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A Fresh Start Every Day

Every morning when we awake is a new day to treat our bodies with the care and love we deserve. As our bodies have been regenerating and repairing throughout the night, the morning brings an empty canvas. A great way to jump start your digestive function is to drink a large glass of quality water with fresh squeezed lemon and/or lime. In case you are wondering what quality water is, (refer to a previous article) reverse osmosis is my personal choice as it removes chlorine AND fluoride. Since all our cells function through the medium of water, a large glass first thing is a good way to jump start your metabolism after a good 8 hour liquid fast in the night.

Now for the fun part… fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice! What exactly is this good for? Lemons and limes are great liver detoxifiers. They both help to stimulate the production of liver enzymes and bile, which aids in the digestive process. These citrus fruits have also been shown to lower the glycemic index of the food being consumed along with them, which is great for diabetics and for weight loss.

A tall glass in the morning will help flush your digestive tract first thing in the morning, and help rid yourself of harmful toxins from the foods you’ve eaten. It’s such a great way to start your healthy day!

My love,

Dr. Kristin

Are you dehydrated?

I’m sure you’ve all heard before that your body is made up of 60-80% water.  But perhaps we need to talk about how common and easy it is to go into a state of dehydration, and how it actually affects you.  First let us define what dehydration is.  It is not as simple as you are either dehydrated or not.  Your level of hydration is a fluctuating state.  Dehydration means your cells do not have enough water to operate optimally.  Water is the medium through which your cells do their jobs.  Just as if your car does not have enough oil in the engine, it cannot run as well as it should.

Being dehydrated can slow your metabolism by up to 30%.  This means that if you are trying to get in shape or lose weight, it becomes an uphill battle.  Dehydration also significantly affects your liver, which means your body will not be able to process and eliminate toxins as efficiently.  And if you are exercising, dehydration means your muscles won’t be at full capacity.  Dehydration can be the difference of one glass of water.  As a rule of thumb, you should consume 1/2 your weight in lbs, in ounces of water.  If you weigh 120 lbs, you should be consuming 60 ounces of water per day.  If you are exercising or perspiring excessively, this number needs to adjust accordingly.

There are different signs of dehydration that you may experience (everyone is different).  These include headache, constipation, aching muscles, fatigue, decreased brain function, and infrequent urination.  As a general rule, it is healthy to eliminate your bowels at least one time a day, no more than 3 (obviously this can range and you need to be able to assimilate the nutrients from your food), and to urinate once an hour.  The excretory systems are meant to do just that, excrete toxins.

Water quality is also an important issue to address.  It is very common for municipalities to add chemicals to the water supply, such as chlorine, to kill potential bacteria/parasites.  This is important to prevent infections among the masses.  However, consuming these chemicals is also detrimental to us.  Chlorine kills bacteria, this includes the GOOD bacteria in your colon, and therefore acts as a type of antibiotic.  This is quite devastating to your immune system as a large responsibility lies in your bowels.  Fluoride is another issue, and a popular misconception.  We have been taught that Fluoride is good for our teeth.  Unfortunately for us, there is research and many case reports showing otherwise.  (If you are interested in reading about fluoride, I suggest reading the book ‘The Fluoride Deception’ by Christopher Bryson.)  Fluoride consumption actually destroys bone and teeth (naturally occurring known as calcium fluoride and artificial known as sodium fluoride), and also collects in the pineal gland in the brain.  A recent study out of Harvard University has shown that fluoride decreases IQ in our children.  All in all, it would be optimal for us to remove fluoride from the water we drink.  (I suggest also reading this article on Natural News http://www.naturalnews.com/026605_fluoride_fluorides_detox.html).  The best way to make sure you are consuming the best quality water is to purchase a reverse osmosis system for under your sink.  A system like this will purify your drinking water only and should cost about $200.  I could not think of a better investment.

