To Know More….The Nuts & Bolts

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Have you every thought about starting a diet or getting healthier but didn’t? Or perhaps you started one and then quit?  What about going to the gym or committing to yourself to become more active and healthy?  I am sure everyone has but the real question is, what is really going on with you in these situation?
The truth is that your body tells you daily that you can be doing better.  It is constantly sending you messages (masked as symptoms) for you to eat better, lose weight, sleep deeper, move more and make extra time for self-love so that you can have more energy, age slower, experience an active sex drive and enjoy boundless health.  It is these signals that send a surge of motivation to change and to act.  The problem is that your deep rooted self-sabotaging habits revolt and work on overdrive to keep you in familiar routines by prioritizing things far less important before your own health.

Here is what I want for each one of my clients:

  • I want you to learn to listen to your body when it is speaking to you, it’s telling you what it needs.
  • I want you to live longer.
  • I want you to age appropriately
  • I want those wrinkles to soften and for you to have beautiful skin.
  • I want you to lose weight, if necessary and have more energy
  • I want your organs to thrive and to stay in good shape for your entire life.
  • I want what your body wants and I jump in heart and soul to equip you with the tools to start your transformation.
  • I partner with the part of you that motivates you to act and get healthy and I battle against the part of you that tries to stop you from achieving greater health.
  • I stay consistent until habits merge with your goals.
  • BUT, you are the one who has to do the work!

Integrative Medicine’s approach to health and medical treatment is an entirely different way of thinking.  Instead of just treating symptoms, I look upstream as far as I can to find the cause of health issues.  Where conventional medicine is focused on finding disease that can be treated with drugs or surgery, a functional integrative approach looks for the root causes and makes that the starting point.

An integrative functional approach does not mean that I will just replace your medicines with herbs.  That is still just managing symptoms.  A typical plan will likely address diet, sleep, relationships, stress and exercise.  I might however, use supplements and herbs to help manage symptoms while we work on the deeper changes.  I may also decide to incorporate other modalities like chiropractic, acupuncture which I have practitioners who I partner with for referrals.

Each person is unique, and therefore assessment and programs are tailored to your situation.  I discuss options and decide together what you want to tackle, and strategize how to actually accomplish your goals.

If you want to know more about me, here are some questions that I am often asked that may be helpful to you:

  1. What type of clients do you work best with?

I see the best results with those who have reached many of their goals in life and now feel like their health is holding them back.  They are ready to take the steps needed to change their health and are open to trying a new approach.  They don’t have to be gourmet chefs, but  at least be open to learning and experiencing greater comfort and know-how in their own kitchen.

2. How is what you offer different than traditional nutritionists?

Well typically most nutritionists offer solutions that stick to the guidelines which follow the food pyramid from the ADA.  I take into consideration that each person is unique in their own right which means they each have their own nutritional needs.  What works for one person, isn’t going to be the best across the board,  We are not a one size fits all world.

My clients look to me for personalized coaching and support on things as specific as food allergies, food sensitivities, digestive issues, yeast overgrowth, endocrine imbalances (hormonal), blood pressure and cholesterol balance, blood sugar control through their diet and as general as “how can I get meals on my table faster?”  While most nutritionists dwell on lists of good/bad foods.  I work with clients to create a  whole food diet that incorporates of course more plants and for those that still want meat in their diets as some body types actually require the addition of meat into their nutritional routine.  So helping them to reach their goals in a way that can be flexible and fun and benefits the health and well being of their entire family, so they don’t feel like they are making separate meals for everyone. No one has time to feel like a short order cook.

3. What is your approach to eating healthy?

Well you will be excited to hear to doesn’t have to turn your busy, successful lifestyle upside down and doesn’t involve gimmicks or be overly expensive.  You do have to be willing to spend time in your kitchen preparing whole foods and I also offer you guidance on how not to derail yourself when traveling and eating out.  I can offer you short cut suggestions and teach you how to incorporate prep -cooking techniques that will be time well spent to move you from the kitchen to the dining table with less hassle.

