Why Curcumin May Be Better For Inflammation

Why Curcumin May Be Better For Inflammation

Remember when Turmeric was a hot topic for inflammation?  Then it was Curcumin, the naturally-occurring chemical compound found in the spice turmeric, highly recommended for any swelling.

A few years later, we hear about absorption problems and stomach upset so how can you get the benefits of curcumin and not end up with acid reflux?

Let’s Talk Benefits First

 

This popular spice of India not only adds a rich flavor to food it is considered a superfood. It helps to fight or reverse several ailments.

  • Indigestion
  • Relieves arthritis pain
  • Treats burns
  • Boosts your immunity
  • Cancer treatment – fights tumors
  • Curcumin is rich in iron and vitamin C.
  • Brain health
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Turmeric and Curcumin

No wonder Turmeric is considered a superfood with all it’s health benefits.

The Best Way To Use Curcumin Supplements

Whether your eating turmeric or taking a curcumin supplement, it is worth noting that you need to eat fat with it. Vegetable fat isn’t enough. A hearty animal protein or a salad with an olive oil-based dressing is ideal. Also pepper of all things activates the bioavailability of this spice so it can do its job.

Bioavailability means to make it useable by your body. So if you’re eating it make sure you use pepper. If you’re supplementing make sure your product has pepper on the ingredients.

 

Another thing.

 

Curcumin or turmeric can inhibit digestive enzymes. I recommend you take your enzymes at the beginning of a meal and your supplement after you have eaten – on a full stomach.

Turmeric Or Curcumin Which Is Best?

 

Most of my patients and I prefer a formula that includes ginger instead of pepper. Remember the acid reflux I mentioned above? Ginger has a similar action to help our stomach absorb the Turmeric while also being soothing. Pepper often irritates the digestive tract.

 

What About Turmerones?

Turmerones are valuable compounds found in turmeric essential oil. Turmerones have actions that are similar to curcumin, but they have only recently been the subject of serious scientific and clinical research. So far, studies show that this essential oil can decrease inflammation better than Curcumin alone.

If you’re unhappy with your Turmeric or aren’t taking an anti-inflammatory supplement, may I recommend you look into taking it. Even if you don’t suspect inflammation in your body, the benefits to brain health are remarkable. However let’s be honest. Everyone has some form of inflammation, and the fact it may assist in reducing tumors. Taking Curcumin is a no-brainer.

How To Naturally Treat Food Poisoning

How To Naturally Treat Food Poisoning

Have you ever had an itch that burns? An itch that makes you feel like your skin is on fire? The left sole of my foot itched so deep I used a blunted tool to dig in, still no relief. It moved to my left palm, then my right pinky of all places. I had food poisoning. I had an allergic reaction.

The Ultimate Allergic Reaction

The itch, as it’s now called, moved recklessly all over my body. No place safe from the itch. A true allergic reaction. Skin irritation is so unpleasant, and the constant battle brings on fatigue and physical weakness.

It started at one of our favorite [not any longer] Mexican restaurants. By the time we’d finished eating, I knew something was wrong. My stomach was achy, so I quickly took some enzymes that I carry. Food poisoning wasn’t on my mind.

The Many Faces Of Food Poisoning

My husband felt fine until the middle of the night. He woke with all the typical food poisoning symptoms: Stomach ache, diarrhea, fever, and chills. Myself on the hand had a different response.

If you ever have a similar allergic reaction to food poisoning, here are some tips, including not eating that food again. Here’s what you can do the next time food attacks you.

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food poisoning

If you ever have a similar allergic reaction to food poisoning, here are some tips, including not eating that food again. Here’s what you can do the next time food attacks you.

The Best Natural Treatment 

Keep dietary Charcoal on hand. Take 450-580 mg on an empty stomach 2-4 times a day until all your symptoms are gone. The charcoal will bind to the toxins and move them out of your digestion. It must be taken on an empty stomach. It’s critical to wait 2 hours after taking it before eating.

