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I Need Help With My Allergies!

It's that time of year again! The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and well...you're sneezing your head off.  That's right.  Seasonal Allergies.  Or maybe you've been suffering from year-round allergies?  Either way...not being able to breathe has put a damper on enjoying those beautiful blooms.

What if I told you there's a solution?  A solution that's based on allergies that are unique to you.  Yup.  All it takes is a simple blood test, a prescription formulated with your allergies and you can be on your way to sniffing those Sequoias in no time.  This therapy is called Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) in which you take drops sublingually, (fancy word for under your tongue) to help desensitize you to your surrounding allergens.  So, instead of multiple painful allergy shots,  you can administer daily sprays under your tongue. 

Immunotherapy is widely used by doctors because it treats the underlying cause of allergic reactions instead of temporarily alleviating symptoms like an over the counter pill may do. Immunotherapy is designed to gradually desensitize the immune system to specific allergens that show up on your blood test.

How does Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) work?

You will receive small doses of specific allergens (based on your lab work) not enough to actually cause a full-blown allergic reaction, but enough to desensitize your body and build up a tolerance.  Immunotherapy can potentially lead to remission of allergy symptoms, even after discontinuing treatment.  Some patient's feel relief as early as one week into treatment, whereas others may take some more time to build up the treatment.   Treatment is typically administered for 1-2 years based on allergies. 

Why Can't I Just Take an Anti-Histamine For My Allergies?

Allergy medications such as anti-histamines and corticosteroids are designed to provide momentary relief while suppressing allergy symptoms. As soon as you stop taking the pill, it stops working. Unfortunately, you as an allergy and/ or asthma sufferer will require these medications for the rest of your life to enjoy relief from symptoms.  SLIT therapy targets your own immune system to help build up a tolerance and relieve your from symptoms.

Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) provides a practical alternative to traditional allergy treatment options like antihistamines and corticosteroids. SLIT is super easy to administer and yields long-lasting results. It can also reduce the amount of medications the patient must take over time.  What are you waiting for??

Skin, A Naturopathic Clinic is located in Encinitas, CA.  The Naturopathic Doctors look forward to working with you to look and feel your best!

This article is not intended to provide a health diagnosis, treat a medical condition, or provide medical advice.  All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes.  Please consult your doctor or a qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well-being or on any opinions expressed within this blog.

 

 

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The Most Important Male Mineral You May Have Forgotten About!

That's right! We're talking about Zinc! The forgotten trace mineral that is responsible for over 200 enzymatic reactions in the body.  Some of our favorite things zinc does?  Zinc is responsible for sperm production and testosterone metabolism.  That's right men.  Experiencing infertility?  Zinc increases sperm count and motility.  Zinc is also awesome for for the skin!  Zinc helps to speed up wound healing and decreases acne.   Not to mention zinc also helps to boost the immune system from it's anti-viral and anti-oxidant activity.  Zinc is a super star!

How the heck do you know if you're deficient in zinc?  Let's look at those fingernails.  See any white spots? Hangnails?  Poor wound healing around the fingernail beds?  You may be deficient in zinc.  How smart is our body??

So how much zinc are you supposed to take? The recommended doses are as follows:

Zinc dosing:

infants: 2-3 mg/day

Children: 3-5 mg/ day

Adults: Men- 8-11 mg/day Women- 8-9 mg/day

Pregnant- 11-12mg/ day

Lactating mothers: 12-13 mg/ day

Therapeutic dosing: 15-150mg/ day. 

Remember, you may experience nausea/ vomiting if you take zinc on an empty stomach.  If taking more than 50mg/ day you may need to supplement with copper as high dose zinc can cause a copper deficiency.  Check out the Holistic Health Hackers section for our video on Zinc!

Skin, A Naturopathic Clinic is located in Encinitas, CA.  The Naturopathic Doctors look forward to working with you to optimize your health!

This article is not intended to provide a health diagnosis, treat a medical condition, or provide medical advice.  All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes.  Please consult your doctor or a qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well-being or on any opinions expressed within this blog.

