Is High Cholesterol a Bad Thing?

Is High Cholesterol a Bad Thing?

Is Cholesterol a Bad Thing?

 

Cholesterol in a Nut Shell

Instead of looking at your high cholesterol labs with a sense of doom, let’s look at how cholesterol levels in the blood rise and when it can become a problem.

One of the basic functions of cholesterol is to stabilize the mitochondria (the energy powerhouse of the cell), preventing their destruction from stress. Did you know that anytime you’re under a stressful situation, cholesterol rises as a protective response to the stressor! Yes, you read that right: cholesterol is a protective substance! Stress also lowers intracellular magnesium, which also causes cholesterol production to increase, since magnesium regulates the enzyme that makes cholesterol. Stress to the body can be what we normally categorize as normal stressors but it can also constitute skipping meals, not getting enough sleep, and eating poorly.

In our younger years and in those with high metabolisms, cholesterol is converted inside cells into pregnenolone, DHEA, testosterone, progesterone, and other important protective hormones. You cannot make these hormones without cholesterol. Cells need 2 things to make the conversion: Vitamin A in its active form & thyroid hormone. As humans get older, their ability to convert beta carotene into active Vitamin A decreases, most people don’t eat much active Vitamin A in their diet, & metabolism decreases. In fact, up until about 40 years ago, high cholesterol was diagnostic of hypothyroidism, & routinely treated with supplemental thyroid hormones.

 

When is Cholesterol a Problem?

So high cholesterol is a problem because you’re not making youthful, protective hormones, but it’s also a problem because cholesterol oxidizes if it hangs around in the blood stream long enough, losing its protective functions. The cholesterol — or more accurately, the lipoproteins like LDL that are carrying cholesterol — get damaged by oxidation, and then the immune system’s response to that oxidative process is what causes the buildup of plaque and then ultimately the rupture of plaque and heart attack.So the real question everyone should be asking when it comes to atherosclerosis & heart disease is: “what causes LDL to oxidize?”

These are the main ways oxidized cholesterol builds up in your bloodstream:
• eating commercially fried foods.
• eating excess polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are found in vegetable oils, packaged & restaurant foods.
• smoking, alcohol & processed sugars.

 

What Can you Do?

If you have high cholesterol and your doctor is concerned, here is what I would recommend:

• Ask your Dr. for a cholesterol particle size test (LDL-P). Small LDL particles are more likely to oxidize & form plaques under the artery walls.
• Know your calcium status. One of my favorite things about Mineral Analysis, is the crucial information on tissue calcium that it provides. Coronary calcium scans will also give you good information about your tissue calcium buildup.
• Check your thyroid’s temperature first thing in the morning as an indicator for thyroid uptake. Anything less than 97.8 degrees is considered functionally hypothyroid.

If you want to lower your cholesterol naturally to ensure health for years to come:
• Make sure your diet has plenty of sources of active Vitamin A (eggs or cod liver oil).
• Eat more magnesium & supplement if needed. Cooked dark, leafy greens are excellent sources.
• Eat plenty of potassium-rich foods, like fruits & vegetables.
• Make sure your diet has plenty of Vitamin K2, active Vitamin K. K2 is a calcium director and can remove calcium buildup from the arteries.
• Focus on all the things that improve thyroid uptake by cells such as getting enough calories, protein, carbohydrates, potassium and other minerals, good estrogen metabolism, and good liver function – all the things I work on with my patients!

Losing Weight Without the Keto Diet

Losing Weight Without the Keto Diet

Hello Everyone, welcome to Regnerate You™!

On this episode, I am speaking with Jenn Trepeck who is an Optimal Health Coach, Podcaster and Business Consultant who is the Founder of Better Life Now LLC. As a Health Coach, Jenn’s experience in health is one in which I find great similarities with, because she uses science to explain why the body does what it dose. And when it comes to weight loss, we all want to know more. So on today’s episode we dive into why Keto isn’t the ideal form of weight loss and what is actually going on with the body when it’s storing fat.

Jenn also explains her tips for ideal eating habits to balancing out hunger hormones with an easy “motto” to help you remember what to always include in your diet!

Jenn Trepeck

To find out more about Jenn:
Facebook: @JenniferTrepeck
Instagram: @JennTrepeck
Twitter: @JThappyhealthy
LinkedIn: @JenniferTrepeck

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And remember, when you regenerate, there’s a new you every day!

