10 Steps to Reverse Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver disease is a mild condition that is estimated to affect over 30% of all people in the Western world. It is linked to diabetes, hypertension, obesity, bad breath, and other symptoms.

If you suffer from fatty liver disease, here are ten steps you can take to heal your liver and reverse the condition.

1. Eat more raw vegetables – lettuce, tomato, cucumber… Half of what you eat (in volume) should come from raw vegetables. They are high in fiber and vitamins and for reasons yet unknown are linked to a healthy liver.

2. Exercise more – after raw vegetables, exercise is the most important addition to a liver protecting lifestyle.

3. Avoid milk – milk, yogurt, cheese and other dairy products induce inflammation. It is virtually impossible to stop ongoing inflammation without drugs if you don’t stop taking these for a while. Fatty liver disease results from inflammation.

4. Avoid meat – read meat is especially harmful for your liver. This is not an essential step and by avoiding I mean don’t eat it every day. You don’t need to go vegetarian!

5. Avoid coffee, tobacco, and drugs, including pharmacy drugs. Your liver has to clean those out of your organism. The less resources it uses in detoxing the more it has available to heal itself.

6. Use artichokes – there are many recipes on the Internet. Artichoke has even reversed cases of liver cancer and cirrhosis, so don’t overlook this tip.

7. Eat more fruit – akin to raw vegetables, raw fruit has substances that modern science only now is beginning to understand. Yet unknown are the ones responsible for the liver protection effect of almost all fruits (especially berries), so you can’t find them elsewhere but in the original product.

8. Drink more water. In order to detox and heal your liver will go through a series of enzymatic reactions that require loads of water. Make sure you provide it.

9. Have a raw meal at least twice a week. Heating food destroys many of its enzymes, some of which act directly on your liver to heal it. Learn a few raw food recipes and try them twice a week.

10. Use supplements containing milk thistle, turmeric, and ginger. These three herbs were used in several studies showing an effect similar to artichoke. There are several supplements on the market that combine them.

3 Benefits of Good Nutrition

The first benefit of good nutrition is giving your body to do the job it was designed to do- which is to be healthy! The easier it is for your body to function normally, the more it can do all of its work without having to ‘put out fires’. This means it is easier for you to think, walk, talk, sleep and do all of the hundreds of things you do daily without even noticing.

How do you know what good nutrition is? Think of foods that are not processed. This means the fewer steps food goes through before it’s on your plate the more nutritional value it carries with it. The fresh peach, or plum or carrot is much easier for your body to break down and digest. Compare to a prepared entree that probably started out fresh, went to a processing factory and has now gone through many chemical processes to get to you. It is older, less fresh, and not quite as alive as that fruit or vegetable is.

The second benefit of good nutrition is that it’s easier to recover from illness or injury. When you are ill, your body goes into overdrive protecting you, and producing many different hormones and chemicals. This puts more ‘stress’ on the system. When the underlying mechanism (your body) is relatively sound, the stress does not last as long, and doesn’t put as much pressure on your body as if you were ill. Think about the healthiest person you know. Someone who eats brightly coloured fresh fruit and vegetables, exercises, etc. Other than a serious illness or injury, notice that they are able to bounce back more quickly from minor, or everyday illnesses.

This doesn’t mean that you have to become someone who is totally into raw food, or running marathons to be healthy. The bottom line is that humans have not evolved from hunters and gatherers to people that get the majority of their food from a box. The many wonderful (and not so wonderful) advances we have made in the areas of technology and food are not always to our advantage. Read the “End of Food” by Paul Roberts if you would like more information in this area.

The third benefit of good nutrition is reducing mind stress. If you are receiving an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals, both through food and supplements, your brain will work better. If your brain is fed, it’s easier to make decisions, ranging from everyday to complex. An excellent book on this subject is by Dr. Mark Hyman “Fix your broken brain by healing your body first”.

Good nutrition is essential to your health, and the good news is it’s in your grocery basket- think easy, simple and fresh!

Two Uncommon But Most Healthy Foods For Pregnancy

Just having the knowledge about the different types of essential nutrients needed for healthy pregnancy is not enough; you will have to learn about the food sources also that provide those nutrients. For example, you probably already know that you and the baby that is growing inside you need iron, fiber and folic acid to maintain good health, but do you know that you can easily get all these nutrients in appropriate quantity just by eating chives? Likewise, if you are trying to increase your calcium intake, you can consider adding figs to your diet. Following is a brief rundown on three not-very-common but quite delicious foods that can meet your nutrition needs quite efficiently.

