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How Your Digestive System Affect Your Skin

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Speaker 1: Welcome back. If your skin lacks that summer glow, look at your diet. Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach explains the relationship between your gut health and yours. Skin. This is fascinating.

Speaker 2: Yes, it is. Definitely very unexplored by a lot of people.

Speaker 1: Yeah. So tell me about the connection.

Speaker 2: A lot of times, what we eat, so what we’re digesting and assimilating, will create reactivity. Okay. So the majority of our immune system as well as our hormonal system, is housed in our digestive system. I’ve spoken about that before. So what happens?

The immune system has immunological reactions to specific foods, parasites, bacteria, and other things. There’s a whole microbiome, a whole little universe growing in your digestive system. So it may not just be that you’re not washing your face correctly; it may also be that you’re not eating the right stuff. Yes. Or, many times, white teens are so like explode, exploded with their acne because they’re perpetually eating toxic.

Speaker 1: Unhealthy food. So tell me that list again of things that they shouldn’t eat in case my team, who’s in the audience, is paying attention.

Speaker 2: All the good stuff. Dairy, sugar, okay. Bread gluten, those sorts of nightshades, can affect some people, but there are many things. So to that, I most recently did my own food sensitivity testing. Okay. Because I’m curious, and everything I ate, I was sensitive to salmon and bananas.

Speaker 1: So. what are you eating now? Water and air. Just water and air.

Speaker 2: No, really? What’s cool about sensitivity testing is it gives you foods you can eat and then limited foods. Okay. And really, you want more of a restriction on a short period. A lot of times, people go on these long. Six, eight months. And the body will overcompensate, and you won’t be able to digest those foods, Okay. As well. It’ll shut down those enzymes and so short term, like 30, 60, 90 days of elimination, so you have time to rebuild the digestive system.

Speaker 1: I see. Now it also can impact babies, right? Yeah. So like the moms that are breastfeeding, their babies can then say Yes. Cause a problem. Have baby acne? How does that work? Yes.

Speaker 2: Oh my gosh. So when I see babies, cuz I see baby, it’s in my practice. The first thing I look at is their skin. I look at everybody’s skin. But cuz it tells a lot nutritionally, believe it or not. And so the first thing I look, if there are those little bumps, we know immediately that there’s a food sensitivity or a reaction.

Speaker 2: People often don’t get allergy versus sensitivity or intolerance. There are actually three different types of food. Sensitivities, prejudices, and then actual anaphylactic allergies. So when babies come in with that, I first ask if you are breastfeeding? And then, if the answer is yes, what are you eating? Because it’s something that the person is eating, or it could be something as simple as they don’t have enough lactobacillus. So I give them a probiotic to help reinoculate their digestive system.

Speaker 1: Okay. And probiotics are excellent. They are super good. Are they okay? Okay.

Speaker 2: Exactly. Suitable for everything, like the brain. It’s perfect for helping the brain fog. Oh yeah. Definitely. Oh, I have brain fog all the time. Okay. So I need to take, is there a particular type of probiotic that, so the world of probiotics is expansive. It’s not just like a pull-one off the shelf. A lot of people do. Different age groups actually have different needs for probiotic micros.

Speaker 1: There’s a lot to know. I know. And you’re teaching classes, I know. Yes, exactly. People touch with you to try to absorb some of your information.

Speaker 2: Yeah, I teach three classes a month, and this is all based on the relationship between the skin and the digestive system. Typically speaking, I have three types every month. The first one is on a Saturday, so from two to four. Okay. And then we also have classes on a Friday, I believe it’s a five 30 time, and then a Monday. And on the screen, they’ll. Some dates. There they are. Perfect. Monday the 16th and Saturday the 21st, five 30. Two 30 and five 30 respectively. And it’s all based off of that gut skin access. So we’re all gonna talk about that relationship between the digestive system and our skin. So acne, eczema, psoriasis. All of those things. All the world.

Speaker 1: I love that. Thank you so much for coming. I appreciate it. Thank you. Yeah, absolutely.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Holistic Health Journey Healthy Foods

Dr. Erica Steele – Many people look to extreme diets to help them with their nutrition. Extreme diets can be extremely harmful as you shock the body from one extreme diet to another. If you just started to eat. Only meat in your diet versus having any of the fiber from the fruit and the vegetables, your body can go into shock and therefore damage the digestive system.

