I have this burning desire…

I have this burning desire…

…To talk about heartburn (acid reflux) So what happens when you have heartburn? why not just reach for an antacid? Let me explain how this works. PPI’s (proton pump inhibitors) eliminate the stomach acid that we need to digest our food and absorb the nutrients it provides. These are some of the strongest antacids on the market currently. So why is taking acid blockers a bad thing? We need the stomach acid to absorb Vitamin B12, iron, folate, zinc, magnesium (which most of us are deficient in and don’t even know it) also calcium, Vitamin A, vitamin D, and amino acids. There are studies out that show chronic use of PPI’s have correlated with vitamin B12 deficiency and an increase of food allergies. Most people do not realize that improper digestion can lead to allergies which is why having a healthy gut is key to overall health)  We know that gluten containing foods and dairy can be very common causes of heartburn, even though the reaction may not be right away it is typically found to be the cause. A general rule of thumb is to go on an elimination diet, removing these from your diet for 6 weeks. Another cause is SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), an often overlooked condition. In this case most people respond very well to the low FODMAP diet. See the link for more information.  List of FODMAP foods So what should you do? Try eating smaller meals, larger meals cause a mechanical upwards pressure. Try to eat till you are almost full but not quite (80% full) then stop, try this for a few...
Love My Liver Juice – Courtesy of Body Mind Institute

Love My Liver Juice – Courtesy of Body Mind Institute

Beets and lemons are powerful liver cleansers. The natural sodium in the celery will help flush out debris as well. Apples have malic acid which help to soften stones and open your bile ducts. For best results, drink 1 pint of juice per day.
Please use organic so your liver will not have to detox the pesticides in conventional produce! This is not my recipe but it is one of my favorites, if you want more please view the link below. The Mind Body Institute love my liver juice – see full recipe here  ...
Red Cabbage and Kale Salad with Pecans

Red Cabbage and Kale Salad with Pecans

I love how filling this dish is, used as a main for lunch or a side for dinner. it goes great with burgers, steak or chicken. The nuts and kale keep this salad crispy for a few days in the fridge even with salad dressing on it!   Name(required) Email(required) Website...
Beet Boost

Beet Boost

Nothing starts my day like a glass of beet booster, this is a tasty and energy boosting drink that’s a powerhouse of nutrients. Great for Energy, lifting spirits, cleansing, immunity boosting and heart health.
I want to BEET you UP!

I want to BEET you UP!

Let’s talk beets, those fabulous little red things that stain everything they touch haha. Why do I love beats so much? Let me tell you. Beets are known to lower blood pressure (study from queens university – London) One glass of beet juice daily is more effective at lowering blood pressure than medication! Adding a cup of beet juice or more beets in general to your diet could help prevent angina, high blood pressure and heart disease. Let’s talk endurance – England’s university of Exeter study found eating foods high in naturally occurring nitrates, like beets, improved endurance. Naturally occurring nitrates have been shown to widen blood vessels and allow more oxygen-rich blood to travel to the heart. Anti – inflammatory – Raw beets, not cooked, contain betaine, a natural anti-inflammatory. This helps prevent aging and disease. Anti-cancer effects – Beets contain a phytonutrient called proanthocyanidin. This gives beets their rich purplish colour and is also a potent anti cancer compound.  The fiber found in beets also helps protect against cancer as this particular the of finer increases the body’s ability to not only detect but also remove abnormal cells before they have a chance to turn cancerous.  Read Study here. Immune booster– Beet are high in Vit C, the best source is a naturally occurring one, not the synthetic toxic version we see on many store shelves. Reduces the risk of birth defects– Beets are high in folate (a B- complex vitamin) which is necessary for pregnant women to consume in order to prevent a number of birth defects. Rich in essential minerals – We are all lacking in many...