Restore Your Gut – Restore Your Life

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What is Restore?

Restore is a revolutionary new approach to healing, which utilizes years of scientific research by medical doctors. They recognize that the underlying issue with so many modern illnesses is a lack of cell membrane integrity in the gut. In order to heal illness, the gut needs to be repaired. Restore prevents and heals the disintegration of the cell membranes and tightens cell junctions in the gut. It is a mineral and amino acid supplement made from carbon rich soil. An alkaline liquid, Restore delivers organic and essential trace amino acids and minerals extracted from lignite. Restore is not a probiotic or a prebiotic, however it provides a balanced dose of bacterial metabolites that restore the healthy tight junctions in the gut and the blood brain barrier. It enables the body to heal and create a strengthened immune system and gut biome. Simply put, Restore is formulated to repair the damage from eating toxins like pesticides and GMO’s.

Feeling Sick?

Are you doing everything right to be healthy but still feeling sick?  Do you have symptoms such as:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Autistic spectrum
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Brain fog
  • Profound Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Infertility
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Poor Digestion
  • Food sensitivities and allergies
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Gluten Intolerance

Why is everyone so sick?

Our foods are now grown in depleted soil without the nutrients needed to infuse them with vital energy, leaving the plants weakened. This necessitates the use of pesticides, antibiotics, and genetically modified types of plants (GMO’s) capable of withstanding all the toxins needed to grow them. All of this ends up in the food we eat. This denatured food causes cell membranes in the gut to break down, allowing the toxins to enter the blood stream. Our immune systems are overloaded leading to inflammation and disease. Disease can take many forms, but the common denominator is inflammation from a compromised gut lining. Restore rebuilds the gut barrier when it’s been degraded by toxins and restores an optimal environment for the entire digestive tract. Just as an unhealthy gut can lead to inflammation and disease, a healthy gut may lead to improved immunity and healing of many health issues.

The Facts: Restore is:

  • Based in medical science
  • Tested with “gold standard” protocols for non-toxicity
  • Produced in the USA
  • Packaged in recyclable bottles
  • Made from organic soil

The Simple Way to Heal

The good news is that healing from chronic illness and inflammation can be as straight forward as restoring our gut integrity. When the membranes in our guts fall apart, the gut no longer recognizes foreign substances. It doesn’t know self from non-self. This confusion may affect the whole being, causing stress to body and mind. Fortunately Restore has been developed. Restore offers the key to healing and feeling good again. Support your immune system, enhance your mental clarity and mood, and enable your digestive system to function the way Mother Nature intended. Restore harmony to your gut and to your life with Restore.

 

 

How to Beat Seasonal Allergies

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By Lynn Gamwell

It is allergy season, and people all around me are sniffling and snuffling their way through.  I know that I am one of the lucky ones whose allergy symptoms are mild to non-existent, but several of my near and dear are not so lucky. As soon as the trees started budding and the pollen count went up we started going through tissue like it was toilet paper!  As I listened to their tales of woe, I wondered if there was something that hadn’t been tried. Disinclined to use nasal steroids, we turned to the natural herbal and homeopathic world to see what could help.

Allergy Symptoms

If you are an allergy sufferer you don’t need to be told how miserable it can be. The sneezing, the runny nose, the itchy, watery, red eyes make life miserable. The most common allergens which cause respiratory symptoms are dust mites, molds, pet dander and saliva, smoke, and, of course, pollen. People say that the best way to avoid allergic attacks is to avoid the allergen. But that is hardly realistic at this time of year when pollen coats everything outside, from our cars to our pets to our clothing. Even open windows are problematic for sufferers. So do hay fever sufferers have to stay inside as the natural world beckons to enjoy the spring bursting forth?

Peaceful Planet has an Array of Options

Fortunately there are options beyond the pharmaceutical steroids and antihistamines, and they don’t involve being cooped up indoors with all your windows closed for several months of the year! Peaceful Planet has several options from a lung cleansing herbal formula (Allertrex), to a homeopathic formula that works like an antihistamine without the side effects (VAXA Aller-sine). And finally Peaceful Planet carries a homeopathic and herbal combination formula for the best of both worlds (VAXA Sinus). One or more of these formulas is sure to do the trick for you or the allergy sufferer you love.

