Detox Diets

Healthy Detox Recipes

detoxstew
detoxstew

Chinese Medicine Deep Detox Stew

40 minutes prep time  |  Makes 4 bowls

A traditional stew to enhance immunity and support heart health.Makes: 4 bowls

15 shiitake mushrooms 1 oz. black fungus 3 cloves garlic 4 tbsp. sesame seeds 2 tbsp. sesame oil 2 burdock roots, chopped 2 oz. dry hijiki seaweed 1 bunch bok choy, chopped 1 small can lycii berries 6 tbsp. white miso 2 leeks

Soak the shiitake and black fungus in a bowl of cool water, just enough to cover, for 20 minutes or until soft. Then slice thinly, saving the soaking water. In a soup pot, sauté the garlic, leeks and sesame seeds in the sesame oil for 5 minutes. Add the burdock and hijiki and sauté for 5 minutes more. Add mushrooms, fungus, soaking water, another 6 cups water and bring up to a simmer. Then add the bok choy, lycii berries, and white miso. Let simmer for several minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

herb-tea-AME050LH
herb-tea-AME050LH

Cold Defense Cleanser

20 minutes prep time | Makes 2 drinks

Make this broth the minute you feel a cold coming on. Drink in small sips.

Makes: 2 drinks

In a saucepan, gently simmer: 1 and one half cups water 1 tbsp. honey 1 tsp. garlic powder One half tsp. cayenne 1 tsp. ground ginger 1 tbsp. lemon juice.

Remove from heat, and add 3 tbsp. brandy.

Bodywork techniques really enhance the results of your fat/cellulite detox

weight-loss-HWE070W-resized-600

weight-loss-HWE070W-resized-600

Choose 2-3 of the following techniques: 10-minute daily cellulite exercises work: They support a slim subcutaneous fat layer, increase circulation, maintain underlying tissue integrity. Do them all each day for 10 minutes. 1. Standing arm swings 50 count both arms. 2. 100 tummy sucks. 3. 100 torso twists. 4. Wall pushups with each arm and both arms. 5. Standing leg circles, 50 each leg. 6. Weight lifting that focuses on the lower body helps develop the muscles in the hips and thighs. 7. Deep breathing moves out lymph congestion that shows as cellulite (one reason why yoga and pilates are so effective).

Dry brushing: Fatty wastes can get trapped beneath the skin’s surface easily (especially in women) when the liver or lymphatic systems are sluggish. Use a natural bristle brush—brush vigorously in a rotary motion and massage every part of your body in this order: feet and legs, hands and arms, back and abdomen, chest and neck. Five to fifteen minutes is the average time.

Rub-on cellulite-fighting essential oils: Antioxidant oils rosemary and thyme. Peppermint oil increases metabolism. Juniper stimulates circulation. Or, try Cellulite gel (with a hint of cayenne for an extra flushing boost).

Massage: Have a massage therapy treatment at the beginning and end of your cleanse to move excess fluid wastes and unattached fats into elimination systems, and to stimulate skin circulation. You can also do light massage work on your cellulitic areas yourself with good results.

Bathe away toxins: Try a Hot Seaweed Bath; or a sea salt bath: add 1 cup Dead Sea salts, 1 cup Epsom salts, ½ cup regular sea salt and ¼ baking soda to a tub; swish in 3 drops lavender oil, 2 geranium drops  oil, 2 drops sandalwood oil and 1 drop neroli oil.

-Sarah

More Light, Healthy Recipes for Summer!

Rose Petal Fruit Salad- Edible flowers are light, healthy and delicious

petals-resized-600
petals-resized-600

1½ cup blueberries, rinsed 3½ cups nectarines, sliced ½ cup rose petals ¼ cup violets or nasturtiums 2 tbsp. raspberry vinegar 1½ tsp. rose flower water 2 pinches fructose

Arrange the blueberries and nectarines on a platter. Sprinkle fruit with the rose petals and violets. In a small bowl, mix the raspberry vinegar, rose flower water and fructose. Pour over fruit. Serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

Sushi Salad- A friendly addition to modified macrobiotic diet

sushisalad-resized-600
sushisalad-resized-600

1 cup short-grain sushi rice 1 cup mixed brown and wild rice 4 cups cold water 2 cups broccoli, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 2 carrots, diced 1 rib celery, diced 4 scallions, thinly sliced 2 tbsp. pickled ginger, minced ½ cup almonds, slivered 2 sheets toasted nori, sliced into small squares ½ cup brown rice vinegar 2 tbsp. soy sauce 2 tsp. wasabi paste

In a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, combine the sushi rice, mixed brown and wild rice, and 4 cups of cold water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low, stir, then cover and cook for 15 minutes, lifting the lid to stir only once. Remove pan from heat, stir, cover again, and set aside for 20 minutes. Brown and wild rices should be chewy in texture. Cool in a large bowl.

