Poor skin, slow healing, low sex drive, blood sugar issues and low immunity? Well, then Read on, baby!

I had chapped lips on-and-off for what felt like YEARS, although in reality it was probably just under a year.

One day, while reading about the power of zinc for healing, I cooked up and ate a ton (well, not a ton; but probably 15) oysters.

The next day I woke up and my lips were TOTALLY healed….no peeling, no cracked corners; and more than that, my energy was great and I just felt really……WELL.

….A strong sense of the body working right.

Now….keep in mind, I already had a very nutritious diet, so if the rest of your diet and lifestyle isn’t in check, one food might not be a silver bullet for you (because all minerals require other vitamins & nutrients to be utilized properly).

Nonetheless, whether or not you have low zinc symptoms (e.g., poor healing, sex drive issues, blood sugar issues, low immunity, autoimmunity, poor digestion, candida, IBS-D, infections), zinc is still an essential nutrient for everyone who wants to get or maintain good health.

This is one reason I insist my clients try to find a way to eat oysters; at least once a week.

Oysters are one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, and they are a great source of selenium and B12 too.

But oysters are BY FAR the bomb-diggity (technical term) for a clean and bio-available form of zinc.

For instance, here’s the zinc content of many common foods per 100 grams:

Coconut meat 1,5 mg
Egg noodles 1,6 mg
Millet flakes 1,8 mg
Anchovy salted 1,8 mg
Cocoa powder 5,7 mg
Hard cheese 5,0 mg
Beef medium fat 6,1 mg
Veal cooked 4,7 mg
Popcorn 1,7 mg
Rice 1,5 mg
Peanut butter 3,0 mg
Wheat wholemeal 2,7 mg
Turkey 2,1 mg
Brazil Nut 4,0 mg
Gouda 3,8 mg
Hamburger 3,6 mg
Peanuts 3,4 mg
Sardines 3,2 mg

As you can see, the highest zinc foods are beef and cheese, but even with those you would need to eat 3-5 servings to get enough because absorption is about 1/3rd.

So, when trying to take in 10mg, you actually need eat about 30mg.

With oysters however, one serving (or 100 grams) is anywhere from 30-80mg!

Some people avoid seafood due to mercury, but oysters are the lowest in mercury of any seafood, so no worries here!

Some people avoid seafood due to mercury, but oysters are the lowest in mercury of any seafood, so no worries here!

Specific therapeutic Benefits of zinc:

  • Improves sexdrive

  • Helps skin retain moisture

  • Help maintain proper bacteria levels

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Help improve glucose tolerance

  • Improves immunity and protects against flu’s and cold’s

  • Aids hormone balance

  • Improves brain function

  • Helps reduce wasting (muscle loss)

  • Aids healing and repair of muscle and skin

  • Reduces ammonia


How much zinc?

Most people look at the RDA for nutrient amounts, but remember the RDA is based upon the bare minimum known to prevent health issues….NOT what’s required for optimal health, so some people may need more.

In general, it’s recommend that men and women get between 8-12 mg a day but sometimes more is needed.

Why you might need more zinc:

  1. You’re recovering from an injury

  2. You’re pregnant (eating for 2).

  3. You have a lot a muscle ( zinc needs are determined largely by lean body mass)

  4. You have poor absorption issue, like Crohn’s or have recently had diarrhea

  5. You’re working out regularly in an attempt to put on muscle mass

Chances are you won’t ever need more than 50mg a day, but a short term supplement (for a week or so) will usually help you know if more is helpful by restoring zinc levels.

Zinc taken alone as a supplement can oxidize other molecules, so don’t rely on a supplement long term; food is always best.

It’s also well known to cause nausea in large amounts, so start slow if you’re sensitive to it, or take it with food.

Some forms of zinc, such as oxide or picolinate are not usually well absorbed.

I like Zinc sulfate or zinc Gluconate, and of course make sure to choose one with as few additives as possible, especially if you have gut issues.

This is what I’ve used when experimenting.

It’s inexpensive, free of risky additives and effective!

References:

https://www.academia.edu/37289437/Foods_with_1.4_mg_zinc_100_g

https://www.nap.edu/read/10026/chapter/14

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26365743

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10801947

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3890515

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25624036

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5331606/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6711466

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6147551

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22852057

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20427734

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3630857

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17344507

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19022958

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10801947

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20822500

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23914218

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4904428/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19420098
https://www.fda.gov/food/metals/mercury-levels-commercial-fish-and-shellfish-1990-2012

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25280421

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8621138

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1505922

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2626852

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3218283

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/546221


The common vitamin that can treat Fibro, Chronic Fatigue, Brain fog, nerve pain, seizures, MS, and more

If there is a single common denominator in poor health & disease, it’s low energy.

Fatigue, trouble focusing, trouble executing, “wired but tired”, poor sleep, brain fog, slowed thinking, forgetfulness, etc. are all very common symptoms.

People often think tiredness, fatigue or lethargy are not very serious health issues (perhaps because it IS so common), so it’s often attributed to simply not sleeping well.

But actually, the inability to fall into a deep sleep stems from the result of chronic low energy and is itself serious, because it (fatigue) is both a symptom and cause in almost every disease state.

