Hormone Hassles: How to Address the Elusive Symptoms Your Doctor Can’t Fix

Have you ever felt that something just “isn’t right?”

Have you gone to the doctor and told them your symptoms…maybe they ran some tests and told you nothing was wrong?

…or worse, prescribed an antidepressant!?

This story is all too common, and it makes me really angry that anyone is treated this way.

We feel minimized, condescended to, gaslit.

We wouldn’t be seeing a doctor if something wasn’t really wrong! But they tell us it’s in our head… because they don’t know what’s wrong with us either.

Fortunately there are ways to narrow down the source of our problems… and sometimes we don’t need a diagnosis to address an issue.

Our bodies were made to heal.

In fact, pharmaceuticals don’t heal at all.. we all know that. They cover up symptoms until our bodies heal themselves. Until one day the meds wear off and our bodies aren’t healed at all. What do we do then?

As we age and go through different phases of life, our hormone production decreases, leading to imbalances and ambiguous symptoms without any clear cause or diagnosis.

Navigating health issues can feel like we’re walking blind.

What are hormones?

Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes, including growth and development in children and teenagers¹.

Additionally, hormones play a huge role in our bodies’ normal functioning. They control heart rate, sleep cycles, sexual function, and reproduction. Metabolism, appetite, mood, stress, and body temperatures are all affected by hormones².

Hormones are integral in so many of your body systems and they regulate much of what your body does. Hormones regulate growth, sex drive, sexual development, reproduction, sexual function, metabolism, and thirst among other things. They let the body know what to do so it will run smoothly³.

How Do I know if My Hormones are Imbalanced?

Since hormones control so many of the body’s functions, it can be difficult to pinpoint what kind of imbalance you have… but a shocking 80% or more of women (and as many as 40% of men) suffer from a hormonal imbalance

Given how critical hormones are to every function of our bodies, hormonal imbalance can affect our lives a lot!

Text “Hormone Help” to ‪(802) 227-7051‬ to discuss your situation and for recommendations! 

Hormones control the body’s systems including:

  • Metabolism
  • Homeostasis (internal balance)
  • Growth/development
  • Sexual function
  • Reproduction
  • Sleep/wake cycle
  • Mood
No need to self-medicate. There is a solution! Heal from the root.

There are many symptoms of hormone imbalance, including (but not limited to): 

As you can see, hormones affect everything. So it’s likely if you have unexplained symptoms or anything related to items on the list above, you could benefit from balancing your hormones.

Text “Hormone Help” to ‪(802) 227-7051‬ to discuss your situation and for recommendations! 

How Did This Happen??

Causes of hormone balance can include:

  • Thyroid issues (hypo or hyper)
  • Gut imbalance
  • Birth control or hormonal replacement
  • Chronic stress
  • Diabetes
  • Poor diet
  • Cushing syndrome
  • Exposure to endocrine disruptors (they are everywhere: from food to body care products to cleaning supplies, water, and the air)

How Do I Balance My Hormones?

Now you can see that hormone imbalance is a likely culprit of the issues you have been experiencing, but what do you do about it?

There are several components to hormone balance, and it’s a good idea to address all of them for healthy hormone balance.

Eat Healthy Fats

Did you know eating (good) fats is really important to hormone health and balance? And eating bad fats is just as detrimental, so the fats we choose are important!

Eliminate any “vegetable oils” from your diet, such as

Canola Oil 
❌ “Vegetable Oil”
❌ Corn Oil
❌ Soy Oil

📝 Basically stay away from any liquid oils in the regular “oil section” of the supermarket (and avoid these oils in other products such as mayonnaise and salad dressing as well).

Real coconut oil is one of the best things you can add to your diet
Good oils to add to your diet include:

Coconut oil
✅ Real butter (Not margarine! Organic and grass-fed whenever possible)
✅ Avocado oil
✅ Olive oil
✅ Tallow and other animal fats

📝 Always choose the “virgin” version of any oil you buy and always look for non-GMO and in the case of animal fats: pasture raised without grains.

Text “Hormone Help” to ‪(802) 227-7051‬ to discuss your situation and for recommendations! 

Use Adaptogens

Adaptogens are used in herbal medicine for the claimed stabilization of physiological processes and promotion of homeostasis.

Adaptogens can be herbs or even foods that promote balance in the body. They adapt to what the body needs and promote healing based on the imbalance, so they don’t work the same way for everyone.

This is why adaptogens are so effective for hormone balance: because there are a million ways for our hormones to become imbalanced, so we need something that is “smart” enough to help our bodies balance in the way we need–which can be as unique as every person.

You may have tried adaptogens but been confused which ones can help you.

The best place to start is with powerful adaptogens that help to balance levels of progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. Both men and women have all three of these hormones, but in different balances.

The best apoptogenic herbal supplement I have found for hormone balance for both men and women is this protocol, which addresses both hormone balance and gut health at the same time (the most effective way to address hormones from both directions).

Text “Hormone Help” to ‪(802) 227-7051‬ to discuss your situation and for recommendations! 

Don’t Forget to Listen to Your Gut!

Gut health is foundational to everything, so I would be remiss to not mention the importance of healing your gut when addressing hormones.

Healing the gut can help to heal and balance hormones as well… but it is a different approach.

The gut microbiome produces many of our hormones, and the gut-brain communication system works to balance and regulate those hormones, especially when we are sleeping.

I have been researching gut health and root cause healing for over a decade, and research points to the gut-brain communication axis as the root of everything… so if you are looking to address the root of multiple issues, including autoimmunity and other unexplained issues, that is a good place to start.

This gut-brain axis healing protocol is fundamental to so many issues, so if you suffer from mental health issues, auto-immune issues or other deep-seated healthy problems, it is definitely worth looking at.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like to discuss your specific situation and get recommendations (everything I recommend is risk free and 100% guaranteed, as well as whole food based and science backed.)

Text “Hormone Help” to ‪(802) 227-7051‬ to discuss your situation and for recommendations! 

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Disclosures:

Many of the product links in this post are affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission from any purchase. I only recommend products that I love and this is at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting our mission with your clicks!

 

Resources

  1. What are Hormones?
  2. Why are Hormones Important?
  3. What Do Hormones Actually Do?
  4. Hormonal Imbalance in Women
  5. Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
  6. 10 Things to Do NOW to Improve Your Sleep
  7. Get to a Healthy Weight by Addressing the ROOT
  8. Get Clear Skin for GOOD
  9. Heal Your Gut and Your Gut Will Heal You
  10. Natural Solutions for Depression and Anxiety
  11. There is Hope for Infertility
  12. Adaptogenic, herbal hormone balance for both men and women
  13. Address hormone balance from the root: in both directions!
  14. Heal from the Root by Addressing Your Gut-Brain Axis

I Have a Rock for That: The Beauty and Benefits of Creation

When I say the word “crystals” what do you think?

Some people think “healing.”

Some people think “magic” or “luck.”

Some people think “spirituality” or “meditation.”

…and some think “evil.”

Controversy

I was pondering this question one day and decided to ask social media.

I’m a Christian and I have a lot of Christians with very strong opinions who follow me, so I knew it would be controversial to say the least.

I expected the backlash I got, but as the insults started flying, I was still shocked that people who call themselves Christians would turn ugly so quickly.

I realized that this is a polarizing issue, and as I’ve researched more into the topic, I’ve begun to wonder why.

As a Christian I believe that God made everything, and He called His creation “good.”

As such, I don’t believe anything in creation that God made is inherently evil… because He said it was “good.”

What do you think? Are crystals “good” or “bad?”

Yet this issue is very controversial, I came to find out. And I understand why, but I was discouraged by the unwillingness of fellow Christians to actually think through the issue and discuss it logically.

Frequencies

It is well known that everything has a frequency.

Not limited to radio, TV or cell phones… every food we eat, every piece of clothing we wear, every object we come into contact with has a frequency. Our bodies have frequencies too… and if the frequencies in our proximity are similar to our body’s frequency, we call them “beneficial” or “healing” frequencies, because they harmonize with our bodies and bring us into balance.

But if we encounter frequencies that are very different from our own, they can cause imbalance and even make us sick. Harmful frequencies like EMF radiation can then be mitigated or neutralized with balancing frequencies from other objects.

Make sense?

Almost everyone has smart phones, Wi-Fi, TVs, and other electronic devices in our surroundings that emit harmful frequencies. But there are things we can do to protect ourselves from being harmed by them… like getting an EMF protective device, wearing a stone that has a beneficial frequency, or even with the right kind of clothing.

Touching a rock or metal–or even walking barefoot outside–can ground us and protect us from these harmful frequencies!

Nature can protect us from imbalance that technology brings to our lives.

This is all very logical, scientific and proven. It is grounded in reality and physics.

Crystals and Gemstones in the Bible

I also find it very interesting the mentions of specific crystals and stones in the Bible… and in many cases where they are named, it is God commanding Israel to use them in a specific way… or describing what heaven will be made of.

For example, the high priest’s garments are commanded to be crafted in a very detailed way, and must include the crystals carnelian, chrysolite, beryl (aquamarine), turquoise, lapis lazuli, emerald, jacinth (opal), agate, amethyst, topaz, onyx and jasper (in that order to represent each of the 12 tribes of Israel). 

Of these stones literally commanded by God to be used and worn by the most Holy man in Israel, at least 11 of them are crystals (with a crystalline structure of some type).

Revelation chapter 21 also lists 12 gemstones (crystals) that make up Heaven. These 12 stones match the 12 stones of the High Priest Ephod very closely, if not exactly (there is some speculation exactly what stones are referred to in a couple of cases).

So if you are wondering if stones can or should be used by Christians, there is a very strong case for their use based on the Bible itself.
…not to mention all the times in the Bible where God is literally described as a Rock. 

