Mothers and newborns deficient in Vitamin D

According to recent studies, more then 1/3 of mothers and more than half of their infants had a vitamin D deficiency at the time of birth.

Anne Merewood, Director of the Breastfeeding Center at Boston Medical Center, and her associates measured vitamin D levels in 433 women and 376 newborns just 72 hours after birth, as well as collecting data from questionnaires completed by the mothers and from the mothers’ medical records. Results showed that vitamin D deficiency was present in 36 percent of mothers and 58 percent of the babies. What’s more, 30 percent of women who took vitamin D prenatally five or more times a week during the 3rd trimester tested deficient when they gave birth!

Other risk factors for vitamin D deficiency in infants included winter birth versus summer, African American moms and severe maternal obesity.

Merewood said: “The most obvious way to correct deficiency is sensible sun exposure… …even a small amount of time spent outdoors was protective against deficiency.”

Other vitamin D sources that could be implemented in our diet include cod liver oil, vitamin D fortified milk, and fatty fish.

Few children who are technically classified as vitamin D deficient have any apparent physical signs of deficiency, that’s why it’s important to have regular check-ups and keep an eye out for your kids. Supplements, multi-vitamins and a healthy diet are also a good way to combat vitamin deficiencies. Seeing a natural health expert or nutritionist is a great way to get one’s whole family on the right track for safe supplementation and healthy eating.

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Our Kids Need More Vitamin D…and How to Get It To Them

A recent report in Pediatrics showed that US kids have a raised risk of weak bones and possibly heart disease from deficient vitamin D levels. Far from parental “mega-dosing”, most children could see increased levels from just getting a little more sunshine. Dr. Michal L. Melamed of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx reported that most children could simply just benefit from getting outside and feeling some sunshine on their faces.

Due to the popularity of video and computer games, television watching and the like, modern kids simply do not get out as much as kids used to. This factor more than most contributes to the low level of vitamin D in today’s children. Melamed and her team looked at data on 6,275 children and young adults, aged 1 to 21 from the 2001-2004 National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey. What they found were 9% of those surveyed were classified “deficient” in vitamin D, while 61% were vitamin D “insufficient”. In older children, girls, obese individuals, those who drank milk less than once a week and those who spent more than four hours a day in front of a TV, computer or video screen, deficiency was more common. Non-Hispanic black kids and Mexican-Americans also were more likely than whites to be deficient.

Kids with a vitamin D deficiency are more likely to have high blood pressure, low calcium levels (that very important factor for healthy bone growth), and low levels of the “good” HDL cholesterol than children with adequate amounts of vitamin D.

While getting out into the sunshine is a great way to get vitamin D (at least 15 to 20 minutes without sunscreen) the ability of the skin to produce vitamin D from sun-as well as the risk of skin cancer–varies depending on a child’s skin color. As Dr. Melamed stated, she wasn’t advocating “sunbathing”!

She does though advocate supplements, but cautions they must be used with care. Taking too much vitamin D can lead to kidney stones and other kidney problems. It is always best to consult a health practitioner or certified nutritionist to prescribe the correct doses for you and your children. And with the winter months fast approaching, people simply getting less sunshine than they should. The time might be right to seek the advice of a Naturopathic Doctor or Nutritionist to recommend a good safe Vitamin D supplement.

Diabetics and Hypoglycemic Sufferers: Learn What Blood Sugar Is and How To Balance It Naturally With Diet Treatments!!!!

Diabetics and Hypoglycemic Sufferers: Learn What Blood Sugar Is and How To Balance It Naturally With Diet Treatments!!!!

Blood sugar or glucose is our bodies’ fuel system. It is created from the diet we eat to provide our bodies and brain with energy. After a meal, our body responds to a rise in blood sugar by secreting insulin, which is made in the pancreas. Insulin lowers blood sugar or glucose, by increasing the rate that glucose is taken up by cells throughout the body. Declines in blood sugar, which occur during food deprivation or exercise, cause the release of glucagons. Glucagon stimulates the release of glucose stored in body tissues as glycogen. If blood sugar levels fall sharply or if a person is under stress, it may result in the release of epinephrine (adrenalin) and corticosteroids (cortisol) by the adrenal glands. These hormones provide a quicker breakdown of stored glucose for extra energy during a crisis or increased need.

