Why Organic Pineapples?

2015-02-10 18.25.47Can you tell the difference between the two pineapples in this picture? Look closely, and you will see a slight difference in their appearance. The pineapple on the right is organically grown; the pineapple on the left is not. It’s difficult to tell by looking at the photograph, but there are definite, yet subtle, differences in the two.

I recently learned that conventionally grown pineapples are subjected to large amounts of pesticides and agrochemicals. Entire crops are repeatedly sprayed to allow steady and consistent harvesting. Many people are of the opinion that the thick rind prevents the absorption of pesticides into the flesh, but given the intensity and frequency of the spraying, this is just not true.

To quote Fernando Ramirez, a leading agronomist in Costa Rica:
“Pineapples need very large amounts of pesticides, about 20kg of active ingredient per hectare per cycle. The soil is sterilized; biodiversity is eliminated. Fourteen to 16 different types of treatment are typically needed, and many have to be applied several times. They use chemicals that are dangerous for the environment and human health.”

I corroborated this fact with a local Thai friend who worked as a crop sprayer driver in the past. His advice to me? Stay well away from the local pineapples, unless they are organic!

Given this information, there is simply no reason to eat conventionally grown pineapples when the organic variety is readily available. I take great pride in the fact that the pineapples used in my kombucha tea are locally sourced, organic only!

Try a glass today at one of following locations, in Koh Samui:
Lamphu Health Store – Lamai
The Source – Lamai
Organic Life – Lamai
Lamai Veggie – Lamai
Yogarden – Bophut

For more info on kombucha tea, please contact info@blissbodysystem.com

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5 Healthy Habits For 2015

171The end of January is almost upon us, so it’s time to check in and see how much of a healthy start we’ve had so far. Have you been good? Did you start a gym membership, or new eating plan? How disciplined have you been since you set your resolutions? Do resolutions even work?

Being healthy isn’t hard, and it doesn’t have to be dull, either.   However, finding good, wholesome, organic food is not easy for everyone. Let’s look at five ways we can eat more healthily, regardless of our financial situation, current weight, or where we live:

  1. Eat animal proteins and starchy carbohydrates separately: This is one of the quickest ways to improve digestion, boost metabolism, and lose weight. Although we are accustomed to eating meat with carbohydrates in just about every dish on Earth, it doesn’t mean that it’s right. The body is unable to digest animal proteins and carbohydrates together, resulting in accumulated undigested food particles in the bowel. Over time this can lead to a sluggish digestion and metabolism, so make sure to eat these as far away from each other as possible. You’ll really see and feel the difference!
  2. Enjoy fruit – but never eat it as dessert: Fruit is best eaten alone, on an empty stomach. Fruit digests mostly in the small intestine, and needs a clear path through the digestive tract to get there. If eaten as dessert, fruit gets ‘stuck” behind the meal, doesn’t digest properly, and creates gas and discomfort. Fruit is the perfect food for the human body; it just needs to be eaten correctly.
  3. Eat more fermented foods: Fermented foods are filled with good bacteria, which promotes healthy digestion and regular bowel movements. Often, symptoms of IBS, allergies, skin rashes, indigestion and constipation can be signs of insufficient gut bacteria. Processed foods, pasteurized dairy, alcohol, and medicines are the culprits behind the destruction of this good bacteria. The three best sources of healthy fermented foods are: Kefir, Kombucha Tea, Kimchi. You can also eat raw honey and raw dairy, if it’s available, and drink raw apple cider vinegar to boost gut health.
  4. Cut out sugar, but avoid artificial sweeteners: We already know sugar is bad, but artificial sweeteners are worse. Studies have shown an insulin response to foods with artificial sweeteners, is equal to the insulin response to foods with these sweeteners, and that’s bad news! In fact, some scientists suggest that sugar-free drinks are a direct cause of obesity and type-2 diabetes. Stick to healthy substitutes like raw honey or stevia.
  5. Get rid of any processed multivitamins: Every day, store-bought multivitamins have chemical additives, and are difficult for the body to absorb. Clever marketing can lead to the belief that these supplements are a good substitute for food, which they are NOT! There is never a good substitute for healthy organic food. To supplement your diet, choose plant-based super greens like Spirulina, Chlorella, or Moringa Leaf, which are packed with minerals, vital nutrients, and are easy to digest. Try it for yourself! You won’t regret it.

