Viewing entries tagged
Disease

The Connection Between Money and Your Health

Comment

The Connection Between Money and Your Health

Money and health closely parallel each other.

Frivolous and careless spending leads to debt, perhaps even bankruptcy, stress.

Being frivolous and careless with what you eat and how you treat your temple (body) leads to sickness, disease, stress, general unhealthiness. It's bankruptcy in the wellness department. 

Think of your health as an investment that gives you a return even after you pass away. Because how you live today impacts the next 5-6 generations, some choices even 1000 years (using plastic bags)!

You can go into debt for that fancy handbag (that's made from an animal and unethical labor) that will rip and tear OR you can buy a Global Mamas handbag that is made with fair trade labor and supports ethics and values. 

You can buy that processed cheeseburger and shake (that violates ethics and morals) that will contribute to your disease OR you can go to your local organic farm/farmers market/health food store and buy kale+hemp hearts that will contribute to your overall prevention of disease.  

Everything is connected together. From what you think, from what you eat, from you hang out with, what you listen to, what you read- it ALL has an effect on your wellbeing!

If your health (or spending) is out of control, take a serious look at the fright train heading your way. Please don't wait till it's too late. 

Think before you spend. 

Think before you purchase disease. 

Comment

The Dichotomy in the Faith Community

Comment

The Dichotomy in the Faith Community

219551219_b55edecd9f_b.jpg

As a believer and part of the faith community I can't but help see what's happening in terms of our health and it's not okay with me. It's no wonder why those who aren't in the faith don't see a difference in our lives and laugh at us! The faith community has bought into the lie of processed foods, GMOs, and disease. We eat the same crap, participate in the sin of gluttony, addicts to fast death ("food"), and let's not forget that these products causes a host of diseases (including cancer!) and health problems (infertility , birth defects, heart disease, stroke, headaches). Additionally, obesity is impacting the church at a massive level, cancer rates have remained unchanged in the last 50 years- and remember that cancer can only thrive in unhealthy bodies. Regardless of your faith denomination (Baptist, Lutheran, Non-denominational...) it's way past time that the faith community see that how they are living, eating, drinking, buying is anything but God glorifying.

What Dr. Russell Blaylock says in the talk below (please, please listen to it) will show you how Christians are defiling the God they say they serve. It's impossible to feed the soul good [spiritual] food and ignore what we are putting in our bodies.

God provided organic food for us to nourish our body with- not GMOs and frankenfoods. GMOs were created for greater profits increased pesticides, and worse of all, patented. Not at all what God intended for this world! (Genesis 1:29)

As Christians it's imperative that we wake up to what is going on around us and change where buy our food and what we are putting in and our bodies. God intended for us to have health not increased disease! We need to live in harmony with the one who created us

In the talk below you'll learn how the processed frankenfoods have ruined our health and our earth and what you can do about it!

To glorify God we must eat the foods that God made (organic, in their natural state), not that man made.

Are you a believer who is currently eating and consuming GMOs, processed crap? Have you bought into the lie that your life is no different from non-believers? How will you change your health today?

My heart is truly burdened for my country and the faith community. I will continue to live, speak, write about this topic for as long as I shall live.

xo

Photo credit: Matt Stangis

 

Comment

Cancer: The Cure Has Been Found!

1 Comment

Cancer: The Cure Has Been Found!

2769453072_3a81164eef_b.jpg

“I can’t change my genes……” is the excuse people often make for their lifestyle habits. What if science told you that YOU CAN protect and modify your genes' activities!? Because science says you can! The foods you eat, beverages you drink, and the lifestyle you live can either turn cancer cells on or off!! Unlike other diseases, cancer is a silent disease. It can take almost 10 years from the exposure to a cancer-causing event until cancer is actually detected in the body. Cancer is the 2nd most prevalent cause of death for adults in the United States--- 577, 190 Americans die each year from cancer (1). Genes do increase the risk of an individual developing cancer. However, the American Cancer Society reports that only 5% of cancers are “strongly hereditary”, meaning that your genes have a greater impact on development of cancer than environment (1). For most cancer production, however, lifestyle choices have a greater impact on the development of cancer! Lack of physical activity, overweight/obesity, and poor diet contribute to 1/3 of all cancer deaths, while exposure to tobacco contributes to 1/3 of cancer deaths (2). Cut the smoking habit, and you will do yourself and your neighbors a huge favor!!! We must also teach children about PREVENTION of cancer at a young age… exposing children to healthy lifestyle choices NOW because behaviors established in childhood track into adulthood (2), making behavior patterns more difficult to reverse or modify.

