Why Birds Love Papayas | National Papaya Month & Body Confidence

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September is National Papaya Awareness Month and in case you’re thinking this is just another blog about the health benefits of a fruit, it’s not. 

Get ready to expand your mind about this tropical fruit that looks like a squash but has a bright internal orange color that just screams out beta carotene! (That same stuff you get in orange carrots) and seeds that look like slimy alien fish eggs, but have benefits that are, dare I say it, out of this world!!

Stay tuned for that goodness, but this is also going to give you a whole new perspective on a movement having to do with @thebirdspapaya that I am loving and want to help support.  Her movement is changing how you, me and we see the world. 

Honor the papaya, like the birds do, read ‘till the end and share with all of your sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers!

Papayas Are For The Birds

Some people don’t like papayas and believe that they are solely for the birds.  As they blossom in tropical trees much as the banana does, these fruits of the tropics are well known to get pecked as they’re one of the favorite foods of parrots. 

Papaya

Bird love papayas because they are a superfood.  They provide the body with ample nutrients with a taste so divine – kind of like a mix between that fatty feeling you get in your mouth with avocados and sweet juiciness like a watermelon. 

With high levels of healthy fats, protein, magnesium, fiber, calcium, and phosphorus, they pack a nutritional punch unrivaled by other fruits. 

Do The Health Benefits Translate To Humans? 

Birds even eat the seeds because, in nature, the seeds are a well-known anti-parasitic and have been studied for reducing intestinal parasitosis in humans.  In fact, they have been studied in Africa as an effective tool for mass de-worming programs for children, by adding the seeds to porridge in schools.  They are also an excellent source of the digestive enzyme, papain.

Learn about nutrition with Doctor Marisol ND, Queen of The Thrones®All of this makes the papaya a perfect partner to help you poo too!  You all know how much I talk about the importance of pooping so this is just another reason the birds and I are so in love with the papaya!

Of course, papaya is great for humans too, and there are a few ways that I encourage people to eat them that help not only with pooping but also with your digestion. 

How Do You Like Your Papayas? 

Most people eat papaya on its own, in a papaya salad, smoothies or simply cut up with tart lime juice and salt to smooth it all down.  They are so delicious this way.  I like to add the seeds into my smoothies to help with digestion as well. 

But there is another way I like them because when speaking of improving digestion we first must understand exactly what digestion is. 

Defining Our Digestion

Digestion is the most important physiological function that goes on in our body.  We must take in nourishment, utilize it, then get rid of what no longer is needed.  However, it isn’t only the ability to digest, absorb and eliminate food.  There is also a very emotional energy connected to digestion. 

Whether or not you digest well, depends not only on the types of foods you are eating.  Whether they are “healthy” I put this in quotations because healthy food choices depend on the individual.  Remember, a superfood for one can be a poison for another.  The way foods are combined, and the time of day they are eaten are also big factors.  These aspects all matter, but what matters more than anything is this simple fact that isn’t often talked about. 

How we digest our food is symbolic of how we are digesting life. 

How we are digesting the world. 

Say these powerful words one more time with me – Digestion is how you are digesting your LIFE!!!!

How We Digest Life

Digestion is about taking something from the outside world, like food, and processing it so that it works for us.  But if what we intake, whether food or something else (stimulus like violent tv shows, judgments of other people, social images that make you feel less-than), goes against our true nature and our soul’s purpose, these external stimuli does our body no good and it will resist.  The sequelae is we will have problems with our digestion.  Acid reflux, gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea to name just a few. 

So many of us have an internal struggle going on within where we don’t accept ourselves for how we are naturally.  We work to constantly fix how we digest by taking digestive enzymes (like papain), supplements that coat the gut, and fiber to help us poo.  

The Little Known Cause of Digestive Problems

But did you ever think that maybe, just maybe, your digestion problems are caused by elevated stress levels due to your inability to accept yourself, in the constant pursuit of achieving other people’s ideals of you?  Do you not think that inherently this is going to affect your digestion?

