Diatomaceous Earth for Candida Balance

Spring is finally here and if you dug yourself into a health hole this winter, don’t worry,  you are not alone!  This ‘recipe’ is for a simple, daily detox you can drink first thing in the morning to help give your whole digestive system a fresh start. I’ve been drinking this every morning for two months now and I think you might want to try it too!   The main ingredient?  It’s dirt!  Not just any dirt, for this healthy dietary supplement you want to get food grade diatomaceous earth.  You may have seen the non food grade stuff for sale at a garden center or hardware store.  There are a lot of ways to use D.E. around the house, garden and even on your pets.

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I want to focus on the long list of health benefits associated with drinking a teaspoon to a tablespoon of food grade diatomaceous earth daily, mixed in water or juice.   According to DiatomaceousEarth.com: “Food grade DE contains about 14 trace minerals. “Trace” means up to 1 percent, so each of the trace minerals are present in that amount. This means that food grade diatomaceous earth is largely made up of amorphous silica, which comprises about 85 percent of food grade diatomaceous earth. There is some research that suggests possible health benefits from silica. The health benefits listed below are ones reported by other people who have used DE in their diet:

  • – better digestive health
  • – more regular bowel movements
  • – detoxifies
  • – healthier colon
  • – reduced cholesterol
  • – better food absorption
  • – better night’s sleep
  • – clearer skin
  • – stronger teeth and gums
  • – healthier hair and nails
  • – less joint and ligament pain
  • – helps arthritis
  • – less sickness
  • – more energy
  • – soothes burns
  • – insect bites
  • – clears skin rashes
  • – less acne
  • – possible antiparasitic
  • – could lower Candida levels”

I decided to give this a try when I learned it could help with Candida, on top of all those other nice side effects.  I started with a teaspoon and slowly worked my way up to a heaping tablespoon per day in water first thing in the morning.  I had some detox symptoms (headache, feverish, nausea) in the afternoon and evening of the first day, but was able to avoid more symptoms by very slowing increasing my dose over several days.  Not everyone experiences detox symptoms, I had a hunch that I would since I have digestive Candida issues.  I have noticed that my digestion is better, I get less of a reaction to foods containing carbohydrates and sugars, fewer Candida symptoms overall and yes, my nails are stronger, my skin is clear and my knees are not complaining about running outside again!

From left to right: powdered psyllim husks, coconut oil, diatomaceous earth and liquid bentonite clay.
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So, you know what it can do for you, but how does Diatomaceous Earth work in your digestive system?  Here’s a quick explanation from EarthWorksHealth.com:

“Diatomaceous Earth is quite hard. On the hardness scale where diamonds are a 9, Diatomaceous Earth is a 7. This is very important because as those millions of tiny, hard and sharp Diatomaceous Earth cylinders pass through the small and large intestines, they “scrub” the walls. After only a few months of taking Diatomaceous Earth, the intestine wall is no longer coated with mucus and molds but CLEAN!!”

Want to try drinking dirt?  Mix a teaspoon or less into 8 or more ounces of water or juice first thing in the morning.  D.E. has no taste, so it’s easy to drink.   Try it for a few weeks and see how you feel.   I like to add a teaspoon of powdered psyllium husks and a tablespoon of bentoite clay to the mix for the first week to help clean my digestive system and pull out toxins.  If you add the psyllium, make sure to drink more water or hot tea (8 oz or more) afterwards to give the psyllium enough water to absorb.   You can buy D.E. from the Pittsfield Health Food Center on North St. where they also sell bentonite clay and psyllium husk powder, or order online from DiatomaceousEarth.com

I like to add coconut oil to hot tea and drink that following the clay, D.E., psyllium mixture since coconut oil has lots of caprylic acid in it, great for combating excess Candida.

 

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Dana’s Pork or Chicken Stock Recipe

The secret to amazing pork stock?  The answer is trotters, aka pigs feet!  The same goes for chicken stock, it’s best with chicken feet.  Now don’t get all ewwww about it, the feet are perfectly clean.  You eat animals, they have feet, it’s really not a big deal. When we kill animals for food we should use every bit, nose to tail, because all those bits in between are full of health building essentials!  The reasons this specific part of the animal is so great for making stock are threefold:

1. Trotters especially are known for their gelatin, so when you simmer them for hours, they make a naturally thick, deeply flavorful stock that is soothing to the digestive system, full of cartilage repairing collagen and deep immune support.

2. They are cheap and plentiful.  For every hog that’s butchered, there go 4 more trotters.  Your local butcher or farmer can hook you up with feet for cheap, just ask!

