direct impact on how much body fat we store and where it is stored on our bodies. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know what approach to take to fix those thunder thighs or that muffin top? Now even with this information its just a stepping stone of knowledge to better equip you a healthier you. This completely changes how you and what you should be eating.

So what exactly does it mean to have fat stored in certain area’s of your body and not others?

Love handles/belly:  Love handles often means that you are way to stressed out and when your stressed out it raises your cortisol levels.  it could also be a indicator that you might have adrenal fatigue.  Cortisol adds fat around my mid-section. You are eating to much sugar where you become insulin resistant. If your body is in  constant elevated levels of insulin (a hormone that regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates in the bloodstream) it will accumulate around your mid section. A lack of sleep also may lead to metabolic issues and help encourage those love handles. It also could mean you have  elevated estrogen levels and more insulin production. So what do you need to do? Stop eating crap, those processed carbs and avoid sugar, even the fake sugars which are even more horrible for you. You should also go easy on the exercise, sometimes if you exercise more it adds more cortisol to your body so you are fighting a losing battle, try yoga, more sleep, meditation, Pilates , planks,  lifting weights and walking are good ways to start. Don’t forget fat gained around the waist is dangerous in terms of it increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Thighs: Sometimes its our genetic bone structure that was passed down from our parents that gives us more hips or fatter thighs than the next person and other times it can mean that we have elevated estrogen levels. This is the female sex hormone. Thigh fat is a little harder to burn off than belly fat. You can also have fluid retention in your thighs. So many think that fluid retention only takes place only in the abdomen but that isn’t true It actually occurs all over your body. So what do you need to do? Start drinking your daily needed allowance of water. Your body weight and divide it by two. that’s the least amount of water to drink per day and please don’t drink it all in one sitting. there is a think called water toxicity and it will kill you. Space out your water consumption. Choose better skin care products in my blog 21 Successful Tips on Clean Beauty Swaps. I share with your what skin care products are healthier. You want to avoid chemicals such as BPA ( that can be found in plastic containers, water bottles and pretty much anything plastic unless it states BPA FREE) , parabens or phthalates. Your food should be 100% organic and you most defiantly should be avoiding all soy products like the black plague. let’s not forget that getting in a good nights sleep will also help to improve your estrogen levels. 

Back of Arms: This could mean that you have  lower testosterone levels as well as an excess insulin.Women do have a small amount of testosterone in our adrenal glands and ovaries although this is thought as a male hormone.  Start eating more avocados, as in healthy fats  and fatty fish such as salmon can help improve this area. Try to  avoid all red meat and all dairy products. Start trying to lift some weights.  Building muscle through weight lifting can and may also increase testosterone levels.

Upper Back: This could mean you have lower levels of Thyroxine and higher levels of insulin. Thyroxine  is a thyroid hormone that plays a role with your metabolism and calorie burning rate and this hormone is secreted into our bloodstream.  You can help boost your thyroxine naturally by eating foods such as shellfish, seafood and cruciferous vegetables, avoiding gluten and soy, and increasing healthy fat intake.

Our metabolism does not decide to burn or store body fat based on calories. It makes these decisions based on the hormones those calories trigger. That is why the quality of calories matters so much….higher-quality calories trigger body-fat-burning hormones while low-quality calories trigger body-fat-storing hormones.

Body fat is important necessity for life. It is our source of energy and it stores some much needed nutrients, a major ingredient in brain tissue.  Moreover, it provides a padding to protect internal organs and insulates the body against the cold.  But yet, getting too fat (more than 30 percent body fat in females and 25 percent in males) can be dangerous and is  associated with increased risk of disease and premature death, regardless of where the fat is stored in the body. As a American society, we are tipping the scales to the point that obesity is now a national health epidemic.

Here are some other factors that contribute to estrogen dominance:

  • Eating clean.  lets talk about eating clean whole nutrient rich foods. Start reading label. if you must eat prepacked foods always look for foods that have a short ingredient list and things that are recognizable as actual food. Various chemicals  are added like sugars, questionable oils, sodium and so on.  Always avoid soy and if soy is listed as a ingredient.  Soy comes in all varieties and are highly processed, high in refined starches, heated oils and again added sugar, salt and low in nutrients and fiber. Oh let’s not fail to mention that soy mimics your hormones and plays a very sneaky trick on your endocrine system.
  • Poultry or beef raised on hormones.  Although it may cost a little bit extra try to  eat free-range or grass-fed animals that are raised without hormones and antibiotics.
  • Chemicals found in consumer products Personal care products loaded with parabens, petroleum, and phthalates. Did you know that products we use every day may contain toxic chemicals and has been linked to women’s health issues? They are hidden endocrine disruptors and are very tricky chemicals that play havoc on our bodies. “We are all routinely exposed to endocrine disruptors, and this has the potential to significantly harm the health of our youth,” said Renee Sharp, EWG’s director of research. “It’s important to do what we can to avoid them, but at the same time we can’t shop our way out of the problem. We need to have a real chemical policy reform.” The longer the length of ingredients on your food label means how much more unhealthy it is for you to consume. When an item contains a host of ingredients that most likely you cant even pronounce or remember to spell you can bet your lucky dollar that the natural nutrients are long gone. These highly processed frank n foods are very difficult for the body to break down and some of the chemicals will become stored in your body. Click on this link to see what you should avoid.
    You can also find many great DIY personal care recipes alternatives in my book,  AWARENESS HAS MAGIC. Here are three recipes from my book AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.

    Lemon Cream Body Butter

    6 Tablespoons coconut oil

    ¼ cup cocoa butter

    1 Tablespoon vitamin E oil

    3 drops of Lemon essential oil or 3 drops of your favorite essential oil

    Over low heat in a double boiler, put the coconut oil and cocoa butter in a bowl. When it has almost completely melted, remove from the heat and add the vitamin E oil and essential oil. Allow the mixture to cool until it solidifies. Lastly mix the body butter vigorously with a spatula, and then transfer it to a mason jar with a sealable lid. Date and label your product. If you don’t care for the lemon essential oil, use whatever smells best to you. This is your journey not mine I am only here to help guide you.

    Homemade Shaving Cream

    1 cup shea butter

    1 cup virgin coconut oil

    3 Tablespoons vitamin E oil

    3 Tablespoons sweet almond oil or olive oil or jojoba oil

    3 Tablespoons Dr. Bonners Liquid Castile Soap

    30 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

    30 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)

    I like to use an electric mixer, mixing all ingredients until stiff peaks are formed (approximately 2-3 minutes). Store in a mason jar with a sealable lid.

    Mosquito Repellent

    15 drops of lavender

    4 tbsp. of vanilla extract

    1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

    Place all these ingredients in a  16oz  then fill with water.

