New blog post is up! If you are trying to conceive & are wondering about whether or not taking a prenatal vitamin is worth it, check out my latest blog where I dish the details. 🍃 And if you are someone who is not trying to get pregnant, well there’s lots of info in the blog about whether or not just taking a regular old multivitamin is actually helpful for your health or just ‘expensive pee.’ 😁 Link in my bio!
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Supplements...do we need them? Or is healthy food enough?
Now, do we “need” supplements? Well, no. Someone happy with their level of health and not concerned about how they could live and feel better does not “need” supplements.
I guess the better question is, are supplements necessary and beneficial for optimal health, feeling your best, performing at your best and living your longest life? YES.
WHY? Well this brings us to our second question...is food enough? The answer is for most people NO.
For a whole host of reasons, soil quality ain’t what it used to be. Which means the food coming from the soil isn’t as nutritious as it used to be. Not only does the food not contain as many nutrients as it used to, due to increasing environmental toxins and diets high in processed and fast food, digestive issues are running rampant in the population. This means our ability to absorb the already lessened nutrient content of food is diminished.
If we’re honest with ourselves and face reality, the majority of people are going to struggle to fit in the 7-9 servings of fruit and veg per day. They’re going to struggle to include enough variety to cover all their bases. They’re going to struggle to consume high omega-3 fish 3-4x a week for sufficient omega 3 levels...and that’s OK.
It’s a busy world we live in and food is available everywhere we look, it’s so easy to just opt for what’s convenient...but it does highlight why supplements are useful and why they are needed, especially if you’re suffering from ill health from a deficiency of toxicity in your body.
Supplements are there to help us, to plug the holes and to round out our diet and give us the nutrients our body needs to operate effectively.
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Salmon stuffed avocado 🥑 I’ve been looking forward to this. I just love avo and I know about half the planet agrees with that statement (otherwise there wouldn’t be merchandise sold with nothing but an 🥑 on it) 🤷🏼♀️... today I went out to eat for the first time and as annoying as I was requesting a super specific order, I was able to stay on The Myers Way 🙌🏼 small win over here. Today is day 17. Honestly- I’m still having a lot of pain. I don’t think this diet will help my pain like I did before. But I am curious to see where I am at on day 31. I’m still experiencing cravings for sugar and foods like peanut butter, Mexican food, burgers, and ice cream. I love food so I don’t know if these cravings will ever go away. Especially since I’ve come to believe I eat as a source of comfort... boyfriend breaks up with me? Netflix with some chips and salsa. Getting surgery? Netflix with some granola, yogurt, and a TON of peanut butter. Same thing, different meal haha. Life has been testing me lately so I find myself wanting to Netflix and chill with a bean and cheese burrito and some Ben and Jerry’s 🍦 I’ve got a long way to go. But following this plan has kind of become just one part of a detox within my entire being. Physical, mental, emotional. So I’m sticking with it. But I don’t know if I’ll be COMPLETELY sugar-free for life. Is that even sustainable? No way! The only way I would do that is if it truly does help my pain go away! So we shall see. Rant over. If you made it this far, you the real mvp. ✌🏼 🤙🏼
At the end of my life, whenever that time will come, I want all those I ❤️ and all those I come into contact with to fully understand this. Our lives, I believe, are meant to create an impact, an impression on our fellow human beings... to be the best versions of ourselves & to help others to do the same . I find joy in seeing a spark in someone’s eye - I agree with Dr Wayne Dyer .. “ I want to feel good. I want to feel God” - is there really any other purpose in life? #celspeaks
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Actualmente se ha investigado mucho sobre las causas del SII( síndrome de intestino irritable) teniendo entre ellas a:
❇️ Sensibilidad a alimentos: en este caso lo que debemos hacer es una dieta de eliminación. En la cual redescrubrimos los alimentos y la reacciones en nuestro organismo, con la finalidad de posteriormente reintroducir los alimentos que nos hacían daño.siempre guiada por tú médico.
❇️SIBO (sobrecrecimiento bacteriano en el intestino delgado):al existir un sobrecrecimiento bacteriano de aquellas bacterias "malas" para el organismo, estás migran hacia el intestino delgado(el cual es estéril), ocasionando la fermentación de los alimentos de esa porción, produciendo síntomas como indigestión, llenura, gases, eructos, diarrea y/o estreñimiento, entre otros( síntomas similares en todas las causas, pero de diferente origen). Dentro de las causas tenemos al uso repetido de antibióticos💊, pH gástrico elevado, alto consumo de azúcares🍰🍮🍬, estrés, consumo de alcohol🍻, etc. Para su tratamiento es necesario la corrección de las causas.
❇️ Infecciones intestinales, permeabilidad intestinal, insuficiencias digestivas, influencias hormonales.sobre el tracto gastrointestinal; debiendo tratar cada una de estas causas, complementando con una dieta de FOODMAP indicada según tú caso por tú médico. Tratando no sólo una o dos causas, una que así, la disfunción continuará. Por ellos la importancia de no dejar cabos sueltos y volver poco a poco a reconstituir la salud intestinal.
