Coconut Water is Nectar From Heaven

The Perfect Drink

Coconut water is a light, clear liquid extracted from young, green coconuts. The liquid is actually 95% water, naturally, and is part of the endosperm of the fruit.

Before the coconut matures, the endosperm becomes more and more solid, and develops into the coconut meat you find in ‘adult’ coconuts.

The health benefits of coconut water includes;

  • Rich source of natural vitamins (especially the B vitamins), minerals, and trace elements (including zinc, selenium, iodine,sulfur and manganese).
  • Loaded with amino acids, organic acids, enzymes,antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
  • Lots of electrolytes and salts, particularly potassium and magnesium.
  • Refreshing, no sugar added, nearly fat-free,
  • Natural plant hormones, which have anti-aging, anti-cancer, and anti-thrombolytic effects in humans.

The alkalizing properties of coconut water on your body helps correct the damage of acidifying foods which lead to heartburn, and stomach upset.

Another healthful benefit of this delicious drink is the ability to balance the bodies’ electrolytes after exercise. Rather than reaching for a sugar-filled drink, grab a coconut water.

Clearly, coconut water far outweighs anything we can possibly create ourselves. In fact, it’s so compatible with the human body that it can be used intravenously if necessary.


Your Lifetime Detoxification Plan

FOODSTHATCLEANSEDETOXDetoxification is more than a short-term, extreme elimination solution, true detoxification is a lifetime way of living in a world full of toxins.

Although there is little we can do to completely escape or eliminate toxins from our lives, there is a lot of we can do help lessen the impact.

Short-term detoxification is great, but establishing a long-term plan should be part of your solution. The primary resource we have is our food. What we put into our bodies makes the biggest difference in the battle for health.

Eating organic, natural and raw foods is perhaps the number one way to reset your bodies’ health. By maintaining a strong, healthy body, you’re bodies’ natural elimination system can function better, thereby removing more of the unnatural, and harmful toxins from your system.

Some of the most beneficial foods include leafy greens, such as kale, arugula, spinach, chard, alfalfa, to name a few. The natural chlorophyll these greens provide helps the body remove environmental toxins.

Kale is delicious in soups, salads and smoothies.

Fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C are vital in helping the body ward off, or destroy diseased cells. Research has shown vitamin C to be a natural antibody to cancer cells, and an antioxidant.

Dr. Linus Pauling recommends 1,000 mg. of vitamin C per day.

By establishing a long-term, healthy eating strategy, you’ll be creating a positive environment for your body to naturally detoxify itself on a daily basis. Check back for more information about how we can change our health through proper eating.

Be sure to contact Linda, at Universal Wellness Associates to set up your free 15 minute consultation.

If you have other questions or health concerns, we offer free health self-assessments. 

5 Serious Reasons to Detox


5 Ways to Change Your Life: Starting Today!

Detoxification is not for the weak of will. However, the benefits far outweigh the cravings. Stay strong and find yourself living a fuller, healthier, more invigorated life. If you’re not sure it you even need to detox, we’re giving you five solid reasons you should consider.

1. You feel like poop… a lot. 

From morning to evening, you no longer feel vital, vibrant, or full of energy.  You may have symptoms of being toxic like allergies, headaches, fatigue, brain fog, digestive issues. Most of us don’t connect what we’re eating to how we feel, until you start paying attention to it. Eat normally for a few days and monitor how you feel. Chances are, that heartburn, or upset stomach has a lot to do with exactly what you’re eating. Changing the way you eat could have positive effects within a few meals.

2. You don’t fit into your clothes.

Calories are not all created equal. For instance, sugar calories have a dramatic and long-lasting effect on our health. Science says sugar and flour calories are different. First, they trigger addiction and overeating. Second, they spike insulin and inflammation, which makes you store belly fat and blocks your ability to feel full. The verdict is in: Sugar calories are worse than whole food calories, guaranteed to mess up any attempt at long-term weight loss.

