Natural Supplements for Elevating Your Mood

Natural Supplements for Elevating Your Mood

Happy Memorial Day my Amazing Tribe! 

I hope you all enjoy your meals and those meals serve you well! I had a lot of questions lately that had to do with mood issues, and I know it is completely reasonable at this time, granted we are all going through uncharted territory. Many are scared and confused. Many are having depressed thoughts, and many are paralyzed with fear. And while you are ready to jump for something to elevate your mood, to take the edge off the anxiety, and help deal with fear, I want you to keep in mind that the gut microbiome has to do with these feelings, too.

Having a healthy gut microbiome improves the balance between neurotransmitters. And as a result, your mood will improve to get out of your depressed state.

Movement is another big factor in improving your mood. The more you move, the greater release of endorphins. Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that also reduce your perception of pain. They also trigger a positive feeling in the body, like that of morphine.

While I mention all this, I hope you consider addressing more important things to elevate your mood and spirits such as: balancing gut microbiome, addressing hormone imbalance, exercising, and doing mind-body work, I did promise to highlight some supplements that can be temporary quick fixes to elevate your mood.

Natural supplements for elevating your mood and depressive moods:

  • B vitamins:
    • Vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins play a role in manufacturing brain chemicals that affect mood. Low levels of B-12 and other B’s such as vitamin B-6 and folate may be linked to depression.
  • Zinc:
    • Zinc deficiency has been shown to induce depression-like and anxiety-like behaviors, supplementation has been used as a treatment for major depression. Zinc administration shows improvements while on antidepressant drugs in depressed patients compared without it.
  • Vitamin C:
    • Taking a vitamin C supplement might help your mood. A study of high school students indicated that vitamin C lowered anxiety levels, and other studies have shown mood-elevating effects from taking vitamin C.
  • Omega 3:
    • Omega-3s can help mild to major depression and even schizophrenia. We have a lot of great research on their heart benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids are emerging as an effective therapy for mood disorders ranging from major depression and postpartum depression to bipolar disorder.
  • SAMe:
    • S-adenosyl methionine (SAM-e)—a naturally occurring compound in human cells that boosts mood-influencing brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine.
  • St. John Wort:
    • Some research suggests that St. John’s wort can be as effective as antidepressants in treating mild to moderate depression — and has fewer side effects. Additionally, some evidence supports its use for the treatment of PMS, wound healing, and symptoms of menopause.
  • L-tyrosine:
    • Tyrosine is a popular dietary supplement used to improve focus and attention. It produces important brain chemicals that can regulate mood. Despite these benefits, supplementing with tyrosine can have side effects and interact with medications.
  • Tryptophan:
    • Tryptophan is one of the essential amino acids. It does not get produced by our body and must come through food products rich in proteins. Some research suggests that a higher intake of tryptophan may improve social interactions by improving mood and decreasing aggression and dominant behavior.
  • 5HTP:
    • 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid that your body naturally produces. It is used by your body to produce serotonin, a chemical messenger that sends signals between your nerve cells. Low serotonin levels are associated with depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, weight gain, and other health problems.

I have seen so many of my clients heal from chronic digestive symptoms and hormone problems. And case after case, I have seen them improve their mood as their gut was healing. Please, recognize it can be the root cause of your mood problems and consider taking the right steps.

Schedule an initial consult to learn what your healing path should be.

I have also created a basic Digestive Reset® gut protective bundle: it includes multi-strain professional-quality probiotics, l-glutamine for gut lining support and digestive support, enzymes with herbs combo for digestive and liver support and protein shake with curcumin and multivitamins. Shipping is Free within the US and Instructions are included. And you can Click To Purchase.

You can order all the above-mentioned supplements from our dispensary called FullScript. Just click HERE to REGISTER and ORDER.

Sending LOVE,

Dr. Inna

The Effects of The Coronavirus on The Gut

The Effects of The Coronavirus on The Gut

The Effects of The Coronavirus on The Gut and my interview on the Low Carb Paleo Show Podcast

I hope you participating in our Retrograde Detox. If you have not heard, it is going on my Facebook group. We are getting rid of toxins, pounds, pain related to digestion and more. Join us HERE.

I wanted to spend a little time today making sense of all the reports flying around regarding the coronavirus. We do know that this virus will attack the gut. We know it because of many presenting with symptoms of diarrhea and from the fact that the virus was found on the toilet bowl surfaces. Is that surprising? Not at all, many viruses affect the gut.

Now that we know this, do you see a lot of information out there which steers you to protect your gut? Nope, not a lot of trusted information is there.

All the hype is about wearing masks, gloves and staying away from each other. But if the core (our gut) is not protected, you may just be as vulnerable as if you are without the other protective gear.

I have created a basic Digestive Reset® gut protective bundle: it includes multi-strain professional quality probiotic, l-glutamine for gut lining support and digestive support, enzymes with herbs combo for digestive and liver support and protein shake with curcumin and multivitamins. Shipping is Free within US and Instructions are included. And you can Click To Purchase.