Of course, it does, no different than when you can’t poo (which symbolizes an inability to let go of emotions).  Or if you have diarrhea, it’s a sign of excess burden and stress in your life, and the need to force-quit out of situations.  It’s about being conscious of the messages that our body is telling us.  Getting in touch with our gut feelings, being conscious and confident in our bodies is the key!

Another Kind of Papaya

So where am I going with this?  Well, papayas are an excellent natural source of good stuff for our bodies.  I usually like my papayas with freshly squeezed lime juice and salt!

But beyond this, is another kind of papaya that I feel is so good for our heart, body, mind, and souls.  This special papaya can be found on Instagram at @thebirdspapaya.  I love her posts, her podcast @thepapayapodcast and her blog www.thebirdspapaya because she is starting a movement to LOVE our bodies, to be confident, understanding and accepting of them wherever we are in our healing journeys.

Her story is real, it’s raw (like a papaya) and it is ripe and ready for picking!  I highly encourage you to follow her, because she is a leader in this amazing movement that I am literally addicted to.  Just like papayas! 

She became a leader by accident, as she began by simply sharing her story of her 111 lbs of weight loss, relationship struggles, financial struggles and every other struggle of human experience in a totally honest and incredibly relatable way.  What truly struck a chord with me was her stories of being judged by others and judged by herself for not fitting the societal mold of ‘perfection’.  She generously shares her life experience as she paves the way for us all to think differently.  I’ve been following her for over a year and I have to say I think differently than I did before I met her.  She preaches how to show up in your life, and I’ve learned a lot about showing up in mine in my true skin. 

So she, just like my hot yoga, hot pilates, healthy diet, mindset molding, soul meditation, castor oil pack practice, gratitude practices and sleep hygiene, are all part of my daily practices that keep me expanding and inspired to do the work that I do. 

What she has helped me to realize and connect to is that her, like my patients and like myself, have all experienced judgments (oftentimes from ourselves) to live up to the status quo.  To roll with the Jones’s, whoever they are.  To be part of the ‘cool people’, the ‘in-crowd’ or the popular clique, ugh feels just like high school and I’m so over that, finally.

 Body Confidence Through Understanding

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Her food for thought is all about a movement known as the body confidence or body positivity movement.  I really prefer confidence because the energy of that simply feels less judgemental.   I am vibing to her message because I feel what I do is so similar.  I want to empower people to be body confident by being conscious of what their body is telling them.  This can start with your poo, getting to understand the clues that it gives you about the state of your health.  (If you haven’t downloaded the 50 Shades of Poo yet this is a great place to start)  And later we will delve deeper and deeper so that you have a vast understanding and love for yourself that allows you to own your throne, as I say.

The understanding that you are gifted by the divine with conscious thought, we are the only mammal with this ability!  This beautiful tool/gift that we have been given works for us only when we are focused on the present and in our hearts, taking all the signs and symptoms as blessings.  Yes, even the beautiful cellulite on your things.  I love that cottage cheese look so much.  Or your wrinkles, or how you go to the bathroom.  These are all signs to acknowledge and address in a way that is healthy and life-promoting for us so that we can live each moment showing up for ourselves and our loved ones, with the ability to digest our lives with ease and grace.

Inspiration Feeds the Soul

I feel it’s important for me to share who is inspiring me, because like I share what food is good for my body, A.K.A. papayas, more importantly, I want you to know what is feeding my soul. 

So my dear friends as you dive into your journey of enjoying some lime-bathed, salt-sprinkled papaya, leave some for the birds too.  Join these movements with us.  You can do so by following on Instagram, subscribing to her podcast and sharing us with all those you love (wouldn’t it be nice if you loved everyone you know? You can – it’s simply a choice)! 

You Have a Choice 

Speaking of choice, don’t you think it’s high time you choose confidence and consciousness in who you are, why you are here, and bring on the gifts that we have been given so we can serve the whole world? 

