Food in America is Poison

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I had a fascinating conversation this weekend. A friend of mine was living in Italy for 2 months this year. He was able to eat pizza, drink alcohol, eat pastries and sweets and not really even think about what he was eating each day. He was going to the bathroom like clockwork. He felt great, stayed slim, and everyone commented on how much younger he looked upon returning to the US. He said stress was lower and that was a factor, but that there is more to why he felt so great.

As soon as he got home his digestion got wonky. He wasn’t eating grains. He had to be strict Paleo and organic to get his digestion functioning well again. It took him 3 weeks to get it closer to what it was in Italy.

I asked him what he thought causes this.

He said hands down the food in the US is so polluted, poisonous, and contaminated. Glyphosate (Google it), pesticides, hormones, molds, chemicals, etc. We also talked about all the EMF’s that are polluting homes in the US.

While in Italy, they ate everything local. It was so local that they didn’t even use that word. Boar and rabbit that were freshly killed. Vegetables that were grown in the yard. There is no such thing as organic because nobody uses chemicals, pesticides, or GMO seeds. They wouldn’t even agree to use these chemicals.

His wish was that everyone in the US could visit Italy (and many other European countries for that matter) for just a few weeks they would realize how easy it is and how good it feels. They wouldn’t want to continue living the way they do at home and would be shocked when they returned to our broken food system.

Our country (the US) is filled with the crappiest healthiest food. Even the healthy, organic food is polluted. And we put up with it.

We allowed GMO’s to be fed to us without having to be labeled. We allow meat to be contaminated with hormones and antibiotics – even the organic ones.

We allow Monsanto to sue small farms when pollen from nearby farms drifts naturally through the wind and pollinates their crops crossing it with the GMO strains – they call it stealing.

You can’t even buy non-GMO corn anywhere in the US anymore because the pollen has contaminated all the organic original strains. Organic corn no longer exists.

We sterilize bacteria from the dirt we grow in which destroys the essential soil microbiome. Our foods are grown in stripped and depleted soil.

After the grain is sprayed with pesticides (that subsequently destroy the gut microbiome) it is stored in silos where fungi infiltrate the seeds. These microscopic fungi excrete toxins that irritate the human digestive system when eaten.

We allow the weight loss fads to sell us on the idea that whole, simple food isn’t enough.

We don’t realize that all those chemicals are actually disrupting our glands and causing weight gain.

In this country, we settle for lifeless food. We are getting sick from it. It’s time to change. Grow a garden. Learn how to nurture the soil and create good food that can nourish us and our families.

Our food system is broken and we are stuck in the mud. Changing it isn’t easy if we aren’t informed.

Know that buying organic is absolutely not enough. We must strive for vital food that gives us the energy and life force we deserve. Sickness is a choice.

For more real talk, come to my next live class: www.probioticpowercleanse.com

Cleanse Your Colon With These Top 3 Power Moves

Digestive problems are on the rise.
Medications, stressful lifestyles, toxicity in the environment, and junk food have added up over the past few decades and taken a toll on most people’s bodies.
In order to get your energy back and start pooping like a champion, you have to reverse the damage. Cleansing is the easiest and gentlest way to do this…if you do it RIGHT!
In this video, you’re going to learn the techniques I used to seal and heal my intestines and to resolve gut-based issues. You’re going to discover the seven channels of elimination and how to keep them unblocked so that you can excrete toxins efficiently. I’m also going to talk about cleansing your bioterrain to create a hospitable environment for a powerful, probiotic-rich ecosystem inside your intestines.

Watch this video to get my Top 3 Power Moves:

  1. Flood the body with nutrients
  2. Eliminate toxins
  3. Support your organs

 

Sign up to attend my new live training on October 7th!

Microbiome Makeover: Crush the Critters and Cleanse the Colon in 10 Days Flat

 

Probiotically,

Summer

 

 

 

 

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How You Get Candida and What To Do About It

What happens when microscopic yeast start running the show?

If you don’t get some candy in you NOW, someone might get hurt. So you go for the strong stuff (caramel, ice cream, cupcakes), blaming yourself for caving. Again.

