3 Simple Ingredients To Eliminate Tartar

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What is Tartar

Tartar is dental plaque that is made up of biofilms.  Biofilms are a combination of an outer calcium shell and inside this shell are bacteria.  This is one of bacteria’s survival mechanisms by hiding underneath this calcium shell so that they go undetected from your immune system as well as from antibiotics. In fact, 95% of bacteria in nature live in biofilms.  For example, if you were to take a rock from a stream you would notice a slimy, slippery film on it, that is a biofilm. Biofilms are all over the place and it’s a survival mechanism that’s been going on a very long time.  Anytime you have water, as in saliva, you’re going to have biofilms and if there’s an overabundance, you’re going to get bad breath, issues with inflammation, and receding gums.  Many people get to a point where it’s too much they might have to have a tooth extracted.

How to Prevent and Manage Tartar

Let’s take a look at what to do to prevent it or manage it better.  Something interesting to note is xylitol, the sugar alcohol as in the xylitol gum and xylitol sweeteners, has anti-biofilm properties.  It helps suppress adhesions to your teeth.  So, if you’re going to chew gum make sure it’s xylitol.

There are also natural substances that are anti-biofilm. These are natural herbs like rosemary, clove, thyme, oregano oil, garlic, curcumin which is in turmeric, cinnamon and another compound called NAC. All of these can help reduce biofilms.  However, another simple remedy has just three ingredients. One of these ingredients is baking soda. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate.  One thing about biofilms, especially the ones that overgrow on your teeth as tartar, is that they can start producing too many acids and the pH will drop to around 3.5 to 5.5. To compensate for the acidity the body starts leeching calcium out of your bones in a process called decalcification. So, it’s very important to make sure the pH in your mouth does not get that acidic. You want neutral or maybe slightly acid but not too much.  The main culprit that produces too much acid is sugar. If you’re consuming too much sugar or you are diabetic, you’re basically feeding the exact food that these bacteria as well as the yeast, especially candida, love. Bacteria and yeast produce the by-product called lactic acid which then causes the pH to decrease. Now the environment starts to become ideal for extracting calcium from teeth which causes cavities. And remember that throughout this process the microbes are using the calcium for housing.  So, using baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a great way to increase the pH to make things a little bit more alkaline to help buffer that pH and to not allow calcium to be leached out of the teeth. Also baking soda can help to breakdown these biofilms.  Another very interesting fact about sodium bicarbonate- baking soda, is that it is what your saliva naturally makes to buffer these acids.  So, you’re just using something that your body is already making and therefore has virtually no side effects.

Anti-tartar Recipe

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  • Use ¼ a teaspoon of baking soda.
  • Add ¼ teaspoon hydrogen peroxide. Make sure you get 3% hydrogen peroxide, and you can get it from any drugstore. This is a good compound to help inhibit biofilms from developing as well as killing off bacteria, and yeast like candida. Also, your body makes hydrogen peroxide, and it is a major compound that your body uses to kill microbes. So, you’re adding what your body naturally produces but in higher quantities.
  • Mix with half a cup of water and then use your toothbrush to brush your teeth after you brush your teeth with toothpaste. What this will do is help prevent the biofilms from continuing to come back and your teeth will be nice and smooth.

One last interesting thing to note, there is some interesting research that seems to show a positive correlation between vitamin K2 and inhibiting dental plaque. Some people who actually start taking vitamin K2 that normally comes with vitamin D3, start to notice that the inside of their teeth become smoother. It’s another thing to try but in general vitamin K2 is all about transporting calcium into the bone and out of the soft tissues.

Slow Metabolism? Let’s Kick It Into High Gear!

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There are a variety of reasons why your metabolism is slow but we’ve rounded up the most common reasons some of which you may already know about but there are some that you have probably not taken into consideration and might help you or someone you know on their journey to weight loss and better health.

Age Slows Metabolism

As we age there is a decrease in growth hormone. But there are things that you can do to increase this hormone. One of the most powerful things is fasting and when fast you have the potential to increase growth hormone by 2000%. The second most powerful thing that can increase growth hormone is exercise. But it has to be intense, as in short bursts of high intensity with lots of rest like high intensity interval training.

Menopause

If you’re female and you’re over age 50, the body goes through changes and the ovaries go into retirement. The adrenal glands act as a backup and what happens is you get a spike in cortisol. Many women going through menopause experience many negative effects because of this elevated level of cortisol. So, it’s very important to take care of the adrenals right before you go through menopause and also during and after.

History of Pregnancies

Going through a pregnancy not only creates a lot of trauma on a female body but it raises estrogen and estrogen causes the production of fat. If you want to help regulate estrogen, you want to consume things like cruciferous vegetables. You also want to avoid things that increase estrogen like dairy, flax seeds, and soy because they can increase estrogen.

History of Dieting

If you have a history of dieting it is harder to lose weight down the road because there is an adaptation by the body to slow down metabolism. So, dieting incorrectly, especially when you’re cutting calories and you’re keeping your carbs high is not beneficial.  Keeping your calories filled with nutrients and just eating less frequently such as in intermittent fasting, not cutting calories is the best approach. A low-fat diet is not beneficial because you need that fat to support the endocrine system.

History of High Carb Diets

High carb diets generate insulin resistance which will result in a high level of insulin.  A high insulin level will completely block your ability to lose weight.

