Archive for September, 2011

HCG Errors – Mistakes on the HCG Diet

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Mistakes on the HCG Diet…  these are mistakes I’ve made, and small errors my clients have made…

  1. Eating out – and asking for 100g of meat with cooked vegies.  Problem?  100g of cooked meat is equivalent to around 135g of raw meat.  It may impact negatively on your weight loss.
  2. Drinking too much coffee and tea – these are diuretics.  This means that they can make you dehydrated.  Detoxification of your brown fat requires lots of fluid to detox the hormones, heavy metals, toxins being released from the fat cells.  Water and herbal teas should be consumed constantly to rehydrate your tissues.
  3. Drinking Zero calorie softdrinks and using artificial sweeteners:  Many HCG websites say these are okay, but this is thinking from a purely calorie perspective and not about health.  Healthwise, artificial sweeteners are neuro-toxins, therefore your body may wish to store MORE FAT to insulate you from these toxins.  Do not drink them!
  4. Eating the wrong proteins: Only use the meats/proteins recommended by Dr Simeons.
  5. Eating the wrong vegetables: Only use the vegetables recommended by Dr Simeons.  He spent 20 years researching which meats and vegetables worked most consistently for weightloss.
  6. Not enough water and herbal tea: we must, must, must drink plenty of water to detoxify.  One of the biggest reasons for putting weight back on is being toxic – the body then needs to store more fat to dilute the toxins.
  7. Stevia is unlimited – this is correct – use as much as you like for sweeteners throughout the HCG Programme.  Xylitol and Splenda still have calories and must be taken into account.  Some people can handle Xylitol and Splenda and some can’t.
  8. We used kangaroo meat (not in Dr Simeon’s programme) but it wasn’t around 40 years ago.  It is 100 calories per 100g (like prawns), 2% fat and works.  Delicious and nutritious… see how you go!

Hope that helps,

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
Wynnum, Brisbane, Australia

HCG – Consolidation & Steak Day Understanding…

Monday, September 26th, 2011

In consolidation, it will be a good idea to basically follow the Shake It Programme/Keto Programme – low carb, definitely low sugar, low starch, as the body is still re-stabilising it’s new ‘set weight’.

My husband Jason & I have needed to do steak days about 4 or 5 times in consolidation.

They really should be called ‘Fasting’ Steak days – and they work!

Theory:  once you hit the end of the HCG drops and then the 2-3 days drop-free (still on the 500 cals) you need to lock away your new weight.

My husband’s was 71.0kg and mine was 61.1kg.  If the weight ever goes up by 800g overnight, you need to do a steak day.  In consolidation you can start adding (very slowly) a glass of wine, more protein, more vegies, more fruit, nuts, good quality dairy products, still being very careful of sugar and starches.

By doing a steak day, obviously there are less calories, but by having ONLY lots and lots of fluids all day and then a big steak along with a tomato or an apple, we are avoiding any food mistakes throughout the day, maintaining muscle mass and quality with the steak and adding much needed fibre with the tomato/apple.  Dr Simeons was very clever!

One morning I woke up (devastated) 62.6.  I’d had an egg, a sausage and green bean salad the day before for lunch.   We’d had a light dinner because of that, but obviously it was too many new things for my body – I felt bloated and full all afternoon and woke up too heavy.  Only had herbal teas, mineral water and lemon juice (1 coffee) and then my steak (went to Hog’s Breath – had a 250g steak and the green salad – left the beans) and woke up 61.0 kg.  I did it another day and ate the curly fries – still worked but woke 61.5.  Doh!!

The fasting day works IF DONE PROPERLY!!  Curly fries NOT a good idea!

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
Wynnum Brisbane Australi

Chronic Fatigue Sufferers – there really is hope!!!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

So you’ve had every test done under the sun, and they can’t find anything wrong.

We can help!

