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The Therapeutic Power of Plants: The Power to Heal

Plants as Food Plants have the power to heal the body.  When we eat plants as food, we don’t just get vitamins, minerals and macronutrients like carbohydrate, fat and protein.  We also eat pigments and other compounds made by the plant that are generally called phytochemicals (phyto- from the Greek for “plant”) or phytonutrients. These …

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The Importance of Vitamin D

  The importance of Vitamin D’s function is becoming more and more evident with current research. We were taught, at one time, that the only purpose of Vitamin D was to increase the absorption of calcium from the intestines into the blood stream.  The increase of calcium blood levels would, in turn, increase bone density. …

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The Importance of Iodine

Let’s talk about our need for and the importance of iodine. Last week we talked about the importance of cruciferous vegetables in a ketogenic diet.  I briefly touched on the controversy of whether-or-not those vegetables can cause hypothyroid symptoms as a result of competition of iodine uptake with sulfur containing phytonutrients in the thyroid gland. …

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Cruciferous Veg in the Whole Food Keto Diet

The Importance of Cruciferous Vegetables All leafy greens are important in The Whole Food Ketogenic Diet, but cruciferous vegetables have some special phytonutrients that make them powerful healers for our bodies. There is a wrong way and a right way to do keto. The wrong way is high protein and non-vegetable carb sources. Doing keto …

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Monitoring Your Progress on a Ketogenic Diet

Monitoring your progress on a ketogenic diet is your prescription for success at losing weight and reversing disease caused by lifestyle choices and inflammation. It’s important to monitor your progress with some concrete evidence. I suggest that you do this in a couple of different ways.  The first way is going to help you see …

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A Pharmacist’s Ketogenic Before and After Story

My Keto Before and After Story I was diagnosed with asthma when I was a young teenager.  It was mainly seasonal or exercise induced, and I seemed to grow out of it as I hit my late-teens.  I rarely had to use my rescue inhaler in my 20’s and 30’s.  It bothered me a little …

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KETOGENIC DIET RULES FOR BEGINNERS

Keto Rules for Beginners:  How to get into Ketosis and Lose Weight These ketogenic diet rules will help beginners to get into ketosis and stay there as long as they want/need.  Using your body’s ability to use up stored energy is the key to reversing aging, obesity, and lifestyle related diseases. This is not a …

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Three Potentially Life-Saving Benefits of a Low Protein Keto Diet

High protein consumption has been shown to increase certain life-style diseases, and therefore decreases life expectancy.  Here are three reasons why decreasing protein consumption in a Ketogenic diet is an amazing idea… Gluconeogenesis This is the metabolic process by which the liver turns excess protein in the form of amino acids into blood sugar.  It …

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My Many Uses for Vinegar in Housecleaning

  White vinegar is the foundational product that allows us to switch out ALL of our chemical-based cleaning products.  The acidity of vinegar makes it an effective anti-microbial and disinfectant for any cleaning need. I’ve been buying Four Monks white vinegar.  I buy it at Costco since it comes in packages of 2 1-gallon bottles.  …

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