LightZen by Brenda Briscoe

LED lights are applied to sore or painful areas of your body or where you are having digestive or elimination problems, for example.  Since these lights help increase circulation, they are also great for sexual dysfunction in men or women.  The near infrared lights penetrate all the way through tissue to bone and are cleared by the FDA for decreasing pain, swelling and inflammation, as well as increasing blood and lymphatic circulation.
 
At the same time, we will combine the LED LIghts with essential oils that will relax and soothe the stress right out of your day, along with a few minutes of Reflexology.
gluten and autoimmunity class

Gluten and Autoimmunity Class

GLUTEN AND AUTOIMMUNITY CLASS 

Tuesday, November 29 AT 6:30PM to 8:30 PM
Gluten and Autoimmunity FREE Class! Learn everything you want to know about gluten and it’s role in autoimmune conditions, inflammation and chronic disease. Learn about the non-gastrointestinal symptoms of non-celiac gluten sensitivity such as neurological disorders, mood disorders, IBS and the many ways gluten can contribute to your risk and occurrence of autoimmune disorders.  

Gluten and Autoimmunity Class Learning Objectives:

  • Non-digestive symptoms of Celiac and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
  • Current research into the instigating conditions that appear in all autoimmune conditions
  • How leaky gut contributes to autoimmunity
  • How to heal the gut
  • Where gluten is hiding in your food and more
  • How gluten and autoimmunity go hand in hand
Seating is LIMITED! Call 972-930-0260 or email candy@livingwelldallas.com to reserve your spot.
About Betty:

Betty Murray, CN, IFMCP is a Certified Nutritionist & Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine, founder of the Dallas-based functional medicine clinic Living Well Dallas as well as the CEO of Minerva Medical Consulting, a business coaching firm that teaches doctors and other health professionals how to put functional medicine into practice.  She is also Executive Director of the the Functional Medicine Association of North Texas, at 501C6 non-profit organization that brings functional medicine education to North Texas.

A master of the biochemistry of the body, Betty teaches her clients how to utilize nutrition, natural supplementation and lifestyle modification to address some of the most complex health concerns facing people today: autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders, methylation issues and complex health problems.  

You can find her book “Cleanse: Detox Your Body, Mind & Spirit” on Amazon here.

Connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest; I’d love to hear from you!

Want more? Click here to get your free ‘Top 10 Secrets Why You Can’t Lose Weight’ and discover the real reasons you can’t lose weight and what to do about it.

 

Why Weight?

By Shawn Alexander

Whether you believe it or not, lean muscle naturally diminishes as we age, and if ever a statement was true, “use it or lose it” should be ringing in your ears if you are over 40.  I can attest to this as I have been training people for over thirty years , mostly in the same facility which has allowed me to witness dramatic changes in scores of people over the years.

Science has already proven that resistance training is important for overall health, especially as we age. If you are interested in data and statistics, that’s an easy topic to google which will pull up literally thousands of research studies and articles.  What I’m about to tell you comes from MY years  of experience and not a study which for some people might be more practical advice.

First off, training properly with weights and resistance exercises can improve many facets of your life, starting  with the way your body looks,  how it feels, and even your mood.  I have helped people overcome depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, insomnia, weight issues, diabetes and a long list of other health issues introducing weight training into their lives.  Another thing I’ve noticed over the years in my facility is that people who use weights in their fitness program are more consistent with their workouts and seem to have a higher level of satisfaction when it’s all said and done.

In general, people who live a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly seem to age slower than people who don’t.  Being in the gym most of my life I’ve grown accustomed to being surrounded by healthy, happy people. Sometimes it’s a shock to me when I’m out in the “real world” to see how unhealthy much of our population is, especially with all the resources available to live a healthy lifestyle.  These days you can see a fitness center or gym on almost every corner.  So, with this being said,  maybe it’s time to think about making the most of your fitness routine and including some weights along with the treadmill and your yoga classes. I promise, you will be happy that you did.

If you don’t presently use weights in your fitness routine and you are considering it, here are a few tips that may help you get started.

