By Lina Valiukaite, Licensed Aesthetician & Certified Classical Homeopath

 

 

When we talk about the gut, we often hear about a variety of diet advice and maintaining a healthy weight. The truth is, your gut has a deeper story.

There’s more to it than just digestion. It’s intricately linked to our brains, commonly known as the gut-brain connection.

Your gut health influences your emotions and thoughts. Beyond food, it’s about nurturing this internal harmony to enhance our overall well-being.

If you want to improve your mental health and get rid of chronic pain, healing your gut is the best way to start.

Here’s everything you need to know to lay a strong foundation for your gut health and, in turn, your holistic health.

Understanding Your Gut Microbiome

Microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, and viruses live in your gut and form a complex community. 

This ecosystem is vital for breaking down food, making nutrients, protecting against dangerous pathogens, and producing neurotransmitters such as serotonin that send chemical signals to your brain. 

Why does the gut microbiome matter?

We have a mutually beneficial relationship with the microorganisms that live in our guts. We give them food and shelter, and in turn, they uphold our health and connection to the earth.

 

You can compare the gut microbiome to a rich native garden that has a variety of plants. When the soil is in good health, the plants thrive and are good to eat. When the soil health isn’t the best, it leaves more room for harmful organisms to take over your garden, and the plants suffer.

 

Gut bacteria (microbiome) produce hundreds of neurochemicals that the brain uses to regulate basic physiological processes such as learning, memory, and mood! 

 

Your gut bacteria produce 90%–95% of your serotonin (happy hormone) supply, which influences your mood! This can explain a lot when it comes to anxiety and depression.

Common health issues caused by an unhealthy gut

Dysbiosis is when your delicate environment is out of balance. 

Lots of different health problems can happen because of it, from stomach problems to more serious conditions like autoimmune diseases and even mental health problems.

The Cleveland Clinic shared a list of health conditions and disorders that relate to dysbiosis:

  • Infections: Harmful germs can cause gut infections, leading to diarrhea, gut inflammation, and damage.
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO): Bacteria from your large intestine have moved to your small intestine and settled there, even though they don’t belong there. 
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): autoimmune conditions like Crohn’s disease are linked to gut imbalance.
  • Atherosclerosis: Certain gut bacteria increase heart disease risk by producing harmful byproducts affecting arteries.

Other than that, here’s a list of health conditions that may be indirectly related to gut dysbiosis:

  • Allergies.
  • Anxiety.
  • Asthma.
  • Autism.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
  • Colon cancer.
  • Diabetes.
  • Depression.
  • Fatty liver disease.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Liver cancer.
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS).
  • Neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Obesity.
  • Pancreatic cancer.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
     

For good health, the microbiome in our guts needs to be varied and balanced. This shows how important it is to take care of this complicated system.

The 5 Signs of an Unhealthy Gut [and How to Deal with Them]

Aside from chronic illnesses, some signs can disguise themselves as “simple problems” we encounter daily. Spotting these early can make a huge difference to your health and happiness.

Here are the five signs your gut might be trying to get your attention:

 

Warning Signs What’s happening What you can do:
Constant Stomach Trouble  If you’re often dealing with gas, bloating, or an upset stomach, it’s your body waving a red flag. Try eating more slowly, adding more fiber to your diet, and drinking plenty of water.
Your Weight’s on a Rollercoaster Gaining or losing weight without changing your diet or exercise habits? Your gut might be the reason. Keep a detailed food diary to spot any patterns. Reflect on how you feel after you consume your food and beverage. Once you spot your troublemakers, slowly remove them from your diet. 
Feeling Tired All the Time If you’re sleeping enough but still feel exhausted, a troubled gut might be disrupting your sleep. Eat a lighter meal for dinner. Give yourself three hours between your meal and bedtime. Take magnesium glycinate before bed. 

(Quick note: If you have a medical condition, please consult your physician before making any changes to your diet.)

Skin Issues Won’t Go Away Persistent skin problems like acne or eczema can sometimes be linked to gut health. Start your morning with 16–32 ounces of warm spring water, using 2-3 freshly squeezed lemons or key limes. 

Follow up with fresh celery juice 30 minutes later. Start with 8 oz. and work your way up to 32oz.