We are specialists in finding the causes of problems such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia!  Here are a few things your doctor may never have told you:

  1. Genetic breakdown – we can see in live blood analysis a damaged monocyte – monocytes should have one nuclei, and yet when our telomeres (which protect our genes from damage) shrink, the monocytes start having more than one nuclei – we can see this and determine if this is part of your chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia.
  2. Liver Toxicity – the liver does a million things – we all know this, but it’s not a very good multi-tasker.  If it is overloaded by stress hormones, adrenalin hormones, pain hormones or toxicity from an environmental cause, then quite often it just shuts down.  Normal liver tests only show us when the liver is breaking down.  We can see signs with live blood analysis and bio-impedance analysis…  further signs that the medical tests aren’t looking for.
  3. Caffeine/Sugar/Wheat/Dairy Addiction – if our body has low cellular energy (which we can determine correctly from VLA/bio-impedance analysis testing), then we turn to foods, caffeine, sugar, wheat and dairy to give us what we need…  Wheat and dairy, particularly, can cause total exhaustion if we have a DPP4 enzyme deficiency – this can cause wheat and dairy to create ‘opioids’ in the bloodstream.  Opioids can cause either total exhaustion or manic behaviour depending on how it affects us.  If it’s caffeine and sugar, these exhaust the adrenal glands further and make the chronic fatigue last longer.
  4. Allergies:  quite often people have NO signs of allergies other than exhaution.  Over the years we’ve seen allergy signs such as depression and anxiety, stress, hormonal toxicity, pain, headaches and migraines and more.  We use live blood analysis and kinesiology to determine how allergic the body is and what we’re allergic to.  This is VERY DIFFERENT to medical allergy testing.  We also find sensitivites and intolerances, which can cause all of the huge problems that allergies do.  We also do a rotational diet, where appropriate, and slowly re-introduce foods and find out if they are causing issues.
  5. Insulin Resistance: Doctors will always check for blood sugar, but rarely (we’ve NEVER seen it) checked for insulin resistance.  You can have the most perfect diet, but not be getting nutrients out of your food.  All cells, including the brain, require insulin for energy.  If your body is insulin resistant, you are not getting energy from your food, you are burning muscle and muscle nutrients for energy…  this is a very bad, pre-diabetic condition.
  6. What do we suggest for long-term improvement and recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia? Firstly we need to safely, carefully and slowly detoxify.  We use a combination of infrared saunas, frequency specific microcurrent, natural supplements such as Adrenotone, Resist X, Meta B Complex.  For oestrogen detoxification we use Estrofactors, Meta I3C, OestroCalm.  For Adrenal and nerve regeneration we use Adaptan, Stressan, Relaxan and Resilian.  For liver toxicity we use Phyto Essentials, PhytoPro, Lipogen and Silymarin.  We also recommend lymphatic drainage massage and kinesiology to help detoxify emotional toxins, liver toxins etc.

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
Wynnum, Brisbane, Australia
3348 6098 / 0417 643 849

HCG Programme/Diet with Very Low Cal Diet…my story…

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

My name is Madonna Guy and started New Leaf Natural Therapies nearly 4 years ago, in Wynnum, Brisbane.  I’ve been a naturopath/kinesiologist for 16 years, have worked on repairing my liver, blood sugar levels, was vegetarian for 20 years, started eating meat again 2 years ago…  with all of my knowledge, my husband and I have always had to do around 40-60km per week jogging to maintain our weight (with the occasional once per week alcohol, 1/2 slice cheesecake, bit of chocolate).  2 of my naturopath friends both tried the HCG diet and lost weight.

My sceptical brain said things like “won’t we lose weight anyway if we are eating 500cals?” and “I’ll be starving – no way I can do it…”  You can imagine, I was trying to avoid it.  My friend Linda, however, lost 6kg off her butt (fluid as well as fat) in 10 days) .  wow.  Now, Linda has always responded very very well to anything she’s added into her world.  I seem to try every fat-burning supplement, detox programme (which we specialise in) take supplements for the thyroid, adrenals, liver, energy etc etc etc and yet I’ve always needed that amount of exercise to maintain my weight (and had put on around 7kg in the past 4 years anyway).

So, my husband and I started HCG about 5 weeks ago now.  No exercise. RFM HCG Homeopathic drops.  10 drops 3 x daily.  No face creams.  No hair colouring (I was so looking forward to getting my hair coloured last week!).  I was planning on doing only 10 days like my friend Linda.  We loved the compulsory binge days…  a must do!  And then we kicked into the programme.

