Cholesterol: Myths & Truths

Cholesterol: Myths & Truths

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all the cells in your body. Your body needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs. Cholesterol is also found in foods from animal sources, such as egg yolks, meat, and cheese. If you have too much cholesterol in your blood, it can combine with other substances in the blood to form plaque which sticks to the walls of your arteries.

In our bodies, cholesterol serves three main purposes:

  • It aids in the production of sex hormones.
  • It’s a building block for human tissues.
  • It assists in bile production in the liver.

 

 

Myth: Cholesterol is BAD

Truth: Cholesterol is Necessary

There are two types of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol to and from cells—low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

  • HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein. It is called the “good” cholesterol because it carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. Your liver then removes the cholesterol from your body. Your liver then removes the excess cholesterol from your body.
  • LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein. It is called the “bad” cholesterol because a high LDL level can lead to the buildup of plaque in your arteries. There are two types of LDL cholesterol; fluffy and dense. Dense LDL is actually the one that is more harmful.

 

What causes high cholesterol?

The most common causes of high cholesterol are your genetics and living an unhealthy lifestyle. This can include:

  • Unhealthy eating habits, such as eating lots of bad fats and sugar. Trans fat is in some fried and processed foods. Eating these fats can raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  • Lack of physical activity, with lots of sitting and little exercise. This lowers your HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • Smoking lowers HDL cholesterol, especially in women. It also raises your LDL cholesterol.
  • Genetics play a bigger role in your cholesterol than your diet does, as your genetics impact how effectively your liver regulates cholesterol to a healthy level.

 

 

Myth: You Should Eat as Little Cholesterol as Possible

Truth: You Should Eat Good Quality Saturated Fats

Healthy, cholesterol-rich foods are actually good for your body. Good quality saturated fat is healthful, it can be found in some meats, fish, eggs & dairy products. Most of your cholesterol is produced from within the body, so foods with cholesterol aren’t likely to transform your body’s cholesterol levels. Therefore, eating cholesterol-rich foods may not affect the cholesterol that’s already in your bloodstream.

 

Focus on eating foods with good fats, and avoid foods with high levels of trans fats, which raise your LDL cholesterol and lower your HDL cholesterol. Foods with high levels of trans fats include:

  • Sweet pastries, such as cake, donuts and cookies
  • Sugar
  • Fried food
  • Margarine
  • Processed & packaged foods
  • Fast foods

These foods may contribute to obesity, which can increase your risk of heart disease and other health conditions.

Foods with healthy fats that can lower LDL and raise your HDL cholesterol include:

  • Olive oil
  • Legumes and beans
  • Nuts
  • Fatty fish
  • Whole grains
  • Avocado
  • Grass fed meats
  • Eggs

 

Myth: High Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease & Heart Attacks

Truth: Inflammation Causes Heart Disease & Heart Attacks

Multiple studies show that people with heart disease or those who experience heart attacks often have normal cholesterol levels. Rather, your triglycerides to HDL cholesterol ratio may play a role in increasing or decreasing your risk for heart disease.

More so than cholesterol, inflammation plays a bigger role in causing heart disease. When the lining of your arteries is injured, it becomes inflamed. With repeated injury, LDL cholesterol can get trapped, creating a dangerous buildup that can turn into plaque. Inflammation is caused by sugar, poor diets, lack of exercise, lack of nutrients, & a stressful lifestyle.

 

Winter Health Talks

Winter Health Talks

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December 10th: Cholesterol – Myths & Truths

December 17th: Anxiety & Depression

January 7th: Skin Health – eczema, psoriasis, acne, rashes

January 21st: Stress Relief & Mindfulness Techniques

February 4th: Is sugar sabotaging your health?

February 18th: How to have happy & healthy skin

March 4th: Anti-inflammatory cooking tips

March 18th: Stretching & muscle strengthening

April 1st: Healthy household cleaning

April 15th: Women’s health

April 29th: Digestive dysfunction

Supplement Spotlight: Catalyn

Supplement Spotlight: Catalyn

How can you make your body work better?

One way is to eat a healthy whole food diet. Eating well is simple in theory but tougher in practice. Even the super health-conscious among us can’t always avoid processed foods, added sugars, and unhealthy fats.

That’s where Catalyn comes in.

Catalyn’s unique formulation was created to combat deficiencies in nutrition caused by a refined food diet, deficiencies many of us have. Discover the power of nutrients delivered the way nature intended – in whole food form.

