Smoke Inhalation Detox

 

The West is burning. The news reports that California has some of the worst air quality in the world. The smoke from the fires in the West have reached the East Coast and Europe. 

 

What is all of this smoke doing to us?

How does inhaling wildfire smoke hurt your body?

 

According to the CDC: wildfire smoke can harm you in multiple ways. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.  Even healthy people can be harmed by inhaling wildfire smoke. The short term effects are:

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  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing normally
  • Stinging eyes
  • A scratchy throat
  • Runny nose
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • An asthma attack
  • Tiredness
  • Fast heartbeat

How to protect yourself from the harmful effects of smoke and bad air quality

Avoid the smoke

    • If told to stay inside, do so as much as possible.
    • While inside, keep doors and windows closed.
    • While inside, run the air conditioner and air filters.
    • While inside, do not add to the interior air pollution: no smoking, burning candles, don’t even vacuum, which can stir up air particles.

Venturing outside into the smoke?

    • If you have to be outside, wear a mask. In particular, wear an “N95” mask.

Is it okay to exercise with all of the smoke in the air?

    • Avoid outdoor exercise while the air quality is bad. In the U.S., check the air quality in your area by clicking this link. While the air quality is bad, do low impact exercises indoors.

How to help your body heal from the harm caused by all of the smoke

 

Detox Smoothie

Detoxification Smoothie

 

Detoxification drinks have a powerful effect on the body’s recuperative powers because of their rich, easily absorbed nutrients. Fresh juices contain proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, electrolytes, and healing aromatic oils. But most importantly fresh juice therapy makes available to every cell in our bodies large amounts of enzymes, an integral part of the healing and restorative process.

This detox smoothie could be added to your daily detoxification regime. At a minimum, drink the detox smoothie daily for 2 weeks.

 

Water and Ice to taste and texture

4 oz organic orange juice without sweetener

1oz pomegranate juice

1 handful of broccoli sprouts or 1 stalk broccoli

1 handful of cilantro

2 stalks celery

1 handful of watercress

1/3-1/2 cup of mixed organic berries

A packet of Pure Paleo Cleanse Powder

Optional :  As a meal replacement, you can add 1 serving pea and rice protein powder with 1 tbsp of nut butter to make your smoothie more of a meal.

 

Blend together and drink with gusto

Dry brushing

 

Dry Brushing Tips

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Dry Brushing Diagram

 

Detox Bundle

To make it easy for everyone, Calmglow created an Added Support Detox Bundle. In the bundle you will find Dead Sea Mineral Bath Salt, Dry Brush and Breathefree Oil. You can order the Detox Bundle directly from the Calmglow by clicking this link. Calmglow also recommends Pure Paleo Plus 14 day Detox.  

 

If you have any questions about other detoxification recommendations, immunity boosting recommendations or to make an appointment to discuss any recommended modification for your individual plan, call Calmglow at 209-247-9170.

To your health,

 

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

 

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Journal The Journey To Optimal Health: Mistakes and Surprises

 

I stated that my next step on this transformation journey was lab tests. I discovered that I was trying to leapfrog over my actual next step after completing the paperwork: my initial appointment.

 

Oops.

 

I know I am nervous about those lab tests. Is anyone else also a nervous nelly over needles? Mind you, I tell the kids that needles and shots are no big deal. While getting our flu shots, I paste my madonna smile on my face and reassure the kids that the shot is nothing to worry about.

 

Needles and Blood cause me concern

 

They have no idea needles make me anxious. Let’s not even discuss how I am at the sight of blood.

 

I have a reprieve from needles for the moment!

 

 

Telehealth Visit. Telehealth medical care. Being healthy

 

Telehealth Visit

So my initial visit will be a telehealth visit. I have never had a telehealth visit. I have attended countless numbers of Zoom meetings for business. I have had many a FaceTime conversations with friends and family. But I have never had a virtual medical visit.

 

Have you had a telehealth medical appointment? Share your telehealth experiences on the Calmglow Facebook page!

 

There are a number of things I will not miss about a typical medical visit: wearing a lovely paper gown and sitting on a paper covered table in an exam room. I do not own a scale, so I won’t be weighed (not sad about that at all!). 

 

I will let you know about the telehealth visit. Promise!

 

 

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Food, Fat and Being Non-Judgmental

 

One of my health goals is to lose a bunch of weight. I am not sure if the team at Calmglow would want me to track my diet, but I think it is a good idea. Before I can make any improvements, I need to know what my usual diet is. The good, the bad and the ugly.

 

I promised myself that I would start with tracking and being non-judgmental about what I am eating.

 

Then I listed everything I ate and saw the results.

 

Being non-judgmental is proving difficult.

 

Dang, I have no idea I was eating so many calories and so much fat. Had you asked me before I started tracking, I would have said I ate a pretty healthy diet. I love so many healthy foods: salmon, avocado, green protein shakes, salads, vegetables, fruit. Summer fruit. Is there anything better?!!

 

 

Food Chart Diet Plan Food Plan Healthy Food Tasty Food

 

 

Then I measured and weighed everything. 

 

Let’s start with my green protein shake. My morning protein shake has 2 cups of power greens. Something with 2 cups of power greens is beyond health. Right? The rest is almond milk, protein powder, oatmeal, and Greek yogurt. 

 

So healthy!

 

Also over 500 calories. 

 

Dang.

 

My lunch salad was the next meal put under a microscope (or should I say introduced to my new kitchen scale). Power greens, chicken breast, avocado, tomatoes, shredded cheese, carrots, cucumbers, and pumpkin seeds. One healthy meal! Just needs a little dressing to finish. 

 

Yikes! So many calories. Those may be healthy fats, but the number of fat grams surprised me.

