Sugar Free September

Join our group today…We are starting in a few days to go completely SUGAR FREE for September…we have allied with another larger group in South Afrika and there are over 10,000 people participating worldwide…however WE are doing it VEGETARIAN STYLE!! Join my group here>>> https://www.facebook.com/groups/1052966118064645/

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Juice Cleanse in Puerto Rico

Soak up some Caribbean Sea!
Soak up some Caribbean Sea!

Peace FAMILY!!!

We have two Juice Cleansing experiences!!  A Last minute one for anyone who can get here to PR by May 24 – 30!! For YOU…ONLY $500!!  CALL ME if you want to get in on this one!!

The next one is in July!  Hotter than July!  Yes! Summer Time!  Its here! Come on down and spend some time with me on a one week Power Juice Cleanse!  Summer Special…ONLY $700

Skai Juice has been hosting affordable wellness vacays for over 6 years while living in Puerto Rico. She is a nutritional coach and Vegan and Raw Food Chef. Her wellness retreats are created for folks who are open to checking out Puerto Rico from the islander’s perspective. Her home comfortably houses up to 6 retreat guests and is located right in the heart of the pueblo of Luquillo, PR…right around the corner from world famous Luquillo Beach. While hanging at Casa del Sol you will hear the morning sounds of Roosters, and at different times of the day you will hear the occasional Salsa, Bachata or Reggaeton blaring from a car driving by. Its all part of the culture here.

Skai Juice will guide the group before arriving to Puerto Rico on a transition diet so that we can jump right into juicing for the entire time of the trip. Having the support of several people around you doing the same thing makes it easier. We will be juicing greens, fruits, coconut water, and if necessary Green Smoothies will be added if anyone requires more bulk. Meanwhile we will be going to yoga classes in the morning on the beach and hiking in the rainforest and river and beach swimming. The evenings can be for relaxing at La Pared along the beach, watching fun movies in the house…or even going out to find some good Salsa dancing….that just depends on everyone’s energy level.

Daily Schedule:

  • Juicing all day…mixing it up between Fruit Juices, Green Juices, Coconut Water….and sometimes Green Smoothies
  • Yoga in the AM on the beach…no yoga mat required…just a beach towel
  • Hiking
  • Beaching and River Swimming
  • If you want to do some optional excursions like going to Old San Juan, Loiza…etc…let me know…we will build this into your trip.

Accommodations:
The retreat center is actually our humble 5 bedroom house: Casa del Sol in Luquillo, PR…We have been hosting guests for years and have all the common amenities to make one feel comfortable. We do not have air-conditioning, but each room has regular box fans…that keep everyone cool. The house is not typically hot even in the summer unless it’s just one of those days when the seabreeze is not blowing. In that case we take it to the hills. We have a total of 5 bedrooms and two bathrooms which are shared by all.

Fly into Luis Munoz Marin Airport San Juan International (SJU)
Arrive on Sunday, July 26th before 2pm
Depart on Saturday, Aug 1st before 2pm

You must book your shuttle through Luquillo Taxi and Tours at http://www.luquillotaxi.com…the usual rate is $75 per trip and if everyone arrives around the same time you can all split that.

Interested…contact me right away…only space for 5 people!!

Talk to you soon!

Skai Juice
http://www.skaijuice.com
Helping You Create Your Healthy and Abundant Life!

Coconut Water Detox Cleanse 2

Paradise Wellness

Mar 11 – 20, 2014

Puerto Rico

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Come and Join Skai Juice in warm and sunny Puerto Rico and engage in a special treatment to you mind, body and soul! The Coconut Water Detox Cleanse is a special program run by Skai that actualizes the imperative benefits of cleansing your body with one of the Universe’s most powerful liquids!  Here are some of the benefits of drinking coconut water:

1 – Alkaline Hydration & Blood Purification

It takes only 3 days for your blood to turn from Acid pH to Alkaline. During these days your body is releasing toxins into the bloodstream in order to be discharge. Coconut water is bio-chemically nearly identical to human blood. It makes the transition yummy, easy, and delightful – with the least detox symptoms possible.

2 – Rejuvenation For Your Body
When you are fasting, your body goes into the process of autolysis. It is “eating” its own diseased tissue, fat tissue, and old tissues; while creating more space and building brand new body cells. You are fasting, and your body is feasting. You can see the difference on your pictures before and after!

