Intestinal Disorders and Cannabidiol (CBD)

Intestinal Disorders and Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD helps eliminate inflammation

Cannabidiol may dramatically improve digestive dysfunction and disease.

There are many factors that contribute to inflammatory bowel disease including foods, stress, sleep, and toxins. No matter the cause, the major cause of dysfunction and disease in the digestive tract is inflammation. Cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, leaky gut, and diverticulosis are all examples of gut ailments that are a result of inflammatory bowel disease. It has been shown that cannabidiol can help to eliminate intestinal disorders and dis-ease.

How Does CBD Help Eliminate Intestinal Disorders?

Cannabidiol (CBD) helps to control the inflammation process throughout the body and is particularly effective in the gut. Often, bleeding, cramping, diarrhea, and bloating improve and even resolve with low doses of CBD treatment within a week. These are the effects of low dose CBD on the gut:

  • Modulates the immune system
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Relaxes the vasculature of the gut and increases blood flow
  • Reduces pain sensitivity
  • Relaxes smooth muscle and eliminates cramping
  • Restores the tight junctions in the gut eliminating leaky gut issues
  • Modulates of the micro biome, balancing gut flora

CBD oil sourced from industrial hemp is legal across the United States  and in other countries when sold as a supplement. During my 2017 travels to Iceland and the Netherlands, the CBD in my baggage was never an issue at customs or security. However, carrying a product description from the manufacturer stating that the product does not contain THC could prove to be valuable information if questioned while traveling.

Hemp Oil Can Be Found In Everyday Products

Hemp oil is now available in foods, drinks, lotions, cleansing products, snacks, and even pet products. Elixinol products are organically grown, essentially free of THC (lower than .03% THC), petroleum free (hemp oil is CO2 extracted), checked by an independent third part lab, and contain whole plant extracts. We exclusively carry Elixinol CBD products at our center, insisting on only the best quality CBD for our clients! Please feel free to contact us with questions regarding CBD products we carry.

Wheatgrass: Step By Step Instructions on How to Grow Your Own

Wheatgrass juice is a powerful detoxifier and floods the body with vitamins and minerals.  Many consider it to be one of nature’s finest medicines!

Wheatgrass is Liquid Sunshine… here are the steps to growing your own:

  • Purchase hard winter wheat in the bulk section of your local natural foods store or online. 
  • Soak 2 cups of the wheat seed in unfiltered water for 8 – 12 hours or overnight.
  • Sprout the seeds in a jar for 20 hours, rinsing well and draining 3 times a day.wheatgrasssprouting
  • Spread 3/4 inch of organic potting mix in a planting tray with holes in the bottom.wheatgrass tray
  • Spread the sprouted seeds evenly over the potting mix.spreadingseeds


  • Water the seeds/soil until water just begins to drip out the holes in the bottom of the tray. Allow this water to drain, and place another empty tray on top of the tray with seeds. This provides darkness to allow the seeds to begin to grow into grass.



  • Place the covered tray in an area of your home that has indirect sunlight.
  • Water twice a day… just until the tray begins to drip.
  • After a day or 2, remove the top tray allowing the grow to grow and begin to green.wheatgrass2days


  • Cut and juice your wheatgrass when it is 6 or 7 inches tall (6 or 7 days).



Wheatgrass has so many benefits!

  • Contains all minerals known to man and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K
  • Is a complete source of protein
  • Is a great source of chlorophyll
  • Stimulates your thyroid
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Alkalizes your body
  • Gives you energy
  • And so much more!

Why Sprouts? They are a Living Food!

Growing sprouts is easy! There are many reasons to grow your own Living Food.

Growing Your Own Living Foods
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Sprouts are the most nutritious living food on the planet!

Sprouts and young greens are up to 30 times more nutritious than the best organic vegetables because they are young plants. The life force of this growing food is transferred to your body when you eat them.  During this time in the plant’s life, they have more nutrients than any other stage of growth. These young plants are also very east to digest because of their high enzyme content.

Certain B vitamins increase 1200 percent during the germination process.

Sprouting unleashes vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that were dormant in the seed. This is what makes the young plant so nutrient dense and easy to digest. In addition to B vitamins, the sprout also contains an abundance of antioxidants that stop DNA destruction, protecting us from cellular aging and breakdown.

Certain sprouts have also been shown to fight cancer and reduce cholesterol.

Broccoli sprouts have been proven to fight all types of cancers including pancreatic and colon cancers. They are high in sulforaphane, proven to boost cell enzymes that protect against molecular damage from cancer causing chemicals. In order to reduce your colon cancer risk by 50%, you would need to eat at least 2 pounds of broccoli a week. However, fresh broccoli sprouts are much more potent, allowing you to eat much lower quantities with the same result.

Click on this link to sign up for the next Living Foods Workshop at Living Arts Wellness. At our classes you will learn to:

  1. Determine the difference between raw foods and Living Foods.
  2. Integrate Living Foods into every meal!
  3. Grow greens and sprout at home.
  4. Ferment and culture, creating probiotic foods.
  5. Transform the way that you look at and prepare meals!

