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Dr. Alex Jimenez Podcast: Metabolic Syndrome

Dr. Alex Jimenez Podcast: Metabolic Syndrome

 

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that can ultimately increase the risk of developing a variety of health issues, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, among other problems. Central obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, and low HDL or good cholesterol levels are the 5 risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome. Having at least three of the five risk factors may suggest the presence of metabolic syndrome. Dr. Alex Jimenez, Alexander Jimenez, Truide Torres, Kenna Vaughn, and Astrid Ornelas explain the 5 risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome, in further detail, as they recommend diet and lifestyle modification advice and guidelines, such as the ketogenic diet or the keto diet, as well as demonstrate the biochemical and chemical pathways that the body goes through during ketosis to help people with metabolic syndrome improve their overall health and wellness. From eating good fats and staying hydrated to exercise and better sleep, Dr. Alex Jimenez, Alexander Jimenez, Truide Torres, Kenna Vaughn, and Astrid Ornelas discuss how diet and lifestyle modifications, such as the ketogenic diet or keto diet, can help improve the 5 risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome to prevent the risk of developing a variety of other health issues, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. – Podcast Insight

 


 

[00:00:14] All right, guys, we’ve come to another podcast. And welcome to Dr. Jimenez and crew podcast. Welcome. And you have a family here.

 

[00:00:23] We’re gonna go over metabolic syndrome today. Metabolic syndrome is a disorder that ultimately affects a whole lot of people. What happens is it actually affects one of the largest populations in El Paso, pretty much in this region. And what we have is, it’s not a disease. OK. First of all, it’s a combination of presentations that medical doctors and the World Health Organization have determined that high-risk factors in order to have a stroke, kidney disorders and even problems with dementia. But overall, it’s pretty much if you have metabolic syndrome, you really feel crummy. So today what we’re going to do is we’re gonna discuss the issues and we’d like to at least present it to you so that it becomes useful for you. And the information provided by us is going to be helpful for you or a family member. So if you have the opportunity and it’s something that you enjoy, please go ahead and at the bottom area, there’s a little bell to subscribe and a little belt in markets so that you could be the very first person to get information in the future when we ever post it. And it also gives you the opportunity to present or ask us for things that are important to you in the health-related realm. And now what we’re going to do today, my name is Dr. Alex Jimenez, I have my entire staff here. We’re gonna go ahead and we’re going to present each one of them in different moments. And we’re gonna do some really interesting dynamics. We also have our resident biochemist at the National University of Health Science who’s actually going to chime in, who’s gonna give us a little bit of a foundation about chemistry. This information is gonna be helpful. We’re gonna try to make it as simple but as useful as possible. Now, bear in mind everything that we’re gonna be talking about today revolves around the metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is what the health care organizations have determined as well as the cardiac departments have determined, as five major symptoms, now, you have to have three of them at least in order to be classified as metabolic syndrome. Now, the first thing is to ask, what do you feel? Pretty much you feel like crap. And it’s not really a good feeling to feel this way, but you’ll see that if you have some of these presentations, you’re gonna notice that your doctor may give you a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome. Now, the first thing that happens is you have usually a little bit of belly fat. Now, the belly fat that people have, people measure it. Now, for men, it’s a belly, kind of like the lonja, the belly that actually hangs over. And it’s about a good I’d say about 40 inches or greater in the male, in women it’s 35 inches or more. Now, that’s one of the first presentations. Now, the other presentation is high blood pressure. Now the high blood pressure that they use is 135 milligrams over deciliter. Oh, sorry. Yeah. Miller Mercury’s millimeters or Mercury or the slaters over to determine exactly the diastolic and the systolic. So the systolic is gonna be 135. The diastolic is going to be over 85. Now that doesn’t, again, you’re gonna notice something. These aren’t really extreme ranges. Okay. Now metabolic syndrome has high triglycerides. Now the high triglycerides are going to be noted in the blood. Okay. Now one of the things that can be determined early on is high blood pressure which is also a study associated with metabolic syndrome. So the other final one is the elevation of or decrease actually of HDL or the good fragments of cholesterol. Alexander is going to be a resident biochemist, is going to talk to us a little bit more about that in the latter part of the show. Now, bear in mind, I’ve given five things A, fat, B, high blood pressure, C, the blood glucose levels and also the triglycerides along with the lowering of the HDL. The question is, how are we going to be able to control this? Now, I want to give you some real good basic ways that you can actually control metabolic syndrome. And by the time we’re done today, we’re going to be able to assess the situation. And even if you have it, you basically will be able to control it. There are rare diseases that you can actually have. And again, this is not a disease. It’s a combination of syndromes or symptoms, collectively called a syndrome. So metabolic syndrome is one that can be misconstrued. Now, you’ll notice that the level of blood glucose is going to be elevated, usually over a hundred. Now, these are really relatively normal numbers that people have. But if they’re higher than that, they do create issues. Now, also, when you have the belly fat 40, that much. A lot of people have it. People have also blood glucose levels that are higher than 5.6 on your blood glucose when we would see now these numbers, along with the 150 milligrams per deciliter of triglycerides, they’re all normal. But in combination together, they do ultimately create a scenario that is not favorable to a cardiac issue. Cardiovascular issues do present as a result. So what we’re gonna try to do is try to bring down and control these issues. Now, what are the things that cause metabolic syndrome? Well, one of the things is stress, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, and also even sleep problems and disturbances. Each one of these we’re going to be elaborating in the future podcasts but we’re gonna be able to tell exactly what’s actually going on in a better way. We also have issues of inflammation and processed foods. Now, at the core, metabolic syndrome, the main issue is insulin sensitivity issues along with high blood pressure issues and inflammation. So what are we going to do to control that? I want you to know that every single one of these five issues, whether its blood glucose, high triglycerides, low HDL counts or blood glucose, they’re all relatable to one disorder. It’s insulin sensitivity, insulin sensitivity controls every one of these factors from raising high blood pressure, the kidneys actually are controlled by the insulin causing their increase in blood pressure. We’ll discuss that issue and the correlation of it so we can bring ourselves to control the blood glucose. We ultimately have the fastest and the surest way to provide the fastest route to heal and to fix an individual with metabolic syndrome. So let’s go ahead and talk about the issues that are going to be resulting from that. Now, as I’ve got this, we’re gonna notice that if over a period of time you continue to have a lifestyle that has high levels of these particular five factors, you’re going to notice that you’re going to tend to have high cardiac risks. Now we have a team here and I want to introduce each one. We have Kenna Vaughn, who is our health coach. Our health coach is the one that’s going to be the one that explains to our patients what is going on. I’ll bring her in. We also have the clinical liaison, which is Truide Torres, the individual that is going to be able to bring out and ask the questions and determine what kind of issues and treatments are appropriate for you. So we’ll be discussing those. And we have our resident chief editor Astrid Ornelas, who’s gonna be the one that also explains the studies on it. All the way from Illinois. We also have Alexander, which we have here. Right. We added the backway. You can’t see him, but he’s presenting in. Say Hello, Alexander. You got him there. Hello. All right. So he’s out there. He’s going to be able to discuss the issues on the biochemistry side of things. And we’re looking forward to being able to explain those issues. Now, one of the things we have to do is go back to the issue of insulin sensitivity. Insulin sensitivity is at the root of all these issues. So what we’re gonna do is we’re going to discuss exactly how insulin can actually be controlled. But what we’ve learned through these studies and I’m going to bring in Mrs. Ornelas here to discuss the studies that we have pertaining to how to control blood glucose and blood sensitivity study. What did you find out recently that actually shows the proof and actually presents the easiest way to control blood, insulin and elevate HDL?

 

[00:08:08] OK. Well, first of all, just as you mentioned, metabolic syndrome, it’s a collection of health issues that can increase the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Basically like, you know, it can affect our overall health and wellness.

 

[00:08:29] And I’ve done quite some research. And I’ve found through the National Center of Biotechnology Information, the NCBI, there’s a variety of research which basically states that metabolic syndrome or people with metabolic syndrome, one of the easiest, you know, quote-on-quote, easiest. Or one of the best ways maybe out there that can be used to help.

 

[00:09:04] Restore it, yeah, to help restore or reverse your metabolic syndrome would be through the ketogenic diet, or the Keto diet, as a lot of people know it best by. It is a low carbohydrate, high-fat diet, which according to research studies, offers many benefits to people with metabolic syndrome.

 

[00:09:28] It can help improve or promote weight loss. And it can help reduce diabetes.

 

[00:09:38] Basically, you know what I mentioned right there?

 

[00:09:42] I have found nothing faster to lower blood glucose and actually reverse triglycerides issues in HDL issues. Than the ketogenic diet. So in essence, if you want to do it fast, it’s amazing the speed at which it restores the body back. What else is there?

 

[00:10:00] Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. So basically the human body normally uses glucose or sugar. It is supposed to be our main source of fuel. Our main source of energy. But for people that have metabolic syndrome. People who have obesity. Insulin resistance. Diabetes or an increased risk of diabetes. The ketogenic diet can be very beneficial towards that because the ketogenic diet, first of all, it is a low carbohydrate diet. Carbohydrates essentially turn into sugar or glucose and we don’t want that.

 

[00:10:41] Like if people have metabolic syndrome, they have, you know, diabetes and insulin resistance. You don’t want sugar in their bodies because they produce too much of it. They have too much blood sugar.

 

[00:10:53] But by increasing the number of fats that you eat and then decreasing the number of carbohydrates, you actually keep a low amount.

 

[00:11:05] If you keep insulin low by eating more fats, you basically make the body go into a state of ketosis.

 

[00:11:18] You know what? Let me ask you something. I’m going to feed this over to right now to Kenna. And I’m gonna ask Kenna. Kenna, in your experiences with the blood sugar issues, how is it that we contain and we learn to be able to manage someone’s blood sugar the quickest, the fastest? What is it that you do in terms of coaching individuals, helping them back by coaching individuals?

 

[00:11:41] I definitely always evaluate their diet. And the main thing I like to focus on is education because so many people are not educated about, as she was saying, carbs and how they actually feed your body. A Big Mac might have 54 carbs and a sweet potato might have 30 carbs. And people don’t really realize that they’re that different. They only see 20 points or something like that. But the way that the carbohydrate breaks down in the body is huge. And that’s why the ketogenic diet works so well because you’re using those good carbs that are going to actually contain protein as well. And so it’s going to help to break it down slower versus a Big Mac, which is just going to spike your insulin way out.

 

[00:12:23] And what part of the Big Mac is the thing that spikes the sugar? I mean, in terms of.

 

[00:12:26] Right. So the bread, the carbs in the bread, it actually breaks down differently in the body than a sweet potato would. And so that’s what’s going to give you that high glucose level. And then after that, you’re gonna have the fall of the glucose level, which just your blood sugar going up and down does not feel great.

 

[00:12:43] So it’s not good. Of course, you’re paying for the sugars. When you ask the types of sugars that you have. You just mentioned right now that the quality of the type of carbohydrate matters.

 

[00:12:52] Yes, a little bit about the quality. Like I was saying, sweet potatoes, avocados, things like that. They’re going to have the carbohydrates that are better for you, meaning you break them down differently than you would faster sugar like sucrose and things like that.

 

[00:13:12] So simple sugars are out, basically, which is the reason that, first of all, metabolic syndrome did not even exist prior to the advent of refined foods. So refined sugars have caused this problem. So what we want to do is, sugar leads to inflammation. Sugar leads to triglyceride issues, sugar or basically insulin sensitivity issues are the things that are the basis of this process. All roads lead to insulin sensitivity in this process and in the organ that provides us with insulin. The greatest amount is in the pancreas. The pancreas is nonstop. And depending on how the pancreas responds to this blood sugar drama, it really determines the fate of the individual. It will alter the triglycerides. They will alter the blood pressure by having a direct effect of holding sodium in the kidneys. The body prepares, it retains the sodium, and by nature of sodium, the blood pressure soars, so the fastest way to lower your blood pressure is a ketogenic diet. And this is amazing because it really is simple. It’s not that complex. We can go extreme. And I know that our state really had a good research document on that. Tell me a bit about what you noticed.

 

[00:14:24] Yeah, basically, like what I was saying before. A lot of people don’t know the difference between what type of carbohydrates they want to eat. Like, for example, as you said, you know, a lot of people will eat a Big Mac and don’t eat that sweet potato. And they don’t know the difference between a good carbohydrate. Basically, we want to eat what you call complex carbohydrates. We want to eat whole wheat or we want to eat good starches because the body breaks those down into glucose, into sugar. But they’re used much more slowly. The body won’t immediately use them. And then you’ll get that crash, that sugar crash, because of the insulin spike.

 

[00:15:11] Right. So that controls the spike. You know what? I want to bring in our resident biochemist here. OK, so our biochemist is Alexander. He’s got a presentation here, actually, if I can see it there and see if it pops up here. Let me see it. And there he is. Alex, can you tell us a bit about what you’re trying to explain here on the biochemistry side of things?

 

[00:15:30] So as you guys were mentioning, just in general. Glucose is the main energy source in the way that we use it for the breakdown. Its breakdown of energy consumption is called glycolysis. So without getting too much into it, our end goal here is pyruvate, which then goes into the citric acid cycle to be turned into an acetyl-CoA in normal conditions. It’s good to have a carbohydrate meal, but in excess, you produce too much acetyl-CoA. When too many acetyl-CoA is used? You end up inducing fatty acid synthesis which is induced by large levels of insulin. So by doing so, you have an acetyl-CoA that ends up turning into palpitate. And one thing that I was mentioning is that not all foods are of equal quality. So here we can kind of see all the different types of fatty acids. So without going too much into the biochemistry, but kind of just giving you an idea of what’s going on here, these numbers on the left side represent the number of carbons in a row and then the numbers to the right of the semicolon are the number of double bonds. And normally double bonds will play a large role until you get into the effect of digestion in the way the body uses these. So by having more double bonds, it’s more fluid. So you notice the difference between a piece of lard and olive oil. What’s the difference? The only difference really is the number of carbons and the number of double ones. So here we have olive oil and then we have some sort of saturated fat. We can see that the difference is large in the number of carbons as well as double bonds. Double bonds allow for a lower melting point. That’s why olive oil is a liquid at room temperature vs. fatty acids and this plays a large role when it comes into how the body uses these types of things.

 

[00:17:26] Alex, are you saying that, obviously we all know that the good work of olive oil and avocado oil and coconut oil are the best thing. Is this the reason why this happens?

 

[00:17:35] Exactly. So the more double bonds they have, the more fluid it is going to be within the body and allow for the body to use those fats in a timely manner versus clogging up arteries and creating plaques within those arteries?

 

[00:17:48] Excellent. You know what? One of the things that insulin does? It packs away carbohydrates and energy in the cell. If you do that, what happens with this blood sugar? Eventually, insulin spikes it and puts it in the cells. Eventually, the cell grows. Hence the belly fat. That is ultimately what happens to the belly, it starts gaining fat cells and they start getting bigger, bigger, and bigger because they get injected in there. That stuff starts seeping out and once it can’t go anymore, it ends up in places like the pancreas. It ends up in places like the liver. It ends up in the intramuscular, in the muscular tissue. And that’s why we have the accumulation. And when you have a big belly, that’s what tips off the doctor, not only with the triglycerides and the blood glucose levels but also the belly fat. And that’s one of the things we have to kind of assess. So is this.

 

[00:18:36] Now, these fatty acids, which are fatty acids used for, almost everything within the body, especially for energy consumption. It’s like saying, would you rather be able to go five miles or 10 miles a week? Or go 10 miles. Right. And so gram for gram fat as an energy source is much more fuel-efficient and glucose or carbs.

 

[00:19:04] So carbs provide four grams of calories per gram and fats are around nine. So it’s almost more than double, the amount of energy that you’re producing from these sites, from these fatty acids. The difficult part is just knowing which ones are good. So kind of going into the good fatty acids which are going to be the ones with the double bonds. So I mean, any plant oils, animal fats, depending on which ones, we tend to want to stay away from large amounts of acid that tend to cause inflammation responses through the inflammation path. But the rest of these are really, really good, especially EPA and DHA. So DHA is actually used within the nervous system. It’s turned into neurotic acid any day as well. So getting these marine oils are really, really going to be good for your system just in general.

 

[00:19:55] You know what, as I understand these processes and I start realizing the biochemistry behind it, bring it home to this process, down to the cellular component it honors and it shows appreciation in terms of what creates the fatty acid excess. Now, again, what happens as a result of too much of these fatty acids or carbohydrates in the bloodstream? The body tries to store it in the form of fat and it’s shoved into the pancreas. So you get this fat inside the pancreas. If it can’t do it there, it eventually puts it in the liver. And like we mentioned, it gets it in the stomach or that’s when we see it as a final thing. I’d like to take the explanation and break apart one other point. The high blood pressure component. Insulin has a direct effect on the kidneys. Insulin tells the kidneys.

 

[00:20:43] Look, we need to pack this stuff into the fat and without getting beyond too much of the chemistry dynamics. You can see that what’s going to occur is that the kidneys are going to be commanded to hold more sodium. What we learned in chemistry and in biochemistry and in clinical sciences that the more sodium we retain, the blood pressure rises. In essence, that’s how quick the blood pressure goes. So you do that for a period of time and then you force the collection of atherosclerotic plaques because of the fat that is in there and it can’t go anywhere. You’re going to have a problem in the long-term future. So speaking about the oils, as Alexander just did, one of the things we ask, well, what oils do we not want to use? Canola oil, corn oil, sesame seed oil. I love sesame seeds. But the problem is that sesame seed oil causes inflammation, as Alex said, with acids. So what we got to do is we got to figure out exactly what types of oils we can do. And avocados, as Kenna had mentioned, are a great source of fats that we can use and make things more able to be processed. Our bodies and the old pyramid of diet is really bad because it’s heavy on carbohydrates. So one of the things that we look at is maintaining all those components. So we talked about the triglycerides, right? We talked about the belly fat, how it’s put together. And in each one of these, I wanted to point this out again. Each one of these, the high blood pressure, which is 135, high blood pressure is not considered high. High blood pressure at 135 usually it’s at 140, OK. So, why are we using triglycerides at 150 are not considered excessive. You know, HDL is lower than 50 are not considered horrible, but in combination together, if you have one at all, these three of these components out of the five, that’s what leads to a preposition of being sick and feeling crummy, let alone any prolonged period of this will end up leading to metabolic disorders, heart problems, stroke problems, dementias that actually occur as a result of prolonged metabolic syndrome, states that are within the individual. I know Alexander when I ask Alexander, he’s got some really interesting dynamics as I want to present right now. I’m going to show his screen right here because he’s got some interesting components on what also affects metabolic syndrome.

