The Controversial Practice of Oil Pulling

Some people love oil pulling. Others think it’s bogus. Today we’re going to talk about what it is and the best way to do it.

Oil pulling has been practiced for thousands of years. It’s an Ayurvedic practice from India.

There are many benefits:

  • Whiter teeth
  • Better breath
  • Healthier mouth
  • Reversal of bleeding gums
  • Shift in the microbial makeup of the mouth
  • Breakdown of biofilm (the protective film microbes create and live in)

If you read the American Dental Association website, they don’t think that oil pulling does anything. But if you look at the studies and the research, it shows that it reduces Streptococcus mutans. That’s one of the major tooth decay bacteria in the mouth.

I think it’s worth looking at. I’ve had really good results with it myself, and I know other people who have seen a major benefit from it.

Here’s how to perform oral oil pulling:

You can use sesame oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or any edible oil. You swish around a tablespoon or so. You want to do this in the morning before you eat. It is recommended doing it before brushing your teeth. You’re going to swish, swish, swish. Just keep that rinsing through your mouth, anywhere from one minute all the way to 40 minutes.

What it’s doing is killing off the organisms. It’s stimulating a lot of saliva. It’s stimulating enzymes coming from your mouth and it helps break some of these organisms down, as well. It also pulls out any fat-soluble toxins from the mouth. It breaks down the sticky biofilm that causes tooth decay.

I’ve done this many, many times. It’s an odd sensation to have that much fat in your mouth. You really don’t want to swallow it when you’re done because it’s filled with all the dead bacteria and toxins, plus it’s a decent amount of oil. This practice is detoxifying. When it’s time to spit it out, I recommend spitting it out in the trash can and not in your sink. That way you don’t have to clean your sink every day. Use the trash in the kitchen with a bag liner. I find that works the best.

I’m going to show you how to do this now, but before I do, I want to give you one quick tip about adopting healthy habits. There is a technique around habit development, where you floss one tooth. Instead of saying “I’m going to floss every day,” you just say, “I’m going to floss one tooth.” You just commit to flossing only one tooth a day.

That’s what I want you to do with this. I don’t want you to think, “Oh, I have to do this for 20 minutes.” I just want you to commit to doing this for even 30 seconds, and you can set an alarm on your phone for just a minute. Just do one minute and then be done with it. I’m only asking you to try this out for a week. Do it one minute a day. If you want to go longer, go longer. Just commit to the one minute per day so that we know that you can succeed and I just want to set you up to develop that habit.

 

Sesame oil is my preference. I like the taste better and I feel like the consistency is better for this practice. Many prefer coconut oil due to its antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Most oils have antimicrobial and antifungal qualities. That is what keeps them from growing mold or going bad quickly, which is why any edible oil will work.

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When you spit it out, it’s milky. It looks a little disgusting. That’s just because your saliva has being emulsified in the fat. One thing that they say, too, is that it trains your muscles in your mouth and your neck.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried oil pulling and what you think about it!

Probiotically,

Summer

Why Do I Get Cavities?

You may have heard of the gut microbiome, which is the various microorganisms that live in the gut.

But did you know that you also have sub-microbiomes all throughout your body?

You have a sub-microbiome living in your armpits. You have a sub-microbiome living in your eyebrow with some weird little critters that live in there. You almost don’t want to go look up the magnified pictures of these little critters that live in your eyebrow. It kind of grossed me out.

You also have an entire ecosystem in your mouth. Keeping that balance and keeping the right organisms in check is very important to maintaining good oral health. This is how you keep from getting cavities. This is also the very, very, very beginning of your digestive tract. Having the right microorganisms in your mouth helps you digest your food better, which gives you more energy and keeps you healthy.

This is because when you digest your food, as your food passes through every single organ of your digestive system, it is exposed to different enzymes. Enzymes are active in certain, different enzymes are active in different pHs. The pH of your mouth should actually be slightly alkaline. This does a few things. One, it keeps the salivary amylase, which is a starch-digesting enzyme that keeps your mouth functioning at its optimal ability.

“When your mouth is more alkaline it protects your teeth from acids that wear away bones and minerals. Having a just slightly alkaline mouth will help the right organisms to grow.” -Summer Bock

This is big, right? This is really big. If you get the wrong organisms growing at a lower pH, they produce more acids as they are hanging out eating all of the slime that’s living on your teeth and then they digest it. They produce more acids, it wears down your teeth, breaks them down, makes them more susceptible to cavities and makes it more possible for cavity-forming bacteria to live there. This is a topic that I’m really passionate about because a lot of people with digestive issues actually struggle with mouth microbiome imbalance. It’s the very beginning of the digestive system and the first place to start whenever there are any problems.

One of the big questions I get from people is, first, how do you check your pH of your mouth? Secondly, how do you shift it? If you’re interested, I cover this in Gut Rebuilding. We go deep to shift the pH of not just your mouth, but your entire digestive system. First and foremost, you will do a salivary test for pH where you spit on a pH strip and test the pH of your saliva. However, you have to make sure that you do this two hours away from food. You also need to make sure you haven’t put on chapstick or drink any water or anything else for two hours. Then you can check it to see what it is. To be balanced, It really needs to be at least 7 to 7.2.

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Let’s say you got a reading and it’s 6.5. You’re actually slightly acidic at that point and this is not good. It’s not good for digestion, and it’s not good for bacteria in your mouth. What you need to do to shift that is a few things on a deeper level. You have to work on getting more minerals in your system. You have to get your buffering system up and working better, which is fueled by minerals. This means eating more nutrient-dense food, but it also means strengthening the digestion so that you can pull out the minerals from the food. IMPORTANT: Without the right digestive capabilities, you’re not going to be able to even digest those minerals, no matter how many you bring into your body. Strengthening digestion is the most important thing you can do to increase your alkalinity.

Also, you have to work on reducing acid-forming habits and acid forming lifestyle components, as well as foods in your diet. That means pulling out things that are very acidic. When I say acidic, I don’t mean lemon juice or sauerkraut. I mean things that have an acidic effect on the body. Alcohol is a good example of an acidic food. Coffee is another good example of a food that is very acidic in the body. They make your body produce extra metabolic waste, and in order to process that, you have to use up a lot of minerals.

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When I look at somebody’s saliva pH and see it is fairly low (more acidic), we know they haven’t quite been doing the work that they need to around food. They haven’t been eating an alkaline-enough diet. They haven’t been living a lifestyle that’s causing them to be more alkaline. This involves stress management, exercise, and being mentally positive. Being stressed out or negative is extremely acidifying on the body. It makes you produce certain neurotransmitters that put your body into a state of fight or flight. When you’re in that state you produce more metabolic waste and more acidic byproducts. Over time, that will deplete you of your minerals that you desperately need to keep your pH balance in places like your saliva.

When I talk about alkalinity, I sometimes hear objections about how your body maintains a constant pH. This is only true when talking about your blood. It is always going to maintain the proper pH. Your blood can never change its pH because certain enzymes that keep the heart beating function optimally between 7.38 to 7.42. It’s a very tiny range because enzymes, like bacteria, are sensitive to pH. These enzymes are crucial to you being alive. Your body will do whatever it can to maintain that pH. It’s going to pull minerals from your bones, it’s going to pull minerals out of your buffering system, it’s going to pull minerals out of your saliva, like out of everywhere from your body before it starts pulling them out of the blood because, without that, you would die immediately. Your body has prioritized this.

