Why are You Constipated?

Why are You Constipated?Why are You Constipated?

Nobody likes to talk  about constipation, yet the health of our bowels is pivotal to our overall health status. Anyone who has experienced constipation knows how uncomfortable it is…but could constipation be just the tip of the iceberg? In this post we will look at what the dietary and lifestyle ..Continue Reading

Are You Addicted to Artificial Sugars?

Are You Addicted to Artificial Sugars?Are You Addicted to Artificial Sugars?

What It Is: Sucralose is an artificial, sugar-like substance made from chemicals. It is a calorie-free alternative to sugars such as cane sugar and honey, but just like other artificial sweeteners, it may pose serious health risks. Sucralose is found in tens of thousands of processed food products sold in 90 different countries under various brand names, and has become one of the most common fake sugars utilized.

Health Risk: The studies conducted around sucralose and its effects on the body are greatly varied and inconclusive as a whole. There are many studies claiming that sucralose is harmless when low dosages are administered, but there are also handfuls proving otherwise. The problem is that the majority of research studies are funded by those who have a vested interest in the outcome (i.e., those who need to prove sucralose is safe to ingest). But when research studies are analyzed from outside, unbiased sources, major health risks are often uncovered. This corroborates what so many health experts have been seeing clinically – namely that sucralose is a dangerous food additive causing a range of issues from digestive disorders and anxiety to cancer and infertility.

What Science Says: Several studies have shown sucralose to be associated with adverse health outcomes including weight gain, metabolic disease and vascular dysfunction. It is proposed that the “missing” calories in sucralose confuse the brain-hormone reactions of the body. This causes individuals to overeat and alters their taste preference for sweet foods. In addition, it changes the way the body processes sugars and how it sends the signals of satiety (feeling full). As a result, eating sucralose can lead to weight gain, not weight loss, as well as obesity-related conditions.

In addition, studies have indicated that sucralose may cause pre-term delivery, kidney dysfunction, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, blurred vision and multiple myeloma. The most recent scientific review also determined that sucralose can affect the body similarly to pesticides and industrial chemicals. This includes reducing the number and balance of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in the gut and causing damage and scarring of GI-tract tissue. As a consequence, the immune system is suppressed and unable to fight harmful pathogens. This can lead to an array of diseases including chronic fatigue and pain, skin disorders, impaired mental health (anxiety, irritability, depression), stomach cramps, diarrhea, constipation, headaches and undiagnosable conditions.

TCM note: Further research must be done on the safety of sucralose and its effects on the body. While there are studies pointing toward its safety, there are countless clinical testimonies proving otherwise. Start with this resource to see how it has affected people directly. It is always best to err on the safe side by choosing healthier alternatives.

How to Avoid It: As always, check your labels. Sucralose is found in diet sodas, energy drinks, diet juice, beverages and teas, yogurts, puddings, condiments, canned fruit, frozen desserts, chewing gum, protein powders, candies, cereals, snack foods and individualized powdered packets. It’s almost always found in any food or beverage labeled “diet,” “sugar-free,” “no added sugar,” “light,” “low-carbohydrate” or “low-calorie.”

Danger Zone: You might expect to find sucralose in diet drinks and foods, but there are other places that might be off your radar. Be diligent about looking at your favorite energy bars and drinks, sugar-free teas and hot chocolate powders, fruit juices and coffee creamers. You may be surprised to find it lurking in your froyo, sugar-free jelly, kids’ gummy vitamins, hydration drinks, flavored water and light yogurt.

Alternatives to Try: The healthiest sweeteners are those that are natural. This includes raw honey, maple syrup, molasses, coconut sugar and yacon syrup. These sweeteners also contain an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that support the body’s systems and slow the release of the sugars. But if you’re looking for a no-calorie option, try organic stevia or monk fruit (luo han guo), both of which are whole-food derivatives.

Tip: Not all stevia products are created equal. Many brands over process the stevia and use synthetic solvents and harmful additives. This can cause GI disturbances such as cramping, flatulence and indigestion. Stick with organic, natural versions and use sparingly.

TCM Picks: Read about our 5 sugar alternatives here. We also love Omica Liquid Stevia Extract and Sweetfruit Drops by Dragon Herbs.

Start Today: First Steps to Getting Healthy

Start Today: First Steps to Getting HealthyStart Today: First Steps to Getting Healthy

(NewsUSA) – It’s never too early or too late to be healthy, but not everyone knows where to start. A combination of diet, exercise and healthy supplements can go a long way toward improving the quality of your life. And the prevalence of social media m…

Sharing My Love For Guided Group Meditations

Sharing My Love For Guided Group MeditationsSharing My Love For Guided Group Meditations

By Reiki Practitioner, Robin Bornstein I started my meditation practice several years ago when I was learning and practicing Reiki healing. After incorporating Reiki and meditation practice into my daily life, my life shifted in a powerful and positive way. I became calmer and I can relax on a deeper ..Continue Reading

Staying Forever Young

Staying Forever YoungStaying Forever Young

We all want to stay “forever young?”

What Your Feet Can Tell You

What Your Feet Can Tell YouWhat Your Feet Can Tell You

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a buildup of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries that lead to the extremities.

The Healing Place Medfield is Your Therapeutic Complimentary Medicine Provider!

The Healing Place Medfield is Your Therapeutic Complimentary Medicine Provider!The Healing Place Medfield is Your Therapeutic Complimentary Medicine Provider!

