How to Choose the Best Probiotic for You

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The benefits of probiotics have been known for thousands of years. The use of fermented foods for intestinal and digestive problems was written about in ancient Rome, the Middle East and Asia. People knew to use probiotics for health before they ever knew probiotics were the beneficial part of the fermented foods.

Today, information on probiotics is all over the internet. Some of it is conflicting information, so, how do you know which probiotic to choose? Below, we’ll discuss the different kinds of probiotics and what ingredients to avoid to help you choose the best probiotic supplement for you.

Probiotic Basics: The Tried & True

probiotic_foodsThere are many microorganisms that have the distinction of being probiotic. Many of these are native to our digestive tract, while others do a wonderful job once they get there. The first probiotics that were identified were the lactobacillus strains back in the late 1800s. These are found naturally in the human gut and fermented d foods like yogurt and sauerkraut. The Lactobacillus strains that are most prominent are L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. Casei, and L. johnsonii. Lactobacillus strains have been used to aid GI problems since their discovery. They are tried and true, but some studies show that they don’t often live through to the lower intestines, getting killed off by stomach acid and bile salts. For better longevity, make sure your Lactobacillus probiotics are combined with bifidobacteria and prebiotics.

Bifidobacteria strains are also naturally found in the human gut and were identified very early on in probiotic research. They are necessary for a healthy gut. As with Lactobacillus strains, the Bifodobacterium don’t have a great survival rate in the stomach Mercola_Complete_Probioticsand small intestines, so make sure to take a probiotic supplement with strains from both that also contains prebiotics for better survival in the upper GI. We like Mercola Complete Probiotics because it fits all these criteria, and is free of all potentially harmful fillers I’ll discus shortly. It contains 9 strains of Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium probiotics, along with prebiotics, and was formulated to be resistant to bile salt and acid breakdown.

Probiotic Basics: The Powerful Newcomers

In recent years, a new form of probiotic supplements has emerged that addresses the problem of survival in the stomach and small intestines. Within the last ten years, soil based probiotics have taken the market by storm. Soil-based organisms, or SBOs, are actually spores and are sometimes called spore-forming bacteria or spore-forming probiotics. Though they are not native to our gut, they develop a symbiotic relationship once there and have been shown to be very beneficial.

While soil-based probiotics have not been popular for long, humans have been eating SBO’s as long as there have been humans. Ancient humans used to ingest lots of SBOs in their diets naturally from eating fruit, vegetables, roots and whatever they gathered. Preindustrialized people ate freshly farmed food and worked and played in the dirt. The rise in processed food production, modern urbanization and the rampant use of pesticides have left our diets virtually devoid of these hearty, beneficial bacteria – so much so that a soil-based probiotic supplement is a very good idea.

The characteristic that put soil-based probiotics in the limelight over the past years is their ability to survive better into and through the intestines without any special treatment or coatings. Also, they are very shelf stable in heat and cold, which makes them easy to store and safe for travel.

Prescript_Assist_soil-based_probioticsAt Nourishing World, we sell a few very good soil-based probiotics. The one I take daily and the only probiotic I have ever tried that keeps me regular is Prescript-Assist. It contains 29 strains of microflora and prebiotics to ensure viability throughout the entire digestive tract. Five years of double-blind, university clinical trials showed Prescript Assist can:

  • Ease abdominal discomfort, nausea, and indigestion
  • Regulate bowel patterns
  • Keep the gastrointestinal tract healthy
  • Decrease bloating and flatulence
  • Restore healthy microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract
  • Promote overall health

Latero-Flora_soil-based_probioticsBecause what works best for one person may not for another, we sell a couple other soil-based and spore-forming probiotics. Global Healing Center’s Latero Flora is a single strain of microflora shown to naturally inhibit a number of pathogens including candida. Research shows that Latero-Flora has significant effectiveness in easing gastrointestinal symptoms as well as food sensitivities, while enhancing digestive efficiency.

just_Thrive_spore_forming_probioticsThe newest probiotic to grace our shelves is just Thrive Probiotic & Antioxidant. This brand is different because it markets itself as a spore-forming probiotic instead of soil-based. What’s more, it was formulated to stay in the gut for the entire 21 day life cycle. This means the microflora has time to colonize in the gut, where it can revitalize digestive bacteria, restore immune balance and aid in the creation of powerful disease-fighting antioxidants for a healthy body and mind.

