Until recently, we didn’t know how much our gut and brain interacted. Some people thought that our brains controlled everything we did, consciously and subconsciously.
 
They were wrong!
 
Some of us have a sense that there is a connection because we often feel emotions in our gut. For example, when we’re scared we can get a “knot” in our stomach. Or, feeling sad or anxious can affect our appetite and the number of bathroom trips we need to make. Plus, many digestive issues often come with mood issues.
 
Recent research confirms a gut-brain connection, a.k.a. “axis.” This microbiome-gut-brain axis is stronger and different than we had imagined. And with new technology, we’ve been able to study the gut microbes in a way that was not possible just a few years ago.
 
Let’s talk about how your gut microbes, your gut itself, your brain, and your mental health are all interconnected and influence each other! Plus, we’ll dive into some “mood foods,” as well as stress reducing activities that can help with gut issues.
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Our Next Thermography Clinic will be Monday, October 1/18

Spaces are limited, and we will be taking deposits to hold your spot.

Scans provided by Janice Holmes, Health Scan.

 
What is Digital Thermography?
Digital Infrared Thermographic Imaging, or more commonly known as Thermography, is a non-invasive test using an infrared camera to measure and pinpoint abnormal thermal changes within the body. The camera gauges body tissue heat energy that is then reflected on a high-speed computer for imaging. Generally, problem areas show high temperatures due to increased blood flow and increased metabolic activity.
 
The recording of these thermal patterns of the body are used to aid in diagnosing and/or monitor inflammation, pain or illness in any part of the body. Unlike more familiar medical tests such as X-ray, mammogram or ultrasound, and MRI, which are tests of  anatomy or structure, Thermography is a test of physiology. Thermal changes are often the earliest sign of vascular disease, immune dysfunction, and systemic inflammation. To the individual, Thermography can help visualize pain and inflammation and give a red flag warning to areas of concern whether or not symptoms are actually present.
 
The scan is harmless, non-invasive, no radiation, economical, medically approved technology, and requires only a minimal amount of your time. HealthSCAN has helped many patients get to the cause of their condition so proper treatment can be rendered.
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Diabetes and heart disease are on the rise worldwide. They’re serious chronic (long-term) conditions. They have a few other things in common as well. 
For one thing, they’re both considered “lifestyle” diseases. This means that they tend to occur in people with certain lifestyles (i.e. not-so-awesome nutrition and exercise habits, etc.).
They’re also both linked with excess body fat, as well as inflammation.
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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 16:19

Mental health, inflammation, and mood foods

Mental health issues have a huge impact on society. Some suggest that their impact is larger than any other chronic disease, including heart disease or diabetes.
There are so many factors involved in complex conditions like mental health issues. Science is just starting to unravel one of these factors - inflammation. 
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Saturday, 29 April 2017 19:14

Top Foods for Tissue Health

If you're pretty active like I am, you want to protect your tissues.  
 
Did you know that the most abundant tissue in the body, which is also extremely important for anyone who works out, is none other than “connective” tissue?
 
Connective tissue “connects” things in your body to help maintain structure.  It basically supports and anchors parts together.    
 
For example, your joints have ligaments (that attach bones to each other), as well as tendons (that attach muscles to bones).  These are examples of “dense” connective tissue made mainly of collagen.  
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Saturday, 24 December 2016 14:56

Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance

Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance
 
I remember as a child eating my cereal for breakfast and then developing a tummy ache.  This would happen every morning until I stopped drinking the milk that was added to it.  Eventually, while in college, my roommate told me I must be lactose intolerant as this was something she was learning about in her kinesiology class.  Glad to have something to go on, I proudly renounced dairy from my food choices.  I have since come to learn a lot more about food sensitivities and intolerances.  Read on.
 
There are two different kinds of food sensitivities – food allergy and food intolerance. Often times, they are confused because they are both reactions to foods that we eat and some of the symptoms can be very similar. However, it’s worth taking a moment to distinguish their differences.
 
Food Allergy and Food Sensitivities
It is an immune system response – the body thinks that the food you ingested (most likely a protein in the food) is a harmful substance and it creates antibodies to defend against it. Symptoms depend on where the antibodies and histamine are released, and they can include rash or hives, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, itchy skin, shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling of the airway and even anaphylaxis. 
 
Our intestines are designed to be impermeable to large protein molecules that our body may mistake as “invaders” and launch an “attack” – resulting in allergic reactions. Our diet, lifestyle and medications often times compromise the permeability of our digestive tract, creating what is known as the “leaky gut” syndrome. When the intestine becomes permeable to larger protein molecules, these molecules can get into our bloodstream and trigger an immune response.
 
Food allergies/sensitivities can be triggered by even a very small amount of food and occurs every time the food is consumed. If you suffer from food allergy, you are most likely advised to avoid the trigger food altogether. However, if you work with a qualified professional, you may be able to resolve the root cause of the allergic reaction (e.g. leaky gut), allow time for the antibodies to clear up (usually 2 – 4 weeks), and then you may be able to ingest a small amount of the food every 3 to 4 days without triggering allergic reactions. 
 
Peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts, pecans and almonds), shellfish, milk, eggs, soy products, and wheat are the most common triggers for food allergies. People who are allergic to aspirin can also be allergic to foods that contain salicylates – such as many fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee, juices, beer, and wine.
 
Food Intolerance
It is a digestive system response – the digestive system is unable to properly digest some substance in the food, or the food irritates the digestive tract. Most symptoms of food intolerance are confined to the GI tract, including nausea, stomach pain, gas, cramps, bloating, vomiting, heartburn, and diarrhea, with the exception of headache and irritability or nervousness.
 
In most cases, food intolerance is caused by the lack of certain enzymes and the body becomes unable to digest certain substances in the food. 
 
Food intolerance, in most cases, is dose related. For example, some people who are lactose intolerant can use milk in their coffee, eat a moderate amount of yogurt (in which some of the lactose is pre-digested by the probiotics) or hard aged cheese (which has a lower amount of lactose).
 
The most common food intolerance is lactose intolerance, in which the person is unable to digest dairy products due to the inability to produce the enzyme lactase. However, food intolerance can also be caused by chemicals such as food colorings and additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) or sulfites.
 
If you think you might have a food sensitivity or intolerance, I can guide you through an elimination diet, or implement gut healing protocols.  Also, Food Sensitivity Screening is available at my office via Electro Dermal Screening.  Book your session now and eliminate those tummy troubles.  
 
Deanna Trask RHN
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Reference: 
 
http://www.webmd.com/allergies/foods-allergy-intolerance
 
Every time you think of inflammation, the obvious thought that runs in your mind is how it helps to fight harmful bacteria or heal from an injury. Well, it’s not wrong to think in this line because that’s good inflammation trying to keep you healthy. But, if your immune system is very active, it can make you sick.
 
Most people already know that chronic illnesses such as type-2 diabetes and heart disease are somehow linked to weight gain. Have you ever tried to know how inflammation is intertwined with these diseases?  Understanding bad (chronic) inflammation will go a long way in explaining the link.
 
Chronic inflammation
Probably you already know that heavily processed foods should be avoided. But, do you know how such foods hurt your health? For people with sensitivities, allergies, including other health issues, some certain foods could be problematic. Experts agree that there are foods that often work against you such as:
Trans fats (donuts, fries, donuts)
Added sugar (juice, soda)
Alcohol
Processed meats (hot dogs, cheeseburgers, sausages)
Refined carbohydrates (pasta, white bread, pastries)
 
If the fat cells cause chronic inflammation, then it’s expected that weight gain could also cause chronic inflammation. While gaining weight, some of the fat cells tend to expand beyond their capacity as they try to store the extra calories as fat. As they do this, they add to the inflammation that is already present in the body. If this happens, the cells are not just storing fat – they are turned into tiny inflammation factories that keep sending signals for activating the immune system. Losing weight will help in shrinking the fat cells and shut down those signals that activate chronic inflammation.
 
So, how can you reduce chronic pain? Losing weight and changing your diet are the two main ways to handle inflammation. These tips will guide you:
 
Take polyphenols and antioxidants
Polyphenol- and antioxidant-rich foods are great when it comes to fighting inflammation. Drink green tea and take as many fruits and vegetables as possible. Suitable vegetables include kale, asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, beets and sweet potatoes. Fruits you should look out for include avocado, blueberries, and grapefruits.
 
Add spices
Studies have shown that spices like garlic, turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon, ginger and pepper have anti-inflammatory properties. Be sure not to overdo it. Sprinkling the spices liberally will work just fine.
 
 
Eat essential fats
Omega-3 and Omega -6 fatty acids can help to reduce inflammation when added into your diet. Many people take fewer omega-3 and more omega-6. The key is to balance both. Foods rich in omega-6 like nuts and seeds (including their oils) and refined vegetable oils can stir up inflammation. Omega-3 high foods like flax, salmon, avocado, walnuts and chia seeds will dampen it.
 
Exercise often
Exercising helps in releasing anti-inflammatory proteins from cells to the entire body. The best way to approach this is by working out moderately.  Examples of moderate exercises are jogging, walking for 45-60 minutes, at least three times a week.
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Thursday, 06 October 2016 21:25

Fitness and Fat Loss Mistakes

Are you Making These Fitness and Fat Loss Mistakes?

Have you been doing cardio 3-4 times per week but haven’t been able to lose weight?
What you are about to read might strike you as controversial. All that moderate to intense steady state cardio you’ve been doing on cardio machines for 30-45 minutes, 3 to 4 times per week is doing more harm to your body than good. This type of cardio is not going to help you in your weight loss effort and if you are already stressed out (who isn’t?) it may even be causing negative effects to your health.

Before you get upset and start sending the hate email it is important for you to understand why.
In order for you to understand there are a few terms that require an explanation first:

Subcutaneous Fat:
Subcutaneous fat lies right below the outermost layer of the skin. It’s the fat you can pinch with your fingers and is tested with calipers.

