Have you ever wanted to do this to your kids?

Just duck tape them into stillness?

I REALLY hope you have never actually acted on the impulse.  Every parent has had one of THOSE DAYS. I did chase a child around trying to duck tape that mouth shut.  It didn’t go over very well. But most of us are good parents, right? We won’t just hang the children by their toes over the edge of a bridge, no matter how much we might want to. 

 

So, I’m going to ask an uncomfortable question.

Why do we do this to ourselves? 

Now, I’m not talking about necessary prescription medications that we need to stay alive.  I am talking about how we tell our bodies to Stop Talking. 

What is it for you?

  • The feeling in your stomach that you have a ball of…don’t know what…just hanging out in there.
  • Or the headache you have every week.
  • Maybe it’s the alternating bathroom fiascos…as if your body has a problem with moderation in the toilet one way or the other.
  • Or do you hurt everywhere?
  • Are you hiding food or drink from your family, in strange places, like behind the shower cleaner, or in your sock drawer?
  • Are you tired of subsisting on TUMS?

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to do something about this? Let’s start listening, and stop duck taping our bodies.  Our bodies don’t tell us what needs work until it simply doesn’t work anymore. And then, we bandaid it shut, so we don’t have to interrupt our very important lives.  People to see, things to do…

Don’t wait until it’s too late. It’s a lot easier to prevent a disease than to restore health afterwards.

Schedule a health assessment with me before my December and January schedule fills up. Forward this email to someone you love. 

Happy, happy holidays!

 

 

Last week, I was inspired to look up the studies that have been done on mental health and gut health. By now, just about everyone has heard of the second brain in our gut, and the fact that our guts produce more than 70% of the serotonin in our bodies. I went on PubMed, and found 1000’s of studies, saving nine in my records on this topic, after reading for approximately three hours.  I could have gone on and on, but, I had to stop. Email me if you would like copies of these studies.

Turns out that there is no mental health issue that is not influenced by gut health. I mean, I was truly astonished by how much gut health influences everything

  • depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • anxiety
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • panic attacks
  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia
  • autism
  • ADHD
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s

Our gut microbiota affects our mental health.

One article published in 2018 mentioned seven different things affected by microbiota. Yes, the little buggers in our gut, affect pain regulation, cognitive ability, mood & emotion, temperament & character, stress management, dietary behavior, social interaction & reproductive behavior. 

In fact, people who have high neuroticism and low conscientiousness traits often have an overabundance of gammaproteobacteria and proteobacteria in their guts.  An abundance of butyrate producing bacteria such as  Lachnospiraceae, can help this, causing high conscientiousness. Everyone knows people who don’t do what they say they’re going to do, or who behave in ways that are not necessarily right, or thoughtful, or organized. Eek! It just might be their gut microbes running the show.

Frontiers in Genetics published a 2013 study that suggests that mental health is dictated by an interplay between genetics, environment and mutations of certain biochemical pathways, namely, potassium, sodium, and calcium channels. Still, the study approaches the whole thing from a pharmacological perspective.  Where do we get potassium, sodium, calcium? Hmmm, could it be we get it from the foods we eat, particularly the plants, and only indirectly from the animals that eat those same plants? I mean, we don’t do so well at digesting rocks and dirt, you know? So, perhaps what we eat plays a big role in our mental health? Well, what about how we digest what we eat? Couldn’t that be pivotal in the making of these minerals that contribute to our brain health? 

So…why don’t we eat better?

Perhaps it’s because it’s just not that sexy to eat celery…that is, unless, you are surrounded by very sexy people eating celery.

I’m going to flesh that question out a little at a time, thanks to psychologist Dr. Douglas Lisle, who discusses four traps that plague those of us who want to eat better and feel healthy. Stay tuned for my next blog where I discuss the Pleasure trap.

 

 

Remember when the docs were telling us to lower our dietary cholesterol? Eggs are bad! No saturated fats! If you have high cholesterol, you must reduce your fat intake! 

Current awareness is the polar opposite. 