Fatigue is a common after strokes and some studies show it’s so severe that it’s linked to a high mortality rate.

So, although coffee and other things can be helpful for energy, regular fatigue shouldn’t be ignored and brushed aside, because it is an important signal from the body that something is off.

And that is why it’s worth considering thiamine for overall health, because not only can it help almost anyone with energy issues, but it actually helps the body create energy and achieve homeostasis sustainably.

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There is also strong evidence that a thiamine deficiency is itself part of the problem in many health issues……for instance, some studies have indicated that 75% of diabetics have a deficiency.

the science:

  • A study on cancer patients who had various types of cancers showed that more than 1/2 of them had a thiamine deficiency. The study concluded that thiamine deficiency is highly prevalent among inpatients with cancer, even in the absence of other vitamin deficiencies, and while receiving multivitamins.

    Most oncologists do not check for this deficiency, so it is often ignored as a contributing factor to declining health.

  • In a study on fibromyalgia, it was noted that many symptoms are likely are caused by a thiamine deficiency and after the patients took high doses of thiamine there was significant improvement in their symptoms.

  • In a study on post-stroke fatigue it is suggested that post-stroke fatigue and related disorders could be the manifestation of a mild thiamine deficiency (since supplementation improved fatigue).

  • In a study on IBS 10 out of 12 patients showed complete regression of fatigue, while the remaining two showed nearly complete regression of fatigue compared to the chronic fatigue syndrome scale scores before therapy.

  • In a study on MS (even though blood levels of thiamine were normal) administration of large quantities of thiamine was effective in reversing fatigue.

  • In a study on hashimotos administration of thiamine led to a partial or complete regression of fatigue and related disorders

  • In a study on a infant with diabetes, thiamine (benfotiamine) sustained improvement in all haematological parameters and the insulin requirement was able to be progressively reduced and the disease was put in remission for at least 2 years.

  • A study on seizures shows a link between low B1 and the frequency of seizures or epileptic fits.

Even when blood levels of thiamine are normal, taking higher doses can improve many symptoms, likely due to a dysfunction of the intracellular (inside the cell) transport of thiamine.

Abnormalities in thiamine-dependent processes appear to be overcome by thiamine when it’ dosed at supra-physiological levels, causing high concentrations to enter the body.

You might have plenty of thiamine, but not be able to use it, and this is when high doses can often override a potential dysfunction and improve energy production.

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Benefits of thiamine

  • It improves oxidative metabolism (which means it helps cells throughout the body create more energy, with less stress).

  • It is especially useful for brain function, by preventing too much ammonia (a cause of brain fog)

  • It facilitates overall energy function for the whole body, not just the brain

  • It improves the ability of your cells to utilize sugar (glucose) instead of storing it as fat, or causing high blood sugar.

  • It helps your liver detoxify estrogen to protect against estrogen dominance (which is one of the causes of autoimmunity).

  • Because of those benefits it helps your body use thyroid hormone (t3) better.

  • It lowers lactic acid (a cause of fatigue and soreness).

  • It helps with nerve pain (sciatica, back pain, tooth pain, shooting pains).

  • It helps to reduce physiological stress by up-regulating energy production. This alone can be cancer-protective as cells under stress slow down and start to malfunction.

Other signs/reasons to suspect you need more thiamine…

Frequent alcohol usage (it depletes B vitamins)…

You notice mosquitoes biting you, even though others around you aren’t getting bitten….B1 is great as a mosquito repellant.

Your vision is blurry (multiple studies have linked this to B1 deficiency).

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HOW to use:

  1. Use for at least 2-3 weeks to judge affects

  2. Dosages in studies normally range from 250 mg to as much as 3,000 mg daily (not mcg).

  3. If you use high doses (over 500mg) it’s usually best to spread it throughout the day, every 3-4 hours, and to take it with food.

  4. Make sure you have your basics covered (eating enough carbohydrates and calories and salt), otherwise B1 can’t help you with energy if you don’t have the fuel to support it’s use.

  5. Use food in addition to supplementation (liver is a GREAT source of B1). The body assimilates vitamins from food much better than from supplements.

  6. Use a clean supplement, without many additives (like silica or heavy metals). I use this one, or this one when traveling. It is very bitter, so if you use the powder, be prepared to chase it with something.


Always listen to your body, even if your labs are normal.

If you’ve covered the basics and still have energy issues, it would be smart to experiment with Thiamine (B1) because it is very safe in high doses, is natural, water-soluble (no concern about long term storage issues) and has very little risk as there are no reports of adverse effects from consumption of excess thiamine.

Also, if you don’t know how to eat for energy check out my training below on a metabolic approach and learn how eat and live in a way that’s focused on improved energy function.

A simple, natural (and cheap) way to increase energy and improve mood & digestion.

