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What Your Diet Says About You

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There is a lot that can be said about a person’s personality or who they are by their zodiac sign and astrology sign. The common belief is that those two are it! What some people do not recognize is that your diet is a way to tell more about your personality. Here is some food superstition and what your diet says about you:

Spicy foods: These are the adrenaline seekers and the risk takers. It is claimed that lovers of spicy food are adrenaline deficient, so they eat spicy foods with sends off pain signal, which then enhances the adrenaline level.

Sweets: If you love your sweets, you are said to be more giving and charitable than those who do not prefer sweets. You have a cooperative personality, and like everyone to get along.

Starches and Protein: If you are a sociable person, you must love eating steak and potatoes! These people have more outgoing personalities than others.

Salty: If you like to go with the flow and avoid drama, then you must be a salty food lover. You are easy going and let people know your opinion after a rough outcome that happened when you went on the down low to avoid drama.

Chocolate Lovers: There are different types of chocolate personalities.

Milk: You are intelligent, mellow, and go with the flow. You crave to be the center of attention. Relationship wise, you are the romantic one and you do well in a long-term relationship.

Dark: You are sophisticated, headstrong, and a little bit dramatic. You love talking with people, which is probably why you will have a strong relationship. You are decisive and energetic, which creates a fun personality.

White: You are the creative one. You may come off introverted because you tend to always be daydreaming.

While knowing what your diet says about you, your diet can be harmful to your body. If you find that you are consistently eating only starches and protein, there may be some vitamins and minerals that you are lacking from. Call Dr. Burns at The Bien-Etre Center to schedule a diet consult to make sure that you are getting the right amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber for your body. Food nourishes your body in a natural way, and it is important that your dietary needs are met. Together, you and Dr. Burns can help you get on the right path for a diet that will meet all your nutritional needs.

Is There Such a Thing as Fall Allergies?

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The weather is starting to get cooler, and the leaves are starting to change color and flutter its way down from the tree. This fall weather excites some people, and for others it brings dread because of what the season brings for them – fall allergies. Yes, this is a real thing!

Some symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes and nose

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, here are some plants and other things that can trigger these allergies.

Ragweed: This plant blooms in August, but its pollen can last until September/October. Its pollen can be blown by the wind and carried for hundreds of miles. Although you may not have some growing nearby, the wind will most likely be carrying around some of its pollen.

Mold: When you think of mold, the normal assumption is that it would be located in the damp spots of your house. While this is true, mold spores thrive on anything damp. This could mean that it is growing on the pile of leaves outside in your yard that you just raked up.

Dust mites: This is one thing that is commonly forgotten that can instigate your fall allergies. As soon as you turn on your heater after a long summer, these dust mites will leave you sneezing and carrying around tissues for your runny nose.

During ragweed season, keep your car windows shut, air conditioning on, and house windows closed. When it comes time to turn on your heater, change the filter and clean the vents that way dust mites don’t blow directly on you. These tips can help prevent the terrible fall allergies.

If you find that you may be suffering from any of the symptoms of fall allergies, schedule a consult with Dr. Burns at The Bien-Etre Center. Dr. Burns works with patients to help restore their body in a natural way and can answer your questions about allergies and how to improve your health in the most natural way.

The Facts About Iron

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How much do you know about iron and its function in the body? Increase your knowledge of the facts here:

  1. Iron gives oxygen to all of our organs by helping produce red blood cells.
  2. Iron’s primary role is to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
  3. Iron helps form hemoglobin, which gives the dark shade of red to our blood. Iron is also necessary for the formation of many enzymes in the body.
  4. When red blood cells die, the iron in them is returned to the bone marrow to be used again in new cells.
  5. Iron helps supply oxygen when there is a contraction of muscles. Without iron, muscles lose their tone and elasticity.
  6. Iron helps regulate body temperature.
  7. Too much iron in the body can generate free radicals that damage cells and encourage a build-up of bad LDL Cholesterol.
  8. Studies have shown that cancer growth is dependent on iron. Cancer cells need iron for DNA replication. The cancer’s need for iron is so important to the cell that it will steal iron from normal cells.
  9. When iron levels in the body are low, anemia develops. Symptoms of anemia include fatigue, shortness of breath, pale skin, and lightheadedness.
  10. The recommended dietary allowance for iron in healthy adults is 10mg per day for men and 15mg per day for premenopausal women.