1. If you have never lifted weights before, a trainer can be very helpful in making sure that you are using the proper form to avoid injury.  Another great source is , believe it or not, YouTube.  Trainers worldwide post videos that can be very helpful with almost any kind of exercises and I have found it to be very helpful for many people.

2.  If you prefer doing cardiovascular work when you are in the gym,  you can easily insert various  weight exercises into your workout by simply stopping the machine you are on and heading to the weights for one or two sets and then it’s back to the cardio.  This is a great way to get fit really fast.

3.  A big misconception is that you need to lift weights several times a week to benefit from them, which is not true.  Twice a week will work great if you have a balanced workout .

4.  Two to three sets with eight to ten repetitions is a great way to start.  As your body becomes adjusted to the resistance, you can slowly increase the poundages you are lifting, as long as you are not compromising your form

5.  Don’t forget to let your body recover from your weight workouts. Basically this means, don’t lift every day, especially as you get stronger.  Lots of people get excited when they start seeing changes in their bodies so they start lifting more and more. More is not better. Your muscles need to rest and recover for at least two to three days after a hard workout with weights.

6. Sometimes it helps to have a workout partner who can spot you and help push you just a little harder than you would otherwise do.  It also helps to know that someone is waiting for you at the gym to make it harder for you to just go home and crash on the couch after work.

7. Last but not least, make sure to pay extra attention to your nutrition after you have begun adding weights to your fitness program.  We truly are what we eat and if your body doesn’t have the proper nutrition to recover from your workouts,  you won’t be able to enjoy optimal health and wellness.

My name is Shawn Alexander and I am a trainer at Physiofit in Dallas. I am excited to be contributing to the Living Well newsletter and welcome any questions you may have in regards to fitness and exercise. I can be reached at 972-839-1323.

A Live Event: Unlock the Mysteries of Autoimmune Disease

Join Us for a Live Panel Discussion:
Unlock the Mysteries of Autoimmune Disease with Natural Solutions

Thursday, October 6th 
6:30PM – 8:30PM
On The Border – Addison
4855 Beltline Rd
Addison, TX 75254

Do you suffer from Unexplained Symptoms? Pain? Fatigue? Fuzzy thinking? Do you feel UNHEARD?
Our Pain Recovery Clinic works so you can play!

This seminar presented by John Roland, MD; Brenda Briscoe, LMT, Celia Naples, CHC and Joy Schwartz will show you natural solutions that remedy the most vexing symptoms.

Reserve your SPOT today!  Call 972-930-0260
www.facebook.com/livingwelldallaspainrecoveryclinic

www.livingwelldallas.com

 

How Stress is Killing Your Thyroid

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Too much stress in your life doesn’t just affect your mental well being, it wreaks havoc on your body and could lead to symptoms mirroring those of hypothyroidism.

Types of Stress

Stress comes in a number of ways, some impacting us more than others and at different times in our lives. At some point in time, most of us will experience stress in some (or all) of these forms:

  • Financial stress
  • Relationships
  • Schedules
  • Commutes
  • Raising children
  • The stock market
  • Skipping meals
  • Living a “western” lifestyle

There are other factors not commonly considered when people think of “stress” which also burden the adrenal glands. Fluctuating blood sugar is the most common way that adrenal dysfunction and high or low cortisol can wreak havoc on the body’s metabolism by causing hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia. Other common factors that stress the adrenals are dysbiosis, food intolerances (especially gluten), chronic infections and autoimmune issues, environmental toxin and inflammation.

Stress and Your Body

The adrenals are two glands that are about the size of your thumbnail that sit atop the kidneys. They secrete hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine. These hormones are responsible for our body’s response to stress. Adrenal fatigue is the name given to a poorly working adrenal gland in response to mental, emotional or physical stress.

Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep and waking up
  • Mood swings
  • Frequent illness and susceptibility to colds and flues
  • Irritability or lightheadedness between meals
  • Sugar and caffeine cravings
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Eating to relieve fatigue
  • Dizziness when moving from sitting or lying to standing
  • Gastric ulcers

Poor functioning adrenals can cause hypothyroid symptoms without any problem in the thyroid gland itself. In such cases, treating the thyroid is both unnecessary and ineffective and addressing the adrenals themselves is the key to improving thyroid function. Many times, people, especially women, have been treated with thyroid hormones only to have no relief of their symptoms of weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, insomnia, etc.

