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How to Detox Heavy Metals + Parasites + Mold & Boost Liver Health

Before Photo (11/30/17)

-Taken before starting this protocol (feeling moderately healthy + but painful menstrual cycles + not feeling 100%)

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Heads up–this post will talk frankly about periods and woman stuff! (you’re welcome)

Backstory on my Health + Acne

For as long as I can remember (approximately age 12), I have had debilitating menstrual cramps. Along with the cramps was hormonal (cystic) acne. I was able to balance + heal my skin through use of an awesome supplement called Estroblock. (you can read that full post here).

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I only took the product for about 8 months and it did it’s job in that time. It works by helping your body get rid of “bad” estrogens in your body. These can disrupt your endocrine system, which is the system responsible for dispersing those little chemical messengers telling your body how to operate.

While my acne cleared up and I felt encouraged by that, my periods were still heavy and painful. I tried every natural pain remedy I could think of:

-Drinking only green juice the days leading up to my period

-Experimenting with eliminating certain foods (coffee, dairy, gluten, etc.)

-Changing up my exercise routine

Nothing took the pain away.

Seeing a Naturopath (Integrative Natural Medicine Doctor)

Since I failed so many times at trying to help myself, I felt like it was time to seek the help of a natural medicine doctor. I went to Cura Integrative in Overland Park, Kansas (HIGHLY recommend them).

To start, they performed a biofeedback test on me which revealed:

-Very high levels of blood toxicity (heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, mold, environmental toxins)

-Parasitic infection (people with high levels of heavy metals are more susceptible to this)

-Food sensitivities (often linked to and caused by heavy metal toxicity)

-Egg, Nuts (including coconut + peanut), Gluten, Dairy, Corn, Soy, Rice

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Healing Protocol

First Phase: Detox Heavy Metals + Heal Parasitic infection

Heavy Metal Detox Products Used (pictured below):

Dr. Recommends Homeopathic Metals Detox

New Health Super Chelation Support

Bio Ray NDF Heavy Metal Formula

Liver Detoxifier + Regenerator (renamed to Liver Refresh)

Calcium D-Glucarate

Glutathione

Activated Charcoal

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Parasitic Infection Products Used (pictured below):

Myrrh Forte

-Artemisinin Complex

Viranon

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Second Phase: Mold + Environmental Pollutant Detox

Products Used (pictured below):

Ortho Molecular Products SAMe

-Greens First pH PM Alkalizer 

-Dr. Recommends Homeopathic Toxinex

Activated Charcoal

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Progress Photo (12/10/17):

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Third Phase: Emotional Healing + Liver Support

-I had a check up biofeedback test at this point which revealed that I was making a TON of progress. My food sensitivities to gluten, dairy, almonds and rice went away. Because of the intense detoxing I had been doing, though, my liver was overwhelmed (stagnation) and it needed some help + support.

-Though I didn’t hold it in my conscious mind, I was dealing with a lot of emotional trauma + sadness, which was manifesting itself throughout my body. I had forgotten how your emotional and mental state can impact your physical health! Amazing. Great reminder. I downloaded several meditation apps and have made it a daily ritual to calm my mind.

Products Used (pictured below):

Livaplex

Immuplex

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-Quicksilver Scientific:

Liposomal Methyl B-Complex

Dr. Shade’s Bitters No. 9

Nanoemulsified DIM

Liposomal Glutathione 

Micellized Pure PC

Activated Charcoal

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Here are the meditation apps I use! I rotate them just to change it up + hear a different guiding voice on the track.

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Progress Photo (1.19.18):

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Progress Photo (2.9.18):

(taken during my period, so feeling a little more inflamed as usual)

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I still have a few weeks left of this last wave of this detox protocol. You can expect me to come back to this post and update it with where I’m at, how I’m feeling.

Thank you for journeying with me and listening to my experience. I sincerely hope it helps guide you if you feel less than your best. This trek has been paramount in the big scheme of my life. If you have any specific questions, I’d love to chat! Just comment below.

