Liver & Gallbladder Detox

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If you're interested in learning more (and you should!) in understanding the many functions of liver (and there are hundreds) and how to support those functions, this little paperback (or free Kindle download) is a powerhouse of information.

Jennifer Atkins beautifully explains how every part of the human body serves a specific function in staying fit and healthy. Both functional diet and exercise suggestions help move towards a more aware and healthier self. Simple juice, soup and salad recipes entice you to design your own delicious diet plan, while a concise description of functional ingredients define how these different foods work within the body.

You’ll love the Mixed Berry Shake, Apple Cinnamon Smoothie, Greek Salad, Peach, Avocado and Nut Salad, Green Spinach Soup and Creamy Winter Beetroot Soup! It's a quick and life-changing read!

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Nourishing Traditions

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Sally Fallon's book, Nourishing Traditions is about developing food cultures that allow generations to thrive with the foods they had available in their respective environments. It challenges us to think about the foods and food preparation of our ancestors and how we may once again thrive as they had.

Weston A. Price’s revolutionary discoveries took him around the world and to a large variety of different ethnic groups who were still eating the foods and preparing the foods the way their ancestors had been. They were untouched by modern, processed and foreign foods. Groups who were eating such authentic diets, handed down for generations, demonstrated uncompromised health and happiness. Once inauthentic foods were introduced, health started to fail, more so with every succeeding generation removed from its original foods.

The similarities of all of the groups were that they firstly took great care to eat enough valuable fats, mostly from animals. Such fats were often raw in form of butter, yogurt, cheeses and meats and fish. The fats were so valuable because they came from pastured and wild animals and fish, which were able to provide valuable nutrients, specifically K2, which Price called “Activator X”. Althought seasonal fasts were part of most cultures, Dr. Price found no successful vegan culture anywhere. 

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Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is a functional food, which simply means that it is a food with more than just calories but actual functional health benefits over and beyond the basic nutrients in the food. Coconut oil has received a bad reputation over the past decades due to its saturated fat content, but research shows that not all saturated fats are alike. Slowly but surely we are learning how vitally important clean and unadulterated saturated fats really are.

Coconut oil is unique in its structural makeup – it is the highest source of saturated fats at 92 percent but it also has the highest source of medium chain triglycerides (62 percent) of any naturally occurring vegan food source. Around half of these medium chain triglycerides are made up of lauric acid, the most important essential acid in building and maintaining the body’s immune system. Other than coconut oil, the only other source of lauric acid in high concentrations is in breast milk. Some saturated fat is actually necessary for human health and research has shown that medium chain fatty acids such as lauric acid help to increase metabolism, and they are more easily digested than fats found in other oils. Their digestibility is because they are processed directly in the liver and immediately converted into energy. As they have no opportunity to be stored in the body, they are less likely to cause obesity than other types of fats.

Lauric acid converts to the fatty acid monolaurin in the body. It has adverse effects on a variety of microorganisms in the body including bacteria, yeast, fungi, and enveloped viruses. It destroys the lipid (fat) membrane of such enveloped viruses as measles, herpes simplex virus (HSV-1), influenza, and cytomegalovirus (DMV). Capric acid makes up another 7 percent of the fat content of coconut oil and it also stimulates anti microbial activity in the body.

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