Nov 20, 2014

Did you know...high blood sugar levels cause you to age faster?


We all know sugar isn’t good for us…but did you know that elevated sugar levels can
actually impact your hormone levels and age important organs faster? When we eat refined sugar, it causes a glucose level spike—triggering a large insulin release to level the spike. This dramatic up and down glucose cycle is wearing on the body causing it to age faster. And, according to Dr. Troy Spurill from the Synapse Center for Health and Healing, it aggravates the female reproductive system and can lead to irregular hormone levels connected to difficult and irregular cycles.

Keeping your blood sugar levels within a healthy range can be quite simple (in the absence of diabetes). Protein breaks down slower than carbs and simple sugars. Including a protein every time you eat, even if it’s a quick snack, helps maintain the gentle rise and fall in glucose levels your body was created for.  See below for tips on adding more protein to your diet. Ashley is one of our own here at MMH and we appreciate her sharing a bit of her health journey.

“I have had to deal with major hormone imbalance and extreme pain during certain parts of the month and I learned quite a lot along the way. If you have hypoglycemic tendencies like me, it is all the more important to maintain sugar balance. Eating smaller meals several times a day will help your body maintain those levels without putting extra strain on your adrenals and other hormone producing organs. This will also help increase your metabolism.

I love to eat. If you say “snack” my eyes light up and I get teased around here for it! I can out eat all the shipping boys in a days time, but I’m not overweight and I’m very thoughtful about what enters my body. The rule is: if I have it, I will eat it. I have learned to only keep healthy snacks around so when the hunger hits, I feed my body what it needs to thrive. I keep a drawer full of snacks right at my desk filled with mixed nuts, a variety of teas and other healthy snacks. Ok, and a piece a dark chocolate for when it calls…I’m snacking as I write this. Eating with my blood sugar levels in mind has changed my life.”

Sometimes you need a little help in making better food choices. Strong sugar cravings can be caused by yeast overgrowth, a yeast cleanse (Yeast X) often reduces these cravings. The herbs in Weight Control can also be a big help in curbing the cravings. 



Simple ways to get more clean protein
Eggs are good for you, they are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. With only a trace of carbs, but rich in protein, healthy fats and vitamins, they will not raise blood glucose levels. Soaked or sprouted nuts, beans, seeds, quinoa, lentils, organic chicken, turkey, beef, bison, elk, and wild caught fish are great, clean sources of protein.

Hormone-balancing healthy fats like Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is incredibly
healing to the skin. It’s fatty acids are great building blocks for normal hormone production.

Avocados are rich in the healthy fat that helps our body absorb and use nutrients They are also full of fiber, potassium, magnesium vitamin E, B-vitamins, and Folic acid - all essential for maintaining hormonal balance.

Raw butter provides a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K2. These nutrients are key building blocks.

Olive and seed oils: High in triglycerides, these oils are rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Try adding a few teaspoons per day of olive oil, fermented cod liver oil, hemp seed oil, or flax-seed oil.

Antioxidant-rich vegetables: Dark green and brightly colored such as asparagus, broccoli, spinach, collard greens, cabbage, cucumbers, bell peppers, red cabbage, red/white onions, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, butternut squash, and turnips.
Healing spices such as Cinnamon, Turmeric, Cayenne, Cumin, Garlic, and Ginger add both flavor and nutrition to your meal!
This blog is produced for educational purposes only and is strictly the opinion of the authors.  It is not intended to be and should not be construed as medical advice in any form, nor should it be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or other complication. The information provided here should not be acted upon without proper consideration and input from one’s own health care professional. Before using any herbal supplements, or following any suggestions provided here, consult your health care professional.

Nov 10, 2014

Fertility and Food: How Diet can effect your hormone levels



What we eat is either helping normal hormonal production, or contributing to unpredictable imbalances.

Hormones largely control our mood, digestion, energy, libido, metabolism, and even effect skin health. When our meals and snacks are missing essential nutrients, our body cannot produce hormones correctly or maintain hormonal balance without the building blocks to do so. The human body needs a balance of three basic macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein, and especially fat. Macronutients are the type of food that the human diet requires in relatively large amounts.


