One question I was asked recently was “what does detoxification have to do with improving sleep”?


Well, there are a myriad of reasons for this and I’ll name just a few.


First off, let me say that we all have Bugs in our gut… meaning healthy or unhealthy bacteria, viruses, other microorganisms, and parasites – and we all have them.


Additionally, it is suspected that parasites are more active at night, so doing what it takes to bring balance back to our gut by decreasing unhealthy parasites, bacteria, and yeast and increasing our good healthy bacteria with the use of herbs, supplements, pre and probiotics, detoxification and building our immune system can help us sleep.


So let me explain…


I belief we all have some level of Dysbiosis or unhealthy and improper balance of flora and bacteria and other microorganisms in our gut. This impart, is due to the toxic food and water we consume, and the general toxicity we now live in.


This creates a challenge for our body’s natural homeostatic functions. Homeostasis is a word we use to describe our body’s ability to maintain a state of healthy balance so that all of our 50 trillion cells are able to live in harmony, keeping us alive and healthy.


As we look at this more closely, we realize that what used to be a healthy microbiome (this is the healthy balance of bacteria and microorganisms) in our gut has now become an unhealthy battling ground for many different bacteria, viruses, parasites and other pathogens, struggling to take over real estate control of our gut.


Much of our immune system sits in our gut. Since our immune system maintains and occupies a large portion of itself in and around our gut wall, it tries to maintain integrity between ourselves and what it sees as “other.” Its job is to keep the “other” out while letting good healthy nutrients in.


At this point, I think we have all heard of “Leaky Gut” which is really code for, allowing unwanted things like (“other”) into our body, creating havoc for both our immune system and our body’s ability to maintain homeostasis.


Coincidentally, keep in mind that if you impact your digestive system in a negative way, you can also impact your brain in a negative way.


 There is a well known connection between the gut and the brain through the Vagus nerve and the relationship of our intestinal barrier and the blood brain barrier.


To further explain, we have always had some friendly and unfriendly micro-organisms inside of us, I’ll call them bugs, and there is a balance that takes place between the bugs, our brain, and our immune system. This balance allows us to stay healthy. When this healthy balance is thrown off, what ensues is infection, and these infections may be low grade, chronic, and not easily recognized, and regularly appear to be concurrent with sleep issues.


Unfortunately, on a daily basis, due to the toxic soup we live in, this balance is being shifted toward the unhealthy, creating unrest and chaos, not only at the level of our gut, brain and immune system, but at a cellular level.


On a more philosophical and esoteric level, I would say that this imbalance is also showing up in our society as a whole, and that our bodies are a small microcosm of what is really happening out in the world.


This can also be recognized as inflammation and we have all heard about inflammation being at the root cause of all chronic diseases.


As you begin to see the vastness of how one system is impacted by toxins and how this flows into so many other systems, all causing inflammation at the cellular level, (and understand that we basically we live and die at the cellular level), you can begin to understand the vastness of the complications and why our sleep, which lies at the fundamental center of our night time health can be severely impacted by the toxins we are exposed to.


So with this in mind, removing toxins allows the body to begin to get back to a healthier state of homeostasis and allows our intelligent innate life control center to return our bodies back to a healthier state.


In conclusion, I have always found that doing a detoxification program can help people improve their sleep and during this detoxification program I always address their gut function too.

Sleep And Your immune System With Dr. Laara Van Bryce

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Your Immune System and your digestive system are intricately tied to your ability to Sleep.  In order to have a great immune system, you must sleep well, and give your body the time and energy it needs to repair and fortify its self. In order to sleep well, you need to have a great immune system that fights off unhealthy bacteria, viruses, and parasites, so that they don’t keep you up at night, and your body doesn’t have to expend a lot of energy defending itself.

This will give you access to the energy that you need to detoxify both your body and your brain while you sleep. This will also decrease anxiety, allow you to process your emotions better, and ultimately increase your sense of well-being. Improving your sleep, immune system, or digestive tract can significantly improve your health, and your life, in positive ways that you could not imagine… until you do it.

Dr. Laara Van Bryce graduated in 1979 from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Mo. She is known for her sincere, innovative, intuitive and holistic approach to health and has helped thousands of patients change their lives for the better. She is experienced in chiropractic adjustments, nutrition, functional medicine, muscle testing, and a variety of other modalities. Her approach to healthcare is based on a comprehensive analysis/ evaluation, looking for the underlying fundamental root cause of dis-ease.

