During the production of thyroid hormones (T4 & T3), a large amount of free radicals are normally produced as well. The free radicals are toxic and must be eliminated as soon as possible in order to prevent the negative effects if they’re accumulated.
Your MUST – Have Antioxidant
This is where my very most favorite antioxidant, widely known as the “mother of all antioxidants” aka Glutathione, comes in handy. When Glutathione is present in appropriate levels in your body, it’s able to address the free radiacal damage and solve it in a matter of minutes, preventing any negative effects from occurring. However, if your body is struggling with Glutathione deficiency, the free radicals will accumulate causing an imbalance in the thyroid and soon in your overall health as well.
But that is not all….If your immune system is, for any reason, compromised, it can cause an imbalance in the Th1/Th2 system, causing it to attack its very own healthy body tissues. This will ultimately result in autoimmune disease.
This might be the first time that you are hearing about the importance of Glutathione, but if you’re interested in keeping your thyroid gland (and your immunity) in the best shape ever, you’ll want to incorporate this into your lifestyle as if it’s your BFF!
I uses it for so many different areas of my Practice such as:
Increase your vitamin C – Vitamin C IVs for example help to increase levels of glutathione found in your white and red blood cells. For my patients I add glutathione to the IVs for an extra powerful boost of antioxidants!
Increase this Liver Herb – Milk thistle is a herbal supplement extracted from a plant called Silybum marianum. It contains three compounds, all of which are known for their strong antioxidant properties. But that is not all. Milk thistle is also known to increase the Glutathione levels in the body. So consider buying yourself a quality milk thistle supplement.
Avoiding Alcohol – if you drink excessive amounts of alcohol on a regular level this exposes you to a decrease in Glutathione levels, especially in your lungs, by 80 to 90%. So take a break from the vino or try decreasing the amount of martinis.
Regaining Control of your Thyroid
Navigating your thyroid issues can be overwhelming. Whether you’re trying to determine the underlying cause, making sure you’re eating enough of the right foods, or eliminating factors that wreak havoc on your thyroid.
I’ve been helping people with complex cases, like yours, in my Practice for years, very successfully!
How? Well it doesn’t involve medications or a radical change in your lifestyle. It just requires your trust in yourself as well as a small amount of time.
My Regenerative Health Program™ allows you to do what you need to do naturally, to get better for good! Yes you read that right. This is because it’s all about balancing your body which include three fundamental areas. Your liver, your hormones, and your gut. That’s it.
The Regenerative Health Program is perfect for you if you:
Are committed to getting results.
Willing to be listened to and heard.
Want to heal naturally.
If this is you,I welcome you to contact me here, to heal your thryoid.
As you age, your metabolism tends to decelerate by about 5% for every decade of life past age 40. With that in mind, taking specific vitamins to boost your metabolism can help combat this natural decline.
B-vitamins are at the top of the list for vitamins that maintain a healthy metabolism. In fact, B vitamins are essential for healthy metabolism functioning, as they help our body get the maximum use out of nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
As you grow older and your metabolism naturally slows down, B vitamins can help you boost your metabolism and maintain a healthy weight. Each B vitamin has specific functions, so look out for B-complex vitamins, which contain all eight B vitamins.
L-glutamine is an incredible multi-tasker. It’s the most abundant amino acid in your bloodstream, and it protects against muscle wasting, while also boosting your cellular growth and repair. That makes glutamine an excellent choice for faster post-workout recovery. It can also help to raise growth hormones, which increases your resting metabolic rate and boosts fat burning. You’ll find a hefty dose of this potent amino acid in the Gut Be Calm™.
Vitamin D can complement the function of some female hormones and these vitamin-hormone interactions play a beneficial role in weight loss. Adequate levels of vitamin D may also help prevent depression, according to some research.
Tip:You might want to consider taking a vitamin D supplement if you spend most of your days indoors.
Meet your new weight loss bestie! This is because berberine helps prevent fat storage, balances insulin sensitivity, and increases the hormone, leptin, which helps you crush cravings and burn fat. I use it often for my patients who have insulin resistance or diabetes to help manage their blood sugar as well.
Remember, no supplement will take the place of a nourishing, balanced diet, regular exercise, and healthy sleep and stress management habits. But if you’re looking for an all-natural advantage, the 4 supplements above are a great start. You can receive them in shot form at The Vitamin Shot Bar or via a custom-made IV for an even stronger effect!
