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An Elimination Diet What is it and Why?

An Elimination Diet What is it and Why?

on Jan 29, 2018 in General Wellness, Healthy Skin, Nutrition, Weight Loss, Wellness Blog

There are many medical conditions that fail to respond to conventional medical treatment that may resolve when you follow an Elimination Diet ELIMINATION DIET Digestive problems Headaches Chronic sinus Low energy, fatigue Depression, mood disorders Eczema, skin irritations joint aches asthma weight gain The processed foods that are common today contain additives, dyes, preservatives, and trace pesticides that over-time can aggravate and inflame the tissues in your gut and major organs.  After years of a poor diet this chronic inflammation deep in your tissues can tax your immune system. If the tissues in the lining of your gut become inflamed common foods like wheat, dairy, or eggs can cause symptoms.  The Elimination diet is designed eliminate foods that burden your immune system while ensuring a high nutrient density foods that will facilitate gut healing. Usually an Elimination Diet is followed for three weeks, however your medical provider will discuss this with you. After an initial period following the Elimination diet different food groups are re-introduced slowly, allowing you to watch for negative symptoms. If a food group causes you a reaction, you avoid for another six months, and then try again. This protocol allows an opportunity to decrease inflammation in the GI tract, heal the lining of your gut, and calm your immune system. Once healing is achieved you can expand your food choices to include a wide variety of high nutrient dense foods. Like most people, you probably eat the same foods every day. If the food you eat is low quality or genetically you don’t tolerate those foods your body develops a sensitivity, and over time and you begin to suffer reactions to them. It is common for people to not realize how bad certain foods make them feel, or that particular foods are the culprit until those foods are removed from their diet. People experience different types of food-reactions: Food Allergies cause reactions which are severe and immediate. Examples would include swelling, hives, and difficulty breathing in reaction to nuts or seafood. Food Sensitivities may produce reactions hours to days later. Those with weakened immune systems may be prone to food sensitivities. Food Sensitivities are usually a result of an imbalance in the gastrointestinal tract system that affects...

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Smoothies are Popular Right Now – But are They Healthy and Should You be Drinking Them?

Smoothies are Popular Right Now – But are They Healthy and Should You be Drinking Them?

on Sep 23, 2015 in Healthy Skin, Nutrition, Recipes, Weight Loss

Fruit/vegetable smoothies can be a big boost to your health if you use the right ingredients. Below is an overview of the scientific literature that sheds light on this tasty topic and also provides tips on how to make smoothies that maximize the benefits. Drinking fruit/vegetable smoothies helps you increase your fruit and vegetable intake each day. People who drink fruit/vegetable smoothies average 2 to 3 more servings a day than those who don’t drink smoothies. Smoothies provide more vitamins and phyto-nutrients than if you consumed the same foods eaten whole.  While not true for every vitamin or mineral, in general blending fruits and vegetables (particularly vegetables) increases significantly the bio-availability of vitamins (especially the B vitamins) and phyto-nutrients (colorful pigments in foods that boost immune function and health). You absorb more nutrients from fruits/vegetables when they are blended in a smoothie. Not only does blending make more nutrients available to you , but it also increases your ability to absorb those precious nutrients. In fact absorption of nutrients in blended fruits and vegetables can be 2-4 times greater than the amount absorbed from eating the foods whole for certain vitamins and nutrients. Fruits/vegetables smoothies help create healthy gut bacteria that greatly enhances your immune system. Research tells us that the vital nutrients from fruits and vegtables, even when blended, are not destroyed by stomach acids and do make it to the large intestine where they play a major role in creating healthy gut bacteria. Which is where 85% of your immune cells are located.  By adding parts of fruits/vegetables to a blended smoothie that are not usually eaten (like the seeds and peel of citrus), it makes available to you nutrients that have significant cancer fighting properties. The lignin and other phyto-nutrients found in the peels and seeds of various fruits and vegetables contain powerful cancer fighting properties. Using berries in a smoothie does not raise blood sugar levels and provides great phyto-nutrient availability. Berries are naturally low in sugar, high in taste, and high in phyto-nutrients that have healing abilities. Since berries do not cause blood sugars to rise, those with blood sugar problems can get all the health benefits without jeopardizing blood sugar levels. Over time some fruit/vegetable smoothies can...

