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How to Balance Hormones Naturally

Hormones are the chemical messengers that regulate every physiological process in the body including metabolism, energy, sex drive, mood, growth, reproduction, and fat loss.
Hormone imbalances affect both men and women, and have a direct impact on how you feel, think and look, quality of life, relationships, and overall health. It’s important to realize that all hormones act synergistically, they do not act independent of one another. When hormones are in sync, we feel energized, sleep well, perform better, and look our best. When they’re not, we feel miserable.

Hormone imbalances can occur from a number of things such as an imbalance of protein, carbohydrates and fat, menopause, andropause, pregnancy and nursing, medications, chemical exposure, obesogens, dehydration, thyroid and adrenal dysfunction, excessive exercising, medical conditions, chronic stress, OTC and pharmaceutical drug use, nutrient deficiencies, and many other factors.

Symptoms linked to hormone imbalances: Difficulty losing weight, insomnia, low libido, fatigue, anxiety, hot flashes, gynectomastia, belly fat, erectile dysfunction, mood swings, hair loss, acne, digestive issues, exercise resistance, PCOS, diabetes, infertility, and depression.

Whether a specific hormone is high or low, taking hormones just because lab values are out of range before exploring the root cause can create further hormonal chaos, a metabolic disaster, and a potential to disrupt the entire balance. I am not implying one should never opt for hormones, however it’s important to dig deeper to identify the root cause of the imbalances and why your hormones are increased or decreased in the first place, and then bring your body into balance through lifestyle modifications, healthier food choices ideal for your bio-individuality, looking at liver and gut function, toxic load, adrenal function, blood sugar, inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, underlying infections, and other systems that directly impact metabolism and hormone function. 

• • • How to Balance Hormones Naturally • • •

Food quality matters. Food is information that affects metabolism and the production and secretion of hormones. It’s crucial to eat organic, nutrient-dense foods that stabilize blood sugar and cortisol, increase insulin sensitivity, and lower insulin levels. Instead of limiting or counting calories, choose nutrient-dense real foods that support hormone production and balance.
Processed foods, soy, grains, juice, soda, fructose, factory-farmed frankenmeat and nutritionally-void carbohydrates increase insulin, negatively impact thyroid function, testosterone production, and change how estrogen is metabolized.

Stay hydrated. The simple habit of drinking enough clean, filtered water helps balance hormones. Dehydration increases cortisol and lowers testosterone. 

Limit exposure to chemicals and reduce toxic load. Obesogens are chemical-hormone disruptors that mimic and alter hormones that inhibit the thyroid, disrupt leptin, decrease testosterone, reduce insulin sensitivity, increase estrogen, risk of autoimmune diseases, and negatively affect our health.
Food additives, pesticides, phthalates, xenobiotics, BPA, plastics, heavy metals, medications, thermal receipts, plug-in air fresheners, hand sanitizers, cosmetics, personal care and cleaning products, molds, glyphosate, GMOs, halogens (fluoride, chlorine and bromide), and other environmental toxins and chemicals disrupt hormones, cause mitochrondrial dysfunction, oxidative damage, and increase risk of disease.

Pesticides affect insulin-binding receptors, reduce testosterone, increase estrogen and other hormone imbalances, increase risk of autoimmune disorders, alter the integrity of the mitochondria, disrupt metabolism, are neurotoxic, and cause numerous health problems. Just one more reason to prioritize organic foods!

Healthy, healing fats are essential as basic building blocks to make hormones. Choose anti-inflammatory fats vs pro-inflammatory fats.

Sleep. Respect your natural circadian rhythms, dampen your stress response during the day, and prioritize 7-9 hours of sleep, which will optimize glucose and melatonin, reduce cortisol, and increase insulin sensitivity, growth hormone and testosterone. Just one week of sleeping <6 hrs/night lowers testosterone by 10-15%, causes leptin-resistance and increases ghrelin, the hunger hormone.

Happy, healthy adrenals. While cortisol is vital to survival as a part of the fight-or-flight response, having chronically high or low cortisol levels result in leaky gut, blood sugar dysregulation, lower testosterone, hard-to-get-rid-of belly fat, inhibition of the thyroid and interference of T4 to T3 conversion mimicking hypothyroidism, and altered metabolism of sex hormones.