Guidelines for the American Cancer Society on Cancer Prevention recommend the following (1-2):

1. Maintain a healthy weight: 14-20% of all cancer deaths are attributed to overweight and obesity. Cancer risk increases with weight status due to hormone production and inflammation that are known to increase with unhealthy weight status.

2. Increase physical activity and REDUCE time spent sitting: Activity helps  maintenance of a healthy weight and reduces risk of all other chronic diseases. Aim for 300 minutes of moderate-intensity (walking, light dancing, yoga, golfing) or 150 minutes of vigorous activity (running, skating, aerobic activity, weight training) each week for optimal protection against cancer!

3. Eat a whole, plant-based diet: the American Cancer Society states: “Consume a healthy diet, with an emphasis on plant foods.” Eat a nutrient-dense diet, meaning foods that are packed with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber (e.g. fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains….) rather than foods that are high in added sugars, highly processed, and fried (e.g. pop, candy, chips, store-bought cookies, ice cream, traditional American french fries, refined flours and grains….). Don't rely on supplements to give you antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber—supplements don’t have the same protection as eating the whole plant-based foods (2).

4. EAT LESS MEAT (and animal products). “Current evidence supports approximately a 15-20% increased risk of cancers of the colon and rectum per 100 grams of red meat or 50 grams of processed meat consumed per day, while the evidence for some other cancers (e.g. esophagus, stomach, lung, pancreases, breast, prostate, stomach, endometrium, renal, and ovarian) is considered limited and suggestive”(2, pg 40). Further, the American Cancer Society states… “… there is little evidence to suggest that red meat is beneficial for chronic disease risk, and substantial evidence that it is likely to have harmful effects on all-cause mortality and cancer risk.” (2, pg 41). There are several reasons why animal protein increases cancer risk. Sorry bacon lovers! High-heat cooking, pan-frying, and grilling are known to produce carcinogens and mutagens (that promote cancer production in the body). Nitrates and nitrites in processed meats are also known carcinogens. Fish, though often promoted for it’s omega-3 fatty acids, also contains a high level of environmental pollutants (e.g. mercury, PCBs, dioxins), which are harmful at higher exposures. If you eat seafood, it's recommended to vary the kind of seafood eaten to avoid high exposures to any one pollutant (2). Additionally, the American Cancer Society states that they “do not make specific recommendations regarding calcium and dairy food intake for overall cancer prevention.” (2, pg. 50).

**Research for dairy and other animal-sourced foods tend to be mixed-- meaning some animal-sourced foods don't cause certain cancers, but promote others (e.g. dairy has been linked with prostate cancer, but not colon cancer). The American Cancer Society makes conservative recommendations about limiting animal-sourced foods. If you choose to eat animal products, consume less of them and opt for organic products (not processed, conventional, or factory farmed). However, keep in mind that there is a growing body of evidence that suggests animal-sourced foods play apart in cancer production (see references 6 and the Tedtalks below for more info). We know that plant-based foods can provide all essential nutrients (expect vitamin B12 which we recommend for all people over the age of 50!) and plants offer cancer protection with all their phytonutrients and fiber! Research from quality longitudinal studies show that vegans  and vegetarians have lower rates of cancers than non-vegetarians (7).

5. Limit alcohol. Either drink within LIMITS (2 servings of alcohol for men, 1 serving of alcohol for women, per day**) or don’t drink at all. There is a fine line where alcohol no longer has beneficial, health-promoting properties. Overconsumption of alcohol increases risk of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, breast, liver, and colon. The American Cancer Society states, “Compared with non-drinkers, there is a 10% to 12% higher increase of female breast cancer associated with each drink per day.”….. “Consumption of 3 drinks per day is associated with a 1.4-fold higher risk of colorectal cancer.” (2, pg. 43). It is believed that the acetaldehyde from alcohol metabolism causes damage to the DNA in normal cells (2, pg. 43).

William Li, ask the question in his Tedtalk, “Can we eat to starve cancer?”

Nutrition, genes, and cancer

Though it is exciting news to hear that your diet and lifestyle can greatly reduce your risk of cancer, The American Cancer Society says that no lifestyle offers COMPLETE protection against cancer. We live in a world full of toxic chemicals..... BUT don’t let that stop you, however, from limiting your exposure to chemicals in your foods, in your drinks, in your cleaning products, and in your beauty products! Living in prevention is beautiful! Physical activity and eating a diet rich in whole, plant-based foods will decrease your risk of other chronic disease (like cardiovascular disease, diabetes…) and help you live to your optimal potential every single day! Make each second of your life count!