Chives

Chives contain almost all those essential nutrients that you and your baby need, such as magnesium, calcium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, iron and folic acid (folate). Magnesium is a very important nutrient for both you and your baby because magnesium takes active part in over three hundred cellular reactions that take place inside your pregnant body. Besides that, magnesium is also helpful in alleviating many common pregnancy symptoms and discomforts, such as constipation. Just sprinkle of chives in your diet can fulfill your magnesium needs.

Besides that, every 2 tablespoons of chives contain around 0.1 milligrams of iron, 3.5 milligrams of vitamin C and 6.4 micrograms of folic acid. A pregnant body needs proper amount of iron for healthy growth of baby, but your body needs adequate amount of vitamin C as well for proper absorption of iron. You can easily meet both the requirements by eating chives. Folic acid, on the other hand, is probably the most important nutrient for a pregnant woman, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is very important for you to keep in mind that lack of folic acid in your body may result in structural defects in your baby, which can be fatal. Therefore, proper intake of folic acid is very important, which you can easily get through the daily intake of 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh chives.

Tips To Make Delicious Healthy Pregnancy Diets Using Chives

Serving size – 2 tablespoons, chopped chives

– Get softened cream cheese and mix chopped chives into it and then spread it on a slice of bread, tortilla chip, cracker or bagel.

– Sprinkle chives on your baked potato

– Sprinkle some on your soup or salad

Leeks

Pregnant women are usually prescribed super multivitamin-mineral tablets, but do you know that leeks can be the vegetable equivalent of all those tablets? One cup of raw leeks contains 0.4 micrograms of manganese, 2 micrograms of iron, 40 micrograms of vitamin K, 0.2 milligrams of vitamin B6 and 60 micrograms of folate (folic acid). Besides that, leeks are also a rich source of calcium; one cup of raw leeks contains 55 milligrams of calcium.

Where manganese plays a crucial role in the baby’s normal skeletal development, Vitamin K is essential for healthy bone growth and proper blood-clot formation. Likewise, vitamin B6 does not only reduce the tendency of nausea and morning sickness, but it also plays an important role in your body to metabolize energy from the proteins, fats and carbohydrates in your diet. In fact, the mild, sweet flavor of leeks makes it a great food to combat morning sickness. Calcium, on the other hand, can be very helpful in combating other common pregnancy symptoms, such as leg pains, back pain, insomnia and irritability. Considering the very fact that you can get all these nutrients just by eating one serving of leeks, it should not be an exaggeration to say that it is a wonderful power food that you must consider including in your diet regimen.

Tips To Make Delicious Healthy Pregnancy Diets Using Leeks

Serving size – I cup of raw leeks

– You can prepare leeks by cutting off the base and the fibrous green tops and then slicing the stems in half. You can then cut it into small pieces. However, in order to make sure that all hidden grits are removed, you are also strongly recommended to rinse it thoroughly before you cut it into small pieces.

– You can try adding mushrooms and sliced leeks with minced fresh ginger in plain broth. This is a delicious diet, which you can eat without any fear even when your stomach is sensitive.

Chives, tahini and leeks are no doubt healthy pregnancy foods and have all the capabilities to make the nine-month journey more delicious for you. But, you are strongly recommended to get your doctor’s advice before you include these power foods in your diet program. You must always keep in mind that every case of pregnancy is different and their doctor is the best person to tell them what can work and what cannot work for them. So, rate your doctor’s advice above everything while you are journeying through the three trimesters of pregnancy.

Prevent Heart Disease With Delphinidin

Delphinidin is a powerful anthocyanin and phytonutrient (a group of plant based nutrients that are not essential in humans but offer numerous health benefits). It has been provisionally linked with preventing heart disease and various other health disorders. In this article I will be discussing delphinidin in greater detail, outlining the main health benefits and focussing on the richest food sources.

1) DISCOVERY:

Delphinidin was discovered in 1938 by Albert Szent-Gyorgyi along with the other flavonoids (a group of phytonutrients which include anthocyanins). Upon discovering the flavonoids, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi believed they were vitamins and named them vitamin P. However, it was later discovered that flavonoids were not essential in humans and not technically vitamins.

2) MAIN FUNCTIONS:

Research has shown that delphinidin is a powerful antioxidant and can protect the body’s cells from damaging free radicals (harmful by-products that are released during oxygen related reactions and can contribute to the development of cancer, contribute to the development of diabetes and damage the body’s cells).

