The Health Benefits of Cilantro

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Cilantro and coriander are the names used in the United States to describe two different parts of the same plant, Coriandrum sativum. It’s an annual herb, which means it blooms and must be replanted yearly. Cilantro is used to describe the green, citrus-flavored leaves. Coriander is the common name for the plant’s light brown seeds, which are dried and used as a cooking spice. Exactly what you call, or how you use, this amazing plant varies depending on where you live in the world, but its health benefits remain the same. Cilantro can help cleanse the body of toxic metals, it’s an incredible source of antioxidants, it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals, and it has a long history of culinary and therapeutic use.

Cilantro Nutritional Facts

A great source of vitamins and minerals, cilantro should be considered a superfood, or at least a “superherb.” A small amount delivers the full daily value of vitamin A and K and is rich in vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. Cilantro is a great, low-calorie option for those who want to add more nutrients and flavor to their diet. Below is the full nutritional breakdown for 3.5 oz. of raw cilantro leaves.[1]

Vitamins and Minerals Amount Daily Value
Vitamin A equiv. 6748 IU 135%
Thiamine (B1) 0.067 mg 4.5%
Riboflavin (B2) 0.162 mg 9.5%
Niacin (B3) 1.114 mg 5.5%
Vitamin B6 0.149 mg 7.4%
Vitamin C 27 mg 45%
Vitamin E 2.5 mg 8%
Vitamin K 310 μg 387%
Calcium 67 mg 7%
Iron 1.77 mg 10%
Magnesium 26 mg 7%
Manganese 0.426 mg 21%
Phosphorus 48 mg 5%
Potassium 521 mg 15%
Sodium 46 mg 2%
Zinc 0.5 mg 1.6%

Cilantro and Toxic Metal Cleansing

Beyond its nutritional benefits, cilantro is a powerful, cleansing agent that specifically targets toxic metals. We are constantly exposed to toxic metals like aluminum, arsenic, and cadmium. Toxic metals tend to accumulate in the endocrine system, muscle tissue, and even deep within the bones. Once these metals reach dangerous levels, many serious health problems occur. Common side effects of toxic metal exposure include hormone imbalance, oxidative stress from free radicals, and, in extreme cases, impaired organ function. Don’t wait to experience harsh side effects before cleansing your body.

Mercury, for example, can have a devastating effect on your health. Many people who suffer from mercury exposure report feeling more clear headed after consuming large amounts of cilantro over an extended period.[2]

Exposure to lead is also far more common than many people realize and has many adverse effects on the body. In animal studies, cilantro has been observed to protect against lead-induced oxidative stress.[3]

Cilantro helps cleanse the body of toxic metals by supporting the body’s natural detoxification processes. Compounds in cilantro leaf bind to toxic metals and loosen them from affected tissue. This process allows metals to be released from the body naturally. You can access these benefits by consuming the raw leaves or ingesting concentrated extracts. Unfortunately, fresh cilantro goes bad very quickly. If you want to be sure to always have access to its detoxification power, supplements may be a good alternative.

Supplements are an excellent choice when fresh cilantro isn’t available or if you find its taste unpalatable. I recommend Global Healing Center’s own Zeotrex™. Zeotrex is a blend of powerful herbs, including cilantro, which help promote overall health by encouraging detoxification of harmful chemicals and toxic metals.

On that note, it’s a good time to mention that not everyone appreciates the distinctive flavor of cilantro. One explanation for the difference in flavor perception is the absence of a particular gene called OR6A2. The lack of this gene seems to be common in those who report a foul taste.

Additional Benefits of Cilantro

Antioxidant Support

Cilantro has strong antioxidant activity.[4]

Promotes Heart Health

Cilantro may help prevent cardiovascular damage.[5]

Provides a Mood Boost

Cilantro has been shown to promote calm feelings.[6]

Promotes Normal Blood Sugar Levels

Some studies report that cilantro encourages normal blood sugar levels.[7]

Supports Restful Sleep

Cilantro may help improve sleep quality.[8]

Supports Healthy Cells

Coriander seed oil possesses antioxidant properties that may reduce oxidative stress.[9]

Encourages Fungal Balance

Research conducted by The Dental School of Piracicaba in Brazil reported that cilantro oil has potential against an oral form of the candida fungus.[10]

Fights Harmful Organisms

Cilantro has demonstrated neutralizing activity against several types of harmful organisms.[11, 12]

Encourages Brain Health

Cilantro may help support neurological health by discouraging oxidative stress.[13]

Promotes Normal Fluid Balance

Coriander seed encourages normal fluid balance and urine flow.[14]

Supports Bone Health

Vitamin K supports healthy bones, and eating even a small amount of cilantro provides the recommended daily serving of vitamin K.

Nutritional Support for Eye Health

Cilantro contains nutrients, including vitamin A, which support eye health.

Natural Food Preservative

Cilantro leaves and coriander seed are used to produce essential oils that act as natural food preservatives.[15]

Digestive Support

James A. Duke, Ph.D., a former botanist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and author of “The CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs,” has praised cilantro for the way it supports the digestive system. He recommends drinking tea made from the leaves for any form of stomach discomfort. Additionally, cilantro may encourage normal bowel movements.[16]

Tips for Growing Cilantro

Cilantro is easy to grow, and it’s convenient to have fresh cilantro ready to use. Cilantro grows quickly and does not always transfer well, so plan on growing your cilantro from seed. Cilantro leaves stop growing and become bitter after the plant flowers. That is why it’s best to plant your cilantro in spring and fall, avoiding the longer, hotter summer days in-between.

Plant cilantro seeds in well-drained, well-fertilized soil. Choose a spot that gets full sun. Sow several seeds together one-quarter inch into the soil and six to eight inches apart. Water after planting and when the soil is dry to the touch.

Expect to wait three to four weeks before harvesting the cilantro leaves. Leaves can be harvested anytime during the growing process, but you should wait until the plant is at least six inches in height. If you want to harvest the leaves continually, sow new seeds every two to three weeks. Unlike other herbs, cilantro leaves lose most of their flavor when dried, so it’s better to use them fresh. If you need to preserve them, freezing is the best option.

