Let Them be Dirty and Healthy

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Cleanliness is next to GODliness right? Well that’s what society has implied over the last 50 years. We have turned health into a disease and indoctrinated our children into it before their birth!  Why did we start hating dirt, bacteria, germs and microbes? When families moved out of the farming fields into the service industry we became “cleaner” to a fault. Research has shown that this may not be the healthiest option for the human form. There is always opportunity to change, balance and heal..so start today!

When babies are born and pass through the birth canal they receive a load of beneficial bacteria to help model the immune system properly; if this is not the case babies should have some assistance with proper immune support in the form of probiotics. It takes approximately 5 years to lay down a properly balanced immune system. Excessive antibiotics or other medications can alter the growth and development of immunity. Breastfeeding, properly timed non allergenic food introduction, and baby-wearing can actively support the proper development of immunity in our toddlers.

When they get a bit older, send those kids outside! Playing in fresh air and fresh dirt can dramatically boost immunity and help the proper balance of bacteria to form in the gut, out first line of defense! Having pets and minimizing and eliminating anti-bacterial cleaners also help the body’s immunity develop properly. In Scandinavian countries many hours of the day are spent outside with young ones! They are bundled for the cold and play until it’s time for a nap! Here in America, Antibiotics are over used; there are epidemic rates of asthma, allergies, autism and atopic skin conditions; as well as high rates of infant death!

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Feed your kids well and support a healthy gut!!

What do bad bacteria love to eat? Sugar!!

The introduction of sugar-full foods such as rice and other starches, as well as dairy and processed foods, actually alter the development of proper digestion bacteria in the gut! These foods then become nutrients for sugar loving bacteria and not nutrition for your baby! First foods should include delicious and fatty avocados or sweet potatoes, which are easy to digest and low in “allergenic potential”, in 2013 over 70% of children below the age of 2 received antibiotics! A developing gut and immune system needs to be supported while on antibiotics! Be sure to replete with probiotics and keep “bad bacteria loving foods” away from sick kids and those on antibiotics for at least 2 weeks (during and after treatment).

Growing up in America is hard enough! However if our kids have a good foundation in family and health the body is more resilient and heartier! Amazing medical research regularly report breakthroughs as to how to heal the gut and balance proper gut bacteria! But if we have the knowledge and the power to help develop it properly from the beginning, give that gift to your baby!

 

RECOGNIZING ANXIETY in our children 

 

In the pediatric population, anxiety is a common phenomenon. It is estimated that between 10% and 30% of children in North America experience clinically significant anxiety. Anxiety often presents differently in children than in adults. Instead of the typical worrying, physical restlessness, palpitations, and sweating with which anxious adults present, children can somaticize their worries into stomach pain, musculoskeletal discomfort, and headaches. Anxiety can also be misdiagnosed as a myriad of disorders including ADD, ADHD, depression and ODD to name a few. However it is important for providers to differentiate between typical developmental worries and clinically significant anxiety. Epidemiological research confirms that pediatric anxiety disorders are correlated with mental health conditions later on in life, particularly major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and, of course, persistent anxiety disorders.

To mitigate symptoms of anxiety in our kids take a look at this!!:

1) There are well-established connections between pediatric anxiety and factors such as prenatal maternal anxiety, presence of parental anxiety disorders, and children learning avoidant coping styles in their environment.
2) Current data suggests that chemical and toxin exposures such as bisphenol A (BPA) may also be related to anxiety. Anxiety and other behavioral problems in children were correlated with elevated levels of lead and PCBs.
3) Nutritional deficiencies are also implicated in the development of anxiety disorders in children. Recent research showed supplementation with multi minerals yielded more cooperative and resilient children. So it is important to assess mineral levels in kids with anxiety issues.
4) Hypoglycemia can mimic the symptoms of anxiety. So keep kids’ blood sugars balanced with quality food thought the day. Of course avoid any potential anxiety “provokers” such as sugar, dyes, gluten and preservatives.
5) Consider some supplements such as magnesium and omega3s; be sure to check with your provider before dosing. Children with MTHFR polymorphisms have a higher depression risk, benefit greatly (reduced anxiety) from the proper administration of methylcobalamin.
6) Try some homeopathy! A variety of acute and constitutional remedies can help with reducing symptoms.
7) Get some exercise. The rigors of school and homework can increase anxiety in kids, so extra recess and physical play can benefit kids of all ages. Conversely, screen time greater than 2 hours per day was associated with a higher incidence of anxiety.
8) Therapy of all kids has demonstrated huge success in reducing anxiety in teens.
9) Teaching children how to do diaphragmatic/belly breathing, doing yoga poses helps kids to focus on calming their own thoughts.
10) Get some chiropractic! A chiropractic adjustment can “reset the nervous system” and restore balance as well as clear out cortisol and other stress hormones.

