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Laboratory, Endocrine, & Neurotransmitter Symposium
February 15 - 17, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
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Topic: Abnormal Menstrual Bleeding with a Focus on Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding
By: Tori Hudson, ND
November 7, 2018
Join Labrix clinical staff and special guests on the first Wednesday of every month at 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM PST. This free, live webinar series will cover a variety of neuroendocrine topics that will enhance your knowledge, with clinically applicable testing and treatment considerations.
Irvine, CA: October 20, 2018
Stop by the Labrix booth at the NAEM conference in California later this month, to speak with Labrix East Coast Sales Representative Alicia Waleske.
Nashville, TN: October 25-30, 2018
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Portland, OR: October 26-28, 2018
Labrix representatives will be exhibiting at the IWHIM conference in Portland, Oregon later this month. Labrix staff physician Ruth Hobson ND will be presenting "Addressing the Unseen: The Powerful Role of PTSD, Anxiety, Depression and Sexual Dysfunction May Play in Fertility Issues."
Food-as-Medicine for Management of Anxiety
By Ali Miller RD, LD, CDE - Guest Contributor
Labrix provider Ali Miller uses salivary hormone and urinary neurotransmitter testing to objectively assess imbalances in her clients. The test results guide her clinical treatment plans where she uses food-as-medicine; the foundational aspect to her successful approach. In this article, she shares some clinical insights in the treatment of anxiety. Added bonus: TWO delicious recipes at the end of the article!
The use of food-as-medicine is a novel approach to patient management and care with treatment tools providing a synergy of beneficial outcomes including impact on inflammation, digestion, metabolism, weight loss, and mood! It is important to acknowledge the fact that food can have both beneficial or deleterious effects on our health. In The Anti-Anxiety Diet, I use functional medicine approaches with food-as-medicine solutions harnessed on the foundation of a ketogenic diet. My diet includes focus on removing inflammation, resetting the microbiome, repairing gut integrity, restoring nutrient deficiency, rebounding adrenals, and rebalancing neurotransmitters. I have carefully crafted each of the 40+ recipes including gelatin gummies, bone broth, pumpkin seed fudge, and collagen hot chocolate, to support one of these functions while providing balanced flavor in a delivery that is low carb and high fat.
The past decade of psychology and neurology research has discovered many trends demonstrating the presence of inflammatory chemicals in the body correlating with mood instability, depression, and anxiety. There is a definite relationship with those that have anxiety, brain fog, racing thoughts and a higher amount of inflammatory chemicals in their body which further perpetuates feelings of anxiousness or panic via a surge of excitatory neurotransmitters in response to the inflammatory chemicals. The brain and gut respond to inflammation by upregulating stress response and this creates a chronic fight-or-flight worried mode!
In the application of food-as-medicine, one must equally focus on the removal of inflammatory foods as well as the abundance of nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich therapeutics. When consuming proinflammatory foods, inflammatory mediator chemicals (prostaglandins, leukotrienes, etc) are released in excess and these cross the blood-brain barrier interfering with cognitive function and mood stability. This means focusing on removing the top inflammatory foods may not only reduce risk of chronic illness but it may also aid in reducing your anxiety and brain fog. The top 5 inflammatory foods that I remove in my book are: Gluten, Corn, Soy, Dairy, and Sugar.
Within removal of sugar, the macronutrient composition of diet can be adjusted further with carb restriction to yield nutritional ketosis. Researchers have found individuals with elevated blood sugar levels are more than two-fold more likely to develop depressive illness. Beyond the benefits seen with reducing carbs in the diet to regulate blood sugar and insulin, when ketones are produced they are released in conditions that also support release of other mood stabilizers and metabolic regulators such as HGH (human growth hormone) that can aid in amino acid utilization and neurological function.