Chronic stress

Chronic stress is equivalent to consuming sugar because it turns things in your body to glucose.

 

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Hypothyroidism

90% of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s disease which is more closely related to the immune system.  It’s not really a thyroid problem its an immune system issue usually caused by some issues in the gut.  So, if you have Hashimoto’s, you should definitely be on a probiotic, selenium which is a powerful antioxidant and vitamin D to decrease inflammation. The other versions of hypothyroidism involve having a problem with too much estrogen because as you increase estrogen the thyroid shuts down. Also 80% of the thyroid hormone T4 gets converted to T3 the active form through the liver with the help of bile. So, if you don’t have a gallbladder or if you have a fatty liver where you’re not making enough bile you need to start taking bile salts that will help you convert T4 to T3.

Fatty liver

We just mentioned that the liver helps convert T4 to T3, but a fatty liver can definitely slow down the ability to lose weight.  If the liver is fatty, you’re not going to have the ability to regulate certain levels of cortisol, estrogen, insulin and growth hormones.  Choline is recommended as well as doing a healthy keto plan and doing fasting because this can reverse fatty liver.

Obesity

One of the problems with obesity is that the more fat you have the more estrogen you’re going to make and as mentioned before, estrogen can make it difficult to lose weight.  So, overtime as you lose more fat it will be easier to lose weight because you don’t have that estrogen that’s countering your ability to lose weight. One thing to remember is that here are three hormones- cortisol estrogen and insulin that could block the seven fat burning hormones.

Snacking

Frequent eating is the biggest killer to your metabolism because every time you eat you stimulate insulin.

Regular consumption of alcohol

When you consume a little wine here in there unfortunately that wine not only has carbohydrates, but it can really block the liver’s ability to help you tap into burning fat and developing ketones. So, let’s say you have a glass of wine tonight, you won’t burn fat for 48 hours.  If you drink more wine, it could go up to 72 hours. If you’re doing this every other day or every third day, it could be the reason why you’re not losing weight.

Early childhood infections

This relates to people who said they were always overweight. If you ask them “what about when you’re two years old?” they might say “I was skinny”.  Then the question is “at what age did you start gaining weight?”  Many times, the answer includes after an early childhood infection such as a sinus infection, asthma or some type of problem that involves taking a drug- antibiotics, inhalers or some type of medication that somehow influenced your metabolism. So, it’s interesting to note that an alteration in metabolism very early on has some connections with early weight gain.

Medications

A lot of people are on medications, and this is not a suggestion to go off medications but perhaps you want to have a discussion with your doctor to come up with a solution so the dependency on medication lessened.  Prednisone, steroids, anti-anxiety, anti-depressive medication and antibiotics all will increase weight and can slow your metabolism down.

A Safe Treatment For Trigeminal Neuralgia

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I’d like to draw your attention to a disease that people suffer from that is so painful it’s commonly referred to as the disease that pushes them to contemplate suicide, trigeminal neuralgia.

Technical Portion

The trigeminal nerve is a cranial nerve (fifth) that divides into three main branches supplying the ophthalmic, maxillary, and mandibular regions of the face, hence the name TRI-geminal. Because of the sensory information communicated through this pathway back to the brain, any irritation of the nerves can cause intense pain that affects the face.

Nerves are responsible for supplying every single cell, tissue and organ of the body. Without nerves NOTHING in your body would live. They also transmit pain signals to the brain which allows us to know there is potential nerve interference in the body.

Symptoms

Given my clinical experience with patients under my care, the common symptoms experienced are as follows although this is not an exclusive list:

  • episodes of throbbing and shooting pain to the face supplied by areas of the trigeminal nerve
  • pain in the cheek, jaw, teeth/gums, mouth, ear, temporal, eye, forehead, and upper neck
  • contact with the aforementioned regions of the head and face triggering electric shock type pain
  • chewing or facial expressions triggering pain patterns
  • sporadic or constant pain that can last seconds or minutes and sometimes does not subside without time
  • increasing intensity of the pain that can last days
  • commonly seen in women more than men
  • rare experience in both sides of the face.

Imagine yourself having shock type pain signals constantly firing around your head for days and you can see why this disease is referred to as “suicidal.”

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Solutions

The medical approach to this disorder is management through pharmaceuticals (my patients have reported taking as many as 8–10 pills a day to simply ‘manage’ their symptoms), nerve blocks (which offer only temporary relief), and in some cases surgery which is permanent and only exercised as a last resort. Given my previous comment that nerves literally control EVERYTHING in your body, you can appreciate why surgery is not often recommended as a viable solution but one can empathize with sufferers who choose this option out of desperateness.

Disclaimer: Please seek the advice of your health professional before undergoing any procedure as this piece is meant to be informational in nature.

Safer Alternatives

Usually people suffering from this disease state that they have searched for ANY form of treatment to help alleviate their pain. Many have tried both medical and alternative/holistic approaches.

I am merely offering a potential solution that has had significant success in my practice and my goal is merely to guide those patients searching for answers to the appropriate people who are willing to help them.

Chiropractic has been around for over a hundred years with the ultimate goal of alleviating the causes of nerve interference which inhibit the individual’s ability to live their life to its full potential. Chiropractors call this form of nerve interference Subluxation (different from a medical subluxation which is a partial dislocation of a joint or organ) and traditionally stated that there is always a cause to every dis-ease.

