The Healing Properties of Juicing

Juicing can add some variety to your diet while helping you get the necessary nutrients from fruits and vegetables. You can make juice at home with a juicer, try a trendy juice bar, or purchase freshly squeezed juices at the supermarket. Get all the facts about juicing and learn if it’s right for you.

 

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Juicing usually requires using a machine (juicer like Breville) in order to turn raw fruits and vegetables into a liquid. Home juicing machines may cost anywhere from $30 dollars to more than $300 dollars. By using special blades, most juicers chop up your fruits or vegetables into tiny pieces and spins them in a way to separate the juice from the pulp, which eliminates the majority of the fiber. Refer to Consumer Reports or Amazon for reviews to find a juicer that is best for you.

Joe Cross’ 3-Day Juice Cleanse/Challenge July 20-22

Joe Cross is the creator of the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. If you haven’t seen his documentary, it’s a must see!  It is very powerful! Check out Juice Challenge info here on the Facebook group page.

 

Juice Cleanse

There are many health benefits of drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables.

it’s a great way to add nutrients from the fruits or vegetables that you normally wouldn’t eat.

Fruit and vegetable juices retain most of of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals called phytonutrients that would be found in the whole versions of those foods. These nutrients can help protect against several diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and inflammatory diseases i.e. rheumatoid arthritis.

Valuable compounds called flavonoids and anthocyanins are abundant in a variety of fruits and vegetables and guard against oxidative cellular damage, which comes from everyday cellular maintenance and is exacerbated by exposure to chemicals and pollution.

Note: Beware of claims that juicing is the only way to stay healthy, that you should avoid solid foods, or that juicing is a substitution for a medical diagnosis or treatment. There’s not much research out there that proves that juicing is healthier than eating the whole fruits and vegetables. Juicing does make them easier to consume on a regular basis.

Some advocates for juicing may claim that your body absorbs more nutrients from juices than the whole fruit because the fruit’s fiber gets in the way. However, there isn’t much research that supports that claim. Your digestive system is designed to handle fiber and extract nutrients from a variety of foods. Plus, fiber is important for digestive function and has a multitude of health benefits.

Juicing Safely

When making your own juice, try to make only as much as you can consume at one time. Juice that isn’t consumed right away can harbor bacteria and cause food poisoning. Exposure of the drink to air, bacteria and other pathogens can not only make you sick but threaten the nutritional value of the juice as well.

Also, before using juicing your desired fruit, you should wash them thoroughly to remove any dirt, pesticides or bacteria. Make sure your cutting board and utensils are clean as well. E. coli is a very dangerous bacteria that can live on your fruits and make you sick. The problem is that it can only be killed with heat, which can also damage the nutritional content of the juice. If you don’t want to boil your juice on the stove, you’ll have to wash the fruit thoroughly before juicing.

If you decide to pursue a diet that predominantly consists of juice, like a juice cleanse, make sure you consume at least 2000 calories or more per day depending on your metabolic needs. Don’t starve yourself! It’s important that your body gets a sufficient amount of calories, vitamins, nutrients, protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Also, make sure you eat fiber, to keep your digestive system working smoothly. You can add dissolvable fiber powder to your juices or supplement with a suitable number of fiber-rich solid foods (like prunes or pears) to compensate.

Get some easy-to-make, delicious juice recipes here. Happy juicing!

5 Ways To Cleanse Your Home And Declutter

Before Spring ends, it’s a good idea to look for ways to cleanse, declutter, and eliminate the junk from your daily life. Homes are one of the first places where our emotional clutter comes to life! Nothing is more rewarding than a clean and clutter-free home.  It  is good feng shui! After all, a clean and happy home is a decluttered and joyful soul!

1. Zone your home! For example, declutter the living room on Monday, the kitchen and dining room on Tuesday, the master bedroom on Wednesday, and bathrooms on Thursday. This will eliminate the opportunity to clean sporadically and will ensure you’re focused and detailed on specific rooms throughout the week.

2. Have three bins available to sort items you go through during the week. The first bin will be for things you want to keep but need to find a place for, the second, things you would like to donate, and lastly, things you want to throw away. This system helps keep extra items from being shoved into drawers and gives everything a place!

