June 12th, 2012
Nowadays, it seems like with every change I make, I find something else wrong!
Not how you thought I was starting eh…?
Well, let me try to clarify a bit. The healthier, more natural, and more intuitive to all the needs and wants of my body I try to be the more things I find I need to change. Just when I thought I had things all figured out another bone is thrown in the mix. It is very easy to become highly discouraged, but I have a fighting spirit in me and I refuse to succumb to the pressures around me, even with food.
Food Allergies were really just a REACTION to some underlying problems that have been there all along and gotten worse with time. I seriously NEVER could have imagined that my body was rejecting everything about me as it had been for years. It was as if my body threw in the towel and quit on me. I mean, I guess it didn’t really quit on me because I am still alive and all. It did however REJECT me in many ways, forcing me to change. Maybe it didn’t quit on me, but rather chose to finally Fight Back! Yeah, that makes much more sense. My body got an Attitude with me and Forced me into Accepting CHANGE whether I was willing or not.
This is Rebellion!
Rejection, Rebellion, a Revolution…all against Me!
Geesh! What the heck did I do to deserve such harsh treatment? I am a good person. Matter of fact I am pretty great sometimes too! I bet you are thinking it was all that JUNK FOOD that did me in right? Well, in part yes. Junk Food, when consumed on a regular basis will always do damage to your body through obesity, diseases, and even death. That’s right folks, this is serious!
The thing is though, it was more than just the Junk Food. That was only stirring the REAL Issues hiding inside my body.
Let me tell you now…I DO NOT have any diseases or scary diagnosis that make for some fascinating and inspiring story about how I recovered. Sorry to disappoint you. BUT, I will tell you that I DO have a fascinating story about how a seemingly normal young lady (ME) discovered some very interesting things as she began to listen to her body and do a little research. These “interesting” finds have led her (again, me) on an exploratory journey through space and time…haha…well through the internet, reading, and my body organs anyways.
Complexity can be found in Simplicity. Simply put!
All of creation speaks of this from people to plants to animals and mammals. LIFE itself remains a mystery, keeps you intrigued, and leaves the rest to your imagination. Every now and again a REVELATION comes along to WOW us all and let me just say…I have received said Revelation and am feeling pretty WOW’d!
It All Begins With BEETS!
Yep, you read it right, BEETS. Those Dark Red Roots with Long Stems and Green Leafy Tops.
Beets or otherwise known as Beetroots are hugely beneficial to the body. I can’t believe I waited this long to like them. The most I knew about beets was that they were those gross, jellied, blob slices served at Thanksgiving. It looked gross. It tasted gross. It WAS gross. And I was NEVER EVER EVER gonna be eating any of those.
Go ahead. Laugh now. Never say Never, or Ever for that matter right?
With all the healthier food choices comes foods like Beetroots, Parsnips, Turnips, Dino Kale, Swiss Chard, Young Coconuts, Fennel Bulbs, Celery Roots, and so many other uncommon names. They were uncommon to me. I was eating the “normal” broccoli, cauliflower, carrots mixes and enjoying tomatoes, mushrooms, corn, potatoes, and green beans. A couple of years ago you wouldn’t see me eating peas let alone any form of a beetroot. Now, I knew how to JUICE fruits and Veggies and Blend Up some SMOOTHIES, not the “green” smoothies just the regular ones. Ha. Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Boysenberries, Raspberries, Cherries (the Real RAW ones not those jarred Maraschino dessert drink cherries)…Mangoes, Papayas, Pineapples, Apples, Pears, Grapes, Oranges, Tangerines, Nectarines, Apricots….Oh How I LOVE Fruit. For some reason though, I began to shy away from my Natural Loves and replaced them with Pizza, French Bread, Chicken Nuggets, Sourdough Bread, Pepperridge Farm Cookies (Mint Brussels), Artisan Bread, Bread, Cheese-It’s, Bread, Breaded and Fried Foods, Sandwiches, Cereals…basically every Carb I could eat.