Consistent Sugar Cravings A constant, uncontrollable craving for sugar and junk food. Start your morning with 16–32 ounces of warm spring water, using 2-3 freshly squeezed lemons or key limes. 

Fruit is nature’s candy that heals! Eat fresh, whole fruit for the first 6 hours of the day and increase your vegetable intake.

Supplement recommendations: amino acids, such as Purium products. Use the code thehealthymove1 to get a discount. 

(Quick note: If you are taking medication, please consult your physician before taking any supplement.)

 

Did any of these signs sound familiar? 

 

Knowing what’s up is the first step to feeling better. But figuring out what to do next can feel overwhelming.

 

That’s why I want to share something with you that’s helped many people get their gut health back on track.

 

Caring for Your Gut

Caring for your gut is not just about what you eat; it’s about nurturing your entire being. Rejuvenate your gut health with these three transformative steps.

Step 1: Basic Detox

Kickstart your journey with a foundational detox to purify your gut from the inside out. Embrace these key practices:

  • Mindful Eating: Slow down and savor your meals to enhance digestion and absorption.
  • Plant-Based Whole Foods: Fill your plate with a rainbow of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables.
  • Hydration: Drink plenty of clean, spring water to flush out toxins and keep your digestive system running smoothly.

Step 2: Take Healthy Supplements

Incorporating high-quality supplements into your gut health regimen can significantly enhance your gut microbiome. 

Purium’s Ultimate Lifestyle Transformation packs are designed to support your body’s natural detoxification process, promote gut health, and boost your overall energy levels. 

Each pack is meticulously crafted to nourish your body with vegan protein, greens, healthy fats, and organic superfruits, providing a comprehensive approach to gut health. The best part about these whole food supplements is that they come from farmers who practice regenerative farming. Meaning the health of the soil is their priority. Healthy soil equals a healthy body! 

For a detailed exploration of these transformative products and to find the perfect match for your health goals, visit this page. Use the code thehealthymove1 at checkout to receive a discount! 

Step 3: Lifestyle Transformation

True wellness extends beyond diet; it encompasses every aspect of life. I incorporate holistic lifestyle practices to cultivate lasting gut health.

  • Mindful Practices: Engage in yoga and meditation to reduce stress and enhance mental clarity.
  • Restorative Sleep: Prioritize quality sleep to support gut repair and rejuvenation.
  • Physical Activity: Stay active to improve gut motility and overall health.

Introducing “Reboot”: Your Path to Holistic Health

True wellness goes beyond a healthy diet. It’s about creating harmony between your mind, body, and spirit for a holistic approach to well-being. 

I’ve witnessed the silent battles that hard workers often face: stress, body pains, gut problems, and the quest for work-life harmony.

“Reboot” is a transformative 90-day detox program designed exclusively for dedicated people like you. 

It’s a comprehensive mind, body, and spirit rejuvenation tailored to fit busy schedules. My approach focuses on foundational health, aiming to align your lifestyle with your deepest values and purpose, ensuring you don’t just survive your days but truly thrive. 

What’s in it for you?

  • Holistic Gut Healing: Discover strategies to nurture your gut health, laying the foundation for a vibrant life free from chronic discomfort.
  • Work-Life Harmony: Learn techniques to balance your professional ambitions with personal well-being, leading to improved sleep, heightened confidence, and a profound sense of fulfillment.
  • Sustainable Wellness Transformation: Learn about habits that will improve your health and make you feel good for a long time. Make your good changes a permanent part of your life.

This program is your gateway to where your health propels your success, not hinders it. This program is an investment in your most valuable asset, yourself. 

If you’re ready to elevate your health to match your ambitions, let’s do this! 

Book your FREE STRATEGY CALL today, and let’s talk about what you can do to live a vibrant, fulfilling life. 

 

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As a special gift to you, I’m delighted to offer a 10% discount on our transformative 90-day Mind-Body-Spirit Detox. 

Moreover, receive a $200 gift certificate for Longevity, your wellness partner!

For a detailed overview of how “Reboot!” can change your life, visit my website.

I’m excited to be with you on this journey.

Here at Longevity, our mission is to love God and serve people, and we love hearing stories from patients who have experienced amazing transformations with their health. Enjoy this interview with our patient, Philip, as he shares his story of improved health and quality of life!

 

Describe your primary health concerns when you first started at Longevity. 

