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The benefits of red light therapy

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The sun is a vital natural healing resource. However, most of us spend the majority of our time indoors. This is exactly why I speak so highly of red light therapy. Red light therapy is inspired by the healing power of the Sun. The Sun modulates our biological systems and this is known as photo bio modulation. The benefits of red light therapy have numerous health effects on the body.

Red light therapy mimics the sun rays through low power red light wavelengths. These wavelengths are absorbed directly into the skin to a depth of eight to 10 millimeters.

This has been shown to promote stronger immunity and longevity.

Red light therapy does this by increasing cell proliferation and growth factors. It also decreases inflammatory mediators and cytokines.

This therapy is now being used for weight loss, pain management and mood disorders. The benefits of red light therapy are seemingly endless. It is one of the most exciting tools that you can have in your health arsenal.

Red light therapy stimulates or decreases inflammation.

This helps to control our natural healing abilities. It reduces both inflammation and edema. This is why it’s commonly used to treat joint disorders. Red light activates the lymphatic system. This is the system that helps us to carry waste out of our body. It also increases blood flow and circulation which brings more oxygen and nutrients to our tissues.

This cellular rejuvenation and increased blood flow are the two key aspects of improving joint and tissue health. It repairs and restores connective tissue, like tendons and ligaments, as well as restores cartilage. Recent rheumatoid arthritis studies have shown that red light therapy can be used to decrease morning stiffness and joint pain.

Regular treatment also promotes recovery and healing.

This applies to everyone! Regardless if you’re a high performance athlete or recovering from a chronic health condition. This is why it’s such a great biohacking tool.

As little as two weeks of red light therapy has been shown to improve sleep quality and endurance in female athletes. Studies have shown significant improvement in physical performance, decreased soreness and reduced indicators of muscle damage. In fact, red light therapy promotes the release of ATP from the cells. ATP is also known as your body’s main energy resource.

This photochemical reaction in our cells provides new, renewable energy that our bodies can use for a variety of tasks. That’s not all! It also helps promote healing of wounds, deeper tissues and nerves.

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Red light therapy improves the natural production of collagen and fibroblasts.

This is so important for skincare as well as joint and digestive health. An increase in collagen production helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Red light therapy also decreases redness, skin roughness and improves overall tone. This lowers the effects of oxidative stress and free radical damage, which many associate with the effects of aging.

New research is showing so much promise in the mental health field.

We all know that chronic stress changes the brain. Chronic anxiety and depression is related to changes in the mitochondria and its production of ATP. Remember, ATP is your body’s cellular energy source. This is why it’s so important to know that red light therapy stimulates the release of ATP from the cells. In fact, red light therapy can significantly stimulate the brain to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. In a recent study, even as little as one red light therapy session showed improvement in depression scores and symptoms two weeks later. In an even larger study, as little as 8-10 minute sessions improved symptoms of depression by 92%. Even more amazingly, 82% of participants went into remission. These results lasted for up to 55 weeks post treatment. This light exposure increases neurotransmitters in the brain, like dopamine and serotonin. That is what makes us more positive and energized.

Red light therapy will also help you positively cope with stress by increasing your resilience to stress.

In a recent study, it has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol in the blood. It also decreases nitric oxide concentrations while increasing serotonin levels.

Talk about building resilience to stress!

According to recent studies, red light therapy may even reverse hair loss by stimulating hair follicle growth.

Honestly, the benefits of red light therapy are exciting and far reaching. Even more exciting is the new information coming out every day. This is why I personally recommend everyone invest in one.

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The healing benefits of Infrared sauna use

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From sweat lodges to Roman baths, heat has been used for purification, detoxification, and healing rituals for centuries. Most people are vaguely familiar with the healing benefits of infrared sauna use. You may know that sauna use can give you an increase in your metabolism. You may also know that sweating aids with detoxification.

What you may not know is staggering. Studies have shown that as little as 20 minutes of sauna use, three times weekly, can decrease your chances of cardiovascular disease by a whopping 70%!

I recommend using an infrared sauna. It’s what I personally have in my home and it’s what we use in the clinic. The benefits of infrared light mimic that of the sun without the harmful UV. There’s also additional benefits to infrared heat. It penetrates deeper than traditional saunas. This leads to more healing benefits.

