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Hormonal balance is vital to your overall health—especially if you’re having issues with fertility. Many fertility issues—for both men and women—stem from hormones gone haywire. Hormonal imbalances can be caused by a number of different factors, from what’s on your dinner plate to your everyday stress levels.

We’ve put together a great list of things you can do right now to help balance your hormones and get your body on track for optimal fertility.

Decrease Stress

Decreasing stress is easier said than done, but it’s a vital part of creating balance in your body’s intricate endocrine system. When you’re stressed, your body releases cortisol which can disrupt your sex hormones and cause your fertility to plummet.

Some quick tips to help destress your mind and body include acupuncture, massage, meditation, epsom salt baths, reading before bed, developing a steady exercise routine, or taking an adrenal gland supplement that helps your body manage stress at a cellular level. The right combo of nutrients such as; ashwagandha, rhodiola, L-Theanine and even melatonin helps improve your body’s stress resilience and strengthens your stress response.

Improve Body Composition & Increase Exercise

Excess fat on your body can play a big role in disrupting your hormones. It’s a little cat and mouse in the sense that stress can cause excess fat, and having excess fat can further worsen your body’s physical stress. Increasing your muscle mass by regularly exercising is one great way to help rid your body of excess fat, clear your mind, and regulate your stress levels. Also, a clinically guided detox, can be just the thing to rid excess toxins out of stored fat!

Also, keep an eye on your diet. Diets rich in leafy greens, organic vegetables, and sustainable proteins will certainly help balance out your body composition and contribute positively to your overall health.

Decrease Toxins & Increase Nutrients

Toxins are an unavoidable part of life. Air pollution, non-organic foods doused with pesticides, smoking cigarettes, and unfiltered tap water can all contribute to more toxins being introduced into your body. Take stock of all the things you’re consuming in your daily life to see what sort of toxins may be affecting your body, and see what you can cut out right away.

Buy organic produce. They will help reduce your exposure to pesticides and chemicals farmers use on crops. If you can’t, check out the Environmental Working Group’s annual release of the Dirty Dozen, or the most pesticide-saturated foods. Try to avoid eating too many processed foods, even if they’re labeled “organic”. (Tip: Those organic processed foods can be expensive and are probably the things that are busting your healthy food budget!)

You can also filter your water, quit smoking if you still smoke, and load up on antioxidants to help combat toxins in your body. Nearly everyone in our office is drinking NutriDyn’s Fruits & Greens, which is a super antioxidant drink with the power of 20+ servings of fruits and vegetables—it’s a really great option for busy folks to get their daily dose of antioxidants.

Balance your Blood Sugar

Making sure your blood sugar is at a health level is vitally important to your hormonal health. We can check your blood sugar in office during our Functional Physical to determine where your levels are, and help you with a plan to get them back at healthy numbers. In the meantime, make sure you’re cutting back on excess sugar in your diet from drinks and sweets, and eating lots of healthy organic vegetables.

Get Good Sleep and Fresh Air

Don’t underestimate a good night’s sleep. Your body needs proper rest to be able to rebuild and restore after a busy day. Make sure you’ve developed good sleep hygiene, including a smartphone cutoff time to reduce your exposure to harmful, sleep-defying blue light right before sleep. Try using an eye mask if you have trouble with light, or talk to us about time-released melatonin that will help you get to sleep and stay asleep in a completely natural way. And don’t forget to get fresh air, it can help you relax and sleep better at night, too.

If you have any questions about hormone imbalance, fertility issues or what we can do to help get you on track, give us a call at (612) 922-8100.

What it’s like getting a Functional Physical

As the new social media manager and blog writer at Lake Pointe, the doctors invited me in to experience a Functional Physical for myself so I could fully understand its purpose and process, as well as get an idea of where my health is right now.

What is the Functional Physical?

The Functional Physical is a series of tests that tell you how healthy your cells are, how your body is handling stress, what vitamins your body is missing out on, and a number of other very important measurements that give you insight into your overall health.

