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Order Your Own Lab Work

Order Your Own Lab Work

I’m very pleased to be able to bring you this resource, lab testing at discounted prices —at a savings of 50% to 80%.

Direct lab testing is now available in 46 States! (New Jersey, New York, Maryland & Rhode Island excluded).

Your Lab Work on Your Terms

It’s an EASY three step process:

Step 1: Order Lab Tests Online

Place your order for the tests you want with no physician visit required. Select from a menu of individual tests or choose one of the popular laboratory packages.

Step 2: Local Blood Draw:

Now its time to draw your blood and there is no appointment required. Choose from over 4,000 draw stations throughout the country.

Step 3: Online Lab Report

Results are available in as soon as 48 hours. Your lab report will provide valuable insights and help you better understand and optimize your personal health.

Unlock Your Biological Data

Testing your blood gives you insight into the most important laboratory — your own body. Get baseline screening blood tests or decide to take a deeper dive by ordering from a menu of advanced biomarkers.

Know what you want?

Know exactly what you want or are you just looking ofr a single lab test? You can keep it under your budget by using the organized pillars of health. Here you can access individual test information, select and auto calculate the amount of your custom package. It’s SO EASY!

Popular Panels

Need ideas? You will find packages for the most requested lab tests. Chgoose from the most popular test packages including sex and energy, nutrients & omega 3’s, and weight loss and optimal metabolism modules. To learn more, click on the modules below:

Young & Healthy Basic

Have a high deductible and need some screening blood tests? Not feeling well and want a basic place to start? Looking for a low cost screening option? Our Young and Healthy Basic Module gives you the perfect snapshot of your health.

Sex & Energy

An imbalance of hormones can cause loss of libido, memory problems, loss of skeletal muscle, accumulation of belly fat, fatigue, irritability and mood disturbance, sleeping problems, physical energy and physical endurance problems among others.

Inflammation

Inflammation is now thought to be the root cause of many diseases. Elevated levels in the blood signal an increased risk of stroke and heart attack and there is a growing body of research understanding the link between homocysteine and Alzheimer’s.

Brain Health

Prain Health Panel

Nutrients & Omegas

Nutrients are your body’s key building blocks, and having a varied, well-balanced diet is crucial for maintaining good health and preventing problems from developing. But studies show that while many people in Western countries are overfed (that is, overweight and obese), plenty of us are also undernourished.

Processed foods, depleted soils, lack of sun and exposure to toxins are just some of the reasons our bodies are lacking key nutrients.

And, even if you have an extremely ‘clean’ or healthy diet, chances are there may be some essential nutrients you’re missing – especially as you age. That’s because as we get older, our bodies are less able to make and absorb essential nutrients, even though our nutritional needs are just as high – if not higher – compared to when we were younger.

Our nutrient panel evaluates for key nutrient deficiencies and will provide baseline measurements that clients can use to optimize their individual results.

Weight Loss & Optimal Metabolism

This module measures “belly fat” hormones as well as evaluates the way your body is processing and storing sugar. Physicians use these labs to evaluate for insulin resistance, prediabetes, diabetes and adiposity or “sick fat cells.”

Keto Lab Panel

Tests Included: Triglycerides • Total Cholesterol • HDL Cholesterol • LDL Cholesterol • Cholesterol/HDL Ratio • Non- HDL Cholesterol • Lipoprotein (a) • Apolipoprotein B • LDL Particle Number, Peak Size, Pattern • HDL Large • LDL Small & Medium • Fasting insulin • Fasting glucose • Hemoglobin A1c • Hs-CRP • TSH • Free T4 • Free T3

Testosterone Checkup

Lack of testosterone can cause loss of libido, loss of skeletal muscle, accumulation of belly fat, fatigue, irritability and mood disturbance, physical energy and physical endurance problems among others.

Thyroid Evaluation

Thyroid disease affects more than 20 million people in the US. This module is used to evaluate the function of the thyroid gland. Tested biomarkers include: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, free T3, free T4 and Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies.

