Are you affected by Leaky Gut Syndrome?

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Leaky gut syndrome is an issue for many people and you may not even know you have it. It’s also referred to as increased intestinal permeability. This affects one of our major organs, the small intestine.

An important role of the small intestine is to absorb vitamins and minerals and allow these to pass through the walls of the intestine into the bloodstream. A healthy wall is considered a tight junction or net, which only allows very small particles to pass through.

In the case of leaky gut syndrome, the net has gotten damaged and now allows proteins (think gluten), toxins, bad bacteria and undigested larger food particles to pass through into your bloodstream.

These particles ultimately cause systemic inflammation and what’s considered an autoimmune reaction and then typically the body will start recognizing certain foods as toxic and will cause your body to have an immune reaction when you eat these foods. Left unchecked, this then leads to an autoimmune disease.

Some earlier reactions or symptoms of leaky gut syndrome are things like food allergies, skin issues like eczema and acne, and other digestive issues like IBS, bloating, and gas.

The problem with most people having leaky gut, is that they start to realize that some of the foods they are eating are causing issues, so the simple solution, would seem to be, elimination. This is also what most physicians will tell you as well.

Unfortunately, that’s only half the problem. The real solution is to allow the body to heal and in order to do that, lifestyle changes must occur and the elimination of processed foods.

My favorite foods to healing the gut and body are:

  • Bone Broth (homemade of course or from a trusted source) provides important amino acids and minerals like proline, glycine and potassium that can help heal the gut lining and improve our mineral deficiency levels, which most of us are.
  • Fermented veggies are an important building block to helping heal the gut lining as well. They are full of probiotics that help balance the PH in the stomach and the small intestines. Foods like kvass, sauerkraut, and kimchi
  • Fermented dairy or raw cultured dairy like kefir and yogurt, are rich in probiotics and help rid the gut of bad bacteria like candida.
  • Healthy fats in moderation are another essential building block. Coconut oil, avocado, egg yolks, ghee and salmon are super easy on the gut and aid in healing.
  • Steamed veggies, particularly non-starchy are easy to digest and are another aid in healing the gut.
  • Fruit in moderation, 1-2 servings a day and earlier in the day are an important part of the healing process too.

You might be wondering what the biggest culprits, food wise that typically cause leaky gut and candida overgrowth. They are:

  • Gluten is the sticky protein found in most grains products and is difficult to digest UNLESS it’s been brought through the sourdough or sprouting process. When you are going through the leaky gut healing protocol, you will want to eliminate gluten and wheat products.
  • Cows dairy has a protein called A1 casein that can cause a similar reaction like that from gluten and should be avoided UNLESS in a fermented form, as mentioned above. Studies have shown A1 casein may be twenty-six times more inflammatory than gluten.
  • Unsprouted grains and soy when left unsprouted and unfermented contain phytic acid which causes irritation of the intestines and causes leaky gut.
  • Sugar is a big culprit as it feeds yeast and bad bacteria that can damage the intestinal wall, causing leaky gut. If you need to have some sweetness, raw local honey is the best, but only at about 1 tablespoon a day. Everything in moderation.
  • GMO or genetically modified organisms contain pesticides and herbicides that are shown to damage the gut lining. Studies have found that GMO foods destroy probiotics in your gut and cause inflammation in your organs.

As you can see there is much cause for changes in our lifestyles and our modern diets. Once you have a grasp on the culprits and can work on eliminating processed and GMO foods, start adding in healing and properly prepared foods, you’ll be well on your way to feeling better, looking better and instead of eliminating troublesome foods, you can become tolerant of them.

The ultimate goal is HEALING, not elimination.

What has been your experience with digestive disorders and what’s worked for you? Leave your comments below and let’s journey together.

To your health,

Kellie

Do you avoid gluten, dairy or something else?

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Do you avoid gluten or something else? The reason I ask is really pretty simple.

I hear this statement, “I’m gluten free” a lot. What follows is even more amazing…see if you agree!

I usually ask how long they’ve been gluten free and how’s it working out for them and we just generally converse about what’s going on with their health in general.

What always comes up is this…I feel so much better without gluten but the minute I eat anything with gluten in it, I’m so sick or I have to run to the bathroom immediately, or something else.

Hmmmm….do you think that you can avoid gluten (or something else) for the rest of your life so as not to set off an attack of some kind?

