In my last blog post, I talked about a little known health issue called Pyrrole Disorder which tends to be genetic and often results in severe zinc and vitamin B6 deficiencies.

Both my son Cody and I tested positive for this disorder, so we supplement with zinc and B6 to avoid any issues like anxiety from popping up, which can be caused by zinc and B6 deficiencies.

Anxiety comes in many forms and can have many causes and contributing factors, like chronic stress, trauma, nutrient deficiencies (especially zinc and B6), and lack of sleep. But there’s hope, because anxiety is easily treated at home with some key lifestyle strategies.

So today I’m sharing my 5 best tips and strategies for preventing and treating any form of anxiety naturally.

5 Natural Anxiety Soothers

Aim to incorporate at least 1 or 2 of these strategies into your daily routine. First thing in the morning is easy to remember and helps to set you up for a fantastic (and anxiety-free) day!

Practice Meditation – You’ve probably heard all about the endless benefits of practicing meditation, things like increased productivity, better focus, better sleep, and less stress. And let’s be sure to include anti-anxiety in that list, because a regular meditation practice is one of the best ways to prevent and manage any type of anxiety.

If you’re new to meditation, it may be helpful to start with some guided meditation audios, videos, or in-person classes in until you get comfortable practicing on your own, or you can continue practicing guided meditation if you prefer. It’s just as effective either way, as long as you practice daily!

I created a set of three guided meditation audios for my patients and students – one for morning, one for afternoon and one for evening.

The morning and afternoon guided meditations are to optimize your energy level, mental focus and resiliency throughout the day. The evening one is to activate the parasympathetic system at bedtime, to wind down and go into a deep sleep state. Most people who use the evening meditation fall asleep quickly while they’re still listening to it!

Meditation really helps to clear your thoughts and feelings, calming the monkey mind and soothing away tension, stress or anxiety. I highly recommend making meditation a priority in your life and experiencing the difference for yourself.

Tickle Your Vagus Nerve With Laughter – Laughter’s many benefits have been proven in multiple studies, and decreasing anxiety is definitely one of the best perks of having a good chuckle.

Can you believe that the average child laughs about 200-300 times PER DAY!? But the average adult? A wimpy handful of times per day. So we’re missing out on an incredibly fun and easy way to be healthier and happier here!

One of the reasons that laughing frequently can help to prevent and reduce anxiety is because it stimulates our vagus nerve in the back of our throat and diaphragm, which also connects to all of our critical organs (including the brain, gut, heart, lungs and liver!)

Vagal nerve stimulation restores the parasympathetic tone, and helps to ensure proper functioning of each organ, so it’s super important to have optimal vagal nerve function.  

But unfortunately, due to our modern lifestyles with chronic stress, lack of sleep, and poor nutrition, most of us are running on high alert throughout the day, and ends up creating an imbalance between the sympathetic (fight/flight) and parasympathetic (relax/rest) nervous system. When this happens, a slew of unpleasant symptoms and diseases can easily follow.

Luckily, science has discovered some simple ways to help tone up your vagus nerve, and laughter is at the top of that list for me! Laughing also increases blood flow and feel-good endorphins in the brain. Check out my recent laughing exercise video on Instagram here and try it for yourself today and every day!

Supplement with Glycine Glycine is an amino acid found in collagen that acts as a balm for the central nervous system. It can help with generalized, low-level anxiety and can also be used to relieve panic attacks in real time when they strike.

Glycine may just be my #1 favorite anti-anxiety supplement of all time! I recommend starting with 500 mg twice daily and then increase the dose up to 2-3,000 mg per day.

GABA/L-Theanine Topical Cream – The natural inhibitor and anxiety reliever neurotransmitter GABA (gamma amino-butyric acid) and the amino acid L-Theanine found in green tea, also help immensely in soothing a frazzled brain and nervous system.

Supplementing with GABA can even help to stop a panic attack in its tracks. I personally use this This topical cream by Xymogen before going on stage or TV show, as it sure cuts my fears down quickly! This product is sold only to physicians, so if it’s something you want to try, just email us at help@drsusanne.com.

Vitamin B6 and Zinc Supplements – Deficiencies in Zinc and Vitamin B6 is a common condition and also found in people who have pyroluria, a genetic condition as discussed in my previous blog. And a common symptom of these deficiencies is a feeling of overwhelm and anxiety. But taking these two micronutrients together as supplements can easily correct any deficiencies and prevent or eliminate anxiety.

Start with 15mg twice a day for zinc and 20 mg twice a day for B6.

There’s no need to suffer needlessly with anxiety any longer. Start to work a few of these strategies into your daily life and within a few days to a few weeks, you’ll be amazed at the difference that simple natural interventions can make!