☯️Cada ser humano es un ente irrepetible, al igual que el orígen de sus patologías, por.ello asesórate bien y sigue adecuadamente las indicaciones de tu médico.
#sii#sibo#sensibilidadalimentaria#infeccionesintedtinales#permeabilidad intestinal #hipocloridria#nutriciónfuncional#medicinafuncional#functionalmedicine#concienciamedica#concienciasaludable#comidasaludables#medicinaintegrativa#terapiasalternativas#medicinanatural#medicinafuncionalintegrativa
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Got a question? You can drop in but maybe it would be easier to call or send us an email.
Simple, simple, simple.
That is the aim of the game, do not make it harder then it needs to be. -
Your body is a machine that is designed to run a certain way when given the proper things (macros and micronutrients).
Doing a keto, fasting, high carb on Sunday diet is not going to get you what you want. -
Consistently eating high quality foods combined with foods that you enjoy to ensure consistency, adherence, variety and sustainability will get you what you want.
There is no quick fix.
🏆Pain can certainly leave you with a poor quality of life and people face a lot of challenges trying to avoid opioids, CNS depressants or being out right high all day on cannabinoids. (Say what you will about non high Cbd formulas they still make by brain feel slower.) _______________________________________________________⚠️If you have been following my page you know I’m critical of many pharmaceuticals. Drugs should always be used with caution. 🗣. _____________________________________________________ 🏅I want to talk about Low Dose Naltrexone because even though it’s been around since the 1980’s it’s making big waves in the natural health community. In the circles I travel in, it does seem like pain and autoimmunity is on the rise. _______________________________________________________✍️So in this case low means really low. If you ask your doctor to prescribe this don’t be surprised if they write a script for 50mg which is way too much. Low dose starts at 1.5mg and maxes at around 4.5mg and typically needs to be compounded specially. ______________________________________________________ 🧠This drug works by binding to opioid receptors and basically antagonizing them. This creates a chain reaction where the body makes more opioid receptors, increases sensitivity to those receptors to capture something called “opioid growth factor” which the body thinks is in shortage due to the blocking of its receptors. The result means more feel good endorphins which in turn can modulate pain and go on to soothe inappropriate immune flares. The cool part is you are not introducing an opioid drug, but effecting the endogenous opioid system. _______________________________________________________ 🙏🏻“Low-dose naltrexone (LDN) has been demonstrated to reduce symptom severity in conditions such as fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and complex regional pain syndrome. ... LDN may represent one of the first glial cell modulators to be used for the management of chronic pain disorders”____________________________________________
We start the 28th! Who’s ready?🙋♀️
❤30 DAYS OF SELF-CARE
Fitting self-care into our daily routine is a struggle for so many of us, but it truly is the basis for our happiness. Making it a priority allows us to be the best version of ourselves - to feel balanced, be present in the moment and truly enjoy life, but it also helps us to remain strong to handle those inevitable bumps in the road. Starting Jan 28th, I’ll post an idea each day based on the five areas of holistic wellness, highlighting oils and products that are included in the basic kits that most people get started with. My hope is that you will find some favorites to add into your daily routines - to be inspired to fuel your body, find balance, nourish your soul, get active and ditch the chemicals🙌.
Enhance your self care reboot by adding on one of these options:👇
💜LIFELONG VITALITY PACK - Take your self care to another level. These high-quality, whole-food based supplements are your foundation for overall wellness; designed to compliment a healthy diet and fill-in any gaps in your nutrition.
💚CLEANSE & RESTORE KIT - You eat pretty healthy, exercise, but still experience one or more of the following - low energy/afternoon crash, not sleeping well, prone to getting sick, digestive issues, not-so glowing skin or hit a plateau in weight loss? These can all be signs that your filtering organs are overloaded and your body is working harder than it should to rid itself of toxins. This cleanse will help flush out impurities and boost the body’s natural detoxing system.
For more info and to order your supplies, click the link in my bio or message me with questions!
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Sorry for the swear word, but for those of us that have had or still have anxiety, it’s probably putting it nicely.
Anxiety is a silent and debilitating condition that puts us in a constant state of negative thinking and fear - stopping us from truly living.
People can misunderstand it for other things such as - being unreliable, cancelling plans short notice, not responding to texts or phone calls, never wanting to do anything, over exaggerating... Often those with anxiety only leave the house when they are feeling ok.
They don’t leave the house on the days that the thought of seeing someone and having to have a conversation after little to no sleep is too much to handle.
So don’t just assume they are making it up if they do actually reach out to you... Maybe if they don’t make eye contact with you when they do leave the house, it’s nothing personal and it’s not rude, it’s just too much to handle at the time.
People all around us are fighting daily battles behind closed doors that we know nothing about.
Always be kind 💕
And, if anxiety does effect you and you would like to know how I can help, please feel free to reach out - Megan 🌸 -
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This painful cracking at the corners of your lips is called cheilosis (or sometimes: angular stomatitis, perleche, angular or commissural cheilitis).
💬What’s worth noting?