Ever felt kinda sore and lethargic, as if you're recovering from a workout, but……. you DIDN'T workout?
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This feeling is often caused by excess lactic acid, and ammonia. 
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Lactic acid is elevated in disease states and can cause all kinds of issues; abdominal discomfort, decreased appetite, irregularity, shallow breathing, general feelings of discomfort, poor mood, muscle pain, cramping, unusual tiredness, weakness, and insomnia just to name a few!
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Cancer can even be diagnosed by increased chronic lactic acid excess in the blood because it's one of the elements that keeps the cancer cycle in progress. 
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Lowering the production of excess lactic acid in the body will help your cellular energy metabolism function more optimally, leading to better health overall. Something we all want.
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Well, one simple and safe way to lower lactic acid is to supplement with a little baking soda.
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Baking soda reduces the damage done by lactic acid, such as slow healing, lowered cellular energy, and high stress hormones. 
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Some fitness competitors will take a tablespoon before & after a workout to prevent the damage of the lactic acid “burn”.
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A lot of people think "feeling the burn" is a badge of honor, but I noticed much better health, mood, and energy when I do several mini-workouts vs a long one that gives lots of “burn” and elevates lactic acid for days on end.

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When you think of baking soda, you’re likely to think of it’s ability to alkalize, but it’s benefits go way beyond that.

Baking soda has been shown to improve antibacterial activity:

"...E. coli grown in high concentrations of sodium bicarbonate exhibited an extended lag phase, implying lowered metabolic resources. Further, intracellular ATP levels……... were reduced by ~30% in sodium bicarbonate-treated E. coli compared to the untreated control. Overall, these experiments suggest that bicarbonate is a bacteriostatic compound that perturbs cellular respiration and reduces the activity of cell wall-active antibiotics that require actively growing bacteria for activity."


In a study done by scientific director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (Chi Van Dang) they studied mice who had consumed baking soda and the results were very promising for cancer treatments.

“The entire tumor lights up with mTOR activity.
The prediction would be that by reawakening these cells, you could make the tumor far more sensitive to therapy."”

Dang said; The concept is so easy. It’s not some $100,000 per year drug. It’s literally just baking soda.

Another study found that baking soda created an "anti-inflammatory environment” in the spleen, suggesting it may reduce inflammation that results in autoimmune conditions.

“Our data indicate that oral NaHCO3 activates a splenic anti-inflammatory pathway and provides evidence that the signals that mediate this response are transmitted to the spleen via a novel neuronal-like function of mesothelial cells.”
Oral NaHCO3 Activates a Splenic Anti-Inflammatory Pathway: Evidence That Cholinergic Signals Are Transmitted via Mesothelial Cells


It’s also supplies sodium, which keeps stress in check, and energy up….something we all want!

Mistakes to avoid:

A common myth in the health world is that the more alkaline you are, the better, so many people think the more baking soda the better…… but it’s important to have right amount……not too much, not too little.

Making yourself too alkaline can cause issues too.

To further confuse things; most people only focus on blood PH, but we actually have different ph’s all over the body that need to be accounted for to measure things properly.

For instance, yes, our blood should be alkaline, but INSIDE our cells need to be acidic (for our blood to be alkaline).

This is because CO2 takes minerals out of the cell and puts them into the blood, and it’s this exchange that keeps the blood alkaline.

The acid/alkaline balance in both places is carefully maintained and both need to be right for everything to work well.

In sick cells (as in cancer) the ph inside of the cell becomes alkaline and the blood becomes more acidic.

So, for the same reason, we generally want the urine to be slightly acidic to maintain blood alkalinity, about 6.5 or so.

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This is because your kidneys (which regulate what ends up in the urine) will be keeping those alkaline minerals and discarding any unneeded acids.

If you take too much baking soda (or your urine is too alkaline) you might:

  • Lower ionized calcium levels (bad for your bones and Central nervous system)

  • Cause urinary tract infections

  • Increase the chance of creating kidney stones


So, while baking soda can be great, you also don’t want to be too alkaline.

Fortunately, there’s a pretty simple and cheap way to test this; urine ph.

I use these ph strips to check if I’m regularly using baking soda.

They’re super cheap, and it only takes a moment to do this, so it’s well worth doing.

The accepted medical range for urine PH is quite broad but when looking at both the principles of physiology and where most people feel best, to me it makes sense to aim for the mid-6’s for an ideal post-meal range in normal health.

Tips on using it:

  1. Because baking soda is alkaline, it is usually best to take it separate from meals, so as not to disrupt digestion. However if you want to reduce acidity (in something like orange juice, for example), just add pinch, or more if you like it fizzy. 

  2. Measure your urine PH (I use these) for a few days to see what you’re normally at.

  3. Then start out with 1/4 teaspoon in the morning in water and watch the affects. It can take anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours to notice the affects both on how you feel and urine ph. I have used a teaspoon before with great results and other times, that’s been WAY too much. Everyone will be different.

  4. There is no standard dosage I can recommend and your body’s needs and stressors change all the time, so if you use it regularly, make sure to check your ph fairly often so as to not go too alkaline.

Conclusion:


If you have autoimmune issues like I did, (or any chronic symptoms) a simple, safe way to improve fatigue and soreness, is to experiment with baking soda.
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It's not a miracle cure but in the context of the right diet, I've found a little spoon of baking soda to provide an almost instant boost in energy, giving me a happy, light feeling and more flexibility and strength.
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Baking soda doesn’t have a sexy label, or a “bio-hacking” reputation, but like most things, I’ve found some of the most powerful improvement in my health has come from simple, natural resources; like baking soda!