Pediatric anxiety is a relatively common health concern that can be challenging to recognize and diagnose. For any child presenting with idiopathic pain symptoms, especially headaches, abdominal pain, and muscle aches, anxiety needs to be included in the differential diagnosis. Of course, during the course of typical development, children will have fears and worries. Remember there is always a solution and a resolution to symptoms and gentile treatments can be both safe and effective.

If your child suffers from anxiety, don’t wait schedule an appointment today!

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Natural Treatment for School Time Illnesses

Many parents experience the joy of sending their healthy child off to school ..only to have them home sick shortly after classes begin. Classrooms can be breeding grounds for organisms that cause illnesses in young children. Here are some common afflictions children can get in school and some simple tips to treat them naturally and effectively!

Head lice

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Head lice are a common problem among children attending daycare, and elementary school.  This louse is most often spread by direct contact with the hair of an infected person. It is uncommon for head lice to spread by contact with clothing, furniture, or personal items used by an infected person. A diagnosis of head lice should always be confirmed because head lice can be mistaken as lint or dandruff.

Some natural treatments for head lice include:

  • Salt and vinegar
    • Mix one-quarter cup of salt and one-quarter cup of vinegar thoroughly.
    • Gently spray the solution onto your hair so that it becomes slightly wet
    • Put on a shower cap and leave it for about two hours.
    • Then wash and condition hair.
    • Repeat this every three days to get positive results.

Tinea capitis/ringworm

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Tinea capitis, also known as ringworm, is an itchy fungal infection of the scalp that can occur at any age. Typically, the affected areas appear bald, round, scaly, and red or inflamed. Low-grade fever, and swollen glands may or may not be present. Ringworm infections are contagious and can spread easily to others by direct contact with an area of ringworm on the body of an infected person, by touching personal items and by pets (particularly cats). Ringworm is effectively treated with home remedies and anti-fungal medications if necessary.

Some natural treatments for ringworm include:

  • Topical use of Apple Cider Vinegar or Tea tree Oil

Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD)

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HFMD is an acute viral illness. HFMD typically affects children younger than 5 years, although it can also occur in adults. Signs/symptoms include a skin rash, blister-like sores in and around the mouth and hands & feet, and fever. It is spread from person to person by direct contact, and contaminated surfaces. There is no specific therapy, and children should be out of school until all the blisters are completely gone or scabbed over, which can sometimes take up to 10 days.

Some natural treatments for HFMD include:

  • Boosting the immune system with elderberry or vitamin d
  • Soothing the rashes with coconut oil (which is naturally anti-viral)
  • Offering warm bone broth and cold coconut water or coconut water popsicles for soothing the mouth
  • Wet socks help to boost immunity and shorten the duration of the illness

Strep Infections and Sore Throats

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Strep bacteria are the most common causes of sore throats. Although anyone can get strep throat, it is most common in children between the ages of 5 and 15 years. Kids may develop sudden symptoms 2-5 days after they come in contact with the nasal secretions or saliva from infected persons. The symptoms may be mild or severe and include sore throat, fever, reddened throat, nausea, and malaise. Currently the AAP recommendation is an antibiotic regime for any positive strep test.  However, the sensitivity with the testing is limited and approximately only 70% of valid strep infections are detected.  The primary concern for missed strep infections may subsequently cause Scarlet fever.  Scarlet fever is a disease caused by untreated strep bacteria getting into the bloodstream.  Symptoms include a rash with a “sandpapery” feel usually appears first on the neck and chest, and then it spreads over the body, lasting for a week or more, Other symptoms include fever, pharyngitis, chills, vomiting, and abdominal pain. A “strawberry tongue,” a tongue with a whitish coating and a red and bumpy appearance, may be present. Also peeling skin in the hands and feet may appear. The major concern with scarlet fever is that if it is left untreated, a small percentage of patients will develop rheumatic fever.

Some natural treatments to support the treatment of strep infections include:

  • Zinc which helps kill bacteria
  • Eliminate most dairy products while the child is ill; causes congestion and excessive mucus
  • Goldenseal kills strep bacteria
  • Garlic boosts immune system
  • Apple Cider Vinegar gargle helps to relieve throat pain
  • For Children that have constant infections consider a specific probiotic sold here to reduce the number of infections

 

Conjunctivitis

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Conjunctivitis is common in children presenting with a red or pink eye. Characteristic signs include red swollen eyeballs, mucus drainage, itching and pain. Most cases are self-limited, but pink eye spreads easily in schools and daycare.

