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What you put on your plate is as important as breathing.

What you put on your plate is as important as breathing.

Studies indicate that asthma and allergies are second only to lower back pain in the United States of America.  There are many symptoms, but they are only outward manifestations of something much more serious and internal.  Mostly people are concerned with the discomforts that these symptoms cause.

Having an allergy is one of the major signs of toxic build-up in your Immune system.  So the focus ought to be balancing the Immune System.

What most people do not understand is this:  Digestion is absolutely at the foundation of your health

Keeping your Immune system healthy and strong is vital for your protection from disease.

To strengthen Your Immune System:

1.  Have a Positive Attitude

2.  Eat a diet that consists of fresh raw fruits and vegetables as well as fiber for roughage, for example, wheat bran

3.  Avoid simple carbohydrates–foods processed with refined ingredients such as in pre-packaged foods

4.  Ample Sleep and Relaxation

5.  Moderate Exercise to combat fatigue and stress

The Gut is the Key to Overall Health

Certain medications can irritate or damage the lining of your intestines causing a serious problem such as Leaky Gut:

Antibiotics are one of the biggest offenders and can annihilate your friendly gut flora.

Radiation, chemotherapy steroid drugs, aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and other NSAIDs can increase intestinal permeability.

Other health issues besides Leaky gut that may show up are:  Parasites, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome–these all are traced to food intolerance.

For information on Wholistic Ways to Prevent Allergies, please contact Healthy Life Institute at 801-358-4777.

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Sarica will teach you simple tried and true methods of preparing healthy food for your family without staying in the kitchen for endless hours.  It is a wise investment you ought to take advantage of.  Tell her you were invited by Healthy Life Institute in Orem UT — thanks, G & C Larsen

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Getting in Touch With Your Body

Sleep for Your Brain

Sleep has been the subject on countless studies for a long time.  Sleep is deeply connected to your health in many ways.  Did you know that sleep deprivation has the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or illness?

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Even if you eat right, exercise, etc., but don’t sleep enough, can have an adverse effect on your health and well-being.

According to researchers, from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), have discovered a clue as to mandatory sleep for good health–brain health.  Your brain has a way to remove toxic waste through what has recently been named ‘Glymphatic system‘.  It is best done when you are asleep allowing your brain to clear out the toxins from harmful proteins which are linked to harmful brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s.

During sleep your brain cells shrink to about 60 percent during sleep allowing more efficient waste removal.

What is the Glymphatic System?  Your body has a way to remove cellular waste products through what is called the lymphatic system; however, the lymphatic system does not include your brain.  The brain is considered to be a closed system, protected by the blood-brain barrier, which controls what goes through and what does not.

The Glymphatic System ‘piggybacks’ on the blood vessels in your brain.  The “glial cells” are brain cells that manage this system.

The Glymphatic System flushes out the waste from your brain into your body’s circulatory system–eventually reaching your liver where it is ultimately eliminated.

During sleep is when the glympathic system is 10 times more active than during wakefulness.  So the lack of sleep may affect the progression of Alzheimer’s or other brain disorders.  For those who choose to skip sleep–DON’T!

Taking a sleeping pill isn’t the answer!

How to Optimize Sleep:

1.  Avoid watching television or using computer at night before going to bed

2. Sleep in complete darkness or as close to it as possible

3. Lower the temperature in your room lower than 70 degrees F

4. Check your bedroom for electro-magnetic fields (EMFs) –caused from television, computers, cell phones, other electronics and even cables    in or near your bedroom.

5. Move alarm clock away from bed (approximately 3 feet away)–even the glow from them is disruptive to sleep.

If you are not sleeping enough, you are jeopardizing your health.  Everyone loses sleep here and there, but your body can adjust to temporary setbacks.  

We at Healthy Life Institute can help you if you suffer with chronic sleep patterns.  Give us a call at 801-358-4777 for a consultation by one of our Healthy Lifestyle Coaches.

Ultimate Body Cleanse (Part III)

How to Detoxify?