 

I recently discovered a local rancher who has grass-fed and grass-finished beef. On the dinner menu was one of their incredible steaks, grilled and served with squashes sautéed with onions. Feeling most virtuous for foregoing my favorite side dish: a baked potato. 

 

Holy moley. My dinner was over 1000 calories!

 

 

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Food Chart: Calories and Macro Nutrients

 

Creating a spreadsheet to track your food, weighing and measuring everything, and looking up the calories, fats, proteins and carbs for each meal may not help everyone. But what I learned surprised me.

 

A day that started with a green protein shake, had a lunch salad and finished with just protein and non-starchy vegetables would be considered very healthy by most counts.

 

Except it wasn’t exactly healthy. Too much of a good thing is not good. The only reason I discovered this was because I examined the results of my data.

 

The numbers had a story to tell me. The trick now is to remain non-judgmental while I put my typical menus to the test. To capture what I am eating, what, when and why I am eating, without thinking poorly about myself. 

 

Have to figure out what my normal looks like so that I’ll know what needs tweaking to improve.

 

Thank you for sharing my journey with me. Email at supplements@calmglow.com or post on the Calmglow Facebook page if you are also starting your journey to optimal health. Share what have been your challenges. What has surprised you. Share your mistakes too if you would like!

Transformation Diet Transformation Personal Transformation

 

 

Your journey to optimal health may not have a weight loss component. Maybe you are transforming from someone who drags through the day to someone brimming with energy!

 

If you are further along the journey, email, or post to share your tips and knowledge gained! What does your transformation look like? Weight loss, more energy? Something else?

 

This week’s journey to optimal health was full of mistakes and surprises. Next week has a first: my telehealth visit.

 

The second week of my journey – having taken that first step of the transformation. I don’t see any improvement but I have faith that with the help from Calmglow incredible results will be seen in the future.

 

LP (In The Transformation Zone)

 

Journal The Journey To Optimal Health: Getting Started

 

Welcome to the journey to optimal health! I am LP, sharing the good, the bad & the ugly, from the decision to take control of my health to the vibrancy I know I will achieve after working together with Calmglow. 

 

A little about me: a 56-year-old gal, who has been trying to lose weight and get in shape since I was 13 years old! The years have raced by and aches and pains have moved in for the duration. The wisps of health concern need to be vanquished so as to not limit or shorten my life.

 

 

I plan to be one long-living, feisty old lady who leaves all of the kids in her dust. One of my burning desires is a terribly vain one: I want to look good in clothes. Most importantly, I want to see my children grow into incredible adults and enjoy my time with any future grandchildren with whom I am blessed.

 

Those are my whys for turning to Dianne Hinton and her team at Calmglow. What are your whys? How do you want to feel and look by next year? Do you desire to be an energetic senior citizen with me?

 

I volunteered to share this journey with you. I know that I am not alone in wanting to take control of my health while there is still time to do so. I promised Dianne that I would not hold back. I will share the whining and complaining from my inner 5-year-old (who LOVES her comfort food), reveal any resistance and reluctance to the changes recommended, the whisperings of that devil on my shoulder, and the giggles at the mistakes I make.

 

Talking about mistakes……..

 

The first step is to fill out the new patient paperwork. Easy, right? I look over the packet: history, symptoms questionnaire, consent for therapy, HIPPA, consent for hormone therapy. Oh, I am past menopause, no need to fill out the consent for hormone therapy.

 

Wrong!

Feisty women rule!
Who isn't stressed?

 

Jessica Santos explained that I am not the first person to focus solely on gender-specific hormones. But there are other hormones in our bodies that could be a concern. Say stress hormones (who isn’t stressed these days?!!).

 

Paperwork correctly filled out (which you now know means complete all of the documents sent and to make sure to fill it fully — they can’t help us if they don’t know everything! Remember, the good, the bad & the ugly is being addressed here!). I am waiting for the test to arrive in the mail – which is the next step.

 

 

 

 

There is one other matter in connection to getting started: cost. Calmglow does not bill health insurance. To be honest, the cost was a concern. I explored my options.

I discovered that while Calmglow does not bill insurance, they do provide an invoice with the correct billing codes that I can submit to my health insurance company. Also, if I want to use my HSA (health savings account) to make sure to call the office to order my supplements, not to order them via the website, so that an invoice can be provided. Additionally, Jessica or Dianne can write a prescription for the supplements needed with the diagnosis. 

 

Dianne also shared there is CARE credit, which has a low interest for 2 years plan.

 

 

 

 

 

Woman on a calculator figuring out the cost

 

Ultimately, I decided that it was time to invest in my health. How many decades have I spent in less than optimal health? How many decades do I have left on this earth? What has been the cost of being less than optimally healthy? What is it worth to not slide into one of the chronic diseases lurking in my future?

 

 

All things healthy living

While I wait for the arrival of the tests, I took my measurements (sigh). I do not have a scale, so I won’t track my weight change. Instead, I will take my weekly measurements. I will keep you up to date on my progress! 

 

I also started to track the food I eat normally. I am becoming a scientist! I am weighing and measuring everything and then recording the macronutrients: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, in addition to the calorie count.

Child examining a plant

 

Hey, did you know that the protein in the different types of yogurt varies widely?

 

 

Me neither!

 

 

I am looking forward to the small, painless diet improvement recommendations from Alex the Nutritionist. (Remember my inner 5-year-old who loves food? She is very suspicious of these coming diet improvements.)

 

 

I am guessing that I’ll probably have to start to think about some kind of exercise. I wonder what other aspects or habits I’ll need to work on so that I look great in clothing and feel awesome too.