Dr. Laara’s own health journey became very challenging after an auto accident in 1988. Her personal journey as a patient through the medical and chiropractic system unveiled the large inadequacies of the traditional healthcare system. With symptoms ranging from chronic pain, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis – an auto-immune- low thyroid condition, chronic fatigue, and depression, she discovered how to put the pieces back together again and return to health. It is her personal desire to assist you in achieving optimal health and avoid becoming one more disease statistic.

Later in life, as menopause brought on new symptoms of weight gain, insomnia, depression and hot flashes, Dr. Laara  began a deep dive into the functional medicine arena, where she was able to educate herself, and discovered the road back to vibrant health.

It is her sincere desire to help you lose those extra pounds, improve your sleep, regain the vitality of your younger years, and feel like yourself again!

To find out more, or to give it a try, contact Dr. Laara Van Bryce  email her at [email protected]

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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What Are Prebiotics and Why Do We Need Them

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Prebiotics are to probiotics what fertilizer does for gardens. They are the foods that nourish the healthy bacteria and help them to “set up shop” and thrive in your GI tract. Incorporating foods that are high in prebiotic fibers into your diet is an essential part of the journey toward a balanced microbiome.

By definition, prebiotics are nondigestible fiber compounds that pass (undigested) through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract and stimulate the growth and activity of advantageous bacteria that colonize the large bowel by directly nourishing them and helping them thrive.

Cooked Whole Unrefined Grains and Grain-like Seeds:

  • Oats
  • Millet
  • Amaranth
  • Quinoa
  • Brown or Wild Rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Barley
  • Whole Wheat
  • Flour Wheat Bran

*Remember, the more unrefined, the better. For example, steel cut oats are better than rolled and raw steel cut oats are better than plain steel cut.

Raw Herbs, Vegetables, and Fresh Fruits:

  • Chicory Root
  • Burdock Root
  • Dandelion Root
  • Tomatoes
  • Jicama
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Garlic
  • Leek
  • Onion
  • Asparagus
  • Yacon
  • Banana
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Apples

Other Prebiotics:

  • Pistachios
  • Unrefined Honey
  • Acacia Gum
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Fermented Foods:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Cabbage
  • Miso
  • Kefir

Tips For Eating More Prebiotic Foods:

• Snack on pistachios and hummus with jicama sticks!
• Try adding fresh asparagus and apple cider vinegar to your salad.
• Soak your oats overnight instead of cooking them for delish raw oatmeal with honey and bananas!
• Make a yummy salsa or guacamole with fresh onion and garlic.
• Buy sprouted grain breads and try replacing white rice with quinoa!

 

Article Source: Hyperbiotics

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Your Definitative Guide to Constipation

