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Demystifying detox: The science behind it, and how it will work for you

Demystifying detox: The science behind it, and how it will work for you

2021 is finally here! Among many things 2020 has taught us, being grateful and enjoying life with basic necessities precedes all. However, being home in quarantine has resulted in fewer physical activities, high stress levels, weight fluctuations, and mental exhaustion. So, if kicking off the new year with hopes for a healthier you is in the cards, detox is for you.

Detoxification is an essential function of our body. Many people associate detoxification with starvation, liquid diets, or juice cleanses, but those methods don’t allow the body to heal and repair. Proper detoxification starts with establishing your baseline health and needs.

Detox is a natural process

At all times, multiple metabolic processes are taking place simultaneously in the body to maintain homeostasis. Detoxification is one of these metabolic processes. In simple words, it’s a process through which the body eliminates unwanted substances through sweat, breath, mucus in the airway, stool, and urine. Under “normal” circumstances the body is self-sufficient in taking care of this process. But our life is far from the “normal” of thousands of years ago when our metabolic processes evolved. We now eat processed foods laced with chemicals to improve the shelf life instead of whole foods. We do not follow the sun cycle with which our circadian rhythm is tied. We are awake and eating when the sun is down and sleep when the sun is shining brightly. We apply antiperspirant and deodorant to minimize sweating as the odor is socially unacceptable. And the list goes on… As you may have already concluded, avoiding all toxic exposure is not possible with our modern lifestyle.

An overloaded detoxification pathway may lead to clinical patterns such as chronic fatigue, autoimmune disease, chronic constipation, mood disorder, sleep disturbances, or endocrine disruption. Food and nutraceuticals that support liver biotransformation may help alleviate the toxic burden, allowing the body to operate more efficiently and improve resilience. In resistant cases, genotyping can assist in deciding appropriate diet, food preparation, and eating patterns to induce the appropriate phase I and phase II enzymes responsible for balanced detoxification of exogenous molecules and biotransformation of endogenous metabolic by-products.

Detox must be personalized

Before you begin this rejuvenating process of detox, it’s prudent to understand that detoxification is a highly personalized process that needs to be adjusted to meet your needs depending on your current health and lifestyle. If you are suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, etc. you need a thorough evaluation and careful follow-up through this process. In the clinic, we can do blood and urine tests for biomarkers that indicate areas of deficiency. People can also do a self-assessment to determine if they have a toxic overload. If they are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, foggy brain, diarrhea or constipation, bloating, cravings, and eczema, those are indications that the system isn’t in homeostasis.

The Heal n Cure Detox Food Plan benefits patients by helping them eat more of those foods that support pathways in the liver for healthy elimination, as well as reduce additional exposures to toxic compounds. We utilize the phytonutrient-dense Detox Food Plan to support intestinal and liver function during the metabolic detoxification process. Cruciferous vegetables, berries, soy, garlic, and spices like turmeric support the biotransformation of polychlorinated biphenyls. There are no caloric limits with this eating plan, but rather the focus is on the quality of healthy fats, whole grains, legumes, abundant greens, and other vegetables to ensure that metabolic detoxification processes have a good nutritional foundation. Consuming phytonutrient-dense and diverse food aids the detoxification process. The bottom line is that while green, non-starchy vegetables are essential for detoxification, it is important to eat a rainbow of colors every day. A healthy detox gives you nourishment from eating whole foods in a systematic manner, including lentils, nuts, produce, and whole grains. These foods supply the macronutrients you need for energy, and fiber to encourage regular digestion. Fruits and vegetables are nutrient-dense and contain prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and phytochemicals that help support the liver. Micronutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, can also come from supplements, herbs, and essential oils. Giving the body proper nutrition is the best way for it to begin to repair and heal, as well as build up healthy gut bacteria.

The science behind the detox

While certain foods support the body’s natural detoxification pathways, food-based toxicant exposures may contribute to poor health. Metallic compounds in seafood, pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables, and hormones found in many dairy products are examples. Glyphosate, malathion, parathion, and dimethoate are known for their endocrine-disrupting potential. They have been associated with effects on the function of cholinesterase enzymes; a decrease in insulin secretion; disruption of normal cellular metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats; genotoxic effects; and effects on mitochondrial function, which can lead to cellular oxidative stress and problems with the nervous and endocrine systems. Neonicotinoid pesticides are used on crops like corn, canola, soybeans, and the majority of fruits and vegetables. Neonicotinoids have been associated with colony collapse disorder in honey bees. Neonicotinoids may stimulate a change in the enzyme aromatase (CYP19) in a promoter-specific manner similar to that observed in patients with hormone-dependent breast cancer. Glyphosate, found in the common weed killer Roundup, has been linked to cancers like non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In addition to cancer, studies suggest that organophosphates may be tied to a wide variety of other negative health effects, including ADHD, muscle weakness, and numbness.