Right when we sat down for my appointment, Dr. Jessica explained the purpose of a Functional Physical in a way I had never thought about:

“Instead of waiting until something has gone severely wrong with your body—like getting a diabetes diagnosis—there are several warning signs and steps that we can flag during the Functional Physical that will help you change course and correct the issue before it gets to the point of a serious medical diagnosis.”

The doctors test your urine, blood, and several other biomarkers to determine how your health is right now. They also put a detailed plan together based on your results that includes supplements, vitamins, and minerals that will help balance your body.

Preparing for the tests

You’ll have to:

Fast 12 hours before your appointment, meaning no food or drink (sipping water is fine)
Collect urine in a clinic-provided cup after 4 a.m. for the Urine Test
Avoid brushing your teeth in the morning for the pH balance test (they use pH strips in your mouth for this)
Spit in a glass of water and take photos to determine the amount of yeast in your saliva (yes, this is real!)

They ask you to fast so they can get the most accurate baseline measurements of your body. The only hard part of this process is not eating breakfast before the appointment, drinking coffee, or brushing your teeth, since they’re ingrained habits. Dr. Jessica said it’s great to bring a snack, since you can eat right after all the fasting tests are finished.

The tests and results

The tests they run measure your body for:
Toxicity and inflammation
Cellular health
Amount of omega-3s in your blood
Your body’s alkaline and mineral status
Adrenal function
Blood sugar balance
Lipids & cholesterol levels

My results were mixed. Some things were great, like my Phase Angle score. I scored a 7 on this test, which ranges from 4 and under as severe, 4.1-6.9 as moderate, and 7+ as healthy. This test measures how strong your cells are and their ability to handle stress, which is great to know my cells are healthy. Another great number I had were my urinary sugars and glucose levels.

One thing the tests told me is I need to focus on are getting my Omega-3 levels a lot higher. A healthy Omega-3 level is greater than 8%, and my number was 5.03%, which falls in the severe risk category for Omega-3 levels. It’s important to get more of these essential fatty acids in my diet, because they help with heart, joint, and eye health, as well as a number of other health benefits. Our bodies also don’t produce them on their own, so supplementing them via pills or food is vital.

What I learned: Preventative health care is important for your wellbeing.

After going through the Functional Physical, I feel more in control of my health and my body than ever before. Dr. Jessica—or any doctor at Lake Pointe who runs your Functional Physical—will put together a plan for you to get your body on track to optimal health. I was put on a health plan full of Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Omega-3s, an adrenal health supplement, and two shake mixes that will help get more antioxidants and nutrients into my diet.

It’s only been a few days, but I definitely feel better getting more vitamins into my body. It’s a relief to know what I need to work on to be as healthy as I can be, instead of guessing and taking a random multi-vitamin from the grocery store.

There are a number of great things that come from taking the Functional Physical, but first and foremost is the feeling of control and relief you’ll get knowing where your body stands. Give the doctors a call if you have more questions about the tests and health plans they put together for you.

Be Informed 2018: Why You Should Get A Wellness Evaluation
Most people know what a physical is from your general doctor, but most people don’t understand it! Generally, an annual medical physical only identifies if you already have a disease or severe health problems. A Wellness Evaluation dives deeper into your health to improve your lifestyle now and prevent future health problems. Take action and be preventive!

 

What is a Wellness Evaluation?

A Wellness Evaluation is a series of tests done by your Lake Pointe doctors to determine what’s making you feel not-so-great, what can help you lose weight, what can help you recover from a disease or diagnosis, and more.

The data from these tests helps us break down what’s going on inside your body, and how your unique composition of cells and systems are functioning—or not functioning. If you keep having mysterious headaches, or something in your gut just doesn’t feel right, these tests will help us find answers and get a health plan in place to get you feeling as best as possible.

A Wellness Evaluation is a great way to take stock of where your body is in this moment, and to put together an actionable plan to live the healthiest life possible for you.

 

Wellness Evaluation Tests

The Wellness Evaluation lasts about 45 minutes, and includes these four tests:

  • Omega Blood Test

This test measures your omega-3 levels by running a simple blood test (just a quick prick!). Omega-3s are an important part of your overall health. Since your body can’t make these on its own, this test will determine any deficiencies you have in your diet, and help us put together a food or supplemental plan to get your body back on track.

  • Antioxidant Scan

Antioxidants are a vital part of your body that help remove oxidizing agents that are bad for your cells. This scan will measure the levels of 17 different carotenoid antioxidants, which are great indicators of a balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables.

  • BIA (Body Composition) Test

This test gives us an accurate analysis of your body’s cellular health including; muscle mass, fat mass, hydration status and more! A BIA test is also the only test out there that measures your phase angle. This number is very important to know for every person because it tells us how fast your cells are aging. Toxins and stress can accelerate this aging and we want to help prevent this as much as possible to live a long and healthy life.

  • Zinc Taste Test

This simple saliva test screens for your body’s zinc levels, which is an essential mineral needed for immune support and healthy reproductive systems. This test is also a great indicator of your overall mineral status.

 

The Functional Physical

The Functional Physical is similar to the Wellness Evaluation, but goes a little more in-depth with a few more tests. If you have chronic health issues or want a more extensive look into your health, this test may be a better option. Let us know if you would like more information on this evaluation.

woman-698971_1920-1A case of the “sniffles” can turn bad pretty quick.  We’ve all experienced that feeling when a stuffy nose becomes fully clogged sinuses; then comes intense pressure in the face and head, inability to clear the nasal passages, post-nasal drip, poor sleep due to all these other symptoms, and the vicious cycle seem to perpetuate itself. A day or two of that might have you in urgent care begging for relief, but before you pick up that prescription for an antibiotic, nasal decongestant, and whatever else you could get a scribe for, check out this post by Dr. Mercola and Rachael Droege about the real root of most cases of sinusitis. Regarding current common treatment methods for sinusitis and the more helpful alternatives, they write,

“…despite constant treatment with antibiotics, many people’s sinusitis continues to return. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, not only is sinusitis one of the most expensive disorders in the United States, but also its prevalence is on the rise, indicating that the common treatment methods are not getting to the root of the problem.

So what is the root of the problem? Researchers have found that most cases of chronic sinusitis are not caused by infection but are actually an immune disorder caused by fungus. In a 1999 study, the researchers discovered that fungal organisms were present in the mucus of 96 percent of patients who had surgery for chronic sinusitis, and inflammatory cells were clumped around the fungi, which meant the condition was an immune disorder caused by fungus.

Fungus and mold spores are in the air all the time and are commonly inhaled so most people have fungi lodged in the mucus lining of the sinuses. However, only people who are prone to chronic sinusitis will experience an immune response to the fungi that results in the symptoms of sinusitis.

They took the research a bit further and in the next study found that a fungicide was effective in decreasing inflammation and nasal swelling among participants suffering from chronic sinusitis. The researchers are hoping the study will lead to the development of new antifungal medications to treat the condition.

Although antifungals may be more effective than antibiotics–antibiotics make fungal infections worse–there are other steps you can take to lessen your risk of sinus infections by getting at the underlying cause.”

If you find yourself battling chronic sinus issues, consider how an anti-fungal approach might finally address the root of the problem providing lasting relief. The doctors at Lake Pointe can help you find the right protocol to address your symptoms. Schedule a Functional Physical today at 612-922-8100.

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Reduce cholesterol

Reduce risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Promote healthy angiogenesis and apoptosis

Introduce anti-cancer compounds

Inhibit metastasis of cancer cells

If you could do all of these things every day in one simple step, wouldn’t you? It turns out that all of these benefits and more can be gained from a single source: Reishi. This medicinal mushroom extract used for thousands of years in Asia has become the focus of countless studies, all showing it to be useful in everything from detoxification to mental health benefits to the potential for effective cancer treatment and prevention.