After 12 years of symptoms, I had finally been diagnosed with Lyme and several coinfections by a pioneer in the Lyme field. After a year and half of multiple rounds of highly damaging and ineffective antibiotics, I was told that the Lyme would never be eradicated and I should expect to be on antibiotics for the rest of my life. I had a level 10 headache from the moment I woke till I fell asleep, crippling fatigue, and paralyzing Herxheimer reactions every two weeks. In addition to that, the bacteria had spread to my brain, and begun to cause brain fog. The absolute lack of any hope began stirring up suicidal ideation.

 

What was your first visit to our office like? What was your initial and ongoing response to the treatments?

I was treated very kindly by the founder, Seneca Anderson. He sat across from me, looked me in the eyes, and said “You’re not going to die.” I cried, because it was the first time anyone spoke so confidently towards me and what seemed like an absolutely hopeless situation. I began the treatment plan, and within six months saw significant changes. I continued to return to Longevity for follow up evaluations as my body slowly healed.

 

Describe your overall health picture today. What improvements have you experienced over the years?

I have not tested positive for Lyme for over 3 years. My headaches have disappeared. My fatigue has diminished significantly, and the debilitating Herxheimer reactions are no longer recurring. Most importantly, the hopelessness that engulfed me is now gone. I realized that my condition is not permanent and I am able to live a life that not only has energy, but hope for a vibrant future.

 

What is your overall impression of Longevity Health Center, the practitioners and staff?

From the receptionists to the founders, every person was so incredibly patient, kind, and professional. When first arriving at Longevity, I had many questions, all of which were answered thoroughly, giving me a high level of confidence that my treatments were being carried out by highly competent practitioners.

If you have a testimonial to share, we’d love to hear from you and use your story to encourage others!

 

An Interview with Dr. Kathryn Hale, Abundant Health Life 

 

Here at Longevity, we love partnering with and promoting like-minded practitioners in the community as we come alongside our patients on their wellness journeys. One of those practitioners is Dr. Kathryn Hale. 

 

Dr. Hale is a board-certified OBGYN with specialized training in Functional Medicine and Integrative Women’s Health. She has nearly a decade and a half of experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, receiving valuable high-risk experience at The Regional Medical Center in Memphis. She served at a community health center in South Carolina before moving to North Georgia, where she practiced for over seven years as part of a single specialty group. She has also spent the past few years working as a Diplomat OBGYN Hospitalist with OB Hospitalist Group. 

 

Dr. Hale believes we are designed to live a whole and vibrant life now, and we can achieve an abundant, healthy life through a holistic approach to wellness. The conditions she treats include hypothyroidism and other endocrine disorders, and hormone imbalances. She also provides preconception/fertility and weight loss support. 

 

We interviewed Dr. Hale to learn more about her practice and the integrative services she offers. 

 

What is the heart and mission behind your practice and the work you do?  

 

I want to empower women to achieve the health and vitality they deserve to live life on their terms. 

 

When it comes to their reproductive and hormonal health, what do you think is the biggest obstacle or risk factor facing women today? What do you wish more women knew when it comes to their overall health and wellness?

 

The biggest obstacle facing women’s health is that women are often just not heard when they seek care. I wish more women knew that they deserve the time and investment it takes to make their health a priority. If they are well, the benefits trickle down to those they love and care about. They deserve to be well nourished and have the strength and energy to meet the demands of their lives. Achieving better health doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple sustainable shifts can alter  the trajectory of your health journey.

 

So many of our female patients come to us with insomnia issues. What are your recommendations for getting more restorative sleep? 

 

I recommend that women treat their sleep like they treat babies learning to sleep at night. Establish a consistent sleep schedule.  Develop a wind down routine that includes blue blocking  glasses from sundown, shutting down electronics at least an hour before bedtime. Create safety in your body through relaxation practices such as epsom salt baths and yoga. Release the day by dumping thoughts into a journal. Some women also benefit from natural progesterone supplementation, magnesium glycinate and herbs and supplements that help to calm the nervous system like Lavender and L-theanine. Cut out the afternoon caffeine if you struggle with sleep. 

 

What are some simple steps women  can take today to manage stress, prevent disease, and feel more whole and vibrant in mind, body, and spirit? 

