Resolute Fiber is a part of Shawnee Moon’s 2016 new product launch! It is a blend of herbal and plant based organic fibers. This is not a laxative, but a bulking agent that softens and smooths the intestinal lining. It supports and nourishes the GI tracts and aids proper elimination.

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Proper elimination is probably one of the most misunderstood phrases ever. What is normal elimination? Do we understand how elimination effects our entire general health? After years of processed foods, poor hydration and little to no ‘roughage’ aka ‘salad/green veggies’, our ‘normal’ becomes chronic constipation, and we don’t even realize. Because are body’s have this incredible, pre-programed, ability to adapt to way more than we should be able to. So after all this, our intestines become compacted with fecal matter [my husband loves it when I talk about BM’s and such!! HA! (that was sarcasm if you didn’t notice!)]. If the walls of our intestines are compacted with dry, compacted fecal matter, even if we start putting good stuff into our body’s, the intestines are going to have a hard time absorbing any of it for the rest of the body to utilize.

This is where high quality, natural fiber, demulcents, emollients and mucilage can help in creating bulk that will soften and dislodge all the old, dry, caked stuff of the walls of the intestines, slowly, gently and over time to aid in PROPER, regular, elimination to remove toxins that have built up over time, and facilitate better absorption of nutrients to allow for the healthiest you. It will revitalize your immune system, give you more energy as you can utilize more nutrients and help regulate blood glucose for fewer crashes.

Another reason introducing large concentrations of soluble fiber, pectin and mucilage into your diet is to help control blood sugar. The combination of fibers and mucilage taken regularly helps fill up the stomach, normalize acids, while slowing down the release of sugar into the blood stream and help to control sugar spikes.

And, introducing regular amounts of soluble fiber into your daily diet can help keep you fuller longer, helping you maintain a lower calorie diet if you are aiming to lose some pounds. This can be added to smoothies, hot or cold cereals, yogurt, soups, baked goods and more. I like to use a full to heaping teaspoon of Resolute Fiber powder in my daily 16 oz smoothie, along with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Resolute Green powder. Sometimes I’ll have a second smoothie like this throughout the day as a meal replacement, or as a dessert! I love frozen strawberries and bananas in my smoothie, with some cocoa powder and a touch of honey. Sometimes I add almond butter for additional protein. I enjoy organic dairy milk in most of my smoothies; or almond milk, or juice.

ALWAYS be sure to drink plenty of water along with any fiber products, as they swell and can cause choking. Do not take soluble fiber if you have difficulty swallowing. (See warning about choking below). Taking bulking agents such as high fiber supplements can cause intestinal discomfort and gas as the fiber dislodges old fecal matter from the walls of the GI tract while expanding and continually absorbing liquid. If it causes great discomfort, drinking at least 32 oz of water can aid in relieving the discomfort, and next time try a smaller serving. I always suggest the ‘less is more’ ideology; start small, and work your way up. Everyone is different! We don’t fit into boxes!

Learn more about some of the ingredients in this herbal fiber blend:

Psyllium husk powder – Plantago ovata – This is the little husks of the seeds off of the tops of plantain plants! Ya know those little plants that sprout up right after you just mowed in the summer, and make it look all fuzzy and in need of another trim? That is plantain. And it is great for many things, but the little husks off of the tiny seeds is full of wonderful mucilage, oils, proteins and starch. These make a wonderfully smooth bulking agent in this fiber blend. It helps tone the mucous membranes as a demulcent and helps everything get loose. It helps to neutralize stomach acids and normalize stomach secretions.

Chia seed powder – Salvia hispanica – These tiny seeds contain a boat load of nutrients and are commonly known as a ‘super food’. A popular comparison is Flax seed, as they both contain high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids. It is stated that Chia seeds have more omega-3’s then salmon. But the type of omega-3 ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid) is not a form that can be readily converted by our body’s into the more necessary DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) omega-3, your body does not technically receive the full benefit of plant omega-3’s compared to animal based omega-3’s, even if it is a higher volume per gram. None the less, these omega-3’s help your body break down the other nutrients in the chia seed, such as, healthy fats and proteins to be used as energy, calcium, magnesium, manganese,  and phosphorus. It is frequently added to soups, salads, puddings, cereals, granola’s and yogurt. Chia seeds also contain antioxidants that help reduce oxidative stress that contributes to aging, and the antioxidants also support the immune system. It is suggested to avoid chia seeds if you have an allergy to sesame or mustard seeds.

