Does Constipation Have You Down
When I take a history with a new patient, I always ask them how their bowel movements (bm) are. Many people don’t want to discuss their bowel habits and will tell me quickly how regular they are.
What I find out by questioning them a little more is that regular often means going one time daily in the morning and it is almost always after their morning coffee.
From my perspective they are constipated for several reasons. Firstly, they are only having one bm a day which is not ideal. The naturopathic, Chinese and Ayurvedic philosophies generally all suggest that bowel movements are correlated with meals, which means that if you eat three meals daily it is good to have a bm shortly after each meal.
Secondly, a lot of those one time a day bowel movements occur after drinking a cup of coffee which often acts like a laxative for the bowels. Withdraw the coffee and watch what happens. Invariably that person who is no longer using coffee as a bowel stimulant will wind up having to struggle to go once a day and may find that they are going every second or third day at best.
I usually suggest several methods to help invigorate a sluggish or constipated system. Here is a list of my ten favorite methods which I find most helpful to patients having a constipation problem.
1. Eat more fiber. Each meal should have good sources of fiber in it like avocado, berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, chia seeds, ground flax seeds and hemp seeds. Fiber helps eliminate waste in the digestive system, slows the emptying of food from our stomachs and supports healthy gut flora (bacteria).
2. Drink lots of healthy, alkaline water. Each person has a slightly different need for water which is often dependent on activity level. A general rule of thumb would be to consume one and a half liters daily. An important consideration in drinking water is to make sure it is alkaline and whether or not it is actually getting into your cells by crossing the cell membrane. This is something I test for in my office, because if the water is not getting into your cells then it is parking outside the cell and may cause bloating and fatigue.
3. Eat more foods with prebiotics and probiotics in them. Prebiotic foods have a lot of fiber in them and act as food for probiotics, both of which go a long way to making a happy and regular colon. Foods containing prebiotics include, raw asparagus, raw Jerusalem artichoke, raw chicory, raw dandelion greens, raw garlic, raw leeks, raw and cooked onions. Probiotic rich foods include apple cider vinegar, fermented vegetables, kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut.
4. Use herbs and spices in your cooking. Herbs and spices have been used for thousands of years to help maintain a healthy and active digestive system. Here are some of my personal favorite ones that help the organs of digestion and elimination (stomach, spleen, colon, kidney and liver), basil, black pepper, cayenne, clove, coriander seeds, cumin, ginger, oregano, rosemary and turmeric.
5. Work using a standing desk. Sitting all day behind a desk is not good for you for a whole variety of reasons. However, it is particularly bad for you after you have just eaten a meal which can result in slower digestion because of organ compression. This is in turn can lead to constipation.
6. Create a routine. I find this particularly helpful in the morning. Start your day off with a cup of warm water, apple cider vinegar, ginger, cayenne and a touch of stevia. This should be taken upon rising. Wait to eat for at least ten minutes before eating a breakfast smoothie or shake made from OptiMetabolix which will help provide needed protein and balance your blood sugar.
7. Meditation and breathing. How we start our days is vitally important to setting the tone for the whole day. This is also true for creating an atmosphere of letting go of the old and making room to receive the new. When we take long, deep breaths we are allowing energy to flow through us and we will remain relaxed and open instead of tight and closed. Which way of being do you think will invite easy and complete bowel movements?
8. Massage your digestive acupuncture and reflex points. There is one area between the small and large intestine, called the ileocecal valve which often goes into spasm not allowing for partially digested food to move through to the colon thereby not allowing for full elimination. This point can be found on the right side of the body on a diagonal between the top of the hip and belly button. Also massage Large Intestine 4 acupoint located in the webbing between the thumb and next finger. You will often find a nubby feeling there and when you rub it, the energy will move more easily through the colon.
9. Take a magnesium supplement. Magnesium is a muscle and nervous system relaxant, therefore making it one of the go to minerals for easing constipation. Please use magnesium in the form of magnesium amino acid chelate which seems to work well for this purpose. Also it is important to remember that all vitamins are not created equal and that a pharmaceutical grade magnesium will react very differently than a cheaper quality one.
10. Eat enough healthy fat each day. Much of the intestinal lining (walls) is made up of fat. Healthy fats from sources such as avocados, coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, olive oil and oily fish will help lubricate the intestinal lining and prevent constipation. It is important to remember that up to 90% of our immune system exists in our intestines.
