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It’s 2016, and unless you live in Oregon, Washington or Vermont, your insurance based healthcare is NOT going to keep you well.

As much as I cringe at the analogy of our bodies being like cars, people inevitably think of themselves that way all the time.  The squeeky wheel gets ignored until it’s a screaming or debilitating pain.

We pay for car insurance and know it’s going to be there when we crash (after paying our deductible).  But, we don’t expect car insurance to wash our windows, vacuum the interior, change the tires, the oil, the belts or even cover our annual tune-ups to see how things might be deteriorating within.

Health insurance is not much different in most states.  It will help out with emergency room visits, and sometimes cover basic screenings for life-threatening illnesses (PAPs, prostate exams and mammograms for cancer, bone density screenings for osteoporosis, etc…)  And it usually covers an annual exam to check for hypertension, monitor growth and BMI and provide medications that treat the symptoms.

Unfortunately, our current medical model misses out on how to keep people healthy.  While pharmaceutical medications are necessary in many circumstances, supporting health naturally so we don’t need them or improving health while we’re on them so we only need them short-term is ideal.  It’s no fault of modern Doctors, its the larger systems emphasis on drugs and surgery as the only medicinal tools.

Most of the current drug safety information is based on short-term controlled trials and the harm of utilizing medications is always acknowledged in their litany of side effects.  As research continues, we learn of previously unknown harmful effects from long-term or combined medication use. 

Fortunately, humans have been living a very long time and we have an immense history of health and vitality to learn from traditions around the world.  Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Native American medicine, Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophical medicine, Western herbalism and the European Eclectic physicians are among my favorites.

With Naturopathic medicine, we are able to address the foundation of imbalances and improve our health over time from a truly integrated perspective.   It’s the journey of a lifetime, not a one stop shop!  With ancient systems, we learn what our bodies need, where are weaknesses are and how to improve ourselves day by day.  With modern science we get detailed information on changes and stats of organ function.  Naturopathic medicine is the most comprehensive medical training in holistic medical assessment from both perspectives.  For details on educational curriculum, check this comparison out:  Nat-Med-Ed-Comp-Curricula

At Stillwater, we want to support the community in their long-term health.  Trained as holistic primary care provider, naturopathic doctors work to not only address the current symptoms and diagnosis (working in conjunction with your other physicians, medications and insurance system) but to be your guide and ally in your health journey toward optimal vitality. We believe in making the best use of tools from all systems of healthcare and healing.  It’s 2016, shouldn’t we have it all?

At Stillwater Clinic, we have created a Membership program to provide people with an affordable addition to their routine healthcare costs.  Plans range from $35. per month to $300. depending upon the intensity of need for change.  These rates are significantly reduced from the fee’s of other medical specialists in our effort to make healthcare affordable and accessible to all.

Whether you’re passionate about maintaining the health you’ve got, you recognize your health is lacking by a sense of something’s not right or you have a serious diagnosis contact us to find out which package is right for you.

 

Stillwater Healing Arts 2016 membership plans include:

BASIC CARE – $35./month or $420./year ($580. value)

  • Annual integrative medicine health evaluation & treatment plan
  • 3 acute care appointments 
  • 6 spa visits (foot spa & sauna)

This package is intended for individuals who have good health, who wish to keep it that way with annual evaluations of what’s going on under the surface and some tune-ups along the way. For pediatric patients, spa visits can be utilized by parents!

INTERMEDIATE CARE – $65./month or $780./year ($1060. value)

  • Seasonal integrative medicine health evaluation & treatment plan
  • 3 acute care appointments
  • 6 spa visits (foot spa & sauna)

This package is intended for individuals who have mild symptoms and want to support the annual rhythm of their health with 4 quarterly Naturopathic and Chinese medicine evaluations and treatment plans. Ideal for individuals with low-grade or controlled health issues such as; allergies, headaches, intermittent digestive challenges, PMS, controlled autoimmune disease, cancer relapse prevention, and others.

TREATMENT FOCUSED PLAN – $140./month or $1680./year ($2360. value)

  • Annual integrative medicine health evaluation & treatment plan
  • Twice monthly treatment sessions (Acupuncture, Bodywork or Hydrotherapy)
  • Monthly spa visits with the foot spa and private sauna use.