When in doubt, just do like the centenarians!

References and resources for more specifics on nutrition and cancer:

1. American Cancer Society (2012). Cancer Facts and Figures 2012. Retrieved: here.

2. Kushi, L. et al. (2012). American cancer of society guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention; reducing the risk of cancer with healthy food choices and physical activity. Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 62: 30-67. Retrieved: here.

3. ** A drink is equal to 12 oz of beer, 5 oz of wine, or 1.5 oz of spirits/hard liquor. Read more on Alcohol from Harvard: Alcohol: Balancing Risks and Benefits

4. Phytates from plant-foods are often scrutinized by some health professionals for being an “anti-nutrient”, however, phytates are considered to be a phytochemical and help protect against cancer. A guide to phytochemicals from the American Institute for Cancer Research can be found: here. More on phytochemicals from Stanford: here. Cancer Society on Phytochemicals: here.

5. Soy is one of those foods that the general population believes to causes cancer. However, a body of evidence suggests otherwise. If you consume soy, opt for non-GMO, organic soy products (e.g. edamame, whole soy beans, tofu, miso, tempeh) and don’t eat more than 3-5 servings per day. Here are some good readings: How much soy is too much?,  American Cancer Society on Soy: here,  Jack Norris, RD “Soy: What’s the Harm?” , Ginny Messina, R.D. “Soy Isoflavones and Estrogen”, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on Soy Safety, More on Soy from the American Institute for Cancer Research: here

6. Animal-sourced food and cancer: More on Cancer from Nutrition Facts, TMAO from animal products and increased chronic diseases, Animal Protein and the Cancer Promoter IGF-1 , Does too much iron from animal sources increase risk of cancer?, Harvard on dairy: Calcium Full Story, Animal foods and Cancer from The World Cancer Resource Center. NIH: Risk in Red Meat?, NIH: Pan-Fried Red Meat Increases Risk for Prostate Cancer

7. Limo Linda University research study results on cancer and diet: here , "Why vegan women have fewer female cancers?", "Vegan Men: more testosterone, but less cancer", "How Plant-Based to Lower IGF-1?"

kAD
kAD

In good health,

Kristina

To learn more on how you can prevent disease find me on Twitter and Facebook!

Cover photo credit: Tonya

1 Comment

What Does Your Poop Say About Your Health?

2 Comments

What Does Your Poop Say About Your Health?

8530526032_71cc0e88ce_b.jpg

Your poop says a lot about your health.

Poop quote
Poop quote

One of my clients recently asked about their poop and I thought it would be topic to cover today. Poop rarely gets talked about except if you are a parent or child care giver! Whether it’s changing diapers, helping them with potty training or interacting with the child, talking about poop is no longer a taboo subject for you. But sadly, the poop talk stops there. And it shouldn’t. Your poop has so much to tell you about your health! Poop is not a dirty topic. There is nothing to be ashamed of! If more people paid attention to their poop they could improve their health greatly. 

There is a reason why they say your gut is your second brain. Your brain and the good bacteria in your digestive system (gut) affects your mood, immune system and inflammation. So if your poops are irregular or anything but type 4 as pictured below, it’s time to heal your gut and heal thy body. And a friendly reminder that 80 percent of your immune system is in your gut, so if you get sick frequently, keep reading!

Even if you eat organic, non-GMO real foods, there is still a chance that you might not be digesting your food well and you can tell that by what your poops look like.

Think of your poop as the fuel gage on your car dashboard flashing E. What does this that light do? It’s a signal that you need to get gas! And if you don’t, well, you’ll be stranded on the side of the road. Same with your poop. If you continue to ignore the signals it is giving you, your health will continue to fail.

 What are the four signs your poop is telling you? Let’s dissect them!

1) Are you grunting and pushing?

A normal poop is easy to poop- it’s not giving birth to a child. If you have to wait for 30 minutes for something to finally come out, that’s a clear sign that something is wrong. A normal poop doesn’t take 10+ minutes nor does it leave you rushing to find the nearest bathroom! (Are you a runner? You may want to listen up!)

2) What do your poops look like?

If your poop resemble a snake (type 4), then you get an A+! But if your poops look anything but type 4, it’s time to clean up your health. No pun intended. What should your poops look like? The University of Bristol helps us out. They published a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology and along with that included a poop chart, aka, the Bristol Stool Chart (did you know such a thing existed?!)

