Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Wonders of Water: Amazing Secrets for Health and Wellness

Water is Amazing! It is truly natures ultimate healer!
Without the use of drugs, many people have reported healing themselves by simply drinking pure water.

Drinking water prevents premature labor!

Water prevents and helps to cure heartburn. Heartburn is a signal of water shortage in the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. It is a major thirst signal of the human body. The use of antacids or tablet medications in the treatment of this pain does not correct dehydration, and the body continues to suffer as a result of its water shortage.

Not recognizing heartburn as a sign of dehydration and treating it with antacids and pill medications will, in time, produce inflammation of the stomach and duodenum, hiatal hernia, ulceration, and eventually cancers in the gastrointestinal tract, including the liver and pancreas.

Water prevents and helps to cure arthritis. Rheumatoid joint pain - arthritis - is a signal of water shortage in the painful joint. It can affect the young as well as the old. The use of pain-killers does not cure the problem, but exposes the person to further damage from pain medications. Intake of water and small amounts of salt will cure this problem.

Water prevents and helps to cure back pain. Low back pain and ankylosing arthritis of the spine are signs of water shortage in the spinal column and discs - the water cushions that support the weight of the body. These conditions should be treated with increased water intake - not a commercial treatment, but a very effective one.

Not recognizing arthritis and low back pain as signs of dehydration in the joint cavities and treating them with pain-killers, manipulation, acupuncture, and eventually surgery will, in time, produce osteoarthritis when the cartilage cells in the joints have eventually all died. It will produce deformity of the spine. It will produce crippling deformities of the limbs. Pain medications have their own life-threatening complications.

Water prevents and helps to cure angina. Heart pain - angina - is a sign of water shortage in the heart/lung axis. It should be treated with increased water intake until the patient is free of pain and independent of medications. Medical supervision is prudent. However, increased water intake is angina's cure.

Water prevents and helps to cure migraines. Migraine headache is a sign of water need by the brain and the eyes. It will totally clear up if dehydration is prevented from establishing in the body. The type of dehydration that causes migraine might eventually cause inflammation of the back of the eye and possibly loss of eye sight.

Water prevents and helps to cure colitis. Colitis pain is a signal of water shortage in the large gut. It is associated with constipation because the large intestine constricts to squeeze the last drop of water from the excrements - thus the lack of water lubrication.

Not recognizing colitis pain as a sign of dehydration will cause persistent constipation. Later in life, it will cause fecal impacting: it can cause diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and polyps, and appreciably increases the possibility of developing cancer of the colon and rectum.

Water and salt prevent and helps to cure asthma. Asthma, which also affects 14 million children and kills several thousand of them every year, is a complication of dehydration in the body. It is caused by the drought management programs of the body. In asthma free passage of air is obstructed so that water does not leave the body in the form of vapor - the winter steam. Increased water intake will prevent asthma attacks. Asthmatics need also to take more salt to break the mucus plugs in the lungs that obstruct the free flow of air in and out of the air sacs.

Not recognizing asthma as the indicator of dehydration in the body of a growing child not only will sentence many thousands of children to die every year, but will permit irreversible genetic damage to establish in the remaining 14 million asthmatic children.
Water prevents and helps to cure high blood pressure. Hypertension is a state of adaptation of the body to a generalized drought, when there is not enough water to fill all the blood vessels that diffuse water into vital cells. As part of the mechanism of reverse osmosis, when water from the blood serum is filtered and injected into important cells through minute holes in their membranes, extra pressure is needed for the "injection process." Just as we inject I.V. "water" in hospitals, so the body injects water into tens of trillions of cells all at the same time. Water and some salt intake will bring blood pressure back to normal! 
Not recognizing hypertension as one of the major indicators of dehydration in the human body, and treating it with diuretics that further dehydrate the body will, in time, cause blockage by cholesterol of the heart arteries and the arteries that go to the brain. It will cause heart attacks and small or massive strokes that paralyze. It will eventually cause kidney disease. It will cause brain damage and neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease.
Water prevents and helps to cure early adult-onset diabetes. Adult-onset diabetes is another adaptive state to severe dehydration of the human body. To have adequate water in circulation and for the brain's priority water needs, the release of insulin is inhibited to prevent insulin from pushing water into all body cells. In diabetes, only some cells get survival rations of water. Water and some salt will reverse adult-onset diabetes in its early stages. 
Not recognizing adult-onset diabetes as a complication of dehydration will, in time, cause massive damage to the blood vessels all over the body. It will cause eventual loss of the toes, feet and legs from gangrene. It will cause eye damage, even blindness.
Water lowers blood cholesterol.
High cholesterol levels are an indicator of early drought management by the body. Cholesterol is a clay-like material that is poured in the gaps of some cell membranes to safeguard them against losing their vital water content to the osmotically more powerful blood circulating in their vicinity. Cholesterol, apart from being used to manufacture nerve cell membranes and hormones, is also used as a "shield" against water taxation of other vital cells that would normally exchange water through their cell membranes.
Here is what Andreas Moritz says about water: Body Drought
Here is David Wolfe seeking out spring water: Avocado's Spring Water World
I love Nelson, British Columbia! Hope you all enjoyed this post!
Much Love,
Please check out my personal site at: www.MichelleBerryShaffer.com

