Flash Sale on Perfect Supplements’ Beef Liver!!

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From now until 6/21 you can save 15% off Perfect Desiccated Liver (use Coupon Code: SUMMER15 at checkout)

Details on the sale:
*Can Be Combined With Volume Discounts
*Sale Ends at Midnight PST on 6/21
*Cannot be combined with my SASSY code

The savings, especially with the Volume Discounts, really add up.  If they buy 6 bottles of Desiccated Liver, it works out to just $11.52 a bottle.  Remember, they do 120 capsules per bottle – so a really great deal on grass-fed beef liver!!

**Check out the Perfect Desiccated Beef Liver here!**

Why Beef Liver?

  1. As far as livers go, beef has the most bang for its buck.
  2. It has vitamins A, D, E, K, B12 and folate, and minerals such as zinc, copper and iron.
  3. Beef liver has the most bio-available form of copper. If you think about that, it makes sense why so many people are suffering from copper dysregulation these days: because who grew up eating liver regularly??
  4. It’s an excellent source of CoQ10
  5. It has an unidentified anti-fatigue factor (pretty sure it has to do with its nutrient content!)
  6. Helps your immune system stay strong
  7. Eating liver helps our livers work better as well
  8. Helps to speed up the metabolism (which is great for slow oxidizers!)
  9. It is amazing for female hormonal balance- helps those in menopause, those with PMS, and even those with irregular cycles

Other Modalities of Healing that can aid in your healing

modalities of healing

Other Modalities of Healing that are Amazing!

I am such a huge lover of HTMA and true holistic mineral balancing, but over the years I have learned about so many other awesome modalities to heal.  HTMA is a great base- at the end of the day, your minerals HAVE to be balanced in order for the body to heal.  We need a solid nutrition base in order to fix any health issues, period.  So it works pretty well in tandem with a lot of other forms of natural healing.

I wanted to make a good list of other modalities because I have noticed that everyone can be so different with what forms work for them.  Since we are ALL different, it is important to realize that not everything will work the same for all of us.  For example, I know plenty of people that love EFT (tapping) but it never really helped me (whether I was on my own or with a practitioner).  I do very well with acupuncture, but I’ve heard from many that did it for months and it didn’t help them.  You have to learn about a few methods and go with what seems best to you.

I think that there is merit in picking a few modalities in your healing journey.  Depending on what you are dealing with, you will NEED more than one thing to help you through this crazy path of healing!  Read and research some of these methods and go with your gut on what sounds best to you.  It is our responsibility to be our own best health advocate- there will not be one doctor or health care practitioner that can know or do it all so it’s best to keep looking for other options!

So here are some of the best natural modalities out there (I covered some of these in my post about emotional healing as well if you want to check that out for other ideas on healing emotional trauma specifically!):

HTMA

HTMA stands for hair tissue mineral analysis.  This is a simple, non-invasive test that looks at the mineral balance in about a heaping teaspoon of hair.  We look at the ratios between these minerals to determine things like adrenal strength, poor nutrient absorption, how the body is responding to stress, and more.

When people first learn about HTMA, they usually think about the old school methods- lots of synthetic supplements (some recommend about 30 pills or more a day).  This is NOT what we do here at Sassy Holistics. We try to take a true holistic method with our HTMA protocols- whole foods, food-based supplements when needed, stress management, herbs, and more.  We work on healing the gut and liver for a majority of people because if these functions aren’t up to par then the entire body can suffer. We work on healing the ROOTS of our health issues.  Nutrition is everything- we have to eat too so why not get it tailored to your specific needs?

Chiropractic

According to the ACA: “Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.”

