If your traveling don’t forget to pack your probiotics & prebiotics especially if you’re planning on indulging in holiday treats.
Prebiotics are certain fiber foods that feed the good bacteria in your stomach & colon, you need those to have a healthy system & they help avoid yucky stuff like colon cancer.
I love Tiger Nuts, which aren’t a nut, but rather a tuber, for prebiotic fiber. They’re apparently what compromised 90% of an actual Paleo humans diet. You didn’t think Paleo humans actually chowed down as much meat as they’re pushing in the current paleo diet, did you?! Tiger nuts are slightly sweet, very filling, and keep you regular.
Probiotics on the other hand, are good bacteria for human digestion & they are a huge part in the production of hormones like serotonin, which keep you feeling good mentally. Some probiotics need to be refrigerated, but when we’re traveling that’s kinda tough so try a temperature stable kind like Threo Probiotic you can find these on Amazon, great for travel!
Hey, I just had a birthday! Thank you guys for all the amazing messages! I was just speaking with a pal about how to feel good in your body at any age and two the things I’m diligent about taking daily is a probiotic and the digestive enzyme Serrapeptase.
This enzyme been commonly used in other countries for the last 30 years. It helps clear the body of inert protein based substances like cysts, scars, mucous and plaque in the arteries! It’s over the counter and really helps the body ease inflammation.
A number of significant number of women have posted youtube testimonials on the enzyme combo of Serrapeptase & Nattokinase with success in fertility issues like vlocked fallopioan tubes. The enzymes don’t directly affect hormones or the frequency of eggs etc… rather they go round and clean up the body making the uterus a more hospitable place for a viable pregnancy.
Rather than right a long footnote ridden post, I’m encouraging you to do you own research! Google Serrapeptase & fibroids or Fallopian tube, or plaque, arteries etc. In other words googles Serrapeptase + your ailment and see if it might be of use to you.
don’t sleep on products that work without toxic side effects! Like did you know fresh beet juice works just as well for high blood pressure as most prescription meds without all the side effects?! Google it. There’s lots of remedies out there if you’ve the wherewithal to do some digging. If you’re on other meds check with your doctor first of course, if they don’t know about this enzyme, school them!
Check out #HealthLabsNutraSerrapeptase on FB for more info as well! On Amazon
Stay healthy! xx Rachel
My truth about diet tea in general…If you’re looking for a major body shift no tea alone will make you lose all your belly fat on their own. Diet teas are flooding IG & other platforms and while they can help a little bit, please know nothing’s gonna give you a miraculous quick fix…On the plus side for the teas, the one I tried is all natural plant based stuff like dandelion, licorice root & senna leaf.
Senna leaf in diet tea is the same ‘make you run to the loo’ ingredient your grandparents use in Senecot, which you can get for a fraction of the price drugstore, if laxatives are your thing, but let’s face it they probably shouldn’t be…
My other issue is the price you can easily get comparable diet teas at overpriced Whole Foods and still save a ton of dosh over some of the current popular brands.
The cleanse packets can help you with a bit of bloat as in it will make you go to the loo, but you don’t wanna overuse them as that makes muscles lazy, making it harder to go without the teas, most companies will tell you not to overuse products, so that’s good.
If you want a flat stomach.. and mine is totally not right now, you can try what I’m doing…Start a daily walk or exercise, cut out foods that inflame your system. Only you know which ones really make your particular body feel like crap, use your intuition and cut out stuff that’s dragging you down. I honestly don’t eat many prepacked processed foods at all and I find my body works more efficiently, and I don’t eat dairy, or meat.
And after you do that sort of thing maybe also use a tea once in a while if you’re clogged up and eat some fiber in the form of vegetables too. Veg fiber feeds the good bacteria in the colon as well as gets you moving as well or better than any tea.
Did you know you can grow your very own veg & flowers in a small box garden or bucket on the fire escape w/ something called ‘seeds’?!
Most people have never ever grown anything from seed and don’t know many flowers and some vegetables are super easy to grow. Collards, kale etc for example are ridiculously easy… And growing your own can save you dosh, moola, dinero! This can be done all year round in small spaces, even indoors!