Add-in with your food, Quercetin, Vitamin C, and Bromalin.

Staying Away From Western Medicine

I know many times people don’t know what they can do that is safe and natural. We hurry to get Benadryl or a steroid from the doctor. Both of these do more harm than good.  Suppressing your symptoms only makes your allergic reaction last longer because the toxins are still inside you.

If you’re in trouble with a rash or itchy skin, due to any reason, try these natural supplements. When your skin itches you’re having an allergic reaction. You can also try Allergy elimination treatments. They’re a specific acupuncture treatment to stop some allergies.  We’re happy to talk to you by phone and help you with your online order. Food poisoning is no fun.

3 Tips To Keep Your Knees Healthy

3 Tips To Keep Your Knees Healthy

Yesterday I had three new patients all with knee pain. I think summer takes us outside more, don’t you? Whether it’s running around with the kids or going for a run, we do more outside when the weather is beautiful. So here are 3 tips to keep your knees healthy over the summer.

 

3 Tips To Keep Your Knees Healthy

How To Help Your Knees Stay Healthy

 

  1. Improve leg muscle strength and flexibility.

These new patients had one thing in common. They all were stiff in their legs. When I examined them their backs as well were super tight. Whether you exercise at a gym, walk, or need to start, everyone needs to stretch 2-3 times daily. If your hamstrings, Quads, and back are tight it’s hard to keep your knees healthy. that’s where daily stretches come in.

Think back to when you were a child. You rolled around on the floor, darted over to what you want, and did all kinds of kid-inspired twists as you ate, watched TV or danced to the radio.

As we age, we forget to move. I sit on the floor with my legs out in front of me when I wake up. I do it before bed too. Using stairs, I stand on the bottom one with only my toes and flex my feet and ankles.

There are plenty of great books on how to improve your flexibility. In working with patients with the pain, we create a program which includes stretches for the busy person to do daily. Want to end knee pain, be active.

 

Investing In Your Body’s Health

  1. Stand straight and wear good shoes.

I loved my old high heels, but they weren’t the best shoes for my feet, knees, or posture. Most of us have turned in our 6-inch heel for a flatter flattering look. Still, finding a good shoe is an investment. This is where posture comes in too.

Wearing a cheap of low-cost shoe may cause you to stand bent over. This overtime puts your knees into a position that wears on the joints as much as hard labor. Try to stand tall. Push your shoulders back and down. Then walk. If the shoe doesn’t feel comfortable, it’s the wrong one for you. To keep your knees healthy invest in great shoes.

Prevention Is Your Top Goal – Rehabilitation Is Your Optimal Answer To Knee Pain

3. Acupuncture for recovery and prevention.

Most people wait until their knees hurt before seeking any help with the pain. What if you decided to be proactive and get acupuncture regularly?  What if you chose to take care of your body before it gives you trouble? Our knees are important for walking, running, even sitting. Prevention can keep your Knees healthy as you age, exercise or work.

Most of us do this with our mode of transportation.  If you bike or own a car, you likely do regular check-up and tune-ups. It gets costly to have your car break down. There’s the cost when you have to pay for repairs or a new vehicle. Let’s not even mention the time off from work.

You have two options wait until you have knee pain or be proactive and get acupuncture to stay in optimal shape. These 3 tips to keep your knees healthy are all preventive. However, if your knee hurt then begin now to stop the pain with these tools.

The Truth About Fish Oil

The Truth About Fish Oil

Figuring out vitamins for clients is one of the hardest things I do. The whole “what fish oil should you take” is a prime example. So many patients come in taking a bunch of junk.

Are you taking a bunch of junk?

What Fish Oil You Should Take?

I don’t want to add to the confusion. That’s how this happens, after all, no one wants to waste money on fish oil that is not good for them. So, the question is how to tell what is worth your health and your money? There’s a lot of choices. Omega 3 and Omega 6 need to be in a 2:1 ratio for prime health.

