• Nutrition, Detoxification and Weight Loss Consulting

    (in regards to inflammation in the brain and nervous system):

  • Heal Yourself

    We are now living in the age of processed foods, increased toxin exposure, as well as rampant antibiotic use, which have contributed to an epidemic of gut-related issues, inflammation in the brain causing cognitive and emotional symptoms, blockages in the liver/gallbladder, and autoimmune illness.  It is becoming common knowledge that illness usually begins in the gut, as approximately 75% of our immune system is located here.  Our digestive system is where our bacteria and immune system meet.  Issues here can manifest as a host of emotional and physical illnesses.
     
    By going back to a natural diet, we can heal our guts and the numerous conditions which arise from gut dysfunction.  Many of these conditions are a result of toxin excess and nutrient deficiency.  The good news is that they can be treated with detoxification methods and a healthy diet.  However, due to our compromised organs of detoxification (due to environmental and food toxins in our increasingly toxic world), simply changing our diet without guidance isn't always enough.  Having a guide (who has gone through this journey as well) can make a huge difference in your healing outcome.
  • Adjusting Carbohydrate Intake

    In some people, a high carb diet (especially processed ones) can cause an increase in glutamate neurotransmitter in the brain.  If this is not converted over to GABA, it can cause significant psychological symptoms.  For these people, a lower carb or even ketogenic diet (depending on the person). 

    A ketogenic diet, historically best known for helping children and adults with epilepsy control their seizures without medication, may offer tremendous health benefits for the brain and nervous system in many people.  By decreasing glutamate and inflammation (caused by high carb or processed carb intake) in the brain and body as well as offering ketones for the brain to run on, many people have found relief from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and many other mental (and physical) health challenges.

  • A ketogenic diet usually takes 4 to 12 weeks to transition to, as the body adapts to using fat as fuel instead of carbohydrates.  There can be symptoms during this withdrawal from carbohydrates which require support, such as supplementing with minerals, so much education is needed before embarking on this.  I recommend having a coach to help with this, as side effects can be concerning if one doesn't know how to mitigate them.

    There are people for whom a ketogenic diet is not safe or effective.  One potential side effect is lowered levels of serotonin in the brain, which can decrease mood and cause insomnia.  For people in this category, they may need to keep carbohydrates above ketosis levels, but still lower overall than a high carb diet if they also get too much glutamate with a high carb diet. 

  • If you've tried everything to improve your mental and physical health without benefit, I would recommend getting your blood glucose and insulin levels checked.  Even if they are in the normal range, you may benefit tremendously from switching to a low inflammation diet and by adjusting your carbohydrate levels according to your individual needs.  

    *Please check with your health care provider before adopting any new diet.

  • Detoxification Assistance

    Our livers and gallbladders can get overtaxed with our diets and environment and become full of stones, parasites, and heavy metals.  Detoxification of these organs needs to be done carefully and with a measured approach. 

    Coffee enemas (in moderation) can be a great way to begin liver detoxification.  Liver and gallbladder flushes can release gallstones (along with a ketogenic diet).  However, there is some risk to this in case a stone gets stuck in the ducts on the way out (could cause a life threatening situation which requires an ER visit), so it is important not to do this without doing a great deal of research. 

  • Understanding what temporary side effects of detoxing are safe and acceptable vs. which ones are serious is also important.  Knowing when to keep going and when to slow down and let your body catch up is critical while detoxing.  I will guide you through this process and share many helpful resources along the way.

  • Emotional Support during Detox

    As we heal our brains and bodies, our emotional reactions will get stirred up, as many of us have used foods to numb ourselves from feeling our pains and traumas.  It can be significantly helpful to engage in emotional support during detoxification.  Somatic Experiencing can be used in conjunction with your healing journey to support emotions that may arise. 
     
    Emotional conditions themselves can often be helped through detoxification and a change in diet.  This is especially true for leaky gut and leaky blood-brain barrier due to frequent antibiotic exposure.  When the blood-brain barrier is inflamed, particles that should not enter our brains pass through, causing emotional and cognitive symptoms.  A ketogenic diet can also significantly repair a damaged gut and leaky blood-brain barrier to keep these particles out. 
  • Conditions that can be helped or healed with a ketogenic diet and/or liver and gallbladder detoxification, but are not limited to:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
    Crohn's Disease
    Ulcerative Colitis 
    GERD
    Autoimmune Conditions
       (including Hashimoto's Thyroiditis)
    Adrenal Fatigue and Burnout
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Fibromyalgia
    Acne
    Obesity
    Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
    Sinus Congestion
    Swollen Lymph Nodes (Lymphatic Congestion)
  • PTSD
    Depression
    Anxiety
    Other Mental Health issues
    Hypoglycemia
    Diabetes
    Insulin Resistance
    Fatty or Congested Liver
    Musculoskeletal Pain
    Nerve Pain
    Discogenic Pain due to swelling
    Hormonal Fluctuations
    Anti-Aging and Wrinkles
    *Please inquire for your specific condition
        as there are far too many to list here
  • Taking the Next Step towards Health...

    Healing is possible when we have the right information, protocols and support.  I recommend reading books and watching YouTube videos by: Carrie Brown, Dr. Ken Berry, Dr. Eric Berg, Thomas DeLauer.
     
    A ketogenic diet along with detoxification can heal a myriad of physical and mental diagnoses.  
     
    I can guide you with specific steps and troubleshooting along the way, including emotional support.  I will walk this path with you, as I've been there before and found a way out:
  • Story: A Guy Falls in a Hole

    There's a great scene in The West Wing in which Josh Lyman, the Deputy Chief of Staff, is struggling with PTSD and has the following conversation with Leo McGarry after seeing a therapist who diagnosed him with an eating disorder:

    This guy’s walking down a street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep, he can’t get out. A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up, “Hey you, can you help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along, and the guy shouts up “Father, I’m down in this hole, can you help me out?” The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. “Hey Joe, it’s me, can you help me out?” And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, “Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.” The friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before, and I know the way out.” 

    I have spent the last 20+ years of my life constantly researching nutrition in my own healing journey and sharing it with others on their journey.  I wish to share this depth of knowledge with you and help walk you out of the healing challenge you are currently in.  May you live with ease and joy.  

     

  • Somatic therapies facilitate resolution of trauma and PTSD responses.

    We can’t always think our way out of traumatic experiences. A personal guide can help. I will go with you to the hard places and show you the way out.

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