Chiropractic care can help the whole body as well- there is a lot of evidence that different vertebrae correlate with different parts of the body.  Here is a cool chart that outlines this! (I experienced this first hand when my little bubba was only a few months old- he was a gassy little monkey and his first adjustment allowed his little body to release all of that stuck gas. It was rather funny- my chiro adjusted him, we put him back in his car seat, he farted louder than he had in his whole life, and then went right to sleep! LOL)

Chiropractic care was one of the first natural healing modalities I ever used- I actually depended on it quite a bit for about a year or 2.  It helped me SO much with my chronic pain issues- I was dealing with fibromyalgia, costochondritis, and countless other health issues at the time.   I had only wished that I knew about mineral balancing back then because as I started balancing my minerals I needed the chiro less and less- it would have saved a lot of pain and money if I was instructed in nutrition back then! This is why multiple modalities can be so helpful- it seems like even in the natural health world, doctors and practitioners chose one “specialty” and neglect other systems.  A copper imbalance is a huge reason why people have issues with holding chiropractic adjustments as well!  For me, as I balanced my copper, I no longer had joint issues like I used to.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy has been documented since 400BC, but became more popular in the 1800s when Samuel Hahnemann became the main founder of it and added a lot more research to it.  This form of natural health is safe, gentle, and truly holistic. Kids, pregnant women, pets, and anyone else can safely benefit from homeopathy, whether it is an acute or chronic issue. Homeopathy is all about “Like cures like”: something that causes symptoms in one person can cure another. No one will end up with the same remedies even if they have the same symptoms- it is truly individualized and holistic. In the early 1900s, 20% of US docs were homeopaths. 500 million people worldwide practice homeopathy! So for those that think homeopathy is not effective or relevant can learn a bit from the rest of the world.

Working with a great homeopath is best- don’t go it alone for chronic conditions!  I highly recommend Khush Mark– she is who I worked with and I found great healing with her recommendations. I was still keeping up with my HTMA protocol for myself as well- and it was huge proof that these 2 modalities can work very well together.

Massage

I’m pretty sure there is no need to explain what massage is- everyone knows it and most people love it.  There are many forms of massage out there, but the best thing to look for is a legitimate massage therapist that knows what they are doing.  Massage is quite trendy so there are a lot of people that just do it as an add-on service at salons or at the mall.  Just do your research and find the best for you.  Deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, relaxation- no matter what your purpose is, massage can help! Massage helps to increase circulation, can help to remove toxins from the body, stimulates the lymph system, reduces pain, and it also can help with releasing deep emotional trauma that is stored in tissues.

I recently invested in this home massager that I’m loving- it’s helping my lymph a lot and it’s been an invaluable tool during my recent healing of EBV.  This massager specifically has almost 3000 reviews on Amazon and has a 4.5 rating- pretty amazing! It has several attachments for different spots of the body.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is another one of my favorite methods of healing.  It basically just helps your body do what it is trying to do. It makes the healing process easier as it opens up the energy blockages.  Acupuncture can pretty much help with any health issue- depression, infertility, chronic pain, obesity, digestive issues, and so much more.  Length of treatment will depend on the severity of your issues- the most common recommendation I have seen is about 10 weeks of weekly appointments.  Just like with anything else, make sure the acupuncturist you are seeing is properly trained.  Even better if you can find someone that you found by a word-of-mouth recommendation from someone that had success with that particular acupuncturist.

Most people get a little scared of the needle aspect of acupuncture but they really are very small!  There are many studies backing up the effectiveness of acupuncture as well- you can read a bit more about this here. For most people, acupuncture can create an almost immediate increase in energy and a boost in mood.  For those that are actively trying to heal, it can take several sessions before you feel a huge difference. Healing reactions are absolutely possible with acupuncture (and any other modality out there). My first few sessions made me absolutely exhausted for a day or 2 but then I started to feel so amazing after each session.

EMDR

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  This is a “psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. ” (source)

I’ve known many people that have had success with EMDR and absolutely love it. It has sparked my interest as well as it seems to be another method that is supposed to help you heal with the minimum amount of discomfort.

EFT

Emotional Freedom technique is not new, but it has been garnering a lot of attention over the last few years in the natural health field. This method used meridian tapping to harness your body’s energy to heal itself.  Many people swear by this method.  My suggestion for this is to find a good practitioner that knows all about EFT and how to properly do it because it seems to be much more powerful this way. Doing EFT on your own can help too, but some only notice the benefit if they speak with a practitioner. YouTube has plenty of how-to videos too!