GHC Allertrex

GHC Allertrex, is unique among allergy formulas in that it’s combination of iodine with respiratory healing herbs actually cleanses airways eliminating toxins that are breathed in. It reduces discomfort of the nose and throat and opens up airways to increase oxygen intake. Allertrex can be used on a maintenance schedule of several times a week and increased in times of acute respiratory challenges.

VAXA Allersine

A physician selected the 18 homeopathic remedies in VAXA Aller-sine that provide antihistamine like, broad relief of symptoms associated with common allergic symptoms such as itchy watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, cough and chest congestion, low energy, aching full head, and runny nose. VAXA Allersine can even help with food allergies and insect bite reactions such as hives. Homeopathic formulas rarely have side effects yet can be extremely effective options for symptom alleviation. VAXA Allersine offers a comprehensive homeopathic treatment for many types of allergies and sensitivities.

VAXA Sinus

VAXA Sinus combines 5 homeopathic remedies for respiratory ailments with top ranked herbs for respiratory health and healing. These include Boswellia, Stinging Nettle, and Turmeric along with nutrients such as Bromelain, Ginger, Quercetin, and Ascorbic Acid. These ingredients work synergistically to decrease congestion, post-nasal drip, pressure in the head and forehead, cough, sneezing, inflammation, and general lethargy. VAXA Sinus works equally well for the common cold and can be taken as needed for chronic as well as acute symptoms.

Let’s Think in Broad Terms

We here at Peaceful Planet are generally inclined to think holistically about symptoms, meaning that while symptom relief and healing is important, keeping the body healthy as a whole should result in fewer symptoms in the first place. So consider a broad view to treating allergies by eating a healthy diet with supplemental probiotics (such as Prescript-Assist) to increase beneficial bacteria in the gut thereby reducing the incidence of allergic reactions. And when seasonal allergies do hit, as they inevitably do for some, one of the most calming and immediate things we suggest is to apply Blue Ice Calm Balm to the chest. The soothing relief of camphor will open up stuffy heads, noses, and chests while easing aching muscles with penetrating pain relief.

Enjoy the Season!

Don’t let seasonal allergies keep you cooped up inside! Find relief and freedom from hay fever and other types of sinusitis with excellent natural solutions from Peaceful Planet.   Explore these carefully selected products for yourself. We would love to hear your feedback about how they worked for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Toddler Formula Recipes

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One of the questions we are most frequently asked is whether we sell toddler formula. There is a Peaceful Planet Toddler Formula; it is not, however, affiliated with us in any way. We looked into the Peaceful Planet Toddler Formula and found that, while it did contain some great organic ingredients, many of the vitamins are synthetic. We always advocate for whole food vitamins, as the body can utilized these optimally.

What’s Wrong with Commercial Toddler Formulas?

Commercial toddler formulas are not only expensive, but they are also loaded with synthetic vitamins and other unhealthy ingredients such as corn syrup solids, vegetable oil, and GMOs. Take a look at the ingredients label for the PediaSure powdered mix we used in the nutritional comparison chart (below):

Corn Syrup, Corn Maltodextrin, Sugar, Corn Oil, Sodium & Calcium Caseinates, Soy Protein Isolate, Artificial Flavor, Potassium Citrate, Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Potassium Chloride, Soy Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid, Choline Chloride, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Cupric Sulfate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Chromium Chloride, Sodium Molybdate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Phylloquinone, Cyanocobalamin, and Vitamin D3

Right off the bat, you can see that the first ingredient is corn syrup. You might as well feed your toddler a bottle of corn syrup with some soy protein mixed in and a gummy vitamin — at least it would be cheaper! The 144 grams of carbohydrates in PediaSure, as shown in the chart below, include a whopping 81 grams of sugar. You’ll also note artificial flavors, corn and soy ingredients that are likely genetically modified, and a slew of synthetic vitamins. This is not what our children are meant to eat.

For these reasons, we’ve developed two toddler formula recipes that you can make on your own using whole food, organic ingredients. These formulas are great for young children who are picky eaters but no longer nursing, and they can provide nutrition when your toddler is sick. They can also be used to supplement the diet of elderly individuals, as an alternative to shakes such as Ensure or Boost.

The first formula is a raw milk toddler formula based on a recipe from Nourishing Traditions. If you are planning to use a toddler formula as a primary nutrition source, we’d recommend opting for this one. It is more nutritionally similar to breast milk than the second formula. The second formula is our Super Simple Toddler Formula, which is ideal for supplementation or as a secondary nutrition source. Compare the toddler formula recipes below.