Fat is one of the most crucial elements for hormonal balance. For years, we've been told that fat-free is good, while cholesterol and saturated fats are bad. This is now being shown to be more of a dangerous lie than a truth to live by. Healthy fat is the raw material that we need to produce and maintain proper hormone function.

Hormones are produced using certain fatty acids and cholesterol. The female reproductive system especially needs these for rebuilding cells and to maintain stable, normal hormone levels.

Basing meals off clean protein, hormone-balancing healthy fats, antioxidant-rich vegetables, and healing spices will help your body thrive. Choose one food from each category for an easy, hormone friendly and healthy meal.

This blog is produced for educational purposes only and is strictly the opinion of the authors.  It is not intended to be and should not be construed as medical advice in any form, nor should it be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or other complication. The information provided here should not be acted upon without proper consideration and input from one’s own health care professional. Before using any herbal supplements, or following any suggestions provided here, consult your health care professional.

Oct 28, 2014

Delicious Detox Soup

As we've been discussing cleanses this October, we wanted to pass along this recipe for an easy to make, and good for you Detox Soup. When it gets chilly outside we love to throw together this soup and know we'll have a healthy meal in the fridge all week long. For more great recipes like this, be sure to check out Cooking up Help, a compilation of recipes from the MMH community.

Delicious Detox Soup

Ingredients: 
When possible, use organic vegetables in order to gain the most benefit.

2 medium leeks, cut in half, cleaned well,         and cut into small pieces.     
8 cups water.
4 cloves of garlic, crushed into a paste.       
3 small zucchini, diced.
1 green pepper, thinly sliced.                       
3 small rutabagas or turnips, peeled,                 diced. 
4 carrots, scrubbed clean, skins on, cut           into chunks.                           
4 celery stalks, cut into rough chunks.
3 roma tomatoes, with seeds and skin,             diced.
2 cups cooked pinto beans, I used dried           ones that I cooked before hand and then used cooking liquids in the soup.
2 bunches of kale or spinach, thinly sliced.
Juice of 1/2 lemon, real salt, and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste.

Instructions:
  • Heat a large pot over medium heat. 
  • Add the leeks, garlic, and green pepper. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add carrots, celery and the rutabagas. Cook for about 3 minutes. Add the water, tomatoes and pinto beans, simmer over low heat for at least 30 minutes. The longer, the better the flavor is.
  • 5 minutes before serving stir in the kale and zucchini. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.




This blog is produced for educational purposes only and is strictly the opinion of the authors.  It is not intended to be and should not be construed as medical advice in any form, nor should it be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or other complication. The information provided here should not be acted upon without proper consideration and input from one’s own health care professional. Before using any herbal supplements, or following any suggestions provided here, consult your health care professional.

Oct 22, 2014

Parasites: A Trojan Horse

Medical professionals are confirming Dr. Clarks discovery that parasites cause sickness and even death. Posting their findings online, they show clear cases of parasite infections mimicking or causing malignancies, seizures, blurry vision and death. Dr. Nougaci shares in a live video how he has removed 5 parasites from the brain in recent months and how more surgeons are seeing the same thing.

Particularly worrisome are the thread like Dirofilaia and the Onchocera. As thin as a silk thread, they invade the chest cavity fluids, the heart, the eyes and the abdomen membranes and lymph nodes. In addition to causing inflammation wherever it goes, the Onochera can get tangled up in itself or a Dirofilia (as they often share a host). Either one can grow to many feet in length, once a snarl or knot develops we have the starting point for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. These invaders can get tangled up or wrapped around a lymph node and grow into a mass of what is known as non Hodgkin's Lymphoma or simply chest and abdominal masses. Both carry detrimental bacteria, known as oncoviruses and release even more harmful bacteria such as shingella when they die.

