Which Type Of Cleanse Is Right For You?

What type of fasting protocol should you do? Whichever way you choose will give your health a big boost, increase your longevity and energy, improve your memory and help you access more joy.


Here are some ways to improve your life through fasting and cleansing:

  1. 24-36 hour fast on only water, one or two days a week (Sun and Wed)
  2. 12-18 hour daily intermittent fast on only water
  3. 3-day green juice fast on only green juice, water and herbal tea
  4. 7-day liquid fast on juices, smoothies, and broths, while taking liver supporting supplements.

After doing self-guided cleanses, long fasts and liver flushes during the past 20 years, I can confidently say that cleanses are a key to accessing Pure Joy in your life. My first introduction to cleansing was in 1997 when I did a month-long intestinal cleanse, eliminating one more meal a day every week by the 4th week, I fasted on only psyllium shakes, green juice and supplements. It was intense, to say the least, but after that last week of fasting, I noticed my digestion was amazing, my period returned, my confidence boosted, my mind sharpened, and my body shrunk. I felt so good fasting that I started fasting on just green juice one day a week for many years following. It was because of that first fast that my business was named “Pure Joy”. Over time, I’ve experimented with dry fasting for 18 hours and longer, water fasting for seven days, juice fasting for 90 days, and I’ve completed over 40 liver flushes to date. I am telling you this because I want you to know that I am not just quoting something from the internet. I have a first-hand experience of the power of fasting and cleansing. When I am on a cleanse or fast or coming off of one, it’s the best I feel in my life. No joke! Of course, it’s not always comfortable, but the euphoria, clarity, and joy that surge through my newly cleansed cells makes it all worth it. My favorite way to fast at the moment is either a 7-day liver cleanse or 2 days a week (Sunday and Wednesday) of fasting on green juice.

liver flush cleanse

Numerous scientific studies are now showing that people who fast on a regular basis (at least 24 hours 1-2 days a week while consuming only liquids equaling less than 500 calories in a day) experience lowering of the Insulin-like growth hormone (IGH1). A decrease in IGH1 in adults has been directly tied to longer life, lower insulin levels, regular blood pressure, lowered heart disease, decreased cancer risk, and less disease in general. Also mentioned in many studies is that the cleansers had an increased sense of well-being and happiness, better social interactions, better memory, more self-confidence and increased motivation.

If you are ready and motivated to embark on a fast or cleanse, that’s great news! You will love how good you feel once you get the hang of it. Especially once you get through the tough parts which usually involve some hunger pains and detox side effects like headaches, lethargy, and grumpiness. Those symptoms only come up when your body is overtaxed with the toxins releasing from the body, and they tend to pass as quickly as they came. Just take a moment to drink some water with ¼ tsp. of Himalayan salt (flush the toxins out), take a 5-minute lie down, drink a green juice, take a sauna, hot bath or sweat somehow and lastly get a colonic or do an enema. These will all help your fast or cleanse go much smoother. Just like most things in life, the more you fast and cleanse the easier and more habitual it becomes. Take a moment to look at your calendar and plan a day for your first 24 hour fast. Some people like to stay busy while fasting, but it can also be good to have a down day where you can meditate and write in your journal while reflecting on what you are grateful for.

The first liver flush I ever did was not my best one. I had no one to check in with for support and didn’t know what I was doing. I followed the written instructions but felt unsure, and I didn’t know if I was doing it right. All the cleanses I’ve done went fine, meaning nothing bad happened, and I felt so good after each cleanse that I continued to do them. But I was determined to find a more comfortable and graceful way. I slowly tweaked the protocols each time to add my supplements such as colon flushers and enzymes. These made the cleanse much more effective and painless because my body was more supported. After a couple of years of cleansing my colon and liver, I started helping others cleanse, and access the Pure Joy that I had found.

It has been a gratifying experience to see so many people cleanse their bodies and gain their health back while losing weight and feeling better than they have in years. I like to start people off with a liver flush (and this is still my cleanse of choice for myself) because the liver plays an integral part in our health and well-being, and is our first line of defense against toxins.

  • A healthy liver performs over 500+ functions. Here are just a few:
  • Secretes bile and bile salts needed for fat digestion (along with the gallbladder)
  • Metabolizes toxins so they can be excreted by the body
  • Keeps blood sugar in balance
  • Liver cells break down fatty acids which then generates ATP (energy)
  • Converts ammonia (left over from too many amino acids) into urea, which can then be excreted in the urine. (Ammonia is much more toxic than urea)
  • Ability to change and process hormones (thyroid converts T4 into active T3, estrogen, and aldosterone)
  • Detoxes drugs, medications, pesticides, glyphosate (from eating non-organic food), dangerous vaccine components, and environmental toxins
  • Stores and releases (when needed) glycogen, vitamin A, D, E, K (fat soluble), vitamin B12, copper, and iron.
  • Detoxes and filters everything that comes into the intestines and blood (the only organ that can do this)

Here are some benefits you can receive from cleansing your liver:

1. Weight Loss
The liver produces as much as a quart of bile per day, with about a quarter of this passing directly into the intestinal tract and the remainder being stored in the gallbladder. When the liver is clogged with stones and unprocessed bile salts, some people are only able to produce 1 cup of bile. Lower amounts of accessible bile dramatically reduce the digestion of fat. Once you cleanse your liver and gallbladder of stones and bile salts, the bile can flow freely and digest fats. When your digestion works well, you can lose weight more easily.

