Allergies vs. Sensitivity

Allergy vs. Sensitivity                                             

 

The term ‘allergy’ is often used as a catchall phrase to describe the body’s altered and excessive responses to otherwise harmless substances. However, a true allergic reaction is a function of the specific immune system while the broader category of intolerance is generally associated with nonspecific immunity.

Food intolerance is much more common than true food allergy. However, many people are unaware that they suffer from food intolerance because their symptoms may vary widely and often appear hours, or even days, after the causative agent is confirmed.

Some of the most healthy foods may be a cause for a food intolerance. Chicken, lettuce, watermelon, legumes, spinach , foods that we have heard are good for us, may be your trigger. Every person is unique and has an immune system that addresses individual habits and lifestyles.  Have you every had a nagging rash, or brain fog that doesn’t seem cause to run to the doctor but you just can’t seem to understand what is going on?  It could be eating too much of the same thing, or molds, over the counter ‘aids’ or even ‘functional’ foods/supplements like goji berry, aloe vera or others. Unfortunately, for some of us exposure to these elements may trigger chronic activation of the immune system.

 

Here is a list of some of the underlying symptoms of food intolerances:

Obesity

diabetes,

gastrointestinal disorders,

migraine headaches,

inflammation ,

ADD,

Infertility

Fatigue

Acne

Stuffy nose

Depression

Eczema

Asthma

And many others…..

If you are concerned that you may be one of the millions who suffer from a food intolerance, you may want to consider the ALCAT test. Contact me to set up an appointment or answer any questions.

In great health,

Mary

PS. Soon I will share with you my results from the ALCAT test and how it has made a difference in my well being.

 

Your Heart and Dental Health

February is heart health month. Many of us are aware that heart disease  is the number 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S claiming around 610,000 lives each year (Center for Disease Control).  Did you know that research has found a link between this deadly disease and the health of your gums?  Periodontitis , the swelling, bleeding, receding gums caused by some species of bacteria in our mouths, may raise the risk of a number or serious health conditions. That list includes stroke, respiratory illness, and cardiovascular disease.  Infection and inflammation in the mouth may also worsen adult onset (type 2) diabetes or cause premature birth.

For the first time in my life, I recently needed the expert advise from a periodontist.  I had an unfortunate situation with an implant and crown.  It caused me undue inflammation and pain.  I was referred to a periodontist who educated me about implants and how the gums and teeth react to this type of procedure.  Implants don’t work like regular teeth and therefore you need to do a bit more manual cleaning around the gums since they can hold more bacteria.  I learned more about different types of floss, picks and mouth washes that I ever knew existed.  I realized this was bigger than just alleviating the pain.  It was about keeping bacteria at bay.  I am now more than religious about flossing with a specific type of floss or pick  and to avoid certain foods that can get trapped.

A recent Scientific America Custom Media **journal discussed how inflammation around the gums triggers our immune system that fights bacterial invaders in the gum tissue.  The problem is that these bacterial microbes can slip into the bloodstream, settling into the arteries around the heart or may be inhaled into the lungs, causing pneumonia.  There is research that continues to explore the association between periodontal disease, inflammation and various medical conditions.

An awareness around the epidemic of poor dental health is now being sparked. The notion that the  mouth is not separate from the body and oral health is vital to general health and welfare is on the forefront of dental and nursing schools. Dental disease is not just limited to adults, but worldwide to babies and children.  How can you become proactive with your own healthcare and that or your family?

Start with prevention:

  • Brush teeth a minimum of 2 times a day for 2 minutes
  • floss at least once a day ( use a floss with a bit of texture)
  •  annual checkups are very important
  • decrease sugars, candy and  soda,
  • drink water to rinse out the mouth
  • don’t smoke
  •  eat real foods and chew chew chew- apples, celery, carrots

Not only will you have healthy gums and clean teeth  you will also have a beautiful smile and a healthier heart.

 

Happy Health Month,

Be Well,

   Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metabolic Detoxification for Energy and Wellbeing-No Fasting!

Detox in a Box!  The 10-day Clear Change Program from Metagenics is safe, effective detoxification without the hassles OR hunger.  This is not a fast!  You will eat real food while using nutritional supplements and a balanced dietary drink  made from pea and rice protein in a variety of flavors to choose from. This program includes science based nutritional recommendations for balanced metabolic detoxification support along with a simple eating plan that removes common foods that can increase burden. This is a great time to get rid of the sludge and regain drained energy.

