Thursday Thoughts – October 6 – Healing Hypertension

Thursday Thoughts – October 6 – Healing Hypertension

High blood pressure (hypertension) can be resolved through lifestyle changes and by addressing emotional trauma and blockage!

Hypertension is influenced by what we eat, how we move (or don’t move), how we manage stress and whether we’ve addressed hidden (and not so hidden) emotional pain.

Our blood pressure can fluctuate greatly over the course of even a few minutes (especially at the doctor’s office where we may be anxious). Further, blood pressure guidelines are also in flux, with some of the old standards being relaxed for older individuals. The decision to medicate is, as always, between a patient and their doctor, but there are many alternatives to medication for those interested in exploring options.

We all know that our diets contribute to our well-being or dis-ease. But what is less clear is that our emotional well-being has a profound effect on our physical health. That’s why meditation, for example, has been definitively proven to lower blood pressure (the studies relate specifically to TM, but all meditation is beneficial). It is also important to excavate unconscious trauma, through therapy or other modalities, to ensure our health is not adversely affected, including our blood pressure.

Want to learn more about natural methods to control hypertension?  Call our office today to make an appointment with one of our nutrition educators to find out how you can lower your blood pressure without medication.

You can do it. We can help. Wellness is worth it.

Yours in health,

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Thursday Thoughts – September 29 – Juicing for Life

Thursday Thoughts – September 29 – Juicing for Life

Juicing and smoothie blends are a tasty, nutritious and easy-to-digest way to enjoy your fruits and vegetables!

We all know that we need to eat lots of fruits and vegetables to achieve and maintain optimal health. But not all of us are “vegetable people” (we hear that a lot).  Juicing and blends may be just the solution for better health without suffering through Brussels sprouts (not that we don’t love Brussels sprouts, but we get that it’s an acquired taste and not everyone wants to acquire it).

Even for those of us who love our veggies, juicing and blends are wonderful for their ability to deliver the nutrition from large quantities of veggies in one easy-to-swallow package.  We recommend a green drink mid-afternoon to combat that 3:30 PM slump some of us experience. Or, have a blend for breakfast or lunch, maybe with a juice chaser.

“But I don’t have time to wash and juice all those fruits and veggies!”  We get it. Fortunately, Annapolis has a new juicery in town, Rutabaga, in West Annapolis. Stacey and Jim Heywood have opened a lovely shop that sells locally sourced, largely organic cold pressed juices, both made to order and made ahead, as well as smoothie blends and a few healthy food options. We’ve had a number of their offerings and we recommend the store wholeheartedly.

So check out Rutabaga Craft Juicery (http://www.rutabagajuicery.com).  They are located at 116 Annapolis Street, Annapolis, MD.  Their phone number is 410-267-0261. If you don’t live here, search out your own local juice place and start drinking!

Want to learn more about juicing and making sure your diet is as nourishing (and delicious) as possible?  Call today and make an appointment with one of our nutrition educators.

At Chesapeake Holistic, we’ll meet you where you are and help take you where you want to go.

You can do it.  We can help. Wellness is worth it.

Yours in Health,

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Thursday Thoughts – September 22 – Preventing the Flu

Thursday Thoughts – September 22 – Preventing the Flu

You can opt to prevent getting the flu!  Whether you choose to have the flu shot or not, no one wants to get the flu.  If you are looking for ways to stay healthy during the cold and flu season this year, here are a couple important health tips:

Make food your medicine!  Eat immune boosting foods:   leafy greens, berries, healthy fats like cold water fish, nuts and nut butters, olives and olive oil and coconut oil. Eliminate foods that don’t support your immune system, including sugars, and processed foods.

Handwashing!   Rub over your hands and between fingers with warm, soapy water while you sing the ABC’s to yourself twice.  One minute of vigorous handwashing kills as many germs as any chemical hand sanitizers and is less toxic for your system.

Get Plenty of Sleep.  Take advantage of the shorter days and get to bed one hour earlier.

Don’t forget your vitamins and probiotics!  Vitamins A, C, E and D  are antioxidants that support your immune system.  Your GI system is your second immune system, so probiotics keep your GI system healthy.  Giving your body this extra support goes a long way to keeping you flu-free and healthy during the cold and flu season.

