Top 10 Foods for Healing Your Metabolism

Top 10 Foods for Healing Your Metabolism

#1 Raw Honey

Based on both research and personal experience with low-carb diets, it’s my conclusion that humans actually need good carbs for proper thyroid function.  Raw honey contains a mix of free fructose and free glucose.  It’s a simple sugar necessary to increase metabolism and burn fat. Sugar is actually the body’s preferred energy source. Your liver needs glucose as fuel to convert T4 to T3.  If you have low thyroid function, adding healthy carbs will help lower stress in your body.  Plus, honey is a wonderfully biblical food.

#2 Spelt or Einkorn Sourdough

Sourdough is as ancient as the world.  It has nourished humans effectively since the beginning of recorded time.  It is a low GI carb source, that’s easy to digest and contains beneficial bacteria for your immune system. Because of the longer fermentation time of sourdough, the protein enzymes are broken down into amino acids, making it easier to digest.  Sourdough made with ancient grains like spelt or einkorn is even easy for the body to digest.  Avoid sourdoughs with added oils as these are typically PUFA’s. 

#3 Gelatin and/or Bone Broth

Bone broth is high in glycine, which opposes too much estrogen. It contains the amino acids that nourish the thyroid.  Because it contains high levels of calcium and potassium, it aids with sleep and stress.   Bone broth reduces inflammation, helps digestion, and supports the immune system.

#4 Sea Salt

Not getting enough sea salt will slow your metabolism, lower your body temperature, and create inflammation and stress.  A pinch of sea salt per day is often prescribed for adrenal insufficiency. Salt is actually thermogenic and suppresses cortisol.

#5 Coconut Oil

It is fairly commonly known that coconut oil actually increases metabolic rate and heat production.  It contains the famous MCT (medium chain triglycerides), which means it does not need to be digested by bile salts, but rather goes straight to the liver where it is available as an immediate energy source.

Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial and contains no PUFA’s, which contribute to all diseases. 

#6 Butter and Ghee

Butter is a great source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K2 vitamins.  These vitamins work synergistically together and cannot be obtained easily from other sources.  Ghee is clarified butter and works amazingly for frying or sauteing foods. Butter keeps the blood sugar stable by slowing the absorption of starches.

#7 Free-Range Eggs

Eggs from chickens allowed to free-range are a good source of protein and fats. The Vitamin A contained in eggs is necessary for the synthesis of progesterone.  Progesterone is frequently too low in women but when in balance will help reduce excess estrogen.  Excess estrogen is responsible for cellulite and fat storage on hips, butts, and thighs and the dreaded symptoms of PMS.  To help reduce cortisol, the stress hormone, be sure to salt your eggs liberally.

#8 Raw Goat Milk

Goat milk is the most complete food known to mankind.  It has also been used since the beginning of time.  Goat milk is far more healthy for humans than cow milk and much easier to digest.  Goat’s milk is less allergenic, does not suppress the immune system, and alkalinizes the digestive system.  It is also a rich source of trace mineral selenium.  Honestly, we could talk about goat milk for days! 

#9 Hard Cheese 

European hard cheeses are typically 100% lactose-free. This is because within 6-8 hours after the cheese is made, lactose is transformed into the easily digestible lactic acid through the actions of the enzymes of the cheese.  Hard cheese is usually well tolerated, even by people sensitive to milk. 

#10 Raw Grated Carrot Salad

Did you know that raw grated carrot helps reduce excess estrogen?  It’s true!  Carrot fiber attaches to any unused endotoxins and helps flush them from the body.  That makes it a great detoxifier and promotes bowel regularity.  For this reason, women are finding that a daily raw carrot salad is a game changer for reducing PMS symptoms such as headaches, cravings, and bloating.

Elderberry Secrets; Why every home must have this remedy!

Elderberry Secrets; Why every home must have this remedy!

Have you always wanted to make Elderberry Elixir, but never actually done it?

This plant of God heals anything it touches!” -Hippocrates Medicinal

Some details about Elderberries…

Elderberry: Sambucus nigra, S. nigra ssp. canadensis, S. nigra ssp. caerulea, S. ebulus

Parts used: berries, flowers

Energetics: cooling, drying

Properties:  – SEE PDF BELOW

With all the viruses and illnesses running rampant, NOW is the time to support your immune system.

