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.
You have worked hard to change your lifestyle by Eat Well, Move Well, Sleep Well and Soar On. Are you looking for something to support you as you get older to keep metabolically healthy, have optimal hormonal support, and brain health? Health of these systems will help to keep your detoxifications systems running, your inflammatory system operation normal, and well all things important to your body including your muscle and joints.
A SUPPLEMENT as defined by Wikipedia is:
"something that completes or enhances something else when added to it"
A good supplement is appropriate when it enhances the body's function ADDED to an already healthy lifestyle. It is NOT a replacement nor back up plan for poor lifestyle choices. This is why I DO NOT promote supplements until lifestyle habits have been adjusted for my clients and/or patients. Not before then. Only AFTER lifestyle modifications have become habit. Some folks can do this on their own, some need assistance. If you have already made adjustments to your lifestyle and think supplemental support would be helpful, then this is the blog is for YOU!
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.
Since our transition to paleo-whole foods inspired living, the only thing I have truly missed is a few Mexican themed meals, like Chicken Tortilla Soup. So over the past two years I have been trying different recipes and modifying for our family taste buds. So our recipe evolves every time. This last recipe was a winner. Be warned that I make recipes in bulk for my family of five and I always want leftovers!!! ****your largest pot will be FULL when you are done****
This is my quick go to homemade turkey jerky. It isn't the BEST source, but I find that the ingredients are better than most other jerky out there. We use this for travel or days when meal prep is difficult.
We all have those days. You know the day when you “wake up on the wrong side of the bed” even though you are sleeping in the same spot you have been for ages?
You just feel that everything is just a bit off and you can’t put your finger on it?
And then it happens….things really start to fall apart.
For me it was today. My firstborn is now sick and can’t go to school. Yet, today was the day I finally got to take my friend up on her birthday gift of a massage I wanted to enjoy. And then the neighbor calls angry that we put in a fence to keep our dogs from bothering other homeowners. And then my daughter tries lying as a strategy to get out of soccer practice.
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
I have many fond memories of my grandparents. What I remember the most is my grandfather's affinity to sweets. I have vivid memories of playing in their backyard in San Jose and picking fresh blackberries and raspberries off the bush. I never waited to wash them before I ate them, because even then I had little patience.
Another sweet treat my grandfather would have is a grapefruit cut in half with a dash of maple syrup. At the time, the tartness of the grapefruit simply made me pucker my lips, despite the maple syrup. Yet somehow, since transitioning to whole foods-paleo inspired, I have revisited this little trick, and guess what?.....I love it.
I use it as a refreshing lateral shift maneuver when my sweet tooth strikes.
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.
A few years ago, my husband and I were traveling via Southwest. You know that magazine on the airplane? Well, I have a crazy story. We got some very useful and life changing information from that magazine. I know, I can’t believe it either.
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.
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.
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.