Natural Solutions for Breast Health | Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Natural Solutions for Breast Health | Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I was inspired to write a quick article about some natural solutions for breast health. I think we’ve all been affected by breast cancer in some way, shape or form. We see celebrities who have struggled with it, like Olivia Newton John, Christina Applegate, Sheryl Crow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Melissa Etheridge. My own mother had it, and a friend of mine too, who beat it twice (I will share more about them in this article).

It’s becoming an epidemic and so important that we are educated, aware and know how to prevent it as well as recognize the signs.

 My Breast Journey

I used to look at my breasts in the mirror, pulling one up and comparing it to the other.  I would wish so hard to have perky, stand-up-here breasts instead of pendulous, way down-there-puppies with sparkling, multicolored stretch marks. 

Weight changes and overnutrition in my youth never gave me the opportunity to have perky, perfect breasts.  Instead, I went from flat to fat and then stretched out to swinging and saggy.  

 

Breasts define our femininity in many ways, we feel sexy because of them and un-sexy in spite of them.

I recall getting intimate with my husband and being so ashamed to get naked in front of him.  I apologetically told him I needed to be honest with him and tell him that my tits sagged, instead of being heralds of fertility and proud of them with pomp and circumstance.  I felt deflated because of them just like they were deflated. 

Turns out he didn’t care. He actually knew, and had been staring down my top for a while and loved what he was seeing – without me knowing!  Sly dog. 

Why Are Breasts Such a Big Deal? 

Breast are bold, they stick out from our bodies.  They are the first thing that enters the room, the first thing in many cases that get noticed. 

Men obsess about them, maybe because they have mother and latching issues, or maybe because they just adore the difference between male and female bodies.

Whether you think your breasts are too large or too small, they are a source of shame for many.  It’s time to take this inappropriate thought pattern and shove it where the sun don’t shine.  It’s our time to be proud of all of our shapes and sizes and stretch marks.  Be proud of the pleasure they bring us, from foreplay to feeding our babies.

Breast Judgments 

My first encounter with the dangers of judgments made on breasts wasn’t my own, but actually my mother’s.  When she was a dashing young lady, she had gone to the doctor’s office to have her yearly check-up and breast exam. 

Upon taking off her shirt to be examined, the doctor gasped at how large her breasts were (super inappropriate FYI, in this day and age but this was back in the 60s).  My mother, being incredibly shy about her sexuality, was immediately embarrassed, turned red as a lobster and searched to get dressed immediately.  

 

 

So shocked was she by this judgment that she never had another breast exam again, until it was too late. 

Judgments can damage our psyche, we don’t know how our words will fall on the ears receiving them.  Judgments serve no purpose either, except pain.  After all, no one asks the doctor to comment on how large they are, but rather how healthy they are. 

My Mother’s Breast Cancer 

Forty years later, my mother waited until blood came out of her nipple and a mass so large it was hard to avoid, came cauli-flowering out of her breast.  With two doctors as daughters, we couldn’t believe that she had let the shame of an event that happened so long ago, impact her life now. 

The diagnosis – stage 4 breast cancer.  Devastating, with little to no time to act. 

Because of this experience, I got over my breast bullsh*t and got into owning one of the most beautiful, female, flourishing features of my health. 

Importance of Breast Exams 

For this reason alone, every single woman in my naturopathic practice gets a yearly breast exam, done by our skilled naturopath assessment hands. 

 

 

But some of us don’t have access to a doctor who is experienced or willing to do a breast exam, especially since now the recommendation is to avoid breast exams. 

In countries where breast cancer is diagnosed at advanced stages, it is valuable to have patients understand breast self-examination as well as to be examined1.

So this is extremely valuable.  My mother was fortunate, even though she was at the extreme case, she survived with a combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy as well as naturopathic medicine.  Her cancer was so far advanced that it was an impossibility to only do the natural route. 

Self-Examination Is Invaluable 

The comment I get in clinic time and time again is that most women don’t know what normal feels like.  They feel that their breasts are lumpy and bumpy (a sign of estrogen dominance, or low iodine). 

But let me tell you, the first time I did a breast exam I thought exactly the same thing!  How was I going to identify anything going wrong if I can’t notice anything different? 

Do you know what changed it?  Practice, my friends, practice the mother of all skills. 

So I just love, love, love what my friend and colleague Dr. Véronique Desaulniers, two-time breast cancer survivor and preacher to the people, has done to make this easy. 

She has created “My Breast Friend”, a breast self-examination tool.  It’s basically a model of the breast so you can be your own best doctor. 

And what if you find lots of lumps and bumps?  Make your way to your doctor and get checked out.  It never hurts to be extra cautious. 

