THE IMPORTANCE OF VITAMIN D
Studies have shown that nearly 85% of US citizens are deficient in Vitamin D. Why is this so important? It's a well known fact that the body needs adequate amounts of Vitamin D in order to absorb calcium and phosphorus - two essential minerals that keep your bones strong.
What you may not know is that maintaining healthy levels of Vitamin D may also prevent you from getting the flu.
VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY - WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
By now, in the peak of flu season, most of us have heard multiple horror stories of people dying from the flu. It's also probably safe to say that even if you haven't caught the flu this year, you probably know someone who has. Most people think to take Vitamin C when they want to prevent getting ill - which is great - but Vitamin D should not be overlooked!
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to numerous problems, such as:
THE PROBLEM WITH OVER THE COUNTER SUPPLEMENTS
To ensure you are getting a healthy amount of Vitamin D, you may increase your intake of foods that are rich in this essential vitamin such as fish, eggs and mushrooms. However, for most people, it's important to also take a supplement of Vitamin D.
There are plenty of issues with most over the counter supplements that you find at your grocery store or supermarket. These supplements often contain harmful fillers, binders and added ingredients such as soy, gluten, artificial coloring, hydrogenated oils, talc, and even lead. Not to mention, the absorption rate in some of these store bought vitamins is often so low that there is no point to even taking them at all.
SO - WHAT'S THE ANSWER?
Purchase supplements from a RELIABLE source. All of our supplements, including Vitamin D come from a facility that is FDA regulated. They have NO harmful fillers or ingredients and have a high absorption rate.
You don't have to be a member with us in order to purchase supplements - anyone can place an order with us!
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Facts about Obesity
More than one-third of American adults are obese. Why is this such an issue? Illnesses linked to obesity are some of the most common causes of death across the world. Not only is it often one of the causes of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, strokes, Diabetes, and heart disease, but it also complicates these conditions even more.
How Obesity Can Affect the Heart
As obesity can often lead to high blood pressure, it's important to understand that high blood pressure can ultimately also lead to a stroke or full blown heart disease. Heart disease can affect your heart's ability to pump blood, which can lead to heart attacks and sudden death. Additionally, carrying an excess amount of weight can cause a strain on your heart to have to work much harder than it should have to.
How To Lower Your Risk for Obesity-Related Illnesses
To avoid obesity related illnesses, you should aim to get your BMI in a healthy range (18.5-24.9). HOWEVER - this doesn't mean jumping on the newest diet trend or starving yourself. A common mistake that people make to lose weight is to under eat and over exercise - and often times, people use processed, unhealthy foods in their journey to lose weight. While this may result in short-term weight loss, it ultimately puts you at risk for many other complications, which is very counter productive if you're looking to lose weight for health reasons.
So, What is the Answer?
We encourage you to embrace a healthy lifestyle from the inside out. In order to do this, you must first be educated on what foods your body will thrive off of. Unfortunately, there is so much conflicting information out there of what's good for you vs. what's not good for you. We've created a short video for you of 4 common weight loss myths in order to make it a bit easier to understand.
5 Heart Healthy Foods to Enjoy
Now that you have a basic understanding of obesity risks, and why simply losing weight by whatever means necessary is not always the answer, we're listing 5 delicious heart healthy foods for you. We challenge you to incorporate more of these foods into your diet!
1.) Avocados: excellent source of monounsaturated fats, and help lower LDL levels
2.) Salmon: rich in omega-3 fatty acids and aids in reducing blood pressure
3.) Walnuts: high in antioxidants and can reduce cholesterol and inflammation
4.) Blueberries: also high in antioxidants and can reduce cholesterol
5.) Cauliflower: has anti-inflammatory properties that lower the risk of heart disease and cancer
So often, we hear stories from our patients that tell us they have tried everything to lose weight to no avail. Or, they have lost weight in the past but have gained it all back plus more. What causes this vicious cycle, often called "yo-yo dieting"?
