Why I Love Prebiotics

Why I Love Prebiotics

There are certain foods, which are called Prebiotics that feed your friendly bacteria and help them proliferate on their own. They are employed to promote both beneficial bacteria which are already established in the gut. It’s like pouring on fertilizer so they can grow! How’s this done? Well, they travel to the gut intact and are fermented by the friendly bacteria that reside there, giving them the ability to grow and flourish. However, in terms of taking prebiotics on the Candida diet, they should be AVOIDED until after you’ve got rid of the infection, as most likely they will just feed Candida.

Prebiotics are critical to restoring the health of your microbiome, and therefore the health of your body, as the microbes they feed. One of the main differences of Prebiotic fiber is that it’s not as fragile as probiotic bacteria because it’s not affected by heat, stomach acid, or time! 

As your bacteria in the colon digest prebiotic fiber, they produce what’s called short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which produce a myriad of benefits such as:

1. Reducing Inflammation

These short chain fatty acids that are produced are associated with decreased inflammation throughout the body.

2. Preventing Leaky Gut

SCFAs help strengthen the permeability of the gut, playing a key role in preventing leaky gut which Candida most likely contributed to in the first place. They do this by preventing the gut from becoming leaky again and by stopping toxins being reabsorbed, this will go a long way to preventing reinfection.

3. Balancing Gut pH

SCFAs reduce the pH of the intestinal lining, which makes the gut more acidic (we want an acidic gut) and less hospitable to Candida reappearing.

4. Boosting Vitamin & Nutrient Absorption

With a better working gut, you can absorb more of the nutrients you digest from your food. The more nutrients you absorb, the stronger your immune system becomes and the better you can fight Candida or other pathogenic organisms.

5. Increasing Insulin Sensitivity

Prebiotics improve insulin sensitivity, contributing to reduced sugar cravings and keeping your appetite under control.

Variation is Key

Just like probiotics, one of the key points here is that you need to focus on a diversity of prebiotics in either food or supplement form. So go for lots of variations with a plant-heavy diet that includes plenty of pre- and probiotic foods. These would include:

Fruits:  Unripe green bananas, kiwis, apples, wild blueberries, tomatoes.

Roots: dandelion, chicory, burdock.

Vegetables + herbs: spinach, asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, leeks, onions.

Whole, unrefined grains: millet, quinoa, barley, buckwheat, oats.

Fermented Foods: sauerkraut, miso, kefir.

Nuts and Seeds: flax, chia, pistachios.

Prebiotics: How Much Do You Need?

You should be looking to consume 5 grams (5000mgs) of prebiotics foods daily. In order to achieve the optimal amount to regrow your microbiome after a Candida infection, you should be looking at consuming both supplement and whole food form.

Here are some helpful tips to increasing your prebiotics foods into your diet:

Soak your oats overnight and add in organic blueberries and flax seeds.

Sprinkle chia seeds in your smoothies.

Stir fry garlic, onions and Jerusalem artichokes as a side dish.

Enjoy an apple and a handful of pistachios for a tasty, simple snack.

Make a salad of dandelion greens, tomatoes and quinoa.

What’s the Difference between an Ovarian Cyst vs a Follicular Cyst

What’s the Difference between an Ovarian Cyst vs a Follicular Cyst

Many women may have follicular cysts but don’t have PCOS. Do you know how to differentiate between the two? In this artilce, I’d like to discuss how you can.

One of the main difference is in their size:

  • a follicle is 10mm or 2cm or smaller
  • a dominant follicle is 20-30mm or smaller
  • an ovarian cyst is larger than 30mm (3cm) in size

We don’t usually consider surgery unless a cyst is larger than 50-60mm (5-6cm) although that may depend on what the cyst looks like & what symptoms it causes. Ovarian cysts are so common that nearly every woman will have 1 at some stage in her life. Many women will have no problems related to a cyst.