 

Slow down. Many women that I see are burned out and suffering the consequences of hormone dysfunction and autoimmune disease. Prioritize hydration, a nutrient dense diet, regular movement and spiritual/mind body practices. I’ve also been discovering more and more that women suffer from lack of meaningful connection and prioritizing joy. 

 

Our practice takes a preventative approach to women’s health, utilizing proactive testing to assess disease development and holistic supporting therapies to promote detoxification. How can our practices work hand-in-hand to help our clients feel their very best?  

 

I love that. I am definitely a fan of regular comprehensive detox and taking a proactive approach to wellness. I have the knowledge and experience to support the whole woman when situations arise that require more expertise in terms of hormonal health and women’s health in general. Abundant Health Life can come alongside Longevity Health when Functional Testing is needed to dig deeper and get to the root of what is impacting a woman’s health. We also offer a wide range of nutrition, hormonal, herbal and if need be pharmaceutical therapeutics to help a woman heal from the inside out. As a telemedicine practice, we also bring this type of care to women who, due to the logistics of life or geography, have challenges in accessing whole body wellness services.

 

To learn more about Dr. Hale and her practice, visit https://www.abundanthealthlife.com/ 

An Interview with Dr. Jason Reingold MD, FACC, North Atlanta Heart and Vascular Specialist

 

Here at Longevity, we love partnering with like-minded practitioners in the community as we come alongside our patients on their wellness journeys. One of those practitioners is North Atlanta Heart and Vascular Specialist Dr. Jason Reingold. 

Dr. Reingold graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and trained at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. His  clinical and research expertise focuses on the prevention and reversal of heart and vascular disease in both the young and the elderly and across diverse, multi ethnic populations. He also has a special interest in the overlap of cardiovascular disease with weight management, kidney disease, and diabetes with expertise in lifestyle interventions. He was recently featured in the Atlanta Jewish Times in an article about heart disease prevention in women, specifically during pregnancy, middle age, and during menopause. 

We interviewed Dr. Reingold to learn more about his practice, the integrative services he offers, and his holistic approach to cardiovascular health and overall wellness. 

 

What is the heart and mission behind your practice and the work you do? 

I started Georgia Integrative Cardiology to provide comprehensive and patient-centered care that promotes optimal heart health by combining conventional medical treatments with evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies.  We aim to address the root causes of cardiovascular issues and empower patients to take an active role in their own health. 

 

What do you think is the biggest health factor or risk facing people when it comes to their cardiovascular wellness?

Cardiovascular disease is often referred to as a “lifestyle disease” because it is strongly influenced by the choices and habits that individuals adopt as part of their daily lives. Lifestyle plays a significant role in the development and progression of many types of cardiovascular diseases. 

 

What do you wish more people understood when it comes to their heart health? 

The term “lifestyle disease” also underscores the potential for preventing and even reversing cardiovascular disease through positive lifestyle changes. Adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular physical activity, stress management, and avoiding harmful habits like smoking, can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues and improve overall heart health.

 

What are some simple holistic steps people can take today to support good cardiovascular function? 

The American Heart Association  lays out a list of recommendations entitled Life’s Essential 8™ 

 

Eat a healthy diet consistent with American Heart Association recommendations. 

  1. Get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity (or a combination of both) each week.
  2. Don’t smoke, vape or use other tobacco products and avoid second-hand smoke. 
  3. Aim for an average of 7 to 9 hours of sleep a day. 
  4. Reach and maintain a healthy body weight (body mass index less than 25 kg/m2). 
  5. Get your cholesterol checked and talk  to your health care professional about your numbers and how they impact your overall risk.
  6. Keep fasting blood sugar less than 100 mg/dL or an A1C of less than 5.7%. 
  7. Keep blood pressure below 120/80 mm Hg.

 

Our practice takes a preventative approach to cardiovascular health, utilizing proactive testing to assess disease development and holistic detoxifying therapies to promote good vascular and lymphatic circulation. How can our practices work hand-in-hand to help our clients treat and get to the root cause of heart problems?

We can help identify the presence of subclinical atherosclerosis that is the precursor to heart attack and stroke.  We can measure biomarkers that contribute to the development and rupture of plaque that leads to cardiovascular disorders. 