  • Insomnia. It’s amazing how the food we eat affects our health, sleep patterns and even our “gasp” sex drives. Unfortunately, when you don’t get enough sleep, it can age us faster , cause depression, weight gain, make us forget things, gives us headaches and we have a greater chance of developing heart disease.  If you have issues like snoring or sleep apnea and are overweight, one thing you can do is lower your body fat index . For those of us that don’t have snoring or sleep apnea we ask the question, ” Sleep why do you hate me so much!” We need to feed our bodies to get more, Tryptophan, serotonin and melatonin. (serotonin is a brain chemical that helps you sleep) and  melatonin ( the hormone that makes you sleepy)  Trytophan is an essential amino acid, which means you have to gt it from your diet because your body cannot produce it.Your body uses tryptophan to make the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin. Red Onion Teahelps with insomniaDirections
    1 cup of water
    1 onion, cut in quarters
    Blend, strain and drink

    Epsom salt bath which is rich in magnesium

    Sleepy time Goats Milk Bath
    2 cups of powdered goat’s milk
    2 cup of Epsom salt
    1 cup of sea salt
    2 cup of baking soda
    10 drops of lavender essential oil
    Combine the dry ingredients and the lavender essential oil. Store in a closed container. When you are ready to take a bath add 1 cup of dry ingredients. (Kids can use up to 1/2 cup of the mixture). Bathe 3 times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes.

    Lavender has a reputation as a mild tranquilizer. Simply dab a bit of the oil onto your temples and forehead before you hit the pillow. The aroma should help send you off to sleep.

     Lastly, Don’t obsess over not sleeping. Studies have shown that people who worry about falling asleep have greater trouble falling asleep!  It may help to remind yourself that while sleeplessness is a pain in the ass it isn’t life-threatening.  let’s try to be mellow-bellow. Eat foods that foods contribute to calmness and sleepiness.
    5 plants to help you sleep better!
    1. Aloe Vera — emits oxygen at night to help you combat insomnia and improve the overall sleep quality.
    2. Lavender- Lavender is a plant that is well known to induce sleep and  reduce anxiety.  the smell of lavender slows down your heart rate and reduces anxiety levels.
    3. Jasmine plant- The smell of jasmine has been shown to improve the quality of sleep.
    4. English Ivy- its beneficial for those who have breathing problems and asthma. Studies have shown that English ivy can reduce air molds to 94% in 12 hours.
    5. Snake plant- emits oxygen into the night while you sleep , taking carbon dioxide from the air inside your home. It also filters nasty household toxins from the home.
  • Poor liver function due to the use of pharmaceuticals drugs.You really need to do research on your medications. Some medications have a negative affect on your lymph system and since estrogen is metabolized primarily in the liver try to not use pharmaceutical drugs unless absolutely necessary. If you must take these medications then try introducing liver-supporting supplements into your diet, such as cucumber juice, milk thistle extract, calcium d-glucarate, folic acid and taurine.https://www.lymphnet.org/membersOnly/dl/reprint/Vol_24/Vol_24-N4_Drugs_LE.pdf
  • Magnesium deficiencies  Magnesium is necessary for metabolizing estrogen in the liver. Magnesium is a mineral that plays a important part in our health and well-being. It’s one of the forgotten minerals and it’s vital for many processes within the body. Magnesium helps to keep the nervous system healthy and to calm your nerves when you are stressed. In fact, did you know that magnesium is the first mineral depleted when you are stressed? So if you have any type of stress in your life magnesium is the first mineral that goes out the window. Magnesium is also an important mineral co-factor for enzymes that have biochemical reactions in the body. In other words it plays a large role in digestive system health as it helps enzymes do their job as well as to loosen the body to relax and ease to support the metabolic processes. These recipes are from my book AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.
    Calming Magnesium Body Butter My homemade magnesium body butter will help replace the magnesium that our bodies need to thrive to survive.  I always try to apply a little to my feet and shoulders before bed. This helps me relax and also get a fantastic night’s sleep.  It’s pretty easy to make and the benefits are overwhelming. Magnesium deficiency is very common and it mimics other common symptoms and many other conditions like, being tired and felling run down, not sleeping well, getting headaches, gut issues, and even feeling stressed and anxious.Here is a list of things that can lower our magnesium levels:

    Too much caffeine

    Processed food and Sugar

    Too much stress

    Poor sleep habits 

    Calming Magnesium Body Butter

    1/2 cup cocoa butter

    1/2 cup of coconut oil and melt

    1/4 cup magnesium oil

    Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil,

    Add 10 drops cedarwood essential oil

    Add 10 drops frankincense essential oil

    Place a heat-safe glass measuring cup/bowl inside a pot that has 1-2 inches of simmering water over medium heat. Add the cocoa butter and melt it in your double boiler until it’s completely melted.

    Remove the cocoa butter from heat, and add 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil to the melted cocoa butter and stir until completely the coconut oil has melted. Next add 1/4 cup magnesium oil to the mixture and combine. Place the mixture in the refrigerator to cool for about 30-60 minutes (until it is cooled completely). After the mixture has completely cooled and became a solid. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to whip it.  Start on low and increase speed slowly.  Whip for about 3-5 minutes. Next add the 10 drops each of lavender essential oil, the 10 drops of cedar wood essential oil, and the 10 drops of frankincense essential oil.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue whipping for another 5 minutes or so, until the magnesium body butter is light and fluffy.  The color of the magnesium body butter will change from yellow to a pale ivory and almost white color. Lastly put the magnesium body butter into mason jars and seal tightly with a lid. Make sure to label and date the top of the lid. This recipe makes enough for two 4 oz. glass jars.

  • Household chemicalsDid you know that it takes 26 seconds for the chemicals to enter into your bloodstream? The real reality is we are damaging our DNA and we are changing our genetic makeup for future generations. There was a study a few years back that said the umbilical cord of an average American baby has over 200 known chemicals in it. Eighty percent of the common chemicals that are used daily in this country, we know almost nothing about. Our children are being born toxic and we have no idea if these toxins are already doing some sort of damage their brains, their immune system, their reproductive system, and any other developing organs. Are we unknowingly setting ourselves up for failure in the womb, even before birth?
    Scientists and researchers are concerned that many of these chemicals may be carcinogenic or wreak havoc with our hormones, our body’s regulating system.
    Most products have a  warning label that is typed in bold “Keep Out of Reach of Children”.  As consumers, we believe that if our children don’t ingest these products they will not be harmed by them. This can be far from the truth. Think about other common methods of exposure are through the skin and our respiratory tract. WE are along with our children are often in contact with the chemical residues housecleaning products do leave behind, by crawling, lying and sitting on the freshly cleaned floor.

