The Truth about Fermented Foods

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Traditional cultures around the world have utilized fermentation in their diets for all of recorded history. Before modern times it was one of the best ways to preserve food, including meat and fish, without refrigeration. But fermentation has it’s own health building benefits which many traditional societies sought with production of such well known fermented foods as European kefir, yogurt, and sauerkraut, Korean kimchi, and Japanese natto just to name a few. In fact, most primitive and traditional cultures devised some form of fermentation to increase the nutritional value of their foods.

What is Fermentation?

The natural process of using enzymes, bacteria, or yeast to begin the breakdown or pre-digestion of food is called fermentation. It is entirely different from rotting or putrefaction in which oxygen fuels the growth of pathogenic organisms. Fermentation is an anaerobic process, which serves to reduce any toxicity in foods such as vegetables or meat/fish. It creates a stable food that improves digestion through the creation of prebiotics and other beneficial gut bacteria. Fermenting reduces the food to its most nutrient dense form at the same time as making it more easily absorbed and usable.

Why Ferment?

Fermentation preserves food without the need for heat or cold. Cooking foods can destroy some of the delicate nutritional structures of the vitamins, amino acids, and other potent chemicals, thus rendering the food denatured. By contrast, fermenting generally increases the nutrient composition of foods, making it easier to digest, and improving absorption. Fermented foods help to optimize the immune system through better gut health thereby strengthening the sick and promoting the overall health and vigor typical of more traditional societies. Weston A. Price, the esteemed dentist and nutritional researcher of the 20th century, was one of the first to recognize the health building characteristics of more primitive diets. One of the consistent themes he reported was the high enzymatic content of lacto-fermented foods such as vegetables, meats, fish, dairy, fruits, beverages, and condiments eaten by these traditional cultures. Dr Price attributed the robust health of many primitive groups to a diet rich in fermented foods and high quality fats as well as “Activator X”, the vitamin we know today as K, which is found abundantly in fermented foods. For more information on the dietary revelations and fact based traditional knowledge of Weston A. Price, see the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Benefits of Fermentation

  • Increased nutritional density
  • Reduced toxicity
  • Added beneficial bacteria
  • Easier digestion and improved gut health
  • Increased absorption of nutrients
  • Optimized immune system
  • May help to control body weight
  • Supports mental health

Fermented Supplements

While fermentation is a natural process that has been utilized for hundreds of years, it also requires strict controls to ensure the outcome meets today’s safety and nutritional standards. The top quality manufacturers of fermented supplements employ stringent procedures allowing only beneficial microorganisms to flourish. Nourishing World sells fermented supplements only from brands that meet or exceed our high standards for quality and safety.

Perfect Supplements

Perfect Fermented Kale and Perfect 3 Grass Blend are two of Perfect Supplement’s premier products. By fermenting kale and a perfect grass blend of organic barley, oat, and wheat grass into easily consumed powders, they have made powerful foods even more potent. Both Perfect Fermented Kale and Perfect 3 Grass Blend are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and Kosher.

  • Perfect Fermented Kale powder contains vitamins K, C, beta-carotene, and folate, as well as many necessary minerals, and essential omega 3 fatty acids. When kale is fermented, beneficial enzymes and microorganisms are created that promote digestive health. Perfect Fermented Kale is easier to digest than raw kale allowing for better absorption of the nutrient dense richness.
  • Perfect 3 Grass Blend is loaded with vitamins B, C, and K, as well as protein, and the minerals magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium. Detoxifying, cleansing, blood sugar and blood pressure modulating, Perfect 3 Grass Blend is indeed a super fermented food.

 

Green Pasture

Green Pasture produces some of the finest and most strictly controlled lactic-acid fermented products available. Free of all synthetic vitamins or additives, and tested repeatedly for contaminants, Green Pasture products harken back to some of the most revered fermented foods in traditional cultures.

