To Know More….The Nuts & Bolts

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Have you every thought about starting a diet or getting healthier but didn’t? Or perhaps you started one and then quit?  What about going to the gym or committing to yourself to become more active and healthy?  I am sure everyone has but the real question is, what is really going on with you in these situation?
The truth is that your body tells you daily that you can be doing better.  It is constantly sending you messages (masked as symptoms) for you to eat better, lose weight, sleep deeper, move more and make extra time for self-love so that you can have more energy, age slower, experience an active sex drive and enjoy boundless health.  It is these signals that send a surge of motivation to change and to act.  The problem is that your deep rooted self-sabotaging habits revolt and work on overdrive to keep you in familiar routines by prioritizing things far less important before your own health.

Here is what I want for each one of my clients:

  • I want you to learn to listen to your body when it is speaking to you, it’s telling you what it needs.
  • I want you to live longer.
  • I want you to age appropriately
  • I want those wrinkles to soften and for you to have beautiful skin.
  • I want you to lose weight, if necessary and have more energy
  • I want your organs to thrive and to stay in good shape for your entire life.
  • I want what your body wants and I jump in heart and soul to equip you with the tools to start your transformation.
  • I partner with the part of you that motivates you to act and get healthy and I battle against the part of you that tries to stop you from achieving greater health.
  • I stay consistent until habits merge with your goals.
  • BUT, you are the one who has to do the work!

Integrative Medicine’s approach to health and medical treatment is an entirely different way of thinking.  Instead of just treating symptoms, I look upstream as far as I can to find the cause of health issues.  Where conventional medicine is focused on finding disease that can be treated with drugs or surgery, a functional integrative approach looks for the root causes and makes that the starting point.

An integrative functional approach does not mean that I will just replace your medicines with herbs.  That is still just managing symptoms.  A typical plan will likely address diet, sleep, relationships, stress and exercise.  I might however, use supplements and herbs to help manage symptoms while we work on the deeper changes.  I may also decide to incorporate other modalities like chiropractic, acupuncture which I have practitioners who I partner with for referrals.

Each person is unique, and therefore assessment and programs are tailored to your situation.  I discuss options and decide together what you want to tackle, and strategize how to actually accomplish your goals.

If you want to know more about me, here are some questions that I am often asked that may be helpful to you:

  1. What type of clients do you work best with?

I see the best results with those who have reached many of their goals in life and now feel like their health is holding them back.  They are ready to take the steps needed to change their health and are open to trying a new approach.  They don’t have to be gourmet chefs, but  at least be open to learning and experiencing greater comfort and know-how in their own kitchen.

2. How is what you offer different than traditional nutritionists?

Well typically most nutritionists offer solutions that stick to the guidelines which follow the food pyramid from the ADA.  I take into consideration that each person is unique in their own right which means they each have their own nutritional needs.  What works for one person, isn’t going to be the best across the board,  We are not a one size fits all world.

My clients look to me for personalized coaching and support on things as specific as food allergies, food sensitivities, digestive issues, yeast overgrowth, endocrine imbalances (hormonal), blood pressure and cholesterol balance, blood sugar control through their diet and as general as “how can I get meals on my table faster?”  While most nutritionists dwell on lists of good/bad foods.  I work with clients to create a  whole food diet that incorporates of course more plants and for those that still want meat in their diets as some body types actually require the addition of meat into their nutritional routine.  So helping them to reach their goals in a way that can be flexible and fun and benefits the health and well being of their entire family, so they don’t feel like they are making separate meals for everyone. No one has time to feel like a short order cook.

3. What is your approach to eating healthy?

Well you will be excited to hear to doesn’t have to turn your busy, successful lifestyle upside down and doesn’t involve gimmicks or be overly expensive.  You do have to be willing to spend time in your kitchen preparing whole foods and I also offer you guidance on how not to derail yourself when traveling and eating out.  I can offer you short cut suggestions and teach you how to incorporate prep -cooking techniques that will be time well spent to move you from the kitchen to the dining table with less hassle.

4.  What’s it like working with you once I become a client?

After we complete your initial session, which consists of a one-hour private consultation where we get to meet each other and see if we are the right fit, you can expect to make the transition a pleasurable part of your life.

I provide on-going support during and in-between our sessions to make sure you have the guidance needed to reach all of your health goals.  We speak over the phone for our weekly calls depending on what program you choose, and I’ll outline up to three, personalized, very simple actions steps to upgrade your nutrition at each session.

Each session will build upon the previous one, creating momentum and lasting results, delivered with lots of support and encouragement.

5.  How can I sample your work before I sign up?

You can sign up for my FREE blog .  Once you have added your email address you will always receive notification every time I post a new article, recipe or health tip.  This is a great way for you to get to know me, my work and if it speaks to you. So you can take the time to pour through the numerous topics, recipes and anatomy lessons I have there.

6. What kind of programs do you offer?

I invite you to take a look at my programs here.  I offer a range of programs for different needs, and budgets and if I feel that I can absolutely help you, I’ll go over them in great detail with you in your initial session.  By the way, I offer telephone and Skype sessions so geography doesn’t have to be an issue.

7. So what does it take to experience the benefits of working together?

In over a decade of professional teaching and mentoring and consulting, here are what I believe to be the necessary steps to reach your physical, emotional and wellness goals.  These 4 steps are important for your success:

  1. Clarify: The first step is knowing what results you want to achieve.  What is your reason for a more natural approach for supporting your health? What is the end result you desire?  You will need to get clear on the big picture of your personal journey and then step two becomes effortless.
  2. Commit:  Without a commitment to regular application, as with anything in life, results can be expected to be minimal.  Many people never move past step two because they have not found the greater purpose for what being healthy is supposed to feel like.  If you find yourself struggling, repeat step one.  The bottom line: what you put into any program is what you will get out.
  3. Direct: As you move further into making your lifestyle changes, your willpower will get stronger and you will find your drive and desire enhancing.  This comes with proper direction and support of a good teacher.  For some it will be about re-connecting with their love of self in a natural and non-dogmatic way; for others it will be about learning new life strategies for enhancing everyday living; for some it will be about removing self-limiting and self-destructive behaviors that hinder their forward progress and others their practice will be about cultivating energy for health, vitality, self-love, anti-aging support, anxiety-relief and body confidence and really this list of positives is ongoing.
  4. Application: Everything you will learn in your sessions spent with me will be applicable to everyday living.  You will learn how to apply what you learn in each session to improve the quality of your life through stronger health and vitality.  Your wealth is in your health; when you are feeling healthy and strong everything else in life is achievable.
  5. Refine: The nature of learning new habits and applying as well as experiencing the benefits provides ample opportunities to make subtle, yet powerful adjustments to suit your unique lifestyle and schedules.  This results in making who you are and everything you do better.
  6. Live: with ongoing practice, you will be applying and experiencing the benefits and deeper insights that equip you with the tools for continuous personal growth that can be used to assist you in living fully and achieving your personal and even professional goals.  When we feel clear headed and have higher levels of physical energy it boosts our productivity in all levels of what we call “our lives.”

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Jodi Barnett N.D., Orthomolecular Nutritionist, QFA Clinician, Gaps Diet Practitioner.

To Me, living well means so much more than how one looks on the outside physically.

I took my passion for healthy living and created  an inspiring educational approach that awakens my clients innate desire to tap into their unique rhythms for a healthier more joyous living.

The healthful and practical nutritional choices  need to provide fuel for your body and mind

to enhance your quality of life.

I believe strongly that every single individual has the power within them to honor themselves by achieving a healthier mind and body.  The journey is easier than you think when you have the right information to assist you.  I teach clients how to make small nutritional changes that reap big results in their health.

I bring a combination of my professional qualifications, consulting experience and personal journey to all my consultations allow me to share…

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #1

HOME IS WHERE HEALTHY LIVING STARTS.

True health begins at home, the heart of where we rest and recharge.  The relationships we have with ourselves, our partners, families, and physical dwelling impact hugely on and may determine the state of our health.  Integrating healthy lifestyle and eating habits into our home environment is one of the most powerful tools we have over our health and long-term wellness and happiness.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #2

HEALTHY HOMES CREATE HEALTHY FUTURES.

Children are the future; they are the next generation.  They hold in their power the ability to build a world greater than we ever could have fathomed for ourselves.  Healthy children from a healthy  living home will yield healthy leaders, communities, and life.. Children are like sponges.  They absorb what is around them.  Engage in healthy living, healthy foods, and self-nurture and you will raise children where healthy living is second nature. We must lead by example, you won’t fool them into being healthy.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #3

FINDING YOUR OWN ROUTINE IS THE NEW LIFE BALANCE.

I believe each person  brings with them a unique life routine.  We need to honor our respective rhythm or we risk being overly influenced by our peers and society.

Consistently staying in sync with our unique human blueprint allows us to thrive in every aspect of our lives.  Authenticity in emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical realms keeps us connected to our source and feeds that inner calm.

Reconnecting to our inner selves may always feel like a journey, but just as you pause and reflect upon different aspects in your life; perhaps your career or life direction, it is important from time to time to take a step back and reflect on your daily rhythms/routines; your food choices, sleep patterns, exercise and more – then the hard part is to reevaluate whether or not they are serving you in a positive or negative way.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #4

EDUCATION EMPOWERS.

Once you learn the various health and nutritional options you do have, you will feel empowered to make new choices that prove to be both satisfying and beneficial, and your desire to have a body, mind and soul that blossoms into it’s healthier version by design.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #5

SMALL CHANGES, BRING BIG RESULTS.

Healthy living doesn’t translate into being deprived…. It is about incorporating slight changes that yield big gains.  Its really is about tailoring your efforts to your circumstances and your needs so that everything you implement works for you and your life.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #6

FOOD AFFECTS EVERYTHING AND CAN ENHANCE YOUR LIFE.

The quality of the food you put into your body influences the quality of your thoughts and your thoughts will color every experience in your life.  Eating healthier leads to a clean and clear body, mind and soul.  Choose wisely instead of leaning on convenience due to lack of planning ahead for your daily schedule.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #7

YOU HAVE THE POWER.

No one can improve your health but yourself.  No one can take responsibility for your choices.  No one can control you unless you allow them too.  Taking ALL responsibility may seem daunting, but with all responsibility also comes all the power.  The power is yours.  Own it by empowering yourself.  I will show you how when we work together.

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Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D., Orthomolecular Nutritionist,

QFA Clinician.

Harvested Health LLC

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DO WE CATCH OR “EARN” A COLD?

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Because Breathing is NOT optional!

Help navigating this “cold/flu” season, Stay Healthy my friends

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During cold/flu and pneumonia season, many people realize how important the element of being able to take a breath can be.  You can live a few days without water & weeks without food, but you can only go a few minutes without air.  So doing all that you can to care for the health of the respiratory system just makes sense.

DID YOU KNOW:

  • the lungs possess almost 1,500 miles of airways and over 300 million alveoli
  • Aveoli
  • You will take probably 20,000 breaths & breathe about 35 lbs. of air each day.
  • Plants are our co-companions in breathing.  “We” breathe in air, our body uses the oxygen and releases carbon dioxide.  “Plants” take in the carbon dioxide & release oxygen.  Talk about team work!!!

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The Most Abundant Mineral In the Body… CALCIUM

Calcium is another mineral that is included in the Basic Metabolic panel blood test.  It is the most abundant mineral in the body, An average healthy male has 2.5 – 3 pounds of calcium, while an average healthy female has about 2 pounds.  Yet 99 percent of the body’s calcium supple is in the bones and teeth, which leaves about 1 percent in the cells and body fluids.  Just about everyone understands that calcium is essential for strong teeth and bones.  However, Calcium is “essential” for proper nerve impulse transmission, enzyme function, blood clotting and energy production.  The level of calcium in the body is regulated by what I refer to as a “phone type loop” a pathway that controls a certain physiological function – involving the parathyroid hormone (PTH), vitamin D, and calcitonin.  The amount of magnesium and phosphorus in the body also affects our calcium levels.