 

[00:23:00] Alexander. So kind of going into what it is, I guess, ketosis, because everyone wonders kind of what goes on. So I kind of got this diagram here to draw for you guys. We’re going to ignore the Federer pathway over here, but just in general. So what’s going to happen first is you’re going to deplete any glucose that you have. So the body normally stores around 100 grams of glucose in the liver and around 400 grams within the muscle components of the entire body. So if you times, 500 times four, that’s about 2000 calories, which is your daily limit. So you’ve got about a day worth of glucose always stored within your body. But once you deplete that, your body’s gonna start looking for other things. In the meantime, it takes a few days for your body to switch over from burning sugar, which is glucose, to burning ketone bodies from fat. So what’s going to happen? Your, first of all, your adrenals are releasing epinephrine, its precursor is norepinephrine. And it causes a couple of different things?

 

[00:23:56] You’re gonna get a little jittery at first and you can feel really bad for the first couple days. But then your body is gonna start switching over as your brain starts to start using these ketone bodies for its energy source. So as you’re producing norepinephrine, these are just like this is the cell surface here. These are just different precursor markers. So we have B1, B2, B3 and eight. So by doing these, they’re going to mark and signal to the G.S. protein, which is going to allow for adenosine class to activate ATP into cyclic AMP. Now, cyclic AMP is a very important component of degradation of fatty acids and the cool part is it’s actually inhibited by phosphodiesterases. So when people come in and say, why is caffeine a good fat burner? The main reason why is because caffeine actually inhibits phosphodiesterase to a certain extent. You don’t want to go too crazy with the caffeine and start doing lots of cups.

 

[00:24:52] Alex should I have like 8 glasses of coffee or how many?

 

[00:24:56] I think one glass of coffee is definitely more than enough. So by having cyclic AMP more active, you end up activating this thing called protein kinase which activates ATP and then it activates hormone-sensitive light base, once hormone-sensitive light base is activated. It begins degradation against a breakdown, fatty acids. Once these fatty acids enter and are broken down, they then become they then enter into the mitochondria and the mitochondria will then end up producing heat from this. So that’s why people who are in ketosis are always really warm. So what do I recommend when people are starting Keto. Ketosis Diet, Water, Keto diet. Definitely water. And as well as I would say L-carnitine. So as we’re looking at L-carnitine here, we could see that during fatty acid degradation you use L-carnitine as a main transporter between the outer mitochondrial membrane and the inner mitochondrial membrane. So by using fatty acids here, fatty acetyl-CoA after we’ve broken down these fatty acids. It’s going to enter CBT-1 which is carnitine. Poly transferase one. It’s going to enter and interact with carnitine and then it’s gonna turn it to acetylcarnitine. Once acetylcarnitine turns into it that it can enter the inner mitochondrial membrane through these two enzymes translocated and CPT-2 to be broken down back into acetyl-CoA, which is the same biproduct as glucose eventually.

 

[00:26:29] So then your mitochondria can use these in beta-oxidation. One thing to note is you have to drink a lot of water because people who are going through ketosis are going to be up-regulating the urea cycle. So you need to make sure that you drink a lot of water throughout the day. I would say anyone who’s doing it could drink a minimum of a gallon of water throughout the day. Not all at once. Throughout the day.

 

[00:26:51] It’s amazing, Alex, that you put that together because that makes perfect sense to me. And also explains why people do say when we put them on the ketogenic diet that they do increase body temperature and the water obviously helps you kind of keep the whole system pumping because that’s what we’re pretty much made of. And also the pathways that you indicated, the hydrogen in the water are necessary for the process to occur.

 

[00:27:15] Yes. Yes. There are certain aspects within each of these that they fuel each other, it’s all an interconnected pathway. But you will up-regulate the urea cycle during ketosis much more than when you’re not. For example, cats are notoriously known for having a rancid urine smell.

 

[00:27:37] And we have to take a look at that from the reason why. Right. So, in general, in humans, the urea contents in our urine is 3 percent. In cats, on the other hand, it’s anywhere between 6 to 9 percent. You have to think about it. What is the only mammal on the planet that is a carnivorous animal that only eats meat? The feline family.

 

[00:27:57] So since they only eat meat, they upregulate the urea cycle, thus having more urea in their urine. So if you’re only a meat-eater, you’re gonna have more urea. Thus you need to drink more water to flush it out through your kidneys.

 

[00:28:09] That’s amazing because it explains why we make sure that everybody drinks a lot. And then they feel better. And I guess if we don’t monitor it. Right, if we don’t do it right. We get that thing called the ketogenic flu. Right. And then the body just feels kind of crummy until it restores and it stabilizes the blood glucose through ketones. Now, the body can use ketones for sugar as it’s known. So one of the things that we do is we teach the people exactly how to go through the process. And I know we got some research articles here. And Astrid wants to discuss a little bit about that.

 

[00:28:42] So basically, as Alex mentioned, when people start following the ketogenic diet.

 

[00:28:49] You know, as he said, we want to make sure that they stay hydrated. But more so than that.

 

[00:28:56] I guess another thing that we want to educate people on is that not a lot of people know that we need to store up the body with good fats so that as the body adjusts, it starts up basically burning fat as a fuel rather than sugar or glucose. So we want to teach people what are the good fats that we want them to basically eat because like we need to store up fat in these parts so the body can go into ketosis and it can go through the whole process that Alex just explained.

 

[00:29:39] You know what? I’d like to bring Truide here because she’s the one that actually connects with the patients at the moment. We do assess someone to have metabolic syndrome in terms of the resources. How do we? How do you go through the process of presenting? Hello, Truide. And what we’re gonna do there is going to ask you, how do you bring this? Because she’s our clinical liaison, our wellness liaison. And she’s the one that basically is going to give us the information that helps the patient in the right direction.

 

[00:30:05] Well, hello. You know, it is all great information. And, you know, which is amazing that we are able to provide this to the public. And I know this can be very overwhelming for people that don’t have this information. So that’s where I come in. When people come, you know, either call us or come in inquiring about different symptoms that they have. They don’t necessarily know that they’re experiencing metabolic syndrome. But, you know, one of the main concerns is their weight gain based on their concerns. I connect them either to their primaries, which is Kenna, and they go ahead and say, OK, well, what is it that, what are the steps that we have to take and Kenna certainly educates them as far as ok this is your lab work, we’re going to have to take, we connect them with Dr. Jimenez. After we know exactly what is their main concern. And we’re going to start kind of peeling things apart like an onion to get to the bottom of things and get them feeling better. They’re not only going to walk away with the specific results, but they’re also going to walk away with like what Astrid was saying, what are the good fats to have? What should I be eating? They’re going to be walking away with a lot of information, but also structure. Another thing that we’re offering is that Kenna is always going to be there to answer any questions. And also, Dr. Jimenez. So they don’t have to feel overwhelmed with the processes they’re going through for a better, healthy lifestyle.

 

[00:31:27] You know what? That’s one of the things is it’s, there’s a lot of confusion out there. And I got to be honest with you, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. This misinformation can be categorized as intentional or kind of old or not. It’s just not up to date with these five elements and an individual having three of them. It’s very important to make it repeat. Exactly how to fix this issue with the individual and how to change your lives, because there’s nothing quicker to change the body than the ketogenic diet. We also have to monitor the individuals with the monitor them through the process. Now we have Kenna Vaughn that she’s got some methods that we use, that we employ in the office and are useful for that. Doctors do this around the country, but it’s very helpful in helping guide and allow for interaction and communication between us, the providers and the patient. What kind of things do we offer?

 

[00:32:18] We have one on one coaching, which is great for when you’re just starting something out like they were talking about the ketogenic diet. You might be confused and there is misinformation. So what this one on one coaching, it’s great because we can connect through an app that we have and you just pull out your phone. You can send a quick text message, hey, I saw that I could one website said that I could eat this, but another said this. Can I have this? Things like that. We can clear up that confusion fast, which can really keep you on track rather than doing that guessing game. We also have scales that connect to this app which allows us to monitor the water weight that they have as well as the fat that they have. And we can also monitor their activity through a wristband that we can constantly check the steps that they’re taking. Make sure that they’re doing exercise because exercise is also great to help lower blood glucose level.

 

[00:33:08] You know, you mentioned that about the monitoring. We do that in the office along where we send the patients home with actual scales that actually are BIAs. Many BIAs along with their hand and wrist. We can pretty much for those patients that want to have a connection with our office. We directly can get the information downloaded and we can actually see their BIAs changing. We also use the InBody system, which we do a deep analysis of the basal metabolic rate along with other factors that we’ve discussed on prior podcasts. This allows us to put together a quantifiable method to assess how the body is changing and a very quick way of restoring the body back to or away from metabolic syndrome episodes. It’s a very uncomfortable feeling. It really can. There’s nothing that destroys the body as these combination of issues at one time. However, it’s easy to see that the body does everything really quickly and it fixes, a ketogenic diet removes body weight. It decreases the fat in the liver, it decreases the intramuscular fat, it restores the blood sugar. It gets the mind working better. It actually helps the HDL through some studies. And I know that Astrid knows there’s a study out there that actually pulls the information up on the on how the HDL is actually are actually elevated with and with a ketogenic diet. We have a study here actually presented put it on the screen right there that I think you found that actually shows that the HDL. Am I correct? And the apple protein, the lipid part of the HDL also is raised and activates the genetic component. Tell me about that.

 

[00:34:53] So basically something that a lot of researchers, something that a lot of health care professionals out there, doctors, they often say is that people have high cholesterol.

 

[00:35:07] You know we’re usually talking about the bad cholesterol and they have high-bat cholesterol or the LDL. It’s generally associated with the genetic predisposition, like according to several research articles out there. If your parents, if your grandparents had high cholesterol, there is also like an increased risk of you having a genetic predisposition to already having high cholesterol plus like add that like your diet. And if you have if you follow a sedentary lifestyle and you don’t do it enough exercise or physical activity, you do have an increased risk of having higher bad cholesterol.

 

[00:35:59] You know, I’m going to pull the information from my notice that Alexander is pulling something information up here on the screen. And he’s actually presenting the monitor where you can actually see his blood glucose and the screens that he’s going. Go ahead and put that up there for him. There you go. Alex, tell me which you’re talking about right there. I see that you’re talking about the apoprotein and the lipoproteins and the HDL fragments there.

 

[00:36:23] So I’m kind of going into a little bit of everything here. So what happens when you eat something that is going to cause an increase in cholesterol? So first of all, is you have these genes called kilomicrons that are within the intestinal lumen or within your GI tract. And they have apoprotein B-48. The reason they have 48 percent of apoprotein B 100. So it’s just a little different variation. These kilomicrons are actually going to bring these in through the body and transfer it into the capillaries using apoprotein C2 and apoprotein E once they enter the capillaries. They are going to degrade and allow for different aspects of the body to use them. So I have three tissues. We have adipose tissue, cardiac tissue, and skeletal muscle.

 

[00:37:14] So cardiac tissue has the lowest KM and adipose tissue has the highest KM. So what is KM? KM is just a measurement of the way that the enzymes use. So a low KM means a high specificity for binding to these fatty acids and a high KM means that it has a low specificity for them. So what are the three parts of the body they use the most energy?

 

[00:37:40] It’s the brain, the heart, and the kidneys. Those are the most caloric consumption parts of the body. Just to stay alive. So first of all, the heart relies large amounts on these fatty acids here.

 

[00:37:52] And transferring them to the heart uses mostly fatty acids. I think it’s about 80 percent, 70 to 80 percent of its fuel comes from fatty acids. And to deliver these, your body uses these KM. So once the KMs exits the capillaries. It’s already as an LDL. So it needs to have it has two choices. The LDL. It can be taken back to the liver or it can switch its contents with HDL and the deals can deliver them correctly to the proper places.

 

[00:38:25] So that’s why HDL is so important because they deliver them to the proper places in the event that these� kilomicrons or these LDL aren’t transferred correctly back to the liver. So why are LDL so detrimental to the system of our body? So here’s a couple of reasons why. So as an LDL is scavenged throughout the body, they are seen as a foreign object by our macrophages or macrophages are our cells that are used for immune response. So macrophages end up engulfing these LDLs and they turn it into these things called foam cells. Foam cells become plaques eventually. But what they do is they actually embed themselves within or under the surface of the epithelial lining, causing a buildup of these foam cells here and eventually blocking the pathways, causing a plaque. So by eating better fats, having a higher amount of HDL as you can get these plaques and avoid plaques which are clogging up your arteries.

 

[00:39:27] You know, actually the link between sclerotic plaques and metabolic syndrome, you’ve made it very, very clear at this point, and that is the reason why prolonged states of metabolic syndrome do create these disorders. I want to take a moment to thank the entire crew here because what we’re doing is we’re bringing in a lot of information and a lot of teams. And if someone has an issue, I want them to meet the face that they’re going to see when they walk in the office. So, Truide, tell them how we greet them and what we do with them when they walk in if they feel that they may be a victim of metabolic syndrome.

 

[00:40:01] Well, we’re very blessed to have a very exciting and energized office. You’re always going to feel at home. You’re always going to if we don’t have the right answer at that moment, we’re certainly going to research. We’re not going to toss you aside we’re always going to get back with you. Everybody gets treated as an individual. You know, each vessel that we have, it’s unique in its own way. So we certainly don’t create a cookie-cutter approach. We’re always going to make sure that, as I said, you walk away with the most valuable informed option for yourself. We’re just a phone call away. We’re just a click away. And you don’t ever feel that there’s not a reasonable question. We always want to make sure that all the questions and concerns that you have they always get the best answer possible.

 

[00:40:50] Guys, I want to tell you. Thank you. And I want to also share with you that we happen to be in one of the most amazing facilities when we do, there’s exercise involved with returning the body back to a normal state. We function out of the PUSH Fitness Center. We’re actually actually. Doing the podcast from the fitness center. And you can actually see the information here with Danny Alvarado. And he’s the one that or Daniel Alvarado, who is the director of Push Fitness, who we work with, a bunch of therapists and physical therapists to help you restore your body back to where it should be. We look forward to coming back. And like I say, if you appreciate or you like what we have here, you reach down on the little bottom, hit the little button and hit subscribe and then make sure you hit the bell so you can be the first to hear what we got to go on. OK. Thank you, guys. And we welcome you again. And God bless. Have a good one.

 


 

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Podcast: Metabolic Syndrome Explained

Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors that can ultimately increase the risk of developing a variety of health issues, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, among other problems. Central obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, and low HDL are the 5 risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome. Having at least three of the five risk factors may suggest the presence of metabolic syndrome. Dr. Alex Jimenez and Dr. Mario Ruja explain the 5 risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome, in further detail, as they recommend diet and lifestyle modification advice and guidelines to help people with metabolic syndrome improve their overall health and wellness. From eating fiber and staying hydrated to exercise and better sleep, Dr. Alex Jimenez and Dr. Mario Ruja discuss how diet and lifestyle modifications can help improve the 5 risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome to ultimately prevent the risk of developing a variety of other health issues, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. – Podcast Insight

 

 


 

Neural Zoomer Plus for Neurological Disease

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Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate neurological diseases. The Neural ZoomerTM Plus is an array of neurological autoantibodies which offers specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus is designed to assess an individual�s reactivity to 48 neurological antigens with connections to a variety of neurologically related diseases. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus aims to reduce neurological conditions by empowering patients and physicians with a vital resource for early risk detection and an enhanced focus on personalized primary prevention.

 

Food Sensitivity for the IgG & IgA Immune Response

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Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with a variety of food sensitivities and intolerances. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual�s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient�s specific needs.

 

Gut Zoomer for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

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Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate gut health associated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The Vibrant Gut ZoomerTM offers a report that includes dietary recommendations and other natural supplementation like prebiotics, probiotics, and polyphenols. The gut microbiome is mainly found in the large intestine and it has more than 1000 species of bacteria that play a fundamental role in the human body, from shaping the immune system and affecting the metabolism of nutrients to strengthening the intestinal mucosal barrier (gut-barrier). It is essential to understand how the number of bacteria that symbiotically live in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract influences gut health because imbalances in the gut microbiome may ultimately lead to gastrointestinal (GI) tract symptoms, skin conditions, autoimmune disorders, immune system imbalances, and multiple inflammatory disorders.

 


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Vitamin D and The Gut Connection

Vitamin D and The Gut Connection

Do you feel:

  • Digestive problems subside with rest and relaxation?
  • Excessive belching, burping, or bloating?
  • An overall sense of bloating?
  • Inflammation in your bones or joints?
  • That bowels do not empty completely?

If you are experiencing any of these situations, then you might be experiencing gut and bone tissues in your body due to a vitamin D deficiency.

There is a global epidemic that has been linked to many autoimmune diseases that have affected the human body. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many chronic diseases like type 1 diabetes to IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and can affect the gut microbiome. With new research studies taking a look at how high doses of vitamin D supplementation can help the gut microbiome, it is fascinating seeing what the new results show how vitamin D is a high essential to provide optimal support to a healthy body and gut.

Vitamin D and Its Benefits

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin as it can be produced by the human body through sun exposure and can boost their vitamin D intake even more through certain kinds of food and supplements. Vitamin has many beneficial properties like maintaining bone health and healthy teeth while protecting the body against diseases and conditions that can harm the body. There are more benefits that vitamin D have as well as the many multiple roles that are fantastic for the body; some include:

  • Supporting healthy bones and teeth
  • Providing support for healthy immune, brain, and nervous system
  • Helps regulate insulin levels and helps manage diabetes
  • Providing support for a healthy cardiovascular system and a healthy lung function
  • Can influence the gene expression that is being involved in cancer development

Vitamin D can also be in the form of sun exposure and helped the body get the needed supplement into itself. Even though everyone should at least go outside to get at least some sunlight into their body, although healthcare professionals do advise that prolonged exposure of the sun’s rays can cause skin damage and other chronic illnesses.

Vitamin-D-Deficiency

Studies have shown that UV light from the sun can be linked to the body’s gut microbiomes. When there is vitamin D deficiency in the body, there is a higher risk of developing diseases like IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and multiple sclerosis. There are even more studies on how vitamin D can even affect various autoimmune diseases and provide anti-inflammatory effects on the gut. The research shows that vitamin D can help regulate gastrointestinal inflammation, especially Crohn�s disease.

The Different Studies of Vitamin D and The Gut

There was another study on how vitamin D can not only improve the gut flora in the body but also give hope to people who have metabolic syndrome. The study showed that if there is an insufficient supply of vitamin D can aggravate the gut flora, causing it to be imbalanced while also contributing to a full-scale fatty liver as well as metabolic syndrome. The research study also stated that vitamin D deficiency could decrease the body’s production of defensins, which are anti-microbial molecules that are essential to maintain healthy gut flora.

