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Things You Should Know About Vitamin C

Published on October 2, 2017 by

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water soluble vitamin that performs a wide variety of functions in your body. Most people know that Vitamin C is important for forming and maintaining connective tissue (skin, bones, blood vessels). But Vitamin C does so much more than that.

Vitamin C is an important factor in keeping your cardiovascular system healthy–helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes. It works to keep the lining of the blood vessels (endothelial cells) healthy. Endothelial dysfunction is linked to arterial plaque formation and Vitamin C helps to prevent this dysfunction. Vitamin C also assists your body in keeping blood pressure, blood sugar, and lipid (cholesterol) levels at healthy levels. All of these functions reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Things You Should About Vitamin C

Cancer prevention and treatment is another exciting thing that Vitamin C can assist with. Vitamin C can decrease the cellular DNA damage that leads to cancer formation–helping you to avoid cancer. It also has been shown to help kill cancer cells if they do form and to minimize the toxic effects of cancer treatments. Higher dose Vitamin C by IV is fast becoming a sought after treatment therapy for those with cancer.

In addition to these functions, Vitamin C is a wonderful aide to your immune system–helping your body to fight the common cold and other respiratory illnesses. Higher dose Vitamin C has been widely shown to diminish your symptoms and lessen the length of respiratory illnesses. It can even help alleviate chronic asthma symptoms.

The wonderful benefits of Vitamin C go on and on. It helps your body to absorb iron, it can reduce fatigue, it can improve eye health, and it can increase the fat suppressing hormone Leptin. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that you need on a daily basis.

There are a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that contain Vitamin C. Good sources include citrus fruits (i.e. oranges), apples, kiwi, dark green leafy vegetables, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Even though the recommended daily allowance is 75 mg/day for women and 90 mg/day for men; we are realizing that is just enough to prevent disease. For optimal health and wellness we feel that at least 400 mg/day is better.

If you do not get enough Vitamin C in your diet, taking a daily supplement is advised. I also like to add the IV Meyers cocktail (Vitamin C plus other nutrients) or high dose Vitamin C IV by itself if you are starting to feel ill from a respiratory illness, undergoing cancer treatment, or wish to optimize your overall health. Before a stressful event such as travel or surgery, I have found the IV Vitamin C to also be helpful.

Take care of your body and it will take care of you. Take the time to give your body the nutrients, exercise, sleep, and mental relaxation that it requires. You are worth it!!

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Inflammation: The root of many diseases

Published on May 15, 2014 by

There has been a lot of research done on the role of inflammation and diseases such as Alzheimer’s dementia, cancers, autoimmune diseases, and heart disease. It is fascinating to realize that these different diseases seem to have something in common: inflammation. A person’s genetic predisposition “guides” the end result (I.e. final disease that you get) of the inflammation.

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Inflammation is caused by many things: stress, excess sugar and grain intake, and chemical/toxin exposure. These are the most common causes that we currently know of. Where do you get these? When you consume processed foods you often get sugars, grains, and chemicals all in one setting. Our society has turned into a fast food, junk food, soda addicted society. These foods and drinks irritate your body and cause inflammation.

The bottom line for you to understand is that what you eat, drink, and are exposed to can cause inflammation. This can disrupt your hormones: causing your Cortisol, Thyroid, Testosterone, Progesterone, Estrogen, etc to be significantly out of balance. This inflammation can also lead to severe diseases such as Alzeimer’s dementia, cancers, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, etc.

Regenerative medicine aka anti-aging medicine is about helping you to live optimally. Balancing your hormones is more than just giving you bio-identical hormones. Hormone replacement is a piece of the puzzle. You have the power to fix some of the other pieces by lifestyle adjustments. A regenerative medicine specialist helps you to do this.

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Estrogen And Cancer

Published on May 2, 2013 by

Estrogen has several metabolites (break down products). Evidence is accumulating that certain metabolites are directly responsible for the initial genetic damage that can lead to cancer formation. Other metabolites actually protect against cancer.

Estrogen and Cancer

16alpha-OH and 4-OH are the two main metabolites that have been associated with cancer formation. In contrast with 2-OH, a metabolite that appears to inhibit cell proliferation, and thus help stop cancer formation. Cancerous cells are simply cells that do not stop replicating.

A recent study of over 10,000 women found that pre menopausal women who developed breast cancer had a higher percentage of 16-OH than 2-OH estrogen metabolites. And, women who had more 2-OH metabolites had a 40% less likely chance of getting breast cancer.

Not all estrogen metabolites are created equal. The important take home message is that Estrogen is not evil, just certain estrogen metabolites are potentially cancer causing. The good thing is that you can help your body to metabolize towards the anti-cancer metabolites and create less of the cancer causing ones.

Decrease your pesticide exposure and keep a healthy weight. Increase your consumption of cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage) and phyto-estrogen rich foods such as flaxseed. You can even take a supplement called DIM or I3C (concentration of cruciferous vegetables)

These are good tips for everyone, not just the women on bio-identical hormones.

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Cancer Talk

Published on November 5, 2012 by

Cancer and Hormones

The Cancer Talk

Every year cancer takes the lives of hundreds of thousands of men and women in America. Of course, newer treatments are becoming increasingly available. However, more and more people are becoming aware of how much that they can do in order to decrease their risk of getting cancer, and if they get cancer they are more aware of the fact that they can do things that can increase their odds of survival.

By balancing your hormones with bioidentical hormones, eliminating toxins, eating plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, decreasing stress, getting adequate sleep, and maintaining proper nutrient levels; you can take charge of your health and decrease your risk of developing cancer.

If you do get cancer then the better nourished that you are, the more hormonally balanced you are, and the less stressed that you are will help you to fight the cancer and live well long term.

Why wait to have a diagnosis?? Start today by changing to organic fruits and vegetables, and committing to eating 5-9 servings per day. Also, make a commitment to exercise on a regular basis. You can also start incorporating deep breathing every day: this is where you breath slowly in and out (count to 5-7 as you breathe in and as you breathe out) for a full minute and do this several times throughout the day. Each week make yourself a goal to do one more thing towards your health. It all starts with baby steps. Getting bio-identical hormones is one piece of the puzzle. What you do at home, as your lifestyle, has a lot to do with the diseases that you get and also how well you fight them off. Start today with a big list of what you want to improve and then commit to tackling one of those things each week!!

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