Harnessing the Power of Berberine: A Natural Alternative to Ozempic

In recent years, the world has witnessed a growing interest in natural remedies and alternative treatments for various health conditions. Among the trending alternatives is berberine, a compound found in several plants with a rich history in traditional medicine. Its potential as a substitute for pharmaceuticals like Ozempic, a medication used to manage type 2 diabetes, is particularly intriguing. Let’s delve into the benefits of berberine and explore how it stacks up against Ozempic, including their respective side effects.

Berberine: Nature’s Answer to Diabetes Management

Berberine is a bioactive compound found in several plants, including goldenseal, barberry, and Oregon grape. For centuries, it has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to treat various ailments, including digestive issues, infections, and inflammation. However, its recent spotlight is primarily due to its promising effects on blood sugar control, making it a potential contender in the management of type 2 diabetes.

Benefits of Berberine:

  1. Blood Sugar Regulation: Multiple studies have demonstrated berberine’s ability to lower blood sugar levels by improving insulin sensitivity and reducing insulin resistance. It works by activating an enzyme called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), which plays a crucial role in regulating metabolism.
  2. Lipid Metabolism: Berberine has also shown promise in improving lipid metabolism, leading to reductions in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. By promoting healthy lipid levels, it may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications, which are common in individuals with diabetes.
  3. Weight Management: Some research suggests that berberine may aid in weight loss by influencing various metabolic pathways, including those involved in fat metabolism and appetite regulation. Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for managing diabetes and reducing insulin resistance.
  4. Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Properties: Berberine exhibits potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which can help mitigate the oxidative stress and chronic inflammation associated with diabetes and its complications.

Ozempic: Understanding the Conventional Approach

Ozempic (semaglutide) is a prescription medication belonging to a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. It is primarily used to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes by stimulating insulin secretion and reducing glucagon production.

Side Effects of Ozempic:

  1. Gastrointestinal Disturbances: Common side effects of Ozempic include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. These symptoms typically occur during the initial weeks of treatment and may subside over time.
  2. Hypoglycemia: While less common than with some other diabetes medications, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can occur, especially when Ozempic is used in combination with insulin or sulfonylureas.
  3. Pancreatitis: There is a potential risk of pancreatitis associated with Ozempic, although it is rare. Symptoms may include severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
  4. Thyroid Tumors: Long-term studies in animals have raised concerns about an increased risk of thyroid tumors with GLP-1 receptor agonists like Ozempic. However, more research is needed to understand the implications for humans.

Berberine vs. Ozempic: Weighing the Options

While both berberine and Ozempic offer potential benefits for managing type 2 diabetes, they differ in their origins, mechanisms of action, and side effect profiles. Berberine stands out as a natural alternative with a long history of use in traditional medicine, while Ozempic represents a conventional pharmaceutical approach.

When considering these options, individuals should consult with healthcare professionals to determine the most suitable treatment plan based on their unique health needs, preferences, and any existing medical conditions. Integrating lifestyle modifications, such as dietary changes, regular exercise, and stress management, alongside medication, can further enhance diabetes management and overall well-being.

In conclusion, berberine emerges as a promising natural alternative to Ozempic for individuals seeking additional options for managing type 2 diabetes. Its efficacy in improving blood sugar control, lipid metabolism, and other metabolic parameters, coupled with its favorable safety profile, makes it a compelling choice worth exploring. However, more research is needed to fully elucidate its long-term effects and optimal dosing strategies. As with any treatment decision, collaboration between patients and healthcare providers is essential to ensure personalized and effective care.

Naturopathic Support for Postpartum Care

I am about one week from my due date and as I anticipate the arrival of our fourth child, I also reflect on the importance of postpartum care. Bringing a new life into the world is a profound experience, filled with joy, wonder, and, often, a myriad of physical and emotional changes. The postpartum period, spanning from childbirth to the first few months after delivery, is a critical time for both the mother and the newborn. While medical care is essential during this time, incorporating naturopathic support can offer holistic benefits that nurture the body, mind, and spirit. Let’s explore the gentle and effective ways in which naturopathic principles can support postpartum well-being.