  • Green Pasture Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil is Green Pasture’s signature supplement. Packed with easily absorbed, vitamins A, D, E, and K as well as fatty acids for brain and nervous system health, Green Pasture Fermented Cold Liver Oil has been used to increase tooth density and reverse tooth decay. It has high anti-inflammatory action to help with everything from arthritis to skin irritations. A calming agent to the nervous system, Fermented Cod Liver Oil may be useful in treating depression and ADHD. Cod liver oil is an exceptional source of natural D3, which is known to be critical for a strong immune system. Fermented Cod Liver Oil can help regulate blood sugar, making it a necessity for diabetics looking for natural treatments. With all these benefits and more, Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil is one of nature’s most healing super foods.
  •  Blue Ice Royal Blend is made by Green Pasture of 1/3 X-Factor Gold High Vitamin Butter Oil and 2/3 Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil for ultimate healing power. Dr. Weston A. Price believed that butter made from cows grazing on fresh grass contained the miraculous “Activator X” which, when combined with Fermented Cod Liver Oil, was truly exceptional in its healing potential. Today we recognize the “Activator X” was pure and bioavailable vitamin K2. Blue Ice Royal Blend offers pasture butter oil and fermented cod liver oil in easy to swallow capsules or in a gel.
  • Skate Liver Oil is fermented by Green Pasture as an alternative to Cod Liver Oil for pregnant women primarily because of its extremely high DHA content which aids in fetal development. People with cardiovascular issues may also prefer Skate Liver Oil to Cod because it does not interfere with blood clotting. It is richer in vitamin E than Cod Liver Oil and is a terrific source of vitamin K, the “activator” vitamin discovered by Dr. Weston A. Price. It is widely used to help decalcify the pineal gland.
  • Green Pasture Blue Ice Calm Balm combines their signature Fermented Cod Liver Oil with X-Factor Gold High Vitamin Butter Oil and menthol camphor for fast penetrating pain relief. An all-natural sore muscle rub and topical congestion remedy, Calm Balm is enriched with essential oils, coconut oil, and shea butter.  It soothes aching muscles and joints as well as clearing stuffy heads from colds or allergies. Since it is an all-natural product, it is safe to use on children.
  • Green Pasture Beauty Balm is a healing cleanser and moisturizer. It combines Fermented Cod Liver Oil and High Vitamin Butter Oil with Blue Breeze Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and other emollients and essential oils. It can be used on the face and also on the feet, skin, and lips for all-natural hydration. Treat acne breakouts, wrinkles, sunspots, rashes, and eczema with Beauty Balm for smoother, naturally clean skin. Green Pasture Beauty Balm is a wonderful way to infuse the skin with nutrients since the vitamins and amino acids are absorbed through the skin. Treat yourself to glowing, healthy skin and a more even complexion with hypoallergenic Beauty Balm.

Fermentation Heals What Ails Us

Fermented foods offer us the intergenerational wisdom of traditional cultures who relied on these precious nutrients to strengthen and heal their bodies. With our modern diet so lacking in nutrients from poor eating habits as well as the degradation of our food supply, it has become essential that we add fermented foods into our diets again. Perhaps the easiest and safest way to do this is through supplementation with the highest quality fermented supplements. Nourishing World is pleased to be your source for fermented health solutions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beat the Winter Blues

Natural_mood_enhancerBy Ali Wetherbee

As the days get colder and darker, 25 million people across the country suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and up to 20% of Americans are dragged down by a milder form of seasonal depression. Depressed mood is not the only symptom of the winter blues; many may not notice any change in mood but instead will experience low energy, fatigue, trouble waking in the morning, insomnia, increased appetite, carbohydrate cravings, and weight gain. Other mood changes include irritability, anxiety, panic attacks, a lack of interest in usual activities, and withdrawal from family and friends. You may experience just a couple of these issues or many; make sure to see your doctor to be sure another medical condition is not causing your symptoms. If your doctor gives the OK for you to treat your winter blues naturally, here are some things you can try.

Omega-3s

Omega-3 supplementation, ideally from fish oil, is one of the most important things you can do to counteract seasonal depression, because these essential fatty acids increase production of serotonin. Studies on various populations throughout the world find that in countries where little or no fish is consumed, depression rates are up to 50 times greater than countries with high fish consumption. Multiple studies have found that low PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acid) levels are associated with more severe depression. A Norwegian study with over 21,000 participants found that regular cod liver oil supplementation led to 30% fewer depressive symptoms, with longer periods of supplementation correlating with the lowest levels of depression. Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil is an excellent source of omega-3s/PUFAs and is one of the highest quality fish oil supplements on the market. It is available in several flavors and either liquid or capsule form. If you are already taking fish oil, now is the time to increase your daily dose. While fish and fish oil are generally considered the ideal sources of omega-3s, vegetarians and vegans may experience some of the omega-3 benefits from walnuts and flax seed oil.