What if I proposed something else? Would you be willing to listen and learn what needed to be done in order to heal your body?

You do realize that it’s quite possible for your body to heal don’t you?

I practice the belief that our body, given the right tools, knows how to heal ourselves from the inside out.

This creation that is our body is so unique that everything runs like clockwork unless of course a monkey wrench gets thrown into the mix.

Monkey wrenches typically are the processed foods that we consume a lot of, the toxic environment we live in, the toxins put onto our skin via most commercial lotions and potions we call skincare and haircare.

Even if you eat “healthy” and don’t properly prepare your foods, you’ll have issues.

Most nuts, beans, seeds and grains need to be soaked or sprouted before we consume them. Because so much hybridized wheat is in so much of the foods we consume on a regular basis, it’s no wonder we have belly bloat, etc.

So if the body knows how to heal itself, why doesn’t it, you might ask?

Great question…it goes back to a couple of things.

The body is miraculous in what it can do.

Inflammation is a key player both good and bad. When you cut yourself, the red cross comes out to take care of any foreign invaders to keep out harmful bacteria and aids in healing.

The bad side of inflammation is that when the body is invaded by foreign invaders constantly, the body is under constant attack and now too much inflammation happens and all kinds of things happen, from diabetes, heart disease, ADD, ADHD, auto immune diseases, etc.

How does the body get invaded so badly? Leaky Gut Syndrome is a HUGE player. When the gut lining (small intestine) leaks because of over abuse by the foods and toxins we consume, large food particles are allowed to pass through the walls of the intestine, causing the body to see these as foreign invaders and thinks its under attack.

Our bodies need some sense of order and not kaoss. It needs the right arsenal or toolbox of healing.

It’s all quite possible, as I’ve stated before, you just first of all have to be willing to address the issues. Maybe its realizing for the first time that you really don’t feel well.

Maybe it’s addressing the fact that as we age we aren’t meant to have so many aches and pains. That’s NOT normal. We aren’t supposed to be depleted of our energy. We aren’t supposed to be taking so many medications that we have to have a calendar of events to keep them all straight.

What if…you allowed your body to heal, you became gluten tolerant or dairy tolerant or some other kind of tolerant?

What would life look and feel like? I want to hear your comments below.

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Wellness Mentor

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I’m writing to a good friend

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I’m sitting here with you in my sights…sipping tea and chatting about our lives. Sharing some laughs, some ah ha moments, shedding a tear or two and reflecting on what’s great and what’s not so great.

I really do feel like we’re all good friends. I wish for you all that I wish for my family. Good laughs, good fun, making great memories, enjoying good health and most of all, being loved, cherished and needed!

One recent conversation with a woman has me thinking about all that we often take for granted. I know we don’t mean to. And yet, our health is probably one of the most taken for granted gifts we’re given.

I’ve often wondered and contemplated about that, and I ask that question when I’m chatting with friends.

Why do you think that is? I mean really? Is it because when we feel great, have tons of energy, don’t ache and sleep well, we really do take for granted that we’ll always experience this?

Remember when you were in your teens? If you’re like most, you literally ate anything you wanted and probably didn’t even think about it. It was just a way to feed those belly rumblings and cravings.

Then when you got into your twenties…you might have started to notice some slight changes…a little less energy and perhaps your body started to fight back a little with more belly bloats and bathroom issues.

Then when you hit your thirties, well now, a lot of us have started families and are in such a rush and schedules are crammed full, it’s put whatever on the table in as fast a method as possible between events. We’re probably more tired, not feeling our top best but hey…we’re getting older.

Well now, what about our forties…things are slowing down a smidge, we definitely can’t eat like we used to or party all night or binge anything like we used to, but we certainly try sometimes.

The magical fifties…the belly fights back often, we are tired and chock it up to we’re getting older. The body aches, things are being diagnosed that are not really big surprises…I mean this is what happens with age right?

Well now, where did the years go…the sixties are upon you and you can’t eat anything like you used to? No more late night binges and you really prefer to go to bed early in hopes of obtaining a good night’s sleep. If only I don’t hurt tonight and all the meds I’m on don’t make me get up frequently or cause my heartburn to flare up. When’s my next Doctors appointment?

Do you get the point I’m making? It really is all about what we’ve been conditioned to believe is our health destiny.

