Biblical Healing and Whole Wellness 

 

It is imperative that we recognize our lifestyle and eating habits pollute our temple, break down our immune system and cause us to be sick. Sickness is simply the body reacting to us putting something into it that God did not intend or design for it to have. Until steps are taken to recognize and remove the cause of disease and suffering, only degeneration an early death will result. Bible puts it this way and we must learn “be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he reap” Galatians 6:7. We cannot eat the diet of this world and enjoy perfect health and vitality. The choices we make determine whether we live in sickness or health.

If we choose to have abundant life, it will be necessary to change the diet and lifestyle to which we have been accustomed or addicted. Although it initially may sound difficult and restrictive to obtain optimal health it is the only choice we have. Our heavenly father set laws for our infinite good to preserve life and allow his children to attain their highest possible state of wellness. He made no boundaries on what we may attend, but our diet and lifestyle choices often limit us when we knowingly or unknowingly violate his natural laws. When we bring our lifestyle into alignment with God’s laws, most physical problems just simply begin to be washed away.

Yes, God wants his children to be well, and he is able to heal our broken bodies just like when he walked among us. However, we are called to be reverent of his natural laws! When natural laws are violated, we reap the consequences of our actions. Many Christians want to live the way they like, eat what they want, and then they get sick and some blame and question Him. But God very clearly warns us and calls us to reject worldly was the flesh and driving selfish nature of want and need placed in us by sin. As we humble ourselves and become obedient to our creator and the natural and physical laws he established, we will realize that it is a privilege and indeed an honor to serve God and honor his Holy temple.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and destroy: I come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” John 10:10

In today’s world most have strayed so far from the guidelines we have been given in the Bible. We have violated all the natural laws God provided at the time of creation, and we have become complacent about our health. We except illness as a normal part of life. So let’s consider some of the reasons why it is imperative for us to get back to a biblical understanding of nutrition and lifestyle. Too often we feel the need to seek physicians, whom we have been taught have the cure for all our ills. When in fact what Physicians do is address, alleviate and suppress symptoms. However, prevention and maintenance are much easier and certainly more cost effective. But that would affect the powers at be bottom line. So it is not the primary focus. Having a population that remains generally unwell is much more profitable than a population that is objective and aware. Is important for everyone to learn how to more effectively implement these natural laws that God has given. God set before us life and death and asked us to choose life. He did not leave us with out some guidelines to follow. These guidelines are quite simple and are found in the Bible and in nature all around us. These guidelines do not stress the body nor will they tax the emotions, even though they contain tremendous powers. The guidelines God gave us are

-proper nutrition

-pure air

-pure water

-active lifestyle

-sunshine

-adequate rest

-thankful and grateful faithful spirit

The sad and unfortunate truth is as a people we have adulterated and negatively impacted every single one of these required sources for life. There is no longer any pure source of nutrition due to pesticides and soil nutrient depletion we have adulterated our food source with GMO’s. Our air is laden with toxic irritants and our bodies are under constant attack. There is no longer a pure source of water on our planet. And our lifestyles are that of sedentary complacency. Often with attitudes of blame and Great lack of responsibility. If we believe he created us than we realize the reality is that someone designed and created us. And if someone designed and created us we have just like a vehicle requirements to maintain our optimal performance. They cannot run on just anything and remain functioning at top capacity and capability. If we don’t change our oil for example eventually our vehicle will fall into disrepair and stop working We in our ignorance and unbelief, have totally changed and adulterated gods plan, and the result is sickness, disease and unhappiness. We can’t serve the Lord in a sick body, so it is time to take responsibility for our own bodies and health and not leave it up to anyone else or blame other people or outside causes for our declining state. God has not failed us. He is the same yesterday today and forever. We my friends are the ones who have gone astray. I invite you to truly meditate upon this. Digging to his word and ask him what he has for you to do in this area.

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DIY – All Purpose Cleaner


It’s been about 6 months since I have not bought a chemical cleaner!! And boy does it feel great! I do not have to worry about my kids and our family dog, I know that what I make will not harm them in any way.

Every since I learned about the chemicals present in household cleaners, I was just terrified!

Here is what I use;

  • 500ml spray bottle
  • 1/2cup castile soap (unscented)
  • 30 drop favourite doTERRA essential oils
  • Distilled or filtered water (filled to the top)

These are the different essential oils I love to use for this purpose.


dōTERRA On Guard® Protective Blend

As one of doTERRA’s most popular oils, doTERRA On Guard is a powerful proprietary blend that supports healthy immune function* and contains cleansing properties.