If you have a question or concern about your diet and how it may be affecting your health and lifestyle, schedule a consult with Dr. Burns at The Bien-Etre Center. Dr. Burns works with patients to help restore and regulate their body in a natural way and can answer your questions about iron and the effects it may be having on your body.

Naturopathic Medicine vs. Allopathic Medicine

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Both naturopathic and allopathic medicine are great and have their place in modern medicine. Making the choice between naturopathic and allopathic medicine for your health care treatment all depends on the patient and the type of patient care you are hoping to receive as well as your goals.

Allopathic medicine is essential when it comes to emergency situations and when symptoms are causing pain or discomfort. If you are in a car accident or have recently had a stroke, traditional medicine can stabilize and protect you from the damaging effects of those serious incidents. Allopathic physicians are also able to stabilize common ailments quickly through the use of modern pharmaceutical medicine.

When it comes to health prevention, many people look to naturopathic medicine because of the focus it places on the root of the cause. Naturopathic treatment naturally boosts the immune system with herbs, vitamins and minerals, and other natural remedies, which helps the body heal itself. This can lead to improved vitality and/or complete reversal of the disease, as well as a reduction or elimination of drugs. Naturopathic doctors look to replace what your body is naturally losing from age or other health concerns.

If you want to help heal your body and restore it to its functioning, healthy self again, many patients find that naturopathic remedies very beneficial. Dr. Burns has been practicing naturopathic medicine since 2005 and specializes in family and preventative health, IV nutrients and botanical medicine. She is passionate about natural medicine, and wants the absolute best for her patients. Take the first step in becoming healthy again, and schedule a consult today.

What Are You Doing to Fight the Flu?

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Here we are facing another flu season again. Although no one knows exactly why, historically, flu season across the United States begins with the onset of colder weather. If this year is like most years, 5 to 20% of Americans will get the flu starting in the fall and through the end of spring. Some people will experience more intense symptoms than others, some will end up in the hospital with the flu, and some may even die from flu-related issues.

So what are you doing this year to make sure you protect yourself from the flu? At the Bien-Etre Center, we know that many people over the years have come to rely on an annual flu shot as their go-to vaccination for the flu. We’re here to tell you there is a better solution.

More and more people are becoming aware of the advantages of using natural, homeopathic flu vaccinations like the one we’re currently offering at the Bien-Etre Center. Using minute amounts of substances that are similar to the symptoms of the disease, homeopathic medicine fights the sickness deep at the cellular level. It stimulates a more holistic immune response without causing risk to the kidney and liver and without generating an autoimmune response like allergies.

Homeopathic flu vaccinations are usually given orally and are easier on the body than an injection. It’s less painful for adults and less scary for kids!

The best part is, we’re currently offering a special on our Homeopathic Flu Vaccinations for just $30! Give us a call or come visit us today and let’s make sure you’re ready for flu season!

Food Label Reading 101

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PrintThere is one thing that we cannot live without and that is food. Food is supposed to nourish and replenish our bodies with the nutrients that we need. With all the products that we see on the shelves at the store, how do we know what is good or not? Well, let’s have a basic class on reading your food labels.

One of the most misleading statements on a food label is the serving amount. It gives the amount of calories, and it will state: “2 oz serving.” So when you grab your favorite snack and look at it, you think that you are only getting 100 calories for the whole pack, which is wrong. The bag actually weighs 8 ounces, which means that you are actually going to be eating 400 calories. Make sure that you are reading the serving size is and how many calories are in it. Remember, calories are the amount of energy supplied by food. Not all calories are bad.

Percent Daily Value
Further down the label, you will notice that there is a vitamin or mineral that has a percent amount next to it. It is important to understand that this percentage is based off a 2,000 calorie diet. Every body is different and may not consume 2,000 calories a day. The amount that we need of each vitamin/mineral will depend on our gender, height, weight, age, and activity. Talk to your doctor if you are uncertain about how many calories is right for you and your health goals.

Total Fat
Saturated Fat: Try to limit your intake of saturated fat to 10% of your total calorie intake. It has been found that a diet high in saturated fat can cause heart problems.

Trans Fat: Avoid these as much as possible as they will increase your “bad” cholesterol. Again, be careful reading the amount of servings that come in the product that you are buying. A product can actually claim itself “trans fat free” if there is less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving.

Cholesterol and Sodium
Limit your cholesterol intake to approximately 300mg a day, and sodium to 1500mg. Again, these are averages so consult your doctor to find out the amounts right for you.