 

To your most vibrant life,

Dr. Susanne

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My family loves to exercise and spend time out in nature! The sun, the plants, the water, the fresh air – it’s all wonderful and necessary for our health and wellbeing. But it’s also super important to take some precautions to avoid tick borne diseases like Lyme disease.

I recently had a scare with my little dog Lola. I found a huge tick on the back of her neck (eek!!!) and after I carefully removed it, I sent it to https://www.tickreport.com/ to identify the type of tick and have it tested for pathogens that might make Lola sick, like the ones that causes Lyme disease.

Thankfully the report came back all clear (whew!), but I recommend using this service if you find a tick attached to you or any of your loved ones, whether they’re of the human or furry variety. It’ll also help your doctor quickly adjust towards the best course of treatment protocol to get you well.

Lyme Disease 101

Lyme disease is caused by an infection from a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi and it’s usually transmitted from deer ticks, which are teeny tiny – the nymphs (babies) are about the size of a poppy seed and the adults are about the size of a sesame seed. They’re commonly found in wooded and grassy areas, on leaves and brush and on logs. Keep in mind that studies show Borrelia can also be transmitted by other biting insects such as mosquitoes, spiders and fleas.

Lyme disease was first diagnosed as its own condition in 1975 in a town named Old Lyme, Connecticut (hence the name!) and the bacterium that causes it (Borrelia burgdorferi) was discovered in 1981 by Dr. Willy Burgdorfer (hence the name again). Many people think it’s only prevalent in the Northeast, but it can be found all over the US and in many other countries as well. I treat a lot of cases here in California and globally.

These days, approximately 300,000 people in the US are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year and experts believe that many more are affected but haven’t been diagnosed. To put that number in perspective, that’s more than the number of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer (the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in women) in the US each year, yet we don’t hear anywhere near as much about Lyme disease.

Usually an infected tick must be attached to you for 36 to 48 hours before the bacteria can spread, so if you find a tick on you within a day or two and remove it right away, you may be ok even if the tick was infected.

The longer a tick stays attached, the more likely it is to transmit any pathogens that it may be carrying.

Signs & Symptoms

Lyme disease has been called ‘The Great Imitator’ because its symptoms mimic many other diseases. It can affect any organ of the body, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, and the heart.

You’re most likely to be bitten by an infected tick in the spring and summer, and symptoms may appear within a few days to a few weeks, although you may not even know you’ve been bitten, as the tick falls off eventually, and you may be asymptomatic for a period of time or even indefinitely.

The most common sign of infection is an expanding area of redness similar to a bull’s eye. It’s often called a bull’s eye rash, but it’s usually not itchy or painful. It may take anywhere between 3 and 30 days from being bitten before the rash appears and 25%-50% of infected people never develop the rash, but they may experience flu-like symptoms (fever, headache, joint pain, low energy) and think that they’ve just come down with a nasty cold or flu.

Because it’s symptoms are so common, many people with Lyme disease are misdiagnosed with similar diseases like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis.

There are currently two main tests used to diagnose Lyme disease beyond looking at a person’s symptoms. If the doctor is knowledgeable about it (many are not), they may order the ELISA test, which looks for antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi, though it may produce a false positive result and so it shouldn’t be used alone in diagnosis. Often if the ELISA test is positive for Lyme disease, then something called the Western blot test is done to look for several proteins which are produced by the bacterium.

In my practice, I order the Immunoserology of Lyme Panel B test from Immunosciences Lab which includes both Elisa and Western blot tests and looks for antibodies and proteins from Borrelia burgdorferi and other co-infections that may complicate the patient’s condition, as ticks often carry other infectious organisms (studies have shown that over 50% of those diagnosed with Lyme disease also have co-infections), such as Babesia, Bartonella and Ehrlichia.

Conventional medical treatment usually consists of antibiotics, but some choose to go a more natural route and treat it with various herbal and lifestyle therapies.

Most people fully recover from Lyme disease if it’s caught early, but the CDC estimates that 10%-20% of those who are infected with Borrelia burgdorferi and treated with antibiotics will have lingering symptoms, which may last for months or years. Many people are infected with the bacterium in childhood and don’t go on to develop major symptoms until they’re middle aged. In those cases it’s often triggered by some sort of trauma, such as an accident, viral infection, or extreme prolonged stress.

This is known as Chronic Lyme disease, but there’s a lot of controversy about its condition and how to treat it, which can make it difficult for sufferers to find proper treatment from a doctor who understands the disease.

An Ounce of Prevention…

You may have heard the old saying ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’, which means that it’s much better to stop something bad from happening in the first place than to try to repair the damage after it happens. This definitely rings true when it comes to Lyme disease, especially given its tendency to go undiagnosed and to become chronic and debilitating for some people.

Here are your best bets for avoiding Lyme disease. I recommend using as many of these methods as you can for the best insurance. Better safe than sorry.

  • Stick to paved or cleared paths and trails and avoid brushy areas and areas with high grass, as well as sitting on or leaning against on trees.
  • Wear light colored clothing to make it easier to spot and remove ticks.
  • Wear a long sleeved shirt, pants, and a hat (and gloves if it’s cold outside) to minimize exposed skin. Wear white socks over your pants to spot ticks more easily before they get too far.
  • Use a DEET-free insect repellent, because DEET is a chemical with health risks of its own. I use and recommend a product called Cedarcide and it works great for my family. It’s an organic insect repellent made with cedar oil, which is safe for wildlife but kills the nasties (ticks, fleas, etc.)! It can also be used on your house, lawn, and pets (with caution, as some pets may be sensitive to cedar).
  • When you get home, check yourself thoroughly for any spots or small bumps that may be a tick. A good scrub in the shower right away can help to wash off any unattached ticks.

We can help to prevent the spread of this disease by becoming better educated about it and sharing that knowledge with others. Please feel free to share this information with those you know who are often active outdoors.

Ok guys, that wraps it up for today. If you know of any other helpful Lyme disease prevention tips, please do tell! 

 

To your most vibrant life ever,

Dr. Susanne

 

By Dr. Susanne Bennett

Your body is constantly going through key biochemical reactions and one very important process is referred to as methylation. In basic chemistry terms, it means that the metabolic process takes a single carbon and three hydrogen atoms called a methyl group and adds it to another molecule or substitutes an atom of that compound with a methyl group. For methylation to occur properly, you need optimal functioning enzymes, which are produced by your genes.

I hope I haven’t lost you already!

Bear with me now, because once you understand that methylation can turn your body’s genes on and off; meaning it can affect your genetic code (DNA), that’s when it gets really sexy and exciting!

What this means is that every one of us who’s been dealt with crappy genes by our parents and grandparents, whether it’s allergies, migraine headaches, heart disease, diabetes, manic depression, Alzheimer’s or even the Big C (cancer), we have the ability to turn those bad genes off by manipulating your methylation processes.

In this article, I am going to explain why methylation is important to look at for restoring your health and how to start improving these biochemical pathways in your body to start feeling better today!

The methylation processes control billions of on & off switches throughout your body that are vital to important cellular functions such as:

  • The natural detoxification of chemicals, mercury and other heavy metals, environmental toxins and even hormones.
  • Your body’s inflammatory and immune response.
  • Repairing DNA and cellular damage caused by free radicals.
  • Energy (ATP) production by the mitochondria
  • The production and recycling of antioxidants such as glutathione (a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and reduces inflammation throughout the body!). You can go to my RadioMD page to check out one of my recent Nature’s Secret’s segment on Glutathione.
  • Methylation helps in the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine and supports other brain chemistry.

As you can see, methylation is extremely important to a healthy immune system, your energy level, your mood and brain activity, as well as naturally detoxifying your body of poisons!

Sounds pretty important, wouldn’t you agree?

Some of the symptoms and diseases associated with methylation issues are:

  • Elevated homocysteine (associated with heart disease and stroke)
  • Decreased ability for detoxification which shows up as headaches, tiredness, nausea and brain fog
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia
  • Allergies and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
  • Autoimmune conditions such as Multiple sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Infertility and miscarriage
  • Birth defects including spina bifida and cleft palate
  • Cancer
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Bipolar, depression, anxiety and other mental disorders
  • Autism
  • Insomnia
  • Thyroid disease

We all suffer from some of these issues don’t we?

Cutting edge science tells us the best way to circumvent these bad genes is through nutrigenomics (foods and nutrients that alter your genes) and epigenetics (your environment and lifestyle factors).

Let me give you an example to help you understand how food and environment can cause chronic and debilitating illnesses.

My son Cody was pretty much born with crappy genes, I had eczema and irritable bowel issues growing up and my husband George had asthma and chronic infections as a child.

Little did I know about mercury toxicity in the early 90’s, and I ate a great deal of tuna fish during my entire pregnancy and while I nursed Cody for a full year. I would eat tuna 4-6 times a week, and sometime twice a day! Cody started showing skin and respiratory symptoms at around 3-months old. His eczema and asthma got so bad that at 5 months old, I shaved off his hair and had it analyzed for toxic metal levels.

His level for mercury was over the top in dangerous poisonous levels! I felt so bad that I had been poisoning him with mercury during his entire life, even when he was in my body.

