How Hormone Receptor Problems Hyperaccelerate Aging & Solving the Puzzle to Restoring Youthful Brain & Body

Progesterone Receptor

Our hormones have profound – even magical – effects on health and wellness. Much of accelerated aging, skin sagging, muscle loss, obesity, brain shrinking, heart disease, cancer, and immune health is related to how well our hormones activate their receptors.

Like insulin resistance, can suffer with resistance to testosterone, estrogen, thyroid, progesterone, adrenal and Vitamin (hormone) D due to receptor problems.

Think of our hormones like a key to a door. A key is not helpful if the lock does not work. Hormone receptors are the “lock” located on our cell membranes. Our hormone receptors are being poisoned daily by the overwhelming toxins in our environment. We swim in a toxic brew of nasty chemicals like phthalates, plasticizers, pesticides, dioxins, flame retardants, arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium that dirty our hormone receptor “locks” rendering our hormones ineffective. Your doctor may say your hormone levels are fine and yet you feel terrible!

To make matters worse, our toxic environment combined with our toxic stress loads, poor sleep, lack of movement, and nutrient deficiencies work synergistically to lower our hormone production. This potent combination of dirty receptors and messed up hormone balance can lead to:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Night sweats
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Blood sugar problems
  • Loss of libido (sex drive) and sexual performance in both men and women
  • Brain Fog & brain shrinking
  • Infertility, PCOS, dysmenorrhea, Menorrhagia
  • Early perimenopause now occurring in young women in their late 20’s
  • Perimenopause and Menopause weight gain & other problems
  • Andropause and low testosterone in men – even very young men
  • Dizzy with standing, low stress tolerance
  • Poor cold tolerance
  • Skin sagging, wrinkling
  • Looking and feeling old – hyper-accelerated aging
  • Immune weakness so we get sick easily and Low secretory IgA
  • Important for prevention and repair of Leaky Gut
  • Heart disease & cancer risk

The Solution?

Do our best to eat organic, drink water filtered to remove the nasty stuff (ask to learn more on this), use ecofriendly, non-toxic cleaning products, soaps, and air fresheners. Also support our detox pathways with exercise, sweating, sleep, and supplements. In addition, we now have 2 exciting, new specialty nutraceutical supplements carefully designed by one of the top hormone docs to detox our hormone receptors and balance our hormones – naturally and effectively:

Receptor Detox: 1st ever receptor detox nutraceutical Receptor Detox

  • Initial receptor detox: 4 caps 2X/day for one week. It is a good idea to repeat every 3 months with change of seasons. Then start ongoing support below:
  • Ongoing hormone receptor support: 2 caps 2x/day
    • We need this because of our daily exposures to hormone-blocking toxins – most commercial chocolate is loaded with cadmium! – this supplement helps detox cadmium daily.

Hormone Balance & Protect: Hormone Balance & Protect

  • Ongoing support for balancing our hormones & protecting from out-of-control growth and cancer risk:  2 caps 2X/day
  • For the hormone to bind to its receptor, the cell membrane must be healthy and bathed in nutrients like zinc, magnesium, iodine, & Vitamin A.
  • Our hormone levels going up and down creates lots of problems and symptoms. This supplement helps smooth and regulate our hormone levels to keep them in healthy balance.
  • This has the added benefit of making adrenal, thyroid, bone, and other supplements to work longer.

Call Renovare Wellness at 623.776.0206 for more information!

UNDERSTANDING MUSCLE CRAMPS – From Diets to Dehydration

Certain diets and activities are more conducive to muscle cramps than others. Even genetics may be a factor in muscle cramps.

In the nutrition category, the keto diet is a risk factor for muscle cramps. Muscle cramps are part of the constellation of symptoms—headaches, cramps, brain fog, fatigue, and constipation—called keto flu.

Why are keto folks more likely to cramp? Because keto dieters tend to be low on electrolytes, which are crucial for muscle function. More on this soon.

