What’s a good calcium

The milligrams you take are not necessarily the milligrams your body absorbs.

What’s a good calcium?” is actually somewhat complicated. But a simple place to start is by recognizing that all calcium types are either organic or inorganic salts.

The inorganic forms:

  • Calcium sulfate – 5-10% absorbed
  • Calcium phosphate – 5-10% absorbed
  • Calcium carbonate – 5-10% absorbed

The organic forms:

  • Calcium gluconate
  • Calcium lactate
  • Calcium citrate – 30 to 35% absorbed
  • Calcium amino acid chelates – 65-80% absorbed
  • Calcium orotate – 90 to 95% absorbed
  • Calcium aspartate – 85% absorbed
  • Calcium ascorbate

Each of the above is obviously not entirely calcium there’s a percentage of ‘the other stuff’ attached to the molecule. So, the percentage of the compound that’s ‘elemental calcium’ is an issue.

The most common form of supplement, by far (of all types), is calcium carbonate. It’s also the cheapest. What’s more, it also has the most elemental calcium (40% of the total molecule). Seems like that might pretty much settle the selection issue, right? Unfortunately, there are two problems with the carbonate form:

1) Like the other inorganic forms, it’s the most poorly absorbed (only 5-10%)

2) Unlike the other inorganic forms, calcium carbonate requires (and binds) the most acid.

The latter problem above is appealing if you’re trying to sell an antacid product (like TUMS) but it’s very much a double-edged sword. More acid is now required for the digestion of proteins, or else malabsorption (and indigestion!) can occur. Since you take the antacid for indigestion, you can see where this is headed.

Calcium ascorbate, which gets you the benefit of vitamin C as the other part of the molecule, along with the fact that it’s no longer an acidic form of vitamin C a neat solution to several problems.

Calcium citrate – the citric acid reduces the amount of stomach acids required for absorption.

You can’t generally take calcium alone without making biochemical trouble for the body. Calcium is not found in nature (in edible form) without magnesium, and they therefore should be given together. Studies show that calcium alone may even be preferentially laid down in arterial walls rather than in bones. Plus, phosphorous is also needed with calcium. The problem here is that phosphorous is one of the few minerals that’s over-supplied in the modern (crappy) diet. Excesses of phosphorous in the absence of the other minerals can create a problem with balance and possible leaching of other minerals.

What’s not mentioned in those cute major-media ads for calcium and antacids is that for bones, the calcium must also have not only magnesium (okay, and phosphorous), but also manganese, silica, boron, strontium, and vitamin D (and that last one in high doses), vitamin C, vitamin B-12, at the very least.

Bile: Your Metabolism’s BFF

Bile helps to emulsify and break down fat particles in your system from the foods that you eat. And it is also the primary method of detoxification because bile is an antioxidant, which your liver uses to throw all of its filtered toxins into for elimination.

Bacteria, drug, virus, as well as parasites and heavy metals are all thrown into bile as a method of detoxification and elimination of toxins from your body.

Without proper bile —and you can make it, even if you do not have a gallbladder— you are not going to be detoxifying properly. You’re not going to be breaking down fat, so you’re going to be overweight. You’re going to be fatigued and you’re going to feel sick no matter what else you’re doing that could be correct.

What are signs that we have poor bile digestion?

Sciatic-like pain is very oftentimes associated with gallbladder issues as well as pain in your legs, the inability to lose weight (because bile is so intricately affiliated and linked to fat metabolism), not sleeping properly, migraines, anxiety, ringing in the ears, nausea, shortness of breath, urine retention, headaches, dizziness, varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

And we must also talk about poop. Take a look at your stools, if they are light-colored or clay-colored, that’s a sign that you’re not making enough bile salts.

No Gall bladder?

Bile is produced by the liver and stored in the ball bladder. So you still make bile but maybe not when you need it the most.

It is more important than ever to support bile production so whenever you eat something fatty, your body will be breaking it down adequately so that you will not be deficient in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.

You still can help yourself tremendously by taking a course of what I call bile salts. Sometimes individuals have to be on bile supplements for the rest of their lives to ensure adequate digestion of fats and the ability to utilize all of those fat soluble vitamins.