In a soup pot, blanch the broccoli, red bell pepper and carrots in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking; set aside. When rice is cool, toss with blanched vegetables, celery, scallions, ginger, almonds, and toasted nori. Make the dressing: whisk together the brown rice vinegar, soy sauce, and wasabi paste to make a dressing. Toss with salad and serve. Makes 6 servings.

Enzyme Booster Green Soup- Chlorophyll and Enzyme Healing

greensoup-resized-600
greensoup-resized-600

1 tbsp. olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced ¼ cup leeks, minced ½ cup green onions, minced 2 tbsp. shallots, minced ¼ cup celery, minced 1 tbsp. wheat germ 1 cup leafy greens (spinach, chard, endive, romaine, etc.), finely chopped ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced ¼ cup watercress, minced 4 cups miso soup 1 tbsp. lemon juice ½ tsp. herb salt ¼ tsp. white pepper daikon white radish, thinly sliced

In a skillet, sauté the garlic, leeks, green onions, shallots, and celery in 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Sprinkle with the wheat germ and toss to coat. Remove from heat and toss in: the leafy greens, fresh parsley, and watercress. In a soup pot, heat the miso soup briefly. Add the sautéed vegetables, lemon juice, herb salt, and white pepper. Heat just through; top with the daikon white radish. Makes 6 servings.

Favorite Summer Healthy Healing Recipes!

Sprouts Plus

A light snack rich in vitamin K, beta carotene. Diuretic properties for cellulite release.

sprouts-resized-600
sprouts-resized-600

1 tub alfalfa sprouts

2 cups carrot, grated 1 cup celery, minced 3 pinches lemon zest

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Makes 2 servings.

Grilled Prawns with Veggies and Sesame Sauce

Healthy grilling- A delicious light summer dinner.

½ cup sesame seeds ½ cup sake or sherry 2 tbsp. tamari 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil 1 lb. prawns, shelled and butterflied 8 green onions, sliced 4 small zucchini, sliced 8 fresh shiitake mushrooms 3 tbsp. olive oil 4 tbsp. white wine 1 tbsp. honey juice of 1 lemon 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced pinch paprika pinch garlic powder

Dry roast sesame seeds in a pan until golden. Set aside. Make the marinade: combine the sake, tamari and sesame oil. Use half to marinate the prawns, and the other half to marinate the onions, zucchini and mushrooms. Allow to marinate for at least an hour in the refrigerator. Grill prawns over high heat until just opaque but still tender. Then grill vegetables until seared and tender. Baste twice. Remove from heat immediately. Put prawns and veggies on a platter and keep warm. Make the Sesame Sauce:  in a blender, combine the toasted sesame seeds, olive oil, white wine, honey, lemon juice, ginger, paprika, garlic powder. Drizzle over prawns and veggies. Makes 4 servings.

Tropical Fruit Platter with Strawberry Sauce

Have fruit instead of a traditional dessert.

2 cups strawberries, chopped 1 tbsp. honey 2 tbsp. orange juice 1 large pineapple, peeled, cored, quartered lengthwise, and cut crosswise into ¼" slices 1 large ripe papaya, peeled, quartered, and cut into ¼" slices 6 medium kiwi, peeled, and cut into thin slices extra whole strawberries

In a blender, mix the chopped strawberries, honey and orange juice. Set aside. On a large platter, overlap slices of each fruit. Drizzle strawberry sauce over fruit. Garnish with whole strawberries. Cut each berry into 5 slices from tip to base, (but not all the way through) and flare slightly. Makes 12 servings.

Brown Rice Cleanse

brownrice-resized-600

brownrice-resized-600

A brown rice cleanse is especially useful for dropping a few quick pounds, and it’s a great way to transition from an unhealthy diet into a better diet. A brown rice cleanse is based on macrobiotic principles for body balance. It’s cleansing, yet filling. You don’t feel like you’re on a cleanse at all, yet it does the trick. It’s a diet that uses rice as a nutrient building food, and vegetables and vegetable juices as concentrated cleansing supplements. A brown rice cleanse is high in potassium, natural iodine, and other minerals, so most people notice improvement in their hair, skin texture and nail growth A brown rice diet is the best cleansing diet for colder times of the year. Brown rice adds a building, warming factor to a cleanse, making your meals more satisfying, ensuring that you get plenty of fiber and minerals. It’s an effective option to a juice cleanse and much easier to fit into your lifestyle.

