Heavy Periods, PMS, PCOS… The Root Cause No One is Talking About…

  • Do you struggle with heavy, painful periods?
  • Do you struggle with PMS or PMR?
  • Have you been diagnosed with PCOS, Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids or Adenomyosis?
There’s a common root cause that no one is really talking about at your doctor’s appointments. In this video I explain a common cause- the liver- what the symptoms are and most importantly what you can do about it!
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What the heck are Parabens???

Oh Hey!

So, I constantly am asked questions on a wide variety of topics. Recently I was asked to read the ingredient list on a product that was marketed as being “all-natural”, hypoallergenic, and relatively “clean” as far as ingredients go. Immediately I called BS on the product when I read “butylparaben, methylparaben, & propylparaben”. First, it’s important you understand that our skin is our largest organ. WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR SKIN IS IMMEDIATELY ABSORBED INTO YOUR BODY. Makes you think a little different about all of those skin products, huh?

 

What exactly are these weird sounding ingredients?

Parabens are a class of chemicals used as preservatives in a wide variety of skin products, supplements, and cosmetics. They can be found in shampoos, lotions, shaving cream, topical medications, spray tanning solution, makeup,and toothpaste. They can also be used as food additives.

 

What’s wrong with them?

Here’s where me and parabens don’t get along… These suckers mimic estrogen in the body, and in the worst way. These chemicals can be referred to as Xenoestrogens or “synthetic estrogens”. They are the bad types of estrogen’s that increase one’s risk for breast, prostate, or ovarian cancer. Ya..no bueno. There are millions of men walking around with way to much estrogen simply from the lotions, shaving cream, and soaps they are using. Those seducing manly soaps, sprays, lotions, & shaving creams that are supposed to make you more macho and drive the ladies crazy??? Sorry to break it to ya boys, but the majority of those are actually increasing your girly hormones. Awesome, right?

And Ladies…these are not the estrogen’s you want floating around your body. If you’re hoping to avoid being one of the 1 in 3 women diagnosed with breast cancer, it is IMPERATIVE that you eliminate these products from your daily routine. Want to hear something, crazy? A study published in the Journal of Toxicology in March 2012, showed paraben esters were present in 99% of women tested with breast cancer. Wowzas! That’s a MASSIVE number! Read more about the study & Dr. Mercola’s take on it by clicking here.

And for those of you wanting to shed the belly weight and extra fat on your body, getting rid of xenoestrogens is a must!

Xenoestrogens are fat soluble, and they must find a home. Where do they find it? They lodge in fatty tissues like the abdomen.

  • Xeno means foreign.
  • Xenoestrogens mimic natural estrogen.
  • Xenoestrogens deposit in fatty tissues like the abdomen.

Interesting, right?

Now, think about our kids. Hundreds of thousands of kiddos are being slathered in parabens from day 1 of life. How do you think that’s going to impact them as they grow and mature? Poor kids already have a toxic food supply and other issues to deal with!

 

How does one avoid these ingredients, they are everyyywheeeeeeere!

True. True. They are everywhere, but lucky for us, there are some kick ass companies out there who are committed to doing their part to make this a safer, cleaner, healthier planet! When you’re weeding through your current collection of soaps, gels, lotions, creams, shaving creams, makeup, etc.. and you need to replace those items (because you will), my recommendation is to go into a Whole Foods, Sprouts, local health food store, OR to go shopping online. I LOVE www.iherb.com. (First time users of iherb, who use this specific link will get $5-$10 off your first order!) You can get pretty much anything from this website and with free shipping, which is amazing! Shop around their cosmetics section and read the ingredients. Look for the “NO PARABENS” label. If a company is proud of their clean product, they’re going to let you know by having a list of “No’s”.

 

Ok, so I cleaned the parabens out of my house, how do I get them out of my body after being exposed?

Great question! I’m so glad you asked! Here are 4 tips to get you on your way!

1. JUICE- For those of you who are juicers, the combo of celery & beets are awesome to flush out the “bad estrogens” in the body. Any green juices are going to help you naturally detox toxins.

2. EXERCISE- Exercising, especially performing exercises that stimulate your lymphatic system such as rebounding, running, or jumping, are very effective for helping the body get rid of those nasty parabens. Aim for at least 20 minutes per day. You can do that, I know you can!

