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Thursday
Mar172016

Magnesium: You Need It! 

Magnesium is a key mineral for healthy skin, nervous system, and so much more. However, many of us are magnesium deficient, and because oral magnesium supplements tend to cause a sometimes undesirable laxative effect, it can be difficult to get the additional magnesium we need by swallowing it. Ancient Minerals topical magnesium products allow you to soak up this essential mineral through your skin, optimizing systemic (whole body) absorption and bypassing the digestive tract for those with a sensitive gut. Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil can be applied directly to the skin, and the Magnesium Bath Flakes can be dissolved in a tub or footbath. These products are safe for babies, adults and children. Some may experience a tingling sensation with the use of magnesium oil, and this is a normal and harmless effect that often is reduced with continued use. Use topical magnesium for these common issues:
  • Reduce symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, dermatitis, and more
  • Relieve muscle aches and spasms
  • Allow the body to effectively eliminate toxins
  • Calm stress, anxiety and agitation in people of all ages
  • Help you get healthy, restful sleep
  • ...And so much more!

You can buy Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil or Bath Flakes off the shelf at Organic Elements Spa any day of the week.  Click HERE for Organic Elements hours and contact info.  I'm grateful that Organic Elements Spa thinks highly enough of my products to sell them in their shop, but please remember that if you need information on how to use these wellness-promoting products, you'll need to contact me directly by emailing Support@SummerWaters.com or calling 541.326.8952. I always recommend that folks who are especially sensitive or with chronic health conditions begin any supplements under the care of a qualified healthcare professional, such as myself, with years of experience working with food and nutritional supplements to promote optimal wellness.

Thursday
Mar172016

Recipe: Nourishing, Local Food You Don't Have to Cook

This is not exactly a recipe in the traditional sense, but those of you here in the Rogue Valley CAN follow the steps below to get nourishing, local, organic food to appear at your door. 

Ingredients:
  • Device with internet access
  • Your debit or credit card

Directions:

  • Click HERE to browse Chef Kristen's menu 
  • Choose items and add them to your cart
  • Choose delivery or pick up in Jacksonville 
  • Type "Referred by Summer Waters" into the Order Notes upon checkout

Enjoy all the goodness of local, organic, home-cooked REAL FOOD meals, with none of the work! I hear over and over from my patients that a lack of time or culinary skill can get in the way of following my dietary recommendations. I'm excited to be able to offer a solution for those living in the Rogue Valley: Chef Kristen! Order online and pick up meals, sides, bone broth and/or nourishing treats from her Jacksonville location, or have them delivered to your door. Tell her I sent you by writing "Referred by Summer Waters" in the "Order Notes" field of the online checkout, so that I can deepen my relationship with this fabulous local business, and receive a credit toward my own order of ready-made nourishing food. CLICK HERE to order from this week's menu of local goodness.

Thursday
Jan142016

Probiotics: Give Your Gut the Good Guys

Two pounds of your body weight is made up of the bacteria that live in your intestines, and there are more cells in that two pounds of bacteria than there are in your whole body. That ought to be enough to convince anyone that your gut bacteria is an essential component of not only your digestion, but your whole being. Mainstream science is beginning to get up to speed on the connection between our gut and our psychology. Last year, National Public Radio featured a piece on recent studies that show that having better bacteria in the gut can reduce anxiety. Gut And Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) practitioners like me know that it goes way beyond anxiety, but we’re glad to see evidence supporting the central hypothesis of GAPS: your gut and your psychology are linked. This is why an effective probiotic supplement is the number one supplement for the GAPS patient -- and for anyone! When she developed the GAPS protocol, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who trained and certified me as a GAPS practitioner, created her own probiotic supplement for her patients. This probiotic, which contains 14 different strains of freeze-dried beneficial bacteria, is considered the gold-standard for GAPS patients, and is now sold under the name BioKult. This is one of the probiotics from my Wellness Shop that you can pick up any time at the Organic Elements boutique.

The priobiotc supplement that is a part of my daily regimen is Prescript Assist, which I believe, based on my extensive research, to be the highest-quality probiotic supplement available.  This probiotic includes 29 bacterial strains of “soil-based organisms,” chosen specifically to replicate naturally occurring bacteria found in the foods of cultures that eat a more traditional diet. These are bacteria that are designed by nature to survive the journey from mouth to stomach to gut. Prescript Assist is also shelf-stable for two years, as demonstrated by quality control testing, and it has been shown to be safe and effective in numerous clinical trials.