No matter what healing therapy you choose, just remember that healing can take time. We don’t get sick overnight so it will take awhile before we regain our health completely.  Don’t give up! Have patience, faith, and determination.  Consistency is key as well!

modalities of healing

What needs to be organic

what needs to be organic

What Needs to be Organic- according to Sassy Holistics

When I first dove into the world of natural health, it was absolutely overwhelming.  At times it is still overwhelming!  Possibly even more so when years past and you realize that not enough people are even aware of the “why” behind jumping into the natural health bandwagon.  Everywhere you look you can see that people are NOT healthy, and you’d think they’d wonder why we’re all so sick these days.

Anyway- I wanted to put together a (hopefully easy) guide on the things I would *try* to find organic when it comes to food, household products, etc.  There are definitely non-negotiable for me- if I can’t find these specifically then I don’t bother getting it.

Foods- Either these foods are on the dirty dozen or there are GMO versions of these foods that have been released

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Potatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Papaya
  • Beef (grass-fed), chicken, and eggs (free range is best)
  • Dairy products (grass-fed is best, raw is the absolute best but can be expensive/hard to find/illegal in some states, ugh)
  • Grains- oatmeal, wheat, etc (yes, we eat these in our house! We just look for the best quality that we can)
  • kale and spinach
  • peaches
  • You can read the full Dirty Dozen/Clean 15 here, but the above is pretty much the worst of the worst and I do my best to always buy organic!

Tea and Coffee

Look for organic, but also look for unbleached or untreated tea bags. Traditional Medicinals is one of the best brands out there for tea and they offer a LOT of different types of teas.  Alvita is another brand I’ve found to be clean.  Buying herbs in bulk is also an option- Frontier and Mountain Rose Herbs are among the top brands out there.

Coffee is a tricky one because we’re now aware that many coffees actually are at risk for mold and mycotoxin contamination.  I would recommend researching the brands you currently use and look for info about mold testing.  Some brands that are definitely clean are Kicking Horse (Kick-ass is my favorite blend and one of the extra safe ones!), Bulletproof (can be pricey though), and… well right now those are the only 2 I know of but if I find more, I’ll update it here 🙂

Herbs and Supplements

Not all herbal products and supplements are created equally.   Many have nasty fillers or are just poor quality in general.  The main companies I trust for herbal products are BioRay, Herb Pharm, Frontier, Mountain Rose Herbs, Herbalist & Alchemist,  The best brands for supplements are Perfect Supplements, Pure Radiance, Grown by Nature, and the rest of my list is here (as well as the reasons why I don’t recommend a few of the most popular brands out there)

Household products

The average woman puts on about 515 different synthetic chemicals daily – and most of that is just in the morning! There are about 82,000 known chemicals used in everyday household items, and most of them have never been tested for safety.  These chemicals are cancer causing, hormone disrupting (especially causing infertility), and skin irritants. The skin is the largest organ in our bodies and using these harsh products on our skin daily is truly wreaking havoc for our health.

The most important things to switch out first would be (and why to switch them):

Take a look on the Skin Deep Guide on the Environmental Working Group’s website to see how your favorite products rank. They have about 60,000 products listed!

Changing our relationship with Food

changing our relationship with food

Changing our relationship with Food

I’m about to get VERY real with you all about something I’ve dealt with in my life. I hope that my story can help others (as I know a lot of my other health struggles have- I swear that I’m able to say that everything I have dealt with has been for a reason. I’ve been able to help others with similar issues to heal!).

I was recently recommend this book to read called Intuitive Eating because I’ve been always had my own struggles with weight and body image.  The question that I was asked when I was speaking about my health was this: “Are you even eating enough calories?” And the answer was an emphatic “No”! This was a few months ago and it’s really made me think more about this, but I think I’ve been blocking out a lot when it comes to this issue.  Now I see that this is something that needs a lot more attention than I’ve been giving it. As we heal, we literally have to peel back the layers of pain and trauma, and I think right now this is what I’m needing to address.

