Fall Wellness Roundup {Links Included}

This is a great time to focus on boosting both you and your family's immune system, especially by focusing on a nutrient dense, whole foods diet.

But outside of that, it never hurts to have some amazing wellness tools and supplements on hand when it comes time to fight Lord knows what is around this time of year. I'm all about proactive prevention! I don’t want to be playing defense constantly, I want to be on the offense every now and again so I can keep my and my family’s health up-to-par.

So here’s my October wellness lineup:

Infrared sauna by Sunlighten:

Why Sunlighten and Infrared?

Near Infrared for Immunity & Cell Health

Sunlighten’s research-backed near infrared heating technology can strengthen the immune system. In fact, a NASA study showed this same near infrared therapy, delivered by LEDs deep into body tissue, can quadruple cell health and tissue growth¹

Several studies have shown that LEDs (like those found in our mPulse saunas) stimulate white blood cell production and collagen growth by increasing energy at the cellular level.

A study done at the Medical College of Wisconsin demonstrated that LED-produced near infrared (NIR) helps promote cell health and regeneration².  The LEDs in our Solocarbon 3-in-1® heaters produce infrared in this same range.

A study from The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology concluded that LED near infrared (NIR) restores enzyme activity and reduces cell death by half²

“Regardless of the extent of the injury, someone who regularly uses this type of sauna will recover faster…It doesn’t add additional stress to the body or the injury. It actually works with the body to heal.” -Dr. Jeffrey Spencer – University of Southern California

According to The Doctor’s Prescription for Health Living, Sunlighten’s infrared heat is one of the best treatments for sprains, strains, muscle spasms, and other injuries associated with sports because it works by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues, speeding oxygen flow and increasing circulation.

We have the Sunlighten MPulse Believe which seats two people comfortably. Yes this in our home and is one of the best wellness tools you can invest in, hands down.

PURCHASE A SUNLIGHTEN INFRARED SAUNA HERE

Biotics Zinc:

But how can it help with a cold? According to Dr. Ahn, a number of studies have shown that zinc has been shown to help decrease the duration of a person’s cold. So in other words, if you take zinc at the first sign of a cold, you shouldn’t be sick as long as you otherwise would. And in general, it can help boost your immune response, which helps people fight off colds in the first place. If you come down with a cold, the recommendation is taking zinc every one to three hours for three to 14 days.

ORDER ZINC HERE

Homeopathic Oscillococcinum

Oscillococcinum was formulated using an active ingredient that's extracted from the heart and liver of a certain kind of duck and has been diluted several times. The preparation is believed to contain specific compounds that can help fight symptoms of the flu.

ORDER OSCILLO HERE

Colloidal Silver

There are too many benefits to mention, so I highly recommend this post

Today, colloidal silver is gaining popularity again. It’s believed to have powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. But there’s a lot of confusion about the proper use and safety of colloidal silver products, and we are waiting for more human studies to prove that it’s truly effective for a range of health conditions.

So far, there’s evidence showing that colloidal silver may be helpful for a variety of issues, including sore throats, inflamed sinuses, minor burns and irritations.

ORDER COLLOIDAL SILVER HERE

CQ Jr.

Our baby has used this several times to quicken the recovery process from a cold/flu. It has also helped nipping it in the heinie if used at first signs of sickness. If you want to know more about the benefits of Chinese Herbs I HIGLY recommend Megan Garcia’s course which can be found HERE

ORDER CQ JR. HERE

Immune Avenger herbal formula

Supports children’s response to immune system distress

  • This multi-tasking formula is prepared from certified organic herbs harvested at their peak of potency

  • Herb Pharm individually extracts each herb prior to blending to provide a broad spectrum of immune-responsive plant compounds

  • Includes easy-to-follow dosing instructions based on body weight; simply add drops to a small amount of water or juice

  • Recommended by Aviva Romm, MD, an internationally-respected expert in botanical and integrative medicine for women and children

    ORDER IMMUE AVENGER HERE

Megaspore probiotic:

MegaSporeBiotic™ is a 100% spore-based, broad-spectrum probiotic clinically shown to maintain healthy gut barrier function. This unique all-spore formula effectively RECONDITIONS the gut by promoting microbial diversity and maintaining key health-promoting, commensal gut bacteria. MegaSporeBiotic™ boasts a 5-year shelf-life, does not require refrigeration, and maintains efficacy during antibiotic therapy.

ORDER MEGASPORE PROBIOTIC HERE

Elderberry Syrup or Gummies

Here’s my easy, peasy Elderberry syrup recipe found HERE

Unlike some natural, immune boosting supplements, Elderberry Syrup is kid-friendly! It contains raw, local honey and goes down with ease.

It lasts at least a couple of months in the fridge, so it's good to have a jar on hand for when illness hits! It can also be taken to help prevent illness.

