Why you shouldn’t cook with aluminum foil

We have all heard of the many things in our lives that can be bad and harm us and I believe that knowledge is the key to good health. Let’s face it; companies are out to make money, as much as they can, so often we don’t hear the whole truth. Studies show that aluminum foil, cooking utensils and containers can leach aluminum into your food. 

The dangers of cooking with aluminum foil occur when it is heated to high temperatures. The heating process causes aluminum leaching which contaminates food. When aluminum foil is exposed to certain foods, it has been shown to leach a portion of its metallic compounds into the food, and then you ingest the toxin. This is why cooking  with aluminum foil may increase the  aluminum content of your diet.

Here are some facts about aluminum foil you may have not heard about.

Aluminum foil is a neurotoxin, a poison that acts on the nervous system.

Aluminum foil can contribute to osteoporosis. Increased levels of aluminum are also linked to brittle bones and osteoporosis. Calcium is needed for strong bones however, it seems from studies that aluminum interferes with how calcium is absorbed by the body.

The good news is that there are healthier alternatives to aluminum foil.

* Try to change from using aluminum pans to using high-quality stainless steel pans and/or cast iron. 

* Remove pre-made processed foods from their aluminum containers and heat in stainless steel or cast iron pans or glassware.

* Bake your food in heatproof glass or porcelain cookware.

* Use parchment paper instead.

The Damaging Effects of Oxalate Toxicity

The Hidden Dangers of a Green Smoothie

Confession: I used to think having a green smoothie was a great way to get nutrients, and using a blender to break the cell walls, was even better. Turns out, it doesn’t just release more nutrients, but it also releases the anti-nutrients, prompting an oxalate overload and creating toxicity in your body.  Many leafy greens, such as spinach and collard greens, are high in oxalates.  Oxalates are plant-based compounds that may promote kidney stone formation and inflammation when consumed in large amounts. 

Oxalates, an organic acid, is very tiny molecules that bind minerals, like calcium and form crystals. It is a natural substance found in many common food such as potatoes, spinach, nuts, seeds, peanuts, beets and tea. When present in human cells, in high amounts, it can lead to oxidative stress and/or damage, causing a depletion of glutathione, and other essential minerals, the igniting of the immune system’s inflammatory cascade, and the formation of crystals. Oxalic acid in the diet depresses the function of adrenal and thyroid glands, and could induce hypothyroidism or exacerbate conditions. A common symptom of eating a high oxalate diet is reoccurring kidney stones. Oxalates are toxic to the kidney cells, which is designed to handle and excrete calcium oxalate crystals. Damage also includes free radicals, membrane damage and produce a set up for progressive damage and overt disease which happens just hours after eating whole grains, nut bars, or nut snacks, sweet potatoes, french fries, bean burritos or a green smoothie. Your kidneys become angry and the liver doesn’t like it. It can also affect the nervous system, your joints and bones.

Oxalates are stored throughout the body thus compromising the immune system. This is a vicious cycle, the more, high oxalate plant foods you eat, the less you can tolerate them and the sicker you will become. Your glandular and hormonal health may also have a connection with consuming too many oxalate rich foods if you have problems with your thyroid, libdo, blood sugar, energy. You could be poisoning your glands with these endocrine disruptors.

A reduction of dietary oxalate may trigger dumping by lowering the amount of oxalate in the bloodstream. The reduced oxalate levels in the blood triggers the release of oxalate from tissues. Dumping is a good thing. It indicates that you have stored oxalates that may be a factor in your symptoms. There are a wide range of both physical and/or mental dumping symptoms that commonly occur when reducing oxalate.

WARNING: It is recommended that you do both, reduce dietary oxalate and introduce supplements gradually, so that you can keep the dumping at a manageable pace, as oxalate drives pain and inflammation. A slower reduction means less intense symptoms.

Some oxalate symptoms are listed below. It’s possible some of these symptoms may increase, as you start reducing dietary oxalate, due to the greater amount of oxalate being excreted.

  • Bloated stomach
  • Stomach pain/nausea
  • Diarrhea / Constipation / alternating diarrhea and constipation
  • IBD
  • Cloudy urine
  • IC
  • Bladder pain
  • Kidney pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Gallbladder pain
  • Vulvadnyia
  • Frequent urination
  • Chronic UTI’s
  • Kidney stones
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Burning tongue / mouth
  • Sinus issues
  • Headache
  • Odd sensations (fullness) / plugged ears
  • Vertigo/dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Fluctuations in hearing
  • Burning / red / gritty / crusty eyes
  • Burning feet/ skin
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle twitching
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Back / neck pain
  • Body ache
  • Body rashes
  • Psoriasis flares
  • Cold sores
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Panic attacks
  • Brain fog
  • Depression

Final Thoughts on Green Smoothies…

Unfortunately, green smoothies are not quite as healthy as we have been led to believe, due to their thallium, goitrogen, and oxalate content. 

