Today’s Health Shocker!

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Here’s Today’s Health Shocker!

Did you know that 100 trillion bacteria take up residence in your body? That’s more than ten times the amount of cells in your body!

This is why a healthy immune system is so important. With 70 percent of our immune system in our gut, it’s no secret that the food we put in our mouth affects our health tremendously. So next time you reach for a bite to eat, think of the adverse effect it can take on your health. Take a little time to invest in you, and make a small step by incorporating healthier options of the foods you already love into your diet.

Need some assistance or motivation to change your unhealthy habits? Let’s talk. Call me at (360) 836-4559 to set up a free consultation or reach me on the web at www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com

To your health –

Health Coach Autumn

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How can you benefit your body’s ecosystem?

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Did you know your body’s inner ecosystem is made up of beneficial bacteria, friendly yeast, and even non threatening viruses that naturally live inside your digestive tract? Your inner ecosystem can highly influence your waistline, mood, inflammation and allergies. It is truly the key to a strong immune system and helps your body age slowly and well. A balanced ecosystem & healthy digestive tract are essential for living a longer, healthier life.
How healthy is your ecosystem? And what can you do so that your body can flourish?

In order to keep your ecosystem healthy, immune system strong, and keep yourself in great health you should consume 80% alkaline-forming foods and 20% acid-forming foods. So what does this mean?

The typical American diet is completely acid-forming, rich in acid-forming meat, dairy & highly processed foods. Your body’s pH is 7.35, also known as slightly alkaline. Your body constantly seeks balance and works hard to maintain this healthy neutral alkaline zone. Alkaline-forming foods keep your pH balanced; give your body more energy and boost your immune system.

So which foods are Alkaline-forming foods? Here are a few:

Fruits: Lemon, Lime, Black Currants, Cranberry

Grains: Millet, Quinoa

Root Veggies: Carrots, Garlic, Leek, Onion, Radish, Daikon, Scallions

Veggies: Cucumber, Green Beans, Lettuce, Red Bell Pepper, Spinach, Zucchini, Parsley

Protein Fat: Coconut, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Avocado

Starchy Veggies: Red Skin Potato, Acorn Squash, Artichoke, English Peas, Butternut and Winter Squash

How many of these foods are you consuming on a regular basis? It’s definitely something to think about!
To your thriving ecosystem and mine,
Health and Lifestyle Coach Autumn

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

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by Autumn Pappas, Contributing Writer

Keeping your immune system in tip-top shape while you travel starts with being well-prepared. Here are some tips on how to stay healthy while traveling this holiday season!

Get quality sleep and enough of it, especially the night before you leave on a vacation. Know how much sleep you need to stay healthy and what you need with you to get the best sleep possible. You often cannot choose what kind of bed or mattress you will sleep on; but you can bring other things with you such as a sleep mask, favorite pillow, comfy pajamas, or a meditation tape to help you sleep more soundly. Also, if at all possible, adjust the room temperature so it is right for you.

Stay hydrated before and during your flight by drinking water. Pressurized cabins dry out our mucus membranes, which in turn makes it more difficult for us to release toxins from our bodies. Pack your own blanket and pillow to avoid getting any germs from a previous passenger. Additionally, eat a healthy meal before you fly out.

De-stress each day while away whenever possible. Take a walk, stick your toes in the sand, read a book, or listen to a meditation tape. Notice when you feel stressed while traveling and choose effective ways to relieve your stress.

Bring healthy snacks, supplements and superfoods with you. Airlines and hotels typically have unhealthy snacks, and grocery stores are often not convenient to get to. Pack nuts, fruits, or trail mix for a quick on-the-go snack. Goji Berries are the perfect superfood to take on a trip! They are light, travel well, and are loaded with nutrients and vitamins.

Lastly, stay active while away to keep your immune system strong. Use the stairs, participate in your local exercise classes, or use your hotel’s gym if possible. Many vacation destinations also have bikes for rent.

Be happy, be healthy, be well!

Health Coach Autumn (sign up for a free consultation with me at http://www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Seven Holistic Alternatives to Flu Shots

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1. Boost Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant; known for decreasing the severity of colds. Great natural vitamin C sources include kiwi, orange, apple, leafy greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and lemon.

2. Eat Garlic Daily

Garlic is a potent but superb way to fight off bad bacteria.  Try adding raw garlic to salad dressings, hummus and dips to give your immune system a lift!

3. Sleep, Sleep, Sleep 

Your immune system dips and susceptible to colds and flus when your low on sleep and experiencing high levels of stress. Make sure you have tools in place to help you get the best quality sleep you can.  Invest in a black out shade, wear a sleep mask, and make sure your room is free of distractions and noise.  Furthermore, sleep with your electronic devices at least five feet from you.  They can disrupt your sleep without you even knowing it.

4. Eat fresh ginger/drink fresh ginger juice

Ginger is a pain reliever and inflammation fighter!  It’s also an anti-viral agent that fights mucus build up.  Your digestive system and immune system will be happy receivers of this powerful natural antibiotic.

