Posted in Ketogenic Life, Of Heart and Mind

PTSD vs. TBI Using SPECT Scans

Because CT and MRI scans are unable to detect with sensitivity and specificity what a SPECT scan can when diagnosing mild TBI and PTSD, a group of researchers (Daniel G. Amen ,Cyrus A. Raji , Kristen Willeumier , Derek Taylor , Robert Tarzwell , Andrew Newberg , and Theodore A. Henderson) chose to use SPECT scans to see if they could find a true difference between the brain of those with TBI and PTSD. SPECT scans provide the clinical utility of the “delineation of the neural circuitry underlying PTSD ” and the improved detection of TBI. The SPECT scans in this study contain populations of those with PTSD, TBI, co-morbidities as well as those unaffected by either. The following is a collection of the statistics of those with PTSD and TBI in both military and civilian populations in the United States.

Military:

  • DoD reported 307,283 diagnosed cases of TBI from 2000–2014.
  • Congressional Research Service reporting 103,792 diagnosed cases of PTSD from 2000–2012.
  • Over 400,000 military personnel and veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD or TBI since 2001 [17, 18], and many have been diagnosed with both. The overlap of these two populations has been estimated at 33% [34, 35] to 42% [39]. among veterans. Those who have experienced a blast-related TBI have more than double the risk of developing PTSD.

Civilian:

  • About 7.7 million in the US population suffer from PTSD.
  • TBI is also quite prevalent, with 2.5 million annual visits to emergency rooms for suspected TBI.
  • 49% of those with TBI are likely to be diagnosed with a psychiatric illness the following year.

Although the majority of TBI symptoms can resolve over time, a significant proportion of cases develop a persistent post-concussive syndrome (PCS). Long-term consequences of seemingly trivial head injuries may be significant. TBI scans found these areas of the brain to be of particular interest (orbitofrontal cortex, temporal poles, and anterior cingulum) while PTSD scans found these more interesting (amygdala [9], corpus callosum [10], insula [11], anterior cingulum [1214] and hippocampus [15, 16]). A recent meta-analysis showed that PTSD patients had significant activation in midline areas implicated in self-referential processing and autobiographical memory.

The treatments for PTSD and TBI/PCS are different. Therefore, by reliably separating them and accurately identifying cases in which both are present, the use of the SPECT scan emerges as a genuine diagnostic need. All PTSD-identifying regions were hyperactive on SPECT when compared across all groups, and the TBI-identifying regions were correspondingly hypoactive.

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Perfusion is defined by Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary as “the pumping of a fluid through an organ or tissue”; in this instance, through the brain. When you look at the scans above, you can truly see the differences in perfusion across the four groups receiving SPECT scans. A healthy control shows normal higher perfusion to the cerebellum. The PTSD subject shows increased perfusion in the brain—particularly in the frontal lobes. The TBI subject shows decreased perfusion throughout by comparison. The subject with both PTSD and TBI shows perfusion that is lower than the person with PTSD but higher than the subject with TBI. These results suggest that TBI is associated with hypoperfusion while PTSD is associated with regional hyperperfusion, which both provide  important insights in regards to the pathophysiological differences between the disorders.

Many research studies have found the positive benefits that pure therapeutic ketones have on the perfusion across the brain, along with the neural communication across its lobes. If you or anyone you know are interested in getting a SPECT scan of your brain, visit one of the Amen Clinics across the nation! My goal is to get this information into the hands of those affected by TBI and PTSD, and hopefully this will aid in doing so!

With warm regards,

Coral A.J. Gibson

 

Posted in Of Heart and Mind

Essential Oils for Stress

If I asked every single person I talk to daily about their stress levels on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being stress-free, 10 being on the verge of a breakdown), I’d say many people are in the position to respond with a 7 or higher. Why is that?! Now, I can’t say I don’t stress.

For those of you who know me personally, you know I’m pretty good at managing stress. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have stressful times during the week.

Stress can be defined as “physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension”.

It could also be defined as “importance attached to a thing.” 

I think this distinction is pertinent to understand. The second definition could contribute to the first definition. However, many people experience stress by things that are NOT important. Therefore, the tension is being created by our psychological state in a form of anxiety, which can be defined as “distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune”. If something is not important, to experience anxiety could be the contributing factor to stress. And that’s the kind of stress we need to work on mediating. Experiencing stress because of a crucial deadline for a work project is MUCH more reasonable than experiencing stress because your dog chewed up a $5 pillow you bought at Walmart. Of course, that is just an example. There are many trivial events in our life that contribute to anxiety without probable cause. Those events should not get more than a minute of anxiety or stress. Many people suffer from stress and anxiety on a daily basis. The management of these are what could propel you into a state of peace.