Taking a very boring subject – once again – and making it worth reading is my goal. Let’s talk about what fish oil you should take.

Debra Novotny quote about health and eating fish.

There are three catchy names. ALA or omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid, long-chain omega-3 fats eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid omega-3 (DHA).

Okay I know you have better things to do so here is the bottom line on the ‘latest’ research. I say latest because I’ll likely have to update you in a few years with new studies. Knowing what fish oil should you take comes down to knowing more about all omega’s not only fish oil supplements.

Comparing Omega 3 and Omega 6

Less than a decade ago studies were saying you had to eat more fish especially Salmon to get enough Omega 3. This was because they were comparing a ratio you need between Omega 3 and Omega 6.

Other sources of omega 3 and omega 6

The Question Of How Much Omega-3 To Eat

First, you may ask, “Deb what is an Omega 6? Well, the easy answer is animal products. But it’s also walnuts! Nuts contain omega 6. For many, it’s the cause of inflammation in their body because they eat too much.

Also, it’s because there are several types of Omegas. Is your head spinning yet? Many patients tell me theirs are until we handle this a simple way.  You want more Omega 3’s than 6.

Here’s a quick cheat list of foods. This will guide you in knowing more about what fish oil should you take.

Sources of Omega 3 Fats:

Cold water fish, tuna, cod liver, halibut, herring, mackerel, trout, salmon, sardines.

Sources of Omega 6 fats:

Sunflower seeds, seed oils, corn, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, nuts, meat, dairy products.

If you’re me, you can’t have certain seafood due to allergies. Some fish doesn’t give you enough fish oil to make it worth it. This is why I totally believe in supplements. But not all supplements are created equal.

 

There’s Such A Thing As Long-Chain and Short-Chain Omega-3-Fats?

the words Fish Oil spelled with Supplements
Short-chain omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid or ALA is found in plant foods such as flax, hemp and pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. Guess what, less than 5% of ALA gets converted to the useful stuff you need.

A common misconception, especially amongst vegetarians and vegans, is that our need for EPA and DHA can be met by consuming flax oil and other plant sources of ALA. But the conversion numbers above clearly indicate that this isn’t the case. Again, it comes down to either eating a ton of fish, especially Salmon or taking the right supplements.

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How Often Can You Eat Fish and It Be A Good Thing?

You don’t need to eat fish daily. It’s a matter of a few things. First, variety is important. Second, Asians and other people who live in fishing villages don’t eat fish all the time. They have seaweed or other plants too. Third, you’d need to eat about 11 oz. of Salmon for instance daily. Finally, contamination is a big problem.

How to decide what fish oil should you take is not hard. It shouldn’t be from a grocery store or a local vitamin store. The quality is going to be low grade. If it’s the least bit not fresh and from a proper source you’ve wasted a lot of money. Professional Omega oils are not costlier.

You’ll want an Omega 3 oil not made from nuts or flax [ALA]. You are just wasting your money on flax oil or Chia oil. It’s better to eat these because ALA converts to EPA and DHA at a very low rate as mentioned above.

 

Omega 3 An Important Supplement

My choice is fish oil providing the natural triglyceride form. It’s full of EPA and DHA. This form is more efficiently digested and is 70% more absorbable than the ethyl ester form. Okay, another confusing topic and you thought you could just pick up fish oil at the bulk warehouse where you’ll find the less effective product.

To me though the bottom line is keeping your ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 balanced.

Depending on your Cardiometabolic testing [we can do that for you], we can determine if you need omega 6,7, and 9 too. Most of my patients discover they need all omegas. What fish oil should you take is the natural triglyceride form of Omega 3 along with the other Omega’s your diet needs. Yes you need Omega 6 too though in a proper ratio to Omega 3.

The only way to know the right dose often is about double the label. It’s based on your diet and your Cardiometabolic testing. You’ll need two different fish oil supplements. The Omega 3 and then the blend of all the others. The bottom line is we work with clients throughout the USA. Discover your right Omega’s by reaching out to our office today.

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