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Healthy Gut, Healthy Body

Happy Thursday y’all! Hope you are having a great week. It has been very rainy here this week, but yesterday, it was cooler at least. I want to talk a bit about health today since I have already shared my tomatoes with you earlier this week.
Your intestinal microflora–aka your microbiome–is an integral part of your immune system, and through the years research has shown that microbes of all kinds; bacteria, fungi, and even viruses; play instrumental roles in the functioning of the body. For example, beneficial bacteria, known as probiotics, have been shown to counteract inflammation and control the growth of disease causing bacteria; produce vitamins, amino acids, absorb minerals, and eliminate toxins; control asthma and reduce risk of allergies; benefit mood and mental health; and impact weight.
The composition of the microbiome varies from one person to another based on factors such as diet, health history, antibiotic exposures, geographic location, ancestry, chemical exposure, hygiene, and other environmental exposures. It has become increasingly clear that destroying the gut flora with antibiotics and pharmaceutical drugs, harsh environmental chemicals, and toxic foods is a primary factor in rising disease rates.
For all of these reasons and more, I recommend a diet rich in whole, organic, unprocessed foods along with traditionally cultured or fermented foods and plenty of fiber. A high quality probiotic supplement can also be a helpful ally to restore a healthy balance of gut flora, especially when taking antibiotics, and when eating processed foods, as both decimate the colony of beneficial microbes in the gut.
Improving diet is one of the quickest ways to improve gut health. Beneficial microbes feed on foods that are known to benefit health and vice versa. Sugar is a preferred food source for fungi that produce yeast infections and sinusitis, whereas healthy probiotic rich foods, like fermented vegetables, boost population of health promoting bacteria, thereby disallowing potential pathogenic colonies from taking over. Fiber is also important for a healthy microbiome. Some of the microbes in the gut specialize in fermenting soluble fiber found in legumes, fruits and vegetables, and the byproducts of this fermenting activity help nourish the cells lining the colon. Some of these fermentation byproducts also help calibrate the immune system, thereby preventing inflammatory disorders, such as asthma and Crohn’s Disease. Research shows that microbes starved of fiber can begin feeding on the mucus lining of the gut, thereby triggering inflammation, which may promote or exacerbate any number of diseases including ulcerative colitis. 
Here are some things to do, and some things to avoid in restoring proper gut health:
Do – Eat plenty of fermented foods. Healthy choices include kefir, sauerkraut, and fermented vegetables.

Avoid – Antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. When taking antibiotics, be sure to reseed the gut with fermented foods or a high quality probiotic supplement. 

Do – Take a high quality probiotic supplement if you do not eat fermented foods.

Avoid – Conventionally grown meat and other animal products, as they are fed low dose antibiotics and genetically engineered grains, loaded with Glyphosate, widely known to kill many bacteria.

Do – Boost your soluble and insoluble fiber intake, focusing on vegetables, nuts, and seeds, including sprouted seeds.

Avoid – Chlorinated/fluoridated water.

Do – Get your hands and feet dirty in the garden. Germ free living is not really in your best interest, as the loss of healthy bacteria can have a wide ranging affect on your mental, emotional, and physical health. Research shows that exposure to bacteria and viruses can serve as natural vaccines that strengthen the immune system, and provide long lasting immunity against disease. Getting your hands and feet dirty in the garden can reacquaint your system with beneficial microorganisms on the plants and in the soil.

Avoid – Processed food. Excessive sugar, along with otherwise dead nutrients, feed pathogenic bacteria.

Do – Open your windows. Research shows that doing so can improve the diversity and health of the microbes in your home, which in turn benefit you.

Avoid – Agricultural chemicals, Glyphosate (Roundup) in particular! 

Do – Wash dishes by hand rather than in a dishwasher. This leaves more bacteria on the dishes, and decreases allergies by stimulating the immune system.