Make Good Use of Your Pulse,

xoxo

Jes

 

 

 

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DrinkMe Organic Raw Blended Juices Review

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DrinkMe

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Drink Me:

“Drinkme was founded in 2007 when Christina Paganelli began making kale smoothies to satisfy her own health regime. From the Canadian prairies to the booming California market, drinkme rose to the top of the market in both Canada and the USA in 7 years. Brand Story, passion, science, innovation, and rock solid products have led their way to success for this organic and “Kale-roots” growth company.

Drinkme has pioneered the HPP technology in Canada, and has positioned as a first to market company in the fast paced, high growth beverage space in the USA.

We strive to be the best, most nutritious drink on the market. Cliché? We truly put only the most authentic, raw ingredients into our bottles. Read our labels, you’ll see. Every ingredient breathes light and positive energy into our delicious creations and you can feel the life as you drink.

We strive to create a business model that is sustainable. We have grown the organic and grass roots way, and know who we are!

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Christina’s Story:

“My journey began when I was in the prime of my life, finishing years of university, getting married and starting my career. Suddenly, my vision blurred and I was seeing double. One eye went wall-eyed and I couldn’t see. If I tried to open my eyes I would fall over with dizziness. This introduced me to the medical system, and ultimately was sent to a “specialist” who diagnosed me with multiple sclerosis. Six months later, 4 ½ months pregnant, and still reeling from my last diagnosis, I was dealt another blow, I had thyroid cancer. In my fifth month of pregnancy, I underwent major surgery to completely remove my thyroid, and soon after, I was radiated. That’s when I found out that the cancer had spread to my lungs. Another radiation treatment, six months later made me very ill, but the results were the same. The cancer tumors were still the same size, at stage 4 and I was sent home to “wait it out” with cancer and MS.

I began taking an immune suppressant drug to help decrease the effects of the MS. After struggling a month to inject myself, and suffering with side effects, I was informed that the drug company would not allow me to take this drug because I had cancer too. What a waste of time, money, and added stress.

At age 26, I had been poked and prodded long enough. It became apparent that something was clearly wrong with the chemistry of my body. I decided to take my health into my own hands! I attended a health seminar about enzymes, probiotics, and raw foods, and I decided that I would try to heal myself. I made up my mind that I would heal and then I would use my story to inspire others too. My husband and I, and baby Antonio committed to changing our lifestyles and eating habits. We discarded every food from our cupboards, and replaced all of it with only raw organics foods. Then, our diet consisted of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, and top quality enzymes, probiotics, and other raw supplements.

The first few days and weeks of our new lifestyle proved very challenging. While my body detoxified, I experienced severe migraines, fever, and blurred vision. Twenty six years of processed and chemically laden foods finally came out of my body. I shed a pound a day and within 3 weeks of adapting to this new lifestyle, scar tissue began healing. Amazingly, I no longer required my prescription glasses.

 

For the last ten years, I have not required any subsequent medical procedures for either disease. Against all odds, I am still thriving. We even had another healthy child Giulia, who is now 7 years old. I attribute my recovery to my new lifestyle, food choices, and pro-active care. Today, my diet consists of at least 50% raw food, with all else as a secondary. drinkmeTM Beverages are an integral part of my day. I visit an endocrinologist yearly and thankfully, everything is normal. I have never felt better in my life, and I am committed to helping others.

A quote that influenced me, is…. “The only thing I drank was a cup of reality, with a shot of appreciation.”– Kermit the Frog.

The truth is, sometimes one has to hit rock bottom before one can bounce back. I am truly grateful for the life journey that I have been through the past ten years. When I hear people say, “I’m sorry for all that you have been through”, I respond, “don’t be sorry…it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me!”

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My Thoughts:

If you’re on the hunt for a raw, organic, cold-pressed juice, you’re likely to come across a handful of brands that are accessible at your local health food store. Many of them are great options and are highly nutritious.