Nutrition Comparison Chart:

Breast Milk vs. PediaSure vs. Homemade Toddler Formulas*

Breast Milk PediaSure Powder, prepared Homemade Cow’s Milk Formula Super Simple Formula
Calories 766 1080 856 822
Protein 11.3g 54g 18g 45g
Carbohydrates 76g 144g 79g 25g
Total Fat 48g 36g 52g 57g
Saturated Fat 22g 9g 28g 51g
Cholesterol 153mg 45mg 137mg 0
Vitamin A 946IU 3375IU 5000IU 2500IU
Thiamin (B1) .15mg 1.35mg 1.05mg 2mg
Riboflavin (B2) .4mg 2.68mg 1.2mg 1.2mg
Niacin (B3) 1.9mg 18mg 2.5mg 2.15mg
Vitamin B6 .12mg 1.8mg .51mg 1.5mg
Vitamin B12 .5mcg 8.1mcg 1.9mcg 6mcg
Folate 57mcg 360mcg 236mcg 800mcg
Vitamin C 55mg 108mg 57mg 49.1mg
Vitamin D 480IU 540IU 450IU 660IU
Vitamin E 9.9mg 13.5mg 6.2mg 20mg
Calcium 355mg 1575mg 532mg 399mg
Iron .33mg 8.1mg 1.4mg 20.48mg
Magnesium 37.4mg 180mg 91.3mg 184.5mg

*The nutrient contents shown are based on 36 ounces of milk or formula. PediaSure nutrition information is for the powdered formula mix prepared with 1% milk as directed. It is important to note that breast milk composition depends on maternal health and diet, and it changes as a baby grows. This chart is simply for rough comparison purposes, developed using available nutrition information for each ingredient. Exact nutritional content of these formulas may vary depending on brands used and preparation methods. Always consult your healthcare professional regarding your child’s dietary needs.

Homemade Cow’s Milk Toddler Formula Recipe

Based on Sally Fallon’s baby formula recipe from Nourishing Traditions, this recipe attempts to mimic the composition of breast milk, which is higher in whey, lactose, and certain vitamins than cow’s milk. There are a lot of ingredients, but each one is necessary to provide complete nutrition. This toddler formula has a higher upfront cost, but because you are only using a small amount of the healthy oils and other supplements, they will last through many batches of formula.

Makes approx. 36 ounces

Heat about half the filtered water and add gelatin and lactose, stirring to dissolve (gelatin will clump if you skip this step!) Then blend the dissolved mixture with everything else in a blender until smooth. Store in a jar in the fridge. Gently heat portions as needed.

About the Homemade Toddler Formula Ingredients:

The Weston A. Price Foundation developed this baby formula recipe to come as close as possible to human breast milk. This is a whole foods formula with high-quality ingredients, designed to maximize nutrition and digestive health. It is low in iron so as not to compete with zinc absorption (which is crucial for neurological development). Ingredients such as fermented cod liver oil and coconut oil provide healthy fats, omega-3, omega-6, DHA, and EPA which we now know are necessary for growth, development, and brain health. Gelatin provides protein and nutrients while making this formula more digestible. Like breastmilk, this homemade formula is high in whey and lactose and low in casein.

Super Simple Hypoallergenic Vegan Toddler Formula Recipe

This is a simple, quick to prepare supplementary toddler formula with far fewer ingredients than the above recipe. We created this formula to be free of the top allergens: dairy, gluten, eggs, nuts, fish, corn, and soy. It also contains no animal products, so it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. However, because it is vegan, this toddler formula contains no cholesterol. It is also lower in carbohydrates. Ensure that your child is getting carbohydrates (bread, pasta, fruit, etc.) and cholesterol (meat, dairy, eggs, fish) from other sources if you use this formula.

Makes: approx. 36 ounces

Blend all ingredients well. Use within 24 hours.

Super Simple Toddler Formula Flavor Options

Toddlers are notoriously picky, so blend in the flavoring that your kid will enjoy the most! We tried these:

  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Catie’s Vitamin C (tastes like fruit punch!)

You can also include nut or seed butter, a banana, or frozen fruit to suit your child’s palate. Because this formula recipe is so low in sugar and carbohydrates, you could add in a tablespoon or two of honey, maple syrup, or other natural sweetener to entice reluctant eaters, without compromising the nutrition of this whole foods formula.