Constipation can bring you to your knees

If you often struggle to go poop, you're not alone. Chronic constipation is one of the most common digestive issues.
Although constipation is pretty easy to detect, it can be caused by many different underlying conditions, so it may not be as easy to treat.
So let’s look at some of the most common causes and treatments for constipation.
Most Common Causes of Constipation
A Fiber Shortage– Dietary fiber isn’t digested by your body, but instead travels relatively intact through your stomach and intestines. As fiber travels down your intestinal tract, it absorbs water which ultimately adds bulk to your stool and assists in the movement of waste products through your intestines. A shortage of fiber in your diet can be directly related to your difficulty going to the bathroom.
Dehydration– As you can see with adequate amounts of fiber in your diet, you will need to add water for that fiber to work.
Food Sensitivities– Constipation can be a common symptom of digestive disturbances related to food sensitivities + food sensitivities can cause inflammation. Inflammation disrupts your body’s ability to digest and eliminate inflammatory foods. Although food sensitivity can be caused by a wide range of foods, gluten and dairy are the most common culprits.
Disruption of the Gut Flora– Your digestive system is home to a wealth of different types of good bacteria that help break down and absorb food and then eliminate waste. Many factors such as taking antibiotics or oral contraceptives, stress, or inflammation can disrupt the natural gut flora leading to yeast overgrowth, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and leaky gut, all of which can cause constipation.
Bowel Obstruction– A more acute cause of constipation can be an obstruction in the small or large intestine that prevents your stool from moving through. Common causes of intestinal obstructions are scar tissue or adhesions caused by abdominal surgery, hernias, tumors, Crohn’s disease (which can narrow or twist the intestine) or even cancer.
Hypothyroidism– An underactive thyroid, slows down many of the body’s systems, including elimination. For your body to eliminate waste, your colon must contract, and slow or weak colon contractions can be a symptom of hypothyroidism. It’s estimated that 25 million American have an underactive thyroid and most have no idea that they do.
Autoimmune Disease– Autoimmune diseases are triggered when your body is working hard to defend itself against something potentially dangerous, such as an allergen, a toxin, an infection, or even a food, and it fails to successfully differentiate between the intruder or toxin and parts of your own body. This causes your immune system to attack your own organs. Autoimmune diseases can affect many different systems in your body; they include neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease, thyroid diseases such as Hashimoto’s, and multiple-system conditions such as Lupus. All of these diseases can cause constipation.
There are, of course, many other potential causes for constipation, such a not getting enough exercise, excessive stress, or regular painkillers use, so it is best to take a comprehensive view of your health and what factors might be contributing to your constipation. Once you understand what is causing your constipation you can properly treat it.
Our digestive system is built to remove toxins and wastes from our body. When we don’t eliminate properly and regularly, these toxins build up in our intestines, and then can be absorbed into our bloodstream. When the waste sits stagnant in our intestines, it produces bacteria that can disrupt the balance of healthy flora in our gut and can lead to inflammation.
Many people believe that the easiest and perhaps only way to relieve their constipation is to resort to laxatives, but these can be harsh on the body and are ultimately a short-term solution since they don’t address the true underlying cause of constipation.

To truly cure constipation, it’s key to identify the root cause and treat that along with the symptoms.

Solutions for Treating and Preventing Constipation

Drink Plenty of Water– To keep your intestines moving, make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water a day. This is especially important if you drink diuretics such as coffee or alcohol.
Consume Enough Dietary Fiber– Eating foods rich in dietary fiber is a staple for regularity, so be sure to reach for a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Avoid Inflammatory Foods – While you’re reaching for high-fiber foods, stay away from foods that are inflammatory, particularly gluten, dairy, corn, soy, and sugar. Since food sensitivity and inflammation triggers are unique to each individual, I recommend you begin an elimination diet to identify your own food sensitivities.
Start Taking Probiotics– If your gut balance has been disrupted, it’s key to restore the beneficial bacteria that keeps your gut in check. Taking probiotic supplements will ensure that you have plenty of the good bacteria needed for regular bowel movements.
Get Your Thyroid Tested– If you and your doctor suspect your constipation is caused by hypothyroidism, you should have your thyroid levels tested (including T3, Free T3, and Reverse T3). If your T3 levels are low, you will want to adopt a thyroid protocol including a high-quality multivitamin, a gluten-free diet, and potentially taking a prescription thyroid medication.
Get Tested for Autoimmune Disease – Get a blood test for ANA (antinuclear antibodies), which are the antibodies that typically attack your tissues instead of foreign invaders, as well as more specific types of antibodies, such as thyroid antibodies. This will help you uncover any underlying autoimmune conditions and armed with this knowledge, you can halt or even reverse your symptoms. By eliminating toxic foods, introducing restorative ingredients, and identifying environmental toxins, autoimmune symptoms and antibodies can be reversed.
Intestinal Scope– If you experience severe and constant belly pain with your constipation, you could be suffering from an intestinal obstruction and you should see a Gastrointestinal MD immediately. Your physician will perform a scope to identify the obstruction to determine next steps.
While you are treating the root cause of your constipation, you can relieve your immediate symptoms with a magnesium citrate supplement, which plays a vital role in metabolic functions and aids bowel movements by attracting water into your intestines.
In my office, after ruling out all of the above causes of constipation I recommend my patients try Magnesium Citrate. Magnesium Citrate helps relax bowel spasms and is an osmotic laxative. Magnesium citrate is non addictive and gentle.
To determine the level of magnesium you need I recommend starting with one 100mg pill at night and increase by one pill a day up to a maximum of 1000 mg or 1 gram a day. Stay at the current dosage when you are having one to three firm but not hard bowel movements. If you have loose stool back down to the level where you had firm bowel movements.
You don’t need to suffer through or simply accept constipation as a regular part of life. If you continue to deal with constipation, take an in-depth look at your diet, your environment, your microbiome and your habits to uncover the real cause of your constipation and discover the right solution to get regular!

 

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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Underlying Factors That Contribute To Autoimmune Conditions

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When your gut and your digestion are working properly, your body will automatically be able to boost and support your health, which will improve your immunity to infections.

Did you know that 60-80% of your immune system is located in your gut? Improving your digestive function is a good first step towards reducing the symptoms of inflammation that underlie an autoimmune condition.

But how do you improve your digestive function?

Lifestyle and environment are an important factor here. A relaxing lifestyle promotes good digestion and a stressful lifestyle with a stressful environment promotes non-digestion. So first, we want to improve the function of the part of your nervous system that supports relaxation, this is called your Parasympathetic Nervous System. (I don’t mean to scare you with large, scientific names, so let’s look at it another way).

Activities like yoga, meditation or a slow, enjoyable walk, are parasympathetic oriented and nurturing to your body, (mind and spirit too). They let your body know that it is safe, and it can now allow blood to flow to your internal organs where food digestion takes place.

On the other hand, if your nervous system is experiencing a lot of stress or anxiety, either from the outside world or from your thinking mind, your body knows it might need to run, fight or hide. This is no time to send blood to your internal organs, this is a time when your outer body and extremities need the blood flow to support and protect you while you run, fight or hide. This would be an example of stimulation to your Sympathetic Nervous System, and when it takes over, digestion is no longer a priority, in fact, it could be a detriment to your survival.

So, you can see that relaxation becomes imperative for good digestion and gut function.

And if you’re truly relaxed, you would automatically find that you would chew your food more slowly and completely. This ultimately prepares your food for improved digestion which begins in your mouth and your stomach. From here, if your mouth and stomach process food correctly, the rest of your digestive tract will receive the proper messages that will automatically trigger the rest of your digestion to function properly.

When this doesn’t happen, you get stomach aches and improper or poor digestion. So although this probably won’t fix your digestive problem, if you already have an autoimmune condition, it is an important place to start, as lifestyle and environment make a huge difference in our overall health and well-being.

How else can I improve my digestion?

Drink plenty of water... in between meals, not a lot during your meal. I don’t mean any water during your meal, I just mean, not a lot. I used to drink a lot of water with my meals and ended up with a stomach ache. I discovered I was diluting my stomach HCL (hydrochloric acid) too much and maybe my digestive enzymes, and it was giving me a stomach ache. So when I stopped drinking so much water with my meals, my stomach pain subsided. (This took me a long time to learn, so trust me on this one).

Drinking water when thirsty in between meals will promote a healthy transit time for your food from your mouth to the toilet, and it will help clear out your colon (large intestine).

How do I evaluate my transit time? Is it to Fast or to Slow?

If you are having loose/unformed stools, particularly with undigested food in them, your transit time is likely too fast.

If you are not having 1-3 bowel movements daily and experience a hard stool, then your transit time is likely too slow.

And, of course, your diet makes a difference!

Inflammatory or toxic foods will irritate your digestive system and feed the bad bugs that reside in your gut, these are the ones we don’t want to feed. These bad bugs can make your food’s transit time too fast or too slow. A diet low in fiber or pre and probiotics will also do the same thing, so making sure you get the good bugs from probiotics and fermented foods are important too.

However, if you have SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) you will need to approach this in a specific manner as you have bugs in your small intestine that are normally only found in your large intestine or colon, and feeding them will create more gas, bloating and pain in your small intestine.

So, What are the Signs & Symptoms of Disrupted Digestion?

Belching - Bloating - Gas - Gurgling sounds – Stomach pain -Diarrhea - Constipation – Foul-smelling stools and basically, any elimination other than “ideal.”

Unfortunately, once your symptoms of poor digestion become obvious, your microbiome (the healthy bacteria and bugs in your gut) have probably become disturbed or “out of balance”. So adding in some herbs to reduce the bad bacteria and bugs and then later adding-in, or re-seeding with some good bugs (pre and probiotics) becomes imperative to regaining your healthy gut function.

Many times in an autoimmune condition improving your digestion, gut health and function are the first places to start. Additionally, improving your digestion and gut health are a way to avoid triggering the future development of an autoimmune condition.

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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Your Definitive Guide to Poor Digestion

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If your body can’t properly digest and absorb the food in your small intestine, you can experience a multitude of unpleasant symptoms – gas, bloating and poor digestion. What’s more, the small intestine is the place where nutrients get absorbed and power up the processes in your body. Issues with absorption there may lead to the development of nutrient deficiencies or dysbiosis – an imbalance in the bacteria and flora in your intestinal tract.

At any time, your gut contains a carefully maintained balance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria. As undigested food travels down the digestive system, it feeds the ‘bad’ bacteria and starves the ‘good’ ones. When the improperly digested food reaches the large intestine, it will also impact the balance of good and bad bacteria in the colon. Eventually, these imbalances lead to gut inflammation which, if left untreated, can cause a multitude of health complaints and diseases.

What’s contributing to your poor digestion?

Poor digestion is often caused by low hydrochloric acid (HCL), also known as stomach acid. Its role is to maintain the acidic environment inside your stomach. When the combination of the HCL and the contents of your stomach get released into the small intestine, the acidity triggers the release of pancreatic enzymes, which are responsible for digestion inside the small intestine. The pancreas secretes important enzymes that buffer and neutralize the acid coming from your stomach, and that digest the fats, peptides and starches inside your small intestine. If there’s a deficiency or lack of these digestive enzymes, indigestion occurs.

One of the most common culprits is Leaky Gut – a medical condition that’s still shrouded in mystery. Leaky gut is characterized by the destruction of the brush border of your small intestine and can contribute to indigestion problems. If you’re sensitive to a food group or exposed to toxins, you may also experience inflammation which decreases the enzymatic production. The enzymes in your digestive tract are also particularly susceptible to stress, the effects of aging, as well as genetics.

If your poor digestion is due to enzyme deficiency, you can target the issue by supplementing. Using a digestive enzyme eases the burden of many of the most common root causes of chronic diseases like leaky gut, Candida or SIBO, as well as chronic inflammation due to a poor diet.

How to treat poor digestive function before it becomes a chronic health condition?

Treating poor digestive function is a complex and multifaceted issue and as such, requires a multifaceted solution. In functional medicine, we tend to use the 4R Approach, which removes, replaces, re-inoculated and repairs the digestive system. The 4R approach relies on several products which complement each other and work synergistically together, so taking them together can be beneficial.

1. Remove: The first step towards healing your gut is removing the factors that negatively impact your digestive tract. These include inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs and sugar, and minimizing the impact of infections from parasites, yeast, viruses or bacteria. I also recommend getting rid of irritants such as alcohol, caffeine, and drugs. In some cases, you may already have a severely compromised gut in which case it may be difficult to safely remove the foreign toxins and bacteria. If this is the case, I recommend supplementing with a binder such as the SBI Protect: it will safely eliminate the harmful bi-products or elements through your stool.

2. Replace: Once you have removed the main culprits of poor digestion, you need to replace the digestive enzymes which catalyze (boosts and initiates) the digestive process. The safest and most effective option is going with a digestive enzyme supplement like Digestzyme-V: it will restore and replenish the digestive enzymes, ensuring that your body can properly break down and absorb the nutrients from food. A recent study discovered a link between the health of the gastrointestinal system and the behavioral symptoms in autistic children, both of which showed improvement after supplementing with digestive enzymes.
If you suffer from acid reflux or have low stomach acid levels, you may also want to add an HCL supplement, like Betaine and Pepsin or Ortho Digestzyme. Ortho Digetzyme supports the pancreatic function in addition to the HCL and improves the breakdown of macronutrients like carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

How to know if your stomach acid level is low? Take a capsule of HCL with some water before a protein meal and see how you feel after 30 minutes. If you experience a burning sensation, it means your stomach acid levels are good so you don’t need to take more supplements. However, if you feel nothing, this is a good sign you might need to add additional HCL supplements.

3. Reinoculate: As we covered earlier, the imbalance between the good and bad bacteria is often the main culprit of poor digestion. To restore the healthy balance, you can reintroduce beneficial bacteria through high- quality, multi-strain, high-potency probiotics like Probiotic 225.

4. Repair: Last but certainly not least, you need to start repairing your gut by providing the necessary nutrients to restore its lining. What I usually recommend to my clients is Glutashield: it’s one of the most powerful weapons against the symptoms of a leaky gut because of its high concentration of L-glutamine – the fuel source for our cells to grow and repair. The glutamine in Glutashield is a key energy source for the gastrointestinal tract. It also maintains the integrity of the gut and enhances the protective mucosal lining. Glutamine is particularly important if you’re dealing with stress as it regulates the intestinal barrier function. It also stimulates the growth of the small intestinal mucosa and enhances ion transport by the gut, which is important to maintain the health of the digestive tract and protect it from atrophy and impairment.

