Health Advice Blog

My name is Molly. I am 19 Years old and plan to go to NCNM to become a naturopathic doctor. In the mean time i would love to share my knowledge with others. I created this blog to share with you what i know. Whether you want to loose weight, become a healthier person, want new recipes, want to know what food does what to anything in your body. "Food is thy medicine" -Hippocrates

When Not to Fast

Fasting is not recommended in cases or hernia, paralysis, advanced cancer (especially of the liver), Diabetes, hypoglycemia, tuberculosis, lead poisoning, advanced osteoporosis, inflammation, or wasting disease. Do not fast if you are emotionally distressed, overly cold or hot, more than 10 pounds underweight, pregnant, or nursing. Fasting is also not encouraged during very cold seasons because it diminishes body heat.

Fasting

The ancient practice of fasting is the safest, quickest, and least expensive method of healing. It accelerates both physical and spiritual purification and rejuvenation. Although your immune system will function at its optimal strength while you’re on a raw foods diet, if you happen to become ill, fasting offers a quick way to recover.

Benefits from fasting:

  • Conserves energy
  • Causes colds and flus to vanish rapidly
  • Gives overburdened organs a chance to rest
  • Improves the intestines’ ability to digest and assimilate
  • Facilitates the breakdown, absorption, and elimination of abnormal growths and obstructions in the body
  • Frees energy for creativity and mental focus
  • Helps a body accomplish, in just a few days, healing that might otherwise take weeks or never happen
  • Allows the organs to of elimination to discharge accumulated material and inorganic chemicals
  • Can let one quickly let go of addictions
  • Allows for a restful time for the body to heal itself
  • Can help the body eliminate deep illness
  • Fine-tunes mental faculties
  • Creates a state of heightened awareness

Rest and relaxation are important during a fast. If you have never fasted before, you may want to start by skipping a meal. Then, try fasting one day a week. Once your body becomes accustomed to that, you can start the 3 day fasts. When your mouth tastes fresh and sweet perspiration becomes fragrant, you’ll know that your body has cleansed itself.

When you are fasting, drink Plenty of pure water! Sip, ather than gulp, to avoid swallowing air and causing gastrointestinal distress. If you become hungry, do five to ten minutes’ worth of vigorous exercise, such as jumping jacks. When you bathe, the water temperature should be lukewarm. Cold showers or baths can cause dizziness or lower blood pressure, while hot showers or baths, can be weakening. 

no-gentleheart-deactivated20121 asked: I am also wondering why "alkaline" foods are better than others. I did some quick research on wikipedia to learn what alkaline foods are, but according to the article research has found that eating alkaline foods has not been proven to give the positive results that supporters of the diet claim, such as preventing obesity, fatigue, cancer, etc. I of course realize you are not a doctor, but you also seem fairly knowledgable about all of this and I am a beginner. A friend of mine told me I sh

Your question got cut off. 

Okay so alkaline foods. Great topic! Alkaline foods are indeed great for your body! But not only do you need alkaline but you need acidity as well.

I will tell you this, I strongly believe that alkaline foods prevent those things BUT alkaline has to be balanced with acidity. Some people are balanced, others are imbalanced. Your body works constantly to keep your alkaline/acid blood levels balanced. When your body is more acidic, it is susceptible to disease. 

Your acidity and alkaline levels can be measured by a pH scale. 0 to 14.7 is neutral. Lower numbers indicate increasing acidity and higher numbers indicate increasing alkalinity.

I hope this helped! If you have further questions, please feel free to ask! If it helps, i can do a post of acidity foods and alkaline foods!

Thank you for sharing your question! I really appreciate it :)

no-gentleheart-deactivated20121 asked: Sorry if this has already been asked, but I was wondering what books you would recommend on naturopathy , healthy eating, etc. Are there any specific books that you get your information from, or any specific websites?

Hi! There really isn’t anything in particular that i read. I really just go online and do my research and have gathered up things over the past couple of years that i have written down. When i went raw vegan a couple years ago, i really learned a lot about our foods. Again, nothing in particular with the websites either, unless google counts lol. I could think back on some books i have read in the past that would be great recommendations and get back to you if you’d like :)

Color Therapy: Green
Green is made by combining yellow (wisdom) with blue (spirituality). Being in the middle of the colot spectrum, it is neither hot nor cold. Green is the color of the heart center, healing, balance, copassion, love, transformation, growth, generosity, and peace.
Green is rejuvenating and anti-inflammatory. Green can help calm anger and improve memory, paranoia, and nervous exhaustion. It affects the lungs, heart, thymus gland, and immune system. use green for back aches, heart trouble, immune disorders, lupus, allergies, head colds, shock, and trauma, and to also lower blood pressure.
Green in plants signifies the presence of chlorophyll. We see green as clean, crisp, and refreshing. So it is often used to market cleaning products.

