Got Heartburn?

According to the National Institute of Health, 20% of Americans suffer from heartburn symptoms at least once per week, and nearly half of these people experience symptoms every day.

The pain associated with heartburn is caused by stomach acid backing up into the esophagus through the valve at the entry point of the stomach. The lining of the esophagus is not able to handle the extreme acidity of stomach acid, and because of this, acid reflux can cause considerable damage and lead to ulceration and even cancer.

According to Jonathan Wright in his book Why Stomach Acid is Good For You by, the best way to avoid heartburn and prevent acid reflux is to support proper function of the lower esophageal sphincter. The following are some practical ways to do this.

  • Drink more water. Dehydration can lead to acid reflux by causing the lower esophageal sphincter to relax.
  • Avoid foods and beverages that can weaken the lower esophageal sphincter. This includes chocolate, coffee, mints, sugar, alcohol and onions.
  • Don’t overeat. Excessively large meals put pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter and encourage it to open when it shouldn’t.
  • Elevate the head of your bed by 4 to 8 inches. This will keep gravity working in your favor and make it less likely for stomach acid to drain into the esophagus.
  • Get tested for food sensitivities and avoid the reactive foods that may be interfering with the function of the lower esophageal sphincter. Consider a trial of eliminating grains and dairy from your diet. These are the two most likely food groups to cause sensitivities.

It’s also helpful to avoid foods and beverages that can irritate the lining of the esophagus. This includes citrus fruits, tomatoes, spicy foods, coffee and carbonated beverages.

For more information on heartburn and acid reflux, I highly recommend that you read Why Stomach Acid is Good For You by Jonathan Wright, MD.

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The Ultimate Social Network – The Microbiome– PART 1

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90% of the cells in our body are not human. The trillions of tiny bacteria living inside of us are called the microbiome. Our body contains ten times more microbes than human cells and one hundred times more microbial DNA than human DNA. All the microbes inside of us are collectively known as the microbiome. Think of the microbiome as the microbe club in your body.

This whole separate ecology is the ultimate social network. It is inextricably linked to our body operating efficiently. When we live a lifestyle that keeps our microbiome at peak efficiency, our weight and our health improve. By contrast, when we consume foods and medicines that throw our inner ecology out of balance, we put ourselves at risk for a host of illness.

These microscopic organisms have a huge role to play in our health. They regulate our:

  1. Weight
  2. Immune System
  3. Mental Clarity
  4. Metabolism
  5. Mood
  6. Energy Level
  7. Appetite
  8. Cravings
  9. Gene Expression
  10. Nutrient Levels

We used to think that all microbes were unhealthy. Now we realize that most microbes are actually helpful to us, performing many important functions.

Although each microbe is small, those trillions of tiny organisms add up to a weight of about 3 pounds (same as what our brain weighs).

The Forgotten organ and Your Second Genome

The Human Genome Project began in 1990 to map the genes that make us human. Scientists hoped that by better understanding our own DNA, we would be able to unlock the genetic basis for a wide variety of illnesses. What they found, however, was that we have only 22,000 genes and all of us humans share around 99.9% of the same human DNA. The genetic differences between us are incredible tiny compared to everything we have in common.

On top of that, as we acquire our microbiome, we incorporate another 3.3 million genes – a ratio of 150:1.

Also, no two people, including identical twins, share the same microbiome. Since the genes in our microbiome outnumber human genes by 150:1  perhaps the genetic make up of our microbiome is where our diversity and uniqueness really lie.

Our own genes change slowly from generation to generation, but the lifespan of a microbe is only about 20 minutes! This means that that we can have a significant impact on rebalancing our microbiome quickly with lifestyle changes.

Want to know more? REGISTER HERE for my webinar on April 20th about Healthy Gut, Healthy Body.

The Path to Create Health In One Phone Call

dr-karen-relaxedYesterday I had a phone call which reminded me of why I chose the “road less traveled” in my career. (The path of creating health versus treating disease). Let me tell you about the call. I will not use names of course to protect confidentiality.

A young man had been experiencing significant daily pain for many years due to an autoimmune condition. When I heard his story, I knew that optimizing his nutrition could really support his health plan. His doctors had suggested the SCD Diet (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) which had helped him but was too restrictive to keep as a long term lifestyle. I was able to share with him my Clear the Way Detoxification Program.

I explained to him the role of the gut in our immune function and the need for the liver to be supported. I also described the role of Vitamin D in immune function and how optimizing his diet with a low glycemic, nutrient dense eating plan could help him.

He is committed to the Clear the Way Detoxification Program for three months.  I felt such gratitude to be able to help a person in need who has struggled to find solutions to his significant health challenge.

This is why I do what I do. Every day I am able to guide someone on their health journey. We need more voices communicating this message.

I have to give credit to Sanoviv Medical Institute for the opportunity to take groups on my  Health and Education Retreats. It is here that I have learned this functional approach to creating health.

If you feel at all interested in joining me on my next Health and Education Retreat, my next retreat begins on April 1, 2017. CLICK HERE for details.

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If a career path in wellness interests you, CLICK HERE to join me on a webinar on Thursday February 23 about Inspired Wealth – How to Create A Prosperous Wellness Business.

There is so much we can do to support a health -enhancing lifestyle! Let’s get busy!