Surprisingly though, a study has found that the hormonal activity of vitamin D can be found in the cells in the human body. It can provide beneficial effects to not only the gut homeostasis and its immunity but also provide beneficial effects to the kidneys, muscles, and different organs; what is surprising, though, is limited research on how vitamin D influences the gut flora. One study shows how there is evidence about the extraskeletal effects of vitamin D have been accruing and being partially mediated through the gastrointestinal microbiome, while also being linked. While another study showed how high doses of vitamin D could affect the composition of an adolescent girl’s gut microbiome. The research shows how high dose supplementation of vitamin D can alter adolescent’s gut microbiome composition and even dampen the effects of inflammatory bowel disease in their gut as well. Vitamin D is gaining a following as a study has shown that vitamin D can help the body’s blood levels that are 60-80ng/ml and help the person have a healthy sleep pattern, which is perfect for anyone who might be suffering from insomnia.

Conclusion

Vitamin D is essential to the body since it not only promotes healthy teeth and healthy bones, but it can even help promote gut health. Even though there is limited research on how vitamin D can promote a healthy gut, studies are still being done, and the research will show how the gut microbiome and vitamin D are connected. By eating foods that are rich with vitamin D can help not only the gut but the entire body. When the body has a vitamin D deficiency, it can cause significant problems for the body due to inflammation as well as developing chronic illnesses that can harm the gut as well. Some products can provide support to the gastrointestinal system as well as making sure that it contains collagen proteins, enzymatic cofactors, hypoallergenic nutrients, metabolic precursors, and phytonutrients to support a healthy gut.

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Ware, Megan. �Vitamin D: Benefits, Deficiency, Sources, and Dosage.� Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 24 Aug. 2009, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.

Bashir, Mina, et al. �Effects of High Doses of Vitamin D3 on Mucosa-Associated Gut Microbiome Vary between Regions of the Human Gastrointestinal Tract.� European Journal of Nutrition, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, June 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26130323.

Gominak, S C. �Vitamin D Deficiency Changes the Intestinal Microbiome Reducing B Vitamin Production in the Gut. The Resulting Lack of Pantothenic Acid Adversely Affects the Immune System, Producing a �pro-Inflammatory� State Associated with Atherosclerosis and Autoimmunity.� Medical Hypotheses, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Sept. 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27515213.

Hewings-Martin, Yella. �Does Sunlight Change Our Gut Microbiome?� MedicalNewsToday, 26 Oct. 2019, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326782.

Jurgelewicz, Michael. �New Study Investigates the Effect of High Dose Vitamin D on the Gut Microbiome.� Designs for Health, 14 Feb. 2020, blog.designsforhealth.com/node/1201.

Lynch, et al. �Vitamin D and the Gut Microbiome: a Systematic Review of in Vivo Studies.� European Journal of Nutrition, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1 Jan. 1970, link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00394-018-1842-7.

Tabatabaeizadeh, Seyed-Amir, et al. �The Effects of High Doses of Vitamin D on the Composition of the Gut Microbiome of Adolescent Girls.� Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Feb. 2020, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31987101.

Tabatabaeizadeh, Seyed-Amir, et al. �Vitamin D, the Gut Microbiome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.� Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd, 23 Aug. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6116667/.

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Podcast: BIA and Basal Metabolic Rate Explained

Podcast: BIA and Basal Metabolic Rate Explained

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez and Dr. Mario Ruja discuss basal metabolic rate, BMI, and BIA. Body mass and body fat can be measured in a variety of ways, however, several measurement tools may ultimately be inaccurate for many athletes. According to Dr. Alex Jimenez and Dr. Mario Ruja, calculating an individual’s body mass and body fat utilizing various tools is essential to determine overall health and wellness. BMI uses a person’s height divided by twice their weight. The results may be inaccurate for athletes because their body mass and body fat is different, in terms of weight, compared to the average person. Dr. Alex Jimenez and Dr. Mario Ruja demonstrate that BIA, or bioelectrical impedance analysis, and various other tools, such as the DEXA test, the Tanita scale, and the InBody, among others, can help more accurately determine an athlete’s body mass and body fat. Basal metabolic rate, BMI, and BIA is essential for parents that have young athletes as well as for the general population. Healthcare professionals that have these tools available can ultimately help provide individuals with the results they may need to maintain overall health and wellness.

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[00:00:08] All right. It’s Mario and Alex time. The two favorite chiropractors from El Paso, TX. Ok. We’re going to be… Functional medicine, Alex. That’s what we’re gonna do. It’s about functional medicine in 2020, baby.

 

[00:00:21] This 2020, we’re gonna be focusing on BMI and we’re gonna be focusing on everything. Mario, my awesome co-host here we’re tearing it up. We’re gonna give some points of view. We’re gonna be discussing certain things. Today our focus is going to be on anthropometric measurements and measuring the body composition rationale and its interpretation.

 

[00:00:46] Now I’m afraid of that. All right.

 

[00:00:49] I’m afraid of measurements, Alex, I’m telling you right now, I don’t want measurements around my body.

 

[00:00:55] Okay. Thank you. All right Mario. Yeah.

 

[00:01:00] Mario, we’ve got to get a little bit of knowledge here. Okay. Well, what we’re not going to do is we’re not going to try to make this boring. No. If you really want to see boring. I think we have plenty of examples of what boring looks like. Yeah. Have you seen those boring guys, Mario? You know, it’s like the measurement of what’s going on. Yeah. Here you go.

 

[00:01:20] Video plays in the background.

 

[00:01:31] You know what? I can go to sleep with that one, Alex. Now, that’s what I’m talking about Mario. I can go to sleep and just shut it off.

 

[00:01:40] But, you know, learning has to be fun. It has to be interactive and it has to be functional.

 

[00:01:47] So that’s what we’re… Absolutely I totally agree. So what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna try to bring the facts as it can be and we’re gonna try to bring it with a little bit of slapstick fun.

 

[00:01:56] So it’s gonna be fun. Mario, tell me a little bit about your interpretation of BMI as how people understand basal metabolic rate.

 

[00:02:05] Well, this is what I understand and what I hear about basal metabolic rate.

 

[00:02:13] Bottom line is, can you put your belt around your pants and can you tuck your shirt in? How about that?

 

[00:02:25] You know, that’s pretty scientific. Right. That is scientific. Yes, that is scientific. Yes. We could talk pear, we could talk apple, sizes, apple-shaped bodies types.

 

[00:02:33] But we’re going to get specific here because people want to know, Ok, what’s going on. Let’s start. One of the things that we can do is we can start discussing calculating energy requirements, because one of the things that we want to see, as you can see, I put up here a little bit of facts so that it can help us out a little bit in terms of figuring out what’s the best approach in terms of what we do. Now, you can tell here that sedentary, no exercise, what we want to do is talk about basal metabolic rate. Ok. So this is a measurement that has occurred by height as well as weight index. So it comes out to that number and we can start looking at calorie, caloric intake burn. But when we do a BMR and we calculate this number, we typically want to get about a 1.2. And that’s what would be normal in most situations if you’re sedentary, light activity, we start noticing that there’s an increased activity expenditure and BMR should be one point 1.375. If you are moderately active, you should start doing that. So in its interpretation…

 

[00:03:33] Mario, when you see these kind of things and these kind of figures, what does it bring to mind for you in terms of these numbers? As we keep on going back to this, we’ll be able to see exactly what’s going on. What’s your incentive sense of the rates and the metabolic processes?

 

[00:03:52] Well, again, very simple, when you look at it as the more active you are, the higher your metabolic rate is. That’s it. So at the end of the day, we want to put it in very simplistic terms to the public. We want to be more active about that. So science is supporting that, you know, park the car as far away as possible from the Wal-Mart entrance and your work. So by doing that every day, you are creating a higher function. Ok, metabolic, that’s the burn. That’s your whole system burning fuel within yourself. So it’s simple. And the studies are showing that the more active you are, the higher your metabolic rate is. It can go up to a 1.9 from a 1.2. Correct.

 

[00:04:50] Exactly. So what we’re looking at here is that the requirements are going to be pretty high. If you are one of those people that are very active. So ultimately, our goal is to get you as active or what you’re your lifestyle could require. So, you know, if you’re a mechanic, you say moderately active. If you’re someone who works in, let’s say, an office, your BMR is going to be calculable. Using these numbers for the body mass index, the whole idea is to try to figure out the body mass index using the BMR. So the BMR allows us to kind of give an estimate, the best estimate as to where you’re BMR should be at and then we can use the same number, this BMR to assess your body mass index. So our goal is to continue with kind of learning about this thing. And as we kind of go through that, we look at body measurement types. Now, in the past, what we’ve looked at in terms of this, we assess the body in a bunch of different ways. Historically, we’ve been able to do a weight, underwater weight assessment. Remember, Mario, we used to have like a tank and put someone in water, have them float, actually measure the oxygen consumption. Those were the old methods, the true standard way of doing our fat analysis.

 

[00:05:57] Pretty expensive. Sometimes, though, we use the DEXA test. The DEXA test is a similar test that is used for bone density. We can actually do that. We also have, historically the body pod test. Now, I know that you have noticed different types of tests and we’re going to put up here.

 

[00:06:13] What are the other tests that you’ve seen? Alex, on that one. When you’re talking about the underwater weighing and DEXA and even the body pod, those are again, more research-based, more scientific.

 

[00:06:30] Exactly. In that. So when you’re looking at that, I look at it from my perspective.

 

[00:06:38] You know what’s functional? What’s can everyone do? Exactly. Skinfold is easy. Yeah. You know, skinfold and the BIA and the Tanita scale. Yeah. I mean that one, electrical impulses going through and you’re looking at resistance and impedance. Those are simple. You can’t just buy them from Wal-Mart or anywhere and step on it. Make sure you don’t eat and make sure you don’t drink before you do your test. So do it early morning. Let’s say six, seven o’clock. Right. On an empty stomach so you can get some good readings with the scan. And also, you know, skin fold is easy.

 

[00:07:21] And again, with the BMI, you’re looking at weight divided by twice your height, your height squared. Exactly.

 

[00:07:31] So that’s kind of like a simplistic view in terms of BMI. Anyone can do this. Yes. So those are right now. Those are the standards. Those are things, most of the time, when you go to your trainer. Most of the time when you go workout in your CrossFit gym or your, you know, what I call functional gym. Now people are going into more a functional aspect of fitness.

 

[00:07:55] So they incorporate less wear-and-tear and trauma. Now they’re looking at skin fold and InBody. They even have the new InBody systems that are very popular that give you a nice ratio even of your hydration, which is really nice.

 

[00:08:13] You know, when you actually say that, when we look at this thing like the Tanita, these scales, like you said, that you can get them at home. The BIA is where it’s at. What we’re finding is that a lot of the studies are reflecting that the BIA actually shows quite a correlation with accuracy with these more complex underwater weighing as well as the DEXA test. So these standards research-based, you’d always want to maintain some sort of research-based, at least collaborative information that makes sense. Right. So now the BIA assessment machines, they can actually determine through OHMS, through impedance to fat analysis to actually measuring the electrical current of the body, a very accurate approach to weight assessment. And by, you know, basal metabolic rates. So now the studies are actually better and they’re easier for people to do. And we don’t have to do some real complex things.

 

[00:09:09] Yeah. And, you know, if you can show everyone the body part, I think that’s really cool. That’s like a cool thing. You know, I mean, look at that. Can you. Yeah.

 

[00:09:21] Yeah. That’s really cool. So when you look at a body pod. Right.

 

[00:09:24] This is an incredible thing. But this is not something you would want to have in your office. Right? Thirty, Forty-thousand dollars. Right. Jesus, man.

 

[00:09:31] Yeah, you know, it’s crazy, I mean, they’re probably looking at you like they should have you on an alien channel or something. But the simple one, if you can scroll up on the BIA, it’s a simple machine and the readings are awesome. You know, the readings are very good. They’re portable. And you can see the resistance level and you can see the phase angle, which is really nice because then you’re looking at very specific patterns and turns your metabolism.

 

[00:10:06] Absolutely. These tests now are available in most clinics, or at least the clinics that focus on functional fitness. We have them at the fitness centers and many fitness centers have them. And you and I are used to using these things in our offices. So as we do these things, as we assess these things, we really can give kind of the patients a quantitative point of view that really helps them figure out exactly how everything is.

 

[00:10:38] You’re exactly right, Alex. You know, in my work, you know, working with athletes and also what I call performance professions, where we’re talking about military S.F., Special Forces, Rangers, things like that. It’s all about performance. So in that, we use calipers. You know, those are very, very useful, easy to use. And the one that I particularly like, which.

 

[00:11:08] Again, with BMI, there are a lot of discrepancies, Alex, and you know, this being, you know, in the world of bodybuilding and athletics and all of our kids are athletes. I mean, they’re, that’s just part of the family structure. That’s who we are. So now you got to run, jump, catch a ball or kick a ball or do something. Right. So the point is in that what I have found out is that the BMI is not very accurate. Not very accurate at all Alex, when it comes down to athletes. Right. So this is where the discrepancy comes in, where it gets crazy because now you go to a regular assessment, a regular assessment or a regular, I don’t want to say regular doctor, but, you know, your doctor and then he’ll test your BMI and you’re gonna be off, you’re going to be high and you’re going to say, you know, you need to get your BMI lower. Yeah, the point is that the BMI is the mass, right? So again, muscle is heavier than fat. So in your environment of bodybuilding, what do you think about that?

 

[00:12:22] I mean because I’m sure it was crazy. Well, one of the things that I’ve been able to see over the years is that when you have someone, as we understand this, that the BMR is obviously the thing that we’re using to assess height and weight. But those numbers get skewed when you have an athlete and they don’t work well for the muscular individual, someone that’s I mean, my son, for example, he was 195 pounds, 5′ 8″. In all reality, he’s clinically obese. Right. Yet he’s shredded and ripped. And he was a national champion in wrestling. Literally had no body fat. So the caliper method, the BMR, the BMI based on height and weight has deficiencies. And that’s where the BIA came in and the body impedance assessment. That’s where the studies became very popular. And as what we see, Mario is that in essence, when we look at these situations, we find out that there are great assessment tools out there. These tools are the ones that are actually going to give us the ability to kind of come up with an accurate for a large range of individuals, whether they’re bodybuilders, whether they’re women. There’s a standard between, you know, a good 13 percent body fat and 29 percent body fat for females. Women typically have a larger number of between 18 and 29 percent body fat. At times, that’s a range that is kind of in there. Hopefully, they can stick around 22 to 24, boys in the 13 range just because the body density is different in a female. Right. So what we look at is what’s the norm? One of the things that we can do is try to calibrate people for their numbers so that they make sense for that individual and be able to work them towards it because a true athlete will be able to almost blow the BMR, BMI into the wrong number skew. And if we can get it to a nice number, we’re gonna have to use a lot of different tools. Now, what we’re going to present today are our ideas and fundamental philosophies and knowledge points that we use to determine actual true health. Right. So we’re going to be discussing those particular issues and we’re going to go over those particular areas here. Now, the BIA is the body impedance. Okay. So when we look at the bioimpedance areas, we can see that these kinds of tests are not only just affordable, but they actually determine the electrical current. And because of the body amount of muscle fat and the fat that occurs, we are using the fat as kind of like the thing that allows us to assess body dynamics as well as body density. Right. So as the more, there’s more impedance or more ohms or more resistance in the body, the greater the body fat. So it’s very important that these tests be done properly. Many of the times before you do a BIA, you’ve got to kind of, you know, you’ve got to not take, first of all, you’ve got to be dry. Ok. Because if you’re sweaty, it throws it off. Right. If you eat too much or too many fluids. So typically you try to keep away from foods, eating food prior to this and you try to get this thing to work. So resistance, as we look at it, are the things that we’re trying to measure. So one of the things that, when you look at these particular graphs, you see low resistance associated with large amounts of body fat mass, which is where the body is stored. Right. So when we look at this, this is one of the areas we can kind of put together when we look at the resistance numbers. Now, as we look at different angles, let’s say we got the phase angles. We also look at the ability. This is the new number that is assessing actually the intracellular and extracellular activity as well as the permeability of the cells. Ok. Now, as we range this. They’re looking at ranges between 0 and 20 percent. But the higher the phase angle, Ok, the higher the number where it pops, the better it is for the individual, the lower it is. It’s not as good. So what we want to do is we want to see where your phase angle is and we want to be able to assess it as it gets calculated. So one of the things that we look at, we assess this and our tools that we use, such as the BIA assessments, such as the InBody testing systems, we can actually determine the ranges that are for the individuals. But here’s where things make sense. But what we’re in general, when you look at this, Mario, what is your take from when we assess this particular type of under fundamental research technology as we can apply to athletes? Your daughters are athletes, right? And do you? What have you used in the past for this?

 

[00:17:07] Usually, when they go on to programs, I mean, they’re super fit, first of all. So they’re looking more at anywhere between like performance in terms of speed, agility, and sustainability. Right. Like, you know, vertical in terms of explosiveness, those types of things. In the area of recovery and energy. This is where I can tell you with the girls and even the boys, they really focused on the energy consistency. Ok. And I can see even with this, which is critical that the phase angle, again, the lower the phase angle, it shows the inability of the cell to store, you know, energy.

 

[00:18:09] So that’s why that storage of energy, Alex, is real critical because why that is where we get the maximum output and everyone is talking about performance and performance is about what, output. So if that cell can not store the energy, it cannot release the energy and perform. So that’s how nice these are nice markers. I would say that with the latest technology, we need to use them. We need to use them and we need to have benchmarks where it’s not just generalities. A lot of times we talk about generalities. How do you doing? I’m doing good. You know, I had a good workout. Well, what does it mean to you to have a good workout? And what does it mean to have a great workout? The difference is, show me proof. Show me results. It’s all about results. So the better, I guess a good takeaway. A good, good. Kind of, you know, assessment for people. Look at number one. Go to a professional and get your BMR and BMI done. That’s number one. And use the equipment.

 

[00:19:26] And the specifics so you can mark and you can assess them afterward.

 

[00:19:34] If you don’t have a straight baseline of pre, you will not have a post. And this is the same thing in performance. If you don’t have your electronic time and track your pre, then your post is meaningless. You really don’t know where you’re going. So for a lot of the performance, you know, to me, life is performance. You’re going to have to perform either at work or at home or you’re going to perform on the field, whatever that may be. On a mat. On a field, you know, in your sports. It’s about keeping track of markers, your pre and post. That way, you know where you’re going and you know your performance in our world. We love scores. Just imagine, go into a game and you never have a score. We don’t keep score. We just want to have fun. It doesn’t. It’s not fun anymore. Right. So.

 

[00:20:34] So for the things that we’re covering today in terms of the instruments, the methods of measuring body composition all the way from professional, DEXA and water displacement and body pods to skin folds, you know, everyday use, that you can just buy it at your local Wal-Mart anywhere and do the count protest.

 

[00:21:02] That’s a great baseline.

 

[00:21:06] And with a lot of the trainers, make sure that when you are training with someone, make sure that they do a baseline so you know and they know where you’re at and the performance and the programming.

