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Almond Milk WITHOUT CARRAGEENAN!!
Almond Milk is made from almonds and is one of the most nutritious things you can have and it is:
low in fat
low in sodium
most importantly, an excellent source of antioxidants such as Vitamins A & E.
The brand I use, Silk, is one of the few brands that doesn’t add CARRAGEENAN* in its Almond Milk. And it tastes delicious too!
* Carrageenan has been found to induce Ulcerative Colitis in lab mice!
Please note: I tried Rice milk, but didn’t like it, and as far as Soy milk, I didn’t want to have it as it has been proven to be very unhealthy.
You can find Almond Milk at your local supermarket, or for ease of use, you can find it here.
Smooth and creamy with the rich taste of almonds, Silk Pure Almond Original almondmilk is deliciously easy to love. Perfect over cereal, in your coffee, straight up in a glass or in recipes.
50% more calcium than dairy milk
60 scrumptious calories per serving
Excellent source of antioxidant vitamin E
Absolutely no saturated fat or cholesterol
100% free of lactose dairy
Silk Pure Almond® Original Almond milk Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size 1 cup (240mL)
Amount per Serving Calories 60 Calories
from Fat 25 % Daily Value* Total Fat 2.5g 4% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g Monounsaturated Fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 150mg 6%
Potassium 60mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 0%
Vitamin D 25%
Vitamin E 50%
Vitamin B12 50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely delicious!,
August 8, 2011
By Marishca :-)
This review is from: Silk Pure Almond Original, 32-Ounce Aseptic Cartons (Pack of 6) (Grocery)
This is the best almond milk I’ve ever tasted!!! (vanilla flavor is even sweeter) and it is the only almond milk I know that doesn’t contain Carrageenan (which is not good for you) I used to drink other Silk milks such as very vanilla soy milk…but switched to this when I got pregnant. I didn’t want to feed my baby with carrageenan.I wish Silk company could find a way to not use carrageenan in any of their milks! But this one is my favorite!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, March 13, 2013
This review is from: Silk Pure Almond Original, 32-Ounce Aseptic Cartons (Pack of 6) (Grocery)
I haven’t purchased this almond milk from amazon yet, but I did buy it elsewhere and I love the taste. Was pleasantly surprised. I have tasted the vanilla and unsweetened before and found the vanilla too sweet for my liking and the unsweetened too bitter. But I love the original almond milk from silk. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Love it! Plus, this brand does not contain the ingredient that you should avoid in almond milk, Carrageenan. Which is another plus! Highly recommend it.
You can find Almond Milk at your local supermarket, or for ease of use, you can find it here.
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What is Halvah?
Halvah is a Turkish confection. It is one of the world’s oldest candies.The earliest references date as far back as the year 3000 B.C. The word halvah means literally ‘sweetmeat’. Halvah, is made from sesame seeds which are ground into a smooth creamy butter, making them more easily digested and utilized, now called Tahini, and adding some sugar to it.
The Sesame seeds from which the Tahini are rich in important vitamins such as:
- many B complex vitamins
- vitamin E
- protein – containing at least 17 amino acids, including several that are essential for human beings. Sesame Tahini contains notable levels of Leucine and Arginine, amino acids that must be obtained through diet.
Halvah contains three basic nutrients; protein and vegetable fat from Tahini and carbohydrates from sugar.
Most of the fat in tahini is monounsaturated rich in omega-9 fatty acids. Halvah provides protein and calories, making it an excellent choice as an energy source, which also provides protein.
You can buy Halvah at your local grocery store. It comes in a variety of flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Vanilla and Chocolate, Pistachio. It’s a healthy treat!
- protein (6 grams per one ounce)
- along with dietary fiber
- vitamin E. In fact, one ounce of almonds provides about 7.4 grams of alpha-tocopherol vitamin E, 50 percent of the RDA (recommended daily allowance). Almonds are the only good source of protein that is also an excellent source of vitamin E.
- proteins: almonds are rich in Arginine and low in Lysine.
Research indicates that diets rich in Arginine, low in Lysine are thought to reduce the risk of coronary disease.
In addition, the monounsaturated fat in almonds has been associated with a reduction in total and LDL cholesterol while maintaining healthy levels of HDL cholesterol. Some research shows that just one ounce a day can have this potential effect.
In a neat little package, nature has bound up essential health promoting nutrients in an almond. From high quality and highly absorbable protein to vitamin E and essential minerals, just one handful, about an ounce, of almonds can be an important part of a healthy, nutrient-dense diet.
Besides being so healthy, they’re portable; grab a handful and put it in a ziplock back and put it in your backpack or purse as a handy, nutritious snack.
I would recommend Raw Almonds, rather than processed ones – and you can find those at your local grocery market or health food store.