Tiring exercise is another risk factor for muscle cramps. As muscles fatigue, they appear to become more prone to cramping.

The risk for muscle cramps rises if the athlete exercises in the heat. The hotter the training session, the more sodium is lost through sweat, the more likely the athlete will cramp.

This has been shown in several populations. American football players, for instance, got 95% of their cramps when the weather was hot. The largest chunk of these cramps occurred during the first week of training camp when the weather was hottest and the athletes were most out of shape.

I’m not surprised sweat loss is a risk factor. Athletes can lose up to 7 grams of sodium per day sweating in warm climates. That level of depletion is bound to cause cramping if the sodium isn’t replaced.

Along with keto, exercise, and sweat loss, other risk factors for muscle cramps include:

  • Age
  • BMI
  • Underlying chronic disease (cardiovascular disease, cancer, kidney disease, etc.)
  • Allergies
  • Medication use
  • History of injury
  • Family history of muscle cramps

Now let’s drill down another layer and see what might be causing muscle cramps.

WHAT CAUSES MUSCLE CRAMPS?

What causes muscle cramps? Is it dehydration, electrolyte deficiency, muscle fatigue, drugs, or neuromuscular misfiring?

For instance, if a group of athletes cramps after sweaty exercise, it’s probably a sodium problem. (When athletes drink salty water, the cramps diminish). But if a person is properly hydrated and STILL cramping, we have to look elsewhere.

DEHYDRATION

Muscle cramps are a well-documented dehydration symptom. But is dehydration (net water loss) a meaningful cause of muscle cramps during exercise?

Most hydration websites say yes. According to a 2016 review on hydration misinformation, about 98% of websites say dehydration causes exercise-associated muscle cramping.

But the truth is, there’s little evidence for this theory. One study showed that even significant hypohydration (over 5% of body water lost) did not increase the frequency of muscle cramping.

The real problem is overhydration. To prevent dehydration, many athletes drink beyond their thirst, diluting blood sodium levels. This can cause cramping.

ELECTROLYTE IMBALANCES

Electrolytes are minerals that conduct electricity in your nervous system and keep your bodily fluids balanced. Relevant here: electrolytes are essential for muscle contraction and relaxation.

Deficiencies in the following electrolytes are the most common for causing cramps:

  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium

Low sodium is probably the biggest driver of muscle cramping during exercise. If sodium lost through sweat isn’t replaced—and if the athlete over-hydrates with plain water—cramps are likely to occur.

Finally, low sodium explains many keto-related muscle cramps. Keto folks not only have lower dietary intakes of sodium, but they also excrete more sodium through urine. It’s a formula for electrolyte deficiency.

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR MUSCLE CRAMPS

EXERCISE SMART

Muscle fatigue is a risk factor for muscle cramping. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tire out your muscles. (That’s how you get stronger). It just means that you should be wary of pushing your limits. Adequate recovery time between training sessions will also decrease your risk of muscle injury.

STRETCHING, MASSAGE, AND HEAT

Some research suggests that shorter stretch times are a risk factor for muscle cramps. Another study found no link.

I don’t know about this one. I’m a fan of dynamic stretching (aka, moving around in different positions) over static stretching. Dynamic stretching builds mobility along with flexibility.

Heat and massage may also alleviate cramps. This could be a placebo effect, but getting a massage can’t hurt. It’s all upside.

INCREASE DIETARY ELECTROLYTES

Whenever you can, consume electrolyte-rich foods to prevent deficiencies and cramping.

  • For potassium: green leafies, avocados, meat, and sweet potatoes
  • For magnesium: green leafies, nuts, and legumes
  • For calcium: dairy, cruciferous vegetables, and bones
  • For sodium: the salt shaker

If you’re on a keto diet, you’ll have to work extra hard to get enough sodium, potassium, and magnesium without eating carbs. This means lots of spinach, kale, and salt. Sauteed kale with salt is delicious folks.

