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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Why Can’t My Hormones Play Nice Together?

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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

http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com (high quality whole food herbs/supplements)

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Emotional Support – Using Flower Essence Remedies

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Dr. Bach was an English medical doctor who also practiced homeopathy. He was dissatisfied with how medicine treated symptoms, while ignoring the welfare of the patient as a whole. In his search to find a gentler method of healing he developed Bach Flower Remedies, in 1930. He believed illness resulted in a conflict between the emotions and that this “internal war” leads to negative moods and energy blocking, which causes a lack of “harmony” and leads to physical diseases.

THE BEAUTY OF PLANTS:

Plants have been used fro medicinal purposes from the beginning. Bach, however, makes distinction between plants that relieve symptoms  and those that contain genuine healing ability.

The flower, in which all the essential energies of the plant have concentrated, is picked at the point of full maturity or perfection, that is, when it is about to drop.

Flower remedies are vibrational (homeopathic-like) remedies made from the flowers of plants. Most are made by soaking flowers in water in the sunlight, then preserving the water with brandy to make a mother tincture. The mother tincture is then diluted to create the final remedy.

  • The beauty of these Flower Essence Remedies is they work on vibrational like energy.  Don’t think vibrational energy is “real”, well when you are angry, or scared does your body “feel” calm?  For most people that answer would be “NO”, their hands may shake, or it feels like their inners are shaking or vibrating.  That IS vibrational energy, the ones that love to cause “short-circuit” issues within our bodies are; FEAR, WORRY, ANGER, ANXIETY, GRIEF, these do not do a body good, but using these flower remedies can from a homeopathic perspective assist your body in balancing those negative nellies.
  • These work for pets too, so if you have a pet that suffers from separation anxiety, or doesn’t like being crated, or travel etc.  Give Distress Remedy a try. I used to have a Congo African Gray parrot who would pluck her feathers when we would leave the house, I would put the Distress Remedy in her water dish (these are virtually tasteless by the way), and it really WORKED! I have also used this remedy on our dogs especially when they were puppies and stressed out over being left home alone in their crates.
  • If you are dealing with the grief of losing a loved one, Release it, and Open Heart may be helpful, none of these flower remedies cause any side-effects, so no drowsiness, tiredness, and non-habit forming.  Safe to give to children as well.
    Natures Sunshine offers a line of these flower essence remedies which include:

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Distress Remedy

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Benefits:
Supports emotional balance.
May assist the body with occasional emotional distress and emotional balance.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Arnica (Arnica mollis), Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum), Rock Rose (Helianthemum nummularium), Impatiens (Impatiens glandulifera), Clematis (Clematis vitalba), Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera) Red Clover (Trifolium pratense), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination. For children under 12, consult your health care professional

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Keep Cool

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Benefits:
May assist the body with feelings of anger and irritability.
May also assist with empathy and communication
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Calendula (Calendula officinalis), Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus), Impatiens (Impatiens glandulifera), Grape Vine (Vitis vinifera), Willow (Salix vitellina), Holly (Ilex aquifolium), Tiger Lily (Triteleia ixiodides), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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Find Strength

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Benefits:
May assist with feelings of unworthiness.
May help the body with emotional strength and help deal with occasional emotional stress.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Mariposa Lily (Calochortus leichtlinii), Pine (Pinus sylvestrus), Scarlet Monkeyflower (Mimulus cardinalis), Centaury (Centaurium erythraea), Fuschia (Fuschia magellanica), Pink Yarrow (Achillea millefolium var. rubra), Goldenrod (Solidago californica), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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Release It

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Benefits:
May assist the body with the grieving process.
May help in letting go of the past.
May assist with emotional distress.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Self-Heal (Prunella vulgaris), Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudaius), Chicory (Cichorium intybus), Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa), Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium), Borage (Borago officinalis), Star Thistle (Centauria solstitialis), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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Open Heart

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Benefits:
May assist with the ability to love.
May help release suppressed emotion.
May help increase empathy and compassion.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
California Wild Rose (Rosa californica), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii), Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum), Star Tulip (Calochortus tolmici), Evening Primrose (Oenothera elata), Pink Monkeyflower (Mimulus lewisii), Golden Ear Drops (Dicentra chrysantha), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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Be Responsible-Able

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Benefits:
May assist the body with promoting self honesty.
May help encourage self-responsibility.
May help with self-defeating behavior.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hurta), Milkweed (Asclepias cordifolia), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia), Mullein (Verbascum thaspus), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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So Many folks struggle to manage their emotional highs & lows, and for some they may believe these flower essence remedies sound too simple.  However, physical and emotional support doesn’t always have to be complicated.  I have personally used these, when my mother passed away the Distress Remedy and Release It, worked beautifully to help me through the grieving process.  To try something that offers ZERO side effects, and ZERO addictive properties.  I highly recommend giving the Flower Remedies a fair try.

If you’d like some assistance with managing your health using a more natural approach, understand I do NOT diagnose disease or prescribe prescription medicines.  What I do is help you support the body nutritionally using plants and herbs so the body can initiate it’s own inner healing support and balance.bleeding_heart-1024x285

Healthfully yours,
Jodi Barnett N.D.
QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritional Coach
Harvested Health LLC
http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com (product website)
http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc (service link)


WHAT IS ADRENAL BURNOUT?

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Feeling irritable? Exhausted? Having trouble sleeping?

Your not alone, today’s fast paced living is stressing folks out, and the stress has been linked to a number of illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and increased risk for cancer according to Jason Block MD, a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at Harvard.

Adrenal Burnout goes way beyond a bad day. Chronic stress causes the adrenal glands to release wave after wave of hormones that prep the body for a do or die situation.  Eventually these hormone reserves run low or come up empty.

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POTENTIAL SYMPTOMS:
achy joints
anxiety, blood sugar issues
brain fog
early morning fatigue
afternoon exhaustion
low sex drive
insomnia memory loss
slow recovery from illness

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These are just some of the signs you can show that your adrenal glands could be in overdrive.  Get a Saliva/Urine analysis to accurately measure adrenal stress (QFA Analysis).
According to Elson M. Haas MD, mild stress acts as a useful motivation for activity and productivity.  But too much can generate many symptoms and diseases, medicated by changes in immune function, hormonal response, and biochemical reactions, which then impact the cardiovascular, digestive neurological or musculoskeletal systems.

