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

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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 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.

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We now are surrounded by a massive environmental increase in neurotoxins like never before in our history. This level of toxins has created sickness at a cellular level. These toxins are new to our human race and increasing daily. They are shutting down our natural cellular detox pathways and changing our DNA to express disease and many unwanted symptoms such as Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Thyroid dysfunction, Auto-immune conditions, Alzheimer’s, Autism and Cancer.

Why your body is not working like it used to…
Did you know that the strategies, treatments, modalities and detox supplements that worked in the past may no longer be working adequately, clearing out toxins and enabling your body to maintain a healthy state?

Neurotoxins in our environment are making us sick
We now are surrounded by a massive environmental increase in neurotoxins like never before in our history. This level of toxins has created sickness at a cellular level. These toxins are new to our human race and increasing daily. They are shutting down our natural cellular detox pathways and changing our DNA to express disease and many unwanted symptoms such as Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Thyroid dysfunction, Auto-immune conditions, Alzheimer's, Autism and Cancer.
We are now sicker and more toxic than ever before.

Enter the Herbicide/ Pesticide known as Glyphosate
Glyphosate is an example of one of these toxins. It was introduced in the 1970’s as an herbicide/ pesticide into our food supply. It is the active ingredient in Round-up and the #1 used pesticide in the world. It is being sprayed on almost all conventional grains to increase harvest and yield. The amount used on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), (plants that are modified to withstand more of this chemical and not die), can be ten times that of normal crops. Unless you are eating 100% organic, your intake of this chemical is massive.

Glyphosate is no ordinary toxin
When you look at new studies on its damaging effects on the human gut and brain. Since the introduction of this chemical into our food supply, we have seen obesity rates rise at the same level as the chemical’s use. Autism, Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Auto Immune diseases have all increased at the same rate as well.

Glyphosate creates holes in the human gut and shuts down detox pathways
Senior Scientist from MIT, Stephanie Seneff, has shown in studies that Glyphosate creates holes in the human gut, shuts down detox pathways, and is linked to the exponential rise of so many diseases. Dr. Stephanie Seneff has also shown that Glyphosate increases the toxic effects of heavy metals in the brain, giving further explanation of its connection to the rise in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Most countries have banned this horrific toxin, but not here in America.

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.

(Source: True Cellular Detox)

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In general, if you are trying to lose weight and it’s not coming off, it’s probably the foods you love the most that are keeping you fat.

These “toxic” foods may not be the same for you as they are for your neighbor, friends or family members. Everybody’s body is unique.

Many of my patients love dark chocolate, organic dairy products, and organic coffee. Others love bread, potatoes, and healthy organic chips. Many of these products have been labeled healthy, but they also may be the products that are keeping you from triggering your fat burning hormones.

If you know anything about Dr. D’Adamo’s book Eat Right For Your Type, you will know that we are genetically different from one another, depending on where our ancestors came from and what they ate, so one man’s food can also be another man’s poison.

Generally, what I have found is that if you are not getting to your goal weight, you may be eating one of these unknown poisons. Pay attention to what you are eating, and realize that even if a food is “healthy” it may not be healthy for you. It’s the foods that you love most that may be the culprit. Going off that food for a while is a good way to test to see if you have a sensitivity to a food you love. If you find it difficult to go off that food completely, find something else to substitute for it. Within a few weeks to a few months, does your body start to naturally shed pounds without you doing anything else? If so, it’s a good idea to refrain from eating that food.

You’re probably wondering, “does this mean I can never eat that food again?”

No. I don’t believe it does, but going off of it for a few months can make a big difference in your life. Then eating small amounts of it occasionally may be just fine, but I would never go back to frequently consuming it, especially over an extended period of time, and continue to think my body will not return to its former self.

In my office, I use muscle testing of potential food culprits to determine which are the best foods to refrain from consuming. Although this technique may not be 100% foolproof, it’s a great place to start and beats the trial and error method.

Although, If you do use the trial and error method, of refraining from certain foods for several months, when you do return to eating that food occasionally, monitor your weight the next day to see how you are doing. This will give you immediate feedback.

If you’ve harmed your body with foods from the past, there are supplements that will help you heal some of your food sensitivities by healing your gut lining. Many times we develop a condition called “leaky gut” which ultimately creates more food sensitivities. There are ways to heal this condition, but it does take time and discipline.

So, bottom line, if you are trying to lose weight, begin by restricting some likely food culprits and sometimes some unlikely ones.

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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