My Take:

  1. God created His creation for good and to benefit humans.
  2. Satan has twisted everything and used it for evil: including food, herbs,  rocks and crystals, sex, music, stretching of our bodies.
Do we allow Satan to take these things and claim them for himself or do we defy that evil and use the good things God has created for our benefit, in the way He intended?
Everything has a frequency.  Some frequencies are compatible with our bodies and some are not. Most of the frequencies we are exposed to these days (from technology, electricity, etc.) are harmful to our bodies.
There are rocks and stones that can neutralize those harmful frequencies. It’s physics. it’s proven. It’s measurable.
Why on earth would we not use God’s creation and it’s physical benefits to us because someone else has used those objects for evil by twisting them?
God is our Healer. God has imbued His creation with healing properties.

What Should We Do?

So now that we have come to the conclusion that rocks, stones and crystals are made by God and are good and beneficial to us and our health, how should we use them?
I believe God created things that are good for us to be attractive to us so we would be drawn to them.

Why do we want to put shiny, sparkly rocks around our necks, on our fingers and dangling from our ears?

Because they are beautiful!
Since they are beautiful and beneficial to us, why not use them?
I have recently enjoyed looking at the proven benefits of different rocks and stones and have gone on somewhat of a shopping spree to have a variety of them on hand.
Now I not only have cool bracelets, necklaces and earrings to wear with every outfit, I have tools that help protect against radiation, promote bone healing and growth, promote calming and relaxation, help with wound healing and other benefits.
I have always been fascinated with rocks (even ones I just found lying on the ground or at the beach), and now that I know God has given them to us for our benefit, I don’t feel bad about finding these pieces of the earth and surrounding myself with them, as a reminder of God’s love for us.

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Disclosures:

Many of the product links in this post are affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission from any purchase. I only recommend products that I love and this is at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting our mission with your clicks!

Resources

Everything Has a Frequency

God is Described as a Rock

Where Does the Bible Talk About Stones and Crystals? 

 

Can’t Sleep? 10 Things to Do NOW and Sleep Better Tonight

There are 2 types of people in the world.

The first type is the person who falls asleep when his head hits the pillow; he sleeps deeply and dreams in color;  then he wakes up refreshed and energized, ready to start the day!

The second type struggles almost every night. Even when she does sleep she is tired all day and never feels refreshed. Coffee and energy drinks are a staple and she can’t function without them, yet she still hits a wall every afternoon around 3pm.

Which type are you?

If you know, you know… the second type will tell you…

Insomnia is the worst.

Tossing and turning… anxiety building because you know how exhausted you will feel the next day…. obsessing about how it’s going to affect your ability to get things done.
We know that sleep is crucial to so many things: from staying healthy to tackling our tasks for the day while being in a good mood.
What do we do when we can’t sleep.. or we sleep and don’t feel rested?
 
 

People cope with sleeping problems in different ways, from bedtime rituals to pharmaceuticals or supplements. But what is the root, and how do we fix it?

When we turn to meds
Prescription
If you have experienced severe or prolonged insomnia you may have been prescribed a drug to help you sleep. These work well but can have unpleasant or harmful side effects, including difficulty waking up in the morning and fatigue or drowsiness during the day.  More severe side effects can include increased sleep apnea, hallucinations or even increased risk of mortality. Additionally, some types of sleeping medications have been found to be highly addictive. Read more about side effects of prescription sleep aids here. 
Over-the-Counter
Some people take an over-the-counter aid like diphenhydramine (common brand name Benadryl®) or another multi-use drug like Tylenol PM® every night.
They figure it’s worth it because sleep is important; so while maybe it’s not the best, it’s better than not sleeping. But did you know this drug can have some very harmful side effects?
This study talks about taking it in large doses, but even taking just a little every night is cumulative, meaning the medications build up in your system, so that “small dose” you take every night starts to add up and compounds the health risks over time. The side effects listed are pretty scary: heart problems, seizures, coma or even death! Even casual usage can result in side effects like dizziness, epigastric distress (digestive problems) and thickening of bronchial secretions. Not good news during cold & flu season.

Tylenol® is Not Our Friend
I have a friend who popped Tylenol PM® every night just to fall asleep. The problem here is that she was taking multiple medications for one issue, and each med has its own side effects.

You may assume acetaminophen (common brand name Tylenol®) is safe.  Haven’t we all taken it throughout our lives and given it to our children?
Not so fast.
Immediate side effects of acetaminophen that are commonly listed range from nausea to rashes, headache to stomach pain. Doesn’t sound too terrible. And that’s rare anyway… right?
When taken in high doses (as in prescription strength or given in hospitals) OR with long-term use (because remember this stuff adds up in the body and has a cumulative effect that we often don’t consider), use of acetaminophen can lead to liver damage which can even result in liver failure and death.
Another little-known problem with acetaminophen is that it suppresses glutathione in the body. 
What is Glutathione?
Glutathione is our body’s master antioxidant. The more your body produces glutathione, the better it can eliminate toxins and waste every day. So anything we do to increase glutathione production in our bodies is desirable, and anything that suppresses this wonder molecule should be avoided at all cost.

I don’t want to talk about every different form of medication and the risks but suffice it to say meds are not the answer to your sleep problems. Fortunately there are plenty of natural ways to re-set the sleep cycle and get yourself dreaming again in no time.

(To increase glutathione in your body… which we all need… check out this whole food based multi that is bioavailable (no synthetics!), fully methylated and has been shown to increase the body’s production of glutathione! Available in both adult and kids versions!)

To discuss your situation and get a recommendation, text “sleep” to ‪
(802) 227-7051‬
Supplementation
Some who consider themselves more “naturally minded” have discovered melatonin supplementation.
While melatonin may be a slightly better option than over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, I don’t recommend using that either, and it’s actually not much better than its pharmaceutical counterparts.
Is melatonin a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

Melatonin is a hormone our bodies convert from serotonin, a neurotransmitter produced in our digestive tracts.

Hormones are best produced by our bodies, and supplementing with hormones is generally not beneficial long term.
Store-bought melatonin is usually a synthetic compound. Any synthetic supplement is really just a pharmaceutical product in disguise.
Read about some of the side effects of melatonin here.
The more we supplement with hormones like melatonin, the less our body will produce it on its own. In a way our bodies become reliant on them because we begin to produce less than we should, perpetuating a cycle of sleeplessness and continued use.
…and the goal is to be able to sleep without taking meds or anything else, right? 
So what is the best way to fix this problem?
Here are a few tips to help your brain and your body re-set your sleep cycle and start getting the deep, restful sleep you need tonight.
  1. Go to sleep earlier

    What time do you typically go to sleep? Many Americans tend to burn the midnight oil, finally shutting down for the night at midnight or even later.

    Did you know our hormones are refreshed in our brain’s frontal lobe between the hours of 11pm-1am? If you are not in deep sleep during that time you will miss it (either partially or completely)! And hormones are important–they drive almost every function in our bodies. We should be in deep sleep during that entire window, which means the latest we should fall asleep is about 10:30.

    Think that is impossible? Try these next tips and start turning in earlier to create new patterns. The more we go to sleep and wake up earlier, the more our bodies adapt to that routine.

  2.  Relax before bedtime.
    Never downplay the importance of routines: our bodies thrive on routines. 

For example, most of us get hungry at the same times every day. We tend to do things in a predictable way, and our bodies thrive on that routine.

It is the same for sleep. Our bodies have rhythms and when we are not predictable in our routines before sleeping, including what time we sleep and what we do, our bodies may not recognize that it’s time to wind down.

Some bedtime rituals may include:

The bottom line is if you do the same type of relaxing activities every night when you are ready to sleep (especially if you go to sleep around the same time every night), your body will get the hint and falling (and staying) asleep will be much easier.

 

To discuss your situation and get a recommendation, text “sleep” to ‪
(802) 227-7051‬

3    Re-Set your Circadian Rhythms

If your internal clock just seems to be “off…” you may need to balance your body’s circadian rhythm.

From pulling all-nighters in college and partying with friends in the wee hours of the morning, to staying up looking at our devices late at night, our body’s sleep cycle can get disrupted and it can be difficult to rebalance.

Luckily there is a sure-fire way to re-set your circadian rhythm in one week, and it’s free! Go camping in the woods for 7 days without any electronics: wake up and go to sleep with the sun for a solid week and boom–your natural clock will re-set!
You don’t have time for that? 
 
Of course there are other ways to re-set your sleep cycle with supplementation and herbs. This herbal sleep supplement can re-set your sleep cycle in about about 14 days, so you can live your life as you re-set your circadian rhythm! 
To discuss your situation and get a recommendation, text “sleep” to ‪
(802) 227-7051‬

4   Turn Off the Wi-Fi

This may have never crossed your mind, but Wi-Fi disrupts sleep.

We can’t control our neighbors or anyone else, but we can control the closest source of Wi-Fi in our lives: our Wi-Fi routers!

Some companies allow you to set a time that it goes off each night (or create a schedule) so if you are able to do that, try it!

Personally, I just have my router plugged into a power strip with an on/off button, and I just flip it off before bed every night. Easy peasy!

If someone needs to stay up a little later (like my teenaged son) they know to turn it off when they are ready to go to bed… and the few times it hasn’t been turned off I could tell because I didn’t sleep as well. It really does make a difference–try it!

5   Turn off Devices

Did you know that blue light from screens (computer, phone, tablet or other devices) hinders the production of melatonin by our brains? The “blue light” from electronics or fluorescent lighting confuses the brain because blue light is usually available via sunlight in the daytime.

Turning off all fluorescent lights and devices an hour before bedtime can help our brains recognize it’s night time and start producing that super antioxidant hormone melatonin that makes us sleepy.