The use of aromatherapy with essential oils for the management of stress has been found to provide psychological and physiological benefits. I have put myself into a new work position full time and wear my lava rock essential oil necklace DAILY to help me as I go through training and catching onto the new flow of the workplace. You might not think that necessary, but it’s therapeutic in nature and forces my brain and sympathetic nervous system to relax and reduce the response to stress.

Check this out! A research study from 2002 as cited in this article from the Japanese Journal of Pharmacology found that the simple inhalation of patchouli and rose oil reduced sympathetic nervous activity by 40%, with rose oil reducing adrenaline concentrations by 30%. Amazing! This article also discusses how aromatherapy works through the nose, lung and the skin. When these scents are inhaled, “volatile aroma compounds from plants are capable of exerting direct-to-brain actions, primarily through the limbic and olfactory systems.”

I’d encourage you to try a few of the essential oil suggestions in the above article to achieve a sense of peace from stress and anxiety. I personally LOVE the Breathe blend from doTERRA. This is a remarkable blend of Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Cardamom, Ravintsara, and Ravensara. There are a multitude of single oils and blends to help you manage the stress you’re experience, whether it’s stemmed from importance or anxiety!

Happy smelling!

Coral A.J. Gibson

 

Posted in Corrective Exercise, Of Heart and Mind

Physiological Benefits of Yoga

Have you ever practiced yoga? Do you have someone in your life who seems to live at a yoga studio? The anecdotal evidence for practicing yoga is unquestionable: feelings of peace, mindfulness, heightened awareness, lowered stress, increased strength, among so many others. Even just 15 minutes a day of yoga is able to soothe the body by connecting breaths with movement to provide psychological benefits to this practice.

Even more empowering than the physical and psychological aspects of yoga are the physiological implications of current research. This National Health Interview Survey in 2015 looked to compare the use of different complementary health approaches in the United States. They found that 9.5% of U.S. adults (21 million) used yoga as a mind & body practice; this is an increase from 6.1% in 2007 and 5.1% in 2002. The numbers are still rising.

With this rise in the application of yoga to help improve health, it is valid to say there is something else more significant that people are benefitting from in their practice. Take 25 minutes of your time to watch this incredible video to get insight on where research is taking yoga.

Since 2012, Medicare has covered cardiac rehabilitation programs that include yoga. This is astounding to see alternative medicine applied amongst the Western medicine practices to help with cardiac rehabilitation by stabilizing blood pressure and reducing stress. Similarly, in this interview, Susan Taylor, PhD. discusses how neuroplasticity is directly affected by the meditation that takes place during yoga. “Positive thoughts expand our brains. Negative thoughts shrink them.” An extensive number of research studies show the positive effects of yoga on the neural communication across the brain that provides a more stable brain and “self-directed neuroplasticity”.

Enjoy looking through these Instagram pages for inspiration into making yoga a more regular practice in your life:

Experience the physical, psychological AND physiological benefits that can only be found through the practice of yoga and meditation.

Resources:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/01/yoga-health-fitness-trends/23881391/

https://nccih.nih.gov/research/statistics/NHIS/2012/mind-body/yoga

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipp-gjAxbXw&feature=youtu.be&list=WL

https://yogainternational.com/article/view/neuroplasticity

 

 

Posted in Ketogenic Life, Of Heart and Mind

Increase Your Lifespan With Ketosis

What would you do if I told you I had the key to adding more happy years to your life?

Would you jump for joy knowing you’ll have more time to travel the world? Would you wake up every morning knowing you’ve got more time to spend with your children? Would you stop stressing the small stuff? Would guilt and remorse leave your heart?

It is my goal to help you grasp the fact that you are currently in the only body you will ever receive. You’ve got an incredibly smart body that deserves your respect. The energy you put into your body is exactly what you will get out of it. From a psychological point of view, that means living with gratitude, compassion, love and an open mind. From a physical point of view, that means doing uplifting activities like walking, yoga, hiking, kayaking and even sleep! With that said, let’s dive into how ketone bodies present life span extending properties by reducing oxidative stress and being an effective tool for combating free radical damage.

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Above, you see the  molecular structure of three ketone bodies. These three ketones are the subject of a critical review from IUBMB Life titled Ketone Bodies Mimic The Lifespan Extending Properties of Calorie Restriction. It’s fascinating really. This critical review discusses the genetic mechanisms of life expansion, the antioxidant system, the indications of your telomere length, and other anti-aging mechanisms, ALL of which can be optimized with the presence of ketone bodies.