HYDRATE WITH ELECTROLYTE WATER

To prevent cramps, add electrolytes to your water when you rehydrate. Consider the evidence:

  • Salt supplements decreased cramps in early 20th century workers.
  • Men drinking an oral rehydration solution (with electrolytes and fluids). after hot exercise were less likely to cramp than men drinking plain water.
  • Football players who drank electrolyte-enhanced sports drinks developed fewer cramps than those who drank plain water.
  • Drinking pickle juice (high in sodium) prevents muscle cramps in dehydrated people.

But you don’t have to glug pickle juice if that doesn’t sound appetizing to you. Just add salt to your water, or mix in a stick of Drink LMNT. Sip to thirst throughout the day. Your chance of cramping just decreased dramatically.

Call Renovare Wellness as 623.776.0206 to find out more or pick up your order of LMNT Electrolyte Drink Mix

Metabolism- The Holy Grail of Wellness – Part 5

The Gut, the Brain and the Immune System

Did you know that 70-75 percent of our immune system is in the gut? Every cell in our body has a job to do, and every cell needs energy. Because we live in a toxic world our cells are losing energy. With the Zerona, we are jump starting those cells to remind them what their job is.  

When lasering the gut area with Zerona, it is not only causing the fat cells to open but has a profound effect on the mitochondria (our energy powerhouse). In turn, there is an anti-inflammatory response in the gut – which in turn improves our brain and emotional well-being!

Inflammation in the gut can contribute to a host of diseases, one of which is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or IBS).  60 million Americans, or 20% of the population, have been diagnose with IBS.

The symptoms can be painful and disabling!

  • Pain and Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Changes in bowl movement
  • Gas and Bloating
  • Food intolerance
  • Fatigue – Difficulty Sleeping
  • Anxiety Depression

These symptoms can be improved by following an integrative approach and utilizing Zerona on a regular basis.

Benefits of Zerona’s Red Wavelength

  • The laser turns on the cells to fire more efficiently (mitochondria, ATP increase).  This improves blood, oxygen and nutrients into the area.
  • The laser breaks up scar tissue – prior surgeries, scars create a global negative impact in the body.
    • It will help with collagen remodeling and help reorganize those scars because scars do create havoc
  • The laser puts out the same coherent energy and frequencies as human cells do. 
    • This accelerates healing and communication.
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • AND The Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being!

In our last article we discussed how the laser help open up the fat cells to dump, but Why Do Toxins Get Stored as Fat?

  • Toxins are absorbed & neutralized by white blood cells in the lymph nodes
  • This process is severely impaired in a congested lymphatic system & unhealthy digestive system. As a result, the toxins return to overload Liver
  • The liver becomes congested creating a cycle of toxicity
  • The liver dumps the fat-soluble toxins into the blood stream
  • Toxins are stored in fat cells for many years and can cause oxidation (free radical damage), inflammation, & damage

When you utilize the Zerona, the body will have a detoxification process happening. We rely on our lymphatic system to take away toxins. If it is sluggish or congested due to lack of activity, toxic overload, etc., it will need help with this process. Renovare then uses Vibrational Plate Therapy to help enhance our lymphatic movement. Just minutes on this plate is like running for an hour!          

Are you familiar with our NOW-T program (NeuroOsteoWellness Therapy)? It is an incredible stand-alone program.

  • High intensity interval training
  • Boosts metabolism – synergy with Zerona and PowerPlate
  • Stimulates muscle growth so you burn calories 24/7
  • Feel younger and stronger
  • Safe for patients in their 80’s, effective for young as well

We are including this in our Metabolism Repair program! If you are seeking weight loss, detox, body-contouring, inflammation reduction, and mood enhancement, our Metabolism Repair program is the perfect fit!  We want to help you with healing from the inside out and offer the coaching and support to help guide you to success.

Call Renovare Wellness at 623.776.0206 for more information. This could also be a perfect gift for someone you love.