Rather than relying on green smoothies as a primary source of vegetables, I recommend eating veggies in their whole-food form and cooking cruciferous vegetables to lower their goitrogen content. If you are not ready to forgo green smoothies entirely, choose organic vegetables, which may be lower in heavy metals; rotate your greens so that you are regularly including low-oxalate options.

If you believe that you may be dealing with oxalate toxicity, it may be time to reconsider regularly drinking green smoothies. Click the Subscribe button below to gain access to verified oxalate content, per serving size. A complete list of foods to avoid and keep your health.

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Support your immune system with nutrition

support your immune system

Here we are in the midst of a pandemic,
and life as we know it has changed in a blink of an eye.

You have options within your control to improve your immune function,
As quality nutrition is paramount for optimal health!

The current crisis has many of us thinking about boosting the immune system.

With so much information out there, we’re all just looking for recommendations in a steady stream of hysteria. In my opinion, this virus may not be going anywhere-anytime soon.  I believe it’ll be around for a while, or at least until most of us have been exposed,  And you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing your best body armor.

What is the immune system?

The immune system is a specialized network of cells, nodes, tissues, and organs that work together to defend us against diseases and infection. When fully optimized, the immune systems prevent infections, destroy viruses and balance good/bad bacteria levels without us ever giving this process a second thought. In fact, we usually think about the immune system only after we become ill.

Eating healthy is your first line of defense and a critical step to ward off illness. Adding a few essential minerals to your daily routine will also help you maintain optimal wellness and boost immunity. The first law of nutrition is eating nutrient dense food. The the old adage, “you are what you eat,” may have truth behind it after all. Eating nourishing foods, rich in certain vitamins, can help your immune system fight off illness and are the tools your body relies on to build new tissue and fight disease. 

Along with nutrition, you need to hydrate with a clean source of water. As the body is made up of 70-80% water, it constantly needs clean water to prevent disease and illness. Water helps your body produce lymph, which carries white blood cells and other immune system cells.

A key factor of nutrition is getting the proper vitamins and minerals, which sometimes requires supplementation, as most people don’t eat enough quality foods, and thus may lack important vitamins and minerals that allow your body to function and repair. Such as zinc, magnesium and Vitamin C & D. While vitamins and supplements can help fill in the gaps in your diet, the best way to load up on essential nutrients is to get them straight from food.

Common mistakes that may burden the immune system:
  • Dehydration 
  • Lack of sleep
  • Chronic high intensity workouts with insufficient recovery
  • Consuming alcohol
  • Excess of refined carbohydrates
  • Unresolved stress 
  • Environmental factors: contamination, radiation, artificial fragrance, products laden with chemicals
  • Remaining sedentary for a  long period of time 
  • Not getting adequate sun exposure, (without getting sun burn) 
  • Processed foods and food like products 
  • Consuming meat with hormones or antibiotics

Now, let’s talk about zinc. Zinc is a very important mineral that is essential for good health and supports the immune system function. It’s role is maintaining and supporting your immune system by metabolizing nutrients and repairs body tissue. Although severe zinc deficiency is rare, mild-to-moderate zinc deficiency is quite common throughout the world.


People can become deficient in zinc due to the anti nutrients in foods, such as grains. Grains will block the body from absorbing zinc when zinc containing foods are consumed with grains. For an example, eating seafood with corn chips will block the absorption of zinc from oysters due to the anti nutrients in the grains. This may also cause an increase of inflammation. 

Food sources that contain zinc include:

  • Red meat
  • Oysters
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Eggs
  • Dark chocolate
  • Some vegetables

Talk with your healthcare provider if you’re thinking about taking dietary supplements.

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Red Light Therapy

As we age, wrinkles and age spots sneak up on us and who likes wrinkles?

Up until about a year ago, a friend, who happens to be a Medical Aesthetician, recommended using infrared light therapy in an effort to help treat wrinkles and improve the overall skin health.  I’m also loving it for its collagen boosting benefits and have had amazing results from using it just a few minutes a day. Follow the directions that come with your device and resist the urge to over do it. My husband is also using the red light to improve circulation and speed up tissue and wound healing from a recent surgery. His hand is healing quicker than expected.

