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Raising awareness of Celiac Disease on Coast Live

Welcome back to Coast Live about 3 million Americans live with the autoimmune disease known as celiac disease and millions have difficulty tolerating gluten. That means for them breads and other foods with certain proteins are off the table. I know all about that. Here with us today to talk about gluten free diets is Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family practice. Hey, Dr. Steele, good to see you.

Good to see you as well. Good morning to you.

Celiac disease
Gluten Free

Host: Good morning. So national celiac awareness day was yesterday, explain what Celiac disease is to people.

Dr. Steele: So celiac is an intolerance or an allergy to wheat, wheat gluten. So wheat gluten is found in a lot of normal products such as bread, pasta, sometimes have it as well. And a lot of packaged foods has it as well, crackers and things like that.

Host: So why can a gluten free diet be so important? And so life changing?

Dr. Steele: A gluten free diet really helps to lower inflammation in the body helps to lower histamine responses, which are all contributing factors to any kind of autoimmune condition.

Host: Gotcha. So I know when I started to realize I had issues with gluten, my main issues were all in my gut. So what are some symptoms of gluten reactions and I know for celiac, it’s a lot worse.

Dr. Steele: Of course, and celiac is an allergy, there’s sensitivities, there’s intolerances. So some things to look for. I see with little kids, they’ll have like rashes on arms, like almost like a chicken arm look to it. You can have redness, itchy as well gassing bloating, you can have kind of a gluten baby after you eat. That’s a classic one.

Host: Oh, I call that the food baby. Yep, I you know, I’ve gotten that for such a long time people go oh, are you expecting? No, it’s just my food, baby. So I know all about that. And so you don’t have to be celiac to be gluten sensitive, right?

Dr. Steele: No, actually, I’ve seen a lot of people that if they can’t process B complex as well, and folic acid, they have that MTHFR genetic variant. Those oftentimes are gluten sensitive and gluten reactive.

Host: So it’s so interesting when you talk about all this stuff, because how do you go about diagnosing it because I know this can be a complicated thing.

Dr. Steele: It can be Well, I definitely you know, you can do a salivary MTHFR DNA panel to kind of assess that. You can also look at your secretary IGA that’s going to be in like a organic acids, which is a urine profile. There’s also many IgG tests that you can take to there’s like blood tests. But a lot of times I find that just eating it and feeling how your body responds is really, you know, very helpful. You can take your pulse before you put it in your mouth, you can also put it in your mouth and then take your pulse again, if your pulse goes up more than six that lets you know that your body’s having some reaction to whatever it is you’re eating.

Host: Oh, I never knew that about the pulse thing and eating gluten free. I know some people think it’s so daunting, but over the years, it’s gotten a lot easier.

Dr. Steele: Oh my gosh, it’s so easy. There’s so many like bonds, chickpea pastas, and things like that. And then you know, even with the breads, the breads have come a long way and making your own there’s like some cashew bread recipes that Dr. Perlmutter puts out. With, he wrote a book called The Grain Brain, which is all about gluten sensitivities and the reaction to the brain. And so there’s a lot of really good resources out there. And now more than ever, it’s really gotten a lot easier.

Host: So if you tax gluten For more information, what are you going to learn? And how else can people learn more? And how else can you help them?

Dr. Steele: Yes, so we have an app that we use for education within our practice. Our practice is built off of education, accountability and coaching. And so our app has education on it. So if you’re interested in going gluten free, please text our office and we’ll send you the link.

Host: All right. Dr. Steele, thank you so much. We really appreciate it. Always good to see you.

Dr. Steele: Awesome. Have an amazing day. You as well and all the information is there on the screen does visit holisticfamilypracticeVA to contact Dr. Steele or call the number right there. Thanks so much again.

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Benefits of Green Tea


Do you know that green tea has amazing health benefits? If not, where have you been hiding?

Japanese green tea

It is bonkers how beneficial green tea can be. The ability to lose weight, possibly prevent cancer, promote healthy teeth, and lower cholesterol, makes this tea, truly a miracle worker.

In recent times, the benefits of green tea have been widely reported in the media. In most cases, green tea enthusiasts base their opinions on personal experiences with the beverage, but it seems to be accepted globally that this is a healing tea.

China has long consumed green tea due to its miraculous properties.

In China, green tea is used to treat a wide range of ailments, from headaches to cancer prevention. Green tea has many health benefits, which are being revealed through various health studies. Although not a cure all, we are learning more and more about the use of this herbal tea every day. Many studies even have been shown to isolate out the healing properties of green tea such as the natural antioxidants.

In what ways can green tea benefit your life?

Four of green tea’s most significant benefits can substantially change your life.

  1. Weight Loss – The First Health Benefit of Green Tea
Healthy nutrition and weight loss.

As a result of the high polyphenol concentration in green tea, fat is oxidized, and thermogenesis is encouraged.

During thermogenesis, the body burns calories. Due to green tea’s energy boost, which raises the metabolism, more weight may be lost than normal.

Compared to most other beverages consumed in the morning, green tea contains fewer calories than most others.

In comparison to green tea, daily calories are higher if coffee is consumed daily as most people’s morning drink.

By switching from coffee to green tea, you might reduce your waistline significantly.

  1. Having healthy teeth is the second way in which green tea benefits you.
Lady eating healthy salad

Due to one of its ingredients, fluoride, green tea is said to help keep teeth clean.

Bacteria that cause plaque are killed by fluoride in the mouth due to its antimicrobial properties. According to Dentists, fluoride helps to maintain healthy, cavity-free teeth and prevents general tooth decay. Consuming green tea has been shown to improve tooth health significantly.

There are however a number of studies about fluoride, opposing its benefits and you may want to read around that if it concerns you, or just ensure that you do not drink too much green tea in that case. You may feel though that the other benefits of green tea outweigh the fluoride content.

Unlike coffee, which discolors the teeth with a yellow tinge, this will not stain the teeth like that.

  1. Green tea is believed to help prevent cancer as its third benefit

One of the benefits of green tea

Various studies have proven that green tea is an effective way of preventing free radical damage to the body.

Cancer and ageing are caused by free radicals.

The polyphenols found in green tea constantly monitor free radicals to prevent them from being formed into unstable oxygen molecules, in a process referred to as oxidation.

Upon oxidation of cells, proper tissue is damaged and has been related to ailments such as cancer, heart disease, and strokes.

In addition to preventing premature cell division and inflammation, green tea polyphenols have been shown to destroy most cancer-causing agents.

  1. Green Tea has a fourth benefit – it lowers cholesterol
Take care of your heart

High cholesterol sufferers may find relief from the effects of green tea.

Bad cholesterol is often linked to heart attacks and green tea may be able to reduce this high risk. During the circulating process of LDL cholesterol in the body, heavy deposits may be formed in the arteries. When a person drinks green tea, their levels of bad cholesterol, such as LDL cholesterol, drop. This is due to the various catechins present in green tea which are able to lower blood cholesterol levels.

Further, the catechins improve the body’s overall health by maintaining a healthy ratio of good to bad cholesterol.

Benefit of Green Tea Conclusion

If weight loss, cancer prevention, healthy teeth, and a low cholesterol level do not convince you that green tea is a miracle worker, you must be working with some pretty powerful spells.

A couple of cups of tea a day may help significantly decrease the risk of developing a few other health problems too.

Currently, the only side effect is possible excess caffeine, resulting in increased heart rate and blood pressure but one would have to drink a lot of tea for that. However, like anything with caffeine, it’s important to just be mindful not to overdo it.

The use of green tea extract has provided a solution to this problem.

It is possible to take green tea tablets with all its benefits.

I certainly love my morning cuppa with a dash of lemon, so let’s see if this is enough to convince you to start drinking green tea every day from now!


Article for entertainment and information purposes only and is not meant to treat cure or diagnose. Please see your doctor if you are suffering from any of the above or associated issues. If you would like to see if it makes sense to add green tea to your healthcare regimen or if you would like a GMP certified brand of Green Tea please scheudule a complimentary wellness visit here.



Essential Oils 101

Essential Oils to Heal Body and Mind – Using, Buying, Storing.

  1. What are Essential Oils?
Massage stones, essential oils and sea salt with burning candle

Essential oils are plant-derived oils obtained through the distillation process from flowers, leaves, roots, and other parts of plants.

Since ancient times, essential oils have been used to treat numerous ailments. Essential oils are natural fragrances obtained from plants.

The scent or therapeutic properties of these oils can be used for skincare and hair care products, household products, soaps, and household cleaners and detergents.

Additionally, they can be used in aromatherapy, dental care, and perfumes. Essential oils are used in aromatherapy for their aromatic and medicinal properties.


2.There are many different types of oils that can be used for a variety of purposes.

Essential oils are usually classified into three categories viz. Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes and Diterpene esters. There are a variety of different types of essential oils and each one has a distinct scent and healing properties. Some popular types of essential oils are Lavender, Tea tree, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Chamomile. For example, Lavender essential oil comes from plants in the genus Lavandula and is low-odour, while Peppermint essential oil comes from Mentha x Piperita and is strong-smelling and high-odour. They come in different forms, including organic, non-organic, pure or diluted, and single or blended.  There are various parameters to describe an essential oil including the aroma, depth of the odour, specific medicinal properties and even the location where it was grown.

  1. Essential oil profiles

Profiles are a way to classify oils by their therapeutic properties, aromas, and origins. There are various profiles such as the citrus profile which has an aroma which is refreshing and uplifting. The floral profile is floral and sweet. The earthy profile has a rich, grounding aroma with slight woodiness.

Essential oils
Essential oils
  1. What are the Benefits of Essential Oils?

Essential oils have numerous benefits depending on which oil is used. Many people have reported antidotal benefits such as easing insomnia, promoting good sleep habits, boosting immunity and reducing stress levels, better mental clarity and focus for those who suffer from conditions like ADHD, supporting respiratory health, skin health, hormone health and so much more. The oils are a popular home remedy for many ailments. There are two common ways to use them: topically and inhalation.

Topically can be done in a couple of ways too, by wearing or applying through a medium such as massage. Some people do use them internally and in cooking, but this needs to be done very carefully and only with the correct oils, under the guidance of a qualified natural healthcare practitioner.

When used topically, essential oils work by being absorbed through the skin to stimulate the cells and release chemicals that help heal wounds, reduce inflammation, lower pain levels and balance hormone levels. When inhaled, they work by entering the bloodstream through the lungs where their properties can be taken throughout the body to relieve symptoms of a cold or flu, calm the nervous system, digestive health and more.

  1. Uses for Essential Oil (topical application)

Essential oils are not just for Aromatherapy anymore. In recent years essential oils have become popular among many people for their variety of uses. Essential oils are also called the “life force” of the plant because they contain the chemical compounds that give plants their scent and taste.

As mentioned, they are commonly used in aromatherapy, but also in massage therapy, in cooking, in cleaning, bathing and perfumery products as well as used in home remedies.

They are a common staple in the cabinets of  healthcare practitioners in natural medicine, complementary therapies, and so much more. Let’s look at few ways they are utilized below:

Aromatherapy: Sometimes called “the science of smell,” this type of therapy can help to relieve stress or anxiety. The aromatic compounds in the oil are inhaled through the nose or mouth to stimulate a person’s mood and memory.

Massage Therapy: Some people use essential oils during a massage treatment to add aroma and therapeutic benefits, these can be added to a carrier oil and applied topically and / or inhaled during the treatment.

Home Remedy: Many people create their own natural remedies by mixing an essential oil with water or another base ingredient to create a balm or bath soak. One popular remedy is peppermint and lavender combined with Epsom salt for an invigorating bath that will both relax, cool and sooth.

Ayurveda aromatherapy massage, female hand pouring aromatic oil in an essential oil diffuser
  1. How to Buy and Store Essential Oils

When it comes to buying essential oils, it can be difficult to determine what wholesale suppliers are best for you. There are a lot of choices and factors to take into account, such as supply, price, quality, and more. The first step is to figure out your requirements and choose your preferred supplier. Then you can measure the cost benefits of buying by the litre or by kilo. Essential oils should be stored in a cool place, in dark bottles, away from heat and sunlight. Check google and read reviews of other buyers before committing to a large purchase, where possible get a sample. Also, look for purity of essential oils, sourcing of raw materials, and cultivation of raw material to gauge which oil companies may work best.

 Always consult a doctor before trying natural herbs, oils, or remedies

So, you can see, there are many benefits to using natural oils and these are just a tiny selection, so I urge you to do your research and try things out, above all, have fun. Natural medicine practitioners, Aromatherapists and Massage therapists can work very happily and successfully alongside your primary care practitioner or Doctor and they very often do. So do not think it must be one or the other.

Disclaimer Note: It’s important to note though, that just because something is natural does not mean zero risk. While many oils are very low risk there still can be complications, contraindications and contra-actions.

The internet is full of information on how you can cure yourself with natural remedies, but we recommend that you seek out a Qualified Natural Health Practitioner or Aromatherapist and always consult a Doctor before trying any new things. Never stop taking any prescribed medication without speaking to your health practitioner first.

Holistic tips to heal your gut on Coast Live

Dr. Steele: Beach. Healing the gut is really helpful for your overall health, especially since most of your immune system hormonal system and neurological system is all housed in the gut. Taking digestive enzymes found in supplements as well as apple cider vinegar can help you not only digest but absorb the nutrients from your food. We want to ensure we watch our fat, even healthy fat can help slow down digestion impacting the gallbladder as well as the liver. So healthy fats is just as bad sometimes is unhealthy fat. Keeping an adequate amount of protein in your diet so that you’re able to get all of those key amino acids will not only help you to maintain a healthy gut, but also help your overall health and well being. And these three tips can help you to maintain a healthy, healed gut.

