Flu Prevention After a Doozy of a Year

Early this year the US experienced one of the most aggressive and widespread flu seasons with high levels of illness in 43 states and moderate in 48. Shockingly, the CDC estimates that Americans were hospitalized at a rate of 59.9 per every 100,000 making it the highest rate since the 2014-2015 season. With these alarming statistics and the threat the flu can make on the population, especially in infants, children and the elderly, keeping yourself healthy should a priority now more than ever.

As we approach the change to cooler fall weather and children returning to school, this is the time now to start building immune health and take a look at what lifestyle choices you can make to give yourself and your family the best chance at combating the flu. Here are some great tips we have personally had success with:

Check your cleaning products- deep clean, but promote healthy germs

Bleach and Clorox are proven to kill germs, but the problem is that it kills everything including the beneficial bacteria. There are some really fascinating studies now on probiotic cleaners that go after the bad bugs and don’t kill off healthy populations. As we all face an uncertain future with superbugs and antibiotic overuse, probiotic cleaners offer a middle ground option.

Keep your gut healthy- your immune system is in trouble if your gut is

Did you know about 80% of your lymph resides in your gut? Your body cannot fight off pathogens and produce white blood cells sufficiently if your gut is suffering. When your intestinal lining becomes damaged and very permeable from a poor diet, molecules that are not supposed to pass through it do so and go straight to the bloodstream leaving you vulnerable to illness. Work with your physician to optimize your gut health. We recommend adequate daily probiotics and formulations with l-glutamine, aloe, marshmallow, slippery elm and the like to help restore intestinal integrity and function. Probiotic doses should increase in times of stress or if other people in your home are sick.

Defend yourself and home- wear protective oils to keep the yuckies at bay

Essential oils are gaining more scientific traction with good studies to back them up for immune defense and cleaning power. There are gorgeous jewelry options for adults and children that diffuse oils of your choice so you can wear them all day and help defend yourself. A simple oil diffuser around the home or office is a great way to gently spread oils as well. Power blends like Thieves oil combats viruses while other strong oils like clove and oregano are great at killing germs.

Positive vibes bro- negative emotions can literally make you physically ill

Without sounding too “New Age”, we have only hit the tip of the iceberg on understanding how negative emotions and thoughts impact our health. From a clinically studied psychological perspective, people tend to make poor health choices when they continue to have negative thoughts. Work on developing a mindfulness or meditation practice, even for 5 minutes out of your day to see if it makes a difference for you in making healthier lifestyle choices. The product of which is a healthier immune system and that is the overall goal here in flu prevention.  

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Combating Back to School Jitters

Going back to school is a big transition, for everybody. Whether your kid is going to their first day of preschool, your teen is starting a new year in high school, or even an adult returning to school, we all can experience nerves, anxiety, stress and even the blues. Anxiety and nerves show up differently for everybody and we all cope with them differently, so here are some great tips according to your type or your child’s personality type.

TYPE 1-Are they truly worried or close to panic?

Try GABA. GABA is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, playing a central role in regulating cell-to-cell communication. Healthy levels have been associated with positive mood. A recent study indicates that GABA also enhances alpha wave production in the brain to promote relaxation and moderate occasional stress. In the same study, it supported healthy IgA levels, suggesting that it may support immune health during occasional stress.

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Also try taking a look at Adrenal function and Cortisol levels. Adrenal dysfunction is common in the US, even amongst children and can compound the effects of stress. Managing Cortisol (stress hormone) production can be a crucial factor in helping adults and children who deal with this type of fear and anxiety as well. As always, consult your healthcare provider before administering any new supplements to your children.

TYPE 2- Are they genuinely sad?

For kids, especially very young children, leaving their loved ones for the day to go to school or daycare can be just down-right sad. To help emotionally support them through this, 5-HTP and Serotonin are both effective. 5-HTP alone may be enough because it encourages serotonin production. Serotonin can help encourage a positive mood, help you maintain calmness during stressful times, and even promote healthy eating habits.

TYPE 3- Do they need stimulation and love video games?