Healthy Blood Vessels - The Advanced Lipid Panel With Lp(A)

Tested biomarkers include:

Triglycerides, Total Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, Cholesterol/HDL Ratio, Non- HDL Cholesterol, Lipoprotein (a), Apolipoprotein B, LDL Particle Number, Peak Size, Pattern, HDL Large, LDL Small & Medium

Transformational Panel

We are offering a wide array of labs at a tremendous value. This includes all the tests that we perform touching on the 5 pillars of health: inflammation, blood vessel health, metabolism, hormone balance, and nutrient optimization.

Here’s what people who have ordered their tests online have to say:

“The lab panel test was enlightening. I thought as long as I was physically fit I was fine. Through the test I learned what biomarkers meant. The information empowered me with the knowledge to make the changes I needed. I began to focus my protocol and I actually enjoy it.”

Mitch Gaylord

Olympic Gold Medalist

“People have noticed a difference in how I look. They say, ‘Wow, you look like you are losing weight’ or ‘You look healthy!’ Once I had the right testing done, I got the answers I needed. I
now feel confident I can continue to lose more weight. 

Gail,

Age 53

“I feel really good. I’ve lost 25
pounds now. My energy levels are up and I’m finally getting results for my disciplined lifestyle. My doctor missed my thyroid dysfunction with just a TSH test.  Having the advanced testing done, allowed me to narrow in on my issues, and find the help I needed.”

Pam

Age 48

“I feel hopeful now. I have had muscle and joint pain for years. Knowing my thyroid numbers gave me the confidence I needed to ask my physician for help.

I had a clear understanding of what was wrong going into my physician visit and was able to work with my practitioner to move the needle on weight loss.”

Ellen,

Age 55

“I used to work in a hospital laboratory, so I am a big advocate for lab testing. I had the full Transformational Panel done. The amount of tests performed and information gleaned was invaluable.

I used the information to learn what I could do on a holistic level and have a better conversation with my doctor.  I am exercising more consistently and making healthier choices
in my diet, and will retest further down the road to see how my numbers have changed. I already feel better and have more energy.

For anyone who wants to be healthy and nip any future problems in the bud, I highly recommend you do these tests.”

Terri Romera

MBA

 Your Lab Work Disclaimer & Disclosure Information:

If you’d like to order your own labs through YourLabWork.com, please use my affiliate link! Using my link costs you nothing. You receive discounted labs in a safe, confidential and convenient way and a small percentage of your purchase goes to support my work here at [business name]. Thank you!!

Please note: I am not a medical doctor and I cannot receive lab results directly from any lab, read or interpret labs, or diagnose or treat any medical condition! But what I can do is share with you Dr. Alan’s optimal functional ranges for labs, guide you to resources to help you understand your labs and help you with any questions you may want to discuss further with your doctor.

Direct discounted blood work and lab testing - no doctor required

The information on this site is for general educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prevent, cure or treat any medical condition. I am not a medical doctor and information presented is not medical advice or intended to
replace a one-on-one relationship with a doctor or health care professional.

You must consult with your health care provider about medical questions, do your own research and make your own health care decisions based upon your own research and judgment in partnership with a qualified health care professional.’

How to Advocate for Yourself with On-line Blood Testing

How to Advocate for Yourself with On-line Blood Testing

Don’t let insurance and Your Health Care Provider be the Reason You Don’t Get Your Bloodwork Evaluated

No one likes to be told what to do, but unfortunately many doctors and health care practitioners don’t realize that that is exactly what is happening on a daily basis – insurance coverage and medical algorithms often determine the tests that a health care provider will order.  

You can request that your family practitioner order a set of lab tests, but it is unfortunately a low likelihood that they will acquiesce to your request.  Why?  Besides the algorithms and insurance restrictions mentioned above, they may not know how to interpret the results.  This puts their license at risk, and no doctor or health care practitioner wants to lose a license that cost them so much time and money to obtain – even if it is for the good of the patient! 