About the Super Simple Formula Ingredients:

Perfect Plant Protein Powder is our protein of choice here for several reasons. It contains none of the major allergens and is completely free of soy and dairy. This protein powder is 100% plant-based, making it suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The protein in this powder comes from mushrooms, hemp, and brown rice, which is a very high-quality blend of raw proteins. Plus, Perfect Plant Protein Powder contains a blend of probiotics and enzymes to support healthy digestion.

Coconut milk works perfectly in this easy homemade formula recipe because it is rich in calories and healthy fats — perfect for weight gain. It’s hypoallergenic, so it’s a great alternative for most children with soy or dairy allergies. We used canned coconut milk in this recipe because it is the most concentrated — cartons of coconut milk are generally diluted with water and have synthetic vitamins and fillers added. Canned coconut milk has the highest fat and calorie content, so you would need to adjust the recipe accordingly if you chose to use another type of coconut milk or a different milk substitute.

Sunwarrior Liquid Vitamin Mineral Rush is a liquid multivitamin derived from organic fruits, vegetables, and other plants. It contains a full range of vitamins and minerals in their most bioavailable, all-natural forms. SunWarrior Liquid Vitamin Mineral Rush is vegan, Kosher, and raw.

Growing bodies need extra calcium — especially if they aren’t getting it from dairy or other sources. Unlike most calcium supplements which come in tablets, Vitamin Code RAW Calcium comes in capsules, so you can simply open a capsule and dump the contents into your formula. This calcium supplement is complete with conutrients like vitamin D, magnesisum, and vitamin K2, plus raw organic fruits and vegetables, probiotics, and enzymes.

 

By Ali Wetherbee

Going Gluten Free

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Research indicates that 18 million Americans — more than 1 in 20 — suffer from gluten sensitivity. Are you one of them? If you are experiencing chronic physical or mental health symptoms, it may be time to try a gluten-free diet. I have followed a gluten-free diet on and off for the last decade. Both of my sisters are gluten intolerant and follow gluten-free diets as well. Our all-too-rare family gatherings are both wonderful and challenging as we try to find gluten-free meals that the rest of the family will enjoy, all while accommodating multiple other food allergies and intolerances. Slowly we have found our way, and I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned with you.

Why Go Gluten Free

Some individuals choose to go gluten-free for a short period of time to detox or lose weight. Others commit to a gluten-free diet to heal the gut and relieve inflammatory symptoms. Ingestion of gluten, for those who are gluten-sensitive, may lead to symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue, weakness
  • Brain fog, trouble concentrating
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Digestive problems, including diarrhea, constipation, gas, or bloating
  • Nausea, abdominal pain and cramping
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Allergies
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Joint pain
  • Rashes, eczema, acne
  • Autoimmune symptoms

The gluten-free diet has gotten a bad rap lately, as so many have jumped on the bandwagon while others remain skeptical and claim it’s just a fad. My view is that if something works for you, who cares what anyone else thinks! I have seen friends and family members vastly improve their health via following a gluten-free diet. I have seen others who soon abandoned it because it didn’t work or it was too hard to stick to. If you are experiencing some of the symptoms above, it’s worth a try. With so many medicines and treatments listing extensive side effects, this is one change you can make without any risk of harm. As long as you continue to eat adequate amounts of food and a balanced diet, there really is no danger in cutting out gluten, and it just may improve your health.

A Word About Celiac

This gluten-free guide is intended for gluten-sensitive individuals, not necessarily those with celiac. Celiac disease may require even stricter gluten avoidance, plus professional follow-up. If you suspect you may have celiac disease, consider getting an endoscopic biopsy before beginning a gluten-free diet. Once you are eating gluten-free, your intestines begin to heal, which means a biopsy at this point could come up negative even if you do have celiac disease. It is important to accurately diagnose celiac, as someone with celiac requires a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet, and those who remain undiagnosed may not take the gluten-free diet seriously, leading to serious health consequences.

How to Get Started on a Gluten Free Diet

If this is your first time eliminating gluten, I’d suggest being extremely strict for the first couple of weeks. Cook all your food at home, if possible, and wash counters, cooking utensils, cutting boards, and pots and pans thoroughly to avoid cross-contamination. The goal is to keep all sources of gluten from entering your body. The reason I recommend this is so that you can clear your body of traces of gluten and see what effect this has on your health. It can take a while for inflammation and antibody production to subside. Some individuals are so sensitive to gluten that they will continue feeling symptoms after exposure to crumbs on a cutting board or flour dust on the counter.