    Scientists at Norway’s University of Bergen tracked 6,000 people, with an average age of 34 at the time of enrollment in the study, who used the cleaning products over a period of two decades, according to the research published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

    These chemicals can chemicals bind together.
    Exposure to phthalates has been associated with lower IQ levels.
    These chemicals can also be found in the shampoos, conditioners, body sprays, hair sprays, perfumes, make up, cleaning supplies, colognes, soap and nail polish that we use.
    The results follow a study by French scientists in September 2017 that found nurses who used disinfectants to clean surfaces at least once a week had a 24 percent to 32 percent increased risk of developing lung disease.
     Scientists and researchers are concerned that many of these chemicals may be carcinogenic or wreak havoc with our hormones, our body’s regulating system.
    It’s not enough to be aware of all the outdoor chemicals that we are exposed to everyday but inside our homes we can have more power and control. We have to be more aware about using chemical cleaners, paints, glues, body lotions, toothpastes, underarm deodorants, hair products and pesticides. Instead start to begin to use products that don’t pollute our very own bodies. We must read labels, make our own products and do our own research. I can’t stress this enough. We must take a stand for our health. Stop using commercial products that are laced with unknown and harmful body damaging products.
    you can reduce your exposure to them by eating organic foods, making your own cleaning chemicals and using alternative pest control methods.
    You can also find many great recipes for alternative cleaning solutions in my book AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.
    Here are two recipes from my book AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.

    Vanilla grapefruit linen spray

    2-1/2 cups filtered water

    3 drops pink grapefruit essential oil

    2 drops vanilla essential oil

    1/4 cup vodka

    The vodka helps the water dry quickly after you spray it on your linens. Theses essential oils that are  used create a beautifully fresh vanilla grapefruit scent that is perfect for a summer pick me up. This spray is very versatile. It can be used on clothing, fabric furniture, or even as a quick air freshener.

    If the vodka smell is slightly strong just add another drop or two of essential oil.

    Always shake the bottle be Before spraying on your linen.

    Tub & Tile Cleaner

    1 /4 cup baking soda

    1/4 cup lemon juice

    Or 10 drops of lemon essential oil

    3 Tablespoons Epsom salt

    3 Tablespoons Sal Suds or Castile liquid soap

    1/2 cup white vinegar

    Pour the vinegar into the bottle, followed by the baking soda and Epsom salt. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Add the Sal suds gently shaking the bottle to combine. Mix all ingredients in a bottle with a sealable lid.

    Scrub and then rinse with water and wet clean rag.

     

    5. Parasites and Heavy Metals

    Heavy metals weaken our bodies defense system against foreign invaders and make it convenient for them to set up house.  American’s are not being protected as we should from pollution. We don’t have to go to a 3rd world country or even a foreign country  be subjected to contaminated water which can led to illnesses.  The pollution in our air, water, food supply, cleaning products, body products, commercial weed killers and chem trails in our environment. It’s really hard not to have some sort of health issues that come from a heavy metal over load on our bodies. Just imagine commercial meat production, can goods and prepackaged foods. Heavy metals make a very acid environment which is very harmful to your gut flora where parasites and candida love to flourish.  Candida and parasites actually do serve a purpose in your body they are to protect us from the potentially fatal complications of heavy metal poisoning. They feed on heavy metals and store them within biofilms- buffering us from heavy metal overload.

    Do  you find that you are developing new allergies as you become older; are you always tired, do you have poor digestion, gas, heartburn; sugar cravings, are you irritable, frequent headaches; poor memory, “fogged in” feeling, dizziness, recurring depression, vaginal infections, menstrual difficulties,  urinary tract infections, infertility, hay fever, postnasal drip, habitual coughing, catch colds easily, sore throat, athlete’s foot, skin rash, psoriasis, cold extremities, arthritis-like symptoms, do you feel miserable in general? If answered yes to most of these symptoms then should be tested for candidiasis.

    According to the publication in 1995 “Parasitic Diseases” it states the following rate of infection per species.

    • Nematodes (Round Worms)                  1 billion individuals
    • Cestodes (Tape Worms)                   300 million individuals
    • Tremadodes (Flukes)                        300 million individuals
    • Protozoa (Amoebas)                              1 billion individuals
    • Arthropods (Insects parasites)           500 million individuals

     

    How can I start to detox from Parasites and Heavy Metals?

    Each per­son is different and I encour­age you to seek out a qual­i­fied nutri­tion­ist or other qualified healthcare practitioner in order to assess exactly which nutri­ents, herbs, homeopathic and nat­ural reme­dies and/or  in which com­bi­na­tion that will help you achieve your goal.  No one treatment is the same since we all have different diary needs, illness’s and lift styles.  Getting the the root cause of your issues are the main objective.  I strongly recommend you get with your health care provider and allow them to schedule you for  further tested if needed. This is how   and where you will figure your own personal food code.

    6. Heal your Gut
    Your gut is your portal to health. It houses 80 percent of your immune system, and without your gut being healthy it is practically impossible to have a healthy immune system.  A leaky gut have been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and hashimotos thyroiditis, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema and rosacea, and that is just to name a few. So you can understand why a properly working digestive system (your gut) is vital to your health.Contrary to what we use to believe. We now know that having a leaky gut is one of the main reasons, and probably the beginning stage, for developing an autoimmune disease. Having a leaky gut means that the tight junctions that usually hold the walls of your intestines together have become loose, allowing undigested food particles, microbes, toxins, and more to leave your gut and enter your bloodstream. This will cause your body to become full of inflammation, which in return will start to trigger an autoimmune condition and if you already have an autoimmune condition it will certainly make it worse.Luckily for you. Your gut is made up of wonderful cells that can turn over very quickly, so you can start to heal your gut in as little as thirty days, by following these 4 R guidelines: Remove, Restore, Replace and Repair

    Remove the damage — Remove these inflammatory foods, household & body  chemicals, drink filtered water( to avoid fluoride and chloride) , stop using aluminum brand deodorant, start using fluoride free  brand tooth pastes, start to reduce your stress that damage your gut,  do a detox to heal any gut infections from yeast, parasites, or bacteria.

    Restore the Strong — replenish the enzymes and digestive acids that are necessary for proper digestion

    Replace with friendly Bacteria — Make sure you are taking plenty a good strong probiotic that is full of these much needed “good bacteria” to start supporting your immune system. Here is a great product that I use. You can do your own research and I am sure there are other brands out there that are wonderful too. Garden Of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily Women’s, 30 Count

      Repair the digestive Tract — Give you gut a fighting chance by supplying the nutrients and amino acids needed to build a healthy gut lining. (Gelatin can improve your ability to produce adequate gastric acid secretions that are needed for proper digestion and nutrient absorption. Glycine from gelatin is important for restoring a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach and facilitating with the balance of digestive enzymes ( Here is a brand that I use    Garden of Life RAW Enzymes Women, 90 Capsules)  and stomach acid.  The best way to consume gelatin make them into broth or soup. You can do this by simply brewing some bone broth at home using this Bone Broth Recipe.