One of my clients had total cholesterol levels of 285, way above the recommended levels of less than 200. In an attempt to avoid getting on cholesterol lowering drugs, we began working together in August using nutrition and enzyme therapy. Now, mind you, I have only been her cheerleader, and coach; she has done ALL the work. And she has done a brilliant job.

IN TWO MONTHS, HER CHOLESTEROL DROPPED 20 POINTS DOWN TO 262.

She’s not out of the woods yet, but if she stays the course, her lipid panel will be normal in pretty short order.

How did she do it?

  1. Improve the type of fat she is taking in. Olive oil, eggs, coconut oil, raw dehydrated nuts, avocados are all on the YES list.
  2. Take in the appropriate plant digestive enzyme. In her case, she needed extra lipase. Now, don’t go running out to get the first bottle of digestive enzymes you see in stores. Not all enzymes are created equal. In addition, everyone is an experiment of one, so make sure you get with a great enzyme therapist who can help you figure your unique Personalized Nutrition Plan out. (LIKE ME!)
  3. she improved her fiber intake, so that she was efficiently eliminating the waste created by her already overworked liver.
  4. Clean up the refined starches, grains and sugars so she can thin out the bile that is so necessary for emulsifying the unnecessary cholesterol made by her liver. 
  5. Drink more water, and eliminate hidden sugar drinks!

 

This is just a simple beginning.  Everybody’s health issues can be multi-faceted, so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don’t just STOP taking a medication, or change your diet drastically without talking to a health professional.

All the same, if we get out of our own way, our bodies do work towards healing. 🙂 If you have cholesterol issues, and are sick and tired of being sick and tired,  I’d love to help with your nutritional and enzymatic deficiencies.

LET’S DO THIS!

Do you look like this…

Or more like this…?

I guess that depends on how much you have nourished yourself, how much you have released that which doesn’t serve you anymore, and how much you move.

Now, I’m not talking about what most people think of when they see the word “movement”. You know, going to the gym, sweating like there is no tomorrow, lifting your body weight in weights, running through the city streets in bitter cold like Rocky Balboa …(although if that’s your favorite movement, more power to you!)

I’m talking about the really subtle stuff, movement that moves the part of you that is energy.  

Isn’t that what we are all made of? I mean, doesn’t science tell us that we are mostly made of energy? That’s what is inside our cells, right?

If you are living, you are moving, even when you are meditating, or sleeping, or resting.  And living tissue creates heat and movement when it is brought close to other living tissue.  

I’ll be discussing this, and demonstrating the Armor of God Movement Meditation Series at Alleluia Church in Naperville on Friday, November 9th, for their Grand Chocolate Party event. Now, I was there last year, and this event is fantastic.  Those people at Alleluia Church know how to put together a chocolate party.  OMG.  I have never seen so much chocolate. So, if you love chocolate, you should go. Here’s the link for you to register.  You know, even if it is just for the chocolate.  But stay for the Movement class I’m doing. And bring some friends.  I promise you will learn new tools to help you feel better, balance hormones, and bring peace of mind. 

See you then!

3950 earths…

I could prove God statistically. Take the human body alone—the chances that all the functions of an individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity.

~George Gallup

Let me give you some insight into the miracle that you truly are.  The latest statistics states that we have over 30 trillion cells and over 40 trillion non-human microbes in or on our bodies. Incredible, isn’t it? The human body has 10 systems that we know of: skeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, reproductive, muscular, digestive, lymphatic, endocrine, urinary, and respiratory. To give you a perspective on this massive number, there are 7.6 billion people on the earth, represented in 105 countries, and eight genetic racial groups.

Doing the math, that means that each ONE of our bodies has approximately 3,950 earths in them, all working together, resulting in the ONE human body that is YOU.  Egads, we can’t even work together and get along on our ONE earth.

And I didn’t even figure in the other animal species coexisting on our planet into the equation.

Perhaps that statistic gives you something to be grateful for…?