This package is suited for individuals who may be in optimal health but utilize their bodies intensively and want to keep things tip-top, such as; athletes, performers, dancers, yoga instructors, builders, farmers and those who know the personal value of routine care. It also serves patients who have chronic health challenges that know what they need. For example, ADD/ADHD treatment, emotional health with 5-element acupuncture or chronic pain. This is also the package recommended for macular degeneration treatment.

COMPREHENSIVE HEALTHCARE PLAN – $175./month = $2100./year ($3060. value)

  • Monthly comprehensive integrative medicine appointments
  • Monthly spa visits – foot spa and private sauna use
  • 6 Additional acute illness or injury appointments

This package is suited towards individuals with uncontrolled health challenges who are in need of comprehensive evaluation and treatment. This commitment will be necessary for successful treatment of conditions such as; menopausal transition, adrenal fatigue, infertility, digestive disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, obesity, heart disease, diabetes. This package serves as the foundation for natural cancer treatment support, chronic infectious disease treatment and chronic degenerative conditions such as Parkinsons, MS, auto-immune disease and dementia. However, more support may be necessary depending upon diagnosis and evaluation.

INTENSIVE TRANSFORMATION – $300./month = $3600./year ($5520. value)

  • Monthly comprehensive integrative medicine visit
  • Weekly treatment sessions (Acupuncture, Bodywork or Hydrotherapy)
  • Twice monthly spa visits – foot spa and private sauna use

This package is designed to help individuals who are ready to make dramatic changes to their health. Ideal for those with undiagnosed medical conditions, at a place of significant life change, extreme symptomology, chronic pain or addiction. This program serves as the foundation of our holistic mental health & addiction program as well as our weight loss program.

All Programs Include:

  • 20% discount on additional appointments.
  • Email and phone support with our holistic Doctor.
  • Annual Membership – automatic payment required with 12 month contract.
  • We can customize any plan to meet your needs, budget, family and employee packages.
  • Member discounts for special events, classes and other programs as well.

Schedule today and we’ll get the right package created for you!

Questions?  Feedback?  Curiosity?  I’d love to hear from you!

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Cereal, potatoes, toast and pancakes are all favorite ways for Americans to start their day.  Dowse it with some syrup, sugar or fruit and then we’re out the door ready for the day’s action!  Wash it down with some juice or coffee and it’s nearly the perfect recipe for blood sugar mania.

The body requires continuous energy to perform all the necessary actions of life.  The blood sugar is the basis of this energy, feeding every cell the necessary fuel to replicate, eliminate, transform substances and much more.  Not only does blood sugar provide our physical energy, but it also provides our mental energy and the fuel to stabilize our moods.

Blood sugar may not be given much attention until the moment when it’s disruption creates a crisis.  Symptoms of low blood sugar are often more easily identified by those closest to us, like our friends, partner’s or parents!  Crabbiness, being short-tempered, inability to focus, anxiety and panic, light-headedness, shakiness and fatigue are all common symptoms of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia.

High blood sugar goes unnoticed by most people until it is identified in the blood with routine lab testing.  When the blood sugar is high, there are not typically immediate symptoms but it can contribute to fatigue, increased thirst, blurry vision and a sense of feeling “off.” Over long periods, high blood sugar or hyperglycemia results in damage to the delicate capillary beds in the body.  This especially affects the hands, feet, brain, eyes, nerves and heart.  Diabetes Mellitus (type I or II) is a disease of poor blood sugar regulation, either innate or acquired.

Blood sugar levels normally have a degree of variation throughout the day.  This is based on a complex relationship between the liver, pancreas and endocrine or hormonal system.  Each day, we have a cycle of energy produced by our adrenal glands, known as our circadian rhythm that directly influences our blood sugar.  Ideally, when we wake in the morning (preferably on our own without an alarm) we have the highest energy of the day, a strong appetite and mental clarity.  As we approach mid-day, the energy level lowers gradually and we experience mid-day hunger for our lunch.  Then we descend gradually into the evening with our energy dipping to it’s lowest around 10pm.

Variation in this rhythm explain why some people are morning people and others are night owls.  The circadian rhythm can be disrupted by a variety of factors including night shift work, chronic stress, inadequate nutrition, trauma and illness.  When disrupted, the circadian rhythm can significantly impact the energy we perceive as our ability to get through the day.  Beyond this, it also affects the immune system, digestion and our hormonal balance.