If you must sometimes look at screens close to bedtime, try getting blue-light blocking glasses. This will allow you to look at the screens and block the blue light that disrupts sleep, so they are a good idea to have on hand when you need them. Win-win, right?

6   Get Moving Outside!

We all know we should exercise more, and often that means hours at the gym. But why not make it more fun and accomplish several things at the same time!

Get outside for a walk, a hike, or a bike ride and you will breathe in fresh air, take in beautiful views, increase endorphins and wear yourself out from the exercise, and absorb sunshine that will help with melatonin production later and increase your body’s production of Vitamin D!

Just as important as decreasing blue light at nighttime before bed is increasing your exposure to sunlight during waking hours!

7   Get Magnesium

Most Americans are deficient in magnesium. Whether it’s from our stress-filled lives and non-stop activities or a less-than-perfect diet, we begin to feel the effects when we just can’t wind down at the end of the day.

Seems like an easy fix, right? Just grab a supplement.

Not so fast.

There are almost a dozen different types of magnesium and some are absorbed better than others (and others are absorbed better by different people… which gets confusing).

if you take too much magnesium you can get some digestive issues, like diarrhea, which is no fun. And you may still not get as much as you need. So what’s the best sure-fire way to get magnesium?

Magnesium is best absorbed transdermally (through the skin) so the easiest, best way to increase your magnesium intake is by applying it topically.

My favorite, inexpensive way to apply magnesium is doing regular epsom salt baths. Not only do you fill up on magnesium, baths are relaxing by their nature, and are a great part of a nightly routine. And epsom salt is cheap!

Another great way to get magnesium is with magnesium oil. It comes in a spray and you can spray it right on your skin, or you can get a magnesium butter (lotion) that incorporates  magnesium oil and moisturizes skin at the same time. You can even make your own magnesium oil with water and magnesium flakes.

8   Kill Parasites

You may be thinking “Ew.”

It’s not fun to think about, but unfortunately every human has parasites. A parasite is any organism in our bodies that steals our nutrition and releases toxins into our bodies.

We should all be doing regular parasite cleanses, and since parasites are most active at night they can disrupt our sleep and give us bad dreams!

Read this for more information on parasites and how to get rid of them. 

9   Increase Serotonin (and Melatonin) Production in Your Body

Serotonin is the neurotransmitter the body converts into melatonin so you can sleep at night. So if you are not making enough serotonin, you may not make enough melatonin, and sleep issues can result.
 
The good news is you can balance your gut and your body can produce more serotonin–> melatonin.

If you have sleep issues and you also have digestive complaints, it is likely you have a gut imbalance that is causing both problems. This is actually great news because you can address both at the same time! Serotonin production primarily happens in the gut microbiome… if you are low in serotonin you may also experience symptoms like depression and anxiety, panic attacks, high levels of stress that you struggle to deal with, impatience, or other mood issues.

To discuss your situation and get a recommendation, text “sleep” to ‪
(802) 227-7051‬
The good news is that by healing your gut with the right balance of good bacteria, your body can again begin to produce the right amounts of serotonin, and these issues can begin to resolve themselves one by one!
How do I heal my gut and create more serotonin?
Great question! I was looking for this answer for years. Though I knew there was a gut-brain connection, I didn’t know how to heal it!
Now there is finally a protocol that works to address the entire gut-brain connection and restore balance to the gut, the brain, and the communication axis between! (There is one for kids too, and it tastes great!)
If you would like to see how this protocol has helped a few of my personal friends, read about these miracles of root cause healing.
(That company also offers a full one YEAR money back guarantee! So there is no risk to see what root cause healing can do for you.) 

10   Balance Your Hormones 

Over half of Americans have a hormonal imbalance… and as you may know, hormones affect everything, including sleep!

We’ve all heard of hormones but what exactly are they?

According to Cleveland Clinic, hormones are are signals that tell your body what to do and when to do it. Hormones are essential for life and your health.

Our hormones affect every part of our lives. From what mood we’re in, to libido and fertility, to energy we have during the day, how we digest food and store it as fat or use it as energy, to how well we sleep at night and even how affectionate we feel towards our families!

Hormones have a very intimate connection to sleep, because our hormones are produced, regulated, and balanced while we sleep.

A doctor told me that our brain’s frontal lobe refreshes our hormones every night between 11pm-1am. And if we aren’t already in deep REM sleep when that begins, we miss out on that hormonal regulation for the day.

No wonder we can feel off balance when we don’t get enough sleep or go to bed too late!

Additionally, as we age our hormone levels naturally decrease. Women are particularly prone to hormonal imbalance because of monthly fluctuations, pregnancy and childbirth, past birth control use, hormone disrupters in our food, environmental pollutants, medications and other factors.

Hormonal imbalance can lead to:

  • weight gain or weight loss
  • poor sleep
  • low energy
  • lack of motivation or focus
  • brain fog
  • anxiety
  • inflammation and puffiness
  • digestive issues
  • hair thinning
  • skin problems like acne or rashes, and more.

But what can we do? We may seek a doctor’s help, get a hormone panel done–and the doctor may or may not find an issue–but we know something is wrong, and we still have to figure out how to fix it.

Taking hormones (whether synthetic, bio-identical or “natural”) is not the best option, because we are not allowing the body to heal and balance itself: we are forcing an outside solution that probably won’t fix the problem and can cause more imbalance and more symptoms long term.

What we should do is give the body what it needs so it can balance itself.

There are hormone balancing herbs and supplements, but which one is the best, and which one will work? I have tried  many and found one that works really well… and the great thing is that there is one made for men and one for women. This is important because while men and women both have the same hormones, the balance is very different, so the way we support our bodies is different as well.

There is even a “Happy Hormones Pack” which addresses both gut health AND hormone balance simultaneously–addressing the issue from both sides while providing stress and mood support for a great deal!

(That company also offers a full one YEAR money back guarantee! So there is no risk to see what root cause healing can do for you.) 

To discuss your situation and get a recommendation, text “sleep” to ‪
(802) 227-7051‬
These 10 things should help you to get restful sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and full of energy every day. If you want to discuss your specific situation and how to address your needs, please feel free to text “sleep” to 802-227-7051 and we can discuss it!

More Resources

9 Side Effects of Prescription Sleeping Pills 

Harmful Side Effects of Benadryl (diphenhydramine)

Risks of High Dosage or Long Term Use of Benadryl (diphenhydramine)

Side Effects and Risks of Tylenol

Tylenol® Suppresses Glutathione and Hinders the Body’s Detox Ability

Acetaminophen warnings 

Side Effects of Melatonin

How Blue Light from Electronic Screens Disrupt Sleep 

Get Blue Block Glasses to Protect Your Sleep 

Regular Detox Baths for Staying Healthy and Boosting Magnesium!

Herbal sleep supplement to re-set circadian rhythm

What are hormones and why do they matter?

The Gut-Brain Connection: Restore balance and create more Serotonin

The Gut-Brain Connection for KIDS! 

See for Yourself: Miracles of Root Cause Healing

Balance Your Hormones and Address Gut Health in One!

Herbal Adaptogenic Hormone healing for HER. 

Herbal Adaptogenic Hormone healing for HIM. 

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Disclosures:

Many of the product links in this post are affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission from any purchase. I only recommend products that I love and this is at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting our mission with your clicks!

ENOUGH! Balance Your Body and Lose Weight From the Root

I was so frustrated. 

I was doing all the right things. 

My diet was very close to perfect: I was eating clean, my meals were small, I was getting regular exercise, and I rarely ate sugar or anything with a lot of carbs.

Yet weight would creep on… belly, thighs, arms, hips…. 

I knew there must be a secret, but I had to figure out how to master it. 

I’m not a fan of anything artificial: I don’t wear makeup, I eat organic food, I use natural fabrics, and I am not into quick fix weight loss. 

I believe if we are healthy we will be beautiful, from the inside out. 

As I got older, however, it became apparent that what worked to keep me healthy, thin and energetic before was no longer accomplishing that. 

What was I missing? 

Having researched health and natural root cause healing over the years, all of the data points to improving gut balance as the root of our overall health. 

Heal your gut and your gut will heal you.”   

I knew that was the key, but HOW do I heal my gut? 

And what about hormones? It’s very clear that hormones play a huge role in health and especially in weight management. How do hormones tie in and how do I make sure they are balanced and healthy so I don’t have to worry about gaining weight or low energy? 

What I learned was fascinating. 

The gut is the root… but not JUST the gut… and not just hormones… it’s the SIGNALLING!  

We’ve known for about 20 years that gut health is key to everything, and it makes sense: the gut is the ONE line that goes from the entrance to the exit of our bodies. Everything we put in our mouths goes through that line. It’s responsible for absorbing and assimilating all the nutrients our bodies need–and distributing those to the appropriate places. 

So if our gut is unhealthy or imbalanced, of course it will affect the rest of the body. 

What we hadn’t considered was how important the connection between the gut and the brain is, and if we can fix the signaling of the neurotransmitters and hormones with the rest of our bodies… we can optimize everything! 

Of course we have to heal our guts. And of course we need to support brain health. 

…but if we ignore the communication between them, we can still miss the whole point! 

The gut-brain connection is mind-blowing, cutting-edge science that explains so much. 

BUT 

How do I fix this signaling?? 

I spent years trying probiotics, diets, ferments in my kitchen and natural remedies to figure out how to optimize my gut-brain axis. 

It’s hard because there are so many things the labels don’t tell us… for example: I would try a probiotic that looked great on paper: it had a good variety of strains, a large CFU count, and it seemed like everything I could need (and it wasn’t’ cheap!) but it wouldn’t do anything for me. I wouldn’t see or feel any difference. 

So what was I missing? 

There is now a QUAD-biotic that specifically fixes this signaling issue and targets weight loss! 

  • Bring balance to the gut microbiome
  • Support the brain
  • Restore communication and signaling all over the body

It used only whole food ingredients and nothing artificial, GMO or synthetic

No red flags! 