We were both hungry for the first week, Jason was quite weak, so we started having Metagenics ResistX in the morning – great for sugar cravings, insulin resistance (which he was) energy and pulling fat out of the bloodstream.  But we persisted.  And the resist X really helped with energy, weakness and need for food.  The hunger disappeared generally after about a week.

We did a VLA test (bio-impedance analysis) daily/every second day throughout the entire process.  At the end of 23 days for my husband and 27 days for me (you can’t count the 4 day period I had in there…bad timing) we had both lost around 6kg of actual fat and our VLA tests showed 1. we lost no muscle mass and 2. Jason lost no muscle quality, but I lost a little muscle quality.  That’s really quite amazing given the limited amount of food on the plan.

Every time we strayed from Dr Simeon’s programme, for example snow peas and zucchini – not on the programme, we put on fat.  When we had lamb – not on the programme – we put on fat.  So we learned very quickly to stick to the foods he trialled for 20 years.

By the way – no exercise for either of us throughout this whole month!

Consolidation: Once we hit consolidation – which is done for the same number of days as the drops are taken, we were both worried we would put on weight.  Jason was away for work for 2 days and had to eat out every meal.  But, he lost 800g while away (now that’s just weird).  My weight (as fearful predicted in my silly brain) kept going up.  I was 61.1 at end of HCG drops. next day 61.3, next day 61.5 next day 62.6 (we added too many new foods on that day for my body) so, I had to do a fasting-steak day.  Nothing but water, herbal teas, 1 coffee (no sugar/milk in tea coffee, but stevia is fine and I enjoy it) and then a large steak at night with either a tomato or an apple.  We went to Hog’s Breath, I had a large steak and green salad, and my weight was 61.2 the next day.  Fasting-steak day worked!  AND – no exercise.  Normally our weekend treats take us 3-5 days of exercise for us to get back to the weight we were before the weekend.

So far, so good!  I’ll keep you informed!!

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098 / 0417 643 849
healthteam@nlnt.com.au

Adrenal Fatigue, Adrenal Exhaustion, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome… we’ve been treating for over a dozen years or more!!!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Tired all the time.  Exhaustion by getting home from work – playing havoc with libido, happiness and life in general??

Your adrenal glands are each no bigger than a walnut and weigh less than a grape, yet are responsible for one of the most important functions in your body: managing stress.

“The adrenals are known as ‘the glands of stress,’” writes James Wilson in his book Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome. “It is their job to enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source, ranging from injury and disease to work and relationship problems. Your resiliency, energy, endurance and your very life all depend on their proper functioning.”[1]

When your adrenal glands are fatigued, a condition known as adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion, your entire body feels it and suffers from extreme exhaustion as well.

It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of adults experience adrenal fatigue during their lifetimes, yet it remains one of the most under-diagnosed illnesses in Australia and the United States.[2]

The Optimal Function of Your Adrenal Glands

Your body has two adrenal glands, located just above each of your kidneys. As part of your endocrine system, your adrenal glands secrete more than 50 hormones, many of which are essential for life and include:

  • Glucocorticoids. These hormones, which include cortisol, help your body convert food into energy, normalize blood sugar, respond to stress and maintain your immune system’s inflammatory response.
  • Mineralocorticoids. These hormones, which include aldosterone, help keep your blood pressure and blood volume normal by maintaining a proper balance of sodium, potassium and water in your body.[3]
  • Adrenaline. This hormone increases your heart rate and controls blood flow to your muscles and brain, along with helping with the conversion of glycogen to glucose in your liver.

Together, these hormones and others produced by your adrenal glands control such body functions as:[4]

  • Maintaining metabolic processes, such as managing blood sugar levels and regulating inflammation
  • Regulating your body’s balance of salt and water
  • Controlling your “fight or flight” response to stress
  • Maintaining pregnancy
  • Initiating and controlling sexual maturation during childhood and puberty
  • Producing sex steroids such as estrogen and testosterone

Ironically, although your adrenal glands are there, in large part, to help you cope with stress, too much of it is actually what causes their function to break down.