What to Avoid in Probiotic Supplements

Because there are so many choices of good supplements on the market, it is hard to narrow down choices. Here is a list of ingredients to avoid when purchasing any supplement, including probiotics. I recommend avoiding these because they are questionable at best, and some have been shown to cause serious health problems.

Flow Agents – Look for magnesium stearate, steric acid, vegetable stearate and other stearates. Another flow agent to avoid is Magnesium Silicate. These are added simply to speed up the processing of supplements – without regard for the harm they may cause. There is a ton of controversy all over the web about their safety and their potential harm to humans.

Artificial Colors – I don’t think I need to discuss the many potential side effects of artificial colors. We try to avoid them in food, so try to avoid them in supplements, as well.

Titamium Dioxide – This is a metal used in supplements and cosmetics as a pigment. It has been linked to problems with immune function. Avoid any supplement with this ingredient.

Fundamentals of Taking Probiotics

People often ask what is the best time of day to take probiotics and is it best to take them with food or without. Taking probiotics at any time, with or without food is going to benefit you, but for maximum benefit, take it within 30 minutes of eating something with at least a little bit of healthy fat.

relaxing_yogaThe best time of day to take probiotics for maximum benefit seems to be individual. Ideally, you should take them when you will be able to relax and be stress free for a few hours. For many, this is around bedtime. But, some people may be early risers who get up and have a nice relaxing morning. These people may get the maximum benefit taking their probiotic supplement during their morning routine. I take mine in the morning because that is when it fits in my schedule. I notice the benefits when I do this, so I know it’s working. I rarely remember to take supplements at night, so even though that may be the best time of day for me to take them, if I forget to take them they do me no good. As I stated earlier, taking them at any time of day can be beneficial. With a little experimentation and some willingness to pay attention to your body, you can find out what the best time of day is for you. Or take them when it’s convenient – you will still benefit.

There are a couple things most experts agree on when supplementing with probiotics.

  1. Probiotics should be taken during and after a round of antibiotics. Antibiotics do not discriminate between good and bad microflora and kill off everything, leaving the body devoid of beneficial bacteria along with the infection. One article I read for this post said it can take over a year for our bodies to completely rebuild the healthy bacteria colonies after a single round of antibiotic treatment. With supplementation, this time frame can be greatly reduced.
  2. Don’t take probiotics within two hours of taking antibiotics (or supplements with strong antibiotic properties). Lets face it, if you’re taking antibiotics, your probiotics are not going to work optimally. Every time you take an antibiotic pill or the pink goo you will kill some microflora. To give the probiotics a fighting chance to get into your system for a bit, you want to make sure you have a two hour window on both sides. If you are taking antibiotics morning and night, then take probiotics two hours after the antibiotics so it has many hours to work before you take the antibiotics again.

Most people I know don’t eat fermented foods daily. I don’t eat fermented foods daily, so I take a good probiotic supplement (Prescript Assist) to help maintain a healthy digestive tract and improve my immune system. If you’re like me, and don’t eat fermented foods daily, then supplementing with a good probiotic is a good idea for you, too.

 

Feeling Crappy After Eating Poorly Through the Holidays? We Can Help.

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One of my biggest weaknesses are the desserts. I love desserts of all kinds and the holidays are usually loaded with all kinds of sweet goodies to try. Well all that sugar and flour has done a number on my system and I bet there are more than a few of you out there also feeling a bit off due to eating all kinds of stuff you don’t usually eat. Here’s a list of supplements that may help you feel a little better after all that indulgence.

Food & Inflammation & Your Digestive Tract

Most of those wonderful holiday foods are made with sugar and white flour. Many studies have shown that eating processed white sugar & processed wheat can cause all kinds of inflammation. And, furthermore, the overeating and, for many of us, consumption of alcohol, wreaks further havoc on our entire digestive tract. Here is a list of some good supplements that have helped many reduce inflammation as well as being great for the whole digestive system.

