RED – Appealing Danger


Dactylopius coccus costa (female bug) carmine or cochineal extract (Carminic acid)

Red happens to be the most used color out of all the colors in the food industry, especially the most prolific artificially colors in candy.  In nature, red is a very appealing food color; many fruits are colored red to indicate ripeness.  Some of the red coloring we use in food is actually made of crushed bugs (Soylant Red – Carminic acid). Carmine is a beetle native to South America used over many hundreds of years as a dye for blankets and cotton.  Now, it is found in our food.  Eew, creepy, crawly bugs.  Although it is natural, and many cultures eat beetles and other bugs, this one can cause severe allergic reactions.  I don’t know which is worse, the Carmine or the artificially made one from coal tar sludge.

I have learned to extremely enjoy history and how things come to be.  Here is a little history of our appealing first color in this series, the RED40!  History tells us that color additives typically came from substances found in nature, such as turmeric, paprika and saffron.  By the 20th century, new kinds of colors appeared that offered marketers wider coloring possibilities.

In the 1800’s, some manufacturers colored products with potentially poisonous mineral- and metal-based compounds resulting in injury and even death.  To mask poor product quality or spoiled stock, food producers deceived customers by using color additives.  By the 1900’s, unmonitored food colorings spread through many food items that were derived from aniline, a petroleum product that in pure form is toxic and dubbed “coal-tar”.  Strong economic incentives phased out the use of plant, animal, and mineral sources.  In the passage of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 the FDA’s mandate included the full range of color designations to separate their hues.  Consumers can still read these on product packages: “FD&C” (permitted in food, drugs and cosmetic); “D&C” (for use in drugs and cosmetics) and “Ext. D&C” (colors for external-use drug and cosmetics).  We would be wise to take advantage of this information on packages and become knowledgable of what it all means for our own benefit.

FD&C RED No. 1 – BANNED in 1961 – due to cancer concerns

FD&C RED No. 2 – BANNED in 1976 – carcinogenic; increases bladder tumor risk (found on Florida oranges)

FD&C RED No. 4 – BANNED in 1964 – due to cancer concerns.  They were banned by FDA in foods, ingested drugs, and ingested cosmetics in 1964, but are permitted for external use only.

What happened to FD&C RED 3?

FD&C RED No. 3 (Erythrosine) – was recognized in 1990 by the FDA as a thyroid carcinogen in animals and is banned in cosmetics such as lipsticks, in externally applied drugs and as a pigment form called ‘lakes’ in food, drugs, and cosmetics. The FDA still permits Red 3 in ingested drugs and foods.  It is known to be linked to Thyroid Cancer/linked to allergies and ADHD in children.

Can food dye cause hyperactivity?

Erythrosine, also known as Red No. 3, is an organoiodine compound, specifically a derivative of fluorone.  FD&C RED No. 3 is a synthetic dye with a cherry-pink stain used primarily for food coloring. In foods it is used to dye cake decorating gel, candies and popsicles, among other food items such as sausage to maraschino cherries.

Red 3 was found to cause DNA damage in human liver cells in vitro, comparable to the damage caused by a chemotherapy drug whose whole purpose is to break down DNA, but Red No. 3 was also found to influence children’s behavior over 30 years ago and to interfere with thyroid function over 40 years ago.  Many parents were desperately searching for a solution to their children’s behavior problems.  They knew how debilitating hyperactivity (now called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD) was to their children and their family.  It is estimated that over half a million children in the United States suffer adverse behavioral reactions after ingesting food dyes.  A good read on the topic of ADHD and food coloring is in this SEEING RED.pdf.

Why is it still legal?

Good question!  By 1985, the FDA had already postponed action on banning the Red No. 3 twenty-six times, even though the Acting Commissioner of the FDA said Red No. 3 was “of greatest public health concern,” imploring his agency to not knowingly allow continued exposure (at high levels in the case of Red No. 3) of the public to “a provisionally listed color additive that has clearly been shown to induce cancer while questions of mechanism are explored.”

That was over 30 years ago and it’s still in our food supply.

In 1990, concerned about cancer risk, the FDA banned the use of Red No. 3 in anything going on our skin, but it remained legal to continue to put it in anything going in our mouths.  Seriously?!

Then we have the BIG RED!

FD&C RED No. 40 – Allura Red AC

FDA regulations state that Red40 must be listed on labels as “FD&C Red No. 40” or “Red40.” However, manufacturers don’t have to specify how much is in their product.

As mentioned above, RED40 Is the most-widely used dye and is a certified color that comes from petroleum distillates or coal tars.  Red is one of the most prolific artificial colors in candy.  Allura Red (AC) was originally introduced in the United States as
a replacement for the use of amaranth as a food coloring.  However, Allura Red (AC) is banned in many European countries solely.

Dyes lack nutritional value and are often used as cheap replacements for healthful ingredients. For example, most of the color in the “carrot- flavored pieces” in Betty Crocker’s Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix comes not from the smidgen of carrot powder, but from the Yellow 6 and Red40 dyes.  Similarly, there are no cherries or berries in Tropicana Twister Cherry Berry Blast.  The color comes primarily from Red40.

Foods that aren’t red or orange can still include Red 40.

  • You can find it, and other artificial food colors (AFCs), in cheeses, peanut butter crackers, salad dressings, and marshmallows.  Do you consume any of these products?  Bakery, Candy, Cereals, Dairy, Drinks, Sauces, Snacks

  • You can also find red dye in drinks marketed as healthy, such as sports drinks and nutritional shakes.  
  • Red dyes are also found in these foods that are not red. For example red dye is used in combination with yellow food coloring to give peanut butter-flavored food a golden color.
  • Even unexpected foods such as pizza may contain red dye, so it’s necessary to scan or read the labels of everything you purchase. This includes foods marketed as healthy such as fiber bars and oatmeal with fruit.

I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more products with RED40 under these categories.  Learning a new habit to read the labels would be better.  Here is a list of the different RED40 names.

  1. Red 40
  2. Red No. 40
  3. FD & C Red No. 40
  4. FD and C Red No. 40
  5. Allura Red
  6. Allura Red AC
  7. C. I. 16035
  8. C.I. Food Red 17
  • Allura Red has been determined to cause behavioral & developmental problems in children (increased hyperactivity in 8‐ to 9‐years old children) and is a carcinogenic & mutagenic azo dye causing cancer growth in cells.
  • Red40 lowers reproductive success in rats. It also reduced parental and offspring weight, decreased brain weight, and lowered chances for survival in newborn rats.
  • Artificial red is known as a toxic endocrine disruptor.  This means it disrupts normal hormone function.

The allowed amount of food dyes certified per person has more than doubled over the past four decades:  10 mg was the typical daily challenge dose of Red40, 14 people may consume as much as 52 mg of Red40 in a day, according to the FDA in 2014, and some children between the ages of 2 and 5 consume 38 mg of Red40 in a day.  Ironically, two-forms of the drug Ritalin, which is often used to treat children with ADHD, contain dyes as the first inactive ingredient.

After receiving much backlash from concerned consumers, some companies are now using natural dyes as alternatives to Red40. These Red40 alternatives can be derived from natural products such as beets, elderberry, and purple sweet potatoes.

It is very encouraging to see that major companies including Kraft, Campbell Soup, Frito-Lay, General Mills, Kellogg, Chick- l-A, Panera, Subway, and Taco Bell have pledged to stop using AFCs in their products.  For these companies to make such a commitment is huge, but the battle continues on and are still commonplace in supermarkets, schools, and restaurants, which puts the burden on families to learn of dyes’ effects and try to keep their children from eating artificially dyed foods.


  1. Avoid using any foods with artificial dyes
  2. Read the ingredient list before using them.
  3. Learn how to make your own colors from plants:

Vegetable powders are great ways to add vivid colors without adding excess liquid, so if you’re wanting a deep red, for example, use beet powder rather than beet juice.


  • pure beet juice
  • beet powder
  • pure pomegranate juice
  • red raspberry purée, strained to remove seeds

To make a concentrate, place about 1 cup of freshly squeezed juice over very low heat. The only way Nourishing Joy has been able to do this successfully is with a mini-crockpot. She uses this one.  (I do not benefit from this sale.)

Leave the lid off the pot so the liquid can evaporate and heat until the juice begins to thicken and drips slowly off a spoon rather than running off easily, about 24 hours, give or take 8 hours depending on your climate and pot. The liquid will be less than 1/4 of its original volume.  Store in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks.

Red Sprinkles

1. Peel, then thinly and evenly slice or grate beets and place on a dehydrator sheet.

2. Set temperature to 150′ and dehydrate until crispy.

3. Allow to cool then remove and pulse in blender. For small jobs you can use this.

4. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Red Liquid

  1. 1/2 cup cooked beets canned
  2. 1/2 cup of beet juice

Blend until smooth.  Strain.  Pour in glass container and store in fridge for up to 4-6 weeks

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If you do not want to make your own, here is Natures Flavors in powder and liquid forms.  (I do not benefit from a sale.)

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Gluten-free vegan red velvet cupcakes with a natural red hue, a tangy frosting, and a secret chocolate center. Delicious, healthy, and with no oil or sugar!

For a visual live demonstration click here.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cupcakes


  • 1 cup [pitted Medjool dates (about 12)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small beet (about 1.5 inch diameter, peeled)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsps cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup oat flour


  • 8 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk or water
  • 2 tbsps cacao powder


  • 6 oz . coconut yogurt (So Delicious Plain Greek Cultured Coconut Milk)


  1. Cupcakes: Blend the water, dates, vanilla, and beet on high till there are no chunks.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Blend till combined.
  3. Spoon into a cupcake pan that is lightly oiled or use paper liners.
  4. Bake for 22-24 minutes at 350F.
  5. Cool completely.
  6. Chocolate Filling: Blend all the ingredients till smooth. Remove the center of the cupcakes with a cupcake corer or a small cooke cutter. Spoon in the filling.
  7. Frosting: If the yogurt is lumpy, whisk first, then pipe or spread onto cooled and filled cupcakes. Serve immediately.

If you try any of these, I would love to hear your thoughts about it and what you used the color red for.

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Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 10 of 10: Depression * Suicide * Self-Harm (Supercharge Your Happy Chemicals)

  1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 1 in 3 (633,842)
  2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 1 in 3 (595,930)
  3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away (155,041)
  4. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen unintentional injuries; 5.2% (146,571)
  5. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) 1 in 6 (140,323)
  6. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 6 of 10: Alzheimer’s disease 1 in 10 (110,561)
  7. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 7 of 10:  Diabetes 1 in 4 (79,535)
  8. TOP 10 Diseases & Condition Part 8a of 10:  Influenza (part one) 1 in 10 (57,062) 8b of 10 Pneumonia “The Winter Fever” (part one)
  9. TOP 10 Diseases & Condition Part 9 of 10:  Kidney Disease 1 in 7 (57,062)

There are certainly many more conditions that need attention, but this finishes the TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Series.  I hope to do a summary report next time to end this series.  Be sure to stick around for the next series.  I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

Intentional self-harm (suicide): 844,193

Additional Facts About Suicide in the US

  • According to the World Health Organization, roughly one every 40 seconds or so someone takes their own life in suicide.
  • For every person who takes their own life, 20 more attempt it.
  • The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.42 per 100,000 individuals.
  • Men die by suicide 3.53x more often than women.
  • On average, there are 123 suicides per day.
  • White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2016.
  • Firearms account for 51% of all suicides in 2016.
  • Males take their lives four times the rate more than females and represent 77.9% of all suicides.
  • The rate of suicide is highest in middle age — white men in particular.
  • Females are most likely to have suicidal thoughts.
  • 34.8% Poisoning is the most common method of suicide for females.
  • 56.9% Firearms are the most commonly used form of suicide in males.
  • Officially, over 160,000 people under the age of 25 will kill themselves this year—that’s over 50 times more than died in the September 11 terrorist attacks (unofficially, that’s described as a “gross underestimate”).  There’s a killer in our midst, stalking the youngest and most vulnerable. A new black death.
  • Every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world.
  • Over 800 000 people die by suicide every year.

Suicide is an extremely complex issue, and while it is not possible to pin down its causes, there are some risk factors that have been identified, mainly through correlations. Mental health, specifically depression, is widely recognized as the most important risk factor.

Suicide is more common in older people: in most parts of the world, the over 70s (particularly the widowed and divorced) are most likely to kill themselves.

Suicide rates are increasing, with suicide accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in the United States in 2016; 25 percent more than in 2000, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.  High-risk groups include: adolescents and young adults at highest risk, American Indians, and Alaska Natives across all ages.

18 or older 2.9% among blacks, 3.3% among Asians, 3.6% among Hispanics, 4.1% among Whites, 4.6% among Native Hawaiians/other Pacific Islanders, 4.8% among American Indian/Alaska Natives, 7.9% among adults reporting two or more races.

Most of those people will say they’d never seriously consider actually trying to harm themselves.  Tragically, however, there’s a large percentage of people around the world who think differently.  Self-harm types of behaviors directed toward oneself include cutting, burning, hitting, hair pulling, and other acts of intentional self-injury.

I hope to shed light on a dark subject with information that brings hope when there seems to be no hope.  Take a small journey with me as we take a look at positive answers that shed light on possible interventions to prevent suicide because all life is valuable, and best news of all,…

Suicides are preventable!

We only have one life to live.  Your best life CAN be now.

Topic Lineup:

  • Suicide: Related Medical Conditions
  • Understanding Depression/Suicide
  • The Mystery of the Human Brain
  • Stress-Related Factors
  • Depression Linked to Nutrient Deficiencies 
  • Other nutrients for brain health: Probiotics
  • Anti-Depression Diet

Suicide: Related Medical Conditions

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Antidepressants
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia form disorder
  • Post traumatic disorder

Understanding Depression/Suicide

What could cause suicide (self-destruction)? 

1. Biological

  • Some mental illnesses have been linked to abnormal balance of special chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters help nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other. If these chemicals are out of balance or are not working properly, messages may not make it through the brain correctly, leading to symptoms of mental illness.
  • Poor nutrition and exposure to toxins, such as lead, may play a role in the development of mental illnesses.

2. Psychological factors that may contribute to mental illness include:

  • Severe psychological trauma suffered as a child, such as emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
  • Coping with past or current traumatic experiences such as abuse, bereavement or divorce will strongly influence an individual’s mental and emotional state which can in turn have an influence on mental health
  • An important early loss, such as the loss of a parent
  • Neglect
  • Poor ability to relate to others

3. Certain stressors can trigger an illness in a person who is susceptible to mental illness. These stressors include:

  • A dysfunctional family life
  • Living in poverty
  • Significant life changes
  • Social or cultural expectations
  • overwhelmingly painful emotions, perhaps of deep sadness, intense fear, rage or self-loathing.

You have the ideal recipe for happiness inside you.

I can hardly wait for you to read further.  Your body has the amazing ability to make “happy chemicals” naturally – no drugs, no side effects, no danger of addiction – that will leave you feeling better than you might believe possible. You have access to these feel good compounds today.

The Mystery of the Human Brain

All of us are born with a factory just waiting to manufacture feelings of happiness – bliss even – yet we’ve forgotten how to turn on the machines.  Brain chemistry is a field researched all over the world. Your brain is capable of so much that scientists can search for years to discover the answer to one small aspect of how it works. It is only recently that they began to understand that the dance of neurotransmitters and hormones inside your body determine the bulk of your moods and personal satisfaction.

The Hippocampus is involved in the emotional, mood, depression, Post-Traumatic Syndrome (PTS), and bipolar disorders. A small hippocampus generally shows the symptoms of these disorders.  It’s structure is effected positively or negatively by our thoughts and actions.  Imagine that for a minute!  If we can control our thoughts and actions, we are better able to control our environment.  Our conscience is formed by our choices; and, our senses of sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing are all inputs.

Reprogram your subconscience through repetition – Habits that change emotions.  Emotions are chemicals.

The brain is very elastic and constantly receiving communication:


Consistent firing = Consistent Chemical Production = Constant Emotions


Learning = Repetition = Reprogramming


Both our conscious and unconscious minds lead to our body’s response.

Memorizing the scriptures with promises that bring hope that will restore your mind.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Stress-Related Factors

STRESS – physical, chemical, emotional stresses the source of mental illness your body doesn’t know the difference.  You will be in constant fight or flight state.

Stress is something everyone in modern society seems to understand. There are two basic kinds of stress: inner stress from previous traumas or wounds that affect one’s present life; and outer stress, or the environmental issues that complicate life on a daily basis, such as work or family problems.

The interplay of these two forms of stress affects brain chemistry just as it can affect physical health. Numerous studies have shown that when people are chronically stressed in life, they are vulnerable to depression, anxiety, and other disorders.  What can be done to reduce the stresses in our lives?