Almost everybody loses some weight during this cleanse. Many people experience a 2 to 5 pound weight drop. Most people notice an improvement in vitality and energy levels right away, too. People with heart problems regularly notice a more stable heartbeat and better circulation. A fiber-rich cleansing diet with sea veggies, that eliminates meat and dairy protein, almost invariably lowers the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Is your body showing signs that a brown rice cleanse would help you?

—Is your immune response low?

—Do you feel like you need to clear cobwebs from your brain? Are you feeling logy and out-of-sorts?

—Do you need to lose about 10 pounds?

7-Day Brown Rice Detox Plan

The night before your brown rice cleanse....

A green leafy salad for dinner sweeps your bowels.

The next day....

—On rising: take a glass of 2 fresh squeezed lemons, 1 tbsp. maple syrup and 8-oz. of pure water.

—Breakfast: have an energy green drink: 6 carrots, 1 beet, 8 spinach leaves and ¼ cup fresh parsley.

—Mid-morning: take a cup Cleansing & Purifying tea or burdock tea.

—Lunch: have a veggie juice like Super V-7: 2 carrots, 2 tomatoes, a handful of spinach leaves and parsley, 2 celery ribs, ½ cucumber, ½ green bell pepper. Add 1 tbsp. green superfood, like spirulina or chlorella.

—Mid-afternoon: have a glass of carrot juice.

—Dinner: have steamed brown rice and mixed steamed vegetables. Sprinkle with sea veggies like dulse or kelp, easily purchased in flakes or granules. Use 1 tbsp. flax or olive oil, and 1 tbsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.

—Before Bed: have a cup of herbal tea such as peppermint, spearmint or chamomile.

—The next 6 days: have 2 to 3 glasses of mixed vegetable juices throughout the day. Don’t eat any solid food during the day. Have steamed brown rice and mixed vegetables for an early dinner each evening.

.7-day brown rice cleanse supplement suggestions: Choose 2 or 3 cleansing boosters.

…Cleansing boosters: Herbal laxatives like cascara sagrada and senna support waste elimination.

…Cleansing teas: Green Tea Cleanser or Cleansing & Purifying tea, both gentle enough to take on a daily basis.

…Enzymes, a detox’s best friend: Dr. Enzyme with Protease & Bromelain.

What about a water fast? I don't recommend it.

fruitsveggies-resized-600
fruitsveggies-resized-600

Leading nutritionists and detoxification experts agree that fresh vegetable and fruit juice cleansing is superior to water fasting. Indeed, juice cleansing is an evolution in detoxification methods. Fresh juices, broths and herb teas help deeply cleanse the body, rejuvenate the tissues and guide you to a faster recovery from health problems than water fasting. A traditional water fast is harsh and demanding on your body, even in times before huge amounts of food and environmental toxins were part of the picture. Today, it can even be dangerous. Deeply buried pollutants and chemicals from our tissues are released into elimination channels too rapidly during a water fast. Your body is essentially “re-poisoned” as the chemicals move through the bloodstream all at once. Sometimes, the physical and emotional stress of a water fast even overrides the healing benefits.

Vegetable and fruit juices are alkalizing, so they neutralize uric acid and other inorganic acids, better than water, and increase the healing effects. Juices support better metabolic activity for fasting, too. Metabolic activity slows down during a water fast as the body attempts to conserve dwindling energy resources that further reduce productive cleansing. Juices are very easy on digestion, and easily assimilated into the bloodstream. They don’t disturb the detoxification process.

To Life-long health, Linda

Is It Time For a Spring Cleanse?

A spring cleanse is a real breath of fresh air for your body after a long winter. It’s one of the best ways to quickly shed winter weight and increase your energy levels. Hippocrates, “the Father of Medicine,” Galen, Paracelsus and other great physicians throughout history prescribed detoxification. It was even practiced by Plato and Socrates. Cleansing has been helping people heal for over 20,000 years! Fact:  At least 20% of the food supply is contaminated with pesticide residues. The average American gets about 68 exposures to these toxins each day!  We are just beginning to see the far-reaching implications on hormonal health, specifically on hormone-driven cancers like that of the breast, testicles, and prostate; infertility problems in men and women; endocrine disorders; and earlier and earlier puberties for young American girls.

