<![CDATA[CHEF CRAFTED NUTRITION - Health & Wellness Articles]]>Tue, 13 Apr 2021 15:31:21 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Cure Candida Overgrowth Naturally]]>Thu, 11 Mar 2021 06:00:00 GMThttp://chefcraftednutrition.com/wellness-blog/cure-candida-overgrowth-naturallyCandida albicans is part of your microbiome, and found in many areas of the body like the mouth, throat, genitalia, urinary areas, and intestines.  Some individuals create an environment that is a breeding ground for overgrowth.  The most common causes are compromised immune system, using certain detergents, chronic antibiotic use, oral birth control, excessive sugar intake, or diabetes.
Symptoms of candidiasis
abdominal pain
anxiety
bloating
constipation
fatigue
insomnia
intestinal gas
muscle aches
muscle weakness
chronic rashes/itching
food sensitivities
headaches/migranes
moodiness
rectal itching
sinusitis
white tongue
red sores
vaginal discharge/burning and itching
As you treat the candida symptoms you experience may mimic having the flu.  It may be worse for the first week or two as the yeast die off, and about 3 weeks into treatment, the ubdding yeast die off, which can again cause flu like symptoms to reappear.  If you have undiagnosed food sensitivites, which can also be a played in which.  Low stomach acid can also be a cause of yeast overgrowth so it may be a good ideas to check with your physician.
Avoid these foods when treating the infection:
Make sure to avoid refined and excessive carbohydrates, sugar, dairy, and alcohol through the treatment period, which may last several months if you opt for a natural choice vs a prescription antifungal.
Foods that are believe to be beneficial during treatment period includes g
arlic, coconut oil, curcumin, aloe vera, pomegranate, kombucha, and high quality probiotics.
alcohol
apricots
cheese & dairy
dried fruits
figs
melons
mushrooms
peanuts
potatoes
sugar
wintersquash
sweet potatoes
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There are a number of supplements that we can recommend to help reduce candida if you choose to avoid prescription medications and do it with diet and supplements.  Please consult with a medical professional before starting any new supplements and to properly diagnose a candida overrowth.  Natural treatments may take several months to resolve, where as prescription based antifungals may work much quicker.
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<![CDATA[Microbiome Health - It's the Key]]>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 22:25:05 GMThttp://chefcraftednutrition.com/wellness-blog/microbiome-health-its-the-keyYou have probably heard about the gut microbiome, but did you know it is what we feel is the key to total health. Gut health is the balance of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract which play a role in your physican and mental health, immune system, and so many other things that emerge daily with the latest scientific research.   
Do you have an autoimmune disease, IBD, IBS, Ulcerative Colitis or even celiac disease?  This usually means that your gut mucosa is disfunctioning.  Diabetes is another disease that is modulated and regulated by the immune cells that live in the mucosal layer of the intesting.  Chronic inflammation is common in today's world with our highly processed diet, so ti's important to heal the gut and repair the microbiome.  

Step 1: Prevent damage
Remove NSAID's, alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, excessive sugar, and inflammatory foods.

Step 2: Coat & Heal
Consider botanical and herb extracts like aloe, deglycyrrhizinated licorage, marshcallow root, mastic gym, okra and other foods with mucus like properties that help coat and calm the gut lining.  If you want to purchase a great product, use the MegeGuard by Microbiome Labs. 

Step 3: Remove Toxins & Irritants
Infections contribute to mucosal degradation by directly irritates the lining & causing inflammation, where chronic infections release toxins and byproducts that damage, inflame, and set off domino effects in other areas away from the site of infection.  Your body produces immunoglobulins like IgA, IgG, or IgM to bind to these agents and help the body remove them.  Having a deficiency in sectretion of these means you have early signs of immune compromise and gastrointestinal dysfunction.  We recommend using MegaIgG2000 and MegaMucose to support and rebuild a healthy mucosal lining. 

Step 4: Kill Overgrowth of Bacterial, Fungal, and Viruses
If you have to much bacteria H. pylori can be the cause and the MegaGuard helps mitigate this bacteria.  Gut dysbisis is when you have to much candida that needs to be treat with antifungals.  Candida produce byproducts that are toxic to us which can cause intestinal irritation, fatigue, altered thyroid activity, mental fog, & more.  The MegaMycobalance when used in combination with other tools can support the body.  Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is the overgrowth of bacteria which means your body is fermenting foods to early and causing gas, bloating, constipaton, distention, excessive burping and diarrhea.

If you suspect SIBO you want to discontinue taking any probiotics that contain lactobacilli strains and talk to a health practitioner.

