Beat Sugar Cravings with NAET

January 17, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

Who doesn’t have food cravings?  We often think about cravings as a psychological phenomena.  An itch you can’t scratch.  But beating cravings isn’t as easy as practicing self-discipline, although that is an important aspect.  Food cravings can come from physiological issues as well as the mental/emotional pull. Desiring food as comfort can in itself be a symptom of food sensitivities or intolerance.  A food intolerance or sensitivity is an immune response to either immunoglobulin G (IgG) or immunoglobulin A (IgA).  Reactions to food could be delayed up to 48 hours after ingesting the food, which makes identifying the issue a challenge.  Regular stomach discomfort is caused by an inability to digest or metabolize a food completely.  Symptoms may include gas, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea. Oddly enough, having an intolerance to a food may make you crave that food. Having a mild immune reaction to foods may act like an endorphin (e.g., runner’s high) in … Continued

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7 Tips to Ease into Dietary Changes

December 14, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Eating healthy is a learned habit.  Making dietary changes for health reasons or weight loss can be more challenging than just beating cravings.  Grocery shopping changes.  Meals might go from microwave or eating out to cooking with fresh foods.  Which means more dishes to wash.  Adding breakfast into your morning may feel like yet another task.  So when I recommend dietary changes, I take into account the client’s current lifestyle.  Busy parents and people whose work involves traveling or overtime hours need gradual changes in order to be successful.  My cornerstone belief for healthy diet is to eat fresh, whole foods.  This may seem simplistic, but it goes against the current Standard American Diet.  Reasons I may recommend dietary changes include (but are not limited to): Celiac or gluten sensitivity, food sensitivities, candida (yeast overgrowth), weight concerns, and brain fog.Start with whole foods you already like.  Instead of thinking of … Continued

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Don’t Write Lectins Out of Your Diet… Yet

April 5, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Benefits of LectinsLectins are proteins that bind carbohydrates. By binding to carbohydrates during digestion, they reduce the glycemic effects of food. By stabilizing blood sugar, there may be benefits such as weight loss, sustained energy, improved focus, and reduced blood pressure. Many foods with lectins are nutrient dense foods such as beans, nuts, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. Plant lectins are thought to be a defense.  They protect plants against pathogens and insects similar to phytochemical in plants. For this reason, plant lectins offer anti-microbial properties and immunity support. Problem with Lectins One common lectin that poses issues is wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) lectin. This lectin is found in wheat as well as other cereal grains including the sprouted forms.  Like gluten, it may cause inflammation in the body, not only in the gastrointestinal system, but also may affect the endocrine, neurological and immune systems.A diet that has received press lately is the lectin free diet. This … Continued

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Stop Guessing at Weight Loss: Genetic Testing for Weight Loss

January 10, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Attempting to find the right diet and exercise program is confusing, especially when there are so many different opinions about the correct way: Paleo Diet, Ketogenic Diet, Mediterranean Diet…. which is right for you? Genetic testing looks at your unique chemistry and can provide a tailored diet and exercise program that eliminates the guess work involved in weight loss.The research behind genetic testing for lifestyle and wellness improvement has progressed dramatically. Specific genes can identify how the body processes carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and micro-nutrients as well as determine the effectiveness of different types of fitness. In addition, it is a guide to understanding how the body uses food and what foods work best for you. A 2010 Stanford University Study shows that women on genetically appropriate diets lose significantly more weight. People on genetically appropriate diets lose twice (2x) the number of waist inches compared to those who guess. Genetic testing to support Weight Loss includes … Continued

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Love Your Liver: 12 Tips for Detoxing

October 26, 2017 | Naturopathic Medicine

I love the colors of fall, the smells, the excitement as families come together.  As I meditated on the leaves falling from the trees, I thought about how autumn is a season of release.  What do I need to release?  Definitely stress, worry, and over-commitment of my time.  Easier said than done!  There are ways to soften the impact that especially chronic stress and worry have upon the body because sometimes life is hard.  Regular detoxification is important for your physical, mental and emotional health.The primary organ of detoxification is the liver.  The function of the liver is to filter blood.  In fact, 1/4 of total blood volume passes through the liver every minute.  It also stores glucose for energy, breaks down steroid hormones, produces/secretes bile (fat digestion), and plays a major role in Phase I and II detoxification.  Many medical practices around the world also believe that the liver is … Continued

