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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Oh My Aching Back….

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Differences Between Vinegars!

Let’s talk about Vinegar!
I’ve spoken before about how Vinegar can be “unhealthy”, but my reference being towards “white distilled” and to wine vinegars, in which the destructive nature comes from ACETIC ACID, which both distilled and wine vinegars have.

white vinegar wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar

 
PURE ACV (apple cider vinegar), on the other hand, made from whole apples and NOT diluted, contains the constructive MALIC ACID, which benefits the digestive system, and can be constructive in softening kidney/gall stones.

chemistry malic acid Chemistry of Malic Acid has 4 Carbon bonds, 6 Hydrogen bonds, and 5 Oxygen bonds!

White Distilled Vinegar rapidly destroys red blood corpuscles which contributes to anemia. It also interferes with the digestive processes.red corpuscles Healthy Red Corpuscles vs. damaged!

 

Distilled Vinegar is the product of fermentation by acidity of alcoholic fluids like fermented wine and malt liquors; these are known as wine vinegars and malt vinegars. The white distilled which carries a high acetic acid content is used a lot in our Country. The only thing I find it good for is using as a cleaning agent for the home.

But vinegar made from apples (ACV) contains MALIC ACID which is a natural element involved in the digestive process.

Vinegars made by fermentation of wine contains an average of from 3% to 9% Acetic Acid, and usually some Tartaric Acid too. Acetic acid has been connected to contribute in hardening of the liver (cirrhosis) and duodenal and intestinal ulcers.

liverHere’s the comparison between a Health, fatty & a Liver with Cirrhosis!

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, on the other hand, contains Malic Acid, which is a constructive acid that combines with alkaline elements and minerals in the body to produce energy or to be stored in the system as glycogen for future use.

It helps in the coagulation of blood in establishing a normal menstrual flow, and contributes to  healthy blood vessels, veins and arteries, and the building of red blood.

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MINERAL BALANCE

One of the great virtues of ACV is its extraordinary potassium content, a must have for building and storing body reserves which contributes toward achieving harmony and calm. This potassium readily associates with some of the most important elements in the body, like calcium, sodium, iron, magnesium, chlorine, and silicon.

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FILTERED ACV

Its important, when choosing ACV, to consider the source, making sure its made from whole apples and not the cheap stuff made just from apple cores and peelings. Whole Raw apple cider vinegar with the “mother” which should look cloudy in appearance and a nice dark amber color. Will also have sediment and stuff floating in the bottom of the bottle! Also, never buy it in plastic containers, always choose one that is in a glass container.

Everyone should have a bottle of this stuff at home, its indispensable. It carries antiseptic qualities, works great as a skin toner, diluted with water and applied with a cotton ball directly to the skin.

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VARICOSE VEINS

Years ago in Scotland it was used and maybe it still is common practice to shrink varicose and “bulging” veins by the application of ACV on the skin to the whole length of the veins, morning and night, for a month or so, and at the same time drinking daily; two or three glasses of water with 2 teaspoons of ACV in each glass. And it worked!

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CLEAN BLOOD

Your LIFE is manifested in the condition of your blood which is generated in the marrow of your bones, activated through your spleen and circulated through your blood vessels.  It is a natural, systematic process that causes the blood stream to be completely recreated every period of 28 days, and unless the balance is maintained between the creation of new blood cells while the old blood cells complete their cycle, health cant be maintained.

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EXCESSIVE BLEEDING

Excessive bleeding with menstrual cycles, bleeding hemorrhoids, nose bleeds, cuts, etc., can also show signs of improvement by drinking 2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water daily and two or three times a day if necessary!

When our digestive system fails to digest proteins, it is a result of being deficient in hydrochloric acid.  This can, as a result, give rise to high blood pressure.  So consequentially one to three teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water, taken in the middle of the meal can  improve protein digestion and assist in balancing blood pressure.

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Hope you found this helpful…

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Orthomolecular Nutritionist

QFA Clinician

Harvested Health LLC

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References:

Dr. Norman W. Walker D. Sc. “What’s  Missing in your body?”

 




Why Not Store bought Juices?

Fruits and VegetablesWhen I’m working with my patient’s, part of my nutritional recommendations will ALWAYS include fresh “homemade” juices vs. store bought ones.  Many sigh and give me the eye-roll, but let me tell you there is nothing like making fresh raw veggie or fruit juices at home with your own juicer.