Adrenal stress can also impact thyroid function more direct ways, including the following five mechanisms:

Promotes Autoimmunity by Weakening Immune Barriers The digestive tract, lungs and the blood-brain barrier are the primary immune barriers in the body. They prevent foreign substances from entering the bloodstream and the brain. Adrenal stress weakens these barriers and promotes poor immune system regulation. When these immune barriers are porous large proteins and other antigens like lipopolysaccharides are able to pass into the bloodstream or brain where they don’t belong. The immune system gets keyed up and we become more prone to autoimmune diseases.

Disrupts the HPA Axis Studies have shown that the inflammatory cytokines (messengers) IL-1 beta, IL-6 and TNF-alpha, which are released during the stress response, down-regulate the HPA-axis and reduce levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). So your body doesn’t make as much thyroid hormones.

Reduces Conversion of T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to T3 (active thyroid hormone) 93% of the hormone produced by the thyroid gland is T4, in inactive thyroid hormone that must be converted into T3 before it can be used by the cells. The inflammatory cytokines from adrenal stressors disrupt the hypothalmus-pituitary-adrenal gland (HPA ) axis, they also interfere with the conversion of T4 to T3 in peripheral tissues such as the liver and the gut. Inflammatory cytokines have been shown to suppress the conversion of T4 to T3. In fact, inflammatory cytokines have been shown to suppress thyroid receptors on the cells making the thyroid hormones ineffective at increasing cellular activity. While there’s no practical way to measure receptor site sensitivity in a clinical setting, the research suggests thyroid receptor messaging is decreased in autoimmune and other inflammatory conditions.

Causes Other Hormonal Imbalances Cortisol is released by the adrenals during the stress response. Prolonged cortisol elevations, caused by chronic stress, decrease the liver’s ability to detox excess estrogens from the blood. Excess estrogen increases thyroid binding globulin (TBG), the proteins that thyroid hormone is attached to as it’s transported through the body, making the hormone inactive. TBG is like a cab that drives the hormone around. When it is not functional, the thyroid hormone cannot get out of the cab. Other drugs can also increase elevated TBG including birth control pills and estrogen replacement.

What Do You Do If You Have Poor Adrenal Function?

Adrenal stress is caused by many factors from diet, lifestyle and psychological stress to immune issues, dybiosis and inflammation. When these conditions exist, they must be addressed or any attempt to support the adrenals directly will either fail or be only partially successful.

General guidelines for adrenal health:

  • Stabilize blood sugar via a balanced paleo or ketogenic diet
  • Practice stress management and relaxation techniques
  • Avoid dietary causes of inflammation – food intolerances, Omega 6 fats, processed foods
  • Have fun, laugh and make pleasure a regular part of your life
  • Take adequate intake of Omega 3 fats DHA & EPA
  • Additional nutritional supplementation of phosphatidylserine and adaptogenic herbs like Siberian ginseng, Ashwagandha, Rholdiola and Holy basil leaf extract are also helpful in supporting the adrenal glands

Betty Murray, CN, IFMCP, CHC is a Certified Nutritionist & Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine, founder of the Dallas-based functional medicine clinic Living Well Dallas and Executive Director of the the Functional Medicine Association of North Texas. A master of the biochemistry of the body, Betty teaches her clients how to utilize nutrition for autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders, MTHFR and weight loss.  You can find her book “Cleanse: Detox Your Body, Mind & Spirit” on Amazon here.

Connect with me on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest; I’d love to hear from you!

Want more? Click here to get your free ‘Top 10 Secrets Why You Can’t Lose Weight’ and discover the real reasons you can’t lose weight and what to do about it.

 

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How Stress is Killing Your Thyroid

sleep-2

Too much stress in your life doesn’t just affect your mental well being, it wreaks havoc on your body and could lead to symptoms mirroring those of hypothyroidism.