5. Cut out Sugar

Sugar weakens your immune system and also causes inflammation in the body.  Inflammation leads to digestive troubles and a host of other diseases.

6. Manage Your Stress

Stress can take such a big toll on our bodies and our minds.  Reduce or eliminate it by taking a walk, meditating, exercising or listening to relaxing music.

7. Gargle with Salt Water

Gargling with salt water twice daily can help you fight off germs, viruses and the stomach bug.

TO Your Immune System and Health!

Autumn (check me out at www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Digestion: At the Forefront of Good Health

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Digestion: At the Forefront of Good Health

by Autumn Pappas, Contributing Writer

Did you know that at least seventy percent of our immune system resides inside our digestive system? Digestive disorders have plagued our society, affecting an astounding 70 million Americans. Our once healthy digestive tracts have become compromised due to infections, undigested food, parasites and the overuse of antibiotics. Unhealthy diets of constant yeasts, carbohydrates and sugars have impaired our mucus lining and created chronic inflammation in our bodies. Chronic inflammation is the root cause of problems like heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and strokes. Inflammation also affects our cells and damages our organs. With our immune systems so largely dependent upon a flourishing digestive system; we must take control of these issues and fight back.

How can we help our digestive systems? Take a probiotic supplement. Our small intestine contains natural probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, that populate our digestive tract. They fight off invaders like toxins and bad bacteria.  Probiotics detoxify our bodies as well. However, when our digestive systems become imbalanced these probiotics diminish; thereby creating holes in our mucus lining. This is known by alternative doctors as “Leaky gut syndrome.” Leaky gut syndrome is apparent when harmful substances inside our bodies are leaked into our blood stream. This can create aches, pains, food sensitivities, gas and bloating.

Contrary to popular belief, yogurt does not contain enough probiotics to fight off bad bacteria for most people. For maximum results, buy a probiotic supplement that needs to be refrigerated and contains billions of microorganisms. There is no one size fits all when it comes to probiotics.  What probiotic may work for your body, may not work for someone else’s. Natural forms of probiotics can be found in kefir; a drinkable yogurt. They can also be found in sauerkraut and kimchi; a fermented Asian vegetable mixture.

Additionally, dine on foods containing prebiotics. Prebiotics are natural substances found in food that encourage probiotics to grow. They mostly come from oligosaccharides, or carbohydrate fibers. Prebiotics can be found in many fruits and vegetables like bananas, berries, asparagus, tomatoes and onions. Garlic, honey, legumes and whole grains also carry them.

Consume enzyme rich foods. Enzymes are proteins that speed up chemical reactions. Metabolic enzymes are made in our bodies and are responsible for all of our processes. They literally sustain our bodies and our lives. Enzymes are essential to the digestive process because they help breakdown molecules in our food. Therefore, our bodies can use them as an energy source.  Juicing is a great way to take in enzymes since enzymes occur naturally in fruits and vegetables. Papaya, pineapple, nuts, seeds and sprouts are ideal enzyme sources. It should be dually noted that there are only enough enzymes in raw food to breakdown the molecules of that food.

Be conscience and take time to chew food slowly and completely; in order to get the maximum amount of enzymes from that particular food.  Furthermore, undigested food can harm the body and cause inflammation.

Our metabolic enzymes diminish at a faster pace than many would think. Our enzymes weaken as we age. For that reason, we cannot depend solely on our bodies to create all the enzymes we need. The best way to solve this ongoing problem is to take an enzyme supplement, in capsule or powder form. Enzyme supplements are extracted from different sources; including plant, animal and microbial. Plant and microbial enzymes are optimal because they are supportive to pH levels and they are not easily affected by stomach acids. In order to assist with the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates choose a supplement that contains a mix of different enzymes. Pay attention to the potency of the product you are purchasing, as different products contain varied amounts of enzymes. To our benefit, enzyme supplements also aid in weight loss.

Inflammation can be counteracted by taking an Omega-3 supplement daily. Omega-3’s boost brain activity and reduce cardiovascular disease. Look for high quality fish oil that contains Omega-3’s, DHA, and vitamin D3. Interject Omega-3 rich foods into your diet like flax seeds, walnuts, beans, olive oil, salmon, tuna and halibut.

Stick to an anti-inflammatory diet by avoiding high fructose corn syrup, sugar, processed foods, saturated fats and partially hydrogenated oils. Limit your intake of animal proteins with the exception of fish. Fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber. Use herbs and seasonings with anti-inflammatory values such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, rosemary and basil.

Ask your doctor about taking probiotic, enzyme and Omega-3 supplements; to make sure they are right for you. If approved, implement each supplement one by one. A healthy digestive tract is essential for a thriving body and immune system. The abbreviated version of this article appears in the February 2013 issue of the Port Ludlow Voice.

To your health!

Autumn (check me out @ pacificnorthwesthealth.com)