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Natural Remedies For Treating Crohn’s Disease

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If you’re having trouble digesting some of the common troubling foods because of Crohn’s disease, then taking a supplement of digestive enzymes can help!

Garden of Life OmegaZyme Digestive Enzymes are a natural remedy to treat Crohn’s disease and digestive issues. Crohn’s Disease makes eating most of your favorite foods an absolutely miserable experience because your body can’t process fats or carbohydrates correctly. These supplements help naturally process carbohydrates, fats, dairy and proteins while limiting the amount of discomfort you feel. Being able to process these foods can help you eat better while addressing issues related to Crohn’s.

The capsules contain more than 20 different digestive enzymes that can help your body process the foods you love and foods that are good for you but difficult to digest. Broccoli, beans, nuts and seeds are some of the common culprits in creating digestive problems. These foods, which are essential to a healthy diet, are now options for people who suffer from cramps or bloating after eating. Without healthy fats in your diet, your body many not be getting the nutrients it needs.

Dairy is an essential part of a healthy diet also, and many people living with Crohn’s know that dairy is not an option for your stomach to digest gracefully. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends about three cups of dairy every day is needed for adults of all ages. That’s not easy when you have Crohn’s and can’t eat milk, yogurt or cheese. But taking a digestive enzyme will help break down the diary so you can absorb the nutrients you need.

Living with Crohn’s means you can’t eat these foods in your diet without suffering later. These caplets allow you to eat the right kinds of fat without upsetting your stomach and inconveniencing you.

Our Garden of Life OmegaZyme Digestive Enzymes also help clear the bowels and cleanse the intestines and colon from build-up, which can help you feel better.

Additionally, when you’re eating the right foods and feeling energized, you’ll be able to adopt other healthy habits like exercising regularly and getting a full night of rest. All of these things combined will help you cope with Crohn’s without inconveniences or discomfort.

Want to take control of your Crohn’s Disease now? Shop now for the lowest price on Garden of Life OmegaZyme capsules today!

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Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra – Your Solution for Good Gut Health

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When you live with Crohn’s Disease, every day can be a challenge. With obstacles that come from many different directions, maintaining good health is essential, but can be difficult.

If you’re having trouble achieving good gut health, we’re here to help. We’re dedicated to finding healthy, natural solutions for managing Crohn’s and one of the best ways to kickstart your health is by introducing a probiotic regimen.

Coping with Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Colitis can be made a little easier by taking probiotic supplements regularly. If your intestines are very sensitive, then supplementing your diet with probiotic capsules is a great way to help your body feel great.

Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra is a top-of-the-line product designed for intestinal comfort that helps the body digest nutrients efficiently. Starting with one capsule a day and then increasing to three a day will help regulate your digestion and promote consistency.

The supplement provides 15 billion live cells of probiotic cultures to help maintain pH balance in the gut and gives your immune system a defensive boost. The capsules also contain a dose of saccharomyces boulardii (a strain of yeast), which makes this probiotic a natural way to treat digestive problems and help the intestines fight off bad bacteria.

In addition to helping regulate bowel activity, Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra also helps with overall health by providing probiotics to promote a healthy, strengthened immune system. Iron is also included in the supplement to help bolster the immune system. The capsules provide all the probiotics the body needs without using any fillers, binders, artificial colors or preservatives. Primal Defense Ultra caplets are also vegetarian-friendly and dairy-free.

The Primal Defense Ultra caplets are available in stores at this price for 180 capsules. But buying probiotics online has benefits, such as this exclusive offer to purchase 216 capsules for the same price. Meanwhile, if you find Primal Defense Ultra caplets on any other website, we’ll match the price.

The product is also shipped in state-of-the-art packaging that helps resist oxygen and moisture from compromising the probiotics. Additionally, this offer of Primal Defense Ultra caplets 216 qualifies for the special promotion of free shipping on orders over $69.

If you’re ready to stop coping with Crohn’s Disease and start taking your gut health into your own hands, check out Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra at Good Gut Solution. Your body will thank you!

Want to Lose Weight in the New Year? We Can Help!

Lose Weight in New Year

If your 2015 resolution is losing weight in the New Year, you’re in good company. As arguably the most common New Year’s Resolution there is, it can still be difficult to shed pounds after the holidays in a safe way without being discouraged.