Walkabout Emu Oil – This high vitamin supplement can be taken orally or used topically. Many people report relief of inflammation when they take a good Australian Emu Oil. And, the Omega 7 in emu oil helps with digestion.

Raw Cod Liver Oil – Both Green Pasture’s Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Rosita’s Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil are raw and full of naturally occurring vitamins A & D, as well as lots of good omegas. And, as well as it’s anti-inflammatory properties, cod liver oil has been shown to be great for the entire gut.

Wedderspoon Manuka Honey – Manuka honey has a whole slue of potential health benefits including being anti-inflammatory. It has shown anti-bacterial & antimicrobial properties, as well as being good for digestion. And, if holiday stress has you feeling like you’re coming down with something, then this may help stave off a full-blown cold, too.

Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen – There is a lot of the amino acid glycine in a serving of Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen. Glycine has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. A good collagen supplement may also help with food-related inflammation by helping to maintain a healthy stomach and aiding proper digestion.

Turmeric – Turmeric is a superfood growing in popularity recently due to its many health benefits. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful antioxidant. It has also been shown to help with digestion and aids in nutrient absorption from our food. Global Healing Center makes a powerful Turmeric Liquid Extract made from 100% certified organic turmeric roots.

Get Your Gut Back to Health

Feeling like it’s mainly your gut that needs help after all the indulging? Because it is the center of our bodies, gut health can dramatically affect many other parts of our bodies. Studies show gut health can effect weight, heart health, immune system & even brain health. (1) All the above are great supplements, but for powerful gut healing, you might want to try great probiotics or a gut specific supplement.

Prescript-Assist – These powerful, soil-based probiotics are combined with prebiotics to further boost their efficacy. Prescript-Assist is backed by more than five years of double-blind university clinical trials that show its effectiveness against a variety of digestive issues and other gastrointestinal diseases. It is my personal favorite probiotic and the one I take daily.

Restore – This is a liquid mineral supplement for gut health. It was developed to help repair the damage done by eating pesticides and GMO foods. Restore helps to minimize and eliminate the gaps they cause in the lining of the stomach. It has helped many with leaky gut and other digestive disorders.

Detox for Optimum Healing

January is an ideal time to embark on a good detox program. Many people take this time to help eliminate toxins from all the holiday indulgences and feel great after a few weeks of this. If you’d like to check out a variety of detox options, then check out this Spring Detox post.

Hope You Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

So, go ahead and enjoy your New Years’ celebrations, but stock up on supplements to help you feel better after.

 

  1. 5 Ways Gut Bacteria Affect Your Health

 

 

Secrets of Aging Wisely

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“There has been an explosion of science in the field of aging. And I think the public doesn’t realize how far aging research has come. We have a lot of ideas about the mechanisms of aging, and tons and tons of pathways that can be optimized, tweaked, or activated to possibly extend lifespan. I think the public is probably about 30 years behind our thinking about aging. It’s as if we thought about cancer in the way we did in 1960.”  

Stuart Kim, Stanford University aging researcher

Are You Old and Wise, or Just Old?

Our culture tends to view aging as pathology. We fear it as though it is a dreaded disease. Most people believe that as we age we will become forgetful, incontinent, weak, fatigued, and senile. This leaves us afraid or depressed, both of which can further aggravate the downward spiral. Recently however, many doctors, researchers, and pro-active older people have begun to counter the prevailing wisdom about aging. Elders are speaking with knowledge and authority about their experience, and scientific research is redefining aging as a process. Our modern understanding of aging does not demand the end of health, pleasure, exercise, or mental engagement. Scientific inquiry has come a long way in support of ways to maximize vitality in our “golden years”.  We do not need to emulate our youth or negate our maturity. Instead we can learn the lessons from the science of physiology that enable us to take care of our bodies from the inside out.   It is possible to live a vital, honest expression of ourselves that honors the miles we have traveled.