 

[00:21:23] It’s really important to understand programming. There has to be a scaling. There has to be a periodicity in that development. And I know when little Alex was training for state, you know, in the wrestling, there has to be a periodicity. You can’t just go hard and go home like everybody says. No. You have to have your point of performance and you’ve got to have your track, your flow to that. Just like when Mia is training for nationals or international competition in tennis, there has to be a plan where she is developing to peak at that time. Is that correct? Yes, yes, yes, yes. That’s so critical. And we, you, cannot create that plan to peak at that specific if you’re in the dark in terms of having a knowledge of where you’re at. And I think for our listeners and our viewers, it’s critical and it’s very, very easy to get. I think sometimes people get lost, like all, you know, BMI. I would venture to say 80 percent of the people that are listening today. Right. That are watching this video. Have no clue what BMI means. They’ve heard about it, but they have no clue what it is. Yeah, they think it’s some scientific something. No, it’s not. All right. We want to bring it down to earth, down into your living room, where you can actually do a BMI for your kids, right? Yeah. Why don’t we do that? Why don’t we do a BMI for your kids? Do it for your husband, your wife. Make sure you know where you’re at again, with a BMI. And this, you know, refresh my memory. The target is from 19 to 20. Ok, 19 to 20. Anything beyond that is obesity. If you’re talking about 25 BMI, you’re in the obesity range. Right. If you’re talking about 30, you are morbidly obese. And the word morbidly obese means death. That should get everyone’s attention. Oh, yes. Yes, it does. It kinda like wakes you up. So what we’re looking at is, number one, understand where you are. Then measurements and then also understand that these measurements fit the profile of a person. So if you’re a bodybuilder, if you are very heavy muscle-bound. Ok. Then you already know you need to go into impedance. Not measurements. But what I have found out. A very reliable measurement is. The measurement for your waist and that’s where, Alex, I want to kind of share this with our listeners and viewers. Just a simple waist measurement is so powerful because it is actually…

 

[00:24:24] Some people say it’s better than BMI. It sure is. Right. I mean, actually, yes, it’s yes, it’s very much. That waist measurement gets down and makes it so simple because that abdominal mass, that abdominal fat is the one that’s gonna kill you.

 

[00:24:41] That’s the one that has the highest risk. Is that correct?

 

[00:24:44] That’s correct. And if your belly is wide. If it sticks over your belt, we got issues. Ok. So we’re noticing that if there is a certain distance between the chest and the waist, those are better measurements in general. Yeah. So as those numbers are calculated, you don’t need a high-level test. To do this. Ok. I like that. So it’s a very important component to look at. But as we advance and we’re dealing with high-performance athletes, people want to know and you can take a sport like, let’s say, just wrestling, for example, you got these individuals. Or soccer. Huge. We’re dealing with to assess a tight BMI or in a tight body mass index. You got to have body fat. You got to have body fat to be able to sustain the loads of an exercise routine. You’re going to see that during season you got some guys that got some good body fat density. Right. And let’s say their weight class is 198, for example. And the guy is about 215 pounds. Well, if he drops from 215 to 198 overnight, he’s going to be exorbitantly exhausted. And this is something that we’re going to see now if he slowly works towards the goal towards the arena of 198 over a period of two weeks. Or he is better off. But let’s assume he gets there to the exact bodyweight 198 and its 3 days before competition, right? It’s going to be exhausting. He’s gonna be tired. However, if he can get there two weeks earlier and adapt his body as his body starts getting better, it will be able to respond better during the loads that it needs.

 

[00:26:31] And this is what we are talking about, that it needs to be sports specific. You follow me Alex? Exactly. So that same conversation cannot be held with a soccer player. Exactly. A football player and a tennis player or anything in that what I call long aerobics exertion of over, you know, over, let’s say 10, 15 minutes. And this is what’s happening is and I love it when you said that example with wrestlers, you know, I would say the same goes towards MMA fighters, which I take care of. Yes. MMA fighters in Phoenix and in different areas that then you’re talking about also boxers. Again, they have to make weight. Yes. Ok. Though the world of making weight is a beast, that is a world where you have to be on or you’re going to die. Exactly. You either go into that fight feeling like a beast or you’re praying that it ends quickly. And so. Yeah. Yeah. You gotta pin him in the first 10 seconds. Yes. So. So this is where it’s so important that the training, the measurements, the analytics, and metrics. We’re in a world of analytics and metrics, Alex. We’re not in a world of. Oh, he looks good.

 

[00:28:09] No, no, we’re past that. We’re way past. No, Mario, we’re in the world of making sure that when we wait, when we compare the athlete, we can measure their changes. And every stage down the road as they compete, as they become more and more in tune to that moment of competition, their body changes, their bodies adapt, their bodies become more refined. And as the season gets better or further along in the season, towards the competitions, towards the season, towards the heavy loads. Yeah. That’s when we can kind of see how the body’s changing. So these tests can actually help us determine how the body reacts. And once these competitors have years of competing and during those years they have offseason and on the season and we need to be able to measure those things in an easy way. That’s what these tests do in terms of tennis, for example, when you’ve done these kind of things. What have you noticed in terms of, let’s say, just the athlete of tennis or even the boxers that you deal with? What have you noticed in terms of the, specifically the…

 

[00:29:15] Progression through the season. It’s critical, it’s critical and Alex, I can tell you this, that it’s not just performance. The other conversation that I think really needs to be. Dialed in is recovery, recovery, Alex. Ok. And the other one that fits together with recovery is the phase angle. Yes. And decreasing injuries. Exactly. That’s where it kind of gets real, real crazy because you can not have this sustainable pattern. Without recovery and without that specificity and knowing when to push it, one to max out, as they say, and when to shut it down or when to go half-speed, and these are conversations that are really, really critical for young athletes. Alex. Yeah, I see a lot of them, you know, and they’re starting nowadays. They’re starting earlier. They’re starting at six and seven years old. Six and seven. I mean, tell your body hasn’t even woke up to the conversation of sports yet. And they are practicing three times a week, having games every weekend, or some of them practice three times a week with one team and then go with another team and practice the other two days just so they can be at their best peak.

 

[00:30:48] What sports are you dealing with that kids are doing at six or seven?

 

[00:30:53] They’re running like right now. I have patients that are doing basketball and track at the same time.

 

[00:31:01] Yeah. And during middle school.

 

[00:31:05] That’s amazing. This is crazy. Yeah. So this is my question. Our question. We’re here to help the community. We’re here to help the parents because their vision is my little kid’s gonna be a superstar, right. He’s going to sign a D1 contract. UT Austin, Texas tag, guns up, baby. Yeah, guns up or U of A. You have Wildcats wildcat.

 

[00:31:34] No, you know walk-ins.

 

[00:31:35] Yes. And I’m thinking you’re not gonna make it past high school. I mean, you’re not gonna make it past Montwood or past Franklin. I mean, you are going to hit the wall so hard, so hard with repetitive traumas. Ok. And so those are the components that to me as a health care provider, as a, you know, a sports functional medicine…

 

[00:32:05] Cognitive.

 

[00:32:08] Coach, I mean, I need to teach people this, forget taking care of injuries. I want to teach you so you don’t get injured. It’s critical. And then they go into middle school and high school and there’s no season off. There is no season off.

 

[00:32:24] So in your opinion, what have you seen these tests do in order to help the parent or the athlete or the individual or the coach, for that matter? Understand, as a form of betterment for them? What do we get out of these tests in terms of the athlete?

 

[00:32:46] Very simple. There is a time to turn it on and a time to turn it off. Ok. So, you reach your goal, rest. Ok. You’ve done the tournament, recover, get the recovery, get the mind and body to recover, Alex. A lot of times we don’t even think about the mind. Yeah, the mind gets beat up in the war, in the battlefield of performance, the mind gets beat up. Yes. Ok. It affects your sleep pattern. It affects your focus. Emotions, anger management, all of those things. So what I would say is we’re here to share knowledge and tools or health. But most of all, for performance. Yes. So that way. Each child and each person, let’s say you’re not in middle school, high school. Let’s say you’re in your 20s and 30s and 40s. Well, you’re performing for life. And so let’s really invite everyone to learn more to look up BMI, BMR, all of these and incorporate them into their plan of workouts and challenge them and ask them, when’s the last time you got measured? How about that? Yeah.

 

[00:34:13] When’s the last time? We have to kind of teach people that these tests are not, you know, at any point. Just one test. You have to follow through these tests for a lifetime to see what’s actually going on. If you really have a center where you can go and the BIA tests are so simple now that we and the correlation between the highest level of research show that we’re very, very tight. Less than 1 percent variation from clinical research methods. So we know that the BIA works in terms of extremity inflammation, in terms of joint swelling, in terms of the metabolic processes for the mass density in the…

 

[00:34:56] In each extremity. So if you have one muscle that is larger on one side as a result of an injury from the other extremity, we’ll be able to see the changes.

 

[00:35:05] So the studies are very clear now. We use phase angles to determine health. We use fat analysis. We use the changes and the progression during a very athletic era or a very athletic season is very important to be able to determine. So that today we’re starting the children a lot younger. We’re starting them at four, five, six years old as the child has to around 4 years old, as long as he can focus is in long as he can pay attention. That’s when we start him active. So it is wise to start the process of understanding the metabolism methods that we use to calculate body mass index through their ages so that we have a measurement of what’s normal for that particular child. Because what we really have to see is what’s good for that individual. Specific gravity is another method to determine if you’re cutting down too much. But that’s another topic running. This particular issue is, particularly on the body mass index. And what we want to do is we want to bring that to the towns and to El Paso, particularly because we have those research capacities here, specifically the ones that we have liked is, you know, body mass index so InBody is one of the most top used. They use it at UTEP. They use it at the top research centers. And it’s pretty much the standard now. And, you know, and since we use it, it offers us an ability to quickly assess an individual. I’ve been at UTEP. I’ve seen the types that they use and it’s very accurate. And since we’ve seen the research said that it follows now we know that this stuff is very accurate. And specifically, now you can actually assess your own and have it online and the determinant through methods where you can keep up with your child, see what’s going on. Any other ideas, any other comments that you have, Mario, in terms of bringing this logic or this kind of approach to understanding basal metabolic indexes to the public?

 

[00:37:10] I would say, Alex. Number one, let’s make it very simple. You know, let’s make it very simple. So with that, this is as simple as getting on a scale to see how much you weigh. That’s it. So let’s bring that conversation to everyone so everyone gets a scan. Minimal. Minimal. I would say seasonal every season. You should get a scan. You should get a BMI. You should have you should log it in just like your weight. You know, let’s be functional. Let’s think of ourselves as important as our cars. Right. So. So I look at it as you have a little tag up on your windshield that says oil change, you know. So why don’t we do this? Why don’t we have? And I really challenge everyone listening. And, you know, we’re here because we need to take care of our community. You know, our community is probably one of the highest rates of diabetes in the nation. Ok. And all of that starts… Mario. Mario. Yeah. Yeah.

 

[00:38:20] I’m sorry. I don’t want to say it, but you have to. There’s a big elephant in the room. But El Paso, our town was considered the fattest, sweatiest town in the whole United States at one point. That sickened me when I heard it. It was a different town. We are much more advanced. There were very few gyms. Now we’re all about fitness. So if we’re gonna be the leaders out there and man, I gotta tell you, we got some beautiful athletes coming out of El Paso now. Absolutely. We are one of the tops. We can put our athletes against the best, even the most. Well-bred. Top schools. So as we compete in those areas, we really want to use the tools that all the other places use in order to assess our athletes, our children, and our high-performance individuals. So it’s very important we do that kind of stuff now because we have the technology. And no longer is El Paso going to be the fattest, sweetest town of the United States. That’s unforgivable. You definitely agree with that.

 

[00:39:23] So just bring in that and the division that I would like to share. Is that the measurement, the simplicity of just getting your weight and your height is now complemented with a BMI that you understand. You have some goals. It’s 2020. Yeah, yeah. It’s 2020, baby. You know what, 2020 means that let’s do better than last year. Let’s be healthier than last year and let us integrate and have a better understanding and better objective plan for our own health. And with this, I would say this test and the body measurement index is a word and an understanding that needs to be spread throughout families. So the family can talk about that, like, hey, what are we doing? How are we doing? Ok. And then with that, use it accordingly. Ok. Accordingly. To create positive outcomes where there is just to be able to play with your child if you have children. That’s your sport. Your sport is not to sit and watch. Your sport is to participate. Throw the ball. Kick the ball. Run with your child. Or if your child is really into sports. Give him the tools. Give her the best tools. They’re not that expensive. Now they’re available. So that way they can get training that is on point and results that are extraordinary.

 

[00:41:04] Exactly. I couldn’t have said it better myself. We have the technology. It’s here. This is not the six million dollar man, kind of world or this is not outside of our realm. We can give it to our kids. We can show them, parents become the educators.

 

[00:41:22] They are the ones that seek out the coaches. They are the ones that are the nutritionist for the children. They are the ones that are the psychologists that every aspect of developing a child requires a lot of different aspects. So those parents that have athletes, athletes that want to learn more about their bodies and the world of heavy tech research methods are over. Now, it’s simple. You get on scale really accurate methods and you can monitor your body a few times a year, two, three, four times a year, depending on your type of sport and your level of performance. These are the things we can do. And we need to provide that information so that you have tools in order to gage.

 

[00:42:11] You can’t get in a car without looking at a speedometer. So if don’t know how fast you’re going. You don’t know if you’ve gone too far. You don’t know if you’re having protein metabolic catabolism, which is breakdown or if you’re anabolic. So these are the tools that help us figure things out. You don’t know if certain joints or certain extremities are swollen because of just water or if it’s this protein breakdown. These tools we can actually see inside the body and monitor the improvement or changes. So the world changed. So now El Paso, we have the ability to change the way we understand our own physiology as well as the patient’s physiology and our client’s physiology. So I welcome this technology. And by no means is it limited to anything that we do. This is many providers in the town who can do this. Many hospitals have it. But for a facility, it’s within our practices as well. So we use those things. So I look forward to being able to share this with the patients as well as the town.

 

[00:43:15] Absolutely.

 

[00:43:16] I second emotion on that, Alex, and the challenge and the motivation and passion that we’re going to have this year in 2020. Absolutely.

 

[00:43:26] As to not only motivate and be cheerleaders for functional health and fitness, but also to educate and empower the community with the latest technology and knowledge so they can do their best.

 

[00:43:43] Amen, brother. This is awesome. And I look forward to being able to continue. We’re going to be coming at you often because we’re motivated.

 

[00:43:53] We’re parents and we want to be able to touch our El Paso and make it a better place because, you know, without getting too crazy, we’re pretty badass, as they say.

 

[00:44:04] Right. Yeah. We’re pretty intense in our town, right? Yeah.

 

[00:44:07] Mario. Don’t get me started.

 

[00:44:11] They’re gonna shut me down. No, no, no, no.

 

[00:44:16] We won’t do that later, guys. We’ll go ahead and see the show. And it’s been a blessing. So from all of us here, we can actually see how you guys are doing. So. Blessings to you guys. Thank you, guys. Bye-bye.

 

Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain

Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance.

 

 


 

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Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with a variety of food sensitivities and intolerances. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual�s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient�s specific needs.

 

Gut Zoomer for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Gut Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate gut health associated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The Vibrant Gut ZoomerTM offers a report that includes dietary recommendations and other natural supplementation like prebiotics, probiotics, and polyphenols. The gut microbiome is mainly found in the large intestine and it has more than 1000 species of bacteria that play a fundamental role in the human body, from shaping the immune system and affecting the metabolism of nutrients to strengthening the intestinal mucosal barrier (gut-barrier). It is essential to understand how the number of bacteria that symbiotically live in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract influences gut health because imbalances in the gut microbiome may ultimately lead to gastrointestinal (GI) tract symptoms, skin conditions, autoimmune disorders, immune system imbalances, and multiple inflammatory disorders.

 


Dunwoody Labs: Comprehensive Stool with Parasitology | El Paso, TX Chiropractor


GI-MAP: GI Microbial Assay Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor


 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

 

XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly,�Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic�Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx

 

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

 

* All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


 

 


 

Modern Integrated Medicine

The National University of Health Sciences is an institution that offers a variety of rewarding professions to attendees. Students can practice their passion for helping other people achieve overall health and wellness through the institution’s mission. The National University of Health Sciences prepares students to become leaders in the forefront of modern integrated medicine, including chiropractic care. Students have an opportunity to gain unparalleled experience at the National University of Health Sciences to help restore the natural integrity of the patient and define the future of modern integrated medicine.

 

 

Coleus forskohlii and Metabolic Syndrome

Coleus forskohlii and Metabolic Syndrome

Do you feel:

  • Aches, pains, and swelling throughout the body?
  • Weight gain?
  • Your waist girth is equal or larger than hip girth?
  • An increase in weight even with a low-calorie diet?
  • An increase in fat distribution around the chest and hips?

If you are experiencing any of these situations, then you might be experiencing metabolic syndrome and might considered using Coleus forskohlii.

With the world population being obese or even overweight, especially in the United States. One of the most common disorders that mostly everyone has from being obese, and it is called metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that happens to many individuals that can create many complications to the body, and most individuals who have metabolic syndrome would have an apple or pear-shaped bodies. With many supplements and natural foods helping the body, there is a supplement that can help the body combat metabolic syndrome and can be combined with a specific diet to make anyone who is obese or overweight lose the extra pounds.

What is Coleus forskohlii?

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One of the supplements that have been known to help combat metabolic syndrome is Coleus forskohlii. Coleus forskohlii is a plant supplement that is found in parts of India, Thailand, and Nepal. While being part of the mint family, Coleus forskohlii has been used in traditional folk medicine that has been known to treat asthma and various ailments that the body may encounter. Studies have found that Coleus forskohlii extract may be able to aid in weight management; however, there have been limited studies on this extract. The Coleus forskohlii has been known to extract the critical markers for obesity and metabolic parameter for overweight and obese individuals who might benefit from this supplement.

The Benefits of Coleus forskohlii

With Coleus forskohlii, studies have found that this supplement can aid in weight loss by creating two enzymes to help the body burn fatty acids. These two enzymes are known as lipase and adenylate cyclase. Studies have found that these two enzymes help free fatty acids, and when that happens, the fatty acids can be used as fuel, while reducing body fat without affecting the lean muscle mass. Although this safely helps the body, coleus forskohlii needs to be accompanied by a calorie deficit.

There are benefits for individuals that are obese or overweight. When they take coleus forskohlii as a weight-loss supplement and do a calorie deficit, they can:

  • Suppressing appetite
  • Help reduce the efficiency of digestion
  • Increase the metabolic rate in the body

There are even more benefits of Coleus forskohlii that have been skyrocketing as this supplement been receiving in the public eye as people are looking for ways to lose weight. Some of the benefits of taking Coleus forskohlii are:

  • Treating asthma
  • Preventing the risk of cancer
  • Prevent congestive heart failure by improving the heart strength
  • Lowers blood pressure

Many studies have also shown that Coleus forskohlii can even help reduce body fat in obese men. There have been two studies that show the results of people taking Coleus forskohlii to help reduce their body fat and boost their hormone levels. One study showed how obese men took Coleus forskohlii for twelve weeks. The results show that Coleus forskohlii can alter the male’s body composition while increasing bone mass and testosterone levels in males.

