Common Health Problems

Our goal is to help people take charge of their health by giving them access to nutritional education and affordable health supplements. Take a look through our health encyclopedia to learn about common medical conditions and what you can do to prevent them. 

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Acne

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition characterized by red lesions, pustules, blackheads, and whiteheads.  Acne is also associated with psychological and emotional stress, producing feelings of self-awareness, low self-esteem, and psychosocial devastation.  While conventional medicine has not confirmed the cause of acne, a large body of research demonstrates a strong association with hormonal imbalances (menstrual irregularities), food allergies (which can increase histamine overload and skin lesions), inflammatory food (producing skin redness), repetitive skin rubbing (can introduce dirt and bacteria), prescription drugs (oral contraceptive pills, phenytoin to seizures, and steroids), and excessive psychological stress (stress hormone aggravates skin conditions).  When these factors are present, the production of oil in sebaceous glands is increased and gets clogged.  This stimulates a naturally found bacteria on skin called Propionibacterium acnei to produce inflammatory fatty acids that produce redness, pain, and deformed skin lesions, commonly known as pimples or cysts.

How to Protect Your Health Against Acne?

While conventional medicine can offer acute solutions to treat acne with benzoyl peroxide and topical or oral antibiotics, the chronic use of oral antibiotics is associated with poor digestive health and increased risk of allergies, diarrhea, and malabsorption.  The best approach to overcome acne is to begin correcting hormonal imbalances that may be causing elevations in steroid hormones, which increase oil production in your skin and hair follicles.  Doctor’s Favorite Women’s Hormonal Support is a well-balanced formula to help support hormonal health.   Eating a plant-based, Mediterranean diet will help you decrease the inflammatory load that contributes to acne.  Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA is an essential formula that provides support for your skin, heart, vision, and brain. 

Controlling anxiety and psychologically stress with regular exercise, establishing healthy social networks, helps immune system and promotes a positive outlook in life, all which are necessary to overcome skin conditions.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is wonderful formula to increase magnesium levels in your body, which helps support mental health, reduce oxidation, and increase energy at the cellular level.  Regular bowel movements are necessary to eliminate intestinal toxins and old metabolized hormones, which could get reabsorbed into the blood, if they are not eliminated through regular bowel movements.  Doctor’s Favorite Fiber Plus is an effective formula to support regular bowel movements and speed the elimination of toxins through fecal waste products. 

Unlike regular commercial chocolate (full of sugar and milk), organic cacao (unprocessed) has healing components that are beneficial to the skin and blood flow. Doctor’s Favorite Organic Cacao is a natural, unprocessed snack that can improve your energy and skin.  People with allergy to cacao, should not consume cacao or any other form of chocolate.  

In summary, the following suggestions can help improve your skin health reduce acne lesions:

  • Correct hormonal imbalances
  • Lower stress by increasing exercise and taking Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium
  • Integrate plant-based, Mediterranean diet
  • Avoid allergic food like peanuts, dairy, wheat
  • Supplement with Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA
  • Use natural cosmetics, according to your skin type
  • Wash hair every night to reduce bacterial oils in your hair follicle
  • Establish healthy social networks to support emotional health
  • Correct vitamin and mineral deficiencies

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References

De Araujo QR1, Gattward JN, Almoosawi S, Silva Md, Dantas PA, De Araujo Júnior QR.Cocoa and human health: From head to foot—A review. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2016;56(1):1-12. Doi: 10.1080/10408398.2012.657921.

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Anti-Aging

The common lifestyle practiced in industrialized nations is characterized by inflammatory food, high-stress, low physical activity, and little social support.  These lifestyle factors set the stage for inflammatory conditions in the body that are associated with chronic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus type 2, coronary heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and neurodegenerative disease.

The Two Main Causes of Premature Aging

A growing body of evidence has demonstrating that inflammation in the body is a trigger that promotes many devastating diseases and premature aging.  Another contributing factor that promotes accelerated aging and chronic disease is oxidation in the body.  Oxidation comes from natural biochemical processes in the human body, such as carbohydrate metabolism, fatty acid oxidation, and even from the breathing oxygen.  Additional oxidation can come from ingestion of drugs, such as cocaine, cigarette smoke, alcohol, pesticides, and heavy metals.  With increasing oxidative stress in the body, the ability to eliminates oxidative, reactive particles (called free radicals) is diminished, leading to more inflammation, chronic disease, and accelerated aging.

How to Protect Your Health Against Premature Aging

The first lifestyle approach to stopping premature aging is modification of lifestyle factors that contribute to aging.  The incorporation of proper anti-aging diet, such as Mediterranean diet can provide healthy phytonutrients to combat aging, such as essential fatty acid from fish oil.  A study published on JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association), demonstrated that heart disease patients with lower levels of Omega 3 in the body had faster cellular aging at the chromosomal level. 1 Doctor’s Favorite Omega 3 EPA/DHA contains a high-potency concentration of healing fats that help nourish cell membranes in the body, promoting better heart, brain, and vision.  Engaging in regular moderate exercise (e.g., 150 minutes per week) is a pivotal component of an anti-aging lifestyle.  One common clinical finding in aging adults is the loss of muscle mass (known as sarcopenia).  For this reason, Doctor’s Favorite Vegan Protein Shake offers a delicious, vanilla-flavored formula with all the essential amino acids to help your body build and retain muscle mass and stay looking young and fit.

Getting proper rest every night—by going to bed from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM in complete darkness—will ensure your body’s secretion anti-aging melatonin (sleep hormone) is secreted at optimal levels.  It is important to note that the body needs several nutrients in order to make melatonin, such as vitamin B3, B6, and Magnesium.  For this reason, Doctor’s Favorite’s Magnesium Bisglycinate will support nervous system health and promote a feeling of muscle and nerve relaxation.  In the same manner, Doctor’s Favorite Vitamin B-100 Complex offers a rich combination of brain vitamins essential for mood and memory support. 

Finally, incorporating a stress reduction routine into your lifestyle is important to stop the progression of aging in your body.  Chronic stress causes elevated levels of stress hormone (cortisol) in your body, which is associated with obesity, osteoporosis, stomach ulcers, constipation, heart disease, and diabetes.  For this reason, Doctor’s Favorite Stress Support is a highly effective formula that helps improve your body’s resistance to stress and help you adapt to stressful situations.  Proper intake of good quality, non-acidic water will help you stay hydrated and prevent risk of low blood pressure and dizziness.  Finally, developing a routine to deep-breath 50 times every morning and afternoon outside of your house, will facilitate the elimination of airborne toxins and particles that promote respiratory disease and acidosis.

In summary, the following suggestions will help you slow down aging and stay looking young and healthy:

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References

[1]. Farzaneh-Far R, Lin J, Epel ES, Harris WS, Blackburn EH, Whooley MA. Association of Marine Omega-3 Fatty Acid Levels With Telomeric Aging in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease. JAMA. 2010;303(3):250–257. Doi:10.1001/jama.2009.2008

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Anxiety

Stress is natural response to the pressures and demands of human life, coming from work, school, and home environments.  Acute stress is characterized by rapid stress you experience in times of emergency (fires, accidents, threats) and it increases fast-acting stress hormones (norepinephrine and epinephrine) to adjust the heart and muscle contractions to meet those needs.  Small amount of stress is normal and healthy, because it provides a tonic effect in your circulation.  When stress becomes unrelieved and prolonged, it is known as chronic stress, which is characterized by constant elevations of the stress hormone (cortisol), promoting a wide range of adverse effects in the body.  For example, chronic stress is associated with sleep disturbance (insomnia), weight gain or loss, thyroid dysfunction, hair loss, premature skin aging, blood sugar imbalances, and heart disease.  Anxiety is the term used to described chronic stress that has lasted more than six months and is characterized by constantly worrying about multiple things in life, such as work, finances, health problems, and family issues. 