These 5 simple adjustments to diet and lifestyle will yield enormous changes in your overall wellbeing. Heightened energy levels, better digestion, better sleep and a boost in brainpower are just some of the benefits. Healthy eating is not about calorie counting or portion control, rather it’s sticking to nature’s menu as closely as possible, and being aware of how the digestion works. Good digestion is the cornerstone of good health, and the more we can assist the body in the digestion process, the better off we’ll be.

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Good Digestion Is The Foundation Of Abundant Health

An indisputable fact about our digestion is that it is the cornerstone of good health. Without good digestion we cannot expect to enjoy a healthy state of mind or body. Think about the last time you had indigestion – was it a good feeling? Of course not!

When our digestive system suffers, we suffer. Digestion is a process using an enormous amount of energy, working behind the scenes 24/7, to break down all the many different food combinations in our modern-day diet. Remember all those Thanksgiving dinners? Christmas dinners? Roast dinners with many different dishes? How tired we feel after eating those meals!

The tiredness we experience after a big meal is the enormous amount of energy being used by the body to fulfil its duty of digestion.

The long-term implications of a sluggish digestion are at the very best, weight-gain, and at the worst, disease and/or death. If the body is overfed and overtaxed with incompatible food combinations, then elimination slows down, toxins build up in the body, creating an ideal environment for disease to develop.

Think back to when you last ate a really healthy meal. It could have been today, yesterday, or maybe even a year ago. Do you remember how good you felt afterwards?   If you had a lot of energy, then that was a sure sign that the food you ate was good for you, was digested easily, and was assimilated and eliminated with ease.

You know you’re eating the right foods when:

 Your food tastes good
√ Your food is easy to chew and swallow
 Your food does not cause discomfort after swallowing
 Your food does not create gas, burping, bloating, constipation, or pain in the abdomen
√ You feel energised after the meal
√ You have a bowel movement soon afterwards

To enjoy good digestion and radiant health, you should:

 Eat a 70% water-based (alkaline) diet (raw fruit and veg should make up the bulk of your daily intake)
 Chew food slowly and carefully. Your food should be almost liquid before swallowing, to encourage easier digestion in the stomach
 Separate your animal proteins and starchy carbohydrates as much as possible. The two don’t digest well together properly, due to requiring different digestive enzymes
√ Avoid processed foods, sugar, wheat, and fried foods as much as possible
 Include lots of raw green vegetables in your daily diet. The enzymes in these foods assist with the digestion of concentrated foods
 Never eat fruit after a meal, and eat one kind of fruit at a time
√ Eat fruit on an empty stomach
 Never eat a big meal at night
√ Never drink water during a meal, it dilutes the digestive juices!

And most importantly: If you food has you reaching for antacids, then it’s probably doing you more harm than good. Our bodies shouldn’t require chemicals to break down and digest the very medicine we consume to sustain life. Think about that for a minute!

If you feel you have a sluggish digestion, and would like advice on diet, detox, weight-loss or cleanse, please visit: www.blissbodysystem.com for a free consultation.

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How Are You Going To Feel On January 1st, 2015???

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*  Nutritional consultations and guidance
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Detox Twice A Year For Best Results!

No matter how healthy our food is, there’s no denying that our environment is still heavily polluted. Substances such as household chemicals, pesticides, carbon monoxide, chlorine, and fluoride are substances are absorbed even when we are monitoring our food. Eating organic is great, but if we’re still using household cleaning items, sitting in traffic or under fluorescent lighting, our bodies will continue to absorb toxins. These toxins remain embedded in the tissues until we take active measures to remove them. The only way to achieve this is through a full detox and cleanse program.