Dr. Meena’s Vital Dose for Detox

Dr. Meena’s Vital Dose for Detox supports your body’s innate ability to detoxify your body. A few of the vast array of phytonutrients included for this purpose are curcumin, quercetin, and resveratrol. These have been reported to stimulate the expression of endogenous detoxification enzymes and may neutralize harmful environmental agents. Phytonutrients in cruciferous vegetables (including a rich amount of glucosinolates that are hydrolyzed to bioactive isothiocyanates such as sulforaphane) regulate liver enzymes, phase I cytochrome P450 (CYP450) enzymes, and phase II conjugation enzymes to increase biotransformation rates. Polyphenols also affect CYP450metabolism, supporting the biotransformation processes—particularly of estrogen.

Demystifying detox: The science behind it, and how it will work for you
Detox Blog – Dr. Meena | Top Functional Medicine Doctor in Chicago

A structured elimination diet along with the nutraceuticals unique to your biochemistry, followed by careful reintroduction of macronutrients, results in long-standing benefits. The duration of the detox will vary depending on your baseline health and biomarkers and can vary from a few days to a few months. The healthier you are, to begin with, the quicker your body will be able to reach homeostasis. Just as we need to clean our house as frequently as we make it messy, or clean our house to the same degree that we create a mess, we need to give our bodies some attention to support detoxification. Even if we don’t make any mess, we still need to clean our house once in a while. The same is true for the detoxification of our bodies. Put the practices of detox into your daily life as much as possible by consuming nutrient-dense food, staying hydrated, exercising, and making sleep and stress management a priority. This will improve your biochemical individuality and allow your body to function more efficiently in between detoxes. Above all, be respectful of your body and give it the building blocks to heal.

Gut Health is where Health Begins

Gut Health is where Health Begins

About a hundred million Americans suffer from some form of digestive problem. Our digestive system works 24/7 to transform the food we eat into molecules our bodies can use. Dysfunction in this system can wreak havoc throughout the body. It has been linked to allergies, asthma, eczema, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, and chronic fatigue among numerous other health issues. More than 40% of people worldwide have functional gastrointestinal disorders, with women reporting greater prevalence than men. “Functional” GI disorders can be difficult to diagnose with traditional testing.

What is Leaky Gut?

A common functional GI disorder is Leaky Gut or Intestinal Permeability. Leaky Gut occurs when cells in the lining of the GI tract, which are tightly sealed together in a healthy gut, become loose in genetically susceptible individuals, due to chronic exposure to nutrient-depleted and synthetic foods. Over time these leaky junctions lead to a trajectory of a plethora of allergy spectrum disorders like asthma, hives, eczema, rhinitis, headaches as well as autoimmunities like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Therapeutically beneficial healthy fats including medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), omega-3 sources, and butyric-acid and vitamin A–rich ghee, and bone broth (rich in L-glutamine) help heal intestinal hyperpermeability.

Deficiency of the enzyme diamine oxidase [DAO] in our gut lining, which is responsible for breaking down histamine, causes histamine levels to rise. This frequently results in chronic allergies, eczema, as well as irritable bowel disease. Replacing DAO, if you are deficient in that enzyme, provides significant interim relief. Systematic, structured dietary interventions help restore gut health to minimize long-term dependence on exogenous enzymes.

The Microbiome is important

We have far more bacterial DNA in our body than our own DNA. The balance of the microbiome in our gut relates to sensitivity and susceptibility to gut symptoms. Supporting a healthy and balanced intestinal microbial community is essential for the integrity of the immune system. The disruption of the ecosystem in our gut is linked to obesity, Parkinson’s disease, constipation, and susceptibility to numerous psychiatric disorders. A Functional Medicine approach to improve gut health includes nutritional interventions that reduce the fermentation of carbohydrates in the gut to help address bacterial and fungal overgrowth, as well as an elimination diet that removes trigger foods to potentially reduce inflammation. Meal spacing and intermittent fasting can help alleviate slow bowel motility.