Types of Stress

Stress comes in a number of ways, some impacting us more than others and at different times in our lives. At some point in time, most of us will experience stress in some (or all) of these forms:

  • Financial stress
  • Relationships
  • Schedules
  • Commutes
  • Raising children
  • The stock market
  • Skipping meals
  • Living a “western” lifestyle

There are other factors not commonly considered when people think of “stress” which also burden the adrenal glands. Fluctuating blood sugar is the most common way that adrenal dysfunction and high or low cortisol can wreak havoc on the body’s metabolism by causing hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia. Other common factors that stress the adrenals are dysbiosis, food intolerances (especially gluten), chronic infections and autoimmune issues, environmental toxin and inflammation.

Stress and Your Body

The adrenals are two glands that are about the size of your thumbnail that sit atop the kidneys. They secrete hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine. These hormones are responsible for our body’s response to stress. Adrenal fatigue is the name given to a poorly working adrenal gland in response to mental, emotional or physical stress.

Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep and waking up
  • Mood swings
  • Frequent illness and susceptibility to colds and flues
  • Irritability or lightheadedness between meals
  • Sugar and caffeine cravings
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Eating to relieve fatigue
  • Dizziness when moving from sitting or lying to standing
  • Gastric ulcers

Poor functioning adrenals can cause hypothyroid symptoms without any problem in the thyroid gland itself. In such cases, treating the thyroid is both unnecessary and ineffective and addressing the adrenals themselves is the key to improving thyroid function. Many times, people, especially women, have been treated with thyroid hormones only to have no relief of their symptoms of weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, insomnia, etc.

Adrenal stress can also impact thyroid function more direct ways, including the following five mechanisms:

Promotes Autoimmunity by Weakening Immune Barriers The digestive tract, lungs and the blood-brain barrier are the primary immune barriers in the body. They prevent foreign substances from entering the bloodstream and the brain. Adrenal stress weakens these barriers and promotes poor immune system regulation. When these immune barriers are porous large proteins and other antigens like lipopolysaccharides are able to pass into the bloodstream or brain where they don’t belong. The immune system gets keyed up and we become more prone to autoimmune diseases.

Disrupts the HPA Axis Studies have shown that the inflammatory cytokines (messengers) IL-1 beta, IL-6 and TNF-alpha, which are released during the stress response, down-regulate the HPA-axis and reduce levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). So your body doesn’t make as much thyroid hormones.

Reduces Conversion of T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to T3 (active thyroid hormone) 93% of the hormone produced by the thyroid gland is T4, in inactive thyroid hormone that must be converted into T3 before it can be used by the cells. The inflammatory cytokines from adrenal stressors disrupt the hypothalmus-pituitary-adrenal gland (HPA ) axis, they also interfere with the conversion of T4 to T3 in peripheral tissues such as the liver and the gut. Inflammatory cytokines have been shown to suppress the conversion of T4 to T3. In fact, inflammatory cytokines have been shown to suppress thyroid receptors on the cells making the thyroid hormones ineffective at increasing cellular activity. While there’s no practical way to measure receptor site sensitivity in a clinical setting, the research suggests thyroid receptor messaging is decreased in autoimmune and other inflammatory conditions.

Causes Other Hormonal Imbalances Cortisol is released by the adrenals during the stress response. Prolonged cortisol elevations, caused by chronic stress, decrease the liver’s ability to detox excess estrogens from the blood. Excess estrogen increases thyroid binding globulin (TBG), the proteins that thyroid hormone is attached to as it’s transported through the body, making the hormone inactive. TBG is like a cab that drives the hormone around. When it is not functional, the thyroid hormone cannot get out of the cab. Other drugs can also increase elevated TBG including birth control pills and estrogen replacement.

What Do You Do If You Have Poor Adrenal Function?

Adrenal stress is caused by many factors from diet, lifestyle and psychological stress to immune issues, dybiosis and inflammation. When these conditions exist, they must be addressed or any attempt to support the adrenals directly will either fail or be only partially successful.