Cheilosis is a #symptom (aka: message from your body) to let you know that you’re experiencing nutrient imbalance + you’re in need of some liver loving.🙌🏼
Cheilosis can be a clinical sign of severe B-vitamin deficiency (B1, B2, B3, B6 or B12; 2,4) and/or #irondeficiency (1-4).
However, since one deficiency will often occur concurrently with others, it’s worthwhile working with your fave #functionalmedicine#naturopathicmedicine or #nutritionalmedicine practitioner to identify + address all deficiencies at the same time. And, also to investigate...“why?”
Is it because you:
〰️ simply aren’t eating specific nutrient containing foods?
〰️ have an increased need (e.g. pregnancy, etc)?
〰️ aren’t absorbing it due to gut distress?
〰️ have an overburdened liver?
You see, your liver performs many functions, one of them being...
👉🏼 Vitamin + mineral storage.
However, this nutrient reservoir service IS impacted if you’re dealing with digestive stress (like: intestinal inflammation from chronic strep, viruses, pathogens & their toxic byproducts / waste) as well as inadequate hydrochloric acid (this allows foods not properly broken down to pass into the intestines where it feeds + strengthens the strep/viruses/pathogens) or if you’re liver is overburdened by it’s other functions (e.g. disarming + detaining harmful substances, screening + filtering the blood, processing fat etc) due to heavy metals, high-fat / high-protein diets or a high toxin lifestyle(5).
💬What can you do?
If you have cuts in the corners of your mouth that nahhh amount of lip balm will cure, then it’s worthwhile:
〰️drinking 500mL celery juice on an empty tummy, daily.
〰️removing problematic foods (see snap)
〰️introducing heavy metal smoothie (see Anthony’s blog)
〰️reading + completing Liver Rescue 3:6:9
〰️working with a qualified practitioner for pathology testing + proper supplementation guidance.👌🏼
🙌THIS is exciting.
I cleaned and staged my bathroom counter just to take a pretty photo of it because it's so exciting.
This 📣 SAFER MENS LINE was released just over a week ago!
The past 2 Christmas' Beautycounter released a holiday sampler/travel pack of Counterman products and it's finally a permanent part of the skincare lineup with 8 new products!
What's pictured is a mix of what was in 2018's holiday set and the full size charcoal body wash and BEARD OIL (👈 smells heavenly with vetiver and bergamot essential oils for a woodsy scent, reminiscent of the Sequoia tree) that I scooped up for Mark.
Guys (literally) - this line is SO GOOD. It is formulated specifically for men who have thicker and oilier skin than us ladies. 👊No harmful or potentially harmful ingredients that can impact male hormones and fertility either.
You can buy everything individually or choose from several regimens! Hellooooo Valentine's gifts!!!♥️♥️♥️ Right now, you get a free gift with a regimen purchase PLUS more... Check my stories for details! Or just head right to the link in my bio to shop.👍
A healthy #diet can keep one looking younger by preventing oxidative damage and reducing inflammation. But which foods do this best?
Research shows that foods filled with phytochemicals—like flashy fruits and veggies—can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress on the human #body. This means foods containing phytochemicals can prevent cell and tissue damage, both of which contribute to the aging process.
Researchers believe that a diet high in magnesium plays an important role in slowing the aging process. The good news is that almonds are packed with magnesium, which most adults don’t get enough of in their diets. If you’re not a fan of almonds, you can also get magnesium by eating peanuts and cashews. And if you just can’t stand nuts, spinach also contains magnesium.
Tomatoes make a great addition to just about any dish—from garden salads to roast beef sandwiches and pasta sauces. But they’re also really healthy for you, containing an impressive supply of phytochemicals and antioxidants that help fight aging.
From the cellular level and beyond, inflammation plays an important part in the aging process. The key is to find foods that can prevent inflammation. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation. This is why you should get as much flaxseed—which is very high in omega-3s—as you can into your diet.
Like the blueberries found higher on this list, spinach is rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, both of which help reduce inflammation and cellular damage. Spinach is also high in fiber, meaning it can assist in the digestive process and keep us feeling younger.
Answering 2 questions about #restorativekitchenbook! 👉🏻
Several of you have wondered whether or not the recipes in my book are kid-friendly. YES! As a mother of three girls, many of the recipes I’ve developed over the years have served to replace common foods and meals that other families are probably eating- tacos, pizza, ice cream, chicken tenders, bread, spaghetti, etc. For the most part the book is filled with simple, down to earth foods. Hello, busy mom here! Although there are some fancier, more sophisticated dishes for special occasions. But I will say this- my girls have eaten and loved every single recipe that made it into the book ❤️
Another question I have been asked is what diet “philosophy” does the book fall under. Based on my training in functional medicine over the years, almost all individuals need a period of time for gut repair. This is when inflammatory trigger foods are eliminated from the diet and oftentimes specific supplement protocols are given to heal and seal the gut lining. This period of time varies depending on what the individual is dealing with. So, the book is an elimination diet for the purpose of gut-healing. Another term for it would be an autoimmune protocol, because autoimmunity has roots in the gut. Of course you don’t need to suffer from an autoimmune condition to abide by this plan (although it is WAY more common than you think!)- it is for anyone seeking to repair a leaky gut, restore nutrient deficiencies, decipher food sensitivities, calm brain-based symptoms, cultivate wellness, etc. That being said, I have a deep love for the @westonaprice foundation and the work of my friend Sally Fallon Morell in her numerous books. So, I have sought to look at what functional medicine deems the “elimination” diet through the lens of traditional wisdom. So, for my WAPF friends, this book is also for you! Keep an eye out for Sally’s thoughts on my book coming soon ❤️
I shared a little bit about our family’s weekly pizza night in my stories over the weekend and I am just now getting a chance to post a photo. I’m telling you, eating wholesome, real, non-inflammatory food is simple and delicious and kid-friendly.
