Can Healthy Food Be Bad For You?

Heal your Food Sensitivities with the Food Empowerement Kit

Is it possible that the foods you’re eating everyday are the biggest source of poison you’re putting into your body? Perhaps you already have a gut feeling that this rings true to you.

Maybe you’ve already tested for food sensitivities, but your results said you were sensitive to absolutely everything. This left you with nothing to eat! Or perhaps you were on the other end of the scale. You’re sensitive to nothing but still unsure of what to eat because of the symptoms you’re experiencing.

What if the superfoods that you think you should be eating (because they are considered ‘super’), aren’t actually super for YOU?

What are the Cost Common Food Sensitivity Symptoms

When it comes to figuring out what foods are right for you, it’s imperative to identify them. You’ll finally break free from the suffering you’re dealing with (not just in your gut, but all over your system).

Symptoms & suffering correlated to food sensitivities can include: 

  • Unpleasant periods accompanied by PMS and cramps
  • Mood swings that change without rhyme or reason
  • Depression, anxiety and panic attacks where it feels as if the world is ending
  • Extreme, debilitating fatigue where you can’t get out of bed
  • IBS, constipation, loose stools, uncomfortable bloating 
  • Weight gain, thyroid problems, hormonal issues and menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats
  • Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, insomnia
  • Joint aches and pain 

And so much more… the list goes on and on and on.

If you’re struggling with any of these problems, I invite you to explore this powerful food sensitivities healing tool to improve your gut health.

Food Sensitivities – A Root Cause of Disease 

From the perspective of natural holistic health, food sensitivities are often seen as the root cause of physical conditions and many mental and emotional conditions. Why?

  • Since food is something that we ingest everyday, it has the potential to be the biggest toxic substance that we consume (on purpose) causing us harm. After all, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” -Lucretius
  • https://drmarisol.com/irritable-bowel-syndrome-and-the-microbiome-part-2-dr-marisol/Undetected food sensitivities are a source of inflammation and stress on the body; the two MAIN causes of disease. So it’s not food sensitivities that cause disease. Rather, the stress and inflammation produced by food sensitivities that cause further issues.
  • We can create our own sensitivities by eating certain foods during TRAUMATIC experiences in our lives. The trauma doesn’t need to be one of dramatic proportions, it just needs to be traumatic to you. The body can’t digest properly when it’s stressed. So if you’re eating a lot of a certain food during a traumatic time in your life, it sits in the digestive tract longer, which increases the sensitization capacity of the food, rendering it more immunogenic and/or allergenic1.
  • We are disconnected. For many, it is due to our past traumas that have severed our body’s ability to properly feel from the waist down. The physical and spiritual elements of our bodies don’t talk anymore. So we eat food that is supposed to nourish us, but we can’t feel whether it is good or bad because of this disconnect. This may be why people with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) often also suffer from psychiatric disease2 3.
  • Many of us have been on rounds of antibiotics or prescription medications that destroy the healthy balance of gut flora (A.K.A. our gut microbiome)4 5. This can lead to conditions like leaky gut or small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), increasing the likelihood of food sensitivities.

Superfood Diets

Most of us find ourselves sitting on what I like to call Pain Island. Here we feel unwell, confused, & are simply going through the motions. I was there for the greater part of my life. 

I had odd symptoms; like a constant itchiness under my skin, especially over my belly button and abdomen area. I was bloating so bad after eating that I seriously looked pregnant. My periods were so out of whack that in my late 20s I was experiencing symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes and night sweats. On top of it all I was so chronically fatigued it became next to impossible for me to even get out of bed.

I went to multiple practitioners to find out what was wrong. Many of them instructed me to remove the most common allergens from my diet like dairy and wheat (A.K.A. gluten), and put me on a “superfood diet”. I was so thankful because I thought it was finally going to be the solution that would stop my suffering.

Queen of The Thrones Castor Oil helps you heal Food Sensitivities.

So there I was, consuming broccoli, almonds & kale — all of the “good stuff” — for months, yet I was still feeling horribly off and wrong. 

The practitioners would tell me,

“Don’t worry, keep going, it’s just a normal healing crisis.”

It was a crisis alright! I didn’t feel like I was healing and I was getting all the more desperate. After going to 5 different practitioners, I got fed up and finally took matters into my own hands. I went back to school to become a naturopathic doctor & find MY answers. 

I’m grateful for these hardships now. It was through my pain and confusion that I found my passion and became a naturopathic doctor.

Healthy Food can be a Food Sensitivity

Eventually I discovered my unique food sensitivities, and guess what they were? Broccoli, almonds & kale. The main foods in my ‘superfood diet’ were at the root of my ongoing health issues.