How to Protect Yourself Against Anxiety

Anxiety is a mental condition that has deranging effects throughout the body.  Thus, it is important to protect the brain with optimal nourishment and correct distorted psychological and behavioral patterns that promote anxiety.  A study published on JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) showed that Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA) are important components of the brain to increase cell membrane fluidity and synthesis of brain hormones (neurotransmitters), which help stabilize mood, thinking, and lower anxiety.1  Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA is the optimal formula to support brain, vision, and hearth health.  Following a Mediterranean, plant-based diet is important to nourish brain cells and decrease inflammation and oxidation in the brain. 

Give Your Brain the Super Nutrients it Needs

Brain cells use minerals and vitamins to make neurohormones called neurotransmitters.  Having profound deficiencies of brain-healthy vitamins and minerals contributes to mental fatigue and distorted thinking.  Vitamin B6 is important in brain hormone production and Vitamin B12 is important in nerve cell function.  Doctor’s Favorite Vitamin B-100 is a complete complex of all the brain-healthy vitamins at optimal levels to help you improve your mental status.  Magnesium is an essential mineral that helps to activate enzymes in brain cells to produce energy and improve focus, relaxation, and attention.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is the perfect formula to help support brain health, promote relaxation, and increase energy.  Providing your body with the amino acids it needs to make neurotransmitters, such as L-Tyrosine and L-Tryptophan is an important strategy to help you have optimal mental health.  Doctor’s Favorite Vegan Protein Shake is a delicious, vanilla-flavor supplement with all the amino acids your body needs to make neurotransmitters and improve healthy muscle mass.

Finally, having a regular exercise routine and establishing social support networks will help you achieve personal satisfaction, improve self-esteem, and give you emotionally rewarding experiences and motivation to keep on keeping on.  The following summary will help you support your mental status and empower you to overcome anxiety in your life:

 

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References

Su K, Tseng P, Lin P, et al. Association of Use of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids With Changes in Severity of Anxiety Symptoms: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Netw Open. Published online September 14, 20181(5):e182327. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.2327

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Arthritis

Arthritis is a generic term to denote a deterioration in joint function.  There are different types of arthritic conditions, such as rheumatoid, septic, psoriatic, gout, and juvenile, but, by far, the most common type is osteoarthritis.  Osteoarthritis is an age-related condition characterized by degeneration of articular cartilage (a fluid-filled gelatinous sponge that prevents bone friction), resulting in squeaky sound (crepitus) with movement, followed by stiffness, deformation (bony projections called osteophytes), and loss of function.  People who are exposed to repetitive movements in their work are more predisposed to developing osteoarthritis at an earlier age.  Once osteoarthritis develops, it tends to be progressive with time and repetitive movement.  It is important to adjust the physical activity routine in order to avoid further deterioration of the joints.  The most commonly affected joints are the wrist, lower back (lumbar vertebrae), and hip.  While it is impossible to cure osteoarthritis by reversing the damage that has already been created, it is possible to stop (or slow) the progression of this condition in order to preserve joint health and mobility. 

How Can You Protect Yourself Against Osteoarthritis?

Continuing with moderate physical therapy is important to prevent stiffness from getting worse.  It is important to stay active and engage in an aerobic and strength training program, consisting of walking, leg lifts, back stretching (using exercise balls), and stretch bands.  Lack of physical activity will only exacerbate joint stiffness, pain, and accelerate loss of function and decalcification of bones, resulting in osteoporosis and calcium kidney stones.  Although humans need good quality rest, staying in the coach for prolonged periods will decrease muscle fiber strength and joint function.

Nutrients For Healthy Joints?

Giving your body the essential nutrients to protect and maintain cartilage in your joints, is an important step that will nourish and slow the deterioration of joint cartilage.  Nutrients that protect articular cartilage are known as chondroprotectors and consists of natural compounds that are the building blocks of articular cartilage, such as chondroitin sulfate, MSM (methyl-sulfane-metahne), and glucosamine sulfate.1  Taking these cartilage protectors in optimal dosages can support joint health and function.  Doctor’s Favorite Flexible Joints is a wonderful formula designed to support cartilage and promote joint health.  Stress, inflammation, and lack of lubrication can promote rapid deterioration of joints.  Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA is the perfect formula with high concentration of healing, essential fatty acids that will support joint health.  Magnesium is another essential nutrient that helps musculoskeletal function in the body and promotes relaxation.  One study showed that magnesium supplementation reduced osteoarthritis of the knee seen in radiographs (x-rays).Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is a great formula designed to promote bone and joint health and support relaxation. 

In summary, health suggestions that can help you improve joint health are the following:

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References

[1]. Botham KM, Murray RK. The Extracellular Matrix. In: Rodwell VW, Bender DA, Botham KM, Kennelly PJ, Weil P. eds. Harper's Illustrated Biochemistry, 31e (2018).  New York, NY: McGraw-Hill

[2].Chao Zeng, Hui Li, Jie Wei,  Tuo Yang,  Zhen-han Deng,  Ye Yang,  Yi Zhang,  Tu-bao Yang,  and Guang-hua Lei     Association between Dietary Magnesium Intake and Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis.  PLoS One. 2015; 10(5): e0127666. Published online 2015 May 26. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127666

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Back Pain

Low back pain is a common health condition affecting 70% of Americans during their lifetime.  While 90% of low back pain (LBP) resolves by itself without clinical complications, it can be debilitating, uncomfortable, and create short-term disability.  While there are many elusive causes of back pain, the most common conditions are mechanical low back pain, lumbar 5 (L5) and sacral 1 (S1) spinal nerve irritation due to intervertebral disc herniation (known as sciatica), and compression of the spinal cord (spinal stenosis) seen in vertebral areas with high outer curvature (lordosis), such as the cervical vertebra 5 (C5) and 7 (C7) and lumbar vertebra 5 (L5) and 7 (L7).  Rarely, LBP can be cause by compression fractures of vertebral bones (e.g., in people with osteoporosis, or those who smoke, and take medications, such as anastrozole, letrozole, anticonvulsants, or corticosteroids).  Likewise, people over 50 years of age, with a history of cancer of the breast, prostate, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma, can have LBP secondary to a cancer invasion (e.g., metastasis). 

How Can You Protect Yourself Against Low Back Pain?

The best way to prevent LBP from mechanical causes is to have proper working and lifting techniques, when you workout or engage in physical activity.  Lifting with your legs, instead of your lower back, is recommended to avoid low back injury.  Stretching exercises can help promote elasticity of your paraspinal muscles and ligamentum flavum, which are structures that give stability to your back.  Avoiding high compression exercises, such as running on concrete, is recommended to prevent lumbar disc irritation from the repetitive bouncing motion.  It is better to engage in low compression exercises, such as swimming, trampoline jumping, or running in cushioned terrain. 

What Nutritional Support Can You Implement to Help Low Back Pain?

It is important to understand that intervertebral discs (e.g., those gelatinous structures that separate vertebral bones from each other) are made of negatively charged, jelly-like compounds called Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which attract water, and collagen proteins.  Clinical studies show that individuals with LBP and disc herniation (radiculopathy) have lower water and GAGs content in the central portion of their lumbar discs called nucleus pulposus.1 Thus, it is important to incorporate good intake of spring water every day to keep those intervertebral discs hydrated.  Doctor’s Favorite Flexible Joints is an effective formula containing high concentrations of glucosamine-sulfate, chondroitin-sulfate, and MSM, which help nourish the GAGs content in your joints and discs, by providing the building blocks to make the GAGs.  Poor nutrition and inflammatory conditions can destroy the GAGs in your cartilage.  Thus, it is important to promote a healthy lifestyle characterized by anti-inflammatory diet, rich in Omega 3, hydration, and exercise. 

Magnesium is an important mineral that promotes relaxation of muscles and nerves.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is an effective formula designed to promote nerve and muscle relaxation, support bone health, and help cardiovascular function.  Omega 3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that help fight inflammation and improve blood flow in the body, according to numerous randomized studies.2 Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA is an effective formula to promote healthy vision, heart, and joint function.  In summary, the following suggestions will help you maintain optimal back and musculoskeletal health:

Where to Get More Help?