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One study found that 10 out of 11 apparently healthy
women were magnesium-deficient based on the oral
magnesium load test.
Because serum magnesium does not reflect intracellular magnesium, the latter making up more than 99% of total body magnesium, most cases of magnesium deficiency are undiagnosed.
DiNicolantonio JJ, O'Keefe JH, Wilson W. Subclinical magnesium deficiency: a principal driver of cardiovascular disease and a public health crisis. Open Heart. 2018;5(1):e000668. Published 2018 Jan 13. doi:10.1136/openhrt-2017-000668
A naturopathic consultation includes a thorough health assessment to:
• Identify factors that may increase you R I S K of nutrient deficiencies
• Identify S Y M P T O M S of nutrient deficiencies
• Decide if further T E S T I N G is warranted
• Develop a T R E A T M E N T plan to reduce risk
• Provide P R E S C R I P T I V E advice to correct deficiencies
Do not self-diagnose or prescribe. Always seek professional advice from a qualified practitioner.
Okay, warning you right off the bat that this post might be borderline “overthinking it” for some people, but to me it is one of the many wellness layers we can address fairly easily to reduce our daily body-burden, which means more space to heal. Every little bit helps! For those who are highly sensitive or immunocompromised this one is even more important.
First, I have a strict “No Shoe Policy” in my house, no matter what time of year it is. An obvious reason for this is not having to clean the floor constantly, but way more important to me is the health impact. Though I have spent most of my life as a self-proclaimed germophobe I have come around to appreciating the "hygiene hypothesis” & realizing how much we actually benefit from exposure to “bugs,” but that’s totally different than most of the stuff we track into our homes…things that are harmful to our health like pesticides, petroleum, all sorts of bodily fluids & the diseases they carry (ever use public bathrooms, go to a doctor’s office/hospital, or see someone hock a loogie on the sidewalk? Yeah…), animal feces, fleas & ticks (also disease carrying), pollens/allergens…you get the picture! We certainly don’t have diamonds on the soles of our shoes, & eating some dirt on your veggies is a whole other experience than shuffling some glyphosate or Hep C in for your child to crawl through. If you need warmth or support for your feet inside it’s SOOOO worth having “indoor shoes” or a pair of slippers by your door.
I have a similar policy when it comes to outside clothes & our beds/bedrooms. When we are in for the rest of the day, or want to take a rest, we change into comfy clothes or pajamas. Our clothes are like sponges, picking up all sorts of particles that we come in contact with. Again, this includes both toxins & allergens. I also rinse my hair each evening so all that stuff isn’t on my pillow/in my face all night long (I know, ladies who spend lots of time on their hair are freaking out right now over the idea)! We do our best in other areas of the house, but mostly focus on keeping our bedrooms sacred. I feel that is the most important...
🇨🇦Canada's 2019 Food Guide is Now Available.
It's a huge upgrade than the previous food guide, and provides guidelines and considerations on healthy eating. The guidelines are based on the best available scientific evidence. They promote healthy eating and overall nutritional well-being, and support improvements to the Canadian food environment.
What do I appreciate most about this guide? I have some reservations, but I'm glad they finally removed 🐄🐮🥛🧀 dairy, with an exception to yogurt.
Keep in mind that these guidelines are for the general public. If you have a medical condition, it would be best to see your Naturopathic Doctor or healthcare provider for more specific dietary recommendations catered to your needs.
A Plate Shoud Typically Look Like:
✅Half of the plate has vegetables and fruits
✅One quarter of the plate has protein foods
✅One quarter of the plate has whole grain foods
Key Concepts 🔑:
✅Have plenty of vegetables and fruits
✅Choose whole grain foods
✅Eat protein foods
✅Make water your drink of choice
Healthy Eating is More than the Food You Eat:
✅Be mindful of your eating habits
✅Cook more often
✅Enjoy your food
✅Eat meals with others
✅Use food labels
✅Limit foods high in sodium, sugars or saturated fat
✅Be aware of food marketing
✅Eat well. Live well
For more information, tips, and recipes:
👈Como talvez pense o que é uma salada.
👉Como deve ser uma salada.
Mais uma indicação de um perfil porreta de bom!!