Meditating and spending time in nature lower cortisol. Chronically elevated stress hormones disrupt blood sugar, break your body down, accelerate aging, increase sugar and carb cravings, and risk of disease. Everything’s interconnected.

Gratitude. The simple act of appreciation and gratitude have a positive influence on hormones.

Reduce EMF exposure. Never wear a cell phone on your body or carry it in your pocket. Keep cell phones, television and computers out of the bedroom during sleep. 

Exercise. The traditional approach of more is better is a total metabolic and hormonal disaster. Too much exercise, under-recovery or the wrong type of exercise such as long, slow distance (LSD) steady-state endurance exercise increases cortisol and adrenaline. Instead, choose activities that build you up vs those that break you down. Change the intensity, do less, train smarter, and reap greater results!

Strength training and interval-style, short-burst training such as those found in Fat Loss Revolution balanced with parasympathetic activities that reset your autonomic nervous system (yin yoga, Qi gong, Tai Chi, walking, gardening, rhythmic breathing) is ideal to balancing hormones. Find something you enjoy doing and do it!
A healthy functioning liver is essential for hormone production, detoxification, bile production to aid in digestion and emulsify fats, protein synthesis, correcting estrogen dominance, optimizing thyroid function plus hundreds of other functions.

Cholesterol is required for hormone production. Total cholesterol <160 hinders hormone production. Contrary to what you’ve been told, we need cholesterolcholesterol is healthy!

Infections. Viral, fungal, Candida and bacterial infections can damage the gut and the brain, cause leaky gut, and have indirect effects that damage the adrenals and thyroid, cause autoimmunity, and disturb the delicate balance of hormones.

Less alcohol. Alcohol interferes with hormone function, negatively affecting growth hormone, luteinizing hormone and testosterone production, and increases insulin, cortisol, estrogen and aromatization. Long-term alcohol abuse interferes with the HPA axis, resulting in reduced testosterone and feminization in men.

OTC and Rx drugs interfere with production and balance of hormones. The list includes NSAIDs, statins, opioids, oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, antacids, antibiotics, anti-psychotics, synthetic hormones, chemotherapy drugs, beta blockers, anti-histamines, tranquilizers, anti-fungals, spironolactone and blood-thinning drugs.

Support hormone balance with basic building block nutrients. Zinc, vitamin D, magnesium, digestive support and essential fatty acids. Identify your unique nutrient deficiencies via a blood chemistry analysis.
Set small goals and build upon them. Yes, all of this information can be overwhelming. And, it is just that – information. Change can only happen when the information is applied and followed consistently to where it eventually becomes habitual and part of your lifestyle. Keep it simple! Start with just one or two things that you want to change, develop or improve upon, and commit, dedicate and pour your energy into it. The effort is well worth it as you notice improvements in your mood, behavior, physical appearance, energy, and hormone balance. Small changes add up over time...that's how life-changing transformation happens! Now, that’s empowering!  

As a holistic nutritionist and functional health practitioner with over 25 years of experience, my philosophy is to identify the root cause of any hormone imbalance and underlying health complaints or problems, slowly "peel away the layers of the onion," and design a healing protocol and comprehensive LIFESTYLE plan specific to your unique biochemistry so you can heal, experience vibrant health, balanced hormones, age well, and look, think and feel better than ever for a lifetime. I consult with men and women throughout the U.S. and with clients locally in the Phoenix, AZ area. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation! Thank you!

Copyright © Paula Owens. All rights reserved.

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What Every Parent Needs to Know About Childhood Nutrition, Health & Wellness

Recently, I’ve been presenting the information in this article to the Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO) in the Phoenix, AZ area, and wanted to share it with you as well. Send a kiss

In our quest to live happy, healthy lives, raise healthy kids, and look, think and feel our best, we’ve come up against a few challenges in the past couple of decades with the influx of:

  • Exposure to pesticides, GMOs and chemicals in our food, water and environment
  • Overly stressful lifestyles, over-filled schedules and non-stop busyness
  • Lost art of cooking meals at home and sitting down as a family during meal time
  • Minimal (if any) spirituality, prayer and God
  • Chronic cell phone use and screen addiction
  • Living on stimulants, sugar and nutritionally-void processed foods
  • Excessive overuse of antibiotics, OTC and Rx meds
  • Doctors overprescribe anti-depressants, antibiotics, and psycho-stimulating drugs instead of using high dose fish oil, testing for and ruling out infections, looking at food sensitivities, low blood sugar, poor diet, toxic load, chemical exposure, nutrient deficiencies, and heavy metal toxicity.

