Healing your kidneys – Dr Mercola

I have a  senior client in his 90s who has only 20% of his kidneys working and was taking so many meds and he has a hospice nurse. He has Kaiser as his health insurance. And they pay our caregivers from their pocket, a heavy burden for most families. In home care for chronic disease is not free in the USA. My caregivers charges more than $200 for live in non medical home assistance and care monitoring. We add value to our service with massage, daily monitoring of caregivers and clients , light housekeeping, shopping, cooking and more.

Food combining , anti-cancer foods and supplementation

Food Combo, anti-cancer foods and supplements

We choose our anti-cancer foods for optimum health and when we cannot consume whole foods and need a boost in our body, we supplement. Lately, I have been using a scanner created by NIH to measure my anti-oxidant levels and that of our clients. Doctors can use this scanner and charge $20-30 per scan and it tells us if we need more help with our anti-oxidants or we are lacking and need to supplement.

We are what we eat. We combine food based on how we absorbed the nutrients and to get optimal nutrition. I eat colored fruits and vegetables , especially sulfur rich foods to fight cancer and for cleansing. There are powerful whole foods and so I eat my fruits 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after a meal.
I love all local foods in California and the Philippines. I wash my veggies with salt water or diluted vinegar when I know they are not organic.

I take my sleep inducing supplements such as Vitamin E, B complex (anti-stress), folate, calcium and magnesium to help me sleep at night.

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Food combination takes into account the area and complexity of digestion of each food, to ensure it goes through your entire digestive system with ease. Dr. Pickering explains:

“There’s only one food that chemically breaks down in the stomach and that’s protein. Proteins require pepsin, a very highly acidic [enzyme] in conjunction with hydrochloric acid. But the hydrochloric acid doesn’t have the ability to break the food down. It just sets the medium for the concentration of the amount of pepsin that’s poured into the stomach to digest whatever food that’s in there. The intelligence of this human body is phenomenal.”

There are three primary categories of food: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Proteins, again, begin their digestion chemically in your stomach. Carbohydrates are divided into two categories: fruits and starches. While fruits pass through your digestive system with relative ease, starches require three levels of breakdown; the very first stage is in your mouth. That’s why it’s crucial to carefully chew starchy foods.

According to the rules of food combination, you do not want to mix proteins and starches in the same meal. This means, no bun with your hamburger, no meatballs if you have pasta, no potatoes with your meat… Why is that? Dr. Pickering explains:

“Starches require an alkaline digestive medium to digest. If you put your fist in your stomach while it’s digesting steaks and all that, chances are, you wouldn’t have a hand anymore. The acid is intense… When you mix them both together – an acid-type of food and an alkaline – basic chemistry shows that they don’t digest. They neutralize. Then what happens? If the food is not digesting… it’s going through your body [undigested], throwing it into all kinds of turmoil.”

The Three Commandments of Food Combination

Dr. Pickering lays out three basic commandments of eating that he recommends you not deviate from:

    1. No proteins and starches at the same meal, as they neutralize each other and prevent proper digestion of either food. To ensure proper digestion of each food, wait two hours after eating a starch before eating protein. And wait three hours after eating protein before eating a starch.
    2. No fruits and vegetables at the same meal. Fruits are either a single or double sugar, whereas the starches are a triple sugar. Fruits mechanically break down in your stomach, but chemically, they don’t break down until they reach the third and fourth stage of your digestive system, which are in your small intestine. Starches, again, are broken down in three different stages, starting in your mouth.

According to Dr. Pickering, this is also why it’s crucial to not eat dessert after a meal. When you do, it gets trapped in your stomach with all that other food, where it starts to rot as it’s not being chemically digested there. Therefore, eat fruit 30-60 minutes before dinner. The same applies if you want to eat another piece of fruit. Acidic fruits, such as lemons for example, also do not combine well with starches. Lemon and banana is but one example of a combination that is sure to lead to gastrointestinal upset…

Many people consider tomatoes a fruit, yet it’s commonly added to salad. Dr. Pickering classifies tomatoes as a “fruit-vegetable,” because even though they don’t have the sugar like most fruits, they’re still an acidic fruit-vegetable. As such they’re okay to combine with other vegetables. He suggests the following recipe for an excellent salad:

“Any kind of vegetable that has seed in it; for example summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, bell peppers, and okra—those are all fruit-vegetables. Your tomatoes go well with those. And since lettuce and celery have a neutral effect, as far as the breakdown of food, the celery and the lettuce combine very well with all of that. You can also add avocados.”

