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What is REFLUX?

Acid Reflux or Gastroesophageal reflux disease, (GERD), is a digestive disorder that affects the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the oesophagus and stomach.

Reflux means to flow back or return. Therefore, gastroesophageal reflux is the return of stomach content back up into the oesophagus. In some circumstances, the stomach contents can enter the lungs and cause a person to stop breathing.

Digestive Problems Acid Reflux
Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease

At present, doctors will prescribe a pharmaceutical drug for the condition but in almost 100% of reflux cases, a change of diet and lifestyle can affect positive change.

Reflux (GERD) is a symptom, so what is the real cause?

Usually, this occurs when the gut muscles aren’t working properly and cannot break down animal proteins, processed food or sugar, and the stomach literally rejects the food.

Strengthening the gut muscle by introducing enzymes, like papain and/or bromelain from the green papaya and pineapple fruits, will help the ‘breakdown’ process, and release trauma from the digestive tract.   To learn more about enzymes CLICK HERE.

But above all, removing foods which your gut is unable to process is the first step; meat, wheat, dairy, white sugar, processed foods are the hardest to digest. Fruit and vegetables – both raw and lightly cooked – are easier to digest and your body will process the breakdown much quicker. Try some simple recipes to get you started.

There’s no need to suffer from Acid Reflux (GERD), Indigestion, Bloating or other painful digestive problems any longer, and with a little bit of practice, some green papayas and pineapples, you may find you can ditch the antacids as well!

Facts:
https://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/reflux-disease-gerd-1#1, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastroesophageal_reflux_disease

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Scott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Counsellor, Author and Gut Whisperer. He is a former journalist and researcher who self-healed 45yrs of chronic digestive issues.

5 Easy Steps to Veganism

What is veganism?  The Cambridge Dictionary defines a vegan as follows: A person who does not eat or use any animal products, such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy (cheese), bee, or leather.  Below you will find 5 easy steps to help you transition to veganism.

How to transition to living a NO MEAT or ANIMAL PRODUCTS  lifestyle ?   I began by leading a mainly vegetarian lifestyle before making the switch.  I ate mostly cooked vegetables, and some fish. In my case, I was already struggling with non vegan food – my gut would just rebel.

But about 6 years ago, I just woke up one day and decided to go full  vegan – no animal flesh or products and predominantly all raw plant based .  However, I will eat some cooked vegetables from time to time in response to my body’s needs.  I cleaned out the cupboards and my wardrobe and I have to say it was relatively easy.

I did experience some interesting physiological responses so for those of you needing some help here are some simple steps you can follow.

Step 1.

Ask yourself why you are making the choice to embrace veganism as a lifestyle choice.  Is it for ethical reasons?  In other words… to preserve the life of another sentient being.  Is it to help rid your body of illness naturally?  Are you concerned about the health of our planet?  Animal Agriculture is a huge problem today and governments around the world are trying desperately to reduce pollution caused by intense animal agriculture (ie rearing animals for food).

Here is a great extract from a recent James Aspey presentation held here at the GoVegan Deli in Noosa.

James is a young man who chose not to speak for 365 days to draw attention to the plight of animals.  A former ‘meat eating’ personal trainer, he developed cancer at age 17 and on his journey back to good health, James made some important discoveries.  Just click on the image below to hear what he has to say in this 34 sec clip.

Whether it’s for the animals’ sake or for your own health, may I suggest you get clear, as this will help keep you motivated from day to day.

Step 2.

Check to see your gut is functioning properly.  A lot of people forget the human body is a functioning bio-machine demanding clean food daily.  Over the generations it has become conditioned to operate using prescriptive and enforced dietary approach.

The Anglo method of agriculture –meat, wheat, dairy, grains and white sugar – is responsible for a lot of gut ache and disease – so much so that the gut muscle has been damaged.  Mine was nearly wrecked but, the good news is, the body has remarkable ‘repair skills’ and the gut muscle will rebuild itself when given a helping hand.

I used green papaya powder to help break down my food, thus relieving stress from the actual muscle function.  In fact, the green papaya powder saved my life – NO MORE PAIN! and free of symptoms associated with undernourishment.  My gut muscle began to work properly and when I chose to eat only plant-based foods, I had no difficulty whatsoever.