However, there is support! A healthy diet and regular exercise are key, but if you need a little push to get your metabolism going, consider adding a weight management supplement to your regimen.

Garden of Life softgels enhance the breakdown of fat without stimulating the nervous system, which means your body will be busy working on breaking down fats without causing you to stay awake at night or feel shaky.

The small caplets contain fucoxanthin, which sparks thermogenesis in the body and helps to speed up the body’s metabolic rate. The quickened metabolism breaks down food to use as energy faster and then taps into stored fat, like white tissue belly fat, to be used for energy. However, the excess energy doesn’t make the body jittery, but fuels it to burn through the excess fat in the body.

Fucoxanthin can be found in brown seaweed, but the easy-to-swallow softgel provides the supplement without any chewing of marine plants. The Garden of Life FucoThin 180 Softgels provide between 250- 500% more of the concentrated antioxidant when taken three times a day with eight ounces of water.

Reviews of FucoThin softgels are across-the-board positive; if you need convincing, simply review the results! It’s hard to argue with this tried and true method of weight management when coupled with a healthy lifestyle.

Although Garden of Life FucoThin supplements are designed to help burn fat, eating massive amounts of food without exercising won’t ever make fat magically disappear no matter what kind of supplement is being taken. The FucoThin softgel is designed to be used with a healthy routine of exercise and has been reported to help control diets. One of the added bonuses of taking FucoThin is that some users reported that their appetite was suppressed.

‘Tis the season for self-improvement, and there’s no better time to start than now. Kickstart your 2015 off right and give these fat-burning supplements a chance! The only thing you have to lose is weight.

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Primal Defense Ultra is the Ultimate Probiotic Formula

Looking for a probiotic formula that meets your strict dietary needs and can help you manage a chronic digestive disease? Look no further than Primal Defense Ultra. Made by Garden of Life, one of the most trusted names in health supplements, Primal Defense Ultra really is the ultimate probiotic formula.

Primal Defense Ultra 180

You already know the benefits of taking probiotics to help maintain good gut health, but with so many options available today it can be difficult to find the right formula for your needs. Each capsule of the Primal Defense Ultra formula contains the ideal combination of supplemental minerals and beneficial bacteria to keep your digestive system healthy, including iron and HSO (homeostatic soil organisms) probiotic blend.

Primal Defense Ultra is also vegetarian, which is perfect both for those abstaining from animal products and for everyone, as plant-based supplements are a more effective way to ensure potency, provide faster release into the body, and prevent the need for fillers and binders. The capsule itself is the patented UltraZorbe, which may dissolve faster than other vegetarian capsules. Whether you’re managing a chronic condition such as Crohn’s or colitis, or you’re simply interested in maintaining overall gut health combined with proper nutrition, Primal Defense Ultra is beneficial for everyone.

Best of all, finding and taking Primal Defense Ultra is easy! With our Easy Autoship Options you can make sure a fresh bottle arrives at your door every one, two, or three months, ensuring you never run out. You will also be assured of the best prices available when you buy from Good Gut Solution, as our bottles of 180 capsules sell for less than half of what you’d find in a retail health store – plus, these bottles are eligible for free shipping on any order over $69! It’s never been easier or more economical to stock up on the best digestive supplements for you and your family.

Because these supplements come in capsule form, simply take one capsule per day with an 8 ounce glass of water or juice (preferably on an empty stomach so the healthy bacteria can better help protect the intestine). Depending on your personal needs, you can take up to three capsules per day of the Primal Defense Ultra formula. You may also use Primal Defense Ultra instead of the regular Primal Defense formula by taking half the recommended dosage – which saves you money!

Primal Defense Ultra is one of the most popular and sought after probiotic supplements on the market, and for good reason. Order yours today and get started on a good gut solution for you and your family!

A Tasty Anti-Inflammatory Drink You Can Make At Home

A Tasty Anti-Inflammatory Drink You Can Make At Home

Over 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disorder, if you’re one of them – read on for a recipe that could provide some much needed relief! World wide autoimmune disorders are on the rise for the past four decades! Even if you don’t have an autoimmune disorder, this drink may relieve pain better than Advil. Better than Advil? See for yourself. Here’s what my friend Jeanette said: “I wanted to thank you for the anti inflam elixer recipe. I tried it last week and drank it for four days and voila, my tennis elbow and frozen shoulder seem much better.”

