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pumpkin-seedsFrom boosting immunity to helping ensure good sleep, pumpkin seeds offer many potential perks. You know what it means when the weather turns cool and the leaves start to change, right? It means make way for the pumpkin riot. Market produce bins are like exploding cornucopia spewing orange squash, windows everywhere host dancing paper pumpkins, and pumpkin flavor has invaded just about anything that you can put in your mouth.
 
And of course, the annual rite of carving pumpkins has kitchens across the country being littered with pumpkin innards. But with all this pumpkin reverie, we often overlook one of the best parts about the seasonal squash: the seeds!

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If you make a habit of not wasting food or if you happen to love pumpkin seeds already, chances are you roast them. But if you’re one of the many who toss the seeds, may we suggest that you reconsider? You should eat them, and here’s why:
 
1. They’re plant-based protein bombs
According to the USDA nutritional database, this is how 1 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds stacks up nutrition-wise: (Other sources proffer them with even higher positive numbers, but we’re sticking with the more-conservative USDA data.)

285 calories

11.87 grams protein

12.42 g fat

11.8 g dietary fiber

See all that protein? You want that! Although plant-based protein differs from animal-based, it’s just as important and pumpkin seeds are a great way to boost your protein intake without resorting to red meat. The fiber is a great bonus too; and while the fat content looks high, it is predominantly the “healthy fats” that many of us don’t get enough of.

2. They boost your magnesium

That same cup of roasted pumpkin seeds also boasts 168 milligrams of magnesium, more than half of the 310 mg adult women should consume daily. The body needs magnesium for many processes, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels and blood pressure, plus making protein, bone and DNA. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) notes that people in the United States consistently have intakes of magnesium that are lower than recommended amounts.

3. They pump up your potassium

The body likes potassium for jobs such as helping muscles contract, regulating fluids, balancing minerals and maintaining blood pressure; it may also help reduce the risk of recurrent kidney stones and bone loss as the body ages. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science recommends that adults consume at least 4,700 milligrams of potassium every day, which is twice as much as most people get. Pumpkin seeds are a notably rich source of this important mineral with 588 mg per cup. Compare that to the famous potassium source known as a banana — a medium one provides 422 mg.

4. They bolster your immunity

There’s a reason that treatments to prevent and quell the common cold generally contain zinc; it’s an important mineral that plays a significant role in immune function. The National Institutes of Health recommends 8 mg of zinc daily for adult women, and a cup of pumpkin seeds will almost meet that with its 6.59 mg.

5. They help with prostrate health

Research suggests that pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds may be beneficial in supporting prostate health as well as treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate). Prevention magazine reports that pumpkin seeds have protective compounds known as phytosterols, which might be responsible for shrinking the prostate. They also offer chemicals that may prevent some transformation of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is associated with enlarged prostate.

6. They may make you happy!

Shape magazine suggests that the L-tryptophan in pumpkin seeds can improve the mood naturally and may even be effective against depression. (Can’t hurt to try that!) Meanwhile, The Times of India suggests eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed for the L-tryptophan (which is used in melatonin and serotonin production) to help encourage a good night’s sleep.

7. The are chock-full of antioxidants

Pumpkin seeds are unique in their abundance of antioxidants. WHFoods.org notes that the seeds contain numerous forms of vitamin E, as well as the phenolic acids hydroxybenzoic, caffeic, coumaric, ferulic, sinapic, protocatechuic, vanillic and syringic acid. Antioxidant phytonutrients like lignans are also found in pumpkin seeds, including the lignans pinoresinol, medioresinol and lariciresinol. Importantly, says the site, “this diverse mixture of antioxidants in pumpkin seeds may provide them with antioxidant-related properties that are not widely found in food.” They’re special!

Candida ClearIf you are depressed while you suffer from regular yeast infections, or athletes foot, or have taken antibiotics recently, there is a connection. Our brains are inextricably tied to our gastrointestinal tract and our mental well being is dependent on healthy intestines. Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and a host of other mental illness from autism to ADHD can be caused by an imbalance of gut microbes like fungi, and “bad” bacteria.