3. You crave sugar and carbs and you just can’t stop.

The fact is that sugar and flour are biologically addictive. The science behind it is clear and conclusive. Yet we blame the fat person for being a lazy glutton, which leads to shame and guilt. I am here to tell you it’s not your fault. Your biology has been hijacked by the food industry. They have done a hostile takeover of your taste buds, brain chemistry, hormones and metabolism. More than 300 food industry insiders spilled the beans to Michael Moss in his book, Salt, Sugar and Fat, explaining they hire “craving experts” to create the “bliss point” of junk food to create “heavy users” and increase their “stomach share.” Sugar is the new nicotine. In fact, sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine. If you are trying to use willpower to lose weight you will fail. You have to use science to unhook yourself from the addictive power of sugar, flour and hyper-processed, hyper-palatable food-like substances (or “non-food junk” as my friend Dr. Aviva Romm calls it).

4. Detox is a foreign word.

Even if you think you are healthy and feel good, you may not realize that your normal state is not your optimal state. Think of detoxification as a super-quick, easy way to supercharge your health.

5. It’s time for a change.

All of us experience unhealthy living: too little sleep, too little exercise, too much bad food, too much stress, not enough time for ourselves.  Changing your life is as simple as changing what you eat. Simple, delicious foods. No toxins or drugs, by which we mean sugar, flour, processed foods, caffeine or alcohol. Additionally, it’s time to get plenty of rest, change your stress levels, and exercise.


Gluten Demystified


What is gluten?

Gluten is a mixture of proteins present in some cereal grains, especially wheat. It consists almost primarily of two proteins, gliadin and glutenin. The exact proportions depend upon the variety of grain. It is responsible for making bread spongy and is used extensively in most packaged and processed foods.

What is Celiac Disease?

Traditional thinking about celiac disease is that it is an autoimmune attack on the small intestine triggered by eating gluten-containing grains. Even a small amount of gluten in foods can trigger and autoimmune reaction and create malabsorption of nutrients. This is due to damage and inflammation in the small intestine. When gluten intolerance becomes an extreme condition, it is finally diagnosed as celiac disease, non-tropical sprue, or gluten-sensitive enteropathy. But, it may take years before it is finally diagnosed.

What is Gluten Sensitivity?

The philosophy that celiac is only relegated to the intestines is still part of the medical lexicon even to this day. What is now known from research over the past twenty years or so is that celiac disease can affect not only the gut but all other organ systems. In fact, there are now considered to be two primary types of gluten intolerance – celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Being gluten sensitive means that there is sensitivity to not only gluten, but also to the different fractions of the wheat molecule such as wheat germ, gliadin, and gluteomorphin.

Symptoms May Include: 

  • weight loss
  • brain fog
  • joint pains
  • migraines
  • headaches
  • psoriasis
  • eczema-like skin conditions
  • fatigue
  • iron deficiency anemia
  • failure to thrive in children
  • constipation/diarrhea
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • various brain related symptoms such as ADD, depression and anxiety

Celiac disease and even non-celiac gluten sensitivity is an underlying trigger of most autoimmune diseases:  Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Low serum calcium levels, other vitamin deficiencies may occur with celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Most people diagnosed with celiac disease experience relief soon after starting a gluten-free diet. If you think you may be gluten sensitive, trying a gluten-free diet may help you make the determination.

If your symptoms or condition is beyond self-analysis, Universal Wellness Associates offers cutting edge food sensitivity testing along with other types of functional testing – blood chemistry panels, GI stool profiles, saliva hormone panels. Functional testing using various methods to analyze the underlying imbalances.

After we receive the information form the functional tests, Linda can provide you with an analysis and other suggestions that will help  you move towards health and vitality.

Contact Universal Wellness Associates to learn more about how functional testing may help you. 

Detoxification For Brain Health

Detoxification for Gut and Brain Health


Detoxification can improve not only your physical well being, but there’s strong evidence to show that it can also improve your psyche as well.

In a study conducted at the University of Calgary, and published last week in the Journal of Neuroscience, the research team showed that probiotics could be responsible for altering the communication between the immune system and the brain in mice with behavioral symptoms of chronic inflammatory disease. 

In a human study, published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, researchers discovered that “multi-species probiotics had a positive effect on mood after four weeks of supplementation.” Clearly, gut health is critical for a healthy brain.

Most of us know that probiotics are essential for gut health, and with these studies it’s clear that our gut has the ability to really make us suffer.

Knowing how important gut health is to our total body, detoxifying during the year seems like a wise choice. There are many other food choices you can make on a daily basis that support gut health, but if your gut is out of balance, detoxification is a perfect choice.

Once you’ve brought your system back into a healthy balance, probiotic supplementation and wise food choices will keep you feeling, and thinking, positively.