Before engaging in this program take a moment to watch a short informative video that will answer your questions about the Clear Change Program.  Some people experience a day of fatigue or minor aches and pains. Most experience weight loss and getting back on track.

If you are ready to take the 10 days to feel energized again, you can order this product via my nutritional Supplement page of my website through Emerson Ecologics ( at a 15%savings for the month of January) or a 20% discount for first time users through Metagenics Nutraceuticals.

If you have any questions, contact me, I can help.

**Individuals should contact their doctor before engaging in detoxification programs. Some individuals with health concerns, may be better suited for the slower paced, 28 day Clear Change Program.

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Be Well,

Mary

My Gift to You!

Happy and Healthy 2017 from Wellness by Choice

My gift to you………

I would like to welcome you to my new Wellevate dispensary with Emerson Ecologics.

Register for the Wellevate dispensary during the month of January and receive 15% off all orders!

(There are many top nutraceutical companies including Metagenics)

OR

Receive 20% off your first order through Metagenics Nutraceuticals.

(they only carry Metagenics products)

Go to my website : www.yourchoice4wellness.com

Click on ‘order online’ and choose which discount you would like.

Why Choose Emerson Ecologics

More about Emerson Ecologics/ Professional Integrative Health Products.

Integrative, Complementary, Alternative, Holistic, Naturopathic Medicine.; no matter what you call it, as healthcare continues to transform, Emerson Ecologics is dedicated to the continued emergence of natural healthcare and wellness. Emerson Ecologics fully supports healthcare practitioners in providing the care their patients need to evolve to a more proactive and balanced approach for health at all ages. Health matters…and everyone deserves wellness.

The premier resource for professional-grade nutritional supplements to the integrative healthcare community, Emerson Ecologics offers thousands of products from over 250 of the world’s top brands to ensure they are the single source for all a your needs. One convenient order for multiple brands is a simple step to save time, as well as reduce your carbon footprint. With fulfillment centers in Virginia and California, orders placed by 6:30 pm ET are processed and shipped the same day they are received and will arrive at your door within three business days—Guaranteed!

The first 50 items listed on the Wellevate platform are the products my clients use the most. There are many,many more products including skin care, essential oils, sun screen, homeopathic products and teas, which can become confusing. If you have any questions about how to order a specific product- please do not hesitate to contact me. (email is the best)

 

In Good Health and Wellness,

                                          Mary

 

Mary GrazenBrowne MEd., RHNP, CHWPC

wellbychoice@comcast.net

 

 

 

 

 

Give a Hug- Get a Hug! ‘Tis the Season

The holiday season is in full swing, remember to take some time to care for yourself. The hustle and bustle can sometimes be stressful and it isn’t uncommon to feel a little down. I have found myself a few times on the brink of tears, and I don’t know why. When this happens, I don’t question the emotion but rather embrace it and use it as a reminder to take a breath and do something for me. Here are a few simple acts that may just help you enjoy the holiday, family and friends all the more, as well as giving a little gift to yourself.

  1. Hug a loved one! Your furry pet counts! Scientists have found that hugging releases oxytocin, the ‘feel good’ hormone, while it also decreases levels of cortisol – the stress hormone. Hug –hug- hug away.
  2. Take a restorative yoga class to help relax your muscles and reduce blood sugar levels.
  3. Don’t stress about your workout – 30minutes of supermarket shopping can burn between 100-150 calories!, not to mention calories burned with housecleaning.
  4. Take a power nap. Try one of the many YouTube guided mediations for 10-15 minutes. This way, you won’t over sleep and you will have a boost in energy for a couple hours.
  5. Drink water- with all the extra holiday ‘cheer’, we often forget to drink water ( seltzer counts) in between libations. It will restore your energy as well as help with keeping headaches away.
  6. Watch a 30-minute sitcom comedy and laugh! You will release tension and restore your energy.
  7. Breath!! When you start to feel frazzled try to move yourself away from the situation for a moment (bathroom break??)- then STOP- take 3 long deep breaths and tell yourself – ‘All Is Good- Let it Go”

Most of all – be mindful of the moment and be grateful for the love of the season.

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Sending lots of HUGS and well wishes to you and yours for a festive holiday and healthy 2017!