But it’s not your faulty willpower keeping you in these saccharine shackles. It’s Candida…and it’s at the root of some of the nastiest health issues out there.

  • Vaginal yeast infections or jock itch—complete with insane itching in your you-know-what
  • UTIs—the not-so-fun feeling of searing pain when you pee
  • Athlete’s foot or toenail fungus (sorry, no flip flops for you)
  • Severe seasonal allergies that have you begging for mercy
  • Eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes…not so sexy
  • Brain fog: the opposite of fun
  • Bloating and issues maintaining a stable weight
  • Digestive issues—with or without rectal itching

And as if any of these symptoms didn’t cause irritability, mood swings, anxiety, and depression on their own…Candida makes them worse.

If you’ve ever taken antibiotics and are experiencing two or more of these symptoms, there’s a good chance you have Candida.

What is Candida and why can’t I stop itching?

Candida is a parasitic yeast that requires sugar and carbs to multiply rapidly. There is a direct correlation to gut health and getting rid of Candida. When antibiotics swoop in to wipe out harmful bacteria, unless you actively re-introduce probiotics, the first things to grow back are opportunistic organisms.

Enter Candida, the beasties that thrive in the digestive tract and cause a white film on your tongue.

This doesn’t just ruin your digestion. Candida knocks your whole body out of whack and, if left unchecked, is linked to autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma and Multiple sclerosis.

Candida will feed off your body for years until you learn how to clear it out.

Candida is a major cause of leaky gut. It is a microscopic yeast that lives in the body naturally. But after antibiotics, stress, trauma, and processed foods you mess up the balance of the gut microbiome and give up the prime waterfront real estate of your intestines to this parasitic dimorphic fungus. Dimorphic means that it has two states.

1. It is in a cellular free-floating yeast form, which floats around in the digestive tract of humans.

2. It morphs into its mold form where it becomes a biofilm. This cluster of Candida grows filamentous ‘roots’ that pierce the lining of the intestinal tract. Once it reaches turns into a biofilm, it becomes resistant to herbal antimicrobials. Candida biofilms are notoriously resistant to conventional antifungal therapeutics.

“In individuals with healthy immune systems, C. albicans is often harmless, kept in balance with other members of the local microbiota. However, alterations in the host microbiota (e.g., due to antibiotics), changes in the host immune response (e.g., during stress, infection by another microbe, or immunosuppressant therapy), or variations in the local environment (e.g., shifts in pH or nutritional content) can enable C. albicans to overgrow and cause infection.” – Nobile et al. Annu Rev Microbiol. 2015; 69: 71–92.

When you crush Candida, you:

  • Remember what it’s like to be able to concentrate
  • Can throw out all those icky over-the-counter creams
  • Don’t have to worry about bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Crave fresh vegetables instead of entire loaves of bread
  • Get to eat fruit again—without waking up with itchy ears the next day

There are dozens of Candida cleanses and blander-than-bland diets you can try. But until you take the right steps at the right time, Candida will be back. Fortunately, you don’t need toxic treatments or an endless diet of kale.

My background as a gut health specialist and microbiologist has given me a unique take on Candida. I, myself, had to heal from it.

I tried all the different diets and they didn’t work.

It wasn’t until I realized that Candida is not just the overgrowth of one organism. It is complete dysbiosis in the system.

Candida grows roots and works its way into the digestive tract. It causes leaky gut, cramping, diarrhea, and impairs digestion.

It also weakens the immune system. Those with Candida get sick more often than people who don’t have it.

The toxins get absorbed into the bloodstream and mess with your nervous system, moods, and detoxification systems.

Being at War With Candida Won’t Work

The allopathic medical model is to kill things off. You may even feel completely compelled to kill off the Candida in your body. Anything to stop the discomfort…

But by attacking Candida, you can actually make it stronger while your immune system gets weaker because you aren’t addressing the underlying issues that caused Candida to be there in the first place.

You can’t just starve Candida to get rid of it. You have to balance the gut microbiome so the healthy critters (probiotics) can manage this for you. You also have to remove the factors that promote the growth of Candida, such as mercury and other heavy metals. Removing dental amalgams is a necessary step in getting rid of Candida, but it must be done properly and safely or you could end up getting much worse.

