Could A Leaky Gut Be The Cause Of Your Symptoms?

Could A Leaky Gut Be The Cause Of Your Symptoms?

Do you suffer from? Fatigue? IBS? Rashes? Or Joint Pain?

A “Leaky Gut” can cause of a wide variety of symptoms and diseases.
Including the following:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Fibromyalgia
Food Sensitivities
Diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating or IBS
Rashes, hives, eczema, psoriasis or acne
Allergies, asthma
Joint pains, arthritis
Autoimmune disease, Celiac, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chron’s disease

Leaky gut syndrome happens when the lining of your intestines are damaged by inflammation. Foods including gluten, highly processed foods, medications, stress, intestinal infections and an imbalance of your intestinal bacterial flora are some of the potential causes of a leaky gut.

When the intestinal lining is damaged, inflammation develops resulting in small holes in the intestinal lining causing increased intestinal permeability. The problem comes from small food particles, and toxins that can now “leak” into your blood stream through these holes. Once these substances enter your body they can trigger an inflammatory immune response, resulting in a wide variety of symptoms and diseases.

How to treat a leaky gut? As long as the intestinal lining is damaged food and toxins will continue to enter your blood stream and continue the inflammatory process.
The way to stop this vicious cycle is to heal your intestinal lining.

At Optimal Wellness we use the 5R Restoration Program

Remove offending substances from the diet, while adding targeted nutritional support to help remove unwanted compounds from the body.

Replace digestive enzymes if needed. Digestive factors and enzymes facilitate the breakdown of food. An insuffiency of these enzymes prevents optimal digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Reinoculate the GI tract with a good probiotic (good bacteria) to rebalance your intestinal flora. This balance is import to your overall health including supporting your immune system, GI health, digestion and intestinal barrier function.

Regenerate the GI mucosa through diet and lifestyle changes, enhanced by nutritional support. If needed we may recommend medical food to help repair and maintain intestinal integrity
Retain the health of your GI tract with nutritional support along with healthy eating, adequate sleep, regular exercise, and stress management.

Why Blueberries Are the Perfect Snack

why blueberries are among the best super foods
Blueberries are the “Super Stars among ‘Super Foods.'”

Here’s Why:

Blueberries Health Benefits

Blueberries contain powerful phytochemicals which have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Blueberries are one of the highest food sources of antioxidants.

There is increasing evidence that Blueberries have many health benefits. Here are just a few!

1) Boost your Immune System: The phytochemicals in blueberries particularly Flavanoids like Anthocyanin are powerful antioxidants.  Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and have been shown to strengthen the immune system.

2) Promote Eye Health: Blueberries contain not only antioxidants but also vitamins and minerals, all which promote eye health.

3) Reduce Cardiovascular Disease:  In addition to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, blueberries also reduce total Cholesterol, raise HDL (good cholesterol) and decrease triglycerides.

4) Beneficial effect on Blood Sugar, Weight and Metabolism: There is increasing evidence that blueberries have a beneficial effect on blood sugar and help reduce the risk of developing the metabolic syndrome. Thus helping not only with blood sugar regulation but weight loss and a more efficient metabolism. Recent studies have also provided evidence that another phytochemical polyphenols found in blueberries may help break down belly fat.

5) Promote Brain Health: Blueberries have been found to improve cognitive function, including memory. Blueberries health benefits may help prevent age-related cognitive decline.

At 80 calories a cup and with 4 grams of fiber and all the health benefits. A cup of blueberries is the perfect snack. It may be the fruit of the day to “keep the doctor away.”

PS: Want to know why we love antioxidants? Here’s a clear simple answer.

10 More Tips for Weight Loss

Some simple weight loss tips make eating less stressful every day. Our first list of 10 weight loss tips offered several ideas that you can make work for you.  Here are 10 more to help you reach your weight control goals:

  1. Plan meals and snack for the week. Make a shopping list and stick to it.
  2. Never go to the grocery store hungry. Shop only after you have had a healthy meal or snack.
  3. Keep healthy snacks with you for emergencies. (Bottle of water, piece of fruit, small 100 calorie pack of almonds) This way you are less tempted to stop and grab a less healthy alternative.
  4. Practice daily relaxation to help reduce stress hormones like cortisol, which tells your body to hold onto fat.
  5. Increase your daily activity. Take the stairs. When shopping, don’t choose the closet parking spot; take a walk at lunch or after dinner.
  6. Try switching to a smaller dinner plate. Using a smaller plate will help keep your portions size down.
  7. Eat less but more often. Try 3 small meals a day and 2-3 small snacks a day. This keeps your blood sugar stable and avoids it from dropping too low and causing a rebound increased appetite.
  8. Eat more fiber. Aim for 25-35 grams. Fiber helps you feel full, with fewer calories. Foods rich in fiber include oat, bran, beans, fruits, and vegetables.
  9. After your evening snack, close the kitchen and brush your teeth. Don’t go back into the kitchen. If you feel like another snack after you closed the kitchen try sipping on decaffeinated tea or chewing sugarless gum.
  10. Don’t drink your calories. Soft drinks, fruits juices, specialty coffees, and smoothies are full of sugar. This sugar content makes your insulin rise quickly and your appetite increase shortly after drinking it.

