Dr. Krist visited Fox 11 on Tuesday, January 19 to talk about the progress she's made on her flu study - examining the potential of a UV light treatment to shorten the duration of systemic and upper respiratory flu symptoms. If you are feeling symptoms of the flu, you may be eligible to receive free treatment at the Nest as part of the study. Learn more.
Lights On! Santa Barbara Naturopathic Doctor Studies Impact of UV Light on Flu Virus
Dr. Kristi Wrightson, ND, Assesses Effectiveness of Light Therapy in Treating Influenza
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the CDC, 200,000 people are hospitalized each year for the flu and nearly 20% of the U.S. population suffers from the virus over the course of flu season. Dr. Kristi Wrightson, ND (Naturopathic Doctor) and founder of Nest Integrative Medicine Spa in Santa Barbara, is looking toward the light to fight this malicious winter bug.
Wrightson has launched an influenza study to assess the ability of an investigational light-based medical device by UVLrx Therapeutics™ to reduce the severity and duration of influenza symptoms, both systemic and upper respiratory.
The treatment device uses specific wavelengths of light to target the influenza virus while supporting the body's immune system to help combat or fight the viral infection. The study aims at assessing the effectiveness and safety of this application.
"Influenza commonly causes both systemic and upper respiratory symptoms, which include nasal congestion, cough, body aches, malaise and fever," said Dr. Wrightson. “These symptoms can last between 7 to 14 days and can greatly alter a person's quality of life and ability to work. We're hoping the use of specific wavelengths of light will prove effective in getting people over the flu and back to their daily routine more quickly."
Study participants will undergo four sixty-minute treatments in one week in a medical clinic at no cost to the patient. Additionally, participants will return to the clinic for two more evaluations to assess symptom resolution.
To participate in the study, please call (805) 770-2607 or visit Nest Spa SB at 523 Chapala St. #2, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
About UVLrx Therapeutics
Based in Oldsmar, Florida, UVLrx Therapeutics is dedicated to evidence-based medicine in the field of light therapy and offers the first intravenous, concurrent delivery of ultraviolet-A (UVA) and multiple visible light wavelengths for treating a variety of medical issues. In addition to two Nobel Prizes and NASA-backed research, hundreds of international clinical trials have verified the health benefits of UV and other wavelengths of light utilized in the UVLrx™ Treatment System. For more information, please visit www.uvlrx.com.
While many people look forward to the holiday season and new year, others glare at their jam-packed calendars and overflowing to-do lists with dread. Plus, winter brings with it compromised immune systems and cold and flu season.
That's why Dr. Kristi returned to Fox 11 studios this week to share with viewers her tips for identifying and managing holiday stress. Included are ways to steal a moment of meditation, how to eat for optimal health and more.
Exercise can change our output of cortisol
Mild to moderate exercise for 30 minutes at least 5 days per week
Yoga, Pilates, stretching and walking strengthen without overexerting the nervous system
Intense exercise is not recommended during times of stress
Breathing exercises can have a positive effect on lowering cortisol production
Cycle of 4 breathing
Inhale for 4 counts
Hold breath for 4 counts
Exhale 4 counts
4 cycles, 4 times per day
Get 8-9 hours of sleep per night (especially during times when we have more demands)
Schedules with 8 or more hours of sleep are able to regulate cortisol levels
Create a sleep ritual 30 minutes before bed
Mild-moderate exercise for 30 minutes at least 5 days per week
Do not abandon healthy eating habits
Maintain regular meal patterns as well as a whole food-based diet
Make sure to eat foods high in omega 3 fatty acid
Forget the latest creams, powders and concealer. Smooth, luminous skin is just a meal away! By choosing the right foods you can improve the look and vitality of your skin over time. Here are some food and drink suggestions for healthy skin:
1. Water - reduces the appearance of fine lines and boosts your skin’s ability to release toxins and absorb nutrients.
2. Green Tea – reduces inflammation and can ward away sun damage.
3. Olive oil and other cold-pressed oils – helpful for hydrating the skin and olive oil's antioxidant properties combat free radicals and curb inflammation.
4. Strawberries – Did you know that strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges? Research has shown that people who consume foods loaded with vitamin C have fewer incidents of age-related dry skin, and fewer wrinkles.
5. Chocolate – 70% cacao or higher chocolate is hydrating and loaded with flavonol, a powerful antioxidant that can contribute to luminous skin.
6. Greek yogurt – Protein-rich Greek yogurt contributes to firm, smooth skin.
What not to eat? White/processed sugar – which can weaken the collagen in your skin and cause sagging.
Eat your way to smooth, strong skin that works efficiently to protect your body! Learn more about anti-aging from Dr. Kristi!
Give your gut some love this holiday season.
How do you know if you have an unhealthy gut? Bloating. Feeling full quickly after starting to eat. Changes in bowel movements. Gas. Headaches. Joint pain. A strange taste in your mouth. Even skin rashes and acne can be signs of an unhappy gut.
By cleaning up your act and clearing issues negatively effecting your gut, you can enjoy the following benefits: fat reduction, inflammation reduction, efficient gastrointestinal function, immune system boosting.
How can you ensure gut health?
- Listen to your belly. If you have pain, bloat or gas after specific meals you may have food allergies. Try avoiding these foods until symptoms resolve.
- Eat fermented foods such as kefir, kombucha or sauerkraut to maintain the good bacteria in your colon.
- Avoid processed foods and concentrate your meals on fresh vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.
- Stress less with these stress-reducing techniques: http://bit.ly/1TaCw5w.
Think it’s time to give your gut the love it deserves? Connect with the Nest and set up an appointment with our registered dietitians. http://bit.ly/1FdzNGe
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Here’s a protein-packed smoothie recipe you can swap into the rotation all November long. This smoothie celebrates the best of pumpkin pie so it’s delicious, but it’s nutritious too! Read on for the recipe and to learn more about the health benefits of pumpkin!
Nutrition facts and benefits of pumpkin:
- Packed with fiber --> results in efficient digestion, allowing you to absorb more nutrients
- Source of iron and vitamin A --> gives your immune system a boost
- Rich in vitamin E and antioxidants --> helps skin retain moisture and fight acne
- Contains carotenoids and vitamin C --> reduces inflammation (inflammation can lead to chronic health problems like heart disease)
Dr. Wrightson’s famous Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie
This smoothie is so good, you’ll be swapping it for that second helping of pie on Thanksgiving Day. This recipe is part of our 28-day cleanse!
1/4 cup canned organic coconut milk
1/2 cup canned organic pumpkin
2 scoops protein powder
1 T honey or agave (optional)
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
6 ice cubs
1/4-1/2 cup water
4 tbsp hemp seed powder
Blend all ingredients and enjoy.
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Did you know that Zerona fat-cell shrinking lasers aren’t just for cosmetic purposes? Today we explore the health benefits of our Zerona treatments and more. You’ve asked and we’ve answered!
Q: What is Zerona?
A: Zerona is a non-invasive fat removal laser.
Q: How many treatments do I need to get in order for it to be effective?
A: If Zerona is new to you, we recommend starting with a package of 6 treatments every other day.
Q: What does it feel like?
A: Some patients feel a light tingling sensation. That’s the laser doing its job.
Q: How long does one treatment take?
A: Each treatment takes about 40 minutes, so just sit back and relax!
Q: What are the benefits?
- Shrinking fat cells, leaving you slimmer
- Offers benefits of liposuction without an invasive procedure and associated risks
- A decrease in BMI has been associated with lower risk of diabetes and heart disease
- Reduced body fat has been linked to lowered risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease
Q: How does it work?
A: The laser emulsifies/liquefies and releases fat from your cells. That fat is metabolized, leaving you slimmer.
Q: In which areas can I get the procedure?
A: The procedure has proven effective for slimming typical problem areas like the waist, hips and thighs.
Q: Anything else I should know?
A: For best results, be sure to stay well-hydrated during the course of your treatment and refrain from alcohol and coffee which can interfere with the lymphatic process that removes and metabolizes fat. Also, you shouldn’t use Zerona if you’re pregnant or if you have diabetes or metabolism-impairing disorders.
If you have any questions about Zerona treatments, we are happy to answer them. Give us a call! If you're ready to start, you're in luck! We're offering a limited-time Groupon on six or 12 Zerona treatments!
Let the healing properties of pumpkin lull you into relaxation. Pumpkin-infused massages are coming to Nest the week of October 25 for a limited time in celebration of National Massage Therapy Week!
Jenny offers both relaxing and spa massages using pumpkin seed oil which is rich in vitamin E, zinc, omega 3- and 6- fatty acids as well as antioxidants. These properties spell tremendous benefits for the skin, helping skin retain moisture, fight free radicals and maintain a youthful appearance. Also, the high amounts of zinc and vitamin E improve skin tone, fight acne and help with skin renewal.
60 Minutes $100 | 90 Minutes $130
What are you waiting for? Give us a call to set up your pumpkin-infused massage with Jenny, today!
Massage isn’t just for spa day with the girls. It can be part of your overall health and wellness plan and can help repair muscle damage, reduce pain and muscle tension, relieve stress, and more.
We recently welcomed Jenny Prince as our on-site massage therapist. Jenny offers both therapeutic and relaxing spa massages. You may be wondering what to expect from a therapeutic massage as opposed to a relaxing spa massage, so here’s some insight!
Differences between relaxation massages and therapeutic massages:
- There will be less discussion of your health and health goals in a relaxing spa massage setting. In a therapeutic setting, your massage therapist will discuss your overall health.
- Therapeutic massage may be appropriate in response to an injury, pain or after a strenuous workout.
- A massage therapist might give you “homework” in the form of exercises to perform at home after a therapeutic massage, as part of your overall wellness plan.
- Spa massages can be great for stress relief. Though you may feel relaxed at the end of a therapeutic massage, you could feel discomfort during the massage, as your therapist releases areas of chronic pain within your body.
- A relaxing massage is an enjoyable way to occasionally spend an afternoon. Therapeutic massage, on the other hand, is often an ongoing process to treat a specific ailment. You may require a series of appointments to effectively treat symptoms.
- Therapeutic massage can be part of your treatment/mitigation plan for headaches, back pain, arthritis, respiratory concerns, TMJ, tendonitis and more.
Whether you undergo a therapeutic or relaxation massage, be sure to communicate with your massage professional. Unfortunately, they can’t read minds, so they like it when you speak up and let them know when to apply more pressure and when to back off.
Are there any people who should stay away from therapeutic massage?
While massage is beneficial for most people, if you have a fracture, severe osteoporosis or thrombocytopenia, DVT, burns, bleeding disorders or open wounds, be sure to discuss with your doctor whether massage will help or hinder your healing process.
Treat yourself to the gift of health. Jenny Prince is here every Thursday, so give us a call if you’re ready to give massage a try.
Back-to-school season is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. Remember, your kids model your behavior, so leave your bad habits in the past and incorporate these 14 wellness tips into your new back-to-school routine.
Healthy Morning Routine
1. Get up 30-45 minutes before the kids.
2. Drink a glass of water. Add lemon or cayenne for extra health benefits. As shared here, benefits of water with lemon include increasing our digestive juices and resetting our pH balance which cleanses the body and reduces disease risk.
3. Check in with yourself – whether it’s through meditation, journaling or going through your to do list. Write down the 3 most important things you have to do that day or ask yourself “what would make today great?” and use that vision to actualize that great day.
4. Go outside. Exposure to light early in the morning can result in a lower BMI.
5. Move around. Exercise may sound daunting early in the morning, but taking the dog for a walk or doing a few key stretches will set you up for success throughout the day.
End of Day Routine
1. Enjoy a cup of chamomile or warm milk. Chamomile contains glycine which can promote muscle relaxation and milk contains tryptophan, the same ingredient that makes us fall asleep after eating our Thanksgiving turkey. If you have small children you may want to give them a small protein snack before bed.
2. Lower the lights to signal to your body that it’s time for sleep. The light from electronic devices can be particularly counterproductive if you’re trying to wind down, so experts recommend shutting them off one hour before bedtime.
3. Incorporate a calming scent. Whether you light a candle, some incense, or use a scented lotion, these comforting smells can promote sleep. If you continue to make a particular scent a part of your bedtime routine, you will begin to associate that scent with relaxation.
4. Just one more! If there is anything your kids typically ask before they go to bed – just one more story, a goodnight kiss, using the bathroom, etc., make these part of the bedtime routine. Do the same for yourself. Read a book, take a hot bath or meditate as part of your normal routine.
Additional Health-Promoting Tips
1. Schedule your workouts. Actually write them down on your calendar!
2. Plan a food prep day. Kick soda and processed foods to the curb! Prepare proteins for healthy/hearty weekday lunches and put together healthy snacks for you and the kids. Good food choices can promote your kids’ mood, energy and ability to concentrate!
3. Designate a half hour of “no screen time” every day – which will give you 3.5 hours of time during the week pursue your favorite hobbies like reading, crafting, or music.
4. Take time to connect with family, free of distractions. This not only means the cell phones and tablets, but even snacking which can be a distraction.
5. Talk to your kids, especially teens, about healthy stress reduction tips like journaling, playing music or exercising.
Want to discuss your morning and nighttime routines with your health practitioner? Give us a call!
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It happens every year around the holidays. Okay. Maybe it really just happens all year. We start eating just one little bite or piece. Then it is two bites, then we JUST.CAN'T. STOP.
I am talking about the crazy hold that sugar can place on your mind and your appetite. It can take over an otherwise healthy diet and leave you feeling like you need a good daily dose of sugar to survive.
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If you are like most Americans, lunch is the most difficult meal of the day to eat healthfully. Whether it is speeding to a meeting in ½ an hour, picking the kids up from school or running too many errands, the mid-day meal is often when most people find themselves unable to maintain their healthy habits.
Our breakfasts are usually spent eating foods high in fiber and packed with nutrition to help us sustain our energy throughout the day. We make our smoothies, boil our eggs and even throw in some spinach to help increase that vegetable intake. There are those of us who heeded the call of the healthy effects of anti-oxidants and have turned in our coffee mugs in exchange for green tea cups. Long gone is the eating of simple carbohydrates without consideration to balancing them with good proteins and essential fats. We move into the day with a healthy start and hope to sustain it throughout the day.
Skip ahead to dinner and most of us are home, able to relax in our own atmosphere. Although we are often exhausted from work, we have the choice to continue our quest for wellness and make a simple, nutritious meal. There is the option of cooking from scratch, for a nutritious meal or to make something quick from healthy packaged foods. We are listening to the USDA’s recommendations of 5 vegetables per day and adding them to our evening’s dishes. Our fish and lean meat intake has increased to balance the macronutrients in our diet. We go to bed content with our decisions that will keep our health at its optimal level.
And then there was lunch. There are so many obstacles to eating a well-balanced nutritious meal during the mid-day that it is a wonder how any one person can preserve the practice. There are appointments to juggle, corporate ladders to climb and fast food joints to avoid. Fortunately, we have developed some great ideas to help you maintain your healthy routines, even in your busiest times.
Make it at night
Cooking for one or more? If you and your family usually have dinner at home, why not make enough dinner for just one more? You will have enough food left over to take to work the next day. If you don’t like the idea of taking meals from the night before because it would have to be eaten cold, there are some options. There are more uses for a hot pot than in your old college dorm room. Leave one at work and heat up your leftovers in 5 minutes or less. Or, if your office has a small microwave oven, put your lunch in a glass container to reheat easily.
In addition, you can make easy recipes with ingredients from dinner, changing them slightly to make them more lunch-friendly. For example, if your nightly nosh included black beans and veggies as a side dish, you could wrap these in a whole-wheat tortilla with some spinach. Pack it in aluminum foil, take some salsa on the side and have a delicious lunch.