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      News — agent nateur

      Brain in the clouds? Tips to de-fog

      While there are various reasons you could be experiencing brain fog, most of those reasons stem from the liver, and partly the brain. Whether you are experiencing mild, moderate or severe brain fog, it’s important to follow a protocol that eliminates viral issues, strengthens the liver and adrenals, removes neurotoxinsand rebuilds neurotransmitters. 

      Viruses and Neurotoxins

      One of the causes of brain fog has to do with viruses, such as Epstein Bar Virus, residing in the liver. Viruses tend to camp out in the liver because food sources are so abundant there. As EBV or other viruses consume these food sources, they release neurotoxins. Once the liver fills up with these neurotoxins, they escape into the bloodstream and their unique travel ability allows them to cross the blood-brain barrier. Once they reach the brain, they can interfere with, and short-circuit neurotransmitters. Neurotoxins in the blood and cerebro-spinal fluid are a huge factor in brain fog.

      Adrenal Issues

      Another culprit for brain fog is adrenal dysfunction due to prolonged periods of stress. The erratic spurts of adrenaline produced by excess stress is absorbed by the liver causing the liver to become stagnant. A stagnant liver can lower energy levels and in turn cause mild brain fog. The adrenaline can also get into the brain where it diminishes neurotransmitter chemicals and electrolytes.

      Heavy Metals

       Toxic heavy metals in the brain can cause a type of brain fog that comes and goes, bringing with it moments of clarity and then confusion. While this type of brain fog isn’t felt on a daily basis, it can cause a mild type of confusion. Heavy metals such as mercury and aluminum will oxidize and create a metallic runoff that saturates brain tissue, short-circuiting electrical impulses and disrupting neurotransmitters.  

      Toxins

      When the liver becomes toxic with chemicals and other toxins, this can also cause brain fog. People with this form of brain fog experience less fatigue than those with a viral form of brain fog.  

      Foods and Supplements that Heal Brain Fog

      Celery Juice: Celery Juice is a brain fog banisher. The mineral salts in celery juice feed electrical impulse activity and support neuron function, which is key if you suffer with brain fog. It also cleanses the liver and restores the adrenals. 

      Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is a must if you are dealing with brain fog. Its supports the nervous system, mental sharpness and alertness, improves concentration, prevents memory loss, protects against neurotoxins from viruses, strengthens neurotransmitters and the immune system, boosts mental and emotional health, and helps keep the liver out of stagnation.

      Spirulina: Spirulina is a powerful antiviral and detoxifier. The superfood is packed with nutrients that can provide an energy boost if you’re dealing with a viral form of brain fog. 

      Chaga: Chaga is a powerful medicinal mushroom that detoxifies the liver and boosts the immune system. It’s highly antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial.

      Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that is very beneficial for strengthening the adrenals. It also has powerful immune boosting properties, which help the body to fight infections. 

      Lion’s Mane: The medicinal mushroom is known for its powerful effects as a brain tonic. It’s extremely effective at stimulating nerve growth factor in the brain and is a powerful catalyst for brain cell rejuvenation. It stimulates the repair and creation of neurons and boosts neurotransmitters. It also helps to boost the immune system.

      Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie: It’s also important to detoxify your body from heavy metals as they are a food source for viruses. Medical Medium’s heavy metal detox smoothie is a safe and gentle way to remove toxic heavy metals from the body.

      Foods to Avoid:

      According to Anthony William, the Medical Medium, it’s alsoimportant to avoid the following foods as they feed pathogens:dairy, eggs, gluten, soy, corn, cane sugar, processed beet sugar, agave nectar, artificial sweeteners, natural flavors, citric acid, msg and canola oil. It’s best to stick with natural sugars such as fruit, raw honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar.

      Medical Medium’s Protocol for Brain Fog:

      5-MTHF: 1 capsule twice a day

      Ashwagandha: 1 dropperful or 1 capsule twice a day

      Barley grass juice powder: 1 teaspoon twice a day

      B-complex: 1 capsule daily

      Cat’s claw: 1 dropperful twice a day 

      Chaga Mushroom: 1 teaspoon twice a day

      Lemon Balm: 1 dropperful twice a day

      Licorice root: 1 dropperful daily (two weeks on, two weeks off)

      L-lysine: 2 50-milligram capsules twice a day

      Nettle Leaf: 1 dropperful or 1 capsule twice a day

      Spirulina: 1 teaspoon twice a day

      Vitamin B12 (as adenosylcobalamin with methylcobalamin): 1 dropperful twice a day

      Vitamin C: 2 500 milligram capsules Ester-C or one teaspoon liquid liposomal twice a day

      Zinc (as liquid zinc sulfate): up to 1 dropperful twice a day

      ***THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR REGULATED BY THE FDA.  WE ARE NOT DOCTORS, THEREFORE ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.***

      Written by: Agent Nateur 

      The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. They are the views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Safe & Chic, and are for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that this article features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

      Supplements & foods for a strong immune system

      Got the shot? Got the virus? Functional medicine suggests that we treat the side effects and the symptoms the same way. Below are some steps you can take to detox your body and strengthen your immune system.

      Eat A Clean Diet

      Eat plenty of organic fruits and vegetables and avoid processed foods. Make sure to avoid foods that feed pathogens and lower your immune system. These foods include gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, corn, sugar and canola oil. 

      Detoxify

      Detoxifying the body is always important but will be especially important in the case that you took the shot. Removing heavy metals from the body is key as they can wreak havoc on your system and feed pathogens. Medical Medium has an excellent heavy metal detox protocol that involves consuming five foods daily that work together synergistically to remove heavy metals from your body in a safe and gentle manner. These foods include wild blueberries (make sure they are wild) spirulina, barley grass juice powder, cilantro and dulse.

      Try Medical Medium’s heavy metal detox smoothie for breakfast as an easy way to get all of the heavy metal detox foods in one go.

      Zeolite is a great supplement to incorporate in your daily regimen as it detoxifies on a cellular level. Zeolite is a naturally occurring mineral created through a reaction of volcanic ash and seawater, that research shows can eliminate dangerous toxins from the body. Its negative-charge and porous honeycomb shape act as a natural chelator, binding to positively-charged toxins and safely and gently eliminating them from the body.

      I highly recommend the zeolite by Touchstone Essentials

      Medical Medium’s liver cleanse would also be extremely helpful. Remember to keep your fat low as high fat is very hard on the liver.

      Consuming 16 oz -32 oz of celery juice daily, on an empty stomach, is a powerful tool for detoxifying the body and killing pathogens. 

      Maintain a Neutral pH

      Maintaining a neutral pH is important as disease thrives in acidity. Dr. Mercola suggests keeping your pH right around 7 which is neutral. You can measure your pH with a urine strip. The lower your pH, the more acidic you are. You can increase your pH by consuming alkaline foods (lots of fresh fruits and vegetables). 

      Drinking lemon water throughout the day is an excellent way to raise your pH. Lemon water first thing in the morning is a great way to gently flush your liver and alkalize your body. 

      Instructions: Squeeze one lemon into 32 oz of water and drink first thing in the morning. Wait 20-30 minutes before having breakfast.

      Supplements

      Colloidal DNA Boost

      Colloidal DNA Boost helps to support healthy DNA by electromagnetically building life force energy into the cells, using liquid colloidal minerals.

      Cat’s Claw

      Cat's claw is a powerful antiviral and antibiotic that can improve overall immune function by up to 60 percent. It also has the incredible ability to repair DNA damage left by pathogens and the inflammation that they create.

      Chaga

      Chaga is a powerful medicinal mushroom that can dramatically strengthen the immune system. It can stop viruses from replicating and being able to get into the brain and spinal fluid. 

      Glutathione

      Glutathione is a small protein found in all cells of the body. It’s known as the body’s master antioxidant. It’s essential for cellular and immune system health as well as detoxification. Its antioxidant properties also help to protect us from toxins. 

      Lemon Balm

      Lemon balm has potent antiviral properties. It is also a powerful anti-anxiety herb and has mood lifting capabilities. Some added benefits of lemon balm include its ability to detoxify the liver, spleen and kidneys. 

      Vitamin B12

      Vitamin B12 is one of the most important supplements you can take. It’s super important for immunity, the nervous system, the endocrine system, liver health, methylation and many other functions. Not only does vitamin B12 strengthen the immune system, but it also protects the entire body against neurotoxin damage from harmful viruses. It helps to repair and protect areas of the nervous system and other areas of the body that have been damaged by infection and it even helps to strengthen neurotransmitters in the brain so it can stay strong against viruses that cause neurological illnesses. Make sure to include a high quality liquid B12 that contains both methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin. Both Vimergy and Global Healing Center make an excellent B12.  

      Vitamin C

      Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory and boosts your white blood cell count by strengthening neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils and macrophages. Vitamin C as Ester-C, sticks and clings to viral cells, slightly dissolving the cells and breaking down their sheath. It also strengthens the entire immune system, especially the killer cells that go after viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold and fungus.

      Rose hips contains the most bio-identical, bioavailable form of vitamin C in existence.  Rose hips tea taken with supplemental vitamin C will actually activate the supplemental form of it, making it stronger. Vimergy Ester-C is a high quality Ester-C that contains rose hips. Liquid Liposomal C is another form of powerful and bioavailable vitamin C. 

      Vitamin D3

      Vitamin D is critical for the immune system and studies show that a deficiency in vitamin D is linked with increased risk of infection. Most cells in the body, including all white blood cells have vitamin D receptors on their surface, which regulate the essential functioning of all cells, including the immune system. Vitamin D3 is the activated form of vitamin D. A vitamin D3 that includes vitamin K2 is important as these two vitamins work synergistically together. Vitamin D regulates calcium levels in the blood, while vitamin K2 directs the calcium into the right places.

      Quercetin

      Quercetin is a powerful immune booster and antiviral. 

      Zinc

      Zinc kills viral cells and lowers inflammatory reactions to neurotoxins produced by viruses. It also gives a major boost to the immune system by strengthening white blood cells. There are many varieties of zinc, so make sure to supplement with a high quality ionic zinc such as liquid zinc sulfate.

      ***THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR REGULATED BY THE FDA. WE ARE NOT DOCTORS, THEREFORE ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.

      Written by: Agent Nateur

      The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. They are the views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Safe & Chic, and are for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that this article features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

       

      Why Lactic Acid is Best for Green Beauty

      Lactic Acid’s Superiority

      Exfoliation and proper hydration are key in any skincare regimen. In fact, they are the two most important steps in your skincare routine, if you are looking to achieve a bright, glowing complexion and super smooth skin texture.

      As old skin cells accumulate on the skin’s surface, it can leave the skin looking dull and its texture looking dry and rough. Removing the barrier of dead skin cells through exfoliation, reveals a fresh new layer of skin, allowing moisturizer to penetrate more deeply and leaving skin looking fresh and healthy.

      When it comes to exfoliators, there are two types, manual and chemical. Manual exfoliators require scrubbing with abrasive materials; while chemical exfoliators, use an acid or enzyme to dissolve or loosen the bonds that hold dead cells on the skin's surface.

      You have probably heard of AHA’s and BHA’s. AHA’s or alpha hydroxy acids, such a glycolic acid and lactic acid, are water soluble acids that work only on the skin’s surface. BHA’s or beta hydroxy acids such as salicylic acid, are oil soluble acids that work on the surface as well as deep inside the pores. While each acid has its own set benefits, there is one acid that stands out from the rest and that is lactic acid. Lactic acid, which can be found in fermented foods, is the gentlest of all the acids. While other powerful acids, such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid, can work wonders on the skin, they do have drawbacks. Both glycolic and salicylic acids can be irritating and thin the skin barrier. Overuse of glycolic acid can even break down collagen over time.

      While lactic acid is less potent, it still delivers incredible results. It also provides something the other acids do not and that is hydration. While the other acids can cause dryness and irritation, lactic acid increases moisture levels in the skin. This is because lactic acid’s unique structure allows it to bind water with the skin.

      Lactic acid’s benefits go far beyond just exfoliating and moisturizing. It’s a true multitasking ingredient that works on multiple levels at once. Unlike other acids, which can weaken the skin barrier, lactic acid strengthens it by encouraging it to make more ceramides. Ceramides are lipids found in naturally high concentrations in the very top layers of the skin. They make up over 50% of the skin’s structure and form a protective layer to prevent moisture loss. They also protect the skin from pollution and other environmental stressors. Lactic acid also aids in strengthening the skin by stimulating collagen production.

      So what kind of results can you expect to see with regular use of lactic acid?
      Right away you will probably notice a brighter, more glowing complexion thanks to its exfoliating properties. You will also notice a smoother, softer skin texture. Then gradually over time, you will notice a more even skin tone as hyperpigmentation and sunspots begin to fade due to its skin lightening properties. If you have mature skin, fine lines and wrinkles will smooth out and skin will become firmer and plumper as collagen production is increased.
      While lactic acid can be beneficial for almost all skin types, it can be especially helpful for mature, acne prone and sensitive skin. In fact, lactic acid helps with acne as it is known to kill bacteria. It can also help to fade acne marks and reduce scarring.

      Lactic acid comes in many forms. You can find it as an exfoliator, serum, mask moisturizer or even as a cleanser. In fact, a lactic acid cleanser is a great way to incorporate lactic acid into your routine if you have sensitive skin.

      Our new cleanser, acid (wash), combines lactic acid with lavender floral water, aloe leaf and peony root extract to gently exfoliate, while brightening, refining, and reducing the appearance of imperfections. The lavender water’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties transform the skin by calming redness, reducing irritation, and minimizing enlarged pores. Aloe leaf’s rich makeup of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants nourish the skin, while its hydrating properties plump and moisturize. Peony root extract’s nourishing botanicals, brightens skin tone and increases firmness, while its antioxidants protect against aging.

      Tips
      For unparalleled results, follow acid (wash) with holi (cleanse) cleansing face oil and the holi (trinity).
      Once weekly, for deeper exfoliation and cleansing, apply acid (wash) to clean, dry skin as a mask. Leave for ten minutes, then rinse with warm water to remove.
      Lactic acid can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. It’s important to make sure to protect your skin from the sun, even on days you are not using lactic acid. Some studies suggest that sun sensitivity can last up to four weeks after you’ve stopped using lactic acid.

      ***THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR REGULATED BY THE FDA. WE ARE NOT DOCTORS, THEREFORE ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.

      Written by Agent Nateur - Jena Scaccetti

      The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. They are the views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Safe & Chic, and are for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that this article features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.