I’d never seen anything like it. 

Listen to my friend Jenna talk about truly sustainable weight loss. She has lost 79lb (and counting!) by healing her gut-brain axis… and it has changed her life!

Since they have a money back guarantee for a year (a full 12 months!) I didn’t have anything to lose so I decided to try it, and guys….

It works. 

It gets to the root of so many things….

  • Digestion
  • Hormone balance
  • Skin
  • Weight
  • Thyroid
  • Mental Health
  • Energy
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood Sugar
  • Detox
  • Mood 
  • Heart
  • Liver
  • Brain
  • Blood
  • Adrenals
  • Immunity

A formulation that follows the science, that is CLEAN and actually WORKS?? 

This is definitely something you will want to check out. 

Frustrated? Let’s Chat! Text “frustrated” to ‪(802) 227-7051‬

Not only that, but they have a gut-brain healing axis specifically designed for kids and I’ve been seeing my friends get amazing results for their children for digestive, behavioral, mood, focus and spectrum issues, among other things.

Check out some of those stories here. Watching kids heal is my FAVORITE thing. 

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Back to Weight Loss

If weight and mental or physical performance is your primary concern, check out this drink made by the same company. 

It’s fiber based and is excellent for regulating blood sugar and balancing insulin levels in the body, which is directly correlated with fat storage. 

It also works to burn visceral fat (the dangerous stuff around our organs that puts stress on our hearts and accumulates around our waistlines…), improve mood, and increase motivation. 

It even helps to train your brain to want to be more physically active! 

It’s delicious and only contains 3 active ingredients:

🥭 Mango Leaf
🍈 Palm Fruit
🍎 Lychee Fruit

Perfect for warmer weather… I call it “Hydration With Benefits.” 

So whether you want to heal from the root or just tweak and maintain your healthy routine, this is something you should explore. 

This drink can function as an energy drink or pre-workout (but WITHOUT caffeine or sugar or any other nasties!) and it’s more affordable at less than $2 per serving. 

Hydration with health benefits that is actually healing, improves digestion, and brings all the energy and motivation to get things done??

Sign me up!

I can’t get enough of this drink and I think you’ll love it too… 

(but if you don’t there is a full money-back guarantee for a YEAR!)

And if you want both, check out this TRANSFORMATION pack for a great deal! 

What do you have to lose?

Frustrated? Let’s Chat! Text “frustrated” to ‪(802) 227-7051‬

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Disclosures:

Many of the product links in this post are affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission from any purchase. I only recommend products that I love and this is at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting our mission with your clicks!

Resources

Why (and How!) Healing the Gut is the Root of Everything

Real-Life (miracle!) healing stories… from the root

What is the Gut-Brain Axis and how do I heal it?

Get to the root naturally: Mental Health and wellness

Top 7 Tips for True, Sustainable weight loss (video) 

Train Your Brain to WANT to be More Physically Active

The Best Chance: Healing our Children… from the Root

What’s 1 drink that can improve MOOD, MOTIVATION and METABOLISM? 💥

TRANSFORM your life! 

Get to the ROOT of weight loss and whole-body health with a probiotic! 

 

Heal Cavities in 3 Easy Steps

I was raised by hippies.

At least when I was born they were hippies.

They didn’t let me have any type of sugar until after I was 5 years old, and the only sugar in our house was in the ketchup (my dad loves ketchup on everything).

They drove to the local farm for raw milk before it was cool.

My earliest memories are with my mom, walking into the local health food store. They had individually-wrapped carob sticks that were the closest thing I ever had to chocolate before I started school.

So I suppose you could say my teeth (and my health) got off to a pretty good start.

(Ironically my mom later became the manager of a candy store in the mall and I worked there in high school… but that’s another story).

Even growing up in such a natural, sugar-free environment, however, I still had a very mainstream view of teeth and cavities: The only way to fight cavities and keep your mouth healthy was to prevent them: eat less sugar and brush your teeth with modern toothpaste twice a day, and rinse with a drugstore mouthwash to kill all the germs.

Once you get a cavity the only thing you can do is go to the dentist, get it drilled out and filled with metals or ceramic (at least I knew better than to get mercury).

Oh, and fluoride is amazing for dental health.

(!)

Get the scoop on fluoride here.

I had a lot to learn.

Most dentists will still tell you these things, and laugh if you ask how to actually heal cavities, so imagine my shock when I learned that not only is healing cavities possible, it’s actually pretty EASY.

Questions? Text TEETH to ‪(802) 227-7051‬

3 STEPS TO HEAL CAVITIES AND REMINERALIZE YOUR TEETH

1. Oil pulling

2. Remineralizing toothpaste

3. Deep Nutrition

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an oral health practice that originated in India, and it’s one of the best things you can do not only for oral health but for the health of your whole body.

Simply put, oil pulling is swishing oil in your mouth for 5-20 minutes at a time.

That may sound strange, but the benefits of oil pulling can’t be understated.

Oil pulling not only kills “bad” bacteria in the mouth and improves pH, it actively draws toxins out of other parts of your body, including your sinuses, your brain, your organs and other areas.

I find if I feel a sinus issue arising, a good oil-pulling session will usually knock it right out.

Oil pulling is also believed to draw chemicals, toxins, free radicals and even heavy metals out of the body.

Oh, and it kills the bacteria that cause cavities, so you can heal them.

How to Oil Pull

In India Sesame Oil is generally used, but I always use Coconut Oil. Both have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

Step 1: One spoonful of oil

Put a spoonful of your chosen oil in your mouth before you eat anything in the morning. Depending on the size of your mouth, you will want between a teaspoon and a tablespoon of oil (don’t worry; you won’t be swallowing it).

Step 2: Start Swishing

Swish the oil all around your mouth for at least 5 minutes, up to 20 minutes (you will probably have to work up to that).

Sometimes I put oil in my mouth before I hop in the shower so I don’t have to worry about talking or trying to eat something for the next few minutes. Try to swish as forcefully as you can: getting between your teeth if possible. The longer you swish, the “thinner” the oil will feel, until it just feels like water.

Step 3: Spit in the TRASH

Do not spit this in the sink and do NOT swallow the oil.

The oil is now full of toxins, chemicals, and possibly even metals from your teeth or other parts of your body. (The oil can clog the drain so always spit in a trash can).

Step 4: Brush your teeth

The oil pulling process draws toxins out of your mouth and from between your teeth, but it also pulls toxins from other parts of your body. After spitting the oil in the trash, be sure to brush your teeth to eliminate any residual toxins left in your mouth from the process.

Questions? Text TEETH to ‪(802) 227-7051‬

Remineralizing Toothpaste

If you think drugstore toothpaste is the healthiest option for your teeth, you are not alone.

But mainstream toothpaste is one of the worst things you can use. It’s full of toxins, chemicals, antibiotic agents and other harmful ingredients (not to mention fluoride), and putting these things in your mouth is one of the fastest ways to get them in your bloodstream.

The toothpaste you use matters, particularly when you are trying to heal cavities and remineralize your teeth.

How do I know which toothpaste to use?

In order to remineralize your teeth, the toothpaste needs to contain minerals.

Look for a clay-based toothpaste or tooth powder that does not contain glycerin.

Glycerin coats the teeth and the idea is to protect your teeth as you eat… but it also prevents remineralization.

My favorite remineralizing toothpastes are Earthpaste and My Magic Mud, but there are a variety of options.

Questions? Text TEETH to ‪(802) 227-7051‬

Nutrient-Dense Foods

Whenever you seek to heal from the inside-out, diet is of supreme importance.

The only way to fully heal your teeth is to make sure you are eating nutrient-dense food.

What is nutrient-dense food?

Most holistic dentists recommend Cod Liver Oil as the most nutrient-dense supplement you can take to increase nutrition and heal your teeth (and your body) from the inside out.

Other options are to add organ meats (get pastured or organic whenever possible) to your diet as well as a large variety of organic fruits and vegetables.

And PLEASE cut out sugar as much as you possibly can.

Most people struggle with sugar addiction.

Learn how to break that here.

Make Your Own Mouthwash

Drugstore mouthwashes are full of undesirable ingredients, including chemicals and antibacterial agents to kill everything in your mouth.

But like every other part of our bodies, the mouth has a microbiome, which can include both “good” and “bad” bacteria.

The food we eat feeds either the good or the bad, and as a result our mouths can be in balance or out of balance.

When the bad bacteria (fed by sugar and processed food) is overgrown, we end up with issues like bad breath, a white coating on our tongues, cavities and other issues.

(And just in case you think the mouth microbiome is completely distinct from the gut microbiome and the rest of the body, newsflash: everything is connected and each part of our body (and the balance therein) affects every other part).

Read more about the microbiome and how important it is here. 

It’s basically impossible to have a healthy, balanced microbiome in one part of the body while having an unhealthy, imbalanced microbiome in another part.

When you heal one it contributes to the healing of all.

It makes sense, because everything we put into our mouths ends up in our digestive tract, so really healing for one is healing for both.

Questions? Text TEETH to ‪(802) 227-7051‬

Our goal when cleaning our mouths (with toothpaste or mouthwash) should be balance and increasing the populations of good bacteria.

We should try to always feed the good and starve the bad (because the “bad” are opportunistic and will overgrow and cause disease whenever possible… our “modern” diets of processed, chemical-laden, sugar-full food does not help us here).

It’s of utmost importance to eat the best, highest quality whole food we can most of the time. These days it’s impossible to have the perfect diet, but when you consider everything we eat on a daily basis, it starts to make sense that what we are eating is really impacting our oral (and overall) health in big ways.

We all have times when we can’t help but eat something that isn’t ideal… at birthday or holiday parties, when we go out to eat with friends or when we’re a guest at someone’s home.

