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You are Perfect just the way you are!

What is your internal dialogue saying? What has become the internal “record player” of your subconscious mind that informs your consciousness? What do you “listen to” inside of your mind all day?
Many people experience thoughts of not being good enough, feeling judged, feeling unworthy, unheard and even unloved. But in reality, many times this pattern has been developed through several isolated experiences throughout life, and the subconscious has held onto these unhealed circumstances. This continues to inform you of un-truths in present day and affects every aspect of your life.

Let’s take a few minutes to re-write the story that plays in your mind. We must over-ride the conversation, because the majority of the storyline is fear-based. You may just have the same old story accidentally stuck on repeat, and you’ve never taken a minute to really question those old words. Chances are, they are no longer true (or never were!) and you now have the conscious ability to press EJECT (on the tape cassette) or DELETE (if you’re digital!!)

5 Truths you need to hear EVERY Day! (Okay, 6!)


You are enough. You always have been. It’s time to realize that everything you do is amazing, but it’s about BE-ing. Your being, your very existence is enough.

You are so loved. Not just by your children, your significant other, your family, your friends, your co-workers, your neighbours but by the ENTIRE UNIVERSE. And, your SELF.

You are more valuable than you realize. Every day you touch the lives of so many in numerous, precious ways. Begin to notice your own compassion, empathy and generosity in exchanges with others, and appreciate yourself how others do.

You are needed. Not just in a physical way, as in “Mom, I’m hungry!!” But in a way that the universe has placed you here right now for specific reasons that we may not fully understand or be aware of yet. Your very existence is on purpose!

You are so beautiful and shine with love. Your energy is a gift to others, and your inner spirit glows from your human body and illuminates the world with your love.

You are worthy of abundance, health and love. Accept the good things into your life. Open to them, as they are waiting to appear. And they are most likely to appear when you are in APPRECIATION of yourself and in LOVE with yourself!

Now it’s time to write your very own love letter to your SELF. Write to your inner spirit, that powerful person inside that may have forgotten how amazing you are. Tell yourself all of the things you love about YOU! Tell YOU how strong and beautiful you are. Tell YOU how you are smart, gifted and compassionate. Make a list of your skills, strengths and successes to prove to yourself that you have valuable assets. (And if you have trouble getting started, copy down the list above to get you going!)
BUT remember that this love letter is only a stepping stone to switch the dialogue in your mind into something more positive, to live with on a daily basis. Because you are ALREADY PERFECT exactly how you are!! You just need to realize it.

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Jo-Anne Richardson, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Energy Medicine Practitioner

Jo-Anne works with Fournier Homeopathic & Integrative Health to provide online education for clients and patients. Her interest in healthy, joyful living is demonstrated in her writing, coaching and teaching. Her goal is to improve the health of her community by empowering you with knowledge, support and new ideas.

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Lose Your Cell Phone

Cell phones make you feel ‘busy’ as there is a whole electronic world happening in your hands that you are part of, while you are also part of real-time life. As life seems to be getting busier and busier, and the answer to “How are you?” has become “Busy”, it is important to take a time-out from our devices to just “be”.

It isn’t normal for a small electronic device to consume so much of our attention.

We are human beings, not human doings. It is not okay that you have packed your schedule so full of activities for yourself and your family that you never get a minute to unwind. This also contributes to the problem that you can’t keep track of everything and rely heavily on your cell phone to tell you where you need to be!

We must take some time each day for relaxation, to recharge our batteries and connect with those we are closest to. Spend time in nature, go for a walk, read a book on the patio, watch the sunset or turn some music on and have an impromptu dance party. Any activity that will keep your focus on the present moment and add some real-time joy into your life is much more important than your phone!

Consider decreasing your dependency from your cell phone with these suggestions:

• Meditate when you wake up! Get caught up on your cell phone messages later.
• Turn it off!! Start with one hour a day with no cell phone usage and increase every week.
• Have a live conversation! Don’t take your cell phone to a meal.
• Bedrooms are for 2 things only – sex and sleep. Cell phones do not belong here.
• Having a job interview or talking with your boss? Shut it off!
• Tune in to your family during quality time, instead of your device.
• When you see or hear a notification, make an active choice to ignore it for a bit. Nothing needs your instant response. Immediacy has turned into dependency.
• Limit screen time for your children, as they too, can become quite dependent on their devices and the manufactured feeling of being connected.
• Sit on the grass and put your feet on Mother Earth and breathe. This is real, natural connection, not a wifi connection!
• Consciously notice how you feel liberated and calm throughout the day, without being quite so tied to your devices, and you will want to continue or increase this liberation.