I can’t begin to tell you how times I hear the statement….”Well I am getting older; it’s just to be expected.” That’s bull. It’s not because you’re getting older, it’s because you aren’t taking care of yourself.

You continue eating the very foods that are toxic to your system with little regard to how it’s affecting your body, mind and spirit for that matter.

At some point, you have to want to take charge of your outcome and stop looking for the “magic pill.”

While writing this article, I had a phone conversation with someone that said these very words. “Everyone is looking for the magic and wants the results of losing weight right now.”

I get it…I have been in the fitness, weight loss and wellness industry for twelve plus years. We’re human and we’re conditioned to want “it” now, whatever “it” is for you.

We don’t want to work for “it”, we just want the magic wand to be waved over us and poof, we’re thinner, we have more energy, we don’t hurt anymore, the body moves like it used to, we aren’t taking a handful of powerful med, etc.

All of the magic that everyone is looking for really can be had…just not by all the money being spent on pills, diets, creams, potions, etc.

It takes real food, properly prepared and the willingness to learn what you don’t know and then do the work.

It’s really that simple. Is it always easy? No…change usually isn’t. Is it worth it? What do you think? The saying, “All things worth having, are worth the work” is my favorite quote, by me, thank you very much!

If we don’t earn our just reward, we don’t appreciate it. Just like we don’t appreciate our good health until we’ve lost it!

Let’s take a stand, be willing to do the work, with me or someone else, but please just do the work and learn what you don’t know! The rewards are worthy of a lifetime of great health!

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Health Coach

PS: My tea is gone and I just really want you to know that I’m passionate about health and I’m passionate about you. My message to you dear friend is this…Don’t wait any longer to reclaim your health or learn what you need to learn. Waiting doesn’t make anything better, it just prolongs the agony. I’m only a call away. Until next time my friend, cheers!

Autoimmune Disease: 3rd Leading Chronic Disease

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If you’re like me, reading that Autoimmune Diseases are now considered the 3rd leading chronic disease, right behind right heart disease and cancer is eye opening!

Over 50 million Americans are affected and a large percentage of that number is women. They are the top ten leading cause of death in women under the age of 65 and they come in more than 80 different varieties.

These include things such as Lupus, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis, Thyroid Disease, Thyroid Disease, Type I Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and so many more.

If you’re not familiar, autoimmune disease is a disease of the immune system and one of the biggest problems with diagnosis is that Doctors don’t look or recognize these immune diseases as diseases of the immune system as whole but instead they are looked at as diseases of particular organs.

What this means really, is that you’ll be shipped to different specialists for different issues. Many people who suffer from one autoimmune disease also suffer from a few and that means many specialists.

Our current medical beliefs are that once someone is afflicted with an autoimmune disease, they are no cures or ways to reverse the affects, only treatments of managing the symptoms, which means some really harsh meds that are supposed to suppress the immune system.

The problem with suppressing your whole immune system is the side effects that often arrive too. Things like depression, weight gain, fatigue, more chance for infection and even cancer.

My belief and that of many others who believe in holistic health and functional health believe that our bodies work together. So when one area is affected, it affects other areas. The same is for a healthy system or area.

When you can treat the root causes of diseases and not the symptoms, it’s possible to reverse many of the effects of these often debilitating diseases.

I believe, having my focus on the gut, plays an integral part on your whole body health.

If you were to look at the reasons that often times lay hidden behind other things, there really are only a handful of places to start paying attention to.

The first thing I look at is Gluten Intolerance. I think many people think of the gut first, which it is damaging to, but it’s also detrimental to our neurological system too, like pain, sleep, fatigue, depression, brain fog and others. Many don’t associate these symptoms to so many autoimmune diseases.

Let’s also think about the term “leaky gut”. Many times our gut is so damaged by things like stress, gluten, meds and infections that our gut becomes  permeable, which means it allows our food particles to escape through the gut walls into our bloodstream, which then means we’re not absorbing the nutrients that your body needs to function properly.

The escape of toxins and gluten starts to form inflammation which then leads us right to autoimmune diseases.

I just mentioned toxins as a culprit. We are surrounded my much in our current environment. Heavy metals, like mercury are a factor. Think of exposure from sources like mercury fillings you might have in your teeth. Some fish are heavily exposed.

Let’s not forget stress. While some stress isn’t harmful, chronic stress is. It leads to inflammation that is on all the time, which over time leads to autoimmune disease.