 

 To learn more about Dr. Reingold and his practice, visit https://drjasonreingold.com/ 

 

An Interview with Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Niccole Edwins of Explore Health and Wellness Pediatrics

Our patients are always on the hunt for a pediatrician that will respect and support them in their holistic nutrition and lifestyle efforts, and we often refer them to Niccole Edwins, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Explore Health and Wellness Pediatrics.

We love that in addition to her wealth of knowledge and experience treating children, Niccole is well-versed in children’s homeopathic remedies and natural supplements and recommends them often for her patients. She strives to get to the root cause of health conditions in children.

As we head into back-to-school season, we sat down with Niccole to hear her advice for preparing kids’ immune systems for a healthy and happy school year. Enjoy this Q&A, and learn more about Explore Health and Wellness Pediatrics at https://www.goexplorehealth.com/pediatric-medicine

What are some ways to boost kids’ immune systems as they prepare to head back to school? 

I am a firm believer in good nutrition being the best medicine! Some of my favorite supplements are vitamin D3, vitamin C, zinc, probiotics, elderberry and an omega supplement. I recommended discussing what regimen would be best for you with your health care practitioner.

What are some ways to boost kids’ focus as they return to classroom learning? 

Get outside and play! Children need good sleep and for most children I recommended 10-12 hours of sleep at night. Ensure a well-balanced diet and keep  sugars and processed foods to a minimum. The cliche, but very valuable saying of “the most important meal of the day is breakfast” really to rings true.  Reducing and keeping electronic stimulation to a minimum helps greatly.

How can parents support kids’ mental and emotional health after the trying and disruptive pandemic years? 

The pandemic was a tough season for everyone! It’s been challenging for families to reestablish a new routine since then. Keeping open communication, focusing on the positive, socializing and getting back into a routine can all help promote mental and emotional health. Children thrive on consistency, so trying to maintain a “schedule” to some extent is beneficial for them. I know I seem repetitive, but nutrition, physical activity and sleep also affect mental and emotional health.  Finding something your child really enjoys doing and encouraging that for at least 30 minutes a day can reduce stress levels. I recommend for parents to closely monitor for changes in behaviors (emotional, physical, mental, etc.) and if changes are occurring, talk with your healthcare practitioner for further assistance.

What are some tips for boosting kids’ nutrition and supporting their growing brains and bodies? 

Children are very impressionable. Therefore, it’s crucial for parents to set the example by eating a well balanced diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables, protein and incorporating good fats (avocado, nut butters, oils, salmon, flax and chia seeds) can boost growth and development. Vitamin D3, probiotics, omegas and multivitamins are just a few I routinely discuss with families.

Do you have any tips for parents of picky eaters? 

Constant re-exposure to foods is key. Getting creative with the presentation of food from how it is served, what it is served on, how it is cooked, etc. helps. Have the child help you in the kitchen. Cooking with your child is fun and they will end up taste testing along the way. Food pickiness can stem from a power struggle, so offering choices allows the child to feel like they are in control, while you get them to eat what you’d like.  For example, you can ask “what bowl would you like to eat from, the red bowl or the blue bowl?” Try not to get frustrated or discouraged, but instead make food fun. If picky eating continues to be a struggle, I encourage you to speak with your healthcare provider to see if there may be a reason behind “picky” eater.

 

By Christy Elphick, CryoStretch Roswell 

 

Life is busy and full and sometimes life can be tough, but when we are not at our best- physically or mentally, the things with which we choose to fill our lives are much harder than they need to be! At CryoStretch Roswell, we aim to help our clients get back to the full and busy, wonderful things that fill their lives and give them joy! 

 

Many people have casually strolled through our front doors with looks of wonder on their faces and inquisition in their voices. They were perhaps walking or driving by our storefront or heard of us from a friend of a friend who was sharing their experience. Is it not uncommon for us to hear questions or comments like, “What is cryotherapy?” and “Does it really work?” or “Wow, you have so much to offer here.” While we would love for you to come check us out so we can meet in person, here are some answers to these common questions and more!

 

What is Cryotherapy and why is it so beneficial?

At CryoStretch Roswell, we offer an electric powered cryotherapy whole body chamber.

Much like putting ice on an injury or bruise to help reduce swelling or pain in that specific area, whole body cryotherapy works to treat inflammation, but on a systemic scale. The sudden exposure to the extreme cold causes a shunting of the blood in your extremities to your core to protect your vital organs. As a result of the rewarming process, where the stagnant blood once was, there is restoration of blood flow, now full of white blood cells which are your body’s protective, healing cells. 