When you first cut out gluten, you’ll probably go through withdrawal or detox type symptoms for the first few days. I usually feel extremely tired, mentally foggy, and generally unwell for the first week or so. You may also experience diarrhea or constipation. Cravings can be quite intense initially. Consider starting your gluten-free diet before a long weekend to give yourself time to adjust before heading back to work. Do your best to stick it out, and you should begin to feel well by the second week. Take a high-quality probiotic to support your body during the transition to gluten free. This can help alleviate any withdrawal effects and help your digestive tract begin to heal from the gluten damage.

It can take 3-6 months to completely clear your system of gluten and allow your body to start to heal. Continue strictly avoiding all gluten until you feel well. If you are still not feeling even a little better after 6 months, it’s likely that gluten is not the culprit and you can resume your normal diet if desired. Most gluten-sensitive individuals will feel positive effects from a gluten-free diet within the first month, so if you can’t commit to 6 months, at least aim for one month strictly gluten-free.

Once you have been feeling consistently well, you can stick to the strict gluten-free diet, or you can experiment a little if you’d like. The amount of gluten it takes to cause a reaction varies between individuals. Some people can cheat once in a while (enjoy a slice of cake at a party, for example) and have no long-term ill effects. Others will need to adhere carefully to the gluten-free diet to avoid a 6-month cascade of inflammatory symptoms. You might find that the trace amount of gluten in your favorite condiment is not a problem, but a piece of pizza causes a significant reaction. You might even find that you tolerate organic wheat but not conventional, or whole wheat better than white. If you reintroduce foods slowly and individually, and only when you are feeling well, you should be able to track any reactions or symptoms you experience. If you suspect a delayed reaction, keep a food and symptom diary whenever you stray from the gluten free diet for any length of time.

Foods to Avoid When Going Gluten Free

If you’re thinking of giving up gluten, it’s pretty obvious that you’ll need to cut out bread and pasta. But there are tons of foods with hidden gluten that you’ll also need to avoid. Foods that often or always contain gluten include:

  • Bread, including whole or sliced loaves, bagels, rolls, flour tortillas, crackers
  • Baked goods, including cookies, cakes, pastries, muffins, quick breads
  • Pasta, including spaghetti, macaroni, couscous, farro
  • Meatballs, stuffing, stuffed mushrooms, and other foods made with breadcrumbs
  • Hot or cold breakfast cereals
  • Condiments such as soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, salad dressing, malt vinegar, and seasonings
  • Soups (often thickened with flour)
  • Deli meat, sausages, hot dogs
  • Vegetarian meat substitutes, including veggie burgers, seitan, tempeh, bacon bits, imitation seafood
  • Beer

This is not an exhaustive list. If a food is not labeled “gluten free,” read ingredient labels carefully and avoid anything containing enriched flour, wheat, barley, bulgur, rye, triticale, kamut, spelt, semolina, brewer’s yeast, or malt. Some additional ingredients may be derived from wheat, such as modified food starch, dextrin, caramel color, hydrolyzed proteins, maltodextrin, and vinegar, but these will usually be labeled as such. The safest (and healthiest!) choice is to stick with whole foods, as it’s easy to miss something in a long list of ingredients.

Oats themselves do not contain gluten but are often grown, harvested, or processed alongside wheat, so cross-contamination is a concern. Additionally, some gluten-sensitive people react to the proteins in oats as well, as they are similar to gluten. It is best to avoid oats at first, and then later try adding in small amounts of oats that are labeled “gluten-free” and watch for any reaction.

So What Can I Eat on a Gluten Free Diet?

Lots of things! Numerous foods are naturally gluten-free, and many others have been created to accommodate a growing population of gluten-free consumers. Preparing food yourself from scratch gives you the most control over ingredients, but store-bought foods labeled “gluten free” are safe. Your gluten-free choices include:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Meat, Fish
  • Beans, Tofu
  • Nuts, Seeds
  • Anything Labeled Gluten Free (frozen dinners, baked goods, cereals, and crackers)

When searching for recipes, you do not have to limit yourself to the term “gluten free recipes.” Paleo recipes are extremely popular right now and the Paleo diet is completely gluten free. Also look for international recipes, as many Mexican, Brazilian, Asian, and Indian dishes are gluten free.