What causes low bile?

Low-fat, no-fat diets – you need fat to make bile. Sometimes the gallbladder can be blocked and your bile becomes very congested – this can lead to the formation of stones.

Bile can be very thick and congested if you’re not taking in the proper nutrients that thin the bile. Betaine in beets, lemon juice, lecithin and the amino acid taurine all assist with bile health.

Eating the right fats is critical to not only our gallbladder health, but our healthy metabolism and just optimal health overall. That is hard to do without bile and worse, hard to digest!

Without proper bile flow it is very hard to absorb the fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, the anti-infection vitamin, heart-supporting vitamin E, bone-supporting K2, or hormone helping vitamin D and your essential fatty acids.

What can you do?

A product with pancrelipase or ox bile salts are needed if you no longer have a gall bladder or are experiencing one or more of the symptoms of a sluggish gall bladder. A supplement containing choline can help de-fat a clogged liver.

Making sure you have enough stomach acid is important to producing adequate bile to digest dietary fat. When you have enough HCL, it will trigger the gallbladder to release bile.

Parasites love the gallbladder duct. So if you’re having problems and it’s not stones get checked for the parasites.

Is it the liver?

If the liver is not functioning the way it should or it’s on overload, it’s not going to be producing high-quality bile.

The same nutrients that you need for the gallbladder are also those that tones and cleanse the liver. Also one to two cups a day of dandelion root tea or tincture is a way to gently tone the liver. Milk thistle and berberine is a good addition in small doses if you are experiencing a lot of symptoms.

Artichoke is a wonderful liver-loving food, very supportive of the liver, and its cleansing properties. Anything that’s chlorophyll-rich like the magnesium-rich green leafy vegetables I like as well, for the liver.

Meditation – Not just for “those” people

Why Meditation Should Be Your Brain’s “Scheduled Maintenance”

Technically, sleep is already our brains’ regular scheduled maintenance, but if there were any other one thing you could do to improve your mental health, de-stress, and be more productive in all the right ways, meditation would be it.

It has significant benefits when it comes to improving your focus, concentration, and attention span, as well as alleviating stress and anxiety. Even short periods of meditation can stimulate lasting positive changes in parts of the brain associated with stress and anxiety.

The point of meditation isn’t necessarily a woo-woo connecting-yourself-with-the-cosmic-ether exercise; for many people who do it for mental health—it’s more about learning how (because it’s an evolving process, not something you just do) to clear your mind and be right here, in the moment, for whatever you’re doing. Believe it or not, you can improve your concentration and slow down your day-to-day life with meditation. Meditation requires only a willingness to concentrate on what’s happening and, in most cases, slow your mind down and follow your breath. You can do it lying down, in a chair, or using equipment and spaces you’ve set aside for such practice.

Do a Guided Meditation: Guided meditation is akin to guided imagery, a powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination toward a conscious goal.

Try Meditative Coloring: Coloring for adults may actually have stress-relieving effects, according to a small study. It is repetitive, brings you to the present moment, and lets you do something relaxing in an almost trance-like state, easily shutting out other distractions. When you color, you focus on it and let your worries float through and away, just as you do in meditation. So, coloring can be a good option for people who want to meditate but suck at meditating.

Energy Signatures

Each level of matter and each level of life has an “energy signature” that is unique. Your personal energy signature is the sum of all of the trillions of energy signatures that go into your makeup. Your energy signature is greatly influenced by your immediate environment—what you eat, your level of emotional stress, toxins that have entered your system and hundreds of other factors including your genetic make-up. In other words, your energy signature today is different from what it was last year, last week and even yesterday. It varies based upon your diet, sleep, stress and toxic exposure.

Your energy is represented by a field that constantly surrounds your body in a recognizable pattern call the “torus”. In a healthy person, it is a large and balanced field that radiates off the body to approximately 5-7 feet, people with a small or distorted field usually have some level of health challenge and are lacking in personal energy.