4.  What’s it like working with you once I become a client?

After we complete your initial session, which consists of a one-hour private consultation where we get to meet each other and see if we are the right fit, you can expect to make the transition a pleasurable part of your life.

I provide on-going support during and in-between our sessions to make sure you have the guidance needed to reach all of your health goals.  We speak over the phone for our weekly calls depending on what program you choose, and I’ll outline up to three, personalized, very simple actions steps to upgrade your nutrition at each session.

Each session will build upon the previous one, creating momentum and lasting results, delivered with lots of support and encouragement.

5.  How can I sample your work before I sign up?

You can sign up for my FREE blog .  Once you have added your email address you will always receive notification every time I post a new article, recipe or health tip.  This is a great way for you to get to know me, my work and if it speaks to you. So you can take the time to pour through the numerous topics, recipes and anatomy lessons I have there.

6. What kind of programs do you offer?

I invite you to take a look at my programs here.  I offer a range of programs for different needs, and budgets and if I feel that I can absolutely help you, I’ll go over them in great detail with you in your initial session.  By the way, I offer telephone and Skype sessions so geography doesn’t have to be an issue.

7. So what does it take to experience the benefits of working together?

In over a decade of professional teaching and mentoring and consulting, here are what I believe to be the necessary steps to reach your physical, emotional and wellness goals.  These 4 steps are important for your success:

  1. Clarify: The first step is knowing what results you want to achieve.  What is your reason for a more natural approach for supporting your health? What is the end result you desire?  You will need to get clear on the big picture of your personal journey and then step two becomes effortless.
  2. Commit:  Without a commitment to regular application, as with anything in life, results can be expected to be minimal.  Many people never move past step two because they have not found the greater purpose for what being healthy is supposed to feel like.  If you find yourself struggling, repeat step one.  The bottom line: what you put into any program is what you will get out.
  3. Direct: As you move further into making your lifestyle changes, your willpower will get stronger and you will find your drive and desire enhancing.  This comes with proper direction and support of a good teacher.  For some it will be about re-connecting with their love of self in a natural and non-dogmatic way; for others it will be about learning new life strategies for enhancing everyday living; for some it will be about removing self-limiting and self-destructive behaviors that hinder their forward progress and others their practice will be about cultivating energy for health, vitality, self-love, anti-aging support, anxiety-relief and body confidence and really this list of positives is ongoing.
  4. Application: Everything you will learn in your sessions spent with me will be applicable to everyday living.  You will learn how to apply what you learn in each session to improve the quality of your life through stronger health and vitality.  Your wealth is in your health; when you are feeling healthy and strong everything else in life is achievable.
  5. Refine: The nature of learning new habits and applying as well as experiencing the benefits provides ample opportunities to make subtle, yet powerful adjustments to suit your unique lifestyle and schedules.  This results in making who you are and everything you do better.
  6. Live: with ongoing practice, you will be applying and experiencing the benefits and deeper insights that equip you with the tools for continuous personal growth that can be used to assist you in living fully and achieving your personal and even professional goals.  When we feel clear headed and have higher levels of physical energy it boosts our productivity in all levels of what we call “our lives.”

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Jodi Barnett N.D., Orthomolecular Nutritionist, QFA Clinician, Gaps Diet Practitioner.

To Me, living well means so much more than how one looks on the outside physically.

I took my passion for healthy living and created  an inspiring educational approach that awakens my clients innate desire to tap into their unique rhythms for a healthier more joyous living.

The healthful and practical nutritional choices  need to provide fuel for your body and mind

to enhance your quality of life.

I believe strongly that every single individual has the power within them to honor themselves by achieving a healthier mind and body.  The journey is easier than you think when you have the right information to assist you.  I teach clients how to make small nutritional changes that reap big results in their health.

I bring a combination of my professional qualifications, consulting experience and personal journey to all my consultations allow me to share…

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #1

HOME IS WHERE HEALTHY LIVING STARTS.

True health begins at home, the heart of where we rest and recharge.  The relationships we have with ourselves, our partners, families, and physical dwelling impact hugely on and may determine the state of our health.  Integrating healthy lifestyle and eating habits into our home environment is one of the most powerful tools we have over our health and long-term wellness and happiness.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #2

HEALTHY HOMES CREATE HEALTHY FUTURES.

Children are the future; they are the next generation.  They hold in their power the ability to build a world greater than we ever could have fathomed for ourselves.  Healthy children from a healthy  living home will yield healthy leaders, communities, and life.. Children are like sponges.  They absorb what is around them.  Engage in healthy living, healthy foods, and self-nurture and you will raise children where healthy living is second nature. We must lead by example, you won’t fool them into being healthy.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #3

FINDING YOUR OWN ROUTINE IS THE NEW LIFE BALANCE.

I believe each person  brings with them a unique life routine.  We need to honor our respective rhythm or we risk being overly influenced by our peers and society.

Consistently staying in sync with our unique human blueprint allows us to thrive in every aspect of our lives.  Authenticity in emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical realms keeps us connected to our source and feeds that inner calm.

Reconnecting to our inner selves may always feel like a journey, but just as you pause and reflect upon different aspects in your life; perhaps your career or life direction, it is important from time to time to take a step back and reflect on your daily rhythms/routines; your food choices, sleep patterns, exercise and more – then the hard part is to reevaluate whether or not they are serving you in a positive or negative way.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #4

EDUCATION EMPOWERS.

Once you learn the various health and nutritional options you do have, you will feel empowered to make new choices that prove to be both satisfying and beneficial, and your desire to have a body, mind and soul that blossoms into it’s healthier version by design.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #5

SMALL CHANGES, BRING BIG RESULTS.

Healthy living doesn’t translate into being deprived…. It is about incorporating slight changes that yield big gains.  Its really is about tailoring your efforts to your circumstances and your needs so that everything you implement works for you and your life.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #6

FOOD AFFECTS EVERYTHING AND CAN ENHANCE YOUR LIFE.

The quality of the food you put into your body influences the quality of your thoughts and your thoughts will color every experience in your life.  Eating healthier leads to a clean and clear body, mind and soul.  Choose wisely instead of leaning on convenience due to lack of planning ahead for your daily schedule.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #7

YOU HAVE THE POWER.

No one can improve your health but yourself.  No one can take responsibility for your choices.  No one can control you unless you allow them too.  Taking ALL responsibility may seem daunting, but with all responsibility also comes all the power.  The power is yours.  Own it by empowering yourself.  I will show you how when we work together.

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Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D., Orthomolecular Nutritionist,

QFA Clinician.

Harvested Health LLC

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The Master…GLAND…What Exactly Does It Master?

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.

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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.”

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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!

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc

http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com

 

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You Are NOT What You Eat, You ARE What You Can Digest!

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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.

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DIGESTIVE TRACK:

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!

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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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Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

QFA Clinician, Gaps Diet Practitioner,

Orthomolecular Nutrition Practitioner,

Harvested Health LLC

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Trouble Sleeping?

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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.

Melatonin supplements I recommend: melatonin supp

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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!

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc


How is our Lifestyle Affecting our Endocrine system?

 

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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…

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HYPOTHALAMUS:
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.

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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)

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“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.

References:

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.)

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc



Differences Between Vinegars!

Let’s talk about Vinegar!
I’ve spoken before about how Vinegar can be “unhealthy”, but my reference being towards “white distilled” and to wine vinegars, in which the destructive nature comes from ACETIC ACID, which both distilled and wine vinegars have.

white vinegar wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar

 
PURE ACV (apple cider vinegar), on the other hand, made from whole apples and NOT diluted, contains the constructive MALIC ACID, which benefits the digestive system, and can be constructive in softening kidney/gall stones.

chemistry malic acid Chemistry of Malic Acid has 4 Carbon bonds, 6 Hydrogen bonds, and 5 Oxygen bonds!

White Distilled Vinegar rapidly destroys red blood corpuscles which contributes to anemia. It also interferes with the digestive processes.red corpuscles Healthy Red Corpuscles vs. damaged!

 

Distilled Vinegar is the product of fermentation by acidity of alcoholic fluids like fermented wine and malt liquors; these are known as wine vinegars and malt vinegars. The white distilled which carries a high acetic acid content is used a lot in our Country. The only thing I find it good for is using as a cleaning agent for the home.

But vinegar made from apples (ACV) contains MALIC ACID which is a natural element involved in the digestive process.

Vinegars made by fermentation of wine contains an average of from 3% to 9% Acetic Acid, and usually some Tartaric Acid too. Acetic acid has been connected to contribute in hardening of the liver (cirrhosis) and duodenal and intestinal ulcers.

liverHere’s the comparison between a Health, fatty & a Liver with Cirrhosis!

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, on the other hand, contains Malic Acid, which is a constructive acid that combines with alkaline elements and minerals in the body to produce energy or to be stored in the system as glycogen for future use.

It helps in the coagulation of blood in establishing a normal menstrual flow, and contributes to  healthy blood vessels, veins and arteries, and the building of red blood.

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MINERAL BALANCE

One of the great virtues of ACV is its extraordinary potassium content, a must have for building and storing body reserves which contributes toward achieving harmony and calm. This potassium readily associates with some of the most important elements in the body, like calcium, sodium, iron, magnesium, chlorine, and silicon.

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FILTERED ACV

Its important, when choosing ACV, to consider the source, making sure its made from whole apples and not the cheap stuff made just from apple cores and peelings. Whole Raw apple cider vinegar with the “mother” which should look cloudy in appearance and a nice dark amber color. Will also have sediment and stuff floating in the bottom of the bottle! Also, never buy it in plastic containers, always choose one that is in a glass container.

Everyone should have a bottle of this stuff at home, its indispensable. It carries antiseptic qualities, works great as a skin toner, diluted with water and applied with a cotton ball directly to the skin.

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VARICOSE VEINS

Years ago in Scotland it was used and maybe it still is common practice to shrink varicose and “bulging” veins by the application of ACV on the skin to the whole length of the veins, morning and night, for a month or so, and at the same time drinking daily; two or three glasses of water with 2 teaspoons of ACV in each glass. And it worked!

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CLEAN BLOOD

Your LIFE is manifested in the condition of your blood which is generated in the marrow of your bones, activated through your spleen and circulated through your blood vessels.  It is a natural, systematic process that causes the blood stream to be completely recreated every period of 28 days, and unless the balance is maintained between the creation of new blood cells while the old blood cells complete their cycle, health cant be maintained.

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EXCESSIVE BLEEDING

Excessive bleeding with menstrual cycles, bleeding hemorrhoids, nose bleeds, cuts, etc., can also show signs of improvement by drinking 2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water daily and two or three times a day if necessary!

When our digestive system fails to digest proteins, it is a result of being deficient in hydrochloric acid.  This can, as a result, give rise to high blood pressure.  So consequentially one to three teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water, taken in the middle of the meal can  improve protein digestion and assist in balancing blood pressure.

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Hope you found this helpful…

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Orthomolecular Nutritionist

QFA Clinician

Harvested Health LLC

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References:

Dr. Norman W. Walker D. Sc. “What’s  Missing in your body?”

 




Why Not Store bought Juices?

Fruits and VegetablesWhen I’m working with my patient’s, part of my nutritional recommendations will ALWAYS include fresh “homemade” juices vs. store bought ones.  Many sigh and give me the eye-roll, but let me tell you there is nothing like making fresh raw veggie or fruit juices at home with your own juicer.

I KNOW juicing takes time, energy and a commitment to the routine. But let’s face it… IF you want to be healthier and feel better, why would you think that requires no “commitment, time or energy” to make that a reality?

It’s easy with advertising to fall into the fog of belief that the availability and variety of store-bought juices that are taking up so much space in our grocery stores, even in the coolers at gas stations and convenient stores are tempting.  This market is exploding and it tempts us because it’s convenient, but folks it’s truly unreliable marketing, and they are using pseudo-healthy buzzwords.  So here’s the scoop on how to understand the juice labels at the grocery store and choose the best store-bought juices for you and your family.

(I highly recommend you purchase the book “The Food Babe Way” by Vani Hari she has been beyond dedicated to empowering folks with the knowledge of what is hidden in the foods folks are eating)

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When you see “100% Juice”, let me state those words mean NOTHING… Food companies are allowed to say “100% Juice” on the label even when the juice contains additives, flavorings or preservatives.

Concentrate” is really just a fancy name for syrup:  Juice concentrates are made from fruits & vegetables that are heated down to a syrup and then have added water.  The concentration process involves both the addition and subtraction of chemicals and natural plant by-products in order to condense the juice.  During concentration, fruits and vegetables lose flavor.  This is WHY companies then have to ADD flavorings back in to give the juice a fresh taste.

“Not from concentrate” could mean flavored:  According to the book Squeezed:  What you Don’t Know about Orange Juice, by Alissa Hamilton, companies store orange juice in giant tanks and extract the oxygen from them.  This then preserves the liquid and prevents it from spoiling for up to a year!  However, this storage system causes the orange juice to lose all of its flavor.  So the industry uses” Flavor packs” to re-flavor the juice, (does this sound as gross to you as it does to me?)

GMO’S:  I have had folks message me and tell me… “I’m so sick of hearing about GMO’s already”, well Genetically Modified foods ARE “impostors”, foods that have been grown after the seeds have been modified in a laboratory.  They are not what God gave us.  I’m going to continue to push this envelop and YOU should too, our cries keep falling upon deaf ears, however, where your voice will speak the loudest is through your SPENDING power, STOP buying what they are selling…. Many juice companies use citric acid to extend the shelf life of their product.  You would think citric acid comes from citrus, like Lemons, oranges, and limes, BUT it doesn’t.  Most food manufacturers use genetically engineered corn and sugar beets to create citric acid, by synthetically fermenting the glucose from these crops in a lab.  And some juice companies go as far as adding sugar (which could be from GMO sugar beets), high-fructose corn syrup (from GMO corn), and other ingredients that could contain GMOs.

Synthetic ingredients:  The sneakiest ingredients lurking in juice come in the form of synthetics made in a lab.  These include Fibersol-2 (a proprietary synthetic digestion-resistant fiber), frutooligosaccharides (synthetic fibers and sweeteners), and inulin (an artificial and invisible fiber that’s added to foods to increase fiber content).  Avoid synthetic ingredients in your diet, because they’re usually made from petroleum, coal, and DMOs, none of which offer any beneficial nutrients.

Pasteurization:   This very process KILLS all raw enzymes, minerals and vitamins, which means it kills off our reasons for drinking the juice in the first place.  Heat kills bad stuff and the good stuff, making the juice pretty much worthless.  Juice companies sometimes even replenish the lost vitamin content with synthetic vitamins because there is barely any nutrition left after they process.  Furthermore, most companies create vitamins through chemical manipulation and synthesis, not from actual fruits and vegetables.

CHOOSE THE best STORE-BOUGHT JUICE

I intentionally chose NOT to put the word “best” in lower case letters in this caption, because freshly juiced is always going to be the BEST.  But now that I’ve pointed out commercial juices empty contribution to the nutritional input.  Here are some juice choices that offer some better options IF you are going to spend your money on store bought juices.

Best: Fresh Raw Organic:

  • Suja juice
  • Suja Elements
  • Juice Press
  • Organic Avenue
  • Luna’s Living Kitchen
  • Viva Raw
  • TumericALIVE
  • Blue Print

Better: 100% Organic, Not from Concentrate

  • Uncle Matt’s Organic
  • 365 Everyday Value
  • Lakewood
  • Bolthouse Farms

Questionable: Organic, but from Concentrate or with Additives

  • Santa Cruz Organic
  • Honest Kids
  • Purity

Worst: Nonorganic, Pasteurized

  • V8
  • Naked Juice
  • Zico
  • POM Wonderful
  • Simply Orange
  • Tropicana
  • Ocean Spray
  • Minute Maid
  • Mott’s
  • Del Monte
  • Welch’s

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO MAKE MY OWN FRESH JUICES FROM HOME?

 There are a wide variety of different juicers for sale and with these choices there is a varied price point as well.  Some juicers are easier to clean than others, and some are made with higher quality workmanship than others.  Over the years I’ve used more than my fair share of juicers.  I’m offering a list below starting with MY personal/professional favorite.

RECOMMENDED JUICERS:

CHAMPION JUICER:  This is super easy to clean, it’s a masticating juicer that grinds the vegetables against a filter, rather than working as a centrifuge, it also offers you to make your own fresh nut butters, fresh baby foods, even fresh frozen fruit sorbets.

Price point for this machine is “UNDER” $300

BREVILLE JUICER: This offers a stainless steel centrifuge that spins the vegetables until they separate into juice and pulp.  It’s a bit more of a challenge to clean after using and I felt the noise factor was louder than I was comfortable with.  But it’s a good juicer that gets the job done.

Price point for this machine is “UNDER $300”

JACK LALANNE JUICER: This was one of my 1st juicers, its a centrifuge juicer.  It’s lower in price than most centrifuge juicers, it’s by far one of the harder ones to clean, but for those on a budget, it offers a nice affordable price point to get you going with preparing healthy home-made fresh juices for you and your family.

Price point for this machine is “UNDER $150”

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I encourage my patient’s to DRINK their juices on an empty stomach.  You don’t want to have the juices AFTER you have just eaten your meal.  You are lowering the benefit of drinking the juice and some experience some digestive issues like bloating, or even heartburn as a result.  The benefit of drinking your fresh juices on an empty stomach is because it allows the nutrients in the juice to go straight to your blood.  Having a meal already in your stomach is going to prevent this fast absorption from happening.  So IF you have already eaten a mean, wait a couple of hours to drink the juice.  If you ARE drinking your juice on an empty stomach as I recommend, wait about 20 mins. to down your breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Also, I’d like to add that NOT all produce is meant to be combined when it comes to juicing.  This is NOT the place to toss everything but the kitchen sink into the recipe because hey it’s produce and it’s healthy.  Digestion still needs to occur and some of the naturally occurring enzymes that are in various types of produce are NOT meant to be combined!

So with your greens, it’s fine to juice an apple in with those to add a bit of sweetness to the juice.  BUT any of your melons you choose to juice (which are delicious juiced), should be juiced “ALONE”, you can combine any of the MELONS together in a juice, but their enzymes are delicate and the body digests them quickly,  Ever notice that when you choose to eat watermelon as a dessert after a picnic meal you bloat and burp it up for what seems like forever?  That’s because everything “fermented” in the gut, it didn’t digest as it should.  All melons should be eaten and/or juiced BY THEMSELVES!

So I do work extensively with my clients with proper juicing recipes and what should and shouldn’t be combined.

JUICES ARE NOT MEANT TO REPLACE MEALS: Juices are wonderful tools for helping the body clean house and repair, but they are not meant to replace a meal, drinking them before meals, and between meals if you need an energizing pick me up in the middle of the day is wonderful.

Another health benefit of juicing is…. let’s be honest…. try as we may, many don’t eat near enough fruits and veggies each day, juicing is a wonderful healthy approach that allows you to reach your daily servings of fruits and vegetables, especially where our children are concerned.  Most kiddo’s will drink the daylights out of these juices before they sit and want to eat them with a fork.

 

I hope this was helpful….. As always I’d be over the moon to work with anyone who is wanting to benefit from changing their lifestyle and nutritional path for improving their energy and over-all health.

You can find out more about my services by going to http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritionist

Harvested Health LLC

 Resources:

“The Food Babe Way” by Vani Hari

“Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices, What’s missing in your body?” by N.W. Walker D. Sc.