Early studies also suggest delphinidin may act as an anti-inflammatory (a substance that reduces inflammation in the body), prevent atherosclerosis (a condition where hard plaques form in the artery walls and restrict the flow of blood), prevent cancer (a disease which causes cells to grow in a rapid, uncontrollable way) and heart disease.

3) FOOD SOURCES:

Berries are 1 of the best sources of delphinidin around with bilberries containing 161.93 milligrams (mg) per 100 grams (g), blueberries containing 47.4mg per 100g and cranberries containing 7.66mg per 100g. Other fruits and vegetables such as black beans (11.98mg per 100g), cowpeas (94.6mg per 100g) and eggplant (13.76mg per 100g) are also a very good source of this anthocyanin.

4) DELPHINIDIN SUMMARY:

Although the majority of research available on delphinidin is still only provisional, the early signs are very promising. So start taking advantage of this powerful anthocyanin today and eat more berries. Not only will this give you all the benefits discussed in this article but it will also supply you with a healthy dose of other vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

Berries are a very versatile fruit so even if you are not currently eating them they can be easily incorporated into your diet. They can be mixed with yogurt to create a healthy breakfast or snack, placed in a bowl with fruit juice to create a berry based fruit salad or eaten on their own between meals.

The Benefits of Probiotic Foods – How Age-Old Cultured Foods Boost Immunity

We’ve approached a time in history when more people are taking responsibility for their own healing – seeking opinions from doctors and practitioners with a range of philosophies, discovering and treating the root-cause of illnesses, and remembering the wisdom behind the statement, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” stated by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine.

Throughout time, popular diseases have offered society a reflection of its own state of being. The predominant lifestyles, medicine, social issues, diets, etc. all amount to health challenges of those times. Quite often the insidious, debatable epidemics that affected large populations instigated societal growth and advancements.

One of today’s such diseases is Candidiasis, a fungal infection, caused by Candida albicans, that starts in the colon and can spread through the bloodstream affecting the immune system. Candida is caused by an imbalance of ‘friendly’ bacteria in the gut, resulting in an overgrowth of fungus ranging from severe to mild. The long-term danger of overgrowth is a compromised immune system. Seventy to 80 percent of what controls our immunity is a result of the health of our gut. Candidiasis has been linked to many symptoms, including skin rashes, food allergies, chronic constipation, chronic vaginal yeast infections, PMS, reoccurring headaches, mental fuzziness and more. But the majority of people don’t associate their systems with this modern epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 75% of all adult women have had at least one genital “yeast infection” in their lifetime. In those with weakened immune systems, like AIDS or cancer, candida that leaks into the bloodstream through the intestinal wall can (and often does) become the actual cause of death.

Although there are a number of pills and creams being prescribed for this infection by allopathic doctors, some practitioners believe that unless the colon’s environment is altered and “friendly” bacteria reintroduced, while the foods perpetuating this imbalance are eliminated, the ‘yeast infection’ will persist. New solutions proving to be effective include colonics, intestinal cleanses, special diets, and probiotics, some of the most potent probiotics can be obtained through an age-old method of fermenting plant-source foods.

Following is an interview with Carly Balsz, founder of Healing Movement in Santa Monica, California

Jara Fairchild: Carly, your mission is to help people develop balanced inner ecosystems by supporting them to create healthy digestion. How did you get started on this journey?

Carly Balsz: My journey began as an R.N., but I wasn’t healthy. My problem was a severe Candida infection, which was weakening my immune system. I found the Body Ecology Diet book, a system of healing by Donna Gates, which emphasizes that we all have unique dietary needs depending on the state of our inner ecosystems. For example, we might all agree that an organic, whole foods diet is healthy. But wheat, dairy, or even natural sugars may not benefit you. I was on a raw food diet, but the dates and fruits that I was eating were making me sick! So not only did I eliminate certain foods, I began fermenting vegetables and the water from Young Thai coconuts, the probiotic foods suggested by the diet to replenish my colon with ‘friendly’ bacteria. That’s when my immune system kicked in, plus these raw cultured vegetables and coconut water kefir as they are called, helped curb my intense sugar cravings, a common symptom that seems insurmountable to Candida sufferers.

J: So you sensed that there were many others out there like you suffering from Candida and set out to help them too?