I keep on saying that we still do not know a lot, but we know that doing something like protecting your gut and the immune system now is more important than ever because you took an action.

Here are some things I recommend during these tough times:

The Four S’s:

  • Sleep: this will make your immune system so much more resilient.
  • Supplementation: testing first is always best. If you are not ready go for the basics: Vit C, Vit D and Zinc for now.
  • Self-Care: think about it. Making yourself a priority will bring you more at peace and will get you more grounded.
  • Support System: speak to someone, Zoom with a few people, ask for help. Asking for help is not the sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength.

MNM:

  • Mind, Body and Soul: remember we are a complex beings and physical body is the operating system that is being operated by mind and soul. Do something nice for your soul today. Donate a dollar to your favorite charity, send flowers to your loved one, give a compliment to your partner.
  • Nutrition: I can write all day about this. Right nutrition during this time will make you more resilient.
  • Move: cannot say enough about this. Find a way to move, jump or simply lift your legs in bed, etc.

A little while ago I had a wonderful time being interviewed by Alain Braux and Mark Moxom on the Low Carb Paleo Show.

The premier was this Friday so I thought I would just let you know this is it live and posted. Please, let me know if you have more questions related to those in the interview.

Click to view the Interview or watch below.

Most of the supplement deliveries are business as usual now. I am now using a different dispensary called FullScript.They seem to handle things quicker and they ship with 2 days shipping. Just click HERE to REGISTER and ORDER. ALL the supplements mentioned above are also available through FullScript

Sending LOVE,

Dr. Inna

Why Am I Still Waiting to Get Covid-19 Antibody Testing?

Why Am I Still Waiting to Get Covid-19 Antibody Testing?

Why Am I Still Waiting to Get Covid-19 Antibody Testing?

First, Happy Mother’s Day to All Amazing Women! Wishing you to be healthy and happy!

This week I was asked a lot about antibody testing and some of my clients and friends already tested with positive and negative antibody results. And we do know, or at least we think we know, that around 20% of those who had the virus do not develop antibodies according to Lancet. That is 2 out of 10 will not show positive antibodies. Can those people get sick with it again? The answer is “we don’t know”. You probably heard a lot of “we do not know” from the healthcare practitioners. Please, be patient, there is a lot of research going on.

What testing options do we currently have:

  1. Oral and Nasopharyngeal (NP): Testing is done to identify COVID-19 real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) technology to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in respiratory samples. This test is currently available only to hospitals and public health institutions and uses RT-PCR technology to id SARS-CoV-2 using a nasopharyngeal (NP) or oral swab.
  2. Blood and Plasma: The COVID-19 Antibody Test is a simple blood test that uses superior ELISA technology to detect the qualitative presence of the human Immunoglobulin M (IgM) and Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies that bind to the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the novel virus that causes COVID-19). The test can be used in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients – making it a useful tool in identifying patients who have been exposed to COVID-19. The COVID-19 IgG/IgM Antibody Test is a critical tool in helping practitioners understand the trajectory of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its spread. The Role of IgG and IgM Antibody Testing in COVID-19IgG and IgM antibodies indicate two different stages of the immune response to the COVID-19 virus. Understanding the IgG/IgM response to SARS-CoV-2 can help practitioners identify patient exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and determine whether patients may have developed levels of immunity to it. IgG and IgM antibodies both play key roles in the progression and management of COVID-19.
    • IgM antibodies are typically detected earlier in the course of an infection than IgG antibodies. Studies published to date indicate that IgM antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 are usually detected within the first week after symptom onset, peak within 3 to 4 weeks, and then begin to decline.
    • IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 are often detected after the first week of symptom onset. Although the longer-term trends for IgG antibodies in COVID-19 have not yet been established, previous studies in SARS indicated that IgG antibodies peaked within a few months after symptom onset, and gradually declined thereafter.
  3. Coronavirus Stool Test/Screening and Surveillance. Coronavirus stool tests can help practitioners screen for SARS-CoV-2 and monitor and surveil patients who have tested positive for the disease.

Research from around the world indicates that as many as 50 percent of patients who are positive for SARS-CoV-2 experience gastrointestinal complaints.

Furthermore, evidence suggests SARS-CoV-2 is detectable in stool and its presence in stool may last for up to five weeks after clearance from the respiratory tract. A recent article published in Lancet states:

“Our data suggest the possibility of extended duration of viral shedding in faeces, for nearly 5 weeks after the patients’ respiratory samples tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 RNA. Although knowledge about the viability of SARS-CoV-2 is limited, the virus could remain viable in the environment for days, which could lead to faecal-oral transmission, as seen with severe acute respiratory virus CoV and Middle East respiratory syndrome CoV. Therefore, routine stool sample testing with real-time RT-PCR is highly recommended after the clearance of viral RNA in a patient’s respiratory samples. Strict precautions to prevent transmission should be taken for patients who are in hospital or self-quarantined if their faecal samples test positive.”

