Salt Water Flush to Cleanse Your Colon

“Death begins in the colon”. This is one of the most popular sayings in Naturopathic Medicine.That’s because everything we consume makes the very cells that allow our bodies to function. Plus, the health of our digestive system is directly related to the functioning of our body.

Salt water flush is a great way to keep your colon clean and healthy. Here, we’re not only looking to eliminate the harmful foods, we’re also removing all the toxic wastes, including gas from the small intestine. Besides, it’s simple, extremely affordable and doable for the average person.

How does it work?

This is the process of drinking salt solution first thing in the morning. Add 1 tablespoon of pure unheated sea salt to a quart of water. Try to drink the entire solution within 15 to 20 minutes. But if you are super sensitive, you can add more water and try to get it down within 30 minutes.  Most people eliminate several times within 30 minutes to 2 hours of drinking the solution.

You know that your GI tract is completely cleansed if your last bowel movement is mainly clear fluid. However, some people may not have a complete GI flush during their first try and may require a few salt flushes to accomplish this.

Since you’ll be ingesting large amount of salt, be sure to use good quality Himalayan salt or natural sea salt. We highly recommend using Premier Pink salt.

How often do I need to flush?

You may do as little as once a week, but it would be best if you can do it 3 to 5 times a week until the bowel movement becomes clear. The idea is to do it enough to promote rapid clearance of the GI tract and restore proper bowel function. This is especially recommended if you have severe bowel deficiencies or have history of constipation.

If water is the only thing being excreted from the bowels, this means that you are done flushing. Once you have achieved this, continue a maintenance flush once a week.

Tips for a successful flush


While the salt flush works without the need to change your diet, it would be a good idea to give your body and GI tract some love. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Also, avoid processed foods and artificial sweeteners.

Stay hydrated

Since you’ll be eliminating several times, make sure to drink lots of water throughout the day. Also, steer clear from sodas, coffees, alcohol, energy drinks or any sweetened drink.

We are so happy for the amazing results this young boy experienced with our BAX PTL laser protocol to eliminate his debilitating and uncomfortable eczema symptoms. Please read on if you or someone you know suffers from unwanted allergy or skin conditions. It’s so wonderful to see our patients finally receive comfort and regain their quality of life in such a short time, with no side effects, without drugs, needles, or shots!  More info here


I want to sincerely thank you and your office for your help with Ryder’s Eczema.  When we first heard of the laser light therapy treatment we were certainly skeptical of how effective it would be.  We felt like we had tried everything…every cream imaginable,  acupuncture, herbal supplements, sugar scrubs, etc. and had only been left disappointed and with a 4 year old that still had open wounds and would scratch himself all throughout the night.  However, we were desperate to try anything as we refused to cover his skin in steroid creams for the rest of his life.  We have been so amazingly pleased with the results.  His really bad areas on his arms and the back of his legs saw amazing improvements.  Not only were those areas overwhelming improved but he would have smaller sores on his neck, back, belly and they have all cleared up completely.  His skin looks the best I have seen it since the day he was born.

I also loved that the treatment was not a lifelong commitment to a maintenance plan.  There will be future visits for flare ups there is no doubt, but he is in such a better place now than he was 7 weeks ago.  He can actually get a good night’s rest without digging in to his itchy body and tossing and turning all night.  I knew he felt a difference from the treatments as well as we did not have to fight him at all to take his probiotic or do his oral spray.