Firstly, Infrared Saunas should be used as a post workout recovery tool.

Infrared helps deliver more oxygen to muscle cells for faster repair and pain relief. 

Secondly, regular Infrared Sauna use increase the health of your body’s largest organ your skin.

infrared waves increased circulation, helping regenerate cells. They also help increase collagen and elastin production, the two ingredients for healthy glowing skin.

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Lastly, improve immunity by increasing your core body temperature with Infrared Sauna sessions.

What if I told you that a 1% increase in body temperature results in a 40% increase in immunity? That’s exactly what cancer researchers are finding. In repeated sauna sessions, resistance of cancer cells becomes weaker and weaker while immune system function becomes stronger.

These are only some of the amazing healing benefits that Infrared Saunas have. This is why I personally recommend everyone invest in one.

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Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Most of my parents are worried that they have NO IDEAS when it comes to unique and healthy holiday gifts for their kids. I have been asked for healthy holiday gift ideas for kids for years because the gifts many kids ask for encourage or increase unhealthy habits. This is especially concerning if a family who is already struggling with health issues.

I know sometimes for parents it feels hard getting kids to adopt healthy habits at all! It is a common misconception that kids don’t like healthy but your kids will LOVE the items I include in my TOP 5 healthy holiday gift ideas for kids.

The good news is that patients I see in my practice with the best outcomes are kids! 

Kids LOVE adopting healthy habits and here is why. Firstly, they don’t have habits that have solidified over decades. Secondly, kids are smart. Once they start to feel better, they learn what works for them and stick to it. Finally, kids have GREAT instincts. When a kid gets sick, they want to slow down and heal. Kids are incredibly resilient and it is important to equip them with good health early on in life.

As a Mom of three, I know how important it feels to ‘get this right’…and I can’t wait to share these great ideas with you! Unique and healthy holiday gifts should be fun and exciting for both you and your kids! 

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For healthy AND awesome gifts this year, here are

My Top 5 Healthy Holidays Gift Guide for Kids

 

The Benefits of Blue Blocking Glasses
BLUE BLOCKING GLASSES

The kid that loves the computer/gaming/ watching TV/their phone: Let’s face the fact that our kids are on electronics this year more than ever before. AND they love being on their electronics. If we can can buy them something that will give them a little bit more time playing on the computer, a little closer to bedtime in the healthiest way, YOU can finally fall asleep satisfied at night.The benefits of blue blocking glasses are well known and by removing the blue light emitted by screens during those pre-bedtime hours, you can protect the body and the brain from the stimulation caused by blue light. Blue light is known to affect the pineal gland. This is the gland that secretes melatonin, the hormone that helps us to fall asleep.

If you want your kids to have better sleep cycles also known as their circadian rhythm, get them the gift of these glasses! Not all brands are created equal. Rest assured that Swanwick is one of my go-to brands.

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Beekeepers Naturals Cacao Superfood Honey
BEEKEEPERS NATURALS

The kid that loves SWEET TREATS: This amazing cacao superfood honey is a mix of raw wildflower honey and cacao which has been shown to contain flavonoids that help your body function and protect against everyday toxins and stressors. This product is great for boosting immune function and supporting overall immunity. It isn’t the only amazing products from Beekeepers Naturals either. This brand is currently one of the NEWEST AND COOLEST products being promoted by Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner (See the article HERE)!

One of the leading causes of chronic illness is inflammation. If we can give our loved ones something delicious that will decrease inflammation, it is a win win! 

This cacao honey is body nourishing and healthy habit forming. Add a delicious dairy alternative to a tsp of this and you will be drinking the BEST HOT CACAO OF 2020 on a beautiful holiday morning with the whole family!

The Raw Bee Pollen is also one of our favourites to sprinkle into smoothie bowls, kombucha and more! Visit the BeeKeepers for more information.

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Living Libations Blush
Living Libations

The kid that you find wearing your makeup (whether you like it or not): It feels like only yesterday that I found my expensive all-natural lipstick in my 7 year old daughter’s purse…because it was yesterday. Kids get TONS of cheap, toxic makeup in gifts and it is time to make a change. There are tons of brands doing clean makeup so it is important to do your research and invest in something healthy (and special) for any child who is going to get their hands on some less-healthy version anyway!

