Thursday, January 28, 2021

Do you think it's just you getting older?



I'm debunking the myth that decline is just a part of getting older once and for all time!

This one will be a long one. In The 30 Day Kickstart Program we cover this material over a few days, it is that important y’all!

 

Let me drop some science:

If you have ever been to one of our retreats or heard me speak you will have heard me talking about how inflammation is responsible for about 80% of chronic conditions that people consider just a natural part of aging. If you know me pretty well, then you know that even though I tend to have a spirit based approach to health, having been a research scientist, I always want to see the research. When it comes to health claims, count me in the cynical category!

 

Well, there is research that confirms that decline is not just a part of aging, this research pinpoints a molecule called NFkB found inside cells. NFkB is responsible for telling our cells to start the inflammatory process. This is great if there is an invader that needs to be taken care of, but, inflammation that goes unchecked will eventually become chronic and can lead to a variety of diseases. So here is the very very very short version of what's going on inside the cell:

 

NFkB ----->

 

Activates COX 2----->

 

Which stimulates the production of prostaglandins ------>

 

That cause inflammation which may lead to ---->

 

PAIN and trigger DISEASE processes. 

 

What increases its actions?

 

Lots of things can activate NFkB! One key activator is free radicals. Pollution, radiation, certain types of smoke (e.g. cigarettes,) and some chemicals such as those used in agriculture as well as even some of the foods we eat may increase exposure to free radicals.

 

What diseases are associated with increased NFkB?

 

Research shows that some NFkB associated diseases include: Cancer, atherosclerosis, asthma, hepatitis, diabetes, inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases, inflammatory arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory kidney diseases such as glomerulonephritis, other autoimmune conditions etc.

 

What can help?

 

Keeping free radicals in check and suppressing the action of NFkB may help prevent and even may slow the course of many chronic inflammatory illnesses

 

- NSAIDS, COX 2 inhibitors and steroids have been shown in some studies to reduce the expression of NFkB and as a result reduce inflammation. This is great news, the only problem is that there are significant side effects associated with these drugs especially with long term use! Soooo don't want to go that route. What other options do we have?

 

A more natural approach has fewer side effects and is also effective for keeping NFkB under control:

 

- Increasing intake of fruits and vegetables (As many as 12 servings per day. I know this sounds like a lot but it's not really. Servings are smaller than you think and are easy to fit into your day...but that's another discussion for another day :)

 

- Potent natural antioxidants such as pycnogenol, polyphenols, resveratrol, vitamins C and E, curcumin, ginger, lipoic acid, coenzyme Q 10 to name a few.

 

- In addition to increasing fruits, vegetables and natural antioxidants in the diet, adopting what's called an anti-inflammatory lifestyle plan has also been proven to be very effective at keeping certain inflammatory conditions under control. We'll talk a bit more about anti inflammatory foods. I know you are looking forward to that part!

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*Disclaimer: Please remember that it's impossible for me to diagnose you and treat you just by you reading one of my articles, books or from a challenge! I'm superwoman it's true, but even that is beyond my capabilities. So before you engage in any health and wellness activities, do consult your healthcare provider. Please know that we are happy to address your personal concerns, just call us in office (860-589-1491) to schedule your personal consultation; and thanks ever so much for reading. We appreciate you.


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Have you really thought about your health?

 Last time we chatted about: "How you've lived your life so far."


Today, let us ponder the same question but from a different perspective. It's interesting that many of us internalize our current health challenges as a permanent part of us. If you resonate with this you are not alone. Most people are. I used to be the same way, I probably still do it occasionally when I'm having a not so great day! ;) 


I used to say things like: "MY autoimmune disorder," or "I have a hard time losing weight." What I found interesting in its simplicity is that shifting the way I would talk about the disorder I used to suffer from, changed the way I felt about it. That was one of the first steps for me on my road to recovery.


Thoughts matter, thoughts have some power. I'm not saying that sitting thinking "I'm perfectly healthy" while doing something that my body has clearly rebelled against is a good idea. Trust me, kids, don't try that at home. What I'm saying is that excluding the mind from efforts to heal the body can only garner temporary or reduced results. 


So starting today and for the rest of our time together, let's think about our health in the most positive way that we can (under the circumstances.)