  1. “Eat melon alone, or leave it alone, or your stomach will moan.” In short, melons do not digest well with other foods and will frequently cause problems unless consumed by itself.

The When and What of Eating

According to Dr. Pickering, the amount and sequencing of the foods you eat can also make a difference. He recommends the following eating schedule:

  • Morning meal: The least concentrated foods, in the greatest amount. Ideal food choice: fruits
  • Middle of the day: More complex foods, but in a smaller amount than your first meal. Ideal food choice: starchy carbs
  • Evening: The most concentrated foods, but in the least abundant amount. Ideal food choice: protein

Stop your cravings with purple fruits/veggies and power of your mind

purple.JPGI love purple yams so one day I was eating plums from my trees and it helped me curve my cravings for sweet. So I searched for resveratrol and plums which led me to the following info:

  1. Grapes – Containing many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, all grapes are beneficial for your health. However, darker skinned grapes (deep purple to black) contain significantly more resveratrol. Found on the skin of dark-skinned grapes and other fruits and vegetables with a reddish or purplish pigment, resveratrol is responsible for the health benefits attributed to red wine. Experts believe resveratrol helps relax the arterial walls, decrease arterial pressure and promote healthful blood circulation. It has been shown to prevent cancer, lessen inflammation, improve blood sugar control, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.
  2. Plums – This stone fruit is a great source of fiber, potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2 and Vitamin C. Because a plum’s potassium level is so high, it can help manage high blood pressure and lower stroke risk. Plum consumption has been associated with helping control blood sugar; while dried plums – otherwise known as prunes – are known to promote regular bowel movements.
  3. Red Cabbage – Containing significantly more beneficial antioxidants than green cabbage, the rich purple color of red cabbage reflects it concentration of anthocyanins. In addition, red cabbage contains 36 different types of antioxidants as well as 6-8 times more Vitamin C than green cabbage. When steamed, this versatile, cruciferous vegetable possesses a significant cholesterol-lowering ability. When your diet is not full of this understated vegetable, supplementing with Cholesterol Support can help keep cholesterol levels in check.
  4. Purple Corn – Although not readily available in most supermarket produce sections, purple corn is extremely high in antioxidants. Dr. Monica Giusti, assistant professor of food science at Ohio State University, conducted research on several anthocyanin-rich extracts on human colon cancer cells. She found that purple corn was the most potent, in that it took the least amount of extract to cut cancer cell numbers in half. Keep your eyes open for products made from purple corn meal, including purple tortilla chips, cereals, snack bars and corn syrup. Although not as healthy as eating purple fruits and vegetables, purple corn offers more antioxidant benefits than its non-purple counterparts.
  5. Purple Carrots – Offering greater nutrition than their orange cousins, purple carrots are rich with anthocyanins and pro-Vitamin A carotenoids. These substances help with weight management, blood glucose control, fight H. Pylori (bacteria that can lead to stomach ulcers and urinary tract infections), cancer cell inhibition and cholesterol reduction. In an Australian study published in a 2005 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that the quantity of carotenoids consumed improved glucose metabolism and was associated with a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes.

And do not forget the power of your mind and with help from the following tips to stop your cravings:

 

1. Drink Water

Thirst is often confused with hunger or food cravings.

If you feel a sudden urge for a specific food, try drinking a large glass of water and wait a few minutes. You may find that the craving fades away, because your body was actually just thirsty.

Furthermore, drinking plenty of water may have many health benefits. In middle-aged and older people, drinking water before meals can reduce appetite and help with weight loss.

Bottom Line: Drinking water before meals may reduce cravings and appetite, as well as help with weight loss.

2. Eat More Protein

Eating more protein may reduce your appetite and keep you from overeating.

It also reduces cravings, and helps you feel full and satisfied for longer.

One study of overweight teenage girls showed that eating a high-protein breakfast reduced cravings significant.

Another study in overweight men showed that increasing protein intake to 25% of calories reduced cravings by 60%. Additionally, the desire to snack at night was reduced by 50%.

Bottom Line: Increasing protein intake may reduce cravings by up to 60% and cut the desire to snack at night by 50%.

3. Distance Yourself From the Craving

When you feel a craving, try to distance yourself from it.

For example, you can take a brisk walk or a shower to shift your mind onto something else. A change in thought and environment may help stop the craving.

