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Why I Stopped Dieting (and you can make it your intent, too)

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Dieting sucks.

There, I said it. And, I think we can all agree.

Dieting implies restriction, deprivation, bland, boring foods and frequently guilt, self-hatred, and regret. No one wants that and no body responds well to that. Trust me, I tried.

I tried the low-fat diet, the low-carb approach, vegetarianism, no white foods, all of it. I tried shaming and criticizing my body into losing the weight. And you know what it made me? Fatter and more resentful.

Why? Because dieting doesn’t work on a physical level nor on an emotional level.

Good habits and self-love are what work. Continue reading

Demystifying Health Fads

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Here in Los Angeles alone, it feels like you can find a restaurant to accommodate any dietary needs or preferences. Restaurants that serve only cold-pressed juice, vegan items or traditional fare from countries you’ve never even heard of. Gluten-free Southern food sounds like a paradox, but people can try.

There is a lot of talk about what you should be eating more of and what you should be avoiding so we decided to review three of the biggest buzzwords in health and diet these days.

Gluten: 
Everyone’s going gluten free because it’s healthier, right? That’s right, right? Interestingly enough, gluten is only a problem for the approximately 1% of Americans diagnosed with Celiac’s disease who’s immune system actually damages the lining of the small intestine while trying to process it. The problem with everyone else avoiding gluten, according to some experts, is not with the ingredient so much as how easy it is to miss out on other vital nutrients like iron and fiber by avoiding foods like whole wheat. There are certainly grains without gluten but the key here is knowing that going gluten-free isn’t necessarily the key to a healthier lifestyle.

Kale:
Traditionally a winter crop, this hearty green that’s sneaking it’s way into salads everywhere is actually super good for you. It’s got a ton of Vitamins A, C and K. We’re talking 684% of your daily value of Vitamin K in just a cup. It’s low in calories and while it might be an acquired taste, it’s worth considering as a dietary staple. Something to note- Kale will be less thrilling if you are low on calcium or taking anticoagulants as it blocks calcium absorption and can mess with certain medications, so check with a doctor before you start eating it by the bucket loads.

Probiotics:
We spend a lot of money on cleaning products every year to get rid of bacteria from our homes, but so why are buy bacteria to put into our bodies? Made more well-known thanks to the family favorite, yogurt, Probiotics are good bacteria that, when added to your digestive system, can help ease bloating and get your body processing food like it should. Stress, sitting on planes for hours, eating like a maniac can wreck you, or more specifically, the living microbes in your body that break down and retrieve the nutrients you need. Probiotics are valuable to keeping your intestines in good shape otherwise. We’ve also learned that just having some yogurt here and there won’t be enough to set everything back in balance which is why many opt for a probiotic supplement like SCD Essential Probiotics as opposed to consuming more miso soup than you know what to do with.

Before you hop on the health fad popping up in your grocery stores, make sure you know what works best for you and your body. If it means cutting the gluten, by all means. If not, you’ve made a knowledgeable decision. The point is that you’re in the know.

So, maybe have a donut. Not too many donuts. And maybe wait for dessert ’til you’ve had a kale salad.

 

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Probiotics, Prebiotics: Fact and Fiction

yogurt probioticsThese days with so much access to information we tend to get overloaded with it. We can’t tell what’s valid information and what isn’t. There is so much confusion surrounding probiotics and prebiotics, and outrageous marketing claims of yogurt companies and other companies isn’t helping.  Here’s a basic overview of what probiotics are in comparison to prebiotics, and some information to help cut through the clutter of claims.  

The Pros of Probiotics

Probiotics are basically microorganisms that promote health.  They are primarily bacteria that offer health benefits when eaten or supplemented with.  There are many different strains of bacteria that offer an array of health benefits.  The two most common strains include:  L. acidophilus and B. bifidum,

Eating yogurt is rarely enough to obtain the many health benefits of probiotics.  Many commercially-available brands of yogurt don’t contain “live cultures.”  If you’re choosing one, be sure to choose one that says “live cultures” on the label.  The claim doesn’t guarantee that the cultures are intact, but it may increase the odds.

The Myths about Prebiotics

Prebiotics are the food that probiotics feed on to enable them to populate the intestines.  Many food products and supplements come with claims that they contain prebiotics that are necessary for probiotics to work but that isn’t the whole story.  While it is true that probiotics feed on prebiotics, they are rarely necessary and more often take up valuable “real estate” within a tiny capsule.  Carbohydrates such as sugars, starches, and fiber are technically prebiotics that feed probiotics.  They are found in all plant-based foods.

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Adapted with permission from my upcoming book, The Probiotic Miracle (DaCapo).

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Weekly Health Tip: Functional Foods – How Do You Separate the Hype from the Health?

