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Insane in the Membrane.. Detoxing your Brain.

Happy Monday everyone!  And happy new year!  We chatted last week about the 4 detox pathways!  This week we continue onward talking about specific areas that are important to detox such as the brain!

We talked last week about the lymphatic system and it’s importance in keeping it flowing.  We have a similar system in our brain it’s called the glymphatic system, or the “brain drain”.

This system was only recently discovered in 2012. It’s uses the cell’s mitochondria (energy system) to remove cellular waste from the brain.  The cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) in the brain is what is responsible for draining toxins from brain.  The brain has no lymphatic system, just the CSF fluid.

The kicker here, is this system is especially active during sleep!  That being said if you enhance the mitochondria’s ability during sleep, you will turbocharge this maintenance system and get more cleanup in less time.

In 2013 as well, researchers found that something called “autophagy” is required for healthy brain cell mitochondria.  This is a natural process called autophagy (literally “self-eating”), and it’s the bodies system of cleaning house: Your cells create membranes that hunt out scraps of dead, diseased, or worn-out cells; gobble them up; strip ’em for parts; and use the resulting molecules for energy or to make new cell parts.

It’s like an internal recycling program.  We get rid of faulty parts, stop growths, ect.  When the scientists monitored rat specimens who had difficulty with autophagy, they were fatter, sleepier, had higher cholesterol and impaired brains.

When the brain isn’t detoxing properly as well, it can literally make you feel “insane”, or not really yourself.  Toxins can easy get into the blood brain barrier through many means such as EMF’s, vaccines, and other medications.  But, a clogged lymphatic system in the brain, can just build up and create improper function for the brain, so it’s important to keep the FLOW!

How to increase autophagy to boost the cell’s mitochondrial function:

1. Exercise.  “Regular exercise is the most popular way that people unintentionally help their body to cleanse.”

2. Fasting.  Although I don’t usually recommend skipping meals, occasional fasting is actually beneficial. Practitioners usually forgo food for anywhere from 12 to 36 hours at a time, making sure to drink plenty of water. (You might also want to limit activity to gentle yoga or stretching.)

3. Lower your carb intake. Ketosis, is an increasingly popular diet among bodybuilders and anyone seeking a longer lifespan. The idea is to reduce carbohydrates to such low levels that the body has no choice but to use fat as a fuel source instead.

Ketosis is like an autophagy hack. You get a lot of the same metabolic changes and benefits of fasting without actually fasting.
Keto diets are super high fat (good fats): Between 60 and 70 percent of one’s overall calories should come from fat.  Protein makes up 20 to 30 percent of calories, while carbs are kept below 50 grams per day.

So, increasing good fats, moving and intermittent fasting improve this system.  But what about getting it flowing directly at its source?  What about actually changing it in the brain where it flows in and out of?

That’s right! 4. Cranial care!

Craniopathy care has been proven to increase the CSF flow in the brain and in the entire system.  When there is pressure on the brain from tension, this fluid cannot maintain its flow.

This means the CSF flow is hindered.  Therefore, the detox pathway is hindered.

Additionally, as I mentioned previously, this system is active entirely during your sleep.  So if your sleep is hindered, or you aren’t getting adequate deep sleep you won’t be detoxing your noggin and body very well.

Sleep can be helped in many ways.

1.  Getting cranial care!!
2.  Supplementation, including minerals and herbs
3. Exercise
4.  Reducing EMF exposure.  No tv or cell phones in the bed room.  Turn off your wifi in your home every night, and make sure there’s no light in your room.  Completely dark room allows your brain to produce melatonin.  EMF exposure actually calcifies the pituitary which releases melatonin.
5.  Essential Oils and CBD. Certain oils can be really helpful for creating calmness and allowing sleep to happen.
6. Micro Current Neurofeedback.  This helps calm the brain and can help tremendously with sleep and energy!

I also love getting lymphatic drainage massage in combination with my cranial care.  It works really well for detoxification in the head.  I love using electro lymphatic therapy, it’s the most effective I’ve found.  Another great detox is PEMF therapy!  Check it out for providers who carry them!