 

 

Email at supplements@calmglow.com or post on the Calmglow Facebook page if you are also starting the journey to optimal health with me. Let me know what have been your challenges. If you are further along the journey, email or post to share your tips and knowledge gained!

 

 

Here I am at the start of my journey – at the inception of the transformation.

Thank you for joining me!

 

LP

Transformation Zone

 

Picture of LP's back and the start of her new day of health

 

U: The Center of Your Healthcare

 

 

What is the focus of modern medicine? 

 

Modern medical care is primarily focused on the treatment of diseases and acute care (emergency or urgent care). Do U have a broken leg? Were U in an automobile accident? Go to urgent care.

 

Urgent Care

 

 

Functional Medicine has a different focus: the patient. Patient-centered care requires a very important component: U and places U at the center of your healthcare. A functional medicine practitioner partners with U for your health.

 

 

Patient Centered

With U at the center of your healthcare, U are an active participant. Unlike a doctor visit where U receive a prescription to address your symptoms, U and your functional medicine practitioner will undercover the underlying causes of your maladies.

 

Chronic conditions are the common concerns which functional medicine practitioners address with their patients.

 

 

If U are facing a chronic condition, U want a functional medicine practitioner guiding you on your path toward health. In partnership with U, your functional medicine practitioner will unearth the root causes of your chronic condition. Once the causes are revealed, your unique plan will be created.

 

 

What does patient-centered care look like?

 

Patient-centered care starts with a medical symptoms questionnaire. Pretty standard, right? You’ll also complete form about your history: date of birth, prior surgeries (nothing unusual there), adequate sleep, fast food (we’re entering new territory with that question). Labs will be ordered for you. Once test results are received, you meet with Dianne Hinton or Jessica Santos and the uniqueness, which is U, begins to emerge.

 

 

U and Functional Medicine

During your session, your life journey is discussed, starting from the prenatal U.  Other aspects of your past and current life are addressed: where U live, what U do, how U live, how you feel, and more. You may wonder why the interest in such diverse aspects of your life.

 

A wide range of components created the U of today: your genetic makeup, the chemicals in your environment, the messages U received as a child, the preservatives and dyes you consumed, the toxins in your body, your molecular interactions, your physiology, your psyche, your emotions, your activity level, your diet, your interests, your stress levels, your relationships, and more.

 

Your path to vibrant health may involve lifestyle changes, removal of environmental toxins and internal toxins, new approaches to stress management, an examination of relationships, supplements, even learning new ways to breathe.

 

 

 

 

Together with your functional medicine practitioner,

U will create the changes which will allow your body

to heal. Our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal.

You will discover how to provide your body the macro and micronutrients that it needs to heal and thrive.

Stress management techniques that work will be

shared. Your deficiencies will be addressed and resolved.

 

 

We look forward to helping you traverse your journey of healing and your return to being your vibrant self.

 

To your health,

 

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

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Breaking Through the Wall and Seeking a Healthy New Normal?

 

Are you just over the world being turned on its ear? Disillusioned, confused and worried? Wondering who to trust with so much conflicting information about how to maneuver through this pandemic? 

 

Healthy strategies to handle the new normal are based on the foundation for overall well being: emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health. 

Emotional Health

 

Constant worries about an invisible enemy stalking your friends, family and you is exhausting.

 

The continuous need to make difficult decisions, such as the question on whether to send your children to school (assuming schools open in the Fall) is draining. The inability to hug your close friends and family is frustrating. How can you improve your emotional health in the midst of such assaults?

Stressed Woman
Picnic in the park
  • Invest time in positive relationships – have a physically distancing visits at a park (maybe even a picnic in the park!)
  • Call your best friend to let him or her know you love them

 

  • Do things which bring you joy (maybe something creative like painting rocks or silly like dancing in the living room to the tunes from your high school years)
  • Exercise (it can be extremely satisfying to hit a heavy bag, just a thought)
  • Keep a journal – write both what is upsetting you and for what you are grateful
  • Practice mediation – which can help you learn how to still the relentless noise in your mind

 

Physical Health

 

Has it been challenging to leave the comfort of the couch? Does the fridge whisper to you that treats await within?

Does your brain whirl at night when you should be sleeping? Diet and supplements, movement and sleep are the underpinning of your physical health. One being out of balance affects the other. 

 

Couch Potato Dog

Improve the amount and quality of your sleep by:

  • Prioritizing sleep (being in bed) for at least 7 hours a night
  • Creating a nightly ritual
  • Limiting caffeine in the day (from coffee, tea, soda and chocolate)
  • Establishing a meditation habit, which will help you learn how to still your racing thoughts
  • Making your bedroom a sleep haven (a dark, cool, cozy room without your device within)

 

Sleeping Baby and Puppy

Increase your odds of establishing the habit of moving during the day by:

 

2 people hula hooping

  • Finding physical activities you enjoy (gardening, walking the dog, hula hooping)
  • Working out with a buddy (can both take a virtual exercise class together!)
  • Hiring a personal training / a virtual personal trainer
  • Blocking out exercise time in your schedule and keep your date with yourself
  • Eliminating potential obstacles (such as laying your exercise clothing the night before)

 

You are what you eat. Supercharge your health by:

  • Filling your plate and snacking on a wide array of fruits and vegetables
  • Finding inspiration from health food Instagram accounts and trying new recipes
  • Drinking plenty of water (try various infused water, like cucumber mint or strawberry water)
  • Incorporating healthy fats, whole grains and lean proteins in your meal planning
  • Taking supplements to boost your overall health and immune system

 

A healthy plate of food
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Mental Health

 

How full is your cup today? Do you feel as though you are stretched to your limit? Is the relentless anxiety, overwhelm and fear wearing you down? Is healthy living possible when navigating dark times? How can you improve your mental health when dark thoughts, secret shame and undermining insecurities flood your mind?