We can use the saliva pH as a general biofeedback to track and determine where you’re at in your overall health. It’s a little window for seeing how healthy you are and what kinds of work you need to do to help get your mouth functioning better so that you can digest your food and start working on rebuilding your gut. To check your saliva pH, you’ll need to get the right pH strips for that. You can find them at shopgutsandglory.com. That would be your very first step to see if pH is an issue for your teeth and for your gut.

 

Probiotically,

Summer

 

Make a Plan to Heal Your Gut

Today you’re going to learn how to make a plan to rebuild your gut.

I want to show you how to make strides in rebuilding your bioterrain so it is a healthy environment where probiotics can grow with very little effort on your part.

What most people don’t understand is that you can take probiotics but if your gut is a barren wasteland due to years of stress, antibiotics, and the wrong food, there is nothing for those bacteria to grow in.

Introducing probiotics is like throwing seeds on sand hoping they’ll grow into trees, but they won’t until you rebuild the soil and create the right environment for them to thrive.

In 2014, Americans spent $3.8 trillion on medical care. That is $12,000 per person on average. That number doesn’t including healthy people like my boyfriend and me who are spending significantly less than this. There are some who are spending way more. I don’t want that to be you. I don’t want you to spend money on chronic, preventable, and unnecessary diseases.

Americans also spend $28 billion on over-the-counter supplements. What are you budgeting for? Are you just relieving root symptoms or getting to the root cause?

My dad spent years of his life going to the doctor and taking medications that were just treating the symptoms of his diabetes. When he got to the root by rebuilding his gut, his symptoms lessened and he slashed his medication in half.

I was so relieved! Part of why I started doing this work was my dad. I couldn’t stand the idea of him having his feet amputated or losing his eyesight to a disease that wouldn’t even exist if people knew how to eat in a way that supported the gut. The same goes for asthma, digestive diseases, allergies, obesity, autoimmune disorders, and in some cases, depression. I don’t want you or anyone else to be losing precious years off of your life.

So how did we get into this mess in the first place? There are three main causes of gut imbalance:

Antibiotics
Stress
Nutrient lacking foods

There’s a lot of conflicting information and a lack of education for how to take care of your body. It doesn’t need to be so complicated.

I wake up every day and I look at my skin. I make sure I’m digesting my food. I constantly rework my schedule so I have time for exercise, time with my sweetie, for work, and for play. I go through my home and purge on a regular basis. My word for the year was “organize” and I’ve applied that to my kitchen, my meals, my community, and my computer. I continually practice communication to get more clear with who I am and what I’m up to with my clients, friends, community, and family. I have people to help me in rough times, as well as celebratory times.

I’m grateful for the amazing support in my life, my assistant, and my friends. I run my business and I love the work I do. I am dedicated to creating programs and products that make a difference in people’s lives and I’m trying to reach as many people as possible with this information that has saved my life. Why? Because I don’t take it for granted. I used to be so sick!

Up until ten years ago, I was totally uncomfortable in my own skin. I was undernourished. I was so tired that I couldn’t exercise. I was allergic to everything from chemicals to food and pollen. I got migraines from perfume. My eyes were always watering and my skin was constantly breaking out in rashes. I thought I was going to have to be the boy in the bubble!

I used to cry at night because I couldn’t afford that cleanse or program or product that would make me be able to heal myself so I could stop suffering. I didn’t realize at the time that I was suffering from gut based issues, and that it would take me figuring out how to get my entire life right to heal.

I couldn’t heal when I was in a relationship that was making me crazy. I couldn’t heal when I thought my family had given up on me. I couldn’t heal if I wasn’t handling my money well. I couldn’t heal when I was unhappy. I couldn’t heal when I was stressed to the max or when I wasn’t being my authentic self. I couldn’t heal if I was going to continue to make poor decisions.

Making A Plan For Healing

Here’s my blueprint for how I got to where I am today. Gut Rebuilding healed my body but the mental work I did beforehand make it possible for me to create realistic goals and make a plan of action to achieve them.

This is the formula I have used the entire time while doing all the steps of Gut Rebuilding repeatedly while healing my body.

#1 Assess your current state of health
#2 Determine where you want to go
#3 Understand your requirements
#4 Decide
#5 Commit

Let’s break this down.

#1 Assess your current state of health

Are you struggling with gut-based issues? Write a list of all the health concerns that you’re struggling with. Think about all the herbs, supplements, and medications you’re taking and write them down.

When you wake up in the morning do you have pain, is your neck stiff, do you have cold sores, pesky pounds, activities that you can’t participate in, are you emotional? Do you have bumps on your skin you’d like to see go away?

#2 Determine where you want to go

I was so relieved when I got my blood work back recently. It’s in better shape than ever. I’ve helped people reduce or eliminate medication, acne, and lose weight effortlessly. Gut Rebuilding is not a weight loss program but because bacteria is so integral to metabolism, people find it easier to get to their ideal weight. People get their libido and energy back while getting rid of indigestion, constipation, acid reflux, and heartburn. They wean off anxiety, sleep, and depression medication, kill Candida and stop panic attacks.

All of this happens by learning how to take care of your body and become your own “sustainable farmer” for probiotics–meaning that your body produces them on its own. This is how you get your gut relaxed enough to take over and heal. We focus on this in the Gut Rebuilding Program.

One of the best parts of the program is that you get to ask questions. There really are two kinds of questions—logistical or strategic. “How much of this should l eat each day?” or “What’s a good herb for Candida?” are logistical questions. Most of these questions can get answered by the Facebook group.

Strategic questions are when you’re asking about an obstacle such as “I know what I’m supposed to do but I’m not doing it and I don’t know why.” Or, “My husband doesn’t want to eat this food and now we’re eating separately.” I help you work through these answers on the live Gut Rebuilding video-streaming calls.

It’s also important to ask what are the goals for your body? Getting a six pack? Being stronger?

Drop into this future version of yourself. What is possible now? What are you going to do with your life when your days and your time is freed up from having to focus on the low moments with fatigue and extra weight? What will having your ideal body do for you?

This is your internal compass. You’ll have to change your mindset and habits, but you only have to change if you want to.

#3 Understanding your requirements

In every program, some succeed and some fail. I’m constantly refining my program to make success inevitable. I understand that all humans have the same basic needs. To love, to belong, and safety. If you start a new program and stop all the habits, you’ve lost your common bond with your friends. Maybe you already feel like you don’t belong because you have to pack your own food. Or you have terrible digestive issues after you eat and you want to be alone.

Maybe you’re sick of feeling like you’re high maintenance.

If you struggle with food you’re about to discover an amazing community where instead of people suggesting that it’s all in your head, you’re validated in your struggle and given hope that there’s something you can do about it.

The other requirements for healing require education and finding a mentor who can track your progress. You need to learn not only about food and herbs but also how to be in a state of rest and restore. Since stress is one of the biggest factors causing disease you need to unlearn stress. In Gut Rebuilding, you create a self-care master plan so you can rule your life instead of having your life rule you.

Mentorship is an important part of your journey. It’s too hard to see yourself objectively. You want to work with a mentor you trust. Someone who’s been there and worked with people who have the same issues as you.

#4 To decide.

Make a decision about your health. For me, that moment was standing on the corner with the pollen gusting through the air making my eyes run. Right then and there I had an epiphany that this is my world, so I should not be allergic to it. I decided I’m going to do whatever it takes to heal my allergies.

Your decision is an affirmation. “I will do whatever it takes to heal my body.” It’s okay if you don’t fully believe it yet. You will over time. If you mess up, that’s fine. Just start over. You need to make your affirmation a clear sentence that you can repeat over and over. It also needs to be broad enough to encompass the little decisions you need to make each day.