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, mint and ginger have healing properties that miraculously saved my Mexican vacation. Today, I’ll be showing you how to make a drink whose main ingredient is turmeric. Yep – a turmeric drink. Don’t stop reading just yet! Along with providing a variety of health benefits, especially for people suffering from gastrointestinal issues, this drink comes with an added bonus: you’ll experience what the locals in Indonesia drink – like becoming a world traveler without leaving your kitchen!

Turmeric root
Note the spelling of Turmeric. Tumberic!?!?

I first read about the healing powers of Jamu,or traditional Indonesian medicine, from fellow healer Chloe Park, who mentioned she fell in love with a turmeric juice beverage, Jamu Kunyit, when she was living in Bali. If you’re like me, you’re thinking,cool, a drink the Bali locals enjoy – tell me more! More likely, though, you’re thinking,um, Turmeric juice sounds gross. Or you might even be thinking,I have no idea what turmeric is. Whichever category you fall into, let’s rewind a bit and talk turmeric!

Turmeric is a fragrant yellow spice popular in Indian curries and contains the powerful compound curcumin, whose antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects benefit a whole range of conditions, IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), Crohns, Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Back Pain, all suffer from inflammation. It may also provide protection against colon cancer, boost cognitive performance, and early studies suggest it may even prevent and break down Alzheimer’s brain plaques.

I was awakened to healing powers of Turmeric by a friend (Hi Nora) who was able to stop talking an anti-inflammatory prescription medication (Asacol/Mesalamine) for her Colitis condition by taking Turmeric capsules (important note: I am not recommending you stop taking any medication, please first have a conversation with your trusted health professional!).When I heard Nora’s story, I was intrigued, and did a little of my own research on the topic. More information on Turmeric came via a Harvard medical school graduate, and founder of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil. In his Self Healing magazine, Dr. Weil says:“Cancer, in many cases is probably related to chronic, on-going inflammation. Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory, especially for people with gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary (liver or gall bladder) malignancies”You can safely take 2-8 grams in a capsule form daily, which ideally contains piperine, a component of black pepper that boosts turmeric absorption.

Personally, I like to use Turmeric capsules when my body “asks for them”. You may be thinking, what does he mean ask for them. Here, I’ll explain. Through yoga and meditation, my intuition has greatly increased. I call intuition that gut feeling we all experience on the inside, knowing what we should do when we’re in a dilemma, or when something is wrong, or right. As bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell explains in his bestselling book Blink: The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking – intuitive decision-making can result in a better outcome than relying on more lateral methods, such as lists of pros and cons. A recent study backed this up, with brain scans showing that a structure called the ventral striatum responds immediately to subconscious cues. Scientists call it ‘instrumental learning’ — your instinct recognizes a situation as familiar and suggests an instant response before you’ve had time to process rational thought. So “pain” as I feel it in a particular place in my body, at a particular level – goes away when I take turmeric.

There are many ways to reduce inflammation naturally. We carry many anti-inflammatory products. Two products in particular that pack a good dose of Turmeric Root Extract are Garden of Life FYI and Metagenics UltraInflamX PLUS 360 )

Garden of Life FYI

Let’s get back to Jamu Kunyit, shall we? As Chloe explains, Jamu Kunyit is a drink that is highly regarded in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. While you might not think that a flavor used in curry sounds very tasty as a cold beverage, a little lemon, honey, and tamarind help create an exotic, flavorful drink with awesome healing benefits. As for me, I’ve found myself with higher energy, cleaner – and easier – bowel movements, less to no pain, less inflammation – and seemingly no joint pain that use to creep up sometimes. Magical eh?

If you’re still unsure about whether to try this drink, consider that turmeric is also a natural liver detoxifier and a kidney cleanser. It speeds metabolism and aids in weight management. Plus, it alleviates conditions of depression, psoriasis, damaged skin, arthritis, and more.

Alright, you’ve got to be interested by now, right?!