  1. Mandatory to drink at least 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight daily.  (Coffee, Tea, Soda Pop, Flavored Water drinks, Juices don’t count)
  2. Know that the body senses when higher quality nutrition enters and symptoms may be a little uncomfortable.  (Your Body needs roughage)
  3. Symptoms appear when eliminating stimulants, i.e., headaches, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, sluggishness or depression.
  4. A letdown of energy may occur at first:
    • Your body’s energy is being used for elimination and cleansing;
    • An increase of energy and strength usually follows;
    • Ability to handle stress may improve; and
    • A feeling of well-being.
  5. Initial detoxification may last from 10 days to several weeks depending on severity.
Human Anatomy: Antererior View of the Liver

Diagram of a Healthy Liver

  1. In a healthy intestine:
    • Fewer internal poisons are formed
    • Most poisons (toxins) are excreted
  2. In a healthy liver:
    • Toxins are transformed into intermediate substances
    • Free radicals are transformed by antioxidant nutrients:
      • These nutrients are transformed into water-soluble substances:
      • Released to the kidneys
      • Excreted via the urine

Reconstruction Phase

  1. Adequate sleep is mandatory for your liver to do the job
  2. Avoid stimulants
  3. Have Patience

Retracing Process Begins

  • Your body begins to eliminate excess bile from liver and gallbladder
  • Sludge begins to move from arteries, veins and capillaries
  • Arthritic deposits in and around joints will be cleaned up
  • Toxic residue from medications or stimulants and fat will be eliminated

Retracing Process

  • Waste materials are discarded more rapidly
  • New tissue is being made from new food and nutrients are being supplied to your body
  • Weight loss may also become more apparent

Stabilization Phase Begins 

  1. The skin becomes more alive and active in throwing out poisons
  2. The symptoms may be beneficial–do not try to stop them as they are part of a healthy process
  3. Symptoms may vary according to severity of toxins being discarded by the body

Stabilization Phase

  • Symptoms experienced depend upon the state of your organs involved in the elimination process and the physical energy available
  • The more a person sleeps and rests, the more bearable the symptoms
  • Realize that your body becomes healthier every day!

Your Body is Cyclical in Nature

  1. You may continue to get a cold occasionally
  2. Your recovery may be faster and easier than it has been for years
  3. Following through to successful detoxification may be avoiding serious diseases
  4. Health typically returns gradually in cycles

Your Uniqueness

Because you are unique from everyone else, we have professional-grade herbal supplements for gently cleansing and building your body from the inside, right down through the cellular level.  Many of these supplements are self-limiting = meaning that you would use specific supplements for your particular health issue(s) for a limited number of weeks or months, depending on the severity.

Contact one of our lifestyle coaches TODAY — to guide you through the Detoxification process at 801-317-1647.  We use a safe, effective, non-invasive approach that includes a personal computerized analysis.

Resource:

Tips, Jack, N.D.,  “A New Model for Detoxification,”  http://www.apple-a-day-press.com

Systemic Formulas, Inc.  http://www.systemicformulas.com

“Detoxification,” Advanced Nutrition Publications, inc., 1994.

“Kidney Detoxification,” http://www.Detoxinfo.com, 2003.

Thomas, Clayton L., M.D., M.P.H., Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, F.a. Davis Company, Philadelphia, 1997.

“Understanding the Benefits of Detoxification,” Global Health Trax, 1999.

Cold and Flu Season Precautions

The cold and flu season is upon us once again.  A lot of people are worried, confused and wondering what they can do to limit their own and their family’s susceptibility to these illnesses.  Everywhere we turn there are commercials or signs of one form or another telling us to get our flu shots.  But for some of us, a vaccination is not the preferred option.

Humankind has been fending off the ever-changing influenza virus for a long time.  The best advice is to keep calm!  Your immune system can be very effective in fighting off infection.  There are many ways you can boost your immune system and respiratory function naturally so you are less likely to contract a flu virus.