Monday, December 19, 2011

New Year Juice Fast!

A new year is upon us, it is a time of change, to connect with ourself and cleanse. It is the perfect time of year to nourish yourself with a fast.
Juice fasting is a multidimensional experience in which total body transformation occurs. There are a wide range of metabolic changes and experiences. The blood and lymph are detoxified. When juice fasting, the release of toxins from the colon, kidneys, bladder, lungs, sinuses, and skin clears out complications that have arisen from a bad diet and unhealthy lifestyle. The benefits of following a juice fast include heightened spiritual awareness and relaxation of the body, mind, and emotions. Many people feel a sense of letting go of pain from the past and developing a positive attitude towards the present. During juice fasting, the body is able to clean out its system because it is not expending energy towards the digestive organs.
Raw juices contain certain natural medicines, vegetal hormones and antibiotics. Its time for a clearing, a New Year, a new you!
The Skinny
A juice feasting adventure will give your body a break from caffeine, sugar, wheat, dairy, and alcohol so that you may establish new, healthier habits, renew your energy and detox your body. A feast includes freshly prepared juices, coconut water and supplements. Also included is a sole bath mixture, supplies for a liver/gallbladder flush, enema bag, body brush, personal notebook with handouts, daily support class where we stretch, meditate, explore natural beauty, healthy eating, and balance harmony within ourselves. 
New Years Cleanse January 21st-27th.
During this time we will have daily support classes everyday at noon to enhance your experience. 
If you cannot make daily classes, you may choose to come and pick up your juices anytime after 12pm.
Participants, please let me know exactly what you do or do not want included in your package and if you have any food allergies or aversions to foods so that juices may be tailored to your individual needs. Please inform me of any particular issues you struggle with and I will add personal information to your notebook addressing any concerns (i.e. thyroid issues, cancer, metabolic imbalance, osteoporosis, arthritis, candida, ect...)
Price Break Down
For a first time faster, the total juice fast experience is $430
***You may choose strictly juices and a few supplements to fit your needs and budget. The cost of juices will be $180 for the first time Berry Bliss Fast and $150 for people who have fasted with Berry Bliss before. Juices are for the week of January 21st-27th. (This includes three fresh juices per day and one coconut water) It is not recommended for people who have metabolic imbalances to use coconut water. (If you do not need coconut water subtract $25).
You may choose to add an extra juice per day to your fast to make your experience a juice feast for $35.
Products and price breakdown
Vitamineral Green™ $20
Vitamineral Earth™ $20
Enzyme Powder $20
Thyroid Nascent Iodine $35
Natural Cellular Defense - Liquid Zeolite $40
Organic Psyllium Fiber $15
Body Brush $9
Beautifying Facial Brush $5
Tongue Scraper $10
Sole Bath (adds 3 days of detoxification) $10
Enema Kit $10
Triphala for after the fast $16
Probiotics (dairy-free) for after the fast $40

" The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame. In diet and in the prevention of disease." -Thomas Edison
When we fast, we practice faith in the body's wisdom. We receive an opportunity to release our compulsions and attachments to controlling and a door is opened for us to examine all the ways in which the illusion of control and the existence of one who is controlling play into our lives. 
Recommended Products

Vitamineral Green-- Nutritionally supports Blood Sugar, Detoxification, The Immune System, Liver, Kidneys, Blood, Bones, Colon, Regularity, Circulation, and Longevity. This is you protein for the fast.