Visceral Fat:
Visceral fat is also known as organ fat because it lies between the organs. In other words, visceral fat is located between the organs and contributes to belly fat.
Visceral fat negatively affects health by increasing inflammation (the silent killer) in the organs in part because it releases substances called adipokines which are cell to cell signaling proteins that increase blood pressure and mess with insulin regulation.
Visceral fat is also responsible for decreasing the amount of adiponectin within the body. Adiponectin is an essential fat burning hormone and when this hormone is decreased it means that there are more triglycerides ( the type of fat found in blood) getting into the blood stream.
The worst part about visceral fat is that it can degrade muscle leading to more fat.

Oxidative Stress:
Oxidative stress occurs when we release too many free radicals than can be neutralized by antioxidants. Normally, the body can handle free radicals, but if antioxidants are unavailable, or if the free-radical production becomes excessive, damage can occur. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age. Free radicals are responsible for inflammation and cellular death.

So now that we got that out of the way let me explain why moderate to vigorous steady state cardio may not be the best choice when it comes to aerobic exercise.

Aerobic Training Raises Cortisol Levels.
In this day and age, it seems most of us will have chronically elevated levels of cortisol. This means that your body will store fat instead of burning it. The gain in fat will be visceral fat which increases fat accumulation and inflammation in the body.
Since aerobic exercise is known to increase inflammation in the body and when combined with the bad oxidative substances that are elevated by visceral fat it doesn’t make for a health enhancing combo.
It’s well known that exercise raises cortisol because exercise stresses the body, which in the case of strength training is a good thing because it stresses the body to grow or adapt and get stronger. In contrast, aerobic training stresses the body without boosting the anabolic hormones, resulting in an overall inflammation-causing situation.

Chronic Aerobic Exercise Can Raise Inflammation Within the Body
Chronic inflammation is a major health issue that ages tissues and has even been called the “secret killer!” It is connected to fat gain, heart disease, insulin resistance and diabetes, asthma, arthritis, cancer, poor reproductive health, and stomach problems. It’s different from acute inflammation following training or injury, which has a protective effect on the body by localizing blood to the damaged tissue and immobilizing you.
Chronic inflammation occurs when the cells are being repeatedly attacked by oxidative free radicals, elevated insulin, or high cortisol, to name a few. That’s why aerobic training causes chronic inflammation—your body produces free radicals in response to the oxygen-rich environment created by increased respiration that goes with aerobic training, and your cortisol is raised from repeated physiological stress.
It’s well established that aerobic exercises cause oxidative stress—a review article in the Journal of Sports Science provides a useful summary of how strenuous aerobic exercise induces oxidative stress that can overwhelm antioxidant defenses.
There’s widespread and accepted evidence of chronic inflammation from aerobic exercise as seen from the increase in free radicals, damage to lipids and DNA , and decreased blood measurements of antioxidants such as glutathione.

Long-Term Aerobic Exercise Compromises Immune System
Long-term aerobic exercise compromises the immune system. There is ample evidence that aerobic training leads to immune suppression, putting aerobic endurance athletes at greater risk for infection, particularly upper respiratory illness. The worst kind of aerobic exercise that leads to the most pronounced immune dysfunction is when the exercise is continuous, long (about 90 minutes a session), and of moderate to high intensity (60-80 percent of maximal oxygen uptake). Overreaching or intensified aerobic training leads to greater risk of illness and puts athletes at risk of longer lasting effects because overreaching also modifies hormone function among other things.

The Best Workout to Achieve Your Goal Weight
The very best protocol for visceral fat loss and a lean physique is high-intensity interval sprints and a resistance training program. This will allow you to burn visceral fat and build muscle. More muscle will elevate metabolism and support a better hormonal and biochemical environment by lowering adipokines—remember that evil chemical that creates more fat and breaks down muscle.

A dual program that combines HIIT, or at least strenuous aerobic training in conjunction with resistance training, is clearly essential for health. You’ll be getting rid of the unhealthy fat and building up an arsenal of muscle to protect against future fat attacks.

Top Three Thing You Can Do Instead of Aerobic Exercise

  • Strength Train
    You’ll build muscle, burn fat (it triggers growth hormone, which increases fat burning), lower cortisol and inflammation, and look better.
  • High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
    You’ll burn fat—visceral belly and subcutaneous fat—and gain conditioning.
  • Take a Probiotic and Eat High Antioxidant Foods
    You’ll help your body detoxify from diet and environmental pollutants (they cause inflammation), and lower cortisol from daily stressors.

Information from this article was taken from www.charlespoliquin.com To read more about how to combat the negative effects of aerobic training visit Charles Poliquin’s research based blog.

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Published in Weight Loss
Thursday, 06 October 2016 16:44

Could you be suffering from Inflammation?

 

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is an immune system response. Inflammation is the body's first response to an injury or disease. It tells you in no uncertain terms "Houston, we have a problem." Inflammation informs you that you need to pay attention to an injured or diseased area so that you don't continue to use it and worsen the problem.

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