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Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (76)

Somebody on the Facebook page Gluten Free Planet, asked about Calcium and Mineral Supplementation for migraines.  Here was my reply:

It completely depends on the form of calcium/magnesium you are consuming and whether or not you are actually absorbing. First off, it used to be that for thousands and thousands of years, we would receive the proper amounts of minerals in the proper ratio as long as we were absorbing properly (not consuming too many enzyme inhibitors). Then, in the 20th century, someone got the bright idea to start mass manufacturing processed food which happens to be filled with enzyme inhibitors. The medical world realized that people were getting sick because they were malnourished, so they started mass producing prescription drugs. The supposed "natural health" world decided they didn't want to be left behind, so they started mass producing vitamins and minerals since everyone is now missing vital nutrients in their diets. Unfortunately, in the process of mass producing their supplements, they failed to realize that the foods that we ate over 100 years ago gave us the proper ratio of vitamins and minerals, so they started picking and choosing- "Oh, you need calcium- well, let's give you some calcium. Oh, you need zinc- well, let's up your amount of zinc." So, now we have thrown off out ratios of minerals which is causing a lot of problems. For example- many people have high blood pressure because they eat a lot of sodium. Well, if you look at something like pink salt- Pink salt has a ton of sodium but it also has many of the other minerals that are required in your diet, so due to the proper ratios, studies have been shown that pink salt can actually lower blood pressure and heart disease. Regarding table salt, table salt is 98% sodium chloride which is poisonous to the human body. Same thing goes for chromium- Chromium is an essential mineral that we no longer get enough which helps to maintain sugar levels, helps with proper insulin production, can regulate LDL and HDL cholesterol and can help to also regulate blood pressure.

Also, if we overuse certain minerals like zinc, we can deplete minerals like copper. The majority of vitamin supplements out there are either synthetic or are left overs from pure vitamins. For example, not many people know, but folic acid is a synthetic form of folate which means it was created in a lab.

Now, specifically focusing on minerals, minerals from rocks, shells, sand, etc are good for plants but not for us. "Plants, through the process of photosynthesis attach enzymes to minerals found in soil or water, which act as a "passport" to assist the transfer of the minerals and vitamins into the cells of the human body and aid in the cells utilization of the delivered minerals." We need those plants to give us minerals, we can't rely on the rocks.  Calcium, especially in a carbonate, citrate and/or oxide form, are easily absorbed by the body but then those molecules attach to our own bones and then strip our bones of our essential minerals creating osteoporosis, arthritis, plaque in the arteries, kidney and liver stones, etc...etc. I tell my clients, it's not about absorbability, it's about usability. We can absorb anything including poison- it's about what it does in our body. In the US, we have the largest number of individuals consuming calcium in the world. We also have the largest number of individuals with osteoporosis. We fortify everything with calcium carbonate including milk, alternative milks and cereal. Now, the individuals I work with who consume whole food supplements (made from fruits, vegetables and algae) and who are tested every three to six months for bone density- do show a positive difference in bone density then when they took calcium carbonates. My mom is one of those individuals. Those are the natural sources of minerals and vitamins that we should be consuming. My son used to get really bad headaches, so his neurologist told him to take Calcium, Magnesium, B-2 and Niacin. Now, don't get me wrong, he was a very good doctor, but when I asked him what forms of Calcium and Magnesium I should give my son, he had no clue what to tell me. A lot of times, doctors don't know because they have not been educated on mineral forms. So, I started giving my son Garden of Life Living Calcium Advanced and Garden of Life Raw B Complex. The headaches did go away. Those supplements are an identifiable and usable form for our bodies. Also, those supplements have digestive enzymes which help to ensure that the supplements are absorbed and utilized properly by the body. If my family or I use supplements, I only give us whole food supplements. However, generally, we do not take multivitamins or vitamin/mineral supplements. Instead, we use a very good quality digestive enzyme from Garden of Life called Raw Enzymes so that we absorb from the foods that we eat. Yes, as you can tell, I love Garden of Life. It might be a good thing to check out Garden of Life and it's founder, Jordan Rubin. He has a great story about his crohn's disease and how he is now in remission. I also, try never to eat highly nutritious foods with enzyme inhibitors. http://www.doctorsresearch.com/articles3.html

Liver and Gallstone Cleanse

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

An experience of a lifetime!!!

I finally took the plunge and did a liver and gallstone cleanse.  I had been threatening to do it for over a year and last weekend, I finally got up the nerve to do it.  It was as awful as I expected but better than I had hoped.  Believe it or not, I am sure I got at least a few hundred stones out.

The cleanse I did was a combination of a couple of cleanses that I had been reading up on in the internet.  The main cleanse is called "The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush" by Andreas Flush.  If you are interested in getting the book for the cleanse, you can go to Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Liver-Gallbladder-Flush/dp/0976571501 and purchase it on line.  I also used information for a Naturopathic Gallbladder Cleanse.  