Alternatives to Your Favorite Gluten Foods

Alternatives to Pasta: You can substitute rice or quinoa for pasta in most recipes. If you’re craving actual noodles, try gluten-free pasta, usually made of rice, corn, and/or quinoa flour. A gluten-free pasta containing quinoa usually has a texture most similar to regular (wheat) pasta, while rice pasta tends to be a bit gummy for my liking. A healthier alternative to gluten-free pasta is zucchini noodles. Simply use a vegetable peeler or spiralizer to create long, thin strands of zucchini. This same technique works with sweet potatoes, beets, and other root vegetables. Spaghetti squash can replace pasta as well. Scrape the strands out of a cooked spaghetti squash and top with your favorite sauce, pesto, or chopped herbs.

Alternatives to Bread: I have tried numerous gluten-free breads and to be honest, I don’t like any of them. I find them to be dense and unappealing. Instead, I prefer to substitute foods that are naturally gluten-free. Corn tortillas often fill in nicely. Large leaves of lettuce or halved bell peppers can hold sandwich fillings. Two cucumber slices with meat, cheese, or hummus between them make fun mini sandwiches. Gluten-free quick breads and muffins tend to be more palatable than gluten-free yeast breads, and good recipes abound on the Internet.

Other Gluten Free Grains and Starches: Many grains are gluten-free. Corn and rice are popular options. When buying corn flour, cornmeal, or products made from corn, always opt for organic, since non-organic corn is likely to be genetically modified. Rice, particularly brown rice, is a healthy staple, but try to avoid relying solely on this grain, as it can often contain high levels of arsenic, cadmium, mercury, tungsten, and other heavy metals, even if it’s labeled organic. While the amounts of heavy metals are not high enough to recommend avoiding rice altogether, eating it daily could become problematic. Switch it up and try other gluten-free grains such as amaranth, teff, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, arrowroot, cassava, sorghum, or tapioca. Starchy or high-carbohydrate foods such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beans are also gluten-free.

Gluten Free Dining

Dining out has become much easier for those on gluten-free diets as awareness of this dietary choice has spread. Many restaurants have gluten-free menus or can advise you as to which menu options are safe. Always ask your waiter for ingredients and cooking methods of any menu choices not labeled gluten free. There are few, if any, restaurant foods that are always gluten-free everywhere, as often menu items are coated with flour, fried alongside gluten foods, topped with breadcrumbs, or covered in sauces containing gluten. Cross-contamination with cooking utensils and pans can even be a concern for very sensitive individuals. That being said, some options tend to be safer than others, and these include steamed vegetables, salads (no croutons and only oil and vinegar for dressing), grilled meat or fish (without sauce), and plain white or brown rice.

Stay tuned for more posts about going gluten-free, tips and advice, and gluten-free recipes!

By Ali Wetherbee

Natural Relief for Spring Allergies

natural_allergy_reliefBy Ali Wetherbee

As the flowers bloom and trees begin to bud, allergy sufferers start to sneeze! No one likes the watery eyes, the itchy skin, and the stuffy nose that often come with Spring, but with these tips and natural remedies for allergies, you’ll no longer be a victim to pollen.

Natural Remedies for Allergies #1: Prevention

Minimize your allergen exposure. If your eyes get really itchy and watery, try wearing glasses or sunglasses when outdoors so that less pollen reaches the eye. Keep the windows closed during peak allergy season, and clean often using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. When you come in from outdoors, shower to wash off pollen spores, and put on fresh clothes. Although it’s great for the environment, line drying clothing or bedding during the height of allergy season may increase your allergen exposure. Keep pets out of the bedroom, as their hair or fur may collect pollen.

Natural Remedies for Allergies #2: Local Honey

Local honey is one of the most popular natural remedies for allergies as it helps your body build up resistance to local pollen. Take a teaspoon or more daily of the most local, raw honey you can find. If possible, begin using local honey at least a month before the onset of allergy season.

Natural Remedies for Allergies #3: Homeopathics

VAXA Allersine is a homeopathic formula designed to ease seasonal allergy symptoms such as congestion, watery eyes, exhaustion, and breathing difficulties. VAXA also makes a homeopathic formula specifically for sinus issues, with allergy-fighting herbs such as quercetin and stinging nettles.

