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Editor’s Note: Please see the end of today’s post for links to Parts I-IV in this series.

Living Healthy in a Toxic Environment

Part V: Exercising and Sweating

The human body has its own filtration systems for eliminating toxins. The two primary filters are the liver and kidneys. The liver is packed with enzymes that can break down many toxins, including alcohol and some medications, such as acetaminophen. Blood carries the toxins to the liver, where enzymes break down or neutralize the hazardous compounds so they can be excreted safely via the kidneys. The kidneys filter toxins and other waste products out of the blood and concentrate them into the urine, which is then excreted through the bladder and urethra.

While the liver and kidney are responsible for processing most toxins, some toxins can be eliminated from the body through the sweat glands. The primary purpose of sweating is to cool the body, but sweating provides and additional way for the body to excrete toxins.

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You can induce sweating in any number of ways — via exercise, sauna, a hot tub or hot bath, or simply wrapping yourself in several layers of clothing and blankets and cranking up the heat. However, we recommend exercise, specifically: Continue reading…

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Editor’s Note: Today’s post is the fourth in our six-part series on living healthy in a toxic-filled environment. If you haven’t had a chance to read the previous posts in this series, please see: Part I — Recognizing the Problem, followed by Part II — Reducing Your Exposure to Environmental Toxins, and Part III — Food and Fasting.

Living Healthy in a Toxic Environment

Part IV: Mindfulness and Meditation

Stress is a major contributor to a host of health conditions, including heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, accelerated aging, and premature death. Worried? Don’t be. You just need to relax.

By “relax,” we do not mean curling up in bed with a good book or slumping into your recliner with a bowl of popcorn to watch the latest new release on DVD. What we mean is engaging regularly in yoga, meditation, mindfulness, or other practices that elicit and maintain the relaxation response — a psychological state of deep restorative rest.

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The relaxation response was first described more than 40 years ago by Herbert Benson, director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Since then, many studies have been conducted on the relaxation response, and results show that it Continue reading…

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Editor’s Note: In this post, which is Part III in our six-part series focused on how thrive when living in a toxic environment, we offer information about the many benefits of moving away from processed foods and making intermittent fasting a part of your daily routine. If you haven’t had a chance to read Parts I & II, please see: Living Healthy in a Toxic Environment — Part I: Recognizing the Problem and Living Healthy in a Toxic Environment: Part II — Reducing Your Exposure to Environmental Toxins.

You hear a lot about air and water pollution, but our food supply is contaminated, as well. Given the fact that air and water pollution is so extensive, how could our food supply not be contaminated? The most common toxins are those that are intentionally added through the use of pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides on plant-based foods and the use of antibiotics and growth hormones in farm animals. Toxins such mercury also make their way into our oceans, lakes, and streams, resulting in seafood with high levels of this toxic heavy metal. Add to that the toxins from food processing and packaging, and the potential hazards of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and you begin to realize that the standard American diet (SAD) is anything but natural and healthy.

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In addition to what is being added to foods, consider also what is being taken away as modern farming practices deplete the soil of healthy nutrients. Fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were more nutrient rich than those grown today. A study by researchers at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin found “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and vitamin C in 43 different vegetables and fruits based on US Department of Agriculture records from 1950 and 1999. Unfortunately, the goal of modern agriculture is focused more on quantity and appearance and less on nutritional value.

Short of buying a farm and growing your own food, you may be wondering what you can do to compensate for this compromised food supply. We recommend the following: Continue reading…

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Blog graphics5In the first part of this series, “Living Healthy in a Toxic Environment — Part I: Recognizing the Problem,” we called your attention to the fact that we are now living in highly toxic environments, both inside and outside our homes. The first step on the road to reducing your body’s toxic load is to avoid the most pervasive and potentially harmful environmental toxins highlighted in Part I. In this post, we offer suggestions on how to do just that.

Think of it this way: When you have dug yourself into a hole, the first step is to stop digging. Only then can you begin to fill the hole. In the same way, you need to stop the flow of toxins into your body before your body can begin to make progress toward eliminating toxins that have already built up in your system.

Indoor Air Pollution

As explained in the first part of this series, indoor air pollution can come from a number of sources, some of which are easier to identify than others. For example, the source of cigarette smoke is obvious and the solution is equally obvious — if you smoke, stop, and if others want to smoke, require that they do it outside. But how do you know if you have a problem with Radon gas, and if you have a problem, what do you do about it?

Here are some suggestions for curbing indoor air pollution: Continue reading…

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The Industrial Revolution and the Information Age have been periods of enormous progress in terms of technology and prosperity. In some ways, this progress has improved our health, leading to advances in preventing and treating infection, diagnosing and curing acute illness, repairing injuries, and gaining a clearer understanding of genetics. Unfortunately, here at Restoration HealthcareSouthern California’s data-driven integrative and functional medicine practice that partners with patients to discover and treat root malfunctions that lead to chronic illness — we often see that this progress has come at a price (we now live in highly toxic environments… unnatural environments that make us sick).