What do scientific studies show?

In one study, elderberry extract inhibited several strains of influenza and reduced symptoms. Another study found that elderberry syrup flavonoids were effective against the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus.

In the most compelling study, a randomized trial of 60 patients aged 18-54 suffering from flu symptoms for 48 hours or less received 15 ml (3 teaspoons) of elderberry syrup or a placebo 4x per day for five days. Researchers observed that “Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and the use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo”.

As always, do your own research - this is potent stuff and can interact with certain medications. 

Suggested Elderberry Syrup Dosage

A single teaspoon of homemade elderberry syrup once or twice a day is sufficient as a preventative measure. If illness strikes, use more as necessary, with up to 3 teaspoons, 4x per day as used in the randomized study described above.

ORDER ELDERBERRY GUMMIES HERE

ORDER RAW ELDERBERRIES TO MAKE SYRUP HERE

Pure Synergy Vitamin C :

TOP 10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF VITAMIN C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is probably best known for its popularity during cold and flu season. But there’s so much more to this well-loved vitamin. Here’s 10 remarkable ways vitamin C can support you and why daily supplementation is so valuable for your health and well-being.

Collagen. Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, which is not only great for healthy skin but is an important structural component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bone.

Mood. Vitamin C supports the natural and healthy production of feel-good chemicals to support healthy mood levels.

Energy. Vitamin C is necessary for healthy energy production. It does this on a cellular level by supporting the beneficial process of turning fat into energy.

Brain Health. The brain requires a regular supply of vitamin C to stay healthy. It will literally steal vitamin C from other parts of your body—that’s how important it is for supporting healthy neuron development and neurotransmitter production.

Memory & Cognition. As you get older, higher vitamin C levels in your body may support healthy memory and cognitive function.

Blood Flow. As an antioxidant, vitamin C supports healthy blood vessel integrity for your heart and whole body.

Histamine. Histamine is a reactive compound produced by your body in response to an irritant or allergen and is involved in allergies. Vitamin C can offer support to help stabilize healthy histamine levels.

Exercise Recovery. As an antioxidant, vitamin C can mitigate free radicals caused by exercise, thereby supporting a healthier recovery.

Enzyme Cofactor. Vitamin C contributes to many important and healthy enzyme reactions. These reactions lead to your body’s unique natural manufacturing of many beneficial compounds, such as norepinephrine, carnitine, amino acids, and several important hormones.

Immune Health. Last but not least, research supports the use of vitamin C to support a healthy immune response during cold & flu season, especially when the body is under extra stress.

ORDER PURE SYNERGY VITAMIN C HERE

Ningxia Red (https://oilwith.me/kelsey-jack):

It is free radicals that create cell oxidation; therefore Ningxia Red may help prevent against oxidative stress. Highest levels of naturally occurring, age defying S-ORAC activity. Studies have shown that S-ORAC supports cardiovascular health, supports healthy immune function and supports healthy eye function.

ORDER NINGXIA RED HERE

Thieves essential oil:

Thieves essential oil is well known to reduce stress, neutralize bacterial and viral pathogens, improve digestion, strengthen bones and reduce inflammation, as well as lowering fevers, healing skin conditions, aiding weight loss and strengthening the respiratory system.

ORDER THIEVES ESSENTIAL OIL HERE

Nature's Ultra CBD:

THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

CBD primarily interacts with your body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) regulates processes in the body such as appetite, pain, mood, memory, peripheral nervous system, and more. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis.

DID YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE A YOUNG LIVING MEMBER YOU GET A DISCOUNT ON NATURE’S ULTRA CBD? SETUP A YOUNG LIVING ACCOUNT HERE

Himalayan salt lamps:


Natural Ionizer and Air Purifier. Anecdotal evidence shows each lamp emits ions that counter-balance electromagnetic radiation reducing physical fatigue, stress and sluggishness. This natural ionization pulls harmful contaminants and allergens out of the air so you can breathe easier and enjoy a more restful sleep. After a long, stressful day, the Salt Lamp's calming amber glow and natural negative ion balance aids in relaxing you and reduces your stress levels.

  • Great natural remedy Anecdotal evidence for fighting insomnia, allergies, asthma, anxiety or stress-related issues.

ORDER HIMALAYAN SALT LAMPS HERE

ShedLight Laser:

Laser therapy, or "photobiomodulation", has been used effectively and safely for decades now. Not only that, but there are over 4000 studies that have been performed and published with positive outcomes from using photobiomodulation.

Read more here: https://www.shedlightcoldlasers.com/about

ORDER SHEDLIGHT LASER HERE

If you’re a practitioner, please contact me directly at: whollywellnutrition@gmail.com for further details/questions about ShedLight.

(P.S. if you don’t have a Young Living account you need to get one, period. But outside of that, some of these items won’t be accessible to you and they won’t make sense.)

Sign up for a Young Living wholesale account here

This blog post contains affiliate links through Amazon.

DISCLAIMER:

The information on this website is for informational purposes only and not to be considered as medical advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any medical condition. Statements should not be taken as a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician. It is recommended to consult with your physician before implementing any dietary or lifestyle changes. In using this website you accept the terms and conditions of this disclaimer.

© 2019 WHOLLY WELL WHOLISTIC & KELSEY JACK, NTP LLC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Homemade, Young Living Essential Oil Infused Elderberry Syrup + Raw Honey

I love any natural, proactive wellness tool, and elderberry syrup is a popular one! I'd never made it on my own, and always snagged the pre-made in healthy living at HEB, but alas, here is a recipe that I love because it is EASY (two claps for EASY).

 Why Elderberries?

It’s a major buzzword, but do you know WHY you should be taking it?

Here are some general benefits of elderberries:

-most commonly used medicinal plants in the world

-treat infections

-heal burns

-improve skin complexion

-lower cholesterol

-improve vision

-boost the immune system

-combat coughs, colds, flu, and tonsillitis

-Naturally anti-viral and an active immune responder

-Elderberry has long been proposed as being immune supportive, and supports the body's natural defense. Research studies show Black Elderberry to have immunemodulating and antioxidant properties. Because elderberry is high in flavonoid rich compounds, it exerts antioxidant protection on cells.

-The bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice of the berry destroy the ability of a cold or flu virus to infect a cell.

Here's where I got my elderberries on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RR27PHU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 How to Make It:
Ingredients
2/3 cup dried black elderberries
3 1/2 cups of water
YL Vitality Essential oils (cinnamon bark, nutmeg, ginger, frankincense, clove, orange, thieves)
1 cup local raw honey (contact me for some amazing raw, local honey!) 

Directions:
Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries only.

Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45-60 minutes, until the liquid has reduced by almost half. Remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Use a spoon or potato masher to caefully mash the berries.

Pour through a mesh strainer into a glass jar or bowl.

Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.

When it has cooled, add 1 cup of honey, and a drop of each essential oil and stir well.

Pour the syrup into a quart sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind. Store in fridge.  

Young Living Oils to Add:

We added oils to ours for extra benefits. I use a one drop of each:

* Thieves Vitality – This is a powerhouse blend that is like hulk for your immune system. SO GOOD.

* Nutmeg Vitality – Smells good, tastes good, super great for our energy levels.


* Clove Vitality – Off the charts in antioxidants!

* Ginger Vitality – Ginger is supportive to the digestive system. It’s a great plan to keep that system working well since 90% of our immune system is in our gut!

* Cinnamon Bark Vitality – another immune system powerhouse.

* Frankincense Vitality – Historically a well-used oils. Google or Pubmed this!

*Orange Vitality - Citrus oils gently detox and contain the naturally occurring constituent limonene. Again, google this one ;)

We're now elderberry syrup fans! It tastes amazing! Josh & I take a tablespoon or two each day, and the kids get a tsp or so.

Enjoy! And let me know if you love this recipe!

Immune Boosting Tips for Fall + Winter | Reclaim WHOLE Health


Immune Boosting Tips for Back-to-School & Everyday Life

It's that time of year again, BACK TO SCHOOL. Unfortunately, this time of year is met with hesitation, exhaustion and usually sickness follows for the entire family. 

Did you know that scientists are now saying up to 90% of our immune system is located in the gut?

 All the excitement of back-to-school can usually cause an array of emotions, and one of those is stress for both parents and kids alike. Stress deteriorates the immune system and the body's natural defenses. The constant changes in schedule, being exposed to more people= more germs, and the change in season can tax the immune system further.

This is a great time to focus on boosting both you and your family's immune system, especially by focusing on a nutrient dense, whole foods diet.

Tweak the Diet First:

  • Eliminate most sugar, and all fruit juice (homemade veggie juice with some fruit is okay a few times per week) and all soda, swap soda for a 4g of sugar or less kombucha, I love the live brand, find it HERE.

  • Eliminate dairy, especially conventional dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) conventional dairy tends to make kids more prone to sinus issues, think congestion and ear issues.

  • Increase green veggies like: kale, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, and fresh berries I love organic blueberries. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your child is getting a minimum of 2 servings of veggies or fresh fruit at each meal.

  • Make sure you child is getting high quality protein and high quality fats (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado) at each meal. Fats help to improve brain function.

  • This time of year, many families head to the pharmacy in hopes of a good multi-vitamin. Not only are many multi-vitamins made with synthetics, they simply aren't enough nutritionally to aid the body. They can fill in missing pieces, but nothing can substitute for proper, nutrient dense foods. If you do want a trustworthy multivitamin try THIS ONE.

Here are some of my favorite supplements when you need to fill in missing pieces:

  • Probiotics and probiotic rich food improve digestive function (remember the immune system is found in the gut.) Choose a high quality probiotic from the refrigerated section of your grocery store (I also love THIS ONE) and mix into a food like raw kefir or a nutrient dense smoothie.

  • Zinc reduces the likelihood of viral infections, especially colds, absences from school, and antibiotic use in kids. It can easily be given as a flavored lozenge to older kids; for younger children try a liquid, try THIS ONE.

  • Give Vitamin C daily: I'm personally obsessed with Young Living's Super C Chewables. They're delicious and I can almost guarantee your child won't fight you on taking them.

  • Give homeopathic cell salts daily, find them HERE

  • Give one dose, twice weekly of homeopathic Oscillococcinum, find it HEREand stock up before cold & flu season. I have a minimum of 2 boxes in my arsenal at ALL times.

  • Make an immune boosting essential oil rollerfrom Young Living oils. My favorite blend is: 3 drops thieves, 3 drops sacred frankincense, and 3 drops eucalyptus. (Always dilute to protect the skin, find my favorite carrier oil HERE.)

  • Diffuse Young Living essential oils at night when your body is sleeping/recovering.

  • Make warm tea with manuka honey and sea salt, find one of my favorites HERE.

When my baby/family is under the weather or when everyone around us seems to be sick:

  • I give elderberry syrup, you can find my recipe on my blog!

  • I encourage bone broth for essential vitamins and minerals, I love THIS BRANDif you're in a pinch. Or HEREis a great instapot recipe. If you don't have the instapot yet, buy it HERE.

  • I give Young Living's Ningxia Redtwice daily

  • I diffuse essential oils like thieves, frankincense and eucalyptus.

  • I use epsom salts with essential oils during bath time (always with a carrier oil like liquified coconut.)

  • I consider herbals like: Andrographiswhich has been shown to boost immunity and reduce the frequency of upper respiratory infections, and also help to shorten their duration when they do happen. Given at 50-200 milligrams a day, generally for 5 days if you’re trying to ward off a cold.

  • I douse every space with mini thieves spray (found HERE)

  • I ditch household toxins with Young Living's thieves cleaner

Don't forget the basics…

It may seem obvious, but make sure you return to the basics of good health:

  • Sleep is foundational – To build immunity naturally, set a healthy bedtime and incorporate an evening routine to make night time smooth and easy.

  • Always encourage water over any other liquid.

  • Exercise regularly to boost lymph cleansing.

  • Spend time outdoors for natural Vitamin D levels before we switch to the dreaded time change.

I would love to hear what your immune boosting regimen is! Connect with me on Instagram!

DISCLAIMER:

The information on this website is for informational purposes only and not to be considered as medical advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any medical condition. Statements should not be taken as a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician. It is recommended to consult with your physician before implementing any dietary or lifestyle changes. In using this website you accept the terms and conditions of this disclaimer.

© 2018 WHOLLY WELL™ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



My Epic Healing Journey & Photobiomodulation Therapy

I’ve been on a pretty epic healing journey lately … and it involves some outside of the box therapies (surprise, surprise) but, when traditional routes leave you hanging, with a pill, and additional symptoms, what freaking gives?! There’s more to your health than you may realize, and your body is a bio-individual machine, so, let’s stop settling for a one-size-fits all mentality and challenge the norm. Here’s what my healing story has involved thus far:

  • Photobiomodulation (Low Level Laser Therapy)

  • Primitive Reflex Analysis & Correction

  • Chiropractic Work

  • Neuronsensory Integration and Brain Re-Training

  • Bio-individual Supplementation Recommendations

The last four years of my health journey have been coupled with severe insomnia, crippling anxiety, panicked breathing episodes, practically water logging myself to get my breathing under control, severe inflammation, gut issues and an overall feeling of imbalance physically and emotionally.

I came to the end of my rope a few months back frustrated with my lack of progress because this is what I help people with. Let this be a lesson that we all have our struggles, and it’s appropriate to reach for help when you can no longer provide your own answers. It’s also wise to have a third party outsider who can look on you with fresh eyes, chances are you’re missing a glaring sign(s).

A beautiful human highly recommended I see Dr. Brandon Crawford out of Cedar Park, TX. We are part of a health and medical freedom group, and I trusted her, so I scheduled my first appointment. My life hasn’t been the same since.

If you aren’t a close friend or acquaintance I’m roughly 6 months postpartum with my second baby. Anatomically and structurally this has been a more difficult recovery, as I imagine most second recoveries are. You’re re-stretching abdominal muscles that are happy to stay expanded, or so it seems.

With my first baby things felt chaotic, life felt unfamiliar altogether. The world was moving at a pace I couldn’t recognize anymore. Everyday tasks were like training for Everest. This is not a comforting feeling and one I wouldn’t wish on anyone, especially with a newborn baby in tow. If you’re a mom, you know that it feels like you’re attempting to breathe under water, your brain is foggy and life seems to move at an unfamiliar pace postpartum. I didn’t rise from the trenches of postpartum difficulty quickly with my first. But this time, under the care of Dr. Crawford, I’ve seen glimpses of my old self, something I’ve longed to grasp and revisit but never felt I was capable to grab hold of. To say this 6 months postpartum is quite remarkable. Every mom needs this. I feel peaceful. Remarkably content and whole.

I’m currently seeing Dr. Crawford for integrative functional neurology and potential autoimmune issues. He uses low level laser therapy and photobiomodulation to retrain networks in the brain. While working on networks in the brain that may be underfiring, miscommunicating or not communicating at all different pathways and synapses can be retrained to perform optimally using these lasers for multiple issues, more than just what I’m struggling with. These pathways and networks, if left unchecked can lead to imbalances that we see, think and feel in disease states or emotional states like anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD, ADHD, Parkinson’s, neuropathy, migraines, sleep issues, sensory issues, PANS/PANDAS, etc. Meds cannot do this, low level laser therapy is truly the answer. It makes the brain work and heal, while you can use slower healing modalities such as repairing the gut, supplementation, etc.

Emotionally, I can reach for peace and calm, they’re within arms reach, I used to have to fight to just see a glimpse of feeling “normal.” I can go into sleep with just a little bit of help, before this was my literal Kilimanjaro.


Here is Dr. Crawford’s take:

After evaluating Kelsey it appears that she currently is suffering from dysautonomia.  This is a condition where the autonomic nervous system is not in proper balance and causes a myriad of symptoms.  We are currently running tests for suspected autoimmunities, potential thyroid issues and anemias.  

In our office we are using methods that have been proven effective to correct these imbalances in the central nervous system.  We are performing multi-modal sensory integration that utilizes the following modalities: whole body vibration, localized percussion, infrared and red photobiomodulation, laser acupuncture, vestibular rehab, therapeutic exercises, eye movement therapy, color therapy (syntonic optometry), acoustic frequencies, music therapy, and cognitive tasking.  I also perform chiropractic adjustments to improve the frequency of firing of primary afferents into the central nervous system.  

I recently told Dr. Crawford, when no one listened, I still chose to believe that what I felt internally was my body telling me exactly what I needed. My brain was/isn’t properly working.

Fight for your health and follow your voice until you can find a practitioner who will come alongside you, confirm your thoughts and feelings and most importantly, join you in fighting for your health and wholeness.

Here’s to feeling whole & fighting for answers.

In health,

Kelsey

DISCLAIMER:

The information on this website is for informational purposes only and not to be considered as medical advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any medical condition. Statements should not be taken as a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician. It is recommended to consult with your physician before implementing any dietary or lifestyle changes. In using this website you accept the terms and conditions of this disclaimer.

© 2018 WHOLLY WELL™ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Merry...Cedar Season? How to Attack Back Naturally

What are our allergies really telling us? They’re hinting at more than your inability to keep on your overpriced concealer and nasal vaseline.

Allergies are actually an EXTERNAL SYMPTOM attempting to communicate your body’s problems from within. So, what are the real culprits? Stress levels, inflammation, and gut health (so much thanks to the Christmas season and the IRS for the stress part.) 

On today’s edition of if you want to run away from Texas where no exploding cedar trees and 60MPH wind gusts exist, I’ll be sharing my  best advice on how to treat allergies (specifically, cedar allergies) from the inside-out—by addressing the internal terrain/environment.

I tell many of my clients, the external environment is triggering their internal response. This is a true measure and test of the terrain within the body. So, let’s not rush off to the allergist just yet…

Ah, that first scent of…CEDAR POLLEN: the waft of yellow dust and volatile Texas temperatures (we don’t have a winter, we have cooler days). Most of us feel rejuvenated with a break from the extreme heat, and the ability to play outside without melting into a sweaty puddle. But for most Texas residents, Cedar season is truly its own season; a season of PURE MISERY. I’m pretty sure the stock of Puffs increases ten-fold in Texas alone.

Often accompanied with itchy, watering eyes and a stuffy nose, this makes most of us dread the day after Christmas.

Unforutnately, Cedar season is upon us already, the earliest cedar season yet. Seasonal allergies can really throw a wrench into our Christmas spirit.

So the question becomes, why is it that some of us seem to have to shut ourselves inside, seal our windows and hide under blankets, while others can practically throw pollen around like confetti and dance with a cedar tree, completely unaffected?

The truth about allergies and inflammation levels:

The symptoms of allergies like red itchy, runny eyes and the swelling and irritation of our airways all come from the wild wild west of inflammation-ville, caused by chemicals that we release from our very own cells. This is the body’s misguided attempt to protect ourselves. Therefore, anything that makes us more inflamed—whether it's food, chemicals, or even stress—can worsen our allergies.

So ask yourself, what’s amping your natural stress response? The body interprets stress in a variety of ways. I often hear from my clients “I’m not stressed.” While you may not be consciously stressed, your body can find your dairy-chalked latte stressful, or your commute, or your exercise routine. Over time, these stressors build up and your body will have a triggering event that tests its wherewithall. So, whether it be: emotional stress, eating too much sugar (hi delicious christmas cookies, fudge and candy canes) or processed foods, dairy, gluten, a bad breakup? Skimping on sleep, these all add up to quite the tax on the body. And wouldn’t you guess, cedar season comes at peak stress times like Christmas and New Years. When our stress levels run high, our brain starts telling our body to secrete hormones like cortisol and chemicals like histamine and other neurotransmitters. Several studies have shown that this can make us more inflamed, create more congestion in our nasal passages, and even worsen asthma.

Now I bring you good news of tidings and cheer (if you aren’t digging your grave next to a exploding cedar tree yet.)  There are natural and safe methods to redirect our immune system, calming the inflammatory response and lessening our allergy symptoms. But you gotta put in the WERK, ya feel me?

Cut the Crappy Food:

Cut out processed sugar, dairy and gluten. You will be AH-mazed. Lessen the diet’s inflammatory load on the body and you will lessen your body’s interpretation of stress.

Can I get a C? C is for Antioxidants:

Eating diets rich in natural sources of vitamin C and vitamin E can reduce immune imbalances and help with allergic response. Vitamin D is also one of the most common vitamin deficiencies in the world, which is significant because it's an important immune modulator, and supplementation can potentially play an important role in reducing allergic asthma.

Eat Bacteria:

Adding in probiotic foods such as fermented sauerkraut, kimchee, and kefir will maximize your gut immunity. In addition, taking a good-quality probiotic with at least 30 billion colonies and multiple strains of lactobacillus species can improve immunity and reduce allergies. In order to feed the good bacteria and keep them happy, add prebiotic fibers like chicory, inulin, and raw Jerusalem artichoke to your daily routine. (thanks mind body green)

Make Your Diet Anti-Inflammatory:

Many of ingest a diet high in Omega 6 fatty acids, which throws off the Omega balance. Optimizing Omega balance is key and can really help with an allergic response. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish such as salmon and sardines can play a strong anti-inflammatory role in both asthma and allergies. Also consider taking an omega-3 supplement daily to decrease your allergies.

Here are my favorite supplements, routines and suggestions:

Plants rock my socks off, which is why most everything on this list will contain some sort of herb, tree or shrub. Embrace it.

-PEA Soothe Capsules (neurobiologix brand) in the AM with CBD oil in the PM, this routine is a must. (some people see upwards of a 90% reduction in allergic responses using this routine, but you MUST BE CONSISTENT and it will take some time, like all good things ;))

Link for PEA Soothe: https://www.whollywell-nbestore.com/PEAsoothesupport-p/015.htm (Use codes: WHOLLYWELL and WHOLLYWELL5 for free shipping and 5% off your order.)

Link for Hemp Oil: https://kelseyjack.primemybody.com/prod_SING1018


-Bromelain with Quercetin (NOW brand, available at HEB)

Link for Bromelain: https://amzn.to/2Sd1kQ7

-Histoplex AB by Biotics 

Link for Histoplex AB: https://amzn.to/2QFPAZu

-Easy Breather by Herbalogic (available at HEB in capsules or tincture liquid, liquid is cheaper) 

Link for Easy Breather: https://amzn.to/2Lr7vNG

Easy Breather is an herbal remedy made especially to fight cedar fever. The formula, adapted from traditional Chinese herbal remedies by two acupuncturists from Austin, is jam packed with herbs used for centuries to support the body's immune response to seasonal changes in the environment. When added to your dietary routine before and during cedar season, Easy Breather can greatly reduce the likelihood you will experience the effects of tree pollen.

-Allertonic capsules (Amazon or Sprouts)

Link for Allertonic: https://amzn.to/2GxfYjD

-Homeopathic Histaminum or Apis 30c

Link for Histaminum: https://amzn.to/2UWux3D

Link for Apis: https://amzn.to/2S8sis8

-Stinging nettle tea with raw honey

Link for stinging nettle: https://amzn.to/2UZL7j1

-Young Living is my complete and total jam, and to rejuvenate the respiratory system and decrease stress on the lungs I highly recommend the following oils: SniffleEase (I’m obsessed) RC, Raven, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Dorado Azul, OrthoSport or Breathe Again Roll On. They also make easy peasy shower cubes now. Rub oils on chest and feet with a carrier oil, put socks on. Also run your diffuser like mad.

If you’re not a Young Living member (seriously why haven’t you done this yet) Email me directly at WhollyWellNutrition@gmail.com and I will get you the hook up. 

-Become a true hippie and purchase a dry brush and take a hot epsom salt bath (you have my permission to meditate whilst doing this.)

Link for dry brush: https://amzn.to/2GKU8tl or purchase at Whole Foods, Sprouts, etc.

-Infrared sauna weekly (Go see my good friends at CryoFit in Leon springs)

Location here: https://www.mycryofit.com/location/us/texas/san-antonio-west-i10/ 

Cut out dairy, gluten and sugar. Focus on nutrient dense, healing foods and good broths, you’re welcome.

May the river of uncontrollable and perpetual tears from cedar pollen cease this Christmas season.

Sincerely,

Kelsey Jack, NTP and Nutrigenomic Specialist

I would love to hear what your immune boosting regimen is! Connect with me on Instagram!

DISCLAIMER:

The information on this website is for informational purposes only and not to be considered as medical advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any medical condition. Statements should not be taken as a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician. It is recommended to consult with your physician before implementing any dietary or lifestyle changes. In using this website you accept the terms and conditions of this disclaimer.

© 2018 WHOLLY WELL™ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Introducing Genetic and Nutrigenomics Testing to My Practice

The scientific study of individualized genetics and nutrition is known as nutritional genomics or nutrigenomics. Nutrigenomic testing accurately identifies each client's genetic protein variations to identify sites of metabolic weakness. These key proteins are involved in enzyme conversion, nutritional delivery, and signaling pathways in the cell. Our genetic panels evaluate 114 of the most common researched and validated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that can affect a client's ability to regain and maintain their metabolic functionality. 

Abnormalities in specific polymorphisms can negatively affect many physiological and metabolic processes. Overcoming these metabolic weaknesses with the right nutrients allows each client to maximize their genetic variations (SNPs) and maintain optimal health.

I am now certified to run and interpret genes for:

*Methylation/foundational health 
*Immune/autoimmune/inflammatory conditions 
*Neuro/psych
*Women’s health 
*Chronic Pain

(Nervous system support, neurological issues, genetic variances, mood/sleep support and immune support.)

This will also cover the 5 primary principles of healing and health:

1. Inflammation control
2. Autophagy consideration
3. Methylation
4. Detox
5. Symptom assistance

Immune Boosting Tips for Back-to-School & Everyday Life

It's that time of year again, BACK TO SCHOOL. Unfortunately, this time of year is met with hesitation, exhaustion and usually sickness follows for the entire family. 

Did you know that scientists are now saying up to 70% of our immune system is located in the gut?

 All the excitement of back-to-school can usually cause an array of emotions, and one of those is stress for both parents and kids alike. Stress deteriorates the immune system and the body's natural defenses. The constant changes in schedule, being exposed to more people= more germs, and the change in season can tax the immune system further.

This is a great time to focus on boosting both you and your family's immune system, especially by focusing on a nutrient dense, whole foods diet.

Tweak the Diet First:

  • Eliminate most sugar, and all fruit juice (homemade veggie juice with some fruit is okay a few times per week) and all soda, swap soda for a 4g of sugar or less kombucha, I love the live brand, find it HERE.

  • Eliminate dairy, especially conventional dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) conventional dairy tends to make kids more prone to sinus issues, think congestion and ear issues.

  • Increase green veggies like: kale, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, and fresh berries I love organic blueberries. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your child is getting a minimum of 2 servings of veggies or fresh fruit at each meal.

  • Make sure you child is getting high quality protein and high quality fats (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado) at each meal. Fats help to improve brain function.

  • This time of year, many families head to the pharmacy in hopes of a good multi-vitamin. Not only are many multi-vitamins made with synthetics, they simply aren't enough nutritionally to aid the body. They can fill in missing pieces, but nothing can substitute for proper, nutrient dense foods. If you do want a trustworthy multivitamin try THIS ONE.

Here are some of my favorite supplements when you need to fill in missing pieces:

  • Probiotics and probiotic rich food improve digestive function (remember the immune system is found in the gut.) Choose a high quality probiotic from the refrigerated section of your grocery store (I also love THIS ONE) and mix into a food like raw kefir or a nutrient dense smoothie.

  • Zinc reduces the likelihood of viral infections, especially colds, absences from school, and antibiotic use in kids. It can easily be given as a flavored lozenge to older kids; for younger children try a liquid, try THIS ONE.

  • Give Vitamin C daily: I'm personally obsessed with Young Living's Super C Chewables. They're delicious and I can almost guarantee your child won't fight you on taking them.

