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08 Sep What are Xenoestrogens?

hormone balance xenoestrogens

Here at holistic wellness we get at least one call each day asking if Dr. Naumes, ND can help rebalance female hormones.  Some of these women have acne, others PCOS, still others have painful menstrual cycles or have never felt right after pregnancy.  Through an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, appropriate laboratory testing, botanical remedies, detoxification and supplementation we can help correct imbalances.

Here’s a tiny snippet on why detoxification is important:

Xenoestrogens are substances that biologically function like estrogen but are not identical to the hormones we make in our body.  There are three kinds of xenoestrogens: naturally occurring ones such as saponins in the yam species, deliberately manufactured estrogen analogues such as HRT or oral contraceptives, and substances manufactured for a different purpose but possessing estrogen-like properties.  Women should be aware of avoidable exposure and actively support their body’s detoxification process if they want to rebalance their helter skelter hormones.

A few of the many sources of xenoestrogens include intravaginal spermicide, make-up, canned foods containing BPA, dental sealants, baby bottles, plastic food wrap and containers, herbicides, pesticides  and detergents whose alkyl phenols release estrogenic byproducts upon degradation.  Because these substances persist in the body, they can lead to hormone imbalances over long periods of time.  Pollutants acting as xenoestrogens will disrupt the body’s healthy balance of hormones and interfere with normal liver function, the ramifications of which are extensive and far-reaching.  Preservatives in cosmetic products such as parabens are easily absorbed through the skin and accumulate in breast tissue.  Since xenoestrogens are impossible to completely avoid, optimizing their metabolism should be addressed.

The beauty of Naturopathic Care is that it can address many possible contributors to hormone imbalance.   Through an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, appropriate laboratory testing, botanical remedies, detoxification and supplementation to correct imbalances, hormone imbalances can often be improved.   

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18 Aug Organic Garden

“A consecrated space experientially reminds you that there is much more to life than you think”  -Sadhguru

Digging in the Dirt

We here at Dr. Kate Naumes || Holistic Wellness have exciting news. We are planting an organic laboratory garden and will also be offering cooking classes for kids and adults in which we use food from our garden in our classes! Steve, James and their crew at Eat The Yard are helping us to get going.

We want to lead and support our clients to nurture themselves – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – so that our clients have the freedom to be their best selves. We believe that healthy women are the hub of a healthy world, and as healthier women we bring forth healthier and happier generations. What better way to support our clients to exercise, relax, and connect to the earth than through gardening and cooking?

So, on Day 1 of our garden project, we amended the soil in the backyard so that the soil could support the growth of healthy plants. Our soil was depleted. So depleted in fact, that we could not have grown healthy plants. The first day was spent getting rid of as much of the trash as possible and then digging out 6-12 inches of yucky dirt.

Mulching

Day 2 was focused on replenishing the soil. What was our basic plan for amending the soil?  The main plantings areas were filled with compost from Living Earth, a professional bedding mix – aka ‘landscape mix’ – including green sand, topsoil, expanded shale and sharp sand. Next, a layer of wood chips were laid down to help hold in moisture and eventually degrade into healthy soil.  Lastly, the entire backyard was inoculated with compost tea, rock dust, and oyster mushroom spores.

Watering

I can appreciate the loose analogy between improving our soil and improving our own internal  gastrointestinal and detoxification systems health. Sometimes our gastrointestinal and detoxification systems are so out of balance that we have to start with a detox (i.e remove the top 6-12 inches of yucky soil). Then we need to rebuild good GI health with the proper combination and timing of digestive enzymes (mushroom spores), probiotics (compost tea), healthy clean whole foods (compost & landscape mix), while replenishing with minerals (rock dust) and electrolytes (wood chips).

In short, if we remove the unhealthy things from our bodies/soil and put good stuff into our bodies/gardens it becomes possible to actually get good stuff back!  Can’t wait to share our organic laboratory garden and cooking classes!  

flowers

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24 Jun Local Healthy Food Field Trip in Dallas!

yummy salad

A valued and long term client shared the following invaluable information with us. Please enjoy!

Years ago, I remember visiting Central Market for the first time and feeling intimidated to see such a variety of unfamiliar food.  This experience sparked an interest in visting a number of local farmer’s markets, and really learning about ingredients and where our food comes from. Nearly a decade has passed and I still love discovering new ingredients and visiting with local farmers who have a passion for the food they offer.
On a recent trip to Hood River, Oregon, my wife and I enjoyed a day touring a local “Fruit Loop” which included a number of local farms.  The drive included farms with apples, cherries and peaches in season, a lavender farm, and an alpaca farm/yarn shop where they breed Alpacas and sell handspun yarn from the fleece.
In that spirit, I’d like to share a few destinations local to the North Dallas area that would make for a fun “food field trip” one Saturday. You’ll want to bring along an ice chest!
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Start in Plano at the Lucky Layla Farm store at Lavon Farms.  Discover raw, unpasteurized cow’s milk, drinkable yogurts, handcrafted cheeses, butter and caramel milk.
Lavon Farms: http://www.lavonfarms.com, 3721 N. Jupiter Rd
Mon-Sat 9-6, 972-423-8080
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Continue North to McKinney to visit Matt at Local Yocal and discover Wagyu steak at its best! Consider signing up for a Steak 101 class to learn where the various cuts of steak come from, how meat is aged, and best of all how to cook it to perfection yourself!  Come hungry for lunch because in the class you’ll sample each cut of steak cooked with wood charcoal on an outdoor pit.
Local Yocal: http://www.localyocalfarmtomarket.com, 213 N Tennessee St.
Mon-Sat 8-6, 469-952-3838
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From McKinney, find FM-543/Weston Rd off of US-75 and enjoy the drive to Weston, Texas, the oldest town in Collin County. Visit Steve at Texas Range Honey for a taste of raw unfiltered varietal honeys and farm fresh eggs. Steve is very passionate about both honey and his chickens!
Texas Range Honey: http://rangehoney.com, 116 Main Street
Saturdays 9am-1pm972-567-2542
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The final stop to Hidden Valley Dairy in Argyle is quite a bit of a drive, though a very scenic one. From Weston, go north on FM-543 and make a left on FM-455. Follow FM-455 across Lake Ray Roberts spillway to I-35. Take I-35 south and follow the split to the right, I-35W and take Crawford Road/Robson Ranch Road exit, turn left, go under I-35W, and take the first right onto Taylor Road. At the end of Taylor Road, turn Left on Old Justin Road. Hidden Valley Dairy will be on your left. Trey & Judy’s specialty is raw goat’s milk, including a wide variety of scented goat milk products that Judy makes herself.  They often have a number of other local and seasonal offerings you may be interested in.  Make sure to check out the goats while you’re there!
Hidden Valley Dairy: http://www.hiddenvalleydairy.com, 402 Old Justin Rd.
M-W-F 10:30am-6:00pm, Sat 12:00-6:00pm469-442-7775
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We love supporting local farmers, and we’re sure there’s a lot more out there to discover.  We hope you’ll check these farmers out, and if there are others you’d like to share please let us know and we’ll pay them a visit!
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03 Mar A Holistic Approach to Anxiety

