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Appendicitis

So last night I had to take my younger son (9) to the ER.  On Saturday he had a low grade fever that started in the morning. He had a long day on a field trip the day before, was cold and got home at 10:30pm at night so I figured he just caught a little cold. His fever went away that day, naturally.  I never give any fever reducers, just herbs, vitamins and essential oils. The next day, Sunday, he still said he wasn’t feeling good but no fever. He just wasn’t himself.  Yesterday he was fine, no fever etc. he played and ate as normal. Later that night he complained again about his stomach being sore and being crampy and gassy.  I just figured its a stomach virus or something he ate.  Then right as he was going to sleep he complained it was freezing and usually he’s the one that is always hot at night and wants the air conditioner on. I felt him and he felt really hot. He seemed to spike a fever again.  If you know me, I am not at the Dr. a lot, hardly ever. I will do anything I can before taking my children to the Dr.  But I know appendicitis is common and it can be fatal if it bursts. I looked up all the classic symptoms of appendicitis and he had most of them and  the fever made me worried the most. He wasn’t in major pain, but usually that is how it starts off. It can be a dull pain then over a 8-12 hour period, it can worsen. I didn’t want to take the chance and knew I couldn’t sleep, so we took him in to check.

When the Dr. did a physical exam he felt his stomach and lower abdomen and asked if there was any pain. My son said no and when he got to the ER he did not have a fever. He explained that usually the pain will move over to the lower right abdomen, still have a fever and be very uncomfortable. The only test that is pretty accurate would be a CT scan which is very high in radiation and because he felt it was unlikely, he suggested not to do it. In any other situation I would not have taken him in, but because he has been telling me that his stomach has been sore off and on the past month or so, made me think maybe it was it. So after all that, we were able to leave, his stomach was still crampy but no major pain, especially in the lower right area.  I will continue to give him antibacterial herbs and enzymes for his stomach.

I wanted to share this so that if you every experience something similar, please do not hesitate to take your child in to check it especially if they have a fever and the pain is located on the lower right abdomen and is tender and sore to touch.  Many parents mistake appendicitis for a stomach virus and sometimes it’s too late. Kids have a high tolerance for pain and my not always know how to describe how they feel. I always ask my son “where is it sore?” So I urge you to just be super observant of your child in that area and look for fever, pain, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.  Below I give you a brief write up about appendicitis and what it is and common symptoms to look for.

 

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix organ located at the bottom right area of your abdomen. This is a very common condition in many younger children, but can happen to anyone at anytime.

The appendix is a 31/2 inch tube shaped sack that is connected to the large intestine (see my picture below). It may be used to produce and protect beneficial probiotic colonies in the digestive system.  The appendix at first was looked at as an organ unnecessary which to me is crazy because God created us and if any organ was unnecessary He would not have place it in our bodies! So with that being said, the appendix has been studied and shown to play a big role in our immune systems. Lymph tissue forms in the appendix after birth. It has been known to serve as a reservoir of good bacteria.

Main cause of appendicitis is not clearly know, but here are some reasons what may cause the appendix to become inflamed and possibly rupture.

  1. When it becomes blocked by stool, a foreign body or cancer. Usually there is some type of infection and this causes the appendix to inflame.
  2. Parasite, fungal or viral infection can cause inflammation.
  3. blocking in the lining of the appendix

So as you can see it starts with some type of blockage, especially by stool.  It’s important to use the bathroom when you feel like you need to go. Many children hold in their stool because they are playing or busy or afraid to go out in public or school. I told my son to never do that and no matter where he is, if he has to go, go! When you hold back your stool, it can accumulate and cause bacterial build up, blockage, infection and appendicitis!

Here are some classic symptoms to look for in appendicitis:

  • Dull pain near the navel or the upper abdomen that becomes sharp as it moves to the lower right abdomen. This is usually the first sign.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and/or vomiting soon after abdominal pain begins
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Fever of 99-102 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Inability to pass gas

The main symptom you want to look for is that the pain moves toward the lower right part of the abdomen and is accompanied by a fever.  If you have any feeling that it may be appendicitis, please dont ever hesitate, go in and check it!