 

 

If you’re concerned with eating healthy, you may have heard about “functional foods.” Nutritionists and marketers use this term to describe foods that go beyond the basics of supplying nutrients to the body and appear to help ward off and combat certain chronic illnesses.

In a way, these foods are misnamed–they are far more than simply functional. The New York Times calls them “foods with benefits.” While many functional foods deliver real potential health benefits, consumers need to be aware of packaged foods that use the term mostly as a marketing tool. To make smart choices, you have to distinguish the products that offer more hype than health from the foods that may really make a difference.

 Traditional healthy choices are now healthier than ever. Your whole life you’ve probably been told that you need to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to stay healthy. Now researchers believe these foods are even better for you than initially thought. Fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in color, are among the top functional foods. Fruits such as blueberries and red cherries come loaded with antioxidants called flavonoids; and carrots, spinach, kale, and sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants called carotenoids. These antioxidants play a role in reducing the risk of some types of cancer and heart disease by neutralizing free radicals, which are unstable atoms or molecules in the body that cause cell damage.

 Vitamins A, C, and E in many of these fruits and vegetables also act as antioxidants. Tomatoes, especially those made into processed tomato products like sauce or ketchup, have the added bonus of lycopene, a type of antioxidant that has been shown to bolster prostate health. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, have been linked to lowering cancer risk, and garlic and onions have demonstrated detoxicating effects on the body. Whole grains seem to offer protection against coronary disease.

 Fish, another functional food, also wards off heart disease and lowers blood pressure. Salmon, sardines, and tuna deliver high doses of Omega-3, also known as the “good” fat. The Omega-3 fatty acids in fish have hypotensive properties due to their stimulation of hormone-like compounds called “prostaglandins” which regulate the balance of salt retention and water excretion. This hypotensive effect is especially pronounced in individuals with hypertension, atherosclerosis, and hypercholesterolemia. Omega-3 fatty acids also reduce inflammation in the body that can damage blood vessels. When it comes to eating sea creatures, however, there is a catch. Many contain high levels of mercury and other contaminants, so follow the American Heart Association’s recommendation and try to eat fish at least two times a week, but don’t go overboard. For alternative sources of Omega-3, try beans, walnuts, and flax seed.

 Some “treats” pack an unexpected health punch. While you might expect fish, fruit, and veggies to be extra healthy, it may come as a welcome surprise to find that some “indulgences” are considered functional foods as well. Yogurt, red wine, and coffee have all been found to contain ingredients that appear to give the body a boost.

 Yogurts are creamy, versatile treats jam-packed with health benefits. It’s a great source of calcium, which is known to prevent osteoporosis and promote bone health. Yogurts also contain probiotics – the “good bacteria” we all need in our bodies to maintain our immune and digestive health. Probiotic foods can also help in the treatment of urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, and diarrhea.

 When it comes to red wine, you may now think of enjoying a glass at night as a way of helping your heart. Red wine is rich in flavonoids, as well as resveratrol, an antioxidant that some researchers believe offers protection from diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Resveratrol comes from the grape skins, and since red wine ferments longer with its skins than white wine, it has more of this palliative ingredient. Too much alcohol can be harmful to your health, so don’t overdo it. Try keeping your red wine consumption to a glass with dinner. For those who don’t drink at all, grapes and grape juice may offer similar benefits. Pomegranate juice, with its deep red color, is another alternative, offering more antioxidants than many other types of juice.

 Doctors have long warned about the risks of consuming too much caffeine, but recent studies have shown that drinking modest amounts of coffee may actually help fight cancer, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. Note that drip coffees are thought to be healthier than unfiltered coffee drinks like lattes because the paper captures elements in the coffee that may raise cholesterol levels.

 The antioxidants in black tea also promote better health, and green tea is highly regarded as a major functional food. Green tea contains high levels of catechins, which are potent antioxidants shown to help lower cholesterol by blocking its absorption from the gastrointestinal tract as well as promoting its fecal elimination.

 Functional foods with “health” added.   You’ll also find the term “functional foods” applied to products that have ingredients added to them to increase their healthful potential. While marketers use this as a selling point, some of these products can have genuine benefits. Buttery spreads with added Omega-3 may promote better heart health than unfortified butter. Orange juice fortified with calcium may help fortify bones and fight osteoporosis, and the vitamin C naturally found in oranges may inhibit cancer. But don’t always believe the hype. Do your own research on packaged foods that tout better heart health or claim to fight cancer, and weigh the nutritional value against their unprocessed counterparts.  The actual orange fruit, for example, is still going to provide more nutritional value than most fortified orange juices, which are much higher in sugar and do not contain fiber to slow down absorption.

 Overall, functional foods that are unprocessed and unpackaged have more potential to improve your well-being. Also take a closer look at the labels on those “health”-added products to make sure you know what ingredients you’re actually eating and how much the product contains. Keep up with the latest studies and consumer reports to know which foods will truly help your body function at its best.

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Weekly Health Tip: You Are Home to Millions of Microbes!

 

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If you are in the habit of scrubbing your hands, your home and your children with bacteria-fighting gels and soaps, consider this: The average adult intestine has already been colonized by more than 500 species of microbes. Our bodies contain more bacterial cells than human cells, although bacteria take up much less space by comparison. Occasionally, the invaders turn harmful, as when the population of Streptococcus or Staphylococcus germs gets out of control. But overall, the armies of microbes in our intestines–called gut flora–seem to be on a mission to keep our immune and digestive systems in good health. Research shows that beneficial bugs called probiotic bacteria produce chemicals that help us glean nutrients and energy from our food. They also help build up the population of intestinal immune cells. Scientists continue to investigate the connection between gut flora and the body’s response to stress and anxiety.

All of this good news about probiotic bacteria in our bodies has heightened interest in consuming more probiotics. Probiotic foods can help in treatment of diarrhea, vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections. There is evidence that probiotics help reduce the severity of colds and flu, speed recovery from some intestinal infections and improve irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut are high in Lactobacillus acidophilus (in purple above) and Bifidobacterium longum (in green above), two common probiotic bacteria.

Other healthful probiotic foods are miso soup, naturally fermented pickles, small amounts of probiotic dark chocolate (hooray!) and blue-green algae. Since your natural population of probiotic bacteria is sizable, eating such foods should be seen as a maintenance plan, to help you keep your body in balance. With that in mind, be prudent about the use of antibiotics. If your doctor prescribes an antibiotic to fight a serious infection, ask if you should also consume more probiotics, to replace those wiped out by the antibiotic drug.

Learn more about how beneficial bacteria colonize your intestines during infancy:

TheVisualMD.com: Gut & Immune Development

Help Your Children Fight Cold and Flu with Probiotics

Our kids have headed back to the classroom, and that means crammed schedules, after-school activities, plenty of play dates, and lack of sleep.
 
Back to school also means that your kids – in elementary school through college – will be exposed to illnesses that can spread like wildfire through the lunchroom or university dorm.
 
Between heightened exposure and stressful schedules, their immunity can be compromised, leaving your kids more susceptible to sicknesses like the common cold and flu.
 
But don’t go stocking up on hand “sanitizers,” like Purell, that can include known toxins and kill the good bacteria you need to keep your immunity strong! 
 
You can’t be around to protect your children every minute of the day, but you can help them boost their immunity in best way possible by including probiotics in their diet.
Probiotics are strains of friendly, beneficial bacteria and yeast, like Lactobacillus plantarum, that populate your gut and naturally boost your immunity. 
 
In fact, a new study published in Pediatrics shows that a daily supplement of probiotics may reduce the incidence of cold and flu-like symptoms in children by 50 percent.1
A random group of children were given a daily combination of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, and it was linked to reductions in fever incidence by 73 per cent, a reduction in the occurrence of runny noses by 59 per cent, and drop in the incidence of coughing by 62 per cent, according to findings published in Pediatrics.
 
The authors also wrote that daily probiotics during the winter months (when we’re more prone to illness) was “a safe and effective way” to “reduce the incidence of antibiotic prescriptions (which kill good bacteria), and the number of missed school days attributable to illness.”
 
Probiotics obviously make a big difference!
But what’s really interesting is that the research proved that a combination of bacterial strains is most effective. It was the first study to indicate a trend toward more significant results with a combination versus single strain preparation.
 
And that’s exactly the methodology behind Body Ecology. 
 
We’ve created a line of fermented food and drink Starters and probiotic liquids that effectively combine several strains of beneficial bacteria and beneficial yeast, so that you and your children reap the most health benefits.
 
What’s the best way to protect your children with probiotics?
A quick trip at your supermarket and health food store will tell you that plenty of mass-produced products like yogurt and supplements are filled with probiotics.
 

The good news is that doctors and food manufacturers alike are realizing the health benefits of probiotics…But did you know that these products aren’t always what they claim to be? (link to:) The unfortunate truth is that too many probiotic supplements and probiotic foods vary widely in quality and potency. To learn more, read: Industry Often Cons the Public with “Probiotic Foods”:A Case Study.
 
In fact, researchers at Bastyr University in Washington recently tested a wide variety of probiotic supplements and found that in four out of twenty products no sign of living friendly bacteria was present.2
 
Instead, use fermented foods and drinks, like cultured vegetables or probiotic liquids. For kids, we recommend Passion Fruit Biotic a delicious, sweet-tasting beverage that’s easy to add into their busy schedules.
 

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Probiotics have been found to boost immunity to the common cold and flu! By boosting energy and immunity, Passion Fruit Biotic is the best alternative to soda pop for helping kids stay healthy and slim. This sweet and satisfying drink is our latest solution to helping kids receive the benefits of potent probiotics that help keep sickness at bay.Learn more about Passion Fruit Biotic and try it today

Here’s why:

  • It provides the digestive, energy and immune-boosting benefits of the most potent probiotics in a drink that taste delicious right out of the bottle.
  • It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free.
  • All the best probiotics you’ve come to depend on in Body Ecology’s food and drinks are in there: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus delbreukii, Saccharomyces boulardii, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. These probiotics are native to the human digestive tract AND they work in harmony with one another, making them extra-potent for human health. 
  • An excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium, passion fruit has been used in traditional rainforest medicine as a heart tonic, digestive stimulant, a mild diuretic for the treatment of urinary tract infections, bronchitis, asthma and whooping cough.
  • Replace your kids’ soda pop, energy drinks and sports drinks with Passion Fruit Biotic. It helps build better digestion, a healthy inner-ecosystem, stronger immunity and glowing skin.
     

Passion Fruit Biotic is a great way to start the morning. Keep it in your home or send it as part of a care package to children away at school.
 
Just sip two ounces or for a larger drink, mix two ounces into filtered water, and feel good knowing that you’re doing the very best to keep your kids healthy and happy.

Sources:
[i] Pediatrics. 2009, Volume 124: e172-e179. “Probiotic Effects on Cold and Influenza-Like Symptom Incidence and Duration in Children” Authors: G.J. Leyer, S .Li, M.E. Mubasher, C. Reifer, A.C. Ouwehand: http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/On-your-radar/Probiotics/Probiotics-may-reduce-cold-and-flu-symptoms-for-children

[ii] Condor, Bob, "Living Well: ‘Friendly’ probiotics have some cons, too," Seattle P-I, 18 Dec, 2006. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/health/296142_condor18.html.

 

 

Are You at Peak “Vitality?” Answer These Three Key Questions

Green Foods: Nature’s Fast Food

Your body has the natural ability to heal and each night when you sleep, it goes to work repairing and restoring the wear and tear of daily living. As your body repairs itself, your blood becomes slightly acidic, with the goal of returning to a more alkaline state in the morning.

Unfortunately, poor diet and lifestyle inhibit your body’s ability to repair itself effectively. Over time, stress and a diet of processed foods add up, making your blood even more acidic and setting the stage for illness.

 As you think about your typical day:

  • Are you waking up feeling like your brain is foggy, your joints are stiff and you could use about 3 more hours of sleep? 
  • Do you reach for caffeine (more acid) to give you the pep you need for your day? 
  • Do you experience digestive distress, like stomach pain, bloating and flatulence?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Vitality SuperGreen is the green drink for you!

After analyzing all the green drinks on the market, Body Ecology created Vitality SuperGreen as an answer to the needs of our customers: provide all the nutrition of greens, along with nutrients that heal your digestive tract – in a green drink that tastes good AND provides energy.

Sure, there are plenty of green drink formulas out on the market today, and they all pretty much look the same. So why is Body Ecology’s Vitality SuperGreen superior to all others?

Because Vitality Supergreen is the ONLY green food designed to help repair the mucosal lining of your stomach while helping to create a balanced inner ecosystem.

Ingredients That Make the Difference

  • Our Vitality SuperGreen is a whole food in powder form with:
  • Beneficial probiotics
  • A complete protein (a great vegetarian source of protein!)
  • Powerful antioxidants
  • Super supplement blend of antioxidants and adaptogens that build energy
  • Thyroid-supporting sea vegetables
  • Fermented greens (spinach, parsley and kale)
  • Fermented algae blend
  • Our own Intestinal Support Blend (including GlutImmune™, a form of glutamine that is more absorbed by your gut. It has been shown to assist with increasing muscle mass and healing and maintaining the digestive tract)

ALL in one convenient and great-tasting formula!

Vitality SuperGreen also contains beta 1,3 glucan (dual standard), aloe vera extract, grape seed extract, essential fatty acids, chlorella, digestive enzymes, and more!

Vitality SuperGreen can be a delicious, healing morning or afternoon energizer! Try Vitality SuperGreen today!

Heal Your Digestion, Heal Yourself

With each serving of Vitality SuperGreen you give your gut a healthy dose of beneficial microflora, but perhaps even more important, the ingredients in this green food support the growth of all the other microflora in your digestive tract.

In fact, beneficial bacteria love algae! Now that you are adding our wonderful fermented foods and probiotic liquids and our drinks like young coconut or milk kefir to you daily menu plan, you will certainly want to feed all those digestion-enhancing microflora … and Vitality is ideal for that.

If dis-ease begins in your intestines, then health begins there as well.

These good bacteria and beneficial yeast can create a lavish inner eco-system to help your body digest food, absorb valuable nutrients, and increase immunity.

Give Your Body the Gift of Vitality!
Choose this super-alkalizing formula to start your day and help change your blood from being too acidic to properly alkaline. As an additional enhancement to your meals or as a meal replacement, Vitality SuperGreen also makes a great mid-afternoon snack. It can also become an alkalizing and energizing replacement for that morning cup of coffee.

There are so many ways to enjoy Vitality SuperGreen! Add stevia for extra sweetness or add it to a glass of young coconut kefir for an incredible probiotic-rich morning drink. Best of all, you can enjoy Vitality SuperGreen on the go. Just just put the powder straight into a bottle of water, shake, and enjoy!

Body Ecology’s Vitality SuperGreen will enhance your digestion and your immunity on your journey to vibrant health!

 

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What if you could get all the benefits of vegetables and heal your digestive tract at the same time? You can, withVitality SuperGreen!

 

“Obesity Rates Ballooning” – Here’s What You REALLY Need to Know to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

In recent years, the US government and other agencies have pledged to battle our country’s obesity epidemic. But instead of getting healthier, we’re actually getting fatter.
 
One recent report claims obesity rates have increased in 23 states over the past year and have decreased in none.1 
 
What’s gone so terribly wrong?
 
Yes, there’s been a resurgence of locally grown, whole produce and an attack on high-fructose corn syrup. But processed food, chemicals and additives are more prevalent than ever.
 
Stress, cramped schedules and lack of sleep contribute to the desire to reach for a candy bar from the vending machine instead of fresh carrots from the farmers market. 
 
Cravings and emotional eating make the destructive cycle hard to break. 
 
So while the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has said that it aims to reduce obesity rates to 15 percent in every state before 2010, the food industry is still in the business of making us eat more, and more often
 
It’s troubling to see how badly America’s obesity rate is ballooning. Obviously, fad diets don’t work. But what does?
 
Here are some interesting facts:

  • In 1980, the average US obesity rate was 15 percent; now the average is 34.3 percent, and another 32.7 percent are overweight. Sadly, obesity rates among children have also climbed, with more than 30 percent now overweight or obese. 2
  •  If you’ve been dieting for years with little success, you may even feel worse than before you started! Traditional “diet” foods can wreck havoc on your body and mental state.
  • The key to losing weight, keeping it off and feeling better is to get back in touch with your body and re-train yourself to crave food that actually feeds your health and restores your inner ecosystem
  • Losing weight and keeping it off is not dieting in the traditional sense. It’s a lifestyle of eating well, exercising and feeling better that should be sustainable and enjoyable over a long period of time.

How do you “re-train” yourself and jump-start weight loss?

The Body Ecology solution promotes lasting, natural weight loss because it genuinely nourishes your body at the cellular level. When your body is truly nourished, you will find that you don’t even feel like eating as much. Your body will no longer cry out for nutrients because it will be so satisfied.

Why We Crave Processed Food

Many of us reach for sugary, starchy or salty snacks for instant gratification. The food industry knows this, and puts out products that actually increase appetite and physical cravings

 
Body Ecology’s Solutions for Natural Weight Loss

Begin by eliminating energy-zapping sugar and processed foods from your diet. Then, learn how to introduce new sources of nutrients.
 
But know this:  To get to the “core” of weight loss, you must balance your inner ecosystem.

When your inner ecosystem (in your intestines) is balanced, you have plenty of good bacteria and good yeast to protect you from pathogens and disease. An out of balance inner ecosystem means that pathogenic bacteria and yeast have taken over. One of the symptoms is cravings.  

The easiest and best way to restore you inner ecosystem and nix cravings is by incorporating probiotics) into your diet with fermented food and drinks
 
Here’s why probiotic-rich fermented foods and drinks are so effective for weight loss:

Probiotic-rich fermented foods and drinks multiply the nutrition in your food hundreds of times, nourishing you more with less food. 
 
If you’re trying to build the population of fat-fighting good bacteria in your gut, you need to know about prebiotics, too.
 
In fact, a new study concluded that daily consumption of oligofructose – a prebiotic– may lead to weight loss by suppressing levels of hormones linked to hunger.3
 
Here are some important things to know about prebiotics:

  • Simply put, prebiotics act as food for the probiotics. They allow the probiotics in your gut to help you digest food, assimilate more nutrients, and fight the growth of bad bacteria and infections even more rapidly.
  • Prebiotics are found in fruits (like Green Granny Smith apples), sweet vegetables (like garlic and onions), and Body Ecology grain-like seeds (like millet and quinoa). 

The easiest and most versatile way to add prebiotics to your diet is with EcoBloom, a 100% natural powder chicory extract FrutaFit, Inulin (often called FOS). FOS is fructooligosaccharides, which serves as food for beneficial microflora. EcoBloom can be added to everything from tea to salad dressings to fermented foods!

In addition to adding probiotics and prebiotics, our third solution is to eliminate sugar and processed foods. If this seems too difficult, here’s an easy first step: replace your sugar with all-natural sugar substitutes Lakanto or Stevia
 
Here are some important reasons to eliminate sugar and still satisfy your sweet tooth with Lakanto or Stevia: 

  • Sugar creates acidic blood, which can rob your body (and especially your bones) of much needed minerals. This can set up a “starving” condition in your body, even though you’ve just eaten, leading to cravings and overeating.
  • Sugar feeds candidaa systemic fungal infection. Cravings and fatigue, are two of the many symptoms of candida. Both of these get in the way of  healthy weight loss.
  • Sugar causes your body to produce more insulin, which then blocks leptin, a hormone that reduces appetite and induces fat burning.
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Eating sugar creates the perfect storm for weight gain.Sugar contributes to acidic blood and candida, leading to cravings for more sugar and more food. And sugar zaps your energy, making it difficult to exercise. Instead, use all-natural, zero calorie, zero-glycemic index Lakanto. Lakanto satisfies your sweet tooth because it looks, tastes and bakes like sugar without raising your blood sugar levels, feeding candida or contributing to acidic blood. With Lakanto, you can enjoy the sweet taste without the dangers of sugar.Learn more about Lakanto and try some today!

While Stevia is an old favorite brought into the US by Body Ecology founder Donna Gates, Lakanto is new in the US (but used for years in Japan. Donna Gates brought Lakanto into the US as a way to provide an all-natural sweetener that does not feed candida and even better, that tastes and bakes just like sugar.

Since the sweet taste is one of the important tastes we all need to satisfy, you can still enjoy sweets with calorie-free, all-natural Lakanto and Stevia. Neither Lakanto nor Stevia raise your blood sugar levels or feed candida, making them ideal for diabetics or anyone with blood sugar or weight issues. 

In fact, the Japanese Ministry of Health doesn’t just approve Lakanto,  but actually recommends Lakanto for weight loss, obesity and blood sugar problems like diabetes

So if you thought being healthy required a “tastes like cardboard diet,” think again! 

 
Making Lasting Changes For A Healthy, Naturally Slim Lifestyle

These changes may not be easy to stick with in the beginning, but hang in there!

If you stick to your healthy Body Ecology lifestyle for 4 – 5 days, you give your body a chance to heal from unwanted cellular memories of food you used to crave.
Your gut lining turns over, your body sheds toxins and you start to get in touch with the kinds of foods that will truly nourish you.
 
It’s not just about exercising more and eating less – although those factors are certainly important to weight loss. 
 
With Body Ecology, you won’t need to starve yourself, eat diet foods or go on an exercise binge. Instead, you will find that your focus is feeling good AND you may be surprised at how delicious Body Ecology food is! 
 
In fact, you’ll find that you no longer crave sugar or processed foods because you are so satisfied and well nourished. 
 
With fermented foods and drinks, prebiotics, all-natural sugar substitutes like Lakanto — along with an exercise routine you love and plenty of water — you’ll have all the tools you need for making lasting weight loss a part of your healthy lifestyle. 
 
To learn more about the Body Ecology system and your ideal weight loss diet, read: How the Bacteria in Your Gut Affect Your Body Weight – and How to Get the Balance Right (Part 2: Your Anti-Viral Protocol).

 
 
Sources
 
[1] Scott-Thomas, Caroline. US obesity rates ballooning, says report. FoodNavigator-USA.com. July 2, 2009. http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Financial-Industry/US-obesity-rates-ballooning-says-report

2 "Overweight? Blame the bacteria in your gut." Associated Press 20 December 2006. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16296772/from/ET/#storyContinued

3 Prebiotic fibres may boost weight loss: http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Prebiotic-fibres-may-boost-weight-loss-Study

Suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Disease? The Body Ecology Solution

Can you imagine what it would feel like to be free of stomach issues?

If you’re suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or poor digestive health, you’re certainly not alone! Ten to 15 percent of the population struggles with symptoms of IBS. 

The good news is that you don’t have to treat it with expensive prescription drugs that often come with dangerous side affects and only “solve” the problem for the short-term.

Are you still suffering from IBS? Stop taking prescription drugs and get to the root of the problem! We’ll teach you how probiotics and detoxification can heal your gut for good. 
If you’re searching for a long-term solution that helps to heal the root causes of IBS, the Body Ecology system of health and healing is for you.

Donna Gates, the founder of the Body Ecology Diet, says that years of research and consistent anecdotal feedback from followers has convinced her that gastrointestinal problems like IBS can be corrected but first you must heal your inner ecosystem.

An imbalanced inner ecosystem is when bad bacteria and yeast overpower the good, throwing off an essential balance and setting the stage for poor digestive health and illness. 
 
There is a way to restore your inner ecosystem, even after years of imbalance. To learn more, read about the 9 Body Ecology Tips for treating IBS
 
While creating good digestive health is a combination of eating the right foods and reducing stress, there is one key that can speed up your efforts at healing: adding probiotic rich fermented foods and drinks to your diet.

In fact, a 2008 paper published in the International Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology shows that probiotics were “statistically significantly better” at treating IBS than the placebo.1 
 
Another study from Michigan State reports that consuming probiotic microorganisms and prebiotics) makes significant contributions to your energy balance, bowel function, immunologic function, sensory perception, glycemic control, and blood pressure regulation.2
 
Here’s how YOU can use the power of probiotics to fight IBS:

  • Incorporate fermented food and drinks into your diet. Consuming fermented foods and drinks will help repopulate your intestines with healthy microflora, and ease your whole digestive process.

    The probiotics in fermented food and drinks help banish cravings for processed foods and refined sugars – the very culprits that contribute to IBS!


    To get the highest quality, hardiest probiotics, choose to drink probiotic liquids or eat raw cultured vegetables

     

  • Drink Vitality SuperGreen. This is a super simple superfood – just add this vitamin-mineral-probiotic rich green powder to water and watch your energy become more balanced. 

    Vitality SuperGreen is designed to maintain and nourish the inflamed mucosal lining of your colon and continue to keep it healthy. It also feeds the friendly microflora and helps heals your intestines. It is alkaline, full of nutrients and is an excellent food to drink when your body is cleansing.  

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Want to heal your intestines, boost your energy and help your body detoxify? Vitality SuperGreen is a delicious way to help keep your intestines healthy while keeping YOU regular and comfortable. It’s very easy to incorporate into your daily routine – just add it to water and go!Learn more about Vitality SuperGreen and get yours today.

Choosing the Body Ecology lifestyle will help you cleanse your intestines AND your entire body because Body Ecology is a detoxification diet
 
When you have IBS, detoxification is crucial to jump-start the healing of your intestines. 
 
Confused about how to detoxify safely? Understanding how to cleanse properly is truly an art. Learn more by reading: Finally, Detoxification Secrets for Looking and Feeling Your Best Revealed! 

These days, detoxification is not top of mind when visiting the medical doctor for IBS or poor digestive health, but it’s critical for any seemingly incurable chronic illness today. It takes much more commitment than swallowing a pill, but your happy and healthy gut (and your body) will thank you!
 
 

 

Sources:
 
[1] The efficacy of probiotics in the therapy of irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review: http://gut.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/gut.2008.167270v1?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=ibs+probiotics&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&sortspec=relevance&resourcetype=HWCIThttp://www.scribd.com/doc/12740414/Probiotics-in-Pediatric-Medicine-Scientific

2 Eukaryotic-Microbiota Crosstalk: Potential Mechanisms for Health Benefits of Prebiotics and Probiotics: http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.nutr.28.061807.155402

The Five Colors You Need to Eat Routinely … and Why

Did you know that eating healthy is as easy as following the rainbow?

That’s right, if you incorporate a rainbow array of colored fruits and vegetables in your diet, then you’ll be well on your way to a well-rounded and nutritious diet.

Here are the five colors you need to eat on a regular basis to enhance your health!

As you read through these colorful food options, we will provide guidance on the foods that are best for Stage 1 of Body Ecology (the initial healing stages of Body Ecology) and the foods to add during stage 2 (once your inner ecosystem is healed). For more on Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Body Ecology, read: The Quick and Easy Guide to Improving Your Health on the Body Ecology Diet Part II

YELLOW & ORANGE

The Nutrients:

Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables pack a powerful nutritional punch. They are rich in beta carotene, vitamin A and vitamin C, powerful antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals that roam around your body and damage your cells. Free radicals are thought to be responsible for artherosclerosis and heart disease, cataracts, blood vessel damage, inflammatory diseases and arthritis, asthma and even cancer. 1

Studies even link high consumption of specific carotenoids like beta-cryptoxanthin, which is found in orange and yellow foods, to a lower risk for developing inflammatory arthritis.2

The Foods

Here are some of the yellow and orange foods that you can eat on Stage 1 of the Body Ecology program:

  • Lemons
  • Carrots
  • Butternut squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Yellow summer squash
  • Yellow pepper
  • Corn

We recommend you wait until your inner ecosystem is well-established and your candidiasis is gone (Stage 2) of the Body Ecology program to add these to your diet:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yellow apples
  • Yellow beets

GREEN

The Nutrients:

Green vegetables are rich in phytochemicals that improve your health and offer plenty of fiber. Cruciferous vegetables specifically, have sulfurous compounds that help your liver detoxify harmful cancer-causing substances, prevent macular degeneration, and protect women from ovarian cancer.3

Other green vegetables and fruits have potassium, which is great for you heart.4

The Foods:

Most greens, including all of the following foods may be eaten on Stage 1 of the Body Ecology program. Keep in mind that green peppers and green fruits (with the exception of limes) are not recommended on Stage 1 of Body Ecology.

" Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, and collard greens are especially rich in phytonutrients. Be sure to lightly cook your cruciferous vegetables to maximize their nutrient value.

 

Are you looking for an easy way to get your greens while on the go? Vitality SuperGreen is a whole food that mixes easily with water to give you an amazing spectrum of fermented algae, cereal grasses and cruciferous vegetables in a delicious drink. Try Vitality SuperGreen and boost your vegetable consumption AND your energy at the same time!

BLUE & PURPLE

The Nutrients:

Blue and purple vegetables and fruits are some of the most nutritious and most overlooked. They are protective against some cancers, and good for urinary tract health and maintaining memory function.5

Many of these blue and purple foods are rich in the phytonutrient anthocyanin, another type of flavonoid that is great for fighting the damage that daily living does to your cells.

The Foods:

Here are some options for blue and purple foods you can eat while on Stage 1 of the Body Ecology program:

  • Purple Belgian endive
  • Purple cabbage
  • Black currants (unsweetened)
  • Purple asparagus
  • Blueberries with a fermented liquid like InnergyBiotic so microfora eat the sugars

When you are ready for Stage 2 of Body Ecology, you may want to try:

  • Plums
  • Purple grapes

 

RED

The Nutrients:

Red grapes specifically have a powerful antioxidant known as resveratrol, which has anti-inflammatory properties and may help lower your risk for heart disease and cancer.7

Other great nutrients in red fruits and vegetables include lycopene found in watermelon, pink grapefruit and tomatoes. Lycopene is known for fighting prostate cancer and may be one of the reasons the Mediterranean diet is so healthy.

To learn more about lycopene, be sure to read: The Most Potent Natural Ways to Prevent Prostate Cancer to learn how cruciferous vegetables and lycopene work together to fight prostate cancer.

The Foods

Here are some great options for red foods to eat while on Stage 1 of Body Ecology:

  • Radishes
  • Red bell pepper
  • Red chili pepper
  • Red onions
  • Radicchio
  • Pomegranate with a fermented drink so the microflora eat the sugars

 

These red foods are some good additions to consider once you are ready for Stage 2 of Body Ecology:

  • Pink grapefruit
  • Red grapes
  • Red apples
  • Tomatoes (best for Blood types O and AB)

WHITE

The Nutrients:

Cauliflower has many of the nutrients of other cruciferous vegetables, but it’s the only one that is white. Others on the white list like onions and garlic are considered super foods for their amazing health benefits.

Onions are a great prebiotic; they feed the probiotics (good bacteria and yeast) in your intestines. Onions and garlic are both members of the Allium family. They can lower blood sugar and have amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

The Foods:

  • Cauliflower
  • Onions
  • Daikon radish
  • Jicama
  • Garlic

Eat Your Colors, But Keep It Simple!

Color can add a delightful visual appeal to eating healthy foods. If you or your family are expecting bland, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see how the delicious recipes in The Body Ecology Diet and a colorful plate can entice any appetite.

And remember, when it comes to eating healthy, keep it simple.

Instead of coming up with complex rotation plans, just follow the rainbow. Throughout your week, include fruits and vegetables that are green, red, yellow, orange, white, blue and purple and you’ll be getting plenty of vital nutrients that enhance your health.

Eating a healthy diet is as easy as following the rainbow! By consuming vegetables and fruits from 5 color families, you’ll be getting a broad range of vitamins, antioxidants and phytochemicals that can enhance your health and protect you from disease.

 

 

Sources:

Bell Peppers, WHFoods.org. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=50

2 Eustice, Carol and Richard, "Beta-cryptoxanthin In Fruits and Vegetables May Cut Arthritis Risk," About.com. http://arthritis.about.com/od/nutrition/a/fruitsvegetable.htm

3 What are the benefits of sulfurous compounds found in cruciferous vegetables? WHFoods.org. http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=45

4 Green Fruits & Vegetables, Vickids.tamu.edu.
http://vickids.tamu.edu/nutrition/green.html

5 Go For Color! Dole5ADay.com http://www.dole5aday.com/Grownups/Fun/G_TheresSoMuchToTry.jsp?topmenu=3

6 How Can I Eat to Optimize My Genetic Potential for Good Health? WHFoods.org.
http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=faq&dbid=40#faqdiscussion

7 Resveratrol, PBHFoundation.org. http://www.pbhfoundation.org/pulse/research/pic/phytolist/resveratrol.php

8 Onions, WHFoods.org. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=45

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