The good news is that there are now direct-to-consumer-labs that don’t require an order from a practitioner.  These labs often negotiate lab fees with national lab companies, and ordering through one of these is actually less cost than paying a lab’s cash fees or paying for labs that insurance denies.  For example, a basic CBC may cost $15 with a direct-to-consumer-lab, but insurance could be “charged” $100 for this and decide whether or not they want to actually pay for it.  If they deny payment, that cost goes to the patient.   

Don’t let insurance and your health care provider be the reason you don’t get your blood work evaluated.

Advocate for yourself, and learn about your health risks before they become health problems.  

 

If You’d like to order your own labs through YourLabWork.com, please use my affiliate link! Using my link costs you nothing. You receive discounted labs in a safe, confidential and convenient way and a small percentage of your purchase goes to support my work here at [business name]. Thank you!!  

I have a discount code for you to use on your first test: YLW20A (Expires 12/31/2019)

Please note: I am not a medical doctor and I cannot receive lab results directly from any lab, read or interpret labs, or diagnose or treat any medical condition! But what I can do is share with you Dr. Alan’s optimal functional ranges for labs, guide you to resources to help you understand your labs and help you with any questions you may want to discuss further with your doctor.  

References:  

Forbes article on the benefits of direct-to-consumer lab testing: https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedickman/2016/06/16/direct-to-consumer-clinical-lab-testing-wont-kill-us-it-will-make-us-stronger/#d304f1d284f1  

Factors affecting laboratory use and prices: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4191351/

How Can I get My Nutrient Levels Tested?

How Can I get My Nutrient Levels Tested?

Is it worth it to do Nutrient Lab Testing?

 

John is a former vegetarian, who recently started eating a more vegetable-rich “Paleo” diet.  He’s feeling great, and at his ideal weight, but does have some nagging digestive issues like heartburn and occasional diarrhea, that don’t seem to be going away.  These issues were present when he didn’t eat meat.  He takes over-the-counter supplements to support his body, and isn’t quite sure if they really help all that much.  He was perusing the internet, and “Dr. Google” suggested he could have leaky gut, malabsorption problems, and many other possibilities.  He saw a gastroenterologist about this, who diagnosed him with IBS and suggested he eat more fiber.  He was not pleased with this recommendation, especially because he eats plenty of fiber!  What’s his next step? 

Although “Dr. Google” is the bane of many practitioners’ practices, it is also a source of information that can be beneficial.  John did the right thing in seeing a  gastroenterologist, but unfortunately many specialists prefer to treat diseases not symptoms, and if there isn’t a good pill or procedure for this, they aren’t really sure what to do.  It isn’t the fault of the doctors for not knowing about nutrition or supplements, but luckily there are people in this world who  do have knowledge on this subject.  And these people/practitioners often use lab work to evaluate for nutrient imbalances.  You can skip the practitioner (initially), and get this bloodwork for yourself. 

There are many ways to evaluate nutrient status, but it is a good start to look at what’s in the blood through nutrient biomarkers.

Maybe you’re thinking of taking a vitamin B12 supplement – you can look at your bloodwork to see if you really are in need of this.

Maybe you’re thinking of taking vitamin D, or maybe you do take vitamin D – this in particular is important to look whether you are taking a supplement or not.  If your vitamin D levels are too low or too high, this can cause problems.  Check this every 6-12 months when taking a supplement (to make sure it’s the right dose). 

There are many nutrients that can be tested.   

Before buying that next expensive supplement, make sure you actually need it!  And if you correct your nutrient imbalances, and you’re still have bothersome symptoms, seek the care and evaluation of a good integrative/functional medicine provider.  

 

If you’d like to order your own labs through YourLabWork.com, please use my affiliate link! Using my link costs you nothing. You receive discounted labs in a safe, confidential and convenient way and a small percentage of your purchase goes to support my work here at [business name]. Thank you!!

Please note: I am not a medical doctor and I cannot receive lab results directly from any lab, read or interpret labs, or diagnose or treat any medical condition! But what I can do is share with you Dr. Alan’s optimal functional ranges for labs, guide you to resources to help you understand your labs and help you with any questions you may want to discuss further with your doctor.