The mercury overload in baby Cody caused a great deal of stress and inflammation in his organs and cells, damaging them, especially his liver and lungs, where methylation is crucial to clear out the heavy metal.

The cellular stress and mercury was blocking the enzymes necessary to detoxify the mercury out of his little body, which triggered his food and environmental allergies, asthma, mucus filled loose stool, and the most severe– anaphylactic reactions. Mercury toxicity was just one of the reasons why he was so sick but a big reason for sure.

So what was the #1 strategy to turn off Cody’s bad genes and improve his enzyme reactions, his methylation pathways?

I immediately stopped eating tuna, cleaned up our nutrition, and cleanup our environment to reduce the toxic load and cell burden and within days, Cody’s symptoms subsided and he started to improve!

The body does amazing things when you take all of the chemicals and toxins away… it wants to be healthy, it wants to be free of symptoms.

By manipulating all of the different foods, nutrients, environmental and lifestyle factors we turned the bad genes off and turn on his good genes to heal and restore!

By the time Cody was 3 ½ years old, all of his debilitating symptoms disappeared, even his anaphylactic reactions.

Cody got healthy through Nutrigenomics and Epigenetics.

Nutrigenomics is the study of how food and nutrients influence gene expression. And Epigenetics is the study of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence gene expression.

Identical twins may have the exact same genetic variants that increase the risk for a disease, but only one gets the disease.

It’s because each twin affected the methylation process in the body differently… remember methylation is the volume control of our genes, and it all depends on the food we eat, the supplements we take, the environmental factors, the lifestyle decisions we make, it all affects the methylation process.

“If you’re going to eat junk food, you’re going to have junk genes!”

There are a number of dietary “do’s and don’ts” that can help provide you the key nutrients that will best support your methylation process.

As usual, please consult with your doctor before changing your diet, taking supplements or exercise program substantially in any way, as only your doctor knows your underlying health condition and medications.

Where do you start?

In my book The 7-Day Allergy Makeover, I go into detail on how to clean up your nutrition and environment, I will go into just a few strategies today.

Clean up your Environment with the 3 C’s

  • Clean Water- drink purified reverse osmosis water not tap water filled with toxins and chemicals, that is damaging to your genes
  • Clean Air- we live indoors 90% of our time! Get some fresh air, get an air purifier, with HEPA and charcoal filtration
  • Chemical- Free: use less chemicals in your home and what you put on your body

Clean up your Lifestyle with the 3 S’s

  • Sleep- 8 hours of deep uninterrupted sleep (ideal sleep cycle: 10pm-6am, or 11pm-7am)
  • Stress- Deep Belly Breaths and Nature bathing!
  • Stop- Smoking, Alcohol, Drugs

Clean up your Nutrition

  • Eat only whole, natural, real foods!
  • Dark, leafy green veggies have a lot of natural folate, very important nutrient for methylation support
  • Foods rich in B vitamins (B2, B3, B6, B12, folate, choline): eggs, animal proteins, nuts and seeds, dark green veggies and beans.
  • Better yet, get on a good B complex supplement. Note that many people (especially vegans) are deficient in B vitamins, in particular, vitamin B12. Best to use sublingual B12, such as liposomal methyl B12 that absorbs rapidly
  • Eat healthy protein to promote healthy methylation: animal protein, poultry, chicken, eggs, wild salmon, .
  • Organic, non-GMO, no hormones/antibiotics, etc.
  • Try a modified allergy elimination diet to reduce inflammation in the gut and body… Remember that anything that increases inflammation will affect your methylation pathways.
  • Heal your gut to maximize absorption of healthy nutrients and improve stomach acid levels (take a daily probiotic!).
  • Optimize micronutrients by taking a multi-vitamin and multi minerals… All of these nutrients are necessary to optimize the function of the methylation enzymes!
  • One more thing: Stay away folic acid in fortified foods and supplements, folic acid is synthetic version of folate and it actually can hinder the methylation process.

Discuss methylation with your doctor, and ask him/her to test for your homocysteine level, and check your vitamin B levels. Ask your parents about their health too! Start with the basics and improve just one thing, today, either in your diet or your vices!

Here is a short video that introduces Maureen Mongrain, host of The Thrive At Any Age Summit, and what the summit is all about!

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In my interview tomorrow, Thursday June 4th, you will learn:

  • The fastest way to boundless energy and pure mental focus
  • What is mitochondria: the key to slow down the aging process and preventing diseases
  • Which B vitamin is essential to make healthy hormones!
  • 2 techniques to rev up your metabolism, brain and body in 1 minute!

Here is a hint on one of the techniques I will teach you tomorrow!

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Can you guess the answer?