And for those of you who would like a different option to the flu shot for you and your family, at Chesapeake Holistic we recommend a homeopathic support called Flu Nosode. 

You can do it. We can help.  Wellness is worth it!

Yours in health,

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Thursday Thoughts – September 8 – Monolauric Acid

Thursday Thoughts – September 8 – Monolauric Acid

Monolauric acid (also known as monolaurin) is an effective, broad-spectrum antimicrobial that supports immune function and detox pathways in the body.

Monolauric acid is an important agent that possesses a wide-spectrum activity against fungus and many viruses. It was first discovered in human breast milk when microbiologists studied the antiviral substances that protect infants from microbial infections. Monolauric acid is a natural, non-toxic antiviral agent that has shown no unwanted side effects in humans.

As we’ve discussed before, coconut oil contains about 40 to 55 percent lauric acid, which is the precursor to monolaurin. So why not drink coconut milk versus taking a supplement with monolaurin? Lauric acid is not as strong as monolaurin. When ingesting coconut oil, only a small percentage of the lauric acid will be transformed by the body into the powerful monolauric acid.

Monolauric acid is an alternative solution for assisting our bodies to safely destroy viruses. Antibiotics can certainly kill unwanted micro-organisms (although not viruses) but they also may kill many friendly micro-organisms that we need for healthy function.

Monolaurin, on the other hand, does not appear to have any adverse effect on digestive bacteria, but rather only on unwanted microorganisms. Plus, monolaurin can reduce the resistance of germs to antibiotics.

Do you think monolaurin might be right for you? Call today and talk to our practitioners about how you can boost your immune system and protect yourself from colds, flu and other, more chronic conditions.

You can do it. We can help.  Wellness is worth it!

Yours in Health,

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Thursday Thoughts – September 1 – FODMAPs

Thursday Thoughts – September 1 – FODMAPs

Eating specific types of carbohydrates can cause uncomfortable gas and bloating for susceptible individuals?

For some people who are sensitive, some types of short-chain carbohydrates (called FODMAPs) are poorly absorbed by the body and end up fermenting in the gut. In essence, someone’s having a party in your digestive system and not only didn’t invite you, but they are wrecking the house!

How does this work?  It’s simple—for some people, when they eat specific kinds of sugars found in some fruits, dairy, legumes, vegetables and sweeteners, their bellies blow up like balloons, and they can experience painful cramping.  Imagine if you had hops turning into beer in your intestines—basketball in the tummy time.  No fun at all.

Low-FODMAP foods include (this is not a complete list):  Banana, all berries (except blackberries), cantaloupe, grapes, and citrus fruits; carrot, celery, eggplant, ginger, spinach, tomato, sweet potato, most herbs, gluten free breads, crackers and cereals, and, in small quantities, maple syrup, molasses, sugar (sucrose), as well as hard cheeses in small quantities.

High-FODMAP foods to avoid include (this is not a complete list):  all dairy products (except hard cheeses in small quantities), all wheat products, legumes, honey, corn syrup, dried fruits and any sweeteners ending in “-ol” (sorbitol, mannitol, etc.).  Certain fruits also contain high concentrations of FODMAPS, including:  apples, apricots, avocados, cherry, nectarine, peach, pear, watermelon, and plum.  Certain vegetables must also be avoided:  artichoke, asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, fennel, garlic, onions (all kinds, including shallot, spring, leeks, white, red, yellow), and okra.

Could you or someone you know be FODMAP-sensitive? Would you like to learn more about FODMAPs?  Call for an appointment today and start feeling better soon.

You can do it.  We can help.

Yours in Health,

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Thursday Thoughts – August 25 – Boosting Immunity

Thursday Thoughts – August 25 – Boosting Immunity

When kids go back to school, their immune systems need to be at their strongest!

Back to school time is a good time to work on boosting immunity to ward off coughs, sniffles, colds and flu.  Whether it’s stocking your own medicine cabinet or sending a care package to your college student, here are our top picks:

For building and maintaining immunity for Kids:
* Primadophilus Kids
* Kindermune (3 weeks on, 1 week off)

For Teens and Adults:
* iFlora
* Bio C Plus 1000
* Immunitone

All of these products are available through our online store at: ONEholistic.com (http://oneholistic.com/) and by calling or stopping by the office.