The seeds of the cilantro plant—coriander—require a different approach. The seeds can be used for planting or can be dried and used in a culinary capacity. Wait to harvest the seeds until most have turned brown on the plant. Cut off the stalk a few inches below the seeds. Tie the stalks in bunches and hang them upside down in a brown paper bag. After about five days, the dried seeds should fall from the stalks into the bottom of the bag. You can store the seeds in an airtight, glass container for up to a year. To release the flavors, dry-roast or grind before use.

How to Use Your Cilantro

Cilantro has been used in a variety of ways throughout recorded history. Ancient Greeks used cilantro essential oil as a component of perfume. During medieval times, the Romans used cilantro to mask the smell of rotten meat. Cilantro was also one of the first herbs to come to North America from the British colonies back in 1670. Today, cilantro leaves and coriander seeds are used in many types of cuisine.

The popularity of cilantro is owed to its fantastic flavor and versatility. For those who love cilantro, the possibilities are endless. From salsa and soup to meat or vegan curry, cilantro is a delicious ingredient, garnish, and flavor enhancer. For healthy, vegan recipes with cilantro, check out our organic guacamole or Indian-inspired green lentil salad with spiced carrots.

How do you use cilantro? Do you have a favorite cilantro recipe? Share your experience and leave a comment below.

 

 

 

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What Is Male Fern Root?

What Is Male Fern Root? | male-fern-root-460x300 | Natural Medicine Special Interests

Male fern root, also known as Dryopteris filix-mas, Bear’s paw, Knotty Brake, and Sweet Brake, has been used for centuries as a defense against harmful organisms. [1] Beyond that, the male fern root also offers other health benefits for humans such as digestive support and detoxification.

Origins of Male Fern

Male fern is native to the temperate climates of Asia, Europe, and much of South and North America. The plant is highly adaptable and can grow well in both arid and fertile soils. The root of the male fern, usually harvested in early autumn, is dried for therapeutic purposes.

As far back as 103 A.D., Greek and Roman physicians used the male fern root to help expel harmful organisms from the intestines and digestive tract. In fact, it is rumored that Louis XVI of France paid large sums of money to add this powerful fern to his own medicine chest.

How Does Male Fern Root Work?

The male fern root is loaded with cleansing compounds known as filicin and filmarone. These essential oils are responsible for eradicating harmful organisms by creating a harsh intestinal environment that is toxic to harmful intestinal organisms. [2]

Studies also show that male fern root’s oleo-resins cause harmful organisms in the intestines to become immobile, preventing them from attaching themselves to the interior lining of human intestinal walls. In both human and animal case studies, male fern root was shown to have a dramatic effect on eliminating harmful organisms both inside and outside of the GI tract.

Health Benefits of Male Fern Root

Male fern root is also rich in antioxidants, folic acid, phloroglucinol derivatives, and several other necessary trace essential oils which promote overall digestive health.

Traditionally cited benefits of male fern root include:

  • Powerful astringent
  • Promotes harmful organism cleansing
  • Supports digestive health
  • Natural intestinal cleanser
  • Encourages normal liver function

Supplementing With Male Fern Root

Male fern root works to establish an environment in the body that is inhospitable to harmful invaders. Have you used it? I’d love to hear from people who’ve had first hand experience. Leave a comment below and share your tips with us.

References:

  1. Herbs 2000. Male Fern. Herbs 2000.
  2. James Copland, MD. A Dictionary of Practical Medicine. New York. 1869.


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Detoxing with Zeolites

Detoxing with Zeolites | zeolite-detox-cleanse | Natural Medicine Special Interests

One way to benefit your body in several ways is to detox with Zeolites. Zeolites are naturally occurring minerals, typically found in rocks and clay. Cultures around the world have consumed clay for health purposes prior to the rise of industrialized civilization and many animal species consume earth minerals as well.

Zeolites have a number of industrial, agricultural, and medical uses. Most commonly, they are used in advanced material preparation, water purification and in the agricultural and medical sectors. Of particular interest is how Zeolites can help make our bodies healthier.

Health Benefits of Zeolites

Large amounts of research have been done on all the possible benefits of detoxing with Zeolite and studies show that they appear to balance pH within the body, reduce allergies, act as antioxidants, and aid liver function [1]. Zeolites also appear to help with digestion and, most importantly, they may also help remove toxic metals from the body.

One natural Zeolite, Clinoptilolite, was discovered to assist in removing toxic metal toxins through urination without depleting the body’s store of essential electrolytes [2]. These studies are extremely encouraging, because they suggest Zeolites can help with alleviating accumulated toxic metals.

The benefits of Zeolite have been known in the medical community for many years. They have been used for blood purification, Zeolites supplements have been used to detox the body of lead and also known to fight diarrhea and harmful organisms. [3] [4]

How Do Zeolites Work?

The molecules in Zeolites contain a powerful magnetic energy, which can be used to attract and hold several types of toxins. The idea is that Zeolites pull the metals out of afflicted tissues and into themselves. This ability may be especially important for removing lead, aluminum cadmium, arsenic and mercury. These metals are then passed out of the body through urination and defecation.

References:

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Lung and Respiratory Detox and Benefits of Chaparral

Lung and Respiratory Detox and Benefits of Chaparral | Chaparral | Natural Health Natural Medicine Special Interests

There’s good news for sufferers of upper respiratory ailments. Chaparral is a flowering plant found in the deserts of southwest North America that may provide relief via its natural, organic compounds. Native Americans have historically appreciated chaparral for lung detox and addressing respiratory problems such as symptoms of bronchitis, cold, and congestion.

Chaparral is used by selective naturopaths and has gained a wave of recent attention by modern herbalists for its lung detox benefits. Most notable may be the expectorant effects of chaparral and its tendency to promote resistance to swelling and redness.

How Does Chaparral Work?