The brain and pituitary gland respond to stress by releasing adrenocorticotropic hormone ACTH.  This stimulates the adrenals to increase production of the hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol, as well as other hormones that influence metabolism and water balance.
With extreme stress, the adrenal gland ramps up your fight or flight reaction, which sharpens the senses and raises theheart rate, while slowing digestion and more important functions then take over.  But adrenaline increases blood pressure, adds stress on the heart, and raises blood sugar, increasing metabolic rate. Over time, our ability to cope with stress and to ounce back after a crisis can be compromised.
HOW DOES ONE FEED THE ADRENAL GLANDS?
If you are stressed out, your adrenal pilot light is probably burning 24/7.  Experiencing body aches, digestive distress, fatigue, nervousness, and sleep issues, are all signals you need to slow down and rest and recharge your batteries.  Your pilot light can blow out and your adrenals can slow down to a crawl.  Noticing that you are gaining weight in the belly area that no matter how much you exercise it won’t cooperate is another way you can begin to realize your adrenals are probably on overload.

Eating a healthier whole food diet,and making your mealtime as relaxins as possible. Ditch the cell phones, turn off the television and relax while eating your meals.  Cut out coffee, pop and other stimulants, they may temporarily feel like they are giving you energy, but after their affect they drop you like a hot rock.  Refined carbohydrated will increase blood sugar imbalances which due to adrenal overload are already running high.
Antioxidants, A, C, E, selenium and zinc are usually depleted during stress, put them back with a high quality whole food supplement.  Vitamin C offers cellular protecton and immune support, while allowing the adrenals to produce more cortisone and epinephrine.  Because this antioxidant is rapidly utilized and little gets stored in the body, take 1 to 2 grams in divided doses, every day if you are feeling stressed.  (that’s equivalent to 2000 mg.)
In a recent study, the B vitamin Choline which is a precursor for acetylcholine in the central nervous system was inversely associated with anxiety.  Taking more than the RDA for all the asily depleted B vitamins in two divided doses during the day but not in the evening as they can prevent sleep, according to Dr. Haas.

RESTORE BALANCE WITH HERBS:
Adrenals balance neurotransmitters, relieve anxiety, and ease you into restful sleep.  Adaptogens, medicinal plants that enhance your resistance to stress while increasing concentration and endurance, are pretty effective.

Rhodiola, Eleutrero (Siberian Ginseng), can be very helpful.  Conventional medicine barley recognizes adrenal fatigue, so don’t expect to find numerous double-blind placebo-controlled trials on this class of herbs.
Respected herbalists, however, have long recognized their balancing benefits.  When stress stops, adaptogens help the adrenal glands shut off faster.  Thses herbs also support adrenal function by allowing cells in the body access to more energy and by preventing oxidative damage.  For overall adrenal support Americn ginseng, ashwagandha, cordyceps, holy basil, licorice root, reishi, schisandra offer amazing adrenal support.  If you are generally fatigued yet have sleep issues, reach for herbal formulas that contain American ginseng, chinese wild yam, eleuthero, kudzu, licorice root, reishi, and schisandra.  Chronic stress and anxiety almost always affect the digestion process.  Taking bitters for better digestion, absorption and elimination before meals.
COMPLIMENTARY CHOICES:
Traditional Chinese medicine seeks to rebalance the body by supporting digestion and the liver as well as adrenals, making detoxification useful after intense stress.  Other effective holistic approaches include acuppuncture and relaxation techniques.  Last but not least, begin and end your day with something uplifting and spiritual that brings you outside of yourself and creates peace.

WHAT ARE ADRENAL GLAND?
They are a pair of triangular shaped organs that rest on top of the kidneys.  Each gland normally weights about 5 grams and is made up of two parts: the cortex, or outer sections, which is repsonsible for the production of coretisone, and the medulla, or central section which secretes adrenaline.
The cortex helps to maintain the salt and water balance in the body.  It is also involved in metabolism of carbohydrates and the regulation of lood sugar.  The cortex also is responsible for prodcing a sex hormone similar to that secreted by the testes.
The medulla produces the hormone epinephrine, also called adrenaline, when the body is under stress.  This hormone speeds up the rate of metabolism and produces other physiological changes designed to hep the body cope with danger.

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    Reduced adrenal function may be indicated by:
    weakness and muscle wasting
    lethargy
    dizziness
    headaches
    memory issues
    food cravings
    allergies
    blood sugar issues
    If the cortex is seriously underactive, a rare condition called Addison’s disease may develop, Symptoms include:
    fatigue
    loss of appetite
    dizziness
    fainting
    nausea
    moodiness
    decrease in body hair
    inability to cope with stress
    feeling cold
    discoloration and darkening of the skin, (i.e. knees, elbows, scars, skin folds and creases in the palms are more noticeable when exposed to sun
    mouth and freckles may appear darker
    bands of pigment running the length of the nails and darkening of the hair.
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    Cushing’s syndrome is a rare disorder caused by an over active adrenal cortex. Persons’ with Cushing’s syndrome take on a characteristic appearance: they generally are heavy in the abdomen and buttocks but have very thin limbs, and rounded moon faces.  Muscular weakness and wasting of muscles are also characteristic.  Round, red marks mimicking acne may appear on the face and eyelids may appear swollen.  Increased growth of body hair is common and woman may grow mustaches and in some cases beards.  Folks with Cushing’s generally are more prone to illness and take longer to heal.  Thinning of the skin from Cushing’s syndrome often leads to stretch marks and bruising.

The functioning of the adrenal glands can be impaired as a result of the extensive use of cortisone therapy for non endocrine disease, like arthritis and asthma.  The long term use of cortisone drugs can cause the adrenals to shrink in size.  Poor nutritional habits, smoking and alcohol and drug abuse can contribute toa drenal failure.

Essential nutrients:
Vitamin B complex: all B vitamins are necessary for adrenal function.
L-Tyrosine: 500 mg. daily on empty stomach, take with water or juice NOT with milk. ( Do not take L-tyrosine if you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug.)
Raw adrenal cortex glandulars:
Liquid Chlorophyll ES helps to keep the blood clean.
Coenzyme Q10 carries oxygen to all glands
Germanium Essential Oil:  enhances immune function (diffuse or apply topically with carrier oil to soles of both feet)
Potassium 99mg. daily needed to balance sodium, potassium is lost with this disorder.

ADRENAL GLAND FUNCTION SELF-TEST
Normally systolic blood pressure which is the 1st number in measurement of blood pressure i.e. 120/80 is approximately 10 points higher when you are standing than when you are lying down.  If the adrenal glands are not functioning properly, however, this may not be the case.

Take and compare the two blood pressure readings, one while lying downa nd one while standing.  1st, lie down and rest for 5 minutes, then take your blood pressure.  Stand up and immediately take your blood pressure again.  If your pressure reading is lower after you stand up, suspect reduced adrenal gland function.  The degree to which the blood pressure drops upon standing is often proportionate to the degree of hypo-adrenalism.