In Moritz's cleanse, he says to drink 32 Ounces of fresh apple juice per day for six days.  I took the lazy way out and instead took 500mg of Malic Acid twice a day for six days.  Malic acid comes from apples and is the main ingredient that helps to make the stones soft and easier to pass.  In one of the other cleanses, it stated that this six day preperation was not necessary but because I wanted to ensure that I got as many stones out as possible, I went through this process.


What you will need:

3 Cups Fresh Apple Juice or Water

4 Tbsp. Epson Salt

1 Large Grapefruit

1/2 Cup Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Day 7-

On the 7th day after the six days of malic acid prep, I started the true cleanse.  I ate as light as possible without consuming any fatty foods. Considering the fact I was in the middle of a juice cleanse, this wasn't difficult for me to manage.  I did not take any supplements that day as I did not want them to interfere with the cleanse in any way.

2:00 PM - I stopped eating (well actually drinking) anything except water.  Then, I prepared the Epson Salt mixture by mixing 4 Tbsp Epson Salt in 3 cups apple juice inside a large mason jar.  I shook the mixture up thoroughly and then put it in the refrigerator to get cold.

6:00 PM - I drank 3/4 of a cup of the Epson Salt solution.  Amazingly enough, the taste wasn't as bad as I feared, though I swished my mouth out with water.  Within about 25 minutes after consuming the solution, I was running to the bathroom.  This is the initial part of the cleanse where your body is going to start purging everything out of your stomach and intestines.  This time, I only hade to run to the bathroom once.  By the middle of the cleanse, the Epson salt will have opened up your gallbladder enough to start dropping stones.

8:00 PM - I drank another 3/4 cup of the Epson Salt solution.  This time, it wasn't quite as palatable and I felt a little sick trying to get it down.  I drank a couple of swallows of water. I ended up running to the bathroom three times afterwards.  I was completely ready for bed before 9:45 PM.  I was warned that the next couple of steps had to be done in a very timely manner.

9:45 PM- I juiced the grapefruit after I had run the whole grapfruit under warm water for a few minutes.  Then, I mixed 2/3 cup grapefruit juice with 1/2 cup of olive oil.  I did not add lemon juice or orange juice to help with taste, however, many of the recipes say you can do this.  I might opt for it for my next cleanse.  I went to the bathroom again to ensure that I would not have to get up again for at least a half hour.

10:00 PM - I drank the olive oil and grapefruit solution quickly through a straw and then immediately took a tablespoon of honey to get the awful taste out of my mouth.  I then went to my bed and layed down on my right side and did not move for 20 minutes.  FYI, the quicker you lie down after drinking the mixture, the more stones you can get out.  I felt a slight tugging on my right side which I am told was probably the stones moving through.  I quickly fell asleep.

Around 2:00AM, I woke up incredibly nauseous.  I was afraid I would have the dry heaves as I had nothing in my stomach.  I took a couple of sips of water but still did not feel well.  I faught with myself on drinking some coconut water, afraid that somehow, it would counter act the procedure, but the nausea won out and soon I was taking down several gulps of coconut water.  Within seconds, the nausea went away.  The lesson I learned here- drink lots of coconut water and or water before the cleanse as you will get extraordinarly dehydrated from the Epson Salt.  I went right back to sleep and didn't have any other problems for the rest of the night.  Thank goodness I had coconut water on hand to combat the dehydration with all of it's minerals.

6:00 AM - I woke up and drank my third dose of 3/4 cup Epson Salt solution through a straw.  I was very afraid I would not be able to get the solution down this time but some how, some way, I managed.  I put a ginger candy in my mouth and layed back down.  Just before my fourth and final dose of the Epson solution at 8:00 AM, I got up and ran to the bathroom.  I was very upset because it seemed that I had no stones come out.  I expected there to be a clink at the bottom of the toilet as the stones hit the ceramic but there was no sound.  However, there were a ton of round bright green things which I assumed were from my juice cleanse.

8:00 AM - I drank my final 3/4 cup Epson Salt solution.  Within about 10 minutes, I was running to the bathroom again.  This time- sorry, I know TMI- I felt something rather large move out of me and then I saw it in the toilet floating on the top of the water.  It was a very large, round object with several smaller round objects and even more tiny round objects clustered around it.  They were all the same bright green color as from before.  All of a sudden, the light went on in my head- those must be the stones.  I ran over to my tablet and entered into the navigation site- "Do gallstones and liver stones float?"  Well, they sure do because they are mostly made up of cholesterol.  I felt so much better knowing this because I was afraid I had gont through the entire process for nothing.  

After about three hours, I continued with my juicing.  Through out the day, I passed several more stones and was done passing them by the next day.

I am still doing the juice cleanse and haven't eaten anything very heavy or extremely fatty since doing the cleanse, so I cannot tell you if this has prevented me from having another attack.  I can tell you that I no longer have the constant back pain that I would get from the gallstones.  I will repeat this process in another month or two because there are bound to be more liver stones that could potentially get stuck in my gallbladder again.  I know people who do the cleanse several times within their lifetime.  