The summit panel will include more than 20 Celebrity Chefs, Medical Doctors, Holistic Healers, Nutritionists and A World Renowned Dietitian. It’s going to be 12 days of pure inspiration, information and motivation!

  • Why the world’s foremost experts on aging want you to eat MORE not LESS of the foods that your body craves
  • How to breathe vitality into your life… literally!
  • Why fat is NOT the enemy… in fact, your body NEEDS it for optimal function.
  • The ins-and-outs of boosting your metabolism naturally, safely, and without harmful stimulants…
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  • Why a 2000 year-old secret to long lasting health has nothing to do with your body… and everything to do with your mind

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“Show and Tell” Time!

I am so excited and honored to be an expert speaker today on The Healthy Travel Global Summit hosted by Dr. Robyn Benson! It brings together over 30 highly respected, heart-centered medical experts who share their vast expertise about how to travel consciously and healthfully.

During my interview you will learn:

  • 7 Key Factors to Allergy-Free Travel
  • Preparation is key to making every moment of your life the very best
  • Bed bugs are more common than you think!
  • Which supplements you must bring on your trip
  • And you won’t want to miss my “Show and Tell” time where I will pull out all of the essential goodies from my Healthy Traveler Paraphernalia kit!

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Healthy Traveler Paraphernalia Checklist

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This is the very first time I have ever shared my personal tips, tricks and details of how to prepare for healthy travel, including a list of exactly what to take on the flight as well as which supplements to pack so that you can make each business trip or adventure the very best– full of boundless energy, sharp mental focus and maintain a powerful vibrant body!

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Dr. Susanne
Healthy Travel Summit

You probably don’t know this about me, but I get so excited in the springtime because it’s when I start planning my next big summer vacation! Yippee!

I just LOVE to travel to other parts of the world where I can jump into the ocean to swim, snorkel or stand up paddle. I’ve actually lived near the ocean my entire life… from Korea, to Monterey and now the Pacific Palisades, and I have a deep love and respect for the ocean and marine life.

In fact, my family and close friends call me the “Sensitive Voyager ” – not only because I have a strict rule to explore beaches and oceans wherever I go, but also because of the “way” I travel.

Sensitive Voyager

I’m very organized and prepared with all of my food, supplements and healthy travel paraphernalia.

My philosophy is that I want to have the best experience possible at every moment in my life – including during my travels – and if it takes an extra bag of goodies to do that, I am all for it!

Preparation is key for healthy traveling, whether it’s for a business trip or a fun-filled adventure.

On Nature’s Secrets today I will share my top healthy travel essentials for you and your family, so you can maintain your energy and mental focus, be free of allergies and avoid any potential health disasters that are so common for people when they travel.

First let’s pack a Healthy Travel Paraphernalia Kit for you!

Daily essential supplements of vitamins and minerals allow you to travel guilt-free – you may not be getting enough fresh vegetables and fruit backpacking in the Alaskan wilderness. Which ones to take? A Multi-vitamin and mineral formula for sure and take extra Vitamin C and Vitamin D for extra energy and immune boosters. Also important are probiotics that you don’t have to refrigerate, especially in areas that commonly cause traveler’s diarrhea such as South America, Asia and Africa!

  1. Instead of toxic hand sanitizers, colloidal silver spray is an excellent alternative to sanitize your hands, also can be spray on cuts to prevent infection! Best formulation is one that has been manufactured with SilverSol® Technology you can find Silver Sol Power on my drsusanne.com website
  2. Broad spectrum anti-microbials such as olive leaf and oregano oil for viral, bacterial and fungal infections
  3. Calendula and arnica ointments for cuts and bruises with a few extra Band-Aid’s
  4. Tropical environment means more exotic insects that can bite you! Wear light long sleeve shirts and long pants to protect your body and pack a mosquito netting for your bed. Dengue fever is more common than you think!
  5. Don’t forget non-DEET bug repellent you can apply to your skin found at your local health food store. It will keep the mosquitoes and sand flies away. Another great bug repellent is Magnesium oil! This was my own discovery while I was traveling in Mexico. They hate the taste of it, and at the same time you can have extra Magnesium that will absorb though the skin.
  6. My favorite ointment for itchy bug bites? Tiger Balm! Get the one that is white in color, to prevent stains

Other healthy travel tips:

  • A “green” or eco-friendly hotel could be more suited for your family – those are more conscientious about chemicals and allergen that can be aggravating to your health.

Today, many hotels and restaurants all around the world now accommodate for the sensitive traveler. Even if you do not have allergy symptoms, being mindful of your environment and nutrition will make your travels so much more enjoyable and memorable.

Hotels are now equipped with air purifiers, feather free bedding, non-chemical cleaning products, you just need to ask for it.