#5 Commit

Do you have commitment issues? Part of making a decision is changing your underlying beliefs. When you make a strong decision like the ones I mentioned so far, you’re committing. By participating in a program that’s structured around your success, you’re committing. By making a declaration to a community of people who will love and support you, you’re committing. This blueprint only works if you commit to being 100% responsible for your health. Every bite of food is your destiny. You have a few options. One option is to commit to your health. Follow along with the Gut Rebuilding Program where I’ve done all the work for you. You just have to show up, do the action step each week, and join us for the video call.

These five steps are the blueprint for healing from digestive and other gut based issues. If you’re ready to put them into action, the Gut Rebuilding Program offers a guided journey back to health. Learn how hundreds of others have healed here.

 

Probiotically,

Summer

The Gut-Brain Connection—How Probiotics Improve Stress and Anxiety Naturally

The Gut-Brain Connection is a new way of understanding how stress, anxiety, and depression are impacted by probiotic bacteria in the gut. What do your emotions have to do with your gut? Depression, anxiety, and negative emotions can be a sign that your body is missing nutrients and the right mix of probiotics.

The right probiotic bacteria produce substances that keep your moods healthy and balanced. Staying balanced is important for more than just sound mental health because just as your moods can keep you sick, being sick can impact your moods. With a little practice, you can learn how to assess your daily moods and be able to balance them naturally.

The Dangers of All-Pervasive Stress…

We now know that stress plays a larger role than we previously realized. A staggering 80% of disease is caused by stress. More and more we’re seeing how the bacteria in your gut respond negatively to stress. There are many types of stress, but today we’ll focus on emotional stress and your moods.

Your bioterrain is the environment inside your body. If your bioterrain is unhealthy from stress, lack of nutrients, and toxins, you’ve created an environment where unhealthy bacteria and yeasts can grow. This state makes your moods more negative and reduces your immunity, which makes you prone to more short and long term illnesses.

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Yet, when your bioterrain is healthy and flourishing, you create an environment where probiotics can grow and thrive. They help keep you strong, resilient, and in a positive mental state.

What Science Shows Us

Two studies demonstrate the connection between stress and the gut. To test how microorganisms react to stress, scientist Mark Light filled Petri dishes with a bovine serum-based medium. He laced the dish with a strain of bacteria and to some of them added norepinephrine—a neurochemical that mammals produce when they are stressed. The next day he snapped a Polaroid. The results were obvious. The control plates with no norepinephrine were barren, but those with it bloomed with bacteria—clearly responding to the stress.

In another study, scientist John Kryon fed a small group of healthy rodents a broth with Lactobacillus rhamnosus. This common bacterium is found in humans and used to ferment milk into yogurt, and is one of the dominant organisms that babies get from the birth canal. Recent studies show that mice stressed in pregnancy pass lower levels of this bacterium to their pups. This type of bacteria is known to release immense quantities of GABA, a neurotransmitter that calms the nervous system.

Most anti-anxiety drugs like Valium and Xanax work by targeting GABA receptors. Kryon found that the mice that had been fed the bacterium broth were more relaxed, behaving as if they were on Prozac. These results suggest that the bacteria altered the neural chemistry of the mice.

The Gut-Brain Connection

Have you heard of the Gut-Brain Axis? It refers to a signaling pathway that takes place between GI tract and nervous system and often involves intestinal biota, which has been shown to play an important role in mental health. Bacteria produce serotonin, GABA, and dopamine to communicate with the nervous system using the gut-brain axis. GABA calms the nervous system. Serotonin regulates moods and is used for peristalsis, the squeezing that pushes food through the gastrointestinal tract. Dopamine regulates reward-motivated behavior. These neurotransmitters relay messages into the brain just like text messages, telling our body what to do and letting it know what’s going on.

These same neurotransmitters play a role in intestinal disorders which are correlated with depression, anxiety, autism, and hyperactivity. There are specific bacteria in the gut that are associated with these issues. The great news is that probiotic bacteria can reduce anxiety and help to reverse some of this by producing GABA, serotonin, and dopamine. It’s theorized that probiotics someday will be used as psychiatric drugs.

Bacteria secrete a profound number of chemicals besides these neurotransmitters. Lactic acid is one chemical that probiotics secrete that is a natural antibiotic and helps keep pathogenic populations from growing in the gut. It’s what makes yogurt and sauerkraut sour. Bad bacteria and yeasts secrete toxic chemicals that disrupt the nervous system and make you feel crummy, confused, anxious, depressed, and tired.

There are so many kinds of emotions—anger, annoyance, disgust, anxiety, fear, worry, doubt, frustration, sadness, shock, joy, empathy, love, courage, pride, calmness, relief, serenity, surprise….

To learn how to naturally balance your gut microbiome, please watch this webinar that I made.

What kinds of emotional stress are you under? By observing your stress levels you will begin to understand what is going on in your gut. Start taking a good probiotic supplement and notice what shifts with your moods.

Probiotically,

Summer

 

 

 

Why am I so tired? Identifying Energy Leaks

It’s normal to get a little sleepy sometimes, but if you’re constantly asking yourself  “Why am I so tired?” you could be leaking energy without even knowing it.

Sound scary? It is! Your energy is your most precious resource.

The good news is that your body is wise and you are equipped with an amazing feedback system that can help you if you know how to understand it. Today we’re going to learn about all the little places your energy can leak out.

What’s causing your energy to leak?

Sugar? Caffeine? Unfinished projects? Clutter in your workspace or home? Pent up emotions? Being hard on yourself? Going against the flow? Trying to be in control instead of surrendering? Nutrient lacking foods? Disease? Overtraining? Stress? Lack of restful sleep? Toxicity?

All these big and little things add up and can play a role in why you’re so tired.

Some of you are sick and know what it’s like to live without energy. You spend all of your time trying to heal your body and you’re lucky enough to make it through the day without a nap. I’ve been there. I’ve been so exhausted struggling with allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities, and digestive issues that I couldn’t get out of bed for days.

How many times have you made the excuse that you can’t do something because you don’t have the energy? How often do you go to bed without getting everything done?

Let’s take a look at where is your energy is leaking.

The big culprit is diet. The food you eat leads to a healthy bioterrain, essential to your energy levels. These probiotic bacteria within your bioterrain produce short chain fatty acids made in the gut. They get utilized for energy and they also produce vitamin K and B, where they are easily absorbed right on site in your intestines. But when your gut health is compromised, your energy levels falter.

Sugar and caffeine strip the body of minerals, making it hard for the nervous system to relax, causing interrupted sleep.

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Donuts – not the best source of energy…

Drinking caffeine is basically borrowing from tomorrow’s energy. Refined sugar causes ups and downs in your energy level. It messes with your insulin, fat storage, and metabolism.

Having good insulin sensitivity and the ability to burn fat easily is essential to maintaining even keel energy levels.

There are other foods that deplete and rebuild your energy. In Gut Rebuilding, we call these kryptonite foods and superpower foods. Learning your individual kryptonite foods is a lifesaver in helping you avoid energy dips.

Nutrient lacking foods create an unhealthy bioterrain, meaning that bad bacteria and yeasts are free to grow and produce toxins which slow everything down. These toxins are taxing on the liver and disrupt hormone regulation. Toxins can also come from your environment, amalgam fillings, bad bacteria in the gut, chemicals like pesticides, and many other places.

Another big energy leak is disorganization. This is one of the leading causes of energy leaks and a possible reason why you’re so tired. That unfinished sewing project? The cluttered garage? Putting things off will drag your energy down.

