Getting Rid of Your Belly Fat, Naturally

Getting Rid of Your Belly Fat, Naturally

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

Where fat ends up is influenced by several factors, including heredity and hormones. ​Calories matter, but hormones matter more. In particular, reducing your belly fat involves the reset of the belly fat ​hormones which I’ll be discussing during this episode. I’ll share my basic strategies that you can implement to burn the fat around your abdomen, naturally!​​​ 

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The Link Between Food Intolerance, Hormones and Your Gut Health

The Link Between Food Intolerance, Hormones and Your Gut Health

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If you find yourself struggling with food intolerances of any kind, then it’s most likely causing an imbalance in your hormones as well. And if you’ve been diagnosed with low testosterone, PCOSestrogen dominancethyroid issues, or insulin resistance; then your food sensitivities are making them worse.

In this Podcast, I discuss how they’re linked and where to begin to help heal and regenerate your body from the attack on your immune system.

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Regenerative Health Program™

Regenerative Health Program™

The Regenerative Health Program™

I’m so glad you’re here.

By allowing me to help you, you are about to end your battle with fatigue, lack of confidence, a constant state of discomfort, mood swings, painful periods and a simple lack luster for life.

How can my Regenerative Health Program™ help you? Let’s discuss how I will reprogram every cell of your body, to come back to life.

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Navigating your own health is similar to starting a new recipe without knowing how to cookYou have an idea of what ingredients to use, but have no idea how to put it all together.

This is where I come in…

I found the Regenerative Health Program™ to help teach you how to renew every cell of your body

Reprogram Your Health

To Reinvent Your Life

Discover the Real You

By regenerating your health struggles, into your ideal self

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I’m dedicated in helping you have a firm grasp on understanding why your health turned upside down, while supporting your decisions to choose whichever path you prefer in the healing process.

 

 

Reinventing Your Health

I’m guiding you

step by step…

On which ingredients to buy and how to put the recipe together. I take your entire picture, along with your labs, to to paint a clear picture of how you got to where you are, what to do to fix it, and what’s coming down the pipeline if you don’t act now.

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My job is to teach you how to care for your body so well that you know exactly what to do when things get a little off balance.

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If you’re suffering from symptoms of imbalance, hair loss, chronic fatigue, PMS, hypothyroidism, adrenal dysfunction, fibroids, endometriosis and have seen everyone and tried everything, I can offer you solutions on your healing journey that will help you to get your life back. A full life of fun, happiness and ease. It’s time to end your needless suffering.

Reducing Histamine Inflammation Naturally

Reducing Histamine Inflammation Naturally

Histamine Intolerance

High histamine is prevalent and often undetected in most people leading to chronic inflammatory conditions.

What is Histamine?

Histamine is a chemical involved in your immune system, proper digestion, and your central nervous system. As a neurotransmitter, it communicates important messages from your body to your brain. It is also a component of stomach acid, which is what helps you break down food in your stomach.

You might be most familiar with histamine as it relates to the immune system. If you’ve suffered from seasonal allergies or food allergies, you may have noticed that antihistamine medications like Zytrec or Benedryl provide quick relief of your symptoms. This is because histamine’s role in the body is to cause an immediate inflammatory response. It serves as a red flag in your immune system, notifying your body of any potential attackers.

Histamine causes your blood vessels to swell, or dilate, so that your white blood cells can quickly find and attack the infection or problem. The histamine buildup is what gives you a headache and leaves you feeling flushed, itchy and miserable. This is part of the body’s natural immune response, but if you don’t break down histamine properly, you could develop what we call histamine intolerance.

I most often see high histamine present in skin disorders such as eczema, unexplained skin rashes, itchiness, hives, headaches or migraines, irregular periods or even in increased sweating or mood imbalance such as anxiety. Intolerance to alcohol is another clue.

The following foods are high in histamine: wine, beer, seafood, citrus fruits, berries, chocolate, canned foods, tofu, tomatoes, tempeh, eggplant and leftovers. However fermented foods such as vinegars and kombucha, aged cheeses, and sauerkraut or kimchi are among the highest. When these foods are eaten, you have to have enough DAO enzyme on board to break down the histamine levels in released from these foods, but a SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) in your DAO gene will hinder that process and cause histamine to build up in your bloodstream.

Vegans who are prone to anxiety or other mood imbalances should consider a trial diet where they eliminate fermented foods altogether. See how you feel after a month or two, you’ll be surprised how much happier you’ll become! Keep in mind that histamine isn’t the bad guy, it’s needed to create stomach acid and to perfect your gut motility. But if you seem to have a lower intolerance to histamine in your diet, consider getting you DNA checked for DAO or “diamine oxidase” which is the enzyme that helps to break down histamine.