You are a miracle. Don’t squander yourself on petty, selfish garbage, or on wandering around like a brain dead, destructive zombie. (That is, unless your true essence is a zombie.)

Exploration

Today, become an observer of people, with an eye to feel awe or wonder at the incredible variety of humans around you. I know, some might seem like aliens. If you believed that your body was a statistical miracle, what would you do differently? How might you view the people around you?  Do you treat yourself and others like the statistical miracles you are?

 

Photo by NASA on Unsplash

 

Hola amigos!

Here is an interesting question…is it good to drink coffee, or not? 
By golly, does anyone know?! 
This is one of those things that has polar opposite opinions, kind of like, are you a democrat or a republican? Do you like dark or milk chocolate? Or how about cotton or poylester blends? You know, the important matters that can make or break a society.
It turns out the answer is not so black and latte.

According to Dr. Tom O’Bryan, author of

The Autoimmune Fix

, and world expert on gluten intolerance and autoimmune issues,  his research shows that the answer is…get ready…

IT DEPENDS.
Oh, come on!!!!! (*?!@*% is what happens in my head. All too often.) On what?! 
ON YOUR GENES.
Here’s the scoop. All of us has a gene called CYP1A2 which helps us break down toxic chemicals. It comes in two types, 1A and 1F. Our parents give us one or the other through their genetic material. With the 1A version, your likelihood of having a heart attack before the age of 50 is as follows:
less than a cup a day=no risk
1 cup per day=61% reduced risk
2-3 cups per day=65% reduced risk
4 cups per day-19% reduced risk.
So we can assume that for those with the CYP1A2 1A gene, it is beneficial to drink 1-3 cups of coffee a day.
However, for the unfortunate recipients of the 1F gene, here is the breakdown.
less than a cup a day=no increased risk
1 cup per day=112% increased risk
2-3 cups per day=143% increased risk
4 cups per day = 307% increased risk.
Yikes! NO COFFEE FOR YOU! Or at least drink less than a cup a day.
Now, I haven’t done any genetic testing for which group I belong to, so until I do, I only have coffee once in a while when I need heightened alertness, and focus (or I simply need to stay awake to drive). At one point in my life, especially when I was in college, I used to drink incredible amounts of java in order to stay awake and study. And, I’ll be honest, one of my favorite drinks is an iced mocha. Yum.  So, I decided when I developed healthier eating habits to find alternatives to the sugar-laden, dairy-filled, addictive coffee drink of choice. Here is one option.
Estela’s Mexican Mocha Java
I brew up a cup of organic espresso in my Keurig. (best present my sons and husband have given me in the last 6 years.)
1/2 cup unsweetened macadamia milk OR coconut milk (canned) OR almond milk (I like Califia Farms cuz they use non GMO almonds) 
dash of cinammon to taste
dash of cayenne pepper for a kick if desired
dash of sea salt
1/2 tsp of raw cacao

20 drops (not dropperfuls) of

NuNaturals clear stevia

Blend in blender with a handful of ice cubes for a frothy cold treat, or heat the milk in a saucepan with the spices and cacao and add your coffee for the hot drink.
Ole!
Helping you put your health puzzle back together when doctors can’t figure out what’s wrong,
Estela Roustan Streacker

I remember watching Popeye on the two channels available on TV when I was a kid. (Yes, only two.) When he was weak, he had a very limited diet of spinach, which would make his muscles strong as Superman. My family of five men would tell you that I used to sneak spinach into almost everything.  Yes, Popeye was a huge influence on me.  They would also say that after a while, I urged them to eat foods from all the colors of the rainbow every day.  To which they would show me a handful of Skittles and ask if that was ok. (Sigh.)

 

 

Well, they say you are what you eat. But I’d like to clarify that a bit.  Certainly, I agree…you are what you eat, but also what you digest and absorb, and, if you are not careful, you become what you cannot get rid of.The following video really hammers home my long-time thinking about nutrition and mental health.  My hope is that My Health Puzzle can help you restore your faith in the human body’s ability to be well. 

Restoring strength, love & clarity,

Estela Streacker, CNC