General guidelines for adrenal health:

  • Stabilize blood sugar via a balanced paleo or ketogenic diet
  • Practice stress management and relaxation techniques
  • Avoid dietary causes of inflammation – food intolerances, Omega 6 fats, processed foods
  • Have fun, laugh and make pleasure a regular part of your life
  • Take adequate intake of Omega 3 fats DHA & EPA
  • Additional nutritional supplementation of phosphatidylserine and adaptogenic herbs like Siberian ginseng, Ashwagandha, Rholdiola and Holy basil leaf extract are also helpful in supporting the adrenal glands

Betty Murray, CN, IFMCP, CHC is a Certified Nutritionist & Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine, founder of the Dallas-based functional medicine clinic Living Well Dallas and Executive Director of the the Functional Medicine Association of North Texas. A master of the biochemistry of the body, Betty teaches her clients how to utilize nutrition for autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders, MTHFR and weight loss.  You can find her book “Cleanse: Detox Your Body, Mind & Spirit” on Amazon here.

Connect with me on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest; I’d love to hear from you!

Want more? Click here to get your free ‘Top 10 Secrets Why You Can’t Lose Weight’ and discover the real reasons you can’t lose weight and what to do about it.

 

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A Live Event: Unlock the Mysteries of Autoimmune Disease

Join Us for a Live Panel Discussion:
Unlock the Mysteries of Autoimmune Disease with Natural Solutions

Thursday, October 6th 
6:30PM – 8:30PM
On The Border – Addison
4855 Beltline Rd
Addison, TX 75254

Do you suffer from Unexplained Symptoms? Pain? Fatigue? Fuzzy thinking? Do you feel UNHEARD?
Our Pain Recovery Clinic works so you can play!

This seminar presented by John Roland, MD; Brenda Briscoe, LMT, Celia Naples, CHC and Joy Schwartz will show you natural solutions that remedy the most vexing symptoms.

Reserve your SPOT today!  Call 972-930-0260
www.facebook.com/livingwelldallaspainrecoveryclinic

www.livingwelldallas.com

Conventional and Natural Treatments for Skin Cancer

skin cancerIndividuals dealing with skin cancer have options when it comes treatment. There are both conventional skin cancer treatments, as well as natural methods for treating skin cancer available.

Let’s take a look at the options.

Conventional Skin Cancer Treatments

The National Cancer Institute recommends five different types of standard skin cancer treatments, including:

• Surgery – cut the tumor out
• Chemotherapy – poison the tumor
• Radiation therapy – burn the tumor
• Photodynamic therapy – drug and laser light therapy to kill cancer cells
• Biologic therapy – using the immune system to fight cancer

In many cases, these treatment options can have extreme side effects and actually damage the immune system and increase the likelihood of treatment-induced infections such as pneumonia or Candidiasis or increased risk of metastasis because the immune system can no longer monitor and control abnormal cell growth.

Natural Treatment Options

While conventional skin cancer treatments can be effective (though not without some risk), some patients may benefit from homeopathic skin cancer treatments, such as using natural essential oils with cancer fighting properties. These include: frankincense, myrrh, black raspberry seed and eggplant extract oils.

Frankincense Oil – Frankincense oil has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for health concerns. There are 17 active agents in most frankincense species and researchers have set out to determine which ones exactly target which type of tumors. Several (major) clinical studies have been recently published proving its ability to kill various cancers including breast, bladder and skin tumors. There are 17 active agents in most frankincense species and researchers have set out to determine which ones exactly target which type of tumors. (Source)

Myrrh Oil – Myrrh oil has also been used for thousands of years as a treatment. Two studies show myrrh may kill certain cancer cells, including: prostate cancer, breast and skin cancer cells. (Source)

Black Raspberry Seed Oil – Black raspberry seed oil has immune boosting properties and may target the tumor itself. (Source)

Eggplant Extract – According to a study published in Cancer Letters, a cream with a 10% concentration of solasodine rhamnosyl glycosides (BEC) – a phytochemical extracted from eggplant – has been clinically proven as an effective treatment for keratosis, basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas, selectively killing cancer cells without harming normal cells.

How to Apply these Oils

A great way to get all the healing benefits of each of these treatments is to make your own skin ointment blend, using 100% pure essential oils.