3. LOVE YOUR LIVER- Our liver is incredible. Unfortunately, though, it gets clogged up rather quickly with the world we live in. Our liver is a major detox organ, so giving it some TLC will really help your body eliminate unwanted toxins. Here are some easy ways to love on your liver:

4. CRAM THE CRUCIFEROUS VEGGIES- Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cabbage, collard greens, & brussels sprouts contain specific components that help the body eliminate xenoestrogens such as parabens. Two of these compounds are called Indole-3-Carbinol (I-3-C) & Diindolylmethane (DIM). There are numerous studies on this powerful duo when it comes to anti-cancer properties and flushing xenoestrogens out of the body. Ask google, you’ll see! 😉

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So, how are you feeling about this whole thing? Overwhelmed? Relieved? Pumped up? Pumped down? I know it can be a bit much hearing about all the crazy things that seem to be out to get you in our world today, but the awesome part is that there is always something we can do to move in the right direction! Get excited instead of overwhelmed! We’re getting healthier together, becoming more aware, setting up future generations for success! It’s going to take effort and determination, but everything worth anything does, right?! I promise you it’s worth it to take these simple steps now instead of waiting until you’re in a sense of panic because of an abnormal test result. Ain’t nobody got time for that whole sickness stuff, right? Right!

You’re AWESOME!

Jessica Aubrey

RN & Health Coach

Jessica@JessicaAubreyRN.com

 

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Costco Hepatitis A Berries- What To Do

I’m sure by now many of you have heard about the outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to Costco’s Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend Frozen Berries. I find it both sad and convenient for two different reasons. Sad of course because so many people who are trying to eat healthier and spend extra to specifically purchase the organic mixed berries bag instead of the regular ones, are now disheartened. And convenient because this incidence not only makes organic foods look unsafe, but it was the perfect reason to push the Hepatitis A Vaccine at everyone and their mother, and conveniently for free of course!

I know we all have different opinions on vaccines, and I save my thoughts for those who really want to hear them. Today, I want to share with you my recommendations for what to do if you have eaten some of these berries and potentially been exposed to the Hep A virus.

 

1. DON’T FREAK OUT

  • Let’s face the reality that what’s done is done. Stressing out about what happened is not going to help anything, but actually decrease your immune system instead, so be calm and by integrating the recommendations below know that you are empowering your body to overcome just about any virus, not just Hep A! How cool is that!

2. Cut out the immune system offenders

  • You have a machine inside of you that is the MOST powerful tool against viruses, cancers, diseases, pain, etc…it’s your IMMUNE SYSTEM. When we fall prey to one of these “bad guys” it’s usually because our immune system isn’t working properly and has become too burdened by toxins. Here are some of the top Immune System Offenders…
    • SUGAR- Read labels!
    • GLUTEN- Damages the gut (where 80% of the immune system is), turns into sugar right after you eat it, and encourages inflammation.
    • “DIRTY” DAIRY- regular pasteurized dairy is FULL of nasty things you don’t even want to know about, so just trust me on this one! It increases mucous formation in the gut and is inflammatory in the body.
    • GMO Foods- (Genetically Modified Organisms)  My brotha/sista, if you don’t know about this, you need to start reading! These dangerous franken-foods have the ability to splice your DNA, give you cancers, grow tumors, and make you sterile for life! NOTHING to mess around with!
    • TOXIC CHEMICALS ON YOUR SKIN!- These go directly into the blood stream, so PLEASE be careful what you put on your skin and switch over to non-toxic alternatives

3. SUNRIDER FOODS

  •  If you haven’t read the testimony I recently posted about a man who was able to completely get rid of his Hepatitis-C & liver failure, PLEASE READ IT HERE!
  • As you have heard me say before, the Sunrider Foods are THE MOST amazing tools I have EVER food to heal our bodies. Since Hepatitis can affect the liver, consuming 1-pitcher of Calli tea daily will be very helpful to cleanse this virus from the body. Quinary will support the 5-major systems: digestive, endocrine (hormonal), respiratory, circulatory, & immune- simultaneously ensuring you are functioning in tip-top shape. NuPlus will give your body the energy it needs to make the necessary improvements. And 1 more special tool you may want to add is called Alpha-20-C. This is the “immune system” component of Quinary and is formulated specifically to increase your defenses against outside invaders. I have heard UNREAL stories about terminal cancer patients, and very ill people taking high levels of this and becoming completely healed. This is NO JOKE yo!