The Physiology of Aging

Primitive people living in preindustrial cultures, whether in modern times or historical, show remarkable longevity and freedom from many of the chronic conditions that plague us today.   Weston A. Price, the esteemed dentist and nutritionist who studied indigenous people, found that tooth decay, cardiovascular disease, and obesity were virtually non-existent in these groups. He theorized that the vitamin rich, nutrient dense, non-processed foods that formed the basis of these diets held keys to the vital health experienced by those cultures. Today science is examining many of these same concepts and is able to analyze and define necessary foods and nutrients for a revitalized approach to health and aging. Today our wisdom is anchored in research and science.

Intelligent and Informed Aging

This cultural change in beliefs about aging can have tangible effects in how we experience life and what we feel our bodies are capable of. After all, it is pretty stressful to accept the definition of aging as decline. No one really wants to be “over the hill”! There are many common sense lifestyle factors that one can change as well as nutritional strategies for taking charge of one’s health as the years progress. Risk factors you can change include:

  • Poor Nutrition Habits
  • Smoking
  • Inactivity
  • Elevated Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Obesity and being Overweight
  • Excessive Alcohol
  • Stress

Listen to Your Gut

Eat the foods that make you feel good for the long haul rather that for instant gratification. If you eat lots of empty calories or sugary snacks, chances are your energy will drop, you’ll feel emotionally drained, and your tummy might actually hurt. These are signals directly from your gut!  Our physiologies were designed to thrive on nutrient dense foods such as vegetables, fruits, pasture raised meats and eggs, and whole grains. Proteins and fats should be eaten together to maximize absorption. As we age, our systems produce fewer digestive enzymes. Adopt good gut hygiene by supplementing with digestive enzymes to assist with nutrient absorption and decrease inflammation and oxidation from undigested food. In addition, aging guts tend to lose one of the key probiotic species necessary for optimal colon function. The colon (or large intestine) is the site of most of the bacterial and fungal population that keeps metabolism running smoothly. Without Bifidobacterium, immune and nervous system functioning may be compromised. Bifidobacterium is therefore an essential ingredient in a senior probiotic. Look for Bifido species in Mercola Complete and Catie’s Proflora probiotics. Many of today’s most difficult diseases are the result of inflammation which begins when toxins make the gut lining become permeable. This is often referred to as “Leaky Gut”.  Restore is a revolutionary new supplement for the gut which strengthens and repairs the membranes in the intestines bringing the all the body’s systems back into a healthy homeostasis.

The mouth and teeth are the entry to the digestive system but are often overlooked when thinking about supplementation. Take zinc to help aging taste buds restore their sense of taste and pleasure. CoQ10 in the converted form of ubiquinol helps prevent tooth loss at the same time that it ramps up your immune system and your brain. Finally, consider giving the body a full 12 hours of overnight fasting to allow it to move all the remaining food through the intestines. If it is not bogged down with digestion it can move the probiotics further into the colon where they do their most good.

Bone Up

Bones are constantly being replenished although the process can slow as we get up in years. In order for bone synthesis to keep up with bone loss there are several critical factors. First, exercise that engages the muscles against the bone keeps the bones strong. Secondly, one must get enough vitamin D, which tends to be harder to absorb with age. The best source of Vitamin D may be sunlight, but whole food supplements such as cod liver oil ensure that the bones and immune system are getting what they need, even when the sun isn’t shining. Catie’s Raw Vegetable Calcium provides the third necessary ingredient in bone and tooth health. Calcium is particularly tricky to absorb in isolation making it all the more important that Catie’s is a raw, whole food calcium. It happens to be a good source of vitamin D as well. Vitamin K2 supports the metabolism of many other nutrients and is needed for calcium to be directed to the bones. K2 also contributes to heart health and is useful in preventing calcified arteries. Lastly, magnesium assures adequate strength and density of bones and teeth. It is necessary for many biochemical reactions in the body including absorption and utilization of calcium. Take Catie’s Whole Food Magnesium or combine your calcium and magnesium in a balanced 1:1 ratio with Natural Vitality CalMag.

