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Reducing spring allergies by targeting the causes on Coast Live

Spring Allergy Symptoms

Spring allergy season is upon us and so many symptoms happen as a result of immune systems that are not strong enough. Many people assume that spring allergy symptoms just happen, however that is not accurate. The immune system is deeply connected to the digestive symptom. The digestive symptom houses majority of the immune system. Just like hippocrates said all diseases begin in the gut, and let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. As a result, if people were more in tune to their immune system they would support their immune system prior to the shift of the seasons.

When the seasons change both in fall and in spring the ecosystem around you shifts. The trees and flowers shift which changes the environment. Pollen, grass, leaves, flowers, etc add another element on top of an already taxed internal ecosystem. Our bodies internal ecosystems are already overtaxed based on environmental stressors. Environmental stressors come from the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. There are also many other sources of environmental stressors that we are exposed to but these are the main sources to consider. The impact of these environmental stressors provide greater difficulty on the immune system. The immune system works hard to keep the body imbalance yet the bombardment on it is difficult during the spring allergy season.

The immune system attempts to cope by creating spring allergy symptoms. These symptoms include running nose, itching eyes, nasal stuffiness, etc. The symptoms can be instant and ongoing throughout the entire allergy season, but if you support the immune system ahead of time you can potentially avoid these symptoms. Supplemental supports such as quercetin, and bromelian and wonderful anti-inflammatories that help support the immune system. The key to natural treatments for spring allergies is to start early before the allergy season begins that way the immune system is supported BEFORE you develop symptoms. Once you develop symptoms it is more challenging to stop the symptoms. If you need a custom developed remedy for supplements contact Dr. Steele, our naturopathic medical doctor today!

Skin and the Gut

Food for thought about the connection between your gut and skin health on Coast Live

Gut health and skin

The skin has a very symbiotic relationship with the digestive tract. The digestive tract is a primary drainage pathway. It contains and is designed to eliminate various toxins through the digestive tract. The digestive tract may or may not be able to eliminate the toxicity from the body. There is a gut skin axis, which is the connection between the gut and the skin. This connection accounts for many dermatological imbalances.

The skin is a secondary drainage pathway, this is a location to which toxins drain out of the body when the other pathways are overwhelmed. The gut health and the skin have a very symbiotic relationship. They work together to eliminate toxins from the body. If there are imbalances within the digestive tract they will express things in the skin.

The gut microbiome has a host of bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungus. The microbiome provides a host of immunological as well as metabolic benefits. Just like the skin, the gut has a role in immunological protection. The gut microbiome influences the skin health and skin appearance. Studies have shown the effect the microbiome has on the skin barrier function. Improved skin barrier function decreases signs of skin inflammation. Intestinal dysbiosis, or imbalance in the microbiology of the gut, can have an effect of the skin.

When healing any skin conditions it is critical to heal the digestive tract. That means that you must work on your diet and ensuring that your diet is balanced. From there, it is important to be able to break down, digest, and assimilate nutrients in the diet. Even if you are eating a 100 percent healthy diet, that doesn’t mean that you are digesting and assimilating the nutrients. As we have enough nutrients, we are able to metabolize. As we metabolize nutrients, your body has the enough energy to detoxify. As you detoxify, your body is able to naturally eliminate which means that the skin can stay supple and healthy. If you need guidance on how to heal your gut, to heal your skin. Get in contact with our holistic medical experts today.

Brain Health

A holistic doctor discusses brain health on Coast Live

How to improve your brain health

Many people are concerned with ways to keep the brain healthy and are unsure as to how to support brain-health. Holistic Family Practice has you covered. Brain health is mapped out in several facets. The first aspect of creating brain health is diet. Reducing sugar, unhealthy grains, and saturated fat can help decrease the risk of developing dietary related challenges with the brain.

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From there, it is key to maintain a healthy liver, and a healthy digestive system. It is true that the gut and brain is connected to brainhealth. Without a healthy gut, it is difficult to have a healthy brain. Brain fog, confusion, memory loss etc can be a sign that there is imbalance within the gut microbiome. The gut has billions of microorganisms in it that all are responsible for assisting so many biological processes within the body.

