Testimony of the Day:

“I wanted to offer a testimony that has nothing to do with weight loss and everything to do with LIFE! I have been in three bad car accidents in my life so my whole back is bad with very limited range of motion.  My lower back and hips are fused and growing towards each other in a way they should never do. I am 44 and my doctors say I have the back “of an 87 year old” This is my normal. I have taken 1-3 800MG Ibuprofen for almost a decade. I also spend at lest an hour of deep stretching to manage my pain. I only take what I must have and I have a very high tolerance to pain. While I have always hated taking Ibuprofen if I don’t take it I literally can’t get out of bed.

After taking the supplements you recommended I have not taken any Ibuprofen for SIX WEEKS! Just think of what that means to my whole system. Do I hurt, yes. Can I get out of bed, work out two times a day and have dance parties with my wee ones? YES! You have given my system, my life and my babies so much and we are so thankful. All the knowledge you have and share, all the hard work you did and do each day specifically have given me a life I honestly never thought was possible.” Lisa

Click HERE to get started like Lisa! You deserve to find relief today!

Pain Alternatives

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When I was in high school, I volunteered at a nursing home and I asked the residence what the “secret to a happy life” was and they often responded with “take care of your back!” At first, I thought it was a metaphor at first but they explained that if you are living with pain there’s no way to focus on on anything else in your life.

How many times do you take pain killers for a headache, joint pain, cramps, relief from strenuous exercise or dare I mention… a hangover (you all know I hate alcohol)? Well, I’m telling you that Ibuprofen  can cause some serious issues, especially if you have “leaky gut.” If you tell your doctor that you have “Leaky Gut”, they may dismiss your diagnosis. A lot of doctors claim there is no such thing as “leaky gut”. But anyone dealing with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), Celiac disease, Crohn’s, Colitus, or adrenal fatigue, know that is a true problem.

Even the New York Times writes about how Ibuprofen causes “leaky gut.”Every year, about 16,500 arthritis patients die from gastrointestinal damage due to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These pain killers are responsible for 103,000 hospitalizations per year. Vioxx and Celebrex are the newer prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which claim they were better because they did not damage the gastrointestinal lining. As it turns out, they were wrong!

It is proven that over time, these medications also produce your intestines to become “swiss cheese” (visualize many small holes in your intestinal lining). This permeation of the gut lining causes serious issues! Such as allowing the protein in your foods (gluten in wheat, casein in dairy, and so on) to  to leak regularly into the bloodstream which causes an auto immune response because the blood doesn’t like that stuff in there! It also allows small amounts of bacteria and digestive enzymes to get into the blood stream… this is not a good outcome!

I get a lot of questions about the supplements I recommend, but people feel so comfortable about taking pills that are advertised on television. All of the supplements I recommend can be found in food, just in a “therapeutic dose.” On the other hand, Ibuprofen is not naturally derived but was synthesized by pharmaceutical chemists in the 1960s. The original synthetic route involved reacting isobutylbenzene with acetyl chloride to make 4-acetyl isobutyl benzene. This is converted in two steps to an aldehyde, which is reacted with hydroxylamine to an intermediate hydroxyl imine. This is dehydrated to the nitrile, which undergoes a final acid-catalyzed hydrolysis to ibuprofen. A later chemical route by a competing pharmaceutical company simplified the number of steps using catalysts.

Instead of continuing to pop pills filled with undesired properties, I prescribe clients a variety of anti-inflammatory supplements that are natural and can be found in plant and animal sources, they are just condensed into therapeutic doses. Just consuming certain foods with the pain relieving compounds will not provide enough benefit for someone in extreme pain.

I also put clients who have been taking high doses of pain killers on liver cleansing supplements. The liver controls our moods and cholesterol as well as how effectively they lose weight.