The last issue I would like to address is your water drinking container.  It is very common these days to purchase bottled water, or refill your own plastic container.  Plastic contains toxic chemicals that will actually leach into the water contained inside.  These chemicals have been found to disrupt your endocrine system, or your HORMONES.  Disruptions of hormones can lead to an inability to lose weight and infertility.  BPA is a popular chemical you may have heard about, and companies are now advertising BPA-free products.  What they do not tell you is that the plastic contains other chemicals that are either as detrimental or worse.  So all in all, I recommend NOT drinking out of plastic.  Good alternatives are stainless steel bottles (like Kleen Kanteen) or glass.

Gives your body what it deserves!  Because you only have one!

My love,

Dr. Kristin

What supplements should I be taking?

As a wellness doctor, I am frequently asked “what type of supplements should I be taking?”  I am an advocate for supplementation, however the most important first step is to look at your diet.  Nutrition is meant to be attained foremost from your food.  Therefore, it is of utmost importance to make sure all your bases are covered in your dietary regimen.  Step number one includes removing foods which are inflammatory to you.  This includes wheat, pasteurized dairy products, corn and sugar.  Allergy testing or an elimination diet may be required to determine how your body responds to different foods.  With inflammatory foods present in the body, your immune system is compromised and healing cannot take place.

Just as your car may require a certain type of fuel to function optimally, so does your body.  The human body performs according to the fuel you give it.  Many foods contain chemical preservatives and toxins, which can alter body processes and lead to bigger problems down the road.  These additives can be avoided by purchasing organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, organic free range chicken, and pastured eggs.  Purchase whole food ingredients and cook meals yourself.  A good rule of thumb is anything made in a factory (processed) should not be eaten by you.

Lastly, consume at least 8 full glasses of water a day.  Water helps to flush out toxins through your bowels and it is the medium through which all bodily processes work.  If you are in a state of dehydration, your body cannot function optimally.  You quickly become tired, achy and unable to perform tasks as usual.  So drink up.

Once diet changes have been made, we can begin to look at important supplementation.  There are 3 main supplement staples that I believe are important for everyone.  Omega 3’s, Vitamin D3, and probiotics.

In a typical American diet, we usually do not see adequate omega 3 fatty acid consumption, and conversely too much omega 6.  Omega 3 fatty acids are involved in removing inflammation from the body, and omega 6 fatty acids are associated with the presence of inflammation.  Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in grass-fed beef and wild caught fish.  Your levels can be tested and should be at a ratio of 1:1.  If these foods are not consumed or if your omega 3 level is too low, supplementation is suggested.

Vitamin D is an important nutrient for immune function, reduction of inflammation, bone health, and has anti-cancer properties.  Vitamin D can be synthesized from exposure to the sun.  An adequate daily amount of 10,000 IU requires about 20 minutes in the sun with most skin exposed, and no shower for up to 30 minutes post exposure (so the vitamin can be absorbed through the skin).  Unfortunately, most people do not receive this amount of sun daily, especially due to work schedules during daylight hours and winter.  Vitamin D levels can be checked to see if you are low.  Low levels can cause fatigue and low immune function.  If supplementing it is important to choose the bioavailable form of D3 (cholecalciferol).

Lastly, many Americans at some point or another are on a course of antibiotics.  Unfortunately, antibiotics do not only kill the invader, but they kill beneficial bacteria in the bowels as well.  This is a problem since your digestive tract is a HUGE portion of your immune system.  Many pathogens enter your body through your mouth, leaving your bowels to deal with them.  An unhealthy gut, means an unhealthy immune system.  If you are on a course of antibiotics, it would be wise to also take a course of probiotics to repopulate those fallen soldiers which you have lost.  Once the course of probiotics is over, it is  beneficial to consume fermented vegetables to properly feed the beneficial bacteria.  This would include foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi (all which should be non-pasteurized to maintain good bacterial integrity).

If you do not feel you are eating as healthy a diet as you can, it would also be wise to purchase a high quality multivitamin.  The good thing about a multi is that it ensures you are receiving all beneficial vitamins and minerals.

So to reiterate….  DIET first, supplements second.

My love,

Dr. Kristin