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How to have fun in the sun!

It’s that time of year where we head out into the sun to enjoy outdoor barbecues, swimming, vacations and sun bathing. If you are anything like me, I grew up spending my summers at the pool. There are quite a few summers I recall being so super dark from the sun and being proud of my first sunburn. Everyone always told me to be sure I wore sunscreen to protect myself from cancer. Little did I know that my years as a child of being in the sun would eventually lead to sun rash in some of my final years of being a lifeguard.

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Hopefully to spare some of you the sun effects that I have, I wanted to share how to have fun in the sun from a nutritional, non-chemical kind of way. Why? There is quite a bit of debate out there canoeing-1185309_640about your typical sunscreens and what they prevent so how about a few alternatives, eh? One of my favorite resources is EWG.org/SkinDeep/. They even have a specific sunscreen sheet and rates the various brands so you can find something that is acceptable to you. The huge thing here is knowing what you are doing and simply not accepting modern advertising as the know all to what is best for you.

Did you know that sunscreen isn’t all it’s cracked up to be anyways? There are lots of ways to reduce sun exposure so a few things to keep in mind include: clothes, shade, sun glasses, playing in the early morning or evening hours, and/or check the UV index.

Another great way to help you body from the inside is by utilizing a few of the Standard Process supplements. Some people will utilize various ratios but what seems to be quite effective is taking Cataplex F & Calcium Lactate before going into the sun and after. Some have added in Tuna Omega-3 oil or Cataplex G. The results of doing these 2-3 supplements has been such an amazing support to myself, my son, my family as well as other clients. Not long ago a fair-skinned family traveled to Hawaii and came how with wonderful golden skin instead of the previous experiences of red, blisters and burns.

For specific dosing instructions and to find the best parasailing-1557087_640regimen, please
be sure to consult with your doctor or make an appointment to figure out what is right for you.

 

So, go enjoy your fun in the sun. Stay safe and be sure to support your body as you enjoy the time of year.  We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you, help you keep your body healthy!

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It’s Girl Scout Crack….Cookie Time!

It’s that time of year. The Girl Scouts have come out and everyone is clamoring to get their crack…oh, I mean cookies. No, they really are a bit like crack! They are just as addictive. Think about how you crave them. You hide them. You can never eat just one. Have you ever thought what all that is about and why you act like that around them?

So I went on a search to find out what is actually in these addictive little buggers and the results where astounding. There where links to pshycologists discussing addictions, health coaches, etc. I even came across a strain of weed/pot that has the name Girl Scout Cookies weed. REALLY????

One of the most helpful posts I came across was by Food Babe. Please read through her information here. She covers: Sugar made from GMO Sugar Beets, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Oils, Enriched White Flour, Artificial Flavors, Class IV Caramel Color.Samoas

She very clearly points out where the ingredients are coming from and what they do to your body. As you strive for a healthier body and lifestyle, realize that while these cookies help out a great organization…what it actually contributes to is sickness and disease. So, the choice is up to you, support the Girl Scouts through purchasing the cookies that will lead to heart disease, obesity, cancer, et al. Or support the Girl Scouts through your monetary donations and/or time. The choice is yours. Just know what you are choosing and the body that you are creating.

If you have a loved one with an addiction to the Girl Scout Cookies, be sure to share this with them. The only way we change health is through education on what has been done.

Here are some of the other links if you’d like to learn more…http://www.eatthis.com/girl-scout-cookies-earn-demerit-badge

From a mom who’s family is allergic to food dye. http://www.diefooddye.com/2012/01/23/our-cookie-conundrum-how-we-support-scout-values-without-sacrificing-our-own/

What else is in them? http://www.naturalblaze.com/2016/07/a-common-unlisted-food-additive-may-induce-food-allergies.html

Some choose not to sell and the results of that decision. http://articles.dailypilot.com/2012-07-17/news/tn-dpt-0718-girlscouts-20120717_1_trefoils-abc-bakers-girl-scout-cookies

Environmental Impacts of some of the ingredients. http://forestcouncil.org/worst-food-additive-ever-its-in-half-of-all-foods-we-eat-and-its-production-destroys-rainforests-and-enslaves-children-uk/

This one points out a lot of the different effects. http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/aSGuest134965-1418568-better-nutrition-for-girls-health-scouts-of-america/

Superfood Turmeric!

One Little Thing…Turmeric Root, fermented!

I’m not sure why but my son has been playing with the jar of Turmeric spice lately and I wasn’t sure why.

Superfood Turmeric

Superfood Turmeric

He would roll it around and say, “Look mommy, look at all the cracks.” He was watching the spice tumble in the jar and the way it would break and fall into the jar. The wonder and watchfulness of a 4 year old is something I learn from on a daily basis. What really struck me is that he kept going back to this jar on a nightly basis. Then it hit me…it’s the energy. He’s attracted to the energy that is coming from the seasoning. Now as mom, how do I get that into his body since he is resonating with it?