I remember when Low or No Carb Diet fads and Hollywood 2 Day Juice Drinks and Metabolife Pills came in strong about 10 or so years ago. The Atkins diet, the Blah Blah diet, the Starve-yourself-by-drinking-this-magical-juice-as-your-only-source-of-nutrition-to-loose-weight-only-to-gain-it-back-times-two Diet…
How can a person know how to be healthy and live healthy with all of this confusion about what “healthy”actually is. Diet Fads are NOT healthy in any way shape or form. Lifestyle changes with your food and body, Now that’s REAL Healthy!
To bring it back home here…
BEETS or Beetroots.
I finally decided to buy them and Juice them and experience their benefit for myself. I can tell you all day about how wonderful they are, but it means nothing if I am not living what I speak. Doing that 30 Day Smoothie/Juice Challenge we had a month or so ago, I explored another side to fruits and veggies. I wanted to learn what could benefit my body. It’s not just about eating, but knowing what each food you eat can do for you. The more you learn about how good something can be, the more you want to have it. Well ok, admittedly it took me a little longer than first learning for me to make the changes, but here I am.
I was reading an article about a Beet Test to tell if you have Low Stomach Acid and Weak Digestion. The title intrigued me and of course I had to know. It just so happens that I had bought some Beets to use in some Juicing recipes and they were sitting in the fridge waiting to be used. This was my second attempt at juicing beets too. The first time I actually forgot I had bought them and they went bad on me. There is nothing more frustrating than wasting money on food you have to throw out because they went bad.
Anyways, the test was simple:
Eat beets, and if your pee turns a ‘pink or red’ color,
you have low/weak stomach acid
I did this. I made a delicious Beetroot Juice and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Then later that day, after a pee or two, I noticed that my pee was rather shockingly pinkish-red. I am sure glad I tried this AFTER learning about this test because that would have been Terrifying otherwise.
If urine is discolored to red or pink after eating beets it is called beeturia. Beeturia is caused by the betalain pigments in the beets which are broken down and excreted. The stomach acid and flora (good bacteria) of the gut play an important role in breaking down these pigments in foods. If they are low or compromised you are likely to experience beeturia. People often eat or drink beetroots on purpose in order to test their digestive health.
When you are low in stomach acid, your body is not able to metabolize and assimilate beetroot pigments properly. It is a good chance this is happening with a lot of other foods you eat as well. It is highly important for your health that your body be able to digest and absorb the vitamins and minerals in your foods properly. For example, when our bodies can’t absorb B12, we get tired. A lack of zinc will affect our immune system along with many more of the body’s processes. The inability to absorb magnesium has been linked with kids and adults who struggle with ADD and ADHD. The partial digestion of proteins can wreak havoc in our systems along with an imbalance of gut flora and deficiencies in B12, iron, and the liver.
The stomach produces about two liters of digestive secretions per day. Stomach acid and pepsin (protein digesting enzyme) are strong substances that can turn a piece of meat into liquid and are important in destroying incoming bacteria mixed with foods. Insufficient activity of the nerves that control the stomach can cause a reduction in the production of these substances, which causes a major slowdown of food digestion. All of this incapacitates hormones and digestive enzymes causing that feeling of a “lump” in your stomach after eating. This reaction can cause a number of things to happen: nausea, loss of appetite, distended abdomen, the tongue is often puffy and swollen, and sometimes pale or has a thick white coating (so THAT’s what that is from) causing multiple Dental Health issues as well. Digestion tends to weaken as we age, partially due to the reduced production of hydrochloric acid secretion.
Jonathan Wright, MD, a holistic physician, says that weak digestion can contribute to arthritis (rheumatoid and degenerative), childhood asthma, acne rosacea, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, diabetes (types 1 and 2), gallbladder attacks, lupus, osteoporosis, and many causes of cancer along with other things.