Another natural and free thing that reduces acidity? Vitamin D!  Healing elements are all around us.

Another natural and free thing that reduces acidity? Vitamin D!
Healing elements are all around us.

Do you have a health issue, or simply an energy issue?

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Mid-century semi-starvation experiment of 1500 calories a day resulted in these symptoms:

1. Significant increases in depression and severe emotional distress 
2. Hysteria (an uncontrollable outburst of emotion or fear, irrationality, weeping, violent emotional outbreaks)
3. Hypochondria
4. Participants exhibited a preoccupation with food, both during the starvation period and the rehabilitation phase.
5. Sexual interest was drastically reduced
6. Signs of social withdrawal and isolation
7. Decline in concentration, comprehension and judgment capabilities.
8. There were marked declines in physiological processes indicative of decreases in each subject’s basal metabolic rate (the energy required by the body in a state of rest), reflected in reduced body temperature, respiration and heart rate. 
9. Some of the subjects exhibited edema (water retention) in their extremities, presumably due to decreased levels of plasma proteins given that the body’s ability to construct key proteins like albumin is based on available energy sources.
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In other words the symptoms of semi-starvation are the EXACT complaints I hear from women daily: 
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"I feel easily stressed, have brain fog, obsessed about health and food, low libido, temperature and pulse are off, poor sleep, self-conscious and tendency to isolate, and have bloating and muscle loss and low energy" 
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The vast majority of women I speak suffering from these ailments are also doing cyclical dieting, cutting carbs or calories and have a general fear of food and are focused on restriction, and weight gain or appearance versus nourishment. 
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What’s the best thing you can do for healing your anxiety, insomnia, gut issues, brain fog and general hormone imbalances?

Provide your body with energy!
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Eat well. Eat regularly. Eat consistently. Eat what makes you feel good. And eat ENOUGH. 
Eating enough nutrient dense calories, that you can digest and that provide your body with energy is the ONLY way to heal hormonal issues sustainably. 
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If you want a sharp mind, strong muscles, high resilience to stress, you need LOTS of energy to get there. 
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The faster our metabolism works, the higher our energy needs are. 
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So, if you want your metabolism to work more efficiently, and your brain to work better and your muscles to be stronger, does it really make sense to restrict the energy needed to make that happen? 
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Nope. It makes sense to cut out the junk that keeps your body from burning fuel the way it wants to and give it more of the nutrients it needs, without restriction. 
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A few of the major things that make our body more efficient at using energy properly:

🖤eliminating processed foods full of gums like carrageenan and and inflammatory oils, like canola oil and seed oils.
🖤Eating more saturated fats like coconut oil and grass fed butter. Try supplementing REFINED coconut oil daily on top of using it in cooking
🖤Getting environmental estrogens out of your products and home (limit your product usage; you don't need 1/2 the things you're using, I promise you)
🖤Eating enough of the right carbs for you (I personally don't sleep well or feel strong with less than 160 grams on average)
🖤Getting more sleep and sunlight and reducing stress in your life (you can't heal if you're not able to shut off the stress response and sleep through the night)
🖤Get enough salt (essential for proper hydration)

How to "brainwash" yourself for success

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If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.


Recently on Instagram I posted about the healing affirmations I used in my health journey which took me from an anxious woman in crippling pain, to the woman I am today (off medication and pain free for over 6 YEARS now, and in control of my health).

Now, of course affirmations aren't the ONLY thing that helped me, but it was an essential tool, and one of the secrets to my success.

I think people often make the mistake of focusing ONLY on mindset, or ONLY on nutrition…..but you need both.

Even with the perfect diet and healthy lifestyle, the wrong mindset (belief system) can sabotage you, no matter how hard you try to reach your health goals! *cue ugly cry*

So I wanted to share my affirmations with you, because they've not only helped me, but more importantly, they’ve have helped many others too.

The affirmations are mostly focused on health, self-image, and confidence, but feel free to also use them for inspiration, and write your own if there are specific beliefs you'd like to focus on, or others you need to change.

And just an FYI: if you've never done this before, the goal is to influence and shift your subconscious beliefs.

You see, even though we think our decisions are deliberate,

in reality our conscious decisions are dictated by our subconscious, based on how we FEEL emotionally.

We justify our decisions via conscious thought, but the real reason we have a belief, or take a specific action, comes from emotions triggered by our subconscious mind.

So here's what I do:

I listen to my affirmations with headphones in, or read them in a quiet place and work on being fully present and enveloped in the feeling described by the affirmation.

Don't just repeat them or listen passively, but fully engage in the thought, and over time this will change your beliefs when you choose to suspend disbelief.

At night when lying in bed, listen to your affirmations with your eyes closed and headphones on.

As you hear each affirmation imagine a situation where it happens and make the picture as real, and as colorful and detailed as you can.

Your goal is to brainwash yourself and make this as if it’s a real memory for you, not just something you desire.

Feel the positive emotions associated with each affirmation run through your body again and again.

Your subconscious doesn't know the difference between something you're fantasizing about, versus something that's actually already happened (for instance, a memory).

This is powerful, because it’s easy to have confidence in a memory or something that’s already happened, which is why this has the ability to change how you envision your future and what you believe is possible.

Instead of always worrying about what you DON'T want, Program your mind to focus on what you DO want.

And THAT is powerful, because as your beliefs change, you move from a place of fear and insecurity, to a place of hope and peace.

And when you're operating from a place of hope and peace, your body leaves survival mode (your "flight-or-fight" sympathetic nervous system response) and shifts into your parasympathetic nervous system, which allows more mental clarity, and most importantly, more peace and hope.

This literally makes you healthier by reducing cortisol, so this is not just “woo-woo” stuff, but can actually improve your health, just like dietary changes will.

I suggest listening to your affirmations as you go to sleep every night, or any other time when you can close your eyes and totally immerse yourself in visualizing it.

The only way you won't get results, is if you don't do it!

Don't try to analyze if it will work, or speculate if it will work for you; just trust the process.


Block out all judgement and overthinking, and let yourself feel the affirmations as if you're living them in that very moment.

Your cortisol will drop and your youth hormones will elevate.

Don't wait, go do it now!

Red-Light healing for inflammation, anxiety, pain and fatigue

If you walked into my office right now, you might think I'm trying to cook a pizza on my desk, based on the big red-lights I've got all over the place.

 

"Heat lamp"..................or a Anti-aging, therapeutic, anti-inflammatory red light healing device?

"Heat lamp"..................or a Anti-aging, therapeutic, anti-inflammatory red light healing device?

 

However, what I'm actually doing is:

  1. Lowering inflammation

  2. Improving skin tone & texture

  3. Lowering Stress hormones

  4. Stimulating my thyroid gland and youth hormones

  5. Increase cellular energy (and therefore overall energy)

And......just generally basking in the nice warm glow. :)

Sounds pretty great, huh?

Well......IT IS! :)

 
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I routinely use red lights as part of my healthy lifestyle, but If you would've told me years ago, that I'd be using light as a health supplement, I would've thought you were crazy.

I mean, light isn't nearly as powerful a factor for health as food, or supplements, right?

Well, turns out it CAN be that and much more!

The reason light is so powerful, is because it's biochemically active in our body.

If this seems a strange concept to grasp, remember one of the most well known effects of light; which is sunlight producing vitamin D in our body.

Vitamin D is a powerful immunomodulater, has hormone-like effects on the body and is essential for health and healing.

And all that can come from just 15 minutes of light exposure.

But what we often don't realize is that ALL light affects our health, not just sunlight.

Some good, some bad (like florescent lighting which has been linked to breast cancer; ick..... not good).

Florescent lighting is the only lighting used in hospitals.

Florescent lighting is the only lighting used in hospitals.

I've never really liked the harsh blue/white fluorescent lighting in many public places, but wasn't really sure why.

That is, until I learned more about the effects of the light spectrum on cellular energy and health.

Examples of the Blue light spectrum include:

  • Computers

  • Electronics

  • Industrial/public lighting

  • Common LED lightbulbs

And of the red light spectrum:

  • Sunshine

  • Fireplaces

  • Incandescent lightbulbs

  • Candles

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Blue light vs Red light spectrum

So, if you're like me and prefer the warm yellow glow of incandescent lighting.......there's likely a physiological reason for that.

We intuitively know that harsh blue light is not calming or pleasant.......and the truth is, constant exposure to it is actually harmful.

Fortunately there's an anti-dote to it: RED-LIGHT :)

 

If you've never heard of red light therapy, here's a quick synopsis:

Red light therapy, and infrared light therapy is the exposure of the skin and tissues to specific red-light wavelengths.

Red light is visible, but infrared light is invisible to the eye and also tends to penetrate deeper into the tissues, then visible red-light.

With red light or infrared light, the wavelengths easily penetrate through the skin, and into tissues.
It's then absorbed by our cells and naturally kick-starts the process of tissue recovery.

This helps rejuvenate us by increasing blood flow, collagen stimulation, and most importantly cellular respiration & energy.

Low temperatures in the body cause inflammation, but light (especially red light) raises the temperature, activates the formation and differentiation of new cells, (by increasing energy production), and stimulates the creation of mitochondria, and activity of DNA enzymes. 

Obviously, this is relevant because one of the 1st and most constant symptoms (and I believe in-part the cause) of arthritis, and autoimmunity is lowered cellular energy.

Fatigue, poor digestion, poor sleep, allergies, hormonal imbalances and more are greatly improved (or worsened) by the amount of cellular energy available for structure and function.

Studies on red light treatment have proven it effective on countless health issues and symptoms, including yeast infections, skin ailments, muscle & joint pain and specifically; rheumatoid arthritis!

And although not well-known (perhaps because it can't be patented), red light has been used clinically for the treatment of arthritis since the 1980's.

By the year 2000, enough scientific evidence was available to recommend it for any type of arthritis, even for severe rheumatoid symptoms.

I think it should be an important part of anyone's health regimen because it's:

  • Thoroughly researched

  • Effective for pain relief & inflammation

  • Cheap

  • Healthy

  • Easy to use

  • Readily available

  • And extremely safe


So how does it work exactly?

Red light is absorbed through the skin to a depth of about 8 to 10 mm and is able to penetrate tissues because the rays are not blocked by blood or water like other wavelengths.

Red light passes the skin barrier (so no concerns about burning) and directly stimulates regenerative processes in the skin through increased cellular proliferation, adhesion and migration.

Once absorbed, it activates cellular respiration (stimulates cellular energy and function), which subsequently energizes multiple nervous systems, and metabolic processes.

This is because when you create and support energy production, you basically help EVERYTHING in your body work better.

This increase of energy by red light is termed ‘photobiomodulation’ by researchers in the field.

Healthy cellular metabolism and respiration are based on good mitochondrial function, and with the application of red light there's an increase in mitochondrial products such as ATP, NADH, and Co2.

All of these are essential parts of a healthy, unstressed cell, and therefore a healthy overall metabolism.

This rise in metabolic rate also increases the formation of new capillaries, lymph system activity, production of fibroblasts, increased phagocytosis, (cellular clean-up), aids tissue granulation (wound healing) and REDUCES INFLAMMATION!

This amazing light therapy even positively impacts the modulation of immune cells.

One of the main things that affect tissue penetration is the wavelengths of the light that hits the skin.

There have been several hundred quality clinical studies trying to refine the parameters of therapeutic benefit.

Many of these studies show that wavelengths from 660 nanometer (nm) to 850 nm light are the most beneficial; specifically 660-670 and 830-850 nm.

This is because red light at those wavelengths helps remove nitric oxide from the cell's mitochondria, allowing the use of oxygen and therefore more energy production.

And as far as we know, this only happens in those parameters (660-850 nm).

But even aside from the benefits of specific wavelengths, there are also hormonal benefits from bright light in general, because when it's the right type of light (incandescent light) it replicates the positive hormonal affects of sunlight on our cells. 

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When our eyes absorb bright light, it stimulates our sex hormones (which are protective) and lowers inflammation.


Studies have even shown increased mating in animals, in line with increased light and limited darkness.
For instance, sparrows in New York City reproduce year round because of all the bright light.


And conversely, the more darkness an organism experiences, the higher the stress hormones, which produces inflammation and can even cause depression.

It has been shown that after 10 hours of darkness mitochondria enzymes get very low, and cellular function declines.

This is because our bodies and eyes were made to be exposed to sunlight and bright light during the day, but in our modern culture we are often inside, or in darkness way too often.

Combine fluorescent lighting, with limited sunlight exposure from working indoors, combined with living in a northern, cloudy or cold climate you've got a perfect recipe for hormonal ruin that even a perfect diet would have a hard time correcting.

We just aren't made for that.

So if you're indoors a lot, or live in a wintery cloudy climate, it's vital to combat the blue light and excess darkness with some bright light.
But NOT from florescent lighting, or regular blue-white LEDs...... that will just make things worse!

You'll want to use high-wattage incandescent lightbulbs. The brighter the better.
Just don't look directly at the light, because you'll hurt your eyes.
Kinda like looking at the sun; just not a good idea, m'kay? 
 

The goal is simply to be exposed to it. As long as it's illuminating the general area around you, your eyes will get all the exposure they need to stimulate energy (just as if you were exposed to sunlight).

Aaaand the cherry on top:
there are NO negative side-effects to red light therapy, other than excess warmth, which is quickly remedied by taking a break. :)

There's only one problem with incandescent lights.........sadly, they've been banned in many places, or are just generally unavailable.

But we're smarter than the average bear and there is definitely a legal work-around for this!


Grab my red-light cheatsheet below, and I'll send you info on what mistakes to avoid, the lights I use, and where you can get them too! 


If you've read any of my other posts or taken my course, you'll know that I'M BIG on increasing the metabolic rate for the sake of health and healing, which red light clearly does.

Something I often notice after using red light therapy is a feeling of calm, and most notably; an increased appetite because of the metabolic boosting effect.

Side Rant:

Increased appetite is often a VERY good sign of increased metabolism, and can be vital for healing when you're not getting enough nutrition (which is most people, including "healthy eaters").

People with autoimmunity and inflammation are usually under-eating........not so much calories (although that can happen too) but usually nutrition.

But, as long as you make good choices, (lean protein, whole foods, fruit, etc) when you feel hungry, than increased hunger is a great thing!

Think about it.......if you're starving and you reach for an apple, are you going to binge eat 20 apples? Of course not.

Overeating only happens when you're eating processed foods which have been literally engineered to cause additive snacking.

But when we eat nutritionally-dense healthy foods, eating more will actually increase your metabolic rate, and help you shed excess fat.

And even better; increase energy! Energy comes from food, and you can't lose weight or be healthy without energy.

But that's a whole other blog post........so back to red lights!

 

Aside from all the scientific talk about red lights, lets talk day-to-day stuff we all can relate to.

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By increasing metabolism, red light therapy helps:

  • Decrease bloating

  • Aid digestion

  • Reduce anxiety & restlessness

  • Improve sleep quality

  • Increase thyroid activity and energy

  • Improve mood and outlook

  • Lower stress hormones

  • Regulate temperature and pulse

Being under red lights reminds me a bit of the affect of sunlight. It gives that warm, calming feeling you get in your tummy when sunbathing.

I was able to totally reverse all of my rheumatoid arthritis pain naturally (by increasing cellular respiration) and red lights were an important part of my healing regimen.

So yeah......HIGHLY recommend. :)

Note:
There are also LED light versions which is what most studies used, but those tend to be much more pricey, and don't give off the added benefit of bright light. So for the sake of brevity and ease of implementation, I'm just focusing on the incandescent type bulbs right now.

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How to use Red-lights:

Think of buying red-lights, like buying a supplement.

It will help you heal and be healthier, but it should be in addition to a overall healthy nutrient-dense diet if you want the best results.

The lights can be as close to the skin as is comfortable. I usually have mine as close as possible without making me too warm (which is usually 3-5 feet away).

If you're using LED lights, they don't emit heat so you can have them as close as is comfortable.

I often use red lights all day long in the winter, because of the lack of sunlight that time of year.
In the summer, I use them a little less, just because it gets hot, but I still try to use them for at least a couple hours per day. 

And if you're someone who's often cold at room temp, even though everyone else feels fine, you'll find it especially beneficial.

Women in general tend to be more prone to feeling cold because of excess estrogen (which causes a low metabolic rate), so red light doesn't just heal at the cellular level, but also is a pleasant symptom treatment for cold fingers and toes, and general metabolic stress.

In summary:

Red lights were (and are) instrumental to me for relieving stress & pain symptoms, and for overall health. I use them daily for wellness and anti-aging purposes.

They're safe, cheap, effective, with no negative side-effects (except maybe for being the weird bio-hacker girl with red lights in her room).

What's not to like? :-)

Now, if you're ready to start feeling better, grab the red-light cheatsheet below to learn what mistakes to avoid, and which lights to use! 

 

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References:

Note: Red light therapy is also called low level laser, or low level light therapy, low intensity light therapy, photobiostimulation, biostimulation (BIOS), photobiomodulation, photonic stimulation or photorejuvenation. You'll see red light therapy called many of these various terms below.

  1. Low level laser therapy for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: a metaanalysis. Brosseau et al. 2000.

  2. IUBMB Life. 2010 Aug;62(8):607-10. Multiple roles of cytochrome c oxidase in mammalian cells under action of red and IR-A radiation.

  3. Low level laser therapy (Classes I, II and III) for treating osteoarthritis. Brosseau et al. 2004.

  4. Ann Biomed Eng. 2012 Feb;40(2):516-33. The nuts and bolts of low-level laser (light) therapy. Chung H, Dai T, Sharma SK, Huang YY, Carroll JD, Hamblin MR.

  5. Effect of low-level laser therapy on the expression of inflammatory mediators and on neutrophils and macrophages in acute joint inflammation. Alves et al. 2013.

  6. Can osteoarthritis be treated with light? Michael R Hamblin, 2013.

  7. J Photochem Photobiol B. 1995 Mar;27(3):219-23. Irradiation with He-Ne laser increases ATP level in cells cultivated in vitro. Karu T, Pyatibrat L, Kalendo G.

  8. Effect of low-level laser therapy (904 nm) and static stretching in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a protocol of randomised controlled trial. Ferreira de Meneses et al. 2015.

  9. Does addition of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in conservative care of knee arthritis successfully postpone the need for joint replacement? Ip et al. 2015.

  10. Photomed Laser Surg. 2008 Oct;26(5):451-3. Intracellular ATP level increases in lymphocytes irradiated with infrared laser light of wavelength 904 nm

  11. High-intensity versus low-level laser therapy in the treatment of patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled trial. Kheshie et al. 2014

  12. Short-term efficacy of physical interventions in osteoarthritic knee pain. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo-controlled trials. Bjordal et al. 2007.

  13. Brain Res. 2010 Jan 8;1306:100-5. Transcranial near infrared laser treatment (NILT) increases cortical adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) content following embolic strokes in rabbits

  14. Efficacy of low-level laser therapy applied at acupuncture points in knee osteoarthritis: a randomised double-blind comparative trial. Al Rashoud et al. 2014.

  15. Effect of low-level laser therapy in patients with chronic knee osteoarthritis: a single-blinded randomized clinical study. Alghadir et al. 2014.

  16. Influence of various laser therapy methods on knee joint pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Gworys et al. 2012.

  17. Efficacy of low level laser therapy associated with exercises in knee osteoarthritis: a randomized double-blind study. Alfredo et al. 2012.

  18. J Alzheimers Dis. 2011;23(3):521-35. Transcranial laser therapy attenuates amyloid-β peptide neuropathology in amyloid-β protein precursor transgenic mice.

  19. The effect of low-level laser in knee osteoarthritis: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Hegedus et al. 2009.

  20. Synergic effects of ultrasound and laser on the pain relief in women with hand osteoarthritis. Paolillo et al. 2015.

  21. A systematic review of low level laser therapy with location-specific doses for pain from chronic joint disorders. Bjordal et al. 2003.

  22. Meta-Analysis of Pain Relief Effects by Laser Irradiation on Joint Areas. Ho Jang et al. 2012.

  23. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) for Neck Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Regression. Anita R Gross et al. 2013.

  24. The influence of intravenous laser irradiation of the blood on the dynamics of leptin levels and the quality of life of the patients presenting with rheumatoid arthritis. Burduli et al. 2015.

  25. Reduction of IL-20 Expression in Rheumatoid Arthritis by Linear Polarized Infrared Light Irradiation. Imaoka et al. 2014.

  26. Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis with ATP. Birger Carlström and Olle Lövgren. 1949.

  27. Low-level laser therapy in different stages of rheumatoid arthritis: a histological study. Alves et al. 2013.

  28. Low-level laser therapy for zymosan-induced arthritis in rats: Importance of illumination time. Castano et al. 2007.

  29. Effects of low-level laser therapy at wavelengths of 660 and 808 nm in experimental model of osteoarthritis. da Rosa et al. 2012.

  30. Anti-inflammatory activities of light emitting diode irradiation on collagen-induced arthritis in mice (a secondary publication). Kuboyama et al. 2014.

  31. Photobiomodulation of pain and inflammation in microcrystalline arthropathies: experimental and clinical results. Soriano et al. 2006.

  32. Low-level laser therapy stimulates tissue repair and reduces the extracellular matrix degradation in rats with induced arthritis in the temporomandibular joint. Lemos et al. 2016.

  33. Effect of low-level laser on healing of temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis in rats. Peimani et al. 2014.

  34. Effect of light-emitting diode (LED) therapy on the development of osteoarthritis (OA) in a rabbit model. Oshima Y. 2011.

  35. Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in the management of neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo or active-treatment controlled trials. Chow et al. 2009.

  36. Rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid abnormalities. Staykova. 2007.

  37. Laser Ther. 2011; 20(3): 205–215. Is light-emitting diode (LED) phototherapy really effective? Won-Serk Kim and R Glen Calderhead

  38. An Bras Dermatol. 2014 Jul-Aug;89(4):616-23. Effects of low-power light therapy on wound healing: LASER x LED. Chaves ME et al., 2014.

  39. Improvement of pain and disability in elderly patients with degenerative osteoarthritis of the knee treated with narrow-band light therapy. Stelian et al. 1992.

  40. In chronic low back pain, low level laser therapy combined with exercise is more beneficial than exercise alone in the long term: a randomised trial. Djavid et al. 2007.

  41. Laser therapy: a randomized, controlled trial of the effects of low-intensity Nd:YAG laser irradiation on musculoskeletal back pain. Basford et al. 1999.

  42. Evaluation of low-level laser therapy in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders. Cetiner et al. 2006.

  43. Lasertherapy efficacy in temporomandibular disorders: control study. Santos Tde et al. 2010.

  44. Low-power laser treatment in patients with frozen shoulder: preliminary results. Stergioulas. 2008.

  45. Exact action spectra for cellular responses relevant to phototherapy. Karu et al. 2005.

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Why my rheumatologist, doctor and surgeon were all ignorant about nutrition and dietary solutions

Why my rheumatologist, doctor and surgeon were all ignorant about nutrition and dietary solutions

I will never forget the moment after my diagnosis, still shocked and horrified that I was crippled with arthritis in my early 20's as I asked my doctor with tears in my eyes,


"Can anything could be done?.......Could I change my diet perhaps?........Was there something I could be doing differently in my lifestyle?"

He replied, "No, diet has nothing to do with what's causing this. No one knows exactly what causes it; but it's likely genetic, which we can't do anything about".


He said it with so much finality, and even sighed in slight exasperation, as if it were a silly question to be asking.


This made me burst into tears, full on sobbing in public at the realization of the finality, and hopelessness of my disease.


Or so I thought

Throw out the pills!

It's easy and tempting in our fast paced pill-popping culture, to try and supplement our way to health.

But that will never lead to sustainable, lasting or vibrant health.

Surprisingly supplements can be very problematic, and almost as risky as being careless with your foods choices, due to fillers and other by-products, or to manufacturing contamination.

It’s WAAAAY more effective (and safer) to get your minerals through whole food sources.

On important mineral to maintaining a youthful metabolism and good energy is copper.

Copper is often overlooked in the health world, but it's just as vital as any other mineral for overall health and is an important part of a anti-inflammatory and anti-aging diet.

Benefits of the RIGHT amount of copper include:

  • Anti-bacterial activity

  • Can help overcome nutrient malabsorption

  • Improves cellular health

  • Improves digestion, which can of course, affects the whole body.

  • Helps bring back color to grey hair (in the context of a nutrient rich diet of course)

  • Offsets heavy metals which are much more dangerous in excess.

And a diet deficient in copper can cause fatigue, joint pain, bruising, low body temperature, high cortisol and adrenaline, brittle bones, muscle pain, and skin and hair issues!

The app called Cronometer is what I use to track my meals to make sure I'm getting enough of all my minerals, including copper.

My favorite copper source?

Shrimp (which I aim to eat once a week).

Make sure to always choose ocean-caught shrimp whenever possible, it makes a world of difference in nutritional quality.

Don’t ever underestimate the power of every part of your diet being nutrient dense and the VERY major part that will play in your overall health.

With small changes, one step at a time, you can renew your entire body!

That’s how I permanently eliminated my pain (now 6 years pain free) and healed myself without medication.