Combine:
5 mL of Frankincense oil
5 mL of Myrrh oil
5 mL of Black Raspberry oil
1 Tbsp organic eggplant extract cream

Directions: Apply your treatment on the affected area twice a day or as needed.

If you have sensitive skin, or allergies, then I recommend testing any skin treatment first.

Before you apply to your skin, place a small drop of each oil on the inside of your arm and let sit overnight.

If you show no redness, then you should be clear to use these oils topically.

Betty Murray, CN, IFMCP, CHC is a Certified Nutritionist & Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine, founder of the Dallas-based functional medicine clinic Living Well Dallas and Executive Director of the the Functional Medicine Association of North Texas. A master of the biochemistry of the body, Betty teaches her clients how to utilize nutrition for autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders, MTHFR and weight loss.  You can find her book “Cleanse: Detox Your Body, Mind & Spirit” on Amazon here.

Connect with me on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest; I’d love to hear from you!

Want more? Click here to get your free ‘Top 10 Secrets Why You Can’t Lose Weight’ and discover the real reasons you can’t lose weight and what to do about it.

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Conventional and Natural Treatments for Skin Cancer

skin cancerIndividuals dealing with skin cancer have options when it comes treatment. There are both conventional skin cancer treatments, as well as natural methods for treating skin cancer available.

Let’s take a look at the options.

Conventional Skin Cancer Treatments

The National Cancer Institute recommends five different types of standard skin cancer treatments, including:

• Surgery – cut the tumor out
• Chemotherapy – poison the tumor
• Radiation therapy – burn the tumor
• Photodynamic therapy – drug and laser light therapy to kill cancer cells
• Biologic therapy – using the immune system to fight cancer

In many cases, these treatment options can have extreme side effects and actually damage the immune system and increase the likelihood of treatment-induced infections such as pneumonia or Candidiasis or increased risk of metastasis because the immune system can no longer monitor and control abnormal cell growth.

Natural Treatment Options

While conventional skin cancer treatments can be effective (though not without some risk), some patients may benefit from homeopathic skin cancer treatments, such as using natural essential oils with cancer fighting properties. These include: frankincense, myrrh, black raspberry seed and eggplant extract oils.

Frankincense Oil – Frankincense oil has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for health concerns. There are 17 active agents in most frankincense species and researchers have set out to determine which ones exactly target which type of tumors. Several (major) clinical studies have been recently published proving its ability to kill various cancers including breast, bladder and skin tumors. There are 17 active agents in most frankincense species and researchers have set out to determine which ones exactly target which type of tumors. (Source)

Myrrh Oil – Myrrh oil has also been used for thousands of years as a treatment. Two studies show myrrh may kill certain cancer cells, including: prostate cancer, breast and skin cancer cells. (Source)

Black Raspberry Seed Oil – Black raspberry seed oil has immune boosting properties and may target the tumor itself. (Source)

Eggplant Extract – According to a study published in Cancer Letters, a cream with a 10% concentration of solasodine rhamnosyl glycosides (BEC) – a phytochemical extracted from eggplant – has been clinically proven as an effective treatment for keratosis, basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas, selectively killing cancer cells without harming normal cells.

How to Apply these Oils

A great way to get all the healing benefits of each of these treatments is to make your own skin ointment blend, using 100% pure essential oils.

Combine:
5 mL of Frankincense oil
5 mL of Myrrh oil
5 mL of Black Raspberry oil
1 Tbsp organic eggplant extract cream

Directions: Apply your treatment on the affected area twice a day or as needed.

If you have sensitive skin, or allergies, then I recommend testing any skin treatment first.

Before you apply to your skin, place a small drop of each oil on the inside of your arm and let sit overnight.

If you show no redness, then you should be clear to use these oils topically.

Betty Murray, CN, IFMCP, CHC is a Certified Nutritionist & Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine, founder of the Dallas-based functional medicine clinic Living Well Dallas and Executive Director of the the Functional Medicine Association of North Texas. A master of the biochemistry of the body, Betty teaches her clients how to utilize nutrition for autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders, MTHFR and weight loss.  You can find her book “Cleanse: Detox Your Body, Mind & Spirit” on Amazon here.