While another study showed how the effects of Coleus forskohlii supplementation on the body composition of mildly overweight women, what is surprising is that with these two different studies, Coleus forskohlii needs enough evidence that requires more research. It shows that Coleus forskohlii does not cause weight loss for many obese individuals; however, Coleus forskohlii can help improve body composition in men and help prevent women from having weight gain. Many more studies have conducted different results, but the results almost have the same reactions on how Coleus forskohlii is the solution for weight loss. However, they all agreed that this supplement does help the body composition on individuals.

Conclusion

With more and more future research about Coleus forskohlii, it is essential to know that using Coleus forskohlii alone will not help losing weight. This supplement is just part of a massive lifestyle change for anyone with metabolic syndrome. By eating the right foods, taking supplements and vitamins, exercising regularly, and having a good night’s sleep, these changes can help anyone lose weight and make them feel good. When bad lifestyle choices and dysfunction enters the body, causing unnecessary illnesses, it can cause a person to develop chronic problems. By adding Coleus forskohlii into the body, it can help dampen the effects of metabolic syndrome. Some products can help the body’s system by providing support to the metabolic system while containing hypoallergenic nutrients, enzymatic cofactors, metabolic precursors, and phytonutrients that the body needs.

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.


References:

Arnarson, Atli. �Does Forskolin Actually Work? An Evidence-Based Review.� Healthline, 29 May, 2017, www.healthline.com/nutrition/forskolin-review.

Fletcher, Jenna. �Does Forskolin Work? Uses, Risks, and Benefits.� Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 12 Sept. 2017, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319370.

Godard, Michael P, et al. �Body Composition and Hormonal Adaptations Associated with Forskolin Consumption in Overweight and Obese Men.� Obesity Research, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2005, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16129715.

Henderson, Shonteh, et al. �Effects of Coleus Forskohlii Supplementation on Body Composition and Hematological Profiles in Mildly Overweight Women.� Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, BioMed Central, 9 Dec. 2005, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2129145/.

Litosch, I, et al. �Forskolin as an Activator of Cyclic AMP Accumulation and Lipolysis in Rat Adipocytes.� Molecular Pharmacology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, July 1982, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6289066.


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Nutraceuticals for Sciatica

Nutraceuticals for Sciatica

Nutraceuticals can help relieve several different types of chronic pain, including sciatica or sciatic nerve pain. Stephen DeFelice, MD, coined the term in 1989, which is a combination of the words nutrition and pharmaceutical. He defined nutraceuticals as food that offers a variety of health benefits as well as prevention and/or treatment of health issues. Although these foods are considered to be natural products, it’s essential to discuss nutraceutical options for chronic pain, including sciatica or sciatic nerve pain, with a healthcare professional to avoid any side-effects or interactions with drugs/medications.

 

Several nutraceuticals are also considered to be dietary supplements. According to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) is a product that is taken orally in pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form which is made-up of any chemical ingredient that adds to what a person normally gets in their diet, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs as well as substances made from organs or glands and enzymes. Dietary supplements can also be an extract or concentrate. Several examples of dietary supplements include vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, and fish oil, best known as omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Nutraceuticals aren’t only limited to dietary supplements, as Dr. Stephen DeFelice previously described. It can also include genetically engineered food, such as food with added antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Nutraceuticals offer people extra nutrients that the body needs to use as fuel for energy. Nutrients, such as proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are broken down by the body’s metabolism, a process that uses energy to regulate breathing and heartbeat, among other essential bodily functions. In the following article, we will discuss how nutraceuticals can help improve sciatica or sciatic nerve pain.

 

How Nutraceuticals Can Help Improve Sciatica

When people have chronic pain, including sciatica or sciatic nerve pain, the body will generally require more nutrients to repair itself. Nutraceuticals can help supplement the nutrients people are already getting from their diet by giving the body more nutrients to use. According to several research studies, nutraceuticals can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with low back pain and other health issues. Sciatica or sciatic nerve pain is a collection of symptoms, rather than a single condition, which is caused by a variety of health issues, including a bulging disk, herniated disk, or degenerative disk disease.

 

“Nutraceuticals, as well as dietary supplements, work best when used in combination with proper diet, regular exercise or physical activity, and stress management”, stated Carrie Bowler, DO, a physician with One Medical Group in New York. Although these foods are considered to be natural products, it’s essential to discuss nutraceutical options for chronic pain, including sciatica or sciatic nerve pain, with a healthcare professional to avoid any side-effects or interactions with drugs/medications. Below, we will discuss several nutraceuticals that can ultimately help improve sciatica or sciatic nerve pain.

 

Nutraceuticals for Sciatica

Vitamin D

According to researchers, vitamin D deficiency can make sciatica or sciatic nerve pain worse. One research study published in Pain Physician in 2013 found that chronic pain may be associated with an increased prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in people with spinal stenosis in their lumbar spine or low back, a common cause of sciatica or sciatic nerve pain. A healthcare professional will determine an individual’s recommended dosage of vitamin D based on their individual needs and requirements. Sunlight exposure and vitamin D-fortified foods, such as vitamin D milk, may also help supply the nutrient.

 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Healthcare professionals recommend increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids to help reduce inflammation that can ultimately cause chronic pain. Many dietary supplements are available in pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form. Make sure to talk with your healthcare professional about the proper dosage of omega-3 fatty acids because increased doses of this nutrient can increase the risk of bleeding and other complications. It can also interfere with any blood-thinning drugs and/or medications. You can also increase the intake of omega-3 fatty acids by eating tuna, salmon, sardines, and dark leafy greens.

 

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Glucosamine and chondroitin are organic compounds that are naturally produced in the body. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, glucosamine can be found in the fluid around the joints while chondroitin can be found in the cartilage surrounding the joints. Navid Farahmand, MD, an interventional pain management physician with the Brain and Spine Institute of California in Newport Beach, stated that, although there aren�t many research studies on the effectiveness of glucosamine and chondroitin for people with back pain, others have shown a meaningful impact on chronic knee pain.

 

Turmeric or Curcumin

Turmeric or curcumin, the active ingredient in the yellow-ish plant, is one of the most recommended dietary supplements for chronic pain, including sciatica or sciatic nerve pain. The spice, which is commonly used in Indian curry dishes, can be taken as a powder in capsules, mixed into tea, or as a liquid extract. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAAM) reports that turmeric is considered safe for most adults but prolonged use could cause an upset stomach. As a dietary supplement, it’s not recommended for people with gallbladder disease because it can make the condition worse.

 

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Nutraceuticals can help relieve several different types of chronic pain, including sciatica or sciatic nerve pain. Nutraceuticals are foods that offers a variety of health benefits. It’s essential to discuss nutraceutical options for sciatica or sciatic nerve pain with a healthcare professional to avoid any side-effects or interactions with drugs/medications. Several nutraceuticals are also considered to be dietary supplements. Several examples of dietary supplements include vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, and fish oil, best known as omega-3 fatty acids. Nutraceuticals can also include genetically engineered food. Nutraceuticals offer people extra nutrients that the body needs to use as fuel for energy to regulate breathing and heartbeat, among other essential bodily functions. In this article, we will discuss how nutraceuticals can help improve sciatica or sciatic nerve pain.�- Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 

Nutraceuticals can help relieve several different types of chronic pain, including sciatica or sciatic nerve pain. Stephen DeFelice, MD, coined the term in 1989, which is a combination of the words nutrition and pharmaceutical. He defined nutraceuticals as food that offers a variety of health benefits as well as prevention and/or treatment of health issues. Although these foods are considered to be natural products, it’s essential to discuss nutraceutical options for chronic pain, including sciatica or sciatic nerve pain, with a healthcare professional to avoid any side-effects or interactions with drugs/medications.

 

Several nutraceuticals are also considered to be dietary supplements. According to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) is a product that is taken orally in pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form which is made-up of any chemical ingredient that adds to what a person normally gets in their diet, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs as well as substances made from organs or glands and enzymes. Dietary supplements can also be an extract or concentrate. Several examples of dietary supplements include vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, and fish oil, best known as omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Nutraceuticals aren’t only limited to dietary supplements, as Dr. Stephen DeFelice previously described. It can also include genetically engineered food, such as food with added antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Nutraceuticals offer people extra nutrients that the body needs to use as fuel for energy. Nutrients, such as proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are broken down by the body’s metabolism, a process that uses energy to regulate breathing and heartbeat, among other essential bodily functions. In the article above, we ultimately discussed how nutraceuticals can help improve sciatica or sciatic nerve pain.

 

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.�

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez

 

References:

  1. Tennant, Forest. �Nutraceuticals for Chronic Pain.� Practical Pain Management, 18 July 2016, www.practicalpainmanagement.com/patient/treatments/nutraceuticals/nutraceuticals-chronic-pain.
  2. Mosenthal, William P. �Sciatica Pain, Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment.� SpineUniverse, 9 Jan. 2020, www.spineuniverse.com/conditions/sciatica/sciatica-pain-symptoms-causes-diagnosis-treatment.
  3. Theobald, ByMikel. �Photo Gallery: 7 Supplements That Help Back Pain.� EverydayHealth.com, 22 Jan. 2015, www.everydayhealth.com/pictures/best-worst-supplements-help-back-pain/.

 

Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain

Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance.

 

 


 

Neural Zoomer Plus for Neurological Disease

Neural Zoomer Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate neurological diseases. The Neural ZoomerTM Plus is an array of neurological autoantibodies which offers specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus is designed to assess an individual�s reactivity to 48 neurological antigens with connections to a variety of neurologically related diseases. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus aims to reduce neurological conditions by empowering patients and physicians with a vital resource for early risk detection and an enhanced focus on personalized primary prevention.

 

Food Sensitivity for the IgG & IgA Immune Response

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with a variety of food sensitivities and intolerances. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual�s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient�s specific needs.

 

Gut Zoomer for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Gut Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate gut health associated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The Vibrant Gut ZoomerTM offers a report that includes dietary recommendations and other natural supplementation like prebiotics, probiotics, and polyphenols. The gut microbiome is mainly found in the large intestine and it has more than 1000 species of bacteria that play a fundamental role in the human body, from shaping the immune system and affecting the metabolism of nutrients to strengthening the intestinal mucosal barrier (gut-barrier). It is essential to understand how the number of bacteria that symbiotically live in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract influences gut health because imbalances in the gut microbiome may ultimately lead to gastrointestinal (GI) tract symptoms, skin conditions, autoimmune disorders, immune system imbalances, and multiple inflammatory disorders.

 


Dunwoody Labs: Comprehensive Stool with Parasitology | El Paso, TX Chiropractor


GI-MAP: GI Microbial Assay Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor


 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

 

XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly,�Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic�Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900.

xymogen el paso, tx

 

For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download

 

* All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.

 


 

 


 

Modern Integrated Medicine

The National University of Health Sciences is an institution that offers a variety of rewarding professions to attendees. Students can practice their passion for helping other people achieve overall health and wellness through the institution’s mission. The National University of Health Sciences prepares students to become leaders in the forefront of modern integrated medicine, including chiropractic care. Students have an opportunity to gain unparalleled experience at the National University of Health Sciences to help restore the natural integrity of the patient and define the future of modern integrated medicine.

 

 

Functional Neurology: Natural Ways to Increase Serotonin

Functional Neurology: Natural Ways to Increase Serotonin

Serotonin is a well-known neurotransmitter that plays an essential role in various functions of the brain and body, including mood and digestion. This chemical messenger helps promote positive feelings and social behavior, control appetite, support learning and memory as well as regulate our circadian rhythm or sleep-wake cycle. However, serotonin deficiencies can also cause several health issues, including anxiety, depression, sleep problems, fatigue, abnormal appetite and cravings as well as nausea and digestive problems. In the following article, we will discuss natural ways to increase serotonin.  

Eat Tryptophan-rich Foods

  Although serotonin isn’t directly found in food, you can eat tryptophan-rich foods. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that the brain and body use to turn it into serotonin. Tryptophan is found in high-protein foods, such as turkey and salmon. However, simply eating plenty of tryptophan-rich foods isn’t enough to help naturally increase serotonin levels. Tryptophan-rich foods are generally even higher in other essential amino acids and these other substances are more likely than tryptophan to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) or the protective shield that controls what compounds enter the brain from the bloodstream. Healthcare professionals believe that eating carbohydrates with tryptophan-rich foods can help more of this essential amino acid enter the brain.  

Take Probiotics

  Healthcare professionals recommend adding more probiotics into your diet as another natural way to increase serotonin. Taking probiotic supplements or eating probiotic-rich foods, such as yogurt and fermented foods like kimchi or sauerkraut, can trigger the release of tryptophan into the bloodstream.  

Get Enough Sunlight

  Several research studies have demonstrated that serotonin can typically be lower during winter and higher during summer. Scientists have also found that, because serotonin can affect our mood, changes in serotonin levels during different seasons may actually be associated with seasonal affective disorders as well as other brain and mental health issues also associated with the seasons. Scientists suggest that the skin may be able to synthesize serotonin.  

Do Exercise and Physical Activity

  Exercise and physical activity can also trigger the release of tryptophan into the bloodstream from the brain. It can also reduce the number of other essential amino acids. This can ultimately help create an excellent scenario for more tryptophan to penetrate the BBB and enter the brain from the bloodstream.  

Take Supplements

  According to healthcare professionals, taking dietary supplements can help trigger the release of serotonin by increasing tryptophan. However, make sure to talk to your healthcare professional before taking any new supplements to prevent further health issues. Also, make sure to tell them if you are taking any over-the-counter or prescription drugs/medications, vitamins, and minerals, as well as any herbal remedies. Choose supplements made by a well-known manufacturer that can be researched for reports on the quality of their products. Supplements can naturally help increase serotonin levels, including: �  

Pure Tryptophan

  Tryptophan supplements have more tryptophan than food which can make it more possible to penetrate the BBB and enter the brain from the bloodstream. A 2006 research study suggests that tryptophan supplements can also have an antidepressant effect in women but further evidence is still required.  

SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine)

  Taking SAMe supplements also seems to help increase serotonin levels which can help improve symptoms, such as depression. However, it’s not recommended to take it with any other supplements or drugs/medications that increase serotonin, including certain antidepressants and antipsychotics.  

5-HTP

  The substance 5-HTP can penetrate the BBB and enter the brain from the bloodstream to trigger the release of serotonin. A 2013 research study demonstrated that 5-HTP supplements were as effective as antidepressants in people with early symptoms like depression. Other research studies on taking 5-HTP supplements to help naturally increase serotonin and reduce symptoms of depression have ultimately demonstrated mixed results.  

Get a Massage

  Massage therapy can also help naturally increase serotonin as well as dopamine neurotransmitter or chemical messenger that controls mood and various other functions in the brain and body. Getting a massage can also help decrease cortisol, a hormone that is released by the brain with stress. Although you can visit a licensed massage therapist, this may not always be necessary. A 2004 research study evaluated 84 pregnant women with depression. The women who received massage therapy twice a week reported feeling decreased symptoms of depression and had increased serotonin levels.   Dr. Alex Jimenez Insights Image
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, or chemical messenger, associated with mood and a variety of other functions in the human brain and body. Serotonin helps promote positive feelings and social behavior, control appetite, support learning and memory as well as regulate our circadian rhythm or sleep-wake cycle. Serotonin deficiencies can cause a variety of brain and mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, sleep problems, fatigue, abnormal appetite and cravings as well as nausea and digestive problems. In the following article, we will discuss natural ways to increase serotonin, including eating tryptophan-rich foods, taking probiotics, doing exercise/physical activities, and taking supplements, among several others.�- Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight
  Serotonin is a well-known neurotransmitter that plays an essential role in various functions of the brain and body, including mood and digestion. This chemical messenger helps promote positive feelings and social behavior, control appetite, support learning and memory as well as regulate our circadian rhythm or sleep-wake cycle. However, serotonin deficiencies can also cause several health issues, including anxiety, depression, sleep problems, fatigue, abnormal appetite and cravings as well as nausea and digestive problems. In the article above, we discussed natural ways to increase serotonin.  

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.�

  Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez   References:
  1. Raypole, Crystal. �6 Ways to Boost Serotonin Without Medication.� Healthline, Healthline Media, 22 Apr. 2019, www.healthline.com/health/how-to-increase-serotonin.
  2. Wikipedia. �Circadian Rhythm.� Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 9 Dec. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circadian_rhythm.
  3. Gotter, Ana. �What Is Tryptophan?� Healthline, Healthline Media, 25 Jan. 2018, www.healthline.com/health/tryptophan.
 
 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

[wp-embedder-pack width=”100%” height=”1050px” download=”all” download-text=”” attachment_id=”52657″ /]   The following Neurotransmitter Assessment Form can be filled out and presented to Dr. Alex Jimenez. The following symptoms listed on this form are not intended to be utilized as a diagnosis of any type of disease, condition, or any other type of health issue.  
 

Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain

Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance.    
 

Neural Zoomer Plus for Neurological Disease

Neural Zoomer Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate neurological diseases. The Neural ZoomerTM Plus is an array of neurological autoantibodies which offers specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus is designed to assess an individual�s reactivity to 48 neurological antigens with connections to a variety of neurologically related diseases. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus aims to reduce neurological conditions by empowering patients and physicians with a vital resource for early risk detection and an enhanced focus on personalized primary prevention.  

Food Sensitivity for the IgG & IgA Immune Response

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with a variety of food sensitivities and intolerances. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual�s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient�s specific needs.  

Gut Zoomer for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Gut Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate gut health associated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The Vibrant Gut ZoomerTM offers a report that includes dietary recommendations and other natural supplementation like prebiotics, probiotics, and polyphenols. The gut microbiome is mainly found in the large intestine and it has more than 1000 species of bacteria that play a fundamental role in the human body, from shaping the immune system and affecting the metabolism of nutrients to strengthening the intestinal mucosal barrier (gut-barrier). It is essential to understand how the number of bacteria that symbiotically live in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract influences gut health because imbalances in the gut microbiome may ultimately lead to gastrointestinal (GI) tract symptoms, skin conditions, autoimmune disorders, immune system imbalances, and multiple inflammatory disorders.  
Dunwoody Labs: Comprehensive Stool with Parasitology | El Paso, TX Chiropractor
GI-MAP: GI Microbial Assay Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor
 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

  XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly,�Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic�Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900. xymogen el paso, tx For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download   * All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.  
   
