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Losing Weight To Alleviate Back Pain

Losing Weight To Alleviate Back Pain

Losing weight can be one of the hardest things to do. It is also one of the best things anyone can do to get rid of back pain and optimize overall health. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight impacts the whole body, especially the spine. It is prevalent for individuals who are overweight to experience back pain. This comes from the added weight that the feet, legs, pelvis, and spine have to support. For many, once the weight comes off, the back pain reduces significantly and/or disappears completely. For those embarking on a weight loss journey,  our:

  • Chiropractic team
  • Physical therapists
  • Health coach
  • Nutritionist
  • Can provide resources to plan, encourage, and assist in reaching health goals.

Losing Weight To Alleviate Back Pain

Overweight, Obesity and Back Pain

Spine pain is one of the top reasons individuals see a doctor. The need to lose weight is based on body mass index/BMI. BMI can be an indicator that an individual’s weight might not be in a healthy range. BMI ranges:

  • Normal weight – Body Mass Index of less than 25
  • Overweight – Body Mass Index of 25 to 30
  • Obese – Body Mass Index of 31 to 35
  • Extremely obese – Body Mass Index of 36 or higher

If unsure about how to get an accurate BMI measurement, talk to our team about InBody Testing.

Added Weight Places Pressure On the Spine

Added bodyweight places added strain on the low back. Studies have linked obesity with degenerative disc problems. Combined with the physical impact the added weight has on the spine and overall health, it can also affect spine surgery outcomes. Studies have shown that some overweight/obese individuals have an increased risk for surgery-related complications like:

  • Infection
  • Issues recovering from anesthesia
  • Overall recovery struggles

The good news is that individuals do not have to lose a significant amount of weight to see and feel the benefits. Losing 15% of excess weight will improve chronic back pain.

Exercise

Successful weight loss is the ability to maintain the loss. It needs to be something that can be committed to and brought into an individual’s lifestyle. Trying to go hard with an extreme diet or intense exercise program is not recommended. This is like not having any long-distance running knowledge along with training but entering a 12345K race. An individual will collapse after a few blocks. And sustained weight loss is just that, a long-distance journey that requires:

  • Getting educated about what is going on with the body
  • Understanding how foods affect/impact the body
  • Understanding the body’s unique needs to lose weight
  • Developing a personal health goal plan
  • Following through

Lifestyle factors contribute to healthy body weight. Being able to embed healthy habits into one’s life is the objective. Although it can sound easy to do, it can be a challenging process. With professional help, individuals can:

  • Maintain a nutritious and balanced diet
  • Have an active lifestyle
  • Maintain healthy sleep habits
  • Keep stress under control

Discussing a weight loss plan is very important. A professional health coach, nutritionist, and chiropractor will develop the right program that considers an individual’s specific health status.

Overall Health

Achieving a healthy weight will reduce to relieve back pain completely and significantly improve quality of life. Weight management is challenging, but once the benefits are seen and felt, it becomes second nature.


Body Composition


Healthy Kidneys

The kidneys pump more than 400 gallons of recycled blood through the body every day. These organs work nonstop to filter blood and remove waste. If the kidneys become impaired, the body can become overloaded with waste. Unhealthy lifestyle choices can harm/damage the kidneys. Kidney disease progresses slowly over the years. Individuals can lose 90 percent of kidney function before symptoms become serious. Chronic kidney disease is not reversible. However, with lifestyle adjustments, an individual can lower their risk of developing kidney-related diseases.

Proper Hydration

Drink plenty of water to clear sodium, urea, and toxins from the body and prevents kidney stones. Try to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Every individual’s body water levels are different. A body composition test can determine what is normal for the individual.

Maintain healthy diet

Poor diet contributes to visceral fat gain. This has been linked to chronic kidney disease. Reduce visceral fat by eating a healthy diet of vegetables, fruit, and lean protein. Cut down on salty, processed foods. Body composition testing can help form an individualized diet plan to reduce visceral fat.

 Supplements, antibiotics, and OTC medications

Overuse of common over-the-counter medications and supplements can cause kidney damage and disease. Consult with a doctor before taking medications and supplements if there is kidney function impairment.

Maintain fitness and physical activity

Cardio and strength training exercises are recommended. High blood sugar levels stress the kidneys. Building adequate muscle mass will help control blood sugar. A body composition test can make sure there are adequate amounts of muscle mass.

References

Liuke M, Solovieva S, Lamminen A, Luoma K, et al. Disc degeneration of the lumbar spine in relation to overweight. Int J Obes (Lond). 2005;29(8):903-908.

Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Fryar CD, Flegal KM. Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youth: the United States, 2011–2014. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Health Statistics.https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db219.htm. Page last updated: October 28, 2015. Accessed July 10, 2017

Samartzis D, Karppinen J, Chan D, Luk KD, et al. The association of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration on magnetic resonance imaging with body mass index in overweight and obese adults: A population-based study. Arthritis & Rheumatology. 2012;64(5):1488-1496.

Understanding The Difference Between Weight Loss and Fat Loss

Understanding The Difference Between Weight Loss and Fat Loss

Understanding the difference between weight loss and fat loss will help promote a healthy change and an improvement in an individual’s wellbeing. Fat loss can be a part of losing weight however, individuals lose more than just fat. For most individuals, fat loss is the goal, so taking a deliberate, focused approach will generate the best results. Here we discuss how individuals can optimize for fat loss.  
 

Understanding The Difference

  • Weight loss is the overall reduction in body weight
  • Fat loss is a reduction in body fat
When losing weight, the body is not just losing body fat, there are changes being made to each component of body composition. This includes:
  • Body fat
  • Lean Body Mass
  • Body Water
This is also true for weight gain. An individual cannot control how much is lost but can influence what is lost.  
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Weight Loss

There are hundreds of diet and exercise programs that can help achieve fat loss some better than others. The ones that tend to work better focus on the same thing, which is reducing energy intake from food/diet while increasing energy output through exercise and regular physical activity. This forces the body to make up for the missing energy by breaking down the body’s tissues, including fat and muscle. As an individual loses weight, they will also lose some muscle in the form of Lean Body Mass in addition to body fat.  

Fat Loss

Body fat is a combination of essential fat and storage fat. Storage fat is adipose tissue that has accumulated for reserved energy. This type of fat changes with diet modification and regular exercise. Too much storage fat can negatively impact physical and mental wellbeing, so this should be the focus for better health.  

Focus on fat loss and not weight loss

There is a clear association between obesity and chronic disease. Focusing on weight loss can lead to unintended consequences like eating disorders. This is why the focus on fat loss is key along with healthy body composition. This is the recommended approach because it encourages the individual to move more and eat healthily.  

Understanding health benefits of losing fat

Body fat percentage works better as a gauge of health than weight. Weight is composed of lean body mass, body fat, and water, so any changes that occur in these areas can lead to weight gain and not just fat loss. Excess body fat, specifically storage fat, has a close association to chronic diseases like:
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Heart Disease
  • Various Cancers
The key is understanding that a healthy body fat percentage will help reduce the risk of these diseases, improve mental health and overall health.  
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Different ways to measure fat loss

Tracking body fat loss means having body composition tracked and monitored. There are devices and methods for determining body composition, including: For truly accurate results get tested by a highly skilled professional who uses medical-grade tools for assessment. Cheap plastic calipers and at-home scales don’t tend to be the best options.  

Metabolism changes with weight loss

 
When losing weight there is more lost than fat. One loss can be Lean Body Mass, which is critical because the amount of Lean Body Mass that the body has directly influence Basal Metabolic Rate or the body’s metabolism. The Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the number of calories the body naturally burns when resting. When focusing on weight loss and not making changes to minimize lean body mass loss, the individual decreases the size of their metabolism. However, if an individual continues with the same eating habits, this could be a setup for weight regain.  

Weight loss can slow down metabolism

Here is an example of a typical set of body composition results of someone who would be clinically diagnosed as obese.  
 
Along with weight and body fat mass measurements, the individual naturally developed muscles by carrying their body weight. This means that individuals that are obese also have relatively large metabolisms. Dramatic changes to Lean Body Mass and metabolism are not ideal, especially when the goal is maintaining healthy body weight. This is why it is important to come up with a focused/customized approach for gaining muscle, losing fat, and body recomposition, rather than just weight loss. The weight and body fat bars on the above chart are significantly over average, as well as, the Skeletal Muscle Mass bar. This is common for individuals that are obese. Individuals that are obese have developed this muscle by carrying a large amount of weight. Large amounts of muscle begin to develop to move the heavy body.  
 

Stopping weight regain

With weight loss, there will be some Lean Body Mass loss. This means a low metabolism, combined with non-regulated eating habits can lead to regaining weight. With no development of Lean Body Mass and skeletal muscle to help grow the metabolism, there is an increased chance for weight regain. It is crucial to focus on body composition, developing muscle, and Lean Body Mass. Along with continued changing eating habits after an individual reaches their target weight.  

Building muscle, losing fat for healthy body composition

The main areas to focus on to change body composition, overall health, and wellbeing.

Focus on body composition, not on weight loss

Instead, track changes in body composition. This means optimizing programs for fat loss while minimizing Lean Body Mass loss. Weight loss will occur, but combined with proper nutrition and strength training can minimize Lean Body Mass loss.  