Obesity, Diet,  Blood Sugar, and Type II Diabetes

Obesity and diet are strongly linked to blood sugar disturbances because in obesity, there is a decreased sensitivity to insulin. When the body isn’t responding to insulin, blood sugar, created from the diet we eat, remains high and can cause excessive weight gain even without overeating. Obesity precedes 90% of adult onset diabetes. Some signs and symptoms of diabetes mellitus include excess urination, hunger, fatigue, weight gain, vaginal itching, visual changes, poor wound healing, hyperpigmented skin tags, and chronic candida. Diet factors like lack of fiber, high sugar intake, too much iron or free radicals can also contribute to the exhaustion and destruction of the insulin producing cells of the pancreas, leading to Type II diabetes.

Under the circumstances of insulin resistance and high blood sugar, fat tends to accumulate in the truncal region. Salt and water are stored at a greater rate, food cravings increase, acne and polycystic ovaries increase. Blood vessels are narrowed, cholesterol production increases in the liver, atherosclerosis and plaques increase, and blood pressure and increased blood lipid levels, which is referred to as “Syndrome X”.

Hypoglycemia occurs when blood sugar peeks and insulin decreases blood sugar levels to lower levels than the body would like. This can also happen in the early morning or when someone hasn’t eaten their diet or exercises hard. Signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia include headaches, foggy thinking, extreme fatigue, especially a few hours after eating, shakiness, sweats, irritability, fear/panic attacks, dizziness upon standing, angina, extreme hunger, crying spells, anger fits and heart palpitations. Typically, people with hypoglycemia feel better with food.

Ways to counteract blood sugar dysregulation with diet treatments:

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals, at least every three hours, balanced in protein/complex carbohydrates/healthy fats.
  • Avoid simple sugars, saturated/hydrogenated fats, and starchy vegetables.
  • Include protein with each meal and aim for at least 20 grams at breakfast.
  • Eat plenty of fiber to decrease rapid rises in bloods sugar. Legumes, oat bran, Nut, seeds, psyllium seed husks, pears, apples, and most vegetables are high in fiber and should be consumed with every meal.
  • Dietary supplements can be helpful especially chromium or glucose tolerance factor (GTF). Chromium helps insulin sensitivity, allowing glucose to be transported in and out of cells more easily.
  • If you tend to wake up in the middle of the night due to hunger, eat a balanced complex carbohydrate/protein snack before bed.

Start exercising. Exercise improves many aspects of glucose metabolism, including enhancing insulin sensitivity, improving glucose tolerance in existing diabetics, and increasing  tissue chromium concentrations. People with blood sugar issues should try to get some form of exercise daily..

If your looking for information about diet and natural remedies for diabetes call Dr. Robert at 201.618.3534.

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Herbs/Herbology: Our Natural Pharmacy

These days we hear the term ‘herb’ referred to so often-from herbal teas to those mysterious potions used in Chinese medicines-we’re not so sure any more what a person is referring to when they say the word. Simply put for our modern day use, an herb can be a bark, flower, fruit, leaf or root, any plant or part of a plant that has nutritional or medicinal value.

The science of using plants for healing (the afore mentioned Chinese herbs are the most well known example) is called Herbology. Because herbs are relatively inexpensive and the study of them based on simple concepts, the practice of Herbology-and the men and women who treat using this discipline-has increased greatly in recent years. Herbology falls under the umbrella of the holistic medicine approach to health, with herbs acting as natural remedies to ailments from skin diseases to cancer. Currently 30% of our pharmaceutical drugs are extracted from herbs!

Although the holistic practitioner or doctor might use herbs to treat his or her client, herb therapy is not drug therapy. Holistic health views the body in its entirety, not just concerned with treating one symptom. A doctor well versed in alterative medicines views the individual as a whole, treating the body’s imbalances, looking for the cause of the symptoms a person might be exhibiting. Addressing these imbalances through better nutrition, alleviating stress and yes, often time Herbs/Herbology, the individual stands a better chance of fighting off disease with their body at optimum health.