2. Immune System Support
Since the liver reduces toxins, it makes sense that a healthy liver is crucial to a robust immunity. Cleansing your liver can give your immune system a massive boost by clearing out unwanted debris and releasing undigested proteins from the basal membranes and cells.

3. Discourages Future Liver Stones
Liver stones, a product of an unhealthy diet, form because of too much cholesterol. The extra cholesterol makes bile harden into tiny stones that can block the liver and gallbladder; you could have hundreds of these affecting your liver’s ability to detox. When you cleanse, though, somewhere between 100 to 300 stones could be purged from your body through your colon.

4. Supports Whole Body Detox
Since the liver removes toxins, turning them into harmless byproducts, there are usually toxins in your liver. This is not a problem, but issues can start when too many toxins build up. That’s when you need to do a liver/gallbladder flush to get your liver working as efficiently as it should.

5. Boosts Energy
Some of the harmless byproducts the liver makes are nutrients the body will use.
When there is too much toxic build up, some of those nutrients just won’t make it back into the bloodstream. When that happens, your energy levels will likely drop, so liver cleansing will make you feel better because not only will you have all of your nutrients—but also all of your energy.

6. Increases Vitality
By cleansing your very own beautiful liver, you’re restoring it to peak efficiency. Reducing all that toxic buildup will make your skin look clearer, brighter and healthier. And since increasing bile production helps with fat breakdown, you’ll also tone your body easier and could even look and feel at least five years younger!


Here are some ways you can get started on a fast or cleanse:

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  1. Pick 1-2 day a week that you want to fast. I like Sundays and Wednesdays. For a 24 hour fast, eat dinner the night before (say Saturday night) and stop eating by 7 pm. Then on Sunday night, you can have dinner again, so you are only skipping two meals.
  2. Do a 3-day green juice fast. The best way to lose weight and renew your vitality quickly is to embark on three days of only water, herbal tea and green juice. Ideally, you would have days 2 and 3 fall on a weekend or on days you are not working.
  3. Do a week-long liver flush with guidance like this one
  4. Try intermittent fasting daily. Create a shorter eating window by stopping all food and drink consumption except for water by 7 pm. Then don’t consume anything again except water until 9 or 10 am the next day. This will be a 14 or 15 hour fast daily and your liver will have more time for repair and you will wake up feeling lighter and clearer.

Go on, give one a try. Any time of year is a great time to cleanse but doing it during fall and winter can help prevent cold and flu as phagocytosis increases with fasting which is the gobbling up of pathogens (aka bad guys) in the body.

Here’s to your renewed health and well-being, jump-starting weight loss, mental acuity and happiness year-round!

For support with a Guided Liver Flush click here.

Elaina Love


4 Superfoods to make you stronger, smarter, faster!

  1. Green Grass Powdersgreener grasses

    One of the most important things you can do for your health is to eat a diet rich in alkaline minerals to neutralize excess acidity such as ripe fruits and leafy greens. Grass powders are a quick way to buffer acidity and quickly increase your alkalinity. A result of consuming too many acid-forming foods (like processed and fried foods, meat, dairy, sugar, and grains)  our bones are robbed of their precious minerals which can lead to illness and degenerative bone disease. When you are making your smoothies and blended soups grass powders are a quick and easy addition. Start with a teaspoon and work your way up to a tablespoon. Read the labels to make sure the green powder doesn’t contain fillers or dairy.  Of course, I still love my green juice every morning, but green powders are quick and easy and can be thrown into a smoothie or even stirred into a glass of water for a quick energy boost before heading out the door. Grasses are the number one way to increase mood and alkalinity. I call Greens the “Pure Joy Factor” because they enhance and increase my mood quicker than any other food. Favorite brands include Greener Grasses, Wheatgrass powder, and Barley Grass powder. Try them one at a time and find out which ones work best for you.  Check out this smoothie recipe with Green Powde

  2. Mucuna Pruriensmucuna

    You may not have heard of this supplement before. It comes in powdered form and is also known as the dopamine bean. It’s well known for its mood-enhancing qualities. It boosts my energy when I take it in a morning hot beverage with a tsp. of coconut oil. Start with a small dose (like 1/8 tsp.) and work your way up. You will most likely feel very happy and energized. Try Sun Potion brand. Side effects can include increased thirst.  Check out this tonic recipe. Just add 1/8 tsp. of Mucuna to it. 