Nutrition and Hydration: Nourishing the body with wholesome foods and staying hydrated are fundamental aspects of postpartum recovery. This includes nutrient-dense meals rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Incorporating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats can replenish vital nutrients lost during childbirth and support healing.

Additionally, adequate hydration is crucial for breastfeeding mothers to maintain milk supply and promote overall health. Herbal teas like chamomile, fenugreek, and red raspberry leaf can be soothing and hydrating alternatives to plain water, while also offering various benefits such as promoting lactation and easing digestive discomfort.

Herbal Remedies: Herbal medicine has been used for centuries to support women’s health during the postpartum period. Certain herbs can aid in hormone regulation, reduce inflammation, promote relaxation, support tissue healing, improve mood and aid in digestion.

However, it’s essential to consult with a qualified naturopathic practitioner before incorporating herbal remedies, especially for breastfeeding mothers, to ensure safety and effectiveness. Individualized recommendations tailored to specific needs and health conditions can optimize outcomes and minimize risks.

Mind-Body Practices: The postpartum period can be emotionally challenging as mothers navigate hormonal fluctuations, sleep deprivation, and the demands of caring for a newborn. Mind-body practices such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises offer invaluable support for mental and emotional well-being.

Meditation and mindfulness techniques can help mothers cultivate presence, reduce stress, and foster a sense of inner calm amidst the chaos of new parenthood. Gentle postpartum yoga poses promote flexibility, strength, and relaxation, while also providing an opportunity for self-care and self-compassion.

Furthermore, establishing a supportive community of fellow mothers, whether in person or online, can provide encouragement, validation, and shared experiences that alleviate feelings of isolation and promote bonding.

Naturopathic support for postpartum care extends beyond physical health to encompass the holistic well-being of mothers and their families. By addressing the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit, naturopathic principles offer a comprehensive approach to postpartum recovery that honors the innate wisdom of the body and supports its natural healing processes.

Embracing naturopathic support for postpartum care can empower mothers to navigate this transformative journey with grace, resilience, and vitality. By prioritizing nutrition, herbal remedies, and mind-body practices women can cultivate a foundation of health and well-being that nourishes not only themselves but also their precious newborns. As we honor the sacred transition into motherhood, let us embrace the wisdom of nature and the healing power it offers to guide us on this profound and beautiful journey.

Perk Up With Spring

Do you feel stale from months of indoor captivity and inactivity? Does each day seem like a prolonged copy of dreary yesterday?

You can’t control the weather but you can influence how you feel about it. Shed your winter ennui by inviting spring now.

Seek clarity on what matters most in your daily choices and you’ll restore your vitality quickly.

Simply de-cluttering or organizing little things can help you focus on the big things.

Working on what you can do something about gives you a sense of accomplishment. It also gives you the chance to assess and be grateful for what you have.

Refresh, rekindle and appreciate 

  • Clear your pantry and fridge: get rid of the processed foods, sugary foods, salty snacks.  Toss expired condiments, cereals, spices.
  • Revisit your supplement cupboard.  Toss what is expired, take what is left to your Naturopathic Doctor to get you on a regime that is tailor-made for you.
  • make an appointment with a: health professional (your naturopathic doctor!), spiritual counsellor/ coach, massage therapist, fitness trainer, leg waxer, hair dresser, financial advisor..  decide what areas of your life need a make-over and call in the support!
  • vacuum: your vehicle, behind the fridge, under the couch
  • clean out your: garage, basement, linen closet, filing cabinet, hard drive, iCloud storage space
  • register for a class or read a book in an area of your life that you are seeking motivation and inspiration
  • revamp your wardrobe: donate what doesn’t flatter you in fit, style or colour
  • mend what is broken, refurbish, recover, re- arrange, recycle
  • weed out your address book, re-examine relationships, forgive, restart
  • re-read your book collection, revisit childhood dreams, honour an old promise
  • re-evaluate your priorities, reaffirm your purpose, renew your vows, clarify your intentions and refine your dreams

Ginger Root

In other cultures, and eras, around the world, people used food as medicine. In our North American culture and the society in which we live, we live on the opposite end of the spectrum, and instead of eating foods with medicinal qualities, we eat foods of convenience, that are processed and packaged, nutrient-depleted, and often chemical/ preservative/ and sugar-laden. One could argue, I would! that these would be best not even considered foods! And rather than promote health, they negate health.