Bristol-Stool-Chart
Bristol-Stool-Chart

3) Are you pooping all the time or a few times a week?

One sign of a healthy body is pooping regularly. This one way you detox your body! Poop is waste and if it’s stuck inside you, well disease, sickness, illness occurs. A healthy body actually goes to the bathroom at the same time, every day. It's a healthy routine. If you are going 3+ a day or a few times a week, your health is in jeopardy.

4) Do you get it all out?

The last sign that your health could be on the wrong track is that you have to go multiple times to get rid of all the waste in your colon. When you go to the bathroom you should feel like you emptied your bowels. If not, something is wrong with your overall health.

Did you nod your head to any of the above points or does your poop like the chart (excluding type 4)? Then you’ll want to pay attention to this next part. You want to heal your gut and in turn you’ll heal your body.

Bristol stool 2
Bristol stool 2

 1) Probiotics & prebiotics 

Probiotics. Due to the toxic foods most of the country is consuming, our guts are suffering big time. Again, 80% of our immune system is in our gut and if you are chronically getting sick, your gut may be the problem. Anytime you consume processed, acid, toxic-filled products, your overall health will be harmed. The best sources of probiotics are from raw, living fermented foods: raw sauerkraut (refrigerated, not shelf stable), kombucha, spirulina, chorella and blue-green algae. My favorite is GT Super Green  Chia Kombucha. Prebiotics are also needed for a healthy gut. Bananas, garlic, chicory root, dandelion greens (all in raw, organic form) are fantastic sources. Prevent chronic sickness & illness by taking care of your gut! No germy gut. Bad bacteria is going to lead to unhealthy poop. (Note: I generally do not recommend dairy yogurt as a probiotic source.) Digestive enzymes and probiotic supplement may also be needed. I recommend Nutrition You Can Trust, MegaFoods and InnerEco.

P.S. if you have to take antibiotics, make sure you take probiotics as antibiotics kill the good germs too (not a good thing).

2) Eat real, organic food

This shouldn’t be a surprise to you if you’ve been reading this website or our social platforms frequently. Eating real, organic food is at the core of disease prevention and living a healthy life. This means eating very little sugar (besides fruit and raw honey), eating very little grains (sprouted grains are fine) and even avoiding fake meats (Tofurky is very processed). Sugar, processed grains & processed food-like products will cause your stools to have problems. Our bodies were not created to eat processed crap. If you want to eat meat then eat the real thing! And that means meat (and dairy) must be organic, grass-fed and if possible, local. No antibiotic/hormone meat. Ever, ever.

3) Healthy fats

One immediate sign of unhealthy poops is that you aren’t eating enough healthy fats. Some of the healthy fats include: organic nuts, organic avocado, organic coconut oil. Try adding 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to your daily food plan for 30 days and see how your health and poops change for the better! Simply scoop out a tablespoon of coconut oil and eat it. It’s so good!

4) Nothing processed

If it comes through a window (fast “food”), a piece of paper (Rx prescription), Big Food anything (Oreos, bread, cookies, Gatorade, chips, crackers, deli fake meats, etc), or is grown with pesticides, do not eat/consume! Each of these products affects your health in adverse ways. They are all toxins and will wreak havoc on your overall health and life. When toxins are consumed they collect in your body and cause all sorts of harmful health problems. The goal is to live a toxin free life as much as possible. Again, eat real, organic food, stay away from anything grown with pesticides and know exactly what you put in your body at all times. Your health (and poop) will thank you.

5) No fake fiber!

If you have trouble pooping (constipated or have to strain/push), please do not take fake fiber. Have you ever read the ingredients on a bottle of Metamucil? Some of the ingredients include coloring dyes, sucrose, artificial color. Or what about MiraLAX (given to children)? Ingredients include: Polyethylene Glycol (!!), coloring dyes. Coloring dyes alone are linked to cancer & disease! Fiber does not come from a plastic bottle! Polyethylene Glycol (Never mind the fact that it comes from a plastic bottle (BPA) too!) Fiber comes from real, organic food, chia seeds (add 1 tablespoon to your reusable glass water bottle daily), leafy, green organic veggies (kale, spinach, collards, Swiss chard). Fake fiber is a Big Food product, btw. Please, please, if your children are having trouble going poop, change what they eat. Please don't give them toxins from a plastic bottle or processed crap. These precious children need real, organic FOOD.

What do your poops say about your health? A whole lot. I can almost bet that if you are reading this you have had or are having unhealthy poops. Follow the above instructions to get your health back on track!