Chaparral contains nordihydroguararetic acid, or NGDA, a powerful antioxidant with a wide range of bonuses, including a resistance to irritation. Most upper respiratory conditions accompany, or are accompanied by, irritation and detoxifying may provide acute symptom relief. NDGA has also been shown to halt some histamine secretions in several models. Although more research is required, these findings suggest it may offer some form of therapeutic benefit for supporting the body’s ability to reduce the symptoms of upper respiratory distress.

Chaparral plants, which are hearty and rarely found outside their native desert environment, have a strong, creosote-like aroma; this odor is especially pungent after a rain shower and reminiscent of the chaparral tea traditionally made by native American Indians of the southwest. Chaparral tea may help detoxify respiratory problems associated with symptoms of bronchitis and colds by providing an expectorant action that keeps airways clear of mucus and build up. It deserves mention that only about 40% of the available NGDA is water soluble and more potent benefits can be found in a chaparral tincture extraction.

Benefits of Chaparral

One of chaparral’s uses dating back the furthest have to do with its potential to destroy harmful organisms. This can be underscored by its potent resistance to bacteria when used as a mouthwash. Research has also shown it to display resistance to fungus. When your normal lung detoxification mechanisms are compromised due to pollution from mold or spores, it’s good to have a natural, powerful option to fight back with and not rely on pharmaceutical or synthetic products.

As an overall defense during times of compromised respiratory health, research by the microbiology department at the Universidad Nacional de San Luis in San Luis, Argentina showed Chaparral to boost immune system response. This “all around health enhancement” combined with significant antioxidant activity may offer explanation for chaparral being included in many traditional blood and body cleansing tonics and detox formulas.

References:

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Symptoms of Liver Toxicity

Symptoms of Liver Toxicity | fatigue | General Health Special Interests Toxins

Symptoms of liver toxicity are not always easy to pinpoint. Many conditions associated with an overloaded liver are problems that can arise from a number of causes. Although some conditions, such as fatigue or irritability are often just part of life, and not necessarily the result of liver deficiencies, ignoring pervasive health conditions is never advised. Instead, we should view health problems as weeds to be removed. Often times, ailments resulting from imbalances and toxicity within the body spring up in multiple ways and appeasing deficiencies can help to alleviate them at the source.

Understand What Causes Toxicity

Your concern should increase if you find yourself regularly experiencing multiple adverse conditions at once, especially when that becomes “the norm.” If “the norm” for you is constant misery and dis-ease, it may be an indication that your body and liver are overloaded with function-impeding toxins. In such instances, the best course of action is to take inventory of your lifestyle to remove the sources of toxins and complement that lifestyle change with a liver cleanse using all-natural, organic methods.

Symptoms of Liver Toxicity

One of the most common symptoms of liver toxicity is chronic fatigue. Many people with overburdened livers will wake up in the morning feeling lethargic and drained, as if they have had no sleep at all. When you’re feeling weighed down before you even start your day, it takes a great deal of effort to get momentum up. It comes without surprise that persons experiencing this are often finished by mid day, a slow down often accompanied by stiffness and aches.

Chronic fatigue can stem from a number of origins and immediately assuming liver dysfunction and overreacting inappropriately should be avoided. However, it is a condition that requires attention and investigation may determine impairment of liver function to be a contributing factor. If it begins to be accompanied by emotional instability, then there is a greater cause for concern. The liver’s performance can directly impact emotional constitution. A toxic liver can be the catalyst for various forms of depression, which is really a form of anger turned inward. General moodiness, feelings of despair, and occasional outbursts of anger can all be caused by a burdened liver.

There are chemicals in the brain that cause a variety of emotional disturbances when they’re out of balance and moodiness may or may not be an actual symptom of liver toxicity. However, many people do not realize that the liver’s operation, or operational deficiencies, play significant role in emotional health. The annoyances of a bad day are one thing, chronic and wide mood swings accompanied with physical energy are another.

Symptoms of liver toxicity can also manifest as problems with the digestive system. Swelling and bloating after a meal, along with the seeming inability to lose weight regardless of diet or exercise, are possible indicators of liver dysfunction. These conditions can be further exacerbated by frequent alcohol consumption, a heavy meat diet, eating foods with refined sugars, and processed foods high in carbohydrates.

A Toxic Liver Needs Detoxification

If you’re constantly feeling drained or overloaded with negative emotions, you may be suffering from a form of liver dysfunction and could benefit by a simple cleansing.

As I said before, general, non-specific problems like chronic fatigue, moodiness, and digestive upset should not immediately be assumed to be the result of liver dysfunction. They may or may not be. Often times, for most people, determining what is causing them to feel less than their best is the difficult first step in turning things around. Body burden is an interesting subject because it affects different people differently. If you’re experiencing what you consider to be ill-health on a “regular” basis, something is amiss; the reality is an overload of toxins is often to blame. If you feel liver toxicity is to blame, it’s recommended you engage in an all-natural liver cleanse.

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How to Flush the Liver

How to Flush the Liver | herbal-peppermint-tea | General Health Special Interests

To understand liver cleansing, it’s necessary to understand the function of the liver is to process toxins. If a liver running at 60% efficiency is leaving 40% of toxins unprocessed to accumulate in and float around, what effect do you think that has on your body? The liver is one of the body’s most vital organs; a functioning liver is necessary to live, and a well functioning liver is necessary to live well. Although the liver is a toxin processor and robust in its abilities, it isn’t impervious to toxicity itself. Certain things, such as too much alcohol or a diet heavy in processed nutrient-deficient foods, can damage it, vastly reduce its efficacy, and contribute to a myriad of factors that promote health problems. Unfortunately, due to the availability and mainstream infiltration of a toxic-laden lifestyle, too few people realize that what many consider “normal” is actually a lifestyle that burdens the liver, and really the body as a whole, with toxins that slow down it down. A healthy lifestyle is the key to keeping your body, and especially your liver, in top shape. And, occasionally flushing the liver to alleviate toxin buildup can be beneficial.

Many people aren’t quite sure where to start with a liver flush so lets remove the mystery out of liver cleansing once and for all. Detoxifying it of excess toxins is not as hard as it may seem. Actually, liver cleansing involves nothing more than a simple change in diet and a few natural and organic supplements.

