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Picture1There once was a man who owned a cow. He saw that it was good. It was strong, it helped him plow his field and carry his load. It provided fertilizer for his garden. It provided nourishing milk for its own calf and some for his family. The rich nourishing milk was used to create rich yogurt, butter and cheese to nourish them. The cow didn’t want for much. Some hay in the winter and grass from the pasture in the warmer season and it was healthy. And……they were both content.

But, the man was an intelligent man.

He saw that his cow and calf were good and he knew he had plenty of grass and hay. Being the smart man that he was he decided to expand his herd.

He now had a herd of cattle.  Being herd animals the bovine were happy to be together. They grazed in their group and they were content. The farmer saw that it was good. He still had power to plow his fields and pull his loads. He found that as his herds moved through the fields they naturally fertilized and built up the soil. His crops were healthier. His garden was the envy of all the gardeners around. And even with the cows feeding their young there was an abundance of milk. People would come from far away to have some of the deep yellow cheeses that his family created with the rich spring milk each year. In addition to this the man also had leather and meat that surpassed the quality of what they used to buy at the supermarket in town. They wasted nothing. In the colder season they would make rich bone broth that would nourish the family through the winter. The man and his family had everything they needed. The herd was healthy and so was the family. They were all content.

But, the man was an intelligent man.

He saw that the herd was good and had been doing much research and reading and the understanding of the world was well within his grasp. Being the smart man that he was he decided to modernize his herd.

He removed the calves from their mothers at birth and hand raised them. He started milking several times a day. He removed his beef cattle off of the pasture at a young age and confined them. He started feeding grain to them to produce more milk from the dairy cows and quicker growth from the beef cattle. He bought a new tractor to help plant the grain to feed his herd so he no longer needed the power to plow his field or carry his loads. He had an abundance of manure which he now could efficiently spread on his fields with his tractor. He got rid of his large garden and cheese making so he could focus on efficiency and increasing yields. The man was very excited; he had never had so much milk per cow or so short a period of time to raise beef. Money became a little tight from all the new equipment and buildings.

But, the man was an intelligent man. If he kept up with running things efficiently they would see the profits in no time.

He saw that the milk and beef production was good, but with the loans, medications and vet bills his family was barely getting by. Being the smart man that he was he decided to corporatize.

He purchased more dairy cattle and put up new large buildings in place of his fields to house them in. He purchased more beef cattle and put up cement lots to raise them on. He had modern feed and medication shipped in. He stopped breeding his cattle and just had older calves shipped in when he needed them. He hired someone to come in and design a system for waste management. His operation now ran like a well oiled machine and thrived. His family now had plenty of money to build a new house and buy all the things they thought they had wanted. They no longer worried about money.

But, the man was an intelligent man. Even though something didn’t feel quite right, he knew a good money making operation when he saw one and continued to run his business for quite a few years.

One day, after hearing one of his managers complain again about a specific worker, he decided to check it out for himself. At lunch he grabbed a sandwich to eat on the way and headed down to the building where the problems were regularly occurring. As an intelligent business owner he decided to talk to the young man himself to see if he could clear up the issues before making the decision to let him go, as they had never had problems with him before.

The young man seemed quite nervous, as he wasn’t use to seeing his boss at all. But the young man being a wise young man spoke up before his boss could say anything. “Sir, I am so sorry, but this is really beyond my control. I have done everything I could think of. The problem is she is just too smart.” “SHE?” “Yes, sir. No matter what I do every morning I get here and… Well, look for yourself.” The young man led him over to the door way and pointed. Sure enough there was one of the dairy cows happily grazing in the adjacent lot where the grass had grown from lack of up keep.

Something in the intelligent man sof-tened. This cow reminded him of a cow he once owned. He turned to leave. The young man ran after him. “Sir, Sir, I am so sorry. What do you want me to do?” The intelligent man thought for a second and smiled, “Nothing.” “Nothing?” “Yes, nothing.” He turned and walked away.

Some people say on that day the intelligent man lost his mind. As what he did next baffled almost everyone.

First, he sent someone to go pick up the wise cow and bring it to his home. This might not seem too crazy, except, now he lived in a big house in the suburbs and his neighbors weren’t impressed. Second, he immediately started making arrangements to sell his cattle. Then, when the cattle were all gone he bulldozed the buildings and lots and sold the land.

Now if this didn’t seem crazy enough to everyone, he then proceeded to divide all the money he had received among all his employees to help them move on easier. Last he sold his house in the suburbs and bought a very small farm inPicture2 the country.

Now, the man was no longer an intelligent man, anyone could tell you so. He had given most of what he had owned away to live in the country in a simple home. But what everyone didn’t know as he sat down with his wife to enjoy the deep yellow colored cheese she had made with the wise cow’s milk is that he was now wise. Because part of being truly wise is knowing that you know very little and that most of the time, just following the wisdom in creation is the most beneficial for everyone.