This type of personality responds well to dopamine support. Dopamine is a key player in cognitive function and can help adults and children focus on tasks and school work. Supplements like l-Tyrosine support production of various neurotransmitters, namely dopamine which supports emotional well-being and cognitive function. I-Tyrosine plays an important role in promoting healthy neurotransmitter function in response to mild environmental and emotional stress as well.


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The Unsung Gut Superheroes

By Natural Partners

While many of us turn to probiotics and digestive enzymes for digestive help, there are a few popular products on the market that you may already be taking that are beneficial to the gut as well. Take a look at our favorites.

Adaptogens

Turkey Tail- Turkey tail is an adaptogenic mushroom excellent at fighting yeast overgrowth such as candida. Candida can wreak havoc on the digestive system if left untreated.

Licorice Root- Many know that licorice can help soothe an upset stomach, but the root actually helps repair the stomach and intestinal lining, which aids in digestion.

Holy Basil- Also known as Tulsi, Holy Basil is known to help immensely with gas and bloating.

Collagen

Stomach Ulcers- Collagen can help with stomach ulcers by preventing gastric secretion in the stomach lining because of the amino acids found in it.

Repair Stomach and Intestinal Lining- When intestinal and stomach lining is inflamed or even damaged, taking collagen helps repair those smooth muscle tissue cells.

Helps with Acid Secretion- Collagen can help control acid secretion and prevent the environment from becoming too acidic, which can result in gas, heartburn, and cramps.

Pectin

Diarrhea- Pectin works with the good bacteria in the gut to help fight the bad bacteria that causes diarrhea in the first place from E. Coli or food poisoning, for example. Fiber from foods with pectin can also add bulk to the stool, aiding in diarrhea symptoms.

Lower Cholesterol- Pectin is a soluble fiber so it helps to bind to cholesterol and remove it from the body.

Constipation- The soluble fiber in pectin adds bulk to the intestine and can actually help push matter through the digestive tract when constipated. Pectin can also help soothe irritated intestinal lining.


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Bug Talk, Probiotics that is with Doctors Jared Skowron and Holly Lucille

Who let these ???? bugs in!? Dr. Holly Lucille and Dr. Jared Skowron explain to us WHY these bugs are so important to us… What bugs you ask? PROBIOTICS of course!

 

Holly Lucille, ND, RN, is a passionate practicing N.D. and nationally acclaimed TV and radio host. She is also an educator, author and lecturer at various health institutions. Dr. Lucille is the past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association and was a recipient of SCNM Legacy Award and Daphne Blayden Award from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

 

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Jared Skowron, ND, is one of the country’s leading experts in natural therapies for children with special needs, with an emphasis in pediatric autism and ADHD. He is the best-selling author of 100 Natural Remedies for Your Child. He is the co-founder of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians, founder of the Pediatric and Autism Clinic at University of Bridgeport, and founder of the supplement company, Spectrum Awakening. Dr. Skowron also serves on the advisory boards of Autism Hope Alliance and Natural Practitioner.


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Poor Sleep, Cognitive Decline, and Gut Dysbiosis: How Do They Relate?

By TAP Integrative

Poor sleep often precedes cognitive decline, but the reason for this association is not well understood. Sleep restriction has been shown in humans to alter the composition of the gut microbiome, and changes in the gut microbiome have been shown in animal models to reduce cognitive flexibility. Researchers, therefore, hypothesized that changes in the gut microbiome might mediate the relationship between poor sleep and the cognitive decline of aging. 

In a cross-sectional study, 37 adults between the ages of 50 and 85 (mean age = 65 years) provided stool samples, completed questionnaires, and underwent cognitive testing. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index assessed self-reported sleep quality, the Stroop Color-Word Test assessed cognitive flexibility, and the Ubiome Company completed 16S rRNA sequencing of stool samples, following protocols from the Human Microbiome Project.  