3 – Boosts Energy, Vitality & Increases Libido
Coconut water contains all the nutrients your body requires to go on for days or weeks. While from time to time, you may experience a healing crisis, over all it’s going to your energy level, vitality, and stamina will rise through the roof. What is it going to contribute to your sex life? How much fun are you going to have?

4 – Builds Brain Cells & Releases DMT
Fasting builds brain cells and sharpens your intellectual, and intuitive capacities. It naturally releases DMT in the brain, and may give you a sense of inner, instinctual guidance. Coconut water contains high amounts of electrolytes that facilitate the intricate communication between your brain and the nervous system.

5 – Sharpens Sight, Hearing & Taste
Fasting purifies your internal organs and as a result you may hear better, see better, and all your senses may become sharpened and more acute. It changes your taste buds. After the coconut water fast you may be surprised you do not crave toxic foods any more. Your taste will gravitate towards raw organic fruit! Also – simple foods taste more yummy than ever before!

6 – Re-Defines Your Relationship With Food
Fasting redefines your relationship with food. All of a sudden, you may realize you can eat and yet you don’t have to. Something else sustains you, nourishes you, and give you energy! If you are battling with addictions, coconut water cleanse will reset everything in your body a new. You may feel like you can do without drugs, alcohol, or tobacco – just as easily as you can do without food all together!

7 – Totally Magical & Sacred
Fasting is not for everyone. It is for those who invite magic into their lives and want to push the edge of this reality, and see what else is possible. It is a ritual of passage, where you shed your skin and become renewed. All great leaders in our history have fasted for guidance and to build power. Coconut water in all native cultures tree is regarded as sacred, and coconut is treated with reverence as the ‘tree of life’.

And here is some great information about the benefits of a coconut water fast from:  http://kejanny.hubpages.com

Health Benefits of Fasting

Before I talk about the amazing health benefits of coconut water fast, let us consider the overall health benefits of fasting itself and why fasting has been practiced since ancient times in many cultures throughout the world.

Fasting is the oldest therapeutic treatment known to man. Over the centuries, fasting has been practiced for health, medical, psychological and spiritual reasons because the people actually experienced the benefits of fasting.

  • There are many health benefits of fasting, the first one being detoxification. Fasting aids detoxification, which is a normal body process of eliminating toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph glands, and skin.
  • The second health reason for fasting is healing. Fasting relieves the body of the burden of digesting and eliminating food so it can focus on healing and cleansing. Energy is diverted away from the digestive system towards metabolism and immune system, thus improving the immune system for the body’s own healing. During fasting, toxins are removed and the healing process is accelerated. The person is rejuvenated and this can assist in extended life expectancy.

 

Benefits of Coconut Water Fast

Water fasts were common in ages past and are still used today. But there are certain top health reasons why you should consider coconut water fast. The cleansing and healing properties of coconut water has been relied upon for centuries in the tropics. Coconut water can be useful as an aid in detoxification to cleanse toxins out of the body and accelerate the healing process.

You may become very tired and lethargic and want to do as little as possible during water fasts. This is because water provides no nutritional support. During water fast, the body relies on stored nutrients to satisfy its needs. When the body’s nutrient stores become depleted the detoxification and healing process slows down. Where a person is sick and is already nutritionally bankrupt, continued water fasting can be detrimental.

There are many health benefits of coconut water and coconut water fast benefits out-weigh water fasts and they are:

  • Coconut water is naturally high in essential nutrients. When freshly extracted from the coconut, coconut water is germ-free and parasites-free. Fresh coconut water is uncontaminated by bacteria, fungi, or other pathogens. The electrolyte profile of coconut is similar to human plasma. That is why Doctors working in tropical climates have often used coconut water as intravenous solutions and injected directly into the bloodstream to prevent dehydration.
  • Coconut water is rich in electrolytes that are essential for maintaining proper functionality of nerves, heart and other muscles. It is high in potassium, chlorides, calcium and magnesium, with a modest amount of sodium, sugar and protein. The sugar is natural sugar. Coconut water is fat-free and low in calories.
  • Coconut water contains a complex array of nutrients including trace minerals which come directly from the sea and which most other foods lack. This is because coconuts grow near the sea and the roots absorb water and nutrients from the sea which is stored in the fruit as coconut water.
  • Coconut water is non-allergenic, very cleansing, a great thirst quencher and energizer. As a natural diuretic, coconut water increases urine flow. Coconut water also contains a high amount of dietary fiber that helps the body get rid of harmful toxins.
  • Coconut water provides a balanced form of nourishment, containing coconut proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins, all in solution in the purest distilled water. When fasting with coconut water, you remain well-nourished without having to experience the symptoms of a complete water fast, involving tiredness, lethargy, extreme loss of weight and strength, but can continue your normal life and activities.