The ketogenic diet is a wonderful way to nutritionally get into ketosis. Furthermore, in the above review, their results showed that consuming exogenous (sourced outside the body) ketone esters showed a two-fold decrease of glucose and a three-fold decrease of insulin in rats. What profound results!

“Aging in man is accompanied by the deterioration of a number of systems.”

We know that.

What you might not know is that “the unique ability of ketone bodies to supply energy to the brain during periods of impairment of glucose metabolism” is what make ketosis a highly effective treatment against neurological diseases that are currently untreatable with traditional medicine.

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The take away: get ketones in your body and ENJOY LIVING LONGER!!

Get exogenous ketones in your body TODAY with this Ketone Operating System.

Posted in Ketogenic Life, Of Heart and Mind

Reducing Anxiety!

With exogenous ketone supplementation! 

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An article published on December 6, 2016 in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience discusses the impact that ketone ester and BHB salts on blood glucose and BHB levels as well as performance on an elevated plus maze (EPM). What these researchers, including Dr. Csilla Ari and Dominic D’Agostino, concluded is astounding!

After 83 days chronic and 7 days sub-chronic exogenous ketone supplementation to a standard diet, the following results ensued!

  • less entries were made into closed arms on the maze
  • more entries were made into open arms on the maze
  • more distance was traveled in open arms on the maze

With these results, researchers concluded that exogenous ketone supplementation may represent a promising anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) strategy by helping induce nutritional ketosis. Take a moment to look through this incredible research article!

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If you haven’t tried exogenous ketones for whatever reason, I believe anxiety reduction is a good reason to start!

Posted in Ketogenic Life, Of Heart and Mind

Stress Kills Ketosis

This article has been created with the goal of helping to weed out common misunderstandings about what ketogenic nutrition should look and feel like.

You should NOT be starving yourself everyday in an attempt to lose weight. You should NOT feel so guilty that your cortisol levels are through the roof. You should NOT remove carbohydrates without replacing it with other nutrients: FAT AND KETONES!

That’s the paramount point here. The management of insulin is the key reason ketosis became an area of empirical research. Insulin, a hormone, is released into the body and promotes fat storage. Those spikes in insulin that take place with sugar intake are the culprit. In this article by Dr. Adam Nally from Surprise, AZ, he addresses Common Ketosis Killers in layman’s terms so every single person can understand it quite simply.

How do you kill ketosis?

  1. carbohydrates
  2. alcohol
  3. excessive protein
  4. malnourishment
  5. artificial sweeteners
  6. flavored coffee creamers
  7. unnecessary medications (upon doctor’s approval)
  8. STRESS

Numbers 1 through 7 can generally be managed by self-control, personal mediation and increased respect for your body! Number 8 is the MOST CHALLENGING! Am I right?

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Lowering stress seems to be the most difficult to adjust. In my years of practice, every person deciding to make a lifestyle change can add or remove whatever nutrients they need to achieve their health and wellness goals. However, when stress levels aren’t decreased, nothing CAN change! Cortisol, the hormone stimulated by the increase in stress, literally kills ketosis and neuron communication in the brain. Adequate sleep is imperative, and even 10 minutes a day of meditation, stretching, yoga or that splendid “me time” could help combat how stress is impacting your daily life.

I hope this serves as a reminder to respect your body and give yourself some love. If you are not sure what that looks like, read through other articles I’ve written here on my site. As stated above, exogenous ketones help mediate the effects of stress, and are available for purchase here. Here’s to the rebirth of ketosis!

Posted in Of Heart and Mind

Upcoming Events Announcement!

Happy 1st Monday of 2017!

Let’s see what January has in store for CJ Nutrition Consulting!



Ladies’ Night In!

Friday January 13, 2017 @ 7-10 pm

124 Alpha, Kyle, TX 78640

Join Sarah, Linda and I as we host our women’s health extravaganza in Kyle! After the craze of the holidays, put yourself back at the center of your life, and be around like-minded women who want to have a wonderful year! Discussion topics include breast health, bras, nutrition, ketones, essential oils, and so much more! Food, drinks and laughs galore!

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!


FREE Admission: Ketogenic Nutrition Workshop

Wednesday January 18, 2017 @ 6:30-8 pm

San Marcos Public Library: 625 E Hopkins Street, San Marcos, TX 78666

– Learn how ketones are produced!
– Gain access to powerful research and encouraging testimonials about nutritional ketosis and exogenous ketone supplementation!
– Discover how ketones will positively affect your mental clarity, energy, metabolism, sleep, and more!
– Take home a folder full of nutritional tools to utilize for you and your entire family!
– Become the “alpha” you were born to be by taking control of your nutrition!
– Optimize your brain with the ketogenic lifestyle to help your body be a fat-fueled machine!