  • Talk to a professional (via telehealth visits) about your pervasive worries and learn healthy coping strategies
  • Vent to a good friend about what is overwhelming you right now
  • Avoid toxic people / situations (which may mean limiting watching news programs)
  • Embrace your inner 5 year old and have a royal temper tantrum. Enjoy it to the max and then let it go.
  • Have compassion for yourself and others. The collective is simultaneously experiencing extreme stress. Be kind to all. 

 

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Spiritual Health

Spiritual Health

 

Spiritual health is achieved when you feel at peace with life, when you are able to find hope and comfort during dark times. Spiritual health helps you experience life completely. Spirituality is different for everyone. While not everyone believes in the existence of a deity, realizing that you are not the center of everything and focusing on the larger world or universe around you will enhance your spiritual health. Some of the benefits of spiritual wellness are obtaining clarity on self, happiness and purpose, deepened connections with others, experiencing more inner peace, and increasing your resilience.

You can improve your spiritual health by:

 

  • Meditating which allows you to be still with yourself, listening to the quiet voice within
  • Spending time in nature in quiet reflection and thought
  • Being creative, silly, joyful, and spending time exhaling and having fun
  • Performing random acts of kindness and listening with your heart
  • Radical self-care, eliminate toxic influences and relationships and respect the temple which is your body.
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The four cornerstones of your health are interwoven. One area being unbalanced will negatively impact the others. On the flip side, shoring up a neglected area will positively improve the whole of you. Focusing on the habits which will create a strong and healthy you will offer you the best chance to thrive during this pandemic.

 

To your health.
Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

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Thrive In Uncertain Times

In March 2020, governments responded to the rapidly spreading coronavirus by shutting down the world. Schools closed. Non-essential businesses locked their doors. Travel was restricted.

Essential workers (doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, police officers, postal workers, truck drivers) faced exposure while everyone else sheltered at home, either alone or with direct family.  Many workers were furloughed or lost their jobs as bars, restaurants, non-essential retail, hair salons, hotels, and more ceased operation. Others quickly learned the technology required to work remotely.

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Woman Working at Home with Kids around her

Many parents of school age children suddenly had to both work from home and homeschool their kids. Many parents have developed a new appreciation for their kids’ teachers!

 

Normal flies out the window and in its place is fear of getting a serious illness, working in a different way or unemployed in an uncertain economy, with children constantly under foot or being completely isolated.

Over the months, the number of cases and deaths have grown. Rapid opening leads to spikes in case, followed by spikes in deaths. 

 

Fear for our physical and economic health plagues us.

 

Can you say stressful?

Handling Emotional Stress

How did you handle the swirl of stress and emotions? Is a newly found passion for baking treats and enjoying those creations helping to sooth the anxiety (emotional eating to the rescue)? Since the gyms are closed, has exercise ceased (motivation to move disappeared)? Have you caught up on all of your favorite shows and discovered a number of new ones (couch potato time)?

 

Having an emotional temper tantrum is a reasonable response to these extraordinary circumstances. Eating without concern for calorie count or health helped many handle the relentless pressure. Cocooning on the couch compensated for the disappearance of their routine.  Watching amusing entertainment provided many the needed escape from the frightening daily reality.

Did emotional eating and other less than healthy coping methods help you to navigate these first few months of living in the middle of a pandemic? Now, over four months later, is the realization that this is our new normal dawning? The understanding is growing that our lives are not being upended for a short stretch, but instead we are in the middle of a marathon.

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Surviving (Maybe Even Thriving) Today

 

What do we need to do to survive living with this potentially deadly disease in our world and communities for the duration? 

Coronavirus Health Guidelines

Continue Following Health Guidelines

First step, we all need to follow the medical guidelines to wash our hands, wear masks in public and maintain a physical distance from each other to reduce the spread of this virus.

Dust Yourself Off

Second step, time to stop having an emotional temper tantrum and embrace a healthy response to the constant stress, unease, and uncertainty. Don’t strive for perfection or make “a chocolate will never pass these lips again” declaration. Time to pick yourself off the floor and move towards a healthier response.

Moving Matters

 

The goal here is a healthy balance. A funny comedy followed by a dance party in the living room. Want to feel better? Move it! Start or end the day with a gentle yoga routine and/or stretching and/or cardio and/or strength training. There are wonderful online yoga and exercise classes. Many gyms have created virtual exercise classes. Call your gym to see if they have online classes. 

Here are some resource to give you an idea of what can be found to help you get strong, flexible and in shape (let them know that Calmglow told you about them):

Moving Matters

A Little Zen

Moving your body helps release stress and other stress management techniques such as journaling, meditation, and taking a moment to breath deeply are great help towards reclaiming a healthier you. A moment of calm can even help you sleep. And with a solid night of sleep under your belt, you can handle so much more!

You Are What You Eat

 

Next we turn our attention to what’s cooking in the kitchen. After all, food is the foundation of our health.

 

Getting creative in the kitchen

One of the benefits of working remotely is that we have more time to spend in the kitchen creating tasty, healthy food. While many turned to experimenting with baking and desserts when the lockdowns began, let’s now challenge ourselves to make delicious, healthy, comfort food. The Mediterannan Diet is one of the healthier diets with an added benefit that it is not based on elimination of a category of foods, such as carbohydrates.

The Mediterranean diets incorporated the traditional foods enjoyed in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea: Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. While most are more familiar with the foods of France, Greece, Italy and Spain, there is inspiration to be found from each country: Morrocan Tagine, Turkish Chicken Kebab, Lebanonese shawarma bowls and more.

When you are planning your cooking adventure, think about adding a rainbow of color to your plate: red peppers, purple cabbage, orange sweet potato, green broccoli, and yellow squash.

