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Omega 3’s- why are they anti-inflammatory?

Omega-3’s are polyunsaturated fatty acids that the body derives from certain foods. They are considered essential because they are critical for good health and the body cannot make them on its own. There are two main types of omega-3 fatty acids: Long chain (EPA and DHA) and short-chain (ALA).

Although they have many vital effects on one’s health including anti-blood clotting effects, reducing blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol, they also play in important role in fighting inflammation and are considered anti-inflammatory.

Inflammation is a critical mechanism your body possesses to help protect you from pathogens, irritants, and heal injuries by sending proteins and white blood cells to the affected area. While inflammation is very essential process, uncontrolled regulation can result in consequential tissue damage and contribute to many disease formations including cardiovascular disease and even cancer. That is why consuming anti-inflammatory foods, like Omega-3 essential fatty acids, is so imperative.

Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in several foods. These foods include:

• Grass fed beef

• Fresh deep water fish

• Raw flaxseeds, hemp seeds,

• Soybeans

• Shrimp

• Cauliflower

• Brussel sprouts

As you can see, there aren’t many foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and it is difficult to obtain the amount of Omega-3 that your body needs. Most people require a supplement to get this essential amount. Many health conditions require additional Omega-3. There are many types of supplements that are abundant in Omega-3’s. The most common and beneficial are:

• Fish oil

• Krill oil

• Cod liver oil

• Flax oil

• Hemp oil

Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are abundant in fish and shellfish, and short-chain omega-3 fatty acids (ALA) are typically found in plants, such as flax and hemp. It is possible for the body to synthesize DHA and EPA from ALA, but conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA is extremely limited. Therefore, fish oils are usually the most efficient source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

If you are experiencing signs of inflammation or are interested in having an analysis of your Omega-3 intake, please contact Dr. Lee at Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center or call 206-319-5322.

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Importance of vitamin D in the Pacific Northwest

Vitamin D is important for good overall health with its wide range of benefits. Its primary role is to increase the movement of calcium into the bloodstream by promoting the absorption of calcium from food. This is why it is essential in bone growt

h. Some other health benefits of having a healthy level of vitamin D are: decreased inflammation, decreased risk of cancer, decreased dental cavities, prevention and treatment of depression, and reduced risk of diseases like multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and heart disease.


What happens when vitamin D levels are low?

Seattle is at a latitude of 47° north of the equator, which sets up the population for widespread vitamin D insufficiency. Without vitamin D, bones become thin and brittle. Being vitamin D deficient also increases risk of cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Low blood levels of vitamin D also relate to cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Multiple Sclerosis, which causes progressive nerve damage, has been linked to low vitamin D levels. Washington State has one of the highest multiple sclerosis rates in the nation, and it has been theorized that the low levels of sunlight in the winter contribute to this statistic.

How can you get vitamin D?

Vitamin D is often called “the sunshine vitamin” because our bodies synthesize it naturally through direct exposure to sunlight. This is the most natural way to get vitamin D and can happen very quickly, especially in the summer. How much vitamin D is produced from sunlight depends on time of day and where you live. You can also get vitamin D by taking supplements. This is a good way to get vitamin D if you can’t get enough sunlight or don’t want to expose your skin.

There are very few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. Some of these foods include fish with high fat content such as salmon, catfish and tuna. Milk and some cereals are usually fortified with vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common especially in northern populations like the Pacific Northwest, where solar radiation in the autumn and winter is much too small to maintain healthy levels.

Your vitamin D level can be easily assessed with a simple blood test. Feel free to contact Seattle Naturopathic Center if you are interested in finding out your vitamin D level.

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Identifying the problem: food allergy vs. food sensitivity

Knowing the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity can better help you determine the type of testing best suited to the problem. A food allergy is when the immune system targets a specific food protein as an allergen. The body attacks it and as a result produces large amounts of immunoglobulin E (IgE). The release of IgE causes the release of histamines and other chemicals which cause what is known as an allergic reaction. Food allergies symptoms range from mild to severe such as hives, swelling, dry cough, intestinal problems, eczema, headaches, etc. Only about 4-5% of the population has a true, immediate food allergy; some common allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. A delayed response in food allergy is more frequently seen. Instead of the production of IgE, the body produces IgG. The result of IgG production can lead to symptoms such as asthma, eczema, headaches, joint pain, fatigue and more. Delayed response to food allergen generally takes about 48-72 hours for symptoms to occur.

On the other hand, sensitivities to food are not caused by an immune response but instead an unpleasant reaction to certain foods commonly in the form of stomach upset, acid reflux, and nausea. Nearly 70- 80% of Americans have a food intolerance; common foods include dairy products and gluten rich foods.