 

Modern Integrated Medicine

The National University of Health Sciences is an institution that offers a variety of rewarding professions to attendees. Students can practice their passion for helping other people achieve overall health and wellness through the institution’s mission. The National University of Health Sciences prepares students to become leaders in the forefront of modern integrated medicine, including chiropractic care. Students have an opportunity to gain unparalleled experience at the National University of Health Sciences to help restore the natural integrity of the patient and define the future of modern integrated medicine.    
Natural Ways to Fix a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier in Functional Neurology Part 2

Natural Ways to Fix a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier in Functional Neurology Part 2

The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield that allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. However, many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. This can allow harmful components to penetrate the blood-brain brain, ultimately causing inflammation and brain health issues. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with many mental health issues and neurological diseases, including anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. In the article below, we will discuss natural ways which have been demonstrated to help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier and improve overall brain health.  

Take Berberine

A variety of plants have an alkaloid known as berberine. This extracted substance has anti-inflammatory properties and it can ultimately promote brain health by protecting neurons. Scientists have also found that taking berberine can help lower “bad” cholesterol, improve gut health, and many others believe it may even have possible antidepressant properties. Other research studies have shown that it can reduce inflammation, improve blood-brain barrier permeability and decrease damage following a traumatic brain injury. However, further research studies are still required to demonstrate these effects.  

Avoid Exposure to Mold

Mold and mycotoxins, or toxic metabolites released by mold, can cause severe brain health issues in people with certain sensitivities and intolerances. Exposure to these can also cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. In 2010, scientists demonstrated that exposure to mold and mycotoxins can increase BBB permeability by breaking down the blood-brain barrier. Moreover, low amounts of mold and mycotoxins can also be found in the foods we eat, including nuts, tea, coffee, and chocolate. Charcoal or bentonite clay supplements are powerful remedies that can capture toxins and release them out of the body.  

Take B Vitamins

According to healthcare professionals, B vitamins have been found to help improve a leaky blood-brain barrier. B vitamin deficiencies can ultimately affect brain health. Taking vitamin B1 (thiamine) supplements can help fix BBB permeability. Research studies have also shown that vitamins B6, B9, and B12 can help improve brain health in older adults with increased homocysteine and moderate cognitive impairment. Homocysteine is an inflammatory component that can breakdown the blood-brain barrier. Fortunately, healthcare professionals have found that taking B vitamins can balance the blood-brain barrier.  

Take Magnesium

Magnesium is a fundamental mineral that plays a vital role in a variety of structures and functions in the body, including enzyme, hormonal, and neurotransmitter activity. Magnesium is also one of the nutrients that people are most deficient in. This important mineral can increase growth hormones in the brain, support mitochondria, protect the brain from alcohol and help people overcome addiction and withdrawal. Research studies have also shown that taking magnesium can improve BBB permeability. Bananas, avocado, spinach, chard, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and dark chocolate have magnesium.  

Take R-Lipoic Acid (RLA) and Acetyl-Carnitine (ALCAR)

R-Lipoic Acid (RLA) is a fat-soluble and stable, bioavailable form of lipoic acid or an antioxidant created by the body, that can pass through the blood-brain barrier and enter the brain. This essential antioxidant can also protect the brain from alcohol and support mitochondria. Research studies have found that RLA can decrease oxidative stress and inflammation as well as improve BBB permeability and. Acetyl-Carnitine (ALCAR) is an acetylated form of the amino acid carnitine that is synergistic with RLA. ALCAR is neuroprotective and it can help people improve brain fog as well as addiction and withdrawal.  

Eat or Take Turmeric or Curcumin

Turmeric or curcumin, the spice that gives curry its yellowish color, is another fundamental ingredient for brain health that can help reduce stress and increase growth hormones in the brain. Turmeric or curcumin can also improve BBB permeability and promote overall brain health by maintaining and regulating the integrity of the blood-brain barrier. Research studies have also found that eating or taking turmeric or curcumin can help prevent damage to the blood-brain barrier due to glucose and oxygen deprivation by considerably decreasing oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain and body.  

Take Vitamin D

Vitamin D is another fat-soluble vitamin that the skin produces when exposed to the sun. The brain, heart, muscles, and immune system, among other cells and tissues in the body, have vitamin D receptors. This fat-soluble vitamin is fundamental for a variety of structures and functions. Vitamin D deficiencies can also cause a variety of brain health issues and neurological diseases. Scientists have shown that vitamin D can decrease inflammation and improve BBB permeability. Vitamin D has also been demonstrated to help protect endothelial cells and improve BBB permeability in patients with multiple sclerosis.  

Take Citicoline or Alpha GPC

Citicoline or CDP-Choline is another essential B vitamin and bioavailable form of choline. This substance can help improve brain fog. Research studies have also found that citicoline or CDP-Choline can prevent the breakdown of the blood-brain barrier following a stroke or traumatic brain injury and brain ischemia. Alpha GPC is another form of choline that has been shown to help support the blood-brain barrier. Scientists have also found that it can fix damage to the blood-brain barrier following a stroke or TBI, restoring cognitive function. You can also find some choline in egg yolks and beef liver.  

Avoid Exposure to EMFs

According to a variety of research studies, radiofrequency electromagnetic fields or EMFs emitted from smartphones, laptops, and WiFi can affect the brain and mental health. Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields or EMFs can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier.��Several other research studies have found that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields or EMFs can increase BBB permeability. Increased blood-brain barrier permeability may ultimately result in the accumulation of brain cell and tissue damage as well as cognitive impairment. It’s important to be aware of the effects of being exposed to these devices.   Dr. Alex Jimenez Insights Image
Many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier, ultimately causing increased BBB permeability, oxidative stress, inflammation and a variety of brain and mental health issues, including neurodegenerative diseases. The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield which allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. Fortunately, several natural ways have been demonstrated to help improve overall brain health and wellness as well as help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight
  The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield that allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. However, many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. This can allow harmful components to penetrate the blood-brain brain, ultimately causing inflammation and brain health issues. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with many mental health issues and neurological diseases, including anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. In the article above, we discussed more natural ways which have been demonstrated to help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier and improve overall brain health.  

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.�

  Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez   References:
  • The Star Academy. �How to Repair a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier.� The Star Academy, The Star Academy, 16 Oct. 2018, thestaracademy.co.za/repair-leaky-blood-brain-barrier/.
 
 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

[wp-embedder-pack width=”100%” height=”1050px” download=”all” download-text=”” attachment_id=”52657″ /]   The following Neurotransmitter Assessment Form can be filled out and presented to Dr. Alex Jimenez. The following symptoms listed on this form are not intended to be utilized as a diagnosis of any type of disease, condition, or any other type of health issue.  
 

Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain

Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance.    
 

Neural Zoomer Plus for Neurological Disease

Neural Zoomer Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate neurological diseases. The Neural ZoomerTM Plus is an array of neurological autoantibodies which offers specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus is designed to assess an individual�s reactivity to 48 neurological antigens with connections to a variety of neurologically related diseases. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus aims to reduce neurological conditions by empowering patients and physicians with a vital resource for early risk detection and an enhanced focus on personalized primary prevention.  

Food Sensitivity for the IgG & IgA Immune Response

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with food sensitivities. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual�s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient�s specific needs.  

Gut Zoomer for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Gut Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate gut health associated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The Vibrant Gut ZoomerTM offers a report that includes dietary recommendations and other natural supplementation like prebiotics, probiotics, and polyphenols. The gut microbiome is mainly found in the large intestine and it has more than 1000 species of bacteria that play a fundamental role in the human body, from shaping the immune system and affecting the metabolism of nutrients to strengthening the intestinal mucosal barrier (gut-barrier). It is essential to understand how the number of bacteria that symbiotically live in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract influences gut health because imbalances in the gut microbiome may ultimately lead to gastrointestinal (GI) tract symptoms, skin conditions, autoimmune disorders, immune system imbalances, and multiple inflammatory disorders.  
Dunwoody Labs: Comprehensive Stool with Parasitology | El Paso, TX Chiropractor
GI-MAP: GI Microbial Assay Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor
 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

  XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly,�Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic�Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900. xymogen el paso, tx For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download   * All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.  
   
 

Modern Integrated Medicine

Natural Ways to Fix a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier in Functional Neurology Part 1

Natural Ways to Fix a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier in Functional Neurology Part 1

The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield that allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. However, many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. This can allow harmful components to penetrate the blood-brain brain, ultimately causing inflammation and brain health issues. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with many mental health issues and neurological diseases, including anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. In the article below, we will discuss natural ways which have been demonstrated to help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier and improve overall brain health.  

Improve Gut Health

Understanding the connection between the brain and the gut is important to treat a leaky blood-brain barrier. In 2014, scientists found that a group of mice that didn’t have bacteria in their gastrointestinal tract had very leaky blood-brain barriers. However, when the scientists of the research study introduced bacteria into the intestines of the unhealthy mice through a fecal transfer, their BBB permeability considerably improved. Increasing good bacteria in your gut can ultimately help improve a leaky blood-brain barrier. Eating probiotics, prebiotic fiber, and fermented foods can increase good bacteria in your GI tract.  

Avoid Eating Gluten

According to many healthcare professionals, we should avoid eating gluten to promote brain health. In 2006, scientists found that gluten can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier because it increases zonulin, a protein that affects BBB permeability and results in neuroinflammation. Gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also cause visible changes in the white matter of the brain. Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, author of Grain Brain and Brain Maker states that gliadin, another protein found in gluten, can also affect BBB permeability. Moreover, other food sensitivities or intolerances can also cause a leaky blood-brain barrier.  

Eat Food with Sulforaphane

Cruciferous vegetables, including Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli, among others, have sulforaphane, a phytochemical and well-known antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory properties, similar to turmeric or curcumin. Many research studies have shown that sulforaphane can help improve a leaky blood-brain barrier by decreasing BBB permeability, preventing the breakdown of the BBB, and improving cognitive functions after stroke and traumatic brain injuries. Sulforaphane in myrosinase-activated supplement form can also be taken. Myrosinase is an enzyme in broccoli that helps metabolize sulforaphane.  

Eat Food with Resveratrol or Pterostilbene

Foods like raspberries, grapes, red wine, and dark chocolate have resveratrol, another powerful antioxidant with potent anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent the development of neurodegenerative diseases caused by a leaky blood-brain barrier. Scientists have found that eating food with resveratrol can ultimately help promote growth hormones in the brain and support mitochondria function. According to research studies, resveratrol can also protect the blood-brain barrier. Numerous other research studies have also found that eating foods with resveratrol can have other health benefits, including:  
  • Decreasing a leaky blood-brain barrier
  • Protecting the blood-brain barrier
  • Improving blood-brain barrier permeability
  Research studies have also shown that resveratrol can help protect the blood-brain barrier against oxidized LDL-induced damage. Furthermore, scientists believe that eating food with resveratrol may be a safe and effective way to naturally reduce the severity of multiple sclerosis.�Foods like blueberries have pterostilbene, a substance similar to resveratrol, that can also help protect the blood-brain barrier by decreasing oxidative stress and inflammation. Many healthcare professionals also refer to pterostilbene as the “better resveratrol” because it is often believed to be best absorbed by the body than resveratrol.  

Drink More Coffee

Caffeine can help promote overall brain health and support the blood-brain barrier. Research studies have shown that drinking coffee can help prevent the development of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, among other health issues, by protecting the BBB. Scientists have also found that caffeine blocks blood-brain barrier permeability. Other research studies have also shown that drinking coffee can help prevent neurodegeneration by balancing the BBB. Because drinking coffee and caffeine can commonly affect sleep, however, make sure to consume these early in the morning.  

Take Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats that are primarily found in fish. Although the body can’t produce these by itself, they are necessary for overall brain health. Omega-3 fatty acids can also help increase the growth hormones in the brain, help support mitochondria function, or help people overcome addiction and withdrawal, as well as help protect the blood-brain barrier. Scientists have found that taking omega-3 fatty acids can decrease damage to the BBB following a stroke or TBI and improve BBB permeability in people with multiple sclerosis. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be taken in supplement form.  

Take Melatonin and Improve Sleep

Sleep is fundamental for brain health. Poor sleep has also been shown to increase blood-brain barrier permeability. Taking melatonin supplements can also help improve sleep.�Melatonin is a hormone that is released by a small gland in the brain, known as the pineal gland. Melatonin helps regulate the circadian rhythm, or sleep and wake cycles. Enough melatonin is necessary to fall asleep quickly and sleep deeply throughout the night. Research studies have also shown that taking melatonin can help balance the blood-brain barrier and prevent further damage following a stroke and/or traumatic brain injury.  

Manage and Reduce Stress

According to research studies, stress can ultimately damage the blood-brain barrier. Chronic stress has also been found to increase inflammation and BBB permeability. Fortunately, managing and reducing stress can help fix the blood-brain barrier. Massage, acupuncture, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), emotional freedom techniques (EFT), heart-rate variability (HRV) training, and mindfulness meditation can also help manage and reduce stress. Taking supplements to help improve stress can also include, zinc, magnesium, ashwagandha, and phosphatidylserine, among others.  

Avoid Drinking Alcohol

According to healthcare professionals, drinking too much alcohol can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. Research studies have shown that acetaldehyde, a byproduct of alcohol metabolism, can increase oxidative stress and affect the blood-brain barrier, resulting in inflammation and a variety of neurological diseases and brain health issues. Although some types of alcohol are better than others, it’s best to considerably decrease or avoid drinking alcohol. If you suspect that you may have a leaky blood-brain barrier, make sure to talk to your doctor about how drinking too much alcohol may cause a leaky BBB.   Dr. Alex Jimenez Insights Image
Many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier, ultimately causing increased BBB permeability, oxidative stress, inflammation and a variety of brain and mental health issues, including neurodegenerative diseases. The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield which allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. Fortunately, several natural ways have been demonstrated to help improve overall brain health and wellness as well as help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight
  The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield that allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. However, many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. This can allow harmful components to penetrate the blood-brain brain, ultimately causing inflammation and brain health issues. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with many mental health issues and neurological diseases, including anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. In the next article, we will discuss more natural ways which have been demonstrated to help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier and improve overall brain health.  

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.�

  Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez   References:
  • The Star Academy. �How to Repair a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier.� The Star Academy, The Star Academy, 16 Oct. 2018, thestaracademy.co.za/repair-leaky-blood-brain-barrier/.
 
 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

[wp-embedder-pack width=”100%” height=”1050px” download=”all” download-text=”” attachment_id=”52657″ /]   The following Neurotransmitter Assessment Form can be filled out and presented to Dr. Alex Jimenez. The following symptoms listed on this form are not intended to be utilized as a diagnosis of any type of disease, condition, or any other type of health issue.  
 

Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain

Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance.    
 

Neural Zoomer Plus for Neurological Disease

Neural Zoomer Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate neurological diseases. The Neural ZoomerTM Plus is an array of neurological autoantibodies which offers specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus is designed to assess an individual�s reactivity to 48 neurological antigens with connections to a variety of neurologically related diseases. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus aims to reduce neurological conditions by empowering patients and physicians with a vital resource for early risk detection and an enhanced focus on personalized primary prevention.  

Food Sensitivity for the IgG & IgA Immune Response

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with food sensitivities. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual�s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient�s specific needs.  

Gut Zoomer for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Gut Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate gut health associated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The Vibrant Gut ZoomerTM offers a report that includes dietary recommendations and other natural supplementation like prebiotics, probiotics, and polyphenols. The gut microbiome is mainly found in the large intestine and it has more than 1000 species of bacteria that play a fundamental role in the human body, from shaping the immune system and affecting the metabolism of nutrients to strengthening the intestinal mucosal barrier (gut-barrier). It is essential to understand how the number of bacteria that symbiotically live in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract influences gut health because imbalances in the gut microbiome may ultimately lead to gastrointestinal (GI) tract symptoms, skin conditions, autoimmune disorders, immune system imbalances, and multiple inflammatory disorders.  
Dunwoody Labs: Comprehensive Stool with Parasitology | El Paso, TX Chiropractor
GI-MAP: GI Microbial Assay Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor
 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

  XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly,�Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic�Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900. xymogen el paso, tx   For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download   * All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.  
 
What is NAC?

What is NAC?

Do you feel:

  • Afternoon fatigue?
  • Under a high amount of stress?
  • Mental sluggishness?
  • Headaches with exertion or stress?
  • Inflammation in certain parts in your body?

If you are experiencing any of these situations, then you might have suffered from glutathione deficiency, why not trying some NAC supplements.

NAC and Its Benefits

NAC or N-Acetyl Cysteine is an amazing semi-essential amino acid. This amino acid can be produced from the body through other amino acids like methionine and serine. It can only become an essential amino acid when dietary intake of methionine and serine are low in the body. When a person is trying to incorporate NAC in their diet, it can be found in high protein foods like meats, dairies, and legumes. Studies show that consuming NAC is essential for a variety of health reasons, especially replenishing the most potent antioxidant, glutathione in the body.

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Since NAC is a nutritional supplement that is exceedingly powerful, it can help glutathione be elevated in biosynthesis. NAC is recognized for supporting average mucous production, respiratory function, and eye health positively. Research shows that NAC can protect cell and tissue health from chronic illnesses and providing support for a healthy mental status in the body. There is even more research on NAC supplements, especially when someone increases their intake on the supplement. When there is an increase in NAC, and when it is consumed in the body, the effects are astounding. The NAC supplements can help the body boost the levels of some of the neurotransmitters and improving mental health.

In a 2011 study, researchers found that NAC is emerging to be a useful agent to help treat psychiatric disorders. The results of using NAC supplements to treat psychiatric disorders has helped alleviate some of these symptoms:

  • Addiction
  • Compulsive and grooming disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Alzheimer�s disease

Since NAC can exert beneficial effects on the body, this supplement is useful to provide antioxidant, neuropathy, and anti-inflammatory properties to make sure that the body is functioning. Studies show that NAC can improve the outcomes of reducing lipopolysaccharides inflammation and preventing oxidative stress from being overexposed.

With NAC being a sulfur-containing derivative for the amino acid L-cysteine, this supplement provides supportive antioxidants and detoxification mechanisms for the body. Studies show that NAC can support the body�s antioxidant activity by neutralizing highly reactive hydroxyl radicals and serving as a source to sulfhydryl groups. They are thus enhancing the production or tripeptide glutathione in the body since it is a crucial component for antioxidant and detoxification enzymes.

Glutathione

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Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that has recently gained attention for its fantastic health benefits. This powerful antioxidant is found in every cell in the human body and can be absorbed in oral form. Research shows that even though the absorption of oral glutathione may be limited, the NAC supplementation can significantly increase the circulating levels of glutathione in the body. Studies stated that individuals who are infected with HIV, have glutathione deficiency in their system and have been associated with an impaired T-cell function and survival. So taking NAC orally can be used to replenish glutathione deficiency and is useful in the HIV infection.

Another study showed that taking NAC orally can help improve the responses of patients with chronic lung disease (CLD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cystic fibrosis (CF). The beneficial effects of taking NAC orally shows a decrease of inflammation in the lungs, improving the lung function, and reducing the neutrophil burden in cystic fibrosis airways.