Rates of autism, cancer, diabetes, depression, mental health problems, autoimmune disease, and obesity are skyrocketing and at record highs. What’s to blame?

Recent research has found that as many as one in every 45 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism. Although there isn’t one specific cause for the rise in autism, it’s believed risk of autism, ADHD and other childhood problems occur from a combination of the following:

  • OTC and prescription medications taken during pregnancy
  • environmental toxins and chemical exposure
  • infections (viral, yeast, fungal, bacterial, parasites, Candida) during pregnancy
  • heavy metal toxicity
  • defective MTHFR gene
  • inflammation
  • multiple vaccinations
  • gut dysfunction, leaky gut and an altered microbiome
  • inborn errors of the metabolism
  • food sensitivities
  • multiple nutrient deficiencies

Every person with behavior problems, depression, ADHD, an autoimmune disease or autism is unique. “Treating ADHD, behavioral issues, depression, and even autism as a body disorder that affects the brain gives us many treatment choices. Children treated in this way can often have dramatic and remarkable, if not miraculous recoveries.”  — Mark Hyman, MD

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Childhood Nutrition, Health & Wellness

Feed your children real food. Real food is nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory, unprocessed, organic, humanely-raised, tastes better, provides satiety, and nourishes the body (and the brain). Nutrition is the key to turn around a behavior problem, mood disorder or health condition that already exists or to prevent one from occurring, raise IQ and improve school performance. Start the day with a protein-rich breakfast and include some healthy fat. Diets that are higher in healthy fats have a huge impact on brain function and behavior. Pack a healthy school lunch. At home, offer your children only nutritious choices. Eat organic for what is doesn’t have. Food is medicine or food is poison.

Food sensitivities. Common culprits include sugar, pasteurized dairy, casein, wheat, gluten, soy, eggs, peanuts, tomatoes, artificial sweeteners, HFCS, food additives, colors and dyes, and chemical-laden, nutrient-deficient, addictive, and processed frankenfoods. Start by eliminating one at a time every couple of weeks.

Radical improvements are seen in autistic, ADHD and in fact, ALL children when dairy, wheat, gluten, grains, sugar, sugary beverages (milk, soda, fruit juices) and processed junk foods are completely eliminated from their diet and they’re nourished with real, nutrient-dense foods.

Cook meals at home. Teaching children how to cook, grocery shop and educating them about the importance of healthy foods by preparing meals at home is crucial to improving their health, behavior and performance. Value the importance of sitting down together as a family during meal time. Families who cook and eat together are healthier, have stronger relationships, do better in school, and are less likely to overeat.

Sleep! Kids need sleep and they are not getting it. Sleep deprivation affects mood, behavior and concentration, and is often misdiagnosed as ADHD. Prepare their bodies, mind and environment for restful sleep. Circadian rhythms are produced by natural factors within the body and also affected by the environment, specifically artificial light. Disrupted circadian rhythms are a major source of stress and have a negative impact on sleep quality, hormones, performance, energy levels, mood, gut microbiome, physical strength, and behavioral, hormonal and metabolic function.

Our natural innate state wants to go to sleep with the sundown and awake with the sunrise. Humans and animals have done this since the beginning of time. This is especially important for growing children.

Minimize screen time. Children’s brains are extremely sensitive to EMFs. Heavy use of electronics overload the sensory system and deplete mental reserves. Heavy electronic use has a significant negative effect on children’s behavior, communication, problem solving and social skills, mental and emotional health, sleep, mood, memory, cognition, attention, and school performance. Keep electronics out of the bedroom. Less screen time allows the nervous system to return to a more natural state. Children become calmer, stronger and happier.