Have a family meeting and discuss cell phone etiquette. Our children learn by example – make sure it’s a good one. Take a moment everyday to realize how often you reach for your cell phone and how many hours of your daily life is spent using it. What information are you checking? What are you scheduling? How many times do you check email? Facebook? Instagram? Twitter?

But more importantly, what are you missing in real-time?

When you’re spending time with loved ones, are you fully present? Or do you have one eye on your phone ready to check that notification that just came in?

It’s important to actually be present in your life and those of your loved ones. They don’t want to share your time with your cell phone.

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Jo-Anne Richardson, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Energy Medicine Practitioner

Jo-Anne works with Fournier Homeopathic & Integrative Health to provide online education for clients and patients. Her interest in healthy, joyful living is demonstrated in her writing, coaching and teaching. Her goal is to improve the health of her community by empowering you with knowledge, support and new ideas.

Looking for more tips and information on holistic health and living? Like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FournierHomeopathic and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/FournierHHealth

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Are you still eating fast food? It’s fast, but is it food?

You’re stuck in traffic or you had to work late. You swing into the nearest fast food restaurant and place your order.

But do you actually know what you’re ordering? Can it even be called food?

Let’s swing into McDonalds or Wendy’s for a minute and check out their French Fries. Dimethylpolysiloxane1 is a type of silicone used in deep fryers to keep the oil from foaming, which lets the oil last a little bit longer. It is also used in silly putty, breast implants and industrial oils. Mmmmm.

 

 

Next, we’ll hop over to Tim Horton’s for a breakfast sandwich. Hiding in the cured meats you just ordered (bacon, ham, sausage) is a preservative and flavouring called sodium nitrite1. It can also be found in pharmaceuticals, dyes and pesticides. It’s been associated with colorectal cancer and a higher likelihood of heart disease. Mmmmm.

 

What about KFC, for some chicken strips and MSG. Monosodium Glutamate1 – a flavour enhancer and seasoning that can cause headaches, nausea and chest pain. It’s also used in agricultural fertilizers. Mmmmm.

 

Still hungry? How about dessert… Let’s hit Burger King for a Cinnamon Roll filled with Yellow Dye #5 (Tartrazine) and #6 (Sunset Yellow)1. These artificial colours have been associated with hyperactivity and behaviour problems in children, as well as cancer. They can also be found in nail polish, soap and many other products. You should also avoid all of the artificial colour spectrum found in a variety of foods.

 

So what is the Solution????

If at all possible (and it’s usually possible!!) bring your own food. Fresh, whole foods, lots of water and snacks are best when you’ve created them at home and brought them along.

Great travelling snacks are vegetable sticks and hummus, apple slices, a bag of raw nuts and seeds, dried fruit, a banana, or fresh berries are excellent options. Avoid the drive-through, the walk-in and grabbing ‘quick-bites’ as often as possible! Your health will thank you immensely!

 

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Are there toxins lurking in your detergent that are making you sick or gain weight?

What is in your detergent? Have you ever read the ingredients?

Could it be making you sick? Could it be attributed to weight gain?

Conventional detergents are filled with an incredible amount of toxins and industrial chemicals that we should not be breathing in, adding to the environment, exposing ourselves to, or putting on our skin once our clothes are dry.

Theses toxins are part of a variety of indoor pollutants that contribute to the decline of our overall health. Because we spend up to 80-90% of our time indoors, the indoor pollution level is something that we need to become much more aware of, rather than just the outdoor pollution that we’ve come to hear about on the news.

Laundry detergents, cleaning products such as window cleaners, sink, bathtub and toilet cleaners, and various waxes and polishes are extremely powerful chemicals that can cause a great deal of toxicity in the body.

For example, Dr. Mercola explains that1:

Most laundry detergents in your typical grocery store contain:

•    Petroleum distillates (aka napthas), which have been linked to cancer
•    Phenols, which can cause toxicity throughout the entire body
•    Artificial fragrances, which have been linked to various toxic effects on fish and mammals
•    Phosphates, which stimulate the growth of certain marine plants when they’re released into the environment and contribute to unbalanced ecosystems
•    Optical brighteners, which can be toxic to fish and can cause bacterial mutations and allergic reactions

So what happens to these toxins?

The toxins that we are exposed to end up in our bodies, and the liver and detox organs try very hard to expel the toxins as efficiently as possible. The problem is that it’s not just one toxin that our body has to clean up. There is a residual effect of toxic build up from our convenience-fuelled lives. Everything from the Keurig pods you use for your morning coffee, to the fluorinated water you bathe in, the toothpaste you use, the make-up you apply, the upholstery in your car, and the fumes from your commute to work add a toxic load to your body. And that’s before you even get to work!

