Category Archives: Digestive Health

The Health Benefits of Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem ArtichokeNative to central North America, Jerusalem Artichokes, often called by the more modern name “sunchokes,” can be eaten much like a potato. This vegetable is not truly an artichoke but a variety of sunflower with a lumpy, brown-skinned tuber that often resembles a Ginger root. The white flesh of this vegetable is nutty, sweet and crunchy and is a good source of iron. Along with supplying iron, it also hosts a large amount of health benefits.

The Jerusalem Artichoke is one of the finest sources of dietary fibers. Each Jerusalem Artichoke contains large amounts of inulin, a zero calorie and inert carbohydrate, which does not undergo metabolism inside the human body. Its high amount of inulin makes it an ideal sweetener for diabetics. Inulin fights harmful bacteria inside the gastrointestinal tract making Jerusalem artichokes a fantastic prebiotic. The soluble and insoluble fibers in this tuber bind to toxic compounds in the gut and alleviate constipation by normalizing bowel movements.

The soluble fiber in the Jerusalem Artichoke also helps the body manage healthy cholesterol levels, supports healthy blood pressure and may also help to reduce inflammation.

Carbohydrates in foods break down into simple sugars quickly and cause blood glucose levels to spike and drop sharply. Fluctuating blood glucose levels may significantly increase the risk of fatigue, heart disease, moodiness, immune deficiencies, and diabetes. The Jerusalem Artichoke is considered a low GI (glycemic index) food and provides a slow and stable rise and fall in blood glucose levels.

The tuber contains anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin C, A, and E. The combination of the vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and flavonoid compounds, eliminate harmful free radicals in the body thereby reducing inflammation and strengthening the immune system.

Make the Jerusalem Artichoke part of your healthy diet!

Liquid Herbal Extracts Benefits

Black Cohosh Liquid Herbal Extracts

Herbal extracts have been traditionally used to maintain, restore and improve health. But which is the best way to experience the medicinal benefits of an herb – capsules, teas or liquid extracts? Capsules may be convenient and teas may be easy to make but a liquid herbal extract offers benefits that these do not.

Tablets and capsules lose the potency of many of their active ingredients both in production and storage. Herbal tablets are prepared with fillers, binders and other materials necessary to compress the ground herbs into a tablet form. Herbal capsules tend to be better than tablets because they dissolve more easily in the stomach and do not contain the extra binding materials, however, if the body is not digesting and assimilating well, the potential therapeutic benefits of an herbal extract are diminished. Herbs in a capsule and tablet form also loose potency faster as they are exposed to oxygen.

Liquid Herbal Extracts tend to be more potent and offer a greater concentration of the plant’s medicinal properties. Their absorption occurs more quickly allowing the herbal properties to enter the bloodstream with minimal digestive effort.

Benefits of Taking a Liquid Herbal Extract:

  1. They are absorbed more easily.
  2. They are easy to take.
  3. They have a longer shelf-life.
  4. They offer a greater concentration of the plant constituents.
  5. They can be mixed in water, juice, or tea.
  6. They allow the aroma and taste of an herb to be experienced.
  7. May provide quicker benefits.

Alcohol Extraction:

Some herbs will not release their innate healing properties without a strong solvent such as Alcohol to extract its medicinal benefits. Alcohol has proven to work better than water for the extraction process of the plant’s active herbal constituents (parts of the plant that have an action on the body). It also protects the extract from bacterial growth, enhances the potency of the herb, preserves without refrigeration, extends shelf-life and brings out the aroma and flavor of the herbs.

Suggested Use:

Licorice Root Liquid Herbal ExtractsMost liquid herbal extracts can have a shelf life of up to 2 to 4 years. Store the liquid extract in a cool, dark place and shake well before each use. Always mix the dose in water, juice or tea to avoid irritating the mouth. Sip slowly and savor the flavor and aroma – an integral part of the plant’s therapeutic benefits. And don’t forget to check with your doctor – some herbs are contra-indicated when taking prescription drugs.