Avoid – Antibacterial soaps, as they kill off good and bad bacteria.
In conclusion, modern lifestyles have done much to damage the human gut microbiome. What most consider modern conveniences are literally destroying their health. It doesn’t have to be this way. Wee can live clean and healthy lives if we WORK at it.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂

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Another Visit to the MS Gulf Coast, Helping Others, & Preparedness  

Happy Friday y’all! Hope you are gearing up for a great weekend. I am a day late posting this week because I was out of town yesterday. So why didn’t I just schedule my post in advance? Because I knew I would want to tell you about the trip.
My mom is friends with an older lady who has never spent time walking or sitting on the beach. She has heard us talk about it and wanted to go. Mom volunteered to take her since we love an excuse to go. 
We also have a friend who is totally blind and doesn’t get out much. She loves to eat at restaurants and get out. Everyone is so busy with their own lives that they forget those who can’t drive themselves. So, we invited her to go as well.
We had a great day. We were able to spend a couple of hours on the beach and enjoy a delicious meal at Olive Garden. It was a relaxing day.The waters of the Gulf of Mexico were pretty warm. That’s what makes it famous or infamous for hurricanes. It’s not beautiful water like the Atlantic or Pacific, but it’s all we have.
Our wonderful and beloved MS humidity is a result of the Gulf of Mexico. That fact alone almost makes it hard to appreciate it. Our high temperatures aren’t what makes MS heat so unbearable. It’s the horrible humidity. Anyway, despite all that, we enjoyed the coast.
Let me encourage you, if you know someone who is shut-in and cannot drive or get out alone, be a friend to them. Check on them and see if they need anything. Invite them to lunch or something from time to time. Send a text to let them know you are thinking of them. 
I don’t deal with this as much anymore since my mom is retired, but I can tell you that being shut-in is very lonely. We do live.  Busy lives, but we should never be too busy to reach out to someone in need. Jesus said when we do it for the least of these, we do it as unto Him. So, be a Good Samaritan and help someone in need.
My dad purchased a pressure canner today, so my mom will be canning our butter beans and peas now. We have always frozen them, but due to trouble looming on the horizon, we feel that canning would be wiser. We have never done this before, so it will be interesting. We are harvesting butter beans and peas now. We have been shelling them almost every day this week.
If you are reading this post and you live in the Lincoln or Lawrence County areas of MS and you are interested in disaster preparedness (natural or man-made), there will be a meeting held at the State Room in Brookhaven at 6:00pm on Monday, July 25th. I don’t know the details, but it sounds like a worthwhile cause. I’m sure people from other counties would be welcome as well. No matter what you think the future holds, it’s always wise to have a plan.

For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂

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Busy Week

Happy Thursday y’all! I hope you are having a great week so far. Things have been hopping around here.:-)
Homestead Nutrition has become quite popular over the past 3 weeks or so. Of course, I’m pretty happy about that. I have made the acquaintance of some people who have been a huge blessing in sending clients my way. I am very appreciative of this. I’m excited to get to help people become healthy.
Our world doesn’t promote true health much. We have more going against our health than we have going for it. Technology has been a huge destroyer of health. I have had 3 clients this week whose health is being damaged by wifi, cell phones, etc. It’s damaging the thyroid, disrupting deep and healing sleep, causing headaches, and on and on we could go.  I believe I have addressed this in a previous post, but after seeing the damage being done, I felt it was worth revisiting.
I realize we use electronics for practically every aspect of life. We think we cannot live without them, and maybe we can’t. However, I strongly recommend that you use some kind of EMF protection on either yourself or your devices. There are a number of EMF protections available. They have anything from aprons to dots that adhesive to your device. I personally use Safe-Connect Plus which adhesives to my device. You can read more about this in my previous post on this subject.
In other news, I was contacted last week by a fellow Emotion Code Practitioner who is wanting to open a healing retreat center in Colorado. This would be a place where people can go and have sessions with healers like her and myself as well as other modalities. I am not sure yet what all will be offered, but I wanted to share her information with you.  Search for “Healing Retreat coming soon, Jenny Payne.” I think she has a great idea and I hope she is successful in her endeavor.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂

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High Noon Cafe, Clients, & Canning 

Happy Thursday y’all! I hope this post finds you doing well. I hope everyone had a great Independence Day celebration. My grandparents came to our house and we grilled grass fed steaks. It was delicious! We had a good day and got some rain too.
Last Friday, Mom and I went to Jackson to Whole Foods to purchase our grass fed steaks. We also had to go by another health store called Rainbow Co-op. Rainbow is an amazing store for those of us who strive for natural health. They have a cafe called High Noon Cafe. We had never eaten there in all the times we have been to the store. Someone highly recommended it to us last week, so we decided to try it out.
The cafe is vegan. Friday they were serving seaside cakes, mashed potatoes, Cole slaw, tomato soup, and carrot cake. I do not like any seafood. I wasn’t sure what seaside cakes might consist of. However, if it was vegan, I knew there wouldn’t be animal products in it. The lady in line ahead of us asked about it since she didn’t like seafood either. They compared them to crab cakes, but assured her it wouldn’t taste like seafood. It didn’t. It was good. I was very impressed with the meal. My mom’s favorite dessert is carrot cake, so she was able to enjoy an organic slice of it. So, if you are ever in the Jackson, MS area and are looking for a healthy lunch, visit High Noon Cafe at Rainbow Co-op.
I had a busy week last week with clients! I was so excited to see business picking up. I also had promises of referrals, so that was encouraging. I hope the trend continues. 🙂
The gardens are growing. Mom has canned several jars of both sweet and dill pickles. She is going to can peppers and tomatoes this week. My tomatoes are growing, but I haven’t picked any yet. It shouldn’t be long now before they start turning red.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂

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🇺🇸Happy Independence Day🇺🇸

🇺🇸I wanted to say happy Independence Day to all of you! I am sure all of us will be celebrating our Nation’s 240th birthday in different ways, but I hope everyone will take a moment to thank God for blessing us to live in a free country. May we never take our freedom for granted. 
It seems we are slowly losing our freedom under the auspices of freedom. That may sound like an oxymoron, but it is true. One group is silenced to prevent the other group from being offended. There isn’t freedom of speech accross the board anymore. One group is allowed to have guns to protect them while that same group tries to disarm others. Our freedom to bear arms is in danger of extinction. It’s ok for certain groups to pray to their God in public places, but the God of the Bible has been removed from every aspect of public life. Our freedom of religion is no longer all inclusive. By the way, our forefathers came and established this Nation for the sole purpose of freedom of religion.
As I stood in the choir at our church and saluted as the National Anthem was sung and Old Glory was proudly carried down the aisle, I couldn’t help but wonder how many more times we will be able to celebrate freely. As we reflect on the heroes of the past such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, not to mention the heroes whose names are unknown, our hearts swell with American pride. Where are the heroes of that caliber today? Where are the, “Men full of compassion who laugh and love and cry, men who’ll face eternity and aren’t afraid to die. Men who’ll fight for freedom and honor once again, We just need a few good men.” And I’ll make an addendum to that by saying we need good women who know their role and fulfill it.
If we want to “make America great again,” it is going to take more than Donald Trump. We the people are going to have to return to the values of our forefathers and return God to His proper place. This isn’t antiquated, it’s just plain right. God said in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Life was simpler and happier when things weren’t complicated by pleasing this group or that group. It was more peaceful when we didn’t have to worry about locking our doors and windows at night; when neighbors helped one another and children were safe in their own yards. That was true freedom.
So, as we reflect on the past and the great price paid for our freedom, we can also thank God for the freedoms we still have. This is still the greatest Nation on Earth. It’s still the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” If you haven’t already, you owe it to yourself to visit YouTube and listen to Star Swayne sing the National Anthem. May God bless you, and may God bless America!🇺🇸

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