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My name is Amy, and I’m over-scheduled, overwhelmed, and over having to be the Type “E” Woman (aka, “everything to everybody, every time”).  I realize that’s a dramatic and a bit of a negative statement, but that’s simply the reason I approached the idea of our upcoming women’s workshop Saturday, September 6th.  Although I run a business as a certified nutrition therapist, and counsel clients on how to make better food and health choices, I myself struggle with making sound decisions and choices each day. There is some pressure not only in having a “nutrition” title, but in being a woman itself: holding the barometer of the family, raising children, paying bills, grocery shopping, running the house, running a social calendar, being an available wife, partner, friend, daughter, mother, boss, employee, and so on and so on.  These roles we all play at some point can create a sense of loss of control, frustration, and even anxiety. If you’re like me, you want to be perceived as someone who CAN do it ALL, and with grace and perfection. That pressure can send us “E” Women over the edge. This workshop isn’t just an extension of my work. I am facilitating it knowing full well that I myself have struggled too, and hopefully can shed some light to those of you in the same boat.  The rough waves may still come, but I know through nutrition, and holistic knowledge, I can paddle a smoother ride, and sail in a clearer direction. Join me!

Grasping Sanity for the Type-E WomanA Workshop to Reclaim Control and Balance in Your Life
Are you the Type-E woman?
Do you feel like you have to do everything for everyone, every time?

WHEN: Saturday, September 6th
10:00 a.m. – Noon
WHERE: 60 Garden Center, Suite 101
Broomfield, CO 80020

Do you experience any of the following:
Grasping Sanity for the Type-E Woman
• Feeling overwhelmed or stressed
• Low energy
• Brain fog
• Mood shifts or irrational irritability
• Physical or emotional pain
• Unexpected health issues

If so, set aside a morning for yourself and learn ways to reclaim your sanity through
nutrition and ancient Eastern wisdom.

Join Licensed Acupuncturist, Gretchen Belenchia, Certified Nutrition Therapist, Amy
Richardson, and Licensed Massage Therapist, Jodie Lee for a 2-hour women’s workshop
where you will learn stress reduction techniques, easy nutritional tips, and Eastern
medicine’s common sense approach to living a more centered and balanced daily life.

Cost is $29. Payment by credit or debit card is required at time of registration. Deadline for
registration and payment is September 2nd

Space is limited. To reserve, call 303–466–3232 or
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“Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to
balance out how much of ourselves we give away.”
– Barbara de Angelis

Flavoring Up Your WaterIt is a well-known fact that water is super important as it keeps us hydrated and helps eliminate toxins, but sometimes plain old water just doesn’t cut it.

If you want to drink more water but aren’t crazy about its taste, you can add fruits, spices or herbs to turn your once plain water into a refreshing flavored drink. Jazzing up your water doesn’t take much time or effort.

Here are some tips to make drinking water more enjoyable.

Add citrus

Citrus fruits like limes and lemons are considered as classic water enhancers. They add a hint of flavor and make water look more sophisticated. But let’s not forget about other citrus fruits like tangerine, grapefruit, oranges and mandarin. These fruits taste great as well.

Keep a bowl of fruit slices in your refrigerator and feel free to add a variety of fruits in a pitcher of water. Orange and basil is a great combination. It may seem like an odd combination but it helps cut back my cravings for salty foods.

Mint cubes

Throw a small sprig of lemon mint, peppermint or spearmint into the ice cube tray and freeze it. For a refreshing drink, add the mint cubes to a glass of water.

This technique is recommended for people who dislike sweetened beverages but still prefer some flavor. You can also use this technique with your favorite herbs like basil or rosemary.


If you prefer a flavor that is less sweet, then this is for you. Just add a few slices of cucumber to a glass of water or fill a pitcher with a handful of cucumber slices, add water and let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. Its subtle flavor will give your water a fresh, spa-like taste. With its cool flavor, you might think twice about reaching for a can of soda.

Cinnamon stick

Infused with delicate sweetness and spice, cinnamon water is a great alternative to plain water. Drop a cinnamon stick in a pitcher of water, let it sit in the refrigerator and enjoy a drink that is both earthy and sophisticated. It does not only make your water taste great, it also comes with a long list of health benefits.