References:

Connection between inflammation and low vitaminD: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4160567/

Best levels of vitamin D: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5541280/?_ga=2.67143127.750667243.1515071227-1387819590.1509682613 

Laboratory testing for B12 deficiency: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3573090/ 

Redefining B12 deficiency: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2796.2011.02485.x

Case Study Program

Case Study Program

90-Day Turn-Around Case Study

GOAL: To achieve Optimal Wellness & Implement Strategies to support Self-Care and Optimal Wellness for the rest of your life!

Many of you have told me that you would like to lose weight &/or maintain a healthy weight, I have listened and heard that you want more. You want optimal health, increased energy, vital energy, consistent energy through the day. You want the tools to deal with and manage  stress. Not only that you realize the importance of your mindset in managing and achieving results, staying on track, to make healthy lifestyle choices which will slow or reverse the aging process. And last but not least, you want to connect to your body’s Inner Wisdom and awaken your Inner Healer — Guess What? You are on the right track.  

“Well being begins when we sleep deeply, eat food that nourishes, move our bodies, practice meditation, love ourselves and those around us, live with nature and truly understand how to create our collective reality.”

Deepak Chopra

  •  Simple, Easy, Do-able …
  •  WHAT Results can you expect?
  •  More Energy
  •  Less Stress
  •  Stay Calm in the Midst of Chaos
  •  Identify and handle or release stressers &/or toxins from your life. 

Monks, Mystics, Masters & Millionaires

have all used these simple strategies & practices

for thousands of years

to achieve or create whatever they want in life.

  • Morning Rituals: Meditation, Inspiration, Visualization, Gratitude, Exercise
  • De-tox & Cleanse using Ayurvedic practices that Nourish you rather than deprive you. Cleanse, Reset and Re-Ignite your body’s digestive fire.
  • Healthy Eating – Find out what is best for you, your body type and identify any trigger foods (foods you may be sensitive to & causing you discomfort).
  • Self-Care Rituals – Nourish your Mind, Body & Spirit

These are secrets of Ancient Wisdom that have been forgotten or hidden from us in the modern-day world. They key to living a meaningful life, a life with purpose and fulfillment is in understanding and accessing these Secrets of Ancient Wisdom, which are available to us all!

Access to that which seems miraculous and magical is a force that is available to us all. We just need to become aware and remove the  obstacles. Life does NOT have to be mundane, stressful, unhappy—we can heal on all levels and create a life that is magical and creates happiness, not just for ourselves but for others.

Not long ago my son, who had been watching YouTube videos on Quantum Physics and Spirituality, said to me, “Mom, if these things are true, we can use them to HACK the Universe!” My response to him was, “Yes, and why don’t you use them to HACK your own life and see what happens?” 

This is my invitation to you as well … for the next 90 days …
implement these strategies consistently and authentically. See what happens …

 

Weekly Zoom Calls so that you can get live intractive instructions and support.

Get Instant Access to the Private Facebook Group so that you can ask questions, get support and be instpired by like minded people who are on the same journey as you.

Get 1:1 Instruction from me (3 Private Coaching Calls) so that you are held accountable and reach your goals even faster.

Weekly Recorded Videos – delivered via email or in our Secret FB Group-These videos will be short – under 20 Minutes. Topics:

Weekly downloadable PDFs so that you can track your progress, have your baseline assessment, goal setting tools and printable weekly instructions.

Wheel of Life, Focus & Motivation, 90-Day & 1 Year Goals, Identify what is working and what isn’t working.

Find out Your Dosha (mind-body type) so that you can keep your mind-body in balance through stressful situations and seasonal changes.

Learn How to Meditate

Morning Rituals: What to include & why it is important. (Meditation, Exercise, Breathing, Affirmations, Visualization, Inspiration, Gratitude).

Set Expectations for the Coming Week and how to prepare.

PHASE 1: Reflect – Relax – Release – Restore

Week 1: Will do some exercises to establish our baseline,
our goals, make sure you have the right Mindset and MOTIVATION to follow
through with the program. We are all in this together and you will receive a
lot of support, and the process will be FUN!