Treating Leaky Gut

Personalized therapeutic interventions that focus on modifiable lifestyle factors optimize immune system function while supporting gut health. Such lifestyle modifications can include the following:

  • Therapeutic food plans
  • Multi-strain probiotic supplementation
  • Restorative sleep
  • Movement and exercise plans
  • Reduction of dietary triggers and toxic exposures
  • Stress management or transformation

The Gut-Brain connection

Neurogastroenterology, which is a subspecialty of gastroenterology that overlaps with neurology, encompasses the study of the brain, the gut, and their interactions. The bidirectional communication along the gut-brain axis involves endocrine, immune, autonomic (sympathetic and parasympathetic), central (CNS), and enteric nervous systems (ENS). In addition to neurotransmitters, peptide hormones released from the gut also contribute to bidirectional gut-brain communication through binding receptors on immune cells and vagus nerve terminals. The evidence tying depression with gut permeability and microbiota composition is piling up. Simply put, the gut and brain are strongly connected!

What about IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a complex syndrome with many underlying subtypes. It can present as constipation or diarrhea predominantly or associated with pain/cramp with bowel movements. Bile acid dysfunctions, SIBO, SIFO, food intolerance, nutritional deficiency and stress are a few known precipitating factors. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and Small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO) are associated with higher prevalence of papulopustular rosacea, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Bile acids promote intestinal motility. Bile acid blockers ( medication or lifestyle ) can help with diarrhea. Swedish bitters, bitter greens, ginger, and fennel seeds help with promoting intestinal motility. Hence can help with constipation. Low Vitamin D3 levels are associated with higher severity of abdominal pain and distension, flatulence, and overall GI symptoms. D3 supplementation modulates interleukin-6 which is an inflammatory marker. Hence relieving the pain associated with IBS. Targeted treatment leads to the best outcomes

The relationship between gastrointestinal dysfunction, nutrition, and chronic disease is multifaceted, compelling, and complex. At Heal n Cure, we have the foundational background, insights, and the capability for in-depth clinical analysis to confidently treat patients with comorbidities fueled by gastrointestinal dysfunction.

To learn more about the treatment, schedule a free 15-minute consultation with our Wellness Coordinator or call our office (847) 686-4444

Understanding menopause symptoms and how to find relief

Understanding menopause symptoms and how to find relief

If menopause is a “normal” phase of life, why do I feel so far from normal?

Let’s talk about Menopause!!! Menopause is a phase in your life which you enter when menstruation has stopped for twelve or more months. Typically it starts between the ages of 45-53. Symptoms vary from woman to woman. Common menopause symptoms are hot flashes, sleep disruption, sudden weight gain, anxiety, loss of bone density, thinning hair, or decreased sex drive. A common misconception is that estrogen levels get diminished during menopause while many postmenopausal women have plenty of estrogen, but in reality, several other hormone levels are out of whack. Menopause symptoms may be a natural phenomenon, but there is no reason to believe we can’t make this phase of life as enjoyable as possible. Let’s consider the facts and myths surrounding menopause.

First, we are all stressed. While we cannot change the stressors of your life, we can modify how your body reacts to stress to minimize the harm. Chronic stress brings unfavorable biochemical, neurological, and cellular changes to your body. When your ovary starts to shrivel during “normal” menopause, the adrenal gland, responsible for energy, mental clarity, and mood, comes to the rescue and provides relief. Menopausal sufferings become more pronounced when perimenopausal stress has burnt out the adrenal glands leaving you devoid of this natural relief, a condition called adrenal fatigue.

Second, let’s consider why your positive mindset, metabolism, and sex drive have gone down in menopause. Testosterone, which is erroneously thought of as just a male hormone, is responsible for a positive mindset, good metabolism, and healthy sex drive in women. Even though women need only small amounts of testosterone, low testosterone in women is a rather common occurrence. Because of toxicity which accumulates over decades in your body, this testosterone gets converted to bad estrogen which increases the risk of cancer. Testosterone is made in the ovary and in the adrenal gland. Shriveled ovaries and fatigued adrenals cause all sorts of problems in our mental, physical, and sexual well being. You may be thinking that testosterone will mess up your skin or hair, but that is far from true. Optimization of hormones, especially testosterone replacement, is about hitting the bullseye. Acne and abnormal hair growth occur when the bullseye is missed.