Lifestyle Changes: Top 5 to Create Health

5 Lifestyle Changes To Create Health

  • Eat more fresh or frozen vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices. Drink only water and teas.
  • Eliminate or reduce processed foods, refined sugars, fast foods, and sodas. This matches up with reducing high-glycemic index foods, high fructose corn syrup and trans fats.
  • Eliminate or reduce pasteurized dairy products.
  • Reduce or eliminate conventional meats, especially pork and red meat. Organic grass-fed meats and wild fish are good in moderation.
  • Eliminate or reduce highly genetically modified foods: wheat, soy, corn, and peanuts.

Making Changes That Last

Most of us allow food to take over out lives, and we end up “living to eat”. Probably the most difficult part of lifestyle changes is learning to “eat to live”.  Once you are able to give up the processed and refined foods, dairy products, and sugar, you will be well on your way to a true lifestyle change. The first 3 weeks are often the most difficult. After this, the cravings will start to fall away.

The Living Foods Lifestyle

Living Foods are raw, vegan and in their original, uncooked state. This lifestyle promotes cleansing and overall wellness because it is easy to digest and nutrient dense. It was developed by Dr. Ann Wigmore to combat deficiency and toxic buildup in our bodies. The Ann Wigmore Institute in Aguada, Puerto Rico was my home and workplace for a year. Many of the people that came to learn the lifestyle were suffering from dis-ease and eating disorders. This lifestyle is powerful… it is miraculous what happens when the body is given the proper nutrition and allowed to eliminate toxic build up!

Sign up for our Living Foods Lifestyle classes and learn to grow young greens and sprouts, dehydrate and ferment foods, make “energy soup”, grow wheatgrass, and EAT TO LIVE!

Lifestyle Changes and Wellness
Eat Your Greens!

Avoid Sugar Altogether

Ninety five percent of sugar beets grown in the U.S. are genetically modified and doused with glyphosate (Roundup) and other pesticides. There is a very strong correlation between exposure to glyphosate formulations and the risk of various cancers, including non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The World Health Organization has also published a summary on glyphosate and has classified it as “probably carcinogenic in humans”… some good reasons to avoid sugar altogether!


Potassium Broth for Leg Cramps

Potassium Broth Recipe… loaded with minerals for rejuvenation and elimination of leg cramps

4 organic potatoes
3 organic carrots, chopped
4 organic celery stalks, chopped
1 bunch organic parsley
4 quarts filtered water

Peel potatoes and place the peelings, carrots, and celery in a large pot with the filtered water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat… simmer for 30 minutes. Add parsley and simmer for 5 more minutes.

Cool and strain the finished potassium broth into glass containers in the refrigerator, reheating small amounts as needed.


Bone Broth… Eating Like Our Ancestors

Bone broth, the preferred drink of our ancestors and trendy beverage now found across America, has many benefits:

Heals and seals your gut helping to eliminate and prevent leaky gut.

Protects your joints with glucosamine.

Helps you to look younger with renewed skin, hair and nails.

Promotes better sleep.

Provides immune support because of the high concentration of minerals.

Helps build your bones with high levels of phosphorus, magnesium and calcium.

What exactly is bone broth? How is it different from stock? Well, bone broth is made from mainly bones with a little meat or vegetables, and stock is made from meat and vegetables with, perhaps, a small bone. Go to your local meat market or grocer and ask for grass fed beef or bison bones. Place your bones in a large pot, and cover in filtered water. Add some vinegar, wine, or a bit of tomato paste to extract nutrients from the bones and help them to dissolve. Cook over low heat for 48-72 hours. You may need to watch the pot and add water if it boils down too much. And, note that you can also use chicken or turkey bones. The bones will become soft and begin to break down. Now, you have broth…enjoy your hearty, healing drink!


Cinnamon is a Super Spice!

Cinnamon is an alkaline forming spice. To restore your health, your alkaline diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods. It is also loaded with antioxidants, helps the body fight infections and repair tissue damage, dramatically reduces insulin resistance, and has been linked with reduced risk of heart disease. Cinnamaldehyde, a chemical found in Cassia cinnamon, can help fight against bacterial and fungal infections.cinnamon

Rawmazing Non-Dairy Holiday Cheese

Pumpkin Seed Cranberry “Cheese” Log with Thyme 

  •  2 cups cashews, soaked at least 6 hours
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • probiotic capsules (use the probiotic powder, discard the capsules)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon himalayan salt
  • couple grinds cracked pepper
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, divided
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds, divided
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1. Combine soaked cashews, water, lemon juice and probiotic capsules in high-speed blender. Blend until smooth

2. Line a strainer with cheese cloth, spoon cashew mixture into the cheesecloth, cover and let sit out overnight.

3. Put cashew mixture into bowl. Stir in yeast, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper, 1/2 cup of the dried cranberries and 1/2 of the pumpkin seeds.

4. Cover and place in refrigerator for one day to set up. 

5. Chop remaining 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/2 cup dried cranberries and pecans. Mix together.

6. Shape “cheese” into a log and roll in pecan mixture. 

You can refrigerate this for a few days in advance or freeze it for up to a month. 


Spicy Carrot Soup

I love this fall carrot soup recipe! It’s vegan, its’ raw, and it’s fabulous!

Spicy Carrot Soup

4 cups carrot juice
1 avocado
1/3 cup young Thai coconut pulp
2 tbs coconut sugar
pinch of red pepper
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp sea salt

Blend all until smooth. Add a swirl of coconut cream (young Thai coconut blended with a little water and a splash of lemon juice).

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