Hi. It’s Dr. Connie here.
Lately I’ve been reflecting a lot on my journey with Lupus.
While I feel I’m in a good place with my health, not a single day goes by without feeling grateful for the opportunity to do what I do everyday.
With that said, I’ll be attending the 2018 Annual International Conference with the Institute of Functional Medicine in a couple of weeks.
Every year they select a topic and this year, the topic happens to be Autoimmunity. I’m happy to report that I was selected as one of the Poster Presenters showcasing my personal case study.
Because this case study presentation required me to shuffle through 19 years of my personal health record, it shook me up a bit thinking about how far I’ve come.
As I think about the convoluted journey of healing myself, I believe every professional training I took on helped me to get closer to my health destination.
Many of you know I am an obsessive learner and I have a tendency to dig a “rabbit hole” like Alice did in her adventure in “Wonderland”.
My adventures tend to be productive to the extent that I realize that not all answers are black and white.
That there are miraculous workings of the human body that cannot be explained.
But one thing that I do know for sure is this concept of Nutrigenomics.
Of all the clinical accomplishments and certifications I’ve received, I know that the interplay of food and our genes is real.
That the easiest way to affect our health in the most profound way is through using food as medicine.
Because our genes load the gun and our lifestyle pulls the trigger.
Quite frankly there’s not much anyone can do about their genetic makeup.
Our genetic predisposition is really exploited by the drug companies. They want to justify patients’ endless helplessness by creating a situation where taking a medication prescribed by doctors is the primary way to deal with our growing list of diseases.
So as a patient practitioner, I feel we should focus on the things that we do have control over.
What Should We Be Feeding Our Bodies?
- Eat foods that will shift our bodies to an Alkaline state: Low carb foods, high quality proteins, lots of vegetables in a wide array of colors, nuts, and seeds.
- A multivitamin/mineral supplement: Make sure it’s broad spectrum to fill in the deficit.
- Vitamin D3: Get you levels checked on a regular basis. Ideally, I like to see levels at 65 nmol/L . Why Vitamin D? Because it’s one easy way that we can improve immune tolerance in real time. It’s an essential vitamin in modulating just about every system.
- High grade fish oil
- Good quality probiotics
As a bonus, click the link here for an overview of the Alkaline Diet Plan, specific to Lupus, but it really applies to all types of conditions and even for healthy individuals.
Remember, our cells need food to produce energy. The energy in our body is known as adenotriphosphate (ATP) which is like currency for the body.
Our body uses ATP to perform both physically and mentally. So with any autoimmune condition, or mostly everyone these days, an inefficient metabolic system causes us to pack on the pounds and struggle with brain fog and fatigue.
This is precisely what you have control over and the ability to change.
Which brings me to the topic of Acid-Alkaline balance.
The Importance of Alkalinity
According to an article in the Journal of Toxicology in 2004, they found that alkalization induces many potent health benefits.
They measured the urine pH with simple pH strips and found that the ideal pH should be 7.5.
They also found that when people become Alkaline, the benefits are as follows:
- Endorphin levels go up, they feel better, have more energy, and less pain.
- Magnesium levels inside the cells increase by 11%.
- Serum cortisol levels go down (cortisol is a hormone that makes us tired and gain weight).
- Their kidneys retained magnesium, potassium, and calcium. In other words, toxins go out, nutrients stay in. Hence the term, “DETOX”.
For me, my ultimate goal is to empower you to start doing what you can to help your body not only heal, but thrive.
Healthy endeavors take patience, effort, and commitment. But the more you do it, the payoff is health preservation and potential reversal of disease.
Look at me today, I’m living proof that everything that we share with you works, not just in theory but in practice.
With that, I’ll see you next week.