Cola Syrup made with 100% Natural Cane Sugar

By Bruce Baar, MS, ND

Cola Syrup is still used today as a home remedy for mild nausea and stomach distress. I have used it myself and I find it to be a pleasant, safe and a fast-acting remedy. The most common way to prepare Cola Syrup is to pour a small amount over cracked ice and sip it slowly every few minutes. It may also be diluted with water or sipped straight in its syrup form without ice. Because many health care practitioners are suggesting the avoidance of carbonated beverages, this simple remedy is a natural choice.

Baar Products offers 2 types of Cola syrup, one made with natural cane sugar and one made with high fructose corn syrup. A change occurred many years ago when the price of sugar became very expensive and high fructose corn syrup was substituted by the big beverage companies. Because of the many customer requests for Cola Syrup made with natural cane sugar, we have introduced a caffeine-free Cane Sugar formula. Both are old-fashioned remedies and favorites that are great to have available in the home medicine chest.

Cane Sugar Cola Syrup, 12 oz.              Cola Syrup, 16 oz.

Benefits and Mixtures:

  • Cola syrup is excellent for relieving nausea, settling an upset stomach and calming the urge to vomit.
  • This syrup is perfect as a base for occasional beverage making for those who wish to avoid carbonation.
  • Most common use for nausea is to pour 1-2 tablespoons over crushed ice, sip slowly.
  • Other diluted preparations include mixing 1 ounce Cola Syrup with 3-5 ounces of plain water.

Cayce recommended that Cola Syrup be used like a medicine rather than as a beverage. He advised that mixed with plain water, the syrup acted as an alkalizer for the body and cleanser for the bladder and kidneys. Here are some of Cayce’s comments:

For The Kidney:

Do take … Cola occasionally as a drink for the activity of the kidneys, but do not take it with carbonated water. Buy or have the syrup prepared and add plain water to this. Take about 1/2 oz. or 1 oz. of the syrup and add plain water. This to be taken about every other day with or without ice. This will aid in purifying the kidney activity and bladder and will be better for the body. –Cayce

For Eliminations:

Cleanse kidneys by taking pure … Cola syrup (1 oz. to an ounce and a half of plain water.) Take this for ten days – leave off five days and repeat for a month, then leave off a month and repeat. –Cayce

Carbonation:

Keep free from ANY carbonated waters, for the carbonations cause an effluvium in the blood. To be sure, …Cola is helpful to the kidneys, but if taken, use the… -Cola syrup in plain water – and this to the body will not be very palatable. –Cayce

Kidney and Liver:

Do not take too heavy foods for this body. Never take any carbonated water, although it will be found that the syrup of …. Cola in plain water will be well for the body, for this will react with the circulation between the kidneys and the liver, and will clear off much of the poisons which will be more beneficial for the activity of the sensory system. Do that. –Cayce

Kidney and Bladder:

Do take… Cola occasionally as a drink for the activity of the kidneys, but do not take it with carbonated water. Buy or have the syrup prepared and add plain water to this. Take about 1/2 oz. or 1 oz. of the syrup and add plain water. This to be taken about every other day with or without ice. This will aid in purifying the kidney activity and bladder and will be better for the body. — Cayce

Kidney and Blood:

…Cola or the like, if it is prepared from the syrup and using plain water (not carbonated water), will be not harmful; in fact, it would be helpful for the kidneys and for the purifying of the blood flow. — Cayce

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Detox and Cleanse for the New Year and a New You!

How does the body detox?

Your body has its own amazing internal ability to cleanse and detoxify. The primary organs involved in these critical processes are the liver, colon, lungs, skin and kidneys. They work to filter wastes, protect the body from harmful invaders and eliminate toxins. Over time, dealing with poor dietary habits, environmental pollutants, stress, medications and lack of exercise can overwhelm the body’s ability to detox and eliminate impurities impacting the digestive system, joint health, immune function, hormone balance, skin health and more.