Some natural treatments for pink eye include:

  • Topical application of chamomile tea
  • Topical application of breastmilk (this works like a charm)
  • Consider a daily dose of probiotics which can reduce the incidence of reoccurrence. Probiotics have been shown to reduce daycare absences because of fewer colds, and the use of antibiotics.

Fifth disease

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Fifth disease is generally a mild, self-limited illness. The initial symptoms are often nonspecific, such as fever, headache, and runny nose.  After a few days, most children will develop a “slapped cheek” facial rash, which is the most recognized feature of this disease. Kids usually become ill within 4-14 days after becoming infected. Fifth disease spreads through respiratory contact when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Fifth Disease can cause concern in pregnant women, who can develop fetal hydrops and possibly fetal death. It is important to inform pregnant mothers and teachers of the risk from exposure from infected children or teachers should have “titer” levels drawn by blood work to identify if they are immune and not at risk. Fifth Disease can also cause an aplastic crisis in patients with sickle cell disease and other blood disorders, these individuals should be identified as well.

Some natural treatments for Fifth Disease include:

  • Echinacea has been shown to support the immune system, prevent the frequency of viral infections.
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc viral infections, especially colds, absences from school, and antibiotic use in kids.
  • Minimal or No sugar or fake sugar foods which cause the immune system to not work optimally

Impetigo

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Impetigo is an acute, highly contagious staph infection; it’s the most common skin infection in children. It tends to affect skin on the face or extremities that has been disrupted by bites, cuts, or abrasions.

Some natural treatments for Impetigo include:

  • Topical coconut oil
  • Topical goldenseal
  • Topical tea tree oil
  • Consider Vitamin C orally to help prevent future occurrences
  • Boost immunity by reducing sugar in the diet which can block the immune system from working properly

For more information on healing the gut and keeping kids healthy check out this.

 

This information is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any health condition or problem.  Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own primary care physician or other healthcare provider.

Concussion

Concussion has been reported to be the most common youth ice hockey injury. It represents more than 15% of all injuries in 9 to 16 year old players and close to 25% of injuries among male high school players. The report of injuries is estimated at a mere quarter of all concussions that occur!
A study in the Journal of Pediatrics this month, found that young adolescent male ice hockey players had a significantly increased risk of prolonged post-concussion symptoms compared to older players. These studies performed in both Boston and Rhode Island Hospitals found that the younger the player (the lighter and least sexually mature) the longer the recovery. On average younger players took 40% longer to recover compared to the more physically mature players. In addition, the study demonstrated an increased probability of experiencing prolonged concussion symptoms among lighter weight males. These findings further suggest that adolescents may have longer recoveries from concussions than adults.
These findings simply intensify the necessity for better mandates on education and awareness of concussion management among our young athletes. Research also highlights the risk of younger lighter players “playing up” to superior teams.
Sadly under reported and under treated concussion can have devastating effects on the young brain that carries into adulthood. Common Medical treatments include acetaminophen, opiates, reduction in screen time and rest. For longer term symptoms stimulants, antidepressants and mood stabilizers.
When looking closely at the anatomy and physiology of concussion, the traumatic force causes a “metabolic problem” an increased need for energy in the form of glucose/sugar. This glucose, if present is used to repair the brain; However evidence suggests this is not at optimal function in an adolescent brain.
After an immediate event offer glucose to the brain, perhaps by way of pineapple or orange juice. Within 24 hours have a chiropractic adjustment to maximize oxygen flow to the brain and accelerate healing! Protect the brain with “Mighty Mind” (sold at the FWC). Mighty Mind contains the ONLY form of magnesium that crosses the Blood Brain Barrier to assist in healing. Brain healing requires elevated magnesium and the Brain magnesium levels are low during the first 4 days post-concussion! The brain needs rest! Weeks of rest, the younger the brain the more rest it needs, this is usually in the form of no screens, homework, or stress (your local provider should be advocating for our athletes in very specific terms for coaches and schools).
As a parent, coach, advocate, politician or community citizen, it is all of our responsibility to insure the brain health of our community! Talk about it, raise awareness of it and treat it!

Backpacks or Back Pain?

 

dock pack.jpgSo quickly, it seems, the summer is nearly over and soon children will be back to school.  Along with brand new school clothes, come new backpacks soon to be filled, or over filled with school supplies.  It’s safe to say most students won’t be thinking about back and neck pain, but that’s what they risk if their backpacks are too heavy or are not carried properly.

