From deep within a silent intruder slowly erodes away at the immune system, laying havoc to the nervous system, disrupting normal gut function and steadily influencing the endocrine system . Heavy metals are very small particles that build up over time.
The more processed foods you consume, if you smoke or inhale second hand smoke, the city you live in and the water you drink all play a role in the toxic accumulation of heavy metals. The irony being that even a healthy organic diet may not be enough anymore. Industry, agricultural practices, mining are having an impact upon all facets of life.
It's now more important than ever to add more superfoods nutrients to the diet just to offset each
The strategy which we employ is:
- Firstly getting a Heavy Metal Toxicity test or take the quiz below.
- Start adding more greens to aid in detoxing like our Daily Greens Boost
- Adding additional minerals to your diet or our Black Minerals
- Add additional Silica to your diet we use Activated Silica
- Lastly we use a specialty heavy metal pro-biotic detox food called MCP Detox Fibre
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What if simply by drinking alkaline water could be the simplest way to treat reflux?
It sounds crazy but the research is very interesting let me tell you. Prior to becoming a Naturopath I was diagnosed with (GERD) or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease at the age of 25. I was in a lot of trouble back then and needed to be medicated daily to control my symptoms. It was quite horrible and I am sure those of you who are GERD sufferers, your with me on that one. So you can imagine my delight to discover research suggesting that water that has been pH modified can assist in reducing the symptoms of GERD.
Firstly, lets look at what all the fuss is about. Simply put GERD is when the acidic contents of the stomach flow backwards causing oesophageal tissue irritation, which can be painful. The real concern is that over time this can lead to potential cancerous changes in the oesophagus. So it’s essential that we stop these acids from back flowing.
Lets get back to the research, what they found is that water with a pH of 8.8 could reduce pepsin (a protease enzyme that breaks down proteins). The problem with pepsin it’s great in your gut but not in the soft tissues of your throat. The researchers suggest that damage done by GERD is not from acidity rather from the pepsin enzyme irritating your soft tissues.
They concluded that through altering the diet and with the addition of Alkaline water, pepsin became inactive, along with a reduction in HCL acidity too. This lead them to further conclude that Alkaline water a useful and safe way to treat reflux disease. To me this is pretty cool, as I used to suck down a ant-acids just to cope. No I wonder what else is possible?
*Koufman and Johnson, Potential Benefits of pH 8.8 Alkaline Drinking Water as an Adjunct in the Treatment of Reflux Disease, July 2012, The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology 121(7):431-4
An Article By Scott Collins Naturopath
It’s no surprise to discover that our nutrition is only as good as what we put into our body and how it’s absorbed. Guess what? Our modern busy lives are F**king things up. You many not want to hear this but if there is any kind of stress, fatigue or even overactive mind our digestive system is most likely under functioning reducing essential nutrient absorption.
Our body are basically in “Flight or Flight” as if there are dinosaurs chasing us, with the truth more likely being bills and life shit. Living in the western world means we’ll need a lot more help getting the best from our food.
The question is what can we do until you can get the theoretical dinosaur off your ass? Well it’s time to get excited, especially if you are looking to get so much more from your nutrition.
What if we could transform foods to make the more valuable to the body and more efficient for our guts to absorb. You may have never heard of the term “Biotransformation” but it’s how we can get more bang for our nutritional buck. It’s process of making a food increasingly more valuable to the body and as the ancients called it “fermentation.
Fermentation has been going on for thousands of years and now through recent research we now understand the process of “Biotransformation”. Researchers argue that fermented foods can positively influence mental health, reduce gut inflammation and reduce oxidative stress and affect our overall well being.
Biotransformation also means that the nutrients become more available akin to being pre-digested (or less effort) required by the body to break it down. The bacteria within the fermentation process are the secret weapon. By feeding on the plants carbohydrate sugars, they are beneficially breaking down the foods for easier nutrient absorption and digestion.
There was time prior to modern refrigeration where approximately 30% of the human diet was complemented by daily consumption of fermented foods. Now it’s sparse and needing a significant boost. Westernization, stress, high sugar, high fat diets are impacting our health and it’s time to go back to basics and give our guts much needed support and beneficial bacteria.