Body signs that you may need a detox: A yes answer to two or more of these symptoms should alert you to signs of toxic overload.

—body odor, bad breath or a coated tongue —frequent candida infections or UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) —poor digestion, heartburn, constipation with intestinal bloating or gas —unusual fatigue; relying on stimulant pick-me-ups like sugar and caffeine to get through the day —cellulite collecting on your hips, thighs or tummy

You should be drinking at least 3 glasses of mixed fresh vegetable or fruit juices every day of your cleanse.Fresh fruit and vegetable juices have a powerful effect on the body’s recuperative powers because of their rich, easily absorbed nutrients and life giving enzymes.  Enzyme-rich fresh fruit and vegetable juices literally pick up dead, decaying material in the body and carry it away.  Note: Avoid caffeine, sugar, dairy foods and alcoholic drinks for the duration of your cleanse. They contribute to lymphatic stagnation.

I usually recommend a 3 to 5 day diet plan because it’s the easiest to fit in most people’s busy lifestyles. For the best results, I recommend following your detox with 1 to 4 days of a diet of 100% fresh foods. You can begin on a Friday and detox for a long weekend. For people who want to go on a longer, more intense detox, detox spas and centers where you will receive professional guidance are the best choice.

-Sarah

28c80b41-f288-4c2f-82d1-847e6b7aac88

28c80b41-f288-4c2f-82d1-847e6b7aac88

March Herb of the Month- Lemon Balm

honey lemon balm lemonade
honey lemon balm lemonade

As we move closer to spring, very few herbs can rival lemon balm in gently cleansing and renewing the mind and body after a long winter.

Lemon Balm:Melissa officinalis

Today’s common uses: Lemon balm is a good nervine for insomnia, tension headaches, nervous stomach and mild depression. It is a de-stressing aromatherapy oil to treat nervousness. New studies suggest it may even improve mental performance and balance moods in dementia patients.

Traditional Herbal Medicine uses: In ancient times, lemon balm was hung by the front door to ward off evil spirits. It was well known among warriors for staunching bleeding wounds. The Greeks used its crushed leaves as an antibacterial on scorpion stings and dog bites. Known in medieval times as an elixir of youth and longevity; in the 17th century as a remedy for melancholy and memory.

Therapeutic parts: fresh and dried leaves.

Delivery forms: tea, capsules, compress, essential oil, extract, gargle, ointment. Great in garnishes, iced teas, fruit dishes, meals and salads. Wonderful aroma in potpourri.

Key compounds: Lemon balm’s rosmarinic acid is a powerful antioxidant. Lemon balm citronella terpene has sedating effects.

 

-Sarah

Healthy Healing Article: Weight Control For Kids

America’s children are becoming an overweight generation…Today 1 in 3 U.S. children is substantially overweight or obese. America’s adults are paying more attention to their diets, but statistics show that U.S. kids are the biggest they’ve ever been. Childhood obesity has doubled in just the past two decades! It’s now the most prevalent but preventable nutritional disease in the U.S. T.V. food advertising especially targets kids with an ever widening array of chemical-laced, genetically altered foods, and junky foods with too much fat, salt, sugar and calories. Some kids eat out of a box most of the time! U.S. schools have dropped the ball for children’s health, too, offering kids more fatty, nutrient-starved meals and less physical exercise.  Our high tech age saturates today’s kids with computers, T.V.’s, cell phones and video games - but much less active playtime, exercise and outdoor play than any previous generation. P.E. classes in U.S. schools, most sports and many extra-curricular activities have been dropped, and our kids are paying the price. Most kids attend only 1 or 2 physical education classes a week. Forty percent of boys 6-12 can’t even touch their toes; American girls actually run slower today than they did 10 years ago. P.E. teachers have been reassigned to other classes in seventy-five percent of U.S. schools. Today’s kids watch up to 28 hours of TV a week. By the time U.S. kids reach their senior high school year, they’ve spent over 3 years of their lives watching TV.

Even more alarming, heart disease is now traceable to early childhood. U.S. doctors are discovering that many American teens (even some 3 year olds) already have fatty deposits on their coronary arteries. And, type 2 diabetes is increasingly being diagnosed in overweight kids. Today’s kids rely on junky snack foods. Children are rewarded with food for good behavior or denied food for punishment from an early age. As they grow older, kids tend to continue that cycle by rewarding themselves with salty, sugary, fatty snacks, soft drinks, and nitrate-loaded lunch meats before parents even come home from work.

