The Gluten Free Challenge

Here’s what we now know from research: Gluten increases inflammation in everyone. It increases the risk of heart disease in everyone.  It increases insulin resistance and diabetes, as well as increasing the risk of auto-immune diseases.

That’s a pretty comprehensive list of what you want to avoid as you age.

And we also know that one gram of gluten – one tiny gram – stays in your system for two weeks and affects your inflammation markers for six months.  Gluten is a very sticky substance; it’s glue-y. In fact, glue is made from it.

So here’s my challenge to all my health seekers. I want you to try avoiding all foods that contain gluten – yup,  go 100% gluten free  – for just three weeks. That’s not forever; just a fair trial.

But remember: you have to be 100% gluten free during that time in order to test the hypothesis.

You might be amazed at the symptoms that disappear, including some you thought were “normal aging” or just normal for you.

And if you are still not convinced, after 3 weeks are up, go ahead and spend a day eating gluten: bagels, cereal, pasta, bread….  I think you will have your answer, and it might surprise you.

I’ve personally witnessed friends, family members and thousands of clients give up gluten and feel dramatically better.

Are you wondering if it will help you too?

If you decide to try the challenge, I want to hear all about it.  Please leave your comments!

Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy day.

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Is Avoiding Gluten Just A Passing Fad?

Hi, Fran Sussman here, from Sussman Holistic Services, the Holistic Outlook column in The Times Herald Record, and here at HudsonValley.com,  with some thoughts for Your Best Health.

If a fad is “an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived”, I believe that the increased interest in avoiding gluten is a growing trend,  because it is a change that is growing for very good reasons.

For those of you for whom this subject is still a mystery, let me explain.  Gluten is the protein found in wheat, oats, spelt, rye and barley.  When people react to foods, it’s the protein in that food that they are reacting to.

Just a few generations ago, gluten made up only about 3-4% of the grain But grains have been purposely modified, so that gluten is often now over 40%. This makes it fluffier, and more shelf stable… as well as more toxic to most of us.

I find that helping clients eliminate gluten from their diets often also eliminates many symptoms they’d been suffering from for years, from gut and bowel issues to arthritis to eczema and on and on.

In my next post, I’ll be throwing down the gauntlet and presenting all my readers with  a challenge.  Are you up for it?  Please come back on Thursday – it could change your life for the better!!

In the meantime, here’s wishing you a happy, healthy day.

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Natural Tips for ADHD

Hi, Fran Sussman here, from Sussman Holistic Services, the Holistic Outlook column in The Times Herald Record, and here at HudsonValley.com with Your Best Health.

Working with ADD and ADHD has been a part of my practice from the very beginning, over 20 years ago. With the new school year starting, improving attention and focus are a concern for many.

Here are a few of my top tips for adults or children with this issue.

  1. Identify Food Sensitivities: Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Peanuts and Corn are among the most common culprits. Cravings are often a giveaway. Do you feel like you can’t live without it? Then it’s probably a food sensitivity. Eliminate it 100% and after a few days the cravings usually disappear, often along with other symptoms.
  2. Eat Protein and Healthy Fats: 3 times a day make sure each meal includes both protein and healthy fats, and don’t forget breakfast. Meals (or snacks) that are just carbs (like bagels, cereal and milk, cookies, pretzels, etc.) will send blood sugar sky-rocketing, then dropping too low, making focus so much more difficult, if not impossible. Include protein and healthy fats to keep your brain on steady fuel until the next meal.
  3. Keep sugar low. Sugars, and foods metabolized as sugars, such as refined carbohydrates and most processed foods, work against a healthy, well-focused brain, and keep us on a vicious cycle of cravings, struggle, and exhaustion. Don’t give in to the “convenience” of fast foods. Instead, plan ahead to have food on hand that supports and truly nourishes you.

Your brain will thank you!

 

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What’s making you fat, sick, tired, and hungry?

Hi, Fran Sussman here, from your Holistic Outlook column in the Times Herald Record, and Sussman Holistic Services, with more tips for Your Best Health.

Today I’ve got a 2 minute video that asks an essential question for your health.

Here is the link ==>> http://youtu.be/8V3v7Yf0wdI <<==

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How Not to Go On A Diet

Hi, Fran Sussman here, from your Holistic Outlook column in the Times Herald Record, and Sussman Holistic Services, with more tips for Your Best Health.

I see clients every day in my office who feel so virtuous when they just have a little salad, or salad with a bit of chicken breast, for their meals, in hopes of losing weight.  Maybe a squeeze of lemon juice for flavor. It’s the perfect diet meal, right?

Except it usually doesn’t work, and they don’t understand why.

Let me explain.

First of all, diet is a four letter word in my book. I define a diet as “something you suffer through for as short a time as possible, until you give up and go back to what you were doing before you started.” (to read the full article, a previous Holistic Outlook column, click here).

But even if you could stick to it, chances are that your salad diet won’t work, or certainly not for long, and it isn’t even good for your health.

You need carbs!

When carbs are too low you feel cranky, hungry and deprived, which sets you up to boomerang right out of your good intentions. And low/no carbs gets you off-track hormonally and metabolically.
What you don’t need is carbs in the form of processed and refined foods, junk foods, sugars and alcohol. Complex carbs from “real foods,” such as vegetables – and once a day a little bit of fruit -  should be included in every meal and snack — that is, every time you eat.

Combining protein, healthy fats and some complex carbs from real food? That gives you perfect metabolic balance and a recipe for healthy weight loss.

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Is Avoiding Gluten Just Another Fad?

Hi, Fran Sussman here, of the Holistic Outlook column in your Times Herald Record, and Sussman Holistic Services with more tips for Your Best Health.

Today, I’m sharing a short video on a trendy topic! I’d love to read your comments and questions below!

Here’s the video: http://youtu.be/Vk9LVvZeK-U

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The Most Alarming Health Trend

Hi, Fran Sussman here, of the Holistic Outlook column in your Times Herald Record, and Sussman Holistic Services.
In my last 2 posts, I’ve been sharing some of the alarming trends I’ve been seeing in my holistic practice. If you missed them, here are Part 1 and Part 2.

And here is the conclusion to this series:

Early Onset Alzheimers
A client shocked me recently by sharing that several of his friends had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. These are not old men! They are in their late 50s and early 60s. This tragedy has to do with toxic exposure.
Two of the men were electricians, with high levels of copper in their systems, from handling copper wire. One was a farmer who had sprayed pesticides on his crops, by hand, for decades. (The connections to toxicity were made by the doctors, by the way, not by me.)This is tragic. Alzheimer’s used to be something that happened at the end of life, maybe in one’s 80s. Not in one’s 50s or 60s.
This is a perfect example of why I recommend that a detoxification protocol be a regular part of everyone’s lifestyle. Our world has gotten increasingly more toxic over the past few decades, much more so than our systems can keep up with.

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Alarming Health Trends, Part 2

Hi, Fran Sussman here, of the Holistic Outlook column in your Times Herald Record, and Sussman Holistic Services. In my last post, I promised I would share a few of the the more alarming trends I’ve been seeing in my health practice, and discussed the health consequences of shift work, as the first one.
Here’s another trend that worries me: 
Babies on drugs

In the past few years, I’ve seen more and more infants and toddlers diagnosed with GERD/Reflux, and put on prescription or OTC acid suppressants. This is a prime example of treating the symptoms rather than the root cause, with the potential to cause additional and more serious health problems over time.

This is true for adults, let alone babies.

I find that working to identify the underlying issues, modifying nutrition, and using the right probiotics helps to successfully address the root cause of reflux, rather than the symptoms. (works for adults, too).

Of course, the increase in medicating our little ones is not limited to digestive issues. More and more children are being managed medically for depression, diabetes, and ADD/ADHD, despite lack of evidence showing long term safety and efficacy.

Please know that it very possible to work with nutrition and lifestyle to address all of these issues, a much better solution for the next generation!

Come back on Thursday for Part 3, and perhaps the most alarming trend of all

After that I’ll share some positive trends I’m seeing!  And please share your thoughts in the comments sections below.

 

 

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Some Alarming Trends I’m Seeing in my Health Practice

Hi, Fran Sussman here, of the Holistic Outlook column in your Times Herald Record, and Sussman Holistic Services.

I am privileged to see a very optimistic view of the world from my office: people who choose to change their health status, their diagnoses, their energy, their weight and body composition, their mental focus; to reclaim their most vibrant, vital self.

Because I see so many clients, I also get an interesting overview of trends in health.

In the next few columns, I’d like to share several I find particularly alarming.  Let’s start with this one:

 Shift Work

If you or a loved one are working overnight shifts or, even worse, different shifts around the clock, do whatever you can to get back on a daytime cycle. Being out of sync with normal circadian rhythms for years at a time makes it pretty much impossible to stay healthy, or have a normal metabolism and weight, as we age.

And there’s plenty of research to back me up on this.

I realize it may not be something everyone can change, but if you can, do. We are biologically designed to be awake with the sun and asleep in the dark. It is a very short relative period in human history that we have the option of doing otherwise. And it wreaks havoc: weight gain, insulin resistance, and increased likelihood of many diseases, including both diabetes and cancer.

For more trends that impact your health, make sure you bookmark the page, or just stop back again next week, here at Your Best Health.

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Boost Your Metabolism with these Sleep Tips

Hi, Fran Sussman here, of the Holistic Outlook column in your Times Herald Record, and Sussman Holistic Services.

I’ve written a lot about sleep, and among other things, how getting 8 hours of sleep a night can help you lose belly fat by lowering cortisol. Now there is new research showing that sleep has other benefits to your metabolism.

But only if you keep your bedroom cool.

New research suggests that sleeping in a cool bedroom gives you a “metabolic advantage”. The study used temperatures of 66 degrees and found that insulin sensitivity improved, and participants burned a few more calories during the day, just from the night time temperature change.

Don’t forget my other top sleep tips:

  1. Sleep in a completely dark room: LEDs, electronics, night lights, hall lights, or outside lights interrupt the natural production of melatonin.
  2. Stop eating 3 hours before bedtime.
  3. Turn off electronics at least 60 minutes before bed. Switch to a book or music; take a bath; meditate; wind down.
  4. Unless you are sleeping soundly and deeply through the night, keep your caffeine to just one cup in the morning. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 12 hours.

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