To Detoxify Your Liver, Stop Giving It Toxins

I cannot stress this enough, if your diet includes processed foods and refined sugars, you need to change your diet and remove those unhealthy items. Those foods contain chemicals that can quickly overload the liver with so many toxins it’s almost like you’re waging chemical warfare upon your body’s innards. I remember a few years ago I saw an experiment in which french fries from well known fast food chains were left uncovered, outside to degrade on their own. Weeks, and even months, later their appearance hadn’t changed much. What does that say about what’s required of your body to process and break down that stuff? Your body and a car have at least one thing in common, pouring sugar in the gas tank will make them run miserably. Simply eliminating toxic foods from your diet will give your liver immediate relief and benefit. Replace toxic foods with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to further the process of gainful turnaround.

Herbs Can Stimulate Liver Detoxification

There are a variety of herbs that can support liver detoxification efforts as well. Organic chicory root, organic dandelion root, organic peppermint leaf, and organic turmeric are just a few examples. These, and other herbal remedies, have been used by herbalists and indigenous cultures for centuries as therapies to assist in the removal of accumulated toxins from the liver and stimulate the production of bile, a vital component to digestion and health.

Herbal remedies don’t directly detoxify the liver. Metaphorically, chicory root is not like “draino for your liver.” Instead, what herbs and nutrients do is stimulate the body’s natural liver functions that make it cleanse itself. Most people forget that when the body is given everything it needs, it’s very capable of taking care of itself. When nutrient deficiencies occur, that’s when body process deficiencies occur. Ceasing to intake toxic pollutants in the form of processed foods, refined sugars, and alcohol over-indulgence is the first step to liver cleansing, kicking your body’s natural cleansing abilities into gear is the second.

Organic Food, Organic Supplements

Many of these herbs are readily available in health food stores at affordable prices. Others, however, are not so easy to obtain in natural, organic form, and can be expensive if you attempt to purchase each one individually. Remember, I highly recommend you only and always invest in pure, high quality herbs and extractions. If a supplement company isn’t willing to disclose the conditions in which its product was grown and processed, there’s a chance they’re trying to hide it. Sure, you might be able to buy discount peppermint extract. But, if the plant wasn’t grown naturally and organically, do you think it’s going to provide many of its natural benefits? Don’t take a step forward by altering your diet to include healthy foods and then two steps back by neutralizing their benefit with cheap, low quality supplements.

The guessing and legwork have been removed with Livatrex®, an all-natural supplement manufactured from proven herbal ingredients of the absolute highest quality possible. If you want to experience the benefits of a detoxified liver, take inventory of your diet and make the changes you know you need to make; and consider adding Livatrex to your efforts to maximize your liver detoxification.

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Why You Should Cleanse Your Lungs

Why You Should Cleanse Your Lungs | environment-pollution | General Health Toxins

You do not have smoke to have polluted lungs or to have a reason to cleanse your lungs. The air we breathe has been heavily polluted by car exhaust, chemical byproducts, and various forms of industrial emissions. Even worse, indoor air in many dwellings has been found to be up to six times as dangerous as outdoor air. Without proper filtration, it is inevitable that a certain amount of stress, and possibly severe damage, can impact the lung tissue that breathes this air.

Pollution is Everywhere

In today’s civilization, people who should have perfectly healthy lungs suffer from many of these maladies because of toxins present in their environment that they are not aware of. Every one of us has been exposed to these toxins since the day we were born. Studies have revealed that a baby crawling over a section of an average carpet inhales the toxic equivalent of four cigarettes per day [1].

A lifetime of exposure to outgases, dust mites, mold, mildew, and chemicals in carpets is one motivator to cleanse your lungs of its cumulative effect.

The hazard of indoor air is another. According to the EPA findings, 60 percent of all homes contain airborne pollutants that are hazardous to human health. The American College of Allergies corroborates these findings by reporting that half of all illness today results from indoor, not outdoor, air pollution. Allergens are concentrated in super-insulated homes 200 percent more than in standard homes.

Even worse, indoor air can have as much as 100 times the amount of toxins in it as the air right outside your windows!

Allergens Contribute to Respiratory Ailments

Did you know that there are over 1,000 species of mold and mildew that thrive in indoor environments? Many of you reading this article now suffer from allergies due to mold and mildew. This is another reason to cleanse your lungs, when you consider that your own home may be the source of chronic respiratory and sinus problems.

Other allergies in the home are often related to pets. Many people think that pet allergies have to do with the type of hair a dog or cat has. They assume that if the animal has short hair, then they are less likely to have an allergic reaction. Actually, it is the dander beneath the coat of hair that is the source of most allergies, so the length of hair, or even the amount of hair, is irrelevant to the reaction.

There are those of us who love animals so much that we are willing to put up with a few sniffles and a little coughing for the sake of the unconditional love we receive from our quadruped companions. If this describes your view of the world, we do not criticize your devotion to other life forms. However, we do encourage you to cleanse your lungs on a regular basis to help minimize the risk of getting really sick from a severe allergic reaction.

Natural Lung Cleansing May Help

A number of plants, such as Eucalyptus, Lungwort, Peppermint, and Osha root have been used by indigenous cultures and ancient civilizations for thousands of years as remedies to various forms of respiratory conditions. Rather than growing or buying these herbs separately, you can now take them in the form of a single lung cleanse supplement, Allertrex®, which is the first of its kind on the market. Allertrex® offers support for respiratory ailments, assists with normal lung functions, and will also cleanse your lungs of harmful agents that inhibit their function.

References:

  1. Intuitive Environmental Solutions, LLC. Facts about indoor quality. 2008

 

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Health Benefits of Sporopollenin

Health Benefits of Sporopollenin | Sporopollenin | General Health Special Interests

What is Sporopollenin?

The outer walls of spores and pollen grains is tough and, chemically, very stable. This causes it to be well preserved in sediments and soils. One of the most significant compounds of the cell wall is a substance known as Sporopollenin.