It’s time and it goes like this.  You either decide to be the designer of your destiny, by allowing stimulus that enlightens you, entertains you, helps you grow, helps you fall deeper and deeper in love with yourself every day no matter what type of package you come in, OR you choose to fall into the proverbial rabbit hole like Alice in Wonderland, falling into your fate, losing who you really are and feeling like there is no hope. 

Stop the digestive upset with food and how you are digesting the world. It’s papaya time!  Love and share this now! 

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References:
Bruno Levecke,1 David J Buttle,2 Jerzy M Behnke,3 Ian R Duce,3 and Jozef Vercruysse Cysteine proteinases from papaya (Carica papaya) in the treatment of experimental Trichuris suis infection in pigs: two randomized controlled trials. Parasit Vectors. 2014; 7: 255. Published online 2014 May 30. doi: 10.1186/1756-3305-7-255 PMCID: PMC4049439

Okeniyi JA1, Ogunlesi TAOyelami OAAdeyemi LA. Effectiveness of dried Carica papaya seeds against human intestinal parasitosis: a pilot study. J Med Food. 2007 Mar;10(1):194-6.

M. KugoL. KeterA. MaiyoJ. KinyuaP. NdemwaG. MainaP. Otieno, and E. M. Songok Fortification of Carica papaya fruit seeds to school meal snacks may aid Africa mass deworming programs: a preliminary survey. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2018; 18: 327. Published online 2018 Dec 7. doi: 10.1186/s12906-018-2379-2 PMCID: PMC6286506

Feeling Hungover but didn’t Drink Alcohol?

Inspired by a recent Instagram story by @thebirdspapaya & thousands of patients in my clinic. 

I had one drink last night.  How can this be?  I woke up with a cluster headache, foggy brain and feeling like total sh*t.  One drink?  Apple cider (substitute with any drink here).  One drink!  What’s up with that?!  This never used to happen to my body before.  I mean come on’, it was just ONE drink!!!!!

The Alcohol-Less Hangover

Or what about when you don’t even drink and wake up the next morning feeling hungover?  How can this be?  This makes absolutely NO SENSE!!!

At least to you, but to me it makes perfect sense, because I’ve seen this so often in clinical practice and experienced it myself as well.  I’m going to explain to you what it means and what you can do about it. 

We don’t often realize these little signs and what they tell us about our bodies.  You all know me well for talking about poop, but there are so many more clues about what our body says about us.  This “alcohol-less hangover” is one of them, and this one actually shows a lot about what is going on in our gut. 

What does not being able to tolerate a drink, or feeling hungover after food, tell us about our body?

One hint? It has everything to do with our microbiome! Read on to learn more. 

The Telenovela In Our Guts

Whenever you are afflicted by symptoms, think of them like the drama in a Mexican telenovela. The symptoms add turmoil, turbulence and some painful excitement to our lives.  Something to talk about with our friends and figure out like a detective, because these are the signs that show us the tune our basic biochemistry is singing.

Like all songs, it must be harmonious, like when the clouds open up and the angels begin to sing.  If you’re not feeling this, and rather a storm breaks through the sky and the tune is replaced by a dissonant song, this is the full expression of distress in our bodies!

Feeling hungover after minimal amounts of alcohol or food is clearly not the norm, but when it becomes your norm, it gives us valuable information about WHY your biochemical song is out of tune.

It All Comes Down to Sugar

Here are the basics. All food or drink we intake turns into one basic molecule, eventually.  That molecule is sugar. 

Starches, alcohol, fruits and vegetables, unlike fats and proteins, are immediate forms of sugar for our bodies, whereas the fat and protein needs to first be modified into a different form and this takes longer. 

Alcohol, sugary pop, milk, pastries, fruits and certain foods like high starch breads, basically anything that has sugar in it… is already sugar in your intestines.