    • Supports a healthy central & peripheral nervous system*
    • Supports the body’s ability to handle stress*
    • Is a natural source of levodopa (L-dopa)*
    • Supports physical balance & posture*
    • Promotes healthy motor skills & coordination*
    • Improves energy & endurance*
    • Supports the intellect*
    • Bolsters libido*
    • Revitalizes both the male & female reproductive systems*
  3. Virgin Coconut Oil (cold-pressed is best)

    coconut oilCoconut oil is well known as an anti-fungal and antiviral oil. It is a fat that does not need to be processed through the liver and acts as an energy booster before a workout. It can help you burn fat more efficiently and actually clean out old undigested fats. Coconut oil also has brain boosting effects. I like to use coconut oil on my steamed veggies and even as the oil in my salad dressings. It’s my go-to oil when I am using oils. It also makes a great fat for refrigerated chocolates.

  4. Turmeric
    Turmeric

    Turmeric is the most well known for being an anti-inflammatory herb, helping to ease joint pain. Turmeric is also proven to help boost memory and enhance brain function.

    • Promotes a balanced mood
    • Helps wounds heal quickly
    • Eases aches and discomfort
    • Encourages balanced blood sugar
    • Soothes irritated tissue

These 4 Superfoods are all fairly easy to find and can be used in many recipes. I use these on a daily basis as part of my healthy eating program.

For more recipes, fitness, and performance enhancing information, check out our 4-week Guided Love Camp Program!


What is a Keto Vegan/Plant-Based Diet?

Disclaimer: I am not a Dr. nor do I play one on the internet. Always consult with your doctor before experimenting with your diet (seriously, see a functional medicine Dr. and get data from blood tests, urine tests, etc.). Please feel free to comment if you’re aware of anything that should be updated; I always appreciate knowing the science and I’ll update the content promptly. My goal is to help readers get more scientifically educated and improve their health and their lives with as much joy as possible. The purpose of this blog is to educate you on a Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet.

What Is Ketosis?

Definition: “Ketogenesis” means “generating ketones,” which your body does naturally to generate energy from fat when carbohydrate sources are sufficiently low (e.g., after intense exercise, long periods of fasting, etc.). “Ketogenic diets” are thus a way of switching your body over into a fat-burning state.

The Ketogenic or KETO diet is gaining popularity. Many people wonder if it is possible to adopt a Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet. I’m here to tell you YES! It is!

What Is A Ketogenic (KETO) Diet?

When we increase our healthy fats and lower our carbohydrates (grains, most fruit, sweeteners, and starchy vegetables) and add in a moderate amount of protein (15 grams per meal), the human brain becomes more efficient. We have more mental cognition, clarity, we lose weight, and have a more balanced energy level.

I’ve been practicing a Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet without knowing it for 20 years. I started eating this way when I found out I had systemic candida. I was then introduced into the world of cleansing. My candida remedy was to eliminate most carbohydrates and adopt a vegan, high fat, low carb diet. It was successful! I have experimented with this way of eating over the years and have gone off track more than once. This caused me to gain weight, leaving me feeling unhealthy and low in energy. When I would stray too far from what I knew to be right for my body, I knew it was time to get back on track.

Here is what I have learned from eating a Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet for over 20 years:
· I have REAL sustained energy when I eat and drink plant-based KETO foods
· I can have as much green juice, Keto Coffee, leafy greens and green vegetables I want
· I can have tons of fat and healthy oil and feel amazing
· I don’t miss unhealthy carbs (cake and bread now look like plastic to me)
· I can still enjoy healthy carbs 1 day a week (up to 100g and stay in ketosis)

Who Promotes Keto?

There are many people promoting this type of low-carb, high-fat diet these days such as:

  • Dr. Joseph Mercola, a respected blogger on scientific data, with his new book Fat For Fuel.
  • Jimmy More with his #1 podcast Living La Vida Low Carb and a book called Keto Clarity (warning: very NOT Plant-based and I don’t recommend it).
  • There are many women that are now promoting this way of living, such as Shawn Mynar with her new podcast called Keto for Women. Every day, more and more books and podcasts popping up on KETO.
  • Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD promotes a low carb, high fat Plant-Based Diet in his book Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine (but it’s not quite low enough in carbs to be considered KETO).

What Is Ketosis?

Ketosis is a measurement of blood ketones where your body is using fat for fuel instead of sugar/carbs. In Ketosis, we become fat burners instead of sugar burners. When your body uses fat for fuel, your body burns fat stores for energy, providing a more sustainable slow-burning energy (like a runner’s second wind when his body burns through its glycogen and taps into its fat reserves for that final push). When your body uses carbs/sugar for fuel, you need to eat more often to keep fueling the fire, and your body never gets a chance to burn its fat stores.

What Is The Benefit Of Eating A Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet?

  • Your body becomes less acidic as a result of not eating animals and their byproducts.
  • Better bowel movements because you are getting plenty of fiber.
  • Avoid having foul smelling KETO breath and B.O (from eating too many animal products)
  • Have an alkaline P.H. from eating lots of green juices and green vegetables (both raw and cooked)
  • You won’t get sick as often or at all since your body is more on the alkaline side than meat eaters tend to be.