You see, I was one of those girls in middle and high school that basically starved herself to stay even remotely thin.  Most days I would eat maybe 1 full meal, usually dinner. I’d go to school skipping breakfast and usually at lunch I wouldn’t bother with anything unless a friend offered me an extra snack. Why did I do this? Well because for one, we all know how the media has always been saying that you only matter if you’re thin. But I personally had a step mother at the time that was constantly telling me I was overweight. She’d call me fat, tell me I have huge thighs, and she’d make fun of me quite often. I dealt with this for about 6-7 years of my childhood!

Sometimes I think “oh boo hoo I had it so hard, get over it” but in reality, this was really something that set up me up for failure in life with food, dieting, weight, and body image.  I never have really considered myself to have an actual eating disorder, but I definitely have never had a comfortable relationship with food.  What happened is that these 6-7 years of being told I was fat and then realizing that I could only stay thin when I was not eating enough made me think that I didn’t deserve to eat because it would make me fat.

And when you tell yourself this long enough, you start to believe it and it becomes ingrained in your subconscious, even when you can logically tell yourself otherwise.

 

I cannot even begin to tell you all how many people have similar stories to mine. I’ve had quite a few clients at this point tell me that they’ve dealt with parents trying to control their diets as kids or they always struggled with weight issues from a young age. It’s quite disgusting honestly! How can these adult figures in our lives be so cruel? How can they degrade us as children, make us feel useless and gross instead of actually HELPING us?! Clearly I had a terrible metabolism already by the age of 7- but that was not MY fault. But instead of being helped, I was made to think that it was all my fault, as if I could control the way my body worked.

So what is my point with all of this?

DIETING does not work. Period. Think about it: How many people do you know that go on a diet, lose a lot of weight, then go back to eating normally, and then gain all of the weight back? Basically EVERYONE that diets! And then they take it out on themselves- they weren’t strict enough, they had too many cheat days, they had too many carbs or too many grams of fat, they didn’t exercise enough, and the list goes on.   So many people these days that are dealing with chronic illness and adrenal issues have been a part of this group of chronic dieters too! We’ve all deprived ourselves of so many nutrients for so long, and our bodies are screaming out for nutrition.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

It’s time to take back our health and change our relationship with food. I highly recommend the book I mentioned above, Intuitive Eating, if you want a good start. I only got into the first few chapters and before I had my ah-ha moment. And I knew I had to share my story in the hopes that it gets more people on the right path.

I’ve written a LOT about weight loss on my blog before. It’s almost always the main concern that people want to address when they start out on a healing path. But I almost always have to mention that our bodies are not concerned with weight loss right off the bat- they are concerned with HEALING. As we heal, we lose weight. And many of my clients do lose weight easily once they start healing. But there are many reasons why weight loss will not happen quickly, and I do believe one of them is that we’ve really lost touch with how to actually eat to nourish ourselves.

I have to admit- even just writing this article has been a bit therapeutic!

Here are all of my other main resources on weight loss:

Dandelion Root “BulletProof” Inspired Tea Recipe

Dandelion Root “BulletProof” Inspired Tea Recipe- and why we add so much to our tea!

I love Coffee- but lately I’m trying to be nicer to my adrenals. Caffeine can be a real issue for those with adrenal issues- usually 1 cup a day is ok for most people, but if you can cut it out for a time then that’s the ideal. I really wanted to try a way to make tea version but I was worried about how it would taste. I actually spoke to one of my Mavens recently that mentioned how she makes hers, so I decided to finally try it out, and I’m kicking myself for not trying sooner.

Why Ghee, MCT oil, and Collagen?

We NEED healthy fats for proper health.  Fat is not evil like we’re made to believe- it’s the right kind of fat that is essential.  And no, I’m not taking about margarine- I’m talking about real, natural fats! I prefer ghee and MCT oil because they are easy for me and I do well with them, but you can use grassfed butter or coconut oil too.  Overall, I’ve realized that most people with a sluggish liver/gallbladder tend to do better with ghee and MCT oil.