Trained chiropractors are the only professionals on earth with the knowledge and skill to locate and remove these subluxations thereby restoring ease in the body so that it can function, recreate and heal the way body is meant to work.

There are literally hundreds of techniques in chiropractic and I would urge people to not give up hope should one form not achieve the desired effects. I’ve always stated that people are better off under chiropractic care than not.

My Approach

I would argue my approach is not revolutionary. It came about in actuality from sharing and discussing clinical experiences and techniques with fellow practitioners of varying disciplines.

The first step is to acknowledge the individual sitting in front of me is a real person and not a label. I like to engage my patient to understand their health history and what types of stresses they have endured in life that lead them to this moment that they are sitting next to me.

Once WE (patient and I) believe that we understand each other, we dive into an explanation of what chiropractic is and how we can help. I assess their nervous system for signs of interference that is impeding their health and not merely focus on the symptoms. After all, the symptoms must have a cause.

One effective method of evaluation of the function of the nervous system is to assess the structural integrity of the patient’s spinal alignment. Thanks to years of research we have a better understanding now of the role the spine and nervous system play in the disease process.

X-ray analysis of the spine allows us to pinpoint and measure just how misaligned a person’s spine is and this allows us to decide on a plan of action to help alleviate the cause of their suffering.

Chiropractors pride themselves on their expert understanding of the anatomy of the body and nervous system. Since the nervous system is responsible for all life in the body, it can be argued that we are interested in the life of an individal and not merely their symptoms which leads to more labels (or diagnoses) often placed on them by our medical system.

The approach is simple. Locate the interference, remove it and allow the body to function in harmony. This is achieved by delivering a gentle yet effective force to an area of the spine and nervous system by hand or mechanical instrument in order to alleviate the tension on the nervous system and thereby restoring the body to health.

Up to now I haven’t identified anything unique from what most chiropractors do except I take it one step further. I located the branches of the trigeminal nerve and mechanically stimulated the nerves in order to restore the function of those nerves. This stimulation ‘above the atlas’ (meaning in the head region) has produced a result I think requires further research and examination. It could help explain why so many patients are happy with their care and report a significant reduction in pain and suffering.

There is no doubt in my mind that a body free of nerve interference can achieve balance, proper function, health and thus express its full potential.

Discover chiropracTIC. See how it can transform your health and life from the inside out.

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Chiropractic Management of Ankylosing Spondylitis

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What Is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is the fusion of the vertebrae in the spine due to an autoimmune inflammatory disease.  It more commonly affects men than women.  Fusion of the spinal bones is due to an increase in calcium production. Symptoms may first appear in early adulthood and include low back pain and stiffness. Some patients also report persistent neck and hip pain and difficulty breathing in severe cases. Although there are no known causes of this condition, experts suggest there is a genetic component, particularly in people with the gene HLA-B27.

Other complications of this condition include recurrent heart problems due to interference with the aorta, leading to inflammation, spinal compression fractures leading to a stooped posture, and inflammation of the eye. Seek medical treatment should these symptoms arise.

How Chiropractors Manage Ankylosing Spondylitis

The subject of chiropractic care in general can sometimes seem controversial let alone the idea that it be part of the care regime for someone with Ankylosing Spondylitis.  But, it is important to note cases where patients have benefited from chiropratic care as seen in this case – https://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(03)00110-6/fulltext.

Chiropractors focus on alignment and function of the spine and its relation to the nervous system. Chiropractors are suitable healthcare practitioners for the management of ankylosing spondylitis and are trained to provide a treatment regimen that won’t aggravate the condition which may include activator adjustments designed to help with mobility.   Regular chiropractic care can help patients manage symptoms and prevent disease progression, improving their quality of life.

The chiropractor will first of all review your general health and family medical history.  It is important for the chiropractor to know if any family member has had the condition.  A family history of Ankylosing Spondylitis may be indicative in diagnosing this condition but it is not necessary.  During the physical examination, you will be asked to move and bend in different ways so the chiropractor can see how flexible your spine is.  In early stages subtle changes can be significant.  In a later stage the mobility can be significantly reduced.  The chiropractor will also check your chest expansion which can be reduced in AS.  The chiropractor will also do a neurological examination.

When to Seek Chiropractic Management for Ankylosing Spondylitis

The goals of AS treatment are to reduce pain, improve your quality of life, and delay spinal damage. Since ankylosing spondylitis affects the spine and nervous system chiropractors make an important part of your healthcare team and care should be included as a complementary treatment.

Conclusion

Chiropractic care is an excellent complementary option to manage the symptoms associated with ankylosing spondylitis. Consult your medical team and discuss a recommendation for chiropractic care.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5731838

 

 

How Long Does a Knee Replacement Last?

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Knee replacement surgery gives hope to people with severe arthritis or knee injury. It can restore mobility which is essential in moving around freely and enjoying the pleasure of walking and running.

Thanks to the new medical technology  this surgery is very beneficial, especially for older people and athletes, among others, who are suffering from joint diseases or knee injuries caused by accidents.