Prevention of Breast Cancer 

There are many things you can do at home now to help reduce cystic and lumpy breasts. Most of these strategies deal with reducing the amount of estrogen in your body. 

 

  1. Eat more broccoli family foods (cruciferous veggies)2 
  2. Reduce your alcohol intake3 
  3. Reduce your theophylline intake, in coffee, tea and chocolate 
  4. Wear a sleep mask to bed – they naturally increase melatonin which is a powerful anti-cancer hormone in the body4
  5. Of course, do your castor oil pack daily, because it helps with cleansing and detox5, microbiome balance8, inflammation9, and stress reduction10 11, which all impact your hormonal balance.

 

So get to know your boobies!  I know I’ve got saggy tits, and sometimes they really do look like sacks!  But I love them because they are me 100% and I get to know them regularly so I can keep them a part of me for the long haul.  They are my twins after all, and I can’t get another pair just like these (no judgment if you’ve had yours changed, just love!).

Do you know the difference between then and now?  Now I love my breasts, I treat them better every single day because I have learned that they are an important part of who I am.  They share my story. 

So get My Breast Friend today, to help you get to know your lovely lady lumps on your chest.

 

 

I also want to share a quick recipe with castor oil for boob and lymphatic health. Castor oil has a long history of use for breast cancer.  In fact, Hippocrates, known as the father of modern medicine was advocating it as a treatment in 460 BCE, as was another medicine man of the time, Galen in 200 BCE12.

Castor Oil for Breast Health and Lymphatic Health

  1. Mix organic castor oil from a GLASS bottle with baking soda until it becomes a paste
  2. Add 2-3 drops of organic rosemary essential oil 
  3. Rub into your armpits and over your breasts
  4. Leave on for an hour or more then rinse off

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2 Kendra J. Royston, B.S.1 and Trygve O. Tollefsbol, D.O. Ph.D. The Epigenetic Impact of Cruciferous Vegetables on Cancer Prevention. Curr Pharmacol Rep. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2016 Feb 1. Published in final edited form as: Curr Pharmacol Rep. 2015 Feb 1; 1(1): 46–51. Published online 2015 Jan 25. doi: 10.1007/s40495-014-0003-9

3 Terryl J. Hartman,1 Julia S. Sisti,2,3 Susan E. Hankinson,2,3,4 Xia Xu,5 A. Heather Eliassen,2,3 and Regina Ziegler6 Alcohol Consumption and Urinary Estrogens and Estrogen Metabolites in Premenopausal Women. Horm Cancer. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2017 Feb 1. Published in final edited form as: Horm Cancer. 2016 Feb; 7(1): 65–74. Published online 2016 Jan 4. doi: 10.1007/s12672-015-0249-7

4 Giuseppe Di Bella,1,* Fabrizio Mascia,1 Luciano Gualano,2 and Luigi Di Bella Melatonin Anticancer Effects: Review Int J Mol Sci. 2013 Feb; 14(2): 2410–2430. Published online 2013 Jan 24. doi: 10.3390/ijms14022410

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 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.

7 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.

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.

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Why Birds Love Papayas | National Papaya Month & Body Confidence

Why Birds Love Papayas | National Papaya Month & Body Confidence

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. 

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.

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

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 – click here!)  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! 


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 Kingdom at the highest level. 

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

Troubleshooting with the Queen of the Thrones™ Castor Oil Pack

Troubleshooting with the Queen of the Thrones™ Castor Oil Pack

Our Kingdom has been buzz, buzz, buzzin’ with everyone sharing their awesome experiences with their castor oil packs! There’s also been a few bumps in the road along the way, but no worries – we’ve got you covered! This is why I wanted to take the time to share some troubleshooting tips with you for our amazing Queen of the Thrones™ Castor Oil Packs.

 

Castor Oil Pack Leaking

 

Has leaking been a problem for you? Oil getting through to the outer layer and staining your clothes and bedsheets? Here are the most common reasons this happens with the Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil packs.

 

Oil Application

Make sure to use a small amount of oil (1-2 tbsp, you can eyeball it) and use the sides of your pack to gently blot it around in the MIDDLE of the pack, avoiding the seams at all costs! When oil reaches the seams it will leak through to the outer layer. Another option is to put the castor oil directly on your body and rub it in, then place your pack over top.

Storage

Your castor oil pack should be stored with the inner layer facing upwards or with all of the sides facing upwards.

 

Heat

Adding heat can cause the oil to become more runny, leaking towards the seams and onto the outside of the pack. Heat is used in natural medicine to slow things down, so if you have a tendency more toward constipation, heat isn’t the best option, whereas with diarrhea and cramping it can be a nice compliment to your treatment.