Color Therapy: Green

Green is made by combining yellow (wisdom) with blue (spirituality). Being in the middle of the colot spectrum, it is neither hot nor cold. Green is the color of the heart center, healing, balance, copassion, love, transformation, growth, generosity, and peace.

Green is rejuvenating and anti-inflammatory. Green can help calm anger and improve memory, paranoia, and nervous exhaustion. It affects the lungs, heart, thymus gland, and immune system. use green for back aches, heart trouble, immune disorders, lupus, allergies, head colds, shock, and trauma, and to also lower blood pressure.

Green in plants signifies the presence of chlorophyll. We see green as clean, crisp, and refreshing. So it is often used to market cleaning products.

Food Thats In Season for August:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Beets
  • Berries
  • Cabbages
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Figs
  • Melon
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Summer squash
  • Tomatoes
Medicine of the Day: Cherries
Alkaline and sweet and considered to be warm.
Rich in beta-carotene, vitamins B1 and C, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, flavonoids, and pectin.
Contain ellagic acide (Anti-cancer compound).
A circulatory stimulant that dispel stagnation in the bloodstream and impart a rosy glow to the complexion.
They make an excellent detoxifying food, helping the body eliminate uric acid and cleanse the kidneys.
Function as a laxative, a stomach and spleen tonic, a stimulant, and a cavity preventative.
A traditional remedy for anemia, arthritis, asthma, catarrh, constipation, cramps, fatigue, gallstones and kidney stones, gout, high blood pressure, hypochondria, lumbago, measles, numbness, obesity, rheumatism, stunted growth, paralysis, and frequent urination.
One of the most chemically contaminated fruits, so it is always best to buy organic whenever possible.
The darker the cherry, the more minerals it contains.
Avoid any that are soft, leaking, or brown.
Note: Since cherries increase circulation and warmth in the body, avoid eating them in cases of extreme heat, such as fever.

Medicine of the Day: Cherries

  • Alkaline and sweet and considered to be warm.
  • Rich in beta-carotene, vitamins B1 and C, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, flavonoids, and pectin.
  • Contain ellagic acide (Anti-cancer compound).
  • A circulatory stimulant that dispel stagnation in the bloodstream and impart a rosy glow to the complexion.
  • They make an excellent detoxifying food, helping the body eliminate uric acid and cleanse the kidneys.
  • Function as a laxative, a stomach and spleen tonic, a stimulant, and a cavity preventative.
  • A traditional remedy for anemia, arthritis, asthma, catarrh, constipation, cramps, fatigue, gallstones and kidney stones, gout, high blood pressure, hypochondria, lumbago, measles, numbness, obesity, rheumatism, stunted growth, paralysis, and frequent urination.
  • One of the most chemically contaminated fruits, so it is always best to buy organic whenever possible.
  • The darker the cherry, the more minerals it contains.
  • Avoid any that are soft, leaking, or brown.

Note: Since cherries increase circulation and warmth in the body, avoid eating them in cases of extreme heat, such as fever.

nikaamarell asked: omg molly where were you when i was taking nutrition! haha love your blog boo <3

Haha! Thank you so much
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Color Therapy: Yellow
yellow is warm (yang) and is associated with things sunny, cheerful, joyous, optimistic, practical, confident, and illuminating. It is also associated with wisdom, knowledge, logic, and the mind.
Yellow is used to benefit the adrenal glands, gallbladder, liver, muscles, nervous system, pancreas, and stomach.
Illnesses that can be treated with yellow: allergies, arthritis, asthma, constipation, coughs, depression, diabetes, eczema, gallstones, gas, hiatal, hernia, hypothyroidism, indigestion, lymphatic congestion, motion sickness, and obesity.
Yellow is a nerve stimulant; it can be helpful with depression, fear, and tension, and can soothe mental exhaustion.
Yellow food often indicates the presence of lutein, magnesium, and vitamin C and limonene.
Because it is a sharpening color that enhances alertness, concentration, communication, and focus, you will often find yellow on food packaging.