Vitamin D

The other essential component in combatting SAD is ensuring that you are getting adequate vitamin D. Called “the sunlight vitamin” by many, vitamin D supplementation is particularly crucial for those who get little direct sunlight exposure. People with depression often have low vitamin D levels, which makes sense since this vitamin is necessary for serotonin and dopamine production. A review of research published in Nutrients found that in the studies without flaws, vitamin D supplementation of 800IU or more, when substantial enough to demonstrate a change in vitamin levels, was about as effective as antidepressant medication at managing depression. There is also some speculation that low vitamin D levels signal our bodies to go into winter metabolic mode, leading to weight gain over the coldest months. While the Recommended Daily Allowance of Vitamin D is only 400IU for adults, many experts are now recommending much larger doses, up to 4000 or 5000IU a day or more, for optimal health and wellbeing. Vitamin Code Raw D3 contains 5000IU of raw, whole food D3, along with probiotics and enzymes to optimize absorption.

Exercise

Since exercise boosts serotonin levels and levels of other feel-good hormones, working out daily can go a long way in easing the blues. If you don’t enjoy running and biking outside in the cold, you can join a gym, invest in a treadmill or elliptical, or find home workouts online or on your phone. Just half an hour a day, or an hour three times a week, has been shown to be just as effective as taking an antidepressant, alleviating depression in 60-70% of study participants. If it’s been a while since you’ve last exercised, or you’re having trouble getting going due to lack of motivation, start out with just 10 jumping jacks in the morning, and slowly work up to a full workout. Check out our Pinterest board for workout ideas and routines. Find something you love, because you’ll be more likely to stick to it if you enjoy doing it.

Reset Your Body Clock

Swap your light bulbs for full-spectrum lights, and get plenty of time outdoors or by a window. Sunlight on a bright sunny day can be 100 times brighter than even the brightest indoor lighting. Morning light is crucial to keeping your body clock on track, so try to get outside for a short walk when you start your day. Light therapy boxes are available too, if you aren’t able to spend time outdoors. Always get your daily light exposure during daytime hours, because at night it can interfere with melatonin production. Also, melatonin levels decline as we age, sometimes preventing the deep, restorative sleep that we need to feel our best. Some people with the winter blues find that a small dose of melatonin not only helps them sleep better and regulates the internal body clock, but also improves mood and other depressive symptoms. Try Melatonin Sleep Support Spray by Mercola, and consider experimenting with the timing of your dose, as some SAD studies have found benefit to afternoon, and even morning, melatonin supplementation.

Herbal Antidepressants

Several herbs and natural formulas can help with depression, whether seasonal or chronic. A supplement known as 5-HTP, or 5-hydroxytryptophan, can help raise serotonin levels as it is a precursor to serotonin synthesis. Use this supplement with caution, as it may interact with prescription antidepressants, and take it only for a short period of time. SAM-e, a chemical naturally found in the body, is also available as a supplement, and can reduce symptoms of depression. An herb called St. John’s Wort seems to work similarly to an SSRI by keeping serotonin circulating through the brain, and many studies have found it to be as effective as prescription antidepressants. None of these three supplements should be taken alongside a prescription antidepressant without a doctor’s supervision, as this could lead to life-threatening serotonin syndrome. Consult your doctor before trying these supplements if you suffer from bipolar disorder.

Diet & Vitamins

Despite the intense carb cravings you may be experiencing, it is best to avoid sugar, starches, and simple carbohydrates such as white bread or pasta, as they will cause highs and lows as well as lead to weight gain. Also avoid or limit caffeine, which can suppress serotonin levels. Instead, focus on bright, colorful fruits and veggies, whole grains, fish, nuts, and seeds.