 

Stains

Castor oil is an incredible substance that does so many wonderful things in the body. It’s been affectionately named the ‘divine oil’ and the ‘magical oil’ over the centuries, but as amazing as it is, it is unfortunately very sticky and WILL STAIN FABRICS.

Oily mess is part of the package when it comes to doing castor oil packs. For this reason our packs are not completely mess-free, they are LESS messy than the traditional DIY way. Which, if you’ve ever tried packs the old way, I’m sure you can attest to! In fact this is one of the most common things we hear from our Kingdom, is that people are just amazed by how much easier our packs are and how they’ve revolutionized this sacred health practice for them.

 

We always recommend wearing an old T-shirt when doing your pack just to be safe. And if you want to be extra careful, lay down a towel in bed. This beautiful oil loves to make a mess, but it loves to help your body even more!

 

Castor Oil Pack Fit

 

The Queen of the Thrones™ packs have been in the works for over 10 years. I’ve tried many different designs and different materials, and tested them all on myself and some with patients. The Queen of the Thrones™ pack is a culmination of all of these years of developing the best pack possible, carefully designed with only the healthiest and best quality materials to make the treatment quick, easy, less-messy and toxin-free.

Our castor oil pack is designed in the shape of an infinity symbol, because this was the best shape to allow the pack to caress the natural curves of the body. (Plus it’s totally symbolic of infinite health!) All bodies are beautifully unique shapes and sizes – so if you’re finding that the pack isn’t fitting you quite right, here’s some troubleshooting tips.

 

Too Big

For people with a very tiny torso, the strings can be wrapped around the back of the body and tied over top of the outer layer of the pack to make it fit more snug.

Too Small

For people who find the pack a bit too snug, 2 packs can be used, and the straps can be tied over top of each other. This covers more internal organs, making the treatment more comprehensive!


 

Castor Oil Pack Cleaning

 

As mentioned above, castor oil is a very penetrating substance that is difficult (if not impossible) to get out of fabrics. According to the bedside healer Edgar Cayce who popularized castor oil packs in the early 1900s, a pack need not ever be washed. As you’ve probably noticed, with regular use of your Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil pack it will become fairly saturated with oil after about 7-15 uses and this can cause it to feel heavy or leak to the outer layer, in which case most people choose to wash their pack.

If you haven’t seen my edutainment video on how to clean your pack, check it out below. My fairy godmother will show you how! 😉

 

A common question we get about the packs after cleaning is below.

 

Sticky Oil Shimmer on the Outside After Cleaning

This is absolutely normal after washing. I’ve personally found the dishwasher to be the most effective method of cleaning to get as much oil out as possible, but the key is to always use an old tea towel to roll up the pack and really blot and wring out the oil on the outer layer

 

With daily use, your castor oil pack will have a life span of about 3 months, sometimes more, sometimes less. Over time, it will naturally start to discolor and eventually break down. When it’s time for a new pack, just head on over to our website for a refill! Click here for quick access.

If you have any other troubleshooting questions, comment below and we’ll do our best to help! I’m so proud of this amazing royal community we’ve created, and this movement for everyone to have improvement! Together we are changing the world and revolutionizing this sacred health practice! Lots of love!

The 3 Step Adrenal Fatigue Fix

The 3 Step Adrenal Fatigue Fix

Look, have you been waking up in the morning with such low energy that you think something is really, really wrong with you?

When you compare the way you feel now to the way you used to feel, you think, “What the heck happened!?” You used to wake up and jump out of bed, ready to take on the day. Now, you sluggishly roll over, hit snooze about a million times until you finally get out of bed… Then, like a wild, hungry animal, you sniff out your morning coffee perk-up in an attempt to feel some kind of normal.

You feel all around sluggish, even your poop is sluggish. You used to go every day, now you’re lucky if it’s every 2-3 days. Your mind feels fuzzy… you can’t remember names, and forget things that you really shouldn’t. You feel pretty addicted to your multiple cups of morning coffee because it seems to be the only thing that helps you feel slightly normal again.

Once you get your engine running it’s a little better. But then right after you eat, you get a dip in your energy again… time for another pick-me-up! You go for a frozen coffee that is more like a sugar-packed dessert than a beverage. It’s a double jolt of energy (both sugar and caffeine) and you need it. Why? ‘Cause you gotta work, pay the bills… you don’t have TIME for a nap.

In the evening you feel as though your gas tank is running on empty. When you finally get a moment to yourself, you feel so stressed out, the only way to take the edge off is to pour yourself a big glass of wine. Just so you can relax and wind down.