  • Ghee is AMAZING. You can read my whole post on it here but basically it’s the best fat for fat burning, gut healing, and it can help with better detoxification (especially for those with a sluggish colon).  I usually go with Organic Valley’s ghee as it’s easy to find locally.
  • MCT oil from pure coconut oil is my other main choice as it is easy to use and very easy to utilize.  It can help with energy levels, brain function, and more! Check out my full post here. I use Jarrow’s MCT oil.
  • And of course, collagen! I love collagen for so many reasons- it’s an easy-to-utilize source of protein and amino acids, it helps with gut and liver healing, and it can help with healing the metabolism.  I use Perfect Supplement’s collagen (plus they give my readers 10% off with the code SASSY at checkout!)

How to make Dandelion Root Tea (“Bulletproof” inspired)

  • Brew 1-2 tea bags of dandelion root tea in 8 ounces of boiling water, let steep for 10-15 minutes. I like my dandelion strong so I use 2 teabags. You can use loose dandelion root too (1tsp-1Tbs of the root per cup of water), or even use your pre-made dandelion decoction.
  • Pour tea into blender with 1 tsp-1Tbs of ghee, 1tsp-1Tbs of MCT or coconut oil, 1 scoop of Perfect Supplements’ Collagen (start lower on the fat amounts if you’re just starting out to test our your
  • The other parts are going to be customization depending on what you want: you can add Ceylon cinnamon, raw cacao powder, or a pinch of coconut or organic brown sugar (yes, I know technically Bulletproof doesn’t recommend sugar in their coffee/tea, but I’m a rebel especially if it turns out more bitter than usual- I’m also not a sugar hater. Everything in moderation! ).
  • Blend everything up for a few seconds and then enjoy! I was surprised at how frothy it actually gets, and I honestly am loving this more than my coffee version now.

Also, you can use your bitter herb supplement before drinking this to help utilize these fats even better! I love Herb Pharm Better Bitters, Herbalist&Alchemist, or Urban Moonshine for bitters because they all have handy, dandy spray bottles. Read all about bitters here!

My gorgeous cuppa tea this morning:

Why Healing From a Chronic Illness Can Take So Long- And why you shouldn’t give up!

 

Healing can take a long time- but you shouldn’t give up!

I know the healing journey can be long and sometimes frustrating. I also know that I see so many people looking for that “one thing” that is going to fix them. There is no one thing, I’m sorry to say. Our bodies are so multi-faceted and we really need to look at the whole picture. There really is no need to complicate things though- going back to the basics (especially when you are feeling stuck) can make a big difference, especially at the beginning of your journey.
 
I see it time and time again that people look in nooks and crannies for obscure answers when in reality they are overlooking the basics like healing the gut, getting rid of processed foods, eliminating toxins in the home, looking for underlying infections, or even something like living in a very toxic situation where people are constantly using you or creating negativity.

Why can healing take so long?

1) We didn’t get sick overnight

Many of us are trying to heal from years, decades, or even generations of poor health.  Deficiencies and toxicities can be inherited from our parents, and then most of us continue to live that lifestyle that gave them these issues in the first place. It seems like each generation is getting worse and worse earlier in life too.  So many kids are dealing with autism, seizures, cancer, and more- they’re getting the brunt of the damage thanks to what continues to get passed on through each generation.
You can read my entire post on why we’re all so sick these days right here– it’s a good one to share, especially with those that just don’t believe in WHY so many people are jumping onto the natural healing bandwagon.

2) The Body is a Whole

Healing is NOT easy. It’s not meant to be easy because our bodies are so complex.  If you have one issue going on (like hypothyroidism) there is always going to be other systems out of balance (like the gut or liver).  When we heal, we have to take into consideration all of these parts of the whole- gut, liver, lymph, adrenals, etc as well as the emotional healing side of things.  You can’t neglect the emotional side while trying to heal the physical and I often see people think that there is no need to even heal past traumas.

