Magnesium – the mineral that most of us are not getting enough of

It is estimated that over half the population is deficient of magnesium. This may not seem disconcerting unless you understand the magnitude of the impact this little mineral has on our bodies. Did you know that over 600 enzymes require magnesium to work properly and it is the fourth most abundant mineral in our body?

Almost every function of the body utilizes magnesium including supporting a healthy brain, kidney and cardiovascular system. It also is necessary for:

  • Making energy in the mitochondria
  • Feeling relaxed, calm and peaceful
  • Peaceful, restful sleep
  • Formation of bone and protein
  • Nerve and muscle function
  • Regulation of blood pressure
  • Regulation of blood sugar levels
  • Maintaining healthy acid-alkaline balance of body

Major loss and stress as well as alcohol consumption are all major causes of magnesium. Also antibiotics, oral contraceptives, diuretics, certain cancer drugs, some prescription medications, and excess soda and coffee consumption can deplete magnesium.

Some of the most common symptoms of magnesium deficiency may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Poor Stress Tolerance
  • Chronic Fatigue or constant fatigue
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Numbness
  • Nausea
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Migraines
  • Osteoporosis
  • Serious Asthma
  • Seizures
  • Some mental disorders such as apathy and delirium

Recommended rich sources of magnesium include leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and dried beans. However,eating organic, unprocessed magnesium rich foods is not necessarily enough to increase your magnesium intake. Due to depleted soil, many experts believe supplementation is needed.

Magnesium deficiency is rampant in our society and lending to a sick population. The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is only the amount necessary to prevent disease and  a poor substitute for the greater amounts actually necessary for optimizing wellness.

Magnesium is extremely safe. If you take more than your body can tolerate your body will expel it through your stool.  The exception to this would be end stage renal failure in which it is necessary for a doctor to monitor blood levels carefully.

Some of our favorites magnesium supplements at Renovare include Brain Relax Max and Brain Magnesium Boost Pro. You can purchase these products at : https://brainwellnessaz.com/shop/page/2/ or visit or clinic.

You can also purchase Xymogen products directly online at: Xymogen.com and use referral code: “online”, and “gerhart” as the practitioner.

Click on the links in blue for a step by step document  and conversion chart for Renovare private label Xymogen Products. Xymogen Conversion Chart Handout 2018.10.10  and xymogen instructions

For more detailed information on magnesium, please look at the following posts:

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/01/29/how-magnesium-benefits-your-body.aspx

https://10faq.com/health/low-magnesium-deficiency-symptoms

https://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2016/12/Magnesium-Crisis/Page-01

Is Dementia Reversible or Preventable?

Dementia is an epidemic in Arizona and America.  Whether Alzheimer’s type dementia, vascular dementia, Parkinson’s Disease Dementia, Lewy Body dementia, mixed dementia or others, the result is the same.  Loss of memory, declining mental function, loss of quality of life, and death.  Neurodegenerative disease (most of which is Alzheimer’s or mixed type dementia) is the fastest growing cause of death in America.  Dementia is the only major disease for which we have no effective drug treatment options.

Pfizer, a major American pharmaceutical giant, recently stated that they will be pulling out of Alzheimer’s treatment research.  It has been 15 years since a new drug for Alzheimer’s was launched, reflecting one of the longest and most expensive losing streaks for Big Pharma. Now some in the industry are starting to question how long that commitment can last, after Pfizer announced it was pulling out of neuroscience research. Its decision means the race to find the first medicine to slow or halt Alzheimer’s type dementia must now proceed without one of the biggest forces in drug development.

John LaMattina, a former head of research and development at Pfizer, interprets the decision as a portent of things to come, and predicts other large drug makers will eventually follow suit.

What if the Solution was Not a Drug?

The FINGER study in Finland (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25771249) showed remarkable improvements in the high-risk older group studied through Lifestyle Change. Dr. Dale Bredesen, neuroscience researcher and former professor of medicine at UCLA wrote the ground-breaking book, “The End of Alzheimer’s” documenting the 30 years of research in his lab and others showing that Alzheimer’s type dementia is really many diseases.  The research shows at least 36 documented root causes of the neurodegenerative disease process.  We don’t “get” Alzheimer’s type dementia like we get the flu.  We develop it over many years – usually decades – as a result of our lifestyle failing to fit our unique genetic and epigenetic needs.

It’s not just genetic.  That’s right.  Our genes do NOT determine our health.  They influence our health. It is the interaction of our lifestyle choices, our environment, and our genes known as epigenetics that determines which genes turn on and which stay turned off.  For the majority of human diseases, our lifestyle choices far outweigh our genes in determining our health and wellness.  This is Great News!