Power Up Your Brain

A 12 hour overnight fast is not only good for the gut. It also benefits the brain. There is a strong connection between the intestines (or gut) and the brain to the point where stress can affect bowel movements and gut integrity.  Conversely, stomach problems can result in depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems. A 12 hour overnight fast enables the brain to do repair work and eliminate unhealthy cells. The process is called apoptosis, and it happens most effectively when digestion is complete. Allowing apoptosis to occur regularly has the direct effect of clear thinking the next day and preventing cognitive decline for the long-term.

There are three powerful anti-aging supplements for the brain. One of them, CoQ10, reduced into its more bio-available form of ubiquinol, was also mentioned as a supplement for the gut. This is no accident. Ubiquinol is critical for the production of aerobic energy throughout the body. Many age related diseases are results of cellular dysfunction and oxidation both of which may be prevented by ubiquinol’s strong antioxidant action. This includes mental processes such as alertness and clarity of thought, which can be enhanced with ubiquinol. The second top anti-aging supplement is resveratrol. Resveratrol can improve blood supply to the brain, decrease the chance of blood clots or aneurysms, and support cellular energy. Resveratrol is not found naturally in the body, but can be found in grapes and Japanese knotweed. Supplementing with a quality brand of resveratrol such as Perfect Resgrape or Biotivia Transmax can provide what some researchers have referred to as the “Fountain of Youth”,  especially in regard to brain protective properties. The third highly beneficial anti-aging antioxidant is Acai. The Acai berry from Brazil is harvested sustainably from the Amazon palm tree locally known as “the Tree of Life”. Recognized for its ability to reduce stress, improve mood, and support memory into the senior years, Acai provides the omega fatty acids necessary for brain and cardiovascular health. It is a good source of fiber while being low in fructose thereby supporting digestive health as well.

A Blueprint for Aging

There are no ends to the lengths that people may go in order to look and appear younger. An entire market of products has built up around the demand for ways to combat the effects of aging whether it is beauty creams offering youthful skin, plastic surgery to mold and sculpt the aging body, or sexual enhancement pills offering hours of frisky action. By contrast, some promote the idea of aging gracefully. This seems to connote a degree of passive acceptance as we try to convince ourselves that we are now esteemed elders and can afford to look the part. Both of these perspectives seem to involve the belief that degeneration and loss of function is inevitable. Fortunately there is a third option for aging strategically. We can look to the experts in the fields of physiology, aging, and supplementation and decide what makes the most sense for us. What is applicable? What can be incorporated that could have critical life enhancing effects? We can design our own blueprint using the best that science has to offer.  Perhaps this is the truest way to wise and graceful aging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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. Peaceful Planet 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.

Dr Mercola

Peaceful Planet sells Dr. Mercola Fermented Black Garlic, Fermented Ginseng, and Vitamin K2 derived from fermented chickpeas. Dr Mercola, a renowned osteopathic physician (D.O.), believes in a holistic approach to preventive healthcare and has developed supplements which he believes support overall well being, treating the entire person rather than just symptoms. Focusing on preventive health care, D.O.s help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don’t just fight illness, but help prevent it, too.

  • Fermented Black Garlic is particularly nutrient dense raw garlic, which has been double fermented creating concentrated and abundant SAC (superoxide dismutase), an antioxidant capable of neutralizing free radicals. Rich in vitamins B6 and C, fermented garlic provides the calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium that are often missing in modern diets. Take Fermented Black Garlic for regulating blood pressure, cholesterol, and the immune system.  It is a natural vitality tonic.
  • Mercola Fermented Ginseng is a highly available form of the Korean Ginseng which has been shown to improve focus, mental clarity, detoxification, and to strengthen brain, digestive, and heart health, as well as reducing feelings of stress. It boosts the immune system with quickly absorbed nutrients capable of being utilized efficiently by the body.
  • Mercola K2 is the fat-soluble vitamin attributed with extraordinary health benefits by Dr. Weston A. Price due to its ability to help “activate” other vitamins and nutrients. It supports bone formation, is essential for strong teeth, and protects against bone loss due to aging. Mercola gets K2 from chickpea natto, as opposed to soy, making it non-allergenic for those who are sensitive to soy. Mercola uses a consistent, stable process, fermenting chickpeas with bacillus subtilus to produce probiotics for gut health and superior K2. Vitamin K2 is the necessary catalyst to turn up the potential of other nutrients in the diet.