If you are looking for more information on natural, sustainable weight loss with NO starving, NO pills, and NO packaged foods, then you may be interested in attending one of our upcoming FREE seminars all about our approach to weight loss. You'll learn the reasons of why you may not be losing weight, why you can't keep the weight off, and how our approach has helped thousands of people lose the weight and keep it off naturally.
Click here for a list of our upcoming seminars, or call our office today at 760-777-4177 for more information.
Mark is one of our weight loss patients who is seeing amazing results so far! Watch the video testimonial below:
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What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a condition that causes dysfunction of the peripheral nerves. It is one of the most common degenerative diseases that we see in the United States.
Common symptoms of Neuropathy include:
What causes Neuropathy?
Neuropathy can be caused by a number of things, and in some cases, the true underlying cause is not able to even be identified. It is commonly caused by autoimmune conditions, alcoholism and poor diet, certain medications, and vitamin deficiencies.
But the most COMMON cause of Neuropathy is Diabetes. Why? As Diabetes and high blood sugar typically go hand in hand, damage is eventually caused to the nerves, resulting in peripheral Neuropathy. Additionally, Diabetes can cause damage to the kidneys. Kidney disease also can contribute to damaged nerves due to increased toxins within the blood.
By addressing the body as a whole, we restore nerve function by healing from the inside out without the use of medications, injections or surgeries.
We offer a scientific, 5-step approach that HEALS the nerves and REVERSES your symptoms by:
1.) Increasing blood supply to your nerves.
2.) Repairing and re-educating your nerves.
3.) Increasing the blood flow in your feet or hands.
4.) Increasing your balance and mobility.
5.) Nutritional and lifestyle education.
What Our Patients Have to Say:
Perhaps you have Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes, or Neuropathy that may or may not have been caused by Diabetes. Maybe you have been prescribed medications and have been told by doctors that this is just something you'll have to live with.
If you are looking for a more holistic approach to your chronic conditions, you have come to the right place.
To attend one of our free informational seminars on Neuropathy or Diabetes, click here for a list of our upcoming events, or call our office at 760-777-4177.
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What is Magnesium?
Magnesium is an element that plays a vital role in over 300 of the body's enzymes that are essential for a healthy immune system, and the production of energy and protein.
Healthy levels of magnesium are crucial for the body. However, so many of us are deficient in this element. Before we dive into the amazing health benefits of magnesium, let's first discuss the symptoms of being deficient in it.
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
About 80% of people have a low level of magnesium deficiency. So, what does that look like? Some of the common symptoms are:
5 Health Benefits of Magnesium
A healthy intake of magnesium is not only essential for our bodies, but it also can come with many health benefits! Here are just five of many:
5 Foods Rich in Magnesium
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What is Manuka honey?
You may be wondering what the difference is between Manuka honey and other honeys on the market. With many natural healing benefits and an outstanding nutritional profile, Manuka honey is a truly unique and remarkable honey produced in New Zealand.
Each genuine Manuka honey contains a UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) Rating. This helps distinguish the level of antibacterial activity in the product. To collect the full benefits of this superfood, it'll be important to understand how to choose not only the right UMF rating per your needs, but also a genuine brand.
Think of it like picking out an essential oil brand. Many essential oil brands are not worth the purchase because they may be filled with toxic ingredients, or are watered down. (To learn more, click here to watch our video on this topic, plus learn the oils we recommend for stress relief.)
Some regular honeys on the market might contain harmful ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, so make sure that the Manuka honey you choose has a clear UMF rating on the front or top of the package, and is clearly marked that it is from New Zealand.
We've broken it down the UMF ratings for you to easily understand:
Now... Onto Five Benefits!
1.) Combats sore throats, immunity, & allergies
Manuka honey contains healing antibacterial properties that can both prevent and treat the common cold! Studies have also shown that this unique product contains substances that stimulate the production of cytokine, which aids in combatting pathogens and certain diseases.
Our recommendation? To help prevent the common cold as well as combat a sore throat or other cold symptoms, take one tablespoon of Manuka honey and mix with some fresh lemon water! You can even take a spoonful by itself as well.
