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All about Grains…Good or Bad?

Inflammation is the root cause of all disease; many medical studies are affirming this. If we could overcome inflammation, we would have no disease.

Understanding LECTINS

A lectin is a Hemagglutinin, a protein or glycoprotein, usually derived from a plant origin, which has the ability to bind to carbohydrate molecules. These lectins bind to sugar molecules in cell walls or membranes causing biochemical changes in the cells. A lectin is a key that fits a specific type of carbohydrate lock. If a lectin with the right key comes in contact with one of these “locks” on the gut wall or artery or gland, it “opens the lock” which disrupts the membrane and damages the cell and may initiate a cascade of immune and autoimmune reactions which can lead to cell death.

  • High levels of lectins are found in
    Grains, especially wheat and wheat germ but also qumoa, rice, buckwheat, oats, rye, barley, millet and corn.
  • Legumes (all dried beans), soy and peanuts, also in soy and peanut oil
  • Dairy, because dairy herds are frequently fed supplemental grains. Lectins will find their way into breast milk as well.
  • Nightshades (potatoes, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes).

Other foods may contain lectins as well but are not considered as high.

Lectins can damage the microvilli in the intestinal tract and decrease the ability of the small intestine to absorb food. Lectins are hard proteins and they do not break down easily. They are resistant to stomach acid and digestive enzymes. Lectins can cause changes in the gut lining and have been related to Colitis, Crohn’s disease, Celiac, Sprue and IBS.

Lectins can cause allergic reactions in the gut and cause degenerative diseases such as: Arthritis, Allergy, all forms of IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis, Celiac; Asthma, Atherosclerosis, Congestive heart failure, autoimmune diseases, Lupus, MS, Hashimoto’s, Parkinson’s; chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s; autism, ADD/ADHD, osteoporosis, hormonal imbalances, adrenal insufficiency; cancer, many types including breast cancer.

GM (genetically modified foods) are even more dangerous; GM foods are modified by splicing lectins from one plant to another; many times one food can contain lectins from several other plant families. If you have a reaction, you do not know anymore what “toxic lectin” you are reacting to.

  • How does a Lectin sensitivity develop?
    Grains and legumes were not consumed in ancient (Paleolithic times). They were introduced thousands of years later when people became homesteaders. Our bodies have not adjusted to the consumption of a constant flood of lectins in our diet.
  • The use of medications, such anti-inflammatories, antibiotics and many others can increase the permeability of the gut and allow more lectins to enter general circulation. Use of these drugs even for just short periods of time can do that.
  • Infections in the gut such as parasites, bacteria, viruses can damage the intestinal lining and making them susceptible to lectin reactions.

There is also the link of environmental chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, refined and artificial sugars or excess of sugar consumption disrupting the bacterial flora of our intestines and damaging the intestinal barrier, thus allowing the lectins, gluten and gliadin (all from grains) to enter the bloodstream.

Also, do not think because you do not have any noticeable reactions that your organs were not compromised by this chain of events. Most of the conditions associated with sub-clinical lectin intolerance are degenerative, such as arthritis or autoimmune diseases and can result in a cancer. I personally believe that cancer, if unresponsive to conventional treatments, is a degenerative condition that will continue to progress if these underlying health compromising inflammatory reactions are not addressed.

What have we learned from this so far?

A person might be lectin intolerant but not show antibody reactions if an allergy test is done. A person that is lectin intolerant can have an allergic reaction to a food. Lectin intolerance means that the person is unable to deactivate the toxic lectin. This does not just occur in the gut but in an organ, an artery, a gland and in the brain as well.

From all the research that has been done and from all the patients who learned to avoid certain foods that cause them great distress, pain and sickness, we have leamed that all of us need to steer away more and more from grain consumption. With the latest research (urine tests) now showing that 90% of the population is reacting to gluten and 80% to dairy products, it is advisable, if you want to prevent disease, that we make sure we incorporate more vegetables, fresh fruits (in moderation) and quality proteins.

IF you have any health concerns and are suspicious that you might have a lectin reaction, try to eliminate one lectin group at a time and see how you feel. If you find the offending group, stay away from it for a few months, then try to reintroduce it gradually. Bloating, gas, joint pain, mental fog, weight gain are typical symptoms of a gut allergen or lectin reaction.