Once this is done, though, NAC can help promote the production of glutathione and incorporate it into the crucial antioxidant enzymes and detoxification enzymes. With these enzyme activities being in play in the body, the glutathione is helping out by directly supporting their activities and the metabolism breakdown. Glutathione can also participate in fatty acid synthesis and can transport across the cell membrane.

Glutathione Factors

There are a variety of factors that can determine the requirements that glutathione can provide for the body. Glutathione can help control the toxin level exposure, increase the detoxification, and provide the overall needed support for antioxidants. Studies show that maintaining glutathione levels are essential to maintain the necessary health of the respiratory, hepatic, and the immune system from inflammation.

Research shows that since glutathione has multiple metabolic actions, they are essential for cellular homeostasis. Since it plays an important role, diseases like HIV, oxidative stress, chronic lung disease, and COPD can lower the body’s glutathione. The best way to make sure that individuals who have any chronic diseases, take NAC orally to prevent glutathione deficiency.

Glutathione can even help support antioxidant protection for lipids and proteins for the body as well as helping to maintain the standard response of inflammation due to injury. Studies show that elderly adults have altered their cellular redox levels and their dysregulated immune responses. Researchers also found out that the progression of chronic degenerative diseases of aging and that glutathione decreases with age naturally.

Conclusion

NAC is a semi-essential amino acid that has outstanding properties for the body. It helps replenishes the body�s glutathione and alleviate the symptoms caused by chronic illnesses. Taking NAC supplements is highly essential since it helps maintain adequate levels of glutathione to support overall health and well-being in the body. Some products help support glutathione levels as well as working well with NAC supplements by providing more excellent stability, bioavailability, and digestive comfort.

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.


References:

Atkuri, Kondala R, et al. �N-Acetylcysteine–a Safe Antidote for Cysteine/Glutathione Deficiency.� Current Opinion in Pharmacology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2007, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4540061/.

Dean, Olivia, et al. �N-Acetylcysteine in Psychiatry: Current Therapeutic Evidence and Potential Mechanisms of Action.� Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience : JPN, Canadian Medical Association, Mar. 2011, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3044191/.

Favier, A., et al. �Antioxidant Status and Lipid Peroxidation in Patients Infected with HIV.� Chemico-Biological Interactions, Elsevier, 23 Jan. 2003, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/000927979490037X?via%3Dihub.

Grandjean, EM, et al. “Efficacy of Oral Long-Term N-Acetylcysteine in Chronic Bronchopulmonary Disease: a Meta-Analysis of Published Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trials.” Clinical Therapeutics, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (UK), Feb. 2000, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10743980.

Hu, Heng-long, et al. �Antioxidants May Contribute in the Fight against Ageing: an in Vitro Model.� Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, Elsevier, 26 Jan. 2001, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0047637400002128?via%3Dihub.

Keogh, Julian P., et al. �Cytotoxicity of Heavy Metals in the Human Small Intestinal Epithelial Cell Line I?407: The Role of Glutathione.� Taylor & Francis, 20 Oct. 2009, www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15287399409531926.

Nakamura, Hajime, et al. �Redox Imbalance and Its Control in HIV Infection.� Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers, 5 July 2004, www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/15230860260196245.

Nall, Rachel. �NAC: Use, Benefits, and Side Effects.� Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 4 Dec. 2019, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/327219.php.

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6 Supplements For Kidney Health

6 Supplements For Kidney Health

Do you feel:

  • Complicated, infrequent bowel movements?
  • Frequent urination?
  • Poor bowel function?
  • Have more than three bowel movements daily?
  • Feeling that bowels do not empty completely?

If you are experiencing any of these situations, then you might want to consider these six supplements for your kidneys.

It is estimated that 31 million Americans have suffered from chronic kidney disease. It might be due to the misery of the production of kidney stones. It is more common that 9 out of 10 individuals that have moderately decreased kidney function will not even know that they have it. Chronic kidney disease does not get much recognition, but it does kill more people than either breast or prostate cancer.

One reason that chronic kidney disease is not on the radar for most people is that there are no symptoms until the disease is in the advanced stage. When it does appear in the body, they include a range of symptoms that can stay in the body for a long time. Since many of the symptoms do not set off the alarms in the body, it is easy to ignore them until the person is diagnosed with kidney failure. Fortunately, with a little awareness and some natural kidney support, individuals can prevent the symptoms from escalating on the body.

Good Kidney Health

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that are located behind the lower rib cage on either side of the spine in the body. Vital to the overall health, the kidneys filter waste and toxins out of the blood and moving them to the bladder so they can be excreted out of the body as urine. The kidneys also regulate the body�s fluid balance, the minerals balance in the bloodstream, and activating vitamin D, so that way the body can use it. The kidneys also release hormone production directly to the bloodstream and regulating blood pressure.

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It is essential to take the necessary steps to maintain kidney health, especially if an individual has an increased risk of chronic kidney disease. Factors can affect the body and can cause individuals to have a higher risk of chronic kidney disease. Some of these factors include:

  • Being diabetic
  • Someone in the family that has a history of kidney disease, diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Someone having some form of cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Diagnosed with chronic urinary tract infections

While some of these risks are beyond a person’s control, it is crucial to adopt a few healthy lifestyle habits and adding kidney supporting supplements to prevent the spread of chronic kidney diseases and other ailments that have damaged the kidneys in the body.

The Best Ways for Kidney Health

When optimizing kidney health, changing lifestyle habits is highly essential. While quitting smoking, moderate alcohol consumption, and increasing physical activity is beneficial for the body and can boost kidney health overall. Improving the diet is one of the most accessible lifestyle modifications anyone can make.

For decades, doctors have recommended patients with CKD, a renal diet that limits dietary potassium, and phosphorus intake. The only problem with this type of diet is that it reduced some of the essential foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts. However, recent studies pointed out that well-rounded diets like the Mediterranean diet or the DASH diet are the way to go for those who are with or want to prevent CDK. With these healthier diets, they focus on whole-minimally-processed foods and low, moderate amounts of protein and as a result, they support kidney health and help reduce the risk of related health issues like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

It is also a smart move to stay hydrated with fluids, especially water, since it helps clear the sodium and toxins from the kidneys.

The 6 Supplements For Healthy Kidneys

When a person is at risk for kidney disease or wants to optimize these amazing filters, these six supplements are excellent for playing a supportive role in helping the kidneys.

Alpha-lipoic acid

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Alpha-lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant that is made inside the mitochondria, where it helps key enzymes turn into nutrients and energy for the body. This antioxidant plays another crucial role by protecting the cells from oxidative damage, including those in the kidneys. A study showed that alpha-lipoic acid produces a significant uptick in two other antioxidants, SOD (superoxide dismutase) and CAT (catalase) in kidney tissue. This can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the kidneys as well as preventing kidney stones from forming.

Andrographis

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Andrographis is a kidney supporting herb that people do not think about when they are indulging in their favorite alcoholic beverage; however, it should be. In the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that the two compounds that are in Andrographis, which is andrographolide and arabinogalactan proteins; help protect the kidneys from alcohol toxicity. For anyone that is enjoying a glass wine with dinner, having a beer or two with friends, or drinking the occasional cocktail, taking a dose of Andrographis before consuming alcohol can provide the protection the kidneys need.

Moringa

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Moringa is a superfood that comes from the leaves of the moringa tree that is essential parts of Asia, Central and South America, Africa, and Australia. These medicinal plants have possessed the ability to protect SOD and CAT levels in the kidneys. Studies have been shown using a model of acetaminophen toxicity and found that the moringa supplementation has reversed both the oxidative damage and inflammation in the kidneys.

NAC

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Also known as n-acetylcysteine, NAC is the precursor to glutathione, the body�s master antioxidant. NAC is an antioxidant in its rights by protecting the kidney cells from heavy metals and other damaging toxins. Research has shown that NAC can also limit the damage from AGEs (advanced glycation end production.) AGEs are formed when glucose reacts with the proteins in the blood vessel walls, including the blood vessels within the kidneys. The resulting damage caused by AGE includes oxidative damage that can be a contributing factor to chronic kidney disease, but proactively including NAC as part of the person’s supplement routine that can help protect the harmful effects of AGEs.

Probiotics

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Beneficial bacteria found in probiotics can do more than just enhancing the body’s gut health. Probiotics can also help protect against the complication of CKD by decreasing inflammation and the production of uremic toxin. This dual-action helps the kidney function. Probiotics can protect the body from the leaky gut syndrome, which is a common condition people with CKD, allowing harmful bacteria to “leak” from the intestinal tract into the blood. Supplementing with probiotics can improve the bacterial balance in the gut, lessening the permeability of the intestinal barrier, and reducing the complications of CKD.

Resveratrol

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Resveratrol is found in grapes, berries, and peanuts. Only making the headlines a few years ago, due to its heart-healthy properties and new evidence has been found that resveratrol can protect the kidneys from a variety of toxins, including heavy metals, drugs, and alcohol that can cause renal injury. This antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound can help fortify the kidneys against injury and improves renal function once the injury has occurred.

Conclusion

With these six supplements, they can provide anyone the help they need to prevent chronic kidney disease. Even though the symptoms of chronic kidney disease do not show at a later date, individuals must add these supplements to their diet and lifestyle to prevent chronic kidney disease.�Some products can help with inflammation in the body system by containing collagen-based proteins and targeting amino acids that can offer support to the gastrointestinal system.

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or chronic disorders of the musculoskeletal system. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at�915-850-0900�.


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Functional Endocrinology: Essential Fatty Acids in Hormones

Functional Endocrinology: Essential Fatty Acids in Hormones

All fats, including saturated fatty acids, have very important roles in the body. The most important fats are the ones that the body can�t make and must be coming from the foods that a person eats. �Essential fatty acids are lipids that are involved in various biological processes and produce many compounds when they are metabolized in the body. The two primary EFAs (essential fatty acids) are linoleic acid (Omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (Omega-3). These two omegas are essential for the body since they are consumed from dietary sources because the body does not have the ability to synthesize them and EFAs are synthesized into prostaglandins, which are necessary for proper hormone signaling in the body.

Omega-6

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Omega-6 fatty acids or linoleic acid are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are primarily used for energy and can be converted into longer omega-6 fats called ARA (arachidonic acid). ARA are used to produce eicosanoids, but they are prone to be more pro-inflammatory. Studies have shown that pro-inflammatory eicosanoids are important chemicals in the immune systems, however, when there are too many to produce, they can increase inflammation and inflammatory diseases in the body.

Researchers state that even though omega-6 fats are essential for a healthy body, the modern Western diet is making individuals consume more omega-6 fatty acids than the recommended amount. In a regular healthy diet, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3s is 4:1 or less. In a Western diet however, the ratio is between 10:1 and 50:1.

Even though, an individual should consume the recommended amount of omega-6 fatty acids, research has shown that omega-6 fatty acids can lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases and treat symptoms that cause chronic diseases. In certain oils that contains omega-6 fatty acids, GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), which is an anti-inflammatory component and when consumed it converts to DGLA (dihomo-gamma-linolenic acids), which has anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative properties against cancer.

A study has shown that when an individual takes a high dose of GLA in their diet, it can significantly reduce a number of symptoms caused by rheumatoid arthritis, and another study found that taking GLA supplements with a breast cancer drug is more effective in lowering breast cancer.

Omega-3

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Just like omega-6 fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that play important roles in providing a number of health benefits for a functional body. Omega-3 fatty acids contain three important compounds that are found in foods, they are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid); which converts into energy for the body, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid); which is the key component for a functional brain and retina, and lastly, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid); which has cardiovascular benefits including lowering serum triglyceride and non-HDL-C (non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol) in the body.

When it comes to those three important components in omega-3s, ALA is mainly found in plants, while DHA and EPA are found in mostly animal products and algae. What makes these three components work well in the omega-3 supplements is that they are a crucial part of the human cell membrane and improve heart health, support mental health, decrease liver fats and fight inflammation.

With omega-3 fatty acids, lots of people don�t consume it as much as omega-6, due to not eating a lot of fatty fish as often and consuming omega-6 through fried food being cooked in refined vegetable oils. To balance a healthy diet, individuals can take an omega-3 supplement to balance out the omega-6 consumption to make sure the body is receiving these fatty health benefits.

Prostaglandins

Prostaglandins are a component of this regulatory system, they affect multiple hormone synthesis and secretion pathways in the hypothalamus-pituitary axis. They are a group of endogenously occurring acidic lipids that appear to play a role in the reproductive physiology.

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Since prostaglandins are bioactive lipids, they exert an autocrine or paracrine function by binding to specific GPCRs (G-protein-coupled receptors) to activate intracellular signaling and gene transcription. As key regulators of reproductive processes, prostaglandins has many functions like having a role in the hypothalamic and pituitary control of gonadotropin secretion, ovulation, in luteinization and in the corpus luteum regression.

Prostaglandins also play a key role in the inflammatory response in the body. Their biosynthesis is significantly increased in inflamed tissues and can contribute to the development of the cardinal signs of acute inflammation in the body.

Researchers stated that prostaglandins have a plethora of actions in the central nervous system that can affect the progress of inflammation in the body differently, however, further studies are being tested to inhibit the role of these lipid mediators.

Conclusion

All fats play a very important role in the body. Essential fatty acids produce many compounds in the body when they are being metabolized in the body. Since the body can not produce essential fatty acids, they have to be consumed through food. The two important essential fatty acids are omega-6 and omega-3. These two fatty supplements help the body gain the nutrients the body needs to synthesize. Prostaglandins are also a key role in the body since they affect the pathways in the hypothalamus-pituitary axis and plays the role of regulating the reproductive physiology. Some products are formulated to target the immune support by creating micronized structure to increase the surface-to-volume ratio of particles to be more available to enzymatic actions.

October is Chiropractic Health Month. To learn more about it, check out Governor Abbott�s proclamation on our website to get full details on this declaration.

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or chronic disorders of the musculoskeletal system. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .


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The Importance of Micronutrients in Supplements El Paso, Texas

The Importance of Micronutrients in Supplements El Paso, Texas

Supplements are essential as we take them for our overall health. Since we can�t produce supplements naturally, we make it in pill form or eat whole, nutritious food. When we don�t take our supplements, our bodies will not function properly, and we can have a severe health risk. In the last article, we took a look at what vitamins does to our micronutrients in our bodies to perform functional and healthy. Today we will discuss what some supplement that will help our micronutrients in our bodies.

The Supplements

Since supplements can come in many types of foods and can be found as pills in whole food stores in the vitamin section.� Here are some of the leading supplements to ensure that your body’s micronutrients are getting the essentials to promote a long healthy life.

Vitamin K1 and K2

Vitamin K is known for its role in blood clotting. With vitamin K1 and K2, they can provide the health benefits that will help you from getting a blood clot. Vitamin K was accidentally discovered in the 1920s and 1930s after researchers found that animals having a restricted diet leads to excessive bleeding.

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Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) is found in plants foods like leafy green vegetables. With K2, it is found in fermented foods and animal products. Vitamin K2 (menaquinones) can be produced by gut bacteria and help promote a healthy gut. These two vitamins are fat-soluble that share the same chemical structure and have different effects on your health.

Vitamin K1 can be absorbed quickly than vitamin K2 and can stay in the bloodstream for hours. Vitamin K1 is transported primarily to and used by the liver. Even though vitamin K1 is mostly found in plant foods, here are some of the food sources that are caulked filled with this vitamin and amazing when cooked.

  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Spinach
  • Turnip greens
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts

Vitamin K2 is mostly found in animal products that contain fat. Even though it provides fatty compounds, vitamin K2�s long side-chain allows it to circulate the blood longer than K1 can remain in the blood for days.� Here are some fermented food sources and animal products that vitamin K2 as MK-10 and MK-11.

  • Natto
  • Pork sausage
  • Hard cheeses
  • Porkchop (with the bone)
  • Chicken (leg/thigh)
  • Soft cheeses
  • Egg yolk

Calcium

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Calcium is one of the most essential supplements that is for all living organisms. It is found naturally in many foods and added to certain products like supplements. Calcium promotes bone health, and without it, bone density can happen when we don�t take in the supplement. It also helps regulate muscle contractions, including the beating of the heart muscle. When that happens, calcium helps the proteins in the muscle to carry out the work of the contraction. Here are some of the foods and drinks that are richly filled with calcium.

  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Seaweed
  • Beans
  • Figs
  • Tofu

Manganese

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Manganese is an essential supplement for your brain and nervous system as well as many of your body�s enzyme system. Our body stores up to 20 mg of manganese in our kidneys, liver, pancreas, and bones. In a 2011 study, manganese helps form an antioxidant enzyme called SOD (superoxide dismutase). It helps break down one of the most dangerous free radicals called superoxide; into smaller components that are not harmful. Researchers also suggested that SOD is beneficial as a therapeutic agent for inflammatory diseases. Small amounts of manganese are present in these food sources.

  • Raw pineapple and pineapple juice
  • Pinto beans
  • Spinach
  • Black and green teas
  • Sweet potato
  • Almonds
  • Instant oatmeal

Copper

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Copper is an essential trace supplement that is necessary for survival. It is found in all the body tissues and plays a vital role in making red blood cells, maintaining nerve cells and the immune system. When you have sufficient copper in your diet, it may help prevent cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis. Copper deficiency is a rare case, but low levels of copper can lead to anemia, loss of skin pigmentation, thyroid problems, and the rare disease Menkes disease. Since copper is found in a wide variety of foods, here are some excellent food sources that contain it.

  • Oysters and other shellfish
  • Whole grains
  • Cocoa
  • Black pepper
  • Organ meats (liver and kidneys)
  • Potatoes
  • Dried fruit

Chromium

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Also known as chromium picolinate, this supplement does serve several vital functions in the body. Chromium can improve your body�s blood sugar by impacting on the hormone insulin. Several studies indicate that people with diabetes take the chromium supplement to improve their blood sugar. While another study researched that people who are overweight or obese, taking the chromium supplement can lose weight.

Iron

Iron is one of the essential supplements that are vital to the human body. It helps hemoglobin function properly by transporting oxygen in the blood. Iron also plays a huge role as it functions in a variety of other vital processes in the body. With iron�s health benefits, the supplement can promote a healthy pregnancy, regulate body temperature, preserve universal energy and focus, help the gastrointestinal process, and support the immune system.

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When we don�t get enough iron in our system, we do suffer from anemia, which causes fatigue, heart palpitations, pale skin, and breathless. So it is crucial that when we eat iron-rich foods so that way, we won�t have that deficiency. There are two types of dietary iron that we consumed, and they are known as heme and non-heme. These two forms are both animal source food and plant food, and here are what the food sources contain.

  • Canned clams
  • Cooked Pacific oysters
  • Beef liver
  • Lean ground beef
  • Cooked spinach
  • Dark chocolate
  • Firm tofu
  • Medium baked potato

Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral that is found in the earth, sea, plants, animals, and humans. In our body, there is about 60% of magnesium in our bones. While the rest is in the muscles, soft tissues, and fluids, including blood. Magnesium helps to prevent problems with our bones, the cardiovascular system, diabetes and fights depression.

