Healthy Aging in Your Golden Years

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With Alzheimer’s disease at epidemic numbers with over five million Americans living with the disease, it is important to be aware that there is a prevention strategy of incorporating a healthy lifestyle.  Good news…your brain is not “programmed” to shrink and fail as a matter of course as you age. Nourish your brain with food & learning.

Stimulate your neurons by enriching your life with continued learning as this will build new pathways in your brain. Forget the status quo and try something new.

As we age, metabolism slows down, and one needs less food to fuel the body. Making the right choices for meals is crucial. Eat balanced organic meals to receive the appropriate nutrients while keeping the toxicity levels low. Reduce and avoid empty calories such as sugary drinks and sweets that are void of beneficial vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. 

Consuming fewer carbohydrates and replace with higher amounts of healthful fats. Eating healthy fats found in salmon, avocado, organic virgin olive oil, coconut oil, sardines, flax, and nuts help starve off depression, enrich concentration, focus and memory. These healthy fats are beneficial to your heart and brain. Reduce your sodium intake since blood pressure can rise as you get older. Eating more potassium rich foods like spinach, dried apricots, kidney beans, baked potatoes with skin, can help lessen the effect of salt and keep your blood pressure lower.  

Gluten intolerance is involved in most chronic diseases involving the brain and immune system. Keeping your gut flora balanced, and gastrointestinal tract strong is necessary. Quality probiotics can assist with the balance. In addition, one should keep their sugar intake low as research shows that elevated blood sugar is linked to brain shrinkage. 

Exercise in the form of walking, jogging, yoga, and low-impact exercises strengthen your muscles, supporting your joints and lessen pain. Regular strength training with light weights builds muscles and can reverse aging in muscles of older people. Another added benefit for exercise is that studies show it can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s as it boosts blood flow to the brain and creates new brain cells. Just thirty minutes of walking or biking five days a week can make a positive impact.

Being social with friends and family helps your mind stay sharp as you engage in others’ lives boosting sharper thinking and lower risk of memory problems and heart disease. 

Studies showed that health, finance and one’s purpose dictated their quality of life.

Even if you have not been healthy during your earlier years, that’s okay. Today is a new day, and you can make changes now to improve your health and well-being. 

 

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Combating Adrenal Fatigue

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Understanding and nourishing the important function of your adrenal system is crucial in surviving adrenal fatigue, exhaustion, and burnout.  Approximately 80% of adults experience adrenal fatigue at least once during their lifetime and nowadays, I am seeing more and more youth experiencing it! Many practitioners are unaware of solving the root cause of adrenal issues. Understanding the factors that can attribute to adrenal imbalances is a good starting point. Poor diet void of nutrients, chronic inflammation, sleep disorders, emotional stress, depression, weight management issues, hormonal imbalances, elevated cortisol, under-active thyroid, and regular fatigue can start the vicious cycle.

Functional medicine lab testing is key in providing insight into the imbalances causing adrenal fatigue. A saliva hormone test that checks your stress hormones throughout the day will show your levels of cortisol, DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Cortisol is necessary for energy production, blood sugar metabolism, anti-inflammatory effects and stress response. DHEA is essential for energy production and blood sugar balance. DHEA is a precursor to other hormones, mainly testosterone. Some of the common imbalances identified through testing include estrogen dominance, estrogen deficiency, progesterone deficiency, androgen (testosterone and DHEA) excess or deficiencies, adrenal dysfunction and adrenal fatigue.

An organic acid test is useful to evaluate your energy production, central nervous system function, reveal high levels of GI yeast and bacteria, detect nutritional and antioxidant deficiencies, determine problems in fatty acid metabolism, identify excess oxalate, evaluate glutathione production, folate metabolism, imbalances in the adrenal system and neurotransmitters indicating focus issues, mood regulation, toxic stress in the brain and CNS.

A hair test can offer insight into your mineral balance since calcium and magnesium are important to keep at optimal levels to achieve optimal adrenal functioning. Appropriate thyroid testing will also offer some insight.

Simple steps to start today:

1. Incorporate balanced, nutritious, whole food meals throughout the day. Remove sugars, unhealthy fats, processed foods and other inflammatory foods from your daily food regime.

2. Deal with any emotional stress with journaling, meditation, yoga, exercises, deep breathing and visualization. Focus on positive lifestyle changes.