Make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals. Calcium and magnesium are required not only for serotonin production, but also for absorption and utilization of vitamin D. Magnesium has a relaxing effect on nerves and muscles. Dr. Frank Lipman, who combines Eastern and Western medicine in his practice, says, “Insufficient levels of magnesium can compound SAD symptoms by inhibiting the conversion of tryptophan to 5-HTP, which can decrease the production of mood-stabilizing serotonin and melatonin. To boost magnesium levels in winter, I recommend taking 400-600mg at bedtime.” Try Catie’s Whole Food Magnesium along with Catie’s Raw Vegetable Calcium, or if you prefer an all-in-one supplement, opt for Garden of Life Raw Calcium, which contains 80% of the daily value of calcium as well as 100% of magnesium, along with other trace minerals, or Natural Vitality Balanced CalMag, which contains the ideal ratio of calcium to magnesium.

A B-Complex supplement is also helpful. Research is finding that high B vitamin intake is associated with less depression. B-12 supplementation often improves energy, and B-6, which is particularly supportive during periods of stress, aids in the production of serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine. Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw B-Complex provides these essential vitamins as well as inositol, a vitamin-like substance that has been shown to improve depression by augmenting serotonin activity in the brain. Catie’s Whole Food B-Complex is another great option.

What else can you do?

Go for a massage — studies have found it to increase serotonin. It doesn’t seem to matter if the massage is done by a professional, a partner, or a friend. Any physical contact with another human may be beneficial, so if you can’t get a massage, at least get (or give) more hugs, and spend more time cuddling with your partner or children. Another simple way to boost serotonin levels is to reminisce about happy moments. “Think happy thoughts,” such as remembering in vivid detail your wedding day, a fun outing with a relative, a party with a friend, or a ride on the carousel when you were a child. Remembering negative events has the opposite effect and decreases serotonin, so try to avoid listening to bad news stories or rehashing difficult life situations. Consider coming up with a happy memory list to use as a starting point for those moments when you find yourself reminiscing about sad events.

Get Help

If these supplements and lifestyle changes are not helping, or if you are experiencing more severe depression, suicidal thoughts, or other serious problems, consult a doctor or therapist immediately. Don’t attempt to fight it off on your own — help is available. Natural options are great as a first resort or for milder winter blues, but some people may require professional treatment. If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 immediately.

Fermented Cod Liver Oil: The Number One Supplement for Your Pet

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By Ali Wetherbee

My strongest advice is if you supplement with nothing else, you always supplement with fresh cod liver oil.
-Dr. Ian Billinghurst, holistic vet and author of The BARF Diet

Most pets today do not get enough omega-3s. Commercial pet foods are high in omega-6 fatty acids, which causes an imbalance in the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. A high quality omega-3 supplement can correct this imbalance and the symptoms caused by it. Even if your pet is eating an all-meat or raw diet, supermarket meat — most of which comes from CAFOs — is much lower in omega-3s than meat from free-range, pastured animals. Excess omega-6 can lead to inflammation and many other health problems. While pet food companies are starting to recognize this and add omega-3s to their formulas, they generally use plant-sourced omega-3s, which lack the EPA and DHA essential to your pet’s health.

Nourishing World recommends supplementing your pet’s diet with Green Pasture Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil, which is an excellent source of EPA and DHA, as well as vitamins A and D. Fermented cod liver oil is important because the fermentation process retains the nutrients that are otherwise easily destroyed by exposure to heat or air.

Benefits of Fermented Cod Liver Oil for Pets

Adding Green Pasture’s Fermented Cod Liver Oil to your pet’s diet has numerous benefits, many of which are similar to the benefits of FCLO in humans:

  • Keeps the brain developing and functioning well; slows age-related cognitive decline
  • Supports cardiovascular health; lowers blood pressure and triglycerides
  • Improves the immune response and reduces inflammation
  • Improves inflammatory conditions such as allergies, arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Aids in healthy weight maintenance
  • Leaves skin and coat healthier
  • Restores joint, bone, and muscle health
  • Strengthens the immune system and supports pets with cancer, kidney disease, or heart disease
  • Enhances vision
  • Reduces itching
  • Improves energy
  • Supports overall health, growth, and development

Dosage

To avoid vitamin A toxicity, Dr. Billinghurst recommends giving a quantity of cod liver oil containing 20-40IU of vitamin A per pound of pet weight a day. Smaller pets may require weekly dosing. One teaspoon of Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil contains about 10,000IU of vitamin A. So a small cat could get about 1ml a week, while a large dog can safely take about 1/2tsp per day.

