Are you deficient in any nutrients? Now you can find out!

Nutritional balance is so important in staying healthy.  Wouldn't you like to know exactly what your nutritional profile looks like?

Here's a couple of questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you find yourself lacking energy, feeling stressed or maybe a little depressed?
  • Do you have digestive difficulties and wonder if your food is getting absorbed?
  • Do you want to boost your immune system now, to possibly prevent chronic disease later? 
  • Are you an athlete and want to maximize your performance?

SpectraCell's Micronutrient testing offers the most accurate, scientifically proven method of assessing nutritional deficiencies, through a simple blood test!

Be Proactive, NOT Reactive

Traditionally, an individual waited to go to the doctor at the first signs of a symptom.  Today, people are looking for ways to not only manage illness with personalized treatment plans, but they are also seeking to achieve a higher level of wellness.

Eating a balanced diet, exercising and taking a multivitamin may simply not be enough.  Each person's body is unique in its own way and has its own nutritional requirements.  Due to the complexity of the human body, an individualized healthcare approach is the only way to guarantee optimal results.  And what better way than a simple blood test that looks at your unique nutrient deficiencies?

What is Micronutrient Testing?

SpectraCell's Micronutrient tests measures the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells.  Scientific evidence shows us that analyzing the white blood cells gives us the most accurate analysis of a body's deficiencies.

Below is a list of the nutrients tested:

How is the Testing Done?

Two tubes of your blood will be drawn and sent to the lab.  The test is performed on your lymphocytes, one type of white blood cell in your blood. Some researchers believe cellular analysis is superior to measuring levels of nutrient in the serum or plasma because testing these 2 routes doesn’t determine if the nutrient is accomplishing anything.  So even if you eat the night before, your micronutrient status will not be affected.  

 

So whether you're an athlete, a student or a stay at home mom, we all have nutritional requirements specific to us. Finding out how to best optimize your health through a micronutrient test is the first step in living the life you were meant to live!

Dr. Stephanie Hendershot, NMD loves working with hormones, digestive difficulties and the adrenals.  Check out her free eBook at NorthCountyNaturopath.com to jumpstart your health today. 

This article is not intended to provide a health diagnosis, treat a medical condition, or provide medical advice.  All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes.  Please consult your doctor or a qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well-being or on any opinions expressed within this blog.

5 Simple Tips to Decrease Your Stress Right Now

How Can I Decrease My Stress Levels??

 

What a great question!  And who isn't affected by stress nowadays?? Stress is one of those things that no matter what, it’s not going to go away completely.   Whether you’re rushing to a meeting, trying to pick the kids up from school or running your own business, you have stress!  But good news…you can learn strategies to help cope with and reduce those little stress demons!

I have to say there is no single relaxation technique that is right for everyone.  But here are a few of my favorites that have worked well for me.  After having gone through medical school and driving on freeways 8 lanes wide, I have learned a couple of tricks along the way.  So pick and choose what feels good to you.  Here are 5 tools to add to your de-stress toolbox:

1. Life’s A Beach!.  Research shows that looking at a serene setting promotes your relaxation hormones and can help you to feel calmer and restore states of peace.  Luckily for us lucky ones in North County San Diego, the beach is right down the road!  If you’re not able to look at the beach, search for a beautiful picture on the Internet.  Here, I've done the work for you. Enjoy!

2. Tea Time!  If you visit your local health food store you can find all types of stress relaxation teas.  One of my favorites is Kava Stress Relief Tea!  Tea is a wonderful ritual to employ the next time you’re feeling stressed.

3.  Practice Mindfulness.  What the heck does mindfulness mean??  It’s the ability to remain aware of how you’re feeling at the given moment.  Try being mindful next time you’re driving in traffic.  How are you feeling?  Try remaining present and don’t judge yourself for the past or the future.  Can you enjoy this moment?  I love the representation below depicting the difference of mind-full vs mindful :)

4. Take A Chill Pill!.  Usually when we get stressed, our breath becomes shallow and fast.  Also, did you know that fear is excitement without the breath?  Try taking 10 slow deep belly breaths. Breath into your fear or stress.  Transform the energy into something positive.  Check-in with how you feel after.

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5. Your Main Squeeze!   Acupressure is a quick way to release tension and get the blood flowing.  For fast relief, apply pressure to the fleshy part between your thumb and index finger for 30 seconds.  Repeat on the other side.  You can even try adding an essential oil like lavender to the area. 

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Dr. Stephanie Hendershot, NMD loves working with hormones, digestive difficulties and the adrenals.  Check out her free eBook at NorthCountyNaturopath.com to jumpstart your health today. 