In other words, one of your adrenal glands most important tasks is to get your body ready for the “fight or flight” stress response, which means increasing adrenaline and other hormones.

As part of this response, your heart rate and blood pressure increase, your digestion slows, and your body becomes ready to face a potential threat or challenge.

While this response is necessary and good when it’s needed, many of us are constantly faced with stressors (work, environmental toxins, not enough sleep, worry, relationship problems and more) and therefore are in this “fight or flight” mode for far too long — much longer than was ever intended from a biological standpoint.

The result is that your adrenal glands, faced with excessive stress and burden, become overworked and fatigued. Some common factors that put excess stress on your adrenals are:[5]

  • Anger, fear, anxiety, guilt, depression and other negative emotions
  • Overwork, including physical or mental strain
  • Excessive exercise
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Light-cycle disruption (such as working the night shift or often going to sleep late)
  • Surgery, trauma or injury
  • Chronic inflammation, infection, illness or pain
  • Temperature extremes
  • Toxic exposure
  • Nutritional deficiencies and/or severe allergies

Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

When your adrenal glands become depleted, it leads to a decrease in certain hormone levels, particularly cortisol. The deficiencies in certain adrenal hormones will vary with each case, ranging from mild to severe.

In its most extreme form, this is referred to as Addison’s disease, a condition that causes muscle weakness, weight loss, low blood pressure and low blood sugar, and can be life threatening.

Fortunately, only about four persons per 100,000 develop Addison’s disease, which is due to autoimmune disease in most cases but can also develop after very severe stress.[6]

At the other end of the spectrum, as well as in between, lies adrenal fatigue (also known as hypoadrenia). Though the symptoms are less severe than in Addison’s disease, symptoms of adrenal fatigue can be debilitating. As Wilson writes:

“Non-Addison’s hypoadrenia (adrenal fatigue) is not usually severe enough to be featured on TV or to be considered a medical emergency. In fact, modern medicine does not even recognize it as a distinct syndrome. Nevertheless, it can wreak havoc with your life.

In the more serious cases of adrenal fatigue, the activity of the adrenal glands is so diminished that the person may have difficulty getting out of bed for more than a few hours per day. With each increment of reduction in adrenal function, every organ and system in your body is more profoundly affected.”[7]

Classic signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:

  • Fatigue and weakness, especially in the morning and afternoon
  • A suppressed immune system
  • Increased allergies
  • Muscle and bone loss and muscular weakness
  • Depression
  • Cravings for foods high in salt, sugar or fat
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Skin problems
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
  • Low sex drive
  • Lightheadedness when getting up from sitting or lying down
  • Decreased ability to handle stress
  • Trouble waking up in the morning, despite a full night’s sleep
  • Poor memory

Additionally, people with adrenal fatigue often get a burst of energy around 6 p.m., followed by sleepiness at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m., which is often resisted. A “second wind” at 11 p.m. is then common, which often may keep you from falling asleep until 1 a.m.[8]

Further, those with adrenal fatigue often also have abnormal blood sugar levels and mental disturbances, such as increased fears and anxiety, and rely on coffee, soda and other forms of caffeine to keep them going.

As the names implies, the most common symptom of adrenal fatigue is unrelenting fatigue, a feeling of being run down or not able to keep up with your daily demands. And because fatigue is such a common symptom, the syndrome is very often missed or misdiagnosed by physicians.

The Common Medical Test for Adrenal Function Cannot Diagnose Adrenal Fatigue

Adding to the problem of misdiagnosis is the fact that doctors typically use an ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) test to check for problems with your adrenal glands. However, the test only recognizes extreme underproduction or overproduction of hormone levels, as shown by the top and bottom 2 percent of a bell curve.

Symptoms of adrenal malfunction, meanwhile, occur after 15 percent of the mean on both sides of the curve. So your adrenal glands could be functioning 20 percent below the mean, and your body experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue, and the standard test won’t recognize it.[9]

The test that will recognize adrenal fatigue, in all of its stages, is a salivary cortisol test. This is an inexpensive test you can purchase online and do at home, as no prescription is needed. However, if you suspect you have adrenal fatigue a knowledgeable natural health care provider can help you with diagnosis and treatment.

