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Horsetail

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I decided yesterday that I need to honor nature around me and my connection with it. The way I am going to do this is to learn about 1 new herb every day/every other day. And then of course share it with you!

My herbal adventure begins with Horsetail, which is found in North America, Europe, and Asia. Some of you may have heard about this plant, which is often used to increase hair strength through its high content of silica (about 35%). The plant itself is hard and hollow, only being edible in a young state. These characteristics give it an affinity to hard structures throughout the body, making it beneficial for bones, cartilage, arteries, connective tissues, and skin.

This plant is especially useful for people with silica deficiency. This can be observed through several characteristics including hair becoming thin and splitting, weak nails, hangnails, and infections around the nails. Mucus membranes also become weak, leading way to allergies, particularly in the sinuses and chronic bladder issues.

Horsetail can aid in rebuilding joints, where bone and cartilage have weakened. It also helps to strengthen vessels to avoid varicosities.

This herb also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties making it beneficial for old inflammations, abscesses, or other breakouts of the skin. It is known as the “herbal scalpel” because of its ability to draw out old infections.

Typical ways to utilize this plant includes capsule form of the dried herb, alcohol tinctures, and/or tea. The best way to decide if an herb is for you is to see a health care practitioner who prescribes herbs.

To sum up a list of things this herb is excellent for;
-silica deficiency/malabsorption
-chronic bladder infections
-joint degeneration
-varicose veins
-chronic allergies

My love,

Dr. Kristin

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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

I had to share this…

Hi everyone ❤

I decided to do week 1 in my Abs After 30 program.  If you are wondering week 1 is a carbohydrate purge week, meant to purge your liver of carbohydrates so that you can optimize your hormones.  (It is explained thoroughly in the ebook.)  But I just wanted to check in and say how GREAT I feel!  Week 1 is always very difficult because of the hormonal cravings you experience.  Since your body is used to insulin rising and falling in such a large swing, your body tricks you into thinking you are hungry (even after a meal).  But my will is strong as I know my health is all the better for it.  And now that I am here, I feel fantastic!  Most notably, my brain function clears and feels more crisp, sugar cravings are gone, and energy levels are at a high.

I also had a great leg workout at the gym today!  I performed squats, hack squats, and kettle bell swings to fatigue, finishing off the workout with 3 sets of pistol squats on a bosu ball with no shoes for balance.  Top it off with 10 minutes on vibration therapy, 10 minutes in the sauna, and a stretching session.

What a great week!  Hope you had a great, healthy, energetic week as well!

My love,

Dr. Kristin

You don’t want a ‘Grain Brain’!

If you have not seen or heard of neurologist Dr. Perlmutter’s new book “Grain Brain,” you need to check it out! Very educational and useful information for your health! This information supports eating right for your hormones!

http://www.grainbrainbook.com

Knowledge is power!  Take control of your life!

My love,

Dr. Kristin

What is the Captain’s Chair?

The captain’s chair is the above piece of equipment at the gym.  It can be a bit daunting, unless you mimmick someone else’s manuevers upon it.  But here is a short video showing you how to do an abdominal exercise on it.  This is just one example, as you can also perform other exercises on it and modifications.  Enjoy!

My love,

Dr. Kristin

Sleep Deprivation and Melatonin

As most of us have heard, the general rule for sleep is to get 8 hours a night.  (Some people seem to need less than 8 hours, and I always say biochemical individuality.)  But why is sleep so important?

After your eyes shut and your brain waves slow, your body kick starts some very important healing processes.  Sleep is when your body can really do some work on the damage done during the day.  Melatonin is the hormone that kick starts this process.  It is more important than many of us have realized in the past.  It has been seen that decreased levels of melatonin will skew the rest of your hormonal profile, including growth hormone, testosterone, estrogen, etc.  In this way it is thought of as a regulator of hormonal balance.  As I have talked about in other posts, hormonal balance is key to healing and body fat control.  Throw off that balance and we typically see a decreased ability to heal and deposits of fat in very particular areas of the body.

Melatonin has also been seen to possess very strong antioxidant properties.  Antioxidants work to rid the body of free radicals, which are molecules formed from oxidative stresses which include improper diet, stress and smoking.  Free radicals are thought to speed the aging process and contribute to processes including cancer.

Melatonin is released from the pineal gland, which resides in the middle of your brain.  Its production is stimulated by the sun, and its release is inhibited by the sun and stimulated by the dark.  When it gets dark, as melatonin increases in your blood, you begin to be less alert and hence fall asleep.   This is when the magic is done.  (Melatonin is however, inhibited by bright lights at night, which means staying up late with all the lights on.)

If you are depriving yourself of sleep, your body is not being given the adequate amount of time it needs to heal and repair tissues.  This includes staying up super late at night in a well-lit room (this can actually inhibit the release of melatonin).  There are many more benefits of sleep than I am going to discuss here, such as resting your adrenals glands and the increased release of growth hormone.  But I wanted to stress the importance of sleep and melatonin.  This does not mean I think everyone should go out and supplement with melatonin.  I recommend turning the lights off and trying to be in bed by 10pm, to allow your body the time it needs to repair.  And who doesn’t feel more productive when they get up early?

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