Develop new eating habits

An important step is understanding how to improve eating habits by choosing a diet plan that will be fun and enjoyable. When optimizing for fat loss, it will take longer than weight loss. Effective dietary plans go for half to one pound of fat loss per week. This is a manageable and sustainable goal that will not cause negative effects on metabolism. Slow and steady is the better option and will lead to long-term changes.  

Start strength training to increase metabolism

Strength training/weight lifting is a great way to increase metabolism. Increased muscle benefits range from:
  • Increased ability to recover from disease/s
  • Reducing insulin resistance
  • Keeps the body mobile
  • Helps combat obesity by increasing BMR and metabolism
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Body composition in the long-term

Fat loss is more important than weight loss and will lead to long-term changes. Understanding that working out smarter and finding out body composition numbers will promote getting fit while keeping the fat off. It will take longer than expected, but dropping 30 pounds in less than a year then regaining it all back is counterproductive. Take the time to make small, impactful adjustments that will lead to a lifetime of optimal health.

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Dr. Alex Jimenez�s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* 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. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*  
References
Hall, Kevin D et al. �Calorie for Calorie, Dietary Fat Restriction Results in More Body Fat Loss than Carbohydrate Restriction in People with Obesity.��Cell metabolism�vol. 22,3 (2015): 427-36. doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2015.07.021 Merlotti, C et al. �Subcutaneous fat loss is greater than visceral fat loss with diet and exercise, weight-loss promoting drugs and bariatric surgery: a critical review and meta-analysis.��International journal of obesity (2005)�vol. 41,5 (2017): 672-682. doi:10.1038/ijo.2017.31 Tobias, Deirdre K et al. �Effect of low-fat diet interventions versus other diet interventions on long-term weight change in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis.��The lancet. Diabetes & endocrinology�vol. 3,12 (2015): 968-79. doi:10.1016/S2213-8587(15)00367-8
Weight Loss Strategies That Are Evidence-Based

Weight Loss Strategies That Are Evidence-Based

The human body is a complex system, that requires consistent development in all areas. When it comes to weight loss being too strict can cause the body to rebel. Examples are individuals that have lost weight, then put it right back on, or get stuck in a plateau. The objective is to step off the weight loss rollercoaster and embrace weight-loss strategies that work. Here, we explore a few evidence-based weight loss strategies that focus on long-lasting success.  
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Improve insulin sensitivity

When consuming carbohydrates, it is broken down into sugar. The body needs a certain amount of sugar to function. However, it is a narrow safety range. If the level gets too high for too long, cellular damage happens. The role of insulin is to guide the excess sugar/glucose into the cells. However, more individuals are experiencing high blood insulin levels, called hyperinsulinemia. Possible symptoms can include:
  • Sugar cravings
  • Unusual weight gain
  • Frequent hunger
  • Excessive hunger
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Anxiety or feelings of panic
  • Lack of focus
  • Extreme fatigue
Insulin rises because the blood sugar does. It�s dangerous to let glucose levels stay elevated, which is why more insulin gets produced to bring the blood sugar down. Given enough time constant hyperinsulinemia can result in a condition called insulin resistance, where the cells become resistant to the effects of insulin and are less effective.  
 

Insulin sensitivity and weight loss

A high level of insulin in the blood can trigger weight gain and make losing it difficult. Results of high insulin:
  • Disrupts the breakdown of fat known as lipolysis
  • Raises the potential for fat storage
  • Increases the risk of regaining weight despite following a low-calorie diet

Improving insulin sensitivity can be done by:

  • Consuming whole, low glycemic foods
  • Eating healthy fats
  • Incorporating high-intensity interval training
  • Going for optimal gut health
  • Managing stress effectively

Manage stress levels

Stress and stress eating could be contributing to an expanding waistline. Examples could be eating a favorite meal while barely being conscious of the process or the inability to resist a chocolate bar after a long, distressing day. Research published in the Journal of Health Psychology found that stress-related eating has a preference for calorie-dense and highly tasty foods. And when stress levels rise, food cravings rise, triggering fat gain.  
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Reducing stress

There are a variety of techniques that can help the mind and body relax turning off the stress response. Here are some science-based favorites:
  1. Free-range eggs
  2. Nuts
  3. Seeds
  4. Fatty fish
  5. Dark chocolate

Proper sleep cycle

Proper sleep means sound sleep eight hours each night. Many individuals have convinced themselves that five or six hours is enough. Unfortunately, research shows otherwise. In a study published in PLOS Medicine, researchers studied the effects of short sleep duration on hormones that lessen or increase hunger, and on body mass index or BMI. They found the participants with short sleep had reduced leptin and elevated ghrelin which increases appetite and can contribute to weight gain.  

Improving sleep quality

  • Developing a healthy sleep routine
  • Have the same sleep and waking time
  • Time to wind down
  • Meditate a little before sleep
  • Take a warm bath 90 minutes before bed
  • Avoid blue light at least 90 minutes before going to sleep
  • Limit caffeine intake as it can negatively affect sleep even when taken six hours before sleep
  • Avoid/limit alcohol in the evenings
  • Regular physical activity can help release stress and tension, tiring the body out so sleep comes naturally
  • 30 to 40-minute endurance sessions a week are plenty. However, for some individuals, exercising too close to bedtime can have the opposite effect. Therefore, take note of whether this would be a problem.
 

High-Intensity Interval Training

There are a variety of approaches to exercising. But there is one evidence-based approach that has been proven to:
  • Burn abdominal fat
  • Reduce waist circumference
  • Address insulin resistance

It is known as HIIT.

High-Intensity Interval Exercise involves:
  • Repeated brief sprints with all-out intensity immediately followed by low-intensity exercise or rest.
  • This type of exercise is a perfect match for:
  • Treadmill workout
  • Elliptical trainer workout
  • Skipping/jumping rope
  • Rowing workout
  • Walking workout
 

Increasing Muscle Mass

An increased amount of muscle increases the basal metabolic rate or BMR. This increases the body’s ability to burn fat and lose weight. A loss of lean body mass lowers resting energy expenditure and increases fatigue and injury risk. For individuals trying to lose weight the metabolic decline triggered by a loss of lean body mass can cause regaining the fat previously lost. What this means is that when muscle mass drops so does metabolism along with the ability to keep the weight off. When muscle mass increases the body can easily burn fat, making it possible to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. It�s important to remember that as the body’s muscle mass increases the body needs more energy to nourish and support this new tissue. This means that higher calories are allowed, as not having enough calories becomes counterproductive. Muscle mass increase can be achieved by:
  • A healthy diet will help build muscle
  • Strength and resistance training
  • Taking protein supplements
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Weight loss strategies takeaway

With the right approaches, permanent weight loss is possible. Instead of deprivation, focus on science-backed approaches that work:
  • Improved insulin sensitivity
  • Stress management
  • Sound sleep
  • High-intensity interval training
  • Increasing muscle mass
  • Choose approaches that are enjoyable and fun
This will make sticking to the weight loss strategies easier and will contribute to a happy, healthy life.

Body Composition


 

Dr. Alex Jimenez�s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* 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. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Chao, Ariana et al. �Food cravings mediate the relationship between chronic stress and body mass index.��Journal of health psychology�vol. 20,6 (2015): 721-9. doi:10.1177/1359105315573448 Taheri, Shahrad et al. �Short sleep duration is associated with reduced leptin, elevated ghrelin, and increased body mass index.��PLoS medicine�vol. 1,3 (2004): e62. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0010062
Body Composition Terminology Guide

Body Composition Terminology Guide

The world of health and fitness has evolved with all kinds of technical jargon and terminology that can require a guide to get a handle on things. It can become confusing and terms like Lean Body Mass and Lean muscle can get mixed up. Body composition analysis allows an individual to understand their body in a much clearer way with insight into the body’s health. Here we break down this technical terminology to get a basic understanding of how it is relevant to the body’s health. Think of this as a combination glossary, and action guide. �

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Guide to Basic Body Composition

Percent Body Fat Body/Fat Percentage

  • Percent Body Fat is a reflection of how much of the body’s weight is made up of fat.
  • It is calculated by dividing the weight of body fat mass by total weight.
  • It helps to track progress whether trying to lose weight or gain muscle.

Takeaway

  • This percentage can be applied to set percent body fat ranges.
  • The healthy ranges are around 10-20% percent body fat for men and 18-28% for women.

Lean Body Mass/Fat-Free Mass Guide

Lean Body Mass is sometimes used interchangeably with Fat-Free Mass.

  • Lean Body Mass is the weight of everything in the body that is not fat.
  • This includes muscles, organs, bones, and body water.
  • Lean Body Mass is not the same as muscle.
  • Lean Body Mass is a collection of different types of body tissues that includes muscle.

Takeaway

  • Lean Body Mass plus Body Fat Mass make up entire body weight.
  • If the Lean Body Mass value is in pounds subtract this number from total body weight to get an approximation of Body Fat Mass.
  • Divide this number by body weight, results are percent body fat.
  • Lean Body Mass is closely related to the total number of calories the body needs every day.
  • The Lean Body Mass forms the core of the body’s metabolism, and this number can be used to help determine unique dietary needs.
  • No more basing nutrition off the 2,000-calorie diet. This is a poor one-size-fits-all approach to food intake.

