An Apple a Day? Healthy Choices vs. InflammationMy pre-60th birthday journey to improve my previous test results from Seasons of Farragut continues! This month I decided to focus on the first tenet in our Seasons wellness regimen - nutrition!
About two years ago I took the ALCAT test and was astonished at my lengthy list of reactive foods! The ALCAT is a fascinating food sensitivity test in which white blood cells are introduced to a variety of foods, chemicals, and herbs. The severity of the reaction determines if a substance is mild, moderate, severe, or normal within my body. Since knowledge is power, I decided to receive the news that gluten and dairy were on my "severe list" as a positive indicator rather than “buyers’ remorse” for having performed the test!
Lyn-Genet Recitas has written a book, The Plan, which explains how inflammation from food intolerance can cause symptoms such as joint pain, skin disorders, fatigue, weight issues, headaches, and digestive disorders. Whereas a food allergy can have almost an immediate effect, a food sensitivity may not show up for several hours to 3 days later. For weight gain, it’s not as much about the calories as the chemistry of the body. One person may benefit from last night’s salmon and broccoli but someone else may actually gain 2 pounds. Inflammation from food intolerance causes damage to the lining of the gut. As the lining becomes “leaky” with gaps present, foods begin to slip through not completely digested. This causes the body to attack undigested foods.
As we age, inflammation can increase which causes our systems to slow down. Many of us have much less stomach acid and digestive enzymes to break down food. This can ultimately alter our weight and our health. Reactive foods cause our bodies to produce more histamine which causes water retention via dilated capillaries. The brain responds by increasing the production of Cortisol. As more Cortisol is produced, fewer sex hormones are produced since both sets of hormones depend on the same building blocks. Increased Cortisol causes an increase in glucose which causes an increase in blood sugar! This domino effect alters the good bacteria in the gut and can increase yeast production. The altered gut flora leads to a weakened immune response since about 70% of our immune system is in the gut.
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We started a new tradition recently in our family. The world has become such a negative place. Due to the constant negative focus of the world around us, we wanted our children to see the positive in everything. We did not want their surroundings to dictate to them. So, we have begun to ask them every day to say something that they are thankful for.
With the end of 2013 and Thanksgiving fast approaching, I figured this would be a good time for me to do the same.
This has been a year of transitions for me and my family. A year of Change. We moved from Louisiana to Tennessee. Moving with 4 children, 3 dogs, and 3 cats is never easy. I am thankful.
With transitions comes great anxiety, uncertainty, and yes even fear. I am thankful.
Health care is under assault in America. My means to provide Wellness for my patients is threatened by the same government that is chartered to protect it. Obstacles to health are all around us. I am thankful.
My practice has transitioned from a traditional medical practice to a Health and Wellness, Integrative medical model. This transition has not been easy. The time and knowledge involved seems to have exceeded my initial medical training. I am thankful.
This transition to a Health and Wellness model has brought ridicule and vile statements from the most surprising places. But, their verbal attacks have pushed me to dive deeper into the truth of the science of Wellness. As a result, my knowledge and wisdom has increased. I am thankful.
I have been blessed with prior relationships, friendships, and business connections that have meant so much to me. From David to Elizabeth and everyone else in between. I am thankful.
I have faced failures. I am thankful.
I have seen success. I am thankful.
I have been blessed with a wonderful partner, business manager and staff at Seasons.
I have seen patients recover from fibromyalgia. I have seen patients lose 100 + lbs. I have seen patients gain energy. I have seen children with autism and significant learning disabilities excel in school and life. I have seen patients improve in their battle against cancer. I have seen people with Parkinson’s disease perform beyond their wildest dreams. I have seen people heal. I am thankful.
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Seasons of Farragut ~ Clinic
Balance your body. Balance your life. It’s more than just a couple of phrases. Seasons of Farragut is a wellness center with a refreshingly different approach toward health and wellness. Why the focus on health and wellness these days? At Seasons we believe that wellness is the body’s natural state, and giving your body the support it needs is the key to a vibrant and healthy life.
Seasons blends state-of-the-art testing and medical knowledge to design an individualized treatment program for each patient. Using saliva, blood and GI tests, actual levels of hormones, vitamins, amino acids, toxins, bacteria, and more can be determined. Identifying and addressing food and chemical sensitivities can dramatically improve complaints of weight gain, fatigue, mood swings, joint pain, headache, IBS and more.
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- Targeting Synaptic Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease by Administering a Specific Nutrient Combination - Journal of Alzheimer's Disease - Volume 38, Number 3 / 2014 - IOS Press December 4, 2013
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