Improve Intestinal Integrity and Optimize Nutrient Absorption
I have written in the past about osteoarthritis and the contribution of metabolic health to joint health. You can read more here and here. You are also familiar with the leaky gut/intestinal permeability as a potential root cause of systemic inflammation and it's contribution to joint health among many other health related conditions.
Although the primary source of healing the gut and improve your joint pain is to eat real food, move your joints through their full range, gentle exercise, and adequate restorative sleep, often supplements are needed to aid recovery.
As I have mentioned before, SUPPLEMENTATION is only to aid in recovery of an already healthy lifestyle. If you suspect you have leaky gut, you can ask to be tested as described here.
It's finally here….the ONE and only recipe you can’t live without.
I am sharing it here exclusively for YOU.
Now, before you get too excited, I am going to give you a dose of honesty.
It is NOT a recipe for brownies (paleo or not) nor ice cream nor some alternative version of your favorite pasta dish (you would only be disappointed with anyways since you didn’t want to give up gluten in the first place until I suggested you should give it a try). It is NOT a free pass to throw all caution to the wind and just “enjoy” life frivolously eating candy bars and drinking alcohol because you can. Technically, it isn’t really a complete recipe, only partial.
Traditional: (adj) existing in or as part of a tradition; long established. Produced, done or used in accordance with tradition; Habitually done, used or found (Wikipedia)
The Holiday Season is upon us. Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. It can be challenging for you if you are just starting a new healthy lifestyle that might conflict with what is served for a family gathering.
The other day a colleague of mine said that what I ask patient’s to do from a nutrition standpoint is anti-traditional foods. The main culprit here is of course gluten related food items. One that specifically comes to mind is a traditional Italian dish of pasta. However, it could be related to legumes, or grains or dairy depending on your ethnic heritage.
Consider this blog a “book report” of sorts. As I have continued my learning journey in all things health and wellness, including nutrition, I have become more aware of the struggles of fellow parents in raising healthy children.
I recently participated in a webinar given by Dina Rose, PhD. Dr. Rose’s experience as a sociologist, parent educator and feeding expert was enlightening for me as someone trying to help coach patients and other parents to make lifestyle changes.
I want to bring together a synopsis of her book, It’s not About the Broccoli, to help other parents help transition their family to eating healthy foods. It’s an important step. You may not think you or your children are sick, but if you stop for a moment to look at the food you eat, you inherently know it isn’t the best. If it isn’t the best, then what does that make it? Is it promoting health?
Now that you know what detoxification is, how it works and the potential benefits based on SOAR principles, let’s talk about how to put this into action and what you should expect.
Detoxification, how does it work and how to support it naturally using the SOAR principles
In today’s world, illness has become common and health is a rarity. Many degenerative disease like Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, atherosclerosis, asthma, cancer, chronic liver disease, Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, stroke, depression and obesity are all considered lifestyle diseases. (Wikipedia.com) Meaning, that diet and lifestyle factors have strong links to causation of these conditions, and thereby treatment and prevention.
Diet and lifestyle factors associated with disease or poor health 1:
When I started SOAR, I wanted to identify myself with a word that encompasses what I do. Given my allopathic training in physical therapy and bioengineering and my personal experiences, alternative training in Holistic Nutrition and coaching, what word encompasses all of that? I thought Integrative Physical Therapist was a good start.
Integration has many meanings in the world of sociology, economy, mathematics, electronics, and even genetics. Here are some subsets of the definition, “unification” “entering an agreement in order to enhance cooperation”, “computing areas together”, “assembling large and complicated systems from less-complicated units” and “bringing different races together.” I like that. Integration is bringing the allopathic and alternative healthcare ideas TOGETHER.
In bringing them together, where does that put you, the patient?
I did then what I knew how to do.
Now that I know better, I do better.
- Maya Angelou
Being strong, fit and healthy during pregnancy increases your odds of a healthy delivery and healthy baby. The simple principles of eat well, move well, sleep well, soar on are good for any age and any condition.
There are some subtle differences though that I’d like to touch on specifically for pregnancy. We will break down the four simple principles in order for you to optimize your health and wellness during pregnancy and your developing fetus. Ideally, you want to address each principle before pregnancy. Yet, no matter your stage of pregnancy, it is never too late to start.
Thank you to Crossfit Initiative and Ty Jones for putting this together so it can be shared with others. References were omitted to keep the slides easier to follow, they are listed below.
Many of these topics are covered in more detail in How To Soar, coming soon.
Eat Well. Move Well. Sleep Well. Soar on.
Upcoming Speaking Events:
September 26, 2015 5-7:00 PM
with Katie Coombs
107.3 FM local
Available to listen after at
October 7, 2015 7:00-7:15 PM
"Inflammation: Two Sides of a Coin"
Active Physical Therapy Clinic
3594 W Plumb Lane
December 1, 2015 5:30-7:30PM
Kaiser Health and Wellness Symposium
Webinar for rehabilitation physical therapy specialists
Oxymoron (noun): a figure of speech in which opposite or contradictory ideas or terms are combined (Webster dictionary)
I had intended this blog to be entirely about the health benefits of pure water and hydration, but like nearly all my posts, there is always a flipside. So I want to review the concept of the figurative oxymoron of when something healthy for you, like water, can actually become unhealthy and vice versa.
Let me first give a huge “thank you” to all the wonderful doctors in my life.