We should be getting calcium intake through the foods we are eating, the majority of people rely on the “dairy” category for their calcium ratio’s to be met.

  • milk
  • cheese
  • yogurt
  • Keifer

Another good source is from fish that have bones like salmon and sardines; and from the plant family sesame seeds and leafy green veggies have calcium too.  Understand, as we age, we need to maintain a balance and adequate intake of the mineral since both high and low levels can increase the chances of developing bone deterioration, like osteoporosis. Low calcium levels can affect the heart, kidneys, nerves and of course our teeth.  Taking proper care of your teeth is IMPORTANT, you cannot eat if you cannot chew your food.

However, another issue is referred to as “hypercalcemia” which means high calcium; which puts your kidneys at risk.

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A blood calcium test (also referred to as an ionized calcium test) indicates the amount of calcium in the BLOOD not the BONES.  This amount is reflected in the results of a total calcium test, which measures both the “free” (meaning circulating) and the “bound” forms of calcium in the blood.  The reference ranges for blood calcium levels, which are measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg.dL), are below.

Results that fall within the normal range generally mean that calcium is being properly metabolized, so there is NO specific target range for this one.

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REFERENCE RANGES FOR CALCIUM

Calcium (mg/dL)                                           Category

Greater than 12                                            Very high (moderate to severe hypercalcemia)

10.2 to 12                                                       High (mild hypercalcemia)

8.6 to 10.2                                                     Normal

less than 8.6                                                Low (Hypocalcemia)

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So if for instance, a person is exhibiting classic symptoms of kidney stones, a urine calcium test may also be ordered.  Men should produce less than 300 mg. of urine calcium per day, and ladies, less than 250 mg per day.  Amounts greater than 300 mg. per day may indicate that too much calcium is being consumed or, alternatively, being pulled from the bones.  High urine calcium levels may also indicate that too much calcium is being absorbed from the intestine, which occurs in certain diseases.  Leaking, or the loss of calcium due to having compromised kidney function, may also be one of the contributing factors.  In general, 100-300 mg. per day can be considered normal, depending on the person.

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WHY WOULD SOMEONES CALCIUM LEVELS BE TOO HIGH?

The medical term used to describe too much calcium in the blood is hypercalcemia, a condition that affects less than 1 percent of the population.  In most cases, hypercalcemia is caused by parathyroid disease or hyperparathyroidism, which is when an over production of parathyroid hormone is being released by the glands.  These glands, there are 4 lobes that sit on each side of your thyroid.  The number one cause of this issue ; the growth of benign tumors in the parathyroid glands, which are responsible for controlling the levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood.

 

Kidney disease can also cause the parathyroid glands to become overactive, as it disturbs blood calcium and phosphorus levels and, therefore, disrupts that telephone call, (when the body NEEDS something, it makes a phone call in a variety of ways to ask for what it needs and where it needs it.)

Other contributing imbalances would be:

  • adrenal gland issues
  • advanced liver disease
  • certain cancers, including breast, lung, leukemia and prostate with bone metastasis
  • dehydration
  • diet high in calcium (more than 2,000 mg. per day)
  •  a hereditary condition that hinders the body’s ability to regulate calcium as it should
  • high levels of vitamin A and or vitamin D
  • hyperthyroidism
  • kidney disease or failure
  • medications, like calcium containing antacids, lithium and thiazide diuretics
  • prolonged immobilization
  • tuberculosis

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Hypercalcemia can be detected and, in most cases, effectively treated, long-term issues are unlikely.  But there are several health issues that may be connected to hypercalcemia. like heart arrhythmias which is having an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, intestinal issues like peptic ulcer issues, kidney stones, thyroid disease, vitamin D toxicity, and on some occasions, vitamin A toxicity.  You may also have low iron levels, magnesium, vitamin K and/or zinc, which share absorption sites with calcium in your intestines and, therefore, do not absorb as easily when calcium intake is too high.

High calcium levels are also associated with changes in the nervous system, that contributes to confusion and dementia.  Although, osteoporosis which is when the bones begin to thin, is more commonly linked to low calcium, it is possible to develop this condition as well as other bone diseases, as a result of having too much calcium over an extended period of time.

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ARE THERE SYMPTOMS YOU WOULD HAVE WITH HIGH CALCIUM?

Mild hypercalcemia usually doesn’t have symptoms, but moderate or severe cases can cause abdominal pain, constipation, depression, fatigue, headaches, nausea and in some vomiting.  Loss of appetite may also be an issues, while thirst and the urge to urinate increases quite a bit as well.

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SUPPLEMENTS THAT MAY HELP WITH CONDITIONS RELATED TO HAVING HIGH CALCIUM

Green tea extract: is reported to decrease kidney stone formation, which may be due to high calcium levels, as well as improve bone density in older women.

 

Magnesium: I recommend Magnesium aspartate, taurate, glycinate or amino acid chelate.  These support bone building and balance calcium intake.  The ratio of calcium to magnesium intake should be 2 :1

Magnesium has been reported to improve blood vessel function and insulin resistance, in addition to decreasing LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides.  Also essential for phase-I liver detoxification.

 

Eating foods like artichokes, asparagus, celery, melons, and parsley, have detoxifying properties and can help with cleansing your kidneys.

Drink more water, it improves your kidneys ability to filter

Incorporate more low calcium foods into your diet. like : apples, asparagus, beets, cantaloupe, chicken, cottage cheese, eggplant, grapes, pineapple, pinto beans, strawberries and tomatoes.

Limit your use of painkillers.  Like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium which can contribute to kidney failure with over use.

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WHAT ABOUT LOW CALCIUM ISSUES?

Low blood calcium has a number of causes, but the most common is hypoalbuminemia, which is a protein in your blood that acts as a carrier for calcium, so when levels are low, blood calcium also will be.  This is usually seen in someone who has been in the hospital recovering from an acute injury, illness or malnutrition.

Some other causes:

  • not gonna sugar coat it, but “age”
  • diet low in fat and high in fiber
  • excessive alcohol or caffeine use
  • high intake of phosphorus, which is going to be in carbonated drinks,  lunch meats, sea foods, cheeses, milk, whole grain breads and lots of processed snack foods.
  • under active parathyroid glands
  • intestinal malabsorption issues, i.e. Celiac’s disease
  • kidney disease or kidney failure
  • low intake of magnesium, protein and/or vitamin D
  • inflammation of pancreas
  • pregnancy

 

MEDICATIONS & LOW CALCIUM ISSUES:

Sometimes, low blood calcium is NOT caused by diet or health issues, but by prescription medications.  The following drugs may affect the level of calcium in your body that can lead to low calcium issues.

  • aluminum and magnesium antacids
  • antacids or anti ulcer drugs like proton-pump inhibitors called Prilosec, and histamine receptor blockers like Tagamet
  • Antibiotics, including aminoglycosides, fluoroquinolones, tetracycline, and isoniazid.
  • anticonvulsants like Tegretol, Dilantin, and Solfoton
  • Bile acid sequestrants, like Questran, which are used to lower cholesterol
  • Bisphosphonates, like Fosomax
  • Colchicine, a gout medication
  • Corticosteroids
  • Digoxin, which treats congestive heart failure
  • Diuretics like Lasix and potassium sparing Triamterene, or Dyazide and Maxide
  • EDTA, chelating agent
  • Levothyroxine, a hormone replacement to treat a underactive thyroid
  • Mineral oil
  • Salicylates

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ARE THERE SYMPTOMS YOU WOULD RECOGNIZE IF YOU HAD LOW CALCIUM ISSUES?

In early stages there typically aren’t any symptoms that would get your attention.  As the condition worsens, some experience abdominal discomfort, anxiety, tingling in their fingers, muscle cramps or spasm.  Irritability, lethargy, and even frequent bone fractures.  a symptom of osteoporosis.

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SUPPLEMENTS THAT MAY BE HELPFUL FOR LOW CALCIUM

Calcium: in a highly absorbable form like aspartate, or hydroxyapatite.  Citrate is NOT my favorite form in line with mineral co-factoring, as if any inflammation or irritation is already happening citrate can add to the irritation.

Magnesium: aspartate, taurate, glycinate, or amino acid chelate.  Supports bone building and balances calcium intake.  The ratio of calcium to magnesium should be 2:1.

Vitamin D3: is needed for proper calcium absorption. I want to add that taking a ridiculously high “I.U.” (international unit), of Vitamin D can increase the risk of hardened arteries, and high blood calcium levels. 4,000 I.U. would be a safe limit, and I always recommend taking in smaller I.U. capsules multiple times a day for better metabolism vs. one over the top large dose at one sitting.

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SOMETHING TO CONSIDER

So many people think no further than “dairy” for calcium intake.  I always try to encourage my peeps to think outside the box and broaden their horizons… Kale offers (100 mg. per raw serving,) Bok choy (74 mg. per raw serving,) and broccoli (21 mg. per raw serving,) these are all great choices of adding more calcium into the diet.

Dr. Norman Walker in “Fresh Vegetables & Fruit Juices”  states  “Juicing raw carrot ,beet, and cucumber juice is a benefit for gallstones, kidney stones and gravel in the gall bladder and kidneys are the natural result of the inability of the body functions to eliminate from the system the inorganic calcium deposits formed after eating concentrated starches and sugars.”  He goes on to say ” Vital organic calcium is needed by the entire system, and such calcium, the only kind that IS soluble in water, can be obtained ONLY from fruits and vegetables, and their juices when these are raw and fresh.  As such, it passes through the liver and is completely assimilated in the process of gland functions and cell and tissue building.” Later he also states that ” one pint of carrot juice, daily, has more constructive body value than 25 pounds of calcium tablets.”

 

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Ok, that covers Calcium, the next stop on the Basic Metabolic Panel will be Potassium.

 

Thanks to all of you who take the time to read, follow and share the topics I post about.  You are all helping me plant the seeds one post at a time towards helping people learn more about how to gain a deeper understanding of supporting their health by incorporating more natural applications through foods and high quality raw whole food supplements.

 

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

 

References:

James B. LaValle, RPh, CCn “Cracking the Metabolic code”

Dr. Kurt W. Donsbach; “The Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research”

N.W. Walker D. Sc. ; “Raw Vegetable Juices, What’s Missing in Your Body?”

Henry G. Bieler, M.D. “Food is Your Best Medicine”

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The Basic Metabolic Panel…Your Blood Lab Tests.

Most people typically go yearly to have a physical and also have routine blood labs drawn.  One of those routine test usually include “The basic metabolic panel (BMP), which tests for a variety of indicators of metabolic functioning, which includes glucose (blood sugar), electrolyte and fluid balance, and kidney function & operation.  Glucose, calcium, sodium, potassium, carbon dioxide, chloride, urea nitrogen, creatinine, and the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) are also included in the BMP, which is used to detect and diagnose issues like diabetes and kidney disease or malfunction.

If you are on regular medications, your Doctor may also run this panel to make sure the medication is working properly or if it’s tossing other lab values out of balance.  Example would be, diuretics used to treat someone with high blood pressure may end up throwing off the electrolyte balance and the kidneys, so a BMP is usually recommended for someone taking these prescriptions.

One of the issues with BMP tests is that “trending” lab values – numbers that are considered to fall within the normal range but are headed in the wrong directions – are rarely discussed with the patients.  In other words, “low normal” and “high normal” lab values are not typically treated as a concern.  Instead, the usual approach would be to “watch” and “wait” for a trending lab to walk into the “abnormal” zone.  By this time, a disease or other medical issue has usually had time to develop.