  • Learn about your specific Mind-Body type (Dosha)
  • Reflect on each area of your life, where you are and where you would like to be.
  • Understand your Motivation – what you would like to achieve
  • Prepare for week 2 by beginning to eliminate foods that are not supporting your health & stock up on the healthy items
    you will be using during week 2 as we implement—you will be given instructions, shopping lists, and journal for tracking your progress.
  • NOTE: During the first 4-6 weeks we will be eliminating all sugar, processed foods, dairy, soy, most grains, alcohol and caffeine.
    Don’t worry, you’ll get plenty of good clean, nourishing foods and won’t ever feel like you are starving!
  • Make a commitment to your Morning Rituals for the next 30 days … Meditate, Gratitude, Exercise, Affirmations &
    Visualization of your goals, Reading, Reflection … your Journal will have a space to help you keep track of these things, too.
  • You’ll get a “Getting Started” check list, shopping guide, links to information & videos, and of course you’ll be in the Facebook
    Group where you can always reach out and ask a question.
  • Prior to Week 2, I will make myself available for a one on one consult to help with goal setting, discuss any special
    physical or health concerns you may have in implementing this program, or answer any questions you may have of a personal nature. This call will take place on Zoom.

 

PHASE 2: Ignite!

Weeks 2 – 6 

Week 2: Here we go! During Week One, you identified and began eliminating the things that are not supporting your health, that are causing you stress, or may be toxic rather than nurturing to your body-mind. 

  • We will do an Ayurvedic cleanse, known as Panchakarma. It nourishes rather than deprives and is balancing to all constitutions (all the mind-body types). It is simple to follow, uses inexpensive real foods and spices, is anti-inflammatory. It can be slightly modified to accommodate individual
    needs, preferences for tastes, etc.
  • There will be a commitment to Morning Rituals during this phase through week 6, after which time you can modify and decide whether to keep these practices as a part of your lifestyle.
  • Create awareness around the use of your electronics – limit time on social media, phone & TV outside of the time necessary to use them for necessary work purposes.
  • Acts of kindness: Find one act of kindness you can do each day. This may be something as small as taking an extra grocery cart into the store, giving a store clerk eye contact and a smile or a kind word, putting the newspaper where it is more easily accessible for an elderly neighbor, or paying the toll for the car behind you. It doesn’t matter the size, just that you perform an act of kindness every day and do it with awareness.

 Week 3-6

*Continue with Morning Rituals, daily acts of kindness.

 

 

  • In addition to the weekly Zoom Call, we will schedule a one-on-one coaching call to check in with your progress and address
    any individual needs going forward.
  • Clean eating: A nutrition plan will be provided and can be customized based on the individual’s food preferences … we will
    continue to avoid sugar, most grains, most dairy, soy and alcohol during this phase. We will favor local, seasonal and organic fruits and vegetables and lean
    meat from animals that were grass fed &/or cage free and not given anti-biotics or hormones.
  • We will continue to work on self-care, doing things that nourish our body-mind, and releasing or eliminating the things that do not support us or cause us stress. This includes not just what we eat, but our emotions, habits, things that may clutter our space, old stories and patterns.
  • If you need to lose weight you will if you adhere to the program.
  • Exercise intensity and duration will be reconsidered during this time. No long bouts of cardio will be required.

 

PHASE 3: Create

Weeks 7-12

  • We will continue a commitment the Morning
    Rituals that you have chosen for the duration of the program.
  • During this phase, each individual can continue with
    the nutrition plan they received during phase 2, or you can gradually begin
    re-introducing food groups one at a time. This is to identify any foods that
    may have been cause you symptoms due to sensitivities, and had not recognized
    it previously.
  • By this time, you will have noticed changes in
    your body-mind and will likely choose to keep practicing your morning rituals
    and eating in a way that is much more nourishing to your body, supports optimal
    energy, health and over-all well-being.
  • I have found that a 30-day program is a “good
    start” but not long enough for most people to achieve life-long goals and permanent
    new habits. Having support for a full 90 days, especially with the group, each
    person is likely to face a challenge in adhering to their program. Travel, some
    life event, or other unexpected experience is likely to come up that may throw
    you off track, or at least make it challenging to stay on-track. Therefore, I
    want each person to have this support and accountability for a full 90 days. If,
    for some reason, during the program you do get off track, there is no guilt, no
    judgement because we will all fall of track at one time or the other. What is
    important is, if you do get off-track, how quickly you can get back on.