FOOD SUGGESTIONS:
Plenty of fresh frutis and veggies, green leafy ones.  Brewer’s yeast, brown rice, legumes, nuts, olive and safflower oils, seeds, wheat germ and whole grains.
Deep water ocean fish, salmon or tune at least 3 times per week.
Garlic, onions, shiitake mushrooms, pearl barley as these foods contain germanium a powerful stimulant of the immune system.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco these are toxic to the adrenal and other glands.
Get regular moderate exercise because exercise stimulates the adrenal glands and helps to relieve stress.
Don’t take these symptoms for granted, whenever our body displays symptoms it is the body’s way of alerting you that there are nutritional deficiencies, so FEED the body what it needs, and allow your body to be the messenger folks.

If you’d like some personalized help with your nutritional plan, I’d be honored to work with you, go to: http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc and schedule your 1 hr. consultation which can be done in person, phone or email.

All herbal and vitamin suggestions mentioned in my article can be purchased at http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com  you can also click on the product links for each mentioned suggestion and it will take you directly to the product if you are interested in purchasing. (Also, sharing is caring so I am always grateful for my peeps to share my article links for others who may be looking for some direction)

Healthfully yours,
Jodi Barnett N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy)
Harvested Health LLC.

http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc



Life, Faith & Fruitfulness

Life and faith  I don’t think anyone will disagree when I say life always offers two roads to travel, sure we can always blur that truth with excuses and justifications, but every avenue and aspect of our daily living brings with it the ultimatum of “choice”.   The choices we make leave the ability of decision in OUR hands, no one else’s.

So, this thing we call life cannot help but bring with it faith…. you may say, I don’t want to incorporate anything “religious” into my life.  Yet, you go to sleep at night and take it on “Faith” that you are going to wake up in the morning.  You take it on faith that your heart beats on its own, that your lungs will continue to inhale and exhale.  Whatever category you choose to say your “faith” resides, deny it if you want to, but FAITH is all around you all day long folks.

I constantly remind myself that “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 (New Living Translation). Whether I am taking stock of my health, my life, my work, pick a topic people, I cannot always see what is coming around the corner, I have to take it on faith. Every single day I take it on faith that what takes place within my body is doing what it needs to do, that there is air to breathe, I take it on faith that my job will be there tomorrow, that after a storm our home will still be standing. Which adds further weight to 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Here’s an analogy I’ve paraphrased from (The Best of Tozer compiled by Warren Wiersbe).

“One marked difference between the faith of our fathers as conceived by the fathers and the same faith as understood and lived by their children is that the fathers were concerned with the root of the matter, while their present-day children seem concerned only with the fruit…
Our fathers looked well to the root of the tree and were willing to wait with patience for the fruit to appear. We demand the fruit immediately even though the root may be weak and knobby or missing altogether.
The bough that breaks off from the tree in a storm may bloom briefly and give to the unthinking passer-by the impression that it is a healthy and fruitful branch, but its tender blossoms will soon perish and the bough itself wither and die. there is no lasting life apart from the root. (when we have storms in our lives, many times we blame God, because we believe God is supposed to make our lives all rosey and beyond easy, so we get discouraged and break away from our faith, or claim we don’t believe in God or that there is a God, and LOOK at me I’m doing just fine, I’ve got this, I CAN DO IT ON MY OWN)

Much that passes for healthy today is the brief bright effort of the severed branch to bring forth its fruit in its season. But the deep law of life is against it. Preoccupation with APPEARANCES and a corresponding neglect of the out of sight root of its true life are a prophetic signs which go unheeded. Immediate “results” are all that matter, quick proofs of present success without a thought of next week or next year… There is but one test that seems to matter today: success. Everything is forgiven him except failure…
The whole Bible and all the great saints of the past join to tell us the same thing; “take nothing for granted,” they say to us. “Go back to the grass-roots. Open your hearts and search the Scriptures.  Pay no heed to the passing  VOGUE. The masses are always wrong.

So where am I going with this, well everywhere actually, we have become a generation of “instant” results, we want it NOW, and one only need take a serious moment and look around and realize this isn’t working real well for us on any level of living.

Take our health, we assume if someone is thin they are healthy, NOT true, social media is LOADED with a wide variety of diets that are going to assist you with losing X amount of weight in 10 days, or 2 weeks, just eat or drink this and wham bam, that rocking healthy body you are desiring is going to magically appear. Forget about what wrong unhealthy habits you have ingrained over the years, or habits or viewpoints you should be putting effort into changing.  Forget the stress or nutritional deficiencies that these quick FAD diets also bring with them, your headed on vacation in 3 weeks and 25 lbs. need to be GONE before then.  Sure you can definitely lose some weight using these quick methods, but it won’t change the fact that your foundation is riddled with cracks.  Things you do on a daily basis led you to where you are at the present moment.  For some of us these daily habits are YEARS in the making, so trying to convince yourself that 2 weeks will erase all your “go-to” habits is crazy.  It sets us up for defeat and deep dissappointment.

If we honestly take a look and dare to examine the facts that stare us in the face, this mentality affects how our food is grown and packaged/produced, because we want FAST food, quick ways to toss something down the hatch, forget that the very foundation that these quick fixes are constructed on hold no valued stability. As long as the results will “LOOK” amazing and pass as “VOGUE”.  Why not just Live for the moment giving not much though for the long-term?

Hence many things we have done before, now plague us today in health damage, financial debt (living outside our means, all of these ADD to our internal stressors, which affect the “JOY” of living.)

Not to mention we get stuck in the mentality of it’s all about ME, what makes ME happy, what brings ME joy. Folks we were all bought with a price and it’s NOT about US. Deny it, excuse it away, but we are all here to bear fruit and be fruitful but not to bring glory and honor to ourselves, but to the Lord.  We over burden ourselves with our STUFF and how much of it we have, we race to obtain THINGS, believing when I have that sports car THEN I’ll be happy, so maybe we get the car, then we realize it requires maintenance, which is expensive because the car is a specialty, the insurance rates are ridiculous because it may be a model that is sought after for thieves, it begins to lose it’s luster, but wait, this car was supposed to be my answer for happiness, or maybe that great big house that YES, when I achieve that goal, THEN, my life will be complete, or when I loose 20/30 lbs. and have a rockin body, everyone is going to love me and treat me with the respect I long for and the list goes on and on, we live and beat ourselves up to obtain all this STUFF, or maybe its to be a millionaire cause think of all the THINGS I can do with all that money.