I love experimenting with different superfoods and herbs and spices in my cooking, and doing what I can to return my way of living and eating to one where I am getting health benefits from what I am consuming. For my article this month, I decided to profile a super food that I have been thoroughly enjoying consuming, in multiple different forms: ginger root!

Originally from China, ginger has been in use for ages. It is known as a spice and an herb for its culinary, nutritional and health properties. Ginger looks like a knobby fibrous root with smooth light brown skin. Its flesh is white when you peel it – although it tends to turn pink when marinated (which is served with sushi). The plant itself grows up to four feet tall and has a bamboo-like appearance. It blooms aromatic yellow or green flowers with purple streaks.
Ginger is a yummy seasoning in sweets, including cakes, cookies, breads and beverages. Its slightly hot, citrus-like flavour makes any dish taste special, particularly in sauces, marinades and soups. Ginger is very low in cholesterol and sodium. It’s a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin E, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, potassium and selenium, and a very good source of manganese.

Ginger supports healthy digestion, stimulates gastric juices, and helps treat abdominal bloating, vomiting and diarrhea. Ginger also enhances natural resistance for colds and flu. Ginger mixed with honey is an efficient expectorant, giving relief from cough, cold, sore throat and runny nose. Ginger is also recognized for reducing inflammation in joint diseases, such as arthritis and rheumatism.

You’ll find ginger in the form of capsules, tea, powder, oil and even dried (and candied), depending on intended usage. When buying it fresh, look for ginger root with the least number of knots and/or branching. It should be kept in a cool, dry place, usually at 6 to 7 C. It may be refrigerated in plastic wrap for a couple of weeks or frozen for up to three months.

I am including some of my favourite recipes that incorporate this medicinal root.

Moon Milk
In Ayurveda (one of the oldest systems of natural healing in the world), warm milk is a common remedy for sleeplessness. This recipe features nutmeg (a natural sleep aid) and ashwagandha (an adaptogen that helps your body deal with stress) to shepherd you to dreamland.

• 1 cup whole milk or unsweetened nut milk (such as hemp, almond, or cashew)
• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
• ¼ teaspoon ground ashwagandha (or another adaptogen, like shatavari or astralagus)
• 2 pinches of ground cardamom
• Pinch of ground ginger (optional)
• Pinch of ground nutmeg
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil or ghee
• 1 teaspoon honey, preferably raw

Bring milk to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in cinnamon, turmeric, ashwagandha, cardamom, ginger, if using, and nutmeg; season with pepper. Whisk vigorously to incorporate any clumps. Add coconut oil, reduce heat to low, and continue to cook until warmed through, 5–10 minutes (the longer you go, the stronger the medicine). Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Stir in honey (you want to avoid cooking honey or you’ll destroy its healing goodness). Pour into a mug, drink warm, and get ready for bed.

Thai-Style Chicken Soup

• 1 tsp oil
• 1-2 fresh chilies, seeded and chopped
• 2 garlic cloves crushed
• 1 large leek, finely sliced
• 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
• 1 3/4 cups coconut milk
• 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
• 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
• 1 lemongrass stalk, split
• 1-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and minced
• 1 tsp sugar
• 4 kaffir lime leaves (optional)
• 3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
• 3 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Heat the oil in a large saucepan.
Add the chilies and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes.
Add the leek and cook for 2 minutes longer.
Stir in the stock and coconut milk and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Add the chicken, fish sauce, lemongrass, ginger, sugar, and lime leaves, if using.
Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes until the chicken is tender, stirring occasionally.
Add the peas and cook for 3 minutes longer. Remove the lemongrass and stir in the cilantro prior to serving.