Sometimes symptoms such as sinus problems, headaches, fatigue, and other’s are just do to improper detoxing of the brain.

Oil of the WEEK.

On the spotlight this week is DoTerra’s Rosemary.

Rosemary is a great essential oil for detoxing!  It also helps reduce radiation from EMF’s which is protection and great for brain health!Rosemary Oil Product Description
Though it is famous for its applications in the culinary world, rosemary has uses that reach far beyond cook books or holiday meals. Rosemary oil is a versatile essential oil that proves useful in everyday life for things like promoting healthy-looking hair, creating a relaxing massage, cooking healthy meals, and more. It even supports healthy digestion.* Learn more about Rosemary essential oil and discover the diverse uses for this herbaceous, energizing doTERRA product.

Rosemary Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. The chemical makeup of Rosemary oil gives it renewing properties that can be both energizing and settling—particularly when you diffuse the oil. When you need to study for a big test, memorize your slides for a presentation at work, or just need to finish a project, diffusing Rosemary oil can be helpful. In the essential oil diffuser of your choice, consider diffusing Rosemary essential oil while studying to help maintain concentration. As the renewing, green aroma of Rosemary oil wafts through the room, you’ll be able to focus on the task at hand.
  2. Possibly the most common application for the rosemary plant is in cooking. Fortunately, Rosemary essential oil can be used as a substitute in your favorite rosemary-infused dishes. If you have a favorite recipe that calls for rosemary, you can easily add one to two drops of Rosemary essential oil to meats or traditional entrees in order to add flavor or to support healthy digestion.* Looking for a hearty Rosemary essential oil recipe? Try this Balsamic Rosemary Marinade to add instant flavor and excitement to any weeknight meal or backyard barbeque. Speaking of summer festivities, these Italian Summer Skewers with Rosemary Balsamic Reduction are the perfect sweet and savory addition to any outdoor get-together. Using mozzarella, salami, cantaloupe, brown sugar, and Rosemary essential oil, these skewers will be a hot item at your next summer bash.
  3. Rosemary essential oil can be taken internally to help reduce occasional fatigue and nervous tension.* You can add a few drops of Rosemary oil to a glass of water or to a doTERRA Veggie Capsule. Rosemary oil can also be taken internally if you are striving to support healthy internal organ function.*
  4. Trying to relax? Let the renewing properties of Rosemary essential oil soothe your body and soul at the end of a long day by creating a relaxing essential oil bath. Adding essential oils to a warm bath can promote a calming, relaxing environment that allows you to take a break—both mentally and physically. Combine Rosemary, Frankincense, and Epsom salt into your bath for a rejuvenating experience when you are in need of a little “me” time.
  5. Like many other essential oils, Rosemary oil can be helpful for promoting full, healthy-looking hair. When you want to promote an abundant-looking head of hair, consider using Rosemary oil when giving yourself a stimulating scalp massage. To improve the scalp massage even further, combine Melaleuca and Rosemary oil together.  Whether you are styling or grooming your lovely locks, it is always a good idea to use Rosemary oil for hair.

    When you want natural-looking beach waves, try this homemade Beach Wave Salt Spray that includes some of the best essential oils for hair—RosemaryLemonFractionated Coconut Oil, and doTERRA Healthy Hold Glaze. This concoction will give you effortless beach waves in just a few minutes, leaving your hair with the sweet, salty fragrance of the ocean. Want to make your own essential oil dry shampoo? This DIY dry shampoo tutorial brings together the sweet scents of LavenderRosemary, and Peppermint essential oil to keep your hair looking and smelling great when you don’t have time to wash it.

  6. Looking for more delicious Rosemary essential oil recipes? You can quickly turn traditional mashed potatoes into a flavor-filled side dish with a little help from doTERRA Rosemary essential oil. Whether you are a prepping for a holiday meal, or just want some comfort food, these Rosemary Mashed Potatoes will leave both your tastebuds and your tummy happy.

    Speaking of happy tummies, this essential oil recipe for Rosemary Zucchini Fettuccini has become a doTERRA favorite because of its healthy ingredients, powerful flavor, and beautiful presentation. Zucchini, butternut squash, and Rosemary oil make this a truly unique dish that will soon become a regular meal at your house.