Also, check if the resort is “pet friendly.” You don’t want your sensitive child sneezing and coughing through the night.

  • Weather or not? Look online for the weather of your destination; you can see the next 10 days, but also check out the average temperatures for the month, including the ocean’s water temperature. I take my snorkel gear, shortie wetsuit and underwater camera on every trip!
  • Travel with healthy snacks! I love packing foods that will sustain my energy and brain power, just in case we are stuck somewhere without a decent restaurant. Worst situation is when a child is hungry! We all know that a hungry child is not a happy child!

What are my healthy snack favs?

  1. Organic turkey jerky- high protein, low sugar and helps keep the blood sugar balanced and reduces sugar cravings
  2. Gluten free granola for breakfast or a snack
  3. Organic seed bars (with pumpkin, sunflower, chia and hemp seeds)
  4. Almonds, Macadamia nuts and Hazelnuts
  5. Individual packs of unsweetened almond milk (yes, they will weigh down your bag, but love that I will be dairy free and add it to my breakfast granola or morning ginger and cinnamon tea
  6. Individual green drink packets and veggie or egg protein powder shakes that can be mixed with a bottle of purified water
  7. Herbal organic teas, such as chamomile and Rooibos with a drop of liquid stevia

Dr. Susanne's Healthy Snack Faves

Last minute tips for the plane ride:

  1. Bring on board plenty of purified water- drink 8 ounces of water for every hour you are up in the air. Flying dries your eyes, nasal and lung tissues as well as your skin!
  2. Colloidal silver throat spray for before, during and after flight to ward off viral and bacterial infections.
  3. Before boarding your flight, apply a thin layer of “unpetroleum” jelly to moisten and protect nasal passages – It will keep nasal passages moist, help collect dust, dirt and possible harmful microbes. Don’t forget to eventually blow your nose after the flight!
  4. Socks and a scarf. Even if you are dressed appropriately to go to the islands, the plane ride can be brutally cold. Covering up will prevent you from catching a draft and weakening your immune system!
  5. If you are flying to a different continent, best to make your flight arrangement over night so you can wake up fresh and ready to go when you arrive at your destination! Don’t forget to bring on board loose & comfortable clothing to sleep in such as long sleeve shirt and sweats, it can get very cold in the plane!

Also pack your eye mask, earplugs and natural sleeping formulas such as gaba cream and melatonin with 5-HTP to help you relax and get deep uninterrupted sleep of at least 7-8 hours. The worst flights are when you can’t get the rest you need and half of your vacation is trying to get used to the jet lag!

Dr. Susanne's Overnight Flight Must-Haves

Again, preparation is key for healthy travel! When you do, you’ll have the best experience wherever you go! Isn’t having fun what it’s all about? Bon Voyage!

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Allergy Season is already here! Sunny skies, drier and warmer temperatures in some areas of the country allow plants and trees to bloom earlier releasing an abundant amount of pollen for the natural process of propagation. Southern California is one of those areas that are experiencing early allergy season. “Cedar fever” in some areas of Texas will be affecting thousands of people soon.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 40 million Americans suffer from symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis commonly known as hay fever.

Pollen irritates the mucous membrane tissues in our eyes, nasal/sinus pathways and oral cavity causing itchy eyes, nose and throat, sneezing, post nasal drip, cough, fatigue and in more severe cases, asthmatic reactions.

There are many natural remedies for children and adults that work surprisingly well to relieve allergy symptoms from outdoor seasonal inhalants.

Here are a few supplements to add to your natural remedy emergency kit that can be easily found at your local health food store or holistic pharmacy.

Using these remedies individually or in combination may help alleviate your or your child’s symptoms and also prevent future reactions.

Vitamin C: an essential nutrient, which help modulate the immune system and reduce inflammation

Quercetin: a powerful bioflavinoid found in fruits and vegetables that prevents immune cells from releasing histamines

Stinging Nettles: Nettle leaf extract contains compounds that reduce inflammation and histamine production.

Bromelain: a natural enzyme from pineapple and an effective anti- inflammatory when taken on an empty stomach.

Black Currant (Ribes Nigrum) Gemmotherapy: Gemmotherapy formulas are plant stem cell extracts from buds and shoots of organic plants. Extremely powerful in minute doses, black currant extract is known as the “natural cortisone” to help alleviate inflammation and allergic symptoms.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: an optimal anti-inflammatory supplement when taken regularly with meals

Pycnogenol: A study (June 2010) by Dale Wilson et al, in Phytotherapy Research concluded that pycnogenol (pine bark extract) taken 5 weeks prior to allergy season improved allergic rhinitis symptoms. This super anti-oxidant can reduce symptoms of inflammation, runny nose and itchy eyes.