Tip 1:  Confide in someone

The first step is to confide in another person. It can be scary to talk about the very thing you have worked so hard to hide, but it can also be a huge relief to finally let go of your secret and share what you’re going through. Deciding whom you can trust with such personal information can be difficult. Choose someone who isn’t going to gossip or try to take control of your recovery. Ask yourself who in your life makes you feel accepted and supported.  We are encouraged to bear one another’s burdens.

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

In the world of psychiatry, they use the term “talk therapy”.  There are many different kinds of talk therapy. The two most commonly used for depression are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy. CBT focuses on looking at how negative thought patterns may be affecting your mood. The therapist helps you learn how to make positive changes in your thoughts and behaviors.  While this type of therapy may be helpful at times, it doesn’t have answers that target the deep areas of hurt.  There is a counselor that does and His name is Jesus.  Isaiah 9:6 tells us He is the … counselor ….  He consults, guides, and gives purpose and hope through His Word like no man can.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Tip 2:  Identifying triggers

Understanding what triggers to cut or self-harm is a vital step towards recovery.  Self-harm is most often a way of dealing with emotional pain. What feelings make someone want to cut or hurt themselves? Sadness? Anxiety? Anger? Loneliness? Shame? Emptiness?

No matter how lonely, worthless, or trapped a person may be feeling at the moment, there are many other, more effective ways to overcome the underlying issues that drive self-harm.

Tip 3:  Release tension or vent anger through exercise.

Tip 4:  Listen to calming music

Tip 5:  Start a journal to express feelings.

TIP 6:  Helping a someone who cuts or self-harms

TIP 7:  Learn about the problem.

TIP 8:  Don’t judge. Avoid judgmental comments and criticism—they’ll only make things worse. Remember, the self-harming person already feels distressed, ashamed and alone.  Be sympathetic.

TIP 9:  Offer support, not ultimatums.

TIP 10:  Encourage communication. Encourage your loved one to express whatever they’re feeling, even if it’s something you might be uncomfortable with.

  • Matthew 10:31 – Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
  • Psalm 118:5-6 5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
  • The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
  • Psalm 94:19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

Depression Linked to Nutrient Deficiencies

Over the past few decades, we’ve gradually shut down the production of the substances Melatonin, Anandamide, Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins, with our diet and lifestyle choices. The result has been a dramatic increase in depression, eating disorders, suicide rates, substance abuse, and general unhappiness that affects every part of your daily life.

The pharmaceutical industry responded to these issues with dozens of “feel good drugs” that come weighted with dangerous side effects and the possibility of addiction.

First Resort and/or Last Resort – Test to make sure these drugs are absolutely necessary. Medication may be needed when your depression is severe, self-harm has happened, or you begin feeling suicidal thoughts. Natural cures do not work fast enough or strong enough to bring quick change that is needed to preserve life.  Once people start feeling better, they should seek out treatments for depression without medication. That way the body can begin to take over regulating its own hormones and you do not need to rely on the prescription medication.

Prescription medication, otherwise known as drugs, have dangerous antidepressant side effects.  Freedom of Information Act (FIA) has exposed these medications that can cause brain shrinkage, cause the “blunt effect” a condition of reduced emotional reactivity in an individual. It manifests as a failure to express feelings. This is also a part of Frontal Lobe Syndrome (FLS).

One of the side effects of medication for depression is weight gain. During the depression, the hormones that regulate hunger and fullness are disrupted. As your hormones become regulated, you will begin to feel hungry again. The biggest reason for weight gain is that you become hungry for foods that lack nutritional value and are high in sugars. These appetite changes are stoppable. Normally, serotonin, acting on certain receptors on brain cells, produces a sense of satiation or fullness.  If you can control yourself, which is very difficult coming out of depression, choose healthy fruits and vegetables. This will help prevent any weight gain and give your body the nutrition to fight the depression.

No drug has ever gotten rid of the problem.  It only covers the symptom like a bandage and it always has side effects.


Your pineal gland produces a hormone called melatonin. It is responsible for quality sleep – something the majority of Americans do not get – as well as adjusting to new sleep cycles (such as changing your work schedule), jet lag, and chronic fatigue. When darkness falls, your body produces more melatonin to get you ready to sleep.

Foods such as Bing Cherries, Walnut (tryptophan for sleeping), pineapples (B vitamins), bananas (tryptophan converts to melatonin), oranges, and tomatoes help to boost your body’s natural production of melatonin. Leafy greens contain calcium which helps the brain use tryptophan to make melatonin). Better sleep quality means better mood, more energy, and a happier you!

Green Juice is very healing.  Drink when you rise, before you go to bed, and 30 minutes before meals.


It’s been called the “bliss molecule,” aptly named after ananda, the Sanskrit word for “joy, bliss, or happiness.”  The neurotransmitter anandamide is responsible for easing pain in the body, improving mood, and boosting brain function. It is a fragile compound Located in the higher thought areas of your brain. By increasing neurogenesis — the formation of new nerve cells — anandamide exhibits both anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties. Anandamide, like all neurotransmitters, is fragile and breaks down quickly.

Chocolate is one of the most beloved foods on the planet. It’s rare to meet anyone who doesn’t enjoy chocolate.  It’s known for sure that chocolate contains mood-boosting caffeine and phenylethylamine, a substance called the “love molecule” that simulates the feeling of being in love. It also contains theobromine, a substance related to caffeine, that acts as a relaxant rather than a stimulant. It’s thought that theobromine causes the brain to produce more anandamide. more of a neurotransmitter, anandamide, account for the euphoric sensation.  Chocolate contains compounds that slow anandamide’s breakdown.


The neurotransmitter dopamine is well-known as a happy chemical released by your nerve cells and sends signals to other nerve cells and a precursor of other substances including epinephrine (another term for adrenaline). Its biggest job is controlling the pleasure and reward centers of your brain.  Believe it or not it also plays a big role in maintaining a healthy weight. When you have adequate levels of dopamine in your system you eat less, make wiser choices, and are more focused.  Dopamine motivates us to take action toward goals, desires, and needs, and gives a surge of reinforcing pleasure when achieving them.

Foods like almonds and walnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.  All contain l-phenylalanine which convert into tyrosine which then converts into dopamine.  Bananas, apples, beets

Serotonin – the brain in your head “The feel good hormone”

When you feel significant or important you have good serotonin levels.  Serotonin is a compound present in blood platelets and serum that constricts the blood vessels and acts as a neurotransmitter. It may come as a surprise to learn that the majority of the feel good neurotransmitter serotonin is manufactured and resides in your gut. This compound is responsible for mood, appetite, quality of sleep, feelings of sexual desire, and high-level brain function such as memory and learning.  Works good with dopamine.

Serotonin and norepinephrine are most highly implicated in depression, panic disorder and anxiety, as well as OCD.

Protein prevents an amino acid tryptophan from getting into the brain (even though protein contains tryptophan) and making new serotonin.

Food like almonds, walnut, cashews, help formation of serotonin.  Eat a handful of nuts a day.  Flaxseeds or flaxseed oil helps maintain serotonin.  Banana’s have tryptophan that helps with formation.  Dark chocolate is high in serotonin. pineapples contain high levels of serotonin.  Always use fresh not canned.

Expose yourself to the sun for 20 minutes; our skin absorbs UV rays, which promotes vitamin D and serotonin production.


The hormones known as endorphins are produced in the pituitary gland and central nervous system and are also considered neurotransmitters. They are in charge of many functions that relate to overall feelings of happiness and wellbeing. These hormones are your body’s first line of defense against pain called peptides, provide an opiate effect (similar to morphine causing an analgesic effect (relieve pain) after exercise or trauma, and basically make you feel pretty fantastic. They can be stimulated by foods such as cacao (dark chocolate) boost endorphins naturally, and nuts.  Exercise is usually attributed to endorphins known as “Runners high”.


Oxytocin creates intimacy, trust, and builds healthy relationships. Often referred to as the cuddle hormone, a simple way to keep oxytocin flowing is to give someone a hug.  When someone receives a gift, their oxytocin levels can rise.

Other nutrients for brain health:

MUSIC: Regulate your mood with the help of music.  Music can help people cope with physical pain.

EXERCISE: is also crucial to preventing weight gain. Your physician may not mention it so it is up to you to find a way to move.

Eliminate depression from your life with the help of probiotics!

Both the University of Virginia School of Medicine and McMaster University have found that consuming the friendly bacteria causes a natural antidepressant effect.  The environment of the gut seems to be in direct communication with the brain.  Probiotics offer a non-toxic way of overcoming the unwanted consequences of depression.

In a study published in the medical journal Gastroenterology, researchers of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute found that consumption of a specific probiotic can improve both gut symptoms and psychological issues in IBS.  IBS is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world.  It affects the large intestine and patients suffer from abdominal pain and altered bowel habits like diarrhea and constipation. They are also frequently affected by chronic anxiety or depression.  Signals generated by the brain can influence the composition of microbes residing in the intestine and that the chemicals in the gut can shape the human brain’s structure.

A study out of McMaster University Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute linked probiotics and improvement in symptoms of depression as well as gastrointestinal upset.

The research looked at adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and found they reported improvements from both their gastrointestinal issues and depression from a specific probiotic versus those taking a placebo.

1. Lactobacillus bacteria (in particular) was found to reverse depressive behavior in mice. The researchers determined that it did so by altering their gut microbiome – which refers to the population of friendly microorganisms in the intestines.

Stress seems to lead to the loss of Lactobacillus in the gut – which in turn paves the way for the symptoms of depression. Lactobacillus levels in the gut microbiome also influence kynurenine (made in many tissues in response to immune activation) levels, a blood metabolite associated with the onset of depression and suicide.  Low levels of Lactobacillus bacteria should be avoided to preserve emotional wellbeing

2. Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 eases symptoms of IBS and depression

10 week Study – 44 adults with mild to moderate anxiety or depression and IBS were followed.  After six weeks, 64 percent of those taking the probiotic showed reduced depression markers.  It can also reduce anxiety.

Researchers have even figured out that it works by acting through the vagus nerve.  The vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve in your body.

It connects your brain to many important organs throughout the body, including the gut (intestines, stomach), heart and lungs.

In fact, the word “vagus” means “wanderer” in Latin, which accurately represents how the nerve wanders all over the body and reaches various organs.

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3. Bifidobacterium longum (strain R0175) Researchers have concluded that this strain can reduce cortisol and alleviate psychological distress in humans (including obsessions, compulsions, paranoia, anxiety)

4. Lactobacillus rhamnosus (strain GG) Can lower anxiety in humans.  GABA is the main inhibitory and relaxing neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, and studies suggest that lactobacillus rhamnosus (strain JB-1) may reduce anxiety by changing the expression of GABA receptors.

Has also been shown to reduce obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)-like behaviour in mice. In fact, researchers found it was just as effective as fluoxetine, an SSRI antidepressant commonly used to treat OCD

5. Lactobacillus plantarum (strains CECT7484 and CECT7485) to patients with irritable bowel syndrome and it significantly reduced their anxiety and improved their quality of life.

6. Lactobacillus plantarum (strain PS128) can cause positive changes in emotional behaviours and significantly reduce anxiety-like behaviours. It does this by increasing dopamine and serotonin, lowering stress hormone levels, and reducing inflammation.  It has psychotropic properties without physical side effects, and has great potential for treating neuropsychiatric disorders, including anxiety.

Lactobacillus plantarum is also commonly found in many fermented vegetables including sauerkraut, pickles, brined olives, kimchi.

7. Lactobacillus helveticus (R0052) is a probiotic strain that has been shown to reduce cortisol and have anti-anxiety effects in humans.  It can even reduce paranoid and obsessive-compulsive thoughts.

Animal research shows that a Western-style diet can negatively change the gut microbiome, increase brain inflammation, and contribute to anxiety. But lactobacillus helveticus (strains ROO52 and NS8) can protect against this, reducing both neuroinflammation and anxiety.   Lactobacillus helveticus (strain NS8) works better than citalopram, a common SSRI antidepressant, at reducing anxiety-like behaviour in rats. It also reduced their stress hormone levels and increased their serotonin levels

8. Lactobacillus reuteri (strain 23272) can reduce anxiety-like behaviours in animals by reducing stress hormone levels and altering the expression of GABA receptors

9. Lactobacillus fermentum is another species that is part of the human microbiome and commonly found in fermented vegetables.  But there still is some evidence that is may be able to help treat anxiety, especially if you have a long history of antibiotic treatment.

Typically, it is recommended that people try one probiotic strain at a time to figure out how they respond to each one.  You can click here to find the perfect probiotic for your symptoms.

The role diet plays in mood as well as overall physical health. Research from 2014 linked friendly gut bacteria with reduced stress and anxiety in human adults.

Berries: The National Institute of Health (NIH) conducted a study that found compounds in berries – blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and cranberries that block chemicals in our brain that depression and anxiety.

Papayas (reduce stress):  Studies have found out that this fruit contains powerful compounds that help to create a chemical in our body that decreases pain and gives us a sense of calm and well-being.  Folic Acid and Vitamin B6 to Remove Homocysteine play an important part in stress management.  Folic acid also acts on your hypothalamus to aid in the production of an anti-stress hormone.

Radish:  Research has found that every different kind of radish has compounds that increase chemicals in our brain that produce a better mood such as dopamine and norepinephrine.

Avocado:  Studies have discovered two compounds in avocado that play a key role in fighting depression – tryptophan and omega-3 fatty acid.

Collard Greens:  Collard greens are high in magnesium which powerfully assists in fighting depression by producing serotonin.

Mango:  This tropical fruit is rich in B-6 which promotes the production of serotonin, a powerful and natural mood-lifting compound in the brain.

Citrus:  All citrus fruit is rich in vitamin C and folate which increase the production of dopamine and have an antidepressant effect.

Anti-Depression Diet – eat to change the mood (food drives mood) Colorful foods like the rainbow brighten your day.  Eat more of them.

NUTRITIONAL FACTORS. There is no doubt that poor nutrition leads to mental imbalances. While few people in the United States are truly starving or completely depleted nutritionally, instances of mental disorders related to malnutrition still occur in this country.  In fact the U.S. is well fed but malnourished.  The statistics prove it!

All natural foods contained antidepressant qualities. None of them act as antidepressants, but every single fruit and vegetable will contribute to keeping you happy and healthy.  The foods that help the most with depression are the ones that you may not seek out. They are going to be the ones that are darker in color, a little bit more bitter in taste, and low in carbohydrates. In other words, any fruit or vegetable but not potatoes.

Here are a couple of recipes that should be uplifting:

Savory Roasted Nut

  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan Pink Sea Salt (HPSS)
  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 1 cup Cashews
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 cup Pecans
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke

Soak all nuts for at least 12 hours.  Rinse well.  Put all ingredients in a bowl and stir.  Put in oven and roast.

Hot Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie

1 1/4 cup Vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
1/2 cup Rolled oats
1 tbsp Maple syrup
2 tbsp Cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 tbsp Almond Nut butter or dairy-free chocolate chips
1/2 tsp Vanilla extra
Drink your blues away in a healthy way with the most powerful fruits and vegetables for fighting depression according to the latest nutritional research. Compounds recently discovered in each will help lift your spirits. Add 1 or more to your daily juice or smoothie recipes. For best results try this super depression-fighting juice and smoothie recipe – the spices and green tea fight depression as well!

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Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 9 of 10: Kidney Disease – “A Silent Killer”

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1 in 7 (57,062)

  • 73 million 1 in 3 American adults is currently at risk for developing kidney disease
  • 30 million 1 in 9 American adults of 15% is estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD), although most don’t know
  • 48% of those with severely reduced kidney function but not on dialysis are not aware of having CKD.

According the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study, chronic kidney disease was ranked 27th in the list of causes of total number of deaths worldwide in 1990, but rose to 18th in 2010. This degree of movement up the list was second only to that for HIV and AIDs.

Over 2 million people worldwide currently receive treatment with dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive, yet this number may only represent 10% of people who actually need treatment to live.

In the US, treatment of chronic kidney disease is likely to exceed $48 billion per year. Treatment for kidney failure consumes 6.7% of the total Medicare budget to care for less than 1% of the covered population.

In people aged 65 through 74 worldwide, it is estimated that one in five men and one in four women have Chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Chronic kidney disease is a worldwide health crisis. For example, in the year 2005, there were approximately 58 million deaths worldwide, with 35 million attributed to chronic disease, according to the World Health Organization.

More than 661,000 Americans have kidney failure; of these, 468,000 individuals are on dialysis, and roughly 193,000 live with a functioning kidney transplant.  You are at greater risk for kidney disease if you have diabetes or high blood pressure. Diabetes injures the small blood vessels in the kidneys.

Kidney disease is sometimes called the silent epidemic because there are no symptoms until the later stages.

As a result of the fast paced city life and unhealthy eating habits, a greater number of  younger people are being diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension which in turn leads to irreversible kidney failure, in most cases.  Hypertension is a leading contributor of kidney disease and kidney failure.