This Maiden Fern Blushing Balm is the perfect 2 in 1 for any child that is rushing into makeup like a teenager. Living Libations is one of my favourite essential oil companies and offers beautiful natural and lovingly made products. This is a healthy and safe way to introduce any child to makeup (if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em). 

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A himalayan salt lamp
HIMALAYAN SALT LAMP

The kid who likes their peaceful sanctuary: Looking for a calming night light for your kids room? Mood lighting is so important for setting a peaceful atmosphere. There is also emerging evidence that these lamps can reduce electrical pollution! This lamp is known for releasing negative ions into the environment, working as an air purifier. The calming light is an additional benefit and is a great way to encourage proper circadian rhythm.

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The Superfood Alchemy Cookbook
BOOKS LIKE THE SUPERFOOD ALCHEMY COOKBOOK

The kid that does things differently: Kids LOVE to learn! Ever had a lavender blueberry smoothie? YUMMY! You will absolutely love making recipes like this with your curious kid! The recipes in this book by healthy living expert and author of over 24 cookbooks, BodySoulAlchemy’s Jennifer Iserloh, bring together nature’s strongest ingredients – superfoods, adaptogens, essential oils, and healing herbs and spices – in delicious combinations that increase their healing properties. Each chapter also shares simple home remedies, natural body treatments, and powerful rituals for wellness in body and soul. In between recipes for Buttered Brazil Nuts and the Mocha Chip Smoothie with cacao nibs, you will find recipes for a diffuser oil blend for self expression, a natural toothpaste recipe and a meditation to activate your voice.

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Some of my other FAVOURITE books for kids include (yes, some of these are adult books and my 8-12 year olds LOVE them)

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INVEST IN LIMITLESS BY JIM KWIK
INVEST IN BOUNDLESS BY BEN GREENFIELD
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Chiropractic Doctor with a Special Interest in Perinatal & Pediatric Care

Advanced Clinical Training from the Institute of Functional Medicine in

Pediatrics

Nutrigenomics

Methylation

Cognitive Decline

as well as

THE ReCODE METHOD®(BREDESEN PROTOCOL) PRACTITIONER CERTIFIED

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The top mysterious symptoms that should alert you to thyroid dysfunction

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The top mysterious symptoms that should alert you to thyroid dysfunction are not well known.

A goiter is the top symptom often associated with thyroid issues. This is basically a swelling at the base of the neck where the thyroid gland is located. Usually, this is created by nodules being formed on the thyroid because it is trying to work harder. Noticing tightness in the throat or difficulties swallowing pills are signs to take a closer look.

A goiter may be the most well known symptom of thyroid dysfunction, however, it’s not the most common symptom I see in my practice.

Unfortunately, most people don’t know that these symptoms are linked to thyroid dysfunction. Today I’m going to share with you the top mysterious symptoms that should alert you to thyroid dysfunction.

The classic symptoms of thyroid dysfunction are cold intolerance, forgetfulness and fatigue.

The thyroid gland is like the body’s thermostat. You will be colder more often when it’s not sending appropriate amounts of hormone your body to release and produce heat. Difficulty concentrating, brain fog and memory impairment are also signs the thyroid function is off. Both hyperthyroid and hypothyroid symptoms mimic mild dementia. This occurs when thyroid hormone levels fluctuate causing insufficient stimulation of different systems in the body. Finally, thyroid dysfunction causes fatigue through a number of mechanisms. Most notably, a decrease in metabolism. This decreases the amount of energy your body can produce through a molecule called ATP. ATP is our molecule for energy. When we have less ATP, we have less energy. The result is fatigue that is pervasive and long lasting.

Did you know that thyroid dysfunction could be at the root cause of your irregular bowel movements?

The thyroid hormone is known for regulating metabolism. When you have too much thyroid hormone your metabolism is revved up. In this case, you may experience diarrhea. On the other hand with too little thyroid hormone, you may experience a slower bowel. This results in constipation. In my practice, irregular bowel movements are often an early sign of thyroid dysfunction. 