Some studies have also shown that chewing gum can help reduce appetite and cravings (7, 8).

Bottom Line: Try to distance yourself from the craving by chewing gum, going on a walk or taking a shower.

4. Plan Your Meals

If possible, try to plan your meals for the day or upcoming week.

By already knowing what you’re going to eat, you eliminate the factor of spontaneity and uncertainty.

If you don’t have to think about what to eat at the following meal, you will be less tempted and less likely to experience cravings.

Bottom Line: Planning your meals for the day or upcoming week eliminates spontaneity and uncertainty, both of which can cause cravings.

5. Avoid Getting Extremely Hungry

Hunger is one of the biggest reasons why we experience cravings.

To avoid getting extremely hungry, it may be a good idea to eat regularly and have healthy snacks close at hand.

By being prepared, and avoiding long periods of hunger, you may be able to prevent the craving from showing up at all.

Bottom Line: Hunger is a big reason for cravings. Avoid extreme hunger by always having a healthy snack ready.

6. Fight Stress

Stress may induce food cravings and influence eating behaviors, especially for women (9, 10, 11).

Women under stress have been shown to eat significantly more calories and experience more cravings than non-stressed women.

Furthermore, stress raises your blood levels of cortisol, a hormone that can make you gain weight, especially in the belly area.

Try to minimize stress in your environment by planning ahead, meditating and generally slowing down.

Bottom Line: Being under stress may induce cravings, eating and weight gain, especially in women.

7. Practice Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is about practicing mindfulness, a type of meditation, in relation to foods and eating.

It teaches you to develop awareness of your eating habits, emotions, hunger, cravings and physical sensations.

Mindful eating teaches you to distinguish between cravings and actual physical hunger. It helps you choose your response, instead of acting thoughtlessly or impulsively.

Eating mindfully involves being present while you eat, slowing down and chewing thoroughly. It is also important to avoid distractions, like the TV or your smartphone.

One 6-week study in binge eaters found that mindful eating reduced binge eating episodes from 4 to 1.5 per week. It also reduced the severity of each binge.

Bottom Line: Mindful eating is about learning to recognize the difference between cravings and actual hunger, helping you choose your response.

8. Get Enough Sleep

Your appetite is largely affected by hormones that fluctuate throughout the day.

Sleep deprivation disrupts the fluctuations, and may lead to poor appetite regulation and strong cravings .

Studies support this, showing that sleep-deprived people are up to 55% more likely to become obese, compared to people who get enough sleep).

For this reason, getting good sleep may be one of the most powerful ways to prevent cravings from showing up.

Bottom Line: Sleep deprivation may disrupt normal fluctuations in appetite hormones, leading to cravings and poor appetite control.

9. Eat Proper Meals

Hunger and a lack of key nutrients can both cause certain cravings.

Therefore, it’s important to eat proper meals at mealtimes. This way, your body gets the nutrients it needs and you won’t get extremely hungry right after eating.

If you find yourself in need of a snack between meals, make sure it’s something healthy. Reach for whole foods, such as fruits, nuts, vegetables or seeds.

Bottom Line: Eating proper meals helps prevent hunger and cravings, while also ensuring that your body gets the nutrients it needs.

10. Don’t Go to the Supermarket Hungry

Grocery stores are probably the worst places to be when you are hungry or have cravings.

First, they give you easy access to pretty much any food you could think of. Second, supermarkets usually place the unhealthiest foods at eye level.

The best way to prevent cravings from happening at the store is to shop only when you’ve recently eaten. Never — ever — go to the supermarket hungry.

Bottom Line: Eating before you go to the supermarket helps reduce the risk of unwanted cravings and impulsive buying.

11. Green juice, fresh with celery, parsley, ginger, carrots, cucumber and cooked spinach/kale.

Take Home Message

Cravings are very common. In fact, more than 50% of people experience cravings on a regular basis .

They play a major role in weight gain, food addiction and binge eating .

Being aware of your cravings and their triggers makes them much easier to avoid. It also makes it a lot easier to eat healthy and lose weight.

A tsp of apple cider vinegar in your drinking water for colon cleanse

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Eating foods rich in nutrients with apple cider vinegar facilitates in the absorption of these nutrients in your body. Aloe Vera and Coconut water are alkaline drinks and negates the acidity that comes with eating meat. Eating not so ripe fruits (plums,pineapple,papaya) helps in elimination.