Questions? Text TEETH to ‪(802) 227-7051‬

What I try to keep in mind in these situations is that it’s an occasional treat and the relationship is more important than being strict with what I eat. If I can keep myself on track most of the time (when I’m at home and on my own) then these occasional indulgences will happen and I don’t need to stress out about it.

What Do I Eat for Optimal Oral Health?

The advice is always the same: what is good for overall health and gut health is also good for oral health. (That keeps it simple, right?)

Here are some general guidelines for optimal oral health. Most of the time, try to eat foods that are:

  • Free of added sugars
  • Unprocessed (whole foods)
  • Not sugary drinks
  • Organic whenever possible
  • Fermented (like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha…)
  • RAW milk/dairy

As you probably know, our modern industrial diet lacks the nutrients it used to have. Depletion of the soil, fertilizers and other farming conditions have resulted in foods that just aren’t giving us everything we need any more, so unfortunately supplementation is necessary in this day and age to prevent nutrient deficiencies and keep us as healthy as possible.

Supplements can be dizzying, however. There are so many options! 

Which ones are best?

How do I know if I’m absorbing them?

What do I look for on the label? 

 These are important questions, and it can be so confusing! For more information on what to look for and to see what I take, check out this article about which supplements to take and how to decide. 

Questions? Text TEETH to ‪(802) 227-7051‬

 

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Many of the product links in this post are affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission from any purchase. I only recommend products that I love and this is at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting our mission with your clicks!

More Resources

To Fluoride or Not to Fluoride??

Learn More About the Gut Microbiome and How it Affects EVERYTHING

Which Vitamins Should I Take? Is there a Difference?

Which Vitamins Should I Take? Is There a Difference? 

One day a friend came over to our house and was talking about how he had discovered that taking a multivitamin was super important to fill in the gaps of nutritional deficiencies in our diet. 

Okay. So far so good. 

Our soils are very depleted and no matter how good your diet is, there are probably fewer nutrients in it than there were in the food our grandparents ate. So taking additional nutrients in the form of a supplement makes sense for most people. 

Then he said, “I got a huge bottle of from the drugstore for like $10! It last me about 6 months!” 

Hold on. 

Stop right there. 

I told him, “Those vitamins will kill you” and he couldn’t pick his jaw up off the floor fast enough. I’m usually the “healthy advice” person in the room, so when I say things that contradict what people read in a magazine I get looks of shock. 

As is usually the case… supplementing our diets with vitamins is a bit more complicated than the standard mainstream advice. 

Aren’t All Vitamins the Same?

Almost all vitamin supplements on the market are synthetic. (If they are cheap: they are guaranteed to be synthetic). 

That means they are not from food: they are chemically created in a lab. You may think, as my friend did, that “everything is a chemical” so it doesn’t make a difference where we get these nutrients… but it does. 

Chemical, synthetic “vitamins” may share a chemical structure with their natural counterparts, but they are not recognized as nutrients by the body, and with long term use will cause disease.

In fact, even a nutrient isolated from a whole food is not the best thing to take, even if it came from a completely natural source. 

What’s the Difference?

Here’s the thing. 

Nature puts our nutrients into packages called food: fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, plants, and even animals. 

Our bodies are part of nature and we have always assimilated nutrients through food. 

When we eat food, our body is not only absorbing one nutrient. It’s absorbing the whole food, which is a unique combination of micro and macro nutrients: vitamins, minerals, fiber, sugar, carbohydrates, protein, fat, amino acids, enzymes, and other components. Foods have a very complex makeup of symbiotic constituents that work together to provide nourishment to the human body. 

We often try to recreate this symbiosis (in a primitive way) by pairing vitamins and minerals together that we have discovered are “cofactors” of each other.

For example, iodine is a very important nutrient to our bodies, but it has been discovered that we don’t absorb iodine very well without selenium. So you may see supplements that have both selenium and iodine to ensure adequate absorption of both. 

But it’s much more complicated than that. And simply re-creating a vitamin in a lab with chemicals is not the same thing as getting that nutrient in its food packaging. 

How the Body Absorbs Nutrition

When we eat food the digestive system breaks it apart and begins assimilating and distributing nutrients to different areas of the body. 

The body has receptors for certain nutrients in all different places. For example there are iodine receptors all over the body, but there are a lot of iodine receptors specifically in the breasts and sexual organs of women. So when there is an iodine deficiency, dysfunction in these organs and systems can often result. 

This is Important

When there is a deficiency of a nutrient in the body, the body starts to crave the foods that contain those nutrients. That’s why sometimes, out of nowhere,  we really want to eat a burger or chocolate or something with tomato sauce… our body may be in need of iron or magnesium or lycopene, for example. 

Taking a multivitamin to fill in nutritional gaps is not a terrible idea, but synthetic vitamins are not a good solution. The body does not recognize these nutrients… but it will accept them as a substitute in the absence of real nutrition. 

Over time however this can cause all kinds of health problems, from disease to chronic ailments, pain or cancer. 

Disease is pretty much always a deficiency of nutrients, in combination with a high toxicity load. 

Synthetic vs Natural Nutrients

For example, this is how people die of radiation poisoning. Radioactive isotopes are simply unstable elements that are similar to nutrients our bodies need. 

At Fukushima there was an abundance of iodine-131 contaminating the oceans and environment. This can be dangerous to humans, but only if we are already deficient in the good, stable form of iodine. 

What is the way to prevent radiation poisoning from iodine-131? Get the whole stable form of iodine (an essential nutrient) 

This is how the body sees it: “I’m deficient in iodine (most people are). This “iodine” isn’t the best but it’s better than nothing so I’ll take it.”

Then this unstable iodine poisons the body and fills up the iodine receptors (there are a bunch in breasts, ovaries and other female reproductive organs). 

The way to prevent or remedy this is to take actual iodine…. the body says, “Oh! This is what I really want!”

So it dumps the toxic stuff and replaces it with the real stuff. 

This is also exactly how the body responds to synthetic nutrients: it will accept them in the absence of real nutrients… and you might feel better initially. But there is no healing, and these synthetic elements will eventually cause problems in the body because the nutrient deficiency was never adequately addressed. 

An Epidemic of Malnutrition

You may be surprised to learn that in the United States, a country with an abundance of overweight people, malnutrition is an epidemic. 

It would seem that these people are overfed, if anything, and that’s true: but they are undernourished, because we eat a scarcity of foods with real nutrition. 

Have you ever wondered how you can eat a whole meal and feel full but still feel hungry at the same time? 

It’s because your body is craving actual nutrition. You just ate a bunch of calories that the body doesn’t know what to do with, but it still needs nutrients. So the body stores those calories as fat to deal with later, and you are still hungry. 

This may come as a shock to you, but eating food is to fuel our bodies: not just because we like it. 

Don’t get me wrong: real food tastes really good. But in our over-processed society filled with fast junk food… we are overfed and undernourished. 

We have missed the point of eating entirely. 

Think about what you’ve eaten over the past 3 days. Write it out if you can remember. 

I’ve seen food diaries that look something like this:

  • Breakfast: bagel with cream cheese
  • Snack: Coffee powdered creamer and a doughnut 
  • Lunch: Subway sandwich with deli meat and condiments with a soda
  • Afternoon snack: Doritos and M&M’s
  • Dinner: Pizza with soda, ice cream as a dessert

Unfortunately, this “diet” is much more common than anyone wants to admit. Some even think this is fairly healthy! 

What I see is an entire day almost completely devoid of any nutrients whatsoever. 

The entire point of eating is nutrients, and we aren’t getting any! 

No wonder our bodies are starving as our weight tips the scale! 

So What Do We Do?

But if the multivitamins we buy at the store aren’t good either, what should we do?

The first thing to do is improve our diets. Even though it may not be possible to get all of the nutrients we need from today’s food, We need to do a better job of trying, because the best multi in the world is not going to give us all of the nutrition we need.

We also need to focus on gut health: eating for gut health, improving our gut health and ensuring that we are absorbing the nutrients from our food and supplements.

Think about it: if our digestive system is unhealthy and imbalanced, we will be unable to absorb the proper nutrients from our food or our supplements–so all of that effort and expense will be wasted.

Also, the latest research shows that gut health is literally the root of everything: so if your gut is unhealthy, you will be sick. And you won’t get better until you improve gut health. The issues you have may snowball into more issues and more issues. So why not just get to the root and be healthy and avoid all of that heartache?

Gut health is the root of: 

Literally everything.

Click here to read some inspiring stories of healing in each of these areas.

But How Do I Improve Gut Health? 

That’s a great question.

I spent about 10 years trying to figure this out.

I tried dozens and dozens of probiotics.

I created my own ferments (both food and drink) in my kitchen.

I made and consumed gallons of bone broth.

I ate organ meat and farm-fresh vegetables and any dairy I consumed was raw or cultured.

I avoided all the bad things like sugar and processed foods and read every label in sight.

But it wasn’t enough.

I knew gut health was the root, but HOW did I achieve it?

I stumbled upon a gut-brain axis healing protocol that changed everything. 

It’s research based, formulated with whole foods, herbs, probiotics and real nutrients, and it actually works.

Not only that, the company offers a money back guarantee. FOR A YEAR.

It’s literally guaranteed to work. So I figured I had nothing to lose.

And neither do you.

Nothing to lose except

  • pain
  • bloating
  • inflammation
  • indigestion
  • IBS
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • skin issues
  • allergies
  • high blood sugar
  • high blood pressure
  • brain fog
  • parasites
  • candida
  • mold toxicity
  • sensitivities

What are you waiting for? Get the gut-brain axis healing protocol here.

And when you get that, you can add this for half off: a whole food, fully methylated multivitamin for less than you are probably paying now.

Everything is guaranteed for a full year.

