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Dr. Lisa Koche talks about Leaky gut

Many patients come in at our clinic with all types of complaints. The one thing that seems to tie them all together (and is very often the initial cause of issues and symptoms), is the gut. 

Many of you by this point may have heard of a concept called “leaky gut”, which, by the way, has a medical term: increased intestinal permeability.

In this video, I am going to talk about the following:

  • The meaning of leaky gut.

  • The causes of leaky gut.

  • The benefits of healing leaky gut.

At Spectra Wellness we have many approaches to health, but the gut has always been a priority.

We must heal the lining of the intestine, help with digestion, reset the number of good bacteria, get rid of bad bacteria and yeast, and help support that really tired and struggling liver. When the gut is healed, almost everything else in the body can follow.

Please watch the video below to learn more!

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Everything You Need To Know About Your First Visit At Spectra Wellness Solutions

Today, we will give you an overview of how we evaluate patients when they first come into our

clinic.

First step: Fill out a comprehensive questionnaire so we can prioritize your concerns and find the issues we want to address first.

Second step: Sit down talk with Dr. Lisa about the major systems in the body that tend to

struggle and make us feel exhausted. In this video, Dr. Lisa will talk more about the following:

  • Adrenal Gland

  • Thyroid

  • Sex Hormones

  • Immune System Dysfunction

  • Mitochondria

  • Obesity and Insulin Resistance

  • Neurotransmitters

Third step: Based on your specific complaints, we will summarize a plan of care and even get

you started on support right away so you can leave the office feeling like you can get through

your day. From here, we will start to peel the layers and the real work can begin.

Please watch the video below to learn more!

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Bottom's Up to Freedom!

Grab a drink and let’s CELEBRATE! It’s America’s 241st birthday! We may be a young country, but there’s certainly one thing we have mastered: drinking. America sure knows how to throw ‘em back with the best of ‘em. This Independence Day, make healthier drinking choices with a little help from Spectra Wellness.

[Warning: preachy advice ahead]… It must be said that we are a medical office so we do need to quickly note that this blog does not encourage excessive or binge drinking. Moderation is always key to a happy and healthy holiday.

That being said, here is a short guide to making the best alcohol choices now, and well, ever.

LIQUOR

Surprisingly, liquor can be one of the best choices for your diet. While not necessarily low in calories (in general, the higher the alcohol content, the higher the calories), most liquors have little to no sugars, carbs, or gluten.  We’re talking about unflavored:

Vodka
Tequila
Gin
Whiskey*
Rum

Brandy
Scotch*

As we have been learning in the nutritional world, calories aren’t necessarily a deal-breaker. It’s the sugar and carb content that can hinder weight loss or cause health issues. Liquor alone is very diet friendly, it’s the mixers we need to watch. Most mixers are basically all sugar. That means all those juices, soft drinks and energy drinks. Go ahead and switch those out for flavored or unflavored soda water (0 calorie, 0 sugar) and we’re back in business.

*There is a lot of disagreement among experts as to whether whiskey or scotch can be considered gluten-free due to the distillation process that is said to kill the gluten protein. Our advice: take it slow and drink with caution if gluten intolerant.

 RED & WHITE WINE

Dry wines are the lowest in sugar and carb content and generally very diet friendly. Wines can be a little deceiving because one would think that something made from grapes would be naturally gluten-free. However, gluten and yeast can be added during the aging process so just be wary if you’re going sans gluten this holiday. Whether you enjoy the reds or the whites, there are choices for everyone. You’ll just have to leave the sweet wines on the shelf and reach for these instead:

Cabernet Sauvignon (red)
Merlot (red)
Pinot Noir (red)
Pinot Grigio (white)

Chardonnay (white)
Riesling (white) 

Too bad there aren’t blue wines as that would round out this whole patriotic, Independence Day blog pretty nicely. That’s OK though, Meatloaf taught us that two out of three ain’t bad.

BEER

Obviously, light or gluten-free beers are a better diet choice but beer is just never going to be healthy. Sorry. At least there’s tequila???