I KNOW juicing takes time, energy and a commitment to the routine. But let’s face it… IF you want to be healthier and feel better, why would you think that requires no “commitment, time or energy” to make that a reality?

It’s easy with advertising to fall into the fog of belief that the availability and variety of store-bought juices that are taking up so much space in our grocery stores, even in the coolers at gas stations and convenient stores are tempting.  This market is exploding and it tempts us because it’s convenient, but folks it’s truly unreliable marketing, and they are using pseudo-healthy buzzwords.  So here’s the scoop on how to understand the juice labels at the grocery store and choose the best store-bought juices for you and your family.

(I highly recommend you purchase the book “The Food Babe Way” by Vani Hari she has been beyond dedicated to empowering folks with the knowledge of what is hidden in the foods folks are eating)

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When you see “100% Juice”, let me state those words mean NOTHING… Food companies are allowed to say “100% Juice” on the label even when the juice contains additives, flavorings or preservatives.

Concentrate” is really just a fancy name for syrup:  Juice concentrates are made from fruits & vegetables that are heated down to a syrup and then have added water.  The concentration process involves both the addition and subtraction of chemicals and natural plant by-products in order to condense the juice.  During concentration, fruits and vegetables lose flavor.  This is WHY companies then have to ADD flavorings back in to give the juice a fresh taste.

“Not from concentrate” could mean flavored:  According to the book Squeezed:  What you Don’t Know about Orange Juice, by Alissa Hamilton, companies store orange juice in giant tanks and extract the oxygen from them.  This then preserves the liquid and prevents it from spoiling for up to a year!  However, this storage system causes the orange juice to lose all of its flavor.  So the industry uses” Flavor packs” to re-flavor the juice, (does this sound as gross to you as it does to me?)

GMO’S:  I have had folks message me and tell me… “I’m so sick of hearing about GMO’s already”, well Genetically Modified foods ARE “impostors”, foods that have been grown after the seeds have been modified in a laboratory.  They are not what God gave us.  I’m going to continue to push this envelop and YOU should too, our cries keep falling upon deaf ears, however, where your voice will speak the loudest is through your SPENDING power, STOP buying what they are selling…. Many juice companies use citric acid to extend the shelf life of their product.  You would think citric acid comes from citrus, like Lemons, oranges, and limes, BUT it doesn’t.  Most food manufacturers use genetically engineered corn and sugar beets to create citric acid, by synthetically fermenting the glucose from these crops in a lab.  And some juice companies go as far as adding sugar (which could be from GMO sugar beets), high-fructose corn syrup (from GMO corn), and other ingredients that could contain GMOs.

Synthetic ingredients:  The sneakiest ingredients lurking in juice come in the form of synthetics made in a lab.  These include Fibersol-2 (a proprietary synthetic digestion-resistant fiber), frutooligosaccharides (synthetic fibers and sweeteners), and inulin (an artificial and invisible fiber that’s added to foods to increase fiber content).  Avoid synthetic ingredients in your diet, because they’re usually made from petroleum, coal, and DMOs, none of which offer any beneficial nutrients.

Pasteurization:   This very process KILLS all raw enzymes, minerals and vitamins, which means it kills off our reasons for drinking the juice in the first place.  Heat kills bad stuff and the good stuff, making the juice pretty much worthless.  Juice companies sometimes even replenish the lost vitamin content with synthetic vitamins because there is barely any nutrition left after they process.  Furthermore, most companies create vitamins through chemical manipulation and synthesis, not from actual fruits and vegetables.

CHOOSE THE best STORE-BOUGHT JUICE

I intentionally chose NOT to put the word “best” in lower case letters in this caption, because freshly juiced is always going to be the BEST.  But now that I’ve pointed out commercial juices empty contribution to the nutritional input.  Here are some juice choices that offer some better options IF you are going to spend your money on store bought juices.

Best: Fresh Raw Organic:

  • Suja juice
  • Suja Elements
  • Juice Press
  • Organic Avenue
  • Luna’s Living Kitchen
  • Viva Raw
  • TumericALIVE
  • Blue Print

Better: 100% Organic, Not from Concentrate

  • Uncle Matt’s Organic
  • 365 Everyday Value
  • Lakewood
  • Bolthouse Farms

Questionable: Organic, but from Concentrate or with Additives

  • Santa Cruz Organic
  • Honest Kids
  • Purity

Worst: Nonorganic, Pasteurized

  • V8
  • Naked Juice
  • Zico
  • POM Wonderful
  • Simply Orange
  • Tropicana
  • Ocean Spray
  • Minute Maid
  • Mott’s
  • Del Monte
  • Welch’s

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO MAKE MY OWN FRESH JUICES FROM HOME?

 There are a wide variety of different juicers for sale and with these choices there is a varied price point as well.  Some juicers are easier to clean than others, and some are made with higher quality workmanship than others.  Over the years I’ve used more than my fair share of juicers.  I’m offering a list below starting with MY personal/professional favorite.

RECOMMENDED JUICERS:

CHAMPION JUICER:  This is super easy to clean, it’s a masticating juicer that grinds the vegetables against a filter, rather than working as a centrifuge, it also offers you to make your own fresh nut butters, fresh baby foods, even fresh frozen fruit sorbets.

Price point for this machine is “UNDER” $300

BREVILLE JUICER: This offers a stainless steel centrifuge that spins the vegetables until they separate into juice and pulp.  It’s a bit more of a challenge to clean after using and I felt the noise factor was louder than I was comfortable with.  But it’s a good juicer that gets the job done.

Price point for this machine is “UNDER $300”

JACK LALANNE JUICER: This was one of my 1st juicers, its a centrifuge juicer.  It’s lower in price than most centrifuge juicers, it’s by far one of the harder ones to clean, but for those on a budget, it offers a nice affordable price point to get you going with preparing healthy home-made fresh juices for you and your family.

Price point for this machine is “UNDER $150”

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I encourage my patient’s to DRINK their juices on an empty stomach.  You don’t want to have the juices AFTER you have just eaten your meal.  You are lowering the benefit of drinking the juice and some experience some digestive issues like bloating, or even heartburn as a result.  The benefit of drinking your fresh juices on an empty stomach is because it allows the nutrients in the juice to go straight to your blood.  Having a meal already in your stomach is going to prevent this fast absorption from happening.  So IF you have already eaten a mean, wait a couple of hours to drink the juice.  If you ARE drinking your juice on an empty stomach as I recommend, wait about 20 mins. to down your breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Also, I’d like to add that NOT all produce is meant to be combined when it comes to juicing.  This is NOT the place to toss everything but the kitchen sink into the recipe because hey it’s produce and it’s healthy.  Digestion still needs to occur and some of the naturally occurring enzymes that are in various types of produce are NOT meant to be combined!

So with your greens, it’s fine to juice an apple in with those to add a bit of sweetness to the juice.  BUT any of your melons you choose to juice (which are delicious juiced), should be juiced “ALONE”, you can combine any of the MELONS together in a juice, but their enzymes are delicate and the body digests them quickly,  Ever notice that when you choose to eat watermelon as a dessert after a picnic meal you bloat and burp it up for what seems like forever?  That’s because everything “fermented” in the gut, it didn’t digest as it should.  All melons should be eaten and/or juiced BY THEMSELVES!

So I do work extensively with my clients with proper juicing recipes and what should and shouldn’t be combined.

JUICES ARE NOT MEANT TO REPLACE MEALS: Juices are wonderful tools for helping the body clean house and repair, but they are not meant to replace a meal, drinking them before meals, and between meals if you need an energizing pick me up in the middle of the day is wonderful.

Another health benefit of juicing is…. let’s be honest…. try as we may, many don’t eat near enough fruits and veggies each day, juicing is a wonderful healthy approach that allows you to reach your daily servings of fruits and vegetables, especially where our children are concerned.  Most kiddo’s will drink the daylights out of these juices before they sit and want to eat them with a fork.

 

I hope this was helpful….. As always I’d be over the moon to work with anyone who is wanting to benefit from changing their lifestyle and nutritional path for improving their energy and over-all health.

You can find out more about my services by going to http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritionist

Harvested Health LLC

 Resources:

“The Food Babe Way” by Vani Hari

“Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices, What’s missing in your body?” by N.W. Walker D. Sc.

 



What Are The Body’s “Energy” Generators?

mitochondria

Mitochondria are cellular energy generators that supply virtually all the power you body requires for a healthy life span.  There is an abundance of published studies that underscores the critical importance of the mitochondria to our overall health, especially as we begin to age. Energy-intensive organs like the heart and brain are dense with mitochondria.

Until recently, the only natural ways for aging folks to increase the number of mitochondria in their bodies were long-term calorie restriction or exhaustive physical activity which are hard and impractical for most people to pull off.