Candida is the opportunistic flora that typically takes over our colon with conventional diets. Along with it comes other fungi, harmful bacteria, and parasites. An intestinal system infected with this kind of ecosystem cannot process and assimilate many of the vitamins we need, like B vitamins, which are imperative for brain function and found to be low (especially B6) in virtually anyone experiencing depression. Candida also breaks down the intestinal wall and leeches into the bloodstream, allowing other toxic byproducts to leak from the colon to the bloodstream.

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Much of the body’s hormone production occurs in the intestinal tract. 90 to 95% of our serotonin, the key neurotransmitter responsible for regulating mood, is produce inside our intestines. When the candida population reaches a certain point, it suppresses the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. A lack of serotonin leads to depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.

Acetaldehyde, a byproduct of yeast (candida), also reacts with the dopamine neurotransmitter, which can cause mental problems such as anxiety, depression, poor concentration, and feeling spaced-out.

Candida impairs the liver’s ability to store vitamin B12. We don’t need much B12, but if we are low, depression and other more serious mental issues well develop quickly.

The byproducts of candida’s metabolism are toxic to us. Candida goes through the bloodstream and finds other areas of the body to make home in, invading everywhere it can and making detoxifying the blood every difficult for the body. The blood becomes sluggish with diminished regenerative capacities, and the body begins to age, ache, and develop allergies and then autoimmune issues, which all lead to and fuel depression.

It’s rare to find a person who suffers from depression and does not suffer from an overgrowth of candida. On the other hand, it’s rare to find a person in our modern culture that does not suffer from an overabundance of candida. That said, it’s very difficult to improve one’s mindset without a healthy mind. And you cannot have a healthy mind without a healthy colon.

Poor colon health does lead to poor brain health, as well as poor health within the rest of the body. For almost every major disease, both physical and mental, one of the most important things you can do, and the first thing that should be done, is to improve the health of the intestinal tract by killing excess candida and balancing the gut flora. A great way to do this is with thorough detoxification. Also see Natural Remedies for Depression and How to Kill Candida. See the first source for more on detoxifying.

Sources:

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two fresh zucchini isolatedZucchini is a very versatile food. It can be eaten raw or cooked, can be consumed virtually in its entirety and has several health benefits. Of course, be sure to choose organic zucchini.

It even has some interesting tidbits that many people aren’t aware of.

For example, their blossoms, or flowers, which appear under its leaves as it grows, are edible. (1) They’re typically sold at farmers’ markets, and not only can they be cooked with a little olive oil, but the delicate flowers can also be eaten raw; many enjoy adding their sweet, slightly herbal flavor to salads. (1)

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In addition to the blossoms, its skin can also be eaten. While many are aware of this, several still opt to peel and toss the outer layer. However, the skin is where most of its water is found and where the most concentrated source of vitamin K, fiber and antioxidants are housed. (2)

Then there’s interesting tidbit number two. While it’s commonly referred to as a vegetable and sold in produce sections as such, it’s technically a fruit since it comes from a flower. (1)

Health benefits of zucchini

Weight loss

For people looking to shed some pounds, zucchini is an ideal low-calorie option. One cup contains just 20 calories; it’s 95 percent water by weight and is a good source of fiber, making it a filling option that staves off hunger. (2, 3)

Stronger bones and better wound healing

Eating zucchini boosts the body’s uptake of the mineral manganese, which plays a role in the development of healthy bone tissue and proper wound healing. (4)

Boosts eye health

Zucchini contains the phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, which are associated with healthy eyesight. Therefore, eating them is a smart choice when it comes to maintaining eye health and fighting age-related macular degeneration. (4)

Fights free radicals

It’s no secret that free radicals are damaging to the body. Zucchini is a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and, in turn, protect cells. (4)

Sources:

(1) http://www.nytimes.com

(2) http://www.livestrong.com

(3) http://www.naturalnews.com

(4) http://www.livestrong.com

CurcuminA new study published September 26, 2014 in the Stem Cell Research & Therapyjournal suggests that a component of turmeric, aromatic (ar-) turmerone, induces and increases neural stem cell proliferation.