Vitamineral Earth-- (Optional) Nutritionally supports blood sugar, colon, detoxification, the immune system, and Longevity. Balances the Yin and Yang with the Vitamineral Green.
E3 Enzymes Supreme™-- Enzymes are the 'spark of life'. This powder formula is a digestive and cleansing blend of plant-based enzymes and other plant-derived digestive aids. This formula consists of premium, full-spectrum, digestive enzymes with added nutritional co-factors optimized to work in wide pH variations throughout the entire digestive tract.  Without enzymes, our bodies do not properly break down food; therefore we do not absorb vitamins, minerals and amino acids which are the basis of health. Our immune system, bloodstream, liver, kidneys, spleen and pancreas especially depend upon enzymes for proper digestive function. Without proper enzymes, our white blood cells try to perform the purpose of the enzymes, usually leaving one feeling tired after eating, and compromising the immune system. Enzymes are responsible for every biochemical reaction that occurs in living matter. All life depends on enzymes.
Nascent Iodine- This is the least toxic and least irritating of all iodine formulas available. Iodine is crucial for every hormone to function properly and for normal metabolism. Iodine deficiency is relatively common. Severe iodine deficiency often occurs in individuals who have thyroid disease and are hyperthyroid (an over active thyroid), or those who have a goiter from thyroid malfunction. Symptoms of iodine deficiency may include extreme fatigue, slowing of both physical and mental processes, weight gain, facial puffiness, constipation and lethargy. Iodine, because of it’s role in the metabolism helps burn off excess fat, it is a germicidal and antiseptic for internal use, iodine aids in, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, helps heal gastro-intestinal and urinary disorders, malaria fever, various infectious diseases internal and external, arthritis and joint diseases, skin diseases, burns, abrasions, cuts and mouth diseases.  Wow!
Natural Cellular Defense™-- Every cell in your body is under constant attack from toxins. Heavy metals like mercury, lead, aluminum and countless other toxins attack our body’s defenses, depleting our reserves and causing us to age, get headaches, feel tired, get sick, etc. Natural Cellular Defense has been clinically formulated to help support a healthy immune system, remove heavy metals and toxins, and balance your body's pH levels.
Dry Skin Brush(s)-- It is well known that the skin is the largest organ in the body, and is responsible for one-fourth of the body's detoxification each day, also making it, one of the most important elimination organs! When you dry skin brush, you help your lymph system to clean itself of the toxins, that collect in the lymph glands. You use a simple technique to improve the surface circulation on the skin and keep the pores of the skin open, encouraging your body's discharge of metabolic wastes, and resulting in an improved ability to combat bacteria, plus helping your skin to look and feel healthier and more resilient! Skin brushing is a perfect treatment for taking charge of your body and health.
Tongue Scraper-- The ancient Ayurvedic healing philosophy of India has recommended tongue scraping for centuries as an aid to digestion and for the health of the teeth and the sinuses. When the salivary glands are cleaned, it activates them and enhances digestion (yes, digestion begins in the mouth as saliva mixes with food and begins to break it down). Tongue cleaning revitalizes the throat and keeps the sinuses cleaner by reducing bacteria that can travel into the respiratory system. Many people who have struggled with sinus infections, sore throats, throat infections*, and chronic bad breath, may find added relief through regular tongue scraping. Dentists are now recommending tongue cleaning to keep the mouth clean and reduce odor. They have learned that bad breath most often comes from bacteria on the tongue rather than from gum disease.
Sole Bath- In contrast to a normal bath, in which moisture is extracted from the skin, a sole bath allows salt to be stored in the upper callous layer of the skin and binds water.  This maintains the natural, protective film of the skin, protecting it from drying out. This is the reason why sole baths are good for dry skin as well.  The cleansing effects of a 30-minute sole bath equal those of three days of fasting.  The toxins are released into the bath water through osmosis, while the minerals from the sole are absorbed through the skin.  Studies have shown that you can achieve the best results taking a sole bath during the change of the moon cycle.  The minerals and energies stored in the sole can optimally be absorbed during a full moon.  The body’s healing potential is at its peak, bioenergetically weak points are harmonized, and the body’s own energy flow is activated.  During a new moon, the cleansing effects are optimized because the body’s capacity for detoxifying is at an optimum.  The bath will have a detoxifying effect similar to a three day fast.
Triphala-- A must for easing back into food as it is used to rejuvenate the digestive system, support healthy liver function, support the immune system, support healthy inflammatory response and as a tonic for overall health. Nutrient-rich Triphala (or three fruits) regulates, strengthens, tones, and cleanses your digestive system without stripping or depleting your body of vital nutrients. One of the oldest and most renowned herbal formulas from the Vedic tradition, Triphala is a gentle, nourishing blend of three certified organic fruits: amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki. High in linoleic oil and vitamin C, non habit-forming and safe for people of all ages, our Ayurvedic Triphala formula's colon cleansing action supports healthy digestive and gastro intestinal function while strengthening nutritional assimilation. 
Premier Probiotic-- Full Spectrum, Beneficial Flora for Healthy Intestines Non-Dairy Base (milk-free), Probiotic Supplement. Premier's broad-spectrum, quantum-state, probiotic culture formula (“good bacteria”) promotes healthy intestinal ecology with 12 different viable strains of beneficial flora to support all major groups of health-promoting intestinal bacteria.* The unique Japanese process uses 92 different natural herbs and barks, cultured for 5 years to produce healthy, mature flora and highly bioavailable nutrients. Quantum-Rx Probiotic Complex is certified as 6.5 times stronger than any other lactic acid bacteria.