Healthy Food can be a Food Sensitivity

The Journey to Healing

Through my personal experience, education & clinical practice with thousands of patients, I’ve come to understand there are 3 steps in the journey to healing:

  1. Reduce the two main causative factors of disease: stress and inflammation.
  2. Reconnect the physical and the spiritual.
  3. Test for sensitivities using multiple techniques, more than simply blood tests (the validity of laboratory IgG tests is debated in the medical community6 7).

These three steps will lead you through the journey that takes us from Pain Island, across ‘Know Thyself’ waters all the way to Pleasure Island, where we feel healthy, empowered, free from food sensitivities & ready to live out our purpose. It took me a long time to get to Pleasure Island… But it was well worth it! Plus, thousands of my patients who have done the same feel this way too.

Food Empowerment Kit takes you from Pain Island to Pleasure Island

I want to give you the map and show you the shortcuts to get to Pleasure Island quickly. I want you to know what I wish I would have known all those years ago — how to test, what to do, and all of the ins and outs of navigating your personal world of food sensitivities.

The Food Empowerment Kit is the map that will help you to navigate from Pain Island where you’re feeling totally unwell in your body & simply going through to motions, to Pleasure Island, where you feel empowered, healthy & ready to live out your purpose & passion.


References

1  Isabella Pali-Schöll 1 2, Eva Untersmayr 3, Martina Klems 4, Erika Jensen-Jarolim 5 6 The Effect of Digestion and Digestibility on Allergenicity of Food Review. Nutrients 2018 Aug 21;10(9):1129. doi: 10.3390/nu10091129. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30134536/ 

2  Siobhain M O’Mahony 1 2, Gerard Clarke 3 4, Timothy G Dinan 3 4, John F Cryan 5 3 Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Stress-Related Psychiatric Co-morbidities: Focus on Early Life Stress Review Handb Exp Pharmacol 2017;239:219-246. doi: 10.1007/164_2016_128. PMID: 28233180 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28233180/ 

3  A Sibelli 1, T Chalder 2, H Everitt 3, P Workman 1, S Windgassen 4, R Moss-Morris 1 A systematic review with meta-analysis of the role of anxiety and depression in irritable bowel syndrome onset Psychol Med 2016 Nov;46(15):3065-3080. doi: 10.1017/S0033291716001987. Epub 2016 Sep 8. PMID: 27605134 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27605134/ 

4  Sheng Zhang1 and De-Chang Chen2 Facing a new challenge: the adverse effects of antibiotics on gut microbiota and host immunity Chin Med J (Engl). 2019 May 20; 132(10): 1135–1138. Published online 2019 May 20. doi: 10.1097/CM9.0000000000000245 PMID: 30973451 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6511407/ 

5  Mi Young Yoon1,2 and Sang Sun Yoon 1,2 Disruption of the Gut Ecosystem by Antibiotics Yonsei Med J. 2018 Jan 1; 59(1): 4–12. Published online 2017 Nov 29. doi: 10.3349/ymj.2018.59.1.4 PMID: 29214770 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5725362/ 

6  Jacek Gocki  and Zbigniew Bartuzi Role of immunoglobulin G antibodies in diagnosis of food allergy Postepy Dermatol Alergol. 2016 Aug; 33(4): 253–256. Published online 2016 Aug 16. doi: 10.5114/ada.2016.61600 PMID: 27605894 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5004213/ 

7  Rudolf Valenta,∗ Heidrun Hochwallner, Birgit Linhart, and Sandra Pahr Food Allergies: The Basic Gastroenterology. 2015 May; 148(6): 1120–1131.e4. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2015.02.006 PMID: 25680669 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4414527/

Why Am I Always Bloated? | Tips to Wake Up With a Flat Tummy

When you’ve spent the majority of your life struggling to achieve the infamous flat belly, it’s like the golden goose — just slightly out of your reach. You achieve it and feel so proud, so rewarded, only to crash, crumbling down. It works great for a week and then ‘poof’, it’s gone, and you’re back to square one. All because you cheated just a little bit on your diet.

Food allergies cause abdominal bloating

It’s so hard to be “perfect” all the time. You try, and you do your best, and I want to honour that here!!! You are working hard, good for you.

But maybe, just maybe — it’s not enough to only avoid certain foods. After all, you know you can’t avoid indulging on more than one occasion. Let’s face it — you’re human and you’re not perfect, and that is absolutely OK!

So how can we indulge and not go back to square one? Instead of feeling like a beluga whale, we want to feel bodacious and like our best selves!

Here you will learn why the bloat happens, the main factors causing problems and the easy nightly routine that you can do to help alleviate the problem.

Why Do I Get Bloated?

There are many causes of bloated bellies. When you feel and look 7 months pregnant and well, you’re not… it’s a really important sign that things in your body aren’t working as they should. There is something terribly wrong with the environment in your body.

Here are the most common reasons why you’re dealing with bloating.

  • Food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances (most commonly, dairy and wheat) 
  • High sugar diet
  • Excessive processed foods 
  • Lack of exercise and natural movement  
  • Constipation (lack of daily bowel movement)
  • Low digestive factors
  • Unhealthy gut microbiome 
  • Insomnia, or problems sleeping
Gluten and dairy are common causes of abdominal bloating

Let’s look at this interactive day-in-the-life example so you can see what I mean.

Living with Daily Bloating

Here’s what happens. You wake up in the morning with a relatively flat stomach. For breakfast, you eat a bagel and cream cheese. Seems innocent enough, right? As it goes down your digestive tract, because you are sensitive to it (gluten and dairy as it has been shown that the majority of people are), it causes inflammation and irritation. You may or may not feel symptoms directly associated to the food, but things are brewing down under!

What’s brewing is the unhealthy bacteria and yeast that look for any opportunity to advance their position and the best one to them is an irritated, inflamed gut and digestive tract (no matter how it got that way). They easily propagate and build their colonies and biofilm, which is a protective barrier that keeps them colonizing your gut.

Then, to make it all go down smoothly, you follow your delicious bagel with a cup of coffee, that you added 3 tsp of sugar and milk to (which is also sugar), or you opted for a healthier version: a glass of orange juice (BTW that is equivalent to 8 tsp of sugar).

Here you add flame to the already burning iridescent fire. Sugar FEEDS yeast overgrowth; this well known in natural circles as Candida. Your microbiome, as it’s called, is up to no good, and causing you bloating because of it. Coffee also promotes the stress response, so when paired with sugar, it creates one unhappy couple.

A solution? Switch to green tea! Green tea heals the gut lining, improves the microbiome and stimulates you like a coffee, but relaxes you at the same time, negating the cortisol spike that may occur2. We have 100% organic loose leaf Estate Green Tea now available on the Queen of the Thrones® CANADIAN online shop.

Queen of The Thrones Green Tea heals the gut and reduce abdominal bloating

Bacteria and yeast aren’t all in all bad, but those that are bad create nauseating gases and ferment in your body. These nauseating gases not only make you smell bad but they also slow down how quickly you go to the bathroom. This means you’re more likely to be constipated when this happens.

Plus you feel foggy-brained and fatigued. It’s almost like you are creating your own alcohol in your digestive tract. I am 100% serious here!

There is of course a serious complication with all the other factors causing bloating. Add complication to an already complicated matter with the next aspect.

Is Bacteria Causing me to Bloat?

The microbiome is often blamed for gas and bloating, specifically in the condition known as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), where one of the main symptoms is bloating due to gas created by overgrowth.

Well, yes and no, and as you can see from the example above. It’s many factors.

The reality is, it’s a big smorgasbord of interplay between related factors that create the ENVIRONMENT in your body for there to be bloating.

Change Your Environment, Change Your Life

How do you then fix the environment or the foundation of your body, without having to take a bazillion supplements and see a bunch of practitioners to get things in control?

A great first step is to have your food sensitivities tested. Food sensitivity testing allows you to see the whole picture and YOUR personal reaction to foods.  In naturopathic college, I was personally unwell and struggled with food for a long time.

A food sensitivity blood test determines your IgG reactivity levels for different kinds of foods

Well, it turns out that the foods that everyone recommended were actually the ones that I had a sensitivity to and should have avoided! To read more about how food testing was my saving grace, head over to my blog on “How Food Allergies, Sensitivities and Intolerance are messing with your IBS”

If you’re interested about more information on food sensitivity testing, you can find important resources in this lab testing website in the US.

Calm your Abdominal Bloating with Castor Oil Packs!

The keys to this legendary treatment that has been around since the beginning of human civilization is that it works because it supports the fundamentals of health.

It has been shown to improve bloat because it improves these 5 key things:

  1. Function of digestion, absorption and elimination
  2. Antioxidant status 
  3. Inflammation regulation 
  4. Tension and stress reduction 
  5. Host microbiome balance

What this means for you is better digestion, a good night’s sleep, better tolerance of stress, improved bowel movements, and increased absorption of good fats that help you heal and help you with cleansing and hormonal balance.