Therefore, it is critically important that we maintain a free and easily moving bowel in order to help prevent the onset of many diseases.
If you have been having problems with constipation and would like help for you or your family, please contact me at 516 609 0890 or at drdbrant.com.
Yours in infinite wellness,
Dr. Garry D’Brant
Nine Herbs that Can Help Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally!
Benefits Include Lowering Blood Pressure to Increased Memory and Decreased Pain.
There are many things in the natural world that can help us restore balance in our bodies when due to the stresses of modern life things have gone wrong. The immune, reproductive, genitourinary, cardiovascular, digestive and elimination systems can all benefit from using natural substances like herbs and spices to regulate them, sometimes with effects that rival or surpass those of modern drugs and without any of the harmful “side effects”.
These herbs and spices if used on a regular basis can help regulate your blood pressure. Try them you will surprised at how effective they are!
- Cayenne Pepper – the main ingredient in this spice that helps lower blood pressure is capsaicin which if used several times a week has shown long tern effects on high blood pressure. You may have also heard of the benefits of capsaicin in pain relief. This spice has multiple benefits because it helps reduce inflammation. Enjoy this herb regularly but be careful because it is has plenty of heat in it.
- Garlic – a very tasty and flavorful herb, garlic also has significant blood pressure lowering capabilities. It is also well established as a natural antibiotic so it serves in fighting infection as well. Eating it raw has been historically shown to be the most effective way to experience its benefits, but cooking with it also works.
- Ginger – another pungent herb, ginger is found in foods from many cultures. This food if added fresh into your cooking or used in infusions has demonstrated substantial blood pressure lowering effects. Ginger is also great for helping digestion and for combating a variety of other ailments including diabetes and morning sickness.
- Ginkgo Biloba – a powerful herb which grows in China, it has been used for centuries to improve blood circulation. Ginkgo has been shown to expand arterial walls which helps lower blood pressure as well as help improving memory and alertness.
- Hawthorn (Hawthorn berries) – has a wonderful restoring effect on the entire cardiovascular system including lowering blood pressure. It can be taken as a syrup, herbal capsule or as an infusion.
- Olive Leaves – can be used either fresh or dried to strengthen and enhance the heart and blood vessels. The active ingredient in the leaves is oleuropein, a elenolic acid that protects the heart. Additionally, the leaves contain flavanoids which protect the heart and expand the blood vessel walls. This can be taken as an herbal capsule or as an infusion or essential oil.
- Tumeric – perhaps my favorite all round spice because of its incredible healing properties. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, lowers cholesterol, reduces the likelihood of blood clots and lowers blood pressure, particularly in people who suffer from auto-immune disease.
- Valerian – a very gentle but powerful herb which has been shown to relax the muscles surrounding the blood vessels which improves blood circulation throughout the body. It can be taken as an herbal supplement or a tea.
- Yarrow – this European plant is well established for its muscle relaxing and spasm relieving capacity. It will cause the body to sweat more and reduces blood pressure by relieving spasms throughout the body.
The natural world is full of amazing, health promoting herbs, spices and plants. Please contact me if you would like help identifying the natural ways you can try to lower your blood pressure. My phone is 516 609 0890 and my website is drdbrant.com
Yours in infinite wellness,
Dr. Garry D’Brant
The Zyto Scan is Here!
I am very excited to announce that we are introducing a new technology in our office that I feel can profoundly impact your health.
The Zyto scan is a completely non-invasive technology that provides immediate information about the biocommunication of the cells in your body. Your cells are constantly adjusting to changing conditions to stay healthy and your body uses these communication pathways to direct available resources to keep in balance. Most of the time you are not even aware of this ongoing process.
When your body encounters a health challenge, you may have a symptom(s). Symptoms are the bodies outward expression of its best efforts to address this challenge. You may experience symptoms such as fever, pain, fatigue or other signs of inflammation. Too often you wait until you have one or more of these symptoms to take action to assist your body in reducing inflammation and regaining equilibrium.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could support your bodies day to day efforts to remain healthy? Now you can! The Zyto scan affords us the opportunity to ask questions of your body using galvanic skin response (GSR) of your hand by holding it on a hand cradle. The information gathered provides a baseline that is unique to you. Then we can ask questions about what areas in your body are experiencing the greatest areas of disharmony regarding food, body organs, meridians, teeth, vertebra and other body systems. Very importantly, we can then ask the body what nutritional supplements will help to take systems that are out of balance and help restore them to balance!