Our understanding of the root causes of dementia and what we can do about it has expanded greatly.  Yes, we can live with a healthy mind and body for a lifetime.  In the areas of the world documented in the excellent book, Blue Zones (https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/150412-longevity-health-blue-zones-obesity-diet-ngbooktalk/), it is NORMAL to live to age 100 and beyond with high level Wellness of body and mind.  This is done through lifestyle, not a drug.

Discover Magazine did an excellent summary article in December 2018 issue entitled: “Alzheimer’s Under Attack – Armed with big data, researchers turn to customized lifestyle changes to fight the disease”.  Dr. Leroy Hood, biomedical pioneer & chief science officer for one of our nation’s largest non-profit health care systems, says, “Alzheimer’s is a really complex disease that has been utterly intractable.”  He goes on to say, “Taking a systems approach reflects my own conviction that these complex diseases almost never respond to a single drug.”

It takes a systems approach process to solve the multiple pieces of the puzzle behind each person with dementia. More importantly, we need to solve the unique puzzle of each sufferer of brain decline since we are each different.  This is not a “one size fits all” approach since, in my experience, there is no one size that fits all.  Often medical research studies look for what single factor (usually a drug)  creates a benefit in a large study group creating statistical significance for the study group – not individuals. This model fails to address the fact that each of us is unique with a dozen or more “root causes” behind our brain degeneration and dementia.  This current double-blind placebo-controlled research model is ill-suited to complex, chronic neurodegenerative diseases like dementia.  These complex diseases have multiple lifestyle-related causes different for each individual and multiple interventions are needed for synergistic therapeutic benefits. Medical studies typically study just one drug or intervention at a time which is just not enough to shift the direction of an unusually difficult, complex disease process like dementia.

Dr, Timothy C. Gerhart, D.C., DABCI, Dip. Ac., BCN is the author of 4 books on lifestyle approaches to brain and body Wellness and practices in Peoria, Arizona.  His most recent book, “Living Free of Dementia – Solving the Puzzle to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline” is scheduled for release in March 2019.

His other books are: “7 Secrets to Wellness, Change Your Brain, Transform Your Life, & Why Am I Not Right Since My Concussion”.  Dr. Gerhart understands that the word “doctor” means “teacher” and is available to present to groups to teach the approaches he uses to prevent and reverse cognitive decline.

You can learn more at: www.brainwellnessaz.com

Is Food Sensitivity (IgG) Testing Really Necessary?

Do you experience any of these symptoms? 

  • Fatigue or Tiredness
  • Brain Fog
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Joint pain or Muscular Tightness
  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Eczema, Acne, Rashes, Skin Irritations
  • Asthma
  • Acid Reflux
  • Bloating, Gas, Stomach Aches
  • Constipation or Diarrhea
  • Unexplained Weight Gain or Loss
  • Behavioral Issues (irritability, nervousness, mood swings, decision making, acting out)
  • Generally not feeling your best from day to day

It is possible that the foods you are eating can be part of the reason why. Sometimes we might even be on a “healthy” diet, but our gut and brain are reacting to some of our food choices – particularly foods we eat frequently. Our foods can either nourish us or create inflammation.

What is the difference between a food sensitivity and food allergy?

A food sensitivity, or food specific IgG reaction, can be more difficult to diagnose than a food allergy because it triggers a delayed immune response or inflammatory reaction. Once the body perceives a certain food or drink as a threat, it produces a range of inflammatory responses that can take 72 hours or more to appear in the body and brain.

A food allergy can trigger immediate, sometimes life-threatening reactions presenting in symptoms such as hives, stomach cramps, or the more extreme symptoms of not being able to breathe, or even anaphylactic shock.

Why get tested for food sensitivities?

Food sensitivities can be very disruptive and debilitating to an individual’s life.

Is it important for you to understand your personal food sensitivities so that you can create health, energy. low inflammation, and general well being in your body? Then, a food sensitivity test that measures your IgG reaction to certain foods is a great place to start!

At Renovare Wellness by Design and Renovare Brain Wellness we create a customized Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program called TLC to address the puzzle pieces below which support maximum brain and body wellness!

This includes addressing your food sensitivities. We have health coaches available to help you create eating plans specific to your sensitivities and guide you through your journey.

Give us a call today at 623.776.0206  to schedule your food sensitivity testing or to schedule a consultation.