Anxiety refers to a state of nervousness, worry, apprehension, or fear. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful circumstances, as it can improve focus and performance in a tense situation. When anxiety is excessive, however, it can induce physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea or headache. If chronic, anxiety can be emotionally disabling, and compromise immune and digestive function. Correcting underlying imbalances may significantly lessen its severity.

  • Imbalances in certain nutrients can exacerbate anxiety.
  • Amino acids are crucial building blocks for important brain neurotransmitters that stabilize mood.
  • Women are more than twice as likely to have anxiety than men, especially when levels of estrogen and progesterone fluctuate.
  • Anxiety can also result from “adrenal fatigue”
  • Immune reactions to gluten contribute to anxiety and depression in some individuals.
  • Exposure to certain heavy metals such as lead can affect the nervous system, triggering anxiety.
  • Individuals suffering from anxiety may lack essential fatty acids such as omega-3 EPA and DHA.

The beauty of Naturopathic Care is that it can address each of these possible contributors to anxiety.   Through an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, appropriate laboratory testing, botanical remedies, and supplementation to replete or correct imbalances, the severity of anxiety can often be greatly diminished.   Making lifestyle changes is of upmost importance.  In addition, learning coping skills and using relaxation techniques can also be helpful.  Thus, I also suggest my clients work closely with a qualified counselor/therapist when anxiety is significant and/or pervasive.

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28 Feb A Holistic Approach to Depression


Depression is a medical illness that involves the mind and body.  Feelings of hopelessness, chronic apathy, and reduced ability to experience pleasure in life are some of the debilitating symptoms of depression.   Chronic depression can interfere with a person’s work and social life, appetite, sleep, and energy level, and has also been noted to increase risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, especially among women.
  • Imbalances in certain hormones may underlie depression, particularly when stress and obesity are present.
  • Inadequate amounts of certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fats can predispose to chronic depression.
  • Certain amino acids are crucial source material for the production of brain neurotransmitters and mood regulation.
  • Malabsorption in celiac disease may interfere with mood regulating neurotransmitters and nutrients such as vitamin B12.
  • Studies shower a higher incidence of depression in those with celiac’s disease compared to those without the disorder.
  • Many with depression also suffer from thyroid hormone imbalances
  • Overexposure to certain heavy metals have been shown to induce  depression.
  • Pre-menstrual and post-menopausal hormone imbalances contribute to mood swings in many women.
  • Deficient omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to depression, particularly in alcoholics and post-partum women.
  • Imbalances in melatonin can result in depression.
  • Depression in men seems to correlate with a drop in testosterone seen with aging.
  • Depression appears to predispose individuals to immune hypersensitivity to various food and environmental allergens.
  • Bacterial overgrowth in the small bowel can impair absorption of key nutrients involved in mood regulation.
The beauty of Naturopathic Care is that it can address each of these possible contributors to depression.   Working with Dr. Naumes to create an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, appropriate laboratory testing (via your primary care physician), botanical remedies, and supplementation to replete or correct imbalances, the body can function at a more optimal level.   Making appropriate lifestyle changes is often of upmost importance.   Dr. Naumes encourages her clients to work closely with a qualified counselor/therapist.
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10 Feb Male Fertility – the lifestyle burden isn’t just on women

Male Fertility

Ok guys, this one’s for you!  I’ll keep it short and sweet. Here are factors that may affect male fertility that you might not have thought about.

The quality of sperm is a measure of both the sperm’s genetic integrity and its capacity for fertilizing an oocyte (egg). Poor sperm quality has been associated with abnormal sperm motility (movement) and the inability to complete the processes of fertilization. The following may negatively impact sperm and may have other negative effects on male fertility:

  • Oxidative stress – think alcohol consumption, the standard american diet, and lack of exercise
  • Being overweight – not only does this affect your sperm’s ability in the fertilization story, but it may affect your future child’s health!

  • Smoking cigarettes or marijuana

  • Steroids

  • Cocaine

  • Prescription Drugs – especially those used regularly

  • Certain antibiotics, especially when taken the 4 months before trying to conceive

  • Specific pesticides and chemical solvents

  • Sedentary jobs

Please remember that optimizing your fertility holistically isn’t just about the woman.  It’s about both people optimizing their fertility to increase your odds in any given attempt. GO TEAM!

If you need help, schedule an appointment today.

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