Do you or someone you know have an autoimmune disease?

Please check out my blog post at Natural Healy concepts. I’m so proud to be guest blogging for them. Let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear them.

 

http://blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2017/12/15/autoimmune-disease/ 

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Merrit

Turmeric is a popular Middle Eastern spice and primary ingredient in curry. Turmeric is also prized for its medicinal properties. The key medicinal component in turmeric is a compound called curcumin. Curcumin provides a range of benefits thanks to its antioxidant properties. Curcumin in supplements is commonly found combined with black peppercorn as it aids in the body’s absorption of curcumin by about 2000%. Making turmeric a consistent part of your diet may provide several health benefits.

  1. Turmeric for a normal moodTurmeric has been used throughout history as a mood booster. During a small study of 60 patients, research showed that patients who took 1 gram of curcumin had a better mood than those that did not. The study also showed that curcumin has a similar effect to some products labeled to help address mood and behavior disorders. It has also been suggested that curcumin may boost brain neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
  2. Turmeric for cellular healthUncontrolled growth can result in several harmful conditions that affect the body in several ways. Some studies have investigated the use of curcumin as a compound that reduces angiogenesis, which is important for preventing the growth of blood vessels in tumors. Other studies have also looked into the use of curcumin to reduce cancer cell growth and tumors. Curcumin is an aid in digestive and colon health as well, and early studies suggest that it may have a similar supportive effect in the digestive system. Unfortunately none of these studies are conclusive and require further investigation.
  3. Turmeric for inflammation and joint comfortAlthough inflammation can be beneficial to our bodies, like fighting bad bacteria, it becomes a problem when it is chronic. Chronic inflammation has been suggested to be a common antagonist in many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, cognitive disorders, metabolic syndrome, and other various degenerative diseases. Curcumin’s effect on inflammation is said to match more traditional medicinal therapies. In one study, curcumin showed optimal results in patients involved in rheumatoid arthritis therapies.
  4. Turmeric for memory and learning Cognitive challenges can lead to a range of disorders that affect learning, memory, and much more. While treatment for many of these disorders has yet to be discovered, research is looking at methods to delay the onset of these disorders. Science has shown that inflammation and oxidative damage both play a role in the rate and severity of cognitive challenges. New studies have shown that curcumin may have beneficial effects on the mind during aging. For example, a component of the neurological condition Alzheimer’s is thought to be the result of a buildup of protein tangles. These tangles are called Amyloid plaques and curcumin has been shown to break down and clear these plaques.

As you can see, turmeric is much more than just a spice, and these four incredible benefits only scratch the surface of its potential. Turmeric has many medicinal uses and is a wonderful natural remedy to many ailments as well as a source of protection for your body’s health. A tasty and easy way to make curcumin part of your diet is to drink Golden Milk. Adding turmeric to your regular diet can result in a happier healthier you.

 

Welcome and thank you to Natural Healthy Concepts for their first guest blog post! Please visit them at: https://www.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/

Welcome Natural Healthy Concepts!

I’m excited to announce that Natural Healthy Concepts approached me recently to ask if I would be willing to swap guest blogs once a quarter. I welcome them as we are very aligned in our interests and focus and I believe a new perspective is always a good addition, so stay tuned for the first guest blog in then next few days!

Drop me a line and let me know what you think about the topics that will be covered in the guest blogs. I’d love to hear from you!

Are You Fat Adapted?

Healthy fats

Well, so far so good on the new diet/lifestyle change. My body is almost fully fat adapted. You may be saying to yourself, what the heck does that mean and I’m not sure that is a good thing. What it means is that my body now prefers fat as a fuel over glucose, which means my body will burn more fat. That is a really good thing.

In less than a month, I’ve lost 7 lbs. I know for most people the number on the scale feels like it’s the most important thing when your goal is weight loss, but the truth is that it’s really only part of the picture and depending on how you go about your weight loss goals, you could actually do more damage than good if you don’t take other measures into consideration.

Here are the good things:

  • I’ve dropped my visceral fat and will continue as I burn fat. Visceral is the most important one to lower. That is the fat that we store around our vital organs and can really lead to tons of problems over time.
  • I’ve gained muscle. Gaining muscle actually helps to lower fat as well. Strength training is key when trying to build muscle and you don’t have to be an intense body builder to make that happen.
  • My glucose levels have dropped significantly and I’m also more aware of what foods and how the timing of meals can affect my glucose levels. I’m still not ideally at 65-85 on a regular basis, but I’m also not above 100 on a regular basis, which is the beginning stages of insulin resistance. I’ve gotten myself to high 80s to mid-90s on a more consistent basis and I’m trending in the right direction, so I’ll eventually be closer to the 65-85 marker on a regular basis.
  • My ketones are well managed and I know how to keep those where they need to be without going into ketoacidosis, which can be a dangerous life threatening state.
  • I was able to indulge in a glass of wine for the first time while celebrating with friends. I took measure to make sure that I planned well and was able to get back into ketosis very quickly. Though this isn’t something I’ll make a regular habit of.