Homeopathic Lymph Drainage cream: helps drain and open the lymphatic system of the head and neck to remove metabolic waste and secretions, ultimately alleviating nasal congestion, runny nose and postnasal drip.

Other helpful tips:

  • Reduce common food sensitivities that can increase histamine and mucus production such as dairy, yeast, sugar and soy.
  • Keep windows closed during the seasonal months of March through June and from September to October.
  • Invest in a whole house air filtration system or a HEPA air purifier for your child’s room (do not use a negative ionizer, not as effective in collecting pollen and particulates and some models may release ozone into the air).
  • Leave the “fresh air vent” in your car closed and turn on the “recirculating air” button to prevent pollen, dust and smog from entering in.
  • Windy days can exacerbate or trigger allergies, have play dates inside with board games and art projects instead.
  • Teach your child to blow his or her nose effectively and apply un-petroleum jelly around the nostrils to prevent redness and chafing.
  • Rinse nasal passages with a mild saline solution using a nasal rinse pot (neti pot) after work or school and outdoor activities.
  • Wipe down your loving pets with a damp paper towel to remove the pollen and particulates from their coats before re-entering your home.

Although allergy remedies are necessary at appropriate times, prevention and lifestyle change is key for a healthy family all year round.
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Fear of “Oldtimer’s”?

Last week when I was hanging out with Sarah Chun, my cool 83 years young mom, she confided in me that the #1 fear she has right now is that she may be losing her mind- she used the word Alzheimer’s!

Wait, she actually she pronounced it “Oldtimer’s” with a Korean accent, but I knew exactly what she was talking about!

Now my mother is in good health- she eats well, laughs daily watching her Korean drama shows and gets her exercise by dancing around to K-Pop. But she does have her forgetful moments of not remembering little things here and there which frustrates her terribly. Anyone who has a parent over 75 years old understands these little mishaps.

I reassured and calmed her down, told her that yes, she does have some memory issues-  but definitely not Alzheimer’s disease (AD), what is now called Type 3 Diabetes!

Having me as a daughter has some awesome perks- for years I have been advising her what she can do to stay young and rev up her brainpower but this time, she was ready to listen and follow through.

Her fears of losing her mind are the same as all of our fears, so I decided to post an article on the recommendations I gave to my mother that can help you or your family members as well.

I created a personalized step-by-step lifestyle program for her:

  • Increased her protein intake and replaced her white rice (Korean staple) for sweet potatoes, brown rice and quinoa,
  • Scheduled her night ritual so she can sleep longer and deeper hours,
  • Added some of the same brain boosting supplements I take daily to improve her memory and cognitive function
  • Eliminated all inflammatory causing foods such as sugar, dairy, gluten and yeast
  • Recommended a neck massage weekly to increase blood flow to her brain and open up her lymphatic system.

I expressed to her that we will get her mind and brain sparking in no time and that she will be with us fully functioning for a very long time. I reminded her that her own mother lived 104 years!

Then a few days ago, CNN came out with this very interesting article about reversing dementia, AD and improving the brain. What perfect timing!

The article was based on Dr. Dale Bredesen’s recent study (from my alma mater), at UCLA’s Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and it went over much of the same information I gave to my mother.

I added my own recommendations to Dr. Dale’s study and created the:

 9 Key Strategies to Prevent Dementia and early Alzheimer’s Disease:

  1. Reduce simple carbohydrates, starchy vegetables and gluten grains to reduce “leaky brain” and brain inflammation
  1. Take a daily dose of Vitamin D to modulate and improve immunity
  1. Increase your circulation and sweating mechanism by exercising vigorously, dry brushing, sitting in an infrared sauna, and hot & cold baths or showers. This will reduce toxins from deposited into the brain and cleansing them out of the body.
  1. Add polyphenols to your supplement regimen. These super antioxidants will stop oxidation and damage to DNA and nerve tissue that can lead to premature aging and brain deterioration. My favorites polyphenols include EGCg (decaffeinated), Resveratrol, and power greens!
  1. Reverse dementia and rejuvenate the brain by taking these phospholipids and essential fatty acid supplements for life: GPC (glycerophosphocholine), Phosphatidyl Serine and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Also eat more healthy fats at every meal (olive, avocado, ghee, walnut, coconut)!
  1. Wait to go to sleep at least 3 hours after dinner and fast (no food, water is fine) for 12 hours between dinner and your next meal- this may help breakdown the amyloid beta proteins that build up in the brain found in Alzheimer patients. D
  1. Eat more probiotics, prebiotics (fibrous veggies), and fermented foods like kimchi (my fav!), pickles and organic miso to improving gut health, which reduces the risk of dementia.
  1. Get 7 to 8 hours of deep uninterrupted sleep to reduce stress and inflammation and to rejuvenate the body and spirit.
  1. Reduce toxic metal exposure to mercury and aluminum, both neurotoxins that can contribute to brain deterioration. Minimize eating mercury-laden fish such as tuna and swordfish, and stop using aluminum-based products.

What I love about Dr. Dale is that his study was all about fighting dementia and Alzheimer’s by making healthy everyday lifestyle choices rather than testing some type of new drug or vaccine. He even knew about “leaky gut” and mercury toxicity- love this guy!

We all have the power to change our brain by changing our lifestyle- the way we eat, sleep and take care of our environment. A lot of the same strategies I talk about in my best selling book The 7-Day Allergy Makeover!

I can’t wait to have him on my Wellness for Life radio show. I will keep you posted once I secure him as an expert guest!

BTW- I have some really cool news coming out in a couple of weeks. Come back regularly to check to see what is coming up for 2015! Super exciting!

Click on the link below to read the entire CNN article:
https://drsusanne.com/reversedementia

Pina Colada Chia Pudding Recipe

I was inspired to make this yummy dessert from a recipe found in Dr. Alan Christianson’s free cookbook! I revised his vanilla chia pudding recipe and gave it a tropical twist!

You will need these organic ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk (homemade almond milk is my fav)

1/2 cup coconut cream

1/4 cup chia seed

1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 tsp alcohol-free stevia

1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract

frozen chopped pineapple

Directions:

Add all ingredients except the pineapple in large bowl and mix well so chia seeds do not clump. Set the mixture aside for 20 minutes at room temperature. Pour into single serving cups and pop them into the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.

Top off each cup with frozen chopped pineapple to get that extra tropical flavor!

Enjoy!

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BTW- I also love the sweet potato hash and the cilantro, lime cucumber salad recipes, you are welcome to download the cookbook here!: https://drsusanne.com/adrenalreset

Halloween is tomorrow and the ghosts and ghouls will not end after October! One of the scariest treats that follows you through the holidays is candy. Candy is chock full of sugar and can have some spooky effects on your body if you’re not careful.

The American Heart Association (AHA) found that the average American consumes 22.2 teaspoons of sugar a day! That is three times more of the amount a single person should consume in a day.

The biggest contributor to excess sugar is hidden sugar. This is the sugar found in your cereal, bread, juices, soda and pasta sauces; it is not the obvious sugars like in candy and cake.

During the holiday months, we are overwhelmed with spooky treats and pay little attention to the effects of the excess sugar in our bodies, writing it off as a holiday treat. But this season, let’s pay close attention to those labels and help ourselves to more than just another serving.

Scary Side-Effects of Your Holiday Candy

Over indulging in candy this season and sweet holiday treats can have many consequences including:

  1. “Sugar High” – a short increase in energy and then a hard dive in your blood sugar level, leaving your body tired, unable to focus and anxious.
  2. Weight Gain – an increase in sugar intake can lead to a “muffin top”, excess fat in the wrong places on the body and is one of the leading causes in childhood obesity.
  3. Bacterial and Yeast Overgrowth – Ingesting sugar can cause intestinal dysbiosis or microbial overgrowth which can lead to inflammation, allergies, leaky gut and even autoimmune issues. On the other hand, decreasing your sugar intake can help you feel more energy and restore a healthy gut flora quickly.
  4. Type 2 Diabetes – By 2020, most likely half of the American population will be pre-diabetic or have diabetes. Eating too much sugar over a long period of time will cause insulin insensitivity issues which can even be life threatening.
  5. Tooth Decay and Cavities – We have all heard the horror stories of the effects of candy on our teeth but tooth decay is a serious issue among children and can be considerably reduced by limiting the amount of your sugar intake and good oral hygiene habits.
  6. Sleep Apnea – an increase of sugar in the body can cause nasal congestion and a swollen tongue, which can cause you to stop breathing for short amounts of time while you sleep. It reduces the amount of oxygen in your body, cause terrible fatigue and may have serious effects.

If you have any of these issues, reduce all types of sugars such as candy, bread and pastries, ice cream and desserts, “white food” such as white rice, potato, and flour, and alcohol, and start replacing it with whole foods with a low glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL).

Low GI/GL foods typically include fresh organic greens and vegetables, healthy oils, seeds and nuts, free range/hormone free beef, lamb, chicken and turkey, wild salmon, quinoa, sweet potato and avocados. Try working these low sugar, healthful foods into your holiday meals this season. Always double check labels and be sure to buy the freshest produce for your holiday meals by shopping at your local farmer’s market and organic grocery store!