Topic Line Up:

  • The Common Kidney Diseases
  • What puts you at risk for kidney disease?
  • How To Treat Kidney Failure Naturally
  • Natures Pharmacy – Kidney-friendly foods
  • Recipes

The Common Kidney Diseases: 

  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD) means that the kidneys have been damaged to such an extent that they tend to start malfunctioning. CKD is mainly a secondary disease developed due to an underlying primary condition, and according to statistics, chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease are the main causes of CKD.
  • Gallstones are hard crystalline mass formed abnormally in the gallbladder or bile ducts from bile pigments, cholesterol, and calcium salts.  People over age 40, losing weight quickly may increase the chances of getting gallstones and a lack of melatonin that boosts the conversion of cholesterol to bile has been thought to contribute to gallbladder stones. Cholesterol gallstones — are the most common type consisting of more than 80% cholesterol by weight. Pigment gallstones — are made of bilirubin, a product of red blood cells destruction (haemolysis).
  • Kidney infection/Pyelonephritis ~ Inflammation of the substance of the kidney as a result of bacterial infection.  Kidneys commonly get infected and inflamed when the bacteria spread up the urinary tract or travel through the bloodstream to reach the kidneys. Acute pyelonephritis: It occurs rapidly and is a life-threatening infection of the kidneys that can lead to renal scarring.  Chronic pyelonephritis: It is a permanent damage and scarring of the kidney due to repeated episodes of acute pyelonephritis or even a single episode of severe acute pyelonephritis.
  • Kidney stones are solids formed in the kidneys when substances like calcium, oxalate and phosphorus that are excreted through the urine become concentrated. Kidney stones—known as renal calculi—are solid, often sharp substances made of mineral and acid salts.  The occurrence of kidney stones is due to excess buildup of mineral deposits that develop from this waste in our kidneys, most commonly oxalate, phosphorous, and magnesium. These mineral deposits crystallize and form the small stones famous for causing so much pain.  The main culprit for kidney stone formation in most cases, lack of adequate hydration.  During the summer months, we lose body fluid through perspiration and fail to replace it. Drinking enough water is really critical for preventing the development of stones. 

    There are four major types of kidney stones.

    • Calcium is the most common type of stone. Calcium can combine with other substances, such as oxalate (the most common substance), to form the stone.
    • A uric acid stone may form when your urine contains too much acid.
    • A struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate) stone may form after an infection in your urinary system.
    • Cystine stones are rare. The disease that causes cystine stones runs in families.

    The leading cause of kidney stones is a lack of water in the body.  A major risk factor for kidney stones is constant low urine volume. Low urine volume may come from dehydration (loss of body fluids) from hard exercise, working or living in a hot place, or not drinking enough fluids.  Adults who form stones should drink enough fluid to make at least 2.5 liters (⅔ gallon) of urine every day.

  • Kidney failure An infection or inflammation of the organ, leading to kidney damage is known as acute kidney failure, and the damaged resulted due to an underlying health condition that slowly affects the failure.
  • Polycystic kidney disease ~ characterized by multiple cysts
  • Diabetic Nephropathy ~ Fluctuating or poorly controlled blood sugar levels can affect every system of the body, including the renal system. According to a hospital based study, about 46 % of diabetics are currently suffering from kidney disease.
  • Nephrotic syndrome Each kidney has about 1 million filtering units called nephrons. Each nephron is about the thickness of a human hair. A tiny tuft of blood vessels (glomerulus) in each nephron filters waste from the blood under pressure. High blood sugar levels due to diabetes can damage these blood vessels, leading to leakage of protein and eventually kidney failure.
  • Glomerulonephritis |ɡlôˌmeryəlōnəˈfrīdəs| An acute inflammation of the kidney, typically caused by an immune response.
  • Preventing kidney stones isn’t complicated, but it does take some determination.
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has morphed into a major epidemic – and is now the most common cause of chronic liver disease in America.  Costs a whopping $32 billion a year.  NAFLD – defined as excess fat in the liver that is not caused by alcohol – is primarily caused by excess caloric intake, and is closely associated with the obesity epidemic.  Avoid: GMOs and pesticides – with particular attention to avoiding glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup.  Glyphosate is linked with serious liver disease, and animal studies have suggested that exposure to very small quantities – such as amounts found in drinking water – can cause liver damage and scarring.  Eat iron-rich foods – such as parsley, arugula, and cilantro, cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli and kale.

What puts you at risk for kidney disease?

While CKD can affect anyone, people are at higher risk if they have any one or more of a number of risk factors:

  1. Having established cardiovascular disease,
  2. Having a family history of kidney failure
  3. Race, Ethnicity, & Kidney Disease

African Americans
are almost 4 times more likely to experience kidney failure?

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in African Americans. African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as Caucasians. Approximately 4.9 million African Americans over 20 years of age are living with either diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes.

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure among African Americans, and remains the leading cause of death due to its link with heart attacks and strokes.


  • Since 2000, the number of Hispanics with kidney failure has increased by more than 70 percent.

 American Indians and Alaska Natives

  • Compared to Whites, American Indians are about 1.2 times more likely to be diagnosed with kidney failure. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure among American Indians.
  • This risk is due in part to high rates of diabetes and high blood pressure in these communities.  People who live in poverty have less healthy dietary patterns and their dietary patterns could influence the rate of kidney disease.  High carb diets without the balance of other nutrients are the poor man’s diet.  They are usually high in transfats, processed sugars and/or salt, and alcohol.

Why Are the Kidneys So Important?

  • The kidneys are powerful chemical factories that perform the following functions:
  • remove waste products from the body – Our kidneys are incredible little organs – every day they process 200 quarts of blood, removing waste products and excess water in order to detoxify the body and keep things running smoothly. When the kidneys stop filtering waste and excess fluid from the blood. Dangerous levels of electrolytes and waste then build up in the body.
  • remove drugs from the body
  • balance the body’s fluids
  • release hormones that regulate blood pressure
  • produce an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones
  • stimulate red blood cell production
  • control calcium metabolism
  • control the production of red blood cells
  • regulates the body’s salt, potassium and acid content
  • When the kidneys stop filtering waste and excess fluid from the blood. Dangerous levels of electrolytes and waste then build up in the body.

Kidney disease often has no symptoms, and it can go undetected until very advanced. But a simple urine test called albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR) can tell you if you have kidney disease. Albumin is a type of protein in your body that should be in the blood, not the urine.  Remember, it’s important to get tested because early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease.

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

  • When kidneys work the way they should, they play an important role in keeping the whole body clean, strong, well-fueled and functioning properly. Waste products that the kidneys filter include extra fluids, particles left behind in the digestive system, sodium/salt or other electrolytes, and various other substances found in the blood. Not only do the kidneys pass waste out from the body in the form of urine, but they also help control blood pressure, remove drugs or toxins, regulate hormones, and maintain a strong skeletal system (strong bones).
  • If our kidneys aren’t working to the best of their abilities, we can experience exhaustion, headaches, water retention, stomach pain and more. Kidney failure, therefore, can be a very serious condition — requiring a high level of intervention, including dialysis treatments in order to do the filtering work the kidneys are no longer able to.
  • A list of studies about sodium intake:
    • A 2004 meta-analysis by the Cochrane Collaboration
    • “Intensive interventions, unsuited to primary care or population prevention programs, provide only minimal reductions in blood pressure during long-term trials.”
    • A 2006 study in the American Journal of Medicine “raised questions regarding the likelihood of a survival advantage accompanying a lower sodium diet.”
    • In 2011, the Cochrane Collaboration concluded that when you reduce your salt intake, you actually increase several other risk factors that could theoretically eliminate the reduced risk for cardiovascular disease predicted from lowering your blood pressure!

How To Treat Kidney Failure Naturally

The following nutrients are needing regulation:

  • Protein – Protein is essential for tissue maintenance and other bodily roles.  Protein is not a problem for healthy kidneys.  Normally, protein is ingested and waste products are created, which in turn are filtered by the nephrons of the kidney.  The waste then, with the help of additional renal proteins, turns into urine. Protein in the urine is the earliest sign of kidney disease.  When your kidneys are not working well, they can’t handle as much protein. It is very important you eat enough carbohydrates and fats to supply your body with all the energy you need.
  • Sodium – is one of the body’s three major electrolytes. Electrolytes control the fluids going in and out of the body’s tissues and cells. Some people are sensitive to salt.  And, here again, the effects of salt and sodium on blood pressure tend to be greater in blacks.  But don’t think you’re off the hook if your white! 

Did you know that on average, Americans eat more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day?  That is nearly seven times the minimum amount that your body needs.More than 75 percent of the sodium Americans eat comes from some processed, prepackaged and restaurant foods – not from the salt shaker. An ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day for most adults. (See the top 10 food sources to the left.)  If the U.S. population moved to an average intake of 1,500 mg/day sodium from its current level, it could result in a 25.6% overall decrease in blood pressure and an estimated $26.2 billion in health care savings.

How sodium contributes to our health:

  • Regulating blood pressure and blood volume
  • Helps in regulating nerve function and muscle contraction
  • Regulating the acid-base balance of blood
  • Balances how much fluid the body keeps or eliminates

However, kidney patients must monitor sodium intake because damaged kidneys can’t filter out excess sodium. Sodium can raise your blood pressure and cause you to retain fluids. Sodium is found in salt and most processed foods.  It’s often recommended to limit total sodium content to 400 mg per meal and 150 mg per snack.

How can patients monitor their sodium intake?

  • Always read food labels, sodium is always listed.
  • Pay close attention to serving size.
  • Use fresh, rather than packaged meats.
  • Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, no salt added canned, and frozen produce.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Use spices that do not list “salt” in their title (choose garlic powder, instead of garlic salt).
  • Cook at home but try to cook without salt
  • Limit total sodium content to 400 mg per meal and 150 mg per snack

Potassium Role: Potassium is keeping a heartbeat regular and muscles working correctly. Potassium is also necessary for maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in the bloodstream.  The kidneys help to keep the right amount of potassium in your body and eliminate excess amounts into the urine. Potassium must stay balanced in your body. If your kidneys are not working well, potassium levels in your blood can rise, and high potassium levels affect your heart rhythm.   Limit potassium to less than 2,000 mg per day.  To stay within your limit, it is best to limit your potassium intake found in many fruits and vegetables, beans, and nuts.  Most nuts are high in phosphorus and not recommended for those following a renal diet.

Tips to help keep potassium at safe levels:

  • Read labels on packaged foods & avoid potassium chloride.
  • Pay close attention to serving size. Stick to recommended serving sizes
  • Keep a food journal.

Phosphorus role: Phosphorus is a mineral critical in bone maintenance and development.  It also functions in developing connective tissue and organs and aids in muscle movement.  When food containing phosphorus is consumed and digested, the small intestines absorb it and it becomes stored in the bones.

Why monitor Phosphorus? Normal working kidneys can remove extra phosphorus in your blood. Damaged kidneys can’t remove excess phosphorus.  A high phosphorus level’s in your body decreases the availability of calcium for your bones. Poor kidney function can cause phosphorus levels to rise in your blood.  Restricted to less than 800–1,000 mg per day in most patients.

Tips to help keep phosphorus at safe levels:

  • Pay close attention to serving size
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid packaged foods that contain added phosphorus. Look for phosphorus, or for words with PHOS, on ingredient labels.
  • Keep a food journal

Calcium. Common causes of calcium kidney stones is high levels of calcium in the urine. Control Dairy: Although most doctors ask for milk to have good calcium in bones and teeth, these are not very healthy for the kidneys. Lowering the amount of calcium in your diet rarely stops stones from forming. Dairy products are the main causes of “kidney lithiasis” which is stone formation.

  • First, ditch all processed foods:  They are very high in processed salt and low in potassium and other essential nutrients. Potato chips, crackers, cheese spreads, instant potato mix, and deli meats and cheese all are examples of processed foods that are high in phosphorus additives and sodium – both of which can have a damaging effect on the kidneys.
  • Limit red meat: Diets high in protein – especially those with animal protein – may harm the kidneys. Red meat is also high in the wrong kind of saturated fat.  A diet high in animal protein, such as beef, fish, chicken and pork, can raise the acid levels in the body and in the urine. High acid levels make it easier for calcium oxalate and uric acid stones to form.
  • Avoid soda: Sugar-sweetened drinks, like sodas, are high in calories and contain no nutritious value. Additionally, colas have phosphorus additives which can damage kidneys.
  • Reduce sugar intake: Consuming too much sugar can result in diabetes or obesity – both linked to kidney disease. A high level of blood glucose is a big threat to kidney health.  In fact, around half of those with diabetes go on to develop kidney damage.  A high sugar diet can affect the absorption of calcium and magnesium and contribute to kidney stones.
  • Avoid medications: If you are one of the people who take drugs for any discomfort or self-medicate for the least discomfort, The kidneys can be damaged by overuse of some over-the-counter pain killers.
    Kidney disease alters metabolism of protein, water, salt, potassium and phosphorous, and kidney failure makes all of this even more complicated.
  • A poor diet stresses weak or damaged kidneys and contributes to various complications like anemia, cholesterol changes, heart damage and bone metabolism dysfunction.

Drinking Enough Water

Water is a miracle potion. It has the power to bring you back to health. It’s also important to prevent dehydration, since not drinking enough fluids can put you at risk for kidney complications (especially if you exercise a lot, live in a hot climate, drink diuretic beverages and sweat a lot).   Drinking enough water and other hydrating fluids should become a regular habit, including herbal tea, sparkling water or fruit-infused water.  Drink just enough fluids to keep your urine either light yellow or colorless. Drinking enough water will be different and conditional for every one. A standard recommendation is 13 cups daily for men and 9 for women.  This includes both healthy fluids like filtered water, and the water found naturally in fruits and vegetables. Water dilutes the materials that lead to stones, and helps flush out existing stones and other toxins.

Water might not always work if a person is dehydrated, though it is the best place to start. For one, you should not gulp down glass after glass of water. If you drink water too fast, your body will not be able to absorb and use it effectively, causing your kidneys to expel most of it. And, this means you will have to make multiple trips to the restroom, even if you haven’t had much water to drink.

If you already have kidney disease, your doctor will advise you to drink much less so you don’t overwhelm your kidneys. People on dialysis often have decreased urine output, so increased fluid in the body can put unnecessary pressure on the person’s heart and lungs. Frequent urination inhibits the process of rehydration, compromising the purpose for which you were drinking water in the first place.  For starters, drink 1 or 2 glasses of water, taking small sips initially.

A fluid allowance for patients is calculated on an individual basis depending on urine output and dialysis settings. It is vital to follow your nephrologist/nutritionists fluid intake guidelines.

To control fluid intake, patients should:

  • Not drink more than what your doctor orders
  • Count all foods that will melt at room temperature (Jell-O® , popsicles, etc.)
  • Be cognizant of the amount of fluids used in cooking

Most Hydrating Kidney Foods:

Celery  > Watermelon  > Cucumber > Kiwi > Bell peppers > Citrus fruit > Carrots > Pineapple > Iceberg lettuce > Radishes > Tomatoes > Cauliflower > Spinach > Berries > Broccoli

Ditch the Salt!?  So much confusion about sodium!

All salts are not equal, in terms of their impact on your health. Processed (table) salt is health-harming, while natural unprocessed salt is not only healing, but in fact essential for many biological functions.  The vilification of salt is similar to that of fat. Just as there are healthy fats that are necessary for optimal health and unhealthy fats that cause health problems, there are healthy and unhealthy types of salt.  Recent research, which has been widely publicized, suggests that too little salt in your diet may be just as hazardous as too much.  Moreover, the balance between sodium and potassium may be a deciding factor in whether your salt consumption will ultimately be harmful or helpful.

Here are some helpful measurement guidelines:

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt = 575 mg sodium
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt = 1,150 mg sodium
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt = 1,725 mg sodium
  • 1 teaspoon salt = 2,300 mg sodium

How much sodium should you take?  Check the ingredient list for words like sodium, salt and soda. The total sodium shown on the Nutrition Facts label includes the sodium from salt, plus the sodium from any other sodium-containing ingredient in the product (for example, ingredients like sodium nitrate, sodium citrate, monosodium glutamate [MSG], or sodium benzoate).

Natural unprocessed salt, such as pink Himalayan salt (known as pink gold), contains about 84 percent sodium chloride (just under 37 percent of which is pure sodium). The remaining 16 percent are naturally-occurring trace minerals, including silicon, phosphorus, and vanadium. Since pink Himalayan salt contains so many minerals, it’s more beneficial to the body, but as a salt, it’s still naturally high in sodium. Sodium is also widely used throughout the food supply. It’s used to cure meats, boost flavor, and aid in the preservation of foods.  As with any salt, you don’t want to overdo it.

1. Rich in Trace Minerals  2. Helps Avoid Dehydration and Balance Fluids  3. Excellent Electrolyte Source (major electrolytes, like sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium) 4. Proper Brain, Muscle and Nervous System Function  5. Digestive Health Aid  6. Nutrient Enhancer

As much as you hear about making sure you don’t get too much salt in your diet, it’s also absolutely just as important to make sure we get enough.

