It’s NOT IF You’re Toxic, But How Toxic ARE YOU!

Many people are struggling with a variety of health issues that don’t fall into a specific diagnosis category YET… but they know they don’t feel well, they are not sleeping well, they have nothing for energy.  There is a truth that is being sorely overlooked…..

IT’S NOT IF YOU’RE TOXIC, BUT HOW TOXIC ARE YOU….

The truth is that we are exposed to 6 million pounds of mercury and 2.5 billion pounds of other toxins in our air, water and food supple each year!

Unfortunately, these toxins and more end up in our bodies.  In fact. the Center for Disease Control found that the average person has 420 chemicals known to be highly harmful in their bodies.  These toxins negatively affect the function of our bodies in ways we are just now beginning to understand, making it difficult to achiever and maintain optimal health.

According to “science”… We are only 10% human.  Up to 90% of the cells in our bodies are actually bacteria, fungi and other microbes, and most of them live in and are influenced by our gut.  In turn, these microbes influence many key body functions, including cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, glandular and immune function, as well as blood sugar, skin, weight, emotions, energy and more.

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TOXIC WORLD – TOXIC GUT – TOXIC HEALTH

The toxic burden of our modern world, together with stress, poor diets and lifestyles, disrupts the healthy balance of bacteria in our gut, leading to poor health.

As bad bacteria dominate the gut, they produce “endotoxins” that weaken and damage the lining of the gut, allowing food and toxins to escape.  Many refer to this as “leaky gut syndrome”.

As these toxins spread throughout the body, they impair healthy function and create a fertile path to poor health.

“Before starting Purify 2.0, I was in pretty good shape. But felt tired and sluggish.  Now I have way more energy to play with my kids and enjoy life! My blood sugar levels and bad cholesterol (LDL) went way down, and my skin issues cleared up.  Being healthy feels good mentally and physically.”  Bryan R., Ohio

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RISE ABOVE THE POLUTED WORLD!

What if I told you that there is a clinically studied, 30-day program designed to detoxify the gut and body, eliminate heavy metals and restore balance to the gut, clearing the way for optimal body function and total health?

 

Well, there is and it’s called Purify 2.0, the clinical study found that Purify 2.0:

  • Increased heavy metal elimination up to 76%
  • Lowered gut inflammation by 35%
  • Reduced cardiovascular risk by 22%
  • Improved liver function by 21%

Purify 2.0 users also reported a 42% improvements in their energy, mental focus, general health and well-being.

Best of all participants saw benefits in as little as 7 days!

Don’t allow a toxic life to keep you from your best!  Purify yourself and live a vibrant life.

Implementing this program is NOT complicated, there is not mountains of pills to choke down.  No complicated dietary recipes to struggle with.  It is easy to fit into your already busy lifestyle.

Folks this program is for REAL, and it is generating REAL results…..If this sounds like something you’re ready to embark on…. Let’s schedule a consultation either in my office or this can be scheduled as a phone consultation too.  go to http://www.jodibarnett758.com and click on services, pick the service tab marked Purify2.0 program.

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

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.

 


What Is The Best Kind of Magnesium For YOU….

magnesium

 

I’ve had several clients who feel confused about which form of Magnesium they should be supplementing with as there are different types out there.  I know it can be confusing, so I am hoping to shed some light on that.

One thing you’ll notice about supplements is that everyone is pretty convinced that their product is “THE BEST”! However, it’s a little hard to believe when every product on the shelf claims the same thing.

You would think something like magnesium, which is a mineral, would be pretty straightforward. Naturally, that is not the case at all. Nothing is straightforward about it and sadly, there is no easy answer as to what is the best kind of magnesium, other than to answer what is the best kind of magnesium for you and what particular nutritional deficiency based on your physical symptoms may be.

WHY IS MAGNESIUM SO IMPORTANT?
Magnesium (Mg) is a mineral that is involved in almost every process in your body from muscle relaxation and proper muscle movement to hormone processing. Clinically it is used to treat muscle cramps, restless leg syndrome, high blood pressure, constipation and chronic stress. Magnesium is pretty much everywhere – it’s the fourth most abundant element in the earth as a whole and the ninth in the universe as a whole.

Magnesium is also highly water-soluble and is the third most common element dissolved in sea water. But you cannot drink sea water. Generally, the composition of sea water and the composition of our bodies internal mineral balance is reasonably similar (although sea water is significantly higher in sodium) and, as humans, we function best when we have a rich supply of magnesium in our system.

Magnesium is the center of the chlorophyll molecule in plants, so any dark green plant is a rich source. Magnesium is central to all of our energy-forming reactions in every cell in the human body and there are over 300 enzyme pathways in humans that are dependent on magnesium to run.