Especially if you are an athlete that uses pain killers after strenuous exercise, think about this: it inhibits your intestines from absorbing nutrients to help fill your muscle cells with the essential amino acids and vitamins to help with rebuilding of the muscle tissue. So please think twice about popping those little pills and take fish oil to kill the inflammation instead.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, diet is key in healing inflammation and eliminating pain. The initial indicator of almost every illness is inflammation of our cells. Therefore it is critical for us to get a better understanding of what causes inflammation and choose the right foods prevent it from happening. Inflammation is usually associated with pain, swelling, and heat. BUT it doesn’t always show externally; “silent inflammation” is more dangerous because we usually don’t know we have it until an illness falls upon us. Everyday issues like headaches, sinus problems, allergies, skin disorders, acne, heart disease, stroke, aching joints and back, arthritis, and cough are nothing more than a physical manifestation of silent inflammation. By the time we notice and address the symptoms, our cells have already been inflamed for a long time. One of the reasons so many people are dealing with inflammation is because a rapid rise in blood sugar, which causes biochemical changes in the cell. Choosing low carbohydrate foods is one of the best ways to decrease inflammation. When blood sugar rises, sugar attaches to collagen in a process called “glycosylation,” and form damaging AGEs (Advanced Glycated End-products) which increases inflammation. A well-formulated keto-adapted diet along with a therapeutic dose of anti-inflammatory supplements are the “secrets to a happy life” according to my friends in the nursing home.

Another Pain Testimony

Hi Maria! My whole family and I did the health assessment that you offer and have to say it is worth it! Maria you so know your stuff! Some days I realize out of the blue I am PAIN FREE!!!!!! I have been working out and LOVE the Wii fit boxing, LOL. I feel like I am 20 again and that is on 5 hours sleep! REM and I are on speaking terms again. We all crave being healthy for so many reasons. Supplements are expensive. Think about the $20/$30 dollars you spend here and there in pursuit of health. Not working like you want, right? Because we don’t know what we are doing but Maria does! I can honestly say that the $ I spent on the assessment have SAVED me at least the cost of it in just a few months. I ask that you try to swing an assessment 100% because of how I feel vs a few months ago. Blessing people!

If you or someone you know is suffering from extreme pain, I would be honored to help you with a consult. Don’t wait another day, next year today you will thank yourself! Click HERE to start the new you!

Short Ribs and Cabbage

I was such a picky eater as a child. I remember my best friend Marla’s mom crying because I never ate her food. I still feel bad about that! What food did you hate as a child, but you love now?

For me, short ribs and cabbage was something you would never have seen me eat as a child!

Are you afraid to start this journey because you don’t think your spouse will like the food? Think again!

HEALTH TIP: Cabbage is high in l-glutamine, which is one of the supplements I use to heal the gut!

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Easy Korean Short Ribs and No more Ibuprofen
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NOTE: Most rice vinegars have sugar added to them, please read labels. STAR Rice Vinegar brand has no sugar.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 8
  • ½ c. coconut aminos OR organic Tamari (soy) sauce
  • ⅓ c. Swerve, Confectioners
  • (or equivalent)
  • ¼ c. rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 TBS grated fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 8 (4 lbs) grass fed beef short ribs
  • 1 green cabbage, quartered
  • ½ tsp guar gum (thickener)
  • 1 TBS sesame oil
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  1. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the coconut aminos/Tamari sauce, natural sweetener, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper. Add the short ribs, arranging in a single layer. Lay the cabbage on top.
  2. Cook, covered, on low for 7 to 8 hours until the meat is tender and easily pulls away from the bone.
  3. Transfer the cabbage and short ribs to plates. With a large spoon or ladle, skim the fat from the cooking liquid and discard, but keep the cooking liquid in the slow cooker. Turn the slow cooker to high.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the guar gum with 1 tablespoon of water until smooth. Whisk into the cooking liquid and cook until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the sesame oil. Spoon the sauce over the short ribs and cabbage and sprinkle with the scallions.
Traditional Ribs = 631 calories, 14g fat, 21g protein, 31g carbs, 2.5g fiber
"Healthified" Ribs = 609 calories, 56g fat, 21g protein, 1.4g carbs, 0g fiber (83% fat, 14% protein, 1% carbs)

Plan Plan Plan is the key to success

Recipes like this can be found in my cookbook The Art of Healthy Eating Slow Cooker. One trick that works for our family is that Craig helps clean up after dinner, while I prepare dinner for the next night. I often fill my slow cookers with a main dish, side dish and dessert (yes, I have 3 beloved slow cookers). Then in the morning, all I have to do is take the slow cooker shell out of the fridge and turn them on. That takes so much stress and anxiety out of my day!

To get over 300 slow cooker recipes, check out The Art of Healthy Eating: Slow Cooker, click HERE to order. My favorite slow cooker is $40 off today!

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Maria Emmerich

About Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".