So it’s important to choose a healthy lifestyle with your eating, eating enough calories, as well as managing your sensations of being full and hungry, and even managing your emotional triggers and getting to know those emotional triggers is key to having a long lasting healthy diet. Emotions such as boredom, frustration.

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Anger can trigger your unhealthy eating habits. Alternatives to extreme dieting include more of a lifestyle of eating healthy. That includes not skipping meals, making sure that you’re getting an adequate amount of calories in your day, managing your emotional triggers around food. As well as balancing your proteins, your fats, and your carbohydrates can all be really helpful when you’re learning to incorporate a healthy lifestyle of eating.

Incorporating Holistic Health in Children’s Life

Speaker 1: What does it mean to live holistically, and how can you get your whole family involved? For answers, we turn to Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice. Dr. Erica, how are you doing?

Speaker 2: Hello April. I’m doing so well. Thanks for asking.

Speaker 1: Good. Alright, so what exactly is a holistic lifestyle? How do you define that?

Speaker 2: Yeah, so holistic is everything, right? It’s body, it’s mind, it’s spirit, right? It’s the environment. It’s how we feel about our work, our relationships, our mental, our emotional or spiritual connections. And even looking at the ancestry, which is a little bit of what we’re talking about. Okay, so what Can parents get their children hooked on, living a holistic life?

Yeah, so children are very intelligent. I think a lot of times we don’t take into consideration that they’re watching everything that we’re doing, and they are just taking in information moment by moment and really studying us. So I think the biggest thing is if parents model certain behaviors, right?

I have a. She’s an adult now. But I modeled all of those behaviors as she was growing up. So we talked about our food, we talked about nutrition, we talked about emotions. We really talked about meditation and yoga. E even if she didn’t do it per se, at least as an adult, at least when we were growing up, she was exposed to all of that, and my parents did the same. So I was very, And

Speaker 1: That’s cool too because, when she gets stressed out, she knows she has a go-to that she can use. So why do you need to do it early, when the kids are young?

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Speaker 2: Because they don’t, they’re impressionable obviously, especially before they get into school and they’re getting influences from their friends and. The school system, et cetera. And so really putting those foundations in place early is really important because that subconscious mind develops between zero and eight years old. So all those memories and all those experiences and perceptions are all based around what they’re exposed to when they’re in that zero to eight year old. Okay.

Speaker 1: I can’t imagine sitting a two year old down and saying, okay, now listen, Johnny, we’re gonna be. Holistic and so like how do you introduce it to your kids? Is it more of an action type of thing? And you, you do what I do.

Speaker 2: Yeah, it’s totally action. So like even with my two year olds that I treat in my practice, right? So when, let’s say I have to listen to their lungs or their heart or whatever, I actually model that breath. Okay, go ahead and take a deep breath. And then I take it in and then hold it. And then, so really I’m showing them and they do it. They, I have a three-year-old, he was a three-year-old who would talk about his emotions.

He’d be like, I’m so frustrated, Dr. Steele, and so I’d say, oh, you’re frustrated, and why are you. Frustrated because I can’t play with my toy, okay, I understand. And what are you gonna do with that frustration? So we can really guide them through the process. Especially helping them to put that language and that communication to how they’re feeling.

Especially cuz a lot of times they don’t know. They don’t know what they’re, yeah.

Speaker 1: I know that three years old sounds precocious. Okay. I know that you have an online course. Can you tell us about it?

Speaker 2: Yeah, we do. So I really developed an online crash course for people that wanna be holistic, right? Because there’s a lot of buzz around being holistic and people don’t really always know about what it means to be holistic. So I’ve developed it’s a, about a six to nine month course, and it just goes over from beginning to end, practical tips, tools, things that people can implement every single day so that they can take that into their lives and then teach their kid.

Speaker 1: All right, Dr. Erica Steele, thank you so much for being with us today, and I love the hat.

Speaker 2: Oh, thank you . Take care. All right.

Heart health herbs

Dr. Steele: Ever wonder what heart-healthy herbs are? Tune in to find out. My name is Dr. Erica Steele. I am a holistic doctor in family practice. I hold six degrees in my field, and they’re all in the natural healthcare space. And so, let’s talk about heart-healthy herbs. So several herbs have been used.

Eons to be able to support heart health. However, it’s important to note that more research is often needed to confirm their effectiveness and safety. In my practice, I use bio-individual data, meaning that when recommending something, I will take a baseline lab. Then, I will put the natural agent in place and do a follow-up lab.