Four Key Processes to Health

Assimilation, Elimination, Circulation and Relaxation are integral to overall health. Assimilation refers to the body’s ability to absorb and utilize nutrients. These nutrients are used by every cell in the body to nourish and repair themselves. The body’s Elimination system uses a number of different channels to rid the body of wastes. The liver, lungs, lymphatic system, blood/ circulatory system, colon, kidney and skin are vital filtering and cleansing systems. The body’s Circulatory system is the key to sustaining life for the entire body. It works to carry the rebuilding forces to the body, as well as aiding in eliminations. Relaxation is fundamental to the health of the body’s nervous system. You may be familiar with the phrases: “thoughts are things” and “mind is the builder”. Harnessing the mind-body connection is a powerful tool for health.

Helpful Hints for Detoxifying, Naturally

1. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily.

The body is composed of almost 70% water. It is needed by every cell in our body to function properly. It lubricates joints, aids the body’s eliminations, supports healthy kidney functions, improves skin complexion, boosts the immune system, and improves energy levels.

2. Breathing Exercises

Slow, deliberate, deep breathing has wonderful benefits. It calms and relaxes both the body and mind, helping the lungs to release carbon dioxide as well as ease pain, enhance lymphatic flow and improve digestion.

3. Stretching Exercises

There are many styles of stretching, including static, yoga and pilates. Stretching exercises can help improve circulation, improve posture putting lease stress on our internal organs, ease muscle tension resulting in greater flexibility, support healthy nerve function for better relaxation and improve lymphatic drainage for stronger immune function. Try Peter Van Damn’s “Exercise for All” DVD for 15 minutes daily.

4. Take a Daily Walk

This simple practice exercises the heart, improves circulation and increases oxygen intake. It’s also a great stress reducer.

5. Natural Laxatives

While laxatives can relieve occasional constipation, they are generally notSulflax powder to detox recommended for long term use. But when you need one, a laxative can bring fast relief. Laxatives have different modes of action, some adding bulk fiber and others helping with motility/bowel movement. Sulflax, Senna, Fletcher’s Castoria, Inner Clean, Baar’s Organic Olive Oil and Fig Syrup offer natural choices.*

6. Sauna or Sweat Baths

Get ready to sweat. Taking a sauna can mimic the benefits of mild exercise. It can improve blood flow, help the body get rid of stored toxins (detox), strengthen the immune system and improve skin health.*

7. Castor Oil Pack

The external use of this ancient oil is enhanced throughCastor Oil Pack to detox the application of a pack. Castor Oil applied to wool or cotton flannel and placed over the abdomen helps focus the benefits of this therapeutic oil over the organs of assimilation and elimination, stimulating the gallbladder, spleen, immune and lymphatic systems as well as digestive organs. Adding mild heat from a heating pad helps to further concentrate the oil’s absorption.

8. Herbal Tonics

Formulated to help restore, detox, tone and invigorate various systems inDe-Tense Herbal Tonic to detox the body, an herbal tonic is prepared from a specific blend of plants, known as herbs. These herbal tonics (from the Cayce Readings) use select herbs to support health and promote well-being. New Seasons™ Tonic 545, Optikade™ Vibratonic™ 3810, Herbal Tonic 208, De-Tense™, Respicol® and Herbal Tonic 636 are just a few of the formulations that help the body’s natural detoxification, assimilation and elimination processes.*

* As with any program, before you start check with your physician if you are on medications or have an existing health condition.

Lifestyle Changes

Don’t just make a resolution, create a lifestyle change. Incorporate the habits that support your physical, mental and spiritual health and experience a stronger, more joyful and healthier you.

