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Allie
21/Aug/2018

By Allie Mitchell, Clinical Director

It is so hot outside! I was on a 4-mile walk yesterday and all I could think about was getting a tall, cool glass of water. Thankfully, when I got done, I had an amazing glass of pure water.

According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.

Crazy to think how important water is to every part of our bodies. It can affect our well being, emotions, and definitely our choices. Well hydrated people are more likely to be balanced in their body, soul and spirit thus giving rise to healthier relationships and work output.

KEY POINTS TO KNOW:

  • Always drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day (more if you are working out and sweating)
  • Cut out carbonated drinks (and replace it with something like lemon water)
  • Make efforts to drink filtered water (buy a Brita or get a filtered water system at your house)
  • May want to add liquid minerals to your water to replace lost electrolytes

Also, sometimes when you have food cravings, you may not be hungry… but thirsty! Next time you reach for a snack, drink a glass of water first.

Supporting Products

  • Abundant CReduces tissue damage with fully buffered and reduced 100% L-ascorbate
  • Rehydrate – Homeopathic Hydration Drainage, Tonification & Support, Increases Cell’s Ability to Uptake Water
  • Spectralyte – Ionic Trace Minerals & Electrolytes, Systemic Alkalizer, Adrenals, Joint Pain and Stiffness, Sodium/Potassium
  • Catalyte – Restores electrolyte balance and supplies D-ribose to support muscle function

“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life….” John 4:14

Reference The Chemical Composition of the Adult Human Body and It’s Bearing on the Biochemistry of Growth, by H.H. Mitchell


Julie Mitchell
21/Aug/2018

Brain health is an important part of our overall wellness that can be over looked. As students head back to the structure of learning in school, it’s a good time to also look at how to support optimal brain performance. When it comes to those of us who are not in the formative years yet desire to have healthy brains throughout our life, consideration of the list below is important for strong cognitive function.

1. CONSUME wild-caught fish and grass-fed meat.

These contain DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that the brain uses to make myelin. Myelin is an insulating layer, or sheath, that forms around nerves, including those in the brain and spinal cord. It is made up of protein and fatty substances. When we supplementing with high quality fish oils, we introduce excellent resources for the brain to build with. (not recommended: poor or unknown quality fish oils which can cause more damage to the brain than good)

2. EAT 2 to 3 cups of green leafy veggies daily and TAKE probiotics.
The friendly bacteria in your gut will metabolize the vitamin K1 in the greens into vitamin K2. Our body needs vitamin K2 to properly use vitamin D and produce myelin.

3. HAVE fruits and veggies with darker pigments.

Pigments are a marker for antioxidants or polyphenols. People with diets higher in antioxidants like these have a stronger potential for lower rates of dementia and other forms of chronic disease.

4. STOP all artificial sweeteners / flavor enhancers.

These excito-toxins trick our brain into over consumption and over toxicity.

5. CUT OUT (or at least reduce) white sugar and white flour-based products.

Foods like these are going to cause spike in our blood sugar as well as insulin. Did you realize increases in insulin can compete with enzymes that remove toxic proteins from the brain, keeping it from functioning properly? By improving the quality of our body fuel, we will be doing one of the most powerful things to stop and possibly even reverse cognitive decline.

6. EXERCISE!

The positive effects of exercise on cognition are beyond a few paragraphs. Scores of studies show that exercise promotes more blood flow to the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for memory. It also increases tissue density in different areas of the brain, improving our ability to learn, make clear decisions, and even handle stressful situations.

7. READ then repeat the challenging material.

We develop new connections in our brain by reading articles or books that are informative yet interesting. Let’s learn to pause after reading about a concept and make our self recall what we’ve just learned. This exercise boosts retention — a great study tip for students. Read and memorizing Bible verses not only helps develop the brain but then applying concepts to our life, we can positively effect our character and relationships.

8.TEACH ourselves to be lifelong learners.

We need to push our brains to solve difficult puzzles like crosswords, acrostics, cryptograms, Sudoku, or lumosity(or others cognitive building apps). Let’s make a habits of going to museums, zoos, and historical sites while taking time to read about the exhibits, try to repeat the key information to our self, and then do it again once or twice during or after our visit. Not only will we retain what the exhibits were about, but we increase the odds of being able to recall the information months or even years later. We should consider doing regular challenges to our brains like to a 21 Day Brain Detox developed by Dr. Caroline Leaf.