How Catalyn keeps you healthy

  • Maintains cellular health
  • Keeps your skin healthy
  • Keeps your heart healthy
  • Supports healthy metabolism

Catalyn was developed in 1929 by Dr. Royal Lee, the founder of Standard Process. It was America’s first dietary supplement made with whole food ingredients, created to address the deficiencies caused by a fast-growing processed food industry. It contains several vitamins and minerals from approximately 15 different whole food sources.

Some Catalyn ingredients include:

  • Sweet potato
  • Reishi mushroom
  • Shiitake mushroom
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Pea vine
  • Carrot
  • Alfalfa
  • Oats

Supplement Safety 101

Supplements vary greatly in quality, which can sometimes do more harm than good. The FDA is not authorized to review dietary supplement products for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed. Manufacturers do not need to be 100% honest on the label. Here are some quotes directly from the FDA about supplements:

  • Federal law does not require dietary supplements to be proven safe to FDA’s satisfaction before they are marketed.
  • For most claims made in the labeling of dietary supplements, the law does not require the manufacturer or seller to prove to FDA’s satisfaction that the claim is accurate or truthful before it appears on the product.
  • Do not assume that the term “natural” in relation to a product ensures that the product is wholesome or safe.

At the Natural Health Improvement Center, we only carry the highest quality supplements available to ensure that your body is getting the purest vitamins and minerals.

If you would like to learn more about how natural whole food supplements can help your body get healthy and stay healthy, give us a call @ 410-717-6610 for a free 15 minute phone consultation.

Knee Pain & Chiropractic Care

Knee Pain & Chiropractic Care

What causes knee pain?

There is no single cause for painful knee joints, but there are generally 2 types of contributing factors:

  1. Traumatic injuries usually happen suddenly and with great force. Examples include falling hard on the knee join, or being stuck on or near the knee.
  2. Chronic injuries develop over a longer period of time, and are often the result of repeated stress to the knee. This stress can cause the knee joints to move out of normal alignment; in some cases, your kneecaps may either be closer to each other or farther apart than they should be.

Other possible reasons for chronic injuries may include: obesity, ligament weakness, not having enough protection from heel-strike shock, foot/ankle problems, improper exercise or lifting techniques, etc. Organic conditions would include infections and tumors. Your doctor will give you a thorough examination which may include range of motion (ROM) and orthopedic testing – to search for possible alignment/tracking problems, and to test for signs of muscle or ligament weakness to help determine the cause of your knee pain.

What are some of the causes of knee alignment problems?

The knee is actually made up of 2 joints involving 3 bones. As a hinge joint, the healthy knee bends in 1 plane of motion much more than it rotates, although some rotation is involved during the gait (walking) cycle. In a normal posture, the kneecaps point straight ahead over the feet. This is the knee posture, which gives the most support to the hips and spine.

Problems occur when a knee becomes misaligned. A cause for this misalignment can start in the foot or ankle. If 1 or both feet has a structural problem (e.g., flat feet, high arch, weak ankles), this condition can cause the leg to rotate improperly and apply tension to the knee. As knee muscles and ligaments weaken, the joint may begin to move out of its proper position. These imbalances have a potential ripple effect, which can affect the hips, low back and neck. That’s why you’ll often encounter someone whose back started hurting after he or she began having knee problems.

How can my healthcare professional help me to get better?

Again, depending on the diagnosis of your condition, your healthcare professional has treatment programs to help restore your knees to normal function. Along with any determination of the need for rest or other therapies (ice, ultrasound etc.), a 3-step program is often indicated:

  • Manipulation (adjustment) of the joint for proper alignment
  • Exercise to build muscle strength and joint stability
  • Use of functional orthotics to help reduce excessive internal and external rotation, and to help absorb heel-strike shock

Developing knee muscles helps to stabilize the joint and to prevent further serious injury. Your doctor may prescribe therapeutic exercises to help you rebuild strength in the knee area. Often these exercises can be done either in your healthcare professional’s office or in your own home.

Balanced support, stability and proper movement are the keys to a healthy knee structure. Ask your healthcare professional if functional orthotics or therapeutic exercises would help you.