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References

[1]. Heüveldop, S., Fichter, F., Müller-Lutz, A., Konieczny, M., Eichner, M., Wittsack, H. and Schleich, C. (2019) Assessment of Glycosaminoglycan Content of Lumbar Intervertebral Discs in Patients with Radiculopathy. International Journal of Clinical Medicine10, 259-269. doi: 10.4236/ijcm.2019.104020

[2]. Wall, R. et al. (2010). Fatty acids from fish: anti-inflammatory potential of Omega 3. Nutrition Reviews, Volume 68, Issue 5, Pages 280–289, https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-4887.2010.00287.x

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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

The prostate gland is part of the male urogenital system and prone to enlarge with age and hormonal imbalances, making benign prostatic hyperplasia one of the most common health conditions of aging men.  The three main mechanisms that cause this prostate enlargement (BPH) are bladder muscle dysfunction (detrusor dysfunction), androgens (dihydrotestosterone), and estrogens.  Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a hormone that promotes prostate cell growth, thereby increasing prostate gland size.  While testosterone is an important hormone that gives men sexual vitality, its blood levels began to decrease after 25 years of age and eventually fall significantly by 50 years of age.  The fall of testosterone in men is accompanied by a rise in estrogen, which promotes prostate gland enlargement, which manifests as frequent urges to urinate, incomplete urination, decrease caliber of urine stream, resulting in dribbling. 

What Can You do to Protect Yourself Against Prostate Enlargement?

Studies have demonstrated that high blood levels of estrogen in men can promote prostate enlargement, so it is important to decrease estrogen load in the body by loosing weight, especially central abdominal fat.  Doctor’s Favorite Weight Balance is an effective formula that helps maintain a healthy weight, improves energy levels, supports healthy metabolism.  Increasing daily consumption of fiber can help lower cholesterol and trap dietary sugars and old metabolized hormones in the gut, to prevent their reabsorption into the bloodstream, which would stress prostatic health and increase its size.  Doctor’s Favorite Fiber Plus is an effective formula that promotes adequate elimination of intestinal toxins, thereby promoting a sense of physical well-being and supports healthy cholesterol level. 

Since dietary sugars increase blood levels of growth-promoting insulin hormone (which can precipitate prostate enlargement), it is important to moderate the daily consumption of sugars and include plant-based diets, instead of processed foods.  Doctor’s Favorite Blood Sugar Support is an effective formula that helps maintain healthy blood levels of sugar and promotes healthy metabolic function.  Studies have shown that benign prostatic hyperplasia is also characterized by inflammatory changes in the prostate, highlighting the importance of increasing the intake of Omega-3 fatty acids in the diet.  Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA is an effective formula that provides 2000 mg of Omega-3 healing fats per serving, promoting healthy heart, brain, and eye function.  Studies have confirmed that phytonutrients can help decrease the size of the prostate gland, by blocking enzymes that are increase growth promoting DHT hormone and by decreasing inflammation.  Doctor’s Favorite Prostate and Men’s Energy is an effective formula that is rich in phytonutrients, such as Saw Palmetto, and many others promote healthy prostate health and increase men’s vitality and well-being.1  

The following lifestyle suggestions will help you improve your overall health, achieve hormonal balance, and look and feel younger:

 

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References

  1. G.S. Gerber, G.P. Zagaja, G.T. Bales, et al.: Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) in men with lower urinary tract symptoms: effects on urodynamic parameters and voiding symptoms. Urology. 51:1003-1007 1998 9609640

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Cancer

Cancer is a chronic disease resulting from the interplay of genes with environmental factors, such as dietary habits, physical activity, emotional state, alcohol intake, hormonal state, pesticide exposure, and radiation.  Epidemiologic studies have confirmed that processed foods (such as nitrosamine-rich meats), pesticides exposure, decrease level of exercise, alcohol, and cigarette smoke, all contribute to the development of cancer.  Prolonged psychosocial stress can lead to poor immune status, by decreasing T lymphocyte activity, and promoting the development of cancer in genetically susceptible individuals.  Also, exposure to environmental estrogen-like chemicals, such as plasticizers (e.g., BPA, PVC), and pesticides rich in heavy metals, are associated with endocrine disruption and risk of cancer development.  The two underlying mechanisms that promote cancer of any kind (e.g., pancreatic, colorectal, stomach, prostate, breast, etc.) are oxidation and inflammation.  Oxidation creates unstable, reactive compounds (free radicals) that damage body organs and cells genetic material.  Inflammation fuels the release of immune hormones (cytokines) that are associated with cancer, such as IL-6, TNF-α, which impair immune function.

How Can You Protect Yourself Against Cancer?

The best way to protect yourself against cancer is by promoting lifestyle factors that are anti-cancer, such as incorporating a Mediterranean anti-inflammatory diet, supplementing yourself with invigorating supplements, having a good sleep hygiene, developing a regular exercise routine, and having a positive emotional outlook in life.  A growing body of research has demonstrated that Omega 3 fatty acids can help support immune health, by suppressing activation of cyclooxygenase-2 enzymes in tumors, which produce PGE2, an inflammatory hormone that facilitates cancer cell proliferation.1 Thus, supplementation with Omega 3 can help modulate inflammation and improve cell membrane function, which translates into better brain, heart, and immune function.  Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA is an effective formula with high concentration of EPA and DHA, which are healing fatty acids that help brain cell function and support healthy blood circulation. 

Also, adequate fiber intake is associated with lower rates of colorectal cancer.2 It is thought that fiber helps trap toxins, fecal material, and metabolic waste products that would otherwise come in contact with the intestinal wall, thereby promoting inflammation and colon cancer.  Doctor’s Favorite Fiber Plus is an effective, natural fiber supplement that promotes healthy digestive function and regular bowel movements.  One of the hallmarks of cancer is low energy levels, due to the poor appetite and decrease cellular energy production.  Magnesium is an important mineral that helps increase production of the cellular energy molecule, ATP.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is an effective supplement that provides the highest quality of magnesium that can promote cellular energy, support musckuloskeletal health and relaxation in the body. 

Hormonal imbalance can promote cancer development in men and women, especially breast and prostate cancers.  Too much estrogen---in genetically predisposed individuals---can increase the risk of estrogen-sensitive cancers, such as uterine and breast cancers. 

Doctor’s Favorite Women’s Hormonal Support is an effective formula that promotes hormonal balance in women.  Likewise, elevated levels of testosterone in men can lead to conversion of cancer-promoting dihydrotestosterone, which is associated with prostate cancer.  Doctor’s Favorite Prostate and Men’s Energy is an effective formula that helps promote healthy hormonal levels in men.

In summary, eliminating toxic chemicals from cosmetics, processed foods, and pesticides can give your body the chance to heal and decrease endocrine disruption and toxicity.  Eliminating processed sugary foods and inflammatory diets can decrease harmful oxidation and inflammation in your body.  The following suggestions can provide good immune support to your body:

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References

Hardman, WE (2002). Omega-3 fatty acids to augment cancer therapy. The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 132, Issue 11, Pages 3508S 3512S, https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/132.11.3508S

Kunzmann, AT et al (2015). Increasing fiber intake and risk of colorectal cancer and incident of recurrent adenoma in the prostate, lung, and colorectal, and ovarian cancer screening trial.  Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Oct; 102(4): 881–890. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.115.113282

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Constipation

Constipation is common intestinal condition that affects almost 30% of the United States and 20% of the world’s population, creating significant discomfort and social distress.1 Although constipation is usually intermittent, it can become a prolonged digestive problem for a lot of people.  In order to understand constipation better, it is important to have a basic knowledge of the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract.  Normally, the adult gastrointestinal tract (from the mouth to the rectum) measures 25-29 feet in length and normal transit time of food waste material is 24 to 36 hours.  Inability to pass stool between 24-36 hours, straining during defecations, passing hard stools, and sensation of incomplete evacuation are all characteristic findings of clinical constipation.  Often, constipation is associated with bloating and intestinal distension, and more severely, with intestinal obstruction (e.g., when there is inability to pass gas).  While most causes of constipation are due to improper lifestyle habits (such as poor food choices and sedentary lifestyle), other causes may be low thyroid function (hypothyroidism), and rarely, colorectal cancer (if the change in bowel habits is associated with weight loss, fatigue, and anemia in older individuals).