Histamine Food List

Low histamine level foods:

  • Fresh meat (cooled, frozen or fresh)
  • Freshly caught fish
  • Chicken (skinned and fresh)
  • Egg yolk
  • Freshfruits – with the exception of strawberries, most fresh fruits are considered to have a low histamine level (also see histamine liberators below)
  • Fresh vegetables – with the exception of tomatoes
  • Grains – rice noodles, yeast free rye bread, rice crisp bread, oats, puffed rice crackers, millet flour, pasta (spelt and corn based)
  • Fresh pasteurised milk and milk products
  • Milk substitutes – coconut milk, rice milk
  • Cream cheese, butter (without the histamine generating rancidity)
  • Most cooking oils – check suitability before use
  • Most leafy herbs – check suitability before use
  • Most non-citric fruit juices
  • Herbal teas – with the exception of those listed below

High histamine level foods:

  • Alcohol
  • Pickled or canned foods – sauerkrauts
  • Matured cheeses
  • Smoked meat products – salami, ham, sausages….
  • Shellfish
  • Beans and pulses – chickpeas, soy beans, peanuts
  • Nuts – walnuts, cashew nuts
  • Chocolates and other cocoa based products
  • Vinegar
  • Ready meals
  • Salty snacks, sweets with preservatives and artificial colourings

Histamine liberators:

  • Most citric fruits – kiwi, lemon, lime, pineapple, plums
  • Cocoa and chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Papaya
  • Beans and pulses
  • Tomatoes
  • Wheat germ
  • Additives – benzoate, sulphites, nitrites, glutamate, food dyes

Diamine Oxidase (DAO) blockers:

  • Alcohol
  • Black tea
  • Energy drinks
  • Green tea
  • Mate tea

Debatable:

  • Yogurt – depends on the bacteria culture used
  • Egg white – it is a histamine liberator only when in its raw state

Other:

  • Yeast – even though it does not contain histamine as such, yeast serves as a catalyst for histamine generation during manufacture. There is no yeast in the end product.

Treating Histamine Intolerance

Remove the high histamine foods for 1-3 months. Most importantly, find the root cause for the histamine intolerance. If you’re on a medication that is causing the intolerance, working with your physician to wean off of these medications is essential. The main cause I see in my Practice that exacerbate histamine intolerance is Leaky Gut. In this case, I suggest reading my post on healing the gut and over time you should be able to stop the DAO and go back to eating histamine-containing foods.

If you’re currently suffering from histamine intolerance, you may not have to avoid these foods forever. It can be a short-term solution until your histamine or DAO levels return to their optimal ranges. Depending on your unique situation, you may find that you tolerate some foods better than others, so I encourage you to stay optimistic as you learn important information about your body!

  Sources include: NMI Portal für Nahrungsmittel Intoleranz, Histaminunverträglichkeit – Richtige Ernährung Maintz L, Novak N: Histamine and histamine intolerance, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2007 Jarisch, R. “Histaminunverträglichkeit”, Thieme Verlag, 2nd Edition  

Natural Solutions for Fighting Inflammation

Natural Solutions for Fighting Inflammation

Fighting Inflammation the Natural Way

Inflammation is your body’s way to protect itself from injury, infections, and other pathogens. While inflammation can be beneficial when it comes to acute injuries and illness, if it turns chronic, it can also become harmful to your health. Chronic inflammation can last for months or years. It is the underlying reason for almost every major health condition and disease.

While acute inflammation is necessary and beneficial for your health and recovery, chronic inflammation may have a harmful impact on your health. Chronic inflammation can play a role in a variety of health conditions, including metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease. 

When your body is under sustained stress due to an inflammatory diet, chronic emotional stress, the burden of chemical toxins, medications and poor sleep, it feels constantly under attack. It cannot differentiate a poor diet or an ongoing emotional battle from the distress caused by a bug bite or banged toe. All it wants to do is to protect you which results in a constant physical response of chronic inflammation.

Causes of Inflammation

Leaky Gut

Leaky gut is a condition characterized by damaged cells lining the intestines that cannot regulate what goes in and out. Naturally, your gut is a semi-permeable organ that allows micronutrients to pass through into the bloodstream to help you absorb nutrients from your food. However, inflammatory foods, toxins, infections, and stress can lead to holes in your intestinal wall resulting in leaky gut.