Develop a spiritual connection. Teach children how to meditate, pray, have God time, relaxation techniques and calming breathing exercises. Teaching kids stress management and coping skills such as meditation, yoga, positive self-talk, breathing practices, and mindfulness helps them balance the nervous system.

Vitamin N (nature). Play outside. Encourage outdoor activity. Let kids play in the dirt! Research shows that time outdoors, especially interacting with nature restores attention, lowers stress and reduces aggression.

Build strong immunity, limit immune suppressors, avoid prescription and OTC drugs. Instead of running to the doctor and getting a “pill for the ill,” opt for alternative therapies and natural remedies.

Less is more. Back off on some of the extracurricular activities. Many children are overscheduled and exhausted! Your child doesn’t need to play every sport, instrument and participate in every dance class.

Gut health rules! Test for and rule out underlying infections with a comprehensive digestive stool analysis. Support a healthy microbiome with fermented foods and high-quality probiotics. Nearly all autistic children have Candida and some sort of gut dysfunction. These toxins greatly influence brain chemistry and lead to behavioral problems. An inflamed gut is an inflamed brain. A leaky gut is a leaky brain. Fix the gut!

Basic lab tests: thorough blood work, comprehensive digestive stool analysis (CDSA), toxic metal test, organic acid test, IgG food sensitivity panel

Everything’s interconnected. Be aware of what your children hear, watch, and listen to, who they spend time with, what they eat, and what they expose themselves to. Set a good example.

Supplement with the basic nutrients: essential fatty acids, probiotics, vitamin D, multi vitamin/mineral, zinc, magnesium, digestive enzymes, and if deficient methylated folate and B12

Minimize chemical exposure. The environment has more toxins now than ever before from pesticides, herbicides, PCBs, heavy metals, petrochemicals, GMOs, glyphosate, flame retardants, chlorine, fluoride, triclosan, BPA, factory-farmed meat, obesogens and more!

Estrogen dominance is not just prevalent in women and men, it’s affecting many teens and adolescents too. Children, infants, fetuses and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to the detrimental hazards from pesticides, insecticides, glyphosate, GMOs, EMFs, and chemicals found in food, water, personal care and cleaning products, and the environment. Many autistic children have high levels of toxic heavy metals.

According to scientific research, the umbilical cords of newborns today contains over 250 toxic chemicals! This means that the genes that each generation is passing down are weaker as a result of adults being more toxic and inflamed than ever before. Chemicals can alter gene expression. Genetic misfires in the womb may be permanent, and all subsequent generations could be at greater risk of diseases too.

We’re exposed to more chemicals and toxins nowadays in a 30-day period that our grandparent’s generations were exposed to in their entire lifetime!

Prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy and after birth, the health and nutritional status of BOTH the mother- and the father-to-be matters greatly. Underlying infections, MTHFR defect, and heavy metal toxicity must be ruled out prior to conception. Caution is warranted for women to avoid pesticides during pregnancy. A healthy microbiome, correcting nutrient deficiencies, reducing chemical exposure, optimizing thyroid function, and a nutrient-dense diet are crucial.

Did You Know?

  • Antidepressants taken during pregnancy is associated with autism and developmental delays. [John Hopkins]
  • Research on MTHFR, autism and ADHD suggest that sufficient prenatal intake of folate, both in the period 3 months before conception and during the first month of pregnancy in particular can reduce these risks.
  • Pregnant women who take acetaminophen (Tylenol) while pregnant give birth to children who are 40% more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.
    Just one acetaminophen contains more endocrine disruptor potency than the combined exposure to the 10 most prevalent currently known environmental endocrine disruptors during the entire pregnancy.
  • Even mild iodine-deficiency during pregnancy is associated with lower intelligence, and risk of mental retardation and ADHD in children.
  • Pregnant women are especially at risk for hypothyroidism since the thyroid gland produces more thyroid hormone during pregnancy. Uncontrolled thyroid dysfunction during pregnancy can lead to preterm birth, mental retardation and hemorrhage in the postpartum period
  • More than 14% of pregnant women are prescribed opioids for pain at some time during their pregnancy! [Journal Anesthesiology]
  • Pregnant women who live near areas where pesticides and glyphosate are applied have a 60% higher risk of having children with autism.
  • Pesticides sprayed on our food have also been linked to birth defects.
  • According to senior research scientist, Stephanie Seneff, PhD, glyphosate exposure will cause 50% of all children to have autism by 2025.
  • Pregnant women exposed to lead, pesticides or cigarette smoke increases the risk of mental problems, autism and ADHD in offspring.
  • Children that are exposed to PCBs in utero have reduced cognitive function and increased TSH levels.