Take the Test

  1. Do you stand or walk on hard surfaces for more than 4 hours daily?
  2. Do you participate regularly in any physical sport (basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, etc)?
  3. Are you age 40 or over?
  4. Have you had a prior injury to your knee, back or neck?
  5. Do your shoes wear unevenly?
  6. Do you have joint pain while standing, walking or running?
  7. Is one of your legs shorter than the other?
  8. Do you have knock-knees or bow legs?
  9. Do you have obvious foot problems (bunions, corns, flat feet, etc)?
  10. Do your feet “toe out” when your’e walking?

If you checked yes on any of the above, you may want to visit a chiropractor!

Give us a call to schedule an appointment @ 410-717-6610

Digestive Dysfunction

Digestive Dysfunction

More than 100 million Americans have digestive problems including issues like irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, reflux, gas etc. Most of us (including most traditional doctors) do not recognize or know that digestive problems wreak havoc in the entire body, playing a part in allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, rashes, acne, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, autism, dementia, cancer, and more.

The health of your gut determines what nutrients are absorbed and what toxins, allergens, and microbes are kept out. It is directly linked to the health of your whole body. Intestinal health could be defined as the optimal digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food.

Acid Reflux & GERD

Acid reflux is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus — the tube that connects the throat and stomach. During an episode of acid reflux, you may taste regurgitated food or sour liquid at the back of your mouth or feel a burning sensation in your chest (heartburn). Sometimes acid reflux progresses to GERD, a more severe form of reflux. The most common symptom of GERD is frequent heartburn.

The most popular medical solution for acid reflux is taking antacids, which disrupt the natural stomach acid needed to digest properly, absorb vitamins and minerals, and keep harmful overgrowth of bacteria in check.

What causes acid reflux:

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Eating too late at night
  • Spicy foods
  • Citrus
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Fiber
  • Smoking
  • Lack of exercise
  • Food sensitivities

Natural solutions:

  • Add 1tsp raw apple cider vinegar (with “the mother”) to water, tea or smoothie in the morning. This will help boost the immune system, aid digestion, and decrease the number of bad gut bacteria that cause acid reflux.
  • Fennel seeds can help relax the stomach. Try steeping some crushed fennel seeds in boiling water to make a tea and sip it after a meal.
  • Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory that can soothe an inflamed esophagus and stomach lining. Mix & drink 2oz aloe with 8oz of coconut water 15 minutes before eating.
  • Ginger is great for digestion and nausea. Try drinking some ginger tea whenever acid reflux strikes.
  • Peppermint is great for an upset stomach and all digestive disorders.
  • Sleeping in a more upright position and not eating 2 hours before bed.
  • Eat smaller meals.

 

Autoimmune Issues

The rise of autoimmune-related diseases can be attributed to a lot of factors, including the use of pesticides, toxins in our air and water, overuse of medications, chronic viral infections, mold exposure, chronic stress, and genetics, but the most important factor in the standard American diet (SAD). High in fast foods, carbohydrates, and genetically modified ingredients and low in fiber, vegetables, and antioxidants, the SAD isn’t doing us any favors when it comes to our weight, inflammation levels, or the health of our gut.

The gut is known as our second brain, and when the permeability of the gut lining has been altered, this allows toxins, bacteria, and foreign substances like food and antigens to enter the blood stream, causing something called “leaky gut.”

Leaky gut symptoms:

  • Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Poor immune system
  • Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Skin rashes and problems like acne, eczema or rosacea
  • Cravings for sugar and carbs
  • Arthritis or joint pain
  • Depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD
  • Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Chron’s

How to heal:

  • Healthy diet & eliminate foods that cause inflammation or trigger allergies/sensitives.
  • Avoid over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil, Aleve, Motrin etc.
  • Avoid OTC acid reflux products like Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids etc.
  • Avoid excessive & unnecessary antibiotic use.
  • Getting enough probiotic foods like miso, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha & yogurt.
  • Bone broth: the lysine, glycine, and collagen in bone broth all help repair the gut lining, which will improve the immune system over time.

 

Candida & Yeast Overgrowth

Candida is a yeast, a very small amount of which lives in your mouth and intestines. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption, but when it is overproduced it can lead to many different health problems. The healthy or “good” bacteria in your gut typically keeps your candida levels in check, however these following factors can cause candida to get out of hand:

  • High carb diets
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Fermented foods
  • Medications
  • Chronic stress
  • Autoimmune diseases treated with immunosuppressants

Once candida has penetrated your intestinal lining and caused “leaky gut”, undigested food particles, toxins, viruses and bacteria can pass through your intestinal wall into your bloodstream. This triggers an inflammatory response from your immune system to try to fight off the “invaders”. Your immune system will continue to send out “invaders”, soon becoming stressed, weakened, confused, and less accurate.