Tamarind in Package


Without further ado, here’s my version of the recipe:


* 5-7 inches Turmeric
* 5-7 pieces of Tamarind
* Two lemons (Lime, if you prefer)
* Raw honey
* Water
* Blender
* Mason jar(s), or another glass jar, with a lid

1. Peel Turmeric. Your fingers may turn yellow. No worries! Dish soap get’s it right out. If your cutting board or counter top gets stained, slather on the all-natural dish soap and rub it in. Let it soak in for 5 min, or longer, and then scrub with water and sponge. The turmeric stain will vanish. Wanting a more potent drink, I used all the Turmeric in the package, and at less than $1.50, it was a bargain. In all I probably used around 12 inches.

2. Crack and open the Tamarind. Make sure you remove the inner roots as well. We’re only going to use the inner fruit

3. Fill a pot with water, put peeled Turmeric inside and let boil for at least 20 minutes, or until the water becomes a rich and vibrant marigold color. Note, the amount of water you use will be the amount of liquid you have to drink later on.

4. While the Turmeric is boiling, get a pan and pour ~1inch of water into a pan with the peeled Tamarind. Stir the fruit with a wooden utensil. Mix it in with the water so it can melt and dissolve into a jam-like texture. More water shouldn’t be needed, but if it’s looking a bit dry, pour additional water as needed.

5. By this time you should be able to see the little seeds coming out. When the texture of the tamarind looks soft, turn the heat off and let it cool down

6. Back to the Turmeric water. The color should now look ready. Pour in a little bit of cold water to lower the temperature. Pour the Turmeric water into the blender with the Turmeric roots. We boiled it so the root could soften and have more flavor. Now it’s ready to blend, for even more flavor, and richness! The color should now look like an extra, extra fiery marigold.

7. Go back to the Tamarind in the pan. Using a wooden utensil, or if, like me, you prefer your clean hands, separate the soft bits of the fruit, like a jam consistency from the seeds and seed peels. Note: If you don’t want to get your hands dirty the original recipe called for a strainer and bowl for this step but it didn’t work for me. If you figure that one out do let us know.

8. Pour the Tamarind that has been caught in the bowl into the blender with the Turmeric water. Buzz it around again.

9. Squeeze your lemons into the blender, pour your healthy anti-inflammatory elixir into the mason jar(s), add honey, close the lid and shake to mix.

10. Store in fridge up to 3-4 days and drink daily.

11. To Improve the bio-availability of the main ingredient, curcumin, experiment with mixing black pepper, virgin coconut oil, or raw egg yolk(hey – I’m just the messenger), in with the Jamu drink.

Enjoy your drink! The first time I made this drink it made me feel warm, alive, and energetic. I’d love to hear how you feel after drinking. Tell me in the comments section at the bottom.

Note: I found tamarind and turmeric root at my local Ranch 99 Asian grocery store. I’ve also seen them in my local health food store, both Sprouts and Whole Foods carries them. Call ahead to be sure.

Oh, BTW, while this drink was pretty fast to make, it did result in what was probably one of my best kitchen mess disasters. (Note to Self: hold down the blender top while blending) I’ll have to blog about that another time, with epic pictures. Also, I should note that I used my back-up blender as my friend was borrowing my Vitamix Blender. Now my back-up blender, Cuisinart, because it is made from plastic, is a yellowish hue – due to the turmeric. Ironically my friends tell me they like the color, and thought I bought it this way.

Until next time, and in good health,


(First appeared on HeathCoachJoel.com – updated and re-posted here with permission)

Update December 16 2013:

After reading a PSA from my friend at Flawless Fitness, had to include this about recent Turmeric testing:

Consumer Lab (which I highly recommend getting a membership to– it’s worth it) recently tested several turmeric spice brands. All of them had field insect parts in them (which is extremely common with herbs and plant products). However, many contained cigarette beetles, which means prep/storage may have been unsanitary. Spice Hunter India Turmeric (Ground) was the cleanest at 7 field insect parts per 10 grams. Simply Organic Turmeric had the most parts at 195 fragments per 10 grams, and Spice Hunter Ground Turmeric 100% Organic had 169 fragments. Whole Foods Market Organic Fair Trade Ground Turmeric had 90 fragments, a whole cigarette beetle larva, and a small piece of rodent hair. It’s important to know how your products are handled, processed, and stored– buyer beware.


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