Find Your Trigger Foods

Find Your Trigger Foods

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” ― Ann Wigmore.

Feeling bloated, gassy and experiencing frequent bowel movements might feel normal for you since you have felt these symptoms for a long time. However, these symptoms might be a way of your body negatively responds to certain foods, or better put, having” food sensitivity”. Food sensitivities affect not just your digestive health, but can also compromise your gut’s integrity and emotional and physical health by impacting your immune system.  Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.”   Almost 80% of your body’s immunity is located in your gut. Among the health issues that have been linked to the breakdown in the health of your gut may include rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, headaches, asthma, food allergies, chronic sinusitis, eczema, migraine, irritable bowel, and fungal disorders.

The Food Sensitivities testing helps identify those with IgG–mediated food intolerances. IgG antibody is related to delayed or non–lifethreatening food reactions that exacerbate or contribute to those mentioned above, and other, health problems. This antibody food sensitivity test is ideal for people who may suffer from delayed reactions/sensitivities to specific foods. This test measures your body’s reaction/sensitivity to 87 different foods, including commonly consumed foods such as corn, milk, eggs, and wheat. Below is a sample report of the test.

If you have been experiencing undiagnosed symptoms for a while and visited a few physicians without obtaining a diagnosis or relief of your symptoms, this test could be the right one for you.

When it comes to healing the gut, it is equally important to know what to exclude as it is to know what to include. This can be very individual, and a consult with our expert Registered Dietitian can truly be life altering. She can carefully evaluate your specific needs and develop a targeted food elimination plan and protocol. If you have any questions, call us at 941-749-0741.

Sources:

https://www.gdx.net/product/igg-food-antibodies-food-sensitivity-test-blood

https://www.gdx.net/core/sample-reports/Allergy-Food-Antibody-IgG-Sample-Report.pdf

Micronutrient Testing: Is your body receiving the right amount of nutrients?

Micronutrient Testing: Is your body receiving the right amount of nutrients?

Is my body receiving the right amount of nutrients?

You find yourself making your best efforts to eat at least a few servings of veggies, fruits, lean proteins and high-quality grains. You watch what you eat and read labels to stay healthy.  You exercise regularly……however in the back of your mind you ask yourself: could I be vitamin or mineral deficient? If you think you might be, then here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you find yourself feeling stressed, tired and maybe a little depressed?
  • Do you take prescription medicines to alleviate symptoms of certain conditions, but wonder why the condition doesn’t improve and/or exists at all?
  • Do you want to boost your immune system now to possibly prevent chronic disease later on in life?

Vitamins, minerals and amino acids are key micronutrients with highly targeted functions in your body for your overall wellbeing. Being micronutrient deficient can represent itself in a variety of ways impacting your emotional and physical health beyond what you can imagine. Eating a balanced diet, exercising and taking a multivitamin is likely not enough.  Each person’s body and nutritional needs are unique in their own way.  Due to the complexity of the human body, an individualized nutritional approach based on the micronutrient testing report is a guaranteed way to promote optimal health.

What is Micronutrient Testing? Micronutrient tests measure the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells.  Scientific evidence shows us that analyzing the white blood cells gives us the most accurate analysis of a body’s deficiencies and/or if your body might not be utilizing the good foods you give it the way it should be.

What information and results will I get from testing my micronutrient status? Micronutrient lab results identify your deficiencies. If you have been experiencing chronic fatigue, stress, depression, have trouble managing a chronic disease even with medication, have had a compromised immune system for a while, and visited a few physicians without obtaining a diagnosis or relief of your symptoms, this test could be the right one for you.

Our Registered Dietitian is trained to make individualized nutritional and/or supplement recommendations to replete your deficiencies.  Recommendations consider your busy lifestyle, schedule, meal timing and personal preferences to help you achieve your optimal state of health. See below features of your sample report:

If you have any questions call us at 941-749-0741.

Sources:

https://www.spectracell.com/patients/patient-micronutrient-testing/

https://www.spectracell.com/media/uploaded/3/0e3571159_1408993722_300micronutrientsamplereport714.pdf

Discover Your Metabolic Rate

Discover Your Metabolic Rate

Discover Your Metabolic Rate

In my last two blog articles, I presented causes of a slow metabolism and how to boost it up. However, even after correcting and implementing new strategies to increase your metabolism, you may find that your weight is not coming off or you are stuck in the dreaded plateau stage.

