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How To Test Yourself To See If Your Body Is Too Acidic

Hello Everyone! This is an easy, at home test that you can do to determine if your body is overall too acidic or not.

But first, let me explain how the Acid / Base scale works:

The pH scale goes from 0 – 14.

A pH of 7 is considered Neutral. 

Anything less than 7 is acidic

Anything greater than 7 is alkaline/basic

The normal pH of human blood is about 7.4, so it’s not extremely alkaline. Different parts of the body have different pH’s. Stomach acid has the pH of about 2, super acidic so that it can be able to denature your food. We don’t want our bodies to be TOO acidic or TOO alkaline, this can cause death.

What are the dangers of being too acidic?

Dr. Alex Vasquez shared a position paper on urinary alkalization written by emergency room physicians. These doctors worked with suicide patients that had been acutely poisoned or had cases of industrial poisoning. ER physicians found that when urinary pH was 7.5 (alkaline), the body was able to excrete toxins more readily.

When our bodies are too acidic, we have more incidence of:

  1. Lower functioning immune system
  2. Risk of cancers
  3. Overall poorer health
  4. Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

If you put cancer cells in a petri dish containing an alkaline environment, the cancer cells would die. Cancer and illness can only live in an acidic environment.

What causes our bodies to become acidic?

  • Stress. Stress increases the production of stress hormones such as cortisol , Interleukin-6, which can turn on inflammatory cascades in the body. Constant cortisol secretion can cause weight gain, more food sensitivities (because it deteriorates the gut lining), and sleep disorders (more things too).Blood tests show that a chemical called Interleukin-6 sharply increased in the blood of those who are stressed. Previous studies have associated IL-6 with several diseases, including heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, type-2 diabetes and certain cancers. More detrimental is that the increase in IL-6 can be turned on for up to 3 years after a highly stressful and chronic situation.
  • Diet. Not eating enough vegetables and fruits is the #1 contributor to an acidic environment. Eating grains, wheat, sugar (not fruit), processed foods, dairy, very non-nourishing foods can cause the leaching of calcium from bones to buffer the acidic environment and lead to osteoporosis. Especially with dairy! Dairy is highly acidic in the body, and several studies have confirmed that dairy does not prevent bone loss or make your bones strong. It actually does the opposite, and more incidents of osteoporosis is actually seen in countries that consume more dairy. Alcohol is another thing that when overindulged can do a lot of damage.
  • Mood. Studies also show that when you are a more pessimistic person, negative in nature or hold a lot of anger, it causes your body to have a lower functioning immune system. On the contrary, having an attitude of gratitude actually improves the regulatory T-cell function in your immune system.
  • Emotions. If you watch a scary movie and you’re feeling afraid, you will temporarily become acidic. If you see someone get hit by a car, boom acidic. If you are anxiety ridden or thinking so many overwhelming thoughts, you will drop down into acidic. We really don’t realize how powerful our mind is and how it can master us if we do not master it first.

Okay, now that we are all clear on what creates an acidic environment, lets move onto the test!

 

This is the chart that you will use for the reference ranges.

You will need: 

-pH Strips

         – 1 Tbsp of lemon juice in like 3 oz of water

– A stop watch.

– The chart above.

How it works:

  1. Start by taking 1 strip of the pH paper and placing the yellow side down on top of your tongue, close your mouth for 5 seconds. Make sure the yellow part is fully saturated with your saliva.
  2. Pull the strip out and match the color to the colors on the bottle of the pH strips. This is your starting pH.
  3. Now take the water mixed with 1 tbsp of lemon and drink it. Take another pH strip and place it on top of your tongue again as you did before. This is your pH after you have challenged it with acid. This will temporarily drop your pH down (which is what we want.)
  4. Now, start your stopwatch. You will wait 1 minute from the time you tested your pH after drinking the lemon, and then test your pH again with another strip.
  5. You are going to continue to do this for a total of 5 minutes. Record your pH results each time you do this.
  6. At the end of the test, if you pH is following the red line or above it, you have a good buffering system. Your body is not too acidic! Congratulations! If your pH is not good, and you dropped off after a certain point, you have some opportunities here.

