The five videos below detail my process of making kombucha at home. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions!
Our organic garden-fresh ingredients for our own ketogenic pizza came from our own backyard. We used organic tomatoes and basil and stewed them over low heat for about 20 minutes to bring out the flavors. We sauteed organic garlic cloves and basil in olive oil. Smells delicious! We steamed cauliflower with garlic in water with about a tablespoon of olive oil. Jovan loved the ketogenic organic meat and greens with homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing. So tasty!
Science is proving that heating your family's food with a microwave can be harmful to human health. According to this article, the difference between heating your food on the stove or steaming it vs. using a microwave's radiation to heat it is that microwaves deform and distort the molecules in food while conventional heating methods don't. This matters because once the food molecules have been altered, the nutritional value of the food drops drastically.
Microwaves work by causing water molecules to resonate at very high frequencies, converting them into steam and thereby heating your food. While this might be a convenient way to prepare your food, using microwave radiation in this way actually changes the chemical structure of that food. Multiple studies have shown the serious damage in nutritional content caused by microwaving items such as
broccoli, garlic and breast milk. Studies showed that microwave heating actually destroyed the active healing properties of foods.
The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture examined what microwaves do to broccoli, finding that broccoli, after being microwaved, lost up to 97% of its beneficial antioxidants. By comparison, when researchers steamed broccoli, they discovered that it only lost 11% or fewer of its antioxidants.
A study using the super food garlic found that just 60 seconds in a microwave can render its principle active ingredient (alliinase) as useless.
Microwaves have also been found to destroy immune-boosting agents that are found in breast milk. These are disease-fighting nutrients which are essential to the health and development of the child. For example, one study found that microwaving breast milk caused a decrease in lysozyme activity and antibodies, and aided the growth of more pathogenic bacteria. The interesting thing about this study is that the researchers found that more damage was done to the milk from microwaving compared to any other method of heating.
Dr. Mercola states on his website: I don't recommend storing your food in plastic or cooking it in a microwave, but if you're going to use either, at least don't use them together. Microwaving food in a plastic container virtually guarantees that your food will be contaminated with plastic chemicals that have leached into your food during the heating process.
The sad state of our soils is yet another reason to ditch your microwave and respect our food's natural nutritional content. Over the past century, the quality of fresh food has declined due to soil depletion, unsustainable industrial farming practices, overproduction of crops and the use of artificial fertilizers and toxic pesticides and herbicides such as glyphosate, which acts as a mineral chelator. You can no longer assume you're getting all of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients you need by eating a multitude of fresh produce, even if you're eating organic foods. Not surprisingly, the amount of nutrition in a calorie of food has been reduced over the past 50 years.
Three recent studies of historical food composition have shown 5 to 40 percent declines in some of the minerals in fresh produce, and another study found a similar decline in our protein sources.
So, now more than ever, you must be careful to maximize the "bang for your buck" when it comes to the foods you eat. Research shows your microwave oven will not help you in these efforts. Instead, it will in fact threaten your health by violently ripping the molecules in your food apart, rendering some nutrients inert at best, and carcinogenic at its worst.
Here are a few tips on how to prepare your food after you've ditched your microwave:
Here are a few of our favorite organic greens that make healthy, nutrient-dense green juices. These have greatly helped Jovan on his healing path:
Let's be honest, daily blended vegetable shakes are tasty, but our kiddos might not agree. Jovan found a way to make his daily raw veggie shake fun!
Magnetic Clay baths have great benefits. The clay and formula ingredients are all natural.
Magnetic Clay Bath Benefits:
I have been giving myself clay baths for years now. And I first started Jovano nt hem a couple of years ago. I find that they really help sooth jovan, and help him sleep well at night. When I started researching the benefits of magnetic clay and how it can naturally detoxify you I thought it was amazing. This has been around for thousand of years now.
Bentonite clay has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, in many different human cultures and seen in multiple animal species. It is used both externally, for skin conditions, as well as internally for various reasons. Analysis of the clays being used by both humans and animals show that bentonite clays are preferred for ingestion. Research on bentonite clay has shown that the benefits of its consumption includes nutrition, detoxification, and use as an antimicrobial and anti-parasitic agent.
Many autism treatment centers are incorporating the use of Bentonite clay in their successful treatment regimens.
Common Uses for Bentonite Clay
I find this information fascinating! Since I started doing this for myself I find that it is great way to clean my system on a regular basis. I tried to start slowly by just doing Jovan's feet for maybe ten minutes, then I moved up to 20 minutes in the bath tub with warm water. I did run the clay on him for maybe 5 minutes so it could stick to him and then I ran his bath with warm water and let him soak. I hydrated him with a lot of water which is very important. I also had magnesium oil which I put on him since clay baths do pull out toxins, but also your natural minerals. It's crucial to get those natural minerals back through the magnesium oil. I do this maybe once/month or once every two months.