Overweight children face early degenerative diseases, low self-Esteem, depression and rejection by peers. Getting weight problems under control at an early age is critical for later health. If a child’s extra weight hangs on through teenage years, there’s a 77% likelihood they will be overweight as adults. But, crash diets aren’t the answer.  Changing the focus to health, to having a fit body instead of a thin body can make all the difference in managing weight. Kids need mineral-rich building foods, fiber-rich energy foods, and protein-rich growth foods. A light detox can start a good weight control program for an overweight child, who usually has toxic overload from too many chemicalized foods. A gentle detox normalizes body chemistry.

My JUNK FOOD DETOX for KIDS is a 3 day diet. Avoid highly processed, junky foods, red meats and dairy foods, except yogurt during this detox. On rising: give the child citrus juice with 1 teaspoon of acidophilus liquid, or a glass of lemon juice and water with honey or maple syrup. Breakfast: offer the child fresh fruits, especially apples, pineapple, papaya or oranges. Add vanilla yogurt or rice milk if desired. Mid-morning: give the child fresh carrot juice. Add ¼ tsp. ascorbate vitamin C or Ester C crystals to neutralize body toxins. Lunch: give the child fresh raw crunchy veggies with a yogurt dip; or a fresh veggie salad with lemon/oil or yogurt dressing. Mid-afternoon: offer a refreshing herb tea, such as licorice or peppermint tea with honey. Dinner: give a fresh salad, with avocados, carrots, kiwi, romaine and other high vitamin A foods; and/or a cup of miso soup or other clear broth soup. Before bed: offer a relaxing herb tea, like chamomile tea. Add ¼ tsp. vitamin C or Ester C crystals; or a cup of Miso broth for strength.

Once the light detox is over, begin a healthy diet. Breakfast is a key for weight loss for kids. A high fiber breakfast cuts a child’s calories by up to 200 calories a day and holds appetite until lunchtime. Add fresh plant, enzyme-rich foods to the child’s daily diet.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Using Detoxification Therapies to Relieve GERD

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is the major cause of today’s heartburn epidemic. GERD results from stomach acid leaking back into the esophagus and coming up (refluxing) into the throat. GERD also occurs in severe cases of osteoporosis, when the rib cage and upper body collapse to the point where normal food transit is impeded. (My own mother suffered from this; it was extremely painful.) People who suffer from acid reflux are far more likely to develop cancer of the esophagus, now the fastest growing type of cancer in the western world. What puts you at risk for GERD or chronic heartburn? Overeating, enzyme deficiency, too much fast foods and fried foods (all acid-forming), prescription drug side effects, having a hiatal hernia or severe osteoporosis can all lead to GERD.

Signs you may have GERD:

– Chronic heartburn, chest pains and bloating after eating

– Belching, hiccups and regurgitation after eating

– Difficulty swallowing and a full feeling at the base of the throat

– Chronic hoarseness

Detox diet for chronic heartburn or GERD:

Healthy detoxification therapies ease chronic heartburn or GERD, naturally. A healthy detox diet eliminates acid-forming foods and alkalizes the system for fast heartburn relief. You can boost your benefits by continuing with fresh juices, enzyme rich foods and whole herbs long after your cleanse is over.

Start with this sample cleansing diet:

Cleanse the digestive system and establish good enzymes. Follow a detox mono diet of just apples and apple juice for 2 days. For the next 4 days, consume 70 % fresh foods diet (fresh fruits and vegetables, mixed green salads) and brown rice for extra B vitamins.

Continue your cleanse benefits with a largely vegetarian diet. Drink healthy juices for stomach acid balance at least once daily. Choose from: barley grass or spirulina green drinks for chlorophyll; carrot/cabbage juice, a stomach healer; pineapple-papaya juice for extra enzymes; or aloe vera juice, an esophageal soother before meals.

Add cultured foods like yogurt, kefir and miso soup to the ongoing diet for balancing friendly flora. Add lightly steamed vegetables, and enzyme-rich foods like papaya and pineapple.  Other alkaline-forming foods to include regularly: mineral water, seaweeds, herb teas, brown rice, honey, and most fruits. (Note: Melons often aggravate reflux.)

For long term GERD prevention, eliminate fried food and spicy foods—they slow the rate at which your stomach empties, allowing food to travel back to the esophagus. Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugary foods—they boost gastric acidity.

Further, skip red meats, high fat dairy foods, sodas, hard alcohol and caffeine (especially coffee). Switch to herbal teas, like a green and white tea blend with ginger for better digestion.