  7. Because of its rejuvenating scent and renewing properties, Rosemary oil is often used for massage. Consider combining Rosemary oil with a carrier oil like doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil and applying it during massage. To create a soothing massage experience, you can also blend Rosemary oil with Wintergreen to cool and relax the skin. When you want a relaxing massage, mix Lavender with Rosemary oil for stress reduction.

 

Not only are blueberries yummy healthy snacks and very delicious in fruit salads, they are rich in antioxidants, which makes them the number one fruit to include in your diet if you want to boost memory and brain health. Blueberries are high in fiber and low in sugar, which means they are safe for diabetics. Scientists also believe that blueberries are able to help with restoring lost motor and cognitive functions. Wild blueberries are the HIGHEST in antioxidants.

A report that was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that those who drank blueberry juice every day for two months improved their memory significantly.

A study, which was presented at the meeting of the American Chemical Society, reported that berries might help prevent memory loss and mental decline by removing toxic proteins that damage nerves in the brain.

One study presented at the British Science Festival found that just one 200 grams blueberry smoothie increase the power of concentration as much as 20 percent during the day.

  • 1 Cup Coconut milk
  • 0.25 CupWild Blueberries
  • 1 tsp  Vanilla Escense
  • 1 tsp MCT oil
  • 1 Bone broth protein powder (optional)

 

That is all for now,

Wishing you a happy and healthy week

 

Dr. Rachel Hamel.

 

What does detoxing your brain look like?

Happy Monday!  Last week we talked about the four pathways of elimination that need to be working efficiently for us everyday. If they aren’t, then we get inflammation and chronic conditions like hormone dysfunction, fatigue, skin conditions, ect.  I hope you are all enjoying this month, and as always, if you have topics you want more information on, let me know!

This week we will briefly talk about how your brain detoxes and why this is so important for our health.  As well as tips to increase it’s productivity so that we can optimize our brain function and detox pathways.

We talked last week about the lymphatic system and it’s importance in keeping it flowing.  We have a similar system in our brain it’s called the glymphatic system, or the “brain drain”.

This system was only recently discovered in 2012. It’s uses the cell’s mitochondria (energy system) to remove cellular waste from the brain.  The cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) in the brain is what is responsible for draining toxins from brain.  The brain has no lymphatic system, just the CSF fluid.

The kicker here, is this system is especially active during sleep!  That being said if you enhance the mitochondria’s ability during sleep, you will turbocharge this maintenance system and get more cleanup in less time.

In 2013 as well, researchers found that something called “autophagy” is required for healthy brain cell mitochondria.  This is a natural process called autophagy (literally “self-eating”), and it’s the bodies system of cleaning house: Your cells create membranes that hunt out scraps of dead, diseased, or worn-out cells; gobble them up; strip ’em for parts; and use the resulting molecules for energy or to make new cell parts.

It’s like an internal recycling program.  We get rid of faulty parts, stop growths, ect.  When the scientists monitored rat specimens who had difficulty with autophagy, they were fatter, sleepier, had higher cholesterol and impaired brains.

How to increase autophagy to boost the cell’s mitochondrial function:

1. Exercise.  “Regular exercise is the most popular way that people unintentionally help their body to cleanse.”

2. Fasting.  Although I don’t usually recommend skipping meals, occasional fasting is actually beneficial. Practitioners usually forgo food for anywhere from 12 to 36 hours at a time, making sure to drink plenty of water. (You might also want to limit activity to gentle yoga or stretching.)

3. Lower your carb intake.Ketosis, is an increasingly popular diet among bodybuilders and anyone seeking a longer lifespan. The idea is to reduce carbohydrates to such low levels that the body has no choice but to use fat as a fuel source instead.

Ketosis is like an autophagy hack. You get a lot of the same metabolic changes and benefits of fasting without actually fasting.
Keto diets are super high fat (good fats): Between 60 and 70 percent of one’s overall calories should come from fat. (Lots of steak, bacon, and peanut butter shakes are a definite bonus for the keto crowd.) Protein makes up 20 to 30 percent of calories, while carbs are kept below 50 grams per day.