3. Be cognizant of the toxins in your environment as well as personal products.

4. Get to bed an hour earlier each night.

5. Stay hydrated by drinking pure water daily.

Take the guesswork out of what’s going on inside your body and get answers now. Work with an experienced practitioner offering you a customized regime to fit your needs, and reset your imbalances. One size fits all does not work when it comes to your body chemistry and your health. The first step is to truly believe that your health is worth it because you are worth it.  What I find perplexing? Why many people will not invest in their health in obtaining the answers road-mapping how their body is functioning and then implementing their customized regime while eating nutritious, balanced meals.  May we all realize we are worth it.

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Organic, Allergy-Friendly and Vegan Easter Treats

To address the numerous inquiries I have received from parents wanting to offer their children and grandchildren a healthier alternative to the conventional Easter candy, here’s my roundup. First and foremost, let’s no forget to keep the daily sugar grams to 22 grams per day;)

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1. EnjoyLife: Personally, I would melt the mini chocolate chips and then pour the melted chocolate into molds, refrigerate the molds so they harden into the candy of your choice.
This company is casein-dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, wheat-gluten-free, corn free:http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/chocolate-for-baking/
They also offers chocolate bars: http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/chocolate-bars/

2. Indie Candy: free of the top 8 allergens: free of wheat, gluten, casein, dairy, egg, tree nut, fish/shellfish or sesame products. http://www.indiecandy.com/category-s/119.htm

3. Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates are gluten, soy, corn FREE at: https://sjaaks.com/categories/show/Easter

4. Amanda’s Own Confections: great products & read this FAQ page for specifics on what products contain soy or corn. Most do not: http://www.amandasown.com/FAQ.html This company is understanding of many food allergies as well.

5. for chocolate bunnies: Premium Chocolatiers at: http://www.premiumchocolatiers.com/ these products are milk free, nut free, gluten free and vegan but they contain some soy and corn

6. Divvies offers nut, egg, dairy free candies at: http://www.divvies.com/ they contain some soy as an emulsifier

7. Ethereal offers gluten free, vegan but contains some soy: http://www.etherealconfections.com/easter-chocolate.html

8. Lake Champlain offer organic milk & dark chocolates containing milk at: http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com/seasonal-chocolates/easter-bunnies/

9. Allison’s Gourmet: contains non-gmo soy emulsifier Easter Chocolates: http://www.allisonsgourmet.com/vegan-confections-fudge/vegan-easter-gifts.html

10. Lagusta’s Luscious: contains soy lecithin, cornstarch: http://www.lagustasluscious.com/shop/seasonal-specials?zenid=97ffbb2c221313c1ca122f4465a8ec49

11. No Whey Chocolates: contains soy lecithin: http://www.veganlightchocolatenowhey.com/shop/bunny

12. Rose City Chocolates: contains soy lecithin: http://www.rosecitychocolates.com/vegan-easter-products.php

Here’s some other Easter candy companies:

For lollipops and gummies: http://www.yummyearth.com/
Here’s their allergen ingredients list: http://www.yummyearth.com/ingredients.html

Jelly Beans: http://www.surfsweets.com/

There are also many non-candy holiday ideas ranging from arts and crafts to cool robotic or sports-related products for boys and girls. We do not have to always involve candy around the holidays so less is better if we are choosing to offer some holiday treats. Whatever you decide, the children will feel special because you put love and consideration into your treat.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Easter.

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Promoting Wrinkles with your Diet?

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We are all familiar with the common suspects implicated with skin damage like sun exposure, smoking, frowning, and plain aging but what about looking at our food. Gasp, yet another reason to eat healthy and mindful! Well, one of the main culprits to promoting wrinkles is sugar. Darn that little sneaky white substance as it is in everything and so addictive.  Yes, it may provide some pleasure to start but let’s look at the science going on in the body and how it is messing with our face. Excess sugar in your body attacks your cells and bonds on to fats and proteins creating glycation and the end product is ironically called AGEs; short for advanced glycation end products! Inflammation occurs throughout your body and AGEs inhibit collagen production, make cells abnormal and creates free radicals.

The process of glycation happens to everyone so with a healthier diet void or low in sugar, void of white flour products, high fructose corn syrup, cookies, candy, pastries, pasta, whole grains, gluten, high glycemic foods are a good start. Drinking organic green tea, supplementing with alpha lipoic acid, Vitamin D and antioxidants like corn-free Vitamin C and E may also help. Your food intake and lifestyle choices definitely have an impact on the health of your skin.

Remember your health is worth it because You are worth it!

 

 

 

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Food for Life

 

foodforlifeblogEating healthy is important throughout your life and crucial to remaining healthy and feeling youthful! Balanced meals are the key and should be made up of organic or non-GMO foods that provide plenty of energy and satisfaction without toxic overloading or damaging your cells. Indeed, we are what we eat, what we absorb and even what we eat eats! Your food has a great impact on how you feel and how you look and age.

Here are some guidelines to eating clean, wholesome food:

Avoid dairy, gluten, corn and soy cause you do not need them to survive. The casein in dairy and gluten in wheat cause neuropeptide issues for many people. Corn is an excitotoxin to your adrenal system and can throw your neurotransmitters out of balance affecting one’s mood regulation, focusing, mental clarity and more. Besides the fact that corn and soy are usually genetically modified; there offer little nutritional value. If you have a problem with casein, then soy is going to be another culprit causing havoc in your body.

Avoid trans fats since they cause the silent killer named inflammation. Trans fats linked to cancer, diabetes, decreased immune function, obesity, heart disease, elevated LDL (bad cholesterol), asthma, and reproduction issues.

Avoid too much sugar and keep your daily intake to 22 – 32 grams. Sugar is addictive, feeds cancer cells, triggers weight gain, obesity, promotes premature aging and more! Average American annual intake of sugar ranges from 24 pounds to 180+ pounds of all forms of processed sugar! Every year, this national average of sugar intake increases so please monitor your daily sugar intake to determine what is your current intake range and strive to lower it. Do not fall victim to the sugar addiction and epidemic in this country. Substitute sugar with organic Stevia which is a highly sweet herb derived from the leaf of the South American stevia plant.

Avoid carbohydrate overload since it turns to excess sugar, weight gain, diabetes, obesity, cognitive impairment by the sugar reducing the level on insulin production in your brain! Researchers call this Type 3 diabetes since the brain as well as the pancreas produce insulin necessary for brain cell survival.

Avoid high sodium foods. If you kidneys cannot eliminate salt then it will back up into your blood, making your heart work harder and increases pressure in your arteries. Cook with fresh herbs, spices like onion, garlic, oregano, rosemary, basil , parsley and even apple cider vinegar to flavor food.

Avoid waiting until you are starving since you may grab unhealthy food choices devoid of real nutrients. Plan each meal as a little preparation goes a long way.

Avoid eating when stressed out as digestion actually slows down and you will not absorb your nutrients due to the cortisol (stress hormone) in your body.

Instead, choose organic, wholesome foods balancing each meal with a protein like lean meats, low mercury fish like shrimp, sardines and salmon, complex carbohydrate like green leafy vegetables, healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, and coconut oil. If vegan make sure you get your protein from the least processed protein sources like mung bean, black bean, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, spinach, almonds, cauliflower, asparagus, peas.

Bon appetit! Happy, Healthy Eating;)

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Weight Loss Plateau?

Weight Loss and management can be a struggle for many. I am a big fan of gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, corn-free, GMO-free, healthy eating regime removing anything artificial as well as processed sugars. This eating regime should jumpstart weight loss and act as a detoxification catalyst. If you are following a ‘clean’ eating regime and are experiencing difficulty with losing weight then there may be unknown food allergies or food intolerances causing fluid retention and inflammation. These food intolerances are weight loss resistant! A 2012 study reported an average of 12 pounds weight loss after being tested and avoiding IgG positive foods.

If you suspect reactions to foods then proper IgG Food Allergy testing may be crucial to your successful weight loss program. Call or contact us today to arrange for your IgG Food Allergy Test with Candida checking for 93 foods in order to create a customized food regime for you!

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Cold & Flu Season is Here…Are you Prepared? Part 3

At the onset of illness or if you have been in the midst of others with the flu/cold:

Take 1-2 raw garlic cloves immediately. You can wrap them up in lettuce leaves, apple slices or drink them in warmed chicken broth. Key is to eat them raw, so add the raw garlic to a mug or glass and pour the warmed broth over it.

Double up on good quality Vitamin C supplements.

Incorporate Garlic odorless supplements.

Take ViraStop on an empty stomach twice daily which supports immune function by breaking down protein invaders leaving them vulnerable to the immune system.

  1. Echinacea herbal combination supplement designed to provide a short-term boost to the immune system. The botanicals have been shown to support activity of T-cells, macrophages, and NK (natural killer) cells, making the immune system better equipped to fight off  pathogens. Can be used as an immune-booster in the presence of acute symptoms. For long-term, use in a pulsed fashion (3 weeks on, 1 week off) to avoid over stimulation of immune cells. Not recommended for use for chronic infections or in autoimmunity
  2. Take homeopathic remedies that target Virus, designed to help the body combat infection and address the multitude of symptoms associated with viral illness. Helps provide temporary relief from chills, fever, runny nose, body aches, and stomach discomfort.
  3. Homeopathic remedies that are immune strengthening, designed to enhance natural immune defenses and support immune cell activity in the presence of infection to protect the eyes, ears, nose, throat and lungs from both viral and bacterial pathogens. Can be used as a long term form of immune support or as an immune-boosting tonic in the presence of acute symptoms.
  4. If one is experiencing flu like symptoms involving a bronchial cough then add remedies to help soothe irritated mucous membranes and support the relief of persistent, hacking cough and itching of the pharynx. May also support expectorant activity, promoting the elimination and drainage of mucous.
  5. If one is experiencing sore throat, then remedies chosen to calm inflammation and itching of the tonsils and pharynx to soothe throat pain and discomfort. Promotes relief from persistent cough, breathing difficulties, and chest pressure while supporting the body in fighting infection.
  6. These two herbs are powerful: Mullein and Pau d-arco. Mullein comes in capsule, tea or liquid herbal that may provide relief from symptoms associated with respiratory infection by promoting removal of mucus and bronchial relaxation.
  7. Pau d’arco have many immune-stimulating properties as it activates human immune cells (lymphocytes and granulocytes) that mediate immunological reactions. What this means is that if you have a cold or flu and you need to kickstart your immune system then  Pau d’arco is the herb that can assist. It has been studied in Germany at the University of Munich to actively inhibit the growth of several viruses.
  8. Smart Silver is a powerful antimicrobial agent that, unlike alcohol-based sanitizers, distinguishes between good and bad bacteria. These topical gel, liquid, and spray formulations protect against infectious organisms while leaving beneficial bacteria unscathed.

We all have so much too day and being sick is not on our list. That’s why taking proactive supplements, herbals and homeopathics to protect against the flu and cold epidemic is crucial this time of year.

I’ve pulled together my top immune-boosting supplements in a Immune Boost recommendation package and if you want to order your Homeopathic & Herbal First Aid Flu package, then click here:
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Disclaimer: This information is supplied for educational purposes only. It is not for the treatment of any individual person or disease. If you are suffering any particular complaint please consult a physician or call emergency services.

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Cold & Flu Season is Here…Are you Prepared? Part 2

Daily healthy tips to incorporate into your regime to boost your immune system:

Start the day with a glass of water with organic 1/2 squeezed lemon and a splash of Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar.

  1. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water, preferably room temperature not cold.
  2. Take good quality Vitamin C.
  3. Strengthen immune system with astragalus root capsule supplements twice daily.
  4. Take a dry Vitamin D3 capsule.
  5. Gargle with sea salt, lukewarm two – three times daily.
  6. Get enough sleep everyday to let your body heal.
  7. Keep a positive attitude.
  8. Wash your hands and avoid direct contact with others in public areas.
  9. Drink Yogi Cold Season herbal teas.
  10. Take a good quality probiotic.
  11. Meditate and de-stress to keep the immune system working properly.

 

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Disclaimer: This information is supplied for educational purposes only. It is not for the treatment of any individual person or disease. If you are suffering any particular complaint please consult a physician or call emergency services.

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Cold & Flu Season is Here…Are you Prepared? Part 1

Been getting many inquiries and office visits from individuals who want to be proactive in preventing the flu this season. There are many immune support products that include a wide range of homeopathics, herbals and nutritionals formulated to address both general and specific immune issues. As the weather gets colder, we are exposed to a multitude of germs, viruses, and bacteria that can make us ill. Research also indicates that lower levels of Vitamin D3 is a crucial factor in cold and flu season. Perhaps, it is because we are run down from the holidays and start of the new year. Whatever the reason, I want to share some strategies that you can incorporate on a daily basis to strengthen one’s immune system and other strategies to implement at the onset of feeling ill and keep the bugs at bay. Unlike conventional cold and flu therapies that simply mask symptoms and often leave one feeling drowsy or foggy-headed, the holistic remedies work with the body’s immune system to relieve symptoms and promote faster recovery.             Disclaimer: This information is supplied for educational purposes only. It is not for the treatment of any individual person or disease. If you are suffering any particular complaint please consult a physician or call emergency services.

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New Year’s Resolutions 2013

Getting ready to set your New Year’s resolutions for 2013? It’s time to think about yourself…your health in particular. Your health is worth it because YOU are worth it.  Now is the time to take charge of your life as you approach a new year, approach your health with a new attitude. Take a look at functional medicine and the non-invasive lab work to gain an insight of  all the influences and imbalances that may be at the root of illness and why you are not reaching your optimal health goals.  How is your lifestyle and environment interacting with your genes to create the imbalances or balances that are the real determinants of disease or health? Make yourself a top priority and book your appointment today. Make 2013 the year that you become your best health advocate for yourself.

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