Connect with me on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest; I’d love to hear from you!

Want more? Click here to get your free ‘Top 10 Secrets Why You Can’t Lose Weight’ and discover the real reasons you can’t lose weight and what to do about it.

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Healthy Eating for Healthy Skin

skin cancer

How you eat and the personal care products you use can have a direct effect on your skin’s appearance and health. If you want to have clean, healthy skin and to reduce your risk for skin cancer, it’s time to clean up your diet and remove all toxins from your environment.

Use natural or organic cleaning products. Drink filtered water. Use non-chemical beauty products (especially avoid sodium laurel sulfate, propylene glycol, parabens, etc.) Check out the guide from Environmental Working Group to help you choose healthier skincare products. You can also try making your own skin care products out of natural elements (here are some recipes to start with).

Since cancer thrives in an acidic and toxic environment, it is important to remove any foods that increase inflammation in the body, including:

  • Processed foods
  • Refined sugars (corn syrup and artificial sweeteners)
  • Omega 6 vegetable oils like corn and soy oil
  • Fast food

What foods should you be eating for healthy skin?

  • Lots of healthy vegetables in a rainbow of colors.
  • Organic grass-fed meat and eggs
  • Wild-caught fish
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthy fats such as avocado, cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil, ghee or clarified butter
  • Fruits such as berries (blackberries, blueberries, goji berries, etc.)

Make it your goal to eat seven to nine servings (1/2 cup cooked or one cup raw) of fruits and vegetables each day.

Using skin healthy supplements can also help eliminate toxins in your body and reduce your risk of skin problems. Consider supplements such as:

Vitamin D — Ironically, one of the proven vitamins to combat cancer is also the one that you get from being in the sun! Take a supplement Vitamin D3 with MK7 (a form of vitamin K) to boost your immune system and help fight cancer.

Probiotics — Seventy-five percent of your immune system is in your gut and the probiotics are the stars that keep your gut healthy. When given the right nutrients, your immune system is designed to fight cancer. Taking a variety of soil-based and food-based probiotics is important to build up the culture in your intestines. We recommend Prescript-Assist by Ancient Minerals and a variety of other food-based probiotics such as UltraFlora Balance in our practice with great results.

Selenium — This mineral found in water, soil and some foods has been found to reduce the risk of death from skin cancer by 50 percent and using it resulted in 37 percent fewer malignancies according to a study published in the 1996 Journal of American Medial Association. Selenium supplements should be taken in moderation though. It is best to consume selenium from whole food sources like Brazil nuts, walnuts, free-range chicken or grass-fed beef.

Curcumin — A substance found in tumeric, curcumin has a long and storied past as a natural cancer cure. Several studies on cancer proved that curcumin is effective at killing cancer and preventing further cancer growth and metastasis. Studies have shown it to be effective against breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells.

Pancreatic (Proteolytic) Enzymes — Pancreatic enzymes taken between meals become proteolytic enzymes. This enzyme is released into your bloodstream to break down scar tissue and clean up debris and old cells. In a cancer patient, the pancreas may not be able to keep up with the demand to create enough enzymes to digest the protein-based cell walls of cancer cells. Studies in 1981 showed that enzyme treatment was shown to be extremely effective in reducing the symptoms of cancer and helping to reverse it.

Stay tuned for our next article on skin cancer treatments.

Betty Murray, CN, IFMCP, CHC is a Certified Nutritionist & Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine, founder of the Dallas-based functional medicine clinic Living Well Dallas and Executive Director of the the Functional Medicine Association of North Texas. A master of the biochemistry of the body, Betty teaches her clients how to utilize nutrition for autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders, MTHFR and weight loss.  You can find her book “Cleanse: Detox Your Body, Mind & Spirit” on Amazon here.

Connect with me on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest; I’d love to hear from you!

Want more? Click here to get your free ‘Top 10 Secrets Why You Can’t Lose Weight’ and discover the real reasons you can’t lose weight and what to do about it.

 

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