Troubleshooting Autoimmunity with Divya Dhawan

Troubleshooting Autoimmunity with Divya Dhawan on the Holistic Health Bites podcast with Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nicholson
On this episode of the Holistic Health Bites podcast, host Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nicholson has special guest Divya Dhawan discussing holistic health, with a particular focus on autoimmunity and its relationship with metabolic health. Divya shared her personal journey with an autoimmune disorder and her research on alternative medicine, emphasizing the importance of eating organic, seasonal, and local foods. She also discussed the challenges faced by individuals with autoimmune conditions and unexplained symptoms, the potential negative impacts of high cortisol levels on blood sugar and the risk of diabetes, and encouraged viewers not to give up on their health.

How Genetics and Lyme Disease Impact Metabolic Health

Genetics and Lyme Disease with Wendy Jean Hacker on the Holistic Health Bites podcast with Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nicholson

On this episode of the Holistic Health Bites podcast, my guest Wendy Hacker explains her story of battling Lyme disease for years without progress resonated deeply with many. She highlighted the transformative power of understanding your own genetic landscape. After discovering how genes influence susceptibility to infections and response to treatment, Wendy utilized genetic testing to uncover underlying factors like mold exposure and methylation issues impacting her health. By tailoring her diet, environment, and lifestyle based on this personalized roadmap, she achieved significant improvement. Importantly, Wendy emphasizes that genes are not fate, stressing the power of epigenetics to modify their expression. Inspired by her own journey, Wendy now empowers others struggling with chronic illness by analyzing their genetic data and providing customized health guidance. This talk serves as a powerful reminder: don't underestimate the power of genetic insights, explore alternative healthcare options, advocate for yourself, and remember, even complex illnesses can have paths to healing.

Long COVID and Chronic Illness

Long COVID and Chronic Illness with Sandy Sanderson, interview by Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nicholson
Sandy, a nurse practitioner, shared her journey of starting a private practice focused on telehealth and in-person services for hormone balancing and medical weight loss during the pandemic. She also shared her personal health journey, including her success with a gluten-free diet, struggles with autoimmune issues and weight gain, and recent Covid-19 diagnosis with dysautonomia. She is now interested in helping others with long Covid syndrome and discussed the potential triggers for autoimmune conditions, the need for food sensitivity testing, and the ongoing challenges of Covid-19's long-term effects.

Avoid Serious COVID with Diet

A recent study published in the journal Gut has shown that diet plays a significant role in preventing serious cases of COVID-19. The study followed over half a million people and found that those with the highest scores for a diet rich in healthy whole plant-based foods had a 9% lower risk of developing COVID-19 at all and a 41% lower risk of developing severe COVID-19. Similar results have been found in a study focused on healthcare workers, emphasizing the importance of a plant-centric or pescatarian diet in reducing the risk of severe illness.

The study does not suggest that a completely vegetarian or vegan diet is necessary to see these benefits. Instead, it emphasizes the importance of consuming whole foods, especially from plants, rather than processed and refined foods. This includes prioritizing vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, and unrefined oils, while avoiding refined grains, refined oils, and toxins commonly found in non-organic and conventionally raised animal products.

Additionally, fasting can further boost the immune system by allowing the body to cleanse and repair itself. Even compressing the eating window by a couple of hours can provide significant benefits, allowing for 14 hours of fasting overnight. Prioritizing a healthy diet and incorporating fasting can help reduce the risk and severity of COVID-19, along with other chronic conditions.

Phytochemicals for Immune Health

In a blog post titled "Phytochemicals for Immune Health" by Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nicholson, the importance of consuming phytochemicals for immune health is highlighted. Phytochemicals are substances found in plants that act as powerful antioxidants, increasing resistance to disease and boosting immunity. The post emphasizes the need to consume a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds in order to obtain these phytochemicals. It also mentions that frozen fruits and vegetables are nearly as nutritious as fresh ones, as they can be picked at the peak of freshness. Additionally, while supplements can be beneficial, it is recommended to obtain phytochemicals from real food sources rather than relying solely on supplements. Overall, the post encourages individuals to prioritize whole, unprocessed foods for optimal immune health.

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