 

The enormous amount of energy generated within the mitochondria exposes them to constant free radical attack.  Which results in mitochondrial decay which is  really the a hall-mark of aging.

So how do we combat this mitochondrial decay? CoQ10, coupled with Resveratrol they are  highly potent antioxidants.  The molecular stability of these enable them to facilitate thousands of biochemical reactions in the mitochondria, without breaking down, for maximum antioxidant and bioenergetics support.

When we supplement with CoQ10 and Resveratrol, we are helping to activate genes that promote formation of new mitochondria and beneficially interacts with genes directly involved in our mitochondrial health.  These same genes also support a healthy body weight, normal fat and sugar metabolism and youthful cellular proliferation.

 

Mitochondria possess their own DNA, distinct from the DNA that is contained in the nucleus.  Unfortunately, compared to nuclear  DNA, mitochondrial DNA is relatively unprotected.  CoQ10 and Resveratrol because of  their  antioxidant potency, offers favorable gene expression to support mitochondrial defense.

VITAL PROTECTION FOR THE AGING HEART & BRAIN

heart brain

CoQ10 alone is an essential nutrient, meaning your body needs it to protect and support proper heart and brain function.  A growing body of research indicates that CoQ10’s unique nutritional profile supports heart health and cognitive function.

CoQ10 supports heart cell function in the presence of free radicals and promotes blood flow in the heart muscle.

LOWERS INFLAMMATION COUPLED WITH A Mediterranean Diet.

inflammation

A study described in the Journals of Gerontology Series A revealed that the addition of CoQ10 to a Mediterranean diet lowers a number of indicators of inflammation in older men and women.  Spanish researchers enrolled 10 men and 10 ladies who were not being treated for inflammation or elevated lipids.  The regimens consisted of a Mediterranean diet, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with 200 mg. per day of CoQ10 , and a Western diet containing high amounts of saturated fat.

Consumption of the Mediterranean diet was found to be associated with a reduction in the expression of a number of genes involved in the inflammatory process.

*Authors Jose Lopez-Miranda and colleagues write that, “In healthy humans, plasma oxidative damage may be partially prevented by CoQ10 supplementation, which has been replicated in other populations, like psoriasis and coronary heart disease patients.”

Also, to note that folks who are taking any cholesterol medications, should be supplementing with CoQ10 because these medications will lower the amounts of CoQ10 in their body, which increases oxidative damage especially to the heart muscles.

Keeping our energy levels at healthy production is key as we age, so why not incorporate CoQ10 and Resveratrol into your daily routine?

One of the company’s as a Practitioner that I endorse is Natures Sunshine’s brand of CoQ10,  and Resveratrol; if you are interested, you can go to http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com and begin to improve your mitochondria energy support and function as well as supporting your body’s reduction in inflammation.

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritionist

Harvested Health LLC

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Vibrant Sexual Health for Ladies!

sexual health

I decided to broach this topic…. well because it’s a big topic, Half of all ladies live without optimal sexual function and reduced libido.  Truth is… at ANY age, a woman’s sexual function and her libido depend on having healthy “biochemical pathways”.

A woman’s loss of sexual vitality is related to a number of key issues, including below optimal levels of “sex hormones, i.e. estrogen, progesterone, testosterone”, neurotransmitters, and nitric oxide; and INCREASED levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and monoamine oxidase.

There are a couple of herbal remedies that go widely over-looked for assisting in this category.

  • Cordyceps:  Which is a fungus herb that also contains the larval remains from the caterpillar larva on which it grows.  Though like reishi and shiitake mushrooms it strengthens the immune system, and helps to build strength and endurance.  It’s fabulous for strengthening a sore back and dealing with issues like “sciatic”, wheezing, chronic cough, impotence and menopause.

The mushroom extract modulates the levels of sex hormones and promotes their downstream flow; boosts mitochondrial energy and sex interest by increasing adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production;  supports vaginal lubrication and sexual function by promoting nitric oxide; and inhibits pro-inflammatory cytokines that can blow out the flame of sexual desire.  There have been some placebo-controlled studies, scientists have documented that Cordyceps improved sexual function and desire in 86% of ladies in just 40 days of use.

  • Maca:  Falls in the category of an adaptagen, it’s an extract of the plants root, It has the reputation as an aphrodisiac, strengthening sexual desire and performance in both the gents and the ladies.  It has also been called Peruvian ginseng, because it is an overall general tonic and adaptagen, helping to reduce stress and increase general health and energy.  a bonus is it helps with mental concentration too.