So, I hope you’re now wondering how one helps themselves to better health other than conventional medicine.

My answer; gut health healing is a great place to begin.

What this means is this, elimination to begin with. You have to learn what the culprits are. I’m not by any means saying to eliminate foods from your diet forever. You need to find out what the triggers are, heal the gut, which controls about 80% of your immune system, and then you can start slowly introducing foods back in.

The whole idea isn’t to eliminate gluten forever; the idea is to become gluten tolerant.

Dairy and grains is another culprit for many. The idea isn’t to eliminate forever.

Your body needs to heal. This means managing stress, treating any possible infections, and reducing toxins in your system.

The overall idea is to get to the root of the problems, treat and reverse those, and not to suppress your entire immune system, which leads to other problems.

I believe that you aren’t intended to be living a life of mediocrity and feeling bad or not living your life at all.

How many people do you know that are afflicted? We all need to ban together and spread the good news. There is hope and healing.

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Health Coach

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Can you help spread the word?

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Another awesome week and great conversations with so many leave me feeling blessed and humbled.

Have a told you lately how blessed I am to be a Holistic Health Coach? Do you realize that I “get to” help so many on their health journeys?

I don’t “have to” share any of the amazing wisdom and knowledge that I have gained over the years, I “get to”.

So, I am asking your support in spreading the word on so many accounts. If you or a loved one is suffering needlessly and needs some guidance, send them my way.

If you or a loved one is befuddled with where to truly start, ask me, I’ll help demystify and together we’ll make a game plan to start walking in the right and best direction.

The basis of this article really was to shed some light on chickens, as I was engaged in a conversation this week with a gentleman who has Celiac disease and he and his wife are navigating the healthier side of nutrition and practicing what they are learning.

Trial and error is what happens a lot for all of us. We quickly figure out what we don’t know and quickly go figure it out. However, there are many who just get frustrated and give up! This is where spreading the word comes in too! We can’t keep what we know a secret. We have to share and pass along!

In our conversation, it was mentioned that he needed to consume bone broth “stock” and said that they could go to “Sam’s Club” and get a rotisserie chicken for $5 bucks, and you can’t beat that.

While I listened to him say this, it struck me that this is a lot of the thinking that has gotten us into trouble with our health.

We think in terms of cost, what’s easiest and fastest. While I’m not saying this is necessarily wrong, what if we tweaked this line of thinking.

What if we processed our thoughts with, how can I consume the freshest, locally grown or raised meats and produce at the best possible price? How could I best benefit his/her family while doing the same for mine?

Could you imagine what our economy would look like, not only our economic climate, but our health as well?

If we were to stop relying on what’s cheapest and easiest and switch from what’s freshest and raised locally and in season, what would your world look like?

Does it take a little more thought and planning? Sure, but not really any more than you’re currently doing by making the many trips to the grocery or through the drive-thru restaurants.

While I gave the gentlemen some education on the difference between his $5 chicken and a good healthy pastured chicken, by basically saying that there really is no comparison in terms of health and nutrition in the two.

Comparison in terms of fat – pasture-raised poultry contain 21 percent less fat than conventional chickens and 30 percent less saturated fat.

Pastured-raised poultry has 50 percent more vitamin A compared to conventional raised broilers.

Omega-3 fatty acids are significantly higher as well, which reduce your risks of cancer. People with higher levels of Omega-3 are less likely to have high blood pressure or irregular heartbeat. They are 50 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack and less likely to suffer from depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder or Alzheimer’s disease.

It has been estimated that only 40 percent of Americans consume an adequate supply of omega-3 fatty acids. Twenty percent have blood levels so low that they cannot be detected. Switching to meat, milk and dairy products of grass-fed animals is one way to restore this vital nutrient to your diet.

There is also no residue from pesticides, growth hormones or other chemicals that you will have from commercially raised birds.

Best of all, the excellent texture and taste won’t even come close to comparing to a commercial raised bird.

When the birds are healthy, so are you. When you support your local farmer, our economy is healthy. You see, it’s a win, win, win!

The gentlemen shared that he would probably have to go far to obtain pasture-raised chicken and I shared a local farmer’s location; he was delighted to know that it wasn’t truly very far to go to get good food.

Let’s also not forget about the wonderful egg. Hens raised on pasture are far more nutritious than hens confined in factory farms. Eggs from hens raised on pasture are also showing 4 to 6 times as much Vitamin D as typical supermarket eggs.