When it’s finally bedtime, all you’re thinking about is sleeping. Hopefully, you won’t toss and turn tonight like you have been for what seems like forever. Sexy time is the last thing on your mind. You could say romance in your life is at an all-time low. The last thing you want to do is waste your energy. Needless to say, this isn’t great for your relationship, but it is your reality.

Naturally, many of us experience this from time to time, but if this is your daily pattern and what you’ve been living, this is the classic experience of having adrenal fatigue.  

Your natural rhythms are off track but you’re surviving, thanks only to the stress hormone cortisol, and the uppers and downers you’re consuming, like coffee to perk you up in the morning, and your trusted glass of wine to calm you down at night. These substances seem to be the only way you can get a somewhat “normal” daily experience. 

I’ve been there, I’m all too familiar with it. My patients tell me about this experience, and time and time again it is the same story. Ask your friends, tell them your story and you’ll see. 

I’ve found through personal experience, my clinical practice, and searching for scientific support, that to regain our lives, there is only one way to do it! Adjust the foundation of our health, by resetting how you eat, sleep and poop. 

Today, I want to share with you my easy 3 step formula that is easy to implement in your daily life to reset your natural rhythms and break free from the caged feeling of adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal Fatigue is REAL

If you’re living with adrenal fatigue, you know the experience is real. Here’s what is commonly felt with adrenal fatigue:

  • Fatigue and sluggishness
  • Frazzled and stressed – anything takes you over the edge of losing it
  • Overwhelmed, foggy brain, and changes in memory 
  • Hormonal problems like estrogen dominance or thyroid disease
  • Sleep changes – difficulty waking up in the morning, difficulty falling asleep at night or difficulty staying asleep, often waking to pee
  • After exercise, instead of feeling revitalized you feel more sluggish than ever
  • Digestive problems – slow and sluggish bowels, bloating, weight gain (especially in the belly and trunk), changes in appetite and cravings
  • Mid-day dip in energy, often associated with food
  • Addictions to uppers and downers to get through the day

Adrenal Fatigue Quick Fixes: Coffee & Wine 

I bring up this issue because it is incredibly common and I notice that the more adrenally stressed and fatigued we get, the more that we start to increase our reliance on these substances, and the more they start to control our lives. 

The only issue is that using these to manipulate our natural rhythms takes away our power and our ability to be our best self and truly thrive. They control our daily actions and worse, they steal from our energetic potential for the future. Like a loan shark they keep us in an energetic debt instead of feeling debt-free!

Reset Your Natural Rhythms and Beat Adrenal Fatigue

I know that you’re scared. You may be reliant on these substances to feel kind of normal and that’s okay. I’m not here by any means to make you feel bad about your choices, but to help you become aware and know that there are other options that you may not know of.

Naturally, because you are human, when you don’t feel well it is extremely natural to seek out support that will make you feel normal. This is totally natural. Now let me introduce to you the most natural of health practices that will help you to regain your normal life back again, one great sleep at a time.

Adrenal Fatigue Fix

It comes to three easy little words that will become the focus as you take yourself from frazzled and freakin’ out to fabulous and feelin’ fine. 

  1. Eat
  2. Sleep
  3. Poop

Yes, it is this simple.

EAT: Food and Digestion with Adrenal Fatigue

Food that we eat clearly needs to fuel us, and more so than that, it actually has to nourish us. 

But it’s not only about your food choices. It’s also about how we digest and absorb our food. After all, you are only what you digest and absorb.

The bottom line is you can be buying, preparing and cooking the best of the best of foods, but if you are not digesting well (likely you are not, because it’s been scientifically proven that when you have high cortisol, A.K.A. the stress hormone, your digestion suffers) then you aren’t absorbing your nutrients.

The solution? The Grateful Dung™ Daily Dining Practice. I’ve created the Grateful Dung™ Bracelet to help implement a simple gratitude practice before meals, helping to reduce cortisol so that your gut is ready to digest and absorb well. 

Using the Grateful Dung™ Bracelet as a reminder, simply hold onto the black obsidian Swarovski dung beetle bead, and recite three things that you are grateful for before eating.

When you are in a state of gratitude, it’s impossible to have negative feelings or stress. Doing this right before eating sets you up for better digestion. Wear the bracelet as a constant reminder of this practice. You set yourself up for good digestion, with lowered amounts of cortisol pumping through your body.

SLEEP

Sleep restores, rejuvenates and resets our bodies. If we don’t have good sleep, how can we expect to feel great? It’s almost impossible to feel good if we are restless throughout the evening. An important part of having healthy natural rhythms is having sufficient melatonin levels (the fall-asleep and cancer-prevention hormone).