What’s really great is that this same powerful extract has been added to all of Organo’s products to offer a simple daily way to introduce this healthy product into your life. You can easily swap out your cup of morning coffee or tea for an Organo coffee or tea and reap the benefits of making your daily habit a healthy habit. Stop by the office and pick up a box of your favorite beverage, with certified organic reishi extract in each cup, and make health another part of your morning routine.

Read up on some of the fabulous ways reishi can impact your health here and here.

shield-1595963_1920With cold and flu season approaching, a strong immune system would seem to be all one could wish for, but for the increasing number of individuals battling autoimmune disorders, robust immunity seems rather to pose quite a problem! Dr. Mark Hyman explains autoimmunity like this,

“Your immune system’s job is to defend you against invaders or foreign microbes, toxins, or abnormal cells like cancer or foreign food proteins (allergens). Imagine your immune system as an army that must clearly distinguish friend from foe.

Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused and your own tissue gets caught in the crossfire. Your body is designed to fight off harmful things like infections, toxins, allergens, or a stress response. Sometimes and for reasons not fully known, that immune army directs its hostile attack on your joints, brain, skin, and sometimes your whole body.

Conventional medicine accepts this problem, but stops there, without LOOKING for what might be causing the body to be out of balance and attacking itself.

Instead, conventional medicine invents pharmaceutical drugs to inhibit, block, or anti-something, and fails to answer one simple question: Why is the body out of balance to begin with, and how do we help it regain the proper balance?”

Finding the root of the problem is the focus of Lake Pointe’s Functional Physical. A properly working immune system isn’t beyond reach when you address the underlying cause of the altered immune response. Don’t suppress the immune response… address the immune response! Heal your body through functional medicine. Start by scheduling at 612-922-8100.

For an interesting case study from Dr. Hyman’s article on autoimmunity click here.

herbal-tea-1410565_1920Instant messaging, instant coffee, instant relief, instant gratification. We’re a culture and a generation unfamiliar with the merits of delayed gratification. We want it yesterday before we even know what we want. This approach has unfortunately filtered into nearly every aspect of modern American life de-meriting the value of everything from long-lasting relationships to saving up for big-ticket purchases. To wait is to lose. That such a falsehood should be so prevalent is an injury to our society. Unfortunately impatience with life in general hasn’t been quarantined to express lanes, drive-throughs, and technological advances, but has spread into the broader concepts of health and healing.

We’ve all heard the phrase “worth waiting for” but many are losing familiarity with the value of something gained through a time-consuming endeavor. When one is not required to put in much effort or delay gratification, the end result can seem much cheapened, and quick fixes rarely result in long-term satisfaction. This is especially true when addressing health. If you’ve spent 38 years accumulating toxins and exhausting your adrenal glands while eating food that was, well… less quality than your body deserved, you will have a difficult time reversing the results overnight. Similarly, if you’ve spent the last 10 days burning the candle at both ends, eating on the run, overextending yourself, and skipping self-care, it seems unfair to expect the cold that resulted from such behavior to be gone after your first dose of EmergenC. Especially when managing health, we have to get back to a mindset that values the time and effort that always back sustainable results.

With a shift in our attitude toward our bodies, recovery truly becomes simpler. Rather than searching for the magic pill that will erase all symptoms and return us to our previous lifestyle (which had probably contributed to the onset of said symptoms in the first place), we can honor the body and healing process by allowing the time, effort, and investment necessary to gain true health. When the cold or flu knock you down, instead of chasing a potent prescription to subdue it, offer your body the rest it needs to fight off the infection and the nutrients and support it needs to replenish. When faced with chronic illness, instead of circumventing the problem or seeking an overnight remedy, find a practitioner who will address the whole body to balance your health needs and set you on a road to healing. The road may seem long from where you stand but gaining new heights is better achieved by a steady climb up the mountain than from a high-jump contest.

So if you’re feeling a bit under the weather, remember that your body was designed to take it. Offer yourself the best care you can and honor the healing benefits of time.

For more inspiration on how to change how you think about catching cold check out this post.