Once your gut becomes leaky, larger particles, including undigested food particles, toxins, and microbes can get through and escape into your bloodstream. Your immune system will recognize them as foreign invaders and pathogens. As an attempt to protect you, it releases an immune response which leads to long-term inflammation. Leaky gut is often characterized by gas, bloating, constipation, indigestion, and other digestion problems. However, it can also lead to more serious health issues, including autoimmune diseases.

One of the best lines of defense you can provide for your gut, to either treat or prevent Leaky Gut, is Gut Be Calm™. A naturally derived supplement I formulated for my patients, to help heal the interstitial cells of the gut wall lining. It’s fortified with healing herbs and amino acids to combat every day inflammatory effects from diet, stress, toxins and medications.

Environmental Toxins

Environmental toxins are all around you. They can be found in the air you breathe, the food you eat, the water your drink, and the products you use. Air pollution, smoke, heavy metals, and mold exposure are all examples of environmental toxins you may be subjected to. Conventional cleaning and body care products, medications, and even processed foods are filled with ingredients that are unnatural and toxic to your body.

Long-term exposure to environmental toxins can become overwhelming to your immune system and result in increased chronic inflammation which may increase your risk of disease. In my Practice, I offer two different tests that screen for heavy metals and every day toxins to determine your body’s toxic burdern. While it is important to lower your toxic load by buying organic and natural products and avoiding exposure to toxins as much as possible, it is impossible to completely eliminate them. This is why paying attention to other factors, such as your diet and overall lifestyle is incredibly important.

Blood Sugar Imbalances

High blood sugar, insulin resistance, and chronic inflammation have all been linked to chronic health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure.

Eating an inflammatory diet and too much sugar can lead to blood sugar imbalances that cause inflammation and the overproduction of inflammatory cytokines. Inflammatory cytokines can lead to increased insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar that only feeds the cycle of continuous inflammation and blood sugar problems. Furthermore, chronically elevated blood sugar levels result in advanced glycation end products (AGEs) that consequently increase inflammation and produce risk of oxidative stress on the body resulting in disease.

Herbal Medicine for Inflammation

Herbs are powerful healing tools when used to help balance the body. While there are a multitude of various herbs and compounds that are known for their anti-inflammatory benefits, I wanted to focus on four of my favorites…ginger, boswellia, rutin, and quercetin.

Ginger

For centuries, ginger has been recognized as a powerful anti-inflammatory plant. This is because it contains beneficial compounds that reduce inflammation while having antiviral and antibacterial properties that help to bolster the immune system’s defense against pathogens. One very particular part of the ginger root contains gingerols. This compound contains free-radical scavenging and anti-inflammatory properties that inhibit enzymes that perpetuate inflammation; as well as reducing various inflammatory pathways leading to the initiation of the inflammatory process.

Boswellia

Boswellia, or otherwise known as Frankincense, is a potent herbal extract that comes from the Boswellia serrata tree. It has been a popular anti-inflammatory herb used by Asian and African cultures for its medicinal properties to treat a number of health conditions, including chronic inflammatory illness. I often used it for my patients suffering from headaches to arthritis.

Rutin

Rutin can be found in various vegetables and fruits, including apples, citrus, figs, green tea, black tea, and buckwheat. Rutin has powerful antioxidants that can help your body to use vitamin C better and which helps to produce collagen also. Research shows that rutin can reduce inflammation and pain in rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases substantially.

Quercetin

Quercetin is a flavonoid (plant pigment) that can be found in vegetables and fruits, such as leafy greens, broccoli, tomatoes, and berries. It is rich in antioxidants, full of anti-inflammatory benefits and can fight free-radical damage. I often use it for my patients suffering from allergies as it quells the inflammatory cascade caused by histamines.

Final Thoughts

Chronic, low-grade inflammation has many causes. It is a major contributor to the loss of function and risk for disease that become more prevalent as we age. In fact, almost all age-related changes and disorders can be tied to a certain degree of inflammation, from arthritis, diabetes, parkinson’s to dementia and cancer.

Taking NSAIDs is a commonly suggested approach in mainstream medicine for those who suffer from chronic inflammation and pain. The problem is that the long-term use of NSAID’s can result in stomach ulcers, kidney and liver toxicity, and leaky gut syndrome.

Thanks to Mother Nature however, there is a better and more natural way to lower inflammation in your body and to protect yourself from disease. Prevent inflammation all together, by assessing your diet and implementing long-term anti-inflammatory steps in your life. To get started, please email me, I’m here to help!