As with any potent healing supplement, the best way to begin taking either of these probiotics is under the guidance of a professional who has an extensive history of using the products personally and with patients – me! To get started on a regimen to support optimal bacterial colonization of your gut, schedule a new-patient appointment with me today by calling 541.326.8952 or by clicking here to email me.

Thursday
Dec172015

Recipe: Lacto-Fermented Cranberry Chutney

A probiotic twist on a holiday favorite!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of organic cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup of nuts (pecans were suggested though I’ve used hazelnuts or other nuts in place and it has always been tasty)
  • 1/2 cup of rapadura or sucanat
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 cup of whey (or fruit ferment, such as water kefir)
  • 1/2 cup of prune juice or other juice (I use fresh pressed apple juice or extra apple ferment)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cloves (I prefer powdered, but you can use whole)
  • juice from 1 orange
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup of raisins

Directions:

Pulse all, except raisins, in food processor. Stir in raisins. Ferment at room temperature for 48 hours or longer (to taste), then refrigerate.  A little of this beautiful chutney served with poultry, beef, pork, etc.,makes any meal seem like a special holiday. Enjoy!

Monday
Nov302015

The Harms of Eating Too Much Sugar are Real

Recently in my office a new patient said to me, “Everyone tells me to stay away from sugar, but no one has told me why.”  After thanking her for asking the question, I explained the damaging effects sugar has on our gut health and how this affects our overall health.  Excess sugar consumption, especially from high fructose corn syrup which we find in so many processed foods, is linked to weakened immune system, liver damage and a host of diseases, including cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome, high blood pressure, heart disease, Alzheimers and other dementias (see http://articles.mercola.com/sugar-side-effects.aspx for more on this).

This is why I was especially happy to see the recently released new brochure from the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) on the dangers of this toxic ingredient. The brochure lists a host of diseases caused by refined sugar, from frequent bacterial and viral infections, to cancer, depression and beyond.  Truly, the harms of too much sugar are real! Here are the statistics of just how out of control our society is with our consumption of this white devil: In 1700, the average person ate 4 pounds of sugar per year.  100 years later in 1800, each person ate 18 pounds of sugar per year.  In 1900, sugar consumption had increased 5-fold from 1800, to a whopping 90 pounds per person per year, but it hasn’t stopped.  Today, the average American eats 180 pounds of sugar each year! 

This over consumption of sugar is certainly a huge contributor to our rates of diabetes, obesity and the metabolic dis-regulations expanding numbers of Americans and folks in other industrialized nations are having on an ever-increasing basis.  Type 2 Diabetes and Diabesity are some of the more common and complicated issues overconsumption of sugar contributes to today.

Who else remembers pouring cups of sugar into our baked goods as I do growing up?  Although I never felt good after consuming these ‘homemade’ treats, that didn’t stop me from eating my share (or more).  This is because of the microbial imbalances I was dealing with and that I see so many of my clients struggle with.  Those same childhood treats have no appeal to me now and I find the taste sickeningly sweet now that I’ve done the work to adjust my palate.  This can happen for you too!  Imagine simply not having the level of intense sweet cravings you have now.  I used to think it was not possible for me, which was a good indicator that I had to do some more healing work. 

When we see the data I’ve listed above, usually our logical brain can easily see how overboard our intake of sugar is in a year.  For many of us with damaged gut flora, however, it’s not enough to just increase our mental awareness about why we should eat less.  We’re still ADDICTED to sugar.

One way to counterbalance your intense craving for sweets is to be sure to include plenty of healthy fats with your sweet treats.  Here's a recipe for a simple and delightful winter treat of real eggnog – so much more satisfying than what you can buy in the store!

To clarify, the sugar intake listed above is specifically for added sugar, not sugar from fruit, honey or carbohydrate rich foods.  While our bodies do need sugar (glucose) for fuel, some folks benefit from more or less depending on a host of factors.  Considerations for variations in recommended amount of sugar intake include stress levels, activity levels, gut health, blood chemistry levels for metabolic markers, and several other factors.  A good general rule to follow for most people (especially in the US culture), is typically to minimize intake.  As you do this, watch for ways you feel better like clearer brain function (less foggy headed), more digestive ease (less gut discomfort or bowel issues), better sleep (less insomnia or waking up tired after a full nights sleep).  Really, the often times drastic health improvements from this one powerful move:

replace refined sugar consumption with naturally sweet foods, as tolerated

can be powerful for you to enter the new year feeling more like yourself and less of the overweight, frustrated version of yourself you’d like to avoid. 

Happy holidays to you and email support@summerwaters.com if you think you may need some help getting back on track in the new year! 

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