Ways to tackle food intolerances is through an elimination diet method to first detect the suspect foods. If this alone doesn’t eliminate symptoms, getting a food sensitivity blood test such as an ALCAT test can match what types of food one is sensitive to. Two common ways to test for food allergies are a blood test that measures the amount of IgE and or IgG present for certain types of food. A basic skin prick test which tests for immediate IgE immune reactions to foods is also used.

For more information about food allergy and/or food sensitivity testing, please contact Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center at 206-319-5322 or info@seattlenaturopathiccenter.com

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Everything you want to know about Vitamin B12!

Cobalamin, also known as vitamin B12, is an essential vitamin critical to function and health that is not naturally synthesized in our bodies. This vitamin can be obtained through the consumption of animal products in which bacteria within these foods synthesize it or through synthetic forms such as tablets, injections or additives. Some of the most B12 dense foods include shellfish, cow liver, fish, crab, fortified soy products, red meat, low fat dairy products, cheese, and eggs. As an alternative to these animal products, rice milk, fortified energy bars, and yeast extract have high B12 content as well.

Some major health benefits of B12 include lowering the levels of homocysteine, a protein in the blood which is known to lower nerve and heart health. Therefore, by lowering this protein level in the blood through the increase of B12, it increases protection against heart disease, increases DNA protection and repair which helps reduce cancer risks and slows aging, and increases protection against dementia and cognitive decline. It is also known that B12 and B9 (folate) deficiencies can double the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease as well as lower energy and endurance. Slight deficiencies in B12 can have adverse health effects including immediate signs of anemia, fatigue, mania, depression, and long term affects including permanent brain and nerve damage.

During normal absorption of vitamin B12, proteins in the stomach combine with the vitamin and aid in its absorption in the small intestine. Those at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency include people who have Atrophic Gastiris, an inability to absorb B12 from natural food sources, those with anemia, vegans or vegetarians, pregnant or lactating mothers, and those on certain medications. Also, individuals over the age of 50 have a declining ability to absorb B12, those who have had GI surgery, or those with pernicious anemia which decreases levels of proteins that aid in absorption. Recommended treatment or prevention for people B12injections or supplements. Also, topically B12 can be applied in combination with avocado or coconut oil to help treat skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.

For more information about vitamin B12 injections, please visit Seattle Naturopathic Center or call 206-319-5322

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You are tired?

K. C. is a 43 year old female who came into the clinic with fatigue as well as recent clouded memory particularly poor name recollection. She was also interested in starting a series of vitamin B12 injections to help with her symptoms. The patient had no prior medical history to date; in fact, she is a yoga instructor who alternates between a pescatarian and vegetarian diet. The patient typically wakes up in the early morning but doesn’t eat breakfast for several hour. Her energy level is generally 3/10 with 10 being highest in energy. The first suggestion was to eat more protein and fiber in the early morning. She was recommended to increase fiber through ground flax and protein through eggs or beans, and to start to incorporate maca powder. Maca powder has a variety of health benefits including B12 and E vitamins, calcium, supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which in turn increase energy levels. In addition to dietary changes, blood tests were done to find out if the fatigue is from anemia or poor thyroid function. Also, although the patient lives and works in parts of the world with sun, a vitamin D test was run. The lab results showed that she fell in the normal ranges for the general blood testing, yet deficiencies in vitamin D and extremely low levels of ferritin. Ferritin is a protein found inside cells that stores iron so the body can use it later. In order to help with energy levels, she got a series of vitamin B12 shot, a direct injection of vitamin B12 which helps with energy and memory boosting if levels are too low in the blood. She also started taking 4000 IU of vitamin D3 daily with a fatty food such as avocado. For thyroid stability, she started increasing iodine through eating more iodine rich foods such as seaweed.  Lastly, increasing iron will restore red blood cells and increase energy so she started taking an iron support with extra vitamin C to help with iron absorption. She also started a series of iron injection.

Now, after 2 weeks of dietary changes along with weekly injections, her energy is 9/10.

For more information about naturopathic care with Dr. Lee, please visit Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center or call 206-319-5322

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What supplements do you REALLY need? Find out with Micronutrient testing!

Are you taking too many supplements? Not enough? Nutritional status is a vital foundation of health and performance.

You may be deficient in some vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and/or other essential micronutrients and not even not even know it.

University research has shown that 50% of people taking multivitamins are still nutritionally deficient.

It is important to know your nutrient status, because it has been shown that vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies can contribute to degenerative processes such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

 

Dr. Lee offers the MicroNutrient Test tests for 32 vitamins and minerals:

VITAMINS Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Biotin, Folate, Pantothenate
MINERALS Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper AMINO ACIDS Asparagine, Glutamine, Serine.
ANTIOXIDANTS Alpha Lipoic Acid, Coenzyme Q10, Cysteine, Glutathione, Selenium, Vitamin E, SPECTOX™ for total antioxidant function.
CARBOHYDRATE METABOLISM Chromium, Fructose Sensitivity, Glucose-Insulin, Metabolism.
FATTY ACIDS Oleic Acid
METABOLITES Choline, Inositol, Carnitine.