Unlocking the Power of Magnesium: Why This Mineral Deserves More Attention

When it comes to essential nutrients, magnesium often takes a backseat to more popular players like calcium and vitamin D. However, this unassuming mineral plays a crucial role in numerous bodily functions and is increasingly recognized for its importance in maintaining overall health and well-being. From supporting energy production to promoting heart health and aiding muscle function, magnesium is a true powerhouse nutrient deserving of more attention.

The Role of Magnesium in the Body

Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, highlighting its widespread importance for overall health. Here are some key roles that magnesium plays:

1. Energy Production: Magnesium is a cofactor in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the primary energy currency of cells. Without adequate magnesium, energy production in cells can be compromised, leading to fatigue and reduced physical performance.

2. Muscle Function: Magnesium plays a crucial role in muscle contraction and relaxation. It helps regulate calcium levels within muscle cells, ensuring proper muscle function and preventing cramps and spasms.

3. Heart Health: Magnesium is essential for maintaining a normal heart rhythm and supporting cardiovascular health. It helps regulate blood pressure, supports healthy blood vessel function, and may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

4. Bone Health: While calcium often takes the spotlight for bone health, magnesium is equally important. It helps convert vitamin D into its active form, which is necessary for calcium absorption and bone mineralization.

5. Nervous System Function: Magnesium plays a role in neurotransmitter regulation and can help modulate stress response and promote relaxation. Adequate magnesium levels may support mental well-being and reduce the risk of mood disorders.

Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

Despite its importance, magnesium deficiency is relatively common, with up to 50% of the population estimated to be deficient in this vital mineral. Some common signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:

– Muscle cramps and spasms
– Fatigue and weakness
– Irregular heart rhythms
– High blood pressure
– Nausea and vomiting
– Mood swings and anxiety
– Poor sleep quality

Given its widespread roles in the body, addressing magnesium deficiency is crucial for maintaining optimal health and preventing various health issues.

Food Sources of Magnesium

Fortunately, magnesium is found in a variety of foods, making it accessible for most people. Some magnesium-rich foods include:

– Leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale, Swiss chard)
– Nuts and seeds (almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
– Whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, oats)
– Legumes (black beans, chickpeas, lentils)
– Avocado
– Bananas
– Dark chocolate (in moderation)

While dietary sources are ideal, some individuals may benefit from magnesium supplements, especially those with increased magnesium needs due to certain health conditions or medications. We have a wide variety of magnesium supplements available at the clinic. Come by and check out our selection.

Magnesium is a vital nutrient that plays numerous roles in maintaining overall health and well-being. From supporting energy production and muscle function to promoting heart health and nervous system function, magnesium is truly an unsung hero in the world of essential nutrients. Ensuring an adequate intake of magnesium through diet or supplementation can have significant benefits for your health, vitality, and quality of life. So next time you’re planning your meals, remember to include magnesium-rich foods to unlock the power of this essential mineral. Your body will thank you for it!

Special Announcement from Dr. Wolfe

I’m happy to announce that I am expecting a baby this summer. I wanted to let you all know about my practice plans so that you can make arrangements to see me prior or upon return. At this time, practice is looking like this:

– As of June, I will be pausing initial intakes so that I can make sure my current clients have access to me before I go on a short mat leave.
– If all goes according to plan, I will be out of office from June 24, 2024 – Oct 1, 2024.
– I will be returning with slightly reduced hours in October. initial intakes will be available again in October.

Please help me by making good use of the waitlist during this time on Jane or ask reception to add you to the list. This is how I know that you need an appointment with me. I will be scanning my waitlist a few times per week from here on and will be accommodating my current clients as fast as I can with the hope that I can see whoever needs to be seen before I venture off into new mama-hood.

I want to say the deepest, most sincere thank you to those of you who already know and who have been so very kind and supportive.

