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It’s been two years since my graduation as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and I am due to renew my certification. I find myself procrastinating and I had to delve into my psyche to understand why I was delaying the renewal of an occupation I really enjoy.
You see, though I present a tough exterior (at least I like to pretend to), I have a bleeding heart. I struggle with acute empathy. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I worry about the world. About people. About doing the right thing, at all times. So it makes me vulnerable.
I’m vulnerable to harsh critics, unfounded or not, because I long for kindness and positiveness. When someone told me I wasn’t giving a good image as a nutritionist, because I have weight to lose, my heart bled. (more…)
Many sunscreens have harmful ingredients linked to SKIN cancer. Talk about irony. Do you know what’s in your sunscreen?
VITAMIN D AND THE SUN
It’s currently in vogue to let the rays on your skin and say, I’m getting my sunshine vitamin, aka, vitamin D. Though everyone refers to D as a vitamin, it’s actually a steroid hormone taken in by sun exposure, foods and supplementation. We have vitamin D receptors in ALL of our body cells, so it’s essential, wouldn’t you say?
I care about what foods I eat: organic, properly grown, local and especially glyphosate and pesticide free. Why am I not as diligent for my skin?
In a way, since my skin is so sensitive, I had to find products that would not make me break out. When I found one, I stayed with it, more from fear of reacting than a true loyalty. I was introduced to Beauty Counter about two years ago, and slowly, I learned about the cosmetic industry and all the chemicals they use – and don’t have to declare on labels. (more…)
Insulin Resistance, what is it, who has it, and is it bad?
In my Nutritional Therapy Practitioner training, one of the big ideas on blood sugar regulation read as such: Never before in the history of mankind have we had an emergency need to lower blood sugar. The CDC released a new report last July, announcing there are more than 100 million people living with diabetes or pre-diabetes in the United State alone. (more…)
Have you ever felt bloated after a meal, even if it was “healthy”? Bloating feels uncomfortable and sometimes, even painful. What brings it on?
#1: EATING ON THE GO
Good digestion begins in the brain. Not in the mouth or the stomach but with the thought of eating food. The sight and smell of food triggers the salivary glands to produce an amylase to help break down food, especially carbohydrates.When you eat quickly, in the car, on the go, you don’t allow your nervous system to settle into rest and digest mode.
Solution? Take a moment to eat. Sit down, take a deep breath, be grateful for your meal. Chew each bite. Don’t eat in the car. Don’t eat at your desk. Find a calm spot (park, outside cafe) to eat. No TV, no emails, no Facebook.
It doesn’t have to take one hour to eat your meal, but at least, take the time to stop the rat race for several minutes. This will allow your digestive system to set the wheels for good digestion.
#2. EATING TOO FAST
I know I mentioned it earlier, but CHEW YOUR FOOD. The act of mastication allows food to reach your stomach already broken down and it makes its job much easier.
If you don’t chew your food properly (count at least 20 chews per mouthful), your salivary amylase is not properly mixed in and it can cause problems later in the digestion process. Carbs particularly benefit from salivary amylase; if not chewed properly, carbs can ferment in the stomach and cause discomfort.
#3. STOMACH ACID IS TOO LOW
Low stomach acid is a common ailment in the US and it’s exacerbated by clever TV ads convincing you you have too much stomach acid and that’s why you have reflux. So people pop in Tums and Prilosec and Nexium.
In reality, most people suffer from low stomach acid. Age, a diet rich in processed foods, smoking and alcohol contribute long term to low stomach acid.
When the food you just chewed goes down, the stomach continues the breakdown of food by churning and releasing a number of chemicals. In its lining, the stomach has tiny gastric glands that release Pepsinogen and Hydrochloric Acid, which help in the breakdown of protein.
If your stomach acid is low, proteins do not get digested properly. And if the Ph of your stomach is not acidic enough, it doesn’t release the food right way in the small intestine. Food stays in the stomach longer than it should and proteins rot, carbs ferment and fats rancidify.