9. REDUCE stress or learn fresh ways to adapt.

Studies have found that people with high amounts of stress are more likely to suffer from cognitive problems than those who are free of stress. If we find ways to adapt to stress naturally like exercising, belly breathing, use essential oils that are calming, prayer or meditation, relaxing activities, spiritual growth, and let go of wrestling with things that are out of your control, our cognitive space will be freed up for positive brain and body expressions and growth.

10. TRAIN the brain with Neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback works on the concept of neuroplasticity. This simply means that if our brains are stimulated into a particular activation pattern, the brain cells or neurons begin to form connections which result in “learning” of this function. Many brain problems begin through negative neuroplasticity or the activation of the brain in repeated ways which changes the long-term patterning. Prolonged stress is a classic example of negative neuroplasticity. Neurofeedback retrains the brain in corrective patterning ways.

The good news is that exciting research over the past 20 years has shown that certain regions of the adult brain can generate new neurons and new synapses. In essence, whenever we learn something new, engage in new activities, or even ponder a new concept, the brain can rewire itself in response to these activities. Just like babies, adults can keep growing their brain and protect cognitive functioning as they age!

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2


Julie Mitchell
21/Aug/2018

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Adult and Child Cognitive Support

Herb

Core Olive Leaf Originally best known for its positive affect on supporting normal circulatory function, it has also been used to support the immune system and as an anti-aging ingredient.

Homeopathic

Field of FlowersProvides homeopathic support for the mind- body-heart connection. Fields of Flowers provides a wide assortment of flower essences to assist with the release of toxic emotions and anxiety during the healing process.

Nutritional

Ultrameal– A medical food formulated to nutritionally support the management of conditions associated with metabolic syndrome, such as central obesity, insulin resistance, and altered body composition. It is designed to support a healthy body composition by targeting fat loss and helping to maintain lean muscle.

Ultracare for KidsUltracare for Kids medical food is specifically formulated for children with atopic disorders such as eczema, rhinitis, and allergy-responsive asthma. When combined with the accompanying diet plan, provides high quality nutrition for children with food sensitivities.

Essential Oil

In Tune– a proprietary blend of essential oils carefully selected for their ability to enhance focus and support healthy thought processes


Julie Mitchell
21/Aug/2018

By: Julie Mitchell

So many ThoughtsHave you ever been told that you are negative? Well, sildenafil I have. When my husband, Jeff, informed me of this, I had to stop and think for a moment. I said to myself, “I don’t think anyone else would say that about me; if I am negative with him, maybe I have a right to be; why am I am so unsettled right now?” But that day I got a news flash to my brain: I am negative and I don’t want to be any more. If I am only being negative around him, that makes me negative and a nag. The next morning I decided to do something about it. After praying(I’m learning this involves a lot more listening than talking) and seeking truth in this area, I committed to making a change with this negative thinking and talk that I did around him. Now I am still a work in progress, but I can say through the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of truth, that I am much better at taking those thoughts captive when they arise in my thinking (2 Corinthians 10:5). That morning I put a voice memo on my phone with positive prayers and statements that I listened to daily that helped put new thoughts in my brain, body, and life. After about a month, I felt a sense of accomplishment coming from changes in negative thinking and talk to positive ones, but even better…I have peace…which to me is priceless!

