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Episode 02 – Bladder-Kidney Detox

On my blog and in my Facebook posts this week, I’ve focused on back pain.  One of the things that can cause back pain is poor kidney function.  So, this week’s detox is all about cleansing and detoxifying the Bladder and Kidneys.

WHAT THE DETOX IS FOR?

Flushing toxins from the bladder and kidneys to improve urination and reduce infections.

HOW LONG DOES THE DETOX LAST?

This detox lasts for 3 days.

WHAT DO I EAT?

The 3 days prior to the cleanse – Drink half your body weight in ounces of water.  For example, if  you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water per day.  Also avoid alcohol, coffee, and large amounts of protein.

The night before – Drink 1 cup of uva ursi tea with 1/4 tsp of ascorbate vitamin C crystals added to the tea.

The next 3 days :

  • When you wake up, drink a 6 ounce glass of distilled water that has 3 tsp of cranberry concentrate and 1/4 tsp of ascorbate vitamin C crystals added to it.
  • For breakfast drink either a glass of watermelon juice with 1/4 tsp of ascorbate vitamin C crystals added to it or a glass of organic apple juice with 1 capsule of Probiotic.
  • Mid morning drink either a glass of watermelon seed tea (grind watermelon seeds and steep in hot water for 30 minutes, add honey to taste) or drink an herbal bladder cleansing tea, such as uva ursi tea.
  • For lunch drink either carrot juice or a chlorophyll-rich drink.
  • For dinner drink either carrot juice with 1 tsp spirulina powder added or cranberry juice with 1/4 tsp ascorbate vitamin C crystals added.
  • Before bed drink either a glass of papaya or apple juice and take 1 capsule of Probiotic.

The next 30 days – Be sure to include garlic, onions, papayas, bananas, watermelon, sprouts, leafy greens, and/or cucumbers in your diet each day.  These foods promote healthy kidneys.

WHAT FOODS SHOULD I AVOID?

Avoid  alcohol, coffee, and large amounts of protein.  May also be beneficial to avoid dairy and watch sodium consumption.

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE SUPPLEMENTS OR SPECIALTY FOODS, TEAS, ETC.?

This detox requires a couple of specialty items.  I have inserted hyperlinks to the items above.  Most of the items, if not all of them, can be found at a local health food store.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I REPEAT THE CLEANSE?

This detox should be repeated any time you notice having problems with urination (limited or burning or foul smelling),  having frequent bladder infections, or experiencing back pain due to kidney problems.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS TO THE CLEANSE?

The pros to this cleanse include:

  1. There are at least 2 options at each “meal” for drinks.  So you shouldn’t get bored with drinking the same thing and you should be able to select a drink of which you can tolerate the flavor.
  2. You are drinking off and on all day so when you get hungry it is probably time to drink again.
  3. While there are some “specialty” items in this cleanse, they aren’t so special that you can’t purchase them from a local health food store.

The cons to this cleanse include:

  1. This is a liquid diet…there is no food for 3 days.
  2. Some of the drinks aren’t yummy…for example, spirulina isn’t my favorite so it would be difficult for me to drink this down.

I would love to hear from you…let me know your pros and cons to this detox.  Feel free to post any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.   And, if you like my podcasts and blogs, please like Bartann Therapy on Facebook and share my podcasts and blogs with your family and friends.  Thanks!

Wishing you Health and Happiness!

NOTE: We highly recommend consulting with your primary care physician before beginning any diet, exercise, or detox program.

 

Episode 01 – Indigestion Cleanse

The first detox that we are going to dive into together and learn more about!

This week I will be focusing on a detox for people who suffer from Indigestion.

A quick side note – a cleanse is more about cleaning up the diet to eliminate food triggers that cause a problem versus a detox that turns toxins into waste to be eliminated.  This detox is considered a cleanse.

WHAT THE CLEANSE IS FOR?

Relieving signs and symptoms of indigestion, acid reflux, and/or heartburn.

HOW LONG DOES THE CLEANSE LAST?

This cleanse lasts for 2 days, followed by a 4 day fresh food and brown rice diet.

Because it is a cleanse it is more of a way of life than just a temporary thing you do get rid of toxins in the body.  Therefore, you will continue to watch your food consumption after the initial 2 days and the subsequent 4 days.

WHAT DO I EAT?

The first 2 days – The only food you eat is apples; the only drink you drink is fresh squeezed apple juice.  Obviously, you may have water to drink as well.

You are not limited on the amount of apples you can eat or the amount of fresh apple juice you can drink.  If you feel hungry, eat another apple or drink another glass of apple juice.  I really enjoy hot apple juice…I know it’s kind of weird but it helps to get over the craving for hot coffee in the morning.  Give it a try and let me know if it helped you or not.

The next 4 days – Begin adding fresh foods and brown rice back into your diet. Fresh foods are foods that are not preserved by canning, that are not dehydrated, that are not frozen, and that are not smoked.  You don’t have to eat all the fresh produce raw, you may cook them.

After the 4 days – You may begin adding other foods back into your diet.  I highly recommend you do this slowly and pay attention to your body.  If you have any signs or symptoms of indigestion, remove the offending item from your list of ok foods.

WHAT FOODS SHOULD I AVOID?