What sets DrinkMe beverages apart from the world of juices is that these drinks are BLENDED, not JUICED. Thus, the naturally occurring fiber in the fruits and veggies used is intact in every bottle of DrinkMe. This makes each bottle more satisfying, more detoxifying and more in line with how nature intended us to consume it.

On top of the fact that these drinks are fiber rich, they are also entirely organic, raw and nutritionally rich. There are fewer ways to ingest such a hearty dose of healing nutrients in a short amount of time. A bottle of DrinkMe is ideal to grab on your way to work, with lunch or for a quick energy boost.

The frozen smoothie packs are an excellent way to store a healthy meal in your work’s freezer, or simply keep at home for a quick whip-up. The flavor of them is so fresh and delicious that I didn’t need to mix them with anything. I just let them thaw a bit before I drank them. Refreshing and delicious!

My experience with DrinkMe has been nothing short of spectacular. Christina is so generous, passionate, kind–and I absolutely believe in the products that she has created. My local Whole Foods has these products, making it easy for me to re-stock on them. For you guys and gals, DrinkMe makes it easy to find a store near you that carries DrinkMe. I’d recommend these to anyone looking to make a great, daily investment in your health. These drinks can help take your nutrition to the next level!

Fruitive Organic, Raw, Cold-Pressed Juices Review

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Fruitive

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Fruitive:

“PLANT-BASED

Only fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices exist in our pantry!

ORGANIC ORBETTER

Our produce is sourced from the best local farmers and organic suppliers we can find. Visit OrganicOrBetter.com.

PASSIONATE ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY

We’re the first restaurant in Southeast Virginia to receive a 3-star certification by the Green Restaurant Association.”

COLD-PRESSED JUICES

Made by cold pressing a wide range of fruits and vegetables in unique combinations, our juices provide large amounts of phytonutrients while never sacrificing flavor. There are approximately 2 pounds of produce in each Fruitive bottle, with the equivalent of 2 to 3 large salads in our greener varieties. We use heaping amounts of kale, spinach, and other dense ingredients without the use of excessive fillers. We do not cut corners nor do we ever add water to our juices*; rather we want to uphold the unique flavor of each ingredient. The produce in our juices is always 100% organic or better, triple-washed before being juiced and comes to you in glass bottles – the safest, and most sustainable material we can find. We absolutely believe that we have the truest, highest-nutrient dense juices out there! *Note: We do use alkaline water in our almond milks.”

Juices I Tried:

Carrot Kick

About:

“Carrot juice with a tangy kick! This Signature light-bodied blend is inspired by the tropics, and the orange and lime in Carrot Kick make sure you get there. Packed with beta-carotene and vitamin C, this juice delivers as much nutrition as it does deliciousness. A juice not necessarily made for root lovers, but rather for the average orange juice lover looking for a bit more nutrient denseness. No matter your preference, roots or citrus, Carrot Kick will surely have you asking for more!

Ingredients

CarrotPineappleOrangeLime.”

Kalevolution

About:

“Our medium-bodied, green-lemonade-inspired Kalevolution, is sure to be your most favorite green drink ever! It’s a throw-in-your-cooler, super-nutritious green juice that’s not only a customer favorite, but a staff favorite as well. With hints of earthy kale, water-dense cucumber, sweet apple, alkalizing lemon, and a kick of ginger, this blend is nothing short of perfection! With Kalevolution, you can have your kale and drink it too!

Ingredients

Apple (Fuji/Gala)CucumberKale (Curly)Lettuce (Romaine)LemonGinger.”

Pineapple Xpress

About:

“Zippy, fruity, and refreshing to the max, Pineapple Xpress is a juice that everyone can enjoy from start to finish. Not only is this elixir delicious, it’s also a delightfully soothing tummy tamer. Whether you’re craving a sweet drink, or a tonic for the stomach blues, Pineapple Xpress fits the bill. Plus, it works wonders as a natural morning sickness drink, our co-founder’s recently pregnant wife swears by it!