Natural Remedies for Allergies #4: Nasal Irrigation

Nasal irrigation is excellent for cleaning out the sinus cavity. Fill a Neti pot (available at your pharmacy or health food store) or a syringe with sterile saline solution, tilt your head over the sink, and pour the salt water into your nostril. This moisturizes the sinuses and rinses out mucus, debris, irritants, and allergens from the nasal cavity. The saline solution formula is 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt or Kosher salt per 1 cup of water. Be sure to use distilled, boiled, or filtered water.

Natural Remedies for Allergies #5: Probiotics

By improving gut health and improving the immune system, probiotics have been found to reduce the incidence of allergies. Studies have noted that taking probiotics can lower the blood level of IgE, an antibody produced at high levels in response to allergen exposure.

Natural Remedies for Allergies #6: Fish Oil

Increased EPA and DHA intake is associated with fewer instances of hay fever and allergic rhinitis, so this is a good time to increase your fish oil consumption. Fish oils such as fermented cod liver oil are anti-inflammatory, which is exactly what you need, as allergies are the result of an overactive or inappropriate immune response.

Natural Remedies for Allergies #7: Spirulina

Spirulina appears to stop the release of histamine and lead to allergy symptom improvement in both in vitro and in vivo studies. At least 2000mg of spirulina a day is needed for significant improvement.

Natural Remedies for Allergies #8: Cross Reactivity

Be aware of any food allergies or food-pollen allergies (oral allergy syndrome) and strictly avoid those foods you are sensitive to. Consuming food allergens can increase your body’s total allergen load and, along with all that pollen in the air, will leave you feeling more miserable than ever.

Natural Remedies for Allergies #9: Lung-Supporting Herbs

If respiratory problems top the list of your allergy symptoms, try AllerTrex, a lung cleansing solution that can help you start to breathe well again.

Natural Remedies for Allergies #10: Hydration

Keep a water bottle with you at all times. This is one of the simplest and cheapest natural remedies for allergies. When you are dehydrated, your body increases histamine production, so it’s very important for allergy-prone individuals to drink lots of water.

Science-Backed Tips to Rev Up Your Metabolism and Lose Weight In the New Year

metabolism_boostersBy Ali Wetherbee

As we say goodbye to 2014 and look forward to the coming year, chances are that one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. It’s the number one resolution Americans make. But, if you’re like many of us, it’s likely that you have already been eating a clean, healthy diet, trying to cut calories, and even exercising consistently, but still can’t seem to get those stubborn pounds to budge. What’s going on? Why does the fat continue to accumulate in all your trouble areas? What can you do in 2015 to improve your chances of weight loss success? Recent articles from Time magazine and Dr. Mercola highlighted an array of tips for boosting your metabolism. Read on to find out what you can do to make 2015 the year you actually keep your New Year’s resolution.

Trick #1: Rule out inflammation

Chronic, low-level inflammation is often the culprit behind weight gain. A subtle food allergy or sensitivity may leave your body resistant to insulin and leptin, causing pounds to pile on and leaving you at risk for more severe health issues. Offending foods may include:

  • Highly processed foods and junk food; shop the perimeter of the store to avoid these
  • Food additives such as MSG, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils
  • Sugars — particularly fructose, commonly found in fruits, veggies, and honey
  • GMOs, prevalent in corn, soy, milk, sugar, zucchini and yellow squash, papaya, canola, and aspartame
  • Grains: especially refined grains like white bread & white rice, but whole grains are also a possible offender
  • Gluten, found in most baked goods, breads, crackers, cereals, pastas, and packaged foods
  • Nuts, as these contain inflammatory histamines and tyramines
  • Dairy, which some people cannot properly digest and which is often full of antibiotics and hormones
  • Alcohol: too much can cause irritation, inflammation, and damage to the intestinal lining

Try keeping a food diary to see if there is any connection between what you are eating and any physical symptoms. Or, eliminate all potential suspects for 4-6 weeks (or until you feel well), then add foods back in slowly, one at a time, and notice any immediate or delayed reactions. Consider adding an anti-inflammatory whole food supplement to your regime to calm the inflammatory response and help your body heal. Options include Mercola Curcumin Advanced, made from inflammation-fighting raw turmeric, and Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil or Walkabout Emu Oil, which both contain anti-inflammatory fatty acids.