If a backpack is carried improperly or is excessively heavy, it can result in the severe back and neck pain, neck or back injury, poor posture and generalized fatigue.  Excessively heavy back packs may harm muscles and joints as well, compounding, serious fatigue to the child’s body.  Though books are essential for learning, carrying them, should not affect physical well being..

Heavy backpacks may be more than just an annoyance for students.  Studies show an overloaded backpack forces the child to compensate by leaning forward to balance the load, creating potential health problems if the backpack is over weighted and hanging too low. This action can cause kids to hunch forward, putting an awkward strain on the shoulders, spine, and muscles.  This is no laughing matter, it has been reported that most students in The US carry school backpacks.  Stress and strain to their bodies resulted in over 7,000 emergency room visits in 2006 and approximately half of the injuries reported occurred in children 5 to 14 years old.  NPR reported that over 65% of all adolescents’ visits to a health care provider were due to back pain.

According to a study conducted by UC Riverside, the prolonged strain of the backpack weight can result in long term injuries. The study involved 3,500 students between 11 and 15 years old.  64% of the students reported back pain and 21% said that the pain lasted for more than six months.  Another recent study found that backpack use significantly altered head-on-neck posture in every age group studied. This finding was most pronounced in younger students.  In a survey of the orthopedists, 58% had said reported seeing patients complaining of back and shoulder pain caused by heavy backpacks. More than 70% of the orthopedists surveyed indicated that heavy backpacks can become a clinical problem in school-age children if not enough attention is made to decrease some of the weight being carried in the packs. Research tells us that the earlier children are diagnosed with back pain the longer in life they are affected.

As a rule the total weight of a backpack should not exceed 10-15% of a child’s total body weight.  So if your child weighs 50 pounds their backpack should not weigh more than 5-7 pounds- that includes the backpack and all of its contents.  Parents can also teach their kids to carry the backpack correctly, by using both the straps.

To reduce injuries or pain resulting from back packs, students can increase muscle strength and endurance, making back pain is less likely. Purchasing a backpack that has straps that go around the hips to keep the weight away from the back, also help balance the “load” and distribute the weight more evenly and also reduce injury. Backpacks should never hang more than four inches below the child’s waistline. Backpacks should be smaller than the child’s back. Straps should be padded and used at all times to avoid an uneven pull on the back.Proper positioning of a backpack is in the center of the back. Adjust the straps and use the middle waist belt if available to keep the backpack from hanging too low. It should rest between or below the shoulder blades. Using a chest strap helps distribute the weight evenly across the back.  Packs should not go below the lumbar spine.

Some easy and practical tips to reduce injury are:

1. Keep extra books and notebooks at home.  So there is no need to lift extra weight.

2. Always wear backpack on both the shoulders. Carrying backpack on one shoulder can put the pressure on one side of the body and can cause injury.

3. Wear both straps of the backpack at all times, this distributes the weight load evenly so well aligned posture is encouraged and facilitated.

4. Avoid carrying backpack for a long time.

5. If the backpack is very heavy, use the belt that will save from back problem.

6. Buy a backpack with wide well padded straps, and a chest strap that can distribute equal loads.

7. Use the bag with wheels if backpack is too heavy.

8. Avoid buying a backpack that in itself has a lot of weight.

9. Encourage kids to use lockers at school if available.

10. Lobby for less homework so books can stay at school.

11. Visit your local Chiropractor for wellness checks and symptom management.

12. Watch body mechanics putting on and taking off the backpack. Avoid twisting and bending together at the waist. Swinging the weight to get the backpack on is a sign it is too heavy.

13. Weigh backpacks regularly and “clean them out” often to avoid carrying additional unneeded weight.

The American Occupational Therapy Association has named September 19 as National School Backpack Awareness Day.  This organization educates communities on proper backpack ergonomics. The theme is, “Pack It Light, Wear It Right!”  Back to school is a fun and exciting time in a child’s life…make is a safe and pain free one too.

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The Genetics of ADD and ADHD

A recent article on Medscape (the largest doctor publication in the US, funded by Pharma of course) published an article implicating a specific gene in ADD/ADHD. Science and research has shown is there is a genetic component in most diseases and disorders, however, our genes do not define us and choosing the wrong medicine and diet can have a far greater implication on our health than the biology we were handed.