The benefits of Red Light Therapy include:

  • Helps rejuvenate facial skin and smooths skin tone.
  • Helps to repair sun damage.
  • Red light activates the lymphatic system for potentially improved detoxification.
  • Decreases inflammation in the skin.
  • Helps fade scars and stretch marks.
  • Improves hair growth to reverse balding.
  • Stimulates slow healing wounds.
  • Beneficial for skin to reduce eczema, rosacea and acne.
I’ve found that it is more convenient (and likely much cheaper) to get the benefits of red light therapy at home. As there are a plethora of home devices for sale from a variety of manufacturers. The lamp that I settled for is durable and portable, It works great! check it out here https://amzn.to/2R8zYdM. If you are considering purchasing an infrared lamp, I highly recommend the one listed below, as it has excellent reviews  and we have been extremely satisfied with it. If you decide to purchase this particular lamp, please use the link provided as it allows me to earn a small percentage of the purchase, for my testing and time spent writing this blog. Please follow product description for usage and safety precautions. Happy Heating and Healing! 

Butternut Squash Chicken Soup

Butternut Squash Chicken Soup

Ingredients:
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 lb shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 carton organic bone broth
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 6 celery ribs
  • 2-3 Sprigs of thyme Method:
  • Peel and cube squash, chop onions and celery. Toss in thyme
  • Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, until soft, remove thyme sprigs.
  • Blend with bone broth, salt pepper.
  • Add cooked shredded chicken and Enjoy!
 
Butternut Squash and Chicken Soup

Why I stopped eating salads

Nutrition and Fitness is my passion; and fueling my body with healthy ingredients has been instrumental behind my weight loss. I truly believe you are what you eat. And its equally important to maintain good digestive and colon health. When it  comes to eating healthy, It’s no surprise that I L-O-V-E Salads!  If you’ve seen my Instagram, then you know that I’m passionate about eating dark leafy greens with bright vibrant colored organic vegetables. Unfortunately, I had to stop eating salads due to the discomfort I felt after consuming it. Then I realized the culprit was the salad dressing itself. Normally, most bottled dressings are loaded with way too much sugar and other ingredients you don’t know or want in your food. Then I discovered there are much healthier salad dressings available, without all the unhealthy additives. One of my preferred salad dressing is a Honey Mustard from Primal Kitchen , it has a sweet and tangy flavor, MADE WITH 100% PURE AVOCADO OIL  and no additives, preservatives and refined sugars.  My other favorite dressing is the lemon turmeric. very tasty and doesn’t leave your salad boring. Order yours day and get 20% off your first order. This product can be purchased online at https://www.primalkitchen.com?rfsn=1436007.646ac              

When our dog got cancer, we did everything we could to extend his life.

One year ago today, we said goodbye to our sweet fur-baby, Brody. Unfortunately he developed many health issues early in life, having toxicity issues and terrible dental problems, which we implemented dietary changes to improve his quality of life. It was a punch in the gut to hear that my dog has cancer. Through much exploration, we were able to avoid chemotherapy and keep him as comfortable as possible. He lived longer than estimated by his dogtor, but sadly, the cancer won in the end. And now we strive to help others to improve their health as well as your pets health. Feeding your pet healthy food is just as important as eating healthy yourself. #Doggie #chin #JapaneseChin

Low Carb Spaghetti Zoodle Marinara

Ingredients:

  • 1 LB ground beef
  • 4 Zucchini (spiral noodles)
  • 2 Garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 Large bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 Jar marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 TBS Red pepper flakes

Method:

Heat skillet on medium heat. Brown hamburger meat. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, bell pepper, marinara sauce, salt and pepper, simmer 10 minutes. Add zucchini noodles, cook another 10 minutes and stir. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and parmesan and enjoy!

Spaghetti Squash with Homemade Marinara

Our favorite pasta substitute is the spaghetti squash, super tasty! Ingredients:
  • 1 LB grass fed ground beef
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 large onion
  • 4-5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ¼ cup of avocado oil
  • 4 Large organic tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 10 Basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 TBS molasses
Cut spaghetti squash lengthwise, lightly coat with avocado  oil, salt and pepper.  Face up on a flat sheet pan and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Method: Make the sauce In medium sauce pan, heat half of the avocado oil and 2 TBS tomato paste, Add chopped onions, garlic oregano, red pepper flakes. In a blender/food processor, puree tomatoes, add to paste mixture. Add molasses. Simmer 25-30 minutes. Make hamburger meat Brown ground beef in skillet, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.  Add to tomato sauce mixture. Cool spaghetti to scoop into dish, top with cooked hamburger meat and marinara sauce. Serve and Enjoy!