Trick #2: Drink more water

A study presented to the American Chemical Society found that over the course of three months, those who drank two glasses of water before each meal lost five pounds more, on average, than those who didn’t. What a simple, inexpensive way to boost your weight loss! Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces; for example, if you weigh 200 pounds, your goal would be to drink 100 ounces of water a day. Staying hydrated throughout the day keeps your metabolism in gear and leaves you feeling more energized. Some people find that pre-filling a large container of water each morning helps them meet their hydration goals. There are also apps available to help you track water intake right from your phone.

Trick #3: Incorporate whey protein into your diet

According to Paul Arciero, professor of Health and Exercise Sciences at Skidmore College, “Whey protein increases calorie burn and fat utilization, helps the body maintain muscle, and triggers the brain to feel full.” While all proteins are thermogenic, meaning they cause the body to produce heat and burn more calories, studies — including one in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition — have found that whey is more thermogenic than other proteins such as soy or casein. Consuming a healthy protein within two hours of exercising ensures the greatest muscle repair and growth. Choose a high quality whey protein without added sugars or fillers, such as Dr. Tony’s Lite’N-Up Vanilla Whey Protein or Pure Whey Protein Plus Double Dutch Chocolate. Add a scoop to your daily smoothie, or whip up a batch of energy balls to snack on throughout the day.

Trick #4: Move more

Whether it’s skipping the elevator to take the stairs or tapping your foot at your desk, every little bit counts! In fact, research has found that simply fidgeting — things like shifting in your chair, bouncing your leg, or pacing, which researchers call “NEAT” (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) — can burn an extra 350 calories a day, which could lead to an additional pound of weight loss every ten days. Find ways to work more movement into your day. This is particularly important if you work a desk job. Sitting for hours on end can counteract your daily workouts and leave you more susceptible to weight gain as well as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other serious and chronic illnesses. The average American office worker sits for 13-15 hours a day, which is 10 hours more than those who work in farming communities and live more active lifestyles. There are lots of options for those whose livelihoods depend on desk work: adapt your desk to allow you to stand while working, get a treadmill desk or an under-desk bike, or sit on a yoga ball. If these aren’t options, get up and move for 5-10 minutes of every hour. Walk over to your co-worker’s cubicle instead of calling or messaging him, take a short break every hour to stretch or run a flight of stairs, or use your lunch break to take a long walk. These little bursts of activity will put you on the road to better health and a faster metabolism.


Continue with Part 2 to learn more easy tips to optimize fat burn!

Vegan Coconut Cream Parfait

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By Ali Wetherbee

This Coconut Cream Parfait, adapted from a recipe by Celebrity Vegan Chef Jason Wrobel, is a fresh, delicious, easy breakfast, light lunch, or dessert. The coconut provides healthy fats and nutrients, while the protein powder adds lots of raw, plant-based protein and essential amino acids. With no added sugar, no grains, and no animal products, this is great for vegetarians, vegans, those following Paleo, dairy-free, or gluten-free diets, and anyone who is lactose intolerant. Plus, it looks beautiful, and would be a perfect  dessert to bring to your next party or potluck!

Vegan Coconut Cream Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups coconut meat
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground vanilla
  • 5 drops liquid Stevia
  • 2 Tbsp Sunwarrior Warrior BlendSun Warrior Classic, or Perfect Plant Protein protein powder
  • 3-4 seasonal fruits, peeled and chopped: mango, strawberries, blueberries, blood oranges, blackberries, passion fruit, or any other favorites

Method:

  1. If you are using a whole coconut, make holes at the eyes using a screwdriver and hammer, and invert over a bowl to drain and save all the liquid. Then tap all the way around with the hammer to create a hairline crack down the middle. Split open and break into smaller pieces. Wedge a knife between the meat and the shell and twist slightly to pop the shell off each piece.
  2. Mix the first five ingredients in a blender on low speed.
  3. Continue blending until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency.
  4. Add the Sunwarrior Warrior Blend protein powder and blend until well combined. This is your coconut cream base.
  5. Spoon a layer of the coconut cream base in the bottom of individual jars or a parfait dish.
  6. Add a layer of fruit, and continue alternating layers of cream & fruit.
  7. Garnish with fresh berries or a sprig of mint.
  8. Eat immediately — this dish does not store well.