If you have missed any of our series, please visit https://brainwellnessaz.com/renovare-brain-blog/   

Learn more on scar tissue: https://youtu.be/I7Hsiw0sPxM

Metabolism – The “Holy Grail” of Wellness – Part 2

How Meta-Inflammation Impacts Our Metabolism

Meta- Inflammation -What is It?

Chronic overnutrition and obesity induces low-grade inflammation throughout the body. Termed “meta-inflammation,” this chronic state of inflammation is influenced by macrophages (immune cells) located within the colon, liver, muscle, and adipose tissue.

Meta-inflammation has been linked to

  • Insulin Resistance *
  • fluid retention
  • High blood pressure
  • atherosclerosis
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • cancer
  • autoimmunity
  • profound impacts on global health

Metabolic Syndrome = Insulin Resistance. *

Insulin Resistance is what we term “Type 3 Diabetes” which is worse than Type 2 because it is Strongly Linked to Alzheimer’s. Instead of converting food to energy we convert food to Fat and Free Radicals that create massive injury & inflammation.

Inflammation is the Gateway to diseases of aging and Why Metabolism is the “Holy Grail of Wellness”.

When We Fix Metabolism We Can Slow Aging and Sometimes Reverse It.

In 2004 the above information was initially published. The chief medical and scientific officer of the American Heart, American Diabetes and American Cancer Society got together stated that Metabolic Syndrome (Extra belly fat) is the “Gateway to Chronic Disease”.

Metabolic Syndrome Doubles heart disease and stroke, Elevates Triglycerides and Cholesterol, leads to High Blood Pressure, Erectile Dysfunction, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Type 3 Diabetes – Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline, Osteoperosis, Fatty Liver, Obesity, Sleep Apnea, Sarcopenia (Loss of Muscle. This would also mean loss of bone), Type 2 Diabetes

VAT – Visceral Adipose Tissue is an inflammation factory. This is the excess belly fat.

How Do we solve this?

Fixing the Metabolism – which isn’t always easy! We need synergy – an integrated program which addresses all the puzzle pieces. Synergy – 1+1+1=9!

If you want to know more about Metabolism Repair, call Renovare Wellness at 623.776.0206

We have multiple choices to help you get on the right path including laser therapies to help improve your mitochondria and reduce belly fat, Wellness Mentors for assistance with improving your food, stress reduction and nutritional choices or schedule a consultation with Dr. Gerhart to get you started on a Metabolic Age Reversal Program.

Metabolism – The “Holy Grail” of Wellness

What is metabolism? Metabolism is converting fuel to energy…OR food to fat and free radicals (which creates massive inflammation and damage. This is like rust on the inside and creates hyper- accelerated aging) A damaged metabolism massively weakens our immune system. Why? Because our immune systems needs energy, energy, energy to work correctly.

The Mitochondria is in every cell of body. This is where we make energy. Metabolism really happens on the cell level.  We want them to be efficient. LLLT (Low Level Light Therapy) or Photbiomodulation, uses low levels of light to activate or energize and rev up the mitochondria so that we not only make more energy, but make more of the mitochondria. Our metabolism depends on how many mitochondria we have! This is called Mitochondrial Biogenesis. If we are healthy, we have up to 2000 per microscopic cell in our heart and our brain. When they work right, they generate energy called ATP.  This ATP is recycled many times and a 145-pound male should make at least 160 pounds of  ATP a day. When we are not healthy, we don’t make enough. Now we are tired, we put on fat, we ache, and many other problems.

By 2030 half of all Americans will be overweight. If you are even a little overweight, chances are you are also inflamed. They are probably overweight in the belly – which is known as the “fat that kills”. Excess belly fat, especially that around the waist, is a major source of inflammation.

What kind of diseases caused by too much inflammation? Alzheimer, Cancer, heart disease, arthritis, dementia, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, accelerated aging, etc. The risk of pneumonia and Covid risk also goes way up.