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Eating salads should be a celebration of the plant kingdom 🌱 creating sexy dishes not only leads to more salvation (better digestion 💪🏼) BUT MORE sustainability to a LIFESTYLE of incorporating plants in every meal or even the whole damn meal 🥗
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Post courtesy of @eat.well.together ❤️
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Who here thinks “eat more vegetables” is code for “eat a boring, tasteless salad”?🥗🙄 If you have a holiday goal of getting in more veggies, but don’t know how to make that happen for yourself (or your stubborn significant other🤷♂️) in a way that TASTES DELICIOUS, keep reading!
We all know that vegetables are “good for us” and if we’re told to eat more of them for XYZ reasons, salads are usually the first thought for most people. The problem is, a LTC (lettuce, tomato, cucumber/carrot) salad is less than inspirational and first time veggie eaters see it as a watery side dish that will never satisfy their hunger 🙅♂️
Creating tasty salad combos is great. They contain a mix of NUTRIENTS (veggies, carbs, protein, fats) to SATISFY his hunger, were bursting with FLAVOR (a homemade dressing was key), and had a mix of TEXTURES (raw greens, cooked veggies or starch, and something crispy/crunchy).
Busy day observing in clinic my fellow nutritional therapist students today.
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Did you ever think you’d have everything you wanted?
Sometimes the best opportunities come in the most unexpected places.
And we have to trust our gut that when something speaks to us, resonates with us, that means it was meant for us.
I’ve never been more sure that I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.
And I know I’m not in charge.
Sometimes when we surrender to the very thing that’s been calling our name, we find exactly what we’ve been dreaming of 😘
Another easily accessible way to improve the function of your melatonin and serotonin is with early morning sunlight exposure. This helps your circadian rhythm function within predictable patterns. The light receptors in our eye, signal our brain that it is time to switch to more serotonin production, which will increase your happiness (yay!) and increase circulating serotonin for the following night to be converted to melatonin, totally a win-win! ☀️
Depending on where you live, this can be achieved with a early morning walk, giving your body the benefits of light, fresh air, increased heart rate and exercise. If it’s bright enough in your house with natural light, you may be able to sit in front of a large window and do a morning meditation (eyes open)! It may also be worth investing in a Sunlight lamp as a way to expose your brain to that “morning” light. Place it at your dining room table while you’re having breakfast and picture yourself on a warm, tropical beach.
📷 sun + beach | dreaming
Many kids on the autism spectrum also have ADD ( attention deficit disorder ). My son, who is on the spectrum was also having significant problems with attention and focus. He is in 9th grade and his grades were suffering, D’s and even few F’s. So we reluctantly had to start him on Ritalin. His focus improved somewhat but side effects were significant. Anger outbursts, aggression, no appetite and extreme fatigue. Despite decreasing the dose the side effects were crippling him. Then I decided to start him on Organic CBD oil along with Bacopa ( an herb very effective for focus and attention) and Low dose Naltrexone. We obviously made sure to continue his gluten free diet. And we slowly started to taper off his Ritalin. Within a couple of weeks, he was off Ritalin and feeling great. He was happy, engaging , eating like a horse and full of energy!!!. This is one of his most recent test results. Most of the subjects he got A’s and B’s !!!!😁😁😁👨🏻🎓👨🏻🎓👨🏻🎓
0 132 hours ago
This is my friend Laura. We met in 2012 when I moved to Maine and started working at a #functionalmedicine clinic. She is #kind#compassionate and #sassy (which is why we are friends 😜) . For years she worked side by side with cardiologists in many capacities. While she enjoyed the work she did she had another passion. You know what she did... she persevered, carefully planned, realistically budgeted and then jumped in with two feet to follow her dream. She opened her very own brick and mortar consignment store in #vacationland Midcoast Maine. It is the most perfect reflection of her. If you walk into her store you can see her organized, (clean freak), type A personality shine through. She inspires me daily as she navigates through life with her kiddos. And she supports me when I am at my worst. She knows exactly what to say when I need to hear it. And I get to just call her and check in almost on the daily. She is my people. I am so grateful to have found her and look forward to many more years of friendship. ❤️❤️❤️
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀1. BIOCHEMICAL INDIVIDUALITY: The understanding that each human is unique due to genetic & environmental variations. FM practitioners must understand the role of genetics in heath & disease which requires active interaction with emerging scientific research. This is the basis of personalized care.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. PATIENT CENTERED: Patient centered vs. disease centered approach to care involves taking time with patients to hear their story. A person’s life & environmental history plus personal experiences & beliefs gives insight about their unique biology & helps practitioners understand where dysfunctions may have occurred. Instead of following disease-specific protocol treatment plans are individualized.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. DYNAMIC BALANCE: Life is dependent on an intricate balance of minerals, water, organic molecules, & high-energy chemical bonds. Lifestyle & dietary choices influence health & the expression of disease. There is constant interplay of environmental inputs with genetic programming. FM works to help find dynamic balance among the internal & external factors in a patient’s body, mind, & spirit.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. WEB-LIKE INTERCONNECTIONS: FM practitioners possess a deep understanding of the interconnections inside the body. Successful healing involves treating a person as a whole rather than treating in broken parts.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 5. HEALTH AS A POSITIVE VITALITY: Health is not merely the absence of disease but a state of immense vitality. FM emphasizes factors that encourage the enhancement of overall wellness.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 6. PROMOTION OF ORGAN RESERVE: The goal is to increase health-span not just lifespan. Small stresses over time can & usually do lead to disease (I.E.: Alzheimer's manifests in old age but the process begins to develop in a person’s 20-30’s). Organ reserve refers to the body’s capability to bounce back from toxic insult, injury, or illness. It is important to give the body the proper tools to support the healing mechanisms it naturally possesses. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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At Starkel Nutrition we incorporate these principles into our care process. Call 206-853-0534 today to book an appointment!