5 Steps to Overcoming Toxic Thinking

  1. Recognize your toxic thoughts. If you find yourself regularly beating yourself up for something you’ve done or not done, chances are very high that you have toxic thinking. Or maybe you are constantly focusing on other people’s faults and it drives you to frustration…there is probably toxic thinking behind that too. Emotions are not right or wrong, we have every right to feel something but it’s what we do with it that will effect our life. If you’ve been wronged, you don’t have to turn that emotion into a toxic one. It is possible to turn in a direction toward healthy responses no matter what. All healthy emotions/responses stem from LOVE but all toxic emotions/responses stem from FEAR. You can’t be in both worlds at the same time. It is important to remember what God says about ALL of us: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female (ALL of us…no one is left out!) He created them.” Genesis 1:27  We are called to love like God loves. We are wired for that. Matthew 5:48
  2. Take time to reflect on what is behind this toxic thinking. There is a driving force behind these toxic thoughts that will take directed effort to overcome it. The brain will follow behind what the mind is telling it, not the other way around. You can literally perform brain surgery…that thought can be removed by your efforts. It’s called neuroplasticity. This is disciplined thinking using your intellect with body and emotional awareness. Philippians 4:8 “Think on those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and worthy of praise.”
  3. Write it down. Once you’ve recognized the problem thinking, writing it down helps you process through to see it more clearly. When you let a toxic thought move from your head to paper, solutions are easier to recognize too. Proverbs 16:9 “The mind of man makes his plans but the Lord directs his steps.”
  4. Develop a plan. As you look at the issue before you, gently explore solutions to it allowing your mind to ponder. I believe asking the Holy Spirit for specific directions of how to move away from this way of thinking will bring lasting results. Next write down the solution that presented itself to you. Ephesians 4:21-24 “When you heard about Christ and were taught in Him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus, you were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
  5. Activate the plan. Talk is cheap. Doing is the key, isn’t it? Since you’ve got the plan, use it during the day. You don’t know when situations will arise during the day that cause you to move toward this toxic way of processing life, but when it does you will be able to actively deal with it. This will help you in the process of moving the toxic thought or reaction into a healthy one that can forever change your mind, body and spirit towards balanced wellness. Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

How would our life change if we did this daily? Our thoughts filter through our brain and then express themselves physically in our body, which in turn affect all the choices we make. Changing our thought life changes our life. We are given free will to choose anything because we are deeply loved by God, who gave us His very son Jesus to pay the price for our sinful ways that stem from toxic thinking. No matter what is happening in our life that is stressful or difficult, we are always given a way of escape. It begins with being aware of what thoughts are coming into our brain. I am a work in progress, but am so thankful for God’s mercies that are new every morning! It’s a new day, let’s be positive, rejoice and be glad in it!

Reference: Switch on Your Brain, Dr. Caroline Leaf


Julie Mitchell
21/Aug/2018

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Mind and Emotions Support

Herb

Cerebro Calm– Provides neurotransmitter support and increases oxygenation in the brain.

Homeopathic

Field of Flowers-  Provides homeopathic support for the mind- body-heart connection. Fields of Flowers provides a wide assortment of flower essences to assist with the release of toxic emotions and anxiety during the healing process.

Nutritional

Mito Max– Mito2Max is a healthier, long-term alternative to caffeine for increased energy and vitality. It promotes better micro-circulation and supports cellular aerobic capacity and energy production.

Essential Oil

Cypress– Excellent at helping move through emotional stress.


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Julie Mitchell
21/Aug/2018

As some people round the corner towards Christmas, feelings of sadness or depression can come over them like a snow storm full of fury which buries them inside with melancholy moods…

“Each year, per tradition, my family watches Charles Schulz’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. And even though the special originally aired almost 50 years ago, I am continually surprised by how salient and relevant its messages still are today.

In case you haven’t seen the special, the story features a disheartened Charlie Brown who is trying to find the true meaning of Christmas. He is surrounded by selfish desires and rampant commercialism. In hopes of finding meaning, Charlie Brown becomes the director of the Christmas play. After having a rough time as director, he goes to get a Christmas tree for the play.

Out of all of the metallic, shiny and strong Christmas trees, Charlie Brown picks one that is nothing more than a weak, young sapling. Inevitably, when Charlie presents the tree to the cast of the play, they all ridicule him.

But Linus sees something different in the tree. He says, “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.” Linus doesn’t see the weak sapling that the others see. Rather, he sees that, with a little care and love, the sapling could be a full and completed tree.

I see God’s love in Linus.

Like Linus, God sees our brokenness and weakness and says, “I never thought it was such a bad little tree.” In the midst of our lowest points and our toughest struggles, God never gives up on us. God doesn’t hold our weaknesses against us. He knows our true potential.