Mold and Your Health

Mold and Your Health

Welcome to Regenerate You™, I’m Dr. Nirvana!

On this episode, I wanted to discuss the detrimental effects of mold to your health.

Mold toxicity occurs when mycotoxins are produced by micro-fungi, that can affect your body including your hormones, thyroid, adrenals and gut. This is because mycotoxins are nearly all cytotoxic, disrupting various cellular structures , and interfere with vital cellular processes such as protein, RNA and DNA synthesis.  What this means is that they’re damaging to the basic building blocks of your cells which translates to cellular dysfunction or cellular death.

How does the mold get into your body? Well, during the reproduction process of mold, mold spores are released into the air and can become inhaled through the nose and mouth and they don’t always have a “musty smell” or any odor at all. Once mold spores enter into your body, it can trigger a plethora of symptoms including:

Chronic or Adrenal fatigue

Infection sensitivity

  Respiratory infections

Immune dysfunction

 Brain fog

Fungal sinusitis

Asthma

Neuropathy

Thyroid dysfunction

If you think mold may be lingering in your body attributing to your health issues, then please listen to this episode, to learn which labs I use to help identify mold in the body, as well as some basic steps you can begin to use to eliminate the mycotoxins produced from the toxic mold.

If you’re looking for additional advice, feel free to visit my blog here. You can also stay connected with me on my Facebook page @DrNirvanaHeals or on my Instagram @DrNirvana.

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IBS

IBS

Healing IBS

Bloating is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints and a typical symptom that IBS sufferers experience. It can be described as the feeling of increased pressure or gas in the gut, causing it to stretch. As well as feelings of discomfort, it is often a visible protrusion, almost looking like a pregnant belly! How bloating presents in everyone is different, and can depend on your intestine’s sensitivity and how well your body absorbs the gas produced by your unique gut microbiota. Intestine hypersensitivity is a symptom of IBS and may explain why IBS sufferers experience heightened pain associated with bloating.

If you’re someone suffering from IBS, you’re far too familiar with the frustrating symptoms of constant constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and every gastrointestinal (GI) complaint in between. But did you know that inflammation is increasingly recognized within the research community as a possible cause?​ Although the level of inflammation in the GI tract of a patient with IBS may not be as high as it is in patients with IBD, low-grade inflammation still has the potential to contribute to the intestinal damage in the GI tract that leads to GI motor dysfunction.

 

The Root Cause

Factors believed to be linked to IBS are; gut sensitivity, altered gut motility, an imbalance between the good and bad gut bacteria, ‘leaky gut’ and infections.. Genetic factors are also thought to play a role, as well as diet sensitivities (e.g. high FODMAPs) and stress exposure. Stress is of particular importance, due to the role of the gut-brain axis in maintaining the pathways of communication and controlling the movement of the gut, which is necessary for healthy digestion.

Some studies suggest that the low-grade inflammation may result from immune system dysfunction, while others indicate a possible role of an imbalanced gut microbiota, contributing to the vulnerability of the intestinal lining caused by free radical species.Whatever the source of the inflammation with someone suffering from IBS, it’s important to consider therapies that combat the oxidative damage induced by the inflammatory processes. One very promising option that I use frequently with my IBS patients, is the most abundant antioxidant in the body, (and one of my favorites) known as glutathione!

 

Getting Help

The most important thing to do is to get a correct diagnosis. This is important not only to allow symptoms to be managed and improve quality of life, but also to rule out other conditions that share similar symptoms like Coeliac Disease or Endometriosis. Diagnosis is made using the Rome IV criteria, which is a symptom-based classification system that assesses ‘chronic symptoms’ – symptoms that have been present at least one day a week for at least six months.

Glutathione is an extremely powerful antioxidant which protects tissues from the inflammation that would otherwise result from their exposure to damaging free radicals, which can trigger inflammation. If inflammation is involved in either IBS or IBD, consider supplementing glutathione daily and if you’re experiencing regular bouts of IBS/IBD receiving glutathione via an IV, should be a serious consideration. But it doesn’t stop with just glutathione. Researchers have also found that other natural antioxidants, such as dietary polyphenols including quercetin and curcumin, can reduce inflammation and combat GI symptoms as well! Keep in mind that glutathione is the most abundant antioxidant in the body, so directly giving your body glutathione orally on a daily basis and frequently via an IV, may prove to be more powerful!