The key to good health and mental wellness is awareness and making healthier choices. Improving your child’s health and helping them formulate good habits begins with you. You are responsible for your health, your child’s health, the choices you make and the quality of your life not your doctor, the pharmaceutical industry, the government or anyone else. We must acquire the knowledge to maintain and promote good health, and commit to making healthier choices. The choices we make today greatly impact our health and well-being tomorrow. True health is a balance of physical, bio-chemical, mental, emotional, environmental, and spiritual aspects.

Set small goals and build upon them. Yes, it can be overwhelming. Start with one or two things that you want to change, develop or improve upon, and commit, dedicate and pour your energy into it. The effort is well worth it as you notice improvements in your child’s health, mood and behavior. Small changes add up over time...that's how life changing transformation happens! That’s empowering!

Please share this valuable and important information with your family and friends. You never know whose life you’ll impact. Thank you!

As a holistic nutritionist and functional health practitioner, my philosophy is to identify the root cause of any underlying health issues, slowly "peel away the layers of the onion," and design a healing protocol and comprehensive LIFESTYLE plan specific to your unique biochemistry so you can heal, experience vibrant health, balanced hormones, age well, and look, think and feel better than ever for a lifetime. I consult with men and women throughout the U.S. and with clients locally in the Phoenix, AZ area. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation!

Copyright © Paula Owens. All rights reserved.

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Health Is Not Just About What You Do

Guest post from Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating

When I first started practicing in NYC about 30 years ago, my high-powered Wall Street clients fascinated me. For one thing, they made gobs of money. How did they get so rich? They were incredibly motivated and educated, and they were all following intense workout and running programs despite long hours at work and a family at home. Many had excellent diets. Yet they all had some type of intense health complaint – digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, mood swings, and low immunity. What especially caught my attention was that they were all shocked as to why they weren’t “healthy.” The logic was, “I’m doing all these healthy things for myself, so I should certainly look and feel healthy.”

We tend to limit health to nutritional, metabolic and exercise factors. And collectively, we haven’t quite made the connection that health is also given by who we are, how we think, what we feel and believe, how we conduct ourselves in the world, how honest we are, how authentic we are, our sense of spiritual connection, the degree of love in our life, of pleasure, rest, play, purpose, and so much more.

Health is not just about what you do (diet, exercise) – it’s also about who we are at the deepest place of our being. Can we be daring enough to go there?

Marc David M.A. is the Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, a leading visionary, teacher and consultant in Eating Psychology, and the author of the classic and bestselling books Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet. His work has been featured on CNN, NBC and numerous media outlets. He has held senior consulting positions at Canyon Ranch Resorts, the Johnson & Johnson Corporation, and the Disney Company.

Oil Pulling • DIY Remedy for Whiter Teeth & Healthy Gums

The health of your teeth, mouth and gums has a profound impact on the health of your entire body. In fact, poor oral health and hidden dental infections can be making you sick, inflamed and tired.

Research has shown that root canals, mercury fillings and other dental work can often leave behind toxins that are released into the bloodstream. Many cases of sudden heart attack have been traced to root canals or pulled wisdom teeth in which a cavitation remains or an infection develops. Leaky, infected root canals cause inflammation and hidden infections that can go undetected for years, and when left untreated can be a serious health hazard. Paula Owens, MS ••• PaulaOwens.comHidden dental infections are a silent killer, a major source of inflammation, and underlying cause of baffling health problems ranging from thyroid dysfunction to many other glandular and organ issues.

Tooth loss, silent dental infections, gum disease and harmful bacteria that live in your mouth increase the risk of dementia, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes and stroke.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method of dental and systemic cleansing where you swish sesame oil or coconut oil in your mouth. It works by removing disease-causing micro-organisms and toxins in the mouth that can cause poor health.

