Digestion Problems? + Natural Ways to Improve It

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To all the people how know me (and obviously love me…) in real life you know I have some… slight… digestion issues. I’m honestly not sure if anything ever really caused them to crop up; I feel like they’ve always been around. Extreme gassiness, bloating to the point of pain, constant stomach pain, etc. Depending on the time of the month (if you know what I mean…), my stomach issues can decrease. I also have recently found that I experience some hardcore acid reflux. In terms of my reflux, I had been experiencing it for about three years before really recognizing it for what it was. So, I had been suffering without the help of my dear, dear friend Mr. Tums for a looooong time. Very unfortunatad-o. Anyways, I could gripe about these terrible digestion issues for freaking ever but, I’ve started doing a ton of research on different natural…

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Hike in Pasadena…

This was quite an adventure…

This hike is approx. 10 miles, maybe even more but from my FitBit device shows close to 10 miles.  Needless to say, I took the long route to this trail. Its pretty cool, it links to many different trails. It’s definitely worth doing but be sure to bring lots of water and food with you. Total time to complete was around 3.5 hours. In the beginning, it’s all uphill and then coming back is downhill. Super easy if your in shape or if your a daily hiker. If your new to hiking, I probably would not recommend as you will feel it in your legs. Here are the photos:

  

©Samantha Katz

Wheatgrass: Do You Know Its Health Benefits? ©CureJoy

In consultation with Curejoy Expert Claude Butler:

Wheatgrass contains around 19 types of amino acids and over 90 minerals and is considered as one of the most healthiest herbs today. In fact, it has been said that just about one ounce is equivalent in nutritional value to more than 2 pounds of leafy green vegetables! Wheatgrass is usually referred to as “liquid sunshine” due to its high content of chlorophyll. Have a look at all the health benefits that this wonder herb has to offer:

Health Benefits of Wheatgrass:

1. Stimulates circulation: Wheatgrass increases the oxygen content in the blood, which effectively stimulates circulation. Apart from just drinking wheatgrass juice, you could also apply the juice using a cotton ball on both the face and neck, so the blood vessels get dilated and it increases circulation to the surface of the skin.

2. Improves Digestion: Wheatgrass has alkaline minerals that prevent digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea, and even stomach ulcers. It even helps in cleaning your bowels of impacted matter and mucous. Regular intake of wheatgrass will help you refrain from digestive disorders.

3. Prevents Cancer: Wheatgrass has detoxifying properties, which helps keep blood clean and the red blood cell count high. Cancer thrives in a low-oxygen environment, so the wheatgrass contributes to cancer prevention. Apart from this, Wheatgrass is also recommended to those undergoing radiation treatment to help reduce the side effects of these treatments.

4. Treats Arthritis: Wheatgrass contains tons of chlorophyll which is beneficial for arthritis. Chlorophyll fights inflammation which is associated with joint pain.

5. Bad Breath and Body Odour: Wheatgrass has detoxifying properties which helps wash away toxins from the mouth, skin and body. Regular consumption helps you get rid of body odour.

6. Good for skin: Wheatgrass helps clear scars and acne. It can also help eliminate free radicals in your body, which prevents premature aging.  It also keeps your skin elastic making you look younger. By regenerating cells, wheatgrass juice can also treat skin wounds and help them heal faster. Create a paste by combining a pinch of turmeric, wheatgrass powder, and milk. Apply the fresh paste on your face to get rid of white and blackheads. This paste can help rejuvenate your skin.

7. Clears Sinus Congestion: Wheatgrass helps clear sinus by removing toxins and breaking any mucus formed. Either consume wheatgrass in the form of juice, or inhale it through your nose.

8. Blood Sugar Levels: Wheatgrass improves glucose and lipid levels. This makes it a great tool for managing diabetes and stabilizing blood sugar level.

Wheatgrass also has several other benefits like suppressing appetite, reducing fatigue, preventing tooth decay, boosting immunity, cleansing the liver, treating sunburn, treating varicose veins, helps in weight loss and treats anemia.

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Have you tried Wheatgrass? If yes, what does it taste like? Does it really taste like grass? If no, is it something you are willing to try?

Please comment below 🙂

Hiking out in the hills…

The other day decided to go for a hike, despite it was very hot and sweaty. The total milage was approx. 1.5 to 2 miles. Not very much but the effort was well put in. After the hike did a few calisthenics drills which included: Pushups, burpees, bicycle crunches and sprints. There was actually a bench there so i used that to do dips, declined pushups and as well as single-leg bench squats. It was great workout but very hot and sweaty so afterwards decided to stop by a “Juice it up” and ordered myself a green protein smoothie. Very tasty and would definitely order again! Here are the photos:

©Samantha Katz

Methylation: Why It Matters For Your Immunity, Inflammation & More ©MBG

Methylation is the latest buzzword in the health industry, and for good reason. It’s a biochemical process involved in almost all of your body’s functions!

What is methylation? Without getting too technical, methylation is the addition of a single carbon and three hydrogen atoms (called a methyl group) to another molecule. The removal of a methyl group is called demethylation. Think of billions of little on/off switches inside your body that control everything from your stress response and how your body makes energy from food, to your brain chemistry and detoxification. That’s methylation and demethylation.

Methyl groups control:

  • The stress (fight-or-flight) response
  • The production and recycling of glutathione — the body’s master antioxidant
  • The detoxification of hormones, chemicals and heavy metals
  • The inflammation response
  • Genetic expression and the repair of DNA
  • Neurotransmitters and the balancing of brain chemistry
  • Energy production
  • The repair of cells damaged by free radicals
  • The immune response, controlling T-cell production, fighting infections and viruses and regulating the immune response

If you have a shortage of methyl groups, or your methylation cycle is interrupted, any or all of these processes can become compromised, and you could get sick. Research has clearly linked impaired methylation with autoimmune conditions.

Methylation and glutathione. Improving methylation is important for everyone, but it’s especially important if you have an autoimmune condition. One of the reasons is the role of methylation in the production and recycling of glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant and master “splinter” remover. Glutathione directly neutralizes free radicals, reduces inflammation and assists in the role of other antioxidants like vitamin C, E and lipoic acid.

Glutathione contains sulfur groups, which are sticky compounds that adhere to toxins and heavy metals and carry them out of the body. This is a good thing and you want lots of it! I haven’t met anyone (including me) with any type of autoimmune condition that has adequate methylation and levels of glutathione.

In a perfect world, your body makes its own glutathione from the amino acids cysteine, glycine and glutamine, then recycles it via methylation using methyl donors like vitamin B12, folate, betaine and other nutrients. Under normal conditions, your body makes and recycles enough glutathione to handle all the toxins that you’re exposed to. However, if you have a high toxic body burden, or a part of the methylation cycle is disrupted, you can get very sick.

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The 5 Most Troublesome Running Injuries ©Competitor

Are you amongst the running wounded? You’re likely suffering from one of these annoying injuries.

As mindful runners, we can take all the proper precautions to make sure that we’ll never have to worry about hurting ourselves, but the reality is that no one is immune to injury.

Let’s take a quick look at the five most common running injuries, how they manifest themselves and the best ways to treat them.

1. Plantar Fasciitis

The symptoms: Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation in the bottom of the foot, is perhaps the peskiest problem that plagues the running wounded. The common characteristic of this condition is a sharp, tight, painful sensation at the base of the heel that can be anywhere from annoying to excruciating.

The feeling has been described as comparable to stepping heel first onto a nail. Eventually, the pain might go away as the day or a run is carried out, only to return afterward or again the next day. It’s a vicious cycle for sure.

The causes: Overtraining, overuse, and improper or worn-out footwear can cause pain in your heel, but the root of the problem lies in tight and weakened muscles in the foot. If your feet are weak, the heel takes on an excessive load and can’t handle the training you are trying to do.

The fix: Orthotics and stability shoes oftentimes serve as effective Band-Aids and can help eliminate symptoms in a short period of time, but they’re not a permanent fix. And while I’m not against these quick fixes, by no means are they the only—or the best—way to make the pain in your heel go away. In the short term, avoiding bare feet, stretching and strengthening the calves, rolling your feet around on a golf ball, and icing the affected area will provide some much-needed relief relatively quickly. If possible, see if Active Release Technique, a movement-based treatment for soft-tissue injuries that helps to break up scar tissue and restore normal function, is available where you live. Long term, diligent stretching combined with strengthening the muscles in and around the feet will address the root of the problem and help offset a recurrence.
Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2014/07/injury-prevention/the-top-5-most-troublesome-running-injuries_11316#XBiS8ScUUkl0Am3u.99

How To Make Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Ginger Tea? ©CureJoy

Turmeric and Ginger have been used for cooking and as medicinal herbs. Practitioners of traditional medicine also recommend these two herbs for treating gastrointestinal problems, inflammatory conditions and several other conditions. Ginger has strong anti-inflammatory substances called gingerols, that make it excellent for dealing with muscle and arthritic pain. Ginger is also known to reduce pain, swelling and improves agility. It promotes digestion and relieves intestinal gas. Ginger and Turmeric when consumed together, can be a great cure for cold and flu.  Turmeric contains an ingredient called curcumin, which helps cure inflammatory conditions like ulcerative colitis and osteoarthritis. Here’s a recipe of anti-inflammatory turmeric ginger tea that can be extremely beneficial

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5 Worst Foods to Eat While on Paleo

Got an email from Paleo Grubs on 5 worst foods to eat while on Paleo. If your not subscribed already, I would highly recommend it. That is, if, you are interested in the Paleo eating.

5 Worst Foods

1. Soda: Sodas are perhaps the worst offenders. For starters, they’re loaded with sugar, one of the items you’re trying to reduce while you’re doing Paleo. On top of that, most sodas and colas are made with High Fructose Corn Syrup, so you’re not just getting sugar, you’re getting an ultra sweetener that was developed in the last 100 years. It contains GMOs and is 180 degrees from what Paleo stands for and is easily one of the worst things to consume while on Paleo.

2. Bread: Most conventionally produced bread you’ll find out in the world is not Paleo friendly, and in fact will set you back on your progress with Paleo. The problem is it’s everywhere you look, which is why it’s important to start making your own meals because you’ll be hard-pressed to find places that have Paleo-friendly meals. You can bake your own Paleo-friendly bread so it’s not the end of the world if bread has become one of your favorite foods.

3. Pasta: Pasta is not only loaded with carbohydrates, which isn’t the main concern, it’s typically made from wheat or some other grain. Paleo works by excluding foods that don’t agree with the human body, so it’s important to stay free of them for best results. It’s easy enough to replace pasta with either spaghetti squash or zucchini, which helps you by giving you a serving of vegetables while at the same time saving you from a carb bomb in the form of a pile of pasta.

4. Fried Food: You don’t have to give up fried foods on Paleo, you just have to fry them in the right oil. The only problem is that unless you’re the one that’s doing the frying, you’re probably not going to find a fried food out there that you should have. The majority of oils sold in stores and used at restaurants and fast food places are not Paleo friendly. Seek out Paleo approved oils and use these in your cooking.

5. Fast Food: Almost every form of fast food goes against the grain of the Paleo philosophy. It’s like getting some of everything you’re not supposed to be eating all at once. Low-grade, conventional meat is used regardless if you’re having beef, chicken, or pork. You’ll likely get a serving of fried potatoes as a side dish, the potatoes loaded with GMOs and fried in an unhealthy oil. To complete the meal you’ll be given a giant soda, and we’ve already seen why soda is something you should totally avoid.

From time to time, I will have my “Cheat Day”, which means out of the week, I am allowed to eat whatever meal, but not throughout the whole week. This is NOT “Cheat week” –huge difference. I’ve made a lot of improvements by switching over to Paleo. I will be writing more in detail on another post. Personally, it has worked for me, so if you have not tried before, maybe you should give it a whirl and see how it works for you.

Be sure to check out the site Paleo Grubs, has a lot of useful information and some recipes.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

As part of celebration on St. Patrick’s Day decided to eat at the Suncafe Restaurant.

Vegan Mac n Cheese

Vegan Mac N Cheese

My comments: It was good, I would personally add it a bit more flavor, some spice or something but thats just me. Overall, I’d rate it a 7/10.

Key Lime Cheesecake

OMG!! The Key Lime Cheesecake was delectable!! If you ever have a chance to eat there, give it a try.

My comments: This is definitely one you should try, overall rating would be 9/10.. It’s really close to a 10 but i feel it didn’t quite hit that peak. Still yummy and would order again. It’s also green to celebrate the Luck of the Irish!! 😀