Not to mention 1/3 less cholesterol, ¼ less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 3 times more Vitamin E and 7 times more beta carotene.

So you see I need help spreading the word. The word of health, hope and healing. Are you up for the challenge?

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Health Coach

 

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Gluten Free or not to be….that is the question!

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I have so many conversations with many of you about Gluten. It seems that our current state is “Gluten Free.”

Do you find yourself perusing the grocery store shelves for anything that says it’s Gluten Free or just plain avoiding anything you think might have gluten in it?

If so, you’re not alone. The statistics say that as many as 30% of American adults are actively trying to reduce or eliminate gluten from their diets.

One search even found me face to face with a Gluten Free dating site. The objective, from what I could tell was to help match up gluten-free dieters with others that share the same thoughts or situations.

It’s everywhere, the FDA’s involved, with their labeling standards of course.

Have you ever noticed that when “new” fads arrive, bandwagons get started and people either are head over heal in love with it or they hate it?

Stand around any lunchroom or be at a dinner party, and chances are the conversation will lead to a new diet and today, gluten is the hot topic.

I’m not even saying that continuing on today’s modern diet, you shouldn’t watch the amount you are consuming, but come on…really labeling such foods like potato chips as Gluten free, is that really necessary? They are potatoes the last time I checked…no grains!

In my opinion, if you are in fact looking to reduce gluten in your diet, it’s not necessarily a bad thing if done in the right context. Meaning you aren’t eliminating nutrient dense, naturally gluten-free foods like meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, and nuts rather than the so-called gluten-free junk food.

Do people that lower gluten or eliminate gluten for a time feel better? Absolutely and I believe it’s because our bodies need a break for the barrage that’s being dumped in.

All things in moderation are really what this is all about. We live in a culture and society that likes to overdo and over indulge.

I don’t think that eliminating grains from your diet is the answer. Grains provide valuable nutrients that you can’t otherwise get.

I do feel however, that for a time, while you’re following a good, sound protocol to allow your body to heal, diagnose and treat your specific allergies, the key goal…..are to you ready for this?…IS TO BECOME GLUTEN TOLERANT!

I’m sure this might not be a popular answer….but I feel strongly that we should be wise, smart, buying consumers.

Many are giving up good sourdough breads because they have shunned “gluten”. If you don’t know the benefits of sourdough, read this!

Like I said prior, elimination for a time might be necessary. The intent is to heal and introduce some back in!

Again, when we practice everything in moderation, we’re happier and healthier. The choice is yours!

I will leave you with a little checklist if you will. Something that will at least give you a roadmap to follow and getting the help you need and deserve.

1. Eat organic (avoid foods with added chemicals)

2. Eat only pastured or grass-fed meat and drink raw milk

3. Avoid Genetically Modified Foods – go to www.nongmoshoppingguide.com

4. Avoid corn sugars and beet sugars

5. Avoid vegetable oils (corn, canola, soy and processed foods that contain them)

6. Get Blood testing for Vitamin D and B12 levels and food allergies

8. Avoid antibacterial soaps

9. Make or buy and then eat homemade non-pasteurized lacto-fermented foods and drinks

10. Drink filtered and re-mineralized water (add mineralized salt)

11. Eat sulfur containing foods (cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, garlic, onions, chives, eggs, etc.)

12. Avoid glyphosates (associated with food intolerances, autism, leaky gut, etc.)

13. Use unprocessed salt, avoid commercial salt

14. Expose yourself to the sun, no sunburns and do not use sunglasses

15. Know your farmer and buy locally produced foods

While this list isn’t all inclusive, it certainly is a great start!

Where do you see yourself falling short or what do you need help with? Share below in the comments section or anytime on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LiveLifeYearsYounger

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Health Coach

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Life Giving Foods vs. Life Robbing Foods!

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This past week I had the great pleasure to listen to a very wise woman share her plight into traditional eating and the reason was her sick young daughter.

You see, most mothers (and fathers) become fierce momma or papa bears when our young are sick or ill, don’t we?

We want to find out what exactly is wrong and then do everything in our power to make them better.

I know I’ve done this over the years with my own daughters and now with my grandchildren. When they don’t feel well, we’re digging and fixing!

If you’re shopping for and consuming prepackaged and commercialized food products from your local grocery, you are consuming life robbing foods.