Embracing Sourdough: Exploring the Unique Benefits Over Other Bread Products

In the realm of bread, few things capture the imagination and the palate quite like sourdough. With its tangy flavor, chewy texture, and rich history, sourdough bread stands apart from its counterparts in more ways than one. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in sourdough, not just for its delicious taste but also for its numerous health benefits and unique qualities that set it apart from other bread products. Let’s delve into the world of sourdough and explore why it’s worth embracing over other bread options.

  1. Natural Fermentation: One of the key distinguishing factors of sourdough bread is its fermentation process. Unlike commercial yeast used in many bread products, sourdough relies on natural wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria present in the flour and the environment. This slow fermentation process not only gives sourdough its signature tangy flavor but also enhances its nutritional profile. The prolonged fermentation breaks down gluten and phytic acid, making sourdough easier to digest and improving nutrient absorption.
  2. Gut Health: The fermentation process of sourdough not only improves digestibility but also promotes gut health. The lactic acid bacteria present in sourdough act as probiotics, beneficial microorganisms that support a healthy balance of gut flora. By consuming sourdough regularly, you’re not just nourishing your body with essential nutrients but also nurturing your gut microbiome, which plays a crucial role in overall health and immunity.
  3. Nutritional Superiority: Compared to many commercial bread products, sourdough tends to be more nutritious. The fermentation process increases the availability of vitamins and minerals in the bread, including B vitamins, folate, and magnesium. Additionally, the breakdown of gluten during fermentation may make sourdough more tolerable for those with gluten sensitivities, although it’s important to note that sourdough is not gluten-free.
  4. Lower Glycemic Index: Sourdough bread typically has a lower glycemic index compared to other bread types, meaning it causes a slower and steadier increase in blood sugar levels after consumption. This can be beneficial for individuals seeking to manage their blood sugar levels or those following a low glycemic diet.
  5. Artisanal Craftsmanship: Sourdough bread is often associated with artisanal craftsmanship and traditional baking methods. Many sourdough enthusiasts take pride in creating their own starters and mastering the art of breadmaking, which can be a deeply satisfying and rewarding culinary pursuit. This emphasis on quality ingredients, time-honored techniques, and attention to detail sets sourdough apart as a premium bread product.
  6. Distinctive Flavor Profile: One of the most beloved aspects of sourdough is its unique flavor profile. The tangy taste imparted by the fermentation process adds depth and complexity to the bread, making it a favorite among food enthusiasts and culinary connoisseurs. Whether enjoyed on its own with a drizzle of olive oil or used as the foundation for sandwiches and toast, sourdough brings a distinctive taste experience to the table.

In conclusion, while there is certainly a wide variety of bread options available in today’s market, sourdough stands out for its natural fermentation process, gut-friendly properties, nutritional benefits, and unparalleled flavor. By choosing sourdough over other bread products, you’re not just indulging in a delicious treat but also nourishing your body and connecting with a rich culinary tradition. So, the next time you reach for a loaf of bread, consider embracing the tangy allure of sourdough and savoring its many benefits. Your taste buds and your health will thank you for it.

Product Feature: St. Francis Echinacea Plus Kids

The anticipation of Spring is in the air!  With more mild temperatures, it is easy for kiddos to shed some of their layers of clothing and head outside.  The transition to Spring can still be a common time for colds and flus, especially for kids, as they tend to be outside more often with suboptimal gear.

 

Introducing St. Francis Echinacea Plus Kids.  This wonderful product contains two species of echinacea – purpurea and angustifolia.  A combination of both species of echinacea allows for maximum immune benefit by boosting and modulating the immune response.  It is effective at shortening the duration and severity of colds and flus.  It also tastes great so is the perfect option for kids when they are feeling under the weather.

 

Spring is just around the corner; however, as we wait for those more consistent warm days, be prepared for one last cold or flu this season and help support your child with St. Francis Echinacea Plus Kids.

 

Stop by the clinic to check out this and the many other great immune products that we carry.