PHASE 4—Week 12: Elevate & Evaluate

  • This week you will evaluate your results, commit
    to new goals, and by now you will likely say what many of my clients have said
    before: “This isn’t a diet! This is a lifestyle!!!”
  • There will be a final one-on-one coaching call
    at the end of the program.
  • I will leave the Facebook Group up until, at
    least until the end of the year so you will have access to all resources and
    group support. You will continue to be able to contact me through the group. 😊
    This means you will have group support through the Holidays!!
  • I’ll be asking each of you for a testimonial!

 

None of these outcomes are guaranteed
since each program will be individualized and dependent on your current health,
dieting history, needs and goals. However, I believe if you follow the plan you
will get some very wonderful outcomes, as well as some you might not have even
expected.

  • Improved energy
  • Improved clear thinking and focus
  • Notice your desires being fulfilled more easily
  • Reduced cravings
  • Reduced weight and close fitting more loosely
  • Feel & look leaner in the mirror
  • Improved body composition
  • Synchronistic events pop up more frequently in
    your life to fulfill your desires
  • More awareness of the messages in your body,
    your environment and your emotions
  • Increased Intuition and Creativity
  • Happier and More Relaxed as you go about your
    daily life
  • More awareness about how your thoughts and
    actions create your life.
  • Less reactive and more responsive to life’s
    circumstances.
  • See and understand how you are really dreaming
    the life you have and can dream the life you want into existence.
  • Identify things in your life that may be holding
    you back from achieving your desires.
  • Remember who you really are at the core of your
    being.
  • Renew or remember your connection with nature.
  • Have a sense of well-being and connection with
    the Universe
  • More compassion towards others
  • More caring and awareness about how your daily choices
    affect not only you and your health, but others, and ultimately our entire
    planet.
  • Eliminate the things that are toxic in your
    life—in your body, in your relationships, in your habits, in your environment.
  • Awaken and learn the skills to tap into your “Personal
    Power” and the realization that you are a powerful creator being … and the
    world is waiting for you to love and care for yourself and is hungry for your
    medicine and your gifts that only you can bring.

 

In Summary, what you will receive …

  •  3 One-On-One Coaching calls – 30 Minutes each …
  • Ayurvedic Cleansing Program
  • Nutrition plan, customized to your needs &
    food preferences
  • Learn how to Meditate
  • Learn your Mind-Body Type (Dosha type)
  • Weekly LIVE Zoom Calls
  • Short videos to motivate & instruct you in
    the Facbook Group
  • Access to group support & support from Kay
    in a Private Facebook Group
  • Worksheets for self-assessments, goals
  • Journal to track and record your progress,
    morning rituals, nutrition & exercise & other self-care rituals and
    practices. 

What you can Expect … 

 one of these outcomes are guaranteed since each program will be individualized and dependent on your current health, dieting history, needs and goals. If you follow the plan you will get some very wonderful outcomes, as well as some you might not have even expected.

  • Improved energy
  • Improved clear thinking and focus
  • Notice your desires being fulfilled more easily
  • Reduced cravings
  • Reduced weight and close fitting more loosely
  • Feel & look leaner in the mirror
  • Improved body composition
  • Synchronistic events pop up more frequently in your life to fulfill your desires
  • More awareness of the messages in your body, your environment and your emotions
  • Increased Intuition and Creativity
  • Happier and More Relaxed as you go about your daily life
  • More awareness about how your thoughts and actions create your life.
  • Less reactive and more responsive to life’s circumstances.
  • See and understand how you are really dreaming the life you have and can dream the life you want into existence.
  • Identify things in your life that may be holding you back from achieving your desires.
  • Remember who you really are at the core of your being.
  • Renew or remember your connection with nature.
  • Have a sense of well-being and connection with the Universe
  • More compassion towards others
  • More caring and awareness about how your daily choices affect not only you and your health, but others, and ultimately our entire
    planet.
  • Eliminate the things that are toxic in your life—in your body, in your relationships, in your habits, in your environment.
  • Awaken and learn the skills to tap into your “Personal Power” and the realization that you are a powerful creator being … and the
    world is waiting for you to love and care for yourself and is hungry for your gifts that only you can bring.