Be Well

xo,

Jodi

@greenandfitmama

 

 

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Detox/Supplements

Dry Skin Brushing

Your skin is your largest organ and many don’t realize that its also the largest area that detoxes toxins from your body.  One third of your body’s toxins are eliminated through the skin. Dry skin brushing is using a hard natural bristle brush made from natural fibers. The best way to dry skin brush is by getting naked to make sure you get every part of your body. Start with your feet moving up and always brush toward your heart. You can specifically brush under your arm pits and  on your breasts to make sure you keep the lymph nodes in that area moving and not stagnant full of toxins. Brush your stomach in a left to right circular motion to stimulate digestion and also in the groin area. I always brush my thyroid (located in the middle of the front part of your neck) to stimulate my thyroid gland and keep it functioning properly. I also brush my ears in a circular motion, it feels so great and stimulating. In the back start from the upper neck and go down your spine then do long strokes and circular motions on your back to cleanse the kidneys and lungs.  Brush the back of your legs from feet up toward your heart.

There are great video tutorials that demonstrate various ways of dry skin brushing on YouTube, just search “dry skin brushing.”

What benefits does this have:

1. Cleanses and detoxes your lymphatic system by stimulating the movement of lymph out of the area and flushes toxins and stagnant build up.

2. Exfoliated dead skin

3. Reduces cellulite

4. Unclogs clogged pores

The most important reason why I do dry skin brushing is to keep my lymph system clear. You LYMPHATIC system is part of your immune system that keeps us healthy.  They are considered our body’s filter system that filters out waste and bacteria and other harmful substances.  The lymph system is very important to keep us from infections.  Many women and getting breast cancer because of tumors and lumps in their breasts. Dry brushing is a great way to keep the lymph nodes around your breasts clear. There is also alot of lymph node cancer. Dry brushing on a regular basis will keep the lymph system moving and detoxing. You can see a great and inexpensive dry skin brush: here.

This is a great and easy way to stay detoxed everyday. I highly recommend it!

Be Well

Xo,

Jodi

Detox/Supplements · Natural Remedies

GERD. What is it and what can help.

The common belief is that acid reflux or heartburn is caused by too much stomach acid but that’s not the case. GERD or Gastro Intestinal Reflux Disease is when there is inflammation of the stomach and it leads to tissue damage of the esophagus. Exactly put, GERD is symptoms of mucosal damage produced by abnormal reflux of gastric contents into the esophagus. (dr axe) or dysfunction of the muscular valve called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) that separates the lower end of the esophagus and the stomach. The esophagus has no protection against acid and that is what people are feeling when they have heartburn or acid reflux.  If these symptoms are left untreated it can lead to esophageal cancer, ulcers or Barrett’s Esophagus.

Causes of GERD:

  1. Too LITTLE hydrochloric acid (hcl) or also called stomach acid which is necessary for digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. When you have very low hcl your body cant digest these foods causing bloating, bacteria overgrowth, no production of pancreatic enzyme which will cause your stomach pH to rise causing bacteria overgrowth.
  2. poor gut health, mainly Leaky Gut Syndrome. I’m sure you have heard that term more than once. Leaky Gut is when the lining of your intestines have developed holes in them that now allow food particles that are meant to just be in your gut, to leak out into your blood stream causing inflammation in your body.
  3. Poor diet that is high in consumption of too much caffeine, processed foods and sugars.

IMPORTANT:

So many people turn to Antacids or acid prohibiting drugs like tums, Prilosec and others because they cause your stomach to STOP producing hcl (good stuff) therefore causing bacteria overgrowth, inflammation of the stomach lining, polyps of the intestines etc.

