12 ways to improve your SLEEP

12 Ways to improve your SLEEP

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Prepare for a good night’s rest!

**My personal list**

 

Sleep helps you bolster your immune system.  So during these times of COVID-19 , it's imperative that we get good quality shut eye!  

 

  1. Personally, I find it very important that I exercise during the day in order to sleep well at night. My exercise usually consists of ballroom dancing, OK well that was prior to social distancing. Now it’s bicycling, walking and in home zoom exercise classes that don't exhaust me. Obviously, you need to find the right kind and amount of exercise for you. Everybody is in a different place in their life and has different metabolic and genetic requirements, so just remember, life is an experiment now.

 

2. Most of the time, not eating right before I go to bed is important. But let me qualify that….I need to make sure that the food I ate during the day was enough to carry me through the night. Not enough food, or the incorrect ratio of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, can cause me to wake up in the middle of the night. Usually if this happens, it means I didn’t get adequate protein and fats during the day. Metabolically, I tend to be more of a protein type, but you could require more carbs, and women, shortly before their periods may require more carbs, so you have to play with this.

 

There is an online questionnaire that I use to help patients figure out what foods are best for their metabolic type. This can be helpful for some people, and it’s not a fad diet. If you’re confused as to what foods to eat, this tool may be helpful to you. Reply to this email if you want more information about this.

 

3. Eating whole, healthy foods that are natural, not-processed, and don’t contain chemicals such as preservative, dyes, fillers, etc. is important for me. Chemicals and processed foods keep me awake at night and irritate my nervous system. I experience this as an internal energy that makes it hard to hold still and can be very aggravating.

 

4. Blackout curtains help keep the room dark, and I have found this can make a big difference.

 

5. Make sure my feet are warm. Warming them up before I go to bed, and wearing socks, at least for part of the night, helps. Just remember, it’s said, not have your room too hot. I’m not sure of the best temperature, but I’m guessing around 68 degrees is good.

 

6. No scary or exhilarating TV, movies or shows before bed. Don’t plan on skyrocketing your adrenaline up with a scary or exhilarating show and then expect to sleep well. Do things that are relaxing instead.

    1. Read a book
    2. Take a hot bath- possibly with Epsom salts which gives you magnesium and helps with sleep
    3. Practice deep breathing or meditation
    4. Dim your lights at least 1-2 hours before bedtime
    5. Use some essential oils for relaxation. (Lavender may help)
    6. If you are not too sensitive to EMFs, use an app on your phone for good sleep music or meditations
    7. Although, not for me, CBD oil helps some people

 

7. Taking magnesium shortly before bed can help.  I personally sell a product called “Sweet Dreams Sleep Support” on my website. It is a supplement that helps balance neurochemical levels and supplies essential vitamins and minerals which help improve rest and relaxation and improves sleep and sleep quality.  It’s available in my web store if you want to check it out. I’m a little hesitant to say anything about it because I only have 5 bottles left, but if you’re interested and it’s still available, here's the link.  Sweet Dreams Sleep Support 

8. For 2-3 hours before bedtime, stay off of your computer, TV, cell phone, etc. (known as screen time) and if you are using them, have the blue light blocker/ night-time setting automatically turn on in the evening, or wear blue-light-blocking glasses. The light coming from all those screens is known to screw up your body's circadian rhythm which screws up your body’s ability to make melatonin.  The blue light is confusing to your body because it is interpreted as daylight.

 

9. Write your to-do list for tomorrow and prioritize what needs to get done first.

 

10. Cover up lights coming from clocks, TV and devices so it becomes completely dark in your bedroom.

 

11. Journal and/ or write your gratitude list!

 

12. Remove all WiFi devices from your bedroom and if possible, turn off your WiFi router so there is no WiFi being broadcast directly into your sleeping area.

 

I hope you find this information valuable and please share it!

 

Yours in Health,

 

Laara Van Bryce, DC, FDN-P

[email protected]

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s is one of the fastest growing diseases in the US and is considered in epidemic proportions.

Alzheimer's is one of the fastest growing diseases in the US and is considered in epidemic proportions.

It has been a major concern of people over the age of 60, but it really should be of major concern of anyone over age 40. Here’s why….