C: First I was inspired by colon hydrotherapy because it was the first thing I did that my body responded to. None of the anti-fungal medications prescribed by my doctor helped. At the time, I was working the UCLA Medical Center’s Liver Transplant ICU and was responsible for administering antibiotics, the very thing that may have contributed to my condition. I also remembered the mid-90s when pharmacies, overnight it seemed, added sections dedicated to vaginal suppositories to treat yeast infections. I had this moment when I realized how much I wasn’t alone in suffering from a systemic fungal infection, but rather it had reached epidemic proportions — that’s when I quit my job. Today I have so many success stories. I’ve worked with an 18-year-old boy with Crohn’s disease for about a year who was on steroids. The other day his mother said he’s was off the medications and symptom free. She attributes it to the colonics, the diet and the probiotic foods.

J: So are all ‘probiotic foods’ created equally? Are the new yogurts on the market with probiotics effective?

C: They are NOT created equally. Despite the large-budget ad campaigns that almost make yogurt a convincing choice as a probiotic, many yogurts are not effective. First, they are counterintuitive to healing because they add sugar. Also, for people with digestive issues, dairy tends to irritate the gut lining or cause allergic reactions. And often the microflora from yogurt isn’t strong enough to survive harsh stomach acid so they don’t get into the gut to colonize. Cultured foods, however, are permitted by all diets — vegan, raw, macrobiotic and others. The process alone of making them with “starter culture” introduces a hardy strain of beneficial bacteria, a robust bacterium called Lb. Plantarum, which is resistant to antibiotics. The veggies and kefir work quickly because they are alkaline-forming foods. Microbes love acidic environments because they have a lot to feast on. So the goal is to balance the body’s pH. These foods are also fibrous for stronger peristalsis, while the kefir is hydrating, and both contain a rich source of enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

J: Is it easy to make the veggies and kefir at home?

C: Yes. Cultured foods have been around for thousands of years, kimchi and sauerkraut are two examples. So they are affordable and easy to make. When I started making the veggies, I rallied together a small group and we did two big batches a month. If you do buy them at the store, look for brands that don’t add sea salt to the fermentation process, which is how traditional sauerkraut is made. Sea salt slows down bacterial growth. You can add sea salt once they’ve cultured, as well as dressings, oils and seasonings. The kefir can be made from Young Thai coconuts, but you can also ferment regular coconut water. Some people add stevia, cranberry juice, lemon, etc.

J: Is there a link between digestion and children who develop autism?

C: Yes. Each child is different, but improving digestion should be the starting point. There has been much evidence that these children have an overgrowth of fungus, which cause toxins to absorb through the gut wall, enter the bloodstream and are carried to the brain causing neurological dysfunctions. I work with a child who in the beginning was constipated, but what we’ve observed over the past year is that his behavior improved as his digestion did. There are many stories of children recovering from symptoms of autism when placed on sugar-free, gluten-free, casein-free diets, and adding the cultured foods.

Mothers sometimes feel guilty when they understand the link, but it’s not their fault. However, education is important. Most women haven’t been given the right information about how to treat a Candida infection and most men who have it, don’t know it. I admire high-profile personalities with autistic children who speak out, like Jenny McCarthy, so we can spread the word about getting to the root-cause of this infection. So I’ve made it my mission to provide people with the tools that have worked for me. I’m planning to be a mom someday and I thank God I got sick. Now I know for sure that my body is ready.

Use Oil Pulling During Chemotherapy

Oil pulling is a practice I learned about in 2008 from my raw food coach. I purchased unrefined sesame oil and started the practice each morning regularly as I transitioned into a raw food lifestyle. It is a practice that is simple and easy to start for good oral health and detoxification of the body.

The process of oil pulling involves putting a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swishing it around your teeth for about 2 to 5 minutes. Make sure you push, pull and draw the oil throughout the teeth. Then spit out the oil in the sink and rinse your mouth with water afterwards. When the oil in your mouth becomes white and foamy, it is an indicator that the toxins and bacteria have been removed. Make sure you do not swallow the oil mixture at any time.

Some benefits of oil pulling include:

  • whiter teeth
  • boost in energy
  • reduced joint pain
  • relieved bleeding or inflamed gums
  • preventing bad breath
  • complete body detoxification

It is an ancient technique with roots in Ayurvedic medicine that is used by many to deal with health ailments. Some common oils used for this practice include sesame or sunflower oil. Coconut or cold-pressed oils may be used as well. When the oil mixes with the saliva, it pulls out the bacteria and toxins from the body. I would suggest starting oil pulling on a regular basis for a couple of weeks. And then incorporate it into your lifestyle maybe a few days a week.