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Don’t Recognize Yourself in the Mirror? – Learn How Botox and Fillers Can Help

Don’t Recognize Yourself in the Mirror? – Learn How Botox and Fillers Can Help

on Apr 29, 2015 in Healthy Skin, Wellness Seminar

Free Wellness Seminar Friday, May 8, 2015 at 6 to 7 pm If you have wondered how you could look your best no matter your age, then you’ll want to come to this seminar.  Kaiser Permanente offers cosmetic services through the Department of Dermatology in San Diego.  Dr. Bonilla, a board certified physician specializing in dermatology and cosmetic skin care, will discuss how Botox® differs from fillers, the benefits and negatives, and how to decide what is best for you. You’ll learn about the many non-surgical options available to you to help you maintain a youthful glow and age...

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Introducing Cosmetic Services at Kaiser Permanente

Introducing Cosmetic Services at Kaiser Permanente

on Feb 11, 2015 in Healthy Skin, Wellness Blog

FREE SEMINAR  Just Say No to Dark Spots, Moles, and Skin Tags — Find Out How You Can Look Refreshed at any Age! February 20th at 6 to 7 p.m. Although not life threatening, the small skin changes that appear as we age can be bothersome. Luckily, there are procedures that can help to gain back some youthfulness. Dr. Rausch will discuss the different laser options available at Cosmetic Services at Kaiser Permanente and how you can safely remove unwanted skin blemishes like moles or skin tags and lighten or remove dark spots. Learn how the art of laser therapy can give you a youthful, clear complexion. Seminar will be held at the Positive Choice Integrative Wellness Center at 7035 Convoy Court, San Diego, CA 92111 Call now to reserve space. (858) 573-0090...

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Cosmetic Services at Kaiser Permanente

Cosmetic Services at Kaiser Permanente

on Sep 2, 2014 in Healthy Skin, Wellness Blog

Kaiser Permanente now provides cosmetic skin services and products to help you achieve your skin’s optimum health. You can look more youthful and radiant, no matter your age! The corner stone of a healthy, vibrant complexion begins with a quality skin care regimen using high quality, pharmaceutical grade products that support gentle cleansing, exfoliation, moisturizing, cellular repair, and sun protection. Kaiser is proud to offer high quality, pharmaceutical grade skin care products. The difference between these products and skin products sold commercially is the amount and quality of active ingredients. Pharmaceutical grade cosmetic products can only be prescribed by licensed staff and physicians. In addition to a complete skin care line, Kaiser Permanente offers a variety of cosmetic services.  You do not need to be a member of Kaiser Permanente to take advantage of these affordable and high quality services and products. Everyone is welcome. To schedule a complimentary skin consultation, or for more information, contact Kaiser Permanente Cosmetic Services — (858) 847-3744 Chemical Peels Acne Care Skin Care Products Sun Protection and starting October 2014 Botox, fillers, and...

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How to make your skin look like your twenty!

How to make your skin look like your twenty!

on May 12, 2014 in Fitness, Healthy Skin, Nutrition, Wellness Blog

Exercise not only appears to keep skin younger, it may also even reverse skin aging in people who start exercising late in life, according to surprising new research. After about age 40, most of us begin to experience a thickening of our outer layer of skin. This layer of skin gets drier, flakier and denser with age. At the same time, the layer of skin beneath begins to thin and loses elasticity, giving the skin a more translucent and often saggier appearance. These changes are solely the result of the passage of time. Recently, researchers at McMaster University in Ontario began to wonder if this aging was inevitable. Researchers set a group of sedentary volunteers to exercising, after first obtaining skin samples from their buttocks. The volunteers were aged at 65 or older and, at the study’s start, had normal skin for their age. They began a fairly straightforward endurance training program, working out twice a week by jogging or cycling at a moderately strenuous pace, equivalent to at least 65 percent of their maximum aerobic capacity for 30 minutes. This continued for three months. At the end of the study time, the researchers again biopsied the volunteers’ skin and the skin of the study volunteers no longer correlated with their true age, but the outer and inner layers that looked very similar to those of 20- to 40-year-olds. “It was pretty remarkable to see,” said Dr. Tarnopolsky, himself a middle-aged exerciser. Under a microscope, the volunteers’ skin “looked like that of a much younger person, and all that they had done differently was...

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