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Be Informed! It’s Time for Your Annual Functional Physical!

January is always the month we highlight the most foundational aspect of any healthy lifestyle. We call it Be Informed. Without accurate information and a proper perspective, forming goals and addressing areas of opportunity is nearly impossible. The first step to establishing healthy habits and achievable goals is to gather your data.

Our bodies boast a complex communications system constantly exchanging data between cells and systems. Unfortunately, interpreting this data isn’t always as simple. What is this headache telling me? Why are my muscles twitchy? What made my digestion suddenly stop working and how come sleep isn’t as easy as it once was? Gathering data doesn’t always simplify things either. So what if my chlorides are high? I don’t see how that impacts anything!

Gathering data is only the first step; interpreting data and determining how to change that data is your best starting point. That’s exactly what your doctor at Lake Pointe has been trained to do. During a Functional Physical, you’ll take a look at your health history and test a series of biomarkers to gather important information on how your body is functioning. Then your doctor will interpret those results (and any recent test results you may bring in) and combine that data with your health history to form an accurate conclusion regarding the health of your body. From this vantage point, sighting your health goals on the horizon is simplified. Suddenly the numbers are actually communicating something, in a moment your symptoms and your data can be superimposed to form a clear picture. Not only will you gain a better understanding of what all the data means but your doctor will help you form a plan to change that data to better reflect your wishes. There’s no better time to start gathering the facts and forming a plan. Schedule now and Be Informed.

Be Focused: A Functional Approach to ADHD

“ADD is not a Ritalin deficiency.” This insightful quote is central to Dr. Hyman’s discussion on healing the body to heal the mind and reverse ADD/ADHD. Prescribed stimulants are not your final option for helping your child (or yourself!) overcome an ADD/ADHD diagnosis. More and more research is confirming that healing and balancing the body is necessary to heal and balance the mind. Watch this great video by Dr. Hyman on how Functional Medicine can reverse ADHD and then schedule your Functional Medicine appointment at Lake Pointe to begin healing your body and balancing your mind.

 

Be Well: Addressing Auto-Immunity

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.

Be Regular: Your Second Brain

watercolour-1336856_1920“Within the human gut lies a “second brain”: a vast network of neurons located along the intestinal lining. It’s called the enteric nervous system—enteric as in “pertaining to the gut”—and for years researchers assumed its sole province lay in regulation of the digestive process. Researchers now know that the enteric nervous system also relays and sends neurotransmitters like serotonin and GABA, responds to emotions, and has a direct conduit to the brain via the vagus nerve.

The gut is not the site of higher-level cognition. The neurochemical processes responsible for writing emails, doing trigonometry, and reading this blog post occur solely in the brain. But though decision-making and conscious thought happen up top, the gut has a lot of input on how those thoughts and decisions develop. About 90% of traffic along the vagus flows from gut to brain, and it’s not all information about intestinal contractions. The second brain is likely the province of instinct, subconscious response, and emotion. In other words, gut feeling, gut instinct, butterflies in your stomach, and got the guts? aren’t just figures of speech. They hint at real physiological processes occurring along the gut-brain axis.

Emerging evidence is showing that our enteric nervous system, and the gut bacteria, probiotics, and prebiotics that comprise and affect it, have effects on how we think, feel, perform, and respond to the world around us.” writes Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple. (Read more here.)

Mark continues to list a variety of mental and emotional health challenges that have become increasingly common in our society. Each of them is then linked to research and evidence showing that manipulating the microbiome of the gut can drastically change factors and symptoms common to mental and emotional health challenges. Depression, anxiety, autism, cognitive flexibility, and reactivity are all sited in relation to gut health in his comprehensive article on the topic. It would now seem that the answer to many common mental health problems may now begin in healing the gut. Ready to balance the mind? Get started balancing the body. Schedule a Functional Physical with your doctor at Lake Pointe for a personalized protocol to heal the gut.