From anxiety to skin conditions the microbiome has influence on so many chemical processes within the body. Therefore, if you want to balance and heal any of the other system it requires you to balance the GI system. If there are any pathogens such as bacteria, molds, etc those need to be cleaned out before you are able to reinoculate the digestive system.

Once you have rebalanced the digestive tract, then you can work towards healing the neurotransmitters or the endocrine pathways. It takes awhile for the physiology of the digestive tract to become compromised to the point that the other systems feel the impact. The challenge is that most people do not notice the subtle imbalances within the digestive, therefore these symptoms grow and then later manifest into other areas. It is key to be mindful of how the body feels in the moment and work to stabilize the minor imbalances within the body.

Kundalini Yoga

Learning about the benefits of Kundalini Yoga on Coast Live

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini yoga is a form of yoga that uses breath, mantra, and movement to move the kundalini energy throughout ones body. It is believed that we all contain an amount of kundalini energy, or untapped potential energy. It is through the effort of breath, mantra, and movement that one can tap into this internal kundalini energy. The kundalini energy then moves up the base of the spine alongside the chakras which then creates enlightenment.

Many people are confused as to what is kundalini yoga, which is derived from the sanskrit word of “coiled energy”. This energy becomes uncoiled and awakens self awareness. This new found energetic self awareness opens up the person to having an awakening. The kundalini practice is benign to any religious practice. There is no conflict to the practice of kundalini practice and any spiritual practice.

Kundalini is merely about connecting to ones deeper aspect of self. Connecting with ones self is key in building self awareness, self love, and intimacy with self. Kundalini can be used as a tool to help remove blockages within the subconcious mind, freeing a person from addictive habits or patterns.

The kundalini practice can also raise a person’s frequency vibration to help draw closer those things that matter the most. It has the potential to still the mind and empower the person to live a healthier life.

Kundalini builds strength and stamina for the physical body. With comfortable and relaxed positions unlike more traditional yoga practices. This practice can strengthen and support the body. Kundalini yoga can also improve mental clarity, and focus especially with the various breathwork practices.

A typical kundalini class includes tuning in, warming up, and then a series of kriyas combined with breath work, and mantras. Mantras are frequencies that help cut the negative thought processes. It is common to wear white as a symbolism of purity, and head covering to help contain the kundalini energy within the body. Kundalini helps to tonify the nervous system which is often overtaxed by our intense stressed lifestyle. Schedule a consultation at Holistic Family Practice and learn more about kundalini yoga.

Mens' Health

Holistic health tips for male health issues on Coast Live

Male health issues

There are certain diseases that only affect males. Prostate conditions are one of the leading male health issues. The reproductive organs are a secondary drainage pathway for toxicity. The primary organs involved in toxicity are the liver, the kidneys, the blood, the lymph, and the lungs. Once these organs become overwhelmed or over loaded with toxicity they will then begin to impact the secondary drainage pathways. Not only are the reproductive organs are a secondary drainage pathway but also the skin, an d the sinus cavities. Most people do not recognize these signs as an increase toxicity, let alone relate them to many reproductive health issues.

In holistic practice it is critical to not only work on the diet and get the diet clean, but also work on maintaining the health of the liver. The liver is the center focus of the bodies health. Male health issues are no different, so as you begin to holistically heal it is key to look at the liver and heal the liver. There are so many things to do to ensure the health of the liver.

Supporting the liver with nutrients such as artichoke, garlic, onion is a good start while lowering the fat in the diet. The higher the fat in the diet the more toxic it is to the liver. Although prostate cancer is often diseases that only affect males, however conditions such as fatty liver, obesity, and gall bladder conditions can affect both men and women. The first step in healing the liver does revolve around diet.

Once you have established a low fat diet, then you can provide herbs to assist the liver such as milk thistle or dandelion. These herbs can help support the function of the liver. Herbs such as saw palmetto, and some of the cohosh herbs can also assist the prostate although can interact with many hormone replacement medications. It is best to consult your integrative or functional med doc to ensure there is no nutrient interactions prior to using these supportive herbs. It is also recommended to consult them before you detoxifying the liver as well.