To learn step-by-step how to test, treat, and tackle Candida check out my newest course. You will join me live on September 20th to get the freshest take and updated information on crushing this annoying critter.

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Candida Crash Course – The all-natural way to rid your body of Candida.

The Candida Crash Course teaches you how to:

  • Test yourself for Candida
  • Use herbs to combat Candida—instead of harsh prescriptions
  • Know if you’re ready to fight off Candida
  • Use different dietary strategies for your unique body
  • Heal with the right fermented foods, herbs, and supplements
  • Pick the right cleanse to clear Candida once and for all
  • Get to the root of leaky gut, food allergies, and dysbiosis

Learn How to Quit Letting Chronic Fatigue, Itchiness, Digestive Drama, and Sugar Cravings Keep You Back

Many doctors will give you a prescription for an antifungal expecting it to correct the problem with one little pill. Functional medicine docs and nutritionists will tell you how stubborn Candida is and how hard it is to treat.

The truth is that clearing Candida isn’t as hard as most people think…if you learn the approach that’s right for you.

My Candida Crash Course is designed to keep it simple using strategies that have worked for me and hundreds of my clients.

Right now you can get instant access to the Candida Crash Course and start healing today.

What you get in the Candida Crash Course (everything is downloadable):

  • In-depth audio training on Candida causes, cleanses, and solutions (value $497)
  • Step-by-step instructions that cut out the Candida confusion (value $47)
  • PDF handouts to keep you on track (value $47)
  • Transcripts so you can skim and find the info you need quickly (value $125)
  • Additional resources to help you get relief as quickly as possible (value $297)

TOTAL VALUE: $1013

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“I love love loved the Candida intensive; this has been the pinnacle for me so far. I’ve studied chemistry and loved the scientific references, you were so talking my language. Thanks for the great comparison of Gaps, Body Ecology, Gabriel Cousins, and Gut Rebuilding, very valuable. I’m one of those clean eaters still struggling with gut issues. The big ah-ha was the emotional stuff still holding us there, I’m thinking that might be a biggie for me. This stuff is so awesome.

I’ve experienced the coffee jitters whilst having glandular fever after my 2nd baby was born; I had to pull the car off the road as I could not concentrate enough to drive! All starting to make sense now!

I scored 10 on the candida questionnaire. Maybe this is why Gaps never completely worked for me and I always just felt awful on it.” – Alana Maxwell               

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I’m Hiring a Virtual Office/Affiliate Manager

I’m looking for a Virtual Office/Affiliate Manager to help manage the day-to-day details of my online practice, programs, summit, educational products, and herbal apothecary. I currently have a wonderful team, but the business is growing and needs a person who can manage the overall flow and organization of content, launches, and programs.

 

This is a paid contract position you can do from home and would probably start out as a 30-or-so hour per week role, with room for growth as we grow :-)

 

I’m looking for someone who:

1. Understands my community. Maybe you, or someone you know, has dealt with health challenges. You have empathy for the sick and a passion for helping others.

2. Has sweet organizational skills! You probably have a background or some experience with spreadsheets, excel, internet marketing, and seeing projects from start to finish. Project management is a definite bonus. This role will primarily be communicating with the CEO (me) and team, so this is an important one…

3. Follows me or has a good understanding of real food diets such as SCD, Paleo, GAPS, Weston A Price, Autoimmune Paleo, etc. giving you the ability to help address customer’s inquiries on more complex issues. Any formal education in this area would be a plus.

4. Has the ability to manage time and workload efficiently, strong organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize and modify priorities accordingly. This role allows you the flexibility to work from home, but you’ll need to be able to manage yourself well.

5. Has excellent communication skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with influencers in the health space.

6. Has the ability to confirm and identify business needs, challenges, and opportunities in order to develop viable solutions.

7. Is available to work 30-40 hours a week.

8. Lives in the United States.

9. Is “tech savvy” with things like Office, Google Docs, Dropbox, Facebook Groups, email, etc.

10. Is extremely dependable… not the “This usually doesn’t happen, but it happened again” type.

11. Doesn’t take things personally, have feelings hurt easily or get offended. Stays objective and likes to always use logic to make decisions – like an engineer.