Apple fiber powder – Pyrus Malus – Fiber found in apples is a highly soluble pectin that, when present with other phyto nutrients helps lower bad cholesterol. The American Heart Association reports that “adding soluble fiber to your diet will reduce your risk of heart disease and can reduce your bad cholesterol levels more than following a low-fat diet alone can”.[source] “A study in the May 2008 issue of the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,” found that rats that were fed apple pectin experienced a reduction in blood sugar levels, total cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and weight. A reduction in one or all of these factors will contribute to a reduction in high blood pressure as well. Researchers call the difference in the pectin groups cholesterol profile “remarkable” and suggests that apple pectin may one day be considered as a treatment for metabolic syndrome.” [source]

Slippery elm bark powder –  Ulmus rubra – The inner bark of this North American native is used as a demulcent, emollient and nutritive tonic. It is also antiseptic and useful against ulcers, constipation, diarrhea, inflamed lungs, coughs and bronchitis. The ‘slippery’ polysaccharide, mucilage, benefits the entire alimentary tract by coating it and nourishing while providing anti-oxidants (including beta-sitosterol, traces of beta-carotene and flavonoids including proanthocyanidins) that can be absorbed readily through the mucous membranes of the tract from the mouth all the way to the anus. It is most known for its soothing properties, and though clinical research in humans have not confirmed studies, it appears to act as a barrier against damaging affects of acid on the esophagus in individuals experiencing heartburn. While also having a possible anti-inflammatory effect on stomach and intestines.

Marshmallow root powder – Althaea officinalis – Marshmallow is a native of Europe and another wonderfully mucilaginous root! It contains amino acid (asparagines), and antioxidant flavonoids. It is a demulcent, diuretic, emollient, vulnerary, and mild expectorant. Similarly to Slippery Elm, it relieves inflamed tissues by coating the irritation. It is suggested in all types of painful complaints of urinary and elimination organs due to exerting a relaxing effect on the passages as well  as acting curatively.

Glucomannan powder – Amorphophallus konjac – Glucomannan is the fiber extracted from the konjac root. It is acclamed by Dr. Oz, Dr. Hyman and many other health professionals as being “the best source of fiber of any natural fiber.” As with many other fibers, it helps promote satiety by filling the stomach, delaying the emptying of stomach [thereby lengthening the satiety time], releasing sugar slowly thereby helping control blood sugar, being a plant source of protein with minimal calories, helps lower cholesterol. “Studies looking at adding Glucomannan to calorie-restricted diets have consistently found that Glucomannan groups lose more fat than the non-fiber’d up groups. In one study (Birketvedt GS, et al. 2005), the GM group dropped an additional .8/kg (1.75 lb) on average over 5 weeks compared to the control group. This effect of feeling full is not necessarily obvious — having a full gut does not always leave one feeling satisfied.  As many dieters know, a stomach that’s simply stretched (e.g. from being full of water) doesn’t necessarily result in a lack of desire to eat more. “Mechanical” fullness doesn’t always mean “real” satisfaction. However, a study of people with Type 2 diabetes (Grill 2010) showed that key hunger signals (such as ghrelin) decreased after taking a meal with GM in it. GM seems to trip sensors in the gut/brain to tell them that less food is more satisfying.” [source]

 

 

WARNING: CHOKING: taking this product without adequate liquid may cause it to swell and block throat. Do not take if you have difficulty swallowing. If you experience chest pain, vomiting, or difficulty in swallowing or breathing after taking this product, seek immediate medical attention.

 

Kerry Brock, Certified Herbalist and owner at Shawnee Moon, is a researcher of plants, an eater of herbs, a drinker of coffee and a formulator of remedies. She keeps busy trying out pinterest diy’s and often failing at cooking in her backwoods home in rural southeast Missouri with her fantastic husband, Davy, two dogs, an assortment of cats and a unbelievably supportive family near by.

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The information contained in this post is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure disease. It is simply for use in the maintenance and promotion of good health in cooperation with a licensed medical practitioner. Kerry Brock and Shawnee Moon are not licensed to treat or diagnose disease. Consult with your physician for diagnosis or treatment. By using this information you agree that the decisions regarding your health are your own responsibility and understand that Kerry Brock and Shawnee Moon are not liable for your health decisions.

Sources and continued reading:
Prescription for Nutritional Healing James & Phyllis Balch, Weiner’s Herbal Michael Weiner, The New Age Herbalist Richard Mabey The Way of Herbs Michael Tierra, The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine Daniel Mowery, Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible Earl Mindell, Victoria Fortner, The School of Natural Healing Dr. John Christopher, Back to Eden Jethro Kloss, The Complete Medicinal Herbal Penelope Ody, A Modern Herbal Mrs. M. Greieve, The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal David Hoffmann, The Green Pharmacy James A. Duke, Ph.D., 20,000 Secrets of Tea Victoria Zak, The Herb Book John Lust, Various informative websites containing herbal and health information, including Wikipedia.

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