A Kaiser Permanente Study that tracked over 46,000 folks for more than a decade, demonstrated the limitations of using this approach.  According to the study, for every one-point rise in fasting blood sugar over 84 mg/dL, a persons risk of diabetes increases by approximately 6 percent!  This may seem like a minor “slight” increase, however, by the time blood glucose levels reach 90-94 mg/dL, the risk of developing actual diabetes has now increased by 49 percent!  If the blood glucose levels reach the highest normal range of 95-99 mg/dL, the risk is more than doubled for becoming diabetic.

When I discuss this with my patient’s many are shocked because the “normal” range for fasting blood glucose levels is 65-99 mg/dL, which means that their lab values which may actually warrant further considerations are treated as just fine.  More alarming is the fact that when fasting blood sugar reaches a level of 90 mg/dL – a value technically within the normal range – vascular and kidney damage can begin to jump on the scene.  For the most part, doctors do not inform patients about concerns regarding their blood glucose until their level reaches 100 mg/dL, when according to the Kaiser Study – their diabetes risk has already climbed to a staggering 84 percent!  These statistics are a testament to the critical importance of blood tests and why you should understand more about what your lab work is  indicating.  Monitoring and managing trends is just as important as treating abnormal blood values.  In the case of BMP tests, reversing a trend with diet, lifestyle changes and even supplements can help prevent the development of diabetes as well as kidney disease and other medical conditions.

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LETS TALK MORE ABOUT GLUCOSE

Glucose is a type of sugar that acts as your body’s chief source of energy.  During digestion, the foods rich in carbohydrates which  are (starches and sugars) are broken down into 3 simple sugars ” fructose, galactose, and glucose”.  Once they enter the bloodstream, glucose is transported to each of your cells.  In response to the rise in glucose in your body, the pancreas then releases insulin, which is a hormone that attaches to the cell membrane to allow glucose to be taken out of the blood and then carried to the cells, where it is supposed to be used for energy production, (ATP).

However, excessive carbohydrate and sugar intake in ones diet can disrupt normal glucose metabolism, which trigger blood sugar imbalances.  Excessive insulin release and insulin resistance can cause poor  blood sugar control, leading to chronic high blood sugar, or what is referred to as hyperglycemia.

 

Hypoglycemia occurs because too much insulin is release, which may be due to defective insulin receptors or a deficiency of one or more of the trace minerals needed for blood glucose regulation which would include B vitamins, chromium, magnesium vanadium, as zinc.  Low vitamin D can also be a cause, since the vitamin plays a role in insulin production and sensitivity.  when there is a disproportionate amount of insulin in the blood,  this causes glucose to be carried out of the bloodstream and into the cells, which results in a drop in blood sugar.  What happens next is usually symptoms of feeling anxious, agitated, some experience feeling dizzy, some people break out in a sweat or feel overall weak.

 

Besides nutritional deficiencies and defective insulin receptors, blood sugar imbalance can also be related to environmental toxins,  low thyroid hormones, low sex hormones, as well as being subjected to chronic stress.  Both high and low blood glucose are associated with diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, and other medical issues.  Poorly controlled blood sugar is directly linked to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s’ disease and autoimmune issues.

Typically if a routine lab test indicates that your blood glucose level is abnormal, then your doctor will more than likely order a fasting blood sugar test, which requires you to abstain from food and drink other that water for about 8 hours.  This test, which is typically used to check for diabetes, can provide a better picture of your glucose level, since it is unaffected by food and drink.  A hemoglobin A1c test, which reflects average blood sugar over the past two or three months may also be recommended.  Specifically, the test will measure the amount of damage done to red blood cells (RBC’s), which occurs when glucose molecules become attached to hemoglobin which is a protein found in RBC.  Other options are the two-hour postprandial (after eating) blood sugar test and the oral glucose tolerance test, which is usually ordered for pregnant women that they suspect may have gestational (pregnancy-induced) diabetes.

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REFERENCE RANGES FOR BLOOD GLUCOSE

Fasting Blood Glucose (mg/dL)                                     Category

Higher than 125                                                              Diabetes

100-125                                                                             Pre-diabetes (impaired fasting glucose)

65-99                                                                                 Normal

lower than 65                                                                  Low (hypoglycemic)

TARGET RANGE: 70-84 mg/dL

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If you have one or more risk factors it’s actually important that you get in a routine of monitoring your insulin levels.  If you have one or more risk factors for type 2 diabetes like insulin resistance, this is a condition where the hormone insulin does not bind to cells and activate the insulin receptors, so blood sugar is now lowered by producing insulin.  I can say that in most cases insulin resistance more times than not preceded type 2 diabetes and last for at least a decade before being diagnosed as diabetic.  This is a destructive process that connects to a host of medical issues, like Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, hypertension, kidney disease and being over-weight.  Insulin resistance is a defining characteristic of metabolic syndrome, which increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, ( yes you can get fatty liver disease even if you do not drink alcohol on a regular basis).

One way you can monitor for this is a 2 hr. postprandial blood test, in which glucose and insulin levels are measured 2 hours after eating a meal which contains 75 grams of carbohydrates, like a bagel with jelly.  The results of this test indicate the efficiency with which the body processes glucose and secretes insulin.  Reference ranges for insulin levels are below:

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REFERENCE RANGES FOR INSULIN

Insulin (mg/dL)                                                        Category

50 or above                                                                High alert

25-49                                                                            High, trending towards insulin resistance

17-25                                                                            Acceptable

TARGET RANGE: 5-17 mg/dL, with blood glucose less than 90 mg.dL

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The target range indicates the relationship between insulin and blood glucose levels, this is significant because if both blood glucose and insulin are high, you are at the peak of insulin resistance!  If blood glucose is high and insulin is very low (2 mg/dL, for example), your body is likely in the process of developing diabetes, even if your fasting blood glucose level is considered normal.  If your blood glucose level is somewhere between low and normal and your insulin level is high, you are in the process of becoming insulin resistant.

High insulin can be caused by different factors, like having a diet high in refined sugars and carbs, lack of exercise, being over-weight and genetics play a part too.  Fructose and galactose intolerance, which are hereditary issues, can also be at the root of high insulin, as can antibiotics, corticosteroids, and oral contraceptives and other medications that contribute.  If left untreated, type 2 diabetes is usually the end result.  Low insulin levels are also problematic and can be a signal of type 1 diabetes, hypo-pituitarism (having a underactive pituitary gland) or diseases of the pancreas.  An insulin level of 2 mg/dL or lower in combo with a very high blood glucose reading requires extensive testing.

While insulin is not included on the basic metabolic panel, testing for insulin resistance is crucial.   I am trying to focus on the causes, medical concerns, and recommended treatments for abnormal blood glucose levels, which will allow you to take appropriate action based on the outcome of YOUR lab test.

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WHAT CAN CONTRIBUTE OR CAUSE HIGH BLOOD GLUCOSE?

When your body does not produce enough insulin OR cannot use insulin properly, the result ends up being high blood sugar.  This is a symptom of PRE-diabetes, which increases the risk of heart disease and other health issues, even though diabetes has not fully developed.  Some causes of high blood glucose include:

  • liver and pancreatic cancer
  • chronic stress
  • diet high in simple carbs and/or refined sugars
  • environment toxins
  • hormonal changes or imbalances (estrogen in ladies, testosterone in the gents)
  • under active or slow thyroid
  • insulin resistance
  • kidneys disease
  • medications including: birth control pills, corticosteroids, diuretics, epinephrine, estrogen, lithium, tricyclic antidepressants, and salicylates
  • nutritional deficiencies in B vitamins, chromium, magnesium, vanadium and/or zinc, which all help regulate blood glucose
  • physical trauma, such as injury or heart attack
  • weight gain which can lead to insulin resistance

Borderline high blood sugar shouldn’t be ignored, since insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes are likely to happen.  So many of my patients when they are telling me their history say, “oh yeah my doctor said I was borderline diabetic”, like it’s no big deal…Let me restate “IT IS A BIG DEAL” unless you are willing to welcome the added health issue risks of… cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s, eye disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, neuropathy (which is nerve damage that is painful), and possibility of stroke!

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CAN YOU TELL YOU BLOOD SUGAR IS HIGH BY HOW YOUR FEEL?

A blood test of course will confirm if your blood sugar levels are too high, but will there also be physical symptoms that may alert you that something isn’t as it should be?  Look for out of the ordinary for YOU:

  • fatigue
  • increased hunger,
  • excessive thirst,
  • frequent urination
  • slow healing of wounds

Type 2 Diabetes folks typically:

  • gain weight around the waist.  Belly fat leads to insulin resistance

Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia):

  • anxiety
  •  blurred vision
  • confusion
  • trembling or shaking
  • emotional changes, irritable, weepy (typically in children)

Diabetics can also develop hypoglycemia in response to some types of stress and in severe circumstances, very high blood sugar can lead to ketoacidosis, or in some cases diabetic coma.  Some warning signs of this state include:

  • shortness of breath,
  • stomach pain, fruity smelling breath
  • vomiting
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EPIDEMIC: DIABETES

The number of people being diagnosed with diabetes in the United States is hitting staggering numbers, more than 11 million have been diagnosed and another 7 million live with it unknowingly.  (according to the National Diabetes information Clearinghouse)

One of the most common causes of kidney damage and failure is diabetes; dialysis clinics are popping up faster than Wal-marts in response to a growing number of diabetes patients with chronic kidney failure.

 

There ae two types of diabetes type 1 and type 2.  Type 1 diabetes, used to be known as juvenile diabetes, which is caused by a dysfunction of the immune system in which the body attacks the beta cells – which are the insulin producing cells of the pancreas.  When these cells are destroyed, the body can no longer produce insulin.  The disease, most often occurs in children, and can be triggered by a wide range of factors, including viruses, infections, vaccinations, and allergies to cow’s milk.  Until the development of injectable insulin, type 1 diabetes was usually fatal.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type.  95 percent of people with diabetes in the United States have type 2, which was once known as adult-onset diabetes.  This term is no longer applicable, since the obesity epidemic as caused many kids under the age of eighteen to develop this condition.  The precursor to type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance.  What happens is over time, the excessive release of insulin as the body attempts to manage blood sugar burns out the beta cells, destroying their ability to make insulin and control glucose levels.  Type 2 has fully developed when blood sugar levels can’t be lowered due to poor insulin release or utilization.  People who have type 2 tend to be overweight; in fact, the disease was first believed to be caused by poor diet and lifestyle, yet new research has shown that hormonal changes, chronic stress, environmental pollutants, and nutritional deficiencies especially magnesium  can contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes.

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NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES CAUSED BY BLOOD SUGAR LOWERING MEDICATIONS

DRUG                                          

Ace inhibitors ( captopril, enalapril, fosinapril, lisnopril, quinapril, Ramipril, trandoapril)

 NUTRIENT DEPLETION:  

Sodium & zinc

ASSOCIATED SYMPTOMS:

  • decreased immunity
  • slow wound healing
  • smell & taste disturbances
  • anorexia,
  • depression
  • night blindness,
  • joint pain
  • involuntary eye movements
  • changes to skin, nails & hair
  • women may experience menstrual irregularities

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DRUG:

Metformin

NUTRIENT DEPLETION:

CoQ10, folic acid and B12

ASSOCIATED SYMPTOMS:

  • CoQ10 depletion can lead to blood sugar imbalances
  • heart problems
  • lowe energy
  • muscle weakness
  • decreased immunity
  • folic acid depletion can result in blood sugar dysregulation
  • cervical dysplasia
  • increased risk of cancer
  • birth defects
  • Low B12 leads to anemia
  • depression
  • fatigue
  • cardiovascular risks
  • skin tingling and numbness

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DRUG:

sulfonylureas

NUTRIENT DEPLETION:

CoQ10

ASSOCIATED SYMPTOMS:

  • blood sugar imbalance
  • heart problems
  • low energy
  • muscle weakness
  • decreased immunity

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NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR SUPPORT                

 

GARLIC:  is used to protect the heart & blood vessels and is reported to help decrease oxidative stress markers, including those related to blood sugar regulation.  Garlic also has been reported to decrease the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), which are implicated in heart disease, kidney issues and cancer.  Garlic is not reported to interfere with blood thinners. and may be helpful in reducing liver enzymes and fatty liver issues.

ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID: may help with blood sugar uptake and use in the body, and helps detoxify the body, protect the kidneys and improve cholesterol levels.

BILBERRY: has been shown to protect against eye problems that may result from blood sugar imbalance.

BITTER MELON: when combined with chromium and glutathione, bitter melon is reported to help lower blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c as well as helping with weight loss.

CINNAMON: studies have shown cinnamon to improve insulin sensitivity and acts like an antioxidant.

FIBER: Guar gum is a great source of soluble fiber. Flax meal, chia seeds, oat bran, psyllium.  Drink with plenty of water

CHROMIUM: is important for blood sugar and insulin regulation.  people who have a diet high in refined carbs like sugar may also be low in chromium.

MAGNESIUM: supports bone building and balance calcium intake.  Magnesium helps to support blood vessel function and insulin resistance, in addition to decreasing LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides.  Also essential for phase-1 liver detoxification.  If you experience loose stools after taking magnesium, cut your dose in half and gradually increase over the course of a few months.

N-ACETYL CYSTEINE (NAC): is an antioxidant reported to help protect against blood vessel damage and clots due to insulin resistance, diabetes and other blood sugar regulation issues.  It helps improve the body’s capacity to decrease the harmful effects of exposed toxins. and has been reported to improve kidney function in studies, and support glutathione production in the kidneys.

OMEGA-3: excessive inflammation is common in folks who are insulin resistant and diabetic, and can lead to other health issues like immune imbalances sleep issues and heart disease.  Fish oil acts as an antioxidant and decreases inflammation in the body, in addition to supporting heart and blood vessel health.

ZINC: is important in helping our immune system and acts as an antioxidant.  it has been reported to help regulate blood sugar.  May also be used by men to treat low testosterone and support prostate health.

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SEEK OUT A PRACTIONER THAT IS TRAINED IN “NUTRITION”

I highly recommend working with someone who understands healthy nutrition to begin to make dietary lifestyle changes.  There is so much information floating around on the internet that many folks really do get confused as to what works and which way they should go.  Many get so overwhelmed that they just do the best they can out of frustration.

Incorporating the use of particular nutritional enzymes to assist a weakened digestive system (which includes the pancreas), to offer assisted digestion is also recommended.  So work with a nutritionist who is familiar with incorporating enzymes into their practice as I do.  They are a critical addition that should  be implemented.

 

Switching out refined sugar for the popular artificial sugars isn’t the answer, sugar-free this and that; actually make it much harder to control your blood sugar levels.  Not to mention they are what is referred to as “excito-neurotoxins), they actually pump up your fat cells and make you fatter.  It’s not about just the calories, it’s about what is your body supposed to “do” with it once it’s in there….

The next topic I will address will be the calcium aspect of your blood tests, and help you understand the reference ranges and what you are looking for and what nutritional changes you can incorporate.  Until then…. thank you for taking the time to follow, and share my posts.

 

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

References:

James B. LaValle, RPh, CCN “Cracking the Metabolic Code”

Dr. Kurt W. Donsback “Lee Foundation of Nutritional Research” & “Super Health”

https://divisionofresearch.kaiserpermanente.org/projects/distance

http://theamericanchiropractor.com/2012/12/24/defining-food-enzyme-nutrition-an-interview-with-howard-loomis-dc/

 

 

 

 

 


Triglycerides…Do They Matter?

blood work

If you are like most folks, a blood test is an event that comes once a year along with your annual physical. Typically, within a week, your doctor calls with the results, assuring you they are normal. You may even receive a copy of the test, complete with columns of numbers supposedly confirming your health, but to you are probably meaningless and confusing. So you put the results aside, file them away and carry on with life free of concern. After all, the doctor says you are in the normal range so no worries!
While this “may” be the case, blood tests still raise important questions that even the healthiest of folks should be asking: Does “normal” necessarily mean “healthy”? What can the lab values of a blood test tell you about the current state of your health?  More importantly, what can these values tell about your health in the future?
The fact is, blood testing generally has one purpose, and that is to check for disorders, dysfunction and disease. When test results point to a certain condition, measures are taken to bring the appropriate number, the abnormal lab value into the normal range again. However, when results are normal, only rarely is a person told how to stay in this range or better yet, how to achieve an optimal, or target level. It becomes a matter of waiting for the other shoe to drop, leading up to the day when you walk into your doctors office and are told “you are diabetic” or you have a thyroid issues. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
If you know what you are looking for a blood test can essentially be a blueprint of your health & a glimpse of its future. It tells you much about what is going on inside your body, and it can speak volumes about what MAY go on inside of it somewhere down the line. I encourage my clients to use their tests to motivate them to change their dietary habits, start a fitness regimen or alter certain aspects of their lifestyle, like addressing their stress levels and sleep patterns.
In sum, a blood test is an effective and another tool that can be used to see where your health is so you can manage it more effectively. I also like to incorporate a QFA Analysis (Urine & Saliva) not used for diagnosing anything, but is useful in helping to address nutritional weakness.

cholesterol
One of the main focused elements it would seem today is the lipid panels: lipids include triglycerides and cholesterol which are fatty substances found in our blood. Triglycerides can originate in dietary fats, but they are also produce BY the liver when there is an excessive intake of sugar or alcohol in someone’s diet. (more times than not this is what is elevating someone’s triglyceride levels).
Cholesterol is a waxy substance and basic building block of hormones like testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, vitamin D and cortisol. On the lipid profile, cholesterol is divided into total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) the good guy, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or the bad guy. So together with the triglycerides, these substances make up the lipid panel and are measured to check primarily for heart disease and metabolic syndrome issues. Metabolic syndrome is a condition characterized by borderline high blood pressure, insulin resistance and elevated lipids called dyslipidemia which is an issue where unhealthy ratios of cholesterol and triglycerides, even though levels are not necessarily elevated. Usually the additional symptoms would include weight gain, usually in the belly area, a high body mass index BMI. Truth is in the United States adults over 50 yrs. of age have a one in three chance of developing this metabolic syndrome. Because metabolic syndrome is a significant indicator of risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, it is helpful to recognize the risk indicators. The lipid panel is a major tool for early detection.
An additional area that is checked is the homocysteine (an amino acid by product) and C-reactive protein (CRP) which are markers of cardiovascular risk when levels are too high. These are not typically included in a standard blood test, but these 2 biomarkers are measure when more comprehensive blood work is needed to look further.

 
Keep in mind that “normal” range doesn’t necessarily mean “IDEAL”. This is why a target, or optimal, range is also given. These optimal numbers can vary depending on individual factors, including weight and fitness levels, genetics, oxidative stress and inflammation factors going on. as well as hormone imbalances, and pre-existing issues like diabetes and liver issues.

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I want to focus today mainly on the “triglycerides”….

triglycerides
TRIGLYCERIDES: these are the main lipid constituents in the blood & a major source of energy for the body. So here’s how it works, when you take in food, excess calories are chemically converted into triglycerides, which are stored in fat cells if they are not needed for energy. Hormones can also signal the release of triglycerides from fat cells to provide energy. Triglycerides then circulate thru the body with the help of carrier proteins we call lipoproteins, particularly very-low-density lipoproteins, or VLDL. In normal amounts, triglycerides are vital for good health. However, IF you consume MORE calories than you expend, especially from sugar & carbohydrates, your triglyceride level will go up. Elevated triglyceride levels are a major risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and liver disease.
REFERENCE RANGES FOR TRIGLYCERIDES
Triglycerides (mg/dl) Category
Greater than 499 Very High
200-499 High
150-199 Borderline high
less than 150 Normal
TARGET RANGE: 50-100 mg/dL
So when you look at the reference ranges above you can see the target range for adults is 50 to 100 mg/dL. In other words, a triglyceride level of 135 may be “normal,” but it is neither ideal nor necessarily healthy. You can achieve an optimal level by adopting new lifestyle behaviors, and/or by including nutritional supplements and for some they may need lipid-lowering medications. Now while it IS possible to have a triglyceride level that is too LOW, typically levels that are too HIGH is far more the common issue than being too low. Why… well, we Americans LOVE our sweets and carbohydrates a bit too much, and we typically take in far more calories than we burn off for energy. Our portion sizes need to drastically reduce unless you are a hard core athlete who is burning up the quarter mile of calories.

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High triglycerides

Here are factors that usually will contribute to High Triglycerides:

  • Being overweight
  • Some medications like beta blockers, diuretics, estrogen, oral contraceptives, steroids,
  • Chronic inflammation (means been there for a while)
  • Chronic stress
  • Depression (esp. when it leads to over eating)
  • Diet high in refined sugars and carbohydras and unhealthy fats, like saturated fats and trans fats.
    environmental factors, like heavy metals, chemicals/pesticides.
  • Excessive coffee or alcohol consumption
  • Insulin resistance
  • Intestinal issues like leaky gut
  • Kidney disease
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Poorly controlled diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Regularly eating more calories than you burn off
  • Sex hormone imbalance
  • Underactive thyroid (hypo- thyroid)

Having high triglycerides are a major risk issue for diabetes and insulin resistance, liver disease, metabolic syndrome and pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas. An elevate level also contributes to hardening and narrowing of arteries, which is a specific type of heart disease called coronary artery disease.

 

When this condition develops, the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke is much higher. Heartbeat abnormalities (heart arrhythmias), as well as clot formation in other parts of the body can also occur.

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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT FATS?

 

saturated fats
Saturated Fats, usually found in animal proteins like beef and port, and full fat dairy like whole milk, butter and cheese.

 

transfats
Trans Fats you may also have heard them called trans fatty acids, these are produced when vegetable oils are hydrogenated to become more stable. the hydrogenation process gives the oil a shelf life, which is why there are used to make processed foods, fast foods and commercial baked goods, and hard margarine.

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In the last few years, more and more food makers have begun to take steps to remove this from their products. these fats are very unhealthy and not only do they increase the level of LDL in the body, but they also decrease the HDL which is the good cholesterol. So avoid margarine, and commercially made cakes, cookies, donuts, muffins, etc. and foods that are fried. Start reading your food labels before you buy any pre-made or pre-boxed foods. Does it take more time to shop… initially… but once you begin to get familiar with which companies offer healthier food choices you won’t spend as much time label reading.

monounsaturated fats
Monounsaturated fats. This is a healthy fat that reduces LDL levels without having any negative impact on your HDL level. Monounsaturated fat is critical to promote heart health and found in olive oil, avocados and most nuts. Keep in mind, that all fats both good and bad are dense in calories so even these should be consumed in moderation.

poly unsaturated fats
Polyunsaturated fats: these fats lower LDL levels and are essential for good health, two in particular, omega 3 and omega 6, must be taken in thru the diet as they are NOT produced by our body. Omega 6 fatty acids are plentiful in a number of foods, from nuts and seeds to vegetable oils, so most folks get more than enough of the omega 6. The omega 3s on the other hand, are not as abundant, found mainly in fatty fish like salmon, herring and trout and contain the long chain fatty acids EPA and DHA.  You want to eat more fish at least 2 servings per week; add chia seeds, flax seeds, flax oil, or walnuts, which are concentrated sources of another omega 3 known as ALA. Fish oil and DHA/EPA supplements are also options.