The liver is the organ in charge of providing a continuous supply of sugar or glucose to the blood.  When we eat a meal, the liver is going to be triggered to put the glucose into storage once the food is broken down.  In between meals, the liver is going to be triggered to remove glucose from storage and release it into the blood.  Along with the liver, the pancreas works in partnership to transport glucose into each cell of the body, ensuring that the sugar reaches the areas that need it in an effort to not overwhelm any part of the body with too much.

The body is amazingly resilient to balance blood sugar and adapt to extreme variations in diet and lifestyle.  The fact is that a person can start their day with coffee and doughnuts and not be apparently harmed, right away.  While nobody is going to be better off eating doughnuts for breakfast, there are times in our lives when it can cause more harm than others.

  • Childhood:  The immature organ systems are vulnerable to variations in blood sugar.  Because developing bodies have a high demand of energy, the necessity to provide a healthy, balanced source of fuel is great.  In kids, blood sugar fluctuation is most easily identified by their tantrums, tearfulness, hyperactivity or episodes of being “difficult”.
  • Times of High Stress:  When we endure a high degree of physical or psychological stress, the resiliency of the blood sugar regulation is more vulnerable.  When we exist in a fight or flight state, the body is forcing more energy into the system to endure the stress.  If we choose not to eat well, we are more likely to suffer long-term health consequences.
  • Illness:  When dealing with an illness, the body is utilizing all the resources it can to get well.  If the blood sugar is unstable, it can weaken the immune system resulting in a longer duration of illness.  This is especially true of chronic disease.
  • Hormonal Fluctuations:  As we shift from one era of life to the next, the hormonal changes significantly tax the liver.  When the liver becomes over-burdened blood sugar can be more difficult for it to control.

Feeding ourselves well requires more than just making healthy choices for our ingredients.  It also requires portion control.  The basic guideline for blood sugar management encourages a strict limitation on processed foods.  Simple carbohydrates increase blood sugar such as many of our typical breakfast foods, any sweeteners, fruit, processed grains such as breads, pastas and cereals.

For optimal blood sugar support, focus on the ratio of each meal incorporating approximately 30% protein, 30% vegetables and 30% complex carbohydrates with each meal.  The remaining 10% can be the fruits, simple carbohydrates and oils.  This is a general guideline and some people will benefit from a very different format for blood sugar control.  For a personalized approach to your healthcare, contact Stillwater Healing Arts Clinic. Image

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The tides are changing, and so can your healthcare coverage!  The new legislation is creating ripples of changes across the country.  Some of these are improvements and others not so much.  However, the system is in flux and you as the consumer now have more of a voice than ever in asking for what you want from your insurance provider.

Listen to this interview on how you can have Naturopathic Doctors provide you with the most comprehensive, first line care for your health.  Before health issues become a crisis they can effectively be managed with natural medicine.  This elevates your baseline state of health and steers you away from chronic disease.  When health is in crisis, using tools from all systems of medicine can provide a gentler road to recovery.

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Naturopathic Doctors are the most thoroughly trained professionals in integrative medicine.  At the foundation of our education, we emphasize the individual’s need for life’s balance.  Considering the patients unique blend of genetics, dietary needs, life stressors and desires to create treatment programs to support the whole person.

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For more information, visit the following links:

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians:  http://www.naturopathic.org/

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:  http://www.aaaomonline.org/

Find local help with the new insurance changes:  https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/

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tranquil balanceDo you ever feel confused about what your diet should be? Or wish to have alternatives to pharmaceutical medicine? Have you questioned the balance of vitamins and pharmaceuticals in your routine to wonder how what you do today might affect you long-term?

Information can be extremely confusing about health and it often can feel like every bit of information out there conflicts with something else. When it comes to navigating our own health choices, it can be exhausting to sort through the data to make a choice you can feel good about. Typically, we end up doing what we’ve always done out of a lack of understanding a better way.

  • 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year.
  • In 2005, 133 million Americans – almost 1 out of every 2 adults – had at least one chronic illness.
  • Obesity has become a major health concern. 1 in every 3 adults is obese and almost 1 in 5 youth between the ages of 6 and 19 is obese.
  • About one-fourth of people with chronic conditions have one or more daily activity limitations (Statistics from the US Center for Disease Control).

Despite the statistics, the majority of chronic illnesses are preventable. We can reduce our cancer risk by up to 60% by adopting diet and lifestyle habits appropriate to our personal needs. Chronic diseases have direct correlations to improper care of the body, nutritional deficiencies and inflammation.