Approximate Dose Formula:

Your pet’s weight in pounds x 0.019 = ___ ml per day

If the result is too small to measure, multiply by 7 for weekly dosage. Five milliliters equals about one teaspoon.

This is just a guideline, and it is generally recommended to start small and increase the dose as necessary. Although it is unlikely that your pet will experience any negative effects, you can also decrease the dosage if needed to avoid any unwanted side effects. Many pets will happily take their FCLO right from the spoon, but you can also mix it into their food. Make sure to choose the unflavored variety, as some of the natural oils used in the flavored options are not safe for pets.

Green Pasture Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil 

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Green Pasture Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil is one of the highest quality cod liver oil supplements available. The fermentation process preserves nutrients and since no heat is used, the micronutrients and enzymes are retained as well. No chemical solvents or fillers are used. Every lot of Green Pasture’s FCLO is tested for metals, PCBs, and pathogens, ensuring a pure, non-toxic product.

Could Cod Liver Oil Be Integral to ADHD Treatment?

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Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO) is often called “Food for the Brain” because of its potential benefits to the brain and nervous system. Research suggests that the omega fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, in FCLO may play a role in healthy brain development in babies and children, as well as in reducing neurological and mental health symptoms associated with conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, and psychosis. Medical and biochemical researcher David Horrobin said, “If you want to prevent learning disabilities in your children, feed them cod liver oil.” With the kids heading back to school in just a few short weeks, we wanted to take some time to share the research regarding ADHD and fish oil or cod liver oil supplementation. Many modern Americans are deficient in DHA and EPA, and studies have found kids with ADHD, in particular, to have lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids, and perhaps some difficulty metabolizing or utilizing available omega-3 fatty acids as well. It is possible that correcting these nutritional and biochemical deficiencies might also reduce some of the symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and learning disorders including dyslexia and dyspraxia.

A brief look at some of the evidence:

  • A study by L.J. Stevens et al, entitled Essential fatty acid metabolism in boys with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, found lower plasma concentrations of fatty acids in many boys with ADHD when compared to control subjects. A follow-up study noted that subjects with low omega-3 concentrations had a much greater incidence of problems in behavior, learning, health, and sleep, as well as more temper tantrums.
  • Paul Montgomery, researcher at the University of Oxford in England, proposed, “A lack of certain polyunsaturated fatty acids may contribute to dyslexia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.” He, along with Alexandra Richardson, published a study in a 2005 issue of Pediatrics which found substantial improvements in behavior, reading, and spelling after three months of fish oil supplementation.
  • A double-blind placebo-controlled study by Alexandra Richardson and Basant Puri found that children given a highly unsaturated fatty acid (HUFA) supplement had significantly lower scores on assessments of ADHD-related cognitive and behavioral problems after 12 weeks on the supplement, while children on the placebo experienced no improvement.
  • Research in the UK, by P. Montgomery and others, correlated lower blood DHA concentrations with worse reading skills and memory, as well as increased emotional and behavioral problems as reported by the parents. This study was published under the title, Low blood long chain omega-3 fatty acids in UK children are associated with poor cognitive performance and behavior.
  • A study by Natalie Sinn and Janet Bryan on 132 Australian children with ADHD, found that those who supplemented with polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) had significantly greater improvements in attention and behavior (particularly inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity) over the a placebo. After 15 weeks, all participants were switched over to receive the PUFA supplement, and after 30 weeks, 40-50% of the children showed improvements in ADHD symptom scores greater than 1 standard deviation.

Are there any concerns or precautions?

Very high doses of FCLO could cause vitamin A toxicity. While some vitamin A is necessary, and has even been shown to reduce mortality, too much can be dangerous, particularly if it is a manufactured form of vitamin A. Talk with your doctor to ensure safe dosing, and look for a product as close to its natural state as possible. Some cod liver oil supplements are overly processed with high heat or chemical solvents, leaving them stripped of nutrients, and thus the final product must be fortified with synthetic vitamins A and D. Make sure your FCLO is free of mercury, lead, or other contaminants, as well as any ingredients you may be allergic or intolerant to. Many brands of FCLO contain soy in the form of soybean oil, soy lecithin, or tocopherols, and some may contain artificial colors, sweeteners, or fillers. As with any supplement, consult your doctor before use, and do not start or stop using any medications or supplements without a doctor’s supervision.