Third, a common complaint around menopause is thinning of hair. All of the hormones: estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, and insulin need to be working in harmony for lush, shiny, and smooth youthful hair. Their imbalance during menopause causes hair thinning. Adequate intake of protein and vegetables help support your hair, but only in a setting of balanced hormones. Estrogen and testosterone are also the cornerstones of good bone health. However, estrogen going through the wrong metabolic pathways is linked to a variety of hormone-dependent tumors like breast, ovarian, colon, and endometrial cancer. Hence, detoxification is a crucial safety step to follow before initiating bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Fourth is disturbed sleep with a range of symptoms: not being able to fall asleep, waking up several times a night, and not feeling refreshed in the morning. Relative progesterone, melatonin, and GABA imbalances cause nonrestorative sleep. Low progesterone due to progesterone steal effect induced from chronic stress and leaky gut is to blame for this imbalance.

The optimal balance of all of your hormones leads to an enhanced quality of life. At Heal n Cure, we can help you achieve optimal hormone balance starting with a comprehensive analysis of where you stand.

Win the battle against Obesity

Win the battle against Obesity

Many associate obesity with sloth and deficient self-control. They believe it can be cured simply by avoiding food that is high in carbohydrate and sugar content. Almost everyone knows this, but in the heat of the moment, it can be difficult to implement this discipline. Very often obesity has underlying causes that can’t be addressed only with diet and exercise. That is why it is best to treat obesity as a disease.

Today, there are far too many conflicting ‘tips’ on reducing weight and curing obesity, which makes it difficult to separate facts from myths. We want to debunk common myths about obesity and recommend a scientific approach to dealing with it.

What is obesity?

Traditionally, obesity is determined based on your body mass index (BMI). Here’s how to calculate BMI: Divide your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. You can also get your BMI by dividing your weight in pounds by the square of your height in inches and multiplying the result by 703. The traditional BMI based classification is as follows:

The fact is there are many “skinny but fat” as well as “chunky but healthy” people to whom this standard does not apply. What really matters is the ratio of fat mass to lean mass in the body. A metabolically healthy body has less fat mass than lean mass. So, even if your BMI is in the normal range, you are susceptible to the metabolic consequences of obesity like diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, etc if your fat mass is more than your lean mass… Conversely, if your lean mass exceeds the mass of fat in your body, then metabolically your health is sound even though you may look chunky. That is why it is critical to discover the percent of fat mass in the body before embarking on a treatment program for obesity.

The distribution of fat is as important as the amount of fat

The adipose tissue beneath the skin is called subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT), whereas the one lining internal organs is termed visceral adipose tissue (VAT). Adverse metabolic impact of obesity depends upon the location of fat deposits. Visceral adipose tissue (VAT) exerts a harmful effect on metabolic homeostasis, but of more importance is the ratio of VAT to subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT). The ratio between abdominal VAT/SAT is an independent predictor of death and coronary events, irrespective of cardiovascular risk factors,

Why do we have fat, to begin with?

Adipose tissue is a loose connective tissue mostly composed of adipocytes. It plays a major role in storage of energy, but also serves as an important cushion and insulates the body from heat and cold.

Fat is more than a passive depot of extra energy

Besides its passive function, adipose tissue can become a major endocrine organ. Increased production of pro-inflammatory adipokines molecules by VAT causes insulin resistance, leptin resistance, hepatic steatosis (fatty liver), metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and an exaggerated inflammatory state. Adipose tissue is also a source of bad estrogen. The colon is surrounded by mesenteric visceral body fat. Based on intimate connection, it has been hypothesized that VAT-produced metabolites may have a direct influence on obesity-associated colon cancer aggressiveness and progression. It’s safe to conclude that VAT is a pathogenic fat deposit.

Determining the root cause of obesity is a must

It is important to understand the root cause of obesity. There are several risk factors that can lead to obesity, such as:

  • Genetics: Yes, it’s true that there are some congenital syndromes e.g. Prader Villi, where genetics play a role, but often the explanation of obesity running in families lies in family members sharing similar eating and activity habits.
  • Lifestyle: Undoubtedly, indulgence in unhealthy, processed, and junk foods and a sedentary lifestyle tend to exacerbate obesity. Consuming empty calories in alcohol is another known cause of weight gain.

Causes of Resistant Fat: Why Can’t I lose weight?

Many of you may have failed to lose weight despite eating right and exercising. It can be very frustrating when you feel that your body is working against you. Few examples of these scenarios can be:

  • Dysbiosis: Trillions of microorganisms inhabit the human body, some good and some bad. These microorganisms colonize the gastrointestinal tract and outnumber our own cells. Disruption of the ecological equilibrium in the gut (i.e., dysbiosis) has been associated with obesity and its related comorbidities. Prebiotics and Probiotics can reshape the gut microbiota and restore the balance between good and bad bacteria. Supermarket shelves are overflowing with products to help but a thorough evaluation is needed to determine what strains will help you the most.
  • Fatty Liver or NAFLD: Obesity is associated with an increased risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). An excessive amount of triglyceride represents metabolic imbalance. This complex metabolic condition leads to a constellation of adverse alterations in glucose, fatty acid, and cholesterol resulting in systemic inflammation, insulin resistance making it difficult to lose weight. In simpler words, the liver has to repackage the nutrients it receives from the gut. Sometimes the metabolic pathways involved in doing so are preoccupied with metabolizing toxic substances like alcohol, pesticides/herbicides, industrial and household products, plastics, detergents, flame retardants or ingredients in personal care products. Other times the liver is receiving more than what it can repackage efficiently. Both these scenarios lead to fatty liver or NAFLD. The liver plays a crucial role in keeping blood glucose stable. When the liver is not functioning optimally blood sugar starts fluctuating leading to intense cravings for sugary foods.
  • Hormonal Imbalance: There are multiple hormonal axes in the body. They work together for optimum physiology. Sex hormones are well recognized but they work together with hormones made in the adrenal, thyroid, and pancreas. For optimal health, they all need to work together like multiple musicians in an orchestra to play together to create a symphony. Hormone disruptors or mimickers like xenoestrogens such as BPA take the place of normal estrogen in the body. Artificial sweeteners contribute to metabolic syndrome and obesity by changing the host microbiome, decreased satiety, and alter glucose homeostasis, leading to increased caloric consumption and weight gain. Your body’s natural daily cycles are called circadian rhythms. They respond primarily to light and darkness. A “master clock” in the brain helps coordinate your body’s natural rhythms. Overexposure to blue light may affect melatonin, leading to changes in circadian rhythms and weight gain from altered eating patterns. Wheat gluten promotes weight gain in part by reducing the thermogenic capacity of adipose tissues. Lactose restriction leads to decreased levels of TSH. Gluten and dairy overload is a commonly believed trigger to the immune system which can lead to thyroiditis. Stress may play a major role in the development and maintenance of obesity in individuals who have an increased glucocorticoid exposure or sensitivity by affecting cortisol levels.

All these physiological changes together create a hostile milieu in the body where it becomes impossible to lose weight and you succumb to frequent sugar cravings, anger, irritability etc. This leads to a vicious cycle of overeating and guilt-tripping.

  • Medication: Emotional disturbances resulting from hormonal imbalance are frequently treated with anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medicines. Many of these meds can cause weight gain and intensify food cravings.

Why Obesity is now labeled as a disease?

American Medical Association (AMA) in 2013 recognized obesity as a disease state. Obesity can lead to a plethora of diseases and ailments like metabolic syndrome, PCOS,
Type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heart disease, many kinds of cancer, and even infertility! Obesity is known to cause erectile dysfunction and irregular periods. Since all of these conditions are the result of high VAT ( visceral adipose tissue), it makes sense to resolve the root cause instead of putting a bandaid on each of these chronic conditions.

It’s always a good idea to begin with lifestyle changes, but if you are making an effort and not seeing results, then DO NOT blame or shame yourself. Instead take a scientific approach. Discover the root cause as to why your body is not working for you. As you address the root cause not only you will be able to lose weight, but also keep it off.

Your job is to maintain a proper diet, regular exercise, and keep a positive attitude!

Diabetes…is it a diagnosis for life?

Diabetes…is it a diagnosis for life?

Most patients are overwhelmed and scared by a diagnosis of diabetes. Many times they are handed a pill to bring their blood sugar levels down without understanding why their blood sugar is high to begin with. At Heal n Cure, our approach to treating type 2 diabetes or prediabetes is to identify the root cause of why your blood glucose is elevated. As you address the root cause, the symptom of elevated glucose goes away rather than staying low because of a medication.

I don’t have diabetes yet…

Insulin resistance, abnormal fasting glucose levels, prediabetes, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes are all on the spectrum of the same problem. The underlying pathophysiology of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes is the same. Both are characterized by abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, elevated blood pressure, and triglycerides. The sugar spectrum disorders are now considered a major health hazard and have even been called a “global pandemic.” Researchers suggest that an increase in high-calorie, low-fiber fast food, an increase in sedentary lifestyles, and a decrease in physical activity contribute to the rising incidence.