At Healing Place Medfield, our holistic healing tools are Reflexology, Energy Medicine, Reiki and Meditation. Our objectives are to remind the body and mind how to activate self- healing again. What health issues do we specialize in stomping out? Digestive Disorders – Our effective therapy addresses chronic digestive problems of ..Continue Reading

Depression – Foot and Hand Reflexology Tip Request

Depression – Foot and Hand Reflexology Tip RequestDepression – Foot and Hand Reflexology Tip Request

One of my Healing Place Medfield Youtube subscribers asked me to make a video to help alleviate the pain of depression. I responded by saying, unfortunately, there isn’t a reflex point on the feet or hands that can give instant relief. I am going to research which points to press, ..Continue Reading

Black Bean, Sausage & Tortellini Soup Recipe

Black Bean, Sausage & Tortellini Soup RecipeBlack Bean, Sausage & Tortellini Soup Recipe

Created by Certified Reflexologist Helen Chin Lui Prep time & Cooking time: Broth: 2 hours 15 minutes Soup – 40 minutes Serves: 8 Ingredients 64 oz chicken or vegetable stock (see recipe below) 2 large carrots, sliced thin

Haven’t Tried Sardines? Try These

Haven’t Tried Sardines? Try TheseHaven’t Tried Sardines? Try These

(NewsUSA) – Sardines are consistently rated as the most nutritious and environmentally friendly fish you can eat, and yet some people remain suspicious. “Wait! They have bones and scales?”
Well, yes, most premium sardines have bones — which melt away…

Are Salad Dressing Additives Harming You?

Are Salad Dressing Additives Harming You?Are Salad Dressing Additives Harming You?

By Connie Rodgers Certified Holistic Integrated Health Coach, Lifestyle Educator,  and Wellness Writer. bitesizepieces.net Spring season is prime time for big colorful salads, especially when you add fresh basil, tomatoes and bell peppers from your garden. How do you spell fresh? Or, how about visiting your local farmers markets that ..Continue Reading

Baby Elephant Unites with His Mother After Four Years

Baby Elephant Unites with His Mother After Four YearsBaby Elephant Unites with His Mother After Four Years

I started to educate myself with the practices of PETA.org after learning what factory farms do with baby cow calves (known as bobby calves) after they are born. Most are taken away from their mothers hours after their births. Female (heifer) calves are usually sold and shipped within days to ..Continue Reading

Cultured In The Kitchen: How To Make Fermented Veggies At Home

Cultured In The Kitchen: How To Make Fermented Veggies At HomeCultured In The Kitchen: How To Make Fermented Veggies At Home

How do we love thee, fermented veggies? Let us count the ways. From top-notch gut health to vitamins by the dozen, eating fermented foods is the healthy “secret” most of us don’t even know is right under our noses (saurkraut? pickles? kimchi? yep, all fermented). It’s surprisingly simple to culture your own veggies at home. It might seem intimidating at first, but our go-to girl for healthy DIYs, Lacy from Free + Native Journal, recently hosted a fermenting veggies workshop in DTLA and she’s ready to dish on everything you need to know to acquire this wellness kitchen skill easily. Get cultured in your own kitchen…

Fermented vegetables are the ultimate superfood – they’re superior to any other one single superfood out there. Why? Because you can take that other superfood and add it to your batch of fermented vegetables and its benefits and potency increases by the hundreds. It also creates gut-healing beneficial bacteria (probiotics), and once it has been fermented, it is now predigested so it becomes a helper digestive aid, as well as making it that much easier for your digestive tract to assimilate.

I teach private classes and workshops to clients and readers in order to empower them to create their very own targeted batch of fermented vegetables. What I mean by this is that I help them to create goal-specific batches that address their exact healing or health-supported goals.

Say a client struggles with hormone imbalance and acne. Then we’ll make sure to add liver/blood-cleansing beets, and vitex (chasteberries) to help support hormone balance. The probiotics proliferated during fermentation will be the extra punch needed to eliminate acne once the gut has reestablished proper amounts of beneficial bacteria and that outweighs the amounts of problematic bacteria (which is acne causing).

I recently hosted a fermented superfoods workshop at the stunning space Communal in downtown LA. The workshop was photographed by the ever-inspiring Brewing Happiness. These are the short notes that each patron walked out with after creating their individual, specific batches that included superfoods, medicinal herbs, essential oils, seaweed and so much more.

Benefits of fermented veggies:

Re-establishes a healthy inner ecosystem, inexpensive source of medicinal probiotics daily, nourishes + helps to rebalances your thyroid, alkalizing, improves digestion, eliminates toxins, rejuvenates cells, strengthens immunity, controls sugar cravings + appetite, flattens tummy and tones body, increases vitamin count of the food immensely, enzyme rich, helps you to absorb more minerals and vitamins of the food it’s eaten with.

Healers’ Support Group

Healers’ Support GroupHealers’ Support Group

Let’s Build a Community of Healers Healers’ Support Group Wednesday 4/29 from 7-9 pm. $25. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity. Reiki practitioner Robin Bornstein and Certified reflexologist Helen Chin Lui invite you to our first monthly Healers’ Support group. You don’t need any prior knowledge to attend ..Continue Reading

Happy Hump Day!

Happy Hump Day!Happy Hump Day!

Some inspirational quotes to get you through

The Revolution of Ancient Grains

The Revolution of Ancient GrainsThe Revolution of Ancient Grains

Quinoa, what is quinoa? It’s definitely not a fish as thought by Ben Affleck in the movie “Gone Girl”. Quinoa is categorized as what is known as an “ancient grain.” These grains have been around for thousands