Naturopathic Medicine: Diet, Natural Remedies and Treatments For High Cholesterol

Naturopathic Medicine: Diet, Natural Remedies and Treatments For High Cholesterol

A serious condition known as high cholesterol blocks the blood flow in the arteries. This can damage the heart causing strokes and heart attacks. As people continue to gain weight in the United States cholesterol is becoming a major health problem. Many people use prescription medication known as statin drugs to lower cholesterol. Recently, the news has been reporting of the serious side-effects from these medications. Naturopathic medicine is a natural alternative for managing high cholesterol utilizing diet, holistic, alternative treatments and supplements.

Why Use Naturopathic Medicine, Diet And Natural Treatments For High Cholesterol?

About 104 million people in America have elevated cholesterol levels over 200 milligrams. Any level above 200 milligrams is a health concern that could lead to heart problems. This used to be a concern only for people over 55 years old and now high cholesterol can be found in children and young adults. The problem is that the American  diet is full of fatty fast food and many people have a sedentary lifestyle.

Current research into prescription cholesterol lowering drugs report they can cause serious side effects, such as memory loss, liver damage, sexual dysfunction, and muscle pain. Statins (cholesterol lowing drugs) decrease the body’s, specifically the heart, supply of Coenzyme Q10. This powerful nutrient provides strength and energy to the heart, and may even prevent and treat cancer.

Naturopathic Doctors Offers Natural, Alternative Treatments To Controlling Cholesterol Levels With Diet And Supplements.

How Can Naturopathic/Natural Medicine Helps With High Cholesterol?

Naturopathic/natural medicine for lowering high cholesterol assists the body in regulating cholesterol production. The body in return regulates itself to a balanced state that triggers its ability to heal. Any cholesterol treatment program, whether using diet, supplements or both, to lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase the “good”  HDL cholesterol. Each type of cholesterol mainly comes from diet, although the risk of having high cholesterol is partially hereditary. A good diet, exercise, and weight loss regimen are very effective, safe, and natural ways to drop high cholesterol.

You Can Also Try The Following Natural Remedies.

  • Red Yeast Rice. Made from fermenting the red yeast over rice. Red yeast rice has  lovastatin in it. This substance inhibits an enzyme that makes cholesterol, the same principle by which statin drugs work.
  • Guggul Extract. Guggul (aka. Commiphora mukul) is originally an herb from India that studies show has the natural effect of lowering triglycerides. Studies have shown it to be more effective in lowering cholesterol than some prescription drugs and, like many natural substances, with no the side effects.
  • Coenzyme Q10. This nutrient produces energy in the bodies’ cells and helps in strengthening the heart. Supplements with CoQ10 increase energy in the heart muscle, boost heart function, and lower total cholesterol levels.
  • Garlic. The old age herb of Garlic has natural antifungal, antibacterial and potent antioxidant properties. Its benefits are that it lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, dissolves blood clots and has many other positive effects.
  • Policosanol. This nutrient is an extract from sugar cane wax. Policosanol has shown in research to help the liver control its output of cholesterol. This nutrient raises HDL and lowers LDL cholesterol without negative side effects.

There are many other herbs, vitamins, and supplements shown to help in lowering high cholesterol. You should consult with a trained professional before adding supplements to your diet.

Diet: What Not to Eat

In your diet, you should avoid foods with high-cholesterol or with saturated fats. These types of foods are eggs, cream, whole milk, palm oil, animal fat, organ meats, cheese, ice cream, cakes and pastries. Olive oil is a good healthy addition in your diet to help lowering LDL levels. Furthermore, to remember in your diet is moderate consumption of alcohol and quiting smoking.

What Causes High Cholesterol In The Body?

Cholesterol is a yellow waxy substance that is a part of the digestive juices, bile, and is made by the liver. The reason for cholesterol is to move fat-soluble substances throughout the body. The cholesterol helps in the making of vitamin D, aids digestion, protects sex hormones, nerves and blood cells. It is a substance that has a purpose when in normal amounts within the body. Problems happen when high levels of cholesterol develop which over time can lead to heart disease.

High levels of LDL cholesterol can damage blood vessels and contribute to coronary heart disease. HDL moves cholesterol in the body to the liver, which sends it out the body and prevents a buildup in the arteries. High levels of LDL cholesterol build up in the body leading to a blockage in the arteries. This develops over decades leading to heart problems or a heart attack.

What Exactly Is Naturopathic Medicine?