  • These are the major lectin groups:
  • Gluten found in wheat, rye, barley, malt and oats.
  • Legumes, all beans including soy and peanuts (and their oils)
  • Nightshades including tomato, potato and eggplant.
  • All milk products, cheese, kefir, yogurt, cottage cheese
  • Eggs

Mojka Renaud L.N., A.P.

Beware of Bacteria Lurking in Your Salad Greens

There are an increasing number of people that are coming down with food poisoning and this time it is not from raw meat or fish, rather from produce especially salad greens like spinach, kale and mixed greens.

The bacteria that is increasingly showing up in testing, as well as reported in food poisoning incidents are E.Coli, salmonella, various types of Clostridium bacteria (such as C.Diff) and several parasites such as Amoeba and hookworms.
The warm summer months are especially susceptible to amoebic infections, any warm waters and stagnant waters harbor amoeba. Once in the body, they can cause amoebic abscesses; if they get to the brain it can be deadly. Typical soil bacteria like Clostridium and E.Coli are common and are found just as much in organic produce as commercial produce.

Frequently a person will be led to believe that “double washed” or “triple washed produce” is safe to consume. However, research shows that it is not so. Researchers found that the “wash” that spinach gets, only reached 15% of the produce leaves that were bagged. Even after a “triple wash”, 90% of the bacteria were still there.
The produce leaves are typically also rinsed with chlorine or commercial citric acid (a GMO chemical) before bagged. I have had patients react to “organic spinach” in a bag. Now we know why!!! This does not mean you need to stop eating greens; to the contrary, they are extremely beneficial. Just make sure you double wash your produce when you bring it home.

This is what I recommend to best clean your produce:

1. Use Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide to add to your produce wash and let soak for a few minutes. Instructions are on the bottle.
2. Those who have a Kangen machine use: 2.5 PH water and immerse the produce for 2 minutes in that water. Then use: 11.5 PH water for an additional 3-5 minutes to remove pesticides even when you use organic produce, as there are many air home toxins and acid rain. Then rinse with 9.5 PH water; store produce in sealed bags in the refrigerator. This will be the cleanest and safest produce to consume.
3. You can also use a vegetable wash from the HF store; it just takes several rinses to get the soap off again.
4. If you have a Grander pen you can submerge the pen in the water while washing the produce for a few minutes. The technology is such that it will reverse the spin of the bacteria and it will not be able to survive. This is a great tool to take with you on your travels.

If you are eating in a restaurant, take along digestive enzymes and Hydrochloric acid tablets, as they will destroy most of the bacteria and parasite spores in the stomach already.

1 tsp of Bentonite Clay can be taken occasionally on an empty stomach in a glass of water; it will destroy millions of bad bacteria in the intestinal tract and absorb many toxins. Bentonite clay is an invaluable emergency remedy to take with you on your travels. You can many times avoid “traveler’s diarrhea”.

I also suggest taking a Bacteria homeopathic remedy and a homeopathic or herbal remedy for parasites on a regular basis, you will save yourself from many hours of discomfort and pain, or even a hospital visit

P.S.: All of the products mentioned above are available in the retail store of Holistic Options.

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Superfood — Raw Cacao (Cocoa) Powder

Health Benefits of Raw Cacao (Cocoa)
Powder Cacao is one of nature’s most fantastic Superfoods, one of the highest antioxidants. Cacao was considered the “food of the Gods”. Raw cacao powder has polyphenols, catechins, epicatechins, is loaded with minerals like magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper and some iron. Other nutrients are Omega 6 Fatty Acids, Tryptophan and Serotonin, the “feel good” natural ‘ chemicals. Flavonoids are known to help the body produce nitric oxide, to support heart diut. .. function and circulation. Cacao is the highest antioxidant known, higher than red wine, blueberries, acai, pomegranates and goji berries.

If cacao (cocoa or chocolate) is used properly, it can be a super-nutritious food. Antioxidants have been long known to protect against free radicals. Free radicals can cause cancer and systemic damage to the organs.