This article is not intended to provide a health diagnosis, treat a medical condition, or provide medical advice.  All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes.  Please consult your doctor or a qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well-being or on any opinions expressed within this blog.

 

The Secret to Radiant and Glowing Skin and 5 Tips to Get You There!

I, like most people have struggled to have beautiful young looking skin my whole life.  I've tried a myriad of products- cleanser after moisturizer after cleanser...you've named it, I've tried it.  It wasn't until I really found the secret to radiant skin that my skin really started to glow.  I realized it wasn't what I was putting on my body, it's what I was putting in my body!

Nowadays, people always comment on my skin and how young looking it is.  Ok, I may just have some young looking genes, but I also follow these 5 tips listed below on a daily basis.  I'll tell you the biggest one to follow is tip #4...read below to find out more! 

Tip #1: Drink more water!

Okay, I know you've heard this a million times before, but guess what?  It's true.  Your body is made up of about 72% water. (Fun Fact Alert: the brain is 75% water!!) Not only does water help to flush toxins but it keeps us looking young, helps fight allergies, headaches and constipation...just to name a few.  So how much water do you really need?  A good rule of thumb is about half of your body weight in ounces of water.  So for example you weigh 150lbs- you need about 75 ounces of water per day.  Remember if you're drinking coffee, soda or caffeinated tea- these dehydrate you, so you need to add one cup of water for every cup of those beverages being consumed.

Tip #2: Omega 3 essential fatty acids! 

Omega 3's are essential for radiant skin and are found in products like wild caught salmon, chia seeds, krill and fish oil.  Two constituents of Omega 3's are called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). A 2005 study in the Journal of Lipid Research discovered that EPA can help block the release of the UV-induced enzymes that eat away at our collagen, causing lines and sagging skin. Because EPA is both an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory agent, it can protect against sun damage and help repair it. You can find the Omega 3's on your fish oil label (EPA and DHA) and I like to see the dosing around 1800mg combined per day.  Bonus tip: fish oil will make your hair shiny too! (side note: make sure you're buying a high quality physician grade fish oil free of artificial color, flavor, sweetener, mercury, etc).

Tip #3: Regular Bowel Movements

Your skin is actually a reflection of your gut.  Not going to the bathroom regularly (and by that I mean at least once per day!) can cause toxins and hormones to recirculate in your body.  When toxins and hormones recirculate, your body gets overloaded and the then skin becomes the detox organ where you can see eruptions and rashes occurring.  Bowel movements every day are important for glowing skin!

Tip #4: Cut the Sugar!

Okay, this one is way easier said than done, but has helped improve my skin the most.  Expert food chemists and formulators have found a way to sneak sugar into every food we're consuming  (seriously, read the labels) and sugar is an addictive substance.  Here's how it works- sugar causes an inflammatory response in the body.  Inflammation then produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin in the body.  Translation: saggy skin and wrinkles.  White bread, candy, fried foods, ice cream, pizza and sugar are just a few of the sugar laden foods you're gonna want to avoid for youthful looking skin.  Craving something sugary?  Try eating something sour, like a lemon and see if that helps to curb those cravings. 

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Tip #5:  Sweat!

Like I mentioned before, your skin is a detox organ.  Actually the largest detox organ we have.  And when you sweat, circulation is increased and toxins are released through your sweat.  Have your ever noticed how most athletes have beautiful skin?  It's because they sweat..a lot! (and they drink LOTS of water; see Tip #1) Ok, so you don't need to train like an Olympic athlete, but hopping in a sauna a couple of times per week will make a difference.  Don't have access to a sauna?  Anything to get you breaking a little sweat will work.  Be creative! (tip: YouTube has seven minute workout videos that are great...did I mention they're only seven minutes!)

Hopefully you've enjoyed reading these 5 tips and can start implementing them into your life today!  If you're feeling overwhelmed, don't worry you can start with one at a time.  Just know, the secret to healthy skin starts from the inside out and is definitely within your reach.  And sometimes there may be something larger going on including but not limited to: food sensitivities, candida overgrowth, hormones and/or stress. If you're looking for help with these, I'm here for you.

Dr. Stephanie Hendershot, NMD loves working with hormones, digestive difficulties and the adrenals.  Check out her free eBook at NorthCountyNaturopath.com to jumpstart your health today. 

Disclaimer:

This blog is not intended to provide a health diagnosis, treat a medical condition, or provide medical advice.  All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes.  Please consult your doctor or a qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well-being or on any opinions expressed within this blog.