What to do if you are too acidic:

  • First, assess your diet and lifestyle. Are you consuming enough fruits and vegetables? How are you at managing your stress? Do you find ways to relieve your stress? Do you drink lemon/lime water often? Do you smoke cigarettes or over drink? Do you eat too much sugar in the form of processed foods or grains/dairy? Do you live on coffee?
  • These are all pertinent questions that you need to ask yourself. The diet is  first and foremost the biggest thing that can contribute to being too acidic. I can suggest supplements to help you, but if you are unwilling to change any of these factors – it’s not going to work. It’ll be like throwing a bucket of water on a house fire.

If you turned out to be too acidic, don’t freak out! This is just an area that we have an opportunity to improve : )

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Sources:

www.tuesdayminute.net

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-stress-kills/

Sauna Bathing Decreases Cancer, All Heart Disease By 40% & Extends Life Span

In 2015 an incredible 20 year study of 2000 men aimed to measure the benefits of sauna usage. At the end of the study, they measured who died from non-accidental deaths, cancer, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease. What they found was:

  •  Men that used to sauna 2-3x/week were 27% less likely die from anything cardiovascularly related when compared to men who used the sauna only 1x/week.
  • Men who used the sauna 4-7x/week were 50% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease related deaths when compared to men who used the sauna only 1x/week.

Not only was frequency of sauna use important, but duration of sauna use was also vital! 19+ minutes had the most profound affect on lowering cardiovascular disease and cancer when compared to only 11 minutes of usage. Are you kidding me? 19 minutes or more?! It’s that easy??

How Is The Sauna So Beneficial?

If you think about it, the sauna in some ways mimics cardio exercise. When you’re in there, you’re sweating because it’s hot and your heart rate goes up. Blood flow increases to the heart, oxygen to the tissues increases. The sauna equates to a brisk walk.

Other Findings:

  • 2-3x/week of sauna use resulted in 24% lowered all cause mortality risk.
  • Men who used sauna 4-7% week were 40% less likely to die of cardio vascular diseases, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, respiratory disease and all other non-accidental diseases.
  • The sauna sensitizes the brain to endorphins (the feel good chemicals in the brain).

  • The sauna activates the activates FOXO3 gene that allows you to age slower and live longer.

  • The sauna Increases your own production of HGH – Human growth hormone.

  • Long-term sauna bathing may help lower blood pressure in those with hypertension and improve the left ventricular function in those with Congestive Heart Failure.
  • The sauna poses no risk to healthy people from infancy to old age, including healthy women in their uncomplicated pregnancy.

Sauna Bathing Activates Heat Shock Proteins: Which Lowers Dementia & Alzheimer’s Risk

Heat Shock Proteins (HSP) are proteins in the body that make sure that other proteins maintain their structure and work optimally. When proteins become damaged, they kind of fold,  this causes something called “protein aggregation” within our cells. This folding leads to protein aggregates (Beta amyloid plaque) within our brain.

As a normal part of existing in this world, the proteins in our body are being damaged every day. They become damaged more readily as we age because we are exposed to more toxins as we get older. This is why it is important to eat fruits and vegetables, the antioxidants repair that free radical damage and repair those aggregated proteins.

The Significance of “Protein Aggregation”: This leads to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and other Neurodegenerative Diseases.

HSP can reverse, repair & prevent those damaged folded proteins. This is precisely what is preventing Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease & neurodegenerative diseases. All of this is available to you simply by using the heat sauna.

Heat Stress From Sauna Bathing Activating FOXO3 Gene: Which Extends Life Span & Slows Aging

The FOXO3 gene is the master regulator of other genes, that have to do with stress and  the ability to handle stress. Many different kinds of stresses can damage our DNA…such as environmental toxins, pesticides on our foods, EMF’s from Wifi, unclean water. (The list can go on). But there is also GOOD kinds of stress, such as heat and cold, which activate the FOXO3 gene.

  • FOXO3 activates genes that repair DNA damage before it can form a mutation. FOXO3 is also involved in apoptosis (cell death) which is a protective mechanism against cancer. We have cancer cells in our body right now, but our loving immune system is there to perform apoptosis – which destroys these little buggers.
  • FOXO3 activates antioxidant genes that prevent damaged cells from secreting inflammatory cytokines. These damaged cells that secrete inflammatory properties are what accelerate the aging process in our body, our skin, our face. In mice studies, the FOXO3 gene actually activated other genes that allowed mice  to live 20% longer than their normal life span.
  • FOXO3 also activates your body’s own ability to create stem cells. As we age, we do not create as many stem cells.
  • Centenarians (those that have lived to 100 years old) were shown to have increased activity in the FOXO3 genes.