Quick Tips:

•If 1 tsp. cider vinegar in water relieves your heartburn, you may need more stomach acid.

•If you have flatulence, a catnip or slippery elm enema often provides immediate relief.

• Good digestive teas to include: peppermint, spearmint, ginger, dill, and caraway ease digestion. Try wild yam tea, especially if you have eaten too much refined sugar.

• Try to eat when relaxed. Eat smaller meals. Chew food very well. Don’t take liquids with meals. Don’t lie down after eating. It definitely aggravates reflux problems.

• Consider herbs for GERD relief and healing. Herbs are especially helpful after heavy meals, and for an overeater’s weight control program.

You don’t have to suffer needlessly from chronic heartburn or GERD. Natural therapies are an excellent option, alkalizing the system, soothing discomfort and helping to support tissues.  Most people feel better right away!

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Linda Page Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath is the author of the bestselling book, Healthy Healing- A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone. Her newest ebook release is Healthy Healing’s Detoxification- Programs to Cleanse, Purify and Renew.

References

Roth, J.Scott, M.D. “Hidden Hernia. Bottom Line Health, April 2008

“A Healthy Diet Saves Your Throat,” Alternatives, March 2008 (Am J Epidemiol 08;Jan 23 E-pub ahead of print)

Dowdle, Hillari, “Fire Fighters,” Natural Health, Nov. 2006

Faloon, William, “The Hidden Cancer Epidemic,” Life Extension, Feb. 2003

Diet to Soothe Irritable Bowel

Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects as many as one in five U.S. adults! A chronically inflamed, painful colon is a result of food allergies in 65% of cases. It’s usually a reaction to gluten, wheat, dairy, corn, eggs, or other food item. Fast foods, fried foods, processed foods and sugars all aggravate irritable bowel. Most people with IBS are women between 20 and 40 with stressful  lifestyles. New research shows that 78% of people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome have overgrowth of abnormal bacteria in the small intestine, often the result of too many antibiotics. Colon membranes become irritated, and the body forms pouchy pockets in reaction. In severe cases (ulcerative colitis), ulcerous lesions line the sides of the colon.

10-Day Diet to relieve irritable bowel

During acute stage of irritable bowel pain:

Go on a mono diet for 2 days with just apples and apple juice to gently cleanse the colon.

For the next 8 days:

Have 2 – 3 glasses of mixed vegetable juices throughout the day. (Wheatgrass juice is a specific for colitis.) Have steamed brown and mixed vegetables for an early dinner each evening. Drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of pure water throughout the day.

On rising: take 2 fresh squeezed lemons, 1 tbsp. maple syrup in 8 oz. of water; or have a glass of aloe vera juice (add 1 – 2 tbsp. to 8 oz. of pure water); or apple juice.

Breakfast: have a fruit fiber mix of prunes, raisins and apples. Top with a little yogurt, vanilla kefir or apple juice; or have a fiber drink.

Mid-morning: make an IBS healing juice: juice 4 handfuls greens: 1 spinach, 1 parsley, 1 kale, and 1 arugula; 2 large tomatoes; ¼ head green cabbage; 4 carrots with tops, and 2 stalks celery with  leaves; a 4 oz. tub alfalfa sprouts;  and a few sprigs of fresh mint. If you're low on time, as an alternative, have a green superfood drink.

Lunch: Have a simple green salad with a special Ginger-Flaxseed Dressing. For 2 cups: blend 1 cucumber chopped, 1 tbsp. flax seeds, 1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger, 1 tsp. sesame oil, and 1½ cups water; have a mixed veggie juice of your choice.

Mid-afternoon: have a carrot juice; or green tea, or apple/alfalfa sprout juice.

Dinner: have steamed brown rice and mixed steamed vegetables. Sprinkle with chopped dry seaweeds (like dulse or kelp). Add 1 tbsp. flax or olive oil, and 1 tbsp. Liquid Aminos. Or, make a high fiber veggie broth: In 2½ cups water, cook 2 cups chopped fresh mixed vegetables, add 1 tsp. miso and 2 tbsp. chopped dried seaweeds

Before Bed: have another aloe juice drink; or papaya juice; or nutritional yeast broth for B vitamins.