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENTS?

Magnesium cannot just be by itself as a molecule – it needs to be bound to something else to be stable, so the biggest difference in magnesium products comes not from the magnesium itself (which is all the same) but from the molecule it’s bonded to.  The most common bonding agents I’ve seen are oxide, citrate, glycinate, sulphate or amino acid chelate. There are two things to look for about the molecule it’s bonded to: size, and function. There is the secondary consideration of absorption.

The size of the molecule matters because most people don’t want to take a tablespoon of something, they usually want to take a reasonably small amount – like maybe the amount that will fit into one or two capsules.  Magnesium itself is a very small molecule, but if it’s bonded to something large and floppy then you get a very small amount of magnesium, mixed in with a pretty large amount of something else.  So magnesium by weight is higher if it’s bonded to an extremely small molecule (like oxygen in Mg oxide) than if it’s bonded to a large molecule like glycine (in Mg glycinate) or an amino acid (in magnesium amino acid chelate). Citrate and sulphate molecules are somewhat in the middle for size.
The function of the additional molecule is also something to consider. Oxygen is obviously useful to body tissues, as are amino acids, but some amino acids have functions that may enhance one particular effect of the magnesium that you might be looking for clinically. We’ll go over different forms of magnesium individually.

HOW IS MY BODY GOING TO GET THE MAGNESIUM IN TO PUT IT TO USE?

Absorption is a separate concern. Magnesium itself is reasonably poorly absorbed (35% absorbed in the worst case scenario and 45% absorbed in the best). Generally if you are magnesium-depleted then your body will absorb any magnesium better than it would otherwise.

If you are taking a combination supplement that has Calcium and Magnesium, you need to understand that Calcium and magnesium will compete for absorption, so if you take calcium and magnesium together because they will compete with each other (means you will absorb less of each). Also high or low protein intake can reduce magnesium intake as well as phytates from some vegetables.

Phytate is known by eight different names but the most common are phytic acid, inositol hexaphosphate and IP-6. Phytate is found in all plants because it stores the phosphorus needed to support germination and growth. An enzyme called phytase neutralizes the phytate to release the phosphorus. Plants and most animals have their own phytase. Unfortunately, humans don’t. Bacteria in the intestine produce small amounts, but not enough to digest phytate. The phytate then binds with iron, calcium and zinc, which means the minerals can’t be properly absorbed.
Grains
The amount of phytate you’ll get from any food source varies depending on growing conditions and processing techniques. Measurements used to report phytate content are sometimes stated as a percentage of dry weight and other times as milligrams in a 100-gram portion. Regardless of these differences, you’ll find wheat bran, rice bran, whole wheat, corn, rye, oats and brown rice at the top of the list. Phytate is highest in bran-based products. Whole-wheat flour has about half the phytate of bran but double the amount in corn, oat, rice or processed white flours, according to the book “Food Phytates.”

Beans and Nuts
You can count on beans and nuts to contain phytate, but the amount ranges from approximately .4 percent to as high as 2 to 3 percent of dry weight, according to “Food Phytates.” Soy, pinto, kidney and navy beans, as well as peanuts, are at the high end. They have double the amount of phytate found in peas, lentils, chickpeas, white beans, walnuts and mung beans. Unlike grains that have a large concentration of phytate in the bran, phytate is equally distributed throughout seeds.
Potatoes
When dry weights are compared, potatoes have almost as much phytate as seeds, according to a study published in the April 2004 issue of the “Journal of Food Composition and Analysis.” Even though cooking typically eliminates some phytate, that’s not true in potatoes. Whether potatoes are baked, boiled, microwaved or fried, they retain virtually all of their phytate. Based on average consumption, the researchers noted that phytate consumed in cooked potatoes may account for a substantial portion of the average American’s daily intake of phytate. This is the heavy hitter in most folks diet, they have some form of potato for breakfast in the form of hash browns, or fried potatoes with eggs & bacon, they have French fries with lunch, and either mashed or baked or fries for dinner meal. Most do this “DAILY”….
Preparation
Some methods of commercial food processing destroy phytase, which means that the food retains more phytate. Other processes that actually reduce total phytate are soaking, fermenting and sprouting. Soaking rice, beans and raw nuts for 24 hours, followed by cooking them for the longest time possible, can reduce phytates by 50 percent, according to the Weston A. Price Foundation. When beans are sprouted, total phytate goes down by as much as 75 percent. Sprouting retains nutritional value, but the longer you soak and cook food, the more essential vitamins and minerals you’ll lose together with the phytate. Following recommended daily intakes should ensure you get sufficient nutrients, because the recommendations are adjusted for the possibility of substances such as phytates that impact bioavailability