Common candida symptoms:

  • Skin and nail fungal infections like athlete’s foot, ringworm and toenail fungus
  • Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  • Digestive issues like bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, brain fog
  • Skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, hives and rashes
  • Irritability, mood swings, anxiety or depression
  • Vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal or vaginal itching
  • Severe seasonal allergies
  • Strong sugar and carb cravings

How to stop the overgrowth:

  • Remove all foods that feed the candida including sugar, alcohol, and limiting carbs like fruit, starchy vegetables, grains and legumes
  • Taking whole food supplements
  • Repopulate your gut with good bacteria

 

Do you or someone you know suffer from digestive problems? Give us a call at 410-717-6610 to set up a free 15 minute phone consultation!

What is Nutrition Response Testing?

What is Nutrition Response Testing?

What is Nutrition Response Testing®?

Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive system of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of ill or non-optimum health. Our clinically proven system may be quite different from any other healing practice that you may have experienced. We will have some questions for you before and during the testing. The actual procedure is simple and direct, with the body providing all of the information and feedback needed. We use the extraordinary properties of the human cells and tissues to bring about healing and health changes, exactly as nature intended.

The body responds to the procedure reliably and consistently. This feedback is so precise that it opens the door to a safe and lasting recovery, even in cases where everything else has failed.

Who do we help?

If you are like other people who come to us for help, then most likely:

  • You may have one or more health conditions that won’t go away
  • You have visited doctors, or even alternative practitioners, but the results weren’t what you hoped or expected
  • Health conditions are significantly affecting your life. Perhaps this also affects your career, family and/or personal finances
  • You realize that these conditions are probably not going to get better unless the real source of the problem is found and corrected

What are we testing for?

Through our analysis, we are testing your body’s neurological reflexes. These reflexes are the body’s way of telling us what and how your nervous system is doing – as it is the nervous system’s responsibility to regulate the body’s functions for each and every organ. The testing includes organs, glands, joints, muscles, etc.These reflexes are tested on the surface of the body and then the findings are analyzed.

How do we get the body’s “reflex” information?

Energy flows exist between all parts and organs of the body. These flows can become disrupted for a variety of reasons. This disruption is easily discovered with our testing. As a Nutrition Response Testing practitioner, we will do a full body scan to properly assess each of your reflexes. The practitioner will do the analysis by contacting your extended arm with one hand, and contact the specific reflex area with the other hand. If the tested reflex is stressed, your nervous system will respond by reducing energy to the extended arm (which will weaken and cause it to drop). A drop in the arm indicates underlying stress or dysfunction in that area which can be affecting your health

Once the underlying stress is corrected, this weak muscle response will no longer occur. Since we directly use the body for analysis (versus doing lab tests) it is faster and tends to be just as (if not more) accurate. There are also no huge expensive machines, no drugs, surgery, nasty needles or laboratory fees to cover. Following your consultation you will be given the results in a way that you can understand, with a specific nutritional program to follow.

How soon will I see improvement?

Although every case is different, we often hear enthusiastic reports from patients in as little as 4-6 weeks. The fastest recoveries are often from those who have most closely adhered to their recommended nutritional program.

Is it important to stick to the plan?

Generally chronic health problems do not suddenly develop overnight. They develop over a long period of time (often years) with improper diet (which cause nutritional deficiencies and imbalances) and environmental influences. All of which have gotten you into your current health condition.

Therefore, the sooner and more thoroughly you implement your program, the sooner you will start to see results. While on your program, if you continue those same old habits and routines that contributed to your current condition, your body’s condition may not improve as you hope. Total commitment to your program is strongly urged.

What are my chances for recovery?

Our long-term experience in a wide variety of cases tells us the first thing we must determine is whether or not you are a “Nutrition Response Testing Case”. If someone is NOT, then it is unlikely that Nutrition Response Testing will ever help you. However if you ARE, then in our experience, it is our belief that nothing else will help you as much.

What happens next?

While you are on your own designed clinical nutrition program, you will continue on your health recovery process. We will continue to monitor your progress and adjust your program as needed when additional layers show up. This procedure will assist you in attaining the maximum possible health benefits and get the real underlying health issues handled.