 

Leaky Gut & Microbiome Repair Program

A program to support Leaky Gut repair and Microbiome diversity restoration that includes 6 months of Wellness Mentor support.  The program also includes 6 months of the Microbiome Labs specialty supplements for this program.

This matters since disruption of the gut microbiome has been implicated in anxiety, autism, depression, dementia, obesity, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disease, IBS, Type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, GERD, systemic infection, and many others.

This program includes 6 months of:

  • Mega Sporebiotic – an ultra-effective, newly available spore-based probiotic that research shows:
    • Improves Leaky Gut 60% in 30 days
    • Increases gut healing Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s) by 40%
    • Increases microbiome diversity – critical to gut health & healing
    • Encourages growth of 4 critical keystone strains of bacteria
    • Boosts levels of the most bioavailable anti-oxidants known to science
    • Aids in digestion & Improves regularity
    • Helps control bacterial overgrowth
    • Detoxifies the intestinal tract
    • Reduces inflammation & pain to support brain health
    • Assists in the reduction of excessive cholesterol
    • Produces key nutrients – B-vitamins, Vitamin K2, Nattokinase, CoQ 10
    • Provides immune modulation for the prevention and treatment of infections, allergies, asthma and autoimmunity.
  • Mega Prebiotic – the first precision probiotic that selectively feed the beneficial keystone bacteria that are the foundation to gut health.
    • Increases microbiome diversity
    • Doubles the benefits of Mega Sporebiotic
    • Shown to increase levels of A. mucin by 8000% in 5 weeks

 

  • Mega Mucosa – supports the rebuilding of the thick, gel-like mucus layer that protects our intestinal lining from damage.
    • Contains 4 amino acids shown to support mucin production by 95%
    • Immunoglobulins to bind inflammatory LPS to allow healing
    • Flavobiotic to support microbial diversity & gut healing

 

  • Wellness Mentor Support:
    • Help with creating a meal plan & eating program that works for you
    • How to shop and stock your pantry for success
    • The encouragement and support you need to be successful
    • Monitoring of your progress with Lifestyle Surveys and Food Logs because what gets measured, gets improved.
    • Answers to your questions and give you practical pointers to make your therapeutic lifestyle change easier and faster
    • An experienced guide on your journey towards Wellness – in person, online, or by phone:
    • 45 minutes with your Wellness Mentor to get you started each of 1st 2 weeks
    • 30 minutes with your Wellness Mentor weeks 3 and 4
    • 15 minutes with your Wellness Mentor weekly in month 2
    • 15 minutes with your Wellness Mentor 2X/month for months 3,4,5, and 6

 

This entire Gut Repair Supplement and Wellness Mentor Support Program for a limited time introductory investment of just 197. per month for 6 months.

*Please Note: A Foundation Visit with Dr. Gerhart is needed to start this program. Schedule Yours today! Click Here

 

 

Your Secret Organ

Your “secret organ” is not on any anatomy charts.  It weighs about 5 pounds; it is composed of 10 times as many cells and 100 times as much DNA as the rest of your body.

It is critical to your physical and mental health and until recently, we knew very little about it.  What is this organ?  It is your microbiome – the critters that live primarily in your gut, your urogenital tract, and on your skin.

Microbes in the Gut Are Essential to Our Well-Being

Revelations about the role of the human microbiome in our lives have begun to shake the foundations of medicine and nutrition

 The human “microbiome”—the 100 trillion or so microbes that live in various nooks and crannies of the human body—remained largely unstudied, mainly because it is not so easy to extract and culture them in a laboratory. A decade ago the advent of sequencing technologies finally opened up this microbiological frontier. The Human Microbiome Project reference database, established in 2012, revealed in unprecedented detail the diverse microbial community that inhabits our bodies.

Most live in the gut. They are not freeloaders but rather perform many functions vital to health and survival: they digest food, produce anti-inflammatory chemicals and compounds, and train the immune system to distinguish friend from foe. Revelations about the role of the human microbiome in our lives have begun to shake the foundations of medicine and nutrition. Leading scientists now think of humans not as self-sufficient organisms but as complex ecosystems colonized by numerous collaborating and competing microbial species. From this perspective, human health is a form of ecology in which care for the body also involves tending its teeming population of resident critters.

Mental Health May Depend on Creatures in the Gut

The microbiome may yield a new class of psychobiotics for the treatment of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders (adapted from Scientific American article at: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mental-health-may-depend-on-creatures-in-the-gut/)

Scientists are increasingly convinced that the vast assemblage of microfauna in our intestines may have a major impact on our state of mind. The gut-brain axis seems to be bidirectional—the brain acts on gastrointestinal and immune functions that help to shape the gut’s microbial makeup, and gut microbes make neuroactive compounds, including neurotransmitters and metabolites that also act on the brain.