Want other ideas to help you lose weight?  Dr. Betty Keller specializes in guiding patients through lifestyle changes to improve diet and nutrition to lose weight – with lower stress.  Therapies may include traditional Western medicine, dietary supplements, appropriate physical activities and an individual treatment plan created uniquely for you.  She treats patients in her Franklin Lakes, New Jersey office – serving Bergen County NJ and surrounding areas.  To learn about treatment options with Dr. Keller contact 201-485-7930.

How to Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally

Cholesterol naturally occurs in the body.  Good health is linked to having the right amounts of cholesterol in the blood.  But people worry about high levels of blood cholesterol, because it plays a major role in heart disease, stroke and clogged arteries.  People with inherited family traits for high cholesterol levels worry that the body will naturally make too much of it. To avoid the cost and side effects of drugs, many people want to keep levels low through natural means.

Controlling levels of cholesterol is challenging because of the body’s ability to make its own.  Natural methods for reducing high cholesterol are an important part of staying well, where drug therapies alone may not give you the healthy outcome you want most.

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a soft fatty substance in the bloodstream.  The liver produces cholesterol and the body absorbs it from foods coming from animal sources.  Meat, fish, cheese, milk products, and eggs all contain cholesterol.  Foods from plants do not contain cholesterol.

Every cell in our body contains cholesterol (in cell membranes), and it’s a necessary part of maintaining health.  But because it travels in the blood stream, too much cholesterol can cause problems for blood circulation and heart health.  It travels in particles called lipoproteins.  The “good” cholesterol and “bad” cholesterol measured with blood tests refers to the two types of lipoproteins in the cells.  The truth is, a healthy body needs the right amount of both lipoproteins in the blood.

The two types of cholesterol proteins in the blood are: low density lipoprotein, and high density lipoprotein.

Low Density Lipoprotein, or LDL, is commonly known as “bad” cholesterol because it can build up on the lining of blood vessels.  LDL forms deposits with other particles on the lining of arteries, a coating known as plaque.

Plaque buildup over time can cause a number of serious health conditions and risks. These include hardened arteries, heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

Lowering high levels of LDL can reduce plaque buildup, or even stop it.  At the Optimal Wellness Center of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, Dr. Betty Keller orders blood tests and helps patients learn and understand their cholesterol levels. According to The National Institute of Health, the recommended optimal level of LDL is below 100mg/dL.

High Density Lipoprotein, or HDL, is commonly called the “good” cholesterol.  This protein carries cholesterol from other parties of your body back to the liver.  The liver then removes the cholesterol from the body with bile. The higher your HDL, the lower your risk of heart disease. According to The National Institute of Health, people with cholesterol >60 mg/dL have a lower risk of heart disease. Those with HDL<40 mg/dL have a higher risk.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices to Control Cholesterol Levels

High LDL levels can occur because of your own body chemistry.   But even so, you can prevent high levels of bad cholesterol by choosing physical activities and foods carefully.  A healthy diet and regular exercise can significantly decrease your cholesterol levels, and lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.   Still, in some cases, your body may need some drug therapy, in addition to lifestyle changes, to lower your cholesterol to healthy levels.

Which Lifestyle Choices Lower “Bad” and raise “Good” Cholesterol?

1) Weight Loss: If your body is somewhat overweight, losing extra weight is one of the best things you can do to improve your cholesterol levels.

Even small amounts of weight loss can help meaningfully: taking off only 5 to 10 pounds can lower blood cholesterol.

2) Enjoy heart-healthy physical activity: As little as 30 minutes a day of appropriate exercise not only lowers bad cholesterol, it can raise good cholesterol.  It improves balance, strength, and can make the difference between dependence and independence in later years.

If you’re just starting out, your doctor can help you choose the right types of activities at the right intensity to begin.  Appropriate exercises can be rhythmic, repetitive activities that get your circulation going at a healthy intensity for you.  Walking, aerobic dancing, cycling with family or friends can all become part of a healthy lifestyle.  One that’s naturally low in cholesterol.

Dr. Betty Keller works with patients from New York City, Northern NJ and Bergen County NJ to lower cholesterol and promote health, at the Optimal Wellness Center.  Her therapeutic approach combines traditional medicine, dietary changes, nutritional supplements, and acupuncture.  Patients receive effective, personalized treatment plans to prevent chronic disease.  For an in-person consultation in her Franklin Lakes, NJ office, contact 201-485-7930.