261: Health Is Wealth

Health Is Wealth

Today I did a fun interview with Alive and Well Podcast where I talked about how health is wealth. Brittany Adams is the host of the show. She usually interviews leading health and wellness experts who give valuable advice on how to achieve true health.

Sickly Kid

I was a sickly kid, and I was far from true health. It was a constant juggling between dealing with ear infections and throat infections. My mom also had her health issues, coping with candida which was not common during the 80s. In my health is wealth journey, my mom happened to meet a Naturopath who advised her to change her diet. We got rid of yeast, wheat, and sugar. In place of no grains, we shifted to eating whole foods and taking supplements.

Growing Up Years

I grew up hanging out in the health food store and was healthy until I was 13 years old. The rebel in me kicked in. I ate a lot of unhealthy foods, and so my health went downhill. I took the phrase, ‘health is wealth’ for granted. It was sad for me to be told at 19 years old that I would never have kids since I developed a bad case of PCOS and chronic infections. That's why I was always on antibiotics. Plus, I was hungry all the time. During my 20s, I developed type 2 diabetes, chronic adrenal fatigue, and dealt with mood swings. My health situation was crazy!

Improving Health

When I got married, my husband and I love to watch health documentaries. We shopped and ate organic foods. It was not long before my chronic infection stopped. My quality of life went up significantly. We truly realized that health is wealth.

On our quest for true health, my husband and I tried so many diets over the years. We started studying with different Naturopathic physicians. It was not until seven years ago when we met a Naturopath who later on became our mentor.

When I changed my diet and tried to adopt a healthier lifestyle, I was able to reverse my type 2 diabetes, and ultimately got rid of PCOS. My husband and I can honestly attest that Natural Medicine can make significant changes as far as true health is concerned. Plus, we are now proud parents of a beautiful three-year-old boy.

Helping Others

As someone who spent years struggling with health problems, it served as my motivation to help others once I got better and I wanted other people to also realize that health is wealth. I remember a particular friend of mine who had chronic issues. He was passing one kidney stone a month and always chronically in pain. Guiding him through some changes, that same month the kidney stones stopped. That was seven years ago, and it never returned.

Another friend of mine was in her 60s. She was born with a genetic skin condition, and 90% of her body is covered in scales. After I helped her, my friend's body recreated new healthy skin. These are only two of the numerous success stories I have helped achieve, and it's proof that no matter how old you are, your body will heal. You can reverse medical conditions. And always remember that a diagnosis is not a life sentence.

Learn True Health

The number of people I have helped over the years increased. So, two years ago, I was thinking how else I could reach out to more people who needed help. I really wanted more people to embrace the importance that health is wealth. That's why I started the Learn True Health podcast.

Personally, I'm still on my health journey. And I'm still learning how to improve health especially now that I know health is wealth. So being able to interview health experts on the show significantly adds to my knowledge of true health.

The Best Nutrients

First, a disclaimer. I am not promoting a vegetarian diet since I know everybody is different and there's no one diet for everyone. My primary mission is to promote eating more real food. I went from being Keto to Paleo before I became a vegetarian primarily on a whole foods diet since last year.

A big part of my show is to not buy into any diet dogma, nor is it all about eating for weight loss. It's more about the experience of shifting of how you eat to feel your body and see if you get overall better results. As far as minerals are concerned, you need to have your minerals in balance with other minerals. The best thing to do is to get all 60 minerals together in a combination that is plant-derived and easy to absorb. Then there are macronutrients, micronutrients, and phytochemicals.

For phytochemicals, broccoli is a perfect example. There are a thousand phytochemicals in broccoli. I can go on and on how being on a plant-based diet is beneficial. But like I said, not everyone likes vegetables. It's best to do it one step at a time for your palate to get used to it. Try it out for the first two weeks. Choose the vegetables you like and eat the ones that get you excited.

The Right Foods

There are many ways to enjoy eating vegetables. A former guest on my show, Dr. Joel Fuhrman says that when we eat broccoli, we must eat it well and chew it properly. By doing that, we create chemicals that have anti-cancer properties.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman recommends sauteeing half a cup of mushrooms and cook it with onion and broth before adding it to a salad or brown rice. According to him, this reduces the chance of ever getting cancer. Personally, I made sure to eat foods that are rich in fiber. Ideally, six to eight cups of fiber from whole food make a significant difference in the long run. This is because fiber binds to all the toxins in our body.

I also steer clear of baked goods because it's calorie-dense. Once I fixed my diet choices, I noticed my bowel movement also improved. If you can adopt healthy food choices, you can also help the body remove excess estrogen.

Food Addiction

It's so easy to fall into the food trap. Food addiction is real. Any processed food has been designed to be hyper-palatable, so it excites and hijacks your brain. Also, don't eat food with a logo because it takes about one to three months to bring the dopamine back down. Salt, sugar, and oil are primary ingredients that companies use in processing food. They use these ingredients to hijack your brain. So go for the whole foods. You'll feel you have more energy and stamina, as well as feel cleaner and not sluggish.

Purple cabbage is my absolute favorite. I've grown to love it so much that it takes like candy! I also like beets. Another way to make your food naturally tasty is to use the seasoning you love. I happen to love Asian flavors and tend to use ginger and green onions.

A great way to grate ginger is to freeze it first before grating. Learn to play with seasonings. You don't need to cook with butter or oil. Instead, cook food with water or broth. For more info on food addiction, check out Dr. Douglas Lisle and Dr. Alan Goldhammer's book, The Pleasure Trap. It's a great resource identifying how food addiction is a severe health disadvantage. There are so many helpful books out there that teaches you how to live a healthier lifestyle.

Be on the lookout for resources that will teach you the following:

  • how to live with fewer calories
  • gain more nutrition
  • naturally lose weight
  • choosing foods with anti-cancer properties
  • identify foods that help the body detox faster
  • how to give your body more energy
  • reducing toxins

Free Your Anxiety Program

True health isn't just about the physical aspect. It's also about the mental, emotional and spiritual aspect. My Free Your Anxiety Program has benefitted a lot of people. It helped many people eliminate anxiety, and as a special treat for everyone, I am giving a 50% off this Memorial Day Weekend.

Money back guaranteed. The world of Holistic or Natural Medicine has so many exciting things waiting to be discovered.

So, I am inviting everyone to stay tuned to my Learn True Health podcast regularly. Let's turn this ripple into a tidal wave and walk the road to true health together!

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Ashley James

Health Coach, Podcast Creator, Homeschooling Mom, Passionate About God & Healing

Ashley James is a Holistic Health Coach, Podcaster, Rapid Anxiety Cessation Expert, and avid Whole Food Plant-Based Home Chef. Since 2005 Ashley has worked with clients to transform their lives as a Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming.

Her health struggles led her to study under the world’s top holistic doctors, where she reversed her type 2 diabetes, PCOS, infertility, chronic infections, and debilitating adrenal fatigue.

In 2016, Ashley launched her podcast Learn True Health with Ashley James to spread the TRUTH about health and healing. You no longer need to suffer; your body CAN and WILL heal itself when we give it what it needs and stop what is harming it!

The Learn True Health Podcast has been celebrated as one of the top holistic health shows today because of Ashley’s passion for extracting the right information from leading experts and doctors of holistic health and Naturopathic medicine


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