Kristi Lea Holistic Health LLC
Natural Healthcare Practitioner, Certified Nutritional Consultant, Certified Lyme Specialist, RBTI Practitioner with a Concentration in Integrative and Functional Medicine as well as Nutrigenomics & Methylation and a Zyto, EVOX and Safe & Sound Protocol Certified Professional
Are You Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?
IF YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS AND DOCTORS ARE WORKING FOR YOU AND YOU ARE FULL OF ENERGY, AVOID GETTING SICK EASILY AND HAVE NO CHRONIC HEALTH ISSUES, THEN YOU DON'T NEED ME!
But to the person who has gone from specialist to specialist, test after test without real answers or improvement, you're the one I'd like to see! Modern medicine is amazing and the first line of defense for fixing crisis situations, but for long term chronic conditions like: heart disease, autoimmune diseases, having a high A1C (pre-diabetic) blood test result which eventually leads to type 2 diabetes diagnosis, hormone imbalances, ADD/ADHD, arthritis, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, IBS, leaky gut, allergies & chronic sinus issues, migraines, chronic fatigue, panic attacks, adrenal exhaustion, sudden weight gain around the middle or sudden weight loss, slow metabolism, hyper/hypothyroid, fibroids, endometriosis and menorrhagia, certain cancers, acne, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, Lyme and co-infections, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic pain and inflammation, the process takes years to develop and the power to control the severity or existence, in some cases, is in your hands.
We have to work strategically WITH your immune system to reverse the disease processes.
Yes, I meant reverse the disease process! In some situations, where too much tissue damage has occurred, full reversal may not be possible, but by restoring healthier body system function, some improvement will be noticable. There is proven clinical research for all of the above conditions where providing the body with targeted nutrition, and by restoring, or at least improving, proper system functions, that the the body will heal itself given the correct tools. The body is designed to do so! It all goes back to how we started...The cell. If you nourish the cells properly, in time you create healthy organs, which lead to healthy body systems, which leads to a healthy body. Disease is the opposite process where a cell breaks down, and then the organ, and then the system, and eventually the body as a whole. Now, I'm not saying it's easy and I'm not saying that I diagnose, treat, cure or heal any disease. What I do offer is a deep understanding and appreciation of how the body is designed and how it functions best. The body is masterfully designed and it always reacts in predictable patterns (outputs) to the nutrients and lifestyle (inputs) that we provide it. Basic Anatomy & Physiology tell us that the human body is always striving to achieve homeostasis at all costs. When you are eating nutrient rich foods and drinking quality water, exercising and sleeping well, your body functions extremely efficiently and can use it's energy to fight off the millions of viruses, bacteria and parasites it encounters on a daily basis quite easily. (Good input = Good output) However, when you don't take care of yourself properly, by eating a typical American diet of fast/ processed/ chemical-filled, non-nutrient foods, that we often overeat, followed by caffeinated and sugary drinks, and add in the stress of our daily lives, our bodies must fight hard to compensate and reach homeostasis. It will compensate very well for a while, until our nutrient reserves are depleted. This is why it seems that young people can eat and do whatever they want without any issues. Their cells are more energetic and their nutrient reserves are still established. What you don't see though, is the slow and steady decline that we usually feel by the time we reach middle age if we continue down this road. By this time, our body is tired of compensating for our bad habits without proper nutrients to restore the levels. So, what does it do? It steals the needed nutrients from our bones, because after all, the body's main job is to keep us alive and support our hearts and brains above all else. It will rob Peter to pay Paul, so to speak. We have forced the body to run in crisis mode and it will compensate as best as it can for as long as it can, but with less efficiency. We start having stomach and intestinal distress, food and chemical sensitivities, chronic infections, a toxic bowel and sluggish liver, which compounds the issues exponentially because they can no longer protect us from toxins, which lead to hormonal imbalances, sugar handling problems, weight gain, slow metabolism, exaggerated hang overs from alcohol, especially after beer or wine, arthritis, skin reactions, aches and pains, fatigue, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, adrenal and thyroid exhaustion, and the decreasing ability to ward off bacteria, viruses and parasites that we come across daily. Our cells get confused and start attacking healthy tissues and the start of autoimmune disease begins. One system's inefficiency stresses the next until you are heading down a downward health spiral.