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Although we cannot reconfigure our DNA to adapt to our toxic environment, we can take two steps to live healthier and function more effectively:

1) Reduce exposure to toxins

2) Improve the body’s natural ability to filter and eliminate toxins

In this series, we call attention to the many toxins in our environment and then discuss action steps to reduce your exposure to these toxins and improve your body’s ability to effectively detoxify the rest.

Recognizing the Problem

Imagine yourself a goldfish, living on stale breadcrumbs in unchanged, unfiltered water. Now imagine someone tossing in a few drops of a common pesticide, a capful of household cleaner, some shampoo and conditioner, a couple aspirin, a dash of growth hormone, and so on. Instead of basking in sunlight, you live mostly in the Continue reading…

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On the surface, trying to persuade someone that there are huge health benefits in taking off your clothes and sleeping naked just sounds like a terrible pickup line. But medical studies show that “going full commando” and “free-buffing” in bed is actually good for the body.

The benefits, according to those who study such things, include better blood circulation, deeper sleep, reduced stress, healthier skin and even a modicum of weight loss. And that doesn’t take into consideration the biochemical benefits of sleeping naked with a partner.

Benefits of Sleeping Naked

Perhaps the biggest advantage to climbing between the sheets naked is that humans sleep better and deeper — and wake up far less often — when their body temperature is slightly lower. When you wake up, your body temperature climbs, which explains why it’s harder to fall asleep again when you’re hot.

And it stands to reason that the less clothing worn to bed, the less Continue reading…

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Michelle Vila, Restoration Healthcare’s very first wellness director, recently left us in order to take a new position within a completely different industry. She has be replaced by Crystal Caprioli, who was previously our front desk administrator.

Michelle_VillaMichelle had been with us since the day we opened our doors back in December of 2014. She walked into an office in full chaos, with no furniture, no trash cans, no supplies and a bunch of computers, printers and phones that needed to be set up in no time at all. Like we said — chaos!

She was quickly promoted from foundation trainer to practice manager, and was later named wellness director. “At the time, being a startup, each of these job titles involved the same responsibilities,” Michelle recalled. “In other words, everything!”

Michelle has joined Willdan Energy Solutions — an Anaheim-based engineering company — as its  Continue reading…

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No matter your political leanings, nearly all Americans are keeping a close eye on the fate of Obamacare — or as it is formally known — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). That holds especially true for those in this country who can’t afford health insurance.

While the healthcare bill signed into law by President Obama nearly seven years ago is far from perfect, the act has seen millions of Americans become insured — many for the first time — with 90 percent of the nation’s citizens currently enjoying some form of coverage.

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We here at Restoration Healthcare are also keeping tabs on this national issue. And what we’d like to do is present a brief healthcare primer that recaps some aspects of the Affordable Care Act. We appreciate some parts of the current legislation, but we also understand that the law continues to cause some confusion and heartburn among medical practitioners and patients alike. For example, the current law has increased insurance costs for many while lowering costs for others.

What the future holds for health insurance remains vague, but changes — especially with today’s inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States — are inevitable and on the immediate horizon. Meanwhile, we want to keep you abreast of all of the changes that are about to come and we want you to know that you can count on Restoration Healthcare to continue to research healthcare-related legislation at the federal levels as it is proposed and Continue reading…

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Paula Shoemaker thinks of herself as an office environmentalist, ensuring that a nurturing, caring environment — one that’s conducive to good health and a relaxed and comfortable workplace — surrounds the doctors, staff and patients here in Restoration Healthcare’s Irvine, Calif., office.

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To that end, Paula (who joined our in-house team full-time at the beginning of 2017) is already hard at work. She’s streamlining our office’s tools and policies so that everyone here at Restoration Healthcare can leverage the good work that Drs. Raleigh and Bakman are doing for their patients, and she’s bringing love and a caring attitude with her when she arrives at the office each morning.

We cornered this savvy, entrepreneurial woman and asked her to fill us in on her professional and personal background. Here’s what Paula had to say: Continue reading…

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For millions of American’s who suffer from on-again, off-again dizzy spells, nausea and chest pains, they’re just as likely to be told by their doctor that they’re living with a psychological disorder — something akin to anxiety or depression — then a physical medical condition.

Seriously? Your symptoms, which may include fatigue, insomnia, brain fog and headaches, are reflective of a psychological issue rather than a commonplace physical ailment that affects millions of American’s each year? What could be more damaging to the soul than hearing “it’s all in your head”?

You’re certain such a diagnosis is not the case, but nobody with a medical credential will listen to you or take your concerns seriously. The only comfort you can draw from this information is that millions of people in this country suffer from a disorder with those very same symptoms. It’s called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome or POTS.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

Never heard of it?

POTS is a group of disorders where smaller volumes of Continue reading…