 

Young Coconuts on Sale for 50 Cents
Young Coconuts on Sale for 50 Cents

 

The health benefits of coconut water fast is great compared to water fasting alone. If you want that great detox, lose weight on a coconut water fast diet, live a longer, healthier life, try coconut water detox through coconut water fast.

 

Hope to see you in Puerto Rico!  YAHOO

http://www.paradisewellnesspr.com

 

I want to get away!

Soak up some Caribbean Sea!
Soak up some Caribbean Sea!

Introducing….your very own personal retreat!

Peace and Love Friends!

You ever feel like you need to get away from it all so that you can eat properly and rest?! Yeah, me too! Well, Ive made it a lifestyle! Ive been hosting wellness retreats for about 5 years now and I do love them. I just decided to host them differently for now. I have always been interested in helping people overcome their issues. Its my passion. So now, I have the time and place to do so.

Book a personal retreat with me for $125 per day. You get your own room (shared bathroom) at the Sunshine Guest House in Luquillo, PR. I will provide you 3 meals a day depending on what your goals are. So, for some it may be a vegan retreat, a raw retreat, a juicing retreat, a coconut water retreat, or a water fast. Whatever we decide, I will be there to guide you. And Sunshine is located right up the road from the BEACH! So you are free to walk over there and soak up some good Caribbean Sea!

Let me know what ails you and when you are interested in coming. Some people may need to come for one week…others a month. Whatever you need…Im flexible! Let’s help you heal for real this time!

Sending Love across the miles!

Love and Peace

Skai Juice
The Chef
http://www.skaijuice.com

Release the Grease 3: The Raw Treatment

Peace and Love Friends!

Happy Weekend! Hopefully you all are having a fun time this weekend…for some reason it seems like this is the pivotal point where summer ends…BOO! Well, we still have some warm days ahead…thankfully. Any who, a couple things I need to briefly mention to you…you know how I am:

After having two successful Juice cleanses, Release the Grease, our Wellness Center members want to continue the mission with a 30 day Raw Food Challenge…starting THIS TUESDAY! I know right! Hey, you gotta be spontaneous here. Jump to it. So if you are interested in participating, I would like you to join this new list: release the grease 3: the raw treatment … where I will be sending out daily emails with tips, recipes, and the protocol on how to eat a raw food diet for 30 days successfully and without going into debt. The coolness about this is that: A) You don’t have to commit to 30 days…that may be too intense for most folks…but committing to as many days as you can is AWESOME! B)If you are not ready for this Tuesday, you can jump in at any time you like during the month of September and get lots of awesome information…ALL FREE!

Now, if you are really serious about participating and feel that you may need more help and resources than just a simple (fabulous) email from moi, you may want to consider joining our Online Wellness Center, hosted as a private group on FB. This forum is setup as a destination to: communicate with others for support, advice, questions and anything else; and to browse our ridiculous library, my collection, of books and videos. Yes, Im sharing almost all of my raw food, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, and fitness info to the members of this amazing group and you can partake in the sharing by joining Our Wellness Center. The cost to join TODAY is only $20, which has been discounted by 30%…however come Sept 1, tomorrow, we jump back up. So HOP on it! The Value is AMAZING! To join: email me -> ecorican@gmail.com

So, hope to see you involved in the healing…we are going to call this next cleanse: RELEASE THE GREASE 3: The Raw Treatment…I just made that up! YAY!

Have fun and be safe this weekend….Im gonna get prepared for the cleanse and make sure you guys are ready too!

YAHOO!

Love and Peace,
Skai Juice
THE CHEF
http://www.skaijuice.com

Skai Juice
Skai Juice guides you on the next RELEASE THE GREASE program

A DOCTOR FINALLY TELLS THE TRUTH!

THE TRUTH ABOUT FAT AND CHOLESTEROL..HEART SURGEON SPEAKS OUT ON WHAT REALLY CAUSES HEART DISEASE

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We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong.. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries,today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.It Is Not Working!

These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Inflammation is not complicated

Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well,smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet
The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.

Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.

While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed withomega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.

How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?

Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.

When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.

When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels
What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.

While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.

Correct omega-3 Balance

Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell — they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.

If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.

Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.

The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.
To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.

There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.

There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.