Step 5:  Build up the Mucosal Barrier
  • L-Glutamine directly supports the growth of immune & intestinal cells.
  • Zinc Carnosine directly supports mucosal healing, tissue re-growth & supports resistance to future stress. It may offer anti-aging & longevity benefits that we're just beginning to understand.
  • Immunoglobulins grab and bind irritants - neutralizing them & preparing them for elimination. 
  • Polyphenols (including bioflavonoids) help reduce inflammation and support microbial diversity.
  • Amino acids (L-proline, L-Serine, L-threonine & L-cysteine) supply the raw construction materials necessary for new mucosa. (Megamucosa by Microbiome Labs combines immunoglobulins, polyphenols and the above amino acids which is why it's one of my first-line choices for mucosal support).
Step 6: Rebuild Healthy Bacteria 
Make sure your probiotics make it through the stomach acid alive, most over the counter probiotics are not designed for this.   Take Spore based probiotics as these are the organized that are soil based and use dirt as the way into our body.  Our sanitary lifestyle prevent these spores from entering and germinating in our boy they way there are meant to.  These spores crowd out unwanted organisims, help promote biodiversity, help with fatty acid production, b vitamin produciton and provide KK2 for the body.  

Step 7: Feed Healthy Bacteria 
Using prebiotics is impotant because the fiber and starch which we do not use for fuel in the body is used by the gut microbes as fuel.  The byproduct are invlauable substances like b vitamins, short chain fatty acids, and vitamin K2.  SCFA help rebuild the mucus and regulate immune development in the gut.  Having a fiber rich healthy diet is another critical component to a long term healthy gut.

Using supplements in combination with appropriate lifestyle and dietary changes, people can alter the diversity and number of microbes in their gut positively, however we know that many people do not make enough changes to make the best biodiversity possible. If this is the case you can start making lifestyle changing habits at your pace, and add in our total gut restore package.  It's 3 months long and phases in spore biotics, prebiotics, and finishing up with a mucosa lining package.  

How do you improve your biodiversity naturally:
  • Follow a fiber-rich diet
  • consumer more fermented foods
  • voiding the unnecessary use of antibiotics
  • consider the variety of disinfectants used in household cleaning
  • get enough sleep
  • exercising regularly

If you have gastrointestinal issues talk to a medical professional before making drastic diet changes or adding probiotics and prebiotics.  For some people, such as those with IBS other medical conditions, probiotics and fiber-rich or vegetarian diets may not be helpful and cause more challenges.

Order the 3 Month Total Gut Restore and simply register as a patient to recieve 10% off pricing.  These products can only be purchased directly through this vendor and are not readily found in any other common retail markets.  Follow the 3 month protocol below. 
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 If you want a customized microbiome assessment and indvidualized protocol please reach out.
For more great resources and education on the microbiome visit, our partners at Microbiome Labs.
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<![CDATA[Hypothyroidism - Hormone Imbalance]]>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:00:00 GMThttp://chefcraftednutrition.com/wellness-blog/hypothyroidism-hormone-imbalance
The thyroid gland secretes horomones that control how quickly the body burns calories and uses energy.  When the thyroid is underactive, it doesn't make enough hormones and common symptoms are fatigue, intolerance to cold, slowed heart rate, weight gain, muscle weakness, hair loss, dry skin, cold hands and feet, decreased sexual interest, insomnia, infertility, puffy face, slow speech, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and heavy menstrual periods. 
Often times this is a gradual decrease in hormones, so people do not notice the signs, but it can cause issues in more than 5 million people in the US.  THis is five to eight times more common in women than men.  Often, it's caused by an autoimmune condition called hashimotos thyroditis, where the body begins to attack the thyroid gland.  It's important to determine the cause of hypothyroidism because the nutrition supplements are different for hashimotos vs traditional hypothyroidism.   If you have hashimotos, do not follow the nutrition recommendations below - please reach out and we'll guide you on the right path.

What should you eat?
A healthy diet, with plenty of seafood, sea vegetables and other rich iodine sources.  You will want to avoid raw cabbage, brussels, broccoli, turnip, cauliflower, mustard greens, and spinach. If you cook these tiems, you will want to limit them.  A few other foods to limit include almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pine nuts, millet, tapioca, coffee, tea, and soy products.  The thyroxine absorption is affected by these goitrogenic foods, which may also include strawberries and peaches.  Don't forget about balanced supplements!  
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If you need additional support please reachout and we'll be happy to schedule a personlized nutrition visit, supplement review, and diet recommendations.
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