This torus pattern is found consistently in all scales of matter, from the atom to humans, to planets and even galaxies. Food also has an energy signature. We use this, in combination with the science of muscle response testing, to match-up the energy signature of food, irritants and other matter with the energy signature of the person.

A plasma generator is used to imprint the energetic signature of elements, nutrients, herbs, essential oils and other natural substances onto carrier materials, such as water and crystals, which you can then take or use to help restore balance to your body’s subtle energy or to energetically harmonize your environment.

Torus Field Technique (TFT)

The Torus Field Technique (TFT) is an advanced system for nutritional and energetic evaluation that applies a structured system by which Dr. Stacy can develop an accurate individualized dietary, nutritional, herbal or homeopathic protocol within minutes using the quantum physics concept of energy signatures. (More on energy signatures). This is an excellent technique for multiple symptoms or those unrelenting symptoms that other treatments have not been able to address.

Screenshot 2015-10-11 09.00.14This effective and inexpensive technology is the answer to developing and sustaining a large, healthy and balanced Torus Field. It utilizes energy signature testing to identify specific nutritional needs. Health and vitality are the normal end result when your Torus Field is properly maintained.

The Torus. I’m betting that’s an unfamiliar word to you. However the torus is the oldest structure in existence and without it nothing could exist. (More on Torus fields)

The goal is to expand and balance the body’s energy field. To be healthy, we must attend to both aspects of our body – the physical and the energetic. By approaching healthcare from this holistic perspective, we can get down to the root causes of signs and symptoms.

It is not a secret that our bodies are routinely exposed to energy — earth’s electromagnetic field, man made electromagnetic fields and wireless fields to name just a few. New research has shown that over time, exposure to this energy bombardment may have harmful effects on our DNA, genes, cells, tissues and brains.

We can’t escape the electro-pollution that surrounds us but we can do something to help neutralize the health draining influence. Isn’t it time to listen to your body and move naturally toward self-healing?

You’re not just a number or a diagnosis to us. You’re a well-rounded, complex individual seeking a partner to help you restore your physical and emotional well-being, regain your zest for life, and realize your highest potential. That’s how we think about healing—it’s a whole-person journey toward a more vibrant, engaged life. No matter what your age or current state of health, tomorrow can be better than today. Learn what the body “needs” that it doesn’t have, learn what the body “has” that needs to leave.

 

What the heck is a Torus field?

Research has shown that we are more than our physical bodies, we are also have bio energetic drivers. To be healthy, we must attend to both aspects – the physical and the energetic. We have a body field, a dynamic structure of information that servers as a master control system for the physical body – the Torus Field.

The torus allows a vortex of energy to form which bends back along itself and re-enters itself. It ‘inside-outs’, continuously flowing back into itself. Thus the energy of a torus is continually refreshing itself, continually influencing itself. 

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When the torus is in balance and the energy is flowing we are in a perfect state to clear ourselves of anything that is ‘not self’ anything that prevents us being our healthy, authentic selves. In humans the energy flow in through the head and feet is bidirectional. Screenshot 2015-10-11 09.18.31

We are influenced by the energy and information fields internal and external to us, and our own energy and information extends beyond the limits of our bodies to interact with other people and to influence the material world.

Sea salt

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Sea salt is one of the best sources of natural minerals on the planet and exponentially healthier than the bleached and processed table salt that most people use daily. Most sea salt is naturally harvested and dried in the sun, and contains a wealth of trace minerals and electrolytes that are easily assimilated by your body. These mineral salts and electrolytes are key players in enzyme production as well as immune system, adrenal and thyroid function.

Nutrients in sea salt can actually increase the ability of our gastrointestinal tract to absorb other nutrients.  Many of the minerals found in sea salt are vital for the human body to maintain strong bones and connective tissues, as well as proper muscle regeneration and blood circulation.

We’ve been told our whole lives that too much salt makes your BP skyrocket, but do a little digging and you will find that there are holes in the research. Sea salt and table salt both contain comparable amounts of sodium but when all natural sea salt is used in lieu of processed table salt, your body actually has an easier time processing the minerals.  Your system won’t need as much water to clear out the excess sodium, therefore you won’t retain as much water, and your body won’t have to work as hard.  Remember that natural is always better than processed and the same holds true for salt.

