Source: Health Lays In Our Neck?
In continuing on walking you through the importance of your Endocrine System; we come upon the Thyroid & Para-Thyroid glands. Which is the next stop realizing I’m working my way from the top down in the body.
The thyroid gland is located in the lower front part of the neck and is shaped like a butterfly. It produces the hormones thyroxine & triiodothyronine.
This gland is one that most folks are familiar with, & we are seeing more & more people struggling with “hypo or Hyper” performing thyroid glands. Our diets are so void of adequate amounts of iodine that the proper function of this important gland is evident in many, as well as chemical toxins that inhibit this gland from being able to uptake proper amounts of iodine.
Dr. N.W. Walkers’ description of The Thyroid Gland says, “The thyroid has a strong controlling influence on all the chemical processes which are carried on in the body. One of the substances which is created by this gland is the hormone known as “thyroxine.” This is the simplified name compounded from the chemicals composing it, namely: trihydro-triiodo-oxyindol-propionic acid. Among the elements or ingredients which the thyroid uses to make this hormone is a protein known as casein. The body manufactures its own casein out of the atoms present in our food, in the same manner that the cow generates the casein in her milk from her feed. Casein is one of the important components of milk, but when cow’s milk is used by humans of any age, it is not digested properly or completely under any circumstances. That is the reason why the use of milk not only creates a great amount of mucus in the system, but also has the tendency to disrupt the function of the thyroid gland. The casein in cow’s milk is 300% more concentrated than that in mother’s milk. When cow’s milk is pasteurized or cooked by boiling, the casein is changed still worse than in its raw state. (My emphasis here, “we are the ONLY mammals that drink milk past the whelping stage… why?)
Unless the thyroid is able to generate efficiently the thyroxine hormones, many disturbances can result. Among these is the wasting of body tissues, irritability of the nerves, damage to teeth & muscles, affliction of the sex organs, thickening & coarsening of the skin, dry & unsightly hair, to name but a few. These conditions are all regulated by the thyroid gland & its thyroxine hormones.” (D.N.SC.n.d.)
There are two malfunctions that can occur with the thyroid gland; one is when it becomes over active also know as Hyperthyroidism. Phyllis A. Balch, CNC in Prescription for Nutritional Healing describes this disorder; “when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, resulting in an overactive metabolic state All of the body’s processes speed up with this disorder. Symptoms include nervousness, irritability, a constant feeling of being hot, increased perspiration, insomnia & fatigue, increased frequency of bowel movements, less frequent menstruation & decreased menstrual flow, weakness, hair & weight loss, change in skin thickness, separation of the nails from the nail bed, hand tremors, intolerance of heat, rapid heartbeat, goiter & sometimes, protruding eyeball.
The thyroid gland is the body’s internal thermostat. It regulates the temperature by secreting two hormones that control how quickly the body burns calories & uses energy. If the thyroid secretes too much hormone, hyperthyroidism results; too little hormone results in hypothyroidism.” (Phyllis A. Balch n.d.)
Parathyroid Gland: Don’t hear too much about this gland but it’s important too!
There are 4 glands that are attached to each side of the thyroid gland. Their function is to regulate the blood calcium levels & regulate calcitonin which is produced in the thyroid gland. They also influence the lymph system in neutralizing certain types of toxins in the body. Dr. Norman Walker D.Sc. states that the parathyroid glands” are responsive to the negative emotions, such as worry, anxiety, fear, anger, hatred, jealousy and so on, under which circumstances they excite or stimulate secretion from the Adrenal glands. Adrenalin, is highly poisonous & affects the whole system when secreted to excess.
The principle function of the parathyroid glands, however, is the regulation of the calcium metabolism, the calcium content of the blood, in tooth & bone formation, & not residual calcium in the tissues. It is most important to realize that these glands do NOT have the SELECTIVE ability to choose between organic & inorganic calcium. That is to say that they will take whatever calcium atoms or molecules come along, irrespective of whether they are dead, or vital, live elements. If our Creator had given them this ability to choose the live & reject the cooked or processed elements, we would have no arthritic victims, we would have marvelous teeth all our lives & no one would have any deformed bones, so long as we ate sufficient raw nourishment.
As it is, the calcium from pasteurized milk & cooked milk products, as well as that from grain & starch foods has become inorganic through the process of heating. Under these circumstances no matter how much calcium we take into our system by eating these foods or taking calcium in tablet or similar form, the body cannot utilize it constructively without eventual damage to the calcium bearing parts of our system. We have the proof of this in the swollen calcified joints in arthritis, in the degeneration of the teeth & bone, in impactions in our blood vessels as in tumors, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, high & low blood pressure & of course all the signs of premature old age.
It is necessary to furnish the body with the nourishment rich in organic or vital, live calcium elements which the parathyroid glands can work with to our best advantage. These elements are found only in the raw vegetables & fruits & their fresh raw juices.
Among the richest calcium food’s, we have carrots, turnips, spinach, dandelion, to name but a few.” (N.W. Walker n.d.)
The biggest mistake I see folks making is in “knowing” that the diets they are consuming on a daily basis are void of the nourishment they require so they are trying to make up for it by swallowing a boat load of pills in the name of healthy. Now don’t misunderstand me; I use herbs & supplements in my practice and recommend some of them when needed in the nutritional programs for my patient’s, but in the process I am also encouraging them to make major shifts in their lifestyle and dietary habits.
Cleaning out the chemicals that are going to inhibit their thyroids ability to uptake the much needed iodine. Some of those chemicals:
- fluoride (in tooth pastes and mouthwashes, and also given in a rinse form at the dentist)
- chlorine (which is in most city drinking water supplies, and used in swimming pools)
When thinking about hormones, I want you to think parking garages for a minute. Every hormone produced also has what’s referred to as a hormone receptor sight. Meaning it has it’s own parking garage with its name plaque on it. When we have impostors or inhibitors that come on the scene, they can occupy those reserved parking slots which don’t allow for proper hormonal reception to happen. We see many people who are taking synthetic hormones in an attempt to balance what is imbalanced in the body. There are some folks who’s thyroid is so iodine starved that taking synthetic hormones may need to be part of their daily routine. However, they end up believing that their problem is solved once they begin taking them and make ZERO lifestyle changes.
I want folks to begin to realize that medicating any health issue doesn’t solve the on-going imbalance and nutritional deficiency, especially if you don’t make any needed changes. Remember, the imbalance didn’t just show up because you were an unlucky chap. We are not created to be “unhealthy”, our body in fact has many checks/balances built in. When those checks/balances can no longer balance is when we start to see & feel unhealthy.
I don’t recommend supplements & herbs in the same capacity as folks are used to using them. Which for the most part is the same way they use prescriptions. I use them like that of a work out routine designed to strengthen what has become weak with the goal of getting stronger and back to God’s given working order. Not for you to assume that the supplements need to be a part of your daily lifetime intake. You need to allow your body to rely on what it needs from the fuel you put in your engine, meaning what foods you are eating!
So are they herbal products you can use to help support the thyroid, absolutely. A few that I highly recommend:
- Thyroid Support (Click here to purchase this product)
Supports the glandular system
Provides glandular extracts, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, and phytonutrients
Helps support thyroid function
Supports a healthy metabolism
How It Works:
Thyroid Support is a blend of nutritional and herbal supplements specially designed to nourish the thyroid gland and to support the actions of the thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormones regulate many body functions, including oxygen use, basal metabolic rate, cellular metabolism, growth and development, and body temperature.
Vitamin B6, zinc, copper, manganese, l-tyrosine, kelp leaves and stems, thyroid substance, nettle leaves, protease blend, pituitary substance and hypothalamus substance.
- Zinc: ( Click here to purchase this product)
- The body needs zinc for many functions, with regards to the thyroid, it encourages the thyroid to uptake proper amounts of iodine.
Supports immune function.
Provides 25 mg zinc per tablet.
How It Works:
The trace mineral zinc is involved in hundreds of important functions in the body, including sugar metabolism, DNA formation, protein metabolism and energy production. It is also needed for the growth and development of bones. Pregnant and lactating women require extra zinc. More zinc is found in the body than any other trace element except for iron. Relatively large amounts are found in bone and muscle. It’s also prevalent in the prostate and retina.
25 mg of zinc (167% of the Daily Value) plus calcium, phosphorus, kelp leaves and stem, thyme leaves and alfalfa aerial parts.
When it comes to the calcium and para-thyroid support, I NEVER recommend a calcium supplement to any of my patients. I encourage a calcium rich diet which includes plenty of fresh fruits & vegetables on a daily basis and I highly encourage juicing and blended salads (especially for those with digestion weaknesses), but I DO HIGHLY recommend supplementing with :
Magnesium: (click here to purchase product)
The difference between Calcium & magnesium is one of a push me pull me routine. Meaning, calcium is the mineral that encourages contractions in the body when it comes to muscles (and isn’t every thing in the body with the exception of our teeth & bones a muscular composition?), and Magnesium I refer to as the mineral of movement, it is what relaxes, but it also is what encourages the body to place calcium in the proper places in the body. So instead of supplementing with calcium, if you want to maintain better calcium levels, #1, CHANGE your diet, and #2 incorporate more magnesium. It’s of a water soluble nature meaning you won’t overdose on magnesium, if you get more than your body can metabolize (use) it will clean out the pipes (south pole).
Contributes to energy production
Promotes musculoskeletal health
How It Works:
Magnesium is an essential mineral. It is present in more than 300 enzymatic systems where it is crucial for energy production and other metabolic functions. The heart, brain and kidneys cannot function without adequate levels of this nutrient. Magnesium is used in reaction to form Tri Carboxylic Acid (TCA), which aids in the cells’ energy-producing cycle. It is also involved in smooth muscle contractions, affecting the heart, gastrointestinal, urinary and female reproductive tracts.
Magnesium citrate and magnesium malate.
It is my hope that as I continue to walk you through the endocrine system and explain the importance of each of these glands that you become encouraged to make changes in your diet/lifestyle or course; but that you also begin to understand more of how magnificent your body is with the intricate internal workings that take place every hour of every day.
The next endocrine gland stop will be the Thymus gland….
Thank you for taking the time to read, like and share the articles I post. You folks are the BEST!
Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.
Harvested Health LLC
As a Practitioner, I am beyond picky when it comes to the products that I recommend to my clients. There needs to be a high level of purity, quality and what is claimed to be in the product NEEDS to be in there at full strength. So one of the product lines I choose and personally use for my family as well is the Nature’s Sunshine line. They have been in business for 45 years, this is a tough industry and there are a whole mess of different supplement/herbal companies out there, things you want to watch for on the labels is things hidden under “natural flavors” because a whole host of non labeled ingredients are hidden there. Artificial colors & dyes, bad guy sugars like sucralose. You want to choose a supplement/herbal company that offers FULL disclosure on their labels.
Nature’s Sunshine goes to such great lengths to provide you with innovative new products of unrivaled quality, purity, potency and efficacy that telling our unique quality story can be a challenge. That’s why we divided our complex quality and science story into several short and shareable vignettes.
Raw Material Sourcing.
We travel the world to inspect our suppliers’ facilities and processes to ensure the highest quality natural ingredients are harvested and handled to protect key essential nutrients. Then, we verify each ingredient’s true beneficial potential. (click on the link below to watch video clips that will help you to understand better why I hang my hat on their quality)
I’m going to be posting multiple posts working my way through their product line telling you more about the different products.
5-HTP😦click here for product link)
May help regulate appetite, mood and sleep.
Helps the body adapt to stress.
Supports the nervous system.
Provides 35 mg of 5-HTP Power per capsule.
Provides 3 mg vitamin B6 per capsule.
How It Works:
5-Hydroxytryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that helps regulate appetite, mood and sleep. 5-Hydroxytryptophan is converted into serotonin in the body, which may help elevate mood, assist in controlling hunger and promote restful sleep. 5-HTP Power blends three adaptogenic herbs—eleuthero, ashwaganda and suma—with 5-HTP to help the body adjust to changes. It also contains vitamin B6 and zinc, which support the action of 5-HTP.
3 mg vitamin B6 (150% of Daily Value), 3 mg zinc (20% of Daily Value), 5-HTP, eleuthero root, ashwagandha root and suma bark.
Hydroxytryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate our appetite, mood and our sleep. This can be used for helping with depression that involves low serotonin levels. If someone is taking an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), 5-HTP can be useful in helping with the side-effects of discontinuing it as 5-HTP will have a similar effect. NEVER discontinue any SSRI medication all at once & always adjust your dosing while being monitored by your prescribing physician.
Folks that have an O blood type find this works well at raising their dopamine levels, which are usually low when O blood types feel depressed. Understand that for some people who find they crave carbs, low serotonin levels can be the contributing factor, and 5-HTP can help reduce those cravings, it assists with sleep issues too, as 5-HTP is converted to serotonin and when its dark, the pineal gland converts the serotonin into melatonin which is a hormone the body naturally produces to induce feeling sleepy.
5-W: (click here for product link)
Supports the female glandular and reproductive systems.
May help tone and strengthen the uterus.
Is recommended for the last five weeks of pregnancy.
How It Works:
This formula contains natural minerals found in plants, which support vitality and healthy tissue growth. Herbs in this formula help support the female reproductive system by helping to tone the uterus and supporting circulation.
Black cohosh root, squawvine whole plant, dong quai root, butcher’s broom root and red raspberry leaves
This formula should only be used during the last 5 weeks of pregnancy to help induce labor and make childbirth easier. It promotes uterine contractions, tones the uterus and helps improve circulation.
HORMONAL INDUCED HEADACHES:
For gals who struggle with headaches connected with their cycles this formula has proven helpful as well as those vasoconstrictive headaches are typically hormonally induced.
If your headaches are migraine headaches this is not the formula for you, as black cohosh can exacerbate vasodilative migraine headaches. So working with a Doctor of Naturopathy, or Midwife who understands herbs is recommended!
7-KETO: (click here for product link)
Stimulates thyroid production.
Supports weight management goals.
Supports the immune system.
How It Works:
7-Keto is a safe, natural metabolite of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Supplementing with 7-Keto may increase the production of T3, a thyroid hormone. The thyroid hormones play a role in determining the body’s basal metabolic rate. 7-Keto also supports the body’s immune system efforts by enhancing the function of white blood cells. It can also help the body’s efforts to maintain overall health. It is important to note that, unlike other metabolites of DHEA, 7-Keto is not converted to sex hormones (either androgens or estrogens).
7-Keto and chickweed leaf extract.
7-Keto is a trademark of Humanetics Corp., Patent no. 5,296,481.
This supplement stimulates the conversion of T4, which is the inactive form of our thyroid hormone, to T3 which is the active form. So this increases the metabolic rate and causes the body to burn fat at an accelerated rate. Clinical trials also showed this supplement to enhance the immune system, increase energy, and even enhance ones memory. Another benefit is 7-Keto does NOT convert into the sex steroids, of testosterone and estrogen, as does DHEA, so it may provide some of the same benefits as DHEA, but without the hormonal side effects.
This is my go to choice for my ladies who may be rolling into menopause and have begun to pick up some extra pounds as a result, using DHEA if they are already experiencing “hot-flashes”, 7-Keto won’t encourage those, where some gals trying to use DHEA find that it can encourage “hot-flashes.”
ADAPTAMAX: (click here for product link)
Supports the immune system.
Provides energy to overcome stress.
May improve mood.
How It Works:
Adaptogens help the body buffer the effects of stress and adapt to stressful situations. AdaptaMax’s adaptogenic strength comes from rhodiola, eleuthero, Korean ginseng, ashwaganda, rosemary, gynostemma and schizandra. Together these herbs help the body cope with a variety of stressful conditions, including stress on the immune system, fatigue and aging. They fight oxidative cellular damage, energize the body, support positive mood and stimulate the immune system. Other ingredients in this formula include nutrient-rich, immune-supporting herbs like astragalus, reishi mushroom, suma and ginkgo—to fortify the immune system and help protect the body from the consequences of stress. Alfalfa, kelp, chromium and a fruit and vegetable base provide nutrients to nourish the body’s cells. All told, AdaptaMax is a complete, energizing formula.
40 mcg chromium (33% Daily Value), Korean ginseng root extract, rhodiola root extract, eleuthero root, gynostemma whole plant extract, ashwagandha root, schizandra fruit, suma bark, alfalfa aerial parts, astragalus root, kelp leaves and stems, reishi mushroom mycelia, rosemary leaves extract, ginkgo leaves extract, broccoli flowers, carrot root, red beet root, rosemary leaves, tomato fruit, turmeric root, cabbage leaf, grapefruit bioflavonoid, hesperidin and orange bioflavonoid.
(this is a patented formula registered to NSP, so you won’t find this formulation anywhere else)
When you see an herbal product that states it’s an adaptagenic, that means it helps the body deal better with stress. It helps with fatigue, immune weakness, & symptoms of aging brought on by excessive stress. This formula works best with A blood types. Blood type O does better with Suma as their adaptagenic formula. This blend also has antioxidant properties.
- Conditions you may want to use this to support:
- Adrenal exhaustion, weakness or burnout,
- Anxiety (panic attacks),
- Fatigue, Stress (foggy thinking)
ADRENAL SUPPORT: (Click here for product link)
Helps support adrenal function
Supports body’s ability to regulate occasional stress
Supports the glandular and nervous systems
Formulated with a unique adrenal glandular substance plus a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and adaptagens
How It Works:
Certain hormones in the body—called stress hormones—prepare the body to deal with stressful situations by increasing the heart rate and the force of contraction and blood flow to the heart, liver, and to skeletal and adipose tissue. These stress hormones are produced and regulated by the adrenal glands. They also dilate airways to the lungs and increase blood levels of glucose and fatty acids. The adrenal hormones and their functions are linked to virtually all of the body systems. Thus, many physiological processes and bodily functions, including cardiovascular health, sex drive, pH balance, skin conditions, energy levels, mood and overall psychological outlook often correlate to adrenal gland function. Adrenal Support is a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and adaptogenic herbs specially formulated to nourish and strengthen the adrenal glands and to promote glandular secretion.
25 mg vitamin C (42% Daily Value), 10 mg thiamin (667% DV), 5 mg riboflavin (294% DV), 5 mg vitamin B6 (250% DV), 45 mg pantothenic acid (450% DV), 10 mg magnesium (3% DV), 5 mg zinc (33% DV), 5 mg potassium, bovine adrenal substance,schisandra fruit, borage seed oil, licorice root and protease blend.
I use this product because it works wonderful for treating adrenal weakness. It helps strengthen the adrenals and increases energy and stamina. It helps to maintain blood sugar levels and blood pressure fluations due to stress.
When someone is struggling with adrenal weakness they usually are dealing with the symptoms of:
- cravings for sweets & alcohol
- poor digestion
- poor bowel movements
I typically only have clients use this product in 3 month increments to rebuild severely depleted adrenals. Afterwards, I switch them to Nervous Fatigue Formula, Suma Combination or Energ-V.
ALFALFA: (click here for product link)
Provides nutrients and trace minerals.
How It Works:
Alfalfa has been cultivated for over 2,000 years as a nutritive food for people and livestock. The Spanish used it for a variety of health issues. Modern herbalists consider it very nutritive and use it to help build the blood. Alfalfa’s roots grow deep, providing the plant with a rich source of nutrients not always found at the ground’s surface.
Alfalfa aerial parts.
This is one of my favorite go to herbs, this baby right here is the “KING OF HERBS” and has been around and in use since way back when. Alfalfa is a super rich source of vitamins, minerals, amino acid and other nutrients especially trace minerals.
The roots grow anywhere from 30-60 feet deep so the plant picks up minerals and water other plants can’t reach.
Because it is rich in trace minerals and amino acids it is a valuable supplement for the pituitary gland and this gland is adversely affected when its running low on trace minerals and amino acids.
- It is a mild blood cleaner
- helpful for arthritis as it’s a natural blood thinner
- it stimulates poor appetite
- morning sickness
- rich breast milk
- natural blood thinner (with out side-effects)
when you mix this in a tea with some red raspberry leaf it’s great for gals with morning sickness. I have my pregnant mom’s taking this in conjunction with liquid chlorophyll throughout their pregnancy and have them discontinue the last month of pregnancy due to the fact that it does thin the blood. But taking after pregnancy also brings in rich mothers milk.
ALGIN: (click here for product link)
Supports the intestinal system.
May absorb heavy metal ions.
Encourages normal elimination
How It Works:
Sodium alginate, an important part of the kelp plant, is mucilaginous and gels in water. Many people use it as a nutritional supplement supportive of the intestinal system. Its bulking action encourages normal eliminative function.
This is another one of my favorites because it falls in the category of “mucilage”, which means it absorbs toxins in our digestive tract. Like Heavy Metals. I always recommend it be used in conjunction with Heavy Metal Detox. (click here for product link)
Conditions I use this for:
- high cholesterol
- heavy metal issues
- radiation sickness
- help to detox from vaccines
One thing to keep in mind is that mucilaginous herbs like align absorbs nutrients too. So make sure there is a window between taking the align and your vitamins/minerals by about 1 hour. Drink LOTS of water as this is a fiber and without enough liquid intake it may cause binding with the colon.
I will post these in sequence and with only 7 products per posting so the post isn’t ridiculous to read through.
I’d highly recommend deciding to work with a practitioner who has a background in herbal, vitamin, mineral support. I am currently accepting new patient’s and you can click on the service portion of my website: www.jodibarnett758.com .
I’d also like to leave you with this; “knowledge is ONLY powerful when we take what we’ve learned and APPLY it in our lives”….
Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.
Harvested Health LLC
Moving along through all the glands that encompass the endocrine system, we arrive at the Pituitary gland which is quite possibly the most important part in the endocrine system.
This gland has been referred to as “THE MASTER GLAND”… It’s located at the base of the brain just below the hypothalamus.
WHAT ROLE DOES THIS MASTER GLAND PLAY
The pituitary gland governs the equilibrium or balance of the entire glandular system. In the words of Dr. N.W. Walker D.Sc., “The front part of this gland is concerned with the growth of the body and in the reproductive functions. The hormone which this gland generates serves to stimulate the sex glands.
The posterior, or rear part is involved in the contraction of the muscles, in the pressure of the blood circulating system, and in the color pigment of the skin. It also exerts a controlling influence on the function of the kidneys, regulating the passage of water through them.
The intermediate, or middle part of this gland, on the other hand exerts a restraining influence on the function of the kidneys. Thus we see both functions of the same organ or gland, regulated by different parts of another gland. It is easy to see how the dysfunction of the pituitary gland would cause either an excess or a deficit in the flow of urine.”
Today I constantly see commercials for prescriptions to help folks manage what’s referred to as an overactive bladder issue, this mainly affects the ladies, but as men age leaky bladder issues can become an issue for them as well.
Dr. N.W. Walker D.Sc., also found the starch molecule in grain and flour foods may be blamed for many pituitary disturbances, disrupting the function of the kidneys. This stood to be true even in children that were having bedwetting issues. When they were taken entirely off cereals, bread and other starchy foods, and given fresh raw vegetable juices instead of milk, this habit of bed-wetting soon ceased. This is not a coincidence, as the difficulty which so many elderly folks have in controlling urination may usually also be traced to their copious intake of starchy foods.
Proper nutrition and hygiene for all the cells in our body will enable all the glands to function at their best, without the need of synthetic vitamins and hormones.” (Dr. N.W. Walker N.D.,)
So in conclusion if you happen to notice weakness in your kidney’s through the inability to hold your urine,, if you have pigment issues with the skin, if you have blood pressure issues. First nutritional/dietary change that would stand to reason would be to get off the starchy foods, and replace them with more fruits/vegetables on a daily basis. Drink lots of clean water daily to assist the kidneys in proper filtration.
This also stands to reason for ladies and young ladies who have menstrual cycles that make them sick each month, either heavy bleeding, headaches etc. Ditch the starches in favor of lots of fresh fruits/veggies, drink more water and avoid carbonated drinks and refined sugars. That’s not to say this is going to totally rebalance any hormonal imbalances completely. But remember your health is only as good as the soil it’s planted in, meaning the stress environment , the foods your choose to eat. chemicals you are subjected too.
But reducing the starchy intake is a definite health benefit to everyone since the majority of folks in our country have a starch intake overload on a daily basis.
Stay tuned because the next endocrine organ we are going to, address will be the thyroid… THAT BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY!
Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.
Harvested Health LLC
Digestive enzymes enable food’s incredible journey through the body—giving us strength and energy to recharge and live a healthy life. Digestive enzymes act as catalysts as they break down food and make it possible for the body to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. Although the digestive system is a powerful one, it’s also very delicate.
Taking care of your digestive tract by keeping it clean and providing what it needs plays a major role in the body’s overall health.Many fruits and vegetables contain digestive enzymes. Such enzymes are also beneficial for breaking down proteins and meats.
Today’s diet lacks many of the food-derived digestive enzymes the body needs. This is because cooking, freezing, processing, canning and other food preparation methods kill or significantly deteriorate the strength of food enzymes. Once food is broken down, it passes through the small intestine where the body separates the nutrients from the waste. In many cases, the small intestine suffers from toxic build-up, diminishing the effectiveness of nutrient absorption. Finding a natural colon detoxifier can help recharge your digestive system and relieve it from harmful build-up.
Clean Start one of our best-selling natural body cleanse products, contains nine botanicals that pull toxins from the intestine walls and allow for healthy waste removal.
Supports the natural, everyday cleansing of toxic waste from the body.
Works without posing dangerous side effects.
Improves energy and promotes a feeling of well-being.
How It Works:
Clean Start is a two-week program that supports natural waste elimination to provide a sense of improved energy and well-being. It contains powerful nutrients that help cleanse and detoxify the body.
Psyllium hulls provide fiber and absorb bowel toxins. In fact, the program delivers 10 grams of fiber per day to promote waste removal.
Highly absorbent bentonite clay is often used to support colon health. Aloe vera juice soothes bowel tissue.
Chlorophyll helps prevent odor and counteracts bowel toxins. Stevia herb contains stevioside, a natural constituent that is 300 times sweeter than sugar (sucrose).
Enviro-Detox cleanses the body of many common environmental pollutants.
The formulation includes burdock root, dandelion root, fenugreek seed, ginger rhizome, pepsin, red clover flowers, yellow dock root, marshmallow root extract, sarsaparilla root extract, Bacillus coagulans, cascara sagrada bark, echinacea root extract and milk thistle seed extract.
LBS II combines strong, purgative herbs and protective, gentle and soothing herbs to enhance elimination, increase production of digestive enzymes and soothe the digestive tract. LBS II contains cascara sagrada bark, buckthorn bark, licorice root, capsicum fruit, ginger rhizome, Oregon grape root and rhizome, Turkey rhubarb root, couch grass rhizome and red clover flowers.
Each drink packet contains psyllium hulls, vegetable fiber, natural apple-cinnamon or wild berry (black currant and raspberry) flavor, potassium citrate, aloe vera inner leaf, malic acid, carrot root extract, stevia leaf extract, sodium copper chlorophyllin and hydrated bentonite. Each capsule pack contains 2 capsules of LBS II and 1 capsule of Enviro-Detox.
Take the contents of one cleanse drink packet 15–30 minutes before breakfast and again 15–30 minutes before dinner. Take the contents of 1 capsule packet with breakfast and dinner (twice daily). Mix cleanse packet powder in 8 oz. juice or water. Shake, blend or stir vigorously. Drink immediately. Drink an additional glass of water immediately following this. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
When the digestive tract lacks necessary digestive enzymes and harbors toxic build-up, the abdomen feels uncomfortable, stressed and bloated.
If you suffer from occasional digestive disturbances, consider your diet. Are you providing your body the necessary food enzymes for healthy digestion? Could your digestive tract suffer from toxic build-up?
Try taking one or two capsules of our digestive enzyme supplements (Food Enzymes or Proactazyme) with each meal, clean your digestive tract with a healthy, natural colon cleanse (CleanStart) and notice the difference!
FINDING HEALTH WITH ENZYMES!
What are enzymes? They are said to be the “powerhouse” of every cell in the body. Intertwined with nearly every system in the body, digestive enzymes determine how effectively the body breaks down food. The body can’t function without them. We are born with some digestive enzymes. However, these alone cannot sufficiently break down all of the food that we eat. The body can produce and replenish enzymes; but still it needs more from outside sources. Natural, raw foods have enzymes in them that are designed to assist with the break down of the foods eaten. These are the same molecules that make fruit ripen and then eventually rot.
However, today’s food preparation processes can kill these enzymes, making digestion difficult on the body. If you cook, freeze, dry or can your food, you’ll most likely kill the enzymes your body needs for healthy digestion. As most of today’s diets include some form of processed food, it’s likely that you have an insufficient level of digestive enzymes.
This causes stress on the digestive system, which can lead to indigestion, heartburn, bloating and more. Moreover, digestive stress can affect how many nutrients your body is able to absorb. Often, those with symptoms of digestive stress have a weakened immune system.
Since it’s nearly impossible to maintain a diet of just raw, natural foods, it’s important to supply your body with the essential digestive enzymes it needs. It’s easy to do so with a safe, healthful digestive enzyme supplement that will help you feel better as you find greater health.
So many peeps are walking around in misery, they are bloated, suffering with constipation or IBS, GERD, Acid reflux, heartburn because they are dealing with incomplete digestion and improper food combination. Most folks are not eating near enough fresh foods ( i.e. fruits and veggies); the majority subsist on over-cooked meats, potatoes, breads, gravy’s, sauces, dead foods like cereals, chips muffins etc.
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I’m continuing my procession through the Endocrine system and today the focus is on the Pineal Gland. There are lots of folks who struggle with experiencing deep and meaningful sleep cycles.
One of the hormones this gland produces is Melatonin, and the job of this hormone regulates circadian and ultradian rhythms, this gland is often referred to as the body’s biological clock.
This important gland is located in the center of the brain. It has been much of a mystery to Western medicine for many decades. But according to Dr. Bernard Jensen, Ph.D. in “The Chemistry of Man,”, “More recent research, however, shows that the pineal gland plays an active role in health and wellness at the mental and physical levels.
The pineal gland scientists theorize, is a Light-sensitive organ which requires stimulation from electromagnetic impulses from the optic nerves. Meaning when sunlight enters the eye and triggers retinal nerve impulses which travel to the pineal gland. From there, the resulting nerve impulses from the pineal gland are fed to the hypothalamus and pituitary, which control, mediate or affect many of the vital functions of the body. Additionally, only the pineal gland makes melatonin from serotonin, a process which operates strictly according to day-night cycles.
Melatonin formation is stopped by light and proceeds in darkness. So, we find the pineal gland, because of its sensitivity to light, has a profound effect on the biorhythms of the body. Its sort of a biological clock that affects the timing of certain physiological functions in the body.
Melatonin works together with tryptophan in the brain to regulate the sleep/wake cycle. We find that alpha is the healing state of the conscious, awakened mind, while sleep interspersed with vivid dreams is known to be a wonderful restorative. The pineal gland, in others words, may be called the “peace gland” because of its biochemical role in rest, relaxation and healing.
Because the pineal gland strongly influences the brain-wave pattern and sleep-wake cycle, we can be sure it is involved in coming to the state of consciousness in which spiritual processes take place, and this, too, profoundly affects our health.
The life of the spirit is a fundamental harmonizing factor, a guiding factor in leading us to that path in life that is uniquely ours. It is the “quiet place” within that we meet with God to seek the wisdom we need for right living and right understanding Here is the fountainhead of truth, and when we “exalt the Great within”, this truth comes down through the soul and body to manifest in our lives. When we seek that place of peace and quiet within, stilling the noise of the mind, truth works in us.” (Ph.D n.d)
Further agreement on the benefits and attributes of the pineal gland is stated by Dr. Norman Walker in Become Younger, “The Pineal gland is more actively engaged in the business of our “higher” or spiritual self. It is involved, usually in cooperation with the Pituitary gland, in the activities of the brain, such as memory, judgment, reason, contemplation, reflection, love, adoration, pure worship, etc. These activities work along lines of vibrations which are set in motion by the Pineal gland, much like the vibrations of the loud speaker in your radio, only several million times faster.
The activities of the Pineal gland depends upon the spiritual plane on which the individual is living. If he is on the higher spiritual planes, its vibrations have an uplifting emotional influence, if he lives in the lower, material gross, physical plane the emotions are more in the same class as that of the animals.” (Dr. N.W. Walker n.d.)
It’s amazing to me how our unique intricate workings of our body are designed to function in a particular fashion, even correlated with that of nature, meaning our sleep cycle is dependent on the day/night rotation, The fact that our eyes take in the detection of light and darkness and the shifts in those is what triggers our body to manufacture melatonin, this is fascinating stuff.
Folks who tend to work swing shifts find their sleep cycles and metabolism ends up “off”, as the body by design is meant to be awake during daylight hours, and asleep during the night.
If you find yourself struggling to fall asleep and consider yourself a night owl, might I suggest you consider supplementing some melatonin, and begin eating some foods that are high in Tryptophan as well to work together in helping your body reset your natural sleep/wake cycles.
I know this one was long and for those who actually read to the finish….. CUDO’S, you are learning more about how your body works. Stay tuned because tomorrow I will post about the Pituitary gland and what important job it holds in the function of our bodies!
Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.
Harvested Health LLC
The Endocrine system plays a huge role in our over all health and yet typically the only organ in this system that most folks recognize is the “thyroid”, I am going to write a series of posts focusing on each gland in the endocrine system, giving a description of what it’s role and contribution is when it comes to our health.
The Hypothalamus gland’s general function… IS IT ALL IN MY HEAD? Well, it kinda is especially when it comes to one’s thirst and appetite…
The hypothalamus gland is a main link between the endocrine system and the nervous system. It is located in the lower central part of the brain with a specialized collection of cells.
The nerve cells of the hypothalamus control the pituitary gland by stimulating or suppressing the hormone secretions.
The hypothalamus gland, since it is responsible for controlling hunger and thirst.
Paul Pitchford expressed in Healing with Whole Foods,
“The way you eat is an expression of who you are, regardless of the quality of the food. The enjoyment of good food and company creates such an inner joy that it’s possible to taste the sweetest of nectar in even the simplest of food. Without this joy, and with no blessing offered, the most wholesome, delicious food can seem tasteless and leave the soul hungry. People who eat only for the taste or according to a diet or nutritional value often develop cravings for something they aren’t getting. They bring turmoil into their lives and homes in their constant search, and they eat to satisfy a misplaced hunger.
Overeating, a popular pastime in the wealthy nations, is thought to be the major cause of premature aging. Fifty years of research have shown that when a nourishing diet is eaten sparingly, aging is retarded; the maximum life span and immunity are extended in all animal species so far tested, from protozoa to worms, insects, fish and rodents as well as humans. In fact, consumption of too much rich and denatured food is responsible for most of our civilized diseases, such as obesity, cancer and diabetes.
Overeating by vegetarians also occurs regularly, and while it may not always result in weight gain, it invariably causes weakness, digestive upset and accelerated aging.
On an emotional level, overeating results from excessive and undifferentiated desire, which also leads one to choose an unnecessarily great variety of foods. Each food has a unique flavor which the appetite control center of the “hypothalamus” recognizes. Before it feels satisfied, the “hypothalamus” seeks a certain amount of every flavor it has sampled. Thus it is very difficult not to overeat a meal of many ingredients.” (Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods, Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition Third Edition)
“Refined foods may also contribute to overeating, according to a scientific study reported by the U.S. Agricultural Research Service (March 1, 1990). An explanation is that one is biologically conditioned over millions of years of human evolution to consume whole foods; excessive eating may represent an instinctive craving to obtain nutrients that are lost during refining.
Common foods depleted in nutrients include “white” refined: sugar, pasta, bread, pastries, and rice; refined oils, and reduced-fat dairy.” (Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods, Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition Third Edition)
“Habitual over-eating, especially of meat and strong flavors, inflames the lining of the stomach. ( So tell me does this NOT sound like a common issue for the average person? Acid reflux, indigestion, Ulcers are some of the top health issues that bring someone through the door of their Physician’s office!)
According to Chinese medicine, excess heat in the stomach is itself a cause of overeating, but even when this heat-overeating cycle is broken, one still must change underlying habits, which may have become imbedded in the body’s cells and organs over many years.” (Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods, Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition Third Edition)
DOES OUR LIFESTYLE HAVE ANY AFFECT ON THE FUNCTION OF THE GLANDS IN OUR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM?
The human body could not function were it not for the Endocrine Gland system. The glands in our body are the activating mechanisms responsible for, and involved in, every function and procedure taking place within our system. There are glands of internal secretion and glands of external secretion. These glands all manufacture in micro-microscopic quantities a substance known as hormones.
Hormones are a product generated and elaborated in the glands and discharged into the blood or lymph, in most cases, while in some instances their action is somewhat like making an electrical contact in one place to start, stop or to modify an action in a separate and perhaps remote place.
ENDOCRINE means that the manufacture of hormones takes place within the gland, with no duct for its discharge from it. The discharge takes place by osmotic transmission from within the gland through its covering, and is collected by the blood or lymph from outside the gland.
The volume of hormones secreted at any one time is so infinitesimal, so infinitely small, that in order to obtain one-quarter of an ounce of the Pineal Gland Hormone extract, for example, it would be necessary to collect hormones from more than 20,000,000 glands! (D.Sc.n.d.)
That being said, like every other part of the human body, glands must have constant nourishment in order to be able to operate efficiently. Such nourishment should be of the very finest quality, because of the important, intricate, and delicate work which the glands are called upon to perform. (D.Sc.n.d.)
I’d like to encourage you to stay tuned, because tomorrow I will post about the Pineal Gland and I will be making my way through the entire endocrine system, one post at a time. It may sound like information that is boring or to some useless to know, however, the more you know about how your own machine works, the better equipped you will be to notice when it’s time to service your own engine. Sad truth is most folks know more about maintaining their cars then they do their own bodies. Same thing rings true with our vehicles as it doe’s with our bodies. Preventative maintenance is not only smarter, but more cost effective, then waiting for either of them to “break-down”, before assessing any issues.
Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods, Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition Third Edition
Dr. Norman W. Walker D. Sc. (Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices)
(Sat Dharam Kaur, Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health n.d.)
Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.
Harvested Health LLC