 After controlling for hypertension and carbohydrate intake, results showed that poor sleep quality was associated with poorer performance on the Stroop Word and Color-Word tests and with lower proportions of the phyla Verrucomicrobia and Lentisphaerae. The proportion of Verrucomicrobia showed a positive correlation with Stroop Word performance, but this association was not independent of sleep. Partial correlations showed that the only independent association was between poor sleep quality and poorer Stroop Color-Word performance. 

The results of this observational study do not support the hypothesis that changes in the microbiome mediate the relationship between sleep and cognition. Instead, the results suggest that poor sleep contributes to both an altered microbiome composition and poorer cognitive flexibility and in older adults.  

The small sample size and the cross-sectional design are important study limitations. It is possible that future studies will better inform clinicians whether probiotics or other interventions to improve the health of the gut might buffer against sleep-related cognitive decline.  At this time, however, it appears that improvement in sleep could improve both diversity of the microbiome as well as cognitive performance. 

Reference  

Anderson, J. R. et al. A preliminary examination of gut microbiota, sleep, and cognitive flexibility in healthy older adults. Sleep Med 38, 104-107 (2017). 


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Healthy Happenings- Combat Stress and Fatigue with Dr. Wilson

On this episode of Healthy Happenings, we discuss Stress and Fatigue with the leading expert in the subject, Dr. James L. Wilson, DC, ND, PhD. Dr. Wilson wrote the book, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome and also has an herbal supplement line built around stress and fatigue called, Dr. Wilson’s Original Formulations.

Interested in more information about Stress? Watch this episode of Healthy Happenings, featuring Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed on Solutions for Stress.

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 *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Holly Lucille, ND, RN, is a passionate practicing N.D. and nationally acclaimed TV and radio host. She is also an educator, author and lecturer at various health institutions. Dr. Lucille is the past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association and was a recipient of SCNM Legacy Award and Daphne Blayden Award from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

In 1998, Dr. Wilson coined the term ‘adrenal fatigue’ to identify below optimal adrenal function resulting from stress and distinguish it from Addison’s disease. With a researcher’s grasp of science and a clinician’s understanding of its human impact, Dr. Wilson has helped many physicians understand the physiology behind and treatment of various health conditions. Dr. Wilson has three doctorates and two master’s degrees, all in different health-related disciplines. He received his Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from the University of Arizona, with minors in Immunology, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and research in Cellular Immunology. His doctorates in Chiropractic Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine are from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and the Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). As one of the 14 founding members of CCNM, now the largest Naturopathic College in the world, Dr. Wilson has long been on the forefront of alternative medicine. For over twenty-five years, he was in private practice in Canada and the United States.


Stress Busting Meal Plan

By Natural Partners

Stress is a part of our daily lives, sometimes things are out of our control and sometimes we create our own stress. One thing that we can control is what we eat, so we devised a meal plan for you that will provide all of the essential nutrients you need to help keep your cool. If you are finding yourself overly-stressed, try some of these recipes instead of your go-to comfort foods and bask in the rewards.

Breakfast

Coconut Banana Chia Pudding  

½ cup white chia seeds

2 1/12 cups organic full fat coconut milk

2 whole bananas

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 pink sea salt

Unsweetened coconut flake for garnish if desired

In a bowl, mix together the chia and coconut milk. Cover and let it sit in the fridge at least 2 hours, but preferable overnight. When the seeds have rehydrated, stir well to make sure it is even. If the mix is too thick, add another dash of coconut milk, but it should be pudding consistency.

Mash the two bananas in a bowl with the cinnamon and salt using a large fork until they are fairly smooth. Stir the banana into the chia mix evenly. Spoon out a portion for yourself and garnish with the coconut flake if you’d like.

 

Lunch

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

4 pieces dark pumpernickel bread

1 whole avocado

About 1 cup smoked wild salmon, shredded or torn into chunks

1 ripe tomato, sliced thin

1 cup sprouts of choice

2 tablespoons red onion, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon wild capers

Toast your sliced of bread and transfer to a plate. Peel and core your avocado and divide it into 4 even pieces. Place one piece of avocado on each piece of toast and mash it gently with the back of a fork to cover the toast.