Color Therapy: Yellow

  • yellow is warm (yang) and is associated with things sunny, cheerful, joyous, optimistic, practical, confident, and illuminating. It is also associated with wisdom, knowledge, logic, and the mind.
  • Yellow is used to benefit the adrenal glands, gallbladder, liver, muscles, nervous system, pancreas, and stomach.
  • Illnesses that can be treated with yellow: allergies, arthritis, asthma, constipation, coughs, depression, diabetes, eczema, gallstones, gas, hiatal, hernia, hypothyroidism, indigestion, lymphatic congestion, motion sickness, and obesity.
  • Yellow is a nerve stimulant; it can be helpful with depression, fear, and tension, and can soothe mental exhaustion.
  • Yellow food often indicates the presence of lutein, magnesium, and vitamin C and limonene.
  • Because it is a sharpening color that enhances alertness, concentration, communication, and focus, you will often find yellow on food packaging.
Medicine of The Day: Carob
Carob is sweet and alkaline, with a warm energy.
It contains natural sugars, pectin, calcium, and B-complex vitamins.
It is best known as a substitute for chocolate, but unlike chocolate, it contains no caffeine.
As a therapeutic agent, carob calms nervousness and is mildly laxative.
Look for really raw carob.

Medicine of The Day: Carob

  • Carob is sweet and alkaline, with a warm energy.
  • It contains natural sugars, pectin, calcium, and B-complex vitamins.
  • It is best known as a substitute for chocolate, but unlike chocolate, it contains no caffeine.
  • As a therapeutic agent, carob calms nervousness and is mildly laxative.
  • Look for really raw carob.
Medicine of The Day: Chayote
Chayote (chy-O-tay) is the pear-shaped fruit of a west Indian vine in the gourd family.
Chayote is cooling and its flavor is similar to a blend of apple and cucumber.
The smooth-skinned female fruit is lumpy with small ridges and is considered more delectable than the male fruit, which is covered with wartlike spines.
Chayote was a staple food of the Aztecs and is high in vitamin C.
In Central America, a tea made from the leaves is used to treat hypertension and arteriosclerosis.

Medicine of The Day: Chayote

  • Chayote (chy-O-tay) is the pear-shaped fruit of a west Indian vine in the gourd family.
  • Chayote is cooling and its flavor is similar to a blend of apple and cucumber.
  • The smooth-skinned female fruit is lumpy with small ridges and is considered more delectable than the male fruit, which is covered with wartlike spines.
  • Chayote was a staple food of the Aztecs and is high in vitamin C.
  • In Central America, a tea made from the leaves is used to treat hypertension and arteriosclerosis.
Medicine of The Day: Celery
Celery is cool in energy and its flavor is both sweet and bitter.
It is about 95 percent water by volume but is rich in beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, silica, sodium, chlorophyll, and fiber.
The seeds and stalks contain a calming compound called phthalide, which can soothe a sensation of heat in the stomach when ingested.
Celery also contains coumarins, compounds believed beneficial in cancer prevention.
One of the most alkaline foods, celery helps neutralize acids in the body. It is considered blood purifying, diuretic, and tonic. It is used to cool and detoxify the liver and has a special affinity for the stomach and kidneys as well.
Celery helps dry overy damp conditions including yeast overgrowth and excess phlegm. It is a traditional remedy for acne, arthritis, asthma, canker sores, constipation, diabetes, edema, eye inflamation, gallstones, gout, headache, hypertension, insomnia, cracking joints, nervousness, obesity, pyorrhea, rheumatism, burning or bloody urination, urethritis, and wounds.
After exercising, drinking celery juice helps replace lost electrolytes.
The commercial celery crop is subject to intensive chemical &#8220;support&#8221;. The plants are often grown in nitrate fertilizers and sometimes the leaves are blanched. For this reason, eat organic celery.
Note: during pregnancy, eat celery in moderation, as it can promote the onset of menses.