The average American diet per year is over 150 pounds of sugar. Sugar makes us fat, especially in the mid section – the gut area. We have been told fat makes us fat. This is Not true. Healthy fats make us lean. Sugar makes us fat! The worse kind of sugars are the ones you drink (Sodas, energy drinks, etc.) Eating unprocessed food is one of the number one things you can do to make the biggest difference in your health.

  • Eat only fresh, live foods.  
  • Minimize food that comes out of food coffins – plastic, boxes, aluminum foil, cans.
    • Where do you find these healthy foods in the supermarket? Around the outer aisles.

Meta – inflammation

We as Americans eat too many calories and too few nutrients. Think of junk food such as a Twinkie. It is full of calories and no nutrients. We want to eat foods that are the opposite – they have a ton of nutrients and very few calories such as Kale. Too many calories without enough nutrients creates inflammation, throughout the body called Meta Inflammation,

  • Chronic overnutrition and obesity induces low-grade inflammation throughout the body. Termed “meta-inflammation,” this chronic state of inflammation is mediated by macrophages located within the colon, liver, muscle, and adipose tissue. Especially around the belly.
    • When we treat the belly with laser, people lose inches, but we are really reducing their inflammation because inflammation damages our metabolism.

If you want to know more about Metabolism Repair, call Renovare Wellness at 623.776.0206

We have multiple choices to help you get on the right path including laser therapies to help improve your mitochondria and reduce belly fat, Wellness Mentors for assistance with improving your food, stress reduction and nutritional choices or schedule a consultation with Dr. Gerhart to get you started on a Metabolic Age Reversal Program.

Renovare Pulsed Wave Therapy

I (Dr. Gerhart) have suffered with chronic low-level nagging pain in my neck, shoulders, midback, low back and legs for many years.  I have invested thousands in deep tissue massage, Rolfing, Gua Sha adhesion release, and every other therapy you can think of.  While most have helped, nothing has reversed the scar tissue & adhesions to create the deep, long-lasting improvements I really wanted.  

I had a large collection of adhesions, scar tissue, and tender trigger points.  My fascia and muscle layers were glued together into a nasty mess (red cross hatch lines in graphic below) resulting in chronic pain. Healthy muscle & fascia fibers are in blue.

Scar tissue can pinch, twist, squeeze nerves triggering chronic pain. Scar tissue itself can be up to a 1000X more pain sensitive than healthy tissue.   Enter Pulsed Wave Therapy (aka Radial Shock Wave Therapy) which works by:

  • Signaling our cells to turn on major healing and repair pathways via mechanobiology – an exciting new field of research.
  • Turning off chronic pain and inflammation cycles to Close the Pain Gate
  • Age reversing effect via Stem Cell formation & activation for youthful vitality in our stiff, tight, injured areas including cartilage regeneration.
  • Can even reverse calcification in tendons, ligaments, and muscles especially in the shoulder.
  • Activating revolutionary cell communication via mechanotransduction
  • Creating new bone & blood vessels to support youthful muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons.
  • Increases cell energy for healing
  • Releasing Substance P – a key neurotransmitter responsible for turning off pain

Personally, I have experienced more pain relief & softening of hard knots than I thought possible with my initial therapy sessions.  I can’t wait to get more.

Our Pulsed Wave Therapy unit has FDA approval for a large number of conditions:

Each therapy session takes about 20 minutes to treat one area for a fee of 79.  Adding laser therapy if needed adds a synergistic even more profound healing effect for a fee of 97.  Just 4-6 sessions typically needed to effectively treat a problem area for lasting results.

The goal during the therapy is a little mild pain for lots of gain as the sound waves activate our cellular healing. Possible temporary after-effects: mild swelling, redness, light bruising (MUCH less than Gua Sha), & soreness after treatment (esp. first treatment). Use of heat, stretching, and light exercise after is helpful.   Add ice only if soreness is more than mild. Rev.   20210827                          
Reference: International Journal of Surgery Volume 24, Part B, December 2015, Pages 147-153. Shock wave as biological therapeutic tool: From mechanical stimulation to recovery and healing, through mechanotransduction