Heart disease is a silent illness and often the first symptom is a heart attack. You can use lifestyle and family history as a predictor of a future cardiac event. To make this even more confusing half of those that experience a heart attack will have normal cholesterol. We need better ways to evaluate for heart disease and future risk. The PULS cardiac test looks at biomarkers in your blood at are present early in the development of heart disease. When elevated you can determine the degree of risk and establish a nutritionally based program to reduce the numbers. Over time you can monitor these markers giving you unbiased feedback on your treatment. Follow the link to a fox news video that explains the PLUS cardiac test that we use at our clinic.
What I have realized this that everyone's experience with going keto / low carb is different. Some of the main changes I see are a reduction in blood sugar, sustainable weight loss, improved energy and mental clarity. I would also love to hear your story with the keto diet as I likely can learn from your successes!
At my last talk, we got a lot of great feedback and questions! I thought it would be good to go over some highlights and common questions about keto for weight managment.
- The ketogenic diet is a physiological diet achieved by decreasing simple carbohydrates and increasing healthy fats.
- When carbs are reduced to a certain level your metabolism begins to transition to using fat as its primary fuel source.
- Fats are used to make ketones in the liver. Ketones are used to make energy, lots of energy!
- Your body runs a bit differently on ketones and at first actually has to learn how to use them! This can take a few days to months. Everyone is different depending on age, genetics and health. During this time it's important to take it easy. Some people call this the keto flu. We do not fully understand what causes it though. Some say it's because of detoxification while others say its the changes in water distribution and kidney function.
- Get around the keto flu by drinking lots of water with electrolytes (unless you cannot for medical reasons). Also eating lots of fresh vegetables will help because they are full of natural and highly bioavailable vitamins and minerals.
- In regards to weight loss, we see lots of variation. Most often I see a more of a faster loss of about 5 to 10 lbs in the first 2 weeks. Then less dramatic but sustainable losses over the following months. I have also seen many dramatic changes.
- Having a good support system seems to be key.
- For weight loss, I do not like to focus on calories. This is because not all calories are created equal. For example, a calorie of carbs does not equal a calorie of healthy fat. I prefer focusing on educating a patient on what good keto food looks like. That said sometime we may need to review your macronutrient and calories if things are not going as expected. Eating too little can be a problem for some too. This highlights the importance of individualism in health. Interestingly most people report feeling less hungry on the keto diet so they tend to eat fewer calories.
- Low dietary fiber is a very common problem in our society. It can be easy to not get enough fiber on the keto diet. Fiber is found in vegetables. It helps to slow sugar absorption in the body. It helps make you feel full and go longer between meals. It feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut which will support weight management and cravings! So make sure you are eating your veggies along with your fats.
- To increase your fiber intake eat vegetables with all your main meals. Salads are great!
- Many people report to that they do not like eating fats due to the oily texture. To get around this cover all you vegetables liberally in fats. Avacado oil, olive oil and MCTs are good choices. Add fresh herbs for flavor. Whip to make a creamy dressing or dips.
- A well-rounded keto meal is approximately 60 to 70% of your plate vegetables covered mostly in healthy fats like olive oil. A palm-size seving protein like beef, chicken, pork, or salmon.
- One other interesting thing that often occurs is that many feel a reduction in body size but their weight does not seem to reflect this. This may be due to changes in the other body tissues like bone or muscle. This may be because of an increase in human growth hormone. I will talk more about this in the future!
I look forward to hearing about your health journey with the keto diet.
Dr. Jeffery, ND
During this time of the year, molds and pollen begin to trigger seasonal allergy symptoms. Some of you may be experiencing them now. There are many supplements that can be used to support you during this time. For those with a history of allergies, treatment should be started before the symptoms arise and during the allergy season for best results. Helpful seasonal-allergy supplements include:
- Vitamin C
- Curcuma longa
- Immune modulating probiotics
Autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and even diabetes continue to be on the rise in Canada. Markers of inflammation begin to rise many years before a full autoimmune condition has developed. At an early stage, mild symptoms like migrating skin rashes, fatigue, generalized aches and pains may be the only symptoms. The markers of inflammation that are elevated in the sub-clinical stage are CRP, anti-TPO, and ANA. You may even be able to predict a future autoimmune risk using these markers. Researchers are calling this predictive autoimmunity. This is the best time to treat. A key component to treating these conditions is to find the trigger of inflammation and remove it. Common triggers may be abnormal gut bacteria or other microorganisms, environmental triggers like pollen, molds, pesticides, other chemicals or food sensitivities. Finding the triggers and treating them is by far the most important component for naturally treating immune dysfunction.
Over the past 2 years, Dr. Pincott has been mentoring me on her many protocols. During this time, I have developed a interest with bioresonance therapy or MORA therapy. The MORA machine is used to make remedies of foods or environmental allergens. When these remedies are taken, they help eliminate the allergic response to the substance. This procedure takes about 10 minutes. This desensitization procedure is often repeated three or more times to be fully effective. This procedure of making the MORA remedy is also a bioresonance treatment for the patient and helps the body's vitality in the healing process. A MORA remedy can be made during a regular visit.