Healthy vs Un-Healthy Fats

One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.

Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades
Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.

What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet

source:eatlocalgrown.com

Foods That Lift Depression

In my last article…(http://wp.me/p1FWVl-gE), I discussed what depression is and how doctors often over prescribe antidepressant pills for people who show mild signs of depression. What I advise as a chef and retreat organizer is using a natural method of preventing depression from happening using quality foods and changes in lifestyle.

Whole Grains

Are you a carbohydrate addict? It could mean that your brain is low in serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter produced in your brain that helps with regulating your mood, monitoring your sleep, and controlling your hunger. What’s important is getting the right kind of carbohydrates into your body so that you don’t increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other lifestyle diseases.

Many carb addicts stick to foods like enriched pastas, white rice, white potatoes, and white breads. What you want to focus on are complex carbohydrates that slowly release energy into your bloodstream. This will prevent the sugar high and subsequent crash you experience when eating pastas or white sugars. Some examples of whole grains include brown and black rice, oatmeal, and quinoa. In one of my last online cooking classes I made a delicious brown rice with black beans and a slammin’ spinach salad with papaya dressing. Eating whole grains doesn’t have to be boring at all!

Nuts and Seeds

Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium, a mineral that helps to lift your mood and prevent depression. The recommended amount of brazil nuts it takes to keep you happy is about 6 nuts! You can also eat other varieties of nuts like cashews, walnuts, and flaxseeds. They provide a vital vegan source of omega 3 fatty acids. I use nuts and seeds in the base of my raw vegan desserts like brownies and pies.

Dark, leafy green vegetables

Kale and other leafy greens like collards and mustard greens are high in folic acid which combats depression. Try and get a broad selection of greens that are seasonal and local to where you live. These will taste the best and cost less.

I feel so lucky because it is my job to provide the best foods Puerto Rico has to offer. I love my customers that come to my cafe and those that stay with me a little longer for retreats. I would love for you to visit me here at Paradise Wellness in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. You would have access to beautiful, gourmet raw and cooked food that will give you life, as opposed to rob you of your energy. However I know all of you can’t make it, so I’m still working on solutions to get my online classes going so that you can learn wherever you are on the planet!

To stay in touch with me and be the first to learn about my upcoming classes and retreats, sign up for my email list!

References

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23306210

http://www.menshealth.co.uk/healthy/more-energy/foods-to-lift-mood-9307

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=1562

Is Your Food Making You Depressed?

The food we eat has such an intimate relationship with how we feel. And what conventional medicine wants you to believe is that popping a “happy pill” is the cure for what your blues with little to no investigation into how your food and lifestyle affects you.

 

A 2002 study by the Rand Corporation stated that in a survey of almost 700 adults who were prescribed antidepressants, only 20% had shown significant symptoms of depression when actually tested for the disease. This means that many doctors are giving out the pill even when there may be other more convenient and less expensive ways to treat your symptoms.

 

There’s no test for depression

 

Did you know that there really is no real test for depression? What doctors will do is ask a series of questions and perhaps do lab tests to rule out problems with anemia and thyroid function. What that means is that your diagnosis of depression is relative and may change depending upon what doctor you speak to. So why not examine your food and lifestyle choices before agreeing to take a pill?

 

What is depression and symptoms

 

Depression is much more than a feeling of sadness. Sadness can be characterized by low mood, particularly in the morning, a loss of interest in sex and other things you would normally enjoy, consistent indecisiveness, insomnia, weight loss or weight gain, etc. It’s important to note that if you have thoughts of suicide or hurting others, you should quickly seek the support of a medical professional rather than self medicate. However for many people the average signs and symptoms of depression can begin to be addressed with diet and lifestyle choices.

 

As a chef and retreat organizer here in Puerto Rico, I teach my customers how to change their diet so that change in mood is inevitable. I advocate for eating foods that are filled with life and will, in turn, give life back to you.

 

In my next article, we will discuss foods that can help you to lift depression naturally.

 

I want you to keep up with what I’m working on here in Puerto Rico. I’ve got lots of great online raw and cooked vegan classes coming up as well as retreats for those of you who want the full Chef Skai treatment here in beautiful Puerto Rico! Sign up for my email list!

References

 

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/side-effects/200905/overprescribing-antidepressants

 

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-tests

 

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-tests

 

You are what you absorb!