Skeletal Muscle Mass Guide

  • Skeletal muscle is one of four major muscle types and governs all the movements that are consciously controlled. Everything from texting to deadlifting a barbell.
  • It is the muscle group that grows/builds when exercising.
  • Increased Skeletal Muscle Mass translates into increased strength.
  • When trying to build up the body and grow in size, this is the value to track and watch increase over time.
  • However, muscle is not just for strength.
  • Muscle is made up primarily of protein and can act as protein storage.
  • When the body is under severe stress like a traumatic injury, the recovery process is triggered and needs added protein, up to four times the amount.
  • When the body is not able to get the proper amount of protein from a normal diet, the body begins to get what it needs from the protein storage/muscles.

Basal Metabolic Rate/BMR

  • The Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR, is the number of calories that the body needs to maintain Lean Body Mass. It is a significant component of overall metabolism.
  • An individual with more Lean Body Mass will have a higher Basal Metabolic Rate.
  • This is the reason why a 250-pound athlete needs to eat more than a 150-pound sedentary adult. Because the athlete has more Lean Body Mass.
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  • BMR can help make a healthy diet plan designed for fat loss or muscle gain by helping understand how much energy/calories from food the body needs.
  • Multiplying the BMR with activity factor will estimate Total Daily Energy Expenditure or TDEE.
  • Using the TDEE as a baseline an individual can develop a nutritional plan based on body composition goals.

Body Water Guide

  • Body Water includes all the water in the body. This means everything from:
  1. The water in the blood
  2. Water in the organs
  3. The water inside the bones

Body water can be subdivided into two types:

  • Intracellular
  • Extracellular
  • Intracellular means inside the cells and includes the water in the organs, muscles, composing 2/3 of total body water.
  • The remaining 1/3 is extracellular outside the cells and includes the water in the blood.

Takeaway

  • When the body is generally healthy it maintains a healthy balance of intracellular to extracellular water with a ratio of around 3:2.
  • When the balance becomes unbalanced or falls apart water monitoring becomes important.
  • For example, individuals with severe health problems, like kidney ailments/failure, are unable to rid the body of extracellular water. This causes a buildup of water and requires removal through procedures like dialysis.

Dry Lean Mass

  • Lean Body Mass includes everything that�s not body fat and includes body water.
  • When all the water has been taken out what remains is known as Dry Lean Mass.

Lean Body Mass – Body Water = Dry Lean Mass

  • This amounts to the protein content of the muscles and the mineral content of the bones.
  • Most Dry Lean Mass will be found in these areas.

Takeaway

  • Water monitoring can help track real, physical changes in the body.
  • Lean Body Mass contains body water, and body water levels can be influenced by different factors like a recent workout or being low on carbohydrates.
  • Changes in body water are considered technical changes in Lean Body Mass.
  • When building muscle, the body is actually building new physical protein stores and reflects in Dry Lean Mass.
  • An increase in Lean Body Mass can signal muscle growth, or not.
  • However, an increase in Dry Lean Mass is a more favorable indicator that there is muscle growth.

Visceral Fat

  • Two major categories of body fat.
  • Subcutaneous fat is the fat under the skin and is the type that can be seen.
  • The second type is called visceral fat.
  • This fat collects inside the abdomen and wraps around the internal organs.
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Takeaway

  • Just because it cannot be seen does not mean it is not there.
  • If it is there it is something definitely worth knowing about.
  • This is because visceral fat is not just extra pounds but an active organ that secretes harmful hormones into the body that triggers never-ending inflammation.
  • The more visceral fat, the greater risk of inflammation.
  • Inflammation over time places added stress on the heart that can lead to cardiovascular problems.

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Hopefully, this guide has clarified some of the common body composition terminology. This is a basic overview designed to provide essential information about body composition and how it applies. A general understanding can help in making healthy lifestyle choices, like deciding to lose weight or dietary adjustments.


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Dr. Alex Jimenez�s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.*

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. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

References

Westerterp, Klaas R. �Exercise, energy balance, and body composition.� European journal of clinical nutrition�vol. 72,9 (2018): 1246-1250. doi:10.1038/s41430-018-0180-4

Borga, Magnus et al. �Advanced body composition assessment: from body mass index to body composition profiling.��Journal of investigative medicine: the official publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research�vol. 66,5 (2018): 1-9. doi:10.1136/jim-2018-000722

The Body’s Metabolism and Body Composition

The Body’s Metabolism and Body Composition

The body’s metabolism along with body composition go hand in hand. The higher the metabolism the faster the body burns calories. The slower the metabolism the longer it takes and leads to fat storage as well as other issues, which include:
  • Excess gas
  • Sugar cravings
  • Continued weight gain
  • Weight loss difficulties
  • Constant Feeling of Bloatedness
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Easy cellulite development
  • High blood sugar
Metabolism is linked with weight gain and loss because it is a biological process involved with energy and calories. The process of the body converting food and drink into energy. The process involves the calories in food and drinks that get combined with oxygen to release energy that the body needs to operate.  
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Body Composition Linked To Body’s Metabolism

Metabolism varies for every individual. Here are two body composition profiles.  

Individual A

 

Individual B

 
Individual A has a much smaller Basal Metabolic Rate than Individual B. This means individual B needs more calories than individual A to provide the body with the proper energy to function without losing weight. Because the Basal Metabolic Rate is bigger, the metabolism is bigger. The most important factor playing into Basal Metabolic Rate is the amount of Lean Body Mass every individual has. The more Lean Body Mass the greater the Basal Metabolic Rate will be. Strength training for muscle gain will increase lean body mass and is recommended to increase metabolism. For example: Take a look at Jane and Sarah, two individuals who are similar in age, height, weight, and gender.  

Jane

 

Sarah

 
Despite being similar in age, height, weight, and gender, these two individuals have very different body compositions, as well as have different Basal Metabolic Rates.  

Metabolism and Weight Gain

Take a deeper look at slow metabolism. It is not about being fast or slow but weight gain is almost always the result of caloric imbalance that goes on over a period of time. Two major factors are:
  • An individual’s energy level and how active they are
  • The thermic effect of food or the energy the body uses when digesting food
  • These taken together with Basal Metabolic Rate provide Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE). This is the number of calories the body burns in a day.
To take a closer look into the body’s metabolism and weight gain, take the two individuals above, Jane and Sarah, and see what could happen in real treatment development that includes diet and exercise. First, the TDEE for Jane and Sarah needs to be estimated, using their BMRs as a guide. Based on their compositions, it’s fair to assume that Jane is involved in less physical activity/exercise than Sarah. So an activity level of sedentary for Jane will be assigned and light activity will be assigned for Sarah.  
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Using these numbers and multiplying them by the appropriate activity factor, Jane�s TDEE can be estimated to be 1573 calories and Sarah�s 1953 calories, a difference of 380 calories. When activity levels are factored in, the difference in actual caloric needs gets magnified. This is an estimate of the calories Jane and Sarah will need to burn in a day. The nutritionist and/or health coach place both of them on a diet of 1,800 calories a day. This is the estimated calorie intake recommended by the USDA for sedentary women between 26-30 years of age. Let’s say they both follow the diet perfectly without any extra, high-calorie snacks/treats. Jane will end each day with a surplus of 227 calories, while Sarah ends each day with a slight calorie deficit of 153 calories a day. When in a calorie surplus taking more calories and living a sedentary lifestyle, weight gain, specifically, fat storage will be experienced. 227 extra calories a day doesn’t seem like a lot, but that is a single soda. However, over time, 227 calories a day becomes 1,589 extra calories a week and 7,037 extra calories a month, which is around 2 pounds of fat gain every month.  
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So despite the same height, gender, similar weight, and similar ages, the difference between Jane and Sarah is their body compositions. Jane will experience weight gain over time while Sarah might experience some weight loss because of the calorie deficit, even though the diets are the same. This is because each individual’s caloric needs are different and may seem small at first, but increases to significant differences over time.  

Making The Body’s Metabolism Work

With the correct exercise and dietary plan, an individual can make their metabolism work for them. Because the body needs more energy to support itself when it has more Lean Body Mass, working to increase Lean Body Mass will increase Basal Metabolic Rate. Avoiding a decrease in metabolism can be done by maintaining the Lean Body Mass that is already present and also means maintaining Skeletal Muscle Mass. Skeletal Muscle Mass is not the same as Lean Body Mass but is the overall largest contributor. It is the muscles that will grow and develop through exercise.  
 
Skeletal Muscle Mass is effectively developed through strength training, resistance exercise, and a healthy diet. This will help maintain Skeletal Muscle Mass. This is especially important as the body ages. Activity levels tend to drop and a healthy diet can become harder to maintain as responsibilities increase. Poor nutrition can lead to loss of Lean Body Mass over time, which leads to a decrease in overall metabolism. Balancing diet and metabolism. The example of Jane shows a well-intentioned dietary plan that does not match the metabolism of the person practicing it. Even though Jane was told that 1,800 calories are right for her based on age and gender, her metabolism does not require that calorie intake. This will cause weight gain despite any efforts to eat a healthy diet. This is where a health coach and nutritionist come in. The first step is to get the information needed to get the answers by getting an accurate body composition analysis.