CAUSES:

not chewing food well

high sugar and processed foods diet

older age

smoking

pregnancy

overeating or eating too large of meals

stress

nutrient deficiencies

 

ACID REFLUX DIET:

yogurt or kefir

kombucha

fermented veggies

bone broth

coconut water

apple cider vinegar

coconut oil

almonds

honey

leafy greens

artichokes

good wild caught salmon

 

SUPPLEMENTS I RECOMMEND:

I’ve been there, I had a bout of chronic GERD and it is misery to say the least. The cause of mine was low HCL, hormonal imbalance and candida. When you have low stomach acid, bacteria can survive and cause an imbalance of bad/good bacteria in you gut which is called candida. In turn, candida over time will cause leaky gut (holes in your gut) that lead to autoimmunity and in your case heartburn. Here are a bunch of great supplements that I have used and have helped me:

  1. NOW Foods Super Enzymes these enzymes contain HCL which help lower the symtpoms of acid reflux, help the body digest foods properly and kill off candida
  2. Oregano Oil Capsules boosts immune system, kills viruses, bacteria and fungi
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar helps the body produce hcl naturally, increases immunity and digestion
  4. Veganzyme amazing vegan full spectrum enzyme to digest every type of food and keep your bacterial balance in control. It flushes the body of candida (bad bacteria overgrowth)
  5. Mycozil a supplement specifically to rid the body of bacterial overgrowth which may contribute to your acid reflux/heartburn symptoms
  6. Probiotics needed to replenish the body of good bacteria

Thank you for taking the time to read, I hope it helps you. Acid Reflux/ GERD/ Heartburn can be treated naturally when you look at your body as a whole and give it the nutrients to function properly. This is not a full in depth article but just an outline of what may be happening in your body. Pharmaceutical drugs will never treat GERD.

Be Well,

Xo,

Jodi

 

 

 

Detox/Supplements · Fitness

Start Your Day Green Revolution

I’m starting a..

🌿Start Your Day Green ⚡️Revolution .

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Anyone ready to make green juice  your start to your day?

 

Green•Juice•Challenge⚡️ who’s in? Everyone need more greens in their diet, good organic alkalizing greens. So I’m starting a GREEN JUICE challenge and in the end we all win and it’s the only challenge that never ends because you will learn and love to make it part of your lifestyle. Every-single day.

Hope all of you are at least making an effort to try. What’s the reason why you should start green? -it alkalizes your body. disease cannot live in an alkaline state, only acidic. so if you’re eating breads, meat and drinking coffee first thing your body becomes more acidic
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-it helps your body detoxify- from when you get up till about 11am your body is in detox mode. putting an alkaline green drink facilitates your digestive track to remove toxins.
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-greens will be absorbed by your gut without any foods and build your immune system.
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-you have more energy, alertness and can move and function better.
No negatives, only positives. Let’s do this!!

Starting today (August 21, 2017), FIRST THING in the morning, drink just one glass of any green juice- fresh juiced that you juice from organic vegetables,  already purchased cold pressed organic juice  like Suja or many other companies that offer cold pressed juices like Juice from the Raw or many other green juice brands out there. If you don’t have much time in the morning to make your own green juice or even smoothie, I recommend this organic powdered greens from  Amazing Grass or Dr. Mercolas Greens, those are two I love and use.  If you have some time you can even make a green smoothie with little fruit as possible.  Always drink any green juice or smoothie on  an empty stomach.   Make sure it’s the first thing you have besides water.  So who’s in? Once you make it part of your day preferably the very first thing in the morning,  you’ll stick with it for life! Let’s do this! Follow me on IG here @greenandfitmama and tag me by hash tagging: #startyourdaygreen on your photos and IG stories. If you don’t have a juicer get a good green food powder or make smoothies. Let’s go green together✨⚡️✌🌿🍃🌱

btw check out my cute aromatherapy stack bracelets by Drop of Love

 

Love & Green Juice:

Xo,

Jodi

 

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Drop Of Love

Hey! Sorry for the lack of blog posts. I started an aromatherapy jewelry line called Drop of Love. Majority of my pieces are made from lava bead that absorb essential oils in them for you to enjoy the smell and aroma from the oils while wearing your jewelry.

I used to have a handstamped jewerly business for 6 years that did really well. I decided to stop that and start this one because it combines creativity and health and wellness at the same time. I love essential oils and aromatherapy is very powerful.