Whether you’re already dealing with a chronic illness or trying to prevent one, there are some not-so-basic premises of health that can open up a world of better understanding.

Natural medicine philosophy rests not only upon what the latest scientific research discovers, but also on what traditional systems of healing have known for thousands of years about the human body. While our lifestyles and habits have changed considerably, our biological blueprint has not. Now, more than ever the guidance from those who knew how to live well, generation after generation, can help us.

At Stillwater Clinic, we offer a 16-week Holistic Health Immersion program, taking individuals on a journey through their own health exploration to equip them with foundational tools to last a lifetime. Program options include education only with our weekly classes (Monday nights) or a full package of healthcare services to accompany your exploration!

Week 1: The Spectrum of Healing. This introductory class includes a comprehensive look at the array of options in healthcare and how to get the most for your health.

Week 2-8: THRIVE! Natural Medicine Essentials is a 6-week series exploring simple ways to improve your health with things you may already have in your home! Drawing on traditions from around the world, discover healing opportunities through herbal medicine, homeopathy, breath-work, meditation, food as medicine, hydrotherapy and more.

Week 9-11: Understanding Life’s Phases: As we grow older we encounter new obstacles and opportunities. Recognizing the ways to best address the needs of each era is an important part of health.

Week 12-16: Holistic Anatomy: Take a journey into the self with this series explaining the dynamic relationship of the body, mind and spirit. Merging western physiology with Chinese medicine and more to form a comprehensive understanding of the bodies 12 organs and what they each need for balanced, optimal health.

Natural medicine and holistic healthcare provide resources not only for living well, but to move beyond crisis management and toward true healing of the body. When given the proper tools, we have the capacity to thrive. If you feel like you are limited in mind, body or the connection between the two, it’s time for a fresh start.

Next program begins September 1st, 2013. Space is limited so please register early. So far, our participants have accomplished remarkable transformations! Many have successfully and painlessly eliminated prescription medications from their daily routine. Over a dozen have made major career or relationship changes that they’ve wanted to do for years but hadn’t had the energy for. One participant expressed, “After a lifetime of studying natural medicine on my own, I’ve finally had the paradigm shift of understanding to truly make use of the tools.”

Our goal is to provide the community with the tools for optimal living and the education and information to know what to do with them. For more information, visit www.stillwaterhealingarts.com/immersion/.

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Deep fried pickles, a rack of ribs, sweet potato fries and pan roasted duck breast are some of the menu favorites here in Lyons.  Who doesn’t want to indulge in the bottom of a keg filled with fried foods from time to time?  While this might sound appealing, it also makes many folks belly’s turn with the impending indigestion that is sure to result.  With the fat-free era just shortly behind us, high cholesterol and gall-bladder disease nearly ubiquitous with aging, we still have a lot to learn about fats.

We all know high cholesterol is bad, but low is problematic as well.  High HDL (high density lipoprotein or the good fats) is considered good but too high signifies problems as well.  Monitoring the details of our health to prevent disease becomes more and more important as we grow older.  We can learn a lot about how our self-care is affecting our health with an understanding of fat metabolism.

The basic tests monitored for our fat metabolism are cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL.  These 4 basic tests are helpful for recognizing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, auto-immune processes and hormonal imbalances.  Research has continued to improve our understanding of what the numbers mean.

Cholesterol: the body makes cholesterol as the backbone for every hormone in the body.  It is an integral component of every cell membrane in the body in addition to being a main component of tissue healing.  Cholesterol is made in the liver and reflects the capacity of the liver to support health.  There is an indirect relationship between fat consumption and cholesterol, but the greater influence is the health of the liver and gallbladder. 

Triglycerides: these are the main fat storage molecules in the body.  They are what we convert excess food energy into for later use.  The triglyceride level in the blood tends to be a more accurate reflection of our nutritional status, particularly carbohydrate intake.  As carbohydrates are broken down in the liver, they are converted into triglycerides to be stored.

LDL: low density lipoproteins (aka LDL’s) have come to be known as the “bad cholesterols” in the body.  These fatty acid transporters have a unique role in physiology.  Fats help tissue heal.  An analogy to this is that LDL’s are like ambulances.  They are constantly going out into the system to address inflammation in the body.  The higher the LDL level, the higher the inflammation.

