Can Healthy Food Be Bad For You?

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?

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, register for my free masterclass now – click here!

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
  • 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. If this sounds like you, please come to my free masterclass.

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.

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.

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).

Register for my free one-hour masterclass on October 13th, 2020! I will lead you through this journey, step by step, with a live Q&A at the end (normally worth hundreds of dollars!) – click here!

It’s 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.

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.

Join me for my free one hour live masterclass on October 13th, 2020 where we delve into this journey. You’ll have access to top natural health tools and practices, a live q&a session with me (Dr. Marisol, N.D.) and discover 5 natural techniques to identify food sensitivities at home (without expensive testing). REGISTER NOW! Space is limited.


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.

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

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 here.

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.

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 in more information on food sensitivity testing, here is a link to lab testing it in the US.

Our next Pearls of Practice ‘5 At Home DIY Alternatives to Test Your Food Sensitivities Naturally’ is on Wednesday September 16th at 8pm EST – sign up here to find out how you can learn easy methods to test your food sensitivities from home!

How do I Stop Bloating!?

Calm your Bloat 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!

This pack is typically placed on the liver underneath the right rib cage. It’s 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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How To Optimize Cleansing and Detoxification with Castor Oil Packs

How To Optimize Cleansing and Detoxification with Castor Oil Packs

When I first heard about cleansing I was under the impression that it was just a fad.  A trend that would soon disappear.  Something that Gwyneth Paltrow or the latest Hollywood starlet was promoting.  When I began my journey and dove deep into the science and learning of what natural medicine truly is, I fell in love with the ways that natural-focused care givers activate the healing powers of the body, known as the “vis” in naturopathic medicine.  I soon realized that cleansing and detoxification practices are not a new-age Hollywood hippie thing.  In fact, their roots date back to before biblical times.  Basically to the beginning of the conscious human! 

There is evidence in historical texts, in the literature of practices since the time of Hippocrates, the father of medicine.  It is no wonder that this specialization in functional medicine is taking on a whole new science-based appreciation.  More and more practitioners are realizing the benefit of incorporating these treatments and therapies into their practice.  They help with rebalancing the system, whether you are suffering from a hormonal problem, a digestive issue, or any of the other hundreds of labels given to problems in the body.

The Difference Between Cleansing and Detoxification

To begin, I think it is really important to understand and define the terminology.  I am often confused, as I know you are too, by the manner in which people use the terms cleansing and detoxification.  Are they interchangeable?  Do they mean the same thing?  Which one should I be doing?  Let’s start by clarifying these Uber important terms and then delving into the 5 most important keys to re-engaging these vital life-promoting, disease-destroying functions of our glorious bodies.  Then I’ll share my most important tool that I use in my clinical practice to jumpstart these functions in our bodies.

Cleansing is the ability for our bodies to eliminate waste created in our systems by the foods we eat, our natural metabolic processes and what we accumulate just by living on planet earth. 

Cleansing Pathways of the Body

Our most important cleansing pathways include:

  1. Stools – Your poo is the primary vehicle for the elimination of leftovers/roughage from your food.  The majority of stools consists of bacteria, as well as fat soluble substances such as cholesterol, toxins of all types including heavy metals like mercury and lead, and excess hormones like estrogen.
  2. Urine – A primary vehicle that eliminates what the stools cannot, often excesses of heavy metals and other substances such as uric acid. 
  3. Sweat –  A secondary elimination pathway.  This pathway should be encouraged if stools and urine are functioning optimally.  People will often note worsening body odour if they are having problems with constipation.  This is because the genius of our bodies will always search for a way to get the things out that are no good for us. 
  4. Breath – Breath is well known for the elimination of carbon dioxide.
  5. Periods – For women, our periods are a vehicle for elimination of toxicity.  It is researched that women in menopause, after loosing their periods, are more toxic and will experience hot flashes as an adaptation to continue elimination, since they are so toxic.

Detoxification Sites of the Body 

Detoxification on the other hand, is the metabolic transformation of a substance, usually from one thing into another.  It occurs mainly in the following places in the body: 

  1. Liver – Phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification help to package and transform substances that are not easy to eliminate via the cleansing pathways. 
  2. Kidneys – Part of phase 3 of detoxification, where further filtration occurs.
  3. Mucous Membranes – Part of phase 3 of detoxification, this is most predominate in the gut. Phase 3 is the final stage of detoxification before cleansing.
  4. Various cells in the body – All aid in the detoxification process. 

Both cleansing and detoxification are deeply connected.  They are both extremely inhibited by 5 occurrences that can happen in our bodies. 