The benefit to growing your own heirloom seeds ( taste filled non gmo seeds, the kind your grandparents and ancestors grew up with) means no nasty pesticides or flavorless but pretty produce.
Recently I was sent the most adorable organic heirloom veg & wild flower seed kits by Ecofarms Organic, the kits are uber kid friendly with the cutest drawings and clear growing directions. I think something like this would make a great educational activity based gift for kids of all ages.
I’m planting the wild flower kit they offer this week in pota on the blacony! Below is their veg kit, check it out.
Get in touch w/ what food is & where it comes from! 😀🌞🍋🍓💦
Join my class! if you’re in the LA area next weekend July 24th why not join my Healthy body, Healthy Spirit workshop at the House of Intuition, Los Angeles.
“Food is a spell or prayer for your body!”
www.HouseOfIntuitionla.com 213 413 8300 to book by phone.
Healing through spiritual nutrition, fueling the body to nourish the spirit workshop with Rachel True
The focus will be on repairing the body on a cellular level through nutritional alchemy and its direct connection to accessing unknown depths of spiritual awareness.
It’s easier to manifest magic when body and spirit are in harmony. Integrating spiritual nutrition with our holistic life practices helps our life journey.
There is a symbiotic relationship between the energy we put into our physical healing and spiritual growth, and how we nourish our spiritual vessel.
We’ll use intuition to tap into what parts of our body are asking to be nourished, focusing on foods healing effect on the body, mind, and soul.
Food choices influence mood, emotions and feelings… And feelings feed spiritual nourishment. In our American society easy to fix hormone imbalances and vitamin deficiencies are quite often mistaken for depression. We’ll discuss foods that may help far more efficiently and benignly than pharmaceuticals.
We’ll delve into eating with an awareness of the living energy of food and its connection to our spiritual practice, and how to identify foods to make you vibrate higher.
We’ll create a magical foods list, incorporating the alchemy of combining foods for higher consciousness.
Will include a few written exercises and a healing meditation.
*(this class is not about gaining or losing weight, eating or not eating meat etc ~unless you want to~… this class is about finding what your particular system needs to work at peak optimal form for mental clarity and spiritual alignment ; )
This class is about how to feel good in your body naturally at any age and how to stay connected to spirit through spiritual nutrition, hope you’ll join us! xx Rachel
Thank you for all the amazing generous comments on IG & Twitter. Since then people have asked if there’s a secret trick to looking younger than our actual years, but… Feeling good in your body at any age is more my aesthetic.
I’ve said in earlier posts after dealing with fibroids and the underlying conditions, including a hormone imbalance that had plagued me pretty much my entire life, I pulled my health together, and it was a long uphill slog and a half, at my age, but so worth it.
One of the side effects of nourishing the body on a cellular level with whole foods, pumping oxygen in muscles from exercise, and not smoking is ‘younger’ looking muscles and skin. In other words, looking younger can be a side effect of healthy living.
People could save a ton on Botox etc if they’d lay off smoking and pills, if only for vanities sake.
My body has less aches and pains if I eat right. My mind is less moody if I eat right…. So for me, worth it.
Stop back for my next post, on why i think ‘all foods in moderation’ doesn’t work for some of us emotional over eaters.
Some nutrient void processed foods have addicting qualities. we gorge not because we’re gluttonous or weak but because they’re salt sugar and fat bombs… that’s the holy trinity, a combo that’s almost impossible to resist.
I really like the book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. It breaks this topic down in a fascinating way, reads like a thriller. Super helpful to see how manipulated we are by adverts and seduced by ‘food products’ masquerading as food.
On and on it goes…
I’m excited to announce True Heart Tarot’s ‘Developing Your Tarot Intuition’ online live video class! I hope to expand your understanding of card archetypes and help you develop and connect to your own intuitive nature through tarot.
This will be a very small class with so everyone has a chance to participate. We will be discussing the major & minor arcana, I will be doing some readings for the class, as well. Participants will each do a one card reading, so having your own deck will be helpful. If you don’t have your own deck I will pull a card for you, as well, we will discuss your practice and goals with tarot. Some experience with tarot will be helpful, newbies are always welcome! As tarot has been a passion for most of my life, I’m pleased to be able to share this knowledge with you!
