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We’re Soaking in the Vitamin D, What About You?

Spring is upon us. And, with spring, comes Spring Break for many of us. If you are heading out to a sunny destination, be sure to soak up the sun responsibly with lots of sunscreen and water. For those that are not headed to a sunny locale, where you will be getting a good dose of sunshine (approximately 10 minutes with your head, arms and legs uncovered), you should consider a vitamin D3 supplement.

Sun exposure helps our bodies to produce vitamin D, a critical nutrient that is essential for health and vitality. If we don’t get enough sun, or don’t supplement adequately, we risk developing a vitamin D deficiency.

Shockingly, one out of every 2 people in the world are deficient in vitamin D, and deficiency in this nutrient is considered a substantial risk factor for developing chronic disease or death. Thankfully, vitamin D supplements reduce your risk of disease and death and are very easy to take.

My preference is for  PureBalance Micellized Vitamin D3, a highly absorbable liquid form that both children and adults find easy to take.  I usually order labs to see what someone’s level of vitamin D is before recommending a dosage, but for most people 3,000 IU/day is a good amount.

One of the benefits to having a normal vitamin D level is that D works with your body to increase the absorption of calcium. If you also take calcium supplements along with your vitamin D, you definitely should consider adding vitamin K2 to your routine.  Vitamin K2 helps calcium get added to your bones and not your arteries and soft tissues.

Wherever your travels may take you, take a minute to consider adding vitamin D to your regular routine. Your body will thank you! Happy Spring and safe travels!

Yours In Health,
Tom


Fight your Allergies Naturally

If you’re one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies, you know how annoying and disrupting they can be. From a simple case of the sniffles to dry mouth, fatigue, and even trouble breathing, seasonal allergies can really cut in to your enjoyment of spring.Thankfully, there are some really simple things that you can do to combat allergies before they start.

Make sure to drink plenty of water.

Water is critical to helping your body detox as well as thinning the mucus in your sinus cavities. Everyone’s needs for water are different. A simple way I use with my patients is to take their weight, divide it in two, and suggest that they drink that many ounces of water each day. For example, if someone weighs 140 pounds, they should drink at least 70 ounces (equivalent to nearly 9 cups) of filtered water daily.

Try saline nasal irrigation.

A 2012 systematic review and meta-analysis of 10 studies on saline nasal irrigation showed a beneficial effect on nasal symptoms, a reduction in medication use, and an increase in the quality of life. I like to include oregano in my nasal rinse as well as saline (check out our SinuClenz product), because this appears to do a better job of decreasing inflammation and reducing symptoms. If you do use nasal irrigation, make sure you regularly clean your rinsing device. I would also suggest using filtered water rather than tap water.

Get plenty of vitamin C.

Vitamin C is one of those essential nutrients that can’t be synthesized by humans and therefore needs to be present in the diet. Vitamin C is an important immune system supporter and a potent antioxidant as well as having the ability to deactivate histamine.
Great food sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, berries, watermelon, mango, and peppers.

Take your probiotics.

You may not immediately think of probiotics as a first line defense against environmental allergies, but I do! Beneficial bacteria like those found in Megasporebiotic help to calm down the immune response which is at the heart of your symptoms. Although the normal dose of Megasporebiotic is 2 capsules per day, I will often encourage patients to increase their dose temporarily during periods of stress, illness, travel, or the onset of seasonal allergies! Try 3-4 capsules per day during the first few weeks of spring allergy season, and then decrease back to the normal dose.
If you have had trouble with seasonal allergies in the past, now is absolutely the time to start preventative measures. Make sure to get plenty of rest, reduce stress, and make an appointment with myself or Ingrid to get recommendations that are tailored to you.

Yours In Health,
Tom


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Anti-Allergy Green Bomb!

This green drink is easy and delicious packed with immune boosting ingredients. For the cup of greens, I used the Super Greens by Organic Girl - a blend of red and green swiss chard, tat soi, arugula and spinach.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup greens
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1" ginger
  • 1" tumeric
  • 1 organic granny Smith apple cored
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar ( I prefer Braggs brand)
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 2 " cucumber
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 handful of ice

Directions:

  1. Blend away!

Makes 2 servings

 


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Anti-Inflammatory Carrot & Ginger Soup

This soup uses two herbs from the ginger plant family - ginger and turmeric. The oils in these ingredients are loaded with antioxidants; promote circulation and aid in digestion.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 medium brown onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • ½ inch fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced
  • 1 long red chili, diced
  • 1 ½ pounds carrots, washed and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 2-inch lengths of lemongrass stalks

Instructions:

  1. Heat ghee or coconut oil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes, or until softened. Add garlic, ginger, turmeric and chili and cook for another 5 minutes, or until softened and aromatic.
  2. Add carrots and stock, and then place lemongrass lengths into the soup. Bring mixture to a boil, and lower heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes until carrots are softened.
  3. Remove lemongrass stalks and discard. Blend soup in batches in a high-powered blender or process with an immersion blender until smooth.
  4. Enjoy this soup on cold winter days to aid with inflammation.

 

 


Are you suffering from Inflammation?

5 Inflammation-Causing Foods and 1 Easy Fix

The subject of Inflammation has been in the news quite a lot lately, and for good reason. Inflammation plays a role in most of the chronic diseases we see today, including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and even acne!