2.) Helps with low stomach acid issues & IBS
As these two disorders relate to an imbalance in bacteria, Manuka honey's antibiotic properties are naturally beneficial to both. It also has been proven to reduce acid reflex and balance the digestive system!
3.) Improves acne and eczema
Manuka honey has helped others treat their eczema by reducing inflammation and moisturizing the affected area, both which promote healing.
In addition, it can help to balance the skin's PH levels. Combined with it's anti-inflammatory nature, it has also been known to reduce acne.
Our recommendation: Apply the honey to the affected area and let sit for a few minutes. Gently wash off with soap and water.
4.) Manuka honey can reduce hair loss
Honey locks in moisture and reduces breakage. Due to Manuka honey's richness in various antioxidants, it also combats hair loss by preventing damage to the scalp. You can use it by mixing in your shampoo or applying directly as a hair mask!
5.) It is an excellent natural source of:
If you're allergic to bees, you may want to skip on the Manuka honey or proceed with caution to avoid an allergic reaction.
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Whether you're looking to implement a natural, at home remedy to prevent illness, lose weight or treat certain ailments, learn why including Apple Cider Vinegar in your daily routine could benefit you tremendously!
1.) BOOSTS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
It's flu season! We're all about proactively taking the right steps to prevent illnesses before they arise. BUT - you're not completely out of luck if the common cold has caught you before you remembered to take any preventative measures! Apple cider vinegar does a tremendous job fighting off cold symptoms by thinning mucus in the body and balancing your PH levels.
2.) EASES DIGESTION & RELIEVES CONSTIPATION
If you've got stomach troubles, ACV is going to be your new best friend! It's so important that our digestive system works properly for various reasons - one of which includes nutrient absorption! If your stomach acid if low like 90% of the American population, this could be your cause for heartburn, improper digestion, and could negatively affect your body's ability to absorb the nutrients it desperately needs! This is where ACV comes into play, as it aids in increasing the stomach acid in your body.
PSST... BONUS BENEFIT! Add some cinnamon to the mixture to reduce flatulence.
3.) COMBATS HIGH CHOLESTEROL
If you have high cholesterol, you are probably aware of the devastating potential risks such as heart disease or stroke. Studies have shown that ACV can keep your cholesterol levels low, easing the strain off of your heart.
PLUS - it can naturally lower your blood sugar practically overnight.
4.) REDUCES INFLAMMATION
What causes inflammation? It could be a number of things, some of which include stress, lack of sleep, or a poor diet made up of mostly processed foods, refined carbohydrates and sugars. ACV has been shown to reduce inflammation and swelling in the body naturally. However - always remember that for maximum benefits, ACV should also be paired with a healthy diet and lifestyle!
We know that after reading this, some of you may be so excited to try ACV that you may be tempted to go to your cupboard and drink it straight out of the bottle. However, doing so could cause some negative side effects such as burning the throat, skin, and even decreasing your potassium levels. Be sure to DILUTE ACV in water (we typically suggest 1 tbsp ACV in 8 oz water). As always, use it in moderation as well and understand that the benefits work best when combines with a healthy, nutritious diet and lifestyle.
If you're looking for even more specific benefits in terms of weight loss, heartburn, a sore throat, acne or eczema, you might want to try out one of these concoctions!
1 TBSP ACV WITH 1 CUP WATER & 1 TBSP LEMON
Enjoy this mixture to improve weight loss and speed up your metabolism!
1 TBSP ACV WITH 1 CUP WATER & 1 TBSP RAW HONEY
If you want to ease the symptoms of heartburn, a cough or sore throat - this one's for you!
To reduce acne, use ACV as a toner by diluting a small amount into some water, and applying to the skin with a cotton pad!
To diminish Eczema - mix ACV and water (equal parts) in a bowl, and apply to the skin with a cotton pad and let dry!
REMEMBER: When drinking ACV, ALWAYS remember to dilute it in water, because taking it straight can cause negative side effects.
ACV has AMAZING various health benefits, but should always be combined with a healthy diet. Here in our office, we coach our wellness members to embrace unprocessed, whole foods such as organic meats, fruits, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds.
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