 

Information brought to you by Ulan Nutritional Systems 

Do you or someone you know suffer from chronic health conditions & don’t seem to improve? Give us a call @ 410-717-6610.

It’s ALL In Your HEAD

It’s ALL In Your HEAD

The strength and health of your body is determined by how fully your life force is expressed in every cell. Your brain and nervous system control and regulate every cell of your body. Simply put, when your nervous system doesn’t work well, your body doesn’t work well either.

NeuroCranial Integration

NeuroCranial Integration (NCI) relieves pressure in the brain and nervous system caused by illness, injury and daily stress, allowing your body to function at a higher level of efficiency. It not only gently removes tension from the nervous system, releasing restrictions throughout all the tissues and organs of the body; it also returns proper cerebrospinal fluid flow to the spinal cord and to the entire body, improving almost every function of the body.

How is NeuroCranial Integration different than typical alternative treatments?

NCI is a able to affect the brain, the spine and the entire nervous system in a way that is simply not accessible through regular healthcare techniques or modalities. Although other systems of care may also affect the cranium, none reaches the deepest level of the dura mater as precisely as NCI. The dura mater is a tough, protective covering around the brain and spinal cord. Its job is so important that it extends down the spine and throughout the entire nervous system.

How does treating the brain and nervous system affect the rest of my body?

According to Gray’s Anatomy: “The brain and the nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of the body and relates it to its environment…”

NeuroCranial Integration directly affects the proper functioning of the central nervous system inside the brain, because NCI allows the left and right brain hemispheres (and other areas of the brain) to profoundly re-balance and reintegrate. It is so gentle, it can be safely performed of patients of any age, from infants to the elderly.

How does the brain affect my neck or back pain?

Because the dura is attached to the skull, as well as the spine’s top two neck vertebrae, and extends all the way down to the tailbone, the dura must be balanced from the top to bottom for optimal functioning. Any misalignments or distortions (twisting) of the skull, the spine and the entire body. Sooner or later, these distortions result in health consequences, including neck and back pain.

What can NCI help with?

  • Headaches & migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson’s
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • ADHD and autism
  • Mild traumatic brain injuries, strokes and multiple sclerosis
  • Back & neck pain along with other acute conditions
  • Improve sports performance
We Are Women!

We Are Women!

A woman’s body goes through many different changes throughout life. Following a healthy diet, exercise routine & mindfulness practice will help keep your body in balance and at ease for these various & sometimes difficult stages.

Menstrual Madness

Tips to ease cramps:

  • Foods to focus on: Getting enough calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D, good fats & iron are important during your menstrual years.
    • Dark chocolate, yogurt, salmon, broccoli, pumpkin seeds, eggs, nuts, bananas, chamomile tea, dark leafy greens like spinach, kale & bok choy, oats, ginger etc.
  • Drinking lots of water actually prevents your body from retaining water, so even if you’re bloated make sure you are getting enough hydration. Avoid alcohol, carbonated beverages and caffeine.
  • Raw cacao (1 tbs) is a great source of iron and magnesium, two minerals women commonly can be deficient in. So, chocolate is GOOD 😊
  • Raspberry leaf tea helps tone the uterus and pelvic muscles.
  • Focus on gentle & restorative workouts rather than high-intensity like barre, Pilates, yoga, walking & biking.
  • Chiropractic adjustments can help provide pain relief, especially in the lower back and uterus area.

PCOS

PCOS occurs when a woman’s hormones are out of balance, which can lead to problems with fertility and menstrual cycles, weight gain, and cysts on the ovaries.

Natural solutions:

  • Drinking 1-2 tbs of apple cider vinegar (with “the mother”) diluted in water/tea/smoothies every day. This will help improve the body’s natural elimination system while balancing pH levels to help control bacteria, candida and yeast.
  • Eat a 95% whole foods diet focusing on vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and leafy greens.
  • Eliminate processed foods & sugar.
  • Probiotic foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi & miso.
  • Iron-rich food like spinach, kale, goji berries, lentils & chickpeas are great if you have low iron.
  • Focus on gentle & restorative workouts rather than high-intensity like barre, Pilates, yoga, walking & biking.

 

FUN FACT: Women who eat at least 10g of fresh mushrooms each day (about one mushroom per day) have a 64% DECREASED risk of breast cancer & when you add in a daily cup of green tea, there is an 89% DECREASED risk of breast cancer!