Turmeric has been found to have numerous health benefits with especially powerful anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties that can improve cognitive function and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. A study published back in 2012 demonstrated three months of treatment, where Alzheimer’s patients were given a daily turmeric supplement, resulted in a significant decrease of severe behavioral and psychological symptoms, and in two instances, patients came to recognize their family within one year of treatment (Hishikawa 2012).

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This new study may provide even more insight as to why turmeric is proving so effective in treating neurologic disorders:

- “The targeted (that is, pharmacologic) activation of endogenous NSCs [neural stem cells] has been shown to enhance self-repair and recovery of function in the adult brain in both stroke [13,14] and neurodegeneration” (Hucklenbroich et al., 2014).

- “At certain concentrations, ar-turmerone was shown to increase NSC [neural stem cells] proliferation by up to 80%, without having any impact on cell death” (BioMed Central, 2014).

Ar-turmerone’s ability to regenerate the brain’s stem cells has important implications in the event of stroke, dementia and neurodegeneration. This study was performed on rats in vivo and in vitro, and researchers concluded ar-turmerone is a prime candidate for developing a future drug to induce regeneration in neurodegenerative disorders/diseases.

Yet another reason to add this superfood to your arsenal!

Sources:

Aggarwal, Bharat B. and Kuzhuvelil B. Harikumar. “Potential Therapeutic Effects of Curcumin, the Anti-inflammatory Agent, Against Neurodegenerative, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Metabolic, Autoimmune and Neoplastic Diseases.” The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Volume 41, Issue 1, January 2009, Pages 40–59. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2637808/

BioMed Central. “Turmeric compound boosts regeneration of brain stem cells.” ScienceDaily, 25 September 2014. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140925205819.htm

Hishikawa, Nozomi, Yoriko Takahashi, and U. K. Krishna. “Effects of turmeric on Alzheimer’s disease with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.” Ayu. 2012 Oct-Dec; 33(4): 499-504. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665200/

Hucklenbroich, Joerg, Rebecca Klein, Bernd Neumaier, Rudolf Graf, Gereon Rudolf Fink, Michael Schroeter and Maria Adele Rueger.“Aromatic-turmerone induces neural stem cell proliferation in vitro and in vivo.” Stem Cell Research and Therapy, 26 September 2014. www.stemcellres.com/content/5/4/100

Ji, Sayer. “Turmeric Produces ‘Remarkable’ Recovery in Alzheimer’s Patients.” GreenMedInfo.com, 10 June 2013. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/turmeric-produces-remarkable-recovery-alzheimers-patients

Bronchial FormulaThe respiratory system regularly encounters airborne particles such as microorganisms, pollutants, pollens and dust, and protects delicate body tissues. As a result, the functions of the lungs and bronchi can be affected.

Bronchial Formula is an Ayurvedic combination of 18 herbs that nourish the lungs and bronchi and helps support the respiratory system. This formula, developed in concert with Indian Ayurvedic masters with herbs direct from India, provides nutrients necessary for respiratory health and function.

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Ingredients:

  1. Adhatoda vasica leaf extract
  2. Glycyrrhiza glabra root extract
  3. Alpinia galanga rhizome extract
  4. Clerodendrum indicum root
  5. Inula racemosa root extract
  6. Myrica nagi bark extract
  7. Verbascum thapsus leaves
  8. Phyllanthus emblica fruit
  9. Hedychium spicatum root
  10. Picrorrhiza kurrooa root extract
  11. Pimpinella anisum fruit
  12. Pistacia integerrima gall
  13. Zingiber officinale rhizome
  14. Ocimum sanctum leaf extract
  15. Tylophora asthmatica leaf
  16. Abies webbina leaf
  17. Elettaria cardamomum seed 
  18. Ferula assafoetida gum.

Benefits:

Supports the respiratory system. Supports bronchial function. Nourishes the lungs and bronchi. Is a balancing formula to minimize respiratory irritation.