Table salt is mostly mined from deep in the Earth and is then processed to eradicate a variety of minerals – the salt usually found in glass jars consists of added iodine, fluoride, aluminum derivatives, bleaching agents, anti-caking additives are also added to table salt to make it pour easier from table shakers and sugar has been found as well. The typical modern, refined table salt can be compared to refined sugar and refined flour—it used to be a healthful, whole food, but our industrial food system has stripped and processed it into a disaster waiting to happen.

How To Balance Your Cortisol Levels

When the stress hormone cortisol goes up, all the key anti-aging hormones go down.

The long term consequences of out-of-control cortisol levels include chronic high blood pressure, memory changes, depression, insomnia, “diabesity,” and of course abdominal fat. Abdominal fat has four times the amount of cortisol receptors than any other fat cells and so is a telltale sign of cortisol imbalances.

When cortisol is in balance, it is truly your BFF hormone. It gives you that get up and go and provides you with an energetic surge in emergency situations whether you are emotionally upset or physically challenged.

The best way to know if you have out of balance cortisol levels is via an adrenal stress hormone test.  (The adrenals produce cortisol.)  Or you can make an appointment for an evaluation.

Shake MORE Salt:  Yes, you heard that right. Most of us are sodium deficient and the right type of salt (Sea Salt) can support adrenal function and balance elevated or depleted cortisol levels. Without sodium, muscles become stiff and hardened.  Without sodium, we all become like stone.  Sodium relaxes soft tissue and is incredibly important when you are under stress.

Don’t mistake this as saying that the sodium packed packaged food is the way to go. I mean adding real mineral sea salt to your diet.

Walk AWAY Stress:  Any type of movement with deep breathing is a terrific combo to beat stress.  At least 20 minutes a day of consistent movement and frequent breaks from that computer are in order.

Take Supplements to Relieve Tension:  The very best dietary supplement of all is magnesium which acts like a tranquilizer in a bottle, use up to 800 mg per day.  You can also up your Super EPA fish oil supplement to 4,000 mg per day when under stress and consider some valerian before bed.

All in all, stress is inevitable. But it need not take its toll on your body.  You can bring down stress permanently and balance cortisol levels by nourishing your body, mind, and spirit.

What Really Happens When You Eat Fat

Fat is not the enemy. It does not make you fat.

All forms of carbohydrates break down into glucose by our body, this then raises your blood sugar. Yes ALL carbohydrates (fruit, starch, grains, potato, rice, cake, cookies, etc). No, that is not an exaggeration and yes you can still eat some carbohydrates. Your body tightly controls blood sugar and it considers elevated blood sugar to be a problem. In the presence of high blood sugar your body pushes the excess glucose in your blood stream into the cells to be used for energy. Once that task is complete your blood sugar goes down and you get hungry again. This is the cycle you are in when you are starving every 2 hours from eating a carb loaded diet. We call that a glucose burning mode – you are using carbohydrate as your primary energy source.  Your body releases insulin to push that excess glucose into the cells and the high level of insulin actually halts your ability to burn fat.

So when in a glucose burning mode and in the presence of high insulin you cannot release fat or toxins.

Also just to make things a bit more complicated – if you eat more carbs than your body needs the excess carbohydrates are formed into triglycerides and stored in your body as fat. Yes, triglycerides – those things you thought only fat elevated.

So let’s get to nutritional ketosis or “high fat” diets. This diet is structured to be high fat, moderate protein and low carb as a rule. When you are “deprived” of glucose your body will begin to use fat as it’s primary energy source. Once you are fully in a fat burning state your blood sugar and insulin levels are reduced and your levels of HDL cholesterol increase (that’s the good one). Your body becomes a fat burning machine. And yes, your brain will be fine. It can run on ketones exclusively. There are processes in your body that do require small amounts of glucose but a high fat, low carb diet is not a no carb diet and you will get plenty of glucose from the fruits and veggies you are eating.