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August 3, 2018

Pickling vegetables is a great way to preserve and get the benefits from fermented food.  Good bacteria changes a cucumber into a pickle, and other vegetables can be pickled too.  My boys love dill picked beans and carrots.  

Dill Brine:

2 cups of water

2 1/2 cups of distilled white vinegar

3 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup salt

1 tsp dry dill

Sterilize jars and lids by boiling in hot water or steaming for 10 minutes.  Pack jars with fresh dill sprig and vegetable of choice (onions, cauliflower, asparagus, cucumber, beans, carrots, zucchini).  Make sure they are packed tight, so the vegetables don't float to the top and risk being exposed to the air gap at the top of the jar.  Bring brine to a boil and add to jars (1/8 of an inch from the top).  Your pickled vegetables should be ready in 4-6 weeks.  Make sure you place them in a cool, dark place.

July 24, 2018

Four Pillars of Health

  1. Diet

  2. Drainage

  3. Mental

  4. Heredity

According to the teachings of Dr. Gerard Gueniot, food and digestion are both apart of the diet.  Food must be natural meaning no additives or genetically modified.  Digestion is unique to the individual through the three phases of oral, gastric and intestinal.  To have effective digestion, nutrition and assimilation of nutrients are the two factors.  It is important to improve self-knowledge and take charge of your own health with specific foods for yourself and personal nutritional requirements.  For example, Jentschura-Lohkamper explains that men lose their hair because nutrients are used to neutralize toxins and acids instead of nourishing the scalp for hair growth.  With poor nutritional, imbalanced diets and lifestyle, the neutralizing ability of acidic toxins or other toxic substances becomes low.  It is interesting to note that Jentschura-Lohkamper associates cellulite with the accumulation of toxic substa...

 In some way, your digestion has been compromised.  Some causes can be:

*  low HCL acid in the stomach

*  pancreas produces low bicarbonate secretion

*  small intestine has low sugar-digesting enzyme production

*  imbalanced intestinal flora

*  intestinal flora enjoying undigested foods

*  chronic over-eating

*  low bile flow, so foods are not emulsified

*  enzyme deficient or low enzyme production

Hydrochloric acid actually comes from your blood (hydrogen and chloride).  After chewing and mixing food with saliva, the enzymes within the saliva begin their digestive activity.  These enzymes continue to work in the stomach after swallowing food, which is an alkaline environment until the HCL acid arrives in approximately 45-60 minutes.  HCL acid will neutralize the saliva enzymes and this is when other digestive enzymes take over in a more acidic environment.  What does HCL acid do? It stimulates inactive pepsinogen to become active pepsin to breakdown protein into smaller particles.  W...

A complete protein contains 9 essential amino acids, which animal meat, eggs, soybean and dairy provides. What if you are vegetarian, vegan or reducing your meat consumption? Vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds contain protein, but enough to be complete. In order to get all 9 essential amino acids, you need to food combine. Legumes, lentils, peas or corn combined with brown rice, quinoa or other grains. For example, peanut butter (legume) on whole wheat bread or rice and black beans.

I have created a beautiful combination of quinoa and peas in a mushroom broth. Mushrooms have great immune boosting properties. Quarter mushrooms and cook at medium heat in butter and coconut oil. It'll take 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a pot (everything in the pan) and add 2 litres of water. Use a hand blender to blend them. Bring to a boil and add 1 cup of quinoa, then put on medium heat for a simmer.  After 6 minutes, add 1 cup of peas, chopped onions and fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, parsley and lemon t...

 Live juices from fruits, vegetables and herbs are a great dietary aid for helping the body to heal.  Wheatgrass, chlorella, barley and spirulina are healers that help stimulate cells, build red blood cells, cleanse the liver and fight toxins.  Vegetables are health restorers that help remove acid waste, boost immune system and balance the metabolism.  Fruits are body cleansers that help lower cholesterol and provide energy. Let's get started with some juice boosting recipes!

Alzheimer's disease has affected 10% of Americans at the age of 65 and 80% of individuals over the age of 85.  This is a disease of both sexes from nutrient deficiencies.  It is characterized by nerve fibres that has a permanent tingling around the centre of the brain where the memory is located and dying cells that can lead to dementia.  As you can see, it is more than a loss of memory.  Some experts believe that it is a result of free radicals or a compromised immune system.  Studies on men and women over the age...

 Did you know that 50-60% of women are prone to getting a urinary tract infection (UTI)  in their lifetime? The ratio of women to men that develop UTI is 8:1, which is shocking because the urinary tract is usually sterile.  The pathogen that causes UTI in a significant number of individuals is called Escherichia coli, otherwise known as E. coli.  The reason for the higher ration of women developing UTI is due to the urethra being shorter.  There are 6 classifications of UTI:

1.  Uncomplicated infection - normal urinary tract

2.  Complicated infection -  infection in an abnormal urinary tract like backward flow of urine to kidneys from bladder or kidney stones or blockage in ureters tube(s)

3.  Isolated infection - first episode or 6 months apart of UTI

4.  Unresolved infection - failed therapy due to 2 different bacteria or bacteria are resistant 

5.  Reinfection - same pathogen regrows two weeks after therapy or different microorganism grows...

April 11, 2018

Biochemist Dr. Roger Williams states that a multivitamin and mineral supplement is an "insurance formula" for plausible deficiencies.  He continues to explain that even healthy people should use them.  You buy car insurance and house insurance for a 'just in case' scenario.  It is important to 'invest in yourself' just as much as you invest in your 'stuff'.  I'm not saying an individual will become deficient if they are not taking a supplement, its just an insurance policy.  A good quality vitamin is one that comes from a good source, pure ingredients and without fillers.  There are different multivitamin because every individual has different requirements.  For example, my mom needs eye, cognitive, bone and immune support (this particular supplement is manufactured by Pure Encapsulations).  Some people may be on blood thinners, including Aspirin, therefore should not have a multivitamin that contains vitamin K and other botanicals.  For individuals on blood thinners, I recommend Genes...

April 2, 2018

 With IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), the complete hollow gastrointestinal (GI) tract is involved in this motility disorder, which is the inability of fluid and organisms to move.  IBS isn't an inflammatory condition, but can cause inflammation.  The symptoms of flatulence usually indicating indigestion, abdominal pain and bowel function alternating from constipation to diarrhea, just constipation or just diarrhea.  Low intake of fibre holds accountability for part of this problem and poor digestion is another part.  The gut becomes inflamed and is hyper-intensive when these two aforementioned problems are coupled together.  You can tell there is inflammation from mucous in the stool.  Inflammation and poor digestion together gives a good indication for dysbiosis. 

In order to create normal peristalsis, fibre is required.  Without normal peristalsis, the gut wall will narrow because it has nothing to push against.  When stressed, i...

March 17, 2018

Homemade doesn't take as much time as you think. Natural, whole foods made at home taste so much better and you can control what goes into your body.

Peel up lots of sweet potato and rough cut them into long strips. Put them into a mixing bowl. Chop up 2 tbsp of fresh rosemary. Add it to the bowl of potato along with a pinch of Himalayan salt and olive oil. Toss everything together and put on a baking sheet. Any extra can go in the fridge, up to 5 days, for another meal. Cook in the oven 300F for 50 minutes or until done. Don't forget to turn them over after 25 minutes.

Sweet potato is low on the glycemic index, full of soluble fibre and minerals. Rosemary is a great liver detoxer. Olive oil is an essential fatty acid and antioxidant

 Make sure you don't hear it over 300F or it will change the composition of the oil to not being beneficial. 

March 17, 2018

Your body is self-healing with the proper nutrients.  By making constant adjustments, your body stays in balance (homeostasis). Like the saying "with every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction", as hormones speed up or slow down metabolism and muscle contractions can speed you up or slow you down.  Symptoms appear when the body isn't in homeostasis and this is when your body needs your help.  If you continue to ignore symptoms by masking the problem (the band aid effect), then the symptoms will eventually turn into something more serious:

Eczema can become asthma

Migraines can lead to liver issues

Leaky gut can cause allergic reactions

Low blood sugar can lead to diabetes

Stress can weaken the immune system

Lower back pain can be from overworked kidneys

High cholesterol can lead to an underactive thyroid

Did you know that any symptom can be an allergy? According to Naturopath doctor Carolee Bateson-Koch, this is believed when there is an unexplainable symptom like a banana causing a...

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Janette de Vries, RHN, B.ed, (Hons) B.A

Registered Holistic  Nutritionist

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