Blood sugar balance and the pathways to help support it – Part 1

Blood sugar metabolism can seem like a mystery at times for many. Scientists now are aware of different pathways to help support blood sugar metabolism and insulin sensitivity – which is termed Blood Sugar Dynamics. The 3 pathways that we will be discussing in this series are:

  1. The SCFA Pathway
  2. Insulin Signaling Pathway
  3. AMPK Pathway
SCFA Pathway   

Short Chain Fatty acids (SCFAs) are produced by friendly bacteria in your gut and are the main source of nutrition for the cells in your colon.1   Production of Short Chain Fatty acids, especially butyrate, in the gut microbiome is required for optimal health. Our low intake of fermentable dietary fiber in this modern world greatly impacts and limits this production. We tend to be a fast food, microwave society that eats very small amounts of diverse, fibrous foods.

Graphic from Apex Energetics

As discussed in a previous blog  “Your Secret Organ” microbes in the gut are essential to our well being. (Click this link to read the entire article: Your Secret Organ.)

We now know that Short Chain Fatty acids also have a number of actions that are relevant to glucose metabolism. These Short Chain Fatty acids in the intestinal lumen (which is a hollow core or tube) bind to signaling receptors called GPRs2 in the colon causing them to release hormones (PYY and GLP-1). The PYY hormone increases the feeling of fullness so we are no longer hungry.   The GLP-1 hormone increases pancreatic insulin secretion so that we convert sugar to energy instead of fat and free radicals. In other words, they are a master switches controlling fat burning vs fat storing.

Other major roles of Short Chain Fatty acids
  • Inhibit Inflammation3
    • Short Chain Fatty acids bind GPR receptors on immune cells to reduce inflammation and decreases pro-inflammatory markers called Nf-kB which is a known key element in creating insulin resistance.
  • They are important fuel sources for the colon.4
    • This helps with the intestinal lining cells so they stay healthy free of inflammation and disease. They also help the protective mucus layer in the colon.
  • They improve intestinal tight junctions in the colon to prevent leaky gut and other auto immune problems.5
  • This also reduces excessive inflammation
    • By improving the integrity of the tight junctions, there is less immune triggering of inflammation and food sensitivity. This matter since excessive Inflammation is a known promoter of insulin resistance.
  • They activate AMPK6  pathways which turns on fat burning and energy production.

As you can see, Short Chain Fatty acids have a direct influence and role in the Insulin Signaling Pathway and the AMPK Pathway and increasing these Short Chain Fatty acids has a major impact to our health.

Our microbiome and Short Chain Fatty acids and the interconnection of these blood sugar pathways can actually determine if you are Lean and fit, or fat and sick. Once our system has tilted into diabetes we are making lots of fat and free radicals. Your body cannot sustain health, balance and energy in that negative environment.

Key Products we carry at Renovare that support Short Chain Fatty acids and butyrate are:






  • EnteroVite
  • Mega Sporebiotic & Probiotic Max Restore
  • Mega Mucosa
  • Mega Prebiotic & OptiFiber® Lean
Upcoming article: Blood sugar balance and the pathways to help support it – Part 2
More articles on the Microbiome and Short Chain Fatty Acids (Click to Read)


“Science Reveals –We are as Healthy as our Microbiome! Keys to Good Health!”, “Save the Microbes”

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.


Science Reveals – We Are as Healthy as our Micribiome! Keys to Good Health!


Our Microbiome and Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s)

In many ways, we are as healthy as our Microbiome. What is the Microbiome?

Our Microbiome is the trillions of bacteria that live mostly in our gut but also on our skin, in our mouth, throat, sinus, and in the urogenital tract.

Some researchers conclude that up to 90 percent of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the health of our gut microbiome. Our microbiome is home to trillions of microbes, diverse bacteria that help govern nearly every function of the human body in some way. The importance of our gut microbiome cannot be overstated: Poor gut health can contribute to leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune diseases and disorders like arthritis, diabetes, dementia, heart disease, and cancer, while our health, fertility and longevity are also highly reliant on the balance of critters living within our intestines. 3000 new strains of bacteria have been discovered so far.



Human Health = diversity of microbiome = diversity creates immune tolerance

We need Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s) from diversity of our microbiome. Diversity of plant fibers in our diet boosts SCFA’s production & diversity of microbiome, High amounts of pesticides, antibiotics in meat, dairy, and processed foods harm the microbiome leading to loss of diversity

Americans have the LEAST diverse microbiomes in the world with more autoimmune diseases than all cancer and Cardiovascular combined!