I would drink water with tsp of apple cider vinegar before going to bed and in the morning warm water with lemon juice, aloe and coconut water, sweetened with apple juice or home made plum juice.

Connie


From wiki:

Colon cleansing (also known as colon therapy) encompasses a number of alternative medical therapies claimed to remove nonspecific toxins from the colon and intestinal tract by removing any accumulations of feces. Colon cleansing may be branded colon hydrotherapy, a colonic or colonic irrigation. During the 2000s internet marketing and infomercials of oral supplements supposedly for colon cleansing increased.[1]

Some forms of colon hydrotherapy use tubes to inject water, sometimes mixed with herbs or with other liquids, into the colon via the rectum using special equipment. Oral cleaning regimens use dietary fiber, herbs, dietary supplements, or laxatives. People who practice colon cleansing believe that accumulations of putrefied feces line the walls of the large intestine and that these accumulations harbor parasites or pathogenic gut flora, causing nonspecific symptoms and general ill-health. This “auto-intoxication” hypothesis is based on medical beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks and was discredited in the early 20th century.[2]

No scientific evidence supports the alleged benefits of colon cleansing.[2] Certain enema preparations have been associated with heart attacks and electrolyte imbalances, and improperly prepared or used equipment can cause infection or damage to the bowel. Frequent colon cleansing can lead to dependence on enemas to defecate and some herbs may reduce the effectiveness of or increase the risks associated with the use of prescription drugs.


from Dr Mercola

Detoxification is growing increasingly popular. The basic premise is that your body accumulates more toxins in the modern world than its natural detoxification system (your liver, kidneys and lungs) can get rid of. Proponents say that chemicals from pesticides, chlorine, bleach and ammonia, and carbon monoxide build up over time and cause disease.

Dr. Tanya Edwards, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, often starts patients out with a change in diet. Because Americans tend to have diets that lead to constipation, a change in diet can accomplish the same thing as many herbal detoxification products that are really just laxatives.

People are ideally supposed to have one or two bowel movements a day, but many people go two or three days between eliminations. The normal pathway for toxins to move out of the body is through the liver, which converts harmful chemicals into water-soluble molecules that can be flushed out in the urine or feces. If there’s a delay in elimination, however, those toxins remain in your system longer.

Tamara MacDonald, a naturopathic physician, uses detox techniques because some people aren’t able to detoxify chemicals naturally — their systems aren’t working well for one reason or another. But MacDonald is wary of poorly researched techniques like foot baths and colonics, and thinks that people should steer clear of fasting techniques like the “Master Cleanse,” a 10-day detox plan that consists of nothing but lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper.

“One of the worst things that you can do for your body in terms of detoxification is doing a fast,” she says. “That was the idea about 20 or 30 years ago, but we know now that your body actually needs specific nutrients to be able to perform its job of detoxification.”

Late last year, I participated in a three day think-tank outside of Los Angeles with some of the top experts in autism detoxification. We explored some of the major modalities that are available. I will be presenting this information in Chicago this weekend at the Chicago Autism One Conference.

The group came up with the following consensus and priority for achieving optimal health:

  1. Healthy Living
  2. Avoiding Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)
  3. Clean Water
  4. Healthy Food
  5. Healthy Movement
  6. Emotions & Relationships
  7. Tests
  8. Organ Support
  9. Supplements
  10. Detox Tools

As you can see detoxification is an important tool, but it is not at the top of the priority list — especially if you are sick. Unfortunately, a lot of people first consider detoxing when they’re not feeling well.

It’s important to realize that if you fail to follow an orderly process and begin detoxification processes prematurely, it can deteriorate your health even further, making you very sick.

The Weston A. Price diet recommendations — which were written in 1920 and still, like all truths, hold true today — includes these timeless guidelines:

  • Eat foods that are natural, unprocessed, and organic (and contain no sugar except for the occasional bit of honey or maple syrup).
  • Eat foods that grow in your native environment. In other words, eat locally grown, seasonal foods.
  • Eat unpasteurized dairy products (such as raw milk) and fermented foods.
  • Eat at least one-third of your food raw.
  • Make sure you eat enough healthy fats, including those from animal sources like omega-3 fat, and reduce your intake of omega-6 from vegetable oils.

Additionally, it’s important to understand that if you’re deficient in essential metals, your body will actually use toxic heavy metals as “stand-ins” instead.