It’s not only the parasites themselves that are destructive to our well being, as Dr. Clark notes. She compares them to the Trojan horse who appeared harmless but carried a lethal load into the unsuspecting and a bit foolish city. Though some professionals might still depict them as harmless, Dr. Clark noted that parasites not only steal our nutrients and thereby our health, butalso cause damage to our organs and tissues directly or indirectly by bringing other enemies into our “city” such as harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Dr. Clark believed parasites to be the initiators of most illnesses and that they keep us in a constant state of immune suppression because they release harmful pathogen sand connected to fungi, solvents, metals and allergies. Her life was largely dedicated to studying their effect on the human body, how to eliminate them and heal the damage they cause. Given that her findings are being confirmed by modern science after her passing (as is often the case for those who make important discoveries) its wise to pay attention to this health threat and take appropriate action.

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This blog is produced for educational purposes only and is strictly the opinion of the authors.  It is not intended to be and should not be construed as medical advice in any form, nor should it be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or other complication. The information provided here should not be acted upon without proper consideration and input from one’s own health care professional. Before using any herbal supplements, or following any suggestions provided here, consult your health care professional.

Oct 13, 2014

Face winter head on with a refreshing cleanse and detox

Improved mental and physical well-being, and a delightful sense of refreshment are normal responses and the common reason people choose to cleanse and detox. Spring and fall are the most common time of year to take the challenge. October is a great time to choose one that not only fits well with your goals, but that you're able to commit too.

Ridding the body of parasites first or while doing a whole body/colon cleanse, liver or heavy metal cleanse makes sense. In the liver, they can block the increased flow of bile meant to sweep the liver bile ducts clean. And while doing an intestinal cleanse you just want the job done right!

One Hour Detox 

When your immune system is compromised or you just feel in need of a quick detox, there are simple ways to sneak in refreshment that takes an hour or less.
  • Try getting a massage, it will help break up the toxins that are storing up in your muscle, then be sure to drink plenty of water to flush out those newly released toxins. 
  • You may not have the luxury of a sauna but a hot bath helps refresh and detox. Especially when you add Epsom salt, baking soda or ginger powder. Ginger will help open your pores and the salt and baking soda help draw out those unwanted toxins. Be careful when standing up out of the tub as a quick detox can make you light headed. Drink a large glass of purified water with fresh organic lemon juice. 
Make Every Choice Count
Cooking for a growing family and trying to detox and cleanse at the same time is challenging.        Most likely many of the foods you would like to focus on will not make a happy family if you serve them for dinner.  Just by sneaking in a few common kitchen staples, you can help your body detoxify. Garlic and onion are great for cleansing, as well as the digestive system and go well with a liver cleanse. Choose to add a super food item or two to your daily diet. Avocados, raw walnuts or almonds and coconut oil are great! For added fiber, reach for celery, oatmeal, apples, pears and raspberries. Replace the sugars in your diet with organic fresh or dried fruit. Drink herbal tea instead of soda or coffee and add as much fiber as possible to your diet. As an added benefit, many people experience a change in the foods they crave or unhealthy cravings disappear after a quality cleanse.


Get Some Sleep
We often lose sleep over a busy schedule or a busy mind. Getting enough sleep is crucial to your immune system and general wellbeing. When your body is rested, it recovers faster, and you naturally fight those tox
ins off. Take a natural sleep aid such as Bed-Time Drops, or Stress & Sleep, if necessary, to fall asleep and stay asleep. You can get those restful nights without feeling drowsy the next day.

Replenish with water and flora support
Water works wonders in the body. Try to drink half your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink a minimum of 75 oz.,  or 9 glasses of water per day. It is also better to drink smaller amounts throughout the day rather than large amounts a few times a day.

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This blog is produced for educational purposes only and is strictly the opinion of the authors.  It is not intended to be and should not be construed as medical advice in any form, nor should it be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or other complication. The information provided here should not be acted upon without proper consideration and input from one’s own health care professional. Before using any herbal supplements, or following any suggestions provided here, consult your health care professional.