You can make your diet more Mediterranean-style by:

 

  • eating the rainbow of color of fruits and vegetables (organic, if possible)
  • eating whole grains and legumes 
  • eating lean proteins (fish, chicken, plant-based)
  • eating less meat and dairy products
  • choosing healthy fats, such as olive oil and nuts

 

To enhance the flavor of your meals (and the fun of your culinary adventure), add fresh herbs and spices. A tip: before starting on this kitchen adventure, purge your spice cabinet of old spices. Spices lose their flavor as they age.

 

A tip: watch your portion sizes. Too much of even a good thing can undermine your efforts.

A Mediterranean Feast

 

You have finished with your emotional temper tantrum. You are shaking your tail feathers, finding zen moments in the midst of COVID chaos, and dining on delicious (maybe even homemade!) dishes. One more area to improve: the home in which you are sheltering-in-place.

 

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Make Your Home A Comfortable Nest!

Surround yourself with the objects that bring you happiness. Clear the clutter and the chaos. Play music that brings you joy or soothes your soul. Fill a vase with fresh flowers. Diffuse citrus, floral or spicy oils. Open the windows. Put a bowl of summer fruit on the kitchen table. Chill a pitcher of water with slices of cucumbers and mint to enjoy when the temperature rises. Toss a soft throw over the back of the sofa so you can wrap yourself in warmth on a cool morning. Place twinkle lights inside to enjoy once the sun sets.

 

Your home is your sanctuary and now you are spending more time there than usual. Make it a place you hate to leave.

Do not plan to change everything at once. Let go of your emotional temper tantrum. Make changes to bring balance back. Consistent, small steps create huge improvements. Create the health lifestyle that supports you during this new normal. 

 

To your health.

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

 

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4 Phases of COVID-19 Protection

 

As our communities start to open up and the shelter-in-place orders are modified, our risk of encountering and becoming infected with the coronavirus increases. In studying COVID-19, researchers have discovered that there are four phases for which distinct responses create the best outcome:

 

Prevention – support is focused on immune surveillance and reduction of baseline levels of inflammation, and to improve outcomes if the patient becomes infected.

 

Infection – support emphasizes immune activity against infection.

 

Escalating Infection – support is focused on anti-inflammatory measures.

 

Recovery – support is focused on resolving inflammation, inhibiting fibrosis and other forms of tissue damage, curtailing losses of function, and restoring and reoptimizing function.  A concern at this phase is that patients have been observed to relapse back into the escalation inflammation phase. It is essential for clinical surveillance to continue well into what may appear to be the Recovery Phase.

 

Cattleman riding the fences

 

Prevention

 

Just as a fence is placed around a pasture of cows to protect them from outside threats such as wolves and coyotes, our immune system is our defensive fence protecting us from outside invaders. Cattlemen ride their fences regularly to ensure that the first line of defense has no breaks, gaps or weaknesses. Calmglow helps patients uncover any weaknesses in their protective fence and to create a plan to reduce or eliminate those weaknesses.

 

Calmglow’s task during the prevention phase is to support our patients in anticipation of the possibility that they’ll contract the virus. This is accomplished by A) identifying and addressing ways to reduce baseline inflammation, and B) identifying and addressing deficiencies in key nutrients that are central to healthy, robust immune system activation. Calmglow orders full labs and work up for patients and uses the information obtained to address any disease, condition and/or inflammatory process which may encourage escalating COVID-19 viral disease processes.

Foundational Reinforcements For Our Defenses

These are the daily habits, healthy practices and foundational support which focus on anti-inflammatory and antiviral support and on strengthening our immune systems so that our bodies can mount the response needed to protect you should you become infected with the coronavirus.

Sleep – 8 to 9 hours of restful sleep nightly promotes an anti-inflammatory and antiviral state. If you are having a difficult time getting a restful night’s sleep, consider taking  Melatonin 3-10mg nightly, as needed.                        

Stress Reduction – persistent high stress levels are inflammatory and reduce the body’s immune function, measured by high or flat cortisol levels with elevations of epinephrine and norepinephrine (the stress hormones). Daily meditation helps to reduce stress. Try the “Calm” app. Call our office to discuss available adrenal support supplements.

 

Blood Sugar Control – Insulin resistance, obesity and sugar imbalances are associated with inflammation.

 

Anti-inflammatory Diet – improving diet by avoiding high fat (trans fats), fried, processed foods, chemical additives, and added sugar.  Eating a diet rich in nutrients has been shown to reduce inflammation. Consider a high quality nutrient dense diet that focuses on eating multicolored vegetables and fruits, rich in healthy fats (no beef or pork even if it is grass fed or naturally prepared).

 

Microbiome / Gut Bacteria Balance – Unbalanced of the GI microbiome bacteria has been shown to be a source of systemic inflammation and plays a symbiotic role with lung microbiome. Consider adding daily fiber (Herbulk 1-2 doses a day), diet rich in colorful vegetables and fruit, prebiotic foods, and daily probiotics. Of course, avoid cigarette/cigar/THC smoke and air pollution (may need a HEPA filter at work and home to keep the air cleaner).

 

Exercise – physical activity has long been known to be critical for proper function of all physiological systems. The right intensity is critical with moderate levels effective at lowering inflammatory markers, while high intensity does not.

 

Immune supportive vitamins and minerals – call our office to discuss available immune supportive vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Zinc, Vitamin C, Quercetin, and Fish Oil.

 

Identify and manage any on-going diseases  – if left uncontrolled they may increase your risk of driving you into the Escalating Inflammation Phase of COVID 19 disease process.