If you’re bloating is out of control, then consider my top tips to beat the bloat:

*Limit your intake of high FODMAP foods, in particular, foods high in fructans and galacto-oligosaccharides. Some foods I suggest you reduce are onion, garlic, wheat, legumes, pistachios and cashews. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
*Aim to have regular meal times.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
*Chew your food well and eat slowly and consider starting a digestive enzyme.

If you have IBS, know that you can confidently manage your symptoms and live a normal life.

 

 

I’m here to help you step by step

 

Meet my Acupuncturist

Meet my Acupuncturist

Hello Everyone, welcome to Regenerate You™!

On today’s episode I had the pleasure of interviewing my Acuptuncturist, Satch Purcell.  He is also an Herbalist, Occupational Therapist, and co-host of the Authenticity Show, a podcast about health, creativity and the quest for excellence. He earned his master’s in acupuncture and oriental medicine from South Baylo University in 1997, and a master’s in occupational therapy from Loma Linda University in 2004. He is certified in acupuncture orthopedics and completed advanced training at the Dong Zhi Men Hospital of Orthopedics and Traumatology in Beijing. Satch has worked in private practice as an acupuncturist & herbalist for over 20 years, including 11-years in an opiate recovery center.  He is currently the program director for the occupational therapy assistant program at Stanbridge University in Irvine, California.

The reason I asked Satch to be on my Podcast,  was because his applications in Traditional Chinese Medicine are not like most profressionals in his field. His  techniques are not only gentle but come with a unique approach from the wisdom that he has aquired from skilled Masters TCM. I hope you enjoy listening to him as much as I have throughout the years!

If you’re looking for additional advice, feel free to visit my blog here. You can also stay connected with me on my Facebook page @DrNirvanaHeals or on my Instagram @DrNirvana.

 

And remember, when you regenerate, there’s a new you every day!

Remove These Toxic Fats

Remove These Toxic Fats

Welcome to Regenerate You™, I’m Dr. Nirvana!

On today’s episode of Regenerate You™, I discuss some of the worst fats that are hidden in every day foods and how you can avoid them. These fats contain another kind of fat that falls outside of the saturated and unsaturated categories which wreak havoc on your cells transforming your DNA! As of 1999, label laws in the United States don’t require food manufacturers to include detailed information about these fats in nutrition labeling. So, a product whose label says it’s low in fat (in general) necessarily won’t tell you the amount of the toxic damaging fats it does contain! Curious to know which fats I’m referring? Curious to know which fats I’m referring? I’ll discuss more about these fats, how they’re made toxic and what you can do to avoid them!

If you’re looking for additional advice, feel free to visit my blog here. You can also stay connected with me on my Facebook page @DrNirvanaHeals or on my Instagram @DrNirvana.

 

And remember, when you regenerate, there’s a new you every day!

How to be Successful in Achieving your Heath and Wellness Goals

How to be Successful in Achieving your Heath and Wellness Goals

Hello Everyone welcome to Regenerate You™, I’m Dr. Nirvana!

On today’s episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Jason Jones who is a board-certified Chiropractor.  He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2000 with a BS Degree in Athletic Training from Troy State University and is also a Certified Health Coach – IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition).
He believes that a Physician should never stop learning so that they may serve their community to the best of their ability & this is why I wanted to interview him, because has created something I called his “golden goals” to mastering your mindset for anything in life…and it applies to health and wellness goals as well!

His techniques are so simple that anyone can incorporate them into their daily routines. I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Jones about this topic, so that you can learn how to achieve success in anything that you choose to do!

You can also listen to Dr. Jones on his Podcast, Health Made Easy or find him on his FB page, Website, or even on Twitter.

podcast mastering success

If you’re looking for additional advice on balancing your hormones naturally, feel free to visit my blog here. You can also stay connected with me on my Facebook page @DrNirvanaHeals or on my Instagram @DrNirvana.

 

And remember, when you regenerate, there’s a new you every day!

Using Nutrition to Balance Hormones

Using Nutrition to Balance Hormones

Welcome to Regenerate You™, I’m Dr. Nirvana!