 

Happy Independence Day from Spectra Wellness and a hearty CHEERS to your newly found dietary FREEDOM.

 

 

 

LEAKY GUT: JUST AS GROSS AS IT SOUNDS

The term “Leaky Gut” may induce the same repulsive feeling that the word “moist” does, but please stick with me.. I swear it’s worth the mild discomfort.

So what genius decided to give this affliction the absolute worst name? Not sure. I didn’t research that little factoid. I did try to come up with some alternative names, however. Like: Loose Lining, Inflammation Station, Liver Attack, Belly Drip, etc. Basically, the poor soul did the best they could and who am I to judge? We’ll leave the name the way it is for now, though suggestions are welcome.

So what is Leaky Gut? Well, pretty much what it sounds like. Due to many factors (we’ll get to those in a bit), the lining of your intestines can “loosen” and allow food particles, bacteria, fungi,  parasites, and toxins to “leak” into the bloodstream.  Why is this important? Well, besides giving you intuition, your gut is the leader of the body’s immune system. A compromised immune system is no body’s friend. (get what I did there?) When these unknown particles start to infiltrate your bloodstream, your body’s first response is to start destroying them. Also, your liver will kick into overdrive to try and filter these particles that should have never made it that far through the digestive system. An overwhelmed and overloaded liver will allow these foreign bodies to get backed up, allowing their numbers to increase, and now you’ve got war.

So what happens when a foreign entity encounters your immune system? That’s right, your immune system will develop antibodies to fight and conquer. Well, when you have Leaky Gut, It isn’t just the bad guys leaking into your bloodstream, the food you eat is also getting in on the party. Food particles are not supposed to be in the bloodstream, so now your body has to create antibodies to fight and kill them. That may sound like a good thing, but that is now, technically, what us in the medical biz would call a food allergy.  You are not alone if you are able to eat a particular food one day, and suddenly cannot tolerate it the next. You are especially not alone if most of what you eat starts causing bloating, cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, etc.

The body has officially set its site on public enemy number 1: itself. Now you’re inflamed, have pains that you cannot explain, have opened the door to a slew of autoimmune problems (IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, etc), and have forgotten what normal ever felt like. Just to throw a cherry on top of if all, you’ve also most likely awakened a once dormant chronic fatigue virus such as Epstein Barr or Herpes Simplex. And now you barely have enough energy to hold your head up or form a coherent thought. Your traditional doctors don’t know what to do with you and you’re stuck. Now you’re depressed, can’t sleep, your thyroid and hormones are throwing in the towel and your emotional state, well we better not bring that up at this sensitive time. Oh, and one more thing, you’re now just ripe with fungus (yeast to be more specific).

So what on earth did you do to bring this on? We owe this mess to a few different things. The main culprits are stress, inflammation, gluten sensitivity, yeast overgrowth, medications and food-related toxins.

Stress, well we’ve all got that. Uncontrolled stress can lead to inflammation and lo and behold your gut just got leaky. Gluten, well over the last few years we’ve started hearing more and more about the downside of consuming this guy. He can be pretty mean. We aren’t only talking about people with diagnosable intolerances, like Celiac Disease. Little by little, the medical community is starting to accept that gluten can contribute to gut and inflammation problems in people without a condition like Celiac. This isn’t just some hippie notion anymore. It can be hard to convince people that they have a sensitivity they cannot see a clear-cut reaction to. Just because you ate a piece of wheat bread and didn’t immediately throw it up, does not mean that you can’t have a gluten sensitivity. If you are curious about the possibility of having a gluten sensitivity, you can test it by eating completely gluten-free for 3 weeks and then introducing gluten again to your diet. See if there is a noticeable change. I know when I stop gluten for a stretch of time and then eat it again, I swell up so bad that my clothes don’t fit and my face looks like I was crying all night. Not too much of a stretch to think it could be the cause of Leaky Gut.

Yeast (or Candida) overgrowth, another culprit that causes inflammation and, in turn, Leaky Gut.