 

Pregnancy

  • Raspberry leaf tea helps tone the uterus and pelvic muscles.
  • A nutrient rich, whole food diet will nourish you and your baby. Focus on a good variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, beans and lean meats. If you are craving sugar, eat protein & good fats instead.
  • Drink 2-3 liters of water per day and avoid artificially sweetened drinks and all sodas.
  • Natural magnesium supplements can help with morning sickness, fatigue & constipation.
  • Using an exercise ball as a chair can help keep the pelvis forward and in good alignment.
  • Balance physical activity with rest.

Menopause

  • Supplements: E-manganese, Symplex F, Pituitrophin PMG, Calcium Lactate
  • Foods:
    • Soy (unprocessed) contains high levels of estrogen-like compounds which mimic natural estrogen. It can help decrease hot flash frequency and severity – edamame is a good source for unprocessed soy. Stay away if there is a known breast cancer risk.
    • Black cohosh: can help reduce production of LH (luteinizing hormone – causes hot flashes).
    • Eat regular meals throughout the day.
    • Healthy fats and fatty acids, dairy, eggs, leafy green vegetables, kelp.
    • Full fat foods like walnuts/almonds, flax seed, chia seed, berries, bananas, plain yogurt or coconut yogurt if you’re sensitive to dairy.
    • Avoid hot flash triggering foods like caffeine, alcohol, sugary and spicy foods.
    • Yoga, meditation & other relaxation techniques.

Open & Strengthen Your Hips

Women tend to carry their stress in their hips. Stretching and strengthening the muscles around the hips is a great way to release tension and stress on the spine. Always complete both sides/legs with stretching, and remember that one side may feel different than the other.

Cow Face Pose: For this pose, imagine a really tight “criss-cross” seated position. Bend your right knee to face the front of the mat, and then bend your left knee the same, and stack it right on top of your right knee. The soles of both your feet should ideally be facing up. It’s ok if you cannot come into the full position at first. Sit on a block or blanket for leverage and try again. Make sure both sit bones stay on the ground, or block/blanket, and breathe deeply. Fold forward for an added challenge. Switch after 3 minutes for a great release.

Half Pigeon Pose: For this pose, begin in a downward facing dog position. From there, swing your left (or right) leg through your hands, bending at the knee and facing the sole of your foot up. Lay your knee flat on the mat and to the side just enough so that you are not lying on it as you lean forward. Ideally, your shin is parallel to the front of the mat, but this won’t occur until you are very open in the hips. For now, it is ok for the shin to be slanted. The most important part of this pose is that you first align your hips. Distribute your weight evenly so that you are not leaning to the left or right side. If you cannot align your hips, place a block under your left sit bone – this leverage will help you as you begin to open up tight hips.

 

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Sugar in Disguise

Sugar in Disguise

Sugar & Carbs Don’t Care About You!

You might think your diet is healthy, but there are many foods that could surprise you. Some foods contain sugar or are broken down into sugar in your body.

Sugar & Refined Carbohydrates: Be Careful

Many processed or refined foods contain simple carbohydrates, which have the greatest impact on blood sugar. These simple carbohydrates break down into glucose that enters the bloodstream quickly, affecting insulin release. This rush of glucose can create an energy spike followed by a deep drop in blood sugar and energy. You can be caught in a vicious cycle of craving sugar, eating it, feeling tired and craving it again.

How Carbs Affect the Body:

  1. You eat and digest food – digested food releases glucose
  2. Glucose enters the bloodstream and raises blood sugar
  3. The rise in blood sugar triggers the pancreas to release insulin
  4. Insulin tells cells to either use the glucose or store it for energy
  5. The less energy burned, the more fatty acids are stored
  6. More stored fatty acids may result in weight gain

Complex Carbohydrates: Better, But Keep Track of Them

Complex carbs are easier on your blood sugar metabolism because they contain fiber and break down more slowly into sugar. Even though this is better for your blood sugar metabolism, you still need to watch your intake of complex carbs. In time, they will be completely changed into sugar too.

Follow a nutritious meal plan that includes healthy fats and a diet low in simple carbs, sugar and starches.