Want to continue this? There is a short worksheet that helps you explore how you have been living your life so far and what your next steps could be.


Here's the link to join our 7 Day LaunchPad to Optimal You!


CLICK HERE



*Disclaimer: Please remember that it's impossible for me to diagnose you and treat you just by you reading one of my articles, books or from a challenge! I'm superwoman it's true, but even that is beyond my capabilities. So before you engage in any health and wellness activities, do consult your healthcare provider. Please know that we are happy to address your personal concerns, just call us in office (860-589-1491) to schedule your personal consultation; and thanks ever so much for reading. We appreciate you

Monday, January 11, 2021

Could your past be affecting your future health?

One of my favorite mentors, a physician and teacher of functional medicine, always says that the health of about 80% of people is as a result of three things:


A) How you've lived your life so far

B) Your genes

C) Your gut and natural flora


So I've got to ask you: 


  • How you've lived your life so far?

  • How is that impacting your health today?


I invite you to give this some serious consideration! To help with that, I've created a little questionnaire.

Click here for today's worksheet.


Go ahead and fill it in. This is not one of those clickbait quizzes. I will go through each of these personally and email you your results. Ok?





And the invitation to join the 7 day Launchpad is still open to you.


Click here for the: 7 day launchpad to optimal you!


Regards in health,

Dr. Davia H. Shepherd
Power-Transformations.com


*Disclaimer: Please remember that it's impossible for me to diagnose you and treat you just by you reading one of my articles, books or from a challenge! I'm superwoman it's true, but even that is beyond my capabilities. So before you engage in any health and wellness activities, do consult your healthcare provider. Please know that we are happy to address your personal concerns, just call us in office (860-589-1491) to schedule your personal consultation; and thanks ever so much for reading. We appreciate you

Thursday, January 7, 2021

What could you change in your health in the next 7 days?


I know that the last year was truly challenging in so many ways. I just wanted to reach out to remind you that it is January 7th but not too late. 

No matter how old you are, no matter where you are in life, it’s not too late to live the best version of your health that you can, here and now. 

So take a moment, close your eyes if you can, and think about this: If your health was ideal, if you could wave a magic wand and change everything in a snap; what does the picture of your ideal health look like?


I've been talking to a lot of patients about this sort of thing recently. They have been saying things like: 

 

"With the pandemic I've gotten out of my routine, and I just need to get back on track." 

 

or 

 

"I'm just sick and tired of being sick and tired."

 

Is this sounding like you? If it is, you are not alone. Often we feel alone in our trials. I'm here to tell you that it is not just you, you are not alone and you may have options that you never even thought about. 

I am GIFTING you a free KICK IN THE PANTS: 
"7 day launch pad to optimal you."

Ok I'll be honest; it’s not a diet or a challenge. If you are like me then I know you don't respond well to those things either :) Instead it is an introduction to a totally different way of approaching your wellness.

If you are ready to step fully into a version of you that is healthier, happier and living life more vibrantly with less overwhelm and more energy then 
click here and let’s get started.

 

 


 

Over the next 7 days we are going to focus on the foundations of optimal health. You will have the opportunity to determine your optimal health and develop simple strategies for implementation. As a result you will feel excited about the possibilities as you take action. But wait, there's more! After your 7 days, we can talk about your personal transformation.

Let me tell you about one of our patient's, we'll call her Sarah. By the time Sarah came in she had gained significant weight and had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. She was overwhelmed, overtired and over it! She truly felt as though her diagnosis was something she was going to have to live with forever and she came in because someone told her about me, about how I had suffered similarly and had come out on the other side.

Sarah figured, might as well give it a chance. She had a problem. She truly wanted to and was committed to changing. But... I think she truly turned the corner when she surrendered to the idea that there is a different way to approach health. Last time I saw her, she didn't have an appointment, just stopped in to say hi. She looks and feels great and basically wanted to say thank you.

There are so many stories that I can share, I'd love to share your story too someday soon. If you are ready to change the status quo and think about health a different way, then I'm ready too. Let’s do this together. 

CLICK HERE

 

Regards in Health,

 

Dr. Davia H. Shepherd

Power-Transformations.com