Top 10 Tips for Better Digestion

Nature makes us hungry so we will have the desire to eat. Our bodies take care of the rest of the process through digestion, assuming we choose the proper foods. Sometimes, the food we eat is not digested properly which may result in improper absorption of nutrients through the bloodstream. The results of that can be upsetting short term and unhealthy long term. You can end up with constipation, indigestion, acid stomach or reflux, nausea and bloating in the short term. Over time it can have a damaging impact on all the organs of your body including the brain, the thyroid, the liver and even the nervous system. Science tells us that improper nutrition can cause a host of problems from our hair and skin all the way down to our toenails.

When your body digests the appropriate food and you eat properly, you will find that your body will respond and absorb the needed nutrients and use these nutrients efficiently. Here are 10 proven tips to improve your digestion:

1. Chew your Food at Least 4 to 20 Times

Don’t bolt your food down. When you chew your food properly your saliva interacts with the foods you are eating and starts the digestion process. There are enzymes in your saliva that start to break down your food. Your saliva will also enhance the proper taste of your food.

2. Don’t Eat When you are Upset

Wait at least 30 minutes after being angry or emotionally upset, irritated or stressed. Proper digestion occurs best when the body is not spending energy and resources doing something else.

3. Eat your Meals Close to the Same Time Every Day

This is a tough one for many of us because life gives us busy schedules. We may eat at our desks at work, ignore certain meals or get home late. The body will respond much better if it is conditioned to be ready to eat.

4. Avoid Deep Fried Foods

Foods that are deep fried taste great but they are significantly changed by the process. The deep fryer produces free radicals in the fats and grease which move through your blood and lymph system. Also, acrylamide is a questionably damaging chemical that is found in fried foods.

5. Avoid Using Cream or Milk in your Coffee

The body has a difficult time digesting this combination. There are indications it interferes with Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for better digestionthe gastric flow preventing proper digestion. Instead, try sweetening your coffee with Virgin Coconut Oil. Virgin Coconut Oil is naturally trans-fatty acid free and high in medium chain triglycerides (MCT). Although these MCTs are considered saturated fats, they are not digested like longer-chain saturated fats. MCTs are digested by saliva and gastric juices, and are absorbed directly from the intestines into the portal vein, where they’re delivered to the liver and burned as fuel for instant energy needs. Very little is ever stored as fat.

6. Avoid Taking Orange Juice and Cereal at the Same Meal

Citric juices like orange juice, grapefruit and lemon juice interfere with the proper digestion of cereals and grains.

7. Balance your Above and Below Ground Vegetables

When eating vegetables gear towards balancing the number of above ground like spinach, celery, lettuce with below ground vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and onions. Optimum would be 3 above ground to each below ground vegetable. This will help balance the nutrients and enzymes in your meal and will help you feel nourished.

8. Gelatin with your Salad Gelatin for better digestion

Gelatin when combined or taken with vegetables can benefit digestion and the assimilation of the nutrients in the vegetables. This can be accomplished by sprinkling a small amount of gelatin powder on your vegetables or having a little Jell-O as a dessert.

9. Eat your Meals Slowly for Better Digestion

Take your time while you are eating and enjoy the taste, textures and colors. Avoid being rushed to finish your meal. Proper chewing will help, but you want to focus attention to the task at hand. Many societies have special prayers before their meals giving thanks for the sustenance provided. Taking a moment to picture the beneficial effects your body and mind will receive from this meal has been shown to have a positive influence.

10. Limit the Size of your Meal

Studies show that eating less, that is, not overeating, prolongs life. Huge meals are hard to Super Digestive Enzymes Capsules for better digestiondigest, assimilate and eliminate. If you do happen to occasionally overeat, consider taking Super Digestive Enzymes Capsules with your meal to help break down proteins, starches, fiber and fats.

Everyone’s body is different and there are foods that your particular system may have difficulty digesting and assimilating. Paying attention to how our body reacts to foods can be very helpful in making sure we get optimal nutrition through healthy digestion. It’s a lifelong process but worth the effort.

 Bruce Baar, MS, ND      |     © Baar Products, Inc., 2015