Temporary inflammation is good—our bodies depend on inflammatory processes to heal injuries and fight off infection. But when acute inflammation turns chronic, the immune system starts attacking normal cells and the normal healing process turns harmful.

One great way to reduce inflammation is to reduce or remove the following 5 inflammation producing foods from your diet. But sometimes that isn’t enough. Read to the end to discover my go-to solution for inflammation!

  1. Sugar

Sugar is at the top of my list for inflammatory foods, and it’s one of the most prevalent in our diets. The average American consumes 32 teaspoons of added sugars daily! This increased sugar consumption releases inflammatory messengers called cytokines which can wreak havoc in your body. To avoid sugars, eat whole, non-processed foods. When you do eat processed foods, read the labels to avoid any word ending in “ose” such as fructose or sucrose.

  1. Trans Fats

Trans fats are known to trigger systemic inflammation, and even small quantities can be problematic. Most trans fats are found in fast foods, processed snack foods, cookies, doughnuts, and most stick margarines. Check food labels for the presence of trans fats, but be aware that food products with less than 0.5 grams per serving do not need to list trans fat on the food label. Instead check the ingredient list for partially hydrogenated oils—these are a sure sign that trans fats are present.

  1. Oils with Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Though our bodies need omega 6 fatty acids for normal growth and development, we often don’t get a good balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Eat too many foods containing omega-6 fatty acids and the body starts to produce pro-inflammatory chemicals. Avoid cooking with oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower, soy, peanut, and vegetable. You may also find these oils in mayonnaise and salad dressings.

  1. Refined Carbohydrates

Foods made with white flour, white rice, and white potatoes, as well as many other cereal grains have high levels of refined carbohydrates. Processed carbohydrates send your blood sugar into the stratosphere, and also create advanced glycation end (AGE) products that boost inflammation. Picture a candied apple: the sugar that forms around the apple hardens in the same way that advanced glycation products harden around nerves and arterioles, restricting blood supply and creating dysfunction.

  1. Gluten and casein

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley whereas casein is found in dairy products. Both substances can promote inflammation and should be avoided, especially by people who are prone to inflammation.

While you should work to remove these inflammatory foods from your diet, no one eats perfectly 100% of the time. Even if your diet is perfect, often stressors and environmental toxins can lead to inflammation.

1 Easy Fix

One of the products I love to use with people who suffer from inflammation is Omax3 Professional Strength, a professional strength omega-3 supplement. The omega-3 oils in this supplement were developed by Yale University-affiliated physicians, and contain a balanced 4:1 ratio of EPA to DHA (two omega-3 fatty acids) which research shows is the best ratio to reduce inflammation.

Clinical research shows that the omega-3 in Omax3 Professional Strength reduces joint discomfort and increases mobility, improves mood health, and enhances cognitive function. This supplement has also been shown to significantly improve cardiovascular risk factors. In one 3-month study, patients experienced a 31% reduction in triglycerides, a 13% reduction in total cholesterol, an 11% reduction in LDL, and a 9.8% improvement in cholesterol/HDL ratio.

The main reason that I recommend Omax3 Professional Strength over other omega-3 supplements is its purity. If you want to test your omega-3 supplement for purity, place it in the freezer for 24 hours. While Omax3 Professional Strength stays clear, other omega-3 supplements cloud over with impurities such as saturated fats, omega-6 fats, and toxins like mercury, lead, and PCBs.

Along with removing inflammation-causing foods from your diet, the omega-3 fatty acids in Omax3 Professional Strength will help reduce inflammation in your body and reduce your risk of chronic disease!


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Moqueca-Brazilian Fish Stew

This fish stew was easy to make and delicious. Taken from one of my favorite sites SimplyRecipes.com, I am sure you will enjoy it!
 Bon Appetit!

 Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. of fillets of firm white fish such as halibut, swordfish, or cod, rinsed in cold water, pin bones removed, cut into large portions
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 Tbsp. lime or lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped spring onion, or 1 medium yellow onion, chopped or sliced
  • 1/4 cup green onion greens, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow and 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, de-stemmed, chopped (or sliced)
  • 2 cups chopped (or sliced) tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika (Hungarian sweet)
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 large bunch of cilantro, chopped with some set aside for garnish
  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk

Directions:

  1. Place fish pieces in a bowl; add the minced garlic and lime juice so that the pieces are well coated. Sprinkle generously all over with salt and pepper. Keep chilled while preparing the rest of the soup.
  2. In a large covered pan (such as a Dutch oven), coat the bottom with about 2 Tbsp. of olive oil and heat on medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook a few minutes until softened. Add the bell pepper, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. (At least a teaspoon of salt.) Cook for a few minutes longer, until the bell pepper begins to soften. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and onion greens. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, uncovered. Stir in the chopped cilantro.
  3. Use a large spoon to remove about half of the vegetables (you'll put them right back in). Spread the remaining vegetables over the bottom of the pan to create a bed for the fish. Arrange the fish pieces on the vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then add back the previously removed vegetables, covering the fish. Pour coconut milk over the fish and vegetables.
  4. Bring soup to a simmer, reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. You may need to add more salt (likely), lime or lemon juice, paprika, pepper, or chili flakes to get the soup to the desired seasoning for your taste.
  5. Garnish with cilantro.