Harvard Health Publishing Senior Faculty Editor, Dr. Robert Shmerling, reported that in the United States, over 600,000 knee replacements are performed by surgeons each year(1). This data shows how common knee injuries are and also reflects the reliability of the procedure.

But how long does this knee replacement last? That’s the question worth asking. If an individual plans to go through a knee replacement procedure, they must get some background information first.

Knee Replacement Won’t Last Forever

No operation is 100% successful. This is the truth that everyone must accept. Meaning, if a patient undergoes a knee operation today, there is no guarantee that it will be the last time that they go through the procedure.

Many factors determine how long a knee replacement lasts. Factors include surgical technique, surgeon’s experience, patient’s age, weight, and activity level.

Obesity is considered a risk factor for the failure of replaced joints. Overweight patients may require another surgery sooner than those with average weight.

Nevertheless, the knee replacement operation can still be highly effective for obese people despite the risks associated with their circumstances.

Dr. Robert Shmerling noted that based on his training education in the 1980s and 1990s, 90% or more of the knee or hip replacements last at least 10 to 15 years. The same figure may be estimated today, or even better than that, he added(2).

The success of knee replacement procedures, especially on how long the new joint will last, depends on several factors.

Factors include preparation before the surgery, materials in the replacement, surgical techniques and anesthesia, and physical rehabilitation.

How Long Does a Knee Replacement Last?

Given that medical technologies have evolved since the 1990s, one may think that knee replacement surgeries may also have improved, and that may be true.

However, Dr. Shmerling, in his article published on Harvard’s website, said that it is difficult to predict how long a knee replacement will last for several reasons(3).

  1. It can take at least one decade to gather data on past operations to estimate the success of future surgeries.
  2. Performing surgery on younger patients is another challenge. They can still be highly active even in their 50s and 60s, and more joints may still develop.
  3. Age is a critical factor as well. People above 50 years old with a life expectancy of 15 years, for example, have a better chance of avoiding future operations than other younger groups aging 30 years old or below and with a life expectancy of 30 years. This is because of the risks associated with the activities of the younger people, which can result in subsequent knee operation.
  4. Younger patients seem to be more active and put more stress on the replaced joint, affecting how long the replacement would last. Some surgeons advise these age groups to put off surgery even if they have to go through pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.

Recent Data Shows Reliability of Knee Replacement

While knee replacement will not last forever, it does not mean that the procedure will not benefit patients in the long run. A study published in the April 2017 edition of the medical journal(4), The Lancet, stated the following research findings:

  1. Among nearly 55,000 patients who had knee surgeries, only 3.9% required subsequent operation within ten years, and 10.3% within 20 years.
  2. Among patients over 70 years old, the lifetime risk of having a second surgery was about 5%. The same risk is much higher among younger patients, especially men with a 35% probability of subsequent operation in their early 50s. Thus, the researchers noted that age is a critical factor.

More Studies Are Needed to Evaluate Progress

The current data available is not enough to give doctors and patients realistic expectations in knee replacement surgery. More studies are needed to determine whether the results of knee operations are getting better over time.

People who consider undergoing knee replacement surgery are advised to discuss the matter with a reliable surgeon and ask questions about risks, recovery time, and how long the replacement would probably last.

A clear sign that one needs to consult a surgeon is experiencing knee popping sounds accompanied by swelling and pain. The attending physician can examine the knee to make a proper diagnosis.

In the case of people with arthritis, there are complementary and alternative treatments available. These include(5):

  1. Acupuncture
  2. Anthocyanidins
  3. Aromatherapy
  4. Antler velvet
  5. Andrographis paniculata
  6. Alexander technique

Reference

  1. Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, How Long Will My Hip or Knee Replacement Last? Retrieved from

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/how-long-will-my-hip-or-knee-replacement-last-2018071914272

  1. Ibid.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Bayliss, Lee, et. al (2017), The Effect of Patient Age at Intervention on Risk of Implant Revision after Total Replacement of the Hip or Knee: A Population-Based Cohort Study, retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28209371/
  4. Versus Arthritis, Types of Complementary Treatments, retrieved from ://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/complementary-and-alternative-treatments/types-of-complementary-treatments/

How to Achieve Your Anti Aging Goals in 2023

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These days there is a million beauty products you can buy that are targeted to anti-aging.   But the secret is that how you look on the outside is a reflection of what’s going on inside and what you put into your body.  What we look like on the outside is the result of damaged proteins. So, the more damaged proteins the older you will look.

The first thing we need to look at are AGE’s – advanced glycation end products.  These are combinations of a sugar molecule with a protein molecule. So, if you take sugar and protein and heat them up, you end up with AGE’s. These are proteins that are now damaged and unavailable, and they can create a lot of problems throughout the body, but they can also make you look really old.  Another example is a combination of sugar and fat, for example, ice cream, you’re basically eating glucose, lactose, sugar with milk proteins. This a product that is loaded with these AGE’s. Another one would be BBQ ribs, a combination of protein and a high sugar sauce and you heat it. When someone consumes BBQ ribs, they might notice about an hour later that their body is sluggish, or they have a lot of sinus issues. If you drink soda, you’re consuming sugar and caramel colouring.  Not only will you have the production of AGE’s, but all the sugar in your body, with the temperature of 98.6, is going to combine with your own blood proteins for example and other proteins and create damaged protein. In fact, when you get your A1C tested, you’re measuring the accumulation of excess glucose in your bloodstream over a period of three months. So, when you get your A1C and its high, it just tells us how much glycation is going on in your red blood cells. It should be in the lower 5’s.  If it’s higher then you’re blood is exposed to a lot of sugar creating glycation and that protein now is damaged and it’s going to cause a lot of damage. French fries, another example, starch which is essentially glucose molecules stuck together and then deep fried. So, we have fat plus the starch, deep fried, it equals a tremendous amount of AGE’s.