Yours in Health,

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Thursday Thoughts – August 4 – Meditation

Thursday Thoughts – August 4 – Meditation

Do you meditate?

Benefits of meditation include:

  • Stress reduction
  • Mood enhancement
  • Improved memory, focus and attention
  • Better sleep quality
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Healthy immune function
  • Increased cardiovascular function

Meditation calms the mind and soothes the body.  Even one minute a day can change your perspective and improve your health.

Try this, just for fun:  close your eyes and breathe deeply through your nose for a count of four.  At the top of the breath, hold the air inside for a count of four, and then breathe out through the nose for a count of four, holding at the bottom of the breath for another count of four. Do this three times, slowly, and see how much calmer you feel after about a minute.

We’re also love TM and our center offers introductory classes for anyone interested in this scientifically proven technique. Click on http://www.tm.org for additional information.

Want to learn more about meditation and how it can benefit you?  Call our office today to schedule an appointment to talk about stress management, mood stabilization and reaching and maintaining your optimal level of health and wellness.

You can do it.  We can help.

Yours in Health,

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Thursday Thoughts – July 28 – Gratitude!

Thursday Thoughts – July 28 – Gratitude!

Gratitude changes the structure of the brain in positive ways!

Gratitude can reshape the neural pathways in the brain, helping us to be more optimistic, exercise more, sleep better, and generally be healthier and happier.

So, what can you do to increase your gratitude?  The number one tip is to write it down.  A daily gratitude journal has been scientifically proven to improve mood and health.  Even a weekly journal can be helpful.  But however you choose to express your gratitude, be specific.  Really give some thought to your day and your life in general.  We tend to remember moments in time, expressions of love and kindness from others, a job well done, an unexpected boon.

Sometimes, it feels right to be grateful for our health, for our bodies working well and efficiently—just for feeling good, especially if that hasn’t always been true.

Let’s start writing – what are you grateful for?

Yours in Health,

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Thursday Thoughts – July 21 – Avoiding Food and Supplement Burnout

Thursday Thoughts – July 21 – Avoiding Food and Supplement Burnout

Our bodies change over time, and foods and supplements that once worked for us can cause problems as we age.

So many of us have had the experience that seemingly all of a sudden, a food that used to be one of our staples now causes severe gastric distress.  Has this ever happened to you?  Have you noticed that eggs, which you used to love, are now causing mild to moderate nausea?  Another issue occurs when commonly eaten foods like nuts, seeds and legumes begin to cause uncomfortable gas, bloating and diarrhea.  We hate it when that happens!

Why does this occur?  Well, our bodies are not static.  As we age, our toxicity levels rise, and some of the enzymes, neurotransmitters and hormones our bodies made in abundance when we are young begin to decrease as we get older.  This can lead to less efficient processing of nutrients and a harder time breaking down complex foods.

Another issue is that familiarity breeds contempt.  In other words, when we eat the same foods over and over again, like so many of us do, our bodies become sensitized to them, and they can cause problems. The same thing can happen with supplements we’ve taken for too long—our bodies build up a tolerance and they become ineffective.

What to do?  Well, switching up our supps and rotating our foods are excellent ways to avoid burnout.  Supporting our aging bodies with enzymes, vitamins and minerals is also a good choice to make sure we are functioning optimally.

Would you like to learn more about how to look and feel your best?  Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our nutritional educators. There’s so much information out there—and it’s so important to know the facts of optimal health.

You can do it.  We can help.

Yours in Health,

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Thursday Thoughts – July 14 – Drink Solids, Chew Liquids

Thursday Thoughts – July 14 – Drink Solids, Chew Liquids

Digestion starts in the mouth, not in your stomach.  Chewing your food releases enzymes to help your teeth begin to break food down into smaller particles.   This process is called mastication.   If we have done a proper job chewing, when food reaches the stomach and small intestine, where the majority of digestion does happens, the rest of the digestion can be completed with ease.  So if you are having trouble with your digestion, take time to chew your foods more completely.  Consider following the old adage: “Drink your solids and chew your liquid”, meaning chew your food to a liquid state and chew your liquids so enzymes are released to assist in food breakdown.

Pass it on!

Yours in Health,

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