get to the root
It’s not just what you eat. It’s how it gets there.
This month: getting to the root of it all
The commonality in all those symptoms is that they share a root cause.
That’s right. All those disparate manifestations, from your belly to your skin to your brain, stem from the same place.
Do you know what it is?
If you know anything about gardening, you know that pulling a dandelion out by its leaves will not make it go away. It’ll grow right back. Dandelions proliferate from their long taproot. If any part of the taproot remains, then the weed will quickly regenerate.
Your health is like this too.
The health of your digestion. The health of your respiratory function. The health of your skin, your immune health, and even your mental health. They all need to be addressed at the root to seek resolution.
To take that dandelion analogy a step further, the root of all those seemingly diverse health concerns listed above lies deep inside you. If we ignore the core inner workings, then the symptoms described will continue to crop up like the most pernicious weed.
I know it may be odd to consider that the state of that long twisting tube buried in your abdomen is a key factor in a host, if not most, health conditions. Yet the symptom you experience might not be a “condition” in and of itself, but instead a warning sign that something’s gone awry in your primary organ of digestion and absorption.
This is where the principles of functional nutrition come into play. If your health care addresses only the weed, it’s unlikely that it will lead to your long-term relief and vitality. Yet by identifying, addressing and gaining knowledge about the underlying root cause or causes, you have a much greater chance of finding success with your own particular health challenges.
Though you might not think of your splotchy skin as having anything to do with your innards, their impairment is the reason that all those fancy creams only work for a short time, if that.
Again, you can pull the weeds out of the garden, but if you don’t tend to the root, they keep coming back, again and again. The very first root that needs your attention, is your gut.
The small intestine, when in good repair, is your core gatekeeper for optimal health.
Ultimately, your gut decides what will travel into the circulatory system and what will not.
But let’s back up a bit, shall we?
Let’s get gut savvy. . .
Yet what comes out of those gates is dependent on the health of that primary organ of digestion and absorption. . . your small intestine.
It may be called ‘small’, but it’s got a BIG job! Perhaps the biggest job when it comes to what you consume and how you feel.
There are intricate chemical processes that selectively sort and choose what will be introduced into circulation. If nutrients that aren’t properly digested leak into the bloodstream then the suffering begins. Uh oh. This can even happen from the very best foods and your very best intentions.
This means that your health is about the state of your insides as much as it is about what you eat. That grief can take the form of gas, bloating and indigestion, as I mentioned, but also create more systemic problems from disrupting your mental health to increasing your internal toxic load to inciting hormonal dysregulation.
At Replenish we’re always looking to find the root cause of symptoms. We know well that when it comes to chronic health issues, the Band-Aids just don’t work. Like so many others, you may have discovered this the hard way.
Because one of the root causes of all symptoms is typically the health of the gut ~ even if you don’t experience any symptoms related to your digestive system ~ we make it a top priority. It needs to be in good repair.
And repair in can!
In Refresh: A TrulyFood Summer Cleanse, we’ll be focusing on learning to repair your gut. This is why I love this cleanse so much ~ it gets right to the root of the matter, many matters, giving you the tools to clean and restore your ultimate gatekeeper during the week of cleansing and beyond.
I’ve been thinking of this cleanse as boot camp (or root camp) for your gut.
Hey, it’s summer time! Send your gut to camp!
Eater’s Digest Homework:
Get your just desserts!
I love finding yummy ways to get to the root cause of symptoms and initiate internal healing. The key word here is yummy.
Health should not be a drag.
That’s why I’m a big fan of delicious cleanse protocols, like we’ve created for you in the Refresh Summer Cleanse, that invite you into a deeper understanding of Why and How to do your internal yard work while enjoying every bite.
The principle healing ingredient in this tasty dessert recipe ~ which is not only healthful, but a real crowd pleaser ~ is the agar, sometimes called agar-agar. Agar is derived from sea algae, but don’t worry, it has no taste. It produces a jell-o like consistency, and works much like gelatin*. You’re going to love this homework!
[By the way, if you’re counting, agar has almost no calories!)
BLUEBERRY KANTEN WITH MAPLE HEMP CREAM
In a medium pot over medium heat, combine blended liquid with 2 cups of apple juice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and add vanilla, sea salt, and agar. Simmer this, whisking occasionally for up to 10 minutes or until all agar is dissolved.
Place the last 2 tablespoons apple juice in a small bowl and add arrowroot powder. Whisk until smooth and add to simmering juice mixture. Continue to simmer, whisking constantly for 1 minute. Remove from heat and pour into a shallow glass pan. Place in refrigerator until firm and cool, approximately 1–2 hours.
Using the S-blade on a food processor, blend the cooled kanten until it has a pudding-like consistency. Serve cold and top with Maple Cream, if desired.
Store in a glass container for up to 3 days.
Maple Hemp Cream
Recipe created by Andrea Livingston for Replenish PDX. The kanten recipe was inspired and adapted from an original recipe by Meadow Sisto.
REFRESH: A TRULYFOOD SUMMER CLEANSE
(Don’t miss the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!)
Are you thirsting for a summer recharge?
August 5th – August 11th
Let us guide you through a TrulyFood refreshing and healing summer cleanse with over 40 delicious recipes and full-on cleansing support!
“Live” (online teleseminar) on Saturday August 3rd
click here to learn more!