Sunday, January 15, 2017

Are Toxicants Bringing You Down?

What are Toxins and Toxicants?

Toxicants abound all around us!  Day in and day out, we are surrounded by innumerable toxins and toxicants alike.  Naturally occurring toxins exist in living organisms such as the poisonous mushroom or the venomous spider. Toxicants, on the other hand, are created by human beings and regularly encountered on a daily basis.  People fully understand natural toxins are harmful and generally do fairly well avoiding them.  Unfortunately, our lives are inundated with man-made toxicants not so easily eluded, such as:

synthetic fragrances in cosmetics and cleaning products
plastic and BPA in water bottles
mercury in dental fillings and fish
pesticides and GMOs in produce
flame retardants in clothing and furniture
medications like birth control pills
over the counter pain relievers and antacids  

The toxicants we come into contact with or ingest every single day begin to build up in our bodies and impact our physical and mental functions.  They have the power to make us feel sick and miserable.  

Mainstream science and medicine lag years behind when it comes to admitting that certain chemicals and drugs, which were initially promoted as completely safe, were actually causing great harm.  In a rush to put the latest and greatest chemicals and drugs into use, safety studies are often inadequate and funded by the very corporations responsible for their production.  Take for example the pesticide DDT which was promoted as completely harmless and widely used in the US from 1950-1980.  DDT was used as a mosquito and agricultural pesticide for 30 years before serious notice was taken that it was an endocrine disruptor causing an increase in cancers, infertility, and birth defects, and even destroying the reproduction of predatory birds.  Adversely affected men, women, and children were the naive participants who had to carry the burden of proof that DDT was a dreadful toxicant to be avoided at all costs. 

You owe it to yourself not to be an unaware participant of the current broken system and of corporations who do not have your best interest in mindIf you long to be a healthy and thriving individual living a vibrant life, you must take action on behalf of yourself and play the leading role in your health and well-being.

Is Your Lifestyle Making You Crazy?

Often when we experience ill-feeling symptoms of depression, anxiety, or pain, we want a quick fix and run to the medicine cabinet for a pill to take or drive to the doctor's office for a prescription to be written.  Quick fixes only bring short-term results and often carry negative long-term consequences.  Before reaching for the next quick fix, take a moment to wonder and ask yourself two important questions: 

Why am I feeling this way?  
What could be causing these symptoms?  

Symptoms are the way in which our bodies tell us that something is out of balance.  Symptoms are the language of the human body.

Our lifestyle habits and environmental exposure have a great deal of influence on our health and mood.  Some of the most commonly used and worst health offending toxicants to women are:

birth control pills
statins
acid-reflux medications
over the counter pain relievers
fluoride
fragrances
vaccines

These frequently used toxicants lead to the disruption of your mood, hormones, brain function, and digestion. 

Is Your Food Making You Blue?

The body’s ability to properly combat the constant onslaught of toxicants is dependent on proper nutrition.  Everything you put on your body and into it has the potential to bring harm or healing.  Not only is it imperative we take a closer look at our personal environment and lifestyle, we must gain greater awareness of one of the most significant factors in our daily life: the food we eat. 

Gluten, GMO's, pesticides, processed food, dairy, and added sugars trigger inflammatory and hormonal responses in the body and create imbalance and dysfunction.  A dysbiosis in the gut often leads to a cascade of other problems in the body and the brain which subsequently show up as symptoms of depression and anxiety.  Ancient medicine understood the importance of the gut and its role in wellness and disease.  It has taken too long, but more current studies and scientific proof are revealing the immense wisdom spoken by Hippocrates (the father of medicine) that “all disease begins in the gut”. 

When we put any food into our mouths, we are not just simply fueling the body; we are providing it with vital information.  The nutrients found in food are crucial instructions to your cells telling them what to do next and how to best support the whole body’s function.  Proper nutrition is absolutely key not only for a healthy body but equally so for a healthy mind.  Eating the wrong foods or lacking the necessary ones can make you feel anxious, weepy, and even like you are losing your mind.

It’s Not All in Your Head

Mainstream thought is that depression is a neurochemical deficiency which can only be cured with long-term use of anti-depressants.  However, this is far from the truth!  Depression and its related conditions are most often the resulting symptoms of excessive inflammation in the body and a compromised immune system due to a lack of essential nutrients and an exposure to toxicants.  Depression can be improved and healed completely with doable lifestyle, environmental, and dietary changes.

In future posts, I will share more in-depth information on the effects of the toxicants mentioned here and the changes you can make to detoxify yourself and be a happier, healthier you.


[This post was initially written as a sample blog submission for a writing job with Dr. Kelly Brogan who wrote the book titled A Mind of Your Own.  The post didn't get me the job, but I felt it had beneficial information that could be of help to others. I am considering continuing on in subsequent posts with the information promised.]

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Truth About Cancer Docu-Series


More than likely, all of us have known or presently know someone whose life has been touched by cancer.   Most unfortunately, the bitter truth is that cancer has become big business and many people are not aware that cancer is successfully treatable by other methods besides chemotherapy and radiation. 

This powerful and free documentary talks to 131 experts from all over the world about alternative methods of conquering cancer in the body without the destructive side effects that chemo and radiation bring.

The Truth About Cancer docu-series starts on Tuesday, October 13th!

CLICK HERE to find out more.  Don't miss the important event!  Your life or the life of someone you know may depend on it.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Educated by the Digestion Sessions from Underground Wellness


I cannot say enough good things about the FREE Digestion Sessions going on right now via the internet thanks to Sean Croxton! The interviews of highly knowledgeable functional medicine doctors and naturopaths are *A M A Z I N G*!