And they were all content.

Hygiene

If you are like us, you may try to avoid chemicals in your day to day lives. You recognize that many chemicals have never been proven for human safety and want to treat your and your family’s bodies kindly.

That brings us to the question: Can we fight germs effectively without them?  Yes!

Wash with regular soap and water Anti-bacterial soaps are unnecessary. They are not more effective than regular soap. In fact the frequent use of antibacterial soaps and products contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  Washing your hands well with a mild soap is just as effective, sometimes more effective, than any of the chemical products out there.

Don’t let your hands dry out. Being excessive about your hand washing can be dangerous, as dry cracked hands can let bacteria in. Rub in a little coconut oil into your hands if they feel a little dry. It has the added benefit of being a natural anti-microbial.

Cleaning

We are happy to let you know that at our current office we use no chemicals for cleaning . We do this through using Norwex products.  Because we love Norwex and we believe reducing chemicals in our clients lives is a part of getting healthy, we offer Norwex products at our wellness center.

Just what is Norwex?  Although Norwex has many great products, the majority of them revolve around their anti-bacterial microfiber.  Now we all know microfiber is great, so what makes Norwex different?  The microfiber Norwex uses was originally designed for hospital use to combat chemical resistant bacteria. It is an extremely high end fine fiber. The fibers used are 1/100th of a human hair, where normal microfiber is 1/6th. Because of this small size this microfiber incredibly picks up 99% of bacteria on a surface, with only water!

Our experience has been that everyone who tries Norwex loves it. If you would like to have a free demonstration, give us a call and we can schedule a time to show you how using Norwex can save you time through cleaning, money through less cleaning products, and better health through less exposure to chemicals.  Email us at info@nutritionvermont.com for more details.

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We live in a society where people are very afraid of germs. Hand sanitizer dispensers are popping up everywhere. Many moms carry anti-bacterial wipes in their purses so they may save their little ones from  touching germs that might harm them. More and more people are on the war path at home constantly disinfecting all surfaces in order to get rid of any germs that may cause illness to them or their family.

Are you one of these germ warriors? If you are, what I tell you next might give you chills.

ImageGerms, or microbes, are everywhere. In fact they are almost impossible to escape. They are on our skin, in our nails in fact in every crevice of our body. And yes even inside us. They exist in our respiratory, urinary and digestive tracts. In fact in a healthy person they out number our own human cells 10 to 1.  But wait… don’t go grab that anti-bacterial wipe!

We need these little guys.  We have a symbiotic relationship with good microbes.  We need them as much as they need us. In fact they perform many important metabolic duties, digestive processes, immune support functions, detoxification and more. These little guys have a purpose and without this great number of beneficial microbes our health declines. It even appears that the microbes living on our skin could play a role in warding off infections.  We often refer to these beneficial microbes as “probiotics” meaning “for life.” Which is fitting because of their extreme importance to our well being. So, where do these little guys come from?

Our first natural inoculation of probiotics come at birth. A woman’s micro organism profile of her vaginal tract mirrors that of her intestinal tract. So when we travel through the birth canal we attain the micro biota that we will often carry throughout our lives. Our mothers milk and colostrum should also contain a healthy microbial profile as well as nutrients that serve as a food source to help these good guys flourish and  colonize the lining of the babies digestive tract. This is essentially the start of our immune system.  An ideal microbial profile would have a mixture of beneficial, neutral and pathogenic microbes. With a healthy inner environment the beneficial microbes would do well keeping the pathogenic microbes from proliferating and causing problems. Unfortunately many of us do not have this ideal microbial profile or a good inner environment for the probiotics to flourish.  Why?

The first thing that often goes wrong is a mothers microbial profile is often bad to start with so the baby often doesn’t receive all the beneficial microbes he should and a baby born by cesarean wouldn’t receive any from his mother at birth at all.  The second problem is many babies are bottle fed, losing that second inoculation from their mother milk.  Third, even if a child is fortunate enough to start out with a healthy microbial profile, in our modern times our probiotics are often permanently altered or damaged from stress, refined carbohydrates and sugars, overuse of contraceptives, antibiotics and pharmaceuticals.  Even chlorinated tap water damages our probiotics.  The destruction of these beneficials allows yeast and fungi to dominate our inner environment. This growth weakens our immune system and intestinal function and increases our risk of disease.

Having a poor microbial profile can affect our digestion, our immune function, and our weight. It even has possible links to asthma.

So how do we get these good microbes back?

We need to create an environment that they will thrive in and repopulate our inner selves.