5 Simple Reasons You Should be Taking PROBIOTICS DailyThroughout our digestive tract, or “gut”, we have both “bad” and “good” bacteria. Poor diet choices, stress, not drinking enough water, parasites, yeast overgrowth, disease, age, and other environmental or internal stressors, cause a lack in the good bacteria in the gut.  We need a good, balanced, healthy gut terrain environment abundant in these “good” bacteria, we call probiotics.
I want to break down in very simple terms how essential healthy gut flora is to optimum health and body function.
Eating yogurt each day does NOT supply near enough probiotic support, and it is my opinion that the adverse effect of sugars in most yogurt, outweigh the benefit of the probiotics they contain. Greek yogurt may supply more high quality protein with each serving, but the sugar effect in the body is still there, and a serving (or 2) of yogurt daily simply isn’t sufficient supplementation.
I recommend a comprehensive probiotic formula including more that 5 billion colony forming units (c.f.u.) per capsule, from a safe/pure/additive-free source, taken at bedtime for optimum absorption through the night when our gut is at its resting/healing state. Some clients need a higher dose depending on their condition.
“Why should I be on probiotics or how do I know if I really need them?” you ask? I recommend probiotics to everyone, even and especially pregnant or nursing mothers for many reasons including:
1. Digestive Health.  Probiotics are essential in replenishing good bacteria that is killed off when we take any dose of antibiotics, which gladly destroy the infectious/bad bacteria, but kill the good ones too. Antibiotic use can create diarrhea and probiotics prove to help that unwanted symptom. Even outside of antibiotic use, probiotics provide a cleaner, healthier, more balanced gut environment, promoting regular more productive bowel movements, less gas/bloating, better nutrient absorption, and digestion of food.
2. Women’s Health. Healthy pH balance of the GI tract actually affects the amount of yeast in the body, which can have negative effects on the bladder and female reproductive system. Regular and therapeutic doses of probiotic combat vaginal yeast infections. Probiotics may also have a special role in maternal health, as pregnant women are particularly susceptible to vaginal infections. And bacterial vaginosis has been indicated as a contributing factor to pre-term labor, making probiotics a potential boon for fetal health.
3. Allergies/Skin Issues. Studies show a lower instance in infant and childhood eczema when the mother was taking regular probiotics during pregnancy. Because probiotics support the immune system, pH balance of the GI tract, and help to control yeast overgrowth, they also help keep seasonal allergies at bay, and can promote healthier skin, with less acne and dermatitis outbreaks.
4. Immune Support. Did you know close to 80% of your immune system is contained in the GI tract? With that in mind, giving your gut terrain the healthiest most balanced environment with copious amounts of probiotics/good flora, you increase lymphocyte activity, ward off infections, virus, yeast and parasites– boom– a stronger immune system!  Because the majority of your body’s ability to fight allergies, colds, viruses, bacteria, even cancer (your immune system) is in the digestive tract, what we eat, drink, ingest, along with how we can assimilate what we ingest is essential to our body’s immunity and health.
5. Weight Maintenance. In 2006, Stanford University researchers found that obese people had different gut bacteria than normal-weighted people — a first indication that gut flora plays a role in overall weight. Some preliminary research shows that probiotics can help obese people who have received weight loss surgery to maintain weight loss. And in a study of post-partum women who were trying to lose abdomnial fat, the addition of lactobacillusand bifidobacterium capsules helped reduce waist circumference.  (source: Dr. Shekhar K. Challa). Again, if we are assimilating nutrients better, we are able to maintain healthier blood sugar levels, eliminate toxins and waste–thereby maintaining our waistlines!
"Wanna Meet for Coffee?"Coffee. It’s warm, it’s comforting, it’s a social event, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry. For many, it’s as necessary as air, water and shelter–maybe more! Here’s my take on coffee, how much is too much, and is it really bad for our health? There are many theories, so I’ve posted some facts on caffeine below, and have a list of my tips for you too.
Caffeine, known in medical circles as trimethylxanthine, is an alkaloid that also works as a psychoactive drug and a stimulant of the central nervous system. Caffeine is found naturally in a variety of plants. Caffeine can also be created synthetically. The word caffeine is derived from the German word kaffee and the French word café, which both translate to coffee. When taken, caffeine is absorbed within 45 minutes and its effects wear off after three hours. reports that an eight ounce cup of coffee contains anywhere from 95 to 135 milligrams of caffeine. A cup of plain brew coffee possesses 135 milligrams of caffeine and a cup of instant coffee has 95 milligrams of caffeine. Even decaffeinated coffee contains caffeine. A cup of plain decaf coffee holds five milligrams of caffeine. A one-ounce espresso has 30 to 50 milligrams of caffeine.

A daily intake of 130 to 300 milligrams of caffeine is considered low to moderate, according to Anything more than 600 milligrams of caffeine per day is considered excessive. The average person consumes 280 milligrams of caffeine daily.

Based on the information I’ve provided above, here is my professional (and personal) opinion of coffee consumption, broken down in bullet points that I hope may clear some caffeine/coffee confusion:
1. Coffee and any caffeinated beverage is dehydrating to the colon, to your body cells, to the skin, and organs.  You really should make WATER your first beverage of the day, before having your cup of joe, and you should compensate with 2 glasses of water for every cup of coffee you drink.
2. I am less concerned with the amount of caffeine in your coffee, as I am with the choice of sweetener and/or creamer you put IN your coffee. Most non-dairy flavored creamers are chemically-laden, artificially-sweetened substances, that do not provide any nutrition but rather add toxicity. (Come on, a “Cinnabon” or “Thin Mint” flavored creamer???? Is that necessary?)  Adding a packet (or two) of “blue”, “pink”, or “yellow” sweetener, also negates nutrition by adding artificial/chemicals to the body.  If you’re starting your first few hours of your day with 2-3 cups of coffee PLUS 2-8 tbs of the above mentioned products, you are starting your day off on the wrong track, leading to possible side effects and continued carb cravings.  I prefer almond or coconut-based milk/creamers (even the flavored ones), or organic half-n-half with natural sugar-in-the-raw, stevia, or agave if you must have your coffee sweet and creamy. Read the labels and consider what you’re really putting in your body.
3. Coffee is acidic-forming in the body. We thrive in a slightly alkaline state, so if you’re consuming more than two cups of regular brew or decaf or espresso a day, I believe that acidity (more so than the caffeine) is detrimental to normal body function and pH balance of the digestive tract and bloodstream.
4. Some of us are more sensitive to caffeine, and some of us are dependent on it. My advice is, enjoy one cup in the morning, black, or with healthy cream/sugar options (mentioned above), sip it slowly, enjoying its richness and warmth. Drink it only after you’ve hydrated with water, and ideally eat something with healthy protein within a half-hour of drinking it so your body can assimilate the coffee more gently. If you desire an additional cup as a mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up, consider what I drink–instant OrganoGold coffee, infused with ganoderma extract which has a lower but natural caffeine content, is alkalizing (vs. acidic) to the body, and promotes many health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and blood sugar-balancing properties. It also has a calming effect.  You know you’re dependent/addicted to coffee if you quit drinking it altogether for 24-48 hours and present with headache. That indicates dependency.
5. As with anything, drink coffee in moderation, hydrate, and check your daily symptoms: jitters? irrational irritability? temperature change? dry mouth? heartburn? racing pulse? can’t sleep at night? All of those things indicate a good chance you’re drinking too much coffee, or you may be ultra-sensitive to caffeine.
There’s much I could add to this story regarding the “super-size” coffee drinks that I consider indulgent desserts (i.e., frappucinos, mochas, etc.), but I’ll save that for the next blog. A little caffeine in a cute coffee mug each morning shouldn’t hurt anyone–it’s quite the enjoyable ritual. Just be smart about what you’re adding to it, how much water you’re drinking around it, and stop after two cups. In the meantime, call me for some “coffee talk”. 🙂

Should I Really Take Calcium Supplements to Prevent Osteoporosis?

You have probably heard that calcium plays an important role for bone health and how vital it is in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. However, bone health is more than just having sufficient amount of calcium. It also involves a number of factors like exercise, sticking to a balanced diet, and a sufficient amount of vitamin D.

Fruits and vegetables: best food for the bones

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to take calcium supplements regularly in order to get enough calcium. When you stick to a healthy diet and consume more fruits and vegetables, it is impossible not to obtain the recommended amount of calcium. In fact, one study revealed that the addition of more fruits and vegetables to the diet has shown to be effective in increasing bone health and bone density.

Nuts, beans, fruits and vegetables are not only good sources of calcium. They also contain magnesium, vitamin K, potassium and other nutrients that are essential for bone health. Additionally, these foods are alkaline. Meaning, they do not induce urinary calcium loss.

Calcium may be an important ingredient in keeping our bone healthy, but we really don’t need much of it. The only reason why dairy products and calcium supplements are considered as the main source of calcium is due to the fact that American diet is mostly centered on refined grains, sugar and animal fat. Unfortunately, all of which are void of calcium.

Vitamin D deficiency

Most women are taking an excessive amount of calcium as recommended by their doctors. However, most people are still not getting enough calcium. For it to be absorbed, we also need to have sufficient amounts of Vitamin D. You may be consuming milk by the gallons or taking calcium supplements regularly, but with the absence of Vitamin D, the calcium you take in won’t do you any good.

Since most people work indoors, they have sub-optimal levels of Vitamin D. In fact, one study showed that most Americans are vitamin D deficient. Today, more and more health professionals are recommending that we take an additional 800 to 1200 IUs of vitamin D on top of the 400 IUs, which are typically present in most multi-vitamins.

The solution

As mentioned earlier, calcium supplements are not the way to go if you want to prevent osteoporosis. Rather, exercise regularly to strengthen your bones and muscles, eat a high nutrient diet and take the right supplements.


Healthy vs. Unhealthy Water EnhancersAs humans, we are about 60% water. Water breaks down food, provides natural energy to our cells, aids in weight loss and maintenance, stimulates digestive enzymes, hydrates tissues and organs, helps the body rid toxins, and is absolutely necessary for health and survival (among countless other benefits).
As a Certified Nutrition Therapist, one of the main things I notice is the majority of my clients are very dehydrated before they work with me, and one of the chief complaints I hear in my practice (namely by the dehydrated folks) is “I don’t drink enough water because I don’t like the taste of water. What can I add to my water to make it taste good?”
My number one preference is to simply add 100% lemon juice or fresh lemon or lime to water. It’s easy, tasty, and the lemon pushes the liver and naturally aids in detoxification. However, there are many options now on the beverage shelves of water “enhancers”. Crystal Light seems to be the first of its kind, and now has quite the competition with Mio, and other enhancers. As far as store-bought flavored (and colorful) water enhancers, I implore you–stay away. The ingredients in most of the water enhancers out there include artificial sweeteners (namely aspartame and sucralose–Splenda), or sugar, artificial food colorings, propylene glycol, among other preservatives and chemicals. Although these ingredients in small amounts are “safe” for human consumption according to the FDA, I see clients suffering from stomach and digestive disorders, headaches, allergies, and other side effects linked to these artificial ingredients.
Here are a handful of ideas to make your pure water a little more “fun” and tasty, hopefully enticing you to drink more, without ingesting unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients:
In a pitcher stored in a cool place or refrigerated, or in a single-serving glass with or without ice:
1. Blackberry and Mint Cooler
* Grow or buy fresh mint in the herb section of the grocery store: use for garnish in salads or in this instance, add as many mint leaves as desired to water, along with 1/4 – 1 cup of fresh or frozen blackberries.
2. Cucumber Spa Water
* One of my favorite “spa” treats pre-and post-treatment is cucumber water. Very simple to prepare: simply have sliced cucumbers on hand and store in baggies. Add as many sliced cucumbers to water as desired. Super refreshing and clean. Use any extra cukes as puffy eye relief (placing cold cuke slices over shut eyelids for 10-20 minutes), or as a healthy yummy snack dipped in hummus or guacamole, or tossed with tomatoes and basil in a salad.
3. Mock Mojito
* A festive way to “cocktail” without the alcohol, and with hydrating health benefits:  “muddle” fresh mint in the bottom of a glass, add water, ice, sliced cucumbers, and fresh lime juice/limes. Shake and sip– delish!
4. Tropical Paradise
* For a sweeter “punch”, add frozen or fresh chunks (try to avoid canned) pineapple to water, along with any citrus fruit on hand: orange, clementine, or grapefruit. Sweet and tart!
5. Better with Berries
* Perhaps the easiest water enhancer is to simply keep frozen or fresh berries on hand– raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc. and add to water in any combination. You can even fill ice cube trays with a berry or two in each square, pouring water over, then making the ice. Once frozen, simply pop out your “berry cubes” and add to water.