Reduced Ability to Cleanse and Detoxify

The causes of reduced ability to cleanse and detoxify properly are:

1. Stress

This is the #1 problem for the body, and unfortunately, because we live in today’s industrialization era we are bombarded.  The body doesn’t differentiate stressors as chemical, emotional or physical.  It puts all stress into the same mixing pot.  So you could be having an altercation with your mother-in-law, be exposed to high levels of pollutants, or injure your leg.  All of these instances would cause stress and significantly inhibit your ability to transform (detox) and eliminate (cleanse). 

Stress is now being touted as the #1 cause of disease in the modern world.  Something very interesting to note for women with hormonal problems, specifically those with estrogen dominance; is that with increasing stress, our adrenals produce increased cortisol.  Increased cortisol depletes your progesterone levels, which can leave you with a relative progesterone deficiency.  This can severely aggravate estrogen dominance related issues such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

2. Inflammation

Has also been pointed out as a villain, A.K.A. the ‘silent killer’ in modern medicine and it’s no surprise.  When we have high inflammation we also experience elevated levels of acidity in our bodies.  Ironically, inflammation is a purposeful mechanism that helps us heal. 

Hippocrates stated, “Give me the power to create inflammation and I will heal every disease.”  However, too much of a good thing can damage us.  Inflammation is purposefully destructive, to actually help rebuild our tissues.  But when the fire of inflammation gets out of control because there is too much junk to burn, that’s when we start having problems.  The body often responds with trying to control the fire by adding water. 

The result is we get bloated, we may also experience weight gain, often in the central core of our bodies.  For others this may translate to excessive aches and pains in the joints.  And for others, mood can be greatly affected because the inflammation impacts their neurological system.  It all depends on your unique biology and weak areas.

3. Lack of Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect our cells against damage from toxic substances, and they help to clear them out of the body.  Glutathione is known as the master detoxification agent.  We are constantly exposed to thousands of toxins – in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the products we put onto our bodies.  Glutathione helps to move most (if not all) of these harmful substances OUT.

4. Inability to Eliminate

When you can’t eliminate properly, recirculation of toxins happens.  Constipation is a huge issue in our society.  We should be going each and every day, the length of our elbow to our wrist bone.  If we aren’t eliminating this much, our stools are sitting in the body holding waste materials that are reabsorbed and a source of repollution to our system.

How To Improve Cleansing and Detox – Castor Oil Packs

Castor oil packs are used by many of my patients.  Why?  Because the 4 problems listed above – stress, inflammation, lack of antioxidants and problems with elimination – are underlying issues in so conditions.  If you have a hormonal, immune or nervous system problem, it is possible that these issues exist somewhere in your body, dependant on your individual physiology and your weak zones. 

Main Modes of Action of Castor Oil Packs

So what are the main actions of the infamous castor oil packs? 

1.Practice the Pause

Stress, as mentioned above, is touted as being the #1 cause of dis-ease in the body.  The ‘pause’, A.K.A. parasympathetic state, is difficult in this day and age because we are bombarded with daily to-do’s that can feel out of our control. 

Like an Olympian athlete, to perform well we must practice.  As a whole, we are out of practice on the relaxed state.  It can be difficult to find things that are quick and easy to help us reset, or that don’t involve another person.  A hug, massage, acupuncture treatment, reiki, all require the presence of another person.  It’s difficult to schedule all these appointments.  Castor oil packs are an easy, at-home health treatment that feel like a warm hug1 on the body.  If done daily, they retrain the body into the pause state2.

The pause is the only place that we heal.  It is the panacea, the Eden on earth.  All of the body’s cleansing functions are NATURALLY turned ON in the relaxed, pause state.  All you need to do is make sure that you have sufficient vitamins and minerals to drive these metabolic processes and you’re good to go!  Castor oil packs, if done daily, additionally help you to better absorb all the nutrients from your food and the supplements you take because they improve digestion and absorption3,4,5. 

So instead of absorbing 10% of your supplements in a stressed state, you would get 70-80% in the pause state (this is an estimation).  Practising the pause is extremely important and required for a healthy, happy life.  Gratitude is another easy way to engage the pause. 

(Royal Tip: Use the Grateful Dung Daily Dining Practice before meals to improve the parasympathetic state, allowing us to digest better.  Simply recite 3 things you are grateful for while staring into the tiger’s eye stones of the bracelet.  Tigers eye stone helps balance the 3rd, Solar Plexus chakra, while the black obsidian Dung Beetle stone balances the 1st, Root chakra.  The dung beetle is also a symbol of transformation and rebirth – it has the dirty job of rolling dung day in and day out.  But planted in the dung is the seed of the lotus flower.  The daily grind of rolling dung creates the most beautiful symbols of eternity, and flourishing life.  The bracelet is a simple reminder to stay on your grind and your life will flourish!)