If cacao is mixed with a low glycemic sugar such as coconut, stevia, xylitol, Lo Han etc., it has a superb taste and becomes a very healthful food. It will not overstimulate your pancreas to produce insulin and thus cause a blood sugar problem. Stay away from chocolate products that contain a lot of sugar, artificial ingredients and/or artificial sweeteners. Higher quality chocolate products are available in health food stores, also some German and Swiss chocolates are of higher quality, as they come from pasture fed cows and don’t contain artificial ingredients. However, they still contain dairy, if you have a sensitivity to dairy, look for dairy free alternatives.

The best cacao desserts are the ones you make yourself, as you can select the quality ingredients along with the raw organic cacao. I have provided two “easy-to-make” recipes for you to experiment with. You may also just add a tsp. of cacao powder to your protein shake. Before a workout, it can boost performance, esp. if mixed with Maca Root and Cordyceps mushroom powder (nicknamed “The Endurance Trio”, so named after it helped some Chinese athletes win top Olympic metals).
Stop by our office and take the “raw cacao taste and smell test” vs. the conventional, alkali processed and heated variety.

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Light, Healthy and Delicious Summer Recipes

World’s Smallest Superfood: Chia Seeds

  • Two Tbs. of Chia Seeds Contain:
  • 6 grams of protein
  • 10 grams of fiber
  • More Omega 3 than salmon
  • More iron than spinach
  • More calcium than milk
  • More antioxidents than blueberries

Raspberry/Pinapple Chia Pudding:

1 1/4 cups organic ooconut milk
2 Tbs org. coconut sugar (or coconut syrup)
1/2 up. ore. vanilla extract
1/2 cup raspberries (or other fruit)
1 Tbs. shredded coconut
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
Blueberries, raspberries for topping.

Combine the first four ingredients in a blender and process until. smooth. Pour into Mason jar. Add 1/4 cup this seeds and and 1Tbs. shredded coconut. With lid sealed, shake Jar well a couple of times. Refrigerate ovemight. The Chia seeds will expand and absorb the liquid overnight.

In the morning, blend 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks until smooth. Spoon some of the this pudding into* glass dish then pour 3.4 Tbs of the pineapple mixture over the this pudding. Top with blueberries, raspberries or some toasted coconut flakes. Voila!! Delicious breakfast or dessert!

PeanutButter /Paleo Granola Chia Pudding:

1 1/2 cups Almond or not milk
2 TbS pure maple syrup (or sweetener of your choice)
1/2 up vanilla extract
2 Tbs. peanut or almond butter
1/4 cup chia seeds Granola cereal and blueberries, raspbenies for topping.

Combine first five inpodien. in a Mason jar and let sit overnight, shaking it a couple of times. Add chia seeds in the rooming and blend well.
In the morning you spoon some of the this pudding mixture into a glass dish and top with your favorite granola cereal, maybe a handful of blueberries or raspberries if you like. Enjoy)

The Single Most Powerful Healing Power is Your Own Immune System

Not a flu shot, a vaccine concocted in someone’s laboratory, loaded with foreign viruses, aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde a. ISO other foreign materials will substitute for the power of your own immune cells.

The only thing your immune cells need is your support in feeding them good nutrition a. providing them the DNA materials of quality proteins, so it can produce an army of T fighter cells, ready to respond when your body i invad. by foreign microbes, viruses and bacteria.

Our bone marrow has a powerhouse of nutrients that strengthen your immune system and provide every single protein material we need to rebuild our tissues and organs. So dces the bone marrow of healthy animals, like beef, chicken, lamb or others. Consuming that on a regular basis svill help repair joints, cartilage a. wherever collagen A needed, including the skin.

Bone Broth Soup

My family has passed down a recipe on how to make this powerful and delicious bone broth soup for centuries. This is eaten on a regular basis, especially in the comer months and sometimes it is the only thing that the body will want, tolerate and keep in your stomach when you are sick. When prepared right, it is delicious and it should become the staple in everyone, home, especially where there are children.

