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Travel & Wellness Tips To Keep You Healthy

From The Desk of Dr. Stevens

Traveling abroad is usually filled with great anticipation and excitement. Many rewarding experiences abound all around the globe, and nothing is worse than falling ill somewhere very far from home. World travel has become commonplace in recent years and so are the spread of highly infectious diseases. Airports, planes, and fatigue are risk factors for many respiratory diseases and protecting yourself from these may make the difference between a miserable vacation and a pleasant and memorable one. Not all diseases are present uniformly around the world. Traveler’s diarrhea is typical in certain countries such as Mexico, Central America, and South America. Japanese Encephalitis is found in the Far East and Pacific Rim. Malaria, a mosquito-borne infection, is a risk in most of the equatorial countries. Certain diseases have vaccines and certain require medications. Protecting or diminishing the impact of one of these diseases is the focus of our travel medicine clinic – to offer the proper advice for immunizations and medications tailored to your destination. We wish you safe travels and hope you will travel smartly with the right precautions and medications. Bon voyage!

Featured Service: Travel Immunizations
Summer is almost coming to an end and with that vacation as well. For those of you who planned your getaways last minute, or to even plan for next year, there are a few services we offer here that you may be unaware of. If travelling abroad, at times there are certain vaccinations that are needed prior to entering the country. Essential Health & Wellness offers all required travel immunizations, as well as routine immunizations. Travel vaccinations include Japanese Encephalitis, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever. You do not have to be a current patient to receive these vaccinations. If interested, please call our front desk for current pricing. We recommend you refer to the CDC website in order to find your vaccination recommendations.

Featured Supplement: Viracid

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When going on vacation you certainly do not want an illness slowing you down. There is always one supplement you should have on hand in case the sniffles creep up on you: Viracid. Viracid helps boost your immune system with a blend of nutrients and botanical herbs. These herbs, such as black elderberry and Echinacea, have been used traditionally for years due to their immune-modulating properties. Results are best seen when taken at the first sign of illness, so keeping it ready in your travel bag is a must. In addition to boosting immune function, it may also help soothe throat irritations and nasal secretions. For illness, it is recommended to take 1-2 capsules per hour. For maintenance, 2 capsules daily. Viracid is available for purchase at our office, so don’t forget to stock up on your way to the airport.

Jennie’s Corner: Protecting Your Immune System
If you are jet-setting soon, whether it’s for work or on our way to a relaxing getaway, being stuck on an airplane can wreak havoc on your immune system. Due to the recycled air flow in the cabin, if a single person on the plane is sick, it could potentially leave you more susceptible to acquiring the illness as well. As mentioned before, Viracid is a wonderful supplement to have on hand, but you may want to consider something a little more intensive to boost your immune system. IV nutrient therapy, but more specifically, a Myer’s Cocktail contains most essential nutrients to help strengthen your defenses against any illness. It is packed with a high dose of Vitamin C to help strengthen your immune system and help fight viruses, as well as other nutrients to help drive your energy. Intravenous nutrients act differently than taking a simple multivitamin by mouth. Since the nutrients are going straight into the bloodstream it packs a more powerful punch against illnesses and keeps you at peak health. Typically infusions take only 30-45 minutes and are recommended right before your trip and possibly consider adding another infusion when you return. With this added to your pre-travel plans, you’re ensuring a productive work trip or a successful getaway.

Have questions? Ready to make your next appointment? Don’t hesitate to contact us! Give us a call, or conveniently send us a message through the Contact page of our website. We’re always here to help you with all of your wellness needs!

August Featured Supplement: Chromium

There are many supplements out there claiming to help regulate your blood sugar or to help increase metabolism. Many come in proprietary blends that include 5 or 6 different herbs or vitamins. My advice would be to take caution and read the labels carefully. Even though it may contain the right ingredients you may not be taking the right amount in order for it to be effective.

