Diets for Healthy Healing

November Newsletter- De-Stress for the Holidays

De-stress for the Holidays!



Are the Holidays Stressing You Out?

More than 30% of Americans today say they are under constant stress. Eight out of 10 people say their stress has grown, citing the economy as the most significant cause. And, there is no question that the holidays, the most expensive and busy season of all, are a stressful time of year.

Stress Can Wreak Havoc on your Health

Statistics today show that up to 95 percent of visits to health care professionals are stress-related. At best, stress causes useless fatigue; at worst, it is dangerous to health.

Over 20 million Americans suffer from health problems linked to chronic stress. Everyone is affected by varying degrees of stress… people who work in polluted atmospheres, people at control desks with machines or instruments demanding continual attention, people who travel coast to coast constantly, people with mundane, boring jobs, and especially people who can’t find a job. Profound stress, like that caused by job loss or the loss of a loved one takes a serious physical toll.

Medical experts agree, stress in itself is not a disease, but the more “stressed out” you become, the more vulnerable you are to colds, flu, ulcers, allergies, even heart attacks and high blood pressure. Stress especially drains our energy, targeting organs like the adrenal glands and wiping out their stores. Long term stress invariably leads to severe fatigue from adrenal exhaustion, and regularly results in depression. Stress shows up in how you look, too.  Blemishes may appear around the chin; nails become brittle and peel, hair is dull and lifeless. Stress can even make your hair fall out!

Not all stress is bad.

It can be a motivating factor in our lives. The human body is designed to handle stressful situations, even to thrive on some of them. You can never avoid all stress, but you can maintain a high degree of health to handle and survive stress well.

What Puts You At Greatest Risk For Serious Stress?

Job pressure, money worries and the emotional problems that come with them top most stress lists today, coupled with lack of rest, and aggravated by the overuse of drugs, tobacco, caffeine or alcohol, our most common stress “relievers.” Physical stress triggers? Allergies (especially to gluten), hypoglycemia, mineral depletion, hormone imbalances; multiple infections, environmental pollutants, all lead to adrenal dysfunction and lower energy to deal with stress.


Stress Relief Diet

Nutritional therapy plan: Good nutrition is a good answer to stress. It's a mood elevator.

1. As stress increases, protein needs increase. Protein and mineral-rich foods are the best choice. Vegetable proteins from whole grains, sea veggies, sea and soy foods, eggs and sprouts offer notable results. Have fresh carrot juice and fresh fish or seafood once a week.

2. Add melon to your diet. Melon contains SOD, an enzyme some think is more powerful than antioxidants in controlling stress, because it spurs the body to manufacture its own antioxidants to repair free radical damage. Add magnesium-rich foods from green vegetables and whole grains. Add more potassium-rich foods like potatoes, salmon, bananas, seafood and avocados to your diet. Potassium helps reduce stress-related high blood pressure, and regulates blood sugar. Intake should be about 3 to 5 grams daily. Cut down on high sodium foods which dehydrate the body.

3. Eat B vitamin-rich foods like brown rice and other whole grains. Avoid trans fats from fried foods, red meats and highly processed foods for adrenal health. These foods are high in chemicals that overburden the body’s elimination systems.

4. Reduce caffeine intake. Drink green tea or a green and white blend each morning instead for energy and antioxidants.

5. Take a glass of wine before dinner. No liquids with meals. Drink bottled water.

6. Make an anti-stress mix of nutritional yeast, toasted wheat germ, sunflower seeds, molasses, flax oil; take 2 tbsp. daily in food. Take miso soup before bed to relax.

7. Feed your adrenals with foods like sea veggies, like Systems Strength drink and green drinks, like Spirulina or Barley Grass powder.