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The cardiocascular system is a fined-tune machine that makes sure everything in the body is getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs. It starts with every breath. Take a deep breath, inhale and peruse our newest graphic below:

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As you inhale, air moves down the trachea into the bronchi, bronchioles and finally into the 600 million air sacs — called alveoli — in the lungs. Oxygen passes from the alveoli into the tiny blood cells called capillaries that cover them. The oxygen-rich blood from the lungs is transported to the left altrium of the heart. The heart contracts moving blood into the left ventricle. The next contraction pumps the blood into the aorta. From the aorta, oxygen-rich blood pumps into the body’s arteries, which branch into smaller arterioles, and then to the capillaries, which deliver oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells and pick up carbon dioxide and other cellular waste. Capillaries, venules and veins return the oxygen-depleted blood to the heart, where it collects in the right ventricle and then to the lungs. The capillaries transfer carbon dioxide and cellular waste into the alveoli where they exit the body through the bronchioles, bronchi and trachea.

Fun Facts About The Heart

  • The heart beats over 100,000 times every day
  • During an average lifetime, the heart pumps nearly 1.5 million barrels of blood
  • Your heart creates enough energy every day to drive a truck 20 miles
  • It takes less than 60 seconds to pump blood to every cell in the body

Para-CleanseHaving a parasite can be a scary thought.  However, you are not alone, parasites are far more common than you think. It’s a myth that parasites only exist in underdeveloped countries. In fact, the majority of the patients I see have a parasite.  As you will see parasites can causing a myriad of symptoms only a few of which are actually digestive in nature.

What is a parasite?

A parasite is literally any organism that lives and feeds off of another organism. When I refer to intestinal parasites, I’m referring to tiny organisms, usually worms, that feed off of your nutrition.

Some examples of parasites include: roundworms, tapeworms, pinworms, whipworms, hookworms, and more. Because parasites come in so many different shapes and sizes, they can cause a very wide range of problems. Some consume your food, leaving you hungry after every meal and unable to gain weight. Others feed off of your red blood cells, causing anemia. Some lay eggs that can cause itching, irritability, and even insomnia. If you have tried countless approaches to heal your gut and relieve your symptoms without any success, a parasite could be the underlying cause for many of your unexplained and unresolved symptoms.

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How do you get parasites?

There are a number of ways to contract a parasite. First, parasites can enter your body through contaminated food and water. Undercooked meat is a common place for parasites to hide, as well as contaminated water from underdeveloped countries, lakes, ponds, or creeks. However, meat is the not the only culprit. Unclean or contaminated fruits and vegetables can also harbor parasites. Some parasites can even enter the body by traveling through the bottom of your foot.

Once a person is infected with a parasite, it is very easy to pass it along. If you have a parasite and do not wash your hands after using the restroom, you can easily pass microscopic parasite eggs onto anything you touch – the door handle, the salt shaker, your phone, or anyone you touch. It is also very easy to contract a parasite when handling animals. Hand-washing is a major opportunity to prevent parasite contamination and transmission. Traveling overseas is another way that foreign parasites can be introduced to your system. If you consumed any contaminated water during your travels, it is likely that you may have acquired a parasite of some kind.

10 Signs You May Have a Parasite

  1. Unexplained constipation, diarrhea, gas, or other symptoms of IBS

  2. Traveled internationally and remember getting traveler’s diarrhea while abroad

  3. History of food poisoning and ‘your digestion has not been the same since’

  4. Trouble falling asleep or wake up multiple times during the night

  5. Skin irritation or unexplained rash, hives, rosacea or eczema

  6. Grinding your teeth in your sleep

  7. Pain or aching in your muscles or joints

  8. Fatigue, exhaustion, depression, or feeling of apathy frequently

  9. Never feeling satisfied or full after your meals

  10. Diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia

The signs of a parasite can often appear unrelated and unexplained. As I mentioned previously, there are MANY different types of parasites that we are exposed to in our environments. I typically see parasites causing more constipation in patients than diarrhea, but some parasites are capable of changing the fluid balance in your gut and causing diarrhea. Trouble sleeping, skin irritations, mood changes, and muscle pain can all be caused by the toxins that parasites release into the bloodstream. Often times, these toxins cause anxiety, which can manifest itself in different way. For instance, waking up in the middle of the night or grinding your teeth in your sleep are signs that your body is experiencing anxiety while you rest. When these toxins interact with your neurotransmitters or blood cells, they can cause mood swings or skin irritation.