To summarize, if you want to live longer, have a better quality of life, reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, neuro-degenerative diseases, create more stem cells, increase your growth hormones, increase production of endorphins in your brain, then start sweating it out in the sauna! It’s a no brainer.

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25705824

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27932366

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11165553

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9100952

 

Images from:

Doityourself.com

Psychologytoday.com

Sciencemag.org

Thermography: Detecting breast cancer many years earlier than Mammography

“Thermography measures the temperature of the breast and there is no need for any mechanical pressure or ionizing radiation.” – John Gofman, MD, nuclear physicist, & one of the worlds leading experts on radiation damage.

This is a comparison of my thermography’s done in 2008 and 2016. I’ve been doing thermography scans since I was 17 years old, never once have I had a mammogram. When I posted this photo on my instagram, this post alone got the attention of over 6,000 people. I was astounded at the number of people who had never even heard of thermography! Thermography’s been around for about 30+ years and has thousands of peer reviewed studies, proving its efficacy as a safe and effective screening tool.

Not only is thermography able to detect breast cancer  years earlier than mammography, but it can detect ANY inflammation in the body ANYWHERE. Inflammation is the beginning of disease and imbalance. Once we can identify the area of dysfunction, we can pin point how to heal it through functional medicine.

Mammograms squish and compress your breast, shooting radiation into the breast – which raises the risk of breast cancer by 1% for each mammogram that is had. With thermography, there is no compression or radiation – nothing touches you. It is a digital infrared camera that takes a picture of your body heat.

The reason why I can claim that Thermography IS early detection and ACTUALLY PREVENTATIVE is because cancer is detected when it has only multiplied to about 256 cells. Whereas with Mammography, cancer is detected at over 4 BILLION CANCER CELL. At this point, this is not even preventative. This is just telling you that you have a tumor.

Active breast cancer cells double every 90 days, causing inflammation, which is our body’s physiological response to this abnormal process. Our immune system has failed… from either an acidic environment caused by poor nutrition, too much estrogen, hormonal imbalance, or genetic pre-dispositions that are triggered by our own diet and lifestyles. Abnormal vascularity will begin in the breasts in order to feed, nourish, oxygenate and support the growing tumor. This all takes place at under 300 cancer cells. This is when thermography can see those changes that are taking place.
OR, you could do your typical conventional standardized “gold standard” tests, and wait until you have over 4 BILLION cancer cells in that tumor, when a mammogram will finally see it.

It’s important to realize that a negative mammogram cannot be equated with a clean bill of health. All a negative mammogram can tell you is that IF you do have cancer, it hasn’t grown large enough yet to be detected. This is particularly true for women with dense breast tissue. 49% of women have high breast tissue density, and mammography’s sensitivity for dense breasts is as low as 27 percent—meaning about 75 percent of dense-breasted women are at risk for a cancer being missed if they rely solely on mammography. Even with digital mammography, the sensitivity is still less than 60 percent. ” – Donna Tomey of Thermography First, LLC

Lymphatic Congestion:

Lymphatic congestion before & after lymphatic massage:

If you have tenderness and pain in the armpit area, you may have lymphatic congestion. The lymphatic system runs from your brain to your toes & is like your body’s sewage system. If you are congested, you are not ridding your body of toxins! This system requires movement to get the sewage circulating out of the body. When there is stagnation, there is congestion in the lymph nodes (such as in the groin, under arms and sides of the throat). Often times the tumors that are removed from breasts contain the same chemicals as in deodorants.

  • Chemical deodorants can contribute to congestion by clogging the pores with aluminum and other chemicals that have been linked to cancer. Ditch the chemical deodorant and go for a natural one. I use ‘MOVE’ by HealthJunkieJess @ http://healthjunkiejess.bigcartel.com/ (It’s not one of those deodorants that puts a pine scent over the sweat.)
  • Dry skin brushing can also help to move the lymphatic system
  • Lymphatic massage is amazing and can really help to clear up congestion within a few sessions. I recommend Fia –  Fia@Metta-Massage.com.
  • Drinking half your body weight in ounces of pure water each day. Water helps your body to flush out toxins more easily.
  • Exercise stimulates the lymphatic system to move all the sewage and excrete it out. It also makes you sweat, which helps to release toxins.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Inflammatory Breast Cancer is the most rare and deadly form of all breast cancers. Unfortunately, it is also still widely unknown of all breast cancers too.

Donna Tomey of Thermography First, LLC allowed me to repost this woman’s case:

“A client of mine last year had a rash on her breast and her doctor told her it was a bug bite that became infected, and gave her months of antibiotics. When it had not gotten any better, she came to me because she did not want to do a mammogram with the ‘infection’. Her breast was deformed from what she thought was the ‘breast infection’. She was already at Stage 4, and didn’t even know it.”

Donna explains that the first signs of IBC are:

  • Thickening or dimpling of the breast
  • Inversion of the nipple
  • A rash or bump on breast that will not go away or seems to be spreading
  • Swelling or change in the size of one or both breasts

There is usually NO palpable tumor with IBC. Can you imagine this woman doing a mammogram? Squeezing and compressing her completely inflammed breast?  IBC spreads and metastasizes like wild fire and will not be touched by doctor unless forced to do chemotherapy first. Thermography is the ONLY imaging modality that can see IBC in its most earliest stages.

Stroke 

Images of a client who had a stroke on the entire right side of her body. You can see the difference in both sides, the right side is clearly colder (blue/black, which in this client indicates nerve damage and peripheral circulatory disorder)

  • Stroke happens when the brain is deprived of blood. What carries the blood to the brain? The carotid artery. The carotid artery is the largest vessel that supplies blood to your brain. If there is inflammation/blockages, it can result in a stroke.
  • Thermography can show you inflammation in the carotid artery years before it becomes a stroke.

Inflammation in the Carotid Artery

This person has a huge risk factor for a stroke because of this inflammation in their carotid artery.

The Importance Of Returning For Your 3 Month Follow Up:

1st scan – ok

3 month follow up – abnormal changes occuring

After detoxing and supplementation, her thermography returning to normal.

This is precisely why you it is vital to return for your 3 month follow up. Because cancer cells double every 90 days! This woman thankfully did her 3 month follow up and was able to catch her abnormal/suspicious activity before it turned into cancer.

Oral Health & Heart Disease Connection:

This patient with a hypothermic asymmetry over the left lower chest has a history of coronary heart disease (CAD) . He also has an abscess at the upper left tooth.

  • Thousands upon thousands of studies have linked oral disease to systemic disease. Inflammation is a well known disease causing force, and gum disease and other oral diseases produce chronic low-grade inflammation in your body. According to Dr. Gery Curatola, a biological dentist:

“This inflammation has very, very deleterious effects on just about every major organ system – from Alzheimer’s to stroke, heart disease, and diabetes,” Dr. Curatola explains.

  • Gum disease can raise your risk of a fatal heart attack up to 10 times. According to Dr. Curatola, if you get a heart attack related to periodontal or gum disease, nine times out of 10, it will actually kill you.

Autoimmune/Immune Dysfunction:

The green circle just below the neck signals a good, balanced functioning immune system.

The blue/cool spot below the neck signals an immune imbalance or weakened immune system. Through blood work you would be able to tell exactly what it is.

Diabetic Neuropathy/Nerve Dysfunction:

Two different people with diabetes and diabetic nerve pain. The white and red spots are the most inflammed.

 

Ending Thoughts:

  1. Mammograms are NOT early detection, nor are they prevention. They are detection once you have a tumor. How many women do you know who gets their mammograms faithfully every year and then have the nasty surprise of  being diagnosed with breast cancer? How many women get their mammograms and it misses their cancer?
  2. Thermography sees the physiological process of cancer….inflammation, vascular changes, pattern changes, blood vessel development – which precede and support active tumor growth.
  3. Ditch the chemical deodorant !

To Find A Local Thermographer In Your Area: go to ThermologyOnline.org

If you are in South Florida: I recommend Donna Tomey @ Thermographyfirst.com

Cellulite: It’s Not A Fat Problem, It’s a Fascia Problem!

 

Cellulite. Ripples. Dents. Cottage Cheese. Lumps. Sagging skin. The most loathed thing by all women! The common misconceptions are:

  1. Cellulite is genetic.
  2. Cellulite is just something that you have to accept having.
  3. Cellulite means you’re fat.

I’m here to tell you that you that it’s not FAT, it’s FASCIA!

 

Hello Everyone! Let me preface this by saying, none of the information that I am writing about in this post is my own. This is all from Ashley Black, the author of book “The Cellulite Myth.” I am in no way taking credit for the information, I am merely passing along the knowledge, that SO many people need to read!