Omega-Fatty Acids and Your Health

Here’s the scoop: eating good fats is essential for your overall health and well-being?

Why?  Because every single cell of our body is made up of what is called a “phospholipid bilayer”!

And what, you might be asking, is a “phospholipid bilayer?… and why do I care?”

Well a phospholipid bilayer is, simply put, two rows of essential fatty acids whereby the individual fatty acids are joined together by bonds between carbon atoms, and each row is connected to the other row by the hydrophobic ends of each of the fatty acid chains.

Phew, that’s a mouthful.. but here is why you should care!

The fats that we consume incorporate themselves into the membranes of, that’s right, every single cell in our body.  So, we truly are “what we eat” when it comes to the fats we consume.

Saturated fats are fatty acid chains that have no double bonds, and are therefore quite rigid.  These are found in animal fats, red meat, dairy, etc.  And not to say these foods shouldn’t be consumed! They do have their own benefits, however if we consume them as our main source of fatty acids then our cells correspondingly become more rigid, so the movement nutrients and waste products in and out of the cells, and other cell signalling pathways are impaired, the membranes that harden leave tissues such as arteries more susceptible to damage, increased pressure (hypertension), etc.  Our skin becomes less pliable, smooth, and youthful looking. Our joints and muscles gets creakier as a result of less fluid membranes.

Here is where omega-3 fatty acids, the “good fats”, comes into play.

 

Anytime you hear the term “omega” fatty acid, an unsaturated fatty acid is being referred to.  Permit me to continue to indulge my nutritional biochemistry geek!  Unsaturated fats have double bonds in them. Not every carbon is attached to a hydrogen atom.  This makes them “kinky”.. more fluid.  A “monounsaturated fatty acid” like Omega-9, from olive oil, has one such “kink” in it.  A “polyunsaturated fatty acid” like Omega-3, from flax oil, has multiple double bonds in it, therefore is even kinkier.. aka more fluid in nature.

When our cells are made up of these types of fatty acids, there is free flow of nutrients into the cells, waste products out of the cells, due to the more pliable nature of the cell membranes, and the increased signalling that can happen as a result.

Now, it does get a little more complex.

Omega-6 fatty acids are also polyunsaturated, however what we have shown is that a primary omega-6 fatty acid “arachidonic acid” is actually pro-inflammatory, rather than anti-inflammatory like many of the other omega fatty acids, particularly the omega-3s (especially found in fish, but also in plant sources like flax and chia), and omega-9s (olive oil) are.

There is a specific type of omega-6 that is anti-inflammatory, GLA, found in borage oil, however most of the omega fatty acids we consume through a standard diet convert to the arachidonic types of fatty acids.  These include oils such as canola, corn, sunflower, safflower, and grapeseed.  And “trans fats” are even worse, as with a trans-fat, scientists have taken an unsaturated (liquid at room temperature) omega-6 fatty acid like those found in canola oil, and added hydrogen bonds to it, to essential create an artificially saturated fat that is solid at room temperature (think margarine).  So now our cells are trying to incorporate “fake fats” into their membranes, and we have seen this to be an oxidative mess.

 

Anyway, that is enough scientific background, however it is what makes me excited about the incredible myriad of health benefits found in our natural world.  The bottom line is, we have to eat more good fats – which are basically your omega-3s, and omega-9s.

So.. where are they found? How much do we have to consume? And what exactly do they do for us?

 

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in all fish, most notably in smaller fattier fish, like sardines, mackerel, herring, and larger fish like salmon.  To get 1.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, one must eat about 3-4 oz of fish.

The daily recommended amount of omega-3 fatty acids for the prevention of disease and maintenance of good health is a minimum of 1000 mg per day.* I am going to put an asterisks here as not all fish oil supplement are created equally, and I will speak to this in a bit.

When using omega-3s for therapeutic reasons (to reduce blood pressure, lower triglycerides, improve skin health, etc.) the dose increased to anywhere from 2000-5000 mg (2 to 3 grams) per day.