 

In addition to the benefits of decreased inflammation and increased protection from infections, cryotherapy also has helpful mental benefits. The exposure to the extreme cold causes the release of adrenaline, dopamine and endorphins thus improving mental clarity, and even decreased symptoms of anxiety, depression, and compulsion. We assure you, it’s cold in there but much more tolerable than a cold shower or ice bath!

 

What other services do you offer?

We have five recovery services that we offer, along with several Cryoskin therapies such as facials, slimming and toning. Beyond whole body cryotherapy, we have an infrared sauna, localized cryotherapy, stretching, and NormaTec compression therapy.

Benefits of the infrared sauna are pretty amazing as well and are often appreciated by our clients after they get out of the cryotherapy chamber. Unlike traditional saunas that heat the air in the sauna, infrared saunas internally heat your body. Some of the many benefits include, improved sleep, better relaxation, improvement in joint and muscle pain, improved circulation, weight loss and better circulation.

 

Sometimes our clients want the benefit of cryotherapy without getting into our chamber. In that case, we offer local cryotherapy, where a targeted stream of nitrogen based cold vapors cool the tissue in a specified area, acting much like an ice pack, but better!

 

Stretching is one of those activities that many people simply don’t take the time to do or do it effectively. Our stretching team is specially trained and uses an assisted stretching routine to offer our clients increased flexibility and protection from injury. We have many clients who have made a stretch visit part of their daily activity because they have greatly benefited from increased mobility as a result of a stretch.

 

NormaTec, otherwise known as compression therapy, not only feels amazing, but offers impressive recovery benefits. We have thigh high boots that provide compression of your entire leg, hip sleeves for compression of your upper thighs and hips, or arm sleeves for your shoulders and arms. The compression sleeves help your muscles recover more quickly after a workout, often preventing the soreness and tightness that many athletes experience after a workout. The action of the compression sleeves helps improve blood, moves lactic acid out of the muscle, and massages your sore muscles.

 

Who are your typical clients?

This is actually a tricky question to answer because we see so many different clients in many different seasons of life. From young elementary school age athletes, middle and high school athletes, to collegiate level athletes. We have adults who spend their free time on the tennis courts, golf courses, and hockey rinks, to older adults who come to see us to help restore their flexibility and overall well being. We truly have something for everyone!

 

So, we invite you to come and check us out to help you get back on the path of your full and wonderful life! Mention Longevity to receive 30% off any regularly priced individual service or Package.

 

Learn more at https://www.cryostretchusa.com/roswell/ 

 

By Robby Brown, BreatheWell Air 

 

My relationship with Longevity began over 15 years ago when I was referred by a friend after I discovered we had mold in our home and learned that I am highly allergic to mold. That relationship has grown and evolved over the years and now I have the privilege of assisting many Longevity patients as they seek to improve their indoor air quality (IAQ).

Once you realize you are in the “mold club” which 1 in 4 people are prone to be, you recognize that mold lurks not only at home but also work, shopping, hotels, vacation rentals, and – even worse- relatives’ homes! That is why I am passionate about helping others navigate the broad issue of IAQ and the specific problems presented by mold.

Our goal is to advise our customers by identifying IAQ issues they face and develop and implement a plan to remedy. In implementation we take a layered approach- meaning we start with the remedies that are deemed essential and then reevaluate afterwards to determine if further action is required. Not only is this approach prudent but it enables our customers to take steps as their budget allows.

For those of us who live in the humid southeast, mold is a dominant IAQ problem. Following are a few important facts to consider when evaluating mold issues:

  • Most mold we encounter is not obvious black spots on a wall (more typical of water leaks) but a more subtle, vague, grayish color which is not easily recognizable.
  • The two most critical factors involved with all mold growth are:
    • Controlling humidity
    • Eliminating food sources for mold
  • Humidity in your home must be kept below 50% to control mold growth. This includes both conditioned and unconditioned spaces like crawl space or unfinished basement.
  • In most mold situations, large commercial dehumidifiers ducted into the HVAC system are required to control humidity. Typically, small portable dehumidifiers are not enough to control whole-house humidity.
  • One of the most surprising but common sources of mold is found in the HVAC system. Besides poor filtration, a major issue we see frequently is plenums (or even trunk lines) made of duct board. This is a fibrous material and when cold, moist AC air is added it becomes like a petri dish and mold flourishes. The only solution is removing and replacing with sheet metal.