But I’m not fat…

The root cause of most sugar spectrum disorders is visceral adipose tissue or VAT or Belly Fat. And yes, you may look skinny and still have elevated levels of VAT hiding in your organs making their function suboptimal. There are many kinds of extreme diet and exercise programs which are helpful in addressing visceral adiposity. They can be applied cautiously and with medical supervision as they are difficult to sustain.

What can I do now?

Ketogenic diet is one of these extreme programs. The biochemical rationale for ketogenic diets is that very low carbohydrate intake results in low levels of blood glucose leading the body to release less insulin and, instead use fatty acids and their metabolites, known as ketone bodies. Ketones make a great primary source of energy as they are able to cross the blood brain barrier. During ketogenesis, not only are insulin and glucose levels reduced, but other hormonal changes may occur that can have positive impacts on physiology. As long as the body is deprived of carbohydrates, it remains in a state of nutritional ketosis, in which small amounts of keto acids are effectively buffered in the blood. This is perceived as “keto flu” during the early days of the diet, in which patients may feel fatigued, feel weak, or experience GI disturbances. This is in contrast to the changes in blood pH that occur with ketoacidosis, a condition in which large amounts of acid cause life-threatening alterations in blood chemistry. Ketones can also decrease free radical damage and enhance antioxidant capacity. While a Ketogenic diet may allow patients to lower their use of diabetes medications or even functionally reverse their diabetes diagnosis, it is very difficult to sustain long term and in some cases shown to be strenuous for heart, liver and kidney. Not eating fruits, legumes, and high-fiber whole grains may be eliminating sources of many beneficial nutrients. Two recent meta-analyses found that low carbohydrate diets were associated with a small increase in all-cause mortality. Therefore, this approach should be practiced cautiously and with physician supervision.

Another great strategy to treat sugar spectrum disorders is Intermittent fasting, in which a patient will fast for one or more days a week (or every day by prolonging the overnight fast), with the rest of the diet consisting of ad libitum eating. The idea here is that the body will enter ketosis temporarily, perhaps conferring some of the same benefits as prolonged ketosis. Intermittent fasting has been shown to lead to a reduction in body fat mass and improvement in metabolic parameters among patients with obesity and sugar spectrum disorders.

Participation in regular physical activity, both aerobic and resistance training, improves blood glucose control and can prevent or delay sugar spectrum disorders along with positively affecting lipids, blood pressure, cardiovascular events, mortality, and quality of life. Structured interventions combining physical activity and modest weight loss have been shown to lower type 2 diabetes risk by up to 58% in high-risk populations.

I’ve changed my diet and started to exercise, but…

Many of you have realized that even when you try to eat right and exercise, it seems that your body is fighting against you and you don’t feel better. The most common underlying cause is sub-optimal flow of energy. You may not be absorbing the nutrients well or your body might be overwhelmed with toxins (Diabetogen). At the cellular/mitochondrial level you may not be able to convert the food into energy or your hormones might be out of whack. With any of these scenarios, you may feel you have hit a wall.

To summarize there is not a golden pill for sugar spectrum disorders. What works and is sustainable is a structured methodical approach to reset your physiology at the cellular level so that’s who you become, free of sugar spectrum disorders

Reversal IS an option!

Many of our patients are surprised to learn that it is completely possible to reverse prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. This is shocking to people because they are often told by their health care provider that this is a chronic condition that will need to be managed daily for the rest of a person’s life. Since the patient trusts their doctor to give them accurate advice, they often don’t question this fact and accept their diabetes will be with them forever. In actuality, many of our patients are absolutely able to reverse their diabetes entirely, allowing them to live free of the constant worry and stress.

We focus on finding the root cause of the problem and providing our patients with natural and holistic solutions. We don’t simply write you a prescription to minimize your symptoms and hope to mitigate complications, but will present you with solutions that heal your body so that those symptoms naturally dissipate or completely resolve.

Our customized 4 prong approach to treat type 2 diabetes is comprehensive and integrated. It focuses on restoring the gut health, detoxifying your body of diabetogenic chemicals, optimizing your hormones, and resetting your physiology at the cellular level.

At Heal n Cure, we evaluate the body as an entire operating system rather than focusing on isolated symptoms. By looking at the complete picture, we can pinpoint where the problem is and create customized care plans for you based on your individual needs rather than a standard protocol for care that may not be effective for everyone.