Medicine of The Day: Celery

  • Celery is cool in energy and its flavor is both sweet and bitter.
  • It is about 95 percent water by volume but is rich in beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, silica, sodium, chlorophyll, and fiber.
  • The seeds and stalks contain a calming compound called phthalide, which can soothe a sensation of heat in the stomach when ingested.
  • Celery also contains coumarins, compounds believed beneficial in cancer prevention.
  • One of the most alkaline foods, celery helps neutralize acids in the body. It is considered blood purifying, diuretic, and tonic. It is used to cool and detoxify the liver and has a special affinity for the stomach and kidneys as well.
  • Celery helps dry overy damp conditions including yeast overgrowth and excess phlegm. It is a traditional remedy for acne, arthritis, asthma, canker sores, constipation, diabetes, edema, eye inflamation, gallstones, gout, headache, hypertension, insomnia, cracking joints, nervousness, obesity, pyorrhea, rheumatism, burning or bloody urination, urethritis, and wounds.
  • After exercising, drinking celery juice helps replace lost electrolytes.
  • The commercial celery crop is subject to intensive chemical “support”. The plants are often grown in nitrate fertilizers and sometimes the leaves are blanched. For this reason, eat organic celery.

Note: during pregnancy, eat celery in moderation, as it can promote the onset of menses.

 
Tea Baths: Green tea-Draws out harmful toxins in the body-Soothes the body, mind, and spirit-Heals open wounds and sores-Nourishes the body with antioxidants and vitamins our body needs to stop signs of aging-Helps prevent illness-It is antibacterial-Helps sore muscles, rashes, fissures, cold sores.-Helps with fatigue-Helps mellow UV exposure-Protects you from skin cancer-Can even help with things such as sprained ankles*Fill your tub with hot water, throw in 6 organic green tea packets and let them sit for up to 20 minutes, take the packets out, and enjoy the rejuvenating feeling of your green tea bath :)

 

Tea Baths: Green tea

-Draws out harmful toxins in the body
-Soothes the body, mind, and spirit
-Heals open wounds and sores
-Nourishes the body with antioxidants and vitamins our body needs to stop signs of aging
-Helps prevent illness
-It is antibacterial
-Helps sore muscles, rashes, fissures, cold sores.
-Helps with fatigue
-Helps mellow UV exposure
-Protects you from skin cancer
-Can even help with things such as sprained ankles

*Fill your tub with hot water, throw in 6 organic green tea packets and let them sit for up to 20 minutes, take the packets out, and enjoy the rejuvenating feeling of your green tea bath :)
Medicine of The Day: Carrot
Carrots are sweet, alkaline, and warming.
They contain beta-carotene, vitamins B6 and C, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, pectin, and fiber, and their leaves are rich in flavonoids and potassium.
Carrots have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, galactagogic, laxative, and liver-tonic properties.
They strengthen the stomach, spleen, liver, and lungs.
If we all ate one carrot a day, lung cancer rates in our population could be cut in half!
This root vegetable has been used as a urinary antiseptic to treat cystitis as well as bladder and kidney stones
Carrots have also been used in treating acne, asthma, cancer, catarrh, colitis, constipation, cough, diarrhea, dry skin, eczema, gallstones, gastritis, gout, high cholesterol, indigestion, irritable bowel, jaundice, obesity, parasites, pyhorrhea, sore throat, tonsillitis, toxemia, ulcers, and vision problems such as dry eyes, bitot&#8217;s spots, and night blindness.
Most comercially grown carrots are subject to a wide variety of chemical sprays and need to be peeled before eaten, but organic carrots can be eaten with the peel still on, which is benefical for our skin.
Carrot juice is an excellent remedy to cleanse the liver.

Medicine of The Day: Carrot

  • Carrots are sweet, alkaline, and warming.
  • They contain beta-carotene, vitamins B6 and C, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, pectin, and fiber, and their leaves are rich in flavonoids and potassium.
  • Carrots have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, galactagogic, laxative, and liver-tonic properties.
  • They strengthen the stomach, spleen, liver, and lungs.
  • If we all ate one carrot a day, lung cancer rates in our population could be cut in half!
  • This root vegetable has been used as a urinary antiseptic to treat cystitis as well as bladder and kidney stones
  • Carrots have also been used in treating acne, asthma, cancer, catarrh, colitis, constipation, cough, diarrhea, dry skin, eczema, gallstones, gastritis, gout, high cholesterol, indigestion, irritable bowel, jaundice, obesity, parasites, pyhorrhea, sore throat, tonsillitis, toxemia, ulcers, and vision problems such as dry eyes, bitot’s spots, and night blindness.
  • Most comercially grown carrots are subject to a wide variety of chemical sprays and need to be peeled before eaten, but organic carrots can be eaten with the peel still on, which is benefical for our skin.
  • Carrot juice is an excellent remedy to cleanse the liver.