I just watched last night “The Last 100 days of Princess Diana”, and you know it was so sad to me, she was the most photographed woman in the world,  did that make her happy?  Not from what I saw,  She was physically beautiful in every way that society seems to approve of…. did that make her happy?  Not from what I saw,  She was wealthy , she had servants to meet her every need, fancy clothes, jewelry, none of those things made her happy from what I could see, in fact all those THINGS, literally robbed her of not only her happiness, but her freedom, and self-confidence, she became a hostage/prisoner of her own fame.  With it comes isolation, loneliness, she lived in an artifical hollywood set as far as I’m concerned, the people who surrounded her were not genuine towards her. That lifestyle and title robbed her of precious valuable time spent with her own children, for a woman who by the worlds standards had it ALL, she seemed so lost, so lonely, so unloved.  When she died dodging the media, everyone worldwide wept, and said WE LOVE YOU DIANA, yet, none of us actually KNEW her, not deeply, personally, if we did LOVE her, we would have seen her pain and stopped being so consumed with needing to invade her private life as we do with all the celebrities, we hold them to a particular living standard that we ourselves cannot live by either, so how can you say how much you LOVED her, you loved her image, what her lifestyle personified.  Diana had from what I can see a very giving heart, she was concerned and wanted to help those with AIDS, and the hungry and her charities did wonderful things for so many. But she spent so much time trying to be what everyone told her she was supposed to be, what she was supposed to represent, and all of it was superficial, she wasn’t allowed to just do HER.  We read and see failure after failure of people who are destroyed by a glamourous lifestyle.  Yet, so many people fight to have it, maybe thinking they can do it different, or better, I’m not sure.

 

As a practitioner, and a walking, talking, living, breathing human on the same spinning rock you all are on, we struggle like we do, and I say WE, which includes ME, we are conditioned that it’s all about appearance, competition, what will people think, this is what drives us over the edge, what adds to our emotional/physical stress.   It causes us to compare ourselves to others to guage whether we are hitting the mark and being “successful”. Why does it seem that today we have more imformation that is easy to access virtually at our fingertips, and more people seem so lost, confused, depressed and desperate that ever before?

So ask yourselves, what kind of people do you associate with? (Are they in your circle because of what they can DO for you, or is it because they are people you genuinely care aboutand who genuinely care about YOU?).  Who do you turn to for advice? (does their lifestyle emulate the answer you seek?)  Is God’s Word a priority in your decision-making?  Ask yourself what God’s view on fruitfullness looks like compared to that of the worlds view, man sees the outside but God sees the heart:

Explore these verses that talk about Fruitfulness from God’s definition:  Matthew 3:8; 25:14-28; John 15:4-8; Phillippians 1:9-11; Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Peter 1:5-6.

 

In my life I realize it’s time to make changes in my “life, faith and fruitfulness”, my perspective needs to shift from world centered to God centered and with that shift comes ” a peace that surpasses all understanding.”

 

Healthfully Yours,
Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc

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ALPHA LIPOIC ACID: Versatile Antioxidant

alpha lipoic acidUNIVERSAL VERSATILE ANTIOXIDANT

 

This is one of those antioxidants that is so versatile and beneficial for so many different body responses everyone should incorporate it into their daily supplement routine.
What is Alpha Lipoic Acid?   A potent antioxidant that serves multiple roles in our health.  It is essential for the production of energy, can be beneficial at helping with type 2 diabetes and nerves disease.  It has also been used to treat liver disease such as hepatitis.
It is also known as lipic acid and thioctic acid, it has equal portions of 2 molecules known to our biochemists as R and S isomers.  Most of ALA functions and benefits appear to come from the R form.
It functions as a cofactor in glycosis and the Krebs cycle, cellular processes that break down food molecules to produce energy, (which is why we are designed to get hungry to eat, the body needs energy at a cellular level) and it functions as an antioxidant and helps the body to recycle vitamins C and E and glutathione.
According to Lester Packer, PhD, of the University of Southern California, Alpha Lipoic Acid is the “universal antioxidant” because of its myriad activities.  The body converts some ALA to dihydrolipoic acid and even more potent antioxidant.   It also serves as a precursor to glutathione, which is the most powerful antioxidant made by the body.
Numerous studies have shown that supplementing with alpha lipoic acid can improve insulin function and may also lower blood sugar levels.  Considerable research has shown that it improves nerve pain and numbness related to diabetes.  Recent researchers have studied the benefits of alpha lipoic acid for other nerve disorders such as sciatic pain.
Other Helpful Benefits:
Liver: alpha lipoic acid restores the liver’s glutathione levels and promotes recovery.
Burning mouth syndrome:  Some 1.3 million Americans suffer from burning mouth syndrome.   ALA supplements can reduce symptoms of this painful condition,  In one study, 42 women were followed and 18 men with the burning mouth syndrome.  They were given either 200 mg of ALA or placebos 3 times daily for 2 months.  Nearly all of the patients on ALA showed improvement compared to placebo and 75% benefited substantially with some experiencing complete recovery.
Weight loss:  ALA has potential benefits in appetite control & weight loss.
Mental sharpness: a combination of alpha lipoic acid and acetyl L carnitine can lead to greater physical energy for some and mental sharpness according to studies.  Both nutrients are involved in how cells break down food to make up energy.

 

  • Overall Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid:
    Encourages energy production.
    Supports blood sugar levels already within the normal range.
    Protects the liver.
    Supports the cardiovascular system.
    Supports nerve cell health
    Supports the nervous and glandular systems.
    Enhances the efforts of other antioxidants.
    How It Works:
    Most antioxidants are either water- or fat-soluble. Alpha lipoic acid is both, making its protective powers available to all cells in the body. Subsequently, ALA is often called the universal antioxidant, and it can protect the integrity of the cell membrane as well as offset cell stress. ALA protects the cell membrane and promotes mitochondrial activity to keep your body and its tissues young. It also helps support the body’s natural removal of toxins. ALA directs calories away from fat production and toward energy production. Each capsule provides 250 mg alpha lipoic acid.
    Ingredients:
    Alpha lipoic acid and turmeric root.
    Recommended Use:
    Take 1 capsule with a meal twice daily.

If you’d like a more personal approach and help with your health, here’s what I do, I help strengthen the nutritional elements within your body, so your body has what it needs to fight illness and heal itself.

You can go to: http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc for a list of my services.

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritionist

Harvested Health LLC

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Oh My Aching Back….

aching backA Study conducted in April, 2006 which appeared in the Journal of Surgical Neurology laid out some positive suggestions that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils might be beneficial in treating neck and back pain.  This study made me super excited because the fish oil supplements for obvious reasons provide a “safer alternative” to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids used for chronic pain sufferers which bring with them a whole host of complications down the road associated with long term use, (i.e. chronic constipation, physical addiction, reduced liver function.)