The exact chemical composition of sporopollenin is of significant interest. The strong chemical stability and resistance to degradation from enzymes has lead to interest in its potentials, however, there are still lingering questions as to the primary makeup of sporopollenin. To date, analyses have shown it to include carotenoids, phenolics, phenylpropanoids, and long chain fatty acids. It is believed that phenylalanine and other carbon sources are also involved.

Benefits of Sporopollenin

Sporopollenin as a component of pollen grain cellular walls may sound like something of an abstract concept, however sporopollenin has been shown to provide a number of very real benefits. Sporopollenin can be an ingested nutritional supplement and has been reported to help reduce pain, symptoms of depression, and stress. However, one of its most profound attributes is that it is known to have a fantastic ability to act like a sponge around substances such as pesticides, toxins, chemicals and toxic metals, soaking them up and binding them together.

This has lead Global Healing Center to include sporopollenin as an ingredient in their organic detox foot pads that are used to detox the body.

The Need for Sporopollenin

Unfortunately, the modern industrial world has lead to a saturation within our atmosphere of toxins, which includes chemicals and toxic metals. Our environment, our water sources, and the food we eat are all affected by this. Mercury, arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, lead, and nickel exposure is widespread and can lead to a number of serious health conditions.

Archeological studies comparing ancient bones to those of recently deceased people have shown that we have roughly 1,000 times more metal toxins in our bodies. Over time, the buildup of these metals in our bodies can harm the bones and kidneys, cardiovascular and immune system, and even lead to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and other degenerative diseases of the nervous system.

We also live during a time when the excessive use of fossil fuels and other non-renewable
resources has caused pollution.

Sporopollenin when used in Detox Foot Pads™ is an effective detoxifying agent that may significantly reduce the amount of toxins you have in your body.


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8 Surprisingly Simple Ways To Detox

8 Surprisingly Simple Ways To Detox | detoxifying_healthy | General Health Natural Health Toxins

Given what we are now exposed to through our food, air, and water, detoxification has become a modern-day necessity. Without the daily activation of ancient, effective physiological pathways designed to remove environmental toxins, we are bound to get sick.

So, what are some simple, effective ways we rid our body of its daily toxic burden?

1) Pop a Probiotic: Of course, you don’t have to ‘pop a pill’ to get a probiotic. In fact, it is preferred you ingest either a cultured food (e.g. kombucha, yogurt (preferably non-cow’s milk based), cultured veggies, etc.) or eat more raw fruits and vegetables grown in truly healthy soil, as this is actually the root of where ‘good bacteria’ come from.

How will getting probiotics help? Fascinating research indicates that probiotics actually help us break down foods (e.g. gluten; casein) and chemicals (pesticides, Bisphenol-A) which can cause great harm to our bodies, and which our own detoxification pathways do not handle effectively. Its kind of a wonder, isn’t it, that ‘germs’ can help save us from ourselves in this way? (Learn more: 8 Ways Microbes Can Save Us From Ourselves).

1) Breaking a Sweat: Sadly, sweating has become synonymous with something gross that should be blocked with antiperspirants/deodorants – which, ironically only further exacerbates the problem of bodily odor, as it keeps one of your primary channels of detoxification from doing its job.

The reality is we were designed to move our bodies, the result of which is the release of profoundly uplifting and regenerative hormonal and neurochemical secretions. And this is just the obvious ‘reward’ we receive by pushing ourselves through the discomfort of sustained, intense bodily exertion to the point where we are profusely sweating.

Deeper benefits include the activation of the lymphatic system, which while being part of the circulatory system lacks a pump (like the heart) to push the lymphatic fluid through; this requires the activation of our entire skeletal musculature via exercise.

While one does not necessarily need to break a sweat to move the lymph – walking will suffice – you can ‘free two birds with one hand,’ by eliminating various heavy metals and chemicals via profuse sweating if you bring your physical activity towards that threshold, which incidentally also overlaps with that ‘sweet spot’ that activates the ‘feel good’ secretions we talked about. (Learn More: Research Confirms Sweating Detoxifies Dangerous Metals, Petrochemicals).

3) Don’t Break-The-Fast: In wealthier countries, where we suffer from the Orwellian paradox of being incredibly over-nourished and simultaneously dying of nutritional deficiencies, one of the best way to optimize your detoxification systems is to stop eating before sundown (which, I believe, is hard-wired into our bodily design) and skip your break-fast entirely. In other words, don’t break-the-fast and continue through your day until you are truly hungry (not morbidly craving nutritionally dead gunk, or confusing the putrefaction-associated acidity of last night’s poorly digested, or poorly food-combined dinner with an actual need to eat more), wherein you’re eating something wholesome, organic, and preferably living to “get your fill.”

If you eliminate and/or minimize the consumption of nutritionally vapid foods such as processed grain products, and beans (soybean, peanut, and other “vegetable oils” included), and have a salad, eat an apple, or consume some organic nuts, etc., and focus on eating one really good meal later in the day, you will be surprised by how little you will be hungry; much of that craving is a byproduct of chronic, elevated insulin, which is largely caused by over-consumption of processed grain-based foods, and/or simple carbohydrates way beyond what you need to replenish your glycogen stores.

Now consider, this doesn’t have to be painful. Literally, if you awake in the morning, have your cup of coffee or tea (if you imbibe), and feel that empty hunger and low energy driving you towards you French toast, or whatever you would normally eat, try taking a couple tablespoons full of coconut oil, which will provide you (and your grumpy ‘morning brain’) with a near immediate source of fuel (66% of coconut oil is medium chain triglycerides which your body can use for energy very quickly, and which your liver breaks down into ketone bodies for your brain, which is the brain’s only other source of energy beyond glucose).[1] Consider, of course, this is not going to work for everyone, but it certainly may fit better into a busy lifestyle than the ‘heroic’ fast concept of just not eating anything at all – which has its place, especially for the very sick under professional guidance, or those on a spiritual mission, but not those with kids, several jobs, and just wants a way to jump-start the internal house-cleansing, metabolism-boosting process.