For more on my Tarot practice please check out TrueHeartTarot.com This online live video event will take place on google hangouts, I look forward to connecting with you! Rachel True
Can’t believe it’s May… I think I’ll go for a walk outside now, the summer sun’s calling my name… (but first…)
Why the powders? They’re handy & prepared in a way that protects the nutritional value, great for on the run or traveling.
How to get veg on? Trick yourself! Much like a small child texture is super important to me when it comes to eating. I have no idea why I can eat a pound of thinly sliced jicama but I get bored with and won’t eat more than a few thick slices. So I must trick myself on a regular basis by slicing things extra extra thin.
I’m crap at slicing things by hand, my mandoline scares the night of the living dead out of me because fingers, and handheld spiralizers are difficult for me to turn, my solution is one of those spiralizers.
I was sent the Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer ( thanks, Brieftons!)
I really like the vertical aspect of the Brieftons as it’s using gravity to your advantage. I found this sooo much easier than vertical designs as the veg stayed put. I love making thin spiral slices of beets, yams, or tarrow root and throwing them on the grill or in the oven for a fast cook, skip the oil because they still taste great!
If you do use oil don’t use olive! It’s delicious, It’s one of my fav oils but it has a low smoke point, find one with a high cooking point.
Heating oils above certain temperature points turns it rancid and releases a whole bunch of nasty stuff like free radicals which sound like a 90’s band but aren’t, they corrupt our cells and that in turn ages us from the inside out. No bueno.
Back to getting your veg on… If you’ve never loved a certain veg you’re probably not going to completely change your tune spiralizer or not,so don’t start with that one, try one you already kinda sorta lie. I’ve noticed a pleasing texture means salads are gobbled down not around the plate.
Try inviting friends over & tell them all to bring a different veg & get to spiralizing. If you’re on a budget try a spiralizer out at a friends house first, to see if it’s worth the investment! Rachel
happy 20th to The Craft, thanks for still liking it and for all the twitter love! Below is a video interview with Director Andy Fleming, producer Doug Wick and me for Hitfix.com xx Rachel
People were asking about the kinds & brands of probiotics I like, but I’m no doctor and what works for me specifically might not be your thing.
Below is a super helpful guide that does a bang up job breaking down probiotic strains and specific benefits.
PLEASE NOTE~ www.humnutrition.com, where I found this great info, is a vitamin companies blog site, so if you click through to their page there are some subtle links to products on bottom of their original post . I am in no way affiliated with them, nor have I tried their products…So, I’m not saying do or don’t buy from them, but do enjoy their free info! – Rachel
Best Probiotic For: Vaginal health, Diarrhea, Acne
Consumption of the bacterium L. Acidophilus has been going on since the 20s when doctors would recommend acidophilus milk for treating constipation and diarrhea.
These microbes survive stomach passage and are able to colonize in the intestine. There is good evidence looking at Acidophilus NCFM in treating vaginal infections. Other studies show that it has been demonstrated in humans to reduce problems associated with lactose intolerance and even decrease the risk of colon cancer .
However, it is not just digestive woes that probiotics can help address. A clinical case series followed 300 patients who took a probiotic mixture of L. acidophilus and L. Bulgaricus. They documented that 80% of acne patients had some degree of clinical improvement, particularly effective in inflammatory acne. Later, an Italian study involving 40 patients found L. Acidophilus and B. Bifidum supplementation produced better clinical outcomes in acne as well as better tolerance and compliance with antibiotics .
Best Probiotic For: GI support, Eczema
Rhamnosus is thought to be the most extensively studied in adults and children, and strong evidence shows that it colonizes the intestine. Gut flora is disrupted during travel, and healthy bacteria is killed off during a round of antibiotics. Rhamnosus GG has been found beneficial specifically for treating diarrhea associated with these cases .
Another exciting study found that this strain was also potentially beneficial in preventing eczema. The children of women who supplemented with it during childbirth were half as likely to develop atopic eczema by the age 4 than the children of women who did not .
Best Probiotic For: Inflammation
In the gastrointestinal tract L. Plantarum can help regulate immunity and control inflammation. A 2007 study found that the probiotic could suppress an inflammatory response in the gut. Perhaps most significantly, a double blind placebo-controlled study over 4 weeks concluded that L. Plantarum 299v provided effective symptom relief, especially of abdominal pain and bloating, in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome .
Best Probiotic For: GI support, Brain function
Studies show some promising results with L. Casei for digestive support and regulating diarrhea. One study on the effect of milk fermented by L. Casei strain DN-114 found that supplementation significantly reduced the incidence of diarrhea .
L. Casei also made headlines when a study found it beneficial in relieving anxiety. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study found supplementation with 24 billion units of the L. Casei strain Shirota led to a rise in probiotics Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, as well as a significant decrease in symptoms of anxiety and depression .
Now let’s take a look at a separate class of probiotics, Bifidobacterium.
Best Probiotic For: Immunity
To boost the immune system, B. Lactis is a promising choice. One study had participants taking either a probiotic or a placebo for 6 weeks. At the end of the period, researchers measured antibody levels and found greater increases in antibodies of the B. Lactis group than in placebo participants, concluding that this probiotic may help improve immune function . In addition, a 2009 study found that supplementation of the strain B. Lactis DN-173 led to self-reported improvements in digestive comfort .
Best Probiotic For: Constipation, Brain Function
B. Longum is one of the first types of bacteria to colonize our bodies at birth. These important microorganisms ferment sugars into lactic acid, helping to stabilize the acidity of the GI tract and inhibit growth of harmful bacteria. For a group of adults prone to constipation, taking a mix of B. Longum BB536 with milk or yogurt for 2 weeks increased bowel movements .
B. Longum is also one of the species researched for the role of probiotics in the gut brain axis. A report from University College Cork found in a study of healthy men that supplementing with B. Longum 1714 caused stress levels to decrease and memory to improve .
Best Probiotic For: Immunity, GI support
Time, stress, diet and antibiotics can all deplete the body’s supply of B. Bifidum. Researchers found that these microbes help regulate the innate immune response, your body’s first line of defense against infection.
B. Bifidum has also been shown to prevent intestinal pathogens or digestive disrupters from flourishing in the gut, essential in restoring the bacterial balance and optimizing digestion. Clinical research found it supports a significant reduction in IBS symptoms, an improvement in quality of life and even helps relieve occurrences of ulcerative colitis – a chronic inflammatory bowel disease. .
Best Probiotic for: GI support, Anti-aging
A pilot study found that B. Breve was effective in increasing stool frequency in children with functional constipation. These researchers also found a positive effect in stool consistency and relief in abdominal pain, making B. breve a promising addition for easing digestive woes like constipation .
Other studies looking at the benefit of probiotics on skin ailments found a fascinating trend. B. breve B-3 could potentially be used to prevent photo-aging induced by chronic UV irradiation . This ability to mitigate the detrimental effects of UV exposure in sun damage is great news for keeping skin plump, hydrated and younger-looking.
Not to be confused with streptococcal infections or the bacteria that causes strep throat, some species and strains of Streptococcus have promising research on the benefits for health and wellbeing.
Best For: GI support, Skin support
This probiotic displays antibacterial activity against harmful intestinal microbes, indicating a possibility to prevent diseases. A study on S. Thermophilus in combination with L. Casei and L. Bulgaricus found reduced incidence of Antibiotic Associated Diarrhea with supplementation.
There is also promising research on this species for supporting skin. Ceramides are natural lipids that make up the surface of the skin structure. Depleted ceramide levels are clinically linked with dry and damaged skin. S. Thermophilus was shown to have a beneficial effect on the level of ceramides in the barrier of the skin, which protects underlying tissue from infection, dehydration and chemicals. These skin-supporting microbes also act as antioxidants in the body, trapping reactive forms of oxygen that dry, damage and age the skin .
Some of you know I do Tarot readings (check out the store link on top right of page or Truehearttarot.com for more info) and now we’ve got logo tee’s for True Heart Tarot, as well as few other designs I’ve curated! They come in several styles & lots of color options! Check ’em out at True.threadless.com!
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