Our Microbiome:

·      We get most of our nutrients from our microbiomes – not from our food or supplements.  B-vitamins, Vitamin K, folic acid made by gut bacteria.

o  Post-biotics are what microbiome produce – eg. SCFA’s

o  Diverse microbiome converts plant foods to powerful anti-carcinogenic enzymes.

o  Declining microbiome diversity predicts loss of function/health as people age

You Can change microbiome in 3 days – eg. Netflix video binge, little sleep, lots of junk food and alchohol

  • Junk Food, lack of veggie fiber
  • Terrible Diet, lack of exercise
  • Stress – poor sleep, too many fright or adrenalin-junkie action movies

The Most exciting is research showing how gut microbiome can create diabetes

o  Lack of diversity of microbiome = extract more energy from food we eat = high blood sugars and weight gain of human host

o   Optimal health with lots of microbiome diversity = microbiome gets first shot at our calories and consumes many of our calories first. Help us manage our energy absorption, blood sugar regulation, and body composition so we stay lean easily.

How Do We Boost Intestinal SCFA’s? I

o  Support a more diverse microbiome to make more SCFA’s

o  Consume more diverse plant food fiber sources (not meat)

o  Celery, bok choi, turnips, kale, beets, brussel spouts, etc.

Benefits of More Microbiome Diversity & Intestinal SCFA’s? I

Signals appetite control

o  Lack of diversity, low SCFA’s = always hungry, never satisfied

o  Increased diversity, higher SCFA’s = satisfied, less hunger – quickly

·      Affects brain function: low diversity tilts us towards anxiety & depression

·      Burns fat more effectively for weight loss

o  Improved insulin resistance – support lean, low body fat

·      Makes tight junction proteins – for gut repair:autoimmune, many food allergies, chem sensitive patients

·      Reduces inflammation in the gut, brain, and body

·      Enhances immune tolerance to food, chemicals, and self – especially important in autoimmune disease, chemical sensitivity, and food allergies

How do We Boost Microflora Diversity & SCFA levels?

o  Eat LOTS of veggies for the fiber. Eat new and different veggies.

o  Try new veggies each visit to the market. Add to a Vitamix/blender and enjoy.

o  Do NOT do juicing – it removes the critically important fiber

o  Mimimize refined sugars and avoid antibiotics and pesticides when possible

Supplementsto boost diversity and SCFA’s:

o  Enterovite – the 3 critical SCFA’s in the proper ratio. Can create benefits 1st day of use for those with low microflora diversity.

o  Trizomal Glutathione – best tool to reduce gut inflammation that damages diversity

o  Apex AD – specific ratio of Vitamin A and D shown to boost immune tolerance

Is My Parent Heading Towards Alzheimers Type Dementia – Natural Solutions Part 2

Neuroinflammation or the Brain on Fire is the Root mechanism for Alzheimers, Parkinsons and many of our brain diseases. When our brain is on fire, our brain begins to degenerate. We lose volume and our brain begins to shrink from the inside and outside.

When we tip one way we are making neural connections in the brain, when we tip the other we are removing neural connections in the brain. This moves us towards Alzheimers and other types of dementia.  

The research shows us 36 factors that influence towards Alzheimers or towards brain health. They include:

  •  insulin sensitivity
  • vitamin D – critical for brain health
  • essential fatty acids
  • brain derived neurotropic factors
  • how well our mitochondria works to make energy
  • glutathione (an essential molecule for antioxidant balance)
  • improving blood flow to our brain
  • Reducing oxidative stress
  • neurotransmitter hormone balance
  • optimizing our cortisol and stress hormones
  • improving GABA which is calming to our brain
  • enhancing detoxification.

How do we help people with Neurodegeneration? We help them by dealing with root issues – not covering up symptoms. We work by solving the puzzle of why we are having our issues. We use a functional medicine, functional neurology approach


Organ most sensitive to toxicity?

brain waves brain mapping autism Asperger's Syndrome ADD ADHD attention deficit disorder attention deficit hyperactivity disorder anxiety depressionWhat organ determines your quality of life?

Which body organ determines your quality of life? Its the same organ that is most sensitive to toxicity, metabolic problems and your lifestyle habits.

Perhaps these details will give you a hint:

  • Weighs 3 pounds
  • 100,000 miles of blood vessels
  • More synapses/connection than stars in the Milky Way Galaxy
  • Fattest organ in your body
  • Could be suffering right now & you wouldn’t have a clue

What is this very important organ that determines your quality of life?

It’s your brain!

Top 3 Causes of Death in US:

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study suggests that Alzheimer’s Disease may contribute to close to as many deaths in the United States as heart disease or cancer (Research published in the March 5, 2014, issue of the medical journal ‘Neurology’).

Critical questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you know if your brain is working right now?
  • How would you know if it is working?
  • If it’s not working would you know what to do?

Why would you want to look at your brain waves? See the image below for brain wave functions. Are any of your health and wellness conerns there? Whether it’s you or a loved one are you concerned about ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, poor sleep, brain fog, inability to focus, past traumatic brain inury (TBI) or more? Brain mapping is the place to start the evaluation of how well your brain waves are working for you right now.



Once your braining mapping is complete Renovare Peak Brain Performance will create a program to reduce and reverse your health and wellness concerns. Did you know there is a biofeedback way to retrain your brain waves? It’s actually called neurofeedback and you can start today to get your brain function back!

Call Renovare Brain Peak Performance for your Free Consult today! +1(623)776-0206

Physician Timothy C. Gerhart, DC, DABCI, Dipl.Ac. (IAMA) will help you focus on the many ways to support your immune system, brain function, emotional health and well-being.

Renovare ia a health and wellness center conveniently located in Peoria, AZ with an easy access via Hwy 101 and the Union Hills exit for Scottsdale, Phoenix and Goodyear if you are looking for brain mapping, brain balancing or neurofeedback for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning disabilities, brain injuries, auto accidents and more.

Time for memory loss healthcare?

memory loss brain mapping brain toxicity attention deficit disorder ADD ADHD autism Asperger's Syndrome post concussion syndromeSome memory loss is normal

Overload your brain with enough stress, new information, excess highly refined sugars (especially corn syrup products), foods with gluten, GMO foods, go through a major life event (death, loss of home, end of relationship, etc) and loss of memory will easily show up. This type of memory loss is usually temporary.

The more invasive memory loss issues are Alzheimer’s Disease, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), post concussion injuries (football, auto accidents, traumatic head impact), brain toxicity (environmental or dietary) and there’s more.

Other times memory or inability to focus may be an issue is for people/children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), ADHD, Asberger’s Syndrome, autism, learning disabilities and more.

The question you may ask is ‘How do I know if I have a serious memory loss and need help from a healthcare practitioner? One of the signs is that your memory starts to come up missing consistently.

You might be ‘addicted’ to sticky notes or strings on your fingers to remind you of things, appointments, people to remember. Your friends or family may be letting you know that you are repeating the same story several times.

It’s normal to lose your keys, car in the parking lot, wallet and other things occasionally. Normal memory loss also appears if you are an overachiever and you are pushing your brain so hard that you have overloaded it.

When your memory loss becomes chronic (repeating the same patterns over a longer period of time) and your loss of memory is getting in to way of you enjoying your life then it’s time to investigate as to what is causing your short term memory loss or long term memory loss.

Normal memory loss is temporary and it doesn’t repeat itself over an over again. If you notice that your lack of memory is getting in the way of a normal productive life you may want to have a healthcare professional perform a brain map. Brain mapping will let you know how well your brain is working and how well it is not working.

No matter what your abnormal memory loss is being caused by there is a wide variety of way to evaluate what the root causes are. Renovare Brain Peak Perforance offers the latest technology which includes Brain Mapping. A brain map will give you a brain report card. You will be able to see how well your brain is working and how it is not working.

When you are suspect that you have more serious memory issues then finding a health and wellness center that can help you with that is important. It’s time to rule out depression, post concussion syndrome, lead poisoning, heavy metal poisoning (mercury poisoning being very common), environmental toxicity, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), ADHD, autism, Aspberger’s Syndrome, learning disabilities and more.

You can end your memory loss questions and struggles today. Call Renovare Brain Peak Performance for your Free Consult Today! +1(623)776-0206

Renovare Brain Peak Performance is a health and wellness center conveniently located in Peoria, AZ with an easy access via Hwy 101 and the Union Hills exit for Scottsdale, Phoenix and Goodyear if you are looking for brain mapping, brain balancing or neurofeedback for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning disabilities, brain injuries, auto accidents and more.

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