Processed (table) salt contains 97.5 percent sodium chloride (just over 39 percent of which is sodium). The rest is man-made chemicals, such as moisture absorbents and flow agents, such as ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate. Many commercial table salts also undergo a bleaching process and contain aluminum derivatives and other terrible ingredients known to be highly toxic to human health.

Besides the basic differences in nutritional content, the processing also detrimentally alters the chemical structure of the salt.  it’s important to realize that most Americans and other Westerners get the majority of their sodium from commercially available table salt and processed foods—not from natural unprocessed salt.

You Need Salt, But Make Sure It’s the Right Kind

Avoid seasoning your food with processed salt and salt substitutes, use natural salt in moderation and opt instead for dried or fresh herbs, chopped garlic or onion and a splash of olive oil.


Here are sodium-related terms you may see on food packages:

  • Sodium-free – Less than 5 milligrams of sodium per serving and contains no sodium chloride
  • Very low sodium – 35 milligrams or less per serving
  • Low sodium – 140 milligrams or less per serving
  • Reduced (or less) sodium – At least 25 percent less sodium per serving than the usual sodium level
  • Light (for sodium-reduced products – If the food is “low calorie” and “low fat” and sodium is reduced by at least 50 percent per serving
  • Light in sodium – If sodium is reduced by at least 50 percent per serving

How to Optimize Your Sodium-to-Potassium Ratio

It is important to get these two nutrients—sodium and potassium—in the appropriate ratios.  While there is a relationship between sodium and blood pressure, it’s not a direct relationship.  It is wiser to consume high-quality diets rich in potassium instead like potatoes, bananas, avocados, leafy greens, nuts, apricots, mushrooms all high in potassium. It’s easier for people to add things to their diet than to take away something like salt.”

To easily determine your sodium to potassium ratio every day, you can use a free app like for your desktop, smart phone, or tablet that will easily allow you to enter the foods you eat and painlessly make this calculation for you.

Natures Pharmacy – Kidney-friendly foods

Healthy nutrition is essential for the functionality of the body when talking about kidney health. Try to eat healthy will make our kidneys work better.  Avoid excess fats, sugars and dyes because they are the ones that accumulate different toxins that force the kidneys to work extra for cleaning the body. Optimize on your electrolytes and your antioxidants.

Choose The Rainbow (Whole Foods)

Eating the rainbow also prevents against major disease in all forms.  Please visit the Color Me Beautiful Series. Also browse the drop-down menu for the series giving individual color benefits.

Crowd Out, Don’t Cut Out

The best way to keep your diet whole-food based without feeling deprived from sugary cookies and salty chips is to crowd them out, not focus on cutting them out. Instead of choosing a cookie, go for an apple.  Instead of salty chips, have some carrots or celery sticks dipped in hummus or salsa. You’d be surprised how these better choices actually taste great and won’t leave you feeling hungry just half an hour later.  The more you crowd out the bad stuff, the less room in your belly you’ll have for those cookies, chips, and vegan candy bars.

Yes, there IS help for reversing Chronic Kidney Disease

  1. Asparagus can act as a natural diuretic, according to a 2010 study published in the West Indian Medical Journal. This can help rid the body of excess salt and fluid, making it especially good for people suffering from edema and high blood pressure. It also helps flush out toxins in kidneys and prevent kidney stones. On the other hand, the National Institutes of Health recommends that people who are suffering from uric acid kidney stones should avoid asparagus.
  2. Cabbage for instance, contains a compound called sinigrin, which helps fight cancers of kidney.  Cabbage improves kidney functioning and is most commonly used as a natural medicine to repair and nourish the kidneys. It is an essential food for anyone suffering from kidney problems. It is high in vitamins B6, C and K, along with fiber and folic acid. Low in potassium, cabbage makes a great addition to a dialysis diet. You can enjoy this vegetable steamed or boiled.   Including cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. Eating a cup of these veggies at least 2- 3 times a week protects your kidney.  
  3. *Black Cherries – These tasty little fruits help reduce redness and swelling and contain a healthy amount of vitamin C as well as    vitamin K, folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, and citrate. The more tart the cherry, the higher the level of citrate. Citrate reduces uric acid in the bloodstream which can lead to gout and arthritis.
  4. Garlic has antioxidants that help in reducing inflammation and anti-clotting properties that can effectively reduce the chances of kidney disease as well as heart disease. It also protects the kidneys from the potentially harmful effects of heavy metals. It is also thought to play a role in reducing renal reperfusion injury which is linked to increased mortality due to acute kidney failure.
  5. Berries are an excellent sources of manganese, vitamin C, fiber and folate. Different types of berries like strawberries, cranberries, raspberries and blueberries are good for your kidneys.  These tasty little fruits help reduce redness and swelling and contain a healthy amount of vitamin C as well as vitamin K, folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, and citrate. The more tart the cherry, the higher the level of citrate. Citrate reduces uric acid in the bloodstream which can lead to gout and arthritis.  3 factors in berries promote kidney health. They are: antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, phyto-nutrients.

*Blueberry (1/2 a cup/day) have been found to reduce stiffness of blood vessels because of their antioxidants. This helps lower high blood pressure which is critical for kidney health. They’re also low in sodium and contain minerals for healthy blood pressure. The antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties in these berries help reduce inflammation and improve bladder functioning.

*Cranberries benefit CKD patients by protecting their Gastrointestinal (GI) tract and preventing ulcer-causing bacteria from attacking their stomach.  They also benefit both the urinary tract and kidneys. These tiny, tart fruits contain phytonutrients called A-type proanthocyanidins, which prevent bacteria from sticking to the lining of the urinary tract and bladder, thus preventing infection.  Cranberry juice has a decades-long association with kidney health, especially in preventing urinary tract infections.

     6.  Pomegranate JuiceThe seeds and the juice of pomegranate are important for removing kidney stones as they are a good source of potassium. Potassium prevents the formation of mineral crystals that can develop in to kidney stones. It also reduces the formation of stones due to its astringent properties, flushing out the toxins from the kidney and lowering the acidity levels in the urine.

7.  Red Grapes – (1/2 cup) Resveratrol is an antioxidant in grapes that reduces oxidative damage and prevents injuries to kidneys.

8.  The presence of citric acid in apple cider vinegar helps in dissolving kidney stones, further alkalizing blood and urine, and helping to remove the stones.

9. *Celery – promotes healthy and normal kidney function by aiding elimination of toxins from the body. While eliminating toxins, it also prevents formation of kidney stones. Celery has anti-inflammatory properties it is not safe for some kidney disease patients. Celery is an effective home remedy for bladder disorders, urinary tract infections, kidney problems and cysts on the reproductive organs.

10. Cucumber have the reputation as the best kidney cleanser known. This is because they help to wash the kidneys and bladder of debris and stones. Studies have shown that eating cucumbers regularly helps to regulate uric acid in the body, thereby preventing certain kidney and bladder stones.

11.  Lemons or oranges – Start Your Day With Lemon Water. A warming glass of lemon water every morning provides a variety of health benefits such as aid the kidneys to filter blood, flushes them out.  Lemon’s natural citrate content, may also prevent the calcium in the body from binding with other minerals that lead to stones.
Citrate in these foods prevents stones from forming.

12. Beets – They contain nitric oxide that cleanses the blood and kidney cleanser.

     13.  Spirulina and Chlorella

     14.  Red bell peppers help break down toxic waste in the blood, and therefore contribute to kidney health. They are low in potassium and rich in vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid and fiber.  When suffering from kidney problems, it is often advised to keep your potassium intake low because damaged kidneys may not be able to effectively filter potassium from your blood.  You can include red bell peppers in your diet in raw, baked, roasted, cooked or stuffed form.

     15.  Basil is diuretic in nature and acts as a detoxifier that helps in removing kidney stones and further strengthens its functioning. It lowers uric acid levels in blood, cleansing the kidneys. It consists of acetic acid and other essential oils that help in breaking the stones down to pass through urine. It also acts as a pain killer.

     16.  Beans – Low sodium: Dry peas, lentils and beans.  Kidney beans that have a close resemblance to that of a kidney, is known to remove kidney stones effectively and cleanse the kidneys. Kidney beans are high on fiber and are a great source of minerals and B vitamins that help in cleaning your kidneys and help the urinary tract function better.

     17.  Olives improve the life of those suffering from chronic kidney disease and will certainly provide kidney support to those looking to maintain kidney health.

     18.  Onions are full of powerful antioxidants that help detoxify and cleanse the kidneys, thereby helping prevent many types of kidney-related health problems. The chemical properties found in onions work to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients.

Onion is healthy food for people who have a high creatinine level along with reduced kidney function. They contain a substance called prostaglandin that naturally reduces blood viscosity and helps to lower high BP, thereby reducing the progression of kidney disease.

Onions are rich in an antioxidant called quercetin. Quercetin helps improve blood circulation to all organs. It helps relax the blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and supports kidney function. Low in potassium, onions also contain chromium, a mineral that helps the body metabolize fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. They also have anti-inflammatory properties. Onions can be enjoyed raw or cooked in a variety of dishes. Eating raw onions can help treat kidney stones naturally.

     19.  Spices and Condiments

Low sodium: Fresh garlic * basil * black pepper * cayenne pepper * chili powder * cinnamon * cumin * curry * dill *  thyme * red pepper * parsley * paprika * nutmeg * oregano * lemon juice * vinegar

Avoid seasoning your vegetable dishes with salt and salt substitutes, and opt instead for dried or fresh herbs, chopped garlic or onion and a splash of olive oil.

Extra virgin olive oil is good for your heart as well as your kidneys. This oil is a great source of oleic acid, anti-inflammatory fatty acids that lower oxidation and promote kidney health.

Olives improve the life of those suffering from chronic kidney disease and will certainly provide kidney support to those looking to maintain kidney health.

Get Rid of Kidney Stones with Kidney Beans

It is interesting that the kidney-shaped legumes are of immense value to treat various conditions of the kidneys including renal stones! The vital vitamins, minerals, and compounds that are there in the legumes will do the job for you very effectively!  Kidney beans are known as an effective home remedy for kidney stones. In ancient times, the pods served as a medicinal tonic.  To reduce kidney stone pain, remove the beans from the pods and in a slow cooker, boil the pods in purified water for 6 hours. Once finished, strain the liquid and let it cool before drinking. Drink throughout the day.

A Kidney Bean Salad

You are now going to read about an excellent recipe of kidney bean salad, which is not just delicious, but also keeps you overall healthy. Begin to have this recipe, which also includes many other healthy ingredients, regularly and there will be no need for you to visit your physician!

  • Kidney beans- 1 cup
  • Green beans- 1 cup
  • Black beans- 1 cup
  • Chopped red onion- ½ cup
  • Chopped celery- ½ cup
  • 1 small bunch Parsley
  • Chopped 1/4 Red, 1/4 Orange, 1/4 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp Olive oil
  • Vinegar- ½ cup
  • Himalayan Sea Salt- 1 tsp
  • Pepper- 1 tsp


  1. Combine all these ingredients together in a big bowl.
  2. Toss them so that they get mixed properly.
  3. Store in your fridge for minimum 8 hours.

Body Cleanse Juice

Cucumbers and celery are natural diuretics and help with cleaning out the kidneys. Beets are great for liver cleansing and strengthening the blood. Lemons, ginger and apples aid in protecting and healing the body. They help cleanse the entire body. Cranberries are good for cleansing the bladder and kidneys.

Natural Liver and kidney Cleanse (removes toxins not stones)

  • For seven (7) days.  Along with you must eat wholesome rainbow foods.
  • 2 large Apples (prevent gallstones)
  • 1 celery 1 (useful for UTI’s, gout, HBP)
  • medium Carrot

Note: While it’s true that celery contains more sodium than most vegetables, the sodium is offset by very high levels of potassium. Furthermore, the amount of sodium is not significant even for the most salt-sensitive individuals.

One celery stalk contains approximately 32 milligrams of sodium and 104 milligrams of potassium and only 20 calories as carbohydrate.

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TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: COPD – You Take My Breath Away

TOP 10 Diseases Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters.

TOP 10 Diseases Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars.



The third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fifth leading cause of death worldwide is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  The condition is not itself a disease. It is the generic name for a cluster of lung diseases which together cause the symptoms listed below in The Top 8 Respiratory Illnesses and Diseases. The National Emphysema Foundation states that 3.1 million Americans have emphysema while 11.2 million have been officially diagnosed with COPD.  It costs the United States nearly $50 billion dollars every year and represents a full three percent of all healthcare costs incurred in Europe.

COPD, is a serious and progressive disease that makes it difficult to breathe.  COPD is a long-term (chronic) illness. This respiratory disease is characterized by an abnormal inflammatory response in the lungs and restricted airflow, which both result in difficulty doing the most vital thing in life — breathing.  More than 11 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with COPD, while an estimated 24 million may have the disease without even realizing it.  Most people with COPD aren’t diagnosed until at least 50 percent of their lung capacity is gone.







This degree of damage makes it an uphill battle for recovery.  Knowing the pathway or symptoms at an earlier stage can help prevent COPD.   Deficiency of trypsin enzyme, trypsin inhibitor that protects against protease remodelling in the airway, accounts for 2% of COPD in the population. Recently, gene receptors, interacting proteins, and iron regulatory proteins, have been shown to be potential susceptibile for some COPD genetic risk factors.  Conventional medicine considers COPD to be incurable, progressive, irreversible, and fatal, that there is no way to repair the airways and lungs damaged by the disease.  I agree that it is a disease  that does not have a permanent cure if one follows the western pharmaceutical paradigm and lifestyle.  However, there is another side to the story. There is hope to reverse and improve this condition and live your best life ever now, given the fact that our bodies were created to heal themselves if given the conditions to do so. New studies reveal lung tissue can be Regenerated.

There are actually two main forms of COPD:

1.  Chronic Bronchitis: According to the Mayo clinic, chronic bronchitis is characterized by chronic inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which are the primary vehicle for air transport in (oxygen) and out (CO2) of the lungs. Common symptoms include: shortness of breath (“dyspnea”), thickening and narrowing of the airway lining, constant coughing to remove copious amounts of difficult to expel phlegm, wheezing and fatigue. Chest infections are common.                                 Acute bronchitis is an infection caused by a virus.

2.  Emphysema: Emphysema involves the gradual destruction of the small, air sacs (alveoli) located at the tip of the smallest air passages (bronchioles). Overtime the walls of the air sacs are destroyed resulting in “holes” leaving fewer and larger air sacs which diminish the gas exchanged in the lungs leading to dyspnea, fatigue, and early death.

Most people with COPD have a combination of both conditions.

Asthma: Asthma (AZ-ma) is a chronic lung disease that causes inflamed narrowed airways.

Asthma symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. More than 25 million people in the US have been diagnosed with asthma and approximately 7 million are children. Over time, chronic inflammation can destroy the surface layer of the airways.

The Top 8 Respiratory Illnesses and Diseases

  1. Asthma – Around 25 million people suffer from asthma, 7 million of which are children.
  2. COPD – It is estimated that over 24 million people currently have COPD but around half of them don’t know it.
  3. Bronchitis
  4. Emphysema – The most common cause is smoking.
  5. Lung Cancer – This cancer is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.
  6. Cystic Fibrosis – This genetic respiratory disease is caused by a defective gene that creates thick and sticky mucus.  This disease affects 30,000 people in the United States, 75% of which were diagnosed by the age of two.
  7. Pneumonia – This lung disease is caused by an infection in the air sacs in the lungs caused by bacteria, a virus or a fungi.
  8. Allergies – This condition is one of the most common chronic problems world-wide. Allergies occur when the immune system mistakes a common substance as an invader. The most common culprits of allergic reactions are pollen, dust, food, insect stings, animal dander, mold, medications and latex.

Cigarette smoking is either a cause or an exacerbator of every respiratory disease on this list. It is the leading cause of a preventable illness and death and produces 443,000 deaths a year, around 49,000 of which are caused by secondhand smoke.

“Secondhand smoke can kill. Too many Americans, and especially too many American children, are still exposed to it,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.


Common Culprit: Smoking

The No. 1 reason someone gets COPD in developed countries is smoking tobacco, so the best way to avoid COPD is not to smoke or stop smoking immediately. Sadly, close to half of U.S. adults over the age of 40 who have trouble breathing due to asthma or  COPD still continue to smoke.

According to the National Cancer Institute, 90% of the men and 80% of the women who died from lung cancer were smokers.

Another hidden danger is that of grilling meats. Barbecue smoke contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), toxic chemicals that can damage your lungs. Charred marks in grilled meat look appealing and give a tasty flavor, but is laden with cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) that form when meat and high heat are combined to create a blackened crust. The more char that’s created, the more carcinogens result that coat your food. High levels of HCAs can cause cancer and epidemiological studies show that eating charred meats may be associated with an increased risk of colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancer.