Which FCLO does Nourishing World recommend?

Nourishing World recommends Green Pasture Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil as a pure, high-quality fermented cod liver oil supplement. Green Pasture FCLO is made from wild-caught Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands fish and is unadulterated. Sustainable, traditional practices are used in the procurement and processing of Green Pasture oils. Each lot of Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil is tested for purity. While the U.S. does not set standards for contaminants in fish oils, Green Pasture FCLO meets international standards including Norwegian Medical Standards (NMS), European Pharmacopia Standards (EPS), and California Prop 65 for freshness, heavy metals (lead, mercury), and PCBs. Green Pasture is one of the only soy-free cod liver oil brands, and only pure essential oils are used for the flavored varieties.

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By Ali Wetherbee

Recommendations from Dr. Oz Part 3: Nature's Remedies

Dr.Oz_natural_remediesBy Ali Wetherbee

Most of us have aches and pains and or various ailments, but prescription pharmaceuticals or over-the-counter drugs can have serious short and long-term side effects. In Part 3 of our Dr. Oz series, we’re giving you the rundown of Dr. Oz’s natural remedies for pain, heartburn, IBS, and more. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, be sure to go back and take a look at our burnout busters and weight loss advice.

Probiotics for Pain Relief

More than 100 million Americans live with chronic pain, including back, neck, and facial pain, arthritis, and severe headaches or migraines. Persistent, unmanaged pain can lead to lost productivity, poor sleep, low energy, disability, depression, poor physical health, and an overall lack of enjoyment of life. Probiotics may help those with chronic pain by reducing inflammation, according to a recent study on patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Dr. Oz recommends 1 probiotic capsule a day for improved pain management. Mercola Complete Probiotics contains 10 strains of beneficial bacteria, has no artificial ingredients, and is free of dairy, gluten, corn, and soy. Other pain relief advice from Dr. Oz includes arnica gel, which has been found to be as effective as ibuprofen in relieving pain, and ice massage. Ice massage involves freezing ice in a paper cup and then wrapping it in a towel and massaging the painful area, reducing swelling and encouraging the removal of toxins from the area. Dr. Oz also recommends those with chronic pain take a daily omega 3 supplement to reduce inflammation. Green Pastures Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil is an excellent source of omega 3, is raw and all natural, and comes in a variety of flavors. It’s also available in unflavored or orange-flavored capsules.

Turmeric for IBS

If you have pain and digestive issues that come and go — but never really go away — you could have irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. IBS symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. Attacks can be triggered by certain foods or stress and anxiety. Turmeric has been used to treat intestinal issues in Chinese and Indian medicine for thousands of years, and recent studies have shown it to reduce symptoms of IBS by 50%. The curcumin in turmeric reduces inflammation and abnormal contractions of the bowel muscles. Dr. Oz recommends 60mg, 3 times a day, taken before meals. Mercola Curcumin Advanced is 100% organic and made from raw turmeric with no fillers.

Manuka Honey for Heartburn

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Over 20 million people suffer from heartburn, the burning sensation caused by stomach acid traveling up the esophagus. Dr. Oz recommends taking a teaspoon of manuka honey at the first sign of heartburn. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of medicinal honey can ease your symptoms. Pacific Resources UMF 15+ Manuka Honey is raw, organic, medical grade honey harvested from New Zealand, where manuka flowers are bountiful. Dr. Oz also cautions that skinny jeans may worsen heartburn. Tight clothing puts pressure on the abdomen, slowing digestion and causing acid reflux. Carbonated beverages, salt, chocolate, caffeine, citrus, tomatoes, as well as pain relievers and cigarettes, can all trigger heartburn flares. In addition to manuka honey, Dr. Oz suggests eating a banana a day, which thickens the mucosal lining of the stomach and esophagus to create a natural protective barrier. Orange peel extract can also help by speeding up digestion — take 1000 mg every other day, up to 20 days.