And today I can offer $10 off your first order: simply enter code 39519 in the coupon code box at checkout.

 

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Disclosures:

Many of the product links in this post are affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission from any purchase. I only recommend products that I love and this is at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting our mission with your clicks!

 

Resources for Further Study

The Best Gut Healing Protocol I have found (Gut-Brain Axis Healing)

Need a Whole Food, Fully Methylated LEGIT Multivitamin? Here you go.

The Gut-Brain Axis: The Key to Mental Health From the Root

Natural Healing For Allergies

How to Reboot Your Gut and Kick Parasites to the Curb

Want Clear, Healthy Skin? Heal From the Root

Inspiring Stories of Root Cause Healing

Improve Your Gut and Improve Your Whole Life!

Want Clear Skin for GOOD? Heal From the ROOT!

Clear, glowing skin is a sign of health. 

People with great skin are beautiful… They just look healthy. 

Why is that? 

Because skin is the most obvious indicator of what is going on inside of our bodies. We can literally see someone’s health based on their skin. 

Why do you think makeup is a billion-dollar industry? 

We are trying to look healthy… without doing the work to actually be healthy. 

But how do we heal from the inside so we can have glowing, beautiful skin on the outside? 

My goal has always been to achieve healing from the root so I wouldn’t need things like weight loss products, expensive skincare routines or makeup. 

To me, investing in my health is a better use of my money and it achieves so many more benefits!

…because most makeup is actually toxic as well… it clogs the skin and exacerbates the problem that it’s supposed to cover up. 

Why not focus on the root cause? 

Why not have health and beauty from the inside-out, so you don’t even need makeup? 

Some people love makeup and will wear it regardless, which is totally fine. But if you are wearing makeup to HIDE your skin… let’s talk for a minute. 

Wouldn’t it be great to have beautiful, glowing skin when you wake up in the morning? 

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t HAVE to wear makeup? 

Wouldn’t it be great to have the confidence to truly be yourself wherever you go? 

Want to chat? Text SKIN to ‪(802) 227-7051‬

Where Do Skin Problems Stem From? 

Problem skin can include: 

  • Acne (including adult cystic acne or hormonal acne) 
  • Eczema or other rashes
  • Keratosis pilaris
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis and Dermatitis
  • Allergic reactions from products or food
  • Skin discoloration 
  • Sensitivity to sunshine

You may be surprised to learn that skin problems, no matter how they manifest themselves, are rooted in 

GUT HEALTH

That’s right: there is a gut-skin connection. And if you haven’t healed your gut, you may find it impossible to resolve skin issues. 

These issues don’t come from the surface of our skin, so why do we always look to topical treatments or lotions to fix them? 

They come from inside of us, so we have to fix THAT to get to the root of the issue. 

Don’t believe me? 

Think about your digestive health. 

Do you have any indications that there may be something amiss? 

Any and all of the above stem from an imbalance in the gut microbiota. 

If you suffer from skin issues, that is a SIGN–a symptom of a deeper underlying issue. 

The only way to truly fix your skin is to heal that underlying issue. 

And that always starts with improving gut health and balance. 

Want to chat? Text SKIN to ‪(802) 227-7051‬

Meet Sarah

Click to follow Sarah’s Journey

My friend Sarah is amazing. She is fit, healthy and vibrant. 

She has a great diet and is always studying and learning about food as medicine. 

But she had a problem with her skin. Adult cystic acne was plaguing her and she couldn’t figure out how to fix it. 

I met Sarah because she was interested in healing her son who had signs of ADHD and behavioral issues. He wasn’t happy and she wanted her joyful child back. 

She was studying about the gut-brain connection and wanted to try this protocol for her son. 

Little did she know that trying this protocol for herself would heal her skin from the inside out. 

She didn’t expect it. 

But she’s not complaining. 

Read More Stories of Root Cause Healing 

Incidentally, she has found her sweet, joyful boy again. Healing their gut-brain connection has changed everything for their family. 

Read more here about that here. 

And one more thing: Sarah’s son also had Keratosis pilaris… the tiny hard bumps on his skin behind his arms and on his back. After a few months of this gut-brain axis healing protocol, she was shocked to realize his keratosis pilaris had resolved as well–his skin is smooth! 

Watch her talk about that little unexpected benefit here. 

Want to chat? Text SKIN to ‪(802) 227-7051‬

Gut health truly is the root of EVERYTHING. 

If you have skin issues (or any of the issues mentioned above), improving gut health is something you should absolutely explore. 

The gut-brain axis healing protocol I recommended to Sarah is the best way to improve gut health that I have found. 

Here are a couple more people who experienced the same skin benefits from healing from the root (each about 6 months from the “before” to the “after.”)

 

Read More Stories of Root Cause Healing 

I have tried dozens of probiotics, protocols and diets, including fermenting my own foods at home, and nothing has been as effective for resolving a variety of issues from the root, from skin problems to thyroid numbers to blood sugar and hormonal balance… as this protocol

HEAL FROM THE ROOT NOW

I love that they have a pack specifically designed for children as well, which addresses the specific needs of growing bodies. 

And this protocol is worth trying because they have the best money-back guarantee I’ve ever seen. 

Read more about the gut-brain connection: the FOUNDATION!

You can try this protocol for A YEAR and return the empty bottles if it doesn’t help you. 

Have you ever seen a guarantee like that? 

It’s literally guaranteed to help you. 

Read More Stories of Root Cause Healing 

I also love that it’s super easy: just drink one thing and take 4 capsules once a day in the morning to change your life. 

Why not heal from the root? 

Do it today. 

Want to chat? Text SKIN to ‪(802) 227-7051‬

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Disclosures:

Many of the product links in this post are affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission from any purchase. I only recommend products that I love and this is at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting our mission with your clicks!

Resources for Further Study: 

Improve Gut Health and Heal from the Root NOW

Gut Healing for Kids!

Heal Your Gut and Your Gut Will Heal You

Sarah’s Skin Journey: She Healed Her Gut! 

How to Beat Allergies Naturally 

Got Parasites? How to Kick them to the Curb so they Never Come Back

The Gut-Brain Connection: How to Improve Mental Health Naturally, from the Root

The gut-skin connection: the Science

More about the Gut-Skin connection

 

 

How I REBOOT My Gut and Kill Parasites

Parasites?

Ew.

“I live in America. I don’t have parasites.” 

How would I get parasites? 

Unfortunately, we all have parasites.

From the tiny “bad” bacteria in our gut microbiome to liver flukes and intestinal worms… every human being has them to one extent or another.

And honestly, from the research I’ve seen and all the things I’ve read… parasites may be responsible for virtually all of the health problems we experience.

Insomnia?

Parasites

Grinding your teeth?

Parasites

Depression or Anxiety

Parasites

Anger Issues? 

Parasites

Brain Fog? 

Parasites

Reflux? 

Parasites

IBS?

Parasites

The dreaded “C” word? 

There’s evidence even this is a parasite issue. 

Unfortunately we all have parasites. We can’t hide from it. So let’s face it and deal with it.

(Skip ahead to how to kill parasites actively)

(Skip ahead to how to eliminate parasites more gently and safely)

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And what about Covid-19? Interestingly, the drugs that have been found most effective in preventing and combatting Covid-19 are anti-parasitic drugs….

Based on all of the research coming out over the last decade, the health and balance of our gut microbiome is everything.

Our guts (and the health of our guts) determine the overall health of our bodies and our minds.

It is even said that 85-95% of our immune system resides… in our guts.

This has been backed up by the research I’ve seen coming out every day about healing the gut. By improving gut health you can…

Tackle parasites head-on and you won’t regret it.

…and more.

The health of our gut microbiome is the root of everything.

One doctor I follow said “Heal your gut and your gut will heal you.

Parasites

So what’s the deal with parasites and how do they tie into gut health?

Since parasites are generally defined as any organism in our body that harms us (they eat our food and secrete toxins into our bloodstream) they come in all shapes and sizes, and can get into our bodies in a variety of ways: through the skin, through food or water, or from contact with animals or other people.

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The parasites inside of us aren’t this cute…

Parasites thrive off of the food we eat and give us nothing beneficial in return. They can starve us of nutrients and poison us from within. They can get into our organs and under our skin and even into our brain, and eventually they can kill us.

Parasites and poor gut health go hand in hand, because parasites thrive in an unhealthy body.

For this reason, improving gut health will automatically make us less susceptible to parasite infestation. Another great reason to improve gut health!

How do I know if I have parasites?

While we all have parasites, everyone has different ones, and to a different degree. If you have any of the following symptoms, there is a very good chance you have parasites and should deal with them to resolve these issues (and to prevent more problems):

  • Constipation
  • Skin rashes or itchy skin
  • Brain fog
  • Teeth clenching or grinding at night (resulting in tension headaches)
  • Bloating and/or gas
  • Digestive problems
  • Stomach pain
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Chronic nausea
  • Other unexplained issues or problems

(Skip ahead to how to kill parasites actively)

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If I want to heal my gut do I need to kill parasites first?

Killing parasites can be a tricky business.

First of all, parasites are really good at hiding and avoiding our attempts to kill them. They can hide a lot of places: first of all our intestines, but they can really go anywhere in our bodies.

Second, when you take drugs or herbs to kill parasites, they get very angry. When they are being attacked they start spewing poison into our bodies, which makes us want to stop what we are doing. This is called a Herxheimer reaction, and can range from congestion to severe flu-like symptoms to (rarely) death. I’m not trying to scare you, but it’s important to understand the worst that could happen and learn how to prepare properly for a parasite cleanse.

Third, even if you kill parasites and eliminate them first, it’s important to improve gut health at the same time or directly afterwards, because good gut balance and health creates an inhospitable environment for parasites and bad bacteria. That will not only prevent future parasites from growing, it will help expel any current parasites that your cleanse doesn’t fully remove.