When I was researching autism and deficiecies, one of the most important items that popped up was magnesium. Most people have very low levels of magnesium, especially those who suffer from an illness.
A magnesium deficiency can cause the body to lose potassium which our bodies cannot afford. Within the cell wall is a sodium pump to provide a high internal potassium and a low internal sodium. Magnesium and potassium inside the cell assist oxidation, and sodium and calcium outside the cell wall help transmit the energy produced. The healthy cell wall favors intake of nutrients and elimination of waste products.
Magnesium protects cells from aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and nickel, which explains why re-mineralization is so essential for heavy metal detoxification and chelation. Magnesium protects the cell against oxyradical damage and assists in the absorption and metabolism of B vitamins, vitamin C and E, which are anti-oxidants important in cell protection. Recent evidence suggests that vitamin E enhances glutathione levels and may play a protective role in magnesium deficiency-induced cardiac lesions.
Magnesium in general is essential for the survival of our cells but takes on further importance in the age of toxicity where our bodies are being bombarded on a daily basis with heavy metals. Magnesium protects the brain from toxic effects of chemicals. It is highly likely that low total body magnesium contributes to heavy metal toxicity in children and is a strong participant in the etiology of learning disorders.
Without sufficient magnesium, the body accumulates toxins and acid residues, degenerates rapidly, and ages prematurely. Recent research has pointed to low glutathione levels being responsible for children’s vulnerability to mercury poisoning from vaccines. It seems more than reasonable to assume that low levels of magnesium would also render a child vulnerable.
We are supposed to get our magnesium from our daily food intake, but unfortunately most people have diets lacking in nutrients. This is list of veggies rich in magnesium:
Consuming most of this raw is best for optimal nutrition intake. I added some of this to our family's diet and have seen great benefits from it. Magnesium oils can also be purchased and added as lotion or even in a warm bath with a little lavender.
I found the website It Starts With Juice on Instagram. I was reading about how raw vegetables could heal and detox everyone. I was on the path to heal Jovan and I found raw juicing interesting. I considering juicing with Jovan so I could find out how I would feel.
When Jovan's autism was newly diagnosed I was giving him organic store-bought juices that contained fruits and vegetables. I was shocked when I read the juice bottle's list of ingredients. The sugar and sodium levels were high and unnecessary! I was overloading Jovan on sugar. It wasn't until he was seven when I realized that I needed to begin making his juices from raw veggies on our own at home. When our family started the ketogenic diet I was in awe as I learned about the greens and fruits that had excess sugar. Sadly, I learned I was actually hurting my son by giving him fruits. The juices were converted into sugar. The worst thing I could have done for Jovan was give him sugar because sugar feeds the gut's bad bacteria. I researched which juice items would give Jovan the highest health content and the lowest amount of sugar and found the answer was pure greens. Berries were the only type of fruit we could give him due to their high antioxidant content and low glycemic (sugar) levels.
Jovan's Daily Juiced Veggies:
- One whole celery stalk
- One whole lettuce
- One bunch of kale
- Two to three inches of tumeric and ginger
- One lemon
- One bunch of celery
- One bunch of parsely
Another Juice Recipe:
- One bunch of collards
- One bunch of chards
- One bunch of spinach
- One bunch of cilantro
- One whole cucumber
- A few leaves of fresh basil
Another Veggie Juice Blend:
- Two bunches spinach
- One whole celery stalk
- One bunch of asparagus
- One grapefruit
(I also add fermented garlic and tumeric)
I researched the benefits of each vegetable and it's sugar content. I have been blending our juices for the past three years. I now find that I feel healthy when I've consumed two-three juices each day.
Jovan even asks for his juices now (with his limited non-verbal cues). It's really amazing how the body will thrive on the nutrients it needs. These juices really don't taste good in my opinion. Their texture is very thick, but they keep me full and healthy. We also add MTC oil to the juices which breaks down the veggies and makes the juices a lot more nutrient-based. But everyone in our house truly has at least one juice serving per day. Our days have a good solid start because it's the first thing we consume in the morning.
I sometimes add green apples and cucumbers in my blended juices which helps detox, but I do not give them to Jovan since his diet is very strict and sugar is not allowed. Although green apples do have a lot less sugar than red apples, we still adhere to Jovan's sugar-restricted diet. I suggest that those who are interested should check the sugar content of fruits to determine which veggies and fruits are healthiest to add to the blended juices.
I have seen documentaries that describe scenarios of people with cancer who have healed themselves with these vegetable juices. I also read about the life of the person that does the "it starts with juice" and she mentions that she cured herself from cancer by juicing. Research has shown that cancer is caused by sugar. I always suggest that others read and research. God knows I do :-).
Hello my name is Stephany and I want to share my story. I am a mother of an autistic child. My son is Jovan, and this is his journey.
Brotherly Love: Jovan adores his big brother.