And that way, it’s in real-time. I’m able to see and track the progress over time. There’s a huge need for more extensive studies and broader non-biased studies. We must get more information out there, and I’d like to help advance our field scientifically. It’s always good to consult a holistic health provider such as a naturopath or even some chiropractors trained in function.

Some MDs are also trained in functional medicine before taking herbs or supplements. It’s essential because they’re gonna have that medical training. A lot of us go through biochemistry. We go through the sciences and just go to an herbalist’s wall. They are very knowledgeable about herbs.

They need to know more about how this can impact them, putting them at greater risk. So now, let’s jump into these herbs. First, garlic. So garlic has been used for centuries to support heart health, and it’s believed to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and even reduce the risk of blood clots.

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It’s also antimicrobial, meaning it’s helpful to reduce viruses, bacteria, and all kinds of different things. So it’s a natural heavy hitter. It’s used for a lot of other items for the body. Hawthorne that’s a commonly used herb. Been used to improve circulation and reduce symptoms of heart disease; it may even help to lower blood pressure and improve the strength of the heart muscle.

The third herb that we’re gonna talk about is an Ayurvedic herb. Hopefully, I don’t butcher it. It’s goo goo goo lu. And that’s been traditionally used to support heart health. It can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. So now we’ll jump into a couple supplements.

So fish oil. Fish oil is a naturally rich source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which has been shown to benefit heart health by reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the risk of blood clots. Five, coenzyme q10. Coq 10 is a natural antioxidant that’s found in every cell of the body.

It’s also a network antioxidant, one of the most potent antioxidants. I’ll do a video on network antioxidants if you’re interested. It’s been shown to benefit heart health by reducing the risk of heart disease and hypertension, and helping to decrease muscle damage, mainly caused by statin drugs.

Statin drugs. If you’re taking a statin to reduce cholesterol, statins actually take out half the body’s electron transport chain, the body’s ability to detoxify. So that’s why it’s essential that if you take a statin drug, you also use co, coenzyme 10. And so we can have another conversation about statin drugs.

But for now, that’s where I’ll leave that. Turmeric is also an excellent herb that contains curcumin which has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body and has multiple antioxidant properties. And it may also help to reduce the risk of heart disease by improving the function of the endothelial cells that line the blood vessels.

It’s important to note that herbs and supplements may interact with medications and can have side effects. It’s also important to note that your allopathic doctor, meaning your medical doctor, Is not trained in herbs or supplements. That is holistic. Doctors such as myself, and naturopathic doctors, we are the ones that are trained in this particular area.

So it’s essential to consult with a holistic healthcare provider such as a naturopath before taking any herbs and supplements so that we can advise you, based on your lab work, what you can and cannot have. Because there are so many different interactions, you want to ensure you’re.

Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Awesome. So go ahead and share and subscribe if you want to learn more.

Heart health with apple watch

Dr. Steele: Heart health with your Apple Watch. So my name is Dr. Erica Steele. I’m a holistic doctor in family practice. I hold six degrees in my field, and they’re all in the natural healthcare space, ranging from psychology to natural healthcare sciences and natural medicine. I’m a board-certified naturopathic doctor, and I choose to be drug-free.

Doctor, an Apple Watch can help track and improve your heart health. The watch includes several features that allow you to monitor your heart rate, including its heart rate app. It also displays your heart rate and summarizes it over the past day.

Week as well as month. Additionally, the watch includes features called Heart Rate Sensor, which allows you to take an E C D, an electrocardiogram reading that can detect your abnormal heart rhythms. The watch also includes several other features that can help you to improve your heart health.

So, for example, the activity app can be used to track your physical fitness daily. The. Steps you take, the distance you cover, and even the number of calories you burn. The workout app can track your specific types of exercises, such as running or cycling, and you can set goals for your exercise routine.

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There is also a feature called the Breathe App, which helps you manage stress by really working on reminding you to be conscious. To focus on your breathing, the app has provided guided breathing exercises that can help you relax and unwind. Finally, while it’s important to note, an Apple Watch can be valuable for monitoring and improving your heart health.

It should not replace the care of a healthcare professional. If you have any concerns about your heart health, it’s always best to consult your doctor. Holistic doctors. Often excluded in that conversation, we do education because we really want to look at all things related to their heart, such as their stress levels, water intake, your food, as well as ruling out all the big stuff that your allopathic cardiologist is gonna do.

So tune in for more information on heart health.