Layer the tomato, then salmon, a handful of sprouts, red onion and garnish with capers on top of the avocado toast. This will end up open-faced style. Enjoy right away while bread is crispy.

 

Snack

Superfood Smoothie

½ cup frozen strawberries

1 cup raw spinach

1 banana, frozen

½ teaspoon ground flax

½ teaspoon chia seeds

2 cups hemp milk

½ teaspoon fresh ginger root, peeled

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth, drink while cold!

 

Dinner

Berry Roasted Salmon on Cashew Kale Salad

4, 4-6oz wild salmon filets

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ cup chives, chopped

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup red wine vinegar

¼ cup tart cherries, pitted (frozen is fine)

¼ cup fresh blueberries

In a bowl, whisk together all ingredients except the salmon. Use the back of a fork to lightly mash the berries and stir again. Place the salmon in this mix and cover or seal in a plastic bag and allow to marinate at least 1 hour.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Remove the salmon from the fridge and onto a baking pan skin-side down. Cover the fish with the remainder of the marinade. Season the fish lightly with sea salt and pepper.

Roast about 12-18 minutes, depending on the thickness of your salmon. While the salmon is cooking, prepare the salad.

4 cups Tuscan kale, washed and thinly sliced, no stems

¼ cup raw cashews

¼ cup blueberries

1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

Sea salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, dijon, vinegar and honey. Toss together the kale, cashews, blueberries, and avocado. Drizzle with the dressing and toss again, season with salt and pepper if need be.

Garnish the kale salad with the roasted salmon and enjoy!

 

Dessert

Matcha Cherry Dark Chocolate Bark

1 cup 70%+ dark chocolate chunks

¼ cup shelled pistachios, crushed

1 teaspoon matcha tea

2 tablespoons organic dried tart cherries

In a double boiler, gently melt the chocolate. Continue to stir until it is smooth and velvety. Pour the chocolate onto a Silpat or wax paper on a baking sheet to about ¼” thick. Sprinkle the top of the chocolate evenly with the nuts, matcha and cherries. Chill in the fridge for about 1 hour. Break into snack-sized pieces and store in an air-tight container.

 

Pre-Bedtime

Berry Chamomile Tea

1 pack organic chamomile tea

1 tablespoon tart cherries, frozen

1 tablespoon raspberries

Bring your kettle of filtered water to a boil. In your teacup, add the berries and tea pack. Pour boiling water over and allow it to steep for at least 2 minutes and stir.


Healthy Happenings: Solutions for Stress with Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed

In this episode of Healthy Happenings, Dr. Holly Lucille interviews Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed on the natural Solutions for Stress. So take a breather and sit down and watch this episode to find your Solutions for Stress and relax!

 

Holly Lucille, ND, RN, is a passionate practicing N.D. and nationally acclaimed TV and radio host. She is also an educator, author and lecturer at various health institutions. Dr. Lucille is the past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association and was a recipient of SCNM Legacy Award and Daphne Blayden Award from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.


Penny Kendall-Reed, ND, is a Naturopathic Doctor in Toronto. She graduated from McGill University with a B.Sc. in Neurobiology, and earned a degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is the co-author of five books, including the "Naturopathic Diet."


How Allergies Affect How You Feel


By Jared Skowron, ND

When is allergy season? It's every season! Whether it's seasonal, food-related or your neighbor's cat that is giving you an allergic reaction, Dr. Jared Skowron has more information on why these things are making you feel bad. Watch to learn the differences between IgG, IgE, a sensitivity, intolerance and an allergy.

 


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Jared Skowron, ND, is one of the country’s leading experts in natural therapies for children with special needs, with an emphasis in pediatric autism and ADHD. He is the best-selling author of 100 Natural Remedies for Your Child. He is the co-founder of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians, founder of the Pediatric and Autism Clinic at University of Bridgeport, and founder of the supplement company, Spectrum Awakening. Dr. Skowron also serves on the advisory boards of Autism Hope Alliance and Natural Practitioner.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.