There are 3 main groups of ovarian cysts:

  1. Functional (physiological) cysts. They form when the monthly ovarian cycle doesn’t follow its usual pattern. These form when the dominant follicle & corpus luteum do not behave as they normally would during a particular menstrual cycle. They are called either follicular or corpus luteum cysts.
  2. Follicular cysts form when the follicle does not release an egg but instead continues to swell up with fluid. In the same way, a corpus luteum cyst forms when the corpus luteum does not shrink away but continues to grow in size. Functional cysts are common & usually go away by themselves, but this can take 2 – 3 months. After the cyst goes away, the ovary usually goes back to working normally. From time to time, another functional cyst may occur. Not surprisingly, your period may not come at the right time in a cycle affected by a functional ovarian cyst. Often the period comes later than expected but it can come earlier. However, once the cyst has resolved, the menstrual cycles return to normal. Just remember, they’re common & mostly resolve by themselves without treatment.
  3. Benign (non-cancerous) ovarian cysts are also common.
    1. Dermoid cysts (aka teratomas) are benign ovarian tumors which contain many different body tissues – fat, hair, skin & even teeth. They occur mostly in young women & are even found in children. In women with a dermoid cyst, 10% will have 1 in both ovaries. Dermoid cysts are ‘growths’, but many grow so slowly (1 – 2 mm per year) that surgery is often not recommended unless they reach about 5cm.
    2. Cystadenomas are benign tumors containing clear, water-like fluid or mucus. On ultrasound, they often look just like functional cysts – the difference is that functional cysts usually go away over a few months while cystadenomas keep getting bigger over time. Once a cystadenoma is about 5 – 6 cm in size & has been there for several months (so it’s not likely to be a functional cyst), you & your gynecologist may decide to have it removed, as it may twist the ovary or burst in the future (but not common).

What about Polycystic Ovaries?

PCO means ‘many cysts on the ovary’ but the ‘cysts’ that are seen in this condition are not true cysts – instead PCO actually means having lots of small follicles (2 – 9mm). This is often normal for young women and is not usually Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), particularly if they have regular periods and no abnormal facial or body hair or have insulin resistance. However, if a woman only has a period every few months and/or she also has a problem with facial/body hair, acne, and blood sugar imbalances, she may have PCOS. In PCOS, the hormones don’t follow the normal menstrual cycle & has many small ovarian follicles. These are not true ovarian cysts and generally don’t require surgery.

What should I do if think I have an ovarian cyst?

If your symptoms are mild then you should see your GP, who will ask you about your symptoms and examine you. It may be possible for your doctor to feel a cyst by checking your abdomen or by vaginal examination. Your GP will most likely request:

  1. A pap smear if it’s due.
  2. A pregnancy test if there is a possibility you may be pregnant. A pregnancy in the wrong place (the tube, rather than the uterus) can give symptoms just like an ovarian cyst. This type of pregnancy is called an ectopic pregnancy. [see our Fact Sheet on Ectopic Pregnancy]
  3. A pelvic ultrasound– either through the tummy wall or else through the vagina (called a transvaginal US). A scan through the vagina is close to the ovaries and gives much clearer pictures than a scan through the tummy. A vaginal scan is not uncomfortable, especially since it doesn’t need a full bladder. Ultrasound is excellent at seeing a cyst on the ovary and working out what kind of cyst it is.
  4. Rarely, ovarian cysts can cause particular blood tests to become abnormal. Your doctor will decide if you need these tests.

Management of an Ovarian Cyst

If you have an ovarian cyst, managing it will depend on what type of cyst it is, how big it is, and what problems you are experiencing.  Functional cysts can be watched for a few months as they will usually go away on their own. You & your gynecologist may decide to have the cyst removed if it doesn’t go away on its own after 3 months, if it’s causing significant pain/pressure symptoms, if it’s quite big (more than 6cm) or if it’s a type of cyst that doesn’t go away by itself (like a dermoid).

What about taking the oral contraceptive pill?

Taking the pill won’t treat a cyst if it’s already there & it may go away by itself. It’s more like a band-aid to a long-term issue and the pill will block androgen production too. This isn’t a good thing because women need healthy testosterone production for bone health, libido, stamina and mood enhancement. Long-term affects to imbalanced hormone production in the future is also a risk, as well as blood clot formation. In the end remember that the pill only masks the root cause of the hormonal imbalances that are occurring in PCOS. Addressing your adrenal health, blood sugar imbalances and making sure your liver detox pathways are working optimally, is a good place to start. Your body is so intelligent. When one area is out of balance, another area is also. So begin by searching for the reason the cyst formation happened in the first place, will help your body be free to work and maintain its health naturally.  I’m here to help you discover where it all started.

Brain Health and Detox

Brain Health and Detox

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

As we all know, the brain is responsible for directing the operations of the entire human body. Every blink of your eye, every twitch of your muscle, and every thought that runs through your mind originate from the brain. Which means the brain is the ultimate ruler of your body.