The study referenced here, implies that glutamate neurotransmission plays a role in ADD/ADHD. This study determined the frequency of genetic mutations involving specific genes ― namely, glutamate receptor genes (GRM), which were found that more than 20% of children and adolescents with ADHD carried the mutations. These recurrent mutations in glutamatergic neurotransmission genes which impair the glutamatergic pathways in the brain. The significance of this study is the demonstration of the actual prevalence of these variants in the general ADHD population. The agenda here is now there are more genes discovered in the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, more neurotransmitters identified and of course, more DRUGS that can now be used in treatment.

My dispute or concern with this article is, although the research is beneficial, throwing medications at immature brains, immune systems and bodies is poor medical practice and ultimately harmful.

Instead I propose first line treatment in ADD/ADHD should be diet…..perhaps a low glutamate diet.

To review, Glutamate and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) are the brain’s most plentiful neurotransmitters. Over half of all brain synapses use glutamate, and 30-40% use GABA. Since GABA is inhibitory and glutamate is excitatory, both neurotransmitters work together to control many processes, including the brain’s overall level of excitation.

Many of the drugs of abuse change the balance of glutamate or GABA, exerting tranquilizing or stimulating effects on the brain. Drugs that increase GABA or decrease glutamate are depressants.

 

Glutamine and glutamate comprise approximately 25% of the dietary amino acid intake and constitute the “glutamate family” of amino acids, which are disposed of through conversion to glutamate. Although glutamine has been classified as a nonessential amino acid, in major trauma, infections, bone or marrow injuries chemotherapy and surgery, consumption exceeds production, it becomes a (conditionally) essential amino acid. L-Glutamate is the most abundant free amino acid in brain and it is the major excitatory neurotransmitter of the vertebrate central nervous system. Glutamate plays a key role in nerve cell differentiation, migration and survival in the developing brain via facilitated Calcium transport, as well as synaptic maintenance and plasticity. Glutamate also contributes to learning and memory. Glutamine via glutamate is converted to alpha-ketoglutarate, an integral component of the citric acid cycle, and subsequently the super-antioxidant glutathione.

So, what does this mean for a child diagnosed with ADD/ADHD?

All healing starts in the gut. If we use this study for its analysis of basic genetic variation in the human population, then let’s take that information and use naturopathic principles of “removing the cause of illness” to heal the body.

Step one- reduce all glutamate from foods. This is most often found in the form of MSG aka “natural flavors”. Monosodium glutamate can be hidden in all sorts of processed foods under names like: monopotassium glutamate, yeast extract, anything “hydrolyzed” such as hydrolyzed protein, calcium caseinate, autolyzed yeast, textured protein, gelatin, soy protein (including isolate and concentrate), whey protein (including isolate and concentrate), carrageenan, bouillon and broth, stock, and “flavors” or “flavoring” (i.e. natural vanilla flavor), maltodextrin, citric acid, pectin, milk powder, soy sauce, anything “protein fortified,” corn starch, corn syrup and modified food starch.

It has been well reported that kids who carry a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD have a leaky blood brain barrier (BBB) this contributes to the misuse of glutamate by the brain.  Natural genetic variation in our population may predispose some to glutamate sensitivity as well. The combination of excess glutamate in the diet, and chronic low-grade inflammation as seen in food sensitivities, can contribute to the exact symptoms we see in kids with ADD and ADHD.

So, before any child takes any experimental drug for ADD or ADHD, heal the gut and heal the brain! Start with eliminating any processed foods that contain glutamates and begin to heal the gut!

 

 

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/871222?nlid=110436_821&src=WNL_mdplsnews_161104_mscpedit_peds&uac=127670EJ&spon=9&impID=1228511&faf=1

A Dozen Metabolic Boosters (and Stuff that can cause weight gain)

Every cell in your body plays a role in energy metabolism. The faster your basal metabolic rate, the more calories you burn.  There are ways to speed it up and to slow it down.

Here are 12 things sure to slow you down.