Their study consisted of 250 peeps with nonsurgical neck or back pain, all of which were taking NSAIDs.  For the 1st two weeks, patients received a daily dose of EPA and DHA of 2.4 grams.  Thereafter, participants were to cut the amount in half and reduce their NSAID usage over the next one to two weeks.  One month into the study, surveys were sent to study participants.  This is what the survey showed:

  • half of the patients had stopped taking any NSAIDs for their pain (59%)
  • 60% noted an overall improvement in their pain
  • 60% reported less joint pain
  • 80% were satisfied with their improvement
  • 88% would keep taking fish oil supplements

One of the main authors of this study, Joseph Maroon, MD states, “our study adds to the numerous previously published studies showing the health benefits of omega-3 EFAs , which include blood clot prevention, pain reduction, immune system boosting and healthy blood vessel dilation”.

So….. in conclusion….. if you are struggling with back /neck issues, maybe even circulation issues, why not give fish oils a valid try?  Please note that this study was a one month study, so expecting to take it for a day or two and if you don’t notice remarkable improvements, taking the stance that it doesn’t work for you, isn’t giving it a fair chance.  Remember that the distinct difference between using an Orthomolecular approach which is what you are doing when you incorporate supplements into your daily health maintenance routine, it’s not an over night bandage.  They are designed to begin to feed your body what it has been nutritionally deficient in, and for many peeps, those deficiencies have been off kilter for a good chunk of time.

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Here are some of my professional recommendations for some fish oil supplements that I trust and USE in my practice:

Krill Oil with K2:  (you can click on the highlighted link and it will take you right to the source)

 Benefits:
Supports cardiovascular system and brain function.
Provides joint and skin support.
Is a natural source of astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant carotenoid.
Provides omega-3 essential fatty acids (EPA and DHA).
May support already-normal-range cholesterol levels.
How It Works:
Antarctic Krill provides a highly bioavailable source of EPA and DHA, essential omega-3 fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs are vital to the health of the cell membrane and also contribute to cardiovascular, brain and structural system function. They provide joint and skin support and may help support cholesterol levels already within the normal range. Krill is also a natural source of astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant carotenoid. Krill oil also contains phospholipids, which bind to the omega-3 fatty acids, improving their absorption in the body. These phospholipids provide strength and elasticity to the cell membrane, helping to keep toxins out and let nutrients and oxygen in. Vitamin K2 provides added support for the cardiovascular system and bone health.
Ingredients:
20 mcg vitamin K (25% of Daily Value), plus krill oil, fish oil, EPA, DHA and astaxanthin.
Recommended Use:
Take 1 capsule with a meal one or two times daily.

Super Omega-3 EPA:  ( you can click on the highlighted link and it will take you right to the source)

Benefits:
Promotes brain health
Encourages healthy circulatory function
380 EPA / 190mg DHA per capsule
Supports the cardiovascular system
Bolsters cell membranes
Lemon oil for improved taste
How It Works:
Omega-3 fatty acids are one of four basic fats that the body derives from foods. While many of the other fats are harmful, omega-3s benefit the body and are especially good for the heart. Super Omega-3 EPA is a source of two fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Supportive but not conclusive research shows that the consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The body uses omega-3 fatty acids as one of the primary components of cell membranes. Omega-3s are also beneficial to the structural system and to the skin. Super Omega-3 EPA softgels contain approximately 1,000 mg fish oil, with a ratio of 33:16 EPA to DHA (380 mg EPA, 190 mg DHA) per softgel. It also contains lemon to significantly reduce the aftertaste from fish oil and to reduce gas. (Contains fish such as anchovy, sardine and mackerel.)
Ingredients:
Eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid.
Recommended Use:
Take 1 softgel with a meal two or three times daily.

For my Vegetarians who won’t take fish oil products…..

Flax seed oil Liquid:  ( click on the highlighted link and it will take you right to the source)

 Benefits:
Aids in the construction of healthy cell membranes.
Keeps saturated fats mobile in the bloodstream.
Maintains already-normal stickiness of blood platelets.
Plays a vital role in the production of prostaglandins.
Helps maintain cholesterol levels already in the normal range.
Stimulates immune activity.
How It Works:
Several scientific studies show that consumption of omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) can benefit the heart. Flax Seed Oil  provides EFAs, including linoleic acid.

Fatty acids are termed “essential” because the body cannot manufacture them. Flax seed oil contains twice as much omega-3 essential fatty acids as fish oil products, without the fishy aftertaste.

The body produces prostaglandins—precursors to hormones and other compounds. Some of these initiate beneficial reactions while others produce negative effects. An improper balance of EFAs in the diet can lead to increased production of the “bad” prostaglandins. Flax Seed Oil Liquid provides the ideal ratio of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 EFAs required to maintain the necessary balance between good and bad prostaglandins.

EFAs from flax also support the structural integrity of cellular membranes, offering associated benefits to the cardiovascular and nervous systems.
Ingredients:
Flax seed oil from cold-pressed flax seeds, rosemary leaves, mixed tocopherols, ascorbyl palmitate and citric acid.
Recommended Use:
Take 1 teaspoon three times daily.

This also is available in soft gel form as well: ( click the highlighted link and it will take you right to the source.

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We need these essential fatty acids for multiple reasons, and protecting the neurological function is but one health benefit, keeping our blood free flowing so the platelets don’t get sticky is another, supporting our immune system another.

I will be posting more articles directly related to why we have become a society that screams FATS are bad, and the direct correlation of a variety of health issues that are becoming common as a result.  So if you want to be sure you don’t miss these other posts. Please be sure to follow my blog, and/or become a follower of http://www.facebook.com/harvestedhealth.

Thank you for taking the time to read, follow and share…..

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy)

QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritionist,

Harvested Health LLC.

To see what services I offer go to http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc

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Resources:

Maroon, J. et al, “3Fatty acids (fish oil) as an anti0inflammatory: an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for discogenic pain”. Surgical Neruology. April 2006: Vol 65, Issue 4: 326-331.

 


ADD & ADHD Learning Support…

learning

 

“I can’t stop squirming.”   “I can’t pay attention.”  “Why don’t people like me?” “Why is my teacher always upset with me?” “I just want to be normal, mommy.”

As parents and children drown in what feels like anguish, the only answer seems to be powerful drugs that calm and quiet, too often with unpleasant side-effects.  So it begs the question is there anything else we can do for our children with behavior and learning struggles?

