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Julie Mitchell
19/Nov/2018

By Julie Mitchell, BCND, CN

I work often with women who are going through various symptoms of menopause and are willing to step back and look at ways to help them move through this season. Men on the other hand, often want to avoid doctors or anyone who will give them directions. Have you ever been in a car with a man who won’t pull over for directions and you know he doesn’t have a clue where he is headed? It is critical for some of our guys to pull over and ask for directions to the nearest state of well being. Male Andropause is a period of time when there is a decreased production of male hormones.

4 Areas of Imbalance Men May Want to Pull Over and Get Directions For:
SEXUAL  lower sex drive, erectile dysfunction, decreased size of testes, less spontaneous erections
SLEEP  insomnia, increased sleepiness, difficulty falling asleep
PHYSICAL less muscle mass, increased body fat, reduced strength and endurance; less energy, decreased bone density, hair loss on body, increase in body heat
EMOTIONAL decreased motivation, lower self-confidence, increased sad /depression, difficulty concentrating or remembering things

The Mayo Clinic states that on average, males after the age of 30 lose 1% of their testosterone levels each year.  This process is typically a very gradual one in which the changes happen so slowly that men are not even aware of them. These are the guys that don’t need to pull over for directions. For others though, changes in sexual function, energy level or mood are more noticed and affect areas of their life more dramatically. These are the men that need to pull over for directions. As with women going through menopause, one of the most important glands of the body are the adrenal glands. They must be cared for and supported during this phase of life with great wisdom. Stress, be it emotional, work related, relationships, internal or external toxins, will weigh very heavily upon these precious walnut sized glands that sit on top of the kidneys. It will be important for men to allow themselves time to discover what is needed for them to move through this season with confidence and strength. And let’s not forget to give a shout out about the very important liver…where all the hormones are first conjugated and produced from cholesterol.

6 Directions that Can Lead Men to Feeling Manly Again:
LIFESTYLE  Eat a healthy diet that does not include refined sugars and grains or at least are minimally consumed.  Eat adequate amounts of protein, vegetables and fruits.  Move it or lose it…exercise 3-6x week with cardio and weight resistance exercises.
BREATHE  Deeply and peacefully throughout the day. Count your blessings and don’t sweat the small stuff.
WATER Drink half your body weight in ounces a day, more if you have sweated during exercise.
Saliva Hormone Assessment:  You can have saliva hormone testing to determine not only testosterone levels but other important hormone levels that are in the male endocrine system.
ADAPTOGENS  This is a substance or practice that helps to regulate the body and help move it towards homeostasis. There are a number of adaptogenic herbs and homeopathics that can support the male endocrine system during the andropause years. Consider practices like yoga, meditate on inspiring words, breathing deep, and developing an intimate or deeper relationship with God.
JOIN FORCES with a healthcare practitioner:  Who will support you with your goals of achieving wellness holistically and naturally. A bioenergetics practitioner will be able to lead you in the discovery of the underlying causes of these hormone imbalances and help you to restore this balance through various modalities.


Julie Mitchell
19/Nov/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


Julie Mitchell
19/Nov/2018

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Ingredients

1 spaghetti squash

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves

1 shallot

Celtic Sea Salt

pepper

feta

Spaghetti Sauce of choice

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Cut spaghetti squash in half (lengthwise)

Scrape out the seeds and pulp

Brush the inside of the spaghetti squash with 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Season with salt and pepper

Place the spaghetti squash on a baking sheet, cut side up

Cook for 45-60 minutes or until very tender

Let cool for about thirty minutes or until cool enough to hold the rind

Scrape the inside of the spaghetti squash with a fork to create “noodle like” strands

Saute garlic and shallot in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-low heat until tender and slightly brown

Add spaghetti squash and heat through

Serve and top with spaghetti sauce and feta


Julie Mitchell
19/Nov/2018

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Ingredients

2.5 cups of frozen fruit as desired

3/4 cup of coconut milk

stevia as desired

Directions

Combine ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until frozen fruit is completely blended.

Add coconut milk until you reach your desired consistency  if consistency is too thick.


Julie Mitchell
19/Nov/2018

photoI love to exercise! I have a number of reasons why:

  1. Increases endorphins that compliment my call to be joyful
  2. Increases my strength to accomplish the tasks of my day with energy
  3. When in the gym it provides wonderful fellowship with like-minded people
  4. When training outside on my own it provides a quiet reflective time that allows my good Lord to pour into me
  5. Poor circulation is one of my genetic weaknesses that is always taken care of when I’m moving with exercise
  6. It helps me wear my clothes the way I like to

You will often hear me say that it takes hard work to get to The Promised Land of Wellness, but it is worth it. We must be aware that it will always take diligent work to remain healthy, but once we get there we must realize going back to bondage of poor health is not an option. We are not meant to be stagnant in any way: physically, mentally, or spiritually. We should be uncomfortable in all those areas regularly, which guarantees us that we are not sitting in stagnant waters with the snakes and mosquitoes.

Did you know?

  • Active adults, athletes and those desiring to build muscle mass need additional dietary protein.
  • 7 out of 10 Americans don’t exercise regularly.
  • 3 out of 10 Americans don’t drink enough water.