How to Test for Parasites

The best way to test for a parasite is to get a stool test. Most doctors will run a conventional stool test if they suspect a parasite, however these are not as accurate as the Comprehensive Stool tests that we use in Functional Medicine.

Conventional Ova and Parasite Stool Test

Conventional stool tests can identify parasites or parasite eggs in your stool, yet this test comes with many limitations. The problem with this test is that it is only conditionally successful. This test requires three separate stool samples that must be sent to the lab for a medical technologist to view under a microscope. Parasites have a very unique life cycle, where they can rotate between dormant and alive. In order to identify them in this conventional test, the stool sample must contain a live parasite, the parasite must remain alive as the sample ships to the lab, and the medical technologist must be able to see the live parasite swimming across the slide. While these can certainly be useful tests for some people, they are unable to identify dormant parasites and therefore I often see a high number of false negative tests with this type of stool test.

Functional Medicine Comprehensive Stool Test

In my practice, I use a comprehensive stool test on all of my patients. The comprehensive test is much more sensitive than the conventional stool test because it uses Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology to amplify the DNA of the parasite if there is one.  This means that the parasite can actually be dead or in its dormant phase and it will be detected on this test. Because this test utilizes PCR technology it is not reliant on a pathologist seeing a live parasite swimming on the slide. I frequently diagnose parasites in my patients that were missed on conventional stool tests.

How to Treat Parasites

The comprehensive stool test is able to identify seventeen different parasite and so when I know which parasite my patient has I use prescription medications that target specific species of parasites and attack their central nervous systems. If however, the parasite cannot be identified, I usually use Para-Cleanse,  a 10-day program designed to support the efforts of the intestinal system in removing unwanted guests. This carefully formulated herbal combination supports an intestinal environment that is not hospitable to foreign invaders. Para-Cleanse provides a broad spectrum of activity against the most common pathogens present in the human GI tract, while sparing the beneficial gut bacteria.  

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We all want to live a long life, but did you know eating these simple foods has been proven scientifically to prevent and in some cases reverse the #1 cause of death in the modern world?

Statistically, atherosclerosis (the progressive clogging of the arteries) is the #1 killer on the planet.  A complex process, involving autoimmunity, infection, dietary incompatibilities, and many known and unknown factors, it is – despite conventional medical opinion – entirely preventable, and in some cases reversible.

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Here is the peer-reviewed, published research proving the fact:

1. B Vitamins:

Yes, something as simple as adding a source of B-complex to your regimen can prevent the juggernaut of heart disease from taking your life prematurely. A doubled-blind, randomized study, published in 2005, in the journal Atherosclerosis found that a simple intervention using 2.5 mg folic acid, 25 mg Vitamin B6, and 0.5mg Vitamin B12 for 1 year, resulted in significant reductions in arterial thickness (as measured by intima media thickeness). Even niacin or folic acid alone has been show to have this effect in patients. [Note: Always opt for natural sources of the B-group vitamins, including probiotic supplementation (which produce the entire complement for you), or a whole food extract, versus synthetic or semi-synthetic vitamins which, sadly, predominate on the market today].

2. Garlic:

As we have documented extensively previously, garlic can save your life. Garlic has been found to regress plaque buildup in the arteries, among many other potentially life-saving health benefits.

3. Pomegranate:

 This super healing fruit has been found to regress plaque buildup in the arteries, as well as being demonstrated to provide, including replacing the function of the mammalian ovary!

4. Fermented Cabbage:

Kimchi, a Korean recipe, which includes fermented cabbage, hot pepper, and various other ingredients, including fermented fish, appears to stall the atherosclerotic process in the animal model. Additionally, strains of good bacteria in kimchi have been found capable of degrading toxic chemicals that can additional bodily harm.