2. Reduce Inflammation

When we are inflamed, our bodies are acidic.  The enzymes in our bodies, which are the keys to the lock that turn on metabolism, don’t function properly in an acidic environment.  They require an alkaline environment.  Castor oil has been demonstrated to be an effective anti-inflammatory, reducing water retention and swelling as much as capsaicin6, but without the rubefacient effect. 

Castor oil is almost identical in chemical structure to the body’s natural anti-inflammatory prostaglandin Ep3.  Coincidence?  Unlikely.  Like I mentioned earlier, inflammation is like fire, and what does a firefighter do to put out a fire?  They put water on it.  Central abdominal bloating and weight gain are often caused because our body sends water to the site of inflammation to ‘put out the fire’.

3. Improve Glutathione Status 

Glutathione is the master detoxification agent of the body.  Unfortunately, it is quickly depleted and its depletion is in part the cause of many chronic diseases including autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  Glutathione is difficult to replete because there are not many food sources.  One source is whey protein, but I do not typically recommend it because it’s dairy. Rooibos tea is another source, which I recommend adding to your tea cabinet.  Glutathione can be supplemented via IV, and NAC and magnesium supplementation can help (although the effectiveness is debatable).  Bottom line is it is not easy to get. 
Purasanas Lemon Rooibos Cleanse tea, previously only sold through Sanas Health Practice, is available here in our CANADIAN Queen of the Thrones™ online shop.

Castor oil was compared to a solution of glutathione in ocular lenses in rats, and was found to be more effective at preserving the glutathione levels than the actual glutathione solution7.  The researchers hypothesized the opposite.  Huge win for castor oil! Glutathione is an antioxidant that packages toxins and pulls them out of the body, and that’s why we get depleted so easily.  It is vital to keep us healthy and young, our gut mucous membrane strong, our thyroid functioning optimally and many other essential functions.  Castor oil packs help with this very basic protection of your body, and the elimination of toxic substances.

4. Move the Bowels

Our #1 process of the body, (not the #2!) are our bowel movements.  If you can’t eliminate your  waste products, you die.  Bottom line.  You self-intoxicate, a very unhappy death.  Remember those anti-inflammatory prostaglandins that castor oil mimicks?  Well these are the same ones that attach onto the receptors of smooth muscle in the body, namely the gut and uterus.  This physical smooth muscle function moves things out of the body and castor oil packs are the ultimate way to stimulate it8,9.  They also help via reduction of the stress response.

5. Microbiome Balance

The microbiome is now being referred to as its own organ. This bacterial, extracorporeal organ helps to keep a tight balance on our wellbeing. When it’s off we are.

Biofilm is a big bad barrier that bad bacteria can produce in the microbiome. It keeps the conbiotics™ (bad bugs) in, and the probiotics (good bugs) out.  This causes serious stress on the body, therefore inhibiting cleansing and detoxification. 

The microbiome is discussed frequently as being the center of what creates our health.  But what really creates our health is the ability to keep a balanced body ecology (environment) that prevents buildups like biofilm from existing.  This is possible over time with good food, good practices like your castor oil pack, and more. 

Probiotic supplementation is also a must to balance out conbiotics™.  Biofilm prevents this, thus the breaking down of biofilm via castor oil packs10, 11 improves the microbiome in a very simple way, requiring less probiotics.  In combination with a good diet, adequate fluid intake (water/tea), flow (urine, poop) mindset and movement, castor oil packs are one of the cornerstones to living a legendary life.

What Goes In, Must Come Out 

In summary, what goes in must come out.  Otherwise, game over!  We are healthy if we can digest, absorb and eliminate.  The key is to move into the parasympathetic state, the pause, as often as possible and to practice until it is toned.  It is then that the microbiome can be maintained, the response to food is adequate and our body temples are nourished.  Poop is perfect. 

It is possible to achieve a state of no brain fog, feeling good in your skin, happy in your head and empowered in your lifestyle.  It’s your time to know your poo and own your throne.  Join the movement, so we all have improvement. 

If you would like to learn more:

Find Out About Castor Oil Packs Here

Castor Oil Pack Course – Fit for a Queen

Castor Oil Pack Bundle Purchase 

Grateful Dung Bracelet – Parasympathetic Pause and Poo Colour

Eau de Throne™ After you Poo Parfum™ Natural Organic Spray Calms Mind Makes a Good Movement

References:

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