These interactions could occur in various ways: microbial compounds communicate via the vagus nerve, which connects the brain and the digestive tract, and microbially derived metabolites interact with the immune system, which maintains its own communication with the brain. Sven Pettersson, a microbiologist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, has recently shown that gut microbes help to control leakage through both the intestinal lining and the blood-brain barrier, which ordinarily protects the brain from potentially harmful agents.

Microbes may have their own evolutionary reasons for communicating with the brain. They need us to be social, says John Cryan, a neuroscientist at University College Cork in Ireland, so that they can spread through the human population. Cryan’s research shows that when bred in sterile conditions, germ-free mice lacking in intestinal microbes also lack an ability to recognize other mice with whom they interact. In other studies, disruptions of the microbiome induced mice behavior that mimics human anxiety, depression and even autism. In some cases, scientists restored more normal behavior by treating their test subjects with certain strains of benign bacteria. Nearly all the data so far are limited to mice, but Cryan believes the findings provide fertile ground for developing analogous compounds, which he calls psychobiotics, for humans. “That dietary treatments could be used as either adjunct or sole therapy for mood disorders is not beyond the realm of possibility,” he says.

Personality shifts

Scientists use germ-free mice to study how the lack of a microbiome—or selective dosing with particular bacteria—alters behavior and brain function, “which is something we could never do in people,” Cryan says. Entire colonies of germ-free mice are bred and kept in isolation chambers, and the technicians who handle them wear full bodysuits, as if they were in a biohazard facility. As with all mice research, extrapolating results to humans is a big step. That is especially true with germ-free mice because their brains and immune systems are underdeveloped, and they tend to be more hyperactive and daring than normal mice. (gut microfloura needed for normal brain development? Dr. G comment)

A decade ago a research team led by Nobuyuki Sudo, now a professor of internal medicine at Kyushu University in Japan, restrained germ-free mice in a narrow tube for up to an hour and then measured their stress hormone output. The amounts detected in the germ-free animals were far higher than those measured in normal control mice exposed to the same restraint. These hormones are released by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which in the germ-free mice was clearly dysfunctional. But more important, the scientists also found they could induce more normal hormonal responses simply by pretreating the animals with a single microbe: a bacterium called Bifidobacterium infantis. This finding showed for the first time that intestinal microbes could influence stress responses in the brain and hinted at the possibility of using probiotic treatments to affect brain function in beneficial ways. “It really got the field off the ground,” says Emeran Mayer, a gastroenterologist and director of the Center for Neurobiology of Stress at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Meanwhile a research team at McMaster University in Ontario led by microbiologist Premsyl Bercik and gastroenterologist Stephen Collins discovered that if they colonized the intestines of one strain of germ-free mice with bacteria taken from the intestines of another mouse strain, the recipient animals would take on aspects of the donor’s personality. Naturally timid mice would become more exploratory, whereas more daring mice would become apprehensive and shy. These tendencies suggested that microbial interactions with the brain could induce anxiety and mood disorders.

Bercik and Collins segued into gut-brain research from their initial focus on how the microbiome influences intestinal illnesses. People who suffer from these conditions often have co-occurring psychiatric problems such as anxiety and depression that cannot be fully explained as an emotional reaction to being sick. By colonizing germ-free mice with the bowel contents of people with irritable bowel syndrome, which induces constipation, diarrhea, pain and low-grade inflammation but has no known cause, the McMaster’s team reproduced many of the same gastrointestinal symptoms. The animals developed leaky intestines, their immune systems activated, and they produced a barrage of pro-inflammatory metabolites, many with known nervous system effects. Moreover, the mice also displayed anxious behavior, as indicated in a test of their willingness to step down from a short raised platform.

Autism connection?

Scientists have also begun to explore the microbiome’s potential role in autism. In 2007 the late Paul Patterson, a neuroscientist and developmental biologist at the California Institute of Technology, was intrigued by epidemiological data showing that women who suffer from a high, prolonged fever during pregnancy are up to seven times more likely to have a child with autism. These data suggested an alternative cause for autism besides genetics. To investigate, Patterson induced flulike symptoms in pregnant mice with a viral mimic: an immunostimulant called polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid, or poly(I:C). He called this the maternal immune activation (MIA) model.