5 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

For most people, apple cider vinegar may seem like a humble salad dressing, but it’s actually loaded with healthy enzymes and has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It is also a powerful beauty tonic with endless amount of uses.

Hair rinse

With regular use, shampoo and other styling products can build up in your hair; thus, leaving your hair dull and lifeless.

After shampooing, add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water, and pour it over your hair. Leave it for about 2 minutes, then rinse. The acid in apple cider vinegar cuts straight through this buildup, giving your hair a glossy shine.

Facial toner

Vinegar is a natural astringent that help tighten pores while getting rid of dirt and grime from your skin. After washing your face, add vinegar to a cotton ball and use it as facial toner.

Most of you might be worried about the unpleasant aroma, but once it has dried, it will not leave any smell behind.

Balance blood sugar levels

Several studies showed that taking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime is beneficial for people with Diabetes. In fact, it helps lower the blood glucose level by up to 4-6% during the night.

Stabilize weight

When taken over a prolonged period of time, the acetic acid may also help decrease body fat stores. For daily weight management, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 2 cups of water and sip this concoction throughout the day.

In a study that was published in the Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, researchers have confirmed that participants who consumed acetic acid, which is a main ingredient in apple cider vinegar, for 12 weeks experienced significant changes in body weight, waist circumference, abdominal fat and triglycerides.

Relieve constipation

Apple cider vinegar is known for relieving constipation in the same way that lemon juice can. If you feel bloated, take a shot or two to help your system flush out.

5 Ways to Increase Water Intake

Our body is made up of approximately 60% water. That being said, drinking water is essential to your health. Drinking enough water, you can be sure that your body functions properly. When your water consumption is less than your output, you may become dehydrated; thus, resulting to numerous health issues.

Water energizes the muscles of your body and flushes out toxins. Unfortunately, most people find it difficult to drink enough water each day. Oftentimes, people tend to consume more soda than water. If you are one of them, here are 5 ways to help you increase your water intake.

Make water accessible

Sodas contain Aspartame and unnatural sweeteners. In order to make sure that won’t get tempted, get it out of sight and make water more accessible.

If you are working on something or will be out all day, we suggest bringing along a bottle of water. This way, you’ll have a chance to drink water more often.

Sip water

Instead of gulping water at once, it is better to take a sip once in a while. Do this throughout the day. Drink your water slowly and enjoy its taste.

Add fresh fruits

For some people, drinking water all day could get a little boring. If you wish to spice it up, why not add your favorite fruit to the water? Feel free to add a slice of cucumber, lemon or orange to a glass of water. Fruit-infused water has many benefits. Plus, its taste is very refreshing. Once you’ve tried it, we guarantee that you’ll love it.

Eat water-enriched foods

Consuming water-enriched foods is one of the easiest ways of increasing your water intake. Tomatoes, strawberries, watermelon and cucumber are just some of the best examples of water-enriched foods. You can eat them raw, add them to your salad or make smoothies.

Drink water before each meal

Drinking a glass of water before each meal can provide numerous benefits. First, it prevents overeating. Second, it can reduce calorie intake. However, drinking more than one glass of water before each meal is not recommended as it may lead to serious health problems.