So the body struggles to rid these compounding toxins from the body and begins to get overloaded. The toxins are stored in our fat cells, as a means of protecting the internal organs from the chemical burden of this exposure. As we are struggling to process the higher load of toxins, our bodies have to store more and more toxins as a method of self-preservation. Therefore, this leads to weight gain, and a poor-health cycle that is difficult to overcome.

What is the Solution?

First of all, stop adding toxins into your lifestyle!! Go through all of your regular personal hygiene and cleaning products, and read the labels. If you can’t identify an ingredient, or can’t read it – don’t use it!!

You would be surprised how well a little baking soda and vinegar can clean almost anything.

And there are many choices of natural detergents, cleaning supplies and organic cosmetics at your natural health food store.

How do I detoxify my body?

Your body is very intelligent, and it wants to be free of a toxic load. However, if you try to detoxify too quickly, you may inadvertently re-toxify your body. You need the toxins to leave the fat cells, but there must also be energy and space to actually move the toxins out – i.e. a properly functioning liver, kidneys and intestines.

Start by having a glass of water with lemon each morning upon rising. Then drink 2-3 more tall glasses of water. And then about 6-7 more throughout the day! Most people are chronically dehydrated. Staying hydrated and letting things move about easily is critical to detoxifying your body.

Then, increase your intake of organic vegetables and fruit. They are an excellent way to crowd out any more toxic, processed foods that find their way into our day.

Green tea is a great way to add an additional detoxifier, as well as chlorella, spirulina and organic green juices.

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Jo-Anne Richardson, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Energy Medicine Practitioner

Jo-Anne works with Fournier Homeopathic & Integrative Health to provide online education for clients and patients. Her interest in healthy, joyful living is demonstrated in her writing, coaching and teaching. Her goal is to improve the health of her community by empowering you with knowledge, support and new ideas.

Looking for more tips and information on holistic health and living? Like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FournierHomeopathic and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/FournierHHealth

With sources from:

1 – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2007/07/12/how-toxic-is-your-average-laundry-detergent.aspx

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What is Supplementing your Supplements?

Where do you buy your supplements?

Do you know exactly what is inside your supplements? Every ingredient?

What about the ingredients that are not on the label? How would you ever know what’s not listed?

That is the scary part of purchasing supplements from major grocery and pharmacy chains. You just really never know what is inside the capsule or tablet that you are ingesting.

In the United States, the FDA’s standards say that the manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements are responsible for evaluating the safety and labeling of their products before marketing to ensure they meet all FDA regulations.2

Is self-governing in an industry that is posturing with the pharmaceutical industry really the best way to govern?

There are slightly more regulations in Canada, as each product that is sold must have a license. To receive a license, applicants must give detailed information about the product to Health Canada, including: medicinal ingredients, source, dose, potency, non-medicinal ingredients and recommended use(s).3

But are the products ever checked and verified for dosage, correct ingredients, safety and viability?

Actually, yes! The New York State attorney general’s office conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers – GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart – and they discovered that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels!1

“The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies.”1

“Mislabeling, contamination and false advertising are illegal,” said Eric T. Schneiderman, the state attorney general. “They also pose unacceptable risks — especially those with allergies to hidden ingredients.”1

Among the Attorney General’s findings1:

~ Walgreens – a popular store brand of ginseng contained ONLY powdered garlic and rice
~ Walmart – in its Ginkgo Biloba, powdered radish, houseplants and WHEAT was found – despite a claim on the label saying it was wheat and GLUTEN-FREE!
~ Target – three out of six herbal products (Gingko Biloba, St. John’s wort and valerian root) tested negative for the herbs on their labels! But they did find powdered rice, beans, peas and wild carrots
~ GNC – unlisted ingredients were used as fillers, such as powdered legumes, the class of plants that included peanuts and soybeans – potentially life threatening for individuals with severe allergies

What is the Solution?

The solution is to avoid big-name brands that are sold in major chain outlets. Source out high quality supplements at your local natural food store, who have already helped narrow down the highest quality products for you. From there, do your own research to see what the values of the company are, why and how they produce the supplements and gauge their level of integrity from your own research.

Additionally, you can often avoid the need for major supplementation by eating a broad range of vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts and seeds and legumes. Be sure you are eating many colours of these items, as that will increase your exposure to high quality vitamins and nutrients. Your body is better at digesting and absorbing nutrients that come from food, rather than supplementation, so be sure you are exposing yourself to the best food choices you can!

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Jo-Anne Richardson, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Energy Medicine Practitioner

Jo-Anne works with Fournier Homeopathic & Integrative Health to provide online education for clients and patients. Her interest in healthy, joyful living is demonstrated in her writing, coaching and teaching. Her goal is to improve the health of her community by empowering you with knowledge, support and new ideas.