It’s going to take time, commitment, faith, and a lot of patience to heal.  Even though there are lot of things that are bundled into healing, we don’t need to make things complicated.  If we look at healing in stages instead of trying to work on fixing ALL THE THINGS at once, it gets overwhelming and we’re bound to give up easily.

3) Healing is not Linear

Most of us grew up with the mentality of “take this and be cured”. That is an absolute lie that is perpetuated by conventional medicine.  These days, most people are dealing with many nutritional imbalances, toxicities, and even chronic underlying infections.  Healing happens in stages and in layers- you will feel better for a time, and then feel a bit worse as the body gets through the next layer. Healing reactions, healing crisis, die-off, no matter what you call it, it can happen.  When we suppress symptoms for so long (with conventional medicine), we eventually have to deal with these things as they pop up.

Our bodies heal the way that THEY want to heal us, working from the most important layer to the least.  Often, the last things to resolve are the things we want fixed the fastest- energy, weight loss, brain clarity, etc.  Our bodies are meant to heal and they WILL if we give them time and the right tools.  There will be ups and downs though- you will have good days and bad days, but as time goes on the good will start to outweigh the bad.  A good rule of thumb that I learned when I first started my own healing journey- count on at least 1 month of healing for every year you’ve been sick.

4) Sometimes we just approach things incorrectly at first

There has been so much more info lately about about chronic infections (like Lyme and EBV), heavy metals, and parasites.  More often then not, when we learn about these bad things we just jump right into trying to trying to eradicate, kill off, or detox these things.  So many people overlook the basic foundational care that is needed before even attempting to work on these issues.  You *have* to heal the gut, work on the detox system, clean up your environment,  get overall strength in the body up, and more before working on these issues.  If you dive right into detoxing, you are likely to crash and set yourself back months or even years- I say this not to scare people but just because it is what I have seen so many times.

With our HTMA package, we do try to look at the whole picture and we try to work on the most critical pieces of the puzzle right from the start-which usually involves general foundational care first to start getting the body stronger before getting into these infections and other toxins.  

Healing can be hard, but you can’t give up!

Overall, we really need to start looking at health in a different light- there are no quick fixes, there will be ups and downs, and there will be times you want to give up.  But holding onto the GOOD things that are changing can make the biggest difference (sometimes we forget how much worse we used to be as we start healing- we forget the progress we’ve already made and we keep focusing on the symptoms that are still there).

Stay on your path, learn as much as you can, and have faith that your body is doing what it needs to be doing. You will get there!

Giveaway for May- Buy an HTMA and get entered to win a Bitter Herbs Bundle!

Here at Sassy Holistics, we are crazy about bitter herbs.  Lately we can’t really shut up about them, so we thought we’d do a bit of a giveaway this month for a pack of our favorite bitter brands.

Why do we love bitters so much?

  • They help with overall digestive fire and increase nutrient assimilation
  • They help to stimulate the body to create stomach acid, digestive enzymes, and bile
  • They are gentle liver healing tools
  • They can help symptoms like bloating, gas, and belching.
  • read more here and here!

 

Not sure what HTMA is all about? You can read all about it here!

A quick breakdown of HTMA:

  • It shows you your mineral levels which can help us determine the strength of your adrenals, thyroid, and overall metabolism
  • Minerals are needed for the enzyme reactions in our bodies- and enzymes are what run our bodies!
  • Our HTMA service focuses on balancing the minerals as well as gut healing, detoxification support, and more.

So from now until the end of May, if you order an HTMA, your name will be entered to win a  bundle of our favorite Bitters. You’ll get: 1 Herb Pharm Better Bitters Classic, 1 Herb Pharm Better Bitters Bittersweet, 1 Herbalist and Alchemist Original Bitters, and  1 Herbalist and Alchemist Spiced Bitters.  So basically, you’ll get free digestive support for a LONG time! And you will be able to try a variety of bitters so you can pick your favorite kind to stick with.