4) Spice Up Your Life! Basic culinary spices can work wonders at stimulating bodily detoxification. A recent study, which we highlighted in the article “Garlic Beats Drug In Safely Detoxifying Lead from the Body,” illustrates how you can use your ‘food as medicine.’ If you LOVE Garlic, great. You are already a step ahead of those who tolerate it. In the former case, you might just want to ratchet up your romance a bit. In the latter case, just don’t ignore its potential application in foods you are already enjoying. The point is that we have plenty of help all around us, in our kitchen cupboards, on our spice racks, etc. And do you know what’s cool? There is a huge list of spices, foods, and nutrients – over 75 last time we counted — that we have indexed on GreenMedInfo.com that can stimulate detoxification pathways in the body. Here’s how you navigate to it: GreenMedInfo.com > Menu Item: Research Database > Pharmacological Action > Detoxifier.

6) An Apple A Day Isn’t Going Away: One of the most amazing nutritional stories of our time is what happened to tens of thousands of so-called “Chenobyl Children,” after the meltdown of that reactor. As we discussed in our article “Why Apple Is One of the World’s Most Healing Superfoods” we discuss the radioisotope-detoxifying properties of this incredible healing agent:

“Post-Chernobyl, for instance, apple pectin was used to reduce Cesium-137 levels in exposed children, in some cases by over 60%.[x] From 1996 to 2007, a total of more than 160,000 “Chernobyl” children received pectin food additives. As a result, levels of Cs-137 in children’s organs decreased after each course of pectin additives by an average of 30-40%.[xi] Significant reductions were noted in as short a time period as 16 days.[xii] Apple pectin has even been found to prevent the most deadly, and entirely man-made radioisotope, Plutonium-239, from absorbing in the gastrointestinal tract of animals fed it.[xiii]

The great thing about an apple, of course, is that it’s a whole food. Rather than take mega-doses of apple pectin (assuming you don’t live in Fukushima, or are exposed to its fallout in some way – then please do!), simply incorporating a ‘good apple’ – that is to say, 100% organic, non-irradiated, etc. – into your daily diet, should constitute an extremely pleasurable experience (especially if you incorporate this healthy snack as the “break” in our “Break-The-Fast” strategy). We can be nourished, pleasured, and detoxified all in one act; and this is, indeed, the way nature designed things in Her infinite wisdom. [insert “He” and “God” if you prefer, but don’t hold the story of Adam and Eve against this sacred fruit!].

The last thing we should say on the topic, which may be the most important thing of all, is please void being poisoned in the first place. Easier said than done, I understand. But here are some really important things to remember, to make sure you aren’t unintentionally throwing yourself on a chemical grenade every day….

  • Unless you need your receipts, don’t take them. Next to canned food (with those darn alphabetic soup of bisphenols in their can liners; yeah, its not just BPA, but BPS, and others the industry is now using), what is likely our primary route of exposure for this profoundly damaging class of gender-bending, heart-damaging, brain-damaging petrochemicals is going to be touching thermal printer receipts – especially if you already use lotion, which only helps to accelerate the skin’s absorbance of these chemicals.
  • Stop slathering petrochemicals on your body. If you are putting it on your skin, it’s likely worse than eating it. How’s that? Unlike what you put into your mouth, where your liver determines if what you eat will be allowed into your bloodstream, your skin has no such ‘guardian’ to keep the poisons out. If something you are using as a body care product has an ingredient that requires a degree in chemistry to understand, ditch it (that is, recycle it) or don’t buy it. If you can’t eat an ingredient, don’t put it on your body. Even better trying using coconut oil, or related food-cosmetic-medicines, with thousands of years of prior use backing it up for effectiveness and safety. If you want to learn more on the topic, read about how everyone now had actual crude oil derivatives in their body years of eating FDA/USDA-approved “food grade petroleum,” and aforementioned exposures: [“Crude Awakening: Mineral Oil Contaminates Everyone’s Bodies“]
  • Don’t drink the water. What I mean by this is if you get your water through a municipal system, and it hasn’t been effectively purified (ideally, distilled with minerals reintroduced), you shouldn’t drink it. Keep in mind, also, you can get ‘pristine’ water from Iceland or Fiji, or wherever marketers like to take our imagination, but if its been sitting in plastic for a year, its not as good as it would seem. Keep in mind that the problem with municipal drinking water, isn’t just the fluoride residues, but the 600+ disinfectant byproducts all of which are known to be toxic to the body,[2] to damage DNA, and probably contribute to cancer. It still boggles my imagination that anyone would willfully expose themselves to this, even in its secondary reiteration as ‘cooking water,’ i.e. using it to make pasta. Water is what the majority of our bodies are composed of. Learn to savor ‘biological water,’ that is, water that comes from pure food, e.g. watermelon. This is ‘structured’ by the universe itself, and is unparalleled in what it can do for your body.

So, we’ve covered some problems and solutions, and certainly this is just the tip of the iceberg. Just take it all with a grain of sea salt, and take what works for you and leave the rest. If you find the time to comment on your own experience with detoxification, or how some of these strategies played out in your life, please feel free to below.


[2] Susan D Richardson, Michael J Plewa, Elizabeth D Wagner, Rita Schoeny, David M Demarini.Occurrence, genotoxicity, and carcinogenicity of regulated and emerging disinfection by-products in drinking water: a review and roadmap for research. Mutat Res. 2007 Nov-Dec;636(1-3):178-242. Epub 2007 Sep 12. PMID: 17980649

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Dr. Group’s Ketogenic Fast for Rapid Weight Loss

Dr. Group’s Ketogenic Fast for Rapid Weight Loss | diet-weight-loss | General Health Special Interests

Maintaining a healthy body weight is one of the best ways to support your overall health. Excess body fat increases your susceptibility to serious conditions like type II diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, sleep apnea, fatty liver, cancer, and joint problems.[1] Many fat-loss fads, diets, and pills come and go, and very few yield lasting results. One method of losing fat that’s tried, tested, and consistently proven effective is adopting a ketogenic diet.