I get all my raw nuts from Braga Organic Family Farm because I can rely on the quality of their non-GMO products, how it’s made, and frankly I like supporting a family owed farm. Their farm is also Peanut Free, and that’s very important to those who have an allergy to peanuts and have to worry about cross-contamination.
Why? Because they live, farm, package, roast and ship from all their organic pistachio orchard. Their mission is to ship the highest quality organic food within 24 hours. Here is how they do it:
- Onsite refrigeration ensures the freshest nuts
- Dry Roast in small batches without oils
- They source the best organic products that they don’t grow ourselves
- They only handle certified organic products
- GMO & Peanut Free
Braga Organic Farms, non-GMO organic nuts at its best! You can purchase raw pistachios, cashews, and almonds from them.
- 5 grams of protein per ounce
- Vitamin E
- no cholesterol
- source of dietary fiber
Although Cashew nuts have a relatively high fat content (12 grams per ounce, 2 grams saturated fat), but it is considered “good fat.” This is due to the agreeable fat ratio in the nut, 1:2:1 for saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated, respectively, which scientists say is the ideal ratio for optimal health.
Cashew nuts also have a fatty acid profile that contributes to good health through phytosterols, tocopherols, and squalene, all of which lower the risk of heart disease, combined with the nut’s zero percent cholesterol content. Even with the relatively high fat content, cashew nuts are considered to be a “low-fat” nut. Cashew nuts have a high energy density and high amount of dietary fiber, both which have been attributed to a beneficial effect on weight management, but only when eaten in moderation.
With no cholesterol, a rarity for such a tasty and pleasing treat, cashew nuts are a healthy fat food for heart patients. And because of their high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids, 75% of which is oleic acid, the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil, they also help support healthy levels of low good (HDL) cholesterol.
Besides being so healthy, they’re portable; grab a handful and put it in a ziplock back and put it in your backpack or purse as a handy, nutritious snack.
I would recommend Raw Cashews, rather than processed ones – and you can find those at your local grocery market or health food store.
* Important Note: Many people are allergic to different kinds of nuts, so be careful. One of the most common allergies is to Peanuts.
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Sardines are a perfect food:
- high in protein (26 grams)
- contain 2 grams of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- with Iron and Calcium contained vitamins
- it tastes great
- it’s portable
- its nutritious
Please note: I tried about 4 different brands of canned Sardines, and the only ones I liked, whose flavor is just right, not too fishy and delivers a whopping 2 grams of Omega 3 Fatty Acids is made by. I found that the cheapest way to get them is to order them through Amazon, and I get them auto-shipped every month.
Where I get my Sardines
I get my Sardines auto shipped every month from here.
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How To Find Out: Are You Food Sensitive?
I know from personal experience that it’s easier said than done. But stress is one of the worst culprits for those suffering with Ulcerative Colitis, IBS, IBD, and Crohn’s Disease.
- Take up Meditation
- Learn Tai Chi
- Start Yoga
- Start a Journal, write in it every day
- Go for a long walk along a peaceful path
- Start a hobby that relaxes you
- Be mindful of yourself, make sure to make time for “me time”
Why is it so important to reduce the Stress and Anxiety in your life?
- Improves your mental, and physical health – which improves your lifespan …
- Creates real and constant happiness in your life, regardless of your past or present circumstances …
- Enhances your creativity, intelligence, and overall mental functioning …
- Upgrades your overall sense of well-being and inner peace …
- Clears yourself of any emotional roadblocks to health …
- Promotes a healthy sleeping pattern …
- Creates your own success in the world, along with the personal satisfaction and sense of fulfillment that comes with being successful …
If you’re still having problem with handling Stress and Anxiety, try PureCalm and The Calm Within CD, special Candles, Deepok Chopra’s WildDivine program, those are tools I use to handle my stress very effectively:
Works quickly to facilitate a calmed mood and soothed nerves
- Promotes a calmed mood in minutes
- Soothes nervous tension
- Balances emotions during times of pressure
- Soothes the symptoms of stress
- Improves overall feelings of well-being
- Supports complete nervous system health
- Fast-acting formula in a concentrated tincture
What is PureCalm?
PureCalm is a 100% safe, non-addictive herbal remedy that has been specially formulated by a Clinical Psychologist for adults and children.
PureCalm can be used to safely maintain harmony, health and systemic balance in the brain and nervous system, without harmful side effects. This remedy contains a selection of herbs known for their supportive role in maintaining healthy nervous system function. Due to the concentrated tincture formula, PureCalm Drops work quickly to maintain balance and harmony in the nervous system – exactly when you need it!
The formula remains true to the whole spectrum method of herbal extraction, ensuring the bio-availability and balance of all the active ingredients contained in the remedy. This method of manufacture also significantly reduces the likelihood of side effects and maintains all active ingredients in perfect balance – exactly as nature intended!
Settle rough seas and welcome calm waters …
A fast-paced modern lifestyle can be difficult for both adults and children. Trying activities such as work deadlines, job interviews, school competitions and public interactions don’t make it any easier either.
It’s not uncommon to find oneself a little overwhelmed at the thought of a particular upcoming event or situation. Sometimes demands may be so great that it is difficult to slow down and take a deep breath, causing us to worry about everything.
What else can you do?
A lot can be done to support a healthy ability to relax and slow down. One way of doing this is to keep your mind producing its own natural feel good chemicals by eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grain foods, getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine and exercising regularly.
Practicing relaxation techniques, meditation or even taking time for a regular walk on the beach can all help to reduce stress levels and facilitate a feeling of calm – helping us to wind down and relax.
Natural remedies can also help to support the nervous system and to keep nerves settled and soothed – to enable us to cope more easily with the everyday stresses of our modern existence. In fact, natural remedies have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years to support the healthy functioning of the brain and nervous system.
In more recent times, research has confirmed this traditional wisdom. There are now many published clinical studies demonstrating the ability of a range of herbs to support the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and maintain a healthy equilibrium – which will assist with staying calm under pressure. (Akhondzadeh S, Naghavi HR, Vazirian M, Shayeganpour A, Rashidi H, Khani M. “Passion flower in the treatment of generalized anxiety: a pilot double-blind randomized controlled trial with oxazepam.” J Clin Pharm There. 2001;26(5):369-373.)
What are the Ingredients?
PureCalm is a 100% herbal formula and contains the following ingredients in therapeutic dosage: Lavender, Lemon balm, Passion flower.
Native Remedies’ products are created using our Full Spectrum Approach™ (FSA), a set of standards and processes that combines the best quality, laboratory-tested, raw ingredients, good manufacturing practices and a Full Spectrum manufacturing method to guarantee you products of the highest quality, safety and effectiveness.
This product contains no animal products, gluten, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, is suitable for lacto-vegetarians,and is not tested on animals, and backed by a One Year Unconditional Money Back Guarantee.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has been studied for its beneficial effect on the nervous system (Kennedy DO, Scholey AB, Tildesley NT, Perry EK, Wesnes KA. Attenuation of laboratory-induced stress in humans after acute administration of Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm). Psychosom Med. 2004 Jul-Aug;66(4):607-13.)
Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) is another well-known herb which has made its home in countries all over the world. Lavender contains the active ingredients tannins, coumarins, flavonoids, triterpenoids and volatile oil. It is best known for its soothing properties and as a tonic to support the nervous system. (Lewith GT, Godfrey AD, Prescott P, et al. “A single-blinded, randomized pilot study evaluating the aroma of lavandula augustifolia as a treatment for mild insomnia.” J Altern Complement Med. 2005; 11:631-637).
Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) is regarded very highly by traditional herbalists for its soothing properties as a general nerve tonic. In modern herbalism, Passiflora incarnata is known as a natural aid for the nerves. This has been supported by clinical trials. (Akhondzadeh S, Naghavi HR, Vazirian M, Shayeganpour A, Rashidi H, Khani M. “Passion flower in the treatment of generalized anxiety: a pilot double-blind randomized controlled trial with oxazepam.” J Clin Pharm There. 2001;26(5):369-373.)
How do I use PureCalm?
Dilute drops in a small amount of water or juice, and sip slowly. Alternatively, hold bottle upside down and drop directly into the mouth.
Adults & Children 10+: Take 10-20 drops 3 times daily or use as needed for immediate relief.
Children 6-9: Take 1 drop per year of age 3 times daily.
Caution: Safety during pregnancy has not yet been established. However, if you are pregnant or nursing, try Triple Complex Calm Tonic to safely and effectively relieve panic, stress, worry and nervous tension.
How long until I see results?
PureCalm contains three powerful all natural proven herbs in concentrated medicinal extract as a tincture formula that facilitates rapid absorption into the blood stream.
This means that the healthy functioning of the nervous system is instantly supported, and you will get optimum results with regular use.
While conventional medicine works by often treating just the symptoms, natural medicine strives to create holistic balance in the body to support systemic health, relieve ailments, and help prevent future disease. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, the natural ingredients in our remedies support overall health and functioning (rather than just suppressing symptoms).
People respond to natural medicine in different ways, some of folks experience immediate results while many others have reported optimal benefits taking effect within 3-6 weeks. To ensure you receive optimum results it is important to take natural remedies as directed and remain consistent. You may also find that a smaller maintenance dose is beneficial for ongoing support, many customers report taking a regular maintenance dose as part of a preventative program for continued health and well-being.
How long will a bottle last?
One bottle of PureCalm will last approximately 30 days (depending on frequency of use).