Emotional discord will also cause energy leaks. Overcommitting, not being able to say no, perfectionism, and not going with the flow has a very real impact on your physical body. Self-hatred wreaks havoc on your emotions, as does avoiding confrontation or intimacy with others. When you’re stressed out about a relationship or taking care of someone else’s needs instead of your own, you’re draining your energy reserves. The same goes for holding grudges. Learn how to be a channel for normal human emotion and let them flow through you.

Of course, there is the issue of sleep—most people aren’t sleeping well enough or long enough. Our natural sleep cycles are interrupted by screens at night, over stimulation, caffeine, being in constant fight or flight, lack of activity, stress, not having the right bacteria in the gut to produce GABA, or having certain pathogenic bacteria in the bloodstream.

Too much exercise can take a toll. I’m not a fan of high-intensity boot camps. Slower workouts are better because your body needs time to adapt. Run for ten minutes every day for a month and work up to twelve minutes, rather than push your body too hard.

Start thinking how you can take small steps to build your energy levels every day. Notice how what you eat, think, or do impacts how tired or energized you feel. Every little piece adds up and will start making a big difference in how you feel.

Probiotically,

Summer

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Why Your Uber Healthy Diet Could Still be Bothering You

Many clients come work with me because they are eating incredibly healthy foods, yet still experiencing health concerns. “Reactivity” to many foods, chemicals, and environmental factors can often indicate histamine as an underlying issue. In fact, many of the most recommended ‘healthy’ foods are high in histamine.

I had this issue, myself, and when I learned about histamine in food I realized that my entire diet was 100% histamine-rich foods. They are stimulating and delicious. I was kind of addicted to the rush of adrenaline that follows the release of histamine.

Histamine intolerance has a long list of familiar symptoms that includes hives, runny nose, reactions to wine and other ferments, racing pulse, fatigue, and frequent headaches. If you struggle with Candida, dysbiosis, SIBO, and have any of these symptoms, you’ll gain an understanding of the connection between the two in this comprehensive lecture plus learn steps to relieve the symptoms.

Histamine intolerance is unlike other food allergies or sensitivities in that the response is cumulative, not immediate. It causes rashes, hives, heartburn, allergies, and excessive ‘allergic’ reactions to certain foods. For people who are highly reactive and not responding to normal dietary changes, this may be the underlying cause.

Sometimes, people react to fermented foods, such as wine, sauerkraut, kimchi, alcohol, and even yogurt. From hives to itchy throat this can indicate something deeper. Histamine intolerance has a connection to probiotics, yeasts, and bacteria. This is why fermented foods often stimulate a reaction. Some bacteria create histamine as a byproduct of fermentation.

If you are interested in learning more about the interactions between fermented foods, probiotics, and allergies – this class will educate and excite you. Histamine intolerance is best discussed in accordance with the gut and can be overcome.

Histamine Fun Facts
• It is known to be involved in 23 different physiological functions throughout the body.
• It is a neurotransmitter, which means they are essentially messengers for the brain. Serotonin is another famous neurotransmitter.
• Histamine is produced in your white blood cells.
• Histamine is produced by some bacteria, too!
• High levels of histamines are found in some foods. Some people mistake fish and shellfish allergies for an overwhelming response to the large amounts of histamine that are constantly increasing after a fish has died.

This is the short list of high histamine foods from Dr Janice Joneja, Ph.D., RD

THE FOLLOWING FOODS ARE HIGH IN HISTAMINE AND COULD BE CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR REACTIONS:


Meat, Poultry, Fish
Fish and shellfish whether fresh, frozen, smoked, or canned, if processing is unknown. If the fish is freshly caught, gutted and cooked within ½ hour, it may be eaten
Egg – a small quantity of cooked egg in a baked product such as pancakes, muffins, cakes is allowed
Meat – Processed, smoked and fermented meats such as luncheon meat, sausage, wiener, bologna, salami, pepperoni, smoked ham, cured bacon
Avoid left-overs: freeze any uneaten protein-based food. Bacteria will quickly act on protein at room and refrigerator temperatures, resulting in histamine production
Milk and Milk Products All fermented milk products, including:
Cheese: any kind of fermented cheese such as Cheddar, Cheshire, Colby, Blue cheese, Brie, Camembert, Feta, Romano, etc.
Cheese products such as processed cheese, cheese slices, cheese spreads
Cottage cheese
Ricotta cheese
Yoghurt
Buttermilk
Kefir
Fruit
Orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, cherries, grapes, strawberries, apricots
Raspberries, pineapple
Cranberries, prunes
Loganberries, Dates
Raisins, currants (fresh or dried)
Vegetables
Tomatoes, tomato sauces, ketchup, soy and soy products
Spinach, red beans
Eggplant, olives in vinegar or brine
Pumpkin, avocado
Pickles, relishes and other foods containing vinegar
Food Additives
Tartrazine and other artificial food colours
Preservatives, especially Benzoates and Sulphites
Note: Many medications and vitamin pills contain these additives; ask your physician or pharmacist to recommend additive-free supplements and medications
Seasonings
Cinnamon, cloves, vinegar
Chilli powder, anise
Curry powder, nutmeg
Miscellaneous
Fermented soy products (such as soy sauce, miso)
Fermented foods (such as sauerkraut)
Tea (regular or green)
Chocolate, cocoa, and cola drinks
Alcoholic beverages of all types
“Dealcoholized” beverages (e.g. beer, ale, wine, etc)

To learn how to navigate your reactions to food, pollen, and other environmental factors that are caused by histamine issues check out my newest class called The Allergy Antidote.  Learn case studies and examples of histamine intolerance and the protocol for dealing with it productively. You will learn about the low-microbe diet versus the low-histamine food diet. We will talk about H1 and H2 receptors and basic anatomy and physiology. I will share exactly what I did (and teach my clients) to resolve my food intolerances, reduce my reactivity, and solve seasonal allergies.  This will all be taught over here.

Probiotically,
Summer

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Getting to the Root of Food Intolerances, Seasonal Allergies, and Histamine Reactions

Are You Having Too Many Reactions? 

Do you have rashes, hives, heartburn, acid reflux, allergies, and excessive “allergic” reactions to certain foods?

Can you relate to any of these statements:

My food allergies seem to constantly change. One day I’m fine with sweet potatoes and then the next day it gives me problems.

My face flushes or gets hot when I eat certain foods.

My heart races sometimes after eating, which bumps up my anxiety levels — so uncomfortable!

My throat itches after eating foods that I know are good for me.

Every time I eat cheese I sneeze three times.

Post nasal drip is a constant companion in the back of my throat.

I have a chronic cough.

My anxiety seems food related but I can’t figure out what’s causing it. 

My reactions to foods show up on my skin as rashes or eczema.

I have an insatiable appetite and my tummy gurgles so much it’s embarrassing.

If I eat the wrong things I have to run to the bathroom right away.

I prop my head up on a lot of pillows at night because my heartburn gets worse at night.

Allergy season really gets to me — I hate not being able to exercise outdoors when the pollen is in full bloom.

I react to fermented foods such as wine, yogurt, kimchi, alcohol, and even sauerkraut.

You could be eating the healthiest food on the planet but still, suffer from food allergies and sensitivities until you learn about histamine intolerance.

What Is Histamine and Why Is It Making Me Miserable?

From hives to itchy throat this can indicate a deeper problem.

If you’re feeling allergic, you are having what’s called a histamine response. Histamine is an immune defense mechanism designed to flush out invaders and bring an army of white blood cells to the area to stimulate an attack.

When histamine levels are chronically high, your body starts reacting to more and more stimuli—even “healthy food” increases the heat, puffiness, and mucus response throughout the body.