It’s never easy to change daily habits. But since life isn’t going to slow down, a conscious effort must be made to break the vicious digestive circle.  Keep remembering how much better you will feel.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

The Problem with Antacids


We spend $1.7 billion on indigestion remedies each year! Taking acid blocking drugs can mean that important B vitamins (especially B-12), minerals and trace minerals aren’t assimilated well. One survey shows that 15 million Americans have heartburn every day! Antacids offer temporary relief, but excessive use can wreak havoc on digestive health. They themselves can be a health problem because they radically change digestive chemistry. Do Any Of These Antacid Problems Pertain To You? 1. The tolerance effect: The more you use antacids, the more you need them. Antacids either neutralize stomach HCl (hydrochloric acid), that you need for digestion, or they block it, confuse the body and disrupt its normal processes. If you take a lot of antacids, your body overcompensates, producing excess stomach acid.

2. Antacids disrupt pH balance: Optimum pH is between 7.35 and 7.45. If you take lots of antacids, your GI tract fluctuates between over alkaline and over acid, leading to problems like diarrhea or constipation, gallbladder problems, hiatal hernia, even malnutrition. A friend thought his heartburn symptoms would improve if he doubled up on his acid blocker dosage. He ended up in the bathroom all night, passing completely undigested food. Disrupting body pH alters bowel ecology, too, potentially causing dramatic overgrowth of candida yeasts.

3. Pernicious ingredients: Many antacids contain aluminum which causes constipation and bone pain. Others overdose you on magnesium, causing diarrhea. Some contain both aluminum and magnesium, confusing your body with alternating constipation and diarrhea. Antacids full of sodium may cause water retention. Most have chemical coloring agents that can cause allergic reactions in some people, or lead to mood changes if taken regularly…… the way many people take them.

4. Some drugs interact with antacids: Antacids can decrease HIV drug absorption by up to 23%. Oral contraceptives may lose their effectiveness if taken with antacids. People using NSAIDS drugs for arthritis along with antacids suffer 2½ times more serious gastrointestinal complications than those taking a placebo! Antacids not only block drug absorption, they also block your food absorption of nutrients, especially B12, necessary for virtually all immune responses.

5. Some antacids build up in the body, impeding body processes: I know a woman who was hospitalized three times for kidney stones until her physician finally advised her to stop taking her over-the-counter antacids because the unabsorbed calcium in them was causing the kidney stone formation.

If you’re one of the millions of people who use have used antacids regularly for years you may be wondering, what can you do? Is it too late?  It’s never too late to rebalance the body and rebuild healthy digestion. This month I'll be sharing numerous, simple natural ways to bring the body back into balance.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Revitalizing Liver Health

Your liver may be the last thing you’re thinking about right now, but the truth is your life depends on your liver. More than any other organ, the liver enables us to benefit from the food we eat.  The liver is really a wonderful chemical plant that converts everything we eat, breathe and absorb through the skin into life-sustaining substances. Did you know that the health of your liver is related to your immune strength? The liver is responsible for more than 1500 functions that directly maintain your immune system. It produces interferon, the body’s natural germ killer, which activates white blood cells that destroy and eliminate disease-causing toxins. It’s also intricately involved with hormone balance because it’s the liver’s job to metabolize hormone excesses that lead to disease.

Since the Standard American Diet (SAD) is high in calories, fats, sugars, and alcohol, with unknown amounts of toxic substances from preservatives, pesticides and nitrates, almost everyone has some degree of liver stress.

Look for the following liver exhaustion signs and symptoms: unexplained fatigue, depression; a distended stomach even if the rest of the body is thin; frequent colds and flu; dark circles under the eyes; food and chemical sensitivities; PMS. Anemia, large bruise patches, and jaundiced skin can indicate severe liver exhaustion.

A gentle Liver Detox can revitalize liver health. Sluggish digestion and fatigue usually improve right away. You may notice fewer instances of swollen glands and infections during the cold and flu season. Weight and cellulite control difficulties are often reduced as built-up toxins are released. In many cases, the skin and eyes actually become more radiant!

To Life-long Health,

Linda Page

Are Hormone Disrupters impacting You?

Science is just beginning to accept, even though naturopaths have known for some time, that man-made estrogens can stack the deck against women by increasing their estrogen levels hundreds of times over normal levels. Although many scientists still believe that there is no significant difference between man-made and natural hormones, the evidence of thousands of women shows that even if a lab test can’t tell the difference, their bodies can. There is a link between pesticides and breast cancer. Pesticides, and other pollutants, are stored in body fat areas like breast tissue. Pesticides like PCB’s and DDT compromise immune  and liver function, and affect glands and hormones the way too much estrogen does. Today’s dramatic rise in breast cancer is consistent with the accumulation of organo-chlorine residues in the environment. One study shows 50 to 60% more dichloro-diphenyl-ethylene (DDE) and polychlorinated bi-phenols, (PCB’s) in women who have breast cancer than in those who don’t. The amount of DDT in body tissues is also higher. Some researchers suggest that the reason older women are experiencing a higher rate of breast cancer may be that these women had greater exposure to DDT before it was banned.

