Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential water-soluble vitamin good for many things:

Vitamin C Powder with rose hip and orange peel powders

Vitamin C Powder with rose hip and orange peel powders

  • normal development, growth and repair  
  • Strength of capillary walls
  • Absorption of iron
  • Adrenal health
  • Formation of collagen
  • Healing of  sickness and wounds

Vitamin C is considered an "essential" nutrient because our bodies neither produce it nor store it. Therefore, it is extremely important to get vitamin C in our diet.

If we regularly consume raw fruits and vegetables, we get plenty of vitamin C, (the heat from cooking kills vitamin C.)

The vitamins we get from food, are perfectly balanced with other nutrients to ensure efficient absorption as well as prevent imbalance - consuming too much of one nutrient can lead to the deficiency of another.   To ensure proper balance and absorption, get your vitamins from a whole food source whenever possible! 

Most vitamin C supplements are ascorbic acid and very likely genetically modified (GMO)*** (see below)

Where can you find a whole food, non-gmo, affordable vitamin C supplement??   Make it yourself!   Now wait!  Don't get worried!   It's SO easy!   If you've ever mixed anything in your life, like flour and sugar, brownie mix, pancake batter,...then you can make this vitamin C powder EASILY!!

Here is the recipe for my whole food Vitamin C supplement:

In a large bowl, mix together equal parts of  ALL OR SOME of the following (feel free to pick and choose):

I GET MY POWDERS HERE:

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c
  • orange peel powder
  • rose hip powder
  • beet root powder
  • amla powder
  • acerola cherry powder                               
  • goji berry powder 

Add: 

Vitamin C Powder with orange peel, rose hip and beet root powders

Vitamin C Powder with orange peel, rose hip and beet root powders

  • stevia to taste

To Use: 

  • Mix 1 Tablespoon vitamin C powder with water, juice or tea.  
  • Enjoy and stay healthy!! 

See also:

Thieves Vinegar and Elderberry Syrup

I GET MY POWDERED HERBS HERE:

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c

 

***"WHOLE VS. FRACTIONATED

OK, natural vs. synthetic. Let’s start with Vitamin C. Most sources equate vitamin C with ascorbic acid, as though they were the same thing. They’re not. Ascorbic acid is an isolate, a fraction, a distillate of naturally occurring vitamin C. In addition to ascorbic acid, vitamin C must include rutin, bioflavonoids, Factor K, Factor J, Factor P, Tyrosinase, Ascorbinogen, and other components ...

V I T A M I N C

In addition, mineral co-factors must be available in proper amounts.

If any of these parts are missing, there is no vitamin C, no vitamin activity. When some of them are present, the body will draw on its own stores to make up the differences, so that the whole vitamin may be present. Only then will vitamin activity take place, provided that all other conditions and co-factors are present. Ascorbic acid is described merely as the “antioxidant wrapper” portion of vitamin C; ascorbic acid protects the functional parts of the vitamin from rapid oxidation or breakdown. (Somer p 58 “Vitamin C: A Lesson in Keeping An Open Mind” The Nutrition Report)

Over 90% of ascorbic acid in this country is manufactured at a facility in Nutley, New Jersey, owned by Hoffman-LaRoche, one of the world’s biggest drug manufacturers (1 800 526 0189). Here ascorbic acid is made from a process involving cornstarch and volatile acids. Most U.S. vitamin companies then buy the bulk ascorbic acid from this single facility. After that, marketing takes over. Each company makes its own labels, its own claims, and its own formulations, each one claiming to have the superior form of vitamin C, even though it all came from the same place, and it’s really not vitamin C at all.

FRACTIONATED = SYNTHETIC = CRYSTALLINE = FAKE

The word synthetic means two things:

– manmade
– occurs nowhere in nature

From the outset, it is crucial to understand the difference between vitamins and vitamin activity. The vitamin is the biochemical complex. Vitamin activity means the actual biological and cellular changes that take place when the stage is set for the vitamin complex to act.

Think of it like gas and a car. Pumping the gas into the tank doesn’t necessarily mean the car is going anywhere. Other conditions and factors must be also present, in order for Activity to occur. The gas line to the carburetor must be clear, the carburetor jets must be set, there must be an exact mixture of air flow, the ignition must be turned on, the spark plugs must be clean, the exact amount of gas must reach each spark plug right before it fires, no gas must be left over in the cylinder after the plug fires. Getting the idea? If any of this stuff is missing, there’s no Activity: the car doesn’t run, or at least not very well.

Amazing as it may sound if you’re hearing this for the first time, vitamins are more than the synthetic fractions we are commonly taught they are. The ascorbic acid you buy at the grocery store every few weeks, thinking you are buying Vitamin C, is just a chemical copy of naturally occurring ascorbic acid, which itself is still only a fraction of the actual Vitamin C. Real vitamin C is part of something living, and as such, can impart life. Your synthetic, fractionated chemical ascorbic acid never grew in the ground, never saw the light of day, never was alive or part of anything alive. It’s a chemical, a cornstarch derivative, a sulfuric acid by-product. In your body it’s just another drug. Synthetic vitamins have toxic effects from mega-doses and actually can increase the white blood cell count. Vitamins are only necessary in minute quantities on a daily basis. Whole food vitamins, by contrast, are not toxic since the vitamin is complexed in its integral working form, and requires nothing from the body, and triggers no immune response.   

http://www.thedoctorwithin.com/vitaminc/ascorbic-acid-is-not-vitamin-c/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eating Real Whole Foods

Optimal health is possible!!   Hooray!!    

The key??  

Carrots & celery with homemade yogurt, :) 

Carrots & celery with homemade yogurt, :) 

Eat REAL, WHOLE FOODS!!  

You cannot get the health that you need by taking supplements or eating partial or dead foods.  

It is my goal to get all the nutrients I need from eating real whole foods! 

Heres why:  

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  • God created me and knows what I need
  • God created my food supply and loaded it with all the nutrients I need in just the right proportions! 
  • If I take a supplement of one specific nutrient, how do I know that there aren't 15 other nutrients that my body needs in order to assimilate and use that one?!  You canNOT get health from a pill!!!
  • When I eat a whole apple, a whole carrot, a whole egg or whole milk, I am getting all the nutrients working together for complete and effective assimilation!
  • When I eat just the egg white, remove the peel from my apple, carrot or potato, or eat low fat dairy, I am removing some of the necessary elements that allow my body to properly use and assimilate the nutrients I need!

REAL WHOLE FOODS: 

  • Vegetables -- whole, not peeled, minimally cooked, lots of raw veggies; more veggies than fruit
  • Fruit -- whole, not peeled, fresh and uncooked; vibrant and colorful, 
  • Whole dairy products -- organic, grass-fed, whole (not skim or low fat)
  • Whole grains -- brown rice, quinoa, corn, rolled and steel cut oats
  • Legumes -- beans, peas, lentils; soaked before cooking!
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Meat -- as a "condiment,"  far less than you think you need!!!    
    • grass fed beef
    • organic, free-range poultry and eggs
    • wild caught fish

I try to avoid packaged foods, but not all.  When I do buy packaged foods, I make sure I know what all of the ingredients are and that there are only a few ingredientss; no long list!  I avoid "mystery ingredients" and preservatives.   Good, real, whole food SHOULD decompose quickly!!    

I like to think of eating as FUELING my body!  Oh my, don't get me wrong, I DO eat for enjoyment! ;0).  But NOT all the time!  I have my treats, but I've learned enough about what happens with the food inside my body, that I've TRAINED myself to enjoy what's good for me!   Have you ever heard the term "acquired taste"?  Well, that's what needs to take place!!  I enjoy all of the nutritious foods that I eat!! :)

LEARN all you can about nutrition and then BELIEVE the truth about diet and you will be able to acquire the taste for what's good for you! 

eating isn’t all about how it feels or tastes in your mouth, it’s about what it’s doing inside your body!!
— ME :)

Though many claim that our food supply is deplete of many of its nutrients, there are organic farmers who care for and replenish the soil.    Avoid poison (pesticides and herbicides) on your food and eat organic whenever possible!!

Here are some of my favorite books:  

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A Few Thoughts on Weight Loss

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Do you ever find yourself rationalizing:  "I can eat this, I've been so good!"   And then, again, " I've been so good lately, and I deserve a treat". Yet again, "I've been eating well, it's been stressful lately, I can eat this."   

If you can relate, you're not alone!   Sometimes I do this again and again until, suddenly, my clothes are a little tighter around the middle and I just feel thicker and heavier than usual.    

When I'm eating healthy, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep, I love that light, healthy, strong, fast feeling! (my boys would laugh at me saying I feel fast;-)) 

The truth is, maintaining your weight is a lot easier than loosing weight!!  But sometimes it's got to be done! ;0)

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Here's what I do:

Eat less -- hello!!  No brainer, right?!  But the key for me is not a lot less.  Just a little less at each meal. Remember, it's got to be sustainable!   So I:

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  • Serve myself smaller portions 
  • Leave food on my plate. No, it's not a sin!  It's more of a waste/waist;0  if you eat it and don't need it!!!
  • Cut out the evening snack -- my hubby and like to have trail mix or well-buttered popcorn at night.   This is an easy thing to cut out!! -- well, it's not EASY, but it's a big factor when I'm trying to drop a few pounds!  I tell myself, "I'm going to bed soon, I can make it til then!!"    And, I try to knit, or write or crochet to keep my hands busy and distracted.  :-)
  • Eat lots of veggies
  • Exercise a little more.    
  • Cardio is a good way to burn calories
  • Interval training is an even better way -- exercise with periods of high intensity and low intensity (zumba is interval training-woohoo!)
  • Strength training/weight lifting is a good way to gain muscle so that you burn more calories and fat even while you're sleeping!!  Woohoo!!  That's good news, right!

***after lifting weights, your body continues to burn calories and fat, post workout!!!***

  •  Eat lots of veggies!!
  • Get adequate rest
  • Eat lots of veggies!!!!  -- did I say that already?!  It's important!
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Give yourself praise and acceptance for the wonderful woman you are!  No matter how you feel (or look) at any given time, your worth is always assured!   You are incredibly valuable to the One who created you!!

Keep in mind that your diet has got to be something that is sustainable!!!  Maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle is the key.  It's what you do on a regular basis that matters!  

  

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Oil Pulling

 

Daily, we are exposed to a dangerous amount of toxins. There are pesticides in our produce, dangerous chemicals in the cans, plastic and styrofoam of our packaged products, not to mention the pollutants in the air we breathe and water we drink!    Yikes!!

What to do?! 

My personal favorite, not because I love doing it ;), but because it's really quite easy (once you get in the habit), and it's extremely effective is Oil Pulling!!

Here are some positive side effects of oil pulling:

  • Stronger teeth, gums and jaw
  • Sinus & Allergy relief
  • Eczema, yeast, candida relief
  • Detoxification
  • Plaque, Cavity & Gingivitis prevention
  • Hormone balance 
  • Reduced Inflammation -- helping with joint & muscle pain 
  • Improved vision
  • Prevention of lip, mouth, throat and skin dryness
  • Possible relief for TMJ and jaw soreness
  • Migraine headache relief
  • Fresh breath and prevention of halitosis (bad breath)
  • Kidney function support
  • Solid sleep; relief from insomnia
  • Help for autoimmune troubles, fatigue and blood pressure problems

You can use a variety of oils for oil pulling, olive, sunflower or coconut, but coconut is my #1 choice.  Here's why:

Coconut Oil is:

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  • Antibacterial & Antiviral
  • Anticarcinogenic  
  • Antifungal & Antimicrobial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiparasitic—can help eliminate tapeworms and other parasites.
  • Anti-protozoa—kills protozoan infection in the gut.

I'm sure you're all dying to start practicing this daily :0)!  So,..

Here's the How To:

1. Oil pull on an empty stomach (preferably first thing in the morning when bacteria in the mouth is the highest)

2. Use about one tablespoon of organic coconut oil – you may want to start with less and work your way up to more.  The coconut oil is a solid (at this time of year), but it will melt in your mouth.  :)

3. Swish the oil around in your mouth, pushing and pulling the oil slowly through the teeth and the entire mouth.  – do not swallow.

4. Swish for 5-20 minutes -- if you can't pull for very long, feel free to spit out and start with a new batch every 5 min. or so if necessary.  

5. Spit out all of the oil when you are done and rinse your mouth with warm water.

6. Brush with a natural toothpaste afterwards (optional)

If you ever have a tooth ache, infection, abscess, canker sore or cut in your mouth, I would recommend oil pulling several times a day and add a few drops or Oregano essential oil or Melaleuca essential oil.  My experience is that this quickly eliminates the problem!

Let me know how this goes for you!  

Happy Oil Pulling! 

Shiny Hair & Radiant Skin

 

Our bodies store silicon in the hair, nails and skin.  If we do not have enough silicon in our diets, our reserves become depleted, leading to:

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  • skin eruptions,
  • acne,
  • dry, peely skin,
  • split ends,
  • cracked and split finger and toe nails.  

Thanks to the refining process of our foods, we lack vital minerals and nutrients. And with regards to hair and skin, specifically silicon and the B vitamins!  

Here's an experiment done by Bernard Jensen to see some of the damage done by processed and refined foods:

“rice bran and rice polishings (the part that is thrown away in the process of preparing polished white rice) are the highest sources of silicon and several B vitamins - thiamin, riboflavin & niacin. In the experiment, polished rice, lacking silicon and the B vitamins, was fed to pigeons. Within a 4-day period,they would flap backward and die. But if they were given the rice polishings — the part of the rice the miller throws away — they would recover.” Chickens who were fed polished white rice developed “droop wing,” which also cleared up when they had been given the rice polishings. This is a great example of “the health penalty paid due to the refining process”! (“The Chemistry of Man”, Bernard Jensen, Ph.D., pg 310)
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Whole, unprocessed foods is always the answer!!  While many people are inclined to turn to a quick fix, a supplement of some sort, it is not the best way for your body to assimilate the nutrients -- the other nutrients and minerals in the whole food are essential to the absorption and assimilation of each nutrient and mineral!

Foods rich in silicon: 

  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Nuts & Seed
  • Rice Polishings & Bran
  • Kelp
  • Grains (whole, unprocessed) 

My favorite option is Oatstraw tea!  It's easy and tasty!  And satisfies my inkling to "take a supplement" 😜

For recipe, see my coming post on Oatstraw   



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