September Newsletter- Colds & Flu

Fighting Colds & Flu How to heal your body when seasonal illness strikes

Over 200 different viruses cause colds. Although we hear most often about rhino-viruses and their involvement in colds, we are constantly exposed to cold-causing organisms without them actually causing a cold. Your immune system health is the deciding factor in whether you “catch” a cold or not. Today there seem to be almost as many drugstore cold remedies, as there are colds… most of them symptom-suppressing with side effects. A cold is usually a cleansing condition, so it may be better to just let it happen, let your body start fresh, with a stronger immune system. Still, without a doubt, it’s hard to work, sleep, and be around other people with miserable cold symptoms. Natural therapies are effective for minimizing misery while your body gets on with its job of cleaning house. Twelve steps to better cold care: 1.   A daily walk revs up immune response and gives you some fresh air. A walk puts cleansing oxygen into your lungs, and stops you from feeling sorry for yourself. It works wonders! 2.    Take ascorbate vitamin C or Ester C, 1000mg every hour, preferably in powder form with juice, throughout the day. Take zinc lozenges as needed, or bee propolis throat spray. 3.    Don’t smoke or drink alcohol (other than a little brandy and lemon). Avoid sugary foods, fried foods, and dairy foods. They increase production of thick mucous. 4.    Eat lightly but with good nutrition. A vegetarian diet is best at this time so the body won’t have to work so hard at digestion. 5.    Drink plenty of liquids; 6-8 glasses daily of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, herb teas and water to help flush toxins through and out of your system. 6.    Keep warm. Increase room humidity so your mucous membranes will remain active against the virus or bacteria. Don’t worry about a fever unless it is prolonged or high. 7.    Take a long hot bath, spa or sauna. Lots of toxins will pass out though the skin. 8.    Stay relaxed. Go to bed early, get plenty of sleep. Most cell regeneration occurs between midnight and 4 a.m. 9.    Use xylitol nasal wash every day to help keep any bacteria that enters your breathing passages from multiplying. 10.    Think positively about becoming well. Optimism is often a self-fulfilling prophecy. 11.    Wash hands and clean counter tops frequently to prevent virus spread. 12.    Light exercise is better than vigorous exercise during a cold. If you have a hanging on cold, that just won’t let you get well: A tried and true method used for over 2 decades… For 3 days: Drink 3 cups of Cleansing and Purifying™ Tea to release congestion. Take 6-10 capsules daily of Herbal Laxa Caps™ to eliminate excess mucous that keeps harboring the infection. Do you have a cold or flu? Here's how to tell.

Colds and flu are distinct and separate upper respiratory infections, triggered by different viruses. (Outdoor environment - drafts, wetness, temperature changes, etc. do not cause either a cold or the flu.) The flu is more serious, because it can spread to the lungs, and cause severe bronchitis or pneumonia. In the beginning stages, the symptoms of colds and flu can be similar. Both conditions begin when one or more of the over 200 hundred viruses that cause a cold or flu penetrate the body’s protective barriers. Viruses don’t breathe, digest food or eliminate, but they do replicate themselves with a vengeance. Nose, eyes and mouth are usually the sites of invasion from cold viruses. The most likely target for the flu virus is the respiratory tract. Colds and flu respond to different treatments. The following symptomatic chart can help identify your particular condition and allow you to deal with it better. A “cold” cold profile looks like this: •    Sufferers feel mildly ill to pretty sick. •    Slow onset. No prostration. Mild fatigue and weakness. •    Body aches and chills, largely due to the release of interferon (an immune stimulator). •    Sometimes a fever or headache. •    Localized symptoms like sore throat, sinus congestion, listlessness, drippy, runny nose with clear mucous, sneezing. •    Mild to moderate chest discomfort, usually with a hacking cough. A flu profile looks like this: •    Sufferers feel very sick right away. •    Swift and severe onset. •    Early and prominent prostration with flushed, hot, moist skin. •    General symptoms like chills, depression and body aches. •    Extreme fatigue, sometimes lasting 2-3 weeks. •    Acute chest discomfort, with severe hacking cough. Sore throat occasionally. •    Accompanied by high (102°-104°) fever, headache, sore eyes, achy muscles.



During the acute stage of colds/flu:

• Sweating is effective at the first sign of infection. 1) Take 1 cayenne cap and 1 ginger cap. 2) Take a hot bath with tea tree oil drops. 3) Go to bed for a long sleep, so your body can focus on healing. 4) During the next several days, take a hot sauna or hot bath to help deactivate viruses: or try a ginger foot bath to raise body temperature, and boost circulation. • Aromatherapy steams: with or without a vaporizer are effective: - Eucalyptus opens sinus passages. - Frankincense boosts immune response and speeds recovery. -Wintergreen relieves nasal congestion. -Mint or chamomile relieve headaches. -Tea tree oil combats infection. • Flu spreads in dry air. Keep a tea kettle warming on the stove to keep the air humid. • Nasal irrigations disinfect mucous membranes and clears breathing quickly: add ½ tsp. sea salt to 1 cup warm water. Fill a dropper with liquid, tilt your head and fill each nostril; then blow your nose. Or, use xylitol nasal wash, a favorite of our whole staff. •  Massage therapy cleanses remaining pockets of toxins, and clears body meridians. Plus it makes you feel so good again! For longterm immune health:

• Relaxation techniques are immune-enhancers. A positive mental attitude makes a big difference in how your body fights disease. Creative visualization establishes belief and optimism. • Regular aerobic exercise keeps system oxygen high. Disease does not readily overrun a body where oxygen and organic minerals are high in the vital fluids. • Immune power builds the most during sleep. Use aromatherapy immune oils like lavender or rosemary oil before bed. •  Tobacco in any form suppresses immunity. The cadmium content causes zinc deficiency. It takes 3 months to rebuild immune response even after you quit. •  Stimulate immunity with early morning sunlight every day. Avoid excessive sun. A sunburn depresses immunity.