Avoid eating anything that is fatty, spicy, sugary, or acid-forming.  Also avoid high fat dairy, dried fruits, sodas, and caffeine.

Acid-forming and Alkalizing Food Lists

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE SUPPLEMENTS OR SPECIALTY FOODS, TEAS, ETC.?

This cleanse doesn’t require any supplements, specialty foods or teas.  You may eat whatever kind of organic (if possible) apple you think is tasty and enjoy.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I REPEAT THE CLEANSE?

There is no recommended time frame for repeating.  It is recommended that you make a lifestyle change.  However, if you find yourself back in a situation of having indigestion and not knowing the source, then it would be a great time to start the cleanse again from the beginning.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS TO THE CLEANSE?

The pros to this cleanse include:

  1. Being able to eat when you’re hungry.  There is no limit on how many apples you can consume per day.
  2. Having relief from indigestion, acid-reflux, and heartburn.
  3. It is short…only 2 days.

The cons to this cleanse include:

  1. Allergy to apples…DON’T DO IT!
  2. It’s a mono diet…only apples, fresh apple juice, and water.  So, it may be boring.
  3. Some people report having indigestion when they eat apples…if that is the case, then this cleanse is not for you.

I would love to hear from you…let me know your pros and cons to this cleanse.  Feel free to post any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.   And, if you like my podcasts and blogs, please like Bartann Therapy on Facebook and share my podcasts and blogs with your family and friends.  Thanks!

Wishing you Health and Happiness!

NOTE: We highly recommend consulting with your primary care physician before beginning any diet, exercise, or detox program.

 

GastroZyme Review

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Indigestion & Heartburn

GastroZymeTransformation’s GastroZyme is amazing!!!

We have had many, many clients over the years that were suffering with acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn, or whatever you want to call it and after taking GastroZyme and making dietary and lifestyle changes they no longer suffer with heartburn, gas, or bloating.

This all natural, vegetarian supplement has herbs that are known to soothe the mucosal lining.  Even people with the most sensitive stomach can take this supplement without issue.

The thing I love the most is it does not mess with the acid productivity in the stomach.  It just simply soothes the stomach and allows for the body to heal itself.  Isn’t that the real goal in the end…to support the body so that it can heal itself?  Absolutely!

You can purchase GastroZyme in the Bartann Store.  If you’d like more information on GastroZyme or any other enzymes, please feel free to contact me at melody@bartanntherapy.com.

NOTE: THE STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS POST ARE FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.  THE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA.  THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, PREVENT, OR CURE ANY DISEASE.

Alkaline / Acid Food List

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Indigestion & Heartburn

As promised, attached are the food lists for Alkaline Foods and Acidic Foods.

In general, your diet should contain 80% Alkalizing foods and 20% Acidifying Foods.  I think you’ll find it is a pretty comprehensive list.  If something isn’t listed on either of the lists, use your instincts on which side of the food list it belongs. 😉

Acidifying Foods

Alkalizing Foods

Indigestion and Heartburn

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Indigestion & Heartburn

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night feeling like a 5 Alarm Fire was happening in your throat and chest?  I know I have…and I didn’t like it one bit!

Indigestion and heartburn don’t just stop with the throat and chest burning…you’ll usually feel bloated and gassy, too.

And, if you suffer from this ailment/discomfort…you are not alone.  40% of Americans are victims of heartburn!  Woah!  That’s a lot of people!!  Here’s the good news…you can totally prevent heartburn with a few dietary and lifestyle changes:

  • Take ENZYMES – Most of the food we eat these days are so processed that they no longer have the necessary enzymes in them for proper digestion.  Enzymes are destroyed when food is cooked, microwaved, or processed above 118 degrees F.  You can either obtain enzymes by eating fresh foods and raw foods or by taking a supplemental digestive enzyme.  The highest quality digestive enzyme is Transformation’s Digest.  You can order it in the Bartann Store.
  • Eat more FIBER – Fiber is one of those things that we have heard about for ages…and, there is a good reason for that as it regulates our digestive system and keeps it running smoothly.  The daily fiber recommendation is 30-35 grams.  To accomplish this with food, you’d have to eat 6 half-cup servings of whole grains, cereal, or legumes and 4 servings of fresh fruits and veggies.
  • Eat more ALKALINE FOODS – It is pretty obvious that the more acidic foods you eat the more acidic your body becomes.  Foods that are more alkaline forming in the body are mineral water, land/sea vegetables, sea salt, herbal teas, miso, brown rice, honey, fruits, and fruit juices.  Avoid foods that are acid forming like refined sugar, white flour, alcohol, soft drinks, coffee and caffeine containing foods, red meat, and fried, fatty foods.  I’ll be posting a more comprehensive Acid/Alkaline Food List later in the week so be sure to look for that.

A quick word on antacids…don’t take them.  While it may seem that they help in the moment, in the long run they actually cause the problem to be worse because they neutralize the stomach acid, which makes it produce even more acid.  And, if you use these pills that contain aluminum over a long period of time, it can cause bone loss.

I’m also not a fan of prescription or OTC medications for heartburn and indigestion.  There are too many side affects with taking these drugs but most importantly, this problem is PREVENTABLE…you just have to do your part and eat responsibly.

If you insist on taking a pill to relieve the burn while you are working on clearing up your diet, check out my blog post later in the week on my recommendation.