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:
Poor Stress Tolerance
Chronic Fatigue or constant fatigue
High Blood Pressure
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 Maxand 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.
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:
Change in behavior such as screaming, not eating or drinking
Lack of attention, focus, or visual contact
Physical regression- bed wetting, incontinence
Skin changes including local or systemic (eczema)
Long term vaccine injury results may include:
Loss of muscle control
Mental health issues
Sudden death – including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (“Crib Death”)
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.
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.
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.
Memory & sleep problems
Poor Stress tolerance
Migraines and other headaches.
Fatigue – mental or physical
Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Blood sugar balance problems
Metabolism and weight gain (gaining fat while losing muscle) problems.
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.
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:
Detoxifies and Releases Toxins
Releases Tension and Calm Nerves
Improves Quality of the Blood
Strengthen the Lungs
Can help lower blood pressure
Helps your digestive system
Releases endorphins throughout the body.
Endorphins are feel-good, natural painkillers created by our own bodies.
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!
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:
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:
Eat within 30 minutes waking up in AM: Paleo style breakfast – avoid sugar bombs. Can do a shake: use InflamClear, BrainRestore, Clearvite 2 scoops