So what do I do? I call up my mom and let her know what my son is needing. My mother is amazing about recipes and such and starts sending me some different drink recipes and meals of things to start to incorporate this amazing root.

As the search continues for foods to ferment I run across this a recipe on a site about fermentation. Jackpot! So I head over to our local Whole Foods and buy a bunch of the stuff to ferment.

As I am getting drawn back into the original post I find that there is link to another post that outlines more of what turmeric can do for the body and OMG! When I first read the post what stood out to me was the pain relief that the she talked about for herself but as I went on into this post, I started to realize all of the other ways in which this miraculous root can benefit the body. I didn’t think it was going to be a superfood for me but now I’m realizing all that it can do. Here are the different subjects covered in the last post by authoritynutrition.com:

1. Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties
2. Curcumin is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound
3. Turmeric Dramatically Increases The Antioxidant Capacity of The Body
4. Curcumin Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases
5. Curcumin Leads to Various Improvements That Should Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
6. Turmeric Can Help Prevent (And Perhaps Even Treat) Cancer
7. Curcumin May be Useful in Preventing and Treating Alzheimer’s Disease
8. Arthritis Patients Respond Very Well to Curcumin Supplementation
9. Studies Show That Curcumin Has Incredible Benefits Against Depression
10. Curcumin May Help Delay Aging and Fight Age-Related Chronic Diseases

It’s made it’s way to the top of the list of things to incorporate for a healthy body, mind and spirit!

I invite you to explore the links and purchase your own container to ferment your own turmeric so you can avail yourself to this miraculous root and start to feed your body! That’s what a majority of the symptoms we experience are. They are the bodies signals that you are needing something. So, are you going to listen?

To your health!
Dr. Sarah

Eat Your Veggies and Your Probiotics Too!!!

What is all of the talk about probiotics really about? Why are probiotics so important? All I hear about these days is gut health (or maybe not).

Have you ever had that gut instinct to do or not do something? Have you ever experienced the pain and nervousness that comes when you are worried or scared? Some would say that is your first brain. Personally, I would tend to agree with that. It’s also amazing to me how crazy people can act when they aren’t feeding themselves or when they are feeding themselves with foods that disrupt the body vs foods that nourish the body.

So what really are probiotics and why do we need them? Probiotics are microorganisms introduced into the body for their beneficial qualities. Unfortunately  due to our current agriculture methods and overuse of antibiotics our guts have taken the beating. It’s amazing when you start to think about all the ways our gut flora have been disrupted. From our birthing choices all the way to the anti-bacterial craze. Our bodies are covered with thousands if not millions of microorganisms and when we disrupt that balance, we suffer. Please say hello to a myriad of health issues that we are not dealing with. This starts from the bottom with constipation and diarrhea all the way to the top with PMS, depression, anxiety and ADHD. Autoimmune diseases, lung issues and even arthritis are included in those things linked to an unbalanced gastrointestinal flora. Disrupt the flora and you disrupt the body. The evidence lies in the health challenges we face and how they are handled once the flora comes into balance again. 

Fermenting our vegetables also increases the bioavailability of the nutrients found in those veggies. Preparing foods in different fashions increases the nutrient profile we are exposed to. And depending on your health status, there are some that are better or worse.

Did you know that there is an entire book called G.A.P.S or Gut and Psychology Syndrome that was designed as a natural treatment for Dyspraxia, Autism, ADD, Dyslexia, ADHD, Depression and Schizophrenia? This protocol is intense but the results can be astounding. I have personally utilized aspects of this to help repair my families and clients guts.

It’s amazing how the resources have exploded over the past few years for those who would like to add fermented foods to their diet without buying the huge German style Harsch crock or leaving things open with a towel over them as my mother’s family did. A couple of my favorites are the The Probiotic Jar and Pickl-it. These two companies have taken your good ole glass Fido jars, drilled a hole in the glass top and inserted a rubber seal. Fill it up with brine and vegetables then add your air-lock and viola! Easy, tasty, reliable ferments almost every time.

There are some many other techniques and ways of fermenting foods but vegetables and fido’s with airlocks has been the simplest, most rewarding, for me. Relatively cost effective and easy to do. Also noting the changes in my health and my families has been key.

When you are sourcing your items the most expensive pieces will be the jars. There are even ways around this depending on how you want to do it. I recommend buying a few of the cheaper assemblies or even just the lids from either company and they buying some Fido jars in bulk in various sizes. The reason for this is as you use up your ferment, you’ll want to be able to move it to smaller jars so you don’t leave to much oxygen in the container as that will spoil the food faster.