                                        Cheers!   Mary

 

**In January look for special discounts in my new Wellevate dispensary; along with other programs and services to help you achieve your best health and lifestyle.

 

What do Telomeres Have To Do With Your Health

I have had a lot of people ask me about telomeres.  In the past few years it has been discussed a lot because of it’s importance on aging.  There was a very good article from The Wall Street Journal that summed up information about telomeres. Telomeres are stretches of DNA at the end of our chromosomes that protect them from damage, like little protective caps.  In time, the telomeres wear away each time the cells would divide.  This becomes a problem when the telomeres become too short and the chromosomes can then fuse together and malfunction, causing the cells to die, which contribute to disease.

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What is unclear: are short telomeres a sign of cellular age or do short telomeres cause advanced aging? Telomere shortening is determined by a few things; heredity, environment and lifestyle. The article suggests that exercising, maintaining a healthy diet and weight and not smoking, controlling inflammation ( heart disease, arthritis, gut problems, diabetes, obesity and more) can slow the rate of telomere shortening.  There is an enzyme that can add more length to telomeres called  telomerase, but it is mostly found in sperm, egg and stem cells and cancerous tumors.  There is also no evidence that telomerase supplements help.

It is difficult to measure telomere length to tell you how long you may live. Some experts say that the telomeres have to be extremely short before they contribute to disease. I do work with a company that offers a Telomere length test.  I generally do not recommend this  since there isn’t much to compare it with, unless you repeat it at various intervals, were your telomeres long or short to begin with?   yet, all information and education about your make up is of importance. The bottom line is the same for staying healthy and avoiding age related diseases- exercise, eat healthy real food, control inflammation by eating well and staying hydrated, and living a balanced life with socialization, recreation and relaxation.

Be Well,

Mary

Soon to comeWellavate – a dispensary where you can order high quality nutraceuticals, personal care products, family needs, homeopathic remedies, pet care and essential oils all in one place, and it will be easy! It is up an running- look for more information and specials soon.

Mindfulness: Happy Thanksgiving

Maybe start your Thanksgiving day with this verse, and everyday thereafter.  Blessings to you and yours for a day filled with gratitude and peace.

Waking up this morning, I smile.

Twenty-four brand new hours are

Before me. I vow to live fully in each

Moment and to look at all beings

With the eyes of compassion.

 

Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Be Well,

  Mary

Elpis the Spirit of Hope

thumb_dandilionI was doing my early morning reading and came across this passage.  I found that sometimes things come to you at meaningful and needed times. This may offer a little ……hope.

In Greek mythology Hope was a spirit known as Elpis.  She and other gods and spirits were kept in a jar by Zeus and entrusted into the care of the first woman, Pandora.  Overcome by curiosity, Pandora opened the vessel.  She lifted the lid, and out rushed the gods and spirits.  The gods soared into the sky, abandoned the mortals and went back to Mount Olympus.  But the evil spirits remained on earth.  Envy , toil, hate, disease and or all their cranky and cruel cohort flew to the four corners of the world.  Realizing what was happening, Pandora hastened to close the container.  Too late! All had escaped , except for one.  Hiding in the vessel was Elpis….hope.  It is said that Elpis remained in the jar to help human beings now that evil had been unleashed.  Whenever the world seemed too much to bear, we humans could open the lid and call on Elpis for faith and optimism.

( from the book, Marrow  by Elizabeth Lesser)

It seems to me, with all that is going on in our community, nation and world, it is time to open the lid and call on Elpis for some heartfelt faith and optimism.  Share it with others and remain hopeful.

Be Well, Stay focused,

 Mary

Nutrition: Snacking Your Way Through the Day

Snacks are not only okay, they are an opportunity to obtain more nutrients into your diet throughout the day. They can be a wiStock_000015487653XSmallise move when you make conscious and planned decisions.  Snacks give you energy when you need it and help to keep your blood sugars level.  In doing this you avoid slumps and fatigue associated with low blood sugar.  Snacks keep you satisfied, mentally and physically, as long as you pick foods that will serve you well. Snacks can help with emotional cravings.  Try to notice if you snack because you are stressed, tired, angry or bored.  If you can identify your emotion you may tend to choose a healthier snack rather than snacks with empty calories.