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Hair loss can also be an early sign of thyroid dysfunction.

It affects the life cycle of each strand of hair when thyroid hormone production is disrupted. It impacts development of hair at the root, how long it grows before falling out and replacement of new growth. Thinning across the scalp and eyebrows is common. It’s usually a gradual thinning as opposed to localized bald patches. If you find yourself brushing your hair and clumps are coming out, check your thyroid function.

Thyroid hormone and metabolism

The thyroid hormone regulates essential processes for normal growth and development, as well as metabolism in adults. The thyroid is not the only component involved in regulating metabolism. However when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones, the metabolism and cellular processes slow down and change. 

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5 Steps to reset your gut health

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All disease starts and ends in the gut. In my practice, I see patients suffering with cognitive decline and brain fog, autoimmune diseases like eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, and irritable bowel as well as hormonal imbalances. Would it surprise you to know that my specialty is gut health? Today I’m going to share the top 5 steps to reset your gut. Let’s start with how are those things related.

Firstly, The majority of our brain chemicals are made in our gut. Secondly, poor gut health is a major trigger for autoimmune disease. Lastly, hormonal imbalance is a key indicator of disruption in the gut.

If you’re struggling to heal your gut for years, you may be missing a step. Here are the 5 steps to reset your gut health.

Adopting a whole foods diet

What does that mean? It means no processed or box food and what we like to call one ingredient foods. This means healthy consciously raised meats, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats.

The three C’s: choose, chew, cherish

Choosing the right food is so important. An anti inflammatory diet including lots of fruits and vegetables, consciously raised meats and healthy fats like we’ve said before, is important. It’s important to choose organic as much as possible or foods that aren’t sprayed and genetically modified.

Chewing is one of the most important and overlooked things in gut health. You don’t have teeth anywhere else in your digestive tract. If you don’t sit and chew your food thoroughly, your body isn’t able to absorb all the nutrients and vitamins in it. 

Lastly, chilling and relaxing when you’re eating is so important. Our nervous system was set up to either rest and digest or run away from danger. If you’re trying to eat your meal while you’re stressed out when reading emails, talking to someone angrily, or driving somewhere, your nervous system won’t be in the state for you to have optimal digestion.

Before you start to eat, sit down. Relax. Take a couple breaths and sit in a peaceful environment. Relax while you’re eating. This will help you optimize your nervous system function, which will help optimize your digestion.

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Remove inflammatory foods

The top inflammatory foods out there are gluten and dairy. Gluten has been shown to cause disruption in the gut to all humans, some people more than others. This is one of the reasons we suggest gluten. Dairy has been linked to hormonal imbalances and also to neuro-inflammatory diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, in the scientific literature. If you want your best bang for your buck and you’re on a gut healing journey (and you haven’t moved gluten and dairy) try this step next, and see how much better you can feel.

Other inflammatory foods are corn nuts, soy, and eggs. If you’ve been trying to heal your gut for a long time, try this step next. See how much better you feel in four weeks.

Functional medicine testing

If you’ve tried all the other steps and you still have lots of gut health issues, then it’s time to dig deeper.

Functional Medicine testing does just that. Looking at a cellular level at microbiome, nutrition deficiencies, exposure to environmental toxins like mold toxins and other environmental toxins. All of these things that functional medicine tests look at can help you dig deeper into why your gut health is still poor.

To learn more about functional medicine testing, go to my YouTube channel and watch my video on functional medicine testing.

Work with an expert

There’s so much information out there. Inevitably, you’ve done research on your symptoms. You may know everything about your condition, more than most people. Yet you don’t know what to do with your functional medicine testing.

When you work with an expert, they take your unique history. They review your symptoms and your condition. They look at your functional medicine testing results. Then they put together a program and a protocol that’s specific for you. Because you’re unique and the timing and order are vital to your success.

If I’ve learned anything as the doctor biohacking supermom, it’s to ask for help. You can’t and you shouldn’t do it alone.

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Stress is the #1 reason you can’t lose weight

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Stress is the #1 reason you can’t lose weight. Most people understand stress as deadlines responsibilities, busy schedules and stressful emotions like anger, frustration and loneliness. But what you may not know is that stress triggers a physiological response in the body. This response is regulated by something called the HPA axis.

