Why a Healthy Gut Is So Important For Overall Wellness
Why a Healthy Gut Is So Important For Overall Wellness Your tummy is a surprisingly vital center of physical (and mental!) health.
Dr. Serena is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist based in New York City. Dr. Serena founded Serenity Natural Health in 2007.
"Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food." ~Hippocrates
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Why a Healthy Gut Is So Important For Overall Wellness Your tummy is a surprisingly vital center of physical (and mental!) health.
I love to geek out on anything gut-related and my patients have to listen to me talk about gut motility and enterocytes - and how health begins in the gut.
Well… “‘The gut health of the mice that were not fed broccoli was compromised in a variety of ways that are known to be associated with disease,’ said Perdew…Perdew and his colleagues found that molecules in broccoli, called aryl hydrocarbon receptor ligands, bind to aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR), which is a type of protein called a transcription factor.”
AHR helps with intestinal barrier function, increasing transit in the small intestine, increasing goblet cells (protective mucus), and increasing enterocytes! Broccoli sounds like a must for leaky gut, if you ask me.
I’ve always pushed cruciferous (broccoli and especially broccoli sprouts) for cancer prevention but now *this*!!!!
Guess what I’m eating today? 🥦🥦🥦
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I just had a long conversation with a patient yesterday about the effects of toxin exposure. It's an almost daily conversation I have these days. We must be more careful now more than ever to protect ourselves (and future generations) from its effects (ahem, cancer, infertility....and so much more).
1) Clean food (eat organic, especially the dirty dozen)
2) Clean air (HEPA air filter)
3) Clean water (water filter)
4) Cleaner cleaners (switch to safer cleaning products)
5) Cleaner cookware (avoid nonstick coating)
6) Avoid food stored in plastic (yes we even buy ketchup in glass bottles over plastic)
7) Avoid toxins in makeup, shampoo, etc
A growing body of research shows that some chemicals may alter gene function in ways that can be passed on not only to the immediate offspring, but also to grandchildren and perhaps even great-grandchildren.
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If you think there's EVER a chance that you want to have children (men and women), it's never too early to come in to see me, so I can help you with a lifestyle for future conception.
(I just finished the last episode of Season 4 of "The Handmaid's Tale" and I don't EVER want a world with handmaids.)
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I get asked this question weekly - How can I lower my LDL cholesterol through food?
(Keep in mind, that I don’t look at just LDL or total cholesterol values to determine risk. There’s so much more, like looking at HDL and triglycerides too!).
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Not groundbreaking news here - but it's good to have some research backing this up. https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/how-does-sugar-influence-the-microbiome
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Take your vitamin D everyone (side note: , I’m an alumna - Sargent Human Physiology 1998).
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Heartburn? We can help!
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I made a video to show you how to locate some helpful acupuncture/acupressure points. Press or massage each point for 2 deep breaths.
🧕 GB20 - Wind Pool used for a stiff neck, headache/migraine, eye issues, fatigue, cold/flu symptoms. It releases wind.⠀
👃 LU1 - Central Residence used for all lung issues (cough, asthma, wheezing, phlegm in lungs), chest pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, abdominal distention, vomiting. This point also descends stomach qi!⠀
💪 LI11 - Pool at the Crook used for all things HEAT-related like fever, sore throat, really all types of inflammation. It also relieves itching and releases wind. And of course, it's also good for elbow or shoulder pain.⠀
👉 LI4 - Joining Valley used for moving qi throughout the body, for stress, facial pain, headaches, toothaches, IMO all aches/pain in the body. It also benefits the face and releases wind.⠀
🤜 LU10 - Fish Border used for sore throats or heat in the lung channel, also good for cough, fever, asthma and hoarseness of voice.⠀
🦵 ST36 - Leg Three Miles used for digestive issues and general deficiencies like poor appetite, low energy, shortness of breath, dizziness. It is also useful for coughs and asthma, and it is a major immune boosting point. This is the biggest qi building point of the body. It can also be used for pain in the area.⠀
** NOTE: Cold/flu symptoms are considered “wind invasion” according to Chinese Medicine. My job is to release that trapped wind so you can recover quicker. **
Acupressure for Lung Health and for Cold/Flu Symptoms Dr. Serena Ma, naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist, guides you through 6 basic acupuncture points to help the lungs and to release "wind" for any ...
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Air fresheners, deodorizers, dusting sprays, hand sanitizers, oven cleaners....
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Interesting. This is the case with many of my patients....
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Mediterranean Diet wins again!
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