We’ll pick a winner on June 1st and announce it in our Mineral Mavens Facebook group!

Why we do Retests for Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

Did you know that the best way to get results with HTMA is to retest on time?

Hair tissue mineral analysis shows us about 3 months of time- it’s a very solid view on what your body has been doing when it comes to your mineral levels over a longer period of time (versus blood or other tests).   The main reason why we retest the HTMA every 3-4 months is huge- you want to make sure that you are still needing the program that you were originally put on!

I spoke with a client recently about this and it became so clear to me how important retesting truly is! On a retest, we saw how just in 3 months a significant change in one mineral level can start throwing off a few others. In this case, magnesium was getting pretty high in relation to the other nutrients but sodium barely budged. If we hadn’t retested and seen these changes, this person could have been still taking in too much magnesium and could potentially start to lower their sodium further as time goes on.

The hair test shows us about 3 months of time, so once you do start healing we can really see quick changes happen with our minerals. Retesting ensures that we’re either on the right track still and do not need to deviate too much from what we are doing, OR it could actually be that things have shifted so significantly that it would be time to change everything around.

I’ve also seen in just 3-4 months where the minerals get significantly better and then we can move onto the next stages of healing depending on what the person is going through- usually more detox support for things like EBV, parasites, heavy metals, etc.  Retesting gives us the best insight on how strong a person is getting in the process and when we can start introducing more into the healing program.

Retesting on time is the best way to ensure that you’re healing is on track and that you aren’t wasting time and money on things you no longer need.

We do offer a retest price for those that have tested with us in the last 6 months as well- you can check that out here.

 

(sometimes we extend the time to retest to 5-6 months if we started super duper Turtle speed on the protocol though- when you speak to your consultant, they will likely give you a time-frame for you!)

Summertime is coming! It’s the best time of year to focus more on health!

 

Who doesn’t love summer?

I mean, I don’t LOVE it as much as I used to after my 8 year stint living in south Florida, but I know most people LOVE summer time.  Sun, swimming, and for most people there is a lot more time for themselves since the kids are not on such a strict school schedule.

I’ve had many clients over the last few years bring this up to me and I realized that it is true to an extent- it’s the best time to commit to a healing protocol! If you know you will have more time to relax or at least just have a bit less stress, then it usually is a great time to start implementing new habits.

With our HTMA program, we try to do as much as we can to focus on whole foods, herbs, and truly holistic healing tools instead of just depending on pills (which don’t always solve issues in the long term even if they help symptoms short term).  Sometimes, these new habits can take more time and effort to add into your routine so it can be a bit overwhelming if it’s a more stressful time of the year.  Usually summers are a lot more laid back, so it can be the best time to really work on changing things!

Hair analysis is simple, effective, and amazing!  It tests our mineral levels so that we can determine the stress that is going on in our body.  We can determine the strength of the adrenals, thyroid, and detox system as well as metabolism and gut health.

Our programs work a bit on everything: gut healing, detoxification support, fixing the biggest mineral imbalances, and we try to work on symptom control as well so we can get you feeling your best as soon as possible.   Everything is also individualized to meet your individual needs- this is exactly what HTMA is all about and why it is amazing!

You can read more about this process here! Are you ready to take charge of your health this summer?

 

We now have TWO new amazing Sassy HTMA practitioners on board as well!

The Amazing Benefits of Bitters By Denise Brusveen, MS

The Amazing Benefits of Bitters By Denise Brusveen, MS

 

As most of my clients know, digestive bitters are at the top of my list to help improve digestion.  Lots of people are already taking things like digestive enzymes, betaine HCL, and/or ox bile but still have digestive complaints.  Why is that?

Naturally as we age, our stomach acid production goes down after about our mid-30’s.  Throw in the overuse of antibiotics, sugar, acid-reducing medications.  Well, you get the idea.  Most of us could use more stomach acid, not less!  Even children are now experiencing symptoms of low stomach acid, and that needs to change.