My primary care physician, Dr. Andy Pasternak, MD, thank you for helping me get well when I was ill. And thank you for going along with me on my journey of experimentation and gathering unusual information as I worked on my health. You could have thrown your hands up and said, “You are crazy!” “I don’t do that test.” Or even, “That hasn’t been proven.” But you didn’t. So thank you.
Ok. I did it….well sort of. I have had many questions related to how much I spend on groceries for my family of 5 since making the paleo inspired, whole foods eating transition about two years ago. There are many arguments that this lifestyle is expensive. Well, it may or may not be depending on how you look at it.
First, we eat out much less, so we actually save money in that regard.
Second, we eat just about EVERYTHING I buy, so there is much less wasted food. So we save again.
I have seen news recently in regards to the effectiveness of birth control for decreasing teen pregnancy in the US with use of IUDs and Long-acting reversible contraceptive. Read more here.
Even New Zealand’s Otago University is proposing “Every girl in New Zealand will be put on long-acting reversible contraceptive drugs, delivered through implants or patches, before they become sexually active…” Read more here.
The results are in!
What a wonderful experience this was for me. Although I had hoped everyone would demonstrate measurable improvements, I didn’t really believe it would be true. Thank you to all the participants!
This past weekend my husband and I had a rare morning solo. We decided to use our time to do something we aren’t otherwise able to do with 3 kids in tow. And a 10 mile round trip hike up to the peak of Mt Rose sounded like a great idea.
We headed out early….5:45AM….no sleeping in. In part it was because we did have to pick the kids up by noon, the other part was to try and get it done before the crowds.
It was a cool and brisk morning and perfect for exploring our local natural beauty; Mt Rose. We made it to the waterfalls at 2.5 miles and planned on a family hike later this summer with the kids and dogs. We were only 2.5 miles from the summit from what we had read. Right on time.
We continued thru the meadow and enjoyed the wild flowers. Then we started climbing a rocky mountain. We stopped and asked, “Is this the right way?” But we didn’t see any other way to go and felt like “going up” seemed like the correct direction.
In sharing my story regarding Offal (http://www.renosoar.com/holistic-health-tips/awful-awfuloffal-offal), edible organ meats, it has been mentioned to me that many people do not like the taste of organ meats, but that they worry it isn’t good for them or that we shouldn’t eat organ meats.
There is no doubt that offal is loaded with many healthy nutrients. Here is the list of potential nutrients:
B complex vitamins including B12 and folate
Healthy fats, especially Omega-3 fats
Choline (another B vitamin important for cell membranes, brain and nerve function)
Trace minerals copper, zinc, and chromium
Coenzyme Q 10 (important for cardiac function)
Vitamin E (circulation)
Purines (precursors to DNA and RNA)
I recently had a conversation with a local physical therapist and he shared a story about a patient of his with multiple spinal tumors that he would also describe simply as “unhealthy.” After a few visits, he asked the patient about what he ate and drank during the day. What the patient responded was shocking. He drinks 38 diet sodas/day and…..….does not matter what else he said after that. My colleague went to look up aspartame toxicity on the web and found that yes it is a real thing.
The ICD 9 code is 995.3 and in October 2015 it becomes ICD 10 T78.40XA. These codes are for a diagnosis described as “Allergy, unspecified” or “adverse reaction to substance.” (www.ICD10Data.com) So I took the next step and went to PubMed.
If you are a Renoite (meaning you are born and raised Reno, NV), you have probably had the Awful Awful burger from the Nugget. It is touted as the “Best burger in Reno!” If you are not a Renoite, I hear it is something to experience. In fact, it is a Reno Legend and is available 24 hours/day.
Ripple Effect: a spreading, pervasive, and usually unintentional effect or influence; a situation in which one event causes a series of other events to happen – merriam-webster.com
“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” - unknown
This past weekend I attended my niece’s high school graduation and my cousin’s
beautiful wedding. At the last minute, I got to attend these milestone events without my children. Although I missed my family, the time allowed me to witness and experience lots of ripples and blooms that I may have otherwise missed with distraction. Let me explain.
Protein is considered a macronutrient, like fats and carbohydrates. Protein makes up at least 50% of your body. By definition, protein is a nitrogen-containing macronutrient made from amino acids.
Our body needs 20 different amino acids to make all the proteins it requires for:
structure (tissue, bone, teeth, skin)
catalysis (enzymatic activity)
movement (muscles, ligaments, tendons)
transport (across cell membranes)
communication (hormones and cell signaling)
protection (skin, immune system)
regulation of fluid balance
regulation of pH
energy (source of glucose)
As I embark on this journey to complete my Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition, I am continually reminded of this. I recently worked on an assignment related to fluoride. I am not here to discuss health pros and cons of fluoride that is for you to discuss with your dentist but fluoride is a “BANDAID” for prevention and control of dental caries (aka cavities). The real source of the problem is SUGAR.
One of the studies I came across looked at the relationship between sugars, dental caries and fluoride use. To no surprise, they concluded that the current recommendation that sugar intake should be ≤ 10% of energy intake is no longer acceptable. Regardless of fluoride intake, ≤2-3% of energy intake is optimal for prevention of dental carries in children thru adulthood.1
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
Where physical therapy, nutrition and lifestyle meet, because how you live your life determines whether or not you soar. Inspiring action with information so you can reduce pain, optimize healing and improve function naturally during recovery from injury, surgery or painful condition. This is a website for the open-minded; obstinate need not apply.