Just sitting on the floor after a long day with a few questions for you to ponder:
What would you do differently tomorrow if your health/body/food wasn’t taking up so much mental space?
How many things have you not pursued or missed out on because of your health/body/food?
How much time are you willing to waste not feeling your best? .
You’ve got a big life to live and feeling good is a prerequisite. ✨ .
We only get to do this once guys so we’ve got to squeeze everything we can out of it! .
If your health has been holding you back consider this your sign to dig in and get to the root of it. 🙋♀️ The work and the healing will be yours to do but hiring someone to oversee the journey for you is a great way to to expedite the process. .
At the end of the day this work is about being able to LIVE more 🙏
30 acres of land seemed like a fairly small amount of land to start raising all of our own food. .
We had dreams of at least 100 acres.
But when I couldn't locate my daughter, (the one with seizures) one afternoon, it seemed more like 1000 acres.
From that day on, I've had the thought of having a search and rescue dog.
Yesterday we started our training. .
6 352 hours ago
D R E A M S don't work unless you do 👊 Decide to take the necessary steps to bring your vision to fruition. We can help 😊 #socialstyles
Y’all, I am obsessed. Never did I ever think a little pink drink would change so much about my health + how I feel, my energy, etc. But here we are, over a year into drinking it daily + faithfully and I am just so. stinking. thankful. I’m have REAL energy, my skin is clear, my digestive track actually works properly 🙌🏼 the list literally goes on and on. Cheers to taking chances and trying new things, and double cheers to feeling GOOD after I had genuinely forgot what good felt like 🤦🏼♀️ and for that I’m doing a ✨GIVEAWAY ✨ of my fav body balancing, energy producing, life giving pink drink! AN ENTIRE BAG OF IT Y’ALL!! All you have to do to enter is like & comment on this post what you do for self care + sanity each day! I’d love to hear about it 💕 winner will be announced Saturday ✨ #giveaway#notsponsored#guthealth
What did you have for dinner?
This was my throw together meal that I made from leftovers! 🙌
Lettuce, grilled chicken and roasted veggies topped with my special finger-licking good Tahini dressing.
Tahini is just ground up sesame seeds which is a great source of calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium.
Simple Tahini dressing:
1/2 cup Tahini
1/4 cup Lemon juice
Water to thin out
3 Garlic cloves
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
Blend all ingredients and add water to thin dressing to desired consistency.
Did you know you need to drink about half your body weight in ounces of water per day?!? ⠀
For example, if you weigh 150 lbs you need about 75 ounces (2.2 litres) of water. Staying hydrated also helps flush wastes and toxins out of your system. Herbal teas count towards your water intake but black tea and coffee do not. ⠀
The best time to drink water is between meals, especially if you have digestive issues. Water can dilute your stomach acid making it harder to breakdown and digest foods. ⠀
Drinking enough water daily is also one of the best ways to stay regulated with your bowel movements. Think of a dry slide at the park versus a water slide. 💩 ⠀
Did you know that the new and improved #canadafoodguide recommends that water should be your main drink choice! ⠀
How much water did you drink today?⠀🤔👇🏽
2 382 hours ago
We had another new babe in the office today at 3 days new! Little E snoozed through most of his first visit until Dr. Crystal worked on his neck. He wasn’t sure about it at first but decided it felt good and went right back to sleep. 😏 Getting the nervous system checked right after birth helps to take stress off of their bodies and let them function better. Labor and delivery can be so intense for a baby that they could have issues sleeping, nursing or going to the bathroom just from the stress of it all. Calming down the nervous system helps with all of those things and more! #lovewelllivefree#chirokids#livefreechiroplus
4 553 hours ago
Last night me and a few of my girlfriends mastered homemade elderberry syrup, drank coffee and fostered new friendships. This is my favorite kind of night. ❤️•
Why elderberry syrup? Elderberries are rich in vitamins A, B & C and they are traditional natural cold and flu remedy. Elderberries are known to have high antioxidant activity and bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice of the berry to destroy the ability of a cold or flu virus to infect a cell. 🙌🏻•
1 Cup dried elderberries
4 Cups Water
1 drop Young Living vitality oils (cinnamon bark, nutmeg, ginger, frankincense & clove)
1 1/2 cup local raw honey
Pour water into a medium saucepan and add elderberries.
Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. Remove from heat and let cool. Mash the berries. Put through a strainer into a glass container. Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it’s no longer hot add honey, EO’s and stir well. Pour into a glass container and store in the refrigerator. Take 1 tsp daily for adults either by taking a spoonful straight, add to your tea or pour on top of your pancakes or waffles. Can’t wait to add this into my daily routine!
1 695 hours ago
Probably thinking about somewhere warm.🌞Excited to head back to LA today! ✈️
It’s going to be a busy few months working with new athletes to bring more content to @mealplan_app 🙌🏼 Prepping simple meals & snacks is a great way to stay on track with nutrition. The new Canadian food guide just launched yesterday. 🙌🏼🇨🇦 Finalllyyyy. Very happy that plant-based foods are now being encouraged into our diets. Backed by current scientific research, the new guide proposes a diet with lots of vegetables & fruits, choosing whole-grains, & getting the majority of our protein from #plantbased sources [legumes, beans, tofu] more so than from animal sources like meat & dairy. 👏 It also suggests more more nuts, and significantly LESS red meat🙌. And hydration! Water is recommend as your beverage of choice, not only to prevent dehydration but to limit sugar-intake from sweetened store-bought smoothies, juices, & soda aka. “liquid calories.” A typical day in the new guide looks like:👇🏼
✔️Breakfast: Oatmeal with sliced banana & almond butter.
✔️Lunch: Salad Bowl ~ Fattoush Salad including veggies, nuts, and a protein source ~chicken.
✔️Dinner: Vegetarian ~Tofu/Chickpeas with a variety of spices [ginger, garlic, cumin, and turmeric] over whole-grain brown rice & steamed veggies [broccoli, green beans].
Processed foods should always be avoided as well as foods high in sodium, sugar, & saturated fat. Even store-bought foods/snacks that claim to be “healthy” or have healthy-looking labels are often processed/and contain refined sugar. Home cooked meals will ALWAYS support a healthy and clean diet versus eating out. Eat mindfully & meal prep @mealplan_app. ✅
Many of you have asked what natural remedies I travel with to prevent and treat whatever illness may arise. So HERE IT IS – my travel remedy kit! This is literally what I bring with me whenever I travel for me and the kids. Who wants a vacation or business trip ruined by the flu??? 😷
To learn more about how to use these awesome natural remedies, especially as we head into the peak of flu season, check out the links in my bio for:
✨My Pediatrician-Approved Natural Remedies to Beat the Flu
✨My Free Guide to Natural Remedies to Beat the Flu
✨Dr. Song’s ESSENTIAL Winter Travel Remedy Kit
✨Top Ways to Boost Your Child’s Immune System
Can’t wait? Here’s the quick and dirty rundown from left-to-right:
✅ Essential oils like DoTerra’s On Guard, YoungLiving’s Thieve’s oil, or Elizabeth van Buren’s Immune blend – kill germs, boost the immune system, and reduce inflammation
✅ Xlear nasal spray – use after each flight or “exposure” to flush out those cold/flu bugs before they have a chance to take hold in your nasopharynx and cause all sorts of trouble
✅ VClear – shown to prevent and reduce the duration of upper respiratory infections
✅ Vitamin D – boosts the immune system, increases cathelicidin which kills cold and flu bugs
✅ Windbreaker- my fave Chinese herbal formula to fight fever, colds/flus, sore throats and just about any bug you can think of!
✅ Vitamin A – one of the best antivirals and antioxidants around. Did you know the World Health Organization recommends Vitamin A to kill measles?
✅ Sambucus (or Elderberry syrup) – or elderberry syrup. Kills viruses and bacteria, including the influenza virus and helps reduce coughs
✅ Coldcalm – THE combination cold/flu/fever homeopathic remedy to combat just about any symptom you might have
✅ Oscillcoccinum - shown in studies to reduce the duration or flus and flu-like illnesses
So there you have it! My tips and tricks to stay healthy during the cold/flu season. And if you want more, be sure to check out my Everyday Holistic Pediatrics course (link in bio) where I show you exactly what to do to manage your child’s most common childhood illnesses naturally!
xo Holistic mama doc - Elisa Song, MD 💕
192 10006 days ago
Sulforaphane, the active phytochemical in cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, bok choy, brussels sprouts, cauliflower), is our most potent naturally occurring inducer of phase II detoxification by conjugating glutathione in the liver as well as up-regulating Nrf2, a transcription factor which enhance our ability to buffer oxidative stress.
Sulforaphane also contains a high concentration of antioxidants and is a powerful anti-cancer compound by inhibiting blood vessel growth (angiogenesis), inducing programmed cell death (apoptosis), and inhibiting cell proliferation/migration.
However, like sulforaphane, most of these beneficial phytonutrients are degraded when exposed to heat.
Raw broccoli, for example, doesn't contain any sulforaphane until you start to chew it.
Cruciferous vegetables contain glucoraphanin, a precursor to sulforaphane that is enzymatically converted to sulforphane via myrosinase upon mechanical chewing. While sulforaphane itself is resistant to heat, myrosinase is not.
When we bake, boil, or microwave our cruciferous veggies, we destroy this important enzyme and therefore are unable to convert that glucoraphanin into sulforaphane.