Knowing this, I began my research into improving the typical ketogenic diet. People who are familiar with my work know that I’m always trying new cleanses, detoxing programs, and diet plans in my ongoing quest to discover new ways to improve my health. I kept coming across the many benefits of different types of fasting, and I thought, “Why not combine the two to get the best of both worlds?”

What Is a Ketogenic Diet?

A ketogenic diet is a diet that provides fat and protein, but few or no carbohydrates. Your body prefers glucose and glycogen, both derived from carbohydrates, as its primary fuel source. The sugar-burning state, called glycolysis, is standard operating procedure for the human body. Depriving the body of carbohydrates, however, forces it to use stored fat for energy. This special fat-burning mode, known as ketosis, is incredibly effective at burning through fat reserves. The catch? The body greatly prefers carbohydrates. It sends orders to your brain to refuel on carbs when your blood sugar dips. This physiological response makes it a tremendous challenge for many people to adhere to a low-carb diet long enough for their body to enter ketosis. It takes about 24-36 hours to completely burn through the stored chains of sugar in your muscles and liver, called glycogen, and the sugar circulating in your blood.

Why a Ketogenic Fast?

The reasoning behind adopting a ketogenic diet is strong, especially if you’re resistant to the effects of insulin. Sugar provokes a much stronger release of insulin than fat, but fat still triggers insulin release, though to a smaller degree. A ketogenic diet sparks the fat-burning process, but fasting ignites it.

During fasting, blood sugar levels remain stable while insulin levels drop. With a straight ketogenic diet, you’re still signaling insulin release, signaling your cells to store energy. With daily fasting, you transition to burning rather than storing energy. The low insulin levels that result from fasting prompt the breakdown of fat, a phenomenon called lipolysis.

Understanding how these two methods of fat loss can work in tandem lead me to develop my 5-day, vegan ketogenic fast. It combines the incredible benefits of fasting with a ketogenic diet, generating exponentially better results than using either independently.

What Is Fasting?

Fasting has a negative connotation for some. Many people think of it as intentionally starving, but fasting is not starving—it’s committing to eating on a regimented schedule. There are many different types of fasting. True, or absolute, fasting is the practice of abstaining from eating and drinking for a set period. Water or juice fasting allows for the consumption of certain fluids during the fast.

Fasting simply means avoiding food for longer stretches of time than usual, something like 12 or more hours. After this period, the participant can eat as they normally would. You probably accidentally do this a few times a week if you skip breakfast or can’t fit lunch into your schedule.

The physiological benefits of fasting include increased metabolism, stable blood sugar, decreased blood pressure, and slowed aging over time.

Dr. Group’s Ketogenic Fast: The Best of Both Worlds

This fast goes one step further than other ketogenic diets by taking advantage of the beneficial effects of fasting on overall wellness and longevity.[2]

This ketogenic diet is different from others because it does not include any animal products. Rather, I’ve constructed the diet to include nuts and fatty fruits like olives, coconuts, and avocados which are full of healthy fatty acids, fiber, micronutrients, and phytonutrients.

I experimented with this diet myself to see how it would affect me to give you some insight into how your body might react.

Major Benefits of a Vegan Ketogenic Fast

Many ketogenic diets advocate consuming animal-based fat. The problem, however, is that a diet rich in animal products increases your risk of developing health problems like kidney stones, diet-related cancers, heart disease, vascular issues, and dying from cancer or cardiovascular diseases.[3][4] Conversely, a low-carb, plant-based diet coincides with lower, overall mortality rates.[2] Applying a vegan-oriented approach allows for all of the benefits without any of those downsides.

A ketogenic fast accelerates fat-burning and activates your body’s innate ability to rid itself of toxins. Many of the worst toxins are stored in fat cells. When your body starts burning through your fat reserves, toxins are released and prompt detoxification at the cellular level.

One of the most powerful benefits is how your brain responds. Studies have found that people on ketogenic diets experience better, more stable moods.[5] Continuing your fast past five days may enhance the effect; some individuals feel profoundly happy, peaceful, and at ease[6] from days six through nine on a fast. If you can make it and you have the extra fat stores, you may continue for up to 21 days.

Recent findings from animal studies also indicate that fasting may target leukemia cells. More research is needed before human clinical trials can begin, but the initial results are promising.[7] Another study found that a protein that’s upregulated by fasting may help resist cancer development by promoting normal cell division.[8]

The following is an account of my personal experience with the 5-day, vegan ketogenic fast.

(Click here to view Dr. Group’s video journal)

Day 1

I started the day with 1 ounce of nuts and my standard supplement routine at 6:30 AM. Around noon, I had one tablespoon of coconut oil as my lunch. Between 2-3 PM, I felt hunger pangs, which I expected. At that point, my body was still running on my glycogen stores and telling me to eat carbohydrates. For dinner, I ate the avocado and six olives.

Day 2

I weighed myself when I awoke and was astounded to discover I was nearly 9 pounds lighter in just 24 hours! I know this was mostly water weight, but it’s remarkable to see such an incredible drop in weight. Overall, I felt more energetic than I did yesterday, and I was decidedly less hungry than Day 1. My morning workout was great—I felt like I had the energy to continue for another hour.

I kept the same diet schedule as day 1. I was still hungry after the tablespoon of coconut oil for lunch, but the sensation was less intense. Water with a shot of apple cider vinegar eased the hunger pangs. Later in the evening, I tried my first ketone test strip, and I was indeed in ketosis—the fat-burning state.

Day 3

This was my worst morning yet. My morning workout did not go as well as I hoped. I felt disoriented and disconnected. I noticed my thinking wasn’t as clear or sharp as normal. I stuck with the same diet schedule; I didn’t experience any hunger, but I did feel somewhat shaky.

I began feeling better as the day wore on. I did experience minor hunger pangs around 2:30 PM that lingered until my avocado dinner. As evening came, I found myself in a much better state and mood.

Day 4

The morning of day 4 was like waking up from a dream. I felt incredibly energized and alert. The brain fog and weakness from day 3 was entirely gone. The real breakthrough was the mental clarity. So many people experience this incredible effect, and it’s reason enough to try fasting. I felt focused and optimistic. The ketone test strip revealed I was still in fat-burning mode and my noticeably looser pants confirmed it.

