Blood sugar balance and the pathways to help support it – Part 3

From our previous 2 articles discussed the two strategies to support healthy blood sugar – the Short Chain Fatty acids and Insulin Signaling Pathway, we can see how we can improve. What we use to think was from our genetics – we now know is mostly from our lifestyle and we can change this.

Today we will be discussing the most exciting new pathway – the AMPK Pathway.

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

 

AMPK Pathway                  

AMPK is an signaling enzyme that acts as our “fat switch”. It determines whether we burn calories to make energy or store them as fat. If we are not making energy we are making fat and damaging free radicals.

Our lifestyle choices such as exercise and fasting activate this AMPK switch. Another powerful boost to this fat burning switch are supplements such as resveratrol, Alpha Lipoic Acid, burdock root, rose hips,short chain fatty acids, and berberine, can activate this AMPK switch.

What are the other benefits of activating our AMPK switch:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces pain
  • Improves energy
  • Reduces Sugar Cravings
  • Boosts fat burning and muscle building – key to successful weight loss

Below are a few of tissues and organs are impacted by this AMPK pathway.

 

It is really important to use professional grade supplements that actually work. It has been our experience that there are many inferior grade products on the market or products that have been stored in a warehouse for an undetermined amount of time. At Renovare, we carry only Pharmaceutical grade supplements.

Key Products we carry at Renovare that support the AMPK pathway:

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

 

 

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!