Water – The Elixir of Life

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When it comes to glowing health, proper hydration is an absolute key!  If our bodies are not properly hydrated, it can cause or aggravate so many issues.  Common symptoms of dehydration include:  fatigue, pain, poor digestion, brain fog, constipation, gallstones, kidney stones, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and much more.  The vast majority of the population is severely dehydrated.  Consider this…when you check into a hospital with any serious condition, what is one of the first things they do for you?  They hook you up to an IV in order to hydrate your body.  Just being on the IV alone, usually begins to alleviate whatever symptoms the patient is experiencing.

In some ways, it’s a shame that food and drink have such a pleasure aspect to them.  The sights, smells and tastes are very alluring.  When you think about it, food and drink are necessary to provide proper fuel and nutrients for the body.  The enjoyment factor is secondary.  Yet for most people, the flavor is the primary motivator when making choices for what to consume.  If our automobiles don’t have the proper fluids, the engine will seize up and fail to run.  When our bodies don’t have the proper fluids, they develop all kinds of stress symptoms as mentioned above.

The challenge these days is to find truly pure water.  Tap water is treated with chlorine or similar chemicals in order to destroy the harmful bacteria that could make people sick.  The problem is that the chemicals used to treat the water are left behind as well as many other toxins that the chemicals do not destroy.  The Environmental Working Group recently completed a massive study of the tap water across the United States and has published the results on its website.  You can access that report here to look up the results for your area.  Many water companies are also adding fluoride to the water supply.  The misguided theory is that this helps to prevent tooth decay.  The truth is that the fluoride added is a poison, a hazardous waste byproduct.  I encourage you to do your own research on this matter if you are not familiar with the facts.  The EWG.org website lists fluoride as a contaminant that can harm teeth, bones, and can raise the risk of bone cancer.

You also cannot assume that bottled water is pure.  Many bottled water companies filter water that has had fluoride added, but they do not filter it out.  You will find a list of bottled water that contains fluoride here.  In addition, bottled water that is packaged in the very thin plastic is prone to leaching a lot of toxins from the bottle itself.  Never drink from a plastic bottle that has been heated up (in a hot car or from sitting out in the sun), as the heat will also draw toxins from the plastic into the water.

The best option is to obtain a high quality water filter for your home and carry your water in reusable glass containers.  For the bottles, find a brand that has a protective sleeve on it to prevent breakage such as those made by Lifefactory.  And for the best water filter, I trust the brand recommended by Anthony William, Medical Medium which is the Berkey water filter.  If you live in an area that has fluoridated water, look under:  “Specialty Filters” on the Berkey site for an add on filter you can purchase with the regular system.

Proper hydration involves more than simply drinking more water.  Because all of our drinking water has to be processed and filtered, it loses some of its natural life force in the process.  Hundreds of years ago, the water from a pure mountain spring was the perfect source of hydration.  Today, we need to add prana back into the water.  As Anthony William explains in his book:  Medical Medium – Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal, the best way to bring your drinking water back to life is to add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime to your drinking water.  This simple trick enables all of the cells in your body to absorb the water.  If you have ever had the experience of feeling very dehydrated, but no matter how much water you drink, you don’t feel satisfied.  That is because water without the squeeze of fresh citrus, is not being absorbed properly by the body.

Unfiltered tap water (with its chlorine content), sodas, coffee, caffeinated teas and alcohol all dehydrate the body.  How much of your day is spent consuming these items?  Every time you consume a beverage from this list, you need to consume a lot of living water just to offset that, and then you still haven’t made progress towards hydrating your body for that day.

If you want to make one simple change to improve your health, try to focus on improving your hydration.  You will likely notice an improvement in how you feel!

Laura Gordon is a certified life and wellness coach and a member of the Medical Medium Practitioner Support Service.  She is not a physician and is not trained in any way to provide medical diagnosis, medical treatment, psychotherapy, or any other type of medical advice.  Product links are provided for your convenience. Laura Gordon is not affiliated with these companies, nor does she receive any commissions for providing these links.
 
 

Harissa Portobello Mushroom “Tacos”

Harissa Portobello Mushroom Tacos

LOVE this dish!!!  I found this treasure on the Healthy Nibbles and Bits website.  It is so full of different flavors and textures.  The recipe calls for collard leaves for the wrap, but it is also great with chard, romaine or any strong-leaf green.  Because I have a wheat and corn free diet, this is a great option for me.  For those who can’t give up their tortillas, this dish still works great with any kind of wrap.