Virus around a man

 

Infection

As we shift from sheltering-in-place and are out in the community more, we most likely will come in contact with the coronavirus and despite practicing personal distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent hand washing, we could become infected with the virus. The focus for the early stage of the infection is on anti-inflammatory and antioxidant support and shoring up the components of immune system function that are essential to fight the infection. 

 

If you have a health complication such as asthma, COPD, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, you are at higher risk to have a severe infection due to having an inefficient and over burdened innate immune system. 

 

In addition to individuals with underlying health concerns, there is a correlation between viral load and severity of the resulting illness. Therefore, healthcare workers who have more exposure to the virus have a higher risk of developing a severe illness. 

 

The goal at this phase is to keep the infection from escalating into the more dangerous and potentially fatal phase. 

Garbage Truck

 

Our innate immune system employs defenders called macrophages. Macrophages are our body’s garbage trucks; they get rid of the trash. A macrophage has the ability to locate and ‘eat’ particles, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. One concerning aspect of coronavirus is that it delays activation of, and even kills, our macrophages before it can activate our adaptive immune response.

 

To counter the virus’ ability to undermine key immunity responses, at this phase our focus turns to the foot soldiers of our immune system and providing additional antioxidant support.

 

Two specific white blood cells,T helper type 1 (Th1) cells and Natural Killer cells (NK), play a key role in antiviral immunity. Th1 and NK support each other’s activation. T helper type 2 (TH2) cells may improve TH1 antiviral response by improving stress chemistry (cortisol and norepinephrine), sleep regulation, asthma, and GI tract inflammation. 

 

Glutathione (GSH) is an antioxidant in plants, animals, fungi, and some bacteria and archaea. Glutathione is capable of preventing damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen species such as free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides, and heavy metals. GSH and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) play particularly important roles in antioxidant support in COVID-19. GSH appears to play a key role in supporting both the immune surveillance and anti-oxidant/anti-inflammatory components of the strategy for addressing care for patients with COVID-19. 

 

In addition to continuing all of the Prevention phase recommendations, supplements which aid TH1 and NK cell support and NAC and GSH may be recommended. Call our office to discuss additional immunity support supplements such as Th1 support, Th 2 support, Baicalin-containing  botanical medicines, licorice root, Echinacea extracts and others. 

Escalating Infection

 

One of the complications caused by this phase of the infection is too much inflammation in the respiratory system which can prove to be fatal. A Chinese respiratory expert described COVID-19 as involving a “large amount of very sticky mucus in their small airways.”  The  goal of this phase is to help the patient stay away from manifesting the excessive inflammatory cytokine production and tissue destruction associated with sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and cardiovascular events. Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a type of respiratory failure characterized by rapid onset of widespread inflammation in the lungs. Symptoms include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, and bluish skin coloration. Natural approaches here are supportive, not primary. The unfolding disease process can escalate rapidly.

 

Natural anti-inflammatory supports are:

 

  • Potassium – maintain a balanced blood potassium level (do not take extra potassium unless directed to do so by your practitioner).
  • Turmeric  – which has documented antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is found in Curcum-Evail.
  • Resveratrol – which has been documented to reduce inflammation. Resveratrol is in Phytomulti and should be taken twice a day.
  • Quercitin – a plant pigment (flavonoid) is found in many plants and foods, such as red wine, onions, green tea, apples, berries, Ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort, American elder, and others. Quercetin has low bioavailability and therefore requires special formulations to achieve clinically effective blood levels. We suggest a product called D-Hist 1, take a capsule twice daily.
  • Boswellia – efficacy of bromelain in reducing inflammation and inflammatory diseases has been documented in many studies. 
  • Sulforaphane – a plant extract (obtained from cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage) known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. 

 

Call our office for more information about the natural supports which are anti-inflammatory and which boost your immune system.

Recovery

This virus does not leave easily. Many people who were believed to have recovered from the worst of the disease have relapsed back to the escalating infection phase. Many of those who relapsed subsequently died from complications of this virus.

 

Continued care and continuing to support your immune system while in the recovery phase is essential.

 

Note: not all supplements should be taken by someone with hypertension and other health concerns. Safety and dosing of any recommended supplements have not been evaluated for pregnant women. 

 

Although there is much to be learned about COVID-19 virus, substantial knowledge of the immune system and clinical tools that support the immune function and help to prevent and treat this escalating viral disease exist. Each of the supplements recommended have their own specific concerns when mixed with other pharmaceutical drugs that you may be taking. Do not embark on use of these supplements without discussing your health condition and other medications with Calmglow. 

 

While avoiding becoming infected by this virus is everyone’s goal, it would be foolish not to be prepared. Before leaving the safety of sheltering-in-place and widely venturing into the community, call our office to schedule an appointment to discuss how you can best boost your immune system.

 

At some point in the future, this virus will be in our rearview mirror (be it due to a vaccine or acquired immunity). Until we reach that point, let’s best arm our immune system to defeat COVID-19.

 

To your health.

 

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

 

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5 Lifestyle Pillars For A Vibrant Life

 

With the news and social media feeds filled with stories of mounting cases of COVID-19 and staggering numbers of daily deaths caused by this virus, feelings of fear and dread are a reasonable response. To combat the paralysis of overwhelm and despair, arm yourself with the knowledge to improve your immune system and overall health, and implement the 5 lifestyle pillars for a vibrant life.

In an earlier blog, we focused on the recommended supplements that could help most everyone boost their immune system and which could help prevent becoming infected and could lessen the severity of the disease.

 

This blog will focus on how to take charge of your health by focusing on improving these 5 lifestyle pillars.

 

Bag of Groceries

Nutrition:

As Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote in 1826 in Physiologie du Gout, ou Méditations de Gastronomie Transcendante: “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” [Translation: Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.]