Other Causes

  • Exposure to certain gases or fumes in the workplace
  • Exposure to heavy amounts of secondhand smoke and pollution
  • Frequent use of a cooking fire without proper ventilation

10 Natural Treatments for COPD Symptoms

  1. Quit smoking – this includes the electronic cigarette. Outsmart smoking triggers: clean, drink water, go for a walk, start a new hobby.

What type of smokers are there?  Cool Smokers. Pull the all-nighter Smokers. Fear of telling the truth. Midlife crisis. Skinny Smoker. Social Smoker. Stressful Smoker. Sneaky smoker. Rebel Smoker and more.

2.  Follow a Healthy Diet – Citrus fruits are especially helpful because they contain quercetin. Flaxseeds and chia seeds, along with other omega-3 foods, can provide anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.

A Nutrient-Dense Diet – As more people suffer from chronic lung disease and more studies are conducted to find ways to improve the quality of patients’ lives, the discovery is of a correlation between nutrition and the severity of COPD.

If you’re suffering with COPD symptoms, you definitely want to steer clear of conventional dairy since pasteurized dairy is mucus-producing and can plug the airways in the lungs.  You always want to stay away from processed, canned and some frozen foods and sugar as well. Additives, preservatives and food dyes are also known for contributing to breathing issues and even asthma attacks.

3.  Improve Your Breathing – physiologically, 96% of our nutritional need comes from oxygen.

“Take a deep breath in.” (Breath along with this GIF) Inhale specifically through your nostrils and not your mouth. Nasal breathing plays a pivotal role in coordinating electrical brain signals in the olfactory “smell” cortex, is closely linked to the limbic brain regions that affect emotion, memory, and behaviour, which is why sometimes a particular smell or fragrance can evoke very strong emotional memories.  Nasal Breathing Influences the Brain.  Our in-breath is like a remote control for our brains.

There are techniques for breathing that can help you breathe more efficiently with COPD.  Increase oxygen around you with good air, add plants and oils to purify the air.

We know that slow, deep breathing can calm the nervous system by reducing our heart rate and activating the parasympathetic (calming) nervous system.

4.  Exercise

a.  Exercise might seem like a terrible idea, but being sedentary won’t do anything to help your COPD symptoms. By  regularly getting exercise, especially cardio workouts, you can strengthen your respiratory muscles and improve your overall endurance.

b.  Exercise also increases endorphin levels, which improves mood, reduces depression and anxiety, and makes it easier to quit smoking.  The six-minute walk test (6MWT) was originally used for evaluating exercise tolerance in people with chronic lung disease and heart failure.  The 6MWT measures the distance you can walk over a total of six minutes on a hard, flat surface.

5.  Increase Water Intake Inside and Outside the Body 

a.  Internally improve the mucus problem is by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily to thin mucus and to stay hydrated.

b.  Externally, you can increase the moisture content of the air in your home by using a humidifier.

6.  Avoid Cold Places and Crowds – cCold air can trigger bronchospasm, a sudden constriction in the muscles of airway walls that leads to shortness of breath.  The less you’re in big crowds the lower your risk of being exposed to infectious germs.

7.  Stay Away From Chemicals – Perfumes, scented candles or insect spray, hairspray.

8.  Natural Household Cleaners:  Homemade Melaleuca Lemon Household Cleaner (use glass containers when storing them)

9.  Use Eucalyptus Oil – Cineole, the main constituent of eucalyptus essential oil, actually reduced exacerbations in people with COPD. It also reduces dyspnea (shortness of breath), and improves lung function as well as health status overall. Cineole is an active controller and reducer of airway inflammation in COPD.

10.  Consume Ginseng – Ginseng is an herbal supplement that improves lung function and also decrease bacteria in the lungs. Panax ginseng and ginsenosides (active components of ginseng) appear to inhibit processes related to the development of COPD.

11.  Take N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) – increases glutathione levels and thinning bronchial mucus. Glutathione hands-down is front-line defender against oxidative stress in the respiratory tract.  Treating COPD With Glutathione orally via a nebulizer breaks liquids into tiny droplets that can be inhaled. It boosts antioxidant concentrations in the lungs, reduces free radical damage, increases oxygen saturation, and improves pulmonary function.

Key COPD Nutrients to Include in Your Diet:

  • Protein strengthen your respiratory muscles
  • Fluids thin mucus making it easier to break up and expel
  • Calcium strengthening your bones and immune system, but in addition to magnesium, the two regulate lung function, blood clotting and muscle contraction. Vitamin D is equally important, as it is necessary for the absorption of calcium.
  • Magnesium is the fuel that makes muscles work. When magnesium is combined with calcium, the two work together to deliver an antihistamine like-effect that reduces the severity of your shortness of breath. It is involved in protein production, muscle contractions, and blood clotting. minerals like magnesium, help reduce inflammation.  The recommended daily intake of magnesium for men over the age of 31 is 420 mg and 320 mg for women. Exceptional natural sources of magnesium are dark green vegetables, peas, whole grains, or beans.
  • Phosphorus is involved in building and repairing damaged tissues. consume at least 700mg of phosphorus per day through COPD friendly food options.
  • Potassium is involved in muscle contractions, healthy heart function, and it helps deliver nerve impulses throughout the body. Consuming potassium daily can lower blood pressure, anxiety, and stress levels.

Certain diuretics cause the kidneys to expel large amounts of potassium from your body. Increase your potassium packed  food sources from 1 medium banana (425), ½ cup of cooked pinto beans (400) or lentils (365), oranges (237 mg each),   avocados, dates, pears, raisins, prunes, carrots, spinach, or grapefruits to name a few.

  • Fiber prevents you from overeating. Fiber helps to move food along in the digestive tract, minimizing bloating and constipation that can further intensify your shortness of breath (breathlessness).

Let’s not forget that the health in your lungs begins in your gut. It might sound strange, but the respiratory system and the digestive system depend on one another for optimal function.  The respiratory and digestive systems work together to power the body. A properly functioning respiratory system delivers adequate oxygen to the blood. Because the digestive system breaks down food and uses muscular contractions to move food through the digestive tract, it needs oxygen to function properly.  So, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are chronic inflammatory diseases of mucosal tissues that affect the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, respectively. In turn, the respiratory system depends on a properly functioning digestive system to provide the fuel it needs to work effectively. Each function of the body depends on other functions, and all parts of the body need fuel and oxygen. They share many similarities in inflammatory pathologies. To help repair the gut, try these supplements:   Bio Cleanse and ProBio5

Top inflammatory foods are: sugar, hydrogenated oils and fast foods, conventional grain products (wheat bread, wheat products, and white products), processed foods, GMO foods.

  • Vitamin A helps your body fight off possible infections
  • Vitamin C is an important vitamin required by your body in order to repair damaged lung tissue.
  • Vitamin D provides protection from symptom worsening flare ups (exacerbations), respiratory infections, helps to reduce lung inflammation.
  • Vitamin E reduce those free radicals, helping to minimize lung inflammation.  Leafy greens, almond butter.

Some of the best foods for natural stress relief include:

  • Foods high in B vitamins
  • Foods high in calcium and magnesium as relaxing minerals and electrolytes, calcium and magnesium are important for relaxing muscles.  500 mg of magnesium once or twice a day, 2,000–5,000 mg of high-quality fish oil daily.  Include 500–1,000 mg of vitamin C several times a day.
  • High protein foods foods with protein provide amino acids that are needed for proper neurotransmitter functions: Lentils: 1 cup: 18 grams, Black Beans (and other beans): 1 cup: 15 grams, Goat Cheese (and other raw cheeses): 1 ounce: 7 grams, Almonds (and other nuts): ¼ cup/23 almonds: 5 grams.
    • Eggs: 1 large free-range egg: 7 grams
    • If you are a meat eater, eat Grass-Fed Beef: 3 ounces: 22 grams,
    • Organic Chicken: 3 ounces: 21 grams,
    • Bone Broth: 1 serving (¼ cup): 20 grams,
    • Wild-Caught Salmon (and other wild fish): 3 ounces: 17 grams.
  • Healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help stabilize moods.  Avocado’s and Nuts create creamy dressings and sauces that are calorie-rich and healthy.  An Omega 3 supplement to consider is Plexus MegaX.  It combines balanced benefits of omega 3, 6, 9, 5 and 7 with no fishy taste.

Treating COPD With Diet

An increased intake of fruit by 100 grams is associated with a 24% lower COPD mortality risk of getting and then eventually dying from COPD.  Most importantly, high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory plant foods can help prevent and reverse this condition. Keep carbs to a minimum, but meet your nutrition needs with a wide variety of legumes includes kidney, lima, navy, black, white, pinto, and garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas); black-eyed peas; and split peas.  The more carbs you eat, the more stress is put on your lungs.

Serve wild rice instead of potatoes or macaroni

Mix up a cold salad of three or four types of beans with diced carrots in an oil-free dressing.

Cilantro Three-Bean Salad


1/2 cup(s) vinegar, cider

3 tablespoon oil, salad

2 teaspoon dark honey/maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper, black ground

1 can(s) beans, garbanzo (chickpeas) (15 ounces) drained and rinsed

1 can(s) beans, white (small) (15 ounces) drained and rinsed

1 package(s) beans, lima (10 ounces) thawed

3 medium carrot(s) coarsely chopped

.3333 cup(s) cilantro


1 pepper(s), jalapeno seeded and finely chopped


1. For dressing, in a large bowl, whisk together cider vinegar, oil, honey/maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Stir in garbanzo beans, white beans, lima beans, carrots, the 1/3 cup snipped cilantro, and the chile peppers. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Tote salad in an insulated container with ice packs.

2. Transfer bean mixture to a serving bowl. If desired, garnish with additional snipped cilantro.

Apple cider vinegar, draws moisture from harmful bacteria, helps body absorb protein minerals calcium Iron B vitamins and most nutrients.

Beans contain zinc, an essential mineral in a nutritious COPD diet. Research suggests that getting enough zinc might help improve COPD symptoms.

Stay Hydrated With Water and Other Liquids

What you drink is also important. When you drink caffeinated beverages, you’re actually increasing the amount of mucus produced by your membranes, which will only make your breathing problems worse.  Thick mucus hanging around is a breeding ground for bacteria.

If you don’t like the taste of plain water, jazz it up.

Cucumber – hydrating and cooling

Peppermint leaves – contain menthol that helps relax the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract. This promotes effortless breathing and helps clear symptoms of any upper respiratory congestion.

Lime is an excellent source of antioxidants, improves digestion, Vitamin C fights infections, reduces inflammation, helps respiratory disorders, and is anti-congestive.  Just scratching the peel of a lime and inhaling it gives immediate relief from congestion and nausea.  If you’ve ever felt bloated or constipated, suffered from excessive gas and intestinal distress, then paying closer attention to your digestive health is crucial.

Orange – provide IV vitamin C infusions that reduce muscle fatigue associated with COPD.

Basil (Holy Basil) helps in curing respiratory disorders, helps reduce stress, excellent antibiotic and disinfectant agent, Controls, headaches, coughs, and colds.

Strawberries w/leaves – powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal

Rosemary – loosens chest congestion, making phlegm easier to expel.  It is an anti-inflammatory.

Rethinking Your Eating Habits With Small Meals

When you have COPD, eating well occasionally won’t cut it — you must implement healthy eating habits into your daily routine to see the maximum benefits.  Dark-colored, leafy vegetables are packed with vitamins that help to lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, and boost cellular oxygen.  Heavy food in your stomach pushes up the diaphragm, making it harder for them to breathe taxing your lungs. Some people with COPD feel that when they eat a big meal, the food in their stomach pushes up the diaphragm, making it harder for them to breathe. Aim for five small meals to get the nutrition you need without taxing your lungs.  Portion sizing is important.

Your green leafy vegetables are known to be your body’s healers.

Bell peppers our anti-inflammatory.  They contain Vitamins B1,2,3,5,6 and are also high in vitamin C.

Brightly colored fruits, particularly those high in antioxidants like apples, berries, cherries and citrus fruits as they have been linked to a lowered risk of COPD. In fact, one study found that increasing your consumption of fruits by 100 grams (approximately one serving) a day lowered COPD risk by 24 percent.

All berries are loaded in vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and may reduce inflammation in the lungs which may relieve airway constriction, helping you breathe easier.

If you’re willing, there are many ways to treat and reduce your risk of COPD with your own efforts and natural treatment. But first, you must realize you have COPD symptoms to begin with — then you can pinpoint exactly how to treat them.  It is possible for everyone to include more fruits and vegetables in their diet.

What spurs you on to make any positive choice?


TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer – Cancer Wars

Please visit part 1 of this TOP 10 Diseases series called “Heart Matters”.

“Cancer Wars”

When you hear the words “You Have Cancer” from your doctor this can naturally be very distressing and fill you with fear, anxiety, and confusion. This news can be like a death sentence. The thoughts of panic set in creating more stress that our physical bodies have a hard time dealing with.

I have great news:  most cancers are reversible with holistic therapies that address imbalances of the body, mind, and spirit. This is not an opinion; it is a statement of fact that’s based on first-hand experience by so many cancer sufferers.

The sad thing is that more than 1 million people in the United States alone get cancer each year, and as of 2009, a total of 562,340 deaths from cancer were projected to occur in the United States yearly.  In fact the United States has the lowest healthy life expectancy rate of all modern industrialized countries.  The healthy life expectancy score is based on how long you live, the quality of your life in the last 15 years of your life, and is proportional to Doctor visits and access to medical care.  So we spend double on healthcare and yet have the worst healthy life expectancy rate.   Something doesn’t add up.  Further, sugary snacks and sweetened beverages are often served at Cancer Centers throughout the US while patients are receiving their chemotherapy treatments.  Cancer feeds on sugar.  Even diet plans cancer patients are encouraged to consume are Boost and Ensure, puddings, and jello’s ALL containing unhealthy sugars. What is wrong with this picture? We aren’t learning.

In addition, most cancer patients will opt in for chemotherapy out of the fear of diagnosis and generally suggested treatment.  But did you know that “97% of the time chemotherapy doesn’t work?  So why do we still do it?” asks  Dr. Peter Glidden.

According to the CDC, A new report says cancer has replaced heart disease as the leading cause of death in 22 states. In the United States map to the right, we can see which states cancer is more prevalent to the incidents of cancer. I have listed 6 of 17 top stats for types of cancer in 2017, from Cancer.Gov below:

  1. Breast Cancer (female-male) 252,710 – 2,470
  2. Lung Cаnсеr (222,500) – Cancer is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous threats to firefighters. Make smart choices and utilize best practices to reduce your risk.
  3. Prostate (161,360)
  4. Colon/Rectal Combined (135,430)
  5. Melanoma (tumor) (87,110)
  6. Bladder (79,030)

The above stats are frightening to say the least.  Thеrе аrе more thаn 200 kindѕ оf саnсеr and each hаѕ diffеrеnt signs аnd ѕуmрtоmѕ, but some gеnеrаl ѕignѕ аnd symptoms whiсh аrе associated with аll types оf саnсеr.  Don’t you think it’s time to rethink how we fight the cancer battle.  Again, the good news is there are many strategies and cures for cancer, but these cures do not come from the pharmaceutical industry, and you don’t have to be among the statistics.  You can be in full control of preventing and creating a healing atmosphere.  Let’s revive an old idea and starve cancer to death. In order to fight the cancer war, we need to know how cancer works.  According to Thomas A. Seyfried, professor of biology, from Boston College, defines cancer as a metabolic disease not a genetic disease. He has watched patients with advanced cancers who had tumors that melted away and go want to live a quality healthy life.

Cancer is a symptom of an already sick body; but it is not the main problem.  “Cancer is something that our body does in order for our cells to survive in an increasingly inhospitable nutrient deprived cellular environment.”  Dr. Otto Warburg, a German biochemist, states that the prime cause of cancer is a replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by the fermentation of sugar. He discovered that cancer was caused by low oxygen and acidic pH.  The immune system becomes overwhelmed and fails to allow the cancerous cells to grow and spread.  Stress hormones can inhibit a process called anoikis, which kills diseased cells and prevents them from spreading.  In other words the lack of oxygen at cellular level kills cells.  A cell deprived of 35% oxygen for 48 hours turns cancerous.

So, you may have already guessed that Oxygen is critical for our cells to thrive.  Healthy cells are aerobic meaning that they burn oxygen and glucose (blood sugar) in order to produce the energy currency for the cells.  The process is referred to as aerobic respiration, and the cycle of creating energy is called the Krebs Cycle.  “If you don’t have enough cement, and you try to put a lot of bricks together, you’re going to collapse,” says Dr. Warburg.  But a lack of oxygen is only part of the cause.  Earlier we stated that cancer feeds on sugar.


Cancer thrives on glucose and glutamine.  Sugar and carbohydrates such as refined grains, breads, potatoes, white rice, corn, highly glycemic fruits and all the hidden sugars that are in the processed foods that are being eaten.  They are fermentable fuels.

