Monday, August 1, 2016

Inflammation Can Affect Every Part of Health

Inflammation is an essential part of the bodys healing. Aging, physical stressors, exposure to environmental irritants, and poor-quality sleep are also factors that can contribute to chronic inflammation and lead to the early stages of disease development. Although an inflammatory immune response is an essential, protective response, it can give rise to chronic inflammation if left unresolved. 

We have recently come to understand that there are two phases of inflammation, the initiation and the
resolution phase. It is important for inflammation to be completely resolved to help the body heal. Traditional approaches for the management of inflammation have focused on blocking the initiation phase. However, we now know that inflammation doesn't simply fade away. Recent studies have indicated that natural substances produced by the body called specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators, also known as SPMs, support the completion of the inflammatory response. Once inflammation is resolved, the affected part of the body can return to a normal state.

Could You Benefit from SPMs?

Our bodies produce SPMs via a multi-step process; however, different health conditions can influence the body's ability to produce SPMs. SPMs work by assisting inflammation resolution, which is important for the body to repair and heal itself. Revolutionary fractionation technology has allowed research and development to isolate active marine lipids in a concentrated form so that we may now supplement the body's natural production of SPMs.

Chronic inflammation doesnt have to be a part of your life. Schedule an appointment with one of our healthcare practitioner's at Advanced Health Clinic to discover solutions that are right for you and your individual health needs.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Effects of Sugar on Your Brain

Have you ever wondered why you can eat one taste of a sweet, and all the sudden, you need more? In this video, Nicole AVena does a great job of showing you why.

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine -- an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more.

You can start today by taking these simple steps to minimize your sugar intake (listed in order of importance):

1. Soft drinks: Sugar-sweetened and Artificially sweetened beverages are simply not good for you and should be avoided.
2. Fruit juices: This may surprise you, but fruit juices are high in sugars, sometimes as much as a soft drink! Dilute juices with water when drinking them.
3. Candies and sweets
4. Baked goods: Cookies, cakes, etc. These tend to be very high in sugar and refined carbohydrates.
5. Fruits canned in syrup: Choose fresh fruits instead.
6. Low-Fat or Diet Foods: Foods that have had the fat removed from them are often very high in sugar.
7. Dried fruits: Avoid dried fruits as much as possible.
8. Drink water instead of soda or juices and don’t add sugar to your coffee or tea. Instead of sugar in recipes, you can try things like stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, almond extract, vanilla, ginger or lemon.

You can eat an endless variety of amazing foods without increasing your sugar intake.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Weight Loss Series - Step 1: Understand the Problem

Understanding The Problem

The first step to understanding how to lose weight begins with understanding the problem. One of the challenges with long term weight concerns is Syndrome X or Metabolic Syndrome. Syndrome X. It is the existence of at least two of the following:

Central Obesity. Here we are referring to that weight gain around the middle. This is the most dangerous place to gain and carry weight as it has been determined to cause heart problems and predisposes us to diabetes.
Insulin Resistance
High Cholesterol
High Blood Pressure

We call this Syndrome X because these issues are linked together. For example if you have central weight gain, you are most likely pre-diabetic.

In 2005, people with diabetes were estimated to account for 7% of the US population, or approximately 20.8 million people.3 Of these 20.8 million people, 14.6 million have a diagnosis of diabetes, and diabetes is undiagnosed in another 6.2 million. Approximately 5-10% have type 1 diabetes, 90-95% have type 2 diabetes, and 1-5% have other types. Additionally, an estimated 54 million people have pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes, as defined by the American Diabetes Association, is that state in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. It is presumed that most persons with elevated glucose levels approaching the level needed for the diagnosis of diabetes will subsequently progress to diabetes.

Where are we  headed?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that because of this  epidemic our current generation is the first one in history predicted to have a shorter life expectancy than the previous generation.This is true! And scary! But what can be done? Help is available with sound proven, medically supervised protocols. 

For more information contact Advanced Health Clinic