 

What is Fascia? 

Fascia is your head to toe, fingertip to fingertip, surface to deep, connective tissue that attaches underneath the skin.  It both separates and connects muscles, organs, bones, veins and arteries. It runs around and penetrates your brain.

According to Ashley Black, the author of The Cellulite Myth and creator of the FasciaBlaster, “Fascia is a highly sophisticated system of cells that is spread throughout your entire body. It interplays with every system of the body – cardiovascular system, nervous system, circulatory system, muscular system, etc. Fascia is under, in between, and throughout everything.”

Women tend to have less supportive connective tissue than men in certain areas, such as the butt and thighs. When the tightly packed Collagen protein fibers of the fascia become distorted, fat deposits protrude through, and the weakened connective tissue fibers underneath the skin create a dimpled look in the skin. Thus, cellulite is born.

The Four Types Of Fascia

Each type of fascia will affect the appearance of your cellulite differently.

  1. Structural – This is the fascia that you see directly under the skin. It runs in long strips throughout the body.
  2. Interstructural – This layer runs throughout the structures of the body. It weaves through every structure, muscle, organ, and attaches to the bone.
  3. Visceral – This layer is housed in the abdominal cavity, protecting internal organs.
  4. Spinal – These layers of fascia surround the spinal column and can tighten just like fascia anywhere else. Traditionally broken down into dura mater, arachnoid mater, and pia mater. This one is basically a layer of fascia attached to a layer of fascia that’s attached to a layer of fascia.

“This image of 2 bed sheets represents how distortions in the fascia in one part of the body affect the whole.” – The Cellulite Myth, Ashley Black

If you pull on the bottom of the sheet, its going to affect the placement of the top edge of the sheet. Likewise, your cellulite and your back pain can be related.

 

Unhealthy Fascia vs. Healthy Fascia

When fascia is unhealthy, it forms Restrictions, Adhesions and Distortions (R.A.D).

  1. Restriction – is a place in the body where the fascia is tight and restricting blood flow, nerve activity, joint mobility, muscle access, or even organ function.
  2. Adhesion – is a place where fascia is stuck together and balled up, commonly referred to as a “knot.” Adhesions can cause restrictions.
  3. Distortion – is where the tissue is pulled out of shape or the body’s structure is distorted, such as with the appearance of cellulite. Or when a person has a knee that is turned in. The tight fascia is pulling and distorting the anatomy.

This is a scar on my forearm. It was deep and indented in my arm. After only using the FasciaBlaster for 1 week it is now completely flat, no longer a dent in my arm.

 

Consequences of Unhealthy Fascia:

The blood runs through the fascia. Therefore, if you have healthy fascia, you have proper blood flow and circulation. If you have unhealthy, distorted fascia, you have poor circulation and blood flow. You may have cold extremities often, in addition to the obvious cellulite or chronic pain.

Nerves also run through fascia, so if you have unhealthy fascia, the nerve signals can be impeded and the messages to and from the brain can be negatively affected.

The muscles and tendons are both covered and penetrated by fascia, so unhealthy fascia can inhibit the ability to contract, relax and stretch.

The spine and joints have fascia running all through and around them. The spine has all 4 types of fascia affecting it. So if the fascia is unhealthy, the joints and spine can be compressed, twisted or contorted (scoliosis).

The brain is COVERED in fascia. Unhealthy fascia can clamp down on our brains, causing headaches, brain fog and other symptoms.

 

Things That Can Impact Fascia:

  1. Poor Structure & Poor Biomechanics – your “structure” is the condition of your physical body. If you have a problem with your hip, you have a structural deficiency in your hip. If you have carpal tunnel, you have a structural deficiency in your forearms. If you have poor posture or discs out of place, you have structural malignancies. This will all cause you to move your body in a poor way. (To address this I would suggest finding a personal trainer who specializes in functional movements, proper posture, someone who is really going to go in to depth with you about posture and spend time with you. Not just some LA Fitness trainer.)  I recommend Alexander Vergara who owns and operates a gym/center where he does just that. You can reach him at MovementMasterMiami@gmail.com – he also has an instagram account where you can check out his programs “MovementMasters_ “
  2. Dehydration – According to Ashley Black, the second greatest impact on the health of fascia is tissue hydration. Electrolyte balance is crucial. Hydration keeps the fascia functioning properly and is crucial to help you move without pain. (My personal rule is, you should drink half your body weight in ounces of water.)
  3. Blood Flow – Cardiovascular exercises are at the top of the list for healthy blood flow. Ideally, elevating the heart to 135 – 170 bpm. Inactivity is a major killer and depresses all systems of the body as well as over all quality of life.