Cancer cells have 10 to 20 times more insulin receptors per cell than normal cells do with two receptors to enable them to suck up all the glucose much faster than normal cells do.  This is why they grow and spread quickly.  The body immediately increases the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) to stimulate cell growth and invade other surrounding tissues.

Did you know the average American drinks 45 gals of sugary beverages a year?  Refined Sugars and Grains elevate insulin which leads to premature aging and degenerative diseases.

  • Did you know hidden sugars are in lunch meats, pizza sauces, breads, soups, crackers, fruit drinks, canned foods, yogurt, ketchup, mayonnaise, etc.
  • Did you know:  White Rice, White Pasta, White Bread turn into sugar contributing to your sugar load
  • Did you know white sugar is an anti-nutrient.  It offers no vitamins and minerals and it robs your body of its precious nutrient stores.

It has been said that inflammation is at the root of most diseases.  So what causes inflammation?

Cancer cells release a lactic acid by-product that further increases the acidity of the body.  This then creates inflammation.  Inflammation is the underlying issue that behaves like fertilizer for the cell and dictates cancerous tumor initiation, progression, and growth.  Inflammatory responses are the body’s natural reaction to stress, but unfortunately inflammation is at the root of most diseases. Studies suggest that 30 percent to 40 percent of all kinds of cancer can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and dietary measures!  There are other sources that claim that this number is much higher, with around 75 percent of cancer cases being lifestyle-related.

Cancer’s number one hidden cause is stress. We all deal with it.  The positive use of stress helps pressure us and motivates us to perform well at any given task. The body responds to physical, mental, or emotional pressure by releasing stress hormones that increase blood pressure, speed heart rate, and raise blood sugar levels. These changes help a person act with greater strength and speed to escape a perceived threat.  But more often we succumb to these stresses by making poor choices. Under stress one may develop certain behaviors, such as smoking, overeating, drinking alcohol, lack of sleep, or having little or no physical activity. all which increase a person’s risk for cancer.   Experimental studies suggest that psychological stress can affect a tumor’s ability to grow and spread.  We all know this can create physical and emotional problems.  Did you know that up to 90% of doctor visits are related to stress?  Our bodies were not created to deal with the uncontrolled, constant stresses that we experience today over a long period of time.  When people feel that they are unable to manage or control changes caused by cancer or normal life activities, they are in distress. Distress has become increasingly recognized as a factor that can reduce the quality of life of cancer patients. Take stress seriously and learn how to deal with it.

Are You Living an Inflammatory Lifestyle?

Here is what Ty Bollinger with The Truth About Cancer website has to say:

Did you know chronic stress literally alters your immune system in such a way that your immune cells think they’re fighting some kind of trauma or infection – even when they’re not?

  • 4 foods and food ingredients that cause inflammation are:Sugar, Grains, Gluten, GMOs
  • 3 lifestyle factors that contribute to inflammation in the body: Stress, Lack of Sleep, Anxiety & Depression
  • Nearly All foods that cause inflammation are: heavily processed or otherwise chemically modified.

Create a healing atmosphere needs a willingness to make choices that decrease inflammation, generate an alkalizing body, lower blood glucose, eliminate toxins, and consume optimum nutrients.  Here are some powerful breakthrough patterns to strengthen your health journey.


  • Exercise brings more oxygen to those cells.
  • Improved circulation with a reduced risk of blood clots.
  • Improved muscle strength
  • A sense of empowerment
  • Improved mood and state of mind
  • Greater confidence in your ability to beat cancer
  • Greater independence
  • Reduced risk of depression or anxiety
  • Create your own routine:  Start stretching, make it fun by adding a little dancing jig while you do your chores or move about with exaggerated moves, little by little increasing your movement and getting into the habit of it is a great first step.Be sure to allow yourself periods of rest to help build your stamina for exercise and heal and never push yourself beyond your limits.


Spiritual health promotes bodily health.  The way we feel generates a huge impact on our hormones, neurotransmitters, digestion, gut health, and more.  Choose God’s Word which is an uplifter of the soul and mind and gives you peace and strength.  Listen to Worship music that brings joy and even healing.  Yoga has been widely accepted and has even been embraced in the church. Please listen to Caryl Matrisciana, an expert in the field of Yoga meditation to find out why this middle eastern practice is a spiritually detrimental hinderance to your health.  Yoga Expert


Prayer Is Good Medicine.  Prayer strengthens our defenses against stressors and the corresponding rise in hormones like cortisol.  Lower cortisol promotes better health by fighting numerous stress-related diseases, including heart disease, obesity, cancer, and cognitive or mental disorders.  1. Lowers Inflammation 2. Raises Immunity 3. Reinforces Good Habits 4. Puts Us in Touch with Our True Purpose, Which Fights Anxiety and Depression


Find time for that hobby you enjoy that causes your body to move and get sun (hormone health) at the same time: hiking, bad mitten, tennis, walking, riding bike, mini golf, etc.

Here are some other steps to survive any cancer diagnosis:

  1. Address Nutritional deficiencies – Proper nutrition and clean water – One great way to seriously weaken a cancer cell is to cut off the supply of sugars and foods that promote its growth.
  2. Employing Detoxification Remedies – Toxicity has become epidemic in or society today and is a major cause of increased hormonal imbalance and autoimmune diseases. Clearing the cells and the body of its toxic overload is critical.  Believe it or not stress is the number one toxic load.
  3. Immune building
  4. Natural Chemotherapies – Amygdalin, vitamin B17, selectively targets and destroys cancer cells while healthy cells remain unharmed. The substance is naturally occurring in many plant foods, including apple seeds, bitter almonds and apricot pits, and may also be obtained through oral supplements or administered intravenously.
  5. Lifestyle changes: adequate sleep, sunlight & exercise.
  6. Oxygen therapies – An inexpensive way to get more oxygen is through exercise and proper breathing.  I am not referring to yoga here.  Exercise and proper breathing (deep breathing) brings on better levels of needed oxygen and gets rid of toxins through the lungs.  Take a full breath, in through the nose and then expand the stomach fully, like blowing air into a balloon, hold the air for a few seconds and then through pursed lips, expel the air out slowly.  Repeat 5 times.   You can find this breathing technique through a program called Oxycise.
  7. A positive attitude – putting positive thoughts with God’s Word, thinking lovely thoughts (Philippians 4:11), making positive confessions, being around healthy laughter.
  8. Spiritual cleansing – worship your creator, sing and dance, get a notebook and hand write the book of Psalms any part of the scripture that encourages you.



How much: 5 to 7 servings per day (one serving is equal to 1 teaspoon of oil, 2 walnuts, 1 tablespoon of flaxseed, 1 ounce of avocado)

Healthy choices: 

For cooking, use extra-virgin olive oil and expeller-pressed grape seed oil.

Other sources of healthy fats include nuts (especially walnuts), avocados, and seeds, including hemp seeds and freshly ground flaxseed.

Omega-3 fats are also found in cold-water fish, omega-3 eggs, Moringa.

Organic, expeller-pressed, high-oleic sunflower or safflower oils may also be used, as well as walnut and hazelnut oils in salads and dark roasted sesame oil as a flavoring for soups and stir-fries.

Why: Healthy fats are those rich in either monounsaturated or omega-3 fats. Extra-virgin olive oil is rich in polyphenols with antioxidant activity.


Grain fed farm-raised animals change fatty acid ratios and denatures good fats.  Invest in your health with grass-fed and free range meats.  Also limit your portion to the size of your fist.

  • In a University of Minnesota study, women who ate overcooked hamburgers increased their breast cancer risk by more than 50 percent
  • An Iowa Women’s Health Study found that women who regularly ate well-done steak, hamburgers and bacon had a shocking 4.62-fold increase in their risk of developing breast cancer.

3.  NATURAL Sugars 

Berries, Cranberries vs. Cancer (suppress cancer cell growth), Strawberries vs. Esophageal Cancer (reverse the progression to esophageal cancer), Black Raspberries vs. Oral Cancer (may cause complete clinical regression of precancerous oral lesions)

  • Check out this Pink Juice recipe (this video offers other important information).
  • Oranges, tangerines, lemons, and grapefruit – Sprinkle grated citrus zest (from organic fruits) into salad dressings or breakfast cereals, or steep in tea or hot water. Eat whole fruits out of hand, toss with other fruits in a salad, or use in a salsa

Honey-improves immune status, has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and promotes healing of chronic ulcers and wounds and scavenge toxic free radicals. Recently honey has been shown to have anti-cancer properties in cell cultures. *Turmeric Tea Below


Dark leafy greens – they are packed with cancer fighting antioxidants.

How much: 4 to 5 servings per day minimum (one serving is equal to 2 cups salad greens or ½ cup vegetables cooked, raw, or juiced)

Healthy choices: Studies show spinach & radicchio protect from more cancers across the board. Lightly cooked dark leafy greens (*spinach, *radicchio, collard greens, kale, Swiss chard), cruciferous vegetables high in vitamin C (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, bok choy and cauliflower), carrots, beets, onions, peas, squashes, sea vegetables and washed raw salad greens.

In the book “The Mother of All Antioxidants” by Mark Hyman, MD, the body’s “master antioxidant” is glutathione.  Here are some foods that boost the glutathione antioxidant:  Arugula, broccoli (over 1,000 nutrients), Brussels sprouts cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, radish, turnip, watercress.

Why: Leafy Green Vegetables provide cornerstone healing through the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and Isothiocyanates (ITCs) found in leafy greens, help your cells detox.  They are rich in flavonoids and carotenoids with both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.  Go for a wide range of colors, eat them both raw and cooked, and choose organic when possible.

4.  BEANS (click for soaking information) this is need to for nutrient assimilation that enzyme inhibitors, Polyphenols, Lectins and Saponins block.  

5.  DARK CHOCOLATE  the darker the better because of anti-inflammatory catechins

6.  GREEN TEA because of anti-inflammatory catechins (not the surgery kind)

7.  BERRIES  their ellagic acid and other polyphenol antioxidants hinder tumor growth.

8.  EAT RAW SOAKED NUTS. Almonds, walnuts, *pecans, brazil nuts, pine nuts, Brazil Nuts (convinces cancer cells to commit  suicide and helps cells repair their DNA.  Aim for two tablespoons daily. *GINGERBREAD ENERGY BITES

  • pecans contain oleic acid, a fatty acid with some promising reduced risk of breast cancer by induce migration and proliferation in breast cancer cells, and promote an increase in breast cancer cell invasiveness.

Did you know 1-2 handfuls a week during adolescence Breast Cancer for prevention.

Note: no peanuts.  They contain especially high lectin levels plus peanuts can contain a carcinogenic mold called aflatoxin.

9.  SEEDS Flax seeds, Chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds (tahini)

  • Pumpkin Seeds (Immune Building)
  • Chia (highest source of Omega 3) protein, fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium (2,3). To use, soak chia seeds in water overnight and add 1/4 tbsp per cup of smoothie.

10.  WATER

How much: Throughout the day

Healthy choices: Drink pure water, or drinks that are mostly water (tea, very diluted fruit juice, sparkling water with lemon) throughout the day.

Why: Water is vital for overall functioning of the body.

11. SPICES – Top 4 Cancer fighters Oregano, Garlic, Cayenne, Turmeric

  • *Ginger – is a spice that’s been used for centuries for inflammation and pain, to soothe sore muscles and throats, and combat general aches and fatigue. *Turmeric Tea Below *GINGERBREAD ENERGY BITES
  • Turmeric – is an anti-aging, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory super spice. Turmeric’s benefits is a potent antioxidant that dramatically  reduces inflammation (while also giving the spice its vibrant yellow color). Curcumin an active ingredient in Turmeric is difficult to absorb from the turmeric itself.  It does not interfere with your immune system. Mix it with black pepper, with fats like coconut oil, (Turmeric) inhibits the growth of tumor cells in a variety of cancers and improves insulin  resistance in subjects with altered Metabolic function.
  • *Cinnamon also blocks growth factors associated with abnormal cell growth, thus protecting against cancer. *Turmeric Tea Below *GINGERBREAD ENERGY BITES
  • Coconut contains medium chain fatty acids are metabolized differently than long-chain for a beneficial boost  in metabolism. Lauric acid, the colon cancer killing property is found in coconut oil.
  • Chia seeds high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are responsible for metabolic processes that help fight inflammation.
  • Nutmeg-significantly reduces new blood vessel growth that feeds tumors. Myristicin, a component of nutmeg essential oil, inhibits the growth of colon cancer cells. *Turmeric Tea Below

12.  TEA

How much: 2 to 4 cups per day

Healthy choices: White, green, oolong teas

Why: Tea is rich in catechins, antioxidant compounds that reduce inflammation. Purchase high-quality tea and learn how to brew it correctly for maximum taste and health benefits.

A steady supply of nutrients like essential vitamins, trace minerals, healthy fats, electrolytes, amino acids and antioxidants all help your brain handle stress better, therefore benefiting your entire body.

Nutrient dense smoothies:

Smoothies are a great way to get all of the fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants that are found in a variety of fresh produce.



1 Rib Celery
1 Cup Kale
1/2 Cup Strawberries
1/2 Lime Wedge (peeled)
1 Cup Coconut Water



Celery is Chemo-Protective, prevents a host of cancer formations, specifically breast cancer, lung cancer, intestinal cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer and leukemia.

It also boosts the immune system, thereby mitigating mutated cells from proliferating and causing tumorous formations.

Celery’s bioactive flavonoids apigenin and luteolin combats free radicals in the body and kill cancer cells by depriving it of the food they need to grow and multiply.kills cancer cells by encouraging programmed cell death that causes malignant cells to self-destruct themselves.

Apigenin: An Antioxidant, anti-tumor and powerful anti-inflammatory compounds.

  • Lowers the risk of developing breast cancer by 19%, and ovarian cancer by 20%.
  • It works on even fatal and fast growing breast tumors by stopping cell multiplication and mitigating a gene that causes cancer growth.
  • Lower the risk of contracting lung cancer by a whopping 60%.
  • Blocks GLUT-1, which is elevated in head and neck cancers.
  • suppressed tumor growth in PLC cells
  • in combination with chrysin, causes cell death and prevents metastasis in human breast and liver cancer cells
  • prevents colorectal cancer cell growth, invasion, and migration
  • caused cell death and lowered viability in choriocarcinoma cells
  • suppressed melanoma metastasis in mice and prevent cancerous movement in humans
  • delayed breast cancer tumor growth by preventing cell cycle progression

Hinders the Replication Cycle of Cancer Cells-Luteolin present in celery hinders the replication cycle of cancer cells. It stops the signal pathways (IGF and PI3K) which encourage the growth of cancer cells, specifically colorectal cancers.


  • stimulates apoptosis (cellular death) in cancer cells and prevent cancer formation.
  • It is the hue of these nutrients that provides kale with a natural defense against solar radiation damage.
  • Provides chemo protection-chemopreventive effects of kale’s sulforaphane protects cells by binding to genes that induce antioxidant pathways in the body.
  • Colon Cancer-Inflammation in the intestines produces damaging reactive oxygen species (ROS) which initiate DNA damage, reduces oxygen flow to tissue
  • Liver Cancer-increases the cellular levels of the super antioxidant powerhouse glutathione. Restrain ROS from damaging liver cells and can combat the development of liver cancer.
  • Bladder Cancer-high in sulfur-containing veggies, like kale, can significantly reduce the risk of bladder cancer and suppress its recurrence or progression.
  • Inhibiting cancers pertaining to the respiratory system
  • Oral Cancer- halts the progression of cancer cells

Strawberries –

In a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry Quercetin inhibit growth, deactivated specific carcinogens and decreased the replication, destroy cancer cells

Quercetin, found abundantly strawberries, is a member of a large class of plant compounds called flavonoids, which have demonstrated anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antiviral activity in other studies. There have been previous reports of similar effects of quercetin in other human cancer cell cultures, including colon cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, leukemia and lung cancer.


Studies have revealed that Limonins lemon extract can successfully destroy malignant cells in a wide range of cancers, including breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer. Helps fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.



Author: Rachel Conners

Serves: 14 balls

1 cup pitted dates, about 12

1 cup toasted pecans (*info. above)

1 tablespoon molasses (info. below)

1 teaspoon cinnamon (*info. above)

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon cloves

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

2 oz. dark chocolate, to drizzle (optional)


1  Roughly chop the pitted dates and add them to a high-powered blender or food processor. Blend until they’re broken down into small bits or a paste.

2  Add the toasted pecans, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves and pulse until combined. The pecans should be in small bits – be careful not to over-process or the oils will start to separate. If this happens, just dab off the excess oil with a paper towel.

3 Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet.

4 Finely chop the dark chocolate and melt in the microwave. Place the melted chocolate into a zip bag or piping bag, snip the corner and drizzle over the energy balls. Let chocolate harden in the refrigerator.

