Dirty Thoughts

Spring is here!

I am feeling frisky and having dirty thoughts.

I am thinking about the soil our food grows in.

I am thinking about the  decomposed matter, microbes (bacterial), fungi and mycorrhiza in the soil.

I am thinking of the earthworms that slowly churn the the soil, break down the organic matter and leave behind castings that provide natural fertilizers for the soil.

 

This lovely dirty chemical free soil provides us with the nutrients needed to produce the healthy and delicious vegetables we eat.

No chemicals required!

Thinking dirty thoughts is good for you!

Beauty from Within

Many of us are obsessed about aging:

Some will go to the extent of injecting toxins into their face.
Some will waste a lot of money on products that make unrealistic promises.
Some will maintain unhealthy lifestyles while complaining that they are getting old or looking old.

In my practice I have seen the gamut.

Hopefully, we are all going to age, because IT IS BETTER THAN THE ALTERNATIVE!!!!!

How we age is an option open to all:

As an Esthetician and Holistic Nutritionist, it’s obvious that I would advocate taking an inside/outside approach along with lifestyle choices.

Our aging process is accelerated by chemical irritants from pollution, smoking (including second hand cigarette smoke), pesticides as well as excessive consumption of alcohol and medications. A diet high in refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, preservatives and additives from processed foods can result in deficiencies in the essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and EFAs needed to support the body and adds to this acceleration. Poor digestion and elimination also contributes by building up toxins within the body and inhibiting the assimilation of nutrients.

The fact that the skin can show signs of internal disease is now a generally an accepted concept in medicine- a good clinician takes this into consideration when making a diagnosis.

The nutrients you consume first go to the tissues and organs of the body before they get to the skin, hair and nails. Cleaning up your act in terms of diet takes time and has to become part of your lifestyle – you can’t expect to get quick results.

A Holistic Nutritional consultant can provide education and guidance regarding diet, nutritional support and lifestyle changes, based on one’s unique nutritional needs to achieve a state of optimal health. A well-nourished body can handle stress better, be more vibrant and active. Is that not what youthfulness is all about?

To keep this post short, I will not list the sources of these nutrients, since I have covered foods in past blogs and will cover more in the future.

Enough to say, there are no super foods! If you consume a well-balanced diet with a variety of vegetables, fruits, berries, whole grains, meat and fish (unless you are vegetarian or vegan) you will get all of these nutrients.

Here are some signs of poor nourishment along with their possible causes:

Dry flaky skin:
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Not consuming enough EFA
  • Deficient in Vit. A
  • Deficient in Vit B3
  • Hypothyroid – have your thyroid checked to see if you need thyroid medication,
  • Sulphur deficiency
Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis (sometimes accompanied with Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis):
  • Not consuming enough EFA
  • Allergies – get checked for both allergies and sensitivities
  • Deficient in Vit B3
  • Low selenium levels
  • Smoking
Erythema (intermittent redness), Dilated Capillaries, tiny red spots and Rosacea
  • Often a result of poor digestion
  • Not consuming enough EFA – there it is again!
  • Deficient in Vit C
  • Not consuming enough Fibre
Loss of Firmness and wrinkles
  • Deficiency in Silicon
  • Deficiency in B2
  • Deficiency in Vit C
  • Deficient in Bioflavonoids – they stop the action of hyaluronidase, an enzyme that degrades Hyaluronic acid and allow pathogens into the cell. Hyaluronic acid is part of the connective tissue. A healthy connective tissue keeps the skin firm.
  • Vit. C – needed to build collagen in all tissues of the body
  • Excess sugar
  • Smoking
Dull complexion, dark circles under eyes
  • Smoking
  • Liver issues – not necessarily disease but weakness and digestive issues.

I can help you beautify your skin, from within, as well as without. 

Fermented and Pickled Foods

I have always loved sour and spicy flavours.

So fermented foods and pickles are a staple in my diet.

For many centuries prior to refrigeration, people all over the world fermented and pickled foods, in order to preserve them for consumption between the growing seasons. Remember, people used to only eat what was available to them in their region, before modern day transportation networks made it possible to carry fresh foods over great distances.

Fermented foods:

  • retain all of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants of the foods. As we know antioxidants act as scavengers of harmful free radicals that contribute to degenerative diseases like cancer, arthritis, and ageing.

Fermented foods are also a great source of probiotics:

  • Probiotic means – for life
  • they are live lactic acid bacteria such as Lactobacillus plantarum, L. casei, L. acidophilus, and Streptococcus lactis
  • these are bacteria that are beneficial to us
  • they improve our intestinal balance

A few of the benefits of supplementary probiotics:

  • can lower the risk of colon cancer
  • can reduce serum cholesterol
  • can be beneficial for the immune system
  • can improve digestion
  • can prevent diarrhea
  • can improve liver function

Some fermented foods:

  • sauerkrauts, olives,
  • Kimchi and Kombucha.
  • carrots and beets.

For more information on fermented foods and the fermenting process go to my favourite fermenter: Pyramid Ferments


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I take a swig of of his sauerkraut and kimchi juice at least once a day – right from the bottle!

Pickled foods:

  • also retain all of their nutrients, so have some of the same health benefits as fermented foods
  • but will lose the riboflavin if they are exposed to light, so it is important to keep them refrigerated or a dark cellar!
  • do not contain probiotics but do they have other benefits because they are made using vinegar

The benefits of pickles:

  • pickles are made with vinegar or acetic acid. The acetyl group in acetic acid is used in the the krebs cycle, a metabolic process in the cell that converts carbohydrates and fats into ATP (energy). So, pickle juice may increase metabolism – but don’t go crazy thinking you can eat everything you want and wash it down with pickle juice!
  • vinegar helps with digestion

Now I don’t like just any pickle – I am very particular – other then my mom’s (please tell her I said this!).  My favourite pickler is  Toorshi Foods

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So go ahead, put some zest in your daily diet with these fermented vegetables and pickles!