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I have spoken about this topic on various occasions and for some of you this may sound like white noise. That's ok because we need to hear it over and over again. Lifestyle modification is one of the hardest things to accomplish because it requires sacrifice. Sacrifice from a place that is comfortable and easy.
Do you know what the definition of insanity is? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If you don’t modify the things in your life, your situation will never change.
In the last 2 weeks I have asked two young men in their mid 40’s the following question, “If the direction of your health continues on the same path it is right now, where do you see yourself in 20 years?”
Both answers were just a little bit shocking. One said he will be 6 feet under and the second answer was a little more blunt, dead. It kind of leaves you speechless for a split second then you have to become the teacher.
Most people don’t know how to make change and it can be paralyzing to know where to start. The best thing is start with what you can do and accomplish and build off of that.
Drinking right. An easy place to start is with drinking water. The rule of thumb is ½ of your body weight in ounces per day. So a 150lb person would shoot for 75oz of water per day. That water should preferably be filtered or bottled water. If you are only drinking 16oz of water per day, increasing that to 50oz per day is a win and a start in the right direction.
Eating right. Let food be thy medicine. Simply stated, you can eat yourself to good or bad health. It is your choice. Every time we put something in our mouths, it is a choice. If we choose food that is depleted of nutrient like junk food, we are sowing the seeds of poor health. Once again making small gains, decreasing our consumption of soda, juices and energy drinks, which hide empty calorie’s is also a good start. Substituting a piece of fresh fruit in place of a cookie will get you going down a healthier path.
Moving right. The next thing we look at is exercise or lack of it. For some the change may be to exercise less for others it may be to just move 15 minutes 3 days per week. Some patients do too much cardio with no weight resistance. Starting with simple body weight exercises that can be done at home with no extra cost of joining a gym. Something so easy as grabbing a doorknob and doing 20 assisted squats or jumping rope or doing jumping jacks.
These 3 small changes can be the foundation to making serious change in transforming your health. When looking at our health, it is like a marathon, there are no quick fixes. You need to put in the hard work to see results. This hard work can start at age 5 or age 80, there is never a bad time to start making a change. I love this quote “You do not climb a mountain without taking the first step”.
I hope you found this information helpful. Stop by the pharmacy to set up a consultation to begin the change.. Until next time, be vigilant about your health!!
It seems like almost monthly a new supplement hits the market with claims for health and wellness that often times seem too good to be true. Colostrum could be included in this group, so I want to discuss the potential benefits of incorporating this into your supplement regimen.
Colostrum has been around for as long as there have been mammals on this earth. Colostrum is what is often referred to as "pre-milk", or the fluid produced by the mother's mammary glands during the first 72 hours following the birth of a child
For those of you who have breastfed your children, you are probably well versed in this subject. For others this may seem a little foreign and for cattle producers, this has been studied since the 1960’s to treat sick calves.
Mothers In the 1950’s were encouraged to forgo breast-feeding for manufactured formulas, which were supposed to be better for infants. We know that science is good but God is better especially when knowing what is best for an infant, hence the return to breast-feeding today.
One of the benefits of colostrum is that it contains PRPs (proline-rich-polypeptides), which have been shown to be beneficial to our immune system. Some PRPs work by stimulating an underactive immune system to help fight viruses and antigens. Other PRPs work by toning down an overactive immune system, which is typical of autoimmune conditions where the body essentially attacks itself.
Nearly all infectious and degenerative diseases, including arthritis, diabetes, cancer and heart disease, are preceded or accompanied by impaired functioning of the immune system. This impairment can occur years or decades before the actual disease is diagnosed. Studies show that colostrum contains powerful immune factors that work to help restore a properly functioning immune system.
As I discussed in my previous 2 articles on autoimmune disorders, leaky gut may be the weak link in allowing foreign materials into our body causing an inflammatory response. Colostrum supports the immune system, tones down an overactive immune response and most importantly contains growth factors to heal a leaky gut.
You may be asking yourself, “Is bovine colostrum safe for human consumption”? Good question, but keep in mind that we are already safely consuming bovine milk and according to Dr. Robert Preston with the International Institute of Nutritional Research, "Colostrum is so safe, it has been prepared by nature as the first food for infants. It would be hard to imagine any nutritional substance more natural or beneficial."
Three things to consider when choosing a colostrum product: First, colostrum should come from pasture-fed cows that are pesticide, antibiotic and hormone free — essentially "organic". Second, flash pasteurization (to kill pathogens) plus low-heat spray drying is critical for an effective supplement. Third, a liposomal (enhanced) delivery system is important for optimal absorption. All products are not created equal and you get what you pay for.
I hope you found this information helpful. Stop by the pharmacy for more information on colostrum and its benefits. Until next time, be vigilant about your health!!
I indicated in my last article that we would look at some non-drug ways to deal with autoimmune disorders. Before we dive into that lets take a look at something that I have spoken about many times in the past, the gut. As Hippocrates was quoted as saying in 4th century, “All disease begins in the gut”. Why would he say that? And wow did he hit the nail on the head.
Our guts or our gastrointestinal tract, are really outside of our body. Think of a tube running through the middle of our body from our mouths to our backside. They are in our body but not really in our body. Think of it as being similar to our skin however several things make it rather unique.
The lining of our gut is only 1 cell thick. These tightly packed cells are what protects us from a sewer system. We absorb nutrients through this lining, which is designed to absorb 1, 2 and 3 chain amino acids through and in between these cells. If our gut is not healthy, we can develop leaky or hyper-permiable gut ,which are gaps in the tightly packed cells that line the gut.
As I had indicated in my last article, if our bodies detect something that is foreign, it creates an inflammatory response. If larger chain amino acids or proteins are absorbed and distributed throughout our bodies, the natural response will be inflammation.
This response is not an anaphylactic response similar to a person with a peanut allergy whose airways close off and they could die from coming in contact with the allergen. The reaction is more low level and is harder to pin down. I like to pick on gluten because it is easy these days as many people prefer a gluten free diet. I personally choose that because I find my knees to be less achy when I don’t eat gluten.
If you eat gluten, or potentially any food, every day, and you have a leaky gut, those proteins being absorbed and your body looks at it as foreign creating an inflammatory. How would you know you had a gluten issue? The same can be said about a microbe, a toxin or any food.
The closest thing we will come to for a cure is to pinpoint the thing that is causing the inflammation and avoid it. In the case of a leaky gut, fixing the gut and taking care of that natural defense mechanism.
Fixing the gut can be done with the use of products like probiotics, glutamine, aloe vera and colostrum. Keep in mind that once we fix the gut, we need to take care of it. That goes back to many tenants of the Magnificent 7: Eat, Drink, Sleep, Move, Think, Talk and Poop right. For many, this will be an overhaul of the way they live and will not be easy but then again not feeling well for the rest of your life is not easy either.
I hope you found this information helpful. Stop by the pharmacy for more information on leaky gut and how to fix it . Until next time, be vigilant about your health!!