Stevia: Is it healthy?

Stevia: Is it healthy?

Stevia is an herb with over 200 species that grows in South America. The sweetness of the stevia leaves comes from two glycosides – stevioside and rebaudioside.  Stevioside is sweet but also has a bitter aftertaste.  Rebaudioside is sweet and less bitter. Most “raw” and less processed stevia products contain both sweeteners where most highly processed forms of stevia, like Truvia, only contain the rebaudioside; the sweetest part of the stevia leaf. In terms of healthy benefits, you should know that using the “whole” stevia leaf that contains stevioside is the key. Here is what you need to know:   Green Leaf Stevia – This is the least processed of all types of stevia and the leaves have been dried and ground into powder form.   It is sweet, slightly bitter and isn’t quite as potent as most stevia products.  Keep in mind, this type of stevia is about 30-40 times sweeter than sugar. Use in moderation. Stevia Extracts – Many brands of stevia today extract the sweeter and less bitter part of the stevia leaf (rebaudioside) which doesn’t have the health benefits found in stevioside.  Unfortunately, there are not any studies available yet showing it’s effects. This type of stevia is about 200 times sweeter than sugar. Altered Stevia and Truvia – This is the type of stevia that you want to avoid.  They are highly processed and include added ingredients. According to the U.S. patent for the Coca-Cola Company, Truvia goes through a 42 step process to make this processed sweetener.  First, the rebaudioside is extracted from the stevia leaf then, chemical solvents are added including acetonitrile (which...
Spring Cleanse

Spring Cleanse

Spring Cleanse/Detox DIY Program  $27.00 Cleansing takes place on so many levels. A whole foods detox program is just the vehicle to support you. True cleansing comes from looking inside and releasing the emotional burdens that hold you back every...
Video Webinar: How a Mother’s Healing Became the Catalyst for her Son’s Autism Recovery

Video Webinar: How a Mother’s Healing Became the Catalyst for her Son’s Autism Recovery

Join me in an "Ask an Expert" live video webinar, hosted by Luminara Serdar, as I share what I learned in my own healing journey to recover my son from autism. You'll learn more about: Creating a "safe haven" at home The risks to a restrictive diet What foods & behaviors may be sabotaging your efforts How to use the wisdom of the body to guide healing AND I'll answer your specific questions! Today many of you know me as an educator, health advocate and mother of three, but I broke into the field of nutrition to uncover the root cause of my own disease.  I went from competing in triathlons and working in capital markets at a Fortune 500 company to becoming completely disabled at age 35. Monday, April 11, 2016 at 11:00 - 11:40am PT (2:00 - 2:40 pm ET) Attend for FREE - it's a gift! Connect via computer or phone Space is limited. Please be on time.  There are many ways to join the video teleseminar: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/4858139330  Or iPhone one-tap:  16465588656,4858139330# or 14086380968,4858139330# Or Telephone:  Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)     Meeting ID: 485 813 9330                                                 International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=6vycdCGCrWBAnYS19HuCr9jbMM7EwgGi  Kathleen is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Certified Health Coach and Bio-Individual Nutrition Practitioner, with specialized training in the biochemistry and specialized diets for autism, allergies, autoimmune and other chronic conditions. She is an Author of...
Leaky Gut: An Inside Story

Leaky Gut: An Inside Story

Is Leaky Gut making you suffer?  Find out what it is and how to heal it                             Do you have chronic symptoms, autoimmune disease, allergies or skin issues that just won’t go away? If you can’t seem to figure out what’s to blame, this overview with start you down the right path of connecting the dots to your vicious cycle of needless suffering.  “All disease begins in the gut”  ~ Hippocrates Current research supports the connection between seemingly unrelated symptoms and our gut health. Almost 70 percent of our immune system is housed in our digestive tract (often referred to collectively as “the gut.”) In fact, you may be surprised at how many health conditions are directly related to or caused by increased intestinal permeability, or “leaky gut.” Essentially, leaky gut occurs when large than normal spaces in the mucosal wall of your intestines become loose, damaged or open, allowing the entry of food or other materials into the bloodstream that would normally be avoided if these junctions were functioning properly. These tight junctions are considered the doorway between your intestines and your bloodstream. They determined what is and is not allowed to to pass into the bloodstream. A protein called zonulin is know as the gatekeeper, which opens up the spaces between the cells of the intestinal lining. This normally occurs so that nutrients and other molecules can get in and out of your intestine. However, when there is too much zonulin production or chronic inflammation in the gut, the cells open up more than they should or...
Fermented Foods: Nature’s Probiotics

Fermented Foods: Nature’s Probiotics

Fermented Foods – Nature’s Probiotics    Kimchi (pronounced kimchee), sauerkraut, and kombucha are some of the world’s great fermented foods. A fermented food is one whose taste and texture have been transformed by the introduction of beneficial bacteria or fungi. They were a part of traditional diets. Before I switched to a real food diet, foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha were foreign to me. These foods taste and smell strong but pack healing power. Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lacto-fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, B vitamins and various strains of probiotics (bacteria). Natural fermentation of foods has also been shown to preserve nutrients in food and break the food down to a more digestible form. This could explain the link between a diet rich in fermented foods and improved digestion. Cultures around the world have been eating fermented foods for years. Studies show a link between probiotic-rich foods and overall health. Sadly, with the advances in technology and food preparation, these time-honored traditional foods have been largely lost in our society. The amount of probiotics and enzymes available in the average diet has declined drastically over the last few decades as pasteurized milk has replaced raw; pasteurized yogurt has replaced homemade kefir; and vinegar based pickles and sauerkraut have replaced traditional lacto-fermented versions. Benefits to Fermented foods Eating fermented foods will introduce probiotics, also known as beneficial bacteria, into your digestive system and help the balance of good bacteria in your digestive system. Fermented...
Four Steps to Gut Healing

Four Steps to Gut Healing

Four Steps to Gut Healing Remove (irritants): Foods and chemicals that damage the gut. Use the elimination diet as your guide. REPLENISH (digestive power): Consider digestive enzymes to support digestion during the healing phase REPAIR (mucosal barrier): Initiate healing with foods and specific supplements listed below.  RESTORE (bacteria):  You inner-ecosystem plays a vital role in keeping you healthy. Use fermented foods and probiotics to restore bacteria.     Nutritional Support: Bone Broth Fermented Foods Supplemental Support Licorice Root (DGL): An herb that stimulates protective mucus secretion may also help promote healing. DGL can also balance cortisol levels and improve acid production in the stomach. It is particularly helpful for those that experience digestive issues related to emotional stress. Take 500mg 2x per day. Another herb, marshmallow root extract has been beneficial to many for some of same reasons. Probioticsare hugely beneficial: Specific strains of bacteria including, lactobacillus casei, bifidobacter species, and saccromyces boulardii (a beneficial type of yeast) are all important to restore gut health. Ideally fermented foods are best. For probiotics look for at least 50 billion units of probiotics daily from a high quality brand. Omega 3 Fish oilcan be very helpful in the treatment of intestinal inflammation by decreasing inflammatory prostaglandins.  EPA and DHA should be used in the range of 2-4gm daily. Quercetinfunctions as a natural mast cell stabilizer and decrease release of histamine, which contributes to inflammation and injury caused by food allergies.  It has also been shown to be effective for ulcerative colitis. Ideally, quercetin should be used in powder form and taken 3x daily at 500mg per dose. Zinc supplementation has been found to be quite effective at...