Some common-sense precautions to defend against inflammation and infectious diseases are:

  1. Frequent hand-washing  with plain soap and water is still one of the best ways.
  2. Clean hands top the list for prevention of spreading disease.
  3. Person washing his handsDon’t waste your money or time on antimicrobial soaps because they don’t work on viruses such as colds or flu.  Antimicrobial soaps can be a contributing factor to the spread of new resistant strains of bacteria.
  4. Keep your hands off of your face.  If you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing your hands, bacteria (germs) can enter your body causing you to become infected.
  5. Use proper hygiene etiquette when you are sick and around others.  It simply means that you cover your mouth or nose with a tissue (not your hand) when coughing or sneezing and throwing the tissue away.  You may also cough or sneeze into your sleeve at the elbow (not your hands).
  6. You cannot shield yourself all of the time from the general public.  Allowing a sense of fear to prevail is not good for your immune system or overall health.
  7. Do keep your children home if they seem to be coming down with something or have obvious symptoms–likewise for adults!  Tuck the sick person away from others and cleanse common surfaces such as bathrooms, doorknobs and kitchen appliances, dishes, utensils and faucets with a straight solution of white vinegar to keep the virus from spreading.
  8. Wash the sick persons linens in hot water and wash their clothing separately from the other family member’s clothing.
  9.  Wash your hands after handling laundry or other materials handled by sick person.

Preparing Immune System:

Food is Medicine.  Eating wholesome, home-cooked meals is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself year-round.  Certain foods and herbs support your immune system and protect your respiratory health.  Sipping herbal teas or gargling with warm salt water help to make your mouth unfriendly to microbes and reduces your risk of contracting flu even after direct exposure.
Avoid Inflammation Promoters.  Some culprits are:  alcohol,  tobacco, and sugar.  Excessive stress promotes inflammation and affects the immune system’s ability to respond.  Chronic stress accelerates the normal aging process.  Helpful to minimize your stress to preserve your immunity.
Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels.  Connections between vitamin D insufficiency and infectious diseases go back to the 1800’s, when people noticed how tuberculosis patients improved when they traveled to a warm climate and had more sun exposure.   Molecular geneticists study vitamin D’s capacity to stimulate “antimicrobial innate immunity” to learn how it regulates the genes that control your innate immune responses. To determine your Vitamin D dosage requirements, if you live in northern latitudes you need at least 1000 to 2000 IU/day (professional grade quality**) during winter months to protect you from the flu.
Support Your Intestinal Flora.  Chronic inflammation starts in the gut so you will need some herbal formulas to reduce incidence, severity, and duration of respiratory tract illnesses and symptoms as well as lessen the chances for viruses and bacteria.
Sleep!  Adequate sleep fortifies the immune system while sleep deprivation taxes it.  When you feel something is weakening your system, it’s only natural for you to want to sleep more.  This intuitive mechanism can help lower the seriousness of your infection or help you recuperate faster.
Exercise Regularly.  Overdoing your exercise routine or strenuous physical exercise can compromise your immune system and possibly set the stage for infection.  It won’t hurt you to keep up your walks, sprints (not long runs or jogs), bike rides, weight lifting or swimming.
Indoor Atmospheric Conditions During Winter.  Consider purchasing indoor plants that purify the air of toxins, reduce dust accumulation, and support respiratory health.  If you live in a dry climate consider investing in a humidifier to work with your furnace or place a pan of water on your kitchen stove or your wood-burning stove to put moisture into the air you breathe.
Your Health is Your Choice ~ Contact one of our lifestyle coaches at Healthy Life Institute by calling 801-358-4777 for your personal consultation.  
Sources:
*Dixie Mills, MD, FACS, Natural Flu Prevention, http://www.womentowomen.com, Accessed online 8-20-2010

 

**Systemic Formulas

Do You Get Adequate Sleep

What is Sleep?
An average of one-third of our time is spent sleeping. Despite the rapid advances in sleep research, there are still many things we don’t understand about this important part of our lives.

Two Kinds of Sleep
1.  Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep:

  • Dreaming occurs
  • One-fourth of your sleeping hours

2. Non-REM Sleep:

  • Light and deep stages
  • Slow Wave or Delta Sleep (Deep)
  • Deep stages occur predominantly within the first 3 hours

According to research, slow-wave or non-REM sleep might be related to our physical functions.  REM sleep might be associated with our psychological processes, relationships or with our intellect and memory.