Histamine is like a bucket. You need it to live, but when the bucket is full it starts spilling over and you see digestive flares like diarrhea, acid reflux, heartburn, stomach pains, hives, itching, runny nose, and watery eyes from too much histamine in your system.

You can have a histamine overload even if you’re only experiencing just a few of these symptoms.

What Seasonal Allergies and Histamine Reactions have to do with Food

Here’s the tricky part—there are histamines located in most foods out there.

There is no such thing as a no histamine diet. It’s too pervasive. And some of your favorite foods are filled with histamines like avocado, bacon, coffee, chocolate, fermented veggies, cured meats, and wine.

But you need food to live. So choosing the right ones are important.

You can take all the “offending” foods out, but that doesn’t resolve the underlying problem—and most likely you’ll need to restrict even more foods as time goes on—unless you learn exactly what to do.

You don’t have to be on a special diet for the rest of your life.

I will show you how to do this without having to forgo your avocados.

This isn’t just about getting to eat the foods you love again. This is about living a good life. No more detective work trying to figure out which food made you sick. Forget having to say “no thank you” to everything from samples at the grocery store to that fancy work dinner.

Getting to the root of food intolerances & seasonal allergies means addressing the body’s histamine reactions.

When you heal from histamine intolerance…

  • You no longer feel like the sickest person in the room.
  • You stop putting your body through constant trial and error.
  • You feel fantastic in your body instead of feeling constantly off or completely out of it.
  • You can share meals with your family and friends and not get left out.
  • You don’t have to call in sick on a regular basis or need more naps than a newborn.
  • You can eat your favorite food again without worrying how you’re going to feel tomorrow.
  • You have more time and energy to do the things you love without a tissue stuffed in your pocket.

In short, when you heal from histamine intolerance, you get your life back.

Over-The-Counter Allergy Medicine Isn’t The Answer

It’s hard to know what to do when conventional doctors don’t have the solution.

There’s a lot of misinformation on the web so it’s hard to know who to trust.

The pharmaceutical companies want to make you dependent on them for the rest of your life—but you know there has to be a natural way to calm your allergies.  

After all, you weren’t born feeling so sick!

You know that there is a natural way to get to the ROOT of your symptoms so they go away for good.

What Gut Rebuilding Has To Do With It

Certain beneficial bacteria break down histamine. You need the right balance of these bacteria so your body isn’t under constant attack from histamine.

Over the last ten years, I’ve researched and tested the best gut rebuilding strategies to help you significantly shorten the learning curve and rocket into the healthiest version of yourself.

I have compiled this info and started sharing it with people because it is so uncomfortable to be in this mess. I’ll explain what works and doesn’t work and even teach you how to not have to be on a special low-histamine diet for the rest of your life. You won’t regret learning how to rid yourself of histamine intolerance. If you have genetic issues that keep your body from processing histamine properly, you may still have to watch out for getting overloaded again, but you will have more room to eat in a flexible manner when you handle this from the root.

You don’t need to quit your job, starve yourself, or stop your entire life to heal your gut and clear out your allergies.

Your search for the missing link is over.

Welcome To The Allergy Antidote

The Allergy Antidote Intensive is designed to take you through the exact steps to calm the flames of histamine.

This isn’t just about getting to eat the foods you love again. It’s about getting the energy to keep up with your family, make art, and be a productive member of society rather than sniffling and suffering through life while everyone else has all the fun.

It’s about getting an in-depth education that even most doctors don’t get.

Ultimately, it’s about feeling powerful enough to finally heal your body.

The Allergy Antidote teaches you how to:

  • Calm your immune system so you can eat the foods that make you happy again
  • Detox your organs so they can function without stress—and so you can too
  • Stock your gut with enough probiotics after you’ve stopped reacting to them
  • Keep cancer, autoimmune disease, and diabetes from creeping in
  • Soothe your system and watch your energy, moods, and metabolism soar
  • Banish itchy eyes, skin, rashes, ears, and throat
  • Stop playing the guessing game when it comes to knowing which foods will make you sick

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The Curriculum

Lesson 1

What Is Histamine Intolerance & Why Is It Ruining My Life?

Histamine intolerance is unlike other food allergies or sensitivities in that the response is cumulative, not immediate. Learn why for some people who are highly reactive and not responding to normal dietary changes, this may be the underlying cause.

Why Even Healthy Fermented Foods Make Things Worse

Histamine intolerance starts in the gut and has a connection to probiotics, yeasts, and bacteria. This is why fermented foods often stimulate a reaction. Some bacteria create histamine as a byproduct of fermentation.

The Low-Microbe Diet Versus the Low-Histamine Food Diet

Let’s dig into the science! We will talk about H1 and H2 receptors and some basic anatomy and physiology. Nutrition nerds and the nutrition newbies alike will love learning about the interactions between fermented foods, probiotics, and allergies.

The Solution To Your Sniffles

The best way to learn is through case studies and examples of histamine intolerance. You’ll also learn the step-by-step protocol for dealing with histamine intolerance so it goes away for good.

 

Lesson 2

Is your body polluted?

When your bioterrain (the ecosystem of your gut) is polluted, harmful bacteria, yeasts, parasites, and other microorganisms reproduce rapidly. They crowd out the probiotics you need and cause toxic overload—with symptoms like stubborn Candida, histamine intolerance, dysbiosis, cancer, swollen lymph glands, and other health concerns.

What Not To Do

So many people think that killing off harmful microorganisms with herbs like oregano oil or high dosages of probiotics is the way to rid yourself of toxins and get your health back, but that’s only part of it. Without getting down to the root cause—systemic pollution—these toxins are going to snap back a few months down later.

Dietary Strategies

You can’t just wipe out the bad guys. You must also make your bioterrain a place where probiotics can flourish. We do this with a Low Microbe (Anti-Candida/Anti-Dysbiosis) Healing Diet, and that’s what you’ll learn in this training.

Stopping The Madness

A low-microbe diet 1) stops the inflow of microorganisms, 2) feeds only the good bacteria with foods that cause them to thrive, and 3) cleans your whole system out so the right bacteria begin to feel at home again.

This is the exact healing diet I used to get rid of my histamine intolerance.

I used to only be able to eat 20 foods without having a reaction.

No dairy. No gluten. No nightshades. No fermented foods. The list kept growing and growing. I’ve gone from breaking down crying at restaurants when I couldn’t eat anything on the menu to having the freedom to eat the foods I love again. I’m no longer tired, foggy headed, sneezy, or moody—and I have the energy to run my business, write bestselling books, help my clients, travel the world, and go mountain biking whenever I want.

I kicked my histamine issues to the curb with a short term special diet that reset the gut bacteria and lowered my histamine levels overall. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done for my health because my anxiety levels went back to normal within 48 hours and all my crazy health concerns continued to get better.

Despite the fact that healing foods are ten thousand centuries old, the big wellness and health coaching programs are behind when it comes to fermentation and gut ecology.

This inspired me to do everything I can to create a culture where true gut healing is easily accessible. I dove deep into microbiology and became an Herbalist & Master Fermentationist™. I am certified in Integrative Nutrition through Columbia University and a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

I learned how to unlock histamine intolerance through years of higher education, personal experience, regular research, and through years of working with clients. I’m now making this powerful healing knowledge available to you.

“The BIG thing is that I have so much more energy, rashes are less, itching is less and continuous eczema flare on its way out! Blown away with Summer’s talk on histamine intolerance (which I have suspected before) and the low microbe diet and targeting the right probiotics—getting really a deep understanding of what is going on instead of going round and round in circles for the past oh so many years. I’ve also stopped eating my ferments as I don’t think they are helping just at the moment. I make my own sauerkraut and goat milk kefir but I don’t think my body is really able to cope with them (yet!).” -Alexandra N.