There is a list of 10 major life robbing foods that I’d like to share that you should NEVER eat and then I’ll share the list of life giving foods.

Foods you should NEVER EVER eat….

1. GMO Foods

(Corn, Soy, Sugar, Aspartame, Papaya, Canola Oil, Cotton Oil, Commercial Dairy, Zucchini, Yellow Squash)

2. Processed Meats

(Lunch meats, hotdogs, sausages, bacon)

3. Microwave Popcorn

4. Soft Drinks

5. Diet Beverages

6. Refined White Flours

7. Refined Sugars

8. Conventional “Dirty” Produce (see EWG’s Dirty Dozen listing here)

9. Farmed Salmon

10. Hydrogenated Oils (canola, shortening, vegetable oils)

(Most baked goods use these oils)

Whew….that’s a list isn’t it?

Now would you like the list of foods that are living giving and good for you? It’s my pleasure to present them!

1. Bone Broths

2. Raw Milk

3. Yogurt

4. Kefir

5. Grass-fed Beef, Pork, Lamb

6. Pastured poultry (chicken, turkey)

7. Sourdough Bread

8. Pastured Eggs

9. Fresh fruits and veggies (preferably organic)

10. Soaked grains, nuts, seeds, beans

11. Fermented veggies, fruits and teas

Yum!!! This is the food items that I adore! When foods are properly grown, prepared and eaten, they give life and they taste absolutely delicious!

Often times in conversations, it comes about that “healthy” doesn’t taste good. Well, have I got news for you. When you eat the “life giving” foods I outlined above, your whole body sings, including your mouth!

Every cell is awakened and having a party and rejoicing! One of my clients recently shared how she’s feeling just after two weeks of consuming Kombucha (fermented tea) and Bone broths. The results are amazing and she’s seeing the proof.

Guess what else is amazing? She’s telling everyone that will listen. Why? Because when you’ve struggled with something like IBS for so long and you don’t have control over what your body does, and all of a sudden you are given a glimpse of normal and vibrant living, you feel fabulous, you look fabulous, people notice and you sing!

Isn’t it time to take back your health and your life? Do you feel doomed to just suffer through? Or perhaps you’ve tried so many things and nothing seems to work.

It really isn’t your fault. You just need a fresh start, some sound guidance, a good roadmap to follow to your destination, which is great health, energy, sound sleep, vibrant vitality and the feelings of being youthful and sexy again.

I really don’t believe we were put on this planet to suffer. We are created of a higher power and image and that image isn’t one of a broken down body that suffers needlessly.

What has been your biggest takeaway from the “Life Robbing” and “Life Giving” foods list? Share your comments below.

To Your Health,

Kellie

Holistic Health Coach

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Healthy Gut and Clear Skin – They go hand in hand!

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Are you constantly plagued with acne or other skin disorders and it doesn’t seem to get better? Or….it gets better for a second and then flairs back up?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, you’re not alone.

What triggered this article; was this. Earlier this week, we (my sister-in-law Kathy and I) did a Fermenting class and demo. After the class, while speaking to so many, one particular lady asked me about my skincare use.

She approached the subject like this…”Since you’re the healthy and organic girl, it would make sense that you probably use good quality organic skincare products too, right?”

While this isn’t the first time people have commented on my skin, it’s the first time in the context of a food class.

Now remember, I’m an experimenter and researcher, so my logical brain went into the correlation between our gut health, our brain and our skin.

You see, they really all do work systematically together. I’ve always instinctively known that what you put in shows up on the outside, via your skin, your weight, your mood, etc.

When you are stressed what happens? You tend to eat and/or drink more caffeinated foods/drinks and you sleep less. You also tend to pick up more of the junk or comfort foods than you might normally.

So imagine a life like this. We’re constantly barraged with stress, toxins, processed foods and a body that’s stressed more and more and more!

What happens? We might start noticing symptoms of indigestion, acid reflux, autoimmune diseases, skin disorders, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression, anxiety, or other issues.

What if you haven’t noticed any of these things, other than the “normal” stresses? You’ve had hardly any real signs of gut disorders that would lead the face breaking out and/or the dry patches of skin.

There are many studies that link gut health to skin health. Vitamin A and D are essential to good skin. If you suffer from “leaky gut”, your body isn’t utilizing the nutrients that you are taking in and these toxic antibodies are floating into your bloodstream and causing havoc on the outside as well as the inside.