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. Peaceful Planet is pleased to be your source for fermented health solutions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winterize Your Immune System

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From now until November 30, receive 10% OFF immune boosters with coupon code: Ready4Winter

Winter is right around the corner and cold and flu season is already beginning. Don’t wind up in bed for days surrounded by tissues and heat packs! Get your immune system in tip-top shape with these whole food immune boosting supplements. Now is the time to start taking several of these if you aren’t already. While you can always increase the doses of most of your supplements at the first sniffle or sneeze, prevention goes much further in helping your body fight off germs and stay healthy.

Vitamin D

As cold, dark days force us to bundle up or stay inside, our sun exposure drops — and so do our vitamin D levels. Those living above 40°N latitude are particularly at risk for vitamin D deficiency from November to March. Research has shown those with low vitamin D levels are more likely to contract influenza, while those with high vitamin D levels who do come down with the flu suffer for a shorter duration. People with low vitamin D levels are also more likely to experience upper respiratory infections, excessive daytime sleepiness, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and certain types of cancer.

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Zinc

Zinc has been shown to reduce the duration of colds by several days. This mineral increases the amount of white blood cells that your body produces, so that you have a stronger “army” to fight illness and infection. Zinc also lowers the incidence of diarrhea by more than 25% and lower respiratory infections by 45%.

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Vitamin C

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Vitamin C has long been one of the most popular immune supplements — and for good reason! Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich, and has antibiotic properties as well. Vitamin C is needed for iron absorption, collagen formation, wound healing, and combating free radicals. This vitamin is particularly important to take (or increase) at the first sign of a cold; it can often completely knock the illness right out of your system, but at the very least can usually lessen the severity and duration of colds. Studies have found it may even reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

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Probiotics

Good health starts in the gut, which is why probiotics are so important in supporting the immune system. More than 70% of your body’s immune cells reside in the gastrointestinal tract. Probiotics keep the digestive system functioning optimally and aid in preventing infection and reducing inflammation. A study in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport found that taking a probiotic reduced the incidence of colds and stomach bugs by 40%!

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Adaptogens

perfect_acai_reviveAs their name implies, adaptogens help your body adapt to stress, both physical and mental. Many of these herbs grow at high altitudes or in cold, desolate climates like Siberia, and have been used for centuries in these regions to help inhabitants survive the harsh conditions. Adaptogens help regulate body systems including blood pressure, heart rate, metabolism, cortisol, energy levels, and more. Supporting the body in adapting to stress leaves it less susceptible to colds, flus, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other illnesses.

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Silver

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Silver has amazing potential in warding off all kinds of germs and bacteria. It is an excellent defense against bacterial, fungal, and viral infections, yet doesn’t attack healthy cells, making silver an ideal immune support supplement. In fact, silver has been used for its immune boosting and disease treating properties since ancient times.

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By Ali Wetherbee

How to Enhance Your Detox Program

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A good detox plan involves more than just adding a few supplements and removing a few foods from your diet. Below are some things you can do to get the most our of your detox, no matter which detox plan you’ve chosen.

Remove toxins from your environment: Detox your diet by buying organic foods, particularly for foods on the Dirty Dozen list. Wash produce well. Avoid factory-farmed meat and dairy, which usually contain hormones and antibiotics. Make sure to drink and cook with filtered water, especially while on a detox. Switch to natural personal care products, from shampoo to soap to toothpaste. (This is a great chance to try out our new Living Clay Detox Deodorant!) As you begin planting your garden this year, choose organic fertilizers and pesticides. Throw out the bleach and ammonia-ridden cleaning products and start learning how to clean with simple products such as baking soda and vinegar. If you are already doing most or all of these home detox tips, great! You can move right on to the next detox step.