As you age, your brain is exposed to more and more toxins which results in losing some of it’s vital functions. That is, it’s harder for your brain to make the connections it needs. This can mean you have a hard time focusing, you have a hard time remembering things, or you just simply begin to run out of energy. By ensuring your brain is healthy, you can help prevent these things from happening.

On this episode I discuss some simple tips to preventing your brain from aging so that it can avoid deteriorating sooner than necessary. I’ll also discuss how your gut is involved in this process and what you can do to keep not only your brain health in check, but also your gut health as strong as possible.

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.

Click here to learn more information about IgG Protect and to listen to my Podcast about the dangers of EMR, click here.

 

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

A Gentle Detox to Cleanse Your Body

A Gentle Detox to Cleanse Your Body

As a Naturopathic Doctor I am always searching for pathways to healing for myself and my patients. In all my years and travels around the globe, I have found that there are two basic pillars required to successfully turn a hopeful health goal into a reality:

  • A good plan, which serves as a map and provides structure.
  • An understanding that your body is nourished by your kindness and devotion to its feedback by you.

Annually I like to change up my detox based upon what I have found during that year, to be the most affective and most gentle approach while achieving optimum solutions. After much exploration in 2020, I discovered this particular plan by Orthomolecular labs known as Core Restore®. One of the many benefits is that it’s simple! It’s a strategic plan that provides three active formulas–Core Support®, Alpha Base®, and PhytoCore®—that function synergistically to support Phase I and Phase II pathways of liver detoxification to help neutralize environmental pollutants, hormone disruptors, unhealthy estrogen metabolites, xenoestrogens (synthetic compounds that imitate estrogen), and other harmful toxins. Basically, for anyone suffering from PMS, fibroids, perimenopause, menopause, PCOS or any hormone imbalances for that matter, it’s a wonderful kick start as well as for anyone else!

 

What’s Included in Core Restore®

 

1. Core Support®

Core Support® powder enhances Phase II detoxification by providing clean protein, gentle fiber, and specific nutrients which help eliminate toxins during the seven-day detoxification program. Core Support® provides nutrients needed for Phase II detox including N-acetyl cysteine, glycine, taurine, lipoic acid, green tea extract, ellagic acid, and a unique blend of vegetable phytonutrients. The antioxidant activity of this unique blend of nutrients is protective against cell damage by free radicals and helps induce Phase II enzymes which facilitate the removal of toxins from the body and scavenge free radicals.

2. Phyto Core®

PhytoCore® is added on the third day of the Core Restore® program to stimulate Phase I activity once Phase II has been established. The specialized blend of nutrients in PhytoCore has been shown to stimulate Phase I and II biotransformation and support the body’s natural liver cleansing function during detoxification. Each capsule includes silymarin, artichoke extract, curcumin, methionine, choline, inositol, garlic, and dandelion root. These botanicals and plant extracts include phytonutrients, antioxidants and other compounds that protect plants from environmental challenges including exposure to radiation and toxins, and defend your body against them.

3. Alpha Base®

Alpha Base® provides a multi-nutrient foundation to ensure the liver has adequate amounts of important trace minerals and vitamins needed for the energy/nutrient intensive process of detoxification. Nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and the B vitamins are required for cytochrome P450 activity. In addition to vitamins and trace minerals, carotenoids are included to help scavenge free radicals and protect cells while toxins are removed.

This powerful trio of specialized formulas provides essential micronutrients, phytonutrients, and a source of easily digested, low- allergen protein that help to purify the liver. We all want vibrant bodies, loads of energy, and a clear mind. Because many of us are lacking in vital minerals, nutrients, phytonutrients, and healthy fats, the Core Restore Program® emphasizes nutrient-dense shakes to help rebuild your body while you cleanse. These nutrients will help build your mineral reserves, support liver detoxification, and maintain consistent energy while eliminating harmful toxins.

core restore detox program

 

Whether it’s the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, or the products we use, everyone is affected by the thousands of chemicals in our internal and external environment. These chemicals can inhibit the proper functioning of our bodies and make us feel run down. What’s more, much of the food we eat today is low in minerals and nutrients, high in refined sugars and starches, and void of adequate fiber. Many of these common foods can produce inflammatory responses throughout the body which, over time, can degrade the quality of our digestive system. The Core Restore Program® works by removing the most common food allergens while lightening up your diet, so your body can spend its energy cleansing and healing.
And all of this is for 7 days only. Remember the second part of healing involves listening to your body, so seven days is long enough for most us to provide that gentle, yet loving approach that our body craves.
If you’re ready to begin the Core Restore Program®, simply click here.
Here’s to a kinder, healthier 2021!

