Did you hear that some nutrient deficiencies worsen COVID-19 outcomes?
Selenium and COVID-19:
Some health sources are now suggesting that selenium deficiency may possibly increase the risk for serious complications with coronavirus disease COVID-19.
The current level of evidence is not strong of course. This is something relatively new and we cannot expect a lot of data. Two population-based studies linked low selenium status to severe COVID-19 outcomes, including increased risk of death. But both studies were small.
What we really know is that true selenium deficiency is rare. Most people consume enough of it in their diet every day. But many with thyroid problems benefit from Selenium supplementation. And it will not hurt to pay more attention to getting enough of selenium just to feel safe.
Fish, poultry, beef, and eggs contain a high amount of selenium. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of selenium is 55 mcg and eating just 3 ounces of salmon provides about 40 mcg of selenium. Please, note that if you are supplementing with selenium: doses above 400mcg may increase the risk of toxicity, so please get monitoring.
And there’s always functional testing if you are ever ready to check your micronutrients. I often recommend that to my clients and we uncover very interesting things after seeing results.
Vitamin D and COVID-19:
Current official recommendations for vitamin D dosing are changing and while they are back in forth on those, we can do a few things. We can make sure that we get some sunlight (you need to spend around 15-30 minutes in direct sunlight each day); and if it is not an option, food and supplementation are the next best bet. You really should be getting vitamin D level tested regularly, especially if you have a chronic condition.
Even with not sufficient data regarding positive outcomes in COVID-19 we have plenty of supporting data for vitamin D and chronic conditions like Crohn’s, Celiac, and others. Foods that are high in vitamin D include fish and the king of vitamin D food sources is Cod Liver Oil. If you cannot stand that, your next best bet would be swordfish and salmon. I know some people that just do not consume fish. Well, thankfully we have the testing options and amazing supplements today.
I generally recommend vitamin D to be combined with Vit K for the best absorption. And it is important to have enough Calcium and Magnesium in your diet to improve vitamin D absorption as well. And if you know that you are not getting enough Calcium and Magnesium from your diet, then you can take supplements that combine them all.
I wish you great health!
Below you would find my recommendations for trusted supplements:
Selenium by Pure Encapsulations
Vitamin D supreme by DFH (vit D plus K)
Or Twice Daily Packets by DFH (multi-vitamin with vit D, K, Calcium, Magnesium, Omega and more).
You can register and purchase those from my DISPENSARY. I would love some feedback. Please, follow the YouTube page, Subscribe, and comment under the videos. I know many have questions.
What do we initially associate adrenal health issues with? Stress
What can cause major health issues? Stress
What if you have a chronic condition and add more stress? Disaster
Please, always speak to your doctor while consuming our content. People are increasingly turning to medications and supplements that reduce stress, No surprise there. We truly want to address stress reduction and most important boost immune function during the pandemic.
Many buy supplements and products off the internet without much knowledge and research with the best intentions. I hear that some even give supplements for stress to kids. Ok, let us look into some scientific research here.
Things I am mentioning today are relevant today with the science backing up as far as now. We do more research and we come up with different conclusions sometimes later in science so please acknowledge that.
What is currently used and backed up now by science for stress in the world of nutraceuticals?
Adaptogens or adaptogenic herbs.
Adaptogens are a class of natural substances that are believed to stimulate the body’s resistance to physical, environmental, and emotional stressors. Although many plants are traditionally referred to as adaptogens, only some plants have shown these effects in research.
Ashwagandha is one of these plants. Its popularity was growing for a while. And now during this pandemic it soared. Many ashwagandha products and combinations are promoted for the immune system boost and overall health improvements. Currently, there is some supporting evidence for using ashwagandha root extract to reduce stress. It can also prevent stress-related weight gain. And of course, we cannot get much data for COVID-19 prevention mostly because not many are working on gathering the data for COVID-19 and natural supplements. Also, if you have a thyroid condition you need close monitoring if you chose to try it.
Astralagus is another adaptogen that grows in popularity recently. It is promoted for the same immune-boosting function. There is less research done with this adaptogen.
