Vitamins to Boost your Metabolism

Vitamins to Boost your Metabolism

Four Vitamins to Feed your Metabolism

As you age, your metabolism tends to decelerate by about 5% for every decade of life past age 40. With that in mind, taking specific vitamins to boost your metabolism can help combat this natural decline.

B-Vitamins

B-vitamins are at the top of the list for vitamins that maintain a healthy metabolism. In fact, B vitamins are essential for healthy metabolism functioning, as they help our body get the maximum use out of nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

As you grow older and your metabolism naturally slows down, B vitamins can help you boost your metabolism and maintain a healthy weight. Each B vitamin has specific functions, so look out for B-complex vitamins, which contain all eight B vitamins.

L-Glutamine

L-glutamine is an incredible multi-tasker. It’s the most abundant amino acid in your bloodstream, and it protects against muscle wasting, while also boosting your cellular growth and repair. That makes glutamine an excellent choice for faster post-workout recovery. It can also help to raise growth hormones, which increases your resting metabolic rate and boosts fat burning. You’ll find a hefty dose of this potent amino acid in the Gut Be Calm™.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D can complement the function of some female hormones and these vitamin-hormone interactions play a beneficial role in weight loss. Adequate levels of vitamin D may also help prevent depression, according to some research.

Tip: You might want to consider taking a vitamin D supplement if you spend most of your days indoors.

Berberine

Meet your new weight loss bestie! This is because berberine helps prevent fat storage, balances insulin sensitivity, and increases the hormone, leptin, which helps you crush cravings and burn fat. I use it often for my patients who have insulin resistance or diabetes to help manage their blood sugar as well.

Remember, no supplement will take the place of a nourishing, balanced diet, regular exercise, and healthy sleep and stress management habits. But if you’re looking for an all-natural advantage, the 4 supplements above are a great start. You can receive them in shot form at The Vitamin Shot Bar or via a custom-made IV for an even stronger effect!

Got Low Testosterone?

Got Low Testosterone?

Have you Lost your Drive?

In my Practice, I often work together with men in finding solutions to their lack of “drive”. This lack of ambition effects all areas of desire including passion, mood, and motivation in both personal and work related avenues of their lives. The hidden root of the cause for the lack of enthusiasm is most commonly associated with low testosterone.

People with higher testosterone and a healthier hormonal profile take more risks and are more successful in accomplishing what they want in life. The conventional cure for low testosterone involves pharmaceuticals (a gel or pill) that will affect your body’s natural hormone production, so identifying the original cause and solving the case naturally should be your go-to strategy.

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If you know for a fact that your testosterone levels are low, identifying these below and working to improve them can help build your testosterone levels naturally:

1. Reduce Excess Body Fat

If you have belly bulge, it’s time to let that go. The fat tissue that comes from inactivity and eating poorly enhances and enzyme that has the power to take your free testosterone (the bioavailable testosterone) and turn it into estrogen. When estrogen is elevated, testosterone plummets so it’s imperative to keep body fat at a healthy level. Essentially, lower body fat means higher testosterone, higher libido, more energy, and more ambition.

2. Consider Fasting (Periodically)

Short-term fasts, have been shown to increase testosterone levels significantly! By short-term I’m referring to about 14 to 16 hours without food. Allowing your body the opportunity to use more of it’s fat stores for energy will help with weight loss.  It’s a simple habit to start implementing; wake up, drink some delicious black or matcha tea, and skip breakfast. Easy as that.

3. Check your Blood

Low testosterone isn’t the only culprit responsible for the lack of momentum in your life. High blood sugar, cortisol, and inflammation are likely suspects as well as Vitamin D and Vitamin B deficiencies. Every six months, make sure to get a some blood work done to assess where the imbalances are coming from. The sooner you know, the more likely you will be able to take preventative measure from (unknowingly) making the situation worse.

For help in balancing your hormones naturally, contact the office to schedule your appointment today.

Fight the Flu Naturally

Fight the Flu Naturally

Devastating Flu in Southern California

California hospitals have been compared to a war zone with emergency tents used for major disasters set up in parking lots to treat patients suffering from this year’s deadly flu outbreak.

This year’s outbreak is on track to becoming one of the worst flu seasons in recent history due to a deadly strand that has so far killed 85 adults and 20 children nationwide as the numbers continue to climb.
Health officials said the flu has killed more than 42 people under the age of 65 in California.

There are many different types of flu circulating around the world, but four main types are being seen, or are set to emerge this Winter. The flu shot will simply not be effective in helping to avoid these four strains; not to mention the deleterious effects the flu shot will cause.

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What can you do to avoid the flu and it’s various strains? Do everything possible to boost your immune system with these helpful tips:

1. Optimize your Vitamin D levels to feed your natural immune response.
2. Avoid sugar and alcohol consumption that normally suppress your immunity.
3. Sleep a minimum of 7-8 hours a night.
4. Receive regular glutathione IVs to enhance your immune system dramatically.

Glutathione is Mother Nature’s most powerful antioxidant that the body produces innately. But stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, and exposure to the common cold and flu will significantly impair the body’s own production.

 

To supercharge your immune system and prevent the flu naturally, schedule your appointment today to receive your glutathione IV.

Most Important Vitamins for Vegans

Most Important Vitamins for Vegans

Most Important Vitamins for Vegans

A vegan diet certainly has health advantages. Compared to a meat-based diet, it’s been tied to lower blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, lower blood pressure and protection from heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Meeting daily nutrient needs on a vegan diet requires much needed attention through diet or supplementation. While some can meet the minimum intakes through oral vitamins and minerals, other require a much more robust administration, such as those found in an intravenous (IV) dose.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin playing an important role in cell metabolism. B12 consists of a small group of compounds called the cobalamins and is important for healthy blood and growth, child development, and also helps to keep the eyes, brain and nervous system functioning normally.This nutrient is of concern because it’s not naturally present in plants; natural vitamin B12 is found only in animal foods – meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy. Vitamin B12 is added to plant beverages as well as ready-to-eat breakfast cereals and some soy products such as veggie burgers and veggie dogs. Check the nutrition label to see if B12 is added to these foods. Nutritional yeast, sold in natural food stores, is also high in vitamin B12 which is a tasty alternative often used in place of natural “cheesy” flavors.

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Vitamin D

You can’t rely on diet – vegan or otherwise – to provide the daily 1,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D typically recommended.Sunshine, not food, is where most of your vitamin D comes from. So even a healthy, well balanced diet, that provides all the other vitamins and goodness you need, is unlikely to provide enough vitamin D.

What is vitamin D?

You make vitamin D under your skin when you are outside in daylight, which is the reason vitamin D is sometimes called the ‘sunshine vitamin’. A vitamin is something that helps our body function ~ a ‘nutrient’ – that we cannot make in our body. Vitamin D is different because even though we call it a vitamin, it is actually a hormone and we can make it in our body.

What does vitamin D do in my body?

Vitamin D works with calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones, muscles and teeth. Even if you have a calcium-rich diet (for example from eating plenty of low-fat dairy foods and green leafy vegetables), without enough vitamin D you cannot absorb the calcium into your bones and cells where it is needed.

When is vitamin D made in skin?

The amount of vitamin D you make depends on how strong the sunlight is. You will make more in the middle of the day, when the sun is strongest. You will also make more when you are in direct sunlight than in the shade or on a cloudy day.

Which foods contain vitamin D?

Help your body get more vitamin D by eating plenty of vitamin D rich foods, including:oily fish such as salmon, sardines, pilchards, trout, herring, kippers and eel contain reasonable amounts of vitamin D

  • cod liver oil contains a lot of vitamin D (don’t take this if you are pregnant)
  • egg yolk, meat, offal and milk contain small amounts but this varies during the seasons
  • margarine, some breakfast cereals, infant formula milk and some yogurts have added or are ‘fortified’ with vitamin D

What’s the Best Way to Supplement with Vitamin D?

Because oral supplementation only allows for about 60-70% absorption of anything we take into our body, the most effective method used for Vitamin D supplementation would be through an intramuscular injection of Vitamin D, where 100% of the vitamin is absorbed immediately.

To find out where you can receive your Vitamin B12 or Vitamin D Shot, please visit us here.