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Get Back to Great: Beat Inflammation with the Paleo Diet

August 23, 2017 | Paleo Diet

Almost every chronic health issue is due to inflammation.  As a naturopathic doctor, it’s my job to find the root cause of this inflammation. Many people don’t even notice their inflammation responses because they don’t fully know what it feels like to not have inflammation.  I have been recommending the Paleo Diet for years because it removes inflammatory foods and increases the patient’s awareness of the foods that make them feel sluggish or ill. The cause of Inflammation from foods can have many sources. As an example, casein (milk protein) can cause a histamine response. Another example is wheat gluten. Wheat  gluten is hard to digest.  On top of that, wheat now has 40-50% more gluten in it than it did 50 years ago making it more difficult to digest and potentially causing leaky gut. 

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SWEAT SWEAT SWEAT! 6 Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas

August 11, 2017 | Infrared Sauna

Sweat.  Not cool. If I could avoid getting sweaty, I totally would.  I’ve never liked steam saunas.  I don’t understand the attraction to actually wanting to sweat.  My personal record was about five minutes, which was a major triumph of the will for me.  The infrared sauna is totally different.  I sweated more in that 30 minute session than I ever have before (including 101 degree temperatures during cross country season), and I found that I was really enjoying it!   Because the infrared sauna uses dry heat, it warms from the inside-out, instead of the other way around.  No suffocating, sticky blanket of sweat like in a steam sauna or when exercising.  Just soothing, dry heat.

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Creating a Personalized Supplement Program

March 21, 2017 | Uncategorized

Why take vitamins to supplement our diets? Isn’t it enough just to eat properly? We’d like to think so, but the unpleasant truth is that the nutritional value of our food supply has been seriously compromised. Reasons for this include:Use of pesticides, herbicides and GMO’sInferior diets fed to livestockFood processingNon-sustainable farming practices which over time depletes soil nutrientsCreating a well-rounded supplement program has become imperative to maintaining optimal health.  A high quality, broad spectrum multi-vitamin can go a long way in replacing vital nutrients which likely are not being obtained from your diet.Due to our current toxic load, it’s also a great idea to take an antioxidant.  Some of these can be obtained in a multi-vitamin such as vitamins C & E but there are many other types. For maximum effect, find a supplement which provides a combination of things. PhytoMulti, contains a broad spectrum of plant based antioxidants such as … Continued

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Healthy Digestive System = Healthy Immune System

November 5, 2015 |

Digestion is an important process in our overall health due to the absorption of nutrients which our cells, tissues and organs depend on to function fully. And if we do not have proper elimination of waste we could develop toxic build up in our intestines which can stress the immune system and create health problems.  The intestinal tract is the largest organ in the immune system. The stomach, small intestine and large intestine, liver, pancreas and gallbladder (with other accessory organs) all play a vital role in digestion. These organs function in both chemical and mechanical processes. Enzymes are utilized to break down and assimilate food and the muscles are used to churn food and to move it along our digestive tract. The term probiotic refers to the good bacteria that are similar to those normally found in the colon. 70% of our immune system comes from these beneficial bacteria. Probiotics … Continued

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Paleo Diet: Day 2

September 16, 2013 |

What is the Paleo Diet? You can read more about it on Dr. Cordain’s website: www.thepaleodiet.com but the basic premise is grass fed meats, seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and oils such as olive and coconut oil. So no dairy, legumes, or grains and no processed foods. I decided to do a 30 day Paleo Diet for 3 reasons: 1) I recommend this diet to some patients and see the benefits 2) I have a few minor health issues that will not resolve no matter what I do and wanted to see if the Paleo would help. 3) I am in a rut with cooking the same old recipes and this will force me to try new ones.

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