However, by cutting your cruciferous veggies and allowing them to sit for 40 minutes before cooking, you can mimic the mechanical "chopping and chewing" necessary to produce all the beneficial sulforaphane.
Seem like too much work? Opt for broccoli sprouts! They are relatively tasteless and deliver even more sulforaphane than raw broccoli. You can find them at your local health food store or sprout your own!
Looking for a warm, nourishing, and wholesome dish during the winter months? I got you covered with this COCONUT CARROT GINGER SOUP 🍲 #Vegan, #Paleo, and #whole30 approved with 8 ingredients and minimal prep 👏🏼👏🏼 Tag me in your stories/posts if you give it a try!
To make the COCONUT CARROT GINGER SOUP, you will need:
• 8 large carrots, chopped
• 1 can full-fat coconut milk
• 1/2 cup raw cashews
• 1 1/2 cup water
• 3 cloves garlic
• 1-2 thumbs of ginger (reference image)
• 2 tbsp onion powder
• 1 tsp cumin
• 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (optional)
Chop carrots into 2 inch chunks and peel garlic. Throw all ingredients in an Instant pot (soup setting for 15 minutes) or sauté over medium-high heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool (about 10-15 minutes).
Transfer contents to a large blender (Ninja or Vitamix works best). Blend until smooth (about 20-30 seconds). Serves 3 (each serving is about 16 oz). Top with arugula, roasted chickpeas, hemp seeds, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil 😁. Enjoy!
Just because something is labeled “gluten-free,” does not mean it is a healthy choice.
As “gluten-free” gains more and more popularity, food companies are flocking to the potential marketing opportunity and selling these “healthy” gluten-free products that are potentially worse for the health of the general public than eating a slice of glutenous bread (celiac diagnosis is a different story).
If you go down the aisles of your grocery store, you will find an overwhelming amount of gluten-free options of all your favorite desserts and snacks. Gluten-free cookies, cakes, muffins, crackers, breads, pastas, cereals...they’re still processed junk food.
Many of these products are filled with highly refined carbohydrates and modified starches, added and artificial sugars, inflammatory omega-6 vegetable oils, food dyes, food stabilizers, and gums.
The processing of these grains and modified starches strips these products of fiber and are void of essential micronutrients, causing a blood sugar avalanche and fluctuating hunger cravings. This spells disaster for anyone trying to lose weight and sets the stage for diabetes.
While some of these items can be “enjoyed” as a cheat snack/indulgence every once in awhile, a true gluten-free diet focuses on eating whole, unadulterated, naturally occurring gluten-free grains (quinoa, rice, teff, millet, buckwheat, oats) and copious amount of vegetables.
165 33307 hours ago
a bulletproof method of creating a bowl filled with flavour & goodness. Nothing but Mother Nature providing the foundation of a lifestyle ❤️
👉🏼 step 1: the greens
I always try to have greens of some sort as a foundation. (Iceberg lettuce 🥬 is not really cutting it with me tbh)
• stir fried brussel sprouts in a touch of extra virgin olive oil with broccoli sprouts + spring onion
👉🏼 step 2 - more veg
Cooked starchier vegetables of some sort being either mediterranean or spuds 🥔🍠 or other root vegetables such as parsnips, celeriac, swede
• I roasted these baby new potatoes in avocado oil with rosemary in the oven for around 30-40 mins until skin is crispy
👉🏼 step 3 - protein
Protein is a vital component for our bodies. I tend to rotate my sources which also includes plant based sometimes and use only sustainable farming methods and highest animal welfare or organic standards. Where we choose to spend our money on food has a powerful influence on the environment we inhabit
• Ground turkey thigh + streaky bacon pieces + dried rosemary + thyme + garlic
👉🏼 step 4 - Fat
Like with everything else I rotate my fat sources to broaden my micro nutrient intake. This allows me to naturally have a diverse fuel source for every enzymatic reaction / process in the body. Also, allows me not to spend money on a synthetic multi vitamin mineral. I always will believe in a food and lifestyle approach first!
• smashed avocado with tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil + apple cider vinegar.
Finally season with a unrefined salt of your choice I vary between Celtic sea salt or pink Fairy Dust.
Have a great weekend 👍🏽 Keep it simple & remember to enjoy cooking 🕺🏼
credit- @livevitae livevitae •
When you associate who you are with your disease, it becomes more difficult to heal from that disease. This doesn't just apply to disease, but anything that is a part of your identity. We are attached to our identity - who we think we are, and who we think others think we are. This is normal, and is a part of being human. But when that identity involves a disease process that is already harming your health, it can become problematic.⠀
If you have a hard time not telling people you have fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, lupus, SIBO, or something as simple as an MTHFR mutation, I encourage you to explore this aspect of your identity. This may be the key to unlocking your true healing potential.⠀
*Me after 1 semi-difficult-biochem-that’s-really-a-gen-chem-problem* .
Let’s just say that if doing this were a workout, it’s power day and I need 5-10 mins rest between sets tbh #SipsTea