Get your gut in balance: Good health starts in the gut, and a gut out of balance is a toxic gut in need of detox. If you, like many people, suffer from “leaky gut,” toxins cross through the intestinal walls into the bloodstream much more readily. Leaky gut is associated with yeast overgrowth (Candida) as well as intolerance or allergy to wheat or grains. You may benefit from cutting out sugar, gluten, or grains, trying a low FODMAP diet, or eliminating foods you are sensitive to during your detox. Many people with gut imbalances find improvement through enzyme and probiotic supplementation, or correcting low stomach acid with VAXA Buffer pH. Another cause of your gut issues may be parasites, which can be eliminated safely and naturally with Paratrex.

Get moving during detox: Exercise helps your body detox. When your body is moving, blood is circulating well and your lymphatic system, which is crucial for toxin removal, is working at its best. Sweating, too, is a key path for toxin removal. If you haven’t exercised in a while, start with a slow walk or jog before or after work each day of your detox. When you’re ready to jump into something a bit more strenuous, check out our favorite YouTube videos for workouts you can do at home, rain or shine, no equipment required.

Detox your soul: Your mind and heart are just as important to your health as the rest of your body, so try not to neglect it! Detox your life and fix or move on from situations and relationships that are toxic. Start meditating or practice yoga. Finish the projects that you keep procrastinating on, as these contribute to mental clutter. Get out in nature. Feed your soul with good friends, peaceful activities, and restful surroundings.

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Time for a 6-Day Colon Cleanse!

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By Ali Wetherbee

Now is the perfect time to embark on a cleansing program! Many people aim to do an intensive detox and/or cleanse once or twice per year. This gives you the opportunity to flush out toxins from your body and reset your health. Shoot for January and July, or the start and end of Daylight Savings Time, or any 6-month or year-long date intervals that you will easily remember — or just follow your body’s cues, and if you’re in tune with them, you will know when it’s time to do another cleanse. There are dozens and dozens of detox and cleanse programs to choose from, and we’ll discuss many of these cleanses and detoxes in the coming weeks and months. Today, we’ll review Global Healing Center’s Oxy Powder 6-day Complete Colon Cleanse.

This is a simple, easy to follow colon cleanse that doesn’t require you to take time off from work or other activities. Oxy Powder cleanses while you sleep, and the cleanse allows for some flexibility to suit your preferences and health needs. Some of the benefits of a colon cleanse include better digestion, more energy, ability to think more clearly, improved mood and feelings of wellbeing, glowing skin, and decreased risk of chronic, degenerative illnesses.

Who should do an Oxy Powder colon cleanse?

It is estimated that the average adult has 10-20 pounds or more of compacted fecal matter in the colon. A complete colon cleanse with Oxy Powder can flush out all that fecal matter and leave you feeling lighter and healthier. Anyone who wants to maintain or improve their health can do this colon cleanse. Some signs that you are particularly in need of a cleanse include:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Low energy
  • Mood swings
  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Bad breath
  • Body odor
  • Weight issues
  • Weak immune system

Most healthy people will only need to do this cleanse once every 6 months, but those who follow a poor diet, drink coffee, soda, or alcohol, have a high toxin exposure, exercise fewer than three times a week, or experience symptoms such as gas, bloating, constipation, or recurrent yeast infections may benefit from more frequent Oxy Powder colon cleansing.

How the Oxy Powder colon cleanse works

This colon cleanse utilizes GHC’s Oxy Powder, a safe, natural, non-allergenic formula that gently oxides compacted fecal matter from your small and large intestines and your colon. Clinical studies have found Oxy Powder to be safe and effective for constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). During the cleanse, you’ll also take Latero-Flora, a probiotic formula that will restore a healthy bacterial balance in your digestive tract.

What you will need for the Oxy Powder colon cleanse:

  • 1 bottle of Oxy Powder
  • 1 bottle of Latero-Flora
  • 4-6 gallons of purified water
  • 8oz of raw, organic apple cider vinegar
  • 3 lemons
  • Fresh fruit and healthy foods, organic if possible
  • Optional, for optimal results: 16oz aloe vera juice without added sugars

Colon Cleansing Cocktail

Mix up this drink and aim to consume half your body weight (in ounces) each of the six days of the cleanse. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, you would drink 90 ounces of the Colon Cleansing Cocktail a day. Add the juice of half a lemon, 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and 2 ounces of aloe vera juice (if desired) to one gallon of purified water. Keep refrigerated, and mix up additional batches as needed.