When looking for a gut healing protocol, you should be striving not only for a therapeutic dose of high-quality glutamine but also make sure it contains high potency probiotics, as well as immunoglobulins. The latter is our bodies’ natural defense mechanism against foreign invaders.

Indigestion is certainly unpleasant, but it does it have to be your final health outcome. If you’re overcoming a leaky gut or experiencing digestive issues such as gas, bloating, indigestion, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea or undigested food in your stool, or if you are transitioning from a diet rich in processed foods; following a comprehensive gut healing protocol may be just what you need.

Indigestion is certainly unpleasant and often embarrassing. In my next blog, we will cover constipation – another problem that’s hard to miss but can be just as challenging to overcome. Stay tuned to read what causes your constipation and how you can get rid of it.

If you want to learn more about your own digestive health, please check out our free gut 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.

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.

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Let’s start by talking about some statistics.

According to Stephanie Senoff, a Senior scientist at MIT:

"If the present scale of growth continues apace,
1 out of every 2 children
in the United States
Will be on the autism spectrum.
by 2032. . ."

Whether you think vaccines are good for our children or not, here are some alarming statistics….

The FDA, our protective body, allows for what they consider safe levels of Aluminum for a newborn 8-10lb. baby.

Consider this. In an IV drip, 30 mcgs of Aluminum over a 24 hour period is the limit the FDA considers safe.

But in one Hep B vaccine, there is 250 mcgs Aluminum, which is typically given 12 hours after birth.

By 2 months they get 5-8 more shots. Therefore, in a matter of seconds, they get 1200-2000 mcgs of Aluminum. Compare this to what they consider a safe limit of only 30 mcgs of Aluminum over a 24 hour period.

This is 100’s of times more than what's considered safe by the FDA, our protective body. Does this make sense to you? Am I missing something here?

When you look at all the toxins that children are exposed to, even before birth, Stephanie Senoff’s prediction that by 2032. . .

1 out of every 2 children in the United States will be on the autism spectrum, will start to make sense to you.

So here is what scientists discovered from examining the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies, meaning they were exposed to these toxins prior to birth through contact with their mother’s bloodstream.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) examined the cord blood of newborns and found…

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

Did you know that Cancer rates in children have risen 67.1% since 1950? Need I say more?

Our parents and most of us grew up in the “Lead Generation”.
Did you know that...Lead is inherited in utero from mom to baby.
And that Lead turns on “bad genes” associated with many diseases, including obesity and that this lead that passes down from mom to baby can be passed down for 4 generations?

Are we poisoning our children with formula?

Protein isolate, which is made from GMO (genetically modified) Soy, and Soy Lecithin, is loaded with a poisonous pesticide ingredient called Glyphosate… Glyphosate wreaks havoc on our gut lining, causing Leaky Gut, digestive disturbance, allows heavy metals and unwanted pathogens to enter our bloodstream, at the level of our intestines, and seep deeply into our tissues and organs where these toxins and pathogens were never meant to be, These toxins and pathogens cause disease and distress throughout our bodies and our brain.

“We’re feeding this poison to our babies, and
then wondering many of our kids are so sick today?”

“When I was a kid, Type 2 Diabetes was called Adult Onset Diabetes, because children didn’t get it.
Now kids are getting it and at a younger and younger age!”
We have to ask ourselves, why is this happening?

According to the Columbia University School of Public Health: “95% of cancer is caused by diet and the environment” To be clear, this comment wasn’t focused on children but was focused on the entire population.

According to the American Cancer Society's "2014 Cancer Facts & Figures" report:
This year, (2014) statistically, one person will die from cancer every 54 seconds. (Again, this is not specific to children).
And according to the experts, there is something we are doing to cause this.

What I’m telling you may seem very discouraging and alarming and it is not my intention to be a doomsday alarmist. I want to give you hope and some answers.

We need to start by detoxifying our bodies, cleaning up our gut, improving our digestion, decreasing our inflammation and nourishing our bodies with healthy food, good nutrients, clean, pure water and clean air. Although this needs to be done on a global level, we can be successful by starting with our own families first.

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.

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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.