4. Increase your probiotic foods & beverages

  • 80% of the immune system is in the gut, remember? Healing your gut is IMPERATIVE to have a killer immune system and optimal health. Probiotic foods & drinks such as raw cultured sauerkraut (with culture like Body Ecology) and Inner Eco or Body Ecology’s Cocobiotics are phenomenal to heal the body and raise your body’s defenses.

5. Get in the sun

  • Don’t be afraid of the sun, the sun is your friend and like a machine gun against invaders in the body. Try to get in the sun for atleast 20 minutes per day with a good amount of your body exposed and NO sunscreen. After those 20 minutes, you can put on a 30 SPF  NON-TOXIC sunscreen to prevent burning, because we don’t want that either. 🙂

6. Get plenty of rest & hydrate

  • And as usual, make sure you’re sleeping well and staying hydrated with pure mineral rich water. You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water, so…if you weigh 150lbs, you should be drinking 75oz of water per day. That is NO 8-8oz cups is it? 🙂 Dehydration is a massive stressor on the body, so pay attention to that. 🙂 And try to get at least 7 hours of good sleep each night if you can.

7. Homeopathic Hepatitis A Nosode

  • This is something you may have never heard of before, but in homeopathic medicine (the most effective, non-toxic medicine on the planet!), you can get what is called a nosode of a particular virus or illness. The Nosode works as all homeopathic remedies do to help your body get rid of the condition. If you are diagnosed with Hep A or are very concerned you may get it, you can look into this option as well. http://www.elixirs.com/products.cfm?productcode=S97F

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I hope these recommendations help put your mind at ease and know you are not helpless in these situations. If you have any questions, you can always comment below or send me an email- Jessica@JessicaLopezRN.com. I go through healing the body at a foundational level in all of my programs, which includes the above and MUCH more at a slow pace so you can actually integrate it into your lifestyle. 🙂

Have an amazing day friends!!!

In Health, Hope, & Happiness,

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Spring Cleaning: Body Edition


People like “stuff”. We tend to hold onto more of it year after year. We save and stock up on many useless items that we don’t even know what to do with. Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood. To part with these precious possessions may seem painful or even out of the question to some. There is a saying that goes, “You have to get rid of the old to make way for the new.” If you are feeling stuck or stagnant in your life, try some spring-cleaning. Throw out some of that old “stuff”, say goodbye to your nuances of the past and welcome the new energy of your happy, healthy future. Try these four ideas:

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1. For good mental and physical health, we actually have two “houses” that need to be spring-cleaned: our physical homes and our physical bodies. Just as we accumulate “stuff” in the form of outgrown clothes, magazines, rusty bicycles, tools and random keepsakes, so do our bodies accumulate old food residues and toxins that need to be cleaned out.

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2. To spring clean your body, give it a break from rich and complicated foods by either cleansing or fasting for a short period of time. Cleansing means paring down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables, lots of water and perhaps gluten-free whole grains. Fasting means limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups. Without much energy going toward digestion, more energy is available to the rest of your body and mind. Cleansing and fasting can sharpen your concentration, help you gain insight and promote spiritual awareness. It can also bring improved immune function and better digestion.

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3. While you’re cleaning out your body and home, don’t forget to spring-clean your heart. Throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean, open heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter.

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4. Sunrider foods are the perfect solution to nourishing, balancing, and CLEANSING the body safely and effectively. Calli tea & Fortune Delight pulls stored toxins out of our tissues and acts as a scrubber at the cellular level to get the junk out and make room for new healthy cells to be produced. Out with the old and in with the new! Contact me for more information on how to get started! (jessica@jessicalopezrn.com )

Food Focus: Greens


Leafy greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen. Members of this royal green family include kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, watercress, beet greens, bok choy, napa cabbage, green cabbage, spinach and broccoli.

How do greens benefit our bodies? They are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, and are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed full of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Their color is associated with spring, which is a time to renew and refresh vital energy. In traditional Chinese medicine, the color green is related to the liver, emotional stability, and creativity. Greens aid in purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder, and kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free.
Leafy greens are the vegetables most missing from the American diet, and many of us never learned how to prepare them. Start with the very simple recipe below. Then each time you go to the market, pick up a new green to try. Soon you’ll find your favorite greens and wonder how you ever lived without them.


Shiitake and Kale

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1-2 cloves crushed garlic
1 bunch kale, chopped
pinch of salt

Directions:
1. Warm oil in pan on medium heat with minced garlic until aromas of garlic are released, about 2-3 minutes.
2. Add chopped shiitake mushrooms, stir-fry for 5 minutes.
Add chopped kale, stir-fry for a couple of minutes.
Add a splash of water and pinch of salt to pan, cover and let steam for 4 minutes.

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Kale, Lemon, apple Green Smoothie
2 leaves kale
1 apple
1 lemon peel removed
1-2 cups water or cold calli tea
Stevia to sweeten
Ice (optional)

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

 

Enjoy your spring cleaning!

In Health, Hope, & Happiness,

Jessica Aubrey, RN

 

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Anti-Cancer Soup

 Anti cancer soup

Hey Friends!

I wanted to introduce you all to one of my favorite soup recipes that is delicious and super healing for the body. I make a big pot of it and eat it throughout the week. You can also freeze it and take it out in smaller portions when your ready to eat it.

Below I have listed the benefits of this soup and the ingredients in it. If you are wanting to do a cleanse or reset for the body, you can eat this soup all day for a day or two..or three…however long you want really. It will help to cleanse out toxins, fill your body with important vitamins and nutrients and give your system a break from all of the difficult things we make it digest. I know it might sound weird to eat soup for breakfast, but it is actually a great idea! Our bodies tend to be most dehydrated in the mornings after sleeping, so extra fluids will help hydrate the body. This soup is filled with high quality protein, fatty acids, and complex carbohydrates to give you an energy boost and keep you full and your blood sugar stable to prevent crashes later in the day. As you will read below, each ingredient in this soup is healing and has potent anti-cancer & anti-disease properties. I hope you enjoy healing & protecting your body one bite at a time with this delicious soup!

*DISCLAIMER: Please understand I am not stating that this soup should be used to treat or cure any cancer or disease. I am simply stating that it has incredible properties to feed the body to do what it was created to do.*

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head of green savoy or “curly” cabbage sliced thinly in strips
  • 3 carrots sliced in small circles
  • 1 Red potato in chunks
  • 2 celery stalks diced with leaves
  • ½ zucchini in quartered circles
  • 3 leeks thinly sliced in small rings
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 head of whole garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups lentils soaked in water the night before
  • 2 organic beef bones
  • 1 Tb. Apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tb. Raw coconut oil
  • 1 c. fresh parsley
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado for garnish

**For OPTIMAL results and nutrition, use all organic produce and ingredients**

  1. Place all ingredients except salt, pepper, and avocado in a large pot and fill with water about 1 inch above the ingredients. Cover with lid
  2. Bring to boil for about 15 minutes, then reduce heat and let simmer over medium low for an hour and a half. It will be ready to eat by then, but the longer you let it simmer the better it gets (I usually make this in the morning and we eat it for dinner).
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste. I use about 1 tsp of Himalayan sea salt.
  4. Garnish with avocado slices. Serve with Gluten-free bread or crackers.
  5. Store leftovers in the fridge and eat it throughout the week or store in glass containers in the freezer.

INCREDIBLE HEALTH BENEFITS

Cabbage

  • Lowers cholesterol by binding to bile salts and excreting them out of the body.
  • Especially good source of Sinigrin. Sinigrin is one of the cabbage glucosinolates that has received special attention in cancer prevention research.
  • Cancer prevention tops all other areas of health research with regard to cabbage and its outstanding benefits.
  • Rank at the top in antioxidants with an excellent source of vitamin C, good source of Vitamin A, and impressively high in polyphenols.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties reducing inflammation in the body which increases cancer risk.
  • The glucosinolates found in cabbage can be converted into isothiocyanate compounds that are cancer preventive for a variety of different cancers, including bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. (glucosinolates are powerful anti-cancer molecules only found in cruciferous vegetables like cabbage).
  • Excellent source of fiber helping to clean the digestive tract of harmful toxins.

 

Carrots

  • Excellent source of antioxidants
  • Richest source of the pro-vitamin A carotenes.
  • Great at preventing cardiovascular disease, cancer, and promoting good vision.
  • Due to richness in carotenoids and fiber, it is beneficial for blood sugar regulation.
  • Contains a phytonutrient called Falcarinol which is known for its anti-cancer properties, especially with colon cancers.
  • Promotes lung health and fights against damage done by cigarette smoke. A carcinogen found in cigarette smoke, benzo(a)pyrene, has been found to cause Vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A deficiency has been found to cause emphysema. Therefore, a diet high in Vitamin A may reduce the risk of emphysema caused by first and second-hand cigarette smoke.
  • High in fiber, which cleans out the colon, keeps you fuller longer, aids in weight loss, and fights against constipation.

 

Red potatoes

  • Rank in the top 20 of antioxidant rich foods!
  • Low in calories and fat. One medium red potato has only 110 calories and is 99% fat-free.
  • Good levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, and Potassium. One medium red potato has 45% of the daily value of vitamin C, 21% recommended daily value of Vitamin B-6, and a whopping 620mg of potassium, which is more than bananas, spinach, or broccoli.
  • High in fiber, which cleans out the colon, keeps you fuller longer, aids in weight loss, and fights against constipation.
  • Low (GI) Glycemic Index which means it does not cause a big spike in blood sugar and is safe for low sugar diets and anti-candida diets.

 

Celery

  • Natural diuretic properties, helping the body to eliminate excess water and fluid.
  • Rich in Vitamin K and Vitamin C, strengthening the immune system, preventing colds, and fighting against free radical damage that increase risks for disease and cancer.
  • Reduces High Blood Pressure. It has been long known by the chinese medicine practitioners as well as Western medicine researchers that celery contains a compound called Phthalides, which can help relax the muscles around the arteries and help the arteries dilate, leaving more space for the blood to flow through at a lower pressure. This compound also reduces stress hormones in the body which cause arteries to constrict creating high blood pressure.
  • Lowers cholesterol by increasing bile acid secretion.
  • Celery contains compounds calledcoumarins that help prevent free radicals from damaging cells, thus decreasing the mutations that increase the potential for cells to become cancerous.
  • Compounds in celery called acetylenics have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells.

 

Zucchini

  • Prevent cell mutations and cancer like changes.
  • Reduces symptoms of (BPH) Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy in men.
  • Excellent source of Magnesium, manganese, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, fiber, potassium, folate, copper, riboflavin, and phosphorus which all give cardiovascular protection and encourage heart health.
  • High fiber content which helps sweep toxins out of the colon, improving digestive health and decreasing risks for colon cancer.

 

Leeks

  • Protects our blood vessel lining with the well researched powerful flavonoid, kaempferol that has been proven to be beneficial in cardiovascular health.
  • Rich in bioactive folate, an important component from the B Vitamin group which plays a key role in heart health.
  • High levels of free-radical fighting polyphenols.
  • Like garlic and onions, leeks are packed with key nutrients and antioxidants to support the body and immune system to stay strong and resist disease.

 

Onion

  • Incredibly high levels of polyphenols which strengthen our systems and protect us from disease and illness.
  • Sulfur components can lower cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Can increase bone density and prevent bone fractures.
  • The high sulfur compounds are beneficial for our connective tissues because sulfur is necessary in the formation of connective tissue.
  • Anti-inflammatory due to antioxidants, in particular Quercetin.
  • Research has shown time and time again the incredible cancer preventing and fighting abilities in all cancers when onions are eaten moderately and even better when eaten on a daily basis.

 

Garlic

  • Rich in a variety of powerful sulfur compounds that give it its pungent odor and is the source of its incredible cancer fighting properties.
  • garlic is an excellent source of manganese, a very good source of vitamin B-6 and vitamin C and a good source of selenium.
  • Greatly improves cardiovascular health through lowering triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood pressure, preventing blood platelets from sticking together, and protecting blood cells and blood vessels from oxidative stress and damage. Oxidative damage is a major precursor to cardiovascular problems including heart attach and atherosclerosis.
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial & Anti-Viral. This food plays a huge role in fighting and controlling infection, bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungi, and worms.
  • When consumed regularly, it has been shown to lower risk of nearly all cancers.
  • Assists our body’s ability to absorb iron, increasing the amount of iron in the blood, giving us more energy.