Which would be very difficult to do just eating fish.  Particularly since it is advisable to eat fish no more often than 2x/week due to the potential for heavy metal contamination.  Yes, this is our heartbreaking reality.

So the solution lies in fish oil supplements.

*However, here is where the asterisk comes in.  Fish oil supplement labels must be reviewed carefully.  Studies show we are looking for the amount of omega-3 fatty acids, NOT the total amount of fish oil!

Confused? Understandable. So within fish oil, there are two main essential fatty acids (EFAs): EPA and DHA.  So your supplement might contain 1000 mg of fish oil, but it may only be made up of 90 mg of EPA and 70 mg of DHA, like one popular (yet ineffective) brand of Salmon Oil is.  To get the full 1000 mg of EFAs (EPA+DHA) recommended, one would have to take 5 of these pills every day.  And that is just the baseline dose.  If you were treating high blood pressure, you might have to take upwards of 15 of these capsules per day!

Definitely talk to a trusted health care professional or knowledgeable sales person before purchasing the best deal you can find on fish oil.  It makes a huge difference!

 

We carry a great product called PEAK EPA which contain 700 mg of EPA and 350 mg of DHA in a single capsule.  Now there is an effective product!  That means one may only need 1 capsule per day for preventative reasons, and up to 4 capsules/ day therapeutically.

 

As a quick side note, omega-3 rich plant based oils (flax, chia) do not contain EPA and DHA directly, they contain something called ALA that are bodies can (albeit inefficiently) convert to the more active EPA and DHA.  Which is why I recommend using a mixture of fatty acids.  Supplementing with fish oil capsules, and consuming lots of flaxseed oil, ground flax seeds, and chia seeds, as other ways to beef up good fats in the diet.  For optimal health, about 5-10% of our total caloric intake should come from good fats.

 

Here is a list of the conditions that are a result of EFA deficiency:

  • Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis
  • Asthma, emphysema
  • IBS, Crohn’s/ Colitis
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Auto-immune disease
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Fertility challenges
  • Memory problems, depression

 

Take away message: eat more good fat!!

TMHS 760: Age in Reverse & Heal FASTER Using the Power of Your Mind – with Dr. Ellen Langer

Is it possible to harness the power of your mind to improve your health? On today’s show, you’re going to hear some fascinating research that proves that we are in control of our health outcomes. By simply changing our thoughts and beliefs, we hold the potential to become healthier, happier, and even feel younger.

Today’s guest, Dr. Ellen Langer, is a social psychologist, pioneering researcher, and the mother of mindfulness. Since the 1970s, she’s been researching the remarkable concept of mind-body unity. She’s joining this episode of The Model Health Show to share her powerful findings of how your thoughts can change your health and longevity.

This conversation contains insights on how your beliefs can affect multiple health metrics, including your cognitive function, blood sugar, stress levels, and lifespan. You’re going to hear the fascinating details behind Dr. Langer’s work, and the powerful authority you have to influence your health. I hope you enjoy this episode on the healing power of mindfulness.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How your perception can affect your body and your health outcomes.
  • What the mindful body
  • A distinction between mindfulness and meditation.
  • Why taking notice of things around you is good for your health.
  • How thinking in absolutes can make life less interesting.
  • Why fatigue is a psychological construct.
  • The interesting connection between cognitive function and perceived sleep.
  • How the mind and the body are interconnected.
  • Why stress can make you sick.
  • The #1 question you can ask yourself to reframe your stress.
  • How being more mindful gives you more choices.
  • Why a diagnosis can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • What incurable really means.
  • How beliefs affect the aging process.
  • The connection between mindfulness and lifespan.
  • How your assumptions about a food can impact its effects on your body.
  • Strategies for releasing judgment towards others and ourselves.
  • The relationship between forgiveness and blame.
  • Why play is good for your health.
  • How celebrating our differences can make us happier.

 

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For more info and resources on this podcast check out:

https://themodelhealthshow.com/ellen-langer/