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April 2013

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9th Anniversary


April 2013

Monroe Happenings:

Help us celebrate our 9th anniversary April 8 thru April 13 with a drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate-Also watch for the 10% off coupon in Monroe Evening News- Saving Sense

Health Matters monthly sale!!!! April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) month so you can get 10% off Select digestive health supplements.

Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-1 hour $50.00; ½ hour $30.00

Solid State Energy Work-Video available  Initial consultation 1 ½ hour $100.00; weekly follow up consultation 15-30 minutes $25.00; for more information or to make appointment call Maurine @ 734-240-2786

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Orders due April 24 at noon; Pickup April 26

Southgate 2:30-3:30

Yoga with Shannon: Saturday sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM.Community Education Classes at Health Matters: Sign up for classes through Monroe Community Education 734-265-4950

Growing Healthy Kids the Weston A. Price way-April 22 6:30-8:00

Health Matters Calendar e-mailed upon request or pick up copy at the store


Healthy Happenings: Healthy Digestion from Digestive Wellness by Elizabeth Lipski, Ph.D.

April is IBS month.  My husband has had multiple gastrointestinal testing this month. So I have been studying this book for answers.  The bottom line is it is easier to prevent digestive issues than to treat problems.  I have a history of poor digestion that has responded well the dietary changes.  I have decided to limit our intake of wheat products which has made a huge difference. Many health care professionals give proton pump inhibitors to block the acid in the stomach, when most people have too little acid in the stomach.  These medications were initially to be used for approximately 12 weeks, now we see customers using them indefinitely.  You can try some of the tips given below to reduce symptoms. 


Ø  Avoid alcohol, limit sugar intake, coffee, beans and cabbage family foods (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower) because they can be difficult to digest.

Ø  Food sensitivities are found in one-half to two-thirds of people with IBS The most common food triggers are wheat, corn, dairy products, coffee, tea, citrus fruits, and chocolate.

Ø  Undiagnosed lactose intolerance is often the cause of IBS.  We find many people with lactose intolerance can safely drink natural or raw milk because the enzyme the body uses to digest milk is destroyed in processed milk.  

Healing Options:

Ø  Look for infections-since most people with IBS have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, this is a terrific place to begin your quest.  It’s possible someone with IBS has a fungal infection, C. Difficile or another type of bacterial infection, or Blastocystis hominis or other parasitic infection.

Ø  Increase fiber intake-High-fiber diets are recommended for people with IBS.  Many people use high fiber cereal, but recent research indicates that wheat bran made the problem worse in 55 percent of the cases, whereas it improved in only 10 percent of the patients.  This is not surprising because a significant number of people with IBS have a hypersensitivity to wheat products.  I use ground flax seed, hemp seeds or chia seeds for their high fiber content.

Ø  If you suspect you have lactose intolerance you can eliminate all dairy products and any products containing dairy from your diet for at least two weeks to help you determine whether lactose intolerance is contributing to your problem. 

Ø  Add probiotics.  In numerous studies, probiotic supplements have been shown to help regulate IBS.   Make sure your supplement contains lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.

Healing Supplements:

Ø  Glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in the body, is used by the digestive tract as a fuel source and for healing IBS.  You can take 4 to 8 grams daily for a trial period of four weeks.

Ø  Take EPA/DHA fish oil. Fish oils inhibit the formation of inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes.  They may be effective in reducing the pain and inflammation associated with IBS.  You can take 1,000 to 2,000 mg daily,

Ø  Take peppermint oil.  Peppermint oil is a muscle relaxant that is widely used in England for IBS.  To get the oil into the intestines intact, use interic-coated peppermint oil. (The coating prevents it from dissolving in the stomach).  You can take one to two capsules daily between meals. 

Ø  Try herbs.  Chamomile, Melissa (lemon balm), rosemary, and valerian all have anti-spasmodic properties.  They help relieve and expel gas, strengthen and tone the stomach, and soothe pain.

Ø  Eat ginger.  Ginger, either fresh or powdered, helps relieve gas pains.  It can be added to foods or used in tea.  Within 20 to 30 minutes you’ll be belching and/or passing gas, which will relieve the discomfort.  To make a tea, take two or three slices of fresh ginger or ½ teaspoon dried ginger in 1 cup boiled water, steep 3 to 5 minutes.

 As always, contact your pharmacist regarding any potential vitamin/drug interactions.  Notify physician regarding any alternative remedies. 


Organic Fruits and Vegetables delivered every other week-

Raw cow & goat milk and Amish grass fed meat or call 1-269-476-8883

Local Fruit & Yogurt Smoothies Small $4.50; Large $5.50


Store News:

·         Local Delivery to shut-ins available

·         United Natural Foods Special Orders:  Due April 24, 2013

·         Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

  • Family Discount Day: Every Wednesday get 5% off of entire order.
  • Free Muscle Testing


Maurine is available for Natural Health & Nutritional

Consultations by appointment


Save the Earth Tip: Happy wrapper-Look for unbleached parchment paper for kitchen use.  This has none of the chemical compounds often to be in bleached parchment paper.  After use, you can scrunch it up to provide valuable fiber for your compost pile. 


Recipe of the Month:  Improve your digestion with beets



Warm Spinach and Beet Salad


1 medium beet cooked and cut into half moon slices              

4 oz thin sliced bacon in bite size pieces

1 small Spanish onion in half moon slices

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil

3 Tablespoons sherry wine vinegar

1 ½ pound spinach with stems removed

Celtic sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


1.        Cook beet for 40-45 minutes, or until fork tender.  Wear gloves to reduce staining.  Gently peel after cooking.

2.        Cook bacon until crisp.

3.        Cook onion and beets in bacon grease 1-2 minutes until tender crisp. 

4.        Add oil and vinegar to onion mixture, cook one minute. 

5.        Remove onion and beets.

6.        Sauté spinach, turning frequently, until slightly wilted.

7.        To serve plate up place spinach on plate top with onion and beet mixture; top with crisp bacon.



Maurine Natural Nurse

Health Matters Herbs and More 17 E. Second St. Monroe, Michigan 48161


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April 2013 Healthy Digestion  

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