Since the skin covers a large percentage of our bodies, and it does absorb a lot of what’s put on it, it does warrant some thought about what happens from the inside out and vice versa.

Going back to the ladies question about my skincare, yes I do take care of what I put on the outside. As I just mentioned, our skin is a giant sponge and if it gets clogged up with toxic overload from so called good skincare, we are just overloading our system with more junk.

The big named cosmetics don’t want you to know that the more you use their toxic products, they more you are reliant on using them, as they continually will make your skin worse.

Same goes for the overload on the inside. If you don’t deal with these issues and go through a healing process, you’ll never have the health or skin that you desire.

I know, balloon buster here! The good news is this….there is hope and healing to be had. I keep saying this! At some point, I hope that you believe it internally and take the necessary steps to do what you have to!

Acne is a big problem for many and it almost always can and is linked to gut health. Clean up your gut and clean up your skin. Let’s face it. We all have some vanity or we’d not be human.

Who wants to truly live with a face, neck, scalp or body marked by acne or other major skin disorders? Let’s face it….we all need to take care of our inside so our bodies can take care of us, which includes the outside.

What experiences have you had with skin disorders and cleaning up your diet and gut health?

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Health Coach

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What’s a Belly to do?

Ferments

On Tuesday night, my sister-in-law, Kathy and I did our Fermentation presentation and Demo class in front of a room full of novices and veterans alike.

Wow, what an awesome experience. We showcased this class last year for a large group and had much success and were graciously invited to teach this year to a new group of amazing folks.

Something we noticed is that the room had quite a few experienced fermenters and they had some great comments and questions, which we love.

The base or foundation of the class is to look at the “science” behind fermentation, which is Kathy’s forte, as she’s a Science teacher by day and a great presenter by night J. She also shared her plight with Diabetes and the amazing healing journey that has unfolded over the last year or so! Yes, eating and drinking fermented foods can help with Diabetes…hmmm! Ask me how!

By incorporating the why and how, we feel it helps us truly understand why bacteria is good for us and to learn that consuming “fermented” foods isn’t bad for us or going to “kill” us, as many would have you believe.

One of the points of discussion was on fermenting in the typical fashion, which is to properly prepare and then allow to sit and ferment for several days and then some would have you can or process with heat to store.

There were those in the room who have family members that practice this method. If this is you, can I share that if you are fermenting for the benefits of healthy probiotics, bacteria and enzymes, when you heat it after the fermenting period in a hot water bath or pressure cooker, you now have a very dead food?

Why is this important to distinguish? The art of fermentation is for several reasons, namely to take food sources in their raw state, allow them to lacto-ferment and they become powerhouse foods. They are now inoculated with more vitamins and minerals than their original state.

They also are now loaded with probiotics to help our gut system, which plays the role of being 75-80% of our immune system health and it puts in good healthy bacteria to populate all that which is killed throughout our normal living.

Implanting good bacteria also helps to offset the bad guys running around too. Because our society is so heavily abused by antibiotic use, antibacterial soaps, and chlorinated water, there is no distinction between good and bad bacteria, they all get wiped out.

What most don’t understand is that we have to either put in a good probiotic or eat good fermented foods daily. Not occasionally, but daily.

Our bodies are under constant attack by our environment, our foods, our toxic Ag products and acres and even our homes. Do you realize that the beloved cleaning products you bring in to “scrub away” the grime; make the inside of your home more caustic than the outside, in many cases? Another topic for another day!

If you’re interested in diving into the world of fermentation deeper, there are many great sources, including a previous article I wrote here.

Fermentation is a godsend in my family’s home. There are at least 5 jars of different ferments as well as Kombucha at any given time. You will also find sourdough bread too!

Why? Pure health benefits….plus they taste wonderful! It’s truly a party in your mouth and your gut (belly).

If you need to heal your body, fermented foods will be a great addition. We talked about introducing these foods to young children, as the sooner you do, the easier it will be.

Have you noticed how young our children and grandchildren that are being diagnosed with horrendous illness and diseases? Is it a fluke? I don’t think so. We have to wake up and take charge of our health or you won’t be enjoying good health.

Got questions, ask away in the comments section below. What are your favorite fermented foods?

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Health Coach

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Raw Milk…It does a body good!

Raw Milk facts

Have you ever considered drinking raw milk? If you are honest, I bet one of your first thoughts is…whew…that’s gross!