A Simple Liver Cleanse

Cleansing gallbladder sludge is crucial for optimal gallbladder function and liver detox. What many people are unaware of is that the gallbladder is one of the primary organs involved in digestion and helps with the breakdown of fats and absorption of fat-soluble nutrients while also ensuring an optimal terrain in the small intestine. And there is one root veggie that can help promote healthy bile flow and liver health, which is oh-so beautiful beet root! One of the primary benefits of beetroot is its ability to promote bile flow and cleanse gallbladder sludge.

The Glorious Benefits of Beets

 

1. Constipation

Having healthy daily bowel movements is essential for any liver detox or colon cleansing program. Eating beets is one of the best ways to relieve constipation by promoting bile flow and thus peristalsis. Using beet juice for constipation is one of the secret benefits of beet juice that not a lot of people know. Having a healthy bowel movement can entail more than just the generic advice of drink more water and eat more fiber. Beet juice helps to relieve constipation by improving bile flow from the gallbladder, and bile helps to stimulate peristalsis in the intestinal tract, making sure that everything is moving along as it should. Whole-body detoxification is improved when the bowels are working optimally.

2. Skin Health

Beetroot juice is also beneficial for the skin as the skin is also another detoxification organ. If the gallbladder detoxification pathway is sluggish in the body, then toxins can come out through the skin, causing all sorts of skin concerns such as rashes, blemishes, etc. If you’re finding that your skin has lost its luster and needs a refresh boost, consider trying the GLOW IV™. I formulated this infusion to feed your tissues the most nourishing vitamins while removing harmful toxins from the body!

4. Weight Loss

Toxins are stored in fat cells, which is why cleansing safely and correctly is crucial for weight loss. If the liver and gallbladder can’t effectively and safely detox, the body will not use the stored fat in fat cells with lots of toxins until the body can detox the toxins stored in the fat cells.The first step in any liver detox protocol is to first open up the elimination pathways by improving bile flow from the gallbladder. Toxins are eliminated out of the liver and body via the bile and through the gallbladder. If the elimination routes are sluggish due to a build-up of gallbladder sludge and thick stagnant bile, it is difficult to lose weight. Beet juice helps to cleanse the gallbladder and liver by opening up this crucial elimination route in the body.

5. SIBO

There is a big connection between SIBO and gallbladder problems. If you have SIBO symptoms, gallbladder pain, fat mal-absorption, or SNPs in the PEMT gene then beetroot will be very beneficial for you. Beet’s can promote antimicrobial bile flow. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth can be a recurrent issue if gallbladder function is not addressed, and bile flow is not optimized. Bile is antimicrobial and helps to prevent small intestinal bacterial overgrowth through bile’s antimicrobial properties.Beetroot juice is wonderful for flushing gallbladder sludge naturally. If bile is thick and sludgy, then it won’t flow out of the gallbladder effectively.

 

Now who’s ready to juice some beets?

 

Stress, Immunity and Hormones

Stress, Immunity and Hormones

We have an increasing number of things that demand our time and attention every day. Many of us aren’t sleeping as well as we should and we lead fairly sedentary lifestyles. And many more of us consume a diet filled with chemical additives, preservatives, flavorings and sugar, all which leave us feeling even more stressed and fatigued. We have gadgets that allow us to be accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is seemingly bad news everywhere you turn. We are increasingly becoming a society that is stressed out, overwhelmed and burnt out!

In a healthy body, once the stress has passed and cortisol levels decrease, the hypothalamus signals to the pituitary and adrenals to stop hormone production. But this doesn’t happen when chronic stress is involved.  It becomes a loop of continual release of all of the stress hormones. The result is dysfunction in the HPA axis (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal). When levels of these hormones, particularly cortisol, remain elevated in the body, specific symptoms will begin to occur.

Symptoms that indicate that stress is causing a hormone imbalance include:

 

1. Poor digestion

When cortisol is released, digestion slows down. This happens so that energy can be conserved and diverted to where it’s needed.  The production of HCL also slows along with the digestion process.  This can often lead to acid reflux, H.Pylori, ulcers, and Leaky Gut.

2. High blood sugar levels

When faced with stress, the body releases glucose to help provide fuel to the body.  This increases blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels remain high for an extended period of time, such as during periods of chronic stress, it can result in blood sugar dysregulation. And the higher the fat in your diet, the less sugar is able to get into the cell to fuel it. This sends signals to your pancreas to release more insulin to get the glucose into the cell, resulting in insulin resistance.