Other women’s diseases associated with long exposure to estrogen mimics in the environment: 1) reproductive organ cancer; 2) breast and uterine fibroids; 3) polycystic ovarian syndrome; 4) endometriosis; 5) PID (pelvic inflammatory disease); 6) gallbladder disease; 7) blood clots, stroke.

Are Hormone Disrupters Impacting You? Signs that you may have estrogen disruption: •    Breast inflammation and pain that worsens before menstrual periods, usually followed by heavy, painful periods. •    Weight gain: especially in the hips. Bloating, mood swings, low sex drive or vaginal dryness. •    Head hair loss/facial hair growth. Dry skin or premature wrinkling. •    Hot flashes: or early perimenopause. •    Endometriosis: now linked to dioxin, an airborne hormone disrupter. •    Breast and uterine fibroid development, ovarian cysts, and pelvic inflammatory disease. •    Breast, uterine and reproductive organ cancer: up to 60% more DDE, DDT and PCB’s, known estrogen disrupters, in women with breast cancer. •    Early puberty: nearly half of African-American girls and 15% of Caucasian girls now begin to develop sexually by age 8, a clear indicator of estrogen disruption.

Are You At Risk Of Exposure To Estrogen Disrupters? You may be especially exposed if: 1)  you live in a high agricultural area; you eat a high fat diet (fatty areas of your body store pesticides and other agricultural chemicals); 2) you eat hormone-injected dairy foods or meats regularly; 3) you’re on prescription HRT drugs or birth control pills.

You Can Reduce Your Exposure Try this 3-week anti-estrogenic diet to overcome estrogen overload. Week 1: Detoxify your liver first…Gland function (especially adrenals) responds quickly to give you the best results for hormone balance (try Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea and Liver Renew caps for 1 week) Then cut back on fat! (A liver detox allows your body to metabolize fats and carbs much more efficiently so they don’t end up in that stubborn roll of belly fat.) Hormone disrupters accumulate in body fat… the reason a high fat diet is a major risk factor for long term exposure to them, and why it may lead to increased risk for hormone-driven cancers. Week 2: This week, add sea veggies like wakame, nori and dulse regularly. Algin, a gel like substance in sea veggies, protects against chemical overload (often involved in breast cancer) by binding to chemical wastes so they can be eliminated safely from the body. Sushi is a delicious way to add more seaweeds. Eat cruciferous veggies like broccoli regularly to improve estrogen metabolism. Add eggs, fish, nuts and seeds, and yogurt or kefir and kefir cheese. Week 3: Have a fresh green salad every day. Add more fish and seafood to your diet. Add small amounts of whole grain breads, pita chips, crackers and pastas. Choose hormone-free chicken and turkey, and hormone-free dairy foods, too. Avoid all fried foods. Avoid hormone-injected commercial meats, especially beef and pork.

To your best health,

Linda Page

Hormone Detox Plan for Women

blog-detoxify.jpg

Try this 3-week detox diet to overcome hormone overload.Week 1: Detoxify your liver first…Gland function (especially adrenals) responds quickly to give you the best results for hormone balance (try Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea and Liver Renew caps for 1 week) Then, cut back on fat. Hormone disrupters accumulate in body fat… the reason a high fat diet is a major risk factor for long term exposure to them, and why it may lead to increased risk for hormone-driven cancers.

Week 2: Lay the foundation for a new way to fuel your body - from energy based on carbs to energy based on burning body fat. This week, add sea veggies like wakame, nori and dulse regularly. Algin, a gel like substance in sea veggies, protects against chemical overload (often involved in breast cancer) by binding to chemical wastes so they can be eliminated safely from the body. Eat cruciferous veggies like broccoli regularly to improve estrogen metabolism. Add fish, nuts and seeds, avocado, and yogurt or kefir and kefir cheese.

Week 3: Have a fresh green leafy salad with extra cabbage and radishes every day. Add more fish and seafood to your diet. Sushi is a delicious way to add more seaweeds. Add small amounts of whole grain breads, pita chips, crackers and pastas. Choose hormone-free chicken and turkey, and hormone-free dairy foods, too.

To Life-long Health,

Linda Page, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath