A Dirty Colon Can Have Grave Consequences

flat cactusAfter reading an article in the NY Daily News online, about a young girl losing her hands and lower legs to massive infection after colon surgery I just had to share it.  Now, I will further stress the importance of keeping this body part is good health. I had to post this article to stress my point of keeping your colon clean.  Also, I want to state that it is important to know your body.  You must pay attention to your body when it is sick and crying out for help.  Don’t ignore pains and aches or deal with them with drugs or leave it to the professionals.  It is time to take your health into your own hands properly.

*Always remember to take out the trash (poop 2-3 times per day)
**Eat fresh and raw with each cooked meal
***Take your probiotics

Well, this is all I have to say and then to share the article with you below:

Quadruple amputee Lindsay Ess gets a feel for life again after double hand-transplant surgery

A massive infection after abdominal surgery cost the bubbly college grad and model her hands and feet. Now she says her ordeal has changed her priorities. Her new hands, she tells Nightline, will be ‘used with purpose, not just used to look pretty.’


Updated: Friday, January 4, 2013, 3:30 PM
Quadrupal amputee Lindsay Ess received two brand new hands from a successful hand-transplant surgery.

ABC News

Quadrupal amputee Lindsay Ess received two brand new hands from a successful hand-transplant surgery.

A former model whose life changed forever when her hands and feet were amputated has a new lease on life, thanks to the success of a rarely performed surgery.

Lindsay Ess, 29, is the recipient of a double hand transplant, a surgery which has been attempted only 60 times in the past 50 years, according to ABC News. Her story airs tonight on ABC’s Nightline.

At age 24, Ess, a bubbly recent college grad who majored in fashion at Virginia Commonwealth University, went into surgery to correct an intestinal blockage caused by Crohn’s Disease. A massive infection following the surgery left doctors no choice but to amputate both of her hands and both of her feet.

More so than her feet, Ess found the loss of her hands the most difficult thing to accept.

“I’ve accepted the fact that my feet are gone, that’s acceptable to me,” she told Nightline. “My hands [are] not. It’s still not. In my dreams I always have my hands.”

Ess fought back, learning to drink, brush her teeth and even send text messages without the use of her hands. She received prosthetic arms, but found them cumbersome and ugly.

“These prosthetics are s—,” she told Nightline. “I can’t do anything with them. I can’t do anything behind my head. They are heavy. They are made for men. They are claws, they are not feminine whatsoever.”

After she qualified for a hand transplant and endured the long wait for a donor, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania performed the 12-hour surgery.

A year and four months later, Ess is doing better than her doctors could ever have imagined, and says the entire ordeal has caused her to reassess her priorities.

“People used to turn and look at me when I walked down the street because of how beautiful I was,” she told Nightline. “Now they turn and look at me because I’m in a wheelchair and have no hands and feet. The type of person that I was would be the type of person I would hate now.”

These new hands, she says, will be “used with purpose, not just used to look pretty.”


What to do if You are Hungry all the Time?

African American Parents Children Family Eating At Dining TableYou have made a quality decision to eat healthfully.  However, you are feeling hungry all the time.  What could you do about it?

This is a very common phenomenon and there are plenty of suggested remedies.  Some of these suggested remedies available are legitimate and some are completely absurd.

Consider this:  This is a very easy explanation: You feel hungry when your blood sugar drops too low.

Why?  When you eat, your pancreas starts producing insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels by making body cells to absorb and use glucose.

What is the cause? When you eat processed foods or simple nutrients or foods lacking nutrients, they are broken down by your body very quickly, and that confuses your pancreas making it overproduce insulin and use all the sugar in your blood very fast. Thus, your blood sugar drops too low leaving you hungry.

Moreover, while you have too much insulin in your blood, your fat cells won’t release fat to be used as fuel, and so you won’t burn any fat thus you keep feeling hungry.

Help is on the way:
1)  Whole grains are the good carbs, because your body breaks them down slowly, creating a slow steady flow of sugars. Your pancreas releases the insulin slowly and you don’t feel hungry. Moreover, when you have normal levels of insulin in your blood, your fat cells can release fat to be used as fuel, and you can lose weight.

2)  Avoid high sugar content foods or bad carbs.

3) Are you confusing being thirsty with being hungry?  Research shows that hunger signals in the brain can actually be confused with drinking water.   Thus, drink water.

4)  Are you eating nutrient dense or empty calories?  Are you eating foods high in sugar and bad fat and no fiber?   Eat more whole foods from this list here:

Quick Rundown of Whole grains you can eat:
Quinoa                         Spelt                            Millet                            Kamut
Brown rice                   Oatmeal                      Corn                            Wheat
Barley                           Rye                              Buckwheat

How can you incorporate these into your diet; for breakfast you can have these grains in the form of:    Pancakes        Waffles             Porridge

Lunch and possibly dinner you can have these grains in the form of:
Whole grain cooked like rice with gravy
Some come boxed in the form of pasta
Form them into patties
Cook them in soup or chili

Quick rundown on protein you can eat.
Beans and nuts and seeds whole or in the form of sprouts:
Bean – all 26 varieties;                         
Seeds:  sunflower, sesame, pumpkin
Nuts: almonds, walnuts, pecans, brazil, hazel

Here are some different fats to incorporate:
Flax, salmon n cod fish, pumpkin seed, borage, walnut, sesame seed oil all your nuts & seeds.
Best way to get your fats in is to include it in your healthy salad dressing. Or put it into your smoothie.

Fiber is in vegetation:
Bean, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits and grains

This is my favorite morning drink to get it all in and be satisfied for 3 – 4 hours.  You can do this or a variation of this depending on your digestion:

In a blender add
Water, some type of green powder, some form of vitamin c powder
2 types of fruit, yogurt with live active cultures, any type of seed, flax oil, cooked grains make about 16 oz.

When you have time to make a quality breakfast try this:
Hearty fruit salad with 3 – 4 pieces of cut up fruit in it.
Bowl of cereal with seeds and healthy butter or oil
Cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander
Waffles or pancakes or Toast with nut butters
Scrambled tofu

Hearty veggie salad of lettuces and peppers tomatoes, grapefruit, and papaya and non sweet fruits (tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant) and then have animal proteins.  These will digest better together.

When you have time to make a quality Lunch/Dinner:
Brown Rice or Pasta with sauce
Raw salad
Steamed veggies
Entre made with beans or nuts

 Make sure each meal has protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber.

Eating huge portions will not satisfy your nutrient intake.  The food will most likely rot because there is not enough room to digest it properly, make you hungry soon after eating.  However, eating a well balanced meal with the four groups mentions above will keep you full for hours.

5)  Avoid foods with high sugar content or empty calories which are likely to cause your blood sugar levels to spike, triggering hunger and not satisfying your needs for nutrients.

6)  Drinking water or any liquid with the food you are eating is a bad idea which neutralizes the stomach secretions making it hard to digest the food you are eating causing it to not breakdown properly and can become and can lead to acid reflux, constipation, weight gain, fatigue, and other health maladies.

7)  Stop drinking 30 minutes before, and return to drinking 30 min after a meal if you have digestion.

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Detox Your Thoughts n Think Positively

Friends SocializingIf drinking naturally pureed vegetable juices that have been combined in a blender and feasting on vegetable soup that is filled with garlic and cayenne pepper is not your cup of tea (no pun intended!), then don’t worry. But you must absolutely have a clean mind and sort of determination that will show through it all. For example, many people decide halfway or part-way through the detoxification process that it simply is not for them.

On the other hand, it has been shown through many accounts that everyone should take part in a detoxification at least some point in their lives. In addition, following a strict detoxification diet every month will help foreign substances to stay out and good substances to stay in. The first thing you must realize, though, as mentioned above, is that detoxification is a process and thinking positively will get you through it!

Is Your Body Crying For Water?

water fall sceneWe have all heard by now that we need to drink 6 – 8 glasses of water daily or half our weight in water and that our body is about 80% water.  However, has this knowledge made us run to the nearest fountain to drink the required amount of water daily?  Do we substitute our requirements of 6 – 8 glasses of fluid daily with 2 – 3 cups of coffee, 3 cans of diet soda and 2 glasses of Kool Aid or other sweet drinks?  Well some may argue that “at least I am drinking something, I am not sick and I still have all the energy I had when I was a teenager.”  The health professional may reason in turn that you are not now sick; you may push yourself to your limits as if you are a teenager–when you get going–after your morning coffee.  However, this is much different from getting up and going without the coffee and retiring easily without a crash after the end of the day.

I hear many people say “if water tasted better they would drink it more”. Well my response to that is there are many things we must do that are unpleasant. Yet, we do them when we receive the proposed benefit. We mainly feel the effects of water when we are very dehydrated.  Let us cut to the chase, pure water is God’s choicest blessing to us.  Taken freely and properly used it will promote health and healing.  Taken freely it will supply the necessities of the system and help to remove toxic waste.  Water’s greatest benefit is to assist the body in resisting disease.  Toxic waste buildup is the precursor to a diseased body and the removal of that toxic waste is the first step toward building health.

When we do not drink enough water we become dehydrated.  A dehydrated body will manifest to a greater or lesser degree symptoms such as dry chapped lips, cracking skin, unclear thoughts, stress, depression, constipation, diabetes, high blood pressure, cracking joints, arthritis, angina pains, low back pain, asthma, allergies, overweight, headaches, dry eyes and digestive problems to name a few.  So try it to refresh you, calm you and cool you down.  It will give you energy and strength without the ill side-effects of medicine.

Drink up!

You Are Worth More Than Your Car!

black carDetoxification is a universal agreement with natural healers that detoxifying your body is the most important thing you can do to restore or maintain your health. Detoxification (cleansing) does to our body what a tune up and an oil change does to your car. If you don’t maintain your vehicle it will not run properly. However, our bodies are no different. cleansing is the key to a long life of radiant health. Why, because most people are extremely toxic from all the heavy metals, environmental chemicals, food and cosmetic additives, food preservatives, and parasites that invade our bodies. The detoxification treatments will help remove these harmful things from your body extending your life.

There are a tremendous amount of cleansing supplements offered on the market that used over a fairly short period of time may have very unpleasant side effects, usually extreme headaches, nausea and flu-like symptoms. Our methods of detoxification are much different. We do it gently over a longer period of time with nothing but beneficial results. There are minimal side effects, and it can be done along with any other therapies, orthodox or holistic.

Just a thought: a detoxified system equals a strong immune system and with a good defense our bodies have a better chance at dealing with a host of health challenges and diseases. When you are ready to detoxify your body, call us at the Path of Life Wellness Center.  We are here to assist you.

Detoxify with Fresh Juice

JuicingI absolutely love fresh fruit and vegetables.  The flavors are tremendous.  However, for detoxifying, it is important to know that you cannot consume just and I mean just any type of juice.  The purpose of a detox is to cleanse your body and expel toxins that have accumulated throughout the years.  You cannot successfully do this if you continue to consume juices with unnatural additives.  For that reason, only consume organic or all-natural juice.  With that said, you still have many options.

Just for the purposes of people who do not have a juicer or claim they do not have the time to juice, then, you can consume all-natural juices which are sold in many grocery stores.  Look for a label that states the product is certified organic and no sugar added.  This is proof that you are drinking a 100% all natural juice.  For an easier approach, shop at a specialty organic food store, where all food and drinks are natural.

Believe me when I say this, although bottled and organic, they are not fresh and the natural live enzymes are dead, killed by pasteurization.  Therefore, fresh is always best.

mediterranean cucumbersHere is my favorite fruit juice:
2 pink lady apples (take out the seeds, cut off very thin layer of skin if not organic)
1 cucumber (peel if not organic)
1/4 fresh lemon (peel off the skin if not organic)
1 red bell pepper is a wonderful option (cannot peel, just wash very well)

The Importance of Detoxification

Water Being Poured Into GlassThousands of individuals all over the world routinely perform body detoxification plans on themselves in one form or another. There are many reasons for this, but the major one is to have a complete healthy body restored to life. There are so many things throughout our daily lives that destroy the bodies that we live in, and a detoxification plan aims to restore not only your immune system, as well as many other things on the inside of your body. But don’t take my word for it. Here are some reasons that those who usually perform body detoxification methods usually cite whenever speaking out the greatness of a total body cleanse:

Reason #1: Environmental Toxins

There are literally millions, possibly billions, of foreign substances that we inhale each week because of situations that are beyond our control. For example, when driving in your car you have no control over the smells that flow in and out of the car. Gas fumes, sulfur, paint ingredients, second-hand cigarette smoke, pesticides that are in our foods, shampoos for our hair, lawn care chemicals, along with virtually everything else under the sun, are all types of things that we inhale on a regular basis. Our minds are not aware of the horrible things that we come in contact with every day of our lives, but our bodies definitely are aware. Our bodies are made aware through the sicknesses and ailments that we face on a regular basis. For this reason, a total body detoxification is needed to rid the body of these horrible substances that we come in contact with throughout the days, months, and years that we live.

Check out my detoxification ebook to help you purge your system of those environmental toxins and get healthy, slim and cute for summer and how about for life. In these uncertain times, we have to keep on top of our health and not depend on others to do it for us. Detoxification is the way of life to get and stay healthy. You must do it for yourself, you owe it to yourself.  12 day detox n spiral 3D