When snacking try to eat as many ‘real’ foods as possible.  Having an apple with some almonds may not sound as exciting as a doughnut, but you will be rewarded with more energy and satiety (thanks to chewing and fiber).  Some other good suggestions for snacks:

  • yogurt with fresh fruit, granola or chopped nuts
  • raw veggies and hummus, try a red pepper or lemon variety for a little change
  • whole grain crackers and cottage cheese
  • flavored pumpkin or sunflower seeds and raisins
  • whole grain crackers and a ‘mini’ cheese
  • crunchy chick peas or edamame
  • there are many great snack bars- look for 8-12 grams of protein, low sugar and high fiber, under 200 calories

These are just some of the options you can try to get more vitamins and minerals as well as protein and fiber into your diet. Have a treat once in a while- but a snack is meant to be helpful, not hurtful. Treat a treat as a treat- like on a friday afternoon after a long workweek, you will enjoy it more since you really deserve it. Keep in mind, you could lose, or gain up to 20 pounds in a year just by avoiding, or using,  the vending machine!

If you could use  some guidance in optimizing your eating plan, contact me for a complimentary talk.

Be Well,

       Mary

wellbychoice@comcast.net


 

Weight Loss and Mindfulness: Why Did You Buy and Eat That?

When discussing goals with my clients clients, none of them want to be overweight or face chronic diseases because of their food or lifestyle choices.  It is very difficult for most people to avoid eating too much given the bombardment of advertisement and marketing strategies placed before them in supermarkets and at restaurants. It goes beyond willpower. Education,planning  and being vigilant about being aware can help more than you think.

Most peopFrazzledle are overwhelmed with all that has to be done on a day to day basis and are not mindful of the choices they are making, especially when shopping.  It is difficult to be on top of your game when you are tired, stressed and have ti
me demands.  Most supermarkets take advantage of our ‘decision fatigue’ through strategic placements of various ‘food’ choices.  Ever wonder why candies,chips and non-foods are at the cash register? Or the healthier choices are on the higher or lower shelves? The stores rely on your impulse buying of items that are at eye level or  posting  blasting signs about ‘limited quantity’ or  ‘special today’.  You end up buying more, resulting in consuming more items you probably didn’t need (or want) in the first place.  Studies have also found that changing the shapes and variety of foods increases our desire to buy them.  Think about pasta shapes, mini- chocolate chip cookies, different shaped crackers, chips or novelty ice creams.  The variety offered often tempt you to try them.  In actuality it is the same food, but the different variety makes us think it is something new and attracts us to it, therefore eating more. We need variety to keep our food interesting and help us get proper nutritional needs. Different vegetables and fruits are suggested to help us avoid monotony as well nourishing out body.  However, five different shapes, brands or seasonings of potato chips – are still potato chips. Focus on variety of your real foods, fruits, vegetable and grains.

When entering a grocery store, it is a known fact that you never go in hungry.  Make a list on paper, your smartphone or send yourself a message ahead of time. If you saw a recipe you wanted to try, take a picture of it so you have the ingredients you may need to get.  Don’t get sucked in to the ‘comfort foods’ we know sabotage our efforts to take better care of ourselves.  Skip the fast foods unless it is the salad bar, some roasted turkey or chicken, pre-grilled wild salmon or the fresh roasted veggies. Try roasted parsnips or carrots, instead of potatoes.  Farro is a delicious whole grain with a nutty taste that works well in most recipes, substitute it for rice or pasta. Grill peaches or plums and serve them with chicken for a taste treat. These are fast and easy.Go for frozen fresh fruit bars, or low fat frozen yogurt instead of the chocolate chip, caramel swirl full fat ice-cream. I just found some almond milk ice-cream, I was thrilled to see an alternative for those who are sensitive to milk.  However,it was loaded with chocolate peanut butter chunks and salted caramel- so much for the health benefits.

If you are looking to ‘do your body good’, spend the money on foods that will serve and nourish your body well. Treat ‘treats as treat’, eat real food.  There is no mystery. Don’t be lured in to buying foods that are gimmicks or pull at your weaknesses.  Try and be smart, leave with more unpackaged foods than packaged and I can almost guarantee you will have mo9re money left in your wallet too! If it isn’t in your food pantry- you aren’t going to be tempted to eat it. When do you stop eating something? …..when it is all gone.

In Great Health!,

  Mary

 


 

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