  1. Cut Sugars: soda, energy drinks, fruit juice, high-fructose corn syrup
  2. Reduce Refined Simple Carbs: breads and pasta made with refined flour, pastries, white rice
  3. Count Complex Carbs: whole-grain breads, starchy vegetables like corn, beans, white potatoes, peas
  4. Include Healthy Fats: avocados, olives, plant oils like olive & coconut, nuts like almonds & walnuts, oily fish like salmon & tuna

 

Start Here for Healthy Blood Sugar Support:

  • Limit your refined-carb count to a maximum of 60-70 grams a day, not including low-starch vegetables.
  • Watch portion size when you are tracking food.
  • Are you hungry or thirsty? If your energy is low and you’re feeling a bit on the edge, you might think you’re hungry, but your body is really thirsty. Keep hydrated and drink plenty of water.
  • Eat frequent small meals throughout the day.
    • Try and include a protein, healthy fat, and fiber
    • A healthy fat plus fiber helps you feel full and less likely to be hungry
    • Protein can sometimes help moderate the rise in blood sugar
    • Fiber, particularly soluble fiber, can slow the absorption of sugar
  • Exercise on a regular basis. Don’t sit for long periods; get up and stretch or take a quick walk
  • Keep a daily record of food and supplement intake for reference.

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What Is Advanced Allergy Therapeutics?

What Is Advanced Allergy Therapeutics?

Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, or AAT, offers a unique and highly effective approach for the treatment of the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. AAT is a precision-based treatment that addresses the organ systems that are involved in an overreaction. AAT does not treat the immune system. The therapy instead focuses on the relationship between symptoms and organ systems in order to produce rapid, long-term results.

Common Symptoms Relieved with AAT:

  • Digestive System: reflux, heartburn, abdominal and intestinal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting
  • Respiratory System: sneezing, congestion, runny nose, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughs, post nasal drip, skin conditions, rashes and itch watery eyes
  • Multiple Systems: headaches, irritability, hyperactivity, mood swings, tiredness, fatigue and inflammation
  • Skin: scaly, red, itchy skin, rashes, blisters with oozing and crusting, dry leathery skin areas, hives, plants, contactants and chemicals
  • Headaches & Migraines: chocolate and caffeine, airborne irritants such as pollens, chemicals including household cleaners, perfumes and vehicle fumes
  • Chemical and Occupational Sensitivities: household cleaners, chemicals, perfumes, detergents, latex, petrol and building materials such as pains, glues, carpets, woods and varnishes

By treating the organ systems related to a reaction to an offending substance, the symptoms stemming from those organ systems are directly affected. In most cases symptoms are reduced significantly within the first 1-3 treatments. AAT is non-invasive and does not require needles, herbal remedies or supplements.

Some examples of organ dysfunction includes:

  • Intestines: gas, bloating, pain, diarrhea
  • Lungs: cough, sneezing, congestion, wheezing
  • Stomach: cramping, bloating, nausea, heartburn
  • Heart: tachycardia, elevated blood pressure
  • Kidneys: fatigue, tiredness
  • Liver: stress, mood swings, irritability
  • Skin: red, itchy or scaly skin, rashes, hives

A Holistic Approach to Allergies & Sensitivities

AAT merges 21st century science with 3,000 year old traditional acupuncture and modern chiropractic principles in offering an effective alternative in the treatment of the symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. All holistic fields of medicine are aligned in their approach to treat the whole body. They share the understanding that health conditions may develop as a result of various forms of stress or other interference with proper function. Removing the stress or interference allows for optimal health. When the specific organ system is supported and stress is reduced in relation to a harmless substance, the whole body is conditioned to respond more appropriately.

AAT can offer rapid, long term results from the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities.

Understanding Allergies & Sensitivities

Allergies and sensitivities are caused by inappropriate reactions to harmless substances. A “true allergy” is a reaction triggered by the immune system while a sensitivity, which is more common, may or may not involve the immune system. The majority of patients who seek the AAT tratment do not have “true allergies”. Instead, their symptoms are likely to be caused by sensitivities. However, their symptoms can be the same, and both allergies and sensitivities respond well to the treatment wince AAT addresses the organ systems involved in the reactions.

Sensitivities AAT Can help Treat:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Environmental Agents
  • Animals
  • Latex
  • Soaps
  • Dust
  • Molds
  • Pollens
  • Grass
  • Chemicals
  • Metals
  • & many more

Information brought to you by Advanced Allergy Therapeutics

Are you or someone you know suffering from allergies or sensitivities? Give us a call to see if we can help in a natural way @ 410-717-6610.