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a story of redemption. It is a story that reminds us of the healing power of love. This Christmas, may you remember that you are complete in God’s eyes. May you remember that God sees past your brokenness and knows your true potential.

And, when you want to shout, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”, may you have someone like Linus there to remind you.”
– by Alex Kuehn, Senior, Moderator of Pres House Leadership Council


Julie Mitchell
21/Aug/2018

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Depression and Mood Support

Herb

St. John’s Wort– a single botanical used to support healthy mood and emotional well-being. Aids in depression, anxiety and mood swings.

Homeopathic

Field of Flowers– contains multiple flower essences designed to assist with a wide range of emotional imbalance.

Nutritional

Vitamin D3-supports bone, cardiovascular, immune, and neurological health.

Essential Oil

Serenity-common primary uses are for ADD/ADHD, addictions, anger, anxiety, calming, insomnia, sleep, stress and tension.


Julie Mitchell
21/Aug/2018

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Stress Support

Herb

Phyto B Complex-formulation of bioavailable multi-B vitamin with rhodiola rosea extract. These are essential to ensure the body can utilize the nutrients it receives and effectively cope with physical and emotional stressors.

Homeopathic

Rescue Calmcontains a combination of flower essences known for alleviating stress in general and also as a first aid measure in emergency situations. It provides homeopathic support for anxiety, trauma, and nervousness.

Nutritional

Seratran-contains a blend of amino acids, vitamins and minerals which have been combined to support the body in maintaining balanced serotonin levels. When serotonin supplies are balanced, the results can include deep sleep, less food cravings, healthy digestion and a feeling of emotional well-being and satisfaction.

Essential Oil

Balance– this blend brings a feeling of calmness, peace and relaxation. It can aid in harmonizing the various physiological systems of the body and promote tranquility and a sense of balance. Most commonly used for anxiety, back pain, depression, energy, mood swings and seizures.


Julie Mitchell
21/Aug/2018

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STRESS! Who can avoid it? No one! As our office is preparing to move our clinic to a new location very soon, the list of things to do seems to grow daily. I can even feel a flush of heat coming on as I type this thought. Since I can’t change the move, I must work on my adaptation process to the stressors of this move along with all the other things that come across my path daily. We’ve all heard that the early bird gets the worm, but I submit a new phrase: “The bird who remains calm in the fight for the worm will digest it properly, sleep well at night and remain in health”.

Those that are able to adapt to the stressors in their environment are the ones who will be more likely to live out an abundant life. We cannot change all of the stressors in our life so we must learn to adapt to those that are out of our control. Our neuroendocrine system (nervous system and endocrine system/ hormones) will signal changes in the body’s biochemistry with a fight or flight response. Short term stress, called acute, can actually have beneficial affects by strengthening the body’s response. But long term, or chronic, stress has the potential to effect various physical and psychological expressions.

6 parts of the body affected by stress

  1. Digestion
  2. Heart rate
  3. Adrenal/thyroid glands
  4. Sex hormones
  5. Glucose metabolism
  6. Respiratory function

6 Effects of stress:

  1. Weight imbalance
  2. Elevated blood pressure
  3. High blood glucose/sugar/diabetic
  4. High triglycerides
  5. Elevated LDL cholesterol
  6. Low HDL cholesterol

Richard L. Shames, MD, reported 43% of all adults suffer adverse effects due to stress. 75-90% of all visits to primary care physicians are in some way related to the adverse impact of psychosocial stress. He goes on to state the use of natural substances can support normalization of stress-induced biochemical and organ function changes and increase non-specific resistance to stress. Applied Nutrition Science Reports No. 576

6 Things that are contributing to stress:

  1. Food additives and colors
  2. Aspartame (artificial sweeteners)
  3. Caffeine (over use)
  4. Refined sugar excess
  5. Electronics
  6. Medication/Drugs

6 Anti-Stress Actions:

  1. Belly Breathing
  2. Take a short walk
  3. Listen to music
  4. Dance or sing
  5. Laugh
  6. Read the Bible or Inspirational Writings

“My soul, my soul! I am in anguish! Oh, my heart! My heart is pounding in me; I cannot be silent, because I have heard, O my soul, The sound of the trumpet, The alarm of war.” Jeremiah 4:19


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