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Good bacteria (unlike parasites), eat the things we don’t eat (fiber) and secrete beneficial substances like vitamins and nutrients that our bodies can use. The more of these “good guys” we have, the healthier we are, and the fewer parasites can survive in our bodies.

How do I kill parasites safely?

In my opinion, the safest way to kill parasites is to take a pro-active approach: improve gut health by making better dietary choices and finding a great gut healing protocol.

Want to get to the ROOT of your issues?

You probably already know I am not a fan of meds because of all of their short- and long-term adverse effects. But even herbal parasite cleanses (which are very effective) can make people very sick because of how parasites react when they are being targeted.

Gut healing, in contrast, is a more passive approach. It’s gentler and safer. It’s generally safe even when pregnant or breastfeeding because it’s so gentle.

When you add in good bacteria it changes the environment of the microbiome. The pH improves and the good bacteria start crowding out the bad. This weakens parasites and they can be more naturally flushed from the body. They don’t usually release toxins because they aren’t being attacked. They just become weaker and let go of the intestinal walls and leave the body.

The quickest way to kill parasites is not necessarily the best way. The quickest way is probably to kill them with herbs or meds… But the BEST way is to balance your gut microbiome so that it is sustainable and lasts.
If you kill parasites/candida you will feel better… until they grow back.
if you balance the gut microbiome they can’t grow back because you have targeted the root and grown an army of “good guys” that will fend off overgrowth of any parasite, mold, fungus or yeast in the future.

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Starting with gut healing is an effective approach because improving gut health has to happen anyway: even if you kill parasites and do a cleanse, you still need to improve gut health to ensure they don’t come back.

Read inspiring stories of real healing–from people I know! 

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Anti-Parasitic Herbs

Herbs like wormwood, black walnut, cloves, pumpkin seed, garlic, and oregano oil are very effective anti-parasitics.

If you decide to use one of these (either in drops or capsules) just be sure to start slow if you’ve never done a parasite cleanse or have reason to believe you have a severe infestation.

Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth powder is very fine: do not inhale!

Another way to kill parasites is diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth is (from Wikipedia), “a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. It has a particle size ranging from less than 3 μm to more than 1 mm, but typically 10 to 200 μm.”

The benefits of diatomaceous earth is that it’s cheap and safe to consume (but the powder is very fine and can damage your lungs if inhaled so be very careful when handling it!).

The particles are very sharp and they have a scrubbing/cutting action as they pass through the digestive tract. This cuts parasitic worms, which can make them angry and cause die off reactions. Diatomaceous earth is also very good for scrubbing the digestive tract of mucus, so it’s a good idea to take it on occasion to keep things clean as well (don’t worry; it doesn’t hurt at all and it’s beneficial to our intestines).

Castor Oil

The third method I have used to directly kill and eliminate parasites (and it’s probably my favorite) is frozen castor oil capsules. I like it because it’s easy, cheap, effective and there are no side effects.

Castor oil is a traditional parasite cleansing agent. It’s very effective, but when taken as it was traditionally done (swallow the oil on a spoon) it is unpleasant for several reasons. It tastes terrible and you have to stay very close to the bathroom all day long.

Watch as I talk about how I do my frozen castor oil parasite cleanse. 

What I do instead is a frozen castor oil parasite cleanse. There are no side effects or die off reactions, and I like it because it targets a specific hard-to-reach parasite that hides in the small intestines.

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These parasites live in the mouth of the small intestine, just behind a valve where the stomach empties food into the small intestines. Because of this hiding place these parasites are often able to avoid other methods used to kill them, so they can be tricky to eliminate.

First you need to get castor oil gelcaps. These are very inexpensive for a big bottle.

Next you freeze them. Empty the capsules into a Ziploc bag and put it in the bottom/back of the freezer where it stays coldest. You will need to freeze them for at least 1-2 weeks. You can see they are ready when they look white and translucent.

Now wait for the next full moon (a quick google search or Siri inqury can tell  you when the next full moon is). The reason I wait for a full moon is because it is the time when parasites are most active and when they lay eggs. They tend to detach from the intestinal walls during this time so it’s easier to flush them from the body as well. This ensures you kill the most parasites possible.

I usually do these cleanses for 3 days or for 5 days. Decide which one you want to do and start either 1 or 2 days before the actual full moon date.

First thing in the morning, swallow up to 6 frozen gelcaps with water (if you want to start slow feel free to do that). It has to be on an empty stomach; then wait about an hour before eating breakfast. Do that for 3 or 5 days in a row (whichever you choose). That’s it! Easy peasy.

Let me know if you notice anything (no pictures please)! 😅🤣

Now What?

After killing parasites (or even if you decide not to directly kill them), improving gut health is key.

Gut health is the root of everything: the gut microbiome produces and regulates hormones, controls how well we absorb nutrients, keeps us regular, helps keep digestion smooth, keeps us at a healthy weight, keeps our organs and blood pressure healthy, regulates adrenals, produces and sends neurotransmitters to the brain so we can sleep well, feel good, be happy and productive… and our gut is almost all of our immune system.

So is gut health important? You decide.

I’ve tried a lot of gut health products and probiotics (most of which did nothing for me), and I finally landed on a protocol I love.

It’s whole food based, fully methylated, nothing synthetic or GMO, no sugar and it actually WORKS. For a lot of people I know, including me.

There are probiotics everywhere these days, all at different price points. But no matter how much or how little I pay, to me it’s a waste of money if it doesn’t work. And most of them I tried didn’t work.

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I prioritize getting something that will help me over saving money. And besides, I was buying supplements anyway, so this just replaced those and I’m not spending more money.

This is the protocol I like, and it works for almost everyone who tries it (they also offer a one year money back guarantee, so there is no risk to see if it works for you!).

The other great thing about this protocol is the first order comes with a free ReBoot, which sets you up for success. It’s a 3 day protocol you do before starting the gut healing protocol. A modified vegetarian, no grain diet for 3 days while you take the liver-supporting herbs in the ReBoot packet. This “resets” your gut and makes the gut healing protocol even more effective.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t suffer any longer.

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Resources for Further Study

Heal Your Gut and Your Gut Will Heal You: How Gut Health is the Root of Everything

The Gut-Brain Axis: How Healing the Gut Can Heal the Mind

Where to Start: How Do I Heal My Gut? 

The Gut Healing Protocol I use

Real True Stories of Healing from the Root

 

 

 

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Got Allergies? Your (Natural) Solution is Here

Allergies are more common (and more dangerous) than ever. 

Seasonal Allergies

Pet Allergies

Food Allergies

Environmental Allergies

Allergic reactions can result in anything from an itchy rash to digestive upset to upper respiratory congestion to anaphylaxis (death in rare cases)!

In Springtime, or any time of the year, allergies can be a real problem for a growing number of people. 

The list of things sensitive people need to avoid is growing longer by the day… animal dander? Grass or pollen? A certain type of food?

Lactose, gluten, corn, eggs, nuts… the list of allergens is endless these days!

Allergies used to be a temporary inconvenience but for many have become a way of life. Friends and family members are forced to plan their lives around the avoidance of these allergens, and restaurants and food manufacturers have responded by producing products that eliminate the most common allergens, and disclosing if a product contains potential allergens.

How did we get here?

The prevailing medical thought is that certain people “just have allergies,” and there isn’t much you can do about it, other than avoid the allergens or take allergy meds.

But I don’t believe that.

And fortunately it isn’t true.

It doesn’t even make sense, because many people develop allergies over time. For example, you may have not had allergies growing up but suddenly find yourself having seasonal allergies as an adult.

Or a food that you have always enjoyed may begin to bother you and now you can’t eat it any more.

It stands to reason: if you can develop an allergy, you can heal from it. You just need to get to the root of the issue and reverse the problem that caused it.

What Causes Allergies?

As with many of our “modern problems,” allergies have risen exponentially over the past few decades

But did you know ALLERGIES are a GUT issue? 

There is a growing body of research over the past few years linking histamine intolerance and allergies in general to gut health and the balance of the gut microbiome.

What does that mean?

It’s good news because…you guessed: healing your gut can heal more than just digestive issues. It can help reverse your allergies too! 

And as we have explored in other articles, healing your gut can do so much more: from resolving anxiety and depression to improving symptoms of autism spectrum (some have lost their diagnoses!) and beyond….even hormone balance and infertility! 

We’ve talked about ADHD, anxiety, depression, focus, brain fog, thyroid, blood pressure, IBS, detox…. We’ve learned that gut health is ROOT CAUSE. 

Now we know that gut health is also the root cause of allergies. And now we know that healing the gut can bring relief to all kinds of allergies as well!

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Break it Down

My dad had severe seasonal allergies for 60 years.

He spent his life avoiding flowers and trying to find ways to alleviate his misery every springtime when the blooms and pollen overwhelmed him.

His seasonal allergies were so bad he couldn’t put a single flower on his lapel at my wedding. 

He tried all of the natural advice:

  • Eating local honey
  • Bee Pollen
  • High Dose Vitamin C
  • Allergy meds
  • Antihistamines
  • Air Purifiers

All of these things helped some, but nothing resolved the issue completely, until….

He healed his gut.

Now he lives and works on a farm with no problem. 

His allergies plagued him his whole life. He could have resigned himself to it and said that he was born with it, or it was genetic, or there was nothing he could do.

But he didn’t do that. He didn’t give up. And he found a natural solution in the most unlikely place. He healed his gut and healed his lifelong allergies along with it.

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And how about me?

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?

I grew up allergic to cats: my entire head would become congested within minutes of exposure to a cat or a house that had a cat living there. 

After healing my gut cats don’t affect me at all. 

It seems a little counter-intuitive that healing our guts can resolve something like allergies… but it does.

Why?