What Can You do to Avoid Constipation?

The first thing to do avoid constipation is to increase physical activity, because this facilitates intestinal muscular, wave-like movements called peristalsis, which promote regular bowel movements.  Another important lifestyle factor to implement is the supplementation of dietary fiber (25-30 grams every day), because this helps to increase volume and lubrication of the fecal material in the gut, thereby enhancing its evacuation and giving a sense of relief and flat abdomen.2  Doctor’s Favorite Fiber Plus is an effective supplement that promotes regular bowel movements.  Often, high burden of harmful intestinal bacteria (such as clostridium and bacteroides) can promote unwanted fermentation and the buildup of toxic metabolic products.  Doctor’s Favorite Digestive Relief is an effective and gentle formula that promotes healthy digestive function.  Magnesium is an important mineral that promotes intestinal muscle relaxation.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is an effective formula that supports healthy digestive function and promotes nerve and muscle relaxation.

In summary, constipation can easily be resolved by increasing physical activity, eating plant-based, whole-grain diets, and following these proven suggestions:

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References

  1. Higgins PD, Johanson JF. Epidemiology of constipation in North America: a systematic review. Am J Gastroenterol. 2004; 99:750–759. [PubMed] [Google Scholar]
  2. Abdullah, MH, et al. Food Nutr Res. 2015; 59: 10.3402/fnr.v59.28646. Published online 2015 Dec 11. doi: 10.3402/fnr.v59.28646

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Depression

Depression is a common condition that affects almost 1 in 10 adults, where women are most commonly affected. Once thought to be a mental disorder of older people, the incidence of depression among children and adolescents is increasing at a disturbingly high rate.1 While most people may experience low-grade depression symptoms throughout their lifetime---during a stressful period---these episode are temporary and recoverable.  The cause of depression is due to the interplay of three main factors.  First, genetic predisposition plays an important role in the development of depression.  Having a biologic parent or a sibling that has depression can increase the risk of depression by 50% to 40%, respectively.  Likewise, experiencing social losses, such as unemployment, loss of a family member, a romantic partner, or anything that had a profound sentimental value, can trigger depression states in vulnerable individuals.  Third, past stressful events (such as abuse, violence, or emotional trauma) can make an individual susceptible to develop depression later in life.  Once these depression-promoting factors are involved, there are biochemical imbalances in the brain (such as low dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine), which result in the changes in mood, low energy levels, poor sleep, weight disturbance, lack of concentration, guilty, and suicidal ideation.  Experiencing these symptoms for two or more weeks is the clinical criteria for major depressive disorder (MDD).

How Can You Protect Yourself Against Depression?

While many environmental factors that trigger depression (such as a stressful childhood upbringing) cannot be resolved, we can address the biochemical imbalance in the brain by implementing a healthy lifestyle.  A study published in the Journal of Functional Foods established that Cacao has positive effects in mental well-being.2 Doctor’s Favorite Organic Cacao is perfect superfood that is rich in flavonoids, which are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that improve blood flow and cardiovascular function in the body.  Studies demonstrate that magnesium is an important mineral that gives the body the capacity to activate more than 200 enzymes, many of which are involved in the synthesis of brain hormones (neurotransmitters), responsible for regulating mood and promoting mental energy.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is an effective formula that replenishes magnesium stores that help energize the body at the cellular level and activates enzymes important in brain and muscle function. 

Since the body is 60% fat, giving the body good quality omega 3 fats is a scientifically proven way to nourish brain cells.  An impressive study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) demonstrated that fish oil supplementation has potential to decrease anxiety and stress effects in the brain.3  Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA is an excellent formula that has high concentration of EPA acid (supports healthy blood flow) and DHA (promotes healthy joint, heart, and vision).  Since the body cannot make Omega 3 EPA/DHA acids, it is important to supplement these acids every day from a pure, pork-free, PCB-tested formula such as Doctor’s Favorite Omega 3 EPA/DHA

Finally, studies have shown that people with depression have low levels of Vitamin B6, which is a water-soluble vitamin that helps form the mood-boosting brain hormones (such as serotonin and dopamine).  Doctor’s Favorite Vitamin B-100 Complex is an effective formula that supports healthy brain function, energy levels, and good mental performance.

By implementing the following suggestions, you can avoid depression from debilitating your life and decreasing your quality of life:

 

Where to Get More Help?

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References

  1. Center of Disease Control and Prevention (2018). Prevalence of depression between 2013-2016. Retrieved: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db303.htm
  2. Smith FD (2013). Benefits of flavonoid-rich cocoa in mental well-being: A review.  Journal of Functional Foods, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 10-15.
  3. Su K, Tseng P, Lin P, et al. Association of Use of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids With Changes in Severity of Anxiety Symptoms: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Netw Open.Published online September 14, 20181(5): e182327. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.2327

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Diabetes

Diabetes is a common global epidemic that is increasing at a disturbingly high rate, especially among Hispanics, African Americans, and Caucasians.  Even more distressing is the fact that diabetes rates are dramatically skyrocketing among the children and adolescents.  Diabetes is characterized by elevations in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia), which causes a wide range of health problems in multiple organs, such as dehydration from urinating sugar molecules (polyuria), resulting in increased risk of urinary tract infections, as well as impaired blood flow and increased risk of blood clots and heart attacks, because high sugar levels makes blood thick and viscous.  Prolonged elevations of sugar levels in the blood create circulatory injuries in the kidneys (resulting in leakage of protein in the urine, leading to chronic kidney disease), damage to the peripheral nerves (resulting in numbness, tingling and loss of sensation known as neuropathy), and microscopic damage in the blood vessels of the retina (resulting in reduced vision and blindness).  This explains why diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic amputations, kidney failure, and blindness.  While Diabetes Type 1 is characterized by the body self-attacking the pancreas (autoimmune), Diabetes Type 2 is due to poor metabolism of sugar, high body fat, and gradual dysfunction of the pancreas over the years.

How Can You Protect Yourself Form Diabetes?

While studies show that both Diabetes Type 1 and 2 are have a strong genetic predisposition, educating yourself about the causes and learning to develop an anti-diabetic lifestyle is the most important first step that you can take.  Studies have shown that regular intake of Omega 3 Fatty Acids and following a Mediterranean diet can help decrease inflammation and oxidation common in chronic diseases like Diabetes.  Doctor’s Favorite Omega 3 EPA/DHA is an effective formula that has high concentrations of EPA (which supports healthy blood flow) and DHA (which promotes healthy heart, vision, and brain health). Numerous studies have confirmed that dark, unprocessed, unsweetened chocolate (cacao) is rich in flavonoids that can protect arteries and help blood flow and give energy in a natural way.  While commercial, processed chocolate is not recommended for people with diabetes---because it will increase blood sugar and cholesterol levels---unprocessed cacao is known to benefit individuals with diabetes due to the antioxidant rich phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins. 1 Doctor’s Favorite Organic Cacao is an effective superfood that promotes healthy energy levels and good heart and brain function.

Emotional stress is also known to negatively affect people with diabetes, by increasing sugar levels in the blood and impairing adequate sugar uptake in the muscle and fat cells.  Magnesium is an essential mineral---which many people are deficient in---that helps promote relaxation of the muscle fibers and nerves.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is an effective formula that replenishes your body’s magnesium levels and supports nerve, muscle, and bone health.  Fiber is also an important nutrient that is beneficial for people with diabetes, because it helps trap dietary sugar in the gut and avoid sudden surges in blood sugar levels, which are damaging to the circulatory system.  Doctor’s Favorite Fiber Plus is an effective formula that provides natural, sugar-free fiber that is gentle and helps trap dietary sugars and avoid the rapid spikes of sugar after a meal.