This herb has been cultivated for over 2,000 years, and the root extract has been shown to modulate levels and flow of sex hormones; support adrenal function; and promote libido and sexual pleasure by helping to optimize brain neurotransmitters and monoamine oxidase (MAO) levels.  Women who took Maca scored over 35% better than placebo subjects on a standard sexual function and libido scale after just 6 weeks!

MENOPAUSE RELIEF AND ENHANCED SEXUAL HEALTH

Menopausal transition is considered the most difficult time for ladies to remain sexually active.  In addition to struggling with hot flashes and fatigue, vaginal dryness and loss of sex drive, bone density loss, interrupted sleeping patterns, mood swings. another natural addition to assist the changes your body is rolling through is something called Natural Changes:  Which includes 5 different herbal and nutrient combinations in each packet.

Remember when the body exhibits symptoms that are out of the norm, at the heart of any of them are nutritional deficiencies and/or overloads, bringing balance nutritionally is what assists YOUR body to bring back inner harmony.

Incorporating other lifestyle changes as well is also paramount, like healthy eating by consuming a higher quota of fresh fruits & vegetables, reducing fried foods, high refined sugary foods, reducing caffeine intake as well as alcohol intake which can trigger hot flashes and contribute to emotional agitation.

Reduce your use of plastics with your foods, like water bottles, and anything oil based that is in plastic bottles, as this increases the entrance of “xenoestrogens” into the body causing an estrogen overload which emphasizes hotflashes, and can contribute to estrogen fed cancers.

Avoid products that contain Methy/poly parabens in your health & beauty products especially soaps, lotions and shampoos/conditioners. Nail polish and polish removers also add adverse chemical cocktails towards causing hormonal imbalance as well as bringing a heavy toxic load on the body.

Embarking on some form of daily exercise to keep bones strong, stimulate lymphatic system, and keep muscles firm all play their important role in keeping us ladies healthier as our body’s transition into this glorious zone!

Quit drinking soda’s especially DIET soda, the artificial sweeteners used in those actually do the opposite of why most folks drink them, thinking because they are called DIET, they won’t make them pack on the pounds! That couldn’t be further from the truth, those sugars actually pump up your fat cells, and they are considered to be “excite-neurotoxins”, they are not healthy for your nervous system, contribute to migraine headaches and the detox symptoms that many go through when taking them out of their daily routine can be brutal for some.

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritionist,

Harvested Health LLC

All of the herbal products mentioned in this article can be obtained at http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com

References:

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  3. 3. Menopause. 2008 Nov-Dec;12(6);1157-62
  4. 4. Phytother Res. 2011;doi:10,1002/ptr3597

Why Can’t My Hormones Play Nice Together?

female hormones

There seems to be an almost epidemic of ladies who are suffering from hormonal imbalance.   PMS, to Endometriosis, Menopause seem to be plaguing ladies of all ages. These hormonal imbalances can also contribute to some of the female cancers too.

When you get a hormone panel done what are they looking for?
Estradio (E2): there needs to be a correct balance between estrogen and progesterone. It is one of the critical factors for maintaining hormonal health.  Estradiol is needed for proper function of progesterone receptors.  High estradiol levels may also compete with T3, a thyroid hormone at the T3 responsive gene sites and interfere with the tissue activity of T3 contributing to hypothyroidism.  High estradiol levels can also increase Thyroid Binding  Globulin levels, which bind up free T3 and T4 hormone, resulting in decreased tissue action of T3.  Having low estradiol levels post-menopause may be because of adrenal dysfunction since post-menopausal production of estradiol comes by conversion from the adrenal hormone DHEA.

Progesterone: enhances the sensitivty of estrogen receptors.  Even with normal E2 levels progesterone deficiency contributes to, or exacerbates, estrogen deficiency symptoms.