So, increasing good fats, moving and intermittent fasting improve this system.  But what about getting it flowing directly at its source?  What about actually changing it in the brain where it flows in and out of?

That’s right! Cranial care!

Craniopathy care has been proven to increase the CSF flow in the brain and in the entire system.  When there is pressure on the brain from the bones of the head, this fluid cannot maintain its flow.

This means the CSF flow is hindered.  Therefore, the detox pathway is hindered.

Additionally, as I mentioned previously, this system is active entirely during your sleep.  So if your sleep is hindered, or you aren’t getting adequate deep sleep you won’t be detoxing your noggin and body very well.

Sleep can be helped in many ways.

1.  Getting cranial care
2.  Supplementation, including minerals and herbs
3. Exercise
4.  Reducing EMF exposure.  No tv or cell phones in the bed room.  Turn off your wifi in your home every night, and make sure there’s no light in your room.  Completely dark room allows your brain to produce melatonin.  EMF exposure actually calcifies the pituitary which releases melatonin.
5.  Essential Oils and CBD. Certain oils can be really helpful for creating calmness and allowing sleep to happen.

New Office & The Connection Between your Skin and Brain

Happy Monday!  First things first, I wanted to let you all know that I have “some” updates for you all.  The reason I say some is there is still another decision that is in the making.
For now, I have an office location that I am working out of part time.  The office is Health + Wellness Alternatives In Mission Valley.  I will be here on Monday’s from 8am-5pm, with potential for another day.  To make an appointment you can call directly at 619-294-2225 and ask for me.  I am currently working on my private practice location as that is where I will be continuing my unique practice.  I have two locations in the running so as soon as I finalize it, I will let you know!  I should know by next week!  I will be working out of two offices for a little while until I can solely be at my practice. So, whichever location you like you will have options!
Now for this week’s topic:  THE CONNECTION BETWEEN YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR SKIN
I ran across an article this weekend, so I thought it would be interesting for a topic this week, and I will elaborate on tips I would include as well.

Our skin (our biggest organ), yes it is an organ, can give us a lot of information as to how our brain is functioning.

The skin changes at different rates according to

-genes
-environmental factors
-diet
-exercise
-habits
-hormones

Skin mirrors the first sign of aging, usually because of hormonal decline.  Skin can become, dry, pale in color, fine lines and wrinkles.  The brain is also affected by the decline in hormones as well.  Cognitive decline, can also be attributed to hormone deficiency.  This doesn’t mean jumping to hormone replacement therapy, as you know I’m not a huge fan of this, as it can lead to other symptoms and problems.  There are ways to balance the hormones naturally.

When you balance your hormones, you also balance your skin and your brain.

Why Do Skin & the Brain Age in Similar Ways?

“There is a biological reason that skin and brain age in similar ways. In early embryo, both skin cells and brain cells develop from the same kind of embryonic tissue (ectoderm). It is not feasible to do a brain biopsy to assess aging of brain tissue, but a skin biopsy is simple. Researchers are finding that skin cells can provide an experimental model for aging research on the brain.

Perhaps not surprisingly, considering the brain-skin link, what is good for the brain is also great for the skin. Numerous scientific studies have confirmed fish oil is beneficial for the brain and the skin. It appears to help limit the damage of radiation from the sun, give skin a younger appearance and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

This is good news because it means that you possess the power to change your brain! There are many ways to become sick, but there is a clear path to wellness and it’s simpler than you think. ”

By improving your brain health you can improve your skin!

The key is to figure out what is inflammation your brain.  Is it the fascial tension (read below) starting all the way in your brain from cranial misalignment? Is it hormone imbalance?  It is toxicities from our environment, food, injections?  Is it hidden infections?  What are the fires burning that are depleting and causing your brain to be inflamed?

That is my job to figure out..

Another important thing to mention about the skin.
Is the topic of fascia….

Every muscle and structure in your body is enveloped and joined by an interconnected tissue network. This tissue is called fascia.  