We know that regular exercise will support the body functions and make us feel great too. We need to realize that increased physical demands on the body will create:

  1. INCREASED NUTRITIONAL DEMANDS. Protein not only helps build the muscle after a workout but also in the recovery process. My routine for years has included either an Ultrameal, Ultraclear, InflamX, or SP Complete Dairy Free shake within an hour after my work out. These are science based formulas designed to support our wellness and fitness goals that include high quality ingredients with natural sweeteners and flavors.
  2. NEED FOR INCREASED WATER INTAKE. This will support optimal physical performance. On a daily basis we should be drinking a minimum of half our body weight in ounces of water. But on days we are exercising that need can go up by 20-60% depending on the amount of sweat we release. So let’s “CAMEL UP!” I add Rehydration to my water as well as SpectraMin to replenish the electrolytes/minerals depleted thru sweat and Phyto Rad which is an amazing spagyrically processed antioxidant.

Julie Mitchell
19/Nov/2018

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Anti-Aging

Herb
Phyto Rad-An herbal blend of powerful antioxidant including Turmeric, Grape Seed Extract, Green Tea, Ginseng and Quercetin with added liver support. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals which, if left unchecked, can cause numerous health problems such as premature aging, cell damage and degenerative disease.

Homeopathic
Adaptopath- Contains a blend of homeopathics formulated to help enhance the body’s ability to heal by helping it adapt more effectively to stress. This includes ingredients to nourish the adrenals, assist with sleep and reset the body’s communication system. Helps with general body cramps, bone pain and premature graying.

Nutritional
Potent C-Contains a balance of essential minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. It helps with immune system function, collagen repair and formation, joint function, energy production, antioxidant protection and function, and detoxification. Check out the video on our website on how to do a C Flush.

Essential Oil
Frankincense-Biblical referenced oil that is commonly used for joint or muscle discomfort, redness, irritation, fatigue, respiratory issues, skin imperfections or blemishes.

 


Julie Mitchell
19/Nov/2018

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Protection Internal and External Bugs

Herb

Core Mycelia-a red reishi mushroom blend that helps with immune support. The powerful combination of Chinese mushrooms in this blend, including Reishi and Shiitake, have been studied, documented, and used to enhance immunity and specifically support the body in fighting a variety of both acute and chronic viruses.

Organo Coffee-this coffee is infused with the reishi mushroom and has a rich taste. It strengthens the immune system, helps improve mood, oxygenates the body, has anti-aging properties, boost stamina, promotes detoxification, has antioxidants properties, good for high blood pressure, aids the improvement of the blood circulatory imbalance, and prevents tissue degeneration

Homepeopathic
Drainage Tone-this aids in symptoms associated with congestion of drainage pathways fatigue, bloating, constipation, foggy thinking, chronic infections. Supplies drainage for spleen, thymus and lymphatic system. Also provides immune support and drains the extra-cellular matrix/water.

Nutritional
Galt Immune-made up of predigested fish protein with organic colostrum for immune support and soothing support for normal gut function. This provides Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue immune support. 70% of immune function is gut modulated, stimulates interlukin-2; cytokines and macrophage action.

Essential Oil
Terra Shield-this proprietary blend contains 15 essential oils that have been proven to more effectively repel biting insects than other synthetic repellants. A small amount of this blend will provide powerful coverage for up to 6 hours.


Julie Mitchell
19/Nov/2018

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Ingredients

3-4 links turkey sausage

    1 bunch of green onions

    1 small Yukon gold potato, sliced thin

    ½ tbsp. olive oil

     5-6 eggs

    1 tsp. fresh rosemary

    Celtic Sea salt

    1 green pepper

    1 zucchini

   ½  eggplant

    1 large portabella mushroom

    Parsley, minced

Dircetions

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a frying pan, cook turkey sausage. Remove from the pan, dice and set aside.

Saute the green onion  in and season with a pinch of sea salt.

Remove onions from the pan.

Add the potato, zucchini, green pepper, eggplant and mushroom season with celtic sea salt, and cook in olive oil until lightly browned.

Remove potato from the pan.

Heat ½ tbsp. olive oil in an oven-proof frying pan.

Add eggs and rosemary and cook until slightly thick.

Add sautéed green onion and potatoes into the egg mixture.

Top with chopped sausage pieces.

Place frying pan into the oven for 10-15 minutes.

Garnish with minced parsley.


Julie Mitchell
19/Nov/2018

Garlic-Mashed-Potatoes-and-Cauliflower

Ingredients

1 large head cauliflower

5 large cloves garlic

Celtic Sea Salt

2 tablespoons grassfed butter

¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Fill a large (6-quart)  pot with an inch or two of water. Place a steamer insert in the pot, cover with a lid, and put the pot on a burner set on high.

While waiting for the water to boil, wash and trim the cauliflower. Cut up the florets and stem. Slice up all the garlic cloves.

Once the water in the pot is boiling, throw in the stems, half of the florets, and all of the garlic. Salt everything liberally.

Then, put in the rest of the cauliflower, season with more salt, replace the lid, and steam everything until soft (~10 minutes).

Drain everything into a colander, and then dump it all into food processor fitted with the steel knife attachment. Season with some fresh cracked pepper and microplaned nutmeg. Add the butter.

Process everything until smooth. Season to taste. These faux “mashed potatoes” reheat beautifully in the microwave.


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