Ingredients

PineapplePearAloe VeraGinger.”

Nobility

About:

“Nobility was created in collaboration with the Noblemen Group, a charity based in Hampton Roads that gives back to local kids in need. Their motto, “Helping Kids and Changing Lives,” speaks to exactly what Fruitive hopes to do through health awareness in our community. Based on the Noblemen Group’s colors, we’ve designed Nobility to not only taste delicious, but to represent and support this fantastic charity and their efforts. With dark, leafy greens at its base, light cucumber, and refreshingly sweet pineapple, Nobility is a juice perfect for the intermediate juicer. Not unlike the Noblemen Group, Nobility is full of pure energy and good intention.

Ingredients

Apple (Green)PineappleKale (Curly)Cucumber,SpinachCeleryLime.”

Red Root Rising

About:

“Red Root Rising is an incredibly grounding juice filled with some of nature’s most powerful superfoods. The super-root turmeric brings astounding anti-inflammatory benefits, while the beets and ginger promote circulation and provide even more anti-inflammatory support. But, let’s not forget, this juice doesn’t only pack nutritional benefits, it also packs one serious flavorful punch! It’s deliciously earthy, dense, creamy and slightly zingy. Think of Red Root Rising as our refined, adult fruit punch for the more sophisticated palate. So, we dare you, rise to the occasion and flourish with Red Root Rising!

Ingredients

CarrotCucumberBeetApple (Green)Lemon,CeleryGingerTurmeric.”

Sweetgrass

About:

“We love our Signature Sweetgrass Juice, and we know you will too! It’s a light-bodied, well-balanced juice with sweet notes of apple, pear, pineapple, and a refreshing hint of mint. This juice is so delicious that it’s hard to believe it’s good for you. There is an entire ounce of wheatgrass in this sweet drink. Yes, we know, wheatgrass is super strong, bitter, and frankly hard to get down, but Sweetgrass provides you with all the benefits of this superfood without sacrificing flavor. The sweetest of our green juices, Sweetgrass is perfect for even the most inexperienced juice drinker.

Ingredients

Apple (Fuji/Gala)PearPineappleWheatgrassMint.”

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My Thoughts:

I get extra excited about organic juices. I mean, really excited! I don’t think there’s any other food I get more excited about. I love the entire process–shopping for the veggies & fruit (which we often do at the farmers market), running them through the juicer or blender, then filling up my stomach with the pure goodness that is fresh juice.

While I love and enjoy doing it myself, I also like supporting brands who make it easy for the average joe to consume organic, raw juice.

Fruitive (rad name, right?!)  is doing SO many things right here. This brand has really impressed me. Not only do they use organic produce, but they source locally whenever possible. They cold-press their juices (which helps them retain fiber) and they don’t heat them or add any preservatives to increase shelf life. It’s just pure, organic, raw, nutrient rife, beautifully radical juice.

I enjoyed these juices the most because of how they made me feel while and after consuming them. Right as you take a gulp, you almost immediately feel a wave of calm come over you (seriously). It’s like a big hug from nature. These juices deliver a hefty dose of nutrients and leave you feeling energized, cleansed and beaming.

In addition to being immensely healthy, these juices taste delicious. The flavor combinations that Fruitive uses are unique and tasty. The ones I enjoyed most were the Pineapple Xpress (I’m a tropical fruit lover) and the Carrot Kick. I perhaps appreciate the healing benefits of the green juices the most, though greens aren’t as tasteful as pineapple–for example–I drink them with great gusto because I know the good they’re providing my body.

I can’t recommend this line of juices enough. To top off their awesomeness, they use glass bottles (hooray!) so there’s no need to worry about plastic contaminants. Go check them out and take advantage of the coupon code they are offering until the end of August!

Fruitive is currently offering $20 off all 3-day (or 5-day) cleanses until the end of this month. Use the coupon code: “20offaug”

Mercola Vitamin E Review & Giveaway

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Mercola 

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Mercola:

“You are wise to question who you can trust when it comes to maintaining, enhancing or rebuilding your health.