Click here to pre-register!


Blaze Your Trail: Ketone Therapy

Saturday January 21, 2017 @ 12:30-2:30 pm

Willow Gardens Hot Yoga: 302 S Main St, Ste 103, Buda, Texas 78610

Enjoy a Saturday afternoon as we discuss how to make sustainable and nutrient-dense food choices and utilize pure therapeutic ketones! With a fun approach to education, I will provide ketone refreshments and health conscious (yet delicious!) snacks. Learn amongst peers in an interactive classroom with a Q&A session and a chance to network amongst other individuals that have health at the forefront of their vision! Investment of $25-$35!

Click here to grab your tickets!


Prüvit EPIK 2017

Friday January 27 to Sunday January 29, 2017

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriot: 8440 Freeport Pkwy, Irving, Texas 75063

Get ready to make 2017 EPIK at the 1st Annual Prüvit EPIK event! Be around an incredible energy with people who are excited about pure therapeutic ketones! Discover just how powerful these ketones are in changing the health and wellness dynamic of our world! Learn from top Prüvers  on how you can take your Prüvit business to the MAX in 2017! Hear from Rank 6 and above Champions in attendance and specialists in the exogenous ketone space from across the globe. Join us as we tour the ketone lab and make excursions around town that will surely make memories! Plus MAJOR PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS!!

Preview: Thursday, Jan 26
2:00pm – 4:00pm Lab Tour 1625 Wallace Drive, Suite 130, Carrollton, Texas 75006
5:00pm – 9:00pm Pre-registration
Day 1: Friday, Jan 27
10:00am to 2:00pm Lab Tours (registration on-site) 1625 Wallace DriveSuite 130Carrollton, Texas 75006
2:00pm to 7:00pm Secret Surprise Registration!!
7:00pm Keynote Speakers and VIP Reception
Day 2: Saturday, Jan 28
8.30am Morning Müvement
10:00am to 11:00am Special Guest
5:00pm to 5:30pm Keto Mixer and Red Carpet to Black and White Awards Ceremony
5:30pm Award dinner with Top Prüformer Awards and other Prüver Awards, Keynote speakers and Hear from top influencers and champions in Prüvit sharing their story and Epik nuggets
Day 3: Sunday, Jan 29
10:00am VIP Gathering
11:00am – 5:00pm Business Building Basics
5:00pm You don’t have to go home! You can stay at the hotel, but the event is over!

First, get your ticket here, then reach out to me to coordinate ride and room shares!



4 different events!

4 different chances to make your January a solid foundation for 2017!

Posted in Of Heart and Mind

NEW BRAND!

Hello, everyone! Thank you for visiting the new and improved Coral Jinright website!

As you may have noticed, the title of my website is now “Coral Jinright Nutrition Consulting”, but my website is still coraljinrightfitness.wordpress.com.

It will take a while for the website name to be changed to the new business name, solely because I have over 300+ business cards around the nation and am still working to make sure those people with that site name are able to find my content.

I am still a certified personal trainer…. this means I am still going to be sharing techniques for fitness, corrective exercise and stretching!

The majority of our world has a hard time “moving” and eating properly. For that reason, I am gearing my focus towards nutrition solely because you can work out all you want and still never see the results you want if your nutrition sucks! If your brain isn’t operating correctly, the whole body is S.O.L.

There you have it, folks! If you have any questions, please comment below!

Giving Him all the credit,

Coral Jinright

Posted in Corrective Exercise, Ketogenic Life, Of Heart and Mind

Requests for Research

Hello everyone! Thanks for supporting Coral Jinright Fitness! If you are not yet a subscriber to my weekly emails, please complete the following form to receive weekly email updates! Share with friends and family about this great opportunity to stay in the know! This is such an exciting thing I get to offer to ensure that your knowledge base is always growing, and your steps to action in sharing your knowledge grows even faster! This post is going to be short, sweet and simple.

Please comment on this post with a topic you’d like to learn more about. The topic with the most comments will become my FIRST short video to share with you and yours. It can be anything related to success, health and fitness!

Examples include:

  • ketones and inflammation
  • insulin stability
  • low back pain
  • insufficient energy
  • sleeping posture
  • ketones and seizures
  • muscle mass preservation
  • time prioritization
  • SO MANY MORE!!

Do not be afraid to comment about what YOU need more of in your life.

Also check out this incredible video featuring Rob DeBoer discussing the bioavailability of KETO//OS MAX and how this ketone technology is already changing millions of lives worldwide!
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Your life can only be as good as you praise your self to be!

Awaiting your responses,

Coral Jinright