5. L-Arginine:

This amino acid is capable of preventing arterial thickening – up to 24% reduction! — in the animal model. We have done an extensive literature review on arginine supplementation and have found that in over 30 studies demonstrating this fact addition to 150 known health benefits, it is capable of addressing the underlying dysfunction associated with cardiovascular disease: endothelial dysfunction, with no less than 20 studies proving this fact.

6. Turmeric:

(Curcumin): the primary polyphenol in the Indian spice turmeric known as curcumin has been found to be an excellent cardioprotective, with over 30 studies demonstrating this fact. One study found that curcumin prevented damage to the arteries associated with blockage (neointima formation).

7. Sesame Seed: 

Probably one of the most underappreciated super foods on the planet, sesame seed, which we have shown is as effective as Tylenol for arthritic pain, may be an excellent cardioprotective substance, ideally suited for preventing the progression of atherosclerosis. One animal study found it was capable of preventing atherosclerosis lesion formation.

This is a small sample of evidence-based natural interventions for cardiovascular disease prevention and/or regression. We have a much larger set of studies on over 200 natural substances capable of reducing the risk of heart attack and related heart disease related conditions.

Remember, heart disease is not a natural process, that we must accept as inevitable based on family history of an outdated gene-based model of human disease risk. Our daily decisions, especially regarding what we decide we are going to eat or do not eat, are first and foremost. We can use food as medicine, sloughing off the pharmaceutical industry meme that we need statins to stave off the ‘inevitable.’ Take back control of your health with nutrition, and realize that food is the only medicine that will both nourish us and heal our bodies in a way that will produce lasting health.

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Para-CleanseParasites are more common than most people realize. There are many different kinds. Internally, there’s a pretty good chance that you and a third of the people you know have them. If we consider the possibility that there are many common parasites that we are as of yet unaware of, most of us could be suffering from them. If you want to take it a step further and consider candida a parasite (most don’t group them together, but candida does fit the description), then it could be argued that most people in the world suffer from adverse health effects due to parasites.

We use the word herb loosely here, it should really read “Foods, herbs, other things you can eat to kill parasites.” But that’s not a very good title.

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Garlic

Garlic is anti-bad-stuff. Viruses, fungi, bacteria, parasites, cancer, and vampires all hate garlic. It’s an absolutely amazing herb and the best in the business at killing bad stuff. It even chelates heavy metals (removes them from the body). Garlic is also a very powerful deterrent for blood sucking parasites like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.

Black Walnut

The nuts and green hulls of black walnut (Juglans nigra) are loved by herbalists for their ability to cleanse the blood and the intestines. Black walnut hull is used to cure fungal infections. The juice from the green hulls are used to kill parasites. Only green hulls should be used.

Artemesia (Wormwood)

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a perennial herb with tiny yellow-green flowers. Leaves and flowers are used to treat stomach problems and wormwood is a powerful remedy for intestinal worms. Wormwood should be avoided by women who or nursing. Wormwood has strong antimicrobial properties and is used for other infections as well.

Cloves

Clove essential oil is used to dissolve eggs found in the intestines that have been left behind by worms. It’s believed to be the only herb that actually does destroy almost all parasite eggs. When used in conjunction with black walnut and wormwood, the trio break the parasite’s life-cycles. Clove is also antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Clove oil has powerful broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties.

Thyme

Thyme is one of the best herbs for stimulating the thymus, a major gland of the immune system. Thyme helps stimulate the body’s natural defenses and works very well with echinacea to boost the ability of our immune system. Oil of thyme can eliminate growth of many parasites, and it kills them in the intestinal tract.

Oil of Oregano

Oil of oregano is infused with extremely high levels of free-radical-crushing antioxidants, and it is antiparasitic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. It is a powerful, indiscriminate killer that can reset the microbial environment in the intestines. Many studies show the effectiveness of oil of oregano with everything from parasitical infections to cancer.

