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Dr Karen Health Talks Podcast – How to Make Fermented Foods 101



Fermented foods have a lot of health benefits. They are rich in enzymes, which help speed up digestion and absorption in our system. They are also rich in good bacteria, specifically lactobacillus acidophilus, which is an extremely beneficial flora found in the gut.

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity even found that some types of probiotics promoted weight loss.

NOTE – Most fermented foods you can buy in supermarket jars or cans have been pasteurized and cooked at high heat, killing any friendly bacteria. You’ll have to make your own pickles or sauerkraut to retain those products’ bacterial benefits. (If you take basic precautions in fermenting your own, there’s little risk.)

The Ultimate Social Network – The Microbiome– PART 1

Doctor shows information: gut mircobiome

90% of the cells in our body are not human. The trillions of tiny bacteria living inside of us are called the microbiome. Our body contains ten times more microbes than human cells and one hundred times more microbial DNA than human DNA. All the microbes inside of us are collectively known as the microbiome. Think of the microbiome as the microbe club in your body.

This whole separate ecology is the ultimate social network. It is inextricably linked to our body operating efficiently. When we live a lifestyle that keeps our microbiome at peak efficiency, our weight and our health improve. By contrast, when we consume foods and medicines that throw our inner ecology out of balance, we put ourselves at risk for a host of illness.

These microscopic organisms have a huge role to play in our health. They regulate our:

  1. Weight
  2. Immune System
  3. Mental Clarity
  4. Metabolism
  5. Mood
  6. Energy Level
  7. Appetite
  8. Cravings
  9. Gene Expression
  10. Nutrient Levels

We used to think that all microbes were unhealthy. Now we realize that most microbes are actually helpful to us, performing many important functions.

Although each microbe is small, those trillions of tiny organisms add up to a weight of about 3 pounds (same as what our brain weighs).

The Forgotten organ and Your Second Genome

The Human Genome Project began in 1990 to map the genes that make us human. Scientists hoped that by better understanding our own DNA, we would be able to unlock the genetic basis for a wide variety of illnesses. What they found, however, was that we have only 22,000 genes and all of us humans share around 99.9% of the same human DNA. The genetic differences between us are incredible tiny compared to everything we have in common.

On top of that, as we acquire our microbiome, we incorporate another 3.3 million genes – a ratio of 150:1.

Also, no two people, including identical twins, share the same microbiome. Since the genes in our microbiome outnumber human genes by 150:1  perhaps the genetic make up of our microbiome is where our diversity and uniqueness really lie.

Our own genes change slowly from generation to generation, but the lifespan of a microbe is only about 20 minutes! This means that that we can have a significant impact on rebalancing our microbiome quickly with lifestyle changes.

Want to know more? REGISTER HERE for my webinar on April 20th about Healthy Gut, Healthy Body.

What is Depression? – Rethinking What We think We Know

A Mind of Your ownWhat is depression? Most doctors would say it is a chemical imbalance. Dr Kelly Brogan was forced to reconsider conventional wisdom when her thyroid disease went undiagnosed as the cause of depression. With the help of her naturopathic doctor, she learned that her thyroid dysfunction was caused by a combination of postpartum body changes, an imbalance in her gut and poor dietary choices. Dr Kelly took this experience and applied it to her patients with depression with amazing results.

Here is a new way to look at depression: it is the result of the body’s interrelated systems attempting to adapt to stressors, such as inflammation. It is a signal that the interconnected systems in the body are out of balance – from blood sugar, to gut health, to thyroid function– and inflammation is at the root. The causes of depression and related symptoms of inflammation are not being adequately treated.

I created the 30 Day Detox Program to support your body to release inflammation and feel vibrant and healthy. It is a structured program to reduce inflammation by gently supporting the body’s digestion and detoxification systems. This Vitality Program is called Clear The Way. You will love it and I am holding a LIVE tele-group you can join in September.

Recent years have seen a shocking increase in antidepressant use the world over, with 1 in 4 women starting their day with medication. These drugs have steadily become the panacea for everything from grief, irritability, panic attacks, to insomnia, PMS, and stress.  But the truth is, what women really need can’t be found at a pharmacy.

According to Dr. Kelly Brogan, antidepressants not only overpromise and underdeliver, but according to Brogan , “their use may permanently disable the body’s self-healing potential“. We need a new paradigm: The best way to heal the mind is to heal the whole body. CLICK HERE to find the program I recommend to unlock your body’s self-healing potential.

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