If you’re the type of person who likes working alone and does not like communicating and If you’re the type of person who likes “creative” work, where you work with and interact with a lot of people… and deal with a lot of different types of complex challenges… then this probably is NOT right for you. This is more of what we would call “organizer” work and will require you to keep checklists and work through specific processes.

 

On the other hand… if you’re the type of person who loves organizing things, operating efficiently and using checklists, and basically becoming better and better at running through a pre-planned process, then this might be perfect for you!

 

As the Virtual Office/Affiliate Manager, you’ll be supporting the CEO to manifest the vision of the company, coordinating with team members, tech team, copywriters, etc., interacting with affiliates, communicating with influencers’ support staff, setting and reaching deadlines for projects, creating SOPs for tasks completed, organizing files in Google Drive, etc. This role does not specifically require much interaction with our clients or customers, however, it requires excellent communication and professional relationships with affiliates/influencers in the health space.

 

I anticipate hundreds of applicants, and I’m looking for the best. If you feel this is for you, please apply using the link below by MON 8/21.

 

To apply, click below and respond to the questions by MON 8/21:

APPLICATION

 

I will be reviewing applications after the 8/21 deadline and if you’re selected for an interview, you will be contacted shortly after that.

– Summer

 

P.S. – I’d love to have you join my team if it’s a good fit. Please apply for the Virtual Office/Affiliate Manager position by 8/21 here.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tongue Scraping

Lately, we are focusing on the mouth microbiome. You might not be aware of this, but you have bacteria that live in your mouth that determine your overall digestion and the health of your teeth, and they’re very important.

We don’t look at this very often so I want to talk about one very important tool that you can use to help balance your mouth microbiome and end your cravings at the same time.

This also gives you fresher breath and actually makes kissing better!

Introducing…the tongue scraper. This practice originates with Ayurvedic medicine.

“I have been using a tongue scraper every day for at least 10 years now. And I love it.” – Summer Bock

I don’t think about it because it’s such a daily habit. I don’t have to even try to do it, I do it because I like it. I do it because I notice a big difference.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tongue Scraping

You can use a spoon or you can buy a tongue scraper. There are plastic ones, but I the one I like best is the copper tongue scraper. I like the shape and I like the fact that it’s copper, which is antimicrobial.

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Here’s how you do it: First, stick out your tongue. You put it near the back of your tongue and you scrape towards the tip with light force. Not super hard—you’re not trying to rip the taste buds off of your tongue, but you want to use enough force to pull off the layer of bacteria and film. You can do it one or two times and then just wash it off and put it in your toothbrush holder.

 

I recommend doing this after you brush your teeth in the morning and after you brush your teeth at night. What I noticed when I started using this in the mornings is that it cleansed my palate and made it easier to eat healthier food in the morning. This helped me when I was transitioning away from the standard American diet and I wanted to have donuts and cinnamon rolls and pancakes every morning because that’s just what sounded good.

When I started using the tongue scraper that helped get all those funky little bacteria out of my tongue, so my mouth would taste really fresh and clean. At that point, I felt like it was so much easier to make a good decision about what I was eating because I was now eating food that was going to nourish my body instead of food that was going to mask the weird taste in my mouth.

All these bacteria living on the surface of your tongue grow overnight while you’re sleeping just grow and multiply, literally eating any leftovers in your mouth. This is partially why good dental hygiene is so important but I really think the tongue scraper is one of the most important parts of dental hygiene.

So try it out. If you don’t have a tongue scraper, just use a spoon for a couple days and see what you think. After you use it for a while, you’re probably going to want to get your kissing buddy to get one too because it just makes such a drastic difference.

But just a word of caution—it’s weird. If you weren’t raised doing this or people around you didn’t do this, you’re going to be like, “Why am I … what? What am I doing here? This is so strange!” And sometimes a white film might come off as you’re doing it. That’s totally fine and normal. You’re just getting that gunk out and it’s going to make food that much more enjoyable and make your mouth environment that much healthier.

Tell me what you think in the comments. I’m really curious.

 

Probiotically,

Summer

 

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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