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Varicose Veins and MTHFR
Magnesium Deficiency
Cold and Flu Home Remedies
Medicinal Mushrooms
Carrot, Orange and Ginger Juice


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Varicose Veins and MTHFR

Both heterozygous and homozygous variants of MTHFR C677T and A1298C associate with the development of varicose veins according to study in EBioMedicine in January 2015.
MTHFR is a gene related to the nutrient folate that’s also tied to cardiac function, detoxification of estrogens and metals, anxiety and depression and more.  Nutrition is an important consideration with varicose veins.  
Lab testing can identify potential gene problems so you can make appropriate changes to food, supplements, and lifestyle.

Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium is a common nutrient deficiency.  One important function of magnesium is to help us cope with stress and to help muscles relax, but all of our cells body needs magnesium.  When we’re stressed, we may use higher than average levels of magnesium and need more.  
When deficient in magnesium, calcium can become trapped in cells, allowing them to become slightly calcified and stiff.  Cells, tissues, and organs may experience small changes from a magnesium deficiency that may affect metabolism throughout the body.

Cold and Flu Home Remedies

For colds and flu at our house, we start with the simplest remedies possible.   Some of our simple home remedies include gargling with salt water for sore throats, replacing toothbrushes, going to bed a few hours earlier, switching to a liquid diet, hot baths with Epsom salts and wearing extra sweaters to stay warm.  When it's hard to keep anything down, we use spoonfuls of salty liquids like chicken broth, to help retain fluids.  These may be all that's needed for symptoms go away.

Medicinal Mushrooms

There are over 20,000 known species of mushrooms, and at least 50 have health-promoting properties.  While most people are familiar with the white button mushrooms, there are other mushroom choices at the grocery store, with potential therapeutic value.  
Asian countries use mushrooms as medicinal foods to stimulate the immune system in patients with HIV and cancer.  Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center website has interesting information on mushrooms and cancer under “about herbs.

Carrot, Orange and Ginger Juice

Do you have a juicer?  Vegetable juices are perfect nutrient boosters!  This drink is sweet and filling to get you 

Carrot, Orange, and Ginger Juice

10-12 large organic carrots - unpeeled
1” knob of organic ginger - unpeeled
One orange – cut off the peel
1/2 ripe avocado – remove pit and peel

Put all through a juicer.  Sip ½ now and ½ later in the day.

Brain Performance from Breakfast

The food you eat affects metabolism and is related to your mental performance.  Do a quick analysis of your breakfast.  At Holistic Nutrition Center, we list flavorings, color additives or excess sugar as ‘red flag’ items because they have the potential to alter metabolism, and can have an adverse, neuro-toxic effect in some people.  
Have you ever made the connection between what you eat for breakfast and brain symptoms like anxiety, lack of focus or headaches?  A few signs of food problems that I look for in adults are: feeling starved mid-morning, moodiness, or being unable to concentrate.

Weight Loss 2017

Weight Loss 2017

Happy New Year! If you made a resolution to lose weight, it's time to get started now.  Here are a few tips:

1.    Define your goal –  A goal gives you a direction and final destination that can be measured.  So know your target.  Pick a weight loss goal and date and identify the purpose for losing weight.  
2.    Make a plan.  Break your goal down into chunks.  If your goal is to lose 50 pounds by June 1st, then do the math - 50 pounds divided by six months is a little over eight pounds/month.

Holiday Candy Cravings

I know people who get into trouble by eating one piece of candy.  Just a teeny taste leads to constant food cravings that can’t be satisfied.  For the next 3-4 days, the thought of candy is haunting.  And there's a strong desire for other foods too so a cycle of overeating starts that can last for weeks, packing on pounds and guilt.

What I’m referring to goes beyond craving.  For a lot of people who don’t have a ‘take it or leave it’ relationship with candy, this is a real addiction.

The Foundations of Health

Foundations of Health

1.    Proper diet
2.    Sleep: good quantity and quality
3.    Adequate stress management
4.    Optimal digestion, absorption, and utilization of nutrients
5.    Proper elimination
6.    Optimal tissue minerals
7.    Balanced essential fatty acids
8.    Blood sugar regulation
9.    Optimal hydration
10.    Adequate vitamin levels
11.    Balanced adrenals, thyroid and sex hormones

Continuing Education

Phew!  I just finished another college course.  I’ve taken a lot of classes since getting a Master’s Degree and in hindsight, I probably should have taken the classes for credit, and not just audited them.  At one time I wanted to top off my education with a Ph.D., but right now I’m happy to choose my own level of academic demands. 

The reason I take classes is to gain an understanding of a topic that’s related to nutrition.  I like gathering knowledge by choosing courses from other sciences that can broaden my holistic approach to nutrition.
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