    Throughout my latest book, you will find useful, informative and easy to understand recipes for your mind, body and spirit. When I started writing this book, I wanted to introduce you to the idea of a cleaner less toxic world and for you to learn just how simply easy it is for you to start creating your own cleaning recipes throughout your home but this book has transformed into so much more than just a book full of all natural DIY recipes.

    This book will enlighten you and help you have a deeper understanding of not only why you should be more aware but how to be more aware. AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.

    Click on this link to order yours today!

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Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

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The Lymphatic System and Your Health: 25 Tips on How to Unclog it

The lymphatic system is your body’s natural detox system that is connected as part of your immune system and it is a complex drainage or “sewer” system that consists of glands, lymph nodes, the spleen, thymus gland, and tonsils.  Many of us never realize just how important your lymphatic system is nor the fact that it plays one of the largest roles in our bodies by cleansing nearly every bodily cell by removing toxins, metabolic waste and so more. Its also cleanses our cells by absorbing excess fluids, fats, and toxins from our tissues. This waste is pushed into our blood stream where it can eventually be filtered out by the liver and kidneys. Not only is your lymphatic system responsible for flushing out the  waste material of the body but it is also responsible for distributing nutrients to each and every part of our body.

When you are living with a nagging health issue like hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s it can be quite trying and you could be doing everything right it seems but yet you are still  unable to begin to heal.  Did you know that having a clogged lymphatic system could be halting your thyroid from healing?  Each Day our bodies are bombarded with a toxic burden of chemicals, we are not feeding our bodies the proper nutrients, we are nutritional deficient, and little to no activity & these are some of the reasons why  our system is becoming increasingly polluted.  If you have a  clogged lymphatic system it won’t allow your body to circulate the fluids and eliminate toxic waste buildup which can decrease the body’s immune function.  This can also increase swelling, inflammation and pain along with the possibility of welcoming other diseases and disorders.

If your lymphatic system is clogged with toxins, and you’re trying to cleanse it with the methods in this article, it’s important to try to stay away from more toxins!  It would be silly to take Motrin for a stone stuck in your shoe when all you had to do was pluck it out.  So why not on this journey go ahead and address the issue at hand.  Just like I will describe the need for to you to be drinking filtered water, you can’t expect your lymphatic system to cleanse if you continue to expose yourself to daily toxins. We all understand that toxins are all around us— from the foods we eat, to the products we use and to the air we breathe. Unfortunately toxins are all around us. It’s important to look at your own life carefully to determine where toxins may be the biggest problem and start adjusting your life where needed.

Most often than none, it’s unrealistic for any lifestyle change to happen overnight.  It does take practice but with practice does come change. Don’t allow the bigger picture to discourage you. Every small thing you change to better your health will pay off in the end. It’s the small steps that can make a big difference. Start by looking at your  life and evaluating the toxins you may regularly come in contact with, understand what must  take priority, and replace with these alternative options that I have listed in this article.

(Remember, we each have our own perception of our own realities although we have each walked a different path therefore step out on faith and know that today is the DAY that you begin your journey to a better you. Namaste, Audrey)

How do you know if your lymphatic system is clogged?

There are many ways that your body gives you signs to let you know that your lymphatic fluid is not moving effectively and that the toxins are building up in your body.

Bloating

Swelling in your fingers/rings fitting more tightly

Brain fog

Digestive issues

Parasites

Depression

Sinus infections

Skin problems/dry and or itchy skin

Enlarged lymph nodes

Chronic fatigue

Feeling sore or stiff when you wake up in the morning

Unexplained injuries

Excess weight

Cold hands and feet

Constipation

Worsened allergies

Food sensitivities

Increased colds and flu

Unfortunately, due to our chemical overload, nutritional deficiencies, and less exercise we have allowed our system to become stagnant and polluted. Here are a few things that can happen to your body if your lymphatic system is clogged and needs a serious cleanse:

Skin conditions

Arthritis

Unexplained injuries

Excess weight or cellulite

Headaches

Chronic fatigue

Sinus infections

Digestive disorders

Enlarged lymph nodes

How can I unclog my lymphatic system?

1.Dry Brushing*

Dry brushing is my most favorite way to start each morning.  It’s very fast to do (takes about 5 minutes) and when you dry brush, your skin becomes invigorated.

Here’s why dry brushing is so good for you:

It starts off by shedding the dead skin cells and encourages new cell renewal. Also it  relaxes your nervous system. When you dry brush you stimulate the vascular blood circulation and this allows lymphatic drainage to begin. The circulation motion buffs and smooths your skin to making it appear healthier.  Don’t worry about it feeling odd at first you will get use to it after a few times. Those bristles will start to feel calming while it is refreshing your nervous system, improving nutrient absorption, removing toxins and improving the blood circulation.

Simple steps to dry brushing at home:

Buy a good Dry Brush

Make sure your skin is dry (best to do this before your bath or shower)

Begin from bottom and move upwards.  You’ll use gentle circular motions or longer smoother strokes or a combination of both.

Always start at your ankles and move toward your heart. Make sure to move the brush in the same direction.

When you get to your back, brush from the neck down instead, toward your lower back.

Be careful with sensitive skin and never brush over sores, sun burned areas or areas with skin cancer.

2. Oil Pulling*

What is oil pulling? Well, it’s an ancient Ayurvedic remedy that was used to cleanse the body and enhance oral health.  it’s helps the body detoxification process and oil pulling helps remove bacteria, parasites and other toxins from your teeth and mucus membranes. it also reduces inflammation in your gums.

How do you do it?

Well, it’s actually quite simple. Upon awaking, before eating or drinking anything, take about a tablespoon of organic, virgin, cold pressed, unrefined coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes.  I swish it like mouthwash by pulling it through my teeth and over every part in my mouth.  After you’re finished swishing it, spit out the oil (it will be frothy and pretty gross looking) and next gargle your mouth with mouth out with warm purified water or warm salt-water.  Then drink a full 8 oz drink a glass of water with half of a freshly squeezed lemon.

How it works?

Basically the oil does is mixes with your saliva and this activates enzymes which draw toxins that is in your blood.  The fat in the oil helps extract these toxins from your mouth.  As the oil absorbs toxins, it becomes whiter, thicker and more frothy.

3. Exercise*

Any form of exercise and movement is needed.  You see, your circulatory system has  your heart to pump  blood throughout your body but your lymphatic system doesn’t has a “pump” and it is entirely dependent on the movement of your muscles.  Walking and yoga are also fantastic ways to get that lymphatic fluid to drain.

It’s  best to start slow on the exercise and work your way up but be consistent. Think of the tortoise rather than the hare in the beginning and as you get more energy you can exercise longer and harder if you prefer.

4.  Lymphatic Drainage Massage*

A lymphatic drainage massage is one easiest way to detoxify that  lymph system. Always use a skilled practitioner to stimulate circulation and drain fat, fluids, toxins, and other waste products away from your cells for proper elimination. Acupuncture is another great way to help you with detoxing your lymph system. it’s an ancient and effective TCM treatment, also helps opens up the pathways (meridians) in your body by stimulating lymph flow.