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Understanding the variation among fats is important, and helps you establish success towards achieving a more wholesome diet. Triglycerides/cholesterol levels are largely influenced by excessive intake of carbohydrates and sugar, so its a really good idea to drastically lower your consumption of these foods. In addition, you should remove trans fats from your diet by choosing lean sources of protein, and stick to reducing your dairy intake.

Avoid processed foods as much as possible and eat more fish that are high in omega 3 and low in mercury. Olive, flax and avocado oils should be your “go to” oils for salad dressing and preparing low heat dishes. When cooking use macadamia oil, coconut oil, grape seed oils, sunflower oils these have a high flash point and doesn’t oxidize.

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WHAT IF YOUR TRIGLYCERIDES ARE ALREADY HIGH?
Well, having elevated levels doesn’t mean health issues are inevitable. There are a number of steps you can take to reverse the trend and reach for healthier levels.
If your levels are already elevated, 1st things first, begin with… check what you are eating as I addressed above, and some of the supplements I’d recommend:
Omega 3  ( Click product name for more information) – like fish oils that are high in DHA/EPA and or flax oils
Niacin – is vitamin B3 and the body needs it for proper circulation and healthy skin. It assist in the functioning of the nervous system; in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins; and in the production of hydrochloric acid for the digestive system. It is involved in the normal secretion of bile & stomach fluids and in the synthesis of sex hormones. Niacin (nicotinic acid) lowers cholesterol and improves circulation. It is also a memory enhancer.
Here are some symptoms of niacin deficiency:
Canker sores
dementia,
depression
diarrhea
dizziness
fatigue
halitosis
headaches
indigestion
insomnia
limb pains,
loss of appetite
low blood sugar
muscular weakness
skin eruptions and inflammation
cholesterol imbalances
Please note: there are 2 forms of Niacin, nicotinc acid and niacinamide. in the form if niacinamide, it doesn’t cause flushing. However, niacinamide does NOT have all the same properties of niacin (nicotinic acid) Specifically, it is NOT effective for lowering blood cholesterol. That being said taking niacin in the nicotinc acid version will generate a harmless flush. kind of like a bit of a hot flash, and tingling sensation on the skin. usually, last only a few minutes and is harmless.

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Other supplements that may be helpful:

garlic
Aged Garlic: its used to protect the heart and blood vessels and has been reported to help decrease oxidative stress markers, including those related to blood sugar regulation issues. Aged garlic has also been reported to reduce liver enzymes and fatty liver, as well as decrease the formation of advanced gycation- end products ( AGEs), which are implicated in a various amount of health issues like heart disease, kidney, and cancers. Aged garlic is not reported to interfere with blood thinners.

coQ10
CoQ10 is important for energy production, oxygen use, high blood pressure and heart health, especially in folks with kidney issues. It can also boost endurance, improve insulin sensitivity, and lower triglycerides and blood glucose levels. This is especially recommended to take if you are currently taking stain drugs, red yeast rice and certain diabetes medications, which may result in a CoQ10 deficiency.

greentea
Green tea extract: helps improve antioxidant and lipid levels. When taken with other supplements and diet/lifestyle changes, green tea extract is reported to assist in weight loss. It can also help regulate glucose levels, lower triglycerides and prevent kidney stones that can result from high calcium. If taking an extract use a form standardized to 90% polyphenols (Specifically EGCG). TELL your doctor if you are currently taking aspirin or anticoagulant drugs like warfarin (Coumadin), as green tea extract may increase the risk of bleeding.

lcarnitine
L-carnitine: can help lower triglycerides because it helps move fat into cells for the purpose of energy production. Also supports demineralization and has been reported to reverse and prevent symptoms related to hyperthyroidism. food sources are meat, poultry and my least favorite source “dairy”.

omega3
Omega 3: fish oil is one of the 1st recommended choices for lower triglycerides. In addition to its anti inflammatory properties, fish oil is reported to lower total cholesterol levels and decrease oxidative stress, which is associated with LDL or bad cholesterol. If you are on blood thinning medications, talk with your doctor as fish oil may increase the risk of bleeding .

probiotic 11
Probiotics: help to normalize beneficial flora in the gut, and are reported to decrease triglyceride and cholesterol levels. They are also reported to improve BUN levels and quality of life if folks with kidney issues. If using antibiotics, wait 3 hrs. before taking probiotics.

redyeastrice
Red Yeast rice: acts similar to statin drugs and may help to reduce cholesterol. Some studies show it can also lower triglycerides. It is recommended you take CoQ10 when supplementing with red yeast rice.

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WHAT TO AVOID:
Inflammation causing foods and I include in this category: trans fats, refined sugars like high fructose corn syrup, (folks check your condiments usually these are LOADED with HFCS), Sodas, anything white, like white breads, pastas, sugars, bagels.
WHAT TO INCORPORATE MORE OF:
EXERCISE only takes about 20 mins. a day 3 to 4 times a week, which is more than the average adult seems to achieve. We do a lot of sitting, with the invention of computers, and most folks drive everywhere they go. Make a point to add more physical movement into your weekly routine.
FIBER a diet high in fiber has been shown to help lower triglycerides. some of these foods would be beans, leafy greens and some whole grains, like oatmeal. Add flax meal and chia seeds in your foods too, like smoothies, salads, sprinkle on your veggies, add to the breading on your meats, add to meat loafs, hamburger patties, whole grain pancakes, and whole grain muffins.
WATER; I cannot tell you how many patients/clients I see who are chronically dehydrated. I hear that I’m never thirsty, I can’t stand water, I’ve heard every excuse you can imagine, yet I aim to tell ya that your body is about 80% water and it needs it to perform every single function in the body. Everyone should be drinking 1/2 THEIR body weight in ounces.  If you are not used to drinking water thru out the day, it will take a bit of time to bring back your natural thirst factor so gradually increase your water intake.
REDUCE COFFEE HABIT the coffee craze has gone off the charts. The popularity of coffee which also adds usually a large amount of creamers (real and artificial which has all the bad fats we talked about already) and coupled with the sugars, is a big contributing factor toward high triglycerides.

 
I will address Total Cholesterol, and high and low cholesterol in another post otherwise it’s gonna feel like I’m writing a book.

 
If you’d like some assistance with your Nutritional balance/ battle plan. you can go to http://www.jodibarnett758.com and check out my service tab. I’d be honored to work with you. Lets begin this new year, ready to unveil the healthiest version of our health that we can!
Healthfully yours,
Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.
Harvested Health LLC

References:
Prescriptions for Nutritional healing, Phyllis A.Balch, CNC.
Your blood never lies. James B. LaVallen, RPh, CCN
Howard F. Loomis, Jr., D.D., FIACA


The Call of Addictions….

I felt the need to talk on this topic… well because it’s a big topic and it affects not only the people who struggle with addiction; but those connected too the person who struggles with addiction.

When it comes to interacting in this world, NOTHING is ever just about one person, there is and always will be a ripple effect, everyone our lives touch especially those we love, are draw into any addiction phase on some level if not on many levels.

There are many area’s  that people can find themselves held hostage:

  •  Emotional addictions,
  • alcohol dependency,
  •  caffeine,
  • prescription drugs,
  •  tobacco,
  • sugar, foods;

anything that draws us to a point where we don’t feel we can function without IT, whatever IT is for that person.

What might emotional addiction look like? Well… emotions control a lot of what someone either feels passionately about or is crippled by .  Yet emotional addiction can also fall in a place where someone gets addicted to being treated in a particular way, they have to have it in their life or they seek to create the atmosphere. I believe sexual addiction blends into the emotional slot, because I believe most are drawn into sexual addiction due to emotional addictions.

  •  OCD issues, which means control; most of these actually function from some element based in “fear”, fear of being alone, fear of crowds, fear of being away from a particular daily routine, fear of starting anything new, fear of failure that hinders them from ever sticking their toe in the water to embark on anything new, fear of rejection, fear of feeling loved, fear of not being loved. It ends up feeling like a perpetual cycle of one sorts or another.

Addictions really are all around us, and they are terribly difficult for folks to want to acknowledge let alone talk openly about them.

An addiction really is a dependency that creates any compulsive or habitual need to repeat a particular experienceSome addictions fall into  mild up to sever, socially acceptable to unacceptable.” (Steven Horne AGH)

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HOW DOES SOCIETY ACTUALLY MAKE ADDICTION A SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE FORM OF LIVING?

There are addictions that fall into the socially acceptable zone, like tobacco & alcohol, and sexual addictions, they seem so common place today most folks don’t waste a second blink when the topic comes up.

Yet it’s socially acceptable for folks to go out to drink  to spend time together, and folks laugh about who drank so much they couldn’t remember the evening, or was so sick they called off work the next day.  No big thing in society, it’s called socializing!
Those who smoke cigarettes already know that it’s causing some form of damage to their lungs, heart, cardiovascular system. Not so long ago smoking was allowed on prime time programs, and commercials. Certain brands through advertising tried to glamorize the hunky, handsome cowboy smoking their  brand.   It is wonderful that things are changing where smoking is concerned, and more and more states are making it illegal to smoke in public places to protect everyone, and more and more people are finding the strength to eliminate the habit .

Ok alcohol and tobacco are obvious addictions, what’s another socially acceptable one….

Caffeine Oh man, it’s a biggie, coffee shops popping up all over, and if you think getting a fancy mixed drink can end up being pricey, well, have you gotten any fancy expresso, frappuccino or latte  coffee lately  $5 dollars and up per cup.   Peeps just cannot get their day started without the java, and it’s socially acceptable when someone admits “I can’t  even think about conversation  UNTIL I’VE HAD AT LEAST MY 2ND CUP OF COFFEE”… means, their brains don’t feel like they can socially connect without it, now toss in the mix caffeinated pop’s, energy drinks and popular energy caffeine shots sold at every single gas station in America.  Think we have a caffeine issue in our country?

 

Move onto the socially acceptable addiction with foods/sugars more than 80% of the people in our country fall into the overweight

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DO COMPULSIVE BEHAVIORS CLASSIFY AS ADDICTION?

What about behaviors…. are those really addictions?  Well, you decide, we have television programs that showcase folks who need help with hoarding , they suffer from being compulsive about having certain things. Then there is:

  • gambling,
  • shopping,
  • sex, these behaviors again fall into the emotional addiction because much of our behavior is guided by open or buried emotions.
  •   When we have any behavior that we cannot bring ourselves to stop, even when we know its damaging to ourselves and those in our lives, its an addiction!

 

Why does it seem like having a issue with an addiction is so easy to fall into and so difficult to pull out of?
It’s the human desire to “feel” good!  When people become addicted to certain substances or behaviors certain neurotransmitters are released in their brain & nervous system, like endorphins, dopamine or epinephrine.  Most addictive substances either mimic or trigger the release of these chemicals, they elevate moods and do what they are supposed to do, “make us feel good !”  Then our body comes to depend on this outside trigger to release these chemicals and the circle of dependency begins.

Our human nature, and its driven need for ritual, love of pleasure, cravings, these  are deeply carved, making moderation for many, easier said than done.

Then you have many well-meaning folks who think , ” if it’s not good for you, just have the will-power to say no”!  It is critical to understand that to overcome addictions by willpower definitely  won’t be everyone’s way to achieve success, the proof is in the relapse numbers.  There has been a chemical imbalance that some of these substances are meeting a need for physically.  There is a nutritional deficiency in place that needs addressing, and many need assistance addressing repressed  emotional triggers.
Support and accountability are key in overcoming any sort of addiction issue. As is nutritional balancing they both need to go together!