Looking for more tips and information on holistic health and living? Like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FournierHomeopathic and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/FournierHHealth

With Sources From:

1 – http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/03/new-york-attorney-general-targets-supplements-at-major-retailers/?_r=2

2 – http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/

3 – http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodnatur/about-apropos/index-eng.php

http://www.naturalnews.com/048514_supplement_scam_big_business_FDA.html

http://newstarget.com/2016-05-11-supplements-sold-by-walmart-walgreens-and-other-retailers-dont-match-the-ingredients-on-their-labels.html

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Is Your Body too Acidic? Create Balance with an Alkaline Diet

Balance your Body with an Alkaline Diet

What are you eating? If you had to name three main food groups that you consume, what would they be?

Many people would name grains, meat and dairy. Unfortunately, this diet causes a great deal of inflammation in the body, as the body tries to break down these heavy substances into more manageable components.

The problem is that once these grains, meat and dairy, fast foods, processed foods and most convenience foods are digested, they leave an acidic residue in the body.

This means that the body must pull buffering minerals from its bones, teeth and organs to neutralize this acidic effect.1

It is important to balance the effects of these acid-forming foods with foods that promote an alkaline environment, so the body does not leach its own nutrients to protect itself.

 

What are the best Alkaline Foods?

You guessed it! Plant based whole foods, most vegetables, fruits, and certain spices.

For example, Avocados have a pH of 8.0 and are so versatile1.  They can be enjoyed in many different ways. You can make guacamole, add it to your smoothies, use it instead of butter and make chocolate pudding! (See the bonus recipe below!!)

Cayenne Pepper is an anti-bacterial spice that has a pH of 8.5. It helps to improve circulation, lowers blood pressure and assists in the elimination of toxins!1

It may surprise you, but lemons and limes are excellent sources of alkalinity. Although they taste acidic/sour, they actually leave an alkaline residue in the body. It is great to start the day with a glass of water with lemon squeezed into it. This will help to detoxify your body and break your overnight fast.

Watermelon has a pH of 9.0! It is filled with electrolytes and nutrients, and is amazing to enjoy on a hot day in the summer. Bonus!

Why does pH even matter?

Inflammation thrives in an acidic environment. Viruses, bacteria and chronic disease fair much better in a body that is slightly acidic, so it is important to help our body become slightly alkaline to ease some of its stress.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Mash 1 ripe avocado in a bowl
Add 3 tbsp raw cocoa powder
2 tbsp pure Canadian maple syrup

Mix together and add more cocoa to taste. Top with raw cashews or pistachios, banana or strawberry slices. Be creative!

This is an excellent recipe to use as pudding, a replacement for icing, or with a fresh banana instead of Nutella!

 

 

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Jo-Anne Richardson, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Energy Medicine Practitioner

Jo-Anne works with Fournier Homeopathic & Integrative Health to provide online education for clients and patients. Her interest in healthy, joyful living is demonstrated in her writing, coaching and teaching. Her goal is to improve the health of her community by empowering you with knowledge, support and new ideas.

Looking for more tips and information on holistic health and living? Like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FournierHomeopathic and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/FournierHHealth

With Sources from:

1 – http://www.davidwolfe.com/alkalize-body-fight-disease-10-foods/

2 – http://www.alkalinesisters.com

3 – http://kriscarr.com/blog/ph-balance-alkaline-foods/

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How much Sugar do you consume in a day? You might be shocked.

Have you ever considered how much sugar you consume in a day?

Or even the amount you or your children may consume before noon?

Let’s just lay out a “typical” start to the day…

Breakfast:

A Tim Hortons Cinnamon Raisin bagel (11 grams)1 with plain cream cheese (2 grams)1, Double-Double Coffee (18 grams)1 = 31 grams of sugar

or

1.25 cups of Kellogg’s Vector Cereal (11 grams)2 with 1 cup 1% Milk (14 grams)3, and a banana (17 grams)4 = 42 grams of sugar

or

2 Slices of Dempsters 100% Whole Wheat Bread/Toast (6 grams)5 with 2 Tbsp Kraft All Natural Peanut Butter (2 grams)6 and 2 Tbsp Smuckers Strawberry Jam (22 grams)7, with 8 oz orange juice (24 grams)8 = 54 grams of sugar

Morning Snack:

Nutri-Grain Bar = 13 grams of sugar9

or

Jamba Juice Sunrise Banana Berry = 59 grams of sugar10

 

And before you even get to lunch, you may have consumed well over 50 grams of sugar!!