5 Keep stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer.

The basic idea is that you throw dates + nuts + extras in the food processor, and process until it’s all broken down into a cookie dough-like mixture. You then roll them into balls, pop them in the freezer, and eat them all day, every day.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites, Lemon Date Energy Bites, Almond Joy Energy Bites, Pumpkin Pie Spice Date Balls, Pina Colada Date Balls, Coconut Energy Bites, Dark Chocolate and Cherry Date Balls, and Peanut Butter and Jelly Date Balls.

Molasses – Molasses should be used regularly to prevent cancer, especially cancer of the blood. Take 1 teaspoon of molasses before meals. Mix it with a little water and sip it. A stagnant cellular condition contributes in large measure to cancerous conditions, including breast cancer. Molasses can play an important role in preventing a stagnant cellular condition.  Blackstrap Molasses, maintains that an important constituent of molasses is phosphoric acid; a combined deficiency of this and potassium in the human body “causes a general breakdown of the cells, especially those of the brain and nerves.” To treat cancer and tumors, take 1 tablespoon of molasses, 2 times a day, along with vitamins A,C, and E. Molasses is good for the breast, uterus, intestines and tongue. This remedy is adapted from the book Healing Edibles & Other Home Remedies by Joe and Elsa Willis, with Maranatha Medical Ministries in Honderous.

Medhjool Dates – The iron content, a component of hemoglobin in red blood cells, determines the balance of oxygen in the blood. Cancer prevention minerals are calcium (protection from colon cancer), iodine (protects from breast cancer), magnesium (maintains pH balance), selenium (an antioxidant fights against cancer), zinc (prostate, formation of RNA DNA immune system).

All this might seem daunting, but if you have the time, and more importantly the discipline, it’s not as difficult as you might think to make better food choices for your best life now.

Here are some further steps you can do now to support the cancer cure alternative?

FREE Access to all 10 modules of  Square One: Healing Cancer Coaching Program:  

SQUARE ONE – It doesn’t matter how you’ve been affected by cancer – whether it’s impacted you directly, or you’ve seen it affect your friends or loved ones – the information in these videos is incredible.  Visit the web site Chris Beat Cancer. Chris has been Cancer-free for over 13 years.  Let him help you show you a radically new approach for prevention and healing.  

Own your own “The Truth About Cancer:  A Global Quest” a 9 part Docu-Series.  This one is also worth purchasing.

  8. Pubmed
  9. Cancer Tutor
  10. Amazing Health

TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Disease – Heart Matters


I am beginning a new series dealing with the Top10 leading causes of deaths in the US. Together, these 10 causes account for 74% of all deaths in the United States and 25.5% for children.In this series I hope to bring hope that there are simple preventative methods, reversal strategies, along with recipes with ingredient awareness to help motivate improvement for your best life ever now.  

We only have one life to live.  Your best life can be now.  Here’s how:  find recipes below, ingredients analyzed for nutrient quality – all specific to help the heart.

Heart Disease in the TOP10 worldwide:

  • Cardiovascular disease, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 801,000 deaths in the US. That’s about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US.
  • Coronary Heart Disease is the leading cause (45.1 percent) of deaths attributable to cardiovascular disease in the US, followed by stroke (16.5 percent), Heart Failure (8.5 percent), High Blood Pressure (9.1 percent), diseases of the arteries (3.2 percent), and other cardiovascular diseases
  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for more than 17.3 million deaths per year in 2013, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
  • Coronary heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the US, killing over 360,000 people a year.
  • About 790,000 people in the US have heart attacks each year. Of those, about 114,000 will die.

Heart disease is a term used to describe several conditions, many of which are related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries making it more difficult for blood to flow and creates a risk for heart attack or stroke.  Although the death rate from heart disease has dropped nearly 70% and stroke nearly 80% and we’re dying less often because of the technological and pharmacological advances in modern medicine, we’re still getting cardiovascular disease just as often.

Even though there has been a decline in heart attacks, it remains in the TOP10 of Diseases.

We only have one life to live, so we may as well treat our body as well as we can to live a strong and full life.  Shouldn’t we want to be living the best life ever for ourselves and our loved ones and do those things we were created for? Your best life can be now if you make a few changes.

If you want a better future than the current, being on the brink of bypass surgery, needing a personal secretary gadget to keep track of your medications, or a living better through angioplasty.  Don’t be a costly statistic.  I encourage you to try one or more of the following tasty recipes.

Can a Heart Attack Be Prevented?  Yes

Make Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Changes  

Food variety – Don’t stick to the same few foods. The secret is the right types of food and variety.  Add a bright colorful rainbow of foods.

Exercising – Your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger and healthier if you lead an active life. It’s never too late to start exercising, and you don’t have to be an athlete.

Go hiking, bike riding, swimming, dance, laugh, take the stairs, park further away from your entrance

Taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day can make a big difference. You should still be able to talk to someone while you’re doing it. Otherwise, you are pushing too hard. You can divide your exercise routine into 10- or 15-minute segments.  For motivation think about what you’d like to do and how fit you are.

Reward your self – Eat a piece of dark chocolate several times a week

Can the contents of your kitchen seriously save your life?

Try the following delicious smoothies.  Also, discover the analyzed individualized nutrient quality of these recipes.  

  • Berry Smoothie
  • Peach Smoothie
  • Apple Pie Smoothie
  • Ginger Pear Smoothie
  • Coffee Cashew Smoothie

Here’s to your best life ever now!

Berry Smoothie   


  • 2 cups (8 ounces) frozen or fresh red berries, raspberries, strawberries, or a mix
  • 3 cups (3 ounces) spinach (packed)
  • 1 cup yogurt, kefir (extra probiotics), or a non-dairy alternative like almond milk
  • 1 large banana, fresh or frozen


  • Put the berries and spinach in the blender first, and add the yogurt and banana. Process, scraping down as needed. Blend until smooth and serve.

Tips & Notes

If the smoothie is too thick to blend, add almond milk as needed to blend.

Ingredient Nutrients:

Berries – 

    • blueberries and strawberries are particularly rich in chemical compounds that lower blood pressure and make blood vessels more elastic.
    • Raspberries have been shown to hold beneficial effects for people with a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms, and head.

Spinach – 

    • contains fiber, vitamins and minerals which can lower blood pressure and may reduce a build-up of plaque in the arteries.
    • Potassium helps to ease tension in your blood vessel walls which lowers blood pressure.  50 to 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium.
    • Magnesium – Your heart has the highest magnesium requirement of any organ. It relaxes the muscles and also functions as an electrolyte.  Without electrolytes such as magnesium, potassium and sodium, electrical signals cannot be sent or received, and without these signals, your heart cannot pump blood and your brain cannot function properly.

“[M]agnesium shines brightest in cardiovascular health. It alone can fulfill the role of many common cardiac medications: magnesium inhibits blood clots (like aspirin), thins the blood (like Coumadin), blocks calcium uptake (like calcium channel-blocking drugs such as Procardia) and relaxes blood vessels (like ACE inhibitors such as Vasotec)”  The Weston A. Price Foundation

Greek yogurt – Probiotic “friendly bacteria” helps boost the immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract.

Almond Milk – 

    • It contains heart-healthy poly- and monounsaturated fats and is free from saturated fat, trans fats and dietary cholesterol.  They can help lower your blood cholesterol levels.

Banana – has one of the highest potassium contents available.

    • Potassium helps trigger the heart’s squeeze of blood throughout the body.
    • Fiber is linked to a decreased risk for coronary heart disease.  Fiber binds to cholesterol and bile acids in the intestine and promotes their excretion.
    • Potassium is a mineral electrolyte that keeps electricity flowing throughout your body, which is required to keep your heart beating.



  • 2 cups of peach
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt (optional)
  • 1 cup coconut milk, coconut water or water
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional.
  • (If peaches are very sweet there is no reason add honey)


  • In a blender, combine all ingredients together and blend until smooth. Blend for about 30 seconds.
  • If you prefer you can strain the smoothie to make it even smoother.

Ingredient Nutrients:

Peaches – contain phenolic compounds that prevent the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol.

Carrots – the orange hue comes from beta-carotene, a compound that serves as a source of heart-healthy vitamin A.

    • Getting enough vitamin A helps fight heart disease, according to a review published in “Heart and Circulatory Physiology” in 2008.
    • The Vitamin A in your system prevents hypertrophy, a harmful thickening of your ventricular walls.
    • It also suppresses remodeling of your heart tissue in response to stress, a process that contributes to heart failure.

Coconut Milk –

    • One of the best sources of lauric acid — 50 percent of the fat in coconuts is lauric acid, which has antibacterial and antiviral activities. According to many studies, lauric acid is a protective type of fatty acid linked with improved cholesterol levels and heart health.
    • Coconut fat in the form of coconut milk does not cause a detrimental effect on the lipid profile in the general population, and in fact is beneficial due to the decrease in LDL and rise in HDL cholesterol.
    • Contains minerals important for circulation and controlling blood flow.
    • Magnesium may help combat stress and muscle tension while aiding in circulation and keeping muscles relaxed, important for preventing heart attacks.
    • Following exercise, muscles also need plenty of nutrients — including electrolytes like magnesium and potassium that are found in coconut milk — to repair broken down tissue and grow back even stronger.

Apple Pie Smoothie 

This liquid comfort food is good for you. The fiber from the oats and apple will hold you over until your next meal, while the ice keeps it nice and satisfying thick without adding calories.


  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats, soaked overnight in water and drained of excess liquid
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 apple, diced
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (such as So Delicious Dairy Free)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup water


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Ingredient Nutrients:

Rolled Oats – 

    • Think of cardiovascular disease as a hardening of the circulatory system. Oats contain a specific type of fiber known as “beta-glucan”, a water-soluble fiber, partially dissolves in water and forms a thick, gel-like solution in the gut.  
    • It has been shown to reduce low density lipoproteins and raise the high density lipoproteins within the body.  
    • High fiber content in oats help remove cholesterol from the digestive system so that it does not end up in the blood stream. Soluble binds to cholesterol and bile acids in the intestine and promotes their excretion.
    • A unique group of antioxidants almost solely found in oats may help lower blood pressure levels by increasing the production of nitric oxide.  This gas molecule helps dilate blood vessels and leads to better blood flow. 
    • Naturally, a diet high in fiber and nutrients will help you avoid sticky, sluggish blood circulation.

Almond Butter –  roughly 3.3 grams of fiber

A high-fat food that’s good for your health? That’s not an oxymoron.  Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, health-promoting fats which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.

    • The fats it contains improves your blood cholesterol levels to combat cardiovascular disease.
    • Fiber reduces your coronary heart disease risk by up to one-third.
    • Insoluble fiber doesn’t dissolve in water, but passes directly through the digestive system pretty much intact. Insoluble fiber increases stool bulk, keeping bowel movements regular and eliminating constipation.
    • Magnesium is Nature’s own calcium channel blocker. When there is enough magnesium around, veins and arteries breathe a sigh of relief and relax, which lessens resistance and improves the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body.
    • Potassium, an important electrolyte involved in nerve transmission and the contraction of all muscles including the heart, is another mineral that is essential for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Almonds promote your cardiovascular health by providing 162 mg of potassium and only 0.2 mg of sodium, making almonds an especially good choice to in protecting against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.

Apple – 

    • Contain compounds which act as antioxidants against LDL (low-density lipoproteins).
    • Apples are also rich in pectines, which are soluble fibres which it has been demonstrated are effective in lowering cholesterol levels.
    • Every 10 grams of fiber you eat, your risk for coronary heart disease drops by 14 percent—and fruit fiber was found to be especially protective.
    • Vitamin C, bolsters the immune system, lowers BMIs, lower blood pressure, and lower levels of c-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation), all of which are linked to a lower risk for heart disease.

Cinnamon – In the TOP10 Herbs for heart help

    • It’s anti-clotting function helps to keep the blood the proper thickness and stops the platelets from thickening the blood too much.
    • It helps prevent oxidative stress of blood cells.
    • It aids the body in flushing toxins from the body.
    • It is also helpful in reducing high cholesterol levels in some people.  It is rich in calcium, manganese and fiber.  Calcium and fiber bind together bile salts and help with their excretion from the body. which prevents buildup of bile salts in the body. When bile is properly removed, the body makes fresh bile by breaking down cholesterol. This process reduces cholesterol levels and therefore prevents heart disease and atherosclerosis. Researchers have concluded that the health benefits of cinnamon’s compounds make cinnamon one of the most beneficial spices on earth.
    • It increases blood circulation and advances bodily tissue’s ability to repair itself after it’s been damaged. This includes heart tissue which is in need of regeneration in order to fight heart attacks, heart disease, and stroke.

Nutmeg – 

It helps to reduce high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides from the blood.  This helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Coffee Cashew Smoothie 

The creamy texture in this decadent drink comes courtesy of the cashews, which also add 5 grams of protein to help keep your blood sugar—and hunger—steady.


  • 1/4 cup cashews, soaked six hours or overnight
  • 1/2 banana, peeled and chopped (frozen optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup Ice
  • 1/4 cup cooled coffee
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut sugar (optional)


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Ingredient Nutrient:

Cashews – 

    • Helps lower LDL and increase the carrying capacity for HDL. HDL is responsible to absorb the cholesterol from the heart and take it to the liver where it can be broken down.
    • It has fiber that helps lower your cholesterol.
    • Helps improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow.
    • Bad cholesterol foods:  Dr. Axe.

Cacao nibs (chocolate) – means heart blood

    • Magnesium helps maintain muscle and nerve function
    • Antioxidants reduce risk of coronary disease and stroke
    • Lowers blood pressure, improving vascular function, and reducing clotting and sticky platelets.
    • Helps fight the free radicals that cause damage.

Coffee – “Is coffee good for you?” Yes and No

    • Genetically, some people are metabolically fast at breaking down caffeine, others metabolize it more slowly.  How quickly you metabolize coffee may affect your health risk.
    • Opens blood vessels and reduces harmful inflammation, caffeine may create favorable conditions for good heart health.
    • High in Antioxidants it can really help to slow the aging process.
    • It is being added to the ever-growing list that drinking coffee could reduce the risk of clogged arteries, which can lead to heart attacks.
    • Calcium deposits in their coronary arteries in the blood can keep moving along with modest coffee consumption.  (The coronary arteries are the vessels that bring oxygenated blood to the heart muscle itself.)
    • NOTE1:  for Every cup of coffee you should drink 3 cups of water due to its diabetic nature.
    • NOTE2:  Coffee contains a cholesterol-raising compound called diterpenes (potential therapy for cardiovascular diseases), but the concentration of this compound depends on how the coffee is prepared. Boiled coffee has a higher concentration of diterpenes, which can increase total cholesterol and “bad” cholesterol levels. Filtered coffee, however, has no effect on cholesterol levels.
    • NOTE3:  There are many variables like exercise, smoking, etc. that complicate how coffee affects a person.

Ginger Pear Smoothie 

“This shake is ideal for recovery from an injury or extended-duration workout,” Brazier says. In addition to anti-inflammatory ginger, the flax and hemp contain alpha linolenic acid, an omega 3 that also combats inflammation.

Inflammation is one of the primary predictors of coronary artery disease… not cholesterol.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1 cup spinach


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Flaxseed – rich source of omega 3 fatty acids and fiber.

    • It can retard the progression of atherosclerotic plaques.
    • It binds to bile acids and pull them out of the body.

Hemp Seed – Hemp seeds contain over 30% of good fat.

    • They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) linked with reduced inflammation.

Almond milk –

    • Helps in reducing and maintaining blood pressure.
    • Guarantees the presence of potassium in the body which is a key element that acts as a vasodilator and reduces tension and strain on the heart.
    • High in omega-3 fatty acids to help lower your levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and protect your heart.
    • Contains riboflavin, a form of vitamin B that has been proven to work in conjunction with other nutrients like iron to regulate muscle strength.  Your heart is a muscle.

Ginger: The Spice of Life…In the TOP10 herbs for heart health

    • Ginger has been used medically for decades to treat a variety of cardiovascular conditions, including blood clots and high cholesterol.
    • It contains anti-inflammatory properties by inhibiting and reducing inflammation and in the first place.
    • It has the ability to neutralize free radicals

People with low blood pressure or who are already on blood pressure medications can experience an unsafe drop in blood pressure or heartbeat irregularities when taking ginger, which can also interact with other medications, including blood thinners.

Cholesterol is not the demon it is made out to be.  In fact, it is a necessary raw material made by your liver, brain, and virtually every cell in your body, and without it you’d die.  Outside cholesterol sources are what you want to watch out for.

Cholesterol:  A Building Block, Not Road Block.  Cholesterol needs a “shuttle”  a special protein to help it navigate through your bloodstream to where it’s needed called LDL (or low density lipoprotein).  Where is it needed?  Cholesterol is like the internal bandage for your arteries and veins covering those lesions and internal sores. HDL (or high density lipoprotein) then comes in like a garbage collector, scoops up the processed or unused cholesterol, coats it in another special protein to prepare it for transport, and zips it back to your liver where it’s either recycled into new cholesterol or excreted from your body.  When LDL that mutates, this is when you have problems.  Free radicals “steal” your body’s built-in coping mechanism that automatically rebalances these free radicals. Free radicals are toxic lifestyle choices of consuming foods high in sugar, trans fats, emotional stress, smoking, lack of exercise, and much more.