When assessing mold each situation is unique and often we identify problems without running a mold test. However, when a test is required we use AirAnswers- a recently developed, patented testing device which we run for 24-hours. During the test period the silent device captures over 200,000 liters of air on a steel cartridge. The cartridge is shipped to a lab for testing to determine if live, active mold is growing and then genera, and/or mycotoxins tests are available as needed. Much like the food we buy, this process puts a “nutritional label” on your air.

Last, while much of our business as well as the above information is mold related, the importance of IAQ and proper filtration is often overlooked. It is estimated that we spend 90% of our time indoors. Thus, the obvious importance of breathing healthy air which by definition is determined by the number and size particles in the air we breathe. The problem is that particles are unseen and according to the medical experts such as American Lung Association and American Heart Association, the smaller particles cause the most damage to our health.

It is very common in homes and smaller office environments to only have 1-inch filters (measuring depth). Generally, these do not filter out the smaller particles and mostly capture larger particles like dust. We use a laser particle scanner to test each environment and focus on the ultrafine particle sizes. To provide some context, the width of a human hair is about 100 microns in width. Ultrafine particle sizes we measure are 2.5 micron and 0.03 microns. These unseen tiny particles are the most dangerous as they are so small that they can enter our bloodstream and go to our heart, lungs, etc.

A valuable step in improving IAQ is to have a more significant filter cabinet installed and we recommend a 5-inch depth and use a high-grade MERV filter to make significant improvements in IAQ. This, along with high quality portable air purifiers, can make a significant impact on the quality of air you breathe and on your overall health.

In summary, IAQ is no respecter of house size or price. All houses are basic structures with HVAC systems and face the same environmental issues. But be encouraged as virtually all IAQ issues can be resolved and you can BreatheWell in your home.

Learn more at https://www.breathewellair.com/ 

An Interview with Dr. Alise Jones-Bailey of Buckhead Functional Medicine 

 

Here at Longevity, we love partnering with like-minded practitioners in the community as we come alongside our patients on their wellness journeys. One of those trusted practitioners is Dr. Alise Jones-Bailey of Buckhead Functional Medicine. Her traditional functional medicine practice specializes in women’s health, digestive disorders, weight loss, cardiovascular disease, diabetes prevention, hormonal health, and immune system deficiencies.

 

We sat down with Dr. Jones-Bailey for a little Q&A to learn more about her practice, the services she offers, and her approach to overall health and wellness. 

 

What is the heart and mission behind your practice and the work you do? 

 

I am board certified in OB/Gyn and certified in Functional Medicine. The word doctor is derived from the Latin verb “docere’ meaning to teach. The mission behind my practice is to educate my patients health and disease while showing them the evidence based functional medicine practices. These practices promote prevention and ” healthspan over lifespan.”

 

What do you think is the biggest health factor or risk facing women today? 

 

Stress in my opinion, followed by obesity. This is so often behind mental and physical challenges many of us experience. Obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer, uterine cancer, colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and others.

 

So many of our patients are concerned about hormonal health and its impact on their metabolism/weight, reproductive health, mood, and energy. What kind of approach do you take on hormone balance, and what services do you offer in this department? 

 

Hormonal health for both men and women is key to health and a sense of well being. Whether we are talking about sex hormones, stress hormones, sleep hormones or thyroid hormones, they all work collaboratively. Measuring and monitoring are key tools to hormone optimization.

 

What do you wish women understood when it comes to understanding and balancing their hormones?

 

Women experience many hormone transition periods throughout their lives as do men. From childhood to puberty to childbearing years, menopause and postmenopause hormone dynamics are at play. Understanding these transitions and proactively managing them via lifestyle supportive practices is the key to navigating! Specifically, adequate sleep, a quality diet, exercise, adequate water intake, spiritual practices, community and daily sunlight lie at the core.

 

Our practice takes a preventative approach to breast and reproductive health, utilizing proactive thermography testing to assess disease development and holistic detoxifying therapies such as lymphatic drainage massage. How can our practices work hand-in-hand to help our clients treat and get to the root cause of female health issues?