As we reported in last week’s blog, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre advises that women should consume no more than 25 grams of sugar per day, and men should consume no more than 37 grams of sugar per day.11

So depending on what food you choose to start your day with, you are potentially well over the recommended daily allowance before noon!

But what is the problem with Sugar? Why is it a concern?

Sugar is an anti-nutrient. It leaches nutrients from the body in your attempt to clean up the damage that sugar leaves behind. It also directly feeds cancer cells,12 and causes major inflammation in the body.

Inflammation is the cause behind many, many illnesses and conditions, and sugar fuels inflammation rather effectively. Because of its oxidative effect on the body, it can contribute to a whole host of conditions and issues that may be misdiagnosed as other illnesses or causes, but in actuality, the cause is actually consuming sugar.

Here is a partial list of some of the problems that sugar causes in the body13:

Sugar can:

1.  Suppress the immune system.
2.  Upset the mineral relationships in the body.
3.  Cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
4.  Produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
5.  Contribute to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases).
6.  Cause a loss of tissue elasticity and function. The more sugar you eat the more elasticity and function you loose.
7.  Reduce high-density lipoproteins.
8.  Lead to chromium deficiency.
9   Lead to cancer of the ovaries.
10. Increase fasting levels of glucose.
11. Cause copper deficiency.
12. Interfere with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
13. Weaken eyesight.
14. Raise the level of neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
15. Cause hypoglycemia.
16. Produce an acidic digestive tract.
17. Cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.
18. Cause malabsorption – frequent in patients with functional bowel disease.
19. Cause premature aging.
20. Lead to alcoholism.
21. Cause tooth decay.
22. Contribute to obesity
23. Increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
24. Cause changes frequently found in person with gastric or duodenal ulcers.
25. Cause arthritis.
26. Cause asthma.
27. Greatly assist the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).
28. Cause gallstones.
29. Cause heart disease.
30. Cause appendicitis.

Sugar can cause so many more health problems.

What is the Solution?

Avoid processed and fast foods, convenience foods and packaged foods.

Choose foods that are low on the glycemic index, in their whole form, that you recognize are the same in the field, as in the grocery store. Choose vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, legumes, grass fed, free range, organic meat and poultry. Have a shake in the morning with berries, superfoods and coconut or almond milk. Plan your meals for the week so that you are in control of the fuel you consume, and you will feel so much more energetic and be so much more healthy!

…And just to top it off with a “sweet” ending, the next time you head toward Dairy Queen this summer, just remember that a Medium Butterfinger Blizzard has 86 grams of sugar!14

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Jo-Anne Richardson, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Energy Medicine Practitioner

Jo-Anne works with Fournier Homeopathic & Integrative Health to provide online education for clients and patients. Her interest in healthy, joyful living is demonstrated in her writing, coaching and teaching. Her goal is to improve the health of her community by empowering you with knowledge, support and new ideas.

Looking for more tips and information on holistic health and living? Like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FournierHomeopathic and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/FournierHHealth

 

With Sources from:

1 – https://www.timhortons.com/ca/en/pdf/TH_Nutrition_Guide_CE_2013_-_FINAL.pdf

2 – http://www.kelloggsvector.ca/en_CA/products/meal-replacement.html#nutrition-modal

3 – http://www.healthyeating.org/Milk-Dairy/Dairy-Facts/Sugar-in-Milk.aspx

4 – http://www.sugarstacks.com/fruits.htm

5 – https://www.dempsters.ca/products/dempsters®-100-whole-wheat-bread

6 – http://www.kraftcanada.com/products/00068100084665

7 – http://www.smuckers.ca/Products/Jams-Jellies-and-Fruit-Spreads/Pure-Jam/Pure-Strawberry-Jam

8 – http://www.sugarstacks.com/beverages.htm

9 – http://www.sugarstacks.com/breakfast.htm

10 – http://www.sugarstacks.com/shakes.htm

11 – https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/may-2015/FOH-cancer-love-sugar.html

12 – http://www.mercola.com/article/sugar/sugar_cancer.htm

13 – http://www.rheumatic.org/sugar.htm

14 – http://www.sugarstacks.com/shakes.htm

 

 

Here are the sources from the excerpted list of 146 Reasons Why Sugar is Ruining Your Health:

1. Sanchez, A., et al. “Role of Sugars in Human Neutrophilic Phagocytosis,”  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Nov 1973;261:1180-1184.

Bernstein, J., et al. “Depression of Lymphocyte Transformation Following Oral Glucose Ingestion.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.1997;30:613.

2. Couzy, F., et al.”Nutritional Implications of the Interaction Minerals,” Progressive Food and Nutrition Science 17;1933:65-87.