I was unable to locate any store bought Harissa Sauce that didn’t have citric acid in it as an additive.  That ingredient is best to avoid, so I chose to make my own sauce from scratch.  I would encourage you to search online for a version of the sauce that is best suited to your spice tolerance.  Most harissa sauces are quite spicy.  I prefer a mild to moderate spice, so I opted for a tamer version of the recipe.

Here is the recipe I used for my Harissa sauce.  The tweaks I made to the original recipe were as follows:  I used raw garlic cloves instead of cooking them.  This retains more of their healing power and gives a stronger kick to the spicy aspect of the dish.  I cut the recommended olive oil measurement in half (to ¼ cup) as I like to keep things low fat.  It results in a chunkier sauce that works well to not drip out of the wrap as much.  And, I used coconut sugar as a healthier replacement for the sugar ingredient.  https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/harissa-sauce-107098

Here is how my version of sauce turned out:

Harissa sauce

For the “taco” recipe, I made the following tweaks:  Although the recipe calls for soaking the cashews overnight for the cashew cream, I hadn’t planned ahead for that.  So I soaked them in hot water for one hour.  I also added 0.66 ounces of fresh dill to the cashew cream.  I like adding fresh sprouts to the wrap as well.  You can find the full recipe here: https://healthynibblesandbits.com/harissa-portobello-mushroom-tacos/

This is a recipe I will go back to again and again!  Enjoy!

 

My recipe blog is a collection of healthy recipes that I have gathered over many years of healthy eating.  It is a way for me to share my favorite finds and to introduce you to other bloggers and books that are promoting healthy choices.  I often have to tweak the original recipe in order to align it with my health philosophy.  I will provide you with my adjustments and my reasons for them in order to help you to become a better recipe detective.

Nutritional Health – What Should We Believe?

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If you do much reading in the world of nutritional health, you are well aware of how confusing it is to decipher what is the truth and what is a misguided notion.  Fads come and go.  Scientific studies seem to hold the greatest authority on the subject in the minds of the public.  One day we are told the key is to eat low fat and high carb diets.  The next day we hear that all of that theory is incorrect and we should eat high fat and low carb diets.  We are told all fruits and vegetables are good for us.  Next we hear that fruit has too much sugar and that nightshades and cruciferous vegetables can be detrimental to your health.  Who has time to read all of these conflicting studies and theories and figure out the truth about how to stay healthy in our modern day world?

Here are a few of the problems with the information that is sold as facts in the nutrition world: Scientific studies cost a lot of money and need to be funded by someone.  Most studies are funded by an entity that has a strong financial gain at stake and the results are often biased by a hidden agenda that has nothing to do with people’s best interests.  People are very susceptible to common public opinion.  They feel a lot of pressure to conform to the standard accepted philosophy of the day.  This pressure is also felt by the medical field professionals and the so called health experts who provide lots of health advice online while also selling you a lot of their own products.  Everyone has a right to make a living.  But sometimes the lines get blurred between profits and watching out for the best solutions for public health.

In November of 2015, a new book was released on the market that changed everything!  I discovered this book in May of 2016, and it has been a total game-changer for me.  The book is called:  Medical Medium – Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal by Anthony William.  The information that is presented in this book is decades ahead of its time.  There are not scientific studies to verify the information (but we already discussed why those studies are often suspect).  When I read this book, it resonated deeply within me, and I knew that it was the truth.  However, because I wanted to be entirely sure before presenting the information to my clients, I created my own little test group of friends and family who were interested in trying out the protocols for their various health issues.  I share a few of their health stories and successes here.

Since reading that first book, Anthony has published two more books that are equally amazing in their content:  Life-Changing Foods and Thyroid Healing.  I also became a member of the Medical Medium Practitioner Support Service.  We are a group of a little less than 300 health practitioners from around the world who support each other by sharing our experiences and questions for our individual clients.  In our group we have doctors, nurses, naturopaths, chiropractors, nutritionists, health coaches, etc.  We all apply the Medical Medium protocols in our work and we have witnessed miraculous results along the way. Our clients have been successfully reversing conditions that were deemed incurable by the western medicine doctors.

If you are looking for answers to your health questions and are confused by all of the differing studies out there, I highly encourage you to visit Anthony William’s website and purchase one or all of his books:  www.medicalmedium.com.  Besides his books, Anthony has written a huge volume of blog posts, he does a weekly radio show, and he offers other bits of information through The Healing Path (on his website), all for free.  He is all about sharing the truth so that people can finally heal.

I wish you health and happiness on your journey!

 

 

Laura Gordon is a certified life and wellness coach and a member of the Medical Medium Practitioner Support Service.  She is not a physician and is not trained in any way to provide medical diagnosis, medical treatment, psychotherapy, or any other type of medical advice.