Studies indicate that 80% of people with diabetes have obesity or are overweight (pre-obesity).  Having excess fat cells in the body impairs the body’s ability to regulate sugar and cholesterol levels in the blood.  Thus, it is important to lose weight in a gentle, yet effective manner that will help eliminate unnecessary fat and gain muscle mass.  Doctor’s Favorite Weight Balance is an effective formula designed to help you achieve your optimal weight, stay healthy, and look fit.  Doctor’s Favorite Vegan Vanilla Protein is a wonderful meal-replacement that provides 21-grams of high-quality protein in one serving, giving you all the muscle-building amino acids, you need in a delicious scoop.

It is important to protect cardiovascular function in people with diabetes.  Prolonged high blood sugar can cause inflammation of the arteries and increase risk of heart attacks and strokes.  Doctor’s Favorite Heart and Blood Pressure Support is an effective formula that supports healthy heart and circulatory function.  Doctor’s Vitamin B-100 Complex is an effective formula designed to provide adequate concentration of B vitamins, which are needed in the digestive processing of dietary nutrients, energy production, and maintaining healthy heart and brain function.

The following suggestions will help you stay healthy, looking young, and feeling vigorous, while giving your body the nutritional support needed to have good health outcomes:

Where to Get More Help?

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References

De Araujo QR, Gattward JN, Almoosawi S, Silva Md, Data’s PA, De Araujo Júnior QR.Cocoa and human health: From head to foot—A review. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2016;56(1):1-12. Doi: 10.1080/10408398.2012.657921.

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, noninflammatory condition seen in 2%-8% of the general population and is characterized by diffused areas of tenderness and pain, most commonly affecting the neck, shoulder, and back, and legs regions.  Fibromyalgia is more commonly seen in women, but men can also be affected throughout their lifetime.  The clinical criteria of fibromyalgia involve 3 months of widespread pain in soft tissue areas of the body, such as muscles and tendons.  Although the cause of fibromyalgia was unknown for many years, extensive neuroimaging research has confirmed that the main cause of this condition is due to higher than normal sensitivity to pain, resulting from low levels of serotonin---a brain neurotransmitter that helps cope with pain and regulates mood.  Other brain neurohormones implicated the heighten sensitivity to pain in fibromyalgia include GABA (gama-amino butyric acid) and glutamate in areas of the brain involved in pain processing, such as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.1 Studies demonstrate that people with fibromyalgia have experienced stressful events---such as accidents, emotional traumas, physical abuse, overwork---which triggered the alteration of brain neurohormones leading to the increased sensitivity to pain. 

How Can You Protect Yourself Against Fibromyalgia?

Often, people who suffer from fibromyalgia lack the ability to express their feelings and have poor stress-coping mechanisms, resulting in feeling overwhelmed, emotionally strained, and impotent.  Thus, the first step to address this condition is to develop a healthy set of coping mechanisms to face the stresses and tensions of this rapidly changing society.  Developing a healthy spiritual dimension---through prayer, meditation, church attendance---establishing a strong social network---by forming supportive friendships---and adopting a positive outlook in life are important layers of mental protection that can empower an individual to resist the daily stresses of life.  Also, improving self-image and decreasing inflammatory load by losing weight is important to improve any disease, including fibromyalgia.  Doctor’s Favorite Weight Balance is an effective formula that promotes healthy energy levels and helps maintain a good metabolic function in the body.   Including Omega-3 fatty acids is an important step to nourish the brain cells with anti-inflammatory fats that support health brain function and lower the proinflammatory omega-6 fatty acids abundant in the typical U.S. diet.  Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA is an effective formula that promotes healthy brain, heart, and eye function. 

Magnesium is a vital mineral that many Americans are deficient in due to the low soil concentrations of this nutrient.  Magnesium plays an important role in the activation of more than 200 enzymes in the human body and brain that helps produce energy and improve muscle and nerve function.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is an effective formula that promotes muscle relaxation and supports bone and cardiovascular function.  Anti-inflammatory botanicals, such as turmeric, ginger, and Ashwagandha, and many others are known to improve energy and promote a soothing and healing effect in the human body.  Doctor’s Favorite Stress Support is an effective formula rich in healing botanicals and phytonutrients that promote healthier immune system, promote energy, and give the body stronger resistance to stress (adaptogen effect). 

Giving your brain the energizing B vitamins is an important nutritional step to help you achieve healthier mental status.  Vitamin B6, B3, and B12 are important in the synthesis of brain neurohormones that are vital in mood and memory.  Doctor’s Favorite Vitamin-B 100 Complex is an effective formula that supports healthy brain function and optimal mental state.  Cacao is a scientifically proven super food that helps energize the body and support mental wellbeing.  Doctor’s Favorite Organic Cacao is a delicious superfood rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoids that promote healthy blood flow and brain function. 

The following suggestions can help you strengthen your body and develop a healthier emotional state, giving you a better chance of overcoming the debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia:

Where to Get More Help?

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References

  1. Napadow, R.E. Harris: What has functional connectivity and chemical neuroimaging in fibromyalgia taught us about the mechanisms and management of ‘centralized’ pain? Arthritis Res Ther. 16:425-432 2014 25606591
  2. Smith FD (2013). Benefits of flavonoid-rich cocoa in mental well-being: A review. Journal of Functional Foods, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 10-15.

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

GERD---commonly described as heartburn---is a chronic condition that affects 20% of the general population in the U.S. and is characterized by abnormal passage of stomach acid into the esophagus.  The abnormal stomach contents (refluxate) that reaches the esophagus can create corrosive damage in the esophageal wall, resulting in inflammation, ulceration, scar tissue (fibrosis) and narrowing (strictures) of the esophagus.  The abnormal reflux of stomach contents is due to increased intraabdominal pressure (from obesity, pregnancy, wearing tight clothes, or eating large meals) that pushes the stomach acid contents upward into the esophagus. While most people with GERD take anti acids to suppress the symptoms, not addressing the underlying cause of GERD can lead to chronic inflammatory changes in the lower esophagus that may result in abnormal cell changes (metaplasia) and cancer (adenocarcinoma of the esophagus).  Therefore, it is important to identify the risk factors and triggers of GERD and avoid them and follow a nutritional therapy that can promote healing and good digestive function.

How Can You Protect Yourself Against GERD?

Lifestyle modifications are the first line of therapy for most chronic disease, such as GERD.  The first thing to improve digestion and avoid GERD symptoms is to eliminate the triggers that promote GERD, such as regular consumption of soda, caffeine, mint, and spicy foods.  Also, eliminating physical and metabolic factors that promote increased intraabdominal pressure, such as obesity, liver disease (ascites), wearing tight clothes, or eating large fatty meals, will also decrease the likelihood that stomach acid contents will regurgitate into the esophagus.  Doctor’s Favorite Weight Balance is an effective formula that promotes healthy weight, metabolism, and energy levels.  Stress---in the form of job stress, emotional tension, and mental strain---is also associated to aggravate GERD.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is an effective formula that promotes muscle and nerve relaxation and supports bone and cardiovascular health.

Likewise, studies show that compounds that have soothing particles can provide mucoprotection of the esophageal wall, promoting healing and well-being.1 Doctor’s Favorite Fiber Plus is an effective formula that can promote soothing effects to the gastrointestinal tract, support digestive function, and give bowel regularity.  Doctor’s Favorite Digestive Relief is an effective formula that provides botanical ingredients that promote restoration of stomach and esophagus stress.

The following lifestyle suggestions will improve your health and give you a better chance to avoid GERD symptoms:

Where to Get More Help?

