ADHD – Autism and Gut Health

8 Things that you can Implement to Improve Your ADHD Child’s Gut Health Digestion & Enzymes How they Relate to Autism & ADHD Science is pretty clear. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics agrees: There is a strong connection between brain function, behavior and the digestive system.  Scientists have specifically drawn a connection between gut health and many disorders, including autism and ADHD. We know that the gut – and specifically, the millions upon millions of bacteria within it – interact with the brain in multiple ways, including the immune system and the nervous system. We also know that your gut actually has its own complex network of neurons that is referred to as the Enteric Nervous System (often called our “Second Brain”). {Read more about your Second Brain & ADHD here} When they say “complex” they really mean it! Here are just a few fun facts: There are actually more neurons directly surrounding your child’s gastrointestinal tract than in their entire spinal cord! Ninety percent of your child’s serotonin levels (an essential neurotransmitter) are housed in the gut – not the brain in your head! Those food allergies so many people talk about – you know, gluten, dairy, dyes, artificial sugar, etc.? At the most basic level, allergies generate histamines. Histamines compete with dopamine, another essential neurotransmitter. More histamine means less dopamine and more mental health dysfunction. Many scientists have made the not-so-big leap to claim that food allergies can cause depressive-symptoms, brain fog, anxiety, and general irritability. Ok, now that I have Your Attention HERE are 8 Things that you can Implement to Improve Your ADHD Child’s Gut Health Below I’ve listed eight...

Are you in Chronic Pan?  Chronic Fatigue??  Do you Suffer From Fibromyalgia??

 Fibromyagia What is Fibromyagia? Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions, affecting more than 5 million people in the US. Yet, fibromyalgia can be difficult and, at times, a frustrating journey to diagnosis and to treat. Fibromyalgia pain is different than pain you may experience from a headache or sprained ankle. Fibromyalgia is a specific kind of pain that’s chronic, widespread, and often accompanied by tenderness. “Chronic” means that the pain lasts a long time—at least 3 months or longer. Many people experience fibromyalgia pain for years before being diagnosed. “Widespread” means that it is felt all over, in both the upper and lower parts of the body. However, many people with fibromyalgia feel their pain in specific areas of their body, such as in their shoulder or neck. And “Tenderness” means that even a small amount of pressure can cause a lot of pain. To most physicians the pain of Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a mystery. Its unrelenting and debilitating pain is often relegated to being of psychosomatic origin due to the fact that it does not decrease with the use of NSAID’s, opiates or psychotropics. In the present mindset of medicine if these medications do not relieve the pain then it must be all in the patients mind! Let’s use a simple example we’ve all experienced. When you were a child you likely at some time put rubber bands or string around your wrist and cut the blood supply off to your hand. At first the hand went numb. Then while turning an interesting shade of blue or purple, it began to throb. The more...

The Secret to Losing Weight

THE SECRET TO LOSING WEIGHT OK so the Holidays are behind us and it is time to get our health back on track by eating right and to lose the extra pounds we may have put on. So where do you start?  Join a new health club, take up Yoga, eat more salads, and drink protein smoothies??All of these are an excellent way to start, however I want to take this time to focus on our approach to your diet.  Drinking more water and making cleaner food choices is going to help make you feel better but sometimes the weight takes a little longer to come off than we would like it to, especially as we get older. The food we eat is our fuel for energy, it is quite simple.  However if the food we eat is not digested properly and the nutrition is not being absorbed than we run into problems of feeling sluggish, tired, even hungry.  Enzymes help with this. Enzymes Role in Weight Loss Enzymes are essential for supporting healthy weight loss. Lipase is an enzyme that is abundant in foods that are raw and since very few of us have a diet rich in raw foods we lack sufficient amounts to burn normal amounts of fat in our diets. When we eat diets rich in fat we really suffer as our body cannot burn this extra fat nor turn it to energy. When you have enough Lipase your body is able to break down and dissolve the fat stored throughout the body. Without this vital enzyme fat accumulates and is stored in your arteries, organs,...

Vitamin C – What is the Essential Function for out body?

Vitamin C – What is its essential role for our body? We all may understand that Vitamin C helps prevent us against getting a cold.  We may also know that a good source of Vitamin C comes from fresh fruit such as fresh squeezed orange juice, grapefruits and even strawberry’s.  But what is its role in our body, why does it help us prevent us from getting sick? Does it have another function? The reason I chose to write about this subject is because as a Digestive Wellness Specialist, I have found in my practice most of my clients findings in there Urinalysis (UA)  90% come back showing indications of a deficiency in Vitamin C.   Why would this be a concern?  Why is it part of the findings in the UA?  Well it got me thinking that it must be important, and if so many people are experiencing health issues maybe Vitamin C is a good place to start the healing process.Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin well known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system.  Because your body cannot make Vitamin C it must come from foods that you eat every day.You need vitamin C for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It helps the body make collagen, an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Vitamin C is needed for healing wounds, and for repairing and maintaining bones and teeth. It also helps the body absorb iron from non-heme sources.Myself being a vegan this is especially interesting to know that vitamin C helps...

How Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Weight

Coconut Oil is the world’s most weight loss friendly fat. It contains a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful effects on metabolism. Several studies show that just by adding coconut oil to your diet, you can lose fat, especially the “dangerous” fat in the abdominal cavity. Coconut Oil is High in Medium Chain Triglycerides, Fatty Acids That Boost Metabolism Coconut oil is vastly different from most other fats in the diet. Whereas most foods contain predominantly long-chain fatty acids, coconut oil consists almost entirely of Medium Chain Fatty Acids. The thing with these medium chain fatty acids, is that they are metabolized differently than the longer chain fats. They are sent straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are either used for energy right away or turned into ketone bodies How Coconut Oil Can Boost Metabolism, Making You Burn More Calories at Rest A calorie is not a calorie. Different foods and macronutrients go through different metabolic pathways. The different types of foods we eat can have a huge effect on our hormones and metabolic health. Some metabolic pathways are more efficient than others and some foods require more energy to digest and metabolize. One important property of coconut oil is that it is “thermogenic” – eating it tends to increase energy expenditure (fat burning) compared to the same amount of calories from other fats Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Fat, Especially The “Dangerous” Abdominal Fat If coconut oil can boost metabolism and reduce appetite, then it should help you lose fat over the long term. In fact, there are several studies that support this. In one...