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November 2017

Gingko Biloba

Gingko Biloba and its Health Benefits

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Is Gingko Biloba actually beneficial?

What is Gingko Biloba? Gingko or Ginkgo is a large tree with fan-shaped leaves. Typically Ginkgo would be found in parts of Asia, China, Japan, and Korea, it has been grown in Europe and in the United States since different times in the 1700’s.

There are many aspects of our health that gingko is good for, such as our mental and nervous system support. Gingko is rich in bioflavonoids, which has a unique effectiveness in restoring blood flow to our brains. It has been said to help support our mental health. Also helps improve memory, and it also has been linked to lessening depression. Inhibiting the reuptake of norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin, thus increasing your levels.

There is a significant amount of research that supports gingko can boost our energy as well as reducing stress. This is because it helps boost our circulatory system in the area where the nutrients exchange with our cells. In the same way, it has been shown to help our nerves cells resulting in better cognitive function.

Gingko is a great source of antioxidants and since it primarily benefits the brain, eyes and nervous system it has demonstrated a prevention of free radical damage in those areas. It has been used in treatments and is widely prescribed in Germany for chronic neurodegenerative problems such as Alzheimer’s

There have been 2 studies one with children testing the effectiveness of Gingko biloba with Ginseng. The studies have shown to improve inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and socialization.

 

How to consume Gingko?

 

One of my favorite ways to consume gingko biloba is through tea. beTeas have a great blend of tea, that will help with imbalanced hormones, memory, digestive support, as well as calming. It is super rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, and helps support a healthy heart. It also helps support your adrenals which will help with any imbalances you have with stress and cortisol levels. Check out our products page.

You can also purchase Gingko as an extract. I will caution the use of extracts as they can be very powerful. I would recommend the use of any extracts to be used at the direction of your Healthcare Practitioner.

This is just one of the many supplements that could be recommended through a fully customized Nutrition Program. If you are ready to take the next step, or if you feel that your child is in need of some extra support. Please contact me to set up a FREE consultation.

 

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*Staying Healthy With Nutrition
*Prescription for Dietary Wellness
*The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine

Mental Health

How Food Plays a Role in Mental Health

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Can foods change my mood?

Mental health is not black and white, and everyone is completely different. What works for one person may not work for the next person, that is because we are all biochemically different. Mental health can be caused by many different things such as a traumatic event, hormones are not properly balanced, leaky gut, and what you eat.

How can food really affect our mental health? I have talked about serotonin in my other posts and how there are more of their receptors in your gut than in your brain. I also talked about the role of digestion and drinking with meals and what it can lead to. If you wish to read more about these topics click here.

Too Much of a good thing

Over consuming foods that are good for us can cause harm. Having a high diet in meat consumption for some people can actually cause their symptoms to be much worse eg. Bipolar. Meat can cause the body to be in a high acid state. If you are not balanced it can cause inflammation, joint pain, leaching from the bones, leaky gut, and more. Proteins need very specific nutrients to be utilized to their fullest potential.

A high consumption of one food can actually cause allergy-like symptoms in the body. Rotating and eating with the season is key, as our bodies were not designed to eat the same food day in and day out. Also, leaky gut can cause the proteins from the foods can leach into our bloodstream, causing irritation, inflammation, and allergy-like symptoms.

What to focus on

Some foods that are key to mental health are foods that are rich in your B-vitamins. Such as dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, brown rice, legumes, and of course animal meat. (Fed their proper nutrients whether it would be grass fed, free range, or wild.) B-vitamins are needed to convert the protein’s amino acids into their usable forms such as serotonin.

Talking about all these yummy foods I want to point out if you have hormone imbalances, even if it is subclinical such as your thyroid that some foods could make the imbalance worse. The Dr will often test your thyroid when dealing with mental health as there is a common link. If you have an imbalance with your thyroid you will want to avoid cruciferous vegetables (Unless cooked). Stay tuned for future posts on Thyroid and mental health.

Lastly, I want to quickly mention, again, this will be another post topic, however, you will want to ensure that you are taking care of your liver. This means eating organic when possible following the dirty dozen/ clean 15 list, filtered water, and watching your exposure to synthetics and chemicals. These will all put a burden on your liver, which is an organ that helps with regulating your hormones.

This all can seem overwhelming, and make you feel like where on earth do I start? That is where I can help! I have programs that can help determine what your body needs individually and will help me make a fully customized plan for you. If this is something that you are ready for, message me for your FREE Consultation. 

Winter

Top Foods to Eat During the Winter

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What Foods Should I Eat in the Winter?

Winter is really one of my favorite times of the year, I love my hearty warming foods. I love the thought of sitting by the fire all cozied up drinking some hot cocoa or sipping on some homemade soup. Do you know why our bodies want all these warming foods in the winter? It may seem obvious to some but I get the question all the time, Its because we are cold.

I have mentioned this previously that we need to eat with the seasons, meaning eating the food that is harvested late fall beginning of winter. This will give us the nutrients that our bodies need during the winter months, plus it will have the most nutrients and live enzymes available as it has just been harvested. Most of us don’t want a cold smoothie, or salad in the winter months as it doesn’t warm us up! So let’s get into the Top foods for Winter!

Cabbage

I love me some cabbage. Growing up I could have lived off of cabbage rolls, well let’s be honest, I could still live off cabbage rolls. cabbage is an excellent source of Vitamin K- which is crucial for our bone health as well as our blood as it regulates normal blood clotting. Vitamin C- The benefits of vitamin C can be an entire blog in itself, but it is crucial in all body systems as well as our immune system.

Cabbage Recipe

Winter Squash

Oh, my! There are so many recipes you can do with squash, aside from the deliciously roasted. Squash is an amazing source of Vitamin A and C which are 2 of the 4 main nutrient building blocks of our immune systems. It is also a great source of fiber- which is not only needed to help keep you regular it helps with the binding and the ridding of the toxins in our bodies.

Winter Squash Recipe  (- substitute sugar with honey, maple syrup, agave, stevia.)

Potatoes

Now we don’t eat a whole lot of potatoes in my house, as my husband can’t eat them as he has a huge sensitivity to them, they are still a great food for the winter. Potatoes are often over consumed which can cause a whole host of issues, However, they are a great source of Potassium- helps regulate blood pressure and supports regular kidney function. Vitamin B6- needed for healthy red blood cell formation, metabolism of carbohydrates, brain, and nervous system, and supports your liver.

Potatoe Recipe

Dark Leafy Greens

You should consume dark leafy greens at least once a day, whether it be in a soup, stew, raw, or in a smoothie. Great source of Calcium- supports healthy bones, balances your acid levels, and helps with muscle and nerve function. Your immune building nutrients, Vitamin A, C, E. Also a source of minerals.

Dark Leafy Green Recipe

Now I don’t want to make this blog much longer but there are a few more foods that I want to mention that are great for the winter months. Sweet potatoes, Onions, Beets, Carrots, Citrus fruit, and Pomegranates. I hope you enjoy all the recipes.

If you struggle with trying to put together meal plans, or what nutrients your body is needing during the winter months, Book a FREE consultation for one of my nutritional programs to help get your body back to optimum.

 

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