This Month's Recipes

Cold and Flu Tonic to Clear Chest Congestion

Feel better fast

Makes: 2 drinks

Recipe Ingredients:

4 cloves garlic, minced (or 2 tsp. garlic-lemon-sesame seasoning) ¼ tsp. cumin ¼ tsp. black pepper ½ tsp. hot mustard powder 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 cup water 1 tsp. turmeric ½ tsp. sesame salt ½ tsp. ground coriander (1 tbsp. fresh cilantro) 1 cup cooked split peas (or 1 cup frozen peas)

Recipe Directions:

In a dry pan, toast the minced garlic, cumin, black pepper, and hot mustard powder until aromatic. Add the olive oil and stir well. Toast a little to blend. Add the water, turmeric, sesame salt, ground coriander, and cooked split peas. Simmer gently 5 minutes; then mix all ingredients in a blender. Makes 2 drinks.

Cold Defense Cleanser

Make this broth the minute you feel a cold coming on. It may prevent it.

Makes: 2 drinks

Recipe Ingredients:

1½ cups water 1 tbsp. honey 1 tsp. garlic powder ½ tsp. cayenne 1 tsp. ground ginger 3 tbsp. brandy 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1 dropperful echinacea extract

Recipe Directions:

In a soup pot, simmer the water, honey, garlic powder, cayenne, ground ginger, brandy, and lemon juice. Add 1 dropperful echinacea extract just before taking. (Best in small sips).

(Recipes From Linda Page's Diets for Healthy Healing- NOW AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK!

In the News: Garcinia cambogia for weight loss!



Trying to lose weight? Garcinia cambogia’s reputation is growing for its extraordinary weight loss benefits. Now touted by even Dr. Oz, the constituent HCA (hydroxycitric acid) in garcinia blocks weight gain by preventing the body from turning carbohydrates into fat. It also suppresses food cravings, especially for fat and sugar, reduces fat production, and increases the rate of calorie burning.

More good news...

Garcinia Cambogia has very different action than most weight loss supplements. It offers slow but steady weight loss.... not a sudden water weight loss followed by poor energy and an all too familiar dieting plateau.


HCA reduces appetite by signaling a full feeling earlier, and it redirects calories away from fat storage to glycogen formation, a primary body source of energy. (Poor glycogen storage is a marker for insulin resistance, common among overweight people.) The net effect?  Appetite is controlled, food consumption is cut and calorie burning is boosted.

For the best weight loss results with HCA:

HCA should be taken 30 to 60 minutes prior to each meal. Results are up to 700% better when taken 2 to 3 times daily rather than just once. Drink 6 glasses of water a day, reduce fat intake to less than 30% of daily calories, increase fiber intake and exercises for at least 30 minutes a day to maximize weight loss. BONUS: HCA enhances weight loss without the side effects of ma huang or ephedrine. It does not lead to tolerance or rebound effects when discontinued.

Diet For Healthy Weight Loss


The importance of cutting back on saturated fat cannot be overstated. Saturated fats are hard for the liver to metabolize. Focusing on healthy fats from seafood, sea greens, nuts and seeds can curb cravings by initiating a satiety response.


• Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast. Breakfast is the worst meal to skip if you want to raise metabolism. It sends a temporary fasting signal to the brain that food is going to be scarce. As a result, stress hormones increase, and the body begins shedding lean muscle tissue in order to decrease its need for food.

• Drink plenty of water! Expert dieters drink eight glasses of water a day. Water naturally suppresses appetitite, helps maintain a high metabolic rate, and promotes good digestion.

• Add sea vegetables to your diet like kelp, dulse and nori, rich in natural iodine.

• Eat fat burning foods that raise metabolism, like fresh fruits and vegetables (full of enzymes), whole grains and legumes. Eat fruits for breakfast or between meals.

• Add thermogenic fat burning spices like cinnamon, cayenne, mustard, and ginger to speed up your fat burning process.

• Try dipping raw veggies in mustard throughout the day. One teaspoon of mustard can increase metabolism 25% for up to 3 hours!

• Add ice to your drinks to boost calorie burning.... up to 25 more calories per drink!

• Avoid breads and pastries; if you have any wheat or gluten sensitivities you’ll bloat when you eat them.

• Limit alcohol consumption, even wine, to two glasses or less a day. With seven calories per gram, alcohol sugars shift metabolism in favor of fat depositing.

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