InBody Composition

 

 

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Superfoods Can Help Achieve Optimal Health

Superfoods Can Help Achieve Optimal Health

Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that can be incorporated into an individual’s diet to achieve optimal health. We look at which foods contain the most nutrients, and how to create meals with the best variety of foods to improve overall health and support strong body composition. Superfoods have a high-levels of antioxidants, along with many vast amounts of essential vitamins and minerals. These are fresh, colorful foods that are packed with nutrients. The more vibrant the color, the more antioxidant power. What to look for in different foods to optimize health and improve your body composition is the objective.  
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Superfoods

Superfoods can be defined as food that is rich in compounds that are highly beneficial for health. Foods like phytochemicals, fiber, and Omega-3 fatty acids. National nutritional guidelines consider these foods as powerhouse fruits and vegetables. Research shows that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of chronic disease. Antioxidants like polyphenols have anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation can be caused by infection, injury, and disease. A diet rich in antioxidants helps lead to faster recovery time from injury, illness, as well as, exercise-induced stress.
  • Antioxidants reduce free radicals, prevent and repair damage caused by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress happens when free radicals start to accumulate in the body. It can play a significant role in chronic and degenerative illnesses like cancer, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Anthocyanins are a type of polyphenol that acts as antioxidants that can help reduce the chance of chronic disease. Pigments are found in plants, which give certain fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. These include:
  1. Berries
  2. Cherries
  3. Peaches
  4. Pomegranates
  5. Black beans
  6. Eggplant
  7. Purple sweet potatoes

Evidence suggests that a diet rich in anthocyanins helps:

  • Reduce oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Prevent cardiovascular disease
  • Control of diabetes
  • Prevent diabetes

Superfoods can help individuals with:

  • Weight loss
  • Improved muscular function
  • Body composition improvement
  • Boosting the immune system

Key Nutrients

Antioxidant properties are found in many superfoods along with nutrients to be aware of. The nutrients listed can be beneficial in optimizing health. Remember to consult a doctor before making or supplementing dietary changes.
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc

Omega-3’s

Omega-3 fatty acids promote many health benefits, which include reduced risk of obesity, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses. Omega-3�s contain anti-inflammatory properties and help enhance recovery after exercise. A standard diet usually contains a higher ratio of Omega-6 fatty acids compared to Omega-3’s. This unbalance increases inflammation and reduces immune system response. Omega-6 acids include vegetable oils that do offer health benefits. However, it is important to keep a healthy balance between the two. Top sources of Omega-3’s include:
  • Fatty fish
  • Fish oils – salmon, mackerel, and cod liver
  • Oysters
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseeds

Magnesium

Magnesium supports the health of the immune system. It supports and maintains healthy bone structure, muscle function, and insulin levels. It assists the body with energy, metabolism, and acts as a calcium blocker. This reduces cramping and aids in muscle relaxation after working out. Magnesium is essential for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. A deficiency can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Research shows that magnesium deficiency can lead to a higher risk of insulin resistance. Magnesium-rich foods like dark leafy greens, nuts, legumes, and whole grains are also high in fiber. Individuals that have a diet rich in magnesium have a higher intake of dietary fiber, as well. Fiber helps with digestion, control weight, reduce cholesterol, and stabilize blood sugar. The best sources of Magnesium include:
  • Green vegetables such as spinach, swiss chard, and turnip greens
  • Nuts such as almonds and cashews
  • Seeds
  • Legumes
  • Cocoa

Zinc

Zinc is an essential nutrient for overall immune function support. It is an antioxidant that helps with anti-inflammatory and oxidative stress responses. Chemical reactions within the body require zinc. Zinc is a necessary element for muscle protein synthesis and hormone regulation. Zinc deficiency is common in seniors and can be connected with degenerative diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, and age-related macular degeneration. Deficiency can also cause weight loss, delayed growth, and muscle atrophy. Zinc supplements are not recommended for healthy individuals as they can interfere with other essential vitamins and micronutrient interactions. Top sources of Zinc include:
  • Chicken
  • Red meat
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Oysters

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the immune systems supporting vitamins. It is an antioxidant that helps reduce free radicals and protects macromolecules from oxidative damage that could contribute to chronic diseases. Vitamin C deficiency has shown an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, which include coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, and hypertension. Vitamin C has a significant role in collagen synthesis and provides support in vascular function, which helps reduce inflammation and inflammatory diseases like atherosclerosis. Vitamin C has been found to play a role in possibly lowering blood pressure. Evidence suggests that vitamin C can help prevent obesity and obesity-related illnesses. Top sources of Vitamin C include:
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Citrus fruit
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Peppers

Vitamin B

Eight vitamins that make up the B vitamin complex all have various responsibilities for energy production and DNA synthesis. An increased intake of vitamin B is associated with improved metabolic pathways like glucose metabolism and reduces obesity risk. Consuming enough of the vitamins is essential. Having a deficiency in just one vitamin can lead to decreased energy, poor cognition, and muscle weakness.

The eight vitamins in the B complex are:

  • B1 – Thiamine
  • B2 – Riboflavin
  • B3 – Niacin
  • B5 – Pantothenic acid
  • B6 – Pyridoxine
  • B7 – Biotin
  • B9 – Folic acid
  • B12

The best sources for B vitamins include:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Beef /liver
  • Eggs
  • Lentils
  • Nuts
  • Spinach

Eating Superfoods

  • Leafy greens that are rich in vitamin A, C, and K, iron, and more
  • Salmon is a great source of Omega-3s
  • Cherries are rich in vitamin C and polyphenols
  • Berries are rich in Vitamin C and high in antioxidants
  • Nuts are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats
  • Garlic is a great source of Vitamin C and B-Complex
  • Turmeric contains potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidants
  • Cacao is packed with nutrients, and contain magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, and more
  • Manuka Honey is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Tea/s are filled with antioxidant properties and polyphenolic compounds

These superfoods have been shown to:

  • Improve body composition
  • Reduce the risk of chronic illnesses
  • Provide immune support
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Reduce inflammation, oxidative stress, and free radicals

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnip greens, and collard greens have been shown to reduce the risk for type II diabetes and cancer, which includes breast cancer, and they help protect against depression symptoms. Leafy greens contain many nutrients, which makes them a superfood staple. Leafy greens contain vitamins A, C, and K, iron, folate, zinc, and magnesium. They are a great source of fiber, carotenoids, and antioxidants that help to protect the cells.  
 

Salmon

Salmon is a perfect source of Omega-3s. These help in improving the immune system’s response, neuromuscular functioning, and enhanced cognition. Eating plenty of salmon, and other fatty fish helps reduce blood pressure and symptoms associated with coronary heart disease. Consuming whole-food proteins like salmon help with workout/exercise muscle protein synthesis better than a protein supplement. Omega-3’s can improve body composition because the fatty acids counteract muscle atrophy and promote recovery from muscles not being used brought on by surgery and inactivity.  
 

Cherries

Cherries contain a high source of vitamin C and polyphenols. Both contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress contributes to inflammation and atherosclerosis, which can contribute to cardiovascular disease. Cherries promote health, provide cardioprotective support, help to reduce blood pressure and LDL cholesterol.  
 

Berries

Berries are known for containing antioxidant properties. Berries like:
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Lingonberries
  • Blackberries
All contain flavonoids and anthocyanins. Both of these help in reducing oxidative stress. Eating berries has been shown to improve cardiovascular health. Moderate consumption of berries helps improve blood platelet function and HDL cholesterol, as well as helps reduce blood pressure. Anthocyanins, flavonoids, and phytochemicals are believed to reduce the risk of cancer, primarily of the GI tract and breast. Berries can also provide neuroprotective support, that can help prevent a decrease in cognitive functions and dementia.  
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Nuts

Nuts are considered a nutritious superfood. They contain essential vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. However, nuts are recommended in limited amounts because of their high-fat content. Also, nuts that are salted or flavored, lower health benefits. Individuals that eat a handful of nuts as part of a healthy diet have shown to be able to maintain and improve body composition. Healthy lifestyle diets like the DASH Diet and the Mediterranean Diet recommend moderate consumption of nuts. They help lower blood pressure, improve heart function, and reduce contributing factors to coronary heart disease and diabetes. Nuts include a variety of nutrients like vitamins:
  • B3
  • B6
  • B9
  • E
All help in the reduced risk of metabolic syndrome and related illnesses. Nuts also provide antioxidants which include phytochemicals:
  • Carotenoids
  • Polyphenols
  • Tocopherols
These compounds contain anti-inflammatory properties. And nuts have the potential to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and types of cancer.  
 

Garlic

Garlic is an antioxidant and has been shown to improve immune function along with the cardiovascular system. It is a good source of vitamin C and B-complex vitamins. Both enhance the effectiveness of immune system protection. Eating garlic has been shown to help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, delays the progression of atherosclerosis, and improves circulation. Studies have shown that garlic is highly effective in preventing yeast infections, as well as, treating ear infections. There is a compound known as allicin and helps shield the stomach from the spread of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium related to gastrointestinal cancer.
 

