SNH March 2018 Newsletter
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How does bile help in the detoxification process?

What is detox? How do you start it and what do you do? Is it just another fad? The truth is it is easy to feel overwhelmed with a list of remedies to try, things you “need” to do or “should” do. However, when we look at the body from a functional standpoint it will show us exactly where the deficiency is and how to address it. In fact, detox is already something your body does naturally and it is how it unloads toxins.

Take bile for example. The liver manufactures bile and it is, in my opinion, the main ingredient in detox. The gallbladder stores the bile in between meals and plays an important role in the breakdown of fatty acids. Here are some examples of bile dysfunction.

  • Without bile the small intestines can become overwhelmed with microorganisms and it doesn’t really matter how much probiotics you take, you will still have an overgrowth.
  • Bile also keeps the stool soft by increasing water in the stool.
  • It works in absorbing fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins.

At this point you might be asking, “But what does bile have to do with detox?” Without bile and another extremely important vehicle, fiber, the body cannot get rid of toxins. In fact, 99% of what is excreted in the bile is reabsorbed if you do not consume enough fiber.

Think of it this way, bile is the river in which the toxins flow and fiber is the net that grabs them and takes them away. Fiber gives the toxins in the bile something to bind to, that way it can go into the colon and the body can eliminate it.

This example is also why I will never recommend a detox until digestion is addressed. If the river is not properly flowing and fiber is not being consumed the toxins will just be recirculated within the body, causing issues, and the toxins will never actually leave.

So, if you want to detox;

  1. 1. Talk to a health care provider who can address digestion if you are experiencing bloating, gas, constipation
  2. 2. Promote bile flow
  3. 3. Eats lots of fiber.
Written by Sarah Eno, NTP

The Antioxidant Power of Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)

The wonderful thing about Green Tea is how the leaves retain their biologically active nutrients from the time of harvesting to the moment you brew and then sip this liquid elixir. Green Tea contains plant nutrients (polyphenols), such as catechins and flavonoids, which function as antioxidants, helping the body to clear out free radicals, molecules that cause oxidative damage to cells. This damage creates inflammation and can lead to disease.

One of the potent compounds in Green Tea is the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). Studies conducted on the health-protective benefits of EGCG show that people who frequently drink Green Tea have lower rates of illness, including many types of cancer. While additional research is needed to understand the mechanisms that contribute to the medicinal properties of Green Tea, EGCG supplements have been used in clinical trials to help treat certain cancers, inflammatory diseases, and diabetes.

There are many ways to enjoy Green Tea. The best varieties of tea will be loose leaf, organically harvested from GMO-free crops. To maintain the potency of the antioxidants in your tea, do not add milk, which alters the tea's health-boosting properties. Be sure to follow the steeping directions. Steeping longer than directed can make the tea bitter. As a general rule, if you prefer a stronger tea, add more tea for the same steeping time. To sweeten, add locally sourced honey or a splash of fresh squeezed lemon, orange, or even watermelon juice.


Green Tea, Lime & Avocado Smoothie

This is a refreshing and creamy twist on the green tea smoothie, which is often prepared with fruit. Lime juice and freshly squeezed lemon add tangy pizzaz to this beautiful and nutrient-rich smoothie. Green tea and kale provide antioxidants, while avocado contributes healthy fats, making this a satisfying afternoon treat or an excellent complement to breakfast. It's also an ideal addition to a healthy detox routine.


  • Flesh from 1 avocado
  • 2 sweet apples, cored and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 small zucchini, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 small knob peeled ginger
  • Roughly 1/4 cup loosely packed parsley
  • 1/2 juiced lime
  • 2 leaves kale
  • 1 cup brewed and cooled green tea
  • 2/3 cup almond milk (or water)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds (optional)


*You might like to stop and taste after blending in the lime and lemon, to see if the flavor suits your taste.

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered food processor and blend until smooth and combined.
  2. Pour into two jars and stir a teaspoon of chia seeds through each. Allow to sit at least half an hour (though overnight is best) before consuming. This will allow the chia seeds to absorb the liquid.


Create a Health Shift with Intermittent Fasting

You're probably aware that going too many hours between meals can cause a drop in blood sugar that leads to headaches, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. While that's true, new research shows that planned periods of Intermittent Fasting (IF) or Intermittent Energy Restriction (IER) can be good for your health. This is not about starving yourself to lose weight. Instead, IER aims to give the digestive system a break from food, which allows the body to cleanse itself. To be truly restorative, IER is matched with a similar break from mental and physical activity.

Though clinical research is still in the early stages for both animal and human studies, several health benefits have been identified. Researchers are investigating different types of IER protocols for both healthy adults and those who are living with obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic diseases.

Intermittent Fasting Regimens

During an Intermittent Fast, drink plenty of water, keep exercise to low intensity, and avoid stress such as the kind created by work deadlines or caretaking for family. For best health practices, choose unprocessed, whole foods including grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and best quality fish, meat and dairy.

  • The 16/8 Method involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours (e.g., Noon – 8 PM), then fasting for 16 hours (8 PM to 12 PM the next day).
  • The Weekly/Bi-weekly 24-hour Fast involves a 24 hour period of fasting for one or two days per week or every other week: Last meal at 6 PM Monday, no food but plenty of water until 6 PM the next day.
  • The 5:2 Method involves choosing any two non-consecutive days of the week and eating only about 600 calories on those days: Tuesday 600 calories; Thursday 600 calories, rest of the week eating regular, healthy meals.

Your holistic health practitioner can help you determine if this is a good approach for you and which is the best intermittent fasting regimen to meet your health goals.


Guiding Principles

The information offered by this newsletter is presented for educational purposes. Nothing contained within should be construed as nor is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. This information should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider. Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before embarking on a new treatment, diet or fitness program. You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of any information contained within this newsletter.
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