  • Give homeopathic cell salts daily, find them HERE

  • Give one dose, twice weekly of homeopathic Oscillococcinum, find it HERE and stock up before cold & flu season. I have a minimum of 2 boxes in my arsenal at ALL times.

  • Make an immune boosting essential oil roller from Young Living oils. My favorite blend is: 3 drops thieves, 3 drops sacred frankincense, and 3 drops eucalyptus. (Always dilute to protect the skin, find my favorite carrier oil HERE.)

  • Diffuse Young Living essential oils at night when your body is sleeping/recovering.

  • Make warm tea with manuka honey and sea salt, find one of my favorites HERE.

When my baby/family is under the weather or when everyone around us seems to be sick:

  • I give elderberry syrup (I love the Gaia brand, find it HERE) or HERE is a great recipe for Elderberry gummies. If DIY'ing ain't your cup of tea, just buy the gummies HERE.

  • I encourage bone broth for essential vitamins and minerals, I love THIS BRAND if you're in a pinch. Or HERE is a great instapot recipe. If you don't have the instapot yet, buy it HERE.

  • I give Young Living's Ningxia Red twice daily

  • I diffuse essential oils like thieves, frankincense and eucalyptus.

  • I use epsom salts with essential oils during bath time (always with a carrier oil like liquified coconut.)

  • I consider herbals like: Andrographis which has been shown to boost immunity and reduce the frequency of upper respiratory infections, and also help to shorten their duration when they do happen. Given at 50-200 milligrams a day, generally for 5 days if you’re trying to ward off a cold.

  • I douse every space with mini thieves spray (found HERE)

  • I ditch household toxins with Young Living's thieves cleaner

Don't forget the basics…

It may seem obvious, but make sure you return to the basics of good health:

  • Sleep is foundational – To build immunity naturally, set a healthy bedtime and incorporate an evening routine to make night time smooth and easy.

  • Always encourage water over any other liquid.

  • Exercise regularly to boost lymph cleansing.

  • Spend time outdoors for natural Vitamin D levels before we switch to the dreaded time change.

I would love to hear what your immune boosting regimen is! Connect with me on Instagram!

DISCLAIMER:

The information on this website is for informational purposes only and not to be considered as medical advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any medical condition. Statements should not be taken as a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician. It is recommended to consult with your physician before implementing any dietary or lifestyle changes. In using this website you accept the terms and conditions of this disclaimer.

© 2018 WHOLLY WELL™ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Join Me for My FREE Online Workshop: Reclaiming Your Mood, Sleep + Sanity

When I got pregnant with my daughter over three years ago, I started experiencing early onset anti-partum insomnia, I stopped sleeping at 6 months. I told myself it was just because of my pregnancy and it would pass. It did not. It got worse. I didn't sleep for two weeks straight after I had her. I knew this was not normal. I researched countless hours and couldn’t find any answers, let alone, someone who struggled with insomnia during and after pregnancy. I wanted answers, I wanted to know WHY. I began digging and came across information about cortisol and adrenal issues. A lightbulb went off, all of the symptoms described me to a T. I had overwhelmed my body with stress, irregular eating habits, caffeine and antibiotics. My adrenals were kaput. My pregnancy and labor pushed my adrenals over the edge (of no sleep, apparently.)

Maybe you are where I was two and a half years ago, wired but tired at night, hardly sleeping, waking up never feeling rested, dragging to my coffee pot every morning, reliant on sleep meds, OCD, so anxious I could crawl out of my skin, simple tasks seemed insurmountable, I felt hangry (hungry + angry), I wanted chocolate with every meal, and just straight up felt confused with what was going on in my own body. 

Maybe this scenario doesn't describe you, but maybe it's similar, maybe your symptoms are pronounced enough that you know something's up. Maybe you've stopped sleeping, maybe you drag through your day, maybe your diet is a wreck, maybe you have issues with your digestion, maybe your anxiety is relentless. I can relate.

That's why I want to share not only my story, but my solutions.

So...JOIN ME! I want you to be the first to know about an exciting event I have coming up.

On Monday, August 13 at 7pmI am hosting my first ever FREE Online workshop, and I'd absolutely love for you to join! 

In this workshop you will learn:

-How to start Healing Your Gut, Reclaiming Your Mood, Learning to Love Sleep Again (I know how frustrating poor quality of sleep can be)

-How to Combine Self-Care with Detox that Supports
the Whole Body

-A Swoon-Worthy Nighttime Routine
(it may just have you sleeping like a baby again) 

and...

A few of my favorite supplements that I typically recommend to all of my clients (they boost mood + overall function so you can stop feeling like a zombie.)

To register, follow this link: https://www.whollywell.me/workshop

In good health,

Kelsey Jack, NTP