You will still need to be conscious of your diet, but regular practice of the castor oil packs allow for indulgence that won’t do you in. This is the awesome part about resetting the foundation and not just focusing on the symptoms!

Queen of The Thrones Castor Oil Pack improves your digestion, absorption and elimination.

A Castor Oil Pack is typically placed on the liver underneath the right rib cage and worn for a minimum of one hour, or ideally overnight. Why? Because you don’t tend to your garden only once in a while, you make sure it is watered, has good nutrients and that you keep the soil healthy and hospitable.

What also keeps the garden happy? The natural day and night cycle.

Optimize your Sleep Cycle with the Beauty Sleep Eye Kit

The best way to optimize your sleep cycle is naturally, with The Beauty Sleep Kit™. It’s a castor oil pack for the eyes.

These packs help to block out light, but also help with improving your melatonin. The best benefit is that they also help with growing your lashes and eyebrows as well as reducing the fine lines around your eyes.

It’s a win-win! As part of your bedtime routine, before putting your eye mask on, apply the castor oil with the cosmetic brush on your eyebrows and eyelashes.

So there you have it, a better understanding of a few things that cause the dreaded bloat, but most importantly, what you can do about it now, so you don’t always have to be living on pins and needles when you indulge. You get deeper foundational healing and support of your fundamental function and the ability be disciplined with a bit of indulgence.


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Disclaimer: Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors. Neither Queen of the Thrones® nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content. This communication does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Information provided does not replace the advice of your health care practitioner. If you happen to purchase anything we promote, in this or any of our communications, it’s likely Queen of the Thrones® will receive some kind of affiliate compensation. Still, we only promote content and products that we truly believe in and share with our friends, family and patients. If you ever have a concern with anything we share, please let us know at care@drmarisol.com. We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.

Diastasis Recti and Constipation | Two Common Postpartum Body Challenges

Constipation is very common after labor and childbirth.

Guest Blog By Kim Vopni, The Vagina Coach

There are two things that I will never forget about the early hours after giving birth to my first son – Diastasis Recti and Constipation.

I remember how disconnected my upper body felt from my lower body when I got up to go to the bathroom for the first time after my baby entered the world.  I felt like I had to hold myself together.  What was a fairly tight compact part of my body, was now a vacant space with very little tone.  The muscles in my abdominal wall had stretched well beyond their normal, optimal length and the rectus muscles (think 6 pack) had also moved away from their midline position – a condition known as diastasis recti.  

Two images of abdominal muscles, one showing diastasis recti

As I sat down to pee, I had a sudden panic attack knowing that at some point I was also going to have to poop!  

The thought of that first bowel movement after giving birth is almost scarier than the birth itself! This fear coupled with other influences I will elaborate on below, can contribute to postpartum constipation.  

Diastasis Recti and constipation are very common and with the right information, can be very well managed and don’t have to be a big deal in the early postpartum period or beyond.  Let’s look first at constipation.

Castor Oil improve your digestion

POSTPARTUM CONSTIPATION

Once the baby is born, we as parents start to diligently record every feed and every poop our baby makes.  What no one really thinks about is that the new mom would benefit from having someone do the same for her.  Nutrition is a key element of postpartum healing and can play a huge role in healing and nourishing the body as well as managing bowel movements therefore reducing the likelihood of constipation.

Labour typically slows down the digestive system, especially if you had an epidural and it can take a few days to get back on track.  Other things that can influence the digestive system in the early weeks postpartum are pain medications, iron supplementation and fear of pooping!  A lot happens in the pelvis and to the vagina, perineum and anus – things like tearing, stitches, tenderness and hemorrhoids.  The thought of anything else passing through can be a bit stressful to say the least.  Stress activates the ‘fight or flight’ response which reduces blood flow to the digestive system and can contribute to constipation.

From a Chinese medicine perspective the first system that needs to be addressed in postpartum healing is the digestive system.  The digestive system is responsible for transforming food into blood and energy and if digestion is off, then the body will not benefit from the food consumed and therefore not build the blood and energy needed for healing.  

Digestive System Diagram by Queen of the Thrones®

MOTHER ROASTING

It is also believed in Chinese Medicine that the body has ‘opened’ during pregnancy and birth and is therefore susceptible to ‘wind’ or ‘cold’.  New mothers have a 30 day period of “sitting in” where the mother does not go out and is instead served warm soups, stews, and broths that are easy to digest.

Korea has a 100 day period where the mother and child do not leave the home. In Japan, the mother and baby stay at the mother’s parent’s home for some pampering and one-on-one time with the baby. India and African nations include traditions of 10-40 day isolations where additional support is provided including massage, childcare and food preparation. 