Step 3.

I suggest integrating alternatives to animal products each day.  In my Let’s Eat Raw Recipe Book there are great alternatives for milk, cheese and bread.

Whilst bread is part of the gluten story, these three food groups are part of the ‘comfort’ package for most people.  Finding recipes and doing these slowly… one by one is the key.

The emergence of nut milks as an alternative to cow’s milk is gathering momentum.  Provide an environment for your self to grow into this new way of living with EASE & GRACE.

Here’s a link to an earlier YouTube video I did on how to make nut milk which I know will be helpful.  Look for other videos online which are designed to support your growing awareness.

 

Check out this link to my website and access to more videos. CLICK HERE 

Step 4.

Buy recipe books and collect recipes, which enables you to build up your repertoire of vegan recipes.  There are plenty of free recipes online too and you can download 7 simple recipes from my website with my compliments. 🙂

Essentially, you can even have fun just leaving the ‘meat’ or animal products out of a recipe and seeing what happens.  You do not need to go raw.  A cooked plant based vegan meal is a wonderful start.

raw vegan meals by scott mathias, veganismMy second recipe book, Raw Vegan Meals , contains a fabulous set of menus taking in a whole lot of beautiful flavours.  I endeavoured from the outset to eat food that was sweet, sour, salty, savoury, creamy and crunchy.  This is the sort of food I eat and the kind of food we prepare daily here in the GoVegan Deli.  This way all your senses will be served and your body will love you for it.

Step 5.

Follow the leaders!  There is a fast growing awareness of veganism globally now thanks to the recent success of many athletes (including Olympians) who have adopted the vegan lifestyle.

Stand your ground.  When people make choices which go against the grain of a consensual belief-based society, other people become challenged and upset. Watch and share the many videos that are available for free on YouTube. Trust me, they will have much more impact that us trying to explain our reasons to others.

Believe in the choice you have made and despite the inevitable pressure from family and friends, know that your decision is YOUR decision.

A lot of very powerful things happen when your stop eating animals, not just for your body but also the planet.

So, to support you in your mission join support groups on social media for instance. Meet Up groups are also wonderfully supportive as well.

Mix with like-hearted people and grow strong in your commitment to bring about positive and powerful change on the planet.

The power of many rests in the power of one !!!

 

Scott Mathias | Clare DarwishScott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC) and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Scott is a Digestive Health and Raw Food Educator who takes an integrative approach to solutions, based on functional aspects of the body and his own ‘self healing’ experience which led him to create his own  range of plant-protein healing products. A former television network presenter both in Australia and New Zealand, Scott is the author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health’ and the acclaimed, ‘Lets Eat RAW’ Vegan recipe book and his latest, ‘Raw Vegan Meals’ Scott lives in Noosa, QLD with his Scottish partner Clare Darwish.

 

 

 

FRIDAY FOCUS:  Good News For Diverticulitis Sufferers… read on!

So, what exactly is Diverticulitis and how can it be cured?

More than one third of people over 45 years of age, and two thirds of people over 85 years of age have some diverticular disease, or ‘diverticulosis’.

Diverticulitis (DV) is a painful and annoying disorder causing cramping, bloating and sometimes severe local pain in the lower stomach.  DV is just one of the handful of names given to inflammatory disorders of the lower intestinal tract and happens when diverticula or “pockets” develop in the colon, especially the sigmoid area.

 

Diverticulitis-pictures

People with DV often have low-fibre diets and poor protein absorption.  In other words, unprocessed protein (meat and dairy) gets stuck in the ‘pouches’… starts to rot… and the ensuing presence of bacteria causes painful inflammation and irritation.

Western countries where the diets are high in animal proteins and processed foods, report the greater incidence of DV.  Africa has the lowest recorded incidence because diets are higher in fibre.

Did you know?  Meat protein takes 72 hours to break down and move through the system – and that’s when the body is working properly!

All major health agencies and DV websites recommend an increase in the levels of green plant-based food.  The Dieticians Association of Australia recommend introducing more fruit and vegetables to your diet and recommends leaving skins on and seeds in.  Whilst that is good, the recommendation overlooks ‘the cause’ which almost always leads back to the gut function or ‘lack’ of function as the the case may be.