The 6-Day Oxy Powder Complete Colon Cleanse diet

You can choose to eat a clean, organic, whole foods diet, or follow a fruit-only diet for a more intensive cleanse. The fruit-only diet provides optimal cleansing benefits, but is not necessary for the average healthy person unless you’re aiming for a more advanced cleansing.

If you are following the fruit-only diet, you may eat as often and as much as you’d like. Eat only one type of fruit per meal, but aim for variety throughout the day. Choices include (but are not limited to) apples, bananas, avocados, berries, oranges, watermelon, and avocados.

If you are following a regular healthy diet, shoot for 5 small meals a day. Include lots of fruits, salads, raw nuts and seeds, and vegetable soups. Avoid red meat and consume only one portion of chicken or fish every other day at lunch. Chew each bite well, 25 times or until liquefied. Avoid dairy, gluten, soy, salt, added sugars or artificial sweeteners, and alcohol.

The daily Oxy Powder colon cleanse instructions

Follow these instructions each day for 6 days:

  • First thing in the morning, mix up your Colon Cleansing Cocktail and drink 12-20 ounces. Repeat the mantra, “I am clean and healthy,” 9 times.
  • Twenty minutes before breakfast, take 3 capsules of Latero-Flora. Eat breakfast (following your chosen diet guidelines from above), drink 12-20 ounces of the Cocktail, and repeat the mantra, “I am clean and healthy,” 9 times.
  • Around mid-morning, have a snack and 12-20 more ounces of the Cocktail. Repeat the mantra 9 times. At lunch and again at mid-afternoon, eat, drink the Colon Cleansing Cocktail, and repeat the affirmation 9 times. Do the same at dinner time.
  • Before bed, repeat the “I am clean and healthy” affirmation again 9 times, and take 6 capsules of Oxy Powder along with 8 ounces of the Colon Cleansing Cocktail.

A few tips:

Your goal is to produce 3-5 bowel movements each day. If you aren’t achieving this many, take an additional 2 capsules of Oxy Powder each night. If you produce more than 5 bowel movements, reduce your dose by 2 capsules. The number of Oxy Powder capsules needed to produce 3-5 bowel movements the next day can range from 4 to 10 capsules per night, on average.

Stools will become watery, soft, and easy to pass. This is a normal result of the solid waste and compacted fecal matter becoming liquefied by Oxy Powder. This is different from the diarrhea caused by infection or laxative use, and is not harmful, will not cause dehydration, and will not lead to electrolyte imbalance. If you experience slight abdominal cramping, particularly if this is your first cleanse, this is also normal. Drink 8 ounces of purified water and walk around for 15 minutes to relieve the cramps. Cramping should subside by day 3 of the cleanse.

Maintaining a clean colon with Oxy Powder

Keep your digestive tract clean, give your body a consistent supply of oxygen, and prevent the absorption of toxins by following a clean colon maintenance plan. Global Healing Center recommends taking Oxy Powder on a maintenance basis 2-3 times a week, or as needed. The number of capsules you take should equal the number you used for your 6-day cleanse. You want to take enough capsules to produce 3-5 bowel movements the following day. Unlike laxatives and some herbal preparations, Oxy Powder is non-habit-forming and safe to take continuously.

Overnight Oxy Powder cleanse

So you went out for dinner with the gang and came home feeling bloated, gassy, or sluggish. It’s okay — we all overeat or gorge on unhealthy foods once in a while! But Oxy Powder can help rid your body of those toxins faster. Simply pour yourself a 16oz glass of purified water with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and the juice of half a lemon. Consume this drink, along with 6-8 Oxy Powder capsules, before bed. Oxy Powder will gently cleanse your digestive system and rid your body of toxins as you sleep!