Archive for September, 2012


If you are like us, you may try to avoid chemicals in your day to day lives. You recognize that many chemicals have never been proven for human safety and want to treat your and your family’s bodies kindly.

That brings us to the question: Can we fight germs effectively without them?  Yes!

Wash with regular soap and water Anti-bacterial soaps are unnecessary. They are not more effective than regular soap. In fact the frequent use of antibacterial soaps and products contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  Washing your hands well with a mild soap is just as effective, sometimes more effective, than any of the chemical products out there.

Don’t let your hands dry out. Being excessive about your hand washing can be dangerous, as dry cracked hands can let bacteria in. Rub in a little coconut oil into your hands if they feel a little dry. It has the added benefit of being a natural anti-microbial.


We are happy to let you know that at our current office we use no chemicals for cleaning . We do this through using Norwex products.  Because we love Norwex and we believe reducing chemicals in our clients lives is a part of getting healthy, we offer Norwex products at our wellness center.

Just what is Norwex?  Although Norwex has many great products, the majority of them revolve around their anti-bacterial microfiber.  Now we all know microfiber is great, so what makes Norwex different?  The microfiber Norwex uses was originally designed for hospital use to combat chemical resistant bacteria. It is an extremely high end fine fiber. The fibers used are 1/100th of a human hair, where normal microfiber is 1/6th. Because of this small size this microfiber incredibly picks up 99% of bacteria on a surface, with only water!

Our experience has been that everyone who tries Norwex loves it. If you would like to have a free demonstration, give us a call and we can schedule a time to show you how using Norwex can save you time through cleaning, money through less cleaning products, and better health through less exposure to chemicals.  Email us at info@nutritionvermont.com for more details.

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We live in a society where people are very afraid of germs. Hand sanitizer dispensers are popping up everywhere. Many moms carry anti-bacterial wipes in their purses so they may save their little ones from  touching germs that might harm them. More and more people are on the war path at home constantly disinfecting all surfaces in order to get rid of any germs that may cause illness to them or their family.

Are you one of these germ warriors? If you are, what I tell you next might give you chills.

ImageGerms, or microbes, are everywhere. In fact they are almost impossible to escape. They are on our skin, in our nails in fact in every crevice of our body. And yes even inside us. They exist in our respiratory, urinary and digestive tracts. In fact in a healthy person they out number our own human cells 10 to 1.  But wait… don’t go grab that anti-bacterial wipe!

We need these little guys.  We have a symbiotic relationship with good microbes.  We need them as much as they need us. In fact they perform many important metabolic duties, digestive processes, immune support functions, detoxification and more. These little guys have a purpose and without this great number of beneficial microbes our health declines. It even appears that the microbes living on our skin could play a role in warding off infections.  We often refer to these beneficial microbes as “probiotics” meaning “for life.” Which is fitting because of their extreme importance to our well being. So, where do these little guys come from?

Our first natural inoculation of probiotics come at birth. A woman’s micro organism profile of her vaginal tract mirrors that of her intestinal tract. So when we travel through the birth canal we attain the micro biota that we will often carry throughout our lives. Our mothers milk and colostrum should also contain a healthy microbial profile as well as nutrients that serve as a food source to help these good guys flourish and  colonize the lining of the babies digestive tract. This is essentially the start of our immune system.  An ideal microbial profile would have a mixture of beneficial, neutral and pathogenic microbes. With a healthy inner environment the beneficial microbes would do well keeping the pathogenic microbes from proliferating and causing problems. Unfortunately many of us do not have this ideal microbial profile or a good inner environment for the probiotics to flourish.  Why?

The first thing that often goes wrong is a mothers microbial profile is often bad to start with so the baby often doesn’t receive all the beneficial microbes he should and a baby born by cesarean wouldn’t receive any from his mother at birth at all.  The second problem is many babies are bottle fed, losing that second inoculation from their mother milk.  Third, even if a child is fortunate enough to start out with a healthy microbial profile, in our modern times our probiotics are often permanently altered or damaged from stress, refined carbohydrates and sugars, overuse of contraceptives, antibiotics and pharmaceuticals.  Even chlorinated tap water damages our probiotics.  The destruction of these beneficials allows yeast and fungi to dominate our inner environment. This growth weakens our immune system and intestinal function and increases our risk of disease.

Having a poor microbial profile can affect our digestion, our immune function, and our weight. It even has possible links to asthma.

So how do we get these good microbes back?

We need to create an environment that they will thrive in and repopulate our inner selves.