 

Lentils

  • A Fiber All-Star. One cup of lentils provides 62% of the recommended daily value for your fiber! Lentils top the list for fiber content in legumes. This combination of soluble and insoluble fiber lowers cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar, aids weight loss, cleans out the colon, and improves digestive health preventing disorders such as diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Heart health. A study done over a 25 year period showed that diets that include lentils and legumes had an incredible 82% less risk of dying from heart disease!
  • High levels of folate. Folate is a B Vitamin that lowers levels of the harmful chemical Homocysteine. When B- Vitamins are lacking, homocysteine levels rise and are dangerous because they damage artery walls and are a huge risk factor for heart disease.
  • High levels of Magnesium. Magnesium is also known as “nature’s own calcium-channel blocker”, which causes veins and arteries to relax, lessening the resistance of blood flow, allowing for improved circulation, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body. Lack of magnesium has been shown to be associated with heart attack risk and promoting free-radical damage to the heart.
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels, giving you energy and fuel to burn all day long without your blood sugar spiking and crashing.
  • Boosts your Iron levels. Lentils replenish your iron reserves which is very beneficial for many people, especially those with anemia. Iron is an integral part of hemoglobin in the blood which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. Women in particular are at risk for low iron levels during menstruation, pregnancy, and lactation.

 

Beef bone broth

  • The bones create gelatine in the broth which is extremely healing for the body, especially the digestive system. Gelatine has been proven to be beneficial for a long list of diseases including peptic ulcers, tuberculosis, diabetes, muscle diseases, infectious diseases, jaundice and cancer. It attracts digestive juices to the gut improving digestion.
  • It helps to support the connective tissue in your body and also helps the fingernails and hair to grow well and strong.
  • As the bones cook in water – especially if that water has been made slightly acidic by the inclusion of cider vinegar – minerals and other nutrients leach from the bones into the water. Homemade broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals. The minerals in broth are easily absorbed by the body.
  • Good for joints. Bone broth contains glucosamine and chondroiton – which are thought to help decrease effects of arthritis and joint pain.

http://nourishedkitchen.com/the-benefits-of-bone-broth/

Organic, raw Apple cider vinegar

  • The pectin in the vinegar helps reduce bad cholesterol and regulate blood pressure.
  • When mixed with food, this vinegar helps extract calcium from the fruits, vegetables, and meat it is mixed with, helping to maintain strong bones.
  • Loaded with potassium, which helps eliminate excess water and liquid in the tissues, flush toxins out of the body, aids in muscle recovery after exercise, and prevent the many ailments associated with potassium deficiency such as hair loss, weak nails, sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses), and chronic runny noses.
  • Helps with weight loss by breaking down fat and increasing metabolism.
  • It contains malic acid which is very helpful in fighting bacterial and fungal infections. This acid also helps to relieve joint pain and gout by dissolving uric acid deposits that form around joints.
  • It is claimed that apple cider vinegar is helpful in ailments such as constipation, headaches, arthritis, weak bones, indigestion, high cholesterol, diarrhea, eczema, sore eyes, chronic fatigue, mild food poisoning, hair loss, high blood pressure, obesity, along with a host of many other ailments. No wonder then many know apple cider vinegar as the “Wonder Drug”.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/health-benefits-apple-cider-vinegar.html

 

Raw coconut oil

  • High levels of Lauric acid which is extremely beneficial in fighting viruses and bacteria that cause disease such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It’s antibacterial effects are beneficial in fighting against heliobacter pylori (cause of stomach ulcers), and harmful protazoa and parasites such as giardia.
  • Prevents heart damage, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. As well as reducing damage to artery walls and preventing atherosclerosis.
  • Weight Loss. This oil is incredible for weight loss as it contains essential fatty acids to remove excess fat, increases the metabolism by nourishing the thyroid, and reducing the stress on the pancreas.
  • Helpful in treating pancreatitis.
  • Aids in digestion, preventing many digestive illnesses and problems. It’s antimicrobial actions fight against bad bacteria, parasites, fungi, ect.. that cause indigestion, constipation, pain, and bloating.
  • Strengthens the immune system with its antimicrobial fatty acids: lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid.
  • According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, etc. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, etc. Coconut oil is also effective on fungi and yeast that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, etc.
  • Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.
  • It is believed that coconut oil plays an instrumental role in reducing viral susceptibility of HIV and cancer patients.

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

Fresh parsley

  • One of the world’s 7 most potent species. (which also include Ginger, Oregano, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Sage, and Red chili peppers.)
  • High iron and Vitamin C helps with anemia (low iron levels).
  • It improves the digestion of proteins and fats therefore promoting intestinal absorption, liver assimilation and storage. Because of its high enzyme content, parsley benefits digestive activity and elimination.
  • Treats ear infections.
  • Supports liver, spleen, kidneys, and adrenal glands.
  • Acts as a diuretic to get rid of excess fluid within the body.
  • In women, parsley improves estrogen and nourishes and restores the blood of the uterus. Conditions like delayed menstruation, PMS, and the menopause (dry skin, irritability, depression and hair loss) can often improve.
  • The high vitamin C, beta carotene, B12, chlorophyll and essential fatty acid content render parsley an extraordinary immunity enhancing food.
  • Inhibits tumor formation.
  • Tremendously helps the kidneys and forces toxic material out of the kidneys, reduces fluid retention, and helps with any kind of urinary tract infections.
  • Helps to reduce liver congestion and purify the blood.
  • Parsley helps to make the cycles regular by the presence of apiol which is a part of the female sex hormone estrogen.
  • I could not list all of the incredible benefits of parsley. Read here for more information http://www.naturalhealthtechniques.com/diet_nutrition/ParsleyBenefits.htm

 

Himalayan salt

  • Together with pure spring water, Himalayan Crystal Salt offers all the natural elements exactly identical to the elements in your body, providing the body with 84 elements that are naturally found within the body.
  • Regulates water content throughout the body.
  • Regulates pH in the blood with its alkaline properties.
  • Promotes blood sugar stability.
  • Promotes respiratory and sinus health.
  • Promotes sleep.
  • Enhances libido.

http://products.mercola.com/himalayan-salt/

 

Avocado

  • Specifically protects and fights against prostate, oral, and breast cancer.
  • Supports eye health with its high levels of the carotenoid lutein.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol.
  • Supports heart health with its good source of folate, Vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione.
  • Protects against strokes.
  • Enhances the absorption of nutrients in other foods.
  • Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease.
  • Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health.

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-avocados.html

 

Learn more about these incredible nutrients on this resourceful site- Www.whfoods.com

I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

In Health, Happiness, & Hope,

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The Post Christmas Cleanse

Happy day after Christmas!!!

I hope you all had an amazing time celebrating Jesus’ birthday with your friends and family! I know Christmas is usually the day many people splurge and eat way more than they should resulting in a super bloated abdomen, fatigue, headaches, and possibly more symptoms… not to mention 5 extra pounds on your body.

It’s interesting that just 6 days after this massive feast is when people get crazy motivated to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. What I’m thinking is…why wait? Why not start now and get a jump start on the new year?

So, I am proposing to you…yes proposing to you…a post-Christmas cleanse! =) You can choose to do this for 1 day or 1 week, whatever you feel like. This gentle cleanse will help you feel more energetic and move out the gunk that has been built up over the holidays.

J-Lo’s Post-Christmas Cleanse

Eat as much as you want of…

  • Organic Green Veggies (Kale, spinach, cucumber, zucchini, mixed greens, avocado, broccoli, etc)
  • Other Organic Non-Starchy Veggies (Carrots, cauliflower, onions, garlic, etc)
  • Homemade broths (bone broth, vegetable broths, chicken broths, etc)
  • Cultured Foods & Drinks (Raw sauerkraut, non-dairy kefir, inner eco, kevita, organic miso, etc)
  • These Fruits only: Berries, cherries, pomegranates, green granny smith apples, lemons, limes, & grapefruit.
  • Superfoods: spirulina, chlorella, maca, acai, camu camu, etc.
  • Sunrider Foods
  • FRESH organic vegetable juices
  • Organic Herbal teas

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Eat moderate amounts of…

  • Healthy fats: coconut oil, olive oil (not cooked), chia seeds, hemp seeds, hemp oil
  • Coconut products: milk, yogurt, flour, etc.
  • All other fruits not listed above
  • Starchy veggies: eggplant, red potatoes, sweet potatoes

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Eliminate…

  • All animal products: meats, dairy, fish, eggs
  • All grains: rice, pasta, crackers, cookies, breads, oatmeal etc.
  • All sugar & sugar-free sweeteners (only exception is stevia)
  • All processed foods
  • All Caffeine: coffee, caffeinated teas, energy drinks
  • All Alcohol
  • All corn products
  • White potatoes

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Hydrate…

  • Drink 1 GALLON of water or Calli tea each day with the juice of 1-2 whole lemons. You can sweeten with stevia if you’d like.

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There you have it! It’s not too bad, right? 🙂 The goal of this cleanse is to rejuvenate your body at a fast rate and get rid of any junk that may have accumulated over the holidays. Let me know what you think and how you feel doing your Post-Christmas Cleanse!!!

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