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References

  1. Yarnell: Naturopathic gastroenterology. 2000 Naturopathic Medical Press Sisters, OR

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Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis characterized by painful attacks on one or two synovial joints---mostly the big toe, heel, or knee---and is associated with signs of inflammation, such as redness, heat, and loss of mobility.  Painful attacks seen in gouty arthritis result from the accumulation of uric acid crystals within joint tissues, resulting in activation of the body’s inflammatory response.  Uric acid is found produced in the body from the digestion and metabolism of purines---food particles found in animal protein (especially, organ meats), peanuts, and oatmeal.  The ingestion of alcohol, chocolate, coffee, and black tea can elevate the blood levels of compounds called xanthines, which are precursors of uric acid in the body and precipitate painful gout attacks (flareups).  It is important to note, that excess of fructose (in the form of high-fructose corn syrup in processed foods, or too much sweet fruit and honey) can become converted to uric acid in the human body, leading to gouty arthritis.  Thus, it is important to follow to a special therapeutic diet that will lower the body’s production of uric acid. While taking anti-inflammatory medication is the mainstream therapy to treat gouty arthritis, it is important to have complement medical regimens with a nutritional therapy that would lower the uric acid load in the body, giving a better chance to heal and avoid debilitating attacks.

How Can You Protect Yourself Against Gouty Arthritis?

Gouty arthritis forms when the uric acid production is excessively high and the body’s ability to excrete uric acid via the urine is reduced.  The imbalance of uric acid created by the overproduction and underexcretion is what sets the stage for gouty arthritis in vulnerable people.  It is important to understand that uric acid crystalizes into stones in the kidneys and in the rest of the body, when there is acidity level in the body (pH) is high.  Therefore, one of the first steps to avoid gouty arthritis is to limit purine-rich, uric acid-forming foods, and ingesting a diet that reduces the acid load in the body fluids (urine and blood).  Studies demonstrate that there is a strong association between metabolic disorders (hypertension, obesity, insulin resistance, and high cholesterol) and gouty arthritis.  Addressing these metabolic problems can improve the body’s ability to overcome gouty arthritis.  Doctor’s Favor’s Fiber Plus is an excellent supplement that helps trap dietary sugars and cholesterol in the gut and promote their elimination, before they enter the bloodstream.   Doctor’s Favorite Weight Balance is an effective formula that can promote healthy energy levels and help maintain an ideal body weight.

The Framingham Heart Study confirmed that there is an increased risk of 60% of coronary heart disease in men with gout.Therefore, it is important to protect cardiovascular health to avoid negative outcomes in heart function related to gout.  Doctor’s Favorite Heart and Blood Pressure Support is an effective formula that promotes healthy blood flow and heart function.  Likewise, Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA is an effective formula that provides healing fats to the retina, heart cells and brain.  Improving blood sugar levels can have a positive impact on uric acid levels in people with gout.  Doctor’s Favorite Blood Sugar Support is an effective formula that promotes healthy sugar levels and metabolic function in the body.

The following lifestyle suggestions will help you improve your overall health and enable you to enjoy life and avoid debilitating health conditions, such as gout:

Where to Get More Help?

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References

5R.D. Abbott, F.N. Brand, W.B. Kannel, W.P. Castelli: Gout and coronary heart disease: the Framingham Study. J Clin Epidemiol. 41:237-242 1988 3339376

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High Cholesterol (Dyslipidemia)

foods with good cholesterol

High cholesterol (also known as dyslipidemia) is a common health condition that is characterized by elevated levels of LDL-cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and reduced levels of the HDL-cholesterol (the good cholesterol).  The prevalence of dyslipidemia in the U.S. is more than 12% for those with high bad cholesterol (LDL-C) and more than 18% for those with low good cholesterol (HDL-C).1  It is important to note that just as the bad cholesterol (LDL-C) can promote heart disease, too low good cholesterol (HDL-C) can also result in excess buildup of cholesterol plaque (atheroma) inside the arteries and lead to heart attack (myocardial infarction).  Therefore, in order to have good cardiovascular health it is important to lower the bad cholesterol (LDL-C)---to avoid inflammatory changes and oxidation in the arteries---and to increase the good cholesterol (HDL-C)---to clean up the arteries and promote removal of bad cholesterol particles that accumulate in the coronary arteries in the heart and blood vessels in the brain, leading to a heart attach and strong, respectively.  Overtime, high blood cholesterol---or too low good cholesterol---can clog up the arteries in the heart leading to decrease blood, resulting in chest pain, dizziness, and shortness of bread (dyspnea).  Unaddressed, this can lead to a heart attack or a stroke.

How Can You Protect Yourself Against High Cholesterol?

The good news is that lifestyle changes can prevent the development of high cholesterol-related heart disease.  In fact, lifestyle changes are the first line therapy to treat and prevent high cholesterol.  Numerous research studies have demonstrated that increasing dietary fiber can lower the bad cholesterol and give you a better chance of overcoming high cholesterol in the bloodstream.  Doctor’s Favorite Fiber Plus is an effective formula that promotes adequate elimination of intestinal toxins, thereby promoting a sense of physical well-being and supports healthy cholesterol level.  Excess weight---especially central abdominal fat---elevates blood cholesterol and fatty acid levels, increasing cholesterol plaque buildup in the heart and brain blood vessels.  Doctor’s Favorite Weight Balance is an effective formula that helps maintain a healthy weight, improves energy levels, supports healthy metabolism.

A strong body of research confirms that high intake of Omega-6 fatty acids from corn, sunflower, and grapeseed, canola, and processed fats in fast food, can lead to inflammatory changes in the arteries, promoting the buildup of cholesterol plaque.  Ingesting Omega-3 every day has proven to improve blood flow and support good cholesterol levels.  Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA is an effective formula that provides 2000 mg of Omega-3 healing fats per serving, promoting healthy heart, brain, and eye function.  Vitamin B3 is scientifically proven to help lower bad cholesterol and supports energy production in the body.  Doctor’s Favorite Vitamin-B 100 Complex is an effective formula that promotes healthy heart and brain function.  Cacao is a scientifically proven super food that helps energize the body and support mental wellbeing.  Doctor’s Favorite Organic Cacao is a delicious superfood rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoids that promote healthy blood flow and brain function.  Likewise, Magnesium is an important mineral that promotes relaxation of muscles and nerves.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is an effective formula designed to promote nerve and muscle relaxation, support bone health, and help cardiovascular function.

The following lifestyle suggestions will help you achieve optimal cardiovascular health and enjoy and good, productive, and happy life:

Where to Get More Help?

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References

1.Center of Disease Control and Prevention (2016). Cholesterol Facts. Retrieved:  https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/facts.htm

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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

nurse taking blood pressure

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is the most important risk factor for heart disease and stroke in developed countries, where inflammatory fast food, high salt intake, and stressful lifestyles are the norm.  There is a high prevalence of high blood pressure in the United States, with 65 million adults reporting clinically detectable hypertension, and many of them are not aware that they have them.  While the symptoms of hypertension are subtle and not always felt, the wide range of physical damage that hypertension creates is devastating, ranging from heart failure, heart attack, arrhythmias, abdominal and thoracic aneurysms, stroke, loss of vision, and cognitive impairment (vascular dementia).  Thus, as with any other chronic disease, the best way to treat hypertension is to prevent it.  Risk factors for hypertension include being African American, cigarette smoking, increase salt consumption, high sugar intake, obesity, sleep deprivation, and stressful lifestyles.  The goal of adequate blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg and below 140/90 mmHg for those age 60 years or older. 

How Can You Protect Yourself Against Hypertension?

The best first step to treat and avoid hypertension is to know the risk factors that promote high blood pressure and try to avoid them.  By getting more sleep, quitting smoking, eating less salty and sweet foods, and establishing a regular exercise routine, you will be able to achieve a healthy cardiovascular status.  Doctor’s Favorite Heart and Blood Pressure Support is an effective formula design to support healthy blood circulation and heart function.  Increasing your regular intake of Omega-3 fatty acids will ensure that you blood vessels and heart and healthy and will fight against inflammatory insults that may damage arterial lining, such as oxidized cholesterol and inflammatory hormones.  Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA is an effective formula that provides 2000 mg of Omega-3 healing fats per serving, promoting healthy heart, brain, and eye function.  Losing weight is also an important lifestyle change that leads to favorable blood pressure levels.  Doctor’s Favorite Weight Balance is an effective formula that helps maintain a healthy weight, improves energy levels, supports healthy metabolism.

A strong body of research suggests that unprocessed dark chocolate (cacao) has natural nitrates---cacao-derived nutrients that promote relaxation of blood vessels---thereby supporting healthy blood pressure and heart function1.  Doctor’s Favorite Organic Cacao is a delicious superfood rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoids that promote healthy blood flow and brain function.  Magnesium is an important at relaxing smooth muscle in blood vessels, which supports healthy blood pressure levels.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is wonderful formula to increase magnesium levels in your body, which helps support mental health, reduce oxidation, and increase energy at the cellular level. 

The following lifestyle suggestions will help you achieve your best state of health and promote healthy cardiovascular function:

Where to Get More Help?

If you would like to get more personal and specialized help about your health challenges, you can schedule an appointment to chat with our Nutritional Expert.  We will be glad to help you achieve your personal health goals!

References

De Araujo QR1, Gattward JN, Almoosawi S, Silva Md, Dantas PA, De Araujo Júnior QR.Cocoa and human health: From head to foot—A review. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2016;56(1):1-12. Doi: 10.1080/10408398.2012.657921.

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Hypothyroidism

doctor checking a woman's thyroid

Hypothyroidism is the insufficient production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.  The thyroid hormone (T3) is responsible for increasing the metabolic function of the body and is involved in protein formation.  Important physiologic activities in the body, such as temperature regulation, protein synthesis in the nails, hair, and skin, mood states, bone health, and digestion, among other functions, are dependent upon healthy thyroid hormone levels.  When the thyroid is unable to produce normal thyroid hormone levels, a wide range of symptoms manifest in the body, such as hair loss, brittle nails, foggy brain and decreased memory, muscle pain and fatigue, fluid and glucosaminoglycans (GAGs) accumulation, high cholesterol, and joint pain, among other physical findings.  Risk factors for hypothyroidism include low iodine intake (such as people who live in mountainous regions), environmental toxins (such as pesticides containing bromide), medications (such as amiodarone), and prolonged exposure to plastics such as BPA, which are endocrine disruptors that disturb hormonal levels.  Also, chronic stress can increase cortisol, which is known to decrease thyroid function.

How Can You Protect Yourself Against Hypothyroidism?

The best way to take care of your thyroid function is to avoid all the triggers that may harm the thyroid, such as limiting exposure to pesticides, avoiding heavy metal toxicity (arsenic, lead, cadmium, etc.), controlling stress levels, and eating Mediterranean diet rich in iodine and other essential minerals and fats needed to promote optimal thyroid function.  Doctor’s Favorite Stress Support is an effective formula that has healing phytonutrients that promote healthy immune system and thyroid function.  Magnesium is an essential cofactor in the activation of many enzymes in the body, such as the thyroid enzymes responsible for making thyroid hormones.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is an effective formula that supports muscle and nerve relaxation and promotes healthy energy levels. 

Studies have shown that Omega-3 fatty acids are important in decreasing inflammation of multiple tissues in the body.  Prolonged intake of Omega-6 fatty acids promotes inflammatory changes in the thyroid gland, thereby worsening its function and hormonal synthesis.  Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA is an effective formula that provides 2000 mg of healing fats in optimal concentrations, to support healthy brain, heart, and vision. 

The following lifestyle suggestions will help you achieve your best state of health and promote healthy cardiovascular function:

Where to Get More Help?

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Reference

  1. Makino, N. Oda, N. Miura, et al.: Effect of eicosapentaenoic acid ethyl ester on hypothyroid function. J Endocrinol. 171 (2):259-265 2001 11691645

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Insomnia

Insomnia

Insomnia is broadly defined as the inability to sustain continuous hours of sleep during the night, waking up multiple times, or failure to fall asleep.  Insomnia is a common health problem in the United States, and it presents a significant public health and economic burden.  It is estimated that up to 30% of adults in the United States suffer from insomnia, where the most susceptible demography is older women.  Insomnia is caused by multifactorial factors ranging from behavioral (e.g., high intake of alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and other drugs), environmental (e.g., being in a noisy, illuminated place), psychological (e.g., having anxiety, depression, or having emotional pain), and medical (e.g., restless leg syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or obstructive sleep apnea).  Not treating insomnia can greatly affect your health, resulting in metabolic disorders (increasing risk of insulin resistance and diabetes), cardiovascular problems (high blood pressure), and poor cognitive and mental performance the following day.  Fortunately, there is a good way to address the underlying issues that promote insomnia with a healthy nutritional program.

How Can You Protect Yourself Against Insomnia?

It is important to understand that every food or drug that you ingest has a direct impact on your blood flow, hormonal status, mental function.  The food that we eat can form neurochemicals (also known as neurotransmitters), such as norepinephrine, histamine, acetylcholine, serotonin, etc., that will influence your mental activity, mood, and sleep patterns.  Magnesium is an important mineral that the body needs to promote relaxation of nerves and musculoskeletal and smooth muscle cells.  The body uses magnesium to form important brain hormones, such as serotonin and melatonin, which are essential neurochemicals that help relax the mind, induce sleep, and stabilize mood.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is wonderful formula to increase magnesium levels in your body, which helps support mental health, reduce oxidation, and increase energy at the cellular level. 

Controlling anxiety is important to overcome insomnia, since anxiety can increase stress hormones, decrease mental focus, and alter mood.  A study published on JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) showed that Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA) are important components of the brain to increase cell membrane fluidity and synthesis of brain hormones (neurotransmitters), which help stabilize mood, thinking, and lower anxiety.1  Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA is the optimal formula to support brain, vision, and hearth health. 

Brain cells use minerals and vitamins to make neurohormones called neurotransmitters.  Having profound deficiencies of brain-healthy vitamins and minerals contributes to mental fatigue and distorted thinking.  Vitamin B6 is important in brain hormone production and Vitamin B12 is important in nerve cell function.  Doctor’s Favorite Vitamin B-100 is a complete complex of all the brain-healthy vitamins at optimal levels to help you improve your mental status.  Doctor’s Favorite Stress Support is an effective formula that helps nourish the body with the healing phytonutrients, to help resist stress and avoid oxidation and inflammatory injury in brain cells from chronic stress.

Following these important guidelines can help you overcome insomnia and have a better quality of life:

 Where to Get More Help?

If you would like to get more personal and specialized help about your health challenges, you can schedule an appointment to chat with our Nutritional Expert.  We will be glad to help you achieve your personal health goals!

References

  1. Su K, Tseng P, Lin P, et al. Association of Use of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids With Changes in Severity of Anxiety Symptoms: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Netw Open.Published online September 14, 20181(5): e182327. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.2327

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Menopause

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Menopause

Menopause is a term that describes the transition in a women’s life when there is cessation of menstrual periods, which is seen on average at the age of 51 years of age in the United States.  As a woman approaches this period (perimenopause), there are changes in estrogen and progesterone levels.  Estrogen is the hormone produced by the ovaries in response to stimulation by the brain hormone called follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).  In early menopause, estrogen levels increase and progesterone decreases.  This results in estrogen dominance, which is characterized by symptoms such as heavier and longer menstrual flow, mood changes, and agitation.  One of the first, and often most bothersome, symptoms of menopause are known as vasomotor symptoms (VMS), which result from estrogen excess and are characterized by hot flushes, night sweats, sudden increase in blood flow in the face and neck, heart palpitations, and anxiety.  Consequently, these vasomotor symptoms often lead to impaired sleep, resulting in fatigue, depression, and mental fogginess the following day. 

How Can You Protect Yourself Against Severe Menopause-Related Symptoms?