How to Get Rid of AGE’S

A process called autophagy, is like an oven that can cook and breakdown AGE’s – damaged proteins and old proteins as in, old skin cells and it repurposes these proteins. Autophagy contains the word ‘auto’ meaning self and ‘phagy’ meaning eating. So, your body is eating its own proteins, in a way it’s repurposing or recycling old, damaged proteins and making new ones. This condition is good for old, wrinkled skin and it’s an essential anti-aging.  The best way to get into autophagy is through fasting.

More Ways to Look Youthful

Another recommendation for youthful skin  and anti-aging is to get a certain amount of sun but just make it’s a moderate amount of exposure. There’s certain types of light frequencies or wavelengths like infrared that tend to buffer the damaging effect of UV light. The benefit of infrared wavelengths can be extremely useful to looking youthful because it’s going to generate a lot of melatonin. Melatonin is not all about sleep it’s also an antioxidant which gets rid of free radical damage by all of your cells.

Our environment is just filled with chemicals, poisons, drugs, etc that cause us to age faster. It’s just really hard to avoid that but thankfully we have our liver that can dismantle these poisons. It can detoxify heavy metals, pesticides, insecticides, pollution, chemicals in your in the water, chemicals in the food. The liver is part of phase one phase two detoxification. Your liver has certain enzymes that can be boosted with certain foods to help get rid of poisons. So, an important part of looking youthful is having a healthy liver. If your liver is cirrhotic, fatty, or inflamed you’re going to look older.  There are foods you can eat to strengthen your liver. Cruciferous vegetables have certain phytonutrients that can boost your natural enzymes to help phase one phase two detoxification. Vegetables have antioxidants that help act as a scavenger or a sponge to clean up free radical damage that’s occurring due to inflammation, chemicals, heavy metals etc.  So, as you add more cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, you are going to create a healthy liver. Also, it’s important to remember that a youthful look has to be created continually.

You also need bile to help eliminate these toxins. It’s very important for that youthful look not just in the elimination of toxic waste but also in the extraction of fat-soluble vitamins A, E and D and Omega-3 fatty acids which you need for anti-aging.  All these fat-soluble compounds are what you need to make the skin look youthful and are dependent on bile. So, if you do not have enough bile because of various reasons for example, a fatty liver or you’re on a low-fat diet, or you have gallstones and you have to remove your gallbladder.  Bile deficiency will cause you to end up with a deficiency of the fat-soluble vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, all the things that you really need to look youthful. Therefore a combination of enough bile and consuming enough fat to get these fat-soluble vitamins are really necessary to have that youthful look.

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What Kind of Foods to Eat?

  •  Salmon is amazing for omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential as anti-inflammatories and counter all the Omega six fatty acids that are also in our diet like the corn oil, canola soy oil, cotton seed oil.
  •  Egg yolks have a lot of good vitamin A. Choline in egg yolks is great for a fatty liver and helps regulate cholesterol as does the Lecithin in the yolks. Also, you need foods high in cholesterol to build healthy membranes in your cells, to build healthy sex hormones that make your skin look youthful like testosterone and estrogen. Butter (grass-fed) can give you a lot of vitamin A.
  • The best source of Vitamin E is sunflower seeds but it’s also in the leafy greens, nuts and vegetables.
  • Another good oil would be cod liver oil because it has vitamin D, A, and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Beef liver and other organ meats are loaded with these fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil is good for your skin.  In other words, you don’t want to go low fat.

We talked earlier about antioxidants in foods, but your own body has antioxidant networks which increase when you exercise, and when you fast. So, fasting helps you with about every aspect of looking youthful.

Your microbiome – your microbes in your gut help make fat fatty acids called short chain fatty acids which are very important in controlling blood sugars, and in getting rid of insulin.  They also make B vitamins that help your immune system and decrease inflammation. On top of that they make secondary bile which is also very important in the extraction of the fat-soluble vitamins. So having a really good microbiome is so essential in that youthful look. The best foods for establishing this microbiome is fermented vegetables like sauerkraut, pickles and other fermented vegetables. They are very important because they give you the prebiotics and probiotics at the same time.

Things to Change

Consuming a high carb diet is probably the fastest way to look older because sugar is like rust, it oxidizes everywhere in your body including your skin.  And every time you consume glucose you also at the same time block vitamin C, an enormously powerful antioxidant. You’re also depleting other antioxidants from your body when you consume sugar like vitamin B1.

Stress puts your body into two situations. First, your body is now tapping into glucose as fuel and it’s turning things into glucose.  So even though you may be off carbs, your body is still consuming carbs. Secondly, it is creating a catabolic or breakdown affect of proteins. Minimizing stress has many positive affects on the mind and body, including your skin.