 

$1,495 (Single Payment) – The first ones to apply, commit & make payment will be in the case study. Payment options are available.

 Payments will be made through PayPal. 

Note: This will be a small group who will get a very high-touch, hands-on experience because it is a case study. Next year, I am planning a larger, year long program … Those who participate in the case study will be able to sign up at a significant discount — full price minus the amount you paid to be in the case study. Those who did not get into the Case Study Program because it was full will also get a discount off the 2020 Year-long program. Openings are limited to a maximum of 7. Program will begin in August, start date to be announced.  

Benefits of Turmeric

Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric root is a spice that has been used since ancient times in India for both its culinary and medicinal qualities. It originates from the Curcuma plant. In the West, we most likely know it for its spiciness and use in dishes such as curry & curry powder. Recently however, the Western world has begun to take notice the health benefits of turmeric, which have been known for thousands of years in the Eastern Cultures.

Curcumin, the oil derived from turmeric, has been studied in numerous experiments, and has been shown to be equally as effective as typical anti-inflammatory drugs. The key difference is there are no side effects associated with curcumin oil. This is good news for those who suffer from joint conditions, such as arthritis, where inflammation plays a key role in exacerbating chronic pain.

Absorption

Piperin, found in black pepper, taken with curcumin, found in tumeric has been found to significantly increase the absorption and effectiveness of curcumin. Taken orally by mouth, turmeric isn’t absorbed into the bloodstream very well. If you consume a little black pepper along with the turmeric, it can increase the absorption rate of the curcumin up to as much as 2,000 percent! WOW!

Turmeric can provide many health benefits, some of which are outlined below.

Anti-Inflammatory

Turmeric has long been used for its anti-inflammatory properties in Eastern cultures; this helps the body to fight infection and repair itself. It is the oil that the turmeric provides that has the scientifically proven anti-inflammatory capabilities.

Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease are common disorders that affect many people throughout the world and can be quite debilitating. Studies have investigated the effect of turmeric in mice who have such diseases.

Although the researchers are not entirely sure how it works, curcumin oil improved cell functions and reduced the symptoms. Certain symptoms such as mucosal ulceration were almost completely removed.

Indigestion and Heartburn Relief

Turmeric has also been shown to help with the common conditions of indigestion and heartburn. These are frequently experienced by individuals and can be incredibly frustrating and uncomfortable.
Turmeric stimulates the gallbladder and increases bile production; in Germany, turmeric is prescribed for such problems.


Heart disease

Studies have shown that there is a protective effect of turmeric on the heart. Initial research shows that turmeric can help to reduce the build-up of plaque in the heart, a key contributor to heart attacks. Turmeric may help to prevent oxidized cholesterol, which is what damages blood vessels. Damaged blood vessels are a critical factor in many heart diseases, such as health attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis.

Delays diabetes

Research has shown that turmeric can actually delay the onset of diabetes. In a study, participants were tracked over a period of time and given either a placebo or curcumin tablets.
At the end of the study, not one participant who had taken the curcumin had developed diabetes. It is argued this finding is due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.


Cancer prevention

Turmeric has been shown to have important antioxidant properties, which may help to protect cells against cancer, particularly in cells in the colon. Turmeric can help to protect vulnerable cells against free radicals, which can be harmful to the body.

Moreover, turmeric can help the body to expel mutated cells that may have developed cancer already. However, research is still working out how turmeric can help with cancer prevention.

Lowers cholesterol

High cholesterol is a common disorder and has been linked to many different, some serious, disorders.
Initial research shows that the oil in turmeric, curcumin oil, can help to lower cholesterol levels. It works on the liver and encourages it to produce more receptors that produce lower cholesterol.