So how do digestive bitters work, exactly?  We have bitter receptors in our mouth, so when we consume something with a bitter taste (in this case digestive bitter herbs), this sends a signal to our digestive system to prepare for food, starting with an increase in stomach acid.  We have bitter receptors all the way through our digestive system including our pancreas, small intestine, liver and gallbladder too, so the benefits of bitters don’t stop in the stomach!  They help with digestion, absorption, AND excretion!

This is different than things like digestive enzymes or Betaine HCL, which can actually require you to increase your dosage over time because your body grows dependent on them.  Bitters teach your body to do what it hasn’t been doing on its own, so they’re a great benefit, and you don’t have to increase your dose over time.

 

Which Bitters are Right for You?

Herb Pharm and Herbalist & Alchemist are my two favorite brands.  I like them because they offer their bitters in spritz bottles so that they’re easy to take before meals, and they’re easy to take along when you’re not eating at home.  I also trust both of these companies and the quality of the herbs they use in their products.  But how do you decide which blend is right for you, since both companies offer multiple blends?!

One way to decide is based on taste.  The sweeter the mix of herbs, the less potent they will be.  Sure, they might taste better if they’ve got some sweeter flavors like licorice added in, but that defeats the purpose of the bitter flavor.  I’m sorry to say it, but in order to work, they’ve got to taste bad.  I promise the taste grows on you over time though.  I actually crave mine now!  And I’m taking the Herbalist & Alchemist bitters, which are much stronger tasting than Herb Pharm.  So if you’re worried about the taste, I’d definitely suggest starting with Herb Pharm.  I started with the Herb Pharm Classic and Bittersweet.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the individual herbs commonly used in bitters:

Dandelion root – Here at Sassy Holistics, we love dandelion root for increasing bile flow and enhancing liver function.  It also has prebiotics to enhance healthy bowel flora growth.

Artichoke –  Is hepatoprotective, lowers unhealthy blood lipid levels, and is great for reducing nausea.

Angelica – Is a great warming/moistening bitter to balance out the majority of the other bitters, which are cool/dry herbs.

Orange Peel – According to David Winston (owner of Herbalist & Alchemist), there is NOTHING else that exists that can increase the body’s own production of HCL like orange peel can.  So for those looking to make a switch from supplementing with HCL, find a blend that includes Orange peel!

Gentian – Seems to be in almost every blend as it is a great bitter herb.  This one is not safe for pregnancy or breastfeeding though.  A favorite that pregnant and breastfeeding mamas like are these from Urban Moonshine.

Elecampane – This herb inhibits abnormal bacteria in the gut (think SIBO) and also inhibits intestinal parasites (giardia, crypto, etc.).

Carminatives – These are herbs like cinnamon and ginger that help to reduce gas.  So if that’s an especially big problem for you, then look for a blend with these spices.  H&A actually has a blend called Spiced Bitters!  A note of caution here is that peppermint is also a carminative, but it is contraindicated if you have GERD because it can relax the esophageal sphincter, making symptoms worse.

Fragrant Bitters – If you’re really brave, or maybe really desperate, there is another type of bitter called fragrant bitters.  These are generally the worst tasting bitters because the taste keeps coming back well after you’ve swallowed them and eaten.  However, they are fantastic for killing amoeba and amoeba-like parasites such as blastocystitis hominis, giardia, etc.  I’m putting a plug in for David Winston and his AP Compound as I recently heard him share a story of curing a man’s 20+ year giardia infection with this product!

 

What about Kids?!

We work with a lot of parents who are trying to help their kids, and like I mentioned above, we’re seeing more and more kids with symptoms of low stomach acid.  The good news is that for kids 5 and older, Herb Pharm has confirmed to me that their Classic, Bittersweet, and Orange bitters are safe!  For children younger than five, or if you’re not comfortable with the alcohol in the bitters (which is a VERY tiny amount), you could try a Dandelion glycerite, which would give the benefits of dandelion but not necessarily the bitter taste since glycerites are sweeter.  Or dandelion tea would be great as well.