I remember conjuring up such thoughts and more. I don’t know exactly why I thought this, but I couldn’t fathom drinking milk directly from the cow, I mean I was always taught that it had to be cooked and cleaned first, right?

Boy, have I come along way. For the last year and a half, I’ve consumed no other milk other than raw milk. I also make fermented foods from raw milk, things like yogurt, kefir, soft cheeses, cottage cheese and the like.

I can’t begin to tell you how much better tasting it is, how fresh it is AND the health benefits are superior to anything pasteurized, contrary to what you’ve been told or the warnings you’ve had flashed to you. I’

Now, let me also say, not all raw is deemed equal. If you have access to receiving “raw” milk from a commercial dairy, don’t do it. Why? The condition under which it is produced is key and the way the animals are raised.

The ideal raw milk is taken straight from animals fed only fresh, organic, green grass, and then the milk is rapidly cooled to somewhere around 36-38 degrees and then bottled. There is no processing, just filtration and cooling.

Diet is a major factor in the quality of raw milk. Cows weren’t meant to be fed grains and starches and this changes the acidity of the cow’s stomach environment and changes fat and nutritional values in the milk. They lack the self-protective properties that occur when cows are grass-fed. Also milk fed grains and starches, has the capability to be more contaminated.

There is a whole other topic of what’s injected into the cow, as well as being fed to increase the milk production. Many of these soy based products, mimic estrogen in humans, hence the higher hormone issues in this country as well.

I will link several resources at the bottom of this article, for those that would like further, in depth research. For the sake of this article, I really just wanted to give an overview and open it up the comments for further review and questions.

Clean raw milk from pastured cows is a complete and properly balanced food. If you had to, you could live on it exclusively. The ingredients that make it such a powerhouse are:

  • Proteins (Cow’s milk has 8 essential amino acids)
  • Carbohydrates (Lactose or milk sugar, is the primary)
  • Fats (approximately 2/3 of the fat in milk is saturated, which play a number of key roles in our bodies)
  • CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is abundant in milk from grass-fed cows
  • Vitamins (water and fat soluble) – nothing needs to be added to raw milk, it’s already there and ready to be used by our bodies
  • Minerals (ranging from calcium and phosphorus on down to trace minerals)
  • Enzymes (there are 60+ known and the biggest help I think they play is relieving the burden from our system – as they help break down foods
  • Cholesterol (a protective/repair substance) Contrary to what you’ve been told, our bodies produce it and need it for a healthy life
  • Beneficial Bacteria (with high levels of lactic acid, numerous enzymes and increased vitamin content, fermented dairy products, think yogurt and kefir, add even more health benefits

Raw milk is the best thing you can give your children, next to lactating of course. Have you noticed the rise in Asthma, allergies, skin disorders, etc.? There are a number of studies linking the consumption of pasteurized milk to these.

Pasteurization kills all the bacteria in the milk by heating it. As I mentioned earlier, this is necessary because of their living conditions, the cleanliness of the cows, what they are fed, etc. Then vitamins have to be added back in.

Milk…it does a body good! I’m sure you’ve all heard that saying. I would add the word “Raw” to that statement. Raw Milk….It does a body Good! It’s the only milk that does a body good! Whether it’s from goats or cows, make sure it’s grass-fed and from a trusted source.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ll link several resources for you who want and desire more, as you ultimately have to make the right choice and decisions for your family.

I can’t say enough for the benefits my family has experienced as a result of making the change and I will never go back, even if that means having a cow of my own.

Interested in learning more and/or obtaining raw milk…here’s an excellent resource, www.realmilk.com

There is much controversy over this issue and the best advice I can give, is do the research, talk to trusted sources and make an informed decision.

What questions arise from this blog? Do you consume raw milk or are you afraid and have questions? This is the place to share those questions and/or concerns, post below.

As I’ve said a few times, this article isn’t intended to be all inclusive, as this topic is very in-depth and there are some strong political views at hand as well. All I can do is open the door, let you dive in and see where it takes you.

The choice is yours….here to lasting good health!

Kellie

Holistic Health Coach

PS: Here are a couple of great resources, and these aren’t all inclusive…just trusted sites.

www.realmilk.com

www.westonaprice.org

www.raw-milk-facts.com

http://empoweredsustenance.com/raw-milk-is-special/

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