Total Carbohydrate
The amounts of carbohydrates needed for your body will depend on your glucose tolerability. Even if you are buying a healthy item, make sure that the amount of carbs are not too high, for this will spike your glucose level.

Beneath the label “total carbohydrates” will be sugar and fiber. If those two numbers do not add up to the amount of total carbohydrates listed, it is because it has not labeled starch. Aim for at least 25-35g of fiber each day if you’re a healthy, average person.

Hopefully this helps gives a little insight into those food labels and what those numbers and percentages really mean. Again, if you have questions about your specific dietary needs, contact your doctor. Dr. Jennifer Burns at The Bien-Etre Center is more than happy to answer any questions you have about your health and diet including questions regarding any known or unknown food allergies.

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Treating Crohn’s Disease with Medical Marijuana

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Crohn’s disease is considered a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. The small bowel and beginning of the colon are most commonly affected, however the entire thickness of the bowel wall can be affected as well. Crohn’s can as well affect any part of the gastrointestinal (also referred to as GI) tract, from the mouth to the anus. Some patients with Crohn’s will require surgery. Below are some symptoms that are most common with Crohn’s.

Symptoms related to inflammation of the GI tract:

  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Urgent need to move bowels
  • Abdominal cramps and pain
  • Constipation
  • Sense of incomplete bowel movement
  • Fever

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Patient Education Committee has actually stated that there has been experimental evidence that endocannaboids, molecules that closely resemble those found in the marijuana plant, limits intestinal inflammation. A small study done reported that those who had abdominal surgery and/or chronic abdominal pain smoked marijuana to relieve their pain, and increased their quality of life by reducing the inflammation. At this time CCFA is not endorsing the use of medical marijuana, but have found the studies to be very promising.

If you are currently suffering from Crohn’s disease or any other IBD, or are currently receiving treatment for these conditions and would like to use medical marijuana for pain cessation, reducing inflammation, and improving your quality of life, you are eligible to apply for a medical marijuana identification card per the state guidelines.

As part of the qualification process, you must get written certification from a doctor licensed to practice medicine in the State of Arizona. Dr. Burns offers medical marijuana evaluations and can help patients gain safe access to marijuana for the treatment of a variety of conditions.

Call The Bien-Etre Center and schedule an appointment with Dr. Burns for your medical marijuana evaluation today.

The Health Benefits of Fiber

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Did you know that most people in the United States consume less than half of the recommended levels of fiber daily? Fiber (also referred to as dietary fiber) is essential to digestive function. Individuals with increased fiber intake compared to those with lower consumption levels can decrease their risk for developing numerous diseases. Not only can increased fiber levels aid in the prevention against certain diseases, but it can also be beneficial to those living with terminal illnesses.

Fiber can be found in a wide variety of foods. Fruits, vegetables, whole-grain foods, legumes, and nuts are just some sources of fiber. Some fiber dense foods include raspberries, apples, and cooked split peas. Fiber can be categorized into two different types: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibers take a while to leave the stomach, which leaves you feeling full much longer. Insoluble fibers are non-digestible by bacteria, and are considered gut-healthy because they add bulk (leading to quicker satiation) to the diet. Fiber-rich foods are very filling, allowing people to moderate their portion sizes and have the satisfaction of feeling full. This leads to early signals of satiation, which leads to less caloric intake which then allows people to lose weight.

Diverticulosis refers to the medical condition in which small pouches develop in the wall of the colon due to the pressure of constipation. Constipation occurs from the lack of insoluble fiber in the diet. Fiber aids in digestion by absorbing water and moving food along the digestive tract, making bowel movements easier. Along the process, fiber helps regulate the number of bowel movements throughout the day. However, because of fibers ability to absorb water, it is important to increase fluid intake or increased fiber consumption could actually induce constipation. Another benefit of fiber that is it helps maintain blood-glucose levels and lower blood pressure. Two common health complications that fiber can provide preventive measures against are diverticulosis, cardiovascular disease, and heart disease. Not only can fiber be preventative, but it can be useful in controlling certain symptoms of disease. Dietary fiber can be effective in the prevention and/or management of obesity, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, hemorrhoids, stroke and so much more.

If you find that you may be suffering from lack of fiber, obesity, high blood pressure, or IBS, schedule a consult with Dr. Burns at The Bien-Etre Center. Dr. Burns works with patients to help restore and regulate their body in a natural way and can answer your questions about fiber and replacing what your body is naturally missing.