A Simple Recipe to help Alkalize your Body and Heal your Gut
Cabbage is a great bowel cleanser. I use it often as part of my Naturopathic protocols in treating various gut issues and it’s always a happy recommendation for my detox programs. It holds two essential minerals – chlorine and sulfur, which are effective in treating GI problems such as bloating, GERD or acid reflux, and indigestion. It also contains a wealth of anti-inflammatory nutrients such as polyphenols and sulforaphane and vitamins K1 and B-vitamins.
Vitamin K1 is a fat-soluble vitamin most well known for the important role it plays in blood clotting and bone metabolism, but it’s also a known brain nutrient for helping to limit neuron damage in the brain. Most notably, cabbage contains tartaric acid which hinders conversion of sugar and carbohydrates into fat.
When my patients tell me that they are any sort of antacids such as Pepcid or Pepto Bismol, I immediately recommend cabbage juice instead. The reason is that the juice of a cabbage is one of the most healing nutrients for ulcer repair as it is a huge source of vitamin U (which is actually not a vitamin but an enzyme known as S methylmethionine). As a matter of fact, having a few teaspoons of cabbage juice before eating, or better yet, fermented cabbage juice from sauerkraut will do wonders to improve your digestion. So it not only help heal ulcers but also helps to benefit digestion.
The second ingredient in my Detox-Alkaline Juice Shot is honey. Honey is known to mobilize extra fat in the body which it puts into circulation to be converted into energy. Contrary to popular belief, honey is not pure fructose. It contains trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids allowing it to have antibacterial properties as well. One of the reasons you’ll find it in many cough remedies.
And finally, the third ingredient in my Detox-Alkaline Juice Shot is lemon. It’s the perfect way to hydrate and alkalize the body. It has a very high amount of vitamin C which helps to boost the immune system but also minerals such as calcium and magnesium which make the juice alkaline as soon as it comes in contact with your blood.
After changing your diet, adding in supplements is often the next step in along someone’s wellness journey. But knowing what supplements to take can take you down a very confusing tunnel. This is why I like to keep it as simple as possible when recommending supplements. A little can go a long way and using a few supplements at a time is better than a myriad that may be causing more health obstacles down the road.
I’d like to introduce you to one of my very most favorite supplements known as Hydrastis canadensis or better known as Berberine. This beautifully colored herb has long been used in traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic and Naturopathic protocols to help fight off bacteria, viruses and other harmful pathogens. In my Practice, I often use it to help balance blood sugar, eliminate Candida and up-regulate metabolism to assist with weight loss.
One of the reasons berberine is so beneficial to the body is that it works with many different physiological pathways of the body that can activate adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK). This enzymes controls how energy is used in the body and how it’s used inside the cell. Think of it as a switch that turns things on and off. Berberine turns on AMPK to regulate the biological activities that normalize lipid, glucose and energy imbalances.Another interesting fact is that it can form structures with other compounds to increase it’s efficacy. I just love how the innate intelligence of the human body!
Health Benefits of Berberine
Insulin Resistance and Diabetes – As mentioned previously, Berberine is incredibly helpful in balancing the blood sugar levels in the body and can help control diabetes. It does this by improving insulin sensitivity and reducing the production of glucose in the liver.
Weight Loss – studies show that Berberine may help reduce body weight by improving the function of fat-regulating hormones like insulin and leptin. It also helps inhibit the growth of fat cells and improve the activity of brown fat, which converts fats into energy. (Source).
Gut Health – Berberine may help improve immune function by maintaining healthy gut flora, providing antioxidant properties and activating white blood cells, which are responsible for preventing infections. As well as killing various bacteria, viruses or fungi wreaking havoc in the gut. (Source).
Liver Health – Research suggests that Berberine may be a useful supplement for people with Fatty Liver, as it helps decrease fat buildup in the liver and regulate hepatic lipid metabolism. (Source).
Naturally Occurring Sources of Berberine
Berberine is a naturally occurring compound found in several medicinal plants and herbs. It’s usually extracted from the roots, barks, leaves and rhizomes of any of the following plants:
Phellodendron (also known as cork tree)
Optimizing your Metabolism
Taking Berberine is not enough to improve your overall health (sigh), you’ll need to put in some effort too. In order to maximize the positive effects of this supplement, it’s best to pair it with proper nutrition based upon your body type and any food sensitivities or GI issues you may be experiencing simultaneously. Healing the root cause will allow your body to release the inflammation that is keeping your metabolism at bay. To get to the core of your sluggish metabolism, schedule a consultation to begin!