Starches, alcohol, fruits and vegetables are immediate forms of sugar for our bodies

When We Eat, Our Bacteria Eats Too

In our bodies, and highly concentrated in our gut, we house trillions of bacteria and yeasts that all feed on the foodstuff that we intake. 

Yeast, otherwise known as Candida albicans, can overgrow quite easily.  If you’ve had a history of being on antibiotics, have taken the birth control pill or have estrogen dominance, you’re already at a higher risk of this.  Hmm, sounds like almost every woman that I know! 

So these critters are all hanging around in the closed system known as your gut.  Now imagine feeding sugar into a bottle with yeast.  What happens?  Fermentation happens and fermentation creates alcohol and acetylaldehydes that inhibit our body’s ability to detoxify and cleanse.  It creates the dreaded symptoms of a hangover!

Alcohol Factory Within Our Gut

When you have a big buildup of yeast in your body, you are already what I like to call your very own personal alcohol factory A.K.A. Super Fermenter (insert your name here).  So for people that are hungover after just one drink or food, it’s because they’re already internally producing alcohol, and then by drinking alcohol or consuming high sugar food/drinks, they quickly create more alcohol, pushing them over the edge!  This is correlated to drinking two bottles of wine, all on your own! 

Basically, we are one big biochemical factory.  Surprising, don’t you think, when you look at it like this?

So what to do? 

Balancing the Microbiome 

It’s always about working on your microbiome, the bacteria and yeast balance in your body. 

Here are the key things you can do:

  • Take a good quality probiotic supplement
  • Eat a low sugar, low starch diet – similar to a paleo diet 
  • Avoid alcohol until you get things under control 

And now for my secret weapon when it comes to yeast overgrowth in the gut… the Castor Oil Pack.  

Yeast grows in a gut environment that is hospitable to it, such as one with slow moving intestines, low nutrient levels, high inflammation, stress and bad bacteria. 

The castor oil pack works on all of these factors to make our gut an inhospitable place for yeasts to grow.  Bye-bye one drink hangovers!

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™ help to balance de microbiomeSlow Moving Intestines

Castor Oil Packs improve digestion, absorption and elimination processes by supporting healthy colonic transit time1 and improving smooth muscle function of the gut2.

Low Nutrient Levels 

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ is a topical nutrient providing Omega 6, 9 and vitamin E3.  It provides nitric oxide which has been shown to reduce Candida albicans4 and it also preserves our body’s top-dog antioxidant, glutathione5, which is essential for detoxification and cleansing processes.

High Inflammation 

Castor oil reduces substance P in the body, a mediator of pain.  It gives the body PGE3, which is the same end product we get from taking fish oils, making it a powerful anti-inflammatory6 and making our gut a safe space for GOOD bacteria.

Stress 

The castor oil pack treatment promotes dopamine7 and oxytocin8 production, helping to move our bodies from a stressed-out state into a mellow-yellow mood.  This is where the compress part of the treatment is essential, as it is the compression that helps accomplish this outstanding benefit.

Bad Bacteria 

When bad bacteria is present in our gut, it’s easy for yeast to sneak its way in and flourish.  Bad bacteria, or as I call them conbiotics™, can create this mucous-like film called biofilm around them to protect themselves.  Not many substances are able to break down this yucky layer but fortunately, castor oil is one of them9 10 11!  This is essential to be able to clear them out and make space for healthy probiotics.

Balance IS Possible!

When all of these factors are supported, balance can be achieved in our microbiome.  And vice versa – when not supported, unbalance is sure to happen.  The other bonus is that all the issues that caused the yeast in the first place, such as burden from birth control pills, loss of bacteria from antibiotics, and estrogen dominance will all get better too.

feeling hangover without drinking is a symptom of microbiome imbalances

So my friends, if you’re feeling hungover with any of these symptoms… 

  • A cluster or migraine headache that feels like you spent all night banging your head against a wall 
  • Lethargy so bad it feels you’re carrying the world on your shoulders and can barely move 
  • Dark circles under your eyes that would win in the raccoon category at your local beastly pageant
  • A brain so foggy after only one drink (or none!)

don’t dismay!