Other practices from places like Malaysia include belly binding and hot stones on the abdomen to help cleanse it, close it and heal it. 

These practices not only allow the body time to recover from the trauma of giving birth but provide a period of mental rest that I firmly believe creates a solid foundation for mom and baby from day one.

BELLY BINDING

The belief of the need to ‘close’ the body is justified.  Diastasis Recti has been shown to happen to 100% of women in the third trimester and the gap between the muscles doesn’t always return to its pre-pregnancy state, nor does the connective tissue naturally regain its supportive tensioning role in the core. The muscles in the pelvic floor have also stretched and in some cases have been cut or torn which can contribute to challenges with core control and continence.

Belly wrapping or belly binding aims to provide temporary compression and support to the pelvis and abdominal wall in the early weeks postpartum when the muscles are temporarily hindered in their ability to contribute to core control.   

Belly Wrapping

The muscles and connective tissue in the abdominal wall and pelvis are key with regards to stability and control in our inner core but so are the bones and joints. In the pelvis, the shape of the bones provides what is called ‘form closure’ while the muscles, ligaments and connective tissue contribute to what is called ‘force closure’. During pregnancy biomechanical changes occur in the body which can reduce the effectiveness of both form and force closure such as;

  • Altered posture and load bearing;
  • Altered muscle length in the pelvic floor and abdomen (both longer and shorter) which results in reduced ability for muscle force production;
  • The role of relaxin and progesterone contribute to joint laxity and when the ligaments are lax it affects the force closure.
  • The abdominal muscles are stretched to allow space for the enlarging uterus, which can lead to loss of muscle tone and strength in the abdominal region and a compromised ability to produce tension in the thoracolumbar fascia, resulting in reduced force closure in the pelvis;
  • Diastasis recti is a distortion in the abdominal wall and can impair the function of the muscles including their role in posture and pelvic stability;
  • The transversus abdominis, multifidus, diaphragm and the pelvic floor are all anticipatory muscles of the core and are required for force closure in the pelvis – all are affected by posture and alignment changes in pregnancy
  • Intra-abdominal pressure – altered mechanics and alignment mean management of intra-abdominal pressure will change

INTRA-ABDOMINAL PRESSURE

We can’t talk about postpartum recovery and wrapping without talking about intra-abdominal pressure.

Intra-abdominal pressure is defined as the pressure within the abdominal cavity.  It is part of our core stability system.  We need some, but not too much and we need an ability to manage the varying pressures throughout the day. When we take a breath in, the diaphragm descends and there is a compression action on the abdominal contents which acts to stabilize the pelvis and spine.  We can have too much pressure such as a Valsalva maneuverer which is an inhale, then breath hold while bearing down.  This often results in a distended abdomen and can place pressure on the pelvic organs as well.  

The reverse can also be seen in a technique called “hypopressives” which decreases intra-abdominal pressure and results in a hollowing or concavity of the abdomen.  A reliance on one may result in a compromised ability to manage changes in intra-abdominal pressure such as during lifting or exercise.  

Crunches were given a bad rap because they cause an increase in intra-abdominal pressure but a study found that activities like standing up from a chair or downward dog pose in yoga actually created equal or greater increases in intra-abdominal pressure which suggests that managing intra-abdominal pressure is more about HOW a person performs a movement or exercise rather than the exercise itself.

Wrapping is often considered to be a practice that increases intra-abdominal pressure and it can when done incorrectly.  Wrapping is ideally done to temporarily contribute to force closure in the pelvis with some gentle hugging of the abdominal wall.  Many mistakenly wrap only the waist and wrap very tightly in hopes that it will help heal the gap between the abdominals (diastasis recti).  Instead it increases intra-abdominal pressure, it interferes with digestion and it restricts optimal breathing patterns which can prevent healing of the abdominal wall and pelvic floor and can also contribute to constipation.

My recommendations for postpartum recovery include principles that support rest and belly wrapping in the early weeks postpartum, core retraining with pelvic floor initiated movements, a balance between hyper and hypopressive exercise and nutrition that is based on the traditional practices of mother roasting to support optimal digestion.

Disclaimer: Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors. Neither Queen of the Thrones® nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content. This communication does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Information provided does not replace the advice of your health care practitioner. If you happen to purchase anything we promote, in this or any of our communications, it’s likely Queen of the Thrones® will receive some kind of affiliate compensation. Still, we only promote content and products that we truly believe in and share with our friends, family and patients. If you ever have a concern with anything we share, please let us know at care@drmarisol.com. We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.