When you start gargling with oil for the first time, you will see results right away. The first sign of that the practice is working– is the build of mucous in the throat region. Mucous is easily expelled after a session of swishing oil in your mouth, along with a complete rinsing of the mouth with water.

The best time of day to do oil pulling is on an empty stomach and before breakfast. It is a activity you can do after you brush your teeth.

For those undergoing chemotherapy, I would highly recommend that you implement oil pulling about 3 times a day after a chemo session for about 3 days. When I was undergoing chemotherapy, oil pulling prevented mouth sores and removed all the toxins from the chemicals in my mouth right away. The traditional route after a chemo session is gargaling with salt water, but oil pulling is 10 times better and you will see amazing results.

Fibromyalgia Cure – How I Cured Fibromyalgia! Nurse’s Secret!

If you’re suffering from painful chronic fibromyalgia let me say right off the bat that I cured myself of fibromyalgia using a diet I designed for myself, several years ago. I no longer suffer from it and many of its related conditions, Not only did I find my own fibromyalgia cure I got rid of it fast too.

Even with my medical background as a nurse I didn’t know much about fibromyalgia when I was diagnosed. The specialist – an arthritis doctor, who diagnosed me, treated it as a mysterious disease and told me that he just didn’t know what causes fibromyalgia and had no cure or treatment for it other than an old, tattered paperback book he handed to me explaining what it was but with no cure or solution.

It’s still true today that the medical experts don’t know what causes it but they have several theories, I won’t go into those, and research continues to look for a cure.

I would try to go for even a 20-minute walk and my calves would literally ache. In the morning I would stand in my kitchen and just ache all over and I could hardly move. The pain would also focus on one particular muscle and just ache deeply like crazy at the worst times or when I was driving long distances. At night I would wake up in pain for two hours in the middle of the night, every night, interfering with my much needed sleep.

I was like a zombie most of the time in the daytime because of the sleep deprivation, general and focused muscle pain and aching. Of course I also had the other signs and symptoms too – associated chronic fatigue, stiffness, an irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis, TMJ, depression, possible celiac disease and migraine-like headaches that can all go along with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia medications, medicines and drugs did nothing to help and provided no pain relief. Nor did exercise. No one had the answers in fibromyalgia support groups and networks either.

I discovered my accidental natural fibromyalgia cure after I was diagnosed with breast cancer and refused all conventional treatment and went on my own vegan, living food or raw food diet. Of course my diet was intense but I was shocked that first month to discover that my fibromyalgia, and all its signs and symptoms, completely disappeared and has never returned!

Since then I spread the word as much as possible that fibromyalgia has to be diet-related. It’s no coincidence that my diet was responsible for curing me and getting rid of fibromyalgia for good. I still today after all these years. and still maintaining a raw food diet, no longer suffer from muscle aches and pains or any other fibromyalgia symptoms. Nor do I suffer from any of the other associated symptoms.

There is no question in my mind that fibromyalgia is related to our diet and the food we eat. The standard American diet is the diet that most fibromyalgia patients eat. I know because that is the answer to the first question I ask people with fibromyalgia. I used to eat it too. But the foods we eat and our diet have to be at the root of the problem.

So what foods cause fibromyalgia to flare up or what diet should you follow for fibromyalgia? A raw food diet or a diet of predominately uncooked plant foods is my answer. Possibly the avoidance of gluten since many celiacs have fibromyalgia. Highly processed cooked foods have little nutrients left. And there are some other foods you should eat or avoid too. Healthy, vegan foods that are not cooked are the best foods for us to eat and those with fibromyalgia symptoms may find this the best fibromyalgia cure and treatment and never suffer from any pain again. Think about it! I’m still in superior health today!

Top 10 Healthiest Alkaline Diet Foods

Ever heard of alkaline diet foods? If not, it is high time you do. Work pressure, home making, maintaining personal and professional relations is taking a toll on everyone’s food habits, resulting in more than 70% of the present generation suffering from acidity and heartburn. Every third person seems to be complaining of gastric problems, indigestion and acid reflux. All of this is due to the imbalance in the acid-alkaline pH of foods that consumed these days, where you simply grab something and rush to work. Fast foods, sodas and the like are being consumed left, right and center by the young generation, thus giving rise to deficiency in minerals, vitamins and nutrition.