Here’s an outline of what a woman who weights between 120-140 pounds would eat in a day on a Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet Plan:

  1. Carbohydrates: Between 20 and 40 grams. Consists of all the leafy greens, green and cruciferous low-starch vegetables (raw and cooked) green juices, some starchy vegetables such as carrots, beets, sweet potatoes and squash in moderation, some fruits such as berries, lemons, and limes
    • 20 grams a day is stricter and used by people with hormone imbalances, more weight to lose and brain fog, candida, etc.
    • 40 grams a day is beneficial for people who want to experience the mental clarity and energy improvements plus drop a few pounds in the process.
    • 60 grams a day might be a good place to start if you are a severe sugar burner (eating packaged foods and white sugar and white flours and grains
  2.  Fats: Between 100 and 120 grams a day including coconut, cacao, nuts, seeds, olives (and  any of these products’ butter, oil, and milk).
  3. Protein: 45 grams a day in the form of sprouted nuts and seeds (and their butter), vegetables, leafy greens and green sprouts (such as microgreens)
  4. Free Foods: (don’t contain many macros but do contain nutrients) seaweeds (includes Irish sea moss, kelp noodles, sushi nori, arame, hijiki, etc.), leafy greens, green vegetables, celery and celery juice

Avoid:

foods high in lectins, and food that keeps us out of ketosis: all grains, corn, beans, peppers (bell included), eggplants, and tomatoes (some tomatoes in moderation can be okay), white potatoes, processed foods (90% dark chocolate is okay), high sugar fruits such as everything except berries, lemons and limes.

Benefits Of Ketosis:


1. Boosted Brain Power: When you are burning fat/ketones for energy, you can think more clearly and for more extended periods of time
2. More patience: Your mood stabilizes, and you don’t get sugar drops since you aren’t consuming carbohydrates for energy anymore
3. Stable hunger.:You don’t get Hangry when your stomach is empty because your body goes to your fat stores instead of screaming for more dopamine inducing sugar/carbs
4. Weight Loss: Since you are burning fat for energy, your body will use your reserves while you are sleeping.
5. Better Sleep: When you are not eating sugars or eating late at night (because you are not “starving” and you have plenty of fat to eat), you sleep better and more soundly. Plus you are not waking up with hot flashes or night sweats because your hormones are now in balance.
6. Balanced Hormones: Being in a ketogenic state can make a big difference in your overall hormone health. Our hormones need fat to function properly, and now you will be providing your body with all the fat it needs.


Here is a 1-day Sample Menu for a Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet based on 40 grams of carbohydrates (this is one of my typical eating days)

Start your day with a Pure Joy Perfect KETO Coffee or Tea.


Breakfast: 5 Ingredient Chia Porridge. Add cacao nibs, cinnamon, maca, and any other sweet spices you would like. A dash of stevia or monk fruit for sweetness but the sooner you stop adding sweetness to your food, the sooner you will adapt to a sugar-free way of eating. Or have a Keto Love Power Smoothie (this recipe is provided in seasonal Love Camp Program)
Lunch: Marinated Zucchini and kelp noodles with hemp seed pesto sauce topped with ½ avocado


Dinner: Big green salad with ½ a small tomato, ½ an avocado, sprouts, steamed Brussels sprouts and broccoli with sautéed onions and garlic in coconut oil and topped with our sun-dried tomato coconut-tahini curry sauce. Sprinkle with chopped almonds or hemp seeds.
Optional: 1 Coconut Wrap
Snacks: A handful of sprouted, dehydrated almonds or walnuts

Entire days’ Macros: This fits well within the KETO range
Protein: 37 g
Fat: 120 g
Carbs: 40.1 g

Note: Everyone’s experience of ketogenic is different. Your range of fats and carbs may vary. The way you will know you are in ketosis is to buy a ketone meter and test your blood. Wait at least 2 weeks before doing this so you don’t waste the strips which can be expensive). The other way you will know is if you start feeling more balanced and more energetic and you stop craving sugar. You may also notice you aren’t bloating after meals and your pants are a tad bit looser.

So, How Can You Start A Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet?

Here are some types to help you start to increase your level of ketosis and get you into fat burning mode (from most to least important):

  1. Restrict carbohydrates to 20 digestible grams per day or less – a strict low-carb diet. Fiber does not have to be restricted; it might even be beneficial.
  2. Restrict protein to moderate levels. If possible stay at or below 1 gram of protein per day, per kg of body weight. So about 70 grams of protein per day if you weigh 70 kilos (154 pounds). It might be beneficial to lower protein intake even more, especially when overweight, and then aim for 1 gram of protein per kg of desired weight. The most common mistake that stops people from reaching optimal ketosis is too much protein.
  3. Eat enough fat to feel satisfied. Fat is the most significant factor in a ketogenic diet and starvation, that also results in ketosis. A ketogenic diet is sustainable. Deprivation is not.
    Avoid snacking when not hungry. Unnecessary snacking reduces weight loss and decreases ketosis.
  4. If necessary, add in intermittent fasting 2 days a week. Sustain from eating or drinking anything for 16 hours and having an eating window of 8 hours. Intermittent Fasting is very effective at boosting ketone levels, as well as accelerating weight loss and reversing type 2 diabetes.