Oil pulling has been used extensively for many years as an effective and affordable do-it-yourself oral health remedy.

Oil Pulling Benefits. Oil pulling strengthens the immune system, reduces bacteria and gum inflammation, stops gum recession, naturally whitens teeth, fights bad breath, helps prevent tooth decay and cavities, reduces plaque related gingivitis, is effective against bacterial biofilms, and improves your overall oral microbiome.

• • •  Oil Pulling How-to • • •

1. Start with approximately one tablespoon (teaspoon for young children) of either sesame or coconut oil in the mouth (preferably organic, non-GMO and cold-pressed). Coconut oil contains predominantly medium chain fatty acids and is approximately 50% lauric acid, which has the best direct antimicrobial effectiveness against bacteria and yeast, and has anti-inflammatory effects. 

2. Swish the oil around in your mouth between the teeth for 5-10 minutes working up to 20 minutes. The oil will thin and turn milky white. If you’ve never tried oil pulling, start with 5-10 minutes and work up to 20 minutes.

3. The oil should not be swallowed. After 20 minutes, spit the oil out into the trash can and rinse your mouth with water or salt water (a mixture of water and Celtic sea salt). Then, floss and brush your teeth with fluoride-free toothpaste (of course!) Open-mouthed smile

As a holistic nutritionist and functional health practitioner, my philosophy is to identify the root cause of any underlying health issues, slowly "peel away the layers of the onion," and design a healing protocol and comprehensive LIFESTYLE plan specific to your unique biochemistry so you can heal, experience vibrant health, balanced hormones, age well, and look, think and feel better than ever for a lifetime. I consult with men and women all over the U.S., from around the world, and with clients locally in the Phoenix area. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation!

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Dirty Electricity: Tips to Reduce EMF Exposure

Our environment is increasingly being bombarded by electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) and electromagnetic pollution: radio frequency radiation (RFR), poor power quality (aka dirty electricity), low frequency electric and magnetic fields, and ground current. 

“Dirty electricity can be used to describe electric power that has become corrupted by our use of modern appliances. Items such as compact fluorescent light bulbs, cell phone transmission antennas, power supplies for portable computers, cell phone chargers, dimmer switches, variable speed fans and many other electronic devices that require a transformer to convert the voltage will dirty the electricity that enters your home. This form of dirty electro-magnetic fields (EMF) is invisible to the eye, but has a biological effect on the human body and has been associated with a wide variety of illnesses.”  ‒ Magda Havas, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University

Dirty electricity, EMFs and electromagnetic pollution are major problems that affect everyone’s health. The damaging effects are cumulative.

Sources include: wireless internet routers in our homes, offices and schools, cell phones, smart meters, electric-powered exercise equipment, baby monitors, security systems, faulty wiring, airplanes, office equipment, microwave ovens, fluorescent and halogen lighting, CFL bulbs, and living close to electrical wires, power lines and cell phone towers. Dirty electricity flows along wires and can enter your home from neighbors through your electric panel.

EMF testing meters are available for rent that can measure EMFs in your home. Visit Antenna Search to see how many towers are within a 4 mile radius of your address.

EMFs are an invisible source of exogenous electrical currents and environmental and geopathic stress that enter our bodies and the bodies of animals, our pets, and plants altering normal function. High frequency voltage transients in electrical wiring have been linked to many modern health conditions, diseases and life-threatening health problems. People experience various symptoms and just assume that their symptoms are caused by a specific disease. They fail to look for environmental causes.

EMF contamination and cell phone radiation affects children more than adults. Toddlers, infants and unborn babies are especially vulnerable. With that in mind, pregnant women should limit their exposure to wireless radiation exposure, and it’s even smarter to limit exposure your child’s exposure to wireless devices too, including cell phones and tablets. (Not to mention the potential adverse effects of too much screen time on their sleep quality, attention spans, focus and cognitive development.)

Studies have shown that EMFs may be linked to birth defects, miscarriage, infertility, hypertension, migraines, ADHD/ADD, learning disabilities, diabetes, thyroid disorders, heart arrhythmias, tachycardia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, suicide, leukemia, lymphoma, chronic fatigue, MS, brain tumors, and cancer (brain, breast, melanoma and nervous system cancers).