Alkaline diets have been found to be extremely beneficial for optimum health. You can keep chronic ailments such as acidity, osteoporosis, and generalized weakness at arm’s length with foods rich in alkaline content. Alkaline foods are important since the pH of human blood is slightly more alkaline. This makes it necessary that we have more of alkaline pH than acidic content in the body.

What are the benefits of Alkaline Diets?

Alkaline diet foods have a plethora of benefits such as:

  • Improved resistance
  • Vibrant temperament
  • Increased Alertness
  • Strong teeth and Bones
  • Easy Digestion

Alkaline diet foods are vital to maintain the pH levels of blood at an optimum of 7. Alkaline foods are mostly vegetarian foods consisting of fresh foods and vegetables.

Listed here are the top 10 healthiest alkaline foods for nutritional benefits:

  1. Spinach and Greens – Spinach has been found to contain maximum benefits and is highly alkaline. It can be consumed raw or cooked with equal effect. Other leafy green vegetables such as lettuce, fenugreek leaves, basil etc. also are extremely good as alkaline foods. They also contain a lot of minerals and vitamins as an added advantage.
  2. Cucumber – Raw cucumber is not only a zero-calorie vegetable, it is highly alkaline when consumed raw. It is delicious and contains a host of nutritional benefits. Cucumber improves overall digestion and keeps your skin fresh and glowing. It contains healthy alkaline water that helps in flushing out unwanted wastes from the body.
  3. Banana – Banana can be considered a whole food due its numerous dietary advantages. It gives instant energy and is hugely alkaline. In fact, if you are suffering from severe acidic problems, a banana diet can work wonders in reducing the burning sensation and indigestion remarkably. Bananas have healthy sugar content and can be consumed by anyone irrespective of his health condition.
  4. Celery – Celery is a delicious alkaline food that can help you immensely in keeping your pH levels at normal range of 7. When half-cooked, it gives maximum nutritional value and can be eaten as fresh salad too.
  5. Broccoli – Broccoli is one of the most nutritious and alkaline foods that has proved itself time and again. It is easily digestible and is a rich source of valuable minerals such as carotene and calcium. These minerals help in improving immunity and combat diseases in a remarkable manner.
  6. Avocado – This wonder fruit is a rich source of alkaline food and has an overall benefit in maintaining good health. Avocado improves your hemoglobin content and is extremely beneficial in restoring normalcy in a disease affected body.
  7. Capsicum – Capsicum, also known as bell pepper is a rich anti oxidant and can be useful whether eaten cooked or raw. It is not only of high alkaline and nutritional value, it is also very delicious and adds taste to any dishes that are prepared with capsicum for flavor.
  8. Potato Skin – Although potato is found to be acidic in nature, potato skin is very rich in alkaline content. Raw potato juice is found to be very useful in reducing the acidic content in the stomach.
  9. Soy beans – Soy beans and soy milk are greatly alkaline and can be used as nutritional alkaline foods.
  10. Cold Milk – Cold milk is found to have high alkaline content and is often recommended to combat heartburn and acid reflux disorders.

How You Can Make $500 to $12,000 a Month in the Natural Health Movement, Without Selling Supplements

How would you feel if you could quit your job tomorrow and start making your living doing something you love involving health or raw foods? And what if I showed you how to do this and make even more money than you are making now? Sounds enticing?

You can easily turn this into a reality. Whether you want to make an extra $500 dollars a month doing what you love, or totally turn your life around and make a nice 6-figure income, you can reach your financial goals doing something that you love.

I know how to do this because I’ve been working in the health/raw food field since I was 21 (and I’m only 30 now). Along the way, I tried everything from teaching raw-food “uncooking” classes and working at a retreat center, to publishing a magazine. Admittedly, some of these ventures were not the most efficient ways of making myself successful.

What I have created for myself now, however, is an efficient system that generates passive income and that builds a solid foundation I can rely upon for the rest of my life. I don’t have to sell supplements or a range of health products I don’t believe in, and I’m not stuck in a multi-level scheme company, either. In fact, I am totally free to create and sell what I want, while working at home.

You want to know the best part? ‘Home’ can be wherever I want it to be. I just to live in Canada, but I now live most of the year in Costa Rica, and I’ve traveled to several exotic locations in the last years (Bali, Tahiti, Brazil, and many others). Whether I’m working at home or on a tropical island, the income keeps rolling in, and I’m doing something that brings real value and helps a lot of people.

Want to learn more? Here’s my first lesson:

“You Don’t Have to Be An Expert”

What if I told you that you don’t even need credentials to make money in the natural health movement? That’s right. You don’t need a degree. You don’t need any diploma!

In fact, just getting a diploma won’t help you unless you do this one thing, which is the only requirement to making money in the natural health movement:

You need to add value to other people’s lives, and get paid for it.

Chances are that if you’re reading this you know more about health and nutrition than 99.99% of the people out there. That makes you qualified to say something about it. Also, if you’ve done something that other people haven’t done, like having improved your health, then you can teach it to them.

The value you add to other peoples’ lives is really going to be the measure of your success. It’s what you’re going to get paid for.

Opportunities Abound

There are so many opportunities to make money in the natural health movement, it’s mind-boggling. Unfortunately, chances are that you don’t recognize them.

Most people’s initial ideas of how to make money in this field are usually not very good. What you want is something that will bring you maximum cash, for minimum effort, while helping as many people as possible.

You also want to work once, and be paid over and over and over again. So opening a raw-food restaurant probably isn’t the best idea.

So what are the best opportunities? While I cannot possibly go into all of the details in this short article, I’ll give you a few clues on some of the best ways to make money with your passion, whatever your passion may be.

Opportunity #1 — Selling Information

People are hungry for information– the right kind of information– and are willing to pay a premium price for it. Think about when you found out the truth about health… If someone could have given you that information packaged in some way that would have been really easy for you to understand, wouldn’t you have been willing to pay for that?

You can package any information you know (or have access to) in an information product and sell that for a premium price. To do it, you don’t have to be an experienced writer, you don’t have to be extremely technology-savvy, and you don’t have to invest a lot of money. You can create your own info-product in less than a week and be making money for years and years and years to come.

An information product can be a book, an e-book, a manual, a home-made CD, a photocopied manual, or a combination of multi-media. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it doesn’t have to look very professional at first, and it can sell at a very high profit margin if the information you have to share is good.

Now I sell for tens of thousands of dollars of information products each month. These include e-books, CDs, printed books, and what I call “courses”. I started with just a few, and created more over time. Some of them took me months to prepare, and others just took a week.

Whether you’re writing books, teaching classes, or starting your own website, you will need your own information-products if you want to be a big success.

Opportunity #2 — The Future Is Online

According to Paul Zane Pilzer, professor of Economics specializing in monetary trends and author of the book “The Next Millionaires”, the Internet has barely gotten started. In his book, he shows why home based entrepreneurs will be among the richest in the new economy.

If you plan to make a living in the natural health movement, you should have your own website. However, please realize that the idea most people have of what a website should do is completely outdated and no longer works.

The reason most people fail to earn money with their websites is that they don’t understand what their website should do for them. They are trying to become the “ultimate” resource of information and just want to add page after page until they build a massive online ‘thing’… which, unfortunately, fails to earn them a living. Instead, it just becomes a time-consuming hobby.

A website doesn’t have to be complicated. It can just be a few pages, and could take only a few days to set up. But there are certain elements that you must have on it. The main thing is this:

It must be obvious what you want your visitors to do on your website.

One of these purposes should be to put people on your mailing list. From there, you will cultivate a relationship with these people by sending them relevant information on a regular basis.

Instead of having tons of information you give away for free, you should always be offering your free information in exchange for an e-mail address — that is, in exchange for getting people to subscribe to your list.

That’s how you create your most precious asset: a list of people who are interested in hearing what you have to say, and ultimately, in what you have to sell.

Opportunity #3 — Teaching Seminars & Workshops

Teaching seminars and workshops can be a great way to make money in the health field while helping many, many people on a personal level. If you know what you’re doing, you can easily make $5000 to $20,000 or more with just one weekend workshop.

To start giving your own seminars and workshops, you don’t need to be a professional speaker. You just need to get started.

One thing you should do is to attend actual live seminars by people who are very successful at it, and see how you could do the same teaching health.

One of the things you will learn by watching the pros is that a good seminar isn’t about feeding people lots of “data” and “facts” — it’s more about giving people an “experience” — one that will inspire them and help them move forward in their lives.

To achieve this, you need to always be involving the participants in various group exercises, hands-on exercises where they actually apply what they just learned.

Understand that people are “hungry” for that kind of experience and will gladly pay you $500 or more for a weekend workshop. As you get better and better at it, you can easily fill the room with 100 people or more. Well, you do the math…

Conclusion

Among the best things you can do for your health and your life is to make a living with your passion. It can be exhilarating, it can be an incomparable learning experience, and it can (and should) bring you all the money you need and more.

The only thing you need to succeed is enough confidence to take action on a regular basis, and the right tools and knowledge to know what to do so.

Eight Foods Your Cat Should Never, Ever Eat

Most of us know that there are some human foods our pets should not eat. Keeping our cats away from alcohol, for example, is a no-brainer. But did you know that onion powder can cause anemia in cats and dogs? Because of their different metabolisms, many common foods that are safe for human consumption are not safe for your cat. Reactions can range from upset stomachs to severe illness or death.

To help keep your kitty safe you need to know which foods to avoid. The following list spotlights eight common foods your cat should never eat:

Baby Food

It's hard to imagine that a food that's safe enough for a baby's tender tummy would hurt our fur-kids. But what makes baby food so dangerous for cats is that it might contain onion powder (see below) which could lead to anemia. Also, baby food does not meet your cat's nutritional needs, and could result in malnutrition if she eats too much of it.

Chocolate

Most people know that chocolate is bad for dogs, but many of us do not realize that it's harmful for cats as well. Chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical compound that humans can eat safely. But cats and dogs metabolize theobromine more slowly; as a result, even small amounts of the compound can lead to theobromine poisoning, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excitability, panting, abnormal heart rate, tremors, seizures – and even death. Theobromine poisoning is treatable if caught early enough. But to be safe, keep chocolate away from your kitty.

Coffee and Tea

Caffeine is toxic to both cats and dogs, and there's no antidote. According to ProVet Healthcare, it only takes about 8 teaspoons of coffee to potentially fatally poison a cat that weighs 3 kilograms (that's about 6.6 lbs). Signs of caffeine poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, panting, hyperactivity, restlessness, muscle tremors, increased or decreased heart rate, irregular heart rhythm, increased body temperature. But most scary of all: caffeine poisoning can lead to seizures, coma and death.

Grapes and Raisins

Scientists are not sure exactly just what substance is in grapes and raisins that make them so toxic for our pets, but according to the ASPCA Poison Control Center, dogs who've eaten large amounts of grapes and raisins have suffered renal (kidney) failure . Although it's unclear what effect grapes have on cats, to be on the safe side the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center "advises not giving grapes or raisins to any pets in any amount."

Onions and Garlic

Raw, powdered and uncooked onions and garlic are especially harmful to cats because they damage red blood cells, which could cause anemia. Not only does anemia make your kitty pale and lethargic, it can be a life threatening illness.

Spinach

The jury's still out on whether or not spinach is bad for cats, but scientists do know that spinach leaves contain a small amount of calcium oxalates (a chemical compound that makes needle-shaped crystals), which is a major component in kidney stones. If your cat eats enough spinach, it could lead to crystals in her urine. Cats with a history of urinary problems such as infections, crystaluria and kidney disease, should definitely avoid eating spinach.

Unripe Tomato

Everyone knows that tomatoes are good for humans. But did you know that they can be toxic to cats? Tomatoes are a member of the deadly nightshade plant family and contain a poisonous alkaloid called, solanine. Solanine is toxic to humans too. But you have to eat it in large amounts for it to hurt you. That's why you should not eat green potatoes – a potato that has gone green has higher levels of solanine inside it. And it can make you sick, causing a bevy of symptoms that range from nausea, diarrhea and vomiting to hallucinations, paralysis and in the worst cases, death. Unlike humans, however, only a small amount of solanine can hurt your cat. According to FelineFuture.com, "traces of Solanin, like those found in just a 100g of cherry tomatoes, can be fatal!"

Yeast Dough

Raw or uncooked yeast dough should never be fed to your cat. What makes it so dangerous? Yeast (the single-celled fungi that causes bread to rise) is not toxic per se, but if your cat eats the raw dough, it might continue to rise inside your kitty's stomach. And you can imagine what that could lead to: painful bloating, gas, and in the worst-case-scenario, possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.

Remember, the information in this article is for informative purposes only. If you suspect your cat has eaten something that is harmful, or needs medical attention, contact your veterinarian immediately! For more information about other harmful foods or toxins found in your home, check out these great references: ASPCA Animal Control Archives and PetEducation.com.