When we fast, we practice faith in the body's wisdom. We receive an opportunity to release our compulsions and attachments to controlling and a door is opened for us to examine all the ways in which the illusion of control and the existence of one who is controlling play into our lives.
It is my goal to help you have the optimum juice fasting experience!

Cheers to your health! 

Michelle Berry
Sublime Living Essentials

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

It's that time of the year, cookie exchanges, sweets, parties, love.
Here is a Gluten Free, Vegan recipe for Chocolate Almond Butter Bars.
They are called bars because they are somewhere in the middle of a brownie and a cookie and they are very tasty.
I made these for Alex's dance class in less than 1/2 hour and for those of you who know me know that I don't bake! 
They turned out great with no explosions in my oven! Wahooo!

2 1/4 cup Gluten Free Mama's All Purpose Baking Mix (Or any other gluten free baking flour mix)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt

1/2 cup Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread (melted)
1/2 cup Almond or Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Organic Sugar
1/2 cup Organic Brown Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla
2 Tbs Ground Flax Seed
6 Tbs. Blessed Water

1 cup Vegan Carob Chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and slightly grease a 15 1/2 X 10 1/2 inch cookie sheet with sides. (I used a torte pan).

In a small bowl, combine flours, soda, salt.
In a large bowl combine buttery spread, almond butter, and sugars, beat with mixer until creamy.

Add vanilla, ground flax and blessed water, gradually add flour mixture and stop when barely blended and spin beaters to remove dough. Stir in the carob ships in with a sturdy wooden spoon.

Press dough into pan, pushing the dough to the edges so that it is even. Place the pan in pre-heated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then cut into squares or wedges.

If you don't have vegan carob chips available, use 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder and a couple of tablespoons of blessed water, mix and follow directions as stated above.

I use Gluten Free Mama products because they are wonderful (you can substitute their flours in any regular recipe and it will come out fabulous) and because they are local (Polson, MT). Here is a link to the Gluten Free Mama's website: http://www.glutenfreemama.com/

Perseverance is a great element of success.
If you only knock long enough at the gate,
you are sure to wake up somebody.
~Henri Wadsworth Longfellow

From our house to yours,
Have a wonderful holiday season!

Please check out my personal site at: www.MichelleBerryShaffer.com

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Announcing Sublime Living Essentials!

Dear Friends and Family,

It is our pleasure to announce our New Website, Sublime Living Essentials! Over the last 6 months we have been working on creating a business that truly supports a holistic lifestyle. We have now launched the website live this week, and we are so excited to share it with you! It would mean the world to us if you'd stop by the site at some point: Sublime Living Essentials as well as pass this email onto your friends and family.

You may note that we have some valuable features on this site:
1. Site features an online store that is designed to support a healthy body, mind and spirit with the highest quality supplements and superfoods, herbs, body care, books, and a whole lot more!
2. You may subscribe at any time as a member to be kept up to date on new products and services being offered.
3. There is a link to Michelle's recipe blog, Berry Bliss.
4. There is also a link to the product review blog, Sublime Elements.
5. And a page with valuable articles written by people who are on the cutting edge of holistic health and living a holistic lifestyle.
6. We will keep refreshing the news on the Sublime site, so please come back often for all of the current happenings, news, information, recipes and sales!
7. If you have time, visit our facebook page too and hit the "like" button! 

Dreams really do come true!
Thank you for your support! Many Blessings!

In love and light,
Michelle & Noah Shaffer