There really is a natural biological cause, it’s not your fault and there is something that you can do about i! 

To get your very own super easy, less-mess Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™

It’s time to reset your biology, so you can feel better, live your best life, not be restrictive and have fun! 

So there you go, with regular practice, over time, it is POSSIBLE to reset your gut!

Don’t forget to share this with your friends on social media, through email and to like us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to learn more about  joining the movement so that we can all have an improvement!


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.

References:
1 Arslan GG, Eşer I. An examination of the effect of castor oil packs on constipation in the elderly. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Feb;17(1):58-62. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.04.004. Epub 2010 May 18.

2 Sorin Tunaru,a Till F. Althoff,a Rolf M. Nüsing,b Martin Diener,c and Stefan Offermannsa,d,1 Castor oil induces laxation and uterus contraction via ricinoleic acid activating prostaglandin EP3 receptorsProc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jun 5; 109(23): 9179–9184.Published online 2012 May 21. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201627109PMID: 22615395

3 Marwat SK, Rehman F, Khan EA, Baloch MS, Sadiq M, Ullah I, Javaria S, Shaheen S. Review – Ricinus cmmunis – Ethnomedicinal uses and pharmacological activities.Pak J Pharm Sci. 2017 Sep;30(5):1815-1827.

4 Mascolo N1, Izzo AAAutore GBarbato FCapasso F.Nitric oxide and castor oil-induced diarrhea.J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1994 Jan;268(1):291-5.

5 Holm TBrøgger-Jensen MRJohnson LKessel L.Glutathione preservation during storage of rat lenses in optisol-GS and castor oil. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 19;8(11):e79620. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079620. eCollection 2013.

6 Vieira C et al. .Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation. Mediators Inflamm. 2000;9(5):223-8

Rolls ET et all. Representations of pleasant and painful touch in the human orbitofrontal and cingulate cortices. Cereb Cortex. 2003 Mar;13(3):308-17.

8 Walker SC1, Trotter PD2, Swaney WT2, Marshall A3, Mcglone FP4. C-tactile afferents: Cutaneous mediators of oxytocin release during affiliative tactile interactions? Neuropeptides. 2017 Aug;64:27-38. doi: 10.1016/j.npep.2017.01.001. Epub 2017 Jan 19.

9 Andrade IM1, Andrade KM2, Pisani MX1, Silva-Lovato CH1, de Souza RF1, Paranhos Hde F1.Trial of an experimental castor oil solution for cleaning dentures. Braz Dent J. 2014 Jan-Feb;25(1):43-7.

10 Badaró MM, Salles MM, Leite VMF, Arruda CNF, Oliveira VC, Nascimento CD, Souza RF, Paranhos HFO, Silva-Lovato CH. Clinical trial for evaluation of Ricinus communis and sodium hypochlorite as denture cleanser.J Appl Oral Sci. 2017 May-Jun; 25(3):324-334.

11 Salles MM, Badaró MM, Arruda CN, Leite VM, Silva CH, Watanabe E, Oliveira Vde C, Paranhos Hde F. Antimicrobial activity of complete denture cleanser solutions based on sodium hypochlorite and Ricinus communis – a randomized clinical study.J Appl Oral Sci. 2015 Nov-Dec; 23(6):637-42.

How to Stay Healthy in the Summer | Fasting Diet

The hot, beautiful sun, dips in the pool, driving with the top down… Yep, it’s summertime! Can’t you feel it bursting out everywhere? Of course, you want to put your best foot forward, feel great all summer long and have no worries about INDULGENCE over the coming months. After all, the last thing you want is to be deep into the swing of summer things like pool parties, awesome vacations, and BBQs feeling dragged out, depleted and totally in the doldrums. 