Every 66 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the US.

Every 5 minutes, someone in the US dies from Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s now kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the US (now
over 100,000 per year).

It’s the Leading cause of death
in the United Kingdom.

Death rates from Alzheimer’s climbed 55% from 1999 to 2014, CDC found, and the number of Americans afflicted is likely to rise rapidly in the coming years.

It’s estimated there will be 100 million people worldwide by 2050 diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

The first signs of pre-dementia are memory loss and brain fog.”

Dementia is a group of symptoms that affect mental cognitive tasks such as memory and reasoning. And Dementia is an umbrella term that Alzheimer's disease falls under.

We now know that Alzheimer’s is a form of diabetes that only affects the brain.

Mercury contributes to diabetes and triggers genes associated with Alzheimer’s and Mercury is a common toxin of our time.

Silver amalgam fillings have been used for more than 150 years and contain 50% mercury. Mercury is very toxic to our bodies. And inside our mouths, it continues to off-gas when we drink hot liquids. Think about it, almost every American's first-morning cup of coffee or tea laden with a little extra bonus of toxic mercury, appealing, isn’t it?

Additionally, Mercury was, and probably still is, in our vaccines. It was supposed to be taken out, but I understand it was put back in.

Additionally, it is in our flu vaccine, as is Aluminum, another heavy metal that does not belong in our body and one I have always associated with Alzheimer’s too.

Now you may say that “I had my silver fillings removed years ago”, but the thing is, while they were in your mouth they off-gassed, grew old and deteriorated, releasing mercury into your body. Then, as they were drilled out, the fine dust of the filling is released allowing mercury to be discharged and absorbed by your body. Hopefully, you had them removed correctly by a Biological dentist.

By the way, Mercury was also in contact lens solution in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

I have a personal story here, in the 1980’s I got soft contact lenses several times, but they never lasted very long with me, because my vision always deteriorated very shortly after I got them, so I would go back to wearing my glasses. I always wondered what was wrong with me, now I think it might have been the mercury in the lens fluid and not the contacts or my eyes. I also had a lot of silver fillings at that time too.

A study presented at The “Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology” said

“The more amalgam fillings in your mouth, the more mercury you’ll have in your organs” including the brain, kidneys, heart, and liver.”

Let’s look at some of the symptoms associated with mercury toxicity:

  • Depression
  • Mild fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Forgetfulness
  • Eyelid, face, or muscle twitching
  • Digestive issues
  • Constipation and or diarrhea
  • Frequent bad breath
  • Constant body odor
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Inability to concentrate (Brain Fog)
  • Abnormal menses
  • Low body temperature
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Tender teeth
  • Tinnitus (Ringing in the ears)
  • Insomnia
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Nail fungus
  • Unexplained Anger
  • Autoimmune response

The list is extensive and is only a list of ‘minor’ symptoms.

This doesn’t include full-blown health conditions associated with heavy metals exposure”

Think of Alzheimer's and M.S. here.

Not only does mercury contribute to diabetes, and triggers genes associated with Alzheimer’s, it also kills the good bacteria in our gut that we need because they make the neurotransmitters Serotonin and Dopamine for us.

Serotonin and Dopamine make us feel happy.

Because of low serotonin and dopamine, many people are on antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.

Here is a list of signs and symptoms of low serotonin:

  • Anxiousness
  • Mental obsessions
  • Compulsiveness
  • Depressed mood
  • Insomnia/ Sleep-cycle disturbances
  • Sweet and starchy food cravings or increased appetite
  • Low libido
  • Irritability

Signs and symptoms of low dopamine:

  • Low Motivation
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Increased Appetite
  • Low Libido
  • Depression
  • Attention problems (such as ADHD)

Do you think that it is a coincidence that so many people are suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer? I think not.

Improvement in these conditions will come from detoxifying these heavy metals out of our body and repairing our gut bacteria known as our Microbiome.

If you want to learn more about your own health case please check out our free health evaluation. We offer in person as well as phone and webcam consultations for people across the country and around the world.

 

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Lead, children, heart disease and stroke, when does it all stop?

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Lead, children, heart disease and stroke, when does it all stop?

Up until 1978 Lead was put in paint, it was also put in gasoline. Lead is a toxin to our bodies.