The Alarming Case of Antibiotic Resistance
A new research report recently released indicates that pathogenic bacteria may be winning the war against antibiotics. The report issued by the Center for Disease Dynamics & Policy entitled “State of the World’s Antibiotics” identifies some serious concerns regarding global antibiotic use and the worsening state of antibiotic resistance worldwide.
Our antibiotics are becoming less and less effective against increasingly potent “superbugs,” and the report challenges the long-held belief that the biggest obstacle is a lack of new and more powerful antibiotics. Instead, the report focuses attention on the overuse of antibiotics in humans and livestock, which is at the heart of the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Continue reading The Alarming Case of Antibiotic Resistance
Vitamin level in plasma tested
A new study published in theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition in September 2013 suggests that higher plasma levels of vitamin C correlate with a reduced risk of gastric cancer. Gastric cancer incidence in the U.S. is estimated at 21,600 new cases, and the report estimated 10,990 deaths from the disease in 2013.
Before patients were tested for cancer, the investigators measured plasma vitamin C levels and incidence of gastric adenocarcinoma (the most common form of stomach cancer) and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in the test population. This included 467 subjects with gastric adenocarcinoma and 618 subjects with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Continue reading Vitamin C helps reduce stomach cancer risk
Magnesium and L-Carnitine Reduce Migraines
Anyone who has suffered from a migraine knows how debilitating they can be. To put it mildly, a migraine can impact every aspect of a person’s ability to deal with their life. There is no part of what a person does that having a migraine can’t stop almost entirely.
In my practice I have had people share that when suffering a migraine they couldn’t talk, see, swallow, or even go to the bathroom. The pain was too blinding, nauseating, or severe that it made normal functions seem impossible to carry out. Continue reading Migraine Help—the Natural Way
Potentially harmful to kids
Vitamins are good for us and all our children should be taking them, right? Wrong, if the answer includes giving your children the top-selling Bayer pharmaceutical children’s vitamin, Flintstones. Bayer proudly displays the line “Pediatrician’s #1 Choice” on its label while the vitamins are full of synthetic and potentially dangerous chemicals.
The list of ingredients includes:
- Coal tar artificial coloring agents (FD&C Blue #2, Red #40, and Yellow #6)
- Cupric oxide
- Ferrous fumarate
- Hydrogenated soybean oil
- GMO corn starch
- Zinc oxide
Are Your Vitamin Levels Contributing to Panic or Anxiety Attacks?
Have you ever had that inexplicable feeling like things were getting out of hand? You seem to be unable to cope with what is happening. Your pulse quickens, you can feel your heart pounding in your chest, sweat forms on your brow, and you can’t seem to slow things down to a manageable level. If you have experienced something like this, you were probably having an anxiety or panic attack.
The experience is unlike any other and can make a person pass out from the sheer stress and physiologic reaction to what they are experiencing. Anxiety disorders affect nearly 40 million American adults (approximately 18 percent) a year. Women are 60 percent more likely than men to experience some form of anxiety disorder over the course of their lifetime. Continue reading Are Your Vitamin Levels Contributing to Panic or Anxiety Attacks?
A Natural Remedy to Help ADHD
If you are like me, you may have noticed the growing tendency to treat younger and younger children with drugs when the diagnosis of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) is made. When I first started practicing over 30 years ago, I didn’t see that many cases of young children being prescribed drugs except in very severe infections. Nowadays it seems that parents often have their children on multiple drugs, and with the increasingly prevalent diagnosis of ADHD, the use of drugs such as Ritalin, Strattera, and Adderall are becoming commonplace. In fact, 90% of the entire consumption of Ritalin in the world occurs in the United States.
This should be of concern to all of us. There is some evidence that children who are on prescription medicines during childhood often have a greater tendency towards drug abuse as teenagers and adults. There are different schools of thought about why this happens, but perhaps it is as simple as this: Once a person’s body gets used to being chemically altered then it seeks that experience again. Continue reading A Natural Remedy to Help ADHD