How to make Einkorn Sourdough without Having an Epic Failure

Everything you need to know about Einkorn Sourdough!

— How to make your starter from scratch.
— Where to get Einkorn flour.
— Making your first sourdough loaf.
— Maintaining your starter.
— Why Einkorn is good for your gut.
— Delicious variations for your sourdough loaves.
— And more!!!!

To prep for the class, order your basic white einkorn flour here: https://jovialfoods.com/organic-einkorn-all-purpose-flour-10lb/

The Medicine in Your Backyard

The Medicine in Your Backyard

Look out your window…What do you see in your backyard?

  • Tonics?
  • Liver support?
  • Immune system support?

It’s there in the most simple and seemingly mundane plants.

Grab your notebook and listen in on this discussion with Herbalist Ashley Glassman about what plants you can harvest and prepare for your natural medicine cabinet right from your own backyard.

Special Guest:

Ashley Glassman

Ashley Glassman

Herbalist & Aromatherapist

Ashley Glassman is an herbalist and aromatherapist with decades of experience dating all the way back to her ancestors.  She is a true alchemist at her core. 

The things she’ll share with us are a culmination of her personal experiences, traditional uses, and folklore of plants, as well as what scientific studies are telling us about herbs, essential oils, and natural healing modalities.  

If you are ready to leave behind the masses of erroneous information found online, want to get to the root cause of what ails you, or are just ready to learn more about how you can make your own herbal medicines, then you are going to LOVE what how Ashley serves humanity and the things she is going to share today!

3 Ways Essential Oils Are Adulterated and How You Can Tell

3 Ways Essential Oils Are Adulterated and How You Can Tell

Essential oils are not cheap to make. In fact, pure essential oils are expensive, labor intensive, and require an insane amount of plant material to create.  They are pricey, as any pure product, carefully grown and extracted should be. In order to make essential oils less costly, some companies will “extend” essential oils. That means, they will stretch them by diluting them in some way. 

Essential oils blends are often blended with a fatty oil base, and if it is sold as such, that is NOT adulteration. Some oils, however, are sold as “pure” essential oil, when they actually have been extended in some way, and then sold so that the company has a bigger profit margin. Here are some basic ways that essential oils may be “extended” and how you can identify if it is pure if it is what the label says it is, or if it is contaminated.

Extended with Fatty Oil

As stated before, essential oil blends are often blended with fatty oils such as almond oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil. In the case of essential oils being clearly marked as a blend, and if the fatty oil is listed in the ingredients, this is NOT an adulteration! This is a great way to use essential oils. 

If however, your oil is labeled and sold as 100% pure essential oil and DOES NOT include the fatty oil in the ingredients, but you believe it has fatty oil in it, you have an impostor! You can tell if an oil has been extended with fatty oil by the greasy feel on your skin. A pure essential oil will not leave a greasy feel on your skin after a few moments. Frequently, you may also tell if an EO has been extended with a fatty oil simply by the rancid smell of old oils. Most of us are familiar with the smell of rancid fatty oils. YUCK!  

Another test is to place your essential oils on paper. Most pure EO will not leave an oily mark when dried, however, some pure essential oils will leave a mark, especially expressed oils (citrus) or absolutes.

Extended with Alcohol

Another common way to extend an essential oil, and therein make it cheaper, is by adding alcohol to the EO. Ethyl Alcohol is a common substance added to EO to extend them. It’s very hard to detect this by smell, but it is possible. You’ll need to become familiar with the scent of ethyl alcohol in order to identify this adulteration, (which is in my opinion, a true adulteration). 

Extended with Another Similar Oil or Surfactants & Emulsifiers

Finally, EO may be extended by adding a similar-smelling EO which may be cheaper to produce than a more expensive oil. For example, true lavender may be extended with lavandin, or Rose EO could be extended with geranium, (although most often, Rose oil is simply purely synthetic). This is the hardest form of adulteration to detect, and can only be really guarded against by knowing your supplier.

Surfactants & Emulsifiers may be added to EO to extend them as well. A simple way to test your essential oil for this adulteration is by placing a drop in water. Pure essential oils will float on the top. Emulsified mixtures will dissolve in water and produce milk or opaque solutions. 

There you have it–lots of tools to test your essential oils! Obviously, essential oils can be contaminated or adulterated in other ways, these are simply the most common and easy to identify!