 

Iodine: The # 1 Element You Can’t Live Without

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Iodine was discovered in 1812 by a chemist and is an element on the periodic table. It is predominantly found in ocean plants, soil and ocean life.  Historically, as we moved further and further away from the ocean iodine become more and more depleted in our food and soil.  As a result, people started to develop goiters.  So, iodine was then incorporated into table salt because everyone used salt in their diet, and it was likely an easy way to incorporate it into a typical diet.

Benefits

Did you know that iodine is essential to all vertebrates to survive?  We need iodine for many functions in our body.

The thyroid is considered the master gland and iodine is involved in making thyroid hormone. But every gland in our body concentrates iodine.  Every cell in our body had a sodium-iodine symporter on the cell membrane and essentially this allows the cell to excrete sodium and take in iodine.

84 different tissues in our body need iodine.  That’s why in childhood development iodine is especially critical.  If the mother is deficient while pregnant then the child could end up with a smaller brain, lower mental capacity or lower IQ. It’s been shown that as much as 10-15 IQ points could be lost if the mom is iodine deficient.

Many iodine receptors are found in the female reproductive organs, breasts, eyes, salivary glands, cervix, ovaries and arteries.  When a woman has fibrocystic breasts, ovarian cysts or uterine cysts, iodine supplementation has shown to decrease the cysts.

Iodine regulates excessive estrogen which is linked to cancer and therefore iodine protects against cancer. It also detoxifies mercury, lead, fluoride and bromide.  Interestingly, bromide is found in flour and grain products.

Iodine has an affinity to naturally kill viruses.  In the medical industry it is classified as a world class disinfectant.  It comes from nature and it’s pure.  Iodine deactivates viruses and kills bacteria but keeps them intact so that our immune system can recognize it and make antibodies.

What else iodine beneficial for?

  • Reduces the size of skin tags and warts,
  • Breaks down connective tissue and scars such as in dupuytren’s contracture, also known as trigger finger.
  • Can help diminish keloid scars.
  • Lessens depression- it is unknown why
  • Shrink stones in parotid glands
  • Hot flash reductions and decreases heavy menstrual cycles
  • Cystic acne reduction- related to too much estrogen

Iodine Deficiency

There are several reasons for an iodine deficiency the main one being diet.  As previously stated, as we moved further away from the coastline our food and soil became depleted of iodine.  But taking birth control pills and pregnancy can also deplete iodine because both cause a spike in estrogen and too much estrogen depletes it. Radiation, smoking and alcohol also can deplete iodine.  Fatigue and trouble losing weight have also been associated with low levels.

 

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How much do we need?

An easy way to test your own iodine levels is to get some iodine at the pharmacy and use a cotton swab to dab some on the inside of your forearm or inner thigh creating about a 2-inch diameter circle.  If the iodine disappears within an hour, then likely you are deficient because the skin has absorbed it all.  A more definitive way to find out is to do a urine test.  So how much do we need?  Well, the RDA is 150 micrograms or 1000th of a milligram. But pregnant women need more so the RDA for them is 220mcg/day.  Breastfeeding women need 290mcg/day.  This RDA is just enough for your thyroid to not make a goiter.  So, we likely need more then what is recommended.

If we consider that Japan has low rates of prostate and breast cancer and are consuming 100 times the RDA then it’s safe to assume that we can take in more iodine.  Dr. Ken D Berry recommends 1-3 milligrams/ day. And if you have normal kidney function then any excess iodine will be excreted.

As we said initially, those that lived near the ocean had an advantage because their diet and soil were rich in iodine.  We also know that Japan’s diet is rich in iodine, and they have a low prevalence of prostate and breast cancer, so it makes sense to source foods rich in iodine like sea kelp, sea fish.

Types of Iodine

Terry Mullins of Terragenx explains the different types available.  I recommend watching his video because he explains in great detail the history, development and characteristics of each type of iodine.  But for the purpose of this article, I will give a very brief explanation.  Lugol’s iodine was created in 1825 and is a solution of iodine and potassium iodide to stabilize the solution.  It’s not very good to drink and tastes terrible.  Also, too much of it can harm you.

Nascent iodine was founded in the 1930’s.  The thyroid produces nascent iodine and it’s no where to be found in nature other then our thyroid.  So, if you take it and goes to thyroid, the nascent iodide is already produced by the thyroid so then the major functions of your thyroid is going to get bypassed.  The thyroid is designed to take iodide out of your bloodstream, not have it be bypassed by an artificial product called nascent.  So, your thyroid won’t function properly.

Infinite iodine is the first pure iodine technology because it only contains pure iodine and water. And it only requires micro-dosing at 150 mcg’s/day.

As always, we recommend talking with your healthcare practitioner first to evaluate if you think you need an iodine supplement and do your research so you can ask the right questions and get the best advice possible for you.

 

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A Deep Dive Into Cold Water Therapy

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Cold water therapy is the practice of exposing oneself to very cold or icy water for therapeutic benefit.  It’s become a recent hot trend – no pun intended.  But it’s has been around for a very long time.  In fact, it is said that Hippocrates recorded his experiences in 370 BC.

We know that when we sustain an injury like a sprained ankle the first thing we do is put an ice pack on it to reduce the swelling.  So, we know that it has an anti-inflammatory affect, which could be extrapolated to broader inflammatory conditions, but there seems to be many more benefits.