ImageHow to Restore Your Probiota

1) Change the Environment and starve the bad microbes.   Refined foods, sugars and starchy carbohydrates quickly break down into sugars in the body. These are the preferred food for opportunistic microbes. As mentioned before excess sugars can even damage the beneficial guys. So stop eating all sugars (all sweeteners), refined foods and starchy carbohydrates (bread, potatoes & rice) This will starve the opportunistic microbes forcing them to leave and create an environment where the probiotics can thrive. Eventually when you have balanced your microbial profile you can add in healthy carbohydrates(whole sprouted or sourdough breads, whole grains, potatoes, brown rice, oats) but in moderation.  Also eat raw greens and vegetables each day as this provides good food for the good guys to thrive on.

2) Repopulate the Beneficial Microbes   Eat probiotic super foods everyday. Some of the most popular cultured foods are cultured vegetables( live sauerkraut or kimchi), organic yogurt, and organic kefir. Having several 1/2 cup servings a day can have miraculous results on your health.

Most of our ancestors used these methods to preserve foods before refrigeration and thrived on them. Please note: commercially prepared cultured foods have a weak microbial profile and often have added sweeteners that damage them and feed the yeasts and fungi. When buying commercially cultured foods look for brands with live cultures and buy the plain adding your own fruit, whole stevia, nuts etc. to flavor. Better yet learn to culture your own foods.  They are fun and easy to prepare and are cheaper and more therapeutic compared to their commercial counterparts.  When taking a probiotic supplement we recommend Bio Kult or Prescript Assist as they contain native strains that readily populate the gut. Most supplemental probiotics contain only transitional forms which help mostly while you are taking them but not as much after you have finished.

3)  Love your good germs as you love yourself   Now that you are feeling so much better with a full army of beneficial microbes populating your gut and working to take care of you. Love them back and take care of them too. How?  1) Eat a nutrient rich diet of whole foods. 2) Eat only healthy whole starchy carbohydrates (whole sprouted or sourdough breads, whole grains, potatoes, brown rice, oats) and eat these in  moderation.  3) Extremely reduce or eliminate refined and processed foods that damage these little guys and feed bad microbes. 4) Avoid Chlorinated drinking water. Chlorine is a strong anti-microbial that will damage your probiota. If you only have access to chlorinated tap water, please invest in a water filtration or purification system.

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In these modern times as we are exposed to more and more chemicals in our daily lives more and more people are having Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, which can cause all sorts of unpleasant physical symptoms for them.

For our practice, our experience has been that liver support is essential for these individuals. We would like to share a few tips on how you can adjust your diet to support your liver in order to hopefully help reduce some of your MCS symptoms.

Your may know that the liver is one of the main organs that cleanses toxins from our bodies, so liver support would make sense for someone with MCS. What you may not know is that our modern diets with an increase of processed refined foods have placed a great deal more stress on our livers. Alleviating some of this stress can show marked improvement in someone with MCS.

One of the liver’s big jobs is helping to regulate blood sugar. So eating to

avoid blood sugar dips and spikes will give your liver more energy to deal with cleansing toxins. The following tips are to help keep blood sugar stable and to feed the liver:

Tip #1 Eat Liver

Most of the nutrients needed for a healthy liver are contained in liver. Liver use to be a common food in our culture but has unfortunately decreased in popularity. Because of the method of how many animals are raised we recommend getting your liver from animals raised naturally outdoors. For beef liver the best is a 100% grass fed source. If you have an aversion to eating liver there are supplements that consists of good quality liver. We sell the Biotics brand as we find their sup-plements to be of high quality.

Tip #2 Eat Raw Vegetables, Nuts and Seeds Everyday

There are components in these foods that help feed the detoxification pathways in your liver. Eating these foods everyday help keep these detoxification pathways open and working more efficiently. These foods do need to be raw, not roasted or cooked. Nuts and seeds should be soaked or sprouted to be more digestible.

Tip #3 Eat some good protein with fat every 2-3 hours

Good fats and proteins are slower to digest and feed us without causing blood sugar spikes. Eating every 2-3 hours keeps the blood sugar from dipping. This tip alone can do wonders to relieve stress on the liver. You do not need to eat a meal each time, a handful of raw nuts, a chunk of cheese (not reduced fat), or a piece of healthy meat (not lean) will do.

Tip # 4 Reduce Sweet and Starchy Carbohydrates and Add Fats

Sweet and Starchy Carbohydrates cause rapid blood sugar rises. By reducing the amount and eating them with a fat you can reduce the blood sugar spike. You may find you will feel your best by minimizing the consumption of these to special/rare occasions.

Even when eating healthy starchy carbohydrates like brown rice, potatoes, winter squash, and sweet potatoes you are always better adding a good amount of healthy fat (non hydrogen-ated and if vegetable oil only unrefined cold-pressed) to keep blood sugar stable. We prefer good old fashioned butter.

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