There is more and more research coming to light showing a common thread between learning, behavior, concentration and “ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS.”

Kiddo’s diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia often have lower levels of key essential fatty acids when compared to their more fortunate counterparts.  Adding these “good” fats into the diet of these children can make a real difference they can feel.  Even adults with learning issues can benefit.

Essential Fatty acids coupled with antioxidants for optimal brain and visual performance seem to be a key team player here.  We call these “fatty acids” Essential because they must be provided in the diet as the body cannot consistently make them.  Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) is a derivative of essential Omega-3 fatty acids.  Less well known but also important are the omega-6 fatty acid derivatives, like gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and arachidonic acid (AA).  When they are added to the diet of some hyperactive kiddo’s they seem to calm right down.  It’s an amazing transformation!

Dr. Jacqueline Stordy, a noted researcher has had much success with a combo of fish oil and evening primrose oil.  She notes that children who take sources of both essential fatty acids become calmer and their reading skills improved.

Researchers at Purdue University have also shown that children who are hyperactive, impulsive and inattentive, may have low levels of essential fatty acids, especially DHA.  Their experiment involved 53 boys who suffered from ADHD compared to 43 matched controls.  Analyses showed that the boys with ADKD had significantly lower levels of essential fatty acids in their blood.  They concluded that, although more research was needed, supplementation with missing fatty acids could be a very useful treatment for hyperactivity. Many of these children in the experiment also were displaying other symptoms that go along with essential fatty acid deficiency, like

*dry hair

*dry skin

*excessive thirst

*frequent urination

*asthma

*more prone to ear infections

SO WHY ARE SOME CHILDREN DEFICIENT IN DHA?

Some children get enough of the shorter chain omega-e and omega-6 fatty acids, but they have difficulty converting them into the needed longer chain fatty acids like DHA and AA.  Factors that inhibit the conversion of essential fatty acids to their healthful metabolites are trans fatty acids in the diet (these are fats produced when hydrogen atoms are added to unsaturated fats for improved shelf-life; this process destroys the nutritional value and even makes them harmful over long tern usage), viral infections, even stress can inhibit the proper conversion.

DHA is mega important!!!!

DHA’s importance starts in the womb.  It is a major player in the brain development of the growing fetus and a primary fatty acid in breast milk.  In fact, DHA comprises as much as 60% of the fatty acids in the retina of the eye.  Another notch in the benefits of doing all you can to breast feed your babies.  A study in the January 1998 issue of Pediatrics showed that breast-fed infants may have higher intelligence and greater academic achievement that formula-fed infants.  This was an 18 year study comparing the IQ measurements and rates of high school completion in 1000 children.  After all factors were taken into account, breast-fed babies were 38% more likely to graduate from high school.  DHA may be that missing link.

Now to new moms and expecting moms, to make sure that your breastmilk is rich in DHA, exp0ectant moms and nursing moms should place high importance on supplementing with a good source of essential fatty acids.

Dr. Stordy was particularly interested in dyslexia because in her own family many were dyslexic.  She noticed among her family that those who were breast fed the longest were the least affected by dyslexia.  “My research on young adults with and without dyslexia showed that dyslexics have poor dark adaptation, which is a function of the DHA-rich rod cells of the retina.  However, supplementation with a high DHA fish oil restored dark adaptation to normal.  Synapse membranes the junctions between nerve cells contain high concentrations of DHA and AA, and these fatty acids are important for efficient conduction of messages from one nerve cell to another.”

DHA – AGGRESSION IN YOUTH

There were some researchers who wanted to determine if DHA would have any affect on aggression in young adults. At the start of summer vacation 41 students were given either DHA rich oil capsules or placebo.  These students tool psychological tests at the beginning and end of the study.  The study began during summer vacation and ended during final exams, a very stressful time.  In the control group aggression against others was “significantly increased at the end of the study as compared with that measured at thee start, whereas it was not significantly changed in the DHA group… thus, DHA intake prevented extraggresion (aggression against others) from increasing at times of mental stress.”  We are seeing more and more aggressive behavior in our youth, and diet has a huge impact, as does what appears to be an overwhelming amount of stress that our youth are dealing with.  Many of these young adults are juggling schedules that most adults wouldn’t be able to keep up with.

PROTECTING THE FRAGILE ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS FROM OXIDATION

This is important as these essential fatty acids once they become oxidized fail to present the proper benefits.  So you want to have some superior antioxidant protection too.

So to improve the learning factors for your children and even yourself, by providing the missing nutritional link can possibly be a beneficial addition for both helping parents and children.

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Some of the products as a Practitioner that I recommend:

Super ORAC Antioxidants:

Benefits:
Provides key nutrients to neutralize free radicals while combating the effects of cellular oxidation
Powerful antioxidant profile
How It Works:
Antioxidants are the body’s natural defense against free radicals. They scavenge them, “mopping up” free radicals before they have a chance to harm cells. Super ORAC combines eight powerful ingredients known to quench free radicals. Green tea contains polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants. EGCG is considered the most active polyphenol. It appears to help protect brain cells from damage. Mangosteen xanthones are potent antioxidants with a special affinity for supporting the circulatory system. One such xanthone, mangostin, helps the body battle the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Resveratrol protects both the nervous system and the cardiovascular system. Turmeric contains curcumin, a polyphenol with wonderful health benefits for the immune, circulatory and glandular systems. In studies, curcumin has been shown to inhibit oxidative DNA damage. The açai berry contains powerful anthocyanins—water-soluble compounds with potent antioxidant actions. This fruit also helps protect against superoxide and peroxyl radicals. Other ingredients offer similar antioxidant benefits.
Ingredients:
Green tea leaves extract, mangosteen pericarp extract, turmeric root extract, quercetin dehydrate, resveratrol, apple fruit extract, açai (acai) berry concentrate and selenium.
Recommended Use:
Take 1–2 capsules twice daily with meals.

Krill Oil with K2:

Benefits:
Supports cardiovascular system and brain function.
Provides joint and skin support.
Is a natural source of astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant carotenoid.
Provides omega-3 essential fatty acids (EPA and DHA).
May support already-normal-range cholesterol levels.
How It Works:
Antarctic Krill provides a highly bioavailable source of EPA and DHA, essential omega-3 fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs are vital to the health of the cell membrane and also contribute to cardiovascular, brain and structural system function. They provide joint and skin support and may help support cholesterol levels already within the normal range. Krill is also a natural source of astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant carotenoid. Krill oil also contains phospholipids, which bind to the omega-3 fatty acids, improving their absorption in the body. These phospholipids provide strength and elasticity to the cell membrane, helping to keep toxins out and let nutrients and oxygen in. Vitamin K2 provides added support for the cardiovascular system and bone health.
Ingredients:
20 mcg vitamin K (25% of Daily Value), plus krill oil, fish oil, EPA, DHA and astaxanthin.
Recommended Use:
Take 1 capsule with a meal one or two times daily.