Moritz suggests that you do an enema or an colonic before and after the cleanse- I chose not to because I was already fairly cleaned out from the juice cleanse.  Plus, that just disturbs me- I had a hard enough time doing the cleanse itself. 

I do feel very accomplished and proud of myself for doing this cleanse.  Every family member on my father's side has had their gallbladder taken out due to gallstones.  I did not want to have that surgery for several reasons.  This was a great alternative and way less invasive!

The following picture is not mine- I got it off of the internet.


Watermelon

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (3)

My family likes watermelon- wait, maybe "like" is not an appropriate word for it......my family is obsessed the with subtly crunchy, thirst quenching Citrullus lanatus, better known as the watermelon.  I buy watermelon any time I can find a juicy looking wedge in the refrigerator department at our local grocery store or if I have an extra $10 while driving down SR520 - at the road side stand.  And, it seems, here in Florida, watermelon is always available (there are only a few months out of the year when you can't get them in season).  Right now, watermelon is way in season, so they are selling ginormous sized whole watermelons for $4.99 each.  Of course, I had to pick one up but unfortunately, when I finally yanked the beast out of it's resting spot without falling into the cardboard crate, I didn't do the necessary watermelon test to ensure I had a good one.  So, I brought my treasure home to my family, cut it in half and realized the dang thing wasn't fully ripe.  Of course, there were moans and groans from my family (my husband being the worst) and a snide comment about how the tasteless watermelon would be better in my juicing then trying to force feed it on them.  At least Kiki (Keona), my four year old labrador, appreciated it thoroughly by begging at my feet and waiting for chuncks to be tossed in the air to her.  So, Kiki and I sat down and plunged through a very nutritious though tasteless half of a watermelon.  I put the other half of the watermelon in the refrigerator in hopes something miraculous would happen to it's ripeness.  Last night (about five days later), I decided to pull out that other half and cut it up to eat for my dinner and Kiki's snack, thinking no one else would want to eat it.  I spooned out a piece for a taste test and oh my gosh - my miracle had happened.  The watermelon was so juicy and tasty and yummy and sweet.  I put the spoon down and went to grab my knife.  When I turned around, Jordan, my son, had scooped out a huge piece, shoved it in his mouth and was chomping on it - juice pouring down his chin.  My husband walked in, made a disgusted face and said he thought the watermelon would have fermented by now.  Then, he picked up a spoon and started digging in.  Both became so engrossed in spooning out chunks of watermelon - they were making ravenous smacking, chomping and humming sounds - and mind you, they had already eaten dinner.  Kiki and I were just staring at them, wandering what the heck had just happened.  Finally, the feeding frenzy ended.  I grabbed the massacred half out of my son's hands and looked down the deep dark hole to the bottom of the watermelon and almost cried.  The one good thing about my family (OK, actually it's a bad thing, but it's a good thing for me) they only like to eat the dark pinky red flesh with all of the sugar.  Keona and I will indulge in the light pink and white flesh which is so much better for you.  And so, though, I was not able to cut up my watermelon and eat it like a civilized human being, I did get my fill - Kiki's still hungry.

Health benefits to watermelon- 

How many times have you heard that watermelon is loaded with sugar and carbohydrates and should not be eaten by diabetics or those with heart disease.  I would hear this all the time by my customers at the health food store where I worked.  Scientific testing is actually showing the exact opposite.  Watermelon is a rich source of citrulline, an amino acid that can be metabolized to arginine. Among plant foods in our diet, watermelon is the only significant source of citrulline.  Arginie can assist in wound healing, helping remove excess ammonia from the body, stimulating immune function, and promoting secretion of several hormones, including glucagon, insulin, and growth hormone.  Watermelon is a great detoxifier and is loaded with vitamins such as Lycopene, Vitamins A, B-6 and C and a good amount of Potassium.  It can also help with heartburn and it helps to dialate arteries.  And the best thing about watermelon - it tastes ohhhh so yummy!

Applied Nutritional Investigation on watermelon - Watermelon consumption increases plasma arginine concentrations in adults.

American Journal of Hypertension - Watermelon Supplementation on Aortic Blood Pressure



Welcome to The Cave Girl's Kitchen

Posted on July 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Though I haven't completed my site, I finally feel that I have enough on the site to share with my friends and family.  I am open to any helpful suggestions on how to make this site better.  So, here I begin.......

Lunch on the beach

I absolutely love this picture!  Jessica, three of her friends and I went to New Smyrna beach last Friday.  We had a lovely picnic on the sand - all of the foods I brought were Paleo and Raw - Curry Chicken Salad, Almond Bread, Carrots, Celery, Dill Dressing and lots of water.  I've always hated hanging out in the hot sun, but this time, I really enjoyed myself.  I didn't end up with the dehydrated headache I usually get and I didn't feel all icky and bloated.  After losing 35 pounds, I am starting to feel pretty good about myself even in a bathing suit.  I have a ton of toning to do - we visit the gym at least a couple of times a week - but I still looked better than half of the people on the beach and I am sure I felt a heck of a lot better.  Friday was a really good day!



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