3. Goldman, J., et al.  “Behavioral Effects of Sucrose on Preschool Children.” Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.1986;14(4):565-577.

4. Scanto, S. and Yudkin, J. “The Effect of Dietary Sucrose on Blood Lipids, Serum Insulin, Platelet Adhesiveness and Body Weight in Human Volunteers,”  Postgraduate Medicine Journal. 1969;45:602-607.

5.  Ringsdorf, W., Cheraskin, E. and Ramsay R. “Sucrose,Neutrophilic Phagocytosis and Resistance to Disease,” Dental Survey. 1976;52(12):46-48.

6.  Cerami, A., Vlassara, H., and Brownlee, M.”Glucose and Aging.” Scientific American. May 1987:90.

Lee, A. T. and Cerami, A. “The Role of Glycation in Aging.” Annals of the New York Academy of Science. 663:63-67.

7.  Albrink, M. and Ullrich I. H. “Interaction of Dietary Sucrose and Fiber on Serum Lipids in Healthy Young Men Fed High Carbohydrate Diets.” American Journal of Clinical  Nutrition. 1986;43:419-428.

Pamplona, R., et al. “Mechanisms of Glycation in Atherogenesis.” Medical Hypotheses. Mar 1993;40(3):174-81.

8.  Kozlovsky, A., et al.  “Effects of Diets High in Simple Sugars on Urinary Chromium Losses.”  Metabolism. June 1986;35:515-518.

9.  Takahashi, E., Tohoku University School of Medicine, Wholistic Health Digest. October 1982:41.

10. Kelsay, J., et al. “Diets High in Glucose or Sucrose and Young Women.”  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1974;27:926-936.

Thomas, B. J., et al. “Relation of Habitual Diet to Fasting Plasma Insulin Concentration and the Insulin Response to Oral Glucose,” Human Nutrition Clinical Nutrition. 1983; 36C(1):49_51.

11. Fields, M.., et al. “Effect of Copper Deficiency on Metabolism and Mortality in Rats Fed Sucrose or Starch Diets,” Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1983;113:1335-1345.

12. Lemann, J. “Evidence that Glucose Ingestion Inhibits Net Renal Tubular Reabsorption of Calcium and Magnesium.” Journal Of Clinical Nutrition. 1976 ;70:236-245.

13. Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica. Mar 2002;48;25.

Taub, H. Ed. “Sugar Weakens Eyesight,” VM NEWSLETTER;May 1986:6

14. “Sugar, White Flour Withdrawal Produces Chemical Response.” The Addiction Letter .Jul 1992:4.

15. Dufty, William. Sugar Blues. (New York:Warner Books, 1975).

16. Ibid.

17. Jones, T. W., et al. “Enhanced Adrenomedullary Response and Increased Susceptibility to Neuroglygopenia: Mechanisms Underlying the Adverse Effect of Sugar Ingestion in Children.” Journal of Pediatrics. Feb 1995;126:171-7.

18. Ibid.

19. Lee, A. T.and Cerami A. “The Role of Glycation in Aging.” Annals of the New York Academy of Science.1992;663:63-70.

20. Abrahamson, E. and Peget, A.. Body, Mind and Sugar. (New York:Avon,1977.}

21. Glinsmann, W., Irausquin, H., and Youngmee, K. “Evaluation of Health Aspects of Sugar Contained in Carbohydrate Sweeteners. F. D. A. Report of Sugars Task Force.” 1986:39.

Makinen K.K.,et al. “A Descriptive Report of the Effects of a 16_month Xylitol Chewing_Gum Programme Subsequent to a 40_Month Sucrose Gum Programme.” Caries Research. 1998; 32(2)107-12.

Riva Touger-Decker and Cor van Loveren, “Sugars and Dental Caries.”

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Am. J. Clin.Nut. Oct 2003; 78:881-892.

22. Keen, H., et al. “Nutrient Intake, Adiposity, and Diabetes.” British Medical Journal. 1989; 1: 655-658.

23. Tragnone, A. et al. “Dietary Habits as Risk Factors for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.”  Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. Jan 1995;7(1):47-51.

24. Yudkin, J. Sweet and Dangerous.. (New York;Bantam Books:1974), 129.

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How much sugar do you consume in a day?
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Is there any Juice in your Juice?

So we know pop or soda is full of caffeine, artificial flavours, colours and sugar. So you reach for the healthier option – juice. Right?

Sadly, not always.

Most juices are made with inferior produce selections that may be genetically modified, not organic, or not picked and processed at their prime ripeness.

We investigated more deeply into the ingredients of Ocean Spray and Minute Maid juices. They all had similar ingredients, and specifically concerning were the ‘reconstituted’ fruit juices.