Summer Health? How to Remain Healthy All Summer Long

As with everything, we need balance in our lives. If we INDULGE, it’s important to balance it with DISCIPLINE. Too much of a good thing becomes simply, too much of a good thing. You know it, you’ve been there, and I’m sure you’ve felt it after having too much wine or too many beers by the pool. So let’s work together to AVOID that feeling over the summer and make the most of it! 

Learn how to have a healthy summer with Dr. Marisol ND. Queen of The Thrones®

This week I want to talk to you about one of my favorite health practices to keep you FEELING GREAT all summer long.

Fasting for Health

Fasting, or intermittent fasting as it’s commonly referred to, is basically restricting your eating to a certain time of the day and only drinking water or tea for the rest of the time. It is typically done by skipping breakfast and eating all your food for the day in an 8-hour window.

Why I LOVE Fasting for Wellness (almost as much as I love my castor oil packs!)

Recent mind-blowing research discusses the awesome benefits of fastingbeing a non-drug, non-supplement way to enhance your health (love that!). It improves your metabolism via balancing your day-night cycle, or circadian rhythm. It balances the good and bad bugs in your gut (a.k.a. the microbiome) and so much more! Here is why I love it so dearly:

1. Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? No.

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I have found this NOT to be true. Many of us don’t crave breakfast in the morning, we just eat it because it is what we were told we have to. Do you know that you have a self-regulating system in your body that TELLS YOU when you are hungry or not?

Throughout naturopathic school I found myself forcing down smoothies or oatmeal for breakfast when I wasn’t hungry, but it was the ‘right’ thing to do and I wanted to be right. The result was I was making my body feel really wrong.

2. Overnight as you sleep your body is cleansing and healing.

This is the most optimized time of the day for your body to do this. The minute you BREAK-the-FAST and put food into your mouth, you turn off the healing and the cleaning. Our bodies need a lot of cleaning since we have so much exposure to environmental and emotional toxins. Both have the same impact on our systems, they damage it2. Give your body a break and wait to BREAK-the-FAST.

And don’t forget to wear your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ overnight, every night if you can!! It supports your body’s natural cleansing and detox processes via improving antioxidant status3 4 and regulating the bowels5. It also helps you fall asleep easier as it calms your body and eases it into the relaxed state6 7. It also helps to reduce bloating for flat tummy.

Queen of the Thrones® Beauty Sleep Brow & Lash Kit™ for better sleep

Another amazing tool for a great night’s sleep is to wear an eye mask like the one included in the Queen of the Thrones® Beauty Sleep Brow & Lash Kit™ as it helps to naturally increase the production of our body’s sleep-regulating hormone, melatonin8!

3. It’s easy!… I like things simple, don’t you?

I have so much complication in my life, I don’t need my food to be complicated too. I find it much simpler to eat larger meals 2 times per day, rather than to have to worry about multiple small, balanced meals. 

4. What kind of tea should you drink? I’ve gotten accustomed to green tea and rooibos tea.

If I can do it, you can do it. In my early twenties, I would literally drink POTS of coffee–1, maybe 2 pots a day. I cannot believe it. But that was normal back then. I also smoked a pack of cigarettes a day! Gratefully, now green tea before 4 pm is my go-to, and rooibos tea any time, all the time.

There is some caffeine in green tea so it’s best to avoid it in the evening so as not to disrupt your beauty sleep! Both green tea and rooibos tea help promote glutathione production in our bodies, our powerhouse detoxifying agent that helps with removing toxins and heavy metals from our bodies.

Purasanas Estate Green Tea

5. Fasting helps to improve your memory and reduce neurological inflammation9.

With an ever-increasing aging population, dementia, Alzheimer’s and all types of neurological conditions can be difficult to treat. Small lifestyle changes, like fasting, can be a major help.

6. All religious groups have some sort of fasting practice.

Dr. Marisol ND, Queen of the Thrones® suggests fasting to cleanse and detox your gut

Fasting is very common and integral to human evolution. In the animal queendom, they do it too. Ramadan and Lent are two such examples, so is fasting for Buddhist monks. The saying goes, “cleanliness is next to godliness.” Everyone gets an epiphany when they feel clean. Your body is simply cleaner when you are eating less food.