“Holy S***! Finishing up the replay of Summer Bock. AHA moment! Like almost crying, but don’t need to because I’m feeling empowered! First, at the beginning when she said eczema is a gut response and histamine. Again, holy s***! Light bulb moments repeatedly. Eczema check, headaches, bouts of GERD, migraines, and now that I’m aware of bloating, burping (yes), and occasional constipation and sort of diarrhea—which I thought all of these were just, ‘oh I’ve got a bug.’”

What you get in the

Allergy Antidote Intensives:

(everything is downloadable)

In-depth training ($997 value)

Step-by-step instructions ($197 value)

PDF handouts including recipes & dietary protocol to fit your specific needs ($47 value)

Transcripts & Outlines ($150 value)

Additional resources including grocery lists, herbal, & supplement recommendations,  ($250 value)

TOTAL VALUE: $1641.00

The Allergy Antidote Intensive will save you years of suffering.

“Wow! I attended today and I feel like the missing piece has been found. I’m amazed that this information is not readily available anywhere else. You would think everyone would be talking about it as histamine overload causes so many symptoms. Summer, thanks for making the info available and being a champion for good health.  I’ve enjoyed the 3 programs I’ve taken with you. Definitely worth the investment! Best, Shelby”

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The truth is that rebuilding your gut doesn’t have to be hard, confusing, or take a lot of time if you get the answers you need and learn the step-by-step methods that have worked for me and thousands of others.

These intensives are designed to keep things simple! While the world of gut microbiology is complex, I’ve made it my mission to make this information—and healing—accessible.

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MORE SUCCESSES WITH THE PROGRAM

“Thanks so much Summer Bock—I re-listened to the Histamine Intensive again and learned so much more the second time through—I’m feeling more confident about tackling the issue now and I created my own personalized “yes” “no” lists in a spreadsheet; also sought out to acquire the Seeking Health Probiota Bifido—am currently re-populating 5x twice a day right now on Bifido longum (single strain). Repeated food blood tests have never seemed to resolve the issue—thank you so much for all your excellent research and help for us all.” – Kim

“This is like a landmark moment and I am so curious what the hell is going on with me. Tomorrow ENT and I think I’m gonna have to move up the allergist appointment because I don’t want to wait until after Thanksgiving. Yesss….this is good stuff!!!! Now all these past episodes of issues are linking up and having meaning. Wow!”

“Eggs probably cause histamine reactions for me- sometimes I tolerate them fine and other times I get a terrible stomach ache and gas or bloating. How bad migraine headaches can be helped by having Zyrtec and Zantac—my mom discovered years ago that her migraines were fixed by a combination of Ibuprofen and Stemitil, an anti-nausea medicine that contains cetirizine hydrochloride. We never knew why—this is a wonderful revelation!! Linked to this is the AHA about shellfish and how some people can be fine eating it most their lives and suddenly be severely allergic—what a goldmine of info. So much has been cleared up in my head and I can’t wait to share it with my clients.”

“For me, the biggest breakthrough has been to explain why I sometimes react to alcohol and other times I’m fine. I went through a phase where I couldn’t figure out what alcohol I was allergic to as I would have reactions across the spectrum and then a few weeks later I would be fine with the same alcohol. Even now, sometimes certain wines lead to a rapid heartbeat and flushing and a tightness in my chest for which I have to use an inhaler and nose drops. I had heard about sulfites and assumed that I was allergic to the bottles that were rinsed with sulfites but this makes it a whole lot clearer. Thank you so much, Summer, for all these revelations. Hugely valuable input. “

The Allergy Antidote Intensive will save you years of suffering. 

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How Often Should You Poop?

There’s some debate about how often you should poop and what a healthy bowel movement looks like. Let’s put an end to all the questioning and set the record straight. Every day your body tells you how well it’s functioning. One of the best ways is through your poop!

 

Not having a normal poop can indicate a number of varying health concerns such as inflammatory bowel disease, not having the right gut bio-terrain, food allergies, nutrient deficiency, enzyme deficiency, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, overall acidity in the body (which is a precursor to cancer), SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), dysbiosis, and intestinal infections.

 

You can adjust what you eat to have a healthy bowel movement, but before you can do this, you must first understand what’s healthy and what’s NOT.

 

Watch this video to learn what your poop is saying about your digestive health.

 

Number 2 is your number 1 tool to see what your body is up to. For example, my sister was lactose intolerant growing up and it took her years to discover this because she did not know that it wasn’t normal to have diarrhea every time you ate ice cream or drank milk.

 

You have to look at your poo every time you go to the bathroom, don’t just cover it up with toilet paper and blindly flush every time.

 

Otherwise, you are literally flushing an opportunity down the toilet that is giving you insight into your health that can help prevent chronic illness years before it starts.

 

You can use this every single day of your life to get feedback about the choices you made yesterday and the day before that or the week before that.

 

In my Gut Rebuilding program, we call the perfect poop the Golden Doodle.  

 

 

What’s a normal poop look like?

A normal healthy bowel movement should be brown, formed, and pass easily.  It should take only a minute or two from the time you sit down to fully release a complete stool effortlessly. You should have a clean break, which means there is no real need to wipe and once you are finished you should feel elated, light, complete, and joyful. You should have this experience 1-3 times per day, every day.

 

There shouldn’t be pain, straining, and effort. You shouldn’t be using half a roll of toilet paper each time and you shouldn’t feel like there is still some left inside. Nor should you feel drained and gross afterward. These are all signs that something isn’t working quite right in your digestive tract.

 

BristolStoolChart

 

 

There are 7 different types of poop.

 

Type 1- Separate hard lumps, like nuts and hard to pass

Type 2- Sausage shaped and lumpy and usually pretty dry. Indicates that you are most likely constipated. If they are separate hard lumps means a very constipated state.

Type 3- Is sausage-like but has cracks on the surface, which is normal.

Type 4- Soft sausage or like a snake. One smooth long piece all connected.

Type 5- Soft blobs with cut edges that passes easily. This is not normal and often indicates that you are lacking fiber.

Type 6- Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, which is a clear sign of inflammation in the body along with a number of other things that could be going on.

Type 7- Watery with no solid pieces, basically straight up diarrhea—another sign of inflammation.

 

Type 1 and 2 are signs of constipation and if you fall in this category you most likely poop 1 time or less per day or as little as once a week. This is a very uncomfortable position to be in because your food is not passing through your body as it should be and toxins are getting reabsorbed into the colon.

 

Let’s back up a bit…

 

When you are chewing food, you swallow and it goes down into your stomach, it moves on to the small intestines, bile is added into the small intestines, and then it goes into the colon and that’s where all the bacteria live. This is where your food gets digested and hopefully, you have good bacteria so you can get good results from their efforts. If you have bad bacteria, toxins will be produced and absorbed into your bloodstream.

 

Anything in your intestines can be absorbed by the bloodstream. Your body uses this very thin membrane, your intestines, and soaks up anything that is there. If your food is moving too slowly through the colon, the waste products that should be leaving, are getting reabsorbed into the blood. Then these waste products are going back through the liver and getting filtered again and it creates a negative feedback loop of toxicity between the colon and the liver. Over time this constant cycle will make your body toxic and you will start to see it in your skin.

 

This toxic cycle is also linked to SIBO, which is exacerbated by slow motility in the colon, AKA constipation. SIBO is often associated with rosacea (redness on your face or chest), allergies, food sensitivities, and a highly reactive state in general.