The interviews discuss things like:


--Causes and natural remedies for constipation, GERD, acid reflux

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Digestive Problems Series hosted by Sean Croxton

www.digestionsessions.com

Since I personally struggle with digestive problems, I am an avid proponent of accessing health information that mainstream doctors don't talk about, tell their patients about, or even know about.  I don't want a pharmaceutical pill to hide symptoms. I believe in getting to the root of the problems in a holistic manner and resolving the issues at the root levels.

Therefore, I am super, duper thrilled about this online series on digestive function!!  If you struggle with any digestive issues (like GERD or acid reflux and many others), please do not let anything stop you from checking out this online series being presented and officially beginning on Sunday, November, 9th.  It is a wealth of helpful information.  


I am so thankful for Sean Croxton's hard work in putting this together and making it available to the public.  

If you miss any of the "live" presentations or want to have access to them over and over again, you can purchase the entire series for a very reasonable price!  Your health is way more valuable than the cost of these sessions.

I am currently viewing and listening to this "preview" right now and find it completely fascinating!!!

The Gut-Brain Axis: Overlooked and Undertreated





Monday, November 3, 2014

VOTE YES on Proposition 105 (Colorado) and Measure 92 (Oregon)

COLORADO and OREGON voters are about to have an opportunity to vote for the labeling of GMO products. 

By now, Colorado voters, have received at least 4-5 large, colorful flyers paid for by Monsanto (the chemical company and makers of Round Up pesticide), Pepsi Co., Kraft, and General Mills which provide you with *misleading* information.  The flyers suggest that voting yes for GMO labeling will be harmful to the farmer and will cause grocery prices to skyrocket.  These are very misleading statements!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Feisty 'n Free Strawberry Kiwi Vitamin Water


I've been longing to make my own healthy, homemade vitamin water so I finally took a few minutes to experiment. This is the real stuff.  No artificial additives or sweeteners.  

I used a combination of Stevia and raw honey.  Feel free to substitute your favorite *natural* sweetener.  One quarter teaspoon of Stevia powder extract is equivalent to 1/8 cup of sugar.


Feisty 'n Free Strawberry Kiwi Vitamin Water


INGREDIENTS

¼ teaspoon of Stevia powder extract
½ Tablespoon unfiltered, raw honey
1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 ½ cups of filtered, room temperature water
1 whole kiwi  (peeled and cut into large chunks)
4-6 strawberries, depending on size  (fresh or frozen and defrosted)


EQUIPMENT

blender or small food processor
(2) one-quart size mason jars
strainer or nut milk bag


DIRECTIONS

Put the Stevia, honey, and lemon juice into the mason jar. 

Add water into mason jar, and stir well to dissolve and mix. 
It’s important that the water is not cold so the Stevia and honey can easily dissolve.

Puree the fruit in a blender or food processor, or manually cut it up into small pieces.

Add the fruit to the liquid in the mason jar.

Close lid tightly and shake to mix well.

Refrigerate for 24-48 hours in order to allow the flavors of the fruit to infuse with the water.

Remove from refrigerator. 

Strain the liquid using a handheld strainer or a nut milk bag.  Strain it into another quart mason jar or any other container of your choice.

Enjoy your vitamin water!




© 2014 MaryAnn Broussard

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Feisty 'n Free Natural Deodorant for Sensitive Skin

I initially posted this recipe on another one of my sites, Essential Oils for Health and Healing.  In the next few months, I will more than likely merge all the essential oil information from that site into this one. 

I've been searching for years to find the most natural, aluminum free deodorant that really works.    I have tried countless natural deodorants and wasted a lot of money doing so.  I finally came across a Tom's of Maine deodorant that somewhat worked, but it wasn't that great and quite pricey.  Using it, I was still having a problem with odor unless I remembered to reapply it multiple times a day.  A few weeks ago, I came across some homemade deodorant recipes.  One claimed to really, really work, but it had ingredients that I didn't have on hand and would have to order online.  That was too costly, and I wanted to use what I had on hand.  The recipes inspired me to work on my own formula that would work perfectly for me and my sensitive skin.

It took me about three or four tries, and I finally created this recipe that is simply amazing and works excellently!  I apply it once a day and no matter the heat or the sweat, I do not have any problems with odor whatsoever.  In fact, my daughter finally gave it a try and today she exclaimed, "Mom!  You're deodorant is amazing!!  I put it on once and there isn't any odor all day!  Plus, it does not stain my shirts."  Keep in mind that this is a deodorant, which means it prevents odor.  It is not an anti-perspirant.  Using this deodorant will not keep a person from sweating.  That’s not such a bad thing since sweating is used to release toxins from your body.

This recipe uses arrowroot starch and baking soda.  I discovered that only using baking soda makes the deodorant too harsh for sensitive skin and causes abrasion and painful, itchy redness.  Using too little baking soda will affect the deodorant's ability to prevent odor.  The combination I came up with of arrowroot and baking soda is perfect!

Give it a try and let me know what you think.  This recipe makes approximately 8 ounces of deodorant.  I split the portion into two different containers; one for me and one for my daughter.  Four ounces for each of us lasts for many weeks.

INGREDIENTS

5 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon (= 1/3 cup) of organic, virgin coconut oil
2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons organic unrefined shea butter
½ Cup + 2 Tablespoons of arrowroot powder/starch
3 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of baking soda
(2) 4 ounce OR (1) 8 ounce glass jelly jar or other small glass jar


DIRECTIONS