How Much is Enough Sleep?

The amount of sleep you need can be measured by the amount that makes you feel well.  Ask yourself:

  • Does too much sleep make me tired, sleepy, bleary or dazed?
  • Does too little sleep make me irritable or touchy?

Not everyone needs the standard 8 hours of sleep as once was thought.  You might need 10 hours; or you might need 4 hours.  It just depends entirely on your need for sleep.  Here are some guidelines:

  • Very young need between 10 and 12 hours so their bodies can properly develop;
  • Teens need a certain amount to handle the various changes going on in their bodies; and
  • Fully-matured adults can survive on as little as 4 hours of sleep; however, this is not a good practice over an extended period of time because it may cause the nervous system to start breaking down.

Some Tips to Develop Good Sleep Habits

  • Sleep as much as you personally need; too much sleep is not good
  • Sleep enough to feel refreshed
  • Make your bedroom quiet and as dark as possible
  • Exercise in late afternoon rather than late at night; otherwise your body will get too stimulated to sleep
  • Stop rehashing the day-to-day problems when you go to bed; you cannot solve the problem until you’ve had a good night of sleep
  • If you cannot fall asleep, get up and do something like read a book
  • Eat a healthy, light snack before you go to bed; going to bed hungry will not help you sleep
  • To help you establish a sleep cycle, get up about the same time every day; it doesn’t matter what time you went to bed the night before
  • Set room temperature at night about 65 degrees Fahrenheit; crack a bedroom window open to let in some fresh air — not recommended in freezing temperatures
  • Read something, when you don’t feel tired at your normal bedtime

What Habits to Avoid

Avoid taking a nap during the day so you will sleep better at night.  Avoid the use of stimulants such as caffeine, diet pills, amphetamines, anti-depressants, and other chemicals because they will block or disturb your sleep.  Drinking alcohol will not give you the quality of sleep that your body needs.  Your body needs enough oxygen to get a good night sleep, so it is best if you smoke, to stop!  Smoking uses up the oxygen in your blood.

Do You Have a Sleep or Wake Disorder?

  • Do You Have Trouble Sleeping, Staying Awake, or Suffer From Early Morning Headaches?
  • Does Your Spouse or Family Complain About Your Loud Snoring at Night?
  • Do You Often Get to Work Late?
  • Do You Fall Asleep at Work or School?
  • Do You Have Difficulty Concentrating or Doze Off Behind the Wheel?
  • Do You Often Get a Crawling or Other Strange Sensation in Your Legs?
  • Are you Often Depressed Because You Don’t Have Enough Energy to Complete Everyday Routines?

“There is effective treatment for people who suffer from many types of ‘Fatigue Syndromes’. . . . It is important to recognize that [these] syndromes can be caused and aggravated by . . . triggers.”  ~Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.

Studies have shown that a mix of many different processes can be triggered by many causes. 

Physical and Emotional Trauma:

  • Viral infections
  • Sustained injuries caused by car accidents
  • Hormone deficiencies (despite normal blood tests)
  • Chronic stress
  • Nutritional deficiencies caused from lack of proper diet
  • Side-effects from antibiotic use
  • Vaccinations because of the insult to the central nervous system
  • Other miscellaneous causes

If these illnesses are severe enough, they could cause suppression of the major control center to your brain, called the hypothalamus.  This is the center that controls sleep, hormone balance, temperature, blood flow and blood pressure.  When you lack deep sleep, your immune system stops working properly and you may feel pain.

If you are having trouble getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night rather than grabbing your medications, give Healthy Life Institute a call at 801-893-1190; or email: gforlife@gmail.com 

It is important to note that hypothalamic function is critical to deep sleep.  The most common medications for sleep actually aggravate your sleep problems by decreasing the amount of time you spend in deep sleep.

If you want further information or have questions, please give us a call. WE CAN HELP!

Source:

Teitelbaum, Jacob, M.D., From Fatigued to Fantastic, Penguin Group (USA) Inc., New York, New York, 2007.