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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.

You might also be interested in Sarica Cernohous’ 7-week on-line course at http://www.funkykitchenfresh.com

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

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.

Food Intolerance or Allergy

Image“Stop Feeling Sick” was the title of an article I read recently.  It was basically about ‘How to Sleuth Out a Food Intolerance or Allergy — and Return to Full Health’.

The human body is a magnificent machine–with intelligence–not just from the brain in your head but the brain in your Gastrointestinal Tract.  [They are connected–believe it or not!

Are you more concerned with the symptoms you are experiencing rather than wanting to get to the cause of your health issues.  The answer is simple:  What’s on your plate? what do you consume?  Where you need to look for most of your health problems that arise is right there in front of you.

For example:  You have recently eaten at a restaurant, and later on that evening or even most of the next day, you are experiencing a migraine headache with most or all of the classic symptoms:  pain behind one eye, noise bothers you, light bothers you,  and you feel nauseated.  Your immediate response is to grab some medicine to ease the pain.   What if, the next time you write down what you ate, and watch for those symptoms again and repeat the process?  But is that the answer?  Partially!  You need to be proactive and pay attention to what is causing this type of reaction so that you can avoid that particular food or it’s ingredients.

Does your stomach get upset or do you have sinus congestion often after you eat?  Do you have asthma attacks, feel dizzy or just don’t feel right?  Do you ever get pneumonia and can’t seem to shake it?  Do you experience diarrhea often or irritable bowel syndrome?

It is no fun being sick or having to postpone an activity you were looking forward to, right?

Most Common Offenders Are:

Allergies

Shellfish – shrimp, crayfish, lobster and crab

Peanuts

Tree nuts

Fish such as salmon

Intolerances

Wheat and other gluten-containing grains

Sugar found in fruits and honey

Dairy products

Corn products

[Source is National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, American Gastroenterological Society]

What You Can Do:

If you suspect certain foods are ‘hijacking’ your health, it’s important for your long-term health and wellness to contact one of our personal health consultants.  He can help you find out what foods trigger a reaction by doing a personalized, computerized health analysis.  Call Healthy Life Institute for a consultation at 801-358-4777.

If you live in Utah, along the Wasatch Front, we hold “free” healthy lifestyle workshops to keep people like you informed.  These workshops are currently being held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at our clinic.  It just so happens that our next topic “The Gut-Brain Connection – Dysbiosis” is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Next, avoid those foods that cause havoc on your body.  Keep your eye on the labels of such foods as flours, syrups, sugars, prepackaged foods.  Remember, continued exposure can cause chronic GI Inflammation and long-term problems such as Autoimmune disorders where your body attacks itself causing you great discomfort.

Finally, ask your favorite restaurants for a list of their ingredients so you can avoid those foods that cause problems.

Source:  Excerpts from “Stop Feeling Sick!”, Delicious Living, May 2013, p 30-3

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Overcome Fibromyalgia Naturally

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If you have or seem to think you have fibromyalgia, either by a doctor or yourself, one of the root causes might be a metabolic or cellular problem.  Symptoms for fibromyalgia might overlap with other disorders such as hypothyroidismchronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and interstitial cystitis (IC) or more.  

Some healthcare professionals chalk up fibromyalgia to an energy crisis in the body’s cell; others might determine its mixed messaging between the muscles and the brain.  It is known, however, that fibromyalgia patients experience chronic pain in both the upper and lower, left and right parts of their body, and that it involves a physical response to stress.  There is also a physiologic difference in how these patients process pain in their brains.

Did you know that the FDA approved medications for fibromyalgia patients (Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella)?  Many patients are thrilled that the medical pharma is finally recognizing their struggle.  Thankfully, there are a few healthcare professional who think that women deserve more than a prescription for their pain and suffering.  The initial FDA reviewers of Lyrica felt its effects were unimpressive when they first examined it for treatment of diabetic nerve pain.  Some of the side effects include weight gain, swelling, dizziness, and drowsiness–which is what fibromyalgia patients don’t need.

