Our Best Supplements for Weight Loss

By Mila McManus, M.D.

**Real patient results

Many of you may be wanting to clean up your diet and perhaps shed a few pounds. Needless to say, eat healthfully, eat less, and move more are top three foundational steps to weight loss and weight management. You may be interested to know that there are several supplements that also support weight loss and weight management!  If you are deficient in them, your battle of the bulge may be an uphill one. Consider adding these to your weight loss strategy. 

Collagen[1] – The most abundant protein in the body, collagen makes up the majority of your muscles, ligaments, tendons, and skin.  As we age, we produce less of it, resulting in sagging skin, achy or swollen joints, less energy, and a decline in muscle mass. Adding collagen can help support appetite suppression, satiation, increased lean muscle mass, and improved metabolism.

Curcumin[2] – Found in the Indian spice turmeric, curcumin is an anti-inflammatory agent, and obesity is considered a low grade inflammatory disease. In fact, over-eating causes inflammation. Curcumin also helps to regulate metabolism by increasing a hormone called adiponectin. In one study of 1600 people, curcumin helped reduce weight, inches in the waist, and over all body mass index. Curcumin also helps liver detoxification, and increases fat burning, which in turn boosts weight loss.

5-htp – Naturally occurring in the body, this amino acid derivative is a precursor to serotonin. Serotonin is produced in the intestinal tract and brain and is important for mood, promoting calmness, and sleep.  It can also be helpful with reducing carbohydrate cravings and supporting healthy eating patterns.  (stress eat much??)

Hepatothera[3] – Successful dieting and detoxification require support for the liver to perform its many duties.  This Klaire Labs product is designed to support cellular levels of glutathione, glutathione peroxidase, and super oxide dismutase (SOD) – the crucial antioxidants that protect hepatocytes and help detoxify everyday foreign substances helping to strengthen the liver against every day challenges.  Moreover, some studies suggest that, because toxins are stored in our fat cells, the more toxins we carry, the more fat the body wants to make to sequester them.

Fiber – Essential to good gut health, fiber cleanses the intestinal tract.  It is essential to keeping bowels moving, assists with feelings of fullness, and feeds your favorable gut bacteria. It is important to drink plenty of water when taking fiber.

L-Tyrosine – This amino acid helps to boost chemicals in the brain that affect energy, mood, and appetite.  It is also a precursor to thyroid hormone.

So eat healthfully, eat less, move more,  and consider complementing your efforts with one or more of these supplements, all available in our office. Cheers to better health!

[1] https://www.naturalhealthynews.com/4-of-the-best-supplements-for-weight-loss/, published Saturday, December 12, 2020

[2] https://www.naturalhealthynews.com/4-of-the-best-supplements-for-weight-loss/, published Saturday, December 12, 2020

[3] https://klaire.com/hep-hepatothera, accessed on 12/16/2020

By |2021-01-12T10:10:53-06:00January 13th, 2021|General|

COVID/Flu Protection For the Winter

By Mila McManus, M.D.

COVID and the flu will travel into the new year with us, so I wanted to remind everyone to please support your immune system and overall health to avoid bad outcomes. I recommend a foundational daily minimum of vitamin D3, a multivitamin, and a quality probiotic. Preventing any illness means staying true to an integrative approach that is attentive to all of the key pillars of your health.  Those key pillars include:

  • A whole food diet and good hydration – maintaining balanced blood sugar is key (did you know that sugar immediately suppresses your immune system for up to several hours?)
  • Moderate exercise
  • Keep the gut healthy – easy on the alcohol, sugar, wheat, and pain relievers, while taking your probiotic and drinking bone broth
  • Get quality rest and sleep
  • Avoid toxins and support detoxification – see gut health above and step into the IR sauna too!
  • Manage stress – take time for quiet meditation, practice yoga and/or deep breathing exercises
  • Make use of appropriate supplementation – see below

For most, a healthy diet still cannot provide adequate nutrition for a strong immune system because of poor food quality, daily stressors, and the toxicity of our world.   For those with compromised immune systems, or who are living and working in higher exposure areas, or traveling, a selection from the following supplements would be wise protective additions.