This is what happened to me!

In my own case, I was in and out of vegetarianism for much of my life, so I had the high fibre but I also still had the DV.  Why?  To put it in layman’s terms, my digestive metabolism was functioning at next to zero, so proteins, namely meat and dairy, weren’t being broken down appropriately.

Then, by the force of gravity, these unprocessed ‘proteins’ dropped into my lower intestine and became lodged in the ‘pockets or pouches’.  This unprocessed food becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, which causes the inflammation and abdominal pain.

BUT HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS! – The solution is easy.

fresh fruit & vegetables help heal diverticulitis

Put simply, a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables will help heal DV

  1. Eat more fruit for breakfast so that the fibre and enzymes in the fruit can contribute to more efficient bowel movements.
  2. Introduce more uncooked whole greens, reds, yellows and orange coloured vegetables to your daily intake. Learning to prepare beautiful plant based recipes will not only inspire you but also send the ‘gut pain’ packing.
  3. Add some green papaya powder (GPP) after your food intake, which will assist in breaking down ALL proteins whether they continue to be animal, vegetable or fruit.  The papain enzyme in the GPP is proteolytic in nature which means it is
  • ‘protein hungry’ and will immediately get to work to relieve the pressure on the digestive function
  • strengthen the gut muscle
  • contribute to the production of a healthy chyme (macerated liquid foods)
  • increase absorption which occurs in the small intestine and ensures ALL by-waste has an opportunity to flow freely from your body during your daily bowel movements.

 

Knowledge is King!

Once I had the knowledge, I found the process of self-healing DV straight-forward and second nature for me, and now I can say I am free of DV attacks (and the very painful symptons which really did feel like an attack on my body).

Despite the odd niggle when I eat grapes with seeds in the them, I enjoy seedless grapes when I can.  I also have chosen NOT to eat animal products of any nature, nor do I eat processed foods or sugar.

 

Literally a life saver!

If you would like to begin to enjoy a healthy and pain free lifestyle then READ UP on the benefits of Green Papaya PowderI am convinced it literally saved my life.

If you, or someone you know, is suffering from this condition, please share this information with them and encourage them to make some adjustments to their current diet.  Unless we take responsibility for our own healing, humanity will continue on this downward spiral to ill health and early demise.

Feel free to ask a question or leave a comment in the box below.  I’m keen to engage in dialogue about this and many other debilitating diseases that can be healed quickly and easily.  If you disagree, tell me why!

This is the second article in our FRIDAY FOCUS series.  You can read the first one on DIABETES here.

f you, or someone you know, is affected by Diabetes, please check out the links in this article and do please share this information with others.  Unless we take responsibility for our own healing, humanity we will continue on this downward spiral of ill health and early demise.

Please feel free to ask a question or leave a comment in the box below.  I’m eager to engage in dialogue about this extremely debilitating condition that I know can easily and quickly be turned around!

– See more at: https://scottmathiasraw.com/what-is-diabetes-how-can-it-be-cured/#sthash.PgA0hjIV.dpuf

f you, or someone you know, is affected by Diabetes, please check out the links in this article and do please share this information with others.  Unless we take responsibility for our own healing, humanity we will continue on this downward spiral of ill health and early demise.

Please feel free to ask a question or leave a comment in the box below.  I’m eager to engage in dialogue about this extremely debilitating condition that I know can easily and quickly be turned around!

– See more at: https://scottmathiasraw.com/what-is-diabetes-how-can-it-be-cured/#sthash.PgA0hjIV.dpuf

scott mathias, the gut whisperer,
Scott Mathias CHHP AADP
RAW Food Advocate & Chef

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  Scott is a Digestive Health and Raw Food Educator, who takes an integrative approach to solutions, based on his knowledge of how the body functions and his own ‘self-healing’ experience – one which led him to create his own iLifefoods range of plant-protein healing products.

A former television network presenter both in Australia and New Zealand, Scott is the Author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health’ and the soon-to-be published ‘Let’s Eat RAW‘ Vegan recipe book.

Scott lives in Noosa, QLD with his partner Clare Darwish and his 14yr old Malteze/Shitzu dog ‘Toasti’ (who also enjoys a raw diet).