For example:

  • Calcium is replaced by lead, which deposits primarily in bone, and disrupts the formation of red blood cells. Lead contributes to poor bone health such as osteopenia and osteoporosis.
  • Zinc is replaced by cadmium, which tends to accumulate heavily in your kidneys. Cadmium overload is associated with peripheral neuropathy.
  • Magnesium is replaced by aluminum, which, among other things, induces neurochemical changes and has been identified as a contributing factor to developing Alzheimer’s.
  • Manganese is replaced by nickel, which is carcinogenic.

So not only do you need to make sure you’re getting vital nutrients in order to avoid this toxic metal replacement process, you also need nutrients to aid your body’s natural detoxification process.

Toxins are naturally eliminated from your body through your liver. It converts many (but not all) of the harmful chemicals you ingest or absorb into water-soluble molecules that are flushed out in your urine or feces.

Remember, Your Skin Eliminates Toxins Too

One beneficial detox method is using an infra-red sauna, particularly for slow metabolizers. It heats your tissues several inches deep, which can enhance your natural metabolic processes. It also enhances circulation and helps oxygenate your tissues.

Your skin is another major organ of elimination, but many people do not sweat on a regular basis. This may be due to wearing synthetic or tight clothing that does not breathe. Sedentary living and sun damage also inactivate your skin. Repeated use of the sauna slowly restores skin elimination, which can help reduce your toxic load quite significantly. Steam baths, sweat lodges, vigorous exercise and hot tubs are other options, but not as effective.

Your results will be best when saunas are part of an integrated program as described above. You may want to add some natural, unprocessed salt to your diet to replace minerals lost through sweating.

Cautionary Notes

 

Please remember that you should avoid starting any detox regimen when you are sick.

You need to establish a healthy lifestyle and dietary habits FIRST, so you have a reserve that your body can draw on to allow your liver to do its job properly.

If you fail to do this you can easily overwhelm your liver’s ability to process the toxic substances that are being eliminated and you will become very sick, wishing you had never done the detox in the first place. I have seen this happen many times, so please use caution and evaluate your current state of health before embarking on any kind of detoxification program.

Make your produce, whole foods, last longer

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Email motherhealth@gmail.com of tips to have your foods or produce last longer, free from molds and fungus.

Always wash produce with salt water or diluted vinegar to wash away pesticides and chemicals. Dry them well. Learn gardening to have organic produce. Share your lands to others who love gardening. Freeze left over skins and veggie cuttings to add in soups later.

Inflamed joints and tissues: turmeric, alkaline veggies

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Won a squat challenge with free protein nutritional powder from Vega.com

Alkaline-forming foods support strong bones such as greens, seaweed and algae (chorella,spirulina).

Phytonutrients rich foods reduce inflammation and helps balance cholesterol such as tomatoes, white chia, turmeric and veggies. Essential fats rich in omega-3 and omega-6 reduce inflammation and assist endurance by supporting cardiovascular health such as flax, savi seeds,white chia and hemp seeds.

Iron improves blood oxygen (morning preferred) to increase stamina and form RBC and help in their function such as pumpkin and sesame seeds,dark greens and liver.

Electrolytes help improve fluidity of musche contractions and help in carbs,protein and fats metabolism such as coconut water, bananas,tomatoes,celery and seaweed.

Calcium and magnesium plays a role in muscle contraction and relaxation, support strong bones, and reduce risk of osteoporosis such as dark greens, seeds and fish.

Raw foods improve digestability of most foods and provide higher net-gain nutrition such as raw foods (veggies,nuts,seeds).

To those who had knee surgery or have inflamed joints, ligaments and muscles:

Reduce the time you need to recover between workouts to effectively manage inflammation which is your body’s natural process of healing itself. Micro-muscle injuries, friction in your joints from imperfect alignment and or left-over damage from the past lead to inflammation, which reduces the functionality of your muscles and joints.

Turmeric and ginger are helpful anti-inflammatory whole foods. Add turmeric in your soups and dishes or take the supplement form such as ZYFLAMEND at whole foods. I created a massage oil mixed with coconut oil and tumeric and ginger powder. 

Cleansing essential oils include eucalyptus, ginger, lemon grass, lemon oil, rosemary, franchinsence, myrrh, turmeric and thyme.

Stretching after a workout or exercise. Showering with warm water after some rest. Learn to massage your muscles. Cramps indicate lack of magnesium.

For busy workers, check out health foods stores and other amazing products that are plant-based.

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