I recommend that you review our Metabolism Series articles: 10 Causes of Slow Metabolism and 8 Ways to Boost and Repair your Metabolism.

Why is it beneficial to have your Resting Metabolic Rate tested?

Resting Metabolic Testing is a great tool for:

• Determination of patient baseline metabolic state at rest
• Helping identify causes of slow metabolism
• Determination of precise caloric intake required for weight loss or maintenance
• Helping patients break weight plateaus

How is RMR calculated?

Resting Metabolic Rate Predictive Equations: They require a complex calculation and tend to be very unreliable. The formula will change if a man or woman is being tested. There are four known equations: Harris-Benedict, Mifflin-St Jeor, Owen, and World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization/United Nations University.

V02 Testing: It measures the amount of oxygen the body utilizes at different exertion levels while exercising on a treadmill or elliptical. A mask is worn during a short aerobic workout (15-25 minutes) in order to measure the oxygen intake. The recorded information is then used to calculate the individual target intensity zones. These intensity zones will provide the specific heart rate range to maintain during different levels of exercise intensity.

Indirect Calorimetry Testing: This test analyzes the amount of oxygen your body uses and the amount of expired carbon dioxide your body produces to calculate the RMR. Most equipment uses a face mask or a mouthpiece to breathe through, analyzing the exhaled gas.

There are two types:

Metabolic cart: This is large cart equipment mainly used in research centers, universities and athletic performance centers. Metabolic cart is indicated for determination of the energy requirements in intensive care unit patients. A precise calculation of energy expenditure may prevent overfeeding or underfeeding. A metabolic cart can also be used to assess the energy requirements during exercise and to determine work capacity. This type of system is large and expensive, making it only practical for clinical and academic centers.

Hand held devices: Patients breathe through a simple mouthpiece as all the exhaled air is collected and analyzed. During the test, the air breathed out is analyzed to determine exactly how much oxygen the body has consumed. The results determine the Resting Metabolic Rate which is calculated to establish indirectly how many calories your body requires for weight loss or maintenance and the degree of your metabolism.

If you are preparing for this test and to obtain accurate results, you should follow the following recommendations:

Before the test

It is desirable to measure a person’s metabolic rate at a true resting level. To ensure one is at rest, we recommend the following preparation:

1. Avoid eating a meal 4 hours before the test.
2. Do not engage in any strenuous exercise the day before the test and avoid physical activity as much as possible on the morning of the test.
3. Dress comfortably in loose fitting clothing.
3. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine or cold medications. Prescription medications should be taken according to schedule.

During and after the test

1. During the test, it will be important to get into a comfortable position and relax as much as possible.
2. A nose clip will be placed on your nose.
3. You will be given a mouthpiece to breathe into. You will be breathing in fresh air from the room, but the gas that you breathe out will go through a tube and into the metabolic analyzer to measure your metabolic rate.
4. Make a nice seal with your lips around the mouthpiece to ensure that all the air you exhale will be analyzed.
5. Do not talk unless you are experiencing problems.
6. Relax. After about 10 minutes the device will beep, indicating it is finished.
7. Eat a snack after the test.

Are you convinced you have a slow metabolism? Do you wish to know your Resting Metabolic Rate? At The Aesthetic & Wellness Center, we can determine if your metabolism is normal, fast or slow. A simple ten-minute breathing test can give us information on your metabolic test and tips to boost it.

Call us at 941-749-0741 to schedule your appointment.

The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The Aesthetic & Wellness Center is not responsible or liable for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or products that you obtain through this site. After reading articles, watching videos or reading other content from this website, you are encouraged to review the information carefully with your professional healthcare provider or skin care specialist.

8 Ways to Boost and Repair your Metabolism

8 Ways to Boost and Repair your Metabolism

8 Ways to Boost and Repair your Metabolism

In our last blog, we discussed a few natural and self-induced causes of a slow metabolism. This time, I will be presenting how you can boost and repair your metabolic rate, helping you feel more energetic and less sluggish. If you feel that your weight gain or the lack of weight loss is due to a slow metabolism, this article is just for you. I recommend you read my previous blog “10 Causes of Slow Metabolism.”