The science of Naturopathic medicine is a collection of drug-free, non-invasive natural treatments that work to put the mind, body and spirit into a state of balance. Naturopathy includes diet, nutrition, herbs and supplements, exercise, emotional support/counseling, stress reduction and massage. The aim of naturopathy is for prevention of illness and healing. A naturopathic/natural doctor considers the entire person; lifestyle habits, family history, medical history, and goals when using treatments. Seeing a Naturopathic Doctor, such as myself, can help to assess your cholesterol levels and decide which diet, natural treatments and lifestyle changes will be most effective. Click the link to contact me.

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What is Holistic Nutrition and How Can It Help Me?

A lot of people ask me about the different types of nutrition counseling, so I wrote a quick article on holistic nutrition.  I found holistic nutrition allowed me to help many people.  At that time that was of the forms of nutrition counseling I had been trained in and found it the most therapeutic.  Later I become trained in Clinical Nutrition, which is superior to holistic nutrition. However,  I took the best holistic nutrition offered and still use some of therapies today…

Enjoy the article,

Dr. Robert – New Jersey Holistic Doctor

Holistic Nutrition, what exactly is it?

The dictionary defines the word “holistic” as to the integration of mind, body and spirit. The science and art of holistic nutrition and diet therapies look to bring balance to all of these parts of the human being. The holistic viewpoint sees the human body as a “whole” with intricate systems that rely on one another to operate efficiently.

Holistic nutrition considers diet to be the most important concept. The holistic diet is made up of whole foods that are vitamin mineral and antioxidant power houses. The focus of holistic nutrition is to consume foods that are nutrient-dense while avoiding foods that have been zapped of their life giving nutrition. You would be avoiding  processed foods such as junk food, fast food, cookies, cakes, pies, soda, refined grains, etc.

Holistic nutrition also takes into account good digestion and elimination. Inadequate digestion over time can lead to illness and poor health. Good digestion insures that you are absorbing all the nutrients from your diet and supplements.

Holistic nutrition also considers a person’s heritage and biochemical individuality to formulate the optimal diet. There is no one size fits all approach with holistic nutrition. Each persons problems are unique and each diet is tailored to their needs.

Nutrition and diet, why is it important?

Nutrition and our diets are important to every human being because it is our fuel source; our bodies make up and is needed to allow every cell to function properly. The foods we consume and digest properly are at the cornerstone of our beings. In the absence of a quality diet good health degrades and gives way to disease, brain function problems, and the ability to live happily.

Nutrition and diet become essential as we consider the toxic world we live in. To help manage the daily assault on our bodies it is important to have a diet that will provide clean fuel. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low fat meats, fish, nuts and seeds offer a significant amount of nutrients not found in refined foods. The body utilizes vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids from food sources much better when having a complete varied whole foods diet.

Supplementation is becoming necessary for everyone because of the toxic overload and higher amounts of vitamins and minerals we need for optimal health. Discovering what to eat and what to avoid is becoming very important, as we continue to live in a stressful, toxic, nutrient deficient world.

Holistic nutritionists are nutrition counselors whose goals are to help their clients by analyzing their current diet, health status and improve areas of imbalances through diet, supplements and lifestyle changes. A holistic nutritionist recognizes the connection between a person’s biochemical, emotional, mental, and environmental states.

The holistic nutritionist focuses on educating the individual. The client learns how to improve and prevent illness by avoiding foods/diets that contribute to disease. The holistic nutritionist teaches how to make positive lifestyle changes.

Diet, Nutrition and Natural Remedies/Treatments for Diabetes

Diet, Nutrition and Natural Remedies/Treatments for Diabetes

Diabetes is not just a single disease; it includes a collection of autoimmune diseases.  The diseases result in the same problem: too much sugar in the blood. Your body does need sugar – glucose – for energy, but serious health issues can occur when there is too much sugar in your blood.

Nutrition and diet are surefire ways to good diabetic control. A healthy diet will allow for better metabolic rates that help to properly control glucose levels. In Type II Diabetes, natural treatments along with a good diet can help do away with the need for medications.

How Changing Your Diet and Nutrition Can Help Prevent and Treat Diabetes?

The power of a healthy diet in preventing and treating diabetes cannot be overstated. Everyone of your body’s system relies on the nutrients from different foods in order to function properly.

Vegetables and fruit especially have been shown to add benefits such as balancing your blood sugar. Garbanzo beans, for example, have a lot of fiber which has been shown to keep blood sugar levels from increasing too fast after a meal, making them a great food for diabetics.