 

Types 5, 6, and 7-  these types are diarrhea. If you are one of these types, you most likely struggle with inflammation, which can show up in many ways in your body. Some examples are arthritis, allergies, hives, and food allergies.

 

Some people fluctuate all over the stool chart and this is a sure sign of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

 

 

Your stools should be fully digested. There should not be any discernable food left over and if there is, it shows that you are not chewing your food well enough if you are seeing whole pieces at the end.

 

Let’s talk color:

 

Your poop should be brown. The color brown in your poop is often caused by food that is mixed in with the bilirubin from your bile as well as the bacterial fermentation.

 

Did you know that the bacteria ferment your food and creates a slippery substance that allows your poop to move through your intestines easily and effortlessly?  So having the right bacteria is crucial to not being constipated.

 

If you poop changes color, it can indicate various things about your health. If your poop is green, it can indicate that your food is moving too quickly through your digestive tract.  Green poop can also occur when you start eating more veggies or if you start adding chlorophyll. This is okay for a few days but if it persists, you need to improve your digestion so that you are breaking things down properly. Otherwise, you are missing out on nutrients that are moving right through you before your body gets to absorb them.

 

Light color or white stool can indicate issues with bile production or an obstruction of the bile duct, which can be more serious. Some medications may cause this too. Sometimes stool can be covered in a white cob-webby mucous, often caused by Candida in the intestines or an intestinal infection.

 

Black and red poop indicates blood and this is not ideal. This can get scary, although it could be caused by iron supplements or eating too many beets. Really pay attention to what is going on and contact your doctor if it persists.

 

Yellow stool indicates an inability to digest fats very well and can point to liver or gall-bladder issues. You’ll notice this when your poop is foul smelling and greasy.

 

Let’s talk smell

 

It’s normal for your poop to not smell like roses but at the same time, it shouldn’t be overpowering or nauseating. This type indicates that the bacteria in your gut are fermenting your food improperly which is caused by having the wrong bacteria living in your gut. It can also be from not having the right enzymes or the right pH in your gastric juices.  Having the right pH in your gastric juice will help the right bacteria to grow.  This is where it gets complex with your body because you have to make sure that you have proper digestion.

 

You have to work on getting the right bacteria growing in your gut, getting the bad bacteria or yeasts out, getting your digestion stronger, and increasing your mineral absorption and that will help with your pH.

 

Many people turn to over the counter drugs to deal with constipation, diarrhea and many other digestive upsets. All of the typical drugs just mask the symptoms of bad digestion. When you use these drugs, you are not listening to your body and using the messages as a way to heal, which is why they are there.

 

Masking the symptoms can lead you further down the path of chronic symptoms and this is where it can get intense. Science has uncovered a ton of information in the past couple of years showing the correlation between an unhealthy gut and certain chronic conditions. Autoimmune disorders, obesity, asthma, allergies, type 2 diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), and hormone imbalances all stem from the gut.

 

If you are dealing with any of these issues, you now know that you have to start healing your gut. I have worked with many people who have healed their gut by doing my Gut Rebuilding Program.

 

If you are struggling with any of these issues, you can look at your poop every day to start to understand the changes and what they mean.

 

Here’s something to make you laugh:

If you are not dealing with the more complex issues that I just discussed, but things aren’t looking so great in the toilet, these issues could be where you are headed if you don’t start to make a shift. This can be where you are headed also if you are using over the counter drugs to mask the issues as well.

 

Food as medicine is the best kept secret.

 

I am excited to show you later how you can use the food that you eat to help make your poop healthy so that you feel good and your skin starts glowing every day. I am also a trained herbalist so I know how to help you use herbs to clear up health issues, not just mask them.

 

I used to have really bad environmental allergies and I had to first heal my gut to deal with the allergies

 

Okay, so let’s find out what your poop is telling you.

 

Over the next 24 hours note the color, smell, and types of stool you have based on the Bristol stool chart.

 

Write down:

Is it effortless?

Do you strain?

How many times are you going each day?

Do you have a clean break?

How close are you to the Golden Doodle?

 

Don’t judge, just pay attention and look with fresh eyes. Gather your data with no right or wrong, just awareness. Start there.

 

Once you have the data then you can start to make improvements on it. In fact, check out the 3 Major Mistakes People Make When Trying to Fix Their Gut Webinar to get your digestion into the right range.

Next, we will be talking about your energy levels and energy leaks. Your energy is your vitality and your life force. It’s the power that moves you forward in your life. When your gut is compromised, your energy levels falter.

 

Don’t forget to join me for the next video when I show you how you could be draining your most important resource.

 

Probiotically,

Summer

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Using Face Mapping to Understand Your Health

 

Face mapping is a simple way to understand how healthy you are. 

 

 

Your skin is an outward reflection of your inner health. Today I will teach you how to look at your skin and your eyes as a way to determine your health.

 

A lot of people look at outer appearance as a way to determine health. But considering that some people with lots of muscle and low body fat end up dropping dead or having serious health concerns, maybe this isn’t the best way to tell.

 

Many ancient medical practices first look at the face for signs of disease. Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and ancient Greek medicine all have extensive systems of facial diagnosis. In modern medicine, this also practiced by looking at the eyes.

 

For example, bulging eyes are a classic symptom of hyperthyroidism, sunken eyes indicate hypothyroidism, pale lips, and conjunctiva around the eyes indicate anemia and bloodshot eyes indicate allergies.

 

Let’s get down to looking at your own face, start by looking at the overall complexion of your face. Look for any skin abnormalities. Regardless of your skin tone, you want to determine the undertone of your skin, so something that is different that your normal skin color.

 

If you have darker skin you may want to rely on looking at the whites of your eyes or your palm to find the undertone of your skin.

 

Having an undertone of red in your skin or eyes can indicate that your heart and cardiovascular system are overworking. Also, broken capillaries can indicate this as well as high blood pressure or that you are prone to heart attacks. Red also indicates inflammation, immune imbalance, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis. All of the above RED issues are gut issues and most times more than not, red tones in the skin are connected to the gut.

 

Brown is often a sign that the liver and gallbladder are overworking, so if you see brown in the eyes, this is a sign.  Brown could mean excess salt or high cholesterol.

 

Yellow is a sign that the pancreas, liver, and gallbladder are overworking. When bile isn’t flowing properly it ends up in the blood and we can often see it expressed in the skin. Your skin is fairly translucent and you can see your blood through your skin.

 

Green is rarely seen but associated with cancer.

 

Blue and purple are not good! When there are broken capillaries in the face and they start to turn blue or purple that tells you that you are more prone to heart attacks because your cardiovascular system is working harder than ever.

 

Besides your face, you want to look at the eyes for the same discolorations and also the skin around the eyes. Bags under your eyes can indicate kidney issues, dark circles under your eyes can indicate adrenal fatigue, which means your body is getting really exhausted.

 

Both your eyes and your gut are mucous membranes and they mirror each other so whatever is going on in the gut, you will be able to identify in your eyes.

 

When people complain of allergies this is a gut-based issue so we know there is inflammation and other stuff going on and you can these issues expressed through the eyes through conjunctivitis, runny, gunky, or bloodshot eyes, and sometimes you’ll see the conjunctiva get swollen and red.