5. Rebounding*

Rebounding is one of the easiest and simplest ways to get the blood pumping around  those lymph nodes. Rebounding is the practice of jumping on a small trampoline for ten to thirty minutes. This gets the blood flowing while stimulating the circulation of blood throughout the body.  If you have Kidney issues this might not be for you. Rebounding can be hard on your kidneys by putting a lot of pressure on them and your body might  not be able to handle the extra release of toxins.

6. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar*

OACV Helps to break down mucus in your body. It also  has been shown to kill various pathogens and bacteria.  You will also get the added benefit of it helping improve your blood sugar levels.

7. Inversion Table*

An inversion table is a padded table that allows you to lay upside down while strapped in by  your feet. The inversion helps to decompress the joints in the body and stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory system. This allows blood and oxygen to the tissues, which helps to clear out the muscles of toxic build-up. By inverting, gravity works with, not against, the body, encouraging the movement of the lymph system.

8. Meditation*

Start your day out with meditation, deep breathing and a grateful heart. There are many people who weren’t able to wake up and live another day.   I can’t even begin to express the importance of the power of meditation has over the body. It’s been proven to lower your levels of cortisol which is also known as the stress hormone. Deep breathing, from your diaphragm, increases oxygen levels and naturally detoxes your body. Breath is life and you can take a breather anywhere, anytime and refocus.  I like to start my day off listening to mediation music to clear my head while I have my legs up against the wall using this yoga pose.

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Legs up the wall pose will not only help with your thyroid functions but it also relieves back pain, helps with insomnia, improves posture, helps with anxiety, naturally adjusts your spine, improves your digestion and it starts a lymphatic circulation. Your lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump and relies on our movements and gravity to circulate lymph fluid where the toxins in this fluid can be eliminated from your body. If we sit all day the lymph fluid becomes stagnant and start to collect toxins. By simply reversing the flow of gravity in your legs, you begin to circulate the lymphatic fluid and encourage the body to start the elimination of toxins.  Dry brushing also will simulate the lymphatic system and improve skin tone.

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9.Perform the 5 Tibetan Rites*

These 5 actions, when done together and in the recommended sequence, can help jump-start your metabolism along increasing the flow of the lymph, relieving congestion and encouraging its detoxification.  They include spinning in a circle, doing leg lifts, arching your back, making a table, and a full body lunge.  These moves will help to drain the lymph towards the heart, enhancing  the rate in which it’s cleaned and filtered.  The Twists performed are also a great way to stimulate lymphatic flow. Through the practice of twisting the abdomen, the organs and muscles are squeezed, forcing the lymph out of the tissues. This also causes the muscles in the body to contract and relax, which is the primary way lymph moves through the body.  By having this as your daily morning routine you are allowing the free flow of lymph system and this helps to prevent stagnation and accumulation of toxins.

Here is a free video which shows how to do a complete circuit of the five rites, including rests between them. She’s able to complete it in a little over 10 minutes, so this is something that you can work into your busiest of mornings, and will set the tone of calm and tranquility that washes over the rest of your day.

10. Lemon Water*

Warm lemon water helps to stimulate the lymphatic system by helping  remove the toxins accumulated in the lymph glands, colon, and bladder. The vitamin C in the warm lemon water help to cleanse the liver and helps to Hydrate your lymphatic system. Some cases of  lymph congestion is dehydration. Clean Filtered Water and only water can adequately re-hydrate the body.  A Lemon is also a  alkaline fruit that will help to mineralize the body and your lymph system.

11. Enzymes*

Lymphatic cleaning enzymes were first formulated by Dr Edward Howell (the deceased author of Enzyme Nutrition), with the purpose of digesting away years of accumulation of these large mucoprotein particles or starch-protein conjugates in the intercellular spaces.  Digestive enzymes relieve the workload on the pancreas, and free up other reserve enzymes that are needed elsewhere for your body. 

Enzymes are produced by the body to help break down the food we eat and they also assist in helping the  body to clear toxic-waste buildup in the lymph and in the  blood. . If you use a proteolytic enzymes between meals will help to “digest” or breakdown  organic debris that are moving through the circulatory and lymph systems, while increasing the lymphatic flow. They also help to lighten the load of  allergy-like compounds who’s only job is to free up your immune system from these traveling bandits. Never take protein digesting enzymes (protease) during pregnancy, high doses of proteases can thin the blood and if you have gastric or duodenal ulcers, gastritis, or suffer irritation or burning sensations in the stomach, stop taking the enzymes and contact your healthcare practitioner. You should always eat food with protease enzymes rather than taking Enzymes on their own.

12. Eat Raw Foods*

Raw foods help to neutralize harmful pathogens and lessening the burden on the lymph system. Raw foods are alkaline and have higher levels of naturally occurring enzymes that assist in breaking down toxic buildups, encourage the removal of harmful substances in the body and is a great way to help begin the process of flushing out the lymph system.  The key is to eat these raw fruits in the am on a empty stomach where the acids and enzymes in the fruit have the best lymphatic draining and stimulating effects. Lemon, lime and grapefruit are wonderful in helping begin the  digestive detoxification. Food grade Lemon, lime and grapefruit essential oils work well too just add a few drops to your water throughout the day. All red fruits berries, beets, pomegranates, cranberries, cherries, greens, seaweeds, spirulina, hemp seeds, flax seeds, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper.

Morning Smoothie

1/2 of a peeled lemon, lime or grapefruit

1 cup of spinach or romaine lettuce ( if you have thyroid issue go with the romaine)

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

knob of freshly peeled ginger

1/4 cup of red berry of your choice

1 tablespoon of flax-seed oil

dash of pepper

dash of turmeric

1/2 teaspoon of dulse flakes( optional)

16oz. of filtered water

Blend until smooth, pour over ice and drink with a straw. This is  very filling too!

 

13. Always Choose Organic*

Foods that are not organic grown have been sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides and could possibly be genetically modified.  This can add to the toxic build up on your lymph nodes.

 

14. An infrared sauna*

It’s great to sweat. Sweating is the bodies natural way to release toxins in your system. The sweat excreted through your skin can help release the toxic burden on your lymphatic system.

15. Hot and cold showers*

I understand no one likes taking cold showers but this will greatly benefit the lymphatic system. The hot water helps dilate the blood vessels, and the cold contracts them, creating a “pump” action that helps force fluid that may be stagnant in the system. As I’ve explained your lymph system has no central pump of its own. This will help to stimulate the flow of your blood and encourage circulation by the expanding and contracting blood vessels. If you are pregnant or have a heart condition always check with your health care provider before attempting this method.