Your next cost is food, obviously. LOL. The best food would be organic and locally grown. Anything form your back yard or JP Tower Garden could be nice. Next step would be organic from a grocery store. If you are doing grocery store food I’d also add in Caldwell’s Starter Culture just to make sure the food will start to ferment as you aren’t sure from how far away the food has come and how “damaged” it is. Least desirable would be conventional food from the produce section of your local grocery store. You’ll most definitely want to use Caldwell’s in this case.  Frozen food or canned really isn’t an option as the frozen will become soggy when it melts and canned food is basically dead food.

Not sure if you would count salt as a cost for food or for it’s own. Most of the sites that you order from also have Hymilaian sea salt available for purchase and you’ll use this to create your brine. Last time we ordered, we ordered a 5 or 10 pound bag and split it up amongst a few of us. Let’s just say, I’ve had enough salt to last me for a few years. hehehe. Feel free to order when you order your jars. I’ve ordered from seasalt.com and have thoroughly enjoyed their products.

Final cost is potentially water…I wouldn’t use tap water but filtered for this process as the chlorine and fluoride both kill microbes and will not support a healthy ferment. If you have a water filter system at home, this may be sufficient otherwise you’ll want to purchase chlorine and fluoride free water.

If you’d like to learn how to do this in person, our next fermentation class will be held at Forward Fitness STL on November 5th at 12:15. We’ll be sampling as well as assembling your own ferment to take home. Please register for the class before October 22 here to reserve your spot and so we may acquire the supplies. The class will be limited to 15 participants so be sure to sign up soon. The cost of the class is $54.31 and will cover the cost of supplies and food.

You can purchase your own containers if you’d like to go ahead and get started. It’s a wonderful journey and I’d be happy to help you in deciding what is best for you to get started.

These are some of my successful resources in addition to the above.
http://lisascounterculture.com/
Gaps: Gut and Psychology Syndrome
http://www.wildfermentation.com/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/WlidFermentation/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1001655903210900/
https://www.facebook.com/fermenters/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/groups/685140408196814/?ref=group_browse_new

BO. Body Odor. Pits. Smelly Pits. Oh My!!

Why? Oh why do my pits stink?skunk-1239764_640

What is BO? Where does body odor come from? Why do we have to deal with our pits? Much less smelly pits! What is it about these things that makes us run or want to hide or shut that off faster than a leaky faucet?  The good news, the more you know the more you can do something about this. So,  let’s do a little rundown on body mechanics and the stuff we slather on our smelly areas once or sometimes twice a day. (If it’s more than that…seriously, make an appointment already.)

A simple google search reveals that most people are wondering why do your armpits sweat, burn, smell, sweat so much, smell bad etc.  Let’s start with “why do your armpits sweat.” Simply, they sweat because of the glands in your armpits and groin and on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. When the sweat comes in contact with bacteria on the skin, it can produce an odor, which may be stronger in some people than others.”

Okay…Keep up with me.

The glands that are located in your armpits are part of your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system assists the body in fighting infections and transportation of white blood cells, removing toxins, and transporting fats from the digestive system. The sweat glands that are located in the skin (all over the body) assist in regulating our temperature.

Now that you have a little understanding of what is happening in your pits, I’ll share my stinky pit story with you.

I don’t recall at what point it was growing up but I started to notice that I had smelly pits. Things definitely escalated in high school when I started playing more sports. Physical activity and of course, you are going to sweat. But the stink, oh my! Where did that smell come from? It was never relayed to me in such a way that I was able to put together that the reason my pits stank was because I was “dirty.” I say “dirty” in the sense that the micro biome of my body was out of balance. I’ve learned that as I continue to eat healthy that my body tends to not stink. I’m just a bit envious of those people who comment that they never wear anything. I mean really?!?!?! But, it is possible! I’ve come close a few times but I haven’t hit that level quite yet and if my diet isn’t in line or I’m extra stressed or my body is out of balance, the smell returns.

Along the way, I’ve learned quite a few things about deodorant, health and the ingredients that they put into our most beloved brands.

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The first ingredient to avoid is Aluminum. Aluminum is a toxic metal that builds up the body and leads to brain damage, nerve damage and cancer. Aluminum is found in your most common/popular brands.

So what now? There are so many options available. The trick is finding what works for you. I’ve had awesome luck making my own. I like the coconut oil variety. Three ingredients and super simple to whip-up.

The first deodorant I used was Mountain Fresh from Whole Foods. As I learned more and more about lake-865155_640ingredients, I decided I wanted something even cleaner. I’ve seen some people use the rock crystals with great luck and there is a store here in Maplewood, Maven, that makes some wonderfully scented options. A client introduced me to Herbalix. I haven’t had the pleasure of trying it out yet but I’m excited to hear about her experience with it.

What have you done to try to control your stinky pits? Bonus points if it improves health!

Post your favorites in the comments below!