Regular detoxifying of the body can significantly reduce the negative impact of these environmental threats. As soon as we begin a detox program, the body switches to “clean-up” mode, and the purging of embedded toxins begins. The first few days are the toughest, as these toxins enter the bloodstream for elimination, one can feel tired, sluggish, and develop flu-like symptoms. This is known as a “healing crisis”, and is the result of bacteria die-off. After about 5 days these symptoms subside and one feels lighter, happier, and more energetic.

Cleansing twice a year is the perfect maintenance program for rebuilding cells and tissues, and preventing disease-causing toxic build-up. If we manage to maintain a healthy lifestyle between detox programs, it only serves to make the process of detoxing much easier each time, until one day we can sail through a detox with little to no adverse symptoms.

Bottom line: Detoxing the body results in one feeling so healthy, refreshed, energetic, and positive, that the decision to do another detox will be easy to make. Our toxic modern life is the cause of much disease and distress, and to keep a healthy mind and body, we need to take proactive measures.

  • Do you feel as though you are carrying around a toxic overload?
  • Do you think a detox would help you feel better?
  • Are you ready to take the first step?
    If yes, please get in touch today to find out how I can help you!

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Reflection: Modern-Day Food And Its Toll On Our Health

MODERN LIFE’S TOLL ON HEALTH

It’s no secret that as much as we have advanced technologically, we have regressed nutritionally.  We would have to be fools not to see how our health has declined since the advent of industrialised and chemically altered foods in the mid 20th century.   In the 1920’s obesity was unheard of, much less type 2 diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure.  Today it’s all around us.  As much as we know about good nutrition and healthy eating, we are now more susceptible to lifestyle-related illnesses than ever before. Nowadays it’s quite accepted that we will either fall victim to, or know someone who will fall victim to, an illness that will require doctors, pharmaceutical drugs, perhaps even surgery.  Each one of us is on some sort of health insurance plan, so sure are we of the inevitability of all of this.

We are more loaded than ever with stress – more so that at any other time in our history.  Yet at the same time we are eating food containing fewer nutrients than at any other time in our history.   Over-farming has eroded the soil quality, genetically modified foods have no nutrient value, pesticides further degrade our fruit and vegetables, and denatured foods with added salt, sugar, and chemicals not only deprive us of nutrients, but they create food addictions and allergies which can kill us.

Looking at our massive, modern-day, warehouse-type supermarkets that sell everything from cars, to TVs, and food all under one roof… we have to wonder.  If this food is designed to fill huge shelves and last for months and still taste good when bought, just what is in it?  Our bodies were not designed to eat this “food”, which is not really food at all.    It’s a tragedy of our modern age that we have to work hard and seek out food that is natural and pure.  It should be the basic right of every person to have easy access to the best quality food, but this isn’t the case.  It’s cheaper and easier to buy processed, unhealthy fast food than it is to purchase a plate of fresh fruit.  To eat the good stuff, we need to spend more money, so sadly most people don’t even get the opportunity to nourish their bodies properly.

100 Years ago we shopped at local vegetable markets, bought meat directly from the farms, got fresh milk delivered by the milkman each day (which went sour after a few days).  Our bread was thick, heavy, and filled with delicious, healthy grains.

Today these basic foods look very different.  

Fruit and vegetables are shiny, plastic looking “too-perfect”, and often genetically modified.  They can be stored in warehouses for months before they are put out for sale.  Milk is skimmed of all its goodness, has loads of added sugar, and is made to last for weeks in the fridge.  Much of our bread is light, white, and yeasty, with no nutritional value whatsoever.

We don’t have to fall victim to the denaturalising of our foods, if we arm ourselves with knowledge.  Taking steps towards a healthier future begins with ourselves.  Knowing our bodies, connecting with our bodies, knowing our blood type and what diet is best for us.  Being aware of food labels, questioning where our food comes from, i.e. is our beef from grass-fed, humanely slaughtered cows?  Is our chicken from free-range, organic farms?  Are our vegetables grown organically, are the GMO foods labeled as such?  What exactly is in a McDonald’s hamburger?…A Starbucks Cappuccino?…A Subway sandwich?  The results might startle you, but we owe it to ourselves to know exactly what we are putting in our bodies.