 

The modern saying is: “You are what you eat.” So what should you eat to support a vibrant life and to boost your immune system?

Fruits and Vegetables

Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. The colors of the food rainbow are red, purple/blue, orange, green, and white/brown. The reason to eat the variety of colors is because each color has its own unique disease fighting properties.  Each day have 9-13 servings of a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables to obtain a wide array of phytonutrients to boost gut microbiome.

Fruits and Vegetables at a market
Beans and Whole Grains - Fiber

Dietary Fiber

Years ago, many a grandmother advised her grandchildren to eat more roughage. Roughage is what we call fiber, the indigestible part of plant food, the soluble and insoluble fiber. Those grandmothers were wise women. A high-fiber diet has many benefits: helps maintain bowel health and normalizes bowel movements, lowers cholesterol levels, helps control blood sugar levels, and helps maintain a healthy-weight. Consume a minimum of 28-35 grains of fiber daily, preferably from whole foods.

Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria that provide health benefits when consumed in adequate numbers.There are two ways to get more good bacteria into your gut: fermented foods and dietary supplements. The most common fermented foods that naturally contain probiotics, or have probiotics added to them, include yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, miso, tempeh, kimchi, sourdough bread and some cheeses. Probiotics can help balance the friendly bacteria in your digestive system, prevent diarrhea, boost your immune system and reduce belly fat.

Probiotic Food

 

In addition to eating a rainbow of color fruits and vegetables, high fiber foods and probiotics, avoid foods high in saturated fat, added sugars and salt, which are known to negatively impact your immune system.

 

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Stress Reduction and Stress Management

Even before our lives were upended from COVID-19, many Americans reported living with moderate to high levels of stress on a regular basis.  While stress may be unavoidable, it can be managed. Small changes in your responses to stress can improve your resilience. When you find your shoulders up at your ears and your jaws clench, lower your shoulders, loosen your jaw and try one (or all!) of these stress reducers:

 

  • Take deep breaths, center yourself and visualize yourself somewhere which brings you joy (a mountain meadow, a window overlooking the beach or an amusement park).
  • Take a walk outside or put on fun music and dance. 
  • Grab a piece of paper and write down something for which you are grateful.
  • Pause and consider if this is something you will even remember five years from now. 
  • Call a friend and catch up.
  • Do something creative (write, draw, knit, cook, color).
  • Watch a funny movie and laugh without restraint. 

 

Figure sleeping

 

Sleep:

Deep, restful sleep for seven to eight hours daily is extremely important for optimal health. Sleep is as essential as food and water for survival. During sleep your brain stores new information and your body repairs your cells (that’s why it is called beauty sleep!). 

 

Practice good sleep hygiene: keep a regular sleep schedule, turn off all screens (phones, TVs, etc.) and keep devices out of your bedroom while sleeping, and make sure your room is a cool, quiet and dark place.

 

Figures depicting various exercises

 

Exercise:

 

Our bodies are designed to move, not sit at a desk all day and on the couch all night. Figure out what you enjoy doing from running miles to walking blocks to swimming in the ocean or backyard pool to having a dance party with your kids to weeding and planting in your garden. If you enjoy the activity you’re most likely to spend time doing it! A wide variety of exercise options can be found on the internet. Try something different: yoga, pilates, zumba, or crossfit.

 

Image depicting various types of social connection

Social Connection:

Humans are social creatures. While we may be physically distancing right now, we need to still have social connections. Have fun with those sheltering in place under your roof. Walk around the block and wave at neighbors (while maintaining a safe distance). Visit those who are isolated at home by talking through a window so as to keep a safe distance. 

 

Think of other ways you can use technology to maintain human connection during this time of social distancing. While social media can help keep tabs on friends, make an effort to also call friends and family. Set up a Zoom happy hour with your bookclub. Arrange a video conference with far flung family members for a visit. Play multiplayer video games with friends from near and far. 

 

A vibrant life is built on a foundation of these 5 lifestyle pillars. Dial in your diet, stress, sleep, exercise and social connections and you will be on the path to optimal health and wellness.

 

To your health.

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

 

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Calmglow Office Opening May 11, 2020

 

In light of the news from Governor Newsome regarding modifications of the stay at home order, Calmglow offices will be open on May 11, 2020 to see patients in the office.

 

In addition to in-person office visits, Calmglow will continue to offer virtual telehealth visits. To quote Governor Newsom, “COVID-19 will be present in our communities until there is a vaccine or therapeutic, and it will be up to all of us to change our behavior and eliminate opportunities for the disease to spread.” We understand that, at this time, being able to obtain healthcare from the safety of our homes is the best option for many people.

 

In following the guidelines regarding reopening safely, Calmglow has established the following protocols for in person office visits:

 

  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19 recently or are experiencing any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, please stay home and call our office to schedule a virtual telehealth visit.

 

  • Everyone is required to wear masks while in the Calmglow offices (patients and Calmglow staff).

 

  • Practice physical distancing of 6 feet from others within the Calmglow office.

 

  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout Calmglow’s offices and we recommend all to use it frequently while visiting.

 

Calmglow’s offices are thoroughly disinfected and an enhanced disinfection protocol is in place.

 

Calmglow’s virtual telehealth rates remain unchanged. Below are Calmglow’s rates:

 

New patient initial telehealth visit

$245

New patient initial in-person visit

$305

Established patient telehealth 1-hour visit

$195

Established patient in-person 1-hour visit

$245

Established patient telehealth 45-minute visit

$170

Established patient in-person 45-minute visit

$220

Established patient telehealth 30-minute visit

$140

Established patient in-person 30-minute visit

$190

 

Supplements and test kits prices remain unchanged.