 

More Dr. Oz Advice:

Recommendations from Dr. Oz Part 1: Rhodiola for Stress and Fatigue

Recommendations from Dr. Oz Part 2: CLA for Weight Loss

Boost Your Metabolism & Burn More Calories, the Dr. Oz Way

Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet: The New Year’s Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Method Part 1

Dr. Oz Two-Week Rapid Weight-Loss Diet Part 2: Recipes and Shopping Lists

 

Recommendations from Dr. Oz Part 3: Nature’s Remedies

Dr.Oz_natural_remediesBy Ali Wetherbee

Most of us have aches and pains and or various ailments, but prescription pharmaceuticals or over-the-counter drugs can have serious short and long-term side effects. In Part 3 of our Dr. Oz series, we’re giving you the rundown of Dr. Oz’s natural remedies for pain, heartburn, IBS, and more. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, be sure to go back and take a look at our burnout busters and weight loss advice.

Probiotics for Pain Relief

More than 100 million Americans live with chronic pain, including back, neck, and facial pain, arthritis, and severe headaches or migraines. Persistent, unmanaged pain can lead to lost productivity, poor sleep, low energy, disability, depression, poor physical health, and an overall lack of enjoyment of life. Probiotics may help those with chronic pain by reducing inflammation, according to a recent study on patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Dr. Oz recommends 1 probiotic capsule a day for improved pain management. Mercola Complete Probiotics contains 10 strains of beneficial bacteria, has no artificial ingredients, and is free of dairy, gluten, corn, and soy. Other pain relief advice from Dr. Oz includes arnica gel, which has been found to be as effective as ibuprofen in relieving pain, and ice massage. Ice massage involves freezing ice in a paper cup and then wrapping it in a towel and massaging the painful area, reducing swelling and encouraging the removal of toxins from the area. Dr. Oz also recommends those with chronic pain take a daily omega 3 supplement to reduce inflammation. Green Pastures Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil is an excellent source of omega 3, is raw and all natural, and comes in a variety of flavors. It’s also available in unflavored or orange-flavored capsules.

Turmeric for IBS

If you have pain and digestive issues that come and go — but never really go away — you could have irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. IBS symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. Attacks can be triggered by certain foods or stress and anxiety. Turmeric has been used to treat intestinal issues in Chinese and Indian medicine for thousands of years, and recent studies have shown it to reduce symptoms of IBS by 50%. The curcumin in turmeric reduces inflammation and abnormal contractions of the bowel muscles. Dr. Oz recommends 60mg, 3 times a day, taken before meals. Pure Synergy Turmeric is 100% organic and made from raw turmeric with no fillers.

Manuka Honey for Heartburn

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Over 20 million people suffer from heartburn, the burning sensation caused by stomach acid traveling up the esophagus. Dr. Oz recommends taking a teaspoon of manuka honey at the first sign of heartburn. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of medicinal honey can ease your symptoms. Wedderspoon Manuka Honey is raw, organic, medical grade honey harvested from New Zealand, where manuka flowers are bountiful. Dr. Oz also cautions that skinny jeans may worsen heartburn. Tight clothing puts pressure on the abdomen, slowing digestion and causing acid reflux. Carbonated beverages, salt, chocolate, caffeine, citrus, tomatoes, as well as pain relievers and cigarettes, can all trigger heartburn flares. In addition to manuka honey, Dr. Oz suggests eating a banana a day, which thickens the mucosal lining of the stomach and esophagus to create a natural protective barrier. Orange peel extract can also help by speeding up digestion — take 1000 mg every other day, up to 20 days.

 

More Dr. Oz Advice:

Recommendations from Dr. Oz Part 1: Rhodiola for Stress and Fatigue

Recommendations from Dr. Oz Part 2: CLA for Weight Loss

Boost Your Metabolism & Burn More Calories, the Dr. Oz Way

Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet: The New Year’s Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Method Part 1

Dr. Oz Two-Week Rapid Weight-Loss Diet Part 2: Recipes and Shopping Lists

 

Top Ten Tips for How to Take Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil

 

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Are You Afraid . . . to take Fermented Cod Liver Oil?

Have you been avoiding the big glass bottle in the back of your medicine cabinet?  We hear from a lot of people who purchase Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil with every intention of making it part of their daily routine–but just can’t bring themselves to do it.  What if it tastes gross?  Smells weird?  Makes me gag?  How can I take cod liver oil without tasting it?

Fermented Cod Liver Oil is Gross!  Can’t It Be Deodorized?