 

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Are You Taking Enough Vitamin C?

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Are You Taking Enough Vitamin C?

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Ok, so cold and flu season is upon us and you may be reaching for the Vitamin C, but did you know the dosing of Vitamin C matters?

Also, did you know humans are not able to synthesize their own Vitamin C?? (along with goats and monkeys) So it's really important to have sources of Vitamin C in your diet!

How will you know if you're deficient in Vitamin C? Some symptoms may include weakness, bleeding gums, joint and muscle aches or leg rashes.  You can also test your blood via a micronutrient panel.

Let's review what Vitamin C is good for.  Vitamin C helps to repair and regenerate tissue, aids in the absorption of iron, increases collagen, quenches free radicals- due to it's anti-oxidative nature and of course is a good anti-viral.  

When using this super vitamin to boost the immune system, we like to suggest as least 3-5grams (that's 3,000-5,000mg) of Vitamin C/ day.  If you do happen to experience loose stool, just back down the dose a bit.  You'll also want to make sure to check with your doctor on this dosing if you're on any type of blood thinners such a Coumadin or Warfarin.

Click here to check out the Holistic Health Hackers video on Vitamin C!

Skin, A Naturopathic Clinic is located in Encinitas, CA.  The Naturopathic Doctors look forward to working with you to optimize your health!

This article is not intended to provide a health diagnosis, treat a medical condition, or provide medical advice.  All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes.  Please consult your doctor or a qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well-being or on any opinions expressed within this blog.

 

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Are you deficient in any nutrients? Now you can find out!

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Are you deficient in any nutrients? Now you can find out!

Nutritional balance is so important in staying healthy.  Wouldn't you like to know exactly what your nutritional profile looks like?

Here's a couple of questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you find yourself lacking energy, feeling stressed or maybe a little depressed?

  • Do you have digestive difficulties and wonder if your food is getting absorbed?

  • Do you want to boost your immune system now, to possibly prevent chronic disease later? 

  • Are you an athlete and want to maximize your performance?

SpectraCell's Micronutrient testing offers the most accurate, scientifically proven method of assessing nutritional deficiencies, through a simple blood test!

Be Proactive, NOT Reactive

Traditionally, an individual waited to go to the doctor at the first signs of a symptom.  Today, people are looking for ways to not only manage illness with personalized treatment plans, but they are also seeking to achieve a higher level of wellness.

Eating a balanced diet, exercising and taking a multivitamin may simply not be enough.  Each person's body is unique in its own way and has its own nutritional requirements.  Due to the complexity of the human body, an individualized healthcare approach is the only way to guarantee optimal results.  And what better way than a simple blood test that looks at your unique nutrient deficiencies?

What is Micronutrient Testing?

SpectraCell's Micronutrient tests measures the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells.  Scientific evidence shows us that analyzing the white blood cells gives us the most accurate analysis of a body's deficiencies.

Below is a list of the nutrients tested:

How is the Testing Done?

Two tubes of your blood will be drawn and sent to the lab.  The test is performed on your lymphocytes, one type of white blood cell in your blood. Some researchers believe cellular analysis is superior to measuring levels of nutrient in the serum or plasma because testing these 2 routes doesn’t determine if the nutrient is accomplishing anything.  So even if you eat the night before, your micronutrient status will not be affected.  

So whether you're an athlete, a student or a stay at home mom, we all have nutritional requirements specific to us. Finding out how to best optimize your health through a micronutrient test is the first step in living the life you were meant to live!

This article is not intended to provide a health diagnosis, treat a medical condition, or provide medical advice.  All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes.  Please consult your doctor or a qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well-being or on any opinions expressed within this blog.

 

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Testosterone misinformation clarified!

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Testosterone misinformation clarified!

No Consistent Evidence of an increased risk of heart problems with testosterone medicines

Here is an exciting link to the EU conclusion regarding the use of testosterone in men.

http://www.ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/document_library/Press_release/2014/11/WC500177618.pdf

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