 

16. Drink equate amounts of clean water*

You’ve heard it before  water is life!  Make sure you are drinking filtered water and not adding to  your toxic burden by ingesting easily absorbed toxins often present in water such as fluoride, chlorine, VOC’s, and more. You can safely consume up to half your body weight in ounces of water a day (160 lbs = 80 ounces of water). I love my Berkey Water Tank!

 

17. Eating clean*

I mentioned raw foods now lets talk about eating clean whole nutrient rich foods. Start reading label. if you must eat prepacked foods always look for foods that have a short ingredient list and things that are recognizable as actual food. Various chemicals  are added like sugars, questionable oils, sodium and so on.  Always avoid soy and if soy is listed as a ingredient.  Soy comes in all varieties and are highly processed, high in refined starches, heated oils and again added sugar, salt and low in nutrients and fiber. Oh let’s not fail to mention that soy mimics your hormones and plays a very sneaky trick on your endocrine system. Eating clean and mostly raw food that is rooted in produce is the first step to promoting a healthy lymph flow. These listed are particularly cleansing foods for the lymphatic system:

Dark leafy greens

Fruits in the Low Glycemic index Chart

Garlic

Ground flaxseed

Seaweed

Algae (chlorella, spirulina)

Chia

Avocados

Cranberries

Walnuts

Brazil nuts

Almonds

 

18. Avoiding Food Allergens*

Many people are unaware that certain foods are actually working against their bodies.  You should see a specialist and be tested to ensure you have no food allergies. Your lymphatic system can also be affected by your gut. If your gut is inflamed and not healed this is taxing on your immune system which in return is taxing on your lymphatic system. Consider adding prebiotics and probiotics to help support gut health along with eating properly and avoiding these common food allergens.

Common food allergens that can contribute to an inflamed gut are:

Nightshades

Eggs

Grains (gluten)

Dairy

19. Our words have power*

Our words have power and If we are constantly saying negative things to ourselves or thinking negative thoughts it will eventually begin to affect our body.  What comes out of your mouth , goes into your ear & your brain absorbs it. Always be positive and don’t allow problems to dwell. the glass is always half full and there is someone who wants what you have.  You are a blessing to someone.

 

20. Adaptogen Herbs

There are numerous herbs have been shown to support the lymphatic system.  Some of these herbs include dandelion root,  passion flower,  nettle leaf, fenugreek, and manjistha.  I’ve taken Echinacea and cayenne pepper together with a healthy fat daily while I was cleansing my lymph nodes.  Adaptogen herbs are in a unique class of healing plants that promote hormone balance and also help to protect the body from a wide variety of diseases, including those that are caused by stress. These herbs also boost your immune functions. Research shows that other various adapotogens — such as ashwagandha, medicinal mushrooms, rhodiola and holy basil. Holy basil has been proven to help regulate cortisol levels, protect your organs and tissues against chemical stress from pollutants and the burden of heavy metals, which are other factors that can lead to hormone imbalance, a stagnant lymph system and sickness.

21. Under arm deodorant

  Deodorant and antiperspirants impair the underarm lymph nodes. Aluminum-based compounds are the active ingredients in antiperspirants.  Sweating is a necessity in life. There are roughly three million sweat glands pumping out as much as 14 liters/ 3 gallons of water a day. Sweat, as stinky and uncomfortable as it can be at times, is a natural and healthy part of life, helping to cool the body, release toxins and helps to maintain normal body temperatures. Sweat isn’t inherently stinky either. In fact, it’s nearly odorless. The stench comes from bacteria that break down from one of two types of sweat on your skin. Deodorant advertisers have done a pretty neat job of convincing us that we’re disgustingly smelly people who in fact need to be refined and save our
stinky selves by their products. We’ve been wonderfully brainwashed
into thinking sweating is a bad thing. Sweating from the heat, sweating
from exercise, and sweating from stress are all different, chemically
speaking. Stress sweat smells the worst. That’s because smelly sweat
is only produced by one of the two types of sweat glands called the
apocrine glands, which are usually in areas with lots of hair—like our
armpits, the groin area, and scalp. The odor is the result of the bacteria
that break down the sweat once it’s released onto your skin. Fun fact:
While women have more sweat glands than men, men’s sweat glands
produce more sweat. 
Commercial deodorants are something you truly need to purge out of your life. Aluminum-based antiperspirants may increase the risk for breast cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease & Kidney Disease (Scientists noticed that dialysis patients who had these high aluminum levels were more likely to develop dementia too.)

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Ingredients
1/2 c. baking soda
1/2 c. arrowroot powder or ½ cup of cornstarch
5 tbsp. unrefined virgin coconut oil
10 drops of grapefruit essential oil or lavender essential oil
You can pick your favorite scent. I like lavender or grapefruit.

Empty deodorant stick or Mason jar
Directions
Mix baking soda and arrowroot together.
Melt your coconut oil in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl.
Mix all ingredients the baking soda and arrowroot powder with the oil, Pour into clean small Mason jar,( or your empty stick container)  add your essential oil to the Mason jar or the empty stick container, using a wooden Popsicle stick , give it a good stir to mix everything. Close your the lid.  Once you mix that essential oil in the bowl, it can only be used for the purpose of making your deodorant. Everything you’ve used is edible except the essential oils.
This will take roughly 24 hours to set. It will thicken up. I use my finger to scrape what I need out of the mason jar and scoop it across my underarm. This will last you for a good 6 months!

You can also find more great recipes along with this one in my book, AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.

22. Pharmaceutical Drugs*

You really need to do research on your medications. Some medications have a negative affect on your body especially your lymph system.

https://www.lymphnet.org/membersOnly/dl/reprint/Vol_24/Vol_24-N4_Drugs_LE.pdf

23. Personal care products*

Personal care products loaded with parabens, petroleum, and phthalates. Did you know that products we use every day may contain toxic chemicals and has been linked to women’s health issues? They are hidden endocrine disruptors and are very tricky chemicals that play havoc on our bodies. “We are all routinely exposed to endocrine disruptors, and this has the potential to significantly harm the health of our youth,” said Renee Sharp, EWG’s director of research. “It’s important to do what we can to avoid them, but at the same time we can’t shop our way out of the problem. We need to have a real chemical policy reform.” The longer the length of ingredients on your food label means how much more unhealthy it is for you to consume. When an item contains a host of ingredients that most likely you cant even pronounce or remember to spell you can bet your lucky dollar that the natural nutrients are long gone. These highly processed frank n foods are very difficult for the body to break down and some of the chemicals will become stored in your body. Click on this link to see what you should avoid.

You can also find many great DIY personal care recipes alternatives in my book,  AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.

Here are three recipes from my book AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.