Surprisingly, there are a lot of patients who either recover from fibromyalgia or who improve tremendously.  How do they do it?  They might be able to do it by learning to nurture their bodies from the inside–on the cellular level.  There can be many underlying issues that need to be uncovered, such as sleep deprivation, diet, or infections from viruses and bacteria (Lyme Disease), to how a patient thinks and feels.  This road to travel can be a difficult journey, however, you can learn better habits or routines in your lifestyle.

Stress, Hormone Imbalance and Fibromyalgia — What is the Connection?

Your hormones are an important part to your health.  The hypothalamus is the master gland that controls your hormones.  It is located deep in your brain and sends biochemical messages to the thyroid, adrenal glands and ovaries (among others). These messages go through your pituitary gland which regulates your metabolic balance, your immune system, autonomic nervous system, etc.  The amazing tissues of your body talk back to the hypothalamus by way of chemical messaging.

Why Do Fibromyalgia patients feel more pain that others?

Recent research may give us a clue:  “The causes and effects of fibromyalgia are thought to be bidirectional.  In other words, structural imbalances can cause a tightening of muscles, while tight muscles can lead to structural imbalances.  Similarly, poor sleep can lead to tightening of muscles, and tight muscles can lead to poor sleep.”

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We at Healthy Life Institute are holding an educational workshop on Thyroid Power on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 7 p.m.  We are located at 1156 S State Street, Suite 206, Orem, UT. We will be talking more in depth about making appropriate changes in proper nutrition, how to detox safely, how to exercise correctly, and how to relax (all important aspects in someone with Fibromyalgia or Hypothyroidism).   We will also share with you some new scientific findings on thyroid health.  We hope to see you there!

Ultimate Body Cleanse (Part II)

What Organs Detoxify and What is Their Purpose ?

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    • Form urine from bloodplasma
      • Major regulator of water, electrolytes and acid-based content in the blood
  • The Liver
    • Secrets bile
      • Bile emulsifies fats in the small intestine
    • Produces enzymes
      • Converts toxic substances into less harmful ones
  • The Spleen
    • Forms red and white blood cells
    • Filter for lymphatic system (important part of immune system)
    • Reservoir of blood in times of emergency
    • Macrophages, in a healthy spleen, remove pathogens from the circulating blood
  • The Lungs
    • Excretes toxic gases out of the body when exhaling
  • The Skin
    • Excretes toxins out of the body, sometimes forming rashes or blemishes, etc.

What Can You Do to Eliminate Toxins Naturally?

It is an incredible cleansing process:

  1. Divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces of pure, filtered, non-acidic water
  2. Replace lesser quality foods (recreational) with higher quality foods:
    • Decrease cooked foods to no more than 50%
    • Consume raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts
    • Consume naturally-processed sea salt
  3. Exercise to stimulate blood circulation which improves all organs
    • Whole Body Vibration (Go to:  www.vibratebacktohealth.com )
    • Ground-bearing exercises i.e. walking
    • Stretching and deep-breathing exercises (Yoga) provide great benefit for a weakened liver
  4. Cleanse the Colon to remove self-poisoning from putrid, unevacuated waste
  5. Cleanse the Liver
    • Too vital an organ to leave polluted and congested
    • Performs more than 500 functions in the body
    • After the heart and lungs, it is the most important organ
  6. Cleanse the Kidneys to remove toxins
  7. Cleanse the Skin – the largest organ of the body

What Happens When Toxins are Stored in an Unhealthy Liver?

  • Toxins remain unchanged when leaving liver
  • Toxins are stored in tissues
  • Stored toxins are re-circulated in the blood
  • Re-circulated toxins may contribute to long-term, poor health conditions

The Forgotten Miracle Nutrient

One overlooked natural substance is Magnesium ~ a real jewel ~ it is something so universally beneficial.

The benefits of Magnesium on the human body:

  • Relaxes blood vessels
  • Every tissue
  • Every organ
  • Major weapon against depression and suicide
Deficiencies of Magnesium are linked to many maladies.  These include:
  • Heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Abnormal kidney function
  • Muscle weakness
  • Diabetes
  • Insulin resistance
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Inflammation
  • Excitotoxicity
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Impaired lung function
  • Cancer
  • Immune system disorders
A poor way to measure your magnesium levels is by testing your blood levels.  Why?