Okay, now that you have an understanding of the fascia system and what impacts the health or distortion of it, lets move on to the good stuff!

 

I Had Unhealthy Fascia So I Bought A FasciaBlaster!

Atleast 5 days per week I either get in a hot shower or go into the sauna at the gym and make sure my muscles are all warmed up. Warming your muscles up makes the fascia more pliable to manipulate with your FasciaBlaster, Ashley even sells her own oil that has Arnica in it to help with healing. I use coconut oil and rub the FasciaBlaster over the areas that I have cellulite or I feel pain or tightness. I do this for about 5 minutes. A word of caution, you will bruise when you do this. Crappy fascia will bruise more easily than not-so crappy fascia, but it still depends on how much pressure you apply. Just because you bruised in an area the 1st time you did it doesn’t mean you will bruise the 2nd time. My experience was, the 1st time I blasted my legs, holy mother of god, it looked like someone held me down and beat my legs LOL. But after 10 days the bruises faded and I continued blasting – and I have NOT bruised like that since that time. (Side note: If you take vitamin C it will prevent you from bruising as easily as well.) And it was only my legs that bruised! Never anywhere else! That is my problem area, and where I have the most distorted or weak fascia. (Makes total sense).

Before and after using the FasciaBlaster. On the left I was exercising more regularly and not blasting. On the right, I had not consistently worked out but had been blasting every day for 1 month.

Sometimes its difficult for me to find consistent exercise, so that’s why I was so surprised to see such a difference in my body from simply using the FasciaBlaster. Here is my own experience with Fascia blasting:

  1. Significant reduction in cellulite on back of my legs, hips
  2. Lower abdominal “pooch” seriously flattened
  3. More muscle definition in my quads and abs, triceps, calves.
  4. Using it on my scalp every night, more hair growth – stimulation of blood flow to scalp = increased hair growth
  5. Less pain in my neck and traps, and still decreasing!
  6. My feet feel less cold, due to the increase in circulation.
  7. My indented scar in my forearm is completely flat

This is just what i’ve noticed in 1 month of using a FasciaBlaster!

This is the Mini FasciaBlaster that I have purchased.

 

I can certainly empathize with the person who exercises and eats well and just can’t get rid of that pesky cellulite in the same area that it’s been for years. It’s like WHAT MORE DO I HAVE TO DOOOOOO?!?!  Well, here’s your answer: Buy a FasciaBlaster, buy the book “The Cellulite Myth.” It’s seriously life changing.  <<<<<www.fasciablaster.com>>>>>

Word of Caution: Ashley Black lists these contraindications on her website

“Can I use the FasciaBlaster® if I’m on blood thinners or have blood clots?

If someone is on blood thinners or has a history of blood clots we tell them it’s usually NOT safe for them – so please consult your doctor and be sure to get CLEARED with an ultrasound by a doctor before you try anything that enhances circulation like this! Even with the clearance from blood clots, our official position is that it’s not safe for you if you’ve had a history of blood clots, so it’s an “at your own risk” situation that you need to get approved by your doctor.

FasciaBlasting can be contraindicated for anyone who is taking blood thinners or has a history of blood clots because blood clots can be caught up in the fascia, so when you break up the fascial adhesions the blood clot can be released, which can be fatal. However, the FasciaBlaster® is perfectly safe for everyone else and does not CAUSE blood clots.”

 

If you check out Ashley Black’s website www.fasciablaster.com, you will find tutorials on how to blast properly, and how to flex, and answers to a lot more questions. She also has a facebook page where real people post their results and testimonials. She has a public instagram page as well. I hope you enjoyed this blog post as much as i’ve enjoyed writing it!!

 

 

 

 

 

Are You Toxic? What Contributes To Faulty Liver Detoxification & What You Can Do About It

Human liver

Detoxification is a constantly active process that takes place in the GI tract, lungs, kidneys, skin and blood brain barrier. But 95% of the detoxification system happens within the liver.

Your liver is an organ that has the job of breaking toxins down into smaller molecules through 3 phases of detoxification, which allows your body to safely excrete them out  via urine, feces, and sweat.