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You aren’t what you eat; you are what you ABSORB. Many people suffer from poor digestion. In fact, you might say that most people aren’t able to absorb the nutrients they swallow, so they remain in a state of nutritional starvation even though they’re taking supplements that would otherwise be quite helpful. These people tend to scratch their heads, wondering why all the nutrients they’re swallowing aren’t having the positive effects they had hoped for. The answer to this conundrum is found in enhancing the absorption of those nutrients.

Strong stomach acid is good for you

Pharmaceutical pill pushers have convinced many people that stomach acid is bad for your health. By promoting diseases like “acid reflux” or GERD, they misinform consumers into believing that heartburn and stomach pain are caused by too much stomach acid. But the truth is that in most (but not all) cases people actually suffer from weak stomach acid and they need stronger stomach acid to properly digest foods. It’s easy to test this by swallowing a teaspoon (or so) of vinegar with your meal and asking yourself whether it feels better or worse. For a surprisingly large percentage of people, the extra vinegar halts the pain they might normally feel after such a meal. This is a strong indication that they lack proper stomach acid production and could benefit from stronger acid. Vinegar is acidic, you see. Not as acidic as stomach acid, but far more acidic than most foods or beverages. Consumers have been persuaded by drug advertising to swallow over-the-counter antacid tablets — products that are actually very alkaline and therefore lower the acidity (i.e. raise the pH) of the liquids in your stomach. What most people don’t realize is that minerals require an acidic digestive environment to be properly digested and absorbed. If you lack proper stomach acid, you won’t be able to properly absorb minerals even if you swallow them! And this can lead to mineral deficiencies that promote the development of diabetes, cancer, chronic pain, arthritis and even heart problems (among other things). So how do you encourage the production of healthy stomach acid? In my experience, drinking fresh vegetable juices each day — especially celery and cabbage juices — greatly boosts stomach health, ultimately supporting healthy stomach acid production.

Digestive enzymes from living foods

Digestion is a complex process. It requires biochemical and physical processes to break down ingested substances into their nutritional components. This process is significantly aided by digestive enzymes which exist naturally in living foods (fresh, raw vegetable and fruit juices, for example). Heating foods (cooking them) destroys all digestive enzymes. This is one reason why cooked foods steal life away from people while raw, living foods impart life. Living foods usually come with their own digestive enzymes, aiding your digestive processes in breaking down and absorbing nutrients. Dead foods — which include anything pasteurized — stress your liver, pancreas and gallbladder by requiring these organs to produce extra digestive enzymes that are missing from the foods themselves. Because many people suffer from poor digestive organ function, they have difficulties absorbing the nutrients they’ve swallowed.

Probiotics

Many people suffer from serious intestinal flora imbalances. Western medicine, for the most part, remains astonishingly ignorant about the importance of intestinal flora to overall health, but those who study more holistic medicine understand the important role that these “inner bacteria” play in your health: The bacteria in your gut actually digest and transform nutrients you eat into other nutrients. They are, in essence, nutrient transformers that operate inside your body, producing nutrients needed for your health. That’s why people who take antibiotics often suffer serious digestive side effects in the days that follow: They’ve wiped out all the friendly intestinal bacteria that were providing essential nutrients! It’s easy to remedy this imbalance: Take probiotic supplements on a regular basis. This will feed your digestive tract the friendly bacteria you need. And don’t fall for the marketing sham of eating yogurt, thinking it’s loaded with probiotics. Virtually all store-bought yogurt is pasteurized, and pasteurization kills the friendly bacteria. This makes most “probiotic yogurt” products nothing more than a dishonest marketing gimmick. By the way, if you want healthy intestinal flora, it’s also important to reduce your consumption of dietary sugars. When you consume more sugars, you alter the bacterial population in your gut, causing a shift toward bacteria that feed on sugars. As you alter your diet to exclude refined sugars, the population of bacteria in your gut follows suit, shifting towards a non-sugar bacterial population.

References

Everything I’ve said here is supported by quotations on the website www.NaturalPedia.com where I’ve assembled over one million unique web pages covering tens of thousands of natural health topics. For those looking for more specific scientific references, simply use Google.com or Google Scholar to search for the topics described here. You’ll even find many of them right here on NaturalNews if you use the search box at the top of this page. (I’m often amazed when some people demand references for things that can be easily found with a simple Google search. The classic use of article references dates back to the era of library card catalogs when finding information was a laborious task. But today, not even 20 years later, finding information is virtually effortless on the ‘net. If you want to find information about how eating sugars alters the bacteria in your gut, for example, just search Google for “eating sugars alters the bacteria in your gut”.