Enjoy exploring the Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet! Reach out to me on Facebook or comment below if you have comments or questions.

If you are interested in following a one-month plan and getting weekly meal plans, macro counts and recipes, register for our Plant-Based KETO Lovecamp! We start January 9th, just in time to recharge your health routine!

With love,

Elaina


Is Coconut Oil Related to Heart Disease?

Have you heard? The American Heart Association just released news that coconut oil is bad for you…

The author of the study said that coconut oil increases the risk of heart disease. Funny enough, if you read the article all the way through, you will see that it also mentions that it is subjective to each person and that cutting saturated fat may not actually reduce the risk of heart attack.  This sensational headline is designed to get people reading the article, but seems to contradict itself by the end. It also mentions that sugar and junk food are the main culprits for heart disease. The article uses MCT oil as it’s main way of bashing coconut oil. MCT oil is a more expensive, highly processed, fractionated form of coconut oil used by athletes and body builders to increase metabolism. MCT oil is not coconut oil.

All Saturated Fats Are Not Equal

The benefits of coconut oil are essentially one of the most debated health topics to date. Over the past 20 years that I have been eating coconut oil, it has bounced back and forth from being either on the healthiest or unhealthiest foods.  Though, for people in the know about health and who are studying and pursuing natural diets, coconut oil is a hero. One of the reasons there is so much confusion as to wether coconut oil is healthy is because coconut oil is a saturated fat.  Other saturated fats include animal fats, butter, cheese, brazil nuts, and chocolate. Saturated fats have been known as the bad guy for heart health for many years. However, there is new scientific evidence that it is actually the combination of sugar and high carbohydrates (processed sugar, white flour) with fats that can cause deadly reactions such as heart disease and cancer. This is the reason that the low carbohydrate, higher fat diet, which I have been promoting for years, can be an excellent long-term, heart healthy eating program.

Sugar-Related Heart Disease

In an article in Harvard Medical Health Publications, Julie Corliss sites the scientific evidence backing sugar being related to heart disease.  Corliss says “Over the course of the 15-year study on added sugar and heart disease, participants who took in 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diets included less than 10% added sugar. Overall, the odds of dying from heart disease rose in tandem with the percentage of sugar in the diet—and that was true regardless of a person’s age, sex, physical activity level, and body-mass index (a measure of weight).”

The Important Distinction

Even though coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is comprised of 80% medium chain fatty acids (vs. the long chain fatty acids in saturated animal fats). Medium chain fatty acids (MCT’s) are readily available to be absorbed and used by the body for healing. Long-chain fatty acids must be broken down before the body can absorb them, the short and medium-chain fatty acids abundant in coconut oil are easy for the body to digest and are a source of quick energy. Coconut oil is the only fat that can be used instantly for fuel by the body so it can be a great pre-workout food.  Not to mention, 55% of fatty acids in the saturated fat in coconut oil, is lauric acid. Lauric acid is highly available in breast milk and is converted to a substance called monolaurin, which aids to increase the baby’s immunity and helps to fight viruses and diseases.

In his recent book, Fat for Fuel, Dr. Joseph Mercola sites numerous studies of the healing benefits of coconut oil. Here are the facts, directly from his blog post in 2016

  • Supports proper thyroid function – Unlike soy oil and other vegetable oils, coconut oil does not interfere with thyroid function. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation that may lead to hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
  • Promotes heart health – Animal and human studies found that heart disease risk factors such as total, LDL and HDL cholesterol levels were greatly improved by taking coconut oil
  • In particular, coconut oil’s saturated fats may actually increase “good” HDL cholesterol, while also helping convert “bad” LDL cholesterol into a less harmful form. (More on this later)
  • Promotes healthy brain function – Researchers found that ketones may work as an alternative energy source for malfunctioning brain cells, which has been found to reduce symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease patients.3 

Heart Disease Bottom Line

“There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for heart health. This is because it contains a lot of saturated fats. In reality, it is quite beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis. The study suggests that intake of coconut oil may help in maintaining healthy lipid profiles in pre-menopausal women.”

My conclusion

Coconut milk

I can tell you that from my experience of eating 2 or more Tbsp of coconut oil a day, that I have not ever had a negative reaction to it. My cholesterol levels are great and I have never had any heart issues.

When it comes to your health, be aware that there are always two sides to every story. Keep doing your research, keep testing things out on your own body, and in the end, you will find the best diet for your own unique body.

Wishing you vibrant health!

Elaina Love

 


Get Rid Of PMS Cramps and Inflammation

For All My Ladies…The ‘Miracle’ Pill to combat PMS cramps for good!