 

When you are trying to determine what is going on with someone’s health when looking at their face, you want to:

 

  1. Start with their eyes, look for a glitter in their eyes, look and perceive their overall spiritual presence.
  2. Scan outward from their eyes and look at the whites, notice any color. Ideally, the whites of their eyes should be bright white without any color. Notice blood vessels. They also shouldn’t be dull, they should sparkle and look relaxed.
  3. Next look under the eyes and notice the overall structure of the face, notice any lines or creases. Lines or creases coming out of the corners of the eyes can indicate vitamin depletion. If this is the issue you then want to focus on absorption.
  4. If there is a crease in the center of the forehead that indicates stress on the liver, and when there is liver stress you tend to have a lot of anger.
  5. Look at the thickness or thinness of the skin. Thick and rough skin indicates a diet high in animal fats.
  6. Look for a firm energetic skin tone without deep creasing. This indicates that the person is getting all of the vitamins and nutrients that they eat and their body is absorbing properly in their digestive tract and their body is able to convert and use all these nutrients to keep the body healthy.

 

The skin should really be clean, clear, blemish-free and in healthy individuals, it has this underlying sun-kissed look to it. There is no pastiness, no ashiness, or mottled appearance. This glow is from the clean blood that is coursing through the veins. When the blood is filled with toxins, macrophages, or white blood cells, the number of macrophages and white blood cells increase to devour the excess cellular debris. This is what creates that ashy complexion. The largest quantity of these toxins are created inside the body of an unhealthy person.

 

You have 2-3 lbs of bacteria living inside your body. There are many different ways that the body can end up with the wrong bacteria in it. The wrong bacteria and yeasts that are growing inside the gut, they start excreting toxins as they digest foods that you are eating. As those toxins get absorbed directly into your bloodstream, your body becomes a human sewer for the bacterial metropolis that is growing in your gut.

 

Acne and other skin blemishes indicate that the channels of elimination are now clogged.

 

If your blood is full of these toxins, the macrophages and white blood cells are running through your system and things are clogged and gunky. You can see that through the skin. You can tell healthy people just by looking at them and seeing how their skin glows and how their eyes sparkle.

 

The skin is the largest of the seven channels of elimination. I call it the last resort channel. There is also blood, liver lymph, lung, colon, and kidneys. All of these other six channels are part of this big connected system and when they are overworked, they start dumping toxins into the skin.

 

Notice on the rest of the body any skin abnormalities such as rashes, hives, psoriasis, eczema, or any other inconsistencies to see if your other channels of elimination are clogged.
Based on the information I have given you, I want you to look in the mirror, get a pen and paper, and take a moment as if someone else is looking at you. Try to see yourself through a fresh set of eyes.  What is your face saying? What do your eyes reveal? What does your skin reveal? Take notes on what you see on your face.

 

Probiotically,

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Expert Advice on Harmful Chemicals in Beauty Products

In this video, you can expect to learn the harmful chemicals in beauty products that Lara Adler, environmental toxins expert, says are the worst that you can find in skin care products on the market today. You should look out for these two if you are trying to take better care of your skin and your microbiome.

 

Her top 3 favorite brands that are safe and fun to use.
Learn which are the top 2 companies that make you believe they are “organic” but somehow have shifted and are no longer what we believe them to be.

 

You’ll also get a glance at my favorite companies and whether or not Lara agrees with me.

 

Find my special Better Beauty Products Buying Guide here that I have put together for you and start getting some great products to use.

 

 

Lara is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who received her training at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and she is a self-taught Environmental Toxins Expert.

 

Lara states in this chat with me that she is concerned with two specific ingredients: phthalates, and parabens in so-called natural skin products.

Harmful Chemicals in Beauty Products

1. Phthalates

The easy way to discover if your products contain this harmful toxin is if it contains fragrance, perfume, or parfum. You will often see this listed on many body care labels. Anything with a nice smell most likely contains phthalates.

 

What consumers don’t realize is that the word fragrance alone can contain up to 300 different potentially dangerous chemicals that companies don’t have to tell us about so they hide them under the euphemism fragrance, parfum or perfume. Companies know that fragrance is the magic formula for getting consumers to choose one product over another. We want to smell pretty and we buy products that smell pretty. 

 

Phthalates also serve as a fixative in products, meaning they hold the smell throughout the day. So if you get a whiff of someone’s shampoo late in the day, most likely they used a shampoo containing phthalates. The same goes if it is a lotion or laundry detergent. Phthalates can be used in countless products on the market today.

 

Phthalates are also a synthetic estrogen meaning they are endocrine disrupting chemicals, which block or mimic the role of natural hormones in the body, and they do at very low levels. The hormone system in the body is extremely delicate and can be thrown out of whack very easily. This is causing an increasing number of health concerns that can be traced back to gut and hormone imbalance. These chemicals disrupt our normal functioning! The endocrine system is responsible for so much in the body including your body temperature, moods, metabolism, fetal development, growth, maturation, suppleness of our skin, and so much more. So when we have these synthetic estrogens coming in, they will really mess with you health in a way that is quite invisible at first. 

2. Parabens

The second ingredient that Lara mentions is parabens, which she states is present on most ingredient labels. They act as a preservative and we do need preservatives in products to an extent, but they are also an endocrine disrupter and also pass through our skin’s barrier and get into our deeper tissues.

 

Any product that has water as an ingredient will automatically require some degree of preservative because the second you add water you create an environment that encourages bacterial and microbial growth within the product. There are safer preservatives such as food grade and essential oil-based preservatives.  But more often than not parabens are used. These are the ones that block or mimic the role of estrogen in the body. The upside to this ingredient is that it IS listed as what it is on the label. Anything that ends in -araben.

 

Now for the good part! Lara shares her favorite products with us, ones that she has approved of and uses herself! If you want to see all of these in one place, please check out this guide that I created for your convenience.

  1. Acure: These are sold in most health food stores. I use the lip balms and you can grab this pack of 5 with the free Dark Chocolate Mint Flavor. Lara enjoys the shampoo, conditioner, brightening face scrub, body lotion, sensitive facial cleanser, seriously glowing facial serum, night cream, rose + red tea facial toner, ultra hydrating body wash,
  2. Well People Mascara: pro black or pro brown and Eco Bella Mascara black or brown
  3. Devita: Natural Sunscreen SPF 30

 

Lara really loves The Well People makeup company because they are Environmentally Working Group Verified through ewg.org. This resource rates all the products out there so when looking for laundry detergent, house cleaning supplies, and more you can rest assured that someone has done the dirty work of testing it for you. If you would rather not spend time searching through the whole website you can go straight to their Skin Deep Database. This will save you tons of time finding cleaner safer products at www.ewg.org/skindeep

 

Lara shares with us some companies that claim to be healthy and are seen as organic quality in the eyes of the consumers but aren’t necessarily.

 

The term organic is not regulated in the personal care product industry, only in food.  Anybody can use the term organic, even if they are not. The only way you will see a USDA Certified skin care product is if 98% of the ingredients are food based ingredients and the companies already have organic certifications. So be mindful when purchasing products and try not to get fooled. You must remember that the words on the front of a label are there to convince you, not inform you, so it is your responsibility as a consumer to turn the label over and look at the ingredients.

 

Companies Lara is bummed about:

1. Burt’s Bees: Known as the pioneer company to have natural products was bought out by the Clorox Company and now the ingredients are not that much better than what you would find in conventional products at a drug store.

2. Body Shop: Filled with all kinds of synthetic ingredients, claims to be safer, is more expensive, but they are not.

I like to patchwork the products that I use and make sure each one is the right fit for me. I have a Better Beauty Buying Guide for you to see my favorites as well as Lara’s favorites that she spoke about in this video here today.

My favorite lines are:

AnnMarie Gianni Skincare

Suntegrity, you can also order sample sizes from the website

Beauty Counter 

You can find all these products in the buying guide I created for you.

Put your favorites together and share with us in the comments below! 

Probiotically,

Summer

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