The liver is hard at work anytime you:

  1. Rub lotions with petroleum/petrolatum/parabens/chemicals on your skin
  2. Eat conventional (non-organic) foods that contain pesticides
  3. Use plastic water bottles or containers (especially bad if you microwave them, or drink from them after they’ve been in the car.)
  4. Drive in a car (dashboards off gas Bromine which is a known thyroid disruptor)
  5. Swim in a chlorinated pool
  6. Put unsafe chemical laden makeup on your face (MAC is one of the worst!)
  7. Breathe polluted air (ex: China has the top deadliest polluted air)
  8. Take any medications (acetaminophen, tylenol, synthetic estrogens, anti-psychotics, pain killers, blood glucose regulators, statin drugs)
  9. Eat farm raised meats with antibiotics as opposed to grass-fed, wild, free range meats that are not given antibiotics.
  10. Drink polluted water
  11. Drink caffeine, alcohol
  12. Exposed to mold toxins, paint, solvents, dyes, perfumes, pain thinners, water-repellents, flame retardants, commercial detergents,
  13. Consume high fructose corn syrup
  14. Internally we also produce endotoxins: neurotransmitters, excess hormones, homocysteine, bacterial endotoxins  (LPS – affiliated with leaky gut).
  15.  Prolonged fasting or in a state of starvation. Toxins are stored in fat cells, so when you lose fat, all of those toxins come out at once. This is a heavy burden for the liver. If you release a load of toxins and not eating antioxidants via fruits and veggies, your liver suffers.

If we aren’t able to get rid of all these toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis we are left with chronic illness. Each year, 2,000 new chemicals are introduced for use in everyday items including: foods, personal care products, prescription drugs, household cleaners, pesticides and lawn care products. That’s astounding isn’t it?

Bisphenol-A is one of the most common xenbiotics and known endocrine disruptors. It can mimic the effects of estrogen, it’s linked to cancer, liver inflammation, disrupts thyroid function and can cause fertility issues. BPA is a commercial plasticizer that is readily absorbed via the skin and intestinal cells. Roughly 8 billion pounds are produced every year (lining of canned foods, plastic water bottles, plastic containers) and more than 90% in the USA have measurable BPA levels in their body.

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In Phase 1 of Liver Detox–Transformation phase: The goal is to break the toxin down  into a compound that is more water soluble so it can be excreted easier. But sometimes after that toxin is broken down,  it can be turned into something even more toxic than what it started out as.

In order for Phase 1 to work, you must have adequate levels of:

  • Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, B12, Folate, Glutathione, flavonoids, phospholipids and Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). Without these, your liver will not be able to break down toxins right out of the gate.

A negative by product of Phase 1 detox is Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). These ROS damage cell membranes, DNA and can lead to cancer if they are not checked. Essentially, ROS are like a kid who will just keep eating  a bunch of candy without adult supervision. The kid will keep going without stopping until something really bad happens and he gets sick. Luckily, there is an antioxidant defense system that puts a stop to those nasty ROS.

In order for this antioxidant defense system to function optimally it needs the following nutrients:

  • Zinc, Manganese, Selenium, Copper. You can take a supplement but the best way to get all of these nutrients are from the right foods (which we will get to.)

In Phase 2 of Liver detox–Conjugation Phase: the goal here is to add another substance to the toxin (cysteine, glycine or sulphur) in order to reduce the reactivity of that super toxic intermediate metabolite that just came out of the Phase 1, so it can be eliminated from the body. There are about 6 processes that go on within Phase 2, but what you need to know is that

For Phase 2 to work properly it needs:

  • Glycine, Taurine, L-Glutamine, N-acetylcysteine (NAC), Cysteine and methionine. All of these are amino acids.

Phase 3 of Liver Detox —Transport phase: The main goal of this phase is to act as a barrier system against toxins from entering, as well as moving toxins in and out of the cells. These transporters are present in the liver, intestines, kidneys, and brain.

What Affects Our Ability To Detox?