To heal, cleanse, digest well and have a flat stomach, your sleep needs to be superb. Simply wearing an eye mask to bed naturally increases your melatonin1, helping you sleep. It also improves levels of oxytocin2, the love and connection hormone! These make you sleep great and feel good! 

For beauty and anti-aging purposes, I always suggest placing castor oil around your eyes. This helps to reduce wrinkles and stimulates eyebrow and eyelash growth, too! The Queen of the Thrones™ Beauty Sleep Eye Kit includes everything needed for this nightly beauty sleep routine.

POOP

What does this have to do with adrenal fatigue? Well, everything. A woman’s body is naturally slower at going to the bathroom than men3, and that means the waste products stay in your body longer, irritating you and causing stress. Not to mention messing up your hormones and making you gain weight. Not cool! 

Pooping better can alleviate adrenal fatigue because when you poop better, everything in life is better! Face it, you know I am speaking the truth! 

Castor oil packs are the best way to address going to the bathroom regularly. They aren’t an irritating laxative like cascara sagrada, rather they help with retraining of the bowels. So long term, you have it figured out. 

But wait that’s not all they do, Here’s the whole list of how they help you.

Castor Oil Pack Benefits

The FAITH Acronym

  • Function of your digestion, absorption & elimination4, 5  – Helps with bloating, indigestion, and bowel movements to brag about.
  • Antioxidant status – Castor oil provides anti-aging molecules such as nitric oxide6 and vitamin E7, and improves levels of glutathione8, our master detoxifying agent. Most importantly for women who don’t have a gallbladder, or have problems absorbing fats – castor oil is a source of healthy fats that you get topically. Bye-bye digestive problems!
  • Inflammation reduction and a healthy inflammatory response9 – Castor oil packs reduce core inflammation, helping you achieve a flat belly and less ‘fluff around the edges’.
  • Tension & stress10, 11  – The compression of the organic cotton compress helps to activate our parasympathetic ‘rest & digest’ state, balancing stress and improving sleep!
  • Host microbiome balance12, 13, 14   – Castor oil is one of the only natural substances with the ability to breakdown biofilm created by conbiotics™ (bad bacteria), it also helps to balance bacteria and yeast overgrowth via nitric oxide15.

I love to call them the FAITH makers, because they help you regain the “faith” that you will heal and feel better. They did this for me and thousands of my patients. Regular practice can help you regain faith in your body too. 

Eau De Throne™ is another tool that helps you poop better because it trains you to peek after you poo and begin to understand the signs that it can show you. It also contains essential oils of lavender, rosemary, clove, and citrus that have a medicinal effect on the body, providing antioxidants, calming the nervous system, aiding digestion and cleansing the air.

So there you have it, the first steps to laying the foundation to move out of adrenal fatigue and into a fabulous female. Eat, sleep and poop. Focus on these three key impactors and reset the foundation of your health, then make sure to spread the word! No one needs to live feeling like this. 

To help you get started, get yourself a Queen Kit™. It contains all of the products mentioned in this article to help you overcome adrenal fatigue. Every product is multi-purpose and meant to be simple and easy to implement transformative health practices in your day to day life.


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1 Rong-fang HuXiao-ying JiangYi-ming ZengXiao-yang ChenYou-hua Zhang. Effects of earplugs and eye masks on nocturnal sleep, melatonin and cortisol in a simulated intensive care unit environment. Published online 2010 Apr 18. doi: 10.1186/cc8965

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.

Bohlin J1, Dahlin E1, Dreja J2, Roth B1, Ekberg O2, Ohlsson B1. Longer colonic transit time is associated with laxative and drug use, lifestyle factors, and symptoms of constipation. Acta Radiol Open. 2018 Oct 22;7(10):2058460118807232. doi: 10.1177/2058460118807232. eCollection 2018 Sep.

4 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.

5 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

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

7 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.

8 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.

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

10 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.

11 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.

12 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.

13 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.

14 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.

15 Stasko N1, McHale K2, Hollenbach SJ2, Martin M2, Doxey R2. Nitric Oxide-Releasing Macromolecule Exhibits Broad-Spectrum Antifungal Activity and Utility as a Topical Treatment for Superficial Fungal Infections. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2018 Jun 26;62(7). pii: e01026-17. doi: 10.1128/AAC.01026-17. Print 2018 Jul.

Estrogen Dominance and Castor Oil – Your Best Tool for a Real and Relative Problem

Estrogen Dominance and Castor Oil – Your Best Tool for a Real and Relative Problem

The most frustrating part of having a hormone problem is that you often don’t get a diagnosis or confirmation of exactly what is wrong with you. This is because it depends on if you have REAL or RELATIVE estrogen dominance or one of the other conditions that mimic it. If it’s REAL, you will get the confirmation you are looking for. But if its RELATIVE, watch out. You’ll be floating in “nothing’s wrong, it’s all in your head” land for a long time, as so many of us find ourselves there.

So you go about living your life, feeling unwell and no one can tell you why. You go on living not realizing that you may be setting yourself up for a chronic autoimmune disease(s) or even cancer1. If you’re confused, that’s good, read on. Let’s clarify how your estrogen dominance, whichever one you may have, is draining your vitality and stopping you from living your dreams. I’ll also show you how castor oil packs will be the first step to set your body in the right direction. 

A Definition of Relative and Real

Relatives, I say? Yes our relatives, they can be an issue. But I’m not talking about that kind of relative. 

Jokes aside, in medicine relative means something very different and indicates being in proper proportion or balance to something else in the body that works. Because it’s a relative problem, it doesn’t show up on laboratory tests. Technically the levels are all within their individual normal ranges. However, compared to each other and in the proper body balance and harmony, they are not. These are often harder to give a label to because if they are diagnosed, they do so only after excluding all the other conditions that fall in the real category. 

Real, on the other hand, is a quantifiable level that can be demonstrated on laboratory exams. You can see levels are out of range, and because of this, you can give it a label and a quick diagnosis. This often this leads to faster treatment, only because you know exactly what you are dealing with.

Types of Estrogen Dominance

There are two types of scenarios in the female body that we can experience in regards to estrogen dominance. However, the symptoms are the same so the only way to differentiate is through labs. 

The Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance  

Symptoms are the same whether you have a REAL or RELATIVE estrogen dominance. These are what is experienced most often:

  • Mood swings, anxiety & irritability
  • Headache, foggy brain 
  • Bloating and bowel changes – predominantly constipation 
  • Weight gain around hips and buttocks 
  • Breast tenderness
  • Water retention
  • Uterine fibroids/ovarian cysts
  • Food cravings for sugar and carbohydrates (pasta and bread) 
  • Changes in bleeding
  • Cold body temperature, fatigue 
  • Hair loss, thinning eyebrows and eyelashes 

Real Estrogen Dominance and Cause

When you have REAL estrogen dominance you are the lucky one. You actually do have very high levels of estrogen (although who am I kidding, that isn’t lucky, it’s downright dangerous). These can be tested by conventional labs or by a functional lab such as the Dutch Hormone Test, which is my test of choice for hormones. Click here to learn more about a lab that offers this testing conveniently. It gives the most complete information about what is happening in the body and HOW it is processing hormones. If you’ve got the REAL deal, here are the most common reasons why you are experiencing a dangerously high level of estrogen: 

  1. You store your food in plastic – You purchase and eat canned goods or food that’s been stored in plastic, which can contain endocrine-disrupting bisphenol A (BPA)2 and other not-yet-notorious chemicals. These supply your body with xenoestrogens that leach from plastic and other sources. These mimic our bodies’ natural estrogen, causing issues. There could be other problems because these are, in essence, pieces of plastic in our bodies and the research at this point isn’t completely clear on the long term side effects, but I have an idea, it’s not good. STRESSFUL on the system.{Side Note: NEVER purchase oils in plastic! Oils are well known to absorb plastics and chemicals from their containers, this is also important when we talk about castor oil packs later on because you do not want your castor oil to be bottled in plastic. Oils should ALWAYS BE IN GLASS.}
  2. Water supply – City water has been said to contain negligible traces of the birth control pill with little to no effect on human health3. That being said, it is still ending up in rivers and streams and affecting the water supply4. The remnants of pharmaceuticals end up in the water supply5 and we consume them through the food chain as our fish, fowl, and game drink the water in the rivers. STRESSFUL on the system. 
  3. Prescription sources of estrogens – If you are taking the birth control pill or hormone replacement therapy, this adds to your estrogenic load. These are all sources of estrogen that accumulate in your body, upsetting the natural balance.  STRESSFUL on the system.
  4. Carrying too much body fat – Fat produces estrogen. Fat utilizes too much of your nutrients and antioxidants, leading to depletion. Starvation in a land of plenty. STRESSFUL on the system.
  5. Unbalanced microbiome – Where increased bad microbes exist, creating an environment that is pro-estrogen dominant6, known as the estrobiome. STRESSFUL on the system.
  6. Inflammation – Inflammatory molecules may mimic estrogen in our systems and fuel estrogen dominance. In effect, inflammation enhances the effect of estrogen in our bodies7. STRESSFUL on the system.

The unifying factor – STRESS! 

Relative Estrogen Dominance and Causes

The other side of the coin is where your progesterone is so low, RELATIVE to your level of estrogen, that estrogen acts in your body as though it is super high but it isn’t. It’s just that your progesterone is in the gutter, super low. What are the most common reasons why this happens?

  1. Your elevated stress hormone – Cortisol requires the same raw product as does progesterone. If you’ve been dealing with a lot of stress, you will need more raw product to produce cortisol for you to be able to cope and manage. STRESSFUL on the system.
  2. Your body compensates – So it will steal from Peter to pay Paul. Preferring to save you from a crisis, your body creates the stress hormone cortisol from the same raw material that it makes progesterone from. This way it can deal with the immediate stressor. STRESSFUL on the system.
  3. Progesterone is optional to your body – Progesterone is a hormone of fertility, needed to procreate. Being fertile is the last thing your body cares about when you are under stress. Progesterone also acts as a diuretic, helping to avoid water retention, ensuring good bowel movements and keeping the thyroid balanced. So interesting, no wonder you don’t feel that good when you are stressed! STRESSFUL on the system.

The common denominator again – STRESS!

Our Bodies in Balance – The Ecosystem

We are not separate from our organ systems and everything must work like a fine-tuned orchestra. Estrogen dominance demonstrates observable patterns and associations to other conditions, especially thyroid conditions such as hypothyroid and autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. To note, many of the symptoms of estrogen dominance mimic thyroid conditions to a tee. Is this a coincidence? I think not.  

High Estrogen Causing Low Thyroid

With REAL or RELATIVE estrogen dominance, it is highly likely that you will simultaneously have a hypothyroid condition. Actually, in my practice, I have noted this to be the case in almost all of my patients, with a few outliers. On labs, a telltale sign is low iron (ferritin) and low B12. There are very few outliers. 

This pattern goes hand in hand for the very simple reason that progesterone helps to support healthy thyroid function and estrogen levels. Stress knocks out progesterone. STRESSFUL on the system.

In addition, because your body is overwhelmed with excess relative or real estrogen hormone, it will use up vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to alkalinize and cleanse the excess estrogens out.

These are the same vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are needed to support thyroid health, namely zinc, selenium, magnesium, and glutathione. One of the antibody thyroid tests, anti-thyroid peroxidase, can be used as a measure of glutathione in the system along with magnesium. Low magnesium, low glutathione. Click here for lab testing that I use and trust.

If you’re using them up in one place, you’re going to become deficient somewhere else. It’s a vicious repeating cycle and one that I’m going to show you how to reset. 

Which Came First? Estrogen Dominance or Hypothyroid?

Patients always ask, which came first, the estrogen dominance or hypothyroid? That’s exactly like asking me if the chicken or the egg came first. How do I know, I’m not a fortune teller or God. It’s very hard to say because there is a considerable amount of overlap. One could easily cause the other and we must not forget that there are other systems involved, including the gut, the microbiome and inflammatory processes occurring in the body. 

I look at it as a garden. We need to make sure the ingredients going in are good, what needs to come out is coming out and that we love it and are peaceful and content with the process. 

Support Your Body Ecosystem/Terrain to Optimize Healing

So you see the predicament. This means that if we are to work through it, we have to be extremely strategic. It’s not only about fixing one thing but working on the whole. Is there a way to help balance and support the regulatory systems of the body?

Fortunately, there is and it is the most simple and inexpensive treatment out there. It is legendary as goddesses, gurus, and queens used this treatment since before biblical times. It stands out among other treatments because it doesn’t just have one mechanism of action on the body, it has a totally comprehensive and multi-faceted reach on all regulatory systems of the body. What is this treatment? It’s the sacred castor oil pack.

Castor Oil Packs

To reset your estrogen, your game plan shouldn’t be fully to annihilate it. You want it, after all, it keeps you young. It keeps your skin glowing and is responsible for a variety of beneficial processes in the body. However, you want it to be in balance with your progesterone. Therefore your strategies must accomplish 5 very important goals. 

  1. Maintain a healthy balance of your stress hormone, cortisol, and encourage more feel-good hormones
  2. Promote high antioxidants levels and reset your natural cleansing mechanisms
  3. Keep your bowels flowing – digestion, absorption and elimination working properly
  4. Reduce inflammation and increase alkalinization
  5. Support your microbiome and break down unhealthy biofilm

So how does this legendary treatment accomplish all this?