Sad truth …when trying to over-come one addiction another is usually substituted to take  it’s place, so spending time dealing with all root issues is paramount to success…. many reach for junk foods, sugars, etc. or some replace one behavior addiction with a different one.

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NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT KEY PLAYER

Beginning to nutritionally give your body what it’s been lacking, and bringing back a balance of nutrients, then the body has the ability to produce the chemicals that make one feel good by design.

Nutritional changes have to be incorporated for success, you can’t stop alcohol or drug dependency living on processed junk foods and expect positive results for any long term length of time.
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CODEPENDENCY

Then there are those who are drawn into this emotional addiction circle through someone else’s addiction.  We see this frequently when someone has been in a relationship with someone or a family member or friend who is struggling  with dependency on alcohol,  drugs even behavior addictions.

They can get emotionally addicted to trying to fix others that they have coping mechanisms that can end up being counter productive  for themselves and all involved. They are experiencing  their own heightened levels of stress and also need good nutritional  balance and an emotional  support outlet.

I believe that each and every person is touched by this category in one area or another, it’s epidemic in my opinion.  Which is why I chose to write about it.  Truth is, it’s touched my life since my childhood on multiple planes,  I understand the emotional rollercoaster of emotions that can be experienced watching people you love dearly struggle.

There is a depth of healing that takes place both from those who have the addiction to those that fall in the ripples zone.

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ALCOHOL

Lets move onto the alcohol.  For all basic purposes alcohol  is a refined carbohydrate, which contributes to hypoglycemia.

Over-consumption now well, that over a period of time we know damages:

  • liver,
  • brain,
  • nervous system,
  •  kidneys,
  •  pancreas,
  •  personal relationships,
  •  employment,
  •  It’s a big contributor in traffic accidents even fatalities while driving, which brings with it legal fees that further adds to the stress cycle of not being able to cope.
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NATURAL OPTIONS THAT MAY BE HELPFUL

So one can physically ease the craving for alcohol by improving the quality of nutrition that goes into their body.
When poor nutrition is happening; what might that look like? Well   replacing the alcohol with lots of sugar which is typically what happens because sugar can also raise dopamine levels in the brain,  increased use of caffeine, junk fast food . What happens as a result over time the craving for alcohol creeps back into being, refined sugars raise the blood alcohol levels especially when yeast overgrowth in the body is involved.

So balancing the blood sugar swings will be helpful:

  •  Chromium GTF (click on the product name if you want to read more about it) can help stabilize blood sugar levels in the blood and reduce alcoholic cravings.
  • A good B Complex Vitamin
  • evening primrose oil helps reduce the cravings for alcohol. It also is a source of Gamma-linoleic Acid, an important essential fatty acid that helps the immune system and supports the circulatory system.
  •  Vitamin C ascorbate daily along with large amounts of magnesium that the alcohol robs from the body.

Some find their nerves feel frayed and some get headaches:

An excellent formula to aid the recovering alcoholic

  • Kudzu  is a vine common to the southern states with the properties of reducing high blood pressure, relieving pain and cramps.  Studies have demonstrated it also posses the ability to help control ravings for alcohol.
  • St. Johns wort adds the benefits of bringing the nervous system back into balance and helps to dispel negative emotions associated with alcoholism.

One of the more addictive aspects where beer is concerned isn’t just about the alcohol; its the hops used in making the beer.  Hops is an herb that contains a sedative substance with a mild addictive effect.

  • Hops can be taken to reduce cravings for beer, providing a similar relaxing affect without the negative issues that go with the alcohol.

We have to include and talk about the liver here because this organ ends up working overtime to neutralize alcohol when levels are too high in the blood, its the liver that breaks down after long abuse.  We call it Cirrhosis.  The liver is one of those organs that can repair itself; all it needs is a break.

  •   Milk Thistle can be helpful for protecting the liver from the effects of alcohol, and helping the liver to heal.  When this organ has suffered sever damage due to alcoholism, Milk Thistle and
  • SAM-e along with topical application of
  • helichrysum essential oil over the liver area will promote healing.

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 CAFFEINE

Let’s move onto the caffeine, I bet this one would fall into the most widely used drug, partially because its not regarded as a one, yet it’s used in lots of over the counter headache meds.

I remember taking a medication as a teen-ager for migraine headaches called Cafergot,caffeine listed as top I gredient which caused me to go into convulsions and required a transport.

Caffeine isn’t regarded by most as dangerous.  Our nation is literally on use over load.

Adults use it freely, and kids are drinking it in their pop like Mountain Dew which has a high caffeine ratio.  In spite of the numerous jokes folks make about gotta have their caffeine or cannot function, excessive use of it can cause serious damage to the brain and central nervous system.

What happens is with continual habitual use of caffeine reliance, regardless if your fix comes from :

  • coffee,
  • pop,
  •  tea
  • , Red Bull, or other commercial energy drinks loaded with caffeine and sugar, when you use it for energy and  to sustain it, a regular pattern begins to establish.

But let me walk you thru what happens in the body, caffeine stimulates epinephrine production, which speed up the function of your central nervous system.  When you rely and habitually use caffeine as your source for revving up your inner engine, it causes :

  • adrenal fatigue,
  • anxiety,
  • nervousness,
  •  insomnia and other nervous symptoms.

Since it depletes the adrenals, which causes fatigue, one needs to begin to rely on more caffeine intake to keep from dropping due to exhaustion, or the mid day crash and burn while at work.

 

We are seeing more and more young people having heart attacks, and being hospitalized due to cardia related symptoms who are drinking lots of energy drinks that are heavy in the caffeine load.

 

Prolonged caffeine use is linked to:

  •  Ischemia,
  •  cyanosis,
  • EKG changes,
  •  muscle pains,
  •  tachycardia,
  • bradycardia,
  • hypertension,
  • numbness,
  • tingling,
  •  vertigo,
  • neurological issues,
  •  vascular headaches. (hint, caffeine dehydrates body tissue and dehydration contributes to lots of these symptoms too).

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NATURAL NUTRITIONAL OPTIONS

There are some herbal options that strengthen the adrenals like:

  •  licorice root,
  •   Adrenal Support and 
  • Nervous fatigue formula these can be helpful with helping one thru caffeine withdrawal.

These same herbal products can also prove helpful with sugar addiction which is often like hand in glove to caffeine addiction.

There are healthier pick-me ups that won’t damage the adrenals, cause the headache from hell like caffeine,

  •  Energ-V,
  • Solstic Energy (just pour one packet in your bottle of water shake and go)
  • Target Endurance, these are healthy safe ways to increase energy levels.
  •   I love, love , love, Liquid Chlorophyll ES added to my water for a natural energy boost.  I frequently put in the water bottle I take to the gym.

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DRUGS

Lets move to the drugs that cause addiction,  there is a list of these that I am not going to go into depth by name or category with in this post because there are so many.

What I want to point out is drug addictions are a compulsive psychological and many times a painful physiological craving.

Withdrawal from drug addiction requires BOTH detoxification and nervous and glandular system support!

Professional assistance should be sought after for help with drug withdrawal, but GOOD nutritional and supplements can be helpful, they are only one piece of the puzzle towards recovery.  Emotional, physical, and nutritional aspects have to be dealt with!

Whatever the drug, one thing is certain.  It will become a burden on the liver.  So, herbs which help to detox the blood and strengthen the liver are probably central to any nutritional program for drug withdrawal.

  •  Milk Thistle Combination
  • , All Cell Detox or
  •   Enviro-Detox. Although the amounts will vary from person to person based on the advice of your Practitioner.  It is important to drink lots of water to help flush the drugs from your system.

Anyone withdrawing from drugs is going to experience mental and emotional stress.  so a nervine formula such as :

  • Stress-J 
  • Stress Relief, or
  • Nervous Fatigue Formula would be helpful during the withdrawal phase.

As with alcohol & tobacco addiction, adrenal support can prove helpful because blood sugar imbalances are often part of addictive behavior.

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SUGAR

I also want to briefly tough  on the addiction with sugar/foods…

The compulsive urge to eat sugar usually comes from a glandular imbalance.  Yep when there are adrenal and pancreatic imbalances what happens is there ends up being a deficiency of protein or a lack of proper protein digestion and metabolism.

Many also lack good fats and trace minerals in the diet.  Yeast infections usually play a huge role too.  Food addictions in general signify glandular and biochemical imbalances.

Folks are also emotional eaters, people are taught as children that food is a reward system.  Get good grades let me bake you some cookies, or something to celebrate lets go get cake or pie, (how do we celebrate birthdays?  with what?) why and how did that cycle ever come into being that cake is what needed to be symbolized for celebrating a birthday? No I really didn’t want to research that part.

People compensate using different foods, i.e. snacks, for various emotional highs and lows in their lives.  Excessive cravings for sweets or food in general can also come from a fealing of lack of sweetness (joy) in ones life which causes one to seek pleasure thru their foods.

So dealing with addiction in this area definitely requires taking the time to bring the body back into balance, digestive enzymes can be helpful, as would probiotics.  Considering a yeast detox thru diet and/or food elimination.  Adding Essential fatty acids, higher fiber, lots of water and some good whole food multi-vitamins.

Each person is unique and the beauty of working in the field of Naturopathy, I treat each person as an individual and allow the body to be the messenger, vs. a one-size fits all approach.

I really didn’t want this post to be this windy and stretch out this long, yet when I started writing, there were things that just felt important to place in it.  I will write more individually on each of these areas so I can dig in deeper.

If you’d like help with your Nutritional Battle Plan in tackling any of these addictions.  You can go to http://www.jodibarnett758.com and click on my services tab.

Any of the products I spoke of in this post can also be found thru the products link there as well.

Thank you all…

Hebrews 11:1 NLT ” Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”

With addictions there IS HOPE, have the FAITH to reach for it…

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC.

 


What’s The Real Scoop On Inflammation?

Most of our health issues have a direct “root” in “inflammation”. Inflammation is a normal response to any sort of tissue damage or even injury, sprain an ankle whats the 1st thing that happens, the body sends fluid to the area injured and it swells…
Inflammation also happens when there is a chemical/microbial issue . (toxin & infection). So bottom line it doesn’t really matter how the body gets injured, inflammation is going to be how the body responds to the damage.
It is the Latin term for inflammation, which usually brings with it heat, swelling, redness, and sometimes pain at the site of injury.. Take a look at some of the descriptions of illness like Appendic-ITIS , it means inflammation of the appendix. bronch-ITIS, inflammation of the bronchials, tonsil-ITIS, inflammation of the tonsils. Now go onto arthritis, tendonitis, bursisis, colitis, dermatitis, gingivitis, conjunctivitis, diverticulitis, sinusitis, etc. is anyone seeing a pattern yet?
Inflammation typically resolves itself and the injury is able to heal. when healing isn’t completed, tissues can become chronically inflamed. a slow process of deterioration begins which takes things to the chronic and degenerative place, like cardiovascular disease, arthritis, obesity and even mental issues that seem to be beyond common place for folks today.
What happens when the tissues are damaged, the body releases something called histamine, which is followed by a release of bradykinin, serotonin and some other chemical mediators. What happens is these dilate capillary pores and initiate inflammation by allowing fluid & proteins to enter the tissue spaces that are damaged creating swelling. this is usually the 1st phase of inflammation.
The body then releases chemical messengers to open blood vessels so the white blood cells can reach the damaged zone. which causes further swelling. So at this point lets say if the issue happens to be in ones respiratory tract, histamine & leukotrienes will cause bronchial constriction & increased mucus to flush the toxins from the mucus membranes, usually pain receptors are brought to life at this point. We FEEL it.
White blood cells use free radicals to destroy microbes & cell debris. Healthy cells need adequate levels of antioxidants (which is why we should have a daily intake especially thru foods) to protect themselves from the free radicals. so when antioxidant levels are too low, healthy tissues are able to get damaged which then can allow inflammation to spread.
After the white blood cells have completed their cleanup job, is when the body initiates the healing phase. Cortisol from the adrenals is then secreted to shut down the production of the chemical messengers that mediate the inflammation process. Macrophages clean up the rest of the garbage left and a regenerative cycle begins as chemical messengers are released which stimulate tissue repair. (our body is beyond amazing, what a CREATOR we have).
When there is chronic inflammation, the body is not quite able to complete the healing phase of the inflammation process. It sort of gets stuck in the earlier phases. So the free radical activity in phase 3 causes more and more cells to end up getting damaged, causing the inflammatory fires to spread. Like a forest fire, it’s meant to burn up the dead material, but if it gets hot enough it will begin to take with it healthy areas in the process.
So bottom line what I’m saying: in order for inflammation to heal as it is supposed to do by design, there has to be nutrients available for the healing & repair to happen, if we are constantly exposed to environmental toxins and a horrible nutrient lost diet, and adrenal fatigue from chronic stress which shuts down cortisol production, then the healing initiation can be prevented from completion. We also need adequate lymphatic drainage to assist with excess fluid removal from the damaged tissues.

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STARTING POINT BEGINS HERE: 
Detox gotta take the trash out folks, change up what your cleaning with, washing with, change out the chemicals for something healthier, like Natures Enzymes,  ( click on highlighted item for more information) for me this stuff is like LOVE in a bottle, its an awesome cleaner, actually blends as a wonderful carrier for essential oils, can be sprayed directly on the body for pain (kicked tail on my headaches when mixed with some peppermint and Ravintsara Oil)  and the full line of NSP essential oils. ( click on highlighted item for more information)
2nd: Healthy fats… realizing the chemical messages that help to mediate the inflammation process are made from Omega 6 and Omega 3 EFA. We need more Omega 3’s to promote the healing process. I believe we are seeing more and more inflammatory ailments because more and more folks are being misled to reduce the FAT in their diets. problem is they need to of course reduce the hydrogenated fats, and increase the Essential fatty acids, that we have to get from outside sources. Flax oil, ( this comes in liquid or a capsule) Borage oil, Evening primrose, fish oils. Grab more of those.
3rd:  Get rid of the simple refined carbs. We have a bona-fide sugar addiction issue in this country. Take a moment go ONE day, and eat how you normally eat and yet remove ALL the bread, potato, pasta and anything with refined sugars or high fructose corn syrup. so for that to happen you have to read some labels, like read your condiment labels, salad dressing labels, coffee creamers, Most clients when I have them do this for ONE day, they call me and say “whelp, I actually fasted that day, cause now I’m lost, almost everything I eat has some form of simple sugar attached to it. Refined sugars and grains cause your insulin production to SPIKE, high levels of insulin stop the conversion of Essential fatty acids to anti- inflammation chemical messengers. which encourages inflammatory over reaction in YOUR bodies. So refined SUGARS and simple carbohydrates are not healthy. (note there is a difference between simple and complex carbs, take a moment and do some google searches to educate yourself on the difference your health will thank you for it)
4th: I cannot state how many of my peeps show signs of lymphatic congestion, pooling of lymphatic fluid in the spaces around the cells is one of the major effects of inflammation. Understand how your lymph system works, it has no pumps it is gravity fed, meaning it works better when the body is active with movement.. walking, bouncing (rebounder) massage therapy, even acupressure, I like to reach for Lymphomax and lymph drainage to support my body anytime I’ve had some type of an injury.
5th: Get the antioxidants going in the body, eat foods/fruits/veggies that are known to be high in antioxidants, Vitamin C, Thai-go (IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE) ( You really want to order 2 of these at one time, especially if more than one person is going to be taking) this goes down easy, it tastes good so it was always easy to get it in my kids without a battle, mix it in a fruit smoothie if you like.
6th:  Since the adrenals produce the cortisol that is supposed to help keep inflammation under control. it makes sense you want to support those two almond-shaped wonders that set on top of both kidneys. Think about something, how many folks do you know that are currently taking “corticosteroid prescriptions”,,, it mimics this hormone our body produces.  Since Chronic stress, caffeine and sugar exhaust our adrenals and slow or reduce their ability to control inflammation, might there be a connection as to why so many are physically struggling with out of control inflammation related issues?  I am partial to Adapta Max and Adrenal Support, to support my adrenals, we all should consider supporting our adrenals as we all deal with on-slaught of stressors on a daily basis.
7th: Does NSP have some herbal remedies that can nutritionally help as natural anti-inflamatories.  If you haven’t be able to guess yet, as a Practitioner, I only use NSP herbs & supplements in my practice.  They have been in business for over 45 years, their quality can be trusted and they have stood the test of time.

 

So that being said;  IF Relief, Nerve Control and IF-C are all great choices, IF-C seems to help bunches if inflammation is acute (sudden onset symptoms) Chronic (means long standing been there awhile) Nerve Control can be of some help nutritionally if there seems to be pain coupled with inflammation and I have found it be super helpful, I used that with SAMe, when I had sciatic issues last year.
Bottom line is just about everything that goes out of whack with us physically has a ROOT in inflammation to one degree or another. so we want to nutritionally support the body systems that are by design meant to keep it in check and work with the body vs. just masking the symptom. But you have to be willing to do your part and change what part of your lifestyle is contributing to the issue. Definition of insanity is WHAT?
Ok folks, that’s my input for the day.. sorry it was so long,

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

 

Harvested Health LLC

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

 

Resources:

 The comprehensive guide to NSP products

Prescription for Nutritional Healing 

Diet & Nutrition


Different Probiotics and their benefits.

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List of Probiotics and which strains help different issues…

Why do we need them? Well They AID in digestion and help our body assimilate certain nutrients and help produce vitamin B-12.

They protect against YEAST overgrowth and protect against diarrhea when traveling, and even act like a mild laxative when the pipes are experiencing a back-up.

When we take antibiotics, they are depleted and destroyed, so we always want to take probiotics after needing an antibiotic to put back the good bacteria.

Acidophilus :

Benefits:
Helps regulate the intestinal tract.
Supports the digestive, immune and intestinal systems.
Promotes healthy bacteria colonies in the gut.
How It Works:

Acidophilus is a strain of Lactobacillus, a symbiotic, homo-fermentative, lactic acid-producing microorganism. Friendly bacteria help keep in check other microbes that produce toxins that may be absorbed into the bloodstream. As long as all of these different species work in harmony, dangerous types are kept in small enough numbers that they, too, are often beneficial! This illustrates one of nature’s ironies:what is harmful in one amount may actually be healthful in another amount.
Acidophilus and all other helpful bacteria are often destroyed by antibiotics. Supplementation can reintroduce them, creating an optimal balance. Each capsule contains a minimum of 100 million organisms, freeze-dried to maintain viability. Probiotics are well absorbed in the diet and can be taken between meals to maximize absorption. Best if stored in a freezer or refrigerator.

Bifidophilus Flora Force:    (Excellent for children)

I open capsule up and can be placed directly on the tongue.

Benefits:
Improves immune system function.
Helps maintain female vaginal and urinary tract system health.
Helps promote intestinal health in children.
May support respiratory system health in children.
Helps synthesize B vitamins.
Supports the digestive and intestinal systems.
Provides 4 billion beneficial microorganisms per capsule.
How It Works:

The healthy human intestinal tract contains billions of flora that live in a delicate balance with each other and in symbiosis with us. We provide them with a home, and in turn they break down our food into easily absorbed nutrients. They also aid digestion in a variety of ways and promote immunity. Factors such as stress, environmental conditions or the use of certain substances can affect their vitality.
Bifidophilus Flora Force provides billions of beneficial intestinal microorganisms that offer a whole range of health benefits. They help to maintain the natural, delicate balance of flora that inhabit the human intestinal tract. These friendly flora also help to decompose fecal matter, improving nutrient absorption and producing certain vitamins as metabolic byproducts. NSP added fructo-oligosaccharides (short- and long-chain), which support the growth of these beneficial organisms to ensure the potency of this product.
This product is recommended for daily use to help maintain a healthy balance of friendly flora in the intestinal tract and to support the immune system.

NutriBiome Bacillus Coagulans:

Benefits:
May provide relief from occasional digestive upset like diarrhea, gas and bloating
Supports gastrointestinal health
Is shelf-stable, requiring no refrigeration
Contains prebiotic inulin conducive to the growth of friendly bacteria*
How It Works:
Bacillus coagulans is a strain of friendly probiotic that is naturally heat-stable. It can also more readily withstand the stomach’s acidic environment, thereby better providing targeted support to the intestine and maintaining balance in the microbiome.

NutriBiome Eleven Elevated:

Benefits:
Provides 30 billion CFU of 11 strains of beneficial bacteria per serving*
Helps support repopulation and optimization of beneficial bacteria in the gut*
More potent than original Probiotic Eleven formula
Featuring delayed-release vegetarian capsules*
How It Works:

Probiotic supplementation may help to maintain friendly bacteria colonies in the gut, or microbiome, which can be depleted by stress, antibiotics or gastrointestinal disturbances.*
Renew or intensify your probiotic regimen with Eleven Elevated™. Providing 30 billion CFU of 11 strains of friendly bacteria per serving, Eleven Elevated helps support your microbiome, digestive health, immune system and rebalance your gut. Featuring delayed-release vegetable capsules. *
Eleven Elevated contains the same blend of beneficial bacteria and prebiotics found in Probiotic Eleven, our most popular probiotic, but with a higher CFU (colony forming unit) count. Eleven Elevated is approximately 67% more potent per serving and 150% more potent per capsule than Probiotic Eleven.

Probiotic Eleven:

Benefits:
Supports Repopulation of Beneficial Bacteria in the Gut
Provides 11 strains of good bacteria
Nourish and strengthen the gut microbiome and its resident microflora
Supports immune and digestive health
How It Works:
NutriBiome™ Probiotic Eleven is a unique combination of healthful probiotics to help maintain and replenish intestinal supply. These microorganisms perform essential functions in the body and are affected by aging, adverse intestinal pH, microbial interactions, environmental and dietary temperatures, stress, physiological factors, peristalsis, bile acids, host secretions and immune responses. NutriBiome Probiotic Eleven provides 11 species of live microorganisms that exert many beneficial health effects. This specially formulated blend contains strains of important gut-beneficial organisms and prebiotics (non-digestible foodstuffs, including fiber) that serve as food for the probiotics in the colon. Clinical studies have shown that short- and long-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) may improve growth of friendly microorganisms, enhance mineral absorption, support bowel health and function, and promote immune function.

 

 

 

 


Natures Fresh, Miracle In A Bottle!

What if I told you that by spraying certain enzymes you can have:

  • first aid kit
  • household miracle worker
  • completely NON-toxic
  • safe for the kiddo’s & pets
  • biodegradable
  • removes odors fabulously
  • breaks down stains
  • natural aid for pain
  • wonderful first aid spray

This product has been around for bout 37 yrs.  n the 1980’s Nature’s Sunshine Products introduced an enzyme spray called Nature’s Fresh, as a household stain remover & deodorizing agent.  Which is beyond remarkable at knocking out pet smells, smoke, food odors, and for those that live in the country, EVEN the smell of skunk!  It is 100% natural, and completely non-toxic, it removes stains from clothing, carpets and furniture.  But what NSP didn’t initially realize was that they were also introducing an amazing “first aid remedy” for the body too.