  • Age: The older a person gets, the less ability they have to properly detox. I believe this is because we have done more damage to our bodies as an older person as opposed to a young child who is new to life.
  • Gender: Pre-menopausal women have more Phase 1 enzymes to efficiently detox vs. Menopausal women.
  • Genes: Genetic mutations are extremely common in liver detox pathways.
  • Diet: Charbroiled meats affect liver function. Not eating enough antioxidant filled fruits and vegetables
  • Environment: Firefighters/construction workers, careers that place you around paint, solvents, metal fumes. Home surroundings: pesticides, cleaning chemicals. Personal habits: Smoking, drinking, etc.
  • Medications: SSRI’s, antibiotisc, H2 blockers, inhibit phase 2 enzymes.

Manifestations of Detoxification Imbalances:

  1. Parkinson’s Disease
  2. Fibromyalgia
  3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  4. Multiple drug sensitivities
  5. Multiple chemical sensitivities
  6. Cancer
  7. Gilbert’s Syndrome
  8. Encephalopathy
  9. Pancreatitis
  10. Alzheimer’s Disease
  11. Hormonal Imbalance

What You Can Do:

  • Exercising & Weight loss: Exercise is so amazing for every system of the body. But do NOT lose weight too fast. Remember, xenobiotics and toxins are all stored in adipose tissue. If you lose more than 2lb/week, you will be overloading your body with toxins.
  • Drink half your body weight in ounces of pure water each day. Water allows your body to flush out toxins more readily.
  • Sweat it out: Infrared saunas & dry heat saunas help to eliminate toxins.
  • Protein: Low protein diets are associated with lower detox capacity. High Protein diets can overburden the detox system by excessive production of ammonia. So which type of protein should you choose?
    •  Animal proteins that are wild/free range/clean/not raised with hormones or antibiotics are rich in sulfur amino acids which are important for Phase 2 detox.
    • Plant proteins higher in methionine: sunflower seeds, Non-GMO oats, cashews, almonds. Plant proteins are rich in ellagic acid & fiber, which protects the liver and eliminates toxins. Fiber traps toxins and promotes elimination.
    • Plant proteins are also alkalizing, which promotes higher clearance of toxins in the liver.
    • Carbs to Eliminate: Gluten/Wheat as this causes leaky gut.
    • Non-starch Carbs: Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, kale, chicory root, bitter greens, beetroot, onions, garlic, all increase activity of Phase 1 enzymes. These also prevent against estrogen dependent cancers.
    • Fat: Eliminate trans fat, hydrogenated oils. Increase vitamin E, plant oils and fish oils, sardines, salmon, cod fish, olive oil.
    • Herbs: Turmeric (curcumin), Anise, caraway, celery seeds, cilantro, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, parsley, mint, all increase Glutathione levels which is the most powerful antioxidant in your body. Ginger increases antioxidant capacity
    • Herbs: Milk thistle, paprika, saffron, green tea, Garlic and Onions – all amazing for liver detoxing.

Superfoods & A Daily Detox Regimen:

  1. Probiotic – Absolutely everyone should be taking a probiotic everyday.
  2. Fiber: Non-GMO Oats, Flax meal, Chia seeds
  3. Chlorella & Spirulina
  4. Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts, turnips, rutabaga, mustard greens, cauliflower
  5. Green tea
  6. Spice: Rosemary, garlic, curry, ginger
  7. Raspberries & Strawberries
  8. Dark Chocolate – at least 70%,
  9. Milk thistle
  10. NAC – This amino acid is the precursor to Glutathione, an extremely important antioxidant. Take 500-3,000 mg/day.
  11. Alpha-lipoic acid
  12. Vitamin D. You should have your levels checked. For optimal health they should be between 70-80.
  13.  Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Take a high quality fish oil every day, not one from a drug store. 1-3 g/day

Of course the goal is to always try and get these nutrients from food. But unfortunately our food quality is not what it used to be so that is where high quality supplements come in to bridge that gap. As always though, TEST, don’t GUESS.

Remember, the body is amazing and it can heal anything!   For a more individualized detox plan, you should consult with a functional medicine practitioner.

Never give up or lose sight of your goals ~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures by:

functionalmedicine.org

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/03/liver-damage-dietary-supplements_n_4038436.html

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/27/more-than-million-died-due-air-pollution-china-one-year

Grant, D. M. (1991). Detoxification Pathways in the Liver. Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease, 421-430. doi:10.1007/978-94-011-9749-6_2

Hodges, R. E., & Minich, D. M. (2015). Modulation of Metabolic Detoxification Pathways Using Foods and Food-Derived Components: A Scientific Review with Clinical Application. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, 2015, 1-23. doi:10.1155/2015/760689

 

 

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