Turmeric

Turmeric is another antioxidant. It helps manage inflammatory conditions like metabolic syndrome and arthritis. The polyphenol antioxidant is curcumin. It has been shown to help reduce inflammation, pain, and benefits the kidneys. Curcumin has been shown to reduce symptoms resulting from metabolic syndrome. Curcumin has been shown to:
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Reduce the accumulation of fat storage that can lead to obesity
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower oxidative stress
 

Cacao

Cacao is chocolate in the purest form. It is packed with nutrients and contains:
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Manganese
Cocoa is the processed form that generally contains sugars and dairy products. The beans contain antioxidants and phytochemicals like polyphenols and flavonoids that protect cells against free radicals along with oxidative stress. There is a flavanol called epicatechin and is linked to improved cognition and a better mood. Dark chocolate helps reduce metabolic syndrome risk factors, including:
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Improved insulin sensitivity
  • Stabilized glucose levels
Heart function is improved by reducing platelet reactivity and inhibiting oxidant production.  
 

Manuka Honey

Honey has antioxidant properties and provides anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. It is made up of:
  • Sugars
  • Flavonoids
  • Phenolic acids
  • Enzymes
  • Amino acids
  • Proteins
  • Other compounds have anti-tumor and anti-leukemic properties
Manuka honey also has antibacterial properties and is very beneficial in healing wounds. Store-bought honey should not be used to treat cuts and wounds. Manuka honey is darker, and thicker that comes specifically from the manuka plant. It has more microbial properties than other types of honey. All honey has antioxidants, but Manuka has high levels of organic compounds that correlate with increased antibacterial activity. It is among the most powerful antioxidants that benefit athletes. Honey can easily be incorporated into a daily diet as a sweetener for tea, or as a topping for yogurt or oatmeal. However, it is not recommended for infants under one year of age. This is because babies have a higher risk of contracting botulism.  
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Tea

Tea contains antioxidant properties and polyphenolic compounds. Studies show the polyphenols, specifically in green tea have anti-inflammatory properties. This is a common treatment for preventing osteoarthritis. The catechins are a type of phenol that helps reduce free radicals and the presence of oxidative stress. It has also been shown to effectively improve body composition. Drinking 3-4 cups of tea a day can significantly reduce weight gain and risks associated with metabolic syndrome. However, drinking 3-4 cups a day might not be the answer for everybody, it can be something to consider.  
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Incorporation

The objective is achieving optimal health, along with improved body composition. Choosing a diet that is nutrient-packed and includes a variety of fresh, whole foods is the primary focus. There is no miracle food or effective cure for cancer, but when nutrient and antioxidant-rich superfoods are part of an individual’s diet overall health will improve. These are known as lifestyle diets and are meant to change habits and are not just for losing weight. These lifestyle diets include:

Dash Diet

The DASH diet stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. This diet is non-restrictive and promotes the consumption of fresh, whole foods while focusing on serving and portion sizes. The National Institute of Health developed this as a means to reduce blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health.

Mediterranean Diet

This diet is based on the eating habits of those living in countries that surround the Mediterranean. Studies determined individuals living in this region were among the healthiest with the lowest chances of cardiovascular-related conditions/diseases, obesity, and improved mental wellbeing. It emphasizes physical activity and consistent consumption of fresh, whole foods, including heart-healthy foods like fish and various seafood.

Flexitarian Diet

The flexitarian is a semi-vegetarian diet that is primarily vegetarian with occasional meat or fish. It focuses on sustainability and recognizes the vitally important protein, vitamins, and other nutrients that meat contains. However, meat is not eaten every day. Individuals that switch from mostly meat diets to flexitarian have shown to improve body composition reduce the risk of developing metabolic syndrome along with diabetes, and cancer. Making adjustments do not have to be huge changes. Small changes will go a long way. Adding these essential superfood nutrients can promote significant benefits for overall health and well-being.

Detox Diet


 

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Sarcopenia Muscle Mass Loss With Chronic Back Pain

Sarcopenia Muscle Mass Loss With Chronic Back Pain

Sarcopenia means the loss of muscle tissue/mass from the natural aging process. Something that all of us are going through. However, when chronic back pain is involved it can speed up the natural process, which can lead to various health issues. Keeping the body fit and the spine healthy is the objective with approaches that can be utilized and employed to help maintain muscle mass. By the time an individual turns 30, the muscles are large and strong. But going into the 30s, individuals begin to lose muscle mass and function. Individuals that are physically inactive can lose up to 5% of muscle mass every ten years after 30. Even those who are regularly active, still lose some muscle. Sarcopenia typically kicks-in around age 75-80. However, it could speed up as early as 65. It becomes a factor in bone frailty and increases the risk of falls and fractures in older adults.  
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Muscle Tissue Changes and Back Pain

Loss of muscle mass causes individuals to have a lesser degree of strength and function. As the decline continues, mobility lessens, and disability increases. With less muscle strength individuals become perfect candidates for falls/injury/s and become more prone to weight pain. Body composition shifts can play a major role in issues like spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. Bone density also decreases with age increasing the risk of mobility issues. This means less activity which can make back pain worse and keeps the degenerative cycle going. The back pain intensifies, physical function is very limited, and low bone mineral density brings down an individual’s quality of life.

Symptoms and Causes

Symptoms include:
  • Weakness
  • Loss of stamina
With reduced activity muscle mass becomes further shrunk. Sarcopenia is seen more often in individuals that are inactive. However, it is also seen in individuals that are physically active on a regular basis. This suggests that there are other factors involved. Researchers think these could be:
  • The ability to turn protein into energy is decreased
  • There are not enough calories/protein per day to maintain muscle mass
  • A reduction in the nerve cells that are responsible for sending signals from the brain to the muscles when moving, contracting, extending, etc
  • Low concentration of certain hormones, including:
  1. Growth hormone
  2. Testosterone
  3. Insulin-like growth factor

Prevention

Because it can affect younger individuals as well, specifically those who are leading sedentary lifestyles and are overweight, prevention is the key. It is a domino effect that:
  • Starts with reduced activity
  • That leads to weight gain
  • Causing even less activity
When the body’s muscles are not being used they begin to atrophy. Fortunately, the loss can be reversible to a certain degree. Helping to build the muscle mass back up and help prevent sarcopenia is the goal.

 
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Strength training

Muscles need a degree of stress to grow, which is then followed by recovery. Low-impact training programs/exercises performed at least two to three days per week can help keep the muscles healthy and in top form.

General physical activity

Exercise does not have to only be a regimented training form. Being active means keeping the body moving and mobile on a regular basis. This can be gardening, vacuuming, taking a walk around the neighborhood, parking far away when shopping to walk more, taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Anything that involves moving the body regularly and keeps the muscles active will help in the prevention process.

Protein

There is a wasting syndrome known as Cachexia. There is a connection between protein consumption and muscle mass. Older adults are at risk of low protein intake because they do not synthesize amino acids as effectively as they used to. Whey protein is recommended specifically because it creates and maintains high concentrations of amino acids in the blood. Other protein choices include:
  • Greek yogurt
  • Peanut butter
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Beans
  • Lean animal proteins

Resistance Training

Sarcopenia prevention will promote better back/general health for every age group. However, it is crucial for those who are experiencing accelerated muscle loss like individuals over 50 and especially after 60. Resistance/strength training or some form of physical activity done on a regular basis can significantly slow the decline. But heavy-weights are not necessary. Older individuals might believe weight training means they have to lift heavy with fewer reps and more weight. It is actually the opposite, with more reps and lighter weight. An example could be doing 20 reps with a 5-pound weight instead of 5 reps with a 20-pound weight. The total amount of weight being lifted is the same in both cases. This approach benefits the individual because of the less load/strain on the bones and joints. It also allows older individuals to do more sessions per week, keeping the active overall. Those experiencing sarcopenia, and with lumbar stenosis, to do exercises that challenge the muscles without adding additional pressure on the joints. This could be:
  • Walking in a swimming pool
  • Cycling
  • Pilates
  • Yoga
Bodyweight/calisthenic exercises like pushups, squats, and wall slides can also be beneficial. The focus should be on regular activity that can progress slowly, and promotes tone without risk of injury. Muscle tone is maintained by activity and is essential for everyone. Get a routine, keep moving and the body will benefit greatly.
 

Sports Injury Chiropractic Treatment


 

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Acute, Chronic Back Pain and Nutritional Relief

Acute, Chronic Back Pain and Nutritional Relief

Nutritional relief for acute and chronic back pain can be achieved by eating specific fruits and vegetables. Individuals dealing with acute and chronic back pain have recently been asking if their diets can be modified to reduce back pain. Absolutely, eating healthier will lead to weight loss and will help reduce back pain symptoms. The big surprise was a nutritionist that did not know about this recommendation to help ease back pain symptoms. Life seems to throw a lot of curveballs especially in the midst of pain. Stress eating and just eating great tasting food is one method/technique of dealing with the pain, as it makes you feel good and forget the pain for a little while.  
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However, the problem is still present and becomes worse with the added weight. Not to mention the consequences of eating too much unhealthy food, like diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Eating junk food and suffering in silence can become a way of life.

Pain Relief With Healthy Food

Most individuals will experience back pain at some point. There are a variety of causes from disease to injury and just normal wear and tear. Fortunately, for most, it will be short-lived. But for some chronic pain can develop, creating a new set of health issues and makes achieving back pain relief more complicated. It may sound too easy but making adjustments to your diet can make all the difference in dealing with and eliminating back pain.

Manage and eradicate back pain

Constantly going for the wrong foods, speeds up the inflammation process. Various studies show certain foods contain components that have anti-inflammatory properties. Experts agree that choosing healthy foods for and/or chronic illnesses reduces flare-ups, inflammation and helps heal the body back to top form. The pain reduces because the inflammation triggers are kept in check. This means the grocery store and healthy foods can be a powerful tool for fighting inflammation. Our ancestors lived off the land eating organic natural foods and healed themselves without refined products.

Multi-colored vegetables and fruits

Dark green vegetables supply powerful nutrients that fight inflammation. Added benefits are they help remove cancer-causing free radicals. Examples include:
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
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Orange and yellow vegetables like:
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Peppers
  • Pineapple
Carrots contain vitamin E and C and antioxidants that protect the healthy tissue around the inflamed area. Pineapple contains natural enzymes that help break down fibrin that forms around any acute injury. As the barrier is broken down nutrients are allowed to penetrate the area and ease the inflammation.

Nutritional Relief

The ability to heal the body with proper food choices should be a no brainer. But because humans are creatures of habit, breaking away from what is normal for the individual can be a challenge. Some simple ways to start eating toward healing:
  • Reduce the fat intake like butter, corn, red meat, and simple carbohydrates that are high in sugar and low in fiber.
  • When eating fill up with vegetables, fruits, and herbs and reduce the meat intake. Eat two to three servings of fruits and vegetables at all meals.
  • Choose varieties of fruits and vegetables:
  1. Strawberries
  2. Blueberries
  3. Cherries
  4. Pineapple
  5. Oranges
  6. Kale
  7. Broccoli
  8. Spinach
  9. Collards
  10. Carrots
  11. Pumpkin
There are plenty of choices that can aid in healing the body from the inside out. Take nutritional relief steps now and start on the road to recovery.

Back Pain During Pregnancy Treatment

 
 

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Weight Loss Change and Recommendations for Success

Weight Loss Change and Recommendations for Success

Having the right attitude about weight loss can go a long way in being successful. Being overweight contributes to poor health, sleep problems, increased risk for disease/s, and back pain. Weight problems can result from:
  • Eating the wrong food/s
  • Limited or no regular physical activity/exercise
  • Stress eating
  • Age
  • Genetics
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These can all be overcome by setting sensible goals and realistic expectations. The first step is to discuss weight loss and general health with your healthcare provider. A doctor, health coach, or fitness chiropractor can help develop a fully customized weight loss treatment plan along with exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes/adjustments. Weight loss plans can include:
  • Dietary
  • Exercise
  • Behavioral
  • Medication
  • Surgical modification of the digestive system if necessary
A realistic properly developed and safe weight loss plan has a greater rate of success. If your doctor isn’t quite sure which is the best approach, they could reference a health coach, weight loss, or metabolic specialist. Assessing one’s body weight is now a more involved process than just stepping on a scale. The assessment usually involves measuring the Body Mass Index or BMI, waist circumference, and medical history. This information is analyzed to determine if there are any risks due to excess weight like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Nutrition Feeding The Body

A weight-loss treatment program does require a reduction in calories. An optimal treatment plan means changing/adjusting lifestyle bad habits and turning them into good/positive habits. This can include nutritional education, relearning to eat, manage stress, and adapting. It is important to feed the body the proper nutrients it needs to maintain optimum health. No one food has all these essential nutrients. Therefore, it takes a combination of a variety of foods to help meet the body’s needs. If an individual has been overweight or obese for an extended amount of time, the body could be starving for these vital nutrients.  
Nutrients Sources Functions
Proteins Meat, Fish, Poultry, Eggs, Dairy, Legumes, Nuts Formation of muscles, bone, blood, enzymes, specific hormones, cell membranes, tissue repair, regulates water/acid-base balance
Carbohydrates Grains, Fruits, Vegetables Supplies energy to brain cells, nervous system, blood, and muscles during physical activity and exercise
Fats Meat, Fish, Poultry, Supplements Supplies energy, insulates/cushions organs, helps in vitamin absorption
Vitamins Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Meat, Dairy Promotes chemical reactions in the body’s cells
Minerals Contained in most food groups Regulates body functions, assists with growth, a catalyst for energy release
Water Water, Liquids, Fruits, Vegetables Medium for transporting chemicals, assists in chemical reactions, regulates temperature, removes waste, accounts for 50-70% of body weight

Types of Fats

Fats are essential in absorbing fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
  • Saturated Fat is known to increase blood cholesterol levels. This type of fat is found primarily in meat and dairy products. For example butter.
  • Polyunsaturated Fat has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels. It is found in plant sources like cottonseed, corn, safflower, sunflower, and soybean.
  • Monounsaturated Fat has been shown to lower the low-density cholesterol or LDL, which is unhealthy cholesterol. It can be found in avocados, olive, canola, and peanut oil.
A healthy diet should not exceed 30% of fat per day. An easy way to cut back is to:
  • Go for lean cuts of meat
  • Trim the visible fat
  • Remove the skin from poultry
  • Select water-packed tuna
  • Choose dairy products made from skim or low-fat milk
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Eating and Losing Weight Recommendations

These recommendations could be redundant, but it is a start.
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water every day. This does not include tea, coffee or other beverages
  • Eat only when hungry
  • Stop when full
  • Eat and chew slowly – It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain the body is full
  • Select foods that take a lot of chewing, which will satisfy the body with less food
  • Drinking a warm beverage with a meal helps promote the feeling of fullness and satisfaction
  • Serve food on a smaller plate – This fools the eyes, fooling the brain into believing that the meal is the same amount
  • Have a piece of fruit or a small fruit smoothie in between meals to keep hunger in check
  • Keep the kitchen stocked with healthy ready to eat snacks
  • It’s the small thorough steps that add up to achieve goals

Physical Activity Benefits

Healthy food combined with healthy eating habits and regular physical activity can help weight loss goals be met. Building and preserving muscle mass helps the body burn calories. Plus it decreases the risk of:
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Colon cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Reduces body fat
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Relaxes muscular tension
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Increases energy, concentration, self-esteem, self-confidence

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Weight Loss Can Reduce Back Pain El Paso, Texas

Weight Loss Can Reduce Back Pain El Paso, Texas

Industrialization/modernization has impacted our food, the way we eat and our weight. Processed fast food can be purchased pretty much anywhere. We no longer expend physical energy to hunt and forage for food. Because of this back pain is probably the most common and most troublesome condition that individuals experience. Eight out of 10 will struggle with back pain at some point in their life. Low chronic back pain can become aggravated by a variety of triggers.

  • Mechanical stress
  • Excessive strain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor sleep position
  • No exercise
  • Excessive weight

These can all contribute to making back pain even worse. Obesity is defined as a disease. It is a serious disorder that affects adults and children. Being overweight can contribute to the development of coronary heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer. And it can also contribute to symptoms associated with:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Osteoporosis coupled with a sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy diet can affect the density and the strength of the bones. When the structural integrity of the spine is compromised there is a higher risk for fracture. Vertebral fractures can be painful and disabling. Those diagnosed with osteoporosis probably have lost between 25% to 30% of bone density.

 

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Being Overweight Affects the Spine

The spine carries the body’s weight and distributes the weight in an equal manner when resting and during activity. When there is excess weight the spine is forced to compromise which can lead to injuries and structural damage. The area of the spine that is the most vulnerable is the low back or lumbar spine.

 

Exercise is Important

When we don’t exercise it leads to:

  • Poor flexibility
  • Weak back muscles
  • Weak pelvis
  • Weak thighs

This can increase the lower back’s curve, which causes the pelvis to tilt forward in an unhealthy manner. This is detrimental to proper posture and when our posture weakens, the rest of the body follows.

 

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Age Relation

These disorders of the spine might be thought of as the normal aging process. This is true that as we age, the body tissues begin to change and the spine’s disc wear down. But, if you are overweight, chances are you have, or will have pain in the back.

 

Weight Loss Reduces Back Pain

Weight loss can contribute to a partial or complete reduction in the back pain symptoms. The research between weight loss and back pain is still ongoing but numerous practitioners report cases of patients experiencing a serious reduction in pain after losing the excess weight. Because the extra weight is taken off the spine further stress is avoided. Especially when a chiropractor realigns the vertebral column. According to the American Spine Society, individuals that stay around 10 pounds of their proper weight are those least likely to experience back problems.

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Back Health and Physical Activity

Chiropractic is one of the most popular treatments for back pain. With chiropractic adjustments, pain is alleviated but also the root cause of the problems is corrected. Spinal adjustments can help even more when combined with a proper diet and weight loss treatment program.

Besides weight loss, exercising and strengthening the core muscles can guarantee the proper distribution of the body�s weight. Stronger muscles, less weight, and better posture will provide amazing long-term benefits. If you want to know how to incorporate weight loss and exercise in your daily routine, speak to your chiropractor. They are ready to guide you along the way. If you aren�t currently seeing a chiropractor, give us a call. We�re here to help!


 

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While chiropractic adjustments and associated therapies can ease back pain symptoms and aid in healing, lifestyle changes like a healthy diet are just as important. The more a patient can get to their ideal weight, the easier it becomes to treat and eliminate the back pain.

 

The Ketogenic Diet and What To Know | El Paso, TX.

The Ketogenic Diet and What To Know | El Paso, TX.

If you have been paying any attention to the latest diet trends, the ketogenic diet has probably come under your radar. The diet has been gaining popularity for a while now and may stay that way�as those who follow the diet are able to obtain some impressive weight loss and other health improvements. The main question about the ketogenic diet is whether it is sustainable or not. It is a challenging diet to maintain, which means you will need to be quite motivated over the long-term to make it a permanent lifestyle.

Understanding Ketosis

Under normal dietary conditions, the body burns glucose for energy. Glucose, which comes from carbohydrates, is easy to access and works well for fuel. But under the right dietary conditions, it is possible to put the body into a state of ketosis, where it starts to burn fat for energy.

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How the Ketogenic Diet Works

The ketogenic diet is designed to put your body in a state of ketosis. Successful ketogenic dieters are able to burn fat at a relatively rapid rate. But reaching ketosis requires eating a lot differently than most people eat, especially those eating the Standard American Diet (SAD). In fact, it requires eliminating almost all carbs.

There is actually quite a history behind the ketogenic diet. It was developed over 100 years ago to help children suffering from seizures. There are definitely proven benefits to ketosis for at least the short term.

The average keto diet consists of 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbohydrates. Achieving this ratio takes focus and persistence, but it does start getting results quickly. It only takes around 72 hours to start going into ketosis and burning your body�s fat for energy.

What do Ketogenic Dieters Eat?

Popular foods in the keto diet include:

  • Dairy that is high in fat�like butter, high-fat cream, and hard cheeses
  • All types of meat�including beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, pork
  • Eggs
  • Seeds and nuts�including walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts, macadamias, and sunflower seeds
  • Avocado
  • Berries
  • Broccoli and cauliflower
  • Leafy greens�like kale, spinach, lettuces
  • Coconut oil
  • Saturated fats

What do Ketogenic Dieters Avoid?

There are some foods that the keto diet definitely does not include:

  • All grains�including wheat, corn, rice, oats, etc.
  • Legumes�beans, peas, etc.
  • Fruit�bananas, apples, oranges, pears, plums, grapes, oranges, etc.
  • Tubers�yams, sweet potatoes, russet potatoes
  • Sugar for sweetening�agave, maple syrup, honey

What are the Challenges of the Ketogenic Diet?

Being a successful keto dieter requires a serious commitment to the task at hand. With the exception of perhaps the Inuit in the Arctic, it is difficult to think of a culture that does not eat any grains, fruit or tubers. Most meals are built around these staples. That means that finding a restaurant or going over to dinner at someone�s home and eating keto requires being very selective in what you choose. The best way to maintain your diet is to plan your meals and eat mostly what you make yourself.

The number of keto-specific options available at grocery stores and in restaurants has grown in recent years, but not enough to allow you to eat out at every meal and maintain your diet.

The biggest challenge of the keto diet is maintaining it over the long-term. Few people have the willpower to totally avoid pasta, bread, potatoes, fruit, sugar, and beans for years at a time. That does not mean you cannot try the diet out, switch to a regular or different diet, then switch back again if you choose.

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As your chiropractic team, we are here to help you achieve and maintain optimal health. If you have questions about the ketogenic diet or other diets�or you just want to eat healthier�we would like to help. Contact us today to get started.


Benefits of Using Functional *FOOT ORTHOTICS* | El Paso, TX (2019)

 

Functional custom foot orthotics understand the anatomy of the foot. By supporting the 3 arches of the foot, functional custom foot orthotics can help promote proper posture to prevent a variety of health issues, including neck pain and back pain. Over the counter, inserts may create more harm than good. Functional custom foot orthotics can also help maintain overall health and wellness. Because every person is unique, functional custom foot orthotics can help balance a person’s unique body structure and function. Dr. Alex Jimenez can help provide functional custom foot orthotics to patients who need to improve their overall health and wellness.


 

Foot Orthotic Catalog

A properly aligned body will have symmetrical feet, level knees, pelvis, and shoulders. With custom orthotics, imbalances and�conditions caused by those imbalances are gone.

 

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Metatarsalgia

99% of feet are normal at birth. But after the first year, 8% develop foot problems, 41% by age 5 and 80% by age 20.�By age 40, almost everyone has a foot condition of some sort. Many foot conditions eventually contribute to health concerns, especially the generalized condition of �back pain� or runner�s knee. Spotting a potential problem originating in the feet can prevent other injuries from affecting your health and lifestyle.

 

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Foot Exercises

When there are problems with the feet, it can cause problems through the legs and all the way to the spine. This can cause the ankle to pronate, meaning it rolls inward. This alters the way the�bones of the foot�line up which extends through the tibia, or shin bone.

 

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NCBI Resources

There are several significant�health benefits of a ketogenic diet. It was developed to be a way of life (WOL), not just a temporary diet and this was primarily due to the health benefits it provides. In fact, ketone diets were created to help allay or improve the symptoms of certain chronic health conditions, including epilepsy.

 

 

6 Day *DETOX DIET* Treatment | El Paso, TX (2019)

6 Day *DETOX DIET* Treatment | El Paso, TX (2019)

Fred Foreman is a basketball coach who depends on his overall health and wellness to be able to engage in his everyday responsibilities. As a result, coach Foreman started the 6 Day Detox Program from Xymogen, designed to help renew and enhance the human body’s cleansing and detoxification capabilities.

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Fred Foreman discusses his experience with the 6 Day Detox Program, describing the benefits he developed as well as the effort he had to implement, to support his overall health and wellness through the detox. Fred Foreman feels a great sense of fulfillment with the 6 Day Detox Program and he encourages other people, who also wish to improve their well-being, to detox their body. Coach Foreman highly recommends the 6 Day Detox Program as an alternative treatment choice for overall health and wellness.

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As El Paso�s Chiropractic Rehabilitation Clinic & Integrated Medicine Center, we passionately are focused on treating patients after frustrating injuries and chronic pain syndromes. We focus on improving your ability through flexibility, mobility and agility programs tailored for all age groups and disabilities.

We want you to live a life filled with more energy, positive attitude, better sleep, less pain, proper body weight and educated on how to maintain this way of life.

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ProLon� FMD Program | El Paso, TX.

ProLon� FMD Program | El Paso, TX.

Heard about fasting? It is defined as, “abstinence from eating.” What this diet has the potential for in medical benefits has increased quite substantially � both in animal and medical research. Inventor of the Fast Mimicking Diet (FMD) Dr. Longo is recognized as a leading expert on longevity and has done intense work in biochemical pathways. In other words the way cells and we as humans age. This diet can change all that!

What’s all the hype about the FMD?

After years of experimenting with FMD in animal models and showing its benefits on metabolism and life span, Dr. Longo�s team analyzed the effects in human clinical trials. One hundred healthy subjects participated�with half of them following the Prolon FMD five days a month for three months, while the other half ate their regular diet.

  • Profound differences were seen in terms of:
  • Weight loss
  • Visceral fat loss
  • Drop in:
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood sugar
  • Blood cholesterol
  • Markers of inflammation (FMD participants)
  • Drop in insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1); (this is a biomarker for cancer growth).
  • Increase in stem cell production, (this is a marker for cell regeneration).

This diet works by shifting the body�s metabolism and enhancing the power of cells to help protect against chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This idea is beginning to catch on: according to a 2018 survey from the International Food Information Council Foundation, intermittent fasting was last year�s most popular diet. Dr. Longo is now studying if a fast-mimicking diet can improve cancer �outcomes and help prevent the disease.

Dr. Longo addresses the point that the more healthy food an individual chooses, the more one can eat. Individuals can still eat fats like pesto, and starches like pasta. The benefits happen when the individual loads up on produce. This brings in more nutrients, more fiber and the feeling of being more full. Dr. Longo is also working on the ability to train an individual’s body to eat within a 12-hour day, which acts as a quick fast overnight.

Los Angeles, Calif.July 31, 2018�On July 10,�L-Nutra, Inc.�became the first company to market a product that has been granted a patent by the�United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)�for optimizing human healthspan, the length of time that a person is healthy. This follows a landmark patent issued in 2016 for treating diabetes and multiple patents previously issued for cancer treatment, but this is the first patented protocol to address health and wellness prior to the onset of disease. The patent is for the Fasting Mimicking Diet� (FMD�), discovered and clinically tested by the�laboratory of Valter Longo�and�Keck Hospital�at the University of Southern California (USC), a nutrition technology that is proven to reduce markers for age-related disease as well as promote tissue regeneration. The Fasting Mimicking Diet is one of few nutri-technologies that has undergone extensive scientific research and clinical trials at major universities across the world. Last year, a landmark human trial published in�Science Translational Medicine�demonstrated that ProLon is clinically proven to reduce markers of the body�s aging process, optimize weight, and maintain healthy levels of multiple metabolic markers such as cholesterol, triglyceride, glucose, and CRP (an inflammatory marker). The secret to the Fasting Mimicking Diet relies on the body�s activation of the epigenetic, metabolic, and cellular reprogramming to survive prolonged periods of fasting. Fasting Mimicking Diet Is Awarded First-Ever Patent for Optimizing Human Healthspan

Interested?

Information

  • Diet Decreases Calorie Intake to 1,100 on Day One
  • Then Around 800 the Next Four Days
  • The program is rich in nuts � so not for those with a nut allergy
  • Nutrients are crucial and are plant-based whole foods:
  • Nuts
  • Olives�(note if don’t like olives)
  • Teas
  • Soup mixes – which are 80% fat, 10% protein, and 10% carbohydrate.
  • During the five days fast:
  • Exercise and Alcohol are prohibited
  • Coffee is limited to zero or one cup a day

How to Use ProLon FMD

Ready?

What to know. To achieve the published results, one will possibly need to go through three cycles at specific times, where they don’t conflict with family/social events like birthdays, weddings, quinceaneras, etc. After three months some will choose to do the program monthly or every other month for long-term health.

Increased Brain Power Study

  • Preliminary studies with FMD showed remarkable brain changes
  • FMD fed to mice four days in a row twice a month:
  • Extended longevity
  • Lowered visceral fat
  • Reduced cancer incidence and
  • Skin Lesions
  • Rejuvenated the immune system
  • Slowed down bone density loss
  • In old mice, FMD cycles promoted:
  • Brain growth
  • Demonstrate improved cognitive performance
  • It is possible that the best brains may result from the least caloric intake for five days a month
Five Day Fasting Mimicking Diet In El Paso, Tx.

Five Day Fasting Mimicking Diet In El Paso, Tx.

El Paso, TX. Chiropractor, Dr. Alexander Jimenez examines how the Fasting Mimicking diet works. What it does, how to take it and the optimal health benefits.

The Diet Where You Fast With Food!

  • The 5 Day Fasting Mimicking Diet�, or FMD, is the first fasting meal program.
  • Made from natural ingredients.
  • Meals are consumed for five days.
  • The body’s ( cellular pathways) do not recognize the meals as food.
  • This keeps the body in a fasting mode.
  • This diet is proven to promote overall health.
  • Reduce excess fat.
  • Allows�you freedom.

Scientifically developed and clinically tested at the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California. Led by Dr. Valter Longo, the USC Longevity Institute unites multidisciplinary aging research approaches to enhance the healthy years of life.

The FMD is the only meal program that provides the body with optimal nourishment, which keeps the body in fasting mode.

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Take ProLon� What For?

Two decades of scientific discoveries at the University of Southern California.

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Nutritional-Tech

  • All natural, plant-based, high-quality food and supplements
  • Experience the benefits of fasting, but with natural foods
  • Conveniently packaged in single-serve portions for each day of the program

ProLon� Can

  • Decrease body fat
  • Decrease body weight
  • Preserve lean body mass
  • 60% weight loss maintained 3 months after resuming a normal diet

Maintain Levels

  • Blood glucose
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • C-reactive proteins
  • Stem cells Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1

Meals

The Program Itself

  • Consume the ProLon� meal program�s components for five consecutive days
  • Do not consume any additional food/liquid other than water or herbal teas without caffeine or additives
  • No sodas allowed
  • Resume a healthy diet for the rest of the month

In order to maximize the benefits, you should minimize your consumption of caffeine to 1 cup of coffee or tea without additives or sweeteners per day during the 5-day program.

Resume Normal Healthy Diet

At the end of the program on Day 6

  • Liquid foods, such as soups and fruit juices
  • Light meals: rice, pasta, small portions of fish/meat/legumes
  • Avoid binge eating

Fast Performance

The Expectations?

Individuals taking ProLon� a have reported

  • Improved energy levels
  • Less fatigue
  • Softer and shinier skin
  • A positive impact on lifestyle
  • Making healthier choices and eating less
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How Often Should Somebody Take The 5-Day ProLon� Diet?

The ProLon clinical trials protocol included three consecutive cycles of ProLon (5-day only per month over three consecutive months). It is up to the practitioner to decide the best method that he or she would like to use for each patient. It is suggested that for patients who are obese or overweight, to use ProLon for one three cycle protocol, and recommend that you check with your doctor to re-assess and determine if they have met their goals or if more cycles would be helpful. If a patient is not overweight and eats and exercises well, it is suggested to take the product 1-2 times a year.

Caution

  • Due to the low caloric nature of the ProLon� 5-day meal program, Individuals should not take ProLon� in combination with prescription or non-prescription drugs unless approved by your healthcare professional.
  • Drink at least 8 cups of water to minimize the risk of dehydration.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption, strenuous exercise, and exposure to high temperatures (e.g., saunas, spas, Jacuzzi) or cold environments and swimming.
  • Operate a motor vehicle and heavy machinery with care until it is known how ProLon� may affect you.

Clinical Methodology

Pre-clinical and clinical studies have proven that periodic fasting, done for several days, is a very powerful intervention that our bodies learned to naturally cope with by protecting and rejuvenating itself. The 5-Day ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet has been clinically tested and found to promote beneficial effects in a wide variety of conditions ranging from excess weight and fasting blood glucose, to growth factors associated with DNA damage and aging.

  • A randomized control trial of 100 subjects
  • 71 completed 3 cycles of the ProLon� either in a randomized phase (N=39) or
  • After being crossed over from a control diet group to the FMD group (N=32)
  • Control subjects continued with a normal diet.
  • ProLon� participants consumed the fasting mimicking diet (FMD) for 5 days per month for 3 months.
  • Measurements were performed prior to the diet (Before) and (During) the recovery period and (After) the 3rd cycle.

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Clinical Results

Elevated Risk Results

ProLon� is clinically tested, an�easy-to-take 5-day meal program that enhances your health without dramatic lifestyle changes

Pre-Clinical Trials

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  • In the first study from the Clinical and Translational Report, yeast deprived of food periodically were shown to have longer life expectancy than yeast fed normally.
  • The second study involved feeding a group of mice a specialized diet for four days a month.
  • The diet reduced both caloric intake and protein intake.
  • The scientists tested markers in the blood of the mice and found that the diet emulated prolonged water-only fasting.
  • After returning to regular feeding, the mice regained most, but not all of the lost weight.
  • Differences between the Fasting Mimicking Diet group and the control group include improved metabolism and cognitive function, gradual weight loss, muscle rejuvenation, higher bone density, 40% fewer malignant lymphomas, immune system regeneration, and longer average life expectancy.

A Third Study

  • There were nineteen participants and nineteen control participants with a broad range of ages (19-75).
  • Members of both sexes and various races so that the study represented a general cross-section of, adult population.
  • The individuals in the Fasting Mimicking Diet group were provided with the food they were required to eat during the five days.
  • Scientists were happy with the compliance level of the diet, and most reported only mild or no negative effects on the fast days.
  • Results showed that the FMD participants experienced an average:
  • 3% reduction in weight
  • Reduction in visceral fat
  • Reduction in C-reactive protein
  • Rejuvenation of the immune system

Those Who Should Not Use ProLon�

  • Children under the age of 18
  • Women who are pregnant or nursing
  • Individuals who are allergic to nuts or soy
  • Individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) <18
  • Individuals diagnosed with serious medical condition or disease unless approved in writing by a physician appropriately trained to treat that condition
  • Individuals who have been severely weakened by a disease or medical procedure
  • Individuals who are taking medications which may not be safely consumed with a calorie restricted diet unless authorized in writing by a licensed physician
  • Individuals with Diabetes (type 1 and type 2), cardiovascular disease and cancer, unless approved in writing by a licensed physician. ProLon� should never be combined with glucose-lowering drugs, such as metformin or insulin
  • Fasting is prohibited for individuals with particular metabolic diseases, such as those affecting gluconeogenesis.
  • Individuals with a history of significant cardiac disease, particularly uncompensated congestive heart failure NYHA grade 2 or more or LVEF <40% on any prior assessment
  • Individuals with a history of syncope (fainting) with calorie restriction or other medical co-morbidities Individuals who have special dietary needs that are incompatible with the ProLon� meal plan
  • Individuals with liver or kidney disorders that may be affected by very low glucose and protein content of the diet

Chiropractic Weight Loss Treatment

Doctor Of Chiropractic Weight Loss

Doctor Of Chiropractic Weight Loss

Doctor 0f Chiropractic: Charlie Quiroga found the extra “push” she needed at PUSH Fitness so as to regain her fitness and get back in shape, as well as to improve her overall health and wellbeing. Charlie Quiroga is grateful to the coaches which helped keep her motivated to continue following a healthier lifestyle. Charlie Quiroga has heard the significance of “pushing” herself towards her goals and remaining positive. Charlie Quiroga urges PUSH as the fitness choice that is very best.

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Weight management techniques encircle long-term lifestyle plans that promote healthy eating and daily physical activity. Effective weight management programs consider not just weight reduction but also the maintenance of a healthy body weight with time. Moreover, weight control entails understanding of meaningful procedures to track weight over time and set perfect body weights for different individuals. Weight control doesn’t include things like fad diets that promote quick weight loss. It targets the results that are achieved through weight loss.

We are blessed to present to you�El Paso�s Premier Wellness & Injury Care Clinic.

Our services are specialized and focused on injuries and the complete recovery process.�Our areas of practice include:Wellness & Nutrition, Chronic Pain,�Personal Injury,�Auto Accident Care, Work Injuries, Back Injury, Low�Back Pain, Neck Pain, Migraine Headaches, Sport Injuries,�Severe Sciatica, Scoliosis, Complex Herniated Discs,�Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Stress Management, and Complex Injuries.

As El Paso�s Chiropractic Rehabilitation Clinic & Integrated Medicine Center,�we passionately are focused treating patients after frustrating injuries and chronic pain syndromes. We focus on improving your ability through flexibility, mobility and agility programs tailored for all age groups and disabilities.

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