The physiological effect of cold water therapy is said to be facilitated by the Vagus nerve and adaptation of hormones (Jungmann et al., 2018; Lange et al., 2008; Metzger et al., 2000; Polizzi, 2019).

Benefits of Cold Water Therapy

  • Boosts the immune system – exposing the body to cold water might allow the body to become more resilient to stressors.  In reading about cold water therapy, one of the studies cited was a 2019 proof of concept trial. A group of researchers from the Netherlands found that combining cold exposure and breathing exercises elicited an enhanced immune response from study participants. With the stimulation of the Vagus nerve, the inflammatory responses in the body are reduced so it stimulates the body to heal and boosts the body’s immune response to fight off disease and infection.  “This beneficial response may be what reduces symptoms and inflammatory markers present in blood from autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.”
  • Recovering from exercise – a group of researchers in Hong Kong found that cold water immersion after frequent exercise led to decreased pain and inflammation for up to 24 hours after the workout.
  • Improves metabolic function – there’s some research that suggests that cold exposure can actually increase your metabolic output.  Cold therapy is said to stimulate the growth of brown fat and decrease white fat.  Brown fat increases energy burning which can contribute to weight loss.
  • Mental Wellness – immersing yourself in ice water takes a lot of courage so the act alone requires focus, dedication and commitment, a lot like meditation. And by now, we should all know the benefits of meditation. Studies indicate that cold therapy reduces depression, anxiety, and stress as well as improving mood and general brain function.  During exposure to cold the brain releases norepinephrine, which is shown to reduce depression and anxiety. Also, heart rate and heart rate variability decrease while the body is exposed to cold which is linked to reductions in stress. Mood and brain function improve through stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system.   (Galliera et al., 2013; Hayashi et al., 1997; Jungmann et al., 2018; Kinoshita et al., 2006; Lange et al., 2008; Metzger et al., 2000; Misiak & Kiejna, 2012; Polizzi, 2019; Rymaszewska et al., 2020).  Wim Hof, known for his breathing and cold water exposure methods,  was put in a special temperature-controlled suit and placed in both an fMRI and a PET scanner. Results showed activation of areas in the brain associated with pain suppression, self-reflection and well-being, in particular the periaqueductal gray area (PAG).  This may have implications for “lifestyle interventions that might ameliorate multiple clinical syndromes.” (2018, Muzik et. al.).

Check out this video from wimhofmethod.com https://youtu.be/YficBlvPwWQ

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  • Cold Showers – A quick and simple way to expose yourself to cold water, taking a cold shower may offer some benefits. However, your average shower can’t produce water that’s as cold as an ice bath.  But it’s a good way to start and work up to conditioning yourself to taking the next step.
  • Cold Water Immersion – Cold water immersion can take many forms. But, the basic practice involves sitting in a tub or container of cold water (usually under 50ºF/10ºC) for 5 minutes or less.
  • Ice Baths – Ice baths are a type of cold water therapy that involves immersing oneself in a container icy water for a short period of time. Ice baths usually involve very cold temperatures that can take a while to get used to.
  • Cryotherapy – Cryotherapy is a relatively new type of cold therapy. It involves exposing oneself to extreme cold for very brief periods of time as a way to recover from intense exercise.

Caution

Cold water therapy is not for everyone and people will react differently to it so it is very important to make sure that you consult your healthcare practitioner before attempting it.

https://www.wimhofmethod.com/cold-therapy

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The Catastrophic Connection Between Parasites and Your Gut

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After talking to a friend who experiences gut issues on an infrequent but regular basis, the thought of a possible parasitic infection came into the conversation. So I decided to take a deeper look at this and discovered that a parasitic infection could cause a host of random symptoms that mimic other diseases.

What is a Parasite?

Let’s first classify what a parasite is.  A parasite is an organism that lives by feeding off another organism, usually called the host. Parasites can cause harm to the host by feeding on it or consuming some of the host’s food, resulting in a range of unpleasant symptoms and health conditions.

We usually would attribute parasitic infections to under-developed parts of the world due to low or lack of sanitation standards and clean water.  But although developed areas have low rates of parasitic infection, that doesn’t mean they are completely eradicated.

So even if you have clean water and modern sanitation you could still run into these pesky critters.  Parasites can be transmitted through water, dirt, blood (insect bites), undercooked food, even from your pet.

What Do Parasites Do?

Parasites make you feel ill because they release toxins into your bloodstream and can cause symptoms similar to various gut conditions. From sydneygutclinic.com “While some parasites don’t cause noticeable symptoms, some grow, reproduce or invade healthy functioning systems, making their hosts sick, resulting in parasitic infection. For instance, some parasites may consume your food and leave you hungry after meals, resulting in an inability to gain weight. Others may feed off your red blood cells causing anaemia or lay eggs resulting in itching, irritability, and even insomnia.”

Symptoms of Parasitic Infection

Sydneyguthealth.com lists a variety of symptoms from parasitic infections that could easily be misdiagnosed. So I thought it would be important to list these symptoms to educate readers who are struggling with their health and have not yet looked into parasitic infections.