Lemon Cream Body Butter

6 Tablespoons coconut oil

¼ cup cocoa butter

1 Tablespoon vitamin E oil

3 drops of Lemon essential oil or 3 drops of your favorite essential oil

Over low heat in a double boiler, put the coconut oil and cocoa butter in a bowl. When it has almost completely melted, remove from the heat and add the vitamin E oil and essential oil. Allow the mixture to cool until it solidifies. Lastly mix the body butter vigorously with a spatula, and then transfer it to a mason jar with a sealable lid. Date and label your product. If you don’t care for the lemon essential oil, use whatever smells best to you. This is your journey not mine I am only here to help guide you.

Homemade Shaving Cream

1 cup shea butter

1 cup virgin coconut oil

3 Tablespoons vitamin E oil

3 Tablespoons sweet almond oil or olive oil or jojoba oil

3 Tablespoons Dr. Bonners Liquid Castile Soap

30 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

30 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)

I like to use an electric mixer, mixing all ingredients until stiff peaks are formed (approximately 2-3 minutes). Store in a mason jar with a sealable lid.

Mosquito Repellent

15 drops of lavender

4 tbsp. of vanilla extract

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Place all these ingredients in a  16oz  then fill with water.

24. Household chemicals*

Did you know that it takes 26 seconds for the chemicals to enter into your bloodstream?

The real reality is we are damaging our DNA and we are changing our genetic makeup for future generations. There was a study a few years back that said the umbilical cord of an average American baby has over 200 known chemicals in it. Eighty percent of the common chemicals that are used daily in this country, we know almost nothing about. Our children are being born toxic and we have no idea if these toxins are already doing some sort of damage their brains, their immune system, their reproductive system, and any other developing organs. Are we unknowingly setting ourselves up for failure in the womb, even before birth?

Scientists and researchers are concerned that many of these chemicals may be carcinogenic or wreak havoc with our hormones, our body’s regulating system.
Most products have a  warning label that is typed in bold “Keep Out of Reach of Children”.  As consumers, we believe that if our children don’t ingest these products they will not be harmed by them. This can be far from the truth. Think about other common methods of exposure are through the skin and our respiratory tract. WE are along with our children are often in contact with the chemical residues housecleaning products do leave behind, by crawling, lying and sitting on the freshly cleaned floor.

Scientists at Norway’s University of Bergen tracked 6,000 people, with an average age of 34 at the time of enrollment in the study, who used the cleaning products over a period of two decades, according to the research published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

These chemicals can chemicals bind together.
Exposure to phthalates has been associated with lower IQ levels.
These chemicals can also be found in the shampoos, conditioners, body sprays, hair sprays, perfumes, make up, cleaning supplies, colognes, soap and nail polish that we use.
The results follow a study by French scientists in September 2017 that found nurses who used disinfectants to clean surfaces at least once a week had a 24 percent to 32 percent increased risk of developing lung disease.
 Scientists and researchers are concerned that many of these chemicals may be carcinogenic or wreak havoc with our hormones, our body’s regulating system.
It’s not enough to be aware of all the outdoor chemicals that we are exposed to everyday but inside our homes we can have more power and control. We have to be more aware about using chemical cleaners, paints, glues, body lotions, toothpastes, underarm deodorants, hair products and pesticides. Instead start to begin to use products that don’t pollute our very own bodies. We must read labels, make our own products and do our own research. I can’t stress this enough. We must take a stand for our health. Stop using commercial products that are laced with unknown and harmful body damaging products
ou can reduce your exposure to them by eating organic foods, making your own cleaning chemicals and using alternative pest control methods.
You can also find many great recipes for alternative cleaning solutions in my book AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.
Here are two recipes from my book AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.

Vanilla grapefruit linen spray

2-1/2 cups filtered water

3 drops pink grapefruit essential oil

2 drops vanilla essential oil

1/4 cup vodka

The vodka helps the water dry quickly after you spray it on your linens. Theses essential oils that are  used create a beautifully fresh vanilla grapefruit scent that is perfect for a summer pick me up. This spray is very versatile. It can be used on clothing, fabric furniture, or even as a quick air freshener.

If the vodka smell is slightly strong just add another drop or two of essential oil.

Always shake the bottle be Before spraying on your linen.

Tub & Tile Cleaner

1 /4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup lemon juice

Or 10 drops of lemon essential oil

3 Tablespoons Epsom salt

3 Tablespoons Sal Suds or Castile liquid soap

1/2 cup white vinegar

Pour the vinegar into the bottle, followed by the baking soda and Epsom salt. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Add the Sal suds gently shaking the bottle to combine. Mix all ingredients in a bottle with a sealable lid.

Scrub and then rinse with water and wet clean rag.

Throughout my latest book, you will find useful, informative and easy to understand recipes for your mind, body and spirit. When I started writing this book, I wanted to introduce you to the idea of a cleaner less toxic world and for you to learn just how simply easy it is for you to start creating your own cleaning recipes throughout your home but this book has transformed into so much more than just a book full of all natural DIY recipes.

This book will enlighten you and help you have a deeper understanding of not only why you should be more aware but how to be more aware. AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.

Click on this link to order yours today!

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25. Use Essential Oils Topically

Ginger, peppermint and rosemary essential oils can be applied topically on lymph nodes. This will help stimulate drainage. Specifically on the back of your neck is a great spot to apply these oils to get into the skin, circulation and lymph nodes and allow them to go to work. Always use a carrier oil when applying to the skin. You can find many recipes in my book AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.

Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

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Did you know that it takes 26 seconds for the chemicals in personal body care products to enter into your bloodstream?

What goes on your body, goes in your body

Sometimes I want to shake people and say, “Wake Up”! You have the power to make a difference in your life. You’ve always had the power. People are using products on their body and in their homes and that are hormone disruptors. No one can force you to become more aware of what you put on your body and what you put in your body. What you eat is just as important as what you put on your body.   Adjusting your life, reading labels and catering to your specific health needs isn’t easy but it will benefit you in the long run. This is one of the smartest decisions that you can make. Not only will you start to look and feel better but think of the medical cost that you could be saving your future self.

Did you know that it takes 26 seconds for the chemicals in personal body care products to enter into your bloodstream? Makeup is an essential beauty item used by women to help enhance one’s personal appearance and self-esteem.

Makeup can be fun, and anyone who wants to wear it should. However, it does seem to bother me when women aren’t aware that they are applying hundreds of layers of chemicals on their face or body. Although you may be enhancing your own personal appearance the chemicals in conventional makeup are often very harsh on the skin.

 

Beauty products gives me that confidence boost that I personally need to get through my day. It makes me feel comfortable, confident, empowered and bold in my skin. I also believe that it can be a form of art. This allows each individual to express themselves with makeup, body lotions and perfumes. Diet alone isn’t enough to help your body start fighting this battle that is raging in your body. The food you eat is your first line of defense against these hormone-disrupting chemicals are external substances that alter the functions of the endocrine system (the system of glands that produce secretions that help to control bodily activity).You must start addressing other areas in your life that can cause inflammation.