Chinese Goldthread

Goldthread (Coptis chinensis) has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat all types of infections, including bacterial, parasitic, yeast, and protozoan. It contains a substance called berberine, which is responsible for the broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties.

Diatomaceous Earth

Food grade diatomaceous earth absorbs methyl mercury, E. coli, endotoxins, viruses, organophosphate pesticide residues, and drug residues. Its positive effects include killing intestinal parasites, balancing the intestinal flora, killing viruses, and absorbing toxins. It’s great for intestinal cleanses. The only side effect known is its ability to irritate the lungs if inhaled; it is a very fine powder.

Para-Cleanse

Para-Cleanse is a 10-day program designed to support the efforts of the intestinal system in removing unwanted guests. This carefully formulated herbal combination supports an intestinal environment that is not hospitable to foreign invaders.

Sources:

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CleanStart

The practice of cleansing the digestive system dates back to ancient Greece. In the United States, cleansing became popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Today, it is widely accepted that proper digestion is crucial for overall health.

When digestion is efficient and complete, all of the food you eat is broken down and either utilized or flushed out as waste. When the digestive process is inefficient, partially digested food matter may be left behind in the digestive system. It is theorized that this buildup may produce toxins that can contribute to fatigue and a host of other undesirable symptoms. Sluggish digestion or debris in the bowel may also reduce the efficiency with which the body is able to eliminate toxins and waste products.

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CleanStart is a comprehensive approach to cleansing the whole body. It contains laxative herbs to facilitate the cleansing of the intestinal tract. Soothing herbs blended into the formula help support gentle cleansing. Herbs that help rekindle the ability of the digestive system to properly handle digestion, absorption and waste elimination are also part of this product. Because the digestive system is not alone in the waste-elimination process, herbs for detoxifying the accessory organs (liver, gallbladder, pancreas) and the urinary system are incorporated into this formula. Blood purification is also an important aspect of body cleansing; hence, reputable blood-purifying herbs are also components of the CleanStart program.

Laxative Herbs

The laxative herbs in this formula help remove toxic debris that build up in the colon. Psyllium and fenugreek seeds are high in fiber and have a bulk laxative action, which helps support optimal gastrointestinal transit. Cascara sagradayellow dock, buckthorn and Turkey rhubarb are high in anthraquinones. These substances act on the large intestines, stimulating colon peristalsis to promote elimination.

Marshmallowlicoricealoe and ginger soothe the digestive system while cleansing. Marshmallow root contains mucilaginous polysaccharides that help protect and soothe tissues. Licorice and ginger are reported to have antispasmodic and gastroprotective effects.

Sarsaparillared cloverechinaceaburdockOregon grape, couch grass, milk thistle and dandelion are purifying herbs in this pack. They are recommended for periodic “spring cleaning” of the body. Their mild diuretic effects are beneficial in promoting the elimination of toxins via the urinary system. In addition, sarsaparilla, through its sweat-promoting properties, enhances toxin elimination from the lymph and circulatory systems.

Bentonite and sodium copper chlorophyllin are detoxifying ingredients. Bentonite adsorbs toxins, facilitating their removal from the bowel. Sodium copper chlorophyllin is a green pigment found in almost all plants. It has been used to aid in the removal of various toxins via the liver and remains a key compound for improving the function of essential detoxification pathways.

Pepsin, capsicumpotassium citrate and lactobacillus help restore improved function of the digestive system. Anytime a deficiency of proteolytic enzymes exists, bits of undigested protein may remain in the body, causing difficulties. Pepsin supports efficient protein digestion and protects the intestines from foreign invaders. Capsicum is used to improve digestion and relieve occasional gastrointestinal problems. Potassium citrate plays a role in gastric secretion and enzyme reactions, helping to support digestion. Lactobacillus spores were thoughtfully blended into this cleanse to help re-establish the balance of these beneficial organisms. CleanStart is a thorough, yet gentle cleanse that is perfect for just about anyone. The ingredients in CleanStart are incorporated into a capsule packet and a powder drink mix packet (available in  Apple-Cinnamon and Wild Berry flavors) that make cleansing easy and convenient.

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