All of these options, along with common sense measures such as thorough hand washing and avoiding crowds, will help to make your holiday season and winter a healthy experience.  If you are unsure about which supplements would be best for you, consult with our medical providers for a customized plan that’s right for you.

By |2020-12-09T15:52:23-06:00December 11th, 2020|General|

Nebulizer Solution Available

Nebulizer treatments are great for Sinus Congestion!  Can also help with infections, headaches and migraines, asthma, and allergies!
Can be done in office or at home.

Take Home Solution:

$29, 1 dose

$49, 2 doses

In office: (unless you have COVID, of course, then see the at-home options above please)

$39 per session

Solution:

  • DMSO (or Silver Sol used for patients with Sulfur allergies) -helps the vitamin C and magnesium penetrate into tissues. Also a great biofilm buster!)
  • liquid Magnesium (opens airways, can alleviate headaches)
  • liquid Vitamin C (natural antimicrobial, antihistamine)

*   One nebulizer mask with tubing included per purchase

 

By |2020-12-09T16:04:08-06:00December 11th, 2020|General|

Benefits of ONDAMED include:

• Increases oxygenation and circulation
• Stimulates detoxification and supports weight loss
• Reduces pain, swelling, inflammation
• Speeds healing and repair
• Improves sleep and mental focus
• Reduces effects of Wi-Fi and cell phone EMF

10,000+  scientific  papers  and  2000+ double  blinded studies to back up its claims

Read more about Energy Medicine here.

Listen to Dr. McManus explain ONDAMED on Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution podcast here.

Schedule your appointments today!

By |2020-12-09T13:09:13-06:00December 11th, 2020|General|

Do you or your family suffer from seasonal allergies? 

Do you want to avoid the pain and inconvenience of allergy shots? 
 
Would you like to treat your environmental allergies in the comfort and convenience of your home? 
 
Now is the time to try sublingual immunotherapy!
 
$150 off testing
 
Appointment must be scheduled by Dec 31st and testing done by Jan 31st, 2021.
 
Call 281.298.6742 or email info@TWIHW.com today for details!  
By |2020-11-23T12:39:53-06:00November 16th, 2020|General|

Triggering Autophagy through Nutrition

by Nancy Mehlert, MS

What in the world is aah-TAAH-fuh-jee you ask?  “Auto” means self and “phagy” means eat.  Thus the literal meaning is “self-eating”.  It is the natural way that the body cleans out accumulated debris, including toxins and damaged cells, to make way for regeneration of newer, healthier cells. Read What is Autophagy? for more information.

Your dietary choices have a direct impact, for better or worse, on processes like inflammation and autophagy. There are several dietary choices we can avoid if we want to stimulate autophagy. We will describe two of the most significant here and then list food-specific do’s and don’ts.

  • mTOR, or the Mammalian Target of Rapamycin, is a complex protein that serves as the body’s most important nutrient pathway. When mTOR is stimulated, muscle-building is promoted.  When mTOR is not stimulated, it instructs the cell to turn on the repair and maintenance processes, one of which is autophagy.  Both actions are necessary.  mTOR is stimulated when we eat large amounts of protein, preventing the body from effectively cleaning out debris and damaged cells. Virtually all cancers are associated with mTOR activation.  When fully grown humans consume significant protein without doing adequate exercise to build additional muscle, then overstimulating the mTOR pathway becomes a very inflammatory process. Balance with protein is key.  Yes we need it for essential bodily processes, but too much is harmful[i].
  • Insulin is a hormone that controls nutrient storage. When we eat, we secrete insulin into the bloodstream to usher nutrients into the right storage places. If there are excess carbohydrates in the diet, they are converted by insulin to fat. The lower your average insulin level, the slower the aging process.  Lower insulin levels activate autophagy; high levels, especially chronically, result in inhibiting autophagy, adding to inflammation, and ultimately leading to disease and faster aging.

With these two concepts in mind, here are dietary do’s and don’ts for staying young and healthy:

  • Intermittent fasting even for a couple days a week for at least 16-17 hours will activate autophagy. An example of this would be to finish dinner by 7:00 p.m. and then sleep through the night not eating again until noon the next day. Water and coffee are fine during the fast.
  • Examine Protein Intake. Reduce daily protein intake to 15-20 grams a few days a week. Many Americans consume 8-15 or more ounces of protein every day. Six ounces of meat is equivalent to 50 g of protein, a healthy range for a person weighing about 130-135 lbs. with 25% body fat. But in order to trigger autophagy, this amount can be lowered to 15-20 grams which equates to only 2 ½ ounces of protein. Most of us could reduce significant inflammation by increasing healthy fats and vegetables and reducing our meat portions.
  • Examine Carbohydrate Intake. Depending on weight, age, height, metabolic rate, and health status, carbohydrate needs vary widely. With a Metabolic test, we can determine the correct carbohydrate intake for you to maintain your current weight, or lose weight.
  • Eat at the same time each day and avoid snacking prior to bedtime (avoid food 3 or more hours before bedtime). Sleep is not for digesting, but rather restoration, healing, cleaning (autophagy) and resetting.
  • Avoid sugars and processed foods, dairy, and hydrogenated oils. These foods hinder the role of your mitochondria where some autophagy occurs, diminishing their function and causing inflammation.
  • More good autophagy-inducing foods include curcumin, organic green tea, organic coffee, Reishi mushrooms, ginseng, garlic, pomegranate, elderberries, ginger, and cinnamon.

If you are interested in your personal ideal carbohydrate and protein needs, call (281) 298-6742 to schedule an appointment with our Staff Nutrition expert, Nancy Mehlert MS, for a Metacheck and private nutrition consultation.

[i] J.Mercola, Fat for Fuel, (Carlsbad, CA: Hay House,Inc.,2017) p. 51-52.

 

By |2020-11-10T08:37:42-06:00November 10th, 2020|General, NANCY’S NUTRITIONAL NUGGET|

What is Autophagy?

By Mila McManus, M.D.

What in the world is aah-TAAH-fuh-jee you ask?  “Auto” means self and “phagy” means eat.  Thus the literal meaning is “self-eating”.  It is the natural way that the body cleans out accumulated debris, including toxins and damaged cellular components, to make way for regeneration of newer, healthier cells. Autophagy takes place in every cell, except for red blood cells.

We have trillions of cells in the body that carry out numerous tasks.  Some give the body shape and form; others take in nutrients from food.  Some make energy while others are disposing of waste. Cells build proteins and provide your brain with information.   As they perform all of these duties, they suffer some damage.  Overall cellular function suffers when the damaged, impaired cells and cellular components are in the way.  This is the aging process we experience in life at the cellular level. Damage leads to disease, and eventually to death. There is good news……

Autophagy is the process through which the body works toward self-healing, wherein your healthy cells devour damaged and non-functioning cells. The devoured cell parts can be used for energy, as well as for building blocks to create new cells, proteins, etc.  When autophagy is inhibited through poor diet, excessive oxidants, and inflammation, the cellular trash lingers, builds up, and perpetuates inflammation, which affects how well a cell can function, and most often leads to disease and the acceleration of the aging process. 

If your goal is to stay healthy and age more slowly, pay attention to autophagy.  Thankfully, there are ways to trigger, induce, and enhance autophagy, even in an aging body:

  • Fasting for 16 hours or more, when it is most widely agreed this is when the body begins to address cell damage via autophagy (always check with your medical provider to determine if fasting is a wise choice for you).

 

  • Protein fasting is a good alternative if you cannot go without food completely. This involves reducing protein intake 2 to 3 days a week down to 15-20 grams per day.*[1] (a raw boneless skinless chicken breast yields about 3 ounces of cooked chicken, or 21 g of protein)

 

  • Exercise (Yup, one more reason to do it!) 30 minutes a day is enough to induce the process, and any kind of exercise is fine.

 

  • Sleep quality is critical, and autophagy is most effective if you maintain a steady life rhythm for waking and retiring, eating, and exercising. Plan for 7-9 hours of sleep, getting away from electronics 2 hours before bedtime, and preparing a cool room. The fewer electronics in the bedroom, the better you will achieve deep restorative sleep and autophagy function at night.

 

  • Diet is always important for improved health. Garbage in equals an inflammatory garbage pile up, especially if you are aging faster than your body can perform autophagy! Consuming high amounts of healthy, undamaged fats, and very low carbohydrates mostly found in fresh vegetables, with moderate quantities of quality protein, will almost mimic fasting in some ways. Fewer carbs results in a metabolic state called ketosis which can trigger autophagy.  (Read Triggering Autophagy through Nutrition, to learn some do’s and don’ts as well as foods that hurt or help autophagy.)

 

[1] There are 7 grams of protein in 1 ounce of cooked meat.

By |2020-11-10T07:31:12-06:00November 10th, 2020|General|

Product of the Month Resveragen™

Klaire Labs®

Resveratrol is found in plants where it is designed to help increase the life span of the plant by making them resistant to disease, injury, and stressors. In the human body, resveratrol is known for a host of anti-aging protective benefits including[1]:

  • Combating damaging free radicals in the body
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties
  • Has an especially potent neuroprotective effect
  • Improves mitochondrial health by promoting autophagy (self-cleaning), see Main Article
  • Protecting against depression
  • Improving brain blood flow and suppressing brain inflammation
  • May be able to make cancerous tumors more vulnerable to conventional cancer treatments (i.e. chemotherapy and radiation) and reduce side effects of treatment

Resveratrol is a polyphenolic compound with antioxidant activity found in grapes, wine, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, mulberries, pomegranate, ginger, and organic dark chocolate or raw cacao. The typical 5-oz glass of red wines contains about 0.5 mg trans-resveratrol.  It would take approximately 500 glasses to obtain what is found in one capsule of Resveragen.  Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) root extract has been concentrated and standardized to 50% trans-resveratrol.  Each capsule provides 250 mg elemental trans-resveratrol[2].

To clarify, drinking wine is not the way to ensure optimal levels! Unfortunately,  the alcohol counteracts the resveratrol benefit by elevating insulin levels and having neurotoxic effects.  While muscadine grapes are known for high levels of resveratrol, most of which resides in the skin and seeds, this is also a high sugar source, detrimental to your glucose levels, especially if you are insulin resistant.  In addition to the foods listed at the beginning of the article, you may want to look into itadori tea, also made from the Japanese knotweed.  Optimal levels may best be accomplished through supplementation and should be discussed with your functional medicine provider.

[1] https://articles.mercola.com/vitamins-supplements/resveratrol.aspx

[2] Klaire Labs, 2019 Practitioner Product Catalog, Resveragen, pg. 82.

 

 

By |2020-11-10T08:43:25-06:00November 10th, 2020|General|

Pomegranate, Ginger, and Cashew Dressing

Try this healthy salad dressing recipe for some extra spice.  It’s also yeast free and qualified during your Health Reset Protocol.

Ingredients:

½ cup pomegranate juice

½ cup avocado or olive oil

½ cup cashews

1 tablespoon fresh ginger

2 tablespoon xylitol, monk Fruit, or erythritol

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Ideas:

  • Dress up broccoli or cabbage slaw
  • Toss with grapefruit sections and avocado
  • Marinate some raw or slightly steamed skinny haricot verts or for a new take on a green bean salad.
  • Toss with tender greens such as baby butter lettuce, spinach, or field greens
  • Toss with diced Bartlett pear and Honeycrisp apple
  • Toss with cubed, cooked, red and orange beets
By |2020-12-30T16:35:22-06:00November 10th, 2020|General, Recipes|

They treat the issues, not just the symptoms.

by K.B

Dr. McManus and her entire team take a no-nonsense approach to healthcare and look at the root causes of issues. They treat the issues, not just the symptoms. I love that they don’t immediately turn to big-pharma for the answer! They truly care about you and your health for the long-term!

By |2020-11-10T08:45:17-06:00November 10th, 2020|General, Testimonials|
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