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What 3 Things Can You Do NOW that Can Improve Your Health

I was interested to hear Dr Jeffrey Bland (the father of Functional Medicine and author of The Disease Delusion, answer the question “ What 3 Things Can You Do NOW that Can Improve Your Health?”

Here is his answer.

  1. Get away from the fast food restaurants for a period of a couple months and see how that influences your health. That alone will make a difference
  2. Improve your omega-3 oil intake from fatty fish like salmon. I know there’s a lot of back-and-forth controversy about omega-3s right now, but I can tell you if you weigh the studies going back to Joel Kremer who was at New York Medical College and did the first studies on placebo-controlled trials in rheumatoid arthritis with fish oils and showed a very positive clinical benefit under controlled conditions.
  3. Move your body without overdoing it. You need to keep moving because a low level of your immune system activities reforming and recycling old materials is really important for reducing inflammation. It almost seems paradoxical that a small amount of inflammation induces anti-inflammation, but that’s how it works. So you want to be in a proper physical conditioning program— movement, massage, physical medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, all these things can be very helpful in the structural component of these conditions. Structure and function are intimately tied together. Often we forget that function is structure, and structure is function. So we need them to be tightly tied.

 

Got Leaky Gut?

Hippocrates was right when he said many years ago that the gut is the foundation of our entire health.

Research is finally starting to show that many chronic and autoimmune diseases can be connected to gastrointestinal problems. When your gut lining is damaged due to stress, poor diet, medications, and other triggers, it can cause undigested food particles and bacterial endotoxins to pass into the bloodstream leading to a cascade of chronic inflammation to all areas of the body. This is commonly known as leaky gut syndrome.

A gut permeability lab test will help determine if leaky gut syndrome is a factor in your specific health case. It will check for:

  • Zonulin and occludin: These two proteins control gut permeability, and antibodies could mean the intestinal tight junctions have been compromised.
  • Actomyosin antibodies: These could indicate that the gut lining was damaged.
  • Lipopolysaccharides LPS: These are bacterial endotoxins in your gut. If they are in your blood, it could mean there was enough destruction of the gut lining to let them pass.

If you want to know more about leaky gut and other gut matters CLICK HERE for my FREE eBook called  Gut Matters: 4 Ways to Optimize Your Digestion to Boost Your ‘Second Brain’ and Improve Your Mood

Life Perspectives From 30 Plus Years As A Wellness Seeker

I don’t often write about my musings on life. Usually I am teaching the  latest exciting news about health and nutrition such as the miracle of the microbiome or the science of epigenetics or the teachings of Functional Medicine. Today is different.

I just found out that a fabulously fit, amazingly healthy young man had a brain bleed while hiking and it stopped me in my tracks. How could that happen? His life is forever changed in an instant. Yes, I am sure he will make a huge recovery from his brain injury but the truth is that could happen to any of us at any time, so I wanted to muse on the notion of living in the moment.

Being a wellness seeker is about being able to live fully in the moment. Feeling clear headed and energetic and vibrant so that each moment counts. I have never said this out loud, but I think we need to bring the concept of mindfulness front and center in our health and wellness teaching.

Being a wellness seeker is NOT about deprivation now for a brighter tomorrow. Some people live this way but I recommend we change that perspective. Living for tomorrow is a missed opportunity!

Here is what I know for sure . The meaning of anything is about being fully present while you do it.

This is a big leap for me as being a competitive athlete growing up, I was always delaying gratification for the hope of a better future! Perhaps it is living longer and realizing how precious life is that has shifted my perspective.

What do you think?