“Simply put, fascia is the body’s connective tissue. It is a head to toe, inside to out, all-encompassing and interwoven system of fibrous connective tissue found throughout the body. Your fascia provides a framework that helps support and protect individual muscle groups, organs, and the entire body as a unit.

For those of you who are visual learners, you can imagine your skin is like the rind of an orange. So, if your skin is the outer layer of the orange peel, the thicker, white, fibrous layer that lies almost immediately beneath the peel would be your fascia. Just as that thicker layer completely surrounds the inside of the orange, the same holds true to your fascia. We all have a layer of fascia directly beneath the skin that completely envelopes the body, giving another protective barrier between the skin and the deeper soft tissue.

The vitality and strength of your fascia is key to good health and synergy throughout each system of your body. ” How this affects the skin is when there are bunches of this tissue that have formed because of usually improper postures or injuries, this tissue affects how the skin looks.  That’s why there can be dimples, or creases, ect.  The health of the fascia depends on proper movements, hydration, movement of the joints(chiropractic) and nutrition.

“So much pain, tightness, and discomfort is unnecessarily caused by distorted fascia. Distortions in fascia can pull, torque, and compress the body into malalignment. Studies show that fascial tension in one structure – such as the knee – can cause tension or issues in adjacent structures, such as the hip or ankle. Some common conditions you may have heard of like Plantar Fasciitis, IT Band Syndrome, and frozen shoulder are all attributed to distortions in your fascia.”
“The condition of our skin can be affected by the state of our fascia. Not many people understand the impact of blood and fascia, and how it relates to the quality of our skin. Elastin and Collagen are two proteins which are essential to maintaining healthy, youthful skin. Nutrients are carried through the blood to the skin, and when the fascia is distorted, it limits the supply of these proteins. This can cause a decrease in cell turnover, which is responsible for the natural, healthy glow we all strive to maintain.”

It baffles me that we try to treat our skin from the outside, when it’s what’s going on inside that determines health of the skin.

If you have skin or scar tissue or injuries, you can break up this fascia over time, which will also improve your skin health.  Be aware, it’s painful and takes time, and you will detox, but it does work.  As long as you work on improving your movements and all the other factors mentioned.

Remember there’s fascia all the way in the skull surrounding your brain!  So that’s the first area you want to unwind the tissue from, because head tension can cause even leg tension!

Another favorite is Gotu Kola.  This herb I love and the company I use, a lot of women have said it’s like a facelift in a bottle!  Thats because of its influence on the fascia, blood circulation and skin tissue.

So if you are ready to transform your life and your skin, I can help you!

On the spotlight this week is Doterra’s Rose Oil.
Known for its sweet floral fragrance, doTERRA Rose Touch also provides a myriad of benefits when applied topically. Here are some of our favorite uses:

Our Favorite Uses

  1. Because of Rose’s sweet floral aroma, it is well-known in the perfume industry. For a beautiful and elegant personal fragrance, apply doTERRA Rose Touch to your neck and wrists.
  2. Rose’s scent is not only sweet and floral, it also provides emotional benefits and is emotionally uplifting.  Throughout the day when your mood needs a lift, apply doTERRA Rose Touch to your heart and pulse points.
  3. doTERRA Rose Touch is known to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and promote healthy-looking, radiant skin. Because of its convenient application in a roll-on bottle and its combination with Fractionated Coconut Oil, we love applying doTERRA Rose Touch directly on skin imperfections in the morning and night. Not only will it help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections but it will also promote an even skin tone and healthy complexion.

Fun Facts

  • The labor-intensive and delicate process of harvesting and distilling rose petals produces a sweet floral aroma that’s renowned in the perfume and essential oil industries.
  • In medieval Persia (now known as Iran), Avicenna (980-1037 AD), a Persian doctor wrote extensively on health and wellness and is credited as the father of aromatherapy as we now know it. He attempted various distillation methods using flowers and was eventually able to isolate the scent of the rose as well as produce rose water.
  • Rose is included in many doTERRA proprietary blends.  Some of them include doTERRA Console®, Immortelle, and Whisper®.