Have healthy poops, have a healthy life!

Cover photo credit: mckaysavage

Sources:

PubMed

NIH

PubMed 2

Bristol Stool Chart

2 Comments

Lotions and Potions: What's Really In Your Skin Care?

3 Comments

Lotions and Potions: What's Really In Your Skin Care?

9377732650_2f4d8cc295_b.jpg

“If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.”

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? Your skin absorbs at least 60% of what you slather on it and gets absorbed right into your bloodstream. Commercial store shelves are filled with toxic products including beauty products. Even many “healthy” people don’t realize what they are putting on their skin. Up to 95% of diseases are preventable (NIH) and they are preventable through lifestyle. What you put in your mouth (cigarettes, gum/mints, alcohol, Rx & OTC drugs, artificial ingredients) and what you put on your skin is directly related to either sickness or health. Sadly, many people don't bother to read the ingredients on non-edible products and don’t realize they are putting carcinogens right on their skin.

Wellness and healthy living is not exclusive to just one thing. Wellness is many holistic things: drinking pure, filtered water (not from a plastic bottle), fitness, eating organic food, supporting local organic farmers, massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture and using non-toxic skin care products. Here are the top 12 ingredients to look out for when buying beauty products i.e. shampoo, conditioner, face cleanser, lotion, cosmetics, toothpaste, mouthwash, lip balms/chapstick, baby products, body butter, perfumes, deodorants to name a few.

Benzoyl Peroxide Commonly found in acne products, MSDS reports that it is a possible tumor promoter. It can also act as a mutagen, produces DNA in human cells. It’s also toxic by inhalation. Eye, skin and respiratory irritant.

FD&C Color and Pigments This ingredient is used in almost all Big Food food-like products, gum, Altoids and also commercial skin care products. These artificial colors derived from coal tar contain heavy metal salts that absorb directly into the skin, causing skin sensitivity/irritation. Absorbing this can cause depletion of oxygen and even death. Almost all animal studies show that they are carcinogenic.

DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine) A foam booster, it is a skin/eye irritant and causes contact dermatitis. It is quickly absorbed through the skin and collects in body organs and the brain.

Parabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl) Used as preservatives and they aren’t always labeled. An ingredient in commercial deodorants and other skin care products. Found in breast cancer tumors. Attributed to sterility in males, hormone imbalance in females and early puberty.

Propylene Glycol (PG), Butylene Glycol Petroleum plastics. The EPA considers PG very toxic it requires gloves, clothing, goggles and disposal by burying. The EPA also warns against skin contact to prevent brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. PG can be found in beauty products as well as food-like products such as dried blueberries in cereals.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) Found in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners, and 90% of personal-care products that foam. Associated dangers: eye damage, skin irritation, depression, trouble breathing, death.

Dioxin Not labeled as an ingredient and found in antibacterial ingredients like triclosan, emulsifiers, PEGs and ethoxylated cleansers like Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Dangers: linked to cancer, reduced immunity, nervous system disorders, miscarriages and birth deformities.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) Produced by ethoxylating Propylene Glycol this chemical is found in cosmetics, beauty care products, baby care products and sunscreen. Possible links to cancers (including breast cancer) and tumors. It’s even found in some natural beauty products.

Sunscreen Chemicals Avobenzone, benzphenone, ethoxycinnamate, PABA are the most common ingredients in sunscreen and are known as free radical carries and reported to damange DNA and lead to cancers. Another topic for another but the sun is not the problem; commericial sunscreens are. See below for safe sunscreens.

DMDM Hydantoin, Urea (Imidazolidinyl) These 2 preservatives release formaldehyde which can cause joint pain, cancer, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, insomnia.

Phthalates Generally not found on labels because it’s classified as proprietary. It’s used an ingredient to enhance fragrance and/or make it last longer. Used in perfumes, fragrance, hair products, deodorants, body lotions, nail polish. Health concerns: damage to liver & kidneys, birth defects, decreased sperm counts and early breast development in boys & girls, disrupt DNA, cause cancer. Avoid buying products with ingredients labeled ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’.

Triclosan This synthetic antibacterial ingredient is found in toothpaste and beauty products. The EPA registers it as a pesticide as it poses health risks to humans and the environment. It’s classified as a chlorophenol and suspected to cause cancer in humans.

Even so-called "natural" beauty products still contain some of the above mentioned ingredients. Beauty products are not regulated. So what lotions and potions are safe? Here are a few Sarah Stanley Approved brands:

approved
approved

3 Comments