As it was discussed, our metabolism plummets as we age, decreasing approximately one to two percent each year after the age of 30. However, research studies have shown that there are few things we can implement in our life to bump it up, helping delay the aging process.

1. Build/tone muscle: Since muscles use more calories at rest and even more while exercising, it is very important to start an exercise program. Weight training increases lean muscle mass, which will increase RMR. Every pound of muscle uses approximately six calories a day to sustain itself, while each pound of fat burns only two calories daily. That small difference can add up over time. After a session of strength training exercises, muscles are activated all over your body, raising your average daily metabolic rate.

2. Start eating/avoid starvation mode: Our bodies requires an ongoing amount of calories to maintain our bodily functions. This type of frequent caloric intake stabilizes blood sugar levels and creates internal hormonal balance. Skipping meals or not eating enough makes our bodies go into a starvation mode. As a preservation mechanism, the body responds to a lack of food by slowing down our metabolism in an effort to store calories and fat. This leads to a decreased metabolic rate and probably weight gain. To keep the metabolism running effectively, eat a small meal or snack every three to four hours.

3. Increase protein at every meal and snack. The body burns many more calories digesting protein than it does eating fat or carbohydrates. This mechanism is known as the thermic effect of food and it can burn up to thirty percent of the calories on your plate. The more complex the food eaten, the more calories are burned as it travels through the digestive tract. As part of a balanced diet, replacing some simple carbs with lean, protein-rich foods and complex carbohydrates can boost metabolism at mealtime.

4. Eat a balanced diet: To remain healthy, we need a combination of good sources of foods from all the food groups. Do not cut your carbohydrates completely, especially if you engage is a regular exercise program. If enough carbohydrates are not consumed, your body won’t be able to provide enough fuel (glycogen) to the muscles. As a result, you won’t have the energy to exercise as intensely, and your muscles will burn fewer calories during the workout as well as after exercising.

5. Increase/mix your workout: Combining cardio-aerobic and high-intensity interval exercise can increase your metabolism in the hours after a workout. Mixing these types of exercises increases the resting metabolic rate than low- or moderate-intensity workouts. Remember to add new types of exercises to your fitness routine.

6. Avoid dehydration: Your body needs water to process calories. If your body is even mildly dehydrated, the resting metabolic rate may slow down. To stay hydrated, drink a glass of water or other unsweetened beverage before every meal and snack. Increase this amount during the summer months. Another good source is eating fresh fruits and vegetables, which naturally contains large amounts of water.

7. Avoid Crash Diets: Obese individuals who have recently have lost a massive amount of weight by eating very low calorie diets or undergoing bariatric surgery tend to lose a large amount of muscle. “Because muscle mass is the primary determinant of RMR, a large reduction in muscle mass is expected to slow the metabolic rate, therefore” reducing the weight loss, and may predispose one to weight regain. “Adding exercise to a weight-loss program, particularly resistance training, is thought to preserve fat-free mass and attenuate the drop in RMR during weight loss.”

8. Medications: If you are taking a medications that is causing fatigue, tiredness and weight gain, ask your medical provider if they can change the medication or reduce the dosage. Certain medications such as antidepressants, diabetic medications, steroids, anti-thyroid agents and hormone therapies have been associated with decreases in RMR. Discuss with your doctor if your RMR may be affected by any of these medications. Your physician may be able to prescribe a different medication or change your dosage.

Are you convinced you have a slow metabolism? Do you know your Resting Metabolic Rate? At The Aesthetic & Wellness Center we can determine if your metabolism is normal, fast or slow. A simple ten minutes breathing test can gives us information of your metabolic test and we can provide tips on how to rev up it.

Call us at 941-749-0741 to schedule your appointment.

The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The Aesthetic & Wellness Center is not responsible or liable for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or products that you obtain through this site. After reading articles, watching videos or reading other content from this website, you are encouraged to review the information carefully with your professional healthcare provider or skin care specialist.

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