How to heal leaky gut?

Diabetes Prevention on Coast Live

Host: All right, welcome back to Coast Live guys, November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. And this is a disease that affects more than 34 million Americans. But lifestyle changes like diet and exercise can help manage and even prevent diabetes. So here to explain some more with us this morning is Dr. Erica Steele from the holistic Family Medicine in Virginia Beach. Good morning, Dr. Steele, it’s great to see you again.

Dr. Steele: Good morning, nice to see you as well.

Host: Well, we love all your stuff, you know, through through COVID. And everything you’ve been helping so many people out, but this is a disease that, you know, has been an ongoing battle for so many people. And it is there are ways to prevent it. So what are some of your top tips to really just help prevent diabetes from the start?

Dr. Steele: Yeah, so some of my top tips, common sense, obviously, limiting processed foods eating regularly. But sometimes people don’t realize it’s not so much of focus about your carbohydrates as much as it’s about your protein, because protein stabilizes your blood sugar. And so I really encourage people to increase their protein, increase their green vegetables, and also only really in consumed the lower glycemic fruits and vegetables.

Host: Yeah, and we’ve had this conversation many times of how important food is for your overall health, it truly is the foundation of a lot of what is wrong. And you know, this is something that I think people need to kind of be their own advocate for, right? Because we go to a doctor, we say we need bloodwork, and they’re like, Oh, you’re fine, you don’t need this. But what do you need to ask for? And what are some of the like lab markers that someone should really be looking for when they get that done?

Diabetes prevention

Dr. Steele: Yeah, so remember, I’m I’m also a functional medicine provider. So we look at reference ranges versus optimal range. So if you go to your traditional medical doctor, they’re going to see a wide range of glucose, right? We want an optimal range, we don’t want us to reference range. So we’re looking glucose between 80 and 85, we’re looking hemoglobin a one c less than five, right? A lot of times people will come in, they’re like, Oh, my lab work looks fine. Their glucose is a 90 their hemoglobin a one sees a 5.5. So those are really important markers, but also to your liver enzymes, your liver, metabolizes your nutrients, as well as detoxifies and that’s also a sign that your body is moving, your metabolic state is declining. And so that’s one Oregon, we really want to pay attention to optimal, you know, I like it in the teens, but you can go up as much as 26 for your liver enzymes, those your ASD and your al T markers on your CMP.

Host: Yeah, that’s why you need to go to someone who truly understands us to get you better overall, because you need to look at overall health, not just one number, and I love that you do that. But let’s shift to the people who are actually already struggling with diabetes, because you know, I mean, I have sent a lot of friends personally, what type of food tips would you give them as they move, especially into the holiday season?

Dr. Steele: Well, I think even aside from the food, we’ve got to get the mindset down, right. And you’ve talked about this a lot. I know I’ve gone to different workshops and stuff where you’re really big on mindset. And so mindset is number one, because a lot of times those lifestyle habits have been embedded and integrated for so long. And it’s so emotionally based, your first 20% of digestion is attached to the limbic system in your brain, your emotional body, right. So it’s not that a lot of times people don’t want to eat healthy, it’s that emotionally and mentally, they’re not ready. And so we look at Stages of Change. That’s why in our practice, we use education coaching, as well as accountability to help people achieve their results.

New mindset to prevent Diabetes

Host: And I know you have some really good high protein recipes to share. So these are the ones I’m actually curious about too, because everybody needs this in their life.

Dr. Steele: Everyone, including myself, I love I live for it. So we’re actually giving away we have an app that we use for food tracking in our practice. And if you text Our office number, high protein recipes, you can choose between lunch, dinner or breakfast, and we’ll deliver those they come in your email box, they come on your phone, and then you can utilize those to really incorporate more high protein into your lifestyle into your diet.

Host: Yeah, and protein is very, very important. So especially you know, I’ve been that’s, I know that’s that’s my my staple. And everything is my goal is to get a certain amount of protein in every day. So where can people get in touch with you because it’s better to really get this process started before we get to the end of the year.

Dr. Steele: Of course, you can call our office or even text our number to schedule a consultation. I do offer a 15 minute complimentary consult as well as a more extended one hour consultation that includes that comprehensive bloodwork review. So our office, website is staging6.holisticfamilypracticeva.com Lots of really yummy information on there. And then of course all of my socials even on clubhouse we do a lot of education through various different platforms. So it’s not it’s not difficult to find
no easy to find and thank you for being with us and have a wonderful holiday season ahead. It’s great to see you.