Generally if you’re taking a magnesium supplement it’s best on an empty stomach. Magnesium also absorbs well through the skin (potentially far better than through the digestive tract), so Epsom salt baths (magnesium sulphate) and magnesium lotions, gels or oils (usually magnesium chloride) can be a great way to increase your body stores. Topical forms can be best if you’re using magnesium for it’s muscle relaxation and calming properties.
Orally, magnesium citrate is the best absorbed form (but it’s bonded to a big molecule so there is a smaller amount of magnesium by weight). Mg oxide is the most poorly absorbed form but has the highest Mg per weight, so actually you may get more elemental magnesium out of the same dose of Mg oxide vs. another magnesium, simply because of the size. The other forms of magnesium are somewhere in the middle in terms of absorption.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF MAGNESIUM

Magnesium Oxide
Magnesium Oxide (MgO) is simply bonded to oxygen, which is obviously also something your body needs so there is nothing unnecessary in the product. The oxygen is useable by your body but will not strongly affect the way you feel taking the Mg. This is the least absorbed form, but also has one of the highest percentages of elemental magnesium per dose so it still may be the  highest absorbed dose per mg. This is a great general purpose magnesium if really Mg is all you need.  It makes a simple muscle relaxer, nerve tonic and laxative if you take a high dose.
Magnesium Citrate
This is one of the most common forms of Mg on the commercial market. This is Mg bonded to citric acid, which increases the rate of absorption. Citrate is a larger molecule than the simple oxygen of oxide, so there is less magnesium by weight than in the oxide form. This is the most commonly used form in laxative preparations. With further research, this form of Magnesium is not the best avenue to apply for magnesium source, and can actually leach magnesium from your system. However, IF you know your already have high inflammation issues, I do not recommend the Citrate form.

Magnesium Glycinate and Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate
In this form, Mg is bonded to the amino acid glycine. Glycine is a large molecule so there is less magnesium by weight, but the glycine itself is a relaxing neurotransmitter and so enhances magnesium’s natural relaxation properties. This could be the best form if you’re using it for mental calm and relaxation.

Magnesium amino acid chelate is usually bonded to a variety of amino acids, which are all larger molecules. In this form there is less magnesium by weight but the individual amino acids could all be beneficial for different things. Every formula is different so if you need both Mg and a particular amino acid, then this could be the way to go.
Magnesium Taurate
This is a less common form, and is typically taken for cardiac conditions and heart function in general. Magnesium helps the heart muscle relax, as well as the blood vessels that feed the heart to open and deliver more blood to the heart tissue itself. Taurine is an amino acid that is known to feed cardiac muscle and enhance the quality of contractions of the heart so if you’re taking Mg for heart function this is probably the best form for you. Again, taurine is a larger molecule so there is a lower Mg by weight.
Magnesium Sulphate and Magnesium Chloride
These forms are both typically used topically, although there are some oral preparations as well. Mg sulphate is best known as Epsom salts. If you’ve taken this internally you know it tastes horrible and has a very strong laxative effect, but when used in a bath or soak it is extremely relaxing to the muscles and can ease aches and pains. Epsom salts baths can also help to lower high blood pressure and reduce stress levels.

Magnesium chloride

is more common in the lotion, gel and oil preparations that can be used topically for muscle cramps and relaxation.
Generally magnesium is one of those universally necessary elements that needs to be in your body for proper function, no matter what. Great dietary sources include coffee, tea, chocolate, spices, nuts and, of course, green vegetables with chlorophyll. Good body stores of magnesium will improve your health, mood and general functioning so finding the best kind of magnesium for you is tremendously important.
Magnesium L-threonate

A newer player on the magnesium front is magnesium threonate, or magnesium L-threonate. This form effectively crosses the blood brain barrier and so has recently been studied for uses such as patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive decline.  A recent research study published in the medical journal Neuron showed that magnesium L-threonate creates improvement in learning abilities, working memory and both short and long term memory.  Additionally it has the same benefits as any other magnesium including enhancing sleep quality.

Magnesium Malate

Magnesium malate is very similar to magnesium glycinate – malate is a big molecule but has it’s own health benefits so this one is often used for fibromyalgia.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Cream: Some people struggle with bowel tolerance when trying to get magnesium into their nutritional routine.  If that is the case for you, I recommend Ancient Minerals Magnesium Cream because it doesn’t leave the salt water feel on your skin like some magnesium creams/lotions can.

I hope you find this breakdown of the different forms of magnesium helpful.  If you’d like further help on which form of magnesium would benefit your nutritional needs, please schedule a consultation with me at http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc.

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC.

 

Resources:

http://www.healthyeating.sfgate.com/foods-high-phytates-3307.html

Amy Neuzil, N.D. – Peoples Wellness Center

http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com