Focus Attention:

Benefits:
Provides important nutrients for normal brain-stimulating levels.
Helps modulate brain activity and energy levels.
Supports the nervous system nutritionally.
Encourages restful, balanced mental activity.
Supports blood circulation and neurotransmitters in the brain.
How It Works:

Focus Attention is a special formulation of herbal nutrients that help protect the body from undesirable side effects caused by drugs or exposure to toxic chemicals, food additives, pesticides, etc. Focus Attention combines powerful nutrients required for quiet, balanced mental activity.
Slippery elm aids nutrient absorption and is used as a soothing and cleansing herb for the digestive system. The amino acid l-Glutamine supports healthy brain activity and mental ability. DMAE is a biodynamic nutrient used for memory and learning enhancement. It also quenches damaging free radicals. Lemon balm leaves have been approved by the famous German Commission E for their ability to soothe the nervous system. Grape seed extract is high in proanthocyanidins—highly active compounds that can readily neutralize brain-damaging free radicals caused by toxins or over-stimulated brain metabolism. Ginkgo biloba is well known for its support of brain and circulatory health.

Ingredients:
Slippery elm bark, l-glutamine, DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol), lemon balm leaf extract, grape seed extract and ginkgo leaf extract.
Recommended Use:

Over 12 years:Take 2 capsules with a meal twice daily. Age 6–12 years:Take 1 capsule with a meal twice daily. Under 6 years:Consult your health care professional.

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For the Kiddo’s:  I recommend

Sunshine Hero’s Omega-3/DHA soft chews:

Benefits:
Provides essential nutrients
How It Works:
Sunshine Heroes Omega-3 with DHA is a uniquely formulated dietary children’s supplement that provides omega-3 fatty acids. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are essential fatty acids found almost exclusively in fish that live in deep, cold water. These fatty acids are key building blocks in every cell in the body. DHA and EPA are recognized for their health benefits in all life stages and are essential components as the body grows and develops. DHA is critical for the optimal development and function of the brain, eyes and central nervous system during infancy and childhood. Further, DHA is a major structural fat in the brain and eyes, representing approximately 97% of all omega-3 fats in the brain and 93% of all omega-3 fats in the retina.
Ingredients:
Fish oil, DHA, EPA and the Sunshine Heroes Protector Shield blend.
Recommended Use:
Chew up to 4 soft chews per day as a dietary supplement. Chew carefully and thoroughly before swallowing

Focus Attention powder:

Benefits:
Provides important nutrients for normal brain-stimulation levels.
Helps modulate brain activity and energy levels.
Supports the nervous system nutritionally.
Encourages restful, balanced mental activity.
Supports blood circulation and neurotransmitters in the brain.
How It Works:

Focus Attention is a special formulation of herbal nutrients that help protect the body from undesirable side effects caused by drugs or exposure to toxic chemicals, food additives, pesticides, etc. Focus Attention combines powerful nutrients required for quiet, balanced mental activity.
DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is a biodynamic nutrient used for memory and learning enhancement. It also quenches damaging free radicals. Lemon balm leaves are approved by the famous German Commission E for their ability to soothe the nervous system. Grape seed extract is high in proanthocyanidins—highly active compounds that can readily neutralize brain-damaging free radicals caused by toxins or over-stimulated brain metabolism. Ginkgo is well known for its support of brain and circulatory health.

Ingredients:
Provides 50–130% of the Daily Value of thiamin, riboflavin, niacinamide, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12 and pantothenic acid, plus flax seed powder, DMAE, lemon balm leaf extract, bacopa leaf extract, grape seed extract, ginkgo leaf extract, natural raspberry flavor, fructooligosaccharides, grape skin extract, lo han fruit concentrate, eleuthero root, malic acid, stevia leaf extract, biotin, inositol and choline.
Recommended Use:

Age 12 years and above:Add approximately 3 level scoops to 2 oz. water twice daily. Age 4–12 years:Add approximately 2 level scoops to 1.5 oz. water twice daily. Age 3 years:Add approximately 1 level scoop to 1 oz. water twice daily. Mix well and drink immediately.

Thai-Go Antioxidant liquid:

Benefits:
Enhances the immune system.
Supports the cardiovascular system.
Promotes energy.
How It Works:

Thai-Go contains ingredients rich in bioflavonoids and antioxidants. Bioflavonoids enhance vitamin C absorption and help maintain collagen and capillary walls. They also aid in the body’s immune–defense system. Antioxidants scavenge damaging free radicals that the body accumulates as a byproduct of energy production as well as through exposure to pollution, tobacco smoke, ultraviolet light and radiation.
Antioxidants benefit virtually every organ and body system because they mop up damaging free radicals. Thai-Go delivers a punch of antioxidant potential with a very high ORAC value. Among Thai-Go’s key ingredients is mangosteen, a tasty fruit found in eastern tropical nations, such as Thailand. Mangosteen and its pericarp contain the greatest known supply of compounds called xanthones. Xanthones offer powerful immune and cardiovascular support.

Ingredients:
Mangosteen fruit concentrate and pericarp extract, Concord grape fruit concentrate, red grape fruit concentrate, blueberry fruit concentrate, red raspberry fruit concentrate, red grape skin extract, wolfberry/goji fruit extract, açai berry concentrate, pomegranate fruit juice concentrate, sea buckthorn fruit extract, red grape seed extract, green tea leaves extract and apple fruit extract.
Recommended Use:
Take 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) twice daily.

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Now these suggestions may prove to be beneficial to some, however, one thing I do BELIEVE as a practitioner, is each one of us is created as unique individuals.  Meaning there is not always a “one size fits all approach” to plug-n-play when it comes to how our bodies respond to nutritional changes and deficiencies.

So, the information I share to offer better understanding for my readers and followers, shouldn’t substitute for following through with a personal consultation so we can identify which nutritional plan, approach that needs to be specifically tailored to your situation.  The body, YOUR body is the messenger….  For any interested in taking that approach you can go to http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc .

As always,

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritional Coach,

References and Suggested Reading:

  1.  Stordy, Jacqueline B.  “Essential fatty acids (EFAs) and learning disorders.” Holistic Health Journal. October 1997
  2. Stevens, Laura J., et al. “Essential fatty acids metabolism in boys with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.” Amer. Jnl. Clin. Nutr. 1995. 62(4) 761-68
  3. Horwood, L. John and David M. Fergusson. “breastfeeding and later cognitive and academic outcomes.”  Pediatris, 1998. January. 101 (1.):e9
  4. Agostoni, Carlo, et al. “Docosahexaenoic acid status and developmental quotient of healthy term infants.”  The Lancet. 1995. Sept 2, 346: 638
  5. Hamazaki, T. et. al. “The effects of docosahexaenoic acid on aggression in young adults: a placebo-controlled double-blind study.” Jnl. Clin, Invest. 1996. 97:1129-1133

DO WE CATCH OR “EARN” A COLD?

 

Sinus

Experience has taught me,,, you don’t “catch” a cold you earn it…..Sneezing? Congested? Let’s talk

With this time of the year, many struggle with sneezing, or congested breathing, over all body fatigue… Some believe or refer to it as “seasonal” allergies, “cold”.

I’d like to touch bases on the “common cold” aspect for just a sec….. For many long years scientists have been on that elusive hunt to find and isolate and identify a germ they can say is what causes the “common cold”…. I read that somewhere in the 1920’s science stated that they made the discovery of a lifetime… a “germ” that they felt was absolutely responsible for the common cold. this next part throws me… “BUT IT WAS TOO SMALL & ELUSIVE TO BE CAUGHT or EVEN VISIBLE BY MEANS OF THE MOST POWERFUL MICROSCOPES AVAILABLE. Yet…. they found the germ responsible”!!? Now think about what that says, the germ is to small & elusive to be caught, yet we are told we “caught a cold”…. and it is too small to be visible with whatever microscopes they had available in the 1920’s… Hmmmmm

From some of the available research, I have not seen any research that states they have “caught” the germ responsible to be blamed for the common cold. I mean they obviously have identified many different germs, bacteria and viruses, but none of them have be able to “start” a cold. Yet the germs, viruses and bacteria are able to feed on the mucous of Common Colds, which is the very purpose for which they were created. Namely to dissolve, break up, decompose and dispose of the mucus that manifests the Common Cold. So we are told that certain virus’s cause the common cold, yet, even for a virus to breed it has to have something to “feed” on, that would be an overload of mucous .  Which the virus didn’t cause, the substance was already in place building to a state of over abundance, typically from the state of inflammation beginning.

Work with me here for a bit….

Electricity in your home works from fuses & breakers. Correct?
So what happens when the circuit is overheated because you overloaded that circuit with too much electrical draw? Does a “germ” send you a text message to alert you that a fuse/circuit will blow out or that overheating the fuse/circuit can in some cases cause a house fire? Nope, not likely.
I’m no electrician, but I believe what is supposed to happen is the fuse is suppose to blow, or the circuit will “trip”, however if for some reason there is a malfunction, a possible house fire can be caused. Now, how does this compare to what happens in your body when you “catch a cold”? stay with me for a minute and I think I can make this come alive….

When there is waste build up in the body, when it is not eliminated, it builds and in some people backs up and what happens when you dump yard food scrapes in a pile in your yard and you call it “compost”? It ferments as it ferments it generates “Heat”, which in this case the heat is being generated in the body; this is how it is supposed to work by the way. However, when waste has fermented and reached a toxic state in the body, the built in alert systems within become worried and sends a signal that we have been neglecting our inner house keeping, what is one of those signals? Mucous elimination which has been labeled “a cold”.

It is just as simple…. really…. as that, when the warning is ignored and disregarded, more serious conditions pop up. Or worse yet, we are so irritated with the mucus, we take some over the counter remedy to “dry” it up….. Why? the body created the tidal wave it needed to wash it OUT! so stop working against your body and work with it. NOW here comes the big money question… people deal with “common”cold like episodes around what times of the year? Typically SPRING & LATE FALL , EARLY WINTER. The body is doing house cleaning before each of those seasons.

So a cold is something you “earn” not something you “catch”, it is the result of too much accumulated waste & improper or sluggish elimination. The colon is usually the recipient of all this accumulated waste. Yet toxins obviously spread thru the body generating unhealthy mucus; many have experienced “sinus mucus”. We can run fevers because the body is turning up the thermostat to cook the waste, open the lymph system and use the largest elimination organ the skin to aid and assist with removing some trash, then usually after that the fever pops on the scene, the south pole, (a.k.a. Da colon)… turns into a bit of a raging river taking out the trash thru that method. The sinus cavity does it’s part too and we get “red nose” syndrome and we sneeze & blow out STUFF from there too.

So if this is all a natural part of housecleaning why do so many people curse & complain, I KNOW IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE A COMFY STROLL DOWN A SANDY BEACH. but be glad that our body knows what to do in spite of our choices folks…. and if you don’t prefer to “earn” a cold, then stop putting so much into your body that requires such drastic housecleaning to take place.

So what do you do when you notice this uncomfortable event is making it’s presence known? If it was ME, I’d start with an enema, and fruit juices (with a juicer), fast for a couple of days with nothing but lemon water and properly prepared juices, potassium broth or even warm vegetable broth. Also,remember the more raw foods and juices you consume, can simply be the best preventative to over accumulation of waste & mucus in the body especially the colon. So that means to lighten the load of what types of foods you are eating and instead take in foods that are simple for the body to process.

Think of it this way, when you drive your car and rack up a lot of miles people are familiar with changing the oil, why?  Well the oil begins to thicken and makes it harder to circulate through the motor.  Guess what, the body really isn’t all that different, boat loads more complicated YES, but same concept applies, the body and all its marvelous functions never take a vacation, so since most folks never go out of their way to change or reduce the amount of comfort foods, breads, pasta’s, meats, refined sugars, gravies, sauces, dairy, etc. you get a build up inside and I believe that our bodies have a pre-set desire to encourage a seasonal cleansing routine as our calendar moves from one season into the next which if you pay attention are when the highest likelihood of peeps suffering from cold symptoms.

There are certain juice combinations that work better, and certain food combinations that can help your body with thinning and clearing out accumulated mucous.  There are also some wonderful herbal cleansing options that you can incorporate as well.

Might I recommend committing to some well needed time to incorporate a 2 week cleanse at least twice a year.  I personally incorporate it quarterly, but twice a year will reap some healthy benefits.

And If you like some personal one on one direction and guidance with your inner housecleaning.  you can go to http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc and see which one of my programs would be a good fit for you.

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

QFA Clinician

Resources:

N.W.Walker D.Sc. “Fresh Vegetables and Juices”,

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

Paul Pitchford, “Healing With Whole Foods”,

Bernard Jensen pH.D “The Chemistry of Man”,