3. Waste not, want not: chicken feet and trotters can certainly be deep fried into one of the best bar snacks you’ll ever eat but I’d argue that making stock from the bones and feet of an animal is the best and easiest way to use them.  And you’ll be sure you are making the most out of the food you raise or buy.

Bone Broth or Stock is relatively easy to make in large amounts, it just takes some time.  I eat a bowl of broth a day during the winter months, dressing it up with kelp, mushrooms and chickpea miso.  Or making traditional chicken soup.  You can also add frozen cubes of stock concentrate to all kinds of recipes to add deep nutrition and lots of flavor.  I recommend a bowl a day to stay warm and healthy til Spring.  Here’s the basic recipe and method my husband Dana uses-

Ingredients for 2 ½ quarts Chicken /Turkey /Pork Stock:

  • 5 pounds assorted organic, local farm raised chicken parts (2-3 pounds of feet plus backs, necks, legs, and wings), rinsed.  For pork stock, use the bones from your last roast plus several trotters.
  • Handful dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped into 2-inch lengths
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped into 2-inch lengths
  • 2 medium leeks or one onion, chopped into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar, or 1-2 Cups wine/hard cider

Optional, but highly recommended for ultimate, health enhancing stock add:

  • 2-4 tongue-depressor sized pieces Astragalus root (available from mountainroseherbs.com)
  • Small handful dried Reishi and/or Maitake mushroom
  • 1-2 ginseng roots

Method:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a stockpot large enough to hold them with about 3 inches of room above (an 8-quart pot should do) and add enough water to cover by at least 1 inch (about 3 quarts).
  2. Heat until bubbling, then reduce heat to a bare simmer (bubbles should just gently break the surface). A slow cooker works well for this if you have one. Simmer for 8-48 hours.  I think the longer the better.
  3. Pass stock through a sieve into another bowl or pot, line the sieve with cheesecloth if you want clearer stock.  I never bother.  Discard the solids, I recommend composting them, or feed to your chickens.
  4. You can use the stock for soup right now, yummmm!
  5. If you are planning to store it without reducing it, stick it in the fridge or freezer.  The fat will rise to the top as it cools, and you can remove it, or leave it in. You can also boil the stock uncovered and reduce it by as much as 90%.  This makes for easier storage of large amounts of stock concentrate.
  6. Note: I use ice cube trays to freeze cooled stock.  Then I keep the cubes in a container in the freezer for use whenever I need.  It’s easy to make a cup of hot broth by adding cubes to a mug with boiling water or throw a bunch into soups.  Sometimes I sauté greens until almost done, then add a cube of stock to finish for extra flavor and health benefits.

Squeaky Clean: Now with More Vodka!

Over the past few years I have been swapping out my less than environmentally friendly household products for safer, cheaper, just as effective, home made stuff.  My latest is an all purpose cleaner.  Or a deodorant.  Or a facial toner or even a cocktail.  Yep, that’s right, if you can eat it, it’s safe to use to disinfect your bathroom.  Can you say that about your cleaners?!

The answer is vodka, I have long suspected it's highest purpose was cleaning : - )

The answer is vodka- I have long suspected its highest purpose was disinfecting.

Bottom shelf or well vodka is something many bar tenders use to clean up at the end of the night.  It disinfects and the smell of alcohol quickly dissipates.   For cleaning, inexpensive vodka is perfect, extra bonus points for buying bottom shelf stuff that still boasts being made from USA grown grain and produced in Somerville, MA!  Perhaps spring for some organic stuff for use in deodorant or facial toner. And especially if you are going to make a cocktail!  Please, do not drink anything with essential oils in it, you can easily make an infusion for drinking using culinary lavender.  In fact, Id’ say you deserve a properly made, top shelf cocktail after all this housekeeping you’ve done!

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Vodka, essential oils, water and proper containers are all you need.

The recipe is super simple, for all-purpose cleaner I re-used an empty spray bottle, above left, or use a new spray bottle.  I filled up two, one for the bathroom and one for the kitchen.  For deodorant or facial toner, use a smaller glass bottle with a spray top, like this one:

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Method:

Take the container of your choice, fill it half way with vodka, add 10 drops of essential oils for every 4 oz of Vodka.  Fill the rest of the way with filtered water.

For example, my bathroom cleaner is 32 oz, so I used 16 oz of Vodka, 16 oz of water and 40-ish drops of Lavender essential oil which is known for its calming smell and it anti-fungal, antibacterial properties.  And don’t worry, the alcohol smell quickly dissipates and the lavender is all that’s left.  Use this to disinfect your counters, bathroom, doorknobs, etc.

