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May 2017 Newsletter

May 2017 Newsletter

healthy_colon.jpgContinuing with the large intestine this month, there are several important issues to remember.  First it is an organ of elimination, second it is an organ of assimilation.  It is responsible for much of the nutrition being absorbed into the blood stream and third it is a large part of the immune system.
 
Recipe of the Month: Easy Fudgesicles
1 15 oz can coconut cream
4 scoops Chocolate Whey Protein Powder (I use the Metabolic Age Support Whey Chocolate from Nature's Sunshine Products)
 
Put entire can of coconut cream into blender and blend on high speed until whipped.  Add Chocolate Protein powder, blend until completely mixed into the coconut cream.  Pour into popsicle molds and freeze, or use any small container and put in a popsicle stick before freezing.  Enjoy


Know your Ingredients
Milk Non Fat, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup High Fructose, Whey, Coconut Oil, , Mono and Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Guar Gum, Polysorbate 65, and, Polysorbate 80, Carrageenan, Malt Powder, Salt, Flavors Artificial

Elimination
If you have had a baby and can remember what it was like in the early months, you will remember that after feeding they eliminated requiring a diaper change.  Babies are usually very regular and will have a bowel movement for every meal they eat.  This should carry though into adult years, but often children and adults get busy and don't want to take the time to go to the bathroom when their body tells them it is time.  Over a period of time this trains the body to hold on to the fecal matter and not eliminate it regularly, eventually resulting in buildup of fecal matter and constipation.  .    

My sister has a new leader dog.  When we questioned her whether he needed to 'park' she explained the trainers trained the dogs to eliminated following their meals so they wouldn't have to do it later while they were working.  This is not a bad practice as it keeps the dogs very regular.  Humans would be wise to follow the same practice when they have children. 

We have a sanitation department in our body. We have a cesspool, a sewer, so to speak, and we must keep it clean. We must set it up bacterially-wise so that we do not get into the disharmony or disease conditions.     Dr. Bernard Jensen

Water
colon4.jpgAnother big cause of constipation or difficulty eliminating is lack of water.  One way I explain the need for sufficient water to my clients is to tell them a short story with a punch line at the end.  It goes this way: Your brain is very protective of your body and its functions.  One of the functions the brain has control over is the level of fluid in the blood stream.  If the amount of blood drops the brain will seek throughout the body to find sources of liquid to resupply fluid levels.  One of the easiest  places to 'steal' water from is the large intestine.  The punch line of this story is: "I don't know about you, but I really don't want to drink the water out of my colon."  When the brain has to remove more water from the colon than it should, to maintain fluid levels in other areas of the body;  the fluid it is using can also pick up small pieces of fecal matter and undigested particles of food, leading to even more problems including a buildup of toxins in the blood and hard dry stools difficult to eliminate.

How much water is enough? 
Typical answers include 8 glasses of water a day.  8 - 10oz? 8 - 8 oz? 8 -12 oz?   There is not a standard amount that fits everyone.  The best way to determine how much water to drink is to take your weight, divide in half, and convert to ounces for the minimal amount of water per day.  Example: 100 # person: 1/2 would be 50#, converted to ounces is 50 ounces per day.  I encourage clients to work up to an 'optimal' amount of 3/4 of their body weight or as in the example it would be 75# or 75 ounces. 

If you are trying to drink your optimal amount of water on a daily basis, you want to take one more issue under consideration.  If you drink the entire amount all at once, you can literally drown your body.  The ideal way to drink water is a continual sipping of water throughout the day. stopping around 2 hours before bed.  Again with the 100# person and an optimal amount of water of 75 ounces.  If they sleep 8 hours, they are awake 16 hours.  Subtract the last 2 hours before bed and now they want to drink their 75 ounces over 14 hours, which means they will drink 5.36 ounces an hour or 1.34 ounces every 15 minutes which is a little over 2 tablespoons or a mouthful.   A 200# person would drink 2 swallows every 15 minutes.  Once you get into the habit of picking up your water bottle or glass and taking a couple of swallows every 15 minutes it becomes much easier to get in the necessary water on a daily basis.

Fiber
Another cause of poor elimination is lack of dietary fiber.  Americans who eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) typically do not get sufficient fiber to maintain a healthy bowel function.  There are two basic types of fiber: soluble and insoluble.
Soluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel slowing digestion. There are many different types of soluble fiber including:
  •  Pectin found in apples, citrus fruits, legumes and nuts
  • Oat Beta Glucan found in Oats, barley and rye.
  • Mushroom Beta Glucan found in certain medicinal mushrooms.
  • Soluble fiber is also found in psyllium, a common fiber supplement.
Insoluble fiber adds bulk to the stool and appears to help food pass more quickly through the stomach and intestines.  Insoluble fiber types include:
  •  Cellulose found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds
  • Hemicelluloses are insoluble fibers containing araginoxylan, glucans, galantans, xylans, mannans, and pontosans and are found in whole grains like steel cut oats,oat bran, rice bran and wheat bran.
  • Lignin are found in root vegetables, berry seeds, flaxseed and sesame seed.  
Prebiotics and Probiotics
Prebiotics are a non digestible food ingredient that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines
  •  Inulin is a non-digestible ogligosaccharide (short chain charbohydrates) found in certain root vegetables.
  • Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS, Fructans) are soluble and found in vegetables and fruits like onions, chicory, garlic, asparagus, banana, artichoke etc.
  • Galacto-oligosaccharies (GOS, Galactans) are soluble and found in legumes like lentils, garbanzo beans, green peas, lima beans, kidney beans.
  • Raffinose Oligosaccharides (ROS, raffinos, stachyose, verbascose) are found in legumes and cruciferous vegetables like black eyed peas, lima beans, kidney beans, cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli and asparagus.
Prebiotics are necessary for good bowel function as they are the foods that the probiotics (denoting a substance that stimulates the growth of microorganisms, especially those with beneficial properties such as those of the intestinal flora). grow on.  Without sufficient amounts of prebiotics, the probiotic colonies will not flourish and it will leave room in the intestinal tract for yeast and other harmful bacteria to grow.

A lifestyle including a good amount of greens, fruits, vegetables, fermented foods, nuts, seeds and sufficient quantity water on a daily basis can encourage regular elimination of the bowels.  If a person is eating three meals including fiber sources of greens, fruits and vegetables a day and having three good eliminations a day they should maintain a healthy intestinal system.  If the bowels do not eliminate regularly or easily then using a fiber supplement is recommended.

There are several other reasons for poor elimination including stress, liver dysfunction, gallbladder removal and lack of enzymes or poor digestion.  Elimination of processed foods can help, drinking more water can help, but sometimes extra help is needed.  Enemas, colonics, using herbal remedies containing cascara sagrada or senna can sometimes start things moving.

This newsletter is for educational purposes only and not meant to diagnose illness or disease.  If you have a health problem, please consult your health practitioner.  

Know Your Ingredients Answer: Fudgesicle Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Pops
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