EMFs have also been associated with nausea, headaches, fatigue, anxiety, dizziness, mental confusion, memory loss, digestive problems, hair loss, insomnia, decreased testosterone and hormonal imbalances, itchy skin and skin rashes. We can only imagine the accumulative detriments of chronic cell phone exposure over time.

In humans, EMFs have been found to……

  • affect and alter enzyme activity, DNA synthesis and cell division
  • alter circadian rhythms
  • affect the pineal and hypothalamus glands 
  • affect neurotransmitter production 
  • increase blood-brain barrier permeability aka leaky brain
  • accelerate infections
  • create artificial stress responses
  • over-stimulate the immune system initially, then suppress it
  • decrease T-lymphocyte production
  • induce oxidative stress
  • promote malignant tumor growth specifically concentrated in the central nervous system, the blood and skeletal systems, and in glandular tissue.

Protect Yourself & Your Family: Tips to Reduce EMF Exposure at Home, School and the Office

  • Use cellphones as little as possible and only in speaker mode. Never hold it next to your ear.
  • Never stash or carry your cell phone in your pocket, underneath your bra strap, on your hip or anywhere on your body. If you must carry it in your pocket, put it on airplane mode.
  • Never set your laptop computer on your lap.
  • If you live in close vicinity to or underneath electrical wires, power lines or cell phone towers, you may want to consider moving.
  • Switch out compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs for incandescent light bulbs.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi routers in your home, office and cell phone when not in use, and especially at night a few hours before bedtime.
  • Consider replacing Wi-Fi routers with Ethernet cables for your computer.
  • Never charge your cell phone in your bedroom while sleeping. Always charge it in a room other than your bedroom, preferably on airplane mode or better yet, turn it off at night. 
  • Avoid water beds with electrical heating systems, electric blankets and electric heating pads.
  • Remove all electrical devices from your sleeping area. If you must use an electric alarm clock, keep it at least 5 feet away from your body when sleeping. Better yet, opt for a battery-operated alarm clock versus an electrical one.
  • Move power strips at least 3 feet away from your feet.
  • Switch to flat screen televisions and computer monitors as these give off far less EMFs than the older styles.
  • Replace cordless phones with a corded phone.
  • Avoid standing within 3-4 feet of microwave ovens when in use.
  • Turn off (or unplug) lights, electrical devices and power bars when not in use.
  • Replace all dimmer switches with simple on/off switches.
  • Consider shielding devices to reduce EMF exposure from your cell phones, cordless phones and landline speaker phones. DefenderShield and EMF Safety Shop
  • Repair faulty electrical wiring.
  • Ask your electric utility provider to remove wireless smart meters and replace them with a wired smart meter. Make sure to opt out of smart meters and go back to the analog meters.
  • Walk barefoot on the sand, beach, grass or dirt to connect with the earth’s natural electrical charge. This common practice known as earthing or grounding allows the healing negative ions from the ground to flow into our body, which is shown to reduce stress hormones and inflammation.
  • Use 100% beeswax candles and Himalayan salt lamps in your home or office to absorb EMFs from the air. Himalayan salt lamps serve as natural room ionizers, emitting negative ions into the surrounding environment that effectively bind with all the excess positive ions, reducing EMFs, killing bacteria and purifying the air. Plus, they create a calm and relaxing ambiance.

Awareness is key. Educate yourself and your kids about the health risks of chronic cell phone use, EMFs and dirty electricity. Remove, protect and distance yourself as much as possible from EMF pollutants.

“EMF pollution may be the most significant form of pollution human activity has produced in this century and all the more dangerous because it is invisible and insensible."  ‒ Andrew Weil, M.D.

As a holistic nutritionist and functional health practitioner with over 25 years of experience, my philosophy is to identify the root cause of any health complaints and underlying health issues, slowly "peel away the layers of the onion," and design a healing protocol and comprehensive LIFESTYLE plan specific to your unique biochemistry so you can heal, experience vibrant health, balanced hormones and look, think and feel better than ever for a lifetime. I consult with men and women around the world, all over the U.S. and with clients locally in the Phoenix area. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation!

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