4 ways to support the biological terrain

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A balanced terrain is extremely important to health but it is almost always overlooked. The terrain is your body's internal garden. It includes your gut microbiome, pH balance, nutritional profile, hydration and detoxification systems. If you are familiar with gardening then this approach will make sense to you. If you are trying to grow a healthy garden, you must first create the right environment. You need clean, toxin-free soil, fresh water, and minerals. You will also need to balance the pH of the soil to the preference of the plants. When you have met these basic needs the garden will grow abundantly! The same is true for the body when the terrain is balanced the body will strive for health! 

4 ways to support the biological terrain include:

  1. Eat an abundance of green vegetables to support a more alkaline environment.
  2. Drink at least 2 liters of water each day
  3. Take a high quality probiotic to balance the microbiota in your gut. A spore based probiotic like Lactobacillus Sporogenescan create a gut environment where other beneficial microbiota thrive. 
  4. The lymphatic system removes waste products and transports immune cells around the body. Get your lymphatics flowing through light massage, stretching or physical activity. 

Deeper support can be achieved by enhancing you elimination pathways using herbal medicines and lymphatic drainage therapies. Bioresonance therapy can help stimulate the energetic capacity of the body. Ask Dr. Jeffery about elimination support and bioresonance therapy during a regular visit

Gluten-Free Almond Flour Crackers Recipe

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When you are on a gluten-free, low carbohydrate diet, sometimes you miss the familiar savory taste of a cracker. There are many options! I just tried this recipe and it turned out well. 

Recipe

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups almond flour, blanched or raw, finely ground*
  • *Finely ground (rather than coarse-ground) blanched almond flour makes the crispiest crackers.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Whisk together the egg, salt, pepper, and any additional spices or add-ins (see "tips," below.)
  3. Add the almond flour, stirring to make a cohesive dough.
  4. Place the dough onto a sheet of parchment, or a piece of plastic wrap. Pat it out with your hands, and top with an additional piece of parchment or plastic wrap. Roll the dough out to about 1/8" thickness; it should be about 10" x 12", or larger.
  5. Remove the top paper, and use a pizza wheel or knife to cut 1" squares. Move the cut crackers, along with their parchment, to the baking sheet. If you've used plastic wrap, spray the pan with non-stick baking spray, and transfer the crackers from the plastic to the pan.
  6. Bake the crackers for 14 to 16 minutes, until they're light golden brown. The crackers around the perimeter will tend to brown more quickly, so transfer those to a cooling rack and return the pan to the oven to finish baking the remaining center crackers.
  7. Cool the crackers completely before transferring them to an airtight bag for room-temperature storage.

New research on the use of a very low carbohydrate diet for diabetes treatment

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In a recent study, it was found that a very low carbohydrate (ketogenic) diet dramatically improved blood sugar makers and reduced medication use. After 1-year of following participants, the researchers found:

  • Significant weight loss
  • A reduced hemoglobin A1C, the marker of blood sugar regulation.
  • 94% reduced blood sugar medications 
  • Liver health improved 
  • The diet was well tolerated.

These are exciting findings and reveal that diet really can be medicine! 

Clinic Classes

We want to teach our community to how to maintain and optimize their health. So I have decided to add clinic classes to Perceptive Health! I have created 2 classes (The Bio-Ketosis Diet and The Restoring Digestion Class) that start next week with more to come soon. We are also in the works of creating some innovative clinic programs too. To register see our online scheduling system or call 250 286 2655. 

The Ketogenic Diet: A case review

The ketogenic diet has recently become very popular. Following a diet high in healthy fats you push  your metabolism from primarily burning sugar for energy to fats. It may be useful for energy support, weight managment, diabetes and memory. 

I recently worked with a 35-year-old female. She is a full-time mom and had been experiencing low energy and trying to lose weight. Even though she had lost some weight with an intensive exercise routine she was stuck and not having any further progress. At the end of the day, she was burnt out. When I checked her labs, they all came back normal so we decided to try the ketogenic diet to switch her metabolism into a fat buring state. Her nutritional plan contained a formulated probiotic researched for weight control and key nutrients to support the transition into ketosis. I also used gentle remedies to support lymphatic drainage and her internal ecosystem. Additionally, we boosted her plant intake greatly. After 3 days of our ketosis program, she had immensely increased her energy levels with no mid-afternoon crashes that she had previously experienced. After one week she also saw progress with her weight loss goals and is down 5lbs and continues to get closer to her weight management goal. She also reported to me that she has reduced food cravings and more mental alertness since beginning the protocol. Another surprise benefit for her was a reduction in her chronic back pain that began after pregnancy. 
 

A ketogenic diet is actually a plant based diet

A ketogenic diet can definitely be a amazing way to increase energy. With a ketogenic diet the majority of calories come from healthy fats. Many people assume that it's low in vegetables. That said, fats have much more calories then vegetables. In terms of calories you are getting most of you energy from fats but by volume it's mostly a plant based diet! When preparing a keto meal start with veggies then add the fat. About 75% of your plate should be plant based foods. So go ahead, eat all the colors of the rainbow and keep out the high glycemic vegetables.  There are many awesome vegan recipes you can use to build your keto meals.