A stressful thought comes into your mind, that stimulates the H, the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus stimulates the P, the pituitary gland, to stimulate the adrenal gland, which is the A to release certain hormones.

This mechanism is known for acute stress. But in today’s modern society, chronic stress is abundant. As we have this chronic stress, this HPA Axis gets dysregulated.

Chronic stress and cortisol

When you have a chronic stressor, the HPA Axis signals your adrenal glands to release a hormone called cortisol. This mechanism is to help you run away. The way we do this is cortisol stimulates your body to release sugar into the blood. This is so you can put it into your muscles and run away.

When you’re experiencing chronic stress all day long, your body is releasing sugar into your bloodstream. If you’re not actually running away and moving, that increase in blood sugar will eventually lead to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance prevents us from using this blood sugar. This blood sugar later gets deposited around your belly and midsection. If you’re someone that’s doing all the right things, and you can’t lose that last five pounds of stubborn belly fat, you may have insulin resistance.

Chronic stress and excessive exercise.

Most people are living in a state of chronic stress. When you add excessive exercise, you’re creating a massive amount of inflammation in the body. This is the number one mistake I see in my practice. Patients who are super stressed out in their day, and then they go to the gym and work out really hard. I see this often in my practice and it’s a lethal combination. This creates a state of emergency in the body. In this state, our body will hold on to caloric reserve, just in case it needs to run away and needs those calories. This combination is often the reason why most people can’t lose weight.

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Chronic stress and hormones

Chronic stress directly impacts your hunger hormone, and this will keep you from achieving your ideal weight. Your hunger hormone is known as ghrelin.  As you increase stress, your body secretes more and more ghrelin. This makes you hungrier and you eat more calories. This is not about willpower. It’s your body’s biochemical survival response. 

Chronic stress and digestion

Did you know that you can’t properly digest in a chronic state of stress? There are two major parts of our nervous system. The sympathetic, which is the fight or flight part of our nervous system, and the parasympathetic, which is for rest and digest. You can only be stimulating one or the other. In a sympathetic state, your body cannot properly activate the salivary glands and it cannot release the appropriate digestive enzymes. This directly decreases nutrient absorption in the gut, no matter how healthy your diet is. This nutrient deficiency impacts your metabolism and causes you to hold on to excess weight.

If any of these points resonate with you, stress is the #1 reason you can’t lose weight. 

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The Power of Functional Medicine

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The power of functional medicine is not only to help reduce symptoms. It is also for long term prevention and ultimate healing.

Functional Medicine is not only for the chronically ill or those with chronic mysterious symptoms.

The power of functional medicine can be harnessed for high achievers who  want improvement. Perhaps they want to achieve a personal best in their sport or optimal brain function to get that promotion at work. Maybe they want to be their very best self with their family and friends.

Today I’m going to share with you how to find the right Functional Medicine Practitioner. Are they practising the five foundational aspects of functional medicine?

The first powerful foundation of functional medicine is taking a thorough history.

Conventional medicine always does a thorough medical history. However, Functional Medicine takes it one step further. We look at environmental exposures, toxins. Stresses and traumas you’ve had in your life. Even genetics. Using all of this information, we look at how multiple factors caused the manifestation of your symptoms.

The second powerful foundation of functional medicine is functional testing.

Conventional medicine tests levels. For example hormone levels, iron, white and red blood cells or liver enzymes. Functional Medicine takes it a step further. We look at why those levels are off. Looking at our body’s ability to absorb, lack of stomach enzymes, imbalance in the microbiome, bacteria and even parasites. Any or all of those things could be the root cause.

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The third powerful foundation of functional medicine is a personalized approach. 

The order and timing of this protocol is specific for you as an individual.

Some people are very sensitive to change and some people are not. Constant communication and feedback that we get from you will help us support you along the way.

I see many people with the same symptoms and different root causes and vice versa, the same root cause with different symptoms. That is why it’s so important to have a personalized approach. Supervision throughout all of your protocols is vital to make sure it’s working for you. 

The fourth powerful foundation of functional medicine is mindset mastery.

Change is hard. It’s not about willpower, let that guilt go. In order for behaviour change to happen, it needs to happen on a physiological level. The most powerful and effective way to change physiology is through a shift in mindset.

Changing our mindset changes our biochemistry and our physiology. That creates long lasting behaviour change. It is one way that functional medicine is so different, because long term behaviour change has a huge impact on our ultimate long term health.

The last and most powerful foundation of functional medicine is the relationship between the doctor and the patient.

Feel seen. Feel heard. The true power of functional medicine is in its’ ability to inspire patients to be an active participant in their healing journey. If you’re seeing a specialist and are working with a holistic practitioner but still feel like there’s something in the middle missing, functional medicine is for you

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The Uncomfortable Truth about Gluten and Your Health

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The number one piece of information that I give before anyone starts working with me is the uncomfortable truth about gluten and your health. Yes, it is time to eliminate gluten. 

The most commonly associated symptoms with gluten sensitivity are gastrointestinal. These symptoms include constipation and diarrhea, gas and bloating, nausea and vomiting. But what you may not know is that more than 50% of gluten sensitivity symptoms are not gastrointestinal. These symptoms look like headaches, brain fog, joint pain, gait, issues like ataxia, neuropathy is an inflammation of nerves, even depression and anxiety.

The other thing that makes it so complicated is that people can have a delayed reaction to gluten. This can mean that it may take almost 72 hours for you to have a response. This is why it’s so difficult to ascertain whether you have a sensitivity to gluten or not.

Even if you don’t have any of these symptoms. It’s time for you to awaken to the uncomfortable truth about gluten and your health.

Gluten causes intestinal permeability in all humans.

Intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut, is when the cells of the gut lining start to get holes in them. These cells are there to protect you from the outside world and when they start to separate the consequence of this is leaky gut. Once we start to get particles into our bloodstream from our gastrointestinal tract that we don’t want there, this results in increased inflammation in the body.

Gluten directly impacts the lining of the gut through the production of a protein called Zonulin. This protein directly causes leaky gut! Some people can heal that gut permeability quicker than others. However, those that can’t heal as quickly are the ones that suffer from symptoms of gluten sensitivity.

Have you heard of non celiac gluten sensitivity?

You may have heard of celiac disease, but what you may not know is that non celiac gluten sensitivity is four times more common. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have celiac because gluten causes inflammation in all humans.

The only way to know if it’s affecting your day to day health is through an elimination. I recommend 30 days of eliminating gluten, 100%. One of two things will happen. Either your symptoms will lessen, and you’ll start to feel better. Or you won’t notice too much of a change, but upon reintroducing gluten, you’ll start to have symptoms that you didn’t know were there.

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Either way, gluten is inflammatory to all people.

Gluten sets off your body’s alarm signals. When you ingest gluten, a cascade of inflammatory particles starts to be released by your body . Your body sees gluten as a dangerous stranger. This induces pro inflammatory cytokines, which are chemicals that damage our own cells. 

Gluten causes gut dysbiosis.

This is an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in the gut, abundant good bacteria is required to run the biochemistry of life. Gluten ingestion causes detrimental changes to the gut flora and this can predispose you to gut infections. When biohacking your health, the most impactful thing that you can do through your diet is to remove gluten.

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5 Strategies to Decrease Inflammation

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Many people with chronic health challenges, such as thyroid conditions, irritable bowel and autoimmunity, frequently ask me what they can do to start healing. Based on actions you can take from the comfort of home, I want to share with you my top 5 strategies to decrease inflammation. 

In my practice I see so many people suffering with mysterious symptoms such as brain fog, low libido, low energy, and painful bloating.

What you may not know is that the common driver of all these complaints is chronic inflammation.

Today I’m going to share with you my top 5 strategies to decrease inflammation and finally start healing.

My first strategy is a whole foods diet.

This means avoiding packaged and processed foods and decreasing sugar. This includes fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, good quality proteins, and healthy fats.

My second strategy to decrease inflammation is to get outside.

Enjoying some fresh air and exercise as well as getting some vitamin D can dramatically decrease inflammation in the body.

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My third strategy is fasting.