The first thing people grab for when they experience heartburn, indigestion, reflux, and other digestive issues is a bottle or box of antacids. We immediately think to calm down the uprising of acid when really it is the lack of acid causing the problem. When your stomach acid is low you become protein malnourished and mineral deficient. Improper digestion of protein creates acidic blood, since protein by nature is acidic. It can also create toxins in your intestines setting the stage for illness and disease. As your blood becomes more acidic, it begins to look for minerals in other areas of the body in order to keep your blood at a more ideal alkaline state. Acidic blood robs your body of minerals and even from your bones, which is important to know in the prevention of osteoporosis.
Low Stomach Acid eventually creates a vicious cycle:
Low Stomach Acid – Low Minerals – Acidic Blood
It causes a cascade of consequences such as raised levels of the stress hormone cortisol and blood glucose(blood sugar) levels. These both affect your behavior and temperament due to protein malnourishment. Your adrenals become depleted causing adrenal fatigue, suppressing DHEA, the youth hormone, leading to premature aging.
Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid:
- Bloating, belching, and flatulence immediately after meals
- Heartburn (often thought to be caused by too much stomach acid)
- Indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation
- Undigested food in stools
- Rectal itching
- Chronic candida
- Hair loss in women
- Multiple food allergies
- Iron deficiency
- Weak, peeling, or cracked fingernails
- Chronic fatigue
- Adrenal fatigue
- Dry skin
- Various autoimmune diseases
After reading this list I was shocked to find I could mark so many off that I had been experiencing for years. All this time I thought my problem was needing to take Vitamins because of not eating the right foods or due to the food allergies and Not being able to eat certain foods. I always knew my body wasn’t absorbing nutrients and that I needed to replace them and help my body out, I just had no idea that the answer was WEAK or LOW STOMACH ACID.
The Great News here (and I am sure you could use some after all this unpleasant yet informative reading) is that you CAN Increase your stomach acid and Heal your digestion and get your body in better shape and back up to par. It is crazy to me how something as Simple as Food can be the cause to so many Common Ailments, Diseases, and Health Issues. Getting back to a more basic, natural, and RAW diet can truly help us be in the best shape and health of our life. It’s not about finding out which health fad works for you. It’s about finding out What your body needs and wants and making it happy once and for all. Listen to your body, it really does tell you everything you need to know to take care of it.
How To Increase Your Stomach Acid
and Heal Your Digestion
Minerals Require an Acidic Digestive Environment to be Properly Digested and Absorbed. If you lack proper stomach acid, you will not be able to absorb minerals even if you swallow them in pill form.
Drink Fresh Vegetable Juices Daily
Digestive Enzymes Exist Naturally in Fresh, Raw, and Living Foods (uncooked). Add these to your daily intake. Dead foods (cooked) which includes anything pasteurized, causes stress to your liver, pancreas, and gallbladder requiring these organs to produce extra digestive enzymes that are missing from the foods themselves.
Reduce or Eliminate SUGAR. Replace mineral-depleting sugar and sweeteners with natural sweeteners like Stevia and Xylitol (Z Sweet)
Add Fermented Food and Drinks to Your Diet. Fermented foods and drinks keep you looking and feeling healthy from the inside out.
Eliminate Processed Foods.
Probiotics or Nutrient Transformers help to produce nutrients needed for a healthy gut.Virtually all store-bought yogurt claiming to contain probiotics are pasteurized which kills the good and friendly bacteria thus making it merely a marketing gimmick. Water and Milk Keifer are great ways to get probiotics into your system.
Healing Herbs and Oils can reduce inflammation, help restore the bodies natural digestive functions absorbtions. Black Pepper, Long Pepper, Ginger Root, Ginseng Root, Licorice Root, Tumeric Root, Fenugreek Seeds, Tangerine Peel, Flaxseeds and Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, and Fish Oils are great and carry many of the health benefits needed for digestive health. Eating these before meals can also aid in the digestion and absorption of minerals and nutrients from foods.
Learning HOW to Take Care of your Body is KEY to LIVING a Healthy, Happy, and FREE Life! I have recently made some changes and will begin to document my process along with some recipes and tips to easily try for yourself. Together we can LIVE FREE!
Again, this is only the Beginning…
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