Elaina’s Experience Taking Reconstructive Enzymes

“Here is my story about how these enzymes have amazed me. I’ve been taking them now for over a year consistently (about 7 most mornings on an empty stomach). I keep a bottle of enzymes and a glass of water on my nightstand and take them right when I wake up, before I even get out of bed. Then I spend the next 30 minutes to 1 hour sitting quietly and sometimes I even go back to sleep. If I am not sleeping, I am mediating and doing sauna so as not to “disturb” the enzyme process taking effect on my immune system and the rest of my body. Sometimes I feel a warm feeling in my stomach and I imagine them working to cleanse my empty stomach of any mucus, bacteria or pathogens (aka yeasty beasties). Then, I go about my morning and exercise, or whatever I want to do that day. Most day’s I have tons of energy in the morning and do all my fitness in a fasted state (no food) and have plenty of power. The enzymes give me incredible extra energy! I know this because of how I feel after taking them in the morning. Talk about feeling a zest for life! One day, I was fasting on green juice. On that day, around 2pm I felt low energy and hungry so I took a handful of Reconstructive enzymes (go figure!) and the next thing I knew, I was out in our store in the garage, bouncing around, being goofy, tons of energy.  Then, Katelyn pulled out the camera and started filming me while I was talking about all our products (some of the videos are on our store website). I couldn’t believe the difference in how I felt before and after taking them. Amazing!”


What Are Reconstructive Enzymes?

If I could name one thing out of every supplement I’ve ever tried that seems to have the most profound effect on my youthfulness, energy and health, it would definitely be ​Pure Joy Planet’s Reconstructive Enzymes. These have been named the ‘miracle’ pill by one of our customers.

  • To sum up, Reconstructive enzymes reconstruct the body by:
  • Reduce Inflammation and Bloating (especially during your menstrual cycle)
  • Reduce cramping (caused by hormonal imbalance)
  • Improve immune system responses caused by a weakened detox pathways
  • Reduce existence of pathogens in the body (yeasty beasties)
  • Boost recovery from muscle soreness or muscle fatigue
  • Improve overall alkalinity by helping your liver detox naturally
  • Increase energy by flushing out excess fibrin that may be bogging you down.
  • Help joints to move more smoothly and easily (by reducing scar tissue and inflammation)
  • These​ Systemic (metabolic)​ Enzymes are not the same as digestive enzymes.

Here is how our Reconstructive enzymes work

They contain an array of plant based enzymes, and one of those enzymes is serrapeptase (not from silk worms). It breaks down and dissolves fibrin. Fibrin can build up in the body and create cysts, fibroid tumors, female scarring, visible scar tissue on skin, and PCOS.

Reconstructive enzymes also work on the immune system which  can be overwhelmed with bacteria, fungi, toxins and even food particles that don’t get completely digested in the gastro-intestinal tract. In many instances, proteins created by these distresses found within the body, which the body detects as foreign, can initiate an immune response. Recognized as antigens, the immune system produces antibodies to start the process of the proteins’ degradation and removal. After coupling with one another, these antigens and antibodies form circulating immune complexes (CICs), which induce attack and destruction by the immune system’s macrophages (white blood cells specifically designed to destroy CICs). This process is known as inflammation – the body’s natural healing mechanism

In cases where inflammation is prolonged or when CICs are predominant within the body’s tissues and organs, the body may not have enough enzyme potential to begin the next process of renewal and recovery. Moreover, research has demonstrated that a lack of proteolytic enzymes may not cause an adequate response to a large accumulation of CIC’s in the body.

These are best to take on an empty stomach to help clean out undigested proteins, heal scar tissue and maximize healing. They are not intended for digesting food, they work on a systemic level.


Katelyn, PJP’s Operations and Marketing Manager

“I suffer from Crohn’s Disease and fibroids in my colon and since taking 10 enzymes a day for just 2 months, I haven’t had any constipation or fibroid flare ups! Another secret for hormonal women – these are the miracle pill for cramps and bloating. Cramping happens in the uterus during menstruation due to too much inflammation and these enzymes work quickly to soothe the cramping, bring down the inflammation fast. Bloated tummy and feeling fatigued? I pop about 5-6 of these on an empty stomach and within an hour I am back to feeling like myself again.

Plus, they are my secret weapon for my loved ones. Anytime a loved one is feeling fatigued or sore after a workout or stressful situation, I give them 4-6 enzymes and they can’t believe how good they feel!”


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Quit dieting and find your perfect weight!

How many times have we heard that dieting is not the solution? Yet every new year, hundreds of thousands of us jump on the bandwagon once again saying this time it’s going to work!

Well, I can tell you from years upon years of experience and trial and error, that the best diet is no diet. The best way to be fit and healthy (not stick skinny) is to do what you love, and stop focusing so hard on your weight. When you eat a Healthy  Plant-based diet, eliminate gluten and keep the sweet stuff to a minimum, your body will naturally find it’s balance.  If this has not been your experience even after eating a Plant-based (vegan) diet, you may still be eating too many grains, sweets or fried foods.

coffee-photoDo you enjoy waking up early and making a blended cup of steaming organic coffee packed with superfood ingredients like Chaga mushroom powder, stevia, and coconut oil? I do!  I find it to be a soul soothing, mind activating and blissful way to start my day. Maybe you like baked goods? You can still have them by following some of my recipes. Do you enjoy cooking for others? Great there are plenty of awesome recipes that fit that bill too. It’s not about getting away from food, it’s about creating the right foods. Stop eating at restaurants and make your own delicious creations at home.

The idea is to find out what works for you and do that. Don’t limit and restrict, open and enhance. Do you love baked goods but don’t love all the sugar and carbs? Me too! Well, now you can make delicious gluten-free nut butter cookies that taste so amazing and delicious and won’t make you feel guilty or shameful. There is just something about getting in the kitchen and making something delicious and nourishing that lights me up. It is my creative outlet, much like painting or crafts are for others. What is your creative outlet? No surprisingly, when we engage in activities we love, food and eating become less of a focus.

So don’t shame yourself for loving food, just find the right foods that make you feel satisfied and energized while nourishing you at the same time.Then after feeling nourished, go do something you love to do like writing, art, walking, dancing at home, listening to a guided meditation or put on some good music and clean the house.

Here are some more ideas of foods you can make to feel fit and healthy without dieting:

These are just a few, out of the many ideas and recipes I have. To dive deeper into the subject, be sure to read my blog on how to eat well on a Plant-Based Diet, and check out my recipes page on my website for hundreds of free recipes!

If you want to go even further into expanding your entire outlook on food dive into one of my online courses! 

 

 


The health risk of mold in nuts, corn, and grains

Would you love to know that the food bringing home and feeding to your family is free from mold, yeast, and fungus?  Me too! That’s why I’ve been doing some digging and found out that not all foods are safe!

knowledge-is-powerI know that most people don’t want to hear this. In fact,  I have had people physically cover their ears when I talk about this subject because according to
some, “ignorance is bliss!” According to me “Knowledge is Power!” You need to know what is causing your auto-immune, candida, respiratory problems, Epstein bar virus, MS, asthma, allergies, hormone imbalances, blurry vision, brain fog, and weight gain so you can easily and painlessly remedy the situation while watching your health improve daily!

The answer to a lot of your health problems could be mold, and knowing where it lives! moldy peanuts.jpgMost of us know that mold can hide under the floorboards or in the walls of a house or office. This is a big problem and takes some serious work to clean up. Did you know that a seemingly harmless nut, seed, or grain can also be at the root of your health issues? If you are not properly soaking and cleaning them, you are swallowing toxins! These food toxins are also known as mycotoxins.

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Mycotoxins are toxic chemical products that are produced from molds which grow on agricultural crops. In general, high moisture content, high relative humidity, and warm temperatures enhance mold growth and toxin production. Mycotoxins are natural and inevitable. No bean or crop is without some percentage of them but finding the companies that actively test for mycotoxin content is best. Mycotoxins are relatively harmless to the body on a micro level. It is only when we consume them on a daily basis that they become a problem. That means daily ingestion of poor ‘Starbucks’ quality coffee could have long-term effects on your brain health and increase free radicals which leads to radical premature aging!

How are mycotoxins harmful? 

When you consume foods with mycotoxins, they make their way to the digestive system & sit there for your entire lifetime! Once they’re ingested, they can leach through the intestinal wall and can be absorbed into the bloodstream.  Once your system has incorporated the mycotoxin, they can cause systemic yeast or mold. This can lead to inflammation and disease.

Where are they found? 

Mycotoxins are found in nuts, seeds, beans, and grains. They are dormant and live on whole and especially broken nuts, seeds, and grains. They can cause harm to your immune system when they are swallowed, but since they are dormant, they can easily be cleaned and killed without much effort. Here’s the lowdown:

Top nuts and grains containing the most fungus and mycotoxins:

  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Stored grains like wheat, rye, barley, and oats
  • Nut and seed butter (store bought):

What to avoid (unfixable)

  • Corn-Give it your very best effort to stop eating all forms of corn. I know that it is a staple food in America, especially for the gluten-free crowd. But corn is a stored grain and is very high in molds. It is more often than not, a GMO! How about the well-known fact that corn is used to fatten cattle before they are slaughtered. Need another reason to quit? Corn is acid forming and overconsumption leads to illness, weight gain, and disease.
  • Peanuts-These are the moldiest legumes on the planet! Do you wonder why so many people are allergic? It’s the mold and fungus hiding in every crevice. Peanut butter is even worse. What do you think they do with all the ugly broken bits not suitable for bags? That’s right! It gets ground into butter. Same goes for every nut butter on the market. The safe bet? Make your own!
  • Gluten grains-Includes all stored grains.