3. Set a time per day for decluttering. This will keep you focused and feeling accomplished once your time is up and the room is clean!

4. When decluttering, hold the item you are looking to put away or get rid of and ask yourself the question, “Does this bring me joy”. If the answer is no, place it in the trash bin or donate bin. If the answer is yes, add it to your bin of items you need to find a place for.

5. Collect papers whether they are bills, reminders, receipts or cards and shred the documents with private information. Be sure to recycle your paper goods! Only keep documents and paperwork that are important and organize them in a file folder.

Decluttering your home will bring peace to your life! Follow these 5 steps and you’re on your way to a clean, stress-free and decluttered living space!

In health and happiness,
Shaline

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Detox Time!

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This Detox System was created to fit your unique Nature. This system is not another one-size-fits-all fad approach that disrupts the balance of your health.

This detox system was created to help balance your health by Dr. Kristine Jerome, an Ayurvedic practitioner who has over 20 years of Ayurvedic experience!

Learn how to apply an Ayurveda detox to remove toxins from your body, restore your digestive issues, and other health issues that you may be experiencing.

Spring is the perfect time to do a detox.

This detox program covers:

  • How to tell if you have an excess of Ama (digestive toxins)
  •  How to uncover the Dosha or Doshic combination that Ama is disrupting in you
  •  How to restore your digestive intelligence
  •  How to do a “Doshic Detox
  •  Not just foods, but Ayurvedic remedies to correct Doshic disturbances in the gut
  •  An in-depth look at healing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Click here for more info about the Ayurvedic detox.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been a while…

I’ve missed blogging and I miss you all. In case you didn’t know, I’ve worked in residential property management for the past year. During this time I’ve been commuting Mondays and Thursdays between 2 – 4 hours one way (San Diego to LA and back to San Diego) and Tuesdays and Wednesdays commuting 1 to 1-1/2 hours each day.  So, needless to say I have lived in my car! Due to restructuring, my boss wanted me to work more hours each day which would mean even more time on the road!  Yesterday, I decided to give my two-week notice!  I am so relieved that I have my life back! One positive…I did have a chance to spend more time with my mom!

While I worked for this company, I’ve encountered difficult situations, which affected my emotional well being. So much so, that I begin seeing my acupuncturist again.  I know that I internalize my feelings but I didn’t know that it begin affecting my liver.  Did you know that your emotions go to your liver?!  This is the reason it is very important to detox and rid your body of the toxins, not just from food and the environment but also your emotional garbage.  One Solution:  Exercising/Boxing and/or screaming into a pillow!

Anyway, I hope to blog more often.  That is it for now.

Be healthy! And Happy!

Hugs

 

Can eating too healthy be unhealthy?

You would think that eating healthy would be better than eating unhealthy; however, in this case, yes, eating too healthy can be unhealthy.  I found that out first hand.

As a health coach, you are expected to eat healthy, have perfect meal plans, etc. Basically, you are expected to look and act the part!

I drank smoothies almost every morning and ate somewhat vegan. Later, I became a flexitarian.  I ate a lot of vegetables and some of it was raw, brown rice, sweet potatoes, ground turkey, fish, etc. – a pretty clean diet.

Note: Some raw vegetables can affect your thyroid.

With my smoothies, I added kale or spinach or both, a banana, superfoods such as chia power, flax seed powder, lucama powder, maca powder), a variety of fruits (ie mangos, strawberries, blueberries-whatever fruit was on hand), and protein powder.

Sometimes, I did cheat when I went out to eat with family and friends.

 

My physical

I scheduled my annual physical in May and had my blood drawn.  When my blood results arrived, I got a call from my doctor’s assistant that my liver enzymes and thyroid levels were slightly elevated and they wanted me to get retested in a couple of weeks.  (I waited a few months.)

First, I talked to a friend who was a physician in China and one of her colleagues.  Her colleague mentioned that it could be parasites, alcohol consumption/prescriptions, or an illness from another country.  Well, I don’t drink much, wasn’t on any medication, and I hadn’t traveled to another country.  So, with parasites, I was thinking how could I get them?  So, I thought maybe I picked up something our cats may have brought into our house.  That thought was eliminated.

Next, I asked my doctor’s office for my lab results.  When I got home with my results, I compared them with my results from last year.  Both my liver and thyroid levels were much higher than last year.  So, I thought maybe it was caused from the financial stress I was under last year and the beginning of this year. Note: When you are under an enormous amount of stress, it doesn’t matter how healthy you eat!

I also visited my acupuncturist who suggested that I get tested for hepatitis.

Research

So, the next thing I did was reach the internet.  What would cause my liver enzymes and thyroid levels to be elevated?  After some thought, it dawned on me that maybe the two were connected somehow.  So I researched to see if this was the case.  I also looked at my red blood cell count.  They were all connected.  I also have a family history of hemochromatosis. Note: Dr. Mercola briefly spoke on hemochromatosis at David Wolfe’s Longevity Now Conference last month. According to Dr. Mercola, there is no way except having your blood drawn to lower your iron.

 

What I did to lower my levels and get them back in range?

I reduced or eliminated smoothies – I read the labels on all the protein powder containers/packages that  I have in my pantry and found that all the protein powders are very high in iron…between 14% – 35%.

As a Chinese-American, my parents cooked a variety of homemade soups.  It seems like there was a soup for each ailment.  I made carrot soup with a dried tangerine peel.  I drank this for a couple days for two weeks to cleanse my liver.  I also made chicken bone broth to cleanse.

I ate more oatmeal for breakfast instead of eating organic cereal with almond milk.  Overall, I worked on eating a clean diet. And I stopped eating out.

I eliminated eating spinach, count down on kale and anything else that was high in iron.

Read labels!  You will find that almost everything has iron in it.

Finally, I am working to reduce my stress by mediating more often and practicing yoga.

 

Result of my blood tests

The lab took five vials of blood to redo a comprehensive blood panel. My liver enzymes and thyroid levels are back within range.  And my tests ruled out hepatitis.  I am relieved.

 

My Recommendation

Compare your yearly blood test results by checking your levels.

RBC = Red Blood Cell, TSH = Thyroid, AST = Liver Enzyme, ALT = Liver Enzyme.

 

For more info, visit these websites:

http://www.endocrineweb.com/professional/research-updates/thyroid-disorders/connection-between-hypothyroidism-non-alcoholic-fatt

http://www.livestrong.com/article/298291-elevated-liver-enzymes-causes-signs-symptoms/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/elevated-liver-enzymes/basics/causes/sym-20050830

http://www.liverfoundation.org/abouttheliver/info/hemochromatosis/

https://www.verywell.com/hemochromatosis-and-hypothyroidism-3233147

Dry Brushing: The Two-Minute Health Boost

Do you know?

  • What organ receives one third of all circulating blood?
  • When the liver is stagnant and a backflow of waste fills the blood, which organ bears the burden?
  • What organ is the last in line for needed nutrients and the first to announce bodily imbalances and deficiencies?

 Your skin!

Our skin is the sentinel of our health. Only 1 millimeter thick, the skin streams with blood vessels, hormones, lymphatic capillaries, healthy lipids, waterproofing oils, and beneficial flora. It breathes and absorbs sunlight, spinning the warm rays of the sun into vitamin D. Deeply connected to our brain, our skin is a vast interface between the outside and inside of the body. It defines for us what is “out there” and what is “in here.” Our stalwart skin does all this, and it is beautiful.

We tend to take our skin for granted, trespassing and compromising its health with indiscriminating choices: lethal lotions and polluted potions, fake food and tainted tap water, chemical crèmes and synthetic sun-screens. In lieu of this, let’s take a moment to attune ourselves to our amazing skin.

The ancient Greek and Romans thought highly of the skin; their legendary baths are monuments to the importance of skin care for good health. The bathing ritual was luxurious and relaxing, consisting of soaks in hot and frigid pools and saunas. The very first stop for a bather was the strigling room. A strigil is a metal spoon-like tool that was coated in oil and brushed across every inch of skin. This process cleaned the skin and readied it for the rest of the baths.