The undeniable fact is that real fermented cod liver oil, no matter the flavor, doesn’t taste good, especially to someone experiencing it for the first time.  It is a natural product which is derived from the livers of Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands cod and is not heated, processed, bleached, filtered, or treated.  While it would be easy to do so, removing the flavor and smell from this sacred food would strip away the nutrient content that makes it special.  In the end, Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil’s benefits far outweigh the ten-second discomfort of swallowing it down.  

Ok, I’ll take it.  How to take cod liver oil without gagging?

The good news is that, if the thought of a spoonful of Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil makes you cringe, you’re not alone.  Hands down, the most frequently asked question at the Nourishing World store revolves around how to take cod liver oil.  The even better news is that with a few clever tricks and a little mind over matter, you can take the chore out of your daily Green Pasture cod liver oil routine.  (and if all else fails, you can certainly order the capsules!)

Do you have a method that hasn’t been mentioned here?  Email us to have your suggestion added to our list of How to Take Cod Liver Oil Recommendations.

Top Ten Tricks for Taking Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil

  1. Find Your Preferred Temperature:  Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil is shelf-stable, and can be stored in the refrigerator or on the shelf.  It is a matter of preference.  Many people find the liquid cod liver oil more palatable if it is refrigerated.  Please note that refrigeration sometimes results in the liquid becoming cloudy or crystallized, which is normal and NOT an indication that it has gone bad/rancid..

  2. Find Your Preferred Consistency:  Depending on its temperature, Green Pasture products will have a consistency that varies from bottle to bottle.  If it is warm, it will be thinner.  If it is cold, it will be a bit thicker.  To thin it out, place the jar in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes.

  3. David Wetzel, Owner of Green Pasture’s Preferred Method:  Add Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Skate Liver Oil, and Butter Oil  to 2 ounces of warm water or tea…and Bottoms up!

  4. Try a flavored gel:  While Green Pasture has made their fermented cod liver oil available in a variety of flavored gels, it is important to note that flavoring is added to the product’s taste–not substituted for it.  Chocolate cream-flavored Fermented Cod Liver Oil, after all, is still cod liver oil, so don’t expect hot fudge.  BUT a lot of people do enjoy the flavored gels and swear by them.  Nourishing World now carries the fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend gels in unflavored, cinnamon tingle, or chocolate cream.

  5. Hold Your Nose!  Put your cod liver oil on a spoon, plug your nose, gulp it down, and swallow before taking a breath.  Chase with water.  This eliminates the communication point between your olfactory sense and your taste buds and is less stimulating.

  6. To get a child to take fermented cod liver oil, Green Pasture recommends blending 1 cup of yogurt, 1 teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil, and frozen berries, pouring into popsicle molds, and freezing.

  7. Apply to the skin:  While the science behind the actual amount of fermented cod liver oil that is absorbed through the skin has not been thoroughly reported, rubbing cod liver oil directly on the skin is an acceptable method for those who are unable to take it orally.  Green Pasture recommends applying ¼ to ½ teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil to a baby’s bottom during a diaper change.

  8. Try Green Pasture’s Blue Ice Infused:  This blend of healthy oils which Green Pasture Blue Breeze Organic Coconut Oil, Fermented Cod Liver Oil, High Vitamin Butter Oil, and Fermented Skate Liver Oil.  Using Coconut Oil as a carrier, Blue Ice Infused is an easier, more palatable way to take Green Pastures supplements with an array of health benefits.  Blue Ice Infused is available unflavored or in two unique flavor combinations:  Cinnamon or Caramel.

  9. Experiment with Your Own Cod Liver Oil Mix-Ins or Chasers!

    1. Milk

    2. Coconut Oil

    3. Orange Juice

    4. Maple Syrup

    5. Kombucha

    6. Yogurt

    7. Pudding

    8. Honey

    9. Molasses

    10. Mashed Banana

    11. Lemon Juice

    12. Peanut Butter

    13. Oatmeal

  10. If all else fails, bypass your taste buds altogether and go for the capsules.  If you still have a nagging aftertaste or complain of ‘fish burps,’ try storing your FCLO capsules in the freezer.  The oil will stay frozen in the upper part of your digestive tract, and thaw out by the time it hits your stomach.  Problem solved!