7. I was doing it anyway!

I gave up forcing myself to eat breakfast just because I thought it was the ‘right’ thing to do. I began listening to my body and I started to only eat when I was hungry. Makes total sense, doesn’t it?

How to Intermittent Fast | Five Best Fasting Practices

So what’s the best way to implement fasting in your daily practice? Here are my 5 Best Fasting Practices to take your health to the next level this summer:

1. BREAK-the-FAST

Ever wonder where the word breakfast comes from? It’s because it is the first meal of the day, after breaking your nightly fast. You want to BREAK-the-FAST only after observing 12-16 hours without food from the last time you ate the night before.

If you are the type of person who is very hungry in the morning and functions better this way, then the other way to do this is to invert it. Eat breakfast, and then within an 8 hour period eat another meal. Then stay free from food for 12-16 hours (skipping dinner).

What can I drink when fasting?

During the free-from-food time, make sure to drink your green tea, rooibos tea and lots of water to fill you up and flush your body.

Dr. Marisol ND. suggests that water helps to flush your body during fasting

Whether you fast at night or in the morning is up to you, this just depends on if you’re a morning glory or a night owl. Do this every day, 5 days a week, or 2-3 days a week. It all depends on your goals. If you want BIG changes then you need to make BIG commitments. Small changes, small commitments. 

2. Meals and Snacking

This is what everyone wants to know with fasting. I say, eat a healthy, balanced, NATURAL diet. Ideally less to no grains, mainly vegetables, hearty protein, and healthy fats. Keep fruits to a minimum and especially avoid combining them with protein. Don’t restrict your portion sizes of the healthy vegetables, have as many as you like. Try to avoid snacking as it is best to simply eat your meals and take time in between to digest.  

Vegetables are an important part of your diet during fasting according to Dr. Marisol ND, research

3. Drink Green Tea

Enjoy as much green tea as you like before 4 pm. I suggest 2-4 cups, more if you can handle it. Intersperse with WATER, as it does contain some caffeine and can be dehydrating. After 4 pm, or any time of the day, drink rooibos tea. Both rooibos and green tea help with increasing natural glutathione in the body10, our master detoxification agent.

Green tea has anti-stress effects via the component L-theanine11. It helps to calm you down, yet still keeps you alert and improves concentration12. During the fasting state, green tea helps to keep your blood sugar balanced and improves your metabolic profile13.  It also improves your gut health and prevents bad gut bacteria14 15! It’s really a no-brainer!

4. Movement in the A.M. on Waking

Dr. Marisol ND. explains that practicing yoga during fasting help to reduce hunger

After gulping down your glorious green tea, go do a workout. 1 hour, 10 minutes, just get your body moving!

Tabata, pilates, yoga, running, or like one of my patients (which I think is the best example of making the most of it) simply running fast up and down your stairs (you know who you are, shout out to you)! The goal is to get your blood flowing, your muscles moving and your diaphragm pumping!

Studies show that exercising during the fasting state will help to reduce hunger, make you feel more satiated and full, and will help you become more disciplined with your eating habits versus excessively indulgent16.

Fast First, Fluids Second, Food third!

and of course…..

5. Say ‘Yes!’ to Castor Oil Packs!! 

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™ for body detox

How could I end this without reminding you about the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack practice? The biggest reason why I’m always talking about Castor Oil Packs is that when you undertake any strategy for your health if you combine it with the regular practice of Castor Oil Packs, everything just works that much better. It’s the old school way to 10x enhance your treatment.

So there you have it, folks! Fasting is one of the easiest ways to supercharge your health over this summer season. Summertime is quite often a time for INDULGENCE, and sometimes these indulgences might not have the best effect on your beautiful temple. So sprinkle in some DISCIPLINE with a fasting practice using these 5 tips and it’ll be smooth sailing, all summer long.

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