On today’s episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Megan Olson, a certified Nutritionist, of Skinny Fitalicious LLC. She helps women over 35 lost weight and keep it off. Megan’s approach to nutrition is not like most others in her field, because it’s specific to bringing balance to your hormones, through nutrition.

For a FREE consultation with Megan, click here & visit her website for oodles of nutritional bites which you can also find on her Podcast!

megan olson

If you’re looking for additional advice on balancing your hormones naturally, feel free to visit my blog here. You can also stay connected with me on my Facebook page @DrNirvanaHeals or on my Instagram @DrNirvana.

And remember, when you regenerate, there’s a new you every day!

Having Trouble Staying Asleep?

Having Trouble Staying Asleep?

Welcome to Regenerate You, I’m Dr. Nirvana!

Ahhh sleep…it’s something we all yearn for when we just can’t seem to get enough and some of us go to all lengths to catch our Z’s as it slips further and further out of our control. And if we hear one more time, “just get to bed earlier”, we may just lose our minds!

So, how come you’re still so tired? The answer may surprise you. If you are not able to stay asleep and are waking up during the night between the hours of 2-4am, your hormones may be to blame.

On this episode of Rengerate You™, I discuss which hormone is most often the root cause of your dreaded insomnia, and what you can do to naturally address it.

If you’re looking for additional advice, feel free to visit my blog here. You can also stay connected with me on my Facebook page @DrNirvanaHeals or on my Instagram @DrNirvana.

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And remember, when you regenerate, there’s a new you every day!

Healing Bone Loss Naturally

Healing Bone Loss Naturally

Preventing Osteoporosis

What Causes Bone Loss?

Bone is living tissue that undergoes a continual self-regeneration process which removes old bone and replaces it with new bone. Which means your bones are alive!

With aging this balance shifts to favor greater bone removal and less new bone formation. When this happens osteopenia or osteoporosis can occur. Actually bone density peaks by the time you reach about thirty and progressively declines afterwards.

There are a variety of factors that can accelerate the loss of bone density and strength. And menopause is one cause, but also the use of drugs likecorticosteroids and proton-pump inhibitors, smoking, drinking excess alcohol, and a high inflammatory or refined sugar diet.

Bones need hormones to grow and maintain their strength. The major regulator of bone remodeling in both men and women is estrogen; while bone density is influenced by testosterone, DHEA, and growth hormone. So with aging, many of these hormone levels plummet and accelerate loss of bone density, which is often what I see in my perimenopausal patients. Their bones become weak or begin losing mass in osteopenia.

 

Restoring Bone Integrity

There isn’t one single therapy that can protect against bone deterioration, but a more holistic approach can do wonders.

  1. Diet
    1. Reducing the consumption of high sugar foods should be the first step. Sugar creates an acidic environment in the blood, when this happens the body’s natural response is to make it more alkaline. How does it do this? By pulling calcium from the bone to buffer the blood. Consider incorporating more alkaline foods in your diet such as green vegetables, grapefruit, avocado, black radish, alfalfa grass, barley grass, cucumber, kale, jicama, wheat grass, broccoli, cabbage, and celery.
  2. Minerals
    1. The body needs more than just calcium to grow. As a matter of fact, it requires magnesium, boron, vitamin D, strontium and vitamin K to build bone density. Your oral supplementation should include all of these nutrients to be most effective.
  3. Exercise
    1. No matter what age you are, incorporating some sort of weight baring exercises are vital to building healthier bones. When you are putting resistance on your muscles, this pulls on the tendons attached to your bones which actually creates a bit of damage. But consider this a good thing (in small amounts) because it stimulates your bone to create more bone from the microtears!
  4. Hormones
    1. Hormonal changes and imbalances, especially low estrogen and testosterone levels in women can also decrease bone mass. Women suffer from osteoporosis more than men largely because of a decrease in hormones after menopause. Staying on top of your hormone health is vital. Getting your hormones checked every 3 months can help you know exactly what’s going on when it comes to your hormone health.

When considering how to treat your osteoporosis or osteopenia, please remember that it’s not just about treating the one thing, but more about addressing the root cause of your bone loss and why it occured in the first place . My Naturopathic approach is to treat theunderlying cause and when it comes to restoring bone health, it usually involves healing the gut, finding your ideal diet, and balancing hormones. They’re all linked.