SO, 7 lbs in less than a month is great, but what’s even better is that I can see other health markers improving and if those markers slide back a little, I know just what to do to get back on track. I’m not hungry. I don’t have cravings and I’m happy to finally have some control over getting not only my weight back to where it is most suitable for me, but getting my health markers back to where they ideally should be. Its not been easy, but being able to see all the improvements is keeping me motivated to stay on track. This is a doable lifestyle, but its not for everyone and for the inexperienced, this is one that requires monitoring and professional guidance. If you’re interested in learning more and finding out if a ketogenic diet is right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a consultation: TheVitalBeet@gmail.com or 303.539.9362 ext 2

Gluten By Accident, Oh, No! What Should You Do?

Happy new year! My goal is to bring you informative, helpful and healthful blogs over the months to come during 2017 and the focus of this blog is about eating gluten accidentally and what to do. I took a bit of a break while I worked on making my website available www.TheVitalBeet.com. Take a look around and discover new ways to take care of your health. New information is being compiled for the website, so check back often for additional information about services, new blogs, and other important updates.

Gluten Allergies and Intollerances

This blog comes to you through my own personal experience and it is a tough lesson to learn. Do you have foods that you avoid due to allergies, intollerances or just plain health reasons? I do and one of those is Gluten.

We decided to ring in the new year with breakfast at a trusted restaurant. They have awesome gluten free pancakes, so awesome that they taste almost the same as the pancakes that have gluten in them.

Gluten free pancakes often look the same as pancakes with gluten.

We placed our order and half way through my pancake, a waiter asked me if I was Celiac. I knew where this was headed. Low and behold they gave me the wrong pancake. IT HAD GLUTEN IN IT!!! Yikes! I smiled and laughed, because what else can you do in that moment. Its already too late. Half of the pancake was in my belly. The damage was already happening.

The manager joked and told me he fired his food runner. They truly felt terrible and the truth is, I wasn’t upset with them. I understand this is the risk I take when eating out. It is a rare occasion that I eat out, but I do from time to time and this is the risk I take.

Getting upset will worsen digestive issues. It will actually make them worse. They brought me a gluten free pancake and breakfast was free for everyone at the table. I haven’t had gluten in 7 to 8 years that I know of, so I really didn’t know what to expect or how it would or would not make me feel. I just knew if it became an issue, I wouldn’t really know for a while, so I was going to sit there and enjoy my breakfast.

My reaction was delayed by almost 48 hours and included a splitting headache for 14+ hours and some digestive upset along with some joint aches and pains. Others can have a much more severe reaction, sometimes landing them in the hospital, so I’m fortunate that my reaction was not that severe.

What to Do

Have you ever accidentally eaten one of your problem foods and just resigned yourself to the consequences? I took precautions that most likely reduced my symptom picture. As soon as I arrived home from the restaurant. Here is a list of what I did.

Ten Steps to Repair Gluten Damage

Enzymes

  • Taking digestive enzymes when I eat has been a practice of mine for years, so I did have one with my meal. Most of us need additional digestive enzymes as we age. Digestive enzymes help to break down fats, carbs and proteins and the enzymes humans produce naturally become less effective over time, so a supplement may be necessary especially if digestion is impaired to begin with.

Charcoal

  • I took Activated Charcoal with lots of water as soon as I got home. This is helpful in binding and removing toxins from your system and can help to sooth digestive upset.

Demulcent

  • A tea made from Marshmallow Root (drank this for several days). This is a demulcent and helps to line the stomach with a gooey gel like substance that aids in healing the gut. It can prevent leaky gut syndrome, which can happen from eating gluten, especially if you have an allergy or intolerance to gluten. Gluten is not the sole cause of leaky gut syndrome. Marshmallow Root has a whole host of health benefits. You can check them out here: https://draxe.com/marshmallow-root/
  • Ginger and Peppermint tea are helpful for any kind of digestive upset.

Rest, Anti-inflamatories and Fasting

  • Curcumin is key in reducing inflammation, so I’ve been bulking up on more than I typically take. I take a product called Curaphen on a regular basis and it is awesome. Its available through the clinic that I partner with called M3 Chiropractic and Wellness. Here is more information about its multiple health benefits: https://draxe.com/turmeric-benefits/
  • Rest is key when the body is under any kind of stress… from physical stress to emotional stress even good stress.
  • I already have histamine intolerance, so gluten would certainly raise my histamine levels and possibly cause for hives, so I took an antihistamine.

Probiotics and Gut Repair

  • A modified fast that included lots of greens shakes and bone broth for a few days is a good idea and one I was happy to do. Fasting allows the body to focus its energy on the areas that require the most healing. Greens shakes are much easier for the body to digest and less taxing. Digestion requires a lot of energy from the body and if your digestion process is impaired, it can be that much more taxing on your body. Bone broth is healing to the gut, provides nutrients and has so many health benefits. Its been around for centuries. This is old-school medicine at its best. Read more about the benefits of Bone Broth here: https://draxe.com/the-healing-power-of-bone-broth-for-digestion-arthritis-and-cellulite/
  • Bulking up on additional probiotics. I take them on a regular basis, but it is especially important to take additional if you’ve eaten something you are intolerant to.
  • This is an important one. Taking L-Glutamine for a month after any accidental gluten is helpful to repair any gut cells that have been damaged. Here is more information: http://blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2014/06/12/repairing-celiac-damage-healing-your-gut/

 

So, if you don’t eat gluten due to a chronic health issue and you accidentally ingest some, the above can be immensely helpful in reducing reactions to the gluten and can help to begin the repair process.