Wild Orange Citrus sinensis

With multiple health benefits and an energizing aroma that can uplift the mind and body, Wild Orange has become one of doTERRA’s top selling essential oils.*

Lemon Citrus limon

The cleansing, purifying, and invigorating properties of Lemon make it one of the most versatile oils, not to mention the top-selling essential oil that doTERRA offers.


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If you want more information please refer to our  essential oil page 🙂
Happy cleaning!

The first year – a Journey through postpartum depression

NOTE; THIS POST IS EMOTIONAL & COULD BE TRIGGERING FOR SOME

 

 

Once the c-section was was complete, I laid there… wondering what was next. They took Benjamin up to the maternity ward, I was left in the operating room for a half hour. The room was cold, I could not move, and my husband and baby had left. That was the longest half hour.

I clearly remember them moving me from the table to a bed, I just looked at my legs.. they felt like weighted 1 000 lbs! I had no control or feeling, it was so strange. I was thankful when I was finally on my way up! I was greeted in the maternity ward hallway by my husband holding our little 4 lbs 15 oz peanut. He was so small, and also not impressed. He had just gotten his vitamin K shot. He was just the cutest little peanut ever! For most of the nurses, he was the smallest baby they have ever had on the ward.

That night the nurses decided to keep Benjamin in a separate room than me. There was no nursery at this hospital … but they needed to keep a close eye on him. He was placed in an incubator, his umbilical cord was kept long and moist to have IV access if needed. (thank goodness they did not need to use it)

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It was really appreciated that they had let me rest for the rest of the night and morning. We had one nurse on staff that night that was a blessing. She used to work at a children’s hospital, she had been around many premies and even super-premies. She had figured out a way to get Benjamin to start sucking, she gave him a pacifier and fed him formula through a syringe and feeding tube! This was amazing, it did not take him long before he was able to take a bottle.

I was trying to breast feed in the beginning, but because he was so small I had to supplement him with formula anyways. I was breast feeding with a nipple shield, pumped and supplemented. This was when I found out that not all women are built to breast feed. I was one of them. Plus having a baby with such a tiny mouth.. there was no way he was getting a good latch. This was all very exhausting, emotionally and physically.

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Finally after 4 days in the hospital we were able to leave. Benjamin left weighing 4.5 lbs, did you know that this is the minimum weight for a car seat… I had never even thought about that until we got so many comments over the fact that he was so small. Unfortunately, this became a trigger for me… that saying that he was so small. Thank you world I know he is small! I was starting to get very frustrated over those comments. No mater how big he got people always thought he was younger than what he actually was. At that time I had a hard time processing this, but I know that he was premie and I should of not taken those comments negatively. However, in that mindset it was just too much for me.

A lot of my friends and co-workers were shocked with the news about the delivery, they had so many questions for me. I was initially okay with talking about everything, but after a while it got really frustrating and really sad. People would make comments like     “well at least you don’t have stretch marks”, that’s just it! I missed 5 weeks of my pregnancy! I don’t know what it feels to be very uncomfortable, I don’t know what it feels like to have your water break, I don’t know what contractions feel like, and the list goes on. All these things are some what of a right of passage into mother hood. After a while I started describing it as being robbed of my last 5 weeks of pregnancy. That’s right, robbed! There was no answers as to why I had a severe placenta abrupto and that really messed with my mind.

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I started loosing my mind. There were times where he would cry so much that I would just make him a bottle, and bring him to my neighbours to care for him for a few hours. I would be in tears, not believing that I mentally could not do it at that time. Other times, I would just place him in his crib and would go sit on the front step of the house. I just needed a break. I hated the fact that I couldn’t not mentally deal with it. I thought motherhood was supposed to be something amazing. I was in denial of having depression. I did not know exactly what was going on. I hated the person that I had become. I used to be oh so bubbly, always able to stand my ground. This was not me. What did I become.

I had officially lost my smile…

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Supplementation or Activation

In my last post we discovered that our specific genes are at play in our own personal health. I discussed a wonderful alternate universe where we may in fact be able to get all we need to support our bodies for optimal health from our food. But sadly with the current state of affairs in the food industry we have negatively impacted and depleted our foods nutritional value. So we now do in fact need to support our bodies though a supplemental sources to ensure we are getting all our bodies need to remain functioning at their full potential and complete health. But I feel as though it doesn’t necessarily serve us to be blanketly adding in a multivitamin. What we are using to support can often do more harm than good! I feel we should be using plant based activation to support our own specific systems to go to work carrying out the tasks in our bodies they were designed to do. Rather than adding in a supplement that claims to do the bodies job for it. For as we previously learned we all have different genes and interact with our environment, lifestyle and nutrition very differently.

When we are looking to naturally support sleep for example. Many individuals choose to use Melatonin. It is felt that since it is natural it must be good. But what we are missing here is that this supplement is going in and mimicking a hormone our body creates to  to encourage sleep. But unfortunately what this can do is aggravate and worsen the bodies already struggling homeostasis conversation pattern in this area causing more harm than good. I am suggesting that the superior approach would be to explore what your body system is in need of to activate and encourage your body to heal its own sleep cycle. This might look like adding in a supplemental source of magnesium a mineral most are deficient in due to our farming practices. Magnesium plays a significant role in hydration, muscle relaxation, energy production and the deactivation of adrenaline. Also eating more cherries (naturally encourages melatonin production), fish (high in tryptophan) and almonds (high in magnesium and calcium). Taking a warm Epsom salt bath to support your bodies detoxification process, diffusing sleep promoting essential oils. This approach supports the body to activate and release its own sleep process and begin to heal the source of the sleep struggles rather than a supplement that does the bodies job for it. I use this approach of activation in all areas of supplementation and I believe it is a superior approach and so dose science and there is a ton of research to prove it. For example when I began to research supporting our bodies cellular system through supplementation many MANY options came up so I had to truly explore my goals, and research options. This lead me to learn about oxidative stress and glutathione production. I discovered it to be the source of most all disease entry to our cellular system. So supporting its production and actvating my bodies own responses to oxidative stress rather that using antioxidant supplements to target specific symptoms would be the smarter approach. Supporting and encouraging my body to work respond and function as God our ultimate architect carefully designed it to do. Rather than using a supplement designed to do its job for it.

Activating and supporting the pathways in your body’s internal defense system, is a much more effective way of protecting your body from harmful free radicals that cause oxidative stress. As opposed to taking antioxidant supplements that are marketed to attack the free radicals itself. But unfortunately it can only do this on a 1:1 radio. But sadly we are making thousands of free radicals within our body by the minute. So we could not possibly address all the damage. But it we activate Nrf2, it tells your body to start making hundreds of different protective molecules, like antioxidant enzymes. These molecules not only have the ability to fight off large numbers of free radicals, they can also repair damaged cells and build up defenses that work to protect your cells from any future stress caused by free radical exposure. One way to trigger Nrf2 is to make sure you provide your body with properly balanced phytonutrients. But what are phytonutrients and where are they found?

PHYTONUTRIENTS: WHAT ARE THEY AND WHY DO I NEED THEM?

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Phytonutrients are chemicals produced by plants. Phytonutrients help plants in a variety of ways, such as repelling insect invaders and protecting the plant from radiation from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Researchers estimate that over 40,000 of these plant compounds exist. People who eat plants rich in phytonutrients (you can tell which ones have the most phytonutrients by their deep color) experience benefits from these powerful antioxidants. Cultures where diets are primarily plant-based tend to produce long-lived people with reduced rates of the myriad of health conditions that are common in populations that consume the standard American diet. Phytonutrients perform many functions throughout the body including – facilitating intercellular communication (homeostasis), repairing DNA damage, and activating the Nrf2 pathway.
It’s hard to document the exact effect these plant compounds have on human health as each phytonutrient affects multiple areas of the body. Also, phytonutrients work together to provide benefits in ways scientists may not yet completely understand. So isolating one phytonutrient and supplementing with it alone may not provide the benefits that a combination of phytonutrients can provide.

TYPES OF PHYTONUTRIENTS

Scientists classify phytonutrients by chemical structure, then break these classes into dozens of other groups containing hundreds of phytonutrients.

Some of the more important ones are:
Curcuminoids, Bacosides, Withanolides, Catechins, Flavonoids, Each of these phytonutrients acts in a special way, alone and together with other phytonutrients, to provide benefits to the body.
Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer contains these ingredients:

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Turmeric: Contains curcumin, a biologically active polyphenolic compound which modulates many molecular functions, helps with bodily detoxification processes, and has high antioxidant activity including documented Nrf2 activation.

Bacopa: Contains high levels of bacosides with saponins, which have been related to improved memory function, healthy liver function, and high antioxidant activity.

Ashwagandha: Contains withanolides, an adaptogen that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to normalize body processes, promote homeostasis, and decrease cellular stress.

Green tea: Contains catechins such as epigallocatechan gallate (“EGCG”). This potent antioxidant has been used for thousands of years for its health and wellness benefits such as supporting healthy GI function and repairing damaged DNA.

Milk thistle: Contains a unique flavonoid complex called silymarin, a potent antioxidant that may be 10 times more potent in antioxidant activity than vitamin E. It also has been shown to provide cleansing and rejuvenation to the liver.

This chart shows the results of a study that measured these five ingredients, both individually and combined (Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer), and their ability to activate the Nrf2 pathway.

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How is this possible? Can the same ingredients really act differently together than they do individually?That’s the power of phytonutrients and their interaction—when combined in a carefully constructed formula with optimal types of ingredients in the correct ratios, they work more effectively. The potent combination of ingredients in Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer works hard to activate the body’s Nrf2 pathways, upregulating a multitude of genes, maintaining cellular homeostasis, and combating oxidative stress.

indexIn our home all we use now is a good quality pro-biotic to support our gut heath and overall healing from years of abusing our bodies with insufficient nutrition. A food nutrient complex called MicroPlex VMz by doTERRA, to support our bodies nutrient levels due lack of nutrients in our food supply. But in summer months when our garden (or farm share) is in full swing we can omit this. And a Nrf2 activator called Protandim. Along with a healthy diet as long as we are generally well this is all we would need after all healing has taken place. Please feel free to message me directly comment and share.

Simple Wellness

 

Have you ever wondered why a certain diet worked for your best friend, but not for you? Or why one twin develops Type II diabetes, but the other twin doesn’t? The answer is highly personal—it’s in your DNA and the lifestyle choices you make.

We grow up hearing about how unique each of us is, but we often forget that our uniqueness goes down to the cellular level. It’s the reason why someone like comedian George Burns can live to be 100, even with a notable smoking habit, while other people die of lung cancer in their 40s. Modern Science has made tremendous advances in understanding human DNA, and now we’re able to easily use genetic research to our advantage, especially when it comes to our diet. A few years, even months ago the though of allowing  another “scientific” approach to influence my health whatsoever would have sent me SCREAMING for the hills. But then I had to sit with that for a minute (or months LOL) Has it n to been my prayer that the medical and holistic community would find some middle ground and begin working together?

To understand this concept a little better, here are a few definitions to know:

  • Genome means the genetic material that you’re born with: your DNA. This cannot be changed—think “written on stone plates with lightening.”
  • Epigenome means the network of chemical compounds that interacts with the genome by directing which genetic material to activate or which to leave inactive—the mechanism that “turns on” or “turns off” your DNA. The epigenome is affected by personal health, diet, nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle choices—think “written in pencil”—thus affecting which genetic material is active.
  • Nutrigenomics is a field that combines the study of nutrition and gene expression. Scientists working in this field investigate how nutrients and other bioactive components in food affect important metabolic and physiological processes by “turning on” or “turning off” certain genes.

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Turning genes on and off? It may sound to good to be true, but it’s very real. Nutrigenomics has come a long way in a short time and has developed a wealth of information that can be used by anyone concerned about personalizing and truly understanding their healthcare plan. Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy, one of the top researchers in the nutrigenomics field, investigates how the foods we eat interact with our genes to affect our health. in one paper he reports.

  • Compounds found in broccoli can switch on a gene that helps the body detoxify some of the chemicals we’re exposed to every day. This gene is missing in about 20% of the general population who won’t get the detoxification benefits (though they will still get the other benefits of healthy eating).
  • In some people, creatine supplementation provides large increases in performance and increases lean mass. In others with different DNA, there is no response at all.
  • Studies with caffeinated coffee show that for some individuals, drinking coffee lowers the risk of heart attacks. But in other individuals, the same dose of coffee actually increases the risk of heart attacks.

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Different foods and substances affect each of us differently? That’s why some people may bulk up with creatine and others don’t notice any benefits. And it’s also why your body may have a more difficult time losing weight. Than your friend while following the same diet. The research in nutrigenomics has also found that what food tells your genes affects your metabolism. Mark Hyman describes nutrigenomics like this:

  • The new science of nutrigenomics teaches us what specific foods tell your genes. What you eat directly determines the genetic messages your body receives. These messages, in turn, control all the molecules that constitute your metabolism: the molecules that tell your body to burn calories or store them. If you can learn the language of your genes and control the messages and instructions they give your body and your metabolism, you can radically alter how food interacts with your body, lose weight, and optimize your health.

The implications of this research are huge. It determines, for example, why certain medications work for some people, but not for others, or why people need different doses of medication. And while studies often show inconsistencies about how nutrients, supplements, and other bioactives work in the body, everything depends on the DNA of the subjects being studied.

This has lead me to ponder then how effective supplementation is? I have always been a huge advocate for it! It fact our home prioritizes or small budget to ensuring we all have proper supplementation even on our very modest income. But maybe a better approach would be for science and holistic health to work hand in hand to discover how we can eat to support our specific body activation. Encouraging it to carry out the tasks it was designed for. But not functioning at highest capacity due to the negative impact our lifestyle has had on our environment, food and water supply as well as heal care system and wellness education. No longer guessing what we need and providing supplements based on symptoms (a body does not even exhibit symptoms unless that system is functioning at less than 60%). But truly understanding and respecting our unique and wicked temples and the care they require! So many of us go through our lives without ever truly understanding how what we eat effects our overall health and wellness. We never consider to suspect that the foods we do or don’t eat every day are the source of this decades sate of health. The amount of food sensitives that go ignored and misunderstood are in my opinion a epidemic. Most of us go through our lives living with symptoms we’ve had for so long our brains have just literally learned to suppress them but unfortunately our bodies themselves do not really have that choice. What happens is simply a domino where one thing continues to cascade into another. All creeping on so slowly that for myself personally I had no clue, I truly had been feeling so horribly until I began to heal. Functioning in this space of cyclical depression and defeat. But sort making the best of it? 🙂 Until we get our heads out of the sand and recognize our uniqueness we are not going to  learn grow and succeed. What we put in our bodies is the source of all disease a predisposition  dose not guarantee disease unless we activate it. And this activation or symptom is going to look different in each of us depending on our gene makeup. But the source is the same, your NUTRITION or lack they of.

I am a woman very strong in my Faith and the more I read his word and understand him the better I can understand myself and my temple. As I begin to truly comprehend his crazy love for us leads me to believe he would never live us hear without everything we ever needed right from day one here on this earth. Understanding this leads we to see and accept the concept of what a interconnected fantastic eco system he has created not only around us but in us! And just like the delicate eco system of the animals our way of life is rendering extinct. We to can be throw completely off by a simple imbalance that sets off  a chain reaction within us. Once we as a people are able to understand hoe truly wholly and uniquely our bodies function. We will be able to truly support true healing and overall general simple health and wellness my living as GOD calls us to be. Respectful stewards of HIS temple for we are the dwelling place of his holly spirit.

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Cannabinoid

The human body has many different types of nerve receptors. Nerve receptors can be thought of as groups of nerve endings. One type of nerve receptor naturally found throughout the human body is the cannabinoid receptor. It is so named because molecules found in cannabis interact with it. However, other natural components have been found to interact with cannabinoid receptors in a non-psychoactive manner.

Caryophyllene is a sesquiterpene found in high amounts in black pepper, ylang ylang, and Melissa essential oil. It activates a specific type of cannabinoid receptors that is being studied for many benefits, but has no psychoactive activity, called cannabinoid receptors type two, or CB2.

Activating CB2 with caryophyllene is being studied from any benefits, including that of supporting the body’s normal immune response to inflammatory stressors such as intense exercise. These receptors are present immune cells as well as some regions of the brain and brain stem. Caryophyllene’s support of healthy cell growth may also be tied activating CB2 receptors.

I personally have been using this to support my left brain function. I have been very open in sharing my story. And due to my history, my body was placed in a constant state of fight or flight for years. This suppressed my left brain function. Your left brain is the analytical side that has great attention to detail, mathematics, art self-expression beauty and joy. It has taken a long time for me to have the space in my life to begin healing. And the farther my research takes me the more I feel driven to share. We all have a story and I believe He gives it to us for a very specific reason. And I intend to tell mine over and over and give all the glory to HIM. He alone has brought me to where I am today. Has given me the support and space in my life to explore natural holistic approaches to health that has absolutely changed our families life. He put everything in front of me that I needed as well as the individuals to help me learn with and grow.

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