The following are those patients who can benefit from stool testing:

  • Patients exhibiting signs and symptoms of SARS-CoV-2, including:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Gastrointestinal Complaints
  • Asymptomatic Patients Concerned about Having or Transmitting the Virus
  • Surveillance of patients who previously tested positive for COVID-19 by respiratory sample

Although I think I might have had Covid-19 sometime in February and I would love to be sure if I developed the antibodies, I am still looking into the most reliable COVID-19 panel that is highly sensitive and accurate assay for viral antibodies. I am yet to see convincing data. I think I’m getting close to picking one particular functional diagnostic lab but will still verify some more data before I jump in and will make recommendations to you, my amazing tribe. Sit tight, I will be updating you soon.

Most of the supplement deliveries are business as usual now. I am now using a different dispensary called FullScript.They seem to handle things quickly and they ship with 2 days shipping. Just click HERE to REGISTER and ORDER. ALL the supplements mentioned above are also available through FullScript.

Or you can simply send the orders via email to us, this way it will be addressed in the timely manner.

We restocked on:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc
  • Quercetin
  • Liver Support Supplements
  • Gut Support Supplements
  • Adrenal Support Supplements
  • Immune Support Supplements

Simply reply via email and we will send you the products that you need ASAP. If you’ve ordered and waited for weeks, you have an option to cancel with those websites, just thought you wanted to know. 

Sending LOVE,

Dr. Inna

Building Resilience with History of Gut Illness

Building Resilience with History of Gut Illness

How is it that one person gets an infection and another person does not? Even if the infection was picked up from the same room, the same amount of time spent there and the same people were around. Why was the other person resilient? And I believe, that is where the scientific research should spend A LOT of time now, learning why was the gut microbiome resilient for the person who did not fall ill.

There is plenty of early research on gut health and immunity connection and I’ve been paying a lot of attention to how the concentration/levels of secretory immunoglobulin A makes a world of difference in keeping the mucosal lining ready to fight off the invaders. My presumption with COVID-19 as a virus entering the body, it would work the same as with any virus (invader) coming in. If your oral mucosa is lined with healthy levels of SIgA, you should be in a better position fighting with the virus.

Mucosal surfaces cover our nose, mouth, throat, digestive tract and the mucosal layer plays an important role in supporting our health, specifically immune system health.

Our GI tract’s role is to let good things in, like nutrients and keep bad things out such as invaders, toxins, and undigested food substances. There are two types of immune reactions that are going on there: innate and acquired immunity. One is a quick response and the other is like a delayed response where the system had a chance to think “how to fight and with what”.

SIgA is the primary antibody response at the mucosal level. The B-cells within the mucosa are activated upon the presence of pathogens and allergens and therefore produce SIgA (our favorite fighters) in response.

When I start working with my clients, I almost always now recommend testing fecal SIgA. And since many of my clients never tested for it before, it becomes a good baseline to monitor future progress.

Low SIgA levels generally have an increased risk of IBDs, food sensitivities, IBS symptoms, leaky gut and infections.

There are many reasons why many with gut illness or even without it, show low SIgA, and here’s a small list of possible reasons:

  • Stress
  • Food allergies/food sensitivity
  • Gut infections/low-grade silent inflammation
  • Poor dietary choices
  • Certain medications

If you are working with a functional medicine practitioner, then you know that there are options including dietary, lifestyle, nutraceuticals, and they are involved in repairing gut lining and increasing secretory IgA.

And if you are reading this at home and still are not ready to jump into the type of work I do with my clients, you are probably asking: “How can you improve SIgA right away?

There are certain products and foods that are helpful in increasing the levels of SIgA, those include:

  • Bone Broth/Gelatine
  • S. Boulardii
  • Shitake and maitake mushrooms
  • SBI protect-Colostrum

In my practice I see the levels of SIgA go up as my client’s gut health improves tremendously.

And while it is not the only thing that will help during COVID-19 times, in my opinion, it certainly is of great importance.

Most of the supplement deliveries are business as usual now. I am now using a different dispensary called FullScript. They seem to handle things quickly and they ship with 2 days shipping. Just click HERE to REGISTER and ORDER. ALL the supplements mentioned above are also available through FullScript.

Or you can simply send the orders via email to us, this way it will be addressed in the timely manner.

We restocked on:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc
  • Quercetin
  • Liver Support Supplements
  • Gut Support Supplements
  • Adrenal Support Supplements
  • Immune Support Supplements

Simply reply via email or through my Contact Page and we will send you the products that you need ASAP. If you’ve ordered and waited for weeks, you have an option to cancel with those websites, just thought you wanted to know.  

Sending LOVE,

Dr. Inna

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