The ketogenic diet was first brought into the medical realm as a treatment option for epilepsy due to its ability to reduce overactivity in the brain. Studies have demonstrated clinical overlap in mechanisms of epilepsy and bipolar disorder which is confirmed with the rise of the use of anti-seizure medications such as Lamotragine as mood stabilizers. The influence of ketones as an adjuvant in mania and bipolar is being examined. Beyond these more severe mental illnesses, ketones have favorable influence on the brain supporting a reduction in excitatory neurotransmitters via ion shifts which create stabilized mood and reduction of anxiety. Ketones also aid in reducing stress response feedback to the fight-or-flight HPA-axis of the body. The nutritional ketosis approach can enhance the mind and mood by regulating a consistent low glucose level which reduces insulin response and has anti-inflammatory mechanisms while reducing excitatory neuron activity thus mellowing out and stabilizing your body and mind.
Anti-inflammatory recipes remove refined carbs and provide a healthy focus on fats. The recipes in The Anti-Anxiety Diet support the body, providing nourishment along with a targeted, diet based approach to managing anxiety. The variety of textures and flavors in these recipes paired with anti inflammatory effects on the brain and body will have patients coming back for more!
Food-as-Medicine: This recipe uses dark meat as it contains a wealth of nutrients and aids to balance out amino acids in the body that can get thrown off with excessive consumption of lean meats. Dark meat delivers more anti-anxiety supporting zinc and selenium and is also abundant in the nutrient taurine, which supports GABA production for relaxation. This recipe pairs a nourishing protein with leafy greens and antioxidant-rich seasonings to enhance neurotransmitter balance and provide methylation support.
Servings: 8 / Commitment: 50-60 minutes
2 Tbsp ghee, separated
2# chicken thighs
1 tsp salt, plus additional to taste
1 tsp black pepper
5 Tbsp grainy mustard seeds
1 yellow onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp turmeric
1 Tbsp cardamom seeds
1 bunch collard greens, chiffonade into strips
¾ cup coconut milk
½ cup bone broth
Season chicken thighs with sea salt and black pepper.
Heat cast-iron skillet and add 1 Tbsp ghee until melted then add in thighs and allow to brown slightly about 4-5 minutes before flipping to brown on other side. After the second half is browned, remove from heat and set on plate.
Spread grainy mustard over the chicken thighs with a brush.
In pan, reheat and add additional Tbsp ghee. Then add in onion and stir to coat with ghee. Sprinkle with sea salt.
After 3-4 minutes add in chopped garlic and stir to combine. After another 2-3 minutes when onion is softened add turmeric and cardamom seeds.
Allow flavors to combine for a minute or so, then add in chopped greens and pour in coconut milk and bone broth, stir to combine.
Return chicken thighs to the pan on top of greens and liquid, place in oven to bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
Remove from oven, top with chopped cilantro and serve.
Nutrition facts serving: 227 Calories, 2g Carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 24g Protein, 13g fat
Food as medicine: A fat bomb is a high-fat, low-carb sweet tooth treat typically made with coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and other flavors of choice. This version is dairy free and uses coconut butter (pure coconut including some flesh as opposed to just pure oil separated out in coconut oil). Coconut has beneficial fat-burning and immunological properties. Coconut oil for example is high in Lauric Acid which boosts the immune system and can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. Coconut oil is made of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which do not require the enzyme lipase in order to be digested, helping to achieve optimal absorption and increasing the body’s production of ketones as fuel. This recipe is a bright way to start or end your day incorporating the zing and brightness of lime zest with a nice creamy coconut crunch!
Servings: 6 / Commitment: 10 minutes active, 3 hours with freeze time
3 Tbsp coconut butter
3 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp coconut shreds, separated
1 tsp lime extract
1 T lime zest
1/8 tsp Eden Sea Salt
1. Blend coconut butter, coconut oil, 1 Tbsp coconut shreds, lime extract, lime zest, and salt in a food-processor with an “S” Blade.
2. Chill in freezer until firm, about 2-3 hours.
3. Mix remaining coconut shreds on a plate, then roll fat bomb mixture into a ball and roll into the coconut shreds.
4. Place on plate or in glass container in freezer to set and store in freezer until ready to eat!
Nutrition per serving: 125 Calories, 2g Carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 2g Protein, 15g fat
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