For instance, there has been great evidence-based research showing the benefits of chromium. The function of chromium is to improve your insulin receptor sites and is needed for carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. The benefits of chromium vary widely based on dosage. With stress, some experience sugar cravings, which is okay on a rare indulgence but can be detrimental in the long term. Taking 300 mcg of chromium daily has been shown to reduce sugar cravings. For those patients with elevated fasting blood glucose or fasting insulin, a more appropriate dose would be 600 to 1200 mcg daily in divided doses. Make sure you are taking the most effective dose to achieve optimal results. If you have any questions about optimal dosing, please ask us at your next appointment.

For more information, please contact:

Jennie

Jennie Welner, RN, FNP
919.926.3010
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April’s Featured Supplement: Digestive Enzymes-It’s not just for those with lactose intolerance!

Our featured supplement is a comprehensive, vegetarian digestive enzyme that helps with the adequate breakdown and absorption of foods. This product contains numerous enzymes to support enhanced protein, carbohydrate, fat, fiber, and dairy digestion. It also helps to promote optimal nutrient bioavailability and absorption. Digestive enzymes are an essential element to any gut protocol. When taken with food, they improve digestion and help with leaky gut. When it is taken on an empty stomach, it has more of an anti-inflammatory action. Most digestive enzymes found over the counter contain only one or two enzymes, such as protease or lactase. It is important to have a broad spectrum digestive enzyme in order to ensure proper digestion of all foods. This is why we recommend Digestive Enzymes Ultra.

For more information, please contact:

Jennie

Jennie Welner, RN, FNP
919.926.3010
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Jennies Corner- Prebiotics and Probiotics

How can we understand the difference between probiotics and prebiotics? Think of this classic arcade game!
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Prebiotics
Prebiotics—the “food” dots in the image above—are a form of fiber and the food source for probiotics: the organisms living in Pac-Man’s gut. When probiotics and prebiotics are taken together, they help to optimize function of the gut, increase healthy probiotics, and decrease bad bacteria. Prebiotics also promote normal colon transit time, enhance absorption of calcium and magnesium, and help produce the fatty acids that are responsible for colon health.

Probiotics
Probiotics are the good bacteria and yeast that live in our intestinal tract. There are many types of probiotics, and each play a different role in our gut. Benefits of probiotics may include keeping us regular, helping eradicate diarrhea, reducing lactose intolerance, improving the immune system, and many others. Foods that contain natural probiotics include yogurt, kefir, aged cheeses, sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, kombucha, beer, wine, and more.

Going to the supplement store and trying to find a probiotic can be overwhelming. There are so many manufacturers that produce probiotics with varying strains and colony counts, and manufacturing live probiotics can be complicated. Which one is best? In Brain Maker, by Dr. David Perlmutter, he focuses on the key strains you should look for, as well as the appropriate dose. Make sure your probiotic contains 10-50 billion units—or colony-forming units (CFU)—per capsule and at least five core strains. Also, make sure the manufacturer is processing their probiotics in a way that ensures live organisms.

Look for these five core strains:

  • Lactobaccilus plantarum
  • Lactobacilus acidophilus
  • Lactobaccilus brevis
  • Bifidobacterium lactis( also known as B. animalis)
  • Bifidobacterium longum

For more information on Prebiotics or Probiotics, please contact:

Jennie

Jennie Welner, RN, FNP
919.926.3010
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September’s Featured Supplement: Neo40

Neo40 is a natural supplement that promotes production of nitric oxide, which is commonly known as N-O. Neo40 contains a proprietary blend that has been scientifically shown to help the body produce nitric oxide. It contains Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, beet root extract, hawthorn berry extract, l-citrulline, and sodium nitrate.

N-O is a molecule found in our body that allows our blood vessels to relax, which promotes artery dilation and increased blood circulation. However, as we age, nitric oxide levels in our body begin to decline. Exercise and nitrate-rich foods may help your body produce more N-O, but this still may not be enough. Lower nitric oxide levels have been shown to increase risk of hypertension, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease. N-O has the ability to improve blood flow, decrease cardiovascular disease, improve sexual performance, and enhance cognition.