Also high levels of fat in your blood put a major strain on your liver, pancreas, and adrenal glands, which work together to manage your blood sugar levels. With high-fat diets (such as in a Keto and at times Paleo Diet) they can make the liver sluggish and unable to store and release glucose as it should. Excess fat burdens your pancreas because it needs to release enzymes to aid fat digestion. And this also impacts your adrenal health because they flood the body with additional cortisol when your body senses higher levels of fats in your blood. Your body tries to compensate with  excess adrenaline to help move the fat out of your blood, which can also tax the pancreas, reducing its ability to produce enough insulin (and enzymes)  to keep your glucose levels in check. Ultimately leading to a vicious cycle of a burdened liver, pancreas and adrenals.

4. Lowered immune system

When you first deal with a stressor, the body actually stimulates the immune system. This is a defense mechanism that is designed to protect you against infection and help to heal wounds.  But ultimately, the longer the chronic stress remains a problem, the weaker the immune system becomes, because it just can’t keep operating on overdrive forever. The immune system becomes so weak that it leaves you susceptible to viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungal infections. And if the liver is over burdened due to an unhealthy diet, this decreases its ability to detox toxins from your body..so what does it do with them? The toxins get stored in your brain, bone, fat and other organs (including your liver, pancreas and thyroid.

5. Loss of fertility and libido

When cortisol levels are elevated, other systems of the body are put at a level of minimal function and the release of certain hormones is suppressed. This is true for the reproductive system. When stress and Cortisol are high, sex hormone production is kept at a minimum. This causes a loss of reproductive function and libido.

6. Weight gain

While in the midst of a continual stress response, the appetite will increase along with the release of insulin. When facing stress, after the release of Cortisol by the adrenal glands, the body believes that it needs carbohydrates or fatty foods that can easily be stored as an energy reserves in the form of fat. So with chronic stress, your appetite for carbs and fatty food increases….and so does your waistline. Cortisol induced weight gain tends to happen around the abdomen, where the fat cells are more sensitive to the effects of Cortisol. Others have an opposite effect of a lack of appetite from the result of chronic stress. Skipping meals forces your body to use up your liver’s glucose storage, driving the body to run on adrenaline reserves which may be little to none, which can damage your pancreas and lead to insulin resistance as it looks for any type of fuel it can get.

8. Memory loss

When stress becomes chronic, it has a damaging effect on the brain. Production of new brain cells slows or even ceases completely and the brain actually begins to shrink. Cortisol damages the hippocampus…the part of the brain that is responsible for memory, learning and regulating emotions. The result is memory loss, decision making problems and loss of impulse control. Let’s not forget (pun intended) a lowered immune response from stress also allows for other viruses, bacteria or fungus to “come out and play” or seek further refuge in the brain leading to brain fog or memory issues and potential neurodegenerative issues such as Parkinsons, Alzheimer’s or ALS.

 If you’re struggling with any of the above issues, it’s time for you to get to the root cause and heal your body for good. This is why I created the Regenerative Health Program™. It uses my custom-tailored labs to help you finally understand why symptoms are showing up, despite what others are telling you that everything is “normal.”

 

Those aches, pains, brain fog or lack of energy is not a normal part of aging. There is a hidden cause that has yet to be addressed and I’m here to help you discover and heal it.

By investigating your biochemistry and analyzing your diet and current symptoms, I will help you find out if you’re eating based on your genetics and assess which stage of dis-ease you’re experiencing.

And…you’ll discover if your hormones are out of balance, and find clues to gut issues such as hidden infestations such as viruses that your body has been harboring for years.

You’re here right now because your body is trying to get your attention. It’s time to start listening to what your body needs. It’s not about treating the symptoms, but about understanding what your body requires to heal.

When you’re ready, I’m here to walk with you side by side on your path to your very best self!

Candida Overgrowth: What you Need to Know

Candida Overgrowth: What you Need to Know

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

You may be surprised to learn that a fungus called Candida (which is normally present within your body), can lead to digestive issuesfatiguebrain fog, recurring fungal infections, skin problems, mood swings, and many more health problems that you’ve been struggling with for years.

On this episode, I discuss how to determine whether Candida overgrowth is something that you need to address and what underlying ailments it can cause.

I also share one of my favorite products to help feed your good gut bugs instead of the Candida known as Eneterovite and the test I use to help determine if you do indeed have an overgrowth of Candida in your body!

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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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

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!

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