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The recommended intake amount to take magnesium is 300-420mg per day for men and 310-320mg per day for women. We can get it from both food sources and supplements, here are some of the food sources that contain magnesium.

  • Dark chocolate (70-85% cocoa)
  • Cashews
  • Quinoa, cooked
  • Avocado
  • Spinach, boiled
  • Mackeral

Selenium

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Selenium is an essential supplement that can help contribute thyroid hormone metabolism, process a healthy immune system, and protect against oxidative damage and infections in the body. Selenium deficiency is rare, but the supplement can be found in whole grains and animal products than fresh fruits and vegetables. Here are some of the food sources that contain selenium.

  • Brazil nuts
  • Tuna
  • Brown rice
  • White bread
  • Egg
  • Halibut

Omegas

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The Omega supplements are very well known, especially Omega-3; which can help us with our brain, eyes, and immune health. Without the supplement, it can lead to reduced energy, loss of attention and concentration, dry, irritated skin problems, and many more symptoms. It is mostly found in fish and seafood as well as some vegetables and seed oils. Here are some of the omega supplements to help promote a healthy body.

  • DHA (docosahexaenoic acid): This omega supplement helps with muscle growth.
  • DPA (docosapentaenoic acid): This omega supplement is the most influential on reducing inflammation and helping people who are profiled for cardiac risk.
  • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid): This omega supplement is vital to boost the brain and moods.
  • LA (linoleic acid): This omega supplement can�t be synthesized in the body, but does help fight cancer. It is needed to help out with omega 3 and is primarily found in beef.

Conclusion

Granted that these are only some of the supplements here that can help your body function properly. There are many supplements and vitamins out there in the world that are in both pill and food form to help our bodies grow and overall makes us healthier. These supplements and vitamins help us by making sure that our bodies don�t get sick and suffer from chronic diseases that we may encounter. So go out there and enjoy some whole, nutritious food that oozing with beneficial vitamins and supplements.


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Beulens, Joline W J, et al. �The Role of Menaquinones (Vitamin K?) in Human Health.� The British Journal of Nutrition, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2013, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23590754.

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Kaur, Gunveen, et al. �Short Update on Docosapentaenoic Acid: a Bioactive Long-Chain n-3 Fatty Acid.� Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Mar. 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26808265.

Li, Chang, and Hai-Meng Zhou. �The Role of Manganese Superoxide Dismutase in Inflammation Defense.� Enzyme Research, SAGE-Hindawi Access to Research, 2011, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3185262/.

Megan Ware, RDN. �Copper: Health Benefits, Recommended Intake, Sources, and Risks.� Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 23 Oct. 2017, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/288165.php.

Naughton, Shaan S, et al. �Linoleic Acid and the Pathogenesis of Obesity.� Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Sept. 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27350414.

Newman, Tim. �Calcium: Health Benefits, Foods, and Deficiency.� Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 21 Aug. 2017, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248958.php.

Schurgers, Leon J, et al. �Vitamin K-Containing Dietary Supplements: Comparison of Synthetic Vitamin K1 and Natto-Derived Menaquinone-7.� Blood, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 15 Apr. 2007, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17158229.

Serefko, Anna, et al. �Magnesium in Depression.� Pharmacological Reports: PR, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2013, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23950577.

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9 Essential Nutrients For Healthy Skin El Paso, TX.

9 Essential Nutrients For Healthy Skin El Paso, TX.

Everyone in the world wants healthy skin. We see it advertised on television with lotions and vitamin supplements. When we exercise and change our eating habits, we see our skin getting firmer with the foods we consume. However, whenever we are stressed, anxious, consuming junk food, or staying out in the sun too long; our skin takes a huge toll on our body. Our skin is the largest organ that covers our entire skeleton structure. When we expose our skin to harsh environments or have skin ailments that we contracted during our birth, our skin is depleted with the certain nutrients that our skin needs.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 9 Essential Nutrients For Healthy Skin El Paso, TX.

Glutathione:

Glutathione is known as the �wonder drug� for skin lightening. For some darker toned individuals, it will lighten up their natural melanin. This stigma has been popularized by media influences so people can have �porcelain skin.� However, glutathione actually made up of three amino acids:

  • Glutamine
  • Glycine
  • Cysteine

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Melanin

This powerful antioxidant fights off free radicals in our immune system and is compatible with Vitamin E and C. For a natural way to make sure that your body keeps the glutathione nutrients when you get older with age, here are some vegetables that are enriched with glutathione:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Okra
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower

Omega-3:

Omega-3s is one of the most common supplements that is known for healthy skin. This supplement keeps the body healthy as well as preventing inflammation. Omega-3s are mostly in:

  • Fish
  • Legumes
  • Walnuts
  • Avocados
  • Eggs
  • Spinach

But, there are certain limitations on taking Omega-3 supplements if you have a seafood allergy or an egg allergy. People with these types of food allergens can talk with their physician about taking the omega-3 supplements in a pill form in low dosages or eat omega-3 enriched food.

Other patients with omega-3 deficiency have been known to have psoriasis, thus using a topical lotion infused with omega-3s have been known to calm down the inflammation.

Vitamin E:

Vitamin E is one of the oldest and most trustworthy supplements that has been used for 50 years and more in dermatology. This supplement works together with Vitamin C to combat against the sun; which is harmful to our skin.

Certain food groups that contain Vitamin E and Vitamin C are excellent sources for your overall health.

Glucosamine:

This supplement combined with chondroitin has been the combo duo to improve the hydration of the skin as well as reducing wrinkles and healing wounds on our skin.

Biotin:

Biotin is the three-for-one supplements that target your nails, hair, and skin. This supplement can be found in vitamin pills at your local stores and is highly recommended by dermatologists. However, some people have biotin and zinc deficiency that can be linked to skin abnormalities, thus, biotin plays an important role in our skin health.

You can either take the vitamin pill or incorporate certain food groups like eggs, nuts, whole grains, some dairy products, and certain vegetables in your diet to get the beneficiary nutrients to keep your skin healthy.

Niacin:

Also known as vitamin B3, has been known to support skin health. This nutrient has many beneficial effects to promote skin wellness. It is one of the most essential nutrients we consume since our bodies can�t produce it on their own. Some of the food groups are in the meat department and vegetarian department:

  • Mushrooms
  • Potatoes
  • Legumes
  • Whole grains
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Milk

Vitamin A:

Vitamin A is filled with nutrients as it contains beta-carotene, thus it is mostly fruits and vegetables that contain this supplement. This supplement plays an important role as it helps repair any skin deficiencies and eye health. Some of the foods that boost up vitamin A are:

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Squash

Vitamin C:

Vitamin C is one of the most top tiers of improving skin health and has many beneficial factors in our immune system. Some patients develop scurvy when they don�t have enough vitamin C in their system. It is mostly found in citrus fruit, which is one of the best ways to consume the vitamin into your system.

But, there is a catch when you are taking vitamin C. Vitamin C when exposed to light, can oxidize and become unstable. So if you are taking the supplement, it should be stored in a dark place and the PH should be at 3.5.

Zinc:

Zinc is one of the supplements that support healthy skin. This micronutrient can protect our skin from the sun and supports our inflammatory system. Some of the food that actually can help us prevent sun damage and give us a zinc supplement boost include seeds, meat, shellfish, dairy and dark chocolate.

When our skin needs these 9 nutrients, they are thanking us for taking the time to get the necessary supplements to make sure our bodies are still functional and that we live a long healthy life. Granted that the media has televised about many ways to promote skin health, but it actually starts with eating the right foods that our body craves. When we eat processed food and ingest artificial sugars into our bodies, we feel sluggish, our skin takes a toll on the lack of nutrients we are not giving and so many health problems that we will face.

Yes, we can take topical creams and lotions to nourish our skin and combat the dryness that our skin faces. But that can only go for so long unless we change our eating styles. Some people may freak out because they hear the word, �diet� and are limited to what they can eat. However, when it�s a health issue and our physicians tell us that we need to eat healthier, we give it a go. Therefore, eating right is a lifestyle choice and it starts with these 9 nutrients to make sure our largest organ is taken care of as well as the rest of our body system. When we cut back on the bad food and focusing on good food, our bodies feel so much better.


 

NCBI Resources

Living a healthy lifestyle and eating your basic food groups; whether it be plant-based or omnivorous, as well as, exercising a couple of times out of the year. A bad healthy lifestyle is eating processed food and not exercising, which leads to obesity and cardiac arrest. Depending on the person and the efforts that they are willing to maintain a healthy lifestyle, they can achieve longevity by taking care of their gut first and foremost.

 

 

 

Cite

Decreased skin-mediated detoxification contributes to oxidative stress and insulin resistance: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3415238/

Glutathione for skin lightening: a regnant myth or evidence-based verify?: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5808366/

Study on the use of omega-3 fatty acids as a therapeutic supplement in the treatment of psoriasis: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3133503/

Protective effect against sunburn of combined systemic ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and d-alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9448204/

20 Foods That Are High in Vitamin E: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-high-in-vitamin-e

Glucosamine: an ingredient with skin and other benefits: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17716251

Skin manifestations of biotin deficiency: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1764357

9 biotin-rich foods to add to your diet: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320222.php

Nicotinic acid/niacinamide and the skin: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17147561

20 Foods That Are High in Vitamin A: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-high-in-vitamin-a

Topical L-ascorbic acid: percutaneous absorption studies: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11207686

Innovative uses for zinc in dermatology: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20510767

 

Stay Calm and L-Theanine El Paso, Texas

Stay Calm and L-Theanine El Paso, Texas

Stressed Out – L-Theanine

Ever wondered why your job is so stressful? Or that you haven�t gotten enough sleep due to partying with your friends, even though you were supposed to finish that essay for that one class you signed up for and now you are typing away to meet the deadline and turning it in. Or even better� the two p.m. slumps.

Well, it might be because your L-theanine is a bit low. However, there are many ways to make sure that you get a boost of energy even though you feel tired and you are probably drinking it right now. Green tea seems to help us when we are overly stressed and when it�s nice and hot, we feel relaxed and whatever stress we hold onto melts away. However, L-theanine can also stimulate the brain and overall make you feel good, as well as blocking out certain neurotransmitters in your brain.

Try Green Tea

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If you are wondering about the benefits of green tea, you can look at many Google searches and they will tell you different things about the health benefits of drinking green tea. However, they will say the same thing that is truly effective. That green tea can help your central nervous system function properly. Even though green tea has the same properties as coffee in the caffeine department without the extra �jittery� effect.

Green tea can be effective as it can make you more productive but can also give you more stable energy, while improving your brain to function properly. There is even a study that green tea can protect your brain when you are older. And that it may help lower the chances of getting Parkinson�s disease and Alzheimer�s disease. Both are very common neurodegenerative diseases that can be prevented by the various protective effect by drinking green tea. Not only that but it can also balance out the two neurotransmitters that are a key essential to having a healthy brain activity.

 

Neurotransmission

There are two types of neurotransmitters in our brains that work together to make sure that we are functioning properly. They are Glutamate and GABA. Both are mostly located in the brain�s neuro system as they are together and bringing a balance to our system. Glutamate’s function is to make our brain fired up and ready to learn new things. As well as being an important part of our brain development.

But when there is too much Glutamate in our brain, we become very hyper-aware of our surroundings, neurological inflammation, and anxiety. But when we add L-theanine to Glutamate, the Glutamate�s neurotoxicity is lowered by the L-theanine supplement. But the only way to counteract Glutamate is with GABA. GABA or Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid is the body�s main neurotransmitter that is responsible for our cells.

 

Chill Out

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Stay Calm and L-Theanine El Paso, Texas

 

It�s basically the �chill pill� for our central nervous system. This neurotransmitter counteracts with Glutamate, which is very hyper; while GABA is very relaxed. Not only GABA calms downs our central nervous system, but it also gives us a much-needed restful sleep when we are exhausted from a long day. And when we are done with exercising, GABA helps our muscle tissue regenerate. GABA seems to know when we need to rest our brains from burning out and crashing hard on the couch after a long stressful day at work or school.

The best way to describe how GABA and Glutamate work together is to imagine your body as a car. Glutamate is the gas where we have to go from one place to the other and GABA is the brakes where we have stop and rest a bit. And when we add L-theanine to the mixture, it�s a sense of an added booster to our body and central nervous system to not only be relaxed but also have a bit of energy to go out on our daily day to day life.

But there is always still going to be stress in our lives if we don�t control it. Stress can be caused by many things that we all go through. Sometimes it can be something small like deadlines on projects that you are preparing for, that one exam that you have to take in class, or trying to find a job.

Those give us minor headaches that we have to step back a bit and take a deep breath. Other times stress can be something major like having too many commitments that we can�t handle, having poor organization skills, or even having a very highly stressed job. These major stressors can cause us to have high blood pressure and heart disease that we have to go to the doctor to get a prescription or even see a therapist so we can calm our mind down.

L-Theanine

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Stay Calm and L-Theanine El Paso, Texas

 

Going back to L-theanine, it is proven that L-theanine can help us relax a bit in stressful situations. An animal study showed us what would happen when L-theanine is in the blood system of rats. Those rats that are treated with L-theanine are more relaxed in a stressful situation than those that are not treated.

With L-theanine, it is proven that this supplement has beneficial properties to help us calm down our central nervous system but also makes us feel a bit better in our day to day lives. We all deal with stress differently as there are certain things that help us alleviate it and even help us get better if we continue to do the things we love.

 

Conclusion

Whether it is taking a walk, writing down in a journal, exercising, seeking some professional help if things get way too hectic or doing a hobby that we love; stress is always going to be there within us, but only we can control it with the right ingredients.

Therefore, whenever you feel overly stressed from working too hard, having way too many plans that you can�t commit, or feeling very low on energy. Remember to stop and breathe a bit as you get into your comfiest clothes, put on a movie or binge-watch a series on Netflix, and make yourself a cup of hot green tea. Then when you are all comfortable on the couch and when you take that first sip, not only your body; but your brain will thank you for that break in your hectic daily life.


 

Excessive Foot Pronation can Affect *FOOT POSTURE & MOBILITY* | El Paso, TX (2019)

 

 

The following video discusses how excessive foot pronation can ultimately have an effect on foot posture and mobility. Several things can impact foot posture and mobility, such as excessive foot pronation. Excessive foot pronation is most widespread among the overall populace, therefore, it’s regarded as one of the most frequent factors for abnormal foot posture and mobility, which can lead to a variety of health issues like overuse injuries. Excessive foot pronation and supination can ultimately impact general health and wellness.


 

What’s Afoot

Foot Dysfunction can very easily cause a domino effect that extends all the way to the back. The feet are the foundation of the body and when there is a problem with the way they function it can cause the entire body to shift out of alignment. For instance, overpronation of the foot causes a series of internal changes that extend up through the leg. The femur may rotate causing hip pain and inflammation of the sacroiliac joint which leads to back pain. Other misalignments in the body that are caused by foot problems can also lead to chronic lower back pain as well.

 

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NCBI Resources:

Researchers at Japan�s Kyoto University found that drinking green tea could help prevent deadly abdominal aortic aneurysms. They believe that the beneficial compounds in green tea are polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that fights free radicals and reduces inflammation. The polyphenols also appear to make arteries stronger and more flexible by regenerating elastin, an essential protein that makes arteries stretchy, yet sturdy. Green and white teas contain large amounts of EGCG, a powerful antioxidant linked to a lower risk of heart disease, Alzheimer�s disease, and numerous types of cancer. A study at Japan�s Okayama University found that senior citizens who drank large amounts of green tea slashed their risk of dying from heart disease by as much as 76 percent, and a Chinese study found that drinking green tea cut the risk of lung cancer by two-thirds.

 

 

Cited:

10 Proven Benefits of Green Tea: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea#section2

10 Proven Benefits of Green Tea: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea#section5

Glutamate (neurotransmitter): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glutamate_(neurotransmitter)

Gamma-Aminobutyric acid: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma-Aminobutyric_acid

Stress: Why does it happen and how can we manage it?: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/145855.php

Effects of L-Theanine on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Induced Changes in Rat Brain Gene Expression: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25165739

Calcium Supplements El Paso, Texas

Calcium Supplements El Paso, Texas

 

Calcium overview- Calcium is a mineral that is essential for life (2). Not only does the body require calcium to build strong bones, but it also aids the body in keeping the bones strong, muscle contractions, and helps to enable our blood to clot (2). Majority of the calcium in the body can be found in the bones and teeth. However, we lose calcium every day just through our skin, nails, hair, and sweat. Once calcium is dissolved in the stomach, it is then absorbed through the small intestine lining to enter the bloodstream. From here, the calcium can then build bone and regulate the contraction of the blood vessels as well as perform its other duties (2).� One of the reasons the amount of calcium consumed each day is so important is because, no matter what, the body will take what it needs. This being said, if you are not supplying your body with the correct amount of calcium, it will start to take the nutrients it needs from the bones (1). The more and more the body does this, the more fragile your bones become, leaving you more susceptible to diseases such as osteoporosis. However, there are different forms of calcium that provide and aid the body in different things.

 

Calcium D Glucerate

 

Calcium D Glucerate is made in small amounts by humans. This is the calcium salt of D Glucerate (1). With studies performed, results showed that when Calcium D Glucerate is taken orally, it inhibits beta-glucuronidase (1). When beta-glucuronidase is inhibited, it aids the body in preventing many hormone-dependent cancers. These cancers include but are not limited to; breast, prostate, and colon (1). When beta-glucuronidase is elevated in the body,� cell damage begins to occur. However, when Calcium D Glucerate is taken orally, it helps to inhibit (block) this enzyme that is produced by the liver.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Calcium Supplements El Paso, Texas

 

Calcium Carbonate

 

Calcium Carbonate is calcium with a salt formula. This medicine can be used in multiple situations but is most commonly used for temporary relief of heartburn and indigestion (3). In addition to this, Calcium Carbonate can be used to help prevent osteoporosis (3).

 

The recommended daily dose for adults is 1,000mg a day of calcium. Make sure that you are eating foods containing calcium as well as taking this recommended dose in order to best protect your bones. Not only will this help your bones from becoming porous, but it will aid in overall body performance. If you are confused about which calcium supplement you should be taking, please consult a local doctor. – Kenna Vaughn, Senior Health Coach

 

Sources:

  1. �Calcium-D-Glucarate.� Alternative Medicine Review: a Journal of Clinical Therapeutic, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2002, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12197785.
  2. �Calcium/Vitamin D Requirements, Recommended Foods & Supplements.� National Osteoporosis Foundation, 26 Feb. 2018, www.nof.org/patients/treatment/calciumvitamin-d/.
  3. National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Calcium carbonate, CID=10112, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Calcium-carbonate (accessed on Aug. 11, 2010