Another great point I would like to make here is to be selective with your brand choices. The market is growing and there is plenty of false advertisement and big quality concern. I research my brands very well, only work with the highest quality control brands. As you may have heard during this pandemic, Amazon pulled over 6.5 million products for false claims related to virus protection or COVID-19. Stay tuned as I research more and more and bring you the most updated information.
My best tip for improving your adrenals today with the stress related to COVID-19 is to make you sure you get plenty of quality sleep. Get noise reduction earplugs, get a clean, non-toxic, comfortable mattress, keep the temperature in your bedroom up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. You can make it fancier with an aroma diffuser with lavender oil or other options. Do not drink alcohol before sleep. It will let you fall asleep faster and deeper but will disrupt your REM sleep, which if you have alcohol often is associated with a higher risk of certain chronic diseases.
I wish you great health! Please, join our Free Adrenal and Immune system 5 Day challenge next week in this Facebook group
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Don’t want to read? Watch the video ABOVE instead.
People often do not show the symptoms of gluten sensitivity until get really, sick.
People with long-standing, unaddressed gluten sensitivity can end up with leaky gut or intestinal permeability, which is the official term in medicine, or with terrible intestinal disorders like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease IBS, etc.
Too many times we do not realize that gluten sensitivity is an issue and its one of the most underdiagnosed health conditions today.
There are different possible reactions that people experience when they stop gluten.
Some patients can feel much better right away.
Some feel withdrawal symptoms for a few weeks and then feel better.
But some do not feel better, even after a couple of months. These clients would come back to me upset saying this gluten-free diet does not work. I say: “Not so fast, please”. There are many things to consider here.
One: How long did you stay 100% gluten-free? If we really suspect gluten sensitivity and your answer is less than 6 months of 100% gluten-free, go back to step 1.
Two: Rule out you there is no hidden gluten in your foods. Please, watch my video about Hidden Gluten coming up.
Three: Test, test, and re-test. And not just for gluten sensitivity. Please, also test for leaky gut presence to address the problem from both ends.
So, let us get to Gluten Swapping: Gluten-free means avoiding ALL foods that include gluten like wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, bulgur, couscous, semolina, and durum flour. Oats are most likely not Ok as well.
What Grains Are OK?
Quinoa (technically a veggie or a seed)
It is truly easier today to eat gluten-free. Many products are labeled GLUTEN FREE but with all these conveniences of gluten-free labeling, we get the marketing lure that comes along with it.
I always teach my clients that the healthiest options are whole foods. So, if you take the gluten-free whole grain like brown rice or millet for example, and make a porridge out of it, it remains whole food. The moment you make flour out any kind of grain, the less nutritious and helpful this product will become.
So, if you are swapping for gluten-free grains, your best bet is to cook it into a porridge rather than mill it or use a prepared flour for cooking.
My best tip for cooking quinoa is to use a 15-minute rule:
Once it boils, cook 5 min on high, 5 min on medium, and 5 minutes on low(simmer). Right before you finish cooking, add some Herbamaire, garlic spice, and a tiny amount of black pepper. Add some MCT oil, mix it, and turn off the stove. It will end up tender, added MCT oil will be easy to absorb (especially helpful to those with digestive problems) and it is a comforting warm meal full of protein and fiber. Of course, you can do your own tweaking adding more protein, greens, or oil according to your nutritional needs (hopefully you know what that is or working with a functional medicine practitioner like myself that can help you figure that out).
Here Are My Tips for Gluten Free Kitchen:
1)When trying to avoid gluten it sure better to cook at home, if you can.
2)Try to plan and cook for 2 to 3 days at a time. Cook your own soups and stews in larger quantities. Then package that food into small non-plastic containers, like the silicone ones, for example, and freeze for up to one month. The reason I do not recommend plastic is because of the environment and your health. When you heat up or cool off the food inside the container and the temperature changes, plastic articles pa may seep into your food.
3)Always keep raw nut butters and nut flours for quick meals. A great choice would be to use raw almond butter with apple butter on a toasted slice of whole-grain gluten free bread for a snack. And nut flours make great grain-free muffins for breakfast.
Don’t want to read? Watch the video ABOVE instead. I am keeping up with the most updated science that researches gluten-free diet and even though we are still lacking studies and reports to prove amazing benefits I want to tell the world how much better many people, my clients, my family, and myself are feeling living gluten-free.
And today I’m talking about the basics here: what is Gluten Free?And at the end, I will share what supplement can help out with gluten sensitivity.
Gluten free means staying away from following grains completely:
TRITICALE (hybrid of wheat and rye)And Many OAT brands
When I try to convince my clients to go gluten-free many people are open to it. They want to feel better and they trust me. But some people just can’t imagine that they would have to stop eating their white bread, bagels, donuts, pizza, and rolls.
How can you live without all these foods? You want to tell me that I will not eat bread anymore? Well, that would be the case years ago. You couldn’t find a decent tasting bread, bagels, or pizza. But now things are looking much better. More and more companies are starting to make gluten-free products.
I still get very concerned when people tell me that they can’t give up their white bread. The reason I get worried is because there’s a phenomenon called “carbohydrate addiction”, often goes hand in hand with insulin dysregulation or blood sugar instability and it’s not very simple to get rid of.
People may be addicted to white flour more than they think. It’s almost like a chemical addiction. You may need great interventions trying to quit white flour. And the interesting part is that those that are more resistant to quitting white flour need it the most. The addicted ones are the ones that have worse gluten intolerance most of the time.
Does it mean that you have to live gluten-free forever?
Yes, in some cases it does mean that.
It takes a long time for people with severe gluten sensitivity to reset their digestive system. And you know what; so many people don’t even know that they have gluten sensitivity.
It’s still not common to get tested for gluten sensitivity. The older types of testing can come up false negative and you’d be happy to hear from your doctor that you are free to eat all the gluten you want. You are happy because you get no restrictions. The doctor is happy because he just made you happy. Everyone is happy…. Really? And it’s nobody’s fault really, the testing needs to be perfected and some doctors need additional training for gluten testing.
Some tests require you to eat a lot of gluten to test properly and often that isn’t done so you can get the false negative results. And I’ll have a separate video on gluten sensitivity and testing.
Can it be done smoothly? Can you be gluten free?
Yes, for sure. It means you have to stop eating wheat, barley, rye and oat. Also, it means you need to start avoiding hidden gluten in the restaurant. I’ll talk about hidden gluten in the videos coming up. Yes, it means you want to try to find delicious substitutes for pizza, bagels and cookies. But most importantly it means that you will start repairing and healing your intestinal lining. And that will improve your immune system health tremendously.
So say yes to gluten free bread, occasional gluten free cookies, gluten free pasta, occasional gluten free pizza, etc….And do it smart, read the ingredients and make sure there are no harmful ingredients. After all they are still starchy foods and they should be limited for someone who wants to have very healthy eating habits.
Following are the foods you need to avoid on a gluten free diet:
Oats, unless certified gluten free, and even those I avoid
These are the examples of common foods containing gluten:
Ice Cream Cones
Breaded Fish or other Breaded Food Products
Corn Bread (Unless Specified GF)
French Fries (if Frozen)
It may be difficult to stop all these common foods. I understand that. But if you want to improve your immune system and gastrointestinal health you need to start today.
Please read the ingredients on the gluten free labels. Make sure there isn’t too much sugar to substitute for the taste. Not all gluten free products are good for you.
Please, note wheat-free diet doesn’t always mean gluten free diet. Make sure it says wheat-free AND Gluten Free on the packaging.
Benefits of Gluten Free:
Gluten free diet can improve symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders.
Gluten free diet can improve immune system health.
Patients on gluten free diet respond to traditional and/or alternative treatments faster.
And if you are true Celiac, this is your life. What is a gluten free life?
It means you start gluten free diet and stick to it.
I wanted to wish you all to have great health and amazing energy!
To me, Back to School time means a lot. There’s so much new growth and development around me each new school year. It’s my responsibility to make sure I keep my immune system in the best shape ever so I can serve others and be there for my wonderful family. It’s my responsibility to keep my kids healthy, prepared and focused for the new school year. That’s why I am doing all the things I’m teaching and what I am recommending. I am paying attention to my sleep, my working hours, my “me time”, my exercise, my own growth and development and my “de-stress” time and I’m taking a lot of immune system support.
If you have questions regarding immune system support during COVID-19 times and would like me to talk about anything particular in the Facebook group page, let me know.
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