With all websites, newspapers, magazines and other publications offering health advice, with every new multi-million dollar TV ad for another proclaimed miracle drug, with any recommendation offered by traditional and natural physicians, it is essential to answer this question above all others: what is their real motivation?

Only if the answer provides you with a sense of security, move on to the next important question: what are their qualifications? The primary trick of the existing medical establishment is to get you to forget that first question – their real motivation – by dazzling you with what appears to be magnificently trustworthy qualifications.

But clinical trials conducted by heavily biased “researchers,” advertisements and news stories carefully scripted to scare you into belief, highly polished corporate offices and corporate websites, and an extreme focus on whatever has the most profit potential – not lifesaving or life-enhancing potential – are not qualifications. They are scams.

Don’t fall for them.

My motivation, whether you are a member of the Mercola.com community, or have just heard about me for the first time, is to make you as healthy as you can possibly be. This involves:

  1. Providing the most up to date natural health information and resources that will most benefit you and,
  2. Exposing corporate, government and mass media hype that diverts you away from what is truly best for your health and often to a path that leads straight into an early grave.

Mercola.com is not, in other words, a tool to get me a bigger house and car, or to run for Senate. I fund this site, and therefore, am not handcuffed to any advertisers, silent partners or corporate parents.

When I offer or recommend products, I do so because I have actively researched them and find they are the best in that category for your health. I ignore substandard products, and products not directly pertinent to your health, regardless of any potential financial upside.”

Vitamin E

About:

“There are plenty of vitamin E supplements on the market. You can find one practically anywhere you look. But the vast majority of them use soy as their source of vitamin E.

So when looking for a good alternative, I wanted to not only avoid soy but also wanted to make sure whatever natural source of vitamin E was used was not genetically engineered (GE). That’s why I decided to use sunflowers for the source of vitamin E. They are an excellent natural source of vitamin E.

But soy isn’t the only thing you need to be wary of.

It is vital to get a balance of all eight nutrients in a vitamin E supplement you take to complement your healthy diet.

You see if the vitamin E supplement only contains alpha tocopherol (synthetic or natural), there’s another major issue. If high levels of alpha tocopherol flood your system, they can potentially deplete the other tocopherols and tocotrienols from your body…

Here’s how my Vitamin E supplement provides a fantastic balance of all four tocopherol and tocotrienol compounds…

  • Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopherol) – 200 international units (IU)
  • Tocopherol complex – 150 milligrams (mg) with alpha tocopherol, beta tocopherol, gamma tocopherol, and delta tocopherol
  • Palm and Rice Tocotrienol – 35 mg with alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocotrienols

There are very few formulas I’ve run across that come close to this type of balance. And when it comes to tocotrienols, there are even fewer choices available.”

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My Thoughts:

Like you’ll hear Dr. Mercola say on his website, I do not see a NEED for a ton of supplements. Most of what you need on a daily basis should come from your diverse, plant-rich diet. That’s not to say supplements cannot help fill the gaps in our diet–because they can. As an antioxidant found in many foods (in small amounts–the most concentrated being Wheat Germ) Vitamin E is something our bodies need. This supplement by Dr. Mercola is one of the few out there that is derived from sunflowers, versus soy. Since 91% of soy in the US is genetically modified, it behooves you to steer away from it when possible.

From what I know about this product, I see it to be a good choice as a Vitamin E single-vitamin supplement. I would love to see further proof or literature that this Mercola Vitamin E is derived from ORGANIC sunflower oil. That, to me, would solidify its quality.

Mercola would like to giveaway 1 bottle of this Vitamin E supplement to one of my readers. To enter:

1. “Like” the Mercola Facebook page OR “Follow” Username: “DrMercola”on Instagram.

AND

2. “Like” my Run On Organic Facebook page OR “Follow” Username: “JesRunOnOrganic” on Instagram

3. Comment Below or via Facebook or Instagram!