This discovery all started when some innovative NSP Manager felt inspired to spray Natures’ Fresh over the area of a spinal slipped disk.  They had read that disks were composed largely of enzymes & decided to try using the enzyme sin Nature’s Fresh topically to promote healing for the disk.  Well, they felt relief!

WHAT EXACTLY IS NATURE’S FRESH?

Its a mixture of 6 different classes of enzymes derived from plants that are suspended in water.

For those into chemistry, the enzymes in the Nature’s fresh product include oxidoreductases (enzymes that catalyze oxidation-reduction reactions), transferases (enzymes that promote transfer of a group from one molecule to another), lyases (enzymes that form double bonds on the substrate), hydrolases (hydrolytic enzymes-splitting water), isomerases (enzymes that catalyze the conversion of its substrate to an isomeric form), and ligases (enzymes that catalyze the linking together of two molecules).   THAT WAS A MOUTH FULL….

Simply put, this means that Nature’s fresh contains a wide variety of enzymes that can catalyze a variety of chemical reactions.  This allows it to chemically alter a variety of organic odor molecules & organic stain molecules.

WHY ARE ENZYMES IMPORTANT?

Enzymes are organic molecules from living things that act as catalysts.  A catalyst is a molecule that can speed up a chemical reaction without being consumed in the reaction.  Enzymes are organic catalysts.  In chemistry, organic simply means that the compound contains carbon.  Carbon is the basic element found in living things.

Enzymes are the chemical workhorses of the body.  Enzymes make every biochemical reaction in the body possible, from cellular DNA replication to the production of hormones & neurotransmitters.  Without enzymes we couldn’t digest our food or activate our immune system to ward off an infection.  Enzymes are energy, you’ve probably heard them also referred to as the “spark plugs of life”, the body uses them to activate a variety of functions within.

There are 3000 to 5000 enzymes in the human body & without them there is no life.  Now, here is the key secret- the human body will wear out faster if it has to make all of its own enzymes! That’s right, if we are not getting a good supply of enzymes through our diet, our body loses vitality & becomes weaker.

Two books written by Dr. Edward Howell, “Enzyme Nutrition, & The Food Enzyme Concept”, theorizes that humans are given a limited supply of enzyme energy at birth, & that it is up to us to replenish our supply of enzymes to ensure that their vital jobs get done.  If we don’t replenish our supply, we run the risk of health issues. Dr. Howell postulates that, “The length of life is inversely proportional to the rate of exhaustion of the enzyme potential of an organism.  The increased use of food enzymes promotes a decreased rate of exhaustion of the enzyme potential.”

In other words… the more enzymes you get, the longer & healthier you can be.  That is why eating raw organic foods & taking nutritional digestive enzyme supplements is believed to help ward off chronic & degenerative disease, maintain an balance of health & increase overall vitality.  By ingesting enzymes from organic raw foods & supplements, the body gets a break, doesn’t have to work so hard and just may last longer.

So back to this Nature’s Fresh, where does this fit into this whole thing?

Well, I harp constantly to my client’s to get the harsh heavy chemical cleaners out of their homes, they are toxic, my motto is IF you cannot drink it, or put it on your skin without suffering damage you have no business cleaning with it!

Now most of those products are meant to mask odors, or deodorize.  Nature’s Fresh uses natural, non-toxic enzymes to break apart stain & odor molecules.  It works much the same as the digestive enzymes do in our body.  By braking apart amino acids (proteins) or fatty acids (fats or oils), that bind stains & odors to fabrics & carpets, it helps to break them free & emulsify them (hold them in solution) so they can be removed.  Nature’s Fresh works on organic stains & odors & that includes just about everything.

Natures Freshsunshine concentrate

Nature’s Fresh used with NSP’s Sunshine Concentrate, a natural household cleaning product, & a few essential oils can eliminate the need for just about all other household cleaning products.  This helps protect your family’s health by reducing the exposure to chemicals. ( click on the product names if you are interested in purchase)

TIPS & SUGGESTIONS:

dirty walls

CLEANING WALLS: it will remove food stains, cigarette smoke & dirt. For spots spray  on directly, for larger jobs mix 1/4 cup with a gallon of water and a capful of Sunshine Concentrate to create an effective general cleaning solution.

 

COUNTERTOPS:

I use for cleaning my counter tops and my stove top (it eats thru baked on food without the need for scraping, spray and let sit for a bit and wipes right off, no need to scrape and scratch the surface of your stove or counter tops).

CABINETS & FLOORS :

I use also to wash my kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and the floors.  You can spray directly but for washing the floors, 1/8th cup per gallon of Nature’s Fresh, and a capful of Sunshine Concentrate, and about 15-20 drops Essential oils, I like Lemon, Orange, and Pink Grapefruit, if folks have been sick, I use Tea tree, (Click on the actual Oil names to purchase).

MOLD & MILDEW:

You can spray this directly full strength on mold/mildew and even add to the strength by adding essential oils like Tea Tree, or Thyme. (15-20 drops)

The uses for this spray are endless:

  • clothes & laundry to remove odors
  • air freshener, it doesn’t mask odors it actually breaks them down & eliminates, fabulous for pet accidents.
  • Dishes, you can add this to the dishwasher in place of a spot remover and removes stains & odors from your plastic storage containers.
  • carpet cleaning, add essential oils if you like.
  • If you traveling add some to a spray bottle with tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil and carry it when you travel, use as deodorizer in your car .
  • clogged drains, because it has enzymes it can actually break down what is clogging the drains.  Pour a bottle of it down the drain, let it sit overnight and run hot water thru.  The enzymes are excellent for those like me with a septic tank.

PETS:

litterbox

  • LITTER BOX odor, spray in the litter box.
  • skunk
  • spray directly on pets if they have been skunked, it WILL remove the skunk smell.
  • fleas
  • controls fleas on pets without drying out their skin!

Bottom like is you can toss out your harsh chemical cleaners and I swear this one bottle will clean everything “safely”, yet effectively.  It works great on soap scum on shower doors, just spray and let sit for a bit, and wipes right off no scrubbing needed, and no harsh fumes!

Give it a try….

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

 

 

References:

Dr. Edward Howell, “Enzyme Nutrition, & The Food Enzyme Concept”

Steven Horne, http://www.treelite.com 


Why Are We Drawn To Certain Colors?

I have wanted to write about this for quite some time as it never ceases to amaze me how spot on it is with regards to our health.  What I mean by this is most of us are visually drawn to particular colors… We all have our FAVORITE colors that time and time again we reach for when we pick our clothing, jewelry, the colors we decorate our rooms with in our homes.  Truth is there seems to be a direct connection to why certain colors resonate with us and others don’t.

I for one am grateful that God when he created everything around us, that he chose to add color.  I mean think about that for a minute, what if ALL our fruits & vegetables were all the same color, what if all the flowers that grew were ALL the same color, the leaves on the trees, bushes, grass.  Colors do many different things aside from offering distinction and depth when we look at something, they have a soothing effect on our personal/physical state too.

When you connect colors with fruits/vegetables and even your color choices; if you think about what you may have going on either physically from a health/ailment perspective or emotional perspective you may see the connection.  Here’s a chart that I found at http://www.reikimassage.la/chromotherapy.htm

COLOR                                                               BENEFIT

RED ———————————————————Activates our circulatory & nervous systems.

STRONG PINK——————————————Acts as a cleanser, strengthening the veins & arteries

PINK——————————————————–Activates & eliminates impurities from the blood stream

ORANGE————————————————–Energizes & eliminates localized fat. Helps address asthma & bronchitis.

STRONG YELLOW————————————Strengthens the body & acts on internal tissues

YELLOW————————————————-Reactivates & purifies the skin.  Helps with indigestion & bodily distress.

GREEN—————————————————-Acts as a nerve relaxant

STRONG GREEN————————————–Provides anti-infectious, anti-septic & regenerative stimulation

STRONG BLUE—————————————-lubricates joints & articulations.  Helps address infections, stress & nervous tension

BLUE—————————————————stimulates muscles & skin cells, nerves & the circulatory system

INDIGO———————————————–helps address eye inflammation, cataracts, glaucoma, ocular fatigue or nasal bleeds

VIOLET———————————————–relaxes the nerves & lymphatic system.  Addresses inflammations & urinary illness

 

color healing

What studies have come to realize is that there is a science to using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health & harmony.  Humans need the sun’s light, which is broken into 7 distinct rays, to live.  If there is an imbalance in these colors within our bodies, it can manifest itself in mental or physical distress.  Each color possesses frequencies of a specific vibration & each vibration is related to different physical symptoms.  This is referred to as Chromotherapy  which works on various energy points to help your body re-establish its natural balance.  It accomplishes this via the full spectrum of visible light, each color of which addresses a separate bodily need.

Every single way our body is put together; by design is meant to constantly help us achieve inner & outer balance.  Think about that for a minute.  Our eyes are able to SEE in color, every function carries some sort of electrical impulse for any & everything to work, which in turn carries a vibrational stimulation to it.  Our five senses: See, Hear, Smell, Touch, Taste all work together using ALL  of these principles not just some of them.  Color is a huge participant! Don’t believe me, try living without a variety of colors.  Truth is even folks who are color blind can still see in reduced hues/shades, none sees completely  in black & white.

When you find yourself DRAWN to a particular color family, refer back to the chart description above and see if physically you may be weak.

If you are drawn to reds is there something going on with your circulatory system? Strong pinks, do you have spider veins, or varicose veins?  Oranges do you have lung weakness, and or cellulite issues?

colory therapy

I remember after my mom passed away back in 2005, I never completely understood what “depression” could do to a body physically, I never struggled with depression before and let me tell you what, I lost my appetite, felt like there was a rock in my throat so food didn’t want to go down, I lost a tremendous amount of weight in a very short period of time, my weight landed at 89 lbs. for several months.  I craved straight carrot juice, in fact that was all I could swallow so I drank it all day long.

Without realizing it I began to transform my wardrobe, and began wearing, Greens, yellows, purples (which I was NEVER drawn to ever)  I was always drawn to earth tone colors so for anything purple to end up in my wardrobe was crazy.  I ended up painting the walls in my bedroom at the time to a yellow earth tone.  So looking back I realize that my body was craving the colors it knew would help offer me some visual/vibrational balance.

Truth is most people if they pay attention to any major health scare, or the loss of a loved one, or major life change, like job loss; they will find they probably made major changes in the colors they surrounded themselves with, and particular color of foods they found themselves drawn to, especially if those choices were totally out of their normal routines.

8 colors

I had a patient I was working with who had been attacked in a parking garage while leaving work, she had been beaten and raped.  It was her husband who pointed out during one of our consultations that she had changed almost her entire wardrobe to where the only colors she wore were Red (which also signifies strength and fire), Pinks, which again is affiliated with strengthening, and cleaning ( trying to put the incident behind her), loud yellows, in fact with the exception of pink, her whole wardrobe switched to almost all LOUD primary colors.  Where her wardrobe typically before consisted of blacks, tans and very light colored neutral clothing.  Her husband mentioned it because he felt she was just using the “spending” as a diversion.  What I suggested was it was her inner self crying out and wanting to send out the signal of STRENGTH & PURGING.  I also recommended she take some self-defense classes.

Truth is we all subconsciously make these changes and most of us just don’t pay much attention to the “why” we changed what we were drawn too.

chromotherapy

I thought this was something interesting and fun to post about.  I sure would LOVE some feedback on this one if any of you have ever wondered why in what seems an all of the sudden moment you made major color changes in your lives, either through wardrobe, or how you decorated your home, can even come down to an inert longing to change the color car you drive.  This is cool stuff….

Until next time…. Stay healthy my friends!!!!

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

 

 

Photo References:

http://www.reikimassage.la/chromotherapy.htm

http://www.vantagetubs.com

wwwlittlethings.com

http://www.pintrest.com