The offspring of Patterson’s MIA mice displayed all three of the core features of human autism: limited social interactions, a tendency toward repetitive behavior and reduced communication, which he assessed by using a special microphone to measure the length and duration of their ultrasonic vocalizations. In addition, the mice had leaky intestines, which was important because anywhere from 40 to 90 percent of all children with autism suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms.

Then Caltech microbiologist Sarkis Mazmanian and his doctoral student Elaine Hsiao discovered that MIA mice also have abnormal microbiomes. Specifically, two bacterial classes—Clostridia and Bacteroidia—were far more abundant in the MIA offspring than in normal mice. Mazmanian acknowledges that these imbalances may not be the same as those in humans with autism. But the finding was compelling, he says, because it suggested that the behavioral state of the MIA mice—and perhaps by extension autistic behavior in humans—might be rooted in the gut rather than the brain. “That raised a provocative question,” Mazmanian says. “If we treated gastrointestinal symptoms in the mice, would we see changes in their behavior?”

Mazmanian and Hsiao investigated by dosing the animals with a microbe known for its anti-inflammatory properties, Bacteroides fragilis, which also protects mice from experimentally induced colitis. Results showed that the treatment fixed intestinal leaks and restored a more normal microbiota. It also mitigated the tendency toward repetitive behavior and reduced communication. Mazmanian subsequently found that B. fragilis reverses MIA deficits even in adult mice. “So, at least in this mouse model, it suggests features of autism aren’t hardwired—they’re reversible—and that’s a huge advance,” he says.

Strains of Bifidobacterium, which is common in the gut flora of many mammals, including humans, have generated the best results so far. Cryan recently published a study in which two varieties of Bifidobacterium produced by his lab were more effective than escitalopram (Lexapro) at treating anxious and depressive behavior in a lab mouse strain known for pathological anxiety.

Bifidobacterium HN019 (Howaru strain)

  • Has the ability to prevent the invasion and adhesion (ability to stick) of pathogenic microbe  coliO157:H7 in vitro, particularly when B. lactis DR10 was introduced before the E. coli was added.
  • Has a high tolerance to low pH and high resistance to bile salts; therefore it should pass through the GI tract to the colon.
  • Colonizes the GI tract. Stool analysis showed that DR10 survived in the GI tract for up to 2 weeks after consumption of DR10 ended.
  • Has immune-enhancing functions against viral infections in vitro (by increasing the body’s cell’s production of interferon alpha).
  • Has immune-enhancing effects against pathogenic bacteria and tumor cells by increasing the killing capacity of blood immune cells.
  • Provides a significant level of in vivo protection (in mice) against rotavirus, Salmonella typhimurium, and  coli.

In addition, research cited by Danisco says that consuming this strain daily reduced colonic transit time (the time it takes to have a bowel movement) and improved GI symptoms in otherwise healthy adults. The GI symptoms were occasional pain, bloating and constipation.

The Brain-Gut Connection

A snapshot from “Why Am I Not Right Since My Concussion?” by Dr. Timothy Gerhart

Digestive health is the foundation of Brain Health – if digestion doesn’t work, your brain CANNOT work well.  Your 1st Brain (head) and 2nd Brain (gut) are profoundly and intricately linked.

Digestive problems are usually a major “root” or part of the causes of:

  • Brain inflammation and post-concussion syndrome.
  • Anxiety, Depression
  • Brain Slowing
  • Memory & sleep problems
  • Poor Stress tolerance
  • Chronic Pain
  • Migraines and other headaches.
  • Fatigue – mental or physical
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Blood sugar balance problems
  • Metabolism and weight gain (gaining fat while losing muscle) problems.
  • Genetically-modified “frankenfoods”

Leaky Gut (now a recognized medical condition) is becoming more and more common.  Antibiotics devastate the tight junctions between the cells that line our gut so they leak like a sieve. Leaky Gut leads to Leaky Brain resulting in Brain inflammation and dysfunction blocking the brain healing process.

  • Food allergies (esp. delayed “stealth” food allergies) appear to affect most of us.
  • Gluten and Dairy intolerance or allergy problems are becoming quite prevalent.
  • LifeStyle change (rather than popping a pill) is recommended as the “First Line” of therapy/treatment for many digestive problems.
  • There is a tried and true approach for repair & healing of Leaky Gut– The 5R Program.

Learn more details about the leaky gut, leaky brain connection, including approaches to repair and heal leaky gut.  Click Here to go to our online store to purchase your downloadable or published copy of Why Am I Not Right Since My Concussion.