Natural, and Simple, Steps to Recover From Adrenal Fatigue

It takes time to burnout your adrenal glands, and as you might suspect it also takes some time to recover. You can expect:

  • Six to nine months of recovery time for minor adrenal fatigue
  • 12 to 18 months for moderate adrenal fatigue
  • Up to 24 months for severe adrenal fatigue[10]

The good news is that natural treatments are very effective for this syndrome, and with time, patience, and the tips that follow it is possible to recover.

  • Probably the single most important area is to have powerful tools and strategies to address the current and past emotional traumas in your life. Prayer, meditation and meridian tapping techniques can be very helpful here. See us at New Leaf Natural Therapies for Kinesiology sessions to help resolve the stressors that have created these health issues and use kinesiology, energy clearing techniques to heal the body long-term.
  • Listen to your body and rest when you feel tired (this includes during the day by taking short naps or just laying down)
  • Sleep in (until 9 a.m. if you feel like it)
  • Exercise regularly using a comprehensive program of strength, aerobic, core, and interval training
  • Eat a healthy nutrient-dense diet like the one described in my nutrition plan, according to your Nutritional Type:  Talk to us at New Leaf for the right food choices for you.
  • Avoid stimulants like coffee and soda, as these can further exhaust your adrenal glands

Further, to maintain proper adrenal function it is imperative to control your blood sugar levels. If you are eating the right foods for your Nutritional Type, your blood sugar levels should balance out, and the following guidelines will also help:

  • Eat a small meal or snack every three to four hours
  • Eat within the first hour upon awakening
  • Eat a small snack near bedtime
  • Eat before becoming hungry. If hungry, you have already allowed yourself to run out of fuel (low blood sugar), which places additional stress on your adrenal glands

You may also want to see a physician well versed in bioidentical hormone replacement, and get tested to see if you could benefit from the use of DHEA. DHEA is a natural steroid and precursor hormone produced by the adrenals, and levels are often very low in people with adrenal fatigue. Keep in mind, of course, that DHEA is not a quick cure, and should not be used as a sole treatment.  We have supplements that help to increase DHEA rather than the hormone if you prefer.

Treating adrenal fatigue requires a whole-body approach, one that addresses the excess stress and unhealthy lifestyle habits that wore out your adrenals in the first place.

Interestingly the very first step in normalizing sex hormones, either male or female, is to first address the adrenal hormone system. For example if you were to only measure female hormones and then replace them with bioidentical hormone therapy, you will virtually be guaranteed to fail because the weakened adrenals will never allow the hormones to equilibrate properly.

Because your adrenal health is so important to your overall health and well-being, I highly recommend you work with a knowledgeable natural health care practitioner to find out if you have adrenal fatigue and then remedy it.

The tips above are an excellent starting point, however, and can be used by nearly everyone to help give your adrenal glands a healthy boost.


[1] Wilson, James. “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.” Smart Publications, p. 3, 2002.

[2] Wilson, James. “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.” Smart Publications, p. 6, 2002.

[3] MayoClinic.com Addison’s Disease http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/addisons-disease/DS00361/DSECTION=causes (Accessed June 11, 2009)

[4] National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, “Adrenal Gland Disorders” http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/Adrenal_Gland_Disorders.cfm (Accessed June 11, 2009)

[5] Understanding Adrenal Function August 27, 2000, Mercola.com http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/08/27/adrenals.aspx (Accessed June 11, 2009)

[6] Wilson, James. “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.” Smart Publications, p. 7, 2002.

[7] Wilson, James. “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.” Smart Publications, p. 7, 2002.

[8] Veracity, Dani. “Recovering From Adrenal Fatigue: How Your Body Can Overcome Chronic Stress and Feel Energized Again.” Natural News, April 6, 2006 http://www.naturalnews.com/019339.html (Accessed June 11, 2009)

[9] Veracity, Dani. “Recovering From Adrenal Fatigue: How Your Body Can Overcome Chronic Stress and Feel Energized Again.” Natural News, April 6, 2006 http://www.naturalnews.com/019339.html (Accessed June 11, 2009)