By its very nature, menopause is the result of hormonal fluctuations that result in physical, emotional, and psychological changes in a woman’s body.  Therefore, the first step to address this health concern is to correct risk factors that lead to worse menopause outcomes, such as obesity, smoking, depression/anxiety, and having low education (e.g., low socioeconomic status).  Doctor’s Favorite Weight Balance Formula is an effective formula that supports healthy metabolic function and promotes ideal weight balance.  After menopause (e.g., 51 years and beyond), the chance of women dying of cardiovascular disease greatly increases, due to the low heart-protecting levels of estrogen.  For this reason, the Institute of Medicine recommends that women age 50 or older get 21 grams of fiber every day.  Doctor’s Favorite Fiber Plus is an excellent formula that provides 10 grams of total fiber with every scoop!  Research studies have demonstrated that high fiber intake helps lower cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease. 

Studies have confirmed that supplementation with soy, which has natural estrogen-like compounds (phytoestrogens), can support healthy hormonal balance in women experiencing menopausal symptoms.1 Doctor’s Favorite Women’s Hormonal Support is an excellent formula with soy extracts (Isoflavones) that can promote healthy hormonal balance in women.  Omega-3 Fatty Acids are an important component of a healthy nutritional support program for women in menopause.  A study published on JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) showed that Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA) are important components of the brain to increase cell membrane fluidity and synthesis of brain hormones (neurotransmitters), which help stabilize mood, thinking, and lower anxiety.2  Doctor’s Favorite Omega EPA/DHA is the optimal formula to support brain, vision, and hearth health.  Following a Mediterranean, plant-based diet is important to nourish brain cells and decrease inflammation and oxidation in the brain.

It is of paramount importance that every woman going through peri- or menopause supplement with Vitamin B-100 Complex, because this vitamin is essential in synthesis of brain neurohormones that help mood and wellbeing, such as norepinephrine and serotonin. Doctor’s Favorite Vitamin B-100 is a complete complex of all the brain-healthy vitamins at optimal levels to help you improve your mental status.  Another important nutrient needed during the menopausal transition is magnesium---an essential mineral that helps to activate enzymes in brain cells to produce energy and improve focus, relaxation, and attention.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is the perfect formula to help support brain health, promote relaxation, and increase energy.  Finally, it is important to replenish the muscle mass that is loss after menopause, which predisposes women to falls and osteoporotic fractures.  Providing your body with the amino acids it needs is an important strategy to achieve optimal health.  Doctor’s Favorite Vegan Protein Shake is a delicious, vanilla-flavor supplement with all the amino acids your body needs to make neurotransmitters and improve healthy muscle mass.   

The following lifestyle recommendations are important to help obtain your best possible health, during the menopausal transition:

Where to Get More Help?

If you would like to get more personal and specialized help about your health challenges, you can schedule an appointment to chat with our Nutritional Expert.  We will be glad to help you achieve your personal health goals!

References

  1. Manson JE, Bassuk SS. Menopause and Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy. In: Jameson J, Fauci AS, Kasper DL, Hauser SL, Longo DL, Loscalzo J. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20e New York, NY: McGraw-Hil
  2. Su K, Tseng P, Lin P, et al. Association of Use of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids With Changes in Severity of Anxiety Symptoms: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Netw Open.Published online September 14, 20181(5): e182327. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.2327

This information is for education purposes only and it is not intended to replace your health physician’s advice.  This information or supplements are not regulated by the FDA and are not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease.

Note: This health content on this website is copyrighted and is intellectual property of Doctor’s Favorite.  Copying and replicating this information is prohibited by law. 

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Obesity

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Obesity

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death worldwide and classified as a chronic disease by Medicare.  The clinical measures of weight gain are Body Mass Index (which considers your weight and height) and waist circumference (which considers your waist-to-hip ratio).  BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight (pre-obesity), whereas a BMI of 30 or more is considered clinical obesity.  While obesity is commonly regarded as a condition of excess body fat, it is important to understand that obesity causes a state of chronic inflammation in multiple organs of the body, resulting in increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver disease, stroke, and eight different cancers.  Obesity can create disease-promoting changes in the body, such as deterioration of cartilage in joints (resulting in osteoarthritis), compression of lungs and airways (resulting in restrictive lung disease and sleep apnea), and elevated levels of estrogen (increasing the risk of breast and uterus cancer).  While many people believe that obesity is caused by overeating, the real cause of obesity is due to multiple factors, such as eating high-calorie food, eating at the wrong time of the day, sleep deprivation, psychological stress, lack of exercise, genetic predisposition, and being in a social environment where obesogenic behaviors are reinforced.  Medical conditions can also promote obesity, such as hypothyroidism, Cushing disease, and certain medications.  

How Can You Protect Yourself Against Obesity?

While many people have tried to lose weight with commercial “Yo-yo” diets, research shows that the best step to lose weight is to adopt a Mediterranean diet---rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients---and follow it consistently.  A study published in Metabolic syndrome and Related Disorders  found that the Mediterranean lifestyle, consisting of Omega-3 fatty acids, high fiber, legumes, seeds, whole-grain cereals, and plenty of fruits and vegetables, was associated with clinically significant weight reduction.1  Doctor’s Favorite Omega-3 is an excellent formula rich in healing Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which help to nourish brain cells, support heart function, and promote healthy blood flow and vision. 

Research studies demonstrate that increasing the intake of dietary fiber can help normalize blood sugar, cholesterol levels, improve bowel movements, and increase elimination of unwanted dietary fat.2  Doctor’s Favorite Fiber Plus is an effective fiber supplement that helps trap unwanted intestinal toxins and fat, increase stool volume, and eliminate fecal material from the body, thereby reducing bloating and gas.  Likewise, many people have a physiological tendency to gain weight due to having a slow metabolism, which predisposes them to store calories in fat cells.  Doctor’s Favorite Weight Balance is an effective formula that provides minerals that help nourish the thyroid gland and enzymes that promote healthy metabolic function and optimal fat-burning capacity.

It is important to avoid chronic psychological stress, because this can increase cortisol (the stress hormone) and put your body in fat-gaining mode and decrease thyroid function.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is an effective formula that helps relax muscle fibers and nerves, promoting a good sleep and mental calmness.  Another important component to achieve optimal weight is activating carbohydrate-burning enzymes inside the cells.  The cells need B vitamins to act as cofactors inside the cells’ energy factories (mitochondria), which help convert ingested food particles into energy and prevent fat storage in the body.  Doctor’s Favorite Vitamin B-100 Complex is an effective blend of all B vitamins that your body needs to help activate cellular energy in the brain, heart, and muscle cells.  Virtually, every fat-burning enzyme inside the cells’ energy factory (mitochondria) needs B vitamins to stay active.

Finally, eating high-calorie snacks throughout the day can slow down your metabolism and promote weight gain.  One of the best energizing snacks you can eat is Organic Cacao, which gives you a good source of minerals, vitamins, and nitrates to promote healthy blood flow throughout your body.3  Doctor’s Favorite Organic Cacao is a great source polyphenols and catechins, which are powerful antioxidants that slow down the aging process, energize your body, and help you look and feel at your best.

In summary, the following lifestyle suggestions will help you overcome obesity and achieve your health goals in a natural and affordable way:

 

Where to Get More Help?

If you would like to get more personal and specialized help about your health challenges, you can schedule an appointment to chat with our Nutritional Expert.  We will be glad to help you achieve your personal health goals!

References

1.K. Esposito, C.M.Kastorini, D.B.Panagiotakos, et al.: Mediterranean diet and weight loss: meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 9:1-12 2011 20973675

2.Papathanasopoulos, A. and Camilleri, M. Dietary Fiber Supplements: Effects in Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome and Relationship to Gastrointestinal Functions.  Gastroenterology. 2010 Jan; 138(1): 65–72.e1-2. PMID: 19931537

3.De Araujo QR1Gattward JNAlmoosawi SSilva MdDantas PADe Araujo Júnior QR.Cocoa and human health: From head to foot—A review. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr.2016;56(1):1-12. Doi: 10.1080/10408398.2012.657921.

This information is for education purposes only and it is not intended to replace your physician’s advice.  This information or supplements are not regulated by the FDA and are not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease.

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