  • Estradiol & progesterone, put the two ratio levels together for an index of their balance.  IF there is an overload of estradiol, over progesterone, this can explain a whole bunch of symptoms in reproductive age ladies like endometrial hyperplasia, pre-menstrual syndrome, fibrocystic breasts, and uterine fibroids.  When estrogen supplements are prescribed without the balancing effects of progesterone, a deficiency in progesterone can result.  Some of the symptoms of estronge dominance include:
    weight gain in the hips and thighs
    fibrocystic & tender breasts
    uterine fibroids
    irritability
    water retention
    thyroid imbalance
  • Estrogen dominance can lead to cancers of the uterus and breasts and insulin resistance.  Low estradiol levels happening at the onset of menopause can trigger a host of symptoms including:
    hot flashes
    night sweats
    vaginal dryness
    sleep disturbances
    foggy thinking
    rapid skin aging and bone loss
    It is important to maintain proper levels of estradiol balanced with progesterone at any age for optimal hormonal health

What about “testosterone?  Unbalanced testosterone can lead to hormonal disrution whether levels are deficient or excessive.  If the testosterone is elevated:
ovarian cysts
polycystic ovarian syndrome
excessive facial hair
acne
oily skin and hair
These symptoms are usually an indicator that you may be rocking elevated testosterone levels.
Low testosterone can be brought on by excessive stress, certain medications, contraceptives, and surgical removal of ovaries.  Some of the symptoms of testosterone deficiency include:
low sex drive
thinning skin
vaginal dryness
bone loss (osteoporosis)
loss of muscle tone
depression
memory issues
What is the Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)?  It is a protein produced by the liver when exposed to any type of estrogen.  This exposure can include estrogen produces naturally by the body or consumed as a synthetic like oral contraceptive estrogen, estrogen therapy, or as foods , also referred to as xenoestrogens.  The Sex Hormone Binding Globulin binds tightly to circulating estradiol and testosterone.  This prevents rapid metabolism and clearance and limits their bioavailability to tissues.  SHBG gives a good index of the extent of the body’s overall exposure to estrogens.
DHEA sulphate is produced by the adrenal glands and generally reflects the adrenal gland function.  DHEA is usually present in larger amounts than all the other steroid hormones as it is the precursor for estrogen and testosterone production. DHEA levels peak in late teens to early 20’s and then naturally decline as we age.  Cortisol and DHEA have opposite effects on immune function and insulin regulation.  When cortisol levels are increased, more DHEA is required to be released to balance the effects of elevated cortisol.  Thus, chronically elevated cortisol levels can result in a lack of DHEA.  Low DHEA can bring out a decrease in sex drive and feeling sluggish, where as high DHEA can have a masculinizing effect because it metabolizes into testosterone.
Low DHEA levels can be connected:
hypothyroidism
lupus
rheumatoid arthritis
Cortisol levels portray overall adrenal function and indicate exposure to stressors.  Healthy adrenal cortisol production is highest early in the morning, soon after waking and then falls to lower levels at mid-day and continues to decrease into the evening.  Low cortisol levels can indicate adrenal fatigue (meaning your ability to respond to stress is reduced), it can leave the body more vulnerable to poor blood sugar regulation and immune system weakness.  Chronically high cortisol is a result of constant exposure to stressors, and can pose a serious long-term effect on the quality of one’s health including:
higher cancer risk
osteoporosis
Alzheimer’s disease
Elevated cortisol levels can also interfere with the action of progesterone and testosterone at gene regulatory sites.  Which long story short, can lead to estrogen dominance.  Excess cortisol can cause significant bone loss, depression, exhaustion, muscle wasting, brain fog, impaired thyroid function.
When you go for a Female Hormone panel these are the elements they will be checking for.  Saliva testing is one of the most accurate as far as I am concerned professionally.  Contact me and I can put you in touch with a lab that offers this form of testing, or check with your OBGYN and see if they work with a lab that offers Saliva testing, it will also fall under the label of bioidentical hormone testing.

Realizing these hormones need to be in balance is important.  So ladies, reading stuff that are marketed for female hormone disorders and taking “ONE” thing, i.e. hot flashes, means you are not dealing with the issue, just trying to get rid of the hotflashes isn’t going to fix the imbalance, there is a nutritional deficiency going on and you need to address the whole picture not just one sentence on the proverbial page. Rather than feel like you are spitting in the wind, put the whole sequence back into balance.

Hormones are chemical messengers in the body, they have to work together in tandem.  If one is trying to over-power the other you will exhibit unpleasant symptoms.

If any of the symptoms I’ve shared describes what you may be dealing with, and if you’d like to approach this from a nutritional/natural perspective, I’d be honored to work with you.  You can go to http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc and sign up for a 1 hr. consult which can be done in my office, or via e-mail consultation, or phone consultation.  If you are local and want an in office consultation we can also do a QFA Analysis where we work with your (urine & saliva) to paint a clearer picture of what is going on nutritionally to achieve better balance.

Hope this was able to shed some light.
Healthfully yours,
Jodi Barnett N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy)
QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritionist

Harvested Health LLC

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