Medications and food-related toxins… where to begin? I think we all know that half of what we consume is a mystery. Food dyes, pesticides, chemicals, fillers, preservatives, they’re in, like, everything. Drinking soda and eating chicken nuggets made from “pink slime” is basically a bomb to your digestive system, so, yeah, it can contribute to Leaky Gut. Medication has an important role in modern civilization, but it isn’t perfect. To keep this brief, I’ll just give one example: prolonged use of painkillers such as NSAIDs can have lasting and damaging effects on the stomach and intestinal lining as well as the liver. Once again, leading to inflammation, and all-around leaky-ness.

So, it’s pretty easy for Leaky Gut to develop. We see it in humans of all ages, even pets. Luckily, given the right tools, it can be an easy fix. You will need an arsenal of supplements like potent/high-quality probiotics to combat bacteria and fungi, enzymes to aid digestion, glutamine to heal your gut lining, a natural anti-fungal to kill the yeast, liver detoxification and some changes to your diet. You’ll want to avoid wheat/sugars to slow inflammation and avoid feeding the yeast. In a matter of weeks, you can be recovered.

For help in diagnosing and treating Leaky Gut, come in to Spectra Wellness Solutions. Like, really, we do this every day.

Affirmations

Affirmations:

How affirmations work—seems like since we are all energetic beings we work like magnets and the law of attraction…what we put out is typically what we get back and some of these thoughts are being confirmed by science. If thoughts are just another form of energy then we are getting physical symptoms from our negative thoughts. Affirmations help to replace the negative thoughts with a positive statement. They are a great tool for everyday life where the negativity seems to sneak in. we can replace a thought like “I will never get everything done. I am so sick and tired.” With one like this “I am happy, I am healthy, I am strong. I can do anything I set my mind to.”

Affirmations recommended:

I am a healthy weight. I love my job. I am in a loving relationship. I am financially stable. I am strong. I am healed. I am happy.

Make sure to understand that these statements should never be “I am not afraid” or any other I am not statement. You must only use the positive form of the word or emotion.

Real Patient stories:

“My world literally started to change the day that I decided to stop thinking or acting negatively. I started replacing my thoughts with positive affirmations. Before I knew it they were actually coming true! I began realizing that I was in an unhealthy relationship and finally had the strength to move on. I have enjoyed my time getting to know myself again. I also had to let go of many of my so called friends. It seems they were really involved in making me feel tired. The new people I meet now are happy, fun and interesting. More synchronicities occur as well.”

Thyroid

IMBALANCES THAT CAUSE WEIGHT AND PERFORMANCE ISSUES:

Thyroid

Why essential organ—master gland especially for metabolism

The thyroid is the gland that sets metabolic rate and influences baseline caloric expenditure. If not balanced can work on body fat, muscle mass, etc without success. The gland is also very easily influenced by outside factors—the adrenal must be supported or the thyroid hormone cannot get intracellularly. You must have the proper nutrition including high enough intake of selenium and iodine. Toxins from the environment also often resemble thyroid tissue and the gland becomes targeted/attacked. Therefore the gut always has to be addressed to be certain to get optimal function of both the gland and the cellular responses to the hormone. The thyroid is like the gas pedal but if there is no gas in the tank (the adrenal) then the car will actually drive worse as you push the pedal.

Journaling

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Journaling

Why journal—Journaling can help in multiple ways increase the connection to your higher self/the universe/God. It will clear the path of obstructions to your inner athlete.

Morning journal while still not quite awake can help people transition as they try to clear out negativity, concerns, fears, questions. Writing about these issues seems to access deeper knowledge.

Positive journaling at night helps to set the intention. You can write things such as I am healthy, I am my perfect weight, I have all the energy I need, I can do all of the things I want, I have a wonderful relationship, I have all the money I need, etc.

Real patient stories

“I can feel the excitement and anticipation as I visualize and journal what will be my true inner athlete. I can feel the sweat on my face and warmth in my hands and feet. The crowd is cheering and I feel ecstatic.”