Because the gut is the root of everything. Read more about how the health and balance of the gut microbiome is foundational to everything. 

Food Allergies and Sensitivities

Food allergies can be really scary. In recent years we’ve all heard about peanut allergies and how some children who are even incidentally exposed to peanuts or something that touched a peanut product could react severely (some can even die!).

There are so many foods that induce allergies these days. I have met people who have a list of only 3-5 foods they can ever eat because they are allergic to everything else.

Most people with a food allergy spend their lives avoiding that food and regretting it when they make a mistake or accidentally eat something they didn’t know had an allergen.

Other people don’t even know they are sensitive or allergic to a food… so they have unexplained symptoms and have no idea why.

If you suspect a food allergy you may go to a doctor to get an allergy panel done… but here’s why I don’t believe that is the best idea.

Instead, try an elimination diet: they are easy and free to do, and give more accurate results than testing anyway. Here’s a great book on how to do an incredibly accurate elimination diet so you know what is triggering your symptoms.

Even if you test negative for food allergies, those same foods can still be causing problems if you have a food sensitivity. Here’s how to tell the difference. 

And the great news is: once you heal your gut, you can usually add back the offending food! That’s much better news than thinking you just have to avoid your favorite food for the rest of your life, isn’t it?

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How do I Improve Gut Health?

For a long time I was reading the research about gut health and knew it was the answer, but I didn’t know how to improve gut health!

I tried dozens of probiotics, most of which did nothing for me.

No matter how much I paid, they were a waste of money.

Then a few months ago I found a protocol that is simple, whole food based and didn’t break the bank.

It is based on all of the latest research, has nothing synthetic or GMO, and it WORKS. There are thousands of testimonies on Facebook to prove it.

And it has a 100% money back guarantee for a YEAR.

So I figured I’d try it. Why not?

Do you have a pet allergy? There is a natural solution.

This protocol has helped people heal from everything from allergies to food sensitivities to depression to IBS, thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue and blood pressure.

This protocol works. Guaranteed.

Don’t suffer–you don’t have to! Start healing your gut now before the pollen counts skyrocket. You’ll be glad you did.

To learn more about the protocol I use, click here.

Learn more about the science behind the gut-brain axis. 

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There is a natural solution for allergies. Get it now. You are worth it.

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Resources for Further Study

Explore the many things gut healing can do: it is truly the root of our health! 

How the Gut-Brain Axis Can Resolve Depression, Anxiety, Brain Fog, Memory Issues and More… Naturally! 

See Stories of Healing: Autism, ADHD, Behavior, Mood, Anxiety, Mold, Digestive and More! 

What About Infertility? 

Are Allergies Actually a Gut Issue? (Study)

How (and why) to do an Elimination Diet

The Virgin Diet, by Dr. JJ Virgin

The Science Behind the Gut-Brain Axis Healing Protocol. 

The Natural Solution to Improve your Gut Health and target allergies. 

Heal Your Gut Now with This Simple Protocol 

 

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REAL FOOD Movie Theater Popcorn: Make it!

Who doesn’t love popcorn?

And there is just something about popcorn at the movie theater: it’s so buttery and delicious… home-made never quite measures up.

But I found the secret ingredient, and you’ll never guess what it is.

We all know we should be getting only GOOD fats in our diet… right?

If you’re like me, you may be realizing you need MORE (good) fats….

Well if you like popcorn, you’re in luck, because this Real Food Movie Theater Popcorn is full of them.

Who knew popcorn could be healthy? And this is not your mother’s dry, bland, tasteless air popper popcorn. This is buttery, delicious, salty popcorn just like at the movie theater, but without all the bad oils, artificial colors and chemical flavorings.

Here’s the misconception: most people think “healthy” food is gross, like eating cardboard or rice cakes.

But it’s not! Healthy, real food is what we were designed to eat! When real, whole food tastes good and we can’t get enough—that means we should eat more of it!

Our bodies have been conditioned to crave chemical additives, excitotoxins and fake flavors, instead of the nutrients that accompany naturally delicious and satisfying food.

Once you realize that, everything changes.

When most Americans want popcorn, they grab a bag of microwave popcorn from the pantry, tear off the plastic, and stick it in the microwave for 3 minutes.

It’s quick and easy, right? It can’t be THAT bad for me….

WRONG

There are dozens of dangerous chemicals in most microwave popcorns, from the artificial buttery flavoring to the coating on the bag that prevents the oil from leaking through the paper. Some of them even have teflon inside of the bag! You are exposed to all of these chemicals and absorb them by smelling, touching and eating microwave popcorn.

But who wants to make popcorn on the stove?

Isn’t it difficult? And messy? And not as good?

If you use an air popper, there isn’t any oil used and that popcorn can be bland. So I’ve never been a big fan of that, because if I’m going to eat popcorn I want it to taste good!

Plus popcorn is the perfect opportunity to get some good, nourishing, satiating fats into our diets.

And the fats I use are really good ones. One of them you may not have used before, but you can get it pretty much anywhere.

So let’s get onto the recipe.

For the past few years, I’ve used an old stainless steel pot I have and it worked just fine, so you don’t need any fancy equipment.

But….

I recently moved and I threw out that old pot so for Christmas my husband bought me this great stovetop whirlypop pot, and I’m in LOVE! If you want something specifically for your popcorn that will be perfect every time, definitely consider one of these. (Make sure to get the stainless steel and not the aluminum, because aluminum is bad for our brains).

Now that we have the tools out of the way, let’s get to the ingredients!

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is very filling, very nourishing, and can even contribute to weight loss! It has so many benefits, and it tastes great. It can even help you to fight off or prevent illness!

Most people already have some of this in their pantries these days… but if you don’t, definitely get some!

 

Butter or Ghee

Butter is a very nourishing food, and it can be an important source of key vitamins like Vitamin D, Vitamin K2 and Vitamin A. If you can, get butter from grass-fed cows. Kerrygold is a very tasty one. I like to add butter because it (obviously) adds a rich, buttery flavor and boosts the nutritional content of your popcorn by a lot!

If you are sensitive to dairy, you can buy or make ghee. All the flavor and health benefits, none of the casein or other milk proteins!

And now… for the secret ingredient!

Red Palm Oil

Red palm oil is a very exceptional oil, because it contains forms of Vitamin E and other vitamins that aren’t found in any other food. That makes it great for skin, eyes, heart, and other organs.

Here are just a few of the proven health benefits of red palm oil:

Protects heart health

Protects against skin cancer

Alleviates joint pain

Increases milk production in lactating mothers

Controls blood glucose levels

Prevents Constipation

…and more!

This is one great oil you will want to have in your arsenal. I love it with popcorn (gives  it that unique movie theater flavor)… but so far I haven’t found anything else I like to eat it with.

Oh and by the way, red palm oil is not the same as palm kernel oil, which has been responsible for deforestation and killing of some wildlife. Red palm oil does not carry these concerns (Nutiva guarantees it!).

Real Salt

You may have heard that salt is BAD BAD BAD.

But like with most things… this is only partially true.

When salt is consumed in its whole, natural form, it is actually one of the best things you can eat.

The problem is when we process all of the nutrients out of it to get the snow-white iodized table salt you find most places. That’s when it can cause problems.

(The problems do not arise out of the food itself, but in the processing and types of foods we consume).  

Unrefined salt contains dozens of trace minerals, including magnesium.

You probably know that trace minerals (especially magnesium) are vital for overall health and wellness… and salt is the best, easiest way to get them.

But what type of salt? My favorites are Redmond Real Salt, Celtic sea salt, and Himalayan salt (in that order). There are a lot of types, and each type has varying profiles of trace minerals, so it’s probably a good idea to get a variety.

Additionally, low salt consumption has been shown in clinical studies to increase mortality in the population significantly.

Here are more benefits of consuming salt daily. 

Bonus Ingredient for Extra Credit: Nutritional Yeast Flakes

They don’t sound very appetizing, but nutritional yeast flakes actually add a cheesy flavor to popcorn that I really like.

(Just make sure the one you get isn’t “fortified” with synthetic vitamins like B-12 and folic acid. We want real, not fake, nutrition).

A few benefits of nutritional yeast:

  • Support the health of hair, skin & nails
  • Contribute to digestive health
  • Enhance immunity
  • Boost Energy

If you can’t eat dairy or just want a nutritional boost to your popcorn–it’s definitely worth trying!

The recipe is simple:

Ingredients

  • Organic Popcorn Kernels (enough to coat the bottom of the pan)
  • 1 T Coconut oil
  • 1 T Red Palm oil
  • 1 T Butter or Ghee
  • Real Salt
  • Nutritional Yeast flakes (optional, but it gives it a cheesy flavor I like and adds nutrition too!)

That’s it!

Directions

  • Add all 3 oils to the bottom of your pan and turn on the heat (medium-high)
  • Once the oils are melted, swirl the pan around until combined
  • Add the popcorn kernels (enough to coat the bottom of the pan)
  • Swirl the pan again to make sure the oil is evenly coating the kernels, which should be a thin layer at the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the kernels start popping, turn the whirly crank or shake the pan a bit to keep the popcorn from burning.
  • As soon as the popping slows, turn off the heat and allow the popcorn to finish popping.
  • Sprinkle with real salt and nutritional yeast flakes (optional) and enjoy!

I’d love to hear what you think–or if you have another secret ingredient I should know about–comment below!

 

 

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Resources

How I discovered processed food is the devil

Chemicals in Most Microwave Popcorn

What are “forever chemicals” and why are they in my popcorn???

Top 3 Dangers of Microwave Popcorn

Microwave Popcorn is Toxic

Health Benefits of Red Palm Oil

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Health Benefits of Butter

Health Benefits of Salt

Study: Low Salt Intake Increases Mortality 

Health benefits of Nutritional Yeast