Then bloating happens.
#4. YOU EAT TOO OFTEN
Several health experts out there still promote to eat 6 meals a day. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, evening snack, that’s a lot of eating, and that’s a lot of work for your digestive system.
When food keeps coming in, your stomach can struggle to process it all, especially if your stomach acid is low.
To be satiated throughout the day, to be clear headed and energetic, add good fats to your diet and lower your carbs. For example breakfast can be eggs, butter, and bacon. Fats are satiating and you’ll find skipping snacks quite easy.
#5. YOU DON’T EAT A WIDE VARIETY OF FOODS
I’ve read somewhere that Americans eat about 10 different foods weekly. Chicken, beef, pork, pasta, rice, broccoli, carrots, onions, garlic, cheese.
Does that sum up your week?
If you limit your food variety, you limit your vitamin and mineral variety. Add different vegetables each week, go outside your own spectrum, try probiotic foods while you’re at it.
Pro…what? Probiotic foods are great for the gut and digestion in general. Like kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, fermented pickles. These foods, and also leafy green vegetables, will feed your gut bacteria that live in the large intestine.
The large intestine, and part of the colon, is well known for where poop happens. But did you know that’s also where lost nutrients are recycled into vitamins? With the help of our gut bacteria, that’s where vitamins K, B1, B2, and B12 are produced.
So get wild and dare to try new foods. Who knows, you might even like it.
ARE SUPPLEMENTS HELPFUL?
Short answer? Yes. Long answer? As we grow older and abuse our bodies along the way, supplementing can give us a healthful boost in the right direction.
In the course of my work as a NTP (nutritional therapy practitioner), I find most people need help with digestion. Here are 5 supplements most helpful with digestion:
1. Betaine Plus HP (Biotics Research)
2. Beta TCP (Biotics Research)
3. Bromelain Plus CLA (Biotics Research)
4. Atrantil (Atrantil)
5. Hydro-Zyme (Biotics Research)
4 OPEN SPOTS FOR DIGESTION EVALUATION
If you’re interested in seeing me for a digestion evaluation, I have 4 open spots available. Upon answering two questionnaires and bringing in a 3-Day Food Journal, clients will receive a 30-minute consultation, a 15-minute functional evaluation and a short Nutritional Report, all on digestion, for a discounted price of $40.00.
Only 4 spots are available! Contact me soon if you’re interested.
Yours in Health,
I’m often asked, where you do you buy this food? I am a member of Thrive Market and I save a lot of money, buying healthy brands.
Thrive Market offers something for anyone who wants to eat healthier and live well, without breaking the bank. It’s a membership based business, like Costco or Sam’s, but it’s also a healthy online store like Whole Foods. It’s like Whole Foods and Costco had an online baby and out came Thrive Market. read more…
Detoxification programs abound and might even sound tempting when the beach vacation looms ahead or the high school reunion is up next month. Detoxification is a word brandished so much that we lost sight of what it really means. read more…
I met Mr. Mac McGee at the Palmetto Farmers Market in Williamston, near West Pelzer, a little town between South Pleasantburg Dr (the 25) and Interstate 85, toward Anderson. We discussed the benefits of grassfed beef versus conventional, how to cook grassfed beef and by mutual understanding, we agreed on my visiting his farm in the near future. read more…
Research indicates mental wellness depends on the nutrients we have in our bodies to produce good brain chemistry. To feel optimal, we require five neurotransmitters: GABA, serotonin, norepinephrine, endorphin and dopamine. read more…
This week I had the privilege to meet with a young man who is a true steward of the land. His name is William Metts and he took a courageous leap of faith; he quit his job and started to farm his family land full time.
Farming is a fickle business. The hours are long, the income uncertain and the crops are at the mercy of the weather. Ask all the farmers who lost crops to the floods last year. Remember the pouring rain of last October? read more…