I also refilled my spray deodorant bottle with 2 oz of organic vodka, 2 oz water and about 6 drops of lavender.  You can also use tea tree oil or any other antibacterial essential oil that you like.

More cool uses for vodka HERE.

More on where I got this great idea HERE.

And a lavender cocktail recipe, or two, just to prove my point that you should be able to eat anything you use in your house or on your skin!

Goddess Dressing: Vitamin C and Liver Detox

 

Goddess Dressing with Dandelion Greens and Baby Romain

 

Last night I was craving Green Goddess Dressing but, looking over my recipe posting I realized I didn’t have much on hand to make it and I was too hungry to go to the store.  So I searched around and found a recipe using the ingredients I was really wanting to eat; parsley, raw apple cider vinegar and tahini.   I ate mine over dandelion greens, the bitter flavor of the greens goes really well with this dressing.  Dandelion greens are great for supporting your liver and kidneys and the bitter taste encourages the release of digestive enzymes which aid in digestion.  Dandelion is high in Vitamin C, Iron and Calcium.  Parsley is also high in Vitamin C and great for liver and kidney support.  I have been doing a detox diet the past week and I think my liver was asking for more support.  I felt better after eating this light meal and my craving was totally satisfied.  Ah, the power of green food!

Here’s version two, more like the Annie’s Naturals Brand dressing that the San Fran original but just as tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 2/3 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar plus 2 Tablespoons or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • salt, to taste at the end
  • 7 green onions, whole (scallions) or about 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 bunch parsley, with stems (this would be about 4 cups chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water (more or less, to taste)

Procedure:

  1. Combine all ingredients except water in a food processor or blender, blend well.
  2. Add water a little at a time, until the dressing reaches your desired consistency.  Taste and add more vinegar, salt, pepper, whatever you think it needs!
  3. Store refrigerated, 3-4 weeks.

 

 

 

A Great Detox Plan From An Excellent Doctor

My brother stopped by my house yesterday to pick up some supplements I had for him and he asked me about detoxing.  Did I know of a good way to do it and how should he start?  I remembered that Dr. Vincent Pedre, my primary care doctor in Manhattan, had recently written an excellent detox plan that I wanted to try.  What I like about Dr. Pedre’s plan it is that it focuses on simple foods, mostly vegetables, rather than having you fast or take supplements.  The whole point is to give your body the rest it needs and to strip out all of the major illness causing foods/liquids from your diet.  This cleanse is like hitting the reset button but gently and in a way that will allow you, in fact Dr. Pedre encourages you, to continue to exercise and go about your daily routine.  This is something you can start at anytime with minimal disruption.  No excuses!

My suggestion for those of you with Candida imbalances is to skip the fruit and grains for breakfast and instead have a coconut milk and hemp powder shake.  Use organic coconut milk, it has anti-Candida properties and will give you lasting fullness and energy similar to grains. I like Nutiva Hemp Powder, the high fiber will help you eliminate toxins and the high protein content will give you energy.

 

Vegetables for Detoxing!

 

Another thing you may want to try when you detox is to keep a journal.  Write down what you eat, when, how much and how you feel.  A food journal can be a great tool for discovering which foods make you feel great and which ones you should cut out.  It can also help you stick with the program and get some perspective on your relationship with food.  You will notice patterns that will help you figure out how you can use your diet to create the kind of health you so richly deserve!

I’m going to do the detox with my brother and I will keep a food journal too.  I’ll post an update soon after we start!

Heavy Metal Detoxing: Chlorella Super Food!

Chlorella can be very helpful to those on a Candida elimination diet, check out the list of positive health benifits and consider adding some algae to your diet!

Chlorella is perhaps most well known for its ability to detox your body by binding to toxins, such as mercury and carrying them out of your system.

But that’s not all this green algae is good for.

Chlorella can also be of great benefit to vegetarians and vegans who want proteins and B vitamins from a non-animal source. Chlorella is about 60 percent protein, and is considered to be a “complete protein” source because it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs.

Other health benefits include:

  • Repairing nerve tissues
  • Enhancing your immune system and reducing your cancer risk                     (A strong immune system is essential for Candida elimination.)
  • Improving digestion (Candida is very disruptive to the digestive process, your digestive system needs all the help it can get.)
  • Promoting healthy pH levels in your gut, which in turn helps good bacteria to thrive. (Candida thrives when your pH is out of balance.)
  • Enhancing your ability to focus and concentrate (Many Candida sufferers report brain fog as a major symptom.)
  • Increasing your energy levels (Fighting Candida requires a lot of energy!)
  • Normalizing your blood sugar and blood pressure

The rest of this article can be read on Dr. Mercola’s Website, check it out!