When we are exposed to Lead and our body can’t detoxify it, it has been shown to get stored in our bones. Did you know that when a woman is pregnant, she will release some of her bone, which releases some of the stored Lead, and that Lead ends up in her baby? Ultimately, we end up passing Lead down from mother to baby, and according to Dr. Pompa, it passes through 4 generations before it stops. That could be 80-100 years of Lead toxicity in your family!

Additionally, as we go through puberty, we also lose bone and therefore as teenagers we can experience Lead toxicity at that time in our life too. We've all heard about growing pains in teenagers, especially when they spurt up really fast. I've often thought this was an indication of a mineral deficiency, but now I'm wondering if some of this pain could be due to Lead poisoning as it is being released from our bones.

“Most people associate conditions like heart disease, stroke, and obesity to age.

The older you get, the sicker you get, and the more likely you are to die.

But age does not necessarily control how sick or healthy you are. Studies show it’s the accumulation of toxins over time that are responsible for our bodies breaking down, causing chronic diseases and early death.

Age alone is not a good indicator of how healthy you will be. Lifestyle and exposure to toxins is a major player here.”

A new study published in The Journal of Environmental Health found women between the ages of 65-87 with high lead levels were nearly 60% more likely to die during the 12 year study.

As people age their bones release stored lead leading to heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, and weight gain.

“Lead poisoning is nothing new. In ancient Rome, they lined their aqueducts with lead and drank out of goblets lined with lead because it made the wine taste sweeter.

But Lead is probably one of the things that brought Rome down, because Lead is known to decrease your IQ.

Wouldn’t you think we would learn from history? Well, let’s look at our own culture now.

 

According to the World Health Organization,  

“Childhood lead exposure is linked to lower adult IQ”.  

“Lead damages the developing nervous system in young children, and blood Lead levels as low as 5 micrograms per deciliter may lower intelligence quotient (IQ),.”

But did you know that Lead is in a majority of our municipal water supplies?

And, that’s just one heavy metal, one toxin, there are lots more.”

Many personal care products are toxic as well.” Ladies, did you know that if you wear lipstick, chances are you’re exposing yourself to lead, especially red lipstick? A recent study showed 20 out of 33 lipsticks contain lead.

 

What can we do about this toxic Lead situation? How can we protect ourselves and our families?

 

We can start by detoxifying our own bodies from heavy metals and other toxins and we can find or make our own clean and pure personal care products for both ourselves and our homes. Please share this article with friends who need support. When it comes to the body, we all deserve to be informed.

The Top Three Toxins You Need to Know About

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Heavy Metals, Mold and Hidden Infections. Take 10 minutes to read the following and potentially save yourself from years of suffering and medical bills.

Let's talk about the element Mercury first:

Silver amalgam fillings have been used for more than 150 years and contain 50% mercury. Mercury is very toxic to our bodies. And inside our mouths, those fillings continue to off gas mercury, particularly, when we drink hot liquids like coffee and tea. I don’t know about you, but I had plenty of silver fillings and over the years, I drank a lot of cups of coffee and tea exposing myself to mercury fumes many a morning.

And guess what, the mercury gets stored long term in our cells, especially our brain cells and this could be underlying many of our chronic degenerative diseases and memory issues. And even if you’ve had all your amalgam’s removed, chances are, you still have mercury stored in your cells and brain.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there, Mercury is still in some of our vaccines, especially the flu vaccine, (as is Aluminum, another heavy metal that does not belong in our bodies). If you are getting vaccines, you may want to consider doing a heavy metal detox afterward, to protect yourself from some of the heavy metal toxins you are exposed to in the vaccines.

Mercury is also in our oceans due to coal burning. Sprinkled in the air and landing up in our oceans has caused our seafood to be high in mercury. When we consume seafood, we absorb mercury from the fish, and mercury causes long term health challenges for both us and for the healthy bugs in our gut, (called our microbiome). This can create long-term health challenges and disease.

Next, let’s talk about Lead:

Up until 1978 Lead was in paint, and also in gasoline.