The power of nitric oxide has been proven with numerous research studies. Benefits may include supporting a healthy blood pressure, supporting cardiovascular and heart health, promoting increased circulation throughout the body, and supporting healthy arterial function. In addition to promoting heart health, Neo40 may also be helpful for exercise endurance and improve muscle recovery.

How do you know if you have low nitric oxide levels? Taking an at-home test using a nitric oxide indicator strip can give you an idea of where you are! N-O indicator strips and Neo40 are both available at Essential Health and Wellness.

If you’re interested in Neo40,  please contact:

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   Sarah Ioveno
919.926.3010
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August Featured Anti-Aging Product Line: AQ Skin Solutions

AQ Skin Solutions’s product line all contains GF technology, as well as other proven anti-aging antioxidants, to help rejuvenate the skin to its original youthful glow.

Active Serum
This serum is designed to stimulate collagen production, activate the skin’s natural regeneration capabilities, and fight free radical damage that causes premature aging. It helps motivate skin cells to repair damage that has accumulated over the years, such as sun and age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Eye Serum
Formulated specifically for the delicate area around the eye, this is a concentrated GF technology that helps to reverse wrinkles, diminish fine lines, reduce puffiness, gently lighten dark circles, firm, and lift sagging skin. In as little as one week, people have noticed improvements.

Lash
GF lash technology is a safe and natural serum used to help restore the health of eyelashes and eyebrows. Lash is designed to help achieve fuller, longer lashes and brows. Other commonly-used lash enhancing products cause the lashes to break or even tint the color of your eyelids. AQ Lash does not contain harsh chemicals, any prostaglandins, or preservatives.

Vaginal Rejuvenation System
As a woman ages and hormones start to decline, one of the negative effects is vaginal dryness. Vaginal dryness leads to skin irritation and painful intercourse. VRS rejuvenates the vagina by helping to restore the body’s natural vaginal functions. It aids in hydrating the interior vaginal walls and thus relieves vaginal dryness, soothes irritation, and enhances female sexual arousal and intercourse.

For more information regarding AQ Skin Solutions or any of our products and services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Jennies Corner: Reversing the Physical Signs of Aging

Reversing the physical signs of aging is always a hot topic. AQ Skin Solutions developed a breakthrough technology using growth factor (GF) technology. The use of GF on aged skin has been shown to counteract the aging process positively. GF technology was originally discovered through wound healing in third-degree burn victims. GF was placed under the skin grafts and applied to the wound. After just a few weeks, the wound site regenerated new healthy skin with almost no scarring.

Natural Function of Growth Factors:

  • Produced naturally in the body
  • Non-hormonal
  • Stimulate cellular division
  • Increase rate at which cells grow
  • Encourage new blood vessel formation
  • Stimulate skin’s own renewal mechanism
  • Promote the elimination of toxins
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Does not enter blood stream

Potential Benefits of Skin-Based Growth Factors:

  • Diminish fine lines and wrinkles
  • Fade age spots
  • Repair skin damage
  • Lighten dark circles under eyes
  • Firm and lift
  • Moisturize
  • May help reduce acne
  • Reduce scarring
  • May help reduce symptoms of rosacea
  • Reduce the appearance of stretch marks

If you’d like any further information on any of our products or services, please don’t hesitate to contact us, we’re excited to speak with you.

July’s Featured Supplement: Clear Change Program

The Clear Change Program enhances the body’s natural metabolic detoxification process while providing adequate fuel both for cleansing and other daily activities. Getting healthier is important, and so is feeling your best. The Clear Change Program will show you how to do both. Get started today!