 

The MicroNutrient Test measures your body’s ability to absorb 32 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other essential nutrients within your white blood cells. This non-fasting blood test tells you if you have a vitamin deficiency and gives you a plan for how to correct it.

More importantly, the results information can help you reduce the risk of illness and disease related to such deficiencies.

Did you know that about 50% of people taking multivitamins are STILL deficient?

The MicroNutrient Test can tell you which supplement to focus on – thereby eliminating your deficiency and any unnecessary spending on costly supplements.

You also need it because scientific evidence confirms that vitamin deficiencies are associated with disease processes and the overall conditions of your health. The MicroNutrient Test is the only test that takes a nutritional assessment and creates a plan to correct any deficiency negatively influencing customer’s health. Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function and contribute to chronic degenerative processes such as arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

 

Micronutrient Test is More Advanced Than other Laboratory Tests

Before the introduction of the Micronutrient Test, many diagnosis and risk assessments were based on clinical observation and measurements of static levels of certain nutrients in serum. Static serum levels are not always representative indicators for assessing cell metabolism and utilization.

MicroNutrient Test offers a unique means to scientifically assess the intracellular requirements of micronutrients that play an important role in overall health and wellness. Micronutrient test measure the biochemical function of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, providing a powerful clinical assessment tool. Our panels are designed to provide you with the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available.

 

What if I am deficient?

As the only lab that can offer a truly functional intracellular testing (Micronutrient Test), we also provide you with targeted nutrient repletion recommendations for those vitamins and minerals found to be deficient.

 

Why Nutritional Testing is Important?

1. Nutrient deficiencies are common, in fact 90% of people are deficient and 50% of those are already taking supplements

2. Vitamin deficiencies contribute to common degenerative disease like heart disease, stroke, cancer and Alzheimer’s.

3. Many prescription medications can cause nutrient depletions.

4. Having a strong antioxidant defense system protects you against heart disease, cancer and other chronic conditions.

5. There can be too much of a “good thing” — too many antioxidants can be harmful. The only way to know what you need is to be tested.

6. Simply taking a multivitamin may not be enough to meet your nutritional needs.

7. You might be over supplementing with unnecessary vitamins, minerals or antioxidants. Too much can be harmful.

8. Aging can be caused by a lack of nutrients.

9. Heaving healthy cells promotes strong immune function and optimal health for a lifetime

If you have any questions regarding to micronutrient testing, please contact Dr. Lee at 206-319-5322 or visit Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center

 

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Can mesotherapy help with hair loss?

On an average, human hair grows at a constant pace of ½ inch a month. This growth depends on many factors like genes, age, hormonal effects and sickness. There are different types of hair and every hair has a different growth cycle.

 

Generally, an individual looses between 50 to 100 hair everyday, which is considered normal. You should not be worried if you are loosing around 100 hair in a day. But if the count is more, then it can be an alarming signal. Hair is made up of a protein, which is known as keratin. Hair consists of a hair shaft (which is visible on the scalp) & root (which is underneath the scalp) which is responsible for the growth of hair. It is not only the adults who loose hair, but in some cases, teenagers too loose hair. Loosing hair in adolescence generally means that there is deficiency of essential nutrients and proteins in the diet. Some medications and treatments like chemotherapy are also responsible for hair loss. Hair loss is also caused by some chemicals that people use to look good like hair gels and hair colors.

 

Reasons for excessive hair loss:

  • Infections: Bacterial, viral or fungal
  • Intake of medicines /chemicals e.g Anticancer drugs, high doses of vitamin-A
  • Physical trauma
  • Compulsive scratching of scalp
  • Hormonal disturbances – Thyroid disorders, diabetes, menstrual disturbances, etc.
  • Physical agents- Overuse of parlour procedures
  • Anemia
  • Malnutrition
  • Stress
  • Genetics

 

As always, the root cause of hair loss should be identified and treated accordingly. If the cause of hair loss cannot be remediated, mesotherapy may be an option to help promote hair growth.

 

Mesotherapy is the procedure of administering vitamins and other substances in the scalp of patients suffering from hair fall. These substances are injected into mesoderm, a layer under skin, which is a link between tissues of skin and layer of fat. It helps in enhancing blood distribution, triggering cell metabolism and speeding up the revival of hair follicles. It has been found to be helpful in a lot of patients suffering from active hair fall.

 

For more information about mesotherapy or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 206-319-5322 or visit Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center for more information.

 

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