Remember that there are no magic bullets when it comes to health.  To change your health for good, including overcoming cardiovascular disease, you need to permanently change your lifestyle for the better, including eating nutrient-rich whole foods and getting moderate daily exercise.

Other heart healthy foods:

  • Eat 15 cherries a day – work to lower levels of uric acid in blood
  • Eat one cup of beans per day (always soak your beans) – 300 micrograms folate slashed their risk of stroke 20 percent and their risk of heart disease 13 percent more than those who got less than 136 mcg per day of the B vitamin.
  • Radish
  • Asparagus
  • Pear
  • Red Grapes – keep platelets in your blood from sticking together
  • Walnut – raises your “good” HDL cholesterol
  • Unsalted almond butter instead of using hydrogenated nut butter brands that filled with trans fats.
  • Walnuts Walnuts are also one of the healthiest foods for diabetics.

Other heart healthy spices:

  • Turmeric/Curcumin a Heart-Healing Spice
  • Garlic – slows the buildup of plaque in your arteries, lowering your risk of blood clots.
  • Cayenne’s Herbal Healing Benefits
  • Capsaicin Circulation Increasing Effects
  • Rosemary’s Cancer Preventive Potential
  • Cilantro Can Lower Cardiovascular Risks

Please do let me know if you try one or more and how you like them and what you favorite is.



The Incomparable Herb

“The Incomparable One”

Basil is one of the most important herbs in many cultures and cuisines.  There are actually some significant botanical differences between the more than 40 types of basil plants.  Some non-edible kinds are cultivated for ornamental purposes or to ward off garden pests, but basil carries powerful medicinal properties that goes far beyond its known culinary value.  Some of the many species of basil include: sweet basil, lemon basil, Italian or curly basil, holy basil (India’s most important herb and known as Tulsi in Hindu and means “The Incomparable One”), Thai basil and lettuce-leaf basil.

Basil is prepared as a tea or sometimes as a topical treatment to speed wound healing.  Basil’s natural compounds defend the herb from hungry insects and invasive bacteria and fungi. It is no surprise, then, that they can help protect us as well. Basil is incredibly good for balancing the mind, body and spirit.

This incomparable herb has an anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer activity.  You will be amazed at all it has to offer for your health.


Eugenol, citronellol and linalool are all enzyme-inhibiting oils  that are in Basil that help lower inflammation.  Inflammation is the body’s first defense against infection, but when it goes awry, it can lead to the root of most diseases.

…Basil contains large quantities of E-Beta-CaryoPhyllene (BCP) which may be useful in treating arthritis or bowel diseases by blocking the signals that lead to inflammation associated with arthritis.

…Inhibits the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines (direct cell-to-cell communication) and nitric oxide (mediate cell-signalling reactions).

These “inflammatory cascades” put stress on the organs and slows down blood circulation, hormone regulation and cognitive processes.  Reducing inflammation places your body in a state that is conducive to healing.  Basil disrupts this cascading effect.

Dr. Andrew Weil has created a food pyramid of anti-inflammatory foods. 

Antioxidant its ability to inhibit cancer is the most heavily researched and probably the most interesting. 

…Basil increases antioxidant activity

…Alters gene expressions positively

…Basil Induce death of harmful cells

…Stops cancerous tumors from spreading

…Selectively protects normal tissues and cells from the negative effects of cancer treatments like radiation or chemotherapy.

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…Basil helps in inhibiting resistant strains of bacteria that don’t  respond to antibiotic treatments.

…It may improve the body’s immunity by the production of infection-fighting antibodies by up to 20 percent.  Fresh Basil is better than dried Basil.

…Basil essential oil fights against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts, molds, viruses, and candida.

…Protects against various forms of skin irritations

European scientists are investigating the use of basil oil as treatment for antibiotic resistant infections with Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, and Pseudomonas.


Basil stimulates neurotransmitters that regulate hormones that lifts your mood and makes you happy.

Anti-stress – The Adaptogenic SuperStar 

…Basil helps the body adapt to stress.

…Basil helps keep stable cortisol levels that result in improved mental clarity and memory.  The individual feels as though they are less agitated and anxious and therefore able to perform better and have higher quality of life.

Cells in stress mode cause us to crave things that can sabotage our health, including junk foods. It can also cause depression, anger, and lead to drug and alcohol abuse.
Stress keeps the cell from absorbing nutrition, oxygenation and hydration.  In order to succeed and find happiness and health, you need to change your cellular programming from fear (or stress) to love, which triggers a natural chemical reaction that fuels you for success.  Fuel with the right foods and meditate on God’s promises.

Chewing 10 to 12 leaves of basil, twice a day, to prevent feeling stressed and developing stress related disorders.

Chewing the leaves daily can also help purify your blood and a significant decrease in blood sugar levels


When basil leaves are rubbed onto bug bites they can help reduce itching.

It is as an insect repellent:  Basil + Lemon = 2 cups water, 5 drops lemon essential oil, 10 drops basil essential oil, 20 drops citronella essential oil.


Cardiovascular Health  

…Basil can help the muscles that control blood vessel function to contract and relax those muscles.

…Basil helps prevent dangerous blood platelets from forming and clotting.


Basil Tea 

Pain-reducer (analgesic) works as a muscle relaxant.

Drink basil tea twice a day.

Put some fresh basil leaves in a cup of boiling water and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Sip the tea slowly and your headache will vanish away gently.

(Expectorant) Basil & Honey – Basil juice + 1 Tbsp. Honey = Crush some Basil leaves to extract juice. Take one teaspoon and drink it slowly.  Drink it regularly on an empty stomach in the morning. Take twice daily.  (See more useful remedies here.)

Digestive System drink basil tea to treat other common stomach problems such as constipation, indigestion, piles, and acidity.


 A fever is basically a symptom of another condition or illness. A fever can occur when your body is fighting an infection, such as the  flu.  A fever is a good thing and usually will go away within a few days. But if a fever is making you uncomfortable, you can try some simple and easy home remedies to cool the body down and make you feel better. The healing properties in Basil will help reduce fever very quickly.

Boil together 20 basil leaves and one teaspoon of crushed ginger in one cup water, until the solution gets reduced to half. Add a little honey and drink this tea two or three times a day for three days.


Basil prevents and control the level of sugar in the blood, increases and stabilizes the insulin production, thus putting diabetes in check.

A study out of the Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry indicated that holy basil may reverse some of the damaging effects of diabetes such as neuropathy and retinopathy.



Basil protects liver from damage. Kidney Basil strengthens Kidney function.

With five to six fresh basil leaves with water on an empty stomach.



 Basil Pesto:

2 cups fresh basil

1/2 cup raw almonds or pine nuts

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

T632ca1ea12eb21aa18ec4e834640356fhe Color Orange

I find it interesting that in the early 1500s, linguists believe people generally referred to orange as “yellowred,” which we all know are the two colors combined to create the color.  The combination of colors in the orange color brings the shared energy of red and the happiness of yellow.  

Orange is a fun color but communicates an interesting contradiction of  two opposing ideas—activity and caution. Those into essential oils use the orange scent to lift the spirit because it radiates warmth and energy creating an atmosphere of happiness.  Take a look at some other ways this color plays out in our lives:

  • Orange can encourage our attitude.
  • Sports teams use it to motivate energy and activity.
  • Restaurants use it for attention grabbing ability it promotes appetite.  In addition, they use pastel versions of orange to promote conversation and a good time while they eat and drink more.
  • Highways decorate the roadways with  traffic cones and zone markers as a symbol of safety caution.
  • Orange is emotionally stimulating and used for social communication.
  • Orange means “high” in the color-coded threat system as potential danger

As we can see, there is usually a strong positive “love it” or strong negative “hate it” association in whatever circumstances it is used in.  Let’s take a look now at how the color orange has the ability to bring happiness physiologically.

“Love it” (happiness in action)

  • Orange is an anti-inflammatory (happiness in action) tissue building, tissue repair, immune system development.  Additionally, the health benefits of Orange Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti-depressant, anti spasmodic, anti septic.
  • Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite.
  • The vitality of the orange color is reflected in the Vitamin C rich orange bell peppers and oranges.  All orange fruit and vegetables are rich in beta-carotene and other anti-oxidants. The orange hue is the antioxidant beta-carotene, a cell-protecting antioxidant, which also helps support healthy skin (fortifies elasticity), hair and vision.

High-antioxidant foods behave like self-sacrificing soldiers to “calm the fires” in our immune system. Cellular damage (an internal rusting of tissues) occurs when these soldiers lose control.

Orange foods contain the following nutrients:

  • Two carotenoids:  Alpha-carotene and beta-carotene
  • Zeaxanthin – a carotenoid present in the retina of the eye
  • Flavonoids – Latin word flavus meaning yellow, their natural color.
  • Lycopene – a red carotenoid pigment
  • Potassium –  is chemically very similar to sodium, ionic salts providing electric energy.  It is one of the important electrolytes important for our health.  It is also important for pH regulation
  • Vitamin C –  also known as ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid. It is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters. It is required for the functioning of several enzymes and is important for immune system function. It also functions as an antioxidant.


The phytochemicals responsible for the orange color in fruits and vegetables are Carotenoids.  The name beta-carotene is derived from the Latin name for ‘carrot’.  Like lycopene, orange caratonoids act as antioxidants, neutralizing harmful free radicals that can cause cancer, heart disease and other age related diseases.  Darker oranges offer a sense of comfort; some are spicy, some are earthy. Lighter oranges are soothing and healthy.


27c5e928745dbde12550494315ec70253091eee5Carotene is a pigment that absorbs violet and blue-green light (see spectrum
orangegraph) that provides rich yellows and oranges.  Carotenoids are yellow, orange, and red pigments synthesized by plants.  Depending on the carotenoid pigment density at the center of the eye’s retina, 90% of blue light can be absorbed and protects the eye from oxidative damag. Carotenoids improve visual function through stimulating neuronal signaling efficiency in the eye.  Alpha and beta carotene are two carotenoids that can be converted into Vitamin A inside the body, especially healthy vision.  Vitamin A is also needed for several important roles in the body, which include bone and cell growth, and reproduction.

Carotenoids can facilitate communication between neighboring cells.  This type of intercellular communication is important for maintaining cells in a state where they are changing their specialize functions.  This differentiation of cells leads to a decrease in cell division.  Cell’s have a complex communication system and Carotenoids facilitate this communication between cells by increasing the expression of the gene encoding a type of protein.

Because beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A by the body, it is called a provitamin A compound. Vitamin A is a 40% fat-soluble vitamin.  This means that your body can convert beta-carotene into retinol given you eat the food with a small amount of healthy unrefined fat like organic butter or unrefined olive or coconut oil”.

A cellular hearing aid

Even though Beta-carotene isn’t a first-line antioxidant, it has other remarkable properties.

  • It stimulates enzymes to repair damaged DNA.
  • It doesn’t discriminately activate all enzymes.
  • It inhibits the rate limiting enzymes and cholesterol synthesis. That’s why it can help reduce cholesterol.
  • It stifles malignancies.  Cells sometimes become alarmed by abnormal replication in a neighboring cell and sends an urgent message to stop dividing. Beta-carotene aids cellular “hearing” by switching on a gene that produces tiny entrances into the cells for smaller messengers from neighboring cells.  Larger messengers are not allowed in.  They have special receptors on the cell surface today dock in.

Alpha-carotene, related to beta-carotene, is 10 times more effective at stopping proliferation of human cancer cells and beta-carotene.

There are between 40-50 carotenoid chemical structures present in our diets that can be absorbed, metabolised, or used by our body.  How much of the color orange is in your dietary lifestyle.

Vitamin C

One of the very important role of vitamin C is its antioxidant activity.  Vitamin C acts on the central nervous system function, stimulates the function of the endocrine glands, enhances liver function, enables the adoption of iron in the intestine and participates in building the blood and collegan.  The biological life of vitamin C is fairly short, in blood plasma, so regular consumption of this Vitamin is essential.


Flavonoids are a diverse group of plant chemicals called phytonutrients.  They are a large class of plant pigments (natural color).  They are compounds found in almost all fruits and vegetables. They are associated with many health benefits seen listed below.

Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants have the ability to influence a number of cells communicating with signals (cells-signaling) to coordinate their behavior to benefit an anti-inflammatory response and encourage the immune system.  Dietary flavonoids, terpenoids and apigenin possess antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and antioxidant (sun-protective) properties.  So if you have a diet rich in these orange foods you are in “love it” category.  You are encouraging prevention of cancer, neurodegenerative, and cardiovascular diseases. However, there is more to learn about how the flavonoids themselves are responsible.

Why are these pigments good for you?

It’s not only the pigments for instance in carrots that fight disease compounds impart flavor.  Not only does this produce a pleasant taste for humans, they fight fungi and tumors as well.  The above mentioned plant pigments are responsible for the orange color that help repair, prevent, heal a number of conditions:

  • repair DNA
  • protecting against infections
  • building the immune system
  • lowers your chance of getting cancer
  • keeps your heart healthy
  • helps prevent heart disease
  • strengthen our vision promoting night vision and reduces age-related macular degeneration.
  • good night vision is at tributed to Vitamin A.
  • stimulates the lungs, the respiration, the digestion.
  • increases the activity of the thyroid and the amount of mothers milk,
  • promotes collagen growth
  • reliefs muscle cramps and spasms.

Top 10 highest foods with beta-carotene:  You can find beta-carotene in bright red, yellow, and orange fruits and vegetables such as:

  1. sweet potatoes (11509mcg/100g)
  2. melons (11883mcg/100g)
  3. carrots-cooked (8332mcg/100g)
  4. dark leafy greens (6288mcg/100g)
  5. green leaf lettuce (5226mcg/100g)
  6. butternut squash (4570mcg/100g)
  7. apricots (4558mcg/100g)
  8. grapefruit (3450mcg/100g)
  9. cantaloupe (2020mcg/100g)
  10. Red Bell Pepper (1624mcg/100g)

Tying it all together:  Orange creates the feelings of warmth, comfort, happiness, and peace.  If you want to be emotionally encouraged and happy, physically energetic, behaviorally pleasant and social, be the “Happy” encourager for someone else begin by eating the orange foods that build up and stimulate that healthy overall feeling.
serveimage-2Biblically, the orange is the color of praise, warfare, passion.  The fire of God   “…I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire…this was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord…” Eze. 1:27,28  Let the joy of the Lord be your strength.

Find the recipe: Tropical Pineapple Mango Salsa


1) Vitamin A can become toxic because it can be stored in fat cells.  These usually occur when taking artificial supplements.  Getting too much Vitamin A from your diet is more difficult.  So don’t limit your foods.

2) Fat-soluble Vitamins need fat to be assimilated for our body to use.

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Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownies

  • Servings: 9
  • Difficulty: easy
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Source: Dr. Axe


  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup cooked Sweet potatoes purée
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ¼–½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup sprouted almond butter
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease 8×8 pan with coconut oil and line it with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl, combine avocado, sweet potato, applesauce, honey and vanilla. Once creamy, add in cacao powder.
  4. Add in eggs one at a time.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine coconut flour, arrowroot flour, salt and baking soda.
  6. Combine both mixtures until smooth.
  7. Transfer to greased pan and bake for 25–35 minutes.
  8. While baking, combine the last 5 ingredients listed in a separate bowl and mix until creamy and smooth.
  9. Once the brownies are done baking and have cooled, frost with this mixture.

The Original Pumpkin Pie

The Way the Pilgrims Made It

  • Servings: regular pie
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 small pumpkin (4-5 inches in height and 18 inches in diameter, sugar pumpkins work great)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs plus 4 egg yolks
  • ½ TBS vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon of cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Prepare your pumpkin by scooping out the seeds and pulp, place it on a baking sheet, do not put the top of the pumpkin (stem) on the sheet just yet.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine the sugar, eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.
  4. Add in the heavy cream, cornstarch and salt and whisk until fully combined.
  5. Pour mixture into your prepared pumpkin (allowing about ¾ of an inch space between the filling and the top of the pumpkin and begin baking it.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees uncovered. After 15 minutes, cover the top of the pumpkin loosely with foil and bake another 15 minutes.
  7. Lower oven temp to 375, place the top of the pumpkin on the tray and continue baking for 15 minutes more.
  8. Remove the foil and bake an additional 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the custard comes out mostly clean.
  9. Turn off the oven, allow the pumpkin to cool for an hour, then place it in your cold garage (loosely covered with wrap or foil) or your refrigerator and allow the custard to set 6 hours or overnight.
  10. When ready to serve, scoop out custard into small dishes (you can even scrape the sides a bit as you scoop it out if you choose to add some pumpkin flavor.