“I came across your internet site when I desperately was searching for answers why my 12 year old son was having anxiety …He was on [medication] but after about 1 year the [issues] came back and the doctor did not answer my questions. PureCalm works within 10 minutes. The first time I gave it to my son I was blown away how quickly it worked. I tried it out on myself when I had a really bad day, because I wanted to know how Pure Calm works. It helped me, too, within a few minutes just by blocking those disruptive thoughts that made my day so miserable. That was 4 years ago. PureCalm also helped me to taper my son off the [medication]. It has its place in my medicine cabinet and always will. PureCalm is an amazing product.” – Regina W., TX, USA
“I’ve NEVER written a testimonial about any product before but I know there are people like me who are currently suffering… I’ve been using PureCalm for about three weeks and IT WORKS! I was on mind numbing [medications] for 5 years… I stopped taking them and I was about to start them again because the [issue] was getting worse. I can’t believe how well this stuff works. I’ve been using it twice per day in the early morning and afternoon along with my usual dose of fish oil. I’m able to carry on a conversation without going blank and I no longer have the need react to situations… AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!” – Arilia, USA
“This stuff really works. I feel so much better taking it, when I don’t everything is horrible. So I definitely take this everyday, but I only take PureCalm once, and the MindSoothe once, and it works great. I recommended it to my boyfriend and he is so much easier to get along with.” – Lily M., AZ, USA
“I started using PureCalm close to 2 years and was waking up each day to anxiousness due to menopausal symptoms. I had wanted to go through this time without prescription or hormone replacements. So as I began to research. I came across Native Remedies and decided to try PureCalm for starters and I can tell you the results were almost immediate. The anxiety I felt was gone and I then added MindSoothe to the mixture as well. The combination was great and I felt like a new person. I had managed to work through the menopausal period with almost no symptoms. Not only have I recommended PureCalm to 2 other friends and both had the same results. But the real testimony I am writing about is my husband… His blood pressure would go high every time he was in a doctor’s office. It always caused a lot of stress because he would have to go through so much aggravation to be able to get permission to play sports etc. Well this continued through his adult years as well and every time with work physicals he would have to go through numerous visits and re-testing of his blood pressure before they would admit that he did not have true high blood pressure but [anxiety at the clinics. Each year this would cause him stress because when time for company physical he would yet again go through this same ordeal. Well, 2 years ago his doctor put him on … medication, against his argument, because she felt he could have blood pressure [issues] because of the stress of having it read at her office, but then what’s to say that job or life stress was not doing that to him as well. Now that he was in his early 50’s, she felt it was too much of a risk not to treat it, even though he was taking his [readings] regularly at home and the workplace and it was never high. He was not happy about it but agreed to it, but even over the 2 years when he went for his blood work his pressure would be high even if he took 2 pills before he went but the minute he was out of there it was back down. So, for the last 2 months my husband experimented and took PureCalm also 3x a day and for a week before his yearly appointed he did not take his blood pressure medicine. When he went in just yesterday for the very first time in almost 30 years his blood pressure was the best reading they had ever gotten for him in the doctors office!! The nurse let out a big wow!! Mark confessed that he had not taken his blood pressure medicine for a week(not that we would ever advise any of doing that with out their doctors approval). They were shocked and amazed and when his doctor came in she was equally surprised and pleased as well to the point that she is actually finally agreeing and taking him off of his prescription and having him come back in 2 weeks to see if it remains the same! By the time we left the office we had given both the doctor and the nurse the Native Remedies site! I am so grateful for coming across this site!” – Kathy, NY, USA
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Where do I buy my PureCalm from?
This The Calm Within CD is a must buy if you want to start Meditating and Reducing your Sress. It’s absolutely wonderful, and I don’t travel anywhere without it!
This Relaxing CD promotes relaxation and reduces stress.
- Relaxes your mind & body and reduces stress
- Maintains emotional health naturally
- Supports a feeling of confidence and well-being
- Supports healthy sleeping patterns and rest through guided imagery and progressive relaxation exercises
- Serenity and harmony through sound
Everyday stress and tension are part of our modern lifestyle and can affect almost everyone at some time in their life. During times of increased mental demands, the brain sends signals to various body systems to leap into action. When the psychological and physical factors of tension are felt, the body increases its release of certain stress hormones through the adrenal glands.
A prolonged increase in these hormones is not ideal and can result in compromised vitality and may influence emotional, cognitive and physical health. In order to ensure that stress does not build up and have an adverse effect on your health, it is important to find stress management techniques that will work for you.
The natural way
Nature’s soothing sounds have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years to support the healthy functioning of the brain and nervous system, helping to encourage healthy stress management and inner peace.
In more recent times, research has confirmed this traditional wisdom. There are now many published clinical studies demonstrating the ability of soothing deep relaxation music therapy to effectively reduce stress and maintain a sense of peace and inner calm. Natures soothing sounds in the form of soothing music can also aid in recovery from a number of ailments.
(Mockel M, Stork T, Vollert J, et al. Stress reduction through listening to music: effects on stress hormones, hemodynamics and mental state in patients with arterial hypertension and in healthy persons. Dtsch Med Wochenschr 1995; 120: 745–52).
Studies also overwhelmingly support the use of progressive relaxation exercises, guided imagery, meditation and self hypnosis techniques to alleviate anxiety and depression – resulting in a greater sense of self esteem, emotional and physical well-being. Following these practices on a regular basis has also been shown to support cardiovascular as well as systemic health.
What is The Calm Within CD?
‘Close your eyes, take a deep, deep breath… and relax’
So begins The Calm Within CD, composed and recorded by our Clinical Psychologist. Based on actual therapeutic sessions used in her private practice, The Calm Within combines peaceful soothing music with progressive relaxation exercises, guided imagery and positive self scripting to provide you with an hour of therapeutic bliss whenever you need it.
This combination of therapeutic techniques and soothing deep relaxing music has been especially designed to induce a state of deep relaxation, similar to what would be achieved in therapy, effectively relieving tension and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal.
The CD is approximately one hour in length and is created to help provide all the benefits of an hour of relaxation therapy with a trained counselor – in the comfort of your own home!
There are numerous studies demonstrating the benefits of guided imagery in promoting recovery, health and relaxation:
Antall GF, Kresevic D. “The use of guided imagery to manage pain in an elderly orthopedic population.” Orthop.Nurs. 2004;23(5):335-340.
Groer M, Ohnesorge C. “Menstrual-cycle lengthening and reduction in premenstrual distress through guided imagery.” J Holist.Nurs. 1993;11(3):286-294.
Kshettry VR, Carole LF, Henly SJ, et al. “Complementary alternative medical therapies for heart surgery patients: feasibility, safety, and impact.” Ann Thorac Surg. 2006 Jan;81(1):201-5.
Kwekkeboom KL, Kneip J, Pearson L. “A pilot study to predict success with guided imagery for cancer pain.” Pain Manag.Nurs. 2003;4(3):112-123.
Mannix LK, Chandurkar RS, Rybicki LA, et al. “Effect of guided imagery on quality of life for patients with chronic tension-type headache.” Headache 1999;39(5):326-334.
Troesch LM, Rodehaver CB, Delaney EA, et al. “The influence of guided imagery on chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting.” Oncol Nurs.Forum 1993;20(8):1179-1185.
Wynd CA. “Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence.” J Nurs Scholarsh. 2005;37(3):245-50.
“We all have the ability to calm ourselves and to create a sense of stillness and peace within us. However, many of us have lost touch with that quiet and peaceful space deep inside us and instead have learned to react to perceived stress with symptoms of panic and anxiety, feeling out of control and afraid. The Calm Within CD has been created to provide immediate relief from the symptoms of stress and everyday worries, but also to teach you how to access your own inner peace whenever you need it, putting you back in control feeling less stressed and more confident. I have helped many many clients using exactly the same techniques as you will find on the CD. Experience for yourself what it feels like to get in touch with your own inner calm.” – Michele Carelse, Clinical Psychologist
“Every evening I come home, kick off my shoes and listen to the calming CD. Everyone knows not to disturb me during this time and they don’t mind at all because I have become so much more relaxed since I started this little ritual. Afterwards I feel like I have switched off to the pressures of work and can just enjoy being with my kids and relaxing with my husband. I feel like this one CD has helped me to chill-out!” – Joyce Durham
“I love your The Calm Within CD – when I am too busy to get to my yoga classes (which is often), I listen to this at home and it really makes me feel human again. The minute I hear the words ‘Close your eyes, take a deep breath and relax…’ I can just feel every muscle in my body melting and only have to think of these words to feel myself totally relaxing. After listening to this CD I feel relaxed and ready to face the world with a clear head. I don’t know how I ever lived without it!” – Carine V.
“I received the Calm Within CD promptly and have been using it more or less consistently for the last two weeks. I have found it to be a great help in relieving stress and tension. I have a … pain condition and by listening to the CD and thereby increasing calmness and lessening my anxiety levels, it really has had a beneficial effect on the pain. Thank you for good service and a great product.” – Beth
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Where Did I Purchase My The Calm Within CD?
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And to Help with Your Meditation, Candles:
Soy, All Natural Candles in Delicious Scents, which do NOT off-gas like traditional candles, and which do NOT contain formaldehyde ( like traditional candles).
These are the ONLY candles I will use!
Since Stress is a Trigger, Learn How to Control the Stress
For some of us taking up Meditation or Tai Chi might be enough.
For others, like me, we need a more serious tool to ensure Control of the Stress, and that’s where Deepak Chopra’s WildDivine program is different because it uses Biofeedback.
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A Healthy Secret: A Squatty Potty!
Could Help for Your IBD, UC, Crohn’s Be A Simple Squat Away?
The caveman, people in remote third world countries, and the Japanese all do it; what do they know that we don’t?
It isn’t new, although it might be new to you.
Squatting is a healthier and more natural position than sitting on a toilet for enabling bowel movements. It prevents straining, damage to pelvic floor muscles, and hemorrhoids too. It enables total evacuation; you’ll never leave the toilet again feeling that you still need “to go”.
Has your doctor ever told you that using a SquattyPotty might help your IBD, UC, Crohn’s ?
IT’S ALL ABOUT PROPER ALIGNMENT
HERE’S HOW WE WORK:
Let’s review the mechanics of going to the bathroom. People can control when they defecate, to some extent, by contracting or releasing the anal sphincter. But that muscle can’t maintain continence on its own. The body also relies on a bend in the rectum (where feces is stored), and the anus (where feces comes out).
When we’re standing or sitting the bend, called the anorectal angle, is kinked which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps the feces inside. The sitting posture actually keeps us in ‘continence mode’. This makes elimination difficult and incomplete, creating the need to STRAIN. Some researchers have compared the anatomical predicament created by sitting on a toilet to trying to defecate through a kinked garden hose. It just doesn’t work.
In the squatting posture, the puborectalis muscle relaxes allowing the bend to straighten out resulting in easier defecation. Squatting is the natural way to achieve easier and more complete elimination. Research shows that squatting relieves the kink effect. Also, the pressure of thigh muscles against the lower abdomen helps with exertion and elimination.
Assuming the squat position is the natural way to achieve easier and more complete elimination. Research has shown that in some people, the kink is completely gone while squatting.
“Because of the anorectal angle being in a kinked position while sitting you are forced to strain in order to move the bowels, which is the main cause of hemorrhoids. While squatting the angle straightens out allowing the fecal matter to eliminate quickly and easily without straining.”
– Israel Journal of Medicine￼
“The ideal posture for defecation is the squatting position. In this way the capacity of the abdominal cavity is greatly diminished and intra-abdominal pressure increased thus encouraging expulsion.”
– William S. Haubrich MD , Bockus Gastroenterology
|There is so much benefit in such a simple change of habit! The modern day toilet is convenient, but has one major fault; it requires us to sit. While sitting to do our business may be considered “civilized”, studies show the natural squat position improves our ability to eliminate. Better elimination may decrease many modern day ailments including bloating, straining, hemorrhoids and constipation.|
Dr. Mercola – For Best Toilet Health: Squat or Sit
December 03, 2012
“Is the Western toilet in part responsible for problems like hemorrhoids, constipation, IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), appendicitis, and even heart attacks?
Sitting on the modern Thomas Crapper-style sit-down toilet is designed to place your knees at a 90-degree angle to your abdomen. However, the time-honored natural squat position places the knees much closer to your torso, and this position actually changes the spacial relationships of your intestinal organs and musculature, optimizing the forces involved in defecation.Sitting to evacuate your bowel requires you to apply additional force (straining), which has some unwanted biological effects, including a temporary disruption in cardiac flow.
Can the Toilet Be Blamed for Increasing Rates of Colon and Pelvic Disease?
Squatting is the way our ancestors performed their bodily functions until the middle of the 19th Century. Chair-like toilets were reserved for the royals and the disabled. But the “progress” of westernized societies may be partly to blame for higher rates of colon and pelvic disease, as described by a report in the Israel Journal of Medical Science:
“The prevalences of bowel diseases (hemorrhoids, appendicitis, polyps, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, and colon cancer) are similar in South African whites and in populations of prosperous western countries. Among rural South African blacks with a traditional life style, these diseases are very uncommon or almost unknown.”
As globalization continues to make its way across the world, squat toilets are being converted to sitters. For example, Thailand’s Health Ministry just announced it will replace squat toilets with the sit-down varieties at all public facilities.3
This may be a bad thing for public health, as a wide range of health problems have been associated with the transition from squatting to sitting. In fact, health problems potentially stemming from the sitting position include the 15 outlined in the following table.
THE STRAIGHT POOP
Evidence suggests bowel and pelvic problems may be related to improper potty posture. Only with the traditional squat position is your body aligned in a way that promotes complete bowel emptying. As you can see from the diagram, squatting actually straightens and relaxes your rectum.
According to Jonathan Isbit of Nature’s Platform:
“For safety, nature has deliberately created obstacles to evacuation that can only be removed by squatting. In any other position, the colon defaults to ‘continence mode.’ This is why the conventional sitting position deprives the colon of support from the thighs and leaves the rectum choked by the puborectalis muscle.These obstacles make elimination difficult and incomplete – like trying to drive a car without releasing the parking brake.
Chronically incomplete evacuation, combined with the constant extraction of water, causes wastes to adhere to the colon wall. The passageway becomes increasingly constricted and the cells start to suffocate. Prolonged exposure to toxins will often trigger malignant mutations.”
He goes on to explain how the kink where your sigmoid joins your rectum (refer to the colon diagram above) serves an important function in continence. It “applies the brakes” to the flow of peristalsis, reducing the pressure on your puborectalis muscle. According to Isbit’s article, squatting offers seven advantages:
Two common problems are hemorrhoids and constipation. Unfortunately, many people needlessly suffer because they are too embarrassed to broach the topic with their healthcare providers. Fortunately, these all-too-common problems can be resolved with similar strategies because they share the same causative factors, including the typical Western diet, inadequate exercise, chronic dehydration, and stress. Surveys suggest that, in westernized countries, as much as half the population over age 40 may suffer from hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are veins in the wall of your rectum and anus that have become twisted, swollen and inflamed. They can form either internally or externally, and the resulting lumps can cause pain and bleeding.
Hemorrhoids are most often created by an increase in pressure, usually from straining to have a bowel movement. Hemorrhoids are common in people with chronic digestive disturbances – especially constipation. They are also seen in the elderly, and during pregnancy. If you’re pregnant, the additional pressure your growing baby places on your uterus can result in hemorrhoids. Childbirth can increase the problem, but fortunately, most hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy resolve after delivery.
There is research casting doubt on the theory that hemorrhoids are caused by insufficient dietary fiber, but instead by other factors such as the loss of the “ancestral diet,” and the straining associated with defecating from a sitting position.
Dr. Berko Sikirov, an Israeli physician who studied the health effects of squatting for elimination, found that hemorrhoids were virtually eliminated when hemorrhoid sufferers switched their toileting position from sitting to squatting.5 Sikirov concluded hemorrhoids result from continual aggravation and injury from excessive straining by defecating in the sitting position. Straining is necessary to overcome the constriction in the rectum designed to maintain continence.
To prevent hemorrhoids, you should also stay hydrated with adequate water daily, seek to control your emotional stress, and get plenty of exercise. Make sure your diet includes plenty of probiotics, such as those present in traditionally fermented foods like sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables, which are important for maintaining optimal intestinal flora. For a complete discussion of hemorrhoid prevention and treatment, refer to my earlier article on this topic.
Occasionally a deficiency of bioflavonoids allow blood vessels to break easier and if this is the case a supplement called rutin is particularly helpful at correcting. If you bruise easily this is a strong suggestion that you would benefit from taking rutin.
NATURAL CONSTIPATION RELIEF STRATEGIES
Constipation and hemorrhoids are two sides of the same coin. Your risk for hemorrhoids increases greatly if you have recurring episodes of constipation. One of the biggest hindrances to your success may be not realizing you’re constipated in the first place. Regular bowel movements are extremely important for your health because, without them, toxins accumulate and are recirculated in your bloodstream. If elimination is not regular and complete, the wastes will dry and become cemented to the walls of your colon.
Constipation has been shown to increase your risk of colon cancer and has been implicated in diverticulosis and appendicitis. The cumulative lifetime use of commercial laxatives has been associated with increased risk of colon cancer.
Conventional medicine typically defines constipation as fewer than two or three bowel movements a week. But you should really be having one bowel movement a day, and preferably two or three. So if you are having less than one bowel movement per day, you should take steps to increase them. Some of the common causes of constipation include laxative abuse, hypothyroidism, IBD, and ignoring the urge to go. If you consistently ignore the urge to have a bowel movement – for instance, to avoid using a public toilet – eventually you may stop feeling the urge.
Laxatives are NOT a good option as your body may become dependent on them. Laxatives may decrease your colon’s ability to contract and can even eventually damage your large intestine’s nerves, muscles, and other tissues. This applies to both pharmaceutical laxatives, as well as herbs like cascara. Fortunately, although constipation is very common, it is also usually temporary and relatively easy to resolve – without resorting to laxatives. Squatting is one of the best interventions, preventing constipation in four ways:
Gravity does most of the work. The weight of the torso presses against the thighs and naturally compresses the colon. Gentle pressure from the diaphragm supplements the force of gravity. The ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine, is properly sealed, allowing the colon to be fully pressurized. The pressure creates a natural laxative effect. In the sitting position the IC valve is unsupported and tends to leak, making it difficult to generate the required pressure. Squatting relaxes the puborectalis muscle, which normally chokes the rectum to maintain continence. Squatting lifts the sigmoid colon to unlock the “kink” at the entrance to the rectum. This kink also helps prevent incontinence, by taking some of the pressure off the puborectalis muscle. Preventing and treating constipation is very similar to preventing and treating hemorrhoids. Pay attention to your diet, exercise, hydration and stress level. Consume probiotic-rich foods and possibly add a probiotic supplement.
Chia and organic psyllium are excellent sources of soluble and insoluble fiber, aloe vera and magnesium supplements can also be useful tools to speed up your bowel movements.
For a complete discussion of constipation prevention and treatment, refer to my earlier article on this topic.
ARE YOU READY TO ASSUME THE POSITION?
The scientific benefits of squatting have sparked efforts to design devices that help would-be squatters to return to a more natural pooping position. However, if you’ve been using a sit-down toilet your entire life and haven’t squatted since childhood, squatting may present somewhat of a physical challenge – to say the least!
Various devices have appeared in the marketplace to assist with this problem, such as the Squatty Potty, developed by Robert Edwards, a 37 year-old contractor and designer in Utah who sought a way to help his mother relieve her problems with constipation and hemorrhoids. You may wish to check out some of these contraptions on the Internet. Squatting involves strength and flexibility that adults tend to lose over time, but children have naturally. These devices – special toilets and stools that get your body into a more “squatty” position – may help you get closer to the ideal.
Another advantage of squatting? Killer thighs. Nothing builds your thighs like a squat. Adding some squats at the gym will undoubtedly help you with your squats in the bathroom!”
Stricken By Hemorrhoids
“I have been absolutely stricken by Hemorrhoids for about the last 7 years. I immediately saw a doctor when the first thrombosis appeared, and he told me that he could operate, but that I would be laid up for weeks, and I wasn’t terribly interested. I gingerly stood up, walked out, and it did ‘get better’ after a few weeks. Unfortunately it came back, disappeared, came back worse, didn’t quite disappear, got worse again, and worse, regardless of fiber / ointments / suppositories / anything else. I had to stop riding my bike. I could not run. This started when I was 25 years old! I had been in great shape (and still am) but lost my mobility due to the incessant screaming from ‘down below’.
Ok, Fast forward. This past spring break things got so bad that I literally just sat in a chair for a week. I dropped my math classes at the U cause I just could not think about math due to the pain. Finally I went to a colorectal surgeon again. She showed me the color prints of what she called ‘successful’ surgery and I panicked. There was no way that I would submit myself to any of the suggested operations.
Especially not the new stapling process. Just look into it if you want to feel really uncomfortable.
I went home. I searched the internet again and again for ‘hemorrhoid cure’ or similar. I had been doing this for years but never came across the information about squatting. This time I did.
I found a summary of the study performed by the Israeli doctor, where he suggested to 20 grade 3-4 H. sufferers to squat for a year (and to respond immediately to the urge, whenever possible) and coloscoped them again after the year had passed. 18 out of 20 were completely cured after a year. The two who were not cured had previously suffered at the hands of doctors — they had both had banding operations. Banding is, of course, listed as the least of all the procedures, in terms of ‘down time’.
Hmm, I said. Hmm. At this point, having a bowel movement was such an ordeal for me that I was looking for anything, and there appeared to be absolutely no downside to trying a squat to to my business. I ordered a platform from naturesplatform immediately after my first experiment on my toilet seat.
First time I tried it I knew that there was something to this 2.5 months have passed. I go every day now. No problem, I feel the urge and I go. I have not sat to defecate once in this time frame. I can’t imagine it anymore. Squatting works so well, and evacuation is so complete that there is no way I would ever go back.
No way. Never! Oh.. And the Hemorrhoids. They are curing quite nicely. I never even think about them anymore.
Whatever prolapse I had had is now reduced by 90%. I can easily tuck whatever I need to back where it needs to be and it will not protest. Contrasted with my experiences while sitting it is like I have received a new lease on life. I am quite grateful for the illumination and attempt, as sincerely as possible, to relate to others what they need to do to secure themselves a comfortable future.
I feel better than I have in 6 years. I can run and do whatever I want to do. I don’t need to take fiber anymore, unless I want it for its benefits. I am certainly not constipated. I am back in touch with my anal canal nerves. Hopefully there has not been too much damage to my pelvic floor nerves.
One last note on surgery. I read this somewhere and it really stuck. Since surgeries always involve the removal of tissue, it is easy to see how ‘it is impossible to heal that which is not there’.One final note. In having conversations with my mother on this topic, she reminded me how I had informed her that I wanted my diapers back when being potty trained. She gave them back and kept an eye on me.
She revealed that she finally got me ‘trained’ when she noticed me SQUATTING. Hehe. When she saw that she asked me if I had to go, I said yes, and the rest was history. At least it was until I hit 31 and re-remembered the right way to go.” – Rolf the cured
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