What to clean and consume at your own risk:

  • Cashews-never eat these if you have not soaked them for at least 20 minutes in 3% hydrogen peroxide. Rinse well after soaking. Pay attention to how you feel after consuming them for a few days. Do you have mucus, stuffy nose, scratchy throat? These are all symptoms of cashew toxicity. Never, ever eat them straight from the bag (especially from the bulk bin)! I personally eschew cashews and will never eat them again. It’s up to you, but with so many choices of non-mycotoxin foods (like macadamia nuts and so many others), why take the risk?
  • Pistachios– can have higher mycotoxins so just be sure to soak & rinse them well.
  • Oats  Groats (not rolled)- can be an exception for a lot of people because they can be gluten free, but most of the time, people feel better when they stop eating grains altogether! I know…crazy right?  Rolled oats are not clean and are higher in dust mites, mold and bacteria than the groats which you can soak and rinse easily. Beware of bulk bin granolas which are high in contaminants, sugar, heated oils and salt.It’s better to make your own at home or try our toasted (mycotoxin free) coconut chips!
  • Store bought nut butter: What kinds of nuts become butter? The nasty, dirty broken pieces at the bottom of the barrel which cannot be sold in a nice little package. That’s right! That awesome almond butter you love to spread on your apple could be harboring some serious bad guys! The answer…make your own easily at home.

What to clean, sprout, dehydrate and consume as desired:

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  • Almonds- soak for 8 hours in a big bowl of water, then rinse well. Add a capful of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide to the bowl with clean water for 20 minutes. Then drain, rinse and eat, or dehydrate for 24 hours at 115 degrees F or until crunchy and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Brazil nuts- these only need a quick 20-minute soak in a bowl of water with a capful of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide. They don’t contain much bacteria or phytates.
  • Hazelnuts (filberts)- see almonds for how to clean.
  • Macadamia nuts-Depending on where you source your macadamia nuts, these nuts usually don’t need to be soaked very long or at all because they don’t contain enzyme inhibitors. They also lose a lot of fat and flavor if they are soaked too long. I do recommend soaking them at least 20 minutes with a capful of 3% food grade H2O2 and then rinsing well if you are getting them from a non-organic source, or from the bulk bin.  If you are not sure about your source, get them from us! We source premium organic Hawaiian Macadam Nuts which makes the best nut cheese, vegan cheesecakes and nut butter fillings for chocolates and more.
  • Sesame seeds- soak for 2 hours in a big bowl of water, then rinse well. Add a capful of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide to the bowl with clean water for 20 minutes. Then drain, rinse and blend into a hummus or sauce, or dehydrate for 12 hours at 115 degrees F or until crunchy and store them in the freezer (preferably for up to 6 months.
  • Sunflower seeds- Soak for 4 hours in a big bowl of water, then rinse well. Add a capful of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide to the bowl with clean water for 20 minutes. Then drain, rinse and eat, or dehydrate for 12 hours at 115 degrees F or until crunchy and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Pumpkin seeds– soak for 2-4 hours in a big bowl of water, then rinse well. Add a capful of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide to the bowl with clean water for 20 minutes. Then drain, rinse and eat, or dehydrate for 12 hours at 115 degrees F or until crunchy and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Walnuts-soak for 24 hours in a big bowl of water, rinsing every 8 hours. Add a capful of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide to the bowl with clean water for 20 minutes. Then drain, rinse and eat, or dehydrate for 12 hours at 115 degrees F or until crunchy and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Quinoa and brown rice-when properly soaked these can be a great alternative to the gluten grains. Soak for just 20 minutes and rinse well before cooking. If you want to actually sprout the quinoa, you can do this by letting the quinoa sit in a colander and rinse it every 8 hours until tails grow. If the holes in your colander are too large, try sprouting in The Amazing Nut Milk Bag
  • Beans- black, pinto, red, adzuki, etc.- I don’t even recommend eating beans as they are high in lectins which can exacerbate autoimmune and leaky gut symptoms, and beans can be hard to digest, so be sure to sprout them until they get a 1/4 inch tail before cooking. Always cook them! Never eat them raw, even if they are sprouted as you need to cook them to make them digestible.
  • Smaller legumessprouts(such as mung beans and lentils)- Soak, sprout and eat. They are usually better if cooked to greatly reduce the lectins. A lot of people who cannot tolerate nuts and beans can digest sprouted lentils more easily. I enjoy sprouted lentils and mung beans on rare occasions eaten raw with some avocado, lemon and cumin. Or cooked into a dahl or curry.

Some other things to take note of:

I am one of those “canaries in a coal mine” so if something is moldy, I’m the first to react. The usual reactions for me are itchy eyes, an itchy nose, itchy arms, or an irritating tingle up my spine. If I don’t stop eating after the initial signal, then the skin around my eyes and on my fingers will start to break out in an itchy rash which can take days to go away. Coffee and cacao are two products that are also known to be high in mold and mycotoxins. Batches can vary so you cannot always be sure if they are moldy are not. Now there are many companies selling certified mold-free coffee such as Kicking Horse. As for cacao beans, again, each batch is different. I have found Big Tree Farms to be safe for me to eat.

The takeaway here is to be aware, stay informed and stick with me! I’ll continue to expose the truth, on this blog, no matter how painful it may seem at the time. If you start following my program of avoiding mycotoxins, yeast, and mold, your attitude and mood and health will greatly improve in a very short amount of time.

Want to learn more? Join our next 4-week mycotoxin-free Love Camp with lessons and recipes for a month!

Watch this video to learn how to soak walnuts and other nuts, seeds and grains.