Proper diet and nutrition can control blood sugar to better levels which results in improved health. With better health you may be able to decrease the use of side-effect ridden medications. A good diet can also prevent diabetes by helping to keep a healthy weight.

How Can Nutrition and Diet Help Diabetes?

Good nutrition can keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range, control weight, and improve many bodily functions. The result is the need for less or none oral medication.

Those with Type I diabetes who don’t maintain a good diet and use insulin alone as blood sugar control are at risk for diabetic complications. These folks don’t acquire the nutrients provided by a healthy diet and their body systems don’t have what it needs to function properly.

What is Good Healthy Nutrition?

A healthy diet that includes proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water constitutes what professionals determine to be good nutrition.

Take the below guidelines into consideration, you should include these choices when planning healthy meals and snacks:

  • Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Reduce saturated fat and trans fats.
  • Eliminate sugar and all sweets
  • Small amounts if any of alcoholic drinks
  • Portion control to limit calorie intake

A healthy diet, whether it’s for losing weight, preventing or improving disease will include many vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds and lean source of proteins. Diseases, such as diabetes, are controlled and can be prevented by the food we eat.

Dietary supplements are another aspect of nutrition that can help diabetics sustain healthy lifestyles. Supplements can include:

  • Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)
  • Chromium
  • Cinnamon
  • Magnesium

Before taking any supplement, you should check with their health care professionals, such as a nutritionist or naturopaths to determine what is best for your health.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes means that the human body, specifically the pancreas, is in a state of not being able to make insulin, a hormone, that controls blood sugar. Without insulin, blood sugar (glucose) is not transported into the body’s cells to provide energy necessary to maintain organ function.

The three main types of diabetes are:

  • Type I—the body does not make insulin
  • Type II (aka. Adult Onset Diabetes, though increasingly found in children)—in which the body does not produce enough insulin, or use it correctly
  • Gestational—diabetes that occurs during a woman’s pregnancy.

Type I Diabetes

Type I diabetes, also known as juvenile or insulin-dependent diabetes, is often diagnosed in children, teenagers, or young adults.  In this disorder, the pancreas does not produce insulin due to a malfunction of the body’s immune system. 5 to 10 percent of those with diabetes are Type I diabetics. Type I diabetes requires daily or more insulin injections in order to maintain proper blood sugar levels.

Type II Diabetes

Type II diabetes, also known as adult-onset or non-insulin dependent diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Approximately, 90-95 percent of diabetics have Type II diabetes. Medications provide assistance to Type II diabetics in maintaining proper insulin use, but exercise and nutrition have proven to be useful in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and possibly eliminating medications.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is likely to develop in the mother during the late stages of pregnancy and will disappear when the baby is born. Women who have gestational diabetes are at an  increased risk of developing Type II diabetes later in life, especially in overweight individuals.

Diabetes comes with a list of complications to individuals that do not properly control their blood sugar.

The risks include:

  • Heart disease—diabetics have a higher risk of congestive heart failure than the rest of the population.
  • Blindness and eye diseases
  • Kidney problems and failure
  • Nerve damage
  • Poor circulation in the legs and feet that can lead to neuropathy, because oxygen does not circulate properly when high blood sugar levels are high, wound healing will be slower since the body also needs oxygen to heal.

What causes Diabetes?

The underlying causes of Type I diabetes remain uncertain. Links have been made with Type II diabetes to excess weight, poor diet, and genetics accompanied by a lack of exercise. Some research was establishing correlations that excessive sugar and fat, especially in soda and baked goods, is increasing diabetes.

Reversing Your Type II Diabetes

Type II Diabetes is one of the few diseases that can be 100% reversed with a proper therapeutic diet, lifestyle changes and supplements. If you would like to explore your options to reverse your diabetes feel free to call Dr. Robert @ 201.618.3534 or email him at Rob@drrobertg.com

Watercress Packs a Punch Against Breast Cancer!

Watercress Packs a Punch Against Breast Cancer!

On Sep. 14, 2010 from the University of Southampton a newly published study has shown  that a plant compound found in watercress may have the ability to stop breast cancer growth by ‘shutting down’ a signal in the body. This process starves the growing tumor of essential oxygen and blood. The research showed that the vegetable watercress is able to interfere with cancer development.