I have been focusing on that but am continuing to post food, supplements, fitness and everything health on my IG page: @greenandfitmama and will still continue to write blog posts here. If you aren’t following me on IG, please do so, I am very consistent with that page.

Please check out my line here: http://www.dropoflove.us

Xo,

Jodi

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Detox/Supplements

Amazing Benefits of Digestive Enzymes

As you age, the amount of enzymes your body produces, lower. Enzymes are necessary for complete digestion of foods and also nutrient absorption. You could be consuming the healthiest foods, raw foods, fruits and have a clean diet, but if you are not actually absorbing those nutrients, it is not fueling your body how it should be. Did you know that over 70 million people have digestive disorders? I’m sure you have heard the phrase, “All disease begins in the gut.”  If not, it’s true. You see, your gut contains the majority of your body’s immunity. If you gut (stomach and intestines) are not functioning how they should (absorbing nutrients, breaking down foods, eliminating well daily, running smooth) then it affects every other organ of your body, mainly your brain. Those children who have all types of learning disorders all will have a compromised gut. If you have a child or know of one with a learning disorder, make sure their gut is functioning properly. You can do this by:

  1. making sure their diet is free of processed foods

  2. reducing all processed sugars and keep their consumption of natural sugars lower

  3. removing all dairy from their diets

  4. removing gluten from their diets

  5. limiting grains from their diets and if they do consume grains, make sure they are sprouted.

  6. make sure they are taking a good probiotic supplement. Here’s a great one

  7. make sure they are taking a good Digestive Enzyme. Here’s a great one.

Some statistic facts:

Over 70 million people suffer from some type of digestive issue. Enzymes are vital for digestion, without them the nutrients from your foods are excreted from your body without being used.  Humans do not produce cellulase, you must take it in supplement form. Many individuals are lactose intolerant.

There’s an amazing digestive enzyme I have been taking for years called VEGANZYME that contains a FULL spectrum of enzymes needed to break down all types of foods. Here are the benefits of Veganzyme:

  • Full spectrum enzyme support!

  • Promotes digestion and nutrient absorption.

  • Helps your body break down toxic compounds.

  • Breaks down phytic acid from plants, grains and seeds to increase nutrient availability.

  • Supports normal blood pressure.

  • Promotes candida cleansing.

  • Defense against harmful, metabolic by-products.

Here’s whats also great is that this digestive enzyme contains something called “hemicellulase” this is necessary to break down the plant wall in veggies called “cellulose” and guess what else protects itself with a wall that lives in your body?? CANDIDA, yes this fungus will wreak havoc on your body in many ways. So along with helping your digest foods properly, this enzyme will break through the wall or biofilm of bacteria/fungus in your body and safely flush it out. I have personally seen candida flushed from my body taking Veganzyme.

DIET is key, eat a whole/real foods, stay away from processed foods/sugars. I recommend a gluten, diary and grain free diet especially if you are healing from a leaky gut or learning disorders or both.

So remember these two things:

  1. Your are what you DIGEST

  2. All disease begins in the gut

Check out Veganzyme, I promise you it’s worth every penny!

BE well, eat well, digest well.

Xo,

Jodi

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Healthy Eats!

Healthy Shabu Shabu


I bought my husband a SHABU Pot for Christmas last year and it’s great! It’s such a great way to have a huge pot of healthy veggies and meats for the whole family to enjoy at once. It’s great for everyone in the family to get involved by cooking the foods. It heats up really hot and fast. We made our own broth with only lemongrass,ginger and water, super tasty! Any SHABU restaurant that you go to will most likely have msg in their broths. Eateries have every right to tell you if they use msg or not so ask! Msg is a neurotoxin which is a chemical that affects your brain and can cause allergies, difficulty breathing (my son had this), even anaphylactic shock so stay away from msg at all costs. Msg has 100’s of other names that it is disguised by so unless you make it yourself you should avoid broths and sauces no matter what. Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai all use msg. Sad but true.

I bought this Shabu Shabu Pot here.

Say no to MSG and always ask when you are at a restaraunt

Xo,

Jodi