Uses in Cooking

• Turmeric in dried spice form can add loads of flavor to curries, stews, stir-fries and roasted meat and chicken.
• Fresh turmeric is a root that looks much like fresh ginger. It can be juiced along with other fruits and vegetables. It can be added to smoothies and surprisingly doesn’t change the taste a lot. Be sure to add a bit of black pepper as well to enhance the absorption rate.
• It makes a great addition to a chicken marinade adding a bright orange color to the mix; it is a key ingredient in Middle Eastern chicken kabobs.
• Use it to substitute saffron or mustard as it provides an equal yellow hue
• Jazz up white rice, by squeezing fresh turmeric through a garlic press and adding it to the rice, offers lots of flavor, and a golden color.
• Use fresh chopped or grated turmeric in coleslaw to add color, flavor, and key nutrients.

Precautions

Everyone should seek medical advice before adding extra turmeric to their diet and sometimes it may actually have negative effects for some people, for example, its ability to slow blood clotting could be dangerous for anyone taking anticoagulant medication. If in doubt, speak to your medical professional.

Ayurvedic Tea Recipe

Ayurvedic Tea Recipe

Digestive Tea

Cumin, Coriander, Fennel

Cumin, Coriander & fennel are ancient digestive spices and when brewed together make athe perfect addition to an Ayurvedic lifestyle or cleanse. The tea directly stimulates the digestive system, supporting the body’s natural ability to breakdown ama, or natural toxins in the GI tract. *

Ingredients:

  • Water, 32 ounces
  • Fennel, 1 teaspoon*
  • Coriander, seeds, 1 teaspoon*
  • Cumin seed, 1 teaspoon*
  • Ginger, fresh, 1/2 teaspoon, chopped
  • Lemon, juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Green tea bag

Directions:

Put first five ingredients in a pot and bring to a slow boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add the green tea bag and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Add the juice from 1/2 lemon. Strain the tea into a thermos & drink warm throughout the day up until around 4:00 pm.

This Ayurvedic digestive tea blend takes advantage of the properties of fennel, coriander & cumin, long known to stimulate digestion and support full assimilation of nutrients from food. The green tea has anti-oxident properties. You can energize with regular (caffeinated) tea or opt for the decaffeinated variety. Drink hot or warm throughout the day to support subtle detoxification and cleansing.

CCF Tea by Banyan Botanicals has Fennel, Coriander and Cumin seeds and can be purchased together in one package, rather than purchasing in individual bulk packages. I’m including a links below to both the CCF Combination tea as well as bulk Organic Fennel, Coriander & Cumin Seeds. Options for both caffeinated and decaffeinate teas are included, as well as a kitchen tool I use daily for squeezing lemons & limes. I have had a tool like this for several years. Mine is yellow, and the acid from the lemons has made the paint begin to peel. Therefore, I recommend the stainless steel version.

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Ginger Tea

Another popular Ayurvedic Tea is Ginger tea.Ginger is known as the universal medicine and can be found in cuisines worldwide. Ginger tea has a strong cleansing effect on the body, helping to mobilize toxins and restore balance. Ginger tea benefits the digestive system and can help reduce cravinga for sweet and salty items. Ginger helps sooth and cleanse the respiratory tract, making it a valuable tea during cold and flu season. Try sweetining your tea with raqw organic honey and chopped mint or lemon slices.

To make One Quart of Ginger Tea

Coarsely chop an unpeeled two-inch piece of whole ginger. Place the pieces into a 2 quart pot with one quart of water. Bring the water just to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the tea simmer for 15 minutes. You can strain the ginger pieces and put the tea into a thermos bottle or stor it in a glass jar. Reheat the tea as needed.

To make 1 Cup of Ginger Tea

Grate 1 heaping teaspoon of unpeeled ginger root into a cup of hot water. Let the tea steep for 2 minutes. Strain or let the ginger settle to the bottom of the cup. Add fresh lemon slices, chopped mint, raw organic honey &/or a dash of black pepper.

 

 

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