 

Endocrine disruptors are tricky chemicals that play on our bodies. They increase production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.  You can start avoiding these chemicals by starting with detoxifying your beauty routine.

 

If you want to protect your body from the harmful ingredients that are used in most commercial brands, you should check out organic skin care products and organic make-up. Start reading labels and asking questions. There is definitely a way to become Successful when you start to detox your beauty routine and exchange it for clean Beauty Swaps. I am going to show you where and how to begin—and why you should —along with a list of some easy switch outs.

Government regulations allow virtually any ingredient to be used in the manufacture of products that we use daily on our skin, hair, and nails, and in the water we drink. It only makes sense to start doing your own research.

 

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) establishes the regulations and standards in the United States regarding the manufacture of drugs & food. The problem is that they do not pay as much attention to skin care and make-up as they should, thereby allowing some very harmful chemicals to be used in creating almost every product that is mass marketed. Close to 20% of personal-care products contain at least one chemical linked to cancer, and yet the FDA has not regulated beauty ingredients since 1938. I’m also speaking of the same FDA who has approved aspartame, saccharin, human growth hormone in our food products. Along with nasty artificial colorings, flavorings and chemicals which have proven to harm our health.

Have you taken the time to read or google what is in your personal body care products?

 

Some of the harmful ingredients that are used frequently in manufacturing the most common non-organic skin care and make-up items include:

 

Mercury

    Lead

    Dioxane

    Nitrosamines

    DEA

    Cyclomethicone

    Ammonium Laureth Sulfate

    Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40)

    Polyethylene Glycol

    Polyethylene eth-

    Emollients

    Parabens

    Phthalates

    Humectants

    Emulsifiers

    Surfactants

    Nitrosamines

    Preservatives

    formaldehyde

 

The FDA doesn’t regulate what ingredients go into makeup products or the labels that are placed on them. A lip gloss may be labeled “organic” or “all-natural,” but it could just be a marketing ploy. Manufacturers know that there is a higher demand for natural products these days, so they’ll do anything to convince consumers that what they’re selling is indeed natural. Sometimes these products only contain about 10 percent “natural” ingredients with the rest are those nasty ingredients that are full of toxins – toxins that could be linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Mainstream cosmetics should be filled with nutrients that truly benefit your beauty and enhance your health.

Vitamin C:  This antioxidant superpower fights free radicals, which attack the skin’s support structure and leads to imparting collagen and the aging of skin.

Vitamin E: This antioxidant soothes out the skin and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin A: This is important to help repair the skin. If seem to have dull, flaky, or quite brass skin, look for products that include this nutrient.

 

5 Ingredients to Avoid in Body Products

  1. 1. Parabens: Parabens are preservatives added to body products to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine disruptors, meaning they can alter your hormone mechanisms in the body. They also mimic estrogen. Parabens can lock on to the cell’s own estrogen receptors and disrupt cellular communications.
  2. BHA and BHT: This is put into products to extend the shelf life. These chemicals are probable carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and have been known to be hard on your liver.
  3. Polyethylene glycol: Polyethylene glycol is used to make lotions and potions thicker, softer and easier for moisture to be added to the skin.  Unfortunately, depending on the manufacturing process, PEG compounds are often contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1, 4-dioxane, both of which are carcinogens.
  4. Fragrance: Fragrance just a term used to describe over 3,000 chemical ingredients. Companies do not have to disclose what ingredients make up their products when they list “fragrance” on the label because the term is protected by federal law (under trade secrets). Many chemicals listed as fragrance are endocrine disruptors and known allergens.
  5. 5. Mineral Oil (also called liquid paraffin, liquid petroleum, and paraffin oil): Mineral oil is a byproduct of crude oil called petroleum distillation is a nicer term but it’s frequently added to baby lotions.

 

Body Butter

4 oz. Shea butter

1 oz. coconut oil

1 oz. jojoba oil

6 drops cypress essential oil

4 drops cinnamon essential oil

6 drops wild orange essential oil

3 drops of pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil

 

In a double boiler over simmering water completely melt your shea butter. Remove from heat and add your coconut oil and jojoba oil. Blend together gently until completely mixed. Place the double boiler into an ice bath, make sure to not get any water into the mixture. Continue to mix until it begins to turn opaque. Lastly add your essential oils/extract/and antioxidant while stirring. I prefer to use a hand mixer to whip the mixture gently to where it will give it a soufflé-like texture.

After the mixture has cooled to room temperature transfer the body butter to a mason jar with a sealable lid using the spatula to avoid wasting any of the body butter. Seal the jar with your lid and allow it to sit overnight. Make sure to label and date your body butter’s lid.

Lemon Cream Body Butter

6 Tablespoons coconut oil

¼ cup cocoa butter

1 Tablespoon vitamin E oil

3 drops of Lemon essential oil or 3 drops of your favorite essential oil

Over low heat in a double boiler, put the coconut oil and cocoa butter in a bowl. When it has almost completely melted, remove from the heat and add the vitamin E oil and essential oil. Allow the mixture to cool until it solidifies. Lastly mix the body butter vigorously with a spatula, and then transfer it to a mason jar with a sealable lid. Date and label your product. If you don’t care for the lemon essential oil, use whatever smells best to you. This is your journey not mine I am only here to help guide you.

Homemade Shaving Cream

1 cup shea butter

1 cup virgin coconut oil

3 Tablespoons vitamin E oil

3 Tablespoons sweet almond oil or olive oil or jojoba oil

3 Tablespoons Dr. Bonners Liquid Castile Soap

30 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

30 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)

I like to use an electric mixer, mixing all ingredients until stiff peaks are formed (approximately 2-3 minutes). Store in a mason jar with a sealable lid.

 

DIY Skin Smoother Detox Bath 

2 cups Epsom salt

2 cups baking soda

2 cups sea salt

1 cup vinegar

¼ cup of organic coconut oil (this will melt in the hot bath)

Directions: combine the dry ingredients, store in a closed container.   When you are ready to take a bath add 1 cup of dry ingredients, 1 cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of coconut oil.   (Kids can use up to a 1/2 cup of the mixture). Bathe 3 times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes.

Tub & Tile Cleaner

1 /4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup lemon juice

Or 10 drops of lemon essential oil

3 Tablespoons Epsom salt

3 Tablespoons Sal Suds or Castile liquid soap

1/2 cup white vinegar

 

Pour the vinegar into the bottle, followed by the baking soda and Epsom salt. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Add the Sal suds gently shaking the bottle to combine. Mix all ingredients in a bottle with a sealable lid.

Scrub and then rinse with water and wet clean rag.

 

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For more information about chronic yeast infections: http://www.drlwilson.com/articles/candida.htm

Heavy metals and candida: http://www.foodsmatter.com/miscellaneous_articles/candida_causes_general/articles/heavy_metals.html

Heavy metals and the immune system: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21473381

http://www.biosishealthcare.com/candida-parasites-dysbiosis/