[10] Veracity, Dani. “Recovering From Adrenal Fatigue: How Your Body Can Overcome Chronic Stress and Feel Energized Again.” Natural News, April 6, 2006 http://www.naturalnews.com/019339.html (Accessed June 11, 2009)

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098 / 0417 643 849

You Can Cure Type 2 Diabetes…

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

You Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Please don’t let anyone tell you that type 2 diabetes has no cure, as this is not true. Type 2 diabetes is not terminal; you don’t have to live with it forever! Nearly 100 percent of type  2 diabetics can be successfully treated — eliminating the symptoms of diabetes, or the high risk of developing health complications — if you are willing to implement the lifestyle changes discussed below. These same changes will also drastically reduce your risk of the disease, so you can avoid developing it in the first place.

  1. Severely limit or eliminate grains and sugar from your diet, especially fructose, which is far more detrimental than any other type of sugar. This is extremely important! Drinking just one sweetened drink a day can raise your diabetes risk by 25 percent compared to drinking one sugary drink per month, so you really need to evaluate your diet and look for hidden sources of sugar and fructose. Artificially sweetened food and drinks should be avoided as well as they are incredibly toxic to our nervous systems causing problems such as dementia and depression.

    This also means avoiding most processed foods, as they are loaded with fructose. You may even need to avoid fruits until your diabetes is under control.

  2. Following my nutrition plan will help you do this without much fuss. It’s important to realize that nearly all type 2 diabetics need to swap out their grains for other foods, such as healthy sources of protein or vegetable-only carbohydrates.
  3. Exercise is an absolutely essential factor, without which you’re highly unlikely to get this devastating disease under control. It is clearly one of the most potent ways to lower your insulin and leptin resistance. Make sure to incorporate high-intensity Peak Fitness exercises. These types of exercises boost fat loss, promote muscle building, and help your body produce human growth hormone (HGH) naturally. Typically, you’ll need large amounts of exercise until you get your blood sugar levels under control. You may need up to an hour or two a day. Naturally, you’ll want to gradually work your way up to that amount, based on your current level of fitness.
  4. Avoid trans fats as they will actually worsen insulin resistance.
  5. Consume saturated fats, such as grass-fed organic meat, raw dairy products, avocados, and coconut oil. These saturated fats provide a concentrated source of energy along with the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances. When you eat healthy fats as part of your meal, they slow down absorption so that you can go longer without feeling hungry. In addition, they act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

    There are more than a dozen different types of saturated fat, but you predominantly consume only three: stearic acid, palmitic acid and lauric acid. It’s already been well established that stearic acid (found in cocoa and animal fat) has no effect on your cholesterol levels at all, and actually gets converted in your liver into the monounsaturated fat called oleic acid.

    The other two, palmitic and lauric acid, do raise total cholesterol. However, since they raise “good” cholesterol as much or more than “bad” cholesterol, you’re still actually lowering your risk of heart disease.

  6. Get plenty of omega-3 fats from a high quality, animal-based source such as krill oil.
  7. Monitor your fasting insulin level. This is every bit as important as your fasting blood sugar. You’ll want your fasting insulin level to be between 2 to 4. The higher your level, the worse your insulin receptor sensitivity is. The recommendations mentioned above are the key steps you need to achieve this reduction. As the new leaf team to check your insulin resistance levels as well.
  8. Get enough high-quality sleep every night.
  9. Optimize your vitamin D levels. Maintaining your vitamin D levels around 60-80 ng/ml can significantly help control your blood sugar. In addition, recent studies have revealed that getting enough vitamin D can also have a powerful effect on normalizing your blood pressure, and reduces your risk of heart disease.

    Having optimal vitamin D levels can also prevent type 1 diabetes in your children if you are pregnant. It’s also vital for infants to receive the appropriate amounts of vitamin D in their early years for the same reasons. Ideally, you’ll want to do this by exposing a large amount of your skin to appropriate amounts of sunshine (or a safe tanning bed) on a regular basis, year-round. Your body can safely create up to 20,000 units of vitamin D a day this way. Just remember to get your levels tested regularly by a proficient lab to make sure you’re staying within the therapeutic range.

  10. Address any underlying emotional issues and/or stress. Non-invasive tools like yoga, journaling and meditation can be extremely helpful and effective.

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098