As it is loaded with liquid protein and nourishing herbs, it can he eaten in the morning as a breakfast food or as a lunch. Typically in European countries it is consumed as an appetizer before the main meal or anytime a quick healthy snack is needed, as it can be prepared ahead of time and even frozen. You can use different inlays, such as egg drop or egg noodles, brown rice, pieces of meat from the bones or matzo balls (non-commercial type) or thinly sliced crepes (all non-600, organic source, of course). Watch hider

Bone Broth Soup – Staying Healthy This Winter:

4.5 Beef or Veal bore marrow bones
4 stalks of celery, chopped coarsely with tops
2 scallions chanced
2 bouillon cubes from health food more
1/2 Leek chopped
Pinch of nutmeg, sage, rosemary, Oregano
6 cloves
1 /2 bunch of parsley
2 carrots sliced coarsely
1 medium parsnip
5.6 Peppercorns
1 tsp. Of caraway seed
I tsp. Of fennel seed
2 bay Leaves
Salt, to taste . use sea salt or Himalayan salt
Optional: Handful of seaweed (Dube, Kelp, Nan)

Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot. flu to the top with water, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low heat for approximately 46 has. Strain soup, retain broth and discard ail other ingredients (vitamins and minerals will be in broth). Broth can be kept in mason Jars when cool, or can be frozen for future use.

Serve this highly nutribous soup with any of these:

Thin egg noodles, cooked rice, egg drop, or other vegetables (your choice).
Then sprinkle chives on top just before serving.

Summertime is Juicing Time

The Many Benefits of Juicing Profound Healing Effects of Raw Juices

In the summer the cooling (Yin) effect of raw vegetable and even fruit juices has a naturally balancing effect on our metabolism and temperature. In addition to that, the fresh live juices are a powerhouse of nutrients that are quickly absorbed and go to work cleansing the lymph system and repairing damaged tissues, cells and organs. Raw foods and juices contain millions of enzymes that are devoid in today’s cooked foods. They are the workers and building blocks of cells.

More people die from chronic diseases today than any other diseases. 36 million people die every year from degenerative conditions and toxicity. Cancers are a toxic condition. If you are in dire need of quickly repairing a diseased organ or toxic body and you want to speed the healing, invest in a high quality juicer and add a glass or two to your daily food regimen, or initiate a juice fast (several glasses per day) for a few days or a week or two.

The Many Benefits of Juicing:

  • Juicing allows the body to absorb higher amounts of nutrients; it guarantees that you will actually get the amount of nutrients you need on a daily basis to repair and restore tissues.
  • It makes digestion much easier, no bloating after meals.
  • Helps with weight loss significantly by detoxifying the cells. The body can shed fat cells, as they are no longer needed for toxic and fat storage. It improves your metabolism.
  • Juicing allows you to consume a lager variety of vegetables and drive the benefits of all those anti-oxidants in the purest and most absorbable form.
  • It will boost your immune system; it feeds the beneficial flora in the intestines and revitalizes the body. A clean colon is a healthy body.
  • You will experience more energy, better mental focus, better elimination.
  • It balances the PH of many tissues including skin, your skin will feel softer, hydrated, supple, clear and fine wrinkles will disappear.
  • People notice the glow of your skin, once you have been juicing for a short while or as part of your daily regimen.
  • Juicing destroys free radicals, to which we are exposed daily. This in turn slows down the aging process.
  • It revitalizes your brain. A study shows that people who consumed juice more than three times per week, were 76 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Juicing cleans out the lymphatic system (we have 31 pints of lymph fluid in our body). This in turn helps the white blood cells overcome viruses and bacteria and build a healthier immune system, able to resist disease more.Juicers vs. High Power Blenders

You will derive nutritional benefits from both. Blenders work by mixing greens or fruits with water and you retain the fiber from the foods blended. If you do not have a slow speed juicer, I recommend that you make use of a high speed blender. However, there are some studies that show high speed blending will damage certain nutrients by 23-60%.

The advantage of a juicer is that the fiber is removed and you retain a more condensed version of micronutrients. If you want to regenerate and detoxify a toxic body quickly, I strongly recommend investing in a slow speed juicer, preferably one that does not use centrifugal force but presses or grinds the vegetables and through slow rotation squeezes the juice through a spout and separates and spits out the dry pulp. Typically, a slow speed juicer will rotate around 40-50 times per minute (RPM). This keeps the enzymes intact for up to 72 hours. I still strongly recommend drinking the juice within 24 hours to derive the most benefits. It’s been known that green juices stored over 24 hours will release methanol which will damage the liver. For this reason, do not keep juices over 24 hours. You will in this way, also retain the most enzymes as well as a superbly better flavor, especially with berry and fruit juices.