Castor Oil Packs and Stress

The problem in our modern world is that all of us are in a constant state of stress. Since cortisol is made out of the same product as progesterone, the more stressed you are, the less progesterone your body will be able to produce. It is a vicious cycle, so it’s incredibly important to do everything you can to reduce stress in your body.

When your body is in a relaxed state, your immune system8 is optimized and your digestive process is flawless. When you’re stressed, your gut can become ‘leaky’, meaning the gap junctions are broken and food particles that are too large can enter your bloodstream and cause havoc all over the body9 10 11.

When you use the pack, the soft compression of the pack on the skin helps to promote your feel-good hormone, oxytocin12. The limbic area (aka the area responsible for emotion) of the brain is stimulated and flooded with another feel-good neurotransmitter, dopamine13.

Castor oil packs harness the healing powers of nature that support our body’s natural healing mechanisms. The key to having this treatment be effective is PRACTICE. I have my own take on the old saying, “Practice makes perfect”. But hey no one is perfect! More accurately, “Practice makes PROGRESS”. This is why it’s best to wear your pack for at least 1 hour each day, or ideally overnight.

Castor Oil Packs to Reset Your Cleansing Mechanisms

To balance the dominance of estrogen in the body, cleansing processes must be working well. There is an enzyme known as beta-glucuronidase that deconjugates estrogens, allowing them to recirculate throughout the body. It has been shown to be elevated in estrogen dominance14. 

Castor oil improves levels of your body’s powerhouse detox molecule, glutathione15. Glutathione gets rid excess estrogens, toxins, and byproducts of plastics like BPA. Remember it’s best to STAY AWAY from carrying food and drink in plastic! 

Castor oil packs are typically worn over the liver because they exert a powerful anti-inflammatory effect that supports its function – and it’s responsible for over 200 bodily functions! The packs have even been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and improve liver enzymes16. 

Castor Oil Packs to Reduce Inflammation

When you are dealing with estrogen dominance, the last thing you want in your body is inflammation as it just feeds the imbalance even more. Castor oil packs have been shown to help to reduce inflammation17. 

Most of the inflammation in our body is present in the intestines and the gut, since they are exposed to the outside world via the food we intake and the different bugs that enter our bodies18. When we can calm this core inflammation, we relieve bloating, it helps us get a flat tummy and it supports balancing out our hormones. Now, remember, practice makes progress, and it’s with daily practice that you will feel better.

Castor Oil Packs

If you have estrogen dominance, chances are you are probably backed up. When you can’t eliminate waste, the toxins, excess hormones and bad bacteria that it contains can recirculate the body.

The amazing thing about castor oil packs is that they have been shown to relieve constipation just as effectively as laxatives, but without the harsh urgency to run to the bathroom19. This is extremely important for estrogen dominance because you must eliminate the excess hormones in order to heal and rebalance.

Castor Oil Packs and the Microbiome

Did you know that as women, we have a specific set of bacteria in our bodies responsible for metabolizing estrogen? It even has a special name – the estrobiome. 

When there is an imbalance of bad bacteria, as I call them conbiotics™, they will do everything that can to keep themselves alive and to maintain their home inside your gut. They have the ability to create a protective barrier of sludge known as biofilm, which makes it very difficult for us to kill them and get them out of our body temples.  Amazingly, castor oil has the ability to break down this biofilm, which has proven very difficult to do without the use of pharmaceuticals20 21 22 23. Isn’t it always best to do things the natural way? Who’s with me?

Stick Steadfast to Your Practice

So if you’re someone with REAL or RELATIVE estrogen dominance, or perhaps you just have a feeling your hormones are out of whack, castor oil packs should be a staple in your daily routine. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, you can and you will get through this and live the life you are destined to live. You just need to commit to health-promoting practices each and every day and show your body some extra love. It has a natural, vital, intelligent force within, and when we give it what it needs, it has an incredible ability to heal.


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13 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. 

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How to Stay Healthy in the Summer | Fasting Diet

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, and feel 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 that after having too much wine or too many beers by the pool. You feel it. So let’s work together to AVOID that feeling over the summer and make the most of it! 

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 fasting1. Such as being 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.

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 to do. 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 castor oil pack overnight!! 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 a bikini-ready flat tummy.

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 Kit, as it helps to naturally increase the production of our body’s sleep-regulating hormone, melatonin8!

3. It’s an easy diet… 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.

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.

Fasting is very common and integral to human evolution. In the animal kingdom, 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, and I was feeling unwell because of it. 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.

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 too, 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.  

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!

Check out my short 1-minute youtube video on green tea here.

4. Movement in the A.M. on Waking

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. Castor Oil Packs, Duh!! 

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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