HDL: high density lipoproteins (aka HDL’s) are considered the “good cholesterols” in the body.  The HDL level in the blood is considered a reflection of how much beneficial fats a person is consuming.  However, they also serve to help with tissue healing.  The HDL’s are like the clean up crew.  They are going out into the body tissues to clean up the messes made that called the LDL’s in the first place. 

One of the most common misperceptions about fat is that dietary fat equates to body fat.  Consuming fats such as butter, oils and dairy products do not make us fat alone.  All traditional diets have relied heavily on natures most calorie dense food sources including with much variation; dairy products, eggs, insects, land and sea animals.  However, the misconception of dietary fat in the US’s early understanding of nutrition drove the “fat-free fad” to indoctrinate every man, woman and child to be convinced that it was better to eat margarine than butter.  What we have observed is higher incidences of heart disease, diabetes and atherosclerosis, which are the main concerns with high cholesterol to begin with.

What you need to know:

–       If you have high cholesterol:  Support for liver function is critical.  Increase leafy green vegetables, exercise and minimize toxic exposures.  Major detoxification work may be necessary to create change.

–       If you have low cholesterol: Encourage the liver’s anabolic process, or the capacity to build up substances.  Ensuring adequate fat absorption with gallbladder function is key.  

–       If you have high triglycerides: Reduce carbohydrate intake.  Refined carbohydrates (breads, pasta, cereals, crackers) offer little in terms of nutritional support and even complex carbohydrates (rice, quinoa and other whole grains) can be problematic for some individuals.

–       If you have low triglycerides: Support dietary habits to ensure adequate consumption by having routine mealtimes and minimizing obstacles to absorption.  Support gallbladder function.

–       If you have high LDL’s: Addressing whole body inflammation is key to reducing LDL’s.  Improving circulation, removing food allergens, minimizing stress so the body has a chance to adequately heal.

–       If you have loww LDL’s: This is almost never an issue! 

–       If you have high HDL’s: Concern for auto-immune processes exist with high HDL’s.  Support immune function and detoxification processes.

–       If you have low HDL’s: Increase beneficial dietary fats and support gallbladder function to ensure proper absorption.

And finally,

–       If you aspire to have a long, healthy life: Consume foods high in omega 3 fatty acids, allow for 5-10% of each meal to be a healthy fat including fish, olive oil, coconut oils, whole nuts and seeds.  For more information on the importance of fats in our diets, please join us on for our THRIVE! Natural Medicine Essentials class on Monday, June 24th for our class Food As Medicine.  We’ll explore 6 different therapeutic diets to find what’s best for you, from 6-8pm.  For more information, please visit http://www.stillwaterhealingarts.com.

If you need help creating balance in your blood chemistry, schedule an appointment at Stillwater Clinic at your earliest convenience.  Pharmaceutical therapies are an essential tool for unregulated physiology but to avoid side effects and long-term consequences, corrections in organ function is important

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Recently, supermarket giant Costco recalled a mixed berry product due to known contamination of Hepatitis A. This outbreak is affecting individuals all across the country from the 333,000 bags of frozen berries sold.

The illness:
Hepatitis A is a common form of food poisoning around the world. Symptoms range from an undetectable illness, to severe acute liver disease. However, the majority of individuals will experience a normal immune response with chills and fever, body aches, nausea and fatigue. Most individuals are 100% improved within 6 weeks.

If you are within 2 weeks of the exposure the CDC recommends you receive the Hepatitis A vaccine.  However, the vaccine contains ingredients that may be harmful to your health.

Natural Medicine Support:

Minimizing the infection and supporting the natural immune system is possible with a variety of natural options.

Nutrition:

  • Lean protein, high vegetable, high fiber diet
  • Dandelion greens, burdock root, mustard greens, black radish, apples and saffron, watercress, beets, parsley, artichokes, cherries, grapefruit, parsnips, endive, garlic, onion, chicory, carob, horseradish, kumquats, limes, quinces, grapes, wheat germ, lecithin, mushrooms

Remedies:

  • Dandelion root tea – 1 quart/day
  • Tincture: goldenseal, oregon grape root, and chelidonium – 15 drops 3 times per day
  • Castor Oil abdominal massage in upper right quadrant with hot water bottle, rest for 30-60 minutes daily
  • Lemon juice mixed with water, upon rising in the morning 30 minutes before eating

Avoid:

  • Saturated fats, trans-FAs, hydrogenated oils (margarine, vegetable shortening, imitation butter spreads, most commercial peanut butters, oxidized fats [deep fried foods, fast foods, ghee, BBQ meats])
  • Hot sauces, spicy, fried, fatty, rich and/or salty foods
  • Alcohol, coffee, caffeine

Supplements:

  • Fiber Flow: charcoal, fiber + liver support herbs
  • Vitamin B-12 and folic acid or MTHF 1mg if applicable
  • Vitamin C (1000mg daily)

At Stillwater, our natural living store provides the highest quality herbs and supplements.  We offer organic, GMO and contaminant free medicinals.

If you think you or your child have been exposed, please schedule an acute illness appointment for individual treatment options and confirmatory testing with myself or another trusted healthcare provider.

Yours In Health,

Dr. Sara Hart

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We all know that person who can eat anything they want, anytime they want and in any portion they want and be just fine.  That maddening individual’s belly doesn’t seem phased by double dessert, carbo-loading or going back for seconds of just about anything.  In comparison to those with heartburn, bloating, cramping and other annoying symptom combinations, it just doesn’t seem fair.

“What’s their secret and how do we get it?“ we might find ourselves frustratingly wondering…  With the many steps involved in the digestive and metabolic systems, there are numerous things to work well for us, or not.  Here are a few…

Every traditional system of medicine has had some way of recognizing and describing how human bodies are similar and can be grouped accordingly.  Our individual “constitution” is both our physical tendency and our emotional way of being.  These systems overlap and tend to agree, with knowledge rooted in ancient traditions from around the world.

In ayurveda, the descriptions are a combination of vata, pitta and kapha.  In Chinese medicine it relates to the 5-elements in nature.  Homeopathy teaches about the miasms from common diseases that affected humanity.  The early Eclectic physicians and Anthroposophy describe the 4 predominant temperaments as a root of health and disease.  Whether you’re melancholic, phlegmatic, psoric, luetic, water type or vata, there are trends that we can come to expect. 

Our constitution isn’t unchangeable but it does benefit us to both understand it and to accept it.  Some bodies will always have a tendency for roundness and others dryness, thinness or frailness.  There are numerous combinations and each has different needs in order to deal with the world in the easiest possible way.  Understanding our constitution helps us to know what will weaken us and what will strengthen us.

Functionally, several systems in the body significantly influence our digestion and metabolism.  The nervous system has 2 predominant controls.  Sympathetic control is related to the “fight or flight” state of being and dominates when we are under stress.  Parasympathetic control regulates our cellular regeneration and is known as our “rest and digest” state of being.  Individuals who experience significant stressors early in life when these systems are sorting out their dominance will have an increased tendency for digestive and metabolic symptoms.  On the contrary, those who are easily able to relax and set aside time for meals will have fewer sensitivities and greater strength of their core organ systems. 

Enzymes are one of the main reasons we must be in a parasympathetic state in order to digest well, feel great and not be sensitive to variations in diet.  We only secrete enzymes when we’re in the “rest and digest” state.  As we age, we tend to lose our enzymatic function, especially if there is a lower than optimal body temperature.  With fewer enzymes comes greater food sensitivity, a weaker system and greater inflammation in the body overall.

The endocrine and immune systems are interconnected in the digestive system.  Adrenal function regulates our moment-by-moment experience of energy as well as our circadian rhythm.  When our adrenal function is taxed, either from illness or other life stressors, the weakening of this system affects the immune system.  In the gut there is a protective immune component known as secretory immune globulin A (SIgA).  When adrenal function is poor, SIgA lowers resulting in increased vulnerability to infection and immune confusion at our core.     

Our musculoskeletal system also plays a role in digestive function.  Individuals who are active, robust in their strength and limber will generally have greater ease in their digestive system.  However, over-doing it never benefits anything.  Excessive exercise can force us into greater sympathetic nerve function and tax our adrenal function resulting in a weakening of the organ systems. 

Optimal health necessitates the balance of effort and rest, awareness of our inherent strengths and weaknesses as well as acceptance for where we are in our life story.  The digestive system is the foundation for our health and our core deserves a great deal of attention.  If we don’t allow that, it tends to demand it over time!  For more information on tools to care for your health, join us at Stillwater for the DIY Healthcare series Monday nights at 7pm. 

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