I prefer brushing my skin with natural bristle brushes. Dry brushing involves coating a dry brush with a drop of botanical oil and then very gently brushing every inch of skin, like butterflies on the skin – a very light touch. Always brush in the direction of the heart, and avoid brushing damaged or inflamed skin.

Dry brushing is so worth the 2 minutes it takes before a bath or shower.  Of the many benefits, here are a couple of reasons why I dry brush:

 

  1. Your Lymph

Dry brush your skin for the love of your lymphatic system because a flowing lymphatic system helps support healthy immune response and circulation. Lymph fluid bathes all of the cells of the body with oxygen and nutrients and carries away wastes and excess fluid.

The lymph system is right under the surface of your skin, comprised of a vast network of superficial capillaries that lead to larger collection vessels throughout the body. These capillaries consist of loosely overlapping cells so that they are permeable to fluids, larger molecules, pathogens, and other smaller cells. Fluid from intracellular spaces drains into the lymph capillaries, is transported through lymph nodes, and then flows into large ducts on either side of the spine. From there, the fluid along with the waste and unneeded cellular “stuff” is passed into blood stream to be processed and eliminated.

Unlike the circulatory system that has the heart for a pump, the circulation of lymph fluid relies on physical motion to get it moving. Muscle contractions massage the fluid along through the capillaries in the skin. Inactivity and loss of muscle tone are major obstacles for healthy lymph flow. The lymph fluid can be roused by the dry and stiff bristles of a brush gently swept across the skin. The tiny muscles in your skin, the same muscles that make your hair stand up when you are cold, are stimulated by the motion of the brush and provide gentle contractions that get the lymph moving.

Botanical oils are an awesome way to enhance dry brushing.  The use of undiluted oils of cypress, rosemary, laurel, eucalyptus and yarrow are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, nourishing, balancing and revivifying. Laurel, Laurus nobilis are particularly known for clearing and moving the lymphatic system. In Advanced Aromatherapy, Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt states, “rubbing a few drops of bay laurel on swollen lymph nodes may have an immediate, noticeable effect. The positive and pleasant effect of this oil is so distinct and strong that one application will normally suffice to convince the most hardened skeptic to use it.”

Simply pour 1-2 drops of the oils on the palm of your hand, and then glide a dry brush across your palm coating the bristles. Then gently, brush your body starting with your toes all the way up to your head. Remember to always brush toward the heart.

 

2. Amplify Blood Circulation

Just two minutes of whole-body dry brushing boosts blood supply (both in volume and area) to the skin for an hour. Blood vessels weave through the skin in an elegant tapestry delivering vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and fluids that build and sustain it. Blood also picks up the vitamin D made in skin cells and delivers to the rest of the body. Stagnant blood supply to the skin leads to loss of vitality, paleness, and a cascade of complexion and immune issues.

The light pressure on the skin from dry brushing promotes temporary blood capillary dilation, which allows for a higher volume of blood flow and more efficient give and take with the cells. Dry brushing also recruits dormant capillaries back into action. This is why the skin has a rosy glow after a thorough brushing.

Living Libations and LifeSpa have oils specifically for the lymph system.

21-Day Sugar Detox beginning September 15th

Do you crave sugar all day?

Do you include something sweet with every meal or snack?

Do you experience spikes and dips in your energy levels throughout the day?

Do you often feel tired when you wake up in the morning?

Are you trying to burn body fat?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your body may be in need of a sugar detox.

Why?

To remove toxins from your body that accumulate over time. And, to give your organs a break.

My 21-Day Sugar Detox will begin in September. It is a whole food based program designed to help you reduce and/or eliminate your cravings for sugar. Through this three-week program, we focus on quality protein, healthy fats, and good carbs. You will not only change the foods you eat but you may possibly change your habits around food. The program will also cover natural sweeteners versus artificial sweeteners and low glycemic meal planing.

Some of the material provided in the program include:

Meal Planning
Grocery List
Private Facebook Group
24/7 email support
1 group coaching call
and more

For more info, please contact me!