When we are exposed to Lead, and our body can’t detoxify all of it, it gets stored in our bones. When a woman is pregnant, she will release some of her bone, which releases stored Lead. That Lead, ends up in her baby. Ultimately, we end up passing Lead down from mother to baby, and according to Dr. Pompa, (from True Cellular Detox) it passes through 4 generations before it stops. That could be 80-100 years of Lead toxicity in your family!

A little aside, the environmental working group examined the cord blood of 200 babies and found that:

  • They began life exposed to as many as 287 of the 413 toxic chemicals in the study.
  • An average of 200 toxins were found per baby.
  • 180 of those chemicals found are known to cause cancer.

It’s been said that Cancer rates in children have risen 67.1 % since 1950 (No wonder there).

Did you know that as we go through puberty, we also lose bone and therefore as teenagers we can experience the symptoms of Lead toxicity too. We've all heard about growing pains in teenagers, especially when we spurt up really quickly. I've often thought that was an indication of a mineral deficiency, but now I'm wondering if some of this pain could be due to Lead poisoning as it is being released from our bones.

Now let’s talk about Glyphosate:

So, to make matters worse, we are not only exposed to the above heavy metal toxins (Mercury, Aluminum and Lead), we are now also exposed to Glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in the pesticide, Round-up. Glyphosate increases the toxicity of the heavy metals because glyphosate puts holes in your intestinal wall and kills off your good bacteria, allowing larger particles and heavy metals to cross the protective gut barrier (this process is known as Leaky Gut) This allows toxins to go deeper into the bloodstream, tissues and brain. (See my prior article on Glyphosate)

And now let’s talk about Mold:

Biotoxins from mold can create many unexplainable symptoms. So if you have many unusual, unexplainable and/or unrelated symptoms, think possible mold toxicity. Please note, this is not a mold allergy and it is not tested for through an allergy test. This is a specialized urine test, checking for specific mold toxins. If you think you may have mold toxicity, email me to learn more.

About 25% of the population is very sensitive to mold. You may have lived, or worked in an old house or building that had mold in it. But even new buildings can have mold in them because all you need is a water source that leaks, like a sink, bathtub, toilet, washer or dishwasher. Many mold toxic individuals have unknowingly been carrying mold biotoxins in them for years, causing a chronic erosion of their health. Toxic mold is debilitating and requires specific treatment for both your body and your home or workplace.

Hidden Infections:

Hidden infections are oftentimes the thing that keeps us from getting our lives back. They can be difficult to detect and difficult to get rid of.

Hidden infections from our teeth:

These infections can be chronic infections from our teeth, root canals and cavitations (where we had a tooth pulled). Root canals harbor anaerobic bacteria that no antibiotic or herbal killer can reach because they hang out deep in the microtubules that remain, even after the root was extracted.

Cavitations in the jaw left behind from tooth extractions (like wisdom teeth), will often leave a space that breeds infection. The anaerobic bacteria from the infection slowly work their way into the bloodstream causing major immune issues and can even trigger autoimmune disease.

Lyme Disease:

Lyme disease is perhaps even more misunderstood than heavy metal and toxic mold disease, and goes undetected in countless so-called unexplainable illnesses. For years western medicine didn't recognize Lyme disease as a real illness and the treatment was simply a round of antibiotics. If you didn't get well then you didn't have Lyme, it was "all in your head."

Today, we know it is in fact real, but still very difficult to detect and treat. Lyme frequently occurs with co-infections….bacteria like Babesia and Bartonella. These guys are nasty, opportunistic and hard to kill. Lyme, like mold, is a Biotoxin illness. Lyme is a stealthy, intelligent survivor that can morph and switch from a spirochete form, which can drill deep into your tissues, to a cyst that drugs and herbs can't kill. And if it were not hard enough to kill, it will hide and protect itself from the immune system by cohabiting in and around mercury. It appears that many people do not get well after years of Lyme treatment because they do not address the heavy metal toxicity issue, or the co-infections. True Cellular DetoxTM works with detoxifying heavy metals and infections like these from your body and assists you in getting well.

If you want to learn more about your own health case please check out our free health evaluation. We offer in person as well as phone and webcam consultations for people across the country and around the world.

The information on this website has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration or any other medical body. We do not aim to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. Information is shared for educational purposes only. You must consult your doctor before acting on any content on this website, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition.