Chemicals and Obesity

More and more evidence keeps pouring in that our bodies mistake certain man-made chemicals used in plastics, food, wrappers, and fragrances, and many more items, for naturally occurring hormones that regulate the production and storage of fat cells. Since these chemicals mimic natural estrogen- like hormones they are called xenoestrogens and because these toxins lead to obesity, they are also called obesogens. Obesogens can additionally cause heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol.The chemicals indicated here include pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, and plastic pollutants. Coach Maurer recommends a twice yearly detox...stop in and learn how to clean out your body!

Why Do we take Antioxidants Anyway?

To PREVENT oxidative stress hence the name Antioxidant. Oxidative stress is increasingly implicated as a possible underlying disease mechanism in a wide range of diseases such as asthma, diabetes, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. It plays a critical role in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis. One of the key markers of oxidative stress is thought to be Oxidized LDL (oxLDL). How do I prevent oxLDL? Enough of a special “buffered” Vitamin C and a product called Perfect E is a simple, but effective approach...how much is enough...stop in and see us!

Fight Blood Clots Naturally

Rutin, a naturally occurring bioflavanoid commonly found in many teas, fruits, and vegetables (including onions, apples and citrus fruits), has been shown to inhibit the formation of blood clots in an animal model of thrombosis.
Rutin was shown to inhibit both platelet accumulation and fibrin generation during thrombus formation. Clots in arteries are rich in platelets, while those in veins are rich in fibrin. Have floaters in your eyes...Rutin is the hero again! Stop by and let us put rutin to work for you.

Sunscreens and Endometriosis

A report published in the Journal of Environmental Science & Technology described a possible link between the use of sunscreens containing Benzophenone (BP)-type UV filters and heightened endometriosis risk. Many sunscreens and other personal care products contain BPs. These types of ingredients are very effective in blocking potentially harmful UV rays from the sun but when absorbed into the blood, they mimic the effects of the hormone estrogen which increases a woman's chance of developing endometriosis. This summer use organic, natural sunscreens with mineral sunblocks like zinc and titanium. Antioxidants like l-selenomethionine and mixed natural Vitamin E's can also protect the skin from the harsh effects of the sun's rays.

Heavy Smokers more likely to Commit Suicide

A Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study says smokers are more likely to commit suicide. The study results found that people who smoked 20 to 30 cigarettes a day were 1.4 times more likely to commit suicide and those smoking 40 or more cigarettes per day had suicide rate 1.7 times higher. The reasons are still unclear, but scientists believe nicotine causes and contributes to depression by causing chemical imbalances in the brain. Nicotine works on the dopamine receptors which are our "feel good" brain chemicals. One guess where DOPE got its name! High suicide rates may be due to the addiction process itself. Most addicts, whether it is nicotine, alcohol, drugs or food, engage in self-injurious behavior which puts oneself in harm's way.

Vitamin K: It’s not just for bone health anymore.

Besides making bones strong, recent studies detailing vitamin K's ability to induce apoptosis (cell death) in liver carcinoma, leukemia and pre leukemia, the vitamin K fraction, MK-4 was also investigated for it's effect upon the proliferation of rheumatoid arthritis and the development of allergies in joint tissue (collagen-induced arthritis). The results indicated that MK-4 inhibited the development of collagen-induced arthritis. Vitamin K also keeps calcium from building up on our artery walls or helps prevent atherosclerosis. There are several types of Vitamin K, including K-1, K-2 (MK-4 fraction) and K-2 (MK-7 fraction). Antibiotics in the food supply reduce the intestinal bacteria that produces vitamin K2. So, are you Vitamin K deficient?

A Dangerous Dietary Toxin

Fructose and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) have become a staple in our diets...it's hard to avoid! When you eat fructose in fruit, where it naturally occurs, its combined with fiber that helps buffer any damage done. Fructose and HFCS by themselves raise triglycerides, cause an increase in gout, kidney stones, hypertension, irritable bowel (IBS), weight gain and insulin resistance that leads to diabetes. They also feed cancer cells...its no small wonder all of these things have increased significantly since 1975 when HFCS was introduced to the US. Read your food labels, avoid fast food, eliminate soft drinks and drink plenty of pure water. Diet soda is not a safe alternative...its linked to heart disease, weight gain, and metabolic syndrome!

An Easy Way to Balance Estrogen Levels

Eat the popular Mediterranean diet, that emphasizes fruits and vegetables plus a variety of other fresh, wholesome and nutritious foods. Among the many vegetables comprising the Mediterranean diet, includes arugula, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, horseradish, kale, mustard greens, radish, rutabaga, turnip root and watercress provide especially powerful health-promoting benefits. Two molecules in cruciferous vegetables—diindolylmethane and sulforaphane—assist in the proper metabolism of estrogen, thus avoiding the accumulation of bad estrogen that upsets estrogenic hormone balance. I didn't say you would like it! We have these 2 molecules in capsule form for those that don't like these vegetables.

Shift-Work Increases the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

According to the study, shift work was associated with an increase in the likelihood of type 2 diabetes and weight gain. The subjects who worked rotating shifts for 1-2 years had a 5% increase risk of diabetes, 3-9 years had a 20% increase, 10-19 years a 40% increase and 20 or more years a 58% increased risk. What can be done? You need to help re-establish healthy circadian rhythms with melatonin and supplements to help lower cortisol levels, since cortisol levels rise due to shift work. Call for an appointment today!

Vitamin D for Every Need

Vitamin D continues to emerge as one of the key vitamins of 21st century health. It's more than a vitamin, it is a regulatory hormone that has been shown to directly control over 2000 genes. Genes affect your whole body, some examples are disease or AGING and HEALTH, which we are trying influence. Recent evidence suggests that Vitamin D intakes well above current recommendations may be necessary to achieve targeted Vitamin D blood levels. How much do you need...come see us...we have been the Vitamin D experts in the area since 2005.