Maybe it’s just me, but shingles seems to be on the rise. Like any other herpes virus (e.g. cold sores) it may be helpful to supplement with the amino acid lysine to decrease the duration, while avoiding the amino acid arginine (arginine can worsen or prolong the outbreak). Foods high in arginine are turkey, pork, chicken, soy, dairy, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, and peas. Talk to your ND to see if this is the right choice for you.
Posted in Cold Sores, Emergency, Herpes, Home Page, Pain & Inflammation, Prescription Foods, Skin, Supplements/Vitamins
Tagged Alternative, arginine, cure, Food, Home Remedy, lysine, natural, naturopath, Shingles
Protein is the single most important nutrient for aging well. A lack of protein = a susceptibility for musculoskeletal injury (e.g. a broken hip) AND cognitive dysfunction (e.g. dementia). The thing to remember is older populations have less ability to absorb nutrients than younger populations. Therefore, eating frequent, small amounts of protein daily rather than large amounts of protein once or twice a day is ideal to offset this nutrient absorption limitation. As a general measure, you can calculate your daily protein requirement (grams) by multiplying your body weight (kilograms) by 0.8 (e.g. 70kg x 0.8 = 56g of protein minimum per day).
Posted in Aging, Dementia, Home Page
Tagged aging, Alzheimer's, broken hip, calculate, dementia, elderly, Food, injury, natural, Naturopathic, nutrition, prevention, protein
Some doc’s put their high cholesterol patients on fat (cholesterol) free diets. If you are one of these people, then you may want to have a conversation with your doctor for some clarity. Here’s why:
Carbohydrates (sugar) get broken down into Acetyl-CoA. Acetyl-CoA is the first building block for cholesterol synthesis. The step by step process for cholesterol synthesis is: Acetyl-CoA -> HMG-CoA -> Mevalonate -> Squalene -> Cholesterol. Therefore, a reduction in one’s consumption of simple carbohydrates is essential.
Furthermore, cholesterol is eliminated from the body via bile, and bile is comprised of steroids that come from cholesterol. Consuming fats (cholesterol) causes the gallbladder to contract and release bile, which binds bad cholesterol for elimination in the feces. In a nutshell, if you’re not eating any fats, you’re not eliminating bad cholesterol. And if you’re consuming lots of carbs, then you’re making matters worse.
Talk to your ND for dietary solutions if you have high cholesterol :)
Posted in Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Home Page
Tagged acetyl-coa, Alternative, arterioscleosis, athersclerosis, bile, carbohydrates, carbs, Cholesterol, diet, fat, Food, healthy, high blood pressure, natural, naturopath, nutrition
Herpetic outbreaks (i.e. coldsores, genital herpes) can be influenced by one’s dietary intake of two amino acids – lysine and arginine. Lysine is known to reduce outbreaks (a good thing), while arginine is known to exacerbate them (a bad thing). Below is a list of foods high in each amino acid (in no particular order):
- Lysine powder (your best option)
- Egg white
- Game meat (elk, deer, etc)
- Whole dry milk
- Most cheeses (e.g. cottage (dry or low fat), ricotta, cheddar, mozzarella, edam; Dutch gouda and unprocessed swiss are the highest)
- Apricots (dried)
- Soy protein isolate
- Shell fish
Posted in Cold Sores, Herpes, Home Page, Mouth
Tagged Almond, Alternative, apricot, arginine, brazil, carob, chedder, cheese, chicken, cold sore, coldsore, cottage, deer, edam, egg, elk, fish, Food, gelatin, gouda, hazelnut, Herpes, HSV, lysine, milk, mozzarella, natural, naturopath, nutrition, nuts, peanut, ricotta, seaweed, sesame, shell fish, soy protein, swiss, tahini
Schizophrenia has been linked to mothers having low phosphatidylcholine levels during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, consult your N.D. about your phosphatidylcholine levels.
Posted in Home Page, Pregnancy, Prescription Foods
Tagged Alternative, Food, Health, natural, naturopath, phosphatidylcholine, Pregnant, prevention, Schizophrenia
To ensure I get some patients when I enter practice, I can’t be giving away all my trade secrets on this blog (especially on this issue). But here are a few simple things you can do to help put a little wood back into the engine that could. Before business time (AKA: sexual intercourse), drink pomegranate juice, celery juice (requires a juicer), and eat some dark chocolate (90%). Do NOT blend the celery in a blender (instead of juicing) or you will probably end up with gas… the ultimate anti-aphrodisiac.
Posted in Home Page, Sex Health
Tagged Alternative, better sex, boner, celery, cialis, dark chocolate, erectile dysfunction, erection, Food, natural, naturopath, Naturopathic, nutrition, pomegranate, power, sex, sexual intercourse, strength, vasodilator, viagra
From my nutrition class:
In adults, 30g/day (2.2tbsp) of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil will:
- reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension
- improve glucose control in people with diabetes
- lower cholesterol
Never heat your oil. Either drink the 30g/day or add it to your food after cooking. It’s always a good idea to consult your ND beforehand.
Posted in Cholesterol, Diabetes, Home Page, Hypertension
Tagged Alernative, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Food, high blood pressure, Hypertention, natural, naturopath, nutrition, Olive oil
From my nutrition class:
- Fish oil is great for treating ADD/ADHD.
- Fish oil that is DHA is useless (for ADD/ADHD).
- Fish oil that is EPA is the good stuff.
- Select a ratio of EPA:DHA that is at least 2:1.
- Talk to your ND on proper dosage.
Posted in ADD/ADHD, Home Page
Tagged ADD, ADHD, Alternative, DHA, EPA, fish oil, Food, Health, natural, naturopath, nutrition
A correlation has been found between beta-carotene and lung cancer in smokers. Aside from its presence in various fruits and vegetables (typically orange colored ones), it is also found in food coloring: E160a. So if you have yet to kick the cancer stick, you may want to alter your diet and supplements. You may also want to check out my other tip on ending the habit.
Posted in Addiction, Home Page, Smoking
Tagged beta-carotene, Cancer, Carrot, Cigarette, Conditions and Diseases, dye, Food, food color, Health, Lung, Lung cancer, naturopath, Smoking, Smoking cessation, supplement
Worried about infection? To kill microscopic bugs, try spreading organic, unpasteurized honey on a wound or eating it to treat a sore throat. It will also help reduce inflammation and will speed up healing.
Do not give honey to a child under 2 years of age.
Posted in Home Page, Sore Throat & Colds, Wounds/Sores/Burns
Tagged antimicrobial, Food, heal, healing, Health, Health effects of honey, honey, infection, Naturopathic, Pain & Inflammation, Pasteurization, Shopping, sore throat, Sweeteners, unpasteurized, wound