I didn’t experience any hunger, but I switched up the eating schedule and had avocado and olives as my lunch. It felt like the right decision. My body needed the larger meal to keep me sustained through the rest of the work day.

Day 5

I felt even better on day 5. My energy levels were high and I didn’t experience any hunger. My mood was elevated and my mind was focused. I felt like I could sustain this diet for longer.

Getting Started with Dr. Group’s 5-Day Vegan Ketogenic Fast

It’s easy to get started with my 5-day, vegan ketogenic fast. It just requires just a few supplies. First, you need ketone test strips. Ketone test strips are dipped into urine to measure how many millimoles of ketones are present in the urine (which will require you to catch your urine in a cup). They are readily available online and easy to use. The average reading should be about 4-6 millimoles (mM), but you may see readings as high as 8 mM. Additionally, they’re color coded. Darker readings indicate you’re burning more fat. You’ll need enough strips to test your urine twice a day for the duration of the fast.

You’ll also need to the nuts described in the diet below. I recommend dividing them into 1-ounce servings before beginning to remove the guesswork and reduce temptation. For the olives, I recommend whole (not pitted) kalamata olives because they’re brimming with antioxidants. Make sure everything is organic and minimally processed.

Daily Supplies

  • 2 Ketone Test Strips
  • Pecans: 1 ounce (about 19 halves) = 196 calories
  • Walnuts: 1 ounce (14 halves) = 184 calories
  • Macadamia Nuts: 1 ounce (12 kernels) = 204 calories
  • Pine Nuts: 1 ounce (about 167 kernels) = 191 calories
  • 6 Organic Non-pitted Olives = 24 calories
  • Organic Medium Avocado = 322 calories
  • Organic Raw Coconut Oil: 1 tablespoon = 120 calories
  • Average Daily Calorie Intake = 700-1240 calories

Dr. Group’s 5-Day Vegan Ketogenic Fast Daily Protocol

I’ve outlined the meal structure according to my preference but you can adjust the meal order to suit your needs. You’ll only eat over the course of 12 hours. I recommend starting at 6 AM and finishing your last meal around 6 PM unless you’re able to start breakfast later. If you can wait to eat, you’ll adhere to a more strict fasting schedule. Use a ketone strip when you first wake up and just before going to bed.

Breakfast

1 ounce of nuts, either a mix or just one kind

Lunch

6 Organic, Non-pitted Olives: 24 calories
1 Organic Medium Avocado: 322 calories

Dinner

Organic Raw Coconut Oil: 1 tablespoon = 120 calories

Drink Options

Water with Apple Cider Vinegar
Kombucha (make sure it’s very low in sugar)
Herbal Tea
Black Coffee

Supplements of Your Choice

Continue your supplement routine while you’re fasting so you don’t miss out on important nutrients. I continued taking VeganSafe™ B-12, probiotics, a liquid multivitamin, monatomic iodine, Cell Fuzion™, and Livatrex®.

Even though you’re not eating a lot of food, a half serving of Oxy-Powder® every other day will help support the detoxification process.

Tips and Things To Know

The trick is sticking to it long enough to reap the benefits. Most people find it extremely difficult to fast for extended periods, so I wanted to include enough food to make this plan accessible to more people.

It’s a strict diet, and you must follow it to the letter to achieve your weight loss goals.

Only those who are overweight by 15 lbs or more should adopt this fast. It’s not intended for children, people with type 1 diabetes, breastfeeding or pregnant women. Always consult your trusted healthcare professional before starting a new diet regimen.

If you feel your energy lagging, take vitamin B-12 for a boost. I also recommend drinking plenty of water and taking 1-2 capsules of Oxy-Powder every other day while on the fast to help flush your system.

I recommend starting with five days to achieve a state of consistent ketosis. However, if you want to keep going by the end of day 5, you may continue this fast for up to 21 days.

To settle a sour stomach, drink 8 ounces of water with apple cider vinegar. If it doesn’t help, drink 4 oz of unsweetened organic almond milk.

Continuing to fast after five days can produce varied results. For some, they feel incredible and continue on an upward trend toward euphoria. Others feel a strong desire to break the fast. Listen to your body. If your body is telling you to stop fasting, stop.

For regular maintenance, cycle through this fast a few times a year.

Maintaining Your Progress

One of best ways to maintain your progress is to make sure you have the best microbiome for your body. Health begins in the gut, and a chaotic microbiome that doesn’t work with you works against you. The overall shift toward a carb-heavy, fiber-deprived diet has fundamentally altered the microbiome of most people. An investigation into the microbiome of obese individuals revealed that they have less microbial diversity in their microbiota. Bad gut bacteria repress fast-induced adipose factor (FIAF), an essential protein that regulates the use of your fat stores, while fiber-loving bacteria upregulate FIAF.[8, 9]

Don’t switch back to a carb-heavy diet immediately after your fast ends. If you make it to at least day 5, you shouldn’t feel this impulse, but if you do, resist it. Gently adjust your macronutrient ratios, reducing yourself from a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet to something you can easily maintain that works for your body.

Does Fasting Cause Muscle Loss?

This is a question that’s often asked. The human body needs a lot less protein than most protein powder manufacturers and fitness websites would have you believe. Most Americans eat several times the amount of protein that their bodies need in animal products alone, which is a huge marketing success on the meat industry’s part. The truth is that the human body has the incredible ability to recycle its proteins, taking worn out peptides and transforming them into new products the body needs. The vast majority of the protein the body needs is dedicated to enzymatic activity, not the maintenance of muscle mass. Some muscle may be lost during a low-calorie diet but the amount should be negligible, especially compared to the fat loss. If you see your muscles decrease in size, it’s not muscle tissue loss. The glycogen stored in your muscles bulks them up and helps them store water weight. Even though it’s a vegan diet, it provides all nine essential amino acids to support muscle mass maintenance.

Do you have experience with fasting or ketogenic diets? Report back to the community and share your experience!

 

 

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