Photo courtesy: http://www.oceanspray.ca/Products/Juices/By-Flavour/Citrus/100-Juice-Blend-Citrus-Mango-Pineapple.aspx

What IS reconstituted fruit juice?

Reconstituted fruit juice is produced from a fruit juice concentrate. The fruit is juiced and then as much water is removed as possible, leaving behind a highly concentrated form of juice. These ‘concentrates’ are then frozen or dried, which makes it easier for storage, transportation and packaging.1

Unfortunately, during this processing, most of the enzymes, vitamins and minerals that you normally find in fruit are destroyed through the heating, extracting, storage and reconstitution process. Added ingredients to the finished process may include preservatives, natural and artificial flavours, colours and added sugar, along with water that we hope is properly purified.

Take a look at the label for the Ocean Spray 100% Juice Blend Citrus Mango Pineapple.

Image courtesy: http://www.oceanspray.ca/Products/Juices/By-Flavour/Citrus/100-Juice-Blend-Citrus-Mango-Pineapple.aspx

But what is fumaric acid?

“Fumaric acid is a common food additive included in many processed foods to keep them stable and to add tartness. The substance has a more sour flavor than citric acid, another common food additive.”2

Another source makes Fumaric acid seem a little bit more daunting…

“Fumaric acid is a colorless crystalline solid. The primary hazard is the threat to the environment. Immediate steps should be taken to limit spread to the environment. Combustible, though may be difficult to ignite. Used to make paints and plastics, in food processing and preservation, and for other uses.”3

We’re going to conclude that we’d rather not be regularly exposed to this additive.

How much SUGAR???

When we checked out Minute Maid’s Pink Grapefruit Cocktail, it was really just a cocktail of processed concentrated juice, sugar, glucose, fructose and added colour. For one bottle of juice, 450mL, there is 48 grams of sugar! 48 grams! That is equal to 12 sugar cubes. That is a LOT of sugar to consume in a juice that does not provide any nutritional content.

To put this into perspective, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre advises that women should consume no more than 25 grams of sugar per day, and men should consume no more than 37 grams of sugar per day.4

The problem with consuming too much sugar is not only because it causes weight gain and inflammation in the body, along with a host of other issues, but, as discovered by Otto Warburg in 1931, sugar actually fuels cancer cells.5

http://www.minutemaid.ca/en/products/juice_drinks/pink_grapefruit_cocktail_pb.html

So what is the Solution??

You can make your own juice quite simply, by purchasing a juicer and some organic produce. It is important to make the base of your juice with green vegetables to avoid a spike in blood sugar from the natural sweetness of fruit.

Here is our favourite recipe! Just put the items through your juicer, and it will help to mix up the order of adding a bit of one vegetable, then some of another, so your juicer doesn’t clog. (The cucumber and zucchini are soft, and the celery helps to push them through, etc). Choose organic produce whenever possible!

4 stalks celery
1 cucumber
2 small zucchini
15 stalks of red dandelion (this gives the recipe a smooth, rich flavour)
3 green apples (cored)
2 lemons (peeled)

Enjoy!

With Sources From:

1 – http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/article/reconstituted_fruit_juice

2 – http://www.livestrong.com/article/109037-fumaric-acid-foods/

3 – https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/fumaric_acid#section=Top

4 – https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/may-2015/FOH-cancer-love-sugar.html

5 – http://www.mercola.com/article/sugar/sugar_cancer.htm

 

Jo-Anne Richardson, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Energy Medicine Practitioner

Jo-Anne works with Fournier Homeopathic & Integrative Health to provide online education for clients and patients. Her interest in healthy, joyful living is demonstrated in her writing, coaching and teaching. Her goal is to improve the health of her community by empowering you with knowledge, support and new ideas.

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Would you eat your face cream? Then don’t put it on your skin!

Have you studied the ingredients in your face cream? If not, flip it over! You will most likely find ingredients that are carcinogenic, nervous system disruptors, and toxic to yourself and the environment.

We studied Olay Regenerist Luminous brightening & protecting lotion with sunscreen moisturizer.

Here is a list of the ingredients:

water, glycerin, niacinamide, tapioca starch, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, acetyl glucosamine, dimethicone, stearyl alcohol, panthenol, cetyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, tocopherol acetate, camellia sinensis leave extract, sodium PEG-7, olive oil carboxylate, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloydimethyl taurate copolymer, benzyl alcohol, polyethylene, titanium dioxide, isohexadecane, methylparaben, nylon-12, dimethiconol, PEG-100 stearate, ethylparaben, allantoin, propylparaben, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, cetearyl glucoside, cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, stearic acid, disodium EDTA, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate.