Most people can safely fast between 13 and 16 hours a day. This means eating your last meal and then waiting 13 to 16 hours before you eat your next meal the following day.

My fourth strategy to decreasing inflammation is getting a good night’s sleep.

I recommend consistently getting eight hours of sleep between the hours of 10pm and 6am to decrease inflammation.

My final strategy to decrease inflammation in the body is weight loss.

Even as little as five pounds of weight loss will dramatically decrease the inflammation in your body.

These are my top diet and lifestyle strategies that I use with my patients to decrease inflammation.

I encourage you to give them a try.

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Why A One-Size Fits All Diet Almost Never Works

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One person’s medicine is another person’s poison. What worked for one person may not work for you. Each of us are unique and this is why a one-size fits all diet almost never works!

We need to have metabolic flexibility. We should be able to eat different types of food in different combinations and feel good.

Have you been eating the same way for a long time? Do you have lack of energy, indigestion, low energy and mood dysregulation? It’s possible that you’re eating the wrong diet for what you personally need.

These are the diets I commonly see in my office and why these one-size fits all diets almost never work.

Let’s talk about ketogenic or high fat low carb diets.

These diets consist of 70 to 75% of caloric intake from fats, 20 to 25% from proteins and 5% from carbohydrates.

This type of approach works well for dementia, cognitive decline and brain injuries as well as for people suffering from cancer and other chronic illnesses.

First, one reason why a one-size fits all keto diet almost never works. The ketogenic diet is not recommended for anyone with a genetic predisposition that inhibits them from breaking down saturated fats and using them properly. In this case, keto could increase your cholesterol markers and lead to heart disease.

Second, if you have a gallbladder dysfunction or don’t have a gallbladder, eating a high fat diet will not be good for you personally. This means you have a decreased ability to break down fats. Fats that aren’t broken down can cause inflammation in the body. If you’ve been following me, inflammation is at the root of all chronic health conditions.

If you’re feeling moody, irritable or have a lack of clarity and brain fog, these are signs that you have been keto for too long. This generally happens for women. In this case, you might want to cycle in and out of keto. This means adding some nice complex carbohydrates to your diet  from time to time to avoid getting stuck with these symptoms.

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A vegan diet isn’t for everybody.

Vegan eat no animal products whatsoever. Most integrative healthcare practitioners agree that more plants are better for everybody.  Being vegan means eating lots of plants, avoiding processed food and supplementing appropriately. The vegan diet can be healthy for some when done correctly.

If you’re a vegan and you’re not eating plants or getting adequate protein, you are not healthy.

For instance, I often see vegans who eat a lot of processed and boxed foods or foods that resemble animal protein. However, they are not getting the adequate amount of vegetables, fruits and protein.

A healthy vegan diet consists of lots of plants, veggies and fruits, healthy fats and adequate amounts of protein. In addition, you’ll have to supplement with B12 and omega-3’s. B12 is crucial for proper nerve and brain function. It’s not a nutrient you can go without. After that, adequate amounts of protein are vitally important for building immune cells, neurotransmitters as well as healing tissues. 

Are you are vegan and experiencing brain fog, indigestion, bloating, anxiety and depression? This may not be the right diet for you and most importantly, your biochemistry.

Have you been doing a low FODMAP diet for a long period of time and it’s no longer working for you?

Let’s talk about why this one-size fits all diet almost never works. The low FODMAP diet was developed to help manage the symptoms of irritable bowel disease or syndrome.

In other words, it’s a great place to start to relieve symptoms. However, it was only designed to be used for two to six weeks.

Following a low FODMAP diet for a long time ends up starving your microbiome. You have to feed your microbes in order for them to grow.

How do you know if you’ve been doing low fodmap for too long? Often women will start to have hormonal issues involving their menstrual cycle, or with their mood.  Symptoms may include low energy or feeling generally unwell.

If this is you, start today by introducing some fermentable carbohydrates. Add some sweet potato or squash and a low sugar fruit to see how you feel.

In conclusion, if you stop eating a low fodmap diet and the symptoms that you had come back, it’s time to work with a gut health expert. It is important that you understand what is the root cause of your issues so that you can properly reintroduce foods to your diet.

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