As tumors grow they rapidly need a greater blood supply so they send out signals which makes normal tissues in the area grow new blood vessels. These new blood vessels feed the tumor which gives them nutrients and oxygen for further growth.

Professor Graham Packham of the University of Southampton, showed that the plant compound – called phenylethyl isothiocyanate – found in watercress can block this process.

Professor Packham, a molecular oncologist at the University of Southampton, stated: “This research takes a big step towards understanding the health benefits of watercress It shows that consuming watercress may disrupt the pathway that has already been strongly linked to cancer growth.

“Recognizing the risk factors for cancer is an important goal and studies on diet are a key part of this. But, relatively little research is being conducted in the United Kingdom on the relationship between the foods we consume and cancer growth.”

Barbara Parry a Senior Research Dietician at the Winchester and Andover Breast Cancer Unit and Professor Packham conducted a studies in which a small group of breast cancer survivors, underwent a period of fasting before ingesting 80g of watercress (about a cereal bowl full) and then gave blood samples over the following 24 hours.

The British Journal of Nutrition and Biochemical Pharmacology published the two studies which provides new insight into the potent anti-cancer effects of watercress.

Dr Steve Rothwell, a member of the Watercress Alliance states: “We are very excited by the outcome of Professor Packham’s work, which builds on the research which supports the idea that watercress has an important role to play in limiting cancer growth.”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the western world. It currently affects approximately 1 in 9 women during their lifetime.

For information about breast cancer diet treatments which can make an excellent complimentary approach to conventional medicine call Dr. Robert @ 201.618.3534 or click on the link below to be taken to his contact page.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Diet, Nutrition, Natural Remedies and Treatments

What is rheumatoid arthritis, dietary, nutrition  natural treatments and remedies…

Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious chronic inflammatory condition that affects the entire body, but especially the synovial membranes of the joints. It is an example of an autoimmune “disease,” a condition in which the body’s immune system turns against itself and begins attacking the body’s own tissues.

In Rheumatoid arthritis, the joints that are most likely involved are the hands, feet, knees, wrists and ankles. It is estimated that between 1 and 3 percent of the U.S. population is affected, women outnumber men almost three to one, and the usual age of onset is 20 to 40 (although it can begin at anytime).

Rheumatoid arthritis usually has a gradual onset, but occasionally it is quite abrupt.  Fatigue, low-grade fever, joint stiffness, weakness and vague joint pain may begin before the appearance of painful, swollen joints by a few weeks. There are several joints that are usually involved in the onset, typically in a symmetrical fashion-both hands, ankles and  wrist. In about 1/3 of people with rheumatoid arthritis, the initial involvement is confined to one or a few joints.

Involved joints generally are quite warm, swollen and tender. The skin over the joints takes on a ruddy, purplish hue. As the disease moves forward, joint deformities result in the hands and feet.

There is a large amount of evidence that rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune reaction, where antibodies develop against components of joint tissues. However, what triggers the autoimmune reactions remains unknown. Speculation, theories and investigations have centered around genetics, abnormal bowel permeability, nutritional and lifestyle factors, food allergies, and microorganisms. Rheumatoid arthritis is an example of a multifunctional disease where there is an interesting assortment of environmental and genetic factors that contribute to the disease.

Natural Treatments and Dietary Approaches

  • Consume a diet that focuses on whole, unprocecssed foods (whole grains,  legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds).
  • Avoid animal products with the exception of cold water fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, halibut, etcetera).
  • Indentify and control food allergies.
  • Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, and sugar
  • Get regular exercise
  • Perform a relaxation exercises daily.
  • Drink at least 48 ounces of water daily.

Natural Supplement Protocol

  • High-potency multiple vitamin
  • Ester-C – 500 to 1000mg three times per daily
  • Vitamin E (full spectrum) – 400 to 800 IU daily.
  • Fish Oil – 1 to 2 tablespoons daily

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Nutrition, Diet and Natural Remedies/Treatments for Menopause

What Exactly is Menopause?

Menopause is a normal event that means the end of a woman’s reproductive years. It is the point when your period stops permanently. Menopause is officially when a woman has not had her menses for 1 full year. Natural menopause usually happens between the ages of 40 and 59, with the average being 47.5 years. This statistic is according to the North American Menopause Society.