If you were able to read ANY of those ingredients, good for you! But do you have any idea what any of them do to your body once your skin absorbs the toxins almost instantly?

“U.S. researchers have found that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products are hazardous industrial chemicals. This means that 10,500 industrial chemicals are used as cosmetic ingredients, many of which are carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts) and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks).

And these go on our skin??! How is this even possible?

Take a look in your bathroom. The average woman uses between 10 and 20 toxic cosmetic products before she leaves the house every day. These can include:

Shampoo
Conditioner
Soap
Body Wash
Shaving Cream

Hair Serum
Hair gel/mousse
Hair Spray

Face Cream
Eye Cream
Body Moisturizer

Deodorant

Toothpaste
Mouthwash

Perfume

Eye Liner
Eye Shadow
Foundation
Concealer
Lipstick
Lip Liner
Lip Gloss

And probably many more!

So when you add that chemical exposure up over time, you are exposed to a multitude of toxins that are contributing to your chemical overload and potential disease.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION??

You can find clean versions of all of these products that work just as well, if not better, than their toxic counterparts, at your local health food store. Or you can make your own products! Try this simple moisturizer that can be used on your face, hands and body! You can find all of these ingredients at your local health food store.

1/2 cup extra virgin, organic, raw coconut oil
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
1/4 cup natural beeswax
20 drops of your favourite essential oil

In a double boiler, allow the natural bees wax to become liquified. Add the coconut oil and almond oil, until it is all liquified and remove from heat. Add your essential oils and pour into small containers. Put in the fridge to harden and use liberally! It can be stored for months in the fridge.

Caution – if you are allergic to bees, or sensitive to bee pollen, etc, do not use the beeswax in your recipe. The cream might become liquified on hot days, but it will re-solidify when the temperature returns to normal. The beeswax helps to keep the cream solid in the heat and hold the moisture on your skin.

With Sources from:

1 – http://www.collective-evolution.com/2012/04/10/you-have-the-right-to-know-17-chemicals-to-avoid-in-cosmetic-and-personal-care-products/

 

Jo-Anne Richardson, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Energy Medicine Practitioner

Jo-Anne works with Fournier Homeopathic & Integrative Health to provide online education for clients and patients. Her interest in healthy, joyful living is demonstrated in her writing, coaching and teaching. Her goal is to improve the health of her community by empowering you with knowledge, support and new ideas.

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It’s Time to Trade in Your Microwave!

Have you ever stopped to wonder how your microwave can cook food so quickly? What technology is used to generate the heat?

Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM, explains that “A microwave is a form of non-ionizing radiation. As a matter of contrast, ionizing radiation changes the electromagnetic nature of atoms, or ionizes them. This alters the way they interact with other atoms and molecules around them. X-rays, gamma radiation, and nuclear medicine (CT scans, barium swallows, and mammograms) are types of ionizing radiation. Your food is being zapped by high-frequency waves of heat.”1

This radiation exposure changes the structure of the food you are heating up, and cause extreme nutrient loss, as the food is cooked at such high temperatures for a short period of time. The enzymes that are naturally occurring are denatured and can no longer give you the nutrients they would in their raw form.

Additionally, microwaves are made with an assortment of chemicals and carcinogens that are released into the cooking area, and ultimately your food, at high temperatures.

Hans Hertel, a Swiss scientist, further explains the damage caused by microwaves: “There are no atoms, molecules or cells of any organic system able to withstand such a violent, destructive power for any extended period of time, not even in the low energy range of milliwatts… This is how microwave cooking heat is generated – friction from this violence in water molecules. Structures of molecules are torn apart, molecules are forcefully deformed (called structural isomerism) and thus become impaired in quality.”2

What is the Solution? 

The best way to eat your fruit and vegetables is in their raw form. In this way, they have not been exposed to damaging heat and cooking practices and are able to provide the highest, most bioavailable amount of nutrients possible. If you must cook your food, steam it for the shortest time possible to maintain its integrity.

With Sources From:

1 – http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/why-you-should-never-microwave-your-food/

2 – http://naturalsociety.com/microwaves/

 

Also – check out last week’s post HERE on the dangers of microwave popcorn.

 

Jo-Anne Richardson, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Energy Medicine Practitioner

Jo-Anne works with Fournier Homeopathic & Integrative Health to provide online education for clients and patients. Her interest in healthy, joyful living is demonstrated in her writing, coaching and teaching. Her goal is to improve the health of her community by empowering you with knowledge, support and new ideas.

Looking for more tips and information on holistic health and living? Like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FournierHomeopathic and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/FournierHHealth

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