As the body ages, it loses its ability to fight the effects of free radicals. The result is more free radicals, more oxidative stress, and more damage to cells. What is oxidative stress? When oxygen molecules split into single atoms that have unpaired electrons, they become unstable free radicals that seek other atoms or molecules to bond to. If this continues to happen, it begins a process called oxidative stress which can damage the body’s cells, leading to a range of diseases and lead to causes symptoms of aging. Another way of looking at it is, oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants.
Here’s an example I like to use often: If you think of an apple turning brown when exposed to air, this is basically what happens to our cells when we are exposed to free radicals.
Examples of Free Radical Production
Breathing in pollution of chemicals (even perfumes or cleaning agents)
Any kind of stress
Drinking alcohol, smoking, or medications
Excessive exercise and excessive sunbathing
It’s the overproduction of free radicals that can cause oxidative damage to our DNA that may eventually lead to many chronic long term and possibly life threatening diseases such as atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetics, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, chronic inflammation, stroke and so on.
Continuing the image of an apple browning and the free radicals which are the molecules that cause rust. In a way, aging can be defined as the rusting of the body from the inside out. The problem is that our body’s ability to fight against aging decreases as we get older. Especially in comparisons to when we start out, when we’re young and vibrant and our body is full of life, it’s capable of producing antioxidants on its own without external help. Antioxidants are the primary line of defense the body uses against free radicals. This is why is important to maintain high levels of antioxidants in the body.
Sadly as we grow older, over time the body produces fewer and fewer antioxidants; as these free radicals accumulate in the body they damage cells, damage DNA and cause skin deterioration, while making it harder to fight disease and aging.
The Antiaging Solution
What can be done to reverse or slow down the aging process? One way the body takes care of repairing damage is to signal the production of it’s own antioxidant enzymes. There are various herbs that can help to turn on these enzymes such as milk thistle, ashwaganda, green tea, bacopa, and turmeric which can be taken orally. Internally however, if you find that your body is require a significant amount of support to reverse the aging process and repair the oxidative damage, you will want to consider to very important antioxidants to assist. The first antioxidant that is incredibly powerful at doing the job would be glutathione. This powerful antioxidant helps cleanse the liver by making it function at its best so that it eradicate toxins in the body efficiently. The second of these would be Vitamin C. This notorious vitamin helps to squelch free radicals and inflammation (another causative factor in decreasing life span and increasing disease).
If you are interested in beginning your journey to a healthier, younger and happier you, contact the office to schedule your IV or consultation today.
Curious as to what this may be? It’s a Chaga Mushroom!
Chaga is a type of fungus which grows on the birch trees of Siberia and other cold regions like Alaska and Northern Canada. While it is often referred to as a mushroom, chaga does not resemble most mushroom. Actually it looks more like a Truffle!
Chaga has been used for centuries and possibly even thousands of years by various cultures familiar with its benefits. Indigenous Siberians ground it down and added it to their stews and soups to boost endurance and stave off degenerative diseases.
It has been noted that Inuit Siberians had significantly greater life spans than Inuit from regions where they did not use chaga and also that cancer was extremely rare in areas of Siberia where chaga was commonly consumed.
It normalizes and balances body functions. Research has demonstrated that chaga could both stimulate immune response while simultaneously reducing inflammation.
A variety of the compounds contained in chaga such as betulinic acid and inotodiol work to reduce dangerous inflammation within the body.
It’s often used to support intestinal health and treat ulcers.
As well as protecting the heart by its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nature, the betulinic acid in chaga is known to help break down the bad LDL cholesterol in the body. Research conducted in Russia in the 1950s, discovered that chaga had a beneficial effect on high blood pressure as well.
The betulinic acid found in chaga mushrooms is known to inducecell death and prevent tumors from developing. Many research articles have confirmed that chaga has anti-tumor benefits.
The betulin present in chaga is also known to have a liver detoxifying effect helping you clean out the system and start afresh
How to Take Chaga:
One of the most popular ways to take chaga is in the form of tea which can be made quickly from dried chaga chunks (shown in the picture) by following a few simple steps.
Grind one of the chunks into a fine powder with a coffee grinder or something similar.
Put between 1-2 teaspoons of powder into a teapot and add boiling water.
Let the chaga steep for at least 5 minutes; the longer it steeps, the more medicinal ingredients you will be able to extract.
I prefer my plain but you can add some of your favorite sweetener to taste.
Enjoy knowing you are fortifying your body with an abundance of health benefits!