  1. Eating Inconsistently At Odd Times From Day To Day-Researchers suspect that eating at the same times every day trains the body to burn more calories between meals. Eat frequent, consistently sized meals to avoid binges and feel happier. Research from Liverpool John Moores University found that women who fluctuated between low- and high-calorie meals were less happy with their bodies than those whose plates packed a similar number of calories from meal to meal.
  2. Pesticides-Organochlorines (chemicals in pesticides) can interfere with your body’s fat process and make it harder to lose weight, according to a Canadian study. Researchers found that dieters who ate the most toxins experienced a dip in metabolism and had a harder time losing weight. Opt for organic fruits and veggies as often as you can.
  3. Dietary Toxins in Processed Foods-MSG, harmful fatty acids and toxic preservatives and emulsifiers weaken the thyroid reducing metabolism up to 70% in the long-term. With sustained exposure to the chemical preservatives develop significant abdominal weight gain, early insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. Reducing exposure to dietary toxins, sugars, refined carbohydrates and processed foods will keep your metabolism sharp.
  4. Drinking Water Containing Fluoride and Chlorine-Both chemicals in treated water supplies also interfere with normal thyroid function. If your thyroid is sluggish, your metabolism slows down and even becomes dysfunctional. Drinking fluoridated and chlorinated water supplies will guarantee at least some dysfunction in metabolic processes. Drink filtered water whenever possible. If you are not sure what is in your water run a comprehensive water test like    
  5. Not Getting enough sleep -Sleep deprivation reduces the amount of energy your body uses at rest, according to the German and Swedish researchers. Stay away from alcohol, fatty foods, coffee and chocolate at least 2 hours before bedtime.
  6. Pharmaceuticals-The most popular medications in the world including antacids and drugs for diabetes, cholesterols and high blood pressure, all interfere with critical metabolic processes which dramatically reduce energy expenditure.
  7. Eating Too Little– When you skimp on calories, your body switches into starvation mode, slowing your metabolic rate to conserve the fuel it’s got. You will never increase your metabolism by dramatically curbing your calorie intake. Always eat often and make good food choices!!
  8. Lacking Protein– Make sure protein is a component in every meal. It assists your body in maintaining lean muscle. Add a serving, like 3 ounces of fish, 2 tablespoons of nuts daily. Research shows protein can up post-meal calorie burn by as much as 35%.
  9.    Vitamin D is essential for preserving metabolism-revving muscle tissue.
  10. Sitting Too Long– It takes only 20 minutes in any fixed position to inhibit your metabolism. A research study has discovered that sitting for long periods increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and death regardless of physical activity.                                                                                                                                                         11 Disrupting Circadian Rhythms–  Your internal clock directly controls the part of your cells that keeps your metabolism working optimally. But when you disrupt your so-called circadian rhythm — by crossing time zones, for instance — your cells don’t function the way they should and your metabolism suffers.      12 Dehydration– All of your body’s cellular processes, including metabolism, depend on water. If you’re dehydrated, you could burn up to 2 percent fewer calories.

Metabolism boosters

  • Water ..1/2 oz per pound of body weight surely will boost your caloric intake
  • Hot peppers- including spicy peppers into foods help lose weight
  • Parsley- works like a diuretic
  • Grapefruit- helps with a gentile liver cleanse. Be careful with medications it can interfere with some meds
  • Garlic- boosts immune system and clears out mucus
  • Chia seeds- work like detox for the intestines
  • Chocolate—helps support happy hormones in the brain
  • Cinnamon- stabilize blood sugar and has anti inflammatory aspects
  • Melon- stabilizes blood sugar
  • Almonds- full of vitamin b which helps boost metabolism and helps stabilize blood sugar
  • Lemon- helps clear toxins and mucus from cells in the gut
  • Sweet potato- metabolism booster

BONUS) Coconut Oil- yummy delicious fat and helps mobilize fat out of the cell..yes this oil actually HELPS you lose weight

As humans we have the ability to support or impair our health. The beauty of human resilience is if you make any of these changes today you will begin to see results!

For more information on healthy eating and recipes check out my book

Foods that should be included in a healthy diet, that will keep you healthy, & happy for 100 years!

Always remember a key to a healthy diet is selecting the highest quality least altered food we can find. The most optimal selections are Organic, Local and harvested at the peak of freshness. However reality exists and we do the best we can!

Take a look at some of the best researched foods to be included in a healthy diet that are the most nutrient dense selections with the highest benefits for our bodies….

Gold Kiwis – one of the best heart healthy foods, packed with more polyphenols, a type of powerful antioxidant per serving than green kiwis, apples, white grapefruits, and oranges!

Purple Potatoes- Purple potatoes contain high concentrations of a variety of antioxidants, including phenolic acids, anthocyanins, and carotenoids, according to researchers which help to keep cells working optimally and reduce damage.

Chocolate- Good news for chocoholics! The flavonoids in dark chocolate can be included in a healthy diet to lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, decrease LDL cholesterol oxidation, and increase HDL cholesterol, says a Harvard University study. And one square of dark chocolate is 12 calories, but be sure to choose 70% or darker chocolate because the research shows lower percentages of chocolate do not carry the same benefits.

Red meat-Red meat has gotten a bad rap over the years because some cuts of beef are loaded with saturated fat.  BUT 100%  Grass fed beef has been shown to reduce the risk for heart disease and provide the body with a healthy source of protein. 4 ounces of lean beef each day had a 10 percent decrease in LDL (bad) cholesterol by one research study. Beef liver is one of the leanest beef products available, and it’s packed with nutrients, so why not give it a try?

Wild Caught Shrimp- raises HDL (good) cholesterol and reduces triglycerides (a type of fat found in blood), resulting in a reduced risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Just remember to skip butter and deep-frying, both of which can add a load of saturated fat to an otherwise healthy low calorie food.

Tomatoes- these ruby gems are delicious and packed with multiple nutrients, especially lycopene. The body does not produce lycopene naturally, but studies have shown that a diet rich in lycopene can lower the incidence of many chronic conditions such as cervical dysplasia and a variety of cancers. Studies indicate that people with more lycopene in their body fat suffer fewer heart attacks than those who do not have lycopene in their body fat.  Other foods high in lycopene include watermelon, pink grapefruit and guava.

Eggs- studies have shown that 25 pastured eggs can have great health benefits! they raise good cholesterol (HDL) and provide cells with necessary protein and B vitamins. Be careful of your source! Your breakfast scramble should only include the freshest of eggs, as eggs lose ½ of their nutrients within 24 hours of being laid…note that store bought eggs are, on average 2 weeks old at purchase.

Kale ON! Doesn’t every healthy diet include Kale? Well why not? Where else would you find one single food packed with so many nutrients, vitamins and that tastes great? Of course remember to always buy organic because the bugs love kale as much as humans do! Always wash your kale even if packages as “triple washed”

And here are a bunch of foods to avoid!

Skip the soy..over processed junk food that can raise inflammation levels (including cholesterol and blood pressure) in the body,  wreak havoc with a female cycle and the thyroid!

Avoid the sugar and sugar substitutes they cause oxidative- stress, damage to your cells and immune system making you crave it, clog your arteries and gain weight; research shows optimal weight is a prognosticator of longevity and sugar works against that!

Of course there are many other foods that should be included in your 100 years, this is just a short list of delicious selections, that along with your lifestyle care can make your diet rich and delicious!

For more information on how to heal from within and prepare recipes including these nutritional gems check out my book

Concussion and the Female Brain

It has been well researched that male and female brains are different. Now research is explaining that concussions are a very different experience in a female brain. In a concussion the female brain has a 44% greater rate of acceleration increasing the incidence of concussion. There are also differences in neck circumference, girth and length as compared to males of the same age.

Female hockey players have the highest incidence of concussion and are concussed at 3 times the rate as male FOOTBALL players of the same age. Female lacrosse players come in second, however female lacrosse is a NON-CONTACT sport (their incidence is the same as male lacrosse which is a contact sport), this means that these women do not wear any protective gear to prevent or reduce the incidence of concussion. Girls’ Soccer comes next and is the second OVERALL in all youth sports. Softball and baseball have equivalent rates even though they are very different sports. Showing overall girls take a “bigger hit”.

Another difference between male and female athletes , is females report more concussion symptoms than their male counterparts, their symptoms last longer and have 4 times the migraine incidence than males of the same age!

SO why is this the case??

In a menstruating female (please note, girls as young as 6 can have hormonal fluctuations that would put them at the same risk as their older counterparts that have a menstrual bleed), hormones play a role in concussion pathology. If a girl sustains a concussion in the first two weeks of her menstrual cycle, when progesterone is high, there is a sharp, abnormal drop in progesterone and a sharp abnormal rise in cortisol. Progesterone withdrawal leads to headache, dizziness and nausea, and elevated cortisol, which can contribute to leaky gut. Then Estrogen levels will then slowly increase abnormally, which acts on the trigeminal vascular complex (the migraine pathway) it is apparent that female physiology would account for higher incidences of concussion symptoms and longer times for recovery in female athletes.

Unfortunately, ACL (anterior cruciate ligament of the knee)  injuries are also more common is women. This is well reported due to posture and anatomy related to center of balance and hip structure. Approximately 85% of all ACL injuries are the result of a previous concussion. The ACL ligament is the stabilizer in the “righting reflex” (The righting reflex, is a reflex that corrects the orientation of the body when it is taken out of its normal upright position). When a concussion goes untreated the righting reflex is impaired as it initiated by the vestibular system in the brain.

SO how do you heal from a concussion??

First of all, keeping the body in optimal condition with a healing diet free of chemicals, artificial hormones, unnecessary pharmaceuticals & preservatives, drinking purified water, getting proper sleep, proper & safe exercise, and stress management will reduce help keep the body in optimal form and reduce the recovery period should a concussion occur.