What are Symptoms of Menopause Include:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fat on abdomen
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Thinning hair
  • Loss of breast fullness
  • Irregular periods
  • Decreased fertility
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Diminished sex drive

Every woman experiences her own variation of symptoms. Studies have suggested that the symptoms of menopause may be different between cultural groups. For example, 80% of women in America experience hot flashes during menopause.  And only 10% of Japanese women experience hot flashes. Researchers have speculated that the differences may be due to diet, nutrition, lifestyle, or cultural attitudes toward menopause. Adopting a healthy diet and nutrition plan will help reduce the negative symptoms of menopause.

Nutrition, Diet and Natural Remedies/Treatments for Menopause

It is estimated that 50 million women in the U.S. are in menopause. Many of the women suffer from a number of menopausal symptoms that interfere with their lives, both during and after menopause. Many women turn to hormone replacement therapy as a way to deal with there condition. However, adequate diet and nutrition can be a great natural remedy and treatment to help prevent or reduce menopausal problems.

How Can Nutrition, Diet and Natural Remedies/Treatments Help With Menopause?

Nutrition and diet changes for menopause can help in two ways: decreasing the symptoms that go with menopause, and preventing diseases commonly occuring with menopause.

Nutrition and Diet: Calcium, Vitamin D and Magnesium

There is a relationship shown in studies between the lack of estrogen after menopause and the development of osteoporosis, where the bones start thinning and weakening. Calcium, vitamin D, and other nutrients from supplementation or diet increase bone mineral density. The calcium requirement goes up for women when they start menopause. The recommend calcium consumption for postmenopausal women can range from 1,000mg/day up to 1,500 mg/day. Sufficient vitamin D and magnesium are required to absorb the nutritional benefits of calcium.

The best source of absorbable calcium is found in goat’s products. Sardines, clams, broccoli and legumes also have calcium. Two to four servings daily of dairy products and calcium-rich foods are suggested. Calcium supplements that are high quality (taken in divided doses) should be consumed by women.

Nutrition and Diet: Phytoestrogens (plant estrogen)

Phytoestrogens are weak estrogenic compounds found in plants. Estrogen levels drop in women during menopause causing a host of the menopausal symptoms. While phytoestrogens are not as strong as our bodies’ natural estrogen, additional estrogen through proper diet and nutrition can have a balancing effect on the body. Phytoestrogens can make your body think it has more estrogen than it really has. This will relieve some of the negative symptoms caused by lower estrogen levels during menopause.

A large number of fruits and vegetables are good sources of phytoestrogens. Flaxseed and soy products contain phytoestrogens, which can be up to 75 to 800 times more than other plant sources. Flaxseed oil can’t be used as a supplement, because the oil does not contain any phytoestrogens.

Lower estrogen levels can put women suffering from menopause at a higher risk for stroke and heart disease. Eating more nutritious vegetables and fruit in the diet can lower the risk for heart disease. Fatty fish including salmon and sardines are a source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are important for heart health.

Who Can Use Nutrition and Diet for Menopause?

More and more women are looking to nutrition as a substitute for hormone replacement therapy to help with some of the more unpleasant symptoms of menopause. Women who have an interest in a natural approach to controlling menopause symptoms through nutrition and diet should consult a nutrition professional before beginning any program.

Australian researchers discovered that having a good diet with nutritional supplementation, lifestyle changes, and an herbal program improved menopausal symptoms, including low sex drive and hot flashes. There is evidence to support herbal medicine and diet/nutrition as natural remedies/treatments during menopause.

Who Should Not Use Diet, Nutrition and Natural Remedies/Treatments for Menopause?

Soy products should not be used by those with a family history of breast cancer and thyroid conditions. Scientist still don’t know for sure whether higher amounts of phyto estrogens in the body raise the risk of estrogen-sensitive cancers.

Recommendations For Diet, Nutrition and Natural Remedies/Treatment During Menopause:

  • Maintain a low fat, lower animal protein diet. Spicy foods, aromatic oils, hot sauce, hot drinks, alcohol and coffee may trigger hot flashes.
  • Eat more cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage.
  • Menopause symptoms are unique to each woman. One woman’s nutrition and diet changes may not work for another, and vice versa. Often it is, because of fluctuating hormone levels. This is another reason consulting with a nutritionist or a holistic doctor is highly recommend.

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