Wellness Challenge Day 1: Chew On This

Silly Rottweiler puppy chewing on a pair of new shoes making a silly face, on a white background.

Over the next week, we’ll be sharing with you these wellness challenges from NDHealthcare.com. We’re hoping that by following these suggestions, we can all have a much more calm, present week. Happy Monday, everyone!

Here’s the first one:

Rather than inventing tortuous practices to keep children quiet at the dinner table, when your parents instructed you to chew your food 20 times after each bite, they may have actually had your digestive health in mind. The digestive process engages even before that fist bite of spaghetti leaves the fork and enters the long and winding tube known as your digestive tract. While you are cooking and preparing your food, digestive enzymes begin to percolate in the stomach and pancreas in anticipation of your incoming meal. During the act of chewing – or mastication – you further engage digestion by breaking down the size of the food coming in and release the enzyme amylase in the mouth to begin breaking down carbohydrates.

Today’s Wellness Challenge:  Chew each bite 15-20 times before swallowing. Use this time to see, smell and taste your meal. Try to avoid distractions while eating by avoiding ‘multi-tasking’ or eating in front of the computer or TV.

Source: WELLNESS CHALLENGE #1: CHEW ON THIS »: The Naturopathic Perspective

2015-10-21T10:26:31+00:00

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    SURGERY, BECAUSE YOUR GALLBLADDER IS DEFECTIVE? DOCTORS ARE INSANE! YOU SIMPLY REJUVENATE THE ORGAN AND THE ORGAN FUNCTIONS TO PAR AGAIN. AND YOU REJUVENATE THE ORGAN OR THE ENTIRE BODY WITH FOOD THAT NOURISH, PROVIDE ENERGY, AND CAUSE GROWTH, REPAIR, AND MAINTENANCE FOR SUSTAINING LIFE. WE CALL THIS "HERBACEUTICAL" AND THAT'S WHAT WE SELL. BELOVED, SURGERY IS TO GET MONEY FROM INSURANCE AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR TEMPLE (OF GOD). IT IS UNNECESSARY. BELOVED, I HUMBLY SUGGEST YOU PERFORM OUR FULL BODY DETOX AND FOLLOW THE KIT UP WITH A DAILY MAINTENANCE OF OUR LIVER AND GALLBLADDER FORMULA (3 CAPSULES DAILY) AND LIVER EXTRACT (1-2 DROPPERFULS IN WATER DAILY) AND YOU WILL NOTICE A DIFFERENCE. YOU SHOULD ALSO START DRINKING DANDELION ROOT TEA AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. AFTER YOU GET YOUR RESULTS WE ONLY ASK THAT YOU FILL OUT OUR AFFIDAVIT OF HEALING SO THAT WE MAY PROVE TO GOVERNMENT THAT PEOPLE ARE HEALING THEMSELVES WITH GOD'S PLANTS. THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO CRACK DOWN ON NATURAL HEALING BECAUSE TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE WAKING UP AND THE DRUG INDUSTRY IS LOSING A LOT OF MONEY. THE PEOPLE MUST NOW SPEAK AND RECLAIM THEIR SOVEREIGNTY.

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    Q: I've come to your website many times in the past few days and I would like to start ordering some products to begin detoxing my body and to rid my system of the herpes simplex virus and any other std that may be lingering within. I was diagnosed with this virus on 12/5, but since then I have been given amoxicillin by the doctor. After doing some research, I bought some Olive Leaf Extract, L-Lysine and Echinacea with goldenseal. I feel a lot better, especially since I began to stop eating certain foods, like cheese, pork, peanuts and chocolate. I've also been maintaining a positive attitude and believing that I will be free of this virus. I am extremely interested in starting a cleansing ritual beginning at the end of the month, but at current, I would just like to begin with a supplement you would recommend to cleanse my blood, my genital and vaginal area. Your recommendations will be deeply appreciated.

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    If I had to recommend one product before your Anti-Viral Kit for you, it would be Dherbs STD-RID formula.

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    Q: Does life come from the eating (chewing) process or does it come from the nutrients absorbed from what we eat? If the latter, would it be possible to sustain life from only ingesting the herbs on your website?

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    Life comes from solar energy. Food is a secondary source! You wouldn't be able to live off of herbs alone, not in America anyway!

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    Q: I would like to change the way I eat, I am also a smoker. What is the best practical way to approach a new lifestyle of health and wellness with the highest probability of success?

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    I would say first to perform the Full Body Detox. Purchase the Full Body Detox Companion as well as the Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Companion (which is very helpful in a healthy diet and lifestyle transitioning). ALSO: Read up on some our articles on our site (www.dherbs.com) under "Articles."

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    Q: Hi, I need insight into these challenges that I going through, my hands are swollen, the bottom of my feet hurt, my chest feels tight, Sometimes I can't keep food on my stomach, and I have headaches often. My left leg has been broken, one time I went roller skating and it bothered me all day long. When I drink cold water it feels like it’s cutting inside my stomach. Doctors have not helped me. All I have been taking is one chemical after another. I'm in so much pain it is hard for me to work, stand on my feet, and sleep at night. Doctors have not helped me I am in need of true healing.

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    YOUR BODY IS TALKING TO YOU. IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO DETOXIFY YOUR BODY. LOOK INTO OUR FULL BODY DETOX AND START YOUR HEALING PROCESS, BELOVED. YOU CAN HEAL! IT'S YOUR DIVINE BIRTHRIGHT!

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    Q: Hey Gary here are my challenge I'm 43 been trying to lose weight, I start on a program and stop once I don't see any results. I tried the Detox I think I lost about 5 pounds, I work at night and have a part time jobs seeing private patients in the day so my sleep pattern is little maybe I get 4 hrs of sleep I'm having problems getting this weight off. I also want to mention when I do exercise my joints swell so I try to keep it low impact. I also have sweet tooth so I get these cravings here and there more so when I'm at work at night. Hopefully you can help me. Thanks....Lakeisha

    A:

    Hi, thanks for the question.

    Lets go through one thing at a time. Your overall schedule and lifestyle is not healthy and will likely sabotage your health goals. Receiving so little sleep will prevent major weight loss because your body cannot cleanse and cannot recharge. You must repay your energy debt before you can properly lose weight. Your body is always in a state of playing catch-up to the workload you are giving it. It stores fat because it doesn't have the
    energy to properly function. I understand crazy schedules but they will not get you the results you desire. I would focus on trying to find a more balanced or healthier schedule before adding the stress of losing weight to an already overworked body.

    Your body has been come toxic and inflamed from a toxic lifestyle. A high carb-high raw vegan diet will help ease your suffering the most. A high carb (fruit based) diet will help replenish your energy stores and reduce
    nutritional stress. To learn more about how a healthy vegan diet can help you reach your goals please consider the following eBooks found at Dherbs.com.

    "Go Vegan the Healthy way" or
    "Lose weight the healthy way"

    As far as your mindset is concerned an all or nothing approach rarely breeds success. Especially when it come to regaining health or losing weight. It takes time and patience. I would recommend checking out the DVD
    "fat sick and nearly dead". It's a fascinating look at how you can quickly go from a health zero to a health hero in the shortest time. Every single person on the planet has a sweet tooth. Those who say they don't usually are hopped up on caffiene or other drugs and pharmaceuticals. Every cell in the body runs on glucose. The brain eats up a small apple and a half worth of glucose every hour. Eating a high carb-lower fat diet will give you an energy abundance, reduce overall stress, and help you lose weight.

    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLCE

    www.theveganeffect.com