Online research regarding the origins of our foods is very important.   We should know where our local supermarkets source their food.  Food labelling is very clever, and very ambiguous.  Trendy buzzwords and marketing will lead the consumer to believe in the health virtues of a product that is essentially a dead food with loads of added sugar.  If food has to have a label reflecting its contents, then we should really be thinking twice about eating it.  Nature doesn’t have to label food…but manufactured food needs to be labeled because it’s only partly food.  Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Food will either poison us or give us life…we have the choice as to which of the two we choose when we put food in our mouths.  But growing awareness among the general population means that we, as consumers, can make changes with our wallets.   Refusal to purchase food which is GMO, or laced with pesticides, hidden sugars, salts, and other additives, will go a long way in ensuring that we, and our children, can continue to expect and enjoy what is our God-given right:  Access to clean, healthy, natural, REAL food.

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Why Should We Detox And Cleanse The Body?

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Why Is Detoxing So Important?

We live in an age of industrialised food, stress, air pollution, pesticides, and pharmaceutical drugs. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to live as nature intended, and as such, we are inundated with a host of lifestyle-related illnesses. Almost all modern diseases are a result of an inefficient digestive system and subsequent blockage of the colon, due to undigested food particles. To quote Dr. Richard Anderson in his incredible book, ‘Cleanse & Purify Thyself’: “Germs are not the cause of disease, rather the result of disease”.

In most Western societies, incorrect food combinations, processed foods, fast foods, white flour, and white sugar, are more commonplace in the daily diet than fruits and vegetables. Eaten continuously over time, these dead foods contribute to obesity, a fatty liver, clogged intestines, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even heart disease. For most people, weight-loss is the single most important factor in a healthy lifestyle, yet cutting portion sizes and counting calories is a waste of time if the food eaten is not healthy, fresh, or natural. It is estimated that 95% of the population has varying degrees of toxic build-up in their intestines!

The body cannot heal or fight disease, if the liver is fatty and the colon is clogged with years of environmental toxic build-up and undigested food. Fibre supplements and alkalising foods are great, however they’re ineffective if the body is not completely cleansed first. The reason many people fail at diets is because they have not cleaned out years of toxic build-up, which means the body will continue to crave all the bad foods that created the problem in the first place! The body needs complete cleansing and resetting before habits can be changed.

To restore health and rejuvenate the body, the digestive system needs rest, and the colon completely purged of all the embedded toxins and accumulated mucus. A normal, healthy body will eliminate toxins efficiently through sweat and excretions, however no body on Earth is designed to deal with the magnitude of industrialised food, sugars, fats, processed foods, pesticides, and industrial chemicals so prevalent in our air and food. It is a fact that a detox and complete rest for the digestive tract can heal and rejuvenate the body far more effectively than anything else.

Regular detoxification promotes innumerable health benefits, including:

  • Improved digestion
  • Ability to fight common colds and flu
  • Sustained weight-loss
  • Clearer, younger looking skin
  • Improved eyesight, “whiter” eyes
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Improved blood sugar levels
  • Heightened energy levels
  • Healthier liver function
  • Stronger hair and nails
  • Alleviated back pain (in some instances, back pain is the result of a clogged colon)
  • Increased fertility in women (a clogged colon may “push” onto the uterus, preventing conception. Often fertility levels stabilise after a course of colonic hydrotherapy and detoxification)
  • Relieving depression (sometimes completely eradicating all symptoms of depression)
  • Releasing deep-seated emotions that may have been trapped for years

The following illness and ailments can possibly be healed, or the symptoms alleviated, by detoxifying the body:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Obesity
  • Gout
  • Candida
  • Cirrhosis
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • IBS/Stomach Ulcer
  • Diverticulosis
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Allergies

The Bliss Body Home Detox offers nutrient-rich, organic supplements, and a simple, easy-to-follow juice and soup program. The program is effective for weight-loss, boosting metabolism, stabilising blood sugar levels, lowering blood pressure, and gives the digestive system a well-earned rest to help the body effectively flush out toxins, repair tissues, and rebuild cells. For more information, please visit www.blissbodysystem.com

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