It is preferred that you use organic produce and fruits, as you do not want to condense the pesticides into the juice. Washing produce before juicing is highly recommended, for the protection of bacterial infections such as E.Coli and Clostridium bacteria, typically found in soil. Pesticides are only washed off the outside of the plant.

We now sell the Slow Star Juicer and Nut butter Maker (As seen in the video)

  • Low speed of 47 RPM to preserve the enzymes
  • Mincing attachment included to make nut butters, pates and sorbets
  • 3-Stage speed reduction gears with 200 Watt motor
  • 100% BPA-free housing & casing
  • Tribest Slowstar, SW04A Cleaning Brush also included

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The Worst Food That Causes Aging and Damages Organs

We all know already that’s,4gak causes inflammation, diabetes, cancer, obesity, Alzheimer’s and many,ther,diseases. However, this so called “healthy food” is promoted by giant food corporations aZa health food.

Wheat based, foods and Whole Wheat.

Due to biochemical reactions in ydur body daily with every food you eat, some foods age you .,faster and can make you look 10 years’,her, while foods that are the healthier choices can “make you look 10 years younger. WISen we talk about aging, we are not just talking about wrinkles

TO LOOK GOOD, YOU ILLTEE D TO LOOK AT INAT YOU ARE EATING ON

How fast you age has to do with “glycation”, “inflammation” and “oxidation”. This is where wheat comes in. Wheat, even whole wheat, causes a “glycation” process or Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs). High blood sugar levels and even moderate high blood sugar dramatically increases the AGEs. Wheat also contains an unusual carbohydrate called Amylopectin-A, which has been known to spike blood sugar levels faster than sugar. All wheat based foods such as bagels, cereals, breads, rolls, muffins and most baked goods contain this Amylopectin-A.

Here are some blood sugar test results after consumption of Amylopectins:

2 slices of whole wheat toast, 45 minutes after, blood sugar spiked from 86 (fasting) to 155.

1 bowl of oatmeal (equivalent grams to 2 slices of whole wheat), 45 minutes after, blood sugar spiked from 86 (fasting) to 112.

Another no-no in wheat breads is gluten, to which most people have a systemic reaction to, although they might not exhibit symptoms at first. It damages the intestinal lining and has been linked to every auto-immune disease that we know. Other damaging chemicals in baked wheat products are acrylamides (also found in French fries and other browned starchy foods such a potato chips).

Acrylamides have been linked to increased cancer risk and aging, so rnuch so, that California requires some companies to list acrylamides on their baked food product labels, such as potato chips, as cancer causing.

Never consume cereals and bread for breakfast. I had been recommending a protein-based breakfast for years. Eggs are a good choice (organic) and protein powders of all sorts. Check for organic, non-soy based, low or no sugar based protein powders, such as whey, pea, goat, spirulina, sprouted greens or even beef proteins. Rice-based protein powders are also acceptable.

We have over 50 protein powders in stock. You can be tested for which one is most compatible with you (test is free of charge) at Holistic Options

There is also a concern of not losing body fat when consuming wheat based products. Wheat based products are high carbohydrate foods which are converted to bad fats.

Cholesterol is also driven up through the consumption of wheat based and other grain products.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia has been linked to the consumption of wheat and grain products, as it causes a protein-sugar linkage in the brain, called glycation.

How do you protect yourself from the damaging effect of wheat

  1. Stop eating wheat based products.
  2. Incorporate a good amount of healthy fats such as avocado, coconut oil, fatty nuts and seeds, olive oil and organic grass fed butter.
  3. Replace most of the carbs with vegetables and healthy complex carbs such as sweet potatoes, yams, squashes.

Another word of caution: Beware that a lot of gluten free , products contain genetically modified corn products. Rice based gluten free products are more acceptable but are still considered a grain, moderation is suggested here

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