“The signs and symptoms of infections caused by a parasite vary depending on the organism that’s residing in your body. Some of the most common signs of a parasitic infection include:”

  • Stomach cramps and pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Digestive problems including unexplained constipation, diarrhoea or persistent gas
  • Skin issues such as rashes, eczema, hives, and itching
  • Continuous muscle and joint pain
  • Fatigue, even when you get enough sleep
  • Depression or feeling of apathetic
  • Never feeling full, even after a big meal
  • Constant hunger, even when you’re eating enough
  • Iron deficiency/anaemia
  • Grinding your teeth during sleep
  • Unexplained feelings of anxiety
  • Recurrent yeast infections
  • Itching of the anus or vagina
  • Itching, redness, irritation, and an unusual discharge from the genital area
  • Trouble falling asleep or waking up multiple times during the night

Symptoms such as sleeping irregularities, skin irritation, mood changes, and muscle pain can all be caused by the toxins released by the parasites into your bloodstream. These toxins could even cause anxiety, which tends to manifest itself in irregular sleeping patterns or teeth grinding. You may also experience mood swings or skin irritation when these toxins interact with the neurotransmitters or blood cells in your body.

Paleoleap.com says “There’s some evidence that apparently unrelated diseases like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome might have a link to parasitic infectionsThis study found that people with inflammatory bowel diseases (especially ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease) were more likely to be infected with a certain type of parasite (blastocystis, a protozoan infection) than healthy controls.”

They also note that “gastrointestinal parasites are very tricky to deal with because they can be completely asymptomatic for years before flaring up. Sometimes, they can also cause intermittent symptoms that disappear and come back again and again. This paper, for example, describes how infection with the common parasite giardia often causes long-term symptoms that never seem to go away for good.”

As with anything to do with your health, it is always important to consult a healthcare practitioner.  When it comes your gut, having tests done by a gastroenterologist will determine whether or not you have a parasitic infection.  A proper diet that is rich in probiotics or probiotic supplements and digestive enzymes is a good idea.  Reducing or eliminating sugar is always a good choice regardless of the illness you may be experiencing.

https://sydneygutclinic.com/the-main-symptoms-of-parasitic-infection/

https://paleoleap.com/persistent-gut-problems-sure-isnt-parasite/

5 Important Reasons To Use Hydroxyapatite Toothpaste

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Hydroxyapatite in its natural form, is a type of calcium. Pure hydroxyapatite is white in color. It makes up most of the human bone structure and is a major component of teeth.  This form of calcium is what give bones and teeth their rigidity.

Uses for Hydroxyapatite

Research in non-medical uses include air filtration to remove carbon dioxide and a filter to remove fluoride from saturated soil. But where hydroxyapatite has really grown in popularity is in its medical uses.

A form of hydroxyapatite called nano hydroxyapatite is commonly used in joint replacement and dental surgeries because it encourages new bone growth and the body is less likely to reject implants.  It also helps to anchor new implants more effectively.

Calcium supplements of hydroxyapatite have shown early promise for maintaining bone health better than calcium carbonate supplements, although more research in this area is needed.

Hydroxyapatite toothpaste

Tooth enamel is almost all hydroxyapatite. So, using it for oral care makes sense.  More importantly it is nontoxic! A study comparing fluoride toothpaste to hydroxyapatite toothpaste showed an equal outcome of re-mineralizing and preventing demineralization.  So why not go with the nontoxic hydroxyapatite that your teeth are made of anyway?

Regular use of hydroxyapatite toothpaste can help healthy teeth stay healthy and avoid becoming demineralized in the first place.

Not only does it help to re-mineralize damaged teeth but it can also help to minimize the bacteria involved in the formation of cavities. Using hydroxyapatite toothpaste helps protect your teeth from acid produced by bacteria without adversely affecting your oral microbiome.

Typical toothpastes on the market contain fluoride which is bactericidal.  This means that it kills all bacteria in the mouth.  But the mouth, much like our gut has a microbiome that is naturally there to keep our mouths healthy.  Additives like chlorhexidine, triclosan, or alcohol may temporarily reduce bacterial overgrowth issues, but they can lead to other health problems over time.

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Helps With Dental Implants/Fillings

In an article on Carifree.com the author states “Dental implants that are coated in nano hydroxyapatite encourage bone growth and implant more effectively than non-coated implants. It can be added to dental filling agents used to repair serious cavities. It also has been shown to reduce or eliminate tooth sensitivity after whitening. It also can improve outcomes with dental implants much like it can with bone implants in the rest of the body. It has become an important tool in the periodontal and oral surgery specialties.”

Whitens Teeth

One of the benefits of using hydroxyapatite toothpaste is an increased whitening effect.

It Is Resistant to Acidic PH

The pH of the mouth should always be slightly alkaline to prevent inflammation and oral disease. Hydroxyapatite toothpaste helps teeth become more resistant to acidic pH in the mouth, which would otherwise break down enamel faster.

It May Improve Gum Health

Using HAp toothpaste may help improve and strengthen gum and dental health in patients with gum disease. Improvements include dental plaque control, pocket depth, and bleeding gums.

The best way to use hydroxyapatite toothpaste is to leave it on your teeth after brushing, in other words, no rinsing

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41405-019-0026-8

https://carifree.com/blog/common-uses-of-hydroxyapatite-and-how-it-can-affect-your-teeth/

https://www.mewmouth.com/blog/hydroxyapatite-toothpaste/

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