The interesting thing about this is that your body does such an amazing job at compensating, that your blood work will remain in the normal limits during this time, but that doesn't necessarily mean it is working optimally. There are many subtle, and not so subtle, indicators along the way. (Bad input = Bad Output eventually)
By restoring healthy body patterns, and rebuilding those nutrient reserves, over time, your body can function efficiently again and not in crisis mode. You will be heading towards good health rather than away from it. Many people find that symptoms of disease may disappear because there is no longer an underlying problem, but again this is your body healing itself, nothing that I am doing. I just provide the education, guidance and tools to put you in a position to make healthier choices which lead to a healthier life.
Now, I know this all seems too simple, because if it were really this easy, everyone would be feeling great, right? Well, when was the last time someone, especially your medical doctors who you entrust to your health, reminded you about how important nutrition is? Less than 30% of medical schools in the U.S. require future doctors to even take a nutrition class! This is crazy to me! How can you have good health without proper nutrition? Your body knows the difference between synthetic chemicals and true nutrients and you can't outsmart your body to work efficiently without the proper fuel. That's like expecting a car to run on coke slurpees! Our bodies function entirely off of chemical interactions between mostly sodium (the true element, not table salt which has chloride attached to it), potassium and calcium, among others. When one level gets low, it impacts the others and in turn all body systems start working in crisis mode rather than in healthful patterns. For example, If you develop osteoporosis, it is from your body pulling nutrients out of your bones to compensate for the lack of nutrient reserves. Your entire skeleton replaces itself completely every seven years, if your bones keep losing nutrients from functioning in crisis mode, then every seven years your body is getting weaker and weaker. Think about that! This information is mind blowing when you think of how osteoporosis affects our older generations at tremendous rates and it wouldn't need to if proper nutrition were discussed early on. If you truly understand how the body is designed to function and then examine the output (or symptoms) closely, you can figure out the root cause. It's basic biology and chemistry, not rocket science!
While that seems easy enough to grasp, unfortunately, it's not always as simple as grabbing a multivitamin off the store shelves or changing some habits for everyone. In some people, we also have to account for genetics, which provide the probability of an event or condition occurring by a dysregulation of certain enzymes that affect how nutrients are assimilated (processed). With targeted nutrition designed to address your symptoms and specific genetic predisposition, we can turn on or off those genes, so they reduce the likelihood of the event or condition occurring. This is an exciting new field called Epigenetics and it's a passion of mine because we have far more control over our health than you would ever realize!
For example, a conservative estimate indicates that 40-50% of the population has at least 1 genetic defect for the MTHFR enzyme which essentially unlocks B vitamins and allows your body to process (use) them. EVERY cell in your body requires B Vitamins to function correctly. With 1 defect, it is estimated that you have a 30% reduction in this enzyme, with 2 defects, you have a 70% reduction. Now, what does that mean? It means that these people have increased risk for cardiovascular problems, chronic fatigue, bipolar disorder, addictions, anxiety, depression, autoimmune diseases, autism, neural tube defects, multiple miscarriages, and certain cancers just to name a few. If you have decreased amounts of this enzyme, then your body has a difficult time turning folic acid into useable forms so the folic acid that is added to so much of our processed foods and most cheaper multivitamins, can build up into toxic levels in your system and leave you starving for the useable version, or folate. Since every cell depends on these important b vitamins, you can only begin to imagine the problems that can unfold when your body can't unlock them (use them). I think this is important since almost half the population (conservative estimate) is walking around with unexplained cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue and autoimmune disease(s), and on prescriptions for anxiety, and depression, etc. If this group of people starting supporting their body with the useable forms of those few vitamins, it would provide their body the fuel it needs to function efficiently and inevitably they would see some symptoms improve. Now, I'm simplifying the process for ease of understanding but it's truly amazing that we can compensate for these genetic defects in natural ways! There is always a root cause, disease doesn't just occur in healthy cells.
Don't wait for disease, dysfunction or discomfort to set in, be proactive and take back your health! Life is too short to not LOVE your life!