Secondly, learn your sports teams’ concussion protocol (most have an outdated version of this) and watch your child during practices and games. You know her best and you can best protect her if you see her take a hit that looked harder than she anticipated.

If a concussion Happens

1) Immediately after a possible concussion offer something with natural sugar to the athlete. Sips of fruit juice or gummy bears (that is glucose and gelatin/collagen) flood the brain with immediate sugar to eliminate the build up of concussion containing neuro-chemicals.

2) Report the incident to your family physician as millions of concussions go undiagnosed and can lead to long term, or permanent symptoms for your child.

3) Take her to the chiropractor! Be sure you find a doctor certified in an updated concussion treatment protocol that include a test at baseline (this should be done before the incident. Kids in general should be under some form of maintenance chiropractic if they are playing sports. Many Chiropractors do a baseline test for concussions at the beginning of each school year)

4) Heal the gut! Estrogens cause leaky gut simply by the nature of the hormone! High cortisol, low progesterone and elevating estrogens is a leaky gut trifecta! Consider using specific strains of probiotics, immunoglobulins, or collagen to help heal and seal the gut.

5) Constantly check in with your athlete, ask she how she is feeling, sleeping and recovering. It is common to have “regressions” in healing with concussion recovery. Stay the course and know healing is possible.

In closing, Concussions are a very common sports injury. There are marked differences in how females and males exhibit symptoms. Keeping this in mind will help our daughters play their favorite sports healthy and injury free.

 

 

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3858400/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24396327

Folate doesn’t cause Autism but folic acid might

folate-vs-folic-acid-1Naturally occurring folate, which is a water-soluble B9 (as found in leafy greens), is an important part of a healthy diet. Folate deficiency has been linked to osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, infertility, heart attack, stroke, ulcers, macrocytic anemia, and other illnesses. Additionally, folate is critical for fetal development, and especially important for pregnant women. Folate aids in neural tube development, and can prevent severe birth defects of the spinal cord and brain.
Folic acid, is a synthetic form of folate manufactured in a lab..like pharmaceutical drug and is the form found in many fortified and enriched foods, and in multi-vitamins and of course in poor quality prenatal vitamins. A Norwegian study published last month found that heart-disease patients whose diets included folic acid fortification and supplementation were 43% more likely to die of cancer. Equally alarming is the study that found that folic acid supplementation by pregnant women increases the risk of childhood asthma by 26%…and now autism. Still other studies have linked folic acid supplementation to prostate and colorectal cancers.
Approximately 10 years ago most principled supplement companies made the leap to toss all folic acid from supplements and switch to MethylFolate. MethylFloate is the bioactive form or usable form of folate, the form the cells need to make energy and repair DNA, the same kind of DNA that parents give to their offspring. In the presence of a MTHFR MUTATION, the inability of the body to convert pharmaceutical folic acid to useable folate creates inflammation in the body and blocks up the pathways for the body to BE ABLE to utilize the nutritious form of folate. When this happens in the body, cells do not form properly and a deficiency ensues. Folate plays a critical role in formation of the spine of a fetus. When folate levels are low in a pregnancy, the fetus has a much greater risk of being born with spina bifida, or other neural tube defects; or more commonly a lip or tongue tie, or any other disorder that affects the undifferentiated cells in the “midline” during embryonic development.
Sadly many medical providers have used the terms folic acid and folate interchangeably. THEY are NOT the same. They do not react in the body the same and they do not produce the same outcomes. Many of the recent studies to associate correlation between autism and FOLIC ACID have mis- used the word folate. Have we gotten so far away from healing that now we should tell patients to STOP EATING GREEN VEGGIES…well I hope NOT? For many years I have urged patients to avoid supplements contain any sort of synthetic form of any vitamin. Whole foods and whole-food based supplements are the only places to get the nutrients and antioxidants that our bodies so desperately need.
The top 5 folate-containing green vegetables
• spinach
• romaine lettuce
• asparagus
• mustard greens
• collard greens

At this point, the recent study about Folate/folic acid and the correlation to autism, the evidence is extremely premature. However this study brought to light that blood tests done around the time of birth found that about 10 percent of mothers had excessively high levels of “folic acid/folate” and/or vitamin B12 in their blood. Interestingly this number correlates approximately with the number of women affected with homozygous c677t MTHFR (2 copies of the mutation or 10% function of the enzyme). Those people had an increased risk of having a child who would later be diagnosed with ASD. The findings have not been peer-reviewed or published in a journal; and is being presented at a conference this week. At the very least the media is focusing attention on this very important subject. We know the research will now focus on the distinction between folate and folic acid.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22648721

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