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Be Regular: Clean Your Gut, Clear Your Skin

water-lily-1540364_1920“What could your gut possibly have to do with your skin, and specifically acne? Far more than you might think, and it makes perfect sense that your skin would be impacted by your intestinal microflora and also your brain once you get a bit of background into how they are all intricately interconnected.

You’ve probably already experienced your “brain-skin” connection; for instance, when your face flushes because you feel embarrassed, or you get an acne breakout due to stress. Well, there’s also a “gut-brain” connection, and therein lies the key to unraveling how the simple action of optimizing your gut bacteria could pave your way to clearer, acne-free skin.”

Research in this article by Dr. Mercola indicates that imbalanced gut flora, high inflammation, and signals from the gut and brain can cause a host of dermatology symptoms to crop up. The the connection might seem unlikely, but as science learns more about how our organs interact and influence one another, it becomes increasingly clear that none of them acts alone.

“Your skin may seem like an entirely separate organ from your brain or your intestines, but they are intricately intertwined. Emotional stress is proven to exacerbate acne, and your gut bacteria are proven to impact your emotions.

Further, your gut microflora may also influence your skin more directly, as signals from these gut microorganisms are sent throughout your body andinteract with organisms in your skin and gut mucosa. Researchers are now looking into how these interactions can help with skin conditions like dryness, improve collagen, or stabilize the microflora on your skin to help with irritations.”

For more information on how the gut, brain, and skin connect click here.

For expert guidance on how to clean up your gut to help clear up your skin, call Lake Pointe at 612-922-8100 and schedule a Functional Physical. You’ll be guided through all the customized steps to cleanse harmful toxins and organisms from your gut, reduce inflammation and its various causes, restore the gut lining to health, and reinoculate with beneficial flora. Don’t be surprised if the benefits are showing up on your smiling face!

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Be Fertile: Gallbladder Health for Hormone Health

hyacinth-1402847_1280What if I told you giving your gallbladder a little TLC could relieve PMS symptoms? It sounds a bit crazy, but Lauren of Empowered Sustenance explains how it plays a crucial role in keeping your hormones in balance:

“You may not have considered the crucial role your gallbladder plays in hormone health. As a matter of fact, a poorly-functioning gallbladder paves the way to PMS and hormone hell.

How does the gallbladder tie into PMS?

  1. The liver synthesizes bile. It packages up old hormones – including estrogen –  and toxins that need to leave the body in the bile. Then it ships the bile to the gallbladder.
  2. The gallbladder stores bile and secretes it into the small intestine when we eat a meal with fat. The bile breaks down the fat, so we can absorb it, and then the old hormones/toxins in the bile exit the body with the feces.
  3. If your gallbladder is not functioning well, the bile become thick and stagnant in the gallbladder. As a result, the body reabsorbs the estrogen it needed to eliminate, contributing to estrogen dominance.
  4. To make matters worse, you can’t properly digest fats with thick, stuck bile. And the body needs to digest fats in order to synthesize hormones.

In a nutshell, poor gallbladder function equals the reabsorption of old estrogen and a deficiency in the building blocks required for new hormones.”

For more on how to eliminate PMS naturally, read the rest of the article here. In the meantime, schedule a Functional Physical to check in on your health and see how you can support your body to properly balance hormones.

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Be Fertile: Puberty

strawberries-828627_1280Puberty… would anyone want to relive those years? For most they consisted of discomfort, embarrassment, and surprise as one navigated the swiftly changing flow of raging hormones. Who was I today? Angry, sad, exuberant? Which face did I have: smooth and clear or riddled with acne? And why don’t my clothes fit right anymore?

Change is hard; it’s especially hard when you’re in your preteens. But the changes don’t have to be so sudden, so drastic, or so dreadful! Functional Medicine can find ways to support a healthy and smooth transition through puberty by maintaining balance in the body even as it changes. Schedule a Functional Physical to get started! Call 612-922-8100.

 

 

 

 

 

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