 

We at Calmglow are here to support our patients’ health and wellbeing during this time and beyond. Please call our office at (209) 247-9170 if you have any questions or to schedule a virtual telehealth or in person appointment.

 

To your health.

 

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

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What can I do to Prevent and Reduce the Severity of COVID-19?

First take a deep breath, then consider your overall stress level and relative health… ask yourself “Am I a healthy person?” Be honest. Know that there are preventative measures for all levels of health. There is something for everyone… at all levels of health.

 

In the April 7, 2020 newsletter, The Institute of Functional Medicine states: “At this time, there are no specific vaccines or uniformly successful treatments for COVID-19. In this context of insufficient evidence, the scope of this document will be to assess the scientific possibility of promising prevention approaches and therapeutic (nutraceutical and botanical) interventions and then to offer clinical recommendations.” 

 

In addition to the recommended lifestyle habits to keep you safe during our current pandemic, such as washing your hands for 20 seconds, based on recent research, Calmglow and the Institute of Functional Medicine recommends considering some of the following supplements to help to boost your immune system and which may reduce the severity and duration of acute symptoms and complications of COVID-19.

 

While all of these supplements would be helpful, please call Calmglow at 209-247-9170 and talk to Tammy or Yadi for an appointment with Dianne to discuss your unique needs.

 

Quercetin

 

Quercetin is found in many plants and foods, such as red wine, onions, green tea, apples, berries, Ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort, American elder, and others. The reason it is being recommended is because quercetin has been shown to have antiviral effects and the inhibition of viral replication. Suggested dosage is 500 mg twice a day. Sinuplex, offering healthy respiratory support, contains quercetin.

Sinuplex which contains Quercetin
Curcum-Evail

 

Curcumin

 

Curcumin, found in turmeric,  has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Early research indicates that it can target the COVID-19 main protease to reduce viral replication. Suggested dosage is 500-1000 mg twice a day (of absorption-enhancedcurcumin).

 

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) (green tea)

 

EGCG provides numerous health benefits, including reduced inflammation, weight loss, and improved heart and brain health. Recent research indicates EGCG potentially targeting the COVID-19 main protease to reduce viral replication, and has also been shown to prevent influenza in healthcare workers. The suggested dosage is 4 cups or 225 mg daily.

Cup of Green Tea
NAC Supplement

 

N-acetylcysteine (NAC)

 

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a medication that is used to loosen thick mucus, among other uses. It is on theWorld Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the safest and most effective medicines. As noted by the Institute for Functional Medicine, In a little-noticed six-month controlled clinical study enrolling 262 primarily elderly subjects, those receiving 600 mgNACtwice daily, as opposed to those receiving placebo, experienced significantly fewer influenza-like episodes and days of bed confinement. The suggested dosage is 600-900 mg twice daily.

Melatonin

 

Melatonin is a hormone that regulates the sleep–wake cycle. As a supplement, it is often used for the short-term treatment of trouble sleeping such as from jet lag or shift work. As noted by the Institute of Functional Medicine, melatonin has been shown to have an inhibitory effect on the NLRP3 inflammasome.[94] This has not gone unnoticed by the COVID-19 research community, with two recent published papers proposing the use of melatoninas a therapeutic agent in the treatment of patients with COVID-19. The suggested dosage is 5-20 mg daily, at bedtime.

Melatonin
Vitamin D

 

 

Vitamin D

 

Vitamin D has many roles in the body from promoting healthy bones and teeth to supporting lung function and nervous system health. Evidence suggestsvitamin Dsupplementation may prevent upper respiratory infections. The suggested dosage is 5,000 IU daily.

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Resveratrol

Resveratrol is in the skin of red grapes and found in peanuts and berries. According to the Institute of Functional Medicine, it shows many beneficial health effects; has been shown to modulate the NLRP3 inflammasome; and was shown to have in vitro activity against MERS-CoV. The suggested dosage is 100-150 mg daily. This can be found in our Phytomulti (high ORAC value multivitamin with a greens mixture).

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is found in foods such as carrots, beef liver, spinach, sweet potatoes and broccoli. It has a vital role in healthy vision, growth and development, and immune function. Vitamin A has demonstrated a therapeutic effect in the treatment of various infectious diseases. The suggested dosage is 10,000-25,000 IU daily. This can be found in our Phytomulti (high ORAC value multivitamin with a greens mixture).

Elderberry

 

Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world and has widespread historical use as an anti-viral herb. The suggested dosage is 500 mg daily.

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Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA)

 

According to the Institute of Functional Medicine, PEA is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory palmitic acid derivative that interfaces with the endocannabinoid system. There was a significantly favorable outcome in five of six double blind placebo-controlled trials looking at acute respiratory disease due to influenza. The suggested dosage is 300 mg twice a day to prevent infection, and 600 mg three times a day for two weeks to treat infection.

 

Vitamin C

 

Vitamin C contributes to immune defense. Supplementation with vitamin C appears to be able to both prevent and treat respiratory and systemic infections. Vitamin C has been used in hospital ICUs to treat COVID-19 infection. The suggested dosage is 1-3 grams daily.

Potent-C Vitamin C
Zinc

 

Zinc

 

According to the Institute of Functional Medicine, zinc contributes to immune defense. There is also evidence that it suppresses viral attachment and replication. Supplementation with zinc is supported by evidence that it both prevents viral infections and reduces their severity and duration. Moreover, zinc has been shown to reduce the risk of lower respiratory infection, which may be of particular significance in the context of COVID-19. The suggested dosage is a total of 30–60 mg daily, taken throughout the day.

If you are pregnant, have an autoimmune disease, or take prescription medication, please talk with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.

The above supplements help to boost your immune system. In addition, some also reduce viral growth and reduce symptoms. 

To your health.

 

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

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