 

I love that your practice does such a phenomenal job with a proactive approach to female breast health! Recognizing that 80% of breast cancer is fueled by estrogen, all practices that support modulating estrogen are critical tools. Looking at lifestyle and genetic predispositions are important, allowing you to decrease risk factors as much as possible. Anti-estrogen and anti-inflammatory dietary nutrients from fiber, flaxseed, cocoa, aloe vera, cruciferous veggies, tumeric and seaweed to name a few are supportive here. Limiting alcohol, the less the better as studies are conflicting in this area. 

 

We can continue to work collaboratively with your patients by understanding individual risks,

and “test don’t guess!”  Look at genetics, look at hormone metabolism, look at genetic predisposing factors, and measure so you can see your progress in lowering or eliminating risk factors.

 

What advice or recommendations  do you have for our clients who are setting their 2023 wellness resolutions and goals this month? How can they get the most “bang for their buck” as they set new rhythms and habits for the year ahead? 

 

  • Leverage the power of lifestyle medicine. An excellent publication called The Original Prescription by Thomas Gilliams so eloquently reviews the science behind this concept and practice.
  • Let food be your medicine.
  • Limit environmental toxic exposures.
  • Control your thoughts with positivity and gratitude practices.
  • Get quality sleep.
  • Get daily sunlight for 60 minutes a day, winter or summer.
  • Turn off all electronics at least an hour before bedtime.
  • Engage a mindfulness or meditation daily practice.
  • Take care of your gut or the microbiome with pre and probiotics.

 

To learn more about Dr. Jones-Bailey and Buckhead Functional Medicine, visit https://www.buckheadfunctionalmedicine.com/ 

 

An Interview with Dr. Julia Brugliera, DVM, Happy Tails Holistic Veterinary Care

Here at Longevity, our patients are always asking us if we can treat their furry family members. The answer is no, but we know someone who can! 

Dr. Julia Brugliera is a Veterinarian at Happy Tails Holistic Veterinary Care, just down the road from our office in Roswell, and our staff members and patients rave about her practice! Dr. Julia has been practicing small animal medicine, holistic medicine and surgery in the Atlanta area since 2009.

We sat down with Dr. Julia to talk about some holistic steps you can take to complement your pet’s traditional veterinary care so you can keep your four-legged fur baby healthy and happy!

 

Tell us a little about your practice and your integrative approach to veterinary medicine. 

We look at the pet’s entire lifestyle, including diet and exercise to determine the best treatment plan.  We use a combination of the best traditional and integrative services to support optimal health.  

 

What kind of holistic services does your practice offer for pets?

We offer acupuncture, laser, Chinese herbal therapies, glandular supplements, chiropractic care, assisted lymphatic therapy, as well as ozone therapy to achieve optimal wellness and detoxification.  We also have a hyperbaric chamber and sound wave therapy along with PEMF and infrared mats.

 

What is your practice’s approach to preventative care for pets? 

We tailor preventative care for each pet’s lifestyle.  Some pets may only need a Rabies vaccine or sometimes no vaccines at all if they have a chronic disease process.  We do recommend annual wellness blood work, fecal testing, heartworm testing, as well as functional medicine to check vitamin levels.  We offer a cancer screening panel which is a non-invasive blood test checking two enzymes to see if there are any pre-existing risk factors. We also offer traditional x-ray, ultrasound, in house lab work, and general surgery and dentistry. 

 

What is one thing you wish pet owners knew about the care of their pets?

That a healthy, species-appropriate diet and daily detoxification methods are necessary for optimal health. 

 

What are some holistic steps pet owners can take to keep their dogs and cats healthy in the winter months? 

 

Continue to exercise pets all year round as well as keep them from dangerous items around the holidays. Things to avoid would be any holiday decorations, chocolates, or items like onions or grapes, as well as too many fats in human foods.  There are still many healthy human foods that could be given as treats such as lean turkey meat, sweet potatoes (without butter), and many vegetables such as green beans or fruits such as blueberries, all of which make a tasty treat! 

 

We look forward to helping you gain a better perspective on holistic veterinary care!

 

To learn more about Dr. Julia and Happy Tails Holistic Veterinary Care, visit AtlantaHolisticVet.com