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Summer Diet Reboot

Filed in Adults, Diet, Dietary Fiber, Digestive Health, Enzymes, Exercise, Preventable Issues, Recipes, Supplements, The Skinny Gut Diet, Uncategorized, Weight Loss | Posted by Brenda Watson on 06/21/2017


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When the weather starts warming up in spring, we get inspired to lose a few pounds so that we’ll look great when it’s time to get into a swimsuit. But that plan often goes awry when summer begins. Longer days bring vacations and celebrations—and extra opportunities to eat enticing treats (often sweet) that pack on weight. Next thing you know, those five or ten pounds are right back where they started. If this scenario sounds familiar, it’s time for a summer diet reboot to get you back into your bikini.

 

Cut the Carbs, Up the Fiber to Kick Off your Summer Diet Reboot!

It’s not the first time you’ve heard me say that carbohydrates—starchy carbs and sugars, in particular—are the main reason your waistline is expanding. If you had to do just one thing to lose weight, that’s where I’d recommend you start. Plan your meals around healthy proteins and low-sugar vegetables. (And no, potatoes and corn are not vegetables—they’re starches!)

Eat a vegetable egg scramble for breakfast, a salad topped with chicken for lunch, and a salmon filet with a side of green veggies for dinner. Eat high-protein snacks in between meals to keep your cravings down. If you’re in a hurry, a high-protein, high-fiber meal replacement shake will keep you going without cravings.

 

Nurture Your Gut

If your gut bacteria are out of balance, they could be making you fat. (I wrote a whole book on this topic. If you haven’t read The Skinny Gut Diet yet, check it out.) Good health begins in the gut. If you don’t have enough beneficial bacteria, called probiotics, in your gut, your health—even your weight—could be affected. Eat foods rich in probiotics, like low-sugar yogurt, kefir, and fermented vegetables, as well as foods rich in prebiotics, like leeks, garlic, onions, and asparagus. You can also take probiotic and prebiotic supplements to replenish good gut bacteria.

 

Prepare for Parties

Summertime is fun time. You will likely attend at least a couple parties before summer is over. And if parties feel like an open invitation to eat whatever delicious morsel you encounter, you’ll want to come prepared. Before you leave for your next party, be sure to eat a high-fiber snack or meal replacement shake to fill you up so those tasty treats won’t look so appetizing.

Parties usually come with two drink options: water or sugary libations. Unless you’re sure you can make it through a whole party on water alone, I recommend bringing a low-sugar option. I love mixing carbonated water with a splash of pomegranate juice and a squeeze of lime. Fill up a pitcher and bring some to share. You could also brew a refreshing herbal tea and bring a pitcher on ice.

If the party is sure to offer beer or sugary margaritas, you can bring a low-sugar option. Create a delicious mojito by mixing six ounces of club soda, six ounces of lime juice, three tablespoons of crushed mint, and six servings of liquid stevia together in a pitcher before you leave. At the party, add 12 ounces of white rum and pour over ice. Salud!

 

Get Moving

If you have fallen out of the habit of exercising, now is a great time to get back in gear. Regular exercise not only helps to keep you trim, it puts you in a good mood. Even a moderate walk can change your outlook. You don’t have to take on a complicated workout schedule, but you do need to get your body moving on a regular basis. Take a walk around the block after dinner. Skip the elevator and take the stairs next time you get the opportunity. Grab a set of weights and pump some iron when you need a break. Better yet, grab a workout buddy so that you can motivate each other and have some accountability.

 

Connect with Your WHY

One of the best ways to motivate yourself to stick with a new habit is to remember WHY you want to adopt it in the first place. So to motivate yourself to lose weight, think about why. Sure, you want to look good in a swimsuit, but dig a little deeper. Most likely you’ll find that you want to be healthier. And why do you want to be healthier? It might be so that you can live longer to spend time with the people in your life who mean the most to you. Or you may want to not be reliant on medications, or on other people to take care of you, as you get older. Or you may simply want to feel good again.

Once you discover the underlying reason why you want to lose weight, keep it in mind. Maybe you post a picture of your family on the fridge. Maybe you post a picture of you when you were healthier next to your computer. Maybe you post the phrase, “I feel amazing!” as the screen saver of your phone. Whatever your reason, connect to it when you can. It will keep you on the right track.

How to Keep Your Kids (and Dogs) Calm During Summer Travels

Filed in Adults, Children, Diet, Digestive Health, Dogs - Pets, Preventable Issues, Sleep, Stress, Uncategorized | Posted by Brenda Watson on 06/13/2017


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Summer is setting in, and that means, for most of us, it’s time for travel. There is no doubt, traveling is a stressful event for most people. Even if your kids are excited about going on a big adventure, the disruption to routine that comes along with travel is enough to throw off even the most cheerful children. Whether you are planning a road trip or taking a flight to your destination of choice, you’ll want to do all you can to make sure your kids stay as calm as possible. And if you’re bringing a pet (or pets!), I’ll drop a couple tips to keep your fur babies calm too. Implement my tips below to keep your little ones, furry or not, calm and collected during your next summer trip.

 

Set Yourself Up for Success with Adequate Sleep

Travel preparation begins long before you load up the car or step foot into the airport. You may have noticed that the days and even weeks leading up to your trips are packed with extra to-dos and stress, and as a result, not enough sleep. It’s likely your kids are also affected. They feel the added stress and may be losing sleep along with you. If there’s one thing that’s sure to foster extra fussiness in your kids, it’s lack of sleep.

Make it a priority to adhere to your child’s normal sleep schedule in the days leading up to your vacation. That extra hour of sleep your child gets the three nights before vacation can make or break her mood when it matters most. Make this a non-negotiable. If that means you need to start planning your trip a few days sooner than usual, make it happen.

Not as easy, but doable, is the sleep your child gets during the vacation itself. You don’t have to be the time keeper every single night, but for two or three nights before your departure, if you get your kids to sleep on time, your chances of sailing smoothly through your six-hour flight will be greatly increased. You may have to ward off a few “But mo-om!”s, but trust me, it’s worth it.

 

Don’t Forget the Role of Diet on Behavior

Did you know that what your child eats can have a huge impact on his behavior? Many parents miss this important link. If your child is naturally a handful, or even has a diagnosis of ADHD or autism, if you haven’t experimented with his diet, you’ll want to get a head start on it.

For many children, eliminating foods that your child may be sensitive to, like, gluten, dairy, sugar, and even corn, soy, or peanuts, can work wonders on improving behavior.

I’ve heard countless success stories, and read studies that back this theory up. In the weeks or months leading up to your vacation, cutting gluten, sugar, and maybe dairy out of your child’s diet can make a big difference. You could even implement a full elimination diet, but you’ll want to do that with plenty of preparation.

If the idea of implementing an elimination diet before vacation feels like more than you want to handle, at the very least, cut the sugar. Dessert before bedtime is a sure way to interfere with her needed rest. Offer her some berries and whipped cream if she really needs a sweet treat. (It’s a low-sugar dessert, but she’ll never know.)

And if your child doesn’t regularly eat sardines and salmon, consider a fish oil supplement, which won’t work short-term, but over time, adequate omega-3 intake can make a big difference in your child’s behavior. It’s worth adding to your child’s regular supplement regimen if you haven’t already.

 

Pack the Essentials

Children are busy creatures. They jump from activity to activity all day long. Sitting in a car or on a plane for hours at a time is not a normal day for a child. To combat their restlessness, you can pack some essentials to keep them occupied.

First, be sure to pack plenty of healthy snacks and drinks. Relying on vending machines is a recipe for disaster. A nourished, hydrated child will have two less reasons to get irritable. Pack healthy snacks that are not high in sugar. Nuts, granola, apples, and yogurt are great options to hand out every couple hours. And keep plenty of water on hand. Sugary beverages are the last thing you want your child to fill up on while traveling. You don’t want to deal with the repercussions of a sugar high or a sugar low.

If you think that I am going to recommend loading a few movies in your tablet to keep your kids calm, think again. Sure, you might be able to lull your kids into a daze with the screen, but their reliance on this method is sure to backfire on you later. Instead, why not download a fun-filled audio book or two? Your child can listen while still engaging with the world around her. Her imagination will be stimulated while she sits quietly, engrossed in a thought-provoking story.

You can also pack some activity books to keep your children occupied—and their minds working. And for older kids on road trips, set them up with a camera and ask them to take pictures of your journey. Maybe they catch a nice shot of your family in the car, or of the mountains as you pass by them. Activities like these are perfect for avoiding that confused look your children give you after peeling themselves away from too many hours of screen time.

 

Bach Flower Remedies

If you haven’t heard of Back Flower remedies, you’re in for a treat. Their line of flower essences are perfect for travel time. Bach Flower Rescue Remedy, in particular, is one product I don’t leave home without. It’s perfect for bringing calm to stressful situations. Bach flowers work on an energy level to rebalance emotional states. And these mild products are completely safe, even for babies and pets.

 

Don’t Forget Fido

Does your dog hate to travel? If a car or airplane ride is the last place your dog wants to be, you are not alone! You’ll want to try Vital Planet’s CALM for dogs. Formulated with nutraceuticals, herbs, and flower essences, CALM supports calmness and relaxation in dogs experiencing anxiousness and stress. The product comes in tasty chewable tablets or powder that you can mix into food or water.

Next post I’ll take a look at your Summer Diet Reboot!

Maintenance Insurance Plan for Wellness

Filed in Adults, Cleansing, Cleansing & Detox, Diet, Dietary Fiber, Digestive Health, Enzymes, Exercise, Longevity, Supplements, The Detox Strategy, Uncategorized | Posted by Brenda Watson on 06/08/2017


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Over these last months it’s been my pleasure to introduce you to the RENEW Total Body Detox program. I hope you were able to implement many tips and suggestions from my posts. As I’ve mentioned a number of times, each of our health journeys are completely unique. The goal is not completion but awareness and diligence and a commitment to improvement. Maintenance of your health is an ongoing decision.

Following is the maintenance insurance plan I promised at the beginning of our time together. These suggestions are sure to fortify your newfound Wellness.

 

Daily Doses of Support

Following is a short list of supplements to consider in your daily maintenance program, depending on your particular circumstances. They will help support the natural structure and functions of your body and encourage a healthy self-detoxification system.

Supplements Highly Recommended for Everyone

  • Multivitamin and mineral formula
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)
  • Calcium and magnesium (for women)
  • Magnesium (for men)
  • Fiber
  • Probiotics

Optional Nutritional Support as Needed

 

Weekly Commitments
  • Exercise at least four to five days a week.
  • Take saunas and steam baths two to three times per week or as often as your health care professional recommends, working within the limits of your time constraints and financial considerations.

 

Annual Cleansings

Two-step herbal cleansing at least twice a year

Targeted herbal programs once a year

Hydrotherapy, based on your colon hydrotherapist’s advice

Some people find that spending an extended period of time (from a few days to a week or more) at a cleansing and detoxification center is extremely valuable. This focused approach can be especially helpful to those dealing with multiple health issues or who simply need more structure.

 

Maintenance – In conclusion

As you implement all aspects of RENEW with vigilance, you will realize the gifts of true health. Peace and renewed energy, clarity of mind and digestive stability will be yours. As the months and years pass, it will be difficult to remember your previous pesky issues. Aging can be graceful and easier than you might think. Please choose to RENEW!

Stay tuned. In my next series of posts I’m looking forward to sharing summer travel and wellness tips for your whole family!

Wellness!!! Goal Achieved!

Filed in Adults, Cleansing, Cleansing & Detox, Diet, Dietary Fiber, Digestive Health, Enzymes, Exercise, Herbal Cleansing, Longevity, Recipes, Supplements, The Detox Strategy, The Skinny Gut Diet, Uncategorized | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/31/2017


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Congratulations! If you have arrived at this last step and already applied some of the recommendations given in these posts to your own life, you are on your way to being in the best health that you can be. This step in the RENEW Total Body Detox program is focused on W – which stands for Wellness. This is the part where you see the entire plan in action. It’s your daily schedule that will keep you on the path to vibrant health and longevity.

Wellness is about putting together and following a personal schedule that works with your unique life. Everyone must set forth his or her own personal plan for jump-starting, nurturing and maintaining Wellness. This entails not only the daily decisions you make, but also the weekly, monthly, and yearly actions you take to continue supporting your all-important W.

Clearly, fostering a healthy body is not something you can do through a single action. It requires a commitment to constant vigilance in your environment, honoring your dietary changes regularly, as well as completing periodically procedures such as colon hydrotherapy or total-body herbal cleanses every six months.

Remember, the essence of the RENEW program is simply a blueprint consisting of practical concepts and easy, actionable steps that can help you achieve a more vibrant, healthier you! As you implement Wellness, you’ll sustain the perils of living in a polluted world, as well as the (often) unavoidable hazards related to aging with ease. It’s a multisystem approach for total-body health and transformation.

My previous posts (the links I’ve provided below) are intended to serve as your guide as you transform your Total Body Detox program into your new lifestyle. So here’s one idea of how to embrace Wellness!

 

Please personalize this Blueprint to create your very own Total Body Basic Detox Schedule

6:00 a.m.       Wake up. Drink glass of room-temperature or warm fresh-squeezed lemon water. Take one dose of probiotic supplement.

6:30 a.m.       10 to 20 minutes of exercise – rebounding, a workout with exercise bands, perhaps yoga, or cardio and remember to BREATHE. Drink a glass of water during or after exercise.

7:00 a.m.       Take morning dose of total-body basic herbal detox product with glass of water. Dry skin brush whole body before showering.

7:30 a.m.       Have a good breakfast. Take enzymes, oils, and whole-food multi-nutrient with the meal. Nourish!

11:00 a.m.      Have at least 8 ounces of Blended Green Drink. More is great!

12:30 p.m.      Have lunch. Take enzymes with meal. Nourish!

3:00 p.m.      Have at least 8 ounces of Blended Green Drink. More is great!

5:00 p.m.       Optional short rebounding session (5 to 10 minutes).

6:00 p.m.       Have dinner. Take enzymes and oils with meals. Nourish!

7:00 p.m.       Optional walk for 15 or 20 minutes.

8:00 p.m.       Sauna or soak. Relax and meditate.

9:00 p.m.       Take evening dose of total-body basic herbal detox product and fiber supplement before bed with glass of water. Optional: herbal tea.

As you implement your RENEW Total Body Detox program, you will be establishing habits that will allow you to continue your new schedule (with minor adjustments), effectively RENEWing your health for years to come. Get all the details in Detox Strategy.

In my next post I’ll be offering some reminder maintenance tips for Wellness – bringing it all together.

Manage Stress Effectively – Energize!

Filed in Adults, Cleansing, Cleansing & Detox, Exercise, Sleep, Uncategorized | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/26/2017


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Today let’s continue to Energize as we move through the RENEW Total Body Detox program, fully described in Detox Strategy! I’d like to share two of my favorite movement programs with you – as I promised in my last post. As we Energize we are better able to manage stress in all areas of our lives.

 

Rebounding to Health

A rebounder, aka mini-trampoline, is an excellent detoxification tool. Most sporting goods stores carry rebounders or you can find many rebounder suppliers online.

No matter your fitness level, there is a rebounder program for you. Even a “soft walk”, where you simply shift your weight from one foot to another, lifting your heels as you do so, serves to stimulate that ever-important lymph flow. Rebounding so effectively moves lymphatic fluid that it has been referred to as “lymphasizing”.

In addition to clearing the lymph glands, rebounding will provide aerobic exercise (once you’ve worked up to a sustained motion for fifteen to twenty minutes), oxygenating your body.

When you jump up and down on a rebounder, the force of gravity alternately pulls and then releases each cell. Toxic material is flushed out and nutrients are absorbed. During this process white blood cells are also produced. Even a short (two- to three-minute) rebounding session will dramatically increase your white blood cell production, again strengthening your immunity.

Rebounding also exercises the musculoskeletal system, protects and strengthens the cardiovascular and peripheral vascular systems, and helps restore bone density.

It’s best to use your rebounder at least once daily. Short, frequent rebounding sessions can be as beneficial as a single long one. You may find this a simple way to effectively manage stress.

Of course, if you have health issues, always consult with your doctor before beginning any type of exercise routine.

 

Exercise Bands for Strength Training

There are many benefits that are realized as you increase your strength. These include:

  • Injury prevention through correction of muscle imbalances
  • Delay (or even reversal) of muscle mass loss experienced with aging
  • Decrease in total cholesterol and improvement in the ratio of good to bad cholesterol (lowering the risk of heart disease
  • Increased bone density
  • Increased circulation that moves toxins and amplified the body’s detox process

It may be difficult to find time to visit a gym inside of the busy lifestyles that we live these days. Using exercise bands for strength training allows for a work out anytime.

These flexible elastic bands or tubes provide a progressive stimulus to your muscles to help build lean mass and increase your strength. Initially used in rehabilitation setting, exercise bands are rapidly becoming common in a variety of fitness and sports settings.

The bands are extremely portable and don’t take up much space, fitting easily into your overnight bag, purse or backpack. You can go through a complete workout program using just a couple of bands with different resistance levels. And you don’t need a lot of space to do your routine.

Perhaps one of the most valuable aspects of exercise bands for me personally is that they don’t aggravate my chronic neck problems. People with pain issues can safely and comfortably work with resistance bands in a number of effective ways. Bands don’t rely on the force of gravity to provide resistance like exercise machines and dumbbells. Instead, it’s the stretching of the band that creates the resistance: the further you stretch it, the greater the resistance. Simple, safe and easy to manage.

Not only do the bands increase strength, but they also help build flexibility, power, balance, and speed. And because they improve circulation, they help you maximize your body’s detoxification at the cellular level. Extra added benefit – they stimulate burning off fat, which eliminates more toxins, while increasing lean muscle mass and improving your overall fitness! And all these improved functions will serve to help you manage stress with ease.

 

In Conclusion – Mind Your Spirit to Manage Stress

To Energize, sometimes we need to exercise more than our physical bodies by addressing and nurturing that all-important mind-body connection.

I’m a big believer in engaging in activities that help one cope with inevitable stress and create a relaxed mind. We all live busy lives and typically have more to-dos than we can possibly handle. Learning to relax both mind and body is the key to inner peace, increased confidence and a sense of wellbeing. More accomplishment will be yours, both at home and at work. You’ll feel more alive and capable to handle whatever stressors may present.

I have blogged often on the importance of getting enough sleep to reduce the stress levels in your body. Just about every system in the body, including the detoxification process, is affected by the quality and amount of sleep you get nightly. A full eight hours has been found optimal to maintain your metabolism and supporting hormonal balance. Establishing habits that support healthful sleep patterns will result in boundless rewards in the areas of vitality and energy.

For some people, physical exercise is enough to de-stress and provide much needed relaxation. For others, a practice such as yoga and mediation prove more effective. As I mentioned previously, I find yoga to truly help me become more attuned to my body and its needs. I’m able to tap a source of renewed strength and spirit to deal with life effectively.

Your personal journey to manage stress can take many forms. Many people find great value in counseling or perhaps reading and listening to enlightening material. Whatever form works for you, choose to engage regularly. Dedication to the practice of decreasing stress, perhaps more than any other pursuit, will reward you with the life you love to live.

Energize, Power Up! through Breath and Movement

Filed in Adults, Cleansing, Cleansing & Detox, Diet, Digestive Health, Environmental Toxins, Exercise, Herbal Cleansing, Skin, Stress, The Detox Strategy, The Road to Perfect Health, Uncategorized, Weight Loss | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/23/2017


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Today I’d like to focus on the second E in the RENEW Total Body Detox program as you Energize your entire body – and by that I mean your immune system as well as your mind and spirit. Listen closely – I don’t encourage you to add new movement programs into your schedule until you have developed your stable routine around food choices.

It’s important to understand that a functional lymphatic system is a critical aspect of detoxification. You’ll recall that lymph is the clear fluid filled with immune cells that moves around the body in a series of vessels, delivering nutrients and collecting cellular waste while helping to destroy pathogens. Both breathing and movement serve to powerfully stimulate lymph flow and immune function.

 

The Magic of Deep Breathing

The mere act of breathing in and out encourages lymph circulation through the body. The deeper you breathe, the more you can achieve this effect. It has long been known that exercise stimulates this movement of lymphatic fluid, but the role of breathing wasn’t entirely recognized until technology provided the means to photograph lymph flow. This direct observation shows that deep breathing causes the lymph to shoot through the capillaries like a geyser. Therefore, you can think of the breath as the pump for stimulation of lymph flow.

Our daily lives are stressful and most of us are shallow breathers, which means we just breathe in our upper chest, and don’t fill the diaphragm, rib cage and intestinal area regularly with oxygen. So here is a good breathing exercise you can do anywhere, at any time.

Simple breath to free stress – and Energize~

As you inhale, count to 7 and allow your ribcage and abdomen to expand. Then hold that breath for a count of 7. Finally slowly exhale to the count of 7. Try it and let me know if you feel the same stress relief that I notice whenever I remember to do this simple process.

 

The Magic of Movement

Movement of your body squeezes lymph nodes, which are concentrated in the neck, underarms, groin and behind the knees, helping to pump toxins out of the body.

Slow movement exercises, such as yoga and tail chi can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. Yoga, which I like to do, focuses on both stretching and controlled breathing.

Walking, one of the most accessible forms of exercise is also the perfect starting point for people who are not accustomed to any type of physical activity. As you build up to longer, more rigorous walks you’ll begin to sweat more and unload toxins through your skin.

Whether you’re choosing a 20-30 minute walk after dinner each night, or three 10-minute walks throughout the day, your health benefit will be the same. Leisurely, slow-paced strolls won’t accomplish this if your goal is to Energize.

Your goal in any movement program over time will be increase the workload of your lungs and heart. You’ll notice your heart rate will naturally increase as your breathing comes more quickly (and deeply).

A word of caution here. If you are transitioning from a sedentary lifestyle into one that incorporates regular exercise, please start slowly. Gradually increase the time you engage in your chosen activity and the intensity of your effort. All too often I watch people go too fast and end up tired, strained, and sometimes injured. Before long, they are physically and mentally burned out. They lose interest and soon enough they are back where they started. Please don’t let this be you!

No matter your movement choice, remember to place your attention on your breath, keeping in mind how effective full breathing is to your health. I can’t stress this often enough.

 Awesome benefits of movement!

Check out these 13 inspirational reasons to exercise! You will dramatically support detoxification at many levels, too.

  1. Increased stamina and energy
  2. Increased flexibility
  3. Increased blood circulation
  4. Better sleep
  5. Stress reduction
  6. Increased self-esteem and sense of well-being
  7. Increased oxygen supply to cells and tissues
  8. Increased muscle strength, tone and endurance
  9. Release of brain chemicals called endorphins that act as natural tranquilizers
  10. Increased progesterone and decreased estrogen production in women, potentially easing PMS and cramps
  11. Decreased food cravings
  12. Decreased blood sugar levels
  13. Weight distribution and maintenance

Stretching and Cooling Down 

Don’t forget to stretch after any exercise routine (never before). Stretching is important to keep your body limber, but it should not be done without having warmed up your muscles first through other exercises. Stretching will then help your muscles recover faster, prevent tightening, and increase flexibility. Your goal is to comfortably hold each stretch for 30 to 60 seconds.

 

Endocrine system out of balance? Energize!

No discussion of tools to Energize your body can be complete without recognizing the hormonal system and the impact that has on your overall vitality. Your hormonal system includes many more organs and glands than those I’ll mention here. The complex interaction of your endocrine glands intensely affects you in so many ways including your sleep, your weight, and your overall sense of wellbeing. A full discussion of these systems is out of the scope of this post, but can be found in my recent book, The Road to Perfect Health.

Today’s tips will focus specifically on the adrenal and thyroid glands.

As discussed previously, toxins like fire retardants and perchlorate from dry cleaning can impact the efficiency of these endocrine glands.

According to thyroid.org, more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.

Additionally, adrenal fatigue is a surprisingly common affliction, with some experts stating that 80 percent of the Western world can expect to be affected at some point in their lives, as stated by adrenalfatiguefocus.org.

Please check back shortly for my next post where I will detail two of my favorite movement exercise programs – rebounding and strength training with exercise bands. Until then – breathe and Energize!

Nourish Your Body Daily With Essential Nutrients

Filed in Adults, Cleansing, Cleansing & Detox, Dietary Fiber, Digestive Health, Environmental Toxins, Enzymes, Herbal Cleansing, Omega-3 & Fish Oil, Probiotics & Gut Flora, Recipes, Supplements, Uncategorized | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/15/2017


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Let’s recap where we are in the RENEW Total Body Detox program. You began by Reducing your daily toxin exposure in your home environment. Then you began to Eliminate toxins from inside your body. As this process continues, you’ll want to Nourish your cells with as much good nutrition as you can get from both your regular diet and supplementation. This will help you fortify your immune system so it’s capable of fighting the daily battle against toxins. .

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding nutritional supplementation. Skeptics will say that “you get all the nutrients your body needs from the diet”. I’d like to know what they’re eating, because the average American diet is severely lacking in many of our essential nutrients.

An incredible myth in our culture is that “Your body gets all the nutrients it needs from the Standard American Diet”.

Surveys in North American show that the diets of more than 60% tested are deficient in essential nutrients. As we’ve discussed, especially those nutrients needed to support proper detoxification.

Symptoms of nutritional deficiency are not always obvious. You don’t need to have scurvy to have a vitamin C deficiency. Plainly put, if you don’t equip your body with the nutrients it needs to support its internal structures and functions, it won’t be able to withstand the toxic environment in which you live.

Your vitamins A, C, E, minerals such as selenium and most amino acids are critical to liver health and function. With this said, it is important to take a whole food multi-nutrient formula everyday to supply your body with these valuable nutrients.

As I’ve already mentioned, omega-3 oils, our good fat, is also severely lacking in the American diet. Those good fats are needed not only for proper liver function, but for a healthy cardiovascular system, for nerve and brain function, hormonal balance, proper elimination, a good immune system, and even to promote a positive mood!

That’s why taking a highly concentrated, enteric coated Omega-3 supplement can make a big difference in your health.

Another important player in supporting our health is the good bacteria within our digestive tract. At least 70% of our immune system in our digestive tract and the bacteria is the main wellness-supporting factor. Many factors can affect the balance of this good bacteria, so it’s important to keep the levels high.

Eating foods like plain yogurt, kefir, along with fermented veggies are great additions to the diet that provide good bacteria, however for many it is necessary to regularly take a bacterial supplement called probiotics. Look for one that offers from 50 to 100 billion bacterial cultures per capsule.

We should know by now the benefit of eating raw fruits and veggies, not only for the nutrients, but also for the enzymes they provide. For some of us it is difficult to get the enzymes we need strictly from raw foods. An enzyme supplement with every meal will strongly support efficient digestion. Enzyme supplements will also ensure you absorb more nutrients from your food.

For even more information on these important nutrients and additional tips on detoxification, check out my book – Detox Strategy.

Perhaps my favorite way to Nourish all the cells in my body is through using my high speed blender and making green drinks. I’ve been blending green drinks to consume daily for 10 years now and have noticed a steadily increasing vitality. I want you to know that I actually feel better as the years pass! And I credit blended drinks with a lot of my success.

So without further ado I’d like to share with you right here, right now…

My Favorite Blended Green Drink recipe! Nourish your body daily!

Place the following in order into a Vitamix or equivalent high-speed blender. Makes 1 quart. Be sure to drink within 2 days for maximum nutrient value.

  • 3 stalks chopped celery
  • 1/3 English Cucumber with peel
  • 1/2 lemon with peel
  • 1/2 inch of ginger with peel
  • 1/2 avocado – meat only
  • 3-4 sprigs cilantro
  • 3-4 sprigs parsley
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 handful chopped kale
  • 3/4 pink lady or gala apple with peel – seeded
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 handful ice

I feel one of the most important aspects of this particular recipe is that it provides approximately 19 grams of fiber per batch! As we’ve discussed, fiber is responsible for helping to rid toxins from your body. With this in mind, I want to strongly suggest that you drink at least a quart of Blended Green Drink daily as you Nourish your body and journey through your RENEW Total Body Detox program.

I recommend 30-35 grams of fiber daily. If you find that difficult to achieve at times through food choices be sure and purchase a high quality fiber product to supplement.

Please be in touch and let me know how you progress! I’m happy to answer any questions that come up~

Eliminate Hidden Toxins in Your Body – the Natural Way!

Filed in Adults, Cleansing, Cleansing & Detox, Diet, Dietary Fiber, Digestive Health, Environmental Toxins, Herbal Cleansing, Preventable Issues, The Detox Strategy, Uncategorized, Weight Loss | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/09/2017


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Step 2 of the RENEW Total Body Detox program is aimed at eliminating toxins that have accumulated inside your body for years. Eliminate represents the first “E” in RENEW.

Many people ask “How do I know I am toxic?” Here are some simple questions that might indicate the presence of toxins in your body.

  1. Have you experienced a gradual loss of energy to the point that you find yourself tired and worn out by the end of the day?
  2. Has you energy level over the years decreased to the point you have developed a new accepted level of low energy that you think is normal with age?
  3. Does you skin look unhealthy, pale or chaffy?
  4. Are you experiencing changes in your mood or even depression?
  5. Have you experienced weight gain for no apparent reason?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are probably experiencing the effects of hidden toxins in your body.

Detoxification is a natural, ongoing process in the body. You are always naturally cleansing. By choosing an herbal detox program, we can enhance the body’s natural processes.

An herbal detox program could be the very solution you have been looking for in order to live your happiest and healthiest life.

The tradition of herbal cleansing has been recorded in the cultures of the ancient Sumerians, Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Chinese, Europeans, and American and Asian Indians.

Unfortunately in the last 10 years many people believe they can cleanse by simply drinking a tea, shifting your food choices, or fasting. Even though it is important to clean up the diet while cleansing you need herbs and fiber to have a positive impact on your organs and create vibrant health.

I have seen miraculous health changes in people I have worked with when they choose a total body cleanse. It has changed their lives. My life absolutely changed from one of constant issues to consistently vibrant health when I focused on specific cleansing programs like the one I’ve laid out below.

The most effective detox programs use a combination of herbs that create:

  • Laxative effective to make sure the bowel is eliminating toxins that are leaving the organs.
  • Diuretic effects which increase urine flow.
  • Diaphoretic effects which induce sweating.
  • Blood purifying properties which assist in the removal of toxins from the body. Ultimately, purifying the blood is the most important aspect of detox, as the blood is the avenue which brings nutrients to all the cells, tissues and organs of the body.

 

Why Choose a Total Body Detox which combines herbs that affect the Channels of Elimination?

Your detox program should include a combination of herbs that will support your body’s channels of elimination (liver, colon, kidneys, blood, lymph, lungs, and skin and by means of several different mechanisms.

  • Liver – Herbs in the cleansing process will stimulate bile production in the liver, one of the most notable ways the liver rids the body of toxins. Once bile is stimulated by herbs, the toxins flow to the gallbladder and then the small intestine. Herbs also help prevent fat deposits in the liver. Note: fatty liver is the #1 liver problem people have today, especially if fat is present around the waist area of the body.
  • Colon – Herbs stimulate the colon to move waste along quickly. This will not cause too much elimination. It will just enhance it. By adding fiber into your detox program, once the gallbladder dumps the bile into the small intestine, soluble fiber absorbs the toxins and sends them out through the colon.
  • Kidneys – Herbs stimulate urine output. Many toxins leave through the urine, especially caffeine and nicotine.
  • Blood and lymph – Herbs stimulate circulation of blood and lymph which are both essential for cellular waste removal.
  • Lungs – Herbs promote discharge of mucus from the lungs which assists in the removal of airborne toxins.
  • Skin – Herbs promote healthy skin due to the cleansing of the bloodstream.

These benefits of Total Body Cleansing are why we all need a targeted herbal program for a specific time. Statistics show us the average person has close to 90 difference chemicals circulating in their bloodstream. That’s right, 90!

 

How do you pick a Total Body Cleansing program that is right for you?

I have worked with thousands of people who have detoxed their body with the type of herbal products I developed as a result of my decades of work.

 

Here’s a Cleanse For a First-Time Cleanser

If you have never taken an herbal cleansing formula, I recommend that you start with a Basic Total Body Cleanse. This is formulated with all the herbs you need for cleansing while providing gentle colon stimulation to assist your channels of elimination.

The formulation includes herbs which support liver health like artichoke, blessed thistle, dandelion, milk thistle, to name a few. Also included are herbs like mullein for the lungs, parsley for the kidneys, burdock for the skin.

For best results, this program should be taken for two weeks. It’s easy… 2 caps in the morning + 2 caps in the evening with a scoop of fiber. Done for the day!

 

For More Experienced/Constipated Cleanser

If you have cleansed on a regular basis or have a tendency toward constipation, are overweight, have skin problems, or lung congestion, consider a Total Body Herbal Cleanse that is more advanced and concentrated. You will cleanse for a longer period of time. I found 30 days is ideal for most people.

An Advanced Cleansing Program will have some of the same herbal combinations as the basic cleanse program but with a higher concentration of herbs.

When you look at the label on an Advanced Cleanse, in the morning formula you will see Extracts 4:1 or Extracts 5:1 instead of whole herbs. This means the herbs in this formula are more concentrated.

Once again, look for two formulas to be included in your cleansing product – one for the morning and another for the evening. The evening formula will also be stronger, meaning it will create more colon elimination. Many people require this, with more toxins leaving the body.

 

Begin Your Internal Detox Program Now.

Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced cleanser, you can now choose a specific formula that is geared to eliminating silent toxins from your body. I’ve made this program easy to follow. Believe me, it will definitely fit into your busy lifestyle.

If you missed last week’s blog on beginning your Total Body Detox program, here is a link to the article. And for even more detailed information, pick up my recent book Detox Strategy.

Check back later this week for more practical tips on how to Eliminate toxins from your body – the natural way!

Healthy Colon Action Steps for a Happy Life!

Filed in Adults, Cancer, Colon, Diet, Dietary Fiber, Digestive Health, Enzymes, Exercise, Fermentation, Heart of Perfect Health, Omega-3 & Fish Oil, Prebiotics, Probiotics & Gut Flora, Sleep, Stress, The Skinny Gut Diet, Uncategorized | Posted by Brenda Watson on 04/06/2017


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There are many ways to look directly at the gut connection to cancer. I believe the most important information you can receive is how to support and maintain a healthy colon.

I realize now that in these four posts honoring Colon Cancer Awareness Month I have only scratched the surface of the information I would love to share with you. Over the years, I have learned so very much interacting closely with so many people. In the 1990’s, I also practiced colon hydrotherapy in a holistic cancer clinic in conjunction with a medical doctor who cared primarily for cancer patients. It was an honor to witness the amazing health changes that occurred for people who used natural methods of healing. I was also regularly humbled by the devastating effects that chronic disease and cancer can have on the body.

Today I’m offering you tests and natural solutions that I hope will be informative and helpful to you. Whether you are personally touched by cancer or simply looking to maintain vibrant health (and that most important healthy colon), there are valuable tips for you here.

To begin, I previously mentioned that colon cancer can, in some cases, manifest silently. What I mean is that the patient reports having no symptoms. For this very important reason, please be sure to schedule a colonoscopy screening when your doctor advises.

Do you have a healthy colon? Find out about cancer screening now

Over the years I’ve seen colon hydrotherapy be a profound therapy for people. I never thought I would see the day when traditional gastroenterologists would embrace colon hydrotherapy. But the time has finally come. One of the first digestive care clinics that I founded began receiving patients from a local GI doctor for pre-colonoscopy treatment. He reported positive feedback from his patients. He also noticed beneficial results in their digestive tracts. I’m so happy that acceptance of colonoscopy by mainstream GI doctors is increasing. Today, you may find it acknowledged as an alternative to the toxic and uncomfortable pre-colonoscopy treatment. Additionally, many alternative cancer doctors are embracing colon hydrotherapy in the design of their total programs. This therapy fits perfectly with other integrative therapies that seek to restore total health to cancer patients.

Learn more about colon hydrotherapy here

There are a number of functional tests that I believe provide extremely important baseline health information. They are useful for both understanding your colon and maintaining your overall well being. I explained and listed them in detail in my recent book, Heart of Perfect Health.

In my mind, no discussion of cancer is complete without addressing nutritional choices. Revising a person’s diet and providing supportive natural supplementation in the face of a cancer diagnosis is now widely embraced. Thank goodness! So lets talk specifically about what I believe to be the basic, essential nutritional support for both maintenance and healing.

It’s important to realize that a chronic microbial imbalance or overgrowth (dysbiosis ) anywhere in the digestive tract can trigger immune imbalance. From mouth to anal canal, this imbalance can negatively impact your body’s immune system. In a healthy, balanced system, the thousands of genetically damaged cells, which can become cancer, are easily destroyed and recycled by your natural defenses. There is evidence to suggest we all have abnormal cells most of the time. It’s how your body’s immune system handles these cells that will determine if and when you develop cancer. In addition, with aging there is often a depletion of beneficial bacteria (especially bifidobacteria) with an associated decrease in natural killer cells (protector cells). This may partly explain the increased incidence of most cancers with aging.

The HOPE program (High fiber – balanced soluble/insoluble, balance of Omega-3 and 6 essential oils, pre & Probiotics, and digestive Enzymes) may do much to help prevent cancer. A supplemental HOPE program would also be wise to follow if you or a loved one are currently dealing with cancer.

The HOPE Program + Skinny Gut Diet eating plan = The Best YOU ever!

High-fiber Prebiotic soluble fibers plus good bacteria (probiotics) create short chain fatty acids (SCFAs). Butyrate is the most notable SGFA with regard to colon cancer. Butyrate levels are generally accepted even by traditional medicine as an indicator for colon cancer risk. Butyrate is the fuel for the cells that line the colon. In addition, butyrate triggers the destruction of sick colonic cells (exposed to toxins and harmful microbes).  This happens especially when combined with EPA/DHA omega-3s. Without healthy levels of butyrate, the colon cells may grow uncontrolled, turning into cancerous cells.

Omega oils Both the balance (ratio) and total amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 essential oils have profound effects on cellular function. This balance of oils can result in either health – or cancer. There is much evidence that too much omega-6, or too high of an omega-6/omega-3 ratio can actually be a factor in promoting cancer. The current ratio in our society is believed to be anywhere from 12/1 to 20/1, but should be about 4 to 6/1! There is much scientific evidence that suggests this very high imbalance, the result of eating too much omega-6 (the oils most used in salad dressings, food additives, and cooking), is responsible for many of our modern illnesses, including cancer.

On the other hand, high normal levels of omega-3s have been shown to prevent and even be helpful in overcoming various cancers. This includes colon cancer. Omega 3s are already recognized as a companion therapy with chemotherapy treatments.

However, we must remember that everything is a question of balance, and that too much omega-3 is not recommended either. There are several labs that can measure both the omega-6, omega-3 ratios and other important fats in red blood cell (RBC) membranes. I think it is important to periodically (2 to 3 times per year) check your levels if using any more than a maintenance dose of fish oil, and especially if using high doses for any serious illness.

Cost effective lab test to measure your Omega 3/6 ratio, and more!

Probiotics Another way to look at the value of probiotics in the prevention of cancer is to look at what happens to the food we eat when it is acted on and transformed by pathogenic bacteria. Normal proteins, fats and carbohydrates in our daily diet can be converted into toxins, known as carcinogens, when acted upon by harmful bacteria as I mentioned in my last post.

The good news is that this toxic build-up can be minimized by regular consumption of prebiotics and probiotics and/or fermented foods along with an 80 to 90 percent plant-based diet. A plant-based diet is supportive of the lactobacilli, bifidobacteria, and beneficial E. coli and S. thermophilus strains as well as other probiotics so necessary for a healthy colon. However diet alone may not be enough. I suggest a high potency, multistrain probiotic daily to insure your continued health.

Enzymes We discussed how enzymes maintain good health in our last post. Well, the lack of different enzymes has been strongly implicated in prevalence of various cancers. In some cases this seems to be related to a chronic shortage of pancreatic enzymes specifically. There is evidence to support that proteolytic enzymes, either from the pancreas or taken orally, are absorbed systemically. These enzymes have been found to decrease tumor production and growth through many mechanisms.

In summary, a predominantly plant-based diet plus the HOPE program, coupled with appropriate detoxification programs, good bowel elimination with colon hydrotherapy, high-quality sleep, moderate exercise and stress reduction with meditation, including psycho-emotional-spiritual reconnection, will all be helpful in both prevention and as alternative therapies for cancer recovery – and will support and maintain your healthy colon for life!

Digestive Dysfunction = Gut Gone Bad!

Filed in Adults, Cancer, Chronic Disease, Constipation, Diarrhea, Digestive Health, Enzymes, Heart Disease, Heartburn, Immune System, Indigestion, Inflammation, Liver, Preventable Issues, Uncategorized | Posted by Brenda Watson on 03/21/2017


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As we move into the third week of Colon Cancer Awareness Month it’s time to discuss what can go wrong in your gut. Last week I presented a very brief overview of how a healthy gut works. This week I’d like to help you recognize signs of digestive dysfunction. The result is multiple disease processes like constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, myriad chronic health conditions and even cancer.

However there is one critical point I must make, and I can’t stress this too strongly. In my 30+ years of working closely with people experiencing all levels of digestive issues, I have seen far too many cases of colon cancer. The unfortunate thing I’ve noticed time and again was this – when a person was diagnosed with colon cancer – they thought they had healthy digestion! Needless to say, they were floored by the diagnosis. When I questioned them further, I might hear “I had a little indigestion here and there” or “sometimes I was constipated”. Often they didn’t notice anything that might have tipped them off to a life-threatening situation brewing inside them.

That’s why it’s so important to truly understand and appreciate what really happens in your own body to do with digestion and absorption. The colon can be very quiet for a long time as disease smolders within. I believe this knowledge has fueled my passion to continue, day after day, to implore people to recognize that their gut is literally the core of their health.

What can go wrong? Intestinal toxemia = poisoning of the intestines!

Intestinal toxemia occurs when the bacteria in the gut act upon undigested food. This interaction can produce toxic chemical and gases. These toxins, in turn, can damage the mucosal lining, resulting in increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut). The net result is that the toxins are then able to spread throughout the body via the bloodstream.

7 common habits that may be poisoning your intestines:

  1. Inadequate amounts of living foods and quality proteins in our dietary choices
  2. Not chewing our foods thoroughly
  3. Drinking with meals
  4. Over-consumption of processed foods (including sugar!)
  5. Overeating in general
  6. Eating foods that we know we are sensitive or allergic to
  7. Inadequate water consumption between meals resulting in low-grade dehydration

Poisoning your intestines is a process that progresses over time. The good news is that you can reverse that process by changing your behaviors.

In the words of Dr. John Matsen, ND, “If you don’t digest your food quickly, some microorganism will digest it for you, making toxins.” These toxins created inside our bodies are called “endotoxins”. I want you to know that they are every bit as damaging to your body as external environmental toxins. We call those “exotoxins”, and are very familiar with the dangers of substances like pesticides, radon or car exhaust.

If the above mentioned habits continue for an extended period of time, the certain result is an overtaxed digestive system. That happens whether you experience mild to severe digestive symptoms, or no symptoms at all. Supporting organs such as your liver and pancreas become overburdened.

Ultimately, your once healthy gut begins its downhill spiral toward altered digestive function. Diagnoses like constipation, diarrhea, IBS or even IBD, along with cardiovascular issues, hormone imbalances, arthritis, fibromyalgia – the list goes on and on. And yes, even cancer.

This is primarily how the sad tale of disease begins – and if you truly understand this, you have the power to change your story and restore your health once more!

Digestive dysfunction. Please don’t let this happen!

Some major dysfunctional results of poor habits:

  • Deficiency of HCL – disrupted protein digestion and decreased stomach pH allowing harmful organisms access to the body
  • Pancreatic insufficiency – reduced enzyme and bicarbonate secretion – inefficient digestion of foods, reduced absorption of nutrients
  • Imbalanced intestinal pH – also reduces proper food breakdown and absorption and compromises immunity

You may think I’m being overdramatic – linking almost all variations of chronic disease processes to the gut. In two words – I’m NOT! Daily more and more supporting evidence is disclosed in clinical trials that prove that your digestion – breaking down and absorbing the nutrients you intake – is absolutely essential to every function in your body.

The premise is so simple it’s unbelievable that many Americans still fail to see the relationship between what goes in their mouths and the way they feel and function. As I mentioned, I think it’s largely due to the forgiving nature of the gut. Symptoms often don’t occur until quite a large amount of damage has been done. And it also has to do with our society’s obsession with simply eliminating symptoms. Many people don’t seem to care to understand what may have been causing that discomfort in the first place. Nexium be gone!

Next post I will give you an action list of exactly what you need to do to understand and heal your gut! Until then, eat lots of living foods!