Today, we are all exposed to chemicals in the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. Many common complaints to doctors, such as mental and physical fatigue, may be signs of environmental overload. Supporting the body’s natural metabolic detoxification process may be beneficial. Not all detoxification programs are science based, and some may deplete the body of vital nutrients and energy to support the natural elimination process.

The 10-day Clear Change program provides research-based nutrients to support important detoxification activities. This kit is a complete set, which includes protein powder to last the whole program, shaker bottle, liver support capsules, and 10-day detox guide with shopping lists and recipes. All you need to do is go to the grocery store and shop. Stop by the office to pick yours up today!

Go here to learn more: http://www.metagenics.com/clear-change

June’s Featured Supplement: Probiotics

When we hear the word “bacteria,” we usually think of it as something that causes diseases. In actuality, your body contains both good and bad bacteria. The good bacteria help our gastrointestinal system function optimally by assisting with absorption of nutrients, enhancing immune system function, and more. The bad bacteria is always present, but normally it is kept at controlled levels. Everything works in a symbiotic relationship, until something occurs that can disrupt this balance. Antibiotic use, poor diet, and toxins or chemicals can alter the function of our gut. Over time, this increases overgrowth of bad bacteria and results in increased illnesses, nutrient deficiencies, poor immune function, irritable bowel, and other GI complaints. It is true when people say that over 70% of our immune system is located in our gut!

How can we fix this? One way is by taking a daily probiotic. Probiotics are these good bacteria and taking them every day can help repopulate your gut with the healthy, normal flora. Probiotics should be just as important, if not more, than your daily multivitamin! Are all probiotics created equal? Unfortunately, no, they aren’t. The key things to look for when finding a good, quality probiotic are:

  • A wide variety of strains. Your gut contains billions of bacteria strains, so make sure the probiotc you take has at least a few different strains included
  • High colony forming unit (CFU) count! The more the better. Typically, for a healthy individual, we recommend 10-25 billion CFUs daily.

In our office, we offer two-high quality probiotics by OrthoMolecular. OrthoBiotic is the perfect daily probiotic, containing seven different strains and 20 billion CFUs per capsule. PROBiotic 225 is a high-concentration probiotic, which contains 225 billion CFUs for intensive probiotic support. We also like that this company uses a specialized technology to make sure each capsule is manufactured appropriately to preserve live probiotics, and OrthoMolecular uses this technology to release these active strains in the intestines.

As always, if you have any questions regarding Probiotics or any other supplements that Essential Health & Wellness offers, feel free to contact us today.

How Do You Know Your Supplements Are Making A Difference?

The Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner is a tool that measures immediate evidence of carotenoid antioxidant activity in your body. Why is this important? Antioxidants are your first defense against free radicals. We produce antioxidants in our bodies and also receive them from certain foods that we eat. We are exposed to free radicals on a daily basis; it is a natural part of life. However, it’s possible to become overexposed and experience greater consequences of free radical damage. For instance, free radicals are created with an unbalanced diet, consuming preservatives/additives in foods, excessive body fat due to inactivity, mental stress, etc. When left unchecked, free radical damage to your cells accumulates and can lead to serious health concerns later in life. One example of free radical damage is premature aging.

To give you a better idea of how free radicals and antioxidants work, we’ll use this picture of an apple. The left side of the apple has been exposed over a period of time and naturally, it starts to brown. The right side has been squeezed with lemon juice and as we know, this delays the browning process. Imagine the apple as your body: The browning, or “aging”, process that occurs is the free radical damage. The lemon juice is the antioxidant that’s protecting you from aging prematurely.

Using the scanner is an excellent tool to measure whether your current supplement regimen is sufficient enough. If your score is low, recommendations not only include changing your supplements, but also may include diet and lifestyle changes. The entire scan takes less than five minutes and involves simply placing your hand in front of a low-energy blue light. You’ll receive a card, which electronically tracks your score. You’ll be able to scan every 6-8 weeks to keep track of your score and see if your changes have made any improvements.