ImageHow to Restore Your Probiota

1) Change the Environment and starve the bad microbes.   Refined foods, sugars and starchy carbohydrates quickly break down into sugars in the body. These are the preferred food for opportunistic microbes. As mentioned before excess sugars can even damage the beneficial guys. So stop eating all sugars (all sweeteners), refined foods and starchy carbohydrates (bread, potatoes & rice) This will starve the opportunistic microbes forcing them to leave and create an environment where the probiotics can thrive. Eventually when you have balanced your microbial profile you can add in healthy carbohydrates(whole sprouted or sourdough breads, whole grains, potatoes, brown rice, oats) but in moderation.  Also eat raw greens and vegetables each day as this provides good food for the good guys to thrive on.

2) Repopulate the Beneficial Microbes   Eat probiotic super foods everyday. Some of the most popular cultured foods are cultured vegetables( live sauerkraut or kimchi), organic yogurt, and organic kefir. Having several 1/2 cup servings a day can have miraculous results on your health.

Most of our ancestors used these methods to preserve foods before refrigeration and thrived on them. Please note: commercially prepared cultured foods have a weak microbial profile and often have added sweeteners that damage them and feed the yeasts and fungi. When buying commercially cultured foods look for brands with live cultures and buy the plain adding your own fruit, whole stevia, nuts etc. to flavor. Better yet learn to culture your own foods.  They are fun and easy to prepare and are cheaper and more therapeutic compared to their commercial counterparts.  When taking a probiotic supplement we recommend Bio Kult or Prescript Assist as they contain native strains that readily populate the gut. Most supplemental probiotics contain only transitional forms which help mostly while you are taking them but not as much after you have finished.

3)  Love your good germs as you love yourself   Now that you are feeling so much better with a full army of beneficial microbes populating your gut and working to take care of you. Love them back and take care of them too. How?  1) Eat a nutrient rich diet of whole foods. 2) Eat only healthy whole starchy carbohydrates (whole sprouted or sourdough breads, whole grains, potatoes, brown rice, oats) and eat these in  moderation.  3) Extremely reduce or eliminate refined and processed foods that damage these little guys and feed bad microbes. 4) Avoid Chlorinated drinking water. Chlorine is a strong anti-microbial that will damage your probiota. If you only have access to chlorinated tap water, please invest in a water filtration or purification system.

In these modern times as we are exposed to more and more chemicals in our daily lives more and more people are having Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, which can cause all sorts of unpleasant physical symptoms for them.

For our practice, our experience has been that liver support is essential for these individuals. We would like to share a few tips on how you can adjust your diet to support your liver in order to hopefully help reduce some of your MCS symptoms.

Your may know that the liver is one of the main organs that cleanses toxins from our bodies, so liver support would make sense for someone with MCS. What you may not know is that our modern diets with an increase of processed refined foods have placed a great deal more stress on our livers. Alleviating some of this stress can show marked improvement in someone with MCS.

One of the liver’s big jobs is helping to regulate blood sugar. So eating to

avoid blood sugar dips and spikes will give your liver more energy to deal with cleansing toxins. The following tips are to help keep blood sugar stable and to feed the liver:

Tip #1 Eat Liver

Most of the nutrients needed for a healthy liver are contained in liver. Liver use to be a common food in our culture but has unfortunately decreased in popularity. Because of the method of how many animals are raised we recommend getting your liver from animals raised naturally outdoors. For beef liver the best is a 100% grass fed source. If you have an aversion to eating liver there are supplements that consists of good quality liver. We sell the Biotics brand as we find their sup-plements to be of high quality.

Tip #2 Eat Raw Vegetables, Nuts and Seeds Everyday

There are components in these foods that help feed the detoxification pathways in your liver. Eating these foods everyday help keep these detoxification pathways open and working more efficiently. These foods do need to be raw, not roasted or cooked. Nuts and seeds should be soaked or sprouted to be more digestible.

Tip #3 Eat some good protein with fat every 2-3 hours

Good fats and proteins are slower to digest and feed us without causing blood sugar spikes. Eating every 2-3 hours keeps the blood sugar from dipping. This tip alone can do wonders to relieve stress on the liver. You do not need to eat a meal each time, a handful of raw nuts, a chunk of cheese (not reduced fat), or a piece of healthy meat (not lean) will do.

Tip # 4 Reduce Sweet and Starchy Carbohydrates and Add Fats

Sweet and Starchy Carbohydrates cause rapid blood sugar rises. By reducing the amount and eating them with a fat you can reduce the blood sugar spike. You may find you will feel your best by minimizing the consumption of these to special/rare occasions.

Even when eating healthy starchy carbohydrates like brown rice, potatoes, winter squash, and sweet potatoes you are always better adding a good amount of healthy fat (non hydrogen-ated and if vegetable oil only unrefined cold-pressed) to keep blood sugar stable. We prefer good old fashioned butter.