No Kid Has a Ritalin Deficiency!

No Kid Has a Ritalin Deficiency!
I always thought kids got hyper from the cake they just ate. But what if some of them are hyper because of the green frosting and sprinkles?

Americans eat five times the food dye that we did in the 1950’s, and studies have linked artificial food dyes to  hyperactivity, irritability and depression, hives and asthma, tumor growth...

artificial food dye, artificial food color, hyperactivity, ADHD

Ever Feel Bad After Eating Kung Pao Chicken? Here's Why...

Ever Feel Bad After Eating Kung Pao Chicken? Here's Why...
Prefer to watch it on video? Click here.

Have you ever woke up in the middle of the night with your heart racing and a massive headache? Did you ever connect eating Chinese food that night for dinner? Or any of a bunch of other fast foods. If so, listen up!
MSG is monosodium glutamate. It's use, and the after-effects of using it, are very controversial. But I've seen it in action. My mom wakes up with her heart beating so fast it's scary. And the headache! Oy!
The main ingredient in MSG is glutamate, which is aneurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that carry impulses from the brain to the body and from one part of the brain to another. MSG is an excitatory neurotransmitter, which stimulates nerve activity. That's why it tastes so good!
You also should make sure to read labels. Look for the above terms, but also: glutamic acid, yeast extract, hydrolyzed corn or soy protein. I know it sounds crazy, but any food that has an ingredient that's hydrolyzed, fermented, enzyme modified, or protein fortified will have free glutamic acid in it. Pay attention to natural flavors as well. Just track your symptoms if you have them when you eat foods that have these ingredients. I'm looking at you Doritos and Ramen!

So, what do you do if you have an MSG sensitivity? Easy peasy. Stop eating it! The way I deal with sensitivities is do an elimination diet. Then you’ll be able to notice the symptoms. If they are worth the meal, go for it! If not, just quit!

No worries, though. You can order your food without MSG at many Chinese restaurants.
Here's how you can figure out if you are sensitive to MSG:

  • Stop eating it for a month
  • Try it again and see what happens
  • Use a food journal to notice a difference in symptoms. 
For more information about how to do an elimination diet, check out my free mini-course.

If you're looking for a list of symptoms and which one of the many chemical constituents it might be, click this box.


Hives, Stuffy Nose, Low Blood Pressure? Could be Sulfite Sensitivity...

Hives, Stuffy Nose, Low Blood Pressure? Could be Sulfite Sensitivity...
I know I've been bombarding you with symptoms and chemicals you may be sensitive to, but I made a handy dandy chart so you can look up your symptom and check out which things could cause it!! Click on the pic below to get your guide.


Let's dig into sulfite sensitivity.

Sulfites are used as preservatives in food, drink and some meds. They are also found naturally in 😤 GRAPES. It's hard to find wine 🍷 without sulfites!

Food manufacturers add sulfites to delay browning and preserve the food or drink. 

Most people tolerate sulfites well, but some of us.... yep we are sensitive, especially susceptible to sulfite sensitivity are folks with asthma.

Here's some symptoms:
  • low blood pressure
  • hives
  • vomiting/diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • flushing
  • hives
Look out for these ingredients:
  • Sulfur dioxide
  • Potassium bisulfite
  • Potassium metabisulfite
  • Sodium bisulfite
  • Sodium metabisulfite
  • Sodium sulfite
Foods to avoid:
  • Anything with the above ingredients
  • Dried fruit
  • Wine (sorry)
  • Apple cider
  • Beer
  • Tea
  • Pickled foods
  • Canned veggies
  • Baked goods
Next week we are talking lectins! What in the world are they? What happens when you eat them? What foods have them?

Nasal Congestion for No Reason? Look at Salicylates....

Salicylates are a natural chemical found in many plants, and intolerance to salicylates is not fully understood,even by scientists. So, you'll be patient with me when I don't know all the answers. I just want to make sure you know some resources if you sensitivities.

Symptoms of Salicylate Intolerance
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sinus infections
  • Nasal and sinus polyps
  • Headaches
  • Eczema
  • Asthma
  • Diarrhea
  • Gut Inflammation
  • Hives
If you have any of those symptoms, it's time to do some research. Completely removing salicylates from your life is impossible, but you can avoid foods that are high in salicylates, aspirin, and home products that contain salicylates.

Here's a good place to start:

If you're ready to upgrade your health, it's time to take 28 Days to a Healthier You. You'll learn:
  • How to boost your immune system
  • How to sleep better
  • How to eat better
  • How to protect your body from hormone disruption (hint, it's all around us)
Here's a few resources for you for Salicylate Intolerance:

How Toxin Overload Can Lead to Food Sensitivities

Weird. Over-sensitive. Crazy. Hypochondriac. Such nice ways to describe people, right? But these were my labels in my teens and 20's.

I used to have multiple chemical sensitivities. If I sat too close to someone with perfume, got a whiff of cigarette smoke, or smelled fabric softener, instant headache, sick stomach, coughing. Oh, the laundry detergent aisle in the grocery store. It was ridiculous! Especially for a teenager in the 1980's. As hard as this is for someone to deal with now, imagine it 30 years ago. I was a joke!

Except that I wasn't. I was the canary in the coal mine. And truthfully, I'm happy to have had that experience because it led me to detoxing my world. And to be sure, there's a lot of detox to do. I'm not doing it all. My goal was two-fold:

Clean up the diet: this was a gamechanger for my chemical sensitivities, especially removing gluten, dairy and sugar!

Clean up the house: getting rid of endocrine (hormone) disruptors in my house, using more natural products, makes a difference, and here's why.

Watch a day from my 28 Days to a Healthier You series to learn more about chemical overload.

When your body is chemically overloaded, it's kind of like your bucket is full. You can carry a lot in your bucket, but it only takes one drop to overflow it. And a lot of times, it's food that tips the scale.

Most often we don't have something catastrophic happen when we are chemically overloaded. Mostly, it will show in what doctors will say are minor symptoms: tiredness, lack of focus, sleep trouble, chronic inflammation, pain, skin issues, hot flashes, stress, anxiety, fear.

Think about this, your skin is largest sponge around, comprising about 10% of our body mass. The skin absorbs chemicals very quickly, which is why many medicines are now on patches. The average woman puts 300 chemicals on their body in a day. And most are not regulated by the FDA. Maybe the reason so many women have autoimmune disorders.

You have the power over the toxins in your home. What are they?

1st remember this: although the FDA may say these things are safe at certain levels, they build up in your body. If your body can't eliminate them (do you sweat?), you have to store them somewhere. And when this starts to happen, your bucket starts filling up, and it only takes a "small" thing to overflow it.

Some of the top endocrine disruptors you might have in your home right now are phthlates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, formaldehyde, fluoride, and propylene glycol. Watch the video to find out what the first 3 can do in your body.

If you're interested in cleaning up the chemicals in your life, contact me, and I'll help. I have a free half hour consultation where we can go over what your goals are and how to go about reaching them. And you can also take 28 Days to a Healthier You.