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 : or visit or clinic.

You can also purchase Xymogen products directly online at: 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

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Vaccinating Our Children: Are we playing Russian Roulette?

It is evident in our culture, that the topic of whether to vaccinate our children or not can be a very volatile subject.

Vaccines were designed to evoke an immunity response to protect individuals from potential serious illnesses. This decision can however come at a high price. The risk of side effects may outweigh the benefits –  ranging from mild to severe and even life altering.

Here is a short list of the potential vaccine risk involved. noted from the website of Dr. Jack Wolfson
Immediate side vaccine injury may include:
  • High fever
  • Change in behavior such as screaming, not eating or drinking
  • Poor sleep
  • Seizures
  • Lack of attention, focus, or visual contact
  • Language regression
  • Physical regression- bed wetting, incontinence
  • Sensory issues
  • Skin changes including local or systemic (eczema) 
Long term vaccine injury results may include:
  • Autism spectrum
  • Autoimmune
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Blood disorders
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Mental health issues
  • Paralysis
  • Sudden death – including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (“Crib Death”)
  • Transverse myelitis

At Renovare, we are passionate about providing you with information so that you can make an informed decision.

Please take the time  to watch the video below and know that your vaccination choices for you and your family are not out of lack of knowledge or misinformation.

More information and links will be provided in future blogs – including how you can make a difference in the rights of choice that our legislature is trying to take from us.

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.


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.

Take a Moment to Breathe

The holiday season can filled with hustle and bustle, creating much stress in our bodies. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a quick, effective technique to help reduce this stress? Well there is!  Intentional, deep breathing can help shift your body and emotions into a state of peace and relaxation.

One simple technique is called the 4-7-8 breathing technique. This technique is explained in the below video by Dr. Andrew Weil.


Intentional deep breathing has many health benefits:

  1. Detoxifies and Releases Toxins
  2. Releases Tension and Calm Nerves
  3. Improves Quality of the Blood
  4. Strengthen the Lungs
  5. Elevates Moods
  6. Can help lower blood pressure
  7. Helps your digestive system
  8. Releases endorphins throughout the body.
    • Endorphins are feel-good, natural painkillers created by our own bodies.
  9. Increases oxygen which provides energy,

Learning a few techniques and taking just a few moments each day to practice some deep breathing exercises can decrease stress, relax your mind and body and help you sleep better too!

This season….just breathe!


Metabolic Flexibility

When we have Metabolic Flexibility, we easily transition from burning sugar for energy to keep our brain happy to burning fats or ketones for energy when sugar is not available.  When we lose Metabolic Flexibility from a poor lifestyle of too much sugar, too much stress, skipping meals etc. we can develop Reactive Hypoglycemia which is VERY harmful to your brain and body by creating:

  • Massive inflammation
  • Huge oxidative stress and accelerated aging
  • Fires the brain and adrenal stress pathways leading to high cortisol
  • Messes up insulin sensitivity
  • Can lead to brain rewiring (Negative Plasticity) which makes us super stress-sensitive all the time.
  • Can lead to chronic fatigue, sleep problems, depression, anxiety, slow metabolism, fat gain, headaches, hormone imbalances, and chronic disease.

Symptoms of Reactive Hypoglycemia:

  • Crave sweets during the day
  • Irritable, light-headed, or jittery if meals missed
  • Depend on coffee or stimulant “energy” drinks
  • Eating relieves fatigue
  • Brain fog: poor memory, concentration, or focus, Brain Fatigue
  • Anxious, agitated if too long without eating
  • Blurred or changed vision if too long without eating
    • Eat meals on a schedule – NEVER skip a meal, even if not hungry
    • Plan mid-meal snacks: eg. Apple slices and almond butter or non-dairy cheese
    • Make sure you have enough protein and fiber in your meals & snacks. Paleo type eating best for most.
    • Make sure you are getting enough total calories to avoid hypoglycemia.
    • Eat at least 30 minutes BEFORE symptom flare so we don’t fire these brain pathways. Eg. Eat every 1.5 hours if have hypoglycemia symptom flares 2 hours after eating.
    • Avoid overtraining/over-exercise without replenishing glucose.
    • If you wake up at night: Add Extra calories before bed: apple and almond butter
      • Scoop of Clearvite, Brain Restore, or InflamClear & fiber supplement before bed
    • Create a lifestyle so your brain can start to relax knowing it will be fed and not starved.

Treatment of Low Blood Sugar Problems:

  1. Eat within 30 minutes waking up in AM: Paleo style breakfast – avoid sugar bombs. Can do a shake: use InflamClear, BrainRestore, Clearvite 2 scoops
    1. Use unsweetened almond, coconut, or hemp milk
    2. Optifiber 1 -2 scp – excellent fiber that smoothes sugar release
    3. Add greens and berries
    4. Add almond butter, add coconut oil or MCT oil
    5. Blend and drink
  • You Must have metabolic flexibility (can burn any food source) to gracefully do intermittent fasting or caloric restriction. Don’t try this yet!

    Developing Metabolic Flexibility (Try this ONLY when you are ready and this does not create hypoglycemia symptoms)

    • Ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting helps create this.
    • More reactive your hypoglycemic Symptom severity = harder to restrict carbs and switch to keto, fasting. Must go really slow.